Archive for the ‘Christ’s kingdom’ Category

R. Govett on Heb. 5, 6

May 31, 2014 Comments off

This post presents another chapter of Robert Govett’s book, “Entrance into the Kingdom, or Reward According to Works,” [Charles J. Thynne, London 1922. CHAPTER 4, pp. 69-104.]

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R. Govett on the rest in Heb. 3, 4

May 31, 2014 Comments off

This post presents chapter 3 of Robert Govett’s book, “Entrance into the Kingdom, or Reward According to Works,” [Charles J. Thynne,  London 1922. CHAPTER 3, pp. 39-68.]

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R. Govett on Philippians 3

May 30, 2014 Comments off

The following is chapter 2 of Robert Govett’s book, “Entrance into the Kingdom, or Reward According to Works,” [Charles J. Thynne,  London 1922. CHAPTER 2, pp. 24-46.]

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R. Govett on faith and works

May 30, 2014 1 comment

This post presents the first chapter from Robert Govett’s book: “Entrance into the Kingdom; or, Reward According to Works.” [Charles J. Thynne,  London 1922. CHAPTER I, pp. 9-23.] Govett here discusses the relationship between the gift of salvation, and the believer’s rewards for their works.

Information about Govett’s life is available in a thesis by D.E. Seip, (2009): Robert Govett: his understanding of the millennium.

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The fire of the gospel

May 6, 2014 Comments off

In Scripture, fire and God’s sword each represent the word of God, which Jesus said, will endure forever.

Matthew 24:35, Mark 13:31, & Luke 21:33
Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away.

Jeremiah compared God’s word to fire.

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Patrick Fairbairn on Gog and Magog

January 18, 2014 Comments off

The following is a discussion of the significance of the Gog and Magog invasion by Patrick Fairbairn (1805-1874), from his book: Ezekiel and the book of his prophecy: an exposition. Edinburgh: T. & T. Clark  (1855), pp. 421-428.

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Gog and Magog and the camp of the saints

January 15, 2014 Comments off

Dispensational attempts to interpret Ezekiel’s prophecy of the Gog & Magog invasion are a huge embarrassment; for example, the weapons of the invaders, bows and arrows, clubs, spears, javelins, swords, shields, bucklers, etc., are archaic. They are made of wood, that is later burned by Israel for fuel, so they no longer need to collect any firewood for 7 years.

The invaders all ride horses, which are very vulnerable to modern weapons such as firearms, bombs, machine guns, etc. There are also logistical problems feeding large herds of horses in regions where fresh water and grass is scarce. And horse populations are quite limited in modern times.

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The anointing of Daniel 9:24-27

January 11, 2014 2 comments

In the prophecy of the 70 weeks, an anointing of the most holy is mentioned in Daniel 9:24, and something “determined” is poured out on the desolate in verse 27. These are connected, and are crucial to understanding Daniel’s prophecy. Like the 70 years of Jeremiah’s prophecy, mentioned in verse 2, the 70 weeks refer to the duration of the desolations of Jerusalem. But before the 70 weeks are fulfilled, in the midst of the 70th week, a profound change in the status of Jerusalem occurred. The first two sections of the 70 weeks and three and a half years of the third section apply to the earthly Jerusalem, but the last half of the 70th week applies to the heavenly city.

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Mount Zion, the city of truth

November 29, 2013 1 comment

In several Scriptures mount Zion is described as a spiritual city, and a city of truth. Those who dwell in her have no guile in their mouths. Things said of Zion apply to those who believe in Christ, the Church, not to the earthly city, or to ethnic Jews who deny that Jesus is the Christ. When Jesus ascended to heaven, after his resurrection, he was made Christ. [Acts 2:36] At that time, mount Zion and Jerusalem were established in the top of the mountains, above the hills, in heaven, as foretold in Isa. 2:1-2. Since then, all the Scriptures about Zion, such as those listed in the following table, apply to the Church.

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Enter into the rock

October 28, 2013 Comments off

“Enter into the rock,” Isaiah said.

“Enter into the rock, and hide thee in the dust, for fear of the Lord, and for the glory of his majesty.” [Isa. 2:10]

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Zion’s foundations

October 13, 2013 1 comment

Isaiah said that in Zion, God will lay a stone, a sure foundation, a precious corner stone.

Therefore thus saith the Lord God, Behold, I lay in Zion for a foundation a stone, a tried stone, a precious corner stone, a sure foundation: he that believeth shall not make haste. [Isa. 28:16]

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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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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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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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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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Links to OT prophecies in Peter’s sermon in Acts 2

August 11, 2013 1 comment

At Post Tenebras Lux Andrew G discussed Acts 2:17, where the apostle Peter, while addressing the Jews at Jerusalem on the day of Pentecost, quoted from a prophecy of Joel, beginning his quotation using the words of Isaiah rather than those of Joel.

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John Davison’s Discourse on Christian prophecies

August 7, 2013 Comments off

John Davison discusses prophecies related to the Christian era in Part II of Discourse VI, presented below. Part I was presented in this post.

John Davison, Discourses on Prophecy: In which are Considered Its Structure, Use, and Inspiration. William Warburton Lectures. J.H. Parker, 1845. pp. 266-287.

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Zechariah’s astonished horses and the second woe

July 30, 2013 Comments off

The horses of the prophecy of the 2nd woe may allude to the horses mentioned in Zechariah 12, and 14.

In Zechariah’s prophecies, the armies of those who come against Jerusalem are not killed; instead, they are smitten with “astonishment,” and with “blindness,” and other plagues. This illustrates that they are involved in warfare of a spiritual nature, not a flesh and blood conflict.

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