But even if you should suffer for the sake of righteousness, you are blessed. And do not fear their intimidation, and do not be troubled, but sanctify Christ as Lord in your hearts, always being ready to make a defense to everyone who asks you to give an account for the hope that is in you yet with gentleness and reverence; and keep a good conscience so that in the thing in which you are slandered, those who revile your good behavior in Christ will be put to shame.  1 Peter 3: 14-16

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by Michael J. Vlach
I often have been drawn to Revelation 19:15. This verse comes in the middle of Revelation 19:11–21, a dramatic section describing Jesus’ second coming from heaven to earth. Concerning Jesus the verse reads:
From His mouth comes a sharp sword, so that with it He may...

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I recently released a new ebook called,How Does the New Testament Use the Old Testament?: A Survey of theMajor Views. It is published by Theological Studies Press.
This 20,000-word booklet (about 70 pages) is a summary and critique of the seven major Christian views concerning how the New Testament...

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because these are days of vengeance, so that all things which are written will be fulfilled.”
by Michael J. Vlach
With this post I comment on Jesus’s statement in Luke 21:22: “because these are days of vengeance, so that all things which are written will be...

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by Michael J. Vlach
Some who hold to amillennialism believe Revelation 20:4 is describing an intermediate state reign of the saints in heaven. Sam Storms, who holds this view, has even claimed that such a perspective of Revelation 20:4 is “obvious” (Kingdom Come, 457) and can be shown...

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Wednesday, 29 March 2017 10:25

Update on New Book on Dispensationalism

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by Michael J. Vlach
I have finished a revision and update of my 2008 book, Dispensationalism: Essential Beliefs and Common Myths.  The ebook version is now out and a hard copy version should soon follow, hopefully within a week. The book has the same framework as the original. I have added...

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Monday, 20 March 2017 10:34

Updates on Coming Books and Conferences

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If you follow this blog you probably know that my book on the kingdom of God called, He Will Reign Forever: A Biblical Theology of the Kingdom of God, came out in February. But I have also been working on more. Here is an update.
First, at the time of this writing (March 20) I am close to releasing...

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by Michael J. Vlach
You have made them to be a kingdom and priests to our God;
and they will reign upon the earth (Rev. 5:10).
Revelation 5:10 is an important yet often-overlooked kingdom passage. Here we find an explicit reference to the kingdom, the saints’ role in the kingdom, and the sphere...

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Saturday, 11 March 2017 03:00

How the Church Relates to God’s Kingdom Program

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by Michael J. Vlach (Twitter: @mikevlach)
Below is a short excerpt concerning how the church relates to the kingdom of God from my book, He Will Reign Forever: A Biblical Theology of the Kingdom of God. Published by Lampion Press (LampionPress.com). This comes from a chapter called “How the...

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by Michael J. Vlach
Romans 4:13 has become a hotly debated verse lately between those who believe in a literal future fulfillment of Israel’s land promises and those who do not. Here Paul declares:
For the promise to Abraham or to his descendants that he would be heir of the...

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by Michael J. Vlach
Daniel 9:24-27 is one of the most disputed passages in the Bible. I have counted around 18 different areas of dispute in these four verses. My intent here is not to exhaust the meaning of this passage or explain all its details or all contested areas. Instead, my aim is to...

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By Michael J. Vlach
Jesus’ Olivet Discourse discusses future events from the standpoint of Jesus and the apostles shortly before Jesus’ death. The contents of Jesus’ discourse are found in Matthew 24, Mark 13, and Luke 21. Jesus addresses the destruction of the Jerusalem temple,...

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Tuesday, 21 February 2017 02:18

The 3 Phases of the Jerusalem Temple in Daniel 9:24-27

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By Michael J. Vlach (Twitter: @mikevlach)
Daniel 9:24-27 is one of the most important prophetic passages in the Bible. These four verses which concern “your people [Israel] and your holy city [Jerusalem]”are packed with important information concerning many things, most of which we...

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by Michael J. Vlach
On many occasions in the Bible “you” refers to people who are contemporaries of the person making a statement. For example, when God asked Adam, “Where are you?” (Gen 3:9), the “you” specifically referred to Adam. But on certain occasions...

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by Michael J. Vlach
A.D. 70 witnessed the catastrophic destruction of Jerusalem and the Jewish temple by the Romans. This is a historical fact and one that the Bible predicted. But the issue of which Bible passages predicted the A.D. 70 destruction of Jerusalem is heavily debated. Put simply, there...

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Saturday, 11 February 2017 10:03

3 New Books to Consider in 2017

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One of the strengths of The Master’s Seminary is that the school and faculty are united, not only on the Gospel, but on the Bible’s storyline from Genesis 1 through Revelation 22.
Recently, three books have been released by people connected with TMS that reveals how TMS views Christian...

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by Michael J. Vlach
Daniel 7:13 is a challenging verse for interpreters. Most focus on the identity of the “Son of Man” in this verse, but I want to focus on the setting of Daniel 7:13 and its implications. Does this verse describe the ascension of Jesus or the second coming of Jesus to...

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Some have been asking about my upcoming new book—He Will Reign Forever: A Biblical Theology of the Kingdom of God. I have been working on this project for the last four years, but now I’m happy to say that it’s arrival has come.
This book is 640 pages. It is a biblical theology of...

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by Michael J. Vlach
Some scholars believe New Testament writers sometimes used the Old Testament in non-contextual or non-literal ways. This belief is often connected with the idea that the New Testament writers change or reinterpret the storyline begun in the Old Testament. Near the top of the list...

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by Michael J. Vlach
My last few blogs have surveyed “shadow” and “type” terminology in the Bible. They have not been an exhaustive study of shadows and types, nor have they been a broad study of typology. But I have focused on key terms associated with “shadow”...

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Wednesday, 18 January 2017 03:40

Some Thoughts on Type Terminology in the Bible

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By Michael J. Vlach
In previous blogs I surveyed the term and concept of “shadow.” In this blog entry I survey the term “type” to see its significance in Scripture. Like my previous entry on “shadow,” I understand that a concept can exist where a term is absent...

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By Michael J. Vlach
With this entry I address the term and concept of “shadow” concerning the relationship between the Old and New Testaments. Often times the concept of “shadow” is used to make sweeping statements concerning how Old Testament realities relate to New...

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By Michael J. Vlach
For the past two centuries Dispensationalism and Covenant Theology have operated as theological rivals within Evangelicalism. Both have rich traditions and excellent theologians and defenders Much has been written about these two theological systems and for the most part the...

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By Michael J. Vlach
Theologians often disagree about the fulfillment of Old Testament (OT) promises concerning national Israel, the temple, Jerusalem, and Israel’s land. Dispensationalists affirm that unconditional promises concerning these matters must be fulfilled literally, and they believe...

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By Michael J. Vlach
There are approximately 350 explicit quotes of the Old Testament (OT) in the New Testament (NT). These quotations can be categorized in several ways. The following is not an exhaustive list but it does offer most of the ways the NT writers and persons used the OT:
1.   ...

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by Michael J. Vlach
This blog entry is a summation of my two previous blogs addressing continuity and discontinuity within Dispensationalism. Below are the eight areas of continuity and five areas of discontinuity. For more information on each point see the previous two blogs:

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