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False christs and prophets shortly after Jesus:

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1-  False messiahs (christs), prophets and writings broke out shortly after Jesus.
2-  Paul was a rodent from an infestation of rodents.

      -  Money was the main motive.

3-  Further discussion and research.

  

  

  

1-  False messiahs (christs), prophets and writings broke out shortly after Jesus:

Also visit: Paul's delusions.  Ample passages that clearly prove that Paul was a charlatan and a liar.

Now, the New Testament declares that false writers existed during the early days:

2 Corinthians 11:13:
13 For such are false apostles, deceitful workers, transforming themselves into the apostles of Christ.

Christian scholar Adam Clarke under his comments of this verse said:

"They falsely claimed to be the apostles of Christ while in fact they were not apostles. They use to deliver sermons and take pains in worship but they aimed at nothing but their personal interests."

  
1 John 4
1 Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world.

Adam Clarke under his comments on this verse in volume 6 said:

“In the past every teacher used to claim that he received inspiration from the Holy Ghost, because every true prophet received inspiration. The word ‘spirit’ at this place signifies the man claiming that he was under the effect of the spirit. Put them therefore to test. Such preachers should be examined with argument. His phrase many false prophets refers to those who were not inspired by the Holy Ghost especially from among the Jews.”

  

Paul also declared Galatians 1:6-7 that only the Gospel of Jesus Christ is valid.  The NT of today is not the Gospel of Christ, including the writings that are attributed to Paul and others.  Christian scholar Adam Clarke under his comments on Galatians 1:6-7 said:

"It is established that many minor gospels had become common in the early centuries of Christianity. The abundance of such false and incorrect accounts led Luke to write his gospel. We read about more than seventy such gospels. Some parts of these gospels are still in existence and available. Many such gospels were collected and published in three volumes by Fabricius. Some describe the obligatory nature of the Law of Moses, the validity of circumcision and imperativeness of the Gospel."

And I submit to you that neither the original Gospel of Jesus Christ exists today, nor are the NT's accounts about Christ was crucified are valid, nor was Paul an apostle.

  

  
This Generation Prophecy:

Also, Jesus warned of many things to happen.  Among them is the emerging of false messiahs and prophets who will deceive many.  Jesus then concluded all of them by saying:

Matthew 24
11 And many false prophets shall rise, and shall deceive many.
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24 For there shall arise
false Christs, and false prophets, and shall shew great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect.
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34 Verily I say unto you,
This generation shall not pass, till all these things be fulfilled.

  

From Gary DeMar:

(Emphasis below are mine, Osama Abdallah)

"Every time “this generation” (he genea haute) is used in the gospels, it refers to the generation of Jesus’ day: Matthew 11:16; 12:41, 45; 23:36; 24:34; Mark 8:12 (twice), 38; 13:30; Luke 7:31; 11:29, 30, 31, 32, 50, 51, 17:25; 21:32.

The use of the near demonstrative “this” forces the interpreter to understand Jesus to mean the generation to whom He was speaking. If Jesus had a future generation in view, He could have easily alleviated any confusion by using the far demonstrative “that” to distinguish His use of “this generation” in Matthew 24 (and Mark 13:30 and Luke 21:32) from every other time He used “this generation.”

Let me call in some experts on the subject to show that Tommy is far off base when it comes to his non-literal interpretation of “this generation” in the Olivet Discourse.

  • Robert G. Bratcher and Eugene A. Nida: [T]he obvious meaning of the words ‘this generation’ is the people contemporary with Jesus. Nothing can be gained by trying to take the word in any sense other than its normal one: in Mark (elsewhere in 8:12, 9:19) the word always has this meaning.” 5

  • D. A. Carson: “[This generation] can only with the greatest difficulty be made to mean anything other than the generation living when Jesus spoke.” 6

  • John Nolland: “Matthew uses genea here for the tenth time. ‘This generation’ is the generation of Jesus’ contemporaries.” 7

  • William Sanford LaSor: “If ‘this generation’ is taken literally, all of the predictions were to take place within the life-span of those living at that time.” 8

  •  Jack P. Lewis: “Others have argued that genea means the final generation; that is, once the signs have started, all these happenings would transpire in one generation (cf. 23:36). But elsewhere in Matthew genea means the people alive at one time and usually at the time of Jesus (1:17; 11:16; 12:39,41,45; 23:36; Mark 8:38; Luke 11:50f.; 17:25), and it doubtlessly means the same here.” 9

  • Tommy wrote that an “allegorical or non-literal interpretation imports an idea not found specifically in the text of a passage.” So how does Tommy change “this generation” into a future generation? He adds words to the text. In their book Charting the End Times, Tommy and co-author Tim LaHaye argue that Matthew 24:34 should read, “The generation that ‘sees’ these things will not pass till all is fulfilled.” 10 In order to get this meaning, “this” has to be replaced with “the” and four words have to be added to the verse: “The generation that sees these signs will not pass away. . . .” This is not the way to interpret the Bible. In addition, we are told in Matthew 24:33 who will see the signs: “even so you too, when you see all these things, recognize that He is near, right at the door.” The “you” is them not us." (Source)

