The Revelation: Part Eight

AS WE MOVE THROUGH the seven seals—which John MacArthur(1) identifies as the SEAL judgments of the tribulation—it is worth reading Matthew 24 where Jesus explains what will occur as each seal is opened. The seven seals closely parallel the signs of the approaching end times. In Matthew 24, Jesus speaks of three distinct periods: (i) …

The Walls of Jericho

ARCHAEOLOGY HAS ESTABLISHED the biblical history of Jericho—one of the earliest settlements, dating back to 9000 B.C. Jericho (Arīhā in Arabic) is known today as a tel—an artificial mound formed from the accumulated refuse or deposits of people living on the same site for hundreds or thousands of years—layer upon layer, holding the secrets of …

Covenant and Redemptive History

THEOLOGY AND HISTORY ARE implicated in all of God's covenants. Scripture presents the story of Christianity in a comprehensive manner, including God's plan for the redemption of fallen man. It also addresses Christian doctrine, theology, mission, and destiny. But the Bible is also a history book containing horizontal (chronological) history and redemptive ("non linear" or …

First Principles Part Seven: A New Life

AS BELIEVERS AND TRUE followers of Christ, we enter into a new life. We begin to build a Christian worldview. Jesus said, "If you abide in my word, you are truly my disciples, and you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free" (John 8:31-32). He also said, "I am the light …

Amazing Scope of Romans 8

I CANNOT UNDERTAKE ANALYSIS of a Scripture passage without saying something about exegesis. This process involves careful historical, literary, or theological analysis of a text or passage. Exegesis can be called scholarly reading; reading in a way that determines the essence of the text through complete, systematic examination—grappling with arguments that speak for or against …

Morally Blind

C.S. LEWIS SAID morality is concerned with three things: harmony between individuals; inner harmony of the individual; and the general purpose of life (ultimately, salvation). Morality, he said, is synonymous with absolute truth. Not surprisingly, universal moral law must come from a Lawgiver. Moreover, without absolutes morality is based merely on culture and circumstance. So-called …

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