2 Samuel Chapter 1 Discussion



 
  • Michelle on 2 Samuel 1
    Let's remember that a true Christian marriage far surpasses physical/sexual desire. Your spouse should be beside you in all battles, spiritual and worldly. You can (and should) share that all-transcending comradeship and mental/spiritual unity with your spouse.

    But you see, back even in these days, marriages were very superficial, and divorce was a popular notion. There is absolutely nothing in scripture thay forbids/disables us from developing that kind of love with our spouse. And we should.
  • Manuel marques teixeira on 2 Samuel 1
    The believer's love for the Son OF GOD Jesus Christ is hear represented, by the love of David for Jonathan, in a powerfull way, because it is written that it surpasses the love for women. I understand it, as above any other human love. It means for me having a love above all for God, because it's written. Love the Lord your God from all your heart (emotions ), your soul ( mind and autocontrol ) and your might ( will of power ) .
  • Stanjett - in Reply on 2 Samuel 1
    Better late than never. Look at the thief on the cross, he at the very end of his life chose to believe and when he died, he went to paradise. But do not wait that long. Now is the day. Repent now don't wait to the last minute.
  • Hannah robinson on 2 Samuel 1
    Isaiah 52

    7 How beautiful upon the mountains are the feet of the Mevaser (bringer of Good Tidings, the Evangelist), that publisheth shalom; that bringeth good tidings of tov, that publisheth Yeshuah (Salvation); that saith unto Tziyon, Thy G-d reigneth!

    8 Thy tzofim (watchmen) shall lift up the kol (voice); with the kol together shall they shout for joy; for they shall see it with their own eyes, when Hashem returns to Tziyon.

    9 Break forth into joy, sing together, ye ruins of Yerushalayim; for Hashem hath comforted His people, He hath redeemed Yerushalayim.

    10 Hashem hath made bare His zero'a kedoshah [see Yeshayah 53:1] in the eyes of Kol HaGoyim; and all the ends of ha'aretz shall see the Yeshuat Eloheinu.

    11 Depart ye, depart ye; come ye out from there; touch not tameh (unclean thing); come ye out of the midst of her; be ye clean, that carry the k'lei Hashem.

    12 For ye shall not go out with haste, nor go by flight; for Hashem will go before you; and Elohei Yisroel will be your rearguard. T.N. Avdi Tzemach Moshiach [Zecharyah 3:8] will be exalted; but He must do the work of a kohen [Tehillim 110:4] regarding the nations, sprinkling them (see Vayikra 4:16-17; 16:14); so yazzeh ("He [Moshiach] will sprinkle,") many goyim; note: hiphil of "naza," "splatter", meaning "sprinkle"); see Zecharyah 9:9-11 where Moshiach comes with the dahm and the Brit (Covenant)! Here in Yeshayah 52:15, the covenant dahm (blood) is sprinkled upon the nations of the world; the King of Kings shall shut the mouths of the kings of all the earth.

    13 Hinei, Avdi [Moshiach, see Zecharyah 3:8] shall act wisely, he shall be raised and be lifted up, and be highly exalted.

    14 As rabbim (many) were appalled at thee [Moshiach]; his appearance was so disfigured more than any man, and his form more than the bnei adam;

    15 So yazzeh Goyim rabbim (he [Moshiach] will sprinkle many nations); the melachim (kings) shall shut their mouths because of him; for that which had not been told them shall they see;
  • Hannah robinson on 2 Samuel 1
    shalom I just wanted to say this from a Hebraic aspect pt 1

    Isaiah 52

    6 Therefore My people shall know My name; therefore they shall know in that day that I am He that doth speak. Behold, it is I."

    7 How beautiful upon the mountains are the feet of him that bringeth good tidings, that publisheth peace; that bringeth good tidings of good, that publisheth salvation; that saith unto Zion, "Thy God reigneth!"

    8 Thy watchmen shall lift up the voice; with the voice together shall they sing: for they shall see eye to eye, when the Lord shall bring again Zion.

