A false summit is an approaching peak that reaches into the sky and looks like it might be the pinnacle of the mountain. But as you draw closer to this summit, you recognize that this was not the ultimate peak after all! The summit you were seeking still lies well ahead. The fulfillment of prophecy works that way too. It may appear at first that a prophecy referred to one single future event. Yet, as history unfolded, it became clear that the original prophecy referred to multiple events.
These initial peaks of fulfillment were not counterfeits or false fulfillments! They were real fulfillments but they were secondary— because the best and fullest fulfillment was yet to come. An Example of a Secondary Summit. Yet, as far as we know from history, no cosmic phenomena flashed through the Jerusalem sky that day. Could Peter have been referring to recent signs that accompanied the death of Jesus? Luke — Or was Peter predicting the heavenly signs that would be seen later, actual cosmic events when the Romans destroyed the Jewish temple in AD 70? Matthew —31; Revelation ; — These promises were more than mere predictions about the future—although JOEL they certainly were predictions and they will Location: Unknown come true!
These prophetic words were also confessions of confidence that God would not Approx. Date: BC abandon his people. Before the end of time, the Subject: Judah, Jerusalem prophets expected that God would Come, trample the grapes, for the winepress is full and the vats overflow—so great is their wickedness. The middle of the eighth century BC was a time Subject: Northern of wealth and leisure in the northern kingdom of kingdom Israel Israel. They believed that the day of the Lord would bring only good news for them. It would be a time when God would destroy other nations and pour more prosperity on Israel.
Prophet Amos, old Russian Orthodox icon.
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The prophet Amos disagreed. The day of the Lord would include bad news as well as good news. The days of the Lord in the Old Testament. The day of the Lord is not one particular day but any time when God acts decisively to demonstrate his sovereignty. Characteristics of the Day of the Lord:. Joel identified a devastating locust plague as a day of the Lord Joel And yet, the day of the Lord was not always bad news.
A day of the Lord in the Old Testament was a time when God set some small part of his world right again. This day will include judgment and salvation, resurrection and revelation John —54; ; ; 1 Corinthians And when exactly will this day come? Well, no human being knows. Event Bezalel and Oholiab oversee the construction of the tabernacle, according to the plans that God gave to Moses.
Everyone knows what happened to the ark of the covenant, right? An archaeologist from the Midwestern United States named Dr. The truth is, no one knows for certain. This is what many Jews seem to have assumed in the centuries between the Old and New Testaments see the non-biblical text 4 Ezra — It may be that these items included the ark. Yet, when King Cyrus returned these articles, the ark is not listed Ezra — If the Babylonians did take the ark, it must have been lost or destroyed before the time of Cyrus.
Another tradition claims that Josiah buried the ark in a wooden storehouse under the Temple Mount Yoma 35b. An architect named Leen Ritmeyer discovered a cut-out section of bedrock, about the size of the ark, directly beneath where the ark would have been placed in the temple. Ritmeyer suggests that the ark is hidden there.
For pre-mill dispensationalists, the search for the ark increases as the end of the church age nears and Jews re-establish their sovereignty over the Temple Mount and make preparations to rebuild temple. First Half Israel enters into a covenant with Antichrist, recovers the ark, and rebuilds the temple. If the temple is a future physical structure, then …. Dispensational Premillennialists and Amillennialists, Postmillennialists, some Historical Premillennialists and some Historical Premillennialists … animal sacrifices are either:.
Figurative picture of renewed worship, presented in a way that Ezekiel and his first readers would understand. Symbols of eternal worship in the future 2. Portrayals of worship in the church as the sacrificed and risen Messiah reigns in heaven. Description of a heavenly temple or of the splendor of heavenly worship 2. Symbolic description of the people of God, the bride of Christ.
God has also promised to with tears, racked with make all things new. A new car, a fresh start, in death. Christians, with creation itself, have an innovative idea. Christians, with birth pangs of hope with creation itself, have an inborn longing for Romans — We are filled with birth pangs of hope The prophet Daniel wrote the book of Daniel in the sixth century BC.
The Babylonians deported Daniel to their capital city in BC. Daniel was probably a teenager from the upper classes of the Israelites, perhaps even from a royal family. Some liberal scholars have claimed that the book of Daniel was actually written in the second century BC and then falsely ascribed to Daniel.
