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The Second Bowl and the Sea

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We are considering the seven bowls of wrath as mentioned in Revelation 16. They represent the Lord’s final judgment upon mankind. The second angel poured out his bowl containing the wrath of God upon the sea (Revelation 16:3). As a result, the sea became “as the blood of a dead man” (cp. Exodus 7:14-24), and every living soul in the sea died! How should we understand this? For centuries literalists have been looking for events to occur that would validate their understanding that sometime in the future the judgment of God would turn the sea all over the world into a reddish color. The sea, or at least parts of it have been known to turn red in color, such as China’s Dead Sea and the phenomena that occurred in Sydney, Australia in February of 2016. However, are these natural events what John had in mind when he mentioned the sea had become “as the blood of a dead man” (Revelation 16:3)? Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted by on January 21, 2020 in Apocalypse, Book of Revelation


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Blowing the Second Trumpet

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When the second angel blew his trumpet, a great mountain, as though it were burning with fire, was cast into the sea. If we consider Jesus’ words in Matthew 21:21 or Mark 11:23, it needs to be said that neither Jesus nor any of his disciples had ever prayed to remove a literal mountain and cast it into the sea. Jesus did cause a literal tree to dry up, but nothing was ever done to a literal mountain. Therefore, it seems to me that Jesus was speaking metaphorically, and, if so, he couldn’t have been speaking of Mount Olivet, as many commentaries assume. Rather, he spoke of Jerusalem in a spiritual or metaphorical sense (cf. Daniel 2:35; Zechariah 4:7). Jesus’ words: “this mountain…” was, probably, a gesture toward Jerusalem, which would have been in view from the point where Jesus and his disciples were standing and discussing the dried up fig tree. Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted by on August 8, 2019 in Apocalypse, Book of Revelation


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Blowing the First Trumpet

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As the first angel sounded his trumpet, John saw “hail and fire mingled with blood” and they were cast upon the earth (Revelation 8:7). By earth the Scripture means the land of the Jews—Judea and Galilee (and perhaps Samaria). So, the judgments are largely confined to this area. Therefore, the Apocalypse could not be speaking of the whole world, but, rather, it concerns itself with a specific area within the Roman Empire (viz. Revelation 16:2, 10, 12) and a specific period of time. Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted by on August 6, 2019 in Apocalypse, Book of Revelation


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Faith, the Currency of Heaven


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In the past few studies, I have been demonstrating that the church of Laodicea is not at all as we have been taught. Rather, it sought to preach Jesus through its own resources. Jesus counseled the church at Laodicea to buy from him “gold tried in the fire” and “white raiment” and eyesalve to “anoint (their) eyes” (Revelation 3:18) He counseled the church to buy from him, but how would that be done? What do we have that could be used for currency in heaven? After all, Jesus hasn’t set up a marketplace or a business just down the street in our neighborhood. Therefore, these things point to something spiritual, so what does he mean? Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted by on May 23, 2019 in Apocalypse, Book of Revelation


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The Marriage Supper

Marriage Supper - 1In Luke 12:35-40 Jesus spoke of his coming, and this coming was in the context of a wedding or the marriage supper. I think we might be able to understand what Jesus was saying to his disciples better, if we knew more about what a wedding looked like in the first century AD. First of all, unlike most marriages today, the wedding was usually arranged by the heads of two families, and falling in love had little, if anything, to do with such an arranged marriage. Love would come later. In fact, in most cases the couple hadn’t met prior to the arrangement ceremony. Indeed, if the case of Isaac wasn’t a singularity (Genesis 24:64-65), they may not have met until after all the arrangements had been made. Moreover, our modern wedding ceremonies, including Jewish ones, are very unlike that of the ancients, so to truly understand the metaphors hidden in them we must acquaint ourselves with how those things were done in the Bible. Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted by on September 5, 2017 in Gospel of Luke


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The Woman with the Issue of Blood


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While he was on his way to heal a young girl, a woman who had in issue of blood for twelve years (Luke 8:43; Mark 5:27-28) came up behind Jesus and touched him, hoping to go undetected. She believed that by touching Jesus she would be healed, and she thought that going to him among the thronging crowd her presence and purpose would go unnoticed. She was immediately healed, and her bleeding stopped (Luke 8:44). Mark 5:29 says that the woman felt in her body that she was healed of that plague. What she did was reach out and touch one of the four fringes or tassels, which hung from Jesus’ outer garment (Luke 8:44; cf. Numbers 15:38-39; Matthew 23:5). They were there to remind devout Jews of the Lord’s commandments and one’s duty to obey them. It had a set apart or holy significance (Numbers 15:40) that the woman reached out to touch, hoping to be made whole. Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted by on February 2, 2017 in Gospel of Luke


