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Both amillennialism and postmillennialism take the position that the Gospel age is the, so-called, millennial or 1000-year period. With some exceptions, they view the millennium as a non-literal and elongated 1000-year period. According to their eschatology, Christ returns, physically, after the millennium, but he reigns spiritually today from heaven. Some who share this point of view also claim that Jesus returned spiritually in 70 AD to judge Jerusalem and destroy the Temple via the Roman armies. It is this group’s eschatology I wish to address in this study, because they use Matthew 24:36 as a dividing verse, which, allegedly, separates Christ’s 70 AD spiritual coming from his, alleged, future physical coming. Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted by on July 6, 2018 in 70 AD Eschatology

 

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Jesus’ Betrayal and Arrest

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After his prayer in the Garden of Gethsemane was over, and he was satisfied that his Father had reached out to comfort him through the presence of an angel, Jesus came to his disciples and found them sleeping for sorrow. Luke tells us that he told them to wake-up and pray, so they wouldn’t enter into temptation (Luke 22:45-46). The other Synoptics have Jesus telling his disciples to continue sleeping, but many scholars believe Matthew’s and Mark’s “Sleep on, now, and take your rest…” should be a question: “Do you sleep and take rest now?” (Matthew 26:45; Mark 14:41). If this is so, we have total agreement between the three records of Jesus’ prayer in the garden. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on July 5, 2018 in Gospel of Luke

 

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What Did Noah Know?

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Some Christians believe that the Lord actually came spiritually in 70 AD, judged Jerusalem and destroyed the Temple through the Roman army he brought against the Jews. However, having done that, he returned to heaven and rules from there, and he will return sometime in the future in a more glorious physical coming, whereby he will judge the nations. Some even tell us he will destroy and then rebuild the earth, from which he will reign (physically) forever. The alleged proof of such a doctrine begins with the little word “but” in Matthew 24:36: “BUT… of that day and hour knows no man, no, not the angels of heaven, but my Father only.” – All things before the but occurred by 70 AD, and all things after the but will occur (allegedly) at Jesus’ yet future Second Coming! So… what can be said about this matter? Does the Lord really come twice? Is that what he said he would do? Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on July 4, 2018 in 70 AD Eschatology

 

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Jesus’ Prayer in Gethsemane

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Luke’s account of Jesus’ prayers in Gethsemane is the shortest of the three Synoptics. According to the other two, Jesus prayed three times (Matthew 26:39-44; Mark 14:35-41). He prayed, because he was overwhelmed with sorrow and felt he was at the point of death (Matthew 26:38). Nevertheless, he interrupted that prayer for short discussions with Peter, James and John asking them to keep awake and pray with him. Why was it so important that these three stay awake? Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on July 3, 2018 in Gospel of Luke

 

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Let Those in Jerusalem Flee!

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The Christian brethren who claim Matthew 24:36 represents a dividing point in the Olivet Discourse tell us that whatever comes before the but must refer to the destruction of Jerusalem in 70 AD. On the other hand, and according to these same brethren, whatever comes after the but (viz. Matthew 24:36) refers to Jesus’ visible, physical, Second Coming, which is, allegedly, yet in our future. Is this understanding tenable? After all, a simple reading of the text wouldn’t cause anyone to naturally understand a division exists at the word, but. What can be said of these things? Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on July 2, 2018 in 70 AD Eschatology

 

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Did Jesus Pray to Avoid the Crucifixion?

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After his final meal, which he shared with his disciples, and when he had finished speaking, Jesus went out to the Mount of Olives (Luke 22:39). Many of the things that were recorded to have been done by Jesus recently were planned ahead of time and kept secret, no doubt, to avoid any prior knowledge on the part of Judas and the authorities who wished to arrest him. However, this was not so for Jesus’ choice of where to go on the Mount of Olives to spend the night, and Judas knew of this place on the mount. A way had to be made for Jesus’ arrest, but that event couldn’t happen until the prophesied time—the day the Passover lamb was slain.

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Posted by on July 1, 2018 in Gospel of Luke

 

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What Did Jesus Know About His Coming?

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There are some futurists who conclude that Matthew 24:36 is a verse that divides the Olivet Discourse into two eschatological events—i.e. Christ comes spiritually in AD 70 to judge Jerusalem and destroy the Temple (Matthew 24:3-34) and Christ’s Second Coming (physically) to rule the world (Matthew 24:36-end of chapter 25). On the other hand, there are other futurists who claim the Olivet Discourse is a single, united prophecy that predicts Jesus’ Second Coming (physically) to rule the world. I agree with the latter that the Olivet Discourse is a single, undivided prophecy, but I, nevertheless, believe it points to Jesus’ spiritual coming in 70 AD, which is the official end of the Old Covenant, and the establishment of the New. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on June 29, 2018 in 70 AD Eschatology

 

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