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The Revelation / Re: To Him That Overcometh!
« on: May 16, 2018, 10:14:55 PM »

Judah is the root of David, and Jesus is the root of David, and of Judah; but the Lamb is the Lion of the tribe of Judah. That is, the Lamb is of the tribe of Judah, but he is not the root of David.

Wow, again!  Thanks, Dan.

Do you have any idea who he is?


Intelligent Design / Re: The "Bush of LIfe"
« on: January 28, 2018, 05:04:54 PM »

I just stumbled on this debate where biogenetist Dr. J. Craig Venter schooled atheist Dr. Richard Dawkins on the fictional evolutionary icon called the "tree of life" by labeling it appropriately as a "bush of life":

This is another Dawkins' schooling by theoretical physicist Dr. Steven Weinberg:

Thanks, Brothers. During this debate between David Berlinski and Christopher Hitchens, in a segment by Berlinski which begins at 5:25, he takes an appropriately timed swipe at Dawkins at about the 7:32 mark.


The Life of Christ / Re: Not Taste of Death
« on: January 11, 2018, 01:10:21 PM »

Jesus said that some of those in one of his audiences would "not taste of death" until they see him coming in his kingdom with his angels;

Nice post, Dan.  I am also a partial preterist.


The Hebrews / Re: Hebrews 6:1-6. Those who fell away!
« on: October 12, 2017, 06:54:44 PM »

Jesus made a similar statement in a parable:

"Now when the unclean spirit goes out of a man, it passes through waterless places seeking rest, and does not find it. "Then it says, 'I will return to my house from which I came'; and when it comes, it finds it unoccupied, swept, and put in order. "Then it goes and takes along with it seven other spirits more wicked than itself, and they go in and live there; and the last state of that man becomes worse than the first. That is the way it will also be with this evil generation." -- Mat 12:43-45 NASB

I don't have much to add, except that Jesus also predicted backsliding in the Parable of the Sower:

"When anyone hears the word of the kingdom, and does not understand it, then the wicked one comes and snatches away what was sown in his heart. This is he who received seed by the wayside." -- Mat 13:19 NKJV

"But he who received the seed on stony places, this is he who hears the word and immediately receives it with joy; yet he has no root in himself, but endures only for a while. For when tribulation or persecution arises because of the word, immediately he stumbles." -- Mat 13:20-21 NKJV

"Now he who received seed among the thorns is he who hears the word, and the cares of this world and the deceitfulness of riches choke the word, and he becomes unfruitful." -- Mat 13:22 NKJV

Another is found in the Wedding Parable:

"But when the king came in to see the guests, he saw a man there who did not have on a wedding garment. So he said to him, "Friend, how did you come in here without a wedding garment?' And he was speechless. Then the king said to the servants, "Bind him hand and foot, take him away, and cast him into outer darkness; there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.' 'For many are called, but few are chosen.'" -- Mat 22:11-14 NKJV

He was an invited guest who arrived at the wedding party without an appropriate garment. I believe the "garment" he lacked was the garment of righteousness:

"Let us be glad and rejoice and give Him glory, for the marriage of the Lamb has come, and His wife has made herself ready." And to her it was granted to be arrayed in fine linen, clean and bright, for the fine linen is the righteous acts of the saints." -- Rev 19:7-8 NKJV

"And the armies in heaven, clothed in fine linen, white and clean, followed Him on white horses." -- Rev 19:14 NKJV


The Acts of the Apostles / Re: Who Are The New Testament Saints?
« on: September 24, 2017, 02:20:46 AM »

Based on the characters and content, we can safely say that not a single Gentile is specifically named in any role within the Church -- leadership or otherwise.  Therefore, it is reasonable to assume the saints at Corinth were all Israelites.

I always wondered about that, but I never got around to researching it. Thanks for posting.

The Revelation / Re: To Him That Overcometh!
« on: September 17, 2017, 08:50:21 AM »

But does it make sense that the one sitting on the throne, Jesus Christ, was also represented as a recently-slain lamb at least 30 years after the crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus?  Are we to believe that Jesus Christ, our God and Saviour, waited over 30 years to present himself as a slain lamb worthy to open a sealed book? 

Or, is the lamb in Rev 5 someone else, perhaps the one who overcame and was to receive the promises Jesus gave in the letters to the churches?  Remember, Jesus said that He, himself, had already overcome, and was looking for (even hoping for) someone else to overcome:

"To him that overcometh will I grant to sit with me in my throne, even as I also overcame, and am set down with my Father in his throne." -- Rev 3:21 KJV

Wow!  I had to read that several times before it sunk in.  What does all that mean?


The Land of Canaan / Re: The Giant Clans and the Conquest
« on: September 02, 2017, 05:01:26 PM »
The article focuses on the land of Canaan prior to and during the Israelite conquest, and seeks to dispel the myth that the conquest was an indiscriminate genocide of the inhabitants of Canaan.  Your input will be appreciated.

