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The War Waged Against the Saints

War on the Saints

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Those who “worship the beast and his image, and whosoever receives the mark of his name” must “drink of the wine of the wrath of God, which is poured out without mixture into the cup of his indignation; and he shall be tormented with fire and brimstone in the presence of the holy angels, and in the presence of the Lamb; and the smoke of their torment ascends up forever and ever: and they have no rest day nor night, who worship the beast and his image, and whosoever receives the mark of his name” (Revelation 14:10-11). Read the rest of this entry »

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

 

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The Third Seal – The Black Horse

Second Seal

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As Jesus opened the third seal, John heard the command of the third beast (Revelation 4:7), “Go,” and John saw a black horse, and its rider carried a pair of balances (Revelation 6:5). Then he heard a voice that came out of the midst of the four living beings saying, “A measure of wheat for a penny, and three measures of barley for a penny; and see thou hurt not the oil and the wine” (Revelation 6:6). A measure of wheat was what one would expect to satisfy one person for one day. A penny was considered a day’s wage for an unskilled laborer (Matthew 20:2), so if a person worked about 12 hours for only what amounted to what he could use to feed himself for a single day, the demand for food was exceeding greater than the supply, so famine conditions seem to be indicated. Read the rest of this entry »

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

 

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Profiteering Inside the Temple

Cleansing the Temple - 1

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Jewish tradition tells us that the money-changers (Matthew 22:17-21) were licensed by the high priests, the authorities at Jerusalem. Without any doubt, Annas and his family figured prominently among them, and most of the high priests profited very well for the business conducted by the money-changers and those who sold animals for sacrifice inside the Temple compound. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on April 8, 2018 in Gospel of Luke

 

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Who Was the High Priest in 56 AD?

Josephus offers us a list of the Jewish high priests extending from the Hasmonians to the destruction of the Temple in 70 AD. Dating them for the most part is not very difficult, if one follows along in his history of the Jewish people, and if one compares his work with the works of others that concern common personalities such as Roman emperors, and the presidents of Syria and governors of Judea etc. There are, however, difficult places in the list that are a bit confusing, where a strict reading leads to contradictions. One of those places in the list occurs when Paul was taken captive by the Romans cir. 56 AD. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on May 18, 2013 in Paul in bonds, Paul in Jerusalem

 

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The Seven Sons of Sceva – Part 2

In my previous post on this subject, I was writing about an underlying theme within Luke’s works, both his Gospel and Acts, having to do with confronting the priesthood in the Temple, and in particular the family of Annas (Luke 3:2) with that of Jesus and the New Testament writers. In Acts 19 Luke had been writing about Paul’s third missionary journey when without any introduction or warning of any kind he tells of the failed attempt of seven sons or relatives of a high priest he refers to as Sceva to exorcise a demon or demons from a certain man in a certain house. I have taken the position that the story is a kind of parable which Luke inserts here near the end of Paul’s recorded missionary efforts. This “parable” depicts the failed attempts of Annas (Sceva) and his seven high-priest descendents to:

 
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Posted by on January 17, 2010 in New Testament History, Religion

 

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The Seven Sons of Sceva – Part 1

In a recent post, Justification by Faith Alone, I had compared these men, the seven sons of “Sceva” in Acts 19, to the priesthood of Annas who served as high priest during the time when Jesus would have been 12 years old (Luke 2:40-52). Annas would probably have been one who had been astonished at Jesus’ understanding as a boy. He had five sons who served as high priests, one son-in-law (Caiaphas) and one grandson who also served as high priest, the final high priest, in fact, before the Jewish war broke out. Josephus said that no other family had so great an honor to have had so many of its own reign from this office. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on January 16, 2010 in New Testament History, Religion

 

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