The apocalyptic 1995 novel "Left Behind" and its eight sequels have sold 50 million copies. The Christian end-of-the-world epic by authors Tim LaHaye and Jerry Jenkins has spawned a Hollywood movie and sparked renewed interest in Bible prophecy. Despite its enormous success, "Left Behind" is being criticized on theological grounds by some Christians who say the story of worldwide tribulation following a sudden "Rapture" of born-again believers is based on a faulty interpretation of the Bible.
The reader who has traveled in company with us through the various branches of our subject (The Lord's Coming) will remember a cursory reference to what we ventured to call "an unnoticed interval – break – or parenthesis" in the dealings of God with Israel and with the earth.
This study is about “the devil, Satan, the serpent” and his existence today. Back in the late 60’s and early 70’s, Flip Wilson had a saying: “The Devil made me do it”. How true is that statement? Is the devil so powerful that we today, cannot resist him or is he powerless. Is he still alive or does he not exist in any way, form or fashion? I read in a book once that the devil is powerless. In that same book, it also stated that the devil has the power to deceive. Which one is it? How can the devil be powerless and still have power?
If you are like the vast majority of professing Christians, you look to a day when Israel will again possess the lands of Canaan. You sight your understanding on what you have been taught, what you have heard and what you believe the Old Testament to teach. What if I were to tell you that what you believe to be true regarding a restored Israel is not what the bible teaches? What if I were to say that the bible is clear when it says that the promises to Abraham had there fulfillment in the days of Joshua, that the blessings promised are clearly explained in the word of God and that the only hope for Israel is to repent and come to the Savior no different than you or I.
There have been three great schools of Apocalyptic interpretation :- 1. The Præterists, who regard the book as having been mainly fulfilled. 2. The Futurists, who refer it to events which are still wholly future. 3. The Continuous-Historical Interpreters, who see in it an outline of Christian history from the days of St. John down to the End of all things. The second of these schools -- the Futurists -- has always been numerically small, and at present may be said to be non-existent.
Are we in heaven now? Is it possible for Christians to be in heaven while still in their earthen vessels? Some preterists think so. We disagree.
In attempting to determine the intrinsic value of these Lectures, it becomes necessary to compare Calvin’s Prophetic Interpretations with those of the Divines who preceded and have followed him. The scheme proposed for interpreting, these Visions may be classed generally under this threefold division, viz., the Præterist, the Anti-Papal, and the Futurist Views. The first view is that usually adopted, with some slight modifications, by the Primitive Church and the Earlier Reformers.
Later this month we will be mailing out invitations to Transmillennial® 2002, June 12-15th, the 3rd national conference on covenant eschatology. Our spiritual call will be "Lay down your burdens--down by the river side!" and our biblical theme will be Acts 3:21, "The Restoration of All Things." Over a period of four days we will examine the Last Things of the Old Covenant and the First Things of the New Covenant. I can say without hesistation that this will be the best bible conference ever.
Most people who see and hear the Rev. John C. Hagee are impressed. He is rotund, strident, authoritative (and could well pass for Rush Limbaugh’s older and more serious brother). His delivery alone gives the impression of one who really knows what he is talking about. However, careful evaluation of the teachings of Hagee, pastor at the San Antonio-based Cornerstone Church, reveals false teaching and a defective view of a basic and essential issue regarding salvation and the Gospel. Hagee preaches another way of salvation for the Jew, which is in direct violation of Paul’s warnings in Galatians 1:6-9.
Matthew 24-25 is one of the most difficult, perplexing, abused, and misapplied passages in the Bible. It suffers the most speculative interpretations and many false doctrines about a final return of Christ rest upon it. For example, the Worldwide Church of God and Jehovah's Witnesses use Matthew 24-25 to substantiate their teachings. Misuse of it is also the basis for Hal Lindsay's popular Late Great Planet Earth.
Billy Vern compiled a list of scriptures that clearly support the Preterist position. (This list may be a test of your faith. For many, the Second Coming of Christ has become a joke, but here are some scriptural facts. )
Much of this article is a compilation of thoughts taken from books and articles I have read and is a revision and extension of several of my previous compilations. 1996-1997 Now as of 9-14-01 and please excuse the rambling I posted it here. Why? After looking at the devastation in N. Y. and knowing something about the origination of the stress, and turmoil and hatred, behind this I thought I would post this as it is.)
It is popular among many that Jesus was not crucified but 'taken up into heaven alive' and will be coming back before the Day of Judgement. Almost all over the World, many people have this belief as an article of faith.Where does this belief originate from? In very clear terms it is to be found in the Bible. Here are some references.
The following is a transcript of a conversation (debate) on preterism that Danny Green, had with Hank Hanegraaff and Elliot Miller on The Bible Answer Man broadcast in 1995.