Considering God's Word

Common Errors

[These of course are errors in my opinion.]

This page will consider things that I have heard taught or read about that teach things that I believe I can show from scripture are erroneous, or can not be proven through scripture.  This page is not to be devisive or critical, but to give food for thought and consideration.

Peter Denied Jesus Three Times (Only).

Jesus Gave "Fornication" as a Reason for Divorce.

Jesus will Descend upon the Mount of Olives.

The Dome of the Rock has to be Destroyed to Make Room to Build the Tribulation Temple.

Jesus only had a Three Year Ministry from his Baptism till His Death.

Jesus was 33 Years Old When He died.

The Coming Elijah was Actually John the Baptist.

Elijah Will Turn the Heart of the Fathers to the Children (Mal 4:6).

Peter Denied Jesus Three Times Only.

   This is a commonly believed error, because it is so often heard.  This idea that Peter denied Jesus "3 times" is understandable seeing the scriptures say he would deny Jesus three times.  But they say that he would deny Jesus three times before the cock crowed, and three times after the cock crowed.  If you study all the verses carefully you can see from the details given that they are talking about six entirely different instances.

Jesus gave "Fornication" as a Reason for Divorce.

   The Bible just doesn't say that.  It says "..whosoever shall put away his wife, saving for the cause of fornication causeth her to commit adultery:..."  Mt 5:32   If the wife has committed fornication, divorcing her doesn't cause her to commit adultery, because she has already committed adultery by commiting fornication.   Adultery is having sex with someone that is not your spouse.  Fornication is more general and all encompassing.  No matter what sexual sin you commit by committing fornication, it is not with your spouse.  If one divorces their wife, if she seeks to fulfill her sexual desires by remarrying, or by any other way, Jesus says that she would be commiting adultery.  God's will is that a man and woman marry until death parts them.  Any sex outside of this marriage would be adultery.  So Jesus wasn't saying that fornication was a legitimate reason for divorce, just that it wasn't causing the offender to go out and commit adultery.  For the spouse that commits fornication, the "ship of adultery" has already sailed.

Jesus Will Descend Upon the Mt. of Olives.

    The Bible doesn't actually say that.  It says "...this same Jesus, which is taken up from you into heaven, shall so come in like manner as ye have seen him go into heaven."  Ac 1:11   He will return in like manner, but not exactly identical in every detail.  First of all, Jesus ascended alone, but will return with the heavenly host.   Second, Ac 1:11 doesn't give the exact location of his descent, but from these words we can expect that Jesus will come back physically and visibly.      It doesn't say where he will descend, but it seems he will not descend to the Mt. of Olives, but will march to the Mt. of Olives from Edom, according to Isa 63:1. "Who is this that cometh from Edom, with dyed garments from Bozrah? this that is glorious in his apparel, traveling in the greatness of his strength?  I that speak in righteousness, mighty to save."    Though scripture is not always given in chronological order, if we take Zec 14:3,4 as being in chronological order (what happens in verse 3 chronologically proceeding what happens in verse 4) we see that the LORD (Jesus) shall go forth and fight against those nations, AND THEN his feet shall stand in that day upon the mount of Olives.  This seems to say that Jesus will descend (somewhere) to earth, then either go to, or be at Edom to leave from there on a bloody march to the Mt. of Olives.

The Dome of the Rock has to be Destroyed to Make Room to Build the Tribulation Temple.

Of course this idea is only speculation.  The Dome of course is not mentioned in the Bible, but the Bible does speak of the one most commonly known as the Antichrist, as defiling the temple during the Great Tribulation.  This can be found in Dan 9:24-27.  Though a temple will have to be built in order for it to be defiled, the Bible doesn't say how big it has to be.  Solomon's temple was much larger than the temples built after it by Zerubbable and Herod.  To those in Zerubbabel's day Zechariah wrote "For who hath despised the day of small things?" 4:10.  There is enough empty space just east of the Dome of the Rock, on the "temple mount", for a temple to be built right along side of it.  That location is most likely the real site of Solomon's temple, not the location where the Dome of the Rock sits.

Jesus only had a Three Year Ministry from his Baptism till His Death.

Jesus was 33 Years Old When He died.

   Both of these subjects are quoted quite often, but never backed up by scripture because they are not correct.  They are made on the false assumption that Jesus only ministered during four feasts of Passover.  We can find four feasts of Passover in scripture that are in association with Jesus ministry.  From one Passover to the next would be one year, thus three years for every four Passovers.  It is wrongly assumed that every Passover during Jesus' ministry was recorded, and thus we can calculate Jesus' ministry as being three years long.  The problem is that the Passovers were not recorded as a way to mark time or  chronology of events.  Because Jesus was doing something (that was to be recorded in scripture) that happened during a Passover, both the event and the Passover were mentioned.  But if Jesus was not doing anything at a particular Passover that was not to be recorded in scripture, that year could not be calculated.  Therefore Jesus' ministry was more likely a four year ministry, possibly five, though not likely.

  In regards to Jesus age, the false assumption discussed above is depended upon to render Jesus death being at the age of 33.  Right after the account of Jesus' baptism in Luke 3, v. 23 says "Jesus himself began to be about thirty years of age..."   Add a three ministry to that and Jesus would have lived a life of 33 years, but if he had a four year ministry or more that amount would be wrong.

Elijah is not still Yet to come, because The Coming Elijah was Actually John the Baptist.

    If this was true, John would not have denied that he was Elijah in Jn 1:21.   In Mt 17:12 Jesus says "Elijah is come already, and they knew him not, but have done unto him whatsoever they desired."    V. 13 "Then the disciples understood that he spake unto them of John the Baptist."  (Yes, Jesus was actually speaking of John the Baptist when He used the name Elijah.  Jesus was not saying that John was really Elijah, or that Elijah was still not to come because that prophesy was fulfilled by John.

Jesus said in Mt 11:13,14 "For all the prophets and the law prophesied until John.  And if ye will receive it, this is Elijah, which was for to come."   Problem is the Jewish leadership didn't receive John any more  than they received Jesus.  Both were executed, John by Herod, Jesus by the Romans, both approved by the Jewish leadership.

Elijah Will Turn the Heart of the Fathers to the Children.

"Behold, I will send you Elijah the prophet before the coming of the great and dreadful day of the LORD: And he shall turn the heart of the fathers to the children, and the heart of the children to their fathers, lest I come and smite the earth with a curse. (Mal 4:6).

Did John the Baptist fulfill this by turning the heart of the fathers to the children, and the heart of the children to their fathers?  No!  Elijah will come, but even he will not do this.  So what does Mal 4:6 say will happen?  The earth will be smitten with a curse.  Read of the two witnesses not being well recieved, but murdered in the streets of Jerusalem, and of the Great Tribulation that takes place, and you can see that it is true in our day that Elijah is yet to come.