For me September 11, 2001 dawned as any other day for making the commute in to the seminary and my first class of the day. As usual, I awakened early and prepared myself for a day of teaching. However, I broke my routine in a major way—I turned on the TV to check the news. In New York City a fire raged in one of the World Trade towers. Someone said that a plane had crashed into it, but confusion accompanied the story—really? what kind of plane?
Two Fallen Towers
Then, as I watched, viewers could hear the approach of a plane and gazed, horrified, as it struck the second tower!… Continue reading
“Ready or not, here I come” is a common phrase used of children (or their parents) when playing Hide-and-Seek. This phrase could also be applied to Jesus’ return. God the Father has set redemptive history before the foundation of the world and Jesus’ return will come exactly when He has planned. The question is, are you ready? Because He is coming whether you are ready or not. Let’s explore readiness for a few moments.
There are two major sermons in the Gospel of Matthew. The first being the Sermon on the Mount in chs 5-7, in which Jesus shows what kingdom people look like.… Continue reading
Are you thinking about making any New Year’s resolutions? You know what folk wisdom says about that: “New Year’s resolutions go in one year and out the other.” We all know that most of the leaves we turn over in January have already started to fall by the end of the month. Therefore, let’s turn to the Word of God for instruction. Let’s see what Scripture declares about the concept of New Year. Does God’s written revelation provide any basis for Christians to celebrate the arrival of a New Year? According to Leviticus 23:23–25 and Numbers 29:1–6, the Lord commanded Israel to observe the Feast of Trumpets—also known as the New Year.… Continue reading
The manifold proofs for a premillennial understanding of biblical eschatology are extensive. Great books over the last 50 or so years have been written to show that the Bible does indeed teach a pre-tribulational, premillennial eschatology. To deny this truth is to have a presupposition already in place for which you refuse to give up (e.g., “I believe in reformed theology, therefore I am Amillennial in my eschatology”). With that said, I believe the Christmas story is yet another proof (yes, proof!) of a premillennial understanding of biblical eschatology.
How do I arrive at that? Simply, I read the Christmas account as presented by Luke.… Continue reading
This past week I filled out a multiple choice theological questionnaire, and unsurprisingly, I found many of the questions, or more specifically the answers to the questions, woefully inadequate. This was especially true when the questions pertained to eschatology and Israel. The answers always basically boiled down to either national Israel has no future in God’s plans or the modern State of Israel will be the vehicle for all fulfillment of eschatological prophecy. These were woefully inadequate choices, and what is worse the questionnaire was from a dispensational source. In my mind that makes it much worse because I would expect those who approach the prophecies concerning the future restoration of Israel with a true grammatical-historical hermeneutic to take seriously what they say and be careful and thoughtful in their interpretation.… Continue reading