Recommended New Testament Greek Grammars

The following are New Testament Greek grammars that I recommend. This includes both beginning and intermediate biblical Greek grammars. See also here my list of recommend Greek New Testament lexicons/dictionaries.   *Links are to Amazon New Testament Greek Grammars   Reading Koine Greek: An Introduction and Integrated Workbook by Rodney J. Decker   Intermediate Greek […]

What Does Prewrath Teach?

WHAT IS PREWATH? by ALAN KURSCHNER Many of us were told that the church will be “raptured out of here before the Antichrist’s arrival.” The Bible, however, teaches the church will first experience the Antichrist’s great tribulation. Then, at some unknown day and hour, Antichrist’s persecution will be cut short by the return of Christ […]

Is the Meaning of Harpagēsometha in 1 Thess 4:17 ‘Rapture’ or ‘Plunder’? Part 1 – Ep. 114 Play in new window | Download | EmbedOn Doug Hamp’s the Awakening Report, Chris Steinle claimed that the Greek word harpagēsometha behind the English “suddenly caught [up]” in 1 Thess 4:17 is not derived from the Greek harpazo and consequently does not actually refer to a rapture. It refers to another word (which we will address in […]

Recommended Greek New Testament Dictionaries/Lexicons

I am asked frequently in emails what Greek New Testament dictionary I recommend. I don’t think I have ever blogged on this, so here it goes. In addition, there are some that I do not recommend, such as any of the Vines, Zodhiates, and Strong’s editions of their Greek (and Hebrew) dictionaries as they are […]

4 Reasons Why the Great Tribulation Does NOT Span Over the Entire Church Age: A Reply to Historicism – Ep. 113 Play in new window | Download | EmbedHistoricism is the eschatological position that says the thrust of prophecy in the Olivet Discourse and Revelation are fulfilled in the span of the church age. So for example, they would say that the great tribulation was not fulfilled in the first century, nor is it to […]

Is Jesus Currently on David’s Throne?

Michael J. Vlach writes: The purpose of this blog post is to examine Peter’s use of Psalm 132:11 in Acts 2:30 with a view toward grasping Peter’s understanding of the throne of David concept. Acts 2 describes the baptizing and filling ministry of the Holy Spirit after Jesus’ ascension. This is all related to Jesus, […]

Does ‘the Last Hour’ in 1 John 2:18 Support an Imminent Rapture? – Ep. 112 Play in new window | Download | Embed Pretribs think that “the last hour” in 1 John 2:18 implies an imminent rapture. I gave three reasons why it does not. “Children, it is the last hour, and just as you heard that the antichrist is coming, so now many antichrists have appeared. We know […]

Paper Notice: East Region Meeting ETS in Lancaster, PA, April 7–8

I will be delivering a paper at the 2018 Evangelical Theological Society East Region Meeting in Lancaster, PA, April 7–8. Here is the title and abstract of the paper: The Theological Word-Concept Fallacy: James Barr’s Linguistic Critique Then and Now James Barr’s groundbreaking The Semantics of Biblical Language brought modern linguistic principles to the consciousness […]

Paul’s Use of Isaiah 59:20-21 in Romans 11:26-27

by Michael Vlach One example where a New Testament writer views an Old Testament prophetic passage as needing to be fulfilled literally in the future is Paul’s use of Isaiah 59:20-21 in Romans 11:26-27: and so all Israel will be saved; just as it is written, “The Deliverer will come from Zion, He will remove […]

The Structure of Matthew’s Olivet Discourse – Ep. 111 Play in new window | Download | EmbedThe key issue to the structure of Matthew’s Olivet Discourse is the relationship between vv. 9–14 and verse 15ff. I first talked about the disciples’ questions about the sign to the parousia (second coming) and the end of the age, which opens up the discourse. Then I […]

Is Saudi Arabia’s City NEOM Mystery Babylon?

 “David Rosenthal, Director of Operations at Zion’s Hope, shares about what is taking place in the Middle East, particularly Saudi Arabia, and the creation of a new metropolis on the Red Sea, and the potential implications for end-times.”