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John’s Intended Worship

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With the Apocalypse finished, and John having seen and heard all of what the Lord wanted to convey to the churches, he immediately fell down before the angel’s feet whom the Lord had sent to bring the message of the Apocalypse to him (Revelation 22:8; cp. 1:1-4, 11). The sense seems to be, at least according to most Biblical scholars, that after seeing all the visions recorded in this prophecy, and hearing all of what the Lord wanted John and the elect to know, John placed himself in position to ‘worship’ the angel who had delivered the Lord’s message to him? And, this wasn’t even the first time John tried to do such a thing (Revelation 19:10)![1] Is this an accurate understanding of what John had tried to do? Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on June 21, 2020 in Apocalypse, Book of Revelation

 

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The Glassy Sea

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According to John’s record, the very next thing he saw, after mentioning the seven angels with the seven last plagues was “a sea of glass, mingled with fire” (Revelation 15:2). The text says that those who were victorious over the beast, his image and the number of his name were able to stand upon the glassy sea (thalassa – G2281), which was “mingled with fire” (Revelation 15:2). Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on January 9, 2020 in Apocalypse, Book of Revelation

 

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I Come Quickly

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Jesus told the church in Philadelphia that he is coming quickly, and they needed to ‘hold fast’ to what they had, so no man could take or remove their crown (Revelation 3:11). When Jesus said he was coming “quickly” (tachu – G5035), I believe, if we truly take audience relevance into consideration, we would have to say that he meant he was coming very soon, i.e. in the expected lifetimes of his readers (viz. Matthew 16:27-28). The same Greek word was used in Matthew 5:25 for the need of an accused to settle with his adversary quickly, before he had to appear before the judge. It was used of the women fleeing Jesus’ gravesite, after the angels told them to tell the disciples of his resurrection (Mark 16:7-8). Again, it was used of Mary quickly running to Jesus upon learning of his presence at Lazarus’ tomb (John 11:29). Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on May 14, 2019 in Apocalypse, Book of Revelation

 

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The Apocalypse and the Transfiguration

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What could the Book of Revelation possibly have in common with Jesus’ Transfiguration (Matthew 17:1-8; Mark 9:2-8; Luke 9:28-36)? This is a question I had before I heard a preacher[1] speak of it, but I have to tell you, it makes a lot of sense. What the Transfiguration does for the Apocalypse is to place it in a context that demands that the book was written prior to the Jews’ war with Rome cir. 66-70 AD. The context of the Apocalypse is the Day of the Lord, or the Coming of Jesus.[2] The context of the Transfiguration is the Day of the Lord, or the Lord’s parousia (G3952), according to Peter (2Peter 1:16-18)! Interestingly, I’ve never put Revelation 1:1 together with Matthew 17:1-8 and 2Peter 1:16-18, but you can see how they all fit together. They all speak of the Second Coming and, therefore, the Day of the Lord. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on January 15, 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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Gathering in the Valley of Decision

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For awhile, now, I’ve been studying the parables within the Olivet Discourse with a view toward their basis in eschatology. Lately, I’ve been developing that theme in Matthew 25 (also part of the Olivet Discourse, according to Matthew), specifically Matthew 25:31 and following. Here, Jesus spoke of his coming in glory, with his holy angels, in order to sit on the throne of his glory (Matthew 25:31). At that time all nations would be gathered before him, and they would be separated as a shepherd would divide the sheep from the goats (verse-32). Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on December 2, 2018 in 70 AD Eschatology

 

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Jesus Appears to His Disciples

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Those of us who embrace Jesus as our Savior often take it for granted that, once Jesus appeared to his disciples after his resurrection, they immediately recognized and believed that what he told them was true, namely, he would go to Jerusalem, and the authorities would arrest him, turn him over to the gentiles, and they would crucify him, but he would also be raised to life after three days. Nevertheless, if we do believe this, it isn’t so. Even after Jesus appeared to his Apostles and other disciples, most of them still didn’t believe he had risen from the dead. This is how great a power their previous worldview exercised over their accepting what their eyes and ears and hands clearly told them. They simply would not believe what the facts distinctly revealed. They kept making allowances for what contradicted what they still believed. Pretty much, this is exactly what we can expect of anyone who has had his worldview challenged by the Gospel. Folks simply do not want to give up what they believe about reality. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on September 16, 2018 in Gospel of Luke

 

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Jesus’ Post Resurrection Appearances

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Below one will find a chart with approximate times of Jesus’ appearances to folks, after he rose from the dead. Obviously, seeking absolute accuracy is impossible. The scriptures simply are not that detailed that they would offer such precision, so some guesswork needs to take place in such an endeavor. Nevertheless, what appears below will agree with the scriptures. Some things that I have written will not be embraced by all, but that’s okay. I have endeavored to be as accurate as the scriptures would allow me to be. I haven’t knowingly assumed any doctrine of men, rather, interpreted what I have seen in the word of God and wrote what seemed good to me. I hope that even among those who disagree with me that one can understand why I have interpreted the scriptures in the manner in which he reads here. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on August 23, 2018 in Gospel of Luke

 

