In our previous lessons, we discussed the differences between the major prophecy interpretation methods, the millennium timing, and dispensations and dominions. I have explained why I believe the Futurist, Premillennial, Dispensational teachings fit in best with a literal, cultural, historical, contextual Bible interpretation method. Within this position, there are 4 different possible timings suggested for … Continue reading Lesson 7 – An Overview of Rapture Positions
In Part I of this lesson, we discussed the alternatives to Dispensation Theology - Replacement Theology (Kingdom Now) and Covenant Theology (Dominionism). In this lesson, we will give an overview of the dispensational understanding of scripture. Dispensational Theology God’s revelation and dealings with humanity can be broadly separated into “ages”. This is the basis for Dispensational Theology. … Continue reading Lesson 6 – Dispensations and Dominions Part II
In our last lesson on millennial views, I suggested that the pretribulation premillennial view was the view most consistent with a literal interpretation of scripture. This view is also often known as "Dispensationalism". Before we study rapture positions, I thought we should maybe spend some time discussing what dispensationalism is and how it differs from … Continue reading Lesson 5 – Dispensations and Dominions Part I
In our last lesson on the major Bible prophecy interpretations, I suggested that the Futurist view is the one most consistent with a literal interpretation of Scripture. Within the views that consider the book of Revelation at least partially future there are differing views on when the Millennial Kingdom should be placed. These views include … Continue reading Lesson 4 – Where is the Millennium?
When talking about the study of Bible prophecy specifically, there are 4 major schools of thought - Preterism, Historicism, Futurism, and Idealism. In his article Idealists, Preterists, and Futurists, Jack Kelley discusses three major schools of thought regarding Bible prophecy interpretation. He summarizes - "When you boil it all down there are only three schools of … Continue reading Lesson 3 – What Are the Major Bible Prophecy Interpretation Methods?
One of the first discussions we need to have regarding Bible Prophecy is whether or not it should be taken literally or symbolically. Of course there are symbols used in prophecy - but should we look for a literal meaning behind them or a broad allegorical one? For this we need to discuss the interpretation … Continue reading Lesson 2 – Is the Book of Revelation Literal or Symbolic?
The study of Biblical prophecy can greatly increase your faith - in both our coming Redeemer and His Word. I guarantee it will make the Bible spring alive to you, particularly the Old Testament! Many Christians are not well-versed in Bible prophecy, thinking that it is too difficult or confusing to understand, considering it too … Continue reading Lesson 1 – Why Should We Study Bible Prophecy? Shouldn’t We Just Preach the Gospel?