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Adultery and the Kings of the Earth

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The Scriptures identify the great harlot’s judge as God, himself, saying he is strong, implying that his judgment is sure to occur (Revelation 18:8). Moreover, such a judgment – death, mourning and famine – would come in a single day! However, this shouldn’t be understood to be a literal day, as indicated in Revelation 18:10, 17, 19, where her judgment had come upon the great harlot in one hour, instead of a day. The sense seems to be that judgment would come quickly and suddenly, similar to what the Lord had claimed in his Olivet Prophecy (Matthew 24:36-42). There, Noah’s preaching ministry about the coming judgment lasted 120 years (cp. Genesis 6:3), but no physical event supported Noah’s prophecy until the day and the hour the floods finally came. On the contrary, everything appeared normal, but judgment fell immediately following Noah and his family entering the ark (Matthew 24:37-39; Luke 17:27). Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on March 10, 2020 in Apocalypse, Book of Revelation

 

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These Came Out of the Great Tribulation!

Great Tribulation - 1Many Bible students believe the Great Tribulation is in our future, but this idea simply isn’t true. If we truly believe that only Jesus (the Lamb) was able to open the seven sealed book (Revelation 5:5-7), which God gave to him to disclose to his disciples (Revelation 1:1), then we need to simply stop prognosticating our own ideas, thinking they are true, when all we have shown ourselves to be is newspaper exegetes. Nevertheless, Jesus told his disciples in the Olivet Discourse that at least some of them would see the beginning of the Great Tribulation (Matthew 24:15; cf. 16:27-28). Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on July 25, 2019 in Apocalypse, Book of Revelation

 

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What Did Jesus Mean by ‘Generation’?

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We need only to use the Gospel according to Matthew in order to show exactly how Jesus and his contemporaries understood the word generation. Nevertheless, there seems to be a great deal of confusion in Christian circles, today, over the understanding of this word, as it pertains to knowing the time of Jesus’ Second Coming. Because some of our modern scholars want to place this generation far into the future from when the Gospel had just begun in the first century AD, most believers have come to accept and believe that the return of Christ was prophesied to occur in our day or, perhaps, even more than 2000 years after Jesus’ crucifixion. Nevertheless, if we truly believe that it is impossible for God to lie (Hebrews 6:18; Romans 3:4; Titus 1:2), then we need to pause and reconsider what believe about the timing of Jesus’ Second Coming. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on December 25, 2018 in 70 AD Eschatology

 

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What Were the Signs of the End?

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A few days before he was crucified Jesus predicted the complete destruction of the Temple, obviously, the city as well. Part of the city wall was composed of stones that built up part of the Temple complex. Jesus’ disciples were absolutely astonished over his prediction. It was not something they had expected would occur in their lifetimes, let alone ever. When Jesus arrived on Mount Olivet, four of his Apostles took him aside to ask him privately when these things would be, and what would be the sign of his coming and the end of the age (i.e. the Mosaic Covenant). The other Apostles probably remained with other disciples, so that Jesus could be questioned privately about his astonishing remarks. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on November 6, 2018 in 70 AD Eschatology

 

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The Destruction of the Temple

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The Olivet Discourse was given to the Apostles from Mount Olivet just before Jesus’ crucifixion. Just prior to that discourse, Jesus had a very unfriendly confrontation with the scribes and Pharisees in Matthew 23, and, while he was leaving the Temple compound, he mentioned that the House or the Temple would be a desolation (Matthew 23:37-38). This, of course, astonished the Apostles, and they began to point to the great stones used to build up both the tower and the Temple buildings (Matthew 24:1), but Jesus simply told them once more that not one of those great stones would remain on top of another without having been cast down (Matthew 24:2). Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on November 4, 2018 in 70 AD Eschatology

 

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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 »

 
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Posted by on June 5, 2018 in Gospel of Luke

 

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The Eschatology of the Great Tribulation

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Luke tells us in Luke 21:23, “there shall be great distress (G318) in the land…”, but Matthew refers to this time as great tribulation (G2347 – Matthew 24:21), while Mark simply calls it affliction (G2347 – Mark 13:19). Both Matthew and Mark describe this trouble as a sort set apart from all other seasons of history for the Jewish people. There was never a time of trouble quite like this tribulation in the past, nor would there be a season of trouble like it afterward (Matthew 24:21; Mark 13:19). Therefore, this tribulation is unique in the history of the Jews, never to be repeated, which rejects the possibility of it being a type of something ‘greater’ in the future. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on May 29, 2018 in Gospel of Luke

 

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The Signs of the End

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According to Luke’s record, the very first sign Jesus offered, showing the end was near was Jerusalem would be surrounded by armies (Luke 21:20). Nothing before that time, whether heavenly signs or wars, persecution or other kinds of trouble, pointed to the time of the end, which is the coming of Christ. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on May 27, 2018 in Gospel of Luke

