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I Heard a Voice from Heaven!

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The Psalms are filled with songs of rejoicing, but the very first time the word rejoice is used in Scripture is found in the Law. It had to do with the children of Israel coming into the presence of the Lord with thanksgiving for what he had done for their forefathers in Egypt, bringing them to this very land in which they lived. It was similar to America’s celebration of July 4th. Except, Israel had three seasons of rejoicing. Seven days in the spring, one day in the summer and ten days in the fall. Each season represented something the Lord had done for the forefathers, as he took them from Egypt and planted them in the Promised Land. Their times of rejoicing were seasons of their thanksgiving to the Lord. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on March 24, 2020 in Apocalypse, Book of Revelation

 

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The Earth Was Lighted with His Glory!

Lighted with his glory

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It seems to me that many Christians today look for Christ’s return in the near future like most Jews looked for the coming of the Messiah in the first century AD. That is, just as the Jews of the first century AD looked for the Scriptures to be fulfilled literally, so, too, do many Christians want to interpret the Apocalypse literally, as much as they think possible. This is a problem, because literalists need such interpretations in order to assure themselves that what they preach about the Apocalypse and future return of Christ is correct. Nevertheless, literalism is not a good tool of interpretation for this book or the return of Christ! The Apocalypse is about Jesus, not about a number of awesome, unprecedented events. It is about Jesus’ Gospel, with which he entrusted his disciples (Matthew 28:18-20). It is about the judgment of the enemy who sought to destroy the Gospel, before it had an opportunity to take hold. In other words, the Apocalypse is all about Jesus, the spread of his word and the victory he had over his enemies in the first century AD. Any attempt to make Jesus’ Coming into a future event is to mock the Gospel and to make light of Jesus’ victory. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on March 1, 2020 in Apocalypse, Book of Revelation

 

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Now Is Come Salvation…

War in heaven -- the Lamb

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John heard a loud voice speaking in heaven (Revelation 12:10).

 “…Now is come salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of his Christ: for the accuser of our brethren is cast down, which accused them before our God day and night. And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony; and they loved not their lives unto the death. Therefore rejoice, ye heavens, and ye that dwell in them. Woe to the inhibiters of the earth and of the sea! for the devil is come down unto you, having great wrath, because he knows that he hath but a short time. And when the dragon saw that he was cast unto the earth, he persecuted the woman which brought forth the man child. And to the woman were given two wings of a great eagle, that she might fly into the wilderness, into her place, where she is nourished for a time, and times, and half a time, from the face of the serpent.” (Revelation 12:10-14) Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on November 3, 2019 in Apocalypse, Book of Revelation

 

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Who Are the Two Witnesses?

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Identifying who the two witnesses really are is something of a difficult task. So many have tried to do so, and, at least for my taste, they all fail to produce a likely interpretation. I cannot seriously consider the return of Moses and Elijah, who seem to have been endowed with the kind of powers the two witnesses employ. Nor am I able to justify the return of Enoch and Elijah on the grounds they never died, but ascended into heaven, something the Scriptures deny (John 3:13). Finally, (and there are probably other interpretations of which I am unaware) I do not suppose the two witnesses could be the faithful church. Such interpretations just don’t appear to be credible or good interpretations of what we find in the Apocalypse. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on October 13, 2019 in Apocalypse, Book of Revelation

 

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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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