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Judgment of the Nations

Sheep and GoatsNot long ago I had believed Matthew 25:31-46 depicted a time when Jesus would judge the whole world, i.e. every man and woman who ever lived. The problem with this understanding is, it removes it from the context of the rest of the Olivet Discourse. The Olivet Discourse concerns events that would transpire in the Apostles’ expected lifetimes. Remember, the Apostles were troubled over Jesus’ prediction that the Temple would be destroyed (Matthew 23:37-39; 24:1-2). Therefore, later, four of them approached Jesus privately and asked: when these things would take place, and what would be the sign of his coming and the end of the age (Matthew 24:3). For Jesus at this point to then speak of universal judgment, i.e. every man and woman who ever lived, snatches this parable out of the context of the first century AD. Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted by on November 29, 2018 in 70 AD Eschatology

 

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He Shall Sit on the Throne!

Throne of His GloryJesus tells us in the Olivet Discourse that when he returns he will sit on the throne of his glory (Matthew 25:31). However, Paul also claims that, when Christ comes (1Corinthians 15:23), “Then cometh the end, when he shall have delivered up the kingdom to God, even the Father; when he shall have put down all rule and all authority and power” (1Corinthians 15:24). How does Jesus sit upon the throne of his glory at his coming (Matthew 25:31), when he, at the same time, delivers the Kingdom to God, his Father (1Corinthians 15:24)? Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on November 27, 2018 in 70 AD Eschatology

 

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The Absent Master

Parable of the Talents -3In my investigation of the eschatology of Jesus’ parables, I have come to the Olivet Discourse, and at this time I would like to consider the Parable of the Talents (Matthew 25:14-30). The parable tells of a certain nobleman who went into a far country, but before he left he called his servants together and gave them his talents (money) each according to his ability. It is understood in the parable that, during his absence, the servants were to use their master’s money for his profit. So, after a long time, the nobleman returned and called his servants together, and he reckoned with them (Matthew 25:19), rewarding them according to their works. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on November 25, 2018 in 70 AD Eschatology

 

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The Day and the Hour

Day and hour - 6Looking at the Parable of the Ten Virgins (Matthew 25:1-13), specifically the eschatology of the parable, I notice that Jesus tells his Apostles, “Therefore watch, for you do not know either the day or the hour in which the Son of Man comes” (verse 13). Futurists will tell us that this directly relates to Matthew 24:36, which they use as the dividing scripture in the Olivet Discourse, saying that all of what comes after Matthew 24:36 is for our future. In other words Jesus was speaking of events that would take place cir. 2000 years into the future. Nevertheless, I’ve demonstrated in a great number of studies that this simply cannot be so.[1] We must consider audience relevancy, i.e. the first century audience. How did they understand Jesus’ statements? Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on November 22, 2018 in 70 AD Eschatology

 

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Let Your Lamps Be Burning

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Lately, I’ve been involved in a study of the eschatology of Jesus’ Parable of the Ten Virgins (Matthew 25:1-13), which is still part of the Olivet Discourse, according to Matthew. In the parable all of the virgins slumber and sleep, as they wait for the arrival of the bridegroom. They had taken their lamps for their watch during the night, but only five of the virgins brought along extra oil for the lamps. Sometime during the middle of the night,[1] the call went out that the bridegroom was coming, and the virgins awoke and trimmed their lamps. However, the five foolish virgins, who didn’t bring any oil, thought they might run out and asked the five wise virgins to share theirs. They wouldn’t, so the foolish ones had to leave their watch, hoping to buy more. Meanwhile, the bridegroom came. The five wise were brought in to the wedding, but the five foolish were shut out. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on November 20, 2018 in 70 AD Eschatology

 

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The Midnight Call and Romans 13

Ten Virgins

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In my previous study I began looking at Jesus Parable of the Ten Virgins (Matthew 25:1-13). Keep in mind that, according to Matthew, this is still the Olivet Discourse. In fact the whole of Matthew 25 is part of Jesus’ explanation of his coming and the end of the age, which has to do with the Apostles’ questions in Matthew 24:3. The Parable of the Ten Virgins offers a wedding motif, whereby the bridegroom comes to the betrothed, the ten virgins in the parable, but only five were ready. The second five were unable to enter into the wedding with the bridegroom (Matthew 25:10-13). Readiness seems to be centered around having enough oil, or, perhaps, trusting that the oil one has is enough (Matthew 25:3-10). Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on November 18, 2018 in 70 AD Eschatology

 

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The Bridegroom Comes!

Bridegroom Comes

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The Olivet Discourse in Matthew extends into Matthew 25 where Jesus offers his Apostles three more parables. The first of these is the Parable of the Ten Virgins. As we know from the account, five were wise, but five were foolish in that they didn’t bring any oil for their lamps. As the bridegroom delayed, all of the virgins slept, but a cry was heard at midnight that the bridegroom was coming. All awoke and the five wise dressed their lamps, but the five foolish realized they hadn’t enough oil. When they asked the wise to share their oil, they were refused, because there might not be enough for both the wise and the foolish, if the wise gave up their oil. The foolish were told to go to them who buy and sell and buy oil for themselves, but as they went the Bridegroom arrived and only the wise were able to go with him. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on November 15, 2018 in 70 AD Eschatology

 

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