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Jesus’ Three Entries Into Jerusalem!

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Matthew 21:1-17 records Jesus’ entry into Jerusalem just before he was crucified. We need to take a close look at what Matthew says. Verses 1-9 record that Jesus approached Jerusalem from Jericho (Matthew 20:29), and He sent two disciples into a nearby village, Bethany (Mark 11:1; Luke 19:29) to find an ass and her colt, upon whom no man had ever sat, and bring them to him.[1] Their use had probably been prearranged with their owner just after Christ raised up Lazarus.[2] Next, Christ sat on the colt and the small crowd of disciples went before and behind Him laying their clothes and palm branches in his path and crying out: “Hosanna to the Son of David. Blessed is he who comes in the Name of the Lord.” The entire city was moved (v.10) and wondered who Jesus was, and the disciples had to tell them (v.11). Jesus entered the Temple area and cast out those who bought and sold (v.12), declaring that they had defiled the House of God, which should have been a House of Prayer (v.13). Afterward, he healed the blind and the lame (v.14), and apparently the disciples continued to chant “hosanna” to him, because (v.15) the chief priests were displeased and told Jesus so, though they witnessed his miracles (v.16). Jesus, however, told them that praise is perfected in the hearts of babes. He then left for Bethany (v.17). Upon his return to Jerusalem (Matthew 21:18), Jesus was hungry and desired fruit from a fig tree. When he found none on the tree, he cursed it and soon it withered and died (v.19). Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on July 31, 2010 in Christianity, Gospel, Religion

 

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A Chronology of Jesus’ Last Days!

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Recently I wrote several blogs about the Seventy Weeks Prophecy. In order for my conclusions to be true there, Jesus’ crucifixion had to have occurred upon a Wednesday. Therefore, it may be profitable at this point to understand the chronology of the events of Christ’s final week of ministry upon this earth. In so doing I hope to show Jesus was not crucified upon Friday, as is traditionally held. The 1260 days mentioned in Daniel 12 (time, times and half a time) will hold up in the study of the prophecy no matter which day is chosen (Friday or Wednesday), because the 1260 days lie between the fixed dates of the Last Great Day of the Feast of Tabernacles (27 AD) and the Passover Day, when Jesus was crucified, three and one half years later (31 AD). Both the 1335 days and the 2300 days (or more properly—evenings and mornings) begin on a fixed date but end on the day of Pentecost which is a variable date depending on the date of the Sunday between the two Sabbath Holy Days of the Passover season. The 1290 days begin on that particular Sunday and end on the Day of Atonement three and one half years later at the execution of Stephen (34 AD). If anyone wishes to see this study, simply click upon the appropriate title on the bar across the top of my blog. In any case, if my study concerning this prophecy is true, the crucifixion must have occurred upon a Wednesday, but do the Scriptures support such an understanding? I believe they do, as I hope to show in this next series of posts to my blog. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on July 30, 2010 in Christianity, Crucifixion, Religion

 

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Peter’s Exhortation During the Persecution

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Peter concludes his first epistle by exhorting the elders to feed the flock of God. He mentioned that, if they minister in their office in a godly manner, they would be rewarded when the chief Shepherd appears (1Peter 5:1-4). It could hardly be argued that Peter did not expect Jesus to return during his generation or expected lifetime. If this did not occur, I have already argued that it could be construed Peter was a false prophet. If not, why not? The Scriptures clearly say that anyone who predicts something would occur is a false prophet, if that thing did not occur as they claimed. Why would Peter be an exception? Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on July 29, 2010 in Christianity, Prophecy, Religion

 

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The End of All Things Is at Hand!

AD 70So says Peter in his first epistle to the five Roman provinces that today are in modern Turkey (1Peter 4:7). What did he mean? The Apostles are accused by some to have preached that Jesus would return in their lifetimes. Is this so? If they did, and Jesus hadn’t returned, wouldn’t that make them false prophets? After all, Moses said that if a prophet arises and speaks something the Lord has not said, and if the matter doesn’t come to pass, the Lord has not said it, then that man is a false prophet, and we should not fear him or believe what he says (Deuteronomy 18:20-22). So, what about Peter? When he spoke of the appearing of Jesus (1Peter 1:7, 13) and the end of all things being at hand (1Peter 4:7), was he saying Jesus would return to this earth in his generation? Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on July 28, 2010 in Christianity, Prophecy, Religion

 

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Do We Really Trust Jesus?