This perspective is highly unlikely because: y A manuscript of Daniel was found in Cave 4 at Qumran, among older texts that had been copied and preserved in the second century BC. If the book of Daniel had been written only recently, in the second century, why would the book have been copied and preserved among these older texts?
The style and vocabulary of the Aramaic sections are closer to the Aramaic of the seventh and sixth centuries BC than the second century BC. These words were used primarily in the fourth century and earlier, not in the second century. These chapters are written in an early apocalyptic style that was important for many later writers, including the author of Revelation. In an era when few people live beyond fifty, you are approaching eighty years old. You have faithfully served king after king.
Yet you remain an exile from the land that you love. How do you think you might spend your sunset years? Some persons would be plotting a rebellion to overthrow their rulers. Others might wallow in bitterness and anger. Still others would have forgotten the faith of their fathers and turned to the gods of their captors. Not Daniel. After nearly seven decades in exile, Daniel was praying and studying prophecy Daniel —4. Despite his circumstances, Daniel trusted this prophetic word and began to plead with God for the restoration of Israel. This was a supernatural interruption that came from God himself.
The angel Gabriel careened Byzantine icon of the angel Gabriel, — According to Gabriel, God had sent the angel to provide Daniel with insight into the future of Israel. Language in which most of the Old Testament was written. Ezra 4—6 and Daniel 2—7 were written in Aramaic instead of Hebrew. How much time do they represent? Seventy literal weeks of seven days each would equal days—far too brief a time for all of the events predicted in —27 to occur!
The Western mind is trained to estimate and to calculate in fives and tens. The ancient Jewish mind was more likely to think in terms of sevens. As a result, God scattered them among foreign nations for seventy years, until every missed year of rest had passed Leviticus —35; 2 Chronicles — God sent them into exile so they could learn a seventy-year lesson and the land could enjoy a seventy-year rest— years divided by 7-year cycles equals 70 years of neglected rest.
At this point the overachievers could be reaching for a calculator while the less mathematically inclined may be reaching for a bookmark. God sent this message for the good of future generations—including your generation and mine. This would be far simpler if only one decree went out to restore Jerusalem. At least three public decrees went out at different times that could fit this description. In BC, the newly-enthroned Persian king Cyrus decreed that he would allow the Israelites to rebuild the Jerusalem temple 2 Chronicles —23; Ezra —4; — Cyrus never specifically mentioned restoring Bas-relief of Persian soldier from Persepolis, Iran 6th century.
Nothing like the events in Daniel —27 occurred around this time. So, if Gabriel meant the temple decree of BC, God must have intended the numbers to be rounded rather than precise. If this The year also stands at the beginning of a seven-year sabbatical cycle; this connects the text to the warnings about what would happen if the Israelites refused to embrace the years of Sabbath and jubilee.
But Cyrus the Great, allowed the Hebrews to return to Jerusalem to rebuild the temple. Jean Fouquet, Artaxerxes did decree rulers and judges to organize the people who would live in the city; this probably implies a rebuilding of the city Ezra — In BC, Artaxerxes specifically selected Nehemiah to return and to rebuild the city Nehemiah —8. This is certainly possible; John seems to have used day years in Revelation. According to John, forty-two months Revelation ; equalled 1, days Revelation ; If the years were day years, the first sixty-nine sevens would lead to AD The words of Gabriel would be difficult to interpret even if everyone agreed on how to translate the text—but, as it turns out, there are serious questions when it comes to translating one of the most significant verses in this text!
The Masoretic text is the most ancient complete text of the Jewish Scriptures. This little tent-like mark splits the verse into two distinct parts. Marks such as the athnach were not, however, part of the original God-breathed text of Scripture. And, in fact, some of the most ancient Greek translations of Daniel do keep these two phrases together.
Bible translators differ on whether to separate the two phrases or to keep them together. The English Standard Version keeps the Masoretic athnach and separates the phrases. The result is that the two phrases are connected rather than separated. This translation seems to be the correct rendering of the text. Then for sixty-two weeks it shall be built again with squares and moat, but in a troubled time.
