Purpose

The purpose and intent of this site is twofold:

1. Share the Word of God as found in the Bible.

2. Comment on current events as they relate to Bible prophecy


Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Coming on the Clouds of Heaven


COMING ON THE CLOUDS OF HEAVEN

Revelation 1:7 NET Look! He is returning (coming) with (on) the clouds, and every eye will see him, even those who pierced him, and all the tribes on the earth will mourn (wail) because of him. This will certainly come to pass! Amen.

The return of Christ or coming with the clouds is a reference to Daniel 7:13-14.

Daniel 7:13-14 Greens LT (13) I was looking in the night visions. And behold! One like the Son of Man came with the clouds of the heavens. And He came to the Ancient of Days. And they brought Him near before Him. (14) And dominion was given to Him, and glory, and a kingdom, that all peoples, nations, and languages should serve Him. His dominion is an everlasting dominion which shall not pass away, and His kingdom that which shall not be destroyed.

At His trial before the Council, Jesus also applied Daniel’s prophecy to Himself saying they would see Him, “coming on the clouds of heaven”.

Matthew 26:64 NET Jesus said to him, "You have said it yourself. But I tell you, from now on you will see the Son of Man sitting at the right hand of the Power and coming on the clouds of heaven."

This prophecy has been partial fulfilled with Jesus sitting at the right hand of God, but returning or coming on the clouds of heaven remains for the immediate future.  In my opinion, the clouds of heaven would be an angelic multitude and not water vapor.

The parable of Jesus found in Luke 19:12 metaphorically implies that Jesus would go to heaven and receive a kingdom, but that he would later return to rule over that kingdom.

Luke 19:12 NET Therefore he said, "A nobleman went to a distant country to receive for himself a kingdom and then return.

This was in response to an inquiry concerning whether the Kingdom of Heaven (or of God) would appear immediately.  First the authority must be granted and later the kingdom would be received.  Thus, a return or second coming of Jesus was required to extract it from the hijackers and physically take possession of it. 

Every eye will see Him, even those who pierced Him
John was employing a paraphrase (a rewording) of Zechariah 12:10.

Zechariah 12:10 NET "I will pour out on the kingship (house) of David and the population of Jerusalem a spirit of grace and supplication so that they will look to me, the one they have pierced. They will lament for him as one laments for an only son, and there will be a bitter cry for him like the bitter cry for a firstborn.

Zechariah uses the phrase “they will look to (on) me” whereas John says “every eye will see Him”.  Although it is possible, it is not certain if any eye will actually view Him as a man but all will certainly look to Him or remember Him in some manner.

Even though the Romans physically drove spikes through His hands and feet and pierced His side with a spear, it is the Jews (religious leaders) who are given scriptural credit for these actions.

John 19:37 NET And again another scripture says, "They will look on the one whom they have pierced."

Acts 4:10 NET let it be known to all of you and to all the people of Israel that by the name of Jesus Christ the Nazarene whom you crucified, whom God raised from the dead, this man stands before you healthy.

Acts 7:52 NET Which of the prophets did your ancestors not persecute? They killed those who foretold long ago the coming of the Righteous One, whose betrayers and murderers you have now become!

All Tribes Will Mourn
All tribes includes the entire populations of the earth.  No specific tribes are separated from the others such as “all the tribes of Israel”.  Could this possibly be a fulfillment of Genesis 12:3 where all the families of the earth will bless you.

Genesis 12:3 NET I will bless those who bless you, but the one who treats you lightly I must curse, and all the families of the earth will bless one another by your name."

The Jews claim this promise for themselves as do the Christian Zionists.  The current nation of Israel may have some from the tribe of Judah but the majority are mixed breed Edomites and Khazarians descended from Japheth.  The ten northern tribes of the original nation of Israel were conquered and deported by the Assyrians to a location between the Black and Caspian seas.  It has been proved that the Israel nation then migrated north and west to the countries which is now known as Europe.

Zechariah prophesies that, “They will lament for him as one laments for an only son, and there will be a bitter cry for him like the bitter cry for a firstborn” when the spirit of grace and supplication is poured out.  The people will finally see Jesus Christ for Who He truly is.

The ones who pierced Him will also be included within the “all tribes” statement.  The Jews who refuse to accept Jesus as their Messiah will realize they had been lied to by the religious leaders.  This “lie” which began during the earthly life of Jesus will come to an end.

