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The Beast from the

The Roman Empire is symbolized in Revelation as a ravenous, ferocious animal, untamed and under the Curse. John says its appearance was like a leopard, a bear, and a lion (Rev. 13 2) the very animals used to describe the first three of the four great world empires in Daniel 7 1-6 (Babylon, Medo-Persia, and Greece cf. Daniel's description of the same empires under a different symbol, in Dan. 2 31-45). The fourth empire, Rome, partakes of the evil, beast-like characteristics of the other empires,...

One Resurrection

Before we can consider these points in greater detail, we need to be clear on one issue which was stated, but somewhat underplayed, in the preceding chapter. One of my most crucial assumptions is that there is one Resurrection, of both the righteous and the wicked. To many, of course, that will seem obvious. But it needs to be stated explicitly because there is much confusion on this point in some circles, led by teachers who assert not only multiple Resurrections, but that the Resurrec-tion(s)...

Lakes of Blood in the Temple vi35

But now the tyrant Simon, the son of Gioras, whom the people had invited in, out of the hopes they had of his assistance in the great distresses they were in, having in his power the upper city, and a great part of the lower, did now make more vehement assaults upon John and his party, because they were fought against from above also yet was he beneath their situation, when he attacked them, as they were beneath the attacks of the others above them. Whereby it came to pass, that John did both...

Josephus Rebukes the Jews28 vix4

While Josephus was making this exhortation to the Jews, many of them jested upon him from the wall, and many reproached him nay, some threw their darts at him but when he could not himself per suade them by such open good advice, he betook himself to the histories belonging to their own nation and cried out aloud, O miserable creatures Are you so unmindful of those that used to assist you, that you will fight by your weapons and by your hands against the Remans When did we ever conquer any...

Theses on Hope

The Bible teaches us to have hope, not despair to expect victory and dominion for the gospel, not flight and defeat. (1) 2. Biblical prophecy is written in both literal and symbolic language. The choice is not between liberalism and symbolism, but between a Biblical and a speculative method of interpreting the Bible. (2) 3. Salvation is re-creation. In redemption, Jesus Christ restores man to the image of God. (3) 4. Salvation and its blessings are presented in the Bible as definitive,...

Jerusalem Under the Ban 34 vivl2

While the holy house was on fire, every thing was plundered that came to hand, and ten thousand of those that were caught were slain nor was there a commiseration of any age, or any reverence of gravity but children and old men, and profane persons, and priests, were all slain in the same manner so that this war went round all sorts of men, and brought them to destruction, and as well those that made supplication for their lives as those that defended themselves by fighting. The flame was also...

Suicide at Masada39 v i i ixl

Now as Eleazar was proceeding on in his exhortation, they all cut him off short, and made haste to do the work, as full of an unconquerable ardor of mind, and moved with a demoniacal fury. So they went their ways, as one still endeavoring to be before another, and as thinking that this eagerness would be a demonstration of their courage and good conduct, if they could avoid appearing in the last class so great was the zeal they were in to slay their wives and children, and themselves also Nor,...

Chilton Comes to Tyler

A little over a year after Productive Christians appeared, I hired Chilton to come to Tyler and work for my publishing company.9 I wanted him to do several writing projects that I knew he was capable of, but after an ill-fated beginning on a book about agriculture, we both agreed that the topic should be 7. The list of names of former employees of Chalcedon is a Who's Who in Christian Reconstruction (also, in some cases, a Who's Not') Gary North, Greg Bahnsen, David Chilton, James Jordan,...

Judgment Day in Eden

The Biblical imagery for the Day of the Lord, the Day of Judgment, begins (as we should naturally assume) in Genesis. Right at the beginning of the creation account we are told that God created light and named it Day (Gen. 1 2-5). We must recognize just what happened at that moment. As we saw in Chapter 7, God was hovering over the creation, robed in the glorious light of the Cloud, shining as the original Light (cf. John 1 4-5). This means that when He created light, it was as a mirror-image,...

What I am saying is this The eschatology of defeat is wrong

It is no more Biblical than its twin sister, the false view of Spirituality. Instead of a message of defeat, the Bible gives us Hope, both in this world and the next. The Bible gives us aneschatol-ogy of dominion, an eschatology of victory. This is not some blind, kind of optimism. It is a solid, confident, Bible-based assurance that, before the Second Coming of Christ, the gospel will be victorious throughout the entire world. For many, that will seem incredible. It goes against the whole...

The Five Points of Biblical Covenantalism

Obviously, I believe in the eschatology of victory. I wrote a book about it in 1981.16 Nevertheless, the biblical case for optimism can be overemphasized. Chilton knows this, too. He and I wrote an essay outlining what we then believed to be the four points of Christian Reconstruction 1) the, sovereignty of God 2) biblical law 3) Cornelius Van Til's biblical presuppositional-ism (the Bible alone judges the Bible, not human logic) and 4) biblical optimism. 17 Postmillennialism is at most only...

The First Resurrection

The key to the interpretation of the chapter is what John tells us about what he calls the First Resurrection And I saw thrones, and they sat upon them, and judgment was given to them. And I saw the souls of those who had been beheaded because of the testimony of Jesus and because of the Word of God, and those who had not worshiped the Beast or his image, and had not received his mark upon their forehead and upon their hand and they lived and reigned with Christ for a thousand years. The rest...

World War I greatly disheartened this group and World War II virtually wiped out this viewpoint

Let us momentarily suppose, for the sake of argument, that this statement is correct. The proper answer is So what This does not prove that the Christian Hope is untrue - only that people stopped believing that it is true. The implication of the statement, however, is that the fact of two world wars constitutes evidence that the Hope is mistaken, since the world is not getting better and better. I will grant this much The two world wars and the threat of a third did considerably damage the...

St Athanasius On the Incarnation [31

Well, finally we've gotten to a place in Revelation where everyone's agreed, right The new heaven and earth - that's to be literal, referring to eternity after the end of the world, right Wrong. Or, to be absolutely precise, I should say Yes and no. The truth is that the Bible tells us very little about heaven just enough, in fact, to let us know we're going there. But the primary concern of Scripture is the present life. Of course, the blessings of the final chapters of Revelation do refer to...

Paradise The Pattern For Prophecy

Southward through Eden went a river large, Nor changed his course, but through the shaggy hill Passed underneath ingulfed, for God had thrown That mountain as his garden-mould high raised Upon the rapid current, which through veins Of porous earth with kindly thirst up drawn, Rose a fresh fountain, and with many a rill Watered the garden thence united fell Down the steep glade, and met the nether flood, Which from his darksome passage now appears, And now divided into four main streams, Runs...