Was Judas Present When Jesus Instituted The Lord’s Evening Meal?

Jesus makes a covenant with his 11 faithful apostles.

Someone asked the following question: Why do Jehovah’s Witnesses say that Judas was not present on the night that Jesus presented the New Covenant, instituted the Lord’s Evening Meal, and made the Kingdom Covenant with his apostles? The simple answer is that this is just what the Bible says. When they gathered for the Passover meal, all 12 were present. But during the meal Judas was dismissed, prior to the institution of what became known as the Lord’s Evening Meal.

However, there is one particular Gospel that causes some confusion.  Continue reading

The Temple that the Apostle John Mentions in Revelation Leaves Preterists Grasping At Straws

This post is based on a discussion I had with someone who finds the preterist approach to eschatology to be very intriguing.

What is Preterism?

Eschatology (from ἔσχατος meaning “last” and -logy meaning “study of”) is a part of theology concerned with what are believed to be the final events of history commonly referred to as the end of the world.

Christian eschatology is a major branch of study within Christian theology. Eschatology, from two Greek words meaning last (ἔσχατος, last) and study (λογία, lit. discourse), is the study of the end of things, whether the end of an individual life, the end of the age, or the end of the world.  Continue reading

The Role of the Governing Body / Jerusalem Council in First Century Christianity

What does the Bible say about the organizational structure of the first century congregation?

Is Organized Religion a Choice? Or a Requirement?

There are some who claim that the congregations throughout the known world in the first century were completely autonomous, to which such claims are made usually with the intent of justifying a personal dismissal of all denominations today, or negating the need to assemble for worship with others altogether. “I just wanna worship God in the way that I personally want to” they say, which for many is often a clever way of minimizing the worship of God as a whole in favor of self-indulgence. Though for others, it is because organized religion has proved to be disappointing to them, at least to the degree in which they have sincerely and with fairness investigated them. This can be understandable, as the majority of organized religions are disappointing! But what do the scriptures teach us about the organization of first century Christianity? Was the first century Christian congregation an organization, or not? Continue reading

Identifying “The Alpha and the Omega”

The Alpha and the Omega

The Alpha and the Omega

The identity of “The Alpha and the Omega” of the book of Revelation is quite often the source of debate, and this is usually between those who subscribe to the doctrine of the trinity versus those who believe what the Bible teaches, namely, that the Almighty God of the Bible and his son, Jesus Christ, are in fact, two separate individuals. The fact that Jesus Christ is the second highest ranking individual, and not the Most High God, is clearly depicted in the vision of Revelation. Within John’s vision, there is a unique title that is used, “The Alpha and the Omega”, and the purpose of this article is to take a simple approach at identifying who that title belongs to.  Continue reading