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  1. This article is an important reminder of our position & behaviour as believers in an evil world. However, I question this: He writes: "The present, post-Flood world is now under the dominion of Satan, who is “the prince of this world” (John 12:31) and of “all the kingdoms of the world” (Matthew 4:8)." John 12:31 Now is the judgment of this world: now shall the prince of this world be cast out. Mat. 4:8 Again, the devil taketh him up into an exceeding high mountain, and sheweth him all the kingdoms of the world, and the glory of them; 9 And saith unto him, All these things will I give thee, if thou wilt fall down and worship me. We can add: Luke 4:5 And the devil, taking him up into an high mountain, shewed unto him all the kingdoms of the world in a moment of time. 6 And the devil said unto him, All this power will I give thee, and the glory of them: for that is delivered unto me; and to whomsoever I will I give it. 7 If thou therefore wilt worship me, all shall be thine. It is wrong to quote the boasting lies of Satan as if they were enduring Scripture truth. Centuries earlier, Nebuchadnezzar had to learn: Dan. 4:34 And at the end of the days I Nebuchadnezzar lifted up mine eyes unto heaven, and mine understanding returned unto me, and I blessed the most High, and I praised and honoured him that liveth for ever, whose dominion is an everlasting dominion, and his kingdom is from generation to generation: 35 And all the inhabitants of the earth are reputed as nothing: and he doeth according to his will in the army of heaven, and among the inhabitants of the earth: and none can stay his hand, or say unto him, What doest thou? Belshazzar had to learn the same lesson: Dan. 5:21 And he was driven from the sons of men; and his heart was made like the beasts, and his dwelling was with the wild asses: they fed him with grass like oxen, and his body was wet with the dew of heaven; till he knew that the most high God ruled in the kingdom of men, and that he appointeth over it whomsoever he will. Jesus does acknowledge Satan as the prince of this world but declared his doom - now shall the prince of this world be cast out. He continues - 32 And I, if I be lifted up from the earth, will draw all men unto me. Satan was always limited by the power of God. Satan is a defeated enemy; his power over this world was limited even before Calvary. We now stand in the power of the Holy Spirit in our hearts & lives. We read Jesus' words before his ascension: Mat. 28:18 And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth. 19 Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: 20 Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen. We can reread Morris's article knowing that Jesus has triumphed over Satan & the powers of this world. Paul gives further advice in Eph. 6.
  2. Thanks Jim, no side effects yet but the link may be helpful, please.
  3. David - is that your own study, or are you quoting someone?
  4. Update: David's widow, Trixie, had a stroke a few days before Christmas, but recovered enough in a few days to return home. She's OK at home but needs lots of help as she can't get out. Aunt Lily is now in a hospice. My wife Ann suffered severe bleeding early December & was diagnosed with womb cancer. We were at the hospital several times a week through December & January, until hysterectomy at the end of January. She has made a good recovery & they think there is a low chance of recurrence, so she is having 4 sessions of radiotherapy. Started yesterday & will end next Thursday. Thank you for your prayers.
  5. Back to the OP - sorry folk, but it's what John was hoping for I grew up through WWII & until the mid 50s knew only the Church of England teaching - the relevant section of the Apostles' Creed: 6. He ascended into heaven, and sits at the right hand of God the Father Almighty: 7. From thence he shall come to judge the quick and the dead: ....... 1l. The resurrection of the body: 12. And the life everlasting. Amen. Discussion at school came to the consensus that because Israel was back in the promised land, the return of Christ would take place in the relatively near future. At university (late 50s) I learned of other views of the second coming, & realised that the Scofield Bible used by some was involved. Basically 2 views were held - pre- & amillennialism. I don't recall dispensationalism being taught. The churches I attended held to the historic amil position. When we married & moved to London we found the church was teaching dispensationalism. And folk were arguing about the finer points of second coming doctrine. Those folk retired & moved away. Meanwhile, we moved to another church until a new pastor was called who taught the historic amil doctrine. In the 90s I preached through Revelation from the historic amil position. I didn't need to contend, there was broad agreement. With the rise of Christian radio, I heard a lot dispensational teaching from American preachers, & realised it was a very significant teaching that many were espousing. Until then it seems that only dubious sects like Brethren & Pentecostals held it. Now, through such publicity as occasioned by the "Left Behind" series it was becoming mainstream. Back to the OP - all this time I understood antichrist to be the Papacy, after all, Scripture teaches many antichrists, & the reformers & others fleeing Rome knew who their enemy was. Towards the end of the 20th C, various individuals were being named as possible, most of whom are now dead. Russian & Islamic leaders were particularly favoured. You ask, "Why the shift from the predominate view being Christians wouldn't know who the Anti-Christ was because we would be raptured prior to his revealing, to the current view which says the Anti-Christ will be revealed before the Rapture so Christians will know who he is?" I don't think your question is valid, as it seems all along dispensational Christians have been looking for a man they can identify as a potential antichrist, who they expect to rise before the supposed rapture but to take power during the trib. I suspect that depending on which Christian "circle" you are in, you will find various prevalent views. I won't give my view except by popular demand
  6. We are unlikely to come to an agreement regarding interpretation as to the future identities of the two, BUT what can we apply as practical instruction for ourselves & our generation while we wait & work & watch & pray in expectation of our Lord's return to a world ever condemned by the Law & the Prophets? Blessed is he that readeth, and they that hear the words of this prophecy, and keep those things which are written therein: for the time is at hand.
  7. Hebrews 9:9-15 shows that the OT sacrifices looked forward to Christ & the new testament. In John 2, Jesus speaks of his body as the temple, & in John 4, says that worship is to be in spirit & in truth, not centred on Jerusalem.
  8. Looking forward to fellowship with Gospel Christians across the pond.

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