Thursday, August 30, 2018

Origins of Pan Millennialism


The term, “Pan Millennial-ism,” was coined by Reformed Theologian Dr. William E. Cox, who early in his ministry became disillusioned with literal interpretations of Bible Prophecies that taught Israel would come into physical existence as a nation, once again. Because he could see no evidence that Israel would ever become a nation again, Cox decided that literal interpretation of the prophecies concerning Israel was heretical. He stated this as his reason for rejecting the Pre-Tribulation-Rapture paradigm in his treatise entitled, “Why I Left Scofieldism.” 

The doctrine of a pre-tribulational rapture did not originate with Charles Scofield, but Cox ignores this point and proclaimed the teaching, that Israel would be physically restored as a nation, to be Scofieldism and heresy. 

Unfortunately, Cox died before 1948, when the prophecy about Israel’s physical restoration as a nation was miraculously fulfilled. Despite the startling evidence that Dr. Cox was mistaken about physical Israel and that those who interpreted the scriptures literally on that point were not heretics after all, many Reformed Theologians and their followers continue to follow his lead in denying the place of physical Israel in eschatological studies. Rather than engaging in dialogue that validates the importance of the whole Bible, including the Bible prophecies which fill the scriptures from beginning to end, many continue to shrug shoulders and say, “So what? It’ll all pan out in the end.”  

Most pan millennialists, who use this narrative to avoid Bible prophecy studies and discussion, are unaware that W. E. Cox’s foundational paradigm regarding Bible prophecy was based on faulty reasoning [concerning national Israel] when he coined the term “Pan Millennial” and that the term itself is associated with antisemitism.

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Thursday, July 5, 2018

Who does God want to impress?


 Is God interested in impressing us with his ability to foretell the future?

   To undermine sound doctrine concerning biblical prophecy, one teacher wrote that “God is not interested in impressing us with his ability to foretell the future.”
   That statement could not have been further from the truth.
   The written Word of God tells us it is exactly that ability we can look to, and depend on, for proof that our God is the only true God, and that his written Word is the only standard by which we can measure what is, and what is not, truth—Isaiah 48:3-5.
   Bible prophecy is a bedrock doctrine of Christianity, because it is all about the redemption we proclaim.
   God’s plan of redemption was fully planned and fully implemented before the foundation of the earth—Ecclesiastes 1:9, Isaiah 57:15-a, 1 Peter 1:19-20, Revelation 13:8. 

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