Of these kingdoms we mention three— I. Ultimately I could never really no matter what happens in the Christian world in which I move, I can never know a full and consummate and settled joy, I could never get the gnawing nagging agonizing pain out of my heart over the way God is constantly treated, and Christ, and the Spirit … both by those who reject His name and those who name His name. ", Steven Cole - Jesus responds that the amount of faith isn’t really the issue, since a small amount of faith will accomplish great things (Lk 17:5-6). Indeed, the mark of a true believer is that when he sins and leads a weaker believer into sin, he confesses that sin and does everything he can to help restore the fallen brother or sister. 19:1; Rev. 42, to an abiding with Christ, I John 2:28 and 3:2; She belonged to Sodom. Hedonism (Genesis 4:21) 1. Perhaps He would establish the promised kingdom! It occurs in Matthew 25:30 where it refers to the servant who hid in the ground the one talent which was entrusted to him by his master. 1:12; 1 Pet. Ichabod was written on that temple long ago when the glory departed. Then Satan’s chain was lengthened that he might have greater power over the bodies of men, that his Master might subdue him, and that Christ Jesus the Lord might have the greater victory over the prince of darkness. And yet, did the priests believe in Jesus as Messiah, Redeemer, Lord? The goal is repentance and restoration of that person's relationship with the Lord and with others. Her life! See also a compilation of prophecies and resources on Messianic Prophecies. Ryrie on it will be just the same - Until the time of Christ's return, many people will be prosperous, feel secure, and be unprepared for His return (as in the days of Noah and Lot). For example, it was used to describe owing good will (1Co 7:3), love (Ro 13:8 = we can never love enough and will always "owe" this debt). Rebuke (aorist imperative = Do it now! Hence the “within you” addressed to these unbelieving Jews is most expressive of their covenanted relationship and the glorious privileges that they as a nation enjoyed. God has shown us grace; we should show grace to others. The New Testament writers speak of all these blessings as coming through Christ, who is the fulfillment of these prophecies. The Summons of Faith— We need faith to grow in the Lord and to obey His Word. Lot's wife looked back at Sodom and Gomorrah because she loved the world, she loved the things of the world more than she loved God. They treated Him like a conquering king. 17:13; Lk. So, possibly, the offender is rather better than you are, after all, and if God is gentle in his dealings with you, you may well be gentle in your dealings with your neighbor. 9:6; 10:11,14; 15:9; 28:13,22; 33:8; 34:28; Ezr. Luke 17 Bible Commentary. 22:67. This association is clearly no accident for both passages refer to the same period of time, the coming Kingdom of God, the time when Messiah rules and reigns from His Holy City (see Zech 14:16, 20-21-commentary), Tannehill  comments that "There is a close connection between the hope expressed in 1:6 and the conditional promise of Peter in 3:19–21, indicated not only by the unusual words ‘restore’ and ‘restoration...but also by the references to "times" (kairos in Acts 1:7) and "seasons" ("times" =  kairos in Acts 3:19) in both contexts. in the following order: (1) The promise of the kingdom to David and his descendants, and described in the prophets (2 Sam 7:8 - 17, and notes; Zech 12:8), enters the N.T. Noticing the children’s handprints on the windows, Dr. Stowell remarked about them to his friend. KJV Luke 17:1 Then said he unto the disciples, It is impossible but that offences will come: but woe unto him, through whom they come! You must rebuke with the view of leading the person to repentance. To err is to stray from God and/or His commandments. New Earth (THE WARNING COULD NOT HAVE BEEN ANY CLEARER)” 26 But his wife, from behind him, looked back, and she became a pillar of salt (SEE NOTE). 135-140. John warns NT readers of the danger of loving this world and issues a strong command... Do not love (present imperative with a negative = Don't start this or stop doing it) the world nor the things in the world. Repetition becomes the pounding of a jack hammer. Be sure to do an attitude check, so that you are not rebuking them just to prove you are right and they are wrong. (2) “He answered them and said, the Kingdom of God cometh not with observation.” Perhaps no word has received such singular treatment as the word “observation” here; its primary, distinctive meaning is discarded and a meaning given to it which Judge Jones (Essays on the Com. Wiersbe - Luke 17:30–36 describes what will occur when Jesus Christ returns in judgment to defeat His enemies and establish His kingdom on earth (Rev. 29 "And they will come from east and west and from north and south, and will recline at the table in the kingdom of God. Come, Lord Jesus. In a word an apostle is a "sent one!" They conform to the outward ways of Christian relatives and friends. The Pharisees and most of the Jews (including His disciples) were expecting that when the Messiah came, He would bring in a political Kingdom. Then He goes on to say, “On the basis of faith in His