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The Inexplicable Joy of the Believer

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According to Revelation 19:2, the Lord had judged the great harlot and vindicated his people who lived in fear of persecution at her hand. The fact is: Jerusalem had so corrupted the world through her influence that she intimidated Pilate into crucifying Jesus, and, no doubt, was the influence behind Nero’s blaming Christians for the fire that nearly destroyed all of Rome.[1] Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on March 26, 2020 in Apocalypse, Book of Revelation

 

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Babylon Is Fallen!

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Yet another angel mentioned in the Apocalypse told John: “Babylon is fallen! is fallen! that great city, because she made all nations drink of the wine of the wrath of her fornication” (Revelation 14:8). Babylon was the spiritual name for an existing city in the first century AD, and all of John’ readers would have known who he meant. According to Revelation 17:5 she is called mystery Babylon the Great! There she is called a harlot (G4204 – Revelation 17:1) and the mother of harlots (verse-5), and she was responsible for all the blood of the saints and disciples of Jesus (Revelation 17:6). Jesus said Jerusalem was responsible and would be judged for all the righteous blood that was shed from the time of Able to the first century AD, and he included those disciples of his that he would send to her with the Gospel (Matthew 23:34-35; cf. 23:37-38). Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on December 22, 2019 in Apocalypse, Book of Revelation

 

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Healing the Deadly Wound

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There are many theories among scholars concerning the beast receiving a fatal wound to one of its heads and its subsequent, miraculous healing. Some, for example, believe Nero’s death was the deadly wound, and his resurrection as Antichrist would be its healing.[1] Others claim that Nero was killed and “rose” to life in the person of Domitian.[2] Still others see the fall of the Roman Empire as the deadly wound, and its healing occurred with the rise of Charlemagne.[3] Yet, none of these (nor similar interpretations that might be named) seem to fit the context of the Apocalypse, which seems to put its culmination or fulfillment in the first century AD. Moreover, if no one was able to open and understand the contents of the scroll with its seven seals (Revelation 5:1-3), what causes us to think we are able to understand this book without letting Jesus reveal it to us through his words found elsewhere in the Bible (Revelation 5:4-5; cf. 2Peter 1:20)? Read the rest of this entry »

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

 

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Locusts Who Hurt Men for Five Months

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In Revelation 9:2 the star or the high priest was given authority over the key to the abyss. In other words he could either open the pit or leave it closed. The choice was his. We are told that, he opened the pit, and this caused smoke to arise immediately and darken the air and the sun.[1] I am reminded at this point of Revelation 8:3-5, where Jesus, the High Priest, takes the prayers of the saints, represented in the smoke of the incense and casts them to the earth in a kind of judgment from God. In Revelation 9:2 the fallen star or a corrupt high priest seems to hide heaven with his prayer represented in the smoke.[2] Apparently, the answer to this prayer was a foregone conclusion in that the nation rebelled and expected God to support their effort by sending their messiah—but not Jesus.[3] Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on September 1, 2019 in Apocalypse, Book of Revelation

 

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The Doctrine of Balaam

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Although the church at Pergamos had been preaching the Gospel, while holding fast to the name of Jesus and had not denied the faith, even under the pressure of risking their lives, Jesus said they had among themselves those who held to the doctrine of Balaam (Revelation 2:14)! What does this mean? Who was Balaam, and what was his doctrine? Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on March 31, 2019 in Apocalypse, Book of Revelation

 

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An Overview of Second Peter

2peter-overviewIn his second epistle Peter identifies himself as Simeon Peter,[1] using the Hebrew pronunciation of his name. He must have written this epistle before the Nero persecution of 64 AD, when tradition claims both he and Paul were executed as martyrs for Christ. In such a case, the timeline for Peter’s second epistle would be during Paul’s imprisonment or from cir. 56 AD to 64 AD. Most likely, however, Peter wrote it sometime after James’ death, which occurred cir. 62 AD. All things considered, it probably dates between 62 and 64 AD. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on February 17, 2017 in Epistles of Peter, Gospel of Luke

 

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The Context of Suffering for Christ

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The idea of suffering comes with a mixed bag of beliefs or practices that one has gotten and retained from being taught as a child and growing up in traditions coming from society. For example, if one has given himself over to be an athlete, he might have heard it said: “It isn’t working unless it hurts!” That is, if one is really interested in the prize, one must endure suffering along the way. This, of course, is also the goal of military discipline. So, suffering, although negative in tone, is often pursued in order to gain a desired positive goal. Jesus had a goal in mind, and he knew suffering was the only path to take in order to achieve that end. Therefore, he embraced the way of the cross, not because he enjoyed suffering, but because it was the only way of attaining the end for which he was born (John 18:37; cf. Luke 12:50; 22:15). The believer is called to follow Christ and, according to Peter, suffering has its place in the believer’s way of life. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on January 6, 2017 in Epistles of Peter

 

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Blessing Evildoers

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It goes without saying that Peter isn’t trying to end his epistle in 1Peter 3:8, so what does he mean with the word: Finally…? He must be concluding an argument he had begun previously, so knowing where to look seems profitable at this point to our understanding his epistle. Elsewhere, Peter mentioned that his readers had been undergoing a great trial of their faith (1Peter 1:6-7). I had earlier argued that since this trial had come to five Roman provinces at the same time (cf. 1Peter 1:1), it must have a single source. Moreover, that source must have had enough authority or influence to produce trouble for believers in Jesus over the whole of Asia Minor. Finally, since such a trial or persecution didn’t come from the Emperor, Nero (for then the trouble would have been a bloody persecution as occurred later at Rome), the only other authority who had such commanding influence to affect so many believers in Christ was Annas, the high priest at Jerusalem.[1] Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on December 26, 2016 in Epistles of Peter

