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Faith, the Currency of Heaven


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In the past few studies, I have been demonstrating that the church of Laodicea is not at all as we have been taught. Rather, it sought to preach Jesus through its own resources. Jesus counseled the church at Laodicea to buy from him “gold tried in the fire” and “white raiment” and eyesalve to “anoint (their) eyes” (Revelation 3:18) He counseled the church to buy from him, but how would that be done? What do we have that could be used for currency in heaven? After all, Jesus hasn’t set up a marketplace or a business just down the street in our neighborhood. Therefore, these things point to something spiritual, so what does he mean? Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted by on May 23, 2019 in Apocalypse, Book of Revelation


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The Word of Christ’s Patience


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According to Revelation 3:10, Jesus claimed the church at Philadelphia had kept the word of his patience (G5281). Patience is what is required of believers who have done the will of God, as they ‘wait’ for their reward (Hebrews 10:36). In fact, the fruit of the labor of a good and honest heart is brought forth with patience (Luke 8:15). This is simply how this is done. The seed or the word of God is planted, and it gives birth to the plant or the ‘life’ produced by the seed (word of God), and that ‘life’ produces fruit or good works after the sower waits patiently for that inner ‘life’ to do its work. In other words, the church preached the Gospel and waited with patience (G5281) for the fruit to be produced. Read the rest of this entry »

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


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The Wrong Way to Preach the Gospel

Legalism - 1

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Jesus told the church at Pergamos to repent (Revelation 2:16). That is, repent of believing and perhaps acting on the belief that they needed to join pagans in worship in order to gain them for Christ. Such a practice would end their persecution, but it would take away their witness. How could they testify of what it means to have Jesus as Lord, if they acted as though the pagan gods were lords as well? Mere doctrine saves no one. Jesus, not a better argument, saves people from their sins. Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted by on April 4, 2019 in Apocalypse, Book of Revelation


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The Nicolaitans at Ephesus


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In Revelation 2:6 Jesus told the church of Ephesus that one of their admirable characteristics was that they hated the deeds of the Nicolaitans, which Jesus also hated, but who were the Nicolaitans and what sort of works did they do that were so evil? Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted by on March 7, 2019 in Apocalypse, Book of Revelation


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Leaving Their First Love

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The church at Ephesus had tested those who had pretended to be apostles and found them to be impostors, but one has to wonder how such people could ever have gotten to a position within the church, where it became important to understand their motives. Paul spoke of people who had followed up on his ministry in Galatia in order to undo the work he had done there for the sake of the Gospel. He said they were “false brethren brought in unawares, who came in secretly to spy out our liberty, which we have in Christ Jesus, that they might bring us into bondage” (Galatians 2:4). He later described such folks as false apostles, deceitful workers who sought to be seen as ministers of righteousness (2Corinthians 11:13, 15). Their purpose was to divide the flock into parties or sects through flattering words and an appearance of the love for the truth (cf. Romans 16:17-18). Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted by on March 3, 2019 in Apocalypse, Book of Revelation


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The Apocalypse and the Transfiguration


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What could the Book of Revelation possibly have in common with Jesus’ Transfiguration (Matthew 17:1-8; Mark 9:2-8; Luke 9:28-36)? This is a question I had before I heard a preacher[1] speak of it, but I have to tell you, it makes a lot of sense. What the Transfiguration does for the Apocalypse is to place it in a context that demands that the book was written prior to the Jews’ war with Rome cir. 66-70 AD. The context of the Apocalypse is the Day of the Lord, or the Coming of Jesus.[2] The context of the Transfiguration is the Day of the Lord, or the Lord’s parousia (G3952), according to Peter (2Peter 1:16-18)! Interestingly, I’ve never put Revelation 1:1 together with Matthew 17:1-8 and 2Peter 1:16-18, but you can see how they all fit together. They all speak of the Second Coming and, therefore, the Day of the Lord. Read the rest of this entry »


Posted by on January 15, 2019 in Apocalypse, Book of Revelation


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Two Witnesses for Jesus

Pilate and Herod

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Josephus mentions an interesting event that occurred about a year prior to Jesus’ crucifixion. Pilate had built an aqueduct into Jerusalem using Temple funds for its financing. When many Jews objected to his use of Temple funds to pay for the project, he had some of his military men disguise themselves and mingle with the crowd of Jewish demonstrators. When Pilate gave the signal, his men began killing Jews in the crowd. They were supposed to kill only the most vocal demonstrators, but they killed indiscriminately, and with such vigor that they slew the lambs, too, which some of the Jews carried, intending to have them slain for the Passover celebration. Thus, the blood of the men was mingled with that of the animals (cf. Luke 13:1), a very distasteful matter among the Jews. Many of these Jews were Galileans, and, when this event was told to Herod Antipas, he also viewed the ordeal with contempt, putting Pilate and him at odds with one another. Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted by on July 24, 2018 in Gospel of Luke


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