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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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What Was the Sin of the Pharisees?

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While Jesus was teaching his disciples the Parable of the Unjust Steward, the Pharisees were listening to what he had been saying, and they ridiculed him (Luke 16:14; cf. Psalms 123:4; Proverbs 1:22). Why would they do that? What did they see in Jesus’ parable that offended them? Without saying that the Pharisees and rabbis understood the parable completely, they probably would have been able to understand that the rich man was God. Moreover, from this deduction, it wouldn’t have been difficult to understand that the steward whom the rich man rejected must point to the Jewish authorities in that day. Therefore, they ridiculed Jesus’ teaching. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on December 7, 2017 in Gospel of Luke

 

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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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Jesus’ Command to Make Friends

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Jesus told his disciples in Luke 16:9 to make friends with the mammon of unrighteousness, so that when you fail, i.e. when you die, they may receive you into everlasting habitations! Who are the they to whom Jesus refers? Most folks believe that the ones who receive us into everlasting habitations are those we have gained for the Lord, but this doesn’t seem plausible. Consider that the one who brings another to the Lord is often older than the one who believes at his teaching or preaching. It would reasonably be expected that the older believer would go to be with the Lord before the younger. How then could the younger receive the older into everlasting habitations? Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on December 5, 2017 in Gospel of Luke

 

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The Great and Terrible 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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What Does Jesus Mean by Mammon?

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Jesus concluded his parable in Luke 16:9 by telling his disciples to make friends with or by means of unrighteous mammon. Much of what the Lord intends for us to understand in the Parable of the Unjust Steward hangs on the meaning of the word mammon (mammonas – G3126), but we are unable to draw much help from the Greek. The word seems to be derived from G3125 (mamme), meaning grandmother, but the sense the translators give the word points to material wealth. Yet, the unjust steward doesn’t seem to be extorting the rich man’s wealth per se. Rather, he seems to be gaining the confidence of the rich man’s debtors. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on December 3, 2017 in Gospel of Luke

 

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Understanding Prophetic Language

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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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