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Image of the Beast & the 7 Sons of Sceva ~ Part 3

In the final post of this series I am considering the seven sons of Sceva, the high priest, and the seven ‘sons’ of Annas, the high priest of Jerusalem in the 1st century CE. In part one I compared the Image of the Beast, seen in Revelation 13:14, with these sons of Sceva mentioned in Acts 19:14, and placed them over against the Lamb with Seven Horns and Seven Eyes (the seven spirits or men, i.e. writers of the New Testament, who spread the Gospel throughout the world), mentioned in Revelation 5:6. My point in all this is to show a competition between the Kingdom of God and the rulers of the Jews who rejected Jesus. The ruling priests had declared war against the priesthood of Jesus, represented in the spirits gone out into the entire world (cp. Revelation 5:6). Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on August 7, 2011 in spiritual warfare

 

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Image of the Beast & the 7 Sons of Sceva ~ Part 2

Presently, I am considering the seven sons of Sceva, the high priest and the seven ‘sons’ of Annas, the high priest of Jerusalem in the 1st century CE. Earlier, I had written that the descendents of Annas comprised the Image of the Beast in Revelation 13, but do these things pertain to Acts 19:13-16 and exorcising of evil spirits? Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on August 5, 2011 in spiritual warfare

 

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Image of the Beast & The 7 Sons of Sceva ~ Part 1

Awhile ago, I had been reading about a particular study theme in Lee T. Dahn’s blog showing both the Gospel of Luke and the book of Acts have an underlying theme that contrasts the priestly family of Annas with the priesthood of Christ, the one being corrupt and the other holy. I found his point of view very interesting, and because of my reading his study, I have begun to recognize this theme behind some of the symbols in the book of Revelation. For example, I’ve already made the claim that the Image of the Beast is actually the seven sons or descendents of Annas, the high priest. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on August 1, 2011 in spiritual warfare

 

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The Bacchae – Christianity and the Enlightenment

It is expected for civilizations to remember the past and to judge accurately why those things occurred and evaluate what has brought us to where we are today. It has been said, and I believe it is a truism, that those who neglect the study of history, or rejects its implications are cursed to repeat its mistakes. Christianity preaches Christ and him crucified. We have no real citizenship or home in this present world. However, just because we are here in a real physical world means that, like it or not, we have contributed a worldview to this world that we claim will one day be destroyed. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on October 10, 2010 in God, Religion, spiritual warfare

 

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The Bacchae – The Jews and the Greeks

Thousands of years ago Euripides wrote a play called The Bacchae.[1] In it he portrays worlds in conflict. In his world two distinct and opposing points of view were being played out in real history. The rational (philosophers), represented by a group of men in his play, depicted their dry, rather insensitive understanding of the world. On the opposite end of the pendulum was the more irrational and popular point of view held by the polytheistic culture of the time and represented in Euripides’ play by a group of women. In the end the polytheistic culture (the irrational) wins over the logical premise of the philosophers (the rational), and the women kill the men and cut them in pieces. Gory, yes, but it is a fair representation of history. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on October 8, 2010 in God, Religion, spiritual warfare

 

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The Apostle John and the End Times

The apostles spoke of the last time or the last days as though they would occur in their expected lifetime. Were they wrong? If they were wrong about this, how can we conclude anything that they have told us is true? James wrote of the last days as days of judgment upon those who defrauded others of what belonged to them, and refused to share what they had with the poor (James 5:1-5). Peter also spoke of our eternal inheritance, that is, our salvation or eternal life, which was reserved for us in heaven and was ready to be unveiled in the last time (1Peter 1:4-5, 20). Just before his death, Peter also spoke of the scoffers who would deny Christ, and they would come in the last days (2Peter 3:1-5). Just after James’ death, his brother Jude wrote of ungodly men who had crept into the church pretending to be brethren, but they loved this world and sought to take advantage of and separate the brethren for their own gain, and Jude claimed this was prophesied for the last time (Jude 1:3-4, 15-19). What happened? It seemed that all of a sudden things began to fall apart. Did this all this occur at once simply by chance or was there an unseen hand behind everything? Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on August 11, 2010 in Christianity, Religion, spiritual warfare

 

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Peter’s Final Words!

Peter wrote a second epistle to the five Roman provinces (2Peter 3:1; cp. 1Peter 1:1), and it was to be his final words to them, for he said he was about to be executed (2Peter 1:14). In this epistle Peter lashed out at the false teachers that had arisen within the churches of God (2Peter 2:1). Peter wrote as though this particular event was yet future “there shall be,” but he was merely reiterating a prophecy he had already given them years before (2Peter 3:2). This fact is certain, because Peter claimed in his letter that these men were already feasting with the children of God and were unafraid to do so (2Peter 2:12-13). Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on August 9, 2010 in Christianity, Religion, spiritual warfare

 

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Do We Really Trust Jesus?

In chapter three of Peter’s first epistle he wrote to wives and husbands. Why would he think he needed to write to all the churches in the five Roman provinces mentioned in the first chapter about the duties of wives and husbands? Were families under attack? Was this the fiery trial he spoke of in chapter four? Well, I suppose this could be the case, but I believe it would be very unlikely that the families Messianic believers were singled out by a particular enemy, during the first century CE to be attacked and destroyed. Peter told the believers that the trial they were experiencing was not a strange thing (1Peter 4:12). Rather, their faith was under fire (1Peter 1:7). If Peter was using a metaphor when writing to wives and husbands, what did he mean? Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on July 27, 2010 in Christianity, Religion, spiritual warfare

 

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An Ancient ‘Who Done It?’

