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John’s Intended Worship

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With the Apocalypse finished, and John having seen and heard all of what the Lord wanted to convey to the churches, he immediately fell down before the angel’s feet whom the Lord had sent to bring the message of the Apocalypse to him (Revelation 22:8; cp. 1:1-4, 11). The sense seems to be, at least according to most Biblical scholars, that after seeing all the visions recorded in this prophecy, and hearing all of what the Lord wanted John and the elect to know, John placed himself in position to ‘worship’ the angel who had delivered the Lord’s message to him? And, this wasn’t even the first time John tried to do such a thing (Revelation 19:10)![1] Is this an accurate understanding of what John had tried to do? Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on June 21, 2020 in Apocalypse, Book of Revelation

 

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John’s Improper Behavior and the Gospel

Worship of Angel

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Presently I am involved in a study of the Apocalypse, chapter 19. The faithful in Christ had been called to echo the praises for the Lord, which they heard from heaven. Immediately after it was announced that the Lord God, omnipotent, reigns (Revelation 19:6), John was told: “Write, Blessed are they which are called unto the marriage supper of the Lamb.” And the angel told John, “These are the true sayings of God” (Revelation 19:9). Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on April 5, 2020 in Apocalypse, Book of Revelation

 

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The Fourth Bowl and Great Heat

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We are presently involved in the study of the seven bowls of wrath, sometimes referred to as the Seven Last Plagues. The fourth angel poured out his bowl upon a heavenly body, the sun. The text goes on to say that, in doing so, men were scorched (G2739) with fire. The Greek word used in Revelation 16:8 for scorched is used in only two other places in the New Covenant text. It is used in the next verse (Revelation 16:9) and once more in Mark 4:6 in Jesus’ Parable of the Sower. There, Jesus describes the seed of the Gospel falling upon stony ground (Mark 4:5-6), which describes a hard heart wherein the word of God couldn’t take a deep root (Mark 4:17). The seed sown in ‘stony ground’ or into a hard heart never matures properly. The word of God may be well received at first, but it has no depth in that one’s heart. So, when they are scorched (G2739), i.e. afflicted or persecuted because of the word of God, they become offended and abandon Christ and the Gospel (Mark 4:16-17). Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on January 26, 2020 in Apocalypse, Book of Revelation

 

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Giving Life to the Image to the Beast

Image of the Beast - Life

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The false prophet commanded the “dwellers of the earth” or those who inhabited Jewish lands to make an image to the beast, which, of course, was forbidden for a Jew to do, but we need to keep in mind that the false prophet was a great deceiver (Revelation 13:14). He caused folks to do what they wouldn’t ordinarily do, if they were truly aware of the significance of their deed. So, we probably need to be looking for a figurative image rather than one made of wood or stone. Read the rest of this entry »

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

 

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The False Prophet

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This second beast or the false prophet exercises or executes (poieo – G4160) all the power (G1849 – exousia) of the first beast (Revelation 13:12). John seems to be saying that the false prophet is the leader or head of state of the “first beast,” which in an earlier study I showed was apostate Israel or apostate Jerusalem. In other words, the power and authority “over all tribes, tongues and nations” that was given to the first beast (Revelation 13:7), was the false prophet’s to use as he deemed was good for the well being of the beast. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on December 1, 2019 in Apocalypse, Book of Revelation

 

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Who Is Able to Fight the Beast?

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Because the earth (“ge” – G1093) wondered over the beast’s return to power, they worshiped the dragon (Revelation 12:3-4, 9), whom they believed had caused it to occur (Revelation 13:4). What needs to be kept in mind is that the Greek word for world (G1093) in the KJV is translated so, only here in Revelation 13:4. Everywhere else in the New Covenant Scriptures (242 other occurrences) the Greek word, ge (G1093), is translated earth, land, ground or country (in the KJV). So, it isn’t the world, per se, that “wondered after the beast” but rather the citizens of the land—the Jews. They wondered after the beast and ended up worshiping the dragon for giving the beast its authority. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on November 21, 2019 in Apocalypse, Book of Revelation

 

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Worthy Is the Lamb

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John beheld and heard the voices of a group of innumerable angels, together with the voices of the twenty-four elders and the four living creatures (Revelation 5:11). The elders and the beasts and the great myriads of angelic beings shouted: “Worthy is the Lamb that was slain to receive power, and riches, and wisdom, and strength, and honor, and glory, and blessing” (Revelation 5:12). The object of their praise was the Lamb (Jesus). Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on June 30, 2019 in Apocalypse, Book of Revelation

