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What Was ‘About to’ Occur in Paul’s Day

About to Occur

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If I have proved anything in this series it is that men bring a lot to the table when they present their eschatology. The Bible never speaks about the end of time, but some men’s eschatology has to do with the end of time. Some even speak of the end of the Gospel Age, but the Bible seems to indicate that the Gospel Age will never end! Some men’s eschatology deals with the end of the universe, but God tells us that he will not destroy his creation. Many Bible students like to place gap where gaps don’t exist (like between Matthew 16:27 and 28), and large gaps where small gaps might be indicated (like in the middle of Daniel’s 70th week of years). So, we have God’s word, but men seem to like to add their own words next to God’s, or perhaps they sincerely don’t know what they’ve done. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on February 16, 2018 in 70 AD Eschatology, Prophecy

 

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Jesus Coming in Judgment and to Rule

Judgment Day

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I have been involved in a study of Matthew 16:27-28, which records Jesus saying he would come in the glory of the Father to reward each man according to his works, and that some of those standing by and listening would live to see him coming in his Kingdom. I have been showing how Jesus’ statement is founded upon Old Testament prophecies, such a s Isaiah 40, 62 and Daniel 7 and 9. I have also been showing that Matthew 16:27 cannot be separated from verse-28, which must be done, if the futurists’ eschatology is to be maintained. Moreover, I have proved why Matthew 16:28 could not be fulfilled in the Transfiguration or on the day of Pentecost. The only possible meaning for verse-28 is that it was fulfilled cir. 70 AD at the destruction of Jerusalem and the Temple, which I have said was also the fulfillment of Matthew 16:27. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on February 14, 2018 in 70 AD Eschatology, Prophecy

 

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Are There Two Comings of the Lord?

Second Coming - 5

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It seems like a ridiculous question to even ask, i.e. did Jesus promise to come twice? Yet, this is exactly what futurists are saying, when they try to divide Matthew 16:27 from verse-28. They tell us that Jesus’ coming “in the glory of the Father to render to each man according to his works” is one coming, (Greek – erchomai, G2064), and Jesus’ coming (G2064) “in his Kingdom” in power (Matthew 16:28; cf. Mark 9:1) is, yet, another coming. They must say this, or something similar, if they are to maintain their eschatology, because Jesus makes the profound statement in verse-28 that some who listened to him on that day would live to see him come in power! So, is what the futurists tell us true? Does Jesus come twice? How do the futurists defend such a statement? Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on February 12, 2018 in 70 AD Eschatology, Prophecy

 

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Jesus’ Coming and the Jewish Feast Days

Feast of Tabernacles

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In previous studies I’ve been discussing the Old Testament support of what Jesus claimed in Matthew 16:27-28, where he said he would come in the glory of the Father and reward every man according to his works (v.27). That’s resurrection! In other words, Jesus predicted that when he came in the glory of the Father all the dead, the just and the unjust would arise, and they would be judged according to their works. Some might debate as to how long after Jesus’ coming that would occur, but here’s the real surprise. Jesus said in the next verse (v. 28) that all this would occur in the lifetimes of some who listened to him speak those words on that day in the first century AD. That’s the dilemma all futurists have, and they **must** separate verses 27 and 28 with a huge gap in time in order to maintain their eschatology. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on February 9, 2018 in 70 AD Eschatology, Prophecy

 

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Was the Kingdom Postponed?

Kingdom Postponed

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Many folks today believe that the establishment of the Kingdom of God was postponed by God, because the Jews rejected Jesus as their Messiah? Is that true? Do men’s decisions have that much power with God that he must change his plans to accommodate the plans of men? In other words, is our will stronger than God’s will? Paul asks that question in 1Corinthians 10:22, but his question is asked facetiously, when he asks, “Are we stronger than he (i.e. the Lord)?” By the way, Paul answered his own question earlier in the same letter when he said: “The weakness of God is stronger than men” (1Corinthians 1:26). So, my question still stands: “Do men’s decisions have that much power with God that he must change his plans to accommodate the plans of men?” Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on February 5, 2018 in 70 AD Eschatology, Prophecy

 

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Not One Jot and Not One Tittle

Jot and Tittle - 2

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I am involved in a study of Matthew 16:27-28, showing why our Lord had to return to establish his Kingdom during the first century AD, and not only so, but the resurrection of the dead, the judgment and the new heavens and new earth also had to have come at that time. In previous studies I’ve already approached this point of view by drawing on Isaiah chapters 40 and 62 and Daniel chapter 7. The fact is that Jesus came as “the Servant of the Jews for the sake of the truth in order that he would fulfill the promises God made to them through the fathers” (Romans 15:8 – paraphrased). Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on February 2, 2018 in 70 AD Eschatology, Prophecy

 

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Jesus’ Second Coming & Amillennialism

Amillennialism

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In an earlier study on Daniel 7, I had demonstrated that Daniel’s prophecy was a single prediction of end time events. In it Daniel mentioned a persecuting power or authority (the little horn; Daniel 7:8) that arose out of the fourth gentile kingdom, which virtually all Bible students identify as the Roman Empire. Understanding this, and the fact that Matthew 16:27-28 has a foundation in Daniel 7 is devastating to the historical premillennial and the dispensational premillennial positions.[1] This is so, because once one realizes that Jesus coming, in the glory of the Father (Matthew 16:27) and in the Kingdom (verse-28), are one and the same coming, then Jesus’ words: “some standing here shall not taste death” until that coming puts Jesus’ Second Coming in the first century AD. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on January 31, 2018 in 70 AD Eschatology, Prophecy

 

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Debunking Premillennial Eschatology

Premillennialism - 1

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I am involved in a study of Matthew 16:27-28. According to the premillennial[1] interpretation of eschatology, we must place a gap between verses 27 and 28 of Matthew 16. The reason being, the Second Coming of Christ could not have occurred in the first century AD, when Jesus said it would in Matthew 16:28. Therefore, Jesus’ coming in his Kingdom (verse-28) **must** be different from his coming in the glory of his Father (verse-27). The problem with this point of view is that the scriptures never speak of a third coming of Jesus, nor do they speak of a second Second Coming, i.e. a Second Coming in two parts. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on January 29, 2018 in 70 AD Eschatology, Prophecy

 

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Who Are the Persecutors of the Saints?

