Duke University’s Arguments Against A Statutory Second Amendment

Herschel Smith · 22 May 2022 · 14 Comments

The Regulatory Review links a paper by Joseph Blocher of Duke University arguing against state preemption laws that prohibit more restrictive gun control statutes by cities and counties than instituted by the state itself.  The paper is entitled "Cities, Preemption, and the Statutory Second Amendment." He argues: As a practical matter, though, nothing has done more to shape contemporary gun regulation than state preemption laws, which fully or partially eliminate cities’ ability to…… [read more]

Alabama Second Amendment Preservation Act

BY Herschel Smith
6 months ago

Or at least the pretensions of one.

Alabama lawmakers on Thursday advanced legislation aimed at resisting a half-dozen executive actions by President Joe Biden to combat gun violence.

The Alabama Senate voted 24-5 for legislation that would prohibit state and local officials from participating in the “administration or enforcement of any presidential gun control order.” However, the bill includes an exemption if doing so would jeopardize federal funding.

Nope.  Kill the bill.  It’s not good enough, you cowards.

Remove the exemption.

Go back to the drawing board and don’t leave the room before you get it right.

Effect of Rifle Barrel Length on Penetration

BY Herschel Smith
6 months ago

These results are very interesting.  The 14.5″ and 16″ barrels had greater penetration, but obviously the 20″ barrel tore up the medium better.  It’s almost as if genius Eugene Stoner designed it that way.

Now.  Do 77 grain.

Via reader Ned.

“I’m Diabetic, Please Help Me,” Cops: “No You’re Not, You’re Drunk”

BY Herschel Smith
6 months ago

Absolutely absurd.  And listen carefully to the cop’s testimony.

What is it?  Does the haircut make them stupid?  Do they hire the dumbest guys around for the job?  Does it have to do with being beaten up on the schoolyard playground?  Is it just a “controller” complex at work?

Don’t answer.  I think I know the answers.

Matthew 24, Part 10

BY PGF
6 months ago

Here is Part One. All of the parts of this series are linked in that one place.

As background to this passage in Matthew 24, civil order is falling apart leading up to 70AD. Leader is turning against leader (kingdom) and tribe against tribe (nation). The century-long, openly cozy arrangement between the Sanhedrin civil leadership in Jerusalem and the Caesars of Rome is on shaky ground because Jewish infighting has begun. Many on the ruling council believed on Jesus, and many did not (brother against brother).

The relationship has to fall apart as the Jews rebel against Rome because the Lord of Hosts is bringing judgment. Keep in mind; God needs an army to effect His wrath. That army is Roman; they are the world power at that time; this fits the prophetic judgment practice throughout Scripture. “Great tribulation” was coming. This also fits with the historical accounts and the hyperbolic language patterns of Scripture. Do your research.

One could make the case to point out; “this generation” had violated most every one of the commandments God gave in Deuteronomy 27:14-26 and thereby brought these curses upon themselves.

Matthew 24, verses 15 and 16:

Verse 15 refers to Romans, who are not Levitical Priests but unclean (abominable), being in the holiest of holies in the Temple. Many surmise this to be perhaps a Roman general. There is no person “The Antichrist,” so it’s not that.

“When ye therefore shall see the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, stand in the holy place, (whoso readeth, let him understand:) 16 Then let them which be in Judaea flee into the mountains” – Matthew 24:15-16

This is the signal event. Now the disciples know the answer to “when.” When the disciples see Roman soldiers in the Temple, this is the sign; it’s time to flee Judea into the mountains.

Verses 17-22 are the “Great Tribulation” verses in Matthew 24. Let’s look at the parallel “Great Tribulation” verses from Luke 21:

“20 And when ye shall see Jerusalem compassed with armies, then know that the desolation thereof is nigh. 21 Then let them which are in Judaea flee to the mountains; and let them which are in the midst of it depart out; and let not them that are in the countries enter thereinto. 22 For these be the days of vengeance, that all things which are written may be fulfilled. 23 But woe unto them that are with child, and to them that give suck, in those days! for there shall be great distress in the land, and wrath upon this people. 24 And they shall fall by the edge of the sword, and shall be led away captive into all nations: and Jerusalem shall be trodden down of the Gentiles, until the times of the Gentiles be fulfilled.” – Luke 21:20-24

Luke 21, verse 23 declares: “wrath upon this people.” Yes, upon that generation. This passage seems pretty plain to understand. When Roman armies begin to surround Jerusalem, this, again, is the signal event. When the disciples saw troops in the religious, cultural, social, and civil center (Temple) and beginning to surround the city with men and equipment, it was time to go. Jesus is making a very practical point. Jesus mentions Jerusalem and Judea specifically. The capital was, in fact, laid siege by the Romans within that generation. All these things came to pass just as Jesus prophesied them to occur.

