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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My Kingdom is not of this World

My Kingdom is not of this World

As part of a civil trial, and in reply to the question whether he is the King of the Jews, Jesus answered Pilate, “My kingdom is not of this world. If My kingdom were of this world, My servants would fight, so that I should not be delivered to the Jews; but now My kingdom is not from here” (Jn 18:36; NKJV). Many replacement theologians, especially a-millennialists, use this text to argue that the kingdom is entirely spiritual, and that Jesus never meant to establish a literal kingdom on the earth. This misunderstanding must be addressed.

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Given to a Nation Producing the Fruits of it . . .

Given to a Nation Producing the Fruits of it . . .

Matthew 21:43 does not teach that God has ripped the kingdom of God from Israel and given it to the Church. Bluntly put, I am convinced that is false teaching. In fact, Matthew 21:43 teaches the exact opposite: Jesus guarantees a future blessing for Israel in the millennium (cf. Decker 2010:43). The kingdom of God will be given to a future generation of Jewish leaders and Jewish people who will bear the fruits of it. When that kingdom is restored on the earth, all who believe in Christ will participate in it, whether of Jewish or non-Jewish ethnicity.

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Colonize Mars?

Colonize Mars?

If Elon Musk and his SpaceX company’s website is to be believed – if ¬– their goal is to build a ‘Mars base, from which we can build a thriving city and eventually a self-sustaining civilization on Mars’. Apparently, the idea is to ‘make life multiplanetary’, because becoming ‘a multi-planet species beats the hell out of being a single planet species’ (Musk 2017:8). How do these dreams square with God’s order, and with God’s mediatorial kingdom on earth?

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Seventy Sevens

Seventy Sevens

What will the “seventy sevens” of Daniel 9:24-27 achieve? When did this period begin, and when will the 70th seven end? What does this prophecy have to do with Christ’s first and second coming? The prophecy of the seventy sevens, or 490 years, is very important. This prophecy not only covers the time to Christ’s first coming, but it also covers the 70th seven – and immediately after this 7-year Tribulation Period, Christ will return to the earth. This time He will come as the king to establish the Messianic kingdom.

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The Invisible Battle

The Invisible Battle

During Christ’s first coming, Satan deployed his demonic forces on earth to try to thwart God’s plan (cf. Mat 2). At the time of Christ’s second coming to the earth, the same invisible battle will again clearly manifest itself. Matthew 2 and 24 describe incidents in a way that people are accustomed to, but in Revelation 12 God unveils events from the perspective of the invisible battle in the angelic world at the time of both comings of Christ.

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The Men of Renown?

The Men of Renown?

Was the union in Genesis 6:1–4 between the line of Seth and the line of Cain, or was it between fallen angels and the daughters of men? What really happened? Who are these ‘men of renown’? Why did God punish this intermarriage so severely?

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People and Nations Are Being Misled

People and Nations Are Being Misled

Paul warns: ‘See to it that no one takes you captive by philosophy and empty deceit, according to human tradition, according to the elemental spirits of the world, and not according to Christ’ (Col 2:8). Although the context of Colossians 2:8 probably has reference to a proto-gnostic type of philosophy, the implications of Paul’s exhortation to ‘beware of philosophy’ are appropriately applied to other alien systems of thought that have invaded Christianity down through the centuries since then (Geisler 1999:3). False ideologies and false systems of thought not only try to deceive people, but also to conquer nations. These days not only are more people turning away from God and his Word, but more and more nations seem to be deceived. Who is orchestrating this deception behind the scenes? Why does it appear as if more nations are breaking ties with God? What do believers hope for?

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The Two Witnesses

The Two Witnesses

The two witnesses will prophesy for 1260 days (Rev 11:3). What is the ministry of the two witnesses? Will they prophesy during the first or second half of the Tribulation Period? Is it possible to determine who the two witnesses could be?

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The 144 000

The 144 000

These days every man and his dog believe they are part of the 144 000. If it is not the Jehovah’s Witnesses who think they are the 144 000, then replacement theologians (cf. De Young 2012) teach that all believers collectively are the 144 000. When will the 144 000 evangelize, who are the 144 000 and what are the fruits of their ministry?

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The Illustration of the Olive Tree

The Illustration of the Olive Tree

Paul says that nothing can separate believers from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord (Rom 8:38-39). If that is so — and it is! — how do believers know they can trust God if the unconditional promises to Israel have not yet been fulfilled? Why are so...

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Pre-Trib Conference 2018

Pre-Trib Conference 2018

Early December, FaithEquip attended the 2018 Pre-Trib Conference in Dallas. The theme of this conference was ‘Remembering the Holocaust on Israel’s 70th Anniversary’. We briefly summarize each of the ten sessions. A link to the conference material is provided at the...

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Faith Leading Reason

Faith Leading Reason

How does the Bible describe Abraham’s reasoning process when God told Abraham to offer up Isaac (Gen 22:1-2; Heb 11:17-19)? After he warned them about the leaven of the religious teachers, why did the Lord Jesus start his rebuke with the words, “O you of little...

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Jesus’ Prayer in John 17

Jesus’ Prayer in John 17

The Upper Room Discourse (Jn 13-17) concludes with the ‘high priestly prayer’ of Jesus. At the time Jesus prayed this prayer, he had not yet entered his high priestly ministry, but Jesus was within 24 hours of being crucified and buried — and about six weeks later,...

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The Present Session

The Present Session

What is Jesus (in his humanity) currently doing while he is in heaven — a time that some call the ‘present session’? Is Christ acting as a prophet, as a high priest or as a king — or is he functioning in all these offices simultaneously? What are the activities of...

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Deity of the Only Begotten Son

Deity of the Only Begotten Son

Some cultic groups use John 1:1 to deny that the Word, Jesus Christ, is God. Furthermore, the Gospel of John refers to the Word, or Jesus Christ, as the ‘only begotten’ (see Jn 1:14, 18; 3:16, 18). Was there a time when the Word was not? Can you deny the deity of the...

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Biblical Covenants

Biblical Covenants

Covenant Theology is widespread in many parts of the world, for example in the Netherlands, South Africa, parts of America and elsewhere. But is Covenant Theology based on covenants inductively found in the Bible? After an introductory chapter or two, why do...

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