In Revelation 14:4 John tells us that the 144,000 are not defiled by women, but are virgins. This doesn’t sound very politically correct in today’s context, but we need to remember we are speaking in a context familiar to the Scriptures. Moreover, if taken literally, the Scriptures seem to celebrate the life of the male celibates, but this isn’t Scripturally sound. The blessing of God is upon those who marry (Genesis 1:22, 28; Proverbs 5:18-19; 18:22). As for not being defiled by a woman, that pertains to not being defiled, because these people didn’t take an interest in a foreign religion or learn about foreign gods. The context of Revelation 14:4 shows the Lord is married to his people, we are not to defile ourselves by participating in the worship of foreign gods. Read the rest of this entry »
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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 »
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.