“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
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
As I stated in my last post, I have been teaching though the Bible, a book-at-a-time, each week the next book. I want to give my youth a flavor of the whole story of the Bible, as well as show them that each book is relevant to their lives because God is unchanging in His Person, Work, and Standard.
In my last post I specifically wrote about Jonah and a few reflections. Today, I would like to give a few reflections from the follow-up prophet, Nahum.
Before my observations, I am sure that most (if not the vast majority) have no clue what Nahum is about.… Continue reading
Eschatology, the study of end times, may be one of the most misunderstood and debated issues in theology. I have heard some people say: “It really doesn’t matter.” “It’s too complicated, why study?” And “Too many people fight over it, I don’t want to fight.” One famous pastor even said it’s sin and divides the church to have eschatology in your doctrinal statement.
Those objections may have a glimmer of truth to them. People can have differing views of eschatology (on some level) and still have the gospel right. People disagree over whether or not Israel will be restored and a seven year tribulation, but both groups still place their faith in Jesus Christ and have been atoned for and will stand next to each other in heaven.… Continue reading
Many people are concerned about the end of the world. Books are written, movies find new-creative ways to show us how it will all end, and there are seemingly a million or so options about how to interpret the “End Times” passages in the Bible. Interestingly, with all this attention focused upon the end, there is one area that gets missed that I believe is vital.
Before I go any farther there are three things you must know:
(1) If you disagree with my position on Eschatology, then you are free to go once you read #3 below, unless you want to learn a bit what another position believes.… Continue reading