American churches, for the most part, ignore prophecy as if it isn’t relevant. But there is a direct link between prophecy and daily living.
The most neglected rapture passage in the Bible lies almost hidden prior to its famous sister passage in the next chapter.
The debate between pretribulation rapture followers and prewrath scholars about Paul’s second letter to the Thessalonians has been fierce – mostly centered around 2 Thess. 2:3 and the meaning of the Greek word apostasia. I have written about that passage at length in my book Rapture: Case Closed? and have made my thoughts about that passage known. However, very little discussion has taken place about the passage that precedes 2 Thess. 2 and provides its “context,” that is 2 Thess. 1 – the most neglected rapture passage in the Bible.
In fact, I almost never read commentaries or books about this key passage. As most of us know, there were no chapter and verse divisions at the time Paul wrote his letter. The eschatological material in chapters one and two are really one continuous teaching! We cannot understand chapter two without understanding chapter one that provides introductory thoughts on the more hotly contested chapter.
When does the Day of the Lord begin? We find the answer and a whole lot more in the small Book of Zephaniah. It is easy to ignore and pass by the minor prophets as well … minor. But God spoke mightily to these men. What will we learn from Zephaniah’s Day of the Lord?
I think I’ve seen more diverse interpretations of Dan. 7 than almost any other chapter of the Bible. Nearly all of them focus on the four “wild beasts” found in the first few verses, but the beasts are not, and should not be the main focus of our understanding. What is Daniel 7 about? It is the outline of the entire end times. Let’s dig in.
DANIEL 7: PART ONE: The Heavenly Judgment
How can we defeat ISIS? How do you overcome an ideological foe? This is a complicated topic and will require a multi-part discussion. This first installment is about knowing and understanding your enemy.
PART ONE: KNOWING THE ENEMY
On December 6, 2015 a few days after the massacre in San Bernadino, President Obama outlined his suggestions about ISIS. His plan for defeating ISIS left most Americans looking for other solutions. Presidential candidates Cruz and Trump have let their opinions be known as well, but all these ideas just seem lacking to me. So I have decided to provide the Church with my thoughts on how Christians should proceed.
The ancient Thessalonians were sent a letter that turned out to have been a forgery. This letter caused great concern in their church; in response, Paul wrote an epistle (2 Thessalonians) that forms the basis of much of what we know about the Day of the Lord. The ancient forgery has long been thrown on the trash heap of time, but 2 Thessalonians is a must read section of scripture for every Christian.