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A Very Weak Argument for Division

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For some time, now, I’ve been discussing the argument that Matthew 24:36 represents a division in the Olivet Discourse. The first part, usually Matthew 24:1-34 is said to represent a spiritual coming of Jesus in 70 AD to judge Jerusalem and destroy the Temple, while the second part verse-36 and following to the end of Matthew 25 represents Jesus’ physical Second Coming, which is alleged to be in our future, nearly 2000 years after Jesus’ words were written. In my previous study I showed how the argument that the word but represents a division in the chapter is untenable. In this study I hope to show that a similar argument often used by some scholarly writers is equally untenable, but let any readers who peruse these studies judge that for themselves. Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted by on July 13, 2018 in 70 AD Eschatology

 

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Is ‘But’ the Continental Divide?

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Some futurists, usually amillennialists and postmillennialists, with exceptions within those two groups, try to show a division in the Olivet Discourse at Matthew 24:36.[1] In my past few studies I have been showing how this position is untenable, without jumping through hoops and over a great many hurdles. In other words, the plain reading of the text will not permit the Olivet Discourse to be divided here in an effort to show Jesus’ spiritual coming in 70 AD (Matthew 24:4-34), and his alleged future physical Second Coming. In this study I hope to show that the word ‘but’ simply cannot be used to do such a thing. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on July 11, 2018 in 70 AD Eschatology

 

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At That Time – Resurrection

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In my previous study, I discussed how the resurrection is inextricably tied to both the Great Tribulation and the appearing of Jesus (2Timothy 4:1), and when this is realized, one simply cannot divide the Olivet Discourse at Matthew 24:36, to say that all that comes before it refers to Jesus’ spiritual coming in 70 AD, and all that comes afterward refers to Jesus’ alleged physical Second Coming sometime in our future. At this time I hope to approach this idea from a slightly different perspective to further substantiate what I’ve done in my study on the Great Tribulation, so that study is connected to this one, but both should be able to stand alone, as far as proving my point is concerned. The one merely reinforces the other. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on July 9, 2018 in 70 AD Eschatology

 

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The Great Tribulation

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Both amillennialism and postmillennialism take the position that the Gospel age is the, so-called, millennial or 1000-year period. With some exceptions, they view the millennium as a non-literal and elongated 1000-year period. According to their eschatology, Christ returns, physically, after the millennium, but he reigns spiritually today from heaven. Some who share this point of view also claim that Jesus returned spiritually in 70 AD to judge Jerusalem and destroy the Temple via the Roman armies. It is this group’s eschatology I wish to address in this study, because they use Matthew 24:36 as a dividing verse, which, allegedly, separates Christ’s 70 AD spiritual coming from his, alleged, future physical coming. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on July 6, 2018 in 70 AD Eschatology

 

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What Did Noah Know?

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Some Christians believe that the Lord actually came spiritually in 70 AD, judged Jerusalem and destroyed the Temple through the Roman army he brought against the Jews. However, having done that, he returned to heaven and rules from there, and he will return sometime in the future in a more glorious physical coming, whereby he will judge the nations. Some even tell us he will destroy and then rebuild the earth, from which he will reign (physically) forever. The alleged proof of such a doctrine begins with the little word “but” in Matthew 24:36: “BUT… of that day and hour knows no man, no, not the angels of heaven, but my Father only.” – All things before the but occurred by 70 AD, and all things after the but will occur (allegedly) at Jesus’ yet future Second Coming! So… what can be said about this matter? Does the Lord really come twice? Is that what he said he would do? Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on July 4, 2018 in 70 AD Eschatology

 

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Let Those in Jerusalem Flee!

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The Christian brethren who claim Matthew 24:36 represents a dividing point in the Olivet Discourse tell us that whatever comes before the but must refer to the destruction of Jerusalem in 70 AD. On the other hand, and according to these same brethren, whatever comes after the but (viz. Matthew 24:36) refers to Jesus’ visible, physical, Second Coming, which is, allegedly, yet in our future. Is this understanding tenable? After all, a simple reading of the text wouldn’t cause anyone to naturally understand a division exists at the word, but. What can be said of these things? Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on July 2, 2018 in 70 AD Eschatology

 

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What Did Jesus Know About His Coming?

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There are some futurists who conclude that Matthew 24:36 is a verse that divides the Olivet Discourse into two eschatological events—i.e. Christ comes spiritually in AD 70 to judge Jerusalem and destroy the Temple (Matthew 24:3-34) and Christ’s Second Coming (physically) to rule the world (Matthew 24:36-end of chapter 25). On the other hand, there are other futurists who claim the Olivet Discourse is a single, united prophecy that predicts Jesus’ Second Coming (physically) to rule the world. I agree with the latter that the Olivet Discourse is a single, undivided prophecy, but I, nevertheless, believe it points to Jesus’ spiritual coming in 70 AD, which is the official end of the Old Covenant, and the establishment of the New. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on June 29, 2018 in 70 AD Eschatology

 

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