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The Fourth Bowl and Great Heat

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We are presently involved in the study of the seven bowls of wrath, sometimes referred to as the Seven Last Plagues. The fourth angel poured out his bowl upon a heavenly body, the sun. The text goes on to say that, in doing so, men were scorched (G2739) with fire. The Greek word used in Revelation 16:8 for scorched is used in only two other places in the New Covenant text. It is used in the next verse (Revelation 16:9) and once more in Mark 4:6 in Jesus’ Parable of the Sower. There, Jesus describes the seed of the Gospel falling upon stony ground (Mark 4:5-6), which describes a hard heart wherein the word of God couldn’t take a deep root (Mark 4:17). The seed sown in ‘stony ground’ or into a hard heart never matures properly. The word of God may be well received at first, but it has no depth in that one’s heart. So, when they are scorched (G2739), i.e. afflicted or persecuted because of the word of God, they become offended and abandon Christ and the Gospel (Mark 4:16-17). Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on January 26, 2020 in Apocalypse, Book of Revelation

 

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A Mouth Full of Blasphemy

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According to Revelation 13:6, John tells us that the beast opened his mouth in blasphemy (G988) against God, and he blasphemed (G987) the name of God, he blasphemed his Tabernacle, and he blasphemed those in heaven. The Greek word for blaspheme, according to the Analytical Greek Lexicon, means ‘calumny’ ‘railing’ ‘reproach’ ‘blasphemy’. The word has to do with slander, a falsification or a misrepresentation intended to discredit another. When used of God it is called blasphemy when used of man it is called slander, but the meaning is the same. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on November 24, 2019 in Apocalypse, Book of Revelation

 

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What Does Jesus Know about Smyrna?

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In Revelation 2:9 Jesus says that he knows Smyrna’s works (G2041), tribulation (G2347), and poverty (G4432). In his letter to the church of Ephesus, Jesus said he knew the their works (G2041), their labor or toil (G2873) and their patience (G5281). The works (G2041) are the same, in both Smyrna and Ephesus, i.e. the spreading of the Gospel, but how is tribulation (G2347) in Smyrna different from toil (G2873) in Ephesus? Both churches were occupied with the same business (G2041), the Gospel. However, for Ephesus Jesus emphasized the trouble or pressure (G2873) believers had gone through in order to preach the Gospel, while for Smyrna Jesus showed he knew of the actual affliction or tribulation (G2347) they were under. In his letter to Ephesus, Jesus emphasized the inner pressure or distress believers endured, but his letter to Smyrna emphasized the cause of that inner oppression. In other words Jesus knew what others were doing to his people. Read the rest of this entry »

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

 

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The Charges Against Jesus

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After finding Jesus guilty of blasphemy, a verdict requiring death under the Mosaic Law (Leviticus 24:16), the Sanhedrin, immediately, brought Jesus to the Roman governor, Pontius Pilate (Luke 23:1; cf. 3:1), because, under Roman Law, the Jewish authorities had no right to execute anyone for a crime (John 18:31). Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on July 17, 2018 in Gospel of Luke

 

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Be Ye Holy for I am Holy!

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The Hebrew word for holy (H6918) simply means set apart. Israel was to be holy or set apart from its neighbors. What would it mean to be set apart from another nation? Well, in 1776 we in America set ourselves apart from our mother nation, England, and our king. We eventually became an independent nation, governing ourselves. However, in 1812 England’s navy not only hindered our international trade, but also sought to steal away citizens of America on the high seas and induct them into the service of England and her king. Such activity not only humiliated the United States, but it also didn’t recognize our national sovereignty, and war ensued between our two countries for 2 ½ years. Our set apartness had been violated. When Charles De Gaulle visited Canada in 1967 and implied he supported an independent Quebec, he was rebuked publicly by Prime Minister Pearson, and as a result De Gaulle cut his visit to Canada short. He intruded on the sovereignty of a nation that was set apart from France. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on November 3, 2015 in apologetics

 

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Deconversion—a la Professor

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Chris, the young atheist I’m following, finished his two videos, Deconversion—the Bible (part 1 & part 2) with an exchange between himself and “the professor”. It has now become clear that Chris really respects this man who seems to have become his mentor. If Chris ever asked “the professor” to prove anything he claimed, it isn’t clear from Chris’ video series. Rather, he seems to simply take whatever the professor says on its own merit—something he, by this time, no longer does concerning the Bible. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on December 30, 2014 in atheism, naturalism

 

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The Tent of Witness

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Without a doubt Stephen’s speech before the Sanhedrin is the most important event concerning the community of believers since Pentecost in Acts 2. Luke devotes more space to what Stephen says than any address spoken by either Peter or Paul in the Book of Acts. It stands out as a defining point for the Church. From this point on the Gospel will go to the nations. From this point on, less and less emphasis is placed upon Jerusalem as the center of the faith. It is almost as though God dwelt there in Jerusalem until blood began to be shed, after which he led his people out—not quite true, but the principle that showed the presence of God was not in a specific place, but wherever his people happened to be is defined here with Stephen’s words: “The Most High dwells not in Temples made with hands!” Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on December 17, 2011 in Kingdom of God

 

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Persecution Over Blasphemy!

