About Me

Name: Lynda O

Location: Tennessee

Beliefs: Christian, Calvinist, Historic/Classic (Futurist) Premillennial, and a Biblical (Young Earth) Creationist.

I work full-time as a computer programmer, and write this blog as a hobby, an extension of my personal Bible Studies.

This blog reflects my scripture thoughts from whatever I’m studying.   Here I chronicle my thoughts from daily Bible reading (I follow a modified Horner Bible Reading plan of 9 lists, 12-14 chapters per day from different genres) and thoughts from general Bible study.  I enjoy listening to MP3 sermons from S. Lewis Johnson, and reading sermons and books from great Christian preachers including J.C. Ryle, C.H. Spurgeon and others.

  1. Alex
    December 28, 2010 at 10:13 am

    I just discovered your website using Google and found your comments on Isaiah 65 helpful. I match your theological description (though I never heard of S. Lewis Johnson). My studies, this year have focused on the prophets, especially regarding the millennial kingdom and the eternal state.

    I particularly wanted to ask if you can recommend a good Premillennial, Dispensational commentary on Zechariah. There are lots of good books at the bookstore of “Israel My Glory,” but they didn’t have anything on Zechariah…and I think that is a very important book to understand.

    Thanks for any help that you can give. – Alex

    • December 28, 2010 at 10:58 am

      Hi Alex,

      I haven’t read any of these myself, but would recommend S. Lewis Johnson’s sermon series through Zechariah (which I’ll be listening to in the next few months, now that I’m starting through the many sermon series that he did in the minor prophets).

      The Precept Austin website lists several commentaries for Zechariah http://preceptaustin.org/zechariah_commentaries.htm, including several it recommends (and a few to avoid). I would look specifically at the commentary available from Charles Feinberg –God Remembers: A Study of Zechariah. Feinberg’s material is available for a $50 annual fee for online access, while most of the commentaries listed there (including ones from Thomas Constable, Barry Horner and others) are available at no cost.


      • Alex
        December 28, 2010 at 8:23 pm

        Thanks, Lynda. I realized that I was in a hurry and asked you for the wrong book of the Bible. I recently found a good commentary on Zechariah: “Zechariah: A Commentary on His Visions and Prophecies
        By” David Baron. This I found through “Friends of Israel” (Israel My Glory) What I can not find is a good recommendation for a Premillenial Dispensational commentary on Ezekiel. I’ll keep those resources that you mentioned in mind. I already have Charles Feinberg on the Minor Prophets. I also get a lot from “The Bible Exposition Commentary”, (6 Volumes) By: Warren W. Wiersbe.

        Thanks so much! – Alex

  2. Jan
    January 1, 2011 at 4:35 pm

    Hi, Lynda:
    You don’t have to respond to this quick email; I just wanted to let you know I am excited about finding your site, as you seem interested in the topics I find fascinating and important, and it’s great to have access to your mind, and to those who contact you. I found your site when I was looking for Mark Hitchcock’s views on dispensationism vs. covenant theology. Happy New Year!

  3. willeng2surv
    June 6, 2011 at 1:31 pm

    Hi, Lynda
    I stumbled across your blog on wordpress while looking at others on eschatology. What you had to say was very interesting and I did enjoy reading some of your posts. You classify yourself as a Premillennial Dispensational-Calvinist and that cracks me up. I’m with you on it for sure theologically but most Calvinists I know (and that’s quite a lot) would not be caught dead being referred to as a Dispensationalist. I’m also a fellow programmer working just south of your location in Huntsville, AL. I just wanted to drop you a line and tell you that I enjoyed reading it and I will be back for more. If you get a chance pop over to my blog (http://willeng2surv.wordpress.com/) I would love to hear your thoughts – I’m always up for suggestive improvement.

    Adam L.

  4. June 6, 2011 at 3:13 pm

    Thanks for stopping by Adam — always nice to meet other like-minded believers. Just looked at your website, and those are some good, informative articles on Christian eschatology, so I’ll definitely add this to my list of resources.


