The Prophecy of the Lazarus Parable

It needs to be said that the Church has compounded confusion towards understanding “Heaven” & “Hell” by creating doctrine based solely upon Jesus’ Lazarus parable. In the Book of Luke, Jesus describes a very wealthy self-absorbed man who rules over a poor sick servant man called Lazarus, where both have died: the rich man has gone to “Hell”, and Lazarus has gone to “Heaven” (Luke 16:19-31). There’s a lot to unpack, but the point with any of Jesus’ parables, is that they are purely allegories in order to demonstrate a point (or several). But what is so amazing about the Lazarus Parable is that Jesus not only challenged the Pharisees regarding their incorrect doctrinal beliefs, but Jesus put a twist on the story making the parable become a prophecy…

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A Day is like a Thousand Years

For those who have watched the Genesis Prophecy, the following table gives a summary of the first page from the Book of Genesis: the blueprint for mankind’s determined history.

Yes, the seven days of Creation is an allegory of God’s great plan.

That within the parameters of time, the alpha and omega has been predetermined to only seven thousand years, and that each thousand year increment is representative of each specific day as recorded in the Genesis account.

Isn’t God just amazing?

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Does Antiochus IV Epiphanes solve the Daniel 9 prophecy?

This particular interpretation (which I call Interpretation One) was once esteemed as the most popular viewpoint, having reference to Antiochus IV Epiphanes who ruled during the middle stages of the Seleucid Empire for a period of time in the second century BC (circa 175 BC to 164 BC). Does it solve the famous Daniel 9 prophecy? Well, I think you’ll know what I’ll have to say on the matter…

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Dragon, Devils, Demons and Dylan

Over the years, it seems that people tend to mix up all the labels to do with “Satan”, the “Devil” and “demons”… thinking that each ‘entity’ is synonymous with each other. This is again a half-truth. Just as we have God the Father is “spirit” (John 4:24), we also have Jesus who has a “body” and has the “spirit” of the Father (e.g. John 17). In other words, the Father has ‘no form’ as He is only spirit (John 4:24) contrasted to Jesus who has ‘form’ (i.e. Jesus has a body and has breath). Two separate ‘God-entities’ but united in common purpose. With this in mind, how do we come to grips with understanding Satan and the Devil?

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Pinot Noir Anyone?

Have you ever wondered why Jesus turned the water into wine? He and his mum were celebrating a local wedding party… and a party it was, especially as all the wine was consumed. With no alcohol left, Mary seemingly coerces her son to turn the clay-urns (that were filled with water) into wine. The party was back on, and everyone hailed that this wine was the best they had ever ever ever tried (John 2:1-10). Analogy principle: every wedding should have a Jesus to make sure the grog is flowing….!?? No, not really… so let’s unpack this:

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Is Michael really Jesus?

We are taught that there is an Arch-Angel called Michael… who, being a mighty warrior, is one of the Seven Arch-angels of God within the military division of Heaven, and has battled with the likes of Lucifer and his demons. Yes, this character has shaped many a sermon as well as several blockbuster Hollywood movies. However, I have particular views on angelic theology that goes against the grain of modern day Christianity... where I smell a similar ‘Luciferian doctrine’ (please refer to previous blogs). Consequently, I found something quite unexpected:

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Does the Second Coming of Jesus solve the Daniel 9 Prophecy?

I was invited by a friend to come and hear a ‘guest speaker’ visiting our local town, where that evening he’ll be conversing on the subject of eschatology, and would be focusing on the Book of Daniel. Naturally, I was intrigued and did some background research on this scholar’s podcast from the Church he was attending… only to become disappointed as he advocated ‘Interpretation Six’ of the Daniel 9 Prophecy.

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Table of Kings

Thought this might be helpful for those wanting to know the ruler-ship years of some of the Old Testament Kings: from King Solomon (Israel) through to King Darius (Persia). It will be different to what Google says as Scholars have adopted a chronology based upon other historical documents in front of them (e.g. Herodotus), which has unfortunately influenced our understanding of biblical literature. The following is a chronology taken straight from the Bible only:

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Does the Pentecost Interpretation solve the Daniel 9 Prophecy?

I must say I was initially intrigued with this new interpretative view, as it advocated patterns within other timelines. Put simply, this exposition argues that a “week” (“shabuwa”) refers to the Pentecost “Feast of Seven Days” celebrated every year (as spoken of in Deuteronomy 16). And because this “Feast of Week” is an annual event, it is therefore believed that the “70 weeks” of the Daniel 9 prophecy equates to a literal “70 years” (i.e. a ”week” means a “year”). And so, seeing that this viewpoint is unique, I have performed an intensive exegesis on this particular interpretation… only to find that it too has stretched the facts, which consequently forces it to join the abyss of other bias arguments.

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New Video: Ezekiel 4 Prophecy

Stephen Shephard performs a road-show production outside the Sydney Opera House, Australia, while examining the biblical principle “one day is like one year”.

He clearly demonstrates that Ezekiel’s public exhibition (that lasted for over a year) was a message designed by God… so as to tell the people within the city that to their nation was coming to an end.

In other words, Ezekiel was prophesizing that the Babylonians were going to destroy the House of Judah in ten years.

