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The Temples of the Bible, Part 1

Posted on Sep 14, 2014 in History, Israel | 0 comments

by Andy Woods – I have just returned from a trip to Israel. While there I enjoyed an extensive tour of the Temple Mount with Dr. Randall Price and World of the Bible Ministries. Thus, I have been thinking quite a bit lately about the biblical temples. It seems to me that the various Jerusalem temples described in the Bible represent one of the great unifying themes of Scripture. They represent God’s past, present, and future hand in history. Thus, one way to get a perspective on what God has done, is doing, and will do, is to become familiar with the various temples of Scripture. To this end, this article and my next three articles will briefly survey what the Bible teaches on this important subject. To begin with, it is helpful to understand the four Jewish temples....

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Some Background on Bible Translations

Posted on Sep 14, 2014 in Bible, Bible Exegesis/Exposition, History, Textual Criticism | 2 comments

by Gary Gilley –There are many Christians who are confused over the plethora of Bible translations that are available today, especially to the English reader. A visit to any well-stocked Christian bookstore would result in discovery of translations such as: the King James Version, the New King James Version, the Revised Version, the Revised Standard Version, the Jerusalem Bible, the American Standard Bible, the New American Standard Bible, the Geneva Bible, the New International Version. In addition one would run across several paraphrases such as the Living Bible, the Phillips translation, and recently released, the Message. If all of this is not overwhelming enough, we find that these translations come packaged in wide variety of “reference Bibles.” Reference (or study Bibles) are not translations as such, but rather Bibles that incorporate certain footnotes and study aids along with whatever...

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The Separation of Church and State, Part 1

Posted on Jan 25, 2014 in History, Politics | 0 comments

by Andy Woods – Recently, a high school principal and athletic director were exonerated from criminal contempt charges for offering a public prayer over a meal at an athletic banquet.1 Yet, how could such a seemingly harmless activity ever rise to the level of a potential crime in the United States of America? The answer: a distorted reading of the Constitution that supposedly erects a high and impregnable wall between church and state. It is because of this lie, which was first introduced into the fabric of our culture through errant Supreme Court decisions of the early 1960’s, that city councils are sued for placing manger scenes on the steps of city hall, public schools are prohibited from teaching scientific creationism alongside evolution, copies of the Ten Commandments are stricken from government walls, teacher-led prayer and Bible reading is prohibited...

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The Puritans and Israel

Posted on Jan 14, 2014 in History, Israel | 3 comments

by Mark Musser – While the early church strongly held to a Pre-Millennial eschatology up until the time of Augustine (354-430), historical investigation into the archives of the Puritans  has now clearly demonstrated that Christian Zionism goes all the way back to the early days of the Protestant Reformation.  Pre-Trib researchers Dr. Thomas Ice and Dr. William Watson among others have revealed a growing and/or flowering Puritan Zionism throughout the 1600’s.  In other words, not only did many Puritans recover a much stronger interest in eschatology that had become lost in the Catholic Church, but they also came back with a much more pronounced Zionism – something lacking in the early ancient church in spite of its Pre-Millennial views. Swiss theologian and John Calvin’s (1509-1564) successor in Geneva, Theodore Beza (1519-1605) was perhaps the first significant Reformer to help unleash Protestant Zionism by saying “Israel”...

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The Historicity of the Resurrection of Christ

Posted on Dec 26, 2013 in Gospel, History, Jesus, deity of, Theology | 1 comment

By Mark Musser – The crucifixion of Jesus Christ (33 A.D.) is the most attested historical fact of the ancient world. In addition to the four gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John, it is also widely attested by Greco-Roman and Jewish writers. Closely related, history also confirms that the tomb of Jesus Christ on that first Easter morning was indeed empty. Every vested party knew where Jesus was buried after he died. Yet on Easter, the tomb was found empty, and nobody has ever been recovered. In fact, the gospel of Matthew showcases that there was a still a heated debate going on between certain Jewish leaders and the Christians in the apostolic church over whether or not the disciples had stolen the body (Matthew 28:1-15). As such, both sides knew full well that the tomb was empty. More...

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Christianity in Colonial American Government Documents

Posted on Dec 6, 2013 in History, Politics | 0 comments

by Keith Sherlin – 1. The Christian based colony of Jamestown Virginia in 1606-1607 functioned underneath  Christian Based Charter One of the earliest efforts to colonize and begin the development of the New World, which would later become the United States of America, began in Jamestown Virginia. Financed by the London Company, the first permanent English colony in Jamestown defined its purpose through the governing charter. This charter unequivocally established a Christian basis and purpose for the colony. The charter stated their task as governed by the “providence of Almighty God, . . . to the glory of His Divine Majesty, in propagating of the Christian religion to such people, as yet live in darkness and miserable ignorance of the true knowledge and worship of God.” These early colonists suffered severe hardship in the rough and rugged land. A little more than half died...

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