Gunn – Speaker of the Five “I Wills” – Isaiah 14:12-16

The Speaker of the Five “I Wills” – ISAIAH 14:12-16

By Gunn

In the study of Satanology there is perhaps no passage that has received more attention among dispensational scholars than Isaiah 14:12-16. Dr. Chafer devotes six pages to the theme of Satan’s five “I wills,” and then repeatedly refers back to this section throughout the remaining sixty-two pages of his study on Satanology. The vast majority of dispensational scholars reviewed by the author of this paper concur with Dr. Chafer that Isaiah 14:12-16 expresses the proud boast of Satan that brought about his fall from heaven. There is no doubt in this writer’s mind that the egotistical, arrogant, independently-minded assertion of these verses expresses the very heart of the first of God’s creatures to commit sin. However, it is the studied conclusion of this author that the primary reference in the passage under consideration is not to Satan, but rather to the eschatological ruler of Babylon, an exceedingly wicked man who will seek to dominate the political, religious and commercial control of the cosmos during the first half of the tribulation period. This nefarious individual, styled “the great harlot who sits on many

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Welsh Hell or Pure from the Blood of all Men

Welsh Hell or Pure from the Blood of all Men

Welsh Hell or Pure from the Blood of all Men
By Charles Welsh

charles-welshThere are some works that complicated in their topics, and others that are complicated by their authors. Within the groups “outside” of standard Christianity are the universalists. Within this group of people are those who would seek to confuse things which most would see as obvious. The universalists argue excessively over the term “eternal” or “everlasting” citing that it is not for eternity, and this is the main basis of their movement, that at some time all men in punishment will be joined in heaven with the redeemed or they will cease to exist, and their suffering will end as will their existence.

This attack comes on the key words mentioned above, and where and how they are used in Scripture. Granted this is a difficult topic to understand. But their conclusion is still wrong. I believe Welsh is a universalist (listed in the Unitarian Register) from his attack on the eternity of “hell”. Continue reading

Ice-Dispensational Hermeneutics

Dispensational Hermeneutics

By Dr. Thomas Ice

This is a paper on dispensational hermeneutics.

“Consistently literal or plain interpretation is indicative of a dispensational approach to the interpretation of the Scriptures,” declared Charles Ryrie in 1965. “And it is this very consistency—the strength of dispensational interpretation—that irks the nondispensationalist and becomes the object of his ridicule.”1 “Consistently literal interpretation” was listed by Ryrie as the second most important sine qua non of dispensationalism, which forms the foundation for the most important essential, “the distinction between Israel and the Church.”2 Earl Radmacher, in 1979, went so far as to say that literal interpretation “is the ‘bottom-line’ of dispensationalism.”3 While the ridicule of nondispensationalists has continued, there also appear to be signs of hermeneutical equivocation within the ranks of dispensationalism. Continue reading