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  • Questions for Dispensationalists

    01/04/2016 4:58:04 PM PST · by grumpa · 16 replies
    Prophecy Questions Blog ^ | January 1, 2015 | Charles S. Meek
    A. Have dispensationalists not been consistently wrong on prophecy (see links below)? B. Questions about Israel: 1. Is there anywhere in the New Testament that explicitly supports the land promise made to Israel is yet to be fulfilled? If the land promise to Israel is forever and unconditional, why does God say it is conditional in Deuteronomy 28? Did Israel not receive all of the land promised to Abraham in Joshua 21:43-45; 23:14-15? 2. If God has two different plans for Jews and Gentiles, why does Paul say there is no longer a distinction...
  • Why I am No Longer a Dispensationalist

    05/22/2015 4:54:44 PM PDT · by OK Sun · 934 replies
    Credo House ^ | May 21, 2015 | C. Michael Patton
    My Dispensational Upbringing I have been taught Dispensationalism from my mother’s womb. I was born in a dispensational environment. It was assumed at my church to be a part of the Gospel. There was never another option presented. It made sense. It helped me put together the Scriptures in a way that cleared up so much confusion. And, to be honest, the emphasis on the coming tribulation, current events that prove the Bible’s prophecy, the fear that the Antichrist may be alive today (who is he?) was all quite exciting. But what might be the biggest attraction for me...
  • Premillennialism and the Tribulation — Part VIII: Midtribulationism

    01/04/2015 11:18:55 AM PST · by wmfights · 58 replies ^ | 1956 | John F. Walvoord
    Definition of the Theory Midtribulationism is a comparatively new interpretation of Scripture relating to the translation of the church. Its principal expositor is Norman B. Harrison. Accepting some of the basic premises of pretribulationism, such as the future character of the seventieth week of Daniel (Dan 9:27), midtribulationism places the translation of the church at the middle of this week instead of at its beginning as do the pretribulationists. In contrast to the posttribulationists, it holds that the translation takes place before the time of wrath and great tribulation instead of after it. Midtribulationism is, therefore, a mediate view between...
  • Premillennialism and the Tribulation — Part VII: Posttribulationism (continued)

    12/28/2014 1:23:51 PM PST · by wmfights · 110 replies ^ | 1956 | John F. Walvoord
    Denial of imminency of the return of Christ. The teaching that Christ could come for His church at any moment is a doctrine of pretribulationism often singled out for attack by posttribulationists. Obviously, if the church must go through the tribulation, the imminent translation is a vain hope. Posttribulationists therefore labor either to deny imminency or to invest the word with a different meaning which does not require immediacy. Their denial of imminence is a major aspect of their argument against pretribulationism. Posttribulationists are wont to give considerable space to this argument—more than can be allowed in rebuttal. (Cf. Robert...
  • Premillennialism and the Tribulation — Part VI: Posttribulationism

    12/21/2014 9:04:27 AM PST · by wmfights · 82 replies ^ | 1956 | John F. Walvoord
    Posttribulationism has long been a common doctrine held by the majority of the church. Most premillenarians today, however, hold to the pretribulational translation of the church. As ordinarily defined, posttribulationism is the teaching that the church will be translated after the predicted tribulation, and therefore its adherents believe that the church must pass through this prophesied time of trouble. Posttribulationism is the ordinary view of practically all amillenarians and postmillenarians. It is embraced by Roman Catholic and Greek Catholic; it is followed by many Protestants, conservative as well as modern liberals. Posttribulationism, as far as the church as a whole...
  • Premillennialism and the Tribulation — Part V: Partial Rapture Theory

    12/14/2014 10:23:29 AM PST · by wmfights · 5 replies ^ | 1955 | John F. Walvoord
    Definition of the Theory It is generally held among pretribulationists that the entire church, composed of all believers in this age, will be translated and resurrected at the coming of Christ for them preceding the tribulation. There has arisen in the last century, however, a small group of pretribulationists who contend that only those who are faithful in the church will be raptured or translated and the rest will either be raptured sometime during the tribulation or at its end. As stated by one of its adherents: “The saints will be raptured in groups during the tribulation as they are...
  • Premillennialism and the Tribulation — Part IV: Pretribulationalism (continued)

