In Daniel’s 70 Weeks Prophecy, he prophesied that 70 weeks of years were determined for the Jews. That is, a block of 490 years was set apart for the fulfillment of all things that concerned the Jews (Daniel 9:24). During this period of time, they would also rebuild the Temple, the walls of Jerusalem, and the Messiah would come. He be killed, and the Temple would once again be destroyed, and all this would be done within this block of time (Daniel 9:25-27). Many, if not most, Christians today believe there is a gap of “X” number of years either between the 69th and 70th weeks of years or between the 69th and ½ week of years and the final 3 ½ years of the 70th week in Daniel’s prophecy. So, what can we say about these things? Was the gap a part of God’s original plan, or did he insert it later, and, if he did insert it later, why did he? Did Jesus know about the gap (cf. Mark 13:32)? Read the rest of this entry »
In the Parable of the Prodigal Son Jesus tells of the condition that befell the young man after he had left his father. He spent his inheritance on strangers, and afterward found he hadn’t a friend among them. With his wealth gone, he came to realize he was a stranger in a strange land, and, at least for him, there was a famine in that land (Luke 15:14). That is he was alone and destitute with no means of saving himself. Read the rest of this entry »
Many Premillennial scholars tell us that, because the Jews rejected Jesus as their Messiah, God postponed the Kingdom, and for nearly 2000 years we still await its establishment at Christ’s Second Coming. When Jesus does finally return, so they say, he will set up his literal Kingdom at literal Jerusalem and physically reign from there for 1000 years. Notice what theologian and author Dr. John Phillips says: Read the rest of this entry »
After speaking of losing first a sheep and then a coin, Jesus turns our attention to a son (Luke 15:11). He turns our eyes from our possessions to our own families. In Jesus’ parable a man had two sons. The younger son asked his father to divide the inheritance at once and give him what would be his. This was not only disrespectful, for it implies that the son believed he would be treated better by strangers than his father, but it also expresses the son’s desire that his father were already dead. Perhaps father and son had a falling out, and the son in anger decided a life with strangers would be better than living under his father’s discipline. Read the rest of this entry »
Have you ever wondered what life would have been like had the Jews not rejected Jesus? For example, would there be a need for a Second Coming? Would Christ, today, be reigning out of Jerusalem, and would the world be at peace? This seems to be the position taken by the dispensationalists, because they expect Christ to return sometime in the future and do exactly that. In fact, according to the father of modern Dispensationalism, John Darby, the Cross was the work of Satan. Read the rest of this entry »
In Luke 15:8-10 Jesus spoke a parable about a woman and a lost coin. It is interesting that Jesus would cause the woman to represent mankind, who rejoices over the finding what was lost in man’s relationship with God. Her search is as one seeks a treasure (Proverbs 2:1-6), and this represents one’s repentance toward God (Luke 15:10). I believe Jesus chooses a woman in order to rebuke the Pharisees. His words are meant to be a kind of shock to get them to consider their behavior. Most Jewish authorities in the first century didn’t consider women on the same level as men. In fact, some of these authorities didn’t believe women should even be taught the Scriptures.
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The Lord tells us in Isaiah 42:8 and 48:11 that he will not give his glory to another. Yet, Jesus tells us in Matthew 16:27 that he will come in the glory of the Father. Paul says in Philippians 2:6 that, before he became man, Jesus was in the form of God and was equal with God. Late in his earthly ministry Jesus prayed to his Father, asking that he would glorify him with himself—i.e. with the person of the Father, which was the glory he enjoyed before creation (John 17:5). In other words before he became man, Jesus was God and with God (John 1:1). Therefore, for Jesus to say he would come in the glory of the Father (Matthew 16:27), he was saying he would come in the glory not of man but of God. He would come again (i.e. his Second Coming) as the Lord had come in the past—i.e. in the Old Testament. What would that look like in the context of the New Testament? Read the rest of this entry »