    • willeng2surv
      June 6, 2011 at 3:36 pm

      Thanks Lynda – I’m trying to write a basic intro guide to Bible prophecy for those that would like to understand what’s going on but find it too daunting a task to find out. Next up will be an exploration of the occult group – the Freemasons. I have family unfortunately involved in this group and they insist that it is a Christian organization. Keep up the good posting, I look forward to reading them.


      • Flora Forbes
        June 14, 2016 at 5:24 pm

        I found the blog as I did a search on David Baron and also Charles L Feinberg. I appreciated the information about books and websites. I have worked in Academic Theological Libraries and am keen to study the Bible and Prophecy, and I do also enjoy reading the Purtians, the Reformers, Church History. I did a search for articles by David Baron on the book of Zechariah. dornoch1@gmail.com

        I thought that I would provide information for Adam on Freemasons by the author of “Kingdom of the Cults” which as the information below indicates it is “the authoritative reference work on major cult systems for forty years.”

        Walter Martin author of the book “Kingdom of the Cults”.

        Overview (Dr, Walter Martin and information about updated and augmented “Kingdom of the Cults”:

        The authoritative reference work on major cult systems for nearly forty years. Working closely together, Ravi Zacharias and Managing Editors Jill and Kevin Rische (daughter of Dr. Martin) have updated and augmented the work with new material. This book will continue as a crucial tool in countercult ministry and in evangelism for years to come. Among cults and religions included are: Jehovah’s Witnesses, Mormonism, New Age Cults, the Unification Church, Baha’i Faith, Hinduism, Buddhism, Islam, and more.


        Click here for the Real Audio
        Dr. Walter Martin answers the Question –
        Can a Christian be a Freemason?

        You will find in this report The Ritual. Most masons do not know of, or deny its existence. It was recently found in the Rare Books Room of Pattee Library at The Pennsylvania State University. Indeed it is an authentic copy of the ritual book. Most masons are told it does not exist, The Book of the Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite of Freemasonry. This is the actual ritual. Not some quotes from an anti-Mason book, but significant parts of the actual ritual book. It is no wonder that these secrets of the “craft” and luciferian initiations are kept from, not only the public, but its own members. It is now revealed. Alleluia Yeshua!

        Freemasonry – Great Joy in Great Tribulation


        Perhaps the best book on the subject, is “The GODS of the LODGE,” by Regenald C. Haupt, Jr., Published by VICTORY PUBLISHING COMPANY, P.O. Box 15251, Savannah, Georgia, 31406. The book is also obtainable via the Overcomer Broadcast ministry of Brother R.G. Stair, Box 691, Walterboro, SC, 29488. Phone (803)538-4202. This book will give you enough of the initiations, symbolism, mysteries, philosophies, rites, titles, secret words, grips etc., so that you will know the accuracy of the book. The Southern Baptists and United Methodists have the largest memberships within freemasonry. The book is based almost entirely on Masonic sources. It was not written as a smear or condemnation. It simply exposes the truth of this religion of Lucifer from their own sources such as the New Freemasonry Encyclopedia. The book also exposes the connection between Mormons and Freemasonry.


    • willeng2surv
      May 24, 2013 at 2:10 pm

      I’m baaaaaack! I was surfing around and found you again. Great info Lynda. I’ve been really busy the last couple of years so I fell out of habit on posting. I’m back in the game now though – funny how writing code can keep you too busy to write anything else. I’ve put you on my list to follow – looking forward to reading more. Have a blessed day!

  5. September 24, 2011 at 6:41 pm

    Just found your blog here after seeing your Facebook page. Happy to see someone has referred you to David Baron and Charles Feinberg….Adolph Saphir is good also. He is kind of mentor to David Baron. And I’m delighted to see you are familiar with Paul Henebury’s excellent blog. You’ll have to message me the location of your pre-mil dispy calvinist church…..lol…..I’m in west TN also and am homeless, churchwise.

  6. September 25, 2011 at 4:26 pm

    Thanks for stopping by Ed, and for the additional recommendation of David Baron and Adolph Saphir! I just sent you a FB message regarding churches in the region.


