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1. Proposition: Can we tell what an idea in a verse, prophecy, passage or text means by its word definition, context, audience relevance and social milieu? Let's see . . .
2. In Romans 9 does the Apostle Paul teach that MOST Israelites would be saved? Does he advocte that ALL will be lost? Or does he say A FEW will be saved and the MAJORITY will be lost?
by Mark E. Mountjoy
Texts: Matthew 12:43-45; Matthew 22:1-14; Matthew 24:22; Mark 13:20; Luke 21:24; John 5:43 and Revelation 1:1; 2:27 and Revelation 20:1-15.
It is a great opportunity and privilege to be able to discuss, to debate ideas and to share concepts respectfully with other Christians. This is especially noteworthy in regard to those who share our general preterist convictions on Bible prophecy, but do not understand what the history of the Jewish State and its downfall in the second century has to do with anything. Desiring agreement and unity, these other Christians do not grant what we presuppose nor do they necessarily see eye to eye with us on issues we deem important. An intramural issue, the points discussed below would be of concern to Preterists generally: The significance of major events in Jewish history in the aftermath of the First Jewish Revolt and particularly the Judaea Capta Period and the second century Bar Kokhba cataclysm and the disappearance of the Jewish State in antiquity.
Amillennialism as a Political Reality to Be Reckoned With
in Christian Churches
by Mark E. Mountjoy
Amillennialism is a political reality in the Christian world. It influences the way Christians understand a set of subjects (the last days, the Second Coming and the end of the world) and concerns (the Law of Moses, Israel, the Gospel of Christ, the Church, orthodoxy, heresy, judgment day and the eternal state). In relation to orthodoxy and heresy, Amillennialism also influences doctrinal policies and what is considered acceptable or taboo and since Amillennialism is the norm it is considered orthodox. These influences and concerns are central to Christian self-understanding and carry important weight in defining what is correct teaching within Christianity. But, before one can accept Amillennialism as being orthodox, or before one can label Atavism as heretical, one should and must ascertain, through first-hand research, observation, comparison and analysis, what is at issue and what is at stake—in light of the Bible, in general, and the New Testament, in particular. In Amillennialism received wisdom of twenty centuries of Christianity lives, breathes and agrees with all the accepted creeds rehearsed by Christians daily and weekly.
Now, it is easy to assume that 'received wisdom' needs no justification. Is not the traditional view pure, hallowed and sacred by virtue of its age, esteem and ubiquity? Surely it reiterates what the New Testament advocates and upholds! Surely Jesus, Peter, Paul and the other holy Apostles believed and taught the same view! However, a closer inspection of the inner logic behind Amillennialism will reveal troubling differences and serious omissions. Rampant efforts to conflate texts, topics and themes plague the view. On a number of levels, obfuscations—the action of making something obscure, unclear, or unintelligible—plague its claims on every hand. These disparities and oversights, along with the fact that the majority of the world's nearly three billion Christians subscribe to Amillennialism means that we need to think about what suppositions and concepts comprise this idea and how should we bring what the New Testament says to the contrary to the attention of Christians?
"You Will Never Go to Heaven"
by Mark E. Mountjoy
"If in this life only we have hope in Christ, we are of all men most miserable"—the Apostle Paul
Now that the eschaton has been established in the minds of a growing number of Christians as being an event definitely fulfilled in the past, what now? Where do we go from here? What do we do now and what is in store for us after we die? These and other questions are swirling around in the minds of many and it is not wrong to entertain them. For far too long the Christian church (as a whole) was able to keep this subject and these questions at bay. Eschatology (in the traditional Patristic churches and their creeds) was put on the back burner. It was a peripheral issue, an ancillary subject almost, one might say, a non-essential (and in some quarters, extinct and even taboo, for all intents and purposes). But now, with the widespread interest in Bible prophecy that exploded in the 1970's and the spectacular failure of those same prophecies in the ensuing years, it has come to the direct attention of many that what was long thought to be in the future, is in reality in the past.