The Fifth Seal and ‘The Pretrib Contradiction’ – Ep. 110 Play in new window | Download | EmbedThe Pretrib Contradiction exposes the weakness of pretribulation rapture theology. I explained two aspects to this contradiction. First, I talked about how the fifth seal relates (or does not relate) to Paul’s promise in 1 Thess 5:9 about believers not having to experience the day of the […]

(VIDEO) What You Need to Know about the New Jerusalem

Doug Hamp gives a lucid biblical theology of the New Jerusalem: its nature, history, purpose, size, shape, location, and its timing of when it descends to earth, before or after the millennium. (Incidentally, toward the end of the video he puts a plug in for his book against Calvinism, which I would not agree with, […]

“The events depicted in the book of Revelation could never take place…they are merely symbolic”

A Surprise From the Supervolcano Under Yellowstone Beneath Yellowstone National Park lies a supervolcano, a behemoth far more powerful than your average volcano. It has the ability to expel more than 1,000 cubic kilometers of rock and ash at once — 250,000 times more material than erupted from Mount St. Helens in 1980, which killed […]

The Imagery of ‘remove your lampstand from its place’

As for the mystery of the seven stars that you saw in my right hand, and the seven golden lampstands, the seven stars are the angels of the seven churches, and the seven lampstands are the seven churches (Rev 1:20). Remember therefore from where you have fallen; repent, and do the works you did at […]

Greek Prepositions in the Book of Revelation

  SEMITIC INFLUENCE IN THE USE OF NEW TESTAMENT GREEK PREPOSITIONS: THE CASE OF THE BOOK OF REVELATION Laurențiu Florentin Moț Adventist Theological Institute, Cernica, Romania   Abstract: Semitic influence on New Testament Greek prepositional use has been proposed by various scholars. At times, it turns out that the examples these scholars emphasize are quite […]

The Biggest Hindrance to Understanding the Book of Revelation

  “The biggest hindrance to understanding the message of the Revelation is not its strange imagery, but rather, human sin and the inability to comprehend the nature of God’s holiness.” —From Robert L. Muse’ review of H. Burkhardt’s interpretation of Revelation.    

(VIDEO) An Easy Refutation of Pretrib Pastor Joey Wampler on the 24 Elders

I have replied to this common pretrib argument before here and here. Incidentally, pastor Wampler, first, you have to understand that Steven Anderson holds to a warped view of the prewrath rapture. He is not representative of the prewrath position. Second, you said that Steven Anderson has a skewed interpretation of this passage. That is […]

X Marks the Spot? A Critique of the Use of Chiasmus in Macro-Structural Analyses of Revelation

chiasmus |kīˈazməs| noun; a rhetorical or literary figure in which words, grammatical constructions, or concepts are repeated in reverse order, in the same or a modified form. I do not believe that the ancient writers were intending to structure their texts through a chiasmus. It is not a valid hermeneutical category for New Testament studies. […]

(VIDEO) The BACKSTORY to Scottie Clarke’s FIRST Failed Prediction of the Rapture

(For future reference, you can follow my ongoing series critiquing Scott Clarke’s “Great Sign of Revelation 12” theory at this link.) As a preface I want to say that I am not “attacking” Scottie Clarke personally. He seems like a nice and sincere person. My intention is to refute his theory which I believe is […]

Greek Grammar Indicates the ‘Beast’ in the Book of Revelation Is a PERSON

There are many good reasons to think that the “beast” in the book of Revelation refers to a person and not a mere symbol (contra idealism and historicism). One of these reasons is found in how Greek grammar works. In Greek, a relative pronoun will agree with its antecedent in gender and number. But its […]

Are Pretribs Consistent in Interpreting the Book of Revelation with the Grammatical-Historical Hermeneutic?

The other day I linked to Clint Archer’s insightful critique of Kevin DeYoung’s supersessionist (aka replacement theology) interpretation of the 144,000 passage in Revelation 7. I left a comment for him at his blog post (which he oddly shut down all comments for the post soon after I posted it). I highlighted the inconsistency of […]