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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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Error in the Margins

The desperation of the opponents of Covenant Eschatology becomes increasingly apparent as one reads the attempts to escape the time statements of imminence relative to the Parousia. The purpose of this article is to examine brother Wayne Jackson’s attempt, in the January 1994 issue of the Christian Courier, to explain away Biblical imminence. In the past I have reviewed brother…

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Dating Revelation: Considering Iranaeus' Testimony

The key piece of evidence used today to prove a late date (95-98 AD) for the book of Revelation is the testimony of Iranaeus. Iranaeus was the bishop of Lyons between 175-190 A.D. He was a disciple of Polycarp who was in turn a disciple of the apostle John. There are no extant complete copies of Iranaeus’ writings in the…

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Dating Revelation: Another Perspective

A prominent writer and preacher wrote an article on the date of the Apocalypse in which he advocates the "traditional" late date, 95 A.D.. He set forth his defense of same as an objection to the "bizarre theories that have surfaced in recent times (e.g. the notion that all ‘end time’ prophecies were fulfilled with the fall of Jerusalem in…

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Dating the Documents, Part 2

In a previous essay* we expressed our intention to examine the date of origin for the writings of John (the Gospel, the epistles and The Revelation). It is our contention that these materials have each been assigned late dates (c.A.D.90-110) without justification. In part 1, we looked at some reasons why the late date for the Gospel is now being…

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Dating the Documents, part 1

There are some fundamental questions that need to be asked when one attempts a detailed study of any piece of Biblical literature, questions such as, "who wrote the book," "to whom was it written," "from where was it penned and under what circumstances," "why was it written and when did it originate." We realize that these questions have often spawned…

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Recorded in the Book of Life

To mention the Book of Life is to conjure up images of the "White Throne Judgment" and the end of time, Revelation 20. It seems to have escaped the notice of many Bible students that the idea of the Book of Life is, however, a common Biblical idea and has its roots in the Old Testament. The relationship of the…

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Beware of Dogs

In Philippians 3:2 speaking against the Jews and Judaizers the apostle said "Beware of dogs!" He then contrasts true Jews (Christians) with false ones (of the flesh), and true circumcision (of the heart) with false (of the flesh). It is obvious Paul is convinced Old Israel is passing away. He uses one of the most derogatory terms, dog, to describe…

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Babylon the Great of Revelation

Everyone agrees that the book of Revelation predicts the fall of Babylon; what they do not agree upon is the identity of Babylon. Some say it is Rome, Roman Catholicism, a modern day world-wide church, or apostate Christianity as a whole. One thing is certain, the interpretation of Revelation and thus much of the Bible, hinges upon who Babylon is…

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Resurrection

A Study of the Resurrection

Resurrection From What Death?This article is about the Bible doctrine of the resurrection of the dead. The idea that there will some day be a resurrection of physically dead human corpses is so ingrained in the modern religious psyche that to question it is considered taboo by most. Yet I will do just that. It is my contention that the…

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