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The Apocalypse and the 70 Weeks Prophecy

Daniel's 70 Weeks Prophecy

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Before beginning my study of the Apocalypse, I think I need to mention my understanding of Daniel’s Seventy Weeks Prophecy. Because, unless one is able to see that Daniel and the writer of the Apocalypse agree on when Jerusalem and the Temple were to be destroyed, the Bible student simply cannot hope to be accurate in his understanding of either book. Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted by on January 1, 2019 in Apocalypse, Book of Revelation

 

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The Judge is at the Door

Judge at the Door

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For the past few studies I’ve been focused on Jesus’ Parable of the Fig Tree (Matthew 24:32-35), demonstrating that the signs Jesus offered his Apostles (viz. Matthew 24:3) were fulfilled in the first century AD. Those signs were not for a future coming of Jesus in the twenty first century or later, but for the future of the Apostles in the first century AD. Some folks try to use Matthew 24:36 to indicate Jesus couldn’t give any signs, but that is a false assumption and illogical, according to the context. After all, if Jesus told his disciples to “watch” (Matthew 24:42), he must have given them something to watch for. If he told them what to watch for, then he gave them signs. Isn’t that a logical deduction from the scripture? Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on November 11, 2018 in 70 AD Eschatology

 

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Jesus Gave Them Signs!

sign of Jesus' Coming = 1

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After Jesus’ confrontation with the scribes and Pharisees in Matthew 23, he begins to leave the Temple complex and laments over Jerusalem, saying how often he would have liked to have protected her children, but they, i.e. those who ruled Jerusalem, simply wouldn’t cooperate (Matthew 23:37). Therefore, Jesus said her House, i.e. her Temple, would be left to her desolate (Matthew 23:38)! The Apostles were absolutely astonished at Jesus’ words and began to point out how great those stone were (Matthew 24:1), but Jesus simply reiterated his statement, saying not one stone would be left upon another, without it having been thrown down (Matthew 24:2). Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on November 1, 2018 in 70 AD Eschatology

 

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Who is Theophilus of Luke and Acts?

High Priest

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Knowing the identity of Theophilus (Luke 1:3), could be key to understanding important themes within the narrative. Is he a believer, as some suppose, who was already instructed in the truth whose faith Luke was hoping to strengthen (Luke 1:4)? Some suppose the name is simply a title for all Christians. The name, “Theophilus” means lover or friend of God. While this may be true concerning a Christian, no other New Testament book or epistle is addressed in this manner. Moreover, neither is any work or letter of the early church fathers addressed this way. Therefore, such a conclusion should be understood as based solely upon supposition, not related to anything within the text itself, or anything outside the text that could be tied to either Luke or Acts. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on April 3, 2016 in Gospel of Luke

 

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The Death of Agrippa

It is interesting as we come to the end of Acts 12 that Herod should die at the hand of God. Josephus, who never puts Agrippa in a bad light, seems to agree, in that Herod, himself, sees an owl as an omen from God announcing his death [Josephus: Antiquities 19.8.2]. Therefore, although put in different words, Josephus and Luke agree that God killed Herod, because he accepted without rebuke the praise of the people saying he was a god! Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on October 16, 2012 in Agrippa, Persecution

 

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From Where Did the Church Gain Rest?

Luke writes in Acts 9:31 that the churches throughout all Judea, Samaria and Galilee had rest. Rest from what? It seems to me that he speaks of the persecution that had begun in Jerusalem in Acts 8:1. Luke has this rest occur immediately following his account of Paul’s leaving Jerusalem for his own city of Tarsus in Syria-Cilicia. Nevertheless, this rest from persecution could not, as some seem to believe, to arise out of Paul’s ceasing to persecute the believing community. First of all Paul had already ceased his persecuting the Church for three years; and secondly, his persecution seemed to have been limited to Jerusalem and his going to Damascus, because the rest of the churches of Judea didn’t know him personally (Galatians 1:22). So, what was responsible for the **rest** that the Church experienced in Acts 9:31? Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on August 16, 2012 in Persecution

 

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Antichrist & Great Signs and Wonders

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A lot of folks seem to be looking for some great magician  to come on the scene, someone to really WOW the world and cause them to believe that God is speaking through him. I have to wonder, though, how atheists would receive such a person. Why would they suddenly believe God exists, simply  because someone is wowing the crowds and claiming to be God’s representative on earth? While such a thing may be a great Hollywood box office hit, I don’t believe this idea works in our culture, and, quite frankly, preaching it makes Christianity look foolish. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on July 6, 2011 in Man of Sin

 

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