Verses 23-27:

“23 Then if any man shall say unto you, Lo, here is Christ, or there; believe it not. 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. 25 Behold, I have told you before. 26 Wherefore if they shall say unto you, Behold, he is in the desert; go not forth: behold, he is in the secret chambers; believe it not. 27 For as the lightning cometh out of the east, and shineth even unto the west; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.” – Matthew 24:23-27

These verses should also be read in conjunction with Luke 17:22-37. The parallel passage to Matthew 24 is in Luke 21. But, “I have told before” (about the false Christs that will arise) in verse 25 would indicate that Jesus has already told His disciples not to be deceived by these soon-coming events. He is reminding them. That section of Luke 17 doesn’t appear to be out of place when understood in this context.

Many false men would appear and try to lead the elect away into believing that they were the returning Christ. We show verse 27 with verses 23-26 to point out that the events spoken of by Jesus Christ were of coming in great power and glory, with terrible tribulations to behold as He implemented judgment on that generation. He would not be the teaching meek Galilean again but as the Lord of Hosts coming on clouds of power (Matthew 24:30) unmistakable in His glory.

Verse 27 is a wonderful view of apocalyptic language. The coming of Christ was unmistakable, with great power and years of tribulations, as the eyewitnesses to these events tell it. There was no “light pollution” from cities back then. When lightning cracked the sky from horizon to horizon, God’s fantastic display of power was something incredible to behold. So too was the coming of the Son of man. (Luke 17:24)

Verse 28:

“For wheresoever the carcase is, there will the eagles be gathered together.” – Matthew 24:28

This verse references the banner of the Roman legions (Luke 17:37). The “world” at that time, especially Israel, was under military occupation by the Romans. The Roman soldiers would carry a banner with an eagle depicted on it. Everyone would have known precisely what Christ meant when he said: “there will the eagles be gathered together.”

Everyone hated to see the Roman bands of soldiers marching into their district. It meant nothing good was about to happen. The plain meaning of Matthew 23 and 24 is that judgment was at hand, and it would be the Roman armies used by the Lord of Hosts to destroy the Temple. This would fulfill the Old Testament ending the prior religious system of animal sacrifices. Jesus Christ, the only true spotless Lamb of God, was soon to be the final sacrifice once for all, and then the Gospel would be preached throughout the empire. Then the end would come in 70AD, and with the Temple, all of Jerusalem would soon be destroyed, and Judea and greater Israel with it. The law and prophets (OT) were being fulfilled in Christ.

Interestingly, in Jeremiah 19:7-8, though probably not related, we see similar prophetic language. There are other sections of Scripture, too, where the wicked are left to be torn by wild animals as they are eaten. That Jesus brings this prophetic language to a practical level about the Roman armies destroying Jerusalem is proof that He is God. The men He’s talking with are Jews. They would understand the references and know that it was the banner of the Roman legions to which He referred.

Verses 29-31 are hyperbolic language typical of an Apocalypse (Revelation of God). It fills one with awe and wonder at the things of God. Christ would soon ascend to have all power over heaven and to rule events on earth. Being seated at the right hand of Power, His authority was on display as He drove the armies of destruction to His purposes in the first century. Read Hebrews 12:24-29. Jesus is not only shaking the sons of men but the sons of God in earth and in heaven. Everything is changing; nothing of the old is to be left.

Verse 34 is the last “this generation” statement in the discourse. Based on the last question (Matthew 24:3): “…and (what shall be the sign) of the end of the world?” We must decide if the topic shifts away from what would affect those disciples and that generation to “the end.” Most think that the subject changes to a much distant future second physical coming at “the end of the world.” They say that Jesus is answering the second half of the second question about the end.

