Prophecy in the Church Today [Thursday Theology Video]

This video is now almost a couple of years old, but a repost is worthwhile. It is from the 2010 EMA and is a discussion on prophecy in the local church between Ian Hamilton (Cambridge Presbyterian Church) and Wayne Grudem (Phoenix Seminary, Arizona). Not only is the topic worthy of some discussion, but I think the whole thing is conducted in a strong positive spirit; which is just how it should be.

Prophecy in the Church >>>

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Living Hope for the End of Days, Barnett

John Barnett’s ministry Discover the Book is a wonderful and expansive resource for the church and the MP3 revolution.  The website contains hundreds of John’s sermons and study series that he’s preached over the years at Tulsa Bible Church in Oklahoma.  All the downloads are free. Barnett is a gifted and godly expositor of God’s Word. 

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Living Hope for the End of Days is a 52 message journey through the book of Revelation, and a companion book has been published as a one year devotional.  It’s a series that Barnett says is the result of a lifetime of study through Revelation.

I have not listened to all the messages in this series, as of yet, but I have been blessed by what few I have. There is also a large companion book divided into a year-long daily devotional based on the same material, which is also an excellent resource which I highly recommend. This is a richly rewarding series that will help you see Christ exalted throughout the book of Revelation. 

Living Hope for the End of Days series >>>

S. Lewis Johnson Eschatology studies

John MacArthur’s recent Shepherd’s conference message has spawned a great deal of controversy in reformed circles. His message ‘Why Every Self-Respecting Calvinist is a Premillennialist’ has easily been the most discussed conference session this year. On this blog it is the most visited and commented post, though I don’t post debates on this site. In light of the interest in this subject, here are a series of sermons I think may be helpful for those wrestling with the premillennial position.

S. Lewis Johnson provides an intelligent and thorough series on premillennial eschatology in 37 messages. He begins the series with 5 messages examining the amillennial, postmillennial and premillennial perspectives. The next 14 messages examine the Biblical covenants in great expositional detail. The remaining 16 messages detail the Second Coming, the Tribulation, the Kingdom age, and the Final Judgment. S. Lewis Johnson is well known for his careful exegetical handling of the Word of God.

S. Lewis Johnson’s series on Eschatology at Believers’ Chapel>>>

Doctrine of Last Things, by D. A. Carson

D. A. Carson is one of my favorite theologians.  He nails the tough issues and is accessible to the non-academic scholar (unless, of course,  you’re reading ‘Justification and Varigated Nomism’).  Here he examines eschatology in a broad sweep of key points in Revelation.

The Doctrine of Last Things – Part 1
Vision of A Transcendant God (Revelation 4)

The Doctrine of Last Things – Part 2
Vision of A Redeeming God (Revelation 5)

The Doctrine of Last Things – Part 3
Rage, Rage Against the Church (Revelation 12)

The Doctrine of Last Things – Part 4
AntiChrist and the False Prophet (Revelation 13)

The Doctrine of Last Things – Part 5
Triumph of the Lamb – All Hail the Lamb (Revelation 21)

S. Lewis Johnson on the Millennium

In his series on Eschatology, S. Lewis Johnson analysizes and explains the variety of perspectives on the Millennium.  If you’ve never had a clear understanding of the differences between premillennial, amillennial and post millennial views, these sermons will help you gain clarity.

Systems of Eschatology: The Post millennial System
Systems of Eschatology: The Amillennial System I
Systems of Eschatology: The Amillennial System II
The Biblical Analysis of Amillennialism
The Premillennial System
The Second Coming of Jesus Christ

MacArthur: Why Every Self-Respecting Calvinist is a Premillennialist

John MacArthur’s first message at the Shepherds’ Conference set off shock waves throughout the reformed evangelical church by upholding Premillennialism as being the only consistent position for any person who holds to the doctrine of sovereign electing grace. He even went so far as to say that the Amillennial position is more consistent with Arminianism than it is with Calvinism. Before you criticize him, or allow some blogs to sway your opinion, listen to his message before leveling or expressing judgment. There are a great deal of important issues raised for the Amill camp to consider, and they are very relevant in spite of what many bloggers are saying.

In the spirit of MacArthur’s intent, to cause the church to re-examine it’s eschatology, I will be posting links to audio messages that may be of help to the Berean believer who desires to exam these things to see if they are so.

First, listen to MacArthur’s message for yourself. MacArthur also answers questions at the very beginning of the Q&A (General Session #5). So purchase General Sessions #1 and #5.

2007 Shepherds Conference>>>

Pulpit Magazine is currently doing a series answering key objections in End Times Q&A here>>>

MacArthur also delved significantly into this topic at the 2005 Shepherd’s Conference Q&A session, General Session 10.

I have also made 2 previous posts in light of MacArthur’s message:

Arnold Fruchtenbaum on Prophecy as it Relates to Israel, the Second Coming and the Arab States

Dwight Pentecost on Premillenial Prophecy

Dwight Pentecost on Premillennial Prophecy

In the ringing echo of John MacArthur’s Shepherds’ Conference message ‘Why Every Self-Respecting Calvinist is a Premillennialist’, I offer some thoughful MP3 sermons for further reflection (to get the MacArthur message you must register and select 2007 audio, Shepherds Conference General Session #1).

Dwight Pentecost has writtten a significant book on eschatology from the premillenial perspective, ‘Things to Come.‘ Pentecost preached a series of sermons called ‘The Week of Meetings’ about eschatology. Pentecost is a very articulate and knowledgable pre-millennialist and you will find these messages very informative.

Week Of Meetings-01 Next Event In The Prophetic Program
Week Of Meetings-02 Why Study Prophecy
Week Of Meetings-03 Will The Church Go Thru The Tribulation
Week Of Meetings-04 God’s Picture Of The Great Tribulation
Week Of Meetings-05 John Reviews The Great Tribulation
Week Of Meetings-06 The Old Roman Empire Coming To Life
Week Of Meetings-07 Armageddon-Who When Where
Week Of Meetings-08 Rome-Religion-And The Second Advent

Arnold Fruchtenbaum on Prophecy as it relates of Israel, the Second Coming, and the Arab States

Arnold Fruchtenbaum is a Jewish Christian who has written many theological books from an informed Jewish perspective, particularly focusing on prophecy.  He has written the meaty books ‘Israelology: The Missing Link in Systematic Theology’ , ‘ The Footsteps of the Messiah: A Study in the Sequence of Prophetic Events,’ and ‘Messianic Christology’.  In case you haven’t figured it out from the book titles, Fruchtenbaum is premil.

These audio messages were delivered by Fruchtenbaum in English, but translated into German in tandem, which gets old quick. But the material is worth the attention you must give to it.

The Modern State of Israel in Bible Prophecy
The Basis of the Second Coming of Jesus Christ
The Arab States in Prophecy 01
The Arab States in Prophecy 02
Remaining 8 messages of ‘The Arab States in Prophecy ‘ can be found here>>>