The first three are negative, and the last three are positive Daniel The death, resurrection, and enthronement of the Messiah which inaugurated his kingdom and which brings justification to everyone who trusts in him. Introduction Which texts in the New Testament tell about the end of time? But, in truth, the entire New Testament tells about and rose again, the the end of time, because the New Testament is all about the world as we know it gospel, and the gospel is a message that has to do with God will not last forever.
The gospel—the good news of Jesus—reminds us that God has not abandoned his world to sin and sickness, sorrow and death. God is redeeming his world, and this redemption is rooted in the death and resurrection of Jesus. Because Jesus died and rose again, the world as we know it will not last forever. So, which books of the New Testament tell about the end times? With all wisdom and understanding, he made known to us the mystery of his will according to his good pleasure, which he purposed in Christ, to be put into effect when the times reach their fulfillment—to bring unity to all things in heaven and on earth under Christ.
All of them—because all of them tell how God is making the world new through Jesus Christ. But God has promised a new world through the resurrection of Jesus, and he has sealed this promise by placing his Spirit within us Romans —25; Ephesians — The longing for a rescuer has been with us ever since sin entered the world. No wonder, then, that the desire for a savior can be found in the earliest records of nearly every nation and culture. Whether you prefer science-fiction or romance, someone in nearly every fictional book or film is seeking a savior to set something right.
For one person, it may take the form of romantic longing for that perfect partner. Still others may seek out a spiritual guide who seems to possess all the answers. We cannot escape the desire that was born in Eden, the longing for a savior to set the world right. The ancient Hebrew Scriptures clearly predicted the coming of Jesus as the Messiah. Micah —5 But you, Bethlehem Ephratah, though you are small among the clans of Judah, out of you will come for me one who will be ruler over Israel, whose origins are from of old, from ancient times.
Psalm , 11 The kings of Tarshish and of distant shores will bring tribute to him; the kings of Sheba and Seba will present him gifts. All kings will bow down to him and all nations will serve him. Matthew —11 After Jesus was born in Bethlehem in Judea, during the time of King Herod, Magi from the east came to Jerusalem … On coming to the house, they saw the child with his mother Mary, and they bowed down and worshipped him. Then they opened their treasures and presented him with gifts of gold and of incense and of myrrh.
Matthew —15, 19— So he … took the child and his mother during the night and left for Egypt …. Zechariah … See, your king comes to you, righteous and having salvation, gentle and riding on a donkey, on a colt, the foal of a donkey. Mark —10 … When they brought the colt to Jesus and threw their cloaks over it, he sat on it. Why, then, did the religious leaders and so many other people reject Jesus as the long-awaited Messiah?
But even in this hardening, there were human factors at work as well. Here are a few of them: 1. Many messianic pretenders had already misled the people. By the time Jesus arrived on the scene, at least three men had recently claimed to be the Messiah: y Around the time Jesus was born, a slave of Herod the Great named Simon of Perea led a rebellion against the Romans; he was executed. Behold the man! The Romans killed Judas and brutally crushed his revolt.
Jesus repeatedly declared that he would die Matthew ; ; Mark ; ; —34; Luke ; ; John From the perspective of most of his people, Jesus could not die if he was truly the Messiah. After all, the Messiah was supposed to live forever John Jesus made the amazing claim that he was God in human flesh see Mark —7; John —59 —a declaration that would have been difficult to believe, especially before the resurrection.
In Jesus, God fulfilled every Old Testament prophecy about the Messiah—but what God did was very different from what the people expected. Perhaps this should remind us today that, when God fulfills his promises that have to do with the end times, God might do this in a very different way than we expected. Conqueror of sin, bringing peace to his own people now and peace to the entire earth later Matthew ; ; John —16; —38; 1 Corinthians — Jesus talked a lot about the end times—and no wonder!
The future has a name and that name is Jesus. What do these parables teach us? Well, I suppose they could remind you to keep extra oil with you at all times, to doublecheck your wedding invitations, and to be careful what your neighbor tosses in your garden. Jesus tell us about the end times?
Here are three truths about the end of time that come directly from these parables: 1. Jesus will return: In the parable of the bridesmaids, the bridegroom comes back at an unexpected hour Matthew At his return, he sends angels to gather the wheat and to separate the fish Matthew —42, 47— Jesus clearly had no problems with mixing metaphors. No one knows when Jesus will return: Before and after the story of the bridesmaids who ran out of oil, Jesus made it clear that no one would be able to know the time of his return Matthew ; In fact, during his time on planet earth, not even Jesus knew when he would return!
