Jerusalem was Babylon the Great, the Mystery is History

The Destruction of Jerusalem, Titus Wilhelm von Kaulbach (1805-1874) | Source: Preterist Archive Introduction Babylon the Great is not the rebuilt city of Babylon, pagan or Papal Rome, nor the apostate Church; the list of theories seems endless. New Yorkers can rest assured it is not their city either!Introduction When attempting to understand the ‘end … Continue reading Jerusalem was Babylon the Great, the Mystery is History

New Jerusalem will not Physically Descend from Heaven

The New Jerusalem, Paul Gustave Dore (1832-1883) | Source: Dore Bible Gallery Felix Just, S.J., Ph.D. Introduction A Quote from Dr David L Cooper, Biblical Research Society 'Since God has the proper sense of proportion and since this New Jerusalem will be fifteen hundred miles in each direction, I conclude that the new earth to which … Continue reading New Jerusalem will not Physically Descend from Heaven

Heaven and Earth will not be Destroyed by Fire

John at Patmos, Gustave Dore (1832-1883) | Source: Dore Bible Gallery Felix Just S.J. Ph.D. Introduction Rev 21:1 KJV And I saw a new heaven and a new earth: for the first heaven and the first earth were passed away; and there was no more sea. Catastrophic or Covenantal Many scholars today teach the 'new … Continue reading Heaven and Earth will not be Destroyed by Fire

Jesus was not Smitten of God

The Flagellation, Caravaggio (1573-1610) Source: Art and the Bible Introduction Son 2:15  KJV Take us the foxes, the little foxes, that spoil the vines: for our vines have tender grapes. Subtle misconceptions are the little foxes that spoil our understanding of the Scriptures. An unbalanced view of the relationship between God the Father and God the … Continue reading Jesus was not Smitten of God

The Deity of Christ: Jesus did Claim to be God

Doubting Thomas, Caravaggio (1573-1610) Source: Art and the Bible Introduction Did Jesus ever claim deity? Yes, He did. The deity of Christ is a fundamental doctrine of the Christian faith. There are those today who deny the deity of Christ by suggesting He never claimed to be God, but that is a straw man argument. The … Continue reading The Deity of Christ: Jesus did Claim to be God

Nicodemus and the Transforming Power of the Gospel

The Descent from the Cross, Peter Paul Rubens (1577-1640) Source: Olga's Gallery Introduction What is the Gospel? This may seem a stupid question since the Gospel has been around for 2000 years, but if ever the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ was in need of clarification, it is today. What the Gospel Is Not … Continue reading Nicodemus and the Transforming Power of the Gospel

Jesus Never Mentioned a Physical Rapture of the Church

St Paul Preaching to the Thessalonians, Gustave Dore (1832-1883) Source: The Doré Bible Gallery Felix Just, S.J., Ph.D. Introduction In 1830, Margaret MacDonald from Port Glasgow, Scotland, prophesied the Church should not fear the great tribulation because the 'rapture' would take place prior to it. This prophecy became world-renowned, taken up (pardon the pun) by … Continue reading Jesus Never Mentioned a Physical Rapture of the Church

The Great and the Terrible Day of the Lord

The Prophet Isaiah, Michelangelo Buonarroti (1475-1564) | Source: Art and the Bible Introduction The Old Testament Prophets used metaphorical language on numerous occasions to describe divine judgement, also known as ‘The Day of the Lord’. Jesus spoke with similar metaphorical language when He described His second coming in judgement, which was a spiritual not physical … Continue reading The Great and the Terrible Day of the Lord

Elijah the Prophet was not Taken up to Heaven

Elijah Taken Up in a Chariot of Fire, Giuseppe Angeli (1712-1798) | Source: Biblical Art on the WWW Introduction Dispensationalism appropriates the catching away of Elijah in support of the 'rapture of the Church' theory. This teaching assumes Elijah did not physically die, having been taken directly into God's presence in Heaven. There he waits … Continue reading Elijah the Prophet was not Taken up to Heaven

Elijah the Prophet will not Return

Elijah Fed by the Ravens, Il Guercino, Giovanni Francesco Barbieri, (1591-1666) | Source: Art and the Bible Introduction Due to the influence of Dispensationalism, with its strictly literal interpretation of the Scriptures, many Christians may feel it compromises their beliefs to consider a spiritual interpretation, even when appropriate. For instance, Jesus' discourse with His disciples … Continue reading Elijah the Prophet will not Return