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Zechariah and the Apocalypse, part 2

The first article of this series demonstrated that Zechariah 14 has traditionally and correctly been applied to the A.D. 70 coming of the Lord. We also examined the correlation of Zechariah 14 and the Olivet Discourse showing that Zechariah 14:7 destroys any argument for a divided chapter in Matthew 24. My purpose here is to show that Zechariah also parallels…

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Zechariah and the New Covenant, part 1

Zechariah is a wonderful book and chapter 14 is a marvelous chapter. Chapters 10-14 of this book constitute another apocalypse in the line of Daniel, Ezekiel, and Revelation. One of the most interesting and significant studies within Zechariah is the term "in that day." Appearing some seventeen times this term almost invariably refers to Jesus’ work and his generation. To…

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With the Sound of the Trumpet

"When the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall arise…" goes the old hymn. It is a classic song conjuring up images, reinforced by eloquent preachers, of physical graves opening as the great trumpet of God awakens the dead. Unfortunately, the song does not accurately depict the scriptural truth of the resurrection. This article seeks to examine the doctrine of…

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What if God Did Not Keep His Promises?

It is amazing and somewhat disturbing to hear some so-called Bible experts speak so flippantly of either God’s ability, or willingness to keep His promises. In a new book entitled When Shall These Things Be? one of the contributing authors says "historical contingencies may prevent or alter the fulfillment of God’s promises." In other words, man’s rebellion can thwart God’s…

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What About In Like Manner?

One of the most common objections to Covenant Eschatology is based on Acts 1:9f. The disciples, beholding the ascending Christ, were told that he would come, "in like manner as you have seen him go into heaven" (Acts 1:9f), this means, we are told, that Jesus must return in a physical body. There are a variety of ways to counter…

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The Time Has Come!

"For the time has come for judgment to begin at the house of God; and if it begins with us first, what will be the end of those who do not obey the gospel of God?" It is interesting to me that 1 Peter 4:17 receives so little attention in the on-going debate about eschatology. For instance, Aune in his…

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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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Thessalonians and the Olivet Discourse

First and Second Thessalonians are perceived by many to be 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? I think not. This article will examine this question from a somewhat distinctive…

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The Parousia, Pt. 1 of 4

The average man in the pew would define the parousia — the coming of the Lord — as the literal, bodily coming of Jesus on clouds, with angels and the sound of a trumpet at the end of time and destruction of the material universe. This literalistic concept is deeply ingrained in the modern believer. This is unfortunate since this…

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The Nature of the Parousia

Without question, the nature of the parousia is at the heart and core of the controversy surrounding Covenant Eschatology. Did Jesus predict that He was to return physically, bodily, on literal clouds at the end of time, or did he predict a "spiritual" coming? Recently, Thomas Ice and Gary DeMar engaged in a debate on the question "Are We Living…

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