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The Sixth Seal – Heavenly Signs

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When Jesus opened the sixth seal (Revelation 6:12-14), there was a great earthquake, signs in the heavens and every mountain and island were moved out of their places. Apocalyptic language doesn’t fit the normal manner of communication. Obviously, the language points to and emphasizes other realities that were represented in nature. For example, earthquakes are a sign of God’s power (Job 9:6), his presence (Judges 5:4; 2Samuel 22:8; Psalm 18:7; 68:8; 77:18; 97:4; 104:32; Isaiah 13:13; 29:6; Amos 8:8; Habakkuk 3:10), and of the Second Coming of Jesus (Revelation 11:13-15; Matthew 24:3-7, 29-30). They also express a time of political upheaval, when kingdoms tumble to their ruin (cf. Isaiah 24:19-23; Haggai 2:6-7, 21-22; Hebrews 12:26-27). Read the rest of this entry »

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

 

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Not a Physical, Literal Coming

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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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Jesus Coming in the Clouds

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The Old Testament is full of examples of God coming to judge one nation or another. Apocalyptic or metaphorical language is often used to express the presence of God on such occasions. Terms such as God riding on the clouds are used, or the heavens had been rolled up like a scroll and God came down and the mountains melted like wax in a fire. Nevertheless, no one had ever actually seen God literally, physically or bodily, come out of heaven. No one had ever actually seen the heavens literally roll up like a scroll (Isaiah 34:4) or the mountains literally melt like wax in a fire (Isaiah 64:3). Yet, this is how the prophets of old had described God’s judgments against the nations. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on March 19, 2018 in 70 AD Eschatology

 

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The Parable of the Leaven

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In Luke 13:20-21 Jesus says the Kingdom of God is like leaven, which a woman took and hid in three measures of meal, until the whole was leavened. Like the mustard seed, many Biblical scholars believe the leaven permeating the whole three measures of flour represents the Gospel going out to the world, until the whole world is brought under the influence of Christ. The problem with this interpretation is that even after 2000 years the whole world has not been brought under the influence of Christ, and even those areas which have heard the Gospel have been corrupted, some even doing violence in the name of Christ. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on October 3, 2017 in Gospel of Luke

 

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