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Open Up the Heavens!

Heaven Opened

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In Revelation 19:11 John tells us he saw heaven opened! The Greek word, anoigo (G455), is the perfect passive participle, and the verb should be translated as in Young’s Literal Translation: “having been opened.”In other words, John saw an existing condition not an action.[1] All three Synoptics record that the heavens opened just after Jesus’ baptism (Matthew 3:16; Mark 1:10; Luke 3:21), and all four Gospel accounts record that the (Holy) Spirit (of God) descended and remained on Jesus (Matthew 3:16; Mark 1:10; Luke 3:22; John 1:32-34). Moreover, not only had the heavens opened, but the Greek shows they stand open (John 1:51).[2] So, in the context of Revelation 19:11, John either turned his attention to the already opened heavens, or he was given a vision of the fact that the heavens were open. Read the rest of this entry »

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

 

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Reward Her Even As She Rewarded You

Babylon - His feet on Mt. Olives

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After the elect were safe (Revelation 18:4), the text concludes that the Lord remembered the iniquities of the great harlot (Revelation 18:5-6). It is not that the Lord had forgotten all that Babylon had done, but later he, suddenly, recalled it all. Rather, the sense is that the Lord is unveiled in the Scriptures as though he were handing down his verdict over what Jerusalem had done. Her deeds were remembered in that the Lord was now ready to judge her! Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on March 8, 2020 in Apocalypse, Book of Revelation

 

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The Ten Horns Have No Kingdom as Yet!

Delegated Authority

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The ten horns mentioned in the seventeenth chapter of the Apocalypse are described as ten kings (Revelation 17:12). Yet, these ten kings have no kingdom of their own. One could say that a king without a kingdom is no king at all, at least no king of any consequence. This understanding is true, but not entirely so, that is to say: it may be a rule, but there are exceptions to the rule. Notice that these kings “have received no kingdom as yet; but receive power as kings one hour with the beast” (Revelation 17:12). Moreover, the text concludes that they give their power or authority as kings over to the beast (Revelation 17:13). In other words, they are the beast’s source of power. Without these ten kings, the beast, upon whom the great harlot sits (Revelation 17:3) would have no power at all to carry out its will! Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on February 25, 2020 in Apocalypse, Book of Revelation

 

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The Seven Heads Are Seven Kings

Seven Hills of Jerusalem

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In the seventeenth chapter of the Apocalypse, the angel began to unveil the identity of the beast by saying: “The seven heads are seven mountains,[1] on which the woman sits” (Revelation 17:9). That is, she rests or finds her life in these seven heads. Much has been said by Biblical scholars to show that Rome was built upon seven hills (or mountains), thereby seeking to substantiate their futuristic conclusions about the Apocalypse. After all, Rome wasn’t destroyed in the first century AD, so the Apocalypse must have been written with a view toward some point in time far into the future. Nevertheless, there were other cities in the ancient world that were built upon seven mountains or hills. Jerusalem was one of those cities.[2] Read the rest of this entry »

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

 

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Worthy Is the Lamb

Lamb that was slain

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John beheld and heard the voices of a group of innumerable angels, together with the voices of the twenty-four elders and the four living creatures (Revelation 5:11). The elders and the beasts and the great myriads of angelic beings shouted: “Worthy is the Lamb that was slain to receive power, and riches, and wisdom, and strength, and honor, and glory, and blessing” (Revelation 5:12). The object of their praise was the Lamb (Jesus). Read the rest of this entry »

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

 

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A Final Warning

Trap

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At this, his final Passover season, Jesus told his listeners to behold the fig tree and all trees. They began to bud at the time of Passover, showing that summer was near (Luke 21:29-30). He used this to signify that, once believers saw the signs of the judgment against Jerusalem and the Temple, they should understand that the time of Jesus’ coming and the Day of the Lord was near (Luke 21:29-31). Moreover, he claimed that everything he predicted about Jerusalem and the Temple would occur in the space of one generation (Luke 21:32; cir. 30-40 years). Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on June 5, 2018 in Gospel of Luke

 

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Uniting the Whole House of Israel

House of IsraelIn several of my previous studies, I had been examining Ezekiel 37 and how this prophecy relates to, predicts, if you will, the Messianic Kingdom. Nevertheless, Ezekiel also prophesied that David the King (i.e. the Messiah) would arise. He also predicted the resurrection of the dead and that God would make a covenant of peace with the **whole** House of Israel. That is, God would restore the kingdoms of Judah and Israel and make them one kingdom again. Then he would make a ‘covenant of peace’ with them. Finally, Ezekiel predicted the Messianic Temple or Tabernacle would be built and God would dwell with his people forever. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on June 1, 2018 in 70 AD Eschatology

 

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A New Covenant with the House of Israel

New Covenant - 1

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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 returned in the clouds, as he claimed he would (Matthew 26:64), and 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 (Matthew 24:3, 30). Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on May 30, 2018 in 70 AD Eschatology

 

