End Times

  1. Are we truly living in the “Last Days“? jerusalem-wailing-wall
  2. What did Jesus & the writers of the N.T. say about the “end of time”?
  3. Is it heretical to question premillennial dispensationalism & the eschatology embedded in the “Left Behind” series? Is satan ruling the earth today?  What about the mark of the beast?  How about the antiChrist(s)?
  4. Is Middle East peace an oxymoron?
  5. Is a 21st century rapture Biblical?  Is Christ’s return imminent?
  6. How long must today’s theologians continue to be wrong before we take a closer look?
  7. If the Scripture is to be taken literallly then why are the statements of imminency ignored?
  8. Is God still concerned with the dirt (the land of Israel), manmade edifices (temples) & genetic origin (The Jews)?
  9. Are there truly two people’s of God?  Is God still concerned with modern apostate Israel?
  10. Does any of this really matter?  Why should I care? Will it make a difference in my life?

Are we nearing the end of the world or were they nearing the end of an age? This is an absolutely crucial question that must be answered.

What is “preterism” and how does it differ from premillennial dispensationalism?

But what about ________? Each answered questions seems to produce 5 unanswered conumdrums. Be patient. Paradigms are difficult to reshape because they may be built upon layer after layer of errant presuppostions.

Challenging pop eschatology

Christian Zionism – Is it Biblical? Is modern day Israel distinct from the Israel of God?

Putting eschatology in context. Now what?

History of the Roman-Jewish War (AD 66-73)  & the work of Josephus

“The destruction of Jerusalem in A.D.70, only five years after our epistle, was the greatest single event of a thousand years, and religiously significant beyond anything else that ever occurred in human history.” (James Burton Coffman, Commentary on James, 1 & 2 Peter, p. 231)

Lamentations 1:1
“How deserted lies the city, once so full of people! 
  How like a widow is she, who once was great among the nations! 
  She who was queen among the provinces has now become a slave.

Josephus – regarding the wicked and perverse generation which Jesus foretold

“It is therefore impossible to go distinctly over every instance of these men’s iniquity. I shall therefore speak my mind here at once briefly: – That neither did any other city ever suffer such miseries, nor did any age ever breed a generation more fruitful in wickedness than this was, from the beginning of the world. Finally, they brought the Hebrew nation into contempt, that they might themselves appear comparatively less impious with regard to strangers. They confessed what was true, that they were the slaves, the scum, and the spurious and abortive offspring of our nation, while they overthrew the city themselves, and forced the Romans, whether they would or no, to gain a melancholy reputation, by acting gloriously against them, and did almost draw that fire upon the temple, which they seemed to think came too slowly; and indeed when they saw that temple burning from the upper city, they were neither troubled at it, nor did they shed any tears on that account, while yet these passions were discovered among the Romans themselves; which circumstances we shall speak of hereafter in their proper place, when we come to treat of such matters.” (History of the Destruction of Jerusalem – Josephus, Book V, Chapter X, Section 5)

The Western Wall (Wailing Wall) – Is it part of the original temple? western-wall
Contrary to popular perception, the Wailing Wall (Western Wall)was never a part of the Temple itself, but is merely the exposed Southwestern portion of the massive platform (or “Temple Mount”) upon which the Holy Temple once stood, and which now supports the Dome of the Rock and the El Aqsa mosque.  The Temple itself has long since been utterly and completely obliterated, to the point that scholars still argue about its exact positioning on the mount. What is known is that the Holy of Holies was on the Western end, which is the main reason the Western Wall of the platform became so important to later generations of Jews — it was as close as they could get to the Holy of Holies without actually going on top of the mount, which the most conservative factions will not do, for fear of inadvertently treading on the Most Holy site and profaning it.” – David Brown