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Come Out of Her My People

Babylon Come out of her my people

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Late in his ministry, Jesus told parables about merchants, the first in Matthew (Matthew 25:14-30) and the second in Luke (Luke 19:12-27). In these stories the merchants were Jesus’ disciples who acted out of faith to gain other disciples for Jesus, thus, enlarging the Kingdom of God.[1] The point is that “the merchants of the earth, (who) were waxed rich through the abundance of the great harlot’s delicacies” (Revelation 18:3), were the followers of the leadership of the Jerusalem’s authorities, who had rejected the Gospel by persecuting Jesus’ servants. These merchants were those who peddled Judaism around the world, and their works benefited from the adulterous acts of Jerusalem, the great harlot of the first century AD. In other words as the Jews looked to Caesar more and more (John 19:15), and the more they benefited in terms of wealth and prominence in Caesar’s world, the more Judaism was held in high esteem. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on March 5, 2020 in Apocalypse, Book of Revelation

 

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Wise as Serpents but Harmless as Doves

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If Jesus told the churches in Asia, especially those in Smyrna, that they were about to undergo a season of persecution (Revelation 2:10), how did he expect them to act? I find it interesting how Paul reacted to the persecution that he endured after he became a believer. He didn’t face it the same way when he found himself experiencing the wrath of the enemy. Not long after Paul became a believer, he found his life in danger, but instead of demanding his rights and going toe to toe with his enemies, he simply escaped their wrath by running away (Acts 9:20). Simply put, it may not be necessary to endure persecution every time it rears its ugly head. Paul fled his persecutors in Damascus, just as Jesus said believers should do (Matthew 10:23), and not only did Paul do so in Damascus, but he also fled his persecutors in Jerusalem (Acts 9:29-30), and again in Thessalonica (Acts 17:2-5), Berea (Acts 17:13-15), Ephesus (Acts 19:26-30; 20:1), Corinth (Acts 20:2-3), and Jerusalem a second time (Acts 23:12-23, 31), and a third time he sought to prevent being forced to go there (Acts 25:7-12). Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on March 19, 2019 in Apocalypse, Book of Revelation

 

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Let Those in Jerusalem Flee!

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The Christian brethren who claim Matthew 24:36 represents a dividing point in the Olivet Discourse tell us that whatever comes before the but must refer to the destruction of Jerusalem in 70 AD. On the other hand, and according to these same brethren, whatever comes after the but (viz. Matthew 24:36) refers to Jesus’ visible, physical, Second Coming, which is, allegedly, yet in our future. Is this understanding tenable? After all, a simple reading of the text wouldn’t cause anyone to naturally understand a division exists at the word, but. What can be said of these things? Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on July 2, 2018 in 70 AD Eschatology

 

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Three Great Things

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It is interesting to watch Peter’s behavior in the Gospel records. He is so impetuous, seemingly so ready to stand with Christ and declare his loyalty to him. Of all the Apostles, he is the most endearing, perhaps because, more than any of the others, he is willing to go on record, to act at once, rather than wait to see which way popular opinion was trending. No doubt, because of this characteristic, the Gospels record Peter doing three great things: making a great claim, making a great boast, and making a great error. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on October 31, 2016 in Epistles of Peter

 

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