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Who Is Gog of the Land of Megog?

Gog and Megog - 4

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Gog of the land of Megog (Revelation 20:8) represents those who were deceived by the dragon, who had been released from his prison (Revelation 20:2-3, 7). So, Gog went up to the beloved city along the breadth of the land in order to surround the camp of the saints (Revelation 20:9). According to Ezekiel 38:11, at the time of the war of Revelation 20:8 the camp of the saints was unprotected.[1] In other words, their cities had no walls or gates. They dwelt safely in that their confidence lay not in the strength of man but in the Lord. It was against these people that Gog, the prince of Megog (Ezekiel 38:2-3) arose to slaughter (Revelation 20:9) in order to take a spoil (Ezekiel 38:8-12). Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on May 7, 2020 in Apocalypse, Book of Revelation

 

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Vindicating the Apostles and the Prophets

Vindication

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One of the great discrepancies of a futuristic view of the Apocalypse is that such a rendering of the Scriptures simply cannot be harmonized with what Jesus claimed during his ministry. Nor does it agree with what Paul said during his ministry. John tells us in Revelation 18:20 that by judging the great harlot God had avenged his holy Apostles and prophets. How could the destruction of any modern day army or nation avenge the persecution and deaths of the Apostles and prophets? Just as the vain traditions of men in the first century AD made the word of God of no effect, so, too, do modern day “vain traditions of men” make the word of God, particularly the Apocalypse, of no affect among his people. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on March 15, 2020 in Apocalypse, Book of Revelation

 

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The Great Harlot of the Apocalypse

Harlot - Revelation 17

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John describes the great harlot of Revelation 17:1 as one who “sits upon many waters.” She is immediately introduced after the Lord’s judgment upon the great city, Babylon, in the previous chapter (Revelation 16:19; cp. 14:8), so the two seem to be the same. Whoever the great city, Babylon, is, that one is also the great whore or great harlot of Revelation 17. The contextual references of the use of the name, Babylon, in the Apocalypse, thus far, seem to point to Jerusalem.[1] Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on February 13, 2020 in Apocalypse, Book of Revelation

 

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Over Whom Did the Beast Reign?

Beast of Revelation 13b

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The beast had power or authority over Jews, and only Jews who were the physical descendants of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. He, indeed, had authority over all tribes, no matter which language was spoken, and no matter where they resided in the Roman Empire (Revelation 13:7). However, that authority was limited to the Jewish race. It did not include gentiles. Read the rest of this entry »

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

 

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The Dragon and His Seven Heads

Dragon of Revelation 12

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Something concerning the dragon of Revelation 12 occurs in the Gospel of Luke. Jesus had dispatched the Seventy (70 disciples, including the 12 Apostles) two by two throughout Samaria, as he proceeded on his way to Jerusalem (Luke 9:51; 10:1). Upon the return of the Seventy, they greeted Jesus with great joy, saying even the demons were subject to them in his name. Albeit, Jesus warned them not to rejoice over this but, rather, be glad that their names were written in heaven (Luke 10:17-20). What is most interesting is that Jesus said he beheld Satan “having fallen from heaven, as lightening” (Luke 10:18). In other words, Jesus beheld the fall of Satan from heaven as an accomplished fact during his earthly ministry! Read the rest of this entry »

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

 

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Now Is Come Salvation…

War in heaven -- the Lamb

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John heard a loud voice speaking in heaven (Revelation 12:10).

 “…Now is come salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of his Christ: for the accuser of our brethren is cast down, which accused them before our God day and night. And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony; and they loved not their lives unto the death. Therefore rejoice, ye heavens, and ye that dwell in them. Woe to the inhibiters of the earth and of the sea! for the devil is come down unto you, having great wrath, because he knows that he hath but a short time. And when the dragon saw that he was cast unto the earth, he persecuted the woman which brought forth the man child. And to the woman were given two wings of a great eagle, that she might fly into the wilderness, into her place, where she is nourished for a time, and times, and half a time, from the face of the serpent.” (Revelation 12:10-14) Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on November 3, 2019 in Apocalypse, Book of Revelation

 

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My Study and Josephus

Josephus

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In previous studies I have concluded that the Jewish high priest, Annas, is the “fallen star” of Revelation 9:1. That is, he brought the independent Jewish state back into existence, represented in the smoke arising from the pit of the abyss (Revelation 9:2). Nevertheless, the first century AD Jewish historian, Flavius Josephus, would not agree with my position, because he completely exonerates all the “high priests and the men of power.[1] Therefore, it becomes necessary to discover whether or not Josephus’ record is completely unbiased and true. If his record is true, my understanding about Revelation chapter nine is completely wrong, because my whole argument hangs upon the corruption of the high priests, especially Annas, and their desire to govern themselves. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on August 29, 2019 in Apocalypse, Book of Revelation

 

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Don’t Be Afraid of Their Slander

