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The End of the World

End of the Age

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Peter told his readers in 2Peter 3:1 that he was reminding them of what he had already told them in his first epistle. It seems the scoffers (2Peter 3:3) had arisen and were mocking Peter’s claims that the end was near. That is, Jesus was manifest in the last days (1Peter 1:20) and was then at the time of Peter’s writing ready to be revealed from heaven in what he termed “a little while” (1Peter 1:5-7). Moreover, Peter claimed that it was revealed to the prophets of old that they didn’t minister to their own day but, rather, to the days of those who lived in the first century AD (1Peter 1:10-12). In other words the end of all things was at hand (1Peter 4:7), and Christ was, at the time of Peter’s writing, ready to judge the living and the dead (1Peter 4:5, 17). So the end of the world was at that time coming upon the folks who lived in the first century AD. Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted by on December 15, 2017 in Eschatology, Prophecy

 

The End of All Things Is at Hand

End of all Things - 2

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When we speak of the end of the world, according to what we see in 2Peter 3, what do we mean? What did Peter mean? If Peter meant something different from what we see in the text, which point of view should we retain—ours or Peter’s? Lots of folks seem to believe Peter was wrong to believe the end of the time/space continuum was about to arrive in the first century AD. I could go along with that, with this qualifier—Peter really wasn’t speaking of the end of time or the universe. This came to be a later assumption of the text, and such a thing is not found anywhere in the Bible. In other words, belief that time would come to an end and the universe would be destroyed is a modern assumption not supported in the scriptures. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on December 13, 2017 in Eschatology, Prophecy

 

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Who Were the Scoffers?

Scoffers - 5

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Speaking of his own days in the first century AD (cf. 1Peter 1:19-20; 4:7, 17), Peter mentions that scoffers (G1703) or mockers would arise in the last days (i.e. Peter’s days – 2Peter 3:3), who would deny the coming of the Lord, which Peter claimed would occur in the lifetimes of his first century readers (1Peter 1:5-7). These men would deny the first century coming of Christ by using the premise that everything is exactly as it had always been. That is, the Temple is still standing even though Jesus claimed it would be destroyed (cf. Matthew 23:37-38; 26:64).Where, then, is the promise of his coming (2Peter 3:3-4). If scoffers were come in the first century to deny the Apostles’ message, is it possible to know who they were? Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on December 11, 2017 in Eschatology, Prophecy

 

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Why Would the Scoffers Ridicule Peter?

Scoffers - 4People want to talk about the end times, Christ’s coming in the clouds, the end of the world, what’s going on in the Middle East and how that pertains to ‘end time events’ and Jesus’ feet standing on the Mount of Olives, but they **don’t** want to talk about the time statements indicated in the prophecies that point to those same events! The only thing they know about that time is “no one knows the day or the hour.” Yet, Jesus told us that the very things these folks want to talk about would occur in a single generation—that is, the generation in which Jesus lived (Matthew 23:36; 24:34). Nevertheless, NO ONE wants to talk about that! Therefore, these folks simply ignore the fact that Peter mentions the similarity of what he was about to tell his readers (2Peter 3:1) to what he had already told them in his first epistle. That is where Peter claimed that he and his readers were living in the last time (1Peter 1:5).[1] Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on December 8, 2017 in Eschatology, Prophecy

 

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Ignoring the Time Statements

End of All ThingsOne of the sad statements of our time is that folks who believe Christ will return in our modern day, take their cues from the newspaper, rather than believing God. We have become newspaper exegetes, believing and preaching the end is near, because of “all the evil” we see in the world around us. We simply cannot fathom the thought that Jesus would ever permit such evil to continue to occur without doing something about it. Well, he has done something about it. He left us the Gospel to preach, and this has already and will continue to change the world, but that’s another subject for another time. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on December 6, 2017 in Eschatology, Prophecy

 

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The Great and Terrible Day of the Lord

Day of the Lord

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Many modern teachers of eschatology (study of last things) will tell us that the “great and terrible day of the Lord” (Joel 2:31; Malachi 4:1) is yet in our future.[1] However, if we take the New Testament writers at their word, the great and terrible day of the Lord has already past. It is not in our future. The book of Malachi has had tremendous influence over the eschatology of the New Testament writers. For example, in the day when the Messiah suddenly comes to his Temple and purifies the sons of Levi that they may offer offerings acceptable to the Lord, the question is asked: “Who will be able to stand?” (Malachi 3:1-3). Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on December 4, 2017 in Eschatology, Prophecy

 

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Understanding Prophetic Language

Heavens Rolled up like a scroll

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For nearly the whole period of my own Christian experience, I had been interpreting the Old Testament prophecies, for the most part, literally. This is the way in which I was taught, and it is also the manner in which most of my commentaries etc. interpret Biblical prophecy. It is only lately (summer of 2017) that I began to question this method of interpretation (hermeneutic). Certainly, I knew Jesus wasn’t a literal lamb, when the text called him the Lamb of God, but for the most part it was through the literal interpretation of the word of God, that I perceived the scriptures, including the prophets. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on December 1, 2017 in Eschatology, Prophecy

 

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