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The Twenty-Four Elders

24 Elders

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I am nearing the end of this study series as it pertains to the fourth chapter of the Apocalypse. In Revelation 4:4 we are told that around the throne, John saw twenty-four seats or thrones (G2362). These are provincial seats of authority, and upon them sat twenty-four elders. Who these elders might be has troubled Biblical scholars throughout the centuries, ever since John wrote the Apocalypse. What it comes down to is they are either human believers or angels. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on June 11, 2019 in Apocalypse, Book of Revelation

 

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The Seven Spirits of God

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Jesus mentioned that he has the Seven Spirits of God (Revelation 3:1). Some have thought these seven spirits are the Holy Spirit. Nevertheless, none of the writers of the New Testament ever mention that the Holy Spirit sends grace to believers or even sends his greeting to them. Why would he, if he indwells the believer? Why would John need to bring a message of grace from the Holy Spirit (Revelation 1:4), if, indeed, the Holy Spirit indwells the believer? Therefore, I don’t believe the Seven Spirits of God could represent the Holy Spirit. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on April 25, 2019 in Apocalypse, Book of Revelation

 

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The Glorified Christ as Judge

Judge

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It is assumed in the Bible that folks are right-handed. Anyone whose dominant hand is his left is noted in Scripture (Judges 3:15; 20:16). In Revelation 1:16 John gives us a picture of the Lord’s power in protecting the leaders of his church. In his right hand, Jesus holds seven stars, which are the angels of the seven churches (Revelation 1:20; 2:1, 3:1). However, the word angel (G32) doesn’t necessarily mean a heavenly being. Rather it is often used of human messengers. It was used of John the Baptist (Matthew 11:10; Mark 1:2; Luke 7:27). It was used also of men John had sent to Jesus (Luke 7:24), and it is used of men Jesus had sent out to secure accommodations for his party, while they went on the way to Jerusalem (Luke 9:52). So, the seven stars that Jesus holds in his right hand probably point to the human leadership of the seven churches (cf. Malachi 2:7; Daniel 12:3), and John’s mention of Jesus’ right hand points to his power to protect them (cf. John 10:28). Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on February 14, 2019 in Apocalypse, Book of Revelation

 

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Judgment at the End of the Age

Judgment

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Presently, I am looking at the parables of Jesus, with a special interest to their eschatology, whenever Jesus pointed to it. Lately, I have been considering what some call the Parable of the Final Judgment (Matthew 25:31 and following). The context begins with the ‘Son of Man’ coming in his glory, together with all the angels, at which time he will sit on the throne of his glory. All nations will be gathered before him, and he will separate them as a shepherd would his sheep from the goats (Matthew 25:31-32). Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on December 4, 2018 in 70 AD Eschatology

 

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Jesus’ Words and Revelation 14

Babylon is Fallen - 2

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For some time, now, I’ve been demonstrating that Jesus’ parables lay the foundation for what is taught elsewhere in the New Testament about the last days, i.e. Jesus’ parables establish the New Testament’s eschatology. Moreover, the fact is that Jesus doesn’t teach anything new, but he does show how the Old Testament prophecies unfold in history, as they pertain to the end times. In other words, Jesus shows how the prophets should be understood. So, in effect, his parables are like a hub, which ties the prophecies of the Old Testament and the Gospel of the New Testament, together. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on September 30, 2018 in 70 AD Eschatology

 

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Jesus’ Post Resurrection Appearances

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Below one will find a chart with approximate times of Jesus’ appearances to folks, after he rose from the dead. Obviously, seeking absolute accuracy is impossible. The scriptures simply are not that detailed that they would offer such precision, so some guesswork needs to take place in such an endeavor. Nevertheless, what appears below will agree with the scriptures. Some things that I have written will not be embraced by all, but that’s okay. I have endeavored to be as accurate as the scriptures would allow me to be. I haven’t knowingly assumed any doctrine of men, rather, interpreted what I have seen in the word of God and wrote what seemed good to me. I hope that even among those who disagree with me that one can understand why I have interpreted the scriptures in the manner in which he reads here. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on August 23, 2018 in Gospel of Luke

 

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Jesus’ Coming in Glory

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I’ve been involved in a study of Matthew 16:27-28, showing that it is a single, united statement about Jesus’ coming in his Kingdom and in the glory of the Father, in order to judge mankind according to their works. The problem for futurists is that they absolutely must divide verse-27 from verse-28 in order to maintain their futurist eschatology, because Jesus emphasizes his coming in the glory of the Father with the words: “there are some standing here who shall not taste of death, until they see the Son of Man come in his Kingdom.” Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on February 26, 2018 in 70 AD Eschatology

 

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Who’s Confused?

