Israel – Carnal or Spiritual?

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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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Eschatology in the Bible 8: Parable Of The Fig Tree in Matt. 24

ImageNow learn a parable of the fig tree; When his branch is yet tender, and putteth forth leaves, ye know that summer is nigh: So likewise ye, when ye shall see all these things, know that it is near, even at the doors. Verily I say unto you, This generation shall not pass, till all these things be fulfilled. Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away. But of that day and hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels of heaven, but my Father only. (Mat. 24:32-36). 

The fig tree has been a strong image of Israel that many people believe that this parable in Mat. 24:32-36 is a prophecy of the restoration of Israel as a nation in 1948. In my opinion this is a total distortion of what Jesus is trying to tell the disciples, who had already asked Jesus couple of questions, which He now answer. I could have written much about Israel as a nation today, but it will maybe come partly in other posts.  …Go on and read more about the parable!

Eschatology in the Bible 7: The Trumpet and the Gathering in Mat. 24

I refer to King James version of the Bible. Please use your own bible if you find KJV difficult to understand, for your own convenience. 

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It has been several days since I last blogged, but this is probably the way in a active Christian life, even if it does not mean to run down venue doors. Christian life is so much more than that.

I had plans to write about the parable of the fig tree in this post, but I saw that verse 31 of Matthew 24 was slightly a bigger topic than I expected, so I will take verse 31 alone here in this post.

In my previous blog posts, you can read how Jesus presented the events that happen before and which led to the destruction of Jerusalem, in Matthew 24. You’ve also been reading historical writings that this events actually happened in the days immediately before the year  AD 70.

We will now turn to verse 31 in Matthew 24, which speaks of the event’s actual coming and its immediate consequence: the beginning of the universal salvation.

And he shall send his angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they shall gather together his elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other. Now learn a parable of the fig tree; When his branch is yet tender, and putteth forth leaves, ye know that summer is nigh: (Matt.24:31) 

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