Articles: Theology and Eschatology

Articles of Interest by ICA

2 Timothy 2:15, “Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.”

2 Timothy 2:15, “Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.”

After years of study, I’ve come to the realization that as much as we’d all love to believe we have Scripture completely figured out, we still continue to see as through a glass darkly. With as many opinions regarding secondary doctrines as there are denominations, there is obviously not one single pastor or teacher or author that has a complete and perfect understanding of Scripture or that is free from error, indicating that one interpretative method or hermeneutical approach alone cannot provide all the answers that we so often ask as students of Biblical eschatology.

Given what has happened throughout history to the nation of Israel and to the Church and what is now happening today within the epicenter of prophecy, I decided to approach Scripture in a way similar to those who’ve now developed Progressive Dispensationalism — a refinement of the older Traditional Dispensationalism — by studying other views to appropriate more of a “complementary” or “correlative” hermeneutical framework. By not being confined to one narrow view and carefully studying the work of others and understanding why they believed what they believed, we can adopt what merit other positions have to augment our own understanding. Although some who staunchly maintain a certain eschatological paradigm may feel somewhat apprehensive with this approach much like a Traditional Dispensationalist, for instance, would reject the approach of a Progressive Dispensationalist, keeping the good meat of other views and spitting out the bones does seem to provide answers that other positions in and of themselves do not fully address as it relates to Bible prophecy.

No one can claim to have all the answers, myself included. As such, I remain open to fine-tuning the articles below as the Lord continues to open up Bible prophecy to the Body of Christ. Please feel free to study, copy, and share the following articles as you see fit. All that I ask is that you do what all good Bereans must do: Test everything you read in light of Scripture, and hold fast that which is good …

2 Timothy 3:16, “All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness …”

A Few Simple Questions For Muslim Visitors
Mohammed thought he understood the teachings of the Bible. Did he?

2 Thessalonians 2:4 — A Rebuilt Jewish Temple, Or Something Else?
What did Jesus and Paul refer to when speaking about “the holy place” or “temple”?

What Is The War Of Gog-Magog?
A pre-Armageddon battle, or one that includes Armageddon itself?

Antichrist: Leader Of A One-World Government?
Does Scripture reveal a “Last Days Antichrist” who rules the whole world, or a portion only?

Unsealed: A Closer Look At Revelation 6 And ‘The Four Horsemen Of The Apocalypse’
Have any of the seals of Revelation been opened, or are they all yet future?

Can An Islamic Antichrist Present Himself As God And Receive Worship, Yet Be A Servant Of ‘Allah’?
Some believe that Antichrist cannot be Islamic. Find out what Scripture really says.

The Mark Of The Beast – What Your Church May Not Be Telling You
Pop-theology says it’s 21st century technology. Scripture suggests otherwise.

The Revelation Of Jesus Christ And The Rapture Of The Church
The Apostle Paul says the “Rapture” is at the “last trump.” John shows us when.

The 144,000 And The Great Multitude – It’s Not What You May Think
A literal number, or symbolic? What does it mean? The answer may surprise you.

The Qur’anic Con: How Revelation’s Predictive Biblical Prophecy Foresaw Islamic Teachings
Proof that the prophecies of the Bible are Divinely inspired.

Lost In Translation: ‘Not Appointed Unto Wrath’ – What Scripture Is Really Saying
English translations aren’t telling us what’s in the Greek. Find out what you’ve been missing.

‘… That Where I Am There You May Be Also’ – It Means More Than We Think
The Temple, the Church, and the Marriage. Jesus said a lot in just three verses.

Revelation 13: A Commentary
The present, and future, of Islam.

The People Of The Prince To Come: A Roman-European Antichrist?
The blinders of tradition is preventing many from seeing a prowling Beast beside them.

Daniel 9:27 And The Confirmation Of The Covenant – A Peace Treaty?
Is Daniel’s “confirmation of the covenant” in 9:27 a “peace treaty”, or something else?

Daniel 9:27 Redux: Will Antichrist Make A False 7-Year Peace Treaty With Israel?
Answering common arguments that attempt to support the idea of a “7-year peace treaty.”

  1. 11/21/2012 at 7:49 AM

    Have you written anything about the Millennium? If so where?

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  2. ICA
    11/21/2012 at 12:47 PM

    Hi Tony, I haven’t written an article on the Millennium specifically, but I have commented on it from time to time. Read through this comment for example.

