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The Seventh Bowl and the Air

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We have now come to the final bowl of wrath as considered in Revelation 16. The seventh angel poured out his bowl into the air (cp. John 12:31; 14:30; 16:11; 2Corinthians 4:4; 1John5:19). The **air** doesn’t seem to mean atmosphere, but is, rather, a symbol of “the course of the world” or the “spirit that works in the children of disobedience” (Ephesians 2:2). I mentioned this Scripture in the previous study concerning the three unclean spirits like frogs. In this study I intend to consider Ephesians 2:2 once more, giving it a slightly different nuance. Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted by on February 6, 2020 in Apocalypse, Book of Revelation


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Being Rich and Increased with Goods


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Presently, I am wrapping up my study of the seven churches of Revelation 2 & 3, as I consider the seventh of those churches. The city of Laodicea was situated along two major trade routes that connected Rome and Europe to Mesopotamia and to Egypt. Laodicea had three major industries. The first was producing a kind of black wool that was world renowned for its exquisite value. Its second industry was medicine, which produced a medicinal salve that boasted of cures for eye disease and other problems. People came to Laodicea from all over the world, seeking cures for their ailments. The third industry was banking, which was made possible by the huge successes of its first two industries. Laodicea became so rich that when its city was destroyed by an earthquake, cir. 60-62 AD, its inhabitants rejected Rome’s offer to help rebuild, saying they didn’t need anyone’s help and decided to rebuild on their own.[1] Read the rest of this entry »


Posted by on May 21, 2019 in Apocalypse, Book of Revelation


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The Astonishing Power of False Doctrine

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It is often presumed by Biblical scholars that, because the Apostles presumed Jesus was a spirit and Jesus’ statement that he was not a spirit (Luke 24:37, 39) confirms the doctrine that there are indeed disembodied spirits, but this is a very poor interpretation of the text. For example, the Lord’s mention of the gods in the Old Testament cannot be construed to mean there are actually gods like Molech, Baal, or Chemosh etc. When one wishes to expose the lies of a false doctrine, one often needs to refer to the lie by name. This is what Jesus did. The Pharisees believed in spirits of the dead (Acts 23:9) and, therefore, would have taught the people so. Jesus’ invitation for the disciples to touch him and place their fingers in his wounds was meant, not only for them to believe he was risen indeed, but to expose the Pharisees’ false doctrine for what it was. Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted by on September 18, 2018 in Gospel of Luke


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Jesus Appears to His Disciples

Jesus Appearance to the Disciples

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Those of us who embrace Jesus as our Savior often take it for granted that, once Jesus appeared to his disciples after his resurrection, they immediately recognized and believed that what he told them was true, namely, he would go to Jerusalem, and the authorities would arrest him, turn him over to the gentiles, and they would crucify him, but he would also be raised to life after three days. Nevertheless, if we do believe this, it isn’t so. Even after Jesus appeared to his Apostles and other disciples, most of them still didn’t believe he had risen from the dead. This is how great a power their previous worldview exercised over their accepting what their eyes and ears and hands clearly told them. They simply would not believe what the facts distinctly revealed. They kept making allowances for what contradicted what they still believed. Pretty much, this is exactly what we can expect of anyone who has had his worldview challenged by the Gospel. Folks simply do not want to give up what they believe about reality. Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted by on September 16, 2018 in Gospel of Luke


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The Sleeping Spirit!

Spiritual Sleep

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William Barclay[1] brings out an interesting point concerning the sleep of the Apostles at Luke 9:32, which corresponds to spiritual sleep of men, including believers. Another way of referring to this sleep would be the hardness of our hearts to receive spiritual truth. The disciples didn’t see Jesus’ glory, until they were fully awake. Likewise, we miss so much of what God would like us to see, because our spirits are lulled to sleep, showing we simply don’t have a heart for the truth God desires that we learn. While it is God’s will for us to know him, and nothing can prevent God from doing his will (Daniel 4:35), God has also willed to work in and through mankind. That is, he has willed to work in and through our limitations, which include the limitations we place upon him, due to our hard hearts (cf. Matthew 13:58; Mark 6:4-6). Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted by on March 16, 2017 in Gospel of Luke


