1 Thessalonians 4-5 vis-à-vis Matthew 24 and the Timing of the Rapture

A while back I came across a helpful chart (p. 137) in Greg Beale’s commentary on 1-2 Thessalonians comparing Paul’s presentation of Jesus’ return in 1 Thess 4-5 and Jesus’ own presentation of the same event in Matthew 24.  Both pretribbers and non-pretribbers have pointed out the similarities, but seeing it in chart form is especially [...]

Review for Themelios

In case anyone’s interested, I’ve reviewed A Case for Historic Premillennialism: An Alternative to “Left Behind” Eschatology (edited by Craig L. Blomberg and Sung Wook Chung) for the latest issue of Themelios.  You can read the review here.

Here’s my concluding analysis for the review:

Although CHP addresses many important issues relating to nondispensational premillennialism and does an [...]

More on Eschatology

In addition to Dever’s and Schreiner’s recent comments, Craig Blomberg also has some good comments on the non-essential nature of eschatological beliefs such as the millennium and the timing of the rapture.  In A Case for Historic Premillennialism Blomberg says:

“In my ideal world, there would be no church or parachurch organization, including seminaries, that would make [...]

It’s a Sin to Sever Cooperation with Other Believers Over Eschatological Issues

So said Mark Dever in his sermon yesterday on Revelation 20.

He was referring specifically to the issue of the Millennium, but his comments obviously apply to lesser issues (like the timing of the rapture).  (And obviously his comments don’t apply to fundamental doctrines like the second coming and final judgment.) Here’s what he said:

“I think that [...]