There will be a final judgment: After separating the wheat from the weeds, angels throw the weeds into a fiery place where the condemned will When it comes to those three points from the parables that tell us about the end times, everyone who trusts the truth of Scripture can find common ground. Once, as Jesus left the temple courts, a few of his followers pointed out the splendor of the temple that Herod the Great had renovated. Jesus responded by predicting the unthinkable: The Jewish temple would be destroyed.
When the disciples reached the Mount of Olives, Jesus revealed to them a series of events that were, for him and his first followers, still in the future. Could they have been fulfilled around AD 70, when the temple was destroyed? Did his discourse predict firstcentury events as well as ones that will happen in the end times? Biblical scholars differ on the answers to these questions. The differences in interpretation come down to two words that we learned earlier. Some interpreters look at the Olivet Discourse only from a futurist perspective; others see both futurist and preterist elements in these words of Jesus.
In the futurist view, all or nearly all of Revelation is yet to occur. Revelation is a prophecy that describes the end of time and the years leading immediately to the end. Dispensational premillennialists as well as some historic premillennialists interpret Revelation in this way. The book of Revelation is prophecy about church history from the time of John to the end of the world. Historicists view the events in Revelation as symbolic descriptions of historical events throughout church history. Some futurists also understand the Seven Churches [Revelation 1—3] in a historic manner, treating each church as descriptive of a particular era of church history.
This perspective seems to have originated among ancient Alexandrian theologians, who frequently spiritualized and allegorized biblical texts, but this view also has contemporary followers. Christians throughout church history have understood full preterism to be a heresy. Preterists are typically amillennialists or postmillennialists, though some historic premillennialists might fit in this category.
As a description of the end times futurist Who takes this perspective? The destruction of the temple 2. At most, Jesus may have described the destruction of the temple in Luke — Instead of addressing the destruction of the temple, Jesus taught his disciples about a future tribulation, near the end of time as we know it. His focus was on:.
The calamities at the beginning of the tribulation 2. As a description of the fall of Jewish temple and of the end of the age preterist and futurist Who takes this perspective? This first-century judgment pointed forward to the judgment that will come when Jesus returns to earth. You will hear of wars and rumors of wars, but see to it that you are not alarmed. Such things must happen, but the end is still to come.
Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. There will be famines and earthquakes in various places. All these are the beginning of birth pains. Then you will be handed over to be persecuted and put to death, and you will be hated by all nations because of me.
At that time many will turn away from the faith and will betray and hate each other, and many false prophets will appear and deceive many people. For false messiahs and false prophets will appear and perform great signs and wonders to deceive, if possible, even the elect.
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See, I have told you ahead of time. Under Vespasian and later his son Titus, Roman legions arrived in Galilee and swept southward toward Jerusalem, crushing the Jewish rebellion. The philosopher Seneca, writing in the mids, described how earthquakes had obliterated twelve cities in Asia and recently shaken communities in Achaia and Macedonia. Later an unnamed Egyptian and his followers met a similar fate Acts Because of the increase of wickedness, the love of most will grow cold, but the one who stands firm to the end will be saved. And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in the whole world as a testimony to all nations, and then the end will come see also Mark ; Luke — Their message will be rejected.
According to Paul, this happened no later than the late AD 50s. So, these words were fulfilled in the first century, before the fall of the Jewish temple. Today, the island of Patmos is a tourist resort. Luxury liners dock daily at the port of Skala before returning to the Greek mainland. A plush hotel, fine restaurants, and plenty of shops line the shores of this island.
In the first century AD, no luxuries were to be found on Patmos. When a Roman ruler exiled John to this sparsely-vegetated scrap of volcanic rock, there were only caves and a handful of clustered buildings. This was a place. It was rugged, isolated, and sparsely populated—not a prison colony, mind you, but certainly not the spot where you would choose to spend your family vacation. Without warning, a voice like a trumpet tore through the silence.
