[This is the tenth in a series of articles on biblical future prophecy. The material has been adapted from the author’s book, What the Bible Says About the Future, second edition, 2011, by Sam A. Smith.] In this series of articles we have discussed the resurrections and judgments as they appear in the sequence of … Continue reading Biblical Future Prophecy –Part 10: The Resurrections and Judgments
Pretribulationism underwent a subtle, yet significant transformation in the first half of the twentieth century. The earlier pretribulationism of J.N. Darby and C.I. Scofield began to be replaced by the pretribulationism of Henry C. Thiessen and Lewis Sperry Chafer, and later John F. Walvoord. The dividing line between these two forms of pretribulationism centers on … Continue reading Why Matthew 24:36-25:30 Describes the Rapture of the Church, Not the Second Coming of Christ
How did Adam’s sin affect the human family? Historically, three positions have been given to answer this question; they are: total depravity, Pelagianism, and semi-Pelagianism. The view one takes with regard to how Adam’s sin affects his posterity has radical consequences with respect to the doctrines of salvation. This is really where the dividing line … Continue reading How Did the Moral Fall of Adam Affect the Human Race?
An understanding of the moral fall of man and it consequences is essential in understanding many other important biblical truths. We cannot understand or accept the concept of original sin, referring to the initial sin of Adam, apart from a literal (objective) understanding of the Genesis account of man’s direct creation by God. Those who … Continue reading The Fall of Man Into Sin
Of the two major interpretive systems only Dispensationalism subscribes to a consistently normal/objective (literal) interpretation of Scripture. In other words, Dispensationalism represents a truly exegetical method of interpretation. By literal interpretation, dispensationalists do not mean that one should ignore figures of speech or various literary devices like symbols. Literal interpretation requires that these forms be … Continue reading Why Biblical Prophecy Should be Interpreted Normally/Objectively
[This is the ninth in a series of articles on biblical future prophecy. The material has been adapted from the author’s book, What the Bible Says About the Future, second edition, 2011, by Sam A. Smith. To jump to the next article in this series tap or click here.] Just as it is important to … Continue reading Biblical Future Prophecy –Part 9: Notes on Tribulation Chronology