Thanks for the article. Dr. Heiser provides other details while being interviewed in this Skywatch episode:

He makes the point, as he did in the article, that Joshua considered his work finished when all the Anakim were killed:

"For it was the LORD's doing to harden their hearts that they should come against Israel in battle, in order that they should be devoted to destruction and should receive no mercy but be destroyed, just as the LORD commanded Moses. And Joshua came at that time and cut off the Anakim from the hill country, from Hebron, from Debir, from Anab, and from all the hill country of Judah, and from all the hill country of Israel. Joshua devoted them to destruction with their cities. There was none of the Anakim left in the land of the people of Israel. Only in Gaza, in Gath, and in Ashdod did some remain. So Joshua took the whole land, according to all that the LORD had spoken to Moses. And Joshua gave it for an inheritance to Israel according to their tribal allotments. And the land had rest from war." -- Jos 11:20-23 ESV


Septuagint / Re: New Testament Quotes From the Septuagint
« on: September 01, 2017, 07:19:43 AM »
New Testament Quotes From the Septuagint

This may be a little off topic, but I can think of an NT verse that is not in the LXX:

"And again another Scripture says, "They will look on him whom they have pierced."" -- John 19:37 ESV

"And I will pour upon the house of David, and upon the inhabitants of Jerusalem, the spirit of grace and compassion: and they shall look upon me, because they have mocked me, and they shall make lamentation for him, as for a beloved friend, and they shall grieve intensely, as for a firstborn son." -- Zec 12:10 LXX

John was possibly quoting from the MT, or its precursor:

"And I will pour out on the house of David and the inhabitants of Jerusalem a spirit of grace and pleas for mercy, so that, when they look on me, on him whom they have pierced, they shall mourn for him, as one mourns for an only child, and weep bitterly over him, as one weeps over a firstborn." -- Zec 12:10 ESV

"I will pour out on the house of David and on the inhabitants of Jerusalem, the Spirit of grace and of supplication, so that they will look on Me whom they have pierced; and they will mourn for Him, as one mourns for an only son, and they will weep bitterly over Him like the bitter weeping over a firstborn." -- Zec 12:10 NASB

"And I will pour on the house of David and on the inhabitants of Jerusalem the Spirit of grace and supplication; then they will look on Me whom they pierced. Yes, they will mourn for Him as one mourns for his only son, and grieve for Him as one grieves for a firstborn." -- Zec 12:10 NKJV

The JFB commentary has this analysis:

37. And again another scripture saith, "They shall look on him whom they pierced". The quotation is from Zec 12:10; not taken as usual from the Septuagint (the current Greek version), which here is all wrong, but direct from the Hebrew. And there is a remarkable nicety in the choice of the words employed both by the prophet and the Evangelist for "piercing." The word in Zechariah means to thrust through with spear, javelin, sword, or any such weapon. In that sense it is used in all the ten places, besides this, where it is found. How suitable this was to express the action of the Roman soldier, is manifest; and our Evangelist uses the exactly corresponding word, which the Septuagint certainly does not. Very different is the other word for "pierce" in Ps 22:16, "They pierced my hands and my feet." The word there used is one signifying to bore as with an awl or hammer. How striking are these small niceties! [Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary]


The Revelation / Re: Dating the book of the Revelation
« on: August 29, 2017, 02:12:52 PM »
What are your interpretations on the dating of the book?

Nice forum!

Years ago I read an article by Dr. Denis Callaghan on the dating of the Revelation.  I found it at

He summarized the Irenaeus dating method like this:

"Irenaeus was a great Christian and church father, but was a poor historian. Those who continue to hold to the late date based on Irenaeus's statement do so out of theological desperation, not sound historical research. There are other church fathers, such as Victorious and Eusebius, who also hold to this late date. However, they clearly use Irenaeus as the source for their belief."

In the same article, he theorized that the Revelation was written during a narrow range of years when there were exactly seven churches in Asia:

"Another point is that if John wrote Revelation to a specific group of churches in Asia (Revelation 1:4). The importance of this statement cannot be overlooked (even though it has been by many scholars). There is only one small window of time in which there were only seven churches in Asia. The early AD 60's. The apostle Paul established nine churches in that area, but only seven were addressed in Revelation. The reason for this is that the cities of Colosse, Hierapolis, and Laodicea, were all destroyed by an earthquake around AD 61. Laodicea was rebuilt soon afterwards, but the other two cities were not. This left only seven churches in Asia during the five years just prior to the beginning of the Roman/Jewish war."

The scripture alludes to exactly seven churches in every case:

"John to the seven churches which are in Asia: Grace be unto you, and peace, from him which is, and which was, and which is to come; and from the seven Spirits which are before his throne;" -- Rev 1:4 KJV
"Saying, I am Alpha and Omega, the first and the last: and, What thou seest, write in a book, and send it unto the seven churches which are in Asia; unto Ephesus, and unto Smyrna, and unto Pergamos, and unto Thyatira, and unto Sardis, and unto Philadelphia, and unto Laodicea." -- Rev 1:11 KJV
"The mystery of the seven stars which thou sawest in my right hand, and the seven golden candlesticks. The seven stars are the angels of the seven churches: and the seven candlesticks which thou sawest are the seven churches." -- Rev 1:20 KJV


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