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A True Gospel Chronology

A True Gospel Chronology From The Crucifixion To The Resurrection

Mini-Mag, 53 pages

Contained herein, is a digest of information taken from my newly updated book, The Only Sign Given.

There are at least nine(9) events recorded by the gospel writers, each with its own specific timestamp, that transpires from the crucifixion to the resurrection of Jesus Christ. When we take each of these events, leaving them in their stated timeframe, we come away with a most accurate chronology of the Passion event. This chronology spans the course of four days, the Fourteenth of Abib to the Seventeenth of Abib. This is no coincedence. It is by divine design.

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Sign of Jonah

Sign of the Prophet, Jonah

The scribes and Pharisees demanded a sign from Jesus that He was truly the Messiah of God. He reprimanded them as "an evil and alduterous generation," for seeking a sign instead of believing the written prophecies. He told them no sign would be given them except for the Sign of the Prophet, Jonah. This sign of Jonah has several components to it. Jesus compares His experience to that of Jonah's. Although the time element of three days and three nights was an important part of this prophecy, there were other aspects of importance too.

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Christ and the Passover

Christ, as our Passover

Was the Last Supper a Passover Meal?

It is a truth established from the beginning of the gospel, that Christ is called the lamb of God, which takes away the sin of the world. Was Christ crucified at the time of the killing of the Passover? Would it shock you if the answer was, no? Was the Last Supper He ate with His disciples, a Passover meal or something else? The overwhelming evidence points to the fact that it was indeed, a Passover meal. These are important questions, which will be addressed in greater detail inside.

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Deity of Jesus Christ

Evidential Proofs and Witnesses of the Deity of Jesus Christ
in the Pre-Trinitarian Era

Mini-Mag, 79 pages

The deity of Jesus the Christ is at the very foundation of the Biblical Faith. If you take this away, the True Faith, delivered once for all to the saints, is nothing but another man-made religion. This is why all cults and false religions attack this doctrine more than any other. Cults will seek to deny the deity of Jesus Christ in one of two ways. They will either teach He was nothing more than a mere man, with a special anointing, or the “Christ” spirit upon Him, or they will allow Him some measure or degree of “god-ness,” and denigrate His humanity(Gnosticism). They will do any mixture of these two.

One of the tricks these cults use to prey upon the unwary, is to re-define words, giving them their own cultic meaning. In this cultic teaching, the words Lord, Jesus, and Christ, are re-defined far outside the bounds of historical Biblical understanding. This allows them to confess a belief in “the Lord Jesus Christ.”

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The Most Embarrassing Bible Verse

The Most Embarrassing Verse

in the Bible

In Four Parts

If you could choose from the over 31,000 Bible verses, which one would you choose as the most embarrassing? The great Christian writer, CS Lewis made his choice. He chose Matt. 24:34, which says, "This generation shall not pass away, until all these things have come to pass." So why is this verse so embarrassing? Because he believed one of the things that was to come to pass, was the Second Coming. At least, that is how he and many others understood it.

However, the truth is Jesus made no mistake. Mr. Lewis was wrong in his assessment of the passage. Jesus never said that His Second Coming would occur before the end of that generation. Mr. Lewis confused the Second Coming with the coming of the Son of man. This was his mistake, not the error of Jesus.

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The Prophets' Tongue and Language

The Prophets' Tongue

And Language

In Four Parts

We read the words of Jesus and the Apostles, about the sun going dark, the moon not shining or turning to blood, the stars falling, and the heavens shaking. If we understand these as real cosmic events, we are missing the importance of their words. They are speaking to us in the Prophets' Tongue and Language.

When Jesus spoke those words in His Olivet Discourse, He was speaking in a language that the disciples would understand. They understood this language to have a specific meaning. They would have understood exactly what Jesus meant, when He spoke to them in this language. We will have to work at the understanding.

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The Day of the Lord, How many are there?

The Day of the LORD

How Many?

In Two Parts

Many Christians are of the opinion that there is one Day of the Lord, which happens at the end of the world. However, when honest inquiry is made, we will see there are many days, referred to as the day of the Lord. There are at least 13 mentioned, although the phrase occurs 18 times in all of Scripture. The most often mentioned day of the Lord, is the one against Israel. The last day of the Lord to occur, was in AD 70, when Jerusalem and its temple was destroyed. It is this day of the Lord that Jesus and His Apostles warned many of.

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Jesus, and the Right Hand of God

Jesus, The Right Hand of God

Most Christians are familiar with the idea of Jesus sitting at the right hand of God. This is one of those basic Christian truths. However, I'm not sure most understand the real picture the Bible gives us of this image.

