Last Things

Last Things

Papers and Sermons

Gog and Magog, Armageddon and Ezekiel 38-39Paradise by Edward Hicks (1834)
March 4, 2010

How is it possible that in the millennium, perfected, heavenly humans who are able to sin can produce people who will later fall into sin?

The Fig Tree: A Sign to Israel and the ChurchThe Vinedresser and the Fig Tree by James Tissot
February 22, 2010

Since it had no fruit because it was not in season yet, why did Jesus curse the tree? Because he was hungry and it had no fruit? Isn’t that a sin of selfishness, short temper and capriciousness? When Peter noticed that the fig tree had withered, why did Jesus answer, “Have faith in God,” and then talked about prayer?

Israel’s Jubilee Fulfilled in the Philippines!Jubilee
February 12, 2010

Really? If Moses were alive today, he would have died laughing at the “Intercessors for the Philippines,” a group of Filipinos so gullible to the deception of Cindy Jacobs, a well-known false prophet.

Will the True Israel Please Stand?Abraham Sacrificing Isaac
January 25, 2010

No earthly promise to Israel remains unfulfilled, contradicting the claim that God’s promises to Abraham still have to be fulfilled in a future millennial reign.

Will the Real Temple Please Stand?Jerusalem Temple
January 21, 2010

Most Christians today believe that when Christ returns, he will sit on a throne in a rebuilt Third Temple in Jerusalem during a literal earthly millennium. The following, with a few edits and additions, is a presentation on this subject that I helped Rachel put together for her Bible class last year.

How Do I Read the Book of Revelation?John in Patmos
March 25, 2009

In Revelation 9:1-11, we read of locusts that come out of the abyss. If we try to over-interpret, we’ll end up saying these are Apache helicopters, with the teeth being .50 caliber machine guns, the hair being the fire out of the exhaust pipe, the breast-plates being the titanium armor, and the tails being tomahawk missiles. This misses the point entirely as this vision had meaning for the first-century believer.

“The Israel of God” by R. Scott ClarkNew Jerusalem
March 4, 2010

Dr. R. Scott Clark, Professor of Church History and Historical Theology at Westminster Seminary in California, explains why the “Israel of God” is not national Israel, but the elect of God from all nations, Jews and Gentiles alike.

The Significance of Covenant Theology in Reformed EschatologyEschatology Books
January 22, 2009

Because they are so used to listening to the latest dispensational prophecy seminars, most evangelicals are disappointed and baffled when they hear that the “last days” and most chapters of Revelation encompass the period between the two comings of Jesus Christ, and not the seven-year tribulation period before the Rapture. Even more baffling to them is the teaching that the “signs of the times” are to continue within the inter-advental period, now over 2,000 years in duration.

The Lost Thousand YearsElect Called to Paradise
January 9, 2009

The Parable of the Sheep and Goats (Matt 25:31-46) gives the clearest evidence of a single, general resurrection of the righteous and the wicked. “When the Son of Man comes in his glory” together with all his angels, he will sit on his judgment throne. All the nations will be gathered before him, the righteous sheep on his right, the cursed goats on his left. Where’s the millennium in this text?

Are we living in the “last days”?Destruction of the Jerusalem Temple
December 12, 2008

“We are the generation that will see the end times… and the return of Jesus,” Hal Lindsey wrote in the 1980’s. Like all false prophets dating back 2,000 years ago, from Montanus (150) to Melchior Hoffman (1533) to William Miller (1843-4), all of the current false prophets believe that ours is the “terminal generation.”

“Tongues are a sign not for…” (1 Cor 14:21-22)Pentecost
September 10, 2008

There is no doubt then that Paul was also connecting the phenomenon of tongue-speaking in the church in Corinth to Moses’ prophecy of an invasion by “a nation whose language you do not understand.” He understood the double fulfillment of this prophecy in…

95 Theses Against DispensationalismDaniel-Time
August 5, 2008

Thanks to Albert for leading me to a thorough refutation of dispensational premillennialism: “The Ninety-Five Theses Against Dispensationalism” written by Dr. Robert L. Reymond for the NiceneCouncil.com.

Astonished by Millennial Temple FoolishnessThird Temple
June 7, 2008

After Christ reigns for 1,000 years over glorified saints who came back from heaven, multitudes led by Gog and Magog rebel against God! Where did all these wicked people come from? Does this mean that in the perfect age to come, glorified saints will mingle with sinful people?

“Nuke Iran!”—John Hagee and Evangelical ZionistsJohn Hagee Cruise Missile
March 19, 2008

I wrote this post to provoke readers to reassess well-entrenched, preconceived ideas about Israel, the Church, and the Second Coming. Be a patient reader, ponder the Scriptures, and those ideas will be shaken!

Short Articles

Epicenter: Gog-Magog Alliance Against Israel Today?Epicenter
March 2, 2010

Ezekiel 38-39 is a prophecy of the Assyrian invasion of Israel in the 8th century B. C., and this invasion is typological–a foreshadow–of the great persecution of Christians by unbelievers throughout this present age until Christ returns.

The Millennium: Not Just in Revelation 20The Millennium
August 29, 2009

Do you think Satan could be literally bound by a chain? Do you think he could be locked up for one thousand years in a “bottomless” pit? Is there really such a thing as an infinitely deep pit? Why not?

Seven Years or Two Millennia of Tribulation?The Millennium
July 25, 2009

“Second chance theology” during tribulation period is “goofy” theology, and contradicts Paul’s teaching that “now is the day of salvation.” This second chance teaching misleads people into thinking that they can be saved after the return of Christ.

The Noisiest “Secret” Rapture EverSecret Rapture
July 14, 2009

Far from being “secret,” the Rapture is “really, really loud” and visible to all. Paul says about the Rapture, “For the Lord himself will descend from heaven with a cry of command, with the voice of an archangel, and with the sound of the trumpet of God” (1 Thess 4:16).

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