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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Wanted

God/Jesus was, is, and always will be. So, His Word is relevant unto all generations bringing blessings and judgments according to His will forever…Amen!

A poem for our time!

“WANTED”
God give us men! A time like this demands
Strong minds, great hearts, true faith, and ready hands;
Men whom the lust of office does not kill;
Men whom the spoils of office cannot buy;
Men who possess opinions and a will;
Men who have honor, men who will not lie;
Men who can stand before a demagogue,
And damn his treacherous flatteries without winking!
Tall men, sun-crowned, who live above the fog
In public duty, and in private thinking;
For while the rabble, with their thumb-worn creeds,
Their large professions and their little deeds,
Mingle in selfish strife, lo! Freedom weeps,
Wrong rules the land, and waiting Justice sleeps!
~Josiah Gilbert Holland

PMCBurkey 

The Harbinger

Will you take the challenge?
Do you think the events of 9/11 have anything to do with the Bible? If you don’t, the book for you to read is ‘The Harbinger’ by Jonathan Cahn published 2011. A coincidence? I think not.
We went shopping for new beds and were introduced to this book by the salesman, a former pastor. I challenge you all to take up this book and not put it down until its last page. Will you take the challenge?

“The Harbinger”
Reads like a novel,
But grab your shovel.
Dig into the Bible,
It has no rival.
Open your heart,
But before you start,
Search your conscience,
The TRUTH’s not science!
Just a coincidence?
Aw, don’t be that dense!
Even Aesop’s Fables
Bring facts to the table.
Will America repent,
Or one by one is meant?
Please give this some thought,
God’s mercy isn’t for naught!
~PMCBurkey 2014

Bible Quiz #3

Test Your Bible Knowledge…

#3

Match the CAPITALIZED with its lower case…

AD70, JUDAH, ARARAT, JOB, ACHOR, JUDE, ANDREW, JOSHUA, AMON, JORDAN, ACTS, JERUSALEM, ABRAM, JERICHO, ABEL, JACOB, ANGEL, JONAH, ADVERSARY

river, tribe, son of nun, devil, city, book of bible, brother of cain, michael, brother of peter, gourd, holy spirit, great tribulation, son of terah, king of judah, valley, uz, father of benjamin, mountain, temple

(clue: some may link to more than one)

Trivia Time! ~PMCBurkey

Bible Quiz #1

Test Your Bible Knowledge…

#1

Match a CAPITALIZED with its lower case…

ADAM/EVE, ISAAC, JOHN the BAPTIST, PAUL, MOSES, NOAH, JESUS, SAUL, ABRAHAM, SERPENT…

exodus, binding of isaac, olive branch, first king of israel, garden of eden, name means ‘laughter’, parting of the red sea, son of elizabeth/zechariah, road to damascus, garden of gethsemane

(clue: some may link to more than one)

Enjoy! ~PMCBurkey

Yes, Victor, There is a Jesus Christ

Dear Editor,
I am nine years old. Some of my friends say there is no Jesus Christ. Some say he is dead. Dad says, “If you see it in the Bible it’s so.” Please tell me the truth, is there a Jesus Christ?
Victor Ree
13 Hallelujah Trail
Eternal City

Dear Victor,
Your friends are wrong. They have been touched by the distrust of an uncertain age. They do not believe unless they can see clearly and understand fully. Do you know there have been more songs composed and sung about the unseen Jesus Christ than any other man that lived? The truth and knowledge of Jesus Christ is gained by faith and hearing the Word of God.
Yes, Victor, there is a Jesus Christ. He lives as certainly as love, kindness, and friendship exist. Alas, how sad would be the world if there was no Jesus Christ! It would be as sad as if there were no Victors. There would be no childlike faith then, no hope, no love to make bearable this existence. We should have no pleasure except in sense and sight. The eternal light of the Holy Spirit which fills the children of God would be extinguished.
Not believe in Jesus Christ? You might as well not believe in the wind! You might get your Dad to hire men to watch all the trees and catch the wind as it blows about the leaves. But what would that prove? Nobody today sees the wind or Jesus Christ, but that is not a sign that there is no Jesus Christ. The most true things in the world are those that neither children nor men can see.
Did you ever see angels fly through the air? Of course not, but that does not prove they are not there. No one can know or dream of all the invisible wonders in the world.
You can take apart a music box to see what makes the sounds inside, but the strongest man could not tear apart the cover of the unseen world. Only faith, hope, and love can push aside that curtain and see the beauty and glory of salvation in Heaven beyond. Is it all real? Yes, Victor, in this world there is nothing else as real and abiding.
No Jesus Christ? Thank God he lives, and lives forever. A thousand years from now, Victor, nay ten times ten thousand years from now, he will continue to make glad the hearts of his children. Our joy in the Lord Jesus Christ need never end because he is endless and it was for us that he came!

And Jesus called a little child unto him, and set him in the midst of them, and said, Verily I say unto you, Except ye be converted, and become as little children, ye shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven. Whosoever therefore shall humble himself as this little child, the same is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven. And whoso shall receive one such little child in my name receiveth me. Matthew 18:2-5
*Glory Be To God On High*

In 1897, a child named Virginia wrote to a New York newspaper with the question, “Is there a Santa Claus?” The editor, named Church, wrote a response to Virginia giving her the assurance of Santa Claus’ existence.
Upon reading the response, I thought the attributes of Santa Claus could well be applied to Jesus Christ. Many people today question the existence of Jesus Christ. May this adaptation give hope of His most Blessed Assurance.
(PMCBurkey 1997; 1999; 2013)