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3 things we MUST agree upon
- Jesus is coming again
- No one knows the day or hour
- Be ready for his coming
METHOD OF STUDY
2 Peter 1:20-21
1. Find where a translation of the New Testament quotes from the Old Testament.
2. Find where the quotation is located in the Old Testament.
3. Read the New Testament context. (verses before & after the quote)
4. List the major words and word phrases.
5. Read the Old Testament context and compare it with the New Testament context.
6. Draw conclusions as to how the quotation is understood or fulfilled or store the information for later use in understanding similar prophecy. (Use historical data from contemporary sources: Josephus, Eusebius, apocryphal books, etc.)
AUDIO AND OUTLINES
WHAT'S THIS CLASS ALL ABOUT?
This class will meet Sunday mornings at 9am, beginning September 13th, in the church library. It is intended for young adults, age 18 through 30's. Tommy Clay and Steve Malette will be hosting the class which will be a 12 part sermon series by Dr. Jack Cottrell. Each week we will post an audio sermon from Dr. Cottrell on this page and have an included outline to help while you listen to the sermons. The topics covered will be:
- The four heavens
- The kingdom of God has come
- The millennium is now!
- Israel in prophecy
- Are we headin' for armageddon?
- The second coming of Christ
- The other side of death
- The resurrection from the dead
- What is the rapture?
- The final judgment
- What about hell?
- What about heaven?
FROM DR. JACK COTTRELL
"In this series I deal with many passages of Scripture that fall into the category of predictive prophecy. Such prophecies are found in both the Old Testament and the New Testament. One of the biggest mistakes often made in the interpretation of prophecy is assuming that most of the Old Testament prophecies about Israel and about the establishment of God's kingdom have not yet been fulfilled, and will not be fulfilled until the time of the second coming of Christ. One thing that I will stress in these sermons, especially in the earlier ones, is that most of these prophecies have already been fulfilled, either before or as the result of the first coming of Jesus, rather than at his second coming.
Another common mistake in the interpretation of such prophecies is the assumption that all prophecy must be fulfilled literally, or more precisely, on the level of physical reality. For example, many assume that Old Testament prophecies about the Jews can be fulfilled only in reference to the physical nation of Israel, or that prophecies about the establishment of God's kingdom can be fulfilled only in an earthly, physical kingdom, or that prophecies about resurrection from the dead can refer only to the physical resurrection of the body.
These assumptions are false. The Bible itself says that much prophecy is given to us in figurative language (Num. 12:6-8; Hos. 12:10). Also, the Bible is very clear that not all reality is physical. There are really two different groups called "Israel" in the Bible (Rom. 9:6), one defined in terms of their physical descent from Abraham and the other defined in terms of their spiritual relation to Jesus Christ (see Gal. 6:16). The latter Israel is the New Testament Church. Much Old Testament prophecy about "Israel" refers to the latter.
Likewise, prophecies about such matters as the establishment of the Kingdom, the first resurrection from the dead, and the "Battle of Armageddon" are fulfilled on the level of spiritual realities. We should not make the mistake of equation prophecy that is fulfilled on the level of the spiritual with "figurative" prophecy, though. Spiritual reality is just as REAL as physical reality, and prophecies fulfilled on the former level are just as LITERAL as those fulfilled on the latter level."