At any rate, be ready. If it is “the end,” consider studying this section in conjunction with Second Peter, who also, under the power of the Holy Spirit, likens the end to the days before the flood, as does Jesus here. But God’s covenant promise in Genesis 9 will not be broken, so the end of the world comes by fire the second time. There are those also who see  Matthew 24 in a double sense, both as the destruction of Jerusalem and as a foreshadowing of events in the second coming. And, of course, some refuse to acknowledge what is plainly meant by Jesus in connection with the events that did take place in that generation.

I have my doubts that the topic shifts away from the first century after the final “this generation” statement. The end of the world, a consummation of the age, was upon them. The Jewish worship system and the Jewish estate were ending with it. Christianity was born and changed the whole world (the Roman Empire) as they knew it. These birth pains were all part of the inception of the New Covenant, a better covenant with all men that by the grace of God, salvation had come to the Jew first and also to the Gentile, extending to the heathen in the uttermost parts of the earth and by these means; the church of the holy and almighty living God was birthed as Christ ended the age. The Gospel entered in as a flood and has been rising ever since, giving God’s own Son a new bride.

Matthew 24 is the end of the age; Anno Domini, the year of the Lord, has arrived.

The weak and beggarly attitude of those who profess Christ but deny His power to conquer every aspect of society as God puts all enemies under the feet of Jesus is destroying the church and civilization with it. If only they could understand the power that lives in them to bring in His kingdom. God, open their blinded eyes!

It’s not precisely known when the end of the world will be. When He returns, I want to be found tending to His vineyard, hand to the plow, bearing fruit in serving my Master.

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We don’t necessarily agree with everything in these resources. They may help.

https://www.kennethgentry.com/olivet-discourse-made-easy-book-by-gentry/

https://libertyfellowshipmt.com/Store.aspx#!/The-Destruction-Of-Jerusalem-DVD-By-Pastor-Chuck-Baldwin-PASTOR-BALDWINS-MOST-REQUESTED-MESSAGE/p/147743354/category=15986016

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Ron DeSantis Finally Calls For Special Session Of Florida Congress To Address Constitutional Carry

BY Herschel Smith
6 months ago

Ammoland.

The special session begins on April 29th.  It could have been sooner and I pressed the governor to push on the legislature more, but this just may be a good tactic.  They are now in “special session” to address certain things.  It may avoid the ridiculous committee blocking of bills that tends to derail pro-gun laws in Florida.

Better late than never.

Bolt Action Rifles for Home Defense

BY Herschel Smith
6 months ago

I’ve seen some very fast manipulation of bolt action rifles before, but it requires a lot of practice and that’s the exception rather than the rule.

Matthew 24, Part Nine

BY PGF
6 months ago

Here is Part One. All of the parts of this series are linked in that one place.

Before reading this installment, read the quoted text that’s the first half of Part Eight, and come back.

Note: We’re going to make some unqualified statements. TCJ is not the proper format for book-length material. (Insert “too late” joke here.) But more importantly, you must do the research to reach your own conclusions.

“That all these things came to pass in that generation, that is, before the overthrow of the Jewish capital, is questioned by many exegetes. We must therefore make appeal (a) to well authenticated facts, and (b) then inquire how far the facts really fulfill the import of the prophecy.” – M. S. Terry

That’s your task. Perhaps what you know is right, perhaps not. In the endnotes, we’ll link some study resources. Unless you drink of the water yourself, you won’t know for sure. Is God worth it? How badly do you want the truth in the face of what the American Churches are teaching? Something is wrong with Christian teaching in America. The church is not supposed to be scrimping by cowering in fear of the world. Christian victory over sin and the world start with the correct doctrine, which lends power to the believer to declare to the wicked that Christ is King! I believe the false teaching of Matthew 24 and the entire gospel narrative is a critical reason that His church is not dominating family, culture, society, business, and government. If the gates of hell shall not prevail against His church, why are we losing?

