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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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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Where To Start?

Where To Start?

Are you a new visitor to our website and wondering where to start? This short blog will help you get the most out of our website. Menu If you look at the top menu, all the menu items except one are in Afrikaans. We suggest you click on English, which will take you to...

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The Sequence of Prophetic Events

The Sequence of Prophetic Events

Is it possible to identify a sequential order in which unconditional and as-yet-unfulfilled Bible prophecies will be fulfilled? Which prophetic events will be fulfilled before and during the Tribulation Period? Which prophecies will be fulfilled during the 75-day...

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The Fullness of …

The Fullness of …

The Bible contains many references to ‘the fullness of’. What can the word for ‘fullness’ mean? Is ‘the fullness of time’ (Gal 4:4) the same as the ‘dispensation of the fullness of the times’ (Eph 1:10)? Is the ‘fullness of the Gentiles’ (Rom 11:25) the same as the...

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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 Parable of the Hidden Treasure

The Parable of the Hidden Treasure

In Matthew 13, the disciples ask Jesus privately in the house to explain the parable of the tares of the field (Mat 13:36). Among other referents, Jesus identifies the field as the world, the sower as the Son of Man, and the field is specifically ‘his field’ (Mat...

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The Parable of the Tares of the Field

The Parable of the Tares of the Field

The parable of the tares of the field (Mat 13:24-30, 36-43) is unique to Matthew. Moreover, it not only received a specific title, but it also is one of only three parables in Matthew 13 that Jesus explained (Mat 13:36-43). That does not mean one should not study and...

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The Parable in Mark 4:26-29

The Parable in Mark 4:26-29

To give this parable a name is to already start interpreting it. Only the Gospel of Mark contains the parable that we find in Mark 4:26-29. While the scene depicted in Mark 4:1–34 may appear tranquil – Jesus teaches while sitting on a boat – the tumultuous events...

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The Parable of the Lamp in Mark 4:21-23

The Parable of the Lamp in Mark 4:21-23

Few acknowledge what Cranfield (1966:164) rightly emphasises regarding the parable of the lamp (Mk 4:21–23), namely that Mark does not regard verses 21 and 22 as ‘proverbial wisdom or moral exhortation, but as containing the mystery of the kingdom of God’. When...

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Like David Like the Son of David

Like David Like the Son of David

No, the Messianic kingdom has not yet been established. Just like David was anointed as king but had to wait many years before he was enthroned, so too has the Son of David been anointed but has not yet been enthroned. David was first rejected and experienced...

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Why Study Prophecy?

Why Study Prophecy?

Under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, the apostle Paul wrote, ‘Do not despise prophecies’ (1 Thes 5:20). These days, however, many ‘leaders’ say that studying Bible prophecies diverts attention away from evangelism, Christians should not ‘try to figure out...

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