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The Timeframe for Gog and Megog

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At the end of the day, it really doesn’t matter what any of us believes about the war of Gog, prince of the land of Megog (Revelation 20:8). What matters is what is recorded in Revelation 20:8 and Ezekiel 38:8, 16. What the Lord says in those two texts is what matters. The spin we may put on these Scriptures and the spiritual worldview we may embrace doesn’t even come close to the weight of what the Lord claims is true. What our God tells us cannot be twisted by anyone, as a lawyer might do when twisting the words of one man for the benefit of the man the lawyer defends (John 10:35; Isaiah 8:20). Truth is what the Lord says it is, is not necessarily what man claims it is. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on May 5, 2020 in Apocalypse, Book of Revelation

 

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The Seven Spirits of God

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Jesus mentioned that he has the Seven Spirits of God (Revelation 3:1). Some have thought these seven spirits are the Holy Spirit. Nevertheless, none of the writers of the New Testament ever mention that the Holy Spirit sends grace to believers or even sends his greeting to them. Why would he, if he indwells the believer? Why would John need to bring a message of grace from the Holy Spirit (Revelation 1:4), if, indeed, the Holy Spirit indwells the believer? Therefore, I don’t believe the Seven Spirits of God could represent the Holy Spirit. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on April 25, 2019 in Apocalypse, Book of Revelation

 

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Jesus’ Ascension and the Holy Spirit

Jesus' AscensionThe text says that Jesus led his disciples as far as Bethany (Luke 24:50), but this location is really on the Mount of Olives. Just as Jerusalem’s suburbs included the Mount of Olives, so Bethany’s suburbs also extended to that mountain (Numbers 35:5; cf. Acts 1:12).[1] From here Jesus promised he would send the ‘promise of the Father’ to them (Luke 24:49; Acts 1:4), and Luke tells us that the ‘promise of the Father’ is the Holy Spirit (Acts 1:4-5). Earlier, Jesus referred to the Holy Spirit as ‘another Comforter’, who would be with and remain with his followers and teach them what they needed to know about Jesus (John 14:16, 26). Peter interpreted ‘the promise of the Father’ to be the phenomenon that occurred to the 120 in the upper room and so affected them on that Pentecost day (Acts 2:33). Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on September 23, 2018 in Gospel of Luke

 

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The Throne of David

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In this series of studies, I’ve been involved in seeking to understand the nature of the Kingdom of God. Jesus tells us in Luke 17:20-21 that God’s Kingdom is a Kingdom ruled from the hearts of men, not from what could be seen and identified by the naked eye. Unfortunately, the scriptural understanding of the Kingdom of God is set in contrast with what is actually being taught by the three predominant groups of eschatology. Premillennialism, postmillennialism and amillennialism all teach that Jesus will one day return to the earth (i.e. his Second Coming) and rule in a physical body from physical Jerusalem on a physical throne in a physical Kingdom. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on April 25, 2018 in 70 AD Eschatology

 

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Did Jesus’ Kingdom Come on Pentecost?

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In at least two previous studies I mentioned that Jesus couldn’t possibly have come in power and in his Kingdom on Pentecost, but I would like to look at this proposition a little closer. It is the amillennial understanding that the millennium should not be understood literally, and I agree. However, I do not agree with what they conclude about the millennium. They say that it began at Pentecost and continues until Jesus returns and judges mankind at some unknown time in the future. Interestingly, and more pertinent to my study of Matthew 16:27-28, the amillennialists believe verse-28 reflects Jesus’ coming on Pentecost, and verse-27 points to his future coming and judgment. What can we say of these things? Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on February 23, 2018 in 70 AD Eschatology

 

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Who Were Jesus’ Accusers?

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For about two and one half years Jesus had been publicly presenting himself as the Jews’ Messiah. While he never said in so many words, “I am the long awaited Messiah!” He did read a Messianic passage of Scripture in Nazareth, and immediately afterward say: “This day, is this Scripture fulfilled in your ears (Luke 4:21). He was rejected in Nazareth, but he operated afterward out of Capernaum and performed many miracles there, but the authorities in Galilee challenged his doctrine and even plotted how they might get rid of him (Luke 6:11; cf. Matthew 12:14; Mark 3:6). So, in Luke 9:51 Jesus set his face like a flint to ascend to Jerusalem and present himself as the Messiah there. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on June 29, 2017 in Gospel of Luke

 

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One Spirit and One Body

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On their journey back to Galilee, the Apostles began to dispute among themselves who was the greatest. In view of what follows, I do not believe their dispute was over which individual was the greatest. We need to keep in mind that one of the gifts of the Spirit is a diversity of administration or ministries (1Corinthians 12:5). One of the lessons Jesus had been teaching the Apostles concerned what life within the Body of Christ is like. There are four lists of the apostles recorded in the New Testament. It can be verified by comparing these lists that there are a few things that are always so. The lists are found in Matthew 10:2-4, Mark 3:16-19, Luke 6:13-15, and Acts 1:13. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on April 9, 2017 in Gospel of Luke

 

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Healing a Young Boy Possessed by Spirit

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If the young boy who was possessed by a spirit (Luke 9:37-39) in the sense that a sentient and independent entity seized the boy’s body and mind, as one would take one’s own property, there is little I can say in defense of such a thing, as far as God permitting it is concerned. Why would God do such a thing, and how would his permission be justified, according to how the Scriptures define God’s character? If God wants us to know him (and I believe he does – Philippians 3:10-15), then what he says about himself ought to be seen in what he does and what he allows to be done. If God views a man’s will to be of particular importance (cf. Job 1:6-12; 2:3-7), then how can he justify allowing a malevolent spirit taking full control of an infant boy, knowing the child could never develop a desire to know his Creator? If such a thing is wrong, then the only alternative is that what we believe about demonic activity **must**also be wrong. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on March 28, 2017 in Gospel of Luke