    9 Break forth into joy, sing together, ye waste places of Jerusalem: for the Lord hath comforted His people, He hath redeemed Jerusalem.

    10 The Lord hath made bare His holy arm in the eyes of all the nations; and all the ends of the earth shall see the salvation of our God.

    11 Depart ye, depart ye, go ye out from thence, touch no unclean thing; go ye out of the midst of her; be ye clean, that bear the vessels of the Lord.

    12 For ye shall not go out with haste, nor go by flight: for the Lord will go before you; and the God of Israel will be your rearward.

    13 "Behold, My Servant shall deal prudently, He shall be exalted and extolled, and be very high.

    14 As many as were astonished at thee-His visage was so marred more than any man, and his form more than the sons of men"
  • Chris - in Reply on 2 Samuel 1
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    So, as with the Revelation given to John, which was replete with imagery, Paul doubtless also received God's special Words to His Church that aligned perfectly with what was proclaimed under the Old Covenant to Israel (of which he was well acquainted). And those words & empowered in their delivery, no doubt were especially veiled in some areas (as said above), but given full disclosure in others. And the reason for that now, must be for our learning & continual hunger to resort to the Scriptures & being cast upon His Wisdom, so that in time, we may no longer see "it all darkly (veiled & incomplete) but to await the time when all will be revealed".
  • Chris - in Reply on 2 Samuel 1
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    I wholeheartedly agree with you Spike that things would have been a lot simpler & cause less confusion & unnecessary debate if there were clear, itemized explanations of certain doctrines or teachings. Even with the matter of the Rapture/Second Coming of Christ. We know that this is yet to happen in the future but only a clear list of events in timely progression would have alleviated all (well maybe, not all), doubts & disputes. Or, as you quoted 1 Cor 13:12 which amplifies what was written in the preceding verses: why didn't Paul clearly explain what "that which is perfect is come, then that which is in part shall be done away" means, rather than leave us guessing what the "that which is perfect" is. Many have offered their opinions & all are worthy for consideration, but since it's not been made clear to us, then we will remain guessing. And I note, that you have well observed that these 'vague' expressions or verses that we find in the Word, may well be for our 'further investigation' & continual hunger & resorting to the Scriptures.

    Also, I feel that Paul, in his time with the Lord in the 'deserts' of Arabia: "But when it pleased God, who separated me from my mother's womb, and called me by his grace, to reveal his Son in me, that I might preach him among the heathen; immediately I conferred not with flesh and blood: neither went I up to Jerusalem to them which were apostles before me; but I went into Arabia, and returned again unto Damascus" Gal 1:15-17, indicates in such few words that the time there was a time of special intervention & ministry from the Risen Christ to the spiritually Renewed & Refreshed Paul. What he must have learned at the Feet of Jesus out there, one can hardly imagine, except what we read in his many letters to the Churches.
  • Spike4187 - in Reply on 2 Samuel 1
    Chris. I thank you again for helping me understand better some of the areas of contention in the Bible. I have been thinking of these things for some time now. I remember what Paul said, who wrote a letter to the Corinthians at 13:12 he writes something a bit odd. "For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known. It would be so much easier if the text would just say exactly what it means and rule out any other possibility. I can only assume that God has made it this way because he wants us to investigate his word a little further, to study it better. I can also assume, now matter how well it is explained, there will always be someone who will still see something different in the text and of course we have the deceiver who will cleverly mix the words as he attempts to confuse and deceive people. You have helped me realize my gut feeling was not wrong.
  • Chris - in Reply on 2 Samuel 1
    Those were very interesting, thought-provoking comments that you shared there, Spike, to which I fully concur. BTW, the matter of Paul's occupation, can be found in Acts 18:1-3. I think we can have both the cheerful giver of tithes & those that give of necessity. But the point really is, should the matter of tithing that was instituted for Israel's performance, also be compelled upon believers today?

