The 1,000 Year Reign

This is the final article addressing the “end times” doctrine, if you missed any of the previous ones, please check them out. So far, we have assessed each point of the doctrine against the word of God and have found the following views to be lacking in consistency with what the Bible teaches: (1) Signs of the End. (2) Rapture. (3) and the Seven-Year Tribulation. Now we will examine the next era of the “end times” timeline, the 1,000-year reign of Christ on the earth, reigning from the physical location of Jerusalem. The concept of the 1,000-year reign stems from […]

The Battle of Armageddon

Does the Bible speak of a great carnal conflict of the future called the battle of Armageddon? Many today believe this, but again, what does the Bible say? The “end times” theorists believe in an enormous battle that will take place within the “seven-year tribulation” (see our article on the seven-year tribulation). They believe it to be a final battle between all the nations of the earth against Christ. Now that we have an idea of what is taught today, let’s turn to the scriptures to see if this is consistent with the word of God. On a single occasion […]

Daniel’s Prophecy of the 70 Weeks

Many have set out to explain the seventy weeks recorded in the book of Daniel. It seemed good to me, as well, to pen down a few words in respect to this great Messianic prophecy. Especially due to the tremendous errors men have made to make this prophecy something that suits their fantasies. My intention is to give the sense of the text while keeping to the context of the book and remaining in harmony with the rest of the Bible. I ask you now to turn to Daniel 9 and read verses 24-27. Now let’s observe the context. Verses […]

Seven-Year Tribulation

    In previous articles, we discussed the difficulties of accepting the popular doctrine of the rapture and the signs that would precede the “end times.” Following the common timeline for the doctrine of the “end times,” we will now consider the next event: the seven-year tribulation. The timeline goes as follows: (1) Signs of the end. (2) Rapture. (3) Seven-year tribulation. (4) 1,000-year reign of Christ. (5.) Final judgment. A popular religious website (gotquestions.org) explains the seven-year tribulation: “The tribulation is a future seven-year period of time when God will finish His discipline of Israel and finalize His judgment of the […]

The Rapture

    The doctrine of the rapture has taken the religious world by storm. It is a fascinating mystical thought to just vanish right in front of the lost world. It has attracted many to the doctrine in the same way that many are attracted to buy tickets to see a great magician’s vanishing act. However, as amazing as it sounds, we must hold it to the word of God to see whether it stands or falls.     One thing to note about the doctrine of the rapture is how new it is to the religious world. Looking through the many writings of […]

Signs of the End Times

    The doctrine of the “End Times” is very popular today and covers a wide range of subjects, but to summarize it, this doctrine refers to: 1. Signs that will take place before the end; 2. The rapture of the righteous from the earth; 3. Seven years of tribulation for the wicked on the earth; 4. The physical return of Christ to the earth; 5. Christ’s 1,000 year reign from the city of Jerusalem; 6. The final judgment and end of the world. While these teachings sound fantastic and worthy of a Hollywood production, I must caution us that we should […]

What does the bible say about the possibility of being born a homosexual?

The bible teaches that it is not possible for one to be born a homosexual, in that homosexuality is called unnatural (i.e. something one is not born with). Romans 1:26-27 speaks of this specifically, when it says of women: “women exchanged the natural use for what is against nature.” And of men, it says: “the men, leaving the natural use of the woman.” It is therefore made clear that in order to practice homosexuality, one must leave the natural desires for the opposite sex. One can’t leave somewhere that they’ve never been before. It may be too early in their […]

How could homosexuality be wrong? We are all born differently with a certain sexual preference.

If this is true, we still must abide by the laws of God that govern sexuality. Indeed, from a fairly young age, everyone faces sexual desires. If we give in to these desires in a manner that is not lawful, then we have committed sexual immorality, whether it be man with man or man with woman, etc. While the subject of homosexuality is an intensely emotional subject today, as far as sexual desire is concerned, it is no different than the desires of heterosexuality, in that both types of desires can always be successfully overcome and God expects that out […]

I’ve heard people use Leviticus 18:22 and Leviticus 20:13 to call homosexuality a sin, but don’t these verses only condemn sex among men if done in the worship of idols?

