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The Coming Messiah, the Morning Star

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The speaker in Revelation 22:16 is Jesus. The text says so, but the angel, whom Jesus sent to John, may be quoting Jesus as opposed to John actually hearing Jesus speak these words. However, no matter how one sees this, Jesus says he is the root and the offspring of David and the bright morning star. But, what does Jesus mean? First of all, Jesus claimed to be the offspring of David, which, taken at face value, means he is **the** descendant of David, or the one the nation had been seeking, since the time when David was the king. Jesus is claiming to be the Messiah (cp. Luke 2:25, 38; 23:51; Mark 15:43). Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted by on June 25, 2020 in Apocalypse, Book of Revelation


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The Dragon Had but a Short Time

Dragon -- Revelation 12

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As I conclude this study on Revelation 12, we come to the place where the dragon realized he was cast to the earth, and he knew that he had only a short time left, before he would be bound (cf. Revelation 20:1-2), so he persecuted the woman (the elect) who brought forth the male Child, Jesus (Revelation 12:12-13). This literally played out in the life of Herod the Great after he failed to discover where Jesus (“he who was born King of the Jews” – Matthew 2:1-2), was living (Matthew 2:7-8, 11-12, 16). Joseph had taken Jesus and Mary to Egypt (Matthew 2:13-14). It wasn’t until about a year later that Herod was stricken terminally ill, and he knew he had but a short time left before he would die. Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted by on November 10, 2019 in Apocalypse, Book of Revelation


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The Mighty Angel

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There seems to be a great deal of confusion over who this mighty angel is in chapter ten of the Apocalypse. Some conclude he is the Emperor Justin who ruled in favor of orthodoxy and against the Arians concerning the deity of Jesus. Others say he is evil and represents the papacy and the little book his cannons and decrees. Still others want to say the angel is Luther and the other reformers of his day and the little book is represents the Protestant doctrines of reformation. Nevertheless, all of these interpretation represent the newspaper exegetes of their day, and what they say is purely subjective in nature, without an ounce of objective evidence. The proof of the pudding is in the eating, and in this case the eating has to do with the word of God. The Scriptures tell us who this angel is, and what was really in his hand. Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted by on September 19, 2019 in Apocalypse, Book of Revelation


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A Star Called Wormwood


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In my two earlier studies entitled: Blowing the Third Trumpet and A Great Star Fell from Heaven, I tried to show that the star that fell from heaven was a Jewish spiritual and civil leader, namely, one of the influential high priests at Jerusalem, who stood against the Lord and the Gospel that was then being spread throughout the Roman Empire by Jesus’ disciples. He had planned and executed a great persecution against the Messianic church immediately following Paul’s imprisonment at Caesarea. All of the General Epistles: James, 1 & 2 Peter; 1, 2 & 3 John, and Jude were written, in my opinion, during Paul’s incarceration and in an effort to stem the attack of the Jewish leadership at Jerusalem against the spread of the Gospel. This persecution of believers didn’t go unnoticed by the Lord, and he retaliated against the unbelieving Jewish nation, as I hope to show in this study. Read the rest of this entry »


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


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The Angel’s Rhetorical Question

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A rhetorical question is one that a person asks when he is more interested in developing his own thought about a matter than he is in seeking information. Rhetorical questions are used to express deep emotion (Job 3:11), surprise and/or joy (Luke 1:43), when one wishes to have his hearer to think more deeply about a subject (cf. Luke 11:11-13) and for many other reasons. Rhetorical questions are used quite often in the Bible, actually, and behooves the reader of the text to consider them when he comes to them, and discover why they are used in God’s word. Read the rest of this entry »

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


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The Amen, the Faithful & True Witness

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I am currently involved in the study of the Laodicean church in Revelation 3:14-22. There, Jesus describes himself to the church as the Amen, the faithful and true witness and the beginning of the creation of God (Revelation 3:14). The Greek word amen (G281) is used 152 times in the New Covenant text, and it is translated either into verily (101 times) or transliterated as amen (51 times). Only here in verse-14 is it used as a name for anyone. It is always used elsewhere as an introduction to a statement that is true or as a conclusion to a prayer or a statement that is true. But, here Jesus claims it as a title for himself. It is interesting that Isaiah uses the Hebrew word otherwise translated into amen (H543), 28 out of 30 times, to describe God as the true God or the God of truth: “that he who blesses himself in the earth shall bless himself in the God of truth; and he that swears in the earth shall swear by the God of truth; because the former troubles are forgotten, and because they are hid from mine eyes” (Isaiah 65:16). Therefore, by Jesus saying he is the “Amen” in Revelation 3:14, it would seem that he claims to be the Truth (John 14:6) or the God of truth (Isaiah 65:16) or both. Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted by on May 19, 2019 in Apocalypse, Book of Revelation


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He Who Has the Key of David

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In my previous study about the church in Philadelphia, I demonstrated that spies had probably infiltrated the church throughout Asia, including this church that is often thought of as a perfect church, one of the two that had no faults for the Lord to mention. However, I believe this is a misconception. Jesus is addressing problems and praiseworthy matters that each of the churches have. Each one may accentuate one or the other, but, in reality all the churches have problems, and all have good works. Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted by on May 5, 2019 in Apocalypse, Book of Revelation


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The Great Voice Is the Glorified Christ

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John heard a great voice like a trumpet in Revelation 1:10. This scene recalls an event during Moses’ day when the voice or sound of a trumpet was heard and the people trembled (Exodus 19:16). It was the voice of God that they heard. John mentions the sound of a voice, which is associated with a trumpet, only twice more in this book. The second occasion tells John to ascend (to heaven) and see the things after the things he saw (Revelation 4:1). The third and final time John hears this voice is the occasion of the seventh trumpet (Revelation 10:3-8; 11:15), when Christ begins to reign. This is the occasion of both his coming and the time the righteous dead are resurrected and are caught up to be with Jesus (Matthew 24:31; 1Thessalonians 4:16; 1Corinthians 15:52). Read the rest of this entry »

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


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He Shall Sit on the Throne!

