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What Is the Bottomless Pit?

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In Revelation 9:1 we are told that a star (cf. Revelation 8:10-11), which had fallen from heaven to the earth was given a key to the bottomless pit. However, before we can understand what power was given to the star, we need to come to understand what the bottomless pit or the pit of the abyss actually is. The Greek word is abussos (G12) and means bottomless (from a intensive and bussos, meaning a depth). The Greek word, therefore, describes an immeasurable depth, hence the rendering bottomless. The word occurs nine times in the New Testament. It first appears in Luke 8:31, then in Romans 10:7. The rest of its occurrences are found in the Apocalypse: Revelation 9:1-2, 11; 11:7; 17:8; 20:1, 3. Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted by on August 20, 2019 in Apocalypse, Book of Revelation


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The Fourth Seal – The Pale Horse

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With the opening of the fourth seal, the fourth living being commanded the fourth rider: “Go!” (Revelation 6:7; cf. 4:7). What John saw was a pale or greenish horse, whose rider was called Death. It is the only rider that is named among the four, and Hades followed him. Obviously, both Death and Hades are personified in the vision. In chapter one we are told that Jesus had the keys to Death and Hades (Revelation 1:18), so did Jesus actually send out Death and Hades upon the land, or does the opening of the fourth seal point to something else? Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted by on July 9, 2019 in Apocalypse, Book of Revelation


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He Won’t Be Hurt by the Second Death

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In Revelation 2:11, Jesus spoke to those “who have ears to hear”, meaning believers who have exercised their senses to discern good and evil (cf. Hebrews 5:14). There, he promises that he who overcomes would not be harmed by the second death. But, what does Jesus mean by the second death? Exactly, how many deaths are there, and how are they described in Scripture? Read the rest of this entry »


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


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The Keys of Hell and Death


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Jesus told John that he had the “keys to hell and death.” A key, of course, is able to open or lock something. It is often used in Scripture as a symbol of authority or power. For example, the scribes and Pharisees had the authority or power to allow the Jewish populace to enter into the Kingdom of God by permitting them to believe in Jesus (Luke 11:52; cf. Matthew 23:13), but they hindered the people. Not only did they reject Jesus, but they slandered him before the people (Matthew 12:23-24; Mark 3:20-22), in order to cause them to be afraid of placing their trust in him. Moreover, these same authorities threatened the people, saying anyone who trusted in Jesus would be cast out of the synagogues (John 12:42-43; cf. 9:22, 28-34). So the “key of knowledge,” which Jesus attributed to the scribes and Pharisees, does not mean they possessed such knowledge. However, it does mean they had the authority to open the door to knowledge or at least not lock it so others could possess it, even though they, themselves, rejected it. Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted by on February 19, 2019 in Apocalypse, Book of Revelation


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The Banquet and the Resurrection

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In The Parable of the Wedding Feast (Matthew 22:1-14) Jesus told of a king who made a banquet for his son. He sent out servants to his guests, telling them to come to the wedding, because everything was ready. However, the guests refused to come, and they mistreated the king’s servants, even to the point of killing some of them. When the king heard of what they did, he sent out his armies and killed those wicked man and destroyed their city. What we need to understand is the motif of the wedding banquet is found in the Old Testament. This was the well from which Jesus drew the message of his parables. Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted by on October 25, 2018 in 70 AD Eschatology


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Jesus’ Final Journey to Jerusalem

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In Luke 18:31 Jesus embarks on his final journey to Jerusalem, but lots of folks believe that Jesus began that trip to Jerusalem at Luke 9:51. Nevertheless, to do so they have to have the Lord meandering aimlessly all around Judea (Luke 10:38), but never quite making it to Jerusalem. After wandering all about Judea, Jesus then turns back to Galilee in order to go through Peraea (Luke 13:22; 16:18; cf. Mark 10:1-12), journeying toward Jerusalem, but, again, never actually getting there. After this, Jesus once more returned to Galilee in order to pass through those cities and Samaria (Luke 17:11) to journey toward Jerusalem, but, once again, he never completes his task. Finally, Jesus is found in Ephraim (John 11:54) and left there to pass through Jericho to approach Jerusalem from the east. All this aimless meandering must be done in order to hold onto the false notion about Jesus began his journey to the cross at Luke 9:51. Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted by on February 1, 2018 in Gospel of Luke


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What About the Unforgivable Sin?

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According to Jesus’ own words, denying him before men will be forgiven (Luke 12:10). The believer who denies his Savior must endure Jesus’ judgment against unbelievers, something from which the faithful will be saved (Revelation 3:10), but he is forgiven. The modern critic might deny Jesus ever lived, for example, and this might be considered similar to the Jewish authorities denying Jesus’ birth was miraculous (cf. John 8:41),[1] but such things are forgivable in the sense that someone says: “I’m sorry” and the reply is “I forgive you!” and that’s the end of it (Luke 12:10). An example in the text would be found at Luke 23:42-43 where the “good thief” had been making derogatory statements against Jesus, but afterward recanted in that he rebuked his fellow robber, and then asked Jesus to remember him when he came into his Kingdom. Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted by on August 22, 2017 in Gospel of Luke


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