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Jerusalem Is Like an Atlantis that Sank


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In Revelation 18:20 the righteous are told to rejoice over the fall of Jerusalem (cp. Psalm 96:11-13), and this includes the slain Apostles and prophets that the Lord had sent to her (Luke 11:49-50). At long last, judgment had come, and the righteous had been vindicated (Revelation 6:9-11). The seventh bowl of the Lord’s wrath was poured out “into the air,” and it was done (Revelation 16:17). Prior to the pouring out of the seventh vial, it was dangerous for the righteous to speak into the air (Ephesians 2:2), whose tension or spirit was controlled by the children of disobedience! The dangerous environment, which the Jewish authorities had created for Jesus’ disciples, had turned back upon them. Now, they were slain and taken captive. Now, they were persecuted and died of famine and pestilence. The air had suddenly changed, for Jesus had returned and the righteous were caught up together …in clouds, to meet the Lord in the air” (1Thessalonians 4:17)! Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted by on March 19, 2020 in Apocalypse, Book of Revelation


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Render to Caesar…

Render unto Caesar

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The rabbis among the Sanhedrin conspired with the Herodians to catch Jesus in his words. They sent their own disciples with the Herodians as spies, pretending to be honest seekers of truth (Luke 20:20; Matthew 22:15; Mark 12:13). However, Jesus knew their hypocrisy, and Matthew even says Jesus called them hypocrites (Luke 20:23; Matthew 22:17-21; Mark 12:14-17). Jesus told them to bring him the tribute money. It was a Roman denarius, and just like the Jews wouldn’t accept just any coin for the Temple tax, but it had to be a certain one minted in Tyre, neither would Rome accept any coin but the Roman denarius for the tribute money. Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted by on April 29, 2018 in Gospel of Luke


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Profiteering Inside the Temple

Cleansing the Temple - 1

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Jewish tradition tells us that the money-changers (Matthew 22:17-21) were licensed by the high priests, the authorities at Jerusalem. Without any doubt, Annas and his family figured prominently among them, and most of the high priests profited very well for the business conducted by the money-changers and those who sold animals for sacrifice inside the Temple compound. Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted by on April 8, 2018 in Gospel of Luke


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Casting Out the Money-Changers

Cleansing the Temple

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Three times in four days Jesus cast out the money-changers who were conducting business inside the Temple walls. In doing so, we are told that he cleansed the Temple, which he had also done in the beginning of his ministry (cf. John 2:13-17). By the third time the Jewish authorities would have been beside themselves in anger and frustration, as Jesus cast out the money changers and those who bought and sold within the Temple complex. Yet, because the people hung upon Jesus’ every word (Luke 19:47-48), the Jewish authorities didn’t dare seize him. They were livid, but could do nothing in public (John 12:19; cf. Luke 22:52-53). Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted by on April 5, 2018 in Gospel of Luke


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The Woman and the Lost Coin

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In Luke 15:8-10 Jesus spoke a parable about a woman and a lost coin. It is interesting that Jesus would cause the woman to represent mankind, who rejoices over the finding what was lost in man’s relationship with God. Her search is as one seeks a treasure (Proverbs 2:1-6), and this represents one’s repentance toward God (Luke 15:10). I believe Jesus chooses a woman in order to rebuke the Pharisees. His words are meant to be a kind of shock to get them to consider their behavior. Most Jewish authorities in the first century didn’t consider women on the same level as men. In fact, some of these authorities didn’t believe women should even be taught the Scriptures.
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Posted by on November 16, 2017 in Gospel of Luke


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Fighting Jesus for the Kingdom

Kingdom suffers violence

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In Luke 14:15 we are told that a man spoke out claiming they who dine in God’s Kingdom are truly blessed. This man was probably a rabbi, or at least another Pharisee, and  what probably prompted him to speak of eating bread in the Kingdom of God was that Jesus implied wrongdoing on their parts as guests in the home of the chief Pharisee. Moreover, Jesus implied that even their host acted inappropriately and wouldn’t be blessed in the Kingdom. It was in this context that the man spoke out (Luke 14:7). No doubt, he considered his place in the Kingdom of God was a given, simply because he was a Jew (cf. Luke 3:8; Ezekiel 33:24). Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted by on October 31, 2017 in Gospel of Luke


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The Second Exodus

Exodus Two

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I find it interesting that the Lord told Moses to have the people “gird up their loins” at the time of their exodus out of Egypt (Exodus 12:11). This was how they were to eat the Lord’s Passover, which in the New Testament was the day upon which Jesus instituted the Lord’s Supper. Moreover, Jesus’ command, that his disciples gird up their loins, seems to point to a second exodus out of what was spiritually called Egypt, i.e. Jerusalem, the place where Jesus was crucified (Luke 12:35; cf. Revelation 11:8). Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted by on September 10, 2017 in Gospel of Luke


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What Must I Do to Inherit Eternal Life?

