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Setting Dates Sells Books!

I wonder if anyone has noticed that many of the books on prophecy become best sellers because they feed the flesh rather than the spirit. Most Christians would like to prove Christianity correct, but as Paul found out in Athens, it can’t be done. Rather he wrote to the Corinthians (the next community he visited) that instead of coming to them with wisdom of words (i.e. Paul the philosopher, which he tried to do in Athens) he would know only Christ and him crucified (1Corinthians 2:1-2). Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on October 17, 2011 in Prophecy

 

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Persecution Over Blasphemy!

I have read many commentaries of Stephen’s death and of Paul’s persecuting believers of the Way, that conclude first the witnesses lied saying Stephen cursed the Temple and the Law, and secondly that Paul tried to cause believers to curse Jesus. These things are not true, at least not in the sense that we understand cursing today. Jesus was crucified under the charge of blasphemy. I have two blogs on this: (1) Jesus Before the Sanhedrin and (2) Jesus Before Pilate, and they show beyond doubt that the Scriptures conclude Jesus was crucified under the charge of blasphemy, despite the plaque that Pilate had nailed above Jesus’ head. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on March 3, 2011 in Prophecy, Religion, Stephen

 

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Fixing the Date of Stephen’s Death

Fixing Stephen’s death (Acts 7:51-60) to an exact day involves using prophecy, which if true, will offer not only an element of certainty to this study but also a degree of importance of his death. That is, Stephen’s death would have particular significance for the new body of believers and for the kingdom of God. As I hope to show, Stephen’s death is tied up in the 70 Weeks Prophecy of Daniel 9. This prophecy identifies the Messiah. That is, it points to him beyond all doubt and identifies Jesus as the long awaited Son of David, the Anointed of God. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on January 18, 2011 in Christianity, Prophecy, Religion

 

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To Anoint the Most Holy

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We now come to the sixth and final work of God as prophesied by the angel in Daniel 9:24, anointing the Most Holy. The term most holy is used at least forty-three times in the Old Testament and is taken to mean various things. It is used to refer to the whole Temple (2Chronicles 3:8, 10) or to the most holy place within the Temple behind the veil, wherein the ark was and the mercy seat (Exodus 26:33-34). It can also be used to refer to those things within the Temple that were consecrated to God, and were considered most holy to him (Exodus 30:26-29). It is also used of the altar of sacrifice (Exodus 29:37) and the altar of incense (Exodus 30:9-10), and the portion of the meal offering that went to the high priest and his family. The sin offering and the trespass offering were also regarded as most holy (Leviticus 2:10; 6:14-17). Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on December 6, 2010 in Christianity, Prophecy, Religion

 

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To Seal up the Vision and the Prophecy

I now come to the fifth work of God as prophesied by the angel in Daniel 9:24. Each work, thus far, we have found has been finished in Christ and there remains nothing more to fulfill at a later date, showing the future fulfillment of the final seven years of this prophecy is a false doctrine. By believing that there remains seven years to be fulfilled before completion of this prophecy has kept us from the truth that this prophecy reveals in Christ. We need to examine our understanding of these things to assure ourselves that what we believe is sound and taught by the original Apostles (cp. 2Corinthians 13:5). Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on December 5, 2010 in Christianity, Prophecy, Religion

 

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To Bring in Everlasting Righteousness

As I look at it, to look for everlasting righteousness to be brought in at some future date is to deny the work of Christ, which he clearly claimed was finished (John 19:28, 30). This is the fourth work of God as prophesied by the angel in Daniel 9:24 and is complete in Christ. God does not give us anything apart from Christ. Christ is the ‘treasure house’ of all we need in our walk with God (Ephesians 1:3). In other words, all of what God gives us comes through his new creation in Christ not through the rebellious old creation in Adam. In Adam we have God’s wrath, the reward of sin, but in Christ we have all the wealth of the Firstborn, the Son of God (Colossians 3:10). All that is Christ’s has become ours as part of the riches within the new creation (Galatians 3:26-29). Christ is our all in all, and God causes Christ to be my Righteousness. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on December 3, 2010 in Christianity, Prophecy, Religion

 

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Make Reconciliation for Iniquity

I am considering the angel’s prophecy found in Daniel 9:24 at this time. If one would read the prophecy it would be seen there are six works of God that must be fulfilled before one cold claim the 70 Weeks prophecy is fulfilled. I have already discussed the first two claims by the angel in three blogs preceding this one, showing that these works of God were fulfilled in Christ nearly 2000 years ago, and this third work is no different. The angel claimed “Seventy weeks are determined …to make reconciliation for Iniquity…” While sealing involved purchasing and hence ownership, reconciliation involved peace between enemies or offended parties. God desires love not forced servitude from his children, and he always makes the first move toward our salvation: Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on November 30, 2010 in Christianity, Prophecy, Religion

 

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To Make an End of Sins

The second statement in the angel’s prophecy of Daniel 9:24 is, “Seventy Weeks are determined… to make and end of sins.” How are we to understand this? If the meaning is that there would be no more sin in the world, then this prophecy has no fulfillment in sight. However, if this second work of God can be shown that we have misunderstood its meaning and it is indeed fulfilled, then we are well on our way to proving that Daniel’s 70 Weeks Prophecy was fulfilled almost 2000 years ago, which means our looking for a future seven year period of trouble just before the return of Jesus is false! Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on November 29, 2010 in Christianity, Prophecy, Religion

