The Man of Lawlessness and the Rapture(?) in 2 Thess. 2:3 (Beale)

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)

No More Sea? (Rev. 21:1a)

In Revelation 21 John is given a vision of the future: "Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and earth had ceased to exist, and the sea existed no more" (NET). This is one image we're given in Scripture to describe the place where God's people will live… Continue reading No More Sea? (Rev. 21:1a)

Christians, Safety, and Health (Rev. 12:11)

Everyone is talking about health and safety today because of the virus.  That's not a bad thing; health and safety are important.  However, for those who follow Jesus, health and safety are not our top priority.  This is one area where the Christian worldview clashes with the worldviews of our culture.  Everyone else out there… Continue reading Christians, Safety, and Health (Rev. 12:11)

A Readable Commentary on Revelation

If you’re looking for a clear, concise, readable, and solid commentary on Revelation, I recommend Vern Poythress’ The Returning King: A Guide to the Book of Revelation (Phillipsburg: P&R, 2000).  Though this commentary doesn’t comment on all the details in Revelation, it does a fine job of providing a big picture overview of the book.… Continue reading A Readable Commentary on Revelation

Hyper-BT (or The Exegetical Hat-Trick)

In many ways, I'm indebted to the biblical theological (a.k.a. redemptive-historical) movement of the last 75 years (give or take).  I appreciate guys like Meredith Kline and Gregory Beale, for two different examples, but I'm a bit wary of several aspects of biblical theology (see here, here, and here for a few examples).  I think many biblical theologians could… Continue reading Hyper-BT (or The Exegetical Hat-Trick)