Persecuting Authority

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I have been looking at the implications coming out of an understanding of Matthew 16:27-28 and pointing out that Jesus had come (Second Coming) cir. 70 AD in fulfillment of his promise to come into his Kingdom, during the lifetimes of some of the people, who were listening to him (Matthew 16:28). In doing so, I’ve drawn on several prophesies in Isaiah and Daniel in an effort to show that Jesus was “a servant to the Jews for the sake of the truth in order to fulfill the promise God made to the fathers” (Romans 15:8 – paraphrased). Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on January 26, 2018 in 70 AD Eschatology, Prophecy

 

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Jesus’ Coming and Daniel 7

Little Horn

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I’m presently focusing upon what Jesus said in Matthew 16:27-28. It is a very controversial scripture, and, if taken literally, debunks modern futurism that looks for Jesus to come in the clouds to judge mankind. Imagine, if you can, turning to Christian radio or Christian TV and not finding a single channel that wants to tell you about Jesus’ soon return or that the world is about to come to an end. At least from the point of view of modern eschatology. Much of what we see in modern Christianity has become a fear-religion rather than the Good News faith. Instead of preaching the Gospel of Christ, we often hear about the end of our space-time continuum. Is that what Jesus told us to do? I don’t think so. According to how I read Jesus’ words, he has already kept his word to us back in the first century AD, and absolutely no one got left behind! Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on January 24, 2018 in 70 AD Eschatology, Prophecy

 

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Jesus Coming and the Wedding Feast

Tables beautifully set for a wedding reception

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In my previous study I showed how Jesus’ coming in Matthew 16:27 cannot be separated from his coming in his Kingdom in verse-28, as many commentaries want to do. Furthermore, since Jesus also predicted that some of the people listening to him at that time would live to see his coming, he tells us that his return would be in the first century AD. I also used Isaiah 40:1-10 to show there couldn’t be 2000 years of separation between Matthew 16:27 and 28. However, Isaiah 40 is not the only chapter with criteria showing the Lord’s Second Coming in 70 AD. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on January 22, 2018 in 70 AD Eschatology, Prophecy

 

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No 2000 Year Delay

Jesus' Coming

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In this series of studies I am looking at Matthew 16:27 and 28 and discovering their first century AD implications. Jesus claimed that, in the lifetimes of some of his listeners, he would return in the glory of his Father with the angels of heaven and reward every man according to his works. In other words Jesus predicted his return in that generation of people living in the first century AD. Moreover, when he did come, he would judge each man according to his works, i.e. the judgment would immediately take place at the time of Christ’s coming. Previously, I showed how Jesus was basing his predictions upon Isaiah 40, especially verses 1-10, which also identify the ministry of John the Baptist, who was prophesied to prepare the way for the Lord (Isaiah 40:1-5; Matthew 3:1-3). Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on January 19, 2018 in Eschatology, Prophecy

 

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Keeping the Promises God Made to Israel

Second Coming - 2

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Jesus made a claim in Matthew 16:27-28 that he would come in the glory of the Father with the angels of heaven and sit in judgment over mankind. However, he didn’t stop with that statement. He went on to say that he would come in the Father’s glory and some of the folks, listening to him on that day, would live to see that event. Wow! What a statement! Many Christians scholars are embarrassed by Jesus’ words in this scripture and attempt to modify the power of his statement by redefining the words to mean what **they** presume Jesus said. It is amazing to see how some folks will stretch sola scriptura so out of whack, that clear speech becomes unintelligible without informed explanations. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on January 17, 2018 in Eschatology, Prophecy

 

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The Heavens Being on Fire?

Heavens on Fire

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In the ancient Jewish Temple, which was burned up and destroyed in 70 AD, there was a veil that hung between the Holy Place, which was the place where the priests ministered, and the Most Holy Place, which was understood to be the dwelling place of God or the place of his Presence. Josephus describes the Temple, its stones, its room, its furniture etc in his two great histories of the Jews. In his first work, Wars of the Jews, he described the temple that Herod built, and he tells us that the things found in the Temple, the altar of incense, the lampstand, and the table of shewbread, all had mystical or religious significance. Even the veil separating the two holy rooms of the building had a mystical significance—its colors, its embroidery, and its composition, all had a religious meaning. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on January 10, 2018 in Eschatology, Prophecy

 

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The Heavens Pass Away, Burnt Up

Heaven and Earth Pass Away 2

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Second Peter is a reminder of First Peter (2Peter 1:12-15; 3:1-2), so what we find in First Peter applies to the context of Second Peter and is worthy of mention in order to clarify difficult passages. Therefore, when Peter speaks of things like: “the heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat, the earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned up” (2Peter 3:10), it would behoove us, rather than force Peter’s words into a modern day, scientific context, to place such an event into the context of what Peter claimed in his first epistle. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on January 8, 2018 in Eschatology, Prophecy

 

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