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Jesus Birth and Mary’s Purification

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Before returning to Nazareth three ceremonies were performed relating to Jesus’ birth. They included his circumcision and his presentation in the Temple, concerning which I have written a few words in earlier posts. The third ceremony concerned the ritual of purification that Mary had to undergo according to the Law after the birth of her firstborn. Each ceremony had some significance in Jewish society, and each of the rituals tell a story about human life and how that life relates to God. Luke paints a picture of the birth of Jesus, the Son of God, and how he was introduced into Jewish society, and what that would mean in terms of God’s relationship to mankind. Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted by on June 28, 2016 in Gospel of Luke


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The Prophet Like Moses ~ Savior

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As we go through Acts 7, I am emphasizing parts of Stephen’s address before the Sanhedrin, hoping to show how the young Messianic leader put forth not only his defense but that of the Gospel as well. Throughout Stephen’s address he points to Israel’s history—a solidified revelation of how God has interpreted himself and his relationship with mankind in such a manner that God’s people’s eyes were always directed toward the future. It was a history of faith and expectation. The problem in Stephen’s day was the Jewish authorities wrongly defined their present service to God with the past. Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted by on December 9, 2011 in Kingdom of God


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The Union of Jews and Gentiles

Once you get the Jews and the Gentiles in the Church together, how does that work? Under what conditions is this possible, and who gets to say? God’s plan has always been not only to sum up everything in heaven and earth in Christ, but to bring together the whole human race in him as a sign to the principalities and powers (Ephesians 3:10). Caesar and world powers today would have loved to unite the world in this way, but they cannot. Only God is able to cross national and traditional boundaries with all the differences this implies, and cross gender lines, social class, and levels of authority and unite all in one body under the Lordship of Jesus. Read the rest of this entry »


Posted by on September 28, 2011 in Acts of the Apostles


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Blood Ransom

The teaching of man’s depravity is one that is perfectly Biblical. The doctrine of Original Sin was developed by Augustine, and those who hold to a low opinion of Jesus, that is, those who believe Jesus was only a man, often repudiate Augustine for his understanding. Many even imply that his insight comes not from the word of God but from the pagan philosopher, Plato. I do not wish to defend Augustine per se or bring us into a study of Plato’s dualism. Nevertheless I do believe the Bible supports the doctrine of man’s depravity due to Adam’s rebellion and his need of a Savior. Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted by on March 22, 2010 in Redemption, Religion


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How Is the Believer Justified?


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Jesus has given us a good look at our own self-righteousness in the parable about the Pharisee and the Publican in Luke 18:9-14. For the purpose of not bringing into this story some preconceived notions, I would like to set aside the title of Pharisee and publican and give these two individuals names. I’ll call the Pharisee Eddie and the publican Boomer.

Two men went up to the Temple of God to pray. The first man’s name was Eddie, and he prayed like this: “Oh God, thank you for your input in my life. I am so glad that I am not as some men that I see in this world. I have seen men who have destroyed their lives and families and brought great dishonor to their parents, because they had no character or self-discipline. Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted by on September 12, 2009 in Religion, The Cross


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Who is God Able to Save?

Now I must ask a question that is at the heart of the controversy that comes out of the cross. This question has bothered me, since I was a little boy, when my parents first told me about God, heaven and hell. If God loves everyone, and if God is all powerful, how can he, who loves all and is able to do all things, allow anyone to get to the point where God will forever condemn him in his sins? Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted by on September 8, 2009 in Religion, salvation


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The Grace of God

When Jesus heard Lazarus, his friend, had become seriously ill (John 11:1-3) and was near death he waited in Bethabara, beyond Jordan (John 10:40; cp. John 1:28) until Lazarus had died. He had retreated there to avoid the leaders at Jerusalem who sought his life (John 10:31, 39). Then, after Lazarus had died, he made his journey toward Jerusalem and Bethany. Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted by on September 1, 2009 in Grace, Religion


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Did God’s Original Plan Fail?

Have you ever heard the argument that either God wanted Adam to fail or God gave him an impossible task to perform? Some would claim God foreknew Adam’s failure, so Adam had to fail, because, if God foreknows anything, what he foreknows must come to pass. Some have even gone so far as to say eating of the forbidden fruit was a good thing! They argue that God concluded it was a natural progression of man to desire to know for himself—to experiment, if you will, and decide what is or is not good for him. Is any of this true? Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted by on August 19, 2009 in Rebellion, 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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