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Where is the land promise in the New Testament?

January 30, 2011 1 comment

Dispensationalists claim that the formation of the Jewish state is a fulfillment of ancient biblical prophecies which predict a return of Israel to the promised land. But those ancient prophecies link the restoration to a spiritual return to God, which is not evident in the Jewish population in Palestine, or in the policies of the Jewish state. Read more…

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Is the temple in Revelation 11 an earthly, literal one?

January 29, 2011 Comments off

In The Land as Covenant Backdrop, Second Draft, A. Boyd Luter responds to a statement by his former professor Bruce K. Waltke, who abandoned Dispensationalism for Covenant Theology, to the effect that the modern-day resettlement of national Israel in Palestine is not supported in the New Testament. Luter claimed that Revelation 11 “clearly presents the resettlement of national Israel in the land… .” Read more…

Faces of men, hair of women: the locust plague of Revelation 9

January 28, 2011 9 comments

There have been many attempts to interpret John’s prophecy of a locust plague in Revelation 9, which he calls the “first woe.” Various interpretations are summarized below.

Richard Challoner (1691-1781): Read more…

Times and weeks in Daniel 9 and Leviticus 26

January 27, 2011 Comments off

The periods of “seven times” mentioned in Leviticus 26 correspond to the 70 years of the exile in Babylon, plus the three sections of the 70 weeks of Daniel 9. The units of “times” vary in each of the “seven times.” The correspondence is illustrated in the chart below. No gaps can exist in the 70 weeks, and they are fulfilled at the end of the age. Read more…

Daniel’s 1,290 days

January 26, 2011 Comments off

Daniel said the saints would be dominated by a little horn, that arises among the 10 horns of a terrible looking beast, representing the Roman Empire. The horn endures for a period of time called “a time, times and a half.” This little horn has “eyes like the eyes of a man, and a mouth speaking great things.” Daniel wrote of the little horn, Read more…

Leap years in Daniel’s Seventy Weeks

January 26, 2011 Comments off

Recently in a discussion on the Return of Benjamin blog, Rabbi Mike responded to the interpretation of the 70 weeks prophecy outlined here, which proposes 49 leap years, having 13 months each, as units for the first section of 7 weeks. The Hebrew and Babylonian calendars were based on lunar months, and some years were 12 months, and others 13 months. In a previous comment, I noted that years of 13 months are quite literal. Rabbi Mike responded, Read more…

How the land promise fits in the gospel

January 26, 2011 Comments off

In a recent post, The Land as Covenant Backdrop, Part 4, A. Boyd Luter seems to struggle, trying to explain how the land promise, included in the promises to Abraham, is connected with Romans 11:25-27, where Paul wrote: Read more…