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Examining Premillennialism

A flood of paperback books, advocating the theory of premillennialism, has invaded the religious market in recent years. One of the first widely-popular efforts was titled, The Late Great Planet Earth. It was authored by Hal Lindsey, a graduate of the school of theology at the Dallas Theological Seminary. The thrust of Lindsey's book is two-fold: First, it espouses the ... 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 Left Behind Series

On a flight from Chicago to London, several passengers aboard Capt. Rayford Steele's plane suddenly and mysteriously disappear. When Steele radios to London to report the situation, he discovers that the incident on his plane is not an isolated phenomenon but a worldwide occurrence. As Steele begins his search for answers, he learns that the Christ has come to take ... read more »

Barking at an Empty Log: Atheism & Millennialism

A good "coon" dog has a marvelous "sniffer."He can follow a trail and tree his quarry with amazing skill.On the other hand, there is that sort of pup who barks at anything.He bays at the moon.An empty log holds as much excitement for him as a treed prey. Some folks are like the dog who barks at the empty log.They ... read more »

2 Samuel 7:12 – The Kingdom Established While David Slept

The theory of premillennialism has many elements which are at variance with the Scriptures. One of these is the notion that there will be two resurrections of the dead. The first allegedly will occur at the return of Christ to establish His "millennial kingdom." Supposedly, this will involve only the righteous dead. The second resurrection, it is argued, will transpire ... read more »

Romans 8:21 — Creation Delivered

One of the most perplexing contexts in the book of Romans is found in chapter 8. In this section Paul suggests that the "whole creation" anticipates a deliverance from the bondage of corruption (vv. 21, 22). The key question is this: in what sense will the "creation" be delivered from corruption? Is the language literal or figurative? Those of the ... read more »

What Are the New Heavens and New Earth?

"What does the phrase 'new heavens and new earth' (2 Pet. 3:13) mean?" There are two views concerning the meaning of the phrase, "new heavens and new earth." Since they represent opposing viewpoints, one of them obviously is false. The phrase means either a "renewed earth," or it is a figurative expression for "heaven" itself. The Premillennial View Many religious ... read more »

Zechariah 6:12,13 – The Royal Priest

The writing of Zechariah probably contains more messianic prophecy per square inch than any other book of the Old Testament. Of the several important points within this context, we select three for notation. Branch (Christ) was to build the temple of Jehovah.He would function as a priest.While serving as priest He would likewise be ruling as a king, thus effecting ... read more »

Y2K and Millennial Mania

When I first heard the expression, "Y2K," I had no idea to what that referred. Someone kindly instructed me: "Year two thousand." I then inquired as to what the excitement concerning Y2K is all about. I was informed it is twofold: - Those who designed our computers in earlier decades did not factor in the calendar change for the coming ... read more »

1 Kings 4:21 – Solomon’s Kingdom

Those who subscribe to the theory of premillennialism allege that one of the proofs of a coming millennium is the fact that Israel has never yet possessed the total territory which God promised to Abraham's seed. In Genesis 15:18, Jehovah promised to Abraham, "In that day Jehovah made a covenant with Abram, saying, Unto thy seed have I given this ... read more »