  7. Raine
    February 26, 2012 at 9:15 pm

    Hey Lynda! Two things:

    1. Have you ever heard of the True Church Conference? It’s hosted by Grace Life Church of the Shoals in Muscle Shoals, Alabama, about a 2 hour drive from where I live in TN. In terms of price, I don’t know what they’ll be doing next year, but this year it was free for the first time. It’s held once a year, and this year’s has just come to a close, but it’s something I think you may be interested in attending if possible.

    2. Have you ever listened to David Miller? I had heard of his ministry but I had only heard him preach for the first time at the conference, and he’s a great expositor of Scripture. He’s suffered from muscle atrophy which God has turned for his glory; he preaches from a wheel chair on memorized passages of Scripture without using a written Bible. His passion for the word is inspiring. It’s interesting because he once used to read through 16 chapters of Scriptures a day in order to complete the Bible every three months, similar to your plan.

  8. February 27, 2012 at 8:53 am

    Thanks, Raine! No, I’ve not heard of that conference, or David Miller. Just googled and found out about both, looks interesting. Don’t know that I would be able to attend due to my personal (family) circumstances, but it looks like a great conference and one not too far from here either. It’s also great to hear about others who have read through many chapters of the Bible per day on a regular basis, a great way to study and remember God’s word.

  9. Raine
    February 27, 2012 at 11:52 pm

    Either way, God will be glorified; so whether you can attend or get any resources or not I pray that God will keep you and make his face shine upon you. But I recommended them primarily because they’re Calvinistic and it seems premillenial. While a few people that I talked to at the conference were amillenial, and I’m faily certain one of the speakers were, Jeff Noblit, who hosts it, takes a literal approach to the Old Testament and it showed in the sermon he preached on the Gospel from Isa. 55. He emphasized its aim at Israel but also its implications for the Church, without confusing the two.

  10. March 1, 2012 at 1:55 pm

    Thanks again, Raine. I’ve heard from a few others now, too, that Noblit is Calvinist / futurist / premillennial. I found his online sermon archive, including his Revelation series, and listened to some of an introductory lesson; good material.

  11. Richard A. Truman
    March 13, 2012 at 9:42 pm

    Hi Lynda: I’m not sure if Dr. Bill Barrick studied under H. LaVern Schafer, but I do know he taught at San Francisco Theological Seminary with him. Here’s a book I would highly recommend: Maturing in Christ, by H. LaVern Schafer. He taught at Dispensational Theological Seminary for over 20 years here in Oregon until his death a couple of years ago. Another good book is: The Christian “In Christ” by David K. Spurbeck, who still teaches at the seminary. You can also get audio of the sermons by Spurbeck and others at Valley Baptist Church in Cherry Grove, OR. Jesus is coming soon!

    • March 14, 2012 at 7:54 am

      Thanks for the recommendations, Richard! I’ll look up those books and the audio sermons.

  12. March 25, 2012 at 12:09 am

    Hello Lynda

    I, like likeminded others have just bumbled onto your site. Lewis Johnson is indeed a great teacher. I listen to his mp3s daily. I am now going through his “basic” doctrine series, which is wonderful.

    You say you’re a dispensationalist Calvinist. Wasn’t SL Johnson critical of some of the dispensationalist doctrines (of his teacher Sperry Chafer).


  13. March 26, 2012 at 8:02 am

    Hi bography,

    In regards to SL Johnson and dispensationalism — yes, he often noted Chafer’s weakness in doctrine: particularly regarding limited atonement, and the “classic dispensational” idea of two peoples of God. Yet Dr. Johnson always held high regard for Chafer as a great Christian man and what he had accomplished with the seminary, given Chafer’s background limitations.

    By Calvinist dispensationalist I mean 5-point Calvinism and moderate dispensationalism, such as held by S. Lewis Johnson and current teachers such as John MacArthur and the Masters Seminary.


  14. March 26, 2012 at 10:42 am

    Yes Lynda SLJ loved Chafer and often said that he looked forward to seeing him in heaven. What a great teacher is SLJ. I would say that I am one with SLJ except on one remark he made (I forget on which message); he said there will be more people in heaven than not, which I found odd. Not that I don’t wish that this would be so.

