Here is the link to the YouTube video to accompany this review outline, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q3e0iFNSD-s
1.) What is the Olivet Discourse and what does it connect the coming of Christ to?
“The Olivet Discourse (Matthew chapter 24) makes it absolutely clear that the coming of Christ is connected intimately to what happened to the city of Jerusalem and the temple. Not only does that mean that the coming of Christ is related to 1st century events, it also means that what we now call “the great tribulation” took place in localized, historical events”. Pg. 28
2.) What “two debates” does Beyond Creation Science seek to cover?
“…end times prophecy and Genesis creation” Pg. 29
“The purpose of this book is to help revive knowledge of that past and explore the implications, not just in regard to the conclusion of the Bible, but the implications for the beginning as well”. Pg. 68
3.) What is the “proper frame of reference” for reading New Testament prophecy?
“It is very easy to forget that our New Testament speaks of real people who lived at a particular time and place on planet Earth…These first Christians are the reference frame for prophecy; many of them actually listened to Jesus teach in person”. Pg. 33
4.) What does “coming on the clouds” language mean? Provide an example from Scripture.
“”Coming on the Clouds” meant judgement and destruction upon the enemies of God in the Old Testament. God rides on the clouds; every Jew knew this judgement metaphor from their Scriptures”. Pg. 47 (see also, Isaiah 19:1; Nahum 1:3,6,8)
5.) If Preterism is true, the coming of the Lord occurred in AD 70, what should we expect from Church History?
“Jesus warned His disciples to flee (Matt. 24: 15-16)). If the disciples recognized these events in their day as fulfillment of the Olivet Discourse , then Church history should record early Christians fleeing Jerusalem” Pg. 49 (see early historical works of Eusebius and Josephus)
“The difficulty is that most Christians do not know about the Roman-Jewish War”. Pg. 50
6.) Who is Josephus? Why are his writings significant?
“Josephus, a Jewish general and prisoner of war who witnessed the entire siege…Josephus’ War of the Jews is a long book and provides evidence for the fulfillment of nearly every single prophecy in the Olivet Discourse”. Pg. 50
“Josephus’ conception of the flood is important because he is a first century Jew who lived contemporary to the time of the writing of the New Testament. He gives us a glimpse into the accepted view of the flood in his day”. Pg. 114
7.) Who is Eusebius? Why are his writings important?
“…the early church historian…” Pg. 49
8.) Why did Josephus believe his generation “did not attend to nor give credit to the signs that were so evident”?
“…did so plainly foretell their future desolation, but, like men infatuated, without eyes to see or minds to consider, did not regard the denunciations that God made to them”. Pg. 65
9.) Ed Stevens recently wrote a book detailing the historical happenings fulfilling prophecy in the 1st century. What is the name of that book? ‘
The Final Decade Before The End
10.) In the 1st century, we saw the last days of what?
“The Biblical answer is that the last days have nothing to do with planet Earth or our physical universe. They relate to the last days of an age – a covenant age.” Pg. 70
11.) What is the focus of Bible prophecy?
“Prophecy is generally concerned with the redemption of God’s people”. Pg. 72
12.) In reading 2 Peter 3:10-12, what is one reason you would say this isn’t speaking about the burning up of the literal planet Earth?
“…the Greek word for ‘elements’ is stoichion which is used 7 times in the New Testament. Stoichion elsewhere refers to the regulations of the Mosaic Law”. Pg. 75
13.) According to Matthew 5:17-18, “If heaven and earth refer to our universe, then Jesus’ teachings requires…”. Please complete the thought.
“…the Law of Moses to be observed in every detail until the end of our physical universe!”.
14.) What is Preterism?
“It comes from the Latin word praeter which means “past”. It appears in various forms all throughout Church history”. Pg. 79
“The best way to understand God’s ways today is to understand His acts in redemptive history…Preterism introduces a key principle of covenant context that offers a coherent understanding of Noah’s flood, the Tower of Babel and New Testament prophecy. Preterism may very well revolutionize the Genesis debate”. Pg. 187
15.) What is “theistic evolution”?
