He is Risen – Jesus Did Really Rise From The Dead

 

It Is a Historical Fact that Jesus Rose from the Dead

 

Doubting Thomas by Caravaggio Cir 1602-03

Doubting Thomas by Caravaggio Cir 1602-03

On Easter (Resurrection Day) we celebrate the resurrection of Jesus the Christ from the dead. In the resurrection we see that Jehovah God sent Himself, a suffering servant (Isaiah 49-57), in the body of a man to atone for the sins of the world. His suffering reached a level of pain before and during the crucifixion that we cannot imagine as He bore the sins of the world and the cosmic realm as well. He met with the powers of darkness in the cosmic realm, which He battled and won the war (Luke 22: 53). Satan tried all he could to prevent Christ’s crucifixion. The death He experienced cleansed the heavenly tabernacle (Hebrews 9: 23-26), which Lucifer polluted with his sin and fall, as well as providing for the salvation of all who would believe the gospel of Christ (II Corinthians 5: 21). Paul describes a situation that still exists today, doubt about the resurrection.

I Corinthians 15: 12-20a

12 Now if Christ is preached that He has been raised from the dead, how do some among you say that there is no resurrection of the dead? 13 But if there is no resurrection of the dead, then Christ is not risen. 14 And if Christ is not risen, then our preaching is empty and your faith is also empty. 15 Yes, and we are found false witnesses of God, because we have testified of God that He raised up Christ, whom He did not raise up—if in fact the dead do not rise. 16 For if the dead do not rise, then Christ is not risen. 17 And if Christ is not risen, your faith is futile; you are still in your sins! 18 Then also those who have fallen asleep in Christ have perished. 19 If in this life only we have hope in Christ, we are of all men the most pitiable. 20 But now Christ is risen from the dead (NKJV).

Paul’s prayer for the Corinthians is real specific. Some were denying the resurrection without any evidence. They simply said, “resurrections don’t occur.” Unbelievers say the same thing today. They say it couldn’t have happened because resurrections just don’t happen. Paul goes on to say that if there are no resurrections then Christ did not rise from the dead and our only hope is to trust in the powers of this world. If that were true our faith is misplaced in a false hope of eternal life through the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. Therefore we would be the most miserable lot in the world because the world only offers, among other troubles death, divorce, financial hardship, health problems, wars, tyranny and strained relationships. He concludes this passage with the strong assertion that Christ is risen from the dead. It is a matter of historical fact. The resurrection of Christ is the only hope for the world that there is remediation for the sinful decaying and dying world we live in. There is no other way out of the decay and sin we live in. God Himself provided the way. We only have to recognize that this really happened and accept it as fact.

Paul’s also offered a prayer for the Ephesian believers, which is very specific. He asks God to bestow upon them a deeper knowledge and understanding of Christ that we today must also experience. This is not something that one can learn in a seminary or even in a Bible study or from reading devotional books. Paul’s desire for them was that they would willingly receive from God “the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of Christ” (Ephesians 1:17-23).

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How to Assist Evil

HOW TO ASSIST EVIL

By Walter E. Williams

Dr. Williams is the author of over 150 publications which have appeared in scholarly journals such as Economic Inquiry, American Economic Review, Georgia Law Review, Journal of Labor Economics, Social Science Quarterly, and Cornell Journal of Law and Public Policy and popular publications such as Newsweek, Ideas on Liberty, National Review, Reader’s Digest, Cato Journal, and Policy Review. He has authored ten books: America: A Minority Viewpoint, The State Against Blacks, which was later made into the PBS documentary “Good Intentions,” All It Takes Is Guts, South Africa’s War Against Capitalism, which was later revised for South African publication, Do the Right Thing: The People’s Economist Speaks,  More Liberty Means Less Government, Liberty vs. the Tyranny of Socialism, Up From The Projects: An Autobiography, and Race and Economics: How Much Can Be Blamed On Discrimination?

