Matthew 16:27-28 and the Transfiguration

Matthew 16:27-28 and the Transfiguration

Gary discusses a video from Christian apologist Frank Turek about Matthew 16:27-28 and Matthew 24. In Matthew 16:27-28, Jesus says, “For the Son of Man is going to come in the glory of His Father with His angels, and will then recompense every man according to his doing. Truly I say to you, there are some of those who are standing here who will not taste death until they see the Son of Man coming [...]

Eschatology is Not a Side Issue

Eschatology is Not a Side Issue

Gary interacts with Ron Rhodes new book, Bible Prophecy Under Siege. In his best-selling book Misquoting Jesus, New Testament critic and skeptic Bart Ehrman, who is the James A. Gray Distinguished Professor of Religion at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, describes how he struggled to reconcile what he had been taught about the inerrancy of the Bible with what he believed to be pred [...]

Living in a Pre-Trib Bubble

Living in a Pre-Trib Bubble

I grew up in the Pittsburgh area with a very large extended family. My mother was one of twelve and my father was one of eleven children. Both sets of grandparents lived nearby, and we visited them often. We were closer to my mother’s side of the family because they lived closer. After a get together with some of the family, this statement was made by two of my mother’s younger sisters, “Let’s get [...]

Are Luke 17 and Matthew 24 Different Events?

Are Luke 17 and Matthew 24 Different Events?

Gary answers a listener’s question about how Luke 17 differs from Luke 21, and how both chapters relate to Matthew 24 and the events spoken of by Jesus in the Olivet Discourse Bahnsen and Gentry argue, along with many others, that verse 35 refers to the physical heaven and earth while I and others believe it refers to the making and breaking of the covenant relationship with Israel (e.g., Is [...]

Kirk Cameron on Optimism and Victory: An Interview

Kirk Cameron on Optimism and Victory: An Interview

Gary interviews his longtime friend, Kirk Cameron, about how he came to embrace a new view of Christianity and the world. One of the reasons we are in this cultural and political mess is partly due to a misunderstanding of particular prophetic texts that claim to teach that the “rapture of the church” is inevitably near (for 2000 years?). Why do battle when “the Antichrist” is inevitably going to [...]

A Critique of 'Bible Prophecy Under Siege'

A Critique of 'Bible Prophecy Under Siege'

(Note: This is the first part of a series) In 2019 I wrote a review and critique of Ron Rhodes’ book Jesus and the End Times titled “Repetitive Prophecy Books Keep Getting It Wrong.” I’ll be including it in my upcoming book Prophecy Wars. Rhodes’ latest book from Harvest House is Bible Prophecy Under Siege: Responding Biblically to Confusion About the End Times. It’s mostly a defense of pretribula [...]

The Church is not the Kingdom

The Church is not the Kingdom

Gary responds to recent comments that people have made claiming that Jesus is not currently reigning. The Church, and therefore the world (the nations) as a whole, for centuries now, have suffered quite badly from what is surely an “under-realized” eschatology! The many explicit eschatological (preterist) time markers all through the NT either have been ignored or just flat-out denied by the incre [...]

What Do the Words ‘Quickly’ and ‘Near’ Mean in the New Testament?

What Do the Words ‘Quickly’ and ‘Near’ Mean in the New Testament?

Eschatology continues to be a hot button topic. In addition to the popular prophecy theorists who can’t help themselves from claiming the rapture is near, there are Facebook posters who add grist to the eschatology mill by critiquing arguments that are grounded on solid biblical study by people who should know better. I saw the following post on Facebook post: I sent my friend information related [...]

Leftist Eschatology is Killing Us

Leftist Eschatology is Killing Us

There must be a change in which Christians understand eschatology. I’m not only talking about the so-called rapture and how we are the “terminal generation.” Eschatology is an inescapable prospect. A pessimistic eschatology has the tendency to immobilize people. This is also true of optimistic “rescue eschatology” that has infected the church. According to them, nothing can be done or should be do [...]

The World is Spinning Out of Control

The World is Spinning Out of Control

Gary responds to a recent article by Pastor Robert Jeffress in Dallas, Texas about the world looking like it’s getting very close to the “end.” The central message of the Bible is salvation through Jesus Christ, the Mediator of the New Cov­enant. Apart from His work, through which He ac­quired and eternally possesses the Covenant, there is no hope for mankind. He has overwhelming [...]

