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Millenial Views

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Joe Carter has a good summary of the views on the millenium referred to in Revelation 20. It has none of the arguments for and against these views, which you can find some of in this somewhat haphazard post of mine. It does have a nice explanation of what each view says in a non-confusing format, which is rare. If eschatology confuses you, this is a good place to start.

I've been so busy getting readings prepared for online course reserve that I haven't even had a chance to look at the second Philosopher's Carnival. I intend to post anything from it that I think it interesting at some point.

Since I have nothing else to post right now, here's my last extensive enough review that I've written for Amazon, this time my July 2002 review of D.A. Carson's How Long, O Lord?: Reflections on Suffering and Evil.

And Jesus came and said to them, �All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.� (Matt 28:18-20, ESV)

It realized something at a baptism last year about Matthew 28's Trinitarian formula. It doesn't just use a Trinitiarian formula that assumes enough of a parity between Father, Son, and Holy Spirit to put them in the same sentence in parallel. I've seen commentators mention this, but it's not a strong enough argument that all three persons of the Trinity are fully God. After all, you could list God, the church, and the world in parallel like that, although here there's a sense of commonality and joint authority in addition. One thing occurred to me that I had to go check the Greek to be sure of. Jesus talks about the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. This 'name' is singular, one name for the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. The name of the Father is 'YHWH' (Hebrew at the time didn't have written vowels), also called the tetragrammaton and covenant name of God. I can't think of another name that these three persons could share. Anyway, that's not the sort of thing those who deny the Trinity but want to affirm the scriptures will be able to deal with easily. Even the fact that there's one name they fall under is some threat to that view.

I think the clearest statement at least of the divinity of Jesus is in Philippians 2:1-11, but it will take some work to draw it out. Some common misreadings of what Paul says there (due to the infelicities of English renderings) hinder what I think would have been an obvious implication of the text to its original readers.

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