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The Ships of the Sea

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The merchants of the earth were made rich by doing business with Jerusalem. About a week before he was crucified, Jesus drew an analogy of the Kingdom of God by speaking of tax collectors doing business for their master (Luke 19:11-27). When Jesus delivered his Parable of the Pounds, he had been a guest at Zacchaeus’ home in Jericho (Luke 19:1-10). Zacchaeus was a chief tax collector, and I believe Jesus’ parable was modeled after Zacchaeus’ business of collecting taxes, fees, exchanging currency and loaning money. It was something the people could readily see and understand. This was important, if they were to understand Jesus’ point about his Kingdom. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on March 17, 2020 in Apocalypse, Book of Revelation

 

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The Merchants of the Earth

Merchants of the earth

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After the kings of the earth mourned over the destruction of Jerusalem, so, too, did the merchants of the earth (Revelation 18:11, 15-16). In a previous study I described the merchants of the earth not as traders in goods but peddlers of Judaism[1]—Jewish evangelists, prophets, rabbis etc. who preached Judaism around the Empire—making the doctrines of men (Matthew 15:3-9; 23:15; Mark 7:7-13; Titus 1:14) appear as though they were the word of God. According to Jesus’ parable of the Pounds (Luke19:12-27),[2] his disciples were like tax collectors (merchants of the earth) who did business for the Kingdom of God. If we use this analogy for the merchants mentioned in Revelation 18, then it becomes clear that these men didn’t peddle goods but rather dealt in the business of the Jewish religion. They sought to enhance its power and influence in the Roman world to include gentile proselytes, especially those gentiles who had political power and could realize the will of the Jews of the Diaspora upon those who differed from them (cp. Acts 13:50; 14:4-6, 19; 17:5-9). Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on March 12, 2020 in Apocalypse, Book of Revelation

 

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Come Out of Her My People

Babylon Come out of her my people

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Late in his ministry, Jesus told parables about merchants, the first in Matthew (Matthew 25:14-30) and the second in Luke (Luke 19:12-27). In these stories the merchants were Jesus’ disciples who acted out of faith to gain other disciples for Jesus, thus, enlarging the Kingdom of God.[1] The point is that “the merchants of the earth, (who) were waxed rich through the abundance of the great harlot’s delicacies” (Revelation 18:3), were the followers of the leadership of the Jerusalem’s authorities, who had rejected the Gospel by persecuting Jesus’ servants. These merchants were those who peddled Judaism around the world, and their works benefited from the adulterous acts of Jerusalem, the great harlot of the first century AD. In other words as the Jews looked to Caesar more and more (John 19:15), and the more they benefited in terms of wealth and prominence in Caesar’s world, the more Judaism was held in high esteem. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on March 5, 2020 in Apocalypse, Book of Revelation

 

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