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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

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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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