In Revelation 9:1-11 we read of locusts that come out of the abyss. If we try to over-interpret, weâ€™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.
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.
“There are signs that would indicate we are in the Last Days leading up to the Second Coming of Jesus… The Bible is clear. As we get closer to his return, there are going to be great global catastrophes.”
“We are the generation that will see the end timesâ€¦ and the return of Jesus.â€
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?
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
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?
Many who oppose evangelical Zionism rejoiced in the recent McCain-Hagee debacle. It can’t get better than this, they think. But evangelical support for Israel is rooted way beyond Hagee, Hal Lindsey, and Tim Lahaye. Back in 1998, Timothy P. Weber wrote a thorough historical and theological analysis of the reasons why evangelicals love Israel in a Christianity Today article entitled “How Evangelicals Became Israel’s Best Friend.” Here are a couple of his points…
For a printer-friendly PDF copy, click here. I’m re-posting this article from October 26, 2007 1:30 pm. Warning: I wrote this post to provoke readers to reassess well-entrenched, preconceived ideas about Israel, the Church, and the Second Coming. Be a
John Hagee the Zionist is at it again, promoting yet another sure money-making book, In Defense of Israel. In this promotional video, he states the following heresies: This book will expose the sins of the fathers and the vicious abuse