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Which Version?

Some hold that “the one true church” began in Acts 2 and continues to this very day, alongside many false churches.  (Let them identify which one they think is the real one, and then we can discuss it.)  Meanwhile, others prefer … Continue reading

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What’s The Point?

Someone will rail against this Temporary Ekklesia Theory, thinking it ridiculous that Jesus would not plan his church to be a perpetual body upon Planet Earth.  This is ironic, of course, as the same person will go to a church … Continue reading

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Figurative Uses of Water Language in the Old Testament

This article is about how the Old Testament texts sometimes use “water” language figuratively.  (I’ll handle the New Testament passages in another article so that this doesn’t get unmanageably long–as it’s already a substantial article.) Now, water is very important … Continue reading

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Adam, Satan, God, and Sin: Working the Puzzle

In this post, I’m going to introduce a line of investigation that could take me years to complete.  It’s an expansive puzzle, and I embark upon it having little idea how foolish it may one day seem to me–just as … Continue reading

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The New Testament Timeline (IN PROGRESS)

The goal of this post is to provide for the reader a rough idea of what I think was the timeline for the major New Testament events that are particularly relevant to the Temporary Ekklesia Theory.  I’ll add hyperlinks for … Continue reading

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2 Esdras on the Ages

While many are preoccupied with the question of whether certain extrabiblical Ancient Near Eastern works are “scripture”, I’m more concerned with the question of whether they are true.  Many of these were documents that were well-known to the apostles and … Continue reading

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Angels as Shepherds: Part 2

In my previous article, I argued from the Bible that the “shepherds” mentioned in the some of the Old Testament passages of the Bible were not human elders or judges of Israel, but angelic beings, having been put in charge … Continue reading

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Parousia: Coming or Presence?

While Preterists continue to hash out the details of what all is fulfilled and in what way, there is an ongoing debate over the meaning of this word parousia.  It is the word used here of Jesus’ return: Matthew 24:3 As He … Continue reading

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Angels as “Shepherds”: Part I

I contend that certain divine beings, which I will call angel-types were referred to as “shepherds” frequently throughout the Bible.  There are about 111 “shepherd” passages in the Bible.  In several instances, literal shepherds (with sheep) are obviously in view, … Continue reading

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The 144,000 Were NOT From The Great Tribulation

The “144,000” of Revelation 7 are NOT those who come out of the great tribulation. It’s easy to make errors while reading the Bible, and this one’s a common one.  Fortunately, however, this one is easily demonstrated and put away.   Here’s … Continue reading

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A Little Humility Is In Order

The Bible has about 35,000 verses. Assuming, for the sake of argument, that each verse had one and only one bit if information in it, that gives us a metaphorical jigsaw puzzle with about 35,000 pieces in it. But it … Continue reading

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The Nature of the Bible Texts: Something Worth Pondering

Preterists have figured out that the second coming of Jesus happened circa 70AD, even though there is ZERO historical narrative about that event in the Bible. They figured it out largely based on the prophecies that it was GOING to … Continue reading

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Understanding “The Testimony of Jesus” of Revelation 20:4

One of the most important verses regarding the events of the “end times” is this one below.  Much hinges on how it is interpreted.  In this present post, I intend to correct a very common misinterpretation of it.  Note the … Continue reading

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Sheol/Hades in the Apocrypha and Pseudepigrapha

Below are mentions of Sheol from several apocryphal and pseudepigraphical works.  This is a simple list, perhaps with notes here and there.  Generally, I make no claim as to the veracity of what is written here.  Read and believe at … Continue reading

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Adam’s “Untimely Death”

Here’s an interesting passage in one of the apocryphal books, 2 Baruch, stating that Adam’s sin brought “untimely death” upon all. 2 Baruch 54:15 For though Adam first sinned and brought untimely death upon all, yet of those who were born … Continue reading

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Sheol/Hades Overseen by Angelic Beings

This page is a listing of evidences for the model by which an underworld existed, inhabited by angel-type beings who oversaw its operation.  What you will find below is excerpts from scripture with a few notes. Luke 16:22 The poor man … Continue reading

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“Forever” or “To the age”? New Testament

Have you ever been puzzled by a passage that uses the word “forever”?  Well, what if “forever” is not the most accurate translation?  The following passages I have listed here as a reference because there is something quite significant about … Continue reading

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Pieces of the Sheol/Hades Puzzle

In my research about Sheol/Hades, a few bits of evidence have emerged that need to be accounted for and fitted into the overall puzzle.  This page is where I keep track of these pieces.  Please pardon the mess below; I … Continue reading

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Sheol and Hades are NOT “The Grave”

One very common misunderstanding is the idea that “Sheol” simply means “the grave”.  It does not.  Both Sheol (Hebrew) and it’s New Testament counterpart, Hades (Greek) are references to the underworld and the beings who ran it.  That’s right, the Bible … Continue reading

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Satan Was Bound In 30 AD

This unpolished article is a list of annotated excerpts that evince the binding of Satan in 30 AD. Let us begin by establishing that as of the time of the Last Supper, Satan had become “the ruler of this world”.  … Continue reading

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Sun, Moon, and Stars as Angels

The following article is from my Bible Investigation website, and seems to belong on this site as well.  It’s a couple of years old, and is slightly edited in the version that appears below. ———————– This article will fall far … Continue reading

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Understanding the “Firstborn” in the New Testament

The word “firstborn” (prōtotokos) refers to more than just one thing in the New Testament.  Here are the nine passages where it occurs. Of Firstborn Children Matthew 1:25 And knew her not till she had brought forth her firstborn son: and … Continue reading

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Proof That Jesus Descended to Hades/Sheol

This is a list of scriptures with minimal notes.  It is a work in progress. Ephesians 4:9 (In saying, “He ascended,” what does it mean but that he had also descended into the lower regions of the earth? 10 He who descended … Continue reading

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The Judgment of the Gods

Yes, there were other gods, and yes, they were real beings.  This should be widely known, but it has become the work of a great many pulpits to obscure this fact.  Along with it is obscured the fact that the … Continue reading

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The Angels Had Bodies

The angels had bodies.  Keep reading.  (Also, consider listening to Michael Heiser’s explanation of the “spiritual body” here.) If you read much in the Bible about humans, you’ll discover that they can die in two different ways:  their bodies, and … Continue reading

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