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Revelation: The Empire Begins (Edited)

This historical section is offered to allow those who have little knowledge of these topics to be better able to understand the tenor of the times in which the final book in the scriptures was distributed and how the early history of Rome applies and sets so seamlessly within and around it. I consider it to be of critical value to identifying the intent of the prophesies and many of the signs in Revelation. The Julian's As had been noted,…

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Revelation: Rome Begins With Caesar (Edited)

Julius Caesar was a unique individual in many respects. He had been delivered in the first of what quickly became known as a Caesarian Section; and he, as a child of twelve, began to write of his visions and dreams of leading Rome. While still a young man he recorded his conquests in Germania where he had been appointed Tribune in charge of the Northern legions. He was intelligent, ruthless, and uncommon and thereby made many enemies. On 10 January…

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Revelation: Rome (Edited)

Rome — from Republic to Empire I placed this short history of Rome prior to the reading and notes for a reason: That two things might become appear obvious. First, as mentioned earlier, the Roman Empire had a lot more to do with the history of the early churches than you may have previously considered, and it had more to do with the historical development of the growing apostate churches. While secondly, that you should consider that both the book…

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Revelation: The Four Kingdoms (Edited)

Following Alexander’s death, the division of his empire eventually ended up in the dueling hands of several of his generals and their heirs. When time and force had settled things, Egypt began a long slide into decline ending up as a stripped and subjugated province of Rome. Three great empires followed Egypt and figure prominently in the Old Testament, and a fourth in the New Testament. The Four Kingdoms of Daniel It was written that what Daniel was shown was…

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On Revelation (Pt. 1: Eastern History – Old and New Testament Themes)

Eastern History - Old and New Testament Themes. It is important to begin a study of Revelation with a short history of ancient Empires; and I will give Rome more detail beyond the rest. This is placed prior to the comments and notes, as without a look first at the book of Daniel and then into the Roman Empire and emperors up through the time of Constantine, we might obscure or miss critical information. Some of what is given may…

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The Revelation Outline (Introduction)

It is not news that the Revelation of Jesus Christ is the only prophetic book in the New Testament. Nor is it news that it continues to be listed as the most difficult Biblical book to understand. Thousands of articles, hundreds of volumes and dozens of master and doctoral theses have been written offering explanations, suggesting various answers to the passages and prophesies. What is news, is that with its singular and distinctive style, it has spawned so wide a…

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On Revelation

With this short note I am announcing the posting of an outline on the book of The Revelation of Jesus Christ. Entries will begin posting on November 19, 2018. The comments and notes will include a historical section and an essay dealing with some of the prominent theories on the book’s date of publication. A bibliography will also be included. Where certain works were consulted during the preparation, credit was given. Some entries are footnoted, some blocked in Italics or bracketed. I pray that…

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Fire from Heaven

Revelation 20:9 states “…and fire came down from God in heaven and devoured them.” This is the only thing comparable to a battle that is found among the final passages from the last book in the Bible. Yet there is no trace of armies and warfare. It says God will have the only weapon (“fire from heaven”), and that he will destroy all who had not worshipped Christ: “the Lamb of God.” So, the final judgment will be completely one…

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The Restoration Movement (4) The Influence of the Enlightenment

The Age of Enlightenment had a significant influence on the Campbell movement. Thomas Campbell was also a student of the Enlightenment philosopher John Locke. While he did not explicitly use the term "essentials" in the Declaration and Address, Thomas proposed the same solution to religious division as had been advanced earlier by Herbert and Locke: "[R]educe religion to a set of essentials upon which all reasonable persons might agree." The essentials he identified were those practices for which the Bible…

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The Restoration Movement (3) Alexander Campbell

Thomas' son Alexander came to the US to join him in 1809. Before long, he assumed the leading role in the movement. The Campbells worked within the Redstone Baptist Association during the period 1815 through 1824. While both the Campbells and the Baptists shared practices of baptism by immersion and congregational polity, it quickly became clear the Campbells and their associates were not traditional Baptists. Within the Redstone Association, some of the Baptist leaders considered the differences intolerable when Alexander…

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