Joel Richardson

The primary purpose of this article is to catalogue a partial list of historians, Bible scholars, commentators, and teachers, both Jewish and Christian, whose interpretations of “Gog of Magog” of Ezekiel 38-39 support the view that Gog is one and the same with the Antichrist / Beast of the New Testament. We will also identify the scholars who identify Gog and his hordes as coming from the region of modern day Turkey or the Turkish border in Syria, as opposed to modern day Russia. In this survey, it will become apparent that the widely popular modern view of Gog as an eschatological character distinct from the Antichrist, who comes from Russia, is largely a modern novelty, representing a significant minority position within Church history.

Joel Richardson WND

In early October, when a single mortar shell launched from Syria missed its target and reached Turkey’s borders, Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan, was enraged.

In referring to the mere possibility of an attack launched from within Syria, Erdogan declared, “If there is a terror operation, if an irritant, emerges, then intervention would be our most natural right.”

A guest post from my friend Robert Sievers. Robert's blog is Unraveling Islam

The more I investigate Islam, the more spiritual reversals come leaping to the forefront. Sometimes these theological inversions are incredibly profound, and teaching me something new about Christ I had not seen before. Sometimes they teach me something about myself.

Joel Richardson

Among the many controversial and highly debated portions of Scripture, Matthew 24, most often referred to as “The Olivet Discourse,” or alternately, "The Olivet Prophecy," is certainly close to the top of the list. The debate primarily swirls around the timing of the fulfillment of the prophecy. What time period was Jesus referring to? Preterist interpreters argue that the entirety of this prophecy was fulfilled in the events that surrounded the destruction of Jerusalem and the Jewish Temple in 70 A.D. Many Futurists, myself included, believe that Jesus was speaking here entirely of the last days. Many other commentators however, take a rather nebulous, confused or mixed view, seeing portions of the prophecy as speaking of the events of 70 A.D., other portions speaking of the last days, and other portions applying to all of history. C.A. Carson for instance, a brilliant scholar by any standard, outlines the passage as follows:

Announcing the Kansas City Prophetical School. KCPS exists as a series of open meetings and convocations with the purpose of exalting Jesus Christ and mining precious truths from the Word of God concerning the critical issues of our time. We are especially focused on equipping...

One of my favorite portions of Scripture to study the past couple of years has been The Book of Daniel. To this end, I've acquired a substantial library of commentaries on Daniel. For my fellow bibliophiles, I snapped a pic and inserted it at bottom of this post. So recently, I acquired a copy of a commentary by Uriah Smith. Smith died in 1903, but this particular edition of his commentary was published in the 1950's. It is filled with various pictures classically definitive of the period, some of which I thought would be fun to share here. The pictures below were featured in Smith's commentary to highlight (according to the editors) the modern day fulfillment of Daniel 12:4. To preface, Daniel 12:4 is a verse that is very commonly misunderstood and misinterpreted. From the KJV, it reads as follows:

Joel Richardson

The purpose of this paper is to discuss a common exegetical error made in the interpretation and identification of the peoples and places mentioned within various Biblical prophecies. While this error is common in the interpretation of many Biblical prophecies, it is most pronounced in the popular exegesis of Ezekiel 38 & 39. The problem, as we will discuss below, is the use an improper or inconsistent method of interpretation. Let us begin by identifying the two methods of interpretation most commonly employed by conservative evangelical, futurist exegetes.

Joel Richardson WND Note: Some of the following commentary has understandably offended some folks, including Christians, because of its "tone". While the primary underlying message of the article is entirely serious, please recognize that some portions were intended to be playfully over-the-top in their politically charged rhetoric. These comments should not be taken too seriously. Recognizing that my perhaps unique sense of humor is not always recognized as such, I will make every effort in the future to refrain from making comments that could easily be misunderstood.

In light of President Obama’s re-election, it is essential to briefly detail some of the reasons why Christians should rise above the depression and hopelessness that has gripped so many American conservatives.

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