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Paul and Ezekiel

Dwelling Place

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In the past two studies on 70 AD eschatology I’ve been discussing Ezekiel 37 and the restoration of the two Houses of Israel. Ezekiel 37, remember, points to all those dry bones in the valley, and God says they are the whole house of Israel. We’ve seen that it really didn’t mean the whole House of Israel was in a literal grave. After all, there were many from both Judah and the ten northern tribes alive and in captivity. What Ezekiel was referring to was Israel was without hope, in that both houses had broken their covenant with God, so they were depicted as dead. I have been showing how the coming of Jesus, the Messiah, has ultimately breathed life into those dry bones, and he has restored them, i.e. united them into one nation once more, as was the case in the beginning under Moses and up to the time of Solomon. This was and is a spiritual work, not a physical one, and pointed to a spiritual Kingdom of God.
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Posted by on May 28, 2018 in 70 AD Eschatology

 

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The End or Goal of the Age

End of the Age - 1

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I am presently involved in a series of studies on the nature of the Kingdom of God. In previous studies I have shown how all three futurists’ views on eschatology—postmillennialism, amillennialism and premillennialism—are demonstrably false. With a few exceptions, all views seek to make a case for a visible, physical Second Coming of Christ in our (modern) future. When he does arrive, he will either destroy the heavens and the earth and take believers with him to be where he is, or he will renovate the earth and set up a physical Kingdom of God based in physical Jerusalem. All these eschatological views are demonstrably false.

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Posted by on May 21, 2018 in 70 AD Eschatology

 

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Who Is the Final Authority?

sola scriptura - 1

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According to the scriptures, who is the final authority of the Bible’s eschatology? We are told by many futurists that the writers of the New Testament simply didn’t understand either the time or the nature of Jesus’ Second Coming, or the establishment of the Kingdom of God. So, who is the authority of Biblical interpretation, the New Testament writers or the futurists—the amillennialists, premillennialists and postmillennialists? Where does eisegesis leave off and sola scriptura begin? If the New Testament authors believed and said one thing, but the futurists conclude they were naive and really didn’t know the gravity of the things they pointed out, aren’t the futurists telling us that sola scriptura doesn’t apply to how the New Testament authors described both the time and the nature of Jesus’ Second Coming? Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on May 14, 2018 in 70 AD Eschatology

 

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Philip Preaches the Kingdom of God

Dry Tree

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For some time now, I have been studying about the nature of the Kingdom of God. While some futurists (premillennialists, postmillennialists and amillennialists) may agree that the Kingdom of God, as it exists today, is a spiritual Kingdom, they would also tell us that it will morph into a physical Kingdom, when Jesus returns in a physical body to reign on a physical throne in physical Jerusalem. They might put it in different words, but in essence that is what their claims are. There are indeed subsets of those groups that would deny the above, saying Jesus simply returns and destroys the heavens and the earth—all of creation and takes his own to be with him, but the majority of those groups in essence teach something similar to the above. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on May 2, 2018 in 70 AD Eschatology

 

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Prepare Ye the Way of the Lord

Highway of Holiness

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One of the most interesting allusions that I have seen that points to a spiritual Kingdom of God rather than a physical one, which all futurists need to have in order to prove their eschatology, is the theme found in Isaiah 35. Here we find people in a wilderness, but the desert blossoms and is full of life. The strong are to help the weak and encourage the fearful, saying: “God will come… and recompense; he will save you.” (Isaiah 35:1-4). It is a time for opening the eyes of the blind and the ears of the deaf (Isaiah 35:5). Then the prophet says a highway will been there—The Way of Holiness. But the unclean are unable to pass over it. “And He Himself is by them, Whoso is going in the way–even fools err not” (Isaiah 35:8 – Youngs Literal Translation). The ransomed of the Lord return, and come into Zion with songs and everlasting joy upon their heads (Isaiah 35:10). Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on April 30, 2018 in 70 AD Eschatology

 

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The Return of the Nobleman

Second Coming - 4It might be interesting, as far as eschatology is concerned, to consider the context of the Lord’s Parable of the Pounds (Parable of the Minas in many translations) of Luke 19:11-27. First of all, Luke tells us the reason Jesus gave the parable. It is because the people thought the Kingdom of God was about to be established immediately upon Jesus’ coming to Jerusalem, and this is where Jesus was headed (Luke 19:11, 28). This is why Jesus’ disciples lay the palm branches and their clothing before Jesus as he descended Mount Olives to enter the eastern gate of the city (Luke 19:35-36; Mark 11:8). Nevertheless, Jesus claimed in the parable that such hopes would not be realized. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on March 20, 2018 in Gospel of Luke

 

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The Business of the Kingdom of God

Tax Collector - 3

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Because many of Jesus’ disciples thought the Kingdom of God would suddenly come into view, Jesus offered them a parable that concerned how the business of Kingdom of God would be conducted on earth. Most of those who waited for the Kingdom (Luke 2:25, 38; 23:51) believed it would immediately and suddenly appear for all to see (Luke 19:11; cf. 17:20-21). Yet, Jesus taught that the Kingdom of God was something that was within man and was manifest to the world only in the conduct or fruit of its ambassadors (cf. Matthew 13:24-26, 38). This idea proved to be a difficult point to get across, especially in light of the powerful influence of the false teachers of this world, both religious and secular (cf. Matthew 16:11-12; Mark 8:15). Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on March 1, 2018 in Gospel of Luke

 

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