 

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False Signs of Jesus’ Coming

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When we first read Luke 21:8, we have to wonder if the Apostles, who knew Jesus personally, could actually be deceived into believing another man was the Messiah. While I don’t believe the Apostles could have been deceived that another person was Jesus, I think, if they weren’t very cautious to consider Jesus’ words carefully, they could have been deceived into believing Jesus’ return to judge Jerusalem would be sooner than it was, and they could have left Judea prematurely without a witness. The text says that many would come in the name of Jesus and declare the time was at hand (Luke 21:8), i.e. the time of the end, or the time of the destruction of Jerusalem and the Temple was at hand. Jesus told the Apostles not to believe such people. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on May 20, 2018 in Gospel of Luke

 

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Jesus’ Coming in Glory

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I’ve been involved in a study of Matthew 16:27-28, showing that it is a single, united statement about Jesus’ coming in his Kingdom and in the glory of the Father, in order to judge mankind according to their works. The problem for futurists is that they absolutely must divide verse-27 from verse-28 in order to maintain their futurist eschatology, because Jesus emphasizes his coming in the glory of the Father with the words: “there are some standing here who shall not taste of death, until they see the Son of Man come in his Kingdom.” Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on February 26, 2018 in 70 AD Eschatology

 

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Did Jesus Come to Destroy the World?

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Presently, I’m involved in a study of Luke 17. However, Luke records Jesus saying something here that has some bearing upon what he said in Matthew’s version of the Olivet Discourse. In the Olivet Prophecy Jesus gave several signs of his coming and of the end of the age, or when these things would occur, which was in reply to the question the four Apostles asked in Matthew 24:3 and Luke 21:7. The claim, however, is that Jesus was able to offer signs that would foreshadow the coming of the destruction of Jerusalem and the Temple, but no sign could be offered for the coming destruction of the world, so Matthew 24:36 is interpreted to be a dividing point between the two judgments. Nevertheless, this idea cannot be adequately defended with scripture. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on January 7, 2018 in Gospel of Luke

 

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Entering the Kingdom of God

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Peter claims in 2Peter 1:11 that the believer who cultivates the characteristics he mentioned in 2Peter 1:5-7 will be granted an abundant entry into the Kingdom of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. However, when he speaks of the Kingdom, is Peter referring to salvation or something else? It seems Peter is referring to something else, because his epistle is addressed to believers who have already obtained the same kind of faith the apostles had (2Peter 1:1). It is in this same faith to which believers are to add these things in their new life in Christ. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on March 8, 2017 in Epistles of Peter

 

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Who is Theophilus of Luke and Acts?

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Knowing the identity of Theophilus (Luke 1:3), could be key to understanding important themes within the narrative. Is he a believer, as some suppose, who was already instructed in the truth whose faith Luke was hoping to strengthen (Luke 1:4)? Some suppose the name is simply a title for all Christians. The name, “Theophilus” means lover or friend of God. While this may be true concerning a Christian, no other New Testament book or epistle is addressed in this manner. Moreover, neither is any work or letter of the early church fathers addressed this way. Therefore, such a conclusion should be understood as based solely upon supposition, not related to anything within the text itself, or anything outside the text that could be tied to either Luke or Acts. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on April 3, 2016 in Gospel of Luke

 

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From Where Did the Church Gain Rest?

Luke writes in Acts 9:31 that the churches throughout all Judea, Samaria and Galilee had rest. Rest from what? It seems to me that he speaks of the persecution that had begun in Jerusalem in Acts 8:1. Luke has this rest occur immediately following his account of Paul’s leaving Jerusalem for his own city of Tarsus in Syria-Cilicia. Nevertheless, this rest from persecution could not, as some seem to believe, to arise out of Paul’s ceasing to persecute the believing community. First of all Paul had already ceased his persecuting the Church for three years; and secondly, his persecution seemed to have been limited to Jerusalem and his going to Damascus, because the rest of the churches of Judea didn’t know him personally (Galatians 1:22). So, what was responsible for the **rest** that the Church experienced in Acts 9:31? Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on August 16, 2012 in Persecution

 

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Gospel to Be Preached in All the World

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In Matthew 24:14 Jesus said the Gospel of the Kingdom of God would be preached in all the world, and then the end would come. What does this mean? Did Jesus mean it must be preached to every remote tribe or village on every continent and island on the planet? Did he mean it had to be preached to every people-group, as is assumed by many today? If Jesus cannot come, until the Gospel is preached according to his command, then it should be obvious in the text what Jesus meant. Otherwise, how would the disciples know what to do? So, what does the text actually say? Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on July 22, 2011 in Last Days

 

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