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An Introduction to Revelation 17!

Harlot - Revelation 17b

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Many Biblical scholars interpret the great whore of the Apocalypse to be a corrupt religious system, and I agree with this interpretation! However, some of these same scholars also say this corrupt religious system must be the Vatican, or Papal Rome, the Roman Catholic Church. Certainly, this was the point of view of at least some of the leaders of the Protestant Reformation. While any church can become corrupt, there is nothing keeping that same church from repenting and following the Lord. Nevertheless, the clear implication of the text is that the great whore must also be great Babylon of Revelation 16:19, whom the Lord judged, and is the same mentioned in Revelation 17:5. The text points to a corrupt religious system of the first century AD, not anything that arises later. Any attempt to make the great whore a corrupt religious system of the future, would be wrong and opposed to the simple reading of the text. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on February 11, 2020 in Apocalypse, Book of Revelation

 

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The False Prophet

Beast

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This second beast or the false prophet exercises or executes (poieo – G4160) all the power (G1849 – exousia) of the first beast (Revelation 13:12). John seems to be saying that the false prophet is the leader or head of state of the “first beast,” which in an earlier study I showed was apostate Israel or apostate Jerusalem. In other words, the power and authority “over all tribes, tongues and nations” that was given to the first beast (Revelation 13:7), was the false prophet’s to use as he deemed was good for the well being of the beast. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on December 1, 2019 in Apocalypse, Book of Revelation

 

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There Was War in Heaven

War in heaven -- Polaris and Thuban

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Keeping in mind my previous studies on Revelation 12, showing that the Lord had originally named the stars in their constellations in the sky (Psalm 147:4; Job 9:9), there was war in heaven and the conductors of that war were the dragon and Michael, the Archangel. In the context of the theme of the battle between the dragon and the Strong Man in the heavenly constellations, this would be Satan versus Christ. Now, Christ is not an angelic being, but he does rule the angels of heaven, and that is all the prefix, arch, in archangel means. Jesus is God (John 1-3, 14) and not an angel (Hebrews 1:5-8, 13), but he is the Angel of the Lord in the Old Testament, who bears the name YHWH (Genesis 22:11-12, 15-18; 28:12-22 compare with 31:11-13; 48:15-16). He is the Messenger (Angel) of the Covenant in Malachi 3:1, and this is Jesus. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on October 31, 2019 in Apocalypse, Book of Revelation

 

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The Child Who Would Rule All Nations

Child of Revelation 12

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We are studying the twelfth chapter of Revelation, in which John saw several signs in the heavens. These, as I have shown in studies immediately previous to this one, are signs in the Zodiac, not Greek mythology, but signs which the Lord had given us that take note of the work he was doing among men. He gave these stars and signs their names (Psalm 147:4; Job 9:9), but his word had been corrupted by men to reveal “men, birds, beasts and creeping things” (Romans 1:21-23, 28) that reveal different stories than the Gospel, which they originally foretold. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on October 29, 2019 in Apocalypse, Book of Revelation

 

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What Did Jesus Mean by ‘Generation’?

This Generation - 3

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We need only to use the Gospel according to Matthew in order to show exactly how Jesus and his contemporaries understood the word generation. Nevertheless, there seems to be a great deal of confusion in Christian circles, today, over the understanding of this word, as it pertains to knowing the time of Jesus’ Second Coming. Because some of our modern scholars want to place this generation far into the future from when the Gospel had just begun in the first century AD, most believers have come to accept and believe that the return of Christ was prophesied to occur in our day or, perhaps, even more than 2000 years after Jesus’ crucifixion. Nevertheless, if we truly believe that it is impossible for God to lie (Hebrews 6:18; Romans 3:4; Titus 1:2), then we need to pause and reconsider what believe about the timing of Jesus’ Second Coming. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on December 25, 2018 in 70 AD Eschatology

 

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The Judge is at the Door

Judge at the Door

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For the past few studies I’ve been focused on Jesus’ Parable of the Fig Tree (Matthew 24:32-35), demonstrating that the signs Jesus offered his Apostles (viz. Matthew 24:3) were fulfilled in the first century AD. Those signs were not for a future coming of Jesus in the twenty first century or later, but for the future of the Apostles in the first century AD. Some folks try to use Matthew 24:36 to indicate Jesus couldn’t give any signs, but that is a false assumption and illogical, according to the context. After all, if Jesus told his disciples to “watch” (Matthew 24:42), he must have given them something to watch for. If he told them what to watch for, then he gave them signs. Isn’t that a logical deduction from the scripture? Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on November 11, 2018 in 70 AD Eschatology