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  3. 11/22/2012 at 6:41 AM

    Do you believe there will be a literal 1000 year reign of Messiah on earth

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  4. ICA
    11/22/2012 at 9:39 AM

    Yes, I believe in a literal, future 1000 year Messianic Kingdom.

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  5. 11/22/2012 at 12:44 PM

    Thanks for your reply. Interested in your view re Antichrist and Islam. One question – if the mark of the beast is Islamic confession of faith – then how can any Muslims be saved ?Revelation says that if anyone takes the mark then they are damned. Obviously people who have been Muslims can get saved and we pray for that and seek for it.

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  6. ICA
    11/22/2012 at 2:40 PM

    Hi Tony, I don’t view the Mark of the Beast as the Islamic confession of faith itself. It is evidence of it (a step toward receiving it), but in and of itself the Shahada is not the Mark. The Mark of the Beast is not something that is taken by someone in the sense that it is openly accepted by the recipient, but is rather something that is received because it is given to them. From what I read in Scripture, God marks those who are in Christ upon their foreheads with the seal of Christ, but it is also God who marks those who have fully and completely given themselves over to the Beast with the Mark of the Beast because the Mark “is a clear indication of complete rejection of Jesus Christ; it demonstrates that the possessor of the mark has reached such a place or condition of hardness that it precludes repentance or faith in Christ. Receiving the mark of the beast, then, terminates one’s chance to receive Jesus Christ. It is equivalent to death for Tribulation people. It is proof they will never receive Jesus Christ, and God knows this absolutely.” [Source]. Their fate has been sealed. Consider, for instance, what Paul writes below:

    2 Thessalonians 2:9-12, “The coming of the [lawless one] is according to the working of Satan, with all power, signs, and lying wonders, and with all unrighteous deception among those who perish, because they did not receive the love of the truth, that they might be saved. And for this reason God will send them strong delusion, that they should believe the lie, that they all may be condemned who did not believe the truth but had pleasure in unrighteousness.”

    There are Muslims today who leave Islam and come to faith in Christ, but just because they were once Muslim and spoke the Shahada does not automatically mean that they had therefore received the Mark and were eternally condemned. Those who receive the Mark are they who refuse, and will always refuse, to repent (Rev 9:20-21; 16:9-11). Not those who will. The Holy Spirit of God in His Omniscience knows who they are without question.

    For your consideration, I touch on this briefly in the Revelation 13: A Commentary article (see section regarding Revelation 13:8). Hope this helps. God bless …

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    • Colin
      10/30/2016 at 7:16 PM

      Revelation 15 suggests it is possible to overcome the beast. People standing by what looked like a sea of glass were holding harps given them by God.

      Also, ALL who call on the name of the LORD will be saved.

      Not suggesting that one should toy with taking the mark. The bible only states that all who were found to have worshipped the beast, have his mark or number will be consumed in the lake of fire. But this is only a final state. I believe anyone can be saved while God can still be found.

      There is only one sin that cannot be forgiven and it is blasphame against the holy spirit. I think this is absolute rejection of the spirit so much that the holy spirit departs a person.

      At this point, God cannot be found, so this is the unforgivable sin.

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  7. 01/29/2015 at 10:26 AM

    Glad that I found this website and the position you take. As to how to interpret Revelation, the last book of the Bible, I myself have come to a conclusion that we have to use at least TWO keys (instead of one) because Revelation 20 clearly says there are TWO resurrections for all humanity. The Lord gave a personal experience to correct me for this. Read it here: http://1459919.net/en/2014/09/05/opening-old-lock-with-new-key/

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  8. 09/27/2015 at 8:03 AM

    What has happened Midnightwatcher? – you have not posted since Sept. 9th…..are you okay? I am praying for you.

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  9. ICA
    09/28/2015 at 10:12 AM

    Thank you digibbs1955! It’s been a busy quarter at work, I’ll be posting more soon! God bless …

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  10. 09/28/2015 at 10:44 AM

    Well, you had a few of us concerned that you’d been silenced in some way since there for awhile we were sometimes getting three posts a day…..I’m thankful that you are okay. We want and need your biblical perspective on all that is going on….God bless you as you seek for the truth in the midst of all the lies…..JESUS LOVES US!!!!

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