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When Was the Apocalypse Written?

Clement of Alexandria

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Eusebius, a fourth century AD church father and considered to be the “Father of Church History,” interprets Clement of Alexandria, a second and early third century church father (cir. 155-215 AD), saying the Apostle John returned from the isle of Patmos “after the tyrant was dead”, and Eusebius identifies the “tyrant” as Domitian, Emperor of Rome from AD 81-96. He does this at the beginning of his testimony concerning John’s writing the Apocalypse.[1] It also seems as though many modern scholars simply accept Eusebius’ testimony without even consulting Clement. If they do read Clement, it must be with the eyes of Eusebius, because Clement mentions Domitian four different times in his writings, but not once does he claim he was a tyrant or even that he persecuted Christians. Eusebius and, apparently, most modern scholarship have read this understanding into Clement’s works. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on January 8, 2019 in Apocalypse, Book of Revelation

 

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Does ‘This Generation’ Mean Race?

This Generation

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In Matthew 24:34 of the Olivet Prophecy Jesus told his disciples “This generation shall not pass, till all these things be fulfilled” (KJV). “All these things” include the Second Coming of Jesus and the judgment that his coming would bring (Matthew 24:30), and resurrection (Matthew 24:31; cf. Matthew 13:30, 38-43). Consequently, many dispensational scholars conclude that “this generation” refers to the Jewish race. That is, the Jewish race “shall not pass away until all these things be fulfilled.” Is this true? Can the Greek word genea (G1074) mean race? The natural reading of Matthew 24:34 is that this generation refers to the group of people who lived at the same time as Jesus and his apostles. It would have been a generation of about forty years. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on December 27, 2018 in 70 AD Eschatology

 

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What Does ‘This Generation’ Mean?

This Generation - 2.

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The phrase this generation occurs sixteen times in the New Covenant scriptures.[1] The problem is that scholars don’t agree on how we should understand the term, especially at Matthew 24:34, where we are told that this generation shall not pass until all these things (i.e. the things Jesus described in Matthew 24:4-33) occur. Some scholars conclude this generation refers to the race of the Jews, meaning there will always be a Jewish people until the time of Jesus’ second coming.[2] Nevertheless, the word is never used in this sense in the whole of the New Covenant record. Other scholars conclude that this generation refers to the final generation before the end of the world.[3] However, such a conclusion hardly honors Jesus’ standing as a prophet, because, if there could be an end to the world, there **must** be a final generation that wouldn’t pass until the end occurred. So, how should we understand this phrase? Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on December 23, 2018 in 70 AD Eschatology

 

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The Bridegroom Comes!

Bridegroom Comes

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The Olivet Discourse in Matthew extends into Matthew 25 where Jesus offers his Apostles three more parables. The first of these is the Parable of the Ten Virgins. As we know from the account, five were wise, but five were foolish in that they didn’t bring any oil for their lamps. As the bridegroom delayed, all of the virgins slept, but a cry was heard at midnight that the bridegroom was coming. All awoke and the five wise dressed their lamps, but the five foolish realized they hadn’t enough oil. When they asked the wise to share their oil, they were refused, because there might not be enough for both the wise and the foolish, if the wise gave up their oil. The foolish were told to go to them who buy and sell and buy oil for themselves, but as they went the Bridegroom arrived and only the wise were able to go with him. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on November 15, 2018 in 70 AD Eschatology

 

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Jesus’ Words and Israel’s Feast Days

Shadows of Things to come

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The Jews celebrated seven annual Feast Days or Holy Days during the year, three in the spring (Passover, Days of Unleavened Bread, and Pentecost) and four in the autumn (Trumpets, Atonement, Tabernacles and the Last Great Day). These annual Holy Days are found in Leviticus 23, and are described by Paul as days which were shadows of better things to come, and he claimed that the body, i.e. the body which cast the shadows, was Christ (Colossians 2:16-17). So, when Jesus mentions the time of the harvest in Matthew 13:30 and 39, it shouldn’t have been difficult for the Apostles to see how the end of the age correlates with the time of the harvest, resurrection, judgment, and their gathering into the presence of God in his Kingdom, because these very things are clearly expressed in the celebration of Israel’s fall Festivals. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on October 2, 2018 in 70 AD Eschatology

 

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What Was ‘About to’ Occur in Paul’s Day

About to Occur

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If I have proved anything in this series it is that men bring a lot to the table when they present their eschatology. The Bible never speaks about the end of time, but some men’s eschatology has to do with the end of time. Some even speak of the end of the Gospel Age, but the Bible seems to indicate that the Gospel Age will never end! Some men’s eschatology deals with the end of the universe, but God tells us that he will not destroy his creation. Many Bible students like to place gap where gaps don’t exist (like between Matthew 16:27 and 28), and large gaps where small gaps might be indicated (like in the middle of Daniel’s 70th week of years). So, we have God’s word, but men seem to like to add their own words next to God’s, or perhaps they sincerely don’t know what they’ve done. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on February 16, 2018 in 70 AD Eschatology, Prophecy

 

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Jesus Coming in Judgment and to Rule

Judgment Day

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I have been involved in a study of Matthew 16:27-28, which records Jesus saying he would come in the glory of the Father to reward each man according to his works, and that some of those standing by and listening would live to see him coming in his Kingdom. I have been showing how Jesus’ statement is founded upon Old Testament prophecies, such a s Isaiah 40, 62 and Daniel 7 and 9. I have also been showing that Matthew 16:27 cannot be separated from verse-28, which must be done, if the futurists’ eschatology is to be maintained. Moreover, I have proved why Matthew 16:28 could not be fulfilled in the Transfiguration or on the day of Pentecost. The only possible meaning for verse-28 is that it was fulfilled cir. 70 AD at the destruction of Jerusalem and the Temple, which I have said was also the fulfillment of Matthew 16:27. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on February 14, 2018 in 70 AD Eschatology, Prophecy

 

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