mid-week apologetics booster (9-1-2022)

Good morning friends,

Here is a random quote (of over 2300) from Nuggets:

The thought of delight in religion is so strange to most men, that no two words in their language stand further apart than “holiness” and “delight.” But believers who know Christ, understand that delight and faith are so blessedly united, that the gates of hell cannot prevail to separate them. – Charles Spurgeon


To view more of these quotes, visit:

http://www.ps11911.com/bible-app/browseQuotes

Now, here are your weekly links:

  1. Contend Earnestly for the Faith (Greg Koukl – Solid Ground): https://www.str.org/w/contend-earnestly-for-the-faith
  2. The Crucifixion and Old Testament Prophecy: https://www.ligonier.org/learn/articles/crucifixion-and-old-testament-prophecy
  3. 47 Old Testament Prophecies About Jesus: https://www.learnreligions.com/prophecies-of-jesus-fulfilled-700159
  4. God, the universe, tolerance and suffering – creation.com: https://creation.com/god-the-universe-tolerance-and-suffering
  5. What are historical facts of Jesus and crucifixion- Nabeel Qureshi – YouTube: https://youtu.be/9JNbdt2mZ5E
  6. Claim Being Made that Biden Student Loan Payoff is Christ-like, Is This Correct? Kingsjester’s Blog: https://kingsjestersblog.com/2022/08/28/dems-claim-biden-student-loan-payoff-is-christ-like-are-you-kidding-me/
  7. Are We Really Full of Junk DNA? | The Creation Podcast: Episode 30 – YouTube – Is it really true that less than 2% of genes are functional? Is the other 98% just “junk?” In episode 30 of The Creation Podcast, host Lauren Pennington and ICR geneticist Dr. Jeff Tomkins debunk misconceptions about the usefulness of genes. This episode will reveal some surprising facts about RNA production, regulatory functions of genes, and more!: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I0dPntyyCpU
  8. I’m Sorry! But the Church Needs Apologetics Faith Beyond Belief: https://www.faithbeyondbelief.ca/blog/2015/09/03/im-sorry-but-the-church-needs-apologetics
  9. Is the Christian Faith Evidentially Reasonable? | Cold Case Christianity: https://coldcasechristianity.com/writings/is-the-christian-faith-evidentially-reasonable/
  10. I don’t see God. Therefore, God doesn’t exist: https://think-well.org/2015/09/05/i-dont-see-god-therefore-god-doesnt-exist/
  11. Vital Function Found for Whale ‘Leg’ Bones | The Institute for Creation Research: https://www.icr.org/article/vital-function-found-for-whale-leg/
  12. A Concise Summary of the Corporate View of Election and Predestination: http://evangelicalarminians.org/a-concise-summary-of-the-corporate-view-of-election-and-predestination/
  13. I Came to Faith Through Apologetics | Cold Case Christianity: https://coldcasechristianity.com/writings/i-came-to-faith-through-apologetics/
  14. If God Created The Universe, Who Created God?: https://crossexamined.org/if-god-created-the-universe-who-created-god/
  15. Why Claiming Belief is a Psychological Crutch Backfires | Come Reason’s Apologetics Notes: https://apologetics-notes.comereason.org/2015/09/why-claiming-belief-is-psychological.html
  16. Portrait of a Fanatic – A top physicists embarrassing tirade – Professor Lawrence M. Krauss (Atheist professor at Arizona State University) | National Review: https://www.nationalreview.com/2015/09/lawrence-krauss-physicist-fanatic/
  17. What Ought We Make of the Word Proof? | Douglas Groothuis, Ph.D.: https://douglasgroothuis.com/2015/04/02/what-ought-we-make-of-the-word-proof/
  18. Cleverly designed camel – creation.com – The camel – a drought-defying marvel of design. A wonderful water-conserving mammal: https://creation.com/cleverly-designed-camel
  19. Think the Church’s Precarious Cultural Situation is Unique? Think Again – Canon Fodder: https://www.michaeljkruger.com/think-the-churchs-precarious-cultural-situation-is-unique-think-again/
  20. Following Kitzmiller v. Dover, an Excellent Decade for Intelligent Design | Evolution News: https://evolutionnews.org/2015/09/following_dover/
  21. Apologetics and Your Kids (4) Inculcating the Right Worldview DR. RELUCTANT: https://drreluctant.wordpress.com/2015/04/07/apologetics-and-your-kids-4-inculcating-the-right-worldview/
  22. I Just Want To Know The Truth: The Absurdity Of Life Without God: https://blogabouttruth.blogspot.com/2015/10/the-absurdity-of-life-without-god.html
  23. Isn’t the Bible Full of Contradictions? | Answers in Genesis – For many people, the belief that the Bible contains contradictions and inaccuracies is an excuse for not believing.: https://answersingenesis.org/contradictions-in-the-bible/isnt-the-bible-full-of-contradictions/
  24. Nine Tips for Public Speaking | Sean McDowell: https://seanmcdowell.org/blog/tips-for-public-speaking
  25. When Someone says the Bible can’t be Trusted. – New York Apologetics: http://www.newyorkapologetics.com/when-someone-says-the-bible-cant-be-trusted/
  26. Eight Steps to Investigating the Case for Christianity | Cold Case Christianity: https://coldcasechristianity.com/writings/eight-steps-to-investigating-the-case-for-christianity/
  27. The Tree of Life as a Challenge to Darwinism Denton on the Distinctness of Types | Evolution News: https://evolutionnews.org/2016/03/the_tree_of_lif/
  28. Why Is It Wrong to Have Surgery to Alter Your Sex? – Stand to Reason (#STRAsk podcast): https://subspla.sh/g9czztd
  29. Families Don’t Need Disney Anymore. Does Disney Need Them?: https://thefederalist.com/2022/08/31/faith-centered-families-dont-need-disney-anymore-but-does-disney-need-them/
  30. Rhetoric: This is a full text-book (not a Christian book, but useful to anyone trying to persuade by speaking or writing), designed for use in schools and colleges, and for private study : Haven, E. O. (Erastus Otis), 1820-1881 : Free Download, Borrow, and Streaming : Internet Archive: https://archive.org/details/rhetorictextbook00haverich/page/vi/mode/2up?ref=ol&view=theater

because the Lord disciplines those he loves, and he punishes everyone he accepts as a son. Hebrews 12:6

Blessings to you all

Luke 21 Bible Teaching

I plan to deliver this teaching Tuesday November 2nd to a group of about 15-20 men over lunch:

Luke 21:1-38

1 And He looked up and saw the rich putting their gifts into the treasury. 2 And He saw a poor widow putting in two small copper coins. 3 And He said, “Truly I say to you, this poor widow put in more than all of them; 4 for they all out of their surplus put into the offering; but she out of her poverty put in all that she had to live on.”

