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Month: November 2018

ARE RESTORATION PROPHECIES ABOUT ISRAEL LITERAL— OR SYMBOLIC?

ARE RESTORATION PROPHECIES ABOUT ISRAEL LITERAL— OR SYMBOLIC?

By far the majority of biblical commentators and preachers take these prophecies about Israel’s restoration literally, so many Christians today think that the modern-day Republic of Israel is fulfilling Bible prophecies. However, a careful analysis of the Bible, especially the New Testament, shows that this is not the case at all.

When the first Christians miraculously spoke in foreign languages (Acts 2:1-12), “Some, however, made fun of them and said, ‘they have had too much wine'” (Acts 2:13 NIV). “Then Peter stood up with the Eleven, raised his voice and addressed the crowd . . . ‘No, this is what was spoken by the prophet Joel: “In the last days, God says, I will pour out my Spirit on all people”‘” (Acts 2:14-17 NIV). Peter, under God’s direction through the Holy Spirit,  applies Joel 2:28-32 as being fulfilled right then and there, “In the last days”. Peter’s quote from Joel 2:28,29 was fulfilled on that Pentecost Day fairly literally. Peter (and Luke, the Bible writer) includes this part of Joel’s prophecy also: read more

ANONYMOUS FOLKLORE, OR EYEWITNESS ACCOUNTS OF JESUS ?

ANONYMOUS FOLKLORE, OR EYEWITNESS ACCOUNTS OF JESUS ?

A popular myth is spread that the gospels, and the New Testament historical accounts  are simply embellished oral traditions and legends about a man named Jesus, who was likely a real, historical figure. As other articles on this site have shown, the entire New Testament was written within the lifetime of the Apostle John.

Luke, written by Luke, the meticulous researcher, was written to, and dedicated to, Theophilus, who was probably one of Luke’s patrons. 

With this in mind, since I myself have carefully investigated everything from the beginning, I too decided to write an orderly account for you, most excellent Theophilus.” (Luke 1:3 NIV) read more

The Importance of Eyewitnesses of Jesus’ Death and Resurrection

The Importance of Eyewitnesses of Jesus’ Death and Resurrection

Many have undertaken to 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 and servants of the word. With this in mind, since I myself have carefully investigated everything from the beginning, I too decided to write an orderly account for you, most excellent Theophilus.” (Luke 1:1-3 NIV)

New Testament writers, especially in the Gospels and Acts, were careful to record that they were relaying the testimony of eyewitnesses, many of whom were still alive after the most of the Testament was written. Their accounts were not fabrications or hallucinations or legends. They were real! read more

John 3:16 & THE GOSPEL— ALL ABOUT JESUS DEATH & OUR RESPONSE

John 3:16 & THE GOSPEL— ALL ABOUT JESUS DEATH & OUR RESPONSE

On November 8, 2018, an article was posted on Patheos entitled, “Why John 3:16 Isn’t About The Crucifixion“:

In preparation for an upcoming online debate about PSA [Penal Substitutionary Atonement] Theory, I started wondering whether or not Jesus, or any of the Gospel authors, specifically communicated the Gospel as being about Jesus dying on the cross for our sins, or to appease the wrath of God, etc.

In the process of exploring this question, I started with John 3:16 because, growing up, I had always equated it with the crucifixion. However, I realized that this entire conversation has nothing to do with the crucifixion, nor does it even mention the death of Jesus at all. read more

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