 

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Paul’s Triumphal Entry

It seems that Luke continues his theme of presenting the final acts of Paul in a similar fashion that he presented those of Jesus in Luke 19:29-40. Just as Jesus had a triumphal entry into the capital of Judea, so Paul, although he is a prisoner of Rome, is presented as having a triumphal journey to the capital of the world (Acts 28:14-16). Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on June 21, 2013 in Gospel, Kingdom of God, Paul in bonds

 

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Paul Appears Before Gallio

If my understanding of the time of Paul’s journeys is correct, Paul arrived in Corinth either late summer or near the beginning of autumn in 51 CE. Some scholars place Paul’s appearance before Gallio’s court near the end of his term as proconsul of Achaia, but I think Luke’s “remained many days longer” (NASB) in verse-18 should be seen in light of his “he settled there a year and six months” (NASB) in verse-11. In other words, Paul probably appeared before Gallio nearer to his arrival at Corinth than his departure. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on March 6, 2013 in Gospel, Paul's 2nd Missionary Journey

 

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The Number of the Beast

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I think that of all the people who never read the Bible or know much about the Bible, the one thing they are most likely to know about the Bible is some misconception of 666. Undoubtedly, their misconception is founded upon their attending one of the creations of the equally ignorant Hollywood productions like the Omen series. Did you ever wonder how we would know the number of the so-called Beast? Would the number be written 666 beneath the hair of his scalp like it was done in the Hollywood production? If so, why does the Bible say we must calculate his number (Revelation 13:18)? In the 1970s I remember that some folks thought Henry Kissinger was the Antichrist, because someone calculated K-I-S-S-I-N-G-E-R and came up with 666! Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on June 14, 2011 in Mark of the Beast

 

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Peter’s Final Words!

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Peter wrote a second epistle to the five Roman provinces (2Peter 3:1; cf. 1Peter 1:1), and it was to be his final words to them, for Peter claimed his death was near (2Peter 1:14). In this epistle Peter lashed out at the false teachers that had arisen within the churches of God (2Peter 2:1). He wrote as though this particular event was yet future “there shall be,” but he was merely reiterating an earlier prophecy (2Peter 3:2). This prophecy, of course, was true, because Peter claimed these imposters were already feasting with the children of God and were unafraid to do so (2Peter 2:12-13). [1] Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on August 9, 2010 in Christianity, Religion, spiritual warfare

 

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Is Luke’s ‘Theophilus’ Really Matthias?

According to the opinion of some that I have read, Luke may not have been addressing Theophilus, (Luke 1:3 and Acts 1:1) the high priest, but his son Matthias, the high priest. This claim is supported by showing Luke calls Joseph, son of Caiaphas, by the name of Caiaphas, thereby allowing Luke’s intended addressee to be Matthias, son of Theophilus. I admit this is intriguing, but Paul implies in his second epistle to the Corinthians that Luke’s Gospel was written sometime before Paul’s 3rd missionary journey (54-58 CE), or possibly even before Paul’s second missionary journey (51-54 CE). This would have been about a decade before the tenure of Matthias, son of Theophilus, as high priest. If so, there would be no reason to address Matthias as “most excellent” etc. Paul’s implication is made in 2Corinthians which he wrote from Macedonia near the end of his 3rd missionary journey and on his way to Corinth to take the offering from the gentile churches to the poor at Jerusalem. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on February 3, 2010 in New Testament History, Religion

 

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Who is Theophilus?

Recently, I became acquainted with the blogs of Lee T. Dahn (found HERE) and Richard Anderson (found HERE). Although they do address other subjects, their blogs seem to be dedicated to the works of Luke with the identification of Theophilus, Luke’s addressee, as a key concern.

What if I were to write: “Mr. President, pertaining to the affairs of which you have been informed, I have decided that it would be in your interest to know how these things developed from the beginning…” Wouldn’t the contents of my narrative be weighted by the identity of the person to whom I am writing? Wouldn’t analogies therein also take on a meaning according to the identity of my addressee? For example, what if I was a college student writing to the president of my class or the president of a speakers club? What if I was an executive of a large commercial industry writing to the president of another large industry, wouldn’t otherwise indistinct analogies that I might place within my narrative take on a meaning different from what one would ordinarily read into my words, if I were simply writing to another college student who happens to be the president of my class or college group? What if I were writing to the President of the United States about a particular group of which I was a member? Wouldn’t’ my narrative take on even a different meaning than these others, especially when I might be speaking of analogies or indistinct parallels? So, the identity of Luke’s addressee, considering these circumstances, could be very important, and the meaning of Jesus’ different parables would take on new meaning, if Theophilus could be shown to be the High Priest who governed Judea from 37-41 CE—and the son of Annas who was so influential in the crucifixion of Jesus! Wouldn’t this be so? Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on February 1, 2010 in Religion, Textual Criticism

 

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Paul Sails to Rome

It was determined that Paul should sail with other prisoners to Rome before winter. However, it was after the Jewish fall festivals (Acts 27:9) and the Mediterranean became dangerous for all ancient seafaring vessels near and during the winter season. They began having trouble when they neared the province of Asia and had to sail under Crete. Paul advised the centurion to winter at a haven there, but the ship’s captain preferred a better haven further north and west of their position but still on the island. The centurion agreed with the captain of the ship, but the weather turned against them, and were driven far off course (Acts 27:10-15). Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on January 29, 2010 in New Testament History, Religion

 

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