What are the Two Ages in Matthew?

What are the Two Ages in Matthew?

Gary answers a listener question about the difference between how the word “age” is understood in Matthew 13 and Matthew 24. Typically, the Parable of the Wheat and the Tares in Matthew 13 is often understood as describing the full course of redemptive history leading to the end of our world. It seems, however, that everything in Matthew’s Gospel — from fleeing the wrath that was “abou [...]

Thinking Outside the Categories

Thinking Outside the Categories

Gary answers a listener question about resources that best represent and present the dispensational premillennial position. In order to understand a thing aright, it is always helpful to seek to understand its purpose according to its designer and builder. Eschatology is a theological discipline that is concerned with discovering the divinely revealed, long range purpose of the world and of histor [...]

Are Only Laws Repeated in the NT Applicable?

Are Only Laws Repeated in the NT Applicable?

(This is Part Two. Part One is here.) For many dispensationalists and now some preterists, law in the Old Testament is “Jewish law.” In Dallas Theological Seminary’s scholarly journal, Bibliotheca Sacra, S. Lewis Johnson, a former professor at the seminary, argued that the Ten Commandments should not be a part of the Christian’s ethical life. He wrote the following: Donald Grey Barnhouse, a giant [...]

Does Grace Nullify the Law?

Does Grace Nullify the Law?

Gary responds to several authors and speakers about this topic and their (mistaken) understanding of the relationship between grace and law. The continuing authority of God’s law today is inherent to a biblically based theology. Time does not change or wear out the validity of God’s commands, and a change of geography or locality does not render them ethically irrelevant. With the coming of the Ne [...]

"World" and the Legacy Standard Bible

"World" and the Legacy Standard Bible

Gary responds to a listener from Australia that asks about how certain Greek words are translated in the new Legacy Standard Bible. An indispensable rule in Bible interpretation is understanding a text in terms of its original setting and audience, always asking the question, “How would those who first picked up copies of the gospels and epistles have understood what they were reading?” Louis Berk [...]

Sports is Life

Sports is Life

The stunning and terrifying events of the Bills/Bengals game on Monday provides a perfect worldview opportunity to discuss. While fans, announcers, and players stood watching the field as Damar Hamlin collapsed and was given CPR, one response was universal and it revealed the reality of humanity and its frailty. A GoFundMe page for Damar’s Chasing M’s Foundation has been flooded with d [...]

More Comments About "Morons" and "Idiots"

More Comments About "Morons" and "Idiots"

In a response to my article “Of ‘Morons’ and ‘Idiots’” Lance Conley claimed that I believe that the word kosmos in passages like Matthew 4:8, 14; 13:35; 16:26 refer solely to the Roman Empire. This is absurd. Lance Conley’s work cannot be trusted. I have never said kosmos only refers to the Roman Empire. Not once in ten books dealing with Bible prophecy and countless articles have I ever mad [...]

What Does Scripture Say About Mary?

What Does Scripture Say About Mary?

Gary discusses a post on Facebook recently where he was accused of sounding “popish” because of what he said about Mary. The Hope of worldwide conquest for Christianity has been the traditional faith of the Church through the ages. This fact can easily be demonstrated again and again. We can see it in the words of St. Athanasius, the great Church Father of the fourth century whose clas [...]

Thank You for Your Support!

Thank You for Your Support!

Dear American Vision Family, American Vision has had a great year, thanks to all of you! When I returned to American Vision about three years ago, we were in dire straits. Our inventory was sold off at discount prices to stay solvent. Things looked bleak. Praise God, we’ve had a marvelous turnaround. While there are some books still out of print, we continue to produce new material. Last year we f [...]

When Bible Tools Influence Bible Interpretation

When Bible Tools Influence Bible Interpretation

Gary discusses a recent article by Daniel Hummel about how concordances made Dispensationalism—and a “scientific” approach to Bible reading—possible. We should not be surprised if men do not view God’s world rightly. Romans 1:20 tells us that “since the creation of the world [God’s] invisible attributes, His eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly seen, bei [...]

Looking for Consistency

Looking for Consistency

Gary summarizes the two recent interviews with Kim Burgess and what we can look forward to in ongoing discussions with him. The Bible is literature. God speaks to us in words and themes that can be understood. Not all literature can be interpreted in the same way. The Bible is one book even though it consists of 66 books written over thousands of years by different authors and yet there is a conne [...]

Dissection or Vivisection?

Dissection or Vivisection?

Gary continues his interview with Kim Burgess about the complete story of the Bible. Ancient and medieval literature abounds in numerical symbolism, large parallel structures, intricate chiastic devices, astral allusions, sweeping metaphors, typological parallels, and symbolism in general. Modern literature, whether fiction or non-fiction, is almost always written in a straight line. You don&rsquo [...]

One Diamond with Many Facets

One Diamond with Many Facets

Gary and Kim Burgess discuss eschatology and how all the pieces of the Bible fit together as a comprehensive whole. In the Western world for several centuries, men have assumed that the proper way to express truth is by means of abstract, philosophical language. Wherever we find imagery, parable, symbolism, or typology, we ought to translate such language into proper abstractions. This, however, i [...]

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 [...]

Does the Church Win by Losing?

Does the Church Win by Losing?

Professor Richard Gaffin said: “The church wins by losing.” In a similar vein, John MacArthur said, “We lose down here.” What is the result of such thinking? What would have become of our world if the early Christians had acted on the theme of losing? Some recent history might help: About 3,000 of the approximately 18,000 Protestant pastors in Germany in the 1930s openly supported Adolf Hitler, an [...]

The Blessing and Symbolism of Trees

The Blessing and Symbolism of Trees

God created trees. He made them for us: for home building, decoration, shade, construction of fences, tables, chairs, sheds, and so much more. We can easily visualize a tree as a ladder to heaven, with the bottom as the beginning of the ladder, the trunk as the ladder proper, and the leafy crown on top as the glory-cloud of heaven. Is this a Biblical image, however, or is it just one that we have [...]

Was a 1946 Bible Translation Wrong About Homosexuality?

Was a 1946 Bible Translation Wrong About Homosexuality?

You do not need to know Greek to understand what the Bible says about sexual relationships, including same-sex sexuality. When someone appeals to the Bible to make a case for a theological or moral position, it’s necessary to begin where the Bible begins. Starting with the New Testament and something that took place in 1946 is not the best starting point. An old argument is getting some press via [...]

Has Preterism Been "Refuted"?

Has Preterism Been "Refuted"?

I saw the article “Preterism Examined and Refuted” by Charles H. Campbell on the AlwaysBeReady website. I picked a few of his examinations and refutations and quickly put together a short response. There were many more, but I didn’t see anything new that I and many others have not already dealt with in great detail over many centuries. For example, see my book Wars and Rumors of Wars, an expositio [...]

Covenantal Not Cosmic

Covenantal Not Cosmic

Gary answers a listener question about 2 Peter 3 and the fire language. If there’s one passage of Scripture that is repeatedly brought up as an indictment against people who object to modern-day prophetic speculation it is 2 Peter 3:3–18. If you dispute with those who argue that all the signs around us indicate that we are living in the “last days,” then you are labeled a “scoffer” or a “mocker” ( [...]

The Forgotten Translation

The Forgotten Translation

Tyrants have always feared God’s Word, especially when it is translated so the average person can read, understand, and apply it to every area of life. This is no less true today… The Geneva Bible is unique among all other Bibles. It was the first Bible to use chapters and numbered verses and became the most popular version of its time because of the extensive marginal notes. These notes, w [...]