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False Signs of Jesus’ Coming

False Prophets

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When we first read Luke 21:8, we have to wonder if the Apostles, who knew Jesus personally, could actually be deceived into believing another man was the Messiah. While I don’t believe the Apostles could have been deceived that another person was Jesus, I think, if they weren’t very cautious to consider Jesus’ words carefully, they could have been deceived into believing Jesus’ return to judge Jerusalem would be sooner than it was, and they could have left Judea prematurely without a witness. The text says that many would come in the name of Jesus and declare the time was at hand (Luke 21:8), i.e. the time of the end, or the time of the destruction of Jerusalem and the Temple was at hand. Jesus told the Apostles not to believe such people. Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted by on May 20, 2018 in Gospel of Luke

 

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When Shall These Things Be?

Olivet Prophecy

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Luke’s account of the Olivet Prophecy is similar to both Matthew’s and Mark’s account. However, it also differs in some very interesting ways, and perhaps troubling ways, especially when comparing Luke to Matthew, because some believe the prophecy points to a yet future coming of Jesus.[1] Luke’s account of the disciples’ question is, “Master, but when shall these things be? and what sign will there be when these things shall come to pass?” (Luke 21:7).[2] However, Matthew has it, “Tell us, when shall these things be? and what shall be the sign of thy coming, and of the end of the world?” (Matthew 24:3). The “when shall these things be” agree in both accounts, but Luke’s “…what sign will there be when these things shall come to pass?” differs from Matthew’s “…what shall be the sign of thy coming, and of the end of the world (age)?” So, the question is: does Luke really differ from Matthew? Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on May 17, 2018 in Gospel of Luke

 

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Who Is the Final Authority?

sola scriptura - 1

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According to the scriptures, who is the final authority of the Bible’s eschatology? We are told by many futurists that the writers of the New Testament simply didn’t understand either the time or the nature of Jesus’ Second Coming, or the establishment of the Kingdom of God. So, who is the authority of Biblical interpretation, the New Testament writers or the futurists—the amillennialists, premillennialists and postmillennialists? Where does eisegesis leave off and sola scriptura begin? If the New Testament authors believed and said one thing, but the futurists conclude they were naive and really didn’t know the gravity of the things they pointed out, aren’t the futurists telling us that sola scriptura doesn’t apply to how the New Testament authors described both the time and the nature of Jesus’ Second Coming? Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on May 14, 2018 in 70 AD Eschatology

 

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How Violent Is Jesus?

Violence and Jesus

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Often we hear criticism of the history of Christianity coming from folks in the ranks and atheism and also from the Jews, who have suffered ignominious and violent things at the hands of professing Christians throughout our 2000 year history. Moreover, Christian history is soiled with the violent behavior of one denomination against another. Some futurists believe that Jesus will kill 200 million soldiers in a great battle located in Israel, called Armageddon. Still others believe Jesus will destroy the whole of creation and with it all the wicked unbelievers. Violence seems to be not only a part of Christianity’s past, but also, if these prophecies of some are true, it is a part of our future as well—even of the Second Coming of Christ. What can we say of this? Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on May 11, 2018 in 70 AD Eschatology

 

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Looking for a Better Resurrection

Better Resurrection

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Arguably, one of the most difficult barriers to accepting an AD 70 Second Coming of the Lord would be there wasn’t a visible resurrection. If the resurrection did occur, what should it have looked like? Should we have looked for the physical graves to open and the bodies of the dead to rise to life—physically? If the dead ones were raised to a physical life, shouldn’t they be living on earth today or, if not, shouldn’t they have died a second time long ago? If the dead ones were raised to a spiritual, eternal life, what would that have looked like, physically speaking? Was the resurrection of Jesus actually witnessed by anyone? Certainly we have the scriptures telling us that an angel of the Lord descended and took away the stone, and for fear of **him** the keepers shook (Matthew 28:2-4), but did the keepers of the grave actually **see** Jesus rise out of the tomb? If they did, why does scripture tell us that Jesus appeared first to Mary Magdalene (Mark 16:9). Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on May 7, 2018 in 70 AD Eschatology

 

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A Spiritual Kingdom

Spiritual Kingdom

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Recently, I’ve embarked on a study in short segments that concern the nature of the Kingdom of God. When Jesus came upon the scene preaching that the Kingdom of God was near, was he referring to a physical Kingdom or a spiritual Kingdom? That is, when Jesus would begin to reign as the Messiah, did he intend to reign on a physical throne, in physical Jerusalem, in a physical body in, for all intents and purposes, what amounted to a physical Kingdom? Certainly, this was the kind of kingdom over which David reigned, and Jesus was prophesied to rule on David’s throne, but did God intend for us to understand that he would rule literally from a physical throne? Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on April 13, 2018 in AD 70 Eschatology

 

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Is the Kingdom About the Food We Eat?

Food and Drink

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I was once a part of a church fellowship that adopted a lifestyle similar to that of present day Jews. That is, we lived under the Mosaic Law, in as much as that would be possible without a physical Temple. I worshiped on the Sabbath, tithed and kept the seven annual Jewish Feast Days, as they are mentioned in Leviticus 23. It was a big deal, if someone put a plate of ham on the table or even flavored the salad dressing with ham sauce sprinkled with little cubes of ham. Certain food was unclean and could not be eaten, according to how we understood the word of God. We had adopted a lot of physical ‘sauce’ and poured it all over the spiritual New Covenant we supposedly embraced in Christ. Nevertheless, I was so far in Moses that there was very little of Christ that could be seen in my behavior. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on April 11, 2018 in AD 70 Eschatology

 

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