 

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The Wrong Way to Preach the Gospel

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Jesus told the church at Pergamos to repent (Revelation 2:16). That is, repent of believing and perhaps acting on the belief that they needed to join pagans in worship in order to gain them for Christ. Such a practice would end their persecution, but it would take away their witness. How could they testify of what it means to have Jesus as Lord, if they acted as though the pagan gods were lords as well? Mere doctrine saves no one. Jesus, not a better argument, saves people from their sins. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on April 4, 2019 in Apocalypse, Book of Revelation

 

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The Widow’s Mites

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After the religious debates of Luke 20 and Jesus silencing all his enemies, Luke seems to imply that Jesus simply looked up from where he taught in the previous chapter (Luke 21:1). However, Mark seems to say Jesus moved to a position near the place in the Temple treasury where Jews deposited their offerings (Mark 12:41), and there he observed what was done. Nevertheless, whatever actually occurred, the fact is that Jesus had to call his disciples to himself (Luke 21:3), and this does indicate Jesus was no longer formally involved in teaching them. So, the debates were over, and Jesus moved on to something else. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on May 13, 2018 in Gospel of Luke

 

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The Pharisee and the Publican

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In Luke 18:9 Jesus began speaking another parable, but this time it seems he was talking to the Pharisees, because the reason for the parable is that “some trusted in themselves and despised others.” The main characters in this parable are a Pharisee and a publican (Luke 18:10). No doubt Jesus chose these two groups, because, not only were they natural enemies, but the one group did trust they were righteous, while the second knew they were not. The one group was readily received into Jewish society, but the other was looked upon with suspicion and hate.

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Posted by on January 21, 2018 in Gospel of Luke

 

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Hollowed Be Thy Name

Prayer - 15

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While in Jerusalem for the third Passover of his public ministry, Jesus taught his disciples how to approach God in prayer. He told them, rather than look upon God as a distant deity as the gentiles do (and apparently the Jewish authorities did, as well), approach him as our Father, ‘Abba’ or Daddy in the vernacular (Luke 11:2). The next phrase he taught them was to say hollowed be thy name, which is as much a term of worship as it is a request. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on June 11, 2017 in Gospel of Luke

 

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Jesus’ Visit to Bethany

Mary of Bethany

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Martha, the sister of Mary and Lazarus, received Jesus into her home (Luke 10:38), which was located in Bethany (John 11:1). The fact that Jesus and his disciples enjoyed at least a meal and shelter in Martha’s home (Luke 10:38), which was less than two miles from Jerusalem (John 11:18), shows that Jesus had finally arrived at his destination, Jerusalem, to celebrate the Passover (cf. Luke 9:51). Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on May 28, 2017 in Gospel of Luke

 

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What Do We Know of Baal-Peor?

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Baal was the Canaanite god of fertility and agriculture. Baal-Peor was this same god who was worshiped in Moab centered at Peor. Numbers 25 records Israel betraying the Covenant in some way that concerned Peor.[1] How should we understand this? Is it possible that worship of Baal-Peor is simply worship of Yahweh under a different name, as at least one critic has claimed? If so, how do we explain the 24000 Israelites who lost their lives through execution or a plague? How should we then interpret the war between Israel and Midian that developed afterward? Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on February 21, 2016 in apologetics

 

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Why All the Hullabaloo Over an Idol?

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Some time ago my son-in-law and I went to pick up our order of food from a local Chinese restaurant. While we waited for our order, I noticed an idol on display off to the side of the counter where we picked up our dinner. Before the idol was some food. I don’t remember exactly what the food was, but it was a mixture of fruit and vegetables. I caught myself smiling and so turned away, not wanting to offend the people serving us. Perhaps my reaction to the idol was too nonchalant; I don’t know. Nevertheless, I do know that such things were taken very seriously by the God of the Bible.[1] Why? What’s the big deal over what amounts to a ‘happy meal’ set before a hunk of stone (or plaster) that can neither help nor hurt anyone? Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on September 17, 2015 in apologetics

 

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Worshiping and Praising God

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What would it mean to worship or praise God, or anyone else for that matter? The Bible concludes that mankind does worship idols, so, whether or not we think it is proper, worship is not exclusive to God. In fact, we often hear of the term idol used of movie stars and famous musicians, whose admirers flock to auditoriums, stadiums and places that advertise the appearance of their favorite celebrity, and fans (short for ‘fanatic’) look on adoringly hoping to touch or speak with the one they worship so much. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on September 10, 2015 in apologetics

 

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