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The Inexplicable Joy of the Believer

Great Joy

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According to Revelation 19:2, the Lord had judged the great harlot and vindicated his people who lived in fear of persecution at her hand. The fact is: Jerusalem had so corrupted the world through her influence that she intimidated Pilate into crucifying Jesus, and, no doubt, was the influence behind Nero’s blaming Christians for the fire that nearly destroyed all of Rome.[1] Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on March 26, 2020 in Apocalypse, Book of Revelation

 

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The Merchants of the Earth

Merchants of the earth

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After the kings of the earth mourned over the destruction of Jerusalem, so, too, did the merchants of the earth (Revelation 18:11, 15-16). In a previous study I described the merchants of the earth not as traders in goods but peddlers of Judaism[1]—Jewish evangelists, prophets, rabbis etc. who preached Judaism around the Empire—making the doctrines of men (Matthew 15:3-9; 23:15; Mark 7:7-13; Titus 1:14) appear as though they were the word of God. According to Jesus’ parable of the Pounds (Luke19:12-27),[2] his disciples were like tax collectors (merchants of the earth) who did business for the Kingdom of God. If we use this analogy for the merchants mentioned in Revelation 18, then it becomes clear that these men didn’t peddle goods but rather dealt in the business of the Jewish religion. They sought to enhance its power and influence in the Roman world to include gentile proselytes, especially those gentiles who had political power and could realize the will of the Jews of the Diaspora upon those who differed from them (cp. Acts 13:50; 14:4-6, 19; 17:5-9). Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on March 12, 2020 in Apocalypse, Book of Revelation

 

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From Persecutor to Preacher

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Paul persecuted the nascent Church, because he believed that the fact Jesus was crucified indicated both he and his message were cursed by heaven (Deuteronomy 21:23). One might conclude that not only was he responsible for Stephen’s death, but that he was also behind the first persecution of the Church (Acts 7:58-60; 8:1, 3). As a result of the posture Paul assumed toward believers in Jesus, he became the Jewish authorities’ go-to person to get the job done concerning putting down this new Jewish movement (Acts 9:1-2). He excelled where others failed (Galatians 1:14). Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on March 12, 2015 in Epistle to the Galatians, Paul

 

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The Beginning of Monotheism

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Chris (or the summary he presents of Karen Armstrong’s book A History of God) tells us in his video (HERE)that the Enuma Elish, or the Babylonian creation story depicts the prehistoric world as “formless and void”, yet, when I searched for these words in the Enuma Elish, they were not there, neither was the word chaos. The reason for this is that chaos is personified in the myth. One must interpret the Babylonians gods, Tiamat and Apsu, to be chaos, if one is to see the world before law and an orderly environment appeared. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on February 5, 2015 in 70 Weeks Prophecy, atheism, naturalism

 

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Did the Jews Copy Other ANE Records?

The Bible Among the Myths  (Image from Google Images)

The Bible Among the Myths
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Years ago, it had been a common belief among Ancient Near East (ANE) scholars that the Genesis Flood narrative was copied from other ANE cosmogonies. For example, the Gilgamesh Epic, which records a flood that killed everyone except for those on the boat, is older than the Mosaic account in Genesis. Is this evidence of Moses having copied the earlier record? It may not be evidence, but without something to show where Moses received his information, the critics may have a legitimate charge, at least on the face, but what lies beneath the cursory read? Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on October 23, 2013 in Genesis Flood, naturalism

 

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The Gospel Goes to the Gentiles

Jesus told the apostles that they would be his witnesses to all nations (Matthew 28:19-20), but he never told them how this would be done—only that they would be witnesses to all. Yet, years after his crucifixion and resurrection the apostles are still in Jerusalem. Why? Oh, tradition has it that they were each assigned regions of the world and went out to evangelize the world, but the Scriptures imply, at least for a large part of the first fifteen or so years of church history, the apostles remained at Jerusalem. Didn’t they take the Lord’s word seriously? Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on February 15, 2011 in Gospel, New Testament History, Religion

 

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Messiah Was Expected to Atone for Sin

From yesterday’s blog one could understand from the context of Isaiah 53 that it was expected that the Messiah would atone for sin. Yet, modern Judaism repudiates the idea of human sacrifice. Certainly there is some truth in this, but is the doctrine itself wrong or has history abused the idea of human sacrifice, by taking one’s own children or an innocent virgin from the community to sacrifice to a supposed god of whom favor was sought? This type of human sacrifice is, indeed, wrong, but is the teaching wrong? Didn’t the death of the High Priest atone for sin? Didn’t his death permit all who were exiled to the cities of refuge for such sins as manslaughter go free? Let’s take another look at Isaiah 53 to see what the prophet says: Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on April 17, 2010 in Jesus, Religion

 

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The Messiah Was to be a Divine Being!

Neither the Jews nor Protestant Christians believe the Apocrypha or the Jewish Pseudopigrapha were inspired by God in the same manner that Scripture is. Roman Catholics, however, do receive the Apocrypha as Scripture, but reject the other writings. The New Testament quotes from some of these works, but they are still not Scripture for most Christians. Nevertheless, these books do represent Jewish thought during the times in which they were written. Some were written before and during the 1st century CE. Understanding what these books teach will give an accurate estimate of what portions of the Jewish community were expecting when Jesus came upon the scene. One of the books usually included in the Apocrypha is 2 Esdras. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on April 15, 2010 in Jesus, Religion

 

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Messianic Expectations of the First Century CE

Jews today are still looking for the coming of the Messiah. Their claim is he has not yet come, and they at least imply that the views of Judaism today are representative of all Jews of every generation since the Temple period. They simply don’t believe Jesus fulfilled the promises God gave to Israel that they presume would identify who the Messiah ben David would be. Nevertheless, whatever one believes about Judaism today, it would be wrong to assume that today’s Jewish understanding of this important matter represents the whole Jewish faith of the 1st century CE. Judaism today is the result of the efforts of Pharisaical/Rabbinic Judaism following the destruction of the Temple and Jerusalem in 70 CE. During the days of Jesus and the apostles, there existed many Jewish disciplines and approaches to Scriptural understanding. All but the discipline of the Pharisees faded away after the Jewish rebellion against Rome. What then would the Jews at that time have been looking for in a Messianic figure, that is, during the days of Jesus and shortly prior to his coming? Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on April 14, 2010 in Jesus, Religion

 

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There is None Righteous

I often meet with people on the internet who reject Paul’s theology, saying that he departed from God and what he says is to be rejected, or they simply assert that he was the real founder of Christianity, not Jesus. Jesus was Jewish, but Paul was a renegade who could not establish a following among the Jews who knew better, so he went out to establish a name for himself among the Gentiles. Is this true? No! I don’t believe for a moment there is any truth to such an argument. For example, one of Paul’s teaching is that no one is righteous—not even one person. What does he mean by this and can his doctrine be established from the Hebrew Scriptures, or is this, in fact, a new doctrine he began to teach in the New Testament? If one would investigate his sources one would find Romans 3:10-12, was taken directly from the only Scriptures he knew. Notice:

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Posted by on March 24, 2010 in Redemption, Religion

 

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