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January 18, 2004

The following new materials are now available:

Topic Description Media Author
Revelation 12 Revelation 12 - A Woman and the Dragon
A woman labors to give birth to a male child who is to rule all nations. The dragon attempts to devour the child who is caught up to God and His throne. The dragon persecutes the woman who flees to the wilderness where she has a place prepared by God.
Slides with Audio Tony Garland
Commentary on Revelation 12 Additional commentary providing background for the audio recording on Revelation 12. Includes a new section on Beasts, Heads, and Horns. Document Tony Garland
Topic Description Media Author
2Thess. 2:1-5 The Prerequisites for the Tribulation
(2 Thessalonians 2:1-5) This section of Scripture affirms that the Rapture of the Church will occur before the beginning of the Tribulation, and it asserts that the Tribulation itself cannot begin until two prerequisites have occurred. It also provides several important characteristics of the "man of lawlessness" -- the Antichrist.
Slides with Audio Steve Lewis
Topic Description Media Author
What is the Relationship of the Church to the New Covenant? Exposition of the New Covenant and its relationship to the church has traditionally proven to be a ďsore spotĒ for dispensational interpreters. Because dispensationalism has all too frequently emphasized Scriptureís discontinuity at the expense of its continuity, dispensationalists have often had difficulty explaining the New Testament verses that seemingly apply Israelís New Covenant to the church age. This paper will attempt to demonstrate how the New Covenant relates to the church in a way that maintains the continuity as well as the discontinuity between Godís programs for Israel and the church. In pursuance of this end, the following three areas will be explored: the Old Testamentís presentation of the New Covenant, what the New Testament presents regarding the New Covenantís ratification and relation to the church, and inadequate views some interpreters have offered concerning how the New Covenant relates to the church. Document Andy Woods
The Use of Hosea 11:1 in Matthew 2:15 A straightforward reading of Hosea 11:1 yields merely a historical statement regarding Israelís Exodus experience. Verse 2 corroborates this understanding by highlighting the events of the nation following the Exodus experience. Thus, these verses are merely focusing on the history of the nation rather than the coming messiah. Therefore, at first glance, this passage is not in need of receiving any future fulfilling. However, what makes the passage problematic is that Mathew 2:15 indicates that Hosea 11:1 was fulfilled by events that transpired in the early life of Jesus. In other words, Christís departure into Egypt to escape the slaughter of the infants by Herod somehow fulfilled the words of Hosea 11:1. What in the context of Hosea 11:1 needed fulfilling when the verse merely looked backward to Israelís historical experiences rather than forward to the coming messiah? Document Andy Woods
How Do We Know We Have the Author’s Intended Meaning? This article offers a conservative approach regarding where the author's intended meaning is found. The remainder of the article attempts to rebut possible objections raised against this position. Document Andy Woods

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