In this section we look at “the second coming” phenomenon itself. Just what did Jesus mean when he spoke of his return? Old Testament prophecy made no distinction between a “first” and “second” coming. The time of the Messiah – whatever details that time may have involved – was to bring about the change of the … Continue reading The “Second Coming” of Jesus – What Is It?
Who or what is the ‘antichrist,’ anyway? And how many were there? John’s reference to antichrists (1 John 2:18 – see last post) is further support for our understanding of “world” as the Old Covenant system. The word “antichrist” carries the idea of rivalry with Christ, as well as opposition to Christ. According to Jesus … Continue reading Antichrists Then: The Last Days that Used to Be
Little children, it is the last hour; and as you have heard that the Antichrist is coming, even now many antichrists have come, by which we know that it is the last hour (1 John 2:18). What did John mean by the expression “it is the last hour”? The “last hour” speaks of the nearness of … Continue reading John’s ‘Last Hour’ – When Was It?
Sun and Moon Darkened Other things to transpire in the last days were the sun going dark and the moon turning to blood (Joel 2:31). These were symbols signifying the end of the Old Covenant world. Since the sun and moon are the governing bodies of the heavens (Genesis 1), they came to symbolize governments … Continue reading Heavenly Bodies, Covenantal Symbols
The “pouring out of God’s Spirit,” in Joel 2 corresponds to the “earnest” of the Spirit. The word “earnest” (KJV) means a pledge, or a guarantee. “In general usage it came to denote a pledge or earnest of any sort; in the New Testament it is used only of that which is assured by God to … Continue reading Holy Spirit: Down Payment Seeding New Earth
A major and eventful prophecy involved in the “last days” is found in Joel 2: And it shall come to pass afterward that I will pour out my Spirit on all flesh; Your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, your old men shall dream dreams, your young men shall see visions. And also on my … Continue reading The Last Days according to Joel: God’s Ubiquitous Outpouring
Who is God? Where do we come from? Where are we going? Every human being on earth has asked themselves these questions at some point, with all kinds of results. Morgan Freeman and Revelations Entertainment have teamed up with National Geographic to release an unlikely documentary sequel to their blockbuster science series Through the Wormhole … Continue reading Apocalypse Then – The Story of God with Morgan Freeman
Theology, we have a problem. Like a slow-ticking time-bomb, this problem has been laying dormant in the sub-structure of theological thinking for millennia, threatening to shake it at its foundations. Often under the radar, this problem began ticking ‘louder’ about 100 years ago, perplexing some of the 20th century’s greatest minds, including theologian and humanitarian Albert Schweitzer, … Continue reading Integral Theology and the Problem of Time – Max King
Paul’s message in 2 Corinthians 5 is clear. The destruction of the temple – or Jewish religious system – would not leave the Jewish believers “homeless” because God had promised a new heaven and earth, as well as a “greater and more perfect tabernacle,” the holiest of all. Just as certainly as Christ went to prepare a place for them, … Continue reading Full Glory: Our Birthright (Daniel, Conclusion)
When examining eschatology, we can see parallels between the New Jerusalem of Revelation 21 and the Holy of Holies of Hebrew worship. The perfect cube of the holy of holies finds its fulfillment in the perfect cube of the city of God. The city is laid out as a square; its length is as great … Continue reading The Dwelling of Christ and Humanity – The Perfect Cube