Many imagine Jesus sitting on a throne, just to the right of the Father's throne. This is about as far as their idea of this can take them. The reality of the depth of this image goes far beyond any idea of spatial relationship. Jesus, at the right hand of God, goes to the very core of the Doctrine of Christ. He doesn't just sit at the right hand of God, HE IS THE RIGHT HAND OF GOD.

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The End of the World and the Last Days

The End of the World

And The Last Days

In Four Parts

Whether is it an asteroid screaming toward earth, or a super-virus ravaging mankind, or a zombie apocalypse, or a super volcano throwing earth into a nuclear winter, we are fasinated by the prospect of the world, as we know it, coming to a devastating end. It certainly makes for great movies, with some awesome special effects.

However, is this the picture we get from the Bible? Is what most Christians believe about the End of the World and the Last Days, what the Bible actually says? Not really. Read on to see what the Bible actually says about this time.

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When Jesus was made sin

When Jesus Was Made Sin

Paul's statement in 2 Corinthians 5:21, "For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin," has been the cause of grave misunderstanding. Some have taken this to mean that Jesus was made all manner of vile, destestable sin while He hung upon the cross. They have advocated that Jesus became, "gossip, child pornography, a Satan-worshipper, and a hater of God," while on the cross. Is this what Paul intended to convey. I think not. So, what did he mean by saying this? Isaiah chapter 53, holds the answer for us.

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When Jesus Became Poor

When Jesus Became Poor

In Two Parts

Second Corinthians 8:9, has been 'put on the rack' and tortured beyond recognition by the Health and Wealth Marketeers. They have placed a meaning upon it that Paul never intended. They didn't stop there, either. They attacked its closely related passage, found in Phil. 2:5-8, and tortured it as well. This study will endeavor to rescue both of these passage, as well as its OT parallel, i.e., Isa. 52:14. These false teachers torture and pervert the true beauty expressed in these passages.

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The Story of Three Criminals

The Story of Three Criminals

When the scene of the crucifixion is viewed, the main attention goes to Jesus, and rightfully so. However, there is another interesting and worthy story to be told. It is the story of the other two criminals who were crucified with Christ that day. Did you know the Gospel of Mark gives us their back story? On that day, three insurrectionists were scheduled to be crucified. However, one of them, Barabbas, was set free. The other two were not so fortunate. How these two responded to the crucified substitute in their midst determined their destiny. It is one of the simplest and purest Gospel stories to be told.

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The time is at hand

The Time is at Hand

John was told not to seal the sayings of the prophecies of the Book of Revelation. Why? Because the "time is at hand." This phrase at hand, has a very specific meaning in its use in Scripture. It means something or someone is near, close or at hand in either space or time, in the view of the speaker. However, there are some who push this nearness thousands of years into the future. Their eschatology demands it. They need this word for near, to mean not as close as you might think, or they turn it into meaning imminent, which it does not mean.

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The Lesson Paul Learned at Mars Hill

What Paul Learned In Athens

The Apostle Paul is considered by many to be somewhat of a Super-Apostle. He seemed to have understanding of mysteries that left other apostles scratching their heads [2 Peter 3:16]. However, this does him a great injustice. Paul faced his share of trials, persecutions and failures. What? Failures? Yes, at least one. When Paul came to Athens, it had a very deep and long-lasting lesson to teach him. One that would affect the remainder of his ministry and the Church for all time. What was this failure? Well, he failed to . . .

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Israel as the fig tree

Israel as the Fig Tree

One of the necessary aspects for Premillennial Dispensationalism to work, is for the prophecy of Jesus spoken on the Mount of Olives, recorded in Matthew 24, Mark 13 and Luke 21, to be understood as a far future event. One of the ways in which they make this far future application is to make what Jesus said about the fig tree sprouting its leaves, apply to a future reconstituted Israel. Therefore, the fig tree must be a representation of Israel. But is it?

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The antichrist is here

Antichrist is Here

The Antichrist has been a central figure for many centuries, not just in the Church, but in society at large. The most common idea concerning this figure is that he will appear at the end of the present world, just before the return of Christ to the earth. This has been the core teaching of what is known as Pre-millennial Dispensationalism, aka Scofieldism. However, is what Scofieldism teaches concerning the Antichrist the same as what the Bible teaches? The short answer is, No. The image we get from Dispensationalism about the Antichrist, has little to nothing to do with what the Bible actually says.

