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The Study of the Scriptures - Session 9: Wednesday, 27 MAY 2015 at Faith Baptist Fellowship Church, Lake Ariel, PA

The Study of the Scriptures
Session 9, Wednesday 27 MAY 2015
Faith Baptist Fellowship Church
Lake Ariel, PA

Note: There was no audio recording of this session.

Review Sessions 1-8[1]

The Means God Uses: The Scriptures, the Holy Spirit, and the Church

“Search the scriptures; for in them ye think ye have eternal life: and they are they which testify of me.” (John 5:39)

1. Placing trust in God: The ability of God and the sufficiency of the Scriptures — Coming to the Scriptures with Faith

2. Putting man in his place: The inability of fallen man and an understanding of the responses of the creature to the revelation of God — Coming to the Scriptures with Humility

3. The Unity of the Word of God: the First, Progressive, and Full Mention Principles of Interpretation — Coming to the Scriptures with Hope

4. The Diversity of the Contexts within the Canon of Scripture — Coming to the Scriptures with Respect

5. The Humiliation of Incarnational Hermeneutics — Coming to the Scriptures with Caution

6. Putting the Scriptures in their Place: The Historical Perspective in Bible Study — Coming to the Scriptures with Perspective

7. Familiarity Breeds Contempt - Coming to the Scriptures without Presumption

8. Texts and Translations - Coming to the Scriptures with Thanksgiving

What parts of the Bible are the most difficult to understand? What books of the Bible are the hardest to decipher? What type of literature in the Bible is the focus of the most disagreements among Bible students? Why is that? What is (are) our problem(s)? What characterizes these books/portions? Is that the totality of what we find there? Is a different hermeneutic in play?

Review from Session 5 (25 MAR 2015),  The Humiliation of Incarnational Hermeneutics — Coming to the Scriptures with Caution:

1. Historical canons within the Canon: The Humiliation of Incarnational Hermeneutics — A Lesson to be Learned, and an Error to be Avoided

2) “canon within the Canon” exemplified

Are we given examples in the Scriptures of where others went wrong in their understanding of God’s Word, or the lack of understanding?

What we can learn from those examples?

In the Gospels we learn of the first century disciples of Christ repeatedly failing to understand that Two Advents were prophesied, specifically the Humiliation preceding the Exaltation of the Lord Jesus Christ, e.g., as seen especially in the presentation of the Suffering Servant in Isaiah.

Luke 4:14-29 (citing Isaiah 61:1-2a)

Did anybody get it? Are there any exceptions to this misunderstanding?
What about the wise men and the shepherds at Bethlehem, or Simeon and Anna in Jerusalem?  — They recognized the reality of the incarnation at his Birth. However, this does not necessarily carry with it an understanding that the crucifixion was the purpose of this incarnation.

Satan and demons! — They had no doubt who He was, and what He intended. They acknowledged Him for who He was in fact, and Satan attempted to prevent Him from following through with His intent.

In the meantime His followers at times acknowledged Him as the Messiah, and as sent by God, but never understand or acknowledged prior to the crucifixion that this event could possibly be His goal. Rather, they denied it, at times even vehemently and violently. A hermeneutical error that had been rooted in centuries of Bible study had brought them to this conclusion concerning the First Advent, with the consequent inability to process the clear teaching of Christ about it, and the distinction between the two Advents.

What is involved here? Unfulfilled prophecy! The fulfillment of unfulfilled prophecy! Eschatology!

Here is where we need to be very careful, and very humble, so that we are not guilty of missing the teachings of the Scriptures just as they did!

I. Abraham and the Land Promise:

1. Genesis 12:1, 7

1 Now the LORD had said unto Abram, Get thee out of thy country, and from thy kindred, and from thy father's house, unto a land that I will shew thee:

7 And the LORD appeared unto Abram, and said, Unto thy seed will I give this land: and there builded he an altar unto the LORD, who appeared unto him.

2. Genesis 13:14-17

14 And the LORD said unto Abram, after that Lot was separated from him, Lift up now thine eyes, and look from the place where thou art northward, and southward, and eastward, and westward: 15 For all the land which thou seest, to thee will I give it, and to thy seed for ever.
16 And I will make thy seed as the dust of the earth: so that if a man can number the dust of the earth, then shall thy seed also be numbered. 17 Arise, walk through the land in the length of it and in the breadth of it; for I will give it unto thee.