5 And while some were talking about the temple, that it was adorned with beautiful stones and votive gifts, He said, 6 “As for these things which you are looking at, the days will come in which there will not be left one stone upon another which will not be torn down.” 7 They questioned Him, saying, “Teacher, when therefore will these things happen? And what will be the sign when these things are about to take place?”

8 And He said, “See to it that you are not misled; for many will come in My name, saying, ‘I am He,’ and, ‘The time is near.’ Do not go after them. 9 When you hear of wars and disturbances, do not be terrified; for these things must take place first, but the end does not follow immediately.” 10 Then He continued by saying to them, “Nation will rise against nation and kingdom against kingdom, 11 and there will be great earthquakes, and in various places plagues and famines; and there will be terrors and great signs from heaven.

12 But before all these things, they will lay their hands on you and will persecute you, delivering you to the synagogues and prisons, bringing you before kings and governors for My name’s sake. 13 It will lead to an opportunity for your testimony. 14 So make up your minds not to prepare beforehand to defend yourselves; 15 for I will give you utterance and wisdom which none of your opponents will be able to resist or refute.

16 But you will be betrayed even by parents and brothers and relatives and friends, and they will put some of you to death, 17 and you will be hated by all because of My name. 18 Yet not a hair of your head will perish. 19 By your endurance you will gain your lives.

20 But when you see Jerusalem surrounded by armies, then recognize that her desolation is near. 21 Then those who are in Judea must flee to the mountains, and those who are in the midst of the city must leave, and those who are in the country must not enter the city; 22 because these are days of vengeance, so that all things which are written will be fulfilled.

23 Woe to those who are pregnant and to those who are nursing babies in those days; for there will be great distress upon the land and wrath to this people; 24 and they will fall by the edge of the sword, and will be led captive into all the nations; and Jerusalem will be trampled underfoot by the Gentiles until the times of the Gentiles are fulfilled.

25 There will be signs in sun and moon and stars, and on the earth dismay among nations, in perplexity at the roaring of the sea and the waves, 26 men fainting from fear and the expectation of the things which are coming upon the world; for the powers of the heavens will be shaken. 27 Then they will see THE SON OF MAN COMING IN A CLOUD with power and great glory. 28 But when these things begin to take place, straighten up and lift up your heads, because your redemption is drawing near.”

29 Then He told them a parable: “Behold the fig tree and all the trees; 30 as soon as they put forth leaves, you see it and know for yourselves that summer is now near. 31 So you also, when you see these things happening, recognize that the kingdom of God is near. 32 Truly I say to you, this generation will not pass away until all things take place. 33 Heaven and earth will pass away, but My words will not pass away.

34 Be on guard, so that your hearts will not be weighted down with dissipation and drunkenness and the worries of life, and that day will not come on you suddenly like a trap; 35 for it will come upon all those who dwell on the face of all the earth. 36 But keep on the alert at all times, praying that you may have strength to escape all these things that are about to take place, and to stand before the Son of Man.”

37 Now during the day He was teaching in the temple, but at evening He would go out and spend the night on the mount that is called Olivet. 38 And all the people would get up early in the morning to come to Him in the temple to listen to Him. NASB

Now let’s go through this section by section:

1 And He looked up and saw the rich putting their gifts into the treasury. 2 And He saw a poor widow putting in two small copper coins. 3 And He said, “Truly I say to you, this poor widow put in more than all of them; 4 for they all out of their surplus put into the offering; but she out of her poverty put in all that she had to live on.”

Jesus notices what we contribute to the work of God in the world, whether it be time, talent or treasure, He notices.

5 And while some were talking about the temple, that it was adorned with beautiful stones and votive gifts, He said, 6 “As for these things which you are looking at, the days will come in which there will not be left one stone upon another which will not be torn down.” 7 They questioned Him, saying, “Teacher, when therefore will these things happen? And what will be the sign when these things are about to take place?”

Regarding v6, R.C. Sproul says:

Jesus had just uttered THE most astonishing prophecy recorded of all time!  He says, “Do you realize how radical that prediction was? “ This temple (Herod’s temple) was majestic!  The most glorious building on the face of the earth (at that time):

  1. Its “vastness” – 1,000 feet square.  Herod chose single stones quarried that were 67 feet long, 7 feet high, 9 feet wide, made of pure white marble!
  2. He adorned the building with jewels and gold.  The outer portion of the temple was covered with layers/sheets of gold.  It was so brilliant that when the sun came up, people couldn’t look directly at the walls of the temple, otherwise they would be blinded – they had to look away.

This building was one of the wonders of the ancient world.  Jerusalem the city and its temple were considered to be “impregnable”.  In the eyes of the Jewish people, these were completely and totally indestructible, but Jesus said they were going away, ending in desolation and destruction when God responds to the unbelief of His people and visits His people in what Luke calls “the days of vengeance” (v22).  When Jesus said that, no one could believe it.  Yet, if there’s anything that proves the truth of the Bible and the truth of Jesus’s claims, it would be this singular prophecy that was fulfilled in 70AD when the Romans came and annihilated Jerusalem and the temple.

8 And He said, “See to it that you are not misled; for many will come in My name, saying, ‘I am He,’ and, ‘The time is near.’ Do not go after them. 9 When you hear of wars and disturbances, do not be terrified; for these things must take place first, but the end does not follow immediately.” 10 Then He continued by saying to them, “Nation will rise against nation and kingdom against kingdom, 11 and there will be great earthquakes, and in various places plagues and famines; and there will be terrors and great signs from heaven.

