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June 13, 2019 Leave a comment

32 “From the fig tree learn its lesson: as soon as its branch becomes tender and puts forth its leaves, you know that summer is near. 33 So also, when you see all these things, you know that he is near, at the very gates. 34 Truly I tell you, this generation will not pass away until all these things have taken place. 35 Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will not pass away.

Jesus explains that his return will be obvious and soon.

Neither has been true.

That whole “day is like a thousand years and a thousand years like a day” thing applies here.

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The Bat Signal

June 12, 2019 Leave a comment

29 “Immediately after the suffering of those days

the sun will be darkened,
and the moon will not give its light;
the stars will fall from heaven,
and the powers of heaven will be shaken.

30 Then the sign of the Son of Man will appear in heaven, and then all the tribes of the earth will mourn, and they will see ‘the Son of Man coming on the clouds of heaven’ with power and great glory. 31 And he will send out his angels with a loud trumpet call, and they will gather his elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other.

I wonder how Batman’s signal compares and contrasts with “the sign of the Son of Man.”

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Vultures

June 10, 2019 Leave a comment

28 Wherever the corpse is, there the vultures will gather.

This is a curious proverb.

It sounds like people who follow false Christs are like vultures descending on a dead body.

I suppose this is true. For example, people who campaign against vaccines have huge, passionate followings.

Same for the latest and greatest dieting fads.

And some of the worst examples of Christian leadership have congregations of tens of thousands.

The road is wide, the gate is narrow…

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vv. 23-27

23 Then if anyone says to you, ‘Look! Here is the Messiah!’[e] or ‘There he is!’—do not believe it. 24 For false messiahs[f] and false prophets will appear and produce great signs and omens, to lead astray, if possible, even the elect. 25 Take note, I have told you beforehand. 26 So, if they say to you, ‘Look! He is in the wilderness,’ do not go out. If they say, ‘Look! He is in the inner rooms,’ do not believe it. 27 For as the lightning comes from the east and flashes as far as the west, so will be the coming of the Son of Man.

Where are today’s false messiahs and prophets?

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The Elect

A Google search of Jesus “the elect” indicates that there is a lack of consensus on what is meant in this verse.

It is impossible to approach a study of v. 22 without bias.

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Woe, vv. 19-22

19 Woe to those who are pregnant and to those who are nursing infants in those days! 20 Pray that your flight may not be in winter or on a sabbath. 21 For at that time there will be great suffering, such as has not been from the beginning of the world until now, no, and never will be. 22 And if those days had not been cut short, no one would be saved; but for the sake of the elect those days will be cut short.

Jesus warns his listeners that as folks flee from this desolation, things will be really difficult.

Verse 22 is especially puzzling. I wonder what Jesus means when speaking of “the elect.”

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The Third Temple

Wikipedia has a decent overview here.

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