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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

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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The Image of 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 or a godly person, but he speaks like a dragon—i.e. he speaks like an enemy, a slanderer, one who speaks and acts deviously (cp. Revelation 12:9). In my blog Who is the False Prophet? I determined that this beast was Annas the Jewish high priest of the 1st century CE. Annas was very powerful in 1st century CE Judaism, and the power he exerted came from a national entrancement of a wrong Jewish approach to God and worship—which is the first beast (Revelation 13:1) i.e. apostate Judaism ruled or influenced by its seven heads (cp. Revelation 17:9-10; see my blog The Seven Headed Beast of Revelation). 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

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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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