THE THIRD TEMPLE AND THE EASTERN GATE (PART 3):
With all the prophecies about the end times and the temple, the natural question
is “which temple?” There is clearly no Jewish Temple in Jerusalem today.
Of course, some Historicists will respond that the Abomination of Desolation is
actually the pope who sits in a spiritual temple, which they claim is the
apostate Church. And while Preterists will accept it as referring to the Jewish
Temple, they will assign the event to the destruction of the Second Jewish
Temple in the first century AD.
The Futurist view is that it points to the desecration of a future Third Jewish
Temple, which will be rebuilt in Jerusalem. In general, Christians who have a
Dispensational view of prophecy also believe that a Third Jewish Temple will be
built in order to fulfil Bible prophecy. They maintain that the intense longing
of many Jews to rebuild their most sacred site will result in their desires
coming to fruition in the near future. These pending events are intrinsically
tied up with the events surrounding Christ’s return predicted in the Bible.
This book looks at these issues along with the prophecies surrounding the
mysterious Eastern Gate.
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THE WOLF AND THE LAMB (PART 2): What is the difference between Amillennialism,
Postmillennialism and Premillennialism?
a) What was the Millennial view of the apostles and Early Church Fathers and why
did it seemingly change rather abruptly in the 4th and 5th centuries?
b) At the heart of the Premillennial versus Amillennial / Postmillennial debate
is the question whether to interpret the Bible literally or allegorically, so
that issue is also addressed in this book.
c) Christians who hold to the Futurist Premillennial view see the declaration of
the State of Israel in 1948, along with the retaking of the Old City of
Jerusalem in the 1967 Six-Day War, as significant milestones, which will
ultimately usher in the Second Coming of Jesus to establish his Millennial
kingdom on earth. Yet amazingly, some Christians do not regard the present State
of Israel as having anything to do with the fulfilment of Bible prophecy,
because they subscribe to what is termed Replacement Theology - a view that the
church has replaced Israel permanently. Has God forsaken Israel and are all the
promises to Israel fulfilled in the Church or do they have a separate
irrevocable covenant with God? Is there a link between the Replacement Theology
of Amillennialism and Postmillennialism and Christian Anti-Semitism? Why is
there a correlation in the rise of Dispensationalism and Christian Zionism?
d) Should we have separation of Church and State and how is this idea influenced
by one's Millennial view? Do all Premillennialists have a policy of retreatism
and social / political inactivity?
e) Was Constantine a covert pagan who corrupted Christianity? Did he replace the
Sabbath with Sunday worship and "invent" Easter and Christmas as holy days? Or -
has he been the victim of a smear campaign and unfairly vilified?
f) Is it true that Satan is bound now and has been prevented from “deceiving the
nations” by the spread of the gospel, or is this something that should be
assigned to a future golden age?
g) Is our modern society still improving as Postmillennialists say, or as
Dominionists hope? Are we getting better and better every day in every way? Will
the whole world be converted before Jesus comes or can we expect end-time
h) What is the unlikely common ground that exists between Calvinist
Reconstructionists and Charismatic “Kingdom Now” adherents?
i) What is the lingering influence of the Latter Rain movement and its effect on
Charismatic Dominion Theology?
j) What is the Pre-Tribulation Rapture and is it a Scriptural idea or was it a
recent invention of John Nelson Darby?
These and other issues are examined in this latest book in this series on
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THE PROFILE OF THE ANTICHRIST (PART 1): Is the antichrist Nero, the Pope, an American president, an Islamic leader, or a future political and religious leader of a
revived Roman Empire? Is the mark of the beast (666) the certificate of
sacrifice to the emperor, the practice of making the sign of the cross, an
international Sunday law or a mark of commerce (most likely a credit facility in
the form of a microchip implant or RFID tag)? These answers are determined by
the view of prophecy held - Preterist, Historicist or Futurist. So it is
imperative to first look briefly at these various approaches and then to examine
how these influence the understanding of who or what Antichrist is, the meaning
of the Mark of the Beast, the Abomination of Desolation and the timing of the
Second Coming of Jesus Christ. What might the mysterious references to the
Nephilim, Watchers and Sons of God have to do with the coming Antichrist?
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