How to Read Prophecy Part 1 – Promising Principles and Problematic Pitfalls

How to Read Prophecy Part 1 – Promising Principles and Problematic Pitfalls

As the people of God living in the last days, a perennial question that demands clarity is, “How should we study, understand, and apply the prophetic messages of the Bible?”[1] As I had the task of teaching on biblical prophecy several years ago, it became apparent to me that I was not as clear on the matter as needed. So,I started a journey to tak

The Book of Daniel in 3D

The Book of Daniel in 3D

Biblical wisdom is commonly misunderstood. The gray-haired may think it is the provenance of living on the planet longer than others, where experience is held up as the criteria for living prudently. The wisdom book Proverbs says it is a “crown of glory”[1] when one has lived a righteous life. Thus, it is the quality of life lived that makes the ag

Renewed Interest in Prophecy of Daniel 11: Report from the Conference at Village SDA Church, October 19-20

Renewed Interest in Prophecy of Daniel 11: Report from the Conference at Village SDA Church, October 19-20

During October 19-20, the Village Seventh-day Adventist church in Berrien Springs Michigan hosted a Daniel 11 Prophecy Conference. It was historic, in that it was the largest conference in Seventh-day Adventist history specifically focusing on the prophecy of Daniel 11. With twenty-one speakers, including both scholars, evangelists, and especially

The Spiritualizing of Prophetic Interpretation

The Spiritualizing of Prophetic Interpretation

Our origin as a Christian denomination, our current mission and message, our upcoming dangers and temptations, and our subsequent central role in the closing scenes of earth’s history—all of this is rooted in Biblical prophecy. The ramifications of prophecy are therefore very extensive—so extensive that a correct understanding of prophecy is not on

“From Among Your Own Selves will Arise…”: Reflections on 2 Peter and Prophecy

“From Among Your Own Selves will Arise…”: Reflections on 2 Peter and Prophecy

In regards to potential threats to the church, some are very familiar with the quote, “We have far more to fear from within than from without.” It is what follows that brings me to my knees, “The unbelief indulged, the doubts expressed, the darkness cherished, encourage the presence of evil angels, and open the way for the accomplishment of Satan's

Prophecy and the Seduction of Fortune-tellers: Reflections in 2 Peter

Prophecy and the Seduction of Fortune-tellers: Reflections in 2 Peter

Upon reflecting on the nature of prophecy, the difference between modern prognosticators (of the religious and political stripe) and the biblical prophetic word should be increasingly apparent. But have you ever asked yourself what will it look like, the fulfillment of prophecy that is? It is possible to preach something for so long and not really

The Future of Life and the Universe

The Future of Life and the Universe

Proclaiming that the world is coming to an end isn’t new to Christianity. Centuries have already passed since we began preaching that “the end of all things is near” (1 Peter 4:7).[1] The popular image of a solitary man walking through the streets holding a sign with the words “The end of the world is near” has already become a Christian cliché. Wh

Blessings from Heaven (Part 1)

Blessings from Heaven (Part 1)

The Sermon on the Mount is Heaven’s benediction to the world—a voice from the throne of God. (E.G. White, Preface to Thoughts from the Mount of Blessing, pg. vii)   At the beginning of a little book entitled, Thoughts from the Mount of Blessings, Ellen White writes: Let us in imagination go back to that scene, and, as we sit with the disciples

Bible Prophecy for Atheists, Part 3: Prophecy 101

Bible Prophecy for Atheists, Part 3: Prophecy 101

Prophecy 101 - Daniel Chapter 2 Because this article is only intended to be a brief introduction to Biblical prophecy in apologetics, it is far outside the present scope to cover the topic of Biblical prophecy in its entirety, a task which would require hundreds of pages. We will, however, briefly discuss chapters 2 and 7 of Daniel, as well as poin