name, it is the name of Jesus that has strengthened this man whom you see and know,” the man they had just healed, “and the faith that comes through him has given him this perfect health in the presence of you all. KJV Luke 17:23  And they shall say to you, See here; or, see there: go not after them, nor follow them. New Testament usage seems to be more concise than Septuagint usage, with prostithēmi being used primarily to indicate literally being added to (Matthew 6:27: “Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life?” NIV). So in Mt 5:29-30 skandalizo is used in the active sense which conveys the idea to cause to do wrong, to entice to commit sin. In my experience of helping people work through relational conflicts, this step is often neglected completely out of cowardice or done poorly at best. He that loves his relatives and friends is specially bound to consider them. 9:55; Lk. 17:34; Lk. (MacArthur New Testament Commentary – Luke 11-17). (Da 9:27-note), The Lord Jesus quoted from Daniel 9 as He explained the timing of the events immediately preceding His triumphant return because He wanted the Jews (and all mankind) living during the tumultuous time of Daniel's Seventieth Week to have an easily identifiable event that would indubitably signal the beginning of the the Great Tribulation which represents the final outpouring of God's wrath during the last 3.5 years of the Seventieth Week of Daniel…, Therefore when you see the ABOMINATION OF DESOLATION (referring to the Antichrist or some desecrating action he makes) which was spoken of through Daniel the prophet (reference to Da 9:27-note, also in Daniel 11:31, 12:11), standing in the holy place (indicates the Jewish Temple will be rebuilt, cf Re 11:1, 2- see notes Re 11:1; 11:2) (let the reader understand)… there will be a Great Tribulation, (a specific 3.5 year period synonymous with the "Time of Jacob's Distress" in Jer 30:7-note, click other synonyms) such as has not occurred since the beginning of the world until now, nor ever shall… but immediately after the tribulation (the Great Tribulation) of those days THE SUN WILL BE DARKENED, AND THE MOON WILL NOT GIVE ITS LIGHT, AND THE STARS WILL FALL from the sky, and the powers of the heavens will be shaken, and then the sign of the Son of Man will appear in the sky (Sign = the Lord returning on the clouds), and then all the tribes of the earth will mourn, and they will see the SON OF MAN COMING ON THE CLOUDS OF THE SKY with power and great glory. She willfully disobeyed the strict injunction which the angel had laid upon her. Finally, the text says in Isa 53:8-9, “By oppression and judgment he was taken away; and as for his generation, who considered that he was cut off out of the land of the living, stricken for the transgression of my people? He must have also spoke about aspects of the future Millennial kingdom as suggested by their question in Acts 1:6 where they wanted to know the specific time when this glorious Kingdom would be a reality? Relationships are important to us. In a parallel passage in Mt 17:20 Jesus substituted "mountain" for mulberry, but His point was the same that little faith in a big God can accomplish big things for God! In this passage, this refers to sin that could pull that person or others away from God, and result in the horrible judgment. 137:3; Prov. 20:27; Jdg. 13:24; Lk. It is the Lord Christ whom you serve." Thus the declaration of healing from leprosy in the early phase of Jesus' ministry would have resulted in "overwhelming enthusiasm, unrealistic Messianic expectations and bring to bear upon Jesus undue pressure that could force Him out of His Father's timetable (cf John 7:6, 8)." Jesus is known by Christ alone some 44 times in the Gospels. Figuratively, as in this passage, opheilo describes a sense of indebtedness to someone for something. They have faith in the power and compassion of Jesus....Were they cleansed because they believed? How do I know that? In other words, the Kingdom of God begins as a spiritual Kingdom in the heart but is consummated in a visible Kingdom on earth in the Millennium. No one repented, and no one cared to seek God. The tiniest amount of faith can accomplish miraculous things. Figuratively the verb iaomai can speaks of deliverance from sin and its consequences and thus to restore to spiritual good health as in (Mt 13.15, 1 Pe 2.24-note where "you were healed" is not physical but spiritual healing). We should view ourselves as God’s slaves who owe Him simple and unquestioning obedience. John MacArthur comments that the story of Lot emphasizes we are to "Leave everything in this world behind and the, to point out clearly what He means, Jesus says, “Remember Lot’s wife.” What triggered this statement is probably the “don't turn back” (end of Lk 17:31) Remember Lot’s wife! Violence (Genesis 6:11,13) Both trees differ from the English sycamore. They did not believe Noah and were content with their wickedness and idolatry. So the Second Coming stirs a longing in our heart, as a Bride longs to see her groom, and motivates a desire to be found pure by Him as John describes in his first epistle... Beloved, now we are children of God, and it has not appeared as yet what we will be. The preposition apo- speaks of