Archive for October, 2011

The symbolic mountains of Ezekiel 34

October 31, 2011 Comments off

Ezekiel 34:6 describes God’s sheep scattered over the whole earth: “My sheep wandered through all the mountains, and upon every high hill: yea, my flock was scattered upon all the face of the earth, and none did search or seek after them.”

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The land of unwalled villages

October 30, 2011 Comments off

In The Popular Encyclopedia of Bible Prophecy, dispensationalist author Arnold Fruchtenbaum argued for a literal approach to the interpretation of prophecy. Ezekiel 39:4 describes the judgment of the invading armies of Gog and Magog upon the mountains of Israel, which Fruchtenbaum considers can be nothing other than literal hills and mountains in Palestine. He wrote: [1]

When the prophet refers to “the mountains of Israel,” he refers to the central mountain range that makes up the backbone of the country. In the Old Testament, these mountains were known as the hill country of Ephraim and the hill country of Judah… Read more…

John Eaton on literal and spiritual knowledge

October 28, 2011 Comments off

John Eaton (1575-1641), M.A. at Trinity College, Oxford, preached against the apostasy which he believed prevailed in the church in his day. He was the author of ‘The Honey-Combe of Free Justification by Christ alone.’ None of Eaton’s writings were permitted to be published in his lifetime. He was for 15 years a minister, but he was removed as vicar at Wickham Market, Suffolk in April 1619, allegedly for being ‘an incorrigible divulger of errors and false opinions,’ for which he suffered imprisonment numerous times, and yet he was seen as ‘a pattern of faith, holiness, and cheerfulness, in his sufferings.’ In the following quotation, Eaton discusses six ways in which literal and spiritual kinds of knowledge may be distinguished. [John Eaton. The honey-combe of free justification by Christ alone. Edited by Robert Lancaster. London. 1642. pp. 213 ff.]
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The siege of Jerusalem

October 26, 2011 Comments off

Many of the prophets spoke of a great conflict in the day of the Lord. This conflict is not a war between nations of the earth, but one that is spiritual in nature.  In Joel 2, a great multitude is described, in the context of an account of a plague of locusts. The army is “a great people and strong;” it is unique; nothing like it has happened before, or will happen again. Furthermore, verse 11 says, “And the LORD shall utter his voice before his army: for his camp is very great.” Later, the spirit of God is poured out upon all flesh. “And it shall come to pass afterward, that I will pour out my spirit upon all flesh; and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, your old men shall dream dreams, your young men shall see visions.” [Joel 2:28]
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Preterism, futurism, and the fig tree

October 24, 2011 Comments off

When a futurist prophecy expositor becomes obsessed with some date for which he predicts an event which fulfills prophecy, it is usually one in the near future, and in his own lifetime. This tends to make their claims appear more sensational. As a rule, such proposed dates pass without anything happening. Then they are disappointed, humbled, and embarrassed for a time, and they are forced to revise their interpretations.

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Bible Commentaries & Resources

October 23, 2011 1 comment

Below is a list of links to Bible Commentaries, most of which are freely available, and sites providing links to commentaries and resources for Bible study.

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The 2,300 days prophecy and 1750 AD

October 22, 2011 Comments off

The 2,300 days prophecy of Daniel chapter 8 is one of the most remarkable prophecies in the Bible. It relates to events in the reign of the Seleucid king Antiochus IV, that were to have long lasting effects, that would be especially relevant in the “time of the end.”

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