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Now Is Come Salvation…

War in heaven -- the Lamb

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John heard a loud voice speaking in heaven (Revelation 12:10).

 “…Now is come salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of his Christ: for the accuser of our brethren is cast down, which accused them before our God day and night. And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony; and they loved not their lives unto the death. Therefore rejoice, ye heavens, and ye that dwell in them. Woe to the inhibiters of the earth and of the sea! for the devil is come down unto you, having great wrath, because he knows that he hath but a short time. And when the dragon saw that he was cast unto the earth, he persecuted the woman which brought forth the man child. And to the woman were given two wings of a great eagle, that she might fly into the wilderness, into her place, where she is nourished for a time, and times, and half a time, from the face of the serpent.” (Revelation 12:10-14) Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on November 3, 2019 in Apocalypse, Book of Revelation

 

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There Was War in Heaven

War in heaven -- Polaris and Thuban

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Keeping in mind my previous studies on Revelation 12, showing that the Lord had originally named the stars in their constellations in the sky (Psalm 147:4; Job 9:9), there was war in heaven and the conductors of that war were the dragon and Michael, the Archangel. In the context of the theme of the battle between the dragon and the Strong Man in the heavenly constellations, this would be Satan versus Christ. Now, Christ is not an angelic being, but he does rule the angels of heaven, and that is all the prefix, arch, in archangel means. Jesus is God (John 1-3, 14) and not an angel (Hebrews 1:5-8, 13), but he is the Angel of the Lord in the Old Testament, who bears the name YHWH (Genesis 22:11-12, 15-18; 28:12-22 compare with 31:11-13; 48:15-16). He is the Messenger (Angel) of the Covenant in Malachi 3:1, and this is Jesus. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on October 31, 2019 in Apocalypse, Book of Revelation

 

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The Glorified Christ as Judge

Judge

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It is assumed in the Bible that folks are right-handed. Anyone whose dominant hand is his left is noted in Scripture (Judges 3:15; 20:16). In Revelation 1:16 John gives us a picture of the Lord’s power in protecting the leaders of his church. In his right hand, Jesus holds seven stars, which are the angels of the seven churches (Revelation 1:20; 2:1, 3:1). However, the word angel (G32) doesn’t necessarily mean a heavenly being. Rather it is often used of human messengers. It was used of John the Baptist (Matthew 11:10; Mark 1:2; Luke 7:27). It was used also of men John had sent to Jesus (Luke 7:24), and it is used of men Jesus had sent out to secure accommodations for his party, while they went on the way to Jerusalem (Luke 9:52). So, the seven stars that Jesus holds in his right hand probably point to the human leadership of the seven churches (cf. Malachi 2:7; Daniel 12:3), and John’s mention of Jesus’ right hand points to his power to protect them (cf. John 10:28). Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on February 14, 2019 in Apocalypse, Book of Revelation

 

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Jesus’ Appearance on the Way to Emmaus

Jesus and the Two on the Way to Emmaus

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Luke tells us that, on the same day in which Jesus rose from the dead, two of his disciples left Jerusalem and journeyed toward Emmaus (Luke 24:13). Josephus writes of an Emmaus, west of Jerusalem.[1] He says it is 60 furlongs from Jerusalem. Luke tells us that two men walked to and from Emmaus in 1 day, which was from Jerusalem three score or 60 stadia (G4712 – Luke 24:13; cf. Luke 24 33, 36; John 20:19). Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on September 2, 2018 in Gospel of Luke

 

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The Disciples’ Authority

Authority

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The Apostles’ idea of the Kingdom of God, indeed the worldview of all Jews of the first century AD, had been that God would restore David’s throne, and Israel would defeat all its enemies and reign as first among the nations of the world, perhaps similar to Great Britain a few centuries ago when her empire stretched around the globe. It was in such a kingdom that the Apostles, John and James, wished to secure the most prominent seats (cf. Mark 10:37), and it was taught that in such a kingdom, the Messiah never died (cf. John 12:33-34). Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on June 24, 2018 in Gospel of Luke

 

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The Judgment at the Nobleman’s Return

Judgment-Day

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After the nobleman obtained his kingdom and returned (cf. Luke 19:12, 15), he decided to find out what his servants had done in his absence. The two fruitful servants used their mina / faith and produced a good harvest for the nobleman. In response, they were given authority over multiple cities. In the context of chief tax-collectors, they would conduct business as usual, except their responsibilities were extended over multiple cities, instead of just one or a part of one. This seems to indicate fruitful disciples of Jesus would be rewarded with greater responsibility in the Kingdom of God, but doing the same business they had done before Jesus’ return. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on March 18, 2018 in Gospel of Luke

 

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The Work of the Nobleman’s Servants

