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The Kingdom: Already But Not Yet!

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Treven Wax recently wrote  that there is a theologian we should all know and I agree. 

George  Eldon Ladd is said to be one of the most influential scholars of the 1900’s. It was Ladd who popularized the view of the kingdom as two dimensional by describing it with the  “already inaugurated -not yet  consummated” paradigm.

He argues that there is a tension between the already realized and future eschatology throughout the entire New Testament. While the future Kingdom of God already has broken into the present reality, its fullness  remains to be consummated with the second coming.

 Now deceased, Ladd is considered a premier Kingdom theologian and any serious study of eschatology should include time invested to read “The Gospel of the Kingdom” and  “The Presence of the Future“.

Other great books that I can personally recommend:

 The Blessed Hope“- His central thesis is the second coming is The Blessed Hope, not a pre-tribulational rapture.

A Theology of the New Testament“- Ladd’s magisterial work on New Testament.

http://thegospelcoalition.org/blogs/trevinwax/2012/05/22/a-theologian-you-should-know-george-eldon-ladd/?

http://bible.org/article/review-blessed-hope-george-e-ladd

 
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Posted by on July 9, 2012 in doctrine, eschatology, gospel, hermeneutics, rapture

 

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What Will Pastor’s Say To The Disallusioned Sunday Morning?

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Paul the Apostle proclaimed the gospel  of the  first coming of Christ to hopeless sinners and comforted the saints with the mystery of the second coming. Unfortunately, this pattern has been reversed as  many  proclaim the second coming of Christ to sinners and the first coming to the saints.

Tomorrow morning,   intellectually honest exegetes will once again have the responsibility to  clean up months of  eschatological goooofiness.

Now read this excerpt from “Cleaning Up After Harold” and then rush  out and buy Gary DeMars excellent book,”Last Days Madness”.

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“History teaches us that previous generations caught up in eschatological fervor often fell away from Christ when their deeply held beliefs about the end of the world didn’t pan out. While Camping must answer for his false teaching at the end of the age, Reformational Christians are facing a pastoral problem come Sunday morning: how can we apply the salve of the Gospel to the wounded sheep who will be wandering aimlessly, having discovered that what they thought was true (so true they were willing to upend their lives over it) was not? If this isn’t true, they might reason, then what other deeply held beliefs and convictions and doctrines and hopes might not be true?


It’s at this point that we need to be ready to provide a reasonable defense of our reasonable faith. Christianity is not founded upon some complex Bible code that needs years of analysis to reveal its secret. Christianity is about a man who claimed to be God, who died in full public view as a criminal, and was inexplicably raised from the dead three days later appearing to a multitude of witnesses. When his followers, who witnessed his resurrection, began speaking of it publicly, they connected the prophecies of the Old Testament to the life and death and resurrection of this man who claimed the power to forgive sins. This is the heart of the Christian faith, the message that deserves to be featured on billboards, sides of buses, and pamphlets all over the world.  It is also the message that needs to be reinvested into the hearts and lives of those who found hope and meaning in Harold Camping’s latest bad idea.”

http://www.whitehorseinn.org/blog/2011/05/20/cleaning-up-after-harold/

 
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Posted by on May 21, 2011 in eschatology, gospel, rapture

 

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Jesus Will Return May 21st, 2011

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While Christians celebrate the incarnation of Christ during this sacred advent season, we have ignorant believers making outlandish predictions who by doing so, give the unbelieving world everygood cause to question the very essence of the Gospel itself. The two news headlines below serve as my point of reference. I submit  four key points for consideration.

First, the very scripture they purport to believe as their reference point for the predictions, clearly state that no man can know the day or the hour of Christ return. It’s absolutely ludicrous to contradict portions of scripture on one hand,  while appealing to other scriptures to make one’s false  predictions. That is simply called intellectual dishonesty. This  would be laughable if it wasn’t so damaging to the mission of  the Gospel.

Second, they join a long list of  quacks who have embarrassingly attempted to gain public attention by making unbiblical and absurd predictions. One of the more famous of the group would be Hal Lindsay.

Third, the gospel for the unbelieving world isn’t that Jesus Christ  will return, or even worse, that there will be a secret rapture. Rather, the biblical gospel proclaimed by the Apostles,  is that Christ Jesus has already come, was virgin born, lived a sinless life, died a substitutionary death on an execution stake for the sins of the world, was buried and bodily resurrected on the third day!

Fourth, by joining the line of heretics whose false predictions come and go, they communicate to the unbelieving that the very essence of the gospel is false as well.   In other words, if you can’t get the second coming right, why should sinners believe that christians got the first coming right. 

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Billboards to proclaim Jesus’ return on May 21, 2011

By NIRAJ WARIKOO
Free Press Staff Writer

Mark your calendars and get ready.

According to 20 billboards to appear Monday across metro Detroit, Jesus is returning on May 21, 2011. And if you aren’t saved, it isn’t going to be easy, says the Christian Web site behind the billboards, which are to read “He Is Coming Again!”

The goal is to convince people to accept Jesus and that the Bible is the infallible word of God, said Allison Warden of Raleigh, N.C. She’s with www.wecanknow.com , the site putting up the billboards along with a Christian radio network, Family Radio.

http://www.freep.com/article/20101204/NEWS05/12040397/1319/Billboards-to-proclaim-Jesus-return

Ads Around Nashville Say End Of World Is 6 Months Away

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – A widespread ad campaign popping up on Music City roadsides claims the end of the world is just six months away. Some call it a scare tactic or publicity stunt, but the group behind this message claim it’s very real.

They site the Bible and the book of revelations which states Jesus will return to earth.

For Christians waiting for a signal of the time, the date, or perhaps even a sign from a above? There’s now a crystal clear one on billboards all across Nashville.

The Christian non profit, Family Radio Worldwide, who sponsored these ads said they know exactly when the apocalypse is coming, and it’s May 21, 2011.

The 89-year old director behind Family Radio is so sure of this date, they put up 40 billboards here Nashville and hundreds more all around the globe to give folks an ample warning.

“This is the day, this is really the day this is not a joke,” said Tom Evans, a spokesperson for the organization.

http://www.newschannel5.com/story/13600603/ads-target-nashville-end-of-world-is-6-months-away

 
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Posted by on December 6, 2010 in doctrine, eschatology, heresy, Uncategorized

 

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