109- 666: The Number of the Beast

 

Despite what those who have unsubscribed from my newsletter say, I am not the antichrist.  However, I am about to reveal who is. Continuing in this series, this podcast and post will examine the riddle of the number of the beast and review what the bible actually says regarding the “beast” or antichrist. If you think I’m going to warn you to watch out for microchips, barcode scanners, or a european dictator then this may be as disappointing as a Christian rock album cover from the 80’s. It turns out the most unbelievable part of the bible is really easy to believe, and not so scary. If you wish to do a deep dive, you can access my “Happy Ending: A positive eschatology” HERE.

108-Why the Tribulation is NOT coming.

 

We all know how the news prospers by selling us bad news. The Church has done the same thing by telling us the Great Tribulation is right around the corner. In this podcast and post I will show that the Tribulation will NOT come because it already did. I’ll do this by highlighting two vital considerations that are explicitly taught in the Bible: 1- The Tribulation is local not global and 2- The Tribulation culminated in A.D 70 with the fall of Jerusalem. This is a post you’re going to want to send to your friends and family. I invite all comers into this conversation because this alternative view will completely transform each of us, and bring about the New world. For those who would quickly dismiss this claim I invite you to review the detail sheet where you can do a deep dive. You can access it HERE.

 

107-What about the Rapture?

 

The word for Rapture is not in the Bible. If you Google “rapture” images you will see depictions of what 95% of Christians believe will happen which will usher in the end of the world and Armageddon. The idea comes from scripture, but it also comes from fictional writers, movies, and a theology that begun 150 years ago. In this post and podcast we will look at all these factors and a fresh way to understand the rapture passage in 1 Thessalonians 4:16-17.  I will prove that pre-tribulation, pre-millennial, dispensational eschatology could not have been the theology of those who wrote the scripture. This frees us to explore other ways to understand those verses in scripture that seem to be talking about the end of the world. It turns out, the Kingdom doesn’t arrive anything like what we were taught, but it is nonetheless the beginning of an end.

 

106- Why the End DIDN’T Come.

 

September 24th was supposed to be the end of the world. Of course it wasn’t, but nonetheless, doomsday preachers continue to parade across our lives and there seems to be no end in sight. In this podcast and post I will begin a series where we take a look at eschatology (end times). Are we heading toward Armageddon? Are we really to interpret Bible prophecy in light of the evening news? Are we nearing a time when Jesus will “Rapture” all those with a chrome fish on their car? It might surprise you to learn that the Bible doesn’t have a cryptic message about the end of the world that only a few doomsday preachers can understand. This series will lay bare the reason why we want to believe so badly that it all ends in fire. It’s time we expose our pre-rational, (tribal) beliefs and explore the profoundly positive eschatology that has been believed up until the last 100 years or so.