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What is the Lake of Fire?

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According to Revelation 20:10, the deceiver and slanderer was taken and cast into the lake of fire, burning with brimstone, thus, receiving the same fate as the beast and the false prophet (Revelation 19:20). In order to understand the terms used in the Apocalypse, we need to keep in mind where all the events of the Apocalypse take place. The book opened with Jesus standing in the Holy Place of the Temple among the lampstands, which we found out later were the churches of Christ in Asia. In chapter four John was taken **up** to heaven (Revelation 4:1), which turned out to be the Most Holy Place. So, in effect, John merely entered the next room; that is, he walked from the Holy Place into the Most Holy Place. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on May 10, 2020 in Apocalypse, Book of Revelation

 

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The Millennial Reign with Christ

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John tells us that he saw thrones and “they sat on them” (Revelation 20:4). Who sat on thrones? Nearly all the scholars of whom I am aware agree that those on the thrones are believers who were martyred for Christ, but I don’t agree.[1] Those sitting on thrones are the Father and Christ. John also tells us that those who had given up their lives for the Gospel had neither worshiped the beast nor his image and had not received his mark. Therefore, they reigned with Christ for 1000 years (Revelation 20:4, 6; cp. 3:21), but, what does “they lived and reigned with Christ a thousand years” actually mean? Does the text mean they literally reigned in heaven over their enemies? Probably not! Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on April 23, 2020 in Apocalypse, Book of Revelation

 

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The One Who Sits Upon the Throne

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John keeps speaking of the One seated on the throne as “him who sits on the throne” or with a similar phrase, never naming who it was. Moreover John also keeps describing the One sitting on the throne in a different manner, so how should we understand the difficulty John seems to be having, describing what he sees (cf. 2Corinthians 12:1-4)? Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on June 25, 2019 in Apocalypse, Book of Revelation

 

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Where is the Kingdom of God?

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The Pharisees asked Jesus when the Kingdom of God would come (G2034), which, according to Thayer’s Greek Lexicon, means: “to come into being, arise, come forth, show itself, find place or influence” (Luke 17:20). It makes no difference whether or not the Pharisee’s question was sincere. Whether they sought to lay a trap for Jesus or sincerely wanted to know when the Kingdom of God would come, the point is their question cannot be answered according to its intent. It would be similar to asking a conservative politician if he is still a flaming liberal. How could he reply to the question’s intent? In order to reply at all, the main term must be redefined, so the question appears is illogical. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on January 2, 2018 in Gospel of Luke

 

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Thy Kingdom Come

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The second request Jesus tells his disciples to pray in Luke 11:2 is “Thy Kingdom come.” As I claimed in a previous study, some folks believe that, if we are praying for God’s Kingdom to come, our prayer implies his Kingdom must not yet be present. However, this isn’t so in the light of Luke 10:21, where Jesus rejoices and addresses his Father as “Lord of heaven and of earth!” Our Father cannot be Lord of earth, unless his Kingdom is present upon the earth. Moreover, the exact same tense of the verb “come” in Luke 11:2 is used for the verb “forgive” in Luke 11:4, and certainly we can’t be asking God to forgive our sins at some future date. Therefore, if this logic is sound, how should we understand our asking our Father to cause his Kingdom to come? In what sense must it yet come, if it is already here? Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on June 13, 2017 in Gospel of Luke

 

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The Kingdom of God

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The Kingdom of God is righteousness, peace and joy in the Holy Spirit (Romans 14:17). It also shows itself with discipline and judgment (cf. 1Corinthians 4:20-21). In other words, the Kingdom of God has to do with living for God and having our pleasure in him, but how does this play out in the world and within the kingdoms of this world? When Jesus was speaking in Luke 9:27, he was speaking to the same folks he spoke with in 9:24. This is understood in that both subjects are mentioned in the context of Jesus celebrating the Feast of Tabernacles at Jerusalem (cf. John 7:10). Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on March 7, 2017 in Gospel of Luke

 

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Why Did Jesus Have to Die?

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In his book, The God Delusion, Richard Dawkins has described the Atonement:

“I have described atonement, the central doctrine of Christianity, as vicious, sado-masochistic and repellent. We should also dismiss it as barking mad, but for its ubiquitous familiarity which has dulled our objectivity. If God wanted to forgive our sins, why not just forgive them, without having himself tortured and executed in payment…”[1]

What can be said of this? Well, first of all, it seems that Dr. Dawkins has misunderstood the doctrine of Atonement. While it may be true that our sins can be forgiven outright, this doesn’t tell the whole story. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on March 13, 2016 in apologetics

 

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Jesus Before the Sanhedrin

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On what basis in Jewish law was Jesus convicted by the Sanhedrin? Matthew and Mark say the high priest accused Jesus of blasphemy (Matthew 26:65; Mark 14:63). Did Jesus commit blasphemy? If not, why did the high priest believe he did or at least was able to convince the other priests present that Jesus spoke blasphemy? Luke records the trial held by the Sanhedrin in the morning: Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on August 18, 2009 in Blasphemy, Religion

 

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God Almighty in Revelation Chapter 5!

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As we come to Revelation 5 we find Jesus is sitting upon the throne just as we had seen in chapter-4.[1] Some may conclude that he is with his Father on the throne in both chapters, but the text doesn’t say this. Others may say, if we see Jesus, we see the Father as well; therefore, the Father is on the throne in Revelation 4 and in chapter-5 as well. Yet, we aren’t told anything like this, and we need to be careful not to read too much into the text. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on August 3, 2009 in Almighty God, Religion

 

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