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Zechariah 14 and the church age

March 28, 2012 Comments off

The following table contains a brief commentary on Zechariah 14, showing how it applies to the whole of the present age of the church.

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The valley of promises

March 24, 2012 Comments off

When Zechariah wrote, “And ye shall flee to the valley of the mountains,” in Zechariah 14:5, it is as if he were to say, “And ye shall flee to the valley of promises,” as the mountains represent the promises of God to the saints in scripture. Read more…

Truth and error in J. Marcellus Kik’s preterism

March 23, 2012 3 comments

Zechariah described a day that would be “neither light nor dark,” where light means the spiritual enlightenment in the church; there is error mixed with truth, in the teachings of leading scholars.

Zechariah 14:6-7
And it shall come to pass in that day, that the light shall not be clear, nor dark:  But it shall be one day which shall be known to the LORD, not day, nor night: but it shall come to pass, that at evening time it shall be light.

Below is an example illustrating Zechariah’s prophecy; light on the nature of Christ’s kingdom shines in midst of darkness and gloominess, in a preterist exposition of Matthew 24. Read more…

Preterism, Futurism, and Matthew 24

March 22, 2012 Comments off

In Matthew 24, when the disciples asked Jesus what would be the sign of his coming, and the end of the world, Jesus listed several events, that would lead up to the end of the world. Preterists filter everything said in this prophecy, and in other prophecies in the Bible, through their interpretation of verse 34, where Jesus said, “Verily I say unto you, This generation shall not pass, till all these things be fulfilled.” Read more…

H. A. Ironside’s Great Parenthesis theory

March 19, 2012 21 comments

Dispensationalists tend to discount the application of Old Testament prophecy to the church in the present age. In this they differ from the Reformers, who applied those prophecies to the church. Instead, dispensationalism says, the promises and prophecies apply to the Jews, in a future seven year tribulation, followed by the millennial age, and they claim that the church of the present age was unknown to the prophets. They called the present age of the church a great parenthesis. Dispensationalist author Harry A. Ironside wrote a book that promoted this idea, called The Great Parenthesis the mystery in Daniel’s prophecy. Read more…

Pareus and the thousand years

March 15, 2012 Comments off

David Pareus (1548-1622) was a German protestant Reformer, who advocated calling rulers to account for their actions. In the year that he died, the authorities at Oxford, England, were ordered to search libraries and bookshops and to burn every copy of his work. In the quote below, from his commentary on the Apocalypse, Pareus discusses the meaning of the thousand years of Revelation 20, and the question whether they are to be taken as definite, or as a literal thousand years. He concludes the thousand years are meant to be taken as a definite period, contrary to Augustine and Ribera. A comment on his argument follows the quotation. [David Pareus. A commentary upon the divine Revelation of the apostle and evangelist John. p. 506ff.] Read more…

The light of day and the thousand years

March 14, 2012 Comments off

One of the keys to understanding the thousand years in Revelation 20 was provided by the apostle Peter, in his second epistle, where he wrote, “But, beloved, be not ignorant of this one thing, that one day is with the Lord as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day.” [2 Peter 3:8]

It remains for us to discover which day he meant. Was it the same as the time signified by John’s use of the figure of a thousand years in Revelation 20? Where else does the apostle Peter refer to a day? Earlier in the same epistle, he said: Read more…

A note on ‘beheaded’ in Revelation 20:4

March 13, 2012 1 comment

In Revelation 20:4 John says “and I saw the souls of them that were beheaded for the witness of Jesus, and for the word of God…” The word translated “beheaded” is πεπελεκισμένων, pepelekismenōn which is derived from pelekizó, Strong’s 3990:

pelekizó: to cut off with an ax, esp. to behead

Original Word: πελεκίζω
Part of Speech: Verb
Transliteration: pelekizó
Phonetic Spelling: (pel-ek-id’-zo)
Short Definition: I behead
Definition: I behead (with an axe).

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Why did Ezekiel describe a temple?

