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Uniting the Whole House of Israel

House of IsraelIn several of my previous studies, I had been examining Ezekiel 37 and how this prophecy relates to, predicts, if you will, the Messianic Kingdom. Nevertheless, Ezekiel also prophesied that David the King (i.e. the Messiah) would arise. He also predicted the resurrection of the dead and that God would make a covenant of peace with the **whole** House of Israel. That is, God would restore the kingdoms of Judah and Israel and make them one kingdom again. Then he would make a ‘covenant of peace’ with them. Finally, Ezekiel predicted the Messianic Temple or Tabernacle would be built and God would dwell with his people forever. Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted by on June 1, 2018 in 70 AD Eschatology

 

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Paul and Ezekiel

Dwelling Place

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In the past two studies on 70 AD eschatology I’ve been discussing Ezekiel 37 and the restoration of the two Houses of Israel. Ezekiel 37, remember, points to all those dry bones in the valley, and God says they are the whole house of Israel. We’ve seen that it really didn’t mean the whole House of Israel was in a literal grave. After all, there were many from both Judah and the ten northern tribes alive and in captivity. What Ezekiel was referring to was Israel was without hope, in that both houses had broken their covenant with God, so they were depicted as dead. I have been showing how the coming of Jesus, the Messiah, has ultimately breathed life into those dry bones, and he has restored them, i.e. united them into one nation once more, as was the case in the beginning under Moses and up to the time of Solomon. This was and is a spiritual work, not a physical one, and pointed to a spiritual Kingdom of God.
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Posted by on May 28, 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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In Defense of the Resurrection

Defending the ResurrectionJesus began by telling the Sadducee intellectuals that they didn’t know the scriptures and, therefore, erred in their understanding (Matthew 22:29; Mark 12:24). However, Luke doesn’t mention this insult (Luke 20: 34-35)! Why not? No doubt, Luke doesn’t put the Sadducees in a bad light here or anywhere else in his Gospel, because it was Luke’s intention to give a copy of his narrative to Theophilus, the high priest at the time of his writing (37-40 AD), who was also a Sadducee. It doesn’t make sense to insult the man one hopes in influence to change his mind and stop the then current persecution of the Hellenist Jewish believers, which is exactly what Theophilus ended up doing (cf. Acts 9:31 – cir 39 AD). Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on May 3, 2018 in Gospel of Luke

 

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The Scoffers and Bearers of Myth

Liverate Marriage

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The Sadducees were next to question Jesus (Luke 20:27). They were the Judaism’s scoffers or mockers of the 1st century. They didn’t believe in the resurrection or spirits (angels – see Acts 23:8). The chief priests were members of this sect, as well as the lay nobility, some of this latter group populated the Sanhedrin with the Pharisees and chief priests. Sadducees (i.e. the chief priests and Judaism’s nobility) used myth or hypothetical stories in their debates with the Pharisees to put them in silly situations that mocked at their theology and would later do the same with believers in Christ (cf. 2Peter 3:3-7). Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on May 1, 2018 in Gospel of Luke

 

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What Was ‘About to’ Occur in Paul’s Day

About to Occur

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If I have proved anything in this series it is that men bring a lot to the table when they present their eschatology. The Bible never speaks about the end of time, but some men’s eschatology has to do with the end of time. Some even speak of the end of the Gospel Age, but the Bible seems to indicate that the Gospel Age will never end! Some men’s eschatology deals with the end of the universe, but God tells us that he will not destroy his creation. Many Bible students like to place gap where gaps don’t exist (like between Matthew 16:27 and 28), and large gaps where small gaps might be indicated (like in the middle of Daniel’s 70th week of years). So, we have God’s word, but men seem to like to add their own words next to God’s, or perhaps they sincerely don’t know what they’ve done. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on February 16, 2018 in 70 AD Eschatology, Prophecy

 

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