    12/07/2014 10:40:37 AM PST · by wmfights · 54 replies ^ | 1955 | John F. Walvoord
    Argument from the necessity of an interval between the translation and the establishment of the millennial kingdom. A careful study of related Scripture will demonstrate that an interval of time between the translation of the church and the coming of Christ to establish the millennial kingdom is absolutely necessary because certain events must take place in the intervening period. In general, the argument depends upon four lines of evidence: (1) intervening events in heaven; (2) intervening events on earth; (3) the nature of the judgment of the Gentiles; (4) the nature of the judgment of Israel. (1) Intervening events in...
  • Premillennialism and the Tribulation — Part III: Pretribulationism (continued)

    11/30/2014 11:21:01 AM PST · by wmfights · 18 replies ^ | 1955 | John F. Walvoord
    Argument from imminency of the return of Christ. One of the precious promises left as a heritage to His disciples was the announcement of Christ in the Upper Num Room, “I come again.” The literalness of this passage, though often assailed, is obvious. Christ said: “And if I go and prepare a place for you, I come again, and will receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also” (John 14:3). Just as literally as Christ went to heaven, so He will come again to receive His disciples to Himself and to take them to the...
  • Millennial Series: Part 23: Premillennialism and the Tribulation

    11/23/2014 2:00:07 PM PST · by wmfights · 38 replies ^ | 1955 | John F. Walvoord
    Pretribulationism (Continued) Argument from the nature of the tribulation. Just as premillennialism is founded upon a literal interpretation of millennial passages, so pretribulationism is based upon a literal interpretation of the tribulation passages. A careful and literal exegesis of the Scriptures dealing with the tribulation reveal no evidence whatever that the church of the redeemed of the present age will go through the tribulation. This is brought out particularly in the Scriptural revelation of the nature of the tribulation. Before ascertaining whether the church will pass through the tribulation, it is of utmost importance to understand first what the Scriptures...
  • Millennial Series: Part 22: Premillennialism and the Tribulation

    11/16/2014 1:28:59 PM PST · by wmfights · 10 replies ^ | 1954 | John F. Walvoord
    In the memorable Olivet Discourse, our Lord Jesus Christ answered the searching question of His disciples, “What shall be the sign of thy coming and of the end of the world?” (Matt 24:3). The major event predicted by the Lord as a sign of the second advent was the great tribulation. He urged those living in Palestine in that day “to flee unto the mountains” (Matt 24:16). He exhorted them, “Let him that is on the housetop not go down to take out the things that are in his house: and let him that is in the field not return...
  • Millennial Series: Part 21: Premillennialism and the Church as a Mystery

    11/09/2014 12:42:07 PM PST · by wmfights · 4 replies ^ | 1954 | John F. Walvoord
    The Mystery of the Translation of the Saints The doctrine of the translation of the saints has been often neglected in the discussion of the millennial question. It has been assumed that the Scriptural revelation of the translation of the saints has no vital bearing on the debate concerning the millennium. Allis, for instance, does not discuss the main passage of 1 Corinthians 15:51-52 at all in his attack on premillennialism.1 Premillenarians have not always been aware of the strategic force of this revelation in support of the premillennial position either. Much of this neglect has accompanied a failure to...
  • Millennial Series: Part 20: Premillennialism and the Church as a Mystery

    11/02/2014 11:31:35 AM PST · by wmfights · 4 replies ^ | 1954 | John F. Walvoord
    In the previous study of premillennialism and the church, it was brought out that the church is a body of believers in this age distinct in character from the Old Testament saints. Further, it was shown that the present age is a parenthesis or a time period not predicted by the Old Testament and therefore not fulfilling or advancing the program of events revealed in the Old Testament foreview. The present study occupies itself with the positive revelation in the New Testament of the church in its character as a mystery. The question is whether the main elements of the...
  • Millennial Series: Part 19: Premillennialism and the Church