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Kingdom Finances

Kingdom Finances

We have all heard the saying, “Money makes the world go ‘round”. Actually, Angular Momentum makes the world go round. How did the First Century Church deal with the issue of money and what was their attitude toward the giving and receiving of it? We know what has become the attitude of today’s Church. Many in leadership positions love it. If you have piles of it, you are a blessed and righteous person. Hardly a Sunday will pass without hearing at least some reference to how you ought to be giving more than you are. Is this the message of the NT?

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The kingdom shall be taken away

Kingdom Taken Away

In Three Parts

Therefore say I unto you, The kingdom of God shall be taken from you, and given to a nation bringing forth the fruits thereof. The above verse is the judgment Jesus pronounced upon the chief priests and Pharisees at the conclusion of His parable of the Wicked Husbandmen [Matt. 21:33-46]. The chief priests and elders, as teachers and leaders whom the people relied upon to lead them in the ways of God, had horribly failed in this calling. So much so, they were shutting them out from it.

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The Synagogue of Satan

Synagogue of Satan

In Three Parts

If you have ever read the book of Revelation, you’ve probably come across the phrase “the synagogue of Satan.” We have heard of the church of Satan, but we don’t hear much about the synagogue of Satan. Do not confuse the two. One overtly worships Satan, the other worships him covertly. The true Church of Jesus Christ would never knowingly give the church of Satan a place of influence. However, we have allowed the synagogue of Satan to have a rather prominent place. In some areas, it actually dictates parts of our theology.

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The coming of the Son of man

Coming of the Son of Man

No Puzzle-chewing Required

In Three Parts

The coming of the Son of man is thought by many as being equal to the Second Coming of Christ. However, when honest investigation is made, we will see that this cannot be the case for three reasons.

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Parousia - a coming or Presence?

Parousia

A Coming or Presence?

In Two Parts

Parousia is a Greek word that has been a well kept secret from the majority of Christians. It is an important part of Christian Eschatology. It has been cloaked as the word, Coming. In the vast majority of Bible translations, parousia is translated as coming, when used in the eschatological context, even though that is not the true meaning of the word. The actual meaning of Parousia is Presence. So why is a word meaning presence translated as coming? That is a very good question, which we will presently explore.

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Abrahamic Promises Fulfilled

Fulfillment of the Abrahamic Promises

Fulfilled in Natural Israel and In Christ.

In Two Parts

The primary argument that Dispensationalists use to advocate why modern Israel must possess all of the Palestinian land and more, is because they have never truly possessed all the land that God had promised. If you ask them what specific part of the land they have not possessed, they cannot give you an exact answer. At least, I was not able to find anyone who could state what land natural Israel had failed to possess. They just make the blanket statement that Israel hasn’t taken possession based upon their Scofield notes.

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Daniel 9, The Determined Time

The Determined Time

Fulfillment of Daniel's 70 Weeks

In Two Parts

What if there existed a prophecy in the Old Testament, that foretold the exact period, even the year in which the long-awaited Messiah would make his appearance? Would that not be a prophecy of major importance? Would you not think that it would hold special interest for the people of Israel? Daniel chapter nine is such a prophecy. In this portion of the book of Daniel, he records for us an encounter he had with the angel Gabriel, who gives him a prophecy of Seventy sevens or heptads.

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Biblical Predestination

Biblical Predestination

Not a heaven or hell issue

That the topic of Predestination is not a heaven or hell issue should be obvious from the Scriptures. It only speaks to the redeemed and to the position to which God has pre-determined for them. It is hoped that this will reveal the greatness and goodness of God toward His Covenant Children, instead of inciting fear and distortion of the truth.

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Did Jesus go to hell?

Did Jesus Suffer in Hell?

There is a teaching floating around certain circles, mostly among the charismatic/word of faith circles, that when Jesus died, he descended into the torments of hell, in order to complete our salvation. Some have even went so far as to say, that his death on the cross is not what gained salvation for man, but it was his torment in hell. Here is one quote by Kenneth Copeland, to the effect that it wasn't Jesus' death that brought salvation, but his torment in hell. He took this from Kenneth Hagin, who took it from E.W. Kenyon.

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Jesus, Our Covenant Man

Jesus, Our Covenant Man

As believers in Jesus, we understand that we are partakers of the New Covenant, which Jesus inaugurated with His own blood. But do we really understand how we came into this relationship. There is a common misconception, that God made this New Covenant with the Church, or with us as believers. If we look closely at what the Scriptures teach concerning this Covenant, it will be quite revealing, exactly who the Covenant is with. Throughout Biblical History, God has made many covenants with man. And all of these covenants were made with a man, which had its effect upon the whole of the people.

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