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Jesus’ Coming and Paul

In Matthew 24:3 the Apostles asked Jesus what would be the sign of his coming or parousia (G3952). Jesus told them that his coming could not be hid (Matthew 24:27), and it would come upon the people suddenly when they least expected it (Matthew 24:37-39). Recently I wrote that Peter, James and John believed and taught Jesus coming would be in their expected lifetimes in the 1st century CE. What did Paul believe and teach? Did he agree with those who knew Jesus the longest, or did he teach something different? Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on July 3, 2011 in Last Days

 

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As Lightening Comes out of the East

Jesus told us that his coming could not be hidden, for “as the lightning comes out of the east and shines even to the west, so also will be the coming of the Son of Man” (Matthew 24:27). I think the very fact that Jesus tells his disciples to beware of the possibility of deception (Matthew 24:24-26), that a veil of sorts would be upon his coming, but how could a veil be on Jesus’ coming if it couldn’t be hid? Nevertheless, if there were no veil, why would Jesus include a sign to show his coming had occurred? Why would we need a “sign” if Jesus were speaking of his Second Coming to this earth, as modern Christianity has come to perceive it, and was exercising his great power as the Son of God at Jerusalem? Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on June 30, 2011 in Last Days

 

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What Does the Olivet Prophecy Answer?

In Matthew 24:3 the disciples came to Jesus and asked him three questions. First, when would all the terrible things he mentioned take place, Secondly what would be the sign of his coming, and finally what sign would there be to show the end of the age. Did you ever wonder why the disciples asked these three particular questions at this particular time? Well, we need to understand what prompted the disciples to ask these questions, if we are ever going to be able to understand Jesus’ reply. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on June 28, 2011 in Last Days

 

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Then shall be Great Tribulation

In the Olivet Prophecy Jesus pointed to a time of great persecution. Not only were God’s people persecuted, but this particular event would be like no other in history either before or afterward. Notice what Jesus said in Matthew: Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on June 26, 2011 in Last Days

 

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Jerusalem Surrounded by Armies

In Luke 21:20 of the Olivet Prophecy, Jesus predicted that Jerusalem would be surrounded by armies just before its destruction. At this time his people were to flee to the mountains. Josephus tells us that this occurred in 66 CE. The Roman general, Cestius, had taken part of the city. He burned the new city and had taken the upper city and encamped at the foot of the Temple wall. Josephus claimed that had he continued, the war would have come to a quick conclusion,[1] but “…without having received any disgrace he retired from the city, without any reason in the world…”[2] It was after this time that “…the most eminent of the Jews swam away from the city, as from a ship when it was going to sink.”[3] Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on June 24, 2011 in Last Days

 

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Delivered up to be Persecuted and Killed

One of the things Jesus predicted would occur that does not necessarily point to the time of the end is the persecution of the elect, or those who have believed the Gospel. Persecution and the act of killing believers in Christ have been occurring off and on somewhere in the world since the time of Stephen’s death. According to the Scriptures, immediately after Jesus resurrection and ascension into heaven, the church would experience safety for about 3 ½ years (Revelation 12:13-14). Although the disciples were beaten at least once after Pentecost, 31 CE (Acts 5:40), no one lost his life to persecution until the death of Stephen. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on June 22, 2011 in Last Days

 

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The Beginning of Sorrows

In the Olivet Prophecy Jesus told the disciples that they had to be on their guard, so they wouldn’t be deceived (Matthew 24:4). Then he pointed out several things from wars and natural disasters to false-christs that would seem to lead people into thinking “the end” is near. People are never more religious than during times of disaster. When hope is ebbing away and control over one’s life seems all but gone, people turn to God, or at least give an appearance of turning to him. Churches fill up during the times of war. Many in America began turning to God during the 911 crises a decade ago. But, as time takes the edge off our fears, we begin to resettle ourselves into the pattern which we had grown to enjoy prior to whatever made us afraid. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on June 20, 2011 in Last Days

 

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The Olivet Prophecy

Many folks point to the Olivet Prophecy to show the chronology of Christ’s return at the end of this age. Is this accurate, that is, is the understanding that what Jesus told the disciples on the Mt. Olives just before his death a true and clear explanation of the chronology of the Second Coming of Christ? Well, Jesus does give what seems to be a chronology of his coming, but I don’t believe it points to his Second Coming as we understand this term today. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on June 19, 2011 in Last Days

 

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No Man Knows the Day or the Hour!

