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 »
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 »
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 »
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.