THOSE WHO WAITING, REST

The calendar weighs heavy with religious and secular significance this weekend, and that's before we even get to birthdays, anniversaries, and other occasions made special in relation to family and friends. Tonight, for example, October 31, is "Halloween," short for "All Hallow's Evening," the evening before All Saints' [Hallows'] Day on November 1. Although it is far more difficult to be a saint … [Read more...]

SPECIAL GRACEMAIL ESSAY

Robertson's comment on Haiti earthquake reveals¬†bad manners, embellished history and poor theology: The ground had hardly stopped shaking in Haiti when Pat Robertson, the affable but loose-lipped founder of Christian Broadcasting Network (CBN) and President of Regent University, started a rumble of his own by saying that the stricken nation was "cursed" because of a 200-year-old "pact with the … [Read more...]

DEVIL, BEAST & FALSE PROPHET (2)

A gracEmail subscriber asks for an explanation of Revelation 20:10, in which John sees the devil, the Beast and the False Prophet thrown into a lake of fire where they are "tormented day and night forever." A few verses later, "anyone not found written in the Book of Life" is cast into the same lake of fire (20:15). * * * It is significant that every time John mentions human beings in the Lake … [Read more...]

DEVIL, BEAST & FALSE PROPHET (1)

A gracEmail subscriber asks for an explanation of Revelation 20:10, in which John sees the devil, the Beast and the False Prophet thrown into a lake of fire where they are "tormented day and night forever." A few verses later, "anyone not found written in the Book of Life" is cast into the same lake of fire (20:15). * * * The Book of Revelation is written in a kind of prophetic code drawn from … [Read more...]

SPIRITS IN PRISON (3)

A brother writes: "First Peter 3:18-22 stumps me. I just can't understand that preaching to the spirits in prison. Do you have any clue to what Peter is referring?" * * * Now Peter makes another connection between Noah and Peter's first readers. There was a time when Noah was surrounded by mocking unbelievers, but then he was "saved by water" from that wicked world. The old world of unbelievers … [Read more...]

SPIRITS IN PRISON (2)

A brother writes: "First Peter 3:18-22 stumps me. I just can't understand that preaching to the spirits in prison. Do you have any clue to what Peter is referring?" * * * Peter's first readers are discouraged because their society and companions and sometimes their families have rejected them for their faith in Jesus. The apostle encourages them to rely on God's judgment of them instead of the … [Read more...]

SPIRITS IN PRISON (1)

A brother writes: "First Peter 3:18-22 stumps me. I just can't understand that preaching to the spirits in prison. Do you have any clue to what Peter is referring?" * * * As you know, First Peter is written to believers who are suffering for their Christian faith at the hands of unbelieving relatives, neighbors and associates (1:6-7; 2:12; 2:19-24; 3:6; 4:12-19; 5:10). Peter's longest discussion … [Read more...]

MARK OF THE BEAST (2)

A gracEmail subscriber asks: "What is the mark of the beast mentioned in Revelation 13:16-18? Is it a RFID ('radio frequency identification') chip that will be implanted in the hand or forehead of those who follow the great adversary of Jesus Christ in the last days?" * * * People sometimes call the last book of the Bible "the Book of Revelations," as if it were a preview description of the … [Read more...]

MARK OF THE BEAST (1)

A gracEmail subscriber asks: "What is the mark of the beast mentioned in Revelation 13:16-18? Is it a RFID ('radio frequency identification') chip that will be implanted in the hand or forehead of those who follow the great adversary of Jesus Christ in the last days?" * * * After an introduction that begins with an appearance of the glorified Jesus Christ (Rev. 1-3), the Book of Revelation … [Read more...]

THE ANTICHRIST

GracEmail subscribers from several states ask about the Antichrist or the Abomination of Desolation in biblical prophecy. Will there yet arise such a specific individual on the stage of world history? Need we fear such a one? * * * The Old Testament prophet Daniel originally spoke of such a figure (Dan. 9:27; 11:20-45). Daniel's prophecies were fulfilled first in the Seleucid tyrant Antiochus … [Read more...]