    10/26/2014 1:44:30 PM PDT · by wmfights · 28 replies ^ | 1954 | John F. Walvoord
    The doctrine of the church has always rightly been considered an important part of theology. Embraced within its revelation are the principal items of the present divine program as well as the ultimate purpose of God. According to Lewis Sperry Chafer, the truth concerning the church is one of the two major Pauline revelations given in the New Testament, the other being the gospel of salvation by faith. [1] Lewis Sperry Chafer, Systematic Theology, IV, 3-4. It is strange that more attention has not been paid to the relation of ecclesiology to premillennialism. Various views on the millennium have their...
  • Five Myths About the “Rapture” and the “Left Behind” Industry

    09/30/2014 11:41:47 AM PDT · by NYer · 231 replies
    Insight Scoop ^ | September 29, 2014 | Carl E. Olson
    Five Myths About the “Rapture” and the “Left Behind” Industry | Carl E. Olson | CWROn the (short) history, (bad) theology, and (continuing) appeal of premillennial dispensationalismThis year has marked a sort of second coming of “the Rapture”. On June 29th, HBO launched a new series, "The Leftovers", based on the 2011 novel of the same title, written by Tom Perrotta, which follows the struggles of various characters living in the aftermath of the sudden disappearance of millions of people. “And then it happened,” states the novel's Prologue, “The biblical prophecy came true, or at least partly true. People disappeared,...
  • Millennial Series: Part 11: The Theological Context of Premillennialism

    08/31/2014 10:51:53 AM PDT · by wmfights · 33 replies
    Bible. org ^ | 1951 | John F. Walvoord
    The oft-repeated charge that premillennialism is only a dispute over the interpretation of Revelation 20 is both understatement and a serious misrepresentation of the facts. Opponents of premillennialism delight to point out that the reference to the thousand years is found only in Revelation 20. Warfield observes in a footnote, “‘Once, and only once,’ says the ‘Ency. Bibl.,’ 3095, ‘in the New Testament we hear of a millennium.’“1 The issues of premillennialism cannot be so simplified. The issues are neither trivial nor simple. Premillennialism is rather a system of theology based on many Scriptures and with a distinctive theological context....
  • Millennial Series: Part 10: The Historical Context of Premillennialism

    08/24/2014 10:55:16 AM PDT · by wmfights · 268 replies ^ | 1951 | John F. Walvoord
    While modern premillennialism depends upon Scriptural foundations for its apologetic and theological statement, it has nevertheless a significant historical context. It is regrettable that some historians have held low views of premillennialism, with the result that premillennialism has seldom had fair consideration in historical treatments of Christian doctrine. Liberals and skeptics surveying the evidence with theological indifference have often arrived at a fairer view of the evidence for premillennialism in history than those endeavoring to defend another millennial position. It is hardly within the province of a theological study of premillennialism to include an adequate history of the doctrine. An...
  • Millennial Series: Part 8: Amillennial Ecclesiology

    08/10/2014 10:55:09 AM PDT · by wmfights · 178 replies ^ | 1951 | John F. Walvoord
    Few doctrines are more central in the Christian faith than the doctrine of the church. The teachings concerning its nature, form of government, its sacraments, the priesthood of the church, its essential duties, its rights, and its relation to the world and to the state combine to form an important segment of Christian truth. Given the doctrine of the church, the rest of a theological system can almost be deduced. It is the purpose of this aspect of the study to trace the influence of amillennialism in the field of ecclesiology and to form some estimate of its importance and...
  • Millennial Series: Part 7: Amillennial Soteriology

    08/03/2014 10:51:20 AM PDT · by wmfights · 2 replies ^ | 1950 | John F. Walvoord
    Recent discussions of the millennial issue in theology have crystallized the problem of the relation of millennialism to the doctrine of salvation. The growing realization that premillennial doctrine affects theology as a whole has inspired an attempt to prove that premillennialism teaches or implies an heretical view of salvation. Allis writes, for instance, “The Dispensational interpretation of prophecy minimizes the Cross! The traditional interpretation magnifies it!”1 Philip Mauro goes a step farther in his pamphlet, “Dispensationalism Justifies the Crucifixion.” Having made their accusation with one broad statement, they sometimes withdraw it with another, as in the case of Allis, “Dispensationalists...
  • No, Christians Should Not Believe in 'Left Behind's' Rapture Theology, Says Prominent Apologist

