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The Just Shall Live by Faith!

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Many believing Jews during the first century AD were discouraged at the time of Paul’s writing this epistle, and this was due to the persecution they had to endure at the hand of their countrymen (Hebrews 10:32-33; cf. Matthew 24:12). Some were falling away and going back to Judaism, which they knew (Hebrews 10:26; i.e. they had precise or correct knowledge – G1922) was unprofitable (Hebrews 7:18-19). They were abandoning Christ for a more comfortable life without having to bear the shame of Christ (Hebrews 12:2; cf. Galatians 5:11). In fact, just as Jesus had predicted in his Olivet Discourse, the rate of Jewish apostasy was increasing at an alarming rate (Matthew 24:12), hence the need for Paul to write this Epistle to the Hebrews. Therefore, Paul encouraged them to recall the former days rather than looking upon their present circumstance. He wanted them to remember the days in which they willingly endured great suffering for the sake of the Gospel. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on December 31, 2020 in Epistle to the Hebrews

 

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There Remains No Sacrifice for Sin

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Paul warned his readers that, if they sinned willfully, having received the knowledge (epignosis – G1922) of the truth, there no longer remained a sacrifice for sin (Hebrews 10:26). Instead, one has only an expectation of the judgment of God upon his enemies (Hebrews 10:26-27). What Paul was referring to in this verse was the same as what he claimed in Hebrews 10:25. So, if believers forsook their vindication and reward at the coming of Christ (verse-25), by returning to their former life (in the context of Paul’s letter, that would be Judaism), then all they had left was a sense of fear at Christ’s coming judgment (verse-27). In other words, they are without a sacrifice for their sins in Judaism (verse-26). Jesus is the only sacrifice God accepts for sin, and to accept Jesus is to abandon unbelief (Judaism). Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on December 29, 2020 in Epistle to the Hebrews

 

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The Son of Man and a Sharp Sickle

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Salvation is often pictured in Scripture as the harvest season. While the fruit is still growing, much labor is spent to cause the grain in the field and the fruit on the vine to grow, and thus become a bountiful harvest. In the context of the Scriptures, this points to the Gospel being preached to plant the seed of the word of God in the hearts of men, and thereby cause their lives to glorify God, as that word matures in their hearts. In the Parable of the Sower Jesus spoke of how this occurs, and the trouble that comes upon some of the seed (Matthew 13:1-23). In the context of the Apocalypse in chapter 14:14-20, the harvest represents the end of the age, or when Jesus returns. The earth is reaped and the Judgment is set. Read the rest of this entry »

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

 

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The Harvest!

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One of the great themes of the Bible is that of the harvest. In the Old Covenant Scriptures, the three great Holy Day festivals centered around the spring and fall harvest seasons. They not only celebrated real occurrences in the establishment of the nation of Israel, but they also foretold the, then, future coming of the Messiah, the Holy Spirit and the final Judgment by the great King. The theme of the harvest also appears in the New Covenant Scriptures, and this is particularly so in Jesus’ parables. So, the theme of harvest clearly portrays the subjects of judgment and salvation in the Gospel narratives. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on December 29, 2019 in Apocalypse, Book of Revelation

 

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The Apocalypse and Irenaeus

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We are told in Revelation 1:3 not only that John is a prophet in the vein of the Old Testament prophets, but that the time for the events recorded in this prophecy was “at hand.” However, how should we understand the words: at hand? (cf. Revelation 22:12, 20)? Many believers today think nearly all the Apocalypse is yet to be fulfilled in the future. However, the internal evidence tells a different story. John says the fulfillment of what he was given was at hand (G1451 – Revelation 1:3), or according to Thayer’s Greek Definitions: near, imminent or soon to come to pass. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on January 6, 2019 in Apocalypse, Book of Revelation

 

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This Crooked and Perverse Generation

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In recent studies I have been demonstrating that the Greek word genea (G1074), usually translated generation in both the New Covenant scriptures and the Septuagint’s Old Covenant testimony, cannot mean race. Nevertheless, some scholars claim genea means race, which seems to be nothing more than an effort to rescue their dispensational point of view of the Olivet Prophecy. However, an honest reading of the New Covenant scriptures, especially the 39 verses that mention this Greek word, would clearly demonstrate that the word race is never even implied by the New Covenant writers, when they use this Greek word. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on December 30, 2018 in 70 AD Eschatology

 

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What Did Jesus Mean by ‘Generation’?