3. Genesis 15:7, 18-21

7 And he said unto him, I am the LORD that brought thee out of Ur of the Chaldees, to give thee this land to inherit it.

18 In the same day the LORD made a covenant with Abram, saying, Unto thy seed have I given this land, from the river of Egypt unto the great river, the river Euphrates: 19 The Kenites, and the Kenizzites, and the Kadmonites, 20 And the Hittites, and the Perizzites, and the Rephaims, 21 And the Amorites, and the Canaanites, and the Girgashites, and the Jebusites.

4. Genesis 17:7-8

7 And I will establish my covenant between me and thee and thy seed after thee in their generations for an everlasting covenant, to be a God unto thee, and to thy seed after thee. 8 And I will give unto thee, and to thy seed after thee, the land wherein thou art a stranger, all the land of Canaan, for an everlasting possession; and I will be their God.

5. Genesis 24:7

The LORD God of heaven, which took me from my father's house, and from the land of my kindred, and which spake unto me, and that sware unto me, saying, Unto thy seed will I give this land; he shall send his angel before thee, and thou shalt take a wife unto my son from thence.

6. Abraham and Hebrews 11:8-16 - Does this negate the Land Promise?

8 By faith Abraham, when he was called to go out into a place which he should after receive for an inheritance, obeyed; and he went out, not knowing whither he went. 9 By faith he sojourned in the land of promise, as in a strange country, dwelling in tabernacles with Isaac and Jacob, the heirs with him of the same promise: 10 For he looked for a city which hath foundations, whose builder and maker is God. 11 Through faith also Sara herself received strength to conceive seed, and was delivered of a child when she was past age, because she judged him faithful who had promised. 12 Therefore sprang there even of one, and him as good as dead, so many as the stars of the sky in multitude, and as the sand which is by the sea shore innumerable. 13 These all died in faith, not having received the promises, but having seen them afar off, and were persuaded of them, and embraced them, and confessed that they were strangers and pilgrims on the earth. 14 For they that say such things declare plainly that they seek a country. 15 And truly, if they had been mindful of that country from whence they came out, they might have had opportunity to have returned. 16 But now they desire a better country, that is, an heavenly: wherefore God is not ashamed to be called their God: for he hath prepared for them a city.

7. Abraham and the “Lord’s” Prayer (Matthew 6:9-13) - Could he pray this prayer?

9 After this manner therefore pray ye: Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. 10 Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven. 11 Give us this day our daily bread. 12 And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors. 13 And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen.

8. Abraham and the New Heavens and the New Earth (Revelation 21:1) - Would he have a problem with this reality?

And I saw a new heaven and a new earth: for the first heaven and the first earth were passed away; and there was no more sea.

II. Daniel and the “70 Weeks” Decreed on Israel and Jerusalem:

1. Daniel 9:24-27

24 Seventy weeks are determined upon thy people and upon thy holy city, to finish the transgression, and to make an end of sins, and to make reconciliation for iniquity, and to bring in everlasting righteousness, and to seal up the vision and prophecy, and to anoint the most Holy. 25 Know therefore and understand, that from the going forth of the commandment to restore and to build Jerusalem unto the Messiah the Prince shall be seven weeks, and threescore and two weeks: the street shall be built again, and the wall, even in troublous times. 26 And after threescore and two weeks shall Messiah be cut off, but not for himself: and the people of the prince that shall come shall destroy the city and the sanctuary; and the end thereof shall be with a flood, and unto the end of the war desolations are determined. 27 And he shall confirm the covenant with many for one week: and in the midst of the week he shall cause the sacrifice and the oblation to cease, and for the overspreading of abominations he shall make it desolate, even until the consummation, and that determined shall be poured upon the desolate.

2. Daniel 9:1-2

1 In the first year of Darius the son of Ahasuerus, of the seed of the Medes, which was made king over the realm of the Chaldeans; 2 In the first year of his reign I Daniel understood by books the number of the years, whereof the word of the LORD came to Jeremiah the prophet, that he would accomplish seventy years in the desolations of Jerusalem.

3. Revelation 3:10 - The Church kept from the hour, a future time period of universal tribulation

Because thou hast kept the word of my patience, I also will keep thee from the hour of temptation, which shall come upon all the world, to try them that dwell upon the earth.