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Some of my Bible Commentaries suppose the Apostles were somewhat confused about Jesus’ coming and of the end of the age (both of which futurists posit yet to be fulfilled). Some even come right out and say the Apostles were mistaken to phrase their question in the manner in which it is recorded in the Synoptics. Obviously, the Apostles believed the destruction of the Temple, Jesus’ coming into his Kingdom and the end of the age were events that occurred simultaneously, which, if true, the futurists’ argument is debunked, because the scriptures never speak of a third coming of Christ, nor do they speak of a second Second Coming. Therefore, futurists **must** argue for more than one question in Matthew 24:3. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on November 8, 2017 in Eschatology, Prophecy

 

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War in Heaven

Fall of Satan

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In order for the idea to be true that demons are fallen angels, there had to have been some kind of conflict between the forces of good – God and his angels – and the forces of evil – God’s enemy and his angels. Yet, when those of us who believe or believed at one time that a ‘war in heaven’ did occur look into the word of God (the Bible), we are surprised to find that no account of such a conflict exists. I know I was surprised when I began to search the pages of God’s word to prove the teaching I had been told about Satan and his demons falling from their positions of glory in heaven. Yet, since there is no such clear record of such a thing occurring in the Bible, how did we come to believe a war between God and Satan occurred? Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on May 9, 2017 in Gospel of Luke

 

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The Defeat of Satan

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It seems that, while the Seventy were on their mission, Jesus was looking for results and saw Satan fall from heaven as quickly and as suddenly as a bolt of lightning (Luke 10:18). Some scholars try to say this points to a fall before the creation of mankind, but they have no Scriptural authority for such an understanding. It appears that Jesus was speaking of the direct result of his own ministry. Jesus had at that time delivered a severe blow to the work and might of Satan. What Jesus saw happen to Satan occurred as a consequence of Jesus sending out the Seventy on their mission as lambs among wolves (cf. Luke 10:3), because he had given them authority to trample all over the works of Satan, treating his ministers and their superstitious methods of healing with utter contempt (Luke 10:19). Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on May 7, 2017 in Gospel of Luke

 

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Speaking of Evil of Angels

False Teachers

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Some interpret 2Peter 2:11 as though Peter were speaking of angelic beings. However, if one understood Peter referring to angelic beings, of what good would that serve? If an angel was slandered, what has that to do with the Gospel? It seems to me such an understanding is high sounding, but it has little value, as it pertains to how one should walk with Christ in this world. As I’ve said elsewhere, the Greek word anggelos (G32) can refer to either an angelic being or a human messenger. It can even refer to a physical annoyance (2Corinthians 12:7) that serves to recall something in the past or remind us of something that would come later. To simply say 2Peter 2:11 refers to angelic beings, I believe goes beyond the context of Peter’s epistle. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on March 29, 2017 in Epistles of Peter

 

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The Angels Who Sinned

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After mentioning false teachers would arise within the church and bring in destructive heresies, Peter connects their work with that of the false prophets of the Old Testament. Those spiritual leaders brought upon themselves and the Jewish nation the judgment of God that culminated in the destruction of Jerusalem and the Temple. Likewise, a similar judgment would be incurred by the false teachers who troubled the believers in the five Roman provinces of Asia Minor in the first century AD. In the next few verses (2Peter 2:4-9) Peter points to three examples of God’s judgment that was imposed upon those who sinned in a similar fashion, as was then occurring in the churches of God in Asia Minor. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on March 20, 2017 in Epistles of Peter

 

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Our Guide to the Way of Peace

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A company of angels appeared to the shepherds and they praised God saying: “Glory to God in the Highest, and on earth peace and goodwill toward men” (Luke 2:14). I am not certain how many translators make the angels’ testimony more exclusive—for example: “peace among men with whom He is well pleased,” or “peace on earth among men who are pleasing to God,” or “peace to men of good will,” but the many translations I have (60 to 70) are about evenly divided. About 50% offer a blessing upon all men and about 50% make it more exclusive, implying that God couldn’t offer peace and good will to evil men. What’s the real story and can we know? Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on June 19, 2016 in Gospel of Luke

 

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The Weakness of God

Weakness of God

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“In Luke 2:8-14 we have a third annunciation scene, which follows the same pattern as the previous two: the appearance of an angel, a response of fear, the command not to fear, the announcement of a birth that brings joy. In this case, however, the announcement is not to a parent of the child to be born, for this birth is not just a family affair. Indeed, the angel stresses that he brings a message of ‘great joy which shall be for all the people’” (Luke 2:10).[1] Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on June 7, 2016 in Gospel of Luke

 

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Take my Daughters—Please!

In Genesis 19 the men of Sodom come pounding at the door of Lot’s home, demanding that he give them the men he took in from the city square (cp. Genesis 19:1-5). Lot came out to them and told them the men had come under his roof and hospitality dictated that it would be very dishonorable for him to do as they demanded. He even went to the extreme of telling them: “I have two daughters who have not known a man; let me, I pray you, bring them out unto you, and do you to them as is good in your eyes: only unto these men do nothing; for therefore came they under the shadow of my roof” (Genesis 19:8). What are we to make of Lot’s offer? Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on June 3, 2014 in Abraham, Walking with God

 

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