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The Temples of the Bible, Part 2

Posted on Dec 3, 2014 in Israel | 0 comments

by Andy Woods – I recently 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, last week I began a survey concerning what the Bible teaches on this important subject. To begin with, it is helpful to understand the fourJewish temples. Two of these temples existed in...

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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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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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Hermeneutics and the Spiritual Life

Posted on Jan 10, 2014 in Hermeneutics, Israel, Philosophy, Spiritual Formation | 2 comments

by Steve Spurlin – One’s hermeneutic practice is a topic of vital importance.  Everyone has a hermeneutic practice whether they know it or not and whether they are able to explain it or not.  What is the term hermeneutic(s) you may ask.  Good question. The term hermeneutic (hur ma noo tik) may be defined as the science of interpretation, in particular the interpretation of Scripture.  When a Christian, or anyone else for that matter, reads Scripture he or she employs a hermeneutic method in order to determine and understand what the text is saying.  Since Scripture is God-breathed (2 Tim. 3:16-17) and represents His self-revelation to man (Heb. 1:1-2) it is imperative that the reader correctly interprets its message.  Also, since God has spoken it is not at all difficult to determine why; He desires to have mankind come to...

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God’s Righteousness and the Theology of Israel

Posted on Dec 14, 2013 in Israel, Theology | 2 comments

by Arnold Fruchtenbaum – Rom 11:25-29 25 For I do not want you, brethren, to be uninformed of this mystery—so that you will not be wise in your own estimation—that a partial hardening has happened to Israel until the fullness of the Gentiles has come in; 26 and so all Israel will be saved; just as it is written, “The deliverer will come from Zion, he will remove ungodliness from Jacob.”27 “This is my covenant with them, when I take away their sins.” 28 From the standpoint of the gospel they are enemies for your sake, but from the standpoint of God’s choice they are beloved for the sake of the fathers; 29 for the gifts and the calling of God are irrevocable.  (NASB) Israel today is largely a population in a state of unbelief. This may seem strange to some since God made certain promises to...

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A Study in Romans 11:11-21

Posted on Dec 8, 2013 in Bible, Bible Exegesis/Exposition, Israel, Theology | 0 comments

by Daniel Goeprich – After laying out a solid case for Israel’s rejection of their Messiah in chapters nine and ten, even with all of the benefits God had given to them as a nation (as a follow-up to chapter 3), Paul concludes this section of Romans by asking and answering a couple of final questions about the long-term effect of Israel’s rejection in God’s plan. Romans 11:11a I ask then, they did not stumble into an irrevocable fall, did they?[1] First, we must notice that the question is rhetorical and expects a negative answer. Essentially he asked, “Israel’s rejection was not permanent, was it?” His response? Absolutely not! Considering everything that God had done for Israel, Paul could not conceive that God would wash his hands of them entirely, especially given the promises he had made to them...

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