This book provides an overview of The Divine Plan of Our Heavenly Father as discerned by the author through Marian apparitions and heavenly messages of modern times. It walks the reader through the Creation of mankind, the Gospels, and the presently-unfolding period, The End Times. It also reveals further information on the Two Witnesses of the Book of Revelation (Apocalypse). The common theme throughout the book is the United Hearts of Jesus Christ and the Blessed Virgin Mary - the Sacred Heart and the Immaculate Heart - the Two Hearts of Holy Love and Divine Love. Although this book is written by a Catholic Christian, the intended audience is for all peoples of all faiths and non- believers. It is the sincere hope of the author that all readers will be inspired by the spirituality contained within the book's pages, which the author believes comes directly from God's Own Paternal Heart. Series: Mary Refuge Of Holy Love, Volume 1
Weltungschuug is a German word meaning "world view" but more so--how you act based upon your world view. "The Two Witnesses" is a veritable magnum opus regarding the "end of days" relationship between Israel and the "prophetic" Church of the "last days." Not only is there a gap between the first and second comings of Christ, there is, most definitely such a gap between the 69th and 70th Week of the Daniel 9 cardinal prophecy. This author who initially saw the identity of the Two Witnesses around 1981 and, subsequently, embarked upon a dialogue with Judaism and then directly with Israeli citizens and officials, went so far as to unite with like-minded Christians and American Jewry (all branches) in drafting what became known as the Washington Declaration - the first ever, as far as we know, of Christians and Jews uniting around the prophetic significance of Israel's in-gathering into their ancient homeland. These two volumes present a cosmic view of the Two Witnesses announced in Revelation 11.
The Collected Works of Witness Lee, 1984, volume 2, contains messages given by Brother Witness Lee from February 6 through 18, 1984. During those two weeks Brother Lee held an international training for elders and responsible brothers in Anaheim, California. The messages that were released at that time were published in four volumes, which are included in this volume of The Collected Works of Witness Lee. The contents of this volume are divided into four sections, as follows: 1. Six messages given in Anaheim, California, on February 6 and 7. These messages were previously published in a seven-chapter book entitled Elders' Training, Book 1: The Ministry of the New Testament and are included in this volume under the same title. 2. Twelve messages given in Anaheim, California, on February 8 through 11. These messages were previously published in a thirteen-chapter book entitled Elders' Training, Book 2: The Vision of the Lord's Recovery and are included in this volume under the same title. 3. Nine messages given in Anaheim, California, on February 13 through 15. These messages were previously published in a thirteen-chapter book entitled Elders' Training, Book 3: The Way to Carry Out the Vision and are included in this volume under the same title. 4. Nine messages given in Anaheim, California, on February 16 through 18. These messages were previously published in an eleven-chapter book entitled Elders' Training, Book 4: Other Crucial Matters concerning the Practice of the Lord's Recovery and are included in this volume under the same title.
Studying Prophecy Can Change Your Life Strengthen your faith and find real hope for the future in this extensive resource that provides concise answers to your most burning questions about Bible prophecy and the end times. Topics include everything from how to interpret prophecy to clarifying the perplexing specifics of the rapture, the antichrist, and the afterlife. Respected Bible scholar Ron Rhodes addresses questions many are asking, such as... Is it important that we be aware of the signs of the times? Do Christians agree about the role of America in Bible prophecy? Is there biblical evidence that the church will escape the tribulation period? Will only believers enter into Christ's millennial kingdom? In what way will the heavens and earth be made "new"? Whether you're looking for quick instruction or you're eager to go deeper, this accessible Q&A-style guide will help you navigate prophetic Scripture passages and better understand matters of eternal significance.
The Reverend Clarence Larkin was one of the most widely influential pop theologians of the early twentieth century: his works are the source of many of the "prophecies" and "truths" end-times Christians hold to even today. This stupendous 1918 book-perhaps his greatest work-is the result of more than 30 years' worth of, the author informs us, "careful and patient study of the Prophetic Scriptures." Fully illustrated by charts describing God's plan for humanity, Dispensational Truth covers: [ Pre-Millennialism [ the Second Coming of Christ [ the present evil world [ the Satanic trinity [ the world's seven great crises [ prophetical chronology [ the threefold nature of man [ the Book of Revelation [ five fingers pointing to Christ [ the False Prophet [ and much more. American Baptist pastor and author CLARENCE LARKIN (1850-1924) was born in Pennsylvania, and later set up his ministry there. He wrote extensively and popularly on a wide range of Biblical and theological matters.
The nature of Jewish-Christian relations at the end of the first century has been a subject of serious study and considerable debate. The time between 70 and 150 CE is held to be a volatile time in that Jewish-Christian relations were quickly, although not uniformly, deteriorating. This is a time referred to as the partings of the ways, when the church was emerging as a religion apart from Judaism. Although it has often been neglected in this study, of particular interest is the Apocalypse of John, since it was written in this dark and turbulent time in Jewish-Christian relations. John, who is a Jewish Christian, is writing to what are likely predominantly Gentile churches. At first, he appears to deny the very name Jew to his ethnic kin while accusing them of belonging to Satan (2:9; 3:9). Nevertheless, he does not abandon his own Jewish background and theology. He makes broad use of the Hebrew Scriptures and Jewish cultic imagery while maintaining a Christian understanding that Jesus is the fulfillment of God's redemptive plan. What is of particular interest is how he adopts and adapts this imagery and language and applies it to the church. It is John's mix of Jewish imagery with a Christian message that may provide some insight into his perspective on the relationship between these two increasingly polarized sects. What exactly this perspective is constitutes the subject of the present discussion.
