Thoughts on Prophecy: Embracing the Messiness

Posted By on August 14, 2011

Some of you know via other interactions that I’m currently teaching a four-week class at my church on interpreting prophecy. (Yes, I got talked into it).

This past Thursday was the first session. My goal throughout the four weeks will be to convince people that interpretations of prophecy are anything but self-evident. As readers of this blog know, prophecy is all about presuppositions brought to the text.

The topic was why you believe what you believe about the kingdom of God. For many, having little prior exposure to what’s really going on under the hood of biblical theology, it’s confusing.† But that’s good. It’s complicated. Popular books and teachers just don’t tell you a lot of things you need to think about, and basically don’t pull back the curtain so you can see that it’s about presumptions, not citing verses.† They want you to adopt their position.

Anyway, I thought I’d post the slides (you have to right-click and “Save As” for some reason) and this two-page summary of the issues for anyone interested.

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13 Responses to “Thoughts on Prophecy: Embracing the Messiness”

  1. Ed Roberts says:

    Of course we are interested!!… does your church post audio/video of services?

    • MSH says:

      The get posted to (you’d have to search for “Grace Church Bellingham” and add my name or sort by “most recent” — but I don’t think it’s been uploaded yet.

  2. Patrick says:

    I think there’s a subtlety involved here sometimes ignored, at least my church ignored it for a long time.

    I think the authentic Israel of God always was believers as opposed to ethnicity, so from this view the Church is Israel. Didn’t replace Israel, is Israel. Romans 11. To include all Jews and Gentiles who want in.

    Also called the new creation.

    The concept of the “land” in the OT has been “filled full” by Christ and now the land is the cosmos for the heirs of Christ who are also the heirs of Abraham who are also “the circumcision not done with hands” Phil 3.

    I think the next move for God in this respect is the resurrection, judgment and restoration and that Christ has been ruling earth since the moment He was nailed on the cross.

    So, I assume I am amill.

  3. Donnie Rose says:

    Thanks for the slides Dr. Heiser. I appreciate your insights. Your methods are very sound. Even when you make me stretch and get out of my comfort zone, I really appreciate it!

    I really enjoy the MEMRA classes!

  4. Shaun Swanson says:

    The Vimeo videos are great. Just finished your lessons on Genesis.

    But can you ask that they post the audio to their talks separately as mp3 files? They would get around the web much easier. Plus I could listen on my commute!

  5. rode says:

    its up ! at

  6. Cris Putnam says:

    Thanks Mike, you always make me go deeper…

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