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Jesus Interpreting Daniel

Time of Trouble

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One of the things I look for in my Bible studies, and really enjoy when I find it, is to see where the Bible undeniably interprets itself. I hate it when I must rely upon my own interpretation or that of other men whom I respect. Sometimes this is unavoidable, but it is always, at least in my own mind, a tentative matter, until I am able to discover where scripture interprets itself. One of the really wonderful things I have discovered, through reading and listening to godly men, is that Jesus’ Parable of the Tares is based upon Jesus’ understanding of Daniel’s prophecy. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on August 10, 2018 in 70 AD Eschatology

 

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John as Elijah

Elijah

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For the most part, the New Testament begins with the preaching of John the Baptist. He was sent to, among other things, introduce the Messiah to his people, the Jews. In my previous study on the motif of the eschatology of the parables, I mentioned that John’s ministry was in perfect harmony with Jesus’ Parable of the Wheat and the Tares. We are told that John warned the Jewish authorities of the coming judgment of the nation (Matthew 3:7, 10) at the hand of the Messiah (Matthew 3:12). Moreover, he went on to say that at the time of the harvest the Messiah would separate the grain from the chaff, i.e. the believers from the unbelievers, burn the chaff in the fire and save the grain in his barn. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on August 6, 2018 in 70 AD Eschatology

 

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In What Age Did Jesus Live?

Age of JesisLately, I’ve been involved in a study of the eschatology of Jesus’ parables, and in my most recent study I mentioned the Parable of the Wheat and the Tares (Matthew 13:24-30), which is explained in verses 36-43. In this study I wish to continue where I left off in that one. What we have is the wheat (believers) growing alongside of the tares (unbelievers) until the harvest. At that time the tares are gathered first and burned in a fire, and Jesus says, “so will it be at the end of this age” (Matthew 13:40; emphasis mine). Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on August 3, 2018 in AD 70 Eschatology

 

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What Occurs at the End of the World

End of the World - 3

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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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When Did the Old Covenant End?

Old Covenant

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It seems to me that the date or at least the general time period when the Old Covenant ended would be important to our understanding of eschatology. After all, God’s covenant with the Jews was his modus operandi for about 1400 years, as that pertained to his dealing with mankind. Everything God did in the world, prior to Jesus being born, was either through or as a result of his covenant relationship with the Jews. Even Jesus’ birth was in fulfillment to promises God made to the Jews under that covenant. So, how did the Old Covenant end? Did it end immediately as the new began? Were both in force simultaneously for a period of time? Did it end at all? Is it still in force today, and if so, are both the Old and the New Covenants valid together? Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on July 16, 2018 in 70 AD Eschatology

 

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At That Time – Resurrection

Michael the Archangel

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In my previous study, I discussed how the resurrection is inextricably tied to both the Great Tribulation and the appearing of Jesus (2Timothy 4:1), and when this is realized, one simply cannot divide the Olivet Discourse at Matthew 24:36, to say that all that comes before it refers to Jesus’ spiritual coming in 70 AD, and all that comes afterward refers to Jesus’ alleged physical Second Coming sometime in our future. At this time I hope to approach this idea from a slightly different perspective to further substantiate what I’ve done in my study on the Great Tribulation, so that study is connected to this one, but both should be able to stand alone, as far as proving my point is concerned. The one merely reinforces the other. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on July 9, 2018 in 70 AD Eschatology

 

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The Messianic Temple

Messianic Temple

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In Ezekiel 37:1-14 we are able to read of the valley of dry bones, which were the whole House of Israel (verse-11). It is evident that this scripture speaks of resurrection. Whether that resurrection is physical or spiritual it is, nevertheless, an ‘end of the age’ event. I have concluded in a previous study that the resurrection is spiritual, for clearly, if the bones concerned the whole House of Israel that were dead, that would also include Moses, Joshua, David, Samuel and all the prophets. If that were true, it could not be said that they had lost hope (verse-11). Moreover, notice that it concerns the outpouring of God’s Holy Spirit (Ezekiel 37:9-10, 14), obviously an end of the age event. It is the time when the Lord would gather the whole House of Israel out from among the nations, where they were scattered, so that they would know him (Ezekiel 39:25-28). This is the time when the Lord would pour out his Spirit (Ezekiel 39:29). Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on June 18, 2018 in 70 AD Eschatology

 