Now to the text, three important points need to be made first. One, there is a change of scene but not of topic. In Matthew Chapter 24, Jesus with His disciples leave the temple, have a brief exchange, and then go to the Mount of Olives. The location changes, but the discourse continues about the wrath that abides on that generation. Secondly, we remain squarely between 2 “this generation” statements; Matthew 23:36 and Matthew 24:34. There is no way around these facts except to make up some other circumstance and meaning behind these verses. Thirdly, lest your mind begins to wonder, in verse 24:16, Jesus refocuses us by referring to them that be in Judea. Who is to hear and know how to react to this discourse? He’s speaking to His disciples about that generation and specific events in and around Judea.

“And Jesus went out, and departed from the temple: and his disciples came to him for to shew him the buildings of the temple.” – Matthew 24:1

As they leave the temple, the disciples show Him the magnificence of the structure. Read Mark 13:1 and Luke 21:5. The disciples may have brought up the temple because Jesus just said, “…your house is left unto desolate” (Chapter 23, verse 38), speaking of the temple. We couldn’t know for sure, but He may have indicated the temple during that statement. It’s widely agreed that “your house” refers to the temple. “Your house” may also refer to the entire Jewish estate under the Law of Moses.

So, the disciples point out how great an edifice the temple is to behold, and surely it was, but judgment is being passed; Jesus makes His decree:

“And Jesus said unto them, See ye not all these things? verily I say unto you, There shall not be left here one stone upon another, that shall not be thrown down.” – Matthew 24:2.

It would be a stretch to claim to know what specifically Jesus was indicating by any gestures, but it doesn’t matter; God destroyed everything, within sight of their location, in that generation. Firsthand accounts explain that the temple was decimated, utterly leveled to the ground.

Jesus moves to the Mount of Olives, where the disciples ask two questions. Having just heard the (seven) woes (Matthew 23:13-31) against that generation and the declaration of the desolation (Matthew 23:38) and destruction of the temple as they walk off the temple grounds (Matthew 24:2), His disciples ask the questions. The Bible shows two questions, but the second one contains two points they seek to understand.

“And as he sat upon the mount of Olives, the disciples came unto him privately, saying, Tell us, when shall these things be? and what shall be the sign of thy coming, and of the end of the world?” – Matthew 24:3

When shall these things be? What shall be the sign of thy coming? And (what shall be the sign) of the end of the world?

Note carefully that they didn’t ask what things. They knew what things! The disciples ask “when” because Jesus just told them what. “What” are the destruction of the temple and all that’s been pronounced against that generation from the days of John the Baptist forward. The disciples need to know when because they will be there in Judea!

Suppose that God told you the city you live in was going to be destroyed; what would you ask? Would you say; Oh, we don’t much care about that; tell us about thousands of years from now? Or would you ask; really, when? And what will be the indicator (sign) that the time is imminent?

The topic has NOT changed from Matthew 23, only the physical location of Jesus and those with Him. As we’ve endeavored to show in this series of posts, these questions from the disciples are not asked in isolation. We are coming to the end of a three-year-long training of the disciples. This topic of the coming judgment of God is leveled many times at that generation by both the prophets and Jesus.

The wider context of the entire New Testament is the ending of the Old Covenant and the bringing in of the New Covenant. Matthew 24 is not randomly placed or outside of this context. Jesus (the bridegroom) is not patching an old garment or filling an old wineskin (Mark 2:20-22); He’s making a New Covenant with all men.

Verses 4-5:

“4 And Jesus answered and said unto them, Take heed that no man deceive you. 5 For many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive many.” – Matthew 24:4-5

Many men claimed to be Christ, but they could not deceive God’s elect. You will need to study this yourself. The facts of, for example, the Babylonian captivity are painstakingly detailed, and Christian Scholars readily point to the historical records of men. Still, some Christians refuse to examine the first-century history of the events prophesied by Jesus in Matthew 24.

Verses 6-8:

“6 And ye shall hear of wars and rumours of wars: see that ye be not troubled: for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet. 7 For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in divers places. 8 All these are the beginning of sorrows.” – Matthew 24:6-8

Know first that wars and rumors of wars have existed since before the flood. What could Jesus be talking about? Jesus told His disciples that they were not to be troubled by hearsay and rumors because the end is not yet. Still needing to know when, Jesus tells them that these are the “beginning.” (of sorrows.)