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Concerning Baptism and the Flood


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Peter mentioned in 1Peter 3:19-20 that the Spirit of Christ preached to the world before the Flood through Noah, the servant of God. He then went on to say that believers in Christ are saved by baptism through the resurrection of Christ, and this is a like figure of how Noah and his family were saved. Many Christians today interpret this to mean that water baptism saves us in some way, usually saying that just as the flood in Noah’s day saved those on the ark from the evil people of the world then being judged by God, so water baptism, which is our public testimony that we stand in Christ, saves us from the evil of our society. The problem with this interpretation is that it is unscriptural and illogical. Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted by on January 4, 2017 in Gospel of Luke


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Taste and Know the Lord is Good


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It is interesting that Peter reminds his readers that they have tasted the Lord, Jesus (1Peter 2:3), and what he might be calling to mind is one of Jesus’ parables that concerns the new and old wine (cf. Luke 5:39). Wine changes one’s behavior and being filled with the Spirit is compared with being drunk with wine in Ephesians 5:18. There Paul says we should not be drunk with wine, implying drunkenness changes one’s walk or behavior (Job 12:25; Psalm 107:27; Isaiah 29:9). Rather, we need to be filled with the Spirit and thereby our walk (behavior) would be changed for the better (Romans 8:1, 4; Galatians 5:16, 25). Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted by on November 28, 2016 in Epistles of Peter


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The Messiah’s Baptism

Baptism of the Spirit and Fire

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Luke tells us in Luke 3:16-17 how John described Jesus’ baptism. Nevertheless, Scripture records that one of the reasons Jesus left Judea after John was imprisoned by Herod was that the Pharisees knew that he baptized more than John (John 4:1, 3). Yet, the Scripture also makes a point in revealing that Jesus, himself, baptized no one (John 4:2). Jesus’ disciples did the baptizing, just as Christians continue to do today. This is simply a baptism of water to which folks come to confess that they have repented of their rebellion against God and receive Jesus as their Lord. So, not only doesn’t Jesus do the baptizing, but the method is water, just like that of John. This couldn’t be the Messiah’s baptism of which John spoke, could it? Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted by on August 2, 2016 in Gospel of Luke


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The Authentic Boast

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“Before concluding his letter Paul returns once more to the antithesis of cross and circumcision, setting them forth this time as representing respectively the true and the false ground of boasting, and thus carrying a stage further his polemic against the Judaizers and their way of legal observance (Galatians 5:2-12).”[1] Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted by on May 21, 2015 in Epistle to the Galatians, Paul


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Hagar and Sarah According to Paul

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In Galatians 4:21 Paul returns again to Scripture in order to conclude his argument about relationships. He asks those, who wish to embrace Judaism, if they really took seriously the claim the Law has upon them. Perhaps it is true that often we accept something that appears to be true, even Biblical, but we never really consider the consequences the truth under consideration has upon the truth as a whole. Certainly much of Judaism is based upon the word of God, yet Jesus called at least some of what Judaism taught “your tradition”, that is, tradition of men and said that it contradicted or took away the power of the word of God (Matthew 7:8, 13). Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted by on April 28, 2015 in Epistle to the Galatians, Paul


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I Cannot Do What I Want

Paul is writing to people who want to be righteous. He is not speaking to all mankind, some of whom desire nothing better than to do evil all day. He is writing to people searching for the means to be righteous. It is because they wished to be righteous that the Galatians were drawn away from Christ by the party of the circumcision that brought them under the Law. With this as a background, Paul submits his argument concerning two powers—the flesh and the Spirit.

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Posted by on March 16, 2010 in Gospel, Religion


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He Was Numbered with Us!

SlandererOne of the saddest statements in the Bible, in my opinion, is Judas’ epitaph in Acts 1:17: “He was numbered with us!” That is, it was so at one time, but is no longer true. The disciples remedied the situation by looking out among those who had been with them throughout Jesus’ ministry and chose two and of them chose one by lot to replace Judas. Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted by on November 8, 2009 in Religion, salvation


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