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Thinking Outside the Box

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At least most of us have heard the expression thinking outside the box, but what does it mean and how does it occur? I believe the box is a symbol of the world in which we live. It represents our cultural norm and our present worldview. To think outside **that** box requires something extraordinary to occur to us. It cannot simply be done on command or through the force of one’s own willpower. It would be like trying to imagine a color that isn’t based upon the colors: red, blue and yellow. All the colors of the rainbow, which we are able to see, are derived from a combination of two or all three of these colors and in varying degrees. So, imagine a color that is **not** based upon a combination of two or more of these colors? Put another way, think of an original thought that no one has ever thought before (Ecclesiastes 1:9; cp. 1Corinthians 2:9). None of these things can be done on command or through the strength of one’s own willpower. Changing one’s worldview or thinking a new thought occurs only when a person is brought through just the right circumstance that forces him to challenge the truth he knows, in order to embrace a new and greater truth to replace it. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on January 14, 2021 in Epistle to the Hebrews

 

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A Description of the Tabernacle Rituals

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After showing how Christ, our High Priest, ministers a better covenant in Hebrews 8, Paul at this point in his epistle begins to contrast Christ and the New Covenant with that of the Old Covenant and the Levitical priesthood. The patterns of the real things could never be as effective as the reality, just as a shadow of a body could never be real without the body, which casts it. This seems to be the theme of what Paul communicates to his readers in this chapter. The Levitical priesthood and all it did could never offer real forgiveness for the sins of the people it represented. On the other hand, Jesus, coming as he does in the end of the age, accomplishes what the old order could not. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on December 6, 2020 in Epistle to the Hebrews

 

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Whose End is to Be Burned

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It seems that there was a question in the Jews mindset of the value of the priesthood of Christ (Hebrews 3:1, 5:5). The priesthood of Aaron was visible and full of meaning. It was there, present every day for those who were at Jerusalem. It might not have been easy for Jews, who had an exalted view of the Aaronic priesthood all their lives, in which they had a direct part, to lay that aside and embrace the spiritual priesthood of Christ (1Peter 2:5, 9). Such a priesthood, being spiritual in nature, wasn’t visible and didn’t stroke the human senses, as the priesthood of Aaron did. Therefore, being more inclined to view the Aaronic priesthood as greater than that of Christ, they had become dull of hearing, because they didn’t properly appreciate the sacrifice of Christ (Hebrews 5:11-14; cf. 6:20; Romans 8:24). Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on October 25, 2020 in Epistle to the Hebrews

 

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The Fifth Bowl and Darkness

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In our study of the seven bowls of wrath of Revelation 16, we have come to the fifth bowl. The fifth angel poured out his bowl of wrath upon the seat of the Beast. Scholars have long assumed and even sought to prove through the annals of history that the seat of the beast (i.e. his throne or center of government) was Rome or the Vatican,[1] but, unless one embraces Preterism for one’s eschatology, it is really difficult to find anyone who would claim Jerusalem was the seat or throne of the Beast. Yet, as an honest consideration of the facts would reveal, this is the perspective that Scripture takes. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on January 28, 2020 in Apocalypse, Book of Revelation

 

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He Won’t Be Hurt by the Second Death

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In Revelation 2:11, Jesus spoke to those “who have ears to hear”, meaning believers who have exercised their senses to discern good and evil (cf. Hebrews 5:14). There, he promises that he who overcomes would not be harmed by the second death. But, what does Jesus mean by the second death? Exactly, how many deaths are there, and how are they described in Scripture? Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on March 24, 2019 in Apocalypse, Book of Revelation

 

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The Messianic Temple

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I am presently considering the eschatology of The Parable of the Wicked Tenants (Matthew 21:33-46) in light of the fact that the Jewish authorities understood the parable to point to them (Matthew 21:45). If this is so, and Jesus doesn’t say otherwise, then the parable could point only to 70 AD for its fulfillment. This would put Jesus’ so-called Second Coming (Matthew 21:40) and the establishment of the Kingdom of God, with Jesus as King, in 70 AD. Unless one is able to offer a reasonable counter argument, showing why this couldn’t be true, why shouldn’t we believe the clear intent of the parable? Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on October 11, 2018 in 70 AD Eschatology

 

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What Did Jesus Know About His Coming?

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There are some futurists who conclude that Matthew 24:36 is a verse that divides the Olivet Discourse into two eschatological events—i.e. Christ comes spiritually in AD 70 to judge Jerusalem and destroy the Temple (Matthew 24:3-34) and Christ’s Second Coming (physically) to rule the world (Matthew 24:36-end of chapter 25). On the other hand, there are other futurists who claim the Olivet Discourse is a single, united prophecy that predicts Jesus’ Second Coming (physically) to rule the world. I agree with the latter that the Olivet Discourse is a single, undivided prophecy, but I, nevertheless, believe it points to Jesus’ spiritual coming in 70 AD, which is the official end of the Old Covenant, and the establishment of the New. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on June 29, 2018 in 70 AD Eschatology

 

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Did the Old Covenant End at the Cross?