German Chancellor Hitler and President von Hindenburg

German Chancellor Hitler and President von Hindenburg

“Engineering Evil” is a documentary recently shown on the Military History channel. It’s a story of Nazi Germany’s murder campaign before and during World War II. According to some estimates, 16 million Jews and other people died at the hands of Nazis (http://tinyurl.com/6duny9).

Though the Holocaust ranks high among the great human tragedies, most people never consider the most important question: How did Adolf Hitler and the Nazis gain the power that they needed to commit such horror? Focusing solely on the evil of the Holocaust won’t get us very far toward the goal of the Jewish slogan “Never Again.”

When Hitler came to power, he inherited decades of political consolidation by Otto von Bismarck and later the Weimar Republic that had weakened the political power of local jurisdictions. Through the Enabling Act (1933), whose formal name was “A Law to Remedy the Distress of People and Reich,” Hitler gained the power to enact laws with neither the involvement nor the approval of the Reichstag, Germany’s parliament. The Enabling Act destroyed any remaining local autonomy. The bottom line is that it was decent Germans who made Hitler’s terror possible — Germans who would have never supported his territorial designs and atrocities.

The 20th century turned out to be mankind’s most barbaric. Roughly 50 million to 60 million people died in international and civil wars. As tragic as that number is, it pales in comparison with the number of people who were killed at the hands of their own government. Recently deceased Rudolph J. Rummel, professor of political science at the University of Hawaii and author of “Death by Government,” estimated that since the beginning of the 20th century, governments have killed 170 million of their own citizens. Top government killers were the Soviet Union, which, between 1917 and 1987, killed 62 million of its own citizens, and the People’s Republic of China, which, between 1949 and 1987, was responsible for the deaths of 35 million to 40 million of its citizens. In a distant third place were the Nazis, who murdered about 16 million Jews, Slavs, Serbs, Czechs, Poles, Ukrainians and others deemed misfits, such as homosexuals and the mentally ill.

We might ask why the 20th century was so barbaric. Surely, there were barbarians during earlier ages. Part of the answer is that during earlier times, there wasn’t the kind of concentration of power that emerged during the 20th century. Had Josef Stalin, Mao Zedong and Hitler been around in earlier times, they could not have engineered the slaughter of tens of millions of people. They wouldn’t have had the authority. There was considerable dispersion of jealously guarded political power in the forms of heads of provincial governments and principalities and nobility and church leaders whose political power within their spheres was often just as strong as the monarch’s.

Professor Rummel explained in the very first sentence of “Death by Government” that “Power kills; absolute Power kills absolutely. … The more power a government has, the more it can act arbitrarily according to the whims and desires of the elite, and the more it will make war on others and murder its foreign and domestic subjects.” That’s the long, tragic, ugly story of government: the elite’s use of government to dupe and forcibly impose its will on the masses. The masses are always duped by well-intentioned phrases. After all, what German could have been against “A Law to Remedy the Distress of People and Reich”? It’s not just Germans who have fallen prey to well-intentioned phrases. After all, who can be against the “Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act”?

We Americans ought to keep the fact in mind that Hitler, Stalin and Mao would have had more success in their reign of terror if they had the kind of control and information about their citizens that agencies such as the NSA, the IRS and the ATF have about us. You might ask, “What are you saying, Williams?” Just put it this way: No German who died before 1930 would have believed the Holocaust possible.

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The Olive Tree Anti-Semitism and Bible Prophecy

THE OLIVE TREE, ANTI-SEMITISM AND BIBLE PROPHECY

imagesDr. Thomas S. McCall

At a convention of the Pre-Trib Study Group in Dallas, Dr. John Walvoord presented a paper on the Pre-Tribulation Rapture and Premillennial teaching, including the history of doctrines throughout the Church age.  I was very much struck by something that Dr. Walvoord said as he analyzed the transition from widely held pre-millennial views of the early church in the first three centuries to the predominantly amillennial, postmillennial or anti-millennial views that developed afterwards, and it centered around Augustine.

