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The End or Goal of the Age

End of the Age - 1

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I am presently involved in a series of studies on the nature of the Kingdom of God. In previous studies I have shown how all three futurists’ views on eschatology—postmillennialism, amillennialism and premillennialism—are demonstrably false. With a few exceptions, all views seek to make a case for a visible, physical Second Coming of Christ in our (modern) future. When he does arrive, he will either destroy the heavens and the earth and take believers with him to be where he is, or he will renovate the earth and set up a physical Kingdom of God based in physical Jerusalem. All these eschatological views are demonstrably false.

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Posted by on May 21, 2018 in 70 AD Eschatology

 

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Christ Shook Heaven and Earth

Tale of 2 mountains

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This present study marks two dozen studies I’ve done concerning the nature of the Kingdom of God. Of course, we have seen that, with a few exceptions, all three futurists’ views—premillennialism, amillennialism and postmillennialism—look for a physical Kingdom at the still future (according to them) Second Coming of Christ. Moreover, they look for a visible return of Jesus, i.e. he will be in a physical body, when he sits on a physical throne in physical Jerusalem. However, as I have already pointed out, the scriptures do not support the futurists’ point of view on eschatology. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on May 18, 2018 in 70 AD Eschatology

 

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Who Is the Final Authority?

sola scriptura - 1

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According to the scriptures, who is the final authority of the Bible’s eschatology? We are told by many futurists that the writers of the New Testament simply didn’t understand either the time or the nature of Jesus’ Second Coming, or the establishment of the Kingdom of God. So, who is the authority of Biblical interpretation, the New Testament writers or the futurists—the amillennialists, premillennialists and postmillennialists? Where does eisegesis leave off and sola scriptura begin? If the New Testament authors believed and said one thing, but the futurists conclude they were naive and really didn’t know the gravity of the things they pointed out, aren’t the futurists telling us that sola scriptura doesn’t apply to how the New Testament authors described both the time and the nature of Jesus’ Second Coming? Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on May 14, 2018 in 70 AD Eschatology

 

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How Violent Is Jesus?

Violence and Jesus

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Often we hear criticism of the history of Christianity coming from folks in the ranks and atheism and also from the Jews, who have suffered ignominious and violent things at the hands of professing Christians throughout our 2000 year history. Moreover, Christian history is soiled with the violent behavior of one denomination against another. Some futurists believe that Jesus will kill 200 million soldiers in a great battle located in Israel, called Armageddon. Still others believe Jesus will destroy the whole of creation and with it all the wicked unbelievers. Violence seems to be not only a part of Christianity’s past, but also, if these prophecies of some are true, it is a part of our future as well—even of the Second Coming of Christ. What can we say of this? Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on May 11, 2018 in 70 AD Eschatology

 

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An Argument from Silence!

Argument from SilenceAny argument from silence is tenuous at best. However, under certain conditions such an argument can be significant. For example, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle built an entire argument around the silence of a dog during a murder in his book “The Adventure of Silver Blaze.” The dog’s silence was quite deafening! However, what about the silence in the scriptures concerning the physical Kingdom Jesus is said to have intended to set up at his Second Coming. Does the argument of silence work here? Is it great enough to show he intended to set up a spiritual Kingdom, not a physical one as most folks expected? Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on May 9, 2018 in 70 AD Eschatology

 

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Looking for a Better Resurrection

Better Resurrection

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Arguably, one of the most difficult barriers to accepting an AD 70 Second Coming of the Lord would be there wasn’t a visible resurrection. If the resurrection did occur, what should it have looked like? Should we have looked for the physical graves to open and the bodies of the dead to rise to life—physically? If the dead ones were raised to a physical life, shouldn’t they be living on earth today or, if not, shouldn’t they have died a second time long ago? If the dead ones were raised to a spiritual, eternal life, what would that have looked like, physically speaking? Was the resurrection of Jesus actually witnessed by anyone? Certainly we have the scriptures telling us that an angel of the Lord descended and took away the stone, and for fear of **him** the keepers shook (Matthew 28:2-4), but did the keepers of the grave actually **see** Jesus rise out of the tomb? If they did, why does scripture tell us that Jesus appeared first to Mary Magdalene (Mark 16:9). Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on May 7, 2018 in 70 AD Eschatology

 

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Marrying and Giving in Marriage

Liverate Marriage

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I suppose there are skeptics or scoffers in every age. Atheist and for that matter even some Jews, if we were involved in a debate would scoff at the Second Coming of Christ. They tell us that the New Testament writers believed he would come during the first century AD,[1] even Jesus predicted he would return before that generation to which he preached past away (Matthew 24:34). And, you know what? They are correct, both the New Testament writers and Jesus claimed he would return in the first century AD. However, the premise of their argument depends entirely on Jesus coming in a physical body that everyone could see. Their whole argument is based upon a physical Kingdom and a physical Second Coming, as is preached by all three groups of futurist eschatology (premillennialism, postmillennialism and amillennialism). Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on May 4, 2018 in 70 AD Eschatology

 

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Philip Preaches the Kingdom of God

Dry Tree

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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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Prepare Ye the Way of the Lord