Slander

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Just as he had often told his disciples (Matthew 14:27; 17:6-7; 28:10), the very first thing Jesus told the church in Smyrna was don’t be afraid of anything they were about to face in his name (Revelation 2:10). There was no need for fear, because Jesus revealed himself as “the first and the last” (Revelation 2:8), so their enemies cannot do anything to them that Jesus doesn’t first allow (Isaiah 41:1-4). Moreover, he intends to show them he is with them and will help them, and, not only so, but even in their tribulation they will be successful in preaching the Gospel (Isaiah 44:1-6). No weapon formed against them will prevail, and in the end, they will judge those who judge them (Isaiah 54:17). Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on March 17, 2019 in Apocalypse, Book of Revelation

 

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Martyr Vindication

Judgment Day - 2

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In my most recent study, I mentioned The Parable of the Wicked Tenants (Matthew 21:33-46). According to that parable, the authorities taking care of (governing) the vine (the Lord’s heritage or his people) were responsible for killing the servants (prophets) of the lord of the vineyard (the God of Israel), and for which they would be eventually judged (Matthew 21:40, 43). So, in this parable Jesus introduced a common theme found throughout the New Testament, and that is the theme of the vindication of the martyrs. Later, Jesus would accuse the Jewish authorities of being guilty of all of the blood of all of the righteous from Able (Genesis 4) to Zacharias (2Chronicles 24:20-22).[1] In other words they were guilty of all of the righteous blood that had been shed under the Old Testament (Matthew 23:35). Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on October 7, 2018 in 70 AD Eschatology

 

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Parable of the Wicked Tenants

Fruit of the VineDays before he was crucified, Jesus told a parable in the presence of the Jewish authorities, which told of a man who owned a vineyard and leased it out to tenants. When it was near the time for the fruit to be ripe, he sent servants to receive his portion of the fruits. However, the tenants mistreated them, beating some and killing others. The master of vineyard then decided to send his son, believing the tenants would respect him, but when those wicked men realized the son had come, they decided to kill him and steal the vineyard for themselves (cf. Matthew 21:33-39). Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on October 4, 2018 in 70 AD Eschatology

 

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The Good Thief

Good Thief

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Luke mentions that one of the criminals taunted Jesus, demanding him to save himself and them who were crucified with him (Luke 23:39). The second criminal, however, rebuked the first, telling him he had no fear of God, before whom they both were coming to be judged (Luke 23:40). The second man admitted to his guilt, saying that both his and the other man’s judgment fit the crimes they committed (Luke 23:41). Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on August 14, 2018 in Gospel of Luke

 

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Unbelief and Mocking Jesus

Unbelief

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For practical purposes the Romans needed an accusation to charge Jesus in order to crucify him, because such a thing would become a matter of public record. In the second century AD Justin Martyr, while addressing the Emperor, Pius, mentioned that proof of what he said could be obtained from the Acts of Pilate,[1] something that hardly could be so, if Pilate wasn’t required to record the reasons for the executions he commanded. Therefore, Pilate’s official verdict was: Jesus of Nazareth was the King of the Jews—a political crime, something for which he had earlier found him innocent. Nevertheless, he could hardly mention in a public record that he had executed Jesus for claiming to be the Son of God, a religious crime, according to the Jews (John 19:7, 13-16), but a matter of harmless superstition, according to Rome (cf. Acts 25:18-20). Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on August 12, 2018 in Gospel of Luke

 

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Pilate’s Verdict of Crucifixion

Pilate

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It is reasonable that Pilate would assume the chief priests and the people would desire Jesus’ release instead of Barabbas, because the latter was really guilty of the charges the authorities levied falsely against Jesus. Pilate knew the high priests understood Jesus wasn’t really guilty of the charges they made against him, so why wouldn’t they reject one who was really guilty of the accusations they made against Jesus? Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on July 29, 2018 in Gospel of Luke

 

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Preaching to Closed Minds

Closed Mind

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Presently, I am involved in a study of Jesus’ parables, as they pertain to the last days. We need to keep in mind that the scriptures say that God spoke to mankind at various times and through a great many different people, both small and great. However, in the last days he sent Jesus (Hebrews 1:1-2), and through Jesus, the Son of God, the word of God has come to us. One of the very first things Jesus made clear to us is that his words could be understood only by those who have ears to hear (Matthew 13:9). This doesn’t mean that the word of God is hidden, but it does tell us that Jesus doesn’t intend to disturb the spiritual blindness that men impose upon themselves by rejecting Jesus, in order to embrace what they’ve always been taught by folks with a diploma (viz. Matthew 12:23-24). Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on July 27, 2018 in AD 70 Eschatology

 

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The Strong Delusion of False Doctrine!

Stron Delusion

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I have just embarked on a study of the eschatology of Jesus’ parables, and have been currently involved in a study of Jesus’ first parable, The Parable of the Sower in Matthew 13. I have demonstrated that the reason Jesus spoke to the people in parables, and without a parable he did not speak to them (Matthew 13:34), was so he wouldn’t disturb their hardheartedness (Matthew 13:11). In other words, they had already closed their minds to the truth about the Kingdom of God. They wanted a kingdom, alright, but they wanted the kingdom their way, not in the manner Jesus presented it (cf. John 12:34). They wanted a physical kingdom with a physical king, reigning in physical Jerusalem (cf. 1Samuel 8:4-7). That is not the Kingdom of God (cf. Luke 17:20-21). Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on July 25, 2018 in AD 70 Eschatology

 

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