Description: 

This course deals with the Old Testament prophecies that blend into New Testament prophecies, especially Daniel with the Olivet Prophecy and the book of Revelation including their correspondence with Ezekiel's and Zechariah's prophecies. Emphasis is on the biblical teaching of the "last things." Upon completion, students should be able to use analysis tools to read, understand, and explain these biblical writings.

Overview: 

The Book of Daniel relates ancient biblical history to the modern world through its prophecies that have been, are being and will be fulfilled. Together with the Book of Revelation, apocalyptic prophecy is uncovered by understanding biblical symbols, enabling the student of Scripture to recognize current events. Revelation, with its framework from Daniel, deals with the events of the Day of the Lord, the time of God’s judgments and plagues upon sin at the end of the age, climaxing in the Second Coming of Christ.

This course will provide the structure for understanding Bible prophecy. Moreover, here you should find opportunity to hone your critical thinking skills and aptitudes in discerning and understanding the teachings of God’s Word. This course should provide you with a deeper comprehension of the historical and prophetic content of biblical prophecy through scholarly information and presentations.

Prerequisites: 
THL 135, THL 211, THL212 and THL413; or consent of instructor (this course is not accessible to non-matriculated Open Learning students)
Instructor: 

Frank, Jr., Kenneth L.

Registrar and Director of Admissions
Full Time
Degrees: 
B.A. (1973), Ambassador University; M.A. (2014), Grand Canyon University.
Subject Matter: 
Theology

Mr. Frank was born and raised in New Jersey, USA where he attended Monmouth College (now Monmouth University) for one year, majoring in history and government. Following that, he attended the three campuses of Ambassador College (later Ambassador University) in Big Sandy, Texas, USA; Bricket Wood, England; and Pasadena, California, USA.

In the summer of 1971 he participated in an archaeological project jointly sponsored by Ambassador College and Hebrew University in Jerusalem. Upon graduation from Ambassador College with a Bachelor of Arts in Theology, he trained for the ministry in Canada and was ordained an elder in 1975. He pastored Canadian congregations in Manitoba, Saskatchewan and Ontario for twenty-six years before returning to the United States where he served as a Living Church of God pastor in Maryland, Virginia, and North Carolina. He is married, father of four children (one of whom is Living University faculty member, Annette Triplett) and grandfather of seven. In 2014, he earned a Master of Arts degree in Christian Studies with an emphasis in Pastoral Ministry at Grand Canyon University. Presently, he serves at the Living University campus as instructor, Registrar and Director of Admissions. 

Course Credit: 
3 semester hours
Instructional Objectives: 

On successful completion of this course, a student should be able to:

  1. Describe the significance of apocalyptic prophecy;
  2. Explain God's scenario of history and prophecy as elaborated in this study;
  3. Expound the symbols used in these prophecies;
  4. Cite the basic structure of coming events leading to the Kingdom of God; and
  5. Define essential terms for prophetic study.
Required Texts: 

Radmacher, Earl D., Ronald B. Allen, and H. Wayne House. The New King James Study Bible, 2nd ed. Nashville: Thomas Nelson, 2007 (available in various print and digital editions).

Arnold, Bill T., and Bryan E Beyer. Encountering the Old Testament: A Christian Survey. 3rd ed. Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Academic, 2015.

Elwell, Walter A., and Robert W. Yarbrough. Encountering the New Testament: A Historical and Theological Survey. 3rd ed. Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Academic, 2013.

Additional Readings: 

Optional Textbooks:

Alexander, David, and Pat Alexander. Zondervan Handbook to the Bible. 4th ed. Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 2009.

Wenham, G.J., J.A. Motyer, D.A. Carson, and R. T. France. New Bible Commentary: 21st Century Edition. Downers Grove: IVP Academic, 1994.

Lectures: 

This course includes lectures by faculty and guests. Links to lectures will be placed within the lessons.