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The New Creation

New Creation

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I’m presently involved in a study about the nature of the Kingdom of God, have been for quite some time now. Many futurists, namely those who look for Christ to come to the earth sometime in our future, believe that, when Jesus comes, he will set up a physical Kingdom on earth and reign from physical Jerusalem. Some believe this will take place at or initiate the Millennium, while others conclude Jesus will arrive after the Millennium. Many of these futurists also believe Christ will renovate or destroy and then recreate the heavens and the earth, and will then reign in an Eden type or utopian Kingdom. But does this fit what the Bible says about Jesus’ return? Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on June 8, 2018 in 70 AD Eschatology

 

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Apocalyptic Signs

Signs of the End

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According to Luke, there would be heavenly signs, pertaining to the sun, moon and stars before the time of the end (Luke 21:25). Both Matthew and Mark wrote that the sun would be darkened, and the moon wouldn’t give its light, and the stars shall fall from heaven (Matthew 24:29; Mark 13:24-25), but if the sun withheld its light, the moon wouldn’t be able to shine, because it reflects the sun’s light. Moreover, if even one star fell from heaven to the earth, the earth and everyone on it would be destroyed. So, this couldn’t be literally true, but, rather, is apocalyptic language describing events that would occur near the time of the end. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on May 31, 2018 in Gospel of Luke

 

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The Eschatology of the Great Tribulation

Great Tribulation

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Luke tells us in Luke 21:23, “there shall be great distress (G318) in the land…”, but Matthew refers to this time as great tribulation (G2347 – Matthew 24:21), while Mark simply calls it affliction (G2347 – Mark 13:19). Both Matthew and Mark describe this trouble as a sort set apart from all other seasons of history for the Jewish people. There was never a time of trouble quite like this tribulation in the past, nor would there be a season of trouble like it afterward (Matthew 24:21; Mark 13:19). Therefore, this tribulation is unique in the history of the Jews, never to be repeated, which rejects the possibility of it being a type of something ‘greater’ in the future. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on May 29, 2018 in Gospel of Luke

 

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The Signs of the End

Sign of the End

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According to Luke’s record, the very first sign Jesus offered, showing the end was near was Jerusalem would be surrounded by armies (Luke 21:20). Nothing before that time, whether heavenly signs or wars, persecution or other kinds of trouble, pointed to the time of the end, which is the coming of Christ. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on May 27, 2018 in Gospel of Luke

 

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The End or Goal of the Age

End of the Age - 1

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I am presently involved in a series of studies on the nature of the Kingdom of God. In previous studies I have shown how all three futurists’ views on eschatology—postmillennialism, amillennialism and premillennialism—are demonstrably false. With a few exceptions, all views seek to make a case for a visible, physical Second Coming of Christ in our (modern) future. When he does arrive, he will either destroy the heavens and the earth and take believers with him to be where he is, or he will renovate the earth and set up a physical Kingdom of God based in physical Jerusalem. All these eschatological views are demonstrably false.

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Posted by on May 21, 2018 in 70 AD Eschatology

 

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The Olivet Prophecy

Olivet Discourse - 1

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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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The Heavens Pass Away, Burnt Up

Heaven and Earth Pass Away 2

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Second Peter is a reminder of First Peter (2Peter 1:12-15; 3:1-2), so what we find in First Peter applies to the context of Second Peter and is worthy of mention in order to clarify difficult passages. Therefore, when Peter speaks of things like: “the heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat, the earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned up” (2Peter 3:10), it would behoove us, rather than force Peter’s words into a modern day, scientific context, to place such an event into the context of what Peter claimed in his first epistle. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on January 8, 2018 in Eschatology, Prophecy

 

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Reserved for Fire

Last Days

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Jesus called the generation of Jews living during the days of his earthly ministry a generation of vipers (Matthew 23:33), and he told them to fill up the cup of their fathers who had killed the prophets of God (Matthew 23:29-32). Moreover, Jesus told the Jewish authorities there in Jerusalem that he would send to them wise men and scribes whom they would kill, beat and persecute from city to city, and in the process of the wickedness they would bring upon their own heads the bloodguilt for all the righteous who were ever slain and persecuted. They, that faithless generation to whom Jesus spoke, would be held accountable and judged for it all (Matthew 23:34-36). Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on December 27, 2017 in Eschatology, Prophecy

 

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