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Babylon the Great Has Fallen!

Babylon the Great

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Years ago, when I was a young man, beginning to read the Bible for the first time in my life, while I was a member of my country’s armed forces, I began with the last book of the Bible! Imagine, reading the final chapter before reading the first. That’s simply not the way to read any book. Nevertheless, I was captivated by the Apocalypse and wanted to learn all I could about it. Over a period of two years I found many folks who were more than willing to unveil its mysteries to me, and I ended up in what many Christians termed a cult. Its leader was very dogmatic about what the Bible says, and his word, i.e. the leader’s word was to be trusted at all costs. I spent close to four years in that fellowship, and it almost cost me my faith. It would be years before I would attend another church. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on March 3, 2020 in Apocalypse, Book of Revelation

 

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Murders, Sorcery, Fornication and Theft

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The text in the ninth chapter of the Apocalypse continues on to say that the rest, who weren’t slain by the judgment of the Sixth Trumpet, refused to repent of their murders, sorceries, fornications and thefts (Revelation 9:21). I don’t believe the sense has to be immediately following the deaths of one-third of the Jewish population. Rather, I think the sense pertains to during the judgment itself, while the deaths were occurring all around them, still the Jews didn’t consider their deeds and repent. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on September 17, 2019 in Apocalypse, Book of Revelation

 

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The Works of Their Hands

Works of their hands

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According to Revelation 9:20, they, who were not among the third of the population of the Jewish state who were killed, did not repent of the evil they committed that brought the Lord’s judgment upon them. The text says: they “…repented not of the works of their hands, that they should not worship devils, and idols of gold, and silver, and brass, and stone, and of wood: which neither can see, nor hear, nor walk” (Revelation 9:20). It is obvious, therefore, that the sin which the Lord judged was idolatry.  Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on September 15, 2019 in Apocalypse, Book of Revelation

 

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Jesus’ Three Arguments

Casting out demons

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When his enemies had accused him of being in league with the Devil, because he was able to do the impossible, Jesus exposes the feebleness of their accusation by presenting three arguments, by offering his adversaries three possible scenarios. The first is an illogical argument on their part that Jesus used demonic power to advance his goals. Jesus second argument left his antagonists without an argument to support their own activities in the realm of spiritual warfare. Finally, Jesus showed in the parable of the Strong Man that Jesus was stronger than Satan, and was dismantling his kingdom, showing that Jesus was the Messiah. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on July 4, 2017 in Gospel of Luke

 

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The Mission of the Seventy

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Lots of folks seem to miss the point of sending out the Seventy; at least as it appears so to me. Some wonder which was more important: the sending out of the Twelve (Luke 9:1-10) or sending out the Seventy (Luke 10:1-16). Others liken the event to an evangelistic outreach, upon which our own ministries should be based. Still others get caught up in their having power over demons and exactly when Satan was cast out of heaven, and when Jesus actually did see his fall. Some of these things, of course, are mentioned in Luke 10, but the real point of it all seems to be far more significant than answering these questions. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on May 4, 2017 in Gospel of Luke

 

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The Spies of the First Century AD

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It is inferred by Luke that Annas, the high priest, had sent Ananias and Sapphira into the nascent church (cf. Acts 5:1-13) in order to spy out what was done and bring believers under the authority of the high priest. The same is inferred in Galatians 2:12-13, once one realizes that James didn’t send these people to do what they had done (cf. Galatians 2:4). From time to time Paul had to rebuke a wrong spirit of prophecy or a message or letter that was allegedly from him or one of the other apostles (2Thessalonians 2:2), inferring that others were seeking to gain a foothold in the churches he raised up. Moreover, John also shows there were people who had identified themselves with the apostles but broke away, showing ulterior motives existed among those who did so. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on April 5, 2017 in Epistles of Peter

 

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Origin of Demons

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According to Scripture demons are new gods. They are men who were once famous kings or rulers but died. Their memories are worshiped as though they yet lived as spirits. They don’t! Notice that the rulers of Isaiah 26:13 are dead (Isaiah 26:14) and cannot rise to do harm ever again. The idea that former evil men (new gods) arose as demons (Deuteronomy 32:17) to afflict people again is shown to be false by Isaiah. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on April 4, 2017 in Gospel of Luke

 

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Healing a Young Boy Possessed by Spirit

Demons - Deliverance

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If the young boy who was possessed by a spirit (Luke 9:37-39) in the sense that a sentient and independent entity seized the boy’s body and mind, as one would take one’s own property, there is little I can say in defense of such a thing, as far as God permitting it is concerned. Why would God do such a thing, and how would his permission be justified, according to how the Scriptures define God’s character? If God wants us to know him (and I believe he does – Philippians 3:10-15), then what he says about himself ought to be seen in what he does and what he allows to be done. If God views a man’s will to be of particular importance (cf. Job 1:6-12; 2:3-7), then how can he justify allowing a malevolent spirit taking full control of an infant boy, knowing the child could never develop a desire to know his Creator? If such a thing is wrong, then the only alternative is that what we believe about demonic activity **must**also be wrong. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on March 28, 2017 in Gospel of Luke

