Paul discusses the Kingdom of God from a Biblical perspective and critiques the dispensationalist understanding of the term. Which view on the Kingdom of God is correct?
“And I heard a loud voice saying in heaven, Now is come salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of his Christ: for the accuser of our brethren is cast down, which accused them before our God day and night.”
“Giving thanks unto the Father, which hath made us meet to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in light: Who hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated us into the kingdom of his dear Son”
Paul continues to look at Revelation chapter 12. Does this chapter show conclusively that the Book of Revelation is unfolding throughout history or does it show that these events are still in the future? Is the theology of Dispensationalism consistent and correct or were the reformers correct when they saw this book as something that was unfolding throughout history since the first century?
What lessons can be learned from this important book when properly understood?
“It is generally agreed by the most learned expositors that the narrative we have in this and the two following chapters, from the sounding of the seventh trumpet to the opening of the vials, is not a prediction of things to come, but rather a recapitulation and representation of things past, which, as God would have the apostle to foresee while future, he would have him to review now that they were past, that he might have a more perfect idea of them in his mind, and might observe the agreement between the prophecy and that Providence that is always fulfilling the scriptures. In this chapter we have an account of the contest between the church and antichrist, the seed of the woman and the seed of the serpent.”
“From the birth of Popery in 606 to the present time, it is estimated by careful and credible historians, that more than fifty millions of the human family, have been slaughtered for the crime of heresy by popish persecutors, an average of more than forty thousand religious murders for every year of the existence of popery.”
–John Dowling, History of Romanism, pp. 541, 542.
Preached at Arann Reformed Baptist Church (Dublin, Ireland)
“According as he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love: Having predestinated us unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to himself, according to the good pleasure of his will” –Ephesians 1:4-5
Paul looks at Ethnic Israel and asks if there is a future for the Jewish people? What does Romans 11:26 mean when it says ‘all Israel’? Does it mean the Church as many claim or is it indeed the nation of Israel according to the flesh? Is dispensationalism the only game in town in regards to a future for Ethnic Israel, or are there answers from Godly men from within the Reformed community?
“And so all Israel shall be saved: as it is written, There shall come out of Sion the Deliverer, and shall turn away ungodliness from Jacob”
“He sheweth that the time shall come that the whole nation of the Jews, though not every one particularly, shall be joined to the church of Christ.”
–1560 Geneva Bible (note on Romans 11:26)
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Paul continues his examination of the woman in Revelation chapter 12 from the previous show. Is the woman Israel? And if it is, which Israel does it point to?
“And there appeared a great wonder in heaven; a woman clothed with the sun, and the moon under her feet, and upon her head a crown of twelve stars”
“For they are not all Israel, which are of Israel”
Paul examines the theology of futurism and dispensationalism in relation to the woman of Revelation 12. Is futurism Biblical? Who is the woman of Revelation 12? How does this impact Biblical theology and hermeneutics?
“And there appeared a great wonder in heaven; a woman clothed with the sun, and the moon under her feet, and upon her head a crown of twelve stars: And she being with child cried, travailing in birth, and pained to be delivered. And there appeared another wonder in heaven; and behold a great red dragon, having seven heads and ten horns, and seven crowns upon his heads. And his tail drew the third part of the stars of heaven, and did cast them to the earth: and the dragon stood before the woman which was ready to be delivered, for to devour her child as soon as it was born. And she brought forth a man child, who was to rule all nations with a rod of iron: and her child was caught up unto God, and to his throne.”
Preached at Arann Reformed Baptist Church, Dublin