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The Mysteries of God

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John tells us in Revelation 10:7 that in the days of the seventh angel, when he is about to sound, that is: before the seventh trumpet was blown, the mystery of God would be complete. What, then is the mystery of God? Well, as it turns out, there are several mysteries of God, and the Apostles, Paul, and the other New Covenant writers are the stewards of what is called the mysteries of God (1Corinthians 4:1; Ephesians 3:4-5). Jesus told his disciples that the world could not understand these mysteries, because it was given that only his disciples would know them (Matthew 13:11; Luke 8:10; in Mark 4:11 it is put in the singular). The Gospel, which is the preaching of Jesus Christ, is the mystery (of God), which was kept secret since the world began, is now revealed according to the command of God, and is to be made known to the nations for obedience through faith (Romans 16:25-26). Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on September 29, 2019 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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Heavenly Zion

ZionThe first time the name, Zion, is mentioned in scripture is in 2Samuel 5:7. Technically, it was the fort or stronghold within the city of Jerusalem. It was supposed to have been impenetrable, and its original inhabitants mocked David, believing they would never be conquered. Nevertheless, David did conquer Zion and dwelt therein, and he called it the city of David (2Samuel 5:6-9; 1Chronicles 11:5-7). Later, David brought the Ark of the Lord (God’s presence) into Zion – i.e. into the stronghold or the “city of David” with great celebration (2Samuel 6:12-16). The name, Zion, was afterward applied to the whole city of Jerusalem (Isaiah 33:20), which was then called “the City of God” (Psalm 87:2-3; Isaiah 60:14). Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on May 16, 2018 in 70 AD Eschatology

 

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Last Days—Vindication of the Righteous

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In the past twenty some studies on Matthew 16, I’ve shown that Jesus predicted he would come to the first century AD Jews and judge that nation, which he did cir. 70 AD in the person of Titus, the Roman general, whose armies conquered Jerusalem, and destroyed the Jews’ Temple. It was at that time that the Old Covenant came to an abrupt end. Even if the Jews wanted to keep their relationship with God intact, they couldn’t. They had no Temple, no altars and had no use for priests. The Old Covenant was all about sacrifice and ceremony, all of which pointed to Jesus, but in 70 AD, that came to an end, and the Jews were without a covenant with God. The New Covenant was officially established, and it was the only covenant extant that God had with mankind. Thereafter, God had ceased to deal with the nations through the Jews and was now officially dealing with them only through his Church, spiritual Israel. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on March 12, 2018 in 70 AD Eschatology

 

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Jesus at Caesarea Philippi

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It may be significant that, after he had defused the immediate Messianic hopes of the people at Capernaum, Jesus again left the jurisdiction of Herod Antipas for a region governed by Herod Philip, Caesarea Philippi (Luke 9:18; cf. Mark 8:27). Why Jesus chose Caesarea Philippi as a place to take the Apostles at this point is a matter of interpretation. Personally, I believe Jesus had a purpose and that purpose seems to concern the fact that he was about to begin telling his disciples about his coming sufferings and eventual crucifixion (cf. Luke 9:22). Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on February 28, 2017 in Gospel of Luke

 

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That They May Be One…

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In John 17:11 Jesus prayed that his disciples would be kept as one people, saying: “Holy Father, keep through your own name those whom thou hast given me, that they may be one, as we are.”[1] If Jesus’ prayer would be answered, and he claimed that his Father always answered his prayers (John 11:42), what would that church unity look like today? If the Church today and throughout history has been one as the Father and Jesus are one, then unity must be something other than structural unity. Moreover, if this is true, then unity, according to God, does not appear to be the same as unity according to man. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on August 23, 2015 in Jesus

 

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The Meeting Place of God

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Jesus told his disciples immediately after Peter confessed he believed Jesus was the Messiah, the Son of the Living God, that he would build his church upon that rock, and not only so, but the gates of Hades (death) would not prevail against it (Matthew 16:16-18).[1] The place of Jesus’ revelation was Caesarea Philippi (Matthew 16:13), in whose coasts we would find the springs of the Jordan River. I believe the Lord brought the disciples there, because it was common knowledge that the waters of the Jordan watered the Promised Land, but every drop emptied into the Dead Sea, never to flow again. The Jordan dies in the Dead Sea. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on August 20, 2015 in Jesus

 

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