    07/31/2014 8:11:14 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 155 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 07/31/2014 | Morgan Lee
    "This doctrine is not really found in the book of Revelation. If you read the book of Revelation, you won't find any mention of the rapture there," said William Craig, a Research Professor of Philosophy at Talbot School of Theology and Professor of Philosophy at Houston Baptist University. Instead, Craig says, the idea of the rapture comes from a "misinterpretation of 1 and 2 Thessalonians where Paul is describing the coming of the Lord and resurrection of the dead, which will occur at His coming." "If you compare what Paul says there to what Jesus says about the End Times,...
  • Millennial Series: Part 6: Amillennialism as a System of Theology

    07/27/2014 4:05:57 PM PDT · by wmfights · 16 replies ^ | 1950 | John F. Walvoord
    The Growing Importance of Millennialism While the millennial controversy is nothing new, it has come to be recognized only recently that it plays such an important part in determining the form of theology as a whole. Instead of being simply a way of interpreting prophecy, millennialism now is seen to be a determining factor in any system of theology. Premillennialism, amillennialism, and postmillennialism each influence the system of theology of which each is a part. The controversy between amillennialism and premillennialism for this reason has taken on a new and sharper antagonism and its outcome is now seen to assume...
  • Millennial Series: Part 5: Amillennialism as a Method of Interpretation

    07/13/2014 2:04:19 PM PDT · by wmfights · 8 replies ^ | 1950 | John F. Walvoord
    The Issue There is a growing realization in the theological world that the crux of the millenial issue is the question of method of interpreting Scripture. Premillenarians follow the so-called ‘grammatical-historical’ literal interpretation while amillenarians use a spiritualizing method. As Albertus Pieters, an avowed amillennalist, writes concerning the problem as a whole, “The question whether the Old Testament prophecies concerning the people of God must be interpreted in their ordinary sense, as other Scriptures are interpreted, or can properly be applied to the Christian Church, is called the question of spiritualization of prophecy. This is one of the major problems...
  • Millennial Series: Part 4: Amillenniallism from Augustine to Modern Times

    07/06/2014 10:51:42 AM PDT · by wmfights · 14 replies ^ | 1950 | John F. Walvoord
    It is difficult to overestimate the importance of Augustine in the history of theology. Not only did his thinking crystallize the theology which preceded him, but to a large extent he laid the foundations for both Catholic and Protestant doctrine. B. B. Warfield, quoting Harnack, refers to Augustine as “incomparably the greatest man whom, ‘between Paul the Apostle and Luther the Reformer, the Christian Church has possessed.’“1 While the contribution of Augustine is principally noted in the areas of the doctrine of the church, hamartiology, the doctrine of grace, and predestination, he is also the greatest landmark in the early...
  • Millennial Series: Part 2: Postmillennialism

    06/22/2014 10:51:11 AM PDT · by wmfights · 15 replies ^ | 1949 | John F. Woolvard
    One of the outstanding facts about postmillennialism is that it was, until the present generation, one of the most important and influential millennial theories. It was probably the dominant Protestant eschatology of the nineteenth century and was embraced by Unitarian, Arminian, and Calvinist alike. It influenced as well the prevailing concept of amillennialism during this period. In the twentieth century the course of history, progress in Biblical studies, and the changing attitude of philosophy arrested its progress and brought about its apparent discard by all schools of theology. Postmillennialism is not a current issue in millenarianism, but the principles that...
  • Millennial Series: Part 1: The Millennial Issue in Modern Theology

    06/15/2014 9:22:05 AM PDT · by wmfights · 14 replies ^ | 1949 | John F. Walvoord
    [Author’s note: Many have requested that Bibliotheca Sacra publish a series of articles dealing with the contemporary discussion of the millennial issue in theology. Beginning with this Number, this series will be undertaken. It is the desire of the author to be constructive, not controversial; but due note will be taken of the many recent books which have appeared bearing on this subject. The author will welcome suggestions from readers.] The events of the last quarter of a century or more have had a tremendous impact on the thinking of the scholarly world. In philosophy there has been a trend...
  • The Dispensational and Kingdom Implications of the Lord's Prayer in Matthew 6:9-13