Highway of Holiness

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One of the most interesting allusions that I have seen that points to a spiritual Kingdom of God rather than a physical one, which all futurists need to have in order to prove their eschatology, is the theme found in Isaiah 35. Here we find people in a wilderness, but the desert blossoms and is full of life. The strong are to help the weak and encourage the fearful, saying: “God will come… and recompense; he will save you.” (Isaiah 35:1-4). It is a time for opening the eyes of the blind and the ears of the deaf (Isaiah 35:5). Then the prophet says a highway will been there—The Way of Holiness. But the unclean are unable to pass over it. “And He Himself is by them, Whoso is going in the way–even fools err not” (Isaiah 35:8 – Youngs Literal Translation). The ransomed of the Lord return, and come into Zion with songs and everlasting joy upon their heads (Isaiah 35:10). Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on April 30, 2018 in 70 AD Eschatology

 

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The Temple and the Land of the Kingdom

Temple of God

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Years ago, when I frequented the religious debate boards (no longer in use, today), I was always disturbed over defending the word of God, when it seemed I was debating from a weak point. I had to maintain my confession of faith, and I knew the Bible was true, but at times, the better argument seemed to be in the hands of the detractor and the scoffer on the boards. Sometimes I wish I could debate with them now, but the reality is, that would be labor spent in vain. Nevertheless, I feel so blessed to understand the truth about Jesus’ coming in 70 AD, knowing I don’t have to extend the ‘last days’ of the first century 2000 years into the future (a ludicrous idea that simply denies the very meaning of words). I thank God for the truth, knowing that his word cannot and does not ever fail. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on April 27, 2018 in 70 AD Eschatology

 

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The Throne of David

Throne of David

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In this series of studies, I’ve been involved in seeking to understand the nature of the Kingdom of God. Jesus tells us in Luke 17:20-21 that God’s Kingdom is a Kingdom ruled from the hearts of men, not from what could be seen and identified by the naked eye. Unfortunately, the scriptural understanding of the Kingdom of God is set in contrast with what is actually being taught by the three predominant groups of eschatology. Premillennialism, postmillennialism and amillennialism all teach that Jesus will one day return to the earth (i.e. his Second Coming) and rule in a physical body from physical Jerusalem on a physical throne in a physical Kingdom. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on April 25, 2018 in 70 AD Eschatology

 

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The Scepter of Judah

Scepter of JudahFor some time, now, I’ve been involved in a study of the nature of the Kingdom of God. At the very heart of this study are Jesus’ words to the Pharisees in Luke 17:20-21, where he claimed that the Kingdom of God cannot be observed with the physical eyes, whereupon he concluded that the Kingdom of God is within you (i.e. within man). These are astonishing words in view of the fact that the Pharisees were expecting a glorious earthy kingdom. They expected the Messiah to reign in Jerusalem and rid the Jews of the Roman oppressor Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on April 18, 2018 in 70 AD Eschatology

 

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The Invisible Kingdom

Kingdom within you

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I am presently involved in series of short studies on the nature of the Kingdom of God. Jesus did say, after all, that it couldn’t be seen with our physical eyes (Luke 17:20-21). Therefore, what manner of Kingdom should we be looking for, if it cannot be physically observed. The point of fact remains, however, that all three futurist points of view, as that pertains to the Second Coming of Christ, demand a visible or physical Kingdom in which Christ will reign in a physical body. How could that be done in a Kingdom that cannot be observed with our physical eyes? Therefore, such an eschatology is simply illogical. It is self-contradictory. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on April 16, 2018 in 70 AD Eschatology

 

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A Spiritual Kingdom

Spiritual Kingdom

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Recently, I’ve embarked on a study in short segments that concern the nature of the Kingdom of God. When Jesus came upon the scene preaching that the Kingdom of God was near, was he referring to a physical Kingdom or a spiritual Kingdom? That is, when Jesus would begin to reign as the Messiah, did he intend to reign on a physical throne, in physical Jerusalem, in a physical body in, for all intents and purposes, what amounted to a physical Kingdom? Certainly, this was the kind of kingdom over which David reigned, and Jesus was prophesied to rule on David’s throne, but did God intend for us to understand that he would rule literally from a physical throne? Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on April 13, 2018 in AD 70 Eschatology

 

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Is the Kingdom About the Food We Eat?

Food and Drink

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I was once a part of a church fellowship that adopted a lifestyle similar to that of present day Jews. That is, we lived under the Mosaic Law, in as much as that would be possible without a physical Temple. I worshiped on the Sabbath, tithed and kept the seven annual Jewish Feast Days, as they are mentioned in Leviticus 23. It was a big deal, if someone put a plate of ham on the table or even flavored the salad dressing with ham sauce sprinkled with little cubes of ham. Certain food was unclean and could not be eaten, according to how we understood the word of God. We had adopted a lot of physical ‘sauce’ and poured it all over the spiritual New Covenant we supposedly embraced in Christ. Nevertheless, I was so far in Moses that there was very little of Christ that could be seen in my behavior. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on April 11, 2018 in AD 70 Eschatology

 

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