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New Book Release: A Simple Guide to Paul’s Epistles

A Simple Guide to Paul's Epistles--Jeff Scoggins

A Simple Guide to Paul’s Epistles–Jeff Scoggins

My new book called A Simple Guide to Paul’s Epistles is now available as an e-book for iPad at iTunes and Google, for Kindle at Amazon, and for Nook at Barnes and Noble. The hardcover edition will arrive in mid January. Stay tuned for more information.

Back Cover Copy:

Do the writings of the Apostle Paul ever cause you to

scratch your head?

Do you ever hear people explain Paul’s theology in a way that

doesn’t fit with the rest of Scripture?

And have you ever wished for

an informal verse-by-verse guide

that walks you through Paul’s epistles from start to finish?

If so, then keep this book handy whenever you read the New Testament. You might use it as a basic reference: look up a passage that puzzles you to find a clear explanation. Or you might red through it as a devotional alongside your Bible.

Few Bible writers have influenced Christian beliefs more than the Apostle Paul. Listen as God’s voice speaks through these timeless letters.

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A Simple Guide to Paul's Epistles

You Can Understand the Book of Revelation

For more information and to purchase books by Jeff Scoggins visit Skapto Publishing.

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Posted by on December 24, 2014 in Uncategorized

 

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Rev. 17:12-14

4/29/10 V. 12, The ten horns on the beast, which are the nations of the world, are the ten kings that haven’t yet received their power, so they are as yet unidentifiable.

They become rulers for one hour. This time period need not necessarily be seen as prophetic time but may easily symbolize of a short, non-specific period of time. First, one hour is not an unusual way to state a period of time; second, prophetic time isn’t necessarily required to make sense of the prophecy; and third, chapter 18, which is an exposition of this part of the vision, calls this same time period one day and one hour interchangeably (Rev 18:8, 10, 17, 19).

V. 13, These kings have one purpose, they are given authority by the nations of the earth to bring the entire earth into unity with the beast. This is their sole function, and they accomplish it. This union of religion and civil power has one purpose also: the annihilation of God’s people.

V. 14, They wage war against the Lamb, via his people. But the Lamb overcomes, as usual, because he is king of kings and Lord of all lords. And those who are with him are his called, chosen, and faithful people–the same who are part of the kings from the East (Rev 16:12).

 
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Posted by on June 11, 2013 in Uncategorized

 

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Rev. 16:17-18

4/22/10 Seventh Angel: Finally, the seventh angel pours his bowl out upon the air. And then a loud voice comes out of the naos, Most Holy, saying, “It is done.” This is the second great event where these words are spoken by God. The first time was the judgment on Satan and his forces of evil at the cross. Now, the judgment of everyone in the world is complete. Satan showed his true colors at the cross, the wicked have shown theirs in the plagues. So it is done. This is what God has intended to accomplish: judgment that is clear to the universe.

Great noise, lightning, and thunder come from the throne room and the mightiest earthquake ever rocks the world. Is it a literal earthquake? It could be, but from the text it doesn’t have to be. Because what splits apart is the great city, which is a symbol. So the earthquake could easily represent the miraculous intervention of God to save his people, whatever that may look like.

 
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Posted by on May 27, 2013 in Uncategorized

 

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Rev. 14:14-20

4/13/10 This passage strongly recalls Joel 3, which is a scene of judgment upon the wicked. Also Is 63 the first verses are in view in the passage.

The overall picture is of God rescuing his people, those who called out to him from under the altar in Rev 6:9. Jesus comes wearing a victory crown (stephanos) as opposed to a crown of rule (diadema), which he will wear later.

The earth is ripe. The cup of wickedness has been filled to overflowing, and the righteous have been proven. The Greek work used to describe the ripe righteous is xaraino, which is dried up like grain ready for harvest. The word used for the ripeness of the wicked is akmazo, which is a flourishing fullness.

The angel that reaps the wicked is the one with authority over fire. There’s another angel with authority over water (Rev 16:5). Maybe there’s one over the earth. Earth, fire, water?

