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The Olivet Prophecy

Olivet Discourse - 1

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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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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

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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 »

 
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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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