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  • Receive a Response from John MacArthur and Get Free Books!

    04/30/2007 7:31:54 AM PDT · by topcat54 · 16 replies · 220+ views
    American Vision ^ | 4/30/2007 | Gary DeMar
    If you want to know when an event in the Bible is to happen, look for time indicators. Some of them are very specific: after three days, in 40 days, after 40 years, at the completion of 70 years. There are less specific time indicators like “near,” “shortly,” “quickly,” and “at hand.” These time words are at the heart of the debate between those who claim that certain prophetic events have already taken place and those who maintain they are yet to be fulfilled. The division between these two views is deep and wide, and yet the implications for interpretive...
  • John MacArthur's Prophetic Confusion

    04/26/2007 8:07:01 AM PDT · by topcat54 · 735 replies · 4,356+ views
    American Vision ^ | 4/24/2007 | Gary DeMar
    I just received a book notice from Moody Press for a new commentary on Revelation by John MacArthur with the title Because the Time is Near. At this time I will forego a critique of MacArthur’s use of “near” to describe an event he believes is “near” while the use of “near” by New Testament writers (e.g., James 5:8; Rev. 1:3) did not mean “near” when they used the same word. For years, I have been dealing with issues related to the last days. I got involved in this topic because Christians were using last-days theology as a way to...
  • DISPENSATIONALISM: Wrongly Dividing the Word of Truth

    04/12/2007 12:23:10 PM PDT · by topcat54 · 771 replies · 5,438+ views
    DISPENSATIONALISMWrongly Dividing the Word of TruthDispensationalism is a doctrinal system that keeps Israel and the Church distinct. This system teaches that throughout history God is seen to have two distinct purposes and two distinct people and these distinctions are maintained throughout eternity (or at least throughout the end of the millennium).The question is whether the Bible teaches of such a division. To the contrary, the Bible teaches that God has taken all of His people and made them ONE. "For He Himself is our peace, who made both groups into one, and broke down the barrier of the dividing wall,...
  • The Gospel of the Kingdom: With an Examination of DISPENSATIONALISM and the "Scofield Bible"

    04/09/2007 8:14:11 AM PDT · by topcat54 · 59 replies · 804+ views
    Gospel Truth ^ | 1928 | Philip Mauro
    As I continued, however, to study this new system of teaching in its various details, I found there were more errors in it, and worse, than I had at first expected; and these, as they became evident to me, I have attempted, by occasional writings subsequently, to expose. The work, however, is not yet finished; and hence the need for the present volume. Indeed, the time is fully ripe for a thorough examination and frank exposure of this new and subtle form of mod ernism that has been spreading itself among those who have adopted the name "Fundamentalists." For Evangelical...
  • Is the World a Sinking Titanic? Jan Markell Thinks So

    03/13/2007 10:01:24 AM PDT · by topcat54 · 14 replies · 261+ views
    American Vision ^ | 3/12/2007 | Gary DeMar
    Jan Markell’s article “Kingdom Now: We’re Not Returning to Eden,”1 which appears on the Christian Worldview Network website, is one of the worst uninformed hit pieces I have ever read. It gets nearly everything wrong. I don’t have a problem with thoughtful, accurate, and well researched articles dealing with disagreements over theological issues, but I do have a problem with someone who refuses to study the subject and makes outlandish assertions. In 1988, Peter J. Leithart and I answered many of Markell’s objections in our book The Reduction of Christianity: A Biblical Response to Dave Hunt.2 It originally carried the...
  • Christian Zionism

    03/08/2007 5:07:35 AM PST · by Blogger · 584 replies · 3,082+ views
    Christian Zionism by Thomas Ice And I will bless those who bless you, And the one who curses you I will curse, And in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed. - God to Abraham (Genesis 12:3) The last couple of years the secular community and some in the religious community have woken up to the fact that most of the American Evangelical community is pro Israel. Guess what? They do not like it one bit. There have been a number of articles in the media about the alleged dangers of the Christian support for Israel. A...
  • The Calvinistic Heritage of Dispensationalism

    03/04/2007 8:39:00 AM PST · by P-Marlowe · 146 replies · 1,112+ views
    The Calvinistic Heritage of Dispensationalism by Thomas Ice Modern, systematic Dispensationalism is approaching two hundred years of expression and development. We live at a time in which Dispensationalism and some of its ideas have been disseminated and adopted by various theological traditions. This is not surprising since our day is characterized by anti-systemization and eclecticism in the area of thought. It may be surprising, to some, to learn that Dispensationalism was developed and spread during its first 100 years by those within a Reformed, Calvinistic tradition. It had only been in the last 75 to 50 years that Dispensationalism and...
  • Hymnbook Eschatology

