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Lying Wonders of the False Prophet

Lying Wonders

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John tells us that the false prophet did great wonders, which he used to deceive the people (Revelation 13:13-14. The same Greek word for wonders (G4592) in verse-13 is translated into miracles in verse-14. These signs, wonders or miracles are, as I concluded in the study of verse-13 were ‘lying’ wonders. That is, they were common things that occurred, perhaps even catastrophes, that were given special significance by the false prophet. What he taught about those natural occurrences deceived those who dwelt “on the earth”, that is, those Jews who resided in Judea and Galilee and everywhere else in the empire, who may have heard what the false prophet said about the things that were done. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on December 3, 2019 in Apocalypse, Book of Revelation

 

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The Parable of the Evil Spirit

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In Luke 11:24-28 Jesus offers his listeners a parable about an evil spirit in an effort to unveil what was at stake for the Jewish nation, if they didn’t receive him as their Messiah. First of all, there isn’t a single example in the Bible where a demoniac was healed but, afterward, became possessed again. Therefore, we need to ask if Jesus’ words have another meaning. Secondly, we need to remember that Jews in the first century thought and spoke differently than did gentiles of the same period. Jews would think and speak in pictures, but gentiles more analytically. For example, a gentile might have claimed Caesar was a great leader, but the Jews would have called David a great shepherd. A gentile might refer to a good man as someone of strong moral character, but an ancient Jew might say he was as a tree planted by the riverside, whose leaves didn’t wither (cf. Psalm 1:3). Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on July 6, 2017 in Gospel of Luke

 

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When Herod Became Aware of Jesus

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While the Apostles were going through at least part of the region of Galilee, and perhaps Peraea, preaching the Gospel of the Kingdom and doing miracles of healing and casting out demons, they caused quite a commotion. Herod Antipas, the tetrarch of that region, received reports concerning what occurred. If Jesus was unknown to Herod prior to the Apostles’ expedition, he certainly became aware of Jesus at this time, due to the fuss that was raised by the people in his jurisdiction, as that commotion pertained to the Apostles’ ministry among them (Luke 9:7). This is the same Herod who beheaded John the Baptist, and it is also he to whom Jesus was sent by Pilate on the day Jesus was crucified (Luke 22:6-7). Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on February 21, 2017 in Gospel of Luke

 

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Power Was Present to Heal Them

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For the first time in his Gospel record, Luke mentions the Pharisees (Luke 5:17), and he places them with the doctors of the Law, called scribes in Mark 2:6 and Matthew 9:3. The interesting thing in Luke is that they are come from all over the land of the Jews, Galilee, Judea and even Jerusalem. Jesus’ public ministry was begun only a week or two prior to the incident in Luke 5:17, so his fame couldn’t have already spread to Judea. Therefore, an explanation is needed to account for such a large and varied representation of Jewish authorities in Galilee, and the annul Jewish Festivals provide a logical reason for their presence. The fact that a few days later the disciples of Jesus were in the ripe grain fields in Luke 6:1 indicates that the time of Luke 5 is during the fall festivals. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on October 11, 2016 in Gospel of Luke

 

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Whatever We Have Heard…

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Some folks who try to harmonize the Gospels believe that the time when Jesus came to Nazareth in Luke 4 is the same time he came to Nazareth in Matthew 13 and Mark 6, but this is not so. Rather, the other Synoptics are the fulfillment of what Jesus prophesied in Luke 4:23. Notice what Jesus said in Luke:

Luke 4:23 KJV  And he said unto them, Ye will surely say unto me this proverb, Physician, heal thyself: whatsoever we have heard done in Capernaum, do also here in thy country. (emphasis mine) Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on September 15, 2016 in Gospel of Luke

 

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Jesus’ Third Temptation

Third Temptation in Luke

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Luke’s third temptation (Luke 4:9-12) is Matthew’s second (Matthew 4:5-7). Luke, however, deals with this temptation second in order in the body of his text. That is, it comes second in order as we read Luke’s description of all three temptations in Luke 4:16 to Luke 6:49. So, I’ll deal with this temptation, concerning the pinnacle of the Temple, in the order in which Luke places it in his own record (Luke 5:16 to Luke 6:5). It immediately follows Luke’s analysis of the Lord’s first temptation (Luke 4:3-4), which I discussed HERE in a short synopsis of Luke 4:16 to Luke 5:15. All three of Jesus’ temptations took place in Galilee in the wilderness of people (Ezekiel 20:35), according to my understanding, not in the desert of Judea, as has been traditionally assumed.[1] Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on August 25, 2016 in Gospel of Luke

 

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Jesus’ First Temptation

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I have been arguing that Luke offers us a record of how Jesus was tempted or tested during his 40 days in the wilderness (Luke 4:1-2). Rather than being in the desert (wilderness) of Judea, I have argued that Jesus was in Galilee in the wilderness of people (cf. Ezekiel 20:35), people completely devoid of God’s Spirit and correct spiritual understanding, where even Jesus’ disciples were slow to understand (Luke 24:25; Mark 7:18; 8:17-18). Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on August 23, 2016 in Gospel of Luke