  15. March 26, 2012 at 2:10 pm

    I don’t recall hearing that specific comment from SLJ (more people in heaven than hell), but well remember reading that idea from Spurgeon, in a sermon in which he explained it more in-depth. SLJ often quoted from Spurgeon, so it’s likely that he had similar reasoning as Spurgeon. See point #4 (page 3) in this Spurgeon sermon: http://www.spurgeongems.org/vols1-3/chs37.pdf

  16. March 26, 2012 at 4:17 pm

    Like Bography, I had never considered that Heaven would outpopulate Hell–thinking along the lines “few there be who find it…” But I heard Alan Cairns a few years ago making the same point as Spurgeon does in the article you cite….and again, like your commenter, I would be thrilled to be wrong on this and find that Cairns and Spurgeon are correct.

  17. April 13, 2012 at 6:09 am

    Lynda, I think you might like the end of one of SL Johnson’s confernces:

    • April 13, 2012 at 11:46 am

      Thanks, bography. Yes, great words from SLJ. I listened to his Bunyan Conference lectures not too long ago. Thanks for reminding me of that section; now I recall something about the shipwreck reference. As I’m sure you know, he often mentioned the Scottish theologians.

  18. Loraine DeFreitas
    March 3, 2013 at 2:05 pm

    Hello, Lynda. I just discovered your blog while Googling for something about SLJ. Don’t have time to spend here right now but will come back to it later. I know it will be interesting.

  19. Lee Niermann
    April 17, 2013 at 6:15 pm

    Hello Lynda
    Just discovered your blog. I, too, am a 5-Pt Cal-Dispy, learning from SLJ for over 30 years now. MacArthur excellent too. Also enjoy Jeremiah thru Daniel/Revelation … BUT, are you sure David Jeremiah is Calvinistic? I would LOVE to think so, but have been told the Calvinistic David Jeremiah is a DIFFERENT David Jeremiah????

    • April 18, 2013 at 9:04 am

      Thanks, Lee. As far as I know David Jeremiah is a 4-point Calvinist (associated with such places as Moody Bible Institute), but don’t know that much about him other than when I wrote one post a few years ago, when I briefly listened to him on the local Christian radio station. That post still gets more blog hits than many others, such that I see it’s currently in the list of “Top Posts.”

      • Lee Niermann
        April 20, 2013 at 9:41 pm

        If you haven’t already done so, check out John MacArthur, “For Whom Did Christ Die?” and “Why Every Calvinist Should Be A Dispensationalist.” The latter is an abbreviated form of SLJs 14-or-so-hour Eschatology series, “The Covenants,” and the former a one hour treatment comparing to SLJs nine-hour series, Suffering Savior, The Design of the Atonement, or For Whom Did Christ Die? Wonderful material! If you have mssed anyof it, DON’T! God Bless.

      • April 21, 2013 at 2:33 pm

        Thanks. I’ve read through MacArthur’s six-part series “Why Every Calvinist is a Premillennialist,” a very good summary. Haven’t yet listened to the other one, “For Whom Did Christ Die?” Also haven’t gone through SLJ’s “Suffering Savior” series; his Bunyan Conference Atonement series messages were very good.

      • Lee Niermann
        April 20, 2013 at 9:45 pm

        I would think of Moody et al as probably more in the One Point category if you really ge them to dfine how they hold them. I think Preservation/Perseverence the only one they would rdefine in same way as 5-Ptrs. But I don’t always know wht I am talking about and I do enjoy D. Jeremiah on Dan-Rev! Very Good!

      • April 21, 2013 at 2:35 pm

        Ahh, the one-point Southern Baptist type; interesting. At any rate, since the D. Jeremiah post was three years ago and doesn’t fit with the rest of my blog content (and in light of more recent questionable things done by D. Jeremiah), I have removed that post.

  20. Armando Valdez
    January 6, 2015 at 5:57 pm

    Is Great you blog, I have a blog in Spanish, Could I translate your ‘posts’ in Spanish?

    • January 6, 2015 at 7:25 pm

      That would be fine, with references back to the original source this blog, reblogging style.

  21. Armando Valdez
    January 6, 2015 at 7:27 pm


  22. Dorothy Callier
    May 10, 2015 at 12:41 pm

    Dear Lynda, I really enjoyed your Scripture Thoughts on “The Parables of Rejection: Matthew’s Gospel”. I was immediately interested when I saw your study was with S. Lewis Johnson.