 

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The Transfiguration and the Apostles

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Often we speak of the Transfiguration as though it was simply an event in the lives of the three Apostles who were with Jesus, and we conclude they simply misunderstood, and in saying so we move on to the next event in the Gospel narratives. We may conclude that Jesus was in a glorified state, something like we expect him to be at his Second Coming (although Jesus’ parousia or coming isn’t mentioned), but then we move on in the narrative. But, wait! What actually happened there on top of Mt. Olives? What did the three Apostles experience, and what might they have been thinking versus its true meaning? What real value can we take away from all this? Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on March 21, 2017 in Gospel of Luke

 

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Prophecy Made More Certain

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In 2Peter 1:19 Peter claims the prophecies about Christ are more certain and clearer from the standpoint of the Gospel (cf. 1Peter 1:12-13 Romans 15:8). In the same way that the hope of our resurrection is made more certain in Jesus’ resurrection (cf. 1Peter 1:3-4), so the Transfiguration of Christ had made his coming more certain in the minds and hearts of those who were eyewitnesses of it, and for us who believe their word. It is fitting that Peter should be the only New Testament writer to point to the Transfiguration, because it seems he was especially moved by the experience (cf. Mark 9:5-6; Luke 9:33-34). So, what occurred to Jesus on the mount strengthens the prophecies of the coming of the Messiah, causing those who believed them to be expectant. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on March 15, 2017 in Epistles of Peter

 

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The Coming Kingdom of God

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In Luke 9:27 Jesus claimed that at least some of the Apostles would be alive to see the coming of the Kingdom of God. Misunderstanding what Jesus meant has led some folks to believe Jesus was wrong, and the writers of the New Testament were wrong to expect Jesus to come in their lifetimes. Moreover, misunderstanding the signs of this event has led many to falsely claim Jesus would return on certain dates, and the world as we know it would end at that time. This slant on the Scriptures has always proved to be wrong and has led many to take for granted that Christianity is just another of the world’s religions and has no basis in reality. What can we say about these things, and what did Jesus really mean in Luke 9:27? Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on March 9, 2017 in Gospel of Luke

 

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If One Suffers for Righteousness

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When I was a youth I was told that Jesus said his followers would be persecuted (cf. Luke 21:12; John 15:20). When we are baptized, the ceremony reminds us that with the Spirit of God comes also the trials of fire (Luke 3:16). We are not promised a bed of roses by coming to Christ, but we are promised his continual presence with us (Hebrew 13:5; cf. Matthew 28:20b). Usually, just knowing the Lord is with us during difficult times is all that is necessary for us to be content, but, even if I found myself perplexed and in fear, when the trial was over I was often astonished, as I looked back and saw the nearness of Christ and his protection through it all. This is not to say that I (or we) live a life of trouble and persecution. Judging from my own history, we do not. Life is usually wonderful, filled with joy and peace, but trouble does come, and Peter spoke to us in his epistle concerning how those times should be lived out. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on December 28, 2016 in Epistles of Peter

 

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When There Is No Freedom

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What is the believer’s responsibility when his freedom is taken away? This can occur, if one is forced into servitude (slavery), when one nation conquers another, when powerful, unmerciful men are in authority in civil and commercial institutions and one might add other examples. What is a Christian to do under such circumstances? I believe both Peter and Paul offer reasonable solutions to these questions when they speak of the haustafel codes pertaining to servants or slaves. While it may not be a popular solution in our modern society, we need to remember the New Testament speaks to those who have freely chosen to follow Christ, and such a choice involves bearing wrongful treatment without complaint. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on December 14, 2016 in Epistles of Peter

 

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Filled with the Spirit

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It was said of John the Baptist that he would be filled with the Holy Spirit from birth (Luke 1:15), and the Scriptures tell us that, after Jesus was baptized and returned from the Jordan, he was full of the Holy Spirit and continually led by the Spirit in the wilderness (Luke 4:1). Does this mean that Jesus wasn’t filled with the Holy Spirit from birth as John had been or that his filling was any different from that of John? I don’t think so, and the Scriptures don’t conclude that Jesus didn’t have the Spirit of God before his baptism, but was anointed with the Spirit at that time. Any difference one might see between the filling of Jesus and John should be defined by the capacity of the vessel to receive the Spirit (cf.1Kings 8:11; John 3:34). Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on August 18, 2016 in Gospel of Luke

 

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The Baptism of Fire

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In a previous blog post (HERE), I described the baptism of the Holy Spirit or the Messiah’s baptism as referred to by John (Luke 3:16-17). Nevertheless, John describes the Messiah’s baptism as one “with the Holy Spirit and fire” (Luke 3:16; cf. Matthew 3:11). That is, it seems John referred to a single baptism or an immersion in both the Holy Spirit and fire. Some have understood John to mean Jesus would baptize his disciples with the Holy Spirit and the world (or those who reject him) with fire, but I don’t think John meant that at all. In Matthew’s account (Matthew 3:11) the single preposition en (G1722)[1] is used for both the Holy Spirit and fire, indicating a single baptism. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on August 4, 2016 in Gospel of Luke

 

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