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Being Rich and Increased with Goods

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Presently, I am wrapping up my study of the seven churches of Revelation 2 & 3, as I consider the seventh of those churches. The city of Laodicea was situated along two major trade routes that connected Rome and Europe to Mesopotamia and to Egypt. Laodicea had three major industries. The first was producing a kind of black wool that was world renowned for its exquisite value. Its second industry was medicine, which produced a medicinal salve that boasted of cures for eye disease and other problems. People came to Laodicea from all over the world, seeking cures for their ailments. The third industry was banking, which was made possible by the huge successes of its first two industries. Laodicea became so rich that when its city was destroyed by an earthquake, cir. 60-62 AD, its inhabitants rejected Rome’s offer to help rebuild, saying they didn’t need anyone’s help and decided to rebuild on their own.[1] Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted by on May 21, 2019 in Apocalypse, Book of Revelation

 

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The Church of Smyrna

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Smyrna was an ancient city in Asia, located 35 miles northwest of Ephesus. Its name is derived from the myrrh tree, whose resin is used for burial and medicinal purposes. Although bitter to the taste, the more the plant was beaten the sweeter was its scent. Smyrna’s modern name is Izmir, and has become Turkey’s third largest city. Smyrna was Asia’s center for the ancient cult of emperor worship. In 23 AD the city was chosen from eleven other cities in Asia to be granted the privilege of building a temple to Tiberius Caesar. Having a provincial temple was not only considered a great honor, since it enhanced the city’s prestige with Rome, but it also was a source of a great amount of revenue for the city and her inhabitants. Ancient Smyrna was the home of Homer and also a famous Christian, Polycarp, who was martyred cir. 155 AD. Polycarp was Smyrna’s first bishop, and tradition tells us he was appointed by the Apostle John. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on March 12, 2019 in Apocalypse, Book of Revelation

 

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Christ Is the Land

Christ is the Land

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In a number of previous studies I have been involved in showing that the nature of the Kingdom of God is spiritual by comparing Ezekiel 37 with some of Paul’s epistles, especially 2Corinthians chapters three through six. I’ve been discussing how Ezekiel prophesied the restoration of the twelve tribes of Israel, that is, reunifying Judah, the southern kingdom, with Israel, the northern kingdom. Nevertheless, this prophecy isn’t exclusive to Ezekiel 37. Another prophecy that mentions the salvation of the whole House of Israel is Isaiah 49. Notice what he says: Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on June 15, 2018 in 70 AD Eschatology

 

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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 Mission of the Seventy

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Lots of folks seem to miss the point of sending out the Seventy; at least as it appears so to me. Some wonder which was more important: the sending out of the Twelve (Luke 9:1-10) or sending out the Seventy (Luke 10:1-16). Others liken the event to an evangelistic outreach, upon which our own ministries should be based. Still others get caught up in their having power over demons and exactly when Satan was cast out of heaven, and when Jesus actually did see his fall. Some of these things, of course, are mentioned in Luke 10, but the real point of it all seems to be far more significant than answering these questions. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on May 4, 2017 in Gospel of Luke

 

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Cultivating Christ, Our Outer Life

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In my previous study I wrote of the first four characteristics of a disciple of Christ that need to be added to his walk with Christ. Those four were part of the seven Peter mentions in 2Peter 1:5-7. In this study I wish to point to the final three of that seven, or godliness, brotherly kindness and love. These arise out of the first four and manifest our outer life in Christ. That is, the final three visibly characterize the believer who supplies them to his life in Christ. It is as the world sees him. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on March 3, 2017 in Epistles of Peter

 

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Cultivating Christ, Our Inner Life

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In 2Peter 1:5-7 Peter points to seven things we need to add to our new life, and they are virtue, knowledge, self control, patience, godliness, brotherly kindness and love. But, what is meant by these things, and how are they added to our new life? According to 2Peter 1:5, we are to supply these things “in your faith”, that is, referring back to the faith mentioned in 2Peter 1:1, “in faith add…” In other words, using the faith you have been given (2Peter 1:1) supply or add such and such to the ‘new life’ you have been given (cf. 2Peter 1:3). The ‘adding’ is the part we play in partaking of divine nature. We have been empowered with all things (2Peter 1:3) pertaining to ‘life’ (our new life which is Christ in us – Colossians 3:4) and ‘godliness’ (God manifest in flesh – i.e. the Gospel or the “knowledge of God, even Jesus our Lord” – 2Peter 1:1-3; cf. 1Timothy 3:16). To these things add… Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on March 1, 2017 in Epistles of Peter

 

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