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It can probably be assumed from the Genesis account of Adam and Eve that mankind was intended to live forever. Only by eating of the tree of knowledge of good and evil would death enter our race. It seems that the original ideal was all but forgotten in the traditions of men, only the Jews preserve a tradition of the promise of a resurrection, but even they are not clear (at least up to the first century AD) as far as life after the resurrection was concerned. It wasn’t until New Testament times and the advent of the Gospel of the Kingdom of God, preached by Jesus, that men began to wonder about living forever once more. Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted by on May 18, 2017 in Gospel of Luke


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No Greater Prophet


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After John’s disciples left to return to John with a message from Jesus (Luke 7:24), Jesus turned to the people who remained. They seemed to have been aware of the fact that John questioned the direction of Jesus’ ministry, and it seemed obvious that he had expressed some displeasure in what Jesus was and was not doing. Some of those people may have been offended with John’s request, but Jesus was not. Therefore, Jesus turned to the people and asked them why they went out of the cities in order to hear John. What did they expect to find? They could not have expected to find someone tossed by the wind (Luke 7:24), because John wasn’t fickle with words. That is, people couldn’t take John’s words to mean anything they interpreted them to mean (cf. 1Corinthians 1:17). They knew John wasn’t double-minded. They knew he wasn’t tossed and carried away by every wind of doctrine (James 1:6-8). Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted by on December 20, 2016 in Gospel of Luke


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Caretakers of the Vineyard!

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Late in his ministry Jesus spoke a parable before the people and the Jewish leaders (Luke 20:9-19). There he spoke of God planting a vineyard (the Jewish people), letting it out (giving the oversight) to certain men among the Jews (viz. the priesthood of Aaron; cf. Leviticus 8:10-11; Deuteronomy 24:8; 33:8-10) In the course of time God sent his Son (the Messiah) to receive the fruit of what was his (Luke 20:13). The problem is that the caretakers had become corrupt and never intended to release the fruit of the vineyard to its owner. Rather, they intended to steal it by killing, God’s Son, the Heir (Luke 20:14). However, although they were able to kill Jesus, the Son of God, (Luke 20:15), their plan to usurp the inheritance was seen for what it was and foiled from the beginning of Jesus’ ministry. Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted by on November 6, 2016 in Gospel of Luke


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Jesus and the Doctors of the Law

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“Your sins are forgiven!” Jesus said to the man stricken with palsy (Luke 5:20), and his words were implied in the case of Levi (Luke 5:27)—and fellowship follows forgiveness. Although the scribes and Pharisees were astonished over the true meaning of forgiveness, they understood the man stricken with palsy must be forgiven (Luke 5:26), but they couldn’t see that the publican, Levi, was forgiven. How could he be forgiven of his sins, even if he left all, if he continued to associate with those who persisted in the abuse their authority over the people (Luke 5:30)? Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted by on October 25, 2016 in Gospel of Luke


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Jesus and Demons

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The words Jesus spoke in Capernaum (Luke 4:31-34) must have been similar to what he claimed in Nazareth. In Nazareth Jesus used Scripture to say he was the Messiah, and there the community rose up against him. However, in Capernaum it was a demoniac that rose up against Jesus. One has to wonder if the demoniac in Capernaum tried to do something similar to Jesus that the whole community at Nazareth intended on doing. In other words, the demoniac, at least at first, may have been considered to be in his right mind by the community of Capernaum, because demoniacs, as a rule, are not permitted in the synagogue.[1] The man may even have been a well respected and feared leader in the synagogue. In this context he may have risen up in the assembly to challenge Jesus, saying that his claim to be the Messiah would end in the Romans destroying the nation (cf. Mark 1:24 and John 11:48), or at least the city from which Jesus began gathering a following. Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted by on September 25, 2016 in Gospel of Luke


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How Did the Jews Understand Daniel?

Understanding Daniel

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Jesus claimed that the Law and the Prophets were until John (Luke 16:16), and Isaiah spoke of an age, or the time of the Jews’ service, coming to an end in Isaiah 40:2. Isaiah’s prophecy is at the heart of the reason for John’s ministry (Luke 3:4-5; cf. Isaiah 40:3-4). The end of this period marked the beginning of the time when the Kingdom of God was preached (Luke 16:16). In a previous blogpost I argued that the age that came to an end is represented in Daniel’s Seventy Weeks Prophecy as the time of the building of the Temple and the waiting for the Messiah, comprising 483 years (cf. Daniel 9:25). Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted by on July 17, 2016 in Gospel of Luke


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Josephus’ Eclipse Showing Herod’s Death

Herod's Eclipse

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On the night following the day Herod executed two distinguished rabbis and about 40 of their students there was a lunar eclipse. This is the only eclipse Josephus mentions in his works, and he says Herod died shortly afterward (about two weeks). This eclipse could not have been the one that occurred on the Feast of Purim in 4 BC for reasons stated HERE, and as I said there once “you have eliminated the impossible, whatever remains, however improbable, must be the truth.”[1]. Additionally, the rabbis and their students were executed according to Jewish law.[2] If Herod was careful to act according to Jewish custom, he would not have executed the rabbis contrary to Jewish law on an annual Feast Day (Purim),[3] which is necessarily so, had Herod executed the rabbis immediately before the eclipses of 4 or 5 BC. Read the rest of this entry »


Posted by on May 22, 2016 in Gospel of Luke


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