    Tithing was, as said in my previous comment, a command given for the support of those who were responsible in the Tabernacle ( Lev 27:30-32; Deut 14:22-24). Then under the New Covenant, the early Church was encouraged to give generously for the support of the needy ( Acts 2:43-47; 4:32-37; 11:27-30; Gal 2:10; 1 Cor 16:1-4; 2 Cor chaps 8 & 9). No where were those believers encouraged to tithe but to offer freely & according to their ability. Today, our Churches are much bigger, accountable to the govt. & required to pay staff, rent, utilities, etc. So should the command to tithe, which was the charge to Israel, now also be upon the Church today?

    In fact, if we study the 'tithes' that Israel had to give throughout the year, someone has worked it out that with everything considered, they actually ended up giving about 20 percent of their increase. And to the folk who support tithing now, I wonder whether they calculate their stock/share profit at the close of Trading on Friday & then work out their interest received on their investments & deposits, plus of course, ten percent also of their salary or wages prior to giving their tithe on Sunday? If they don't do all these calculations, would there be any guilt harboured in possibly giving a shortfall to the Lord's Work? After all, if obedience to the Law is imperative, then it should be done without error, I would think. I would rather spare myself this agony, and just give according to my desire, bearing in mind the greater need that exists in the work of the Church, Missions & the needs of others.
  • Crystal Blubaugh on 2 Samuel 1
    Like when He cleared the Temple when they were using it for revenue? He overturned the tables of the money changers.
  • Annabeth Morris - in Reply on 2 Samuel 1
    I agree, tithing is important.
  • Brother dan - in Reply on 2 Samuel 1
    Hi Spike,

    Yes, I agree with your observation of these very popular ministers. Worldly possessions and money drive their false teachings.

    Today, I believe Jesus would tell all of these ministers exactly what he told the young man in Matthew 19:21

    "Jesus said unto him, If thou wilt be perfect, go and sell that thou hast, and give to the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven: and come and follow me." How many ministers do you know that would do this?

    Trust Jesus here...

    Matthew 7:15

    "Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep's clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves."

    Today, it's not only the large Mega church's, it is the majority of most church's that are NOT following accurate bible doctrine.

    If the church's focus is more on tithes/money then I would run the other way.

    Matthew 7:20-23

    20Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them. 21Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven. 22Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works? 23And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.

    Follow the bible...and your heart! It will not let you down!

    God Bless.
  • Why Tithe - in Reply on 2 Samuel 1
    I do believe in tithing. It's an act of obedience and trust.

    If we're living above our means, so that we are unable to give the tithe? Then it's a simple thing to cut out things that harm us; rather than edify us. I don't have to tell which ones; we know goods and services that we can live without.

    Give it to the shepherd that feeds your soul on the Word of God. Skinny sheep means, they're not being fed right. Too weak to run away from wolves.

    We don't get to sit on our 800.00 recliners and point fingers at tv preachers and then gossip about it. It's called, 'backbiting' in the Bible. We are to avoid that.

    If we can be faithful to the things we know of; the Lord will bless us bountifully.

    I'm not pointing my finger at you. I care enough to share some of the things I had to learn myself. There was times I had huge financial Need. I figured down to the penny what I needed and wrote it on a slip of paper. I prayed and asked for help. I received, down to the penny what I needed! I never tire of giving glory and praise for the faithfulness of our Lord.

    You will forever remember those times.

    Mishael
  • Annabeth Morris - in Reply on 2 Samuel 1
    True!!!

    Be saber be vigilant the adversary, the devil as a roaring lion seeking whom he may devour...

