What Will Be Jesus’ Footstool?

When Jesus ascended to heaven, King David prophetically stated that God said to him, "Sit at my right hand until I make your enemies your footstool" (Ps 110.1 NRSV). Both Jews and Christians have believed that this is a messianic text. In fact, it is the most quoted Old Testament text in the New Testament. Jesus quoted it to interrogators, asking them what the first part of the verse meant (Matt. 22.43-44). The psalm begins, "The LORD said to my lord." Jesus then asked them, "If David then calls … [Read more...]

Why Jesus Can’t Return “Soon” and Wasn’t Wrong About It

Most distinguished, New Testament scholars in the twentieth century alleged that Jesus and his disciples believed that after Jesus' heavenly ascension he would return "soon" to earth with his glorious kingdom. These scholars include Rudolf Bultmann, Werner G. Kummel, Joachim Jeremias, E. P. Sanders, Hans Kung, Geza Vermes, John P. Meier, G. R. Beasley-Murray, James D. G. Dunn, and Dale C. Allison. It is almost as if no outstanding NT scholar disagrees with this. Some of these men even admitted … [Read more...]

The Antichrist Will Claim to Be a God, not the God

Christians who believe that the Bible foretells an Antichrist in an endtimes think he will declare himself to be God. This belief is based largely upon the Apostle Paul's declaration about "the lawless one" in 2 Thessalonians 2.3. The next verse reads in the NRSV concerning this lawless one, "He opposes and exalts himself above every so-called god or object of worship, so that he takes his seat in the temple of God, declaring himself to be God" (v. 4). Paul refers to the temple at Jerusalem that … [Read more...]

Is God in Control?

When bad things happen, some Christians say, "God is in control." Are they right? Yes and no. It depends on how they apply it. If they mean God controls things in the individual lives of his people, they can be right about that. The Apostle Paul wrote, "We know that all things work together for good for those who love God, who are called according to his purpose" (Romans 8.28). Yet God allows his people to disobey him, and he does not make them do that.If people say "God is in control" … [Read more...]

What Is Armageddon?

Jack Wellman is a patheos blogger, and the title of his blog is Christian Crier. Jack is also the pastor of Mulvane Brethren Church in Mulvane, Kansas, which belongs to an anabaptist Brethren denomination that reaches back 300 years into Germany and thus during tje Protestant Reformation when anabaptists suffered persecution from leading Reformers mostly for their stand against infant baptism.Today, Jack published a post entitled "Top Seven Verses about Armageddon" as part of his Top … [Read more...]

Trump Trumpets Himself

Donald Trump will deliver a speech in my hometown area today, in Phoenix, Arizona, in two hours. Three weeks ago, the brash, bombastic, billionaire entered the race for the Republican nomination for president of the USA. He will speak about "illegal immigration and other topics." The other topics will probably include braggadocio about his net worth being $9 billion, how he will restore jobs to our country if elected president and regain our supposedly lost reputation worldwide by applying his … [Read more...]

North Sinai Turmoil and Future Palestine

Current events in the Middle East increasingly support what I proposed for a Palestinian state 25 years ago in my book, Palestine Is Coming: The Revival of Ancient Philistia (1990). (Actually, I wrote a magazine article about it in 1981, but I could not get it published.) Recent evidence supporting my proposal has been the continuing turmoil in the northern Sinai Peninsula between the Gaza Strip and the Wadi el Arish basin 25 miles to the south.An Islamic terrorist group called Sinai … [Read more...]

Legalizing Same-Sex Marriage Is Evidence of The Apostasy

Last Thursday the U.S. Supreme Court redefined marriage. Previously, marriage had always been restricted to a male and a female human being. But the nine justices ruled in a split decision, 5 to 4, that from now on in all fifty states same-sex couples can legally marry and will have the same equal rights as do hetero-sexual marriages. For me, this is the worst decision the U.S. Supreme Court has made in my lifetime.Granted, we Americans and much of the world have been changing in recent … [Read more...]