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Babylon the Great Has Fallen!

Babylon the Great

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Years ago, when I was a young man, beginning to read the Bible for the first time in my life, while I was a member of my country’s armed forces, I began with the last book of the Bible! Imagine, reading the final chapter before reading the first. That’s simply not the way to read any book. Nevertheless, I was captivated by the Apocalypse and wanted to learn all I could about it. Over a period of two years I found many folks who were more than willing to unveil its mysteries to me, and I ended up in what many Christians termed a cult. Its leader was very dogmatic about what the Bible says, and his word, i.e. the leader’s word was to be trusted at all costs. I spent close to four years in that fellowship, and it almost cost me my faith. It would be years before I would attend another church. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on March 3, 2020 in Apocalypse, Book of Revelation

 

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Responsibility For the Witnesses Deaths

Guilty

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In the context of Revelation 11:8 and the witnesses being slain and their bodies lying in “the” street of the great city, the Angel seems to be identifying those guilty of their slaying (cf. Matthew 23:34-35). Why else would he claim their dead bodies would lie in THE street of the great city? Surely the Angel knew Jerusalem had more than one street. Yet, he reckons it THE street, as though there were only one. Moreover, they wouldn’t be buried for 3 ½ days. If that were literally true, Jerusalem would have been defiled. It was the practice of the Jews to bury the dead on the day they died, and that before sundown. Otherwise, the city would be defiled. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on October 17, 2019 in Apocalypse, Book of Revelation

 

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Why These Seven Churches?

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It is interesting that only seven churches are mentioned, and only these in the province of Asia. There were certainly more churches even in that province than the one’s mentioned in Revelation 1:11. Therefore, we need to ask, why did the Lord pick out these seven churches, and why only from the Roman province of Asia? First of all, it may prove significant that the seven churches seem to be situated in an ancient Roman mail route to various distribution centers. Beginning in Ephesus, the capital of Asia, the mail would have traveled north to the other distribution centers: Smyrna and Pergamum, then southeast to Thyatira, Sardis, Philadelphia and Laodicea. So, communications would begin in Ephesus and go inland to the other cities (churches), and, considering the direction (inland) of the communication, it might be inferred that important news would spread until the whole province (taken for the world) would be reached. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on February 5, 2019 in Apocalypse, Book of Revelation

 

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Is the Kingdom About the Food We Eat?

Food and Drink

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I was once a part of a church fellowship that adopted a lifestyle similar to that of present day Jews. That is, we lived under the Mosaic Law, in as much as that would be possible without a physical Temple. I worshiped on the Sabbath, tithed and kept the seven annual Jewish Feast Days, as they are mentioned in Leviticus 23. It was a big deal, if someone put a plate of ham on the table or even flavored the salad dressing with ham sauce sprinkled with little cubes of ham. Certain food was unclean and could not be eaten, according to how we understood the word of God. We had adopted a lot of physical ‘sauce’ and poured it all over the spiritual New Covenant we supposedly embraced in Christ. Nevertheless, I was so far in Moses that there was very little of Christ that could be seen in my behavior. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on April 11, 2018 in AD 70 Eschatology

 

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Hatred Toward Jesus and the Publicans

Tax Collector - 1

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As far as the collection of taxes was concerned, the official responsible to Rome during the time of Jesus, would have been Herod Antipas for Galilee and Peraea. Matthew would have been one of Herod’s agents. In matters dealing with Judea and Samaria, the official agent responsible to Rome for collecting taxes would have been either Pilate or the president of Syria, and Zacchaeus would have been one of his agents. It seems, however, that the text places a greater responsibility upon Zacchaeus than upon Matthew, who may have been responsible for only a specific location in or near Capernaum. Zacchaeus, on the other hand, seems to have been the taxing authority in Jericho, and, no doubt, he had other taxing agents working under his authority. These agents would have been responsible to him, but he was responsible to the Roman authority accountable for collecting taxes for Rome. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on March 6, 2018 in Gospel of Luke

 

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Receiving the Chief Publican

Zacchaeus - 3

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Although Jesus was comfortable in any crowd and at any function, both he and Zacchaeus probably didn’t normally mingle with the same social crowd. Although Jesus did dine with several rich and important people, normally, we would expect to find him with the poorer classes. On the other hand, Zacchaeus would have always dined with rich Jews like himself or with gentiles who were also of the upper class. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on February 22, 2018 in Gospel of Luke

 

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Three Woes Against the Pharisees

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Jesus judgment against the Pharisees was that they scrupulously tithed even the smallest things (Leviticus 27:30), but they neglected the more important matters of the Law (Luke 11:42). The problem was they couldn’t count love for God and their fellow man (cf. Deuteronomy 6:4-9; Leviticus 19:18). Therefore, they neglected these more important matters, because they couldn’t measure them (cf. Mark 12:29-33). The whole of the Oral Law consisted of nitpicking matters similar to how far one could walk or how much one could carry on the Sabbath, and what constituted breaking one’s vow, and what was and what was not clean and other such matters. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on July 30, 2017 in Gospel of Luke

 

