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The Rapture Index: Bad News is Good News

Back in 1987, David Chilton talked about how Dispensationalists oddly viewed “any new outbreak of war, any rise in crime statistics” and “any new evidence of the breakdown of the family” as “progress.” It was all “a step forward toward the expected goal of the total collapse of civilization, a sign that Jesus might come […]

Gog, Magog…Russia and the Rapture?

My good friend, Joel Rosenauer, has a saying: “When there is a lack of information, there are overactive imaginations.”   Overactive imaginations seem to be running wild in an article by Steppes of Faith titled “Who is Gog and Magog in Bible Prophecy.”[1] According to the article, the infamous “Gog of the Land Magog” (Ezekiel […]

Missing the Mark of the Beast

“And he causes all, the small and the great, the rich and the poor, and the free and the slaves, to be given a mark on their right hands or on their foreheads” (Revelation 13:16).   Is the mark of the beast a tattoo on the forehead and/or a barcode imprinted on the right hand […]

Here’s Hoping a Future Generation Will Get “This Generation” Right

In Matthew 24:34, Jesus says: “…this generation will not pass away until all these things take place.” Throughout Matthew’s Gospel, “this generation” always refers to the generation to whom Jesus was speaking. In other words, the people of the first-century generation. And throughout chapter 24, Jesus repeatedly uses the second-person plural, “you.” He was telling […]

The General Judgment and The Gospel

“They show that the work of the law is u written on their hearts, while their conscience also bears witness, and their conflicting thoughts accuse or even excuse them on that day when according to my gospel, God judges the secrets of men y by Christ Jesus” (Romans 2:15-16 ESV).   Recently, the attempt is […]

Oikouménē in Hebrews 1:6

Oikouménē in Hebrews 1:6 “And again, when he brings the firstborn into the world (οἰκουμένη ), he says, ‘Let all God’s angels worship him’” (Hebrews 1:6). According to TDNT: “hē oikouménē denotes the inhabited world and then comes into use for the Roman empire. In Philo it has primarily a general rather than a political […]


Recently someone asked me about Zechariah 14 and how I could possibly believe it’s been fulfilled already. A number of years ago, I had addressed this. I decided to repost the whole thing here. Hopefully, this will be of some value to readers who’ve been asked this question.    Chapter Context To begin with, Zechariah […]

Revelation 20 and the New Exodus (Part 1): The Dragon

Revelation 20 and the New Exodus (Part 1): The Dragon © Robert E. Cruickshank Jr (June 9, 2022) Revised October 9, 2022   “Then I saw an angel coming down from heaven, holding the key of the abyss and a great chain [a]in his hand.  And he took hold of the dragon, the serpent of […]

Luke 17:20-21 and the Timing of the Kingdom

Dispensationalism and other forms of Futurism argue for a kingdom that is either exclusively in the future, or exclusively internal – existing only in the hearts of believers. Some will concede that the kingdom is “now,” but any visible manifestations of it are “not yet.” Thus, all efforts to advance God’s kingdom, in time on […]

Dirt and Dominion

Dirt & Dominion: Sacred Space in the New Covenant Age Robert E. Cruickshank Jr [This is an excerpt from my message at Berean Bible Church on July 31, 2022] According to 1 Peter 2:9, we are now that Holy Nation (Jews and Gentiles alike). And, the land we inherit isn’t just the land of Canaan […]