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This podcast will cover the topics covered by the history lectures, sermons, and Bible/theology studies of Will Reitz.

The Blue Collar Scholar Will Reitz

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This podcast will cover the topics covered by the history lectures, sermons, and Bible/theology studies of Will Reitz.

    Church-in-Quarantine, Episode 13: The 7 Seals & the 7 Trumpets

    Church-in-Quarantine, Episode 13: The 7 Seals & the 7 Trumpets

    The middle chapters of the Book of Revelation mirror the early chapters of Exodus, showing an active God who uses a series of judgements to achieve His aims. These chapters describe events that ought to be interpreted literally, as well as events that ought to be interpreted figuratively. This Sunday School lessons quickly surveys the first 14 of the judgements in the Book of Revelation, which the text refers to as seven seals and seven trumpets.

    • 41 min
    Church-in-Quarantine, Episode 12: The Antichrist

    Church-in-Quarantine, Episode 12: The Antichrist

    The figure that evangelical Christians know as "the Antichrist" is an archetypal figure that informs many of the great villains in fiction, especially Nicolae Carpathia in the Left Behind novels. However, the Book of Revelation does not even refer to this person as the Antichrist, preferring to refer to him as "the Beast." In this episode, we will take a brief look at what the Bible says about this person, and consider whether this is a person who has already come in history or who is still yet to come.

    • 43 min
    Church-in-Quarantine, Episode 11: The Tribulation

    Church-in-Quarantine, Episode 11: The Tribulation

    After discussing various interpretations of the End Times, this series will continue in a basic premillennial understanding of eschatology. The central event - or series of events - to this interpretation of the End Times is the Tribulation, a 7 year period of hardship and judgement on the Earth that precedes the physical return of Christ. Just a reminder to hold your End Times theology loosely. We are living before these events and so there is an incredibly wide range of acceptable, orthodox positions one can hold.
    This episode opens with a tribute to Ravi Zacharias, who had recently died in late Spring 2020. This means that I had to add an addendum to my tribute, as much of the legacy of Ravi has been tarnished by revelations of his sexual predatory behavior.

    • 48 min
    Church-in-Quarantine, Episode 10: The Rapture

    Church-in-Quarantine, Episode 10: The Rapture

    The Rapture is almost certainly the least-agreed-upon topic in eschatology (the study of the End Times). Men and women who are dedicated to studying Scripture and are careful to let the Scriptures dictate doctrine (and not the other way around) will disagree vehemently about the Rapture. So, in this episode, we will look into the Scriptures that premillennial dispensationalists use to form the doctrine of the secret, pre-Tribulation Rapture. ... Don't worry, we will define our terms.

    • 42 min
    Church-in-Quarantine, Episode 9: The Four Schools of Eschatology

    Church-in-Quarantine, Episode 9: The Four Schools of Eschatology

    This episode opens with a nice little time capsule: a discussion about when and how to reopen after quarantine in 2020, a process that ended up happening three times as we had to thrice go into quarantine during surges of Covid. The main thrust of this episode is a frank discussion of the 4 different "schools" or interpretations of eschatology (i.e., the study of the End Times). Those interpretations are Premillennialism (both historic premillennialism & premillennial dispensationalism), Postmillennialism, Amillennialism, & Preterism.

    • 36 min
    Church-in-Quarantine, Episode 8: Major Themes of the End Times

    Church-in-Quarantine, Episode 8: Major Themes of the End Times

    After the completion of our church's Church History series, we began a series on the End Times. This episode of the podcast is the introductory lecture of that series. There are major themes that Revelation, the prophetic books of the Old Testament, and other New Testament books teach us. These themes are important to establish before one digs in to deeper the details of eschatology.

    • 43 min

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