A grammatical diagram of this verse will demonstrate easily that the object of the preposition “from” is not “temptation,” but “hour”. The promise to the Church is it will be kept from the time period defined as universal tribulation when multiple prophecies including those involving Daniel’s 70th week will be fulfilled. The promise is not that the Church will be kept through the time period but from the temptation. If the Church is in that time period, then this promise is not kept.[2]

4. Revelation 2:7, 11, 17, 29; 3:6, 13, 22 - Is this limited to one local church?

He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches

5. Revelation 1:9-20 - Are these churches representing the universal church?

9 I John, who also am your brother, and companion in tribulation, and in the kingdom and patience of Jesus Christ, was in the isle that is called Patmos, for the word of God, and for the testimony of Jesus Christ. 10 I was in the Spirit on the Lord's day, and heard behind me a great voice, as of a trumpet, 11 Saying, I am Alpha and Omega, the first and the last: and, What thou seest, write in a book, and send it unto the seven churches which are in Asia; unto Ephesus, and unto Smyrna, and unto Pergamos, and unto Thyatira, and unto Sardis, and unto Philadelphia, and unto Laodicea. 12 And I turned to see the voice that spake with me. And being turned, I saw seven golden candlesticks; 13 And in the midst of the seven candlesticks one like unto the Son of man, clothed with a garment down to the foot, and girt about the paps with a golden girdle. 14  His head and his hairs were white like wool, as white as snow; and his eyes were as a flame of fire; 15 And his feet like unto fine brass, as if they burned in a furnace; and his voice as the sound of many waters. 16 And he had in his right hand seven stars: and out of his mouth went a sharp twoedged sword: and his countenance was as the sun shineth in his strength. 17 And when I saw him, I fell at his feet as dead. And he laid his right hand upon me, saying unto me, Fear not; I am the first and the last: 18  I am he that liveth, and was dead; and, behold, I am alive for evermore, Amen; and have the keys of hell and of death. 19 Write the things which thou hast seen, and the things which are, and the things which shall be hereafter; 20 The mystery of the seven stars which thou sawest in my right hand, and the seven golden candlesticks. The seven stars are the angels of the seven churches: and the seven candlesticks which thou sawest are the seven churches.

6. 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18 - The Church caught up to meet him in the air

13 But I would not have you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning them which are asleep, that ye sorrow not, even as others which have no hope. 14 For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with him. 15 For this we say unto you by the word of the Lord, that we which are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord shall not prevent them which are asleep. 16 For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: 17 Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord. 18 Wherefore comfort one another with these words.

Two Second Advents seen as one with the 70th Week of Daniel intervening - One in the air for the Church, and then to earth to restore the kingdom with Israel - “Union without confusion, and distinction without division.”

7. Acts 1:9-12 - The Second Advent of the Lord Jesus Christ to Earth

9 And when he had spoken these things, while they beheld, he was taken up; and a cloud received him out of their sight. 10 And while they looked stedfastly toward heaven as he went up, behold, two men stood by them in white apparel; 11 Which also said, Ye men of Galilee, why stand ye gazing up into heaven? this same Jesus, which is taken up from you into heaven, shall so come in like manner as ye have seen him go into heaven. 12 Then returned they unto Jerusalem from the mount called Olivet, which is from Jerusalem a sabbath day's journey.

III. Israel and the Kingdom:

1. In Acts 1 - The Question of the Disciples - A Future Restoration

1 The former treatise have I made, O Theophilus, of all that Jesus began both to do and teach, 2 Until the day in which he was taken up, after that he through the Holy Ghost had given commandments unto the apostles whom he had chosen: 3 To whom also he shewed himself alive after his passion by many infallible proofs, being seen of them forty days, and speaking of the things pertaining to the kingdom of God: 4 And, being assembled together with them, commanded them that they should not depart from Jerusalem, but wait for the promise of the Father, which, saith he, ye have heard of me. 5 For John truly baptized with water; but ye shall be baptized with the Holy Ghost not many days hence. 6 When they therefore were come together, they asked of him, saying, Lord, wilt thou at this time restore again the kingdom to Israel? 7 And he said unto them, It is not for you to know the times or the seasons, which the Father hath put in his own power. 8 But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth.

