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 Book of Amos

The Book of Amos

Amos was not what some may call a ‘full-time theologian’, but he was a shepherd (1:1) and a dresser of sycamore figs (1:1; 7:14). While Amos lived in Tekoa, a town about 10 miles south of Jerusalem, God called him to prophesy to the Northern kingdom (1:1; 7:15). . . ....

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The Book of Jonah

The Book of Jonah

2 Kings 14:23-25 says that Jonah was a prophet who lived three miles from Nazareth, in a place called Gath-hepher, and he ministered during the time of king Jeroboam II. As the king over the Northern kingdom, Jeroboam II reigned during 793-753 BC and Ashur-Dan III...

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The Book of Joel

The Book of Joel

The name of the prophet Joel means ‘Yahweh is God’ (cf. 1:1). Little is known about this prophet, but given references to offerings, priests and the temple (1:9, 13-14, 16; 2:14, 17; 3:17-21), Joel was most likely a prophet from Judah in Jerusalem to the Southern...

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Obadiah

Obadiah

Obadiah is the shortest book in the Old Testament. Even its introduction is short — ‘the vision of Obadiah’ — with no mention of the name of the prophet’s tribe, where he lived or whose son he was. The name ‘Obadiah’ means the ‘servant of the LORD’. Perhaps that is...

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Ezekiel

Ezekiel

The name ‘Ezekiel’ means ‘God strengthens’ or ‘God will strengthen’. As a Levite (1:3), Ezekiel would have started to work in the temple when he was 30 years of age. Ezekiel was, however, about 25 years old when he was part of the second deportation to Babylon in...

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Jeremiah

Jeremiah

The word of the LORD came to Jeremiah in the 13th year of king Josiah, who was the last good king of Judah before the Babylonian captivity (Jeremiah 1:1-2). Jeremiah’s ministry as a prophet to Judah and Jerusalem continued until the 11th year of the reign of Zedekiah...

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Isaiah

Isaiah

After John the Baptist (cf. Matthew 11:9-11), Isaiah was probably the greatest Old Testament prophet. The opening verse of the book states that Isaiah ministered during the reigns of four kings of Judah, namely king Uzziah (who died in 740/739 BC; cf. Isaiah 6:1),...

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The Books of 1 and 2 Kings

The Books of 1 and 2 Kings

The Books of 1 and 2 Kings are the last of what the Hebrew canon calls the Former Prophets (being Joshua, Judges, Samuel and Kings), which then leads to Latter Prophets (namely Isaiah, Jeremiah, Ezekiel and the Twelve (‘minor prophets’)). In the Hebrew canon, 1 and 2...

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The Books of 1 and 2 Samuel

The Books of 1 and 2 Samuel

In the original Hebrew composition, 1 and 2 Samuel is one book. During the second half of the third century BC, 70 scribes translated the Hebrew Old Testament into the Greek Septuagint. Because the scrolls at that time did not have enough space for the content of...

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Ruth

Ruth

The Book of Ruth is a literary masterpiece. Just as well it is, for if Ruth is placed immediately after the Book of Judges — as is done in the Septuagint and in most Bibles today — then it makes for a refreshing and comforting alternative to the dire ending of Judges....

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Immortality

Immortality

How should ‘immortality’ be defined? From a Biblical perspective, what is ‘death’? What Biblical evidences exist to prove immortality? How does this doctrine of immortality benefit believers? . . . Definition of Terms Immortality can be defined as the ‘eternal,...

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Why is God Saving Gentiles Today?

Why is God Saving Gentiles Today?

Today, for various reasons, many Gentile believers ask, “Is God saving Jews today?” But precisely the opposite question was asked in the first century (cf. Acts 15) by Jewish believers: “Is God saving Gentiles today?” Why has God saved so many Gentiles during the past...

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Jews, Gentiles, Christians

Jews, Gentiles, Christians

According to 1 Corinthians 10:32, in New Testament times we can divide the world’s population into three groups, namely Jews, Gentiles and Christians. But who is a Jew, who is a Gentile and who are Christians? How can one Biblically define a Jew? These matters are...

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The Modern State of Israel in Bible Prophecy

The Modern State of Israel in Bible Prophecy

We have already covered the remnant of Israel and today we focus on the different views that exist as to the modern state of Israel in Bible prophecy. First we discuss five different views and then we consider what the Bible teaches us about two worldwide gatherings...

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The Church and the Jews

The Church and the Jews

The relationship between the Church and the Jews is a topic which is much debated. Today we focus on this relationship as we seek Biblical answers to the following questions: What is the relationship between the Church and the Jews? What five specific things has the...

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