The 24 elders in Revelation are 24 angels that offer incense for the Holy Ones which are saints or as we would call them Christians. They mirror the 24 courses of the Levite priesthood created by King David in 1 Chronicles 24:1-19. Using the correct Greek grammar we realise that elders cannot be human.
I have tried to be fair in this short article, attempting to avoid over-reaching the facts or drawing unwarranted conclusions. Yet, the evidence points to an inescapable conclusion. The pretribulation rapture view did not grow out of a diligent study of the Scriptures, or revival of early Christian doctrines. Rather, it was birthed from the womb of charismatic excesses, and developed by a preacher known for his heretical views of the person of Christ. Interestingly, Irving’s heresy was precisely the same heresy as many modern self-appointed prophets – that Jesus was a proto-type “Christian,” possessing a fallen sinful nature, and able to live godly only by the power of the indwelling Spirit. While Irving himself was already developing dispensationalist ideas in 1825, his pretribulationism was not the direct outgrowth of the implications of his dispensational leanings. Rather, the secret rapture of the wise virgins first appeared in the visions of Margaret MacDonald, followed by the prophecies among Irving’s congregation.
Copyright © Tim Warner 4windsfellowships.net The strength and primary feature of Progressive Dispensationalism is its ability to explain the overall purpose of God for mankind in a single unified plan. God's plan to redeem mankind flows through a series of progressive dispensations. The nation of Israel was chosen by God as a conduit to reveal … Continue reading Israel’s Role In God’s Redemptive Plan
Copyright © Tim Warner http://www.4windsfellowships.net Where did the idea of an eternity in heaven come from? Certainly not from Judaism, from which Christianity sprang! There is no such concept in the Old Testament. As we saw in the article, (The Kingdom in the Gospels), it definitely did not come from Jesus' teaching, and therefore could … Continue reading Origins of the Heavenly Destiny – Not The Bible
Copyright © Tim Warner “Paul himself also — after that the Lord spoke to him out of heaven, and showed him that, in persecuting His disciples, he persecuted his own Lord, and sent Ananias to him that he might recover his sight, and be baptized — ‘preached,’ it is said, ‘Jesus in the synagogues at … Continue reading Paul & the Mystery
Copyright © Tim Warner The "commandments of God" in Scripture have been a source of much confusion among Christians. Some claim that only Paul's teaching applies to us directly. Some claim that all "New Testament" commandments are for us. Others say some Old Testament commandments apply also. Others say all of the commands in Scripture … Continue reading Which Commandments do We Keep?
Jesus used parables during His ministry to cover important truths. One of those truths was about the Kingdom of God that He would lead. The Wheat and Tares parable is the one of the Kingdom parables and has the most details and covers Jesus second coming. THE WHEAT AND TARES Matthew 13:24-3024 Another parable He … Continue reading The Wheat and Tares Parable Speaks of 1 Rapture
Copyright © Tim Warner http://www.4windsfellowships.net Jesus & the Church in Psalm 22 The Greek word translated "Church" in the Bible is "ekklesia." It means "a called out assembly." It is found 112 times in the Greek New Testament. In all 112 cases, except Matthew 16:18, Acts 7:38, 1 Corinthians 10:32, Ephesians 1:22, Ephesians 3:10, Ephesians … Continue reading The Church in the Old Testament
Copyright © Tim Warner The Nature and Purpose of Parables The Gospels contain several Kingdom parables. But, before we address the meanings of these parables, we need to first look at parables in general. Matthew 13:34-3534 All these things Jesus spoke to the multitude in parables; and without a parable He did not speak to … Continue reading The Kingdom Hope in the Parables of Jesus
Copyright © Tim Warner The Kingdom in the Birth Narratives The first event featured in the New Testament was the birth of Jesus Christ. Interwoven into the birth narratives, in Matthew and Luke, references to Christ's coming Kingdom abound. There is more emphasis on the fact that Jesus, as the Messiah, would rule as King, … Continue reading The Coming Kingdom in the Gospels