2. In Acts 28 - The Preaching of the Apostle Paul - A Distinct and Genuine Hope

20 For this cause therefore have I called for you, to see you, and to speak with you: because that for the hope of Israel I am bound with this chain. 21 And they said unto him, We neither received letters out of Judaea concerning thee, neither any of the brethren that came shewed or spake any harm of thee. 22 But we desire to hear of thee what thou thinkest: for as concerning this sect, we know that every where it is spoken against. 23 And when they had appointed him a day, there came many to him into his lodging; to whom he expounded and testified the kingdom of God, persuading them concerning Jesus, both out of the law of Moses, and out of the prophets, from morning till evening. 24 And some believed the things which were spoken, and some believed not. 25 And when they agreed not among themselves, they departed, after that Paul had spoken one word, Well spake the Holy Ghost by Esaias the prophet unto our fathers, 26 Saying, Go unto this people, and say, Hearing ye shall hear, and shall not understand; and seeing ye shall see, and not perceive: 27 For the heart of this people is waxed gross, and their ears are dull of hearing, and their eyes have they closed; lest they should see with their eyes, and hear with their ears, and understand with their heart, and should be converted, and I should heal them. 28 Be it known therefore unto you, that the salvation of God is sent unto the Gentiles, and that they will hear it. 29 And when he had said these words, the Jews departed, and had great reasoning among themselves. 30 And Paul dwelt two whole years in his own hired house, and received all that came in unto him, 31 Preaching the kingdom of God, and teaching those things which concern the Lord Jesus Christ, with all confidence, no man forbidding him.

3. In 2 Corinthians 3 - A Distinct Judgment

13 And not as Moses, which put a vail over his face, that the children of Israel could not stedfastly look to the end of that which is abolished: 14 But their minds were blinded: for until this day remaineth the same vail untaken away in the reading of the old testament; which vail is done away in Christ. 15 But even unto this day, when Moses is read, the vail is upon their heart. 16 Nevertheless when it shall turn to the Lord, the vail shall be taken away.

4. In Romans 11 - The Fate of the Natural Branches

1 I say then, Hath God cast away his people? God forbid. For I also am an Israelite, of the seed of Abraham, of the tribe of Benjamin. 2 God hath not cast away his people which he foreknew. Wot ye not what the scripture saith of Elias? how he maketh intercession to God against Israel, saying, 3 Lord, they have killed thy prophets, and digged down thine altars; and I am left alone, and they seek my life. 4 But what saith the answer of God unto him? I have reserved to myself seven thousand men, who have not bowed the knee to the image of Baal. 5 Even so then at this present time also there is a remnant according to the election of grace. 6 And if by grace, then is it no more of works: otherwise grace is no more grace. But if it be of works, then is it no more grace: otherwise work is no more work. 7 What then? Israel hath not obtained that which he seeketh for; but the election hath obtained it, and the rest were blinded 8 (According as it is written, God hath given them the spirit of slumber, eyes that they should not see, and ears that they should not hear;) unto this day. 9 And David saith, Let their table be made a snare, and a trap, and a stumblingblock, and a recompence unto them: 10 Let their eyes be darkened, that they may not see, and bow down their back alway. 11 I say then, Have they stumbled that they should fall? God forbid: but rather through their fall salvation is come unto the Gentiles, for to provoke them to jealousy. 12 Now if the fall of them be the riches of the world, and the diminishing of them the riches of the Gentiles; how much more their fulness? 13 For I speak to you Gentiles, inasmuch as I am the apostle of the Gentiles, I magnify mine office: 14 If by any means I may provoke to emulation them which are my flesh, and might save some of them. 15 For if the casting away of them be the reconciling of the world, what shall the receiving of them be, but life from the dead? 16 For if the firstfruit be holy, the lump is also holy: and if the root be holy, so are the branches. 17 And if some of the branches be broken off, and thou, being a wild olive tree, wert graffed in among them, and with them partakest of the root and fatness of the olive tree; 18 Boast not against the branches. But if thou boast, thou bearest not the root, but the root thee. 19 Thou wilt say then, The branches were broken off, that I might be graffed in. 20 Well; because of unbelief they were broken off, and thou standest by faith. Be not highminded, but fear: 21 For if God spared not the natural branches, take heed lest he also spare not thee. 22 Behold therefore the goodness and severity of God: on them which fell, severity; but toward thee, goodness, if thou continue in his goodness: otherwise thou also shalt be cut off. 23 And they also, if they abide not still in unbelief, shall be graffed in: for God is able to graff them in again. 24 For if thou wert cut out of the olive tree which is wild by nature, and wert graffed contrary to nature into a good olive tree: how much more shall these, which be the natural branches, be graffed into their own olive tree? 25 For I would not, brethren, that ye should be ignorant of this mystery, lest ye should be wise in your own conceits; that blindness in part is happened to Israel, until the fulness of the Gentiles be come in. 26 And so all Israel shall be saved: as it is written, There shall come out of Sion the Deliverer, and shall turn away ungodliness from Jacob: 27 For this is my covenant unto them, when I shall take away their sins. 28 As concerning the gospel, they are enemies for your sakes: but as touching the election, they are beloved for the fathers' sakes. 29 For the gifts and calling of God are without repentance. 30 For as ye in times past have not believed God, yet have now obtained mercy through their unbelief: 31 Even so have these also now not believed, that through your mercy they also may obtain mercy. 32 For God hath concluded them all in unbelief, that he might have mercy upon all.