    03/02/2007 8:07:43 AM PST · by topcat54 · 58 replies · 496+ views
    American Vision ^ | 1/26/2007 | Brandon Vallorani
    One of my favorite hymns, Onward Christian Soldiers, was written and composed by Arthur S. Sullivan in 1871. Arthur was born in London in 1842 to a musically gifted family. By the time he was eight years old he was already composing music. By the age of 10 he had mastered all of the wind instruments in his father's band. Receiving scholarships for his talent, Arthur received formal training. He went on to lead a distinguished career and become the leading composer of his day composing several major choral works. From 1871 to 1896 he collaborated wtih W.S. Gilbert to...
  • What is dispensationalism and is it Biblical?

    01/02/2007 11:31:58 AM PST · by cowboyfan88 · 15 replies · 823+ views
    Dispensationalism is a system of theology that has two primary distinctives. (1) A consistently literal interpretation of Scripture, especially Bible prophecy. (2) A distinction between Israel and the Church in God's program. (1) Dispensationalists claim that their principle of hermeneutics is that of literal interpretation. "Literal interpretation" means giving each word the meaning it would commonly have in everyday usage. Symbols, figures of speech and types are all interpreted plainly in this method, and they are in no way contrary to literal interpretation. Even symbolisms and figurative sayings have literal meanings behind them. There are at least three reasons why...
  • The End Times: what I don't believe [Evangelical Dispensationalism and the Jews]

    12/01/2006 12:53:15 PM PST · by Alex Murphy · 41 replies · 812+ views
    Israel Insider ^ | November 30, 2006 | Stan Goodenough
    A few months ago, my wife and I had the pleasure of meeting some new neighbors for the first time. Young parents in the orthodox Jewish community, they were intrigued to discover these Gentiles -- one South African, the other Czech -- who had chosen to make Jerusalem their home, marrying in Israel's ancient capital, and bringing five children into the world in the heart of this global hot spot. While the two mothers paired off and visited in Hebrew, I spoke with the young man who probed me for answers, keen to understand our reasons for being here. I...
  • What do you do with a future National Israel in the Bible?

    09/01/2006 5:32:18 AM PDT · by xzins · 739 replies · 4,321+ views
    What do you do with a future National Israel in the Bible?by Thomas Ice I suspect that most of you have been at a theological crossroad at least once in your Christian life. I have stood at several over the years. Let me tell you about one such instance, since it is one that many have faced down through church history. It involves the question of "What do you do with a future national Israel in the Bible?" The decision one makes about this question will largely determine your view of Bible prophecy, thus greatly impacting your view of the...
  • Progressive Dispensationalism (Trinitarian Dispensational Premillennial Caucus Only, Please)

    08/25/2006 6:09:27 AM PDT · by xzins · 30 replies · 484+ views
    Believe ^ | MVlach
    General Information Introduction In recent years there has been a rise in what has become known as Progressive Dispensationalism (PD) (Other labels for PD include "revised," "reconstructed," or "new" dispensationalism.). Adherents to PD see themselves as being in the line of normative or traditional dispensationalism, but at the same time, have made several changes and/or modifications to the traditional dispensational system. Thus, PD adherents view themselves as furthering the continual development of dispensational theology. It is also true that progressive dispensationalists seek a mediating position between traditional dispensationalism and nondispensational systems. The meaning of progressive According to Charles Ryrie, the...
  • Israel and Scripture: The Geo-Political Promise Expanded

    08/23/2006 10:21:31 AM PDT · by topcat54 · 6 replies · 190+ views
    Reformation Online ^ | Kenneth L. Gentry, Jr., Th.D.
    THE GEO-POLITICAL PROMISE EXPANDEDEarly in Israels covenantal history her promises were strongly tied up with an increased SEED and a particular, well-defined LAND. We find the seed and land promises in the Abrahamic Covenant repeated in various places in Genesis, beginning in Genesis 12. The land aspect of the promise has a direct bearing on the geo-political question. An interesting -- and important -- prophetic metamorphosis occurs later in Israels history though. This re-orientation develops after she is established in the land and especially approaching and around the time of the exile: her hope becomes more narrowly focused and concentrated....
  • A Dark Conspiracy of Prophecy and Alien Technology

    08/16/2006 2:51:31 PM PDT · by Alex Murphy · 63 replies · 894+ views
    American Chronicle ^ | August 14, 2006 | Gary S. Bekkum
    Starstream Research interviews author Terry James about his novel, and the truth behind the dark dimension of alien technology and otherworldly beings. "So, believing God's Word as absolute Truth, I have to believe they are presently intertwining themselves with government and science in clandestine, dark project areas. How aware governmental officials --in the black, covert regions, or other--are in these things, I wouldn't conjecture. But, someone, somewhere, has to know something is beyond what we consider normal." SSR: Beginning in August 2006, Starstream Research is examining the possibility that the human race is under the influence of otherworldly intelligence. The...
  • Who Really Stands with Israel?