Of course there have been many failed predictions given about the end of the world or the return of Christ by false prophets.  For example:

In 2001, Harold Camping claimed that the Rapture and Judgment Day would occur on May 21, 2011, and predicted the end of the world would arrive in five months later, on October 21, 2011.

12 But before all these things, they will lay their hands on you and will persecute you, delivering you to the synagogues and prisons, bringing you before kings and governors for My name’s sake.

This happened when Paul appeared before Felix, Agrippa and Festus in the book of Acts:

Acts 23:24 – Provide mounts for Paul so that he may be taken safely to Governor Felix.

Acts 24:24-27 – Several days later Felix came with his wife Drusilla, who was a Jewess. He sent for Paul and listened to him as he spoke about faith in Christ Jesus. As Paul discoursed on righteousness, self-control and the judgment to come, Felix was afraid and said, “That’s enough for now! You may leave. When I find it convenient, I will send for you.” At the same time he was hoping that Paul would offer him a bribe, so he sent for him frequently and talked with him. When two years had passed, Felix was succeeded by Porcius Festus, but because Felix wanted to grant a favor to the Jews, he left Paul in prison.

Acts 26:1-3 – Then Agrippa said to Paul, “You have permission to speak for yourself.” So Paul motioned with his hand and began his defense: “King Agrippa, I consider myself fortunate to stand before you today as I make my defense against all the accusations of the Jews, and especially so because you are well acquainted with all the Jewish customs and controversies. Therefore, I beg you to listen to me patiently.”

Acts 26:24-25 – At this point Festus interrupted Paul’s defense. “You are out of your mind, Paul!” he shouted. “Your great learning is driving you insane.” “I am not insane, most excellent Festus,” Paul replied. “What I am saying is true and reasonable.”

13 It will lead to an opportunity for your testimony.

R.C. Sproul once said, “Your personal testimony, however meaningful it is, is not the Gospel.

14 So make up your minds not to prepare beforehand to defend yourselves; 15 for I will give you utterance and wisdom which none of your opponents will be able to resist or refute.

Let’s be clear that v14 isn’t saying we’re to avoid preparation to defend our faith (apologetics).  Peter makes it clear in his 1st epistle that we are to “always” be prepared to make a defense for what we believe:

1 Peter 3:15 – but in your hearts honor Christ the Lord as holy, always being prepared to make a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you; yet do it with gentleness and respect

Peter’s instruction here is given to all believers.  The phrase “being prepared” (Hetoimos) indicates study, preparation and readiness ahead of time for any possible encounter the Lord may bring our way.  The word “reason” in this verse is the Greek word “Logos”. With respect to speech or discourse, Logos can mean an “aphorism, a weighty saying, reason, the faculty of thinking, skill and practice in speaking”.

Since we know from the clear passage in 1st Peter that we are supposed to be prepared to defend our faith, it is clear that Jesus was not telling us not to prepare to defend our faith.  He was telling the disciples (and believers after them), who would be facing persecution, not to prepare beforehand to defend themselves, but rather to let the Lord supply them with the words they will say at the time.

16 But you will be betrayed even by parents and brothers and relatives and friends, and they will put some of you to death, 17 and you will be hated by all because of My name.

Jesus warns the disciples (and believers after them) they were going to face severe persecution and even death – most did…  Here is a graphic summarizing the fate of the disciples:

18 Yet not a hair of your head will perish. 19 By your endurance you will gain your lives.

Q: Considering the fate of the disciples depicted above, how can vv18-19 be accurate? (See Resource #10 at end)

20 But when you see Jerusalem surrounded by armies, then recognize that her desolation is near. 21 Then those who are in Judea must flee to the mountains, and those who are in the midst of the city must leave, and those who are in the country must not enter the city; 22 because these are days of vengeance, so that all things which are written will be fulfilled. 23 Woe to those who are pregnant and to those who are nursing babies in those days; for there will be great distress upon the land and wrath to this people; 24 and they will fall by the edge of the sword, and will be led captive into all the nations; and Jerusalem will be trampled underfoot by the Gentiles until the times of the Gentiles are fulfilled.

From R.C. Sproul: That critical word there – until – means, “up to this point”, then it stops.  Jesus is saying this – the city will be destroyed, the temple will be destroyed, the Jewish people will be sent into dispersion throughout all the world until a point in time where that vengeance will end.

25 There will be signs in sun and moon and stars, and on the earth dismay among nations, in perplexity at the roaring of the sea and the waves, 26 men fainting from fear and the expectation of the things which are coming upon the world; for the powers of the heavens will be shaken. 27 Then they will see THE SON OF MAN COMING IN A CLOUD with power and great glory. 28 But when these things begin to take place, straighten up and lift up your heads, because your redemption is drawing near.”

From J.C. Ryle: If the hardy Roman soldiers “became as dead men,” when an angel rolled the stone away and Christ rose again — then how much greater will the terror be when Christ shall return to judge the world. No wonder that Paul said, “Knowing the terrors of the Lord, we persuade men.”  The thoughtless and impenitent man may well tremble, when he hears of this second coming of Christ. What will he do when worldly business is suddenly stopped, and the precious things of the world are made worthless? What will he do when the graves on every side are opening, and the trumpet is summoning men to judgment? What will he do when that same Jesus whose Gospel he has so shamefully neglected — shall appear in the clouds of Heaven, and put down every enemy under His feet? Surely he will call on the rocks to fall on him, and on the hills to cover him. (Hosea 10:8.) But he will call in vain for help, if he has never called on Christ before. Happy will they be in that day — who have fled beforehand from the wrath to come, and been washed in the blood of the Lamb!

29 Then He told them a parable: “Behold the fig tree and all the trees; 30 as soon as they put forth leaves, you see it and know for yourselves that summer is now near. 31 So you also, when you see these things happening, recognize that the kingdom of God is near. 32 Truly I say to you, this generation will not pass away until all things take place. 33 Heaven and earth will pass away, but My words will not pass away.