End of the Old Covenant

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Some brethren understand the scriptures to say that the Old Covenant ended at the cross. After all, Colossians 2:14 does tell us “He has taken it out of the way, having nailed it to the cross.” That seems final enough, and even in another letter Paul added, “by abolishing in His flesh the enmity, which is the Law of commandments contained in ordinances…” (Ephesians 2:15). Yet, if this is so, and the Apostles preached it, wouldn’t they have been excommunicated from Jewish society, and, if they preached against the Temple sacrifices and against Temple worship, why would the Jewish authorities permit them to do it in the Temple (Acts 2:46; 5:42)? If they preached against the Temple, why would they have been found in the Temple worshiping (Acts 3:1; 22:17)? Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on June 25, 2018 in 70 AD Eschatology

 

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In the Twinkling of an Eye

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We are told in Isaiah 2:2-4 that the mountain of the Lord’s House would be established in the last days, and at this time the nations would go up to the Lord’s House to learn his ways, because the word of the Lord will flow out from Zion. It is also a time when the land would be full of idols, when both the poor and the great would worship the work of their hands, and a day in which the Lord would be exalted, because he will not forgive their iniquities but would judge the proud and lofty man (Isaiah 2:8-12). It would be a day when silver and gold wouldn’t buy safety, and men would run to hide in the rocks and caves for fear of the great majesty of the Lord (Isaiah 2:19-22; Revelation 6:15-17). Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on June 22, 2018 in 70 AD Eschatology

 

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The Church of God Is Heavenly Zion

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For several months I have been studying and writing about the nature of the Kingdom of God, and I have concluded that it is a spiritual Kingdom, and there is absolutely no Biblical foundation for a future physical Kingdom of God, in which a physical Jesus would return from the heavens to the earth, specifically to Jerusalem, and reign either 1000 years, or forever. The predominant futurist view of eschatology is just that, i.e. to look for the future coming of a physical Jesus. Some may not call his reign physical, but whatever could you call it, if Jesus were in a physical body and reigned from physical Jerusalem, located in the Middle East? There are exceptions to this point of view, but all positions agree that ‘coming’ as man was a real, physical event, and there will be a personal, visible (i.e. physical), glorious, and objective Second Coming. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on June 20, 2018 in 70 AD Eschatology

 

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House of God Is Spiritual

Shadow of Christ

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According to all three futurist eschatologies—amillennialism, postmillennialism and premillennialism, with some exceptions within the groups—we can expect the establishment of a physical Kingdom at the future return of Jesus to this earth, and Jesus will be visible, i.e. in a physical body and rule out of literal, physical Jerusalem. Historical premillennialists (but not all) and dispensational premillennialists believe the physical Temple will be rebuilt in Jerusalem and animal sacrifices will be restored. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on June 13, 2018 in 70 AD Eschatology

 

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The New Creation

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I’m presently involved in a study about the nature of the Kingdom of God, have been for quite some time now. Many futurists, namely those who look for Christ to come to the earth sometime in our future, believe that, when Jesus comes, he will set up a physical Kingdom on earth and reign from physical Jerusalem. Some believe this will take place at or initiate the Millennium, while others conclude Jesus will arrive after the Millennium. Many of these futurists also believe Christ will renovate or destroy and then recreate the heavens and the earth, and will then reign in an Eden type or utopian Kingdom. But does this fit what the Bible says about Jesus’ return? Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on June 8, 2018 in 70 AD Eschatology

 

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The New Covenant

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The predominant view of futurist eschatology is that Jesus absolutely must return to this earth and set up or establish a physical Kingdom of God, wherein he will reign as the Messiah in a visible, physical body on a physical throne from physical Jerusalem. I have been in recent months repudiating that point of view, saying that Jesus has already returned and has already established his Kingdom in 70 AD, when he came in the clouds, as he said he would (Matthew 26:64). At that time he judged Jerusalem and destroyed its Temple in the person of the Roman general, Titus, and his armies. Of course, such a ‘Second Coming’ was not visible with one’s eyes, but it was perceived, in that, the destruction of Jerusalem was the sign of Christ’s presence in heaven (Matthew 24:3, 30). Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on June 6, 2018 in 70 AD Eschatology

 

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The Gospel v/s Dispensationalism

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According to dispensationalists, the prophecy of the union of the two kingdoms of Judah and Israel, symbolized by uniting the two sticks in Ezekiel 37, and the New Covenant, as described in Jeremiah 31:31-34, has not been fulfilled, but will be fulfilled in the millennium. During that time, there would be a physical Temple in literal Jerusalem, and physical Temple worship, which includes animal sacrifices, would be in place. Physical circumcision would be commanded, and gentile nations would need to make pilgrimages to Jerusalem during the annual Feast Days (according to Zechariah 14). In fact, this would represent two different redemptive plans: one for Israel and the other for gentiles who believed the Gospel during the Gospel age, which by the time of the millennium, the Gospel age and apparently the Gospel, itself, would cease to exist: Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on June 4, 2018 in 70 AD Eschatology

 

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A New Covenant with the House of Israel

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The predominant view of futurist eschatology is that Jesus absolutely must return to this earth and set up or establish a physical Kingdom of God, wherein he will reign as the Messiah in a visible, physical body on a physical throne from physical Jerusalem. I have been in recent months repudiating that point of view, saying that Jesus has already returned and has already established his Kingdom in 70 AD, when he returned in the clouds, as he claimed he would (Matthew 26:64), and judged Jerusalem and destroyed its Temple in the person of the Roman general, Titus, and his armies. Of course, such a ‘Second Coming’ was not visible with one’s eyes, but it was perceived, in that, the destruction of Jerusalem was the sign of Christ’s presence (Matthew 24:3, 30). Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on May 30, 2018 in 70 AD Eschatology

 

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