Yesterday we were horrified to learn about another tragedy, this time in Boston—explosions, fear, injuries, and deaths. When things like this happen, we ask ourselves questions that we already know the answers to. Why? (Because the world is fallen.) When will we stop doing this to each other? (When the...
Will Christians worship God in the future (e.g. the millennium) at a physical temple? This has been a debate for many years, especially since 1948 when Israel became a state again. Now, theological camps are divided on the question (shocker, I know). In general, Dispensationalists would say yes, there...
Last time we argued that the finality of Christ's sacrifice doesn't rule out future sacrifices pointing to His. Then we argued that when Scripture uses images and symbols it explains them so that the text can still be taken at face value.   Ezekiel explains the images he uses So how does...
Soren Kierkegaard was concerned that we neglect to love our neighbors because we focus on the dissimilarities between us. We are like actors in play: “Here you see only what the individual represents and how he does it. It is just as in the play. But when the curtain falls...
A stereotypical fairytale ends with the words, “And they lived happily ever after.” Discerning readers/viewers throw up in their mouths a little bit when they hear that phrase. Get real, we think. Happy ever after is the naïve stuff of children’s fantasies. People don’t simply live happily ever after. We...
Music is unquestionably a gift from God. He didn’t have to create us with the ability to hear, much less to hear sounds so exquisite that we’re moved to tears. And yet he created the complex physics of sound and enabled our brains to interpret all of the beauty...
In two previous posts, I explored the question of how Ezekiel’s prophecy about a future temple will be fulfilled. We saw that it’s unlikely that it was fulfilled in the second temple built in 515 B.C., and it’s also unlikely that it will be fulfilled in a literal temple...
Jesus is the light of the world. John tells us all about that in his gospel. But the most striking picture of this actually comes on the last pages of our Bibles. Revelation 21-22 give us a picture of the world set to rights, of the world as it was...
In the last post, I argued that a literal fulfillment of Ezekiel 40-48 is tough to reconcile with the New Testament. Specifically, even though Ezekiel talks about a future temple, the fact that this temple comes with a sacrificial system that bears atoning value runs roughshod against the New...
I want to thank Preston for his last three posts about a future temple, especially for bringing out the glorious reality of God's presence dwelling with humanity. I always appreciate his passion to make scholarship edifying. While I agree with most of what he said, I do think that...
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