In Daniel 9 the angel told Daniel that it would take 490 years (70 weeks of years or 10 jubilees) in order to accomplish six works of God in Israel (Daniel 9:24). If these six works of God are complete, then the prophecy must be complete no matter how we think end time prophecy should develop. But, if any are lacking, then the 70 Weeks Prophecy remains to be fulfilled in our day or perhaps sometime in a distant future age. I hope to take each of these six works in its own blog or blogs in an effort to show the 70 Weeks Prophecy is fulfilled, proving today’s eschatology believed by most evangelicals is in error. Read the rest of this entry »
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I was listening quietly, while my wife read a children’s bible story book to my little 3-year old grandson. She was reading about God calling out to Samuel for the first time. Most people will remember that this account shows Samuel as a little boy sleeping in the Temple near Eli, the high priest, that is, in the Temple court in the place provided for the priests who attended the duties of the Temple. Samuel awoke from sleep by the sound of God’s voice calling out to him. Naturally, he assumed it was Eli calling him, because he had no past experience of God speaking directly to him. So, he went in to Eli and woke him from his sleep, asking what he wanted. Eli told him he hadn’t called him and to return to his bed and go to sleep. Read the rest of this entry »
Quite awhile ago I learned how to use Romans 6:23 as an evangelistic tool to express how we receive Salvation. What we do is simply use the nouns and describe what they mean. “The wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord!” Read the rest of this entry »
I think we’ve all seen the commercial were three or four men sit around the campfire one evening drinking beer and one says to the others: “It doesn’t’ get any better than this!” To which many might say: “Oh, really?” After all, not everyone likes beer or even likes camping for that matter. However, the implication of the commercial is “This is life!” Could anyone really sum up life in a commercial? I think we can all agree, if we are really serious, that one could not do such a thing. Life, after all, is rather abstract. Is it not? It is not as tangible as a bottle of beer. It is not something we could place in our hands and say: “Here, this is life!” Nevertheless, we all know life through our own consciousness. We know life exists, because we are able to witness that we live. We may not be able to fully explain it or put it into a bottle and say: “That’s life!” but we can all agree that life is real, because we are conscious of our own existence. Read the rest of this entry »
Paul tells us in Romans 8:28 that “all things work together for good…” but how can they? How can death, accidents, personal failures and other unwanted predicaments work for my good? Fritz Rindenour uses an entire chapter in his book “How to be a Christian Without Being Religious” to respond to this very question. In it he claims that Christians love to quote this verse to other people, but how many of us are really willing to consider it or believe it works for us? Few of us really put this verse to a personal test, or better, allow ourselves to be tested by it. Read the rest of this entry »
We left Romans chapter six saying that we are set apart for God’s use, and we belong to the choice we make. The problem often is, however, I keep making all the wrong choices. So where does that leave me? Well, Paul talks about this in chapter 7. I may begin the day feeling pretty good with the best of intentions, but then I hit a snag. I try not to let it bother me, but as sure as God made little green apples I blow it again …and again. If I am a Christian, why can’t I lick this thing? How do I get out of this mess I got myself into? Read the rest of this entry »
Now there’s a question that modern man balks at. Most Christians find it difficult to deal with as well. “What? Slave? I’m not a slave to anyone—my faith sets me free!” Well, this is true in a sense. As a Christian I am free from the penalty of sin and from its guilt, but what about the power of sin? I probably have more trouble with sin, now that I am a Christian than before I received Jesus. Why? Because before I knew Christ, I wasn’t concerned with sin at all. Nevertheless, afterward sinning became a very prominent problem, or perhaps a better word would be focus, because, before Christ, I simply wasn’t aware of the problem—or didn’t care. Read the rest of this entry »
It seems self-evident to the Christian that Isaiah 53 is speaking of the sufferings of Jesus, the Messiah. However, the modern Jewish teaching on this matter conflicts with that of Christianity. Nevertheless, this has not always been so. The fact is the current Jewish doctrine is more recent in its viewpoint, believing that Isaiah 53 speaks of the suffering Jewish nation atoning for the sins of mankind. While it is true, historically, that both Jesus and the Jewish nation have suffered, the ancient rabbis understood Isaiah 53 was speaking of an individual and not the nation. The teaching that the Jewish nation is the suffering servant didn’t appear for two or three hundred years after Jesus, and it can be argued that it is a Jewish response to Christian preaching. Nevertheless, the ancient rabbis believed the suffering Servant was the Messiah. Read the rest of this entry »
I began this series a short while ago, and I will conclude it today with this post. I mentioned at the beginning that there was a single exception to the general rule that ‘without blood there was no atonement.’ This exception applies only to the one who is too poor to afford two turtledoves as his sin offering, but as we shall see, even it is no real exception at all! Some have supposed that because Leviticus 5:11-13 allows a sin offering without blood, it then makes Jesus unnecessary as the Blood Offering, of which all offerings under the Mosaic Covenant were a type. Let’s look at the scripture.
The teaching of man’s depravity is one that is perfectly Biblical. The doctrine of Original Sin was developed by Augustine, and those who hold to a low opinion of Jesus, that is, those who believe Jesus was only a man, often repudiate Augustine for his understanding. Many even imply that his insight comes not from the word of God but from the pagan philosopher, Plato. I do not wish to defend Augustine per se or bring us into a study of Plato’s dualism. Nevertheless I do believe the Bible supports the doctrine of man’s depravity due to Adam’s rebellion and his need of a Savior. Read the rest of this entry »
During the Biblical era, there was no cure for leprosy, but Jesus had no problem curing the disease, and Luke 5:12-13 records such a healing. A leper was declared unclean by the priest. His clothes were torn as though he was in continual repentance, and his head was covered to express submission and mourning (cp. 2Samuel 15:25-26, 30). The leper was to cover his beard with his mantle and cry out, “Unclean, unclean” to anyone along the way. As long as the leprosy remained in the man, he was defiled and was to dwell outside the city, alone (Leviticus 13:44-46). Read the rest of this entry »
What is the Gospel or the Good News? According to Romans 10:9-10, a man must confess Jesus as Lord and believe that Jesus was both crucified for our sins and raised from the dead. This is the Gospel in a nutshell!
I’m working my way through Galatians at the present time, and I am considering what Paul says about perverting that Gospel. Notice:
I marvel that ye are so soon removed from him that called you into the grace of Christ unto another gospel: Which is not another; but there be some that trouble you, and would pervert the gospel of Christ. But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed. As we said before, so say I now again, if any man preach any other gospel unto you than that ye have received, let him be accursed. For do I now persuade men, or God? or do I seek to please men? for if I yet pleased men, I should not be the servant of Christ. (Galatians 1:6-10 KJVR)
Paul had some trouble with folks coming after him and seeking to undo what he had done. During his first missionary journey, he had raised up several churches in Galatia. Not long after he left, however, some people came in to tell the new believers, they had to obey the Law of Moses. Paul wrote back to say, this whole idea is a perversion of the Gospel. Paul is saying that God has become flesh in order to deliver us from this world. We cannot be delivered from the world through law—any kind of law. Obedience to law can only make us better citizens of this world. Paul says that Jesus came to make us citizens of the Kingdom of God. Read the rest of this entry »