A Striking Way How Pretribbers Reason Like Flat Earthers

The following is a snippet from my forthcoming book critiquing pretribulation imminence theology. I am citing pretrib teacher Wayne A. Brindle’s four criteria of interpretation determining if a passage contains imminence teaching. I cite here his second criteria and then I comment on it: “2. The passage speaks of Christ’s return as ‘near,’ without stating […]

A BIG Difficulty in the Plot Line within the Amillennial Narrative in the Book of Revelation

Robert W. Wall writes: W. Hendricksen locates Satan’s imprisonment between the two advents of Christ, when the church is able to evangelize the nations with complete freedom (Conquerors, pp. 185–90). This interpretation draws upon elements of Revelation 12–13, where Satan is unable to destroy the church. Further, it corresponds well to the subsequent vision of […]

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 […]

Is the Meaning of Harpagēsometha in 1 Thess 4:17 ‘Rapture’ or ‘Plunder’? Part 1 – Ep. 114

http://traffic.libsyn.com/thebiblicalprophecyprogram/Is_the_Meaning_of_harpagesometha_in_1_Thess_417_Rapture_or_Plunder.mp3Podcast: 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 […]

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, […]

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 […]

The Structure of Matthew’s Olivet Discourse – Ep. 111

http://traffic.libsyn.com/thebiblicalprophecyprogram/The_Structure_of_Matthews_Olivet_Discourse_-_Ep._111.mp3Podcast: 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 […]

Did Paul Redefine ‘Israel’ in Romans 2:28–29?

i) One problem is the “Jewish question”. Is God faithful to the promises he made to the patriarchs (e.g. Rom 3:4; 11:2)? If the recipient of a promise can be “redefined”, after the fact, then in what respect has God made good on his promises? If God can swap out the original referent and swap […]

Why the Great Commission Disproves Pretrib Imminence – Ep. 105

http://traffic.libsyn.com/thebiblicalprophecyprogram/Why_the_Great_Commission_Disproves_Pretrib_Imminence_-_Ep._105.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download | EmbedJesus talks about the completion of this age in several of his end-time passages, using expressions such as the “end” (telos) and “end of the age” (synteleias tou aiōnos). The Olivet Discourse was occasioned by the question from his disciples about the end: “As he was sitting […]

A Critique of Stephen Sizer’s: Zion’s Christian Soldiers?: The Bible, Israel and the Church

This is a critique by Ted Loy of Stephen Sizer’s supersessionist theology. The following is an outline of his article. The link below is to his entire article. Worth the time to read it. Positively, Stephen Sizer is an Evangelical in the UK Anglican community who holds to the authority of Scripture. As a consequence, […]

Valley of Hinnom

Steve Hays writes: A reader drew my attention to this post: Jesus and Hell Several fallacies in his argument: i) Metaphors originate in a particular concrete phenomena, but acquire an abstract, analogical significance. The significance of the metaphor is not identical to the natural or historical exemplar. It develops a significance that goes beyond the […]