From R.C. Sproul: He points out how emphatic verse 32 is, saying this statement is “problematic”.  Bertrand Russell quoted this passage in his little book, “Why I’m Not a Christian”, in which he said that among those things that Jesus predicted in this passage were:

  1. The destruction of Jerusalem, which certainly had taken place
  2. The destruction of the temple, which certainly had taken place
  3. The dispersion of the Jews, which certainly had taken place
  4. Jesus’ prediction of His own return (Jesus said that He would return within that generation)

Bertrand Russell says this proves that Jesus was wrong – though He did some good guessing, & some extraordinary predictions, but His prophecy failed, the Bible failed, & therefore, cannot be trusted.

R.C. Sproul vs. John MacArthur on v32 and Eschatology

R.C. Sproul is identified by commentators (and R.C. himself) as a limited/partial/moderate “preterist”:

R.C. says that the word “generation” (v32) can mean more than one thing, such as a type of person – Jesus uses the phrase “a wicked and perverse generation”.  Many commentators conclude that there will be unbelieving, wicked and perverse “generation” of people until the time of Christ’s return.

Also, the “generation” that was contemporary with Jesus was described as wicked, because they rejected Him.  As Scripture says, “He came to His own and His own received Him not” (John 1:11).

However, the word generation in Scripture does not typically refer to a type of person, but rather to an age group – typically about 40 years.  According to this definition, Jesus is saying that all the events described in vv20-27 will be fulfilled while the current generation (in 1st century Palestine) is still alive.

In the Olivet Discourse in Matthew 24, Jesus speaks about the coming of the Son of Man:

Matthew 24:36-39 – But of that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels of heaven, nor the Son, but the Father alone. For the coming of the Son of Man will be just like the days of Noah. For as in those days before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noah entered the ark, and they did not understand until the flood came and took them all away; so will the coming of the Son of Man be.

Some try to get Jesus “off the hook” by saying He really didn’t predict a timeframe for His return.

R.C. Sproul doesn’t think Jesus was talking about His ultimate 2nd coming.  Rather, He was talking about the “days of vengeance” (v22), His coming in judgment on the nation of Israel.  That was fulfilled “on steroids” in 70AD.  This was when the “age of the Gentiles” began, where the church was now established, not simply as a Jewish community, but was expanded to the whole world.  He says there were astronomical signs in 70AD.  According to Josephus, people looked into the sky and saw chariots in the air and heard voices out of the heavens saying “We are departing, hence”:

“Indeed, what I am about to relate would, I imagine, have been deemed a fable, were it not for the narratives of eyewitnesses and for the subsequent calamities which deserved to be so signalized. For before sunset, throughout all parts of the country, chariots were seen in the air and armed battalions hurtling through the clouds and encompassing the cities. Moreover, at the feast which is called Pentecost, the priests on entering the inner court of the temple by night, as their custom was in the discharge of their ministrations, reported that they were conscious, first of a commotion and a din, and after that of a voice as of a host, ‘We are departing hence’.”

John MacArthur lists several (incorrect) views on what “this generation” means in verse 32:

  1. The events describe what happened in 70AD and the people of “this generation” are either His disciples OR all the people alive in Jerusalem at that time
  2. The Jewish race – the view says that the Jewish race will survive until the end and the return of the Messiah.
  3. The generation that sees Israel re-established as a nation, which occurred in 1948 (Hal Lindsey – the Late Great Planet Earth)

He says those are wrong.  He says the answer is very simple.  “This generation” means the generation that sees all those things talked about in the passage.  The antecedent of “this” is the “you” in verse 31, which refers to the people alive at the time when all the signs described in vv20-27 are happening.  They who see the signs will be alive when the Son of Man returns at the end of the great tribulation.  To be clear, according to MacArthur, since the church will be raptured before the great tribulation, “this generation” referred to in v32 will be those that are converted during the great evangelistic effort after the church is gone.  If they survive the persecution, they will see the King come and establish His kingdom. MacArthur then goes on to describe his reasons for holding to the view of a pre-trib rapture:

  1. The Church in Revelation:
    1. Rev. 1, 2, 3 are heavy on the church, but after chapter 3, no reference to the church
    1. In Revelation 4-5, the 24 elders (Rev 4:4) are best understood as the glorified church in heaven (one reason given is that they have crowns, which are promised to the church)
    1. Tribulation breaks out on earth in Revelation 6
    1. Revelation 19, Christ comes back w/ saints “…clothed in white and fine linen”
  2. No warnings/instruction given to church how to endure the great tribulation
  3. The Rapture defined in 3 places – church taken to heaven, Christ doesn’t come to earth:
    1. 1 Corinthians 15:51-53
    1. 1 Thessalonians 4:15-5:11
    1. John 14:1-3
  4. Revelation 3:10 contains a promise to the church:
    Because you have kept the word of My perseverance, I also will keep you from the hour of testing, that hour which is about to come upon the whole world, to test those who dwell on the earth.

According to John MacArthur:

Only those who know Him will be taken to heaven (in the Rapture). It could happen at any moment. It is a signless, imminent event. It is the next thing; no signs necessary.

Jesus goes on to instruct His followers how to live, in light of all the weighty prophecies He’d just delivered to them:

34 Be on guard, so that your hearts will not be weighted down with dissipation and drunkenness and the worries of life, and that day will not come on you suddenly like a trap; 35 for it will come upon all those who dwell on the face of all the earth. 36 But keep on the alert at all times, praying that you may have strength to escape all these things that are about to take place, and to stand before the Son of Man.

37 Now during the day He was teaching in the temple, but at evening He would go out and spend the night on the mount that is called Olivet. 38 And all the people would get up early in the morning to come to Him in the temple to listen to Him.

