Those Were The Days

​Those Were The Days!

Put On Your Thinking Cap…

#1

Using Audience Relevance and Speaker Intent, read again Matthew 16:28, Mark 9:1, Luke 9:27…

“Verily I say unto you (who?), There be some (how many?) standing here (where?), which shall not taste of death, till they (who?) see the Son of man coming in his kingdom.” Matthew 16:28; Mark 9:1; Luke 9:27 

Who was speaking? Who was being addressed? When was this spoken?

So, who was the Son of man, and when did he come in his kingdom?

#2 

Using Audience Relevance and Speaker Intent, read again Matthew 24:34, Matthew 23:36, Mark 13:30, Luke 21:32…

“Verily I say unto you (who?), This generation (which generation?) shall not pass, till all (how many?) these things (what things?) be fulfilled.” Matthew 24:34; Matthew 23:36; Mark 13:30; Luke 21:32 

Who was speaking? Who was being addressed? When was this spoken? Was Jesus mistaken?

#3 

Using Audience Relevance and Speaker Intent, read again Matthew 23:35…

“That upon you (who?) may come all the righteous blood shed upon the earth, from the blood of righteous Abel unto the blood of Zacharias son of Barachias, whom ye (who?) slew between the temple and the altar (where was the temple and altar? were you there?).” Matthew 23:35 

Who was speaking? Who was being addressed? When was this spoken?

#4 

Using Audience Relevance and Speaker Intent, read again Hebrews 1:1-2a…

“God, who at sundry times and in divers manners spake in time past (when?) unto the fathers by the prophets, Hath in these last days (which last days?) spoken unto us (who?) by his Son…” Hebrews 1:1-2a 

When was this spoken? Who was being addressed? 

So, when were the ‘last days’?

#5 

Using Audience Relevance and Speaker Intent, read again Hebrews 9:26b…

“Now (when?) once (how many times?) in the end of the world (what was the world that ended?) has he appeared to put away sin by the sacrifice of himself (when was Christ sacrificed?) Hebrews 9:26b 

To whom was the book of Hebrews written? When was it written?

So, what was ‘the world’ and when did it end?

#6 

Using Audience Relevance and Speaker Intent, read again Hebrews 6:7-8…

“For the earth which drinks in the rain that comes often upon it, and brings forth herbs meet for them by whom it is dressed, receives blessing from God; But that which bears thorns and briers is rejected, and is near unto cursing, whose end is to be burned.” Hebrews 6:7-8

The word ‘earth’ may be a type and be figurative for the land, the planet, or the people according to the Hebrew/Greek word in the original text. Consider ‘earth’ in Hebrews 6:7. Taken in context, it’s speaking of people…those who continue on with God or those who fall away from Him.

#7

Using Audience Relevance and Speaker Intent, read again Genesis 37:9-10…

“And he dreamed yet another dream, and told it his brethren, and said, Behold, I have dreamed a dream more; and, behold, the sun and the moon and the eleven stars made obeisance to me. And he told it to his father, and to his brethren; and his father rebuked him, and said unto him, What is this dream that you have dreamed? Shall I and your mother and your brethren indeed come to bow down ourselves to you to the earth?” Genesis 37:9-10

“Celestial Figures/Types”: Joseph’s dream of the sun, moon, and eleven stars bowing to him was figurative for his father, mother, and eleven brothers. 

Just like in Matthew 24; Mark 13; Luke 21; 2; Galatians 4:3-9; 2 Peter 3; Revelation 21:23…The celestial elements/heavens stood for people: oppressive, authoritative, or religious figures. 

Within the New Covenant we look to Jesus Christ, “The Sun of Righteousness” and “The Bright and Morning Star.” Malachi 4:2; Revelation 22:16.

#8

Using Audience Relevance and Speaker Intent, read again Matthew 28:18-20; Mark 16:15.

Still waiting for the gospel commission of Matthew 28:18-20 and Mark 16:15 to be fulfilled before Jesus returns in vengeance? 

It’s said in Acts 2:1-6, that when Pentecost had happened, there were devout men out of every nation under heaven dwelling at Jerusalem.

In Romans 10:13-18 and Colossians 1:5-6, 23 Paul said the gospel was heard in all the world and was preached unto every creature under heaven.

Jesus’ vengeance was fulfilled on Jerusalem in A.D.70.  Wait no more!

#9

Using Audience Relevance and Speaker intent, read again Acts 2:1-21 and Joel 2:27-32…

The supernatural events of Pentecost in Acts 2:1-21 were prophesied in Joel 2:27-32. 

Joel said they were to happen “in those days.”

Peter said, This is that which was spoken by the prophet Joel; “And it shall come to pass ‘in the last days’ says God, I will pour out my Spirit…”

So, when were “those, last days?”  Think about it!

#10 

Using Audience Relevance and Speaker Intent, read again Matthew 5:17-18…

Jesus said He had not come to destroy the law or the prophets, but to fulfill them. He said not one letter of the law shall pass until heaven and earth pass away and all is accomplished. Matthew 5:17-18

If the heaven and earth of the old covenant world have not passed away already, then the law has not passed either.

Then, are we now living within the grace of God through Christ, or are we still under the law?

Think about it!

#11

Using Audience Relevance and Speaker Intent, read again 1 Corinthians 10:1-13…

“Now all these things happened unto them for ensamples [types], and they are written for our admonition, upon whom the ends of the world are come.” 1 Corinthians 10:1-13

Who sent this letter? Who received this letter? When was this letter received?

So, who was being admonished about “the ends of the world” having come upon themselves?

Think about it!

#12

Many Biblical scholars believe and teach that the Bible books weren’t completed until circa A.D. 90. If that were so, then why didn’t the Bible writers speak of the Jerusalem temple having been destroyed in A.D. 70?

Think about it…

#13

If Jesus spoke of the physical world/planet being destroyed in Matthew 24, why did he warn the people to flee to the mountains? Would that have made a difference in their being saved?

Think about it…

#14

Today’s theologians speak of a coming “great tribulation”. Why?

Jesus, speaking in Matthew 24, warns of the days of great tribulation which occurred A.D. 70 (See the historical writings of Josephus). Jesus said in Matthew 24:21…”For then shall be great tribulation, such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, NOR EVER SHALL BE.” According to Jesus, there will never be another great tribulation.

Think about it…

(PMCBurkey 2013)


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