Where you see the rapture occurring is significantly related to your view of suffering as it relates to the purposes of God. Most in the church have a different view of suffering than the apostles did. The spread of the pre-tribulation rapture is not just due to a view of the end times, it is also due to the belief of believers that God’s goal is for the church to avoid suffering.This is part of the series How our View of the Rapture Affects our View of God.
The idea of the immanent rapture can end up supporting a spectator view of Bible prophecy primarily because it teaches that believers will not be present for the most significant events of the end of the age. This makes much of the Scripture describing the Lord’s return effectively trivial when it is meant to be sound doctrine about themes that prepare the church to practically walk out the gospel.This is part of the series How our View of the Rapture Affects our View of God.
One of the most prominent beliefs in western eschatology in the last century has been the belief in the “pre-tribulation” rapture. Generally the question of the rapture is seen as an academic issue, a non-essential doctrine that does not really affect our day-to-day Christianity, but we must understand how much our view of the rapture reflects our view of God.This is part of the series How our View of the Rapture Affects our View of God.
It’s important to recognize that the question of the land ultimately brings up the deepest question of our Christian faith because the question of the land ultimately forces the question of righteousness and how we inherit God’s promises.This is part of the series Does the Modern State of Israel have a Right to the Land?.
Right now it is the question of Jewish ownership of the land that is animating and empowering political Islam throughout the Middle East, and Islam is using this question to mobilize thousands of Muslims and that fact alone indicates the severity of this issue.This is part of the series Does the Modern State of Israel have a Right to the Land?.
If we are going to have a biblical view of the land, we must also take the time to interpret modern events biblically. Nowhere is this more neglected than the issue of the Holocaust. That event, and the events which followed it in 1948 must be dealt with theologically.This is part of the series Does the Modern State of Israel have a Right to the Land?.
When we survey Scripture, there is a very clear and consistent prediction that the Lord judges the nations at His return related to how they treated Israel related to a military crisis in the land. This gives us quite a bit of insight into how we should view Israel’s future in the land.This is part of the series Does the Modern State of Israel have a Right to the Land?.
God promised the land to Abraham and affirmed that promise in a dramatic way in Genesis 15. This covenant is incredibly important because the Scripture repeatedly reaffirms it and Paul builds his entire understanding of salvation on the surety of this covenant.This is part of the series Does the Modern State of Israel have a Right to the Land?.
In order to understand how the question of Israel’s possession of the land there are biblical principles that we must understand related to Israel’s history. It is critical that we understand these principles before we try to look at events through a humanitarian lens.This is part of the series Does the Modern State of Israel have a Right to the Land?.
The “right” to the land of Israel is one of the most contested issues of our day. It is a complex issue and answering that raises very serious questions, but these questions must be answered within a biblical framework. If we do not answer the question within an overarching biblical framework, we can end up with conclusions that sound reasonable, but are, in fact, unbiblical.This is part of the series Does the Modern State of Israel have a Right to the Land?.
Paul frequently quoted Old Testament passages in a way that reveals his understanding of Old Testament passages and how they relate to his mission of carrying the gospel to the gentiles. Paul’s reference to Isaiah 28 in 1 Corinthians 14 helps us understand exactly how the apostles understood Isaiah 28.
Daniel 7:12 raises an interesting question: why is the antichrist destroyed suddenly while the lives of the rest of the beasts are prolonged? Thankfully, when we look at the verse more closely, we find that there is a very specific emphasis in this verse that can resolve the question.