Revelation Part 6

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Expecting What’s Already Happened  to Happen Next In v.21Jesus describes this event as “unequaled from the beginning of the world until now.”Many insist that this “great tribulation” cannot refer to the events of AD 70 because worse and more severe tribulations have since followed (ie., WW II and Holocaust, Stalin, etc.). Consider the following: (1)… Read more »

Jesus’ Sermon at Olivet – Revelation Part 5

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(Matthew 24, Mark 13, Luke 21) The guiding prophetic force behind the book of Revelation is easily accessible in Jesus’ own words as recounted in His Sermon at Olivet.[1]Jesus’ here remarks regarding the future of the temple and Israel in the setting of His day in history. Matthew 24, popularly known as the “Little Apocalypse,”includes… Read more »

Before 70 AD? Revelation – Part 4

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Before AD 70? Of course, having read the previous pages, one would quickly conclude that the answer to the question that leads to this paragraph would be a definite yes! That indeed Revelation was written before AD 70. This, despite the overwhelming popular opinion that the book was written during the reign of Domitian, around… Read more »

Revelation Part 3

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Revelation was the last of the 27 New Testament books to be accepted into the official canon of the early Christian churches.[1]Despite the canon’s confirmation as early as AD 397 by the Council of Carthage, the book’s place has been a topic of debate since its introduction. Ancient Syrian Christians rejected it because they felt… Read more »

Revelation Part 2 “Strange Comfort”

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One of the most difficult portions of the New Testament to consider and discuss with any real doctrinal certainty is the book of Revelation.While its title in Greek means to “uncover,” or “disclose,” the book seems to be as confounding in its content as illuminating.[1]So we might ask, “How could such an elusive and complicated… Read more »

Revelation Part 1: Strange Comfort

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The book of Revelation has long perplexed those who have genuinely sought to understand Scripture from beginning to end. This brief interpretation is the humble product of some personal understandings and study after years of preaching and teaching out of this fascinating book and its accompanying Scripture. For those who find my insights helpful, I… Read more »

Los Banos: The City that Is

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As a young Pharisee, Saul of Tarsus had organized and even led out in violent opposition to Jesus’ followers. Luke is the first to mention him, stating that he assisted those stoning Stephen in chapter 6. “While still breathing threats against the Christians,” Luke says in Acts 9, Saul headed out to Damascus with orders… Read more »

Los Banos: The City that Is

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As a young Pharisee, Saul of Tarsus had organized and even led out in violent opposition to Jesus’ followers. Luke is the first to mention him, stating that he assisted those stoning Stephen in chapter 6. “While still breathing threats against the Christians,” Luke says in Acts 9, Saul headed out to Damascus with orders… Read more »

The Old Law in a New Light

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The Bible teaches that Christian disciples are no longer under the law as a means of salvation because Christ has set us free from the guilt and condemnation of sin by His death and resurrection. However, that doesn’t mean we’re free to live immoral lives. If anything, the grace of God’s gospel expects that we’ll… Read more »

Why is there Something Rather than Nothing?

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God’s Self-Existence or The Aseity of God Maybe the oldest question in the mind of human beings is this: “Why is there something rather than nothing?”As mundane as answering the question by saying “because God exists,” such an answer is necessary to at least part of the question. As difficult as it may be to… Read more »