You will have to study these verses, perhaps from the material listed below, along with Jewish and Roman historians of that time. Also, the words kingdom and nation should be examined closely in the New Testament. When Jesus mentions kingdoms and nations and earthquakes, He may be looking afar off to other parts of the Roman Empire, but we doubt that He is looking forward in time. This is about the first century as He addresses the men before Him. We’re still between two “this generation” statements, and He shortly (verse 16) brings the discourse back locally to Judea.

Nation and kingdom can also denote local rulers and the tribes of the 12 sons of Jacob.

As to verse 09, Remember first what our Lord told the apostles in Chapter 10:

“21 And the brother shall deliver up the brother to death, and the father the child: and the children shall rise up against their parents, and cause them to be put to death.22 And ye shall be hated of all men for my name’s sake: but he that endureth to the end shall be saved. 23 But when they persecute you in this city, flee ye into another: for verily I say unto you, Ye shall not have gone over the cities of Israel, till the Son of man be come.”  – Matthew 10:21-23 )Verse 23 of Matthew 10 is discussed in Part Three.)

Here is verse 9:

“Then shall they deliver you up to be afflicted, and shall kill you: and ye shall be hated of all nations for my name’s sake.” – Matthew 24:9

The things described in Matthew 24 are not delivered to casual observers or observers at all. These disciples had their charge; their mission had clearly been stated and taught over three years. None of Matthew 24 is an intellectual exercise. Jesus had already told these men that they would die for Him. They actually need the information imparted here to carry out their training and the orders given by the Son of God. The two questions in verse 3 are no abstraction of a vaguely foreseen future thousands of years off.

Hated by all nations can mean all the tribes of the sons of Jacob, but indeed Christians are hated the world over up to this day. Well, the Christians that carry out the mission of Christ are hated. The fake ones get along just fine.

Verses 11-13:

“11 And many false prophets shall rise, and shall deceive many. 12 And because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold. 13 But he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved.” – Matthew 24:11-13.

Many suppose these verses to be about us today. That may be a proper application for edification so that we are warned against these things. But John says that the spirit of antichrist was already at work in the world (1 John 4:3) after the resurrection. We doubt that these verses point expressly to some far future day. It’s been this way from the very start. Take heed and be warned today, but these verses don’t change the date of the destruction of Jerusalem.

Jesus tells them, “he that shall endure unto the end” So, this is not “when” either.

Some use these verses to show how Christianity is defeated and shrinks back as the Second Advent approaches. But this contradicts the many “Kingdom of Heaven” parables, especially the Mustard Seed and Leaven parables (Matthew 13:31-33, discussed in Part Six). Instead of rightly seeing Matthew 24 and Revelation as the first-century consummation of the Old Covenant order and bringing in the New Covenant with Christ, they see these two prophetic scriptures as the Second Advent Only. Either we win by conquering sin and the world through the power of the Holy Spirit in us, or we deny the power of God unto salvation. The notion that it’s all going to worsen and that Christians should hold on tight to the end is born out of a false understanding and, therefore, false teaching of Matthew 24 and Revelation; now is the Kingdom of God and of His Christ through the power of Gospel.

Verse 14:

The Gospel entered in as a flood and has been rising ever since. Before the destruction of the old religion, the Gospel was preached into all the (Roman Empire) world, spreading the good news unto all men through belief by faith. The Gospel was well established before the destructive event upon the old. In terms of the span of the entire course of human history, this appears to be one event; the Kingdom of God was born. Then the end of everything the apostles knew; history, society, and culture, all of which revolved around the Mosaic Law and the temple; it was all over. Since this Gospel witness is ongoing today, many conclude that this verse also stretches into far history.

“And this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end come.” – Matthew 24:14

Jesus tells them that once they’ve preached in all the world, “then shall the end come.” Then shall be the end of former estate, the Old Testiment, will be completed and with it that entire system of worship is ended. They’ve been trained for this; this is their task; preaching the Gospel to every creature unto the uttermost part of the earth is what disciples do.

Windy? Is It All The Bullets Whizzing By Or The Hot Air?

BY PGF
6 months ago

If you want gun control so bad why don’t you move to Chicago?

