While I have not personally read the book The Last Days: A Christian View of History (You can order it here) as of yet , I found this sample of a chapter of the book and I felt the materials were extremely useful in understanding what the New Testament refers to when it speaks of “this age” and “the age to come”. This is the 6th chapter written by D.A. Carson titled “Partaker in the Age to Come” and gives a great overview of the mentioned topic.
I had just added this article to the Amillennialism website that we created to store our eschatology resources but I thought it would be worthy of a mention here.
Here is an expanded version of the discussion found in Cornelis Venema’s book “The Promise of the Future” on the identity of Israel and exactly how all Israel will be saved. It provides a good treatment of the importance of understanding what Paul meant by “All Israel will be saved” found in Romans 11:26 from an Amillennial perspective.
The posting on this blog has been limited over the last few weeks due to working on another project over the summer. It has been much work and lots of research however today we are tremendously happy to introduce to you this project in the form of a new website that we have created that is solely focused on the topic of eschatology. The Website is simply titled Amillennialism.
While there are large websites on other eschatological positions, there are very few that offer resources on this biblical understanding of prophetic scriptures. The new website will offer many of the resources including articles, books, audio and video from the best authors and speakers on the eschatological position known as Amillennialism. We had previously suggested several resources on this website but the organization of the materials was left desired. We decided to move our materials for the study of eschatology to this new website and add much more.
We are still adding new materials and we are in search of good materials that reflect this eschatological position. We welcome any suggestions you might have of resources that promote Amillennialism.
With people looking to Israel right now, the wars going on around the world and the break of Ebola, people are all fired up about the coming secret rapture. To top this off, a the reboot of the Left Behind films is coming soon and this surely will being about some interest on the subject as well.
Justin Taylor posted a good blog article today on nine arguments against the pre-tribulation secret rapture. While these are standard arguments, there are other resources available in the post that may be useful to understanding the issues surrounding this theory and why it isn’t biblical.
While we try not to generalize when we make comments on a blog about a particular theological position, sometimes it is difficult to think of the “exception to the rule”. I would like my readers to remember this point while I write this small post.
There are many people who miss the mark when it comes to our understanding of the purpose of eschatology. They somehow believe that the texts in both the Old and New Testament were written to just give us some knowledge about how things are going to end. Some of this knowledge, in their view, has nothing at all to do with us and is left to a future generation or a completely other group of people. What most prophecy students miss is the purpose of giving this information and how it essentially should affect us.
I have met many individuals whose eschatological understanding causes them to retreat from everything around them in some fatalistic fashion. They cannot be bothered by their surroundings and attempt to escape their current age by retreating and waiting for the end. We merely need to look to Israel and ignore our surroundings to get a glimpse of the end. There are others who become almost overly involved in the culture. Their hyper optimism is seen in their quest to take over the world through political, social and economic means all the while arguing that their eschatology is one that brings forth cultural regeneration. There are a number of other views and affects to our eschatological position that could be mentioned. The questions we must think through is what does the bible say about eschatology and how does it affect me today?
I have been posting some information this week on four blood moons, Russia and all sorts of end time speculation from John Hagee and the third eagle of the apocalypse. I thought it would be wise to give my readers a dose of reality by posting a few excerpts from Dean Davis’ new book The High King of Heaven. Unfortunately, shortly after release, the publisher of this book went out of business and Mr. Davis is seemingly preparing to launch the book with a new publisher. I’m looking forward to reading it. Here are a few excerpts from this book:
- The Comfort of His Coming: An Exposition of 1 Thessalonians 4:13-5:10
- When Shall These Things Be: Understanding the Olivet Discourse
- The Coming of the Kingdom
- Did the God of OT Kingdom Prophecy Lie?
- The Revelation: Purpose and Literary Genre
- Is the Modern State of Israel a Fulfillment of Biblical Prophecy?
- The End of All Things is at Hand: Understanding 1 Peter 4:7-19
- The Day of the LORD Will Come: Understanding 2 Peter 3:3-13
- It Will Not Come Unless: Interpreting 2 Thessalonians 2
- The Righteous Judgment of God: Interpreting 2 Thessalonians 1:3-10
- All Things Subjected to Himself – Philippians 3:17-21
I must admit that Dr. Kim Riddlebarger is a far quicker typist than I am. He was able to get two posts on the dispensationalists interpretation of events relating to the Russia-Ukraine crisis before I had one posted. For those of you who don’t know, dispensationalists interpret Ezekiel 38-39 as speaking of a Russia-Muslim alliance against Israel and with all the recent activities with Russia, Ukraine and Syria, they have gotten a little more “agitated”. Add the “blood moon” coming and most are sure that the end is right on top of us.
I would generally use my Twitter account to post this type of information however I wanted to make a point to make this information as visible as possible.
Gary Demar just posted that today marks the 65th anniversary of Israel becoming a nation again which has fuelled prophetic speculations about such things as the secret rapture, the great tribulation and the millennium all within 40+ years after this event. The importance of this event to Hal Lindsey and those who share in his prophetic outlook cannot be diminished. While I don’t agree with Demar on many interpretations of prophetic scriptures, this article is definitely worth a read! this article