Latent Anti-Semitism Caused Amillennialism

I appreciated especially what Dr. Walvoord said, as quoted from the audio tape of his message, in his analysis of what happened in the case of Augustine:

“Augustine arbitrarily made the millennium non-literal, while everything else was literal.  Now as far as I’ve been able to find out, there has never been a book on doctrine that explains this.  But there is possibly an explanation.  In the first two centuries the church was largely Jewish in its background.  They were the evangelists, and they were the apostles.  But as the gospel grew, the church became largely Gentile.  And, of course the millennium is a time when the Jews are prominent, and it could be that there is a latent anti-Semitism here that they were quite unconscious of, that made them question whether Israel is going to have a literal future like it says.  And that, of course, would lead to a non-literal millennial kingdom.   In any case, that’s what happened, and the Roman Catholic Church became amillennial, and the Protestant Reformers like Calvin, Luther and others went back to Augustine rather than to the Bible, and adopted amillennialism.  They brought in, though, a lot of other things that were important, like “every man a priest” and “interpret the Bible yourself,” and so on, very important doctrines that have been the bulwark of Protestantism.  But, it wasn’t until the 19th and 20th Centuries when the Bible Conference movement began, and people began to ask what does the Scripture actually say?  It was not until then that premillennialism became a prominent feature in the church–as it is today in some churches, at least.  And that’s the background.  So we have to understand there’s a long history of this, and we are a minority.  We believe the Bible is literally true and they don’t, and we believe we have the facts on our side.  That’s why we believe what we believe.”

Saint Augustine in His Study by Sandro Boticelli 1840

Saint Augustine in His Study by Sandro Boticelli 1840

 

Thus Dr. Walvoord said it was his impression that it was latent anti-Semitism that caused Augustine and those around him to have this transition in their thinking.  That’s a remarkable statement.   How in the world can latent anti-Semitism have anything to do with one’s eschatological viewpoint, and how can it impact the eschatological viewpoint of the whole church?  Well, I think that it does, and that’s one of the things we are going to be looking at in this article.

There is an inherent connection between one’s attitude toward the Jewish people and Israel and one’s attitude toward the Scriptures and eschatology.   How does that happen?   It’s an understanding of what the Scriptures teach about the nature of the church, the nature of Israel, and the nature of the Olive Tree.  As Dr. Walvoord brought out, at the time of the beginning of the Bible Conference movement, there was a rediscovery of Israel and the promises to Israel in the Scriptures.  Some of the early works published in this movement had to deal with the future of Israel, as scholars began to rediscover premillennialism and literal eschatology.  Of course many of the amillennialists, including Augustine, would have been shocked if someone were to say they were anti-Semitic, and they would deny it strenuously.  And they would say, why, there’s not an anti-Semitic bone in my body!  All we want to do (they might say) is to take away the promises that God has given to Israel and apply them to the church!  Well, that sounds pretty anti-Semitic to me.

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Rebecca Typifies a Godly Wife

Abraham Desires a Wife for Isaac

Rebecca at the Well by Antonio Bellucci cir. 1700

Rebecca at the Well by Antonio Bellucci cir. 1700

Abraham was  one hundred forty years old and sensing the need to find a suitable wife for his son Isaac. Many of the individual promises of the Abrahamic Covenant were fulfilled during his lifetime. While he had been blessed with wealth, status and influence he did not possess the full extent of the land given in the covenant. He achieved the first legally obtained parcel though. The full promise of all the land would not be realized until the Messianic Kingdom. Nevertheless Abraham affirms the fact that Isaac (his seed) will have the land. Therefore he must have a wife in order to produce an heir to which the Covenant will pass. He approached an unnamed slave/servant of his household who controlled all of his considerable estate. We know this to be Eliezer of Damascus (Genesis 15: 2). This was the same trusted slave/servant who would have been Abraham’s choice for inheritor if Jehovah God had not given him Isaac. Now Abraham requires him to swear a solemn oath not to take a wife for Isaac from among the Canaanites where they were living. Abraham knew that his nephew Bethuel had recently had a daughter who was called Rebecca. Abraham makes Eliezer swear an oath to Abraham that he will carry out this task. In ancient Mid-Eastern practice Eliezer is told to place his hand under Abraham’s thigh and this would signify the acceptance of the oath. This means that if you are subject to my authority then I will sit on your hand in affirmation of you being under my will.

