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John’s Greeting in the Apocalypse

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Specifically, John wrote to the seven churches of God, which were in Asia (Revelation 1:4), part of the same area to which Peter sent his epistles (1Peter 1:1). The Apostle Paul also wrote letters to churches in seven places: Rome, Corinth, Galatia, Ephesus, Philippi, Colossae, and Thessalonica. The number seven is used 54 times in 31 verses in this book. It is seven churches, seven spirits, seven horns, seven eyes, seven seals etc. Why seven? Many scholars would conclude it is the number of completeness, perhaps derived from the creation week of Genesis 1 & 2. It took God six days to create the universe and every living thing in it, but he didn’t stop there. He created a day of rest on the seventh day by resting on that day. That is, he ceased his labor on that day, not that God was weary and needed to relax. Later he would command that the seventh day would be used as a day of worship to commemorate the completed or whole creation of God (Exodus 20:8-11). Read the rest of this entry »

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

 

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Beating Swords Into Plowshares

Sword and PlowshareAll futurists predict violence in the Second Coming of Christ, which (according to them) has yet to occur. Dispensationalists tell us, for example, in the Battle of Armageddon Jesus will destroy about 200 million soldiers. Others conclude that all of the enemies of Christ will be destroyed, until the only survivors are believers. Therefore, if Christ came today, considering the number of believers v/s unbelievers, I wonder how many billions of people would be wiped out, for no other reason than their leaders led them astray. I once read and later reread Paul Copan’s book: Is God a Moral Monster. Nothing that is recorded in that book, which the new atheists have said to accuse the God of the Old Testament of evil, even comes close to killing billions of people for no other reason than doubt or uncertainty. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on April 4, 2018 in AD 70 Eschatology

 

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Hosanna to the King!

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After finding the animals the disciples returned to Bethphage on the Mount of Olives (Luke 19:35-38). They then placed their garments upon the animals and Jesus on the colt and marched toward the Eastern Gate of Jerusalem. While they went they placed their garments in the path of the colt upon which Jesus rode, while they shouted “Blessed is the King who comes in the name of the Lord. Peace in heaven and glory in the highest” (Luke 19:38). Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on March 27, 2018 in Gospel of Luke

 

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Who Is on Jesus’ Side?

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According to Jesus’ own words (Luke 12:49), he came in order to send fire upon the earth, but what does he mean? During the days of John the Baptist, John claimed that the Messiah was about to arrive on the scene, and he would baptize folks, not with water, but with the Holy Spirit and fire (Luke 3:16). God is a consuming fire (Deuteronomy 4:24), which, if used in the context of Jesus’ baptizing with the Holy Spirit and fire, must have something to do with judgment (cf. Mark 9:43-48) and refining or purifying (cf. Malachi 3:2-3). The sense seems to be that some believers are unable to endure persecution that inevitably comes with obeying Jesus (cf. Luke 12:4-5, 8-12). Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on September 14, 2017 in Gospel of Luke

 

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Choosing Between Life and Death

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Probably the calling and sending out of the Seventy was a temporary commission, unlike that of the Apostles, who held their offices permanently. I say temporary, because there seems to be an element of judgment attached to their mission. Jesus points to a “day” when those who heard them would have to answer for how seriously the audience of the Seventy took their words (cf. Luke 10:12). Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on April 30, 2017 in Gospel of Luke

 

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Lambs Among Wolves

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Some commentaries say these Scriptures were of a temporary nature.[1] It is claimed that the authority given to the Seventy was not like that given to the Twelve, and that these served their purpose as Jesus preached in the towns on his way to Jerusalem. Nevertheless, Jesus told the Seventy everything that he told the Twelve (cf. Luke 9:1-10), but in more detail, if not given additional commands. Luke speaks of a plenteous harvest (Luke 10:2) but few laborers to do the work. Approximately one year earlier the Apostles were sent out on a similar mission, but their labor was to cast seed for growth. Now the harvest has come. Time was given for the good seed to bear fruit, and what the fields have yielded must be brought in for the Lord of the harvest. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on April 25, 2017 in Gospel of Luke

 

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If One Suffers for Righteousness

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When I was a youth I was told that Jesus said his followers would be persecuted (cf. Luke 21:12; John 15:20). When we are baptized, the ceremony reminds us that with the Spirit of God comes also the trials of fire (Luke 3:16). We are not promised a bed of roses by coming to Christ, but we are promised his continual presence with us (Hebrew 13:5; cf. Matthew 28:20b). Usually, just knowing the Lord is with us during difficult times is all that is necessary for us to be content, but, even if I found myself perplexed and in fear, when the trial was over I was often astonished, as I looked back and saw the nearness of Christ and his protection through it all. This is not to say that I (or we) live a life of trouble and persecution. Judging from my own history, we do not. Life is usually wonderful, filled with joy and peace, but trouble does come, and Peter spoke to us in his epistle concerning how those times should be lived out. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on December 28, 2016 in Epistles of Peter

 

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Our Guide to the Way of Peace

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A company of angels appeared to the shepherds and they praised God saying: “Glory to God in the Highest, and on earth peace and goodwill toward men” (Luke 2:14). I am not certain how many translators make the angels’ testimony more exclusive—for example: “peace among men with whom He is well pleased,” or “peace on earth among men who are pleasing to God,” or “peace to men of good will,” but the many translations I have (60 to 70) are about evenly divided. About 50% offer a blessing upon all men and about 50% make it more exclusive, implying that God couldn’t offer peace and good will to evil men. What’s the real story and can we know? Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on June 19, 2016 in Gospel of Luke

 

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Was Jesus a Meek Lion?

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Isn’t that a contradiction—a meek lion?[1] Yes, I believe it is, but somehow the meekness of the Jesus who received and blessed the little children— saying that such were the inhabitants of the Kingdom of God (Mark 10:14-16), morphed into the lion who was the Jesus who cast out those who commercialized or showed no respect for the House of God (Mark 11:15-17). We are often told of the meek Jesus, but, strangely, seldom hear about the Lion of the house of Judah. Today’s ‘political correctness’ loves the meek Jesus but cannot tolerate Jesus, the Lion. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on September 22, 2015 in Kingdom of God

 

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Be It Ever So Humble…

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There is simply no place like home![1] Where is home? In today’s environment home may not be a good place—a place one goes for comfort and protection. Where is that place where one goes to ease the tensions of the day, or of one’s life? Is there a person who personifies the idea of home—the place where everyone being involved with everyone else is the normal state of affairs. Perhaps, home can be seen not as a place of escape, but where all one’s troubles can be aired without judgment—a place of healing. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on August 27, 2015 in Jesus

 

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Dwelling Among the gods

Abraham journeyed from the planes or oaks of Mamre, where he had lived 15-20 years, into the more southern parts of the land of Canaan and dwelt at Gerar. The reason for this move is uncertain, but it may have been that his alliance with Mamre had come under stress. It could be that his friend Mamre had died and his sons were not as cordial to Abraham as their father had been. In any case Abraham moved south into the land of Abimelech, king of the Philistines. Abimelech’s name is taken from abi meaning ‘father’ and melech meaning ‘king’. Abimelech may be a title meaning chief king of the Philistines, and since Abraham had lived over 15 years just north of his land, he would have known his reputation, and it was with some apprehension that Abraham chose to dwell there (Genesis 20:11), leading us to believe that Abraham’s move from the planes or oaks of Mamre had more to do with necessity than it did mere choice. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on June 21, 2014 in Abraham, Walking with God

 

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