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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Come to Me

Come to Me

In Matthew 11:28-30, Jesus makes the following invitation: 28Come to Me, all you who labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. 29Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls....

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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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Premillennialism in the Ante-Nicene Period

Premillennialism in the Ante-Nicene Period

The main reason why premillennialism (also called chiliasm) must be believed, is because the Bible teaches it. Today, our focus is on 230 years after the book of Revelation was written, that is, from about 95/96 AD to just before 325 AD. What did well-known believers...

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Against ‘Reinterpreting’ the Old Testament

Against ‘Reinterpreting’ the Old Testament

Does the New Testament give Christians leeway to ‘reinterpret’ the Old Testament? This important question essentially boils down to the following: Will unconditional, as-yet-unfulfilled literal promises that God made in the Old Testament be literally fulfilled — or...

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Government in a Fallen World

Government in a Fallen World

Marxism/Leninism is alive and well, and yet, given a bit of time, it collapses and dies wherever it goes. It is alive and well in South Africa — and yet, Marxism/Leninism is collapsing and dying in Venezuela, it died in East Germany, etc. How should Marxism/Leninism...

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The Times of the Gentiles 2

The Times of the Gentiles 2

In Part 1, we described the Times of the Gentiles. During the Times of the Gentiles, four Gentile empires will have rule on the earth. Some of these empires will go through phases. In which phase of the fourth Gentile empire are we living in today? How will history...

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The Times of the Gentiles 1

The Times of the Gentiles 1

As part of the Lukan version of the Olivet discourse, Jesus said that ‘Jerusalem will be trampled by Gentiles until the times of the Gentiles are fulfilled’ (Luk 21:24). How may the ‘times of the Gentiles’ be described? When and how will it be fulfilled? How is...

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The Parable of the Householder

The Parable of the Householder

The last parable in Matthew 13 is often neglected, sometimes not even considered to be a parable — and yet in this unique parable Jesus instructs scribes to bring forth new and old things concerning the kingdom. Who qualifies to be a scribe? What must be understood?...

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The Parable of the Dragnet

The Parable of the Dragnet

The parable of the dragnet (Mat 13:47-50) is another unique Matthean parable and the third in Matthew 13 that receives an explanation (Mat 13:49-50; cf. 13:18-23; 13:36-43). But just because the parable has received an explanation does not mean one should not think...

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The Parable of the Pearl Merchant

The Parable of the Pearl Merchant

‘Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant seeking beautiful pearls, who, when he had found one pearl of great price, went and sold all that he had and bought it’ (Mat 13:45-46; NKJV). Who is the wealthy merchant who sold all that he had and bought the pearl? A...

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