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.
It's not unusual for a prophecy to have a "partial fulfillment" and then a yet future "fulfillment". For example, in Acts 2 Peter says "But this is that which was spoken by the prophet Joel". Note that the Holy Spirit did not say that this is a fulfillment of Joel's prophecy, but that it was "spoken of" by the prophet. Paying very close attention to "the details" often reveal things we otherwise might miss or "gloss over". Of course, if you are a preterist, then it is necessary for you to somehow find that all prophecies have been fulfilled.
"Rightly Dividing" really is the key to understanding what applies to you and where you fit into God's plan. I just left a IFB church because the pastor has no clue, he plucks verses out of context, mixes and matches them and "throws them in a blender" and calls that his Spirit inspired "sermon". No wonder his "congregation" are a bunch of immature "sheep" that have no understanding.
I just left a IFB church where the "pastor" is like a dictator. There are no deacons, no elders, etc. He feels that the Holy Spirit "inspires" him during the week, and on Sunday he "delivers" what the Holy Spirit has revealed to him and delivers it to the "congregation". There really is no place for the Holy Spirit to properly function in such a place.
Prior to the coming of Messiah, there were three major sects within Judaism: Essenes, Sadducees, and Pharisees. They all met in the same synagogue. Currently, there are four major sects of Judaism, however, they each have their own synagogue. The Nazarenes were a sect that emerged from the followers of Messiah. Records indicate that the Nazarenes were present within synagogues until the second and third centuries.
1 Corinthians 12 discusses the "body" of Christ. It definitely refers to an earthly "body" of believers beginning in vs. 28. However, with the "discrediting" of the work of the Holy Spirit due to the wacko "speaking in tongues" emphasized by the charismatics, it seems that Baptists simply avoid discussing the power of the Holy Spirit in the individual believer, not to mention the work of the Holy Spirit amongst believers in a local "body".
Acts is a transitional book. The "transition" was between the Jewish based "Sect of the Nazerenes" and the final "casting off" of Judaism by Paul in Acts 28, which established the predominantly Gentile "Body of Christ" (ie: "church"). During this "transition period", Judaism was the "vehicle" which would usher in the Millennium. Following the removal of the Body of Christ (yet future), the "Sect of the Nazerenes" will again come into existence and usher in the return of Messiah.
There were no "church buildings" as we know them today. The early churches met in synagogues and/or private homes. During this "transition period" between the identifiable Hebrew "Sect of the Nazarenes" and the establishment of the specifically Gentile "Body of Christ", the "gift of tongues" still operated as a means of propagating the gospel. Notice that Paul states that "if" I spoke in the tongues of angels. You don't get to the complete severing of all ties with Judaism until the end of the Book of Acts. "ekklesia" means "assembly", not necessarily a "church" - as in a building. Most make the mistake of not realizing that these "gifts" of tongues, healings, and instant transportation, will return following the removal of the Body of Christ. The Hebrew "Sect of the Nazarenes" will reactivate during the Tribulation in order to fulfill the Great Commission.
In Acts 2, Peter says that the tongues is in fulfillment of Joel's prophecy. "Tongues" is an instantaneous knowledge of another language in order to preach the gospel. In that respect, "tongues" is a Hebrew "gift" of evangelism. Since the demise of the Jewish "Sect of the Nazarenes" (assembled in synagogues), the "gift" has disappeared... for now. The gift of tongues will reappear following the rapture of the Body of Christ and during the Tribulation, where it will reappear in order for Israelite believers to fulfill the Great Commission.
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.