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Jesus’ Trial Before the Whole Sanhedrin

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One might argue that Jesus’ whole public ministry was one, big, three and a half year trial, but in reality his trials were intermittent. He wasn’t debating with the Jewish authorities every hour of every day, and neither was he correcting his disciples all of the time. I suppose he had many hours of pleasant discourse in what could be termed good times with those closest to him. After all, the text does say he loved his disciples, and they loved him (John 13:1; 15:9; 16:27), and love cannot exist under constant criticism or distrust. Nevertheless, during Jesus’ final hours, he was tried almost constantly. It began during his final meal with his disciples, and the trials didn’t end until the day was over, and he lay peacefully in the grave. Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted by on July 15, 2018 in Gospel of Luke

 

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A Very Weak Argument for Division

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For some time, now, I’ve been discussing the argument that Matthew 24:36 represents a division in the Olivet Discourse. The first part, usually Matthew 24:1-34 is said to represent a spiritual coming of Jesus in 70 AD to judge Jerusalem and destroy the Temple, while the second part verse-36 and following to the end of Matthew 25 represents Jesus’ physical Second Coming, which is alleged to be in our future, nearly 2000 years after Jesus’ words were written. In my previous study I showed how the argument that the word but represents a division in the chapter is untenable. In this study I hope to show that a similar argument often used by some scholarly writers is equally untenable, but let any readers who peruse these studies judge that for themselves. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on July 13, 2018 in 70 AD Eschatology

 

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Peter Denies Knowing Jesus

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The Jewish authorities arrested Jesus and led him away to the house of the high priest, and Peter followed at some distance (Luke 22:54). It would be an error to say that the Apostles were cowards. They were, indeed, willing to die with Jesus or be arrested with him, but all this was in the context of unbelief. They simply didn’t believe what Jesus told them, i.e. that their hearts had forsaken the way he taught them (Mark 14:50). They were acting like men and not messengers of heaven. They took on the posture of rebels, willing to fight their enemies with swords. This is the world’s way to attain victory, but Jesus claims to be our ‘Way’(cf. John 14:6) – i.e. his example points to victory. If, then, Peter followed Jesus (Luke 22:54; cf. Matthew 26:58), it was in the context of unbelief not an expression of loyalty. His posture was that of a rebel, and he followed Jesus as a spy, not a disciple. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on July 12, 2018 in Gospel of Luke

 

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Is ‘But’ the Continental Divide?

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Some futurists, usually amillennialists and postmillennialists, with exceptions within those two groups, try to show a division in the Olivet Discourse at Matthew 24:36.[1] In my past few studies I have been showing how this position is untenable, without jumping through hoops and over a great many hurdles. In other words, the plain reading of the text will not permit the Olivet Discourse to be divided here in an effort to show Jesus’ spiritual coming in 70 AD (Matthew 24:4-34), and his alleged future physical Second Coming. In this study I hope to show that the word ‘but’ simply cannot be used to do such a thing. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on July 11, 2018 in 70 AD Eschatology

 

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The Disciples Forsook Jesus

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As Judas’ betrayal took place, and when the apostles saw there was danger, they asked the Lord for their orders. They were not afraid. They were willing to fight, even with only two swords (Luke 22:38) against the multitude! While Judas would feel comfortable in today’s media, draining funds away from the Lord’s use to spread the Gospel, so he might support his own cause, Peter would have loved to lead a crusade. Both attitudes are wrong and do not serve God. One would steal in the name Christ, the other would kill in his name. Judas would exploit Christ for his own ends, while Peter would make presumptions upon his Master’s will and risk all for victory. While abiding in Christ (John 15:1-7) one does not act out of Adam’s strength or use this world’s methods (Matthew 26:52). Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on July 10, 2018 in Gospel of Luke

 

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At That Time – Resurrection

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In my previous study, I discussed how the resurrection is inextricably tied to both the Great Tribulation and the appearing of Jesus (2Timothy 4:1), and when this is realized, one simply cannot divide the Olivet Discourse at Matthew 24:36, to say that all that comes before it refers to Jesus’ spiritual coming in 70 AD, and all that comes afterward refers to Jesus’ alleged physical Second Coming sometime in our future. At this time I hope to approach this idea from a slightly different perspective to further substantiate what I’ve done in my study on the Great Tribulation, so that study is connected to this one, but both should be able to stand alone, as far as proving my point is concerned. The one merely reinforces the other. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on July 9, 2018 in 70 AD Eschatology

 

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Personal Reflections on Jesus’ Arrest

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As Jesus was taken away, his only objection was how the Jewish authorities had come against him. They came under the cloak of darkness (Luke 22:53), just like so many of their deeds before (cf. John 7:53 and John 8:1-3). These men, who claimed to uphold the Law, unlawfully sought to arrest Jesus. They had plenty of opportunity to take him during the day (Luke 22:53), but they needed the cloak of darkness to hide their sin from the people. They were afraid. They were cowards, many people coming together to build up courage. Like a mob, they came against one Righteous Man. Jesus showed them their sin, but they continued in their evil deed unable to reply adequately. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on July 8, 2018 in Gospel of Luke

 

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