Resources Used in Preparing this Teaching

  1. MacArthur Study Bible
  2. John MacArthur sermon “The Final Generation of the Future Judgment” (Luke 21:29-33): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hbdRgl-JH0o
  3. Other MacArthur sermons on Luke 21:
    1. The Terrors of the Great Tribulation, Part 1 (Luke 21:20-24) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ItrOporfMG8 
    1. The Terrors of the Great Tribulation, Part 2 (Luke 21:20-24) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jjUG5aArz1g
    1. Celestial Signs of the Coming Savior (Luke 21:25-26) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-5721kFg2xQ
  4. R.C. Sproul sermons on Luke 21 from ligonier.org: https://www.ligonier.org/learn/sermons/generation-will-not-pass-away https://www.ligonier.org/learn/sermons/destruction-jerusalem
  5. J.C. Ryle’s Commentary on Luke 21: https://gracegems.org/Ryle/l21.htm
  6. Top End Time Predictions And Return Of Jesus That Failed: https://www.booboone.com/end-time-predictions-and-return-of-jesus/
  7. What Happened to the Apostles and Where are Their Remains Today? https://catholic-link.org/images/infographic-what-happened-to-the-apostles-and/
  8. Has Bible Prophecy Already Been Fulfilled? Thomas D. Icehttps://digitalcommons.liberty.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1095&context=pretrib_arch
  9. The 7 Signs of Josephus Reveal End Time Destruction: https://www.patheos.com/blogs/keithgiles/2018/02/7-signs-josephus-reveal-end-times-destruction/
  10. https://hermeneutics.stackexchange.com/questions/28869/how-does-one-reconcile-luke-2116-18
  11. Bible Hub commentary on Luke 21:18: https://biblehub.com/commentaries/luke/21-18.htm

mid-week apologetics booster (12-17-2020)

Good morning friends,

Here is a random quote (of over 1900) from Nuggets:

Instead of complaining at his lot, a contented man is thankful that his condition and circumstances are no worse than they are. Instead of greedily desiring something more than the supply of his present need, he rejoices that God still cares for him. Such an one is “content” with such as he has (Heb. 13:5). – Arthur Pink 1886-1952

To view more of these quotes, visit:

http://www.ps11911.com/nuggets?dest=quotes

Now, here are your weekly links:

  1. North Koreans increasingly exposed to the Bible despite government restrictions: https://disrn.com/news/north-koreans-increasingly-exposed-to-the-bible-despite-government-restrictions/
  2. Is the Church A Cruise Ship Or A Rescue Boat? | Cold Case Christianity: https://coldcasechristianity.com/writings/is-the-church-a-cruise-ship-or-a-rescue-boat/
  3. Frank Turek–Is The Bible Historically Reliable? He Talks about the 6 E’s of biblical reliability – YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KmA6kOWwfWI
  4. 5 Evidences That Show the Bible Is True | Ark Encounter: https://arkencounter.com/blog/2017/04/07/5-evidences-that-show-bible-is-true/
  5. Will a Rare Christmas Star Appear in the Sky This December? | Answers in Genesis: https://answersingenesis.org/astronomy/will-rare-christmas-star-appear-in-sky-this-december/
  6. Who Was St. Nicholas? Nicholas was also hailed as a defender of orthodoxy. Later sources claim he was in attendance at the council of Nicaea. According to tradition, he was a staunch opponent of Arianism. Writing five centuries after his death, one biographer said, Thanks to the teaching of St. Nicholas, the metropolis of Myra alone was untouched by the filth of the Arian heresy, which it firmly rejected as a death-dealing poison.: https://www.thegospelcoalition.org/blogs/kevin-deyoung/who-was-st-nicholas-2/
  7. The Absurdity of Life Without God | William Lane Craig – YouTube: https://youtu.be/ZqNTT0E_T70
  8. How do we know that Jesus actually said and did what is recorded about Him? – YouTube: https://youtu.be/5l_P2XT7xWU
  9. Why Should We Trust the Gospel Writers? Sean McDowell – YouTube: https://youtu.be/TNlJn26CWdM
  10. How Can We Know That The Gospels Are Historically Reliable? Q&A Panel with J. Warner Wallace, Frank Turek and Ravi Zacharias – YouTube: https://youtu.be/QNJJiNhQCPY
  11. Frank Turek – Session 5 – Is the New Testament True? – YouTube: https://youtu.be/iuV3Qv4whNY
  12. Atheist Changes His Mind After One Simple Question – YouTube: https://youtu.be/PGhGRQl6G7c
  13. The Shocking Truth Behind Jehovah’s Witnesses | Way of the Master: Season 3, Ep. 32 – YouTube: https://youtu.be/JmLIGeXXmLk
  14. John Lennox: Scientific Evidence for a Design Behind the Universe | Evolution News: https://evolutionnews.org/2020/11/john-lennox-scientific-evidence-for-a-design-behind-the-universe/
  15. 150 Alleged Bible Contradictions Answered The Domain for Truth: https://veritasdomain.wordpress.com/2020/08/28/150-alleged-bible-contradictions-answered/amp/
  16. From Reliable to Divine: Fulfilled Prophecy in the Old Testament | Cold Case Christianity: https://coldcasechristianity.com/writings/from-reliable-to-divine-fulfilled-prophecy-in-the-old-testament/
  17. Since Jesus Took Our Punishment, Why Didn’t He Need to Go to Hell Forever?: https://www.ligonier.org/blog/jesus-took-our-punishment-why-didnt-he-need-go-hell-forever/
  18. Think You Know the Christmas Story? Here are Five Common Misconceptions: https://www.michaeljkruger.com/think-you-know-the-christmas-story-here-are-five-common-misconceptions-2/
  19. The Incarnation: The Athanasian Creed: https://www.ligonier.org/blog/incarnation-athanasian-creed/
  20. Four Thoughts on the Deity of Christ in Matthew, Mark and Luke’s Gospels The Virtual Office of Rob Lundberg: https://roblundberg.org/2020/12/15/four-thoughts-on-the-deity-of-christ-in-matthew-mark-and-lukes-gospels/
  21. How to Live in a Crooked and Perverse Generation (John MacArthur sermon) – YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QaAmxC89OKY

A foolish son brings grief to his father and bitterness to the one who bore him. Proverbs 17:25

Blessings to you all

mid-week apologetics booster (2-6-2020)

Good morning friends,

Here is a random quote (of over 1400) from Nuggets:

There is a God-shaped vacuum in the heart of every man which cannot be filled by any created thing, but only by God, the Creator, made known through Jesus. – Blaise Pascal

To view more of these quotes, visit:

http://www.ps11911.com/nuggets?dest=quotes

Now, here are your weekly links:

