BioI was saved in a Conservative Baptist church in 1962 and attended BIOLA (Bible Institute of Los Angeles) shortly thereafter. I agree, for the most part, with Dr. Peter Ruckman; however, I am not a "Ruckmanite", per se.
I've heard of some that believe in a literal rebuilding of ancient Babylon. Some would conjecture that the real "mother load" of petroleum is beneath "Babylon" and that it was formed as the burial place of the Garden of Eden. Technology will lead to this discovery, and oil prices will plummet worldwide as a result. Of course, all this places the Tribulation in the somewhat distant "future".
My only comment is that the only "church" in the beginning, was the synagogue. Records indicate that as late as the 3rd century, there were still (secret) Nazarenes in synagogues dispersed throughout the Roman Empire (attempts were made to identify these "Nazarenes" -"worshippers of the crucified"- by the rabbis). The only official "meeting places" of the Greeks and Romans were their pagan temples (so that can be ruled out as an ekklesia . Gradually, there were Gentile "home churches" formed, especially at the end of Acts, where Paul completely forsakes the synagogue and the teaching of the Kingdom (as it doesn't apply to purely Gentiles who have no knowledge of the Old Testament). Everything changed in the 4th Century, when "Christianity" became the official state religion of Rome, and the doctrine of "replacement" was born, whereby the "Chruch" replaced "Israel" and Israel was forever cut-off (cast-off) from God. There is absolutely no need to preach the Gospel of the Kingdom in this present dispensation of Grace. That message of the Kingdom will, however, be preached by Israelites during the Tribulation (in fulfillment of scripture). Have a nice day, beameup
Paul was not "chosen" to replace Judas. Matthias replaced Judas, to establish the Twelve Apostles to the Nation of Israel/ Paul was "chosen" as the only Apostle to the Gentiles, and to him was "revealed" the Gospel of Grace (without works). "mixing" the Gospel of the Kingdom with the Gospel of Grace is what the Catholic Church did at its inception (and still does). Unfortunately, most of the Protestants just "follow suit" and preach a confusing mix of the two (yes even most IFB).
And when he is come, he will reprove the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment: John 16:8At some point in time, you will be confronted by the Holy Spirit and then you must either turn-away (harden) or turn-to Jesus ("die"). When you "die", you will then be "reborn" by the Holy Spirit. I see a recognition of your absolute sinfulness & the Holiness of God,but beyond that, I don't see any "works" necessary for salvation. At the point of receiving the Holy Spirit, you are "sealed unto the day of redemption"and "baptized" by the Holy Spirit into the Body of Christ. If you died right then, you would be as "saved" as you ever would be.
You do err, not knowing the scriptures Repent ye therefore, and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, when the times of refreshing shall come from the presence of the Lord; And he shall send Jesus Christ, which before was preached unto you: Whom the heaven must receive until the times of restitution of all things, which God hath spoken by the mouth of all his holy prophets since the world began.Here in Acts 3, Peter is preaching the Gospel of the (Earthly) Kingdom to Israel. The Messiah must remain in "heaven" until Israel repents.Heaven is the destiny of the Body of Christ. Israel will receive its King & Priest when they repent. They will repent at the end of the Tribulation, and Jesus will return to earth. And ye shall be unto me a kingdom of priests, and an holy nation. Exo 19:6a
"Repent and be baptized" was the message to Israel. Peter continues in Acts with the proclamation of John the Baptist. This command is for Israel. This command does not apply to the Body of Christ. When you try to apply instructions for Israel to the Body of Christ, then you err.
In the case of John the Baptist, "repent and be baptized" applied to Israelites. They had a lot to repent about, as they were chosen by God and given the Scriptures and the Prophets. This message was to prepare Israel for their Messiah. So, in this case, "repentance" required "works" (as illustrated in the Gospels and Acts, as well as the Hebrew Epistles... like James).
In the case of Abraham being given the land, Abraham was put into a deep sleep and God passed between the halves of the sacrifice. So, it is unconditional. In the same day the LORD made a covenant with Abram, saying, Unto thy seed have I given this land, from the river of Egypt unto the great river, the river Euphrates: Genesis 15:18
This theology is the cornerstone of Catholicism, going back to the very foundation of the Roman Church under Constantine. There are other "elements" of this 4th Century Catholic theology that go along with it. Unfortunately, even IFB churches adopted certain elements of this Catholic doctrine. One reason for this is that the "Reformers" (like Luther) did not go far enough, and so their teachings are simply adopted and continue to be so. The Apostle Paul would be weeping if he were alive today.
I believe the opposite. Paul is the apostle to the Gentiles, Paul uses the concept of the "body of Christ". The "body of Christ" is composed of Jew and Gentile, but it is not composed of "Israel" and Gentiles. I personally believe that Revelation is applicable, in its entirety, to Israel - and the Tribulation in particular (the "Church"/Body of Christ being absent). When a "body" is completed, it is completed... period. Now, consider the "function" of a "body", and the implications of that "concept"... (just something to ponder).
Therefore I will shake the heavens, and the earth shall remove out of her place, in the wrath of the LORD of hosts, and in the day of his fierce anger. Isa 13:13 For the stars of heaven and the constellations thereof shall not give their light: the sun shall be darkened in his going forth, and the moon shall not cause her light to shine. And I will punish the world for their evil, and the wicked for their iniquity; and I will cause the arrogancy of the proud to cease, and will lay low the haughtiness of the terrible. I will make a man more precious [rare] than fine gold; even a man than the golden wedge of Ophir. Therefore I will shake the heavens, and the earth shall remove out of her place, in the wrath of the LORD of hosts, and in the day of his fierce anger. Isa 13:10-13