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Month: April 2017

Old Covenant Canceled; New Covenant Operates

Old Covenant Canceled; New Covenant Operates

Old Covenant, New Covenant

Fleshly Israel was under the old covenant, which was canceled. Now a new covenant operates for Christians. How do we know this? Let’s examine the scriptures to find out.

“Listen to another parable: There was a landowner who planted a vineyard. He put a wall around it, dug a winepress in it and built a watchtower. Then he rented the vineyard to some farmers and moved to another place. When the harvest time approached, he sent his servants to the tenants to collect his fruit.

The tenants seized his servants; they beat one, killed another, and stoned a third. Then he sent other servants to them, more than the first time, and the tenants treated them the same way. Last of all, he sent his son to them. ‘They will respect my son,’ he said. read more

Unknown ancient reptile roamed the Pyrenees mountains

Unknown ancient reptile roamed the Pyrenees mountains

Uknown ancient reptile
Artistic reconstruction of an archosauromorph

An “unknown ancient reptile roamed the Pyrenees mountains” according to a BBC News article published on April 20, 2017.

“The footprints of a mysterious reptile that lived about 250 million years ago have been identified in fossils from the Pyrenees mountains.”

“Footprints” have been found, now an entirely new species has been discovered? And it’s “a member of the group that gave rise to crocodiles and dinosaurs?”

All from “footprints?” read more

Old Covenant Shadows Fulfilled in New Covenant Substance of Reality

Old Covenant Shadows Fulfilled in New Covenant Substance of Reality

Abraham
The covenant always was primarily relational (with God), not material

The old covenant shadows were fulfilled in the new covenant substance of reality.

“By faith Abraham, when called to go to a place he would later receive as his inheritance, obeyed and went, even though he did not know where he was going. By faith he made his home in the promised land like a stranger in a foreign country; he lived in tents, as did Isaac and Jacob, who were heirs with him of the same promise. For he was looking forward to the city with foundations, whose architect and builder is God. And by faith even Sarah, who was past childbearing age, was enabled to bear children because she considered him faithful who had made the promise. And so from this one man, and he as good as dead, came descendants as numerous as the stars in the sky and as countless as the sand on the seashore. All these people were still living by faith when they died. They did not receive the things promised; they only saw them and welcomed them from a distance, admitting that they were foreigners and strangers on earth. People who say such things show that they are looking for a country of their own. If they had been thinking of the country they had left, they would have had opportunity to return. Instead, they were longing for a better country—a heavenly one. Therefore God is not ashamed to be called their God, for he has prepared a city for them.” (Heb 11:8-16 NIV) read more

Does Modern Israel Fulfill Bible Prophecy?

Does Modern Israel Fulfill Bible Prophecy?

Modern Israel
Does modern Israel fulfill Bible prophecy?

Does modern Israel fulfill Bible prophecy? Many claim that it does. They often cite Old Testament prophecies of restoration of the promised land to Israel. Frequently, they cite verses that seem to indicate fleshly Israel would have this land forever.

Many also claim that many Jews will accept Jesus as the Messiah, or that God will never forsake his people, meaning fleshly Jews. Are these views correct? More importantly, are they scriptural? Let’s examine this issue in light of the Bible.

So now, if you are really prepared to obey me and keep my covenant, you, out of all peoples, shall be my personal possession, for the whole world is mine... and the people all replied with one accord, ‘Whatever Yahweh has said, we will do.’ Moses then reported to Yahweh what the people had said.” (Ex 19:5-8 NJB) It was clear that the Sinaitic or Mosaic Law Covenant that God entered with the Nation of Israel was conditional, dependent upon their obedience to God. They agreed to obey all Yahweh commanded them. read more

Temple Cleansing in John – Why Accurate?

Temple Cleansing in John – Why Accurate?

Jesus' Temple Cleansing
Does the temple cleansing in John contradict the Synoptic Gospels?

Critics claim that the temple cleansing in the Gospel of John is either the same temple cleansing reported by the three Synoptics and/or is out of place and out of harmony with them, therefore constituting a contradiction in the Gospels. Below are listed a number of reasons why the temple cleansing in John is accurate and was performed by Jesus around the time of the first Passover after his baptism, which was probably about six months earlier. John clearly states in 20:31 and 21:25 that he was highly selective in his reporting on the events of Jesus’ life. The other three Gospel writers has already reported on the second temple cleansing. It seems fairly obvious that John was very familiar with these other three Gospels and quite possibly had copies of them in his possession as he wrote his fourth Gospel. read more

Mark – Peter’s Eyewitness Gospel

Mark – Peter’s Eyewitness Gospel

The Gospel According to Mark
Is Mark’s Gospel an early memoir of the Apostle Peter?

The early church is unanimous that the Gospel According to Mark was written by John Mark. (Acts 12:12; Acts 12:25; Acts 13:5; Acts 13:13; Acts 15:37; Col 4:10; 2 Tim 4:11; Phm 24)

Papias – c. 140 quotes an earlier source saying:

  1. Mark was a close associate of Peter, from whom he received his information. (1 Peter 5:13) Peter regards Mark with such warmth and affection that he calls him his son.
  2. This information didn’t come to Mark as a finished, sequential account of the life of Jesus, but as the preaching of Peter – preaching directed to the needs of Christian communities.
  3. Mark accurately preserved this material and arranged and shaped it.

The title “According to Mark” appears in all the ancient canonical lists and many ancient manuscripts and is thought to have been added very early in the history of the text.

Early church fathers all affirm Mark wrote the Gospel:

  • Papias (140)
  • Justin Martyr (150)
  • Iranaeus (185)
  • Origen
  • Tertullian
  • Clement of Alexandria (195)
  • Eusebius (326) – quotes Papias saying “elder” (John) attributed to Mark

Second and third century books falsely claimed apostles as authors rather than secondary figures such as Mark. read more

Matthew the Tax Collector – A Proven Eyewitness

Matthew the Tax Collector – A Proven Eyewitness

Matthew the Tax Collector
Matthew was an eyewitness to the events he wrote about

Why would Matthew, a tax collector, rely so much on Mark’s account? The answer?  He didn’t. He was an eyewitness.

Matthew the Tax Collector

Matthew was presented as a tax collector – “As Jesus went on from there, he saw a man named Matthew sitting at the tax collector’s booth. ‘Follow me,’ he told him, and Matthew got up and followed him. While Jesus was having dinner at Matthew’s house, many tax collectors and sinners came and ate with him and his disciples. When the Pharisees saw this, they asked his disciples, ‘Why does your teacher eat with tax collectors and sinners?'” (Matthew 9:9-11) read more

Is the New Testament based on eyewitness testimony?

Is the New Testament based on eyewitness testimony?

Is the New Testament based on eyewitness testimony? Let’s examine the Bible to find out.

Is the NT based on eyewitness testimony?
Is the NT based on eyewitness testimony?

“Draw up an account of the things that have been fulfilled among us, just as they were handed down to us by those who from the first were eyewitnesses.” (Lk 1:1-2 NIV) The Bible writer Luke based his accounts on eyewitness testimony.

“You are eyewitnesses of these things.” (Lk 24:48 NIV) Jesus told his disciples they were eyewitnesses.

“This report is from an eyewitness giving an accurate account. He speaks the truth so that you also may continue to believe.” (Jn 19:35 NLT) – Spoken by the Apostle John. read more

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