    05/27/2014 8:39:36 AM PDT · by dartuser · 6 replies
    Spirit and Truth ^ | N/A | Andy Woods
    The contemporary evangelical world is engulfed in the idea that the church is presently experiencing the messianic kingdom. The idea of the "kingdom" can be bewildering, especially considering how this term is loosely bandied about by today's evangelicals. Many ministries convey the notion that the kingdom is strictly a spiritual and present reality by indicating that they are "expanding the kingdom" through their evangelistic and missionary endeavors. Even Christian political activists sometimes argue that they are "bringing in the kingdom." ... when rightly understood, the "Disciples' Prayer" consists of three requests for the kingdom to come and three additional requests...
  • Augustine’s Contribution to Supersessionism

    05/25/2014 6:31:35 PM PDT · by wmfights · 47 replies
    Theological Studies ^ | Michael Vlach
    Augustine’s contribution to the doctrine of supersessionism is significant. James Carroll points out that Augustine’s attitude toward the Jews was rooted in “assumptions of supersessionism.”[i] According to Cardinal Carlo Maria Martini, Augustine (354–430) introduced a “negative element into judgment on the Jews.”[ii] He did so by advancing the “‘theory of substitution’ whereby the New Israel of the church became a substitute of ancientIsrael.”[iii] In line with supersessionist theology, Augustine explicitly stated that the title “Israel” belonged to the Christian church: “For if we hold with a firm heart the grace of God which hath been given us, we are Israel,...
  • Origen and Supersessionism

    05/18/2014 10:49:02 AM PDT · by wmfights · 21 replies
    Theological Studies ^ | Michael Vlach
    The influential church father, Origen (c. 185–254), was important to the development of supersessionism. He taught that Israel was permanently rejected by God and that the church was the new Israel. Concerning Israel’s rejection, Origen promoted a punitive supersessionist approach in which the people of Israel were forever “abandoned because of their sins.”[1] He also declared: “And we say with confidence that they [Jews] will never be restored to their former condition. For they committed a crime of the most unhallowed kind, in conspiring against the Saviour of the human race in that city where they offered up to God...
  • Justin Martyr and Supersessionism

    05/11/2014 1:50:36 PM PDT · by wmfights · 53 replies
    Theological Studies ^ | Michael Vlach
    Justin Martyr (A.D. 100–165) is important in the history of supersessionism because he was the first Christian writer to explicitly identify the church as “Israel.”[1] Justin declared, “For the true spiritual Israel, and descendants of Judah, Jacob, Isaac, and Abraham . . . are we who have been led to God through this crucified Christ.”[2] He also said, “Since then God blesses this people [i.e., Christians], and calls them Israel, and declares them to be His inheritance, how is it that you [Jews] repent not of the deception you practise on yourselves, as if you alone were the Israel?”[3] Justin...
  • Defining Supersessionism

    05/04/2014 11:23:13 AM PDT · by wmfights · 2 replies
    Theological Studies ^ | Michael Vlach.
    This section we will attempt a precise definition of supersessionism. Various titles have been used in identifying the view that the church has permanently replaced Israel in God’s plan. As Marten H. Woudstra observes, “The question whether it is more proper to speak of a replacement of the Jews by the Christian church or of an extension (continuation) of the OT people of God into that of the NT church is variously answered.”[i] The most common designation used in recent scholarly literature to identify this position is “supersessionism.” Commenting on this term, Clark M. Williamson writes, “‘Supersessionism’ comes from two...

