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Noah’s Faith

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According to Paul, Noah built an ark, because God warned him that he would destroy mankind with a flood! Therefore, believing what the Lord had told him, Noah built the ark, as God commanded him to do, in order to save himself, his family and the different kinds of land dwelling animals. (Genesis 6:13-22; Hebrews 11:7). It was in building the ark that Noah demonstrated his faith in God. Genesis 6:9 informs us that he walked with God, which was similar to what the Scriptures tell us about Enoch (Genesis 5:22). Paul interprets ‘walking with God’ to be a demonstration of faith (Hebrews 11:6). In other words, Noah not only ‘believed’ God existed, which, no doubt, at least most of his contemporaries also did, but Noah, through obedience, demonstrate his trust that God would, not only judge the world by destroying it, but would also favor him and those closest to him, (Genesis 6:7-8). Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on January 10, 2021 in Epistle to the Hebrews

 

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The Just Shall Live by Faith!

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Many believing Jews during the first century AD were discouraged at the time of Paul’s writing this epistle, and this was due to the persecution they had to endure at the hand of their countrymen (Hebrews 10:32-33; cf. Matthew 24:12). Some were falling away and going back to Judaism, which they knew (Hebrews 10:26; i.e. they had precise or correct knowledge – G1922) was unprofitable (Hebrews 7:18-19). They were abandoning Christ for a more comfortable life without having to bear the shame of Christ (Hebrews 12:2; cf. Galatians 5:11). In fact, just as Jesus had predicted in his Olivet Discourse, the rate of Jewish apostasy was increasing at an alarming rate (Matthew 24:12), hence the need for Paul to write this Epistle to the Hebrews. Therefore, Paul encouraged them to recall the former days rather than looking upon their present circumstance. He wanted them to remember the days in which they willingly endured great suffering for the sake of the Gospel. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on December 31, 2020 in Epistle to the Hebrews

 

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There Remains No Sacrifice for Sin

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Paul warned his readers that, if they sinned willfully, having received the knowledge (epignosis – G1922) of the truth, there no longer remained a sacrifice for sin (Hebrews 10:26). Instead, one has only an expectation of the judgment of God upon his enemies (Hebrews 10:26-27). What Paul was referring to in this verse was the same as what he claimed in Hebrews 10:25. So, if believers forsook their vindication and reward at the coming of Christ (verse-25), by returning to their former life (in the context of Paul’s letter, that would be Judaism), then all they had left was a sense of fear at Christ’s coming judgment (verse-27). In other words, they are without a sacrifice for their sins in Judaism (verse-26). Jesus is the only sacrifice God accepts for sin, and to accept Jesus is to abandon unbelief (Judaism). Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on December 29, 2020 in Epistle to the Hebrews

 

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Enemies of Christ Made His Footstool!

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Under the Old Covenant the Levitical priesthood would offer the same sacrifices to God perpetually to no avail (Hebrews 10:11-12), but under the New Covenant Christ offered himself and rested from his redemptive labor by sitting down at the right hand of God (Psalm 110:1-4). Thus, showing that his single sacrifice was perpetually effective to redeem man and wash his conscience of sin guilt. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on December 20, 2020 in Epistle to the Hebrews

 

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Eternal Judgment

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In the past few studies, I’ve been discussing what Paul meant by the Principles of the Doctrine of Christ (Hebrews 6:1-2). The first study defined what Paul meant by repentance from dead works[1] In the second study I defined what Paul meant as that applies to the next four principles,[2] and in this study I hope to show what Paul meant by eternal judgment? First of all and concerning the word eternal, the Greek word aionios (G166) cannot be forced to mean everlasting or eternal, because it is used to describe the Old Covenant in terms of how long it would last. Who among us, today, would try to say the Old Covenant never ended. See:

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Posted by on October 20, 2020 in Epistle to the Hebrews

 

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Homosexuality and the Law of Moses

Love of God

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For some time it seems that homosexuality was considered the worst sin anyone could commit. I know from my own experience, brethren have held out this lifestyle as the chief of sinful behavior. Yet, these same folks seem to wink at adultery and divorce. Many of us have friends, perhaps even family members, who are divorced, once, twice perhaps even three times, but, while we associate with these sinners, we don’t associate with gay people (as a rule; there are exceptions). We befriend folks we know to be adulterers and at times eagerly listen to their bragging / confession about their sexual escapades, but who would want to listen to a gay’s night out? Gay bashing is also forgivable, because, after all, they deserve it—don’t they? God hates gays—doesn’t he (John 3:16). Jesus died for adulterers, murderers, thieves, idolaters, but not gays—right? Do we really get to choose whose sins are the greatest, or who is and who is not forgiven? Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on July 9, 2020 in Controversial

 

