The unveiling of the Sixth Trumpet judgment seems, on the surface, to threaten mankind with a great war involving 200 million mounted warriors, the largest military force to ever terrorize the world. The combined military forces of the Allies and the Axis powers of World War II was only 70 million, a terribly destructive force, indeed, but it had only one-third of the destructive power of that of the Sixth Trumpet, if taken literally. Of course, today’s political climate is not without its newspaper exegetes, who are ready to proclaim this trumpet is about to sound. They point to the current political climate surrounding the area of the Euphrates river, which begins in northern Turkey, then flows through Syria and Iraq on its way to empty into the Persian Gulf. The fact that this same area is also the stronghold of ISIS only adds to the explosive climate, and, of course, this is used to stir the apocalyptic pot enough to legitimize the opinions of the prophet wanabes who claim the end is near. Does this interpretation have any Biblical merit? In a word—No! Read the rest of this entry »
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At this point I’m concluding my study of chapter seven of the Apocalypse. Having discussed the identity of the 144000 and the great multitude, and discovering when the Great Tribulation occurred, I am now ready to discuss the service of the multitude, standing before the Throne of Christ, where they serve him day and night in the Temple (Revelation 7:15). It is from this place that the Messiah rules, i.e. from the Most Holy Place of the Temple. Read the rest of this entry »
Jesus reminded the disciples of what he had told them before they arrived in Jerusalem, namely, that all things written in the scriptures concerning him must be fulfilled (Luke 24:44). Moreover, this pertained to how he would be mistreated and mocked by the Jewish leaders, and how he would be scourged and crucified by the gentiles, but he would rise again on the third day (cf. Luke 18:31-34; 24:25-26). He then began to open their understanding of the scriptures (Luke 24:45; cf. Acts 16:14), but this may not have been like switching on a light in order to dispel their darkness. Rather, it may have taken several appearances, before the disciples fully understood and embraced what Jesus had been telling them for some time (cf. Acts 1:3). One doesn’t rid himself of false doctrine very easily or all at once. Read the rest of this entry »
The rich young ruler asked how he might inherit eternal life (Luke 18:18). The idea behind his question was what he could do in order for him to obtain it as a possession. He viewed it as he did the rest of his great possessions. Jesus told him, if this was truly what he desired, then all he needed to do was keep the commandments of God (Luke 18:20; cf. Leviticus 18:5). Read the rest of this entry »
In Luke 18:9 Jesus began speaking another parable, but this time it seems he was talking to the Pharisees, because the reason for the parable is that “some trusted in themselves and despised others.” The main characters in this parable are a Pharisee and a publican (Luke 18:10). No doubt Jesus chose these two groups, because, not only were they natural enemies, but the one group did trust they were righteous, while the second knew they were not. The one group was readily received into Jewish society, but the other was looked upon with suspicion and hate.
In Luke 13:23 Jesus was questioned by a rabbi concerning who and how many would populate the Kingdom of God. Jesus replied to the question with the parable of the straight gate (Luke 13:24-30). It is not that Jesus tries to avoid answering the question put to him, but, rather the rabbi’s question simply isn’t a valid one. The rabbi assumes the question of entering the Kingdom of God can be addressed as an either /or proposition. It is similar to the question: “Do you still beat your wife?” How does one answer that question, if one never beat or abused his wife? If he says “No!” his answer implies that he at one time beat his wife. If he says “Yes!” he agrees outright that he beat his wife. A person who has never beat or abused his wife cannot answer the question according to its content, because the question isn’t valid. It begins with a presumption that isn’t true. Read the rest of this entry »