The following articles are related to the topic of DISPENSATIONALISM

The English Standard Version Study Bible – A Review

Shortly after its initial appearance, we published an article reviewing The English Standard Version (2001, Crossway Bibles). In that composition we cataloged what we perceived to be some of the strengths and weaknesses of this translation of the Bible. Generally, I commended the ESV, though I remain of the persuasion that the American Standard Version (1901) is still the best ... read more »

What Does the Bible Say About the Rapture?

"In case of the Rapture, this vehicle will be unmanned." "The Rapture: the only way to fly." The preceding slogans are but two of the many circulated by folks who believe in the so-called "Rapture" theory. You see these slogans on bumper stickers, Twitter, and Facebook. These slogans herald the alleged event that Hal Lindsey, author of the multimillion best-seller, ... read more »

The Little Horn of Daniel’s Sea-beast

In the second year of Nebuchadnezzar's reign over the Babylonian Empire (ca. 603 B.C.), Daniel, a Hebrew in captivity, was called upon to reveal and interpret a dream for the monarch. He told of a great image in the form of a man consisting of four sections. The head was of gold, its breast and arms were silver, the belly ... read more »

The Google “Gag” Order

Editorial Note: This article was originally published in 2003. Google Adwords has changed significantly over time and based on Jared's expertise and advice in technical matters, we no longer use their advertising program. And although we sincerely appreciate the tremendous allegiance with the cause of truth many have demonstrated, no particular action on your part is necessary at this time ... read more »

Was Jesus Really the “Messiah”?

A Jewish opponent of Christianity argues: "Christians claim that the mission of Jesus of Nazareth was to bring peace to this earth.It has been two thousand years since he was born, and yet still there is no peace.In fact, there seems to be more conflict than ever.Does this not prove that Jesus was not the person Christians claim him to ... read more »

God Made No Distinction

One of the first doctrinal problems encountered by the early church involved an attempt by certain Jewish Christians to graft the Mosaic law onto the gospel system as a means of divine justification. When Paul and Barnabas were at Antioch, certain Judaizers came from Jerusalem, contending: "Unless you are circumcised after the custom of Moses, you cannot be saved" (Acts ... read more »

Does Ezekiel 36:25 Prophesy Sprinkling?

"Does Ezekiel 36:25 provide scriptural proof for the practice of sprinkling as a form of baptism? A Roman Catholic friend of mine argues that it does. Here is what the verse says: 'Then will I sprinkle clean water upon you, and ye shall be clean: from all your filthiness, and from all your idols, will I cleanse you.'" In order ... read more »

When the Son of Man Comes

Some speculate about when the Lord will return, but Christ Jesus gave no time indicators (i.e., signs) with respect to the judgment day (Matt. 24:34-36). He did, however, focus on man's need to be prepared for that unexpected, yet certain, reckoning. Matthew 25 focuses on the necessity of this preparation. Through the parables of the foolish virgins and the talents, ... read more »

The Two “Beasts” of Revelation 13

What do the two "beasts" depicted in Revelation 13 represent? The first comes up out of the sea (v. 1). The second rises from the earth (v. 11). And what is the meaning of not being able to "buy or sell" without the "mark" of the beast (vv. 16-17)? In his commentary, The Book of Revelation, Robert Mounce contends that ... read more »

Behold, the Man!

In the dark hours preceding his crucifixion, Jesus was led through a series of quasi-legal proceedings that flaunted any sense of justice. In one of those phases, Pilate, the Roman governor, had Christ brutally whipped. Subsequently, the soldiers placed a crown of plaited thorns upon his brow and mockingly clothed him in a purple robe, feigning regal adoration. Pilate then ... read more »