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Howard Denham   Μελλω + the Infinitive

August 26, 2014

      In his monograph titled THE FUTURE IN GREEK: FROM ANCIENT TO MEDIEVAL, Dr. Theodore Markopoulos discusses the use of three periphrastic forms by which Greek from the Homeric age to the medieval period dealt with future events both semantically and syntactically. The work is both a revision and an enlargement of his doctoral dissertation for Cambridge and is published by Oxford University Press. His Ph.D. supervisor was Dr. Geoffrey Horrocks, who himself is a highly credentialed and published authority in the field of Greek and Latin studies and Classical literature. The work is heavy reading, to be sure, but well worth the effort.

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THE SECOND COMING OF CHRIST: DID IT ALREADY OCCUR? (III)

By Joe Price
 

      The proponents of Realized Eschatology, or the "A.D. 70" doctrine, have deceived and are deceiving some brethren into believing that all the end time events have already been accomplished. Its advocates have caused unsuspecting Christians to accept the belief that the events of 70 A.D. in the destruction of Jerusalem satisfy all the prophecies of a future return of Christ, resurrection of the dead, judgment and reception of the eternal inheritance. It would have us believe that the "last days" existed from 30-70 A.D., and that the "eternal days" began at 70 A.D. We are supposedly living in the "eternal days!" The "Bible" of this doctrine, Max King's The Spirit of Prophecy, has this to say on page 81: "…whenever faulty interpretation creates a time period that doesn't exist in the Bible, more error will follow by attributing to that period something that cannot belong to it." I say AMEN to that!

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THE SECOND COMING OF CHRIST: DID IT ALREADY OCCUR? (II)

By Joe Price

      The doctrine which says the personal, second coming of Jesus Christ occurred in 70 A.D. is confusing some brethren, and destroying the faith of others. In our previous article, we saw how this doctrine claims that all the second coming prophecies happened in 70 A.D. While showing that Jesus came in judgment against Jerusalem in 70 A.D., we also noticed three passages which teach us that the personal return of Christ is still future. These passages are Acts 1:9-11, 2 Peter 3:4-11 and 1 Corinthians 15. He will come bringing rest to the righteous and punishment to the wicked (2 Thess. 1:7-10; Matt. 25:31-46). At His return, all mankind will be resurrected to stand before His judgment-seat, and there receive a just sentence for the deeds done in this life (Jno. 5:28-29; 2 Cor. 5:10; Rev. 20:12-15). This world shall be dissolved in a fiery judgment, and a new order shall be established (2 Pet. 3:10-13). These events did not occur in 70 A.D. It is therefore right to hope for a future return of Jesus Christ. We were not begotten unto a dead hope, but a living one (1 Pet. 1:3-5; cf. 1 Cor. 15:19).

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THE SECOND COMING OF CHRIST: DID IT ALREADY OCCUR? (I)

By Joe Price

 

     In November, 1987, I participated in a lectureship with brethren Robert W.LaCoste and Harry Osborne at the Sierra Vista church in Enumclaw, Washington.

     We were asked by that church to present a series of lessons on the second coming of Christ, because of a doctrine which was affecting brethren in that church and that region. The doctrine which was and is having a destructive effect is formally referred to as "Realized Eschatology," or informally as the "A.D. 70" doctrine. Several brethren were confused over the Bible's presentation of the Lord's promised return as a result of this doctrine's influence. Since this lectureship, I have continued to hear of the attempted spread of this doctrine. Because of the serious effect this heresy has had upon individuals and entire churches it is necessary that it be exposed for what it is – a perversion of the gospel of Christ (Gal. 1:6-9). To engage in such an endeavor is mandated in Scripture (Jude 3-4). It is always right to expose error, protect the innocent, and turn away from divisive doctrines (Rom. 16:17-18). Our motive must be love for truth and for the souls of men. Our objective must be to warn and correct, using God's word as our standard (2 Tim. 2:24-26; 4:1-5).

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Two More Scholars Line Up Against Don Preston's False View Of 2 Thessalonians 2:2

Two More Scholars Line Up Against Don Preston's False View Of 2 Thessalonians 2:2

August 20, 2014
  •       William S. Cline, who held two masters — one in Theolgical Studies in the N.T. — and was only his doctoral dissertation away from his doctorate in the same field prior to his death, wrote the study for 2 Thessalonians published for the Spiritual Sword Lectureship of 1976. The editors of the book were Garland Elkins and Thomas B. Warren, the latter also especially capable and accomplished in the study of the ancient Greek language. Bro. Cline, btw, studied Greek under Harvey Floyd and Lawrence Barclay, both acknowledged scholars in the field. Relative to 2 Thessalonians 2:1-3, he noted: "…in this chapter Paul corrects the misapprehension that the Lord was about to come at once…His [Paul’s] teaching had been interpreted, and a report had been spread to the effect that ‘the day of the Lord’ was ‘just at hand’ [the ASV reading, HDD]. To correct the error and to calm the disorder, Paul writes to explain that before the Lord returns there will first be an apostasy from the faith and the appearance of the 'man of sin.'" ("The Living Message of Second Thessalonians," The Living Messages of the Books of the New Testament, p. 211). He clearly took the construction as referring to the idea of imminence rather than something already completed in the past.

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