Author: Robert Alan King

The Sending Out of the Apostles and the Coming of the Son of Man

But when they persecute you in this city, flee to another, for assuredly I say to you, you will certainly not finish [going through] the cities of Israel before the Son of Man comes. (Matt 10:23 EASV) This passage has resulted in a lot of confusion among many Christians. However, it must be examined in its context to properly understand what is going on here. First off, this is not talking about the return of Jesus Christ at his second coming. It cannot be a reference to the second coming of Christ because by that time the Gospel will...

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Understanding Love and Hate in the New Testament

There has been a lot of confusion in properly understanding certain passages that refer to “love” in the New Testament, especially in the matters where love is contrasted with hate. The reason for this is that the English definitions of “love” and “hate” do not fully convey the exact meaning of the Greek words from which they derive. It is my hope that this article will help other Christians better understand what is meant by the New Testament writers when they use one of the Greek words for “love,” especially when they set up a contrast between two objects...

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Appearances of Jesus on the Earth After His Ascension?

There have been many people who assert that they have seen Jesus literally here on the surface of the earth outside of heaven after his ascension. Whenever you hear such a claim you can immediately rest assured that this is simply not the case since it clearly contradicts Scripture. Those who assert such an experience, insisting that it was not merely a dream of a mystical vision of Jesus in spirit, are mistaken, delusional, deceived, or simply lying. When Jesus Ascended to Heaven When Jesus ascended into heaven 40 days after the resurrection, the angels specified that he had...

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The Cyrus Cylinder and God’s Message to Cyrus

The photo above of the Cyrus Cylinder is © The Trustees of the British Museum. Cyrus the Great was a famous Persian king and the founder of the Persian Empire under the Achaemenid dynasty that conquered Babylon and many other nations. He was born in 590 BC (or 580 BC) and died in 529 BC. He is looked back upon by some as an advocate of human rights, which has a lot to do with the discovery of the Cyrus Cylinder, though others have argued that this portrayal of him is overstated. Discovery of the Cyrus Cylinder In 1879,...

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The Doctrine of Total Depravity

Total Depravity is the erroneous teaching that man is born so totally depraved that he cannot have a desire to seek out God without the intervention of God. What this means is that we cannot chose to believe in God, but that God must first draw us by his Spirit in order to do so. However, there is not anywhere in the Bible that teaches this. Though there is a verse that says we cannot come to Christ unless God draws us (John 6:44), the teaching there is that if we are truly desiring to follow God that he...

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Bible Verse of the Day

You shall be holy to me, for I the Lord am holy and have separated you from the peoples, that you should be mine.

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