Hamas and the Red Heifer

Hamas and the Red Heifer

Gary discusses an article that makes the claim that Hamas attacked Israel in order to stop the sacrifice of the “red heifer.” Remember how Jesus had described the temple to the Jews as “your house” and how it would be left to them “desolate” (Matt. 23:38). Earlier Jesus had inspected the temple (21:12-17). There He called it “My house” (21:13) and cited two passages from the Old Testam [...]

The New World and the Regeneration

The New World and the Regeneration

Is Jesus on His throne now? If so, are we in the “new world”? Matthew is traditionally the first of the Gospels. In my opinion, as I argue below, the tradition is correct. Matthew was one of the disciples and was a man of letters. Who better to take notes during Jesus’ lifetime? Moreover, immediately after Pentecost there would have been a demand for a book containing the teaching and [...]

Does Isaiah 13 Predict the ‘End of the World’?

Does Isaiah 13 Predict the ‘End of the World’?

An image of Isaiah 13 from the Bible with some highlighted verses was posted on Facebook followed by a comment that stated that “the wrath of God is coming on the world,” that is, our world that was 2700 years in the future from the time the prophecy was given to Isaiah. Of course, God hasn’t stopped with judging the world when He sent Israel and Judah into captivity or with Babylon, the Medes and [...]

So What Do We Do Now?

So What Do We Do Now?

Gary begins a two-part podcast about preterism and God’s law. It is important to note that the noun “preterism” has been squeezed too far back as if it is about nothing more than what is past, about completed action in the past with no future application. The New Testament does address the issue of preterism and acknowledges that certain prophetic announcements—such as Christ’s Olivet Discou [...]

Is Jesus Reigning Now?

Is Jesus Reigning Now?

Gary responds to an Advent devotional in Christianity Today regarding Matthew 24. A failure to understand the symbolic nature of these passages has led many popular writers (and, surprisingly, not a few scholarly ones) to assume that such expressions as “the sun turned to sackcloth and the moon to blood” can only be understood as referring to the collapse of the physical cosmos. Nobody takes these [...]

Rightly Dividing the People of God?

Rightly Dividing the People of God?

Gary responds to a video where a pastor claims you must “rightly divide the Bible,” based on 2 Timothy 2:15. By this he means that you must rightly divide the “people” of God into Jew and Gentile and understand New Testament passages in light of “the Church age.” How could Christians believe that Jesus could come at any moment and also believe that He would not [...]

Israel's Hope is For the Nations

Israel's Hope is For the Nations

Now that the first volume of the book is available, this recap from the initial episodes of Covenant Hermeneutics and Biblical Eschatology was due for a re-run. New Testament eschatology is the eschatology of Old Testament Israel. Israel’s eschaton is what is being discussed there. But, of course, Israel’s eschaton was a subset of the greater world history. OT Israel was not the end of the road. I [...]

“Postmillennialism for Satan’s Kingdom”

“Postmillennialism for Satan’s Kingdom”

A few years ago, I spoke at a conference on postmillennialism in Torrance, California, on the topic, “Evidence that Postmillennialists are Winning the Prophecy Debate.” I only got through a small portion of what I prepared. Ken Gentry also spoke. Kirk Cameron was there at my invitation. He gave a great talk about his prophetic pilgrimage. Sorry to say, the recording of my talk did not turn out. Th [...]

This Generation and Brood of Vipers

This Generation and Brood of Vipers

From the archives: Gary answers an interesting question that was submitted to the Michael Heiser podcast several years ago. “This generation” in Matthew 24:34 and the parallel passages in Mark 13 and Luke 21 refers to the generation of Jesus’ day. Following this biblical evidence, most Bible com­mentators have interpreted “this generation” in this way, understanding t [...]

The Beast in the Bunker

The Beast in the Bunker

Gary answers a listener question about the “number of the beast,” Nero, and Titus. The number 666 has long fascinated theologians and mathematicians. Maybe the interest in the number has something to do with the attainment of wisdom and understanding since to “calculate the number of the beast” will reward the diligent (Rev. 13:18). Wallace John Steinhope is the physicist in Paul Natha [...]