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Are YOU the King of the Jews?

Are you King of the Jews

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Pontius Pilate was a very cruel Roman governor, who ruled the Jews for about 10 years (25/26 AD to 35 AD), during the reign of Tiberius Caesar. The fact is, he was removed from office in 35 AD by his immediate superior, Vitellius, the Roman president of Syria, because of the indiscriminate and cruel manner in which he governed Jewish affairs. The fact is that Pilate was probably a bigot. It seems he bore a hatred for the Jews. From the very beginning he showed little respect for their religious beliefs. Josephus even mentions that when Pilate first took the reins of governorship of Judea, he secretly brought images of Caesar into Jerusalem,[1] something his predecessors hadn’t done, no, nor any governor after him. Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted by on July 19, 2018 in Gospel of Luke

 

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When Did the Old Covenant End?

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It seems to me that the date or at least the general time period when the Old Covenant ended would be important to our understanding of eschatology. After all, God’s covenant with the Jews was his modus operandi for about 1400 years, as that pertained to his dealing with mankind. Everything God did in the world, prior to Jesus being born, was either through or as a result of his covenant relationship with the Jews. Even Jesus’ birth was in fulfillment to promises God made to the Jews under that covenant. So, how did the Old Covenant end? Did it end immediately as the new began? Were both in force simultaneously for a period of time? Did it end at all? Is it still in force today, and if so, are both the Old and the New Covenants valid together? Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on July 16, 2018 in 70 AD Eschatology

 

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No One Knows That Day and Hour

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In the Olivet Prophecy and concerning his parousia (Matthew 24:3), Jesus told his disciples that no man knew that day and hour, not even the angels, but his Father only (Matthew 24:36). What does it mean, first of all, ‘that day and hour’? Was Jesus speaking of the night and day portions of a single day and a single 60-minute hour of a single day? I don’t think this was what he had in mind, nor do I believe the Apostles normally divided their day that closely. We do today, but I don’t think they did back then. They had three and four hour watches during the night, and the hour was important to the employer, and even for daily worship the hour was important, but normally speaking, they didn’t divide their day up into 24 one hour periods. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on June 27, 2018 in 70 AD Eschatology

 

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The Conspiracy Against Jesus

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Luke tells us that Jesus had come to Jerusalem during the Passover season. The Passover occurs in the spring and incorporates two different feast days—the Passover (one day) and the Days of Unleavened Bread (seven days). During the first century AD, the two were often taken together and referred to as a single Feast. In Luke 22:1 the Feast of Unleavened Bread (seven days) is referred to as the Passover, but the day the Passover lamb was killed occurred one day before the Feast of Unleavened bread (cf. Luke 22:7). The Passover Day was celebrated on the 14th day of the first month, while the Feast of Unleavened Bread was celebrated on the 15th to the 21st day of the first month (Leviticus 23:4-8). The first and last of these days were Sabbaths, annual holy days, but not the seventh day Sabbath. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on June 3, 2018 in Gospel of Luke

 

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The Signs of the End

Sign of the End

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According to Luke’s record, the very first sign Jesus offered, showing the end was near was Jerusalem would be surrounded by armies (Luke 21:20). Nothing before that time, whether heavenly signs or wars, persecution or other kinds of trouble, pointed to the time of the end, which is the coming of Christ. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on May 27, 2018 in Gospel of Luke

 

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The Sanhedrin

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In Luke 20:1-2 Jesus gets a visit from members of the Sanhedrin. There were many sanhedrins throughout Judea and Galilee. They were the local courts of the land, composed of three or twenty-three members,[1] populated by the Jewish leaders in each town. The chief court in Jerusalem, THE Sanhedrin, or the Supreme Court of the Jews, seems to have been composed of the three, twenty-three member courts at Jerusalem.[2] It was made up of Pharisees, Sadducees and Jewish elders (considered to be the Jewish nobility). The high priest would preside over the assembly as its president or nasi, i.e. prince (cf. cf. Numbers 11:16; ).[3] Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on April 10, 2018 in Gospel of Luke

 

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Profiteering Inside the Temple

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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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