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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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Not a Physical, Literal Coming

70 AD

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In my most recent segments of my in-depth study of Matthew 16:27-28, I have been showing that Jesus intended to come in the glory of the Father (verse-27) in the same manner that God had come out of heaven and down to earth to judge the nations in the Old Testament. It makes no difference whether one believes the Father is the God of the Old Testament or Jesus was the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. No one had ever actually seen God literally come out of heaven to physically and bodily ride on a cloud and judge the nations in the Old Testament. Yet, this is the same manner in which Jesus said he would come in the glory of the Father (Matthew 16:27) to judge every man according to his works (cf. Matthew 26:64). Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on March 21, 2018 in 70 AD Eschatology

 

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Understanding Prophetic Language

Heavens Rolled up like a scroll

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For nearly the whole period of my own Christian experience, I had been interpreting the Old Testament prophecies, for the most part, literally. This is the way in which I was taught, and it is also the manner in which most of my commentaries etc. interpret Biblical prophecy. It is only lately (summer of 2017) that I began to question this method of interpretation (hermeneutic). Certainly, I knew Jesus wasn’t a literal lamb, when the text called him the Lamb of God, but for the most part it was through the literal interpretation of the word of God, that I perceived the scriptures, including the prophets. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on December 1, 2017 in Eschatology, Prophecy

 

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The Coming of the Lord in Judgment

Coming of Christ

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The Lord tells us in Isaiah 42:8 and 48:11 that he will not give his glory to another. Yet, Jesus tells us in Matthew 16:27 that he will come in the glory of the Father. Paul says in Philippians 2:6 that, before he became man, Jesus was in the form of God and was equal with God. Late in his earthly ministry Jesus prayed to his Father, asking that he would glorify him with himself—i.e. with the person of the Father, which was the glory he enjoyed before creation (John 17:5). In other words before he became man, Jesus was God and with God (John 1:1). Therefore, for Jesus to say he would come in the glory of the Father (Matthew 16:27), he was saying he would come in the glory not of man but of God. He would come again (i.e. his Second Coming) as the Lord had come in the past—i.e. in the Old Testament. What would that look like in the context of the New Testament? Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on November 15, 2017 in Eschatology, Prophecy

 

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The Parable of the Evil Spirit

Butterflies

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In Luke 11:24-28 Jesus offers his listeners a parable about an evil spirit in an effort to unveil what was at stake for the Jewish nation, if they didn’t receive him as their Messiah. First of all, there isn’t a single example in the Bible where a demoniac was healed but, afterward, became possessed again. Therefore, we need to ask if Jesus’ words have another meaning. Secondly, we need to remember that Jews in the first century thought and spoke differently than did gentiles of the same period. Jews would think and speak in pictures, but gentiles more analytically. For example, a gentile might have claimed Caesar was a great leader, but the Jews would have called David a great shepherd. A gentile might refer to a good man as someone of strong moral character, but an ancient Jew might say he was as a tree planted by the riverside, whose leaves didn’t wither (cf. Psalm 1:3). Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on July 6, 2017 in Gospel of Luke

 

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