Eliezer then asks Abraham what he will do if the chosen woman will not follow him back to Canaan. Abraham says that Jehovah God will send His angels in front of him to secure the task. If the woman will not come Eliezer is told not to go back to Mesopotamia to find her a second time.

The twenty-fourth chapter is the longest in the book of Genesis. It is important for several reasons.  First, it is a wonderful model of the appropriate characteristics we should look for in a spouse. Secondly, since the New Testament describes Isaac as a type of Christ we can see those parallels.

The Bible has many references to Isaac as a type. In Amos 7:9,16, Israel is identified as his people. He is used to illustrate the resurrection of the dead and life after death in both Matthew 22:23-33 and Mark 12:18-27. In Galatians 4:28-31 he is used to illustrate the relation of the Old Law to the New. His blessing of his sons is cited as an example of faith in Hebrews 11:20.

Eliezer Prays for Abraham’s Welfare

Genesis 24: 10-14

10And the servant took ten camels, of the camels of his master, and departed, having all goodly things of his master’s in his hand. And he arose, and went to Mesopotamia, unto the city of Nahor. 11And he made the camels to kneel down without the city by the well of water at the time of evening, the time that women go out to draw water. 12And he said, O Jehovah, the God of my master Abraham, send me, I pray thee, good speed this day, and show kindness unto my master Abraham. 13Behold, I am standing by the fountain of water. And the daughters of the men of the city are coming out to draw water. 14And let it come to pass, that the damsel to whom I shall say, Let down thy pitcher, I pray thee, that I may drink. And she shall say, Drink, and I will give thy camels drink also. Let the same be she that thou hast appointed for thy servant Isaac. And thereby shall I know that thou hast showed kindness unto my master (ASV 1901).      

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Eliezer’s Journey from Beersheba to Haran

The text ignores the distance of the travel as well as the time it took Eliezer to reach Nahor’s city Haran in Northwestern Mesopotamia. The actual distance traveled is approximately four hundred fifty miles.

He took ten camels with him and a caravan of wealth. These were not all the camels that Abraham owned. This wealth being transported was to serve as the price for the bride. It was also designed make a powerful impression on Nahor’s family. It would also  serve as the device for testing her character. It would also provide homeward transportation for the bride and her entourage. The figure ten, relevant to gift giving in the Old Testament, is common. Examples are Jacob’s ten bulls (Genesis 32: 15); Joseph’s ten donkeys (Genesis 45: 23); Jesse’s ten loaves (I Samuel 17: 17); Jeroboam’s ten loaves (I Kings 14: 3); and Naaman’s ten talents (II Kings 5: 5). The entourage traveled to Aram Naharaim, which is the city of Haran. אֶל־אֲרַ֥ם נַֽהֲרַ֖יִם

Eliezer then took the camels to a well just outside the city in the evening. He knew that women traditionally went out for water at this place and time. It was natural for a stranger to go to the public wells. He could replenish his water supplies and at the same time learn about the town and make useful contacts, because the well was a meeting place for the townsfolk and shepherds. Jacob, too, immediately went toward the well on arriving at Haran (Genesis 29: 1-14). Moses did the same thing when he fled to Midian (Exodus 2:15-21). Water is an incredibly important commodity in arid regions. (We read of the water theft by the servants of Abimelech in chapter 21.) Therefore it is a primary place of congregating. In each case the encounter at the well resulted in a betrothal. The three scenes share a number of features in common. Eliezer trusted the Lord to grant him specific leading. He prayed that Isaac’s future bride would give him and his camels’ water to drink. Interestingly he asked the Lord to grant his prayer for Abraham’s sake not his own. He was truly a loyal servant. This is a fine example for us to follow in our work and careers. When you go to work for someone, work hard and do it as to their direction. Do your work with their best interest in mind. If you work for somebody that is difficult and you do not respect do your work as to the Lord (Ephesians 6: 5-6). To water ten thirsty camels involved much work, for camels guzzle great amounts of water. If they needed to replenish their total capacity they would each drink twenty-five gallons each. This would amount to two hundred fifty gallons in all. He had them kneel down in preparation for receiving their water which is a tradition still followed in the Mid-East.