    I was wondering if you have any other Scripture Thoughts on other parables regarding the rejection like in Luke 20:9-18 or Luke 19:11-27? Or even a more exhaustive study that includes the historical accounts of the rejection like in Matthew 9:34/Mark 3:22/Luke 11:15?

    I thank God for your blog ministry!


    • May 11, 2015 at 6:35 am

      Hello Dorothy,

      Thanks for the comment regarding that post. I have written many posts as studies of topics covered by S. Lewis Johnson. However, he never taught through the gospel of Luke, and so I do not have any other posts on the rejection parables.

  23. noel
    May 12, 2015 at 8:51 am

    Thanks for your website. In August 1989 I drove from Florida to Dallas to hear Dr. Johnson speak at Believers Chapel. Well worth the drive! One of the two things I learned from his teachings was our security in Christ and a young earth. I think his mentor Donald Barnhouse believed in the “gap theory”. Every night when I turn in I put Dr. Johnson on and listen to his explanation of the Scriptures.

    • May 12, 2015 at 9:59 am

      Glad the website is of benefit to you, and thanks for commenting! Yes, as SLJ mentioned in his Genesis series, his mentor Donald Barnhouse held to the gap theory — which SLJ himself was taught, but later rejected; and SLJ pointed out the problems with the Gap theory in his Genesis series.

  24. Bruce Carlson
    March 20, 2016 at 7:58 am

    Thank you for the summary of the angels in the letters to the churches in Revelation comparing John MacArthur and S. Lewis Johnson. Much of the diversity found in church polity and Biblical interpretation is rooted in the absence of discipleship as the foundation for normal healthy growth. Every believer is personally accountable for the Word of God. No design of church leadership should ever attempt to replace this. Once a believer leads another individual to personal faith in Christ the clarity of the Word of God is magnified. The spiritual appetite for what really nourishes is accentuated.

  25. Robert
    October 13, 2016 at 8:30 am

    Hey Lynda, I had hit this website before and saw some of your articles, but didn’t realize this was all you until just now when I clicked the “About me” link. I have been reading Horatius Bonar’s “God’s way of Peace” and found your article on it. Hope you and D are doing well.
    Robert W.

  26. Cornelis
    March 22, 2017 at 3:33 pm

    Hi Lynda,

    I am just curious if you are still using this plan every day: https://scripturethoughts.files.wordpress.com/2012/07/bible-reading-plan-9-lists.pdf The 9 lists. I am reading with much interest your whole Horner Bible Reading Plan categorie: https://scripturethoughts.wordpress.com/category/horner-bible-reading-plan/ Seeing how you slowly changed from the original 10 list plan to an adapted 9 list plan. Your last post in this categorie was December 6th of 2013. So I am very curious if you are until this day, 22 March 2017, still using the 9 lists:
    •Gospels (1 chapter/day): 89 days
    •Pentateuch (1-2 chapters/day): 109 days
    •Pauline Epistles (1 chapter/day): 87 days
    •History (2 chapters/day): 98 days
    •Prophets (2 chapters/day): 94 days
    •Psalms/Lamentations/Eccles (2 chapters/day): 86 days
    •Proverbs/Job/Song/Ruth (1 chapter/day): 85 days
    •Esther-to-Chronicles (1 chapter/day): 106 days
    •Acts-to-Revelation (non-Paul) (1 chapter/day): 83 days

    And if so, if you are still using that sequence and if it is still refreshing for you every day. And I think the most important question: after years of just reading the bible with some classic plans what you mentioned in the first blogs of the categorie, in 2013 changed to your own adapted schedule, did you really have grown much in the grace and the knowledge of the Lord due to this plan?

    Your answer would really help me because I am considering your adapted version of the 9 lists.

    May God bless you.

    • March 22, 2017 at 7:35 pm

      Hi Cornelis, thanks for stopping by here. Yes, I still follow the plan though slightly modified. The Psalms list is Psalms, Ecclesiastes and Esther. Another change: Proverbs, Job, Song, Ruth and Lamentation. List 8 starts with Daniel instead of Esther. Now I usually take two days per each 9 lists. I don’t use an Excel file anymore, but just remember the sequence and use sticky notes to mark my place for each list, where to restart every day. I still like it and have good familiarity with the Bible overall from the frequent reading.