Peter begins the second chapter of his first epistle with advice to “desire the sincere milk of the word” of God (1Peter 2:2), implying that part of the reason for the trouble of the churches was that they had engaged in partaking of spiritual meat whose ultimate tendency was to deny the basic spiritual diet of the Body of Christ. Peter was calling for believers to become as newborn babes and return to this basic spiritual diet which would have the effect of “laying aside malice, guile, hypocrisies, envying and evil speaking” (1Peter 2:1). Consider young babies; can anyone imagine babies acting in such a manner? I cannot. Therefore, the remedy, it seems, that Peter offered the churches for their current distress was to return to behaving and thinking like they once did when they first received Christ as their Savior. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on July 18, 2010 in Christianity, Religion, spiritual warfare

 

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A Widespread Trial of Faith

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A lot of Christians, especially fundamentalists, would disagree with evolution. The logic being that a world such as ours with all its teaming life demands a Creator. One simply cannot throw a bunch of matter together and come up with what we have today. It just isn’t possible, or so goes the argument—and I quite agree, but this is not a blog against evolution. My point in bringing this up is this: Peter sends an epistle to all the churches in the provinces of Pontus, Galatia, Cappadocia, Asia and Bithynia, which covers approximately sixty percent of modern Turkey. If we were speaking of our modern age with nearly instant communicative abilities etc., then perhaps one could logically believe all these churches could be undergoing a common trial without there being a conspiracy behind it. However, this is the first century CE we are reading about, and Peter sent his epistle to address the common problem of a fiery trial of faith affecting generally everyone in all the churches in at least five different Roman provinces (1Peter 1:7). Does anyone believe this is not the result of a conspiracy? Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on July 17, 2010 in Christianity, Religion, spiritual warfare

 

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The Great Conspiracy of the Last Days

Jude was the brother of James, and from the tone of his letter, I believe James was dead at the time of Jude’s epistle. There was no reason at this time for Jude to hold back, so he more or less laid everything on the line for all to consider. The trial that came upon the Messianic believers was one that tried their faith (Jude 1:3), because ungodly men had secretly crept into the ranks of the flock and were in some fashion tempting the brethren (Jude 1:4). How were they going about this? First of all, they slandered the present leaders (Jude 1:8), because the unbelievers despised the leadership of God’s Spirit. Secondly, they first mumbled to themselves or whispered to others, then openly complained and finally spoke against the Gospel of Christ in a manner that appealed to the desires some within the body, and in so doing they exalted their own authority (Jude 1:16; cp. verse-4). Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on July 15, 2010 in Christianity, Religion, spiritual warfare

 

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The End of the Age

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When the Bible speaks of end times or the end of the age most folks who read the Scriptures believe it is referring to the time of Jesus’ second return to this earth. Well, some references do indeed refer to this time, but not all. For example, the Genesis flood marked an end of an age and the beginning of another. When Israel was brought out of Egypt, it marked the end of an age (age of the patriarchs) and the beginning of another (the age of the Law). When Jesus came it marked the beginning of a new age (the age of grace / Kingdom of God) and when Jerusalem and the Temple were destroyed, it marked the end of the age of Law. Therefore, if we really wish to understand what the Bible is telling us, we really need to read about these things within their context. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on July 14, 2010 in Prophecy, Religion, spiritual warfare

 

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Spiritual Warfare in the End Times

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In the final chapter of his epistle, James addressed the troublemakers, the false teachers that had arisen and divided the churches. He foretold their judgment (James 5:1), because they held back what they could have offered to help their brethren (James 5:2-3). James implied that these false teachers worshiped among the brethren for some time, because he claims they held back the “hire of the laborers who have reaped down your fields.” In other words, they had been helped by true leaders of the churches. Their lives were better, because of the Gospel that was preached to them, yet they held back the “wages” of those who labored on their behalf (James 5:4-5), and not only so, but they had lifted up their voices against the very ones who had labored to make their lives better (James 5:6). Using encrypted language, James says the false teachers had condemned and killed the just (or the true leaders of the churches) and they have not resisted. That is, they have not responded in kind, but had prayed to the Lord (cp. Jude 1:8-9). While the false teachers slandered the true leaders of the churches (cp. James 4:7 where devil really means slanderer—then compare this with Jude 1:8). The leaders that God had set up in the churches didn’t respond in kind, but prayed that God would rebuke the evil workers, knowing the Lord is the true Ruler (Jude 1:9). Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on July 8, 2010 in Gospel, Religion, spiritual warfare

 

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The Deceptiveness of the Prosperity Gospel

Either Christians throughout the Empire were murdering one another and stealing from one another in order to satisfy their own selfish desires to obtain what others possessed (James 4:1-2), or James wrote his epistle at least partially in code. The fact is, the churches of God were at the very time of James’ epistle experiencing and empire-wide trial in the form of a conspiracy (James 1:1-2) coming out of Jerusalem, intended to destroy the Messianic wing of Judaism. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on July 7, 2010 in Gospel, Religion, spiritual warfare

 

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Be Not Many Teachers

In the third chapter of his epistle, James gets down to the nitty-gritty. The empire-wide trial that had come upon the churches of God had to do with false doctrine spread by false teachers. This was an organized conspiracy begun by Annas, the High Priest of Jerusalem, the very same who had Jesus crucified. It was a secret plan whereby he had planted false brethren throughout the Christian assemblies in Asia, Galatia and Greece (cp. Acts 5 and the Ananias and Sapphira incident). Paul knew about the plan, but, of course, was not privy to the identity of the false brethren. He told the churches in Greece that the conspiracy was already at work (2Thessalonians 2:7), but Paul’s presence among the churches in the area was enough to keep secret evil plan from gaining a strong foothold among them. Read the rest of this entry »

 

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