A Thank-You To My First Patrons

I've gotten my first support on Patreon, so I wanted to both thank my supporters publicly and give them something in return. I'm therefore posting the first chapter of my new book on eschatology for all supporters who are donating at least $3/month. Unlike my previous book, When the Stars Fall, which left a lot of …

Sukkot and Eschatological Optimism

The autumn season has always been the one in which I most feel the "pull" of prophecy, specifically end-times prophecy or eschatology. The slow fading of the year appeals to my default state of cheerful melancholia, putting me in the right mood for contemplating the end of history with a Messianic hope. In addition to …

Blast From the Past: On Multiple Fulfillments of Prophecy

Back when I worked for Ravi Zacharias' ministry (as an intern in the mail-room, lest anyone get the wrong idea), I spent some time chatting with Paul Copan (yes, yes, forgive the name-dropping) and I asked him where he stood on eschatology. He told me, "You know, Michael, I think that when it's all said …

Prewrath Rapturism Part 4: Lining Up the Times

Pity the poor disciples of Yeshua!  Those who have read the end of the Gospel accounts find it all too easy to poke fun at the poor clods.  We chuckle when they are confused by Yeshua’s predictions of His death or that they are constantly saying and doing the wrong things.  But let’s be honest …

Prewrath Rapturism, Part 3: Daniel’s Gap

    In the prophecy of Daniel's Seventy Weeks, we have a curious gap between the 69th and 70th Weeks.  The 69th Week concludes with "the coming of the Messiah, the ruler" and then includes two additional events:  The Messiah is first "cut off" and then Jerusalem and the Temple are destroyed.  Then the 70th …

The Once and Future Antiochus

Here on the last and most joyous day of Hanukkah it's fitting to look forward as well as back, to the future persecution that the past one prefigures. When four of His talmidim came to Him to ask about the time of His Second Coming, Yeshua spoke of false messiahs, wars, famines, pestilences, and earthquakes, …