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We need only to use the Gospel according to Matthew in order to show exactly how Jesus and his contemporaries understood the word generation. Nevertheless, there seems to be a great deal of confusion in Christian circles, today, over the understanding of this word, as it pertains to knowing the time of Jesus’ Second Coming. Because some of our modern scholars want to place this generation far into the future from when the Gospel had just begun in the first century AD, most believers have come to accept and believe that the return of Christ was prophesied to occur in our day or, perhaps, even more than 2000 years after Jesus’ crucifixion. Nevertheless, if we truly believe that it is impossible for God to lie (Hebrews 6:18; Romans 3:4; Titus 1:2), then we need to pause and reconsider what believe about the timing of Jesus’ Second Coming. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on December 25, 2018 in 70 AD Eschatology

 

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Marrying and Giving in Marriage

Levirate Marriage

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During the final week of Jesus life on the earth, he was approached by the Sadducees, who deny the authenticity of the resurrection (Luke 20:27). In their debates with the Pharisees, who did believe in the resurrection (Acts 23:6-8), they would often offer a myth or a fabricated story in an effort to express what they assumed to be a silly idea. That is, they thought the resurrection, itself, was a myth and more, simply a silly idea. Therefore, they approached Jesus with a myth (Luke 20:28-33) they no doubt used many times to prove the resurrection was a false claim. Their myth centered around the levirate marriage law in the Mosaic Covenant (Deuteronomy 25:5-10). This is the law behind the marriage of Ruth and Boaz, the great grandparents of David, the King (Ruth 4:1-10, 18-22). Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on December 11, 2018 in 70 AD Eschatology

 

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In The Fullness of Time

Foundation of the World

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Many of the commentaries that I have place Matthew 25:31 and following at the end of time, or the end of the Gospel age. Some don’t even have Christians participating in this judgment, because they had been removed from the earth in the previous age. Yet, nothing like this appears in the plain reading of the scripture. Nothing is said about the end of time. That has to be brought to the table by the person interpreting the scripture. In other words, it is a doctrine of men, because it cannot be found in the scriptures. Neither could the end of the Gospel age be a proper interpretation, because no such thing is ever mentioned in scripture (cf. Daniel 2:44). It, too, is a doctrine of men. What does the scripture actually say? Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on December 9, 2018 in 70 AD Eschatology

 

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Judgment at the End of the Age

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Presently, I am looking at the parables of Jesus, with a special interest to their eschatology, whenever Jesus pointed to it. Lately, I have been considering what some call the Parable of the Final Judgment (Matthew 25:31 and following). The context begins with the ‘Son of Man’ coming in his glory, together with all the angels, at which time he will sit on the throne of his glory. All nations will be gathered before him, and he will separate them as a shepherd would his sheep from the goats (Matthew 25:31-32). Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on December 4, 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’ Words and Israel’s Feast Days

Shadows of Things to come

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The Jews celebrated seven annual Feast Days or Holy Days during the year, three in the spring (Passover, Days of Unleavened Bread, and Pentecost) and four in the autumn (Trumpets, Atonement, Tabernacles and the Last Great Day). These annual Holy Days are found in Leviticus 23, and are described by Paul as days which were shadows of better things to come, and he claimed that the body, i.e. the body which cast the shadows, was Christ (Colossians 2:16-17). So, when Jesus mentions the time of the harvest in Matthew 13:30 and 39, it shouldn’t have been difficult for the Apostles to see how the end of the age correlates with the time of the harvest, resurrection, judgment, and their gathering into the presence of God in his Kingdom, because these very things are clearly expressed in the celebration of Israel’s fall Festivals. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on October 2, 2018 in 70 AD Eschatology

 

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Jesus’ Words and Revelation 14

Babylon is Fallen - 2

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For some time, now, I’ve been demonstrating that Jesus’ parables lay the foundation for what is taught elsewhere in the New Testament about the last days, i.e. Jesus’ parables establish the New Testament’s eschatology. Moreover, the fact is that Jesus doesn’t teach anything new, but he does show how the Old Testament prophecies unfold in history, as they pertain to the end times. In other words, Jesus shows how the prophets should be understood. So, in effect, his parables are like a hub, which ties the prophecies of the Old Testament and the Gospel of the New Testament, together. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on September 30, 2018 in 70 AD Eschatology

 

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