There is nothing quite like that ‘new car smell’—the nectar and aroma of the gods of leather, luxury, and excess! Suppose you arrived early at the car dealership, carefully selected the car of your dreams, went through the whole purchase process, only to drive away in the very same old car you had when you left home hours earlier?
A British film crew gets threatened by a settler in Hebron; the threats are not exactly anything new, however the message is clear: we killed your f***ing Jesus, God gave us this land...get out! Hooray for the Evangelicals' support of modern Israel!
Having been lately fascinated with the Anabaptist way of life, I just watched the documentary “The Amish, A People of Preservation.” The documentary had the strange allure of a home-made movie, and throughout the entire film a strong thread common to all Amish emerged: they do not want to become slaves to Progress at the expense of their families, communities and Faith.
On his website Andrew Perriman explores the connection between the fall of the temple and the so called "End of the World" anticipated by some first century believers. While Andrew does not endorse full Preterism or this website, his writing can be a valuable tool for exploring understanding of first century prophetic fulfillment.
It has been a very long time since I have posted anything here. That is both good and bad, but it is about time I post a quick update about what we have been up to and why things have been so quiet around here. The Vaduva family has been busy at work, moving away from a city and urban style of living to a much simpler way of life on a small farm here in Ohio.
by Murray Rothbard
Christianity has played a central role in Western civilization and contributed an important influence on the development of classical-liberal thought. Not surprisingly, Christian beliefs about the "end times" are very important for us right now. Christian Reconstructionism is one of the fastest growing and most influential currents in American religious and political life. Though the fascinating discussions by Jeffrey Tucker and Gary North (in the July and September issues of Liberty) have called libertarian attention to, and helped explain, this movement, to clarify Christian Reconstructionism fully we have to understand the role and problem of millennialism in Christian thought.
Shout for joy, you upright;
praise comes well from the honest.
(Psalm 33: 1)
by Don K. Preston
My friend Sam Dawson recently sent me an article penned by Wayne Jackson, of Stockton, California. Jackson has been an out-spoken critical of Covenant Eschatology, although he has never had the courage to engage in honorable debate on the subject. And this in spite of the fact that he has written articles in the past stating that there needs to be such discussions. Although various and multiple attempts have been made to get Jackson to debate me, he has adamantly refused. While he has never had the courage to engage in formal debate, he sometimes ventures to write an article condemning preterists as heretics, who abuse the scriptures. The article that he recently wrote on, “These things must shortly come to pass” is one such (failed) attempt to negate the time statements of scripture.
Lately I have been interacting with people here and there about the relationship between Christianity and the State...and amazingly most opposition to State-driven Christianity comes from Conservatives. When I tell people that I refuse to say "the pledge" they get quite animated and even upset. Very frustrating... Here it is a blog entry from Jonathan Grubbs on Statism and Christianity, using Anabaptists as an example: "The Anabaptists assailed this imbalance, as did they did all forms of state coercion. If they were opposed to "christening," it was only because they were opposed to the "Christendom" this practice represented. For this insistence upon a "Believers' Church," separate from the state, Manz was bound and sent to the bottom of the Limmat. Oh yes, there were cries of "Freedom of religion" -- as long as you supported the right religion. And thus the Christian sacralism of Constantine became the Christian sacralism of Luther and later of Calvin."
by Wayne Jackson
“What is the meaning of the expression ‘shortly come to pass,’ found in Revelation 1:1?”
The final book of the New Testament begins in this fashion. “The revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave him to show unto his servants, even the things which must shortly come to pass?” (1:1a).
The phrase, “must shortly come to pass,” translates the Greek dei genesthai en tachei. Of special interest is the term tachei. This word, together with several cognate forms, expresses various shades of meaning.
Rockin' the Wall is the compelling story of rock and roll's part in bringing down the Berlin Wall and smashing the Iron Curtain.
Don K. Preston, president of Preterist Research Institute, recently received one of the highest academic awards that can be given, when he was awarded a Doctor of Divinity degree by Dr. Stan DeKoven, president of Vision International University, of Romana, California. The award was given at graduation services for Vision International in Irving, Tx. June 26, 2010. There were an estimated 1000 people in attendance at the ceremony.
We live in a wonderful time for reading the Bible. There has never been a time when the word of God was so freely and so widely available to those wishing to read it, especially those readers who read and speak English. There are so many English translations and paraphrases of the bible, that one can easily be confused by their multitude.
by Ben Myers
To my delight (and my wife’s dismay), my collection of Tom Waits CDs has grown nicely this Christmas. I’ve been absolutely addicted to Tom Waits all year – I can hardly bear to hear anything else. I don’t think it’s too much of an exaggeration to describe Tom Waits as a “theologian” – as long as we add that he’s a theologian of the dys-angelion, the “bad news.” His songs conjure up a swirling chaos of monsters and madness, devils and despair – and on the horizon of this dark world we glimpse the first faint glow of dawn, the surprising appearance of grace “de profundis” (Psalm 130:1).
This is part three—to start at the beginning go here: http://planetpreterist.com/content/man-lawlessness-part-one
In 2 Thessalonians 2:8-9 Paul discusses the revelation and then destruction of the Antichrist.
8. And then the lawless one will be revealed, whom the Lord will consume with the breath of his mouth and destroy with the brightness of His coming.
This is the second part of Ward Fenley's presentation at TruthVoice 2010, in Dayton, Ohio. You can watch Part 1 below.
I have never met Ward Fenley until just a couple of days ago; I was humbled to meet Ward and had some wonderful conversations with him; this is the first part of his presentation at TruthVoice 2010 on the "Character of the Kingdom of God." If you were not here in Dayton to hear Ward, you've missed out - this video will help you catch up with what we believe the Kingdom of God should lead to, what
Here Jesus is confronted with one of the most direct political questions that we see addressed in the entire New Testament. Do the Israelites need to pay taxes to the Roman government that has set itself up as God? How will Jesus answer this question?
This is part two of a four part series on the man of lawlessness. To start at the beginning (part one) go here: http://planetpreterist.com/content/man-lawlessness-part-one
The following is from my book, The Antichrist and the Second Coming: A Preterist Examination See reviews here http://www.amazon.com/Antichrist-Second-Coming-Preterist-Examination/pro... The chapter on the man of lawlessness is the last chapter of the book.