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Fire-Breathing Witnesses!

Two witnesses - fire

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The men who would like to hurt the two witnesses would find fire coming out of the witnesses’ mouths to devour them, and every enemy who would seek harm the Lord’s witnesses would be killed in this fashion (Revelation 11:5). Of course this is apocalyptic language and not to be taken literally. There never was a fire breathing dragon, nor was there ever a man who was able to devour men, literally, through fire coming out of his mouth. The language is a metaphor for how the ministry of the witnesses would be protected by the Lord. For example, it was prophesied of Jesus that “he shall smite the earth with the rod of his mouth, and with the breath of his lips shall he slay the wicked” (Isaiah 11:4). Obviously, Jesus didn’t literally slay anyone during his public ministry 2000 years ago. Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted by on October 15, 2019 in Apocalypse, Book of Revelation

 

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Blowing the First Trumpet

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As the first angel sounded his trumpet, John saw “hail and fire mingled with blood” and they were cast upon the earth (Revelation 8:7). By earth the Scripture means the land of the Jews—Judea and Galilee (and perhaps Samaria). So, the judgments are largely confined to this area. Therefore, the Apocalypse could not be speaking of the whole world, but, rather, it concerns itself with a specific area within the Roman Empire (viz. Revelation 16:2, 10, 12) and a specific period of time. Read the rest of this entry »

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

 

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Jesus’ Final Work as High Priest

Angel Inscense

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Just after the opening of the seventh seal (Revelation 8:1) and besides the seven angels who were given the seven trumpets, John saw another angel standing at the Golden Altar or the Altar of Incense, which is before the Throne (Revelation 8:3). In his hand the angel had a golden censor, and he was given much incense to offer to God with the prayers of the saints. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on August 1, 2019 in Apocalypse, Book of Revelation

 

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The Glassy Sea

Sea of Glass

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I am, presently, involved in a study of the Apocalypse, and at this point I’m considering what John saw in chapter four. In previous studies in this chapter, we’ve looked at John’s call to come up and enter the open door. John was taken in vision to behold the Lord sitting on his throne, and he witnessed sights that were difficult to describe, such as a rainbow that resembled an emerald in its brilliance. Around the throne were twenty-four other thrones upon which elders sat, whom I’ve concluded were the captains of the twenty-four courses of priests inaugurated by David, when he brought the Ark of the Testimony to Jerusalem for a permanent residence. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on June 13, 2019 in Apocalypse, Book of Revelation

 

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The Church of Laodicea

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Photo: © Mark R. Fairchild, Huntington University

Laodicea was built by Antiochus II, King of Syria, in honor of his wife, Laodice. The city is approximately 11 miles west of Colossae and 99 miles east of Ephesus. According to Strabo, it was situated on a main trade route, from which it drew its great wealth and commercial importance in Asia Minor. Late in the third century BC or early in the second, Antiochus the Great transported 2000 Jewish families into Asia Minor from Babylonia,[1] thus testifying of a large Jewish population there in the first century AD. No doubt the displacement of the Jews included Laodicea. The city suffered from earthquakes, and a major quake destroyed much of it cir. 60 AD. However, when Nero offered to rebuild Laodicea, its rich inhabitants declined, intending to rebuild on its own. Paul mentions the church of Laodicea in his letter to Colossae, saying he had not visited them in person (Colossians 2:1), but Epaphras, a teacher and friend of Paul, labored in the Gospel among both Colossians and the Laodiceans (Colossians 1:7; 4:12-13). Evidently, Paul wrote to the church of Laodicea, and his concern for them in particular may indicate his epistle was written at the time of the earthquake mentioned above (Colossians 2:1; 4:15-16). Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on May 16, 2019 in Apocalypse, Book of Revelation

 

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The Rich Man and Resurrection

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In Luke 16:19-31 Jesus tells the story of the Rich Man and Lazarus. The second character mentioned in this story, of course, is a beggar named Lazarus (Luke 16:20-21). According to the text, he is full of sores, which seems to represent the fact that he is a sinner (Luke 15:1-2), whom the Pharisees and other Jewish authorities would never entertain at their tables, where discussion of the word of God was made. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on December 12, 2017 in Gospel of Luke

 

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Who Is on Jesus’ Side?

Division

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According to Jesus’ own words (Luke 12:49), he came in order to send fire upon the earth, but what does he mean? During the days of John the Baptist, John claimed that the Messiah was about to arrive on the scene, and he would baptize folks, not with water, but with the Holy Spirit and fire (Luke 3:16). God is a consuming fire (Deuteronomy 4:24), which, if used in the context of Jesus’ baptizing with the Holy Spirit and fire, must have something to do with judgment (cf. Mark 9:43-48) and refining or purifying (cf. Malachi 3:2-3). The sense seems to be that some believers are unable to endure persecution that inevitably comes with obeying Jesus (cf. Luke 12:4-5, 8-12). Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on September 14, 2017 in Gospel of Luke

 

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