  27. Cornelis
    March 22, 2017 at 3:46 pm

    Oh, sorry, I forgot to ask you as well. Are you still using the same bookmarks and the excel file? Or just the bookmarks? I can’t imagine how you have made an excel file of a schedule which is every day different. I am also curious how you did that.

  28. July 7, 2017 at 10:31 pm


    I was wondering whether one could be a believer in Covenant Theology, believe that ethnic/national Israel will one day be saved and have a distinct and prominent role of leadership in worship and service amongst the nations in the Millennial Kingodm, and not believe that believing Gentiles are in any way, shape, or form “Spiritual Israel” (As I hold that is only for believing Jews)?

    Thank you!

    • July 7, 2017 at 10:32 pm

      Oh, and I hold to One People of God with the Jews still retaining a distinct role in God’s plan. Plus, I too am Post-Trib.

      God bless you sister!

    • July 8, 2017 at 9:23 am

      Hi, and thanks for your comment! Certainly anything is possible — there are variations of Covenant Theology just as there are variations of dispenationalism. CT, post-trib, with future for ethnic/national Israel, a restoration of Israel (including its having a prominent role among the nations in the Millennial Kingdom) is the view of classic premillennialism, which I hold to — the view held to by several 19th century leaders including Horatius and Andrew Bonar, J.C. Ryle, and Charles Spurgeon. Most CTs, including these covenantal premillennialists, though, as far as I can tell, would not emphasize or insist that the the term “spiritual Israel” must only mean ethnic Israel; this appears to be a hold-over from the influence of dispensationalism today. But overall, what you describe is very close to the view of covenantal premillennialism.

      • July 8, 2017 at 9:32 am

        That’s amazing to know!

        You said that the views I spoke about are close to covenantal Premillennialism. Is there a blog post on here detailing what Covenantal Premillennialism teaches sister? Or would you be able to explain it here briefly?

        And did Bonar, Ryle, and Spurgeon believe that believing Gentiles were spiritual Israel?

      • July 8, 2017 at 9:45 am

        Oh, and thank you so much for replying back!

        I did want to know how your 1689 Federalist beliefs fit into a Covenantal Premil view? I used to be 1689 Federalist and have actually met personally with Arden Hodgins from Trinity Reformed Baptist and Sam Renihan so I’m familiar with the position as well.

        Sorry for all the question family! Your blog is just that good though lol!

  29. July 8, 2017 at 10:56 am

    Lots of good questions — thanks. As for (current day) 1689 Federalism and covenantal premillennialism, I addressed my views on that in this post from three months ago: https://scripturethoughts.wordpress.com/2017/04/11/reformed-baptists-charles-spurgeon-and-israel/
    Charles Spurgeon held to the 1689 Confession, with the same view of covenant theology (the original 1689 view, before this view was “lost” in the 20th century and the modern 20th century RB version came about). So that is how I see the 1689 view fitting with covenantal premillennialism.

    If you’re on Facebook, we have a discussion group for covenantal/historic premillennialism — “Historic (Classic) Premillennialism” https://www.facebook.com/groups/premillennialism/
    In this group we have several ‘files’ of resources for the classic / covenantal premillennial view. Also this page on this blog: https://scripturethoughts.wordpress.com/2013/08/20/historic-classic-premillennialists-free-online-books/

    One good resource is the Future Israel website — http://futureisraelministries.org/ It’s the website of Barry Horner, who published the book “Future Israel” several years ago. The website has online text and PDF writings from the covenantal premills, including works from J.C. Ryle and Horatius Bonar – their writings about the future restoration of national/ethnic Israel, as well as their premillennial view.

    As for the use of the term “spiritual Israel,” if you google Charles Spurgeon’s sermons (“spiritual israel” site:www.spurgeongems.org), he did use the term frequently, to refer to all believers. Read this sermon in particular for how he used the term — recognizing and stating the view to future Israel and yet applying the term to all believers in this age: http://www.spurgeongems.org/vols52-54/chs3045.pdf

  30. April 17, 2018 at 12:40 pm

    Lynda – Thanks for the excellent review of Dr. Talbot’s messages! The Alliance has a lot more content we’d love to share with you as you’re prepared! We’d also ask for your permission to use your review in full connected to these messages.