    04/28/2014 3:24:30 PM PDT · by wmfights · 13 replies
    Idolphin ^ | DR. THOMAS ICE
    Premillennialisin is so clearly taught in Revelation 19 and 20 that it is hard to understand how anyone can think otherwise without realizing honestly that they are going against the Biblical text. A kingdom reign of the Messiah was just as clearly taught in the Old Testament. Jesus and His Scripture-writing disciples also support the notion of an earthly kingdom headed by the Messiah. Such clearness in the Bible provides the likely reason why the early church fathers who spoke on this matter were all premillennialists. THE FIRST PREMILLENNIAIJSTS The first premillennialists were those who received God's revelation and wrote...
  • What are the seven dispensations? (Dispensational Caucus)

    04/21/2014 2:32:58 PM PDT · by wmfights · 34 replies
    Question: "What are the seven dispensations?" Answer: Dispensationalism is a method of interpreting history that divides God’s work and purposes toward mankind into different periods of time. Usually, there are seven dispensations identified, although some theologians believe there are nine. Others count as few as three or as many as thirty-seven dispensations. In this article, we will limit ourselves to the seven basic dispensations found in Scripture. The first dispensation is called the Dispensation of Innocence (Genesis 1:28-30 and 2:15-17). This dispensation covered the period of Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden. In this dispensation God's commands were...
  • Did Jesus go to hell between His death and resurrection? (Dispensational Caucus)

    04/13/2014 11:16:00 AM PDT · by wmfights · 111 replies
    Question: "Did Jesus go to hell between His death and resurrection?" Answer: There is a great deal of confusion in regards to this question. This concept comes primarily from the Apostles' Creed, which states, “He descended into hell.” There are also a few Scriptures which, depending on how they are translated, describe Jesus going to “hell.” In studying this issue, it is important to first understand what the Bible teaches about the realm of the dead. In the Hebrew Scriptures, the word used to describe the realm of the dead is sheol. It simply means the “place of the dead”...
  • Are You a Dispensationalist? (Ecumenical)

    04/06/2014 12:12:06 PM PDT · by wmfights · 20 replies
    Personal Update News Journal ^ | March, 2011 | Leisa Garcia
    It is possible that you are a dispensationalist and don’t know it. If you’re like me, I’ve been taught the essentials of dispensationalism all my life without knowing exactly what the term itself meant. Hopefully, by the end of this discussion you will have a better understanding of dispensationalism, and you may be able to determine if you are a dispensationalist. What is a Dispensation? The central idea of the word dispensation is that of managing or administering the affairs of a household.1 A dispensation is NOT a time period. If things stayed the same and never changed, it would...
  • Literal Hermeneutics, Theological Method, and the Essence of Dispensationalism

    03/03/2014 8:35:17 PM PST · by dartuser · 7 replies
    As one evaluates the current debate between dispensationalism and nondispensationalism, the pervading notion seems to be that dispensationalism is in the midst of an identity crisis. While as a whole the evangelical community is seeking for some common ground in eschatology, certainly a worthy aim, this paper seeks to contribute some understanding to the essence of dispensationalism ...
  • Moses or Christ? Paul’s Reply To Dispensational Error

    02/22/2014 10:53:16 AM PST · by PhilipFreneau · 345 replies
    He who would understand the prophets had better begin with Paul’s Epistle to the Galatians, where he will find that the Church is one in the Old Testament and New, and the New Testament Church is the fulfillment of all prophecy, the very last phase of God’s redemptive work on earth. He will discover in Galatians who the true Israel is, to whom the promises are made and that there is no other Israel, and no further fulfillment of prophecy. The problem of the Galatian believers was the conspiracy to impose upon them Jewish interpretations of prophecy, and to claim...
  • Examine Yourselves Whether You Be in the Faith, Part 1

    11/21/2013 11:02:12 AM PST · by redleghunter · 528 replies ^ | September 24, 1978 | John MacArthur
    Paul calls for an examination in another passage and I want you to notice this. It's the last chapter of II Corinthians, Chapter 13, and verse 5, I want you to note what it says, Il Corinthians 13:5, just the first sentence, "'Examine yourselves, whether you are in the faith; (prove it, is what he's saying) prove yourselves." You say to someone "are you a Christian?" 'Yes.' What do you base that on? 'Well so many years ago I made a decision.' That means nothing. The Bible never verifies anybodies salvation on the basis of the past, It's always on...
  • What is the purpose of the local Church?

