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Jesus Being Ironical

Ironical

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While they were in the state of unbelief, Jesus asked his Apostles, when they went out with the Seventy (Luke 22:35; cf. 10:4) and enjoyed the success of their labor, did they lack anything, and, of course, they replied they lacked nothing. In other words, while in the state of belief, they lacked nothing. God was with them, and they enjoyed success in everything they did in the service of the Kingdom of God (cf. Luke 10:17). However, now that they were in the state of unbelief, Jesus said they needed to do the opposite of what he had commanded them in Luke 10:4. In other words, they needed to take their purses and their scrips (shepherd bags), because, while in the state of unbelief they could not expect the provision of God. In fact, if they had no swords, they would now need to sell even their garment to buy one, because without faith they couldn’t expect the protection of God (Luke 22:36). Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted by on June 28, 2018 in Gospel of Luke

 

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Does Satan Pray?

Satan's Prayer

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Jesus first told the disciples that all of them would be offended in him that evening and this would be the fulfillment of prophecy (Mark 14:27; cf. Zechariah 13:7), but they didn’t believe him (cf. Mark 14:29). Then Jesus told Peter that Satan has desired (G1809) to sift all the Apostles, as though they were wheat, in order to separate them from Jesus (Luke 22:31). That is, Satan intends to kill Jesus and then scatter the Apostles in hope that he may prove them to be no more than chaff, as he had done with Judas, who, rather than being a disciple of the Lord, proved to be his betrayer. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on June 26, 2018 in Gospel of Luke

 

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You Are My Witnesses

Witnesses

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For over several months I have been showing, even in the words of Jesus, as they are recorded in the New Testament Gospel narratives, that the Kingdom of God bears little, if any, resemblance to what we have been told by the three futurist eschatologies—i.e. premillennialism, postmillennialism and amillennialism. The predominant teaching coming from these groups is that one day Jesus will return to this earth out of heaven and establish a utopian, Edenic paradise on a restored earth, and Jesus will reign here in a physical body over a physical Kingdom, headquartered at physical Jerusalem. Absolutely nothing like this is promised in the scriptures. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on April 23, 2018 in 70 AD Eschatology

 

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The Restoration of Israel

Acts 1.8

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For nearly a dozen recent studies I have been endeavoring to describe the nature of the Kingdom of God. I have been showing that the Kingdom is spiritual in nature, not physical, as is presumed and taught by all three futurist eschatologies—premillennialism, postmillennialism and amillennialism. There are some subsets of these eschatologies that do not predict Jesus reigning in a future physical Kingdom on earth, but predominantly this is what these three futurist groups teach about Jesus’ Second Coming. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on April 20, 2018 in 70 AD Eschatology

 

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What Did Jesus’ Disciples Understand?

Spiritual Temple

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I have recently begun a new series of studies on the nature of the Kingdom of God. Is it a physical Kingdom or is it a spiritual Kingdom. All futurists’ eschatology demands that it is a physical kingdom. That is, they must have Jesus return in a physical body, and take to himself a physical throne, located in physical Jerusalem and, thereby, establish his physical Kingdom. I take issue with this point of view, and conclude that Jesus’ Kingdom is spiritual and was established nearly 2000 years ago, cir. 70 AD, when he returned in power and glory and judged Jerusalem and destroyed the Temple through the Roman armies, as he promised to do (Matthew 26:64). Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on April 2, 2018 in AD 70 Eschatology

 

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Lord, that I May See

Lord that I may see

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As the multitude with Jesus passed by, the blind beggar heard a commotion and asked what it was all about (Luke 18:36). He was told that Jesus of Nazareth passed by (Luke 18:37). The disciples of Jesus never refer to him as Jesus of Nazareth without adding that he was also a prophet. A demoniac referred to Jesus as Jesus of Nazareth saying he would destroy the nation (Mark 1:24; Luke 4:34). Those who sought to capture Jesus came seeking Jesus of Nazareth (John 18:5, 7), and the maid who caused Peter to deny Jesus referred to him as Jesus of Nazareth. It may be the part of the crowd that answered the beggar was not considered disciples of Jesus. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on February 15, 2018 in Gospel of Luke

 

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Understanding Prophetic Language

Heavens Rolled up like a scroll

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For nearly the whole period of my own Christian experience, I had been interpreting the Old Testament prophecies, for the most part, literally. This is the way in which I was taught, and it is also the manner in which most of my commentaries etc. interpret Biblical prophecy. It is only lately (summer of 2017) that I began to question this method of interpretation (hermeneutic). Certainly, I knew Jesus wasn’t a literal lamb, when the text called him the Lamb of God, but for the most part it was through the literal interpretation of the word of God, that I perceived the scriptures, including the prophets. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on December 1, 2017 in Eschatology, Prophecy

 

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