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The Book of Jubilees is an early ancient Jewish religious work, and translated by English biblical scholar and theologian, R. H. Charles. It was considered an important work for early Christian writers, and was also suppressed to the extent that no Latin or Greek versions survived. Once a part of the Jewish midrash, it is still used widely by the Ethiopian Orthodox Church. The Book of Jubilees is highly recommended for those who are interested in early Christian and Jewish writings, and also those who are interested in the publications translated by R. H. Charles.
“PREMILLENNIALISM is that view of the Last Things which holds that the second coming of Christ will be followed by a period of world-wide peace and righteousness, before the end of the world, called ‘the Millennium’ or ‘the Kingdom of God’, during which Christ will reign as King in person on this earth. (Premillennialists are divided into various groups by their different views of the order of events associated with the second coming of Christ, but they all agree in holding that there will be a millennium on earth after the second coming of Christ but before the end of the world )” ( Dr. J. G. Vos, Blue Banner Faith and Life, Jan.-March, 1951 ). Read the rest of this entry »
|by Loraine Boettner
Broadly speaking there are three general systems which profess to set forth the teaching of Scripture regarding the Second Coming of Christ and the future course of the Kingdom. They are: Postmillennialism, Amillennialism, and Premillennialism.
The essential presuppositions of the three systems are similar. Each holds that the Scriptures are the word of God and authoritative. Each holds to the same general concept of the death of Christ as a sacrifice to satisfy Divine justice and as the only ground for the salvation of souls. Each holds that there will be a future, visible, personal Coming of Christ. Each holds that every individual is to receive a resurrection body, that all are to stand before the judgment seat of Christ, that the righteous are to be rewarded in heaven, and that the wicked are to be punished in hell. Each of the systems is, therefore, consistently evangelical, and each has been held by many able and sincere men. The differences arise, not because of any conscious or intended disloyalty to Scripture, but primarily because of the distinctive method employed by each system in its interpretation of Scripture, and they relate primarily to the time and purpose of Christ’s coming and to the kind of kingdom that is to be set up at His coming. Read the rest of this entry »
COPYRIGHT 1957 (C)
BY LORAINE BOETTNER
Anyone is at liberty to use material from this book with or without credit. In preparing this book the writer has received help from many sources, some acknowledged and many unacknowledged. He believes the material herein set forth to be a true statement of Scripture teaching, and his desire is to further, not to restrict its use.
Library of Congress Catalog Card Number 57-12170
Revised Edition 1984
Fourteenth Printing, 1986
Forty-two thousand copies in print
in English, Portuguese, and Chinese.
Printed in the United States of America Read the rest of this entry »
> . . . and what is your view on the bodily resurrection
> and your interpretation of 1Cor. 15:50f.
“For if the dead rise not, then is not Christ raised. And if Christ be not raised, your faith is vain; ye are yet in your sins. Then they also which are fallen asleep in Christ are perished” (1 Cor. 15:16-18). Read the rest of this entry »
What are you thankful for during this Christmas holiday season?
Wow! How did I get so lucky!? I get THE chapter inside THE BOOK. I refer to the Book of 1 John and what an exciting study this short book is! The first chapter extends an invitation for fellowship with some who were not a part of it. And in chapter three, we get to see the real commandments Jesus left us with. But there is much more. Read the rest of this entry »
Billy Graham’s Answer
Reprinted with Permission, for the Ohio Cremation & Memorial Society, Inc.
Q: My husband and I are considering cremation. Is cremation against the teaching of the Bible? Will those cremated also be resurrected? – T.L.
A: The aspect of cremation that worries some Christians is the thought of the total annihilation of the body. We need to get our thinking In a right perspective here. The body is annihilated just as completely in the grave as it is in cremation. The graves of our ancestors are no longer in existence, and soil in which they were buried has long since been removed elsewhere. We must therefore accept that what happens to the body or to the grave cannot be of any significance so far as the resurrection is concerned.
Our resurrection is related to that of Christ’s in 1 Corinthians 15, and we must realize that the resurrection of Jesus was quite different from that of, say, Lazarus. Lazarus needed the body that had been buried, but when Jesus came forth from the tomb, his body was so changed that he could not be easily recognized.
In that chapter, Paul states of the burial of our bodies: “Thou sowest not that body that shall be” (v.37). The body that rises is not made of the same substances as the one that was buried, but is immortal and incorruptible.
In 2 Corinthians 5, Paul makes the contrast between living in a tent, a temporary home that can be pulled down and put away, and living in a permanent home that will last forever. Our bodies are our temporary tents. Our resurrected bodies will be our permanent homes. They are similar In appearance but different in substance. Cremation is therefore no hindrance to the resurrection.