  1. Reason and the Christian Hope – Maybe you’ve been skeptical about the claims of Christianity. You’ve thought the glorious hope of the Christian is just built on wishful thinking. But for the time-being, shelve whatever objections you may have until you’ve carefully and fairly considered the evidence. | The Institute for Creation Research: https://www.icr.org/article/11742
  2. Change, Yes; Evolution, No | Answers in Genesis: https://answersingenesis.org/natural-selection/change-yes-evolution-no/
  3. Junk DNA ideas have hindered progress in medical science – creation.com: https://creation.com/junk-dna-science-stopper
  4. I Don’t Have Enough Faith to be an Atheist podcast – “Life is like football”.  In this podcast, Dr. Frank Turek analyzes and responds to a podcast by Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rogers and his girlfriend Danica Patrick, where they briefly mention their views on Christianity and religion: https://subspla.sh/c58bg53
  5. Here’s the Key to Ongoing Deep Faith Conversations with Your Kids: http://christianmomthoughts.com/the-key-to-ongoing-deep-faith-conversations-with-your-kids/
  6. Yosemite Valley – Colossal Ice Carving | Answers in Genesis: https://answersingenesis.org/geology/catastrophism/yosemite-valley-colossal-ice-carving/
  7. Prophecies of Jesus Birth and Genealogy Christian Apologist: https://christian-apologist.com/2019/12/13/prophecies-of-jesus-birth-and-genealogy/
  8. 5 Questions Every Youth Leader and Parent Should be Ready to Answer: https://stevenkozak.com/2019/11/13/5-questions-every-youth-leader-and-parent-should-be-ready-to-answer/

“I tell you the truth, whoever hears my word and believes him who sent me has eternal life and will not be condemned; he has crossed over from death to life..” John 5:24

Blessings to you all

mid-week apologetics booster (1-2-2020)

Good morning friends,

Here is a random quote (of over 1400) from Nuggets:

Give me power to live as Thy child in all my actions, and to exercise sonship by conquering self. Preserve me from the intoxication that comes of prosperity; Sober me when I am glad with a joy that comes not from Thee. – Valley of Vision

To view more of these quotes, visit:

http://www.ps11911.com/nuggets?dest=quotes

Now, here are your weekly links:

  1. China to Rewrite Quran, Bible to Fit Socialist Values | Bishop’s Encyclopedia of Religion, Society and Philosophy: https://jamesbishopblog.com/2019/12/27/china-to-rewrite-quran-bible-to-fit-socialist-values/
  2. Gen Z is spiritually illiterate and abandoning church: How did we get here? | Kentucky Today: http://kentuckytoday.com/stories/gen-z-is-spiritually-illiterate-and-abandoning-the-church-how-did-we-get-here,23397
  3. The Use and Abuse of Christian Apologetics | Facts & Trends: https://factsandtrends.net/2019/11/06/the-use-and-abuse-of-christian-apologetics/
  4. The Prophecy of Isaiah was Clearly Fulfilled by Jesus Christ: https://thinkdivinely.com/the-prophecy-of-isaiah-was-clearly-fulfilled-by-jesus-christ/
  5. Stalin’s and Khrushchev’s Anti-Religious Campaigns Christian Apologist: https://christian-apologist.com/2017/08/03/stalins-and-khrushchevs-anti-religious-campaigns
  6. Fox’s ‘Family Guy’ Calls Religious Believers ‘Stupid People,’ ‘Idiots’: https://www.newsbusters.org/blogs/culture/elise-ehrhard/2019/11/03/family-guy-calls-religious-believers-idiots
  7. Stop Calling Neanderthals Not-Quite-Human Creatures! | Answers in Genesis: https://answersingenesis.org/human-evolution/stop-calling-neanderthals-not-quite-human-creatures/
  8. Communicating the truth of creation with grace – creation.com: https://creation.com/truth-grace
  9. The Plague of the Prosperity Gospel – Rob Lundberg’s Online Ministry Page: https://roblundbergapologetics.com/2019/12/30/the-plague-of-the-prosperity-gospel/
  10. How to Study Your Bible in 2020: https://www.thegospelcoalition.org/article/how-to-study-bible/
  11. What about those who have never heard the Gospel? | CARM.org: http://carm.org/what-about-those-who-have-never-heard-gospel
  12. Quick Shot: There is no such thing as sin: https://coldcasechristianity.com/writings/quick-shot-there-is-no-such-thing-as-sin/
  13. Sanctifying Our Hearts with Apologetics | The Institute for Creation Research: https://www.icr.org/article/11647/
  14. Humor – An Untapped Christian Apologetic – Christian Worldview: https://christianworldview.net/2018/09/05/humor/
  15. Pro-Trump & No-Trump Christians Can They Be United in 2020? – Shane Idleman: https://shaneidleman.com/2019/12/31/pro-trump-no-trump-christians-can-they-be-united-in-2020/
  16. How Do Christians Fit Into the Two-Party System? They Don’t – The New York Times: https://www.nytimes.com/2018/09/29/opinion/sunday/christians-politics-belief.html
  17. Ben Shapiro interview of Kirk Cameron: https://youtu.be/g62DeqCPOSI

The wicked desire the plunder of evil men, but the root of the righteous flourishes. Proverbs 12:12

Blessings to you all

mid-week apologetics booster (12-27-2018)

Good morning friends,

Here is a random quote (of over 750) from Nuggets:

The man of science is a poor philosopher. – Albert Einstein

To view more of these quotes, visit:

http://www.ps11911.com/nuggets?dest=quotes

Now, here are your weekly links:

