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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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