 

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Demonic Possession

Demonic-possession

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One of the saddest matters that the New Testament records is that of the possession of a young child by a demon (Luke 9:37-39), who had control of the boy even from the time he had been an infant (Mark 9:21), implying his condition existed since his birth. One has to wonder how this could ever occur. While in the case of Job, God permitted Satan to torment Job’s person with sores, disease and the destruction of his family and his wealth, Satan was not permitted to control Job’s reaction to it all. In other words, Job was still free to either accept his circumstance as God allowed it, or to curse God for allowing it. Job’s freedom to choose was never in question. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on March 26, 2017 in Gospel of Luke

 

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A Young Boy and Our Inner Life

Boy Healed

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On the day following the day of his Transfiguration, Jesus returned to the city of Jerusalem from Mount of Olives (Luke 9:37). The disciples were already there (Mark 9:14). Evidently, Jesus had sent them ahead, as he lingered to pray on the mount. Months earlier Jesus had given them authority over demoniacs (Luke 9:1), but they could not cast out the demon from this little boy (Luke 9:40). Jesus rebuked them for their unbelief and healed the boy. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on March 23, 2017 in Gospel of Luke

 

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Living Out the Parable of the Sower

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Luke tells us that the people gladly received Jesus when he returned and, in fact, were waiting for him (Luke 8:26, 40). If Jesus had been simply visiting towns along the coast of the Sea of Galilee, no one could have expected Jesus to return to their village. Therefore, Jesus must have returned to his home town, Capernaum. It is the only city on the coast of the lake that could have rightfully expected him to return. Knowing this, and understanding that folks came to Jesus out of every city (Luke 8:4), puts the timeline of these events during a Jewish festival, probably the Feast of Purim that occurred in the twelfth month of the Jewish calendar. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on January 31, 2017 in Gospel of Luke

 

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“You Are the Christ, the Son of God”

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I find it interesting that Luke would begin Jesus’ ministry with a miracle that casts out a demon. Why do that? It is the first miracle performed by Jesus in both Luke (Luke 4:31-36) and Mark (cf. Mark 1:21-27). Matthew mentions this only generally (Matthew 4:23-25), but John begins Jesus public ministry with the miracle of changing water into wine (John 2:1-11). The accounts end with the astonishment of the people (the Synoptics) and the belief of the disciples (John). What can we make of these things? Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on September 29, 2016 in Gospel of Luke

 

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Jesus and Demons

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The words Jesus spoke in Capernaum (Luke 4:31-34) must have been similar to what he claimed in Nazareth. In Nazareth Jesus used Scripture to say he was the Messiah, and there the community rose up against him. However, in Capernaum it was a demoniac that rose up against Jesus. One has to wonder if the demoniac in Capernaum tried to do something similar to Jesus that the whole community at Nazareth intended on doing. In other words, the demoniac, at least at first, may have been considered to be in his right mind by the community of Capernaum, because demoniacs, as a rule, are not permitted in the synagogue.[1] The man may even have been a well respected and feared leader in the synagogue. In this context he may have risen up in the assembly to challenge Jesus, saying that his claim to be the Messiah would end in the Romans destroying the nation (cf. Mark 1:24 and John 11:48), or at least the city from which Jesus began gathering a following. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on September 25, 2016 in Gospel of Luke

 

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Jesus Spoke with Authority

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Luke tells us that, after Jesus left Nazareth, he came to Capernaum and taught there on the Sabbaths (Luke 4:31), and on one Sabbath he was challenged by a man having an unclean spirit (Luke 4:33-34). Whatever one may think of unclean spirits, e.g. demons[1], spirits of the wicked dead[2] or a fractured human spirit that is bent on destroying self or others, the New Testament reveals that Jesus and his disciples had authority over them. It makes no difference what they really are; the point in the New Testament is their power over men is undone by the authority of Jesus. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on September 22, 2016 in Gospel of Luke

 

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Demons and the Dry Places

Demons in dry places

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In Luke 11:24-26 and Matthew 12:43-45 Jesus describes the plight of a demon who leaves its habitation. We must keep in mind that the manner of teaching in the Jewish society is not as it is in the Greek or gentile world. The Greeks might say: “The Lord is my Leader,” but the Jews would say: “The Lord is my Shepherd!” Where the Greeks would say: “What I believe is based upon the teachings of the word of God,” the Jews would say: “I am built upon the Rock!” The Greeks would use many words to describe a situation, while the Jews would use word pictures or parables to describe a circumstance. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on January 12, 2011 in Christianity, Demonology, Religion

 

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