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The Wedding Feast!

Wedding Feast

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One of the great themes of the Bible is the wedding feast, which John begins to describe in the nineteenth chapter of the Apocalypse. Jesus, himself, uses the theme of a wedding in several of his parables. According to the perspective of the New Covenant (Matthew 25:1-13) the women await the coming of the Bridegroom (verse-10), which, of course, pointed to Jesus’ coming at the end of the age (Matthew 25:13; cp. 24:3). Here in Revelation 19:7 the great multitude who had been praising God, declared that the time of the wedding had come. That is, Jesus was at that time returning to take his Bride to himself. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on April 2, 2020 in Apocalypse, Book of Revelation

 

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The Marriage Supper of the Lamb

Marriage Supper

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I have heard a lot of things about the Marriage Supper of the Lamb, and all of the commentaries, which I possess, put the event in the future. Some even believe Revelation 19:7 refers to a physical event. Hymns have been authored and sung about sitting down with Abraham, Moses and David, even Peter and Paul etc. Whoever might be one’s favorite Biblical character, it is almost certain that one would sit down at the table next to that particular hero of the Bible. Can you imagine the length and breadth of the table that would have to be constructed? But, God can do anything, so whatever one is able to imagine can be done! Right? The problem arises when we realize that not every imagination of our hearts meets with the Lord’s approval (Isaiah 55:8). Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on March 31, 2020 in Apocalypse, Book of Revelation

 

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Peter… Regarding Wives and Husbands

roman-household-authority

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Peter spent considerably more time writing about the expected behavior of wives (1Peter 3:1-6) than he did for husbands (1Peter 3:7). Why would he do that? It was probably because women were in a more vulnerable position than men. In Roman life it was expected that women adopt the religion of their husbands. If a believing wife’s husband was an unbeliever, it would be quite a peculiarity in their society, if she didn’t embrace his religion. Even pagan wives were expected to adopt the Christian faith, if her husband was Christian (cf. Acts 16:30-33), because that was the custom. Therefore, the believing wife in an unbelieving household needed more care in Peter’s epistle. She needed to be encouraged in a manner that gave her peace over what she had done, versus what she was expected to do.[1] Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on December 23, 2016 in Epistles of Peter

 

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The Immodest Lady Wrestler

Eye for and Eye principle

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Several ANE cultures called for bodily mutilation for certain crimes.[1] For example, the Laws of Hammurabi prescribe one person’s tongue cut out for denying his or her adoptive parents were indeed his or her parents. In another case, if a child struck his father the child’s hand would be cut off.[2] Yet in Israel even the “eye for an eye” references in the Old Testament are not to be taken literally, but figuratively for justice should fit the crime.[3] Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on December 3, 2015 in apologetics

 

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Submission According to Paul

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Paul speaks of submission in Ephesians 5:21-33, and in my opinion this scripture has been both misunderstood and abused for quite some time by many in the Body of Christ.[1] The family, especially the marriage relationship itself, is considered an allegory of a close relationship between those Paul refers to as husbands and wives. But, notice two things before we consider what else Paul writes. First, in Ephesians 5:21 Paul tells us to submit ourselves to one another. In other words, whoever the husband is, and whoever the wife is, they are mutually submissive. This mutual submission cannot take place if one is lording it over the other—such a thing Jesus, himself, forbade (Luke 22:25:26). Secondly, in Ephesians 5:32-33 Paul specifically tells us that his analogy is not about what we understand to be the normal marriage relationship, but, rather, he is speaking of a relationship within the Church—generally Christ and the Church is the example, but the relationships of church leaders and local churches in particular are under consideration. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on June 21, 2015 in Kingdom of God

 

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Choosing a Bride for Isaac

After Sarah’s death, Abraham decided that he needed to choose a wife for Isaac, but how should this be done, and from where should the selection be made? It was decided that Isaac’s wife should be chosen from his own kindred and not from the Canaanites in whose land Isaac lived. No doubt Abraham had heard of the fate of his grandnieces’ prospective mates when God judged Sodom. Therefore, Isaac’s mate should not be among those whom God has placed under judgment. Neither should Isaac’s bride be among the Canaanites whose destiny it was to disinherit the land. From where then should Isaac’s mate be brought (Genesis 24:1-3)? Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on October 12, 2014 in Abraham, Walking with God

 

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Dwelling Among the gods

Abraham journeyed from the planes or oaks of Mamre, where he had lived 15-20 years, into the more southern parts of the land of Canaan and dwelt at Gerar. The reason for this move is uncertain, but it may have been that his alliance with Mamre had come under stress. It could be that his friend Mamre had died and his sons were not as cordial to Abraham as their father had been. In any case Abraham moved south into the land of Abimelech, king of the Philistines. Abimelech’s name is taken from abi meaning ‘father’ and melech meaning ‘king’. Abimelech may be a title meaning chief king of the Philistines, and since Abraham had lived over 15 years just north of his land, he would have known his reputation, and it was with some apprehension that Abraham chose to dwell there (Genesis 20:11), leading us to believe that Abraham’s move from the planes or oaks of Mamre had more to do with necessity than it did mere choice. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on June 21, 2014 in Abraham, Walking with God

 

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