Studies In The Apocalypse (Part 3- Rev. 1: 4- 1: 6)

 (1: 4) “John to the seven churches which are in Asia: Grace unto you, and peace, from Him Which is, and Which was, and Which is to come; and from the seven Spirits which are before His throne;”  The inscription of vs. 1-3 is followed by a salutation (vs. 4-6), which indicates to whom the…

Prof. Charles R. Erdman, D.D.– Dating the Book of Revelation

(from The Revelation of John : An Exposition, 1936)   “The Revelation was written by the Apostle John during the reign of the Roman emperor Domitian, about the year A.D. 96.  Such is at least the earliest tradition and such the conclusion of most recent scholarship.  There are, indeed, other variant views which are deserving…

Charles R. Erdman- On The Order of Resurrection

(from The First Epistle of Paul To The Corinthians: An Exposition) “Christ is declared to be “the firstfruits of them that are asleep” (1 Cor. 15: 20).  The first ripened grain, or the first sheaf presented to God at the passover, was a pledge and a sample of the coming harvest.  So the risen Christ…

Charles R. Erdman- On Mark 13

(from The Gospel of Mark: An Exposition, 1926) “Jesus takes occasion to predict not only the destruction of Jerusalem but also His personal, future return, of which the fomer event is to be a “sign” and symbol.  Many of the difficulties in this discourse disappear when we remember that our Lord is here describing not…

Charles R. Erdman- On The Great Tribulation

(from The Gospel of Matthew: An Exposition, 1920) Before the reappearing of Christ, the opposition to his followers, their sufferings and distresses will reach their climax in a “great tribulation” which immediately precedes the appearing of the King. This event is painted so vividly in colors borrowed from the destruction of Jerusalem by the Romans,…

Charles R. Erdman- On The Doctrines of Chiliasm

(from The Fundamentals, 1917) “Imminence” as related to our Lord’s return indicates uncertainty as to time, but possibility of nearness. “Take ye heed, watch, for ye know not when the time is” (Mark 13: 33). Such statements rebuke those who have brought the doctrine into disrepute by announcing dates for “the end of the world,”…

Prof. Charles R. Erdman- Against Last Day Scoffers

(from The General Epistles, 1917) While the blessed hope of their Lord’s return has been the stay and comfort of His followers in every age, there have always been men, even within the Church, who have ridiculed the doctrine as an idle fancy, a chimera, a dream. There were such men in the days of…