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The Mighty Angel

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There seems to be a great deal of confusion over who this mighty angel is in chapter ten of the Apocalypse. Some conclude he is the Emperor Justin who ruled in favor of orthodoxy and against the Arians concerning the deity of Jesus. Others say he is evil and represents the papacy and the little book his cannons and decrees. Still others want to say the angel is Luther and the other reformers of his day and the little book is represents the Protestant doctrines of reformation. Nevertheless, all of these interpretation represent the newspaper exegetes of their day, and what they say is purely subjective in nature, without an ounce of objective evidence. The proof of the pudding is in the eating, and in this case the eating has to do with the word of God. The Scriptures tell us who this angel is, and what was really in his hand. Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted by on September 19, 2019 in Apocalypse, Book of Revelation


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The Apocalypse and the Transfiguration


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What could the Book of Revelation possibly have in common with Jesus’ Transfiguration (Matthew 17:1-8; Mark 9:2-8; Luke 9:28-36)? This is a question I had before I heard a preacher[1] speak of it, but I have to tell you, it makes a lot of sense. What the Transfiguration does for the Apocalypse is to place it in a context that demands that the book was written prior to the Jews’ war with Rome cir. 66-70 AD. The context of the Apocalypse is the Day of the Lord, or the Coming of Jesus.[2] The context of the Transfiguration is the Day of the Lord, or the Lord’s parousia (G3952), according to Peter (2Peter 1:16-18)! Interestingly, I’ve never put Revelation 1:1 together with Matthew 17:1-8 and 2Peter 1:16-18, but you can see how they all fit together. They all speak of the Second Coming and, therefore, the Day of the Lord. Read the rest of this entry »


Posted by on January 15, 2019 in Apocalypse, Book of Revelation


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What Does the Transfiguration Tell Us?


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No matter how we wish to interpret Matthew 16:27-28, we are bound by Daniel 7, which is the fountain from which Matthew 16 arises, to place its fulfillment during the days of the Roman Empire. Moreover, the Greek particle gar (G1063) grammatically connects Matthew 16:27 with the previous verses, making Jesus coming in the glory of the Father a judgment that vindicates not only his own persecution and death at the hands of the Jewish authorities, but also the sufferings and deaths of Jesus disciples. Verse-27 is offered them as hope for what Jesus has called them to endure. To place Jesus’ coming 2000 years into the future is to deny both the grammar and the context of Matthew 16. Read the rest of this entry »


Posted by on March 23, 2018 in 70 AD Eschatology


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Are There Two Comings of the Lord?

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It seems like a ridiculous question to even ask, i.e. did Jesus promise to come twice? Yet, this is exactly what futurists are saying, when they try to divide Matthew 16:27 from verse-28. They tell us that Jesus’ coming “in the glory of the Father to render to each man according to his works” is one coming, (Greek – erchomai, G2064), and Jesus’ coming (G2064) “in his Kingdom” in power (Matthew 16:28; cf. Mark 9:1) is, yet, another coming. They must say this, or something similar, if they are to maintain their eschatology, because Jesus makes the profound statement in verse-28 that some who listened to him on that day would live to see him come in power! So, is what the futurists tell us true? Does Jesus come twice? How do the futurists defend such a statement? Read the rest of this entry »


Posted by on February 12, 2018 in 70 AD Eschatology, Prophecy


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Looking Back on Jesus’ Second Coming!

Was Jesus Ignorant

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I have been involved in a study of Jesus’ words in Matthew 16:27-28 for awhile now, and have concluded that Jesus must have come in the glory of the Father, to judge the living and the dead according to their works, and, in doing so, he had established the Kingdom of God in great power and glory, giving it to his disciples (Matthew 16:27-28). Moreover, I also believe what Jesus said, that some of the people who heard him say those words would live to see them fulfilled. Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted by on February 7, 2018 in 70 AD Eschatology, Gospel of Luke


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The Kingdom of God Versus the World

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The Apostles wondered (Luke 9:43b) at what Jesus had done and asked him why they couldn’t heal the boy (Mark 9:28; Matthew 17:32). At that time Jesus told the disciples that they needed to keep in mind that he would be turned over to his enemies and would be killed (Luke 9:44), but they simply were unable to understand what he was saying, because what Jesus meant was hid from them (Luke 9:45). The problem is that the rabbis taught that the Messiah would come and successfully free the Jews from those who enslaved them (the Romans in the context of the first century AD). Read the rest of this entry »


