The Apocalypse never directly quotes a passage from the Old Covenant. However, according to several scholars the book’s 404 verses contain from nearly 300 to nearly 600 allusions and echoes of Old Covenant passages. For example, we are told in Revelation 1:1 that God revealed a secret that would shortly come to pass to Jesus who in turn gave it to his angel who then gave it to Jesus’ disciple, John to disclose to the Church. Under the Old Covenant, we are told that it is God who reveals secrets that would come to pass (Daniel 2:28-29), but the Lord wouldn’t do anything before he revealed his secret to his servants, the prophets (Amos 3:7). So, in the very first verse of the Apocalypse we have an allusion to at least two Old Covenant passages.
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Not long ago I had believed Matthew 25:31-46 depicted a time when Jesus would judge the whole world, i.e. every man and woman who ever lived. The problem with this understanding is, it removes it from the context of the rest of the Olivet Discourse. The Olivet Discourse concerns events that would transpire in the Apostles’ expected lifetimes. Remember, the Apostles were troubled over Jesus’ prediction that the Temple would be destroyed (Matthew 23:37-39; 24:1-2). Therefore, later, four of them approached Jesus privately and asked: when these things would take place, and what would be the sign of his coming and the end of the age (Matthew 24:3). For Jesus at this point to then speak of universal judgment, i.e. every man and woman who ever lived, snatches this parable out of the context of the first century AD. Read the rest of this entry »
In the past few studies I have been demonstrating that The Parable of the Wedding Feast (Matthew 22:1-14) foretells the destruction of Jerusalem and the end of the Old Covenant. I have also been showing how Jesus’ eschatology was being drawn from the Old Testament prophets such as Isaiah, Jeremiah, Ezekiel, Daniel, Hosea and Malachi. Moreover, when we compare the New Testament epistles with Jesus’ parables, we find a common eschatological theme, showing the coming of the Lord, God’s judgment upon Jerusalem and the Temple, the ending of the Old Covenant and the resurrection all occur in the first century, cir. 70 AD. In this study I hope to show, using the content of Matthew 22, that the very same themes run through the book of Revelation. Read the rest of this entry »
Once again I will be discussing The Parable of the Wedding Feast (Matthew 22:1-14), wherein Jesus told of a king who made a wedding for his son. He sent out his servants to tell the guests he had invited that everything was ready, so they should come to the wedding. However, the guests wouldn’t come, and they devalued the importance of the wedding and mistreated the king’s servants and killed them. When the king heard of what they had done, he sent out his armies and killed the evildoers and burnt their city. Upon doing this, he sent out his servants to invite everyone they found on the highways in order to have guests at the wedding. Read the rest of this entry »
I have been studying of late the eschatology of Jesus’ Parable of the Wedding, found in Matthew 22:1-14. In it a king extends his invitation to attend his son’s wedding to certain people, but they refuse his offer to be his guests at the wedding. I have demonstrated in my previous study that this parable points to the Lord’s judgment upon the Jewish nation in 70 AD when Jerusalem was conquered by the Roman armies, who also destroyed the Temple (Matthew 22:7). The wedding feast was then to occur afterward. Read the rest of this entry »
I am presently considering the eschatology of The Parable of the Wicked Tenants (Matthew 21:33-46) in light of the fact that the Jewish authorities understood the parable to point to them (Matthew 21:45). If this is so, and Jesus doesn’t say otherwise, then the parable could point only to 70 AD for its fulfillment. This would put Jesus’ so-called Second Coming (Matthew 21:40) and the establishment of the Kingdom of God, with Jesus as King, in 70 AD. Unless one is able to offer a reasonable counter argument, showing why this couldn’t be true, why shouldn’t we believe the clear intent of the parable? Read the rest of this entry »
For some time, now, I’ve been demonstrating that Jesus’ parables lay the foundation for what is taught elsewhere in the New Testament about the last days, i.e. Jesus’ parables establish the New Testament’s eschatology. Moreover, the fact is that Jesus doesn’t teach anything new, but he does show how the Old Testament prophecies unfold in history, as they pertain to the end times. In other words, Jesus shows how the prophets should be understood. So, in effect, his parables are like a hub, which ties the prophecies of the Old Testament and the Gospel of the New Testament, together. Read the rest of this entry »