This section deals with all aspects of eschatology - prophecy, the Second Coming of Christ, the Rapture, etc. There has been much talk in recent days about this final period of time when Christ returns for His own.

A proper study of the End Times requires a student of the Word to set aside any preconceived ideas or personal biases and discover the meaning of Scripture, rather than forcing or assuming a meaning on a passage.

We also invite you to go to revelationcommentary.org to read our dynamic online study of the book of Revelation. This special project will continue to be a focus of Sola Scriptura.

eParousia Articles - From our monthly e-newsletter

THE IMPORTANCE OF PROPHECY - eParousia #1, February, 2003 - Here are some points to be considered as to why we must study and understand biblical prophecy...

HERMENEUTICS: KEY TO UNDERSTANDING PROPHECY - eParousia #2, March, 2003 - Hermeneutics has been defined as the science and art of biblical interpretation. There have been huge tomes written on hermeneutics, but we want to boil it down to the essence of interpreting the Bible. What method should we use?...

MILLENNIAL VIEWS - eParousia #3, April, 2003 - The term "millennium" means 1,000 years. But, how are we to understand this millennium? Should we understand this passage as a literal 1,000 year reign on the earth, or should we allegorize this passage and take it to mean something different?...

THE ROLE OF NATIONAL ISRAEL IN THE PLAN OF GOD - eParousia #4, May, 2003 - Who is Israel? What is the Church? What is God's plan for Israel? Is there a future for national Israel? For answers to these questions, we'll need to examine the Scriptures...

THE COURSE OF THE NATIONS - DANIEL 2 & 7 - eParousia #5, June, 2003 - It has been said that the book of Daniel is to the Old Testament what the book of Revelation is to the New Testament. In order for us to understand prophecy and the events of the end of the age, we must have a grasp of the prophecies of the book of Daniel...

DANIEL'S 70 WEEKS - PART 1 - eParousia #6, July, 2003 - Let's look at Daniel chapter 9 and see in great detail God's future plans for the nation of Israel. First we need a little historical context in which to understand these prophecies...

DANIEL'S 70 WEEKS - PART 2 - eParousia #7, August, 2003 - What is the best interpretation of Daniel 9:24-27? We can answer that question by looking at the text and the context...

THE OLIVET DISCOURSE - AN INTRODUCTION - eParousia #8, September, 2003 - When we take Jesus' teaching in the Olivet Discourse at face value, we discover it presents a chronological and thorough description of events that will precede His coming...

THE OLIVET DISCOURSE - FOR THE CHURCH OR ISRAEL? - eParousia #9, October, 2003 - There are many who want to exclude the Olivet Discourse (Matthew 24) from applying to the Church. But there are several reasons why I believe the Olivet Discourse not only pertains to the church, but also details events of the end times…

THE OLIVET DISCOURSE - THE BEGINNING OF BIRTH PANGS - eParousia #10, November, 2003 - I have never experienced birth pangs, but my wife sure has! And from our experience, birth pangs increase in intensity and frequency as delivery draws near. The beginning birth pangs are relatively mild, but soon they intensify leading to the time of hard labor…

THE OLIVET DISCOURSE - THE GREAT TRIBULATION - eParousia #11, December, 2003 - This time of Great Tribulation, mentioned numerous times in the Scriptures, is referred to as an unparalleled time of distress and affliction - worse than any previous time in world history…

THE RAPTURE OF THE CHURCH - eParousia Vol. 2 No. 1, January, 2004 - During the time of the Great Tribulation, spoken of in Matthew 24, Jesus tells of a period of persecution of believers. But Jesus says that these days of tribulation will not run their entire course, but will be "cut short" for the elect's sake...

THE DAY OF THE LORD: PART 1 - eParousia Vol. 2 No. 2, February, 2004 - The Day of the Lord is a very significant event in God's program for the End TImes. But what is it? What signs will announce it? And when will it begin?…

Prophetic Issues

THE PAROUSIA OF JESUS CHRIST - Rev. Charles Cooper - Rapture and second advent are key phrases used to describe events associated with the next major phase in the earthly career of Jesus Christ. One of two problems with these phrases is the seemingly forgotten fact that none of them actually appear in the Greek New Testament...

