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Untenable Tenets of the Dispensational System

Untenable Tenets of the Dispensational SystemIt is not the new birth, or even special empowerment by the Spirit that dispensationalists deny to the saints of the tribulation. How could they? [more]

A Son Perfected Through Suffering: A Purified Bride Translated and Caught Up

A Son Perfected Through Suffering: A Purified Bride Translated and Caught UpSometime back, I did a short essay called, "Where God is Taking the Church" I believe it touched on this question: Do you guys have anything [more]

Convocation 2018 - Is There One?

Convocation 2018 - Is There One?Tommy and Kimberly Comer are hosting a convocation at Rosedale Bible College in Irwin, Ohio from August 16th to the 19th. “This convocation focuses upon [more]

Reggie Kelly Testimony: The Anatomy of a Revelation [VIDEO]

Reggie Kelly Testimony: The Anatomy of a Revelation [VIDEO]This interview was recorded in preparation for "Covenant and Controversy II: The City of the Great King" by FAI Missions. It is included as [more]

The 4th Beast of Daniel 8

The 4th Beast of Daniel 8I would love to know your thoughts on the Islamic Caliphate (700 ad) as the the fourth beast of Daniel rather than the traditional interpretation [more]

Israel Today and Everlasting Security in the Land

Israel Today and Everlasting Security in the LandI'm very interested in the overall impression that you will get while there [in Israel]. One thing is for sure, like you said, "So much [more]

How Faith in Jesus Fulfills the Law Once and Forever

How Faith in Jesus Fulfills the Law Once and ForeverMy own view is that vital regeneration puts one in the New or Everlasting covenant, which is the sure and continuous fulfillment of the standard [more]

The Final Chapter of God's Work [Audio]

The Final Chapter of God's Work [Audio]This message was given by Reggie Kelly in 2010 in Texas.   (1hr:25min)   Right Click to Download The Final Chapter of God's Work - by Reggie Kelly [more]

The Timing of Ezekiel 38 and 39

The Timing of Ezekiel 38 and 39Ezek.38 and 39 is on the spot now. I can see that is about what happens in the end of the tribulation. But 38 is little confusing; [more]

More Thoughts on the Law

More Thoughts on the LawWe started a study on Galatians here and I watched the first part of your Galatians study. At some point you say smthg like "The [more]

Old Testament Proofs of Messiah's Rejection by His Own

Old Testament Proofs of Messiah's Rejection by His OwnWhen I noticed Isa 49:7 was not listed in this brother's fine work charting Messiah's rejection, particularly by His own nation (see 1st link above), [more]

The Prophetic Timeline in Hosea - [VIDEO]

The Prophetic Timeline in Hosea - [VIDEO]Reggie discusses the prophetic framework (and yes... even timeline) upon which the mysteries of the faith do [more]

A Woman Shall Encompass a Man

A Woman Shall Encompass a ManJer 31:22 How long wilt thou go about, O thou backsliding daughter? for the Lord hath created a new thing in the earth, A woman [more]

The Apostolic Approach to Evangelism

The Apostolic Approach to Evangelism[...] The approach builds around the well known story of Joseph, as type and parable of both comings of Christ to Israel. The idea is [more]

After Two Days He Will Revive Us...

After Two Days He Will Revive Us...Originally published in Oct of 2013, we are bringing this article back to the front page for reference of an up-coming article. "After two days He [more]

Pre-Wrath vs Post-Trib

Pre-Wrath vs Post-TribI was recently talking with someone about the Pre-Wrath view. The way I understand it, it seems so close to Post-trib with maybe a few [more]

The Sure Mercies of David

The Sure Mercies of DavidIn reading 2 Samuel 7:14 KJV, I came across a passage that took me aback: "I will be his father, and he shall be my [more]

The Prophetic Necessity of a Third Temple (Even Before the Destruction of the Second)

The Prophetic Necessity of a Third Temple (Even Before the Destruction of the Second)The Jews who read Daniel as inspired prophecy would have understood that the temple that God commanded the returning exiles to rebuild (see Hag / [more]

Not of Works, But of Him Who Calls

Not of Works, But of Him Who CallsSo long as I have a sense of uncompleted or failed stewardship of what I've been entrusted, an imminent prospect of going home isn't greeted [more]

Perspectives on Israel: What's at Stake?

Perspectives on Israel: What's at Stake?Reformed theologians emphatically maintain that their Covenant Theology is not Replacement Theology. I have read their arguments in support of their position over and [more]

What Hope of a Pre-trib Rapture Requires One to Also Believe

What Hope of a Pre-trib Rapture Requires One to Also BelieveSomeone recently gave me a commentary on Daniel by Arno Gaebelein written in 1909. After reading his comments on the 70th week, and then Daniel [more]

Daniel and the "Big Picture" - [VIDEO]

Daniel and the Reggie discusses what Daniel would have inherited from Moses, the Psalms, and the prophets that preceded him, and how this would have been interpreted in [more]

When was the book of Revelation written?

Posted: November 28th, 2007, by Reggie Kelly

Can you tell me why I should accept a late date (96AD) for the writing of Revelation, without quoting Irenaeus?

