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The Seven Blessings of the Apocalypse

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In Revelation 1:2 John describes himself as one who bore record of the word of God, the testimony of Jesus and all the things he saw (cf. 1John 1:1-4), and here tells us that blessings are pronounced upon all who read, believe and obey the testimony he reveals, about what was given to Jesus (Revelation 1:3). The reason folks were blessed, if they read, heard and heeded John’s testimony, was because its fulfillment was at hand. John’s readers were persecuted (cf. Revelation 1:9), and John’s testimony was to give them hope. He who endured would be blessed. Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted by on January 20, 2019 in Book of Revelation

 

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John’s Prologue

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Understanding when the Apocalypse (the Book of Revelation) was written is very, very critical to one’s eschatology. After all, if it was written by John, late in the first century AD, as most scholars believe today, then there was no event at that time (90-100 AD) that would provide the framework into which we could place this prophecy. Therefore, we must look for its fulfillment after the first century AD. On the other hand, if the Book of Revelation was written earlier in the first century AD, during the lives of the Apostles, Peter and Paul, then this prophecy would fit very well within the framework of the Lord’s judgment upon Jerusalem cir. 66 – 70 AD! Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on January 17, 2019 in Apocalypse, Book of Revelation

 

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The Apocalypse and the Transfiguration

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What could the Book of Revelation possibly have in common with Jesus’ Transfiguration (Matthew 17:1-8; Mark 9:2-8; Luke 9:28-36)? This is a question I had before I heard a preacher[1] speak of it, but I have to tell you, it makes a lot of sense. What the Transfiguration does for the Apocalypse is to place it in a context that demands that the book was written prior to the Jews’ war with Rome cir. 66-70 AD. The context of the Apocalypse is the Day of the Lord, or the Coming of Jesus.[2] The context of the Transfiguration is the Day of the Lord, or the Lord’s parousia (G3952), according to Peter (2Peter 1:16-18)! Interestingly, I’ve never put Revelation 1:1 together with Matthew 17:1-8 and 2Peter 1:16-18, but you can see how they all fit together. They all speak of the Second Coming and, therefore, the Day of the Lord. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on January 15, 2019 in Apocalypse, Book of Revelation

 

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The Coming of Jesus, the Messiah

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The last book of our Bible has become an enigma for nearly everyone who reads it, today. For example, Christian critic and biblical scholar, Elaine Pagels, claims the Apocalypse wasn’t even written by a Christian, as we understand the term. She says: “There’s no indication that (the author) read Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount or that he read the gospels or Paul’s letters… He doesn’t even say ‘Jesus died for your sins.’”[1] The problem with Ms. Pagels’ conclusion is that it is either uninformed or purposely dishonest. Actually, not one book in the New Covenant scriptures says: “Jesus died for your sins,” but Revelation 1:5 seems to come fairly close: “Unto him that loved us, and washed us from our sins in his own blood.” Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on January 13, 2019 in Apocalypse, Book of Revelation

 

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The Appointed Time or Season

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In Revelation 1:3 John writes that his readers need to hear the words of this prophecy and to keep (G5083) or observe the things contained therein, because the time (G2540) was in John’s day at hand. I’ve already developed in previous studies that the Apocalypse was written very early in the first century AD. In this study I hope to show the importance of the word the Apocalypse uses for time, showing beyond doubt that it must point to what occurred to the Jews cir. AD 70. In fact, as we shall see in this study, this prophecy had to have been written early in the first century AD, because there simply isn’t any other event in history that was at hand that could have occurred later in that century into which we could neatly fit the Apocalypse. Moreover, to claim that nearly 2000 years (and counting) translates from the Greek word kairos (G2540) is very unscholarly to say the least, and betrays a bias to honor men instead of God to be more blunt. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on January 10, 2019 in Apocalypse, Book of Revelation

 

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When Was the Apocalypse Written?

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Eusebius, a fourth century AD church father and considered to be the “Father of Church History,” interprets Clement of Alexandria, a second and early third century church father (cir. 155-215 AD), saying the Apostle John returned from the isle of Patmos “after the tyrant was dead”, and Eusebius identifies the “tyrant” as Domitian, Emperor of Rome from AD 81-96. He does this at the beginning of his testimony concerning John’s writing the Apocalypse.[1] It also seems as though many modern scholars simply accept Eusebius’ testimony without even consulting Clement. If they do read Clement, it must be with the eyes of Eusebius, because Clement mentions Domitian four different times in his writings, but not once does he claim he was a tyrant or even that he persecuted Christians. Eusebius and, apparently, most modern scholarship have read this understanding into Clement’s works. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on January 8, 2019 in Apocalypse, Book of Revelation

 

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The Apocalypse and Irenaeus

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We are told in Revelation 1:3 not only that John is a prophet in the vein of the Old Testament prophets, but that the time for the events recorded in this prophecy was “at hand.” However, how should we understand the words: at hand? (cf. Revelation 22:12, 20)? Many believers today think nearly all the Apocalypse is yet to be fulfilled in the future. However, the internal evidence tells a different story. John says the fulfillment of what he was given was at hand (G1451 – Revelation 1:3), or according to Thayer’s Greek Definitions: near, imminent or soon to come to pass. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on January 6, 2019 in Apocalypse, Book of Revelation

 

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