There are many Christians who question the purpose of the 1000-year reign of Christ on the Earth that is mentioned in Revelation chapter 20. Therefore, it is sometimes understood to be a metaphorical and hyperbolic reference to an indefinite reign of Christ through his body the Church, prior to his return to bring final judgment and “a new heaven and a new Earth” (Revelation 21:1). Also, some Christians question the true scientific age of the Earth and attempt to reconcile the records of the genealogies listed in scripture with the findings of scientists who believe that the Earth is several billion years old. However, the early church father, Hippolytus (circa AD 170-236), had some insights to share on both of those questions that are worth considering…Read More
In these increasingly tumultuous times, we need to remember a lesson that Jesus taught in Luke 12:22-40 about not worrying. I think his words apply to every time and situation, but especially to the Last Days. If you’ve found yourself spending a lot of time and effort trying to prepare for any of the troubles that look like they are hanging out there on the horizon, then I hope you will find some wisdom and comfort here for these days to help steady you.Read More
There is a modern fulfillment of Bible prophecy that I think is often overlooked, as described in Zechariah 14:2. I believe it was seen in Jordan’s invasion of Israel in 1948, along with the other surrounding Arab nations. Many Bible prophecy teachers probably still view this as a yet-future event, but the events described in verse 2 actually occurred in 1948–49. Furthermore, verse 3 describes very well the military victories that Israel has experienced since that time. Let’s take a look…Read More
One of the key arguments in my book, The Temple Revealed, is that the famed Golden Gate of the Temple Mount (or East Gate of the outer sanctuary) shown above, was in a direct line with the temple. This is really a core argument for why the Golden Gate stands as an irrefutable landmark of the East-West line of the temple, proving that this is truly the area where the temple was formerly located. This arrangement can be inferred in scripture from the design of the temple in Ezekiel chapters 40-42, but it is also described repeatedly in rabbinic literature. Take a look…Read More
One of the biggest debates among prophecy-minded, pre-millennial, Christians regarding the return of Jesus Christ in the Last Days, is the timing and even definition of “the Rapture.” The reason that there is so much controversy has to do with the fact that there are a number of possible literal interpretations of the text. A typical response to this dilemma is to pick the view that is believed to be the most correct, and then to just move forward under firm conviction.
I think we should consider, though, that God intentionally left some open degrees of freedom here so that we would need to reserve final judgment and remain in a state of watchfulness. However, He did leave some very important clues…
[This is a long post, and there are a lot of details, but if you can hang on and work through it, I think you’ll find this to be a trustworthy analysis of a pretty tough but critical topic.]Read More
In a world that pretends to offer an almost limitless number of claims of “The Truth.” It is no wonder that many people are confused, or just refuse to believe that absolute, objective truth even exists.
Let’s start with the question of whether or not absolute truth, i.e. ultimate reality, even exists, though. The answer should be obvious and axiomatically clear. Yes, there is truth in a general sense.
Next, can we know it? Well, if we can’t, then we are in the same boat as if it doesn’t exist. So then, we should assume that it can be known, and begin to look for it. Many people of course deny that statement and feel that ultimate truth can never be known. In some sense, it is true that no man can comprehend or know everything; however, to assume that we cannot know objective truth in some limited but very meaningful way, is to doom one’s search for truth before it even begins.
Another axiom one should consider is, “Life has meaning and purpose.” Why should we just grant that as an axiom? Well, because it’s obvious. If you look around you right now, absolutely everything you see has meaning and purpose, and so do you. That doesn’t need to be proven. It is a self-evident truth, an axiom. And affirming the opposite is self-defeating. If life doesn’t have meaning and purpose then what is the point of even talking about it?
Consequently, we have some platform to stand on. There is objective reality, we can know it, and life has meaning and purpose. So now let’s build some structure.Read More
“My dwelling place will be with them; I will be their God, and they will be my people. Then the nations will know that I the Lord make Israel holy, when my sanctuary is among them forever.”Ezekiel 37:27-28, NIV
There are many reasons to expect a rebuilt temple in the last days based on specific prophetic passages. The most commonly cited verses are found in Daniel 9:24-27 and 2 Thessalonians 2:1-4; however, I would like to point out that these verses in Ezekiel 37 also indicate that there will be a rebuilt temple in the Last Days.Read More
The account of Balaam is given in Numbers 22-24 and 31. Balaam was a Gentile who worshiped God, but he was enticed by Israel’s neighbors to curse them and to put stumbling blocks in their way. The story is easy to overlook as just an odd event that happened in the days of Moses. Balaam is mentioned several more times, in Deuteronomy 23:4-5, Joshua 13:22 and 24:9-10, Nehemiah 13:2 and Micah 6:5, but these other Old Testament references are in the context of remembering the things that the Lord had done for Israel. It is not until the New Testament that we see a grave warning about following after Balaam. In fact, Peter, Jude and John all mention Balaam in connection with the end times and Christian believers that have fallen away. Let’s look at closely at those references:Read More
In my book, The Temple Revealed, I argue that the former location of the Jewish temple can now be known with certainty, and that the Church should support the rebuilding of the temple. But for some, the idea of Christians supporting the Jews rebuilding a temple is very controversial. Many Christians believe that God no longer has an interest in, or purpose for, a physical temple. Near the end of the book, after going through the prophetic, historical, and archaeological case for identifying its proper location, I make the scriptural case for Christians supporting the rebuilding of the temple.
