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The Gospel v/s Dispensationalism

Dispensationalism

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According to dispensationalists, the prophecy of the union of the two kingdoms of Judah and Israel, symbolized by uniting the two sticks in Ezekiel 37, and the New Covenant, as described in Jeremiah 31:31-34, has not been fulfilled, but will be fulfilled in the millennium. During that time, there would be a physical Temple in literal Jerusalem, and physical Temple worship, which includes animal sacrifices, would be in place. Physical circumcision would be commanded, and gentile nations would need to make pilgrimages to Jerusalem during the annual Feast Days (according to Zechariah 14). In fact, this would represent two different redemptive plans: one for Israel and the other for gentiles who believed the Gospel during the Gospel age, which by the time of the millennium, the Gospel age and apparently the Gospel, itself, would cease to exist: Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted by on June 4, 2018 in 70 AD Eschatology

 

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Uniting the Whole House of Israel

House of IsraelIn several of my previous studies, I had been examining Ezekiel 37 and how this prophecy relates to, predicts, if you will, the Messianic Kingdom. Nevertheless, Ezekiel also prophesied that David the King (i.e. the Messiah) would arise. He also predicted the resurrection of the dead and that God would make a covenant of peace with the **whole** House of Israel. That is, God would restore the kingdoms of Judah and Israel and make them one kingdom again. Then he would make a ‘covenant of peace’ with them. Finally, Ezekiel predicted the Messianic Temple or Tabernacle would be built and God would dwell with his people forever. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on June 1, 2018 in 70 AD Eschatology

 

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The Value of the Believer’s Persecution

Good Example = 1

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When Jesus foretold the coming persecution of his disciples, he said that it would turn out to the advantage of the Gospel. They would be able to testify to people who wouldn’t normally hear the Gospel. They would testify of Jesus before the authorities of the land, and before governors and kings (Luke 21:12-13; cf. Acts 24:7-10, 24-25; 25:9-13; 26:1). Moreover, their testimony would not be theirs, though it came from their mouths. Rather, Jesus, himself, would give them the words they needed to say, and once said, their enemies wouldn’t be able to legitimately argue against them (Luke 21:14-15; cf. Acts 25:9-12, 23-26; 26:32). Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on May 24, 2018 in Gospel of Luke

 

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Beating Swords Into Plowshares

Sword and PlowshareAll futurists predict violence in the Second Coming of Christ, which (according to them) has yet to occur. Dispensationalists tell us, for example, in the Battle of Armageddon Jesus will destroy about 200 million soldiers. Others conclude that all of the enemies of Christ will be destroyed, until the only survivors are believers. Therefore, if Christ came today, considering the number of believers v/s unbelievers, I wonder how many billions of people would be wiped out, for no other reason than their leaders led them astray. I once read and later reread Paul Copan’s book: Is God a Moral Monster. Nothing that is recorded in that book, which the new atheists have said to accuse the God of the Old Testament of evil, even comes close to killing billions of people for no other reason than doubt or uncertainty. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on April 4, 2018 in AD 70 Eschatology

 

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Last Days—Vindication of the Righteous

Sword and Plowshare - 2

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In the past twenty some studies on Matthew 16, I’ve shown that Jesus predicted he would come to the first century AD Jews and judge that nation, which he did cir. 70 AD in the person of Titus, the Roman general, whose armies conquered Jerusalem, and destroyed the Jews’ Temple. It was at that time that the Old Covenant came to an abrupt end. Even if the Jews wanted to keep their relationship with God intact, they couldn’t. They had no Temple, no altars and had no use for priests. The Old Covenant was all about sacrifice and ceremony, all of which pointed to Jesus, but in 70 AD, that came to an end, and the Jews were without a covenant with God. The New Covenant was officially established, and it was the only covenant extant that God had with mankind. Thereafter, God had ceased to deal with the nations through the Jews and was now officially dealing with them only through his Church, spiritual Israel. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on March 12, 2018 in 70 AD Eschatology

 

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The Work of the Nobleman’s Servants

Parable of the Pounds

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With the previous studies in mind, the nobleman of Luke 19:12 (Jesus) entrusted each of his servants (disciples) with a mina (G3414). A mina was a Greek coin equal to 100 drachmas, or 300 shekels under the Old Testament coinage. Its value was about three months wages. Besides collecting taxes and custom duties, a tax-collector often served as a bank, whereby he lent out money in short-term loans at a fixed rate of interest. Additionally, the publican acted as a money-changer who could exchange foreign coin for local coinage, so business could be conducted in Judea, and the reverse would be true for folks traveling away from Judea to Mesopotamia. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on March 8, 2018 in Gospel of Luke

 

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The Day of Jesus’ Coming

Second Coming

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In Luke 17:22 Jesus told his disciples that in times ahead of them they will wish they could see one of the days of the Son of man, but they wouldn’t be able to see any of Jesus’ days. Desiring to see one of Jesus’ days would tempt the disciples to run after folks who claimed to be the Messiah—perhaps the Spirit of Jesus returning in them (Luke 17:23), but all such occurrences simply reflect the erroneous Pharisaical teaching of the arrival of the visible Kingdom of God on earth (Luke 17:20). Such a thing would not come from God, nor would such an obscure event reflect the coming of Jesus into his office as Messiah (Luke 17:23-24). Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on January 4, 2018 in Gospel of Luke

 

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