 

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Rebellion and the Sin Principle

In this blog I am discussing the fulfillment of Daniel 9:24 or the 70 Weeks Prophecy. There were six works of God which the angel said must be fulfilled before the end of the 490 years. It is my understanding that the 70 Weeks Prophecy stands fulfilled, the final or 70th week occurring during the ministry of Jesus and proceeding to the time of Stephen’s death. If the six works of God are complete, so is the 70 Weeks Prophecy and to look for a fulfillment of the final week in our time or some future age would be futile. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on November 28, 2010 in Christianity, Prophecy, Religion

 

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To Finish the Transgression

In Daniel 9 the angel told Daniel that it would take 490 years (70 weeks of years or 10 jubilees) in order to accomplish six works of God in Israel (Daniel 9:24). If these six works of God are complete, then the prophecy must be complete no matter how we think end time prophecy should develop. But, if any are lacking, then the 70 Weeks Prophecy remains to be fulfilled in our day or perhaps sometime in a distant future age. I hope to take each of these six works in its own blog or blogs in an effort to show the 70 Weeks Prophecy is fulfilled, proving today’s eschatology believed by most evangelicals is in error. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on November 27, 2010 in Christianity, Prophecy, Religion

 

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The Coming of Ezra

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The Temple was completed in the sixth year of the king of Persia as is stated in Ezra 6:15. This occurred in Adar, the 12th month of the Jewish year. In the following month during the Passover season the Jews dedicated the Temple. Chapter seven of Ezra begins with the words: “Now after these things…” Obviously, this refers to what occurred after the completion of the Temple and its dedication, namely, Ezra gained a release from the king of Persia in the seventh year of his reign. It all seems to fit – the seventh year always follows the sixth year – but the rub is that traditional thought would have us believe that because Darius is the king in chapter six and Artaxerxes is mentioned in chapter 7, that these are two different kings. Can this be true? No! This is another case of vain tradition making the word of God of no effect. There is direct continuity intended here as we shall see. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on September 3, 2010 in Old Testament History, Prophecy, Religion

 

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Nehemiah’s Two Periods of Ministry

In Ezra chapter four, the chronology shifts to the tenure of Nehemiah. Nehemiah, the governor, must come before Ezra, the priest and scribe. This, however, is not what has been thought. Traditionally, it has been presumed that the coming of Ezra preceded that of Nehemiah. The reason for concluding that our traditional understanding is in error concerns the building of the wall. Nehemiah began to build the wall around the city of Jerusalem in Nehemiah chapter 3. This chapter lists the chief men who helped Nehemiah. When this list is compared with the returning list of exiles of Ezra chapter two,[1] it can be seen that the names found in Nehemiah 3 are of second and third generation of Israelites that returned from Babylon. Neither Ezra nor any of the company who returned with him from Babylon are listed among the chief names of Nehemiah chapter 3. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on August 30, 2010 in Old Testament History, Prophecy, Religion

 

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“Even In Troublesome Times”

The one who succeeded Cyrus was his son, Cambyses, and is the one referred to in Ezra 4:6 as Ahasuerus. Secular history says that he reigned nearly 7 ½ years before dying of a wound incurred in battle. Nothing more is said of him in the word of God, probably because he did not do one thing to advance the condition of God’s people. On the contrary, during the whole time of his reign the building of both the city and the temple was interrupted.[1] His only service to God is to act as a figure in history who counts out seven and one half years in the march of God’s people toward their Messiah. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on August 27, 2010 in Old Testament History, Prophecy, Religion

 

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Dating the Events of Ezra and Nehemiah

It has been said that Cyrus lived too early to be the king who gave the order to ‘restore and rebuild Jerusalem’, yet the book of Ezra records his command to build the Temple, and one would not build a Temple of worship and leave the city that surrounds it in ruins. God said it would be Cyrus who would give such a command that would not only include the rebuilding of the temple but the city as well (Isaiah 44:24-28). The fact is: the only reason one would not regard Cyrus as the person to whom Daniel 9:25 refers is the current chronology based upon the alleged observations of Claudius Ptolemy for the placement of the Persian kings, and the word of God does not fit the chronology laid out by the experts! Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on August 25, 2010 in Old Testament History, Prophecy, Religion

 

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Unlikely but True—The 490 Years Begin Here!

I apologize in advance for the long post, but we must set a date for the beginning of the Seventy Weeks Prophecy. I am not qualified to set a date by the stars. Nor do I have an infallible personal knowledge of ancient history. Let those who think they have such speak up, but I do not know of any whether in theological circles or secular historians. All have based their knowledge upon the false foundation of the works of Claudius Ptolemy, the second century astronomer. Therefore, I must count backwards from the times of Jesus, the Messiah. Since the prophecy pertains to his coming, we can find the date by counting 483 years back to the first year of Cyrus, the king of Babylon. This means, of course, that the significance of the second part of Daniel’s Seventy Weeks Prophecy pointing to the time and arrival of the Messiah is placed in serious jeopardy. However, I am confident that Daniel did not place all his eggs in one basket. There is enough information that can be gleaned from the surrounding chapters to show who Messiah is and that he came on time. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on August 23, 2010 in Christianity, Prophecy, Religion

 

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