'A Stron Word Of Warning'
The pivot from the end of chapter four to the start of chapter five is very important to catch. It is masked by the misleading chapter and verse markings that were never in the original manuscripts. In the original, 4:13-5:6 is all one paragraph and is a description of one main thought. But, in many translations this is broken up into several thoughts, and so the unity of James on this issue is lost:
'Now listen, you who say, “Today or tomorrow
It seems that without the physical bodily resurrection of Jesus Christ, our faith is vain.
And it seems also that the Christian faith is absolutely dependent upon it.
And so, let's have Paul tell it:
12 Now if Christ be preached that he rose from the dead, how say some among you that there is no resurrection of the dead?
Now, this verse indicates that Christ was preached that He rose
Let's look again at the "tares and wheat" parable and its interpretation:
24a Jesus presented another parable to them, saying, “The kingdom of heaven may be compared . . .
Stop right there.
Is not Jesus speaking about what the kingdom of heaven can be compared to?
Indeed, he is describing the kingdom of heaven in the parable itself.
And so, the Kingdom of heaven is a DOMAIN over which the
It appears that the second death is spiritual separation from God for all eternity.
And there is torment and punishment in that place forever; thus, it is not a "cessation" from existence at all for the participants. And remember, forever is a mighty looooooong time, yes?
So now, let's look at the fate of the "unholy trinity" and so on in Rev. 20:10. Notice that the fate of the "unholy trinity" is linked to the fate of
One of the critical aspects of the "millennium" has to do with the beast in this verse:
4Then I saw thrones, and they sat on them, and judgment was given to them. And I saw the souls of those who had been beheaded because of their testimony of Jesus and because of the word of God, and those who had not worshiped the beast or his image, and had not received the mark on their forehead and on their hand; and they came to life and reigned with