Where did Rapture theology come from? In this Seven Minute Seminary, Ben Witherington III explains that Rapture theology and its parent, Dispensationalism, are new ideas that were birthed in 19th century. He continues to work through the history of the belief and explains how it became a movement particularly in the United States.
Contrary to popular notions about disembodied eternal existence, the Christian hope is grounded in Jesus Christ’s resurrection, which is a foreshadowing of what the church will share in as well. Watch Matt O'Reilly in this Seven Minute Seminary explain the Christian afterlife.
Contrary to how some read 1 Corinthians 15, the spiritual body is about source of empowerment, not quality of material. Watch this Seven Minute Seminary video from Ben Witherington III as he critiques views on the spiritual body that pass over the resurrection.
In light of this weekend's Left Behind movie release, Dr. Michael Halcomb addresses the question, "Is the rapture in the Bible?" by taking a look at three different core verses that sensationalists use to support the rapture. As Dr. Halcomb shows us, Matthew 24:37-41, 1 Thessalonians 4:16-18, and Revelation 4:1-2 mean something different than Left Behind enthusiasts like to believe.
How does prophecy work? Does it tell us in detail the timing of key future events? In this Seven Minute Seminary episode, Dr. Ben Witherington explains the difference between "forth-telling" and "foretelling," and suggests that God reveals enough about the future to give us hope, but not enough to not require faith in our every day lives.
So much poor interpretation exists related to the book of Revelation because we try to apply our modern context to ancient images. In this Seven Minute Seminary, Dr. Robert Mulholland explains key aspects of the work that must be kept in mind in order to properly understand it.
Would the Apostle Paul have urged us "not to be so heavenly minded you’re no earthly good"? In today's article, Steve Seamands weighs in on the significance of Jesus' ascension.
What does the Bible actually say about heaven and hell? Be prepared, because someone in your youth group is eventually going to ask you. Jeremy Steele shares a level-headed and Biblically accurate answer to this frequently asked question.
Have you ever been told that you are on the wrong side of history? Josh McNall explains that just because history goes to the victors doesn't mean the victors are right.
Does Matthew 24 and 1 Thessalonians 4 teach the Rapture? Last week Ben Witherington shared on the origins of rapture theology. This week, watch him explain the Bible background and historical imagery behind two popular proof texts for rapture theology.