 

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The Signs of the End

Sign of the End

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According to Luke’s record, the very first sign Jesus offered, showing the end was near was Jerusalem would be surrounded by armies (Luke 21:20). Nothing before that time, whether heavenly signs or wars, persecution or other kinds of trouble, pointed to the time of the end, which is the coming of Christ. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on May 27, 2018 in Gospel of Luke

 

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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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As in the Days of Noah…

Day and hour

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In Luke 17:20 Jesus was asked by the Pharisees when the Kingdom of God would appear, but Jesus told them they had the wrong idea about God’s Kingdom. When it comes, no one could see it physically. In other words, one couldn’t point to it and say: ‘there it is!’ (Luke 17:21). On the contrary, God’s Kingdom is within man. Man’s kingdom is to rule over all that God created (Genesis 1:26-27), but God’s Kingdom is to rule man from within. The Pharisees had the wrong idea about the Kingdom of God, because they accepted the premise as valid that David’s dynasty was God’s dynasty, when, in point of fact, to ask for a king was to rebel against God (cf. 1Samuel 8:4-7). Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on January 9, 2018 in Gospel of Luke

 

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As in the Days of Noah

Days of Noah

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Peter mentions the days of Noah in 2Peter 2:3-6 and then again in 2Peter 3:5-7. In the latter, however, he doesn’t speak of Noah per se, but, instead, refers to the world that then was, meaning the world of the ungodly, that was judged and overflowed with water, but Peter first points to Noah in his first epistle, saying he and his family were saved out of that judgment (1Peter 3:20; cf. 2Peter 2:5). The days immediately preceding the Genesis Flood are likened by Jesus to the days immediately preceding his Second Coming (Matthew 24:37), but most folks, today, believe this time is yet future, because, as it pertains to the Flood and the coming of Jesus, no one knew the day or the hour (Matthew 24:36). How accurate is this understanding? Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on December 18, 2017 in Eschatology, Prophecy

 

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Signs, Morality and Logic

Signs

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In Luke 12:54-55 Jesus turned from his disciples and directed his teaching to the people, among whom were his taunters, the Jewish authorities. He drew an analogy from the weather. The people understood that when a cloud rose up out of the Mediterranean Sea to the west, there would be rain. Again, when the wind came across the hot desert to the south, the people were able to predict warm, dry weather (Luke 12:54-55). In other words the people knew how to interpret signs of things to come. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on September 17, 2017 in Gospel of Luke

 

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Maturing in One’s Relationship with God

TrustIt’s not good for me[1] to be constantly seeking after a confirmation of the word God deposits in my spirit. If I have the mind of Christ (1Corinthians 2:16) and the earnest of his Spirit (2Corinthians 1:22; 5:5), then I have been given the power to understand and discern many things that God tells me within my spirit. One of the things that hinders my growth in Christ is from time to time I wonder, if it is really God who is giving me these thoughts. I resolve within myself to just trust that it is he. Sometimes I think I just can’t believe God actually speaks to me, but this is supposed to be a common thing with all of his children. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on July 18, 2017 in Gospel of Luke

 

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Judging the Skeptics

Skeptics

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We are all responsible for the choices we make, whether good or evil. Life is not a game, and we don’t get a redo or a second chance to choose differently once our choice has been made and lived out. Some of us have been gifted with a great deal of responsibility in that such people are the movers and shakers of our world. These, because they have been given so much, much will be expected of them (Luke 12:48). Most of the rest of us will be judged more lightly, but in the end everyone’s works and the choices he has made will be judged by God. It behooves us, therefore, to consider Jesus’ words. After all, if he truly is who he claims to be, we shall be judged by what we believe about him and by the choices we make due to the high or low esteem in which we hold him. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on July 13, 2017 in Gospel of Luke

 

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Peter’s Mother-in-law’s Fever

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Jesus was rejected in Nazareth and challenged in Capernaum, but his disciples trusted him, that what he claimed was true (cf. John 1:40-49; 2:11). Knowing this, it seems justified that the text should show that it was Jesus’ disciples who first asked him to do something on their behalf, not as a sign, but as a work of mercy. That is, they appealed to his compassion (Luke 4:38). This is quite different from demanding a sign like changing stones to bread or leaping from a great pinnacle (Luke 4:3, 9). They weren’t looking for signs and wonders that would appeal to their curiosity, but in their compassion for the weak, they appealed to Jesus’ compassion. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on September 27, 2016 in Gospel of Luke

 

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