    03/02/2013 10:09:50 AM PST · by RaceBannon · 12 replies
    WHAT IS THE PURPOSE OF THE LOCAL CHURCH? Why do I come to church? What should I expect the local church to do for me? Should the regular services of the church be primarily for reaching the lost or for reaching the saved? Compare the two concepts below:

    03/02/2013 10:00:51 AM PST · by RaceBannon · 3 replies
    middletown bible church ^ | Carelton Helgerson
    Foreword Chapter 1 - The Local Church and The New Humanity Chapter 2 - The Local Church God's Idea Chapter 3 - The Local Church in God's Plan Chapter 4 - The Local Church in The Word Chapter 5 - The Local Church Loved Chapter 6 - The Local Church and The Pastor
  • Israeli library uploads Newton's theological texts

    02/16/2012 8:27:00 AM PST · by fishtank · 22 replies ^ | 2-15-2012 | ARON HELLER
    Israeli library uploads Newton's theological texts February 15, 2012 By ARON HELLER , Associated Press Israeli library uploads Newton's theological texts (AP) Israel's national library, an unlikely owner of a vast trove of Newton's writings, has digitized his theological collection, and put it online. More at the link...
  • Sci-Fi Theology: Just Passin’ Through (Open, see my note in #1 on purpose)

    01/09/2012 1:26:46 PM PST · by mnehring · 30 replies
    One of the earliest and fondest memories of my childhood involves getting up at four in the morning on Saturdays to watch black and white science fiction movies with my father. Inevitably the movie was terrible but I continued to sacrifice sleeping in every week because the fun was not in the quality of the movie but in the experience. There was something exciting about getting up early and laughing at cardboard aliens and monsters whose strings were showing.Not all science fiction is ridiculous; in fact some of it is very entertaining and even inspiring. With that in mind I...
  • Fall into the 'Gap' ... Dispensational style

    12/03/2011 2:52:32 PM PST · by Iggles Phan · 42 replies
    Last week we explored Dispensationalism's reversal of Daniel's 70th Week from Jesus Christ to the Devil. I think many on this chat page were astonished by this exposition. Today, we will explore how Dispensationalism took this lie and formed another: the Parenthesis Gap Theory. This 'gap' was 'unknown and unforeseen' to Christianity until Darby and Scofield 'uncovered' it in the 19th century. But is it really there? Let's read carefully: 24: Seventy weeks are determined upon thy people and upon thy holy city, to finish the transgression, and to make an end of sins, and to make reconciliation for iniquity,...
  • Why I do not believe in the 'Rapture'

    11/26/2011 3:33:54 PM PST · by Iggles Phan · 631 replies
    My problem with the 'Rapture' (pre-millenial; pre-tribulation) teaching is that it forces its adherents to actually REVERSE the Person of Jesus Christ to the Devil. That's correct. In the 'Rapture' (or Dispensational) scheme the believer is asked to take the Person of Daniel's 70th Week (Who is Jesus Christ at the Cross) described in Chapter 9, verse 27a: "And he shall confirm the covenant with many for one week: and in the midst of the week he shall cause the sacrifice and the oblation to cease, ..." ... and reverse this 'he' to mean a 'future Antichrist'. Are you confused?...
  • Going to the Chapel (Dispensational Caucus)

    11/24/2011 6:04:04 AM PST · by GiovannaNicoletta · 14 replies
    The Omega Letter ^ | November 23, 2011 | Wendy Wippel
    Colossians tells us that the Jewish festivals “are a shadow of the things that were to come; the reality, however, is found in Christ.” (Colossians 2:16 NIV) We all understand this principle as key to understanding the Old Testament, but it may be key to understanding Revelation as well… There are a lot types in the Bible, both Old Testament and New (a type being a kind of prophecy-by analogy). The most widely recognized one is, probably, is the Jewish feast of the Passover. The symbolism there is unmistakable: the sacrifice is slain and the blood of the sacrifice is...
  • What Are Some of the Main Differences Between the Battle of Gog and Magog... (Dispensational Caucus)

    09/01/2011 3:42:39 PM PDT · by GiovannaNicoletta · 38 replies ^ | September 1, 2011 | Dr. Ed Hindson
    Q. What are some of the main differences between the Battle of Gog and Magog, and the Battle of Armageddon? A. This is a vital question to answer, because many people equate the two, or include the first as part of the second. But there are many differences that make these conclusions quite improbable. First there is the time element involved. While no time is specified for the Battle of Gog and Magog, most evangelical, premillennial, pre-Tribulational scholars place it at or near the beginning of the Tribulation. The Battle of Armageddon takes place at the end of the Tribulation...
  • Is Dispensationalism a Recent Doctrine? How Do YOU Define 'Recent'?

