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About Eddie

I am a Christian. I am married to my lovely wife, Kay, for over 40 years. I have enjoyed growing old with her, and look forward to a few more years, if our Lord permits. I am also a father of two daughters, both are married to two wonderful men. My eldest daughter has two children-a girl and a boy, so I am also a grandfather! God has been so kind to let me see both of my daughters fulfilling their dreams while they follow Jesus. I retired from a telecommunications company in 2002, and have never looked back. I have found retirement much more fulfilling than living by another man's schedule. I enjoy studying the Scriptures, reading a good book, blogging, and discussing my faith with folks over the internet who like to discuss matters concerning Jesus. I am also a Sunday school teacher, and have been for over 15 years.

The Restoration of Israel

Acts 1.8

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For nearly a dozen recent studies I have been endeavoring to describe the nature of the Kingdom of God. I have been showing that the Kingdom is spiritual in nature, not physical, as is presumed and taught by all three futurist eschatologies—premillennialism, postmillennialism and amillennialism. There are some subsets of these eschatologies that do not predict Jesus reigning in a future physical Kingdom on earth, but predominantly this is what these three futurist groups teach about Jesus’ Second Coming. Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted by on April 20, 2018 in 70 AD Eschatology

 

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Jesus’ Response and Absentee Landlords

Judgment - 3An envoy from the Sanhedrin sought to lay a trap for Jesus by questioning his authority to do those things he had been doing, ever since the day he had entered Jerusalem, while riding on the colt of a donkey, amid the praise of the people, as though they were welcoming their King. Since the Jewish authorities refused to answer Jesus’ counter question, he responded by telling them he wouldn’t reply to theirs (Luke 20:8). Nevertheless, in reality he did answer them in a thinly veiled parable that immediately followed their confrontation. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on April 19, 2018 in Gospel of Luke

 

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The Scepter of Judah

Scepter of JudahFor some time, now, I’ve been involved in a study of the nature of the Kingdom of God. At the very heart of this study are Jesus’ words to the Pharisees in Luke 17:20-21, where he claimed that the Kingdom of God cannot be observed with the physical eyes, whereupon he concluded that the Kingdom of God is within you (i.e. within man). These are astonishing words in view of the fact that the Pharisees were expecting a glorious earthy kingdom. They expected the Messiah to reign in Jerusalem and rid the Jews of the Roman oppressor Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on April 18, 2018 in 70 AD Eschatology

 

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The Snare that Backfired

Backfired Trap

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The Jewish authorities had hoped to trap Jesus (Luke 20:1-2) by causing him to defend himself and admit to something theologically wrong, proving himself to be a lawless fellow seeking to cause trouble for legitimate authority, or admit that he was King of Israel in opposition to Caesar. The least they wished to accomplish was for Jesus to lose face before the people, but they had hoped they could arrest him and punish him themselves or turn him over to Roman authorities to be slain as a rebel. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on April 17, 2018 in Gospel of Luke

 

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The Invisible Kingdom

Kingdom within you

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I am presently involved in series of short studies on the nature of the Kingdom of God. Jesus did say, after all, that it couldn’t be seen with our physical eyes (Luke 17:20-21). Therefore, what manner of Kingdom should we be looking for, if it cannot be physically observed. The point of fact remains, however, that all three futurist points of view, as that pertains to the Second Coming of Christ, demand a visible or physical Kingdom in which Christ will reign in a physical body. How could that be done in a Kingdom that cannot be observed with our physical eyes? Therefore, such an eschatology is simply illogical. It is self-contradictory. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on April 16, 2018 in 70 AD Eschatology

 

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Jesus’ Right to Do the Things He Did

Cleansing the Temple - 2The Sanhedrin, the high court of the Jews had sent an envoy to ask Jesus about his claim of authority (Luke 20:1-2). The men had power to arrest Jesus on the spot, so Jesus’ personal freedom was at stake and depended upon how he answered their question. Therefore, we need to step back and ask ourselves: how could we be sure that Jesus wasn’t simply a rebel, who had come to create unrest for the authorities in Jerusalem in particular and the Jewish nation in general? From the very beginning there were people who said that Jesus’ claims to be the Holy One of God (i.e. the Messiah) would eventually destroy the nation (cf. Luke 4:31-34). What can we say about these things? Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on April 15, 2018 in Gospel of Luke

 

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A Spiritual Kingdom

Spiritual Kingdom

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Recently, I’ve embarked on a study in short segments that concern the nature of the Kingdom of God. When Jesus came upon the scene preaching that the Kingdom of God was near, was he referring to a physical Kingdom or a spiritual Kingdom? That is, when Jesus would begin to reign as the Messiah, did he intend to reign on a physical throne, in physical Jerusalem, in a physical body in, for all intents and purposes, what amounted to a physical Kingdom? Certainly, this was the kind of kingdom over which David reigned, and Jesus was prophesied to rule on David’s throne, but did God intend for us to understand that he would rule literally from a physical throne? Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on April 13, 2018 in AD 70 Eschatology

 

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