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Spiritual Babylon the Great Harlot

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We are told that in chapter 17 of the Apocalypse, the angel took John into a wilderness, and John said he was in the spirit (Revelation 17:3). In other words this was not a physical experience for John. The angel brought him into a wilderness in vision (cp. Ezekiel 11:34). Moreover, the text says that John saw a woman and a beast. He described the beast as scarlet in color, having seven heads and ten horns, and it was also full of the names of blasphemy. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on February 16, 2020 in Apocalypse, Book of Revelation

 

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Taste and Know the Lord is Good

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It is interesting that Peter reminds his readers that they have tasted the Lord, Jesus (1Peter 2:3), and what he might be calling to mind is one of Jesus’ parables that concerns the new and old wine (cf. Luke 5:39). Wine changes one’s behavior and being filled with the Spirit is compared with being drunk with wine in Ephesians 5:18. There Paul says we should not be drunk with wine, implying drunkenness changes one’s walk or behavior (Job 12:25; Psalm 107:27; Isaiah 29:9). Rather, we need to be filled with the Spirit and thereby our walk (behavior) would be changed for the better (Romans 8:1, 4; Galatians 5:16, 25). Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on November 28, 2016 in Epistles of Peter

 

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Jesus’ Trials and the Wedding at Cana

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All three Synoptics mention heaven opening and the Spirit of God coming out of heaven to rest upon Jesus (Matthew 3:16; Mark 1:10; Luke 3:22). While John doesn’t mention heaven opening, he does support the Synoptics concerning the Spirit descending (from heaven) and remaining upon Jesus (John 1:33). In Matthew it is the Spirit of God, and in Mark and John it is simply the Spirit, and in Luke it is the Holy Spirit, but all four record the event, and it seems to be of key importance. The Spirit’s relationship with Jesus is especially significant when we come to Jesus’ temptations. Matthew claims Jesus was led by the Spirit into the wilderness (Matthew 4:1), while Mark claims Jesus was ‘thrust’ or ‘driven’ into the wilderness by the Spirit (Mark 1:12). Luke, however, gives us a slightly different picture by claiming Jesus was continuously led (imperfect passive of the verb ago – G71) by the Spirit in the wilderness; that is, Jesus was led throughout the forty day event. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on September 1, 2016 in Gospel of Luke

 

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