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What Did the Two Witnesses Witness?

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There seems to be a great deal of controversy over who the two witnesses are in the Apocalypse. They really are very mysterious figures and are likened to furniture found in the Holy Place of the Temple. Many people today look for them to arise shortly before the end of time (something the Bible never mentions), and they are supposed to figure prominently in a battle against a figure known as Antichrist (again something which the Bible never mentions—at least not in the context of modern interpreters). Some even believe Moses and Elijah are the witnesses and they will return to life. In any event, there isn’t a lack of colorful interpretations for these two Apocalyptic figures, but what does the Bible really say about them? Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on October 10, 2019 in Apocalypse, Book of Revelation

 

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The Mysteries of God

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John tells us in Revelation 10:7 that in the days of the seventh angel, when he is about to sound, that is: before the seventh trumpet was blown, the mystery of God would be complete. What, then is the mystery of God? Well, as it turns out, there are several mysteries of God, and the Apostles, Paul, and the other New Covenant writers are the stewards of what is called the mysteries of God (1Corinthians 4:1; Ephesians 3:4-5). Jesus told his disciples that the world could not understand these mysteries, because it was given that only his disciples would know them (Matthew 13:11; Luke 8:10; in Mark 4:11 it is put in the singular). The Gospel, which is the preaching of Jesus Christ, is the mystery (of God), which was kept secret since the world began, is now revealed according to the command of God, and is to be made known to the nations for obedience through faith (Romans 16:25-26). Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on September 29, 2019 in Apocalypse, Book of Revelation

 

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Wanabee Prophets and the Apostles

Newspaper Exegesis

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Literally, John tells us that when the seventh angel was “about to sound[1] the mystery of God would be finished, just as the Lord had claimed through his servants, the prophets. So, these things will be fulfilled just before the sounding of the seventh trumpet, according to John. Now, there are several mysteries of God, such as the mystery of godliness (1Timothy 3:16, the mystery of blindness of the Jews (Romans 11:25), the mystery of the faith (1Timothy 3:9), the mystery of iniquity (2Thessalonians 2:7) etc., but all were preached through the Gospel. These mysteries and therefore the goal of the Gospel would be completed by the time the seventh angel was ready to sound his trumpet. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on September 26, 2019 in Apocalypse, Book of Revelation

 

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The Second Seal – The Red Horse

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Keeping in mind that the book that Jesus was unsealing in chapter six of the Apocalypse is the same book the Father had given him that would unveil Jesus to his disciples (Revelation 1:1-3), the second seal was removed by Jesus who sat upon the throne (viz. Revelation 5:1-5). When the second seal was broken, John saw the second living being, probably the one who was like a bullock (Revelation 4:7), who then commanded the second rider to “Go!” (Revelation 6:3), and John saw a fiery colored horse, and its rider was given a huge sword (Revelation 6:4). This is the vision, but what does it mean? Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on July 4, 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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Victory Over the Nations!

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Jesus told the messenger[1] of the church at Philadelphia that the church had kept the word of Jesus (the Gospel) and have not denied his name (Revelation 3:8). That is, the church at Philadelphia had not compromised the word of God, but guarded its purity, preaching it and enduring the consequences for the sake of Jesus’ name. Therefore, Jesus said he had set before them an open door, and I believe he meant he had opened a door of understanding of the Gospel among the people in that city and perhaps the surrounding area. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on May 7, 2019 in Apocalypse, Book of Revelation

 

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The Church of Sardis

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The city of Sardis, as we have come to understand in this study of the churches mentioned in Revelation, chapters 2 & 3, is a city in Asia Minor, now western Turkey. It was situated along an ancient Roman mail route beginning in Ephesus and going north to Pergamum and then south through Sardis to Laodicea, and then back to Ephesus. Sardis was a very old city, perhaps dating back to 2000 BC, boasting of being the ancient capital of the Lydian Empire (1200 BC). The city was a walled city that sat atop of a hill, about 1000 feet high, and for centuries it was considered impregnable. However, in its latter years its walls became cracked through lack of vigilance and effort to repair the damage. Therefore, Cyrus the Great was able to capitalize upon Sardis’ failure to be vigilant and tend to its weaknesses. Cyrus conquered the city, reportedly taking $600,000,000 worth of gold and precious stones. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on April 23, 2019 in Apocalypse, Book of Revelation

 

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