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Sending Out the Twelve

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Jesus sent out the Apostles on their own to preach the Gospel of the Kingdom to folks in the region of Galilee (Luke 9:2). Sending them out two-by-two (Mark 6:7) was necessary for the Twelve to learn to do these things by themselves, because Jesus wouldn’t always be there to do the preaching. They had to learn to do what Jesus did. Therefore, Jesus gave them authority over demons and diseases and power to work miracles etc. as signs to show that the word they preached was true (Luke 9:1). Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on February 16, 2017 in Gospel of Luke

 

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The Woman with the Issue of Blood

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While he was on his way to heal a young girl, a woman who had in issue of blood for twelve years (Luke 8:43; Mark 5:27-28) came up behind Jesus and touched him, hoping to go undetected. She believed that by touching Jesus she would be healed, and she thought that going to him among the thronging crowd her presence and purpose would go unnoticed. She was immediately healed, and her bleeding stopped (Luke 8:44). Mark 5:29 says that the woman felt in her body that she was healed of that plague. What she did was reach out and touch one of the four fringes or tassels, which hung from Jesus’ outer garment (Luke 8:44; cf. Numbers 15:38-39; Matthew 23:5). They were there to remind devout Jews of the Lord’s commandments and one’s duty to obey them. It had a set apart or holy significance (Numbers 15:40) that the woman reached out to touch, hoping to be made whole. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on February 2, 2017 in Gospel of Luke

 

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The Authority of Jesus

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Authority is a strange thing. One cannot see authority, touch it, smell it, hear it or taste it. In other words, authority is something we may know and understand, but such a thing cannot be witnessed through our five senses. Nevertheless, we know when we are in the presence of authority. A man of authority is able to move many men to act according to his will, and some men are able to move nations by the word of their power. Jesus represented Heaven, so he spoke and acted out of the authority of God. It is interesting to see, as we read the Gospel narratives, who recognizes Jesus’ authority and who does not. One may even be surprised with the fact that the very men, who were given authority over God’s people, were unwilling to recognize God’s authority over them in the person of Jesus. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on December 8, 2016 in Gospel of Luke

 

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The Leprous Messiah

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In Luke 5:12-16 we find that Jesus healed a certain leper, but there are a few paradoxes in this record that need to be addressed. First of all, according to the Law of Moses a leper was not permitted in any city of Israel. He was to dwell alone, so he wouldn’t defile (or infect) any of his countrymen (Leviticus 13:46; Number 5:2-4). Indeed, if anyone should ignorantly approach him, he was supposed to cover his upper lip and shout: “Unclean, unclean…” (Leviticus 13:45). So, how does this leper get into a city in Galilee and approach Jesus without being rebuked by anyone, including Jesus for what he has done? Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on October 16, 2016 in Gospel of Luke

 

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Peter and the Leper

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Hollywood has produced some really weird films, especially horror flicks. I have to wonder if the idea for those walking dead films doesn’t come from the Bible. In Numbers 12:12 Aaron is speaking with Moses just after both he and their sister, Marion, had spoken out against him. She was struck leprous, and Aaron begged Moses not to let her be as one dead, whose flesh appeared to rot on one’s body during the otherwise normal course of life. One who was leprous was unclean (Leviticus 13:3). The condition spreads over one’s body (Leviticus 13:7-8), and, because contact with others is often contagious, quarantine was necessary (Leviticus 13:46). In the days of ancient Israel, it was incurable (cf. 2Kings 5:7). Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on October 9, 2016 in Gospel of Luke

 

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Jesus Birth and Mary’s Purification

Mary's Purification

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Before returning to Nazareth three ceremonies were performed relating to Jesus’ birth. They included his circumcision and his presentation in the Temple, concerning which I have written a few words in earlier posts. The third ceremony concerned the ritual of purification that Mary had to undergo according to the Law after the birth of her firstborn. Each ceremony had some significance in Jewish society, and each of the rituals tell a story about human life and how that life relates to God. Luke paints a picture of the birth of Jesus, the Son of God, and how he was introduced into Jewish society, and what that would mean in terms of God’s relationship to mankind. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on June 28, 2016 in Gospel of Luke

 

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Women and Uncleanness

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Leviticus 15 records the laws regarding the bodily discharges of both men and women.[1] Nevertheless, one may wonder why the loss of bodily fluids would be considered ceremonially unclean. After all, blood, semen and saliva are natural bodily fluids within the body. If, while such fluids are within a person’s body, he or she is not unclean, why should their discharge make that one or someone else who comes into contact with these bodily fluids unclean? How can we make sense of such things within the context of ancient Jewish society? Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on October 28, 2015 in apologetics

 

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Predatory and Right Behavior

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Although the lists aren’t exhaustive, listings of clean and unclean animals can be found in Leviticus 11 and Deuteronomy 14, and observant Jews even today will avoid food that isn’t kosher (from the Hebrew kashrut – meaning ‘fit’, ‘proper’, or ‘correct’). So, if an animal is said to be clean it is ‘fit’ or ‘proper’ to eat. On the other hand if an animal is unclean something about it is ‘incorrect’, and it shouldn’t be eaten. Over the years some biblical scholars suggested the reason why some foods were clean or unclean concerned health or hygiene. Others suggested some foods were avoided because of their association with worldly religions. However there are problems with both of these suggestions.[1] Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on October 25, 2015 in Kingdom of God

 

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