 

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It Is God’s Presence in Us

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Paul continues to build up his first theological argument by questioning the Galatians how they are sanctified or brought to spiritual perfection (Galatians 3:3). His question is rhetorical. The obvious answer is that we are being brought to maturity through faith. We grow in Christ not by works but through our trusting him to guide us in our new life. It is obvious that the works of the Law are fleshy matters in that anything that requires effort on our part is innately physical and therefore a matter of the flesh. On the other hand, trusting Christ is a spiritual matter Faith is not a physical exercise, because it is accomplished by waiting not working. Faith is completely dependent upon someone else to act. Activity is something done by another, not the one who trusts for the thing to be done. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on April 2, 2015 in Epistle to the Galatians, Paul

 

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How Did the Animals Get Onto the Ark?

One of the most comical experiences I’ve encountered while studying the events surrounding Noah’s Ark is reading about all the problems, which the critics are so eager to point out concerning the multitude of species the Ark was supposed to have saved. How were they gathered into the Ark, and, considering how labor intensive it would have been for eight people to care for all of them, how did they do it? One thing is quite clear: the critic is all about finding problems. He or she is not about finding solutions! So, if you are listening to the critic, you are taking in only half of the story. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on October 20, 2013 in Genesis Flood, naturalism

 

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The Kingdom of God in Diana’s Land

The province of Asia is now part of modern day Turkey in the Mediterranean. It was once the home of the world renowned Artemis or Diana, the great goddess of the Ephesians. For two years Paul preached at Ephesus, sending emissaries throughout the province and perhaps beyond, preaching the Kingdom of God and bringing men and women under the Lordship of Jesus (Acts 19:10). During this time aprons or handkerchiefs of Paul’s were sent to the sick and those possessed and they were healed (Acts 19:11-12)! Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on March 22, 2013 in Kingdom of God, Paul's 3rd missionary journey

 

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Barnabas and Paul in Lystra

After fleeing Iconium, Barnabas and Paul came to Lystra, one of the major cities of Lycaonia. Since Luke never mentions that the apostles enter a synagogue in Lystra, there probably aren’t enough Jews there to warrant one. Therefore, they began preaching to or perhaps conversing with the locals about God. Exactly where they were in the city is not clear, but it was near the city gates (cp. Acts 14:13), where a beggar was probably placed hoping for alms (Acts 14:8), and he listened attentively. Actually, though, Luke never says the man hoped for alms; I suppose it is possible the man knew a trade in which he could labor with his hands, but if this is true, it would be surprising that Luke doesn’t mention the oddity, for back then most people who had a serious impairment weren’t trained to become financially independent. On the other hand, it wouldn’t surprise the reader to discover a man who was never able to walk was a beggar in the first century CE. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on November 23, 2012 in Gospel, Paul First Missionary Journey

 

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Jesus and Raising the Dead

In Acts 9:36-43 we have Luke’s recording of the miracle of Peter raising Tabitha or Dorcas from the dead. This is the first account of anyone after Christ raising anyone from the dead, which causes me to wonder why the believers at Joppa would believe Peter should be called to raise up this woman who did so many good works. What would cause them to believe that Peter could raise up Tabitha? I am not alone in believing that they had sent for Peter before Tabitha died. Otherwise, why tell Peter to hurry. Jesus didn’t hurry to raise up Lazarus, so, if Tabitha had already died, why would it be necessary for Peter to hurry? In any case what Jesus did through Peter here, he also did through Paul at Acts 20:9-12; but what does all this mean—what is Luke telling us, or more immediately his addressee, Theophilus? Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on August 30, 2012 in Persecution

 

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The Power of God to Heal

In Acts 9:32-35 we have an account of Peter healing an impotent man. He lay in his bed paralyzed, unable to walk and perhaps unable to even use his arms. I believe this account and the next miracle immediately following is very important for Luke’s message in that these are the final recorded miracles performed by Jesus through Peter in Acts. Paul performed a similar miracle at Lystra in Asia in Acts 14:8 and following. What are we to think of these things? What is Luke telling us? Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on August 23, 2012 in Gospel, Persecution

 

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When is Enough, Enough?

At one of our annual family reunions my cousin, Michael, asked me about my writing. At that time I was writing a book about Jesus’ life and teachings according to the Gospel of Luke. I told him I wished I could retire and devote myself to completing it, but I didn’t think I had enough set aside to do so. He asked me: “What is enough?” I thought about his reply for quite awhile afterward, and Thanksgiving week that same year my company offered me an early retirement. I had to decide by the week before Christmas. It was a very intense month for me, but the long-story-short is: I decided I had enough, put my decision in God’s hands, and never looked back. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on May 8, 2011 in loaves and fishes

 

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A Prophet Without Honor

After passing through Samaria, Jesus came again into Galilee. John tells us of Jesus testimony that a prophet has no honor in his own country. This statement comes as a surprise at this point, because John places the statement just before he remarks how the Galileans received Jesus, because they had witnessed the things he had done in Jerusalem at the Passover (John 4:44-45). How are we to understand this? Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on April 8, 2011 in nobleman's son

 

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