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The Twenty-Four Elders

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I am nearing the end of this study series as it pertains to the fourth chapter of the Apocalypse. In Revelation 4:4 we are told that around the throne, John saw twenty-four seats or thrones (G2362). These are provincial seats of authority, and upon them sat twenty-four elders. Who these elders might be has troubled Biblical scholars throughout the centuries, ever since John wrote the Apocalypse. What it comes down to is they are either human believers or angels. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on June 11, 2019 in Apocalypse, Book of Revelation

 

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The Glorified Christ as Judge

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It is assumed in the Bible that folks are right-handed. Anyone whose dominant hand is his left is noted in Scripture (Judges 3:15; 20:16). In Revelation 1:16 John gives us a picture of the Lord’s power in protecting the leaders of his church. In his right hand, Jesus holds seven stars, which are the angels of the seven churches (Revelation 1:20; 2:1, 3:1). However, the word angel (G32) doesn’t necessarily mean a heavenly being. Rather it is often used of human messengers. It was used of John the Baptist (Matthew 11:10; Mark 1:2; Luke 7:27). It was used also of men John had sent to Jesus (Luke 7:24), and it is used of men Jesus had sent out to secure accommodations for his party, while they went on the way to Jerusalem (Luke 9:52). So, the seven stars that Jesus holds in his right hand probably point to the human leadership of the seven churches (cf. Malachi 2:7; Daniel 12:3), and John’s mention of Jesus’ right hand points to his power to protect them (cf. John 10:28). Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on February 14, 2019 in Apocalypse, Book of Revelation

 

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Our Confession under Persecution

Persecution - 1Jesus told his disciples that those who confess him before men, he will confess before the angels / messengers of God (Luke 12:8), and he said so in the context of persecution. Jesus was at that very time undergoing persecution by the Pharisees and lawyers (cf. Luke 11:53-54), and the disciples, evidently, seemed to be afraid of what was taking place (Luke 12:7). Authorities can be very intimidating figures, when they want to be, whether or not such intimidation is justified. Jesus faced the unjustified threats and tactics of his enemies, but, although his disciples gathered with him, they seem to have been both surprised with what they were witnessing and somewhat fearful. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on August 20, 2017 in Gospel of Luke

 

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Speaking of Evil of Angels

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Some interpret 2Peter 2:11 as though Peter were speaking of angelic beings. However, if one understood Peter referring to angelic beings, of what good would that serve? If an angel was slandered, what has that to do with the Gospel? It seems to me such an understanding is high sounding, but it has little value, as it pertains to how one should walk with Christ in this world. As I’ve said elsewhere, the Greek word anggelos (G32) can refer to either an angelic being or a human messenger. It can even refer to a physical annoyance (2Corinthians 12:7) that serves to recall something in the past or remind us of something that would come later. To simply say 2Peter 2:11 refers to angelic beings, I believe goes beyond the context of Peter’s epistle. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on March 29, 2017 in Epistles of Peter

 

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The Dilemma of Authority

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Have you ever really considered the dilemma of authority from the point of view of this world’s leaders. An ancient example would serve our purpose here. The name Herod means “hero like,” and history shows that he desired to be known as a great benefactor, both of the people and other world leaders. Most civil authorities today would desire the same thing. Think about the campaign promises politicians make before they are elected to office. They may not want to put forth the effort, but they would like to leave behind a legacy that would show they were wonderful at what they did (cf. Genesis 6:4). Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on February 19, 2017 in Gospel of Luke

 

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Concerning Wives Submitting

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So much is said today of God’s command that wives submit to their husbands. Does he actually command such a thing, and, if he does, why would he do such a thing? Certainly in our modern world women have enjoyed unprecedented freedom in society. This is not to say they enjoy true equality, perhaps some do, but probably not all. When it is pointed out that both Peter and Paul command wives to submit to their husbands, it is almost like men (and it is usually men who point this out) are afraid of a world in which women enjoy the same privileged position that society has always bestowed upon the male. I have to wonder about that, but I also have to admit that some point to Peter and Paul in a sincere effort to speak out for what they assume the Bible teaches. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on December 21, 2016 in Epistles of Peter

 

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