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Lucifer is a lie

I have been taught that Lucifer was once the greatest angel in God’s Heaven. That he was a winged being that played multiple musical instruments before the Creator, having the power to make incredible sounds so as to create an atmosphere of worship. However, at some point of decision, he became prideful in his role and decided that he was better than God. Subsequently, after an intense spiritual battle in the heavenly realms, Lucifer lost his fight against the Almighty and was thrown down to Earth. This ‘fallen’ Angel now roams around the globe like a roaring lion, manipulating others to also rebel against God. Lucifer is also known as the Devil.

Well as cool as this imagery may (or may not) intrigue, it’s all hog-wash; a false doctrine; a half-truth!!! THAT IS BECAUSE THERE IS ONLY ONE REFERENCE TO THE WORD LUCIFER IN THE BIBLE… and it has nothing to do with what we have been taught!!!

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Who is John Dory? (Steve's definition)

I’ve bought some metal “John Dory” sculptures to go on an empty wall at home. I’ve been wanting to do this for ages as the hallway has always needed something ‘arty’, but had to be patient as I wanted an art piece that would have some meaning to me. When I first saw these metal wall hangings, I remembered that the fish is also known as the “Jesus Fish” (from some fanciful legend regarding the dark spot on the fish being made by Jesus’ thumbprint)… and so I did some background reading on where this name “John Dory” originated from, only to discover that there were a couple of other theories I was not expecting:

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7 Week

My wife gave me a personalised licence plate for Christmas. She thought it’ll be funny, seeing as we’ve already purchased the 70WEEK licence plate for our Holden Trailblazer… and having recently purchased a convertible Mini (which looks incredibly small alongside the truck), hence the humorous play on the licence plate: 7WEEK is smaller than 70WEEK… reminding us that the 7WEEK is still a significant element within the famous Daniel 9 prophecy. Consequently, I appreciated my wife’s humour and can’t wait to see the two vehicles drive alongside each other... LOL.

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Why we wear clothes

Ever thought about why we wear clothes? As humans, we are obsessed with clothing: how we look, will I be seen as attractive to others? Does what I wear represent who I want to be? Yes, clothing signifies our sexuality, our perceived status, our formalities (and informalities), whether we are working people, sporty, etc. The instant we see another person dressed a certain way, we are conditioned to make assumptions about them. Yes, clothing expresses who we are as individuals and corporations. So where did this come from? Who had this crazy idea of placing a piece of cloth over the body which has caught the attention of every civilization throughout all humanity!?

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The 70 AD Doctrine: Understanding its Dangers

Continuing from my last blog regarding whether the destruction of the Jewish Temple in 70 AD was the end of the Daniel 9 prophecy (which it is not), I have recently uncovered that there are further layers of doctrine underpinning this viewpoint. Having done some research on some of its declarations of faith, I am absolutely fascinated with one claim that asserts that Jesus’ second coming was in 70 AD. Yes, you heard right! The 70 AD doctrine actively advocates that Jesus has already returned!! Subsequently, the following examines this and other fascinating claims revealing the dangers of the 70 AD doctrine:

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Does the destruction of the Jewish Temple solve the Daniel 9 Prophecy?

Yes another derogatory comment has been slapped onto my Youtube channel stating that my documentary in Iran is “the most ridiculous rendition of Daniel’s Seventy Weeks ever spoken”… because (they say) that the 70 weeks obviously “ended with the destruction of the Jewish Temple in 70 AD”. Consequently, I must defend the truth against this “shoot at the hip” young mind, in the hope of reasoning together to see which of us believes in the ridiculous and who does not:

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No Rest for the Wicked

It’s an interesting phrase isn’t it? I was thinking about this when one of our staff was working his guts out in the gardens, and a passer-by asked how he was!? To which he replied, “No rest for the wicked!!” Now I realise that this response generally means that “I’m working so very hard, that I’m not able to have any rest or down-time!!” (ignoring the implication that he himself is wicked)… and I understand that this is one of those common colloquial throw away statements that we all say (to which I have previously responded with a more positive reply like “no rest for the good!”). However, I’ve only recently asked the question, “Where did this phrase come from, because I think its origin has a different meaning?”

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Kermanshah Province

I’ve just heard the news of a severe earthquake in the Kermanshah province. A horrific 7.3 on the borders of Iraq and Iran. The news states that over 400 people have died in Sarpol Zahab, Ghasr Sharon and nearby villages. And although the earthquake occurred about 200km away from the city Kermanshah, I have friends who live there who felt its intensity. Fortunately my Iranian companions are safe, having not suffered any mortalities within their immediate friends and family. Nevertheless how tragic for the people of this beautiful historic region...

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A formal letter to the Halloween "Light Party" Organisers

Every year, on the 31th October, all the Churches in my hometown synergise together and put on an event called the “Light Party”. Yes, this event has been occurring for some ten years and is on the same day as Halloween. Why is this festivity on Halloween? Well, I’m told that “it’s the positive alternative to Halloween”... and “it’s a way to keep the kids safe by keeping them off the streets away from harm’s way!!”

However, after this expensive local Selwyn Park carnival, I usually encounter new families within the week, where I ask the kids what they liked about the “Light Party”, and every year it’s always the same: “Halloween was amazing!!! Food, fun, games, rides, face painting… I get to dress up as a Witch (contrasted to Johnny: I get to be a Vampire!!!) Oh boy, I can’t wait to do Halloween again next year!!! Gosh, I LOVE HALLOWEEN!!!”

And so there is the problem: in the families and children’s eyes, the Church has just funded an awesome day of Halloween. In fact they don’t even know that the Church funded the event at all!!! It was just another part of the Halloween celebration… and if you want to know my response: “What the…!!!???”

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