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I have read many commentaries of Stephen’s death and of Paul’s persecuting believers of the Way, that conclude first the witnesses lied saying Stephen cursed the Temple and the Law, and secondly that Paul tried to cause believers to curse Jesus. These things are not true, at least not in the sense that we understand cursing today. Jesus was crucified under the charge of blasphemy. I have two blogs on this: (1) Jesus Before the Sanhedrin and (2) Jesus Before Pilate, and they show beyond doubt that the Scriptures conclude Jesus was crucified under the charge of blasphemy, despite the plaque that Pilate had nailed above Jesus’ head. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on March 3, 2011 in Prophecy, Religion, Stephen

 

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Jesus’ Fourth Open Claim to Deity!

The reason Jesus was condemned to die was that he claimed to be the Son of God. To show this, I’ll quote Luke but consider also the pertinent Scriptures in Matthew 26:63-66 and Mark 14:61-64 that record the trial of Jesus:

Luke 22:66-71 KJ2000 And as soon as it was day, the elders of the people and the chief priests and the scribes came together, and led him into their council, saying, (67) Are you the Christ? tell us. And he said unto them, If I tell you, you will not believe: (68) And if I also ask you, you will not answer me, nor let me go. (69) Hereafter shall the Son of man sit on the right hand of the power of God. (70) Then said they all, Are you then the Son of God? And he said unto them, You say that I am. (71) And they said, What need we any further witness? for we ourselves have heard of his own mouth. (emphasis mine)

Some have said Jesus was not really admitting he was the literal Son of God, because Matthew and Luke have him saying that the high priest says this about him. This is a very weak argument. The phrase, “Thou hast said…” (Matthew 26:64) or “Ye say that I am…” (Luke 22:70) is a Greek idiom for an affirmative answer according to “Robertson’s Word Pictures” (i.e. I am as you say). It is translated plainly in Mark 14:62 as “I am.” In John 18:37 when Pilate asked Jesus if he were a king, Jesus replied, “Thou sayest that I am a king. To this end was I born…” Jesus uses the idiom and then goes on showing that his answer to Pilate was in the affirmative. Therefore, the argument that Jesus was merely saying that the high priest was accusing him of saying something he (Jesus) had not said, is moot. Jesus spoke plainly, and the high priest rightly understood Jesus’ claim to Deity. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on November 4, 2009 in Jesus, Religion

 

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Jesus’ Third Open Claim to Deity

It was winter about four months before Jesus’ death. He was in Jerusalem for the Feast of Dedication, what the Jews call Hanukkah today. Jesus was in the Temple and the Jewish authorities came up to him, demanding that he would tell them plainly who he was (John 10:22-24).

John 10:25-31 KJV Jesus answered them, I told you, and ye believed not: the works that I do in my Father’s name, they bear witness of me. (26) But ye believe not, because ye are not of my sheep, as I said unto you. (27) My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me: (28) And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand. (29) My Father, which gave them me, is greater than all; and no man is able to pluck them out of my Father’s hand. (30) I and my Father are one. (31) Then the Jews took up stones again to stone him. (emphasis mine)

Some people believe that Jesus was merely saying that he and the Father are of one mind or purpose and quote John 17:11 as a proof text, saying Jesus is one with the Father in the same way that we are. However, Jesus never said that we are one with the Father or even one with Jesus. Jesus described our unity with one another as unity in the Spirit, just as the Father and the Son are one Spirit. We being many are one body (Romans 12:5). Our unity is enabled only as we abide in Christ (John 15:1-7). We have access to the Father only through Christ (Ephesians 2:18). Jesus is the God-Man who makes this possible. He, as God, has unbroken fellowship with his Father (God – John 1:1), and, as the Man, he enables our fellowship with God (1Timothy 2:5). Elsewhere it is called coming to the Father in Jesus name (John 16: 23, 24, 26). Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on November 3, 2009 in Jesus, Religion

 

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Jesus Before Pilate

son-of-godGiven that the religious leaders of the day found Jesus guilty of blasphemy, this was nothing to Pilate. So, we must ask: for what charge was Jesus crucified? What did the Jewish authorities say to the Roman governor? First of all, they were vague. They wanted Pilate to kill Jesus just because they found him guilty in the Sanhedrin. They desired the Roman governor to rubber stamp their decision (John 18:29-30), but this didn’t work. Pilate told them to punish him themselves, but they wanted the death penalty, which only Pilate had authority to administer (John 18:31-32). But, before Pilate could leave they began shouting accusations of insurrection. Notice: Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on August 18, 2009 in Blasphemy, Religion

 

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Jesus Before the Sanhedrin

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On what basis in Jewish law was Jesus convicted by the Sanhedrin? Matthew and Mark say the high priest accused Jesus of blasphemy (Matthew 26:65; Mark 14:63). Did Jesus commit blasphemy? If not, why did the high priest believe he did or at least was able to convince the other priests present that Jesus spoke blasphemy? Luke records the trial held by the Sanhedrin in the morning: Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on August 18, 2009 in Blasphemy, Religion

 

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