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Series: New Testament Eschatology

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From time to time, I hear a lot about the early church’s understanding of the “end of the world” or their belief that the “Second Coming of Jesus” would take place within their generation. And it’s usually not in a very good light. “They were obviously mistaken,” is often the remark I hear most. I know it’s hard to imagine but what if we’re mistaken? What if we’ve misunderstood what they meant? I’m hoping that this series on some of the major statements from the New Testament about the “end of the world” will show that they weren’t mistaken in their understanding of the “signs of the times.” Before we begin, however, let’s look at some terms that will have to be used. As most of you know, I try to refrain from using big “church” words. My reason for this is because those words are like suitcases where ideas and thoughts and understandings are packed into them. To explain the words would mean a long time spent unpacking the suitcases and explaining their contents. While such a pil

Bible Read Through Thoughts — 03

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  Some of us from the Lindisfarne Community have decided to follow a reading plan that allows one to read through the entire Bible in a year (it’s been several years since I’ve done that). I’ll be posting my thoughts here in a series the label #BibleReadThroughThoughts. I hope you will join us! The link for the plan we’re using is here . It defaults to the New Revised Standard Version but you can change the translation by clicking the wee down arrow to the right of the Bible translation. For my readings, I’ve chosen the Septuagint (LXX) 2012 version for the Old Testament readings and the Common English Bible for the New Testament.                                     07 January 2022 —  Old Testament Genesis 18.10 (LXX2012): [1] And he said, I will return and come to you according to this period seasonably, and Sarrha your wife shall have a son; and Sarrha heard at the door of the tent, being behind him. I’ve used this passage to help explain that the coming of God doesn’t necessarily

Bible Read Through Thoughts — 02

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Some of us from the Lindisfarne Community have decided to follow a reading plan that allows one to read through the entire Bible in a year (it’s been several years since I’ve done that). I’ll be posting my thoughts here in a series the label #BibleReadThroughThoughts. I hope you will join us! The link for the plan we’re using is here . It defaults to the New Revised Standard Version but you can change the translation by clicking the wee down arrow to the right of the Bible translation. For my readings, I’ve chosen the Septuagint (LXX) 2012 version for the Old Testament readings and the Common English Bible for the New Testament.                                     03 January 2022 —  Old Testament Genesis 7.2-3 (LXX2012): [1] And of the clean cattle take into you sevens, male and female, and of the unclean cattle pairs male and female. 3 And of clean flying creatures of the sky sevens, male and female, and of all unclean flying creatures pairs, male and female, to maintain seed on al

Bible Read Through Thoughts — 01

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  Some of us from the Lindisfarne Community have decided to follow a reading plan that allows one to read through the entire Bible in a year (it’s been several years since I’ve done that). I’ll be posting my thoughts here in a series labeled #BibleReadThroughThoughts. I hope you will join us! The link for the plan we’re using is here . It defaults to the New Revised Standard Version but you can change the translation by clicking the wee down arrow to the right of the Bible translation. For my readings, I’ve chosen the Septuagint (LXX) 2012 version for the Old Testament readings and the Common English Bible for the New Testament.                                     01 January 2022 —  Old Testament Genesis 1.26 (LXX2012): [1] And God said, “Let us make man ( άνθρωπον, anthrópos) according to our image and likeness, and let them have dominion ( κατακυριεύσατε) over the fish of the sea, and over the flying creatures of heaven, and over the cattle and all the earth, and over all the rep