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Measuring the House of God

Measure the TempleRevelation 12:11 seems to encapsulate the entire Gospel period of the first century AD, that is, the period between Jesus’ public ministry and 70 AD. It was in 70 AD that the Kingdom of God was established, because, as the Old Covenant was fulfilled at that time, it was also immediately terminated with the destruction of Jerusalem and the Temple. The word, they, in this verse refers to the woman who brought forth the male child (Jesus) and those who were taught by Jesus for 3 ½ years or during his public ministry. The “they” in the text refers to all the elect or, in other words, the remnant who believed in and trusted the Lord. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on November 5, 2019 in Apocalypse, Book of Revelation

 

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The Composition of the 144000

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If we are to understand what is happening in Revelation 7:5-8, there are several things we need to consider about how this group of people is comprised. First of all, Levi is numbered with the tribes that were sealed, and Levi was never numbered with his brethren (Numbers 1:49), because he had no inheritance in the Land. Rather, the Lord was his inheritance. Secondly, Dan isn’t mentioned at all among the tribes that were sealed, and finally, Ephraim isn’t specifically mentioned, although Joseph is, but Joseph includes the tribes of Ephraim and Manasseh, yet Manasseh is specifically mentioned by itself. Knowing this, it doesn’t seem as though we should look to this group of people in the same sense that we understand the group that Moses took out of Egypt, which we find recorded in the book of Exodus. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on July 18, 2019 in Apocalypse, Book of Revelation

 

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What Occurs at the End of the World

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In the past few studies on the parables of Jesus, I have been demonstrating that the reasons for Jesus telling the parables are twofold. They are the bookends that identify two classes of hearers of the word of God, namely believers and unbelievers. Yes, unbelievers do listen to the word of God, but only in an effort to strengthen and support what they already believe (Matthew 12:24). This is key to identifying unbelievers who say they believe God’s word. They already think they know the truth, so they use scripture as a tool to strengthen their position (Matthew 7:15-20). Believers, on the other hand, receive the word of God as their truth (Matthew 13:23). Understanding the word, they allow the truth to mold their behavior in life. In other words, believers are changed by the word of God in an effort to establish the reign of God, but unbelievers change the word of God in an effort to establish their own reign in the presence of God. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on August 1, 2018 in AD 70 Eschatology

 

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Jesus’ Coming in the Glory of the Father

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I am presently involved in an in-depth study of Matthew 16:27-28, where Jesus is quoted as saying in verse-27: “The Son of Man will come in the glory of his Father, with his angels, and then he will reward every man, according to his works.” What, then, does it mean to come in the glory of the Father? What would that look like, if we saw it today? What did Jesus mean when he said he would come in the glory of his Father? It couldn’t mean that Jesus would come in the glory he later prayed God would give him (John 17:5), because that was the glory Jesus possessed as his own, before he became man, unless, of course, the glory Jesus possessed as his own was the equal of and the very same glory as the Father’s glory. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on March 14, 2018 in 70 AD Eschatology

 

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The Elect of God

Elect - 1The book of Malachi is an interesting book that concerns itself with the last times, and its themes are mentioned throughout the New Testament. Malachi is concerned with election, judgment, the calling of the gentiles, the change of Temple worship, a change of the priesthood and a number of other matters that the New Testament writers expand upon. It also has something to say about the ministry of John the Baptist and even the coming (parousia) of the Lord. Notice how Malachi begins his prophecy: Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on November 24, 2017 in Eschatology, Prophecy

 

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Who Were Peter’s Readers?

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Peter opened his epistle by identifying himself as one of the Apostles of Jesus (1Peter 1:1). The term apostle has to do with one being sent. He was an envoy or ambassador of someone else and was a representative of the authority sending him. In other words the authority of any apostle or envoy is derived from the authority responsible for sending him. Barnabas was an apostle of the church at Jerusalem (Acts 11:22; cf. 14:14).[1] He represented them and spoke for them. Peter was an apostle or envoy of Jesus; he represented and spoke for Jesus. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on November 2, 2016 in Epistles of Peter

 

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Over Whom Does Jesus Have Authority?

John tells us that, immediately after the feeding of the 5000, Jesus put the apostles into the boat and sent them over to Capernaum, while he made his exit into the mountain to pray. Why did he do this? John shows us the people were about to try to force Jesus to be their King (John 6:15). Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on October 2, 2009 in Kingdom Life, Religion

 

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