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The Revelation: What About 2 Peter 3:10-13?

2 Peter 3:10-13 is one of the most common — and understandable — objections to belief in a general bodily resurrection, as opposed to a disembodied eternal fate for the saved. This familiar passage is usually taken to mean that … Continue reading

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The Revelation: Chapter 21:1 (the first earth had passed away)

As a reminder, Rev 1:1 says, (Rev. 21:1 ESV)  Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and the sea was no more. This one, short verse … Continue reading

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The Revelation: Chapter 21:1 (the new heaven and new earth, part 2)

As I mentioned at the beginning of the last post, it’s astonishing that any serious Bible student would attempt to interpret “the new heaven and new earth” without checking the OT passages that the language refers to. We’ve briefly mentioned … Continue reading

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The Revelation: Chapter 21:1 (the new heaven and new earth, part 1)

Just because I so love these last two chapters of the Revelation, we’re going to go verse by verse. (Rev. 21:1 ESV) Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth … Continue reading

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The Revelation: Riddles and Enigmas (“the things that must soon take place”)

Twice in the Revelation, John is told that the vision’s events “must soon take place.” And yet all but the full Preterists interpret the vision as reaching far into the future. (Rev. 1:1 ESV) The revelation of Jesus Christ, which … Continue reading

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The Revelation: Summary to this Point and a Peek Ahead, Part 3

Post-millennialism This was Alexander Campbell’s view and the prevailing view in the early 19th Century among most Protestants. He (and many others) saw the founding of the American republic as a major step toward the Millennium. He did not teach … Continue reading

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The Revelation: Summary to this Point and a Peek Ahead, Part 2

Historicist In my youth, the view that the history of the Western church was being prophesied was popular in the Churches of Christ, and I was originally open to the possibility. But things sure seemed forced in places. It really … Continue reading

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