Parable of the Pounds

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With the previous studies in mind, the nobleman of Luke 19:12 (Jesus) entrusted each of his servants (disciples) with a mina (G3414). A mina was a Greek coin equal to 100 drachmas, or 300 shekels under the Old Testament coinage. Its value was about three months wages. Besides collecting taxes and custom duties, a tax-collector often served as a bank, whereby he lent out money in short-term loans at a fixed rate of interest. Additionally, the publican acted as a money-changer who could exchange foreign coin for local coinage, so business could be conducted in Judea, and the reverse would be true for folks traveling away from Judea to Mesopotamia. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on March 8, 2018 in Gospel of Luke

 

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The Context of Matthew 16

Song of Moses - 2

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Presently I am involved in an in-depth study of two verses: Matthew 16:27-28. I have chosen to do this, because it has come to my attention that the whole of the futurists’ argument for a Second Coming of Christ—in our future—hangs upon their determined effort to separate verse-27 from verse-28 by at least 2000 years. This is both contextually and grammatically invalid. Moreover, it hasn’t one iota of foundation elsewhere in the word of God, either in the New Testament or in the Old Testament prophecies. The gap theory (as I call it) has everything to do with eisegesis and nothing to do with exegesis. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on March 7, 2018 in 70 AD Eschatology

 

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Setting the Watch

Watch - 3

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In Luke 12:37 Jesus’ disciples were told to watch (G1127), and in his first epistle Peter uses this same Greek word, calling upon believers to be vigilant (1Peter 5:8), because their adversary was roaming about, seeking whom he might swallow up (destroy). Jesus used the word in the context of being prepared and letting one’s light shine (Luke 12:35), and he mentioned the second and third watches of the night to point to the times when the guard was most apt to fall asleep. In the context of the first century this was from about 9 PM to midnight (2nd watch) and midnight to 3 AM ( 3rd watch). Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on September 12, 2017 in Gospel of Luke

 

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The Sins of the False Teachers

Access Denied

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There seems to be some misunderstanding about Peter’s second epistle, as it pertains to the false teachers, whom he describes in his second chapter. Most commentaries I’ve read believe they were licentious men who taught believers to commit open adultery and the like. However, I don’t believe this is true, either contextually (why would a believer be tempted to do such a thing, believing he honored God), or when one compares Peter with Paul. If the destructive heresies were to be brought into the believing community privately (2Peter 2:1), I don’t see how this could be done by men who were openly sexually immoral. Their immorality had to have been spiritual, and the fact that they were secretly coming against the Bride of Christ was spiritual adultery (cf. Romans 3:5-8). If the accusation against the apostles and Messianic believers was that they claimed doing evil brought good, it stands to reason that the false teachers didn’t believe it was appropriate to openly live in wicked manner. Therefore, they wouldn’t seek to tempt believers to commit open adultery. Something else is in view rather than open sexual immorality. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on March 31, 2017 in Epistles of Peter

 

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The Sermon on the Plain

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Luke’s record of the beginning of Jesus’ ministry seems to be set in the seventh month of the Jewish calendar. It was a time of harvest (Luke 6:1), and the fact that it was the grain harvest, indicates it was the later harvest in the year. It was a time of pilgrimages to Jerusalem, when men journeyed to appear before the Lord at the Temple. It was also a time for folks in Jerusalem and Judea to celebrate with folks in Galilee and rejoice together over how the Lord had made them a people, a nation among the nations of the world. From time to time, Jesus would go to Jerusalem to celebrate the great annual Holy Days that pointed to God’s blessings upon his people during their history, but sometimes he chose to celebrate those days in Galilee. The latter was true for the beginning of Jesus’ public ministry, because this was the time he chose his apostles, and at least most of them would come from the folks in Galilee. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on November 15, 2016 in Gospel of Luke

 

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Babes in Arms

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Sometimes I look out into the world and consider how the Gospel message is going out to the nations and think—“You’ve got to be kidding!”[1] Christianity in America (and this is the only Christianity of which I am really aware) seems so unlike what Jesus and the Apostles did in the 1st century AD. Jesus and the Apostles were close to the people. Rarely did they ever come in contact with those in authority, and when they did, it was the authorities who came to them or had Jesus and the Apostles brought to the authorities, usually in chains. Yet, today, the Church seems comfortable with the powers that be, and perhaps even becomes upset when the authorities ignore us or don’t take us seriously! Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on June 30, 2015 in Jesus

 

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Emmanuel—God with Us!

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Did you ever watch a little child watching you or as the child watched someone else?[1] I remember watching my little girl, my firstborn daughter, watching my hands as I ate a meal. Carefully, she took her plastic fork and tried to hold it like I did mine. It wasn’t exact, of course, but she was trying to eat just like me. I remember the thrill in her face when she took her first steps; again, she wasn’t as steady on her feet as her Mom or I, but that did come later, after much practice and many falls. She was never discouraged, but seeing others walk caused her to want to use her feet in the same manner for mobility rather than crawling on the floor. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on June 23, 2015 in Jesus

 

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