I have also come across objections to supporting the rebuilding of a Jewish temple based on the metaphor used in the New Testament describing Christians as “living stones” in a new spiritual temple. The idea is that somehow this must mean that all scriptural references to a real temple, after A.D. 70, must be understood solely as metaphors that do not refer to any real structure. Since others may also have a similar question or just be unsure of what the Bible really has to say about temples in the Last Days, I thought it would be good to look at the scriptural references for temples in the Bible and then study the example of communion.
First, let’s list the seven temples found in scripture:Read More
Now the whole world had one language and a common speech. As people moved eastward, they found a plain in Shinar and settled there.
They said to each other, “Come, let’s make bricks and bake them thoroughly.” They used brick instead of stone, and tar for mortar. Then they said, “Come, let us build ourselves a city, with a tower that reaches to the heavens, so that we may make a name for ourselves; otherwise we will be scattered over the face of the whole earth.”
But the Lord came down to see the city and the tower the people were building. The Lord said, “If as one people speaking the same language they have begun to do this, then nothing they plan to do will be impossible for them. Come, let us go down and confuse their language so they will not understand each other.”
So the Lord scattered them from there over all the earth, and they stopped building the city. That is why it was called Babel—because there the Lord confused the language of the whole world. From there the Lord scattered them over the face of the whole earth.Genesis 11:1-9
There is so much that can be unpacked from this one story, but to really get the most out of it, one has to first believe that it is truly history and not a mythical story passed on to Moses, or even later by unknown authors. Without taking the account at full face value, it is of no use to us in interpreting the few remains that we find of the ancient past. However, when Genesis 11 is understood as history, a lot of human history begins to make sense.Read More
Here’s an imagined look at what a rebuilt temple on the Temple Mount could really look like…
I wanted to release this book on October 9th because it is also the 21st day of the seventh month (Tishri) on the Jewish calendar this year, and it marks the end of the biblical feast of Sukkot. That is special because about 2,500 years ago, the prophet Haggai wrote this on the same day:Read More
I rejoiced with those who said to me, “Let us go to the house of the Lord.”Psalm 122 (NIV-emphasis added)
Our feet are standing in your gates, Jerusalem. Jerusalem is built like a city that is closely compacted together. That is where the tribes go up—the tribes of the Lord—to praise the name of the Lord according to the statute given to Israel. There stand the thrones for judgment, the thrones of the house of David.
Pray for the peace of Jerusalem: “May those who love you be secure. May there be peace within your walls and security within your citadels.”
For the sake of my family and friends, I will say, “Peace be within you.”
For the sake of the house of the Lord our God, I will seek your prosperity.
We are encouraged by David in Psalm 122 to continually pray for the peace of Jerusalem, but notice the connection of that peace with the house of God, i.e. the temple. There is also another peace that we should be watching for, spoken of by the prophet Daniel (Daniel 9:24-27), which presumably involves the restoration of the temple. Thus, in light of the current progress towards peace in the Middle East, are we seeing something simply in line with what David said we should seek continually, or are we approaching the time of peace that Daniel spoke about? And either way, how will this affect Jewish aspirations to rebuild the temple?Read More
Beginning early in the year in 2020, the world began experiencing a global phenomenon, ostensibly triggered by a global pandemic, but one which made the whole world sit back and take notice. In light of the global nature of the experience, I think its worth considering if those events have any possible connection to the events that are foretold with the first seal of the book of Revelation and the rider on a white horse…
Then I saw when the Lamb broke one of the seven seals, and I heard one of the four living creatures saying as with a voice of thunder, “Come.” I looked, and behold, a white horse, and he who sat on it had a bow; and a crown was given to him, and he went out conquering and to conquer.Revelation 6:1-2, NASB — The First Seal—A Rider on White Horse
The mark of the beast has been the subject of endless speculations (to which I will now add my own thoughts), because of the gravity of the punishment for receiving the mark for those whose are alive in the days of the Great Tribulation. Clearly, this is something important to get right, or there wouldn’t be coming a special announcement delivered by an angel of heaven. But what could it be?Read More
As he approached Jerusalem and saw the city, he wept over it and said, “If you, even you, had only known on this day what would bring you peace—but now it is hidden from your eyes. The days will come upon you when your enemies will build an embankment against you and encircle you and hem you in on every side. They will dash you to the ground, you and the children within your walls. They will not leave one stone on another, because you did not recognize the time of God’s coming to you.”LUKE 19: 41-44 (NIV – emphasis added)
Jesus said these words after his triumphal entry into Jerusalem, just days before his crucifixion. His statement begs a couple of questions. First, “How did they miss that he was the Messiah?” And second, “If there was an appointed time for his first coming that they failed to recognize, how about when he returns as he promised?”Read More
I’ve been a Christian most of my life and thinking about the prophesied return of Jesus for more than 30 years. Instead of going into the ministry, though, I went into the world working as an engineer. I’ve had a lot of victories and a lot of losses over the years, but I never lost my belief in the God of the Bible, or the reliability of His Word.Read More