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What is the land of Christ’s kingdom?

May 31, 2012 Comments off

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In the sixth of his 15 arguments against the idea that Christ reigns upon the throne of David now, in this article, George Zeller declared that the territory of Christ’s kingdom is upon the earth. His judgment is executed on earth, at Jerusalem, he said. Zeller wrote:

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A royal priesthood

May 31, 2012 Comments off

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In the 7th of his 15 arguments against the idea that Christ reigns upon the throne of David now, in this article, George Zeller raises the question of God’s perpetual covenant with the Levites. Taking this literally, Zeller argues that the prophecy requires the restoration of both David’s throne and the Levitical priesthood in a millennial temple. He wrote:

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James and the tabernacle of David

May 31, 2012 Comments off

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The last of George Zeller’s 15 arguments against the idea that Christ reigns upon the throne of David now, in this article deals with the comment by James in Acts 15:16, which assumes there is continuity between Israel of Old Testament prophecy and the New Testament church, contrary to the premises of dispensationalism. Zeller wrote:

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Was the kingdom offered to the Jews?

May 30, 2012 Comments off

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The 14th of George Zeller’s 15 arguments in this article, against the idea that Christ reigns upon the throne of David now, invokes the notion that there was a postponement of the kingdom, after it was offered to the Jews. Zeller wrote:

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On the throne and key of David

May 30, 2012 1 comment

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In the first of 15 items in in this article, George Zeller, assistant pastor at The Middletown Bible Church and author of most of the articles on the church’s website, claims that the throne of David cannot be in heaven.

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Which Jerusalem remains forever?

May 30, 2012 2 comments

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The third of 15 scriptures discussed in this article, apparently by George Zeller, refers to Jeremiah’s prophecy that Jerusalem would remain forever. But that was not true of the earthly city, which was destroyed completely in 70 AD.

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Is the throne of David a type?

May 29, 2012 Comments off

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An article on the website of The Middletown Bible Church, When and Where Does Christ Sit Upon the Throne of David? discusses 15 prophecies referring to the throne of David, and the author attempts to show that none of them apply to the present reign of Christ in his church. George Zeller is the assistant pastor at the church, and the author of most of the articles at the site.

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Dispensationalism and the eyes of our understanding

May 28, 2012 Comments off

Isaiah said the mountain of the Lord’s house would be raised up, and established in the tops of the mountains, above the hills. [Isaiah 2:2] This was fulfilled, when Jesus ascended to heaven, to the throne of God, where he reigns over all.

In a recent post on Throttling Dispensationalism? “mac” responds to my comment in this post, where I mentioned a quotation by James from Amos 9:11, in Acts 15:16. James applied a prophecy addressed to Israel to the New Testament church and identified the tabernacle of David with the church. I and many others view this scripture as a serious problem for dispensationalism. I stated: By quoting this prophecy in Acts 15, James identified the church with the tabernacle of David, which throttles dispensationalism!
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Thousand or thousands in Revelation 20:1-7

May 27, 2012 4 comments

The question whether a thousand years, or thousands of years, best represents the thought of Revelation 20:1-7, is raised by the translation offered in the Tischendorf 8th Edition of the Greek New Testament, where the expression χίλιοι ἔτος is used, meaning thousands of years, as chilioi is plural. Most texts have χίλια ἔτη, a thousand years.

If chilioi is the correct word, rather than chilia, the idea that Christ will return to reign upon earth for one thousand years in the future is discredited. A spiritual interpretation of the reigns of the saints who are beheaded, and do not worship the beast or his image, seems more promising. Read more…

Spiritual warfare in Revelation 12:7

May 25, 2012 Comments off

In the prelude of the 70 weeks prophecy, Daniel tells us that he was praying for “the holy mountain of my God.” [Daniel 9:20] The 70 weeks outline the duration of the warfare and desolations of the holy mountain, which in Daniel 2:35 is the kingdom of God. The first two sections of the prophecy, 7 weeks and 62 weeks, and the first half of the final section, are times that apply to the earthly Jerusalem, and the units are earthly units such as years, and leap years, but the last half-week applies to the heavenly city. Jesus is represented by the stone cut without hands in Daniel 2:35. He was cut off, crucified, in the mist of the final week. When he was resurrected and ascended to heaven, the mountain of God’s house was also raised up, as foretold by Isaiah, who wrote, “And it shall come to pass in the latter days, that the mountain of Jehovah’s house shall be established on the top of the mountains, and shall be exalted above the hills; and all nations shall flow unto it.” [Isaiah 2:2] The mountain of the Lord’s house, mount Zion, and Jerusalem, were at that time established in heaven, and exulted above the hills. Hebrews 12:22 says, “ye are come unto mount Zion, and unto the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem.” Read more…

Frederic Gardiner on Gog and Magog

May 24, 2012 Comments off

The following is Frederic Gardiner’s commentary on the prophecy about Gog and Magog in Ezekiel 38 & 39, together with an Excursus, where he makes observations on the character of the prophecy in these chapters, which he views as a kind of parable, depicting the struggle of the world with the kingdom of God, an interpretation in agreement with Revelation 20:7-10.