5. In Revelation - The Restoration of Israel (Revelation 7:2-8)

2 And I saw another angel ascending from the east, having the seal of the living God: and he cried with a loud voice to the four angels, to whom it was given to hurt the earth and the sea, 3 Saying, Hurt not the earth, neither the sea, nor the trees, till we have sealed the servants of our God in their foreheads. 4 And I heard the number of them which were sealed: and there were sealed an hundred and forty and four thousand of all the tribes of the children of Israel. 5 Of the tribe of Juda were sealed twelve thousand. Of the tribe of Reuben were sealed twelve thousand. Of the tribe of Gad were sealed twelve thousand. 6 Of the tribe of Aser were sealed twelve thousand. Of the tribe of Nepthalim were sealed twelve thousand. Of the tribe of Manasses were sealed twelve thousand. 7 Of the tribe of Simeon were sealed twelve thousand. Of the tribe of Levi were sealed twelve thousand. Of the tribe of Issachar were sealed twelve thousand. 8 Of the tribe of Zabulon were sealed twelve thousand. Of the tribe of Joseph were sealed twelve thousand. Of the tribe of Benjamin were sealed twelve thousand.


Remember the questions I asked at the beginning of this session?

What parts of the Bible are the most difficult to understand?
What books of the Bible are the hardest to decipher?
What type of literature in the Bible is the focus of the most disagreements among Bible students? Why is that?
What is (are) our problem(s)?
What characterizes these books/portions?
Is that the totality of what we find there?
Is a different hermeneutic in play?

Appendix A: Bibliography - Recommended Collateral Reading List

Sir Robert Anderson, The Coming Prince: the marvellous prophecy of Daniel's seventy weeks concerning the Antichrist, 10th ed. (London: J. Nisbet, 1915; 1st ed. London: Hodder and Stoughton, 1881; reprint ed. Grand Rapids: Kregel, n.d.; 1957, 2008); as downloadable PDF file on What Saith the Scripture? at [accessed 2 JUN 2015], online editions on What Saith the Scripture? at [accessed 2 JUN 2015]; and on Rapture Ready at [accessed 2 JUN 2015]; downloadable Kindle ed. on Internet Archive at [accessed 2 JUN 2015].

W.E.B. (William E. Blackstone), Jesus Is Coming (New York: Fleming H. Revell, 1932).[3]

James Montgomery Boice, sermons and commentaries on key passages, including “Obadiah,” in Minor Prophets, 2 vols. (Grand Rapids: Baker, 2006); audio files from “The Bible Study Hour
with Dr. James Boice,” on Oneplace at [accessed 27 MAY 2015].[4]

James Montgomery Boice,  “How Will It all End?,” in Foundations of the Christian Faith (Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press, 1986).[5] 

Thomas R. Edgar, “Robert H. Gundry and Revelation 3:10,” Grace Theological Journal 3:1 (Spring 1982), pp. 19-49.

Keith H. Essex, “The Rapture and the Book of Revelation,” Masters Seminary Journal 13:2 (Fall 2002), pp. 215-239.

Paul D. Feinberg, “The Case for the Pretribulation Rapture Position,” in The Rapture: Pre-, Mid-, or Post-Tribulational?, by Richard D. Reiter, Paul D. Feinberg, Gleason L. Archer, and Douglas J. Moo (Grand Rapids: Academie Books, 1984), pp. 63-72.

William K. Harrison, “The Time of the Rapture as Indicated in Certain Scriptures Part IV: The Time of the Rapture in the Revelation,” Bibliotheca Sacra 115:459 (Jul 1958), pp. 201-211.

