Christians as the “New Kids on the Block"

Why the Citizens of the Second Jewish Commonwealth and

Their Gentile God-fearering Sympathizers Hate the Christians So Much

by Mark Mountjoy

Introductory Remarks

Incumbants and nominees to the promised kingdom of God

Genuine miracles versus Sadducean assumptions about the cosmos and reality

The scandal of the cross

Trans-national versus nationalist emphasis

Contrary Pesher and Peshat of the Old Testament

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Second Century Israel: Should Christians Agree on Prophetic History? (Second Edition)

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Confronting a Prejudicial Aversion to the Historic Extent of the Ancient Jewish State

by Mark Mountjoy

Foreward

The ability to stand back and look at our own assumptions objectively and with as little sympathy as possible is, in my opinion, a great asset in developing ideas and models that, when inspected by others, meet standards of logic, congruity and predictive value.  For without logic what we promote could actually, on the face of it, look and sound crazy, and under pressure from closer inspection it could actually hold no water (and really be crazy!).  If it lacks congruity, we can unintentionally end up denying what we definitely are saying, and affirming what we vehemtly deny.  In terms of predictive value, a theory cannot be true if it, for example, it claims finality of ambitions within the framework of a first century window (e.g., A.D.66-70), only to ignore, dinigrate and bypass an almost complete, but grander replay of those same dreams, hopes and ambitions a mere seven decades later (A.D.132-136).  The troubling issue we are going to address in this talk is the prejudicial aversion to the historic extent of the ancient Jewish State, found mainly in Full Preterist and Partial Preterist circles.

Our need to address this important problem arises because the Bible actually indicates the necessity of what ended up happening to Judæa in at least twelve places: Daniel 2:35 cf. Revelation 20:11; Daniel 7:12.; Daniel 12:6-7; Micah 3:12; Matthew 12:43-45; Matthew 22:1-14; 24:22 and Mark 13:20; Luke 2:34 and John 5:43Revelation 10:1-4.  In the context of Revelation 20 itself, the order of Satan's binding and loosing completely discredits Max R. King's claim that the timeline of the devil's incarceration stretched from Pentecost to A.D.70; the suggestion is not even there!  Abiding by King's schedule, therefore, will effectively mitigate and stunt the full scope and grandeur of the Revelation of Jesus Christ and make it appear as if contradictory and nonsensical events and  conclusions pile up and ricochet, backwards and forwards, up and down and around and around between A.D.33 and A.D.70.  We want Christians, all over the world, to understand that nothing could be further from the truth!

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Work Ethics—According to the Bible

 

by Mark E. Mountjoy

The Bible, God's Word, has a lot to say about work, its meaning for man and its importance to God himself. Very often we are tempted to think of work as an endeavor to earn and accrue money and to have the resources to support our necessities, responsibilities, entertainment and recreation, but in the eyes of God work is much more than that. In this short essay we want to examine eight aspects to discover what work ethics are according to the Bible.

Statement One:

According to the BIble, when we work, we work for God, not man. "Servants, obey in all things your masters according to the flesh; not with eyeservice, as menpleasers; but in singleness of heart, fearing God;

23 And whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to the Lord, and not unto men;

24 Knowing that of the Lord ye shall receive the reward of the inheritance: for ye serve the Lord Christ.

25 But he that doeth wrong shall receive for the wrong which he hath done: and there is no respect of persons" (Colossians 3:22-25)

God's Word also says, "Servants, be obedient to them that are your masters according to the flesh, with fear and trembling, in singleness of your heart, as unto Christ;

6 Not with eyeservice, as menpleasers; but as the servants of Christ, doing the will of God from the heart;

7 With good will doing service, as to the Lord, and not to men:

8 Knowing that whatsoever good thing any man doeth, the same shall he receive of the Lord, whether he be bond or free.

9 And, ye masters, do the same things unto them, forbearing threatening: knowing that your Master also is in heaven; neither is there respect of persons with him" (Ephesians 6:5-9).

God's will is not only for the good conduct of employees, but also for bosses and employers.

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