    Bibliography:

    5-  Robert G. Bratcher and Eugene A. Nida, A Translator’s Handbook of the Gospel of Mark (New York: United Bible Societies, 1961), 419.
    6-  D.A. Carson, “Matthew” in The Expositor’s Bible Commentary, gen. ed. Frank E. Gaebelein, 12 vols. (Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan, 1985), 8:507.
    7-  John Nolland The Gospel of Matthew: A Commentary on the Greek Text (Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans, 2005), 988–989.
    8-  William Sanford LaSor, The Truth About Armageddon: What the Bible Says About the End Times (Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Book House, 1987), 122.
    9- 
    Jack P. Lewis, The Gospel According to Matthew, Part 2; Living Word Commentary: Sweet Publishing, 1976), 128.
    10-
    Tim LaHaye and Thomas Ice, Charting the End Times: A Visual Guide to Understanding Bible Prophecy (Eugene, OR: Harvest House Publishers, 2001), 36.

    Source: https://americanvision.org/6071/clarifying-tommy-ices-clarifications/#.UArLdaDvb5k 

      

    Gary DeMar further says:

    (Emphasis below are mine, Osama Abdallah)

    "If “this generation” in Matthew 24:34 means what it means everywhere else in the gospels — the generation to whom Jesus was speaking — then the use of parousia by Jesus must refer to the period of that first-century generation. As to the timing of Jesus’ parousia, James wrote to his first-century audience that “the coming of the Lord is near” (James 5:8). The above lexicon referenced by Tommy states that the parousia of Jesus “nearly always” refers to “his Messianic Advent in glory to judge the world at the end of this age.” But this is what’s in dispute. When is the end of the age? The “ends of the ages” (1 Cor. 10:11), “these last days” (Heb. 1:1–2), and the “consummation of the ages” (Heb. 9:26) are references to the generation of the apostles, not a distant end-time age.

    Contrary to what the “The leading Greek Lexicon of our day says,” the parousia of Jesus in Matthew 24 is not linked to the judgment of “the world.” It’s about the judgment of the temple (24:1–2) and Judea (24:15–20). Notice what Matthew 24:15 states: “When YOU see the abomination of desolation.” Throughout the discourse, Jesus continually uses the second person plural. Consider what He says in verse 33: “so, YOU too, when YOU see all these things, recognize that He is NEAR, right at the door.” It was that audience that would “see all these things.” This confirms the statement by James that “the coming of the Lord is near” (5:8). “Near” is defined by Jesus as “right at the door” to that first-century generation.

    Those in Judea could escape the coming judgment by fleeing to the mountains (Matt. 24:16). Jesus was not describing a world-wide conflagration but one that could be easily escaped on foot. While I’m certainly not in the same league of those who wrote the “leading Greek Lexicon of our day” (and neither is Tommy), their comment that parousia “nearly always” refers to a yet future “Messianic Advent in glory” where Jesus will “judge the world at the end of this age” is interpretive overreaching.

    There is no doubt that parousia means “presence.” In fact, I have a list of more than 50 authorities that confirm that parousia means “presence,” so this is not in dispute. The more significant question is to what event does the use of parousia in the Olivet Discourse refer, and what is the nature of Jesus’ “presence”? Milton Terry’s comments make it clear that the context and timing are very specific:

    Whatever the real nature of the parousia, as contemplated in this prophetic discourse, our Lord unmistakably associates it with the destruction of the temple and city, which he represents as the signal termination of the pre-Messianic age. 2

    Terry is an important authority on interpretive issues since dispensationalists give his book Biblical Hermeneutics high praise. Like Tommy Ice, Milton Terry describes his interpretive methodology as “grammatico-historical” 3 Confirming what he wrote in Biblical Apocalyptics on the timing of the events in the Olivet Discourse, Terry asks, “On what valid hermeneutical principles, then, can it be fairly claimed that this discourse of Jesus comprehends futurity? Why should we look for the revelations of far distant ages and millenniums of human history in a prophecy expressly limited to the generation in which it was uttered? 4 " (Source)

    Bibliography:

    2-  Milton Terry, Biblical Apocalyptics: A Study of the Most Notable Revelations of God and of Christ in the Canonical Scriptures (New York: Eaton & Mains, 1898), 246–247.
    3-  Milton Terry, Biblical Hermeneutics: A Treatise on the Interpretation of the Old and New Testaments (New York: Phillips & Hunt, 1883.), 205.
    4-  Terry, Biblical Hermeneutics, 443.

