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He Who Sat Upon the White Throne

Great White Throne

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In Revelation 20:11 we are told that John saw a great white throne, and he mentions that he saw One sitting on that throne. It is difficult to read this and not remember the opening of the sixth seal (Revelation 6:12-17). There everyone tried to hide from him who sat upon the throne. Thus, we are faced with the problem of taking the writing of the Apocalypse in chronological order. Instead, it seems that Jesus is presented first as the High Priest (Revelation 1 through 8:5), then as Prophet (Revelation 8:6 through 14), and finally as the King of kings (Revelation 15 through 22). In each representation of Christ (High Priest, Prophet and King) he is seen as coming to judge the earth (Revelation 6:16-17; 14:1, 14-16; and 19:11). Therefore, his offices are overlaid one upon the other, showing Revelation 6:16 is the same time as Revelation 20:11. Read the rest of this entry »

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

 

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The Birth of the Beast of Revelation 13

Beast out of the sea

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Many modern scholars interpret the beast of Revelation 13 and its heads as seven resurrections of the Roman Empire. Indeed, other scholars interpret the heads of the beast of this chapter to be the first seven heads of the Roman Empire. Although I do agree with this second interpretation, I do have exceptions as to how that interpretation was played out in history. For example, although the heads of the beast of Revelation 13 are Roman emperors, the beast is not Rome. The description of the beast in this chapter is based upon the four great empires of Daniel 7: Babylon, Persia, Greece and Rome, and Daniel 7:3 states that these empires would be different from one another. Yet, Revelation 13 seems to make the beast with its seven heads a composite of all four.[1] Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on November 12, 2019 in Apocalypse, Book of Revelation

 

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The Dragon Had but a Short Time

Dragon -- Revelation 12

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As I conclude this study on Revelation 12, we come to the place where the dragon realized he was cast to the earth, and he knew that he had only a short time left, before he would be bound (cf. Revelation 20:1-2), so he persecuted the woman (the elect) who brought forth the male Child, Jesus (Revelation 12:12-13). This literally played out in the life of Herod the Great after he failed to discover where Jesus (“he who was born King of the Jews” – Matthew 2:1-2), was living (Matthew 2:7-8, 11-12, 16). Joseph had taken Jesus and Mary to Egypt (Matthew 2:13-14). It wasn’t until about a year later that Herod was stricken terminally ill, and he knew he had but a short time left before he would die. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on November 10, 2019 in Apocalypse, Book of Revelation

 

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The Child Who Would Rule All Nations

Child of Revelation 12

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We are studying the twelfth chapter of Revelation, in which John saw several signs in the heavens. These, as I have shown in studies immediately previous to this one, are signs in the Zodiac, not Greek mythology, but signs which the Lord had given us that take note of the work he was doing among men. He gave these stars and signs their names (Psalm 147:4; Job 9:9), but his word had been corrupted by men to reveal “men, birds, beasts and creeping things” (Romans 1:21-23, 28) that reveal different stories than the Gospel, which they originally foretold. Read the rest of this entry »

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

 

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A Great Star Fell from Heaven

Fallen Star

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When the third angel sounded its trumpet, a great star fell from heaven (Revelation 8:10), but what does this mean? First of all, a star represents kings, especially the Messiah (Numbers 27:17), but they can also represent leaders of the church (Revelation 1:16, 20), or even the nation of Israel, itself (Revelation 12:1; cf. Genesis 37:9-12). Secondly, if we consider the veil of the Temple, the significance of the star falling from heaven might impact the reader in a very unexpected manner. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on August 13, 2019 in Apocalypse, Book of Revelation

 

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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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The Charges Against Jesus

Brought Before Pilate

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After finding Jesus guilty of blasphemy, a verdict requiring death under the Mosaic Law (Leviticus 24:16), the Sanhedrin, immediately, brought Jesus to the Roman governor, Pontius Pilate (Luke 23:1; cf. 3:1), because, under Roman Law, the Jewish authorities had no right to execute anyone for a crime (John 18:31). Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on July 17, 2018 in Gospel of Luke

