Second Coming of Christ

Matthew 24:3

One of the most significant, yet misunderstood chapters in the Bible is Matthew 24. It is the seed-bed for almost all modern speculation about the "end of the world." Premillennialists say Jesus described in detail the events of our generation. Amillennialists divide the chapter into a discordant mixture of two subjects — the destruction of Jerusalem and the end of…

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Second Coming of Christ

A Matter of Signs

Sign — "That by which anything is known, or represented; something that indicates a fact, quality, etc. a mark, token, an indication…" (Webster’s New Twentieth Century Dictionary, Unabridged Second Edition,1975, pg 1687.) Hal Lindsey in his Late Great Planet Earth, Dwight Pentecost, in Things to Come, Robert Shank, in Until the Coming of Messiah and His Kingdom, and other premillenial…

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Second Coming of Christ

How Is This Possible?

It is so very easy to read certain Bible passages for years and never fully realize what they are saying. I am certain that most of us have experienced both the frustration and the joy of suddenly discovering some of those hidden nuggets that had lain exposed, yet hidden, for so long. Sometimes we discover statements which disturb our preconceived…

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Second Coming of Christ

The Great Apostasy – Matthew 24

The great apostasy is in the study of eschatology, i.e. the coming of the Lord and end of the age, etc. Both Jesus and Paul predicted the Apostasy. The reason this study is so important is because the apostasy was to be a sign of the coming of the Lord — when the apostasy was at its height the Lord…

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Second Coming of Christ

The Great Apostasy

Everyone would agree that the Great Apostasy is a significant aspect of eschatology. Charles Ryrie, representative of most dispensationalists said "at the end of the church age THE great apostasy will come on the scene before the day of the Lord." Dehaan listed the apostasy as one of the ten signs that would prove "the nearness of his return and…

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Second Coming of Christ

The End of the Age and Evangelism

It is widely believed today that the gospel must be preached to all the world before Christ can come; when the Great Commission is fulfilled the Parousia, (Jesus’ coming or presence) is supposed to be near. This belief is based on Matthew 24:14: "This gospel of the kingdom will be preached in all the world for a witness to all…

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Revelation

The Nicolaitans and the Date of Revelation

The condition of the 7 churches of Asia is often posited as evidence for the late date, i.e. 95-98 A.D., of the book of Revelation. Stanley Paher, for instance, in an unpublished paper says "the existence of heretical sects such as the Nicolaitans, the Balaamites and Jezebel’s group [Rev. 2:6; 14, 15, 20] is not confirmed by anyone in A.D.…

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The Day Has Come

Isaiah lamented the condition of Israel due to her sin "we wait for light but behold obscurity; for brightness but we walk in darkness. We grope for the wall like the blind, and we grope as if we had no eyes: we stumble at noonday as in the night; we are in desolate places as dead men" Isaiah 59:9-10. Compare…

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Revelation: A Tale of Two Cities

All students of the book of Revelation agree it is the story of two cities — "Babylon" and the New Jerusalem. The identity of these two cities is where the confusion sets in. Some define Babylon as "apostate Christianity," some say the Roman Catholic church, others say it was the old city of Rome. The New Jerusalem is variously defined…

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