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Blowing the Seventh Trumpet

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The seventh angel sounded his trumpet, and the kingdoms of this world—i.e. the kingdoms of the nations—suddenly became the kingdoms  of God and of Christ, and he (Christ) shall reign forever and ever (Revelation 11:15). Suddenly all Heaven rejoiced, as the twenty four elders fell down upon their faces worshiping the Lord God Almighty, thanking him for taking this great power to himself and reigning (Revelation 11:16-17). Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on October 22, 2019 in Apocalypse, Book of Revelation

 

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Jesus’ Boast of the Faithful in Sardis

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Revelation 3:1 shows us that the church at Sardis had a name (G3586) that was undependable. At times they were ready to represent Jesus, but at other times it was as though they hadn’t even known him. Jesus claimed, however, there were a few names (G3586) in Sardis who had not soiled their garments (Revelation 3:4).[1] That is, these names were ready both in season and out of season to reprove, to rebuke and to exhort with patience and instruction (cf. 2Timothy 4:2). They proved themselves that they were not ashamed of the name of Christ. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on April 30, 2019 in Apocalypse, Book of Revelation

 

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Who Were the Nicolaitans?

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In Revelation 2:15 Jesus claimed there were also among the believers at Pergamos those who held to the doctrine of the Nicolaitans, but who are the Nicolaitans and what was their doctrine? Some scholars believe they were similar to those who held to the doctrine of Balaam, having an antinomian[1] theology. While it would be easy to conclude the doctrine of Balaam was ‘antinomian’ in nature,[2] I don’t believe it is logical to hold that the theology of the Nicolaitans was ‘antinomian’ as well, because, if that were true, why would Jesus speak of them as though they were different. There was the one group, and there was the other. Why would it be necessary to speak of the two, if they were so much alike? Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on April 2, 2019 in Apocalypse, Book of Revelation

 

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The Keys of Hell and Death

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Jesus told John that he had the “keys to hell and death.” A key, of course, is able to open or lock something. It is often used in Scripture as a symbol of authority or power. For example, the scribes and Pharisees had the authority or power to allow the Jewish populace to enter into the Kingdom of God by permitting them to believe in Jesus (Luke 11:52; cf. Matthew 23:13), but they hindered the people. Not only did they reject Jesus, but they slandered him before the people (Matthew 12:23-24; Mark 3:20-22), in order to cause them to be afraid of placing their trust in him. Moreover, these same authorities threatened the people, saying anyone who trusted in Jesus would be cast out of the synagogues (John 12:42-43; cf. 9:22, 28-34). So the “key of knowledge,” which Jesus attributed to the scribes and Pharisees, does not mean they possessed such knowledge. However, it does mean they had the authority to open the door to knowledge or at least not lock it so others could possess it, even though they, themselves, rejected it. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on February 19, 2019 in Apocalypse, Book of Revelation

 

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Is ‘Oops’ in God’s Vocabulary?

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I have been involved in an eschatological study of Jesus’ Parable of the Wicked Tenants (Matthew 21:33-46). In it Jesus tells a story of wicked vinedressers who kill the servants of the lord of the vine, finally slaying his son in an effort to steal the vine for themselves. The parable depicts the Jewish authorities as the wicked tenants or vinedressers, and Jesus as the son of the lord of the vine, and the lord is God and the vine is his Kingdom (Israel). Jesus’ point was the Kingdom would be taken from those wicked tenants (the Jewish authorities listening to Jesus) and given to a nation that would produce the fruits (Matthew 21:43), which clearly depicts a 70 AD fulfillment. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on October 14, 2018 in 70 AD Eschatology

 

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The Messianic Temple

Living Stones

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I am presently considering the eschatology of The Parable of the Wicked Tenants (Matthew 21:33-46) in light of the fact that the Jewish authorities understood the parable to point to them (Matthew 21:45). If this is so, and Jesus doesn’t say otherwise, then the parable could point only to 70 AD for its fulfillment. This would put Jesus’ so-called Second Coming (Matthew 21:40) and the establishment of the Kingdom of God, with Jesus as King, in 70 AD. Unless one is able to offer a reasonable counter argument, showing why this couldn’t be true, why shouldn’t we believe the clear intent of the parable? Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on October 11, 2018 in 70 AD Eschatology

 

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The Rejected Stone

Rejected Stone

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In recent studies I’ve been drawing from The Parable of the Wicked Tenants (Matthew 21:33-46) in an effort to show the nearness of the eschatology of the New Testament. The Old Testament prophets prophesied of the time in which the New Testament disciples lived (1Peter 1:10-12). Moreover, Jesus, himself, drawing on those prophecies, predicted his Second Coming would occur in those days in which his then present audience lived (Matthew 16:27-28). So, when we look at the eschatology of Matthew 21:33-45, Jesus was speaking of those very same Jewish authorities who listened to him and rightly understood that he was speaking of them (Matthew 21:45). Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on October 9, 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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In the Twinkling of an Eye

