Tue, May 01, 2018
Passage: Revelation 13
In a recent article on the death and resurrection of the satanic beast, Thomas Ice presents the tension that exits between two diametrically opposing explanations concerning Revelation 13:3-4. Regarding the fatal wound of the beast and his subsequent return to life John wrote, "And I saw one of his heads as if it had been slain, and his fatal wound was healed. And the whole earth was amazed and followed after the beast; and they worshiped the dragon, because he gave his authority to the beast; and they worshiped the beast, saying, 'Who is like the beast, and who is able to wage war with him?'" Multiple questions have arisen about these verses throughout the centuries and continue to do so even for those who hold to a futuristic understanding of the Book of Revelation. Is this actually the death and return to life of a future individual, or is it a reference to the return and revitalization of the future Roman empire? ...
Tue, May 01, 2018
Passage: Joshua 21:43-45
In a recent article on Replacement Theology, Mike Vlach summarizes what many who study Scripture know to be the case: Few theological issues are as hotly debated as the Israel/church issue. It is a constant topic of debate between covenant theologians and dispensationalists . . . At issue is whether the New Testament church replaces, fulfills, and/or displaces national Israel as the people of God. And if so, to what extent does this affect national Israel? ...