“…scientists who accepted the mechanism Darwin suggested were generally committed to the idea that God was involved in the rise of life…It was this view, not Darwin’s naturalistic view, which actually became known as Darwinism in his day”. Pg. 84
16.) What is the significance of the year 1830 and Biblical understandings?
The Coincidence of Theology and Geology. Pg. 88
17.) Finish this quote, “The Rock of ages is more important than…”.
“…the age of rocks”. – William Jennings Bryan
18.) What usually happens when Conservative Christians begin to question Young-Earth creationism?
They are “…commonly accused of evolutionary compromise, liberalism, humanism, unbelief and even apostasy”. Pg. 108
19.) How would you begin to explain that the global flood is a modern view?
The local flood view was demonstrated by Josephus and “…is likely the common understanding among many if not all of the early Jewish Christians. The early Church Fathers relied heavily upon Josephus’ history”. Pg. 114
20.) What does it mean to be “chronocentric”?
When one “…gets stuck in their own time period and cultural mindset”. Pg. 117
21.) Where does the Biblical context of the flood account start and why is that significant?
“Genesis 5 sets the context of the flood…”. Pg. 117
“Genesis 5 narrows the subject in the Genesis account from all the children of Adam to the line of Seth. That sets the immediate context for what takes place in chapters 6 through 9. In other words, Genesis 5 sets a covenant context for all the events to follow in the flood account. If we ignore the chapter break and read this as one continuous story, the flood is related to the covenant line of the progeny of Seth”. Pg. 118
22.) What five (5) “local flood indicators” can you mark out from chapter 5 of Beyond Creation Science?
1.) The existence of Nephilim before and after the flood (cf. Gen. 6:4; Num. 13:33)
2.) Advanced economics and technology in the post-flood world
3.) Water only went up 20-30 feet. (cf. Genesis 7:20)
4.) The Olive branch carried by the dove in Genesis 8:11
5.) Literal interpretation would demand the whole earth dried up (cf. Genesis 8:13-14
23.) According to Beyond Creation Science, what five (5) things are required of those who stubbornly stick to the global flood view? Pg. 127
1.) Ignore ancient understanding of flood as local event as shown in Josephus
2.) Ignore the pre-modern concept of planet Earth which prevailed in Christendom before Christopher Columbus
3.) Ignore the covenant context Genesis 5 sets for the flood event in the line of Seth
4.) Ignore the local indicators in the account
5.) Solve the supernatural/natural tension in the global flood view
24.) According to Beyond Creation Science, global rendering of the flood account, relies on the misunderstanding of 3 words and phrases. What are they?
1.) “earth” 2.) “every living thing on the face of the earth was wiped out” 3.) “all the high mountains under the heavens were covered”
25.) What is the significance of the rainbow?
“The sign of God’s covenant with Noah was a bow. We tend to think of it as a rainbow in the sky, and that is accurate because it says it is placed in the sky and is seen when it rains. But the rainbow is a visual manifestation of a deeper image, The bow in this text symbolizes a weapon, God’s bow, that metaphorical weapon God used to wipe out Noah’s corrupt generation”. Pg. 163
26.) According to the ancient Jewish understanding, what was the significance of the Tower of Babel? How does this relate to the flood story?
“Now the multitude were ready to follow the folly of Nimrod, and to esteem it a piece of cowardice to submit to God; and they built a tower…that it might not be liable to admit water”. Pg. 174
“Rather than Noah’s posterity (the people of God) promoting the true worship of God in the culture around them as God commanded them, to fill the earth, we now find them in the story of Babel engaging in the pagan religion common to ancient Mesopotamia…The Tower of Babel resembles a ziggurat which served as a temple in ancient Babylonian and Mesopotamian religion”. Pg. 177
27.) According to Beyond Creation Science, what is the “ultimate contrast to the story of Babel”?
“…the story of the New Jerusalem”. Pg. 177
28.) According to Beyond Creation Science, what is the best way to understand God today?
“The best way to understand God’s ways today is to understand His acts in redemptive history”. Pg. 187