“For the promise to Abraham or to his descendants that he would be heir of the world was not through the Law, but through the righteousness of faith.” (Romans 4:13) by Michael J. Vlach Romans 4:13 has become a hotly debated verse lately between those who believe in a literal future fulfillment of Israel’s land […]
In ancient Judaism the kingdom of David/Israel was seen as the material expression of YHWH’s kingdom on earth. What’s more, because of this, both idyllic and restorative conceptions can easily coexist. I assert, therefore, that a more robust understanding of ancient Judaism’s, and likewise early Christianity’s, conception of the kingdom of God should take into […]
Sadly, many pastors who say that eschatology “does not matter” also say that the creation issue does not matter. It is not by mistake that many who interpret the book of Revelation, for example, in a non-historical or spiritualizing manner do the same with the creation account in the book of Genesis. The speed at […]
I have pointed out in the past to preterists that Jesus in his Olivet Discourse cites from the most explicit resurrection passage in the entire Old Testament in Matthew 24–25. But they ignore this point. I describe this point in detail in my Antichrist Before the Day of the Lord: What Every Christian Needs to Know […]
https://larryhurtado.wordpress.com/2014/04/02/pauls-eschatology-further-comments-on-wrights-new-opus/ But, curiously [this is typical of non-futurist eschatology, which is, sadly, becoming much more prevalent in evangelical churches], we don’t get much about such things as Jesus’ parousia/return (mentioned, but not really engaged), resurrection of the dead (Paul believed it, but little else), final judgement (same here), the glorification of believers (same again), etc. […]
Here is an excellent piece by Larry Hurtado taking N. T. Wright’s supersessionism to task. http://larryhurtado.wordpress.com/2014/03/23/israel-and-the-people-of-god-wright-response/
Increasingly, futurists/premillennialists are seen as a “dangerous” and “extreme” fringe, namely, because we are caricatured as not caring about the here and now (i.e. the environment, social justice, etc.). Our foes often invoke Tim LaHaye and his Left Behind series as emblematic for conservative, evangelical, futurism in their derision for us. To be sure, I […]
http://mac-eschatology.blogspot.com/2013/03/jerusalem-not-holy.html By the way, premillennialists should memorize the biblical passages listed in the second half of this article.