    08/07/2006 6:18:10 AM PDT · by topcat54 · 376 replies · 2,597+ views
    American Vision ^ | 6/07/2006 | Gary DeMar
    David Brog has written Standing with Israel: Why Christians Support the Jewish State. The ten reviews I read on Amazon were quite favorable, and it is being advertised on WorldNetDaily. The fact that the Foreword was written by John Hagee, author of Jerusalem Countdown, From Daniel to Doomsday, Beginning of the End, and Final Dawn over Jerusalem, is a clear indication that the books thesis fits with the modern-day prophetic system known as dispensational premillennialism. I doubt that the book covers what this article reveals. In my debate with Tommy Ice at American Visions Worldview Super Conference (May 26, 2006),...
  • Land Over Jesus and the Gospel

    07/31/2006 1:50:23 PM PDT · by topcat54 · 211 replies · 1,511+ views
    American Vision ^ | 7/25/2006 | Gary DeMar
    So the LORD gave Israel all the land which He had sworn to give to their fathers, and they possessed it and lived in it. And the LORD gave them rest on every side, according to all that He had sworn to their fathers, and no one of all their enemies stood before them; the LORD gave all their enemies into their hand. Not one of the good promises which the LORD had made to the house of Israel failed; all came to pass (Joshua 21:4345). Christians United for Israel (CUFI) met at the Hilton Washington on July 19...
  • Subduing the Nations with the Gospel

    07/31/2006 1:42:13 PM PDT · by topcat54 · 143 replies · 1,055+ views
    American Vision ^ | 7/31/2006 | Gary DeMar
    In a Sunday school class that I was guest teaching yesterday, I was asked about the significance of Isaiah 11 and its prophetic role in history. Modern-day prophetic theorists claim that the passage describes events that will take place during the millennium of Revelation 20. I believe Isaiah 11 has significance for what is happening in the Middle East at this very moment. While dispensationalists look for the prophetic inevitability of warArmageddonthe Bible presents a different perspective rooted in the life-transforming gospel of Jesus Christ to bring warring peoples together in peace. (More about this tomorrow.) There are several problems...
  • Publishing Armageddon

    07/24/2006 8:28:49 AM PDT · by topcat54 · 324 replies · 2,395+ views
    American Vision ^ | 7/24/2006 | Gary DeMar
    Events in Israel are viewed by millions of evangelicals as a sure sign that the rapture is near. Again! Jerry Falwell, who stated on a December 27, 1992, television broadcast, that he did not believe there will be another millennium . . . or another century, has written on July 23, 2006: It is apparent, in light of the rebirth of the state of Israel, that the present-day events in the Holy Land may very well serve as a prelude or forerunner to the future Battle of Armageddon and the glorious return of Jesus Christ.1 Something similar happened in 1990....
  • Stand Up for What You Believe

    02/02/2006 4:34:37 PM PST · by topcat54 · 10 replies · 616+ views
    American Vision ^ | 2/2/2006 | Gary DeMar
    For the past two months, American Vision has been trying to find someone from the dispensational position to debate the following topic: The Olivet Discourse: Future or Fulfilled? Some of the people we contacted had legitimate reasons for not being able to participate. Most did not. Thomas Ice, who I have debated eight times in the past 15 years, is almost always ready to debate. For this, he deserves credit. When top-name advocates of a position fail to stand up to defend their position, the end of that position is near. Thats a preterist near, not a dispensational near.
  • Hal Lindsey's Shadow in the White House

    11/28/2005 6:07:30 AM PST · by HarleyD · 85 replies · 1,168+ views
    Prigrims Between Two Ages ^ | July 25, 2004 | John P. Elliott
    In 1987 Charles Colson published Kingdoms in Conflict, a book which discussed the relationship of the Christian faith to politics. One chapter of that book has some disturbing relevance for today. It is a fictional account of the political triumph of the "Christian Republican Party": Republican majorities in Congress and an Evangelical President in the White House. Colson notes that this President even opens his cabinet meetings with prayer and Bible study. Written at the midpoint of Ronald Reagan's administration, the chapter represented the dream scenario of many Evangelicals in the 1980s. But Colson's dream scenario quickly becomes a nightmare...