    08/11/2011 4:48:01 PM PDT · by GiovannaNicoletta · 61 replies · 2+ views
    The Omega Letter ^ | August 11, 2011 | Jack Kinsella
    One of the most common objections to Dispensationalism offered by Preterists and Covenant theologians is that, according to them, it was an invention based on a 'vision' ascribed to a young Scottish girl named Margaret MacDonald. As they tell it, in 1830, she had a vision about the end of the world and when she came out from under her trance, she wrote it down. This account attracted the attention of Edward Irving and his church later claimed Margaret as one of their own prophetesses. Irving also had an interest in prophecy and held prophetic conferences. The historian of Irving's...
  • How the Peace of Jerusalem Will Be Established

    How the Peace of Jerusalem Will Be Established As of late, we have seen the world led by the United States seeking to strip from Israel it present day borders and bullying them into a forced agreement with those who absolutely abhor them and seek their utter destruction. Sadly, America (who is governed at the moment by the progressive Left) has always been Israel’s strongest ally but at present has forsaken Israel and thrown them under the Middle East Islamic bus. With an anti-Israeli Europe and now a current anti-Israeli U.S. administration, Israel’s back is totally up against the wall...
  • How to Interpret the Bible

    05/10/2011 6:26:58 PM PDT · by grumpa · 199 replies
    In 1993 Hank Hanegraaff (“The Bible Answer Man”) wrote a book entitled Christianity in Crisis. In the book he exposed problems within evangelicalism. Many think that in actuality Hanegraaff understated the problems of both doctrine and practice within Christianity, and time has made the issues even more acute. Forgive us for saying so, but perhaps it is time to be honest with ourselves. American Christianity is a mess. It is separated into divisive sects, giving the world the impression that we don’t know what we are doing. And maybe we don’t. Some serious introspection is in order.
  • Cessationism Refuted [i.e. Gifts & Operations of HS Stopped at End of Rev]

    03/21/2011 5:09:22 PM PDT · by Quix · 210 replies [Partially] ^ | 28 FEB 2010 | Charles Carrin & Steven Lambert
    On February 28, 2010, in Charismatic Gifts, False teaching, Real Truth, by admin My good friend, Charles Carrin, as a Baptist pastor for more than twenty-five years, was much like Apollos before Priscilla and Aquila “took him aside and explained to him the way of God more accurately” (Ac. 18:24-26). Like Apollos, he was “an eloquent man…and he was mighty in the Scriptures,” he “had been instructed in the way of the Lord” in Baptist schools, was “fervent in spirit,” and “was speaking and teaching accurately the things concerning Jesus,” meaning the Gospel of Christ’s sacrifice. However, Charles, like Apollos...
  • End Time: How Christians Lose

    02/03/2011 11:38:35 PM PST · by RJR_fan · 198 replies
    youtube ^ | Feb. 3, 2011 | "Molotov" Mitchell
    Molotov Mitchell hits another one out of the ballpark! Click HERE.
  • Prophecy Questions

    02/03/2011 12:57:16 PM PST · by grumpa · 6 replies
    self ^ | December 20, 2010 | Charles Meek
    Perhaps you are now like I was before taking the time to study eschatology. You have heard sermons in which there were mentions of the Second Coming. Perhaps you have also heard vague references to the “new heaven and new earth” or the “great tribulation” or the “rapture.” But you have never really studied what the Bible has to say about all this. When I decided to find out for myself what is in the Bible, I was amazed at several things. I was amazed how many passages there really are on eschatology. By my count there are over 70....