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The Millennial Reign with Christ


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John tells us that he saw thrones and “they sat on them” (Revelation 20:4). Who sat on thrones? Nearly all the scholars of whom I am aware agree that those on the thrones are believers who were martyred for Christ, but I don’t agree.[1] Those sitting on thrones are the Father and Christ. John also tells us that those who had given up their lives for the Gospel had neither worshiped the beast nor his image and had not received his mark. Therefore, they reigned with Christ for 1000 years (Revelation 20:4, 6; cp. 3:21), but, what does “they lived and reigned with Christ a thousand years” actually mean? Does the text mean they literally reigned in heaven over their enemies? Probably not! Read the rest of this entry »

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


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Martyr Vindication

Judgment Day - 2

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In my most recent study, I mentioned The Parable of the Wicked Tenants (Matthew 21:33-46). According to that parable, the authorities taking care of (governing) the vine (the Lord’s heritage or his people) were responsible for killing the servants (prophets) of the lord of the vineyard (the God of Israel), and for which they would be eventually judged (Matthew 21:40, 43). So, in this parable Jesus introduced a common theme found throughout the New Testament, and that is the theme of the vindication of the martyrs. Later, Jesus would accuse the Jewish authorities of being guilty of all of the blood of all of the righteous from Able (Genesis 4) to Zacharias (2Chronicles 24:20-22).[1] In other words they were guilty of all of the righteous blood that had been shed under the Old Testament (Matthew 23:35). Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted by on October 7, 2018 in 70 AD Eschatology


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