Christians share the same passages in defense of their differing views about the roles of free will vs. predestination affecting salvation. The cause that leads to variations in interpretation can be traced to core beliefs. Core beliefs will be examined in light of Scripture to answer this important question – Are we to believe or not to believe in free will?
Matthew 24 Explains the 7 Seals of Revelation The 7 seals of Revelation chapters 6 and 8 provide a wide view lens of the end of this age. They guide us with an overall perspective to track a course through the complex chapters of Revelation. Revelation is not chronological; however, the 7 seals are consecutive … Read More
MESSAGE FOR THE LAST DAYS – INTRODUCTION Readers of any long, difficult book will know the temptation to skip to the last pages to find out what happens in the end. But there is no satisfaction in taking such a shortcut. The sum of the narrative ebbs and flows provide the conclusion its power and … Read More
BIBLE INTERPRETATION PRINCIPLES A key to understanding the Bible is learning how to properly interpret it through the guidance of the Holy Spirit. He guides us to principles of Bible interpretation. Sounds simple. However, cultural traditions and personal biases complicate our efforts. Another barrier arises from the biblical concept that there are three realms of … Read More
THE LAND COVENANT To gain an understanding of end-time events, the best place to start is in the book of Genesis. We’ll examine Adam’s fall into sin in Genesis 3, then move on to the covenant God formed with Abraham. Let’s look at verse 15 as God curses the serpent that led Adam and Eve … Read More
PROMISED LAND AS THE KINGDOM OF HEAVEN What is the big deal with the land covenant? How does it relate to the new covenant or eternal life in heaven? Is there any lingering spiritual significance to a certain small piece of land in the Middle East? Would building a temple in the heart of Jerusalem … Read More
THE NEW COVENANT What do biblical writers mean when they talk about a generic “covenant” or an “old covenant” in contrast to the new or final covenant? The very name of the Old Testament creates some confusion. “Testament” and “covenant” have the same meaning. This prompts us to err by lumping the Abrahamic covenant and … Read More
CHRIST’S INHERITANCE We must remember that the conditional covenant God made with Moses and the nation of Israel did not supersede or nullify the Abrahamic promise.[footnote]See Galatians 3 and Romans 11:28–29.[/footnote] So while Christ fulfilled the terms of the law to redeem us, he wasn’t necessarily focused on the Mosaic law in particular, but on … Read More