What Exactly Is the Identity of the ‘Star’ of Bethlehem? The Bible, Astronomy, and Scholarship Par Excellence

Colin R. Nicholl is one of the most careful New Testament exegetes I know today. In the April 2000 volume of The Journal of Theological Studies, Colin R. Nicholl published the seminal article, “Michael, The Restrainer Removed (2 Thess. 2:6-7),” making the strong case that Michael is the Restrainer.  His article would be published in […]

Archangel Michael, the Restrainer Removed, 2 Thessalonians 2:6–7 (Part 2 of 2) – Ep. 35

http://traffic.libsyn.com/thebiblicalprophecyprogram/035-Restrainer_Part_2.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download | EmbedIn part two, I explicated the lines of evidence that Colin R. Nicholl adduces that supports the “Restrainer” being Michael the archangel. 1. Contemporary Jewish literature viewed the characteristics of Michael having eschatological pre-eminence as the chief opponent of Satan and Restrainer of God’s people. 2. Michael is […]

Archangel Michael, the Restrainer Removed, 2 Thessalonians 2:6–7 (Part 1 of 2) – Ep. 34

http://traffic.libsyn.com/thebiblicalprophecyprogram/034-Restrainer_Part_1.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download | EmbedIn this first part of two parts, I explained the context to the Restrainer question. Who is the “Restrainer”? This question stems from Paul’s text in 2 Thessalonians 2:6–7.  “And so you know what holds him back, so that he will be revealed in his own time.  […]

Why the Bible Teaches a Literal, Physical Temple (Naos) in 2 Thessalonians 2:4, Not a Figurative, Spiritual Temple – Ep. 23

http://traffic.libsyn.com/thebiblicalprophecyprogram/023-Literal_Temple_2_thess_2.4.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download | EmbedI talked about Paul’s use of the term “temple” (naos) in 2 Thessalonians 2:4. Does Paul have in mind a literal, physical temple? Or is he referring to a figurative, spiritual sense? I argued the former, the literal, physical sense. I first explained that naos does not require some […]