Eschatology, or the study of the end-times

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Posted on January 29, 2009

A friend the other day asked me an interesting question – “Do you think you have the right eschatology to be saved?” It’s a genuine and very real question to ask because of Jesus’ own words about deception coming at the end of the age. But I responded:

“My eschatology is definitely wrong in areas, but the way to be saved is not by having the perfect understanding of all of the end-time events.”

In pondering and searching out my answer a bit more, I came across Luke 13:22-30 where Jesus answers a pretty loaded question from someone He meets in His journeys through the cities...

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Posted on January 13, 2009

I’m continuing my series on the seven churches of Revelation 2-3, focusing on the letter to the church of Ephesus in Revelation 2:1-7. I’ve decided to split up these posts a bit, just because there’s so much I want to say about each church. So there may be a couple of entries for each church as I progress along. Be sure to read this post and this post as an introduction to the series if you have not already.

Ephesus...

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Posted on October 28, 2008

I want to start out this series with a pretty intense statement that hopefully will ring true with your heart by the end of the series: The letters to the seven churches are perhaps some of the most “forgotten” passages in the entire book of Revelation.

In a day when even unbelievers are becoming more and more interested in what the Bible has to say about the future, discussion between various camps in studying the book of Revelation always tends to revolve around passages like Revelation 20 (the 1000-year reign of Jesus), Revelation 4:1 (“come up here”), Revelation 6:1 (...

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Posted on October 13, 2007

I've been super busy with my kitchen renovation the past couple of days - painting, painting, and more painting. It's amazing what some fresh paint and new cabinet hardware (courtesy of IKEA) will do to a kitchen! I'll post some before and after pics on my photo gallery when I've completed everything.

Well, this coming Monday starts a 3-week-long change in my schedule. I'm helping David Sliker as a teaching assistant for his "Biblical Foundations of Eschatology" class at FSM...

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Posted on August 24, 2007

Last night I was reading this recent article on CNN that had one particular fact that really stood out to me. Out of 750 random American Christians polled, nearly eight out of ten said that people of other beliefs could get into heaven. That's almost 600 out of the 750. Wow.

Some other interesting statistics from the poll:

  • 62 percent polled say that American society has strayed too far from its religious foundation in the past 50 years.
  • 45 percent said religion should have...
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Posted on July 11, 2007

Al Gore kicked off the Tokyo Live Earth concert in a very high-tech way - he appeared on stage as a life-size hologram.

Cool? For a tech guy, sure, it's cool. But for an end-times guy, it's scary.

Look back to the 1980s when VHS was the new hot thing. Only several years...

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Posted on June 27, 2007

I recently read a book that Brent let me borrow called "From 9/11 to 666", by Ralph Stice.

Like "Antichrist: Islam's Long Awaited Messiah" by Joel Richardson, Stice argues the case that the Imam Mahdi, Islam's messiah figure, will emerge during the Great Tribulation and will be the character known by Christians as the Antichrist.

Even with a simple glance at common Islamic eschatology, one will immediately find its similarities to Christianity's eschatology. Many of the locations, players, and key events line up with unbelievable...

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Posted on May 26, 2007

We are about to begin our 40-day fast focusing on revival in America and breakthrough at IHOP. In the midst of the buzz of pre-fast excitement and activity, the Lord is teaching me about my over-romanticized version of revival and what it means to see the church passionate about Jesus once again.

Revival is more than some good church meetings where people get touched by God. It’s also a lot more than good meetings for a few years where people get healed, delivered, and set free from demons.

Revival is not about fixing all of my issues and the church’s problems so that...

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