Matthew 28:12-13, 15 NET After they had assembled with the elders and formed a plan, they gave a large sum of money to the soldiers, (13) telling them, "You are to say, 'His disciples came at night and stole his body while we were asleep.'  (15) So they took the money and did as they were instructed. And this story is told among the Jews to this day.

When the Jews finally acknowledge the lie concerning Jesus there will be lamentations and bitter weeping.  However, many others have also been lied to or perhaps they have lied to themselves.

This second lie would include resentment and aggression against Jesus and God. It also concerns denial of both Jesus and God.  The knees of abortionists will shake.  The evolutionists will be extremely perplexed.












Tuesday, June 12, 2018

The Little Book



THE LITTLE BOOK

Continuing with the theme that the Revelation is a prophetic historical document and not a description of the fictional dispensational tribulation period.  Of course, God knows everything past, present, and future and therefore, He would know, in the days of John, that the printing press would be developed in the 1400’s. 

The printing press was indirectly prophesied in Revelation 10:2, 8-10.

Revelation 10:2 KJV  And he had in his hand a little book open: and he set his right foot upon the sea, and his left foot on the earth,

Revelation 10:10 KJV  And I took the little book out of the angel's hand, and ate it up; and it was in my mouth sweet as honey: and as soon as I had eaten it, my belly was bitter.

Some versions translate the Greek word “bibliarídion” as a scroll.  However, the basic word for scroll in other scriptures is biblíon.  Similar, but not the same.

One of the first books published with the new printing press was the Bible, in a local language other than the Latin versions as found in all Churches or cathedrals.  The Roman cathedrals usually had the Bible chained to a wall to avoid it being stolen, but no one except a few priests could read Latin anyway.

The Protestant Reformation is the major result of the movable Bible translated into an understandable language within the hands of common people.  Martin Luther was finally able to read the Bible other than in Church or in Latin.

For John, the Word of God was sweet as it was consumed but a knowledge of future events gave him an upset stomach.

When the Scriptures could be studied independently from the Roman Church, the Reformers discovered that the book of Revelation was a historical book written in symbols as envisioned by John. This was how the Historicist view of Revelation soon became the dominant view of early Protestant groups.  However, through the teachings and writings of Darby and Cyrus Scofield the historical view was eventually replaced by the Futurist view in the late 1800’s.

The Futurist view, which is much more recent than the Historical view, could be considered as a modern development within the Evangelical doctrine.  It particularly dominates in the Christian Zionist world view of the end-times.  Unfortunately, many assume that this view has always existed since the Protestant Reformation but that is untrue.  Even though certain elements of the Futurist view can be found in the much earlier allegorical historical view, this particular modern viewpoint is almost exclusively an element of the modern brand of end-times prophecy interpretation.

The Greek converts soon outnumbered the Judah and Benjamin apostles, disciples, and converts very early Church groups.  The early Church quickly lost its Hebrew mindset and soon adopted the Greek allegorical method of interpretation.  Greek religion was based on mythology i.e. stories or myths that were said to have meaning and those myths were not actual historical events but allegories.  Allegorical interpretation, sometimes called allegorizing, is interpretation of texts that treats them as allegorical.  An allegory is:  the representation of abstract ideas or principles by characters, figures, or events in some type of narrative

The very early allegorists separated Revelation from history, whereas the modern Futurists basically do not recognize the historical events that have already fulfilled most of these prophecies.  The allegorists spiritualized everything, while the Futurists literalize everything.  since they see no historical record of the entire earth moving in an earthquake, or all sea creatures being destroyed, or demonic locusts rising from the pit, they put these things into the future during a seven-year time of The Great Tribulation and describe them as literal occurrences.

The Historicist view believes that John’s visions portrayed historical events, not by literal interpretation, but with covert symbols and signs. This view treats Revelation in the manner in which the book of Daniel is treated. The “image” in Daniel 2, the “tree” in Daniel 4, and the “beasts” in Daniel 7 and 8 were not meant to be interpreted literally, even though their reality was not in question. They were metaphoric symbols representing nations and the spiritual forces behind them.

It can also be pointed out that the “dragon” in Revelation 12 and the “beasts” in Revelation 13 are not literal even though they represent real people and events. They are pictures of spiritual realities which manifest through nations and other entities on the earth, much like an evil spirit manifests through individuals who are possessed.  The symbolic account used by God through John is difficult to understand unless the interpreter is versed with the proper historical background.  Therefore it could never have been understood prior to the historical events.

