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The Supper of the Great God!

Supper of the Great God

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In Revelation 19:17 John saw an angel standing in the sun (i.e. in the east), and that angel called to all the fowls of the air to come to the supper of the great God! What I find interesting is what God had prepared for them to eat. It was not a meal that normal people would be expected to enjoy. Rather it was a meal that one would expect carnivorous or predatory beasts to gather to eat. It was: “the flesh of kings, and the flesh of captains, and the flesh of mighty men, and the flesh of horses, and of them that sit on them, and the flesh of all men, both free and bond, both small and great” (Revelation 19:18). The question is: is this the Marriage Supper of the Lamb? The Greek word used for supper is deipnon (G1173), and it is the same word used in Revelation 19:9. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on April 12, 2020 in Apocalypse, Book of Revelation

 

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The Beast that Was and Is Not and Yet Is!

Great Harlot

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In Revelation 17:8 the angel first addressed the mystery or secret (identity) of the beast, telling John that what he saw “was, and is not, and shall ascend out of the bottomless pit…” But, what does this mean? It would be difficult to offer an answer to this question without descending into subjectivity to some degree. Certainly, many of the current interpretations of the beast of Revelation 17 and its heads are purely subjective, and are without any objective merit whatsoever. Trying to make the beast to mean a resurrected Holy Roman Empire, which was never “holy” nor was it “Roman” nor was it even an “empire” in the strictest sense, is without any objective value. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on February 20, 2020 in Apocalypse, Book of Revelation

 

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The Harvest!

Winnowing Fork

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One of the great themes of the Bible is that of the harvest. In the Old Covenant Scriptures, the three great Holy Day festivals centered around the spring and fall harvest seasons. They not only celebrated real occurrences in the establishment of the nation of Israel, but they also foretold the, then, future coming of the Messiah, the Holy Spirit and the final Judgment by the great King. The theme of the harvest also appears in the New Covenant Scriptures, and this is particularly so in Jesus’ parables. So, the theme of harvest clearly portrays the subjects of judgment and salvation in the Gospel narratives. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on December 29, 2019 in Apocalypse, Book of Revelation

 

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Sealing the Words of the Seven Thunders

7 Thunders

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In Revelation 10:4 John tells us: “When the Seven Thunders had uttered their voices, I was about to write.” The fact that he was ready to write down what he had heard indicates the “thunder” must have been intelligible. John seems to have understood what was said, so what was heard must have been in the sense of John 12:28-29. In other words, those who have ears to hear would be able to understand (Matthew 13:9). However, we are then told that John heard a voice from heaven (cf. Revelation 1:10-13; 4:1; 18:4; 21:5, 15), commanding him not to write what he heard. This seems to contradict what John was told earlier (Revelation 1:11, 19). Therefore, we need to consider closely what John was told to do in place of writing what he heard said. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on September 24, 2019 in Apocalypse, Book of Revelation

 

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The Word of Christ’s Patience

Patience

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According to Revelation 3:10, Jesus claimed the church at Philadelphia had kept the word of his patience (G5281). Patience is what is required of believers who have done the will of God, as they ‘wait’ for their reward (Hebrews 10:36). In fact, the fruit of the labor of a good and honest heart is brought forth with patience (Luke 8:15). This is simply how this is done. The seed or the word of God is planted, and it gives birth to the plant or the ‘life’ produced by the seed (word of God), and that ‘life’ produces fruit or good works after the sower waits patiently for that inner ‘life’ to do its work. In other words, the church preached the Gospel and waited with patience (G5281) for the fruit to be produced. Read the rest of this entry »

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

 

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The Appointed Time or Season

Appointed-Time

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In Revelation 1:3 John writes that his readers need to hear the words of this prophecy and to keep (G5083) or observe the things contained therein, because the time (G2540) was in John’s day at hand. I’ve already developed in previous studies that the Apocalypse was written very early in the first century AD. In this study I hope to show the importance of the word the Apocalypse uses for time, showing beyond doubt that it must point to what occurred to the Jews cir. AD 70. In fact, as we shall see in this study, this prophecy had to have been written early in the first century AD, because there simply isn’t any other event in history that was at hand that could have occurred later in that century into which we could neatly fit the Apocalypse. Moreover, to claim that nearly 2000 years (and counting) translates from the Greek word kairos (G2540) is very unscholarly to say the least, and betrays a bias to honor men instead of God to be more blunt. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on January 10, 2019 in Apocalypse, Book of Revelation

 

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The Apocalypse and the 70 Weeks Prophecy

Daniel's 70 Weeks Prophecy

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Before beginning my study of the Apocalypse, I think I need to mention my understanding of Daniel’s Seventy Weeks Prophecy. Because, unless one is able to see that Daniel and the writer of the Apocalypse agree on when Jerusalem and the Temple were to be destroyed, the Bible student simply cannot hope to be accurate in his understanding of either book. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on January 1, 2019 in Apocalypse, Book of Revelation

 

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He Shall Sit on the Throne!