It was as if a switch had been flipped. At least ten major U.S. cities hit new murder highs in 2021, but Chicago led the way with 797, the city’s highest number in 25 years.

Chicago’s violent crime epidemic is not limited to murder. The city’s 3,561 shooting incidents in 2021 were up 63 percent over 2019. Expressway shootings in Chicago-Cook County rose even more dramatically, from 51 in 2019 to 130 in 2020 to 273 in 2021. These expressway shootings pushed Chicago’s actual 2021 murder total north of 800.

Expressway killings aren’t counted in the official city numbers because expressways are under state jurisdiction. But try telling that to Chicagoans. “It’s almost like a modern, 21st century form of dueling,” said Illinois State Police Director Brendan Kelly. “[People get into fights with] each other on social media, they threaten one another and they say . . . ‘Let’s take this out to the expressway.’”

The Chicago Mayor sees the problem as a personal protection issue. Well, she’s right. Of course, she doesn’t care about your personal protection.

Matthew 24, Part Eight

BY PGF
6 months ago

Here is Part One. All of the parts of this series are linked in that one place.

No marks, no comments, no verse or chapter markings, no headings; read this, read it five times if you must:

“Wherefore ye be witnesses unto yourselves, that ye are the children of them which killed the prophets. Fill ye up then the measure of your fathers. Ye serpents, ye generation of vipers, how can ye escape the damnation of hell? Wherefore, behold, I send unto you prophets, and wise men, and scribes: and some of them ye shall kill and crucify; and some of them shall ye scourge in your synagogues, and persecute them from city to city: That upon you may come all the righteous blood shed upon the earth, from the blood of righteous Abel unto the blood of Zacharias son of Barachias, whom ye slew between the temple and the altar. Verily I say unto you, All these things shall come upon this generation. O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, thou that killest the prophets, and stonest them which are sent unto thee, how often would I have gathered thy children together, even as a hen gathereth her chickens under her wings, and ye would not! Behold, your house is left unto you desolate. For I say unto you, Ye shall not see me henceforth, till ye shall say, Blessed is he that cometh in the name of the Lord. And Jesus went out, and departed from the temple: and his disciples came to him for to shew him the buildings of the temple. And Jesus said unto them, See ye not all these things? verily I say unto you, There shall not be left here one stone upon another, that shall not be thrown down. And as he sat upon the mount of Olives, the disciples came unto him privately, saying, Tell us, when shall these things be? and what shall be the sign of thy coming, and of the end of the world? And Jesus answered and said unto them, Take heed that no man deceive you. For many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive many. And ye shall hear of wars and rumours of wars: see that ye be not troubled: for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet. For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in divers places. All these are the beginning of sorrows. Then shall they deliver you up to be afflicted, and shall kill you: and ye shall be hated of all nations for my name’s sake. And then shall many be offended, and shall betray one another, and shall hate one another. And many false prophets shall rise, and shall deceive many. And because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold. But he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved. And this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end come. When ye therefore shall see the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, stand in the holy place, (whoso readeth, let him understand:) Then let them which be in Judaea flee into the mountains: Let him which is on the housetop not come down to take any thing out of his house: Neither let him which is in the field return back to take his clothes. And woe unto them that are with child, and to them that give suck in those days! But pray ye that your flight be not in the winter, neither on the sabbath day: For then shall be great tribulation, such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be. And except those days should be shortened, there should no flesh be saved: but for the elect’s sake those days shall be shortened. Then if any man shall say unto you, Lo, here is Christ, or there; believe it not. 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. Behold, I have told you before. Wherefore if they shall say unto you, Behold, he is in the desert; go not forth: behold, he is in the secret chambers; believe it not. For as the lightning cometh out of the east, and shineth even unto the west; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be. For wheresoever the carcase is, there will the eagles be gathered together. Immediately after the tribulation of those days shall the sun be darkened, and the moon shall not give her light, and the stars shall fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens shall be shaken: And then shall appear the sign of the Son of man in heaven: and then shall all the tribes of the earth mourn, and they shall see the Son of man coming in the clouds of heaven with power and great glory. And he shall send his angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they shall gather together his elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other. Now learn a parable of the fig tree; When his branch is yet tender, and putteth forth leaves, ye know that summer is nigh: So likewise ye, when ye shall see all these things, know that it is near, even at the doors. Verily I say unto you, This generation shall not pass, till all these things be fulfilled.”

