One of the more difficult NT passages that deals with eschatology is 2 Thessalonians 2:3-11. Of course Paul knew what he was talking about. The Christians in the Thessalonian church plant had heard Paul teach these things before so they knew what it meant (2:5). But we don't know exactly what Paul taught them when… Continue reading The Man of Lawlessness and the Rapture(?) in 2 Thess. 2:3 (Beale)
(This is a re-post from September, 2014) Anthony Hoekema (d. 1988) wrote a helpful critique of dispensational premillennialism in his excellent book, The Bible and the Future. Because I think they are helpful, I’m going to summarize and edit them below. I strongly recommend reading the entire 20-page chapter for the full discussion – along… Continue reading Eight Points: A Critique of Dispensational Premillenialism
Some dispensationalists teach that the Jews will one day return to their land en masse. They believe that the OT prophecies about Israel in the future must be taken "literally" (e.g. Isaiah 11:11-12, Hosea 3:5, etc.). It's not quite that easy or simple, however. I appreciate A.A. Hodge's arguments against a future return of the… Continue reading Will the Jews Be Restored to Their Land?
It is very important to remember that there is historical progression in Scripture. The Bible is a historical book that records stories from the beginning of the world to the 1st century AD (and beyond, if you think of the prophecies). But the Bible isn't a regular history book; it is what we call redemptive… Continue reading Dispensationalism, Theonomy, and Biblical Theology (Lints)
"It has been called the noisiest verse in the Bible."