Responding to the Critics

Theological Airheads

On, August 19, 2002, I watched the John Hagee program out of San Antonio, Texas. Hagee was delivering the third in a series of lessons, and this one was entitled, Israel and the Church, and, boy, was he ever stirred up! Hagee spoke at length of Replacement Theology, castigating the idea that the church is the fulfillment of Israel’s promises.…

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Baptism: A New Look

Baptism: A New Appreciation

Covenant Eschatology is a comprehensive study. It is not just about the end time things such as the coming of the Lord, judgment, and resurrection. Eschatology reflects upon and is interconnected with almost every subject in the New Covenant; indeed one cannot preach the whole counsel of God without preaching eschatology. Some have stated that eschatology is mentioned once every…

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Responding to the Critics

Jackson and Mello

This is a review of Wayne Jackson’s article carried in the Christian Courier, Vol. XXVI, No. 11, March 1991, 3906 East Main St. Stockton, Calif. 95215. This article will deal specifically with Jackson’s article on the Greek word "mello." Jackson says "The word has a variety of meanings as any Greek lexicon reveals. It may signify intention, imminence, necessity, certainty,…

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Responding to the Critics

Covenant Eschatology and the Hymanaean Heresy

On the Web site www.chalcedon.edu in an article dated February 14, 1999, Andrew Sandlin cited 2 Timothy 2:17f, and called the full preterist view "Hymenaeus Resurrected." He called full preterists heretical preterists. At the R. C. Sproul Prophecy conference in Florida, February 1999, Keith Matheson also appealed to 2 Timothy 2 to condemn what he called the "Hymanaean heresy." In…

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Last Days

Signs of the End

Those who claim the end of the age will occur in or around the year 2000 insist that we see today the predicted signs of that event. Jesus however, said that the signs of his coming, and his coming, would occur in "this generation" (Matthew 24:34). That was his generation. Yet those who hold that Jesus’ coming has not yet…

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Matthew 24

But of That Day and Hour No One Knows

Mark 13:32I recently heard a radio minister preaching on eschatology. Being an amillennialist he was attacking both premillennialism and Covenant Eschatology. His key text against both views was Mark 13:32: "But of that day and hour no one knows, neither the angels of heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father." The minister argued that because Jesus was ignorant of…

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Fall of Jerusalem

The Ashes of the Red Heifer

Newspapers around the world have reported the excitement created in March of this year by the birth of a red heifer. Born on a farm near Haifa, Israel, this heifer, inspected and "approved" by 25 Rabbinic experts, is now the focus of intense interest and controversy. According to Jewish sources no flawless red heifer has been born in Israel since…

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Resurrection

Harvest is at the End of the Age

We are constantly told that the resurrection, the time of the harvest at the end of the age, is still future. Yet, Jesus was the first-fruits of the resurrection (1 Corinthians 15:23). When would harvest, the resurrection, occur? It seems not to have occurred to most people that if Jesus was the first-fruit, that the time of the harvest, i.e.…

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Matthew 24

Those days vs. That day

Those who reject Matthew 24-25 as a united discourse about the end of the Jewish Age offer a series of arguments to demonstrate a division in subject matter. One of the key arguments is that four times in three different verses, Matthew 24:19,22,29, Jesus refers to "those days." However, we are told, in verse 36 we have a direct contrast…

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Fall of Jerusalem

The Second Coming Heb. 9:28

Hebrews 9:28 is generally one of the first verses offered as proof there is to be a yet future return of Jesus. Let us notice a few things about the text. The inspired writer says in verse 26 Jesus had appeared "once" to put away sin by sacrificing himself. The Greek word translated once is "hapax" and normally means "once…

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