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Uploaded Video for My Kirkland Students — Eschatology!

Friends: Due to the Coronavirus I am not allowed to meet face-to-face with my Kirkland cohort (many are lifers) for the rest of the semester. I’m providing a couple of videos for them to watch. And you might like what I’ve done! This one is about 15 minutes long. Let me know what you think! Dr. D.

 
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Posted by on April 7, 2020 in eschatology

 

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A Theological Check-Up: Do You Really Believe? Part 10: The End Times

These posts were inspired by the late Paul Little’s books Know WHAT You Believe and Know WHY You Believe. Those are certainly worthwhile questions to ask. WHAT exactly do we believe as Jesus-followers? And WHY do we believe such things?

The question that intrigues me is this: DO we really believe the things we say we believe? The question is WHETHER or IF we truly believe. Belief in the Bible leads to life-change, priorities’ reordering, a recalibration of one’s goals and dreams. IF I truly believe the Bible and the Bible alone is God’s Word, I will spend significant time and energy pouring over its truths. IF I truly believe that Jesus is the only Savior — and that man is in desperate need of salvation — then I will strive to be a friend of sinners like Jesus was.

What about the “end times”?  What do Jesus-followers actually affirm concerning issues such as heaven, hell, the intermediate state (that time period between one’s death and one’s bodily resurrection), the Second Coming, and the Millennial Kingdom?

Jesus-followers disagree with each other on some of the specific details, such as the timing of the Second Coming vis-a-vis the tribulation. But all believers affirm that Jesus is coming back.

One of the great controversies today is the very idea of . . . hell. Will the God of the Bible actually separate “the wicked” (those who die without Christ) from Himself and the glories of heaven forever? I’ve blogged a lot about this issue — because I came to Christ out of a fear of God’s holy judgment. But that’s not the primary reason I believe in eternal lostness. The Bible is quite clear that there will an eternal bifurcation between “the righteous” and “the wicked.” Matthew 25 makes this clear, as do many other Scriptures.

Today’s Challenge: We have no idea how much time is left before God’s final judgment. Are you and I looking for opportunities to share the gospel with others — before it is eternally too late?

 
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Posted by on March 24, 2020 in beliefs

 

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The Theology of Jesus: Part 10 Eschatology (Conclusion)

Thank you, friends, for sticking with me through these ten posts.  We’ve been looking at some of the teaching of the Lord Jesus, asking how the truth He taught would “fit” into the ten categories of systematic theology.  If we define systematic theology in its simplest form, it is an effort to put into logical categories the data of Scripture.

So we’ve looked briefly at what the Lord Jesus said in the areas of introductory matters (prolegomena), bibliology, theology proper, Christology, anthropology, hamartiology, soteriology, pneumatology, and ecclesiology.  Our last area (from a systematic theology perspective) is called eschatology, the study of last things.

While there are good reasons to hold to a pre-tribulational rapture (as depicted in the painting above), Jesus’ primary passage on the end times is Matthew 24.  Here are a few points that can be seen in that text:

Concerning the “end of the age,” Jesus says  —
1. Many will come in His name and try to deceive the disciples (vv. 4-5).
2. His true followers will be persecuted, hated, and put to death (v. 9).
3. Many will abandon the faith and betray each other (v. 10).
4. Deceiving false prophets will appear and the love of most will grow cold (vv. 11-12).
5. This gospel of the kingdom will be preached in the whole world — and then the end will come (v. 14).
6. These false messiahs and false prophets will perform great signs and wonders to deceive, if possible, even the elect (vv. 22-25).
7. In the midst of all this distress, the Son of Man will come with power and great glory and His angels will collect the elect (vv. 30-31).
8. Only the Father knows when that day or hour will take place (v. 36).
9. The day of the Lord will catch men unawares (as God’s judgment did the people of Noah’s day) (vv. 36-41).
10. Our responsibility is to keep watch, to be ready, to be faithful and wise servants (vv. 42-51).

May He find us faithful and wise, as we serve Him, waiting for His return!

 
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Posted by on October 4, 2018 in the theology of Jesus

 

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Friends Don’t Let Friends . . . Die! (A Study of John 11) Part 11

Distance and time should not inhibit the Lord from helping His friends, right? In at least one other miracle, Jesus simply spoke words and kept a centurion’s son from dying (see John 4:46-53). He actually sent the centurion away (rather than agreeing to his request to “come down before my child dies”) with the short command, “Go and your son will live.”  On his way home, the centurion is told that his son is fine and he is convinced that the exact time Jesus spoke those words, his son was healed.  And he and his whole household believed (v. 53).

Why didn’t Jesus simply speak a word when He heard that Lazarus was sick? He didn’t have to go there to heal him. And when He learned that Lazarus had died, why didn’t the Lord simply think Lazarus’ life back into him?

He had the power over sickness and death. Why didn’t He use it? Let’s look at our text one more time ….

16 Then Thomas (also known as Didymus) said to the rest of the disciples, “Let us also go, that we may die with him.”

17 On his arrival, Jesus found that Lazarus had already been in the tomb for four days. 18 Now Bethany was less than two miles[b] from Jerusalem, 19 and many Jews had come to Martha and Mary to comfort them in the loss of their brother. 20 When Martha heard that Jesus was coming, she went out to meet him, but Mary stayed at home.

21 “Lord,” Martha said to Jesus, “if you had been here, my brother would not have died. 22 But I know that even now God will give you whatever you ask.”

23 Jesus said to her, “Your brother will rise again.”

24 Martha answered, “I know he will rise again in the resurrection at the last day.”

25 Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. The one who believes in me will live, even though they die; 26 and whoever lives by believing in me will never die. Do you believe this?”

27 “Yes, Lord,” she replied, “I believe that you are the Messiah, the Son of God, who is to come into the world.”

Martha’s statement, “Lord, if you had been here, my brother would not have died,” was truer than she probably realized.  The text seems to indicate that Jesus had to refrain from rushing to Lazarus’ side, for His compassion would have virtually forced Him to keep His friend Lazarus from dying.  Although this is a bit of speculation, I imagine that Martha’s words might well have dug into Jesus’ soul — “Lord, if you had been here . . .”  But there was a deeper purpose that needed to be fulfilled.

Martha doesn’t just say to the Lord, “Lord, if you had been here, my brother would not have died.”  She adds, “. . . even now God will give you whatever you ask.” (v. 22).  It sounds like she is saying, “You didn’t come when we summoned you.   Could you at least now ask God to raise my brother?”

Jesus doesn’t apologize to Martha or make excuses why He didn’t come when summoned.  He makes a strange declaration:  “Your brother will rise again.” (v. 23).  I guess discussing eschatology at a funeral makes sense, but it probably wasn’t what Martha wanted to hear.  Martha gives the right response when she says, “I know he will rise again in the resurrection at the last day.” (v. 24).  But Martha’s heart was stuck in the now!

My heart gets stuck in the now.  How about yours?  (to be continued)

 

 

 

 

 

 
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Posted by on November 18, 2017 in catastrophe

 

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Preparing for Difficult Days – As a Local Church (A Study of 2 Peter 1 – A Sermon)

Just returned from a great weekend in St. Louis at the Screen Shot 2015-03-20 at 12.11.38 PMannual Believers’ conference. I spoke two times on the topic “Preparing for Difficult Days.” Here’s my 2nd message, friends.

 

 
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Posted by on April 3, 2015 in church

 

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