The result here is not one of chance (mikreh). It is in reality, a deliberate act of God. A fine characteristic of biblical man is his conviction about the role of divine Providence in everyday human affairs. He prays that the proper criteria of a bride to be suitable which he determines might be in accordance with God’s will and be effective. The criteria that the servant establishes are aspects of character not physical appearance. The ideal wife must be hospitable to strangers, kind to animals, and willing to give of herself to others. The difficulty of the prescribed test can be appreciated with the volume of water these camels needed. Each probably needed the entire capacity of twenty-five gallons of water to regain the weight it lost in the course of the long journey. It takes a camel about ten minutes to drink this amount of water. The proper choice of a wife for Isaac is that she must be industrious.

 Eliezer Meets Rebecca

Genesis 24: 15-27

15And it came to pass, before he had done speaking, that, behold, Rebekah came out, who was born to Bethuel the son of Milcah, the wife of Nahor, Abraham’s brother, with her pitcher upon her shoulder. 16And the damsel was very fair to look upon, a virgin neither had any man known her. And she went down to the fountain, and filled her pitcher, and came up. 17And the servant ran to meet her, and said, Give me to drink, I pray thee, a little water from thy pitcher. 18And she said, Drink, my lord. And she hasted, and let down her pitcher upon her hand, and gave him drink. 19And when she had done giving him drink, she said, I will draw for thy camels also, until they have done drinking. 20And she hasted, and emptied her pitcher into the trough, and ran again unto the well to draw, and drew for all his camels. 21And the man looked stedfastly on her, holding his peace, to know whether Jehovah had made his journey prosperous or not. 22And it came to pass, as the camels had done drinking, that the man took a golden ring of half a shekel weight, and two bracelets for her hands of ten shekels weight of gold, 23and said, Whose daughter art thou? Tell me, I pray thee. Is there room in thy father’s house for us to lodge in? 24And she said unto him, I am the daughter of Bethuel the son of Milcah, whom she bare unto Nahor. 25She said moreover unto him, We have both straw and provender enough, and room to lodge in. 26And the man bowed his head, and worshipped Jehovah. 27And he said, Blessed be Jehovah, the God of my master Abraham, who hath not forsaken his lovingkindness and his truth toward my master. As for me, Jehovah hath led me in the way to the house of my master’s brethren (ASV 1901).

 

From: Women in the Bible.net

From: Women in the Bible.net

The servant Eliezer’s prayer is answered almost immediately, completely and in a greater measure than what he asked! Although he knew that this was the region of Nahor’s family he had not specified that in his prayer. The girl who comes to the well is an answer to prayer.  She is Rebecca the granddaughter of Nahor. The family of Nahor, which we were given in the 22nd chapter of Genesis, is for us to see the providential nature of this meeting. It is not a chance encounter. God has a plan for all His children if we only look for it, not turn away from Him and resist the clear path He has for us. Further his prayer he did not mention beauty, and she is well endowed with it. But, her chastity, a precious virtue, is unblemished.

