April, 2011 Archive

Who are the two witnesses of Revelation?

Who are the two witnesses of Revelation? Revelation is an apocalypse. Not just in the sense of recording an unveiling but also in terms of its composition in what might best be described as a language system or matrix deeply embedded in the Old Testament. As such, to rightly identify the two witnesses of Revelation […]

Who are the 144,000 of Revelation?

Jehovah’s Witnesses believe there is a “little flock” of 144,000 (Revelation 7:4) who get to go to heaven and a “great crowd’ (Revelation 7:9) of others who are relegated to earth. What does Revelation really reveal? First, the 144,000 and the great multitude are not two different peoples but two different ways of describing the […]

Which generation is “this generation”?

In the Olivet Discourse, Jesus said, “I tell you the truth, this generation will certainly not pass away until all these things have happened” (Matthew 24:34). Which generation did Jesus have in mind? First, when Jesus says, “this generation,” this means this. This does not mean that. The phrase “this generation” appears multiple times in […]

Is “coming on clouds” a reference to Christ’s second coming?

Many modern skeptics, following scholars such as Bertrand Russell and Albert Schweitzer, have believed Jesus to be a false prophet because he predicted his “coming on clouds” within the lifetime of his disciples. Did Jesus have the Second Coming in mind or does “coming on clouds” have a different meaning? First, when Jesus told Caiaphas […]

Does the Bible make a distinction between Israel and the Church?

At the heart of a currently popular end–times theology is the belief that God has two distinct people—one of whom must be raptured before God can continue his plan with the other. Rather than teaching that God has two categories of people, Scripture reveals only one chosen people who form one covenant community, beautifully symbolized […]

What about Purgatory?

Roman Catholicism teaches that believers incur debts that must inevitably be discharged in Purgatory “before the gates of heaven can be opened.” While Purgatory is not equivalent to a second chance for unbelievers, it is nonetheless decidedly unbiblical. First, the doctrine of Purgatory undermines the sufficiency of Christ’s atonement on the cross. Scripture declares that […]

Is annihilationism biblical?

Just as universalism is the rage in liberal Christianity, so too annihilation is gaining momentum in conservative Christian circles. The question of course is— is annihilationism biblical? First, common sense dictates that a God of love and justice does not arbitrarily annihilate the crowning jewels of his creation. Far from rubbing us out, he graciously […]

400 Years of the King James Bible

It has been 400 years since the King James Bible was first translated in 1611. Hank Hanegraaff, host of the

What is Jesus’ Second Advent?

What is the second advent? What is going to happen when Jesus returns? www.equip.org http

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