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The Supper of the Great God!

Supper of the Great God

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In Revelation 19:17 John saw an angel standing in the sun (i.e. in the east), and that angel called to all the fowls of the air to come to the supper of the great God! What I find interesting is what God had prepared for them to eat. It was not a meal that normal people would be expected to enjoy. Rather it was a meal that one would expect carnivorous or predatory beasts to gather to eat. It was: “the flesh of kings, and the flesh of captains, and the flesh of mighty men, and the flesh of horses, and of them that sit on them, and the flesh of all men, both free and bond, both small and great” (Revelation 19:18). The question is: is this the Marriage Supper of the Lamb? The Greek word used for supper is deipnon (G1173), and it is the same word used in Revelation 19:9. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on April 12, 2020 in Apocalypse, Book of Revelation

 

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Measuring the House of God

Measure the TempleRevelation 12:11 seems to encapsulate the entire Gospel period of the first century AD, that is, the period between Jesus’ public ministry and 70 AD. It was in 70 AD that the Kingdom of God was established, because, as the Old Covenant was fulfilled at that time, it was also immediately terminated with the destruction of Jerusalem and the Temple. The word, they, in this verse refers to the woman who brought forth the male child (Jesus) and those who were taught by Jesus for 3 ½ years or during his public ministry. The “they” in the text refers to all the elect or, in other words, the remnant who believed in and trusted the Lord. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on November 5, 2019 in Apocalypse, Book of Revelation

 

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Who Were the Nicolaitans?

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In Revelation 2:15 Jesus claimed there were also among the believers at Pergamos those who held to the doctrine of the Nicolaitans, but who are the Nicolaitans and what was their doctrine? Some scholars believe they were similar to those who held to the doctrine of Balaam, having an antinomian[1] theology. While it would be easy to conclude the doctrine of Balaam was ‘antinomian’ in nature,[2] I don’t believe it is logical to hold that the theology of the Nicolaitans was ‘antinomian’ as well, because, if that were true, why would Jesus speak of them as though they were different. There was the one group, and there was the other. Why would it be necessary to speak of the two, if they were so much alike? Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on April 2, 2019 in Apocalypse, Book of Revelation

 

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The Lusts of Men

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Many commentaries on the first epistle of Peter would have us believe that he wrote specifically to gentiles, but I don’t believe this can be adequately supported in Scripture. The word of God tells us that Peter’s specific mission was to Jews (believing and unbelieving), not gentiles. The fact that he was chosen to go to Cornelius in Acts 10 is an anomaly, which had its purpose in getting fundamental Jewish believers to accept the idea that God really does receive gentiles as he does the Jews (cf. Acts 11:1-4, 17-18). In the context of Peter’s first epistle, it is understood in the term Hellenist that Jews, identified as such (cf. John 12:20-21), had made compromises with gentile behavior in order to appear more like them and less like the fundamentalist Jews of Jerusalem. These Hellenist Jews of the Diaspora had made concessions against Judaism, which resulted in acts of: lasciviousness, lust, drunkenness, reveling, banqueting, and abominable idolatries. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on January 11, 2017 in Epistles of Peter

 

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What Type of Persecution Was Endured?

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Perhaps due to Hollywood productions that depict early Christians in Roman arenas facing lions and the like, we have come to believe persecution means persecution to the death, but this is not so. We are told that, because Jesus healed the afflicted on the Sabbath, the Jewish authorities persecuted him (John 5:16). The idea that they also sought to slay him is added to the fact that they were already persecuting him in some way or another. In one instance they claimed he was mentally unstable and had a demon (Mark 3:21-22). At other times the authorities stalked him, hoping for an opportunity to take him into custody (cf. Luke 6:7; 14:1; 20:20). They sought out people who would lie about him (Matthew 26:59-61), and provide “evidence” they could use in their effort to have him executed in their courts (cf. John 7:20, 25; 11:49-50, 53). Finally, they paid a large sum of money to have one of his own to betray him (Mark 14:10-11). All this, although culminating in Jesus’ death, was persecution, and Jesus tells us: “If they have persecuted me, they will also persecute you (John 15:20).[1] Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on January 9, 2017 in Epistles of Peter

 

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You Are the Children of God!

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It has been claimed that Peter wasn’t writing specifically to believing Jews, because he mentions in 1Peter 2:10 that his readers were in the past “not a people (of God), but now are the people of God.” Paul even uses these words to denote gentiles who were never the people of God (cf. Romans 9:24-25). Paul claims God called the gentiles his people in order to provoke the Jews to jealousy (Romans 10:19; cf. Deuteronomy 32:21). The problem with comparing Peter with Paul and forcing Peter to say what Paul says is: that Paul was sent to the gentiles, but Peter to the Jews. There would, therefore, be obvious differences in their preaching of the Gospel. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on December 7, 2016 in Epistles of Peter

 

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Did God Force the Jews to Reject Christ?

