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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In Daniel’s 70 Weeks Prophecy, he prophesied that 70 weeks of years were determined for the Jews. That is, a block of 490 years was set apart for the fulfillment of all things that concerned the Jews (Daniel 9:24). During this period of time, they would also rebuild the Temple and the walls of Jerusalem, and the Messiah would come. He would be killed, and the Temple would once again be destroyed, and all this would be done within this block of time (Daniel 9:25-27). Many, if not most, Christians today believe there is a gap of “X” number of years either between the 69th and 70th weeks of years or between the 69th and ½ week of years and the final 3 ½ years of the 70th week in Daniel’s prophecy. So, what can we say about these things? Was the gap a part of God’s original plan, or did he insert it later, and, if he did insert it later, why did he? Did Jesus know about the gap (cf. Mark 13:32)? Read the rest of this entry »
Isaiah spoke of the Jews warfare being accomplished (Isaiah 40:2), that is, it ended, or was fulfilled. What does that mean? Later in Luke Jesus claimed “The Law and the Prophets were until John…” (Luke 16:16). Clearly, something having to do with the Jew’s relationship with God ended in the first century AD, and something else took its place, namely, “…since that time the Kingdom of God is preached…” (Luke 16:16). It seems an appointed time or age ended with the coming of John’s ministry, and another appointed time or age began with the coming of Christ. What can we know of these things? Read the rest of this entry »
Stephen’s death (Acts 7:51-60) is probably the most significant chapter in the life of the Church since Pentecost. He is the first believer whose blood was shed in Jesus name, and I don’t believe its significance is fully appreciated in the Church today. It may come as a surprise to know that he was probably stoned on the Day of Atonement 3 ½ years after Jesus’ crucifixion and comes at the culmination of the second half of the 70th week of Daniels 70 Weeks Prophecy. The first half of that week incorporated Jesus’ public ministry which ended in his crucifixion in the “midst of the week” (cp. Daniel 9:26-27). Both halves equal 7 years or the 70th Week beginning on the Feast of Trumpets in 27 CE and ending on the Day of Atonement or 10th day of the seventh month in 34 CE. Read the rest of this entry »
I suppose the easiest way one could make money on the name of Christ is to write a book on the Second Coming, set a few dates when crucial events would occur, and dress it all up in a good looking cover for your book. Lots of folks will buy it, some out of fear, some out of a desire to know what’s going to happen, but in reality it all adds up to a fleshy way to express one’s faith, both in the selling and in the buying.
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In Matthew 24:21 Jesus foretold a time of great tribulation. It is from here that we get our modern doctrine of “The Great Tribulation.” In Revelation believers are warned to repent or they would go through “Great Tribulation,” (Revelation 2:22) and then in Revelation 7:14 we find that many did repent, while going through “Great Tribulation.” Unless we have evidence that there is more than one great tribulation, it seems we must understand these scriptures to point to the same event. Read the rest of this entry »