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The Temple of New Jerusalem

IN Christ

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John tells us there is no temple in New Jerusalem, because the Lord God, Almighty, even the Lamb is the Temple of the city (Revelation 21:22). The Greek verb is singular. Therefore, the phrase “the Lord God, Almighty, even the Lamb” describe the glorified Jesus. He is the Temple of New Jerusalem or put another way, we, the New Jerusalem, dwell **in** Christ, our Temple (cp. John 17:21). Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on June 9, 2020 in Apocalypse, Book of Revelation

 

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The Judgment of the Saints

City of God

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In Revelation 11:1-2 John was given a reed to measure the Temple of God, but the house only. The Temple court with the Altar of Sacrifice and the Brass Laver were left out, because everything in the outer court was given over to the gentiles, who treated the holy things with contempt. However, in Revelation 21:15 the angel, who was with John (cp. Revelation 21:9), had a golden reed, and he used it to measure the city of New Jerusalem with its walls and gates. Every one of its four sides, together with the height of its walls were equal, measuring 144 cubits each (Revelation 21:15-17). Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on June 7, 2020 in Apocalypse, Book of Revelation

 

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Regathering Israel

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At this point I’m concluding my study of chapter seven of the Apocalypse. Having discussed the identity of the 144000 and the great multitude, and discovering when the Great Tribulation occurred, I am now ready to discuss the service of the multitude, standing before the Throne of Christ, where they serve him day and night in the Temple (Revelation 7:15). It is from this place that the Messiah rules, i.e. from the Most Holy Place of the Temple. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on July 28, 2019 in Apocalypse, Book of Revelation

 

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I Come Quickly

Coming of Christ

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Jesus told the church in Philadelphia that he is coming quickly, and they needed to ‘hold fast’ to what they had, so no man could take or remove their crown (Revelation 3:11). When Jesus said he was coming “quickly” (tachu – G5035), I believe, if we truly take audience relevance into consideration, we would have to say that he meant he was coming very soon, i.e. in the expected lifetimes of his readers (viz. Matthew 16:27-28). The same Greek word was used in Matthew 5:25 for the need of an accused to settle with his adversary quickly, before he had to appear before the judge. It was used of the women fleeing Jesus’ gravesite, after the angels told them to tell the disciples of his resurrection (Mark 16:7-8). Again, it was used of Mary quickly running to Jesus upon learning of his presence at Lazarus’ tomb (John 11:29). Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on May 14, 2019 in Apocalypse, Book of Revelation

 

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The Temple and the Land of the Kingdom

Temple of God

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Years ago, when I frequented the religious debate boards (no longer in use, today), I was always disturbed over defending the word of God, when it seemed I was debating from a weak point. I had to maintain my confession of faith, and I knew the Bible was true, but at times, the better argument seemed to be in the hands of the detractor and the scoffer on the boards. Sometimes I wish I could debate with them now, but the reality is, that would be labor spent in vain. Nevertheless, I feel so blessed to understand the truth about Jesus’ coming in 70 AD, knowing I don’t have to extend the ‘last days’ of the first century 2000 years into the future (a ludicrous idea that simply denies the very meaning of words). I thank God for the truth, knowing that his word cannot and does not ever fail. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on April 27, 2018 in 70 AD Eschatology

 

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The Jerusalem Council’s Verdict

Luke’s placement of the Jerusalem Council at about the center of his thesis tells us how important this event is. It is also only here that we find Paul, Barnabas, James and Peter together in one place at the same time. While Paul did visit with Peter and James on his first visit to Jerusalem after his conversion in Acts 9, Luke doesn’t put them all together in one place until here, and according to Paul (Galatians 2:9), the apostle, John, was there too. So, what was done here was of key importance to the Gospel afterward. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on December 14, 2012 in Gospel, Jerusalem Council

 

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The Structure of the Book of Acts ~ Part 1

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In ancient times when a book was a scroll, how was the book put together; more specifically, how was Luke’s Acts put together? Did Luke simply begin writing, stopping only when his work was written? It seems to me, if this were true, error would be rampant and confusing due to themes begun and left unfinished. There must be a better way to write a scroll. As I was reading the Book of Acts, I believe I stumbled upon a possible solution to my own query. I am uncertain if my theory has been put forward by others, but it appears likely that Luke wrote Acts in six parts, and more specifically according to three sets of themes of two parts each. When I stumbled upon this idea I had one of those “Ah-hah!” moments. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on November 8, 2011 in Kingdom of God

 

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Worship in the Spirit and in Truth

Some folks look for the building of a new Temple at Jerusalem, but I think, if one is built, it will be of little consequence! So much of today’s eschatology is embedded in this presumption, but, in my opinion, this religious prophetic understanding rests upon the sands of the ignorance of literalism. Why would God want to rebuild that which he judged and destroyed? Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on March 7, 2011 in Kingdom of God, Worship

 

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The Voice of God Gets Through

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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 »

 
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Posted by on October 30, 2010 in Christianity, Redemption, Religion

 

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Caligula and Antiochus Epiphanes

Caligula

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I believe the reign of Caligula, emperor of Rome (37-41 AD), is underrated, as far as related events in the New Testament is concerned. Understanding what actually occurred in Jewish history at that time puts the persecution following the death of Stephen and what brought about its end (cf. Acts 9:31) in proper perspective.  There was a lot happening during these few years in Jewish history that remind me of the period of Antiochus Epiphanes who desecrated the Temple, which gave rise to the revolt of the Maccabees, cir. 168 BC. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on July 23, 2010 in Kingdom of God, Religion, Wrath of God

 

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