Does Revelation 3:10 Support a Pretribulation Rapture? – Ep. 78

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Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadI intend to discuss Revelation 3:10 more in depth in a future episode, but in this brief episode I wanted to drive home a single point why this verse does not support pretribulationism and why it cannot be used as an objection against prewrath. Chris White interviewed me a […]

Does the Rapture of the Church Occur at Revelation 4:1? – Ep. 76

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Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadChris White interviewed me a few years ago on his program to respond to pretrib teacher Jimmy DeYoung and Brannon Howse on certain pretrib objections to prewrath. I played a brief clip from this interview covering the common pretrib objection that argues that the pretribulational rapture occurs at Revelation […]

Does the Absence of the Word ‘Church’ (Ekklēsia) in Revelation 4–21 Support a Pretribulation Rapture? – Ep. 75

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Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadChris White interviewed me a few years ago on his program to respond to pretrib teacher Jimmy DeYoung and Brannon Howse on certain pretrib objections to prewrath. I played a brief clip from this interview covering the common pretrib objection that argues since there is absence of the word […]

Refutation of Dave Love’s Purgatory Interpretation of the Fifth Seal in the Book of Revelation – Ep. 73

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Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadCalvary Chapel pretrib Pastor Dave Love does not think that the Gospel is powerful enough and sufficient to save a sinner from God’s wrath. Only “saints” that are pretribulationally raptured before the seven-year period will be exempt from God’s wrath! Those “tribulational saints” who “grew up in a church” […]

A Reply to Calvary Pastor Dave Love’s Flawed Pretrib Theology – Ep. 72

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Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadToday I replied to Calvary Chapel’s Pastor Dave Love’s so-called critique of the prewrath position, particularly on the seals. I critiqued his misunderstanding of the imagery of the seven seals that he thinks is staggered inside the scroll, rather than all on the outside of it. For some reason […]

I am still waiting for a response from those who believe in the “recapitulation-cycles” theory of the book of Revelation

Over two years ago I wrote the article below that defends a consecutive-progressive view of the septets in the book of Revelation. I also demonstrated the internal contradictions of the concurrent-recapitulation framework (i.e. “cycles”). Typically amillennialists, postmillennialists, and post-tribbers hold to this view. I have never received a meaningful response to my argumentation in the […]

The Book of Revelation Is Not Written in Some ‘Code’ Meant to Be ‘De-Coded’

Readers sometimes treat Revelation’s word pictures as a code designed to hide the author’s meaning from all but selected insiders. But the primary function of the imagery is to reveal, not to conceal. Word pictures offer a way of seeing the character of God, the world, and the community of faith. The writer portrays Jesus […]

How to Prepare for Jesus’ Second Coming: DON’T Take the Mark of the Antichrist – Ep. 66

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Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadThis episode warned of the future mark of the Antichrist and its consequences for taking it. The Bible’s warning in Revelation 13–14 is for the Church. This will be a real, future event that individuals living at this time will have to face—it could be this generation. If you […]

How to Prepare for Jesus’ Second Coming: 4 Views that Militate Against Biblical Readiness – Ep. 65

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Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadI started a series talking about how to prepare for Jesus’ second coming in a biblical fashion. Today I described four views that militate against this readiness. 1. Pretribulationism: The warnings are relegated to “tribulation saints.” We will be raptured out of here so we do not have to […]

Revelation 1:18 and the God of Death who Holds Its Keys

“I was dead, but look, now I am alive—forever and ever—and I hold the keys of death and of Hades!” (Rev 1:18) Steve Hays writes, “There’s probably a connotation to this verse that’s lost on modern readers. We think of “death” as an abstract term for the cessation of life. The physical condition of the […]

Accommodation Principle of Interpreting Apocalyptic Prophecy | Book of Revelation

“[S]ome aspects of the original prophecy may be described in terms appropriate for the understanding of the hearers of its time—e.g., wars involving horses and swords, rather than future weapons totally unknown at the time of writing. Such adaptations to the understanding of the original hearers, however, do not change the essential meaning of the […]