Passages Like Jeremiah 3:14-18 Are Already Fulfilled in Christ

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    (Jeremiah 3:14-18) – 14 Return, O faithless children, says the Lord, for I am your master; I will take you, one from a city and two from a family, and I will bring you to Zion. 15 I will give you shepherds after my own heart, who will feed you with knowledge and Read More …

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Who Is the “Israel of God” in Galatians 6:16?

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  (Galatians 6:15-16) – 15 For neither circumcision nor uncircumcision counts for anything; the only thing that matters is a new creation! 16 And all who will behave in accordance with this rule, peace and mercy be on them, and on the Israel of God.  (NET) (Galatians 6:15-16) – 15 Neither circumcision nor uncircumcision means Read More …

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John 14:3 Leaves no Room for a Millennial Kingdom

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  Premillennialism teaches that there will be an earthly, millennial kingdom, where, upon His return, Christ will rule as King over the world. However, Jesus Himself reveals that there cannot be such a kingdom:   (John 14:1-4) – 1 “Do not let your hearts be distressed. You believe in God; believe also in me. 2 Read More …

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Does God Bless America Because It Blesses Israel?

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  Whenever Israel comes under attack from one of their enemies (as is happening as I write this), you will see Christians on social media encouraging others to pray for Israel, or to pray for the peace of Israel. Why? Not that this isn’t a good thing. Of course it is. But why do they Read More …

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How to Interpret the OT in Light of the NT — [Isaiah Chapter 2]

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  A reader wrote to me wanting to know the “true events of the last days,” and asked for my interpretation of Isaiah 2. What follows is the substance of my reply. I’ll sum it up this way: To start with, I don’t agree with the idea that the return of Christ is “imminent.” I Read More …

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Fulfilled Israel & Spiritual Israel

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Introduction A common belief among Christians is that God still has a plan for the nation of Israel, a plan that is distinct from the Church. In particular, that there will be a millennial kingdom upon the return of Christ, where God once again turns His attention to Israel (Dispensational Premillennialism – DP). But is Read More …

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The Kingdom of Christ According to Paul

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    There are two positions regarding the Kingdom of Christ. One that is based on a Jewish, Old Testament understanding, and the other that is based on a Christian, New Testament understanding. The first view interprets Israel and the Kingdom of Christ from an OT perspective, which is then used to interpret the NT Read More …

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What if Israel Had Recognized Jesus as their Messiah?

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    It’s tragic that Israel didn’t see the fulfillment of their own religion when Jesus revealed Himself to them. That is why God destroyed them in AD 70 via the Roman armies. If they had (as one people) recognized Jesus as their Messiah, today they would be viewed in the context of Christianity, not Read More …

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Commentary on Revelation – [Chapter 21]

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  Commentary on Revelation (covers all chapters from 1 thru 22, including Introduction) Copyright © 2019 by Steve Sewell, Theology First. All Rights Reserved   All Scripture quotations are from the 1901 American Standard Version unless otherwise noted.   Introduction The “holy city,” the “New Jerusalem,” is both the Church and the actual eternal city, or Read More …

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Commentary on Revelation — [ Chapter 14 ]

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  Commentary on Revelation (covers all chapters from 1 thru 22, including Introduction) Copyright © 2019 by Steve Sewell, Theology First. All Rights Reserved   All Scripture quotations are from the 1901 American Standard Version unless otherwise noted.   Introduction Chapter 13 discusses the nature of the Church-age beast, while chapter 14 discusses the judgment of Read More …

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Commentary on Revelation — [Chapter 12]

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  Commentary on Revelation (covers all chapters from 1 thru 22, including Introduction) Copyright © 2019 by Steve Sewell, Theology First. All Rights Reserved   All Scripture quotations are from the 1901 American Standard Version unless otherwise noted.   Introduction The Church is composed of believing Jews and believing Gentiles. Throughout most of this chapter the Read More …

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Commentary on Revelation — [Chapter 11]

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  Commentary on Revelation (covers all chapters from 1 thru 22, including Introduction) Copyright © 2019 by Steve Sewell, Theology First. All Rights Reserved   All Scripture quotations are from the 1901 American Standard Version unless otherwise noted.   Introduction As I’ve pointed out many times in this commentary, the persecution of Christians is central in Read More …

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Commentary on Revelation — [chapter 7]

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  Commentary on Revelation (covers all chapters from 1 thru 22, including Introduction) Copyright © 2019 by Steve Sewell, Theology First. All Rights Reserved   All Scripture quotations are from the 1901 American Standard Version unless otherwise noted.   Revelation 7 (Rev 7:1) – 1 After this I saw four angels standing at the four corners Read More …

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Commentary on Revelation — [Chapter 5]

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  Commentary on Revelation (covers all chapters from 1 thru 22, including Introduction) Copyright © 2019 by Steve Sewell, Theology First. All Rights Reserved   All Scripture quotations are from the 1901 American Standard Version unless otherwise noted.   Revelation 5 (Rev 5:1) – 1 And I saw in the right hand of him that sat Read More …

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