Other subject matters in the New Testament are presented in a similar way as the Revelation is presented.  The Apostle Paul symbolically interprets the two wives of Abraham, Sarah and Hagar, in Galatians chapter 4.  Paul does not question the historicity of the story, but shows how the two women represent two covenants allegorically.  In the Hebrew mindset of Paul and John, an allegory is history with spiritual or allegorical meaning. Paul does not separate history from the metaphoric allegory, as did the Greeks. The Greeks saw no need for religion to be based upon actual historical events, as long as they could lay hold of strictly allegorical teachings.

Scripture is based on the history of real events, not just inspired stories or parables. The fact that these historical events were full of spiritual meaning and prophetic as types and shadows of future events shows the sovereignty of God in the progressive history of creation. The book of Revelation, also, is based upon the same Hebrew mindset as is seen in Daniel. The fact that Daniel was an incomplete book, covering only the first three “beasts,” implies that another book would have to be written later to complete the prophecy of the beast nations during their time of dominion. Daniel’s book effectively ends in 163 B.C. with the culmination of the Grecian “beast.” John’s book focuses upon the fourth beast (Rome) and particularly upon the “little horn,” (i.e. Holy Roman Empire as an extension of the secular Roman Empire) giving us details in Revelation 13 that were unknown to Daniel.

These are historical events, even though John reveals spiritual forces behind the beast and its “little horn” extension. It is no mere allegory, nor is his revelation consigned to a future seven-year period. Instead, we see a panorama of tribulation-history that covers a long period of “seven times,” that is, a period of 7 x 360 years. Daniel covers less than 500 years of this time of tribulation. John gives us the rest of the story.



Monday, June 11, 2018

The Veil of Blindness

THE VEIL OF BLINDNESS

In John 9 Jesus and the disciples see a man, a beggar, who has been blind from birth.

John 9:1 NET Now as Jesus was passing by, he saw a man who had been blind from birth.

The disciples asked, “Who sinned, the blind man, or the parents.”  Jesus answers that neither the man’s parents nor the man is responsible, but that he is blind so that the acts of God may be displayed through him.

How were the acts of God displayed through this blind man who was healed?  This man was physically blind but the religious leaders were spiritually blind.  It can be said that the beggar’s eyes were veiled until Jesus unveiled Himself to the man.  Everyone is born spiritually blind until Jesus unveils Himself to us and removes the veil from our face so that we may see the truth of God and believe in Him.

Jesus covered the beggar’s eyes with mud made from dirt and spit and He told him to wash his face at the pool of Siloam.  He did what he was told and came back with the ability to see.

John 9:7 NET and said to him, "Go wash in the pool of Siloam" (which is translated "sent"). So the blind man went away and washed, and came back seeing.

When the beggar returned, Jesus and His crew had previously left.  Some people recognized him as being formerly blind and took him to the Pharisees who questioned him about his recent ability to see.  The religious leaders disagreed among themselves as to whether Jesus was a Man of God because His healing had been performed on the Sabbath and later excommunicated the healed blind man from the Temple.

John 9:16 NET Then some of the Pharisees began to say, "This man is not from God, because he does not observe the Sabbath." But others said, "How can a man who is a sinner perform such miraculous signs?" Thus there was a division among them.

The religious leaders during the time of Jesus did not understand that their eyes had been veiled since the days of Moses, when Moses put a veil over his face to hide from them the glory of God.

Exodus 34:29-30, 33 NET Now when Moses came down from Mount Sinai with the two tablets of the testimony in his hand -- when he came down from the mountain, Moses did not know that the skin of his face shone while he talked with him. (30) When Aaron and all the Israelites saw Moses, the skin of his face shone; and they were afraid to approach him.  (33) When Moses finished speaking with them, he would put a veil on his face.

The veil did not prevent Moses from seeing, it only hid the glory of God from the people because they did not want to see that glory.

2 Corinthians 3:13-16 NET (13) and not like Moses who used to put a veil over his face to keep the Israelites from staring at the result of the glory that was made ineffective. (14) But their minds were closed. For to this very day, the same veil remains when they hear the old covenant read. It has not been removed because only in Christ is it taken away. (15) But until this very day whenever Moses is read, a veil lies over their minds, (16) but when one turns to the Lord, the veil is removed.