Barry E. Horner, Future Israel: Why Christian Anti-Judaism Must Be Challenged, Vol. 3 in NAC Studies in Bible and Theology, series ed. E. Ray Clendenen (Nashville: B&H Academic, 2007).[6]

S. Lewis Johnson, sermons and journal articles, especially on The SLJ Institute at [accessed 15 MAY 2010], and Believers Chapel at [accessed 27 MAY 2015].

A. Boyd Luter and Emily K. Hunter, “The “Earth Dwellers” and the “Heaven Dwellers”: An Overlooked Interpretive Key to the Apocalypse,” Faith and Mission 20:1 (Fall 2002), pp. 3-15.

John MacArthur & Richard Mayhue, gen. eds., Christ's Prophetic Plans: A Futuristic Premillennial Primer (Chicago: Moody Press, 2012).

John MacArthur, “Why Every Self-respecting Calvinist Should Be A Premillennialist,” sermon delivered at the 2007 Shepherd's Conference at Grace Community Church, General Session 1, March 7, 2007 at [accessed 15 MAY 2010], and "Why Every Calvinist Should Be A Premillennialist", at [accessed 15 MAY 2010].

Richard Mayhue, “Why a Pretribulation Rapture?,” in Christ's Prophetic Plans, gen. eds. John MacArthur and Richard Mayhue (Chicago: Moody Press, 2012), pp. 94-96, 98.

Alva J. McClain, The Greatness of the Kingdom (Winona Lake, IN: BMH Books, 1959). See especially his two Appendices, “The ‘Spirituality’ of the Kingdom”, and “A Premillennial Philosophy of History,” pp. 519-531.[7]

John Niemelä, “For You Have Kept My Word: The Grammar of Revelation 3:10,” Chafer Theological Seminary Journal 6:1 (Jan 2000), pp. 14-38; and “For You Have Kept My Word: The Theology of Revelation 3:10 (Part 2 of 2),” Chafer Theological Seminary Journal 6:4 (Oct 2000), pp. 52-67.

 Moishe Rosen, “Does Israel Have An Earthly Future?,” message delivered at the 1986 Philadelphia Conference on Reformed Theology at Tenth Presbyterian Church (Philadelphia, PA); published as a paper co-authored with Mitch Glasser and Larry Brandt in a pamphlet along with the other messages from the 1986 PCRT entitled Our Blessed Hope: The Biblical Doctrine of the Last Things (Philadelphia: The Philadelphia Conference on Reformed Theology, 1986), pp. 30-40; audio at [accessed 15 MAY 2010].[8]

Gerald B. Stanton, Kept From The Hour: Biblical Evidence for the Pretribulational Return of Christ, 4th ed. (Miami Springs, FL: Schoettle Publishing Co., Inc., 1991; London: Marshall, Morgan and Scott, 1958, 1964; Grand Rapids: Zondervan Publishing House, 1956); on Rapture Ready at [accessed 16 JUL 2012]; and Rapture Forums at [accessed 16 JUL 2012]; Ch. 2: “Not Appointed Unto Wrath.”

Michael J. Svigel, “The Apocalypse Of John And The Rapture Of The Church: A Reevaluation,” Trinity Journal 22:1 (Spring 2001), pp. 23-74.

Jeffery L. Townsend, “The Rapture in Revelation 3:10,” Bibliotheca Sacra 137:547 (July 1980), pp. 252-263.

David G. Winfrey, “The Great Tribulation: Kept “Out Of” Or “Through”?,” Grace Theological Journal 3:1 (Spring 1982), pp. 3-18.

Appendix B: Basic Bible Study Materials — A Suggested Bibliography (with links to Amazon)

This is the book that I recommend as collateral reading for the "Scripture Study Seminar":

Sinclair Ferguson, From the Mouth of God (Carlisle, PA: Banner of Truth, 2014); paperback (no Kindle available at this time) for $10.59 on Amazon at [accessed 18 JAN 2015].

