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The Absent Master

Parable of the Talents -3In my investigation of the eschatology of Jesus’ parables, I have come to the Olivet Discourse, and at this time I would like to consider the Parable of the Talents (Matthew 25:14-30). The parable tells of a certain nobleman who went into a far country, but before he left he called his servants together and gave them his talents (money) each according to his ability. It is understood in the parable that, during his absence, the servants were to use their master’s money for his profit. So, after a long time, the nobleman returned and called his servants together, and he reckoned with them (Matthew 25:19), rewarding them according to their works. Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted by on November 25, 2018 in 70 AD Eschatology


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Jesus Gave Them Signs!

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After Jesus’ confrontation with the scribes and Pharisees in Matthew 23, he begins to leave the Temple complex and laments over Jerusalem, saying how often he would have liked to have protected her children, but they, i.e. those who ruled Jerusalem, simply wouldn’t cooperate (Matthew 23:37). Therefore, Jesus said her House, i.e. her Temple, would be left to her desolate (Matthew 23:38)! The Apostles were absolutely astonished at Jesus’ words and began to point out how great those stone were (Matthew 24:1), but Jesus simply reiterated his statement, saying not one stone would be left upon another, without it having been thrown down (Matthew 24:2). Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted by on November 1, 2018 in 70 AD Eschatology


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The Church of God Is Heavenly Zion

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For several months I have been studying and writing about the nature of the Kingdom of God, and I have concluded that it is a spiritual Kingdom, and there is absolutely no Biblical foundation for a future physical Kingdom of God, in which a physical Jesus would return from the heavens to the earth, specifically to Jerusalem, and reign either 1000 years, or forever. The predominant futurist view of eschatology is just that, i.e. to look for the future coming of a physical Jesus. Some may not call his reign physical, but whatever could you call it, if Jesus were in a physical body and reigned from physical Jerusalem, located in the Middle East? There are exceptions to this point of view, but all positions agree that ‘coming’ as man was a real, physical event, and there will be a personal, visible (i.e. physical), glorious, and objective Second Coming. Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted by on June 20, 2018 in 70 AD Eschatology


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The Olivet Prophecy

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Much has been said about the Olivet Discourse being a prophecy for our day. Claimants try to show by using this prophecy that Jesus foretold his Second Coming to the earth in our own modern age. Is this true? To be perfectly honest there are many reasons why such a perspective  is false. This prophecy was for the first century AD, and this point of view is supported by simply reading the prophecy in context. Nevertheless, there are many who refuse to believe such a thing is so, and would rather see it as a prophecy for our day, because great worldly wealth can be gained by adhering to such a doctrine. Certainly, many have embarrassed the Church, through their false prophecies, and many people who believed the false prophets have been abused. So, it can be said that great injury has been brought to bear upon the name of Christ through their profiteering. Such is the fruit of twisting this scripture into a doctrine of men. Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted by on May 15, 2018 in Gospel of Luke


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Was the 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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The End of What Age?

End of AgeAs Jesus was leaving Jerusalem and the Temple compound, he lamented over Jerusalem, wishing he could have protected her and her children, but the Jewish authorities, and because of them the nation,  rejected him. Therefore, he declared that their House, i.e. their Temple would be left to them desolate (Matthew 23:37-38). That is, Jesus prophesied its destruction. Jesus’ disciples were astonished, and, while leaving with him, they pointed to the great stones comprising the Temple walls etc., no doubt wondering if they understood Jesus correctly. Did he really mean **these great stones** would be thrown down, leaving not two intact (Matthew 24:1)? Jesus merely repeated his statement in Matthew 24:2. Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted by on November 6, 2017 in Eschatology, Prophecy


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Overview of Paul’s Journey to Jerusalem

Paul had intended to be in Jerusalem by the Passover but was prevented in doing so when a plot against his life was uncovered (Acts 20:3). His second plan was to be there by Pentecost (Acts 20:16). Obviously, he would have more time to spare on his journey than if his first plan was fruitful. Since he spent the winter months at Corinth (Acts 20:3; cp. 1Corinthians 16:6), he would have been ready to embark from there to the Province of Syria in late February or the first week in March. However, due to the plot on his life Paul spent three or four weeks journeying through Achaia and Macedonia visiting the churches there and didn’t set sail from Philippi until after the Days of Unleavened Bread (Acts 20:6). Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted by on May 3, 2013 in Gospel, Paul's 3rd missionary journey


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The Second Coming of Jesus

Second Coming - 1In Matthew 24:30 Jesus said he would come in the clouds, and all the tribes of the land (of Israel) would mourn. Men have taken this passage to indicate Jesus’ Second Coming to this earth. However, Jesus never says he would come to the earth here in the Olivet Prophecy or anywhere else. He is speaking of his coming in judgment over the Jewish nation that had rejected him as their King, and he used the Roman armies to carry out that judgment. Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted by on July 20, 2011 in Last Days


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Jesus’ Coming in 70 AD

Jerusalem's Temple

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“When shall these things be?” (Matthew 24:3). Some folks try to say that this question concerned the destruction of Jerusalem in 70 AD, but the final two questions in this verse, namely “What shall be the sign of your coming” and “(What shall be the sign) of the end of the age (or world)?” are for our future in the 21st century. But is this true? Read the rest of this entry »


Posted by on July 17, 2011 in Last Days


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Seventy Years of Babylonian Rule

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The traditional dates for the beginning of Jeremiah’s Seventy Years Prophecy and the return from captivity cannot be reconciled with the claims of the Bible. A seventh century captivity is at odds with our using Cyrus as the king who issued the decree to release the Jews to rebuild Jerusalem and the Temple. In such a case Bible students have sought to reconcile this error by using Artaxerxes instead of Cyrus, but all Artaxerxes did was reaffirm what Cyrus had written in the beginning. Daniel’s prophecy clearly points to Cyrus as God’s agent in this matter (cp. Isaiah 44:28; 45:1), but the chronology of current ancient history forbids our using him for this purpose. Nevertheless, I intend to continue on the assumption that Cyrus is this figure and that future blogs will show reasonable evidence that this is the correct choice. Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted by on August 18, 2010 in Old Testament History, Prophecy, Religion


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What is the Image to the Beast

Roman Triumphal arch panel copy from Beth Hate...
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In Revelation 13:11-18 a beast is revealed to us who looks like a lamb, a godly person, but he speaks like a dragon—i.e. he speaks like an enemy, a slanderer, one who speaks and acts deviously (cf. Revelation 12:9). In an earlier study, Who is the False Prophet?, I determined that this beast was Annas the Jewish high priest of the 1st century AD. It is difficult to understand, today, just how powerful Annas really was as far as first century AD Judaism was concerned. We are told that, as the second beast of Revelation 13:11, he was the executor or national leader of the first beast, apostate Jerusalem, and that beast’s power came from the dragon (Revelation 13:2).[1] Read the rest of this entry »


Posted by on June 22, 2010 in Last Days


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Matthew 24 and the Coming of Christ

Matthew 24

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One thing we must keep in mind as we read Matthew 24[1] is that we are built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets – Jesus Christ, himself, being the chief cornerstone (Ephesians 2:20). The point is: we are not built upon the foundation of Martin Luther, John Wesley, John Calvin, or any other man or group of men, however mightily they may have been used of God. These latter at best comment upon God’s word, while the apostles and prophets spoke the very words of God. They alone were moved of the Spirit to write down what God said. Other religious figures have their place within the Church, but their place is not the foundation upon which we rest. Read the rest of this entry »


Posted by on December 4, 2009 in Prophecy, Religion


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