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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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What Does ‘This Generation’ Mean?

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The phrase this generation occurs sixteen times in the New Covenant scriptures.[1] The problem is that scholars don’t agree on how we should understand the term, especially at Matthew 24:34, where we are told that this generation shall not pass until all these things (i.e. the things Jesus described in Matthew 24:4-33) occur. Some scholars conclude this generation refers to the race of the Jews, meaning there will always be a Jewish people until the time of Jesus’ second coming.[2] Nevertheless, the word is never used in this sense in the whole of the New Covenant record. Other scholars conclude that this generation refers to the final generation before the end of the world.[3] However, such a conclusion hardly honors Jesus’ standing as a prophet, because, if there could be an end to the world, there **must** be a final generation that wouldn’t pass until the end occurred. So, how should we understand this phrase? Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on December 23, 2018 in 70 AD Eschatology

 

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The Midnight Call and Romans 13

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In my previous study I began looking at Jesus Parable of the Ten Virgins (Matthew 25:1-13). Keep in mind that, according to Matthew, this is still the Olivet Discourse. In fact the whole of Matthew 25 is part of Jesus’ explanation of his coming and the end of the age, which has to do with the Apostles’ questions in Matthew 24:3. The Parable of the Ten Virgins offers a wedding motif, whereby the bridegroom comes to the betrothed, the ten virgins in the parable, but only five were ready. The second five were unable to enter into the wedding with the bridegroom (Matthew 25:10-13). Readiness seems to be centered around having enough oil, or, perhaps, trusting that the oil one has is enough (Matthew 25:3-10). Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on November 18, 2018 in 70 AD Eschatology

 

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No One Knows That Day and Hour

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In the Olivet Prophecy and concerning his parousia (Matthew 24:3), Jesus told his disciples that no man knew that day and hour, not even the angels, but his Father only (Matthew 24:36). What does it mean, first of all, ‘that day and hour’? Was Jesus speaking of the night and day portions of a single day and a single 60-minute hour of a single day? I don’t think this was what he had in mind, nor do I believe the Apostles normally divided their day that closely. We do today, but I don’t think they did back then. They had three and four hour watches during the night, and the hour was important to the employer, and even for daily worship the hour was important, but normally speaking, they didn’t divide their day up into 24 one hour periods. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on June 27, 2018 in 70 AD Eschatology

 

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A Thousand Years Is AS a Day

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I have heard 2Peter 3:8 argued by futurists that a day with the Lord is a thousand years, and a thousand years is a day. Therefore, the Day of the Lord is still at hand after two thousand years, because it has been only two days with the Lord. I know the person who said this meant well, and thought to defend the Lord’s tardiness from man’s point of view, but this is NOT what Peter said. Peter never said a thousand years is a day with the Lord. He said a thousand years is **AS** a day, and a day is **AS** a thousand years. That’s a simile, not to be taken literally. The use of the words like and as in such phrases make the phrase a figure of speech, such as “crazy like a fox” or ”sturdy as an oak”. It does not follow that people who are described this way are literal foxes or literal oaks or even having the literal strength of an oak. It is unbelievable how even educated people will try to use this phrase in 2Peter 3:8 literally. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on December 29, 2017 in Eschatology, Prophecy

 

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