Revelation offers a new way of viewing the world... When humans reject the divine order they misuse creation and thereby break the covenant with creation. The results of the breach of covenant include disease, suffering, famine and deprivation... Revelation is the unfolding of the significance of the cross through the witness of Jesus given by those who belong to him... The death, resurrection and ascension of the witnesses (the church) identify them as the covenant people of God re-acting the full ministry of Jesus... To each church the message is the same: believers can only enter the new Jerusalem by faithfulness unto death... Evil, conquered by the cross, will finally be eliminated from human experience. New covenant believers will therefore experience the divine purpose and provision of life in a new Eden. --from William Dumbrell's New Covenant Commentary
The Collected Works of Witness Lee, 1991-1992, volume 4, contains messages given by Brother Witness Lee from August 19, 1992, through March 20, 1993. After the Memorial Day weekend conference at the end of May 1992, Brother Lee returned to Anaheim, California, and remained there until the beginning of September, at which time he visited Seattle, Washington, for a weekend conference. He then returned to Anaheim and remained there until the end of the third week in November. During the last week in November he traveled to Atlanta, Georgia, for the Thanksgiving weekend conference, after which he returned to Anaheim and remained there until early September 1993. The contents of this volume are divided into eight sections, as follows: 1. Two messages given in Anaheim, California, on August 19, 1992. These messages are included in this volume under the title Miscellaneous Fellowship with Full-time Trainees. 2. Thirteen messages given in Anaheim, California, on August 28, 1992, through March 20, 1993. These messages were previously published in a book entitled The History of God in His Union with Man and are included in this volume under the same title. 3. Six messages given in Seattle, Washington, on September 4 through 7, 1992. These messages were previously published in a book entitled The Overcomers and are included in this volume under the same title. 4. A message given in Seattle, Washington, on September 7, 1992. This message is included in this volume under the title Becoming Overcomers to Consummate the New Jerusalem. 5. Seven messages given in Anaheim, California, on October 1 through November 5, 1992. These messages are included in this volume under the title Southern California Elders' and Co-workers' Meetings. 6. Six messages given in Atlanta, Georgia, on November 26 through 29, 1992. These messages were previously published in a book entitled The Constitution and the Building Up of the Body of Christ and are included in this volume under the same title. 7. Two messages given in Atlanta, Georgia, on November 29, 1992. These messages were previously published in a book entitled One Body and One Spirit and are included in this volume under the same title. 8. A message given in Atlanta, Georgia, on November 29, 1992. This message is included in this volume under the title Rising Up to Labor for the Lord's Recovery.
From the Introduction: The work that follows is not intended to be a commentary on the Apocalypse. There have been many such commentaries, reaching back into the earliest times of the Christian era. Some, especially during the Middle Ages, have been quite spectacular in their ingeniousness. Our modern era has seen a series of fine commentaries, applying all the criteria of a historical-philological analysis to this difficult book. . . . What I have attempted to do here is to provide a continuous reading of the text, trying to show, especially through the links which can be made with the Old Testament tradition, the coherent and unified argument of the whole work. . . . The reader will find that, despite my admiration for and debt to the older commentaries, I have introduced something quite new to the interpretation of the Apocalypse.
In recent decades, reception history has become an increasingly important and controversial topic of discussion in biblical studies. Rather than attempting to recover the original meaning of biblical texts, reception history focuses on exploring the history of interpretation. In doing so it locates the dominant historical-critical scholarly paradigm within the history of interpretation, rather than over and above it. At the same time, the breadth of material and hermeneutical issues that reception history engages with questions any narrow understanding of the history of the Bible and its effects on faith communities. The challenge that reception history faces is to explore tradition without either reducing its meaning to what faith communities think is important, or merely offering anthologies of interesting historical interpretations. This major new handbook addresses these matters by presenting reception history as an enterprise (not a method) that questions and understands tradition afresh. The Oxford Handbook of the Reception History of the Bible consciously allows for the interplay of the traditional and the new through a two-part structure. Part I comprises a set of essays surveying the outline, form, and content of twelve key biblical books that have been influential in the history of interpretation. Part II offers a series of in-depth case studies of the interpretation of particular key biblical passages or books with due regard for the specificity of their social, cultural or aesthetic context. These case studies span two millennia of interpretation by readers with widely differing perspectives. Some are at the level of a group response (from Gnostic readings of Genesis, to Post-Holocaust Jewish interpretations of Job); others examine individual approaches to texts (such as Augustine and Pelagius on Romans, or Gandhi on the Sermon on the Mount). Several chapters examine historical moments, such as the 1860 debate over Genesis and evolution, while others look to wider themes such as non-violence or millenarianism. Further chapters study in detail the works of popular figures who have used the Bible to provide inspiration for their creativity, from Dante and Handel, to Bob Dylan and Dan Brown.