I’ve never studied the matter closely, probably because I can’t see where it would make a lot of difference. Sure, it’s a ‘make or break’ for preterism. They absolutely MUST defend the early date with all their might, and you know the power of a subjective interest. But that is only because they are content with a hodge podge of inconsistent exegesis. For example, if we make Nero the Beast, then how can we NOT make him Paul’s man of sin, which is obviously Daniel’s ‘willful king’ (11:36) ‘little horn’ (7:21) and beast (7:11)? Since this figure is clearly destroyed at no time short of Christ’s return (whether mystically or literally conceived), then you have a real problem, because Nero meets his ‘apocalyptic‘ demise quite some time before Jerusalem is destroyed by Titus, (the other so-called return of Christ in ‘mystical’ apocalyptic judgment) some years later. So what’s wrong with this picture? Exegetically everything! The Beast is slain and the millennium of the martyred souls is believed to begin with the death of the Nero, the Beast, some years before the siege and fall of Jerusalem. It’s silly. In the real world of biblical exegesis, the brief tenure of the Beast’s career coincides with the final desolations of Jerusalem as perfectly concurrent . So early dating John’s Apocalypse assists nothing for the preterist’s cause. I have no problem with an earlier date, because I have no problem that the book might have had a very beneficial early circulation, bracing both Roman Christians in the north of the empire and Jewish Christians in the south for two very horrific but distinct periods of tribulation, both having much of the essence of the final tribulation that closes this age with the “actual’ return of Christ.

Reggie

True Prophetic Authority

Posted: November 4th, 2007, by Reggie Kelly

I was listening to a tape of Art’s about prophetic speaking, in which he states that prophetic speaking must be preceded by Godly seeing, a “seeing as God sees.” I remember him also saying that priestliness must come before propheticness. I remember reading a passage on how the priests had there ears touched with blood. So I am wondering allowed if priestly sanctified listening precedes, proper seeing which precedes prophetic speaking. Which are all forms of death. Would it be an exaggeration to say that prophetic speaking is crucified speaking? In the sense that it must come out of death and resurrection and can itself often be a death?

Hi Aaron. I just finished an answer to a question that came up on the word ‘apostolic’. I’m sending you that since it reflects on your question here as well, as your own concluding remarks also anticipate very well.

It is significant that many of the prophets were also priests. I used to say that unless the prophet is first priestly in his identification with ‘the blind, the ignorant, and the out of the way’ (Heb 5:2), as one who feels the infirmity of the weak (Heb 4:15), his ‘propheticness’ does something more than break the rock; it breaks the bones. Therefore a prophet that is not first priestly can become a liability to the church, because he misrepresents the character of Christ who did not “quench the smoking flax, or break the bruised reed” (Isa 42:3; Mt 12:20). Zechariah shows that Christ (“the branch”) will be a priest upon His throne (Zach 6:13). Priestliness is the necessary pre-qualification for purity of the kind of authority that reflects the character of divine rule (2Sam 23:4; Ps 72:4, 6, 12-13).

The exercise of true prophetic authority assumes a depth of priestly identification. Thus it is that only one that has been processed through tribulation to become priestly (reflected in a brokenness of identification with human weakness) can be entrusted with true prophetic authority, which is far more than accurate preaching or even accurate prediction. Such authority comes by being “in touch” with God as God, which puts one in touch with man as man. This is why the prophets of the OT and the apostles of the NT were not only faithful to ” root out, and to pull down, and to destroy, and to throw down …” But also to build, and to plant. The first four belongs to the office of the law, and the last two belongs to the ministry of the gospel. A true gospel in balance with the whole counsel of God is hard to come by, just as true apostles and prophets are hard to come by. It seems to me that our only safe hope to recognize and distinguish the true from the false, is to deeply and truly know the Lord. This means we are personally exercised in the laws and patterns of His ways in our own lives. Otherwise, even our estimation and evaluation of what would count as “fruits” will be just as faulty as our knowledge of God. So, once again, the burden is on the priesthood of every believer.

Sincerely, Reggie

Defining the “Apostolic”

Posted: November 4th, 2007, by Reggie Kelly

Dear Reggie, Is it possible to pass on to me a concise plain speaking explanation of the word APOSTOLIC without losing too much of its meaning. Bless you. Shalom.

The definitive paradigm for true apostleship is Isaiah (ch 6). The dynamics are all there. You will see it in the devastated twelve, the devastated Peter, and the devastated Paul. All were emptied and raised to be sent. The transformation is in the seeing (Zech 12:10; Jn 6:40; 2Cor 3:18), a seeing that seems to follow a process of travail and the annihilation of self-dependency, which seems to be the strength of the veil of unbelief (“I travail in birth till Christ be formed in you”). This is the pattern; and it is the great need of the church if it is to be apostolic. An apostle is one that represents in himself the corporate calling of the church of the indwelling Apostle and High Priest of our profession (no less true of the OT apostle; see 1Pet 1:11; “the Spirit of Christ which was IN them”). Like salvation, this call and this sending does not come by the flesh or by the will of man (Gal 1:12), but awaits God’s own chosen time and initiative (“But when it pleased God … to reveal His Son in me;” Gal 1:15-16). Therefore, true apostleship must be more than a certain kind of gifting; it is the product of a divine working that answers to a definite pattern of death and resurrection, of travail unto birthing, predicated on a transforming vision, or revelation of Christ that devastates carnal confidence. Where this pattern is lacking, the greater the gifting, the greater the snare of become a false apostle. I don’t know if this fits the prescribed criteria, but it’s all that comes to mind right now.

Sincerely, Reggie