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The Spiritual Restoration of Israel

Dwelling Place of God

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In this series of studies, I’ve been investigating the nature of the Kingdom of God. Many Christians believe and would affirm that Jesus will one day come out of heaven in a physical (visible) body and reign over a physical Kingdom, which would be headquartered in physical Jerusalem. Of course, I have been taking issue with that point of view in this series of studies. I have been saying that Jesus has already returned, and has already set up his Kingdom, and all this occurred in 70 AD, when he came in the clouds, as he promised to do (Matthew 26:64), and judged Jerusalem and destroyed the Temple located there. Thus, and at that time, Jesus officially ended the Old Covenant and officially established the New with restored Israel. Therefore, since no one actually saw Jesus in a physical, visible form come out of the sky on a cloud, his coming or parousia (G3952—Matthew 24:3) must have been spiritual. Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted by on May 25, 2018 in 70 AD Eschatology

 

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The Value of the Believer’s Persecution

Good Example = 1

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When Jesus foretold the coming persecution of his disciples, he said that it would turn out to the advantage of the Gospel. They would be able to testify to people who wouldn’t normally hear the Gospel. They would testify of Jesus before the authorities of the land, and before governors and kings (Luke 21:12-13; cf. Acts 24:7-10, 24-25; 25:9-13; 26:1). Moreover, their testimony would not be theirs, though it came from their mouths. Rather, Jesus, himself, would give them the words they needed to say, and once said, their enemies wouldn’t be able to legitimately argue against them (Luke 21:14-15; cf. Acts 25:9-12, 23-26; 26:32). Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on May 24, 2018 in Gospel of Luke

 

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This Is That!

Valley of Dry Bones - 1Was the Kingdom of God, as presented by Jesus, physical or spiritual? If the Jews didn’t reject Jesus as their Messiah, what would the Kingdom of God have looked like? Was the Kingdom of God delayed, because the Jews rejected Jesus as their Messiah? These questions are important, and they determine the nature or the characteristics of the Kingdom that Jesus preached. For example, if the establishment of the Kingdom of God was delayed, due to the Jews rejecting Jesus as their Messiah, then the Kingdom Jesus offered must have been a physical Kingdom, with him physically reigning from physical Jerusalem. However, if the Kingdom wasn’t delayed, then it is here today, but it isn’t visible. One couldn’t find it on a world map. Jesus certainly isn’t physically present and reigning in physical Jerusalem. Is he? Therefore, if the Kingdom wasn’t delayed, then the Kingdom of God **must** be spiritual in nature. This seems logically true. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on May 23, 2018 in 70 AD Eschatology

 

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BUT of the Day and Hour…

False Argument

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Most folks who believe the Bible is the word of God will read the Olivet Discourse (Luke 21:8-36) and recognize Jesus was talking about the destruction of Jerusalem and the Temple cir. 70 AD. However, most believers who look for a yet future coming of Jesus will claim that the Olivet Discourse is divided into two sections and use Matthew 24 to show where the division occurs. Some commentators also try to divide Luke’s account of the discourse based upon their understanding of Matthew 24. The first section of Jesus’ prophecy, according to their understanding, begins with “Take heed that no man deceive you…” (Matthew 24:4) and ends with “This generation shall not pass, till all these things be fulfilled (Matthew 24:34). The “alleged” second section begins in Matthew 24:36 with the word “BUT…”[1] However, is this a fair way to treat the word of God, “…rightly dividing the word of truth” (2Timothy 2:15)? Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on May 22, 2018 in Gospel of Luke

 

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The End or Goal of the Age

End of the Age - 1

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I am presently involved in a series of studies on the nature of the Kingdom of God. In previous studies I have shown how all three futurists’ views on eschatology—postmillennialism, amillennialism and premillennialism—are demonstrably false. With a few exceptions, all views seek to make a case for a visible, physical Second Coming of Christ in our (modern) future. When he does arrive, he will either destroy the heavens and the earth and take believers with him to be where he is, or he will renovate the earth and set up a physical Kingdom of God based in physical Jerusalem. All these eschatological views are demonstrably false.

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Posted by on May 21, 2018 in 70 AD Eschatology

 

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False Signs of Jesus’ Coming

False Prophets

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When we first read Luke 21:8, we have to wonder if the Apostles, who knew Jesus personally, could actually be deceived into believing another man was the Messiah. While I don’t believe the Apostles could have been deceived that another person was Jesus, I think, if they weren’t very cautious to consider Jesus’ words carefully, they could have been deceived into believing Jesus’ return to judge Jerusalem would be sooner than it was, and they could have left Judea prematurely without a witness. The text says that many would come in the name of Jesus and declare the time was at hand (Luke 21:8), i.e. the time of the end, or the time of the destruction of Jerusalem and the Temple was at hand. Jesus told the Apostles not to believe such people. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on May 20, 2018 in Gospel of Luke

 

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Christ Shook Heaven and Earth

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This present study marks two dozen studies I’ve done concerning the nature of the Kingdom of God. Of course, we have seen that, with a few exceptions, all three futurists’ views—premillennialism, amillennialism and postmillennialism—look for a physical Kingdom at the still future (according to them) Second Coming of Christ. Moreover, they look for a visible return of Jesus, i.e. he will be in a physical body, when he sits on a physical throne in physical Jerusalem. However, as I have already pointed out, the scriptures do not support the futurists’ point of view on eschatology. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on May 18, 2018 in 70 AD Eschatology

 

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