MDR 12 – God – A Divorced Man

God and His marriage problem

Divorce DecreeI mentioned earlier that I’ve gone all the stages from unmarried, married, divorced and remarried, and the same has God. No, I’m not going to compare myself to God, but we can still compare us with parables and stories of and from God. There are many stories and parables in the Bible, where some stories may be more personal for us, all according to the situation we are in, but all the stories in the Bible are personal for God. One of it I think are the most personal stories of God is when he is forced to divorce Israel … Continue reading

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Passing away of heaven and earth. Pt.2

In the previous post we started talking about our passages in Rev. 20:11. and Rev. 21:1 if they refers to the same event. We saw that they had some indirect similarities in semantics and image. We translated the words [pheugo] and [apelthan], each of which means; Pheugo = “run away”, “retreat” or “escape”. in the sense of getting away from an imminent threat. And apelthan = “pass” (at the moment), “going out” or “leave” (from one place to another place or on the road), or to pass away for good for then never to return.

We was also looking at the understanding of things are “lost” (Revelation 21:1) and ended by asking what is the purpose of using the various terms ([pheugo] and [apelthan]) in the associated with “Heaven and Earth “. I will start with the first word, [pheugo], in this post and wait with the other word, apelthan, for the next blog post.

Let us look at Rev. 20:11 and the purpose of using the word [pheugo] – fled, in this vers.  Continue reading

New Creation and The New Jerusalem

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Eschatology is about time

It have been a long time since I posted something her at my english blog, actually 4 1/2 month since last time. Despite of my lack of posting, both here and on my Norwegian blog, it have come some comments on some of my post. Those post have obvious interested some people more than other post.

One of the post I wrote a while back ago, regarding the Bride and the New Jerusalem which is a part of the blog-series I have about Revelation of John. Not unexpected and very pleasant, there have been questions about these things. It is not entirely unexpected comments from close friends who are “millennial-believers” (dispensationism) and who wish me back to the prokrust-bed. What I have to say is that I’m finished customizing the Scripture and the prophecies to my size of bed, but I think it might be helpful to write a bit more regarding the Bride, the New Jerusalem and New Heaven and New Earth. It may help both, me and you.
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Israel – Interpretation and Abraham Covenant

Jupp, I’m back on the blog as I have missed. There has been some hectic day here in the Philippines from establishing some money to give out Bibles to new believers (who do not have Bibles) to speak at La Salle University in Manila who took a lot of preparation and a helping hand to a “small” pastor, (which is larger than Most pastors I’ve met), near Manila landfill. And in between, and also important — an introvert also need to have some time to recharge the social batteries too.

Previous post regarding Israel Israel – Carnal or Spiritual? , if the hope of Israel was spiritual or carnal, and although many answers should be obvious already, is it still some Christians who do carnal works to promote what they believe in, namely that Israel as a state today is promised by God to the Jews, and that “their presence in their ancient land is a reminder to us of God’s faithfulness to his promises that are fulfilled before our eyes.” [Quoted from the introduction of a Norwegian book “The Dream of Messiah,” by David Østby and Joseph Østby]. Continue reading

Israel – Carnal or Spiritual?

Green Israel

Israel have great nature. From desert to fertile land. From mountains to land 377 m below the sea level. If you like to travel and like to walk on bible history ground, Israel might be your next destination.

I have finally come to the exciting part “Israel”, and it is not without reason that we must address Israel, for Israel have to do with the promises to Israel through Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, the hope, the kingdom of God and salvation. But not only that, I have receive many questions after the series of “Matthew 24” and “Revelation” regarding Israel today, God’s promise to Abraham, “the promised land” and how we should relate to Jews and Israel today.
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Revelation pt. 12 – Summary

Many calories has been eaten and burn since I last posted a post here, but I haven’t disappear totally. The reason for the long time is time… more specific lack of time. I have been in Norway and many other stuff have been going around, but I’m here.

We have went through 11 parts of the series of Revelation of John and are now come to an end. Since I like a series of 12 part better than 11, I want to end the series nicely  with a summary, so lets start.

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Revelation part. 10 – New Heaven and New Earth

“I saw a new heaven and a new earth: for the first heaven and the first earth have passed away, and the sea is no more. I saw the holy city, New Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared like a bride adorned for her husband.” (Rev. 21:1-2)

Now that we have come to Revelation. 21 and will turn to “a new heaven and a new earth”, it may be that those who have followed the series, have a clue of where I go. I want to show that the new heavens and new earth are present, but it probably needs more explanation.

We Christians have been taught to believe that in ‘the end’ we will literally go into the perfect new heavens and new earth, dressed in the new physical body through the physical resurrection. Thus we are taught that Revelation 21:1 to 22:5 is about the Millennium that will come sometime in the future. But what I will argue is that the new creation that John presents here is a present reality as the ‘perfect order’, and will perfectly fulfill and replace. That is a new creation presented as an ideal image of the Christian faith in time and in the soil. Curious how this can be? Continue reading!