1. In addition to Sinclair Ferguson's work that I am recommending as collateral reading the following five recent works on the subject may be the most helpful:

J. Scott Duvall, and J. Daniel Hays, Journey into God's Word: Your Guide to Understanding and Applying the Bible (Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 2008);

Gordon D. Fee and Douglas Stuart, How To Read The Bible For All Its Worth: A Guide to Understanding the Bible, 4th ed. (Grand Rapids: Academie Books, 1982, 1993, 2003, 2014); 

Peter Krol, Knowable Word: Helping Ordinary People Learn to Study the Bible (Minneapolis: Cruciform Press, 2014);

Grant Osborne, The Hermeneutical Spiral: A Comprehensive Introduction to Biblical Interpretation, 2nd ed. (Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press, 1991, 2006);

R. C. Sproul, Knowing Scripture, 2nd ed. (Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press, 1977, 2009);

2. Here are five recommended older works whose value does not fade!

James M. Gray, How to Master the English Bible: An Experience, a Method, a Result, an Illustration (London: Oliphant Anderson & Ferrier, 1907);
in public domain, available online or as a free downloadable digital file (PDF or ePub) on Google Books at [accessed 18 FEB 2012].

J. Edwin Hartill, Principles of Biblical Hermeneutics (Grand Rapids: Zondervan Publishing House, 1947);
available online or as a free PDF file download (60 mb) on Seminario LAMB at [accessed 9 MAR 2014];
print editions available on Amazon at 
[accessed 18 JAN 2015].

Arthur T. Pierson, The Bible and Spiritual Criticism: Being the Second Series of Exeter Hall Lectures on the Bible Delivered in London, England in the Months of February, March and April, 1904 (Minneapolis: Bethany Fellowship, Inc., n.d.; 1970 reprint of 1905 original by The Baker and Taylor Co., New York);

Robert A. Traina, Methodical Bible Study: A New Approach to Hermeneutics (Wilmore, KY: self-published, 1952; Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 1980); 

Oletta Wald, The New Joy of Discovery in Bible Study, rev. ed. (Minneapolis: Augsburg Fortress, 2002);
Note: This newly revised edition is also available in Kindle.

Compiled by:

John T. “Jack” Jeffery
Pastor, Wayside Gospel Chapel
Greentown, PA

End Notes:

[1] The notes from the previous sessions have been posted to the Wayside Gospel Chapel blog at

[2] The only other place in Scripture that this construction is found is John 17:15 where the same verb and preposition are coordinated. In that case Christ’s prayer is that the disciples and their followers be “kept from” the evil while remaining in the world. The object of the preposition in that case is “the evil.” In other words if the Church can be found in “the hour” in Rev. 3:10, then the saints can be found in “the evil” in John 17:15.

[3] This is a classic defense of premillennial doctrine with massive Scriptural support.  It has been around for over a century (1898), and has generated a lot of respect over the years.  It is available online at [accessed 8 AUG 2013]. Unfortunately internet editions do not have the Scripture passages all cited at the bottom of the pages like the print editions.  My hard cover edition has a 1932 Fleming H. Revell Company copyright date.  It is still available, and was reprinted as recently as January of this year by HardPress Publishing.  See Amazon at [accessed 8 AUG 2013].

[4] This includes a remarkable defense of the premillennial hermeneutic. Chris Poe wrote regarding the audio messages from Dr. Boice on Oneplace: “A good number of messages from Romans 9-11 appear to address the issue at some length as well.”

[5] Dr. Boice was accused in my presence of being a dispensationalist by John Gerstner, but denied it publicly.  To John Gerstner all premillennialists were by definition also dispensationalists and all dispensationalists were by definition antinomian so if you did not agree with him you were tarred with all available brushes!

[6] Audio files of Barry E. Horner delivering his “Future Israel Seminar” are available on Future Israel Ministries at [accessed 27 MAY 2015].Dr. Horner was a speaker at the John Bunyan Conference in the past. He has some fine defenses of premillennialism on his web sites, including his own Judeo-centric Eschatology, and Horatius Bonar’s Judeo-centric Premillennialism, both on Bunyan Ministries at [accessed 27 MAY 2015]. 

[7] “The 'Sprituality' of the Kingdom,” was previously published as a journal article in Bibliotheca Sacra 113:449 (JAN 1956), pp. 16-23.The author is responding to Berkhof's objections to premillennialism in his work, The Kingdom of God.  McClain's response focuses on the influence of Platonic dualism exhibited in such objections, and on the inconsistencies to be found in the theology of those who object to a future earthly kingdom.  The spirituality of what God has already done and is doing in this world, and the spirituality of the New Earth in the eternal state are two areas where McClain points to show these inconsistencies with a Biblical understanding of the compatibility of a future earthly kingdom with “spirituality.”

[8] The printed version in this paper is somewhat “toned down” from the message I heard him deliver in Philadelphia that year! Don't miss this one, and keep in mind where this was preached!

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