The verses called into question are these: “You shall not lie with a male as with a woman. It is an abomination,” and “If a man lies with a male as he lies with a woman, both of them have committed an abomination. They shall surely be put to death. Their blood shall be upon them.” It is argued that these verses must be taken out of context in order to condemn homosexuality because the context is about shrine prostitution. According to this argument, homosexuality, as a whole, is not mentioned here as sinful, but rather the use of homosexuality […]

Why does every marriage have to be between a male and a female? Is this because of the example of Adam and Eve in the Bible?

Adam and Eve is a good illustration for the marriage arrangement, but it may not necessarily illustrate that every marriage after Adam and Eve should have the same arrangement; so let’s take a closer look at the scriptures. After God created man (alone and without a companion), God said “I will make him a helper comparable to him” (Genesis 2:18). Or, as the KJV says, “a help meet for him.” The Hebrew word used here, neged, is defined as: “a front, that is, part opposite; specifically a counterpart.” And thus, the LORD made man’s counterpart, who was female, and not […]

I’ve heard that the Bible talks about an “Unforgivable Sin,” what is this sin and how do I know if I’ve already committed it?

The text in question is this: “Wherefore I say unto you, All manner of sin and blasphemy shall be forgiven unto men: but the blasphemy against the Holy Ghost shall not be forgiven unto men. And whosoever speaketh a word against the Son of man, it shall be forgiven him: but whosoever speaketh against the Holy Ghost, it shall not be forgiven him, neither in this world, neither in the world to come.” From an initial reading, it seems that Jesus actually talks about an unforgivable sin; however, we need to understand the context before we draw such a conclusion. […]

I’ve been taught that once you’re truly saved, then your salvation is forever secure. Is that true?

Although this is an extremely popular view today, it is nowhere to be found in the bible, but rather, a reading of the scriptures will prove to us that just the opposite in the truth. Let’s consider some examples. 1 Timothy 4:1 “Now the Spirit expressly says that in latter times some will depart from the faith, giving heed to deceiving spirits and doctrines of demons” If I told you I departed from Los Angeles, does that statement necessitate that I was in Los Angeles? Of course! But men still refute 1 Timothy 4:1 by suggesting that those referenced in […]

Where do you get the “direct command, approved example, and necessary inference” idea from?

In short, from the bible, from many pages of the bible. Now there is not a verse/sentence that commands these three means of establishing bible authority, but they are the only three that we can see the bible using or referencing time and again. While there is not a “one verse quote” that can be given to show these three things necessary, there is a portion of one chapter that is a good example of how God enabled man with the ability and necessity to understand His will through the means of direct commands, approved examples, and necessary inference. Acts […]

Isn’t calling on the name of the Lord simply saying the Sinner’s Prayer in order to be saved?

The words “calling on the name of the Lord.” are first used a number of times by the Holy Spirit to communicate a certain action, but are now used popularly by denominationalists to communicate an entirely different action. Due to the widespread use in the scriptures of the statement under discussion, we have a great opportunity to come to a biblical understanding. Its first occurrence is in Genesis 4:26, “And as for Seth, to him also a son was born; and he named him Enosh. Then men began to call on the name of the LORD.” Now if “to call” […]

Is there historical evidence that can confirm the life and existence of Jesus?

An excellent question! One that everyone should ask. The answer is yes, absolutely! The life and existence of Jesus in the first century can be confirmed through a number of secular sources. Click on the following links to see specific details about this subject: Historical Evidence of the Gospel Account: Herod and John the Baptist Historical Evidence of the Gospel Account: The Death of Herod Historical Evidence of the Gospel Account: Murder of James, the Brother of Jesus Historical Evidence of the Gospel Account: Josephus speaks of Jesus Historical Evidence of the Gospel Account: Roman Senator Tacitus speaks of Christ […]

Historical Evidences of the Gospel: The Roman Historian Suetonius

Roman Evidence In the previous article, we considered the testimony of Tacitus, who provided some of the most important testimony from the first century Roman Empire. That leaves us with two other Roman historians who spoke of Christ and/or the early church, they are Suetonius and Pliny the Younger. Suetonius Born in 69 AD, Gaius Suetonius Tranquillus, was a Roman Aristocrate who is famous for his work “Lives of the Twelve Caesars,” where he provides detailed biographies of the Caesars from Julius to Domitian. While it is an important history book for many reasons, it also serves as a witness […]