Course Calendar: 
Lesson Readings and viewing assignments are integrated in the lessons
Lesson 1 - Introduction Topic 1 Eschatology
Topic 2 Prophecy
Topic 3 Apocalyptic Prophecy
Topic 4 Keys to Understanding Prophecy
Lesson 2 - Daniel Chapters 1-6 Topic 1 Background to the Book of Daniel
Topic 2 Daniel 1 & 2
Topic 3 Daniel 3 & 4
Topic 4 Daniel 5 & 6
Lesson 3 - Daniel Chapters 7-12 Topic 1 Daneil 7 & 8
Topic 2 Daniel 9 & 10
Topic 3 Daniel 11
Topic 4 Daniel 12
Lesson 4 - The Book of Revelation - Special Themes Topic 1 Background and Introduction
Topic 2 The True and False Churches
Topic 3 The Day of the Lord
Topic 4 The Second Coming, Millennium and Thereafter
Lesson 5 - Revelation Chapters 1-3 Topic 1 Background to the Book of Revelation
Topic 2 Revelation 1 - The Things Which You Have Seen
Topic 3 Revelation 2 - The Things Which Are
Topic 4 Revelation 3 - The Things Which Are (cont'd.)
Lesson 6 - Revelation Chapters 4-22 Topic 1 Revelation 4:1-5:14 - Before the Throne of God
Topic 2 Revelation 6:1-19:6 - Seals, Trumpets, Plagues
Topic 3 Revelation 19:7-20:15 - The Second Coming, The Millennium, and 2nd & 3rd Resurrections
Topic 4 Revelation 21:1-22:21 - The New Heavens, New Earth, and New Jerusalem
Lesson 7 - Related Prophecies Topic 1 Ezekiel Prophecies
Topic 2 Zecharia Prophecies
Topic 3 Olivet Prophecy
Topic 4 2 Peter 3 Prophecies
Lesson 8 - Epilog Topic 1 Final Exam
Topic 2 Final Overview
Topic 3 Closing Comment
Topic 4 Course Evaluation
Course Requirements: 

Due dates
Be sure to submit your assignments by the posted due dates to avoid grade penalties. Students must complete the course by the last official day of instruction as set forth in the academic calendar.

Reading assignments
Reading assignments are integrated into the eight lesson webpages of the course in the Populi system.

Study tips
Distance learning emphasizes self-motivation. Your instructor functions as a facilitator with you as the driving force in mastering course content. Do not put off completing your readings and assignments. While there are many different learning styles the following strategy should serve the needs of most students.

  • Look over assigned readings.
  • Read the assigned readings making notes before viewing the assigned lecture.
  • Define terms in the lesson. The exams will specifically test basic termi­nology. Develop your biblical and theology vocabulary as you proceed lesson by lesson.
  • As you view lectures complete your notes.
  • Participate in the lesson discussion.
  • Complete your answers for the writing assignment.
  • Each week review your notes, geographical terms and locations, and the words you defined.
  • If you have a question, ask. Questions should arise in the teaching-learning process. By bringing questions to our attention, you not only acquire assistance but you also maintain the interaction necessary in higher education. Use the email feature in Populi to send your questions.

Quizzes and examinations
Lessons 1-7 have an associated online quiz of several questions. They are open book quizzes and there is a one-hour time limit. A quiz should help you master the material in the lesson. It also provides you with practice in test taking.  There are two exams – the Final Exam is proctored.

The two exams discussed below draw heavily, but not exclusively, from the quizzes. Therefore, it is important for you to understand and commit the quiz material to memory. The Final Exam is proctored. Use the Proctor’s Signature Form (PSF) located under the Files menu on the course “Info” page. These exams have time limits and are closed book tests to be taken online. You have only one opportunity to complete an exam. As Living University students do not cheat, steal or lie, we rely on our students’ integrity during these examinations.

