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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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Martyr Vindication

Judgment Day - 2

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In my most recent study, I mentioned The Parable of the Wicked Tenants (Matthew 21:33-46). According to that parable, the authorities taking care of (governing) the vine (the Lord’s heritage or his people) were responsible for killing the servants (prophets) of the lord of the vineyard (the God of Israel), and for which they would be eventually judged (Matthew 21:40, 43). So, in this parable Jesus introduced a common theme found throughout the New Testament, and that is the theme of the vindication of the martyrs. Later, Jesus would accuse the Jewish authorities of being guilty of all of the blood of all of the righteous from Able (Genesis 4) to Zacharias (2Chronicles 24:20-22).[1] In other words they were guilty of all of the righteous blood that had been shed under the Old Testament (Matthew 23:35). Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on October 7, 2018 in 70 AD Eschatology

 

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Apocalyptic Signs

Signs of the End

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According to Luke, there would be heavenly signs, pertaining to the sun, moon and stars before the time of the end (Luke 21:25). Both Matthew and Mark wrote that the sun would be darkened, and the moon wouldn’t give its light, and the stars shall fall from heaven (Matthew 24:29; Mark 13:24-25), but if the sun withheld its light, the moon wouldn’t be able to shine, because it reflects the sun’s light. Moreover, if even one star fell from heaven to the earth, the earth and everyone on it would be destroyed. So, this couldn’t be literally true, but, rather, is apocalyptic language describing events that would occur near the time of the end. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on May 31, 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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The Value of the Believer’s Persecution

Good Example = 1

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When Jesus foretold the coming persecution of his disciples, he said that it would turn out to the advantage of the Gospel. They would be able to testify to people who wouldn’t normally hear the Gospel. They would testify of Jesus before the authorities of the land, and before governors and kings (Luke 21:12-13; cf. Acts 24:7-10, 24-25; 25:9-13; 26:1). Moreover, their testimony would not be theirs, though it came from their mouths. Rather, Jesus, himself, would give them the words they needed to say, and once said, their enemies wouldn’t be able to legitimately argue against them (Luke 21:14-15; cf. Acts 25:9-12, 23-26; 26:32). Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on May 24, 2018 in Gospel of Luke

 

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Judging First Century AD Babylon

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When I was a premillennialist, I didn’t consider it all that important to know when Jesus would return, because, after all, no one could know the “day or the hour” (Matthew 24:36), and I was repulsed by the never-ending line of prophet wannabes in our modern era, who were so willing (for a price) to tell others when Jesus would return. Therefore, I usually stayed away from anything that dealt with eschatology. The last days can’t be known, so I busied myself doing what I could do, today, hoping that in some way what I did was pleasing to the Lord. However, all this has changed since the summer of 2017. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on March 9, 2018 in AD 70 Eschatology

 

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The Context of Matthew 16

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Presently I am involved in an in-depth study of two verses: Matthew 16:27-28. I have chosen to do this, because it has come to my attention that the whole of the futurists’ argument for a Second Coming of Christ—in our future—hangs upon their determined effort to separate verse-27 from verse-28 by at least 2000 years. This is both contextually and grammatically invalid. Moreover, it hasn’t one iota of foundation elsewhere in the word of God, either in the New Testament or in the Old Testament prophecies. The gap theory (as I call it) has everything to do with eisegesis and nothing to do with exegesis. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on March 7, 2018 in 70 AD Eschatology

 

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