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Lying Wonders of the False Prophet

Lying Wonders

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John tells us that the false prophet did great wonders, which he used to deceive the people (Revelation 13:13-14. The same Greek word for wonders (G4592) in verse-13 is translated into miracles in verse-14. These signs, wonders or miracles are, as I concluded in the study of verse-13 were ‘lying’ wonders. That is, they were common things that occurred, perhaps even catastrophes, that were given special significance by the false prophet. What he taught about those natural occurrences deceived those who dwelt “on the earth”, that is, those Jews who resided in Judea and Galilee and everywhere else in the empire, who may have heard what the false prophet said about the things that were done. Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted by on December 3, 2019 in Apocalypse, Book of Revelation


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Unbelief and Mocking Jesus


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For practical purposes the Romans needed an accusation to charge Jesus in order to crucify him, because such a thing would become a matter of public record. In the second century AD Justin Martyr, while addressing the Emperor, Pius, mentioned that proof of what he said could be obtained from the Acts of Pilate,[1] something that hardly could be so, if Pilate wasn’t required to record the reasons for the executions he commanded. Therefore, Pilate’s official verdict was: Jesus of Nazareth was the King of the Jews—a political crime, something for which he had earlier found him innocent. Nevertheless, he could hardly mention in a public record that he had executed Jesus for claiming to be the Son of God, a religious crime, according to the Jews (John 19:7, 13-16), but a matter of harmless superstition, according to Rome (cf. Acts 25:18-20). Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted by on August 12, 2018 in Gospel of Luke


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Pilate’s Verdict of Crucifixion


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It is reasonable that Pilate would assume the chief priests and the people would desire Jesus’ release instead of Barabbas, because the latter was really guilty of the charges the authorities levied falsely against Jesus. Pilate knew the high priests understood Jesus wasn’t really guilty of the charges they made against him, so why wouldn’t they reject one who was really guilty of the accusations they made against Jesus? Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted by on July 29, 2018 in Gospel of Luke


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Two Witnesses for Jesus

Pilate and Herod

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Josephus mentions an interesting event that occurred about a year prior to Jesus’ crucifixion. Pilate had built an aqueduct into Jerusalem using Temple funds for its financing. When many Jews objected to his use of Temple funds to pay for the project, he had some of his military men disguise themselves and mingle with the crowd of Jewish demonstrators. When Pilate gave the signal, his men began killing Jews in the crowd. They were supposed to kill only the most vocal demonstrators, but they killed indiscriminately, and with such vigor that they slew the lambs, too, which some of the Jews carried, intending to have them slain for the Passover celebration. Thus, the blood of the men was mingled with that of the animals (cf. Luke 13:1), a very distasteful matter among the Jews. Many of these Jews were Galileans, and, when this event was told to Herod Antipas, he also viewed the ordeal with contempt, putting Pilate and him at odds with one another. Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted by on July 24, 2018 in Gospel of Luke


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Jesus’ Trial Before Herod

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After Jesus’ first appearance before Pilate, the Jewish authorities could hardly believe their ears, when Pilate pronounced his verdict of innocence! Immediately they began to accuse Jesus more passionately. The Vulgate translates: “But,” they insisted, “He rouses sedition among the people; he has gone round the whole of Judaea preaching, beginning in Galilee and ending here.” The phrase: “…ending here” probably has reference to his entries into Jerusalem in recent days, publicly showing himself to be the Messiah and the large crowds gathering around him. Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted by on July 22, 2018 in Gospel of Luke


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Are YOU the King of the Jews?

Are you King of the Jews

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Pontius Pilate was a very cruel Roman governor, who ruled the Jews for about 10 years (25/26 AD to 35 AD), during the reign of Tiberius Caesar. The fact is, he was removed from office in 35 AD by his immediate superior, Vitellius, the Roman president of Syria, because of the indiscriminate and cruel manner in which he governed Jewish affairs. The fact is that Pilate was probably a bigot. It seems he bore a hatred for the Jews. From the very beginning he showed little respect for their religious beliefs. Josephus even mentions that when Pilate first took the reins of governorship of Judea, he secretly brought images of Caesar into Jerusalem,[1] something his predecessors hadn’t done, no, nor any governor after him. Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted by on July 19, 2018 in Gospel of Luke


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The Charges Against Jesus

Brought Before Pilate

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After finding Jesus guilty of blasphemy, a verdict requiring death under the Mosaic Law (Leviticus 24:16), the Sanhedrin, immediately, brought Jesus to the Roman governor, Pontius Pilate (Luke 23:1; cf. 3:1), because, under Roman Law, the Jewish authorities had no right to execute anyone for a crime (John 18:31). Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted by on July 17, 2018 in Gospel of Luke


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The Conspiracy Against Jesus

