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The New Jerusalem

New Jerusalem

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One of the seven angels who poured out the vials of God’s judgment upon Babylon (cp. Revelation 16), came to John and told him that he would show John the Lamb’s Bride (Revelation 21:9). This may be the very same angel who showed John the judgment of the Great Whore, Mystery Babylon the Great (Revelation 17:1). If so, this same angel took John and showed him holy Jerusalem (Revelation 21:10), which indicates the new Jerusalem is the Bride of Christ. One cannot help but contrast the new Jerusalem of Revelation 21 with the ‘old’ Jerusalem of Revelation 17, which was judged by the Lord and destroyed. Read the rest of this entry »

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

 

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Opening the Seventh Seal

Seventh Seal

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One is almost tempted to look upon the opening of the seventh seal as a type of celebration. I am reminded of the fireworks we see on occasion at weddings and the celebration of our nation’s birth and independence etc. First, comes one explosion and then another and still more after it, but, when the end comes, we have the celebratory Grand Finally, where explosion after explosion lights up the night and colors the darkened sky. So, too, are the opening of the seven seals. The first four reveal the vision of the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse, then the fifth and sixth seals, but the seventh and final seal explodes into seven trumpets, which, like the seals, are unveiled one after another, until the seventh trumpet, itself, explodes into seven final vials. When the vials are poured out, so ends the wrath of God, and the judgment upon the Great Harlot is over. Then comes the end, when each man is rewarded according to his works. Perhaps some wouldn’t see it this way, but I have to wonder, if we could ask believers in the first century AD, would they have looked for and longed for the appearing of the Lord at which time judgment would occur? Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on July 30, 2019 in Apocalypse, Book of Revelation

 

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The Apocalypse and Irenaeus

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We are told in Revelation 1:3 not only that John is a prophet in the vein of the Old Testament prophets, but that the time for the events recorded in this prophecy was “at hand.” However, how should we understand the words: at hand? (cf. Revelation 22:12, 20)? Many believers today think nearly all the Apocalypse is yet to be fulfilled in the future. However, the internal evidence tells a different story. John says the fulfillment of what he was given was at hand (G1451 – Revelation 1:3), or according to Thayer’s Greek Definitions: near, imminent or soon to come to pass. Read the rest of this entry »

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

 

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Martyr Vindication

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In my most recent study, I mentioned The Parable of the Wicked Tenants (Matthew 21:33-46). According to that parable, the authorities taking care of (governing) the vine (the Lord’s heritage or his people) were responsible for killing the servants (prophets) of the lord of the vineyard (the God of Israel), and for which they would be eventually judged (Matthew 21:40, 43). So, in this parable Jesus introduced a common theme found throughout the New Testament, and that is the theme of the vindication of the martyrs. Later, Jesus would accuse the Jewish authorities of being guilty of all of the blood of all of the righteous from Able (Genesis 4) to Zacharias (2Chronicles 24:20-22).[1] In other words they were guilty of all of the righteous blood that had been shed under the Old Testament (Matthew 23:35). Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on October 7, 2018 in 70 AD Eschatology

 

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House of God Is Spiritual

Shadow of Christ

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According to all three futurist eschatologies—amillennialism, postmillennialism and premillennialism, with some exceptions within the groups—we can expect the establishment of a physical Kingdom at the future return of Jesus to this earth, and Jesus will be visible, i.e. in a physical body and rule out of literal, physical Jerusalem. Historical premillennialists (but not all) and dispensational premillennialists believe the physical Temple will be rebuilt in Jerusalem and animal sacrifices will be restored. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on June 13, 2018 in 70 AD Eschatology

 

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The Signs of the End

Sign of the End

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According to Luke’s record, the very first sign Jesus offered, showing the end was near was Jerusalem would be surrounded by armies (Luke 21:20). Nothing before that time, whether heavenly signs or wars, persecution or other kinds of trouble, pointed to the time of the end, which is the coming of Christ. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on May 27, 2018 in Gospel of Luke

 