    I would love to speak (by email even) if you’d see value there. Again, thank you for your excellent review and thank you for your ministry! – Bob Brady, Executive Director

    • April 17, 2018 at 5:51 pm

      Thank you for the blog comment! I have replied to you, from my gmail email address. I enjoyed listening to the Mark Talbot lectures.

  31. July 7, 2020 at 5:36 am

    Hi, Lynda. I was going through old e-mails and found a reply you sent to me in April 22, 2015. My life doesn’t allow me to do very much reading outside of projects which which I have to do for my profession, so I haven’t kept up with your posts. My loss! Anyway, thanks for answering a question from five years ago.

    Lynda O commented on Time and Eternity: Time is No More, Or Never-Ending Time?.

    in response to Mark A. Ellis:

    Lynda, why are the leaves of the tree of live needed for the healing of the nations in the eternal state?

    I wrote this four years ago, had forgotten about it since. I do not know the answer to that question, and I was mainly referencing Vlach and a few others and their thoughts. From reading done since then, I only add that 19th century historic premillennialist B.W. Newton (in his “Thoughts on the Apocalypse”) concluded that some of the content in Rev. 21 really was back-tracking and describing the millennial period. Not that I completely agree with him either, just another view to share.

    • July 8, 2020 at 5:46 am

      Thanks for the reply, Dr. Ellis. It’s an interesting question–perhaps the leaves necessary includes the idea that we are daily sustained by God’s grace; even in the eternal state we are sustained continually by the Lord God. And this will be represented, at least in one way, by the leaves of the tree of life. I recently read a Revelation commentary (James Boice), but it only went through chapter 6, and I haven’t come across any other recent Revelation commentaries (at least, commentaries from a ‘classic’ historic premillennial viewpoint).

      • Lance Wonders
        July 8, 2020 at 11:30 am

        Lynda: I recommend George Eldon Ladd, George Beasley-Murray, Robert Mounce, and John Davenport’s commentaries on Revelation — all are classic post-trib, futurist, premillennial approaches. All should be available via inter-library loan from your regional evangelical seminary libraries: I’m pretty sure all were written within the last 50 years (1970 to the present). Robert Saucy and his son Mark have many articles or book-chapters in print that address the role of Israel in the Millennial Kingdom. Irenaeus and Hippolytus were of the same general persuasion regarding the end and were also young earth creationists. Terry Mortenson is a strong advocate of the old 6000 years until Jesus returns viewpoint, as also is (potentially?) Jonathan Sarfati. A strong case can be made for this present year being 5997 anno mundi…and for 2020 being the first year of a 3 1/2 years-long Tribulation, with the AC appearing later this year in the US or Europe. We need to be in prayer for supernatural discernment and biblical depth of perception so as not to be culturally hypnotized — or academically blinded? — in our straightforward reading of the times in which we stand. Yes, some of the Puritan fathers were terribly deceived by mistaken historicist presuppositions…but at some point “the last generation” will in fact be set the task of discerning the times and alerting the troops to “keep on standing until the end.” One is not crazy or deluded to take that position in our own day, so long as our faith and hope are continually focused upon Jesus Himself and His returning and not on our own system of doctrine or interpretation….

  32. Tim Szazynski
    October 30, 2022 at 6:43 am

    Just just found you while Googling Adolf Safir. I appreciate the post that I read. And will be looking at some other stuff that God is using you to put on display for his glory and the benefit of his people and ultimately the rest of creation. There is a YouTube channel that you might find interest in a couple brothers and sisters from Minnesota have been together for a long time and they have been well schooled in the prophetic scriptures. The YouTube channel is “God’s foretold work”.

    • October 30, 2022 at 7:05 pm

      Hi, Tim! Thank you for the invitation. Apparently I have a long but sparse history of conversations via this channel! I went to the youtube page and enjoyed the Bible study on The Timing of the Seals.
      Yours for the Gospel in Brazil,
      Mark A. Ellis

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