Learning Activity 72A

Prophetic Theology – A Summary from the New Testament

Part One

NOTE: The Revised Standard Version (RSV) of the Bible was used in writing this Learning Activity.

If you have been working through the Learning Activities on this web site you have been exposed to various Bible passages that lead a person to the belief that All Prophecy has been fulfilled. This Learning Activity is intended to serve as a summary statement from the New Testament that confirms the above understanding.

1. Matthew 16:28

2. Who was Jesus speaking to in the passage above?

3. Is there any possible way, using honest scholarship, whereby the statement made by Jesus in this passage could have been intended for Christians today?

4. On the basis of your thoughtful and honest answer to the questions above, how can those in the church today say that Jesus has still not come back to set up His kingdom here on earth?

5. Since Jesus told His disciples in Mark 13:1-30 and Matthew 24:34 that a number of events would take place in THEIR generation, how can some in the church today say that these things have NOT YET taken place?

6. Matthew 26:64

7. In the passage above Jesus told Caiaphas the high priest (see verse 57), that Caiaphas himself would see (in his own lifetime) the Son of man (Jesus) coming on the clouds of heaven! There are some in the church today that are still waiting for Jesus to come in the clouds! How does that make any sense at all?

8. In Luke 5:36-38 Jesus uses two parables; the parable of the old and new garments and the parable of the old and new wine. What do you think was the message Jesus was communicating with these two parables?

9. Luke 9:27

10. What does the passage above tell you about the timing of the arrival of the kingdom of God on earth?

11. Luke 12:40

12. Who was Jesus speaking to when he made the statement contained in the above passage?

13. Did Jesus tell His audience that He would be coming back in their lifetime or would it have been at a time over 2,000 years later?

14. Luke 12:56

15. What was the main message that Jesus told His disciples in the passage above?

16. Do you think that there are a number of Christians in the church today who are guilty of this same problem?

17. Luke 13:9

18. In light of the biblical fact that the fig tree in Scripture is a reference to Israel, what do you think is meant by Jesus’ statement in the above passage?

19. Luke 16:17

20. Luke 16:16

21. In Luke 16:16 Jesus stated that the law only lasted until John. In view of this statement, what did Jesus mean when He said “…it is easier for heaven and earth to pass away, than for one dot of the law to be void” in Luke 16:17?

22. Since Jesus said that the time of John ended the law does the law exist beyond John?

23. If the law is gone, what does that mean about heaven and earth passing away?

24. If heaven and earth have passed away, and we know that there are no scientific records that prove to us that the physical heaven and earth passed away, what did Jesus mean by the expression “heaven and earth”?

25. Luke 17:20, 21

26. Why do you think Jesus said in the above passage that the Pharisees would not see the coming kingdom by signs because the kingdom was in the midst of them?

27. Luke 18:7, 8

28. What does the passage above tell you about the return of Christ?

29. Read the passage Luke 19:41-44 and answer the questions that follow below.

30. Why do you think Jesus wept over the city of Jerusalem?

31. When Jesus states in verses 43 and 44 that the enemy would cast up a bank about Jerusalem and surround Jerusalem and dash its inhabitants to the ground and not leave one stone upon another, what event was he speaking about?

32. What do you think Jesus meant by saying that the events He spoke of in verses 41-44 were because “you did not know the time of your visitation?”

33. Read Luke 21:5-32. This passage has come to be known as the Olivet Discourse and without much controversy describes the circa AD 70 Destruction of Jerusalem by the Roman Army under Titus.

34. In a number of places in the above passage the word “you” is used. See verses 12, 13, 15, 16, 19, and 20. Who do you think is being referred to as the “you” in these places?

35. Luke 21:33

36. Since verse 32 states that this event would take place during the generation of the disciples, verse 33 cannot possibly be referring to the literal, physical heaven and earth. What does heaven and earth mean?

37. 1 Peter 4:7

38. In the passage above, Peter is writing to the Jewish exiles of the dispersion (see 1 Peter 1:1), telling these people living at that time that “…the end of all things is at hand…” If this is so, when were all things written in the Scriptures fulfilled?

39. Hebrews 10:37

40. In the verse above, the Hebrew writer states that in a “little while” the coming one (a clear reference to the second coming of Jesus) shall come and will not tarry. If the inspired word of God is true, when did Jesus come?

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