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The Judgment of the Saints

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In Revelation 11:1-2 John was given a reed to measure the Temple of God, but the house only. The Temple court with the Altar of Sacrifice and the Brass Laver were left out, because everything in the outer court was given over to the gentiles, who treated the holy things with contempt. However, in Revelation 21:15 the angel, who was with John (cp. Revelation 21:9), had a golden reed, and he used it to measure the city of New Jerusalem with its walls and gates. Every one of its four sides, together with the height of its walls were equal, measuring 144 cubits each (Revelation 21:15-17). Read the rest of this entry »

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

 

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Death, Hell and the Book of Life

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The Great White Throne Judgment concludes with death and hell (hades, the grave) being cast into the lake of fire, which is defined for us in Revelation 20:14 as the second death. So, if death and the grave were cast into the lake of fire and destroyed, what would that look like? Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on May 17, 2020 in Apocalypse, Book of Revelation

 

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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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The Millennium & the First Resurrection

First Resurrection

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John recorded that the martyrs “lived and reigned with Christ a thousand years” (Revelation 20:4), and this comprises the first resurrection (Revelation 20:5-6), because those who were in the literal graves (Revelation 20:11-12) or who were buried in the sea (Revelation 20:13) didn’t live again, until the end of the thousand years (Revelation 20:5)! What can be understood from this? Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on April 28, 2020 in Apocalypse, Book of Revelation

 

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The Millennium Is a Little While!

Millennium - a Little While

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In the past few studies I’ve been considering those who reign with Christ for a thousand years (Revelation 20:4), or for what modern Christians call the millennium. We have seen that the period of time we understand to be the millennium is, in fact, a far shorter period of time than a literal thousand years. In this study I hope to add even more credence to that assertion, thus establishing a surer foundation for the truth that the millennium both began and ended in the first century AD. Read the rest of this entry »

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

 

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The Millennial Reign with Christ

Millennium

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John tells us that he saw thrones and “they sat on them” (Revelation 20:4). Who sat on thrones? Nearly all the scholars of whom I am aware agree that those on the thrones are believers who were martyred for Christ, but I don’t agree.[1] Those sitting on thrones are the Father and Christ. John also tells us that those who had given up their lives for the Gospel had neither worshiped the beast nor his image and had not received his mark. Therefore, they reigned with Christ for 1000 years (Revelation 20:4, 6; cp. 3:21), but, what does “they lived and reigned with Christ a thousand years” actually mean? Does the text mean they literally reigned in heaven over their enemies? Probably not! Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on April 23, 2020 in Apocalypse, Book of Revelation

 

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The Supper of the Great God!

Supper of the Great God

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In Revelation 19:17 John saw an angel standing in the sun (i.e. in the east), and that angel called to all the fowls of the air to come to the supper of the great God! What I find interesting is what God had prepared for them to eat. It was not a meal that normal people would be expected to enjoy. Rather it was a meal that one would expect carnivorous or predatory beasts to gather to eat. It was: “the flesh of kings, and the flesh of captains, and the flesh of mighty men, and the flesh of horses, and of them that sit on them, and the flesh of all men, both free and bond, both small and great” (Revelation 19:18). The question is: is this the Marriage Supper of the Lamb? The Greek word used for supper is deipnon (G1173), and it is the same word used in Revelation 19:9. Read the rest of this entry »

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

 

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The Wedding Feast!

Wedding Feast

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One of the great themes of the Bible is the wedding feast, which John begins to describe in the nineteenth chapter of the Apocalypse. Jesus, himself, uses the theme of a wedding in several of his parables. According to the perspective of the New Covenant (Matthew 25:1-13) the women await the coming of the Bridegroom (verse-10), which, of course, pointed to Jesus’ coming at the end of the age (Matthew 25:13; cp. 24:3). Here in Revelation 19:7 the great multitude who had been praising God, declared that the time of the wedding had come. That is, Jesus was at that time returning to take his Bride to himself. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on April 2, 2020 in Apocalypse, Book of Revelation

 

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Alleluia! The Lord God Almighty Reigns

Praise God

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The third Alleluia of the New Covenant Scriptures was expressed through the twenty-four elders and the four living creatures (Revelation 19:4). We need to keep in mind that the Seventh Vial judgment of Revelation 16:17-21 is concurrent with the blowing of the Seventh Trumpet (Revelation 11:15-19), and both of these occur simultaneously with the opening of the Seventh Seal (Revelation 8:1-5). Each are the work of Christ expressed as High Priest (the seals), as the Prophet (the trumpets) and as the King of kings (the vials). The Lord holds all three offices and operates out of them in all of his labors. So when he operates as High Priest, he is acting as The Prophet and The King of kings, all at the same time. The Apocalypse expresses his labors in these offices separately, but the Lord is High Priest, Prophet and King of kings all at the same moment. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on March 29, 2020 in Apocalypse, Book of Revelation

 

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