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We are told in Isaiah 2:2-4 that the mountain of the Lord’s House would be established in the last days, and at this time the nations would go up to the Lord’s House to learn his ways, because the word of the Lord will flow out from Zion. It is also a time when the land would be full of idols, when both the poor and the great would worship the work of their hands, and a day in which the Lord would be exalted, because he will not forgive their iniquities but would judge the proud and lofty man (Isaiah 2:8-12). It would be a day when silver and gold wouldn’t buy safety, and men would run to hide in the rocks and caves for fear of the great majesty of the Lord (Isaiah 2:19-22; Revelation 6:15-17). Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on June 22, 2018 in 70 AD Eschatology

 

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House of God Is Spiritual

Shadow of Christ

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According to all three futurist eschatologies—amillennialism, postmillennialism and premillennialism, with some exceptions within the groups—we can expect the establishment of a physical Kingdom at the future return of Jesus to this earth, and Jesus will be visible, i.e. in a physical body and rule out of literal, physical Jerusalem. Historical premillennialists (but not all) and dispensational premillennialists believe the physical Temple will be rebuilt in Jerusalem and animal sacrifices will be restored. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on June 13, 2018 in 70 AD Eschatology

 

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The New Kingdom

New Man

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The Old Testament prophets foretold the coming of the Messianic Kingdom or the Kingdom of God. All three popular eschatological views of the Second Coming, although some admit to its spiritual presence today, conclude that the Kingdom of God will be a physical Kingdom at a presumed future coming of the Lord. However, I have been repudiating that point of view for quite some time in these studies of mine, which concern the Lord’ parousia or coming (Matthew 24:3, 30), which I conclude was fulfilled in 70 AD. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on June 11, 2018 in 70 AD Eschatology

 

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The New Creation

New Creation

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I’m presently involved in a study about the nature of the Kingdom of God, have been for quite some time now. Many futurists, namely those who look for Christ to come to the earth sometime in our future, believe that, when Jesus comes, he will set up a physical Kingdom on earth and reign from physical Jerusalem. Some believe this will take place at or initiate the Millennium, while others conclude Jesus will arrive after the Millennium. Many of these futurists also believe Christ will renovate or destroy and then recreate the heavens and the earth, and will then reign in an Eden type or utopian Kingdom. But does this fit what the Bible says about Jesus’ return? Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on June 8, 2018 in 70 AD Eschatology

 

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The New Covenant

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The predominant view of futurist eschatology is that Jesus absolutely must return to this earth and set up or establish a physical Kingdom of God, wherein he will reign as the Messiah in a visible, physical body on a physical throne from physical Jerusalem. I have been in recent months repudiating that point of view, saying that Jesus has already returned and has already established his Kingdom in 70 AD, when he came in the clouds, as he said he would (Matthew 26:64). At that time he judged Jerusalem and destroyed its Temple in the person of the Roman general, Titus, and his armies. Of course, such a ‘Second Coming’ was not visible with one’s eyes, but it was perceived, in that, the destruction of Jerusalem was the sign of Christ’s presence in heaven (Matthew 24:3, 30). Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on June 6, 2018 in 70 AD Eschatology

 

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The Spiritual Restoration of Israel

Dwelling Place of God

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In this series of studies, I’ve been investigating the nature of the Kingdom of God. Many Christians believe and would affirm that Jesus will one day come out of heaven in a physical (visible) body and reign over a physical Kingdom, which would be headquartered in physical Jerusalem. Of course, I have been taking issue with that point of view in this series of studies. I have been saying that Jesus has already returned, and has already set up his Kingdom, and all this occurred in 70 AD, when he came in the clouds, as he promised to do (Matthew 26:64), and judged Jerusalem and destroyed the Temple located there. Thus, and at that time, Jesus officially ended the Old Covenant and officially established the New with restored Israel. Therefore, since no one actually saw Jesus in a physical, visible form come out of the sky on a cloud, his coming or parousia (G3952—Matthew 24:3) must have been spiritual. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on May 25, 2018 in 70 AD Eschatology

 

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This Is That!

Valley of Dry Bones - 1Was the Kingdom of God, as presented by Jesus, physical or spiritual? If the Jews didn’t reject Jesus as their Messiah, what would the Kingdom of God have looked like? Was the Kingdom of God delayed, because the Jews rejected Jesus as their Messiah? These questions are important, and they determine the nature or the characteristics of the Kingdom that Jesus preached. For example, if the establishment of the Kingdom of God was delayed, due to the Jews rejecting Jesus as their Messiah, then the Kingdom Jesus offered must have been a physical Kingdom, with him physically reigning from physical Jerusalem. However, if the Kingdom wasn’t delayed, then it is here today, but it isn’t visible. One couldn’t find it on a world map. Jesus certainly isn’t physically present and reigning in physical Jerusalem. Is he? Therefore, if the Kingdom wasn’t delayed, then the Kingdom of God **must** be spiritual in nature. This seems logically true. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on May 23, 2018 in 70 AD Eschatology

 

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