    Woe unto the pastors who lead my sheep astray...
  • Spike4187 - in Reply on 2 Samuel 1
    To continue: Kenneth Copeland said in church that God was the biggest failure of the Bible. How can anyone say such a thing? It is hard for me to even type those words and this man has his own airport, owns several planes, lives in a giant house and in fact, looks demon possessed. Yet, people support him financially. The money just rolls in. He is an absolute quack and laughs at the ignorant people who give to him as the armored truck takes his money to the bank. Jesse Duplantis, Creflo Dollar, Joyce Meyer, etc. What good they do is just for appearances, they spread a poisonous false gospel that does nothing but make people doubt the Christ. But you know what? People really are to blame, they need to take seriously what Jesus told us, to meditate on the word, study it, absorb it and like metal being refined in a pot, the bad stuff separates from the good and you can easily spot it. The Holy Spirit within you will send out the warning in your heart and or gut and you will be able to discern. It helps when you have confirmation from other Spiritual leaders, hence asking Chris all these questions I have been asking him. Now Pastors of large churches have much to do, they can't work a full time job or even a part time job because it seems to me when you have a large congregation, you have all kinds of work to do. They need to be paid so they can take care of their bills and their families, Preachers such as the ones I mentioned above and there are many, many more care nothing about God, in fact, I think they hate him. They only care about enriching themselves by feeding on the desperation of people. LIke Jesus warned of the Pharisees, "surely they will have their reward"
  • Spike4187 - in Reply on 2 Samuel 1
    Dan. I understand what you are saying. For example, Benny Hinn is a famous television preacher. He would have these healing crusades and you would see people claiming to be healed when in fact they were not. His ministry was investigated and all those that claimed to be healed of cancer have died. People who followed his crusades from city to city with real infirmities were ignored while others were healed who were not really paralyzed at all. When desperate people are searching for miracles and get a scent of or hear its happening here or there they flock to these places and dish out lots of money. Benny Hinn was raking in a lot of cash and was living like a King. I remember one television preacher was on TV. He looks at the camera and says "if you need a big miracle, you have to sew a big seed" I mean the audacity to sell healing or miracles on television. I believe these men have some explaining to do when they stand before God. As I mature as a Christian and not just read my Bible but study it, I find these people easy now to spot. They fly around in jet airplanes, say outrages things about God and I am amazed that people still sit there and listen, laugh, clap and encourage the false preacher to continue!!!!!!! But then again, the Bible tells us that in the latter days, people won't adhere to sound doctrine but will run around flocking to places that say things they want to hear. These big churches are shows, its all about feelings not substance. False miracles, etc.

    I know our Lord still heals people, still raises the dead when one of his children asks him to. Not like we saw in the early church but here and there as he performs his will and answers prayers in conformity to his will. We can ask our Lord for healing, sometimes he does heal, sometimes he does not. but you don't see it like you did in the early church where Jesus and the apostles would heal all brought to him and them. I will continue on another post.
  • Spike4187 - in Reply on 2 Samuel 1
    Chris.

    Giving. To finish what I was saying. First of all the Lord does not need our money. He can raise whatever he needs to get a job done as evident when he instructs one of his disciples to catch a fish and finding the coin in his mouth. But he wants us to give and be generous such is one of the fruits of the spirit. To be generous. A true Christian will want to give, will want to support the cause and get the gospel out there. A spiritually mature Christian is a giving Christian. Now the less spiritually mature Christian may not. This individual may still be trying to sort this out, it may take time to where they realize the importance of letting go and becoming a part of the team to finance the evangelistic efforts being conducted to fill the great commission. Realizing the word must get out, on radio, television, boots on the ground in various communities. We all know the our Lord looks at the intent of the heart and if a poor man gives a dollar because he wants to contribute and it is what he has and he knows the Lord can take that buck and make something happen because he believes! that is more respectable than the man who reluctantly walks up to the offering plate and throws in his 10 percent because he believes he HAS TO and does so because "that is what he is supposed to do" without the joyful attitude that comes with one who gives because he wants to support and contribute to the cause. I know if I was going on a mission, and I was addressing a group of people, and a dude walked up with a smile on his face and says Spike, here is twenty dollars!!!! go get them!!!! may the Lord be with you and another person walked up with a frown on his face and very reluctantly pulled some bills out of his wallet and could not look me in the eye and slowly moved his hand towards me and said, I guess I am supposed to give you this.....you know what? I would not accept it. I don't want money from someone who is reluctantly giving it.
  • Spike4187 - in Reply on 2 Samuel 1
    Christ. Thank you again for your quick response! I agree with you. Paul made tents to support his way in fact, although I cannot recall which letter it is in, but he makes a comment about not asking for money when he was evangelizing in some certain city but earned his own way to pay for his evangelistic endeavors. I believe he was addressing a magistrate or something like that.

