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The Great Conspiracy of the Last Days

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Jude was the brother of James, probably of the apostle, James the Less. It is possible he refers to James, the brother of the Lord, and, if so, this James was no doubt dead (cir. 62 AD) at the time of Jude’s epistle.  Jude mentions a trial that came upon the Messianic believers, trying their faith  (Jude 1:3). Ungodly men had secretly crept into the ranks of the flock and were in some fashion tempting the brethren (Jude 1:4). How were they going about this? First of all, they slandered the present leaders (Jude 1:8). They despised the leadership of God’s Spirit. Secondly, they  mumbled to themselves or whispered to others about matter not to their liking. Then, they openly complained and finally spoke against the Gospel of Christ in a manner that appealed to the desires some within the body, and in so doing they exalted their own authority (Jude 1:16; cf. verse-4). Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on April 8, 2016 in Gospel

 

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Peter’s Final Words!

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Peter wrote a second epistle to the five Roman provinces (2Peter 3:1; cf. 1Peter 1:1), and it was to be his final words to them, for Peter claimed his death was near (2Peter 1:14). In this epistle Peter lashed out at the false teachers that had arisen within the churches of God (2Peter 2:1). He wrote as though this particular event was yet future “there shall be,” but he was merely reiterating an earlier prophecy (2Peter 3:2). This prophecy, of course, was true, because Peter claimed these imposters were already feasting with the children of God and were unafraid to do so (2Peter 2:12-13). Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on April 4, 2016 in Gospel

 

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Peter’s Exhortation During the Persecution

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Peter concludes his first epistle by exhorting the elders to feed the flock of God. He mentioned that, if they minister in their office in a godly manner, they would be rewarded when the chief Shepherd appears (1Peter 5:1-4). It could hardly be argued that Peter did not expect Jesus to return in some manner during his generation or expected lifetime. If this did not occur, I have already argued that it could be construed Peter was a false prophet. If not, why not? The Scriptures clearly say that anyone who predicts something would occur is a false prophet, if that thing did not occur as they claimed. Why would Peter be an exception? Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on April 1, 2016 in Gospel

 

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The End of All Things Is at Hand

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So says Peter in his first epistle to the five Roman provinces that today are in modern Turkey (1Peter 4:7). What did he mean? The Apostles are accused by some to have preached that Jesus would return in their lifetimes. Is this so? If they did, and Jesus hadn’t returned, wouldn’t that make them false prophets? After all, Moses said that if a prophet arises and speaks something the Lord has not said, and if the matter doesn’t come to pass, the Lord has not said it, then that man is a false prophet, and we should not fear him or believe what he says (Deuteronomy 18:20-22). So, what about Peter? When he spoke of the appearing of Jesus (1Peter 1:7, 13) and the end of all things being at hand (1Peter 4:7), was he saying Jesus would return to this earth in his generation? Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on March 30, 2016 in Gospel

 

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An Ancient ‘Who Done It?’

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Peter begins the second chapter of his first epistle with advice to “desire the sincere milk of the word” of God (1Peter 2:2), implying that part of the reason for the trouble of the churches was that they had engaged in partaking of spiritual meat whose ultimate tendency was to deny the basic spiritual diet of the Body of Christ. Peter was calling for believers to become as newborn babes and return to this basic spiritual diet which would have the effect of “laying aside malice, guile, hypocrisies, envying and evil speaking” (1Peter 2:1). Consider young babies; can anyone imagine babies acting in such a manner? I cannot. Therefore, the remedy, it seems, that Peter offered the churches for their current distress was to return to behaving and thinking like they once did when they first received Christ as their Savior. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on March 25, 2016 in Gospel

 

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A Widespread Trial of Faith

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A lot of Christians, especially evangelicals, would disagree with evolution. The logic being that a world such as ours with all its teaming life demands a Creator. One simply cannot throw a bunch of matter together and come up with what we have today. It just isn’t possible, or so goes the argument—and I quite agree, but this is not a blog against evolution. My point in bringing this up is this: Peter sends an epistle to all the churches in the provinces of Pontus, Galatia, Cappadocia, Asia and Bithynia, which covers approximately sixty percent of modern Turkey. If we were speaking of our modern age with nearly instant communicative abilities etc., then perhaps one could logically believe all these churches could be undergoing a common trial without there being a conspiracy behind it. However, this is the first century AD we are reading about, and Peter sent his epistle to address the common problem of a fiery trial of faith affecting generally everyone in all the churches in at least five different Roman provinces (1Peter 1:7). Does anyone believe this is not the result of a conspiracy? Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on March 23, 2016 in Gospel

 

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The Deceptiveness of the Prosperty Gospel

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Either Christians throughout the Empire were murdering one another and stealing from one another in order to satisfy their own selfish desires to obtain what others possessed (James 4:1-2), or James wrote his epistle at least partially in code. The fact is, the churches of God were at the very time of James’ epistle experiencing and empire-wide trial in the form of a conspiracy (James 1:1-2) coming out of Jerusalem, intended to destroy the Messianic wing of Judaism. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on March 16, 2016 in Gospel, New Testament History

 

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