Articles by Hans K. LaRondelle
Understanding a challenging prophecy
Hans K. LaRondelle, Review and Herald Publishing Association, Hagerstown, Maryland, 1987, 185 pages, $12.95 hardback; $8.95 paper.
Historically, the church has seen the seventy-week prophecy of Daniel 9 as referring to the Messiah, specifying the timing and details of Jesus' ministry. A popular reinterpretation in recent years has shaped many Christians' understanding of end-time events by separating the final week of Daniel's prophecy from the preceeding sixty-nine, transposing it from the historical context of Jesus' ministry to the last days of earth, and applying it to the work of antichrist. Scriptural evidence is on the side of the traditional interpretation, says the author of this article.
When the disciples questioned Jesus about the timing of His prediction concerning Jerusalem's fall, He responded with a prophetic discourse that seems to link His second coming with that first-century event. Did He really intend to return that soon? Was He simply mistaken? How are we to understand His words?
Is there a dichotomy between the church and Israel in the New Testament? Are there two sets of promises in the Bible one delivered to Israel and the other given to the church? If so, do the promises directed originally to the remnant relate solely to Israel, or can they have meaning for the church as well?
Does the New Testament represent the church as the new "Israel," the only heir to God's present and future covenant blessings, or does it keep Israel separate and distinct from the church?
What is the role of Israel in biblical prophecy? The question assumes urgency in view of continuous presentation in some circles that the present-day state of Israel has a definite role defined in prophecy.
A dynamic chronicle of Luther's discovery of the gospel and its immediate outcome
Many Christians are looking for a national reinstatement of an earthly Davidic kingdom in the land of Israel New Testament evidence seems to indicate, however, that Abraham and his believing descendants looked for a heavenly country and city to a new heavens and a new earth.
A comprehensive overview of Paul's understanding of the law in relation to the biblical covenant.
The key to unlocking the hidden, underlying unity of the two Testaments is the Person of Christ.
We read from the Psalms at hospital bedsides, at weddings, and at funerals. We use them devotionally and we even sing some of them. But we rarely preach from them. And the reason, the author suggests, is because we don't really understand them. Here's how you can get into preaching from the Psalms in a way that will make them mean something to the people in your pews.
The key to correctly interpreting New Testament writings has always been in understanding the Old Testament symbols and references.
Paul's epistles are to be understood against the background of the religious situation and moral needs of each particular audience. This counts especially for his letters to the Galatians and Corinthians.
Part 2 of a three-part series on understanding the Apocalypse
What is righteousness by faith? Is it only forgiveness, or does it demand moral rectitude?
A minister must especially guard against a "professional" use of the Scriptures in his work.
A remarkable Old Testament prophecy points to a renewed preaching of the everlasting gospel in the days just before the second coming of Christ.
An approach to Revelation 12-14
A system of Biblical interpretation begun in the nineteenth century is embraced by many Christians today. What are the key concepts of this relatively recent hermeneutical method, and how do they differ from what the church has generally held?
By comparing Old Testament and New Testament references to the fall of Babylon we can learn how to be a part of the true Israel of God today.
We expect from heaven our Saviour Jesus Christ, who will change our body of humiliation and make it conform to his own body of glory; and we believe that, in that day, the dead who are in Christ, coming out from their tombs at his voice, and the faithful then living on the earth, all transformed through his power, will be taken up together into the clouds to meet him, and that thus we shall always be with our Saviour.—Confession of the Evangelical Free Church of Geneva, 1848, Art. xiii.
What is the central thrust of the historicist approach to biblical prophecy and how may it be effectively utilized, especially in the light of Christ
The millennium results in such a demonstration of the character of God that all created beings in heaven and earth cannot help bowing their knees at the name of Jesus.
The antecedents of Johns prophetic view in Revelation 20 can be found in the Old Testament predictions concerning the apocalyptic "day of the Lord." We cannot fully understand one without the others.
In reference to this prophetic span of time, Christians have divided themselves into premillennialists, postmillennialists, and even amillennialists. It has been interpreted as a long period of earthly peace, the entire Christian Age, a time when the redeemed will reign with their Lord in heaven, or the restoration of the Temple and its sacrifices in Jerusalem. In one way or another, a fully developed Biblical concept of end-time events must recognize and deal with the millennium revealed in the Apocalypse.
The apostolic church lived in expectation of Christ's return in glory and power.
Another in Ministry's ongoing study of the faith of Seventh-day Adventists from a Christocentric perspective (see last month's article by Dr. LaRondelle: "Paul, Law, and Covenant")
What the Second Coming accomplishes
Keys to understanding the Apocalypse: Final of a three-part series
A study in Adventist Ecclesiology
In the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, orthodoxy or pure doctrine was the primary concern of the Protestant confessions in both the Lutheran and Reformed churches.
The words of the psalmist, asking God to open our eyes to the wondrous things in His law (Ps. 119:18), encourage us to adopt a proper understanding of Scripture.
Understanding the prophetic continuity between literal Israel and the contemporary Christian church exposes our identity and destiny
The first in a three-part series dealing with ways of grasping the meaning of Revelation
The uniqueness of scripture.
Can we continue to feature events from the distant past as signs of Christ's return?
The Saviour urged His disciples to understand the words of the prophet Daniel But did He place the fulfillment of Daniel's warning in the first century or at the end of time? Some interpreters believe that His same words mean one thing in Matthew and another thing in Luke!