separation and thus conveys the picture of rejecting completely. (Genesis 19:12-29), NET NOTE - In Ge 19:29 "remembered," means more than mental recollection. In the Septuagint (e.g., Isaiah 16:11; Psalm 103:1) entos refers to the inside of man (i.e., the heart). Jesus gives an illustration. Our old man (cf the flesh) is inherently selfish and not even able to genuinely forgive from the heart! What kind of people lived in Sodom? It is understandable that they hoped the arrival of the kingdom was imminent. Second, is the other person’s sin bringing dishonor to God? Jesus was patently clear when He declared that, “No one (IN GREEK NOT RELATIVELY NO ONE, BUT ABSOLUTELY NO ONE) can (dunamai = HAS THE INHERENT ABILITY TO) serve (douleuo in present tense = CONTINUALLY SERVING AS A SLAVE, WITH ONE'S WILL TOTALLY SUBMITTED TO AND ENTWINED WITH THE WILL OF THE MASTER) two masters (TWO LORDS = kurios); for (term of explanation - JESUS EXPLAINS WHY) either he will hate the one and love (agapao) the other, or he will be devoted to one and despise (kataphroneo) the other. Everybody enjoyed the benefit of Jesus' power. By David H. Roper, We thank You, Lord, for blessings The love of the world’s riches choke it out (Lk 8:14-note). KJV Luke 17:24  For as the lightning, that lighteneth out of the one part under heaven, shineth unto the other part under heaven; so shall also the Son of man be in his day. But Jesus’ answer (Lk 17:6) indicates that more faith is not really the issue. This is of course only indirect evidence, but it does support the premise of a pre-tribulation rapture. They will be mad at God! Jesus depicts a death that is so horrible it is difficult to imagine. But faith in Christ and His promises can never lead to disappointment because He said: "Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away" (Matt 24:35). The first "Sixty-nine weeks" ended at the time Messiah came and died (Da 9:25-26-note). that my life may be saved.” 21 He said to him, “Behold, I grant you this request also, not to overthrow the town of which you have spoken. While being loud may show more dishonor than honor, in this case, his loudness showed his zeal in praising God. God does not pardon our sins until we repent, but He made provision to pardon our sins long before we repented and He acted in kindness toward us to lead us to repentance (Rom. 4. Work till the last beam fadeth, Ryrie - Where will the ones taken be taken? (Galatians 3:19)  Why the Law then? And He said to them, “Where the body  is, there also the vultures will be gathered - One knows where there is dead flesh by observing vultures circling overhead. Sadly, it will be too late to repent at that time. Nothing of the past needs to be taken into the glory of the Kingdom of God. It’s that same attitude that longs for God to be vindicated and glorified and exalted and Christ to be lifted up and worshiped and not to be so dishonored as He is today. God loves you, He loves you unconditionally. This was the prevalent Jewish expectation (or at least certainly their hope) in Jesus' day -- the Kingdom of God was going to appear immediately. The commentaries in the Talmud, written before the onset of Christianity, clearly discuss the Messianic prophecies of Isaiah 53 and Psalm 22 and puzzle over how these would be fulfilled with the glorious setting up of the kingdom of the Messiah. 9:11; Lk. Acts 28:23  When they had set a day for Paul, they came to him at his lodging in large numbers; and he was explaining to them by solemnly testifying about the kingdom of God and trying to persuade them concerning Jesus, from both the Law of Moses and from the Prophets, from morning until evening. Leon Morris places the emphasis where it belongs writing that "It is not so much great faith that is required as faith in a great God." KJV Luke 17:2  It were better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and he cast into the sea, than that he should offend one of these little ones. Wherever in the world the bodies of the unregenerate lie and the vultures gather will be where Christ has been in judgment. 1 Th 1:10-note and to wait (anemeno in the present tense - as one's lifestyle) for His Son from heaven, Whom He raised from the dead, that is Jesus, who rescues us from the wrath to come. Slave (1401)(doulos from deo = to bind) (Click additional notes on doulos) was an individual bound to another in servitude and conveys the idea of the slave's close, binding ties with his master, belonging to him, obligated to and desiring to do his will and in a permanent relation of servitude. You feel that pain when You’re dishonored. Scripture seems to imply that Noah preached to the people of that time about what was coming (Hebrews 11:7). 9:42; Lk. First, we must understand the basic timing of this last "Seven Year Period" (Daniel's Seventieth Week) which can be divided into two 3.5 year segments, a conclusion based upon study of Da 9:27 (see notes) and an assiduous study of the synonymous time phrases, 1260 days, 42 months, "middle of the week," and  "time, times, and half a time." Here ( and here ) for more background on the kingdom of God ''... Willfully grieve any child of God ( kingdom of God is just as we discuss in... 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