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Jesus’ Coming with the Clouds

coming in the clouds

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John tells us in Revelation 1:7 that Jesus would come with the clouds, and every eye would see him. But, what does he mean by saying this? Should we expect to see Jesus riding upon a puffy, white, cumulus cloud some day? Some people may think this is exactly what the text, and others like it, means. In other words, the most apocalyptic book among the records of the New Covenant must be taken literally, and, therefore, Jesus has not yet come! I have even seen paintings that indicate Jesus would literally return to the earth riding upon a cloud and all his saints with him. This, however, is far too literal an interpretation for an apocalyptic text such as this one. Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted by on January 29, 2019 in Apocalypse, Book of Revelation

 

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When Did the Old Covenant End?

Old Covenant

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It seems to me that the date or at least the general time period when the Old Covenant ended would be important to our understanding of eschatology. After all, God’s covenant with the Jews was his modus operandi for about 1400 years, as that pertained to his dealing with mankind. Everything God did in the world, prior to Jesus being born, was either through or as a result of his covenant relationship with the Jews. Even Jesus’ birth was in fulfillment to promises God made to the Jews under that covenant. So, how did the Old Covenant end? Did it end immediately as the new began? Were both in force simultaneously for a period of time? Did it end at all? Is it still in force today, and if so, are both the Old and the New Covenants valid together? Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on July 16, 2018 in 70 AD Eschatology

 

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Not a Physical, Literal Coming

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In my most recent segments of my in-depth study of Matthew 16:27-28, I have been showing that Jesus intended to come in the glory of the Father (verse-27) in the same manner that God had come out of heaven and down to earth to judge the nations in the Old Testament. It makes no difference whether one believes the Father is the God of the Old Testament or Jesus was the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. No one had ever actually seen God literally come out of heaven to physically and bodily ride on a cloud and judge the nations in the Old Testament. Yet, this is the same manner in which Jesus said he would come in the glory of the Father (Matthew 16:27) to judge every man according to his works (cf. Matthew 26:64). Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on March 21, 2018 in 70 AD Eschatology

 

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Jesus Coming in the Clouds

Coming in the Clouds

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The Old Testament is full of examples of God coming to judge one nation or another. Apocalyptic or metaphorical language is often used to express the presence of God on such occasions. Terms such as God riding on the clouds are used, or the heavens had been rolled up like a scroll and God came down and the mountains melted like wax in a fire. Nevertheless, no one had ever actually seen God literally, physically or bodily, come out of heaven. No one had ever actually seen the heavens literally roll up like a scroll (Isaiah 34:4) or the mountains literally melt like wax in a fire (Isaiah 64:3). Yet, this is how the prophets of old had described God’s judgments against the nations. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on March 19, 2018 in 70 AD Eschatology

 

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