THEO3311 Issues in Prophecy

I. Course Description

It has been said that prophesy is “history before it occurs.” Prophesy therefore is God’s overview of history before it happens and provides the framework for history. With this in mind therefore, the purpose of this course is twofold: 1) to introduce the student to Eschatology as understood from a normative dispensational perspective, and 2) to provide the student with a good working knowledge of prophesy and end times events.

II. Course Objectives

  1. To identify and understand biblical highlights of eschatology.
  2. To examine the main body of materials on the subject.
  3. To identify and understand the correlation between the prophetic themes of the Bible.

III. Course Textbooks

1. J. Dwight Pentecost, Things to Come, Zondervan, 1964, ISBN: 979 0 310 30890 4

2. John E. Wolvoord,The Millennial Kingdom, Zondervan, 1959, ISBN: 0 310 34091 8

1. Tim LaHaye, Charting the End Times, Harvest House, 2001, ISBN: 0 7369 0138 8

2. Mal Couch, Introduction to Classical Hermeneutics, Kregel, 2000, ISBN: 0 8254 2367 8

3. Charles Ryrie, Dispensationalism, Moody, 1966, ISBN: 978 0802 42187 6

4. Chafer, Major Bible Themes, Zondervan,1974, ISBN: 0 310 22390 3

5. Fruchtenbaum, Israelology, Ariel Ministries, 2001, ISBN: 0 914863 05 3

6. Tommy Ice & Timothy Demy, Fast Facts on Biblical Prophesy, Harvest House, 1997, ISBN: 0 5650 7665 6

IV. Evaluation of Student Performance

1. Class Attendance – for Campus students, due to the concentrated nature of the lectures, one unexcused class absence will reduce final grade by a letter grade. A 2nd unexcused absence will result in an additional research assignment required for a passing grade. A 3rd unexcused absence will result in a failing grade. Extension and Online students must listen to the recorded lectures in their entirety and must fulfill all other format-specific requirements in order to receive a passing grade.

2. Reading Assignments and Accountability – Students will read the required reading as outlined in Section V-Course Outline & Assignments. Each week students will write a 1 page summary over the assigned reading.

3. Research Assignments – Assigned Questions – A brief paragraph is required, answering each assigned question. The professor is seeking maturity in the answers not simply length, aim for at least 1⁄2 page double spaced. The questions are at the end of this syllabus. Campus and Extension students will answer any 40 questions attached to this syllabus. Online students will answer any 30 questions.

4. Course Exams – There are no course exams.

5. Online Interaction – Online students will have three weekly online assignments: (1) post weekly reading accountability in their online classroom; (2) post a brief (50-75 words) observation of a key point from that week’s lecture; and (3) post at least two responses either to Professor observations or other students’ postings.

6. Campus students will submit assignments as directed by the Professor.
Extension students will submit assignments to on or before the course due date. Online Students will submit assignments as directed by the Online Professor.

7. Scoring Rubric
Attendance or Online Participation: 25
Reading Component (Reading & Accountability): 25
Research Component (Papers & Projects): 50
Total Points: 100

V. Course Materials