How Orthodox Judaism Has Viewed the State of Israel and a Future Temple

Jews lived in their "land of Israel" for nearly 1,500 years until the Romans ousted them following The Second Jewish Revolt of 132-135 CE. The Romans then forbade Jews to live in Jerusalem on pain of death, changed its name to the pagan name Aleia Capitolina, and made it very difficult for Jews to live in the land of Israel anymore. So, Jews dispersed into the Gentile nations, mostly in the Middle East and Europe, just as Moses had predicted (e.g., Deut 4.27; 28.63-64; 30.17-18). Thus began the … [Read more...]

Tom Wright’s Faulty Eschatology

I like N. T. (Tom) Wright, whom I know personally. He is one of, if not the, leading New Testament scholars in the world. He also was a bishop in his Anglican church, which makes for a rare combination. Besides all that, Tom is a captivating and humorous public speaker and a very prolific author. For example, his six-volume series, Christian Origins and the Question of God, is half finished with three volumes published, and they average nearly a thousand pages each in rather small print.Tom … [Read more...]

Is the Formation of Assyria Near?

Iraq is barely functioning as a state. It's parliament began and was soon canceled this week due to political upheaval. There have been large demonstrations in the streets of Bagdad, Iraq's capital. The radical jihadist organization ISIS had militarily taken over much of northern Iraq two years ago. Iraq is still trying to rebuild its previous oil-producing infrastructure that was destroyed in Iraq wars.U.S. Vice President Joseph Biden showed up Thursday to try to calm the political tensions … [Read more...]

What Did Facebook Users Talk About Most in 2014 and 2015?

What did people talk about the most last year, in 2015? The little Gaza Strip made the top ten in 2014. But then, that was because Israel was pummeling it into the ground with many missiles and bombs. How do we know it was such a major topic of conversation? Facebook has a new feature--telling us its users are talking about most.As of the third quarter in 2015, Facebook had 1.55 billion users. That's more than one fifth of the world's population, even counting babies! Facebook analysts … [Read more...]

The Church’s Embarrassment About the Second Coming

In the history of Christianity, various things have happened that have caused many Christians and even whole church denominations to be embarrassed about their belief in the second coming of Christ.Many leading, writing church fathers of the second and third centuries—such as Papias, Justin Martyr, Irenaeus, Hippolytus, Tertullian, and Clement of Alexandria just to name a few—were advocates of chiliaism (=premillenialism), meaning that Jesus would return, establish his kingdom on earth, and r … [Read more...]

More on Why Jesus Cannot Return Yet

The Bible predicts many things that must occur prior to the end of the age and thus before Jesus returns. The following is a list of some of these prophecies with their references in brackets. The first few have occurred since the first century. But many of these still unfulfilled prophecies show that Jesus could not have returned soon at any time after the temple in Jerusalem was destroyed, in AD 70.The Christian gospel is preached throughout the entire world (Matt. 24.14/Mark 13.10) The … [Read more...]

Hal Lindsey and Rock’n Rollen Stewart

Hal LindseyHal Lindsey and I come from the same church in Houston, Texas. It is an independent Bible church called Berachah Church. (Berachah is the Hebrew word for "blessing.") In my first year in college, at eighteen years of age, I attended a Campus Crusade for Christ (CCC) retreat for college students. The pastor of my new church, Robert B. Thieme Jr., and Hal Lindsey were the two keynote speakers. (At that time, Lindsey was a traveling speaker for CCC.) When Lindsey spoke that first … [Read more...]

“The Doctrine of Imminence” Prevents Abolishing Guns

All of these wars, mass shootings and suicide bombers we learn about constantly in the news media causes me to think about my belief in world disarmament. I believe that before Jesus comes back, the world is going to disarm itself of not only all weapons of mass destruction, such as nuclear weapons, but all modern weapons as well, such as missiles, bombs, tanks, guns, etc. It will take quite some time to do and will require very sophisticated systems of survelliance. A nuclear war, perish the … [Read more...]


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