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Burying Gog and Magog, and how the serpent’s flood is swallowed up

May 23, 2012 Comments off

Could the burial of the hordes of Gog and Magog described in Ezekiel 39, and the earth swallowing up the serpent’s flood in Revelation 12, depict the same event? Each prophecy is about removing a threat to the church. Each alludes to the symbolic significance of the land. In Revelation 20, the hordes of Gog and Magog come from all parts of the earth, and compass the camp of the saints, and the beloved city, terms that apply to the church. In Revelation 12:14 the woman who flees to the wilderness is the church. In verse 16, the word γῆ or is translated earth in the KJV, and in most other translations, but the word also means land. The land that swallows up the serpent’s flood, and the land where the armies of Gog and Magog are buried, are metaphors, which represent spiritual and eternal things which the church inherits. Read more…

Richard Baxter on the Millennium

May 20, 2012 Comments off

Richard Baxter (1615-1691) was an influential Puritan leader in the seventeenth century, during a period when the meaning of the thousand years of Revelation 20 was a topic of controversy, especially in England. One of the last books written by Baxter was about Christ’s reign in the present age. Read more…

William D. Barrick on the church inheriting the promised land

May 19, 2012 Comments off

In Romans 8:32 Paul wrote: “He that spared not his own Son, but delivered him up for us all, how shall he not with him also freely give us all things?” But there is something that many Christians adamantly deny that God has ever given to the church: the land and mountains of Israel. Therefore, they implicitly reject the above statement of Paul; they do not believe it. Read more…

Michael J. Vlach on Zechariah 14:1–9

May 18, 2012 Comments off

In Zechariah 14:1, Jerusalem’s spoil is divided up in her midst. The spoil is her possessions, and prophecy is one of the things given to the church, which many have treated as if it were a spoil. Dr. Michael J. Vlach discussed Zechariah 14:1-9 in his post, Zechariah 14 and the Timing of the Kingdom. In this prophecy, Zechariah described the mount of Olives being cleaved in the midst, and the two sections of the mountain moving apart, in opposite directions.

Vlach denies that the subject of the prophecy of Zechariah 14 is the church. But the name Jerusalem is applied to the church in the New Testament. Jesus said it is “the city of the great king.” [Matthew 5:35] In 1 Peter 1:1-12, the apostle Peter said the prophets ministered “not unto themselves, but unto us.” Perhaps the armies that Zechariah described, who come against the holy city, the heavenly Jerusalem, include those who misinterpret prophecy.  Read more…

The heavenly city under siege

May 16, 2012 Comments off

The land of Canaan promised to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob is a type of something greater, the permanent inheritance of those who believe in Christ. The New Testament refers to this inheritance as a heavenly promised land, a “better country.” [Hebrews 11:16] The promised land represents the spiritual inheritance of the saints. Read more…

The great chain of prophecy

May 15, 2012 Comments off

Revelation 20:1-2
And I saw an angel come down from heaven, having the key of the bottomless pit and a great chain in his hand.
And he laid hold on the dragon, that old serpent, which is the Devil, and Satan, and bound him a thousand years.

The chain in the hand of the angel in Revelation 20:1 is used to bind Satan for a thousand years. Obviously the chain is a spiritual one, not a literal chain. It is associated with time, and so this chain may be connected to the time prophecies in Daniel 7–12. Time is like a chain, in that it is continuous; each year is linked to the one before, and the one following. Similarly, each day is linked to the one before, and to the one following. Read more…

On the continuity of prophecy

May 14, 2012 Comments off

The metaphor of a chain, made of a series of links connected together, is similar to the metaphor of a river, when applied to the revelations of God in scripture. There are links in the later scriptures, to earlier ones, and the themes found in Genesis are developed throughout the Bible. This concept of a chain as a metaphor that applies to prophecy was expressed in a 1842 book on the prophet Obadiah, by Carl Paul Caspari. The following is a translation: [1] Read more…

The better country

May 13, 2012 Comments off

Several connections between the mountains and rivers of prophecy were identified in this post. Where mountains and rivers are, there must be a land. If it is true that the mountains and rivers described in prophecy are spiritual, rather than natural ones, they are associated with a spiritual land, or country. Read more…

Mountains and rivers of peace

May 11, 2012 Comments off

The scriptures say that God is around his people like the mountains around Jerusalem, and like broad rivers and streams.

Psalm 125:2
As the mountains are round about Jerusalem, so the Lord is round about his people from henceforth even for ever
Isaiah 33:21
But there the glorious Lord will be unto us a place of broad rivers and streams; wherein shall go no galley with oars, neither shall gallant ship pass thereby.

In many other scriptures, like the above example, mountains and rivers of a spiritual nature are related. Read more…