Welcome to my blog! My name is TJ Smith and I created this to share my interpretations of various topics pertaining to the Bible and the American Church culture. Most of it is positive as I like to encourage fellow believers to realize what Yeshua fully accomplished during that century He walked on earth. The mainstream Church has missed a large portion of this wonderful victory by looking for future fulfillment of blessings they already possess.
I have studied Eschatology (end times theology) for more than 30 years and that is typically my focus. I have written numerous papers on subjects pertaining to the Second Coming and the Book Of Revelation, which I have posted on this blog. I was honored to write commentaries for eight books of a new Bible Translation in 2012, entitled “The Kingdom Bible” available here: The Kingdom Bible
I have written a book titled “Kingdom Come: Messiah’s Methodical Manifesto Hidden In the Parables”. My wife and I have served as Worship Leaders (writing our own worship songs) and Home Group facilitators, as well as developing and teaching a Bible Interpretation Class. We currently reside in Texas and my wife (Maria) has just completed her 5th Christian Album as part of her duo Grace Compass a women’s music ministry that incorporates original music into worship all across the State. We have four grown children and one very cute grandson.
My goal is to unveil the entire truth of Christ’s gift, Gospel and Victory and help others live a more stress-free life. I also enjoy taking commonly misinterpreted Biblical passages (and there are plenty) and unraveling them for people to understand. We love grilling thick steaks, walking our neighborhood for exercise, recording in our studio, studying Scripture, watching Rockumentaries, President Trump, Fulfilled Covenant Theology, the NFL and our Grandson! So feel free to click on some links below and see if anything piques your interests.
We have been taught that pesky wabbit, Satan, was obviously the thief Jesus warned us about. But, just like Santa and the Easter bunny, they lied to you…again. Click on the link below!
Steal, Kill and destroy chapter
Is Replacement Theology heretical
Maybe I’ve been living under a theological rock, but there’s been this debate/argument/accusation/refutation/fleeing/running away from the charge of “Replacement Theology”, as if it is akin to being a Satanist, anarchist or even a heretic. But as a believer who actually interprets prophecy as being fulfilled, I am used to the label ‘heretic’. Though the more I think about ‘replacement theology’ the more I realize there may not be a better term to describe the new covenant the Savior won for us.
Bob’s been a friend of mine for years. I’ve known Bob a long time. Bob’s pretty easy to figure out. Bob really never studies his Bible. Bob opens it up once in a while and points to a ‘verse for the day’, or reads whatever Proverb coincides with that day’s date, maybe works through a devotional in his Sunday School class, usually answers questions with “I don’t know what the Bible says but I’ve always believed…”.
Me and Bob
I noticed that another prophecy about the ‘second coming’ failed this month. Hmmm…I’m really surprised that David Meade got it wrong….3 times in a row in as many months. Since this whole rapture predicting thing has continued to be an epidemic in the Church, I thought I would look and see how many rapture predictions have failed since I was in school. Wanna guess how many?
I noticed that another prophecy
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I discuss the parables of Jesus from the book of Mark in the context of a fulfilled Covenant theology. I think this is one of the freshest yet orthodox views to take and I hope you will enjoy viewing the parables through a completely different set of lenses. I take a very different approach to explaining these “agricultural motifs” Christ used to explain His coming Kingdom. I don’t tackle all the parables, only the ones where Jesus mentioned “the kingdom of God is like…”. It is a short read; only 135 pages but packed with a lot of information. Click on the link to read more on the Amazon site! Thanks!
Some think that simply praising Jesus will bring people into the kingdom. Yep. Just lift up Jesus’ name and He will serenade the lost with a touching rendition of “Kum Ba Yah”. But is that what the text really says? Join me for a up-close look at several words that really define what Yeshua was saying: “let me be crucified and I will judge the world”. Pretty radical sounding huh? Well, read and decide for yourself!
If I be lifted up
The viewpoint that Jesus’ ‘Second Coming’ was experienced in 70 a.d. is one that is rapidly gaining exposure and positive consideration in the Church. However, opponents to this orthodox doctrine insist that preterism is a new belief and labeled heretical by modern leaders in the Church who might just have something to lose by allowing this to influence their parishioners. Whatever the motive behind their resistance, here are 27 pages of quotes by early Christians that expressed their belief that the Destruction of Jerusalem in 70 a.d. was actually the ‘Second Coming’ of the Savior. If you are so inclined to study and make up your own mind, feel free to download and print the following and read over them. It’s hard to deny that this popular stance has been around since the Church began. But why haven’t you ever heard of it? Well, if you want to know more, send me a message and we can start a dialog and I will be glad to answer your questions.
I pulled this information together with the help of Riley O’Brien, the Preterist Archive website, numerous books I own and other great resources.
Just click on the colored link at the top.
25 reasons why The Revelation was written before 70 a.d.
A hot debate has been continuing in the Church as well as Academia as to the date that John’s Apocalypse was penned. (boxing announcer voice) “In the blue corner, wearing the blue and white shorts with plenty of man-made tradition and still expecting a future return, The Futurist!. And in the red corner, wearing the red polka dot shorts with plenty of historical evidence and Scripture…The Preterist!”
Ok, so maybe it won’t turn into a brawl, but it is a very passionate topic for some. Here’s 25 reasons to feel confident that the Revelation of Jesus Christ was written before the destruction of Jerusalem.
How to really Know the Lord. explaining Hebrews 8
Some misinterpret Hebrews 8 as being a future fulfillment. I can see why if I look through the wrong lens of interpretation. I admit, that phrase; “No one will say ‘Know the Lord’ for all will know Him”, is confusing if you don’t understand Jewish Rabbinic culture, history and their reliance on Torah as a replacement for their relationship with Yahweh. So, click the blue link above and let’s learn something about Knowledge!