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Philip Preaches the Kingdom of God

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For some time now, I have been studying about the nature of the Kingdom of God. While some futurists (premillennialists, postmillennialists and amillennialists) may agree that the Kingdom of God, as it exists today, is a spiritual Kingdom, they would also tell us that it will morph into a physical Kingdom, when Jesus returns in a physical body to reign on a physical throne in physical Jerusalem. They might put it in different words, but in essence that is what their claims are. There are indeed subsets of those groups that would deny the above, saying Jesus simply returns and destroys the heavens and the earth—all of creation and takes his own to be with him, but the majority of those groups in essence teach something similar to the above. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on May 2, 2018 in 70 AD Eschatology

 

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Dating the Ministry of John the Baptist

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Luke begins his record of the public ministry of Jesus by introducing him through John, the Baptist. We know from the infancy narratives that John was about 6 months older than Jesus and that he was born into a family of priests. John was a son of Aaron, but instead of ministering in the Temple, where all priests are called to minister (including his father, Zacharias), we find John in the desert. Instead of wearing fine linen (the normal attire of a priest – see Exodus 28), John wore camel’s hair (Matthew 3:4), implying rugged living (cf. Luke 7:25). Something is going on beneath the surface, things are not really as they appear, but what is Luke veiling, and can we know? Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on July 10, 2016 in Gospel of Luke

 

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What About the Reigns of Herod’s Sons?

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Many scholars have used the length of the reigns of Herod’s sons, which information can be found in Josephus’ histories, to configure Herod’s death to March 13, 4 BC. However, since the eclipse that occurred at the Feast of Purim in 4 BC cannot be used to point to Herod’s death, due to the impossible time restraints involved between it and the Passover (28 to 29 days),[1] we must rethink why the reigns of Herod’s sons point to the year 4 BC, because, as I have said several times in this series, once “you have eliminated the impossible, whatever remains, however improbable, must be the truth.”[2] Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on May 26, 2016 in Gospel of Luke

 

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The Churches of God Were Multiplied

Luke concludes Acts 9:31 with the words: “…[the churches throughout all Judea, Samaria and Galilee], walking in the fear of the Lord and the comfort of the Holy Spirit, were multiplied.” Months ago I had shared what I believed to be the manner in which Luke had written Acts. I believe he wrote Acts in 6 submissions, which can be categorized into three themes of two parts each. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on August 18, 2012 in Persecution, Temple of God

 

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The Ethiopian Eunuch and the Body of Christ

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Luke has Philip joining an Ethiopian on a road near Gaza, south of Jerusalem. The man was returning from worshiping at Jerusalem, probably after one of its Holy Day seasons, which, in this case, would probably be Passover of 35 CE. (accounting for a six-month ministry for Philip in Samaria). Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on January 26, 2012 in Kingdom of God

 

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Philip and the Ethiopian Eunuch

Ethiopian Eunuch - 1The Angel of the Lord appeared to Philip in the Samaritan village as he was ending his ministry there and told him to go south toward Gaza (Acts 8:26). The Apostles had returned to Jerusalem, but Philip was a hunted man, perhaps not by name but because of his faith and how he interpreted that faith. He was more liberal in his faith than the Apostles, who had adopted a more conservative stance of preaching the Gospel. Both expressions of the Messianic faith were used by Jesus to spread the Gospel. Philip could no longer preach openly in Jerusalem during the Holy Days when pilgrims from all over the Empire visited Jerusalem, but the Apostles were still able to do so. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on January 21, 2012 in Kingdom of God

 

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The Samaritan Pentecost

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When Philip preached in Samaria the people listened, believed the Gospel and were baptized (Acts 8:5-7, 12). However, Luke tells us that, when Peter and John learned of the Samaritan’s repentance and came to the Samaritan village where Philip was preaching (Acts 8:14), they found the new believers had not received the Holy Spirit (Acts 8:16)! Why would this be so? Was anything lacking in Philip’s preaching? Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on January 17, 2012 in Kingdom of God

 

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