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The End of All Things Is at Hand

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When we speak of the end of the world, according to what we see in 2Peter 3, what do we mean? What did Peter mean? If Peter meant something different from what we see in the text, which point of view should we retain—ours or Peter’s? Lots of folks seem to believe Peter was wrong to believe the end of the time/space continuum was about to arrive in the first century AD. I could go along with that, with this qualifier—Peter really wasn’t speaking of the end of time or the universe. This came to be a later assumption of the text, and such a thing is not found anywhere in the Bible. In other words, belief that time would come to an end and the universe would be destroyed is a modern assumption not supported in the scriptures. Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted by on December 13, 2017 in Eschatology, Prophecy

 

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Who Were the Scoffers?

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Speaking of his own days in the first century AD (cf. 1Peter 1:19-20; 4:7, 17), Peter mentions that scoffers (G1703) or mockers would arise in the last days (i.e. Peter’s days – 2Peter 3:3), who would deny the coming of the Lord, which Peter claimed would occur in the lifetimes of his first century readers (1Peter 1:5-7). These men would deny the first century coming of Christ by using the premise that everything is exactly as it had always been. That is, the Temple is still standing even though Jesus claimed it would be destroyed (cf. Matthew 23:37-38; 26:64).Where, then, is the promise of his coming (2Peter 3:3-4). If scoffers were come in the first century to deny the Apostles’ message, is it possible to know who they were? Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on December 11, 2017 in Eschatology, Prophecy

 

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Why Would the Scoffers Ridicule Peter?

Scoffers - 4People want to talk about the end times, Christ’s coming in the clouds, the end of the world, what’s going on in the Middle East and how that pertains to ‘end time events’ and Jesus’ feet standing on the Mount of Olives, but they **don’t** want to talk about the time statements indicated in the prophecies that point to those same events! The only thing they know about that time is “no one knows the day or the hour.” Yet, Jesus told us that the very things these folks want to talk about would occur in a single generation—that is, the generation in which Jesus lived (Matthew 23:36; 24:34). Nevertheless, NO ONE wants to talk about that! Therefore, these folks simply ignore the fact that Peter mentions the similarity of what he was about to tell his readers (2Peter 3:1) to what he had already told them in his first epistle. That is where Peter claimed that he and his readers were living in the last time (1Peter 1:5).[1] Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on December 8, 2017 in Eschatology, Prophecy

 

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Ignoring the Time Statements

End of All ThingsOne of the sad statements of our time is that folks who believe Christ will return in our modern day, take their cues from the newspaper, rather than believing God. We have become newspaper exegetes, believing and preaching the end is near, because of “all the evil” we see in the world around us. We simply cannot fathom the thought that Jesus would ever permit such evil to continue to occur without doing something about it. Well, he has done something about it. He left us the Gospel to preach, and this has already and will continue to change the world, but that’s another subject for another time. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on December 6, 2017 in Eschatology, Prophecy

 

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Understanding Prophetic Language

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For nearly the whole period of my own Christian experience, I had been interpreting the Old Testament prophecies, for the most part, literally. This is the way in which I was taught, and it is also the manner in which most of my commentaries etc. interpret Biblical prophecy. It is only lately (summer of 2017) that I began to question this method of interpretation (hermeneutic). Certainly, I knew Jesus wasn’t a literal lamb, when the text called him the Lamb of God, but for the most part it was through the literal interpretation of the word of God, that I perceived the scriptures, including the prophets. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on December 1, 2017 in Eschatology, Prophecy

 

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The Lord Comes Suddenly to His Temple

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During the days of the judges, when Samuel, the prophet, was a little boy ministering in the Temple, a man of God came to Eli, the high priest, and told him that not only had God rejected him, but had rejected the priesthood of Aaron in favor of a priest of his own choosing (1Samuel 2:27-36). Similarly, during the days of Annas, the high priest, Jesus came into the Temple at age 12, answering and asking questions that astonished the teachers of the Law (Luke 2:46-47). Just as Samuel was his mother’s firstborn, but was not redeemed, causing him to be dedicated to the Lord and so was attached to the priesthood, so Jesus, without a record of his redemption at birth (Luke 2:22), and being his mother’s firstborn, was, therefore, dedicated to the Lord and was technically a Priest of God from birth. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on November 27, 2017 in Eschatology, Prophecy

 

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Setting the Watch

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In Luke 12:37 Jesus’ disciples were told to watch (G1127), and in his first epistle Peter uses this same Greek word, calling upon believers to be vigilant (1Peter 5:8), because their adversary was roaming about, seeking whom he might swallow up (destroy). Jesus used the word in the context of being prepared and letting one’s light shine (Luke 12:35), and he mentioned the second and third watches of the night to point to the times when the guard was most apt to fall asleep. In the context of the first century this was from about 9 PM to midnight (2nd watch) and midnight to 3 AM ( 3rd watch). Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on September 12, 2017 in Gospel of Luke

 

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