Last Days

Are We Living in the Last Days?

The website of the Left Behind organization, founded by Tim LaHaye, co-author of the popular book series Left Behind, has been running a poll. It should be noted that the Left Behind books, although they say they are fictional, state that the authors believe we are indeed in the last days. On the website, LaHaye informs us that the survey…

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Last Days

Are the"End Times" Quickly Approaching?

The August 2 Daily Ardmoreite carried a column by syndicated columnist George Plagenz with the title above. Plagenz recounted the current fascination with the "Left Behind" books, by Tim LaHaye and Jerry Jenkins, and the theology behind them. Plagenz says, "Christianity has always taught that the days of the world are numbered," and that prophecy students throughout the ages have…

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Last Days

And Behold, A Carp Shall Lead Them!

You may have seen the recent story. In a New York fish market, a man was getting ready to kill a 20 pound carp, when all of a sudden, this carp supposedly started speaking in Hebrew, saying that the end of the world is at hand! The worker, understandably panicked, ran out of the room shouting "It’s the devil!" The…

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The Age to Come

One of the cardinal doctrines of eschatology is that of "the age to come." The age to come was to be the time of the Messiah, the kingdom, and salvation. It was the anticipated goal of Israel’s prophets. The purpose of this article is to take note of a recent article by dispensationalist Thomas Ice. In the publication “Midnight Call,”…

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Kingdom of God

A Survey: Eschatology in Hebrews

Several basic premises still appear to be unknown to Bible students about the epistle to the Hebrews (such as author, place of origin, etc.; this scribe believes there may be an argument for Apollos’ being the author as there is an argument for Paul), but this should not deter readers from seeing the encouragement and promises found in this letter.…

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Kingdom of God

The God Who Keeps His Promises, Pt. 2

One of the most popular doctrines of our day is called dispensationalism. Fundamental to this doctrine is the idea that Jesus came to establish the kingdom of Israel. However, "because that nation refused Him, it became impossible to establish the kingdom." (Thomas Ice, The End Times Controversy, 2003, 85) God supposedly withdrew the kingdom offer from Israel and established the…

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Kingdom of God

The God Who Keeps His Promises, Pt. 1

On the website www.jewsforjudaism.org the claim is made that Jesus cannot be the Son of God, or a true prophet, because he said he was coming back in the first century, and did not do so. The Islamic religion rejects Jesus on the same premise. Atheists say the failed promises of Jesus and the New Testament writers prove that Jesus…

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The Eternal Kingdom

There seems to be quite a lot of confusion and misunderstanding with regard to God’s eternal kingdom. It is rather obvious that one large contributing factor is a lack of real study of God’s book. Jesus said in Matthew chapter 22 that the reason the Sadducees did not understand the nature of the resurrection was a lack of knowledge of…

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Determinism and Postponement

The millennial doctrine is so full of self contradictions, logical fallacies, and violations of scripture that it is a confusing maze. Having studied millennialism extensively for almost 30 years, and engaged in numerous private and public debates on the issue has given me insights into this doctrine that deeply trouble me. Being aware of these fallacies often makes me wonder…

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An Air-Tight Argument?

Self confidence born of personal study is rewarding. Each generation must discover truth for itself or the danger of traditionalism becomes very real. Arguments and doctrines passed down without critical examination tend to make us "at ease in Zion." The Restoration Plea demands constant re-evaluation, unrelenting investigation, honest inquiry into even the dearest and most confidently held positions. This article…

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