Moses was not blind but the Israelite people were blind.  Paul points out that their minds were closed and were still closed because the same veil remains and has not been removed, when they hear the old covenant read.  Only in Jesus Christ can be veil be removed.  The Jewish religious leaders, then and now, retain the veil as long as they have confidence in the Old Covenant and reject the Mediator of the New Covenant (i.e. a veil lies over their heart).

When the blind man was healed he discovered that his belief in Jesus brought him into direct conflict with the religious leaders who claimed to believe in Moses.  However, the religious leaders did not believe in Moses either for the veil remained over their eyes preventing them from viewing the glory of God upon Moses and the glory of God in front of their eyes in the person of Jesus Christ.

Jesus then told the religious leaders in John 5-44-47 that Moses will be their accuser because if they actually believed Moses then they would believe Jesus because Moses wrote about Jesus.

John 5:44-47 NET How can you believe, if you accept praise from one another and don't seek the praise that comes from the only God? (45) "Do not suppose that I will accuse you before the Father. The one who accuses you is Moses, in whom you have placed your hope. (46) If you believed Moses, you would believe me, because he wrote about me. (47) But if you do not believe what Moses wrote, how will you believe my words?"

The Jews must come to Moses and request him to remove the veil from their face, so that they may read his writings with New Covenant eyes.  (Actually, this applies to everyone).  It is only then that someone can truly see His glory and understand His truth, because when the veil is removed one may read the writings of Moses with New Covenant eyes.  It is then that one comes into direct contact with Jesus Christ who was described as the prophet similar to Moses.

Deuteronomy 18:18 NET I will raise up a prophet like you for them from among their fellow Israelites. I will put my words in his mouth and he will speak to them whatever I command.

A paraphrase in the New Testament:

Acts 3:22-26 NET Moses said, 'The Lord your God will raise up for you a prophet like me from among your brothers. You must obey him in everything he tells you. (23) Every person who does not obey that prophet will be destroyed and thus removed from the people.' (24) And all the prophets, from Samuel and those who followed him, have spoken about and announced these days. (25) You are the sons of the prophets and of the covenant that God made with your ancestors, saying to Abraham, 'And in your descendants all the nations of the earth will be blessed.' (26) God raised up his servant and sent him first to you, to bless you by turning each one of you from your iniquities."

The veil is connected with the Old Covenant.  According to Galatians 4:24 the Old Covenant, allegorically (or metaphorically) is Hagar, the slave woman, and the earthly city of Jerusalem as stated in Galatians 4:25.  The current Jerusalem is in slavery with her children (i.e. Jews, Edomites, Khazarians, and Zionist Christians).  It can be said the earthly city of Jerusalem is the visible symbol of the Old Covenant that must be “cast out” as a bondwoman.

Anyone who maintains confidence in the Old Covenant and considers Jerusalem to be their spiritual mother is yet veiled and cannot see the glory of the unveiled Christ. Such people are spiritual Ishmaelites and will not be inheritors of the Kingdom unless they repent and become children of the New Jerusalem (i.e. Sarah).

Paul states in Galatians 4:28 that sons and daughters of Jesus Christ are like Isaac – they are the children of promise.

Galatians 4:22-26 NET For it is written that Abraham had two sons, one by the slave woman and the other by the free woman. (23) But one, the son by the slave woman, was born by natural descent, while the other, the son by the free woman, was born through the promise. (24) These things may be treated as an allegory, for these women represent two covenants. One is from Mount Sinai bearing children for slavery; this is Hagar. (25) Now Hagar represents Mount Sinai in Arabia and corresponds to the present Jerusalem, for she is in slavery with her children. (26) But the Jerusalem above is free, and she is our mother.

Galatians 4:28 NET But you, brothers and sisters, are children of the promise like Isaac.

Galatians 4:30-31 NET But what does the scripture say? "Throw out the slave woman and her son, for the son of the slave woman will not share the inheritance with the son" of the free woman. (31) Therefore, brothers and sisters, we are not children of the slave woman but of the free woman.

In verse 25 states that the present Jerusalem represents Mt. Sinai and is in slavery.  Verse 26 promises a New Jerusalem i.e. the Jerusalem that is above which is free from slavery because the New Jerusalem like Sarah is our mother.