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…

A.D. 70 Dispensationalism: Law Vs. Grace

The Old Testament is the record of the ruin wrought by the Fall.  The New Testament is the record of the restoration wrought by Christ.  The law is the plumbline showing where the natural man stands in relation to God. Unfortunately, Israel’s whole history was a record of failure to keep the law. Nevertheless, through…

Does Preterism Lead To Atheism?

I’ve been reading more and more comments recently, to the effect that “I used to be a Christian, but am now an atheist. But before I left Christianity, I was a Preterist.” This naturally raises the question of whether there is something within Preterist theological understanding that inclines towards skepticism and/or infidelity. Of course, I…

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…