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What Did Jesus Mean by ‘Generation’?

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We need only to use the Gospel according to Matthew in order to show exactly how Jesus and his contemporaries understood the word generation. Nevertheless, there seems to be a great deal of confusion in Christian circles, today, over the understanding of this word, as it pertains to knowing the time of Jesus’ Second Coming. Because some of our modern scholars want to place this generation far into the future from when the Gospel had just begun in the first century AD, most believers have come to accept and believe that the return of Christ was prophesied to occur in our day or, perhaps, even more than 2000 years after Jesus’ crucifixion. Nevertheless, if we truly believe that it is impossible for God to lie (Hebrews 6:18; Romans 3:4; Titus 1:2), then we need to pause and reconsider what believe about the timing of Jesus’ Second Coming. Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted by on December 25, 2018 in 70 AD Eschatology

 

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They Will Never Die

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In my past few studies I’ve been highlighting Jesus discussion with the Sadducees in Luke 20:27-39, which, although it is not a parable, the phrases Jesus uses in that discussion are metaphoric in nature, so I’ve been highlighting this discussion, because it is often misunderstood by many believers, including scholars. The discussion is not about the literal conjugal relations of a man and a woman, although this is the point of view of the Sadducees. Nevertheless, Jesus turns the falsehood of a literal interpretation of a resurrection into a spiritual point of view, and this will be the point of view I take in this particular study. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on December 16, 2018 in 70 AD Eschatology

 

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Children of the Resurrection

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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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Marrying and Giving in Marriage

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During the final week of Jesus life on the earth, he was approached by the Sadducees, who deny the authenticity of the resurrection (Luke 20:27). In their debates with the Pharisees, who did believe in the resurrection (Acts 23:6-8), they would often offer a myth or a fabricated story in an effort to express what they assumed to be a silly idea. That is, they thought the resurrection, itself, was a myth and more, simply a silly idea. Therefore, they approached Jesus with a myth (Luke 20:28-33) they no doubt used many times to prove the resurrection was a false claim. Their myth centered around the levirate marriage law in the Mosaic Covenant (Deuteronomy 25:5-10). This is the law behind the marriage of Ruth and Boaz, the great grandparents of David, the King (Ruth 4:1-10, 18-22). Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on December 11, 2018 in 70 AD Eschatology

 

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How Is the Messiah David’s Son?

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Jesus had just defeated the scholarly Sadducees in a verbal battle of wits. In doing so, he had caused the Pharisees to rejoice, in that Jesus had shown how the Law points to the resurrection, something the rabbis had heretofore been unable to do. Therefore, perhaps not to appear he supported this group over that of the Sadducees, Jesus asked the disciples of the Pharisees how their teachers (the rabbis / scribes – see Mark 13:35) taught the Messiah was David’s son (Matthew 22:41; Luke 20:41). Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on May 6, 2018 in Gospel of Luke

 

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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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