March 8, 2012 Comments off

Ezekiel’s vision of the temple included copious details. His description was given before the second temple was built, but there was no attempt by the Jews who returned from the exile to follow his design. It was a much larger and more impressive structure than either the second temple, or the previous one built by Solomon. In comparison, the one actually built was not ideal, and would not be the temple which was to be filled with God’s glory, as promised for Ezekiel’s temple. [Ezekiel 43:5; 44:4] Read more…

Christopher Wordsworth on Armageddon

March 7, 2012 Comments off

The following is a discussion of the significance of Armageddon by Christopher Wordsworth (1807-1885), adapted from his book: Lectures on the Apocalypse: critical, expository, and practical, delivered before the University of Cambridge (1852), pp. 394-403.

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On the meaning of Armageddon

March 6, 2012 Comments off

Under the sixth vial, described in Revelation 16:12-16, the water of the river Euphrates is dried up, and three unclean spirits like frogs go forth from the mouth of the beast, the dragon, and the false prophet. They gather the kings of the earth together at a place which John calls “Armageddon.” The significance of Armageddon has been a puzzle to scholars, as the name signifies a mountain, whereas the place indicated is really a valley, which presents a paradox. Read more…

The miracle at Cana, and the Elisha connection

March 5, 2012 Comments off

Gary T. Manning Jr. has investigated several allusions to the stories of Elijah and Elisha in the New Testament. One of these allusions was in the account of Jesus turning water to wine in the Gospel of John, which connects with an event in the life of Elisha. The kings of Israel, Judah and Edom went out into the wilderness with their armies in order to punish the king of Moab, who had stopped paying tribute to the Israelite king. But they ran short of water. So they called for the prophet Elisha. Manning discussed this in I Am Not Elijah, Part 2 (John 2:3-4, 2 Kings 3:9-22). Read more…

Twilight upon the mountains

March 4, 2012 Comments off

Joel 2:2 describes “A day of darkness and of gloominess, a day of clouds and of thick darkness, as the morning spread upon the mountains.” The phrase “as the morning spread upon the mountains” may allude to things that hide or obscure the true meaning of the mountains of prophecy. The word translated “morning” is shachar, meaning dawn, or the pre-dawn gloominess. Read more…

When Israel went out of Egypt: Psalm 114

March 2, 2012 4 comments

Psalm 114:1-2
When Israel went out of Egypt, the house of Jacob from a people of strange language;
Judah was his sanctuary, and Israel his dominion.

Charles H. Spurgeon wrote:— [1]

The meaning of the passage is that the whole people at the coming out of Egypt were separated unto the Lord to be a peculiar people, a nation of priests whose motto should be, “Holiness unto the Lord.” Judah was the Lord’s “holy thing,” set apart for his special use. The nation was peculiarly Jehovah’s dominion, for it was governed by a theocracy in which God alone was King. It was his domain in a sense in which the rest of the world was outside his kingdom. Read more…

A way in the mountains

March 1, 2012 Comments off

Isaiah said, “And I will make all my mountains a way, and my highways shall be exalted.” [Isaiah 49:11] By various interpreters, the mountains of prophecy are said to be powerful, self-righteous and proud people, kingdoms, obstacles in a road, proud thoughts, or literal mountains. However, I suggest, the mountains of prophecy are in fact none of these, but instead, they represent God’s promises. These promises, and blessings are a way or route that believers can follow, because in his Sermon on the Mount, Jesus promised a number of blessings to those who follow him. [Matthew 5:1-11] Below are some of the reasons why the mountains represent God’s promises to believers. Read more…

Patrick Fairbairn and the designation of kingdoms as mountains

March 1, 2012 Comments off

In an appendix included in Prophecy viewed in respect to its distinctive nature: its special function, and proper interpretation [T. and T. Clark, 1856, pp. 496-497.], Patrick Fairbairn supported his claim that the mountains of prophecy represent kingdoms. He wrote: Read more…