John whirled around and glimpsed the glorified Son of Man, surrounded by seven golden lampstands. The Son of Man had hair like snow, eyes like fire, and feet like bronze. One look at him was enough to cause John to fall on his face. Not only in Revelation but also in other endtimes texts, there are other significant characters—righteous and unrighteous, heroes and villains—but Jesus remains central. He made it known by sending his angel to his servant John, who testifies to everything he saw—that is, the word of God and the testimony of Jesus Christ.
If you were really concerned about the authorship, you might scour the Internet to verify that the authors listed on the cover really could have written these words. But what if you lived in an era prior to covers and copyright pages and computer searches? And what if that first name was the one of most common names in your part of the world? Saint John at Patmos by Jacopo Vignali. The book of Revelation mentions no details about the author except that he was a servant of Jesus, exiled on the island of Patmos.
So how did ancient people know who wrote the book of Revelation? They also passed on a tradition about who wrote the book. These early traditions could typically be traced all the way back to their source.
For a text to be seen as authoritative in the churches, the original source had to be either an eyewitness of the risen Lord Jesus or a close associate of an eyewitness. Papyrus plants are nearly twelve feet tall and have a stem as thick as your wrist. The stems were sliced lengthwise in thin strips, then cut into shorter pieces. Two layers of slices were placed on top of each other—with the grain of the top layer running perpendicular to the one beneath it—then beaten together and dried to make paper.
So what traditions did early Christians recite to one another about the book of Revelation? Who wrote Revelation is relatively certain. Although not everyone agrees, the most ancient evidence points to the apostle John. When the apostle John wrote Revelation is far less certain. Unlike books today, no one placed copyright dates in copies of biblical texts! In the case of Revelation, that process results in two primary possibilities:. Persecution of Christians: It seems that Christians may have been in the early stages of a time of persecution when John wrote Revelation ; —3, 9—10, 13; — Worship of the Roman emperor: Hints can be found throughout Revelation that Christians may have been coerced to worship the emperor , 14—17; ; ; ; ; Nero was never worshiped as divine in his lifetime.
The wording of Revelation —2 suggests to some scholars that the temple in Jerusalem was still standing when John wrote this book. John the apostle was well known as the author of Revelation. If John the apostle did in fact write Revelation—and I am convinced that he did— these visions on Patmos were not the first time that he had seen Jesus.
John first glimpsed Jesus along the stony shores of the Sea of Galilee.
He heard the call of Jesus while washing and twining his nets amid baskets of fresh-caught fish. He ate with Jesus, he drank with Jesus, and then he saw him die. Three days later, he ran panting into an empty tomb and, that evening, he saw Jesus alive. John sees Jesus in his glory, and—after receiving divine messages for seven churches—John is taken through an open door into the throne room of God Revelation Ruled the Roman Empire, AD 54— After a fire in Rome, a rumor circulated that Nero had started the fire.
Ruled the Roman Empire, AD 81— Domitian repeatedly declared himself to be divine during his lifetime. Island off the west coast of Asia Minor. According to Tacitus, persons who threatened the peace of the Roman Empire were sent to coastal islands such as Patmos. These two dozen elders worship the living God without ceasing Revelation ; They wear white robes and cast their golden crowns to the ground before the throne of God Revelation — But who are the twentyfour elders?
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John described what the elders do, but he never specifically said who they are. Here are a few possibilities: y An angelic council? A council of angelic beings, perhaps the guardians of Israel and the church, that surrounds the throne of God. Scripture describes angelic beings around the divine throne 1 Kings ; Psalm Heavenly reflection of the twenty-four groups of priests and Levites who praised God in the Jerusalem temple 1 Chronicles ; — Second-century pastor and martyr Ignatius of Antioch.
They will not be deprived of my name. Not too long ago, keepers at the Bronx Zoo reported that one of their reptiles was on the lam. This slip would likely have attracted little attention except for the fact that the missing reptile was no ordinary creature. The vacant exhibit belonged to an Egyptian cobra—a creature whose venom can reduce a human being to a corpse in less than twenty minutes.
This is gonna be hilarious! And what if this creature is far closer than anyone ever expected? A deadly creature really does slither unseen through streets and alleys, offices and amusement parks—and not just in New York City. It is not an uncaged cobra from the Bronx. I am speaking of the spirit first seen by human eyes in the Garden of Eden—the fallen angel whose aliases include the Devil and the dragon, Old Scratch and Satan.