  1. What Does the X in Xmas Mean?: https://www.ligonier.org/blog/why-is-x-used-when-it-replaces-christ-in-christmas/
  2. Collection of 50 Apologetics Illustrations | The Domain for Truth: https://veritasdomain.wordpress.com/2018/12/18/collection-of-50-apologetics-illustrations/
  3. The Spiritual and Moral Bankruptcy of Progressive Christianity | The Stream: https://stream.org/spiritual-moral-bankruptcy-progressive-christianity/
  4. Quick Challenge Answer: How Can We Trust the Bible If It Was Written By Men? How Can We Trust the Bible If It Was Written By Men?: http://tentmakingchristianity.com/how-can-we-trust-the-bible-if-it-was-written-by-men/
  5. The Top Ten Ways to Advance the Gospel at Holiday Dinners: https://crossexamined.org/the-top-ten-ways-to-advance-the-gospel-at-holiday-dinners/
  6. Christianity, Religious Disagreement, and Equal Weight Theory – Capturing Christianity: http://capturingchristianity.com/christianity-religious-disagreement-and-equal-weight-theory/
  7. Josephus on John the Baptist, Jesus, Scourging, Crucifixion, and James the Brother of Jesus Cyber Penance: https://cyberpenance.wordpress.com/2018/10/22/josephus-on-john-the-baptist-jesus-scourging-crucifixion-and-james-the-brother-of-jesus/
  8. The Founders And Public Religious Expressions – WallBuilders: https://wallbuilders.com/founders-public-religious-expressions/
  9. Constitution of Delaware; 1776 includes this requirement for any person holding public office: ” I, _______ do profess faith in God the Father, and in Jesus Christ His only Son, and in the Holy Ghost, one God, blessed for evermore; and I do acknowledge the holy scriptures of the Old and New Testament to be given by divine inspiration.: http://avalon.law.yale.edu/18th_century/de02.asp
  10. 5 Apologetics Questions Every Christian Should Learn How to Answer: Christmas Edition – Alisa Childers: https://www.alisachilders.com/blog/5-apologetics-questions-every-christian-should-learn-how-to-answer-christmas-edition
  11. If God Entered Human History, How Would We Know? – Sean McDowell: https://seanmcdowell.org/blog/if-god-entered-human-history-how-would-we-know
  12. Evangelical Christians and the Quandary of Politics | The Stream: https://stream.org/evangelical-christians-quandry-politics/
  13. 5 Questions to Ask a Non-Believer Adherent Apologetics: https://adherentapologetics.home.blog/2018/12/21/5-questions-to-ask-a-non-believer/
  14. Witnessing Tools Theologetics.org: https://theologetics.org/witnessing-tools/
  15. Why Science Does Not Disprove Miracles | Stand to Reason: https://www.str.org/blog/why-science-does-not-disprove-miracles#.XCI101xKiUl
  16. Gods Crime Scene for Kids Mystery Investigation Kit Giveaway | Worldview of Jesus: https://worldviewofjesus.com/2017/08/28/gods-crime-scene-for-kids-mystery-investigation-kit-giveaway/
  17. Rhetoric and CS Lewis Part 1 Faith & Self Defense: https://faithandselfdefense.com/2018/12/14/rhetoric-and-cs-lewis-part-1/
  18. How Christianity Changed The World Through Human Sanctification, Women’s rights, Slavery, and Science How to Religion: https://howtoreligion.wordpress.com/2016/09/25/how-christianity-changed-the-world-through-human-sanctification-womens-rights-slavery-and-science/
  19. How Does Christianity Differ from Other Religions on Homosexuality? – Christian Apologetics Alliance: http://christianapologeticsalliance.com/2018/05/15/how-does-christianity-differ-from-other-religions-on-homosexuality/
  20. Prophecy Fulfilled: 4 Prophecies that Jesus did that No One Else Could Have. Adherent Apologetics: https://adherentapologetics.home.blog/2018/12/25/prophecy-fulfilled-4-prophecies-that-jesus-did-that-no-one-else-could-have/
  21. Is It Intolerant to Claim Christianity Alone Is True? Reflections: https://reflectionsbyken.wordpress.com/2016/02/23/is-it-intolerant-to-claim-christianity-alone-is-true/
  22. The Importance Of The Bible – Dr. David Jeremiah – YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BBJnk28-T1w&feature=youtu.be

Have mercy on me, O God, have mercy on me, for in you my soul takes refuge. I will take refuge in the shadow of your wings until the disaster has passed. Psalms 57:1

Blessings to you all

mid-week apologetics booster (6-14-2018)

Good morning friends,

Here are your weekly links:

  1. 10 Predictive Prophecies Fulfilled in Jesus – Sean McDowell: http://seanmcdowell.org/blog/10-predictive-prophecies-fulfilled-in-jesus
  2. Debunking 4 Myths About Religious Freedom: https://www.thegospelcoalition.org/article/debunking-4-myths-about-religious-freedom/
  3. How Should a Christian View Israel? Part One THINKAPOLOGETICS.COM: https://chab123.wordpress.com/2018/06/01/how-should-a-christian-view-israel-part-one/
  4. James Warner Wallace on Is Your Transformational Religious Experience Evidence Enough? THINKAPOLOGETICS.COM: https://chab123.wordpress.com/2018/06/10/james-warner-wallace-on-is-your-transformational-religious-experience-evidence-enough/
  5. The Difference Between Speaking the Gospel and Sharing the Gospel | Cold Case Christianity: http://coldcasechristianity.com/2017/the-difference-between-speaking-the-gospel-and-sharing-the-gospel/
  6. Why Suicide Rates May Rise as Christianity Wanes – J. Warner Wallace: https://townhall.com/columnists/jwarnerwallace/2018/06/12/why-suicide-rates-may-rise-as-christianity-wanes-n2489946
  7. Five Best Scientific Evidences for the God of the Bible: https://www.reasons.org/explore/blogs/todays-new-reason-to-believe/read/todays-new-reason-to-believe/2018/06/04/five-best-scientific-evidences-for-the-god-of-the-bible?
  8. If You Want to Share Your Faith Effectively, Do This First – A Clear Lens: https://clearlens.org/want-share-faith-effectively-first/
  9. The origin of life cannot be explained as the result of natural processes.: http://godevidence.com/2017/09/origin-of-life/
  10. Seven Tips for Pastors on Facebook – Rainer on Leadership #439: https://thomrainer.com/2018/06/seven-tips-pastors-facebook/
  11. Engineered Adaptability: Adaptability via Nature or Design? What Evolutionists Say: http://www.icr.org/article/engineered-adaptability-adaptability

But godliness with contentment is great gain. For we brought nothing into the world, and we can take nothing out of it. But if we have food and clothing, we will be content with that. People who want to get rich fall into temptation and a trap and into many foolish and harmful desires that plunge men into ruin and destruction. For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil. Some people, eager for money, have wandered from the faith and pierced themselves with many griefs. 1 Timothy 6:6-10