Throne of His GloryJesus tells us in the Olivet Discourse that when he returns he will sit on the throne of his glory (Matthew 25:31). However, Paul also claims that, when Christ comes (1Corinthians 15:23), “Then cometh the end, when he shall have delivered up the kingdom to God, even the Father; when he shall have put down all rule and all authority and power” (1Corinthians 15:24). How does Jesus sit upon the throne of his glory at his coming (Matthew 25:31), when he, at the same time, delivers the Kingdom to God, his Father (1Corinthians 15:24)? Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on November 27, 2018 in 70 AD Eschatology

 

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Jesus’ Ascension and the Holy Spirit

Jesus' AscensionThe text says that Jesus led his disciples as far as Bethany (Luke 24:50), but this location is really on the Mount of Olives. Just as Jerusalem’s suburbs included the Mount of Olives, so Bethany’s suburbs also extended to that mountain (Numbers 35:5; cf. Acts 1:12).[1] From here Jesus promised he would send the ‘promise of the Father’ to them (Luke 24:49; Acts 1:4), and Luke tells us that the ‘promise of the Father’ is the Holy Spirit (Acts 1:4-5). Earlier, Jesus referred to the Holy Spirit as ‘another Comforter’, who would be with and remain with his followers and teach them what they needed to know about Jesus (John 14:16, 26). Peter interpreted ‘the promise of the Father’ to be the phenomenon that occurred to the 120 in the upper room and so affected them on that Pentecost day (Acts 2:33). Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on September 23, 2018 in Gospel of Luke

 

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Jesus Interpreting Daniel

Time of Trouble

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One of the things I look for in my Bible studies, and really enjoy when I find it, is to see where the Bible undeniably interprets itself. I hate it when I must rely upon my own interpretation or that of other men whom I respect. Sometimes this is unavoidable, but it is always, at least in my own mind, a tentative matter, until I am able to discover where scripture interprets itself. One of the really wonderful things I have discovered, through reading and listening to godly men, is that Jesus’ Parable of the Tares is based upon Jesus’ understanding of Daniel’s prophecy. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on August 10, 2018 in 70 AD Eschatology

 

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The Great Tribulation

Print

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Both amillennialism and postmillennialism take the position that the Gospel age is the, so-called, millennial or 1000-year period. With some exceptions, they view the millennium as a non-literal and elongated 1000-year period. According to their eschatology, Christ returns, physically, after the millennium, but he reigns spiritually today from heaven. Some who share this point of view also claim that Jesus returned spiritually in 70 AD to judge Jerusalem and destroy the Temple via the Roman armies. It is this group’s eschatology I wish to address in this study, because they use Matthew 24:36 as a dividing verse, which, allegedly, separates Christ’s 70 AD spiritual coming from his, alleged, future physical coming. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on July 6, 2018 in 70 AD Eschatology

 

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The Eschatology of the Great Tribulation

Great Tribulation

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Luke tells us in Luke 21:23, “there shall be great distress (G318) in the land…”, but Matthew refers to this time as great tribulation (G2347 – Matthew 24:21), while Mark simply calls it affliction (G2347 – Mark 13:19). Both Matthew and Mark describe this trouble as a sort set apart from all other seasons of history for the Jewish people. There was never a time of trouble quite like this tribulation in the past, nor would there be a season of trouble like it afterward (Matthew 24:21; Mark 13:19). Therefore, this tribulation is unique in the history of the Jews, never to be repeated, which rejects the possibility of it being a type of something ‘greater’ in the future. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on May 29, 2018 in Gospel of Luke

 

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The Argument Written in Stone

The parable in Luke 20:9-18 shows that Jesus was well aware of the Jewish authorities’ intentions. Moreover, Luke 20:19 seems to show that the Jewish authorities were aware of the fact that Jesus knows what they plan to do to him. Jesus even notes in the parable that they will succeed (Luke 20:15).The Jewish authorities’ stand in this matter seems ludicrous. Why don’t they repent? It seems they will not repent, because they are obsessed with the idea that they have more right to positions of authority over the nation than Jesus has. They are consumed with their own desire to be proved correct. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on April 22, 2018 in Gospel of Luke

 

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Was the Kingdom Postponed?

Kingdom Postponed

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Many folks today believe that the establishment of the Kingdom of God was postponed by God, because the Jews rejected Jesus as their Messiah? Is that true? Do men’s decisions have that much power with God that he must change his plans to accommodate the plans of men? In other words, is our will stronger than God’s will? Paul asks that question in 1Corinthians 10:22, but his question is asked facetiously, when he asks, “Are we stronger than he (i.e. the Lord)?” By the way, Paul answered his own question earlier in the same letter when he said: “The weakness of God is stronger than men” (1Corinthians 1:26). So, my question still stands: “Do men’s decisions have that much power with God that he must change his plans to accommodate the plans of men?” Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on February 5, 2018 in 70 AD Eschatology, Prophecy

 

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Jesus’ Second Coming & Amillennialism

Amillennialism

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In an earlier study on Daniel 7, I had demonstrated that Daniel’s prophecy was a single prediction of end time events. In it Daniel mentioned a persecuting power or authority (the little horn; Daniel 7:8) that arose out of the fourth gentile kingdom, which virtually all Bible students identify as the Roman Empire. Understanding this, and the fact that Matthew 16:27-28 has a foundation in Daniel 7 is devastating to the historical premillennial and the dispensational premillennial positions.[1] This is so, because once one realizes that Jesus coming, in the glory of the Father (Matthew 16:27) and in the Kingdom (verse-28), are one and the same coming, then Jesus’ words: “some standing here shall not taste death” until that coming puts Jesus’ Second Coming in the first century AD. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on January 31, 2018 in 70 AD Eschatology, Prophecy

 

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