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...]

The Blessed Hope of Christians is Resurrection, Not Death

I love evangelist Billy Graham. For me, he was probably the greatest man of God in the twentieth century. I achieved one of my life goals in meeting this world-famous yet humble man. He spoke to our PGA Tour Bible Study multiple times. He even endorsed my first book, The Gospels Interwoven. In my new book, Solving the Samaritan Riddle: Peter's Kingdom Keys Explain Early Spirit Baptism, I tell a story from my friendship with Billy, when I asked him what he thought of evangelist and faith-healer … [Read more...]

Where Will the Righteous Go at the Resurrection?

Everyone should have a worldview. What's that? It's having an opinion about reality. It's answering questions that science and religion grapple with, such as: How did the universe originate? How did I get here? What is my purpose in living? Where am I going? Without a worldview, we're like a ship without a rudder, an airplane without wings, a car with no wheels. We don't know what's up or what's happening.One of the things that makes Christianity stand out concerning truth claims is its … [Read more...]

Was Jesus Married? No, But He Will Be.

In recent years, there has been an increasing interest in the question of whether or not Jesus was married. A Gnostic fragment quotes Jesus as saying "my wife." And Dan Brown's international bestseller,┬áThe Da Vince Code, alleges that Jesus was married to Mary Magdalene and that the church purposely hid this information when it decided on what gospels should be in the New Testament. But Brown's book is so full of historical errors its ridiculous. He is either a sorry researcher or deceptive, and … [Read more...]

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...]