In Matthew 23:33, here is yet another direct assault on this generation by our Lord.

“Ye serpents, ye generation of vipers, how can ye escape the damnation of hell?” – Matthew 23:33

“34 Wherefore, behold, I send unto you prophets, and wise men, and scribes: and some of them ye shall kill and crucify; and some of them shall ye scourge in your synagogues, and persecute them from city to city: 35 That upon you may come all the righteous blood shed upon the earth, from the blood of righteous Abel unto the blood of Zacharias son of Barachias, whom ye slew between the temple and the altar.” – Matthew 23:34-35

Verse 34: Jesus tells the Jews that they will kill, crucify, and scourge the teachers and preachers (Prophets and wise men and scribes) of the now coming New Covenant. This indicates that Jews will be persecutors of the disciples in a significant way. They followed the disciples around Judeaizing them (Acts 15:1), and when that didn’t work, they simply killed them or, more often, did what they did to Jesus, got Rome to do their dirty work for them. This was all fulfilled in the first century as the siege 67-70AD approached. Jesus is in the temple proclaiming these things while looking real people in the eye; Pharisees, Herodians, Sadducees, scribes, civil and religious leaders, and other people of all ranges. These things are not said in some mystical or strange manner that needs to be decrypted. These are direct prophetic threats against that generation from God Almighty; you are guilty!

Verse 35: all the righteous blood shed upon the earth (Land or Judea), from the first murder after the fall of man right up to the last murder (Zacharias son of Barachias) that took place in the temple as the Roman armies approached. This generation was to pay for it all. This is horrifying; the holy righteous, just lawgiver determining the wrath of all those sins upon that generation. Of course, the threat is not idle; verses 34 and 35 are one sentence, there is payment for persecuting God’s men.

“Verily I say unto you, All these things shall come upon this generation.” – Matthew 23:36

How could this be anything other than the very people Jesus is speaking with as He accuses them in the most public manner? The temple was not only a worship center; life in Jerusalem revolved around it. It was a meeting place and social center. This isn’t a private conversation that’s taking place. It’s hard to know how many hundreds or thousands may have heard this.

“O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, thou that killest the prophets, and stonest them which are sent unto thee, how often would I have gathered thy children together, even as a hen gathereth her chickens under her wings, and ye would not!” – Matthew 23:37

Verse 37 is beautiful in showing God’s longsuffering, but He is holy, and we see God’s wrath in judgment as patience runs out. Here too, is His abiding desire for mercy and reconciliation with those that seek Him. It pricks the heart to consider God’s mercy on our despicable country if only we would come to Him acknowledging His authority and our need for reconciliation; we, too, are a wicked and perverse generation. Don’t be deceived; there is no reason to celebrate what will come upon that generation; God’s judgments are sure and continue today. This verse also offers excellent instruction in righteousness for believers; that they falter not. Stay steadfast to the end, enduring in the hope of the knowledge that we will see Him as He is and will be like Him.

“Behold, your house is left unto you desolate.” – Matthew 23:38

Daniel 9:26 says in part, “…and the people of the prince that shall come shall destroy the city and the sanctuary, and the end thereof shall be with a flood, and unto the end of the war desolations are determined.” (See Luke 21:20)

The word prince is lower case. However, Daniel likely did not know that those people would be the Roman armies of the first century. And see Daniel 9:27, in which “that determined” is the judgment of God upon that generation; the 70 weeks was drawing to a close in the first century.

Some say in verse 38, Jesus may be referring to His (for He is God) absence from the temple. As we’ve explained, there is no need for a temple because the body of Christ is the temple of a new and better covenant with all men.

Walkthrough Of My $1 Million Gun Collection

BY Herschel Smith
6 months ago

Nice collection.  Some of the expense is related to the Title 2 weapons.  Be aware that part of the reason that the NFA and GCA hasn’t been repealed is the money collectors have invested into those weapons.

On the other hand, even without the Title 2 weapons, this is still a very large collection.


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