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Responsibility For the Witnesses Deaths

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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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