This purpose of the website is to comment on the book of Revelation, but many of the articles are about Daniel because Revelation is based on Daniel. However, a sound understanding of basic theology is also required to interpret Revelation. Therefore the latest article study Paul’s letters.
The table below lists the available articles. Some of the articles have been summarized. Word copies of some of the articles are available.
THE BOOK OF DANIEL
Is Daniel a fraud?
Daniel claims to have been written in the sixth century BC, but critics believe Daniel was written after the events it “predicts”. What evidence do we have for when was Daniel written and to accept the book as a divinely inspired miracle of God?
Daniel’s evil horn—Greek or Roman?
Critics identify the evil king in Daniel as the Greek king Antiochus IV. This article is an overview of the prophecies of Daniel and proposes that that evil king arises after Rome has become the dominant power.
Antiochus and Daniel’s Evil King
There are many similarities between Antiochus and Daniel’s evil king, but there are also many major differences. Antiochus IV by no means exhausts the passage. Antiochus IV is not the complete fulfillment of Daniel’s predicted evil king.
Daniel 9: Seventy Weeks have been decreed for your people and your holy city – Evaluation of the four major interpretations of Daniel 9:
Nehemiah – summary of book – This book is important for the interpretation of Daniel 9.
The dispensational interpretation of Daniel 9:
Detailed analysis of Daniel 9 to identify the “he” of verse 27 and the timing of the final seven years during which he acts:
PAUL’S LETTER TO THE ROMANS
Romans: Table of Contents – This contains more than the articles listed below.
Romans 1 – Verse by Verse:
“Unrighteous” man explains “live by faith”. God reveals “His invisible attributes”, but this man rejects God. God then gives the man over to impurity.
Romans 2 – Verse by Verse:
Romans 2 warns Jewish Christians that they will not be justified by the Law. It announces judgment of deeds, but that is justification by faith.
Romans 3:1-8: The faithfulness of God
Romans 3:1-8 deals with the same topic as Romans 9 and 11, namely the causes and consequences of Israel’s rejection of Christ.
Romans 9–11; The Chosen Nation – An independent and original interpretation of Romans 9 – 11 to identify the Israel of prophecy:
- Israel in Romans 9 to 11
- All Israel will be saved – This is a shortened version of the article on Israel in Romans 9 – 11. While the main article more or less sequentially works through Romans 9 – 11, this article discusses these chapters thematically.
Election in Romans 9 – 11: – Romans 9-11 contain many strong election statements, but this is election to a mission, not to salvation, as is confirmed by the Jacob-example and other.
THE EARLY CHURCH
The Jerusalem Phase (Acts 1 to 5) starts with Christ’s resurrection. Over the following 2 to 4 years the church grew exponentially, but the church was limited to Jerusalem only and consisted of Jews and proselytes only, all observing the Law of Moses.
The Judea and Samaria Phase (Acts 6 to 9) starts with the persecution of the church which forced the believers out of Jerusalem to other cities in Judea and Samaria. For the next about 5 or 6 years the church grew in Judea and Samaria, but still observed the Law of Moses.
The Gentile Dispute Phase starts when the first Gentiles were allowed to join the church, about seven to ten years after the Cross, but a dispute arose whether these Gentiles must still be circumcised and observe the Law of Moses.
The Separation Phase starts with the Jerusalem Council in Acts 15, nearly 20 years after the Cross, where it was decided that Gentile Christians do not have to observe the Law of Moses. This decision created separation between Gentile and Jewish Christians because the Jewish Christians continued to observe the Law of Moses.
The Early Church history has many Theological Implications, for instance with respect to the unity of Jewish and Gentile Christians, the Law of Moses, Justification by the works of the Law and the Seventh Day Sabbath.
A page is also available with estimated dates for significant events in the history of the early church.
THE BOOK OF REVELATION
Does Revelation describe a sequential list of chronological events? – Many people believe that Revelation it is a chronological record of events from start to finish. Revelation explains some things repeatedly, and sometimes even reverses the order of events. Article in Word
The seven seals – What book does He open? What are the seals of the book? Who are the 144000? What is the great tribulation? Who is the innumerable multitude? Article in Word
Prior reading advised: Israel in Romans 9 to 11
Does the seventh seal include the trumpets? – The trumpets have their own introduction, a theme different from the seals and focus on a different people. The seals and trumpets end with the consummation.
The Seven Headed Beasts – Prior reading advised is Daniel’s evil horn–Greek or Roman?
- The Beasts with Seven Heads – Revelation has three beasts with 7 heads and 10 horns—the Dragon, Sea Beast and Scarlet Beast on which the harlot sits. What are these beasts? Article in Word
- The Seven Heads of the Beast – The heads are limited to Daniel’s four beasts and 11th horn, but the 11th horn has three phases, and the wound-period is the sixth head. Article in Word
The plagues – Prior reading advised is “The Seven Headed Beasts” and “Babylon”.
- First four plagues – All people divide into two groups; the larger group persecutes the smaller. The plagues only affect the larger group. How do they react? Do they repent?
- The Fifth Plague – The fifth plague destroys the Beast’s right to rule. What gives the Beast its right to rule, and how is this destroyed?
- The Sixth Plague – Euphrates dried up. The way for the kings from the east is prepared. Demons perform miracles to gather the kings for war at Armageddon.
- The Seventh Plague – Voices, thunder, lightning, an earth-shattering earthquake splitting Babylon into three and massive hail, but still people blaspheme God. Literal or symbolic?
- The Purpose of the Plagues – Nobody is saved during plagues. Why then does God torment with plagues? Why has God not made an end to sin a long time ago?
The Woman and the Beast
- Babylon, the mother of harlots – Who is Babylon? She exists for all human history, corrupts the people and reigns over the kings, but also destroyed by the kings.
Christmas: Its Meaning and Origin:
God’s willingness to become a human being reveals much about Him, but 25 December was derived from the pagan feast of the birthday of the Invincible Sun.
Life and Death in Paul’s Letters
Paul never wrote of eternal punishment for sinners. He consistently warns that sinners will die.