Eliezer upon seeing her ran to meet her. Displaying a sense of urgency and seeing the water bottle she was carrying he asked for some water to drink. She responded to the urgency he displayed by going about her business briskly and conscientiously not wasting time gossiping or engaging in other distractions. She got to the task immediately. In order to test her he only asked for water for himself. He did not ask her to provide water for his animals. However, she did offer to water the camels, which is highly generous to say the least. She knew full well the level of effort associated with watering ten camels. It could have been as much as two hundred fifty gallons of water. She got right to the job. Interestingly in the Hebrew here there is only one verb used for speaking. There are eleven different verbs associated with Rebecca’s actions. This is a clear indication that she was industrious. At first Eliezer’s response was to watch until all the camels had been satisfied. He just wanted to be sure that the Lord had led him to the correct girl. She impressed Eliezer so much that he bestowed gifts upon her. He did this even before he asked her name or from which family she came. He was exercising faith in God in response to his prayer. She received a golden ring of half a shekel weight and two bracelets for her hands of ten shekels weight of gold. (The Hebrew text here means it is a nose ring.) These gifts would impress her and her family. One, most women like jewelry and two the specific weights given are an indication of their trading value. Her family would appreciate the gifts and because of their value immediately realize the earnestness with which they were given. This was a serious move on the servant Eliezer’s part. It was designed to move the relationship closer in order to further discussions and family meetings.

Eliezer then offered an inquiry to move the relationship along. He said, “Whose daughter are you? Tell me, I pray you.” Then he said, “Is there room in your father’s house for us to lodge in?” She told him that she was the “daughter of Bethuel who is the son of Milcah whom she bore unto Nahor.” This showed that she was related to Abraham thereby meeting one of the conditions Abraham had given unto Eliezer. She also responded to the question of lodging. She said, “We have both straw and provender enough, and room to lodge in.” To provide provender and shelter for the camels and all the other men is a generous hearted undertaking.

Eliezer responded to these events, ever the man of God in worship and prayer. He immediately worshipped God by bowing his head and then giving thanks. He said, “Blessed be Jehovah, the God of my master Abraham, who has not forsaken his lovingkindness toward my master.” This is again clear recognition of the Abrahamic Covenant being fulfilled. He now realizes that it is God that is in control of this situation. For he says, “As for me, Jehovah hath led me in the way to the house of my master’s brethren.” He recognized God’s providence and the fact that the angel was doing things that were not mentioned and were sight unseen. God’s angel brought the proper woman to the well at just the right time of the right family with the best qualities for a wife for Isaac. The sign requested had been fulfilled and the servant Eliezer recognized God’s total providential control. God picked Rebecca for Isaac.

 Rebecca’s Characteristics are:

 

  1. Hard working
  2. Efficient
  3. Conscientious
  4. Friendly
  5. Helpful
  6. Hospitable to strangers
  7. Kind to animals
  8. Willing to give of herself to others
  9. Chaste
  10. Unblemished character

If we let God choose our spouse we will have a lifetime of marital satisfaction.

Daniel E Woodhead

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The Life of Dr. Mal Couch

The Life of Malcom Couch, Ph.D., Th.D.

by Thomas S. McCall, Th.D.

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Dr. Malcom O. Couch was one of the finest theologians and disciple makers of our time.  His accomplishments are many, and he had a life that glorified the Lord in many ways.  I have known him for over 39 years as a good friend, a faithful follower of his Lord and Savior Christ Jesus, a Dallas Seminary student, a news photographer, a producer/director of Christian films, a Radio Talk Show host, a business plane pilot, a loving and devoted husband, a founder and leader of two conservative theological seminaries, an author of numerous books on Biblical subjects, a beloved pastor of churches, a mentor to a host of men who studied under him and went on to effective ministries, and an indefatigable friend of Israel.  Dr. Couch believed the Bible to be inerrant and the true Word of God, he believed in the full deity of Christ, His substitutionary atonement, His glorious resurrection from the dead, His imminent return in the Rapture of the Church and His return to the earth to reign as King of Kings from Israel with Jerusalem as His capital.  Though many have turned away from these truths these days, he remained faithful to them, and he often told me he was going down fighting.

