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End of the Age - Parousia!

The New Testament presents the return of Jesus at the “ end of the age ” as an event of great finality and power. His “ arrival ” in glory will be accompanied by celestial and terrestrial upheaval, the ushering in of the New Creation, the resurrection of the righteous, the judgment of the ungodly, the “ gathering of his elect from the four corners of the earth ,” and the cessation of death. Nothing will ever be the same again! - [ Photo by Jake Gard on Unsplash ].

Preaching Another Jesus

OVERVIEW   –   Is Jesus still the “slain Lamb,” or has he become the “roaring” Lion of Judah out to exact payback on his enemies ?  When certain “ super apostles ” began to undermine his teachings in Corinth, Paul reminded the church that the “ serpent beguiled Eve in his craftiness ,” and warned against anyone who came “ proclaiming another Jesus, whom we did not preach, or a different spirit, or a different gospel .” He pointed to the same Christ that he had first proclaimed as the benchmark against which all others must be measured -[ Photo by  Ivan Diaz  on Unsplash ].

Jesus and Rome

In the wilderness of Judea, the Devil offered the Messiah of Israel unlimited political power to achieve his purposes, if only the Son of God would render homage to him. Imagine all the good Christ could have done for Israel and the world if only he possessed all the might and majesty of Rome! But this he rejected without hesitation. Instead, he chose the way of the cross. Nor did he later instruct his disciples - “ Go, and do thou differently !” - [ Photo by Jonathan Skule on Unsplash ].

Parousia of Jesus in Thessalonica

In his first letter to the Thessalonians, the Apostle Paul wrote to reassure the congregation about the participation of fellow saints who died before the Parousia in the glories of that day. BOTH dead and living saints will assemble to " meet " Jesus. In doing so, he provided one of his more detailed descriptions of the “ coming ” of Jesus. On that day, dead Christians will be resurrected and, together with those still alive, will meet Jesus as he descends from heaven. - [ Photo by Michael Kroul on Unsplash ].

Servant of Yahweh

“ I will give him a portion among the great, because he poured out his soul unto death, and with transgressors let himself be numbered ” – Isaiah 53:12 .  Unlike Adam, the “ Servant of Yahweh ” did not grasp at the “ likeness of God .” Instead, he humbled himself and chose obedience, even when that meant his submission to a most shameful death. For this reason , God highly exalted him and installed him to reign over all things as “ Lord .” Exaltation did not precede the death of Jesus - it followed it. - [ Photo by Sander Mathlener on Unsplash ].

Language of the New Testament

OVERVIEW   -  Was the New Testament composed in Greek or Hebrew? All evidence points to the former as the original language .  What was the original language of what we now call the “New Testament”? For centuries, the consensus was that it was written in Greek. In recent years, however, a growing minority has claimed it was first composed in Hebrew (or Aramaic), then translated relatively early into Greek. After all, the apostles and first Christians were all Jews, and, of course, first-century Jews spoke Hebrew. But what does the evidence show, and does it matter? - [ Photo by Mick Haupt on Unsplash ].