Archive for January, 2012

The city and tower in Genesis 11

January 31, 2012 Comments off

In the tables below, the heavenly Jerusalem and mount Zion are contrasted with the city and the tower men began to build at Babel, and with the harlot Babylon in Revelation.

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Is the promised land a symbol of paradise?

January 30, 2012 Comments off

In his book “The Christ of the Covenants,” O. Palmer Robertson argues that the land promise to Abraham was meant to typify the traditional Christian hope of entering paradise. But the typology of Israel’s entry into the land of promise under the leadership of Joshua, and their conquest of the seven nations of the Canaanites dwelling there seems to discredit that interpretation. Similarly the return of the Jews after the exile in Babylon, to a province of the Persian kings, seems to have little in common with a future paradise. Robertson wrote: [1]
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Until the land be utterly desolate

January 30, 2012 Comments off

In Isaiah it is said the land will become desolate, without inhabitant. The cities will be wasted, the houses empty. Read more…

Dr. Reluctant, R. L. Reymond, and the land promise

January 29, 2012 Comments off

Dr. Reluctant reviewed “A New Systematic Theology of the Christian Faith” by Robert L. Reymond, and here I discuss some comments in that post about the land promise. Dr. Reluctant describes himself as a “reluctant dispensationalist.” He  wrote: Read more…

The heavenly mount Zion, a better country

January 29, 2012 1 comment

God promised to give the land of Canaan to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob; Jesus said that Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, and all the prophets, will be in his kingdom. [Luke 13:28] Paul said that those who have faith in Christ are the children of Abraham. [Galatians 3:7] Do the Gentile saints also inherit the land? If Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob are to inherit the land of Canaan, and they are also to be in the kingdom of God, would not this imply that those in the kingdom of God also inherit the land? Read more…

Covenant Theology and the land promise

January 27, 2012 Comments off

A quotation from a recent book by Greg Nichols on how the promise of the land of Canaan to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob and their progeny is viewed from the point of view of Covenant Theology was posted recently at this blog. [1] Nichols wrote: Read more…

The winds of dispensationalism

January 27, 2012 Comments off

The nature of the truth is like rock; it is rigid, and unmoved, which contrasts with air,  and wind. David said, “The Lord is my rock, and my fortress, and my deliverer; my God, my strength, in whom I will trust; my buckler, and the horn of my salvation, and my high tower. … For who is God save the Lord? or who is a rock save our God?” [Psalm 18:2, 31] Also, “But the Lord is my defence; and my God is the rock of my refuge.” [Psalm 94:22] Read more…