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Andy Woods on the postponement theory

June 29, 2012 12 comments

In his recent article at Bible Prophecy blog, on The Coming Kingdom (Part 6), Andy Woods discussed the dispensational idea that Christ’s kingdom was offered to Jews, but the offer was postponed when they rejected Christ as their king.

Woods views the kingdom as conditional upon whether or not ethnic Jews believe the gospel, a doctrine that paints Christ as rather powerless, and as a wanna-be potential king whose hopes were disappointed like the runner-up in an American election campaign. But this is not the Jesus the apostles knew. Woods wrote: “The dispensational premillennialist understands that Jesus is the Jewish Messiah. However, the kingdom is not a present reality since first-century Israel never satisfied the condition of faith in Christ.”

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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…

Times and seasons in the sayings of Jesus

November 16, 2011 Comments off

In Revelation 19:10, the angel said to John, “For the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy.” What do his sayings recorded in the Gospel accounts reveal about the times and seasons? Do they support the idea that prophetic times, and units of time, should always be understood literally? Some sayings of Jesus concerning time are examined below. Read more…

Elijah and the church in the wilderness

June 12, 2011 Comments off

John identifies the wilderness of Revelation 12:6 and 12:14 with the place prepared by God for the woman, who in verse 1 of the chapter is said to be in heaven, and she is clothed with the sun. This woman represents the saints, who Paul said “sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus.” [Ephesians 2:6] Does the fact that John puts her both in heaven, and in the wilderness, mean that that the wilderness corresponds to heaven? It is where she is nourished, alluding to the manna which God sent to nourish the Israelites in the wilderness before they entered the promised land.

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Jesus prepares our resting-place

June 10, 2011 Comments off

In John 14:1, Jesus encourages believers to trust in him. Belief, or faith, is connected with rest, and with the promise that a “resting-place” is being prepared us, according to the Weymouth translation. Below are a few comments on portions of John 14:1-2.

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Commentary on John 14 by Milligan and Moulton

June 9, 2011 Comments off

The following is a commentary on John chapter 14, from: The gospel according to John by William Milligan and William Fiddian Moulton. [Charles Scribner’s Sons, 1883.] pp. 306-320.

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