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The Day and the Hour

Day and hour - 6Looking at the Parable of the Ten Virgins (Matthew 25:1-13), specifically the eschatology of the parable, I notice that Jesus tells his Apostles, “Therefore watch, for you do not know either the day or the hour in which the Son of Man comes” (verse 13). Futurists will tell us that this directly relates to Matthew 24:36, which they use as the dividing scripture in the Olivet Discourse, saying that all of what comes after Matthew 24:36 is for our future. In other words Jesus was speaking of events that would take place cir. 2000 years into the future. Nevertheless, I’ve demonstrated in a great number of studies that this simply cannot be so.[1] We must consider audience relevancy, i.e. the first century audience. How did they understand Jesus’ statements? Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted by on November 22, 2018 in 70 AD Eschatology

 

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The Midnight Call and Romans 13

Ten Virgins

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In my previous study I began looking at Jesus Parable of the Ten Virgins (Matthew 25:1-13). Keep in mind that, according to Matthew, this is still the Olivet Discourse. In fact the whole of Matthew 25 is part of Jesus’ explanation of his coming and the end of the age, which has to do with the Apostles’ questions in Matthew 24:3. The Parable of the Ten Virgins offers a wedding motif, whereby the bridegroom comes to the betrothed, the ten virgins in the parable, but only five were ready. The second five were unable to enter into the wedding with the bridegroom (Matthew 25:10-13). Readiness seems to be centered around having enough oil, or, perhaps, trusting that the oil one has is enough (Matthew 25:3-10). Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on November 18, 2018 in 70 AD Eschatology

 

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The Judge is at the Door

Judge at the Door

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For the past few studies I’ve been focused on Jesus’ Parable of the Fig Tree (Matthew 24:32-35), demonstrating that the signs Jesus offered his Apostles (viz. Matthew 24:3) were fulfilled in the first century AD. Those signs were not for a future coming of Jesus in the twenty first century or later, but for the future of the Apostles in the first century AD. Some folks try to use Matthew 24:36 to indicate Jesus couldn’t give any signs, but that is a false assumption and illogical, according to the context. After all, if Jesus told his disciples to “watch” (Matthew 24:42), he must have given them something to watch for. If he told them what to watch for, then he gave them signs. Isn’t that a logical deduction from the scripture? Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on November 11, 2018 in 70 AD Eschatology

 

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Setting the Watch

Watch - 3

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In Luke 12:37 Jesus’ disciples were told to watch (G1127), and in his first epistle Peter uses this same Greek word, calling upon believers to be vigilant (1Peter 5:8), because their adversary was roaming about, seeking whom he might swallow up (destroy). Jesus used the word in the context of being prepared and letting one’s light shine (Luke 12:35), and he mentioned the second and third watches of the night to point to the times when the guard was most apt to fall asleep. In the context of the first century this was from about 9 PM to midnight (2nd watch) and midnight to 3 AM ( 3rd watch). Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on September 12, 2017 in Gospel of Luke

 

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