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Why An Obsession with Eschatology is a Waste of Time, Part 3

To this point, we’ve talked about a single dispute that divides biblical scholars and students on eschatology: whether or Israel and the Church are to be kept distinct when interpretating prophecy. The question matters since any position that wants a literal millennial reign of Christ in the future must (to be coherent) argue that the land promises given to Abraham and his descendants are still in effect — and so literal fulfillment is expected. If the Church has replaced Israel as the people of God, and if the land promises are now fulfilled via the Great Commission to overspread...

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Paul, Israel, and the “Israel of God”

Anyone who has read my series on why the *obsession* with eschatology is a waste of time will recall that one of the big issues is what “Israel” means in the epistles — and especially Paul’s works. This issue is central to any view of eschatology. One perspective (the one from which a rapture derives) says that Israel and the Church are distinct entities. Others say that Israel (this side of the cross) refers to anyone who believes in Christ, Jew or Gentile.1 This issue is one of the more difficult interpretive problems in biblical studies in my opinion,...

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Back to Election

Well, I’m finally over oral surgery, the holidays, and the beating I received this past weekend in the Naked Bible fantasy football league. (And that hurt more than the surgery). Time to get back to election. As indicated in my previous posts on this, I think the common view of election doesn’t work. By common view, I mean this: Why don’t I think that elect = saved?  Because equating the elect and the saved leads to biblical incoherent statements. For example: 1. The nation of Israel was elected” (chosen) by God (Deut. 4:37; 7:6-7) … and this election refers...

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Why an Obsession with Eschatology is a Waste of Time, Part 2

In the first installment of this series, I talked about how certain systems of eschatology need the New Testament to distinguish between the Church and national Israel for certain elements of their eschatological system to work. Let me unpack that a bit again here by way of review. Certain systems of eschatology (standard premillennialism, any view of a rapture) need Israel and the Church distinguished. For the premillennialist, national Israel must be distinct from the church so that the promise of a literal land (and so, literal millennial kingdom on earth) is still “out there” – a prophecy yet...

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Things the Prophecy Profiteers Don’t Tell You: Just What is the Promised Land?

Readers may recall my series way back when on “Why an obsession with eschatology is a waste of time.”1 In that lengthy series, I noted (somewhere) that one of the major issues separating any “literalist” millennial position is that Israel still needs to inherit the Promised Land. Yes, so the argument goes, while it’s true that the Church has inherited the Abrahamic covenant in Galatians 3 (see esp. vv. 26-29), that chapter doesn’t mention the land part of the promise. And so we must still expect that the land element still needs fulfillment. 2 This interpretive logic chain is...

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