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Preaching to Closed Minds

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Presently, I am involved in a study of Jesus’ parables, as they pertain to the last days. We need to keep in mind that the scriptures say that God spoke to mankind at various times and through a great many different people, both small and great. However, in the last days he sent Jesus (Hebrews 1:1-2), and through Jesus, the Son of God, the word of God has come to us. One of the very first things Jesus made clear to us is that his words could be understood only by those who have ears to hear (Matthew 13:9). This doesn’t mean that the word of God is hidden, but it does tell us that Jesus doesn’t intend to disturb the spiritual blindness that men impose upon themselves by rejecting Jesus, in order to embrace what they’ve always been taught by folks with a diploma (viz. Matthew 12:23-24). Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on July 27, 2018 in AD 70 Eschatology

 

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Peter Denies Knowing Jesus

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The Jewish authorities arrested Jesus and led him away to the house of the high priest, and Peter followed at some distance (Luke 22:54). It would be an error to say that the Apostles were cowards. They were, indeed, willing to die with Jesus or be arrested with him, but all this was in the context of unbelief. They simply didn’t believe what Jesus told them, i.e. that their hearts had forsaken the way he taught them (Mark 14:50). They were acting like men and not messengers of heaven. They took on the posture of rebels, willing to fight their enemies with swords. This is the world’s way to attain victory, but Jesus claims to be our ‘Way’(cf. John 14:6) – i.e. his example points to victory. If, then, Peter followed Jesus (Luke 22:54; cf. Matthew 26:58), it was in the context of unbelief not an expression of loyalty. His posture was that of a rebel, and he followed Jesus as a spy, not a disciple. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on July 12, 2018 in Gospel of Luke

 

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The Disciples Forsook Jesus

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As Judas’ betrayal took place, and when the apostles saw there was danger, they asked the Lord for their orders. They were not afraid. They were willing to fight, even with only two swords (Luke 22:38) against the multitude! While Judas would feel comfortable in today’s media, draining funds away from the Lord’s use to spread the Gospel, so he might support his own cause, Peter would have loved to lead a crusade. Both attitudes are wrong and do not serve God. One would steal in the name Christ, the other would kill in his name. Judas would exploit Christ for his own ends, while Peter would make presumptions upon his Master’s will and risk all for victory. While abiding in Christ (John 15:1-7) one does not act out of Adam’s strength or use this world’s methods (Matthew 26:52). Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on July 10, 2018 in Gospel of Luke

 

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Jesus’ Betrayal and Arrest

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After his prayer in the Garden of Gethsemane was over, and he was satisfied that his Father had reached out to comfort him through the presence of an angel, Jesus came to his disciples and found them sleeping for sorrow. Luke tells us that he told them to wake-up and pray, so they wouldn’t enter into temptation (Luke 22:45-46). The other Synoptics have Jesus telling his disciples to continue sleeping, but many scholars believe Matthew’s and Mark’s “Sleep on, now, and take your rest…” should be a question: “Do you sleep and take rest now?” (Matthew 26:45; Mark 14:41). If this is so, we have total agreement between the three records of Jesus’ prayer in the garden. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on July 5, 2018 in Gospel of Luke

 

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Jesus Being Ironical

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While they were in the state of unbelief, Jesus asked his Apostles, when they went out with the Seventy (Luke 22:35; cf. 10:4) and enjoyed the success of their labor, did they lack anything, and, of course, they replied they lacked nothing. In other words, while in the state of belief, they lacked nothing. God was with them, and they enjoyed success in everything they did in the service of the Kingdom of God (cf. Luke 10:17). However, now that they were in the state of unbelief, Jesus said they needed to do the opposite of what he had commanded them in Luke 10:4. In other words, they needed to take their purses and their scrips (shepherd bags), because, while in the state of unbelief they could not expect the provision of God. In fact, if they had no swords, they would now need to sell even their garment to buy one, because without faith they couldn’t expect the protection of God (Luke 22:36). Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on June 28, 2018 in Gospel of Luke

 

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Does Satan Pray?

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Jesus first told the disciples that all of them would be offended in him that evening and this would be the fulfillment of prophecy (Mark 14:27; cf. Zechariah 13:7), but they didn’t believe him (cf. Mark 14:29). Then Jesus told Peter that Satan has desired (G1809) to sift all the Apostles, as though they were wheat, in order to separate them from Jesus (Luke 22:31). That is, Satan intends to kill Jesus and then scatter the Apostles in hope that he may prove them to be no more than chaff, as he had done with Judas, who, rather than being a disciple of the Lord, proved to be his betrayer. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on June 26, 2018 in Gospel of Luke

 

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Striving to Be Great

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As the New Covenant was inaugurated with the passing of the bread and the wine, Jesus broke what was perhaps the moment of contemplative silence with the words: “… the hand of him who betrays me is with me on the table” (Luke 22:21). This time instead of saying to Jesus, “Is it I,” the apostles’ inquiries were directed toward one another. “Who could this be? Is it you, James or you John? The two of you are impulsive and have moments of terrible anger, wanting to call fire down from heaven to destroy people. Is it one of you? Perhaps is it you, Matthew. You were a tax collector, whose business was full of deceit. Deception would be easy for you. Is it you” (cf. Luke 22:23)? Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on June 19, 2018 in Gospel of Luke

 

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