The reference to the depth of blood is a figure of speech for the wholesale and complete destruction as well as to the great number of the wicked. No one is really sure the number 1,600 stadia is particularly significant. It may not have symbolic value as a specific detail, but gives a general sense of the massive nature of the destruction.

 
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Posted by on May 17, 2013 in Uncategorized

 

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Rev. 14:8

4/10/10 John watched as another angel flew through mid heaven saying, “Fallen, fallen is Babylon the Great…” Babylon the Great is further discussed in Rev 17 where the woman riding the scarlet best is called Babylon. Babylon is one of the key symbols in Revelation. It is opposed and paralleled by Jerusalem.

Nimrod first founded Babylon back at the tower of Babel. It was a city that from the beginning was set up as anti-God. Early on it became the standard metaphor for any power that set itself up against God.

Many sources can be cited for the fact that the first century Christians applied this title to imperial Rome. And that is how Revelation uses the term. But it is expanded in meaning and scope as we get closer to the end of time. It will reach its complete fulfillment when the religions of the world band together for some common reason. At that point Babylon will again rise to power over the nations of the world as she did in the Middle Ages.

She will force the world to drink the wine of the wrath of her fornication. In Rev 17 we see the kings of the earth committing adultery with her and the nations drunk with this relationship between religion and civil power.

Part of the message that God’s people will fearlessly deliver will be of Babylon’s coming doom. It’s not necessary that Babylon be in full power before this is preached, but as a prediction of what will happen. Besides, even though Babylon isn’t yet complete in its end-time form, it is cumulatively and progressively moving toward more and more “Babylonianness.”

In Rev 18 comes the call, “Come out of her my people.” That call must go out now, but at some point during the final crisis that call will be issued with special urgency as the saints endeavor to convince the truth-neutral to commit to God.

 
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Posted by on May 14, 2013 in Uncategorized

 

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Rev. 14:6

4/8/10 Another angel, representing God’s people, goes throughout the earth evangelizing the world with the gospel. The same words here “every nation, tribe, tongue and people” are parallel to Rev 13:7 where the beast wars against the same. Evangelism is war. We demolish strongholds, arguments, anything that sets itself up against the knowledge of God (2 Cor 10:4-5).

So God’s people before the parousia go out proclaiming the gospel. Their message is “fear God.” How do we fear God? Ec 12:13-14 says “Fear God and keep his commandments for this is the whole of man.” We fear God by taking him seriously, by obedience to him. This is what the saints are known for: keeping the commandments (obedience) and having the testimony of Jesus (sharing the gospel, evangelism).

“Give him glory,” is the second part of the gospel message. We teach people holistically how to glorify God in our bodies, in our actions, in our characters, in our obedience. Glorifying God is an all-life encompassing proposition.

This passage has a strong allusion to Ps 96 in which the world is called to fear, glorify, and worship God in a context of judgment–and to do so in the understanding that he is the Creator.

 
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Posted by on May 11, 2013 in Uncategorized

 

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Rev. 13:8-10

4/2/10 At the time of the final battle all will worship the beast from the sea who looks like Christ (Mt 24:24) in his pedigree. At least all whose names aren’t written in the Lamb’s book of life will worship him.

There appears to be some disagreement over the translation of Rev 18:3 concerning the placement of “from the foundation of the world.” Does it describe those written in the book of life from the foundation of the world as Mt 25:34 and Rev 18:8 use it, or is it describing the Lamb slaughtered from the foundation of the world?

V. 9 says “if anyone has an ear…” which is the language of the letters to the seven churches. Then in v. 10 is an allusion to Is 33:1 and/or Jer 43:11. Is 33:1 is about the judgments and salvation of God: judgment on those who destroy his people and salvation for his people. Jer 43:11 is the story of the remnant going to Egypt for safety and God sending Babylon to conquer Egypt for the sake of his people.

During these things in the final crisis God’s people must have patience and faith that God will see them through.

 
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Posted by on May 4, 2013 in Uncategorized

 

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