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The Ships of the Sea

ships of the sea

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The merchants of the earth were made rich by doing business with Jerusalem. About a week before he was crucified, Jesus drew an analogy of the Kingdom of God by speaking of tax collectors doing business for their master (Luke 19:11-27). When Jesus delivered his Parable of the Pounds, he had been a guest at Zacchaeus’ home in Jericho (Luke 19:1-10). Zacchaeus was a chief tax collector, and I believe Jesus’ parable was modeled after Zacchaeus’ business of collecting taxes, fees, exchanging currency and loaning money. It was something the people could readily see and understand. This was important, if they were to understand Jesus’ point about his Kingdom. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on March 17, 2020 in Apocalypse, Book of Revelation

 

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Vindicating the Apostles and the Prophets

Vindication

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One of the great discrepancies of a futuristic view of the Apocalypse is that such a rendering of the Scriptures simply cannot be harmonized with what Jesus claimed during his ministry. Nor does it agree with what Paul said during his ministry. John tells us in Revelation 18:20 that by judging the great harlot God had avenged his holy Apostles and prophets. How could the destruction of any modern day army or nation avenge the persecution and deaths of the Apostles and prophets? Just as the vain traditions of men in the first century AD made the word of God of no effect, so, too, do modern day “vain traditions of men” make the word of God, particularly the Apocalypse, of no affect among his people. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on March 15, 2020 in Apocalypse, Book of Revelation

 

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The Great Harlot

Great Harlot - 3

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We are told in chapter 17 of the Apocalypse that the great harlot sits on many waters (Revelation 17:1, 15). The angel defines many waters as “multitudes and nations and tongues” (Revelation 17:3, 9). This has been understood by many Biblical scholars as the human race (Revelation 5:9) as a whole serving the beast (Revelation 13:3, 8, 12, 16). Yet, the text speaks not of the beast, but of the great harlot who rides the beast. The great harlot sits upon many waters (multitudes, nations and tongues). So, if these serve anyone, they serve the harlot. Moreover, just as Revelation 5:9 points to a remnant from all nations serving the Lord, Revelation 17:3, 9 cannot be forced to say “multitudes, nations and tongues” mean the whole world serves the harlot. Rather, there are multitudes of people in many nations, who speak different tongues (languages) that serve the harlot. That is, a portion of the world, not the whole world, serve the harlot. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on February 27, 2020 in Apocalypse, Book of Revelation

 

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Refusing Burial for the Two Witnesses

Sacred Ground - 1

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The beast in Revelation 11:7 will not permit “their dead bodies to be laid in a tomb.” This implies that efforts by friends of the witnesses would be made to bury them, and those efforts would be denied. The question then arises, does this mean their bodies shall lay outside the tombs and in the street for 3 ½ days or 3 ½ years, as the case may be prophetically understood?[1] I don’t believe the sense is that they would not be allowed to be laid in tombs. Rather, the sense seems to be that they wouldn’t be permitted to be buried in the sacred ground of their fathers (cp. 1Kings 13:22). Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on October 20, 2019 in Apocalypse, Book of Revelation

 

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Responsibility For the Witnesses Deaths

Guilty

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In the context of Revelation 11:8 and the witnesses being slain and their bodies lying in “the” street of the great city, the Angel seems to be identifying those guilty of their slaying (cf. Matthew 23:34-35). Why else would he claim their dead bodies would lie in THE street of the great city? Surely the Angel knew Jerusalem had more than one street. Yet, he reckons it THE street, as though there were only one. Moreover, they wouldn’t be buried for 3 ½ days. If that were literally true, Jerusalem would have been defiled. It was the practice of the Jews to bury the dead on the day they died, and that before sundown. Otherwise, the city would be defiled. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on October 17, 2019 in Apocalypse, Book of Revelation

 

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The Holy City Is Trodden Down

Trodden down

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In Revelation 11:1 John was given the task to measure the Temple of God, but he was told leave out the outer courts (Revelation 11:2), which included the Altar of Burnt Offering and the Molten Sea of brass (1Kings 7:23; 2Kings 25:13), and all the way out to the Eastern Gate of the Temple compound. John’s measurement was to include only the House, itself, with its two main rooms and the furniture therein. The only exception was that he was also to measure the people who worshiped inside the House. This seems to act as a kind of separation between the elect and the unbelievers, as we have also seen in Revelation 7:1-8. Therefore, if nothing outside the House was measured, that also included the people outside the house worshiping in the Temple courts. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on October 8, 2019 in Apocalypse, Book of Revelation

 

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Blowing the Second Trumpet

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When the second angel blew his trumpet, a great mountain, as though it were burning with fire, was cast into the sea. If we consider Jesus’ words in Matthew 21:21 or Mark 11:23, it needs to be said that neither Jesus nor any of his disciples had ever prayed to remove a literal mountain and cast it into the sea. Jesus did cause a literal tree to dry up, but nothing was ever done to a literal mountain. Therefore, it seems to me that Jesus was speaking metaphorically, and, if so, he couldn’t have been speaking of Mount Olivet, as many commentaries assume. Rather, he spoke of Jerusalem in a spiritual or metaphorical sense (cf. Daniel 2:35; Zechariah 4:7). Jesus’ words: “this mountain…” was, probably, a gesture toward Jerusalem, which would have been in view from the point where Jesus and his disciples were standing and discussing the dried up fig tree. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on August 8, 2019 in Apocalypse, Book of Revelation

 

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