The dragon enlists political, religious, and economic powers to do his dirty work. In the book of Revelation, these powers take the form of a beast from the land, a beast from the sea, and a harlot seated on a scarlet steed. Through these powers, the dragon indulges those who bow before him with opulence and political power—but he can only deliver on these offers for a limited time. Nearly every believer, however, can find common ground on these two truths: Satan is on the prowl, but his time and powers are limited.
Postmillennialists see the strength of Satan crumbling gradually as the gospel takes root around the world. Some preterists believe that Satan has been bound ever since the fall of Jerusalem in AD After Jesus returns to earth, Satan will be bound for one thousand years Revelation —3. When this glorious millennial kingdom draws to an end, Satan will be released.
Once again, Satan will refuse to submit to Jesus. Satan will be defeated and confined forever in a fiery lake of torment Revelation — John saw Satan as a fierce red dragon. So does this mean that the devil really looks like a dragon? Of course not! He is a spiritual being, not a physical creature. The devil appears in Scripture in many different forms with many different names. Evil one The devil is bad; no explanation required Ephesians ; 1 John — God of this age As the god of this age, the devil attempts to obscure the thinking of unbelievers so that they do not see the glory of Jesus 2 Corinthians The spirit now at work among the disobedient Satan is a spiritual being Ephesians Deceiver of the whole world Satan is a liar and the source of lies Revelation ; see also John The woman screams in pain as she bears a son—but she and her child are not alone Revelation —2.
The dragon is there as well. The crimson creature is fierce and mighty, with seven crowned heads and ten horns. He hurls one-third of the stars to the earth and positions himself to devour the newborn king —4. At the last moment, God intervenes, and the child ascends to a heavenly throne —6. The dragon declares war on the angels of heaven, but the child has already triumphed. The dragon is thrown from the heavens and confined to the earth — Knowing that his time is short, the enraged dragon persecutes the woman and her children.
He makes a final stand on the sands at the edge of the sea — From there, he calls forth evil minions and spews evil spirits —18; , but he cannot prevail. The picture that John paints in this chapter is fantastic and beautiful! Or will that happen near the end of time? When did she give birth? Are these future events or past events? Could they be both? Remember Antiochus? He was already unpopular before he sacrificed a pig on a pagan altar in the Jewish temple.
Shockingly, none of these actions increased his popularity. And why are they thrown to the earth? There are three possible answers: 1. The stars are angels. They fell before sin entered into the world: Previously in Revelation, stars have represented heavenly messengers Revelation ; ; as well as a fallen angel They will fall in the end times: Some dispensationalist interpreters agree that the stars are fallen angels. But they place the cosmic conflict and the angelic fall in the future, halfway through the future seven-year tribulation.
In retrospect, many of these identifications have seemed quite ridiculous—a fact that should cause us to hesitate before suggesting that someone might be the Antichrist today. A few of the many candidates have included: 1. Emperor Nero He persecuted the church, and his name in Hebrew can add up to Emperor Constantius The fourth-century church father Athanasius made this connection when Constantius persecuted orthodox Christians and favored congregations that denied the deity of Jesus.
Athanasius also seems to have expected a final, future Antichrist. John F. Kennedy He received votes at the Democratic convention, and he later died of a head wound. Henry Kissinger Kissinger was a Middle East peacemaker of Jewish ancestry; his name in Hebrew adds up to , divided by six. Mikhail Gorbachev He was a world leader with a mysterious birthmark on his head; maybe it looked like a six if you stared at it long enough.
Ronald Wilson Reagan He had six letters in each name, get it? Plus, he recovered from a wound that seemed fatal. Barack Obama The day after the election, the Illinois Pick 3 lottery numbers were That resulted in me laying aside the whole area of end-time prophecy and saying I am going to focus instead on discipling nations, as commanded by Jesus. I figured, eschatology was obviously ambiguous, and to fight and argue over interpretations was unprofitable to the furthering of the administration of God, which is by faith 1 Tim. However, when I first glanced at this book, I was struck by the full color charts on almost every page.
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Instead they simply showed the key unique emphases of each interpretative view along with its scriptural basis. As I began to read I really got excited.
