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The Gospel is light, unbelief is darkness

September 30, 2013 Comments off

The Psalmist said, “Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path.” [Psa. 119:105] And, “The entrance of thy words giveth light; it giveth understanding unto the simple.” [Psa. 119:130] John said, “And the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not.” [John 1:5] He identified Jesus with the Word, and the light of the world, ” … the true Light, which lighteth every man that cometh into the world.” [John 1:9]

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An interactive 70 weeks chart

September 27, 2013 Comments off

My Interactive 70 Weeks Chart page allows construction of a colorful chart like the one below with only a few clicks of the mouse.

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Turning waters to blood

September 24, 2013 1 comment

“They have power to turn the waters to blood” is part of the description of the two witnesses [Rev. 11:6]. In this article, the two witnesses are understood to represent the Scriptures, and the Spirit, the two things that Jesus said testify of him. [John 5:39; 15:26]

The waters in the prophecy signify the prophetic Scriptures. Blood signifies something that contaminates, that men cannot eat, or drink. Blood was forbidden to all men in Genesis. God said, “But flesh with the life thereof, which is the blood thereof, shall ye not eat.” [Gen. 9:4] It was forbidden to Israel in the law of Moses. “Ye shall not eat any thing with the blood.” [Lev. 19:26]

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Mountains in Matthew

September 12, 2013 Comments off

Matthew associated notable events in the ministry of Jesus with mountains. His references to mountains are listed in the following table.

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Wordsworth on the battle of Armageddon

September 10, 2013 1 comment

The following is a commentary by Christopher Wordsworth (1807-1885) on some of the Scriptures describing a great spiritual conflict at the end of the age.

Christopher Wordsworth, Lectures on the Apocalypse: critical, expository, and practical, delivered before the University of Cambridge (1852) pp. 378-417.

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Revelation and the words of Jesus

September 10, 2013 Comments off

Prophecies of Revelation with possible connections to the teachings of Jesus are listed in the following table.

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The marriage supper in Revelation 19

September 9, 2013 Comments off

In the gospels, and in Revelation, Jesus is described as the bridegroom, and the Church is his bride. The marriage supper is featured in the parable of the ten virgins, [Matt. 25:1-13] and in a parable about the wedding garment. [Matt. 22:1-14] In Revelation 19, the marriage of the Lamb is announced:

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Alva J. McClain and the kingdom of Christ

September 8, 2013 2 comments

At LifeCoach4God, David P. Craig has posted an article originally written by Alva J. McClain (1888-1968), former President of Grace Theological Seminary, about the nature of the kingdom of God in the period of Acts and throughout the present age. McClain argued that Jesus is not now actually king, but that his kingdom was “an immediate possibility, depending on the attitude of the nation of Israel.” But I think McClain has misrepresented what the Scriptures teach on this subject.

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William Fulke on the second woe

September 6, 2013 Comments off

The following is a commentary on the second woe of Revelation 9:13-21 by William Fulke (1538-1589).

William Fulke. Praelections vpon the sacred and holy Reuelation of S. Iohn, written in latine by William Fulke Doctor of Diuinitie, and translated into English by George Gyffard, Imprinted at London: By Thomas Purfoote, at the signe of the Lucrece, Anno. 1573. pp. 48-61. (Spelling modified.)

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The second woe and the 1,260 days

September 5, 2013 Comments off

Some of the parables of Jesus about the kingdom of heaven provide clues that help us to understand and properly interpret the prophecies in Revelation.

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Franciscus Junius on the second woe

September 2, 2013 Comments off

The following is a commentary and interpretation of the second woe of Revelation 9 by Franciscus Junius (1545-1602). [From: Franciscus Junius. The Apocalyps, or Reuelation of S. Iohn the apostle and euangelist of our Lord [U. of Cambridge, 1596. pp. 105-111. Spelling has been modified.]

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John Peter Lange on the second woe

September 1, 2013 Comments off

The following is Lange’s commentary on the second woe of Rev. 9:13-21.

John Peter Lange, Commentary on the Holy Scriptures, Critical, Doctrinal and Homilectical. 1874. vol. 10. pp. 209-212.

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