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Children of the Resurrection

Children of the Resurrection - 1

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In my previous study I began to highlight Jesus’ discussion with the Sadducees (Luke 20:27-38), which on the one hand called the resurrection into question, but Jesus also placed the resurrection in the context of preaching the Gospel. Many Christians think Jesus spoke of an age when men and women wouldn’t marry or have children, but this is not the point of Jesus’ reply to the Sadducees (Luke 20:34-36). The context of the discussion concerns how men become the children of God (Deuteronomy 14:1). The Sadducees argued that the resurrection couldn’t be valid, because their myth (Luke 20:27-33), if placed in the context of the levirate marriage law, made the resurrection appear as though it were a ridiculous doctrine. Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted by on December 13, 2018 in 70 AD Eschatology

 

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Judgment of the Nations

Sheep and GoatsNot long ago I had believed Matthew 25:31-46 depicted a time when Jesus would judge the whole world, i.e. every man and woman who ever lived. The problem with this understanding is, it removes it from the context of the rest of the Olivet Discourse. The Olivet Discourse concerns events that would transpire in the Apostles’ expected lifetimes. Remember, the Apostles were troubled over Jesus’ prediction that the Temple would be destroyed (Matthew 23:37-39; 24:1-2). Therefore, later, four of them approached Jesus privately and asked: when these things would take place, and what would be the sign of his coming and the end of the age (Matthew 24:3). For Jesus at this point to then speak of universal judgment, i.e. every man and woman who ever lived, snatches this parable out of the context of the first century AD. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on November 29, 2018 in 70 AD Eschatology

 

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The Day and the Hour

Day and hour - 6Looking at the Parable of the Ten Virgins (Matthew 25:1-13), specifically the eschatology of the parable, I notice that Jesus tells his Apostles, “Therefore watch, for you do not know either the day or the hour in which the Son of Man comes” (verse 13). Futurists will tell us that this directly relates to Matthew 24:36, which they use as the dividing scripture in the Olivet Discourse, saying that all of what comes after Matthew 24:36 is for our future. In other words Jesus was speaking of events that would take place cir. 2000 years into the future. Nevertheless, I’ve demonstrated in a great number of studies that this simply cannot be so.[1] We must consider audience relevancy, i.e. the first century audience. How did they understand Jesus’ statements? Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on November 22, 2018 in 70 AD Eschatology

 

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The Banquet and the Resurrection

Wedding Banquet

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In The Parable of the Wedding Feast (Matthew 22:1-14) Jesus told of a king who made a banquet for his son. He sent out servants to his guests, telling them to come to the wedding, because everything was ready. However, the guests refused to come, and they mistreated the king’s servants, even to the point of killing some of them. When the king heard of what they did, he sent out his armies and killed those wicked man and destroyed their city. What we need to understand is the motif of the wedding banquet is found in the Old Testament. This was the well from which Jesus drew the message of his parables. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on October 25, 2018 in 70 AD Eschatology

 

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Jesus’ Words and Israel’s Feast Days

Shadows of Things to come

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The Jews celebrated seven annual Feast Days or Holy Days during the year, three in the spring (Passover, Days of Unleavened Bread, and Pentecost) and four in the autumn (Trumpets, Atonement, Tabernacles and the Last Great Day). These annual Holy Days are found in Leviticus 23, and are described by Paul as days which were shadows of better things to come, and he claimed that the body, i.e. the body which cast the shadows, was Christ (Colossians 2:16-17). So, when Jesus mentions the time of the harvest in Matthew 13:30 and 39, it shouldn’t have been difficult for the Apostles to see how the end of the age correlates with the time of the harvest, resurrection, judgment, and their gathering into the presence of God in his Kingdom, because these very things are clearly expressed in the celebration of Israel’s fall Festivals. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on October 2, 2018 in 70 AD Eschatology

 

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‘The End Times’ Context

Death swallowed up

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For awhile now, I have been demonstrating that, when Jesus spoke of the end of the age, he was speaking of resurrection, of judgment (especially upon Jerusalem and the Temple), and of the reward of the righteous. If these conclusions are correct, then we should see the same mentioned in the epistles, because one cannot divorce the eschatology of the parables from the eschatology of the rest of the New Testament. I have demonstrated in my previous study that the Apostles’ mention of the end of the age in Matthew 24:3 was evidence of their recalling what Jesus said earlier in Matthew 13:39 and 49 in two of his first parables. Thus, they equated the eschatology to the destruction of the Temple with Jesus’ eschatology of resurrection and judgment, for certainly the Temple couldn’t  be destroyed, unless the Lord had passed judgment upon it. Thus, its destruction would occur at the end of the age (Matthew 24:3). Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on September 27, 2018 in 70 AD Eschatology

 

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Did the Apostles Understand?

Apostles' Understanding

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Awhile back, I had been looking at Jesus’ Parable of the Tares and how it relates to other parts of scripture in both the Old and New Testaments. Briefly, the good seed (believers) and the tares (unbelievers) grow up together, but at the end of the age or the harvest, which I have demonstrated was also the time of the resurrection, believers are separated from the unbelievers by the angels. The Lord sends out the angels at the end of the age and gathers the unbelievers and they are destroyed, while the believers are given safety, symbolized by the barn or storehouse, and where also they are fed. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on September 25, 2018 in 70 AD Eschatology

 

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