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The Powers of Heaven in Conflict

Fire of God

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Jesus said he didn’t come to send peace upon the earth, but, rather, a sword (Matthew 10:34). In Luke Jesus says he came to send a fire upon the earth (Luke 12:49), something to which Peter refers in 2Peter 3:7, 12. He says the heavens will pass away with a great noise (2Peter 3:10), but what does that mean? Paul, speaking of the same time, says this would be the time of the dead rising (1Thessalonians 4:16; cf. Matthew 27:52-53). Both Peter and Paul speak of a time of great spiritual conflict, a time of judgment upon the wicked and a time of raising the dead. Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted by on April 19, 2017 in Epistles of Peter


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The Fullness of Time and the Gospel

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In Galatians 4:4 Paul mentions something called the fullness of time. This was when God sent Jesus into the world. The time of the “coming of Jesus” was predicted 483 years earlier during the time of Daniel, which he records in his 70 Weeks Prophecy (Daniel 9:24-27). It was a time for which God had prepared the world—it was during the Pax Romana when the nations enjoyed relative peace and freedom of travel wasn’t hindered. It was a time when the Greek language was understood throughout the west and in parts of the east, so the Gospel could be understood by many. It was a time when sea travel was safe and roads, built to permit swift military travel throughout the Roman Empire, allowed very good personal travel throughout the civilized world. Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted by on April 21, 2015 in Epistle to the Galatians, Paul


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Coming of Age in the First Century AD


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Paul uses the practice of both Jewish and gentile children coming of age in the first century AD and likens this with how God treats mankind since the coming of Christ. A Jew came of age or received his bar mitzvah about the age of 12. Similarly, “a Roman child became an adult at the sacred family festival known as the Liberalia, held annually on the seventeenth of March. At this time the child was formally adopted by his father as his acknowledged son and heir and received the toga virilis in place of the toga praetexta, which he had previously worn.”[1] The Roman youth came of age at the time appointed of his father, usually between the ages of 14 and 17. In Galatians 4:9 Paul likens the Galatians’ practice of Judaism as an adult returning to the days of his youth in order to live as they did as children under a guardian. Read the rest of this entry »


Posted by on April 19, 2015 in Epistle to the Galatians, Paul


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