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Upside Down Kingdom

27 But God hath chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise; and God hath chosen the weak things of the world to confound the things which are mighty; 1 Corinthians 1:27 There are many ways in which Jesus represents an upside down kingdom. God chooses the foolish things of the world to confound the wise. One way he did this was to wipe out the world with a global flood and save 8 people and animals on a floating barge. Why not just have everybody simply drop dead? Everybody dropping dead would leave no evidence

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Judas and Free Choice

10 Declaring the end from the beginning, and from ancient times the things that are not yet done, saying, My counsel shall stand, and I will do all my pleasure: Isaiah 46:10 (KJV) This verse is interesting, it starts from the end and looks back to the beginning. Time is a physical property that is subject to mass and gravity. Einstein states: “People like us, who believe in physics, know that the distinction between past, present, and future is only a stubbornly persistent illusion” God is not tied to our physical dimension in the way that we are. He

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Rich Young Ruler

The parable of the Rich Young Ruler is in Matthew 19:23-29. Being rich in and of itself isn’t the problem, the love of money and greed is the problem. When we look at poverty throughout the world, we’re among the richest even through our financial hardships. 1 Tim 6:10 (KJV) 10 For the love of money is the root of all evil:… 1 Tim 6:17-18 (KJV) 17 Charge them that are rich in this world, that they be not highminded, nor trust in uncertain riches, but in the living God, who giveth us richly all things to enjoy; 18

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Transfiguration and the Two Witnesses in Revelation

Jesus brings his inner circle of disciples to the “high mountain” as witnesses of his transfiguration. Matt 17:1-3 (KJV) 1 And after six days Jesus taketh Peter, James, and John his brother, and bringeth them up into an high mountain apart, 2 And was transfigured before them: and his face did shine as the sun, and his raiment was white as the light. 3 And, behold, there appeared unto them Moses and Elias talking with him. There are accounts of this event in Mark9:2-13 and Luke 9:28-36. This passage leads us to ask why Moses and Elais (Elijah) are

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False Converts and Matthew 15:13

13 But he answered and said, Every plant, which my heavenly Father hath not planted, shall be rooted up. 14 Let them alone: they be blind leaders of the blind. And if the blind lead the blind, both shall fall into the ditch. Matt 15:13-14 (KJV) This verse appears to be referring to false converts and false teachers in the church. Verse 14 expands on verse 13 when it says: “And if the blind lead the blind, both shall fall into the ditch.” I see this passage connecting to the parable of the wheat and the tares as well

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Pergamos and the Mustard Seed

A little historical background on Pergamos, it was the third letter by Jesus in Revelation 2:12-18. Pergamos was located 70 miles north of Smyrna. Where Ephesus was a great political center and Smyrna was a commercial center, Pergamos was a great religious center. This city became the center of the official “Caesar” worship when a temple was erected in 27 BC. It eventually became a test of one’s faith if you would or wouldn’t offer incense to the statue of the emperor. As the 7 letters to 7 churches were prophetic as well as letters to actual historic churches,

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Church and Israel

25 Know therefore and understand, that from the going forth of the commandment to restore and to build Jerusalem unto the Messiah the Prince shall be seven weeks, and threescore and two weeks: the street shall be built again, and the wall, even in troublous times. Dan 9:25 (KJV) This is a very specific prophecy that has a start point and an end point. The weeks referred to in this prophecy are weeks of years. The start point is the commandment to restore and build Jerusalem. This was the decree of Artaxerxes Longimanus that was given on March 14,

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Delimma Jesus Uses

To start at the beginning, God identifies himself to Moses in Exodus 3:14. 14 And God said unto Moses, I AM THAT I AM: and he said, Thus shalt thou say unto the children of Israel, I AM hath sent me unto you God identifies himself as “I AM”. In John 8:58 (KJV) 58 Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Before Abraham was, I am. In this premise, Jesus began to exist at a particular time. He was about 30 when he started ministry being born of a virgin, Mary and was known in the