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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…