Throne of His GloryJesus tells us in the Olivet Discourse that when he returns he will sit on the throne of his glory (Matthew 25:31). However, Paul also claims that, when Christ comes (1Corinthians 15:23), “Then cometh the end, when he shall have delivered up the kingdom to God, even the Father; when he shall have put down all rule and all authority and power” (1Corinthians 15:24). How does Jesus sit upon the throne of his glory at his coming (Matthew 25:31), when he, at the same time, delivers the Kingdom to God, his Father (1Corinthians 15:24)? Read the rest of this entry »


Posted by on November 27, 2018 in 70 AD Eschatology


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Unbelief and Mocking Jesus


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For practical purposes the Romans needed an accusation to charge Jesus in order to crucify him, because such a thing would become a matter of public record. In the second century AD Justin Martyr, while addressing the Emperor, Pius, mentioned that proof of what he said could be obtained from the Acts of Pilate,[1] something that hardly could be so, if Pilate wasn’t required to record the reasons for the executions he commanded. Therefore, Pilate’s official verdict was: Jesus of Nazareth was the King of the Jews—a political crime, something for which he had earlier found him innocent. Nevertheless, he could hardly mention in a public record that he had executed Jesus for claiming to be the Son of God, a religious crime, according to the Jews (John 19:7, 13-16), but a matter of harmless superstition, according to Rome (cf. Acts 25:18-20). Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted by on August 12, 2018 in Gospel of Luke


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Warning of Coming Judgment

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Often folks object about how a matter is handled, because of the innocent who suffer. What about the innocent suffering due to the judgment of God? How can we account for the love of God in such a thing? I don’t know why, but we seem to place the judgment of God on a different plane than the judgments we make about things. For example, The atomic bombs dropped on Japan during World War II killed thousands of innocent people, but doing so probably saved millions of the Allied military, to say nothing of the casualties Japan would have incurred. Similarly, the innocent of the Jewish nation suffered, because they placed their trust in their leaders—the mountains and hills they hoped would cover them (Luke 23:30). Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted by on August 2, 2018 in Gospel of Luke


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The Strong Delusion of False Doctrine!

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I have just embarked on a study of the eschatology of Jesus’ parables, and have been currently involved in a study of Jesus’ first parable, The Parable of the Sower in Matthew 13. I have demonstrated that the reason Jesus spoke to the people in parables, and without a parable he did not speak to them (Matthew 13:34), was so he wouldn’t disturb their hardheartedness (Matthew 13:11). In other words, they had already closed their minds to the truth about the Kingdom of God. They wanted a kingdom, alright, but they wanted the kingdom their way, not in the manner Jesus presented it (cf. John 12:34). They wanted a physical kingdom with a physical king, reigning in physical Jerusalem (cf. 1Samuel 8:4-7). That is not the Kingdom of God (cf. Luke 17:20-21). Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted by on July 25, 2018 in AD 70 Eschatology


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The Charges Against Jesus

Brought Before Pilate

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After finding Jesus guilty of blasphemy, a verdict requiring death under the Mosaic Law (Leviticus 24:16), the Sanhedrin, immediately, brought Jesus to the Roman governor, Pontius Pilate (Luke 23:1; cf. 3:1), because, under Roman Law, the Jewish authorities had no right to execute anyone for a crime (John 18:31). Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted by on July 17, 2018 in Gospel of Luke


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Jesus’ Trial Before the Whole Sanhedrin

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One might argue that Jesus’ whole public ministry was one, big, three and a half year trial, but in reality his trials were intermittent. He wasn’t debating with the Jewish authorities every hour of every day, and neither was he correcting his disciples all of the time. I suppose he had many hours of pleasant discourse in what could be termed good times with those closest to him. After all, the text does say he loved his disciples, and they loved him (John 13:1; 15:9; 16:27), and love cannot exist under constant criticism or distrust. Nevertheless, during Jesus’ final hours, he was tried almost constantly. It began during his final meal with his disciples, and the trials didn’t end until the day was over, and he lay peacefully in the grave. Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted by on July 15, 2018 in Gospel of Luke


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A Final Warning


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At this, his final Passover season, Jesus told his listeners to behold the fig tree and all trees. They began to bud at the time of Passover, showing that summer was near (Luke 21:29-30). He used this to signify that, once believers saw the signs of the judgment against Jerusalem and the Temple, they should understand that the time of Jesus’ coming and the Day of the Lord was near (Luke 21:29-31). Moreover, he claimed that everything he predicted about Jerusalem and the Temple would occur in the space of one generation (Luke 21:32; cir. 30-40 years). Read the rest of this entry »


Posted by on June 5, 2018 in Gospel of Luke


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