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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 of Messianic believers were singled out by a particular enemy, during the first century AD 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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Caligula and Antiochus Epiphanes

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I believe the reign of Caligula, emperor of Rome (37-41 AD), is underrated, as far as related events in the New Testament is concerned. Understanding what actually occurred in Jewish history at that time puts the persecution following the death of Stephen and what brought about its end (cf. Acts 9:31) in proper perspective.  There was a lot happening during these few years in Jewish history that remind me of the period of Antiochus Epiphanes who desecrated the Temple, which gave rise to the revolt of the Maccabees, cir. 168 BC. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on July 23, 2010 in Kingdom of God, Religion, Wrath of God

 

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Which ‘Coming’ of Jesus?

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As I consider the writings of the New Testament, I have to wonder at our modern understanding of the apostolic teaching concerning the coming of Jesus. We seem to offer a picture of the Apostles believing the end was near, but which one of us truly imagines any one of them carrying around signs like “Repent! The End is Near!”? Doesn’t it seem obvious that what we believe is in error, as it pertains to the apostolic understanding of the coming of Christ ? After all, if I truly believed Jesus would return in my lifetime, I would hit the streets every day. My bank account would reflect an expectation of short term needs, and owning a home would never have been a consideration. How about you? Can we expect less of the Apostles?

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Posted by on July 21, 2010 in Prophecy, Religion, Second Coming

 

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An Ancient ‘Who Done It?’

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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 evangelicals, 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 AD 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 Resurrection at the Coming of Jesus

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Believers today have been taught very well what our salvation is and what Jesus went through to secure eternal salvation for us. Moreover, even many unbelievers understand what we mean when we speak of our salvation. Nevertheless, in the first century this was something very new to one’s thinking. When the Pharisees spoke of resurrection, they spoke of rising from the dead to live again on earth. Whether they believed in eternal life is hard to say. Certainly the Jews teach eternal life today, but did they back in the first century AD? Personally, I believe this was strictly a Jesus’ teaching, and it caught everyone by surprise. Folks in Palestine who waited for the Messiah simply believed he would “save” the Jewish people from the Romans and make them a supreme power that would defeat all their enemies. The proposition that the Messiah would come and give us eternal life was simply not suggested. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on July 16, 2010 in Religion, salvation, Second Coming

 

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The Great Conspiracy of the Last Days

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Jude was the brother of James, probably of the apostle, James the Less. It is possible he refers to James, the brother of the Lord, and, if so, this James was no doubt dead (cir. 62 AD) at the time of Jude’s epistle.  Jude mentions a trial that came upon the Messianic believers, trying their faith  (Jude 1:3). 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). They despised the leadership of God’s Spirit. Secondly, they  mumbled to themselves or whispered to others about matter not to their liking. Then, they 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; cf. 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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Modern “Oral Tradition” v/s the 1st Century AD

Did you know we have a very strong “oral” tradition today? Really, we do! For example, I would expect most Christians would be able to fill in these blanks without any help from others or a written document.

_______ _____ how sweet the _____
That _____ a ______ like me
I once ___ ____ but now __ _____
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Posted by on July 13, 2010 in Christianity, Religion, Textual Criticism

 

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When was the New Testament Written?

ManuscriptObviously, there are many opinions about when the New Testament was written. Many scholars put much of its authorship at the end of the 1st century or even into the 2nd century AD. However, I agree with Clement of Alexandria, a church father of the late 2nd and early 3rd centuries AD, that all the books of the New Testament were written between the reigns of Tiberius and Nero, emperors of Rome. There are reasons why I believe what I do concerning authorship and much of my reasoning is tied to the implications within the various books and epistles that offer hints and even strong suggestions as to when its authorship was complete. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on July 12, 2010 in Christianity, Religion, Textual Criticism

 

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Oral Culture and Chronology of the NT

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When were the books of the New Testament written? Many folks believe much of these books were written after the destruction of Jerusalem, and a lot of pressure has been placed upon the conservative biblical scholars to do the same. The reason has to do with the strong oral culture of the 1st century AD. However, oral culture should not be a consideration of any of the writings except for the Gospel narratives. The epistles were written for specific reasons, namely to correct certain problems that had arisen in the Messianic churches. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on July 10, 2010 in Gospel, Religion, Textual Criticism

 

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