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Jesus’ Words and Revelation 14

Babylon is Fallen - 2

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For some time, now, I’ve been demonstrating that Jesus’ parables lay the foundation for what is taught elsewhere in the New Testament about the last days, i.e. Jesus’ parables establish the New Testament’s eschatology. Moreover, the fact is that Jesus doesn’t teach anything new, but he does show how the Old Testament prophecies unfold in history, as they pertain to the end times. In other words, Jesus shows how the prophets should be understood. So, in effect, his parables are like a hub, which ties the prophecies of the Old Testament and the Gospel of the New Testament, together. Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted by on September 30, 2018 in 70 AD Eschatology

 

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‘The End Times’ Context

Death swallowed up

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For awhile now, I have been demonstrating that, when Jesus spoke of the end of the age, he was speaking of resurrection, of judgment (especially upon Jerusalem and the Temple), and of the reward of the righteous. If these conclusions are correct, then we should see the same mentioned in the epistles, because one cannot divorce the eschatology of the parables from the eschatology of the rest of the New Testament. I have demonstrated in my previous study that the Apostles’ mention of the end of the age in Matthew 24:3 was evidence of their recalling what Jesus said earlier in Matthew 13:39 and 49 in two of his first parables. Thus, they equated the eschatology to the destruction of the Temple with Jesus’ eschatology of resurrection and judgment, for certainly the Temple couldn’t  be destroyed, unless the Lord had passed judgment upon it. Thus, its destruction would occur at the end of the age (Matthew 24:3). Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on September 27, 2018 in 70 AD Eschatology

 

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Did the Apostles Understand?

Apostles' Understanding

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Awhile back, I had been looking at Jesus’ Parable of the Tares and how it relates to other parts of scripture in both the Old and New Testaments. Briefly, the good seed (believers) and the tares (unbelievers) grow up together, but at the end of the age or the harvest, which I have demonstrated was also the time of the resurrection, believers are separated from the unbelievers by the angels. The Lord sends out the angels at the end of the age and gathers the unbelievers and they are destroyed, while the believers are given safety, symbolized by the barn or storehouse, and where also they are fed. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on September 25, 2018 in 70 AD Eschatology

 

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Jesus’ Ascension and the Holy Spirit

Jesus' AscensionThe text says that Jesus led his disciples as far as Bethany (Luke 24:50), but this location is really on the Mount of Olives. Just as Jerusalem’s suburbs included the Mount of Olives, so Bethany’s suburbs also extended to that mountain (Numbers 35:5; cf. Acts 1:12).[1] From here Jesus promised he would send the ‘promise of the Father’ to them (Luke 24:49; Acts 1:4), and Luke tells us that the ‘promise of the Father’ is the Holy Spirit (Acts 1:4-5). Earlier, Jesus referred to the Holy Spirit as ‘another Comforter’, who would be with and remain with his followers and teach them what they needed to know about Jesus (John 14:16, 26). Peter interpreted ‘the promise of the Father’ to be the phenomenon that occurred to the 120 in the upper room and so affected them on that Pentecost day (Acts 2:33). Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on September 23, 2018 in Gospel of Luke

 

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Cherry-picking Scripture Leads to Error

Text without Context

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Jesus reminded the disciples of what he had told them before they arrived in Jerusalem, namely, that all things written in the scriptures concerning him must be fulfilled (Luke 24:44). Moreover, this pertained to how he would be mistreated and mocked by the Jewish leaders, and how he would be scourged and crucified by the gentiles, but he would rise again on the third day (cf. Luke 18:31-34; 24:25-26). He then began to open their understanding of the scriptures (Luke 24:45; cf. Acts 16:14), but this may not have been like switching on a light in order to dispel their darkness. Rather, it may have taken several appearances, before the disciples fully understood and embraced what Jesus had been telling them for some time (cf. Acts 1:3). One doesn’t rid himself of false doctrine very easily or all at once. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on September 20, 2018 in Gospel of Luke

 

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The Astonishing Power of False Doctrine

False Doctrine

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It is often presumed by Biblical scholars that, because the Apostles presumed Jesus was a spirit and Jesus’ statement that he was not a spirit (Luke 24:37, 39) confirms the doctrine that there are indeed disembodied spirits, but this is a very poor interpretation of the text. For example, the Lord’s mention of the gods in the Old Testament cannot be construed to mean there are actually gods like Molech, Baal, or Chemosh etc. When one wishes to expose the lies of a false doctrine, one often needs to refer to the lie by name. This is what Jesus did. The Pharisees believed in spirits of the dead (Acts 23:9) and, therefore, would have taught the people so. Jesus’ invitation for the disciples to touch him and place their fingers in his wounds was meant, not only for them to believe he was risen indeed, but to expose the Pharisees’ false doctrine for what it was. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on September 18, 2018 in Gospel of Luke

 

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Jesus Appears to His Disciples

Jesus Appearance to the Disciples

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Those of us who embrace Jesus as our Savior often take it for granted that, once Jesus appeared to his disciples after his resurrection, they immediately recognized and believed that what he told them was true, namely, he would go to Jerusalem, and the authorities would arrest him, turn him over to the gentiles, and they would crucify him, but he would also be raised to life after three days. Nevertheless, if we do believe this, it isn’t so. Even after Jesus appeared to his Apostles and other disciples, most of them still didn’t believe he had risen from the dead. This is how great a power their previous worldview exercised over their accepting what their eyes and ears and hands clearly told them. They simply would not believe what the facts distinctly revealed. They kept making allowances for what contradicted what they still believed. Pretty much, this is exactly what we can expect of anyone who has had his worldview challenged by the Gospel. Folks simply do not want to give up what they believe about reality. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on September 16, 2018 in Gospel of Luke

 

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