Posted by on April 6, 2017 in Gospel of Luke


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A Young Boy and Our Inner Life

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On the day following the day of his Transfiguration, Jesus returned to the city of Jerusalem from Mount of Olives (Luke 9:37). The disciples were already there (Mark 9:14). Evidently, Jesus had sent them ahead, as he lingered to pray on the mount. Months earlier Jesus had given them authority over demoniacs (Luke 9:1), but they could not cast out the demon from this little boy (Luke 9:40). Jesus rebuked them for their unbelief and healed the boy. Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted by on March 23, 2017 in Gospel of Luke


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The Transfiguration and the Apostles


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Often we speak of the Transfiguration as though it was simply an event in the lives of the three Apostles who were with Jesus, and we conclude they simply misunderstood, and in saying so we move on to the next event in the Gospel narratives. We may conclude that Jesus was in a glorified state, something like we expect him to be at his Second Coming (although Jesus’ parousia or coming isn’t mentioned), but then we move on in the narrative. But, wait! What actually happened there on top of Mt. Olives? What did the three Apostles experience, and what might they have been thinking versus its true meaning? What real value can we take away from all this? Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted by on March 21, 2017 in Gospel of Luke


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The Transfiguration of Christ and Us!


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In Luke 9:28-36 is recorded Jesus’ Transfiguration. In previous studies I have shown that the mountain mentioned in Luke 9:28 is Mount Olivet. This is the mountain to which Messiah will come (Zechariah 14:1-4) in glory, and Jesus just finished saying to the Twelve that some of them standing with him at that time would see him coming with power (glory) in the Kingdom of God (Luke 9:27; Mark 9:1; Matthew 16:28). The Mount of Olives is the mountain from which Jesus ascended into heaven and to which it was promised that he would return (Acts 1:9-12). Sometime during the night and during prayer (Luke 9:29), Jesus was Transfigured. The Apostles were asleep (Luke 9:32), but woke up and saw his glory. Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted by on March 19, 2017 in Gospel of Luke


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The Sleeping Spirit!

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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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Prophecy Made More Certain


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In 2Peter 1:19 Peter claims the prophecies about Christ are more certain and clearer from the standpoint of the Gospel (cf. 1Peter 1:12-13 Romans 15:8). In the same way that the hope of our resurrection is made more certain in Jesus’ resurrection (cf. 1Peter 1:3-4), so the Transfiguration of Christ had made his coming more certain in the minds and hearts of those who were eyewitnesses of it, and for us who believe their word. It is fitting that Peter should be the only New Testament writer to point to the Transfiguration, because it seems he was especially moved by the experience (cf. Mark 9:5-6; Luke 9:33-34). So, what occurred to Jesus on the mount strengthens the prophecies of the coming of the Messiah, causing those who believed them to be expectant. Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted by on March 15, 2017 in Epistles of Peter


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Where Was Jesus’ Transfiguration

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Some scholars have claimed that Jesus’ Transfiguration occurred on one of the mountains near Caesarea Philippi, Mt. Hermon is a popular suggestion. Still others have suggested it occurred on the top of Mt. Tabor, which is located in lower Galilee, near the Valley of Jezreel. Other locations, having less support, have been put forward including Mt. Sinai. Nevertheless, one would have to say little can be known for certain, about where Jesus’ Transfiguration occurred. It is, therefore, with some degree of trepidation that I propose yet one more mountain that, as far as I know, has never been suggested, although it seems to fit in the context of Jesus’ activity, as we see him ministering in the Scriptures. Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted by on March 14, 2017 in Gospel of Luke


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The Gospel and Myths

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At times on the internet discussion boards folks who opposed Christianity tried to tell me the New Testament was a collection of myths. They would immediately add that this didn’t mean the New Testament wasn’t true. It just wasn’t historical. That it, according to them, the New Testament was an invention of men who wished to convey great moral truths to their contemporary audience. For those men who wrote the New Testament, the myth had great religious or spiritual import. In other words, what I have come to believe about Jesus (according to the critics on the internet) was nothing more than a collection of myths that embodied what has become known as the Christian faith or the Christian worldview. Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted by on March 13, 2017 in Epistles of Peter


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