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Death, Hell and the Book of Life

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The Great White Throne Judgment concludes with death and hell (hades, the grave) being cast into the lake of fire, which is defined for us in Revelation 20:14 as the second death. So, if death and the grave were cast into the lake of fire and destroyed, what would that look like? Read the rest of this entry »

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

 

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The Fourth Seal – The Pale Horse

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With the opening of the fourth seal, the fourth living being commanded the fourth rider: “Go!” (Revelation 6:7; cf. 4:7). What John saw was a pale or greenish horse, whose rider was called Death. It is the only rider that is named among the four, and Hades followed him. Obviously, both Death and Hades are personified in the vision. In chapter one we are told that Jesus had the keys to Death and Hades (Revelation 1:18), so did Jesus actually send out Death and Hades upon the land, or does the opening of the fourth seal point to something else? Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on July 9, 2019 in Apocalypse, Book of Revelation

 

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The Keys of Hell and Death

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Jesus told John that he had the “keys to hell and death.” A key, of course, is able to open or lock something. It is often used in Scripture as a symbol of authority or power. For example, the scribes and Pharisees had the authority or power to allow the Jewish populace to enter into the Kingdom of God by permitting them to believe in Jesus (Luke 11:52; cf. Matthew 23:13), but they hindered the people. Not only did they reject Jesus, but they slandered him before the people (Matthew 12:23-24; Mark 3:20-22), in order to cause them to be afraid of placing their trust in him. Moreover, these same authorities threatened the people, saying anyone who trusted in Jesus would be cast out of the synagogues (John 12:42-43; cf. 9:22, 28-34). So the “key of knowledge,” which Jesus attributed to the scribes and Pharisees, does not mean they possessed such knowledge. However, it does mean they had the authority to open the door to knowledge or at least not lock it so others could possess it, even though they, themselves, rejected it. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on February 19, 2019 in Apocalypse, Book of Revelation

 

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Is Abraham in Hades?

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According to Old Testament theology, there was no consciousness in the grave (sheol – H7585). David claimed there is no remembrance of God there (Psalm 6:5), neither were the dead able to praise God or hope in his truth (Isaiah 18:38). The fact is: “there is neither work nor planning nor knowledge nor wisdom in the grave” (Ecclesiastes 9:5-6, 10), according to the word of God. Nevertheless, during and after the Babylonian captivity the idea of consciousness and activity in the grave crept into Jewish theology. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on December 19, 2017 in Gospel of Luke

 

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Jesus at Caesarea Philippi

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It may be significant that, after he had defused the immediate Messianic hopes of the people at Capernaum, Jesus again left the jurisdiction of Herod Antipas for a region governed by Herod Philip, Caesarea Philippi (Luke 9:18; cf. Mark 8:27). Why Jesus chose Caesarea Philippi as a place to take the Apostles at this point is a matter of interpretation. Personally, I believe Jesus had a purpose and that purpose seems to concern the fact that he was about to begin telling his disciples about his coming sufferings and eventual crucifixion (cf. Luke 9:22). Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on February 28, 2017 in Gospel of Luke

 

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The Meeting Place of God

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Jesus told his disciples immediately after Peter confessed he believed Jesus was the Messiah, the Son of the Living God, that he would build his church upon that rock, and not only so, but the gates of Hades (death) would not prevail against it (Matthew 16:16-18).[1] The place of Jesus’ revelation was Caesarea Philippi (Matthew 16:13), in whose coasts we would find the springs of the Jordan River. I believe the Lord brought the disciples there, because it was common knowledge that the waters of the Jordan watered the Promised Land, but every drop emptied into the Dead Sea, never to flow again. The Jordan dies in the Dead Sea. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on August 20, 2015 in Jesus

 

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