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Would Jesus Eat with Gays?

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I am engaged in this present study in the spring of 2020. Donald Trump is President of the United States, and months ago I had made it known to my Christian brethren that I don’t think he is qualified to be our president. However I was told that I shouldn’t judge him, because Christians aren’t supposed to judge. Nevertheless, when I brought up the subject of Obama being our president, well, that was a different story. He was a terrible president. Why? President Obama was a family man. He loved his wife and children—the husband of one wife, by the way. President Trump, on the other hand, divorced his first wife and married another. He is a self-confessed womanizer, and even made the claim that, if Ivanka wasn’t his daughter, he’d be on her like flies on …whatever! And, my Christian brethren love this man! Go figure! Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on July 2, 2020 in Controversial

 

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The Marriage Supper of the Lamb

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I have heard a lot of things about the Marriage Supper of the Lamb, and all of the commentaries, which I possess, put the event in the future. Some even believe Revelation 19:7 refers to a physical event. Hymns have been authored and sung about sitting down with Abraham, Moses and David, even Peter and Paul etc. Whoever might be one’s favorite Biblical character, it is almost certain that one would sit down at the table next to that particular hero of the Bible. Can you imagine the length and breadth of the table that would have to be constructed? But, God can do anything, so whatever one is able to imagine can be done! Right? The problem arises when we realize that not every imagination of our hearts meets with the Lord’s approval (Isaiah 55:8). Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on March 31, 2020 in Apocalypse, Book of Revelation

 

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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 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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Submission According to Paul

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Paul speaks of submission in Ephesians 5:21-33, and in my opinion this scripture has been both misunderstood and abused for quite some time by many in the Body of Christ.[1] The family, especially the marriage relationship itself, is considered an allegory of a close relationship between those Paul refers to as husbands and wives. But, notice two things before we consider what else Paul writes. First, in Ephesians 5:21 Paul tells us to submit ourselves to one another. In other words, whoever the husband is, and whoever the wife is, they are mutually submissive. This mutual submission cannot take place if one is lording it over the other—such a thing Jesus, himself, forbade (Luke 22:25:26). Secondly, in Ephesians 5:32-33 Paul specifically tells us that his analogy is not about what we understand to be the normal marriage relationship, but, rather, he is speaking of a relationship within the Church—generally Christ and the Church is the example, but the relationships of church leaders and local churches in particular are under consideration. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on June 21, 2015 in Kingdom of God

 

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The Unnamed Servant and the Bride

At first I didn’t want to admit the calling of the bride for Isaac was a type of calling out the Bride of Christ, the Church, from the world. I thought it might be a bit too spiritually minded, perhaps a little too religious to be practical, especially as the analogy applies to the Holy Spirit, but I am unable to deny the symbolism I see here in Genesis 24. All types, if carried too far, will fail, but this does not negate the fact that the type is real. For example, all animal sacrifices point to the sacrifice of Christ, yet none of the animal sacrifices or all of them considered together could take away anyone’s sinfulness, as the sacrifice of Christ has done. Therefore, the type is real even if it is not equal in every way. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on October 26, 2014 in Abraham, Walking with God

 

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Rivalry in Abraham’s Household

I find it interesting that there seems to be parallels between Genesis 21 and the nascent New Testament church. I see the weaning of Isaac (Genesis 21:8) foreshadowing the coming of age of the Grecian believers in Acts 6 & 7. There had been a rivalry between the Jewish authorities and the Apostolic Church, whereby the Jewish authorities exalted their position over that of the disciples. Through prayer the nascent Church (Sarah) was able to discipline the Jewish authorities (Hagar – cp. Galatians 4:25), first by causing the death of Jewish spies (false brethren) who had infiltrated the Church (Acts 5:1-13), and secondly by making the authorities fearful of reprisals from the people (Acts 5:26, 38-39). Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on July 6, 2014 in Abraham, Walking with God

 

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It Seemed Good to the Holy Spirit and Us!

The phrase in Acts 15:28 seems a bit odd in our ears today, but I believe there is more to what Luke is saying than what might appear to us as an overly religious or even a presumptuous remark. “It seemed good to the Holy Spirit and us…” what does Luke intend for us to see? Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on December 17, 2012 in Gospel, Jerusalem Council

 

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Why is Paul’s Conversion so Important?

We need to remember that authors of books in ancient times didn’t have the luxury that modern writers have of adding a few pages here and there for color and depth. In the first century CE authors like Luke were limited to the length of a scroll. They had to be concise and choose carefully what they wished to say in order to successfully express the theme behind their work. Luke chose to record Paul’s conversion three times (Acts 9, 22 and 26)! Why? Wouldn’t once have been sufficient, knowing that space was limited? Looking back, our vision is 20/20; Paul turned out to be one of the most significant figures of western civilization. What he did, or rather what God did through Paul, changed the direction of the whole continent of Europe and ultimately of the Americas, and to some degree even how the East developed into our modern societies. But, Luke didn’t know this, so why did he take such an interest in Paul’s conversion? Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on May 13, 2012 in Gospel, Kingdom of God

 

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