    Source: https://americanvision.org/6133/jesus-and-the-parousia/#.UA6VhaDvb5k

      

    Gary DeMar further says:

    (Emphasis below are mine, Osama Abdallah)

    "Second, the audience reference is contemporary with Jesus: “Then if anyone says to YOU, ‘Behold, here is the Christ,’ or ‘There He is,’ do not believe [πιστεύσητε: 2nd person plural] him” (Matt. 24:23). Why would Jesus warn His disciples about false Christs if there wouldn’t be any false Christs in their day?

    Third, there is no “scholarly consensus” that there were no false Christs until around A.D. 130. Hebrew and Rabbinic scholar John Lightfoot (1602–1675) wrote:

    False Christs broke out, and appeared in public with their witchcrafts, so much the frequenter and more impudent, as the city and people drew nearer to its ruin; because the people believed the [Messiah] should be manifested before the destruction of the city; and each of them pretended to be the [Messiah] by these signs.” 2

    Grant R. Osbourne writes that [t]hese pretenders appeared often in the first century and throughout the history of the church. . . .” (Exegetical Commentary on the New Testament: Matthew (Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan, 2010), 887.)) R. T. France also argues that there were false Christs leading up to the destruction of Jerusalem that took place in A.D. 70:

    “The catastrophic situation in Jerusalem during those last days before its capture will provide a fertile breeding-ground for the sort of messianic claimants already predicted in vv. 5 and 11 as part of the more general upheaval of the period before the siege. Anyone who offered new hope of divine intervention would be eagerly listened to, and the more so if they were able to offer ‘signs and wonders’ to support their claim. And such miraculous proofs were, according to Josephus, offered by several of the nationalist leaders he mentions: he cites specifically the parting of the Jordan (Ant. 20.97), the collapse of the city walls (Ant. 20:170), the uncovering of Moses’ sacred vessels (Ant. 18:85), as well as more generally ‘conspicuous wonders and signs’ (Ant. 20:168) and God-given ‘signs of freedom’ (War 2:2.259).” (R. T. France, The Gospel of Matthew: The New International Commentary on the New Testament (Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans, 2007), 916–917).))

    In a footnote, France writes, “Such ‘false Messiahs and false prophets’ active during the siege might include Simon bar-Giora (Josephus, War 4:503-44 etc.), who was regarded as a ‘king’ (510) . . .  and also ‘many’ false prophets noted anonymously in War 6.285-88; that last passage goes on to relate (6.289–300) a series of signs and wonders occurring in the period before the city was destroyed, which some took (wrongly) to be omens of deliverance.” 3

    There were so many impostors preying on the gullibility of the people that under the procuratorship of Felix (Acts 23:24), “many of them were apprehended and killed every day. They seduced great numbers of the people still expecting the Messiah; and well therefore might our Saviour caution his disciples against them.” 4

    Fourth, Dispensationalist Larry Spargimino states that “false messiahs were not limited to the first century.” 5 This means, according to him, there were false messiahs in the first century. What’s interesting about Spargimino’s comment is that it appears in a book edited by Tommy Ice.

    Fifth, James B. Jordan writes:

    “There is plenty of evidence in the Scriptures . . . that there was a group of Christian leaders who claimed to have the anointing (messiah) of apostles, who claimed to be prophets and teachers, and who did indeed mislead many believers. They were a constant danger in the apostolic era, and a great deal of Paul’s writings in particular deal with their deceptions. We are thinking, of course, of the Judaizers. 

    “The Judaizers were the heirs of the tradition-serving Jewish teachers who were Jesus’ worst enemy. The Judaizers are the constant enemy in Acts and the epistles. They are the anti-christs of the Johannine letters, who claimed to have been sent out by the apostles but who were not “of us” (1 John 2:18-19; 4:1). 6 They are the main enemy in the book of Revelation.

    “The Judaizers fit perfectly Jesus’ predictions. They claimed to come in His name. They misled many. They claimed an anointing, but it was false. They were false prophets.”

    To bring all of this to a conclusion, Tommy Ice is mistaken in his claim that “there is scholarly consensus that there were not false Christs or Messiahs until around A.D. 130.”" (Source)

      

      

    2-  Paul was a rodent from an infestation of rodents:

    Again, please visit: Paul's delusions.  Ample passages that clearly prove that Paul was a charlatan and a liar.  Paul, who was also a Jew and he never even met Jesus in person, was another rodent from an infestation of rodents.  The plague of tens (10s) of false messiahs and prophets that struck the society at the time caused for the likes of Paul to emerge and thrive.  And money was the main motive:

    Acts 4
    34 and no one went in need of anything. Everyone who owned land or houses would sell them and bring the money
    35
    to the apostles. Then they would give the money to anyone who needed it.

    Like the saying goes:

      

    "You are a product of your environment"

      

    Also Visit:

    Exposing Paul's Lies section.

