10 more things. 

 

  1. The “last days” in the New Testament is from the day Jesus died till the destruction of Jerusalem.

 

  1. Satan is not the God of this world. He is the god of a former age. He is no longer in charge. Matthew 28:18: Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me.

 

  1. The word “earth” in Revelation 1 as in the “whole earth shall see him” does not mean planet earth. It means the “land”. Reading in context it means Jerusalem.

 

  1. The world “it is finished” means the debt is paid or that the war had been won. It does not mean the Old Covenant ended there. God in his grace allowed the Gospel to be preached for a whole generation when he folded the Old Covenant. That’s why when you read your Bibles it says “it is fading away”. By now it has faded away.

 

  1. The term Mount Sinai is a term used to describe the old covenant. Specifically it was referring to Mount Jerusalem during Jesus’ generation. It is that Mountain that was thrown to the sea in Revelations 8. It is also the same mountain Jesus said “if you have faith, say to this mountain, be ye thrown into the sea”.

 

  1. When you read about the “elements of this world” it does not mean planet earth and the universe. It actually refers to the Old Covenant, the Temple and the City of Jerusalem. So when Peter tells you that the heavens and the stars will be destroyed, he was referring to the Old Covenant and its symbols.

 

  1. The seven headed serpent in the book of Revelation is not Satan. He is Rome or its 7 emperors of that time.

 

  1. When Jesus said the Gospel will be preached to the whole world, he used the world “οἰκουμένη”. It does not mean the whole world. It means the Roman world. Colossians 1:23: This is the gospel that you heard and that has been proclaimed to every creature under heaven, and of which I, Paul, have become a servant. You see by Paul’s time every creature had already heard the Gospel. This does not mean our world it meant the world at his time.

 

  1. When Peter asked Jesus when was his “coming”, Peter had no idea Jesus would be resurrected. So it could not mean a 2nd coming. Jesus was referring to a different kind of coming. Psalms 18:9-11: He bowed the heavens also, and came down: and darkness was under his feet. And he rode upon a cherub, and did fly: yea, he did fly upon the wings of the wind. He made darkness his secret place; his pavilion round about him were dark waters and thick clouds of the skies. Peter was referring to when Jesus as the king of the Jews was going to judge Jerusalem at his first coming.
  1. The mark of the beast is a practice used in the time of Rome in a market place called the Agora. Merchants there were forced to worship a statue of Nero. Upon doing so you are marked on your forehead or your right hand with ashes. Those who refuse to worship the statue were refused entry. Hence they could not buy and sell.

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