Timothy Paul Jones was not putting anyone down. He was not judging or condemning or insisting his view was right and everyone else was wrong. As a matter of fact, he was not even stating what his view was. He was simply, honestly and clearly presenting the four major views of Revelation in a clear, concise, orderly manner. So then I asked myself, but why even care about these four different ways of interpreting the book of Revelation? And as I turned to the next page page 72 , the author asked the question, "Why does it matter?
Then he gives the best answer to that question I have ever heard. It is so we know and appreciate the historical positions the church has held on the book of Revelation, so we can be informed and so we can learn to respect and honor those who hold positions different from ours. Well this is refreshing, and as God has been telling me that I need to honor all people. In my early Christian life, I was trained to judge and put down everyone who held a view different than mine, so I destroyed the unity of the body of Christ, because of my theological beliefs on things which were not essential to the message of salvation by faith in our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.
This is an outstanding book, which clearly and simply lays out four differing views of end-time prophecy, providing scriptural support for each, showing the unique approaches each view takes, and encouraging you to understand and not judge those who disagree with you.
Finally we can honor and love all people 1 Pet. What a gift to the body of Christ. Thank you Timothy Paul Jones! Now I want to read other books Dr. Timothy Paul Jones has written, plus I want to sell your book off our website, and add it as the first and only course on eschatology our university has ever offered. Jesus and the Jewish Roots of the Eucharist. Brant Pitre. Revelation Unveiled. Tim LaHaye. The Bible Bathroom Book. Mark Littleton. A Concise Guide to Bible Prophecy. Stan Guthrie. John Piper. The Essential Guide to Bible Prophecy. Jesus the Bridegroom. Major Bible Prophecies. John F.
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Dana Gould. Jesus Christ: The Real Story. United Church of God. I Love You! Matthew Debord. Romans Teach the Text Commentary Series. Marvin Pate. Revelation Catholic Commentary on Sacred Scripture. Peter S. Rick Richardson. Shepherd's Notes: Revelation. Edwin Blum. God's Tsunami. John: The Gospel of Wisdom. Michael Card.
When Christ Returns. Charles H. Armageddon, Oil, and Terror. James D. Cyber Meltdown. Ron Rhodes. Instant Expert: The Bible. Nick Page. The Other Bible Code. Val Pym. Introduction to the Bible. William A. The Gospel according to Daniel. Bryan Chapell. Randall Price. It is easy to misunderstand these highly figurative scriptures— which is why Rose Guide to End-Times Prophecy provides simple explanations and charts on key topics, including: 4 main interpretations of the book of Revelation Passages from the book of Daniel—including the statues, beasts, goats, and the 70 weeks 2 ways of understanding each passage in Jesus' Olivet Discourse wars, rumors of wars, tribulation, earthquakes, etc.
Simple summaries on key symbols in the Book of Revelation , including: 7 Seals, the 7 Churches, ,, Mark of the Beast, Persecuted Woman, the 7 Trumpets, the 7 Bowls, Great Prostitute Fall of Babylon, New Heaven and New Earth, Healing of the nations Packed with more than 50 charts, diagrams, and illustrations, this full-color reference guide makes it easy to navigate through the book of Revelation, the book of Daniel, and other prophetic Bible passages.
Enjoy Having Charts on End-Times Scriptures, including: Illustrated charts on the symbolism within the Book of Revelation The 4 ways to read apocalyptic passages : futurist, historicist, idealist, preterist 4 charts on how early Christians viewed the end-times refers to Apostles' Creed, Nicene Creed, etc Key information on Tribulation, Rapture, Anti-Christ, Mark of the Beast, Dispensations, etc.
Also Includes Charts and Timelines on 4 Major End-Times Views: Timelines for each of the major end-times views , making it easy to understand when each interpretation believes the tribulation, the coming of Christ, the millennium, and "eternity" will occur. See Easy-to-Understand Explanations for Key Terms and Symbols Whether it's the controversial mark of the beast, the dreaded , or the much-debated rapture, there are dozens of words and phrases specifically used when talking about end-times prophecy.
Enjoy getting easy-to-understand explanations for key terms: Who Are the 24 Elders? Who are the ,? What does the "Mark of the Beast" Mean? Who are the 2 Witnesses in the Book of Revelation? What are the characteristics of the Antichrist? What are the 2 Beasts in the Old Testament?
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