 

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Making Jesus King

Feeding the 5000 - 1

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I have just begun a study on the nature of Jesus’ Kingdom. Most Christians believe Jesus will return some day to the earth in a physical body to sit on a physical throne located in physical Jerusalem, which would be the capital of his physical Kingdom. I take issue with this point of view that seems to be the hope of most Christians, and in my previous study on this theme I pointed out that, if, as nearly everyone believes, Jesus did, in fact, come cir. 70 AD to judge Jerusalem and to destroy the Temple, as the scriptures seem to support (Matthew 26:64; cf. Daniel 9:26-27; Luke 19:12-15, 27; Acts 6:14), then wouldn’t that have been his ‘Second Coming’? If not, why not, and do the scriptures predict a ‘third’ coming of the Lord? Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on March 28, 2018 in 70 AD Eschatology

 

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Hosanna to the King!

Jesus on a Donkey - 1

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After finding the animals the disciples returned to Bethphage on the Mount of Olives (Luke 19:35-38). They then placed their garments upon the animals and Jesus on the colt and marched toward the Eastern Gate of Jerusalem. While they went they placed their garments in the path of the colt upon which Jesus rode, while they shouted “Blessed is the King who comes in the name of the Lord. Peace in heaven and glory in the highest” (Luke 19:38). Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on March 27, 2018 in Gospel of Luke

 

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No Room For Jesus

No Room for Jesus -1

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One would expect royalty to be born in the kings’ palace, yet there was no room for the Savior, Messiah and Lord of the Jews. Neither was there a place for him among the nations, because at the very time that Jesus was born all Jews and all gentiles of the empire were hailing the Emperor of Rome by swearing an oath to Augustus Caesar (Luke 2:1-4), the anointed savior and god of the Roman world. There was no room for two saviors or two gods to rule mankind. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on June 2, 2016 in Gospel of Luke

 

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Theophilus and the Herod Family

High Priest - 2

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Luke’s preface to his Gospel shows that he intended his Gospel narrative to be an apologetic (Luke 1:4) for Most Excellent Theophilus (Luke 1:3). Thus, Luke identifies him as an official of some rank, for he quotes several people addressing the Roman governors, Felix and Festus, in very same manner (see Acts 23:26; 24:3; 26:25). While most scholars conclude that Theophilus must have been an official of some kind, they conclude he was a new gentile convert to Christianity, but this doesn’t seem plausible when one considers the context of Luke’s uncluttered narrative. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on April 5, 2016 in Gospel of Luke

 

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Does God Wish to Enslave Everyone?

Crowning Queen Elizabeth

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Some would have us believe that God is actually seeking to enslave all mankind. The modern critic often abuses Scripture by force fitting ancient language attributed to a monarchy / theocracy into modern more democratic terminology. The servant of the king becomes the king’s slave, because under a democracy all citizens should be equal. Therefore, the word servant must be synonymous with slave. This is hardly true, because any holder of public office in a democracy is a public servant, but the Biblical critic hardly desires to let something like this spoil his point of view.[1] Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on January 3, 2016 in apologetics

 

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The Three Trials of Jesus

My wife and I were discussing Jesus’ trials, and one thing led to another, and lo and behold, we found ourselves involved in a really rewarding little study. It is a bit difficult to convert our conversation to paper, but I’ll give it a go. We discovered that there are a number of things that tie together which unveil more and more first, about what Jesus’ trials consisted of, and secondly, their significance. Jesus’ trials are found in Matthew 4 and Luke 4. In Matthew Jesus’ first temptation concerns turning stones into bread, the second concerns Jesus casting himself off the pinnacle of the Temple and depending upon God to save him from harm, and the third and final temptation concerned outright worship of the enemy in order to receive the kingdoms of the world and reign as king over all. Luke says the same but reverses the second and the third—and my wife, Kay, and I found this also to be significant.

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Posted by on April 2, 2010 in Jesus, Religion

 

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