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The Tsunami Was Not a Sign

The tsunami that hit Indonesia, Sri Lanka, and several Asian islands in December, 2004 was almost unbelievable in magnitude. The images of devastation were almost beyond imagination. Some sources are now saying that as many as 500,000+ lives may have been lost. The impact of that catastrophe will be felt for years to come. After the tragedy, I received inquiries…

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The Tsunami Was Not a Judgment From God

Hal Lindsay has gone on record as saying that the devastating tsunami that hit Indonesia in December, 2004 was a judgment from God because of the horrific evil in those Asian countries. Interestingly, some Islamic clerics joined that chorus and other American ministers repeated the claim. Personally, I just can’t find that to be true. The sex trade in Indonesia…

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Thessalonians and the Olivet Discourse

First and Second Thessalonians are perceived by many to be positive proof of a yet future, time ending, coming of Christ. These two books contain much about the Parousia; almost every chapter of both books contains some reference to that event. But does Thessalonians prove a future coming? We think not! This article shall examine this question from a somewhat…

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The Parousia: Defining the Second Coming

American presidents Ronald Reagan, Jimmy Carter and George Bush have believed that we are living in the last days before Christ’s Second Coming, and that modern Israel plays a vital role in bringing about the end of the age. The successful Left Behind books have convinced millions that ours is the terminal generation. Christ’s Second Coming, the technical Greek term…

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More on Heaven and Earth

It is unfortunate that modern Bible students are not more familiar with Biblical terminology. The term "heaven and earth" is an example where careful study will reveal weaknesses in traditional interpretations. In Isaiah 51:15-16 Jehovah, speaking to Israel, said he gave them the Mosaic Covenant, "that I may plant the heavens, and lay the foundations of the earth, and say…

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More on Heaven and Earth

It is unfortunate that modern Bible students are not more familiar with Biblical terminology. The term "heaven and earth" is an example where careful study will reveal weaknesses in traditional interpretations. In Isaiah 51:15-16 Jehovah, speaking to Israel, said he gave them the Mosaic Covenant, "that I may plant the heavens, and lay the foundations of the earth, and say…

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The Millennial Gap Theory

The following, copyrighted material, is an edited excerpt from my upcoming book Jesus’ Coming: In the Glory of the Father. On Sunday night, June 30, I debated Thomas Ice. The topic was the Great Commission and whether it has been fulfilled, or will be fulfilled. Ice insisted that the Great Commission awaits fulfillment during the so-called future Seven Year Tribulation…

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The "Little Horn" of Daniel's Sea Beast: A Review

In the June, 1993 issue of the Christian Courier, Wayne Jackson, an out-spoken critic of Covenant Eschatology, expounds on the little horn of Daniel 7. Our purpose here is not to set forth a positive exegesis of Daniel 7 as much as it is to show the fallacy of Jackson’s article because his interpretation is representative of the view held…

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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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The End of All Things

Both Matthew and Luke leave us wondering about the identity of the disciples who came forward to interrogate Jesus as to His pronouncement of severe judgment upon the city of Jerusalem and nation of Israel. Neither of their Gospel accounts reveals the names of those disciples (cf. Mt.24:l and Lk.21:7). Mark’s Gospel, however, reveals that it was Peter, James, John…

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