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Stored Up and Reserved for Judgment

End of the Age

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I have been commenting on the meaning of Peter’s words in 2Peter 3:7 for the past several studies, and I intend to continue to do so in this one. Peter uses two words in order to support the idea that ‘heaven and earth’ refer to the Jewish or the Old Covenant age. Notice that he says “…the heavens that now are, and the earth, by the same word have been stored up for fire, being reserved against the day of judgment and destruction of ungodly men” (emphasis mine). I want to consider the words stored up and reserved in order to understand more accurately what Peter is telling us. Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted by on December 25, 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

Heavens Rolled up like a scroll

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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 Coming of the Lord in Judgment

Coming of Christ

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The Lord tells us in Isaiah 42:8 and 48:11 that he will not give his glory to another. Yet, Jesus tells us in Matthew 16:27 that he will come in the glory of the Father. Paul says in Philippians 2:6 that, before he became man, Jesus was in the form of God and was equal with God. Late in his earthly ministry Jesus prayed to his Father, asking that he would glorify him with himself—i.e. with the person of the Father, which was the glory he enjoyed before creation (John 17:5). In other words before he became man, Jesus was God and with God (John 1:1). Therefore, for Jesus to say he would come in the glory of the Father (Matthew 16:27), he was saying he would come in the glory not of man but of God. He would come again (i.e. his Second Coming) as the Lord had come in the past—i.e. in the Old Testament. What would that look like in the context of the New Testament? Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on November 15, 2017 in Eschatology, Prophecy

 

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The End of What Age?

End of AgeAs Jesus was leaving Jerusalem and the Temple compound, he lamented over Jerusalem, wishing he could have protected her and her children, but the Jewish authorities, and because of them the nation,  rejected him. Therefore, he declared that their House, i.e. their Temple would be left to them desolate (Matthew 23:37-38). That is, Jesus prophesied its destruction. Jesus’ disciples were astonished, and, while leaving with him, they pointed to the great stones comprising the Temple walls etc., no doubt wondering if they understood Jesus correctly. Did he really mean **these great stones** would be thrown down, leaving not two intact (Matthew 24:1)? Jesus merely repeated his statement in Matthew 24:2. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on November 6, 2017 in Eschatology, Prophecy

 

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The Eschatology of the Great Banquet

Sword of Isaiah

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In Luke 14:16-24 Jesus told the Parable of the Great Banquet. He told it to the Jewish authorities who were with him in the home of one of the chief Pharisees, where he was invited to dine under suspicious circumstances (Luke 14:1). During the course of events that occurred there, Jesus told those who were there of a man (God) who had made a great banquet and invited many (i.e. the Jews). They had received an exclusive invitation to the event (under Moses), but, as circumstances would have it, those who had been invited made excuses to the Servant (Jesus) who came to offer the second invitation,[1] saying the banquet was now ready (Luke 14:17-20). Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on November 5, 2017 in Gospel of Luke

 

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Vindicating Jesus

Glory of the Father - 1

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It seems to me that the Second Coming of Jesus, whether this event is in the past or in the future is extremely important, because the New Testament writers portray Jesus as coming in their lifetimes. That fact makes the **when** of his coming very important. Moreover, the Gospel narratives put words concerning the nearness of his coming into Jesus’ own mouth. In other words, they said that Jesus said he would come soon. Therefore, whether or not Jesus did what he said he would do is vital to our faith, and I won’t apologize or express regret in any way that Jesus said what he did. It is time for me to stand with him and not make excuses for him, as though he needs me to do so (He doesn’t—never did). Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on November 3, 2017 in Eschatology, Prophecy

 

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