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This Is That!

Valley of Dry Bones - 1Was the Kingdom of God, as presented by Jesus, physical or spiritual? If the Jews didn’t reject Jesus as their Messiah, what would the Kingdom of God have looked like? Was the Kingdom of God delayed, because the Jews rejected Jesus as their Messiah? These questions are important, and they determine the nature or the characteristics of the Kingdom that Jesus preached. For example, if the establishment of the Kingdom of God was delayed, due to the Jews rejecting Jesus as their Messiah, then the Kingdom Jesus offered must have been a physical Kingdom, with him physically reigning from physical Jerusalem. However, if the Kingdom wasn’t delayed, then it is here today, but it isn’t visible. One couldn’t find it on a world map. Jesus certainly isn’t physically present and reigning in physical Jerusalem. Is he? Therefore, if the Kingdom wasn’t delayed, then the Kingdom of God **must** be spiritual in nature. This seems logically true. Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted by on May 23, 2018 in 70 AD Eschatology

 

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Did Jesus’ Kingdom Come on Pentecost?

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In at least two previous studies I mentioned that Jesus couldn’t possibly have come in power and in his Kingdom on Pentecost, but I would like to look at this proposition a little closer. It is the amillennial understanding that the millennium should not be understood literally, and I agree. However, I do not agree with what they conclude about the millennium. They say that it began at Pentecost and continues until Jesus returns and judges mankind at some unknown time in the future. Interestingly, and more pertinent to my study of Matthew 16:27-28, the amillennialists believe verse-28 reflects Jesus’ coming on Pentecost, and verse-27 points to his future coming and judgment. What can we say of these things? Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on February 23, 2018 in 70 AD Eschatology

 

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Are There Two Comings of the Lord?

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It seems like a ridiculous question to even ask, i.e. did Jesus promise to come twice? Yet, this is exactly what futurists are saying, when they try to divide Matthew 16:27 from verse-28. They tell us that Jesus’ coming “in the glory of the Father to render to each man according to his works” is one coming, (Greek – erchomai, G2064), and Jesus’ coming (G2064) “in his Kingdom” in power (Matthew 16:28; cf. Mark 9:1) is, yet, another coming. They must say this, or something similar, if they are to maintain their eschatology, because Jesus makes the profound statement in verse-28 that some who listened to him on that day would live to see him come in power! So, is what the futurists tell us true? Does Jesus come twice? How do the futurists defend such a statement? Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on February 12, 2018 in 70 AD Eschatology, Prophecy

 

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Looking Back on Jesus’ Second Coming!

Was Jesus Ignorant

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I have been involved in a study of Jesus’ words in Matthew 16:27-28 for awhile now, and have concluded that Jesus must have come in the glory of the Father, to judge the living and the dead according to their works, and, in doing so, he had established the Kingdom of God in great power and glory, giving it to his disciples (Matthew 16:27-28). Moreover, I also believe what Jesus said, that some of the people who heard him say those words would live to see them fulfilled. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on February 7, 2018 in 70 AD Eschatology, Gospel of Luke

 

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Setting the Time for Luke 7

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After concluding his sermon on the plain Luke tells us that Jesus went into Capernaum (Luke 7:1). Nevertheless, does Luke mean to say that the events he records next immediately follow those in chapter 6, or is he bringing together two events in their chronological sequence but separated by a longer period of time than Luke 7:1 implies? I believe the latter to be so, and I hope to show in this study that there is reason to believe this proposition. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on November 29, 2016 in Gospel of Luke

 

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Mary’s Journey to the Hills of Judea

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Luke tells us that Mary made haste to visit Elizabeth (Luke 1:39). Therefore, she didn’t wait around in Nazareth unnecessarily, but journeyed to Judea at the earliest opportunity. She was anxious to see Elizabeth and prove the angel’s words one way or another. The problem is that a young girl wouldn’t make such a journey alone. It would be assumed by all in first century culture that respectable women never traveled alone. Luke presents Mary’s safe visit to Elizabeth and her safe return home by assuming a Jewish context of safety. That is, he implies the use of the Jewish annual festivals and of Mary’s using pilgrimages with friends and relatives to journey to and from Judea. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on April 26, 2016 in Gospel of Luke

 

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Overview of Paul’s Journey to Jerusalem

Paul had intended to be in Jerusalem by the Passover but was prevented in doing so when a plot against his life was uncovered (Acts 20:3). His second plan was to be there by Pentecost (Acts 20:16). Obviously, he would have more time to spare on his journey than if his first plan was fruitful. Since he spent the winter months at Corinth (Acts 20:3; cp. 1Corinthians 16:6), he would have been ready to embark from there to the Province of Syria in late February or the first week in March. However, due to the plot on his life Paul spent three or four weeks journeying through Achaia and Macedonia visiting the churches there and didn’t set sail from Philippi until after the Days of Unleavened Bread (Acts 20:6). Read the rest of this entry »

 
 

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