Update

I apologize for the delay with my post.  We have been out of town for a few days (and still are, actually).  Look for the next post on eschatology sometime over the weekend.

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3 Responses to “Update”

  1. Todd Says:

    One last question – how does a HP deal with 2 Peter 3? Does one interpret the Day of the Lord as a long period in which Christ returns in judgment followed by his earthly kingdom reign?

  2. fenderpooh Says:

    Good question, Todd. One could go that way. I prefer to see the Day of the Lord as an event with multiple phases. The Old Testament background shows that the phrase can refer to events that are separated in time. For example, Joel uses the phrase five times (1:15; 2:1, 11; 2:31; 3:14). Some have argued that there are four different events in view:

    1:15–the locust plague
    2:1, 11–the invasion from the northern army
    2:31–the outpouring of the Spirit
    3:14–eschatological judgment on all nations

    While this is possible, I prefer to see 1:15 as a foretelling of the coming enemy invasion using the locust plague as a foretaste of that event. Therefore, we should group 1:15; 2:1, 11 together as “Day of the Lord” references to the army from the north invading Judah. Also, while 2:31 is in the context of the outpouring of the Spirit, I prefer to see it as a foretelling of eschatological judgment. The outpouring of the Spirit signifies that eschatological judgment is near (even though it has now been almost 2,000 years since that time, it is still near by God’s timing). Therefore, I see the “Day of the Lord” terminology as somewhat flexible, referring three times to the coming historical judgment on Judah and twice to eschatological judgment on all nations. One could say that Judah’s judgment is a type of the final day of judgment.

    It shouldn’t be any surprise that Peter could do something similar with the terminology, collapsing the eschatological events of Christ’s return and the final judgment together into one “Day of the Lord,” especially given the fact that he himself argues that with the Lord one day is like a thousand years and a thousand years are like one day (2 Peter 3:8).

  3. Bob Jones Says:

    You made a comment on a blog site about our “modern anti-Christological bias toward the OT”.

    I am not educated but have inferred a Christological hermeneutic.
    Here is a sample result:

    The story of Tamar as a shadow of Mary:

    Tamar:Mary did not have a son by her legitimate husband Shelah::Joseph

    but by his father Judah::God.

    She made herself available at Timnath::the appointed time Luke 1:20.

    Judah::God promised to give Tamar::Mary a kid::scapegoat ” for he shall save
    his people from their sins.”

    Tamar::Mary asked for an assurance of the promise.

    She was given a signet ring::”called the son of God”

    She was given a staff::”power of God shall over shadow you”

    She was given bracelets::”clean vessel” the Holy Ghost shall come upon you
    (There is no unclean thing here…) see Num 19:15 (An empty vessel without
    braclets is unclean)
    “There was no harlot in this place.” vs ” fear not to take unto thee Mary
    thy wife: for that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Ghost.”

    No one knew who the father was, except her. So she was going to be “put to
    death::divorced”

    When the real father Judah::God was discovered, she was honored.

    Tamar::Mary had twins::God-man

    whose names meant “breaking forth – the dawning”::dayspring Luke 1:78

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