IS JESUS COMING LIKE A THIEF IN THE NIGHT? - Rev. Roger Best - Back a number of years ago there was a very popular Christian movie entitled, "A Thief In The Night." The film was shown in many churches and depicted the events immediately following the rapture of the church...

NOT LEFT BEHIND - Rev. Bill Lee-Warner - A common misconception among pretribulationists is that there will be some kind of great revival during the 70th Week of Daniel, the final seven years of history...

THE DAY OF THE LORD: THE WRATH OF GOD - Rev. Roger Best - Now it is important to understand what "the day of the Lord" really is and what will happen in this day. There are various opinions as to what it might be...

THE BLESSED HOPE - Rev. Roger Best - What is the object of hope that is presented to us in Scripture? What are we taught to hope for? These are questions of great importance...

WHY THE GAP? - Rev. Roger Best - Why the separation between the sixty-ninth and the seventieth weeks of Daniel?...

END TIMES CHARTS - Gary Vaterlaus & Scott Holmgren - Six charts that show the differing positions concerning the timing of the Rapture, Daniel's 70th Week and related events, and the seals of Revelation 6...

Scriptural Studies

THE MEANING AND SIGNIFICANCE OF REVELATION 16:15 - Rev. Charles Cooper - Some conclude that this verse appears in a most unusual place in the sequence of the book of Revelation...

DOES REVELATION 3:10 TEACH AN "ANY MOMENT" RAPTURE? - Rev. Roger Best - This is a crucial verse for dispensationalists, and they repeat it often to prove their pretribulation rapture position...

THAT OTHER GOSPEL - Rev. Charles Cooper - The correct understanding of the word gospel in Matthew 24:14 points to a future literal fulfillment of the Olivet Discourse and that the Olivet Discourse gives a specific outline of the end-times including the timing of the rapture of the church...

Positions on the End Times

DID JESUS ALREADY RETURN IN AD 70? - Rev. Bill Lee-Warner - The term preterism comes from the Latin word praeterism and means "past" or already gone by...

LEGS TO STAND ON - Rev. Charles Cooper - Logically, it makes sense that the correct position on the timing of Christ's return is some combination of the three major views, given that each view is based on the same passages of Scripture...

QUESTIONS FOR A PRETRIBULATIONIST - Robert Van Kampen & Rev. Roger Best - The prewrath position on the timing of the rapture of the Church is often questioned, especially by pretribulationists. Many find it difficult to give up their traditions, what they have been taught, or perhaps what they have taught...

A RESPONSE TO RON GRAFF - Rev. Charles Cooper - For those who are truly interested in the Scriptures and are willing to search them, I offer the following response to Ron Graff's article that appears on his website...

THE OLIVET DISCOURSE: ARMAGEDDON OR RAPTURE? - Rev. Roger Best - One of the critical end time passages is the Olivet discourse which we find in Matthew 24 & 25, Mark 13 and Luke 21. In this discourse Jesus is answering the disciples' question regarding the sign of his coming and the end of the age...

MILLENNIAL AND RAPTURE POSITIONS - Gary Vaterlaus - Any study of eschatology must at some point come to grips with two major issues that are frequently debated, studied, and documented: the Millennium and the Rapture...

Reviews

A REVIEW OF LEFT BEHIND - Dirk Eichhorst - It is troubling that Hollywood often produces films that are blatantly anti-Christian. Even more troubling is when Christians with good intentions produce a film that tries to tell the truth, but is dangerously off in its theology...

A REVIEW OF THE OMEGA CODE - Dirk Eichhorst & Scott Holmgren - The story told in The Omega Code revolves around a secret Bible code that is hidden in the pages of Scripture. It draws heavily on theories popularized by several recent best-selling books...

LAUGHABLY SAD AND LADEN WITH ERROR - Rev. Charles Cooper - A Critique of Arnold G. Fruchtenbaum's "so-called" review of Marv Rosenthal's book The Pre-Wrath Rapture of the Church...

FOR THE RECORD: A RESPONSE - Rev. Charles Cooper - In a recent review of the book The Rapture Question Answered Plain and Simple by Robert Van Kampen, Dr. Mal Couch, President of Tyndale Theological Seminary and Bible Institute, misrepresented the facts...

 

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