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The Crucifixion and the Temple of God

Door

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The Genesis account of the Garden of Eden, and the activity of Cain and Able portray an interesting comparison to the divisions of the Tabernacle in the wilderness and the Temple of of God at Jerusalem. For example, the Most Holy Place is equivalent to the place in the Garden where Adam and Eve met with the Lord (cf. Genesis 3:8), while the rest of the Garden, where Adam and Eve interacted with one another and satisfied themselves with the fruits thereof, would be equivalent to the Holy Place within the Tabernacle or the Temple. Outside the Garden was the Land of Eden, for the Garden was planted within Eden (Genesis 2:8). Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted by on August 9, 2018 in Gospel of Luke

 

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Simon of Cyrene

Simon of Cyrene

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I wonder if it is possible to know a story so well that one simply misses many of the details? I know I often come to see things differently even after many sessions of reading, discussion and study. Similar things are done inadvertently during ordinary conversation. We may be speaking with someone, but, without waiting for the full story, we jump to the wrong conclusion, only to be corrected by the speaker. Understanding becomes even more problematic when someone we trust tells us of his conclusion about what another friend has said, so, when speaking with the second friend, the blurred truth becomes even more difficult to correct. I believe this sort of thing often occurs when we read and discuss the Bible. We, no doubt, get the gist of the account, but the details that get us there are often taken for granted and obscured. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on July 31, 2018 in Gospel of Luke

 

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No One Knows That Day and Hour

Day and Hour - 5

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In the Olivet Prophecy and concerning his parousia (Matthew 24:3), Jesus told his disciples that no man knew that day and hour, not even the angels, but his Father only (Matthew 24:36). What does it mean, first of all, ‘that day and hour’? Was Jesus speaking of the night and day portions of a single day and a single 60-minute hour of a single day? I don’t think this was what he had in mind, nor do I believe the Apostles normally divided their day that closely. We do today, but I don’t think they did back then. They had three and four hour watches during the night, and the hour was important to the employer, and even for daily worship the hour was important, but normally speaking, they didn’t divide their day up into 24 one hour periods. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on June 27, 2018 in 70 AD Eschatology

 

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The Gospel v/s Dispensationalism

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According to dispensationalists, the prophecy of the union of the two kingdoms of Judah and Israel, symbolized by uniting the two sticks in Ezekiel 37, and the New Covenant, as described in Jeremiah 31:31-34, has not been fulfilled, but will be fulfilled in the millennium. During that time, there would be a physical Temple in literal Jerusalem, and physical Temple worship, which includes animal sacrifices, would be in place. Physical circumcision would be commanded, and gentile nations would need to make pilgrimages to Jerusalem during the annual Feast Days (according to Zechariah 14). In fact, this would represent two different redemptive plans: one for Israel and the other for gentiles who believed the Gospel during the Gospel age, which by the time of the millennium, the Gospel age and apparently the Gospel, itself, would cease to exist: Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on June 4, 2018 in 70 AD Eschatology

 

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A New Covenant with the House of Israel

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The predominant view of futurist eschatology is that Jesus absolutely must return to this earth and set up or establish a physical Kingdom of God, wherein he will reign as the Messiah in a visible, physical body on a physical throne from physical Jerusalem. I have been in recent months repudiating that point of view, saying that Jesus has already returned and has already established his Kingdom in 70 AD, when he returned in the clouds, as he claimed he would (Matthew 26:64), and judged Jerusalem and destroyed its Temple in the person of the Roman general, Titus, and his armies. Of course, such a ‘Second Coming’ was not visible with one’s eyes, but it was perceived, in that, the destruction of Jerusalem was the sign of Christ’s presence (Matthew 24:3, 30). Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on May 30, 2018 in 70 AD Eschatology

 

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Paul and Ezekiel

Dwelling Place

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In the past two studies on 70 AD eschatology I’ve been discussing Ezekiel 37 and the restoration of the two Houses of Israel. Ezekiel 37, remember, points to all those dry bones in the valley, and God says they are the whole house of Israel. We’ve seen that it really didn’t mean the whole House of Israel was in a literal grave. After all, there were many from both Judah and the ten northern tribes alive and in captivity. What Ezekiel was referring to was Israel was without hope, in that both houses had broken their covenant with God, so they were depicted as dead. I have been showing how the coming of Jesus, the Messiah, has ultimately breathed life into those dry bones, and he has restored them, i.e. united them into one nation once more, as was the case in the beginning under Moses and up to the time of Solomon. This was and is a spiritual work, not a physical one, and pointed to a spiritual Kingdom of God.
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Posted by on May 28, 2018 in 70 AD Eschatology

 

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An Argument from Silence!

Argument from SilenceAny argument from silence is tenuous at best. However, under certain conditions such an argument can be significant. For example, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle built an entire argument around the silence of a dog during a murder in his book “The Adventure of Silver Blaze.” The dog’s silence was quite deafening! However, what about the silence in the scriptures concerning the physical Kingdom Jesus is said to have intended to set up at his Second Coming. Does the argument of silence work here? Is it great enough to show he intended to set up a spiritual Kingdom, not a physical one as most folks expected? Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on May 9, 2018 in 70 AD Eschatology

 

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