Archive for January, 2011

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…

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…

On the 3 ½ years of Daniel and Revelation

January 26, 2011 Comments off

Daniel mentions the period called “a time, times and a half,” in Daniel 7:25 and 12:7, and it is associated with two numbers, 1,335 days, and 1,290 days, in the final verses of chapter 12. Daniel 12:7 indicates that the period extends to the end of the age, when all the things mentioned in his prophecies are to be fulfilled. Read more…

Resources for Revelation

January 25, 2011 Comments off

This post consists of a list of resources, commentaries and links for the book of Revelation, arranged alphabetically. Read more…

The Tiburtine Sibyl, Hugo Ripelin, and the myth of a one-man Antichrist

January 23, 2011 Comments off

The Tiburtine Sibyl is a mythological figure, of Tivoli, Italy, the classical Tibur, about 30 km from Rome. She is said to have been consulted by Caesar Augustus, who asked whether he should be worshiped as a god. In later tradition she is also supposed to have uttered a prophecy about a future one-man Antichrist, an Emperor named Constans, who appears in the last days.  He makes war with Gog and Magog, kills the two witnesses, said to be Elijah and Enoch, and persecutes Christians. [1] Read more…

C. S. Lewis and “this generation”

January 23, 2011 Comments off

In the Olivet Discourse, Jesus listed some things that would come to pass, before the end of the age. This was followed by two statements that to some, appear to contradict each other. In one, Jesus said that all the events he mentioned would occur in “this generation,” which seems to put a limit on the time span in which they could occur. This limit would become especially obvious, as that generation began to die out. The second statement seemed to contradict the first, as it said no man knew the time frame, not even angels. Read more…

All nations in Zechariah 14

January 22, 2011 Comments off

In the New Testament, Jerusalem is the name applied to the heavenly city, representing the church. When Paul said, “But Jerusalem which is above is free, which is the mother of us all,” in Galatians 4:26, he identified the Jerusalem with the church. In Ephesians 2:20, Paul referred to the church as God’s temple, having the apostles and prophets as its foundation. Read more…

A unique earthquake

January 21, 2011 2 comments

Earthquakes are not usually predictable, but the book of Revelation contains several predictions of earthquakes. In one of these predictions, the precise number of people slain by the earthquake is given; 7,000. And it occurs just before the seventh trumpet. It is when the corpses of the two witnesses come to life, and ascend to heaven. Read more…

The 70 weeks and four periods of 7 times in Leviticus 26

January 21, 2011 1 comment

Daniel’s 70 weeks prophecy is related to a prediction contained in the Law of Moses, in Leviticus 26. This connection is explored below. Read more…

On the chiastic structure of Revelation

January 20, 2011 9 comments

A chiastic outline of the book of Revelation was proposed by Nils Wilhelm Lund, in 1942. [1] Reviews of his book viewed Lund’s claims as too revolutionary. Read more…

How preterism mangles the “time, times and a half”

January 20, 2011 3 comments

The “little horn” of the prophecy of Daniel 7, which dominates the saints for a period Daniel calls  a time, times and a half, would “think to change times and laws.” [Daniel 7:25] The times and laws referred to must include the “times” mentioned in the same verse, the time, times and a half. Read more…

Is Jerusalem in Daniel and Zechariah the heavenly city?

January 20, 2011 Comments off

The destruction of Jerusalem by the Romans in 70 AD demonstrates that while some of the things in the 70 weeks of Daniel’s 70 weeks prophecy apply to Jerusalem, and the temple, events included in the final half-week could apply to the heavenly Jerusalem, which is the church, rather than the earthly city. This may also apply to Zechariah’s prophecies. Read more…

The 70 Weeks Calculator

January 19, 2011 Comments off

Does the 70 weeks prophecy of Daniel 9 confirm the time of the arrival of the Messiah?

Check out the 70 Weeks Calculator

Enter a start date for the 70 weeks, and the end dates of each week of years is calculated.

A city built by God

January 19, 2011 Comments off

Several prophecies show that Jerusalem would be a city that is built by God. But the earthly Jerusalem was built by man, not God. So, which Jerusalem does Daniel’s prophecy of the 70 weeks apply to? Many insist it is the earthly one. But possibly, some of Daniel’s 70 weeks prophecy applies to the heavenly Jerusalem. This idea will be explored in later posts. In this post I consider some scriptures that show that Jerusalem was to be a city built by God, and so would be an eternal city. Read more…