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Luke tells us that Jesus had come to Jerusalem during the Passover season. The Passover occurs in the spring and incorporates two different feast days—the Passover (one day) and the Days of Unleavened Bread (seven days). During the first century AD, the two were often taken together and referred to as a single Feast. In Luke 22:1 the Feast of Unleavened Bread (seven days) is referred to as the Passover, but the day the Passover lamb was killed occurred one day before the Feast of Unleavened bread (cf. Luke 22:7). The Passover Day was celebrated on the 14th day of the first month, while the Feast of Unleavened Bread was celebrated on the 15th to the 21st day of the first month (Leviticus 23:4-8). The first and last of these days were Sabbaths, annual holy days, but not the seventh day Sabbath. Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted by on June 3, 2018 in Gospel of Luke


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The Reaction to the Coming of Jesus


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When the Jewish authorities in Jerusalem witnessed Jesus’ entry into the city, they immediately demanded that he stop what his disciples were doing (Luke 19:39). The Roman procurator, Pilate at that time, would have taken a dim view of self-appointed messiahs, announcing their readiness to lead the people. The Jewish authorities were suddenly in great fear. An uproar would have taken place, if they tried to arrest Jesus at that time, and one would surely develop, if the Roman military suddenly came down from the walls, upon Pilate’s orders to stop what was taking place within the Temple compound (cf. John 11:48). Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted by on March 29, 2018 in Gospel of Luke


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The Plot Against Jesus

Questioning JesusIn a previous blogpost, I showed how it could be logically understood through the Scriptures that Jesus could have been crucified one year prior to when the event actually occurred. At least this seems to have been the idea in the minds of Jesus’ enemies. However, it seems that God guided the events in a manner so that his original plan prevailed. Nevertheless, if Jesus was supposed to die, why would it have been wrong to die one year earlier? Why didn’t God simply permit the events begun by the scribes and Pharisees to run their course? What might have occurred had Jesus been crucified a year before the actual historical event? Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted by on September 26, 2017 in Gospel of Luke


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The Crucifixion that Almost Was

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I wonder if Jesus could have been crucified one year earlier than when that event actually took place, which, according to my understanding, took place in 31 AD. Could God have permitted the event to occur one year earlier, and would this have made a difference afterward, as far as the preaching of the Gospel was concerned? The fact is, that Jesus does seem to indicate that the crucifixion could have occurred one year prior to when it actually took place. Nevertheless, it was delayed because Jesus prayed to his Father. I was surprised to see this possible eventuality and almost missed it. Would it have changed anything, if Jesus was crucified at another time? Perhaps matters such as this can never be known with certainty, but it is encouraging to understand that Jesus prays for us, and our heavenly Father listens to Jesus and always answers his prayers (John 11:41; cf. 1John 5:15). Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted by on September 24, 2017 in Gospel of Luke


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Pilate’s Passover

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It was time for Jesus’ ascension, i.e. time for him to go up to Jerusalem to celebrate a Feast Day. This particular occasion could not have been the Passover when Jesus was crucified, as I hope to show here. Nevertheless, neither does Luke mention which Feast Day this might have been. Luke 9:51-53 shows the Samaritans were upset that Jesus was set to go to Jerusalem instead of celebrating that Feast Day with them. The Samaritans had no reason to celebrate the Feast of Dedication (celebrated in our December) or the Feast of Purim (celebrated in late winter), because these days had special meaning only for the Jews in Jerusalem. Therefore, there would be no reason for the Samaritans to be jealous of Jesus’ determination to go to Jerusalem, if his intention was to celebrate one of these feast days. The Scriptures the Samaritans used was the Samaritan Pentateuch which they called the Law. These were the only Scriptures they used and the feasts they celebrate correspond to those found in Leviticus 23. Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted by on September 21, 2017 in Gospel of Luke


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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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Paul in Festus’ Court

Festus remained in Jerusalem about ten days before returning to Caesarea. He arrived there with an assembly of the Jewish ruling class. On the following day Festus sent for Paul and put him before his court. Luke says Paul was surrounded by men accusing him of wrongdoing (Acts 25:7), but none of them offered any proof to support what they claimed Paul had done. Once again, Luke shows that those who opposed Paul did so without merit, reminding us of the words of Jesus: “They hated me without cause” (John 15:25). Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted by on June 2, 2013 in Kingdom of God, Paul in bonds


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Why Didn’t Felix Release Paul?

Luke leaves us at the end of Acts 24 with Paul still in bonds. Usually, when a procurator left his office he either executed the prisoners he had taken captive for crimes worthy of death or released others. Yet, Paul’s fate was left for the next Roman governor to decide, while Felix returned to Rome to answer to Caesar for how he handled certain a certain insurrection that developed in Caesarea. Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted by on May 29, 2013 in Gospel, Paul in bonds


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