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The Significance of Each Entry

Triumphant Entry - 1

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In a previous study I showed that an analysis of all four Gospel narratives, as they pertain to Jesus entry into Jerusalem during his final week of public ministry, points to Jesus entering Jerusalem and the Temple on three different days. Moreover, if we take John 12:14 into consideration, these three entries occurred over the course of four days. It seems when Jesus went to Bethany, the following day was the Sabbath, because Jesus had to search for the donkey and its colt. The text says: “when he had found him” (John 12:14), meaning the colt wasn’t tied at a specific place, but allowed to run free for the Sabbath day. Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted by on April 3, 2018 in Gospel of Luke

 

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What Did Jesus’ Disciples Understand?

Spiritual Temple

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I have recently begun a new series of studies on the nature of the Kingdom of God. Is it a physical Kingdom or is it a spiritual Kingdom. All futurists’ eschatology demands that it is a physical kingdom. That is, they must have Jesus return in a physical body, and take to himself a physical throne, located in physical Jerusalem and, thereby, establish his physical Kingdom. I take issue with this point of view, and conclude that Jesus’ Kingdom is spiritual and was established nearly 2000 years ago, cir. 70 AD, when he returned in power and glory and judged Jerusalem and destroyed the Temple through the Roman armies, as he promised to do (Matthew 26:64). Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on April 2, 2018 in AD 70 Eschatology

 

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Jesus’ Three Entries Into Jerusalem

Triumphant Entry

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Prior to his coming in Luke 19:28-38, Jesus had instructed his disciples to tell no one that he was the Messiah (cf. Luke 9:20-21). Nevertheless, at this time in Luke 19 Jesus didn’t hold his disciples back. The Messianic fervor was growing, as they journeyed toward Jerusalem (cf. Luke 19:11) and continued to escalate, until they reached the top of Mount Olives. Jesus not only didn’t hold them back, but he, himself arranged for a colt to be at his disposal, so he could ride into Jerusalem in fulfillment of Zechariah’s prophecy (Zechariah 9:9). Jesus did all this in order to publicly present himself as Messiah to the nation, and in such a manner that his enemies wouldn’t be able to stop him or arrest him. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on April 1, 2018 in Gospel of Luke

 

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The Reaction to the Coming of Jesus

Stones

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When the Jewish authorities in Jerusalem witnessed Jesus’ entry into the city, they immediately demanded that he stop what his disciples were doing (Luke 19:39). The Roman procurator, Pilate at that time, would have taken a dim view of self-appointed messiahs, announcing their readiness to lead the people. The Jewish authorities were suddenly in great fear. An uproar would have taken place, if they tried to arrest Jesus at that time, and one would surely develop, if the Roman military suddenly came down from the walls, upon Pilate’s orders to stop what was taking place within the Temple compound (cf. John 11:48). Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on March 29, 2018 in Gospel of Luke

 

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Jesus Arrives on the Mount of Olives

Palm Sunday - 3

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The trip from Jericho to Jerusalem is seventeen miles,[1] and we’ve now come to final week of Jesus’ public ministry and life upon this earth. Six days before the Feast Day of the Passover (John 12:1), we find Jesus and his disciples at the top of Mount Olivet near a place called Bethphage and the eastern gate of Jerusalem (Matthew 21:1; Mark 11:1). Luke includes Bethany when describing the place on the mount where Jesus temporarily halted his journey (Luke 19:29). Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on March 25, 2018 in Gospel of Luke

 

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Jesus’ Seven Visits to Jerusalem

Jesus Enters Jerusalem

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We cannot know how many visits Jesus actually made to Jerusalem, but we can know how many are specified in the New Testament. Each time the Gospel narratives tell us of Jesus going up to Jerusalem, it was for a purpose, and that purpose was to celebrate one of the Jews’ annual holy days. To be in Jerusalem during one of the holy day seasons meant there would be many pilgrims there to whom Jesus could preach the Gospel of the Kingdom. Josephus tells us that at the time of the Passover, just before the destruction of Jerusalem in 70 AD, there were more than two million pilgrims worshiping in the city.[1] So, one can only imagine how important Jerusalem was for the preaching of the Gospel in the first century AD. Jesus took advantage of great number of pilgrims worshiping there during these seasons and so did the Apostles later, as we are able to understand from the book of Acts. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on February 4, 2018 in Gospel of Luke

 

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Not One Jot and Not One Tittle

Jot and Tittle - 2

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I am involved in a study of Matthew 16:27-28, showing why our Lord had to return to establish his Kingdom during the first century AD, and not only so, but the resurrection of the dead, the judgment and the new heavens and new earth also had to have come at that time. In previous studies I’ve already approached this point of view by drawing on Isaiah chapters 40 and 62 and Daniel chapter 7. The fact is that Jesus came as “the Servant of the Jews for the sake of the truth in order that he would fulfill the promises God made to them through the fathers” (Romans 15:8 – paraphrased). Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on February 2, 2018 in 70 AD Eschatology, Prophecy

 

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