A.D. 70 Dispensationalism: Paul’s Purpose

Paul’s ministry has two aspects.  First, he preaches the Gospel of the Kingdom to the Jews.  Then, when they reject it he preaches the Gospel of God’s Grace to the Gentiles.  The Gospel of the Grace of God becomes paramount as Israel’s kingdom hope begins to wane.  As the earthly promises sink from sight, the…

A.D. 70 Dispensationalism: The Messengers And Their Mission

From Christ’s ascension into heaven, the Divine stopwatch started ticking. This partly accounts for the extreme urgency noticeable in many of the New Testament writings. In a real sense, the kingdom was “at hand” from the time of John the Baptist’s ministry to the final days of Jewish commonwealth. But we see it start to…

A.D.70 Dispensationalism: The Advent Of The King

John the Baptist had been emphatic in his declarations that he was not the Messiah.  He was merely preparing the way.  His baptistic mission was intended to make Christ manifest to the nation (John 1: 31).  To the Jews, baptism was a proselytical ordinance required by Gentiles before they could come into Judaism.  It signified…

A.D. 70 Dispensationalism: The Forerunner

John The Baptist was the last of the Old Testament prophets.  He was the great herald sent to Israel to prepare them spiritually for the Dispensation that was about to commence.  His ministry was one calculated to level spiritual pride and proclaim the insufficiency of man (Isaiah 40: 3-8).  This leveling was needed, for the…

An Examination Of Gary DeMar’s “Limited Geography” (Part 1)

(Note: This article was originally published on 12/4/2008, but was recently revised. Part 2 is also under revision to be published shortly. Although DeMar’s original article is no longer available, he is still using the same presuppositional arguments to support his Preterist view).  In his article, “Limited Geography and Biblical Interpretation,” Preterist teacher Gary DeMar…

In Search Of The Real

  A few months ago, I did myself one of the biggest favors of my life, by retiring from the stormy and wind-tossed world of “apologetics.” I had long gotten sick and tired of all the bickering and strife indulged in by apologists, and had marked James 3: 13-18 as a text worthy of deeper study.  But I had…

The Scoffers Of 2 Peter 3

    Perhaps the most interesting epistle in the New Testament, at least from an eschatological standpoint, is 2nd Peter.  Although this epistle has been bitterly attacked throughout the centuries  —  some denying its apostolic authorship, and others disallowing its place in the N.T. canon  —  it remains a fruitful field of study for those who truly love Christ and…