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The Eschatology of Luke 13

Table Set for SederIt is interesting that Jesus mentions Abraham, Isaac and Jacob in Luke 13:28. Notice that Jesus also places all of the prophets with them, and all, that is, Abraham, Isaac and Jacob with all of the prophets of the Old Testament would sit down in the Kingdom of God. But, when would this occur? Was Abraham, Isaac and Jacob and all of the prophets already in the Kingdom of God at the time when Jesus preached to the Jews in Luke 13? It would not appear so, because Daniel was a prophet, and he was told to go his way, and he would rest (i.e. lay dead) until the end of days (age). At that time, i.e. at the end of days (or the end of the age), he would arise (Daniel 12:13). Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on October 17, 2017 in Gospel of Luke

 

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The Eminence of the Coming of the Lord

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We often hear today about the eminence of the coming of Christ, and there are not a few people, even well known people, who seem willing to predict when that would occur, showing themselves, one and all, that they are false prophets (Deuteronomy 18:20-21). When I point this out to folks I know, most often these people seem willing to smooth over the false prophecy, by saying something to the effect that the “false prophet” wasn’t really saying that, but the fact is, he did say that, and according to the Bible that one **is** a false prophet. He or she may be famous and appear very religious, but so were Baalim and Jezebel famous and very religious. In fact, the Scriptures even tells us that God spoke to Baalim, but Baalim didn’t have a heart for the will of God. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on September 7, 2017 in Gospel of Luke

 

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Prophecy Made More Certain

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In 2Peter 1:19 Peter claims the prophecies about Christ are more certain and clearer from the standpoint of the Gospel (cf. 1Peter 1:12-13 Romans 15:8). In the same way that the hope of our resurrection is made more certain in Jesus’ resurrection (cf. 1Peter 1:3-4), so the Transfiguration of Christ had made his coming more certain in the minds and hearts of those who were eyewitnesses of it, and for us who believe their word. It is fitting that Peter should be the only New Testament writer to point to the Transfiguration, because it seems he was especially moved by the experience (cf. Mark 9:5-6; Luke 9:33-34). So, what occurred to Jesus on the mount strengthens the prophecies of the coming of the Messiah, causing those who believed them to be expectant. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on March 15, 2017 in Epistles of Peter

 

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Who or What is Antichrist?

AntiChrist

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Many folks seem to be looking for an end-time figure who would rule the world for a short time, and this political figure would set up a deal with the Jews and later betray them. It would look like he would make peace, but in the end terrible destruction eventually takes place. They have several names for this political person: the Beast, the Man of Sin, the Son of Perdition and even Antichrist, because he is supposed to also persecute Christians. What about these things; are they true? No, they are actually false conceptions. I have already written about the Beast and about the Man of Sin, who is also the Son of Perdition. At this time I intend to address the name Antichrist. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on July 28, 2011 in Last Days

 

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Jesus’ Coming and Paul

Second ComingIn Matthew 24:3 the Apostles asked Jesus what would be the sign of his coming or parousia (G3952). Jesus told them that his coming could not be hid (Matthew 24:27), and it would come upon the people suddenly when they least expected it (Matthew 24:37-39). Recently I wrote that Peter, James and John believed and taught Jesus coming would be in their expected lifetimes in the 1st century AD. What did Paul believe and teach? Did he agree with those who knew Jesus the longest, or did he teach something different? Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on July 3, 2011 in Last Days

 

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As Lightning Comes out of the East

lighteningJesus told us that his coming would be “as the lightning comes out of the east and shines even to the west…” (Matthew 24:27). If Jesus meant that his coming couldn’t be hid, why does he tell his disciples to beware of the possibility of deception (Matthew 24:24-26)? If Jesus’ coming cannot be hid, why would the disciples need a sign to alert them that he had arrived? I think that our modern understanding of Jesus’ Second Coming to this earth acts like a veil that conceals the real coming of the Lord. False doctrine, once believed is strong delusion able to hide just about anything—even the Lord’s coming. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on June 30, 2011 in Last Days

 

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The Ministry of John the Baptist

When I was growing up and was first taught about John the Baptist, I visualized a man in a kind of caveman outfit with wide eyes, unkempt hair and usually screaming out a message of hellfire and brimstone. You know what? This same picture is pretty much painted of him today, as well. But, is it accurate? Can we know from the Scriptures what John was like? Yes, I believe we can know a few things about John; at least enough can be learned to show that this assumption of his being a hell and damnation type preacher is wrong. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on February 5, 2011 in Christianity, Gospel, Religion

 

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