Writing assignments
Each lesson will include Writing Assignments that will involve writing essays. All writing assignments in this course should follow the MLA style as set forth in Writing Research Papers: A Complete Guide by Lester & Lester, 14th edition. Please cite your sources and use quotation marks where needed. The Files feature on the Assignment Submission page lets you submit your work so your instructor can have it handy for download, review and grading. The way to post an assignment is by attachment so that its format will not be corrupted. Always keep a copy of your work for this course.

Grading
Your course grade will be determined based on the number of points you have earned over the semester as follows:

Icebreaker Assignment (25 points)
Discussions (7 worth 10 points each, 70 points)
Quizzes (7 worth 40 points each, 280 points)
Writing Assignments (8 worth 40 points each, 320 points)
Exams (two, each worth 140 points, for a total of 280 points; proctored (Final Exam), online, closed book and closed-notes)
Course Evaluation (25 points)

Total 1,000 points

By getting your icebreaker assignment posted on time you can earn 25 points. These points could make the difference between an A or a B, or passing or not passing.

Grades are assigned in the traditional American style of an A, B, C, D, or F. In distance learning we believe that mastery of the subject matter is achieved when a student can demonstrate that they have achieved 80% of the objectives for a course. That means that we want you to earn at least 800 points in this course. If you do not do so, then you have not developed the mastery we would like you to have.

We want this course to be competency-based and so it is possible for the entire class to receive an A or a B. There is no artificial curving of scores in the assignment of grades (if you do not know what that means, do not worry about it). Also, do not go on a guilt trip if you get a C. That is an honorable grade, but if you receive a D or below, then you might want to retake the course. Mastery of the material is what your goal should be.

Grades are assigned by points as follows:

A 900-1000 points
B 800-899 points
C 700-799 points
D 600-699 points
F Below 600 points

Students With Disabilities
The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is a federal anti-discrimination statute that provides comprehensive civil rights protection for persons with disabilities. Among other things, this legislation requires that all students with disabilities have a learning environment that provides for reasonable accommodation of their disabilities. Students having a disability requiring an accommodation should inform the instructor by email (on the “Course Info” page click on the instructor’s name and then select “Send Email”).

Technology Access
This course requires web access and the student has to have an established e-mail account. The Adobe Acrobat Reader is necessary to view documents that are PDF files. One can download the reader free at http://www.adobe.com/products/acrobat/readstep2.html.

Course Evaluation
Student input is welcome for improving this course. Making suggestions by e-mail is helpful. Our goal in this course is to facilitate the successful achievement of all instructional objectives by all students. At the end of the course students have the opportunity of assessing the course. We want to make e-learning courses as effective as we can. We may also ask some other questions concerning a student’s experience in distance learning to help us improve our program. We appreciate students letting us know how we can improve our products and services for them and other distance learners.

Withdrawing From or Dropping This Course
It is the responsibility of a student to drop a course if he or she cannot meet the requirements of the course. Any student who stops attending a course without officially withdrawing from it risks receiving a punitive grade for that course. Withdrawal requests may be conveyed in any manner to the course professor, Registrar, or Vice President of Academic Affairs. This action is sufficient for ensuring any refund owed you. Please note the following: If a student drops a course on or before the “Last day to withdraw from a course without a grade penalty” as published in the University Academic Calendar, even if his or her work is not of a passing grade, then a “W” is recorded. If a course is dropped after that date, but before the last 21 calendar days of the semester, then the instructor determines the grade. The faculty member will at this time record a grade of “W” if passing (not computed in GPA) or “WF” if failing (computed in GPA). Students who drop a course, yet remain in one or more other courses during the last 18 calendar days of the semester, will receive a grade of “WF.” Students who completely withdraw from the University at any time during the semester may be given a grade of “W” on all courses. If students do not initiate the withdrawal process, the instructor is required to initiate the administrative process and to record a grade of “W” or “WF” for the course depending on the date the faculty member drops the student from the course. Students who register for a course as an audit, but then withdraw will be assigned a grade of “W” for the course.