New Audio on the New Heavens & the New Earth

nhneEternal rest and joy in the presence of God are without doubt the supreme hope of the believer. While there is relatively little in Scripture telling us exactly what we are to expect in the World to Come, there are nevertheless a number of references to New Heavens and a New Earth that do indeed supply a glimpse of our eternal home. In order to understand these things better, we have added a new audio section on the New Heavens and New Earth, containing lectures by Dr. G.K. Beale and Dr. D.A. Carson. May they richly increase your faith, expectation, and listening pleasure!

G.K. Beale on the Number “666”

666One of the most debated portions of the book of Revelation is the identifying mark of the beast mainly the numbers 666. The eschatological acrostic that some have undertaken to come up with an individual in their own specific time has been almost humorous if not sad.

G.K. Beale gives a very solid answer on the Gospel Coalition website on his interpretation of Revelation chapter 13 and the number 666. The article can be accessed here.

New Amillennial Recommendations

amilWe have just added two new recommendations for our readers who wish to further their study of eschatology.

We have added Biblical Eschatology by Jonathan Menn to our Systematic Eschatology section. Biblical Eschatology provides what is not found in any other single volume on eschatology: it analyzes all the major eschatological passages (including the Olivet Discourse and the book of Revelation), issues (including the second coming of Christ, the millennium, the rapture, and Antichrist), and positions (including all the major views of the millennium) in a clear, but not superficial, way. The book concludes with a chapter showing how eschatology is relevant for our lives.

Biblical Eschatology makes understanding eschatology easier by including chapters on how to interpret prophecy and apocalyptic literature, by showing the history of eschatological thought, and by placing eschatology in the context of the Bible’s overall story line and structure. Clarity and understanding are enhanced by the use of comparative tables and appendices. Subject and Scripture indexes are included. The book interacts with the best of Evangelical and Reformed scholarship, and the extensive bibliography (which includes the Web addresses of many resources that are online) provides an excellent source for the reader’s further study. This is a perfect resource for intelligent Christians, including pastors, students, and teachers, who desire to understand eschatology and to see how it fits together with the rest of the Bible.

bealeWe have also added to our commentary list on the book of Revelation G.K. Beale & David Campbell’s work Revelation: A Shorter Commentary. G. K. Beale’s monumental New International Greek Testament Commentary volume on Revelation has been highly praised since its publication in 1999. This shorter commentary distills the superb grammatical analysis and exegesis from that tome (over 1,300 pages) into a book more accessible and pertinent to preachers, students, and general Christian readers.

As in the original commentary, Beale views Revelation as an integrated whole, as a conscious continuation of the Old Testament prophetic books, and shows that recognizing Revelation’s nearly constant use of Old Testament allusions is key to unlocking its meaning. Interspersed throughout the volume are more than sixty sets of “Suggestions for Reflection” to help readers better grasp the relevance of Revelation to their lives and our world today.

New Materials on Daniel

photos_demandstudios_com_getty_article_142_82_87755353_XSWe’ve added several new resources that should prove helpful in understanding the prophecies of Daniel (and certain New Testament prophecies as well). You can find them here, in our section on the prophet Daniel.

The first is an article by G.K. Beale, entitled The Influence of Daniel upon the Structure and Theology of John’s Apocalypse. Anyone who has read Dr. Beale’s commentary on the book of Revelation will recognize this resource since he refers to it often in his commentary.

Secondly, there is an interesting article by Jason Parry, entitled The Desolation of the Temple and Messianic Enthronement in Daniel 11:36-12:3. Drawing upon Calvin for inspiration, Parry argues that this controversial text was fulfilled in Jerusalem’s destruction and Christ’s enthronement in heaven.

Thirdly, we’ve included an article on Daniel 9 by Meredith Kline, entitled The Covenant of the Seventieth Week in the Law and the Prophets.

And finally, we have added an important work by Vern Poythress, entitled Hermeneutical Factors in Determining the Beginning of the Seventy Weeks. Dr. Poythress argues that a commitment to grammatical-historical exegesis requires that we mark the beginning of the seventy weeks with the decree of Cyrus (538 BC). This would rule out 445 BC (the decree of Artaxerxes), and that in turn would rule out our viewing “the seventy sevens” as weeks of literal years–a very popular approach, but one which may actually be causing us to miss something more wonderful than we had ever imagined!