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Caught Up to the Third Heaven

Third Heaven

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Presently, I am involved in the study of chapter four of the Apocalypse. Previously I had determined John was called into the presence of God in Revelation 4:1, and specifically that meant to arise and come into the Most Holy Place of the Temple in heaven. Immediately upon hearing the voice say: “Come up here, and I will show you what must take place after these things” (NASB – Revelation 4:1), John was in the Spirit, and he saw One who sat on a throne (Revelation 4:2). Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted by on June 6, 2019 in Apocalypse, Book of Revelation

 

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The Church of Laodicea

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Laodicea was built by Antiochus II, King of Syria, in honor of his wife, Laodice. The city is approximately 11 miles west of Colossae and 99 miles east of Ephesus. According to Strabo, it was situated on a main trade route, from which it drew its great wealth and commercial importance in Asia Minor. Late in the third century BC or early in the second, Antiochus the Great transported 2000 Jewish families into Asia Minor from Babylonia,[1] thus testifying of a large Jewish population there in the first century AD. No doubt the displacement of the Jews included Laodicea. The city suffered from earthquakes, and a major quake destroyed much of it cir. 60 AD. However, when Nero offered to rebuild Laodicea, its rich inhabitants declined, intending to rebuild on its own. Paul mentions the church of Laodicea in his letter to Colossae, saying he had not visited them in person (Colossians 2:1), but Epaphras, a teacher and friend of Paul, labored in the Gospel among both Colossians and the Laodiceans (Colossians 1:7; 4:12-13). Evidently, Paul wrote to the church of Laodicea, and his concern for them in particular may indicate his epistle was written at the time of the earthquake mentioned above (Colossians 2:1; 4:15-16). Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on May 16, 2019 in Apocalypse, Book of Revelation

 

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Wise as Serpents but Harmless as Doves

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If Jesus told the churches in Asia, especially those in Smyrna, that they were about to undergo a season of persecution (Revelation 2:10), how did he expect them to act? I find it interesting how Paul reacted to the persecution that he endured after he became a believer. He didn’t face it the same way when he found himself experiencing the wrath of the enemy. Not long after Paul became a believer, he found his life in danger, but instead of demanding his rights and going toe to toe with his enemies, he simply escaped their wrath by running away (Acts 9:20). Simply put, it may not be necessary to endure persecution every time it rears its ugly head. Paul fled his persecutors in Damascus, just as Jesus said believers should do (Matthew 10:23), and not only did Paul do so in Damascus, but he also fled his persecutors in Jerusalem (Acts 9:29-30), and again in Thessalonica (Acts 17:2-5), Berea (Acts 17:13-15), Ephesus (Acts 19:26-30; 20:1), Corinth (Acts 20:2-3), and Jerusalem a second time (Acts 23:12-23, 31), and a third time he sought to prevent being forced to go there (Acts 25:7-12). Read the rest of this entry »

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

 

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Trouble in the Church of Ephesus

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When he left Ephesus for Macedonia Paul left Timothy behind with authority to oversee the church there (1Timothy 1:3). So, Timothy was left to confront certain believers who had a tendency to teach in a manner contrary to the way of Paul (1Timothy 1:3). Later Paul met with the leaders of the churches of Asia, including Ephesus, when he was making his final voyage to Jerusalem. He told the elders to really consider the positions they had been given in the church by the Holy Spirit, and feed those entrusted to them (Acts 20:29). Paul warned that after he left, men would enter the church who would have no love for the brethren. Rather, they would scatter the church, abuse the brethren and become a burden to them (Acts 20:30). Even men of their own number would arise to teach false doctrines in order to gather a following after themselves (Acts 20:30). Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on February 28, 2019 in Apocalypse, Book of Revelation

 

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The Church of Ephesus

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Ephesus was made the capital of the Province of Asia in 27 BC by Caesar Augustus, and it was the home of the Temple of Artemis (Diana), which was one of the seven wonders of the ancient world. Its Temple was 450 feet long by 225 feet wide.[1] It was 60 feet high and had at least 127 columns, four times larger than the Parthenon at Athens. The city was situated on the Cayster river, which emptied into the Aegean Sea, and trade from the Cayster Valley, whether by road or by river, went through Ephesus. In fact, according to William Barclay, all Roman trade coming from the Cayster and the Maeander Valleys of Asia, and from Galatia and even as far off as Mesopotamia, went through Ephesus.[2] For all intents and purposes the city was the highway to Rome from both Asia Minor and Mesopotamia. Four important Roman roads that went through Asia converged in Ephesus, prompting Strabo, an ancient geographer and contemporary of Jesus, to call Ephesus ‘the market of Asia.’ Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on February 24, 2019 in Apocalypse, Book of Revelation

 

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This Crooked and Perverse Generation

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In recent studies I have been demonstrating that the Greek word genea (G1074), usually translated generation in both the New Covenant scriptures and the Septuagint’s Old Covenant testimony, cannot mean race. Nevertheless, some scholars claim genea means race, which seems to be nothing more than an effort to rescue their dispensational point of view of the Olivet Prophecy. However, an honest reading of the New Covenant scriptures, especially the 39 verses that mention this Greek word, would clearly demonstrate that the word race is never even implied by the New Covenant writers, when they use this Greek word. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on December 30, 2018 in 70 AD Eschatology

 

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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 »

 
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Posted by on November 27, 2018 in 70 AD Eschatology

 

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