An Earnest Entreaty to Movers and Shakers

An Open Appeal to Leading Men and Chief Women in the Christian World

by Mark Mountjoy

Abstract

Eschatology (the study of last things) is a subject that is, by and large, considered to be a proverbial "third wheel" a "caboose" or an unexplainable, complicated "appendix" to the truth.  For many, it is such a contentious and touchy subject that we would be better off without it. Or, eschatology can be thought of as a thorny issue never to be discussed in polite company.  What do we do when we find out this subject—like every other major aspect of the New Testament—is none of the above?  What if we find that the Apocalypse is NOT a third wheel, but an impressive, INTEGRAL part of the overall narrative?  What if we find and are able to define a finite number of strongly attested clues which, considered together, form a powerful argument to the New Testament's inner structure, unity and intent?  What if the history assumed by conventional wisdom turns out to be quite the opposite of what the internal (and historical) evidence directly suggests?  What if we have numbers of Christians (perhaps as many as fifty thousand) convinced of the validity of this but, for a variety of reasons, don't know what to do in terms of what is most important to human existence and, for all intents and purposes, are stranded and squandering time, energy and opportunities?

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Leading Christians Back Into the Woods With Superficial Studies

 

Preterist Circles Continue to Experience High Ideological Instability

by Mark Mountjoy

Within the past few weeks I have made it a point to re-engage myself into Preterist discussions and debates on Facebook.  The experience has been both hopeful, insightful and sobering.  On a hopeful note, I have met Christians who are seriously seeking answers to make sense out of Preterism in the face of Futurist logic which still exerts unwanted tension in their lives.  These are people I want to help free from the matrix of self-contradictory answers that Full Preterism generally holds (a 40 year generation, a Roman fourth kingdom, Revelation 20's alleged fulfillment inside an A.D.30-70 framework, which, by the way, which makes no sense, etc., etc). 

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Is Belief in an A.D.70 Rapture of the Church Fact or Fiction?


by Mark Mountjoy

Introductory Remarks

Surveying the Preterist landscape reveals, in many cases, a continuation of conventional beliefs which were inculcated in us when we were Futurists. Among these, the belief in the Rapture of the Church finds itself relocated from a futurist expectation to a Preterist reality, but in either case, is it fact or fiction?

Is 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18 a Stand-alone Text?

The belief in a Rapture of the Church comes principly from Paul's discussion in 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18, which reads,

"But I would not have you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning them which are asleep, that ye sorrow not, even as others which have no hope.  For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with him.  For this we say unto you by the word of the Lord, that we which are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord shall not prevent them which are asleep.  For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord.  Wherefore comfort one another with these words."

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Dealing With the Israel Only Blasphemy: A Study Plan

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?

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