Second Coming of Christ

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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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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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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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 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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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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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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