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December 9 - Evening

"For Christ did not enter a sanctuary made with human hands that was only a copy of the true one; he entered heaven itself, now to appear for us in God’s presence....he has appeared once for all at the culmination of the ages to do away with sin by the sacrifice of himself...he will appear a second time, not to bear sin, but to bring salvation to those who are waiting for him."

- Hebrews 9:24-28

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Christ's Three-fold "Appearing"    

The writer of Hebrews identifies three phases of Christ’s ministry:

  1. Past Appearance - “He has appeared once for all at the culmination of the ages to do away with sin by the sacrifice of himself.”
  2. Presently Appearing – “He entered heaven itself, now to appear for us in God’s presence.”
  3. Future Appearance – “He will appear a second time…to bring salvation.”

His first appearance came “at the culmination of the ages.” This phase is synonymous with Paul’s phase “ends of the ages” in First Corinthians 10:11 and Galatians 4:4, and Peter’s “end of the times”
in First Peter 1:20. Here in Hebrews “the culmination of the ages” seems to be speaking, along with Paul’s “ends of the ages” and Peter’s “end of the times,” about the culmination of the Old Testament age which includes the age of the Levitical priesthood, the age of the earthly tabernacle/temple, the Law of Moses, etc. This would mean the time that follows this passing age would be a new age.
This new age is the church age of today which places Christ in heaven serving in the real temple where he appears before God for believers during their time on earth. But, even this church age will pass when Christ appears a “second time” on earth “to bring salvation to those who are waiting for him.”

The Greek word for "salvation" referred to deliverance from things like war, a storm, disease, an
enemy or traveling difficulties. In the New Testament "salvation" speaks of deliverance from sin and God’s coming wrath. Isaiah speaks of both of these salvations. The first is the deliverance from sin spoken of in Romans 5:1, 6, 8 which matches Isaiah’s words about the Messiah’s first appearance:

                “He makes himself an offering for sin…He bore the sin of many.” – Isaiah 53:10, 12

The second deliverance is from God’s wrath spoken of in First Thessalonians 1:10, and also,
Romans 5:9. This is found in Isaiah’s words concerning the Messiah’s second appearing and the
salvation, or deliverance, that will take place at that time:

ISAIAH: “Who is this, robed in splendor, striding forward in the greatness of his strength?
MESSIAH: “It is I, speaking in righteousness, mighty to save.”
ISAIAH: Why are your garments red, like those of one treading the winepress?
MESSIAH: “I have trodden the winepress alone; from the nations no one was with me. I trampled them in my anger and trod them down in my wrath; their blood spattered my garments, and I stained all my clothing.

  Christian Quote from Church History

"The one who retains the rule of the truth received through baptism unchangeable in his heart will surely recognize the names, the expressions, and the parables taken from the Scriptures [by the gnostics] but will by no means acknowledge the blasphemous use which these men make of them."
- Irenaeus, 184 AD




Something to Ponder??
"Under Nero, Christianity was ruthlessly condemned. You may weigh its worth and nature even from the character of its persecutor. If that ruler was a godly man, then the Christians are ungodly...If he was not a public enemy, we are enemies of our country...Now, although every other practice that existed under Nero has been destroyed, yet this of ours has firmly remained."
- Tertullian, 197 AD
Hebrew and Greek Word Study   Facts and Information




Theopneustos (Gr) - Inspiration (Eng) - theopneustos  is Greek compound word made up
of theos, which means God, and pneo which means "to breathe" or "blow." Theopneustos
is used once in the Greek New Testament and that is in Second Timothy 3:16 where it
is translated "inspired by God."


Paul was under arrest and in prison in Rome two times.

The first time was in Acts 28:18 during the years 60-62 AD when he was under house arrest. During this time he was allowed to live outside the military camp where he rented his own living quarters according to Acts 28:30. This mild treatment recorded by Luke would make sense because: Paul was a Roman citizen; Festus and Agrippa had both given favorable verdicts on Paul's case while he was held in the fortress in Caesarea; Afranius Burrus, the praetorian prefect overseeing Roman prisoners from the provinces in the years 51-62 AD, was recorded in history as an honest man.

The second arrest is recorded in 2 Timothy when Paul was arrested and detained in Rome during Nero's persecution. Paul was at this time held in the tullianum (Mamertine or Mamertinum Prison), the underground execution
cell of the prison in Rome. (Here, here and image here)

(Panoramic View of the Mamertine Prison HERE)

Confession to Action   Facts and Information
Since Christ has delivered me from sin, I will walk in righteousness today.
Since Christ is appearing before God for me, I will pray today.
Since Christ will deliver me from the coming wrath, I will rejoice today.
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king's glory, but without subjects a prince is ruined."
- Proverbs 14:28
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Robinson's Arch, Jerusalem Nehemiah's Wall in Jerusalem 445 BC
This is the view looking east down into the Kidron Valley from the base of the southeast corner of the Temple Mount.
(Here is an picture looking up at the southeast corner of the Temple Mount from the exact spot down in the Kidron Valley that is seen in the photo above.
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Details of Western Wall Tunnels along the west side of the Western Wall of the Templem retaining wall from the New Testament times. (More details here)
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