If we cannot know the day or the hour of the Second Coming of Christ, does this mean we could know the year or the month? Some people think we could! Some even say not knowing the day or the hour is a code for not knowing which Feast of Trumpets would be the day upon which Jesus would return. The theory is that no one knew when the Jewish new year would begin until the first crescent of the new moon was spotted, so no one knew if the 6th month would have 29 or 30 days.[1] Well, people will imagine a great many things so that they might proceed with their latest prognostications in good conscience. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on June 17, 2011 in Last Days

 

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A Sure Word of Prophecy?

Who is willing to admit error? In recent months we have heard that the world was about to come to an end—at least as we know it. Well May 21st has come and gone, but no one is willing to admit error. It seems the prognosticator was only a few months off, it is really October 21st! So, did he really make an error? Well, yes he did, and the Bible tells us about folks who do this kind of thing, but that’s another subject perhaps for another blog. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on June 15, 2011 in Last Days

 

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Peter’s Exhortation During the Persecution

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Peter concludes his first epistle by exhorting the elders to feed the flock of God. He mentions that if they minister in their office in a godly manner they will be rewarded when the chief Shepherd appears (1Peter 5:1-4). It could hardly be argued that Peter did not expect Jesus to return in some manner during his generation or expected lifetime. If this did not occur, I have already argued that it could be construed that Peter was a false prophet. If not, why not? The Scriptures clearly say that anyone who predicts something would occur is a false prophet if that thing did not occur as they claimed. Why would Peter be an exception? Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on July 29, 2010 in Christianity, Prophecy, Religion

 

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The End of All Things Is at Hand!

So says Peter in his first epistle to the five Roman provinces that today are in modern Turkey (1Peter 4:7). What did he mean? The Apostles are accused by some to have preached that Jesus would return in their lifetimes. Is this so? If they did and Jesus hadn’t returned, wouldn’t that make them false prophets? After all, Moses said that if a prophet arises and speaks something the Lord has not said, and if the matter doesn’t come to pass, the Lord has not said it, then that man is a false prophet, and we should not fear him or believe what he says (Deuteronomy 18:20-22). So, what about Peter? When he spoke of the appearing of Jesus (1Peter 1:7, 13) and the end of all things being at hand (1Peter 4:7), was he saying Jesus would return to this earth in his generation? Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on July 28, 2010 in Christianity, Prophecy, Religion

 

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Which End Times?

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As one can see, the books of Revelation and Daniel often support one another in the things each says would occur. The problem is that the most vocal of our modern interpreters of these books would have the reader believe that nearly nothing is fulfilled to date, but all must be fulfilled at the time of Jesus’ return to this earth. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on June 14, 2010 in Prophecy, Religion

 

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Does the Millennium Last for 1000 Years?

Six times the phrase a thousand years is mentioned in Revelation 20:1-9. The Scriptures refer to only two other separate references to a period of one thousand years, but I have never seen where these Scriptures were ever taken into consideration when devising a doctrine about the Millennium. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on June 8, 2010 in Religion, Wrath of God

 

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The Sign of Christ’s Parousia!

Whenever I mention things that concern the “end times” I realize only later that it is not enough to simply state what I believe. I must also support what I am writing. Yesterday, when I spoke of how Herod Agrippa fitted into the “beast” of Revelation 13, I noticed some things would not be understood in today’s Christian environment due to the error in what most Christians believe about the times referring to Jesus’ second coming. Therefore, before continuing in Acts, I plan to share a little more about the “end times” prophecies and what they meant when they were given, and what they mean for us today. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on December 3, 2009 in Prophecy, Religion

 

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