How have they reconciled their scriptures to reality?
There are several lines of thought in Christendom about this. The transfiguration of Jesus is a story recorded in Matthew 17, Mark 9, and Luke 9. The first problem is that these Gospels place the transfiguration at different times. That might make it seem reasonable to think that it was a fulfillment of the earlier prediction. However, Mark and Luke place the transfiguration event before Jesus made spoke the prophecy. That is not what happened in the transfiguration stories.
This is a baseless tinkering with the passage in order to make a doctrine fit the scripture. Yet, this is exactly what they do here. So, Jesus meant the Jewish race would not die out before he returns. This is a manufactured definition to suit doctrinal purposes. Jesus told his followers that they would go through persecution. If they saw it as such, modern Christians have no real justification not to see it that way as well. Besides through a plain common sense reading of the text, we know he meant the people alive while he was speaking because he said that some of his listeners and the high priest at his trial would still be alive to see his return to Earth.
Rationalization 4: When Jesus said that some of his listeners would be alive to see him return, he was talking about the Day of Pentecost when the Holy Spirit descended on the church. This is another explanation that is so far from rational that is it hard to accept that anyone sincerely believes it.
Phillips also holds the view that religion has its own unique criteria for acceptable belief. Furthermore, the Messiah 's return and the tribulation that accompanies it will come at a time when people are not expecting it:. Faith is merely a moment in our transition to absolute knowledge. The ethical is that which stresses the fulfillment of duties. Matthew When ye therefore shall see the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, stand in the holy place, whoso readeth, let him understand: 16 Then let them which be in Judaea flee into the mountains Let him which is on the housetop not come down to take any thing out of his house Neither let him which is in the field return back to take his clothes. In the spirit of Newman, Mitchell concluded by defending a highly refined cumulative probabilism in religious belief.
The Book of Acts tells the story of the Holy Spirit appearing over the heads of the saints as tongues of fire endowing them with the magical ability to speak in unlearned languages. There is no mention of them seeing Jesus in the clouds with angels. The supposed event did not accompany the final judgment.
None of the things Jesus said would occur at his return happened on the Day of Pentecost.
To God a thousand years is a day. This is actually the first Christian attempt found in 2 Peter 3 to explain away the fact that Jesus had not come as expected. Believers of the time had begun to waver in their faith because Jesus had not come back as promised. For since the fathers fell asleep, all things continue as they were from the beginning of creation.
He basically tries to make the argument that time is meaningless to God. The most truthful answer: Not likely. When reading 2 Peter, we must keep in mind when it was written. It is well-known that many of the writings floating around the early church were not written by the people claimed to have written them, but were forged by believers to push their particular doctrines.
This is most likely the case with the book of 2 Peter. It has proven difficult for scholars to pinpoint exactly when the book was written, but they all place its origin sometime between 60 and A. Assuming his disciples were somewhere around his own age and taking into account average life expectancy of that time and that, according to church tradition, the apostles were all killed, none of them would have likely been alive in 60 A. It seems likely that this was an attempt to keep believers in the nascent Catholic churches in the fold.
This is not the only case of forgery to uphold Catholic doctrine.
There are other forgeries in the New Testament that have been recognized by scholars as such. Many saw this event through visions. As far as I know, no Christian apologists say the judgment occurred when Jesus supposedly went back to Heaven in the first century.
Everything in the New Testament places judgment day at the end of the world. This rationalization is nothing more than interpreting the Bible by a doctrine you want to be true. Only a mind interested in maintaining the illusion of faith could twist and mangle the plain words of the Bible the way Christians have in an attempt to make the incredible credible.
Main menu Skip to content. Like this: Like Loading Post was not sent - check your email addresses! The battle will close when fire rains down from heaven upon the wicked and destroys them Revelation Study Guide 12 explains the 1, years in detail. In this final battle, virtually the entire world will unite Revelation to fight against Jesus, the Lamb, and His people Revelation ; Their aim will be to wipe out all who refuse to worship the beast Revelation — They will perceive the saints to be hopelessly deceived fanatics who are dooming the entire world by their refusal to cooperate in the counterfeit revival.
The symbolic river Euphrates will be dried up Revelation Water represents people Revelation Its coalition of allies Revelation , 14 will fall apart Revelation The Battle Resumes After 1, Years After the 1, years, Satan will come right out in the open as the leader of the forces against God and His people. He will resume the battle and try to capture the holy city. Then he and his followers will be destroyed by fire from heaven see Study Guides 11 and However, every follower of Jesus will be safe in His eternal kingdom.
Is it possible that this will be literally fulfilled in our time? They will feel that the miracles accompanying their revival prove its validity—miracles such as the sick being healed or notorious God-haters, immoral celebrities, and well-known criminals being converted. The coalition will insist that no one be permitted to ruin this worldwide revival.
Those who do not agree to cooperate will be considered disloyal, unpatriotic, anarchists and, finally, dangerous fanatics who must not be tolerated. As we study the prophecies of Daniel and Revelation, it seems apparent that the real enemy is always the devil. Is this true? Satan is always the real enemy.
Satan is the one responsible for all evil. They are sometimes totally unaware that they are harming anyone. But that is never true of Satan. He is always fully aware.
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He hurts God and His people intentionally. How would the death of the pope or the election of a new president affect the prophecy of the United States in Revelation —18? The prophecy will be fulfilled no matter who is pope or president. A new president or pope may temporarily speed up or slow down fulfillment, but the final outcome is assured by Bible prophecy.
Are the lamb-horned beast of Revelation —18 and the false prophet of Revelation the same power? In Revelation , where God mentions the destruction of the antichrist beast, He also refers to the destruction of the false prophet. So the lamb-horned beast and the false prophet are indeed the same power.
Quiz Questions 1. What do the two horns represent?
What does "coming up out of the earth" signify? At about what time does the prophecy of Revelation chapter 13 indicate America would arise? Revelation chapter 13 indicates that America would eventually speak "as a dragon. How will America make an "image to the beast"? What punishments does Revelation say will be inflicted upon those who refuse the mark of the beast? Which two earthly powers will have the most influence in the end time?
Which items tell the truth about the battle of Armageddon? How successful will God's true, end-time revival be? The devil will stop it. How successful will the end-time counterfeit movement be? Are you willing to follow where Jesus leads, even though it may be painful?
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