The State God

Five years ago, a brother hinted that if I wanted to know what was going on in the ‘real world’, I should read the business pages less, and follow politics more. My lifelong interest has always been theology; I am interested in connecting general and specific revelation, and how the end is declared from the beginning. And so, despite some concerns about the lingo and vocabulary of the laws of the various lands, I took my brother’s advice. I was immediately intrigued by this new-found interest, and to my surprise, I soon found out that the concepts I ran across were quite familiar.

The Mystery of the Woman in Revelation 17

What is the mystery which Revelation 17:5 and 7 reveal? Does the mystery refer to the title of the woman (“Mystery Babylon the Great”; NKJV) or is the name of the woman “Babylon the Great”, about which Revelation 17 reveals a mystery (cf. NASB)? And if so, what is the mystery?

Is the Rapture a New Teaching?

A common argument against the doctrine of the rapture is that it is a new teaching and, so the argument goes, because it is new, it cannot be true (cf. Ladd 1956:31). Du Rand (2007:317) writes that teaching about the rapture only gained momentum after 1830 when the dreams of a certain Margaret MacDonald were revealed. But is teaching about the rapture new, or is it rather old? Is something true or false because it is old or new?

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The Judgement Seat of Christ

The Judgement Seat of Christ

The doctrine of the judgement seat (in Greek: the bēma-seat) of Christ straddles not only soteriology (the teaching about salvation), but also ecclesiology (the doctrine of the Church) and eschatology (end times teaching). Despite this, why is there so little teaching...

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Perilous Times

Perilous Times

It seems that Christians, especially those in the West, are going to have a much harder time going forward. Much of Western civilization was built on Biblical principles and a Christian worldview. But this foundation is facing a full-frontal and all-out attack, if not...

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Exodus, Joshua and Revelation

Exodus, Joshua and Revelation

There are many typological connections between the books of Exodus and Revelation. But the same can be said for Joshua and Revelation. Why is this the case? What typological connections exist between these three books? When may these Old Testament types be fulfilled...

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The Doctrine of the Nations

The Doctrine of the Nations

What is God’s plan for the nations? Why has He elected Israel as the chosen nation? How should a ‘nation’ be defined Biblically? How is Satan trying to thwart God’s plan for the nations? These and other questions are discussed in the doctrine of the nations. The 70...

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Babylon

Babylon

There are major end-time prophetic events that do not appear on most eschatological ‘time lines’. When these unconditional, literal prophesies are fulfilled directly and literally, God must and will get the glory. What is unusual about these prophesies is that they...

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The Government in the Messianic Kingdom

The Government in the Messianic Kingdom

During December, many focus on the first part of Isaiah 9:6 — ‘For to us a child is born, to us a son is given’ — but this verse continues to say that ‘the government shall be upon his shoulder’. Something very similar is written in Luke 1:32-33: ‘He will be great and...

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Dividing the land of Israel? And Jerusalem?

Dividing the land of Israel? And Jerusalem?

Two end-time prophecies are becoming very relevant, even today. In both cases these literal prophecies will be literally (or directly) fulfilled towards the end of the seven-year Tribulation Period, or just thereafter. But in both cases, it appears that the scene is...

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The Letter to Titus

The Letter to Titus

After the apostle Paul's first imprisonment in Rome ended in about AD 61-62, the Lord strengthened the apostle to proclaim the message of the gospel so that all the Gentiles might hear it (cf. 2 Timothy 4:17). During the next five or so years (AD 62-67), Paul was very...

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1 & 2 Thessalonians

1 & 2 Thessalonians

Not long after the Jerusalem counsel, Paul’s second missionary journey commenced in about AD 49 (cf. Acts 15:36, 40-41), with the churches in Galatia visited first (Acts 16:1-6a). Forbidden by the Holy Spirit to speak the word in Asia or Bithynia, a perplexed group of...

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The Epistle to the Colossians

The Epistle to the Colossians

Colossians is another of the four ‘prison epistles’ (cf. 1:24; 4:3, 10, 18) that Paul wrote (1:1, 23; 4:18) in about AD 60-61 during his first imprisonment in Rome (cf. Acts 28:30). The name “Colosse” is ‘possibly derived from Colossus, a large statue, which in turn...

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The Epistle to the Philippians

The Epistle to the Philippians

The church at Philippi started inauspiciously with a Gentile businesswoman, a Macedonian jailer and their households (Acts 16:12-40). This occurred in about AD 50 when, as part of Paul’s second missionary journey, he first brought the gospel to Europe (cf. Acts...

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Ephesians

Ephesians

Strategically located ‘on the west coast of Asia Minor, Ephesus possessed one of the few world-class harbours that existed in the Roman Empire, enabling it to serve as the intercontinental gateway linking Europe to Asia’ (Ger 2004:246). Ephesus was the capital city of...

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