Numbers in Revelation

In Revelation 20, the phrase “thousand years” (χίλια ἔτη) occurs six times. This phrase establishes the length of Christ’s reign. It is the position of Premillennialism that this is to be understood as a literal time period of one thousand years when Jesus will rule while actually on this present earth. It is the view……

Is the Church of Jesus Christ the New Israel? (Part 5)

When my children were little tikes they loved watching “Sesame Street” and particularly liked the “which of these does not belong” segment.  In that segment, several objects were seen on the TV screen with one of them being different than the rest.  For example, there might be three triangles and one square.  My children (being……

Is the Church of Jesus Christ the New Israel? (Part 4)

All Scripture is inspired and important but there are times when some scriptures rise to a place of greater importance because a certain subject is the focus of attention. In our current discussion, we are addressing the subject of the church replacing Israel in God’s program.  And as we saw in our last study, Galatians……

Is the Church of Jesus Christ the New Israel? (Part 3)

There are three key N.T. scriptures that are used by many holding to the “replacement” view; those of Galatians 6:16; Romans 9:6; and Romans 11:26-29. These verses are evaluated. As we walk down the airport concourse to the departure gates, we note that the planes are fairly close together.  The plane at Gate 14 seems to be just……

Is the Church of Jesus Christ the New Israel? (Part 2)

This study looks at two key matters in the discussion” (1) the place of the biblical covenants in deciding the matter, and (2) the use of the term “Israel” in the Bible. The answer to the above question is definitely not in the same category as “how many angels can dance on a pin head?” ……

Is the Church of Jesus Christ the New Israel? (Part 1)

A CRITICAL ISSUE IN PROPHETIC STUDIES There are two basic answers to this question. There is the position of “replacement theology” which says the church has replaced Israel. The other view is that the church and Israel are distinct entities in God’s program on this earth. This article gives some basic definitions. A realtor will……

Some Interpretive Tips for Understanding Revelation (Part 3)

This study continues looking at the interpretive tools that we need in our “toolbox” in order to come to some reasonable understanding of this last book of the Bible. Three of these are found in this discussion including the critical role that “chronology” within the book has in its understanding. Everyone who does “projects” around……

Some Interpretive Tips for Understanding Revelation (Part 2)

This second study discusses two major matters in interpreting Revelation: (1) the key role of the imagery found in the OT prophets; and (2) the crucial place that the creation story of Genesis 1-11 plays in looking at end time events. I well remember the first time I sat in front of my first computer.  The……

Some Interpretive Tips for Understanding Revelation (Part 1)

Revelation is a much loved but much misunderstood book. Many people wonder how intelligent interpreters of the is book can so widely differ from one another in their interpretations. This first study looks at the four basic approaches that are taken to the book of Revelation which will immediately help us to see why there……