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The Bridegroom Comes!

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The Olivet Discourse in Matthew extends into Matthew 25 where Jesus offers his Apostles three more parables. The first of these is the Parable of the Ten Virgins. As we know from the account, five were wise, but five were foolish in that they didn’t bring any oil for their lamps. As the bridegroom delayed, all of the virgins slept, but a cry was heard at midnight that the bridegroom was coming. All awoke and the five wise dressed their lamps, but the five foolish realized they hadn’t enough oil. When they asked the wise to share their oil, they were refused, because there might not be enough for both the wise and the foolish, if the wise gave up their oil. The foolish were told to go to them who buy and sell and buy oil for themselves, but as they went the Bridegroom arrived and only the wise were able to go with him. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on November 15, 2018 in 70 AD Eschatology

 

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What Were the Signs of the End?

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A few days before he was crucified Jesus predicted the complete destruction of the Temple, obviously, the city as well. Part of the city wall was composed of stones that built up part of the Temple complex. Jesus’ disciples were absolutely astonished over his prediction. It was not something they had expected would occur in their lifetimes, let alone ever. When Jesus arrived on Mount Olivet, four of his Apostles took him aside to ask him privately when these things would be, and what would be the sign of his coming and the end of the age (i.e. the Mosaic Covenant). The other Apostles probably remained with other disciples, so that Jesus could be questioned privately about his astonishing remarks. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on November 6, 2018 in 70 AD Eschatology

 

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The Destruction of the Temple

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The Olivet Discourse was given to the Apostles from Mount Olivet just before Jesus’ crucifixion. Just prior to that discourse, Jesus had a very unfriendly confrontation with the scribes and Pharisees in Matthew 23, and, while he was leaving the Temple compound, he mentioned that the House or the Temple would be a desolation (Matthew 23:37-38). This, of course, astonished the Apostles, and they began to point to the great stones used to build up both the tower and the Temple buildings (Matthew 24:1), but Jesus simply told them once more that not one of those great stones would remain on top of another without having been cast down (Matthew 24:2). Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on November 4, 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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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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Abomination that Makes Desolate

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In a previous blog I wrote of the “Abomination of Desolation” and showed how it had more to do with what the High Priests had done against God than with what Antiochus Epiphanes had done in the Temple. The matter of the abomination of desolation did not reflect the act of a foreign king or ‘strong man’ but the condition of the people of God. The Jews wholeheartedly deserted their God and his way. It was a matter of their desiring to be more like those around them than obeying or honoring God. They were led away, not by a foreign despot, but by one of their own, a betrayer or son of perdition—the high priest. They placed their confidence in him, rather than remaining faithful to God. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on February 15, 2010 in 70 Weeks Prophecy, Judgment, Religion

 

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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 »

 
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Posted by on December 4, 2009 in Prophecy, Religion

 

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