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“HEAVEN AND EARTH SHALL PASS AWAY”
By Evangelist John L. Bray
“Heaven and earth shall pass away,
but my words shall not pass away.”
It has been generally believed that Jesus here meant that even though these physical heavens and earth will pass away some day, that is not true about His word which will never pass away. Whether this physical earth and solar system ever passes away is not the point in this chapter. There is more to this statement of Jesus than meets the eye. Jesus has been talking in apocalyptic language, and heaven and earth passing away could mean here just what He has been talking about – that the heaven and earth of the old Jewish order will pass away, and that His word concerning all this is sure to come to pass.
At first glance, it looks as though Jesus was simply saying in this verse, “My words will be here when the world has passed away” But is the physical world or universe what Jesus had in mind? Was a literal heaven and earth in His thoughts? Remember now, what Jesus had been talking about – what He had already said in this chapter would pass away. We have been discussing the passing away of the Jewish nation, and the old religious order of things. Read the rest of this entry »
ACTS i. 11. -’ This same Jesus, which is taken up from you into heaven, shall so come in like manner as ye have seen him go unto heaven.’
Without any doubt, when you engage in serious discussions of the A.D. 70 Parousia of Christ, those in opposition will quickly appeal to Acts 1:9-11 as their “definitive proof” that Jesus did not return in A.D. 70. The argument goes something like this:
- Fact: Jesus left visibly in a physical body.
- Fact: The angel told the disciples Jesus would return “in like manner” as they had seen him go.
- Conclusion: Jesus must return visibly, in a physical body.
In this brief article we hope to demonstrate some of the logical problems with this argument. Our main focus will be to examine Acts chapter 1 in light of other passages that the opponents of Covenant Eschatology also appeal to as descriptions of Christ’s Second Coming. Space prevents us from examining the Greek term translated as “in like manner” to show that it is most often used of a metaphoric likeness, and not a specific literal likeness.1 Instead, we want to examine Jesus’ coming in light of the Transfiguration as well as Revelation, and compare it to this passage in Acts chapter 1. We hope to demonstrate that those who so vehemently insist that Christ is coming back exactly as he left, are, to say the very least, totally inconsistent. Read the rest of this entry »
Were did the idea of a Pre Trib Rapture come from? This is a fare question to ask. In this study we will look at some early Church history. Where do the pre-tribulation rapture theory originated? The pre-tribulation rapture originated over in England. The theory it has all but vanished away there. But still in America the literal concept lives on, and it is at the local church level it persists strongly. Unfortunately many have swallowed the new teach “hook line and sinker.” Read the rest of this entry »
If Christ has not come, then we are still waiting to be where he is. (John 14:3)
If Christ has not come, then we are still waiting for the plan of redemption to be fulfilled (Rev. 10:7)
If Christ has not come, then we are still waiting to be individually redeemed from our sins. (Luke 21:28)
If Christ has not come, then we are still in the “last days,” 1900 years later. (Heb. 1:2)
If Christ has not come, not one jot or tittle has passed from the Law. (Matt. 5:17-18)
If Christ has not come, then some Christians are getting quite aged. (Matt 16:28; I Thess 5:23; I Cor 15:51)
If Christ has not come, then the charismata (tongues, prophecy, etc.) are still in effect. (I Cor. 13:10)
If Christ has not come, then we still await the day when Christ will finally accomplish that which He said he would do over 1900 years ago, when it was declared He “would not tarry.” (yet we hear many preachers today say, “We will meet again next week, if the Lord tarries,” as if it is a given that the Lord has tarried all this time).
If Christ has not come, then the dead are still waiting to enter into heaven, and, to this day, “sleep” in their graves, waiting to enter into his rest. (I Cor. 15:20-23)
If Christ has not come, then the Old Covenant is still waiting to vanish away. (Heb. 8:13)
If Christ has not come, then we can still lose out on salvation after having been partakers of the holy Ghost. (Heb. 6:4-6)
If we say that Christ has not come, then we make Christ a liar. (Rev. 21:20)
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Historically the Christian faith has believed that Jesus will return again one day, visibly in the sky. However, several centuries of Bible scholarship have been pointing out glaring problems with this premise.
Casting caution aside, entire millennial movements have been founded, and dates keep being set. Could the confessing church be wrong? Could it have misread its fulfilled roots?
How did the early church understand its eschatology after the fall of Jerusalem? Misplaced Hope takes you back to the apostolic fathers and the first two centuries of church history (A.D. 70 – 200) to find the answers.
House Divided: Bridging the Gap in Reformed Eschatology – A Preterist Response to When Shall These Things Be?
This book is a Reformed response to Keith Mathison’s multi-authored book When Shall These Things Be? which was a critique and condemnation of “hyper-preterism.” Samuel Frost, David Green, Edward Hassertt and Michael Sullivan demonstrate that the advent of full preterism in church history is the result of “organic development” from within the historic, Reformed church, and that it represents the uniting of the divided house of Reformed eschatology. As the authors navigate through the confusing maze of the Mathison volume, they overturn the arguments that the authors of that book levied against the truth that Jesus Himself taught in no uncertain terms.
An In depth analysis of 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18. THis book is the first and only full preterist exegesis of this text. This book interacts with the world’s best scholarship– including N. T. Wright, Scott McKnight, France, Nanos, Pitre, etc. to establish the first century fulfillment. Along the way, Preston demonstrates the fallacy of the Left Behind theology, and responds to the leading critics of the preterist movement.
This guide is the first of its kind, and presents the U.S. Constitution as never before, including a clause-by-clause analysis of the document, each amendment and relevant court case, and the documents that serve as the foundation of the Constitution.
By, Edwin Meese
“The Constitution,” pledged George Washington,
“is the guide which I will never abandon.” Can we say the same today?