Dallas Seminary Stearns Arches

Dallas Seminary Stearns Arches

 

When I first met Mal, he and I were both students and Dallas Seminary during the 60s, and we had some classes together.  I remember the day some FBI men came to our class and took him out to talk with him.  We didn’t know what was going on, but later found out that he was a key witness in the assassination of President John Kennedy only a few days before.  His testimony covers ten pages in the official publication of the Warren Report.  Suffice it to say that he was working as a photographer for Channel 8 in Dallas and was in the Presidential motorcade, about 4 or 5 cars behind the President and the Governor.  He saw a rifle barrel being drawn back inside the window on the sixth floor of the Texas School Book Depository.  He never forgot that day and what he saw.

The next time he came into my life was in 1973, some 10 years later.  My friend Zola Levitt and I had just published a book with Moody Press on the prophetic rebuilding of the Temple in Jerusalem and the word was getting around about it.  Mal called me and said he had read our book and greatly appreciated it.  In fact, he wanted to make a film of it.  At the time Mal was the president of Evangelical Films, and I was pleasantly surprised that he wanted to make a film based on our book.  He told Zola and me to get packed and be ready to go to Israel with him and his cameraman in the next few weeks.  He raised the funds for the film and away the four of us went to make a film called THE TEMPLE, which was shown in thousands of churches throughout the U.S. and Canada.  It was one of the highlights of my life and ministry, and we often spoke of our experiences there.

Mal was a licensed pilot, along with his many other capabilities.  For some time he enjoyed flying Zola Levitt around the region for church speaking engagements.  He used to enjoy telling the story of a time they flew to the piney woods of East Texas.  When they finished the engagement, they taxied down the short runway in the small private airplane.  Near the end of the runway Mal realized that the emergency brake was on.  He had no choice but to try to takeoff and to attempt to skim over the tall pine trees.  He was able to get the plane high enough so that it was just able to clear the tree tops.  It was a close call and he often talked about their harrowing escape from crashing into the forest.

The next time I was personally involved with Dr. Couch when he was a Talk Show host on a Christian Radio Station in the mid-cities in the Dallas-Ft.Worth Metroplex. He had a widespread listening audience, and he interviewed many ministers and other Christian leaders about their ministries.  This provided considerable encouragement for churches and believers around the area.

In the 90s there were two developments in which Mal played a major role: the Pre-Trib Research Group in Dallas and the founding of Tyndale Seminary in Ft. Worth.   The Pre-Trib Research Group, led by Dr. Tim LaHaye and Dr. Thomas Ice, continues to be   a response to Evangelical Christian Institutions turning away from Bible prophecy in general and the Pre-Tribulation Rapture in particular.   It includes scholars from across the country who have written extensively about these subjects.  Tyndale Seminary also focused on sound hermeneutics in Bible interpretation and the importance of knowing Hebrew and Greek in order to properly interpret and teach the Word of God.  Dr. Couch worked tirelessly to attract and train a new generation of ministers of the Gospel.  Out of this Dr. Couch served as the Senior Editor of the publication with many contributors entitled FUNDAMENTALS FOR THE 21ST CENTURY.

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In later years, Mal retired from the presidency of Tyndale Seminary, and he and his beloved wife Lacy, a Doctor in the field of Psychology, moved from Ft. Worth to the Central Texas town of Clifton.  There he established the Clifton Bible Church and the Scofield Ministries.  Many CDs and books have been distributed through these ministries to pastors, teachers and other Christians during the last decade. He produced CD recordings himself, and with a number of his former Doctoral Students and colleagues, including Dr. Andy Woods, Dr. Robert Lightner, Dr. Daniel Woodhead, Rev. Jeff Gutterman, and myself.

Dr. Couch’s battle with cancer spanned over a number of years.  Eventually he moved from his home to a medical facility and continued to produce CDs and other literature as long as he could.  The Lord greatly led and blessed this talented man throughout his eventful and effective life.  Mal looked forward with great anticipation his ultimate home going to be with the Lord whom he served so faithfully.

 

Summary of Dr. Couch’s Education and a partial list of some of his publications.

 

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Edited and Posted by Dr. Daniel Woodhead.

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