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In 1Peter 2:8 we are told that the Jews who are in unbelief were “appointed” to stumble at Christ (1Peter 2:8)! But, what does this mean? Were the Jews appointed or destined to reject Jesus? I don’t believe this view was Peter’s intent. Otherwise, one might expect him to express some sort of lamentation over the condition of his people, the Jewish nation. Paul grieved over the Jews, wishing he could be accursed from Christ, if that meant his kinsmen (the Jews) were accepted. In other words, he was willing to trade places with his nation, if God would will it so. Yet, nothing like this is expressed by Peter, so how could he mean to say that God intended that the Jewish nation would reject Jesus, their Messiah—the Elect or Chosen One? Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on December 2, 2016 in Epistles of Peter

 

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Trusting in the Promise of God

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What does Peter mean by saying: “through him you believe in God” (1Peter 1:21)? If his intended readers were believing Jews of the Diaspora (1Peter 1:1), didn’t they already believe in God prior to the coming of Christ and their submission to him? I don’t think Peter meant for us to view his statement quite like that. For example, Jesus claimed in John 12:44 and 14:6 that believing in him is the same as believing in God. Moreover, no one (Jew or gentile) is able to come to the Father (God) except through Jesus. I believe this is what is behind Peter’s statement “through him you believe in God” (1Peter 1:21). It was Jesus who fully expressed the God whom no one had seen (John 1:18) or known (Luke 10:22), so Peter is correct in saying the Jews of the Diaspora believe in God through Jesus, because, prior to Jesus’ coming, the Jews had a poor understanding of God who is love. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on November 23, 2016 in Epistles of Peter

 

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Who Were Peter’s Readers?

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Peter opened his epistle by identifying himself as one of the Apostles of Jesus (1Peter 1:1). The term apostle has to do with one being sent. He was an envoy or ambassador of someone else and was a representative of the authority sending him. In other words the authority of any apostle or envoy is derived from the authority responsible for sending him. Barnabas was an apostle of the church at Jerusalem (Acts 11:22; cf. 14:14).[1] He represented them and spoke for them. Peter was an apostle or envoy of Jesus; he represented and spoke for Jesus. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on November 2, 2016 in Epistles of Peter

 

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Does God Hate the Canaanites?

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How is it possible that a loving God could call for such brutal treatment of the Canaanites. If killing them wasn’t enough, he commanded that they be driven out of their homes and out of their land. Even if we could conclude that such a thing was justified, how does God’s preference for Israel in this matter express any love whatsoever for the Canaanites?[1] In other words, if one could show God is just in his behavior toward Canaan, where was his love? The Christian cliché: “hate the sin but love the sinner” seems to be absent here. Why? Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on February 25, 2016 in apologetics

 

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Does God Wish to Enslave Everyone?

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Some would have us believe that God is actually seeking to enslave all mankind. The modern critic often abuses Scripture by force fitting ancient language attributed to a monarchy / theocracy into modern more democratic terminology. The servant of the king becomes the king’s slave, because under a democracy all citizens should be equal. Therefore, the word servant must be synonymous with slave. This is hardly true, because any holder of public office in a democracy is a public servant, but the Biblical critic hardly desires to let something like this spoil his point of view.[1] Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on January 3, 2016 in apologetics

 

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Paul’s Argument of Relationships

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In Galatians 4:12 and following Paul concludes his fifth argument for justification before God coming through faith in Christ and not through keeping the law. He does this by again pointing to Abraham. Anyone who shares the faith of Abraham is already his son and heir and doesn’t need to keep the law to make it so, whatever false teachers may say. The Law was given as a temporary custodian to prepare the Jews for the coming of Christ, but it was through Christ that both Jew and gentile would receive the blessings God promised to Abraham. The Law was to bring men to Christ by showing them that not only couldn’t they keep its demands, but its very nature tempted them to do those very things it told them not to do. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on April 23, 2015 in Epistle to the Galatians, Paul

 

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Paul’s Scriptural Argument

God is Faithful It had always been known that salvation would come to the gentiles, because it had been promised to Abraham that in him all nations would be blessed. Because Abraham is the father of the Jewish nation, it was put forth by the Judaizers that the gentile Galatians could be saved only by their becoming Jews. The reasoning was that, because the Jews point to Abraham as their father, and the gentiles would be blessed through him, the blessing could occur only if the gentiles became Jews. By identifying with God through circumcision, which God had given Abraham, they would become Jews and be subject to the Law of Moses, just as Jews. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on April 5, 2015 in Epistle to the Galatians, Paul

 

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Paul’s Second Argument with Peter

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Obviously, we cannot know who the men from James really were, but in another blog[1] I wrote some time ago I argue that they were probably very notable men, perhaps powerful Jews who worshiped with the brethren at Jerusalem. It is unlikely that either Peter or Barnabas would have been seduced doctrinally. That may have been a problem at Galatia with the new believers, as well as the new gentile believers at Antioch, but Peter and Barnabas were teachers of the word of God. Their seduction came by way of pleasing men. In other words, they were intimidated in the presence of men from James. They changed their behavior, not their doctrinal understanding. They acted hypocritically, that is, not according to what they knew to be correct. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on March 26, 2015 in Epistle to the Galatians, Paul

 

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Paul’s First Argument with Peter

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Paul tells us in Galatians 2 that, while Peter was staying at Antioch, Paul confronted him over an incident that developed over a visit from men sent by James. It may be that after the death of James, the brother of John, in Acts 12 that Peter fled to Antioch, a place out of the jurisdiction of King Herod Agrippa. While Peter was there he had no problem eating with his gentile brethren. However, everything changed, when the men from James arrived. Presumably, they had been sent to alert the Christian communities among the gentiles (viz. at Antioch and the churches in Galatia) that the predicted famine (cp. Acts 11:27-29) had arrived and Jerusalem’s reserves for the poor were dangerously low. They needed help. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on March 24, 2015 in Epistle to the Galatians, Paul

 

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