Blessings to you all

Apologetics Class 3/25/2018

Yesterday in my apologetics class, with it being Palm Sunday, we watched a video lecture on the triumphal entry of Jesus into Jerusalem and the Old Testament prophecy He fulfilled in doing that.  Here is the video:

 

Here is the note-taking form I passed out before the video, with discussion questions we covered afterward:

Daniel’s Prophecy of Palm Sunday (Andrew Russell) 3/25/2018

John 12:12-19; Daniel 9:24-27 (the “backbone” of biblical prophecy)

  1. Jesus’ tr____________ e_________ is mentioned in all 4 gospels – John’s account is the briefest.
  2. John 11:35 – Lazarus died – Jesus wept about this because:
    1. He was filled with grace, mercy and compassion – grieving for those who were hurting.
    2. Because of what sin has done to mankind and what He was going to do about it.
  3. The original creation was perfect: __________________________________________________
    ______________________________________________________________________________
  4. The fall of man occurred in an instant. World is now g_________________ (Romans 8:22)
  5. God had a plan to r___________________ mankind which would take thousands of years.
  6. “The time has come” (Mark 1:15) – all history has been moving towards this moment.
  7. Christ makes it clear that the kingdom is not p_______________, but is within you (Luke 17:21).
  8. 2 things capture the “heart” of this thronged assembly:
    1. Christ has won the v_______________ – His will has been done.
    2. The wedding feast of the Lamb – we’re not just invited to wedding, we’re the b_______!
  9. The proclamation of the good news (Mark 1:15) includes a call to r__________________. Radical change in heart, resulting in a radical change in a person’s l___________.
  10. The coming of the King is the best news. Change is possible because the King has come.
  11. What to do when another believer acts in a discouraging or sinful way:
    1. Don’t allow a person/relationship to d__________ you from your relationship with God.
    2. Forgive them and refuse to harbor any r____________________ towards them
    3. Draw comfort from the H__________ S________________.
  12. We don’t offer people a “system”, we point them to the R________________. He is the hope!
  13. During Passover in Jesus’ time, there were 250,000 lambs slain in Jerusalem. During this time, the population swelled to about 2 million people in (not even) a square m___________.
  14. The 1st promise of Messiah was Genesis 3:15. Israel’s job was to w___________ for the Messiah
  15. God told the Jews that the Messiah would be:
    1. A J______ from the tribe of Judah
    2. From the lineage of King D___________
    3. Born of a v______________, conceived by the Holy Spirit
    4. A worker of s__________, wonders & miracles (sight to the blind, hearing for deaf, etc.)
    5. D______________ would be no match for Him
    6. Bring f________________ of sins and salvation to the world
  16. The above description narrows down the field of possible candidates for Messiah.
  17. God actually predicted the e__________ d______ that the Messiah would make Himself known.
  18. Zachariah 9:9 predicted that he would come on a donkey’s colt.
  19. Daniel 9 is the most i______________ piece of prophecy in the entire Old Testament
  20. Jesus says this is the key – Bible scholars say this is the b________________ of biblical prophecy.
  21. Daniel 9:24-27 – the “70 W___________ of Daniel” (given by angel Gabriel [v.21])
  22. This prophecy is talking about J__________ C___________ – the Messiah:
    1. To make an end for s________
    2. To make reconciliation for i_________________
    3. To bring everlasting r_________________
    4. To seal up the vision and the prophecy
    5. To a_______________ the most holy
  23. These 70 weeks refer to 70 “weeks” (7’s) of years – 70 weeks of years = _______ years
  24. God wanted Israel to know the exact day that the Messiah would come – wasn’t a mystery
  25. 69 weeks (_______ years) after this decree to restore/rebuild Jerusalem, the Messiah will come.
  26. From a book called “The Coming Prince” by Sir Robert Anderson
  27. Jewish calendar has 360 days in it (vs. 365 days in Gregorian calendar), so 173,880 days after the decree was the time the Messiah would come.
  28. The decree was given to restore/rebuild Jerusalem was given in Neh. 2:1-8 (March 14,444BC)
  29. 173,880 days later is April 6th, 32 A.D., which was P_____ S_________ (5 days before Passover)
  30. There are 116 days for leap years that have to be subtracted. So considering the leap year days, the prophecy is fulfilled exactly.
  31. In Daniel 9:26, there are 3 specific prophecies:
    1. The Messiah will be “c__________ o_________” (executed) for us
    2. The people of the prince – Rome to destroy the city of Jerusalem and the Temple (70AD)
    3. Jews s___________ to the 4 corners of the earth (until 1948, when Israel is established)
  32. The 70th week (Daniel 9:27). The gap of time between the 69th week and the 70th week is what is known as “The Church Age”. This will end with the r______ of the church before the tribulation.
  33. The 70th week of Daniel is the great t______________ – the start is the coming of the anti-Christ
  34. Israel, who rejected the t_____ Messiah, will buy in whole-heartedly to this f________ Messiah.
  35. The world will be “great” for 3½ years at which time the anti-Christ will stand up and proclaim himself to be G_____ and that is the abomination that Jesus was talking about (Matthew 24:15)
  36. After that, all hell breaks loose on earth which is described the judgments in Revelation.
  37. Picking up the palm branches is a symbol of victory. H______ means “save now” / “please save”
  38. Maccabean revolt – after Judas Maccabees defeated Greeks, they were waving palm branches
  39. The people were not looking for s______ deliverance, they were looking for political deliverance
  40. Jesus wept over the city – “…You did not know the time of your v______________” (Luke 19:44)
  41. Jesus says because they missed the day, there would be b__________. (Luke 19:42; Rom. 11:25)
  42. There is a day of visitation for each & every one of us – 2 options, a_______ or r_________
  43. “Today, if you will hear His voice, do not h______________ your hearts…” Hebrews 3:15
  44. He becomes Lord of all your life (your schedule). End times – are we ready for Him?

Discussion Questions

  1. In what way is Daniel’s prophecy (and Jesus’ fulfillment of it) evidence that the Bible is divinely inspired?
  2. What are some other important Old Testament prophecies of Messiah?
  3. What are your views about the rapture and end times? On what Scripture do you base these views?