    (Tons of verses and articles exposing him)

      

      

    3-  Further discussion and research:

    This topic is further discussed on this website's blog in great details at:

  • http://www.answering-christianity.com/blog/index.php/topic,2654.msg12700.html#msg12700
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    Also, please visit the following articles for ample more elaborations on the above article:

    https://americanvision.org/6071/clarifying-tommy-ices-clarifications/#.UArLdaDvb5k (Part 1)
    https://americanvision.org/6133/jesus-and-the-parousia/#.UA6VhaDvb5k (Part 2)
    https://americanvision.org/6138/false-christs-clarifying-tommy-ices-clarifications/ (Part 3)

    http://www.patheos.com/blogs/christiancrier/2015/07/16/7-bible-verses-about-false-prophets/

    http://www.bibleinfo.com/en/questions/how-can-one-recognize-false-christ

      

    The Almighty Dollar: [1] [2] [3] [4] [5]

    The Almighty Dollar & Power were the Ultimate Reason:

    "Everyone who owned land or houses would sell them and bring the money to the apostles"  (The Bible, Acts 4:34-35)

  • Paul could lift mountains, and Jesus' disciples raising people from the dead.
      
  • The Bible's metaphoric resurrections.
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    The infestation of the Pauls:

      
    Paul was a rodent
    from an infestation of rodents. 
    The plague of tens (10s) of false messiahs and prophets at the time is thoroughly proven [1] [2] [3] [4] [5].  Like the saying goes:

  • "You are a product of your environment"
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    Paul was certainly a product of the plenty of false liars that were roaming around:

  • Shortly after Jesus, 10s of false messiahs and prophets emerged.
      
  • Paul thoroughly exposed as a liar and charlatan.  Exposed from his own books.
      
  • Paul's perfect, sinless and infallible pedophiles and thieves (1 Corinthians 2:15).
      
  • Visit: [1] [2] [3] [4] [5].
      
  • Paul could lift mountains, and Jesus' disciples raising people from the dead.
      
  • The Bible's metaphoric resurrections.
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    Just who were the authors of the Bible?

    Paul's delusions.  Ample passages that clearly prove that Paul was a charlatan and a liar.

    The Bible's contradictions and history of corruption.

    Contradictions and History of Corruption in the Bible.

    Muhammad was prophesized in the Bible.

    Corruption in the Old Testament.

    Answering Trinity.

    What parts of the Bible do Muslims believe are closes to the Truth?

    The New Testament confirms the Apocalypse (Revelation in Greek) of Peter which claims that Jesus never died on the cross!

    Crucifixion of Jesus is a lie according to several of the Disciples' early writings.

    History of Man's corruption of the Bible.

    The New Testament was not even written by its original authors.

    The "God" title in Isaiah 9:6 was given to others before and after Jesus.

    The early Christians rejected Trinity and never believed in it.

    Contradictions in the resurrection story in the Bible.

    Was Jesus crucified on a tree (according to Peter), cross (according to others), or never got crucified (according to Islam)?

    We only believe in Jesus' personal quotes as closest to the truth.

    Jesus according to Islam never got killed on the cross.  Allah Almighty saved him.

    The blessed Jesus in Islam.

    Does Psalm 16:8-11 refer to Jesus' resurrection as the book of Acts suggest?

    Jesus was never crucified according to the Gospel of Barnabas.

    Isaiah 42-54 seem to predict Islam and the removal of GOD Almighty's Covenant from the people of Israel.

    Deconstructing Isaiah 53 & the crucifixion/resurrection of Jesus - Exposing Paul's inventions.

    Did Isaiah 53 really prophesies about the crucifixion of Jesus? It supports Islam's claims about Jesus peace be upon him never died on the cross.  I also addressed John 19:36-37 from the Bible and proved that Jesus never got crucified, since GOD Almighty promised that he will protect Jesus' body and not let even a single bone be broken.  My question to all Christians is: How in the world is it possible for the feet to get nailed on the cross without any penetration to the bones by the nails, hence breaking part of the feet's bones?! I also added refutations to Exodus 12:46, Numbers 9:12, Zechariah 12:10 and Psalm 34:20, which supposedly prove the Christians' belief about Jesus crucifixion.  I proved that this dogma has no truth what so ever and exposed the wrong Trinitarian English translation of Zechariah 12:10.  I also showed in Isaiah 52:13 "...he will be raised and lifted up....", which clearly and perfectly agrees with Islam about Jesus never died on the cross.  "Raised and lifted" suggests that Jesus will be picked up right from the cross, or saved right from the cross by Allah Almighty.  It suggests that Jesus will not die, nor get crucified, but rather be raised and lifted by GOD Almighty to Heavens.

    None of Jesus' disciples witnessed the crucifixion. They "all fled" and "deserted" Jesus. This further confirms Islam's claims.


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