    Now, one thing the gospel brought us was freedom, such as Paul said, if you want to honor a Sabbath day, do it but don't force someone else to. Likewise if you don't, don't compel or force someone to honor it. I struggled with that one for a long time until I read what Paul said. I read a lot of literature on if you go to church on Sunday you are falling in line with apostacy because Constantine is the one who changed Christian worship from Saturday or (Sabbath) day to Sunday worship for Christians. That is another subject in and of itself. I know Paul was writing a lot of letters trying to put out fires as Jews crept into the church, pagans, and other false religions trying to pervert and change the gospel. Back to tithing since I became off track. The freedom brought by the gospel seems to be simple. Sure, lets say as a believer, I make a vow to God such as Jacob did in the older Testament. To give a tithe back to God; a tenth. That seemed to be his personal vow to him. Lets say a Christian man, (such as Jacob did), prays to the Lord and promises from now on he will give 7,8,10 or 20 percent of his income, whatever he chooses to give to the Lord! I think that is the correct interpretation of giving as told in the New Testament. You give what you have decided to give, not out of compulsion, but be generous and cheerful about it. Now the hook is out of your mouth dragging you to the offering plate, instead you give on your terms! Frankly the Lord does not need your money, he has ways. I know the Lord wants us to give but he lets it be on our terms.
  • Chris - in Reply on 2 Samuel 1
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    Looking at 2 Cor 9, Paul spoke about 'ministering to the saints' for which the Corinthians were well spoken of (v2). That which was collected was for those who laboured in the Gospel & those who were needy in the Church. It's not clearly stated but I believe the elders & helpers in the Church had their own professions & were not supported workers: similar to the Brethren Assembly setup now, so that they were not a financial burden to any. Yet, Paul does speak about both liberal giving & also giving from the heart cheerfully (vv 6,7). So there seems to be a balance of giving for someone's needs but with a mind convinced of the importance of doing so.

    Tithing may be a good guide, but sometimes the Lord may lay (& enable) one to give over & above that amount & not be restrained by tithing. So I wouldn't teach tithing except to use it as God's guidance for Israel & a lead in for believers now to be sensitive to the needs of the Church & others, giving according as the Lord has prospered them. This challenge should be the motivation for giving, according to one's faith, ability & burden. I think we might find that more than 10% would be given for the support of the Church & spread of the Gospel in this way rather than by compulsion, which as you say, may be a grievous burden for some. Not everyone has that faith to overextend themselves in giving; but as they mature & prove the Lord faithful in other areas of their lives & being convinced in their hearts that others have a greater need than them, there may just be a special work of Grace in their hearts & lives.
  • Chris - in Reply on 2 Samuel 1
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    You bring up some great questions Spike that have not only been discussed extensively on this Site but have also been the cause for much heated debate. Tithing, as with keeping the Sabbath & a meticulous adherence to the Ten Commandments are some of these subjects. But tithing is a worthy subject as, I agree, it is readily taught right from Sunday School to the pulpit. And I believe you're correct in quoting 2 Corinthians chapter 9 to rather support one's liberal & happy disposition in giving rather than the legal constraints of tithing.

    Now I don't say that Tithing is wrong in itself as I find that to an enquirer or a new believer, it provides some clarity & guidance as to this mysterious function within Christ's Body. The LORD instituted it ( Deut 12:11) as an appropriate percentage of one's profit from the field, livestock, etc. which involved both for support for the Levites (& in the NT the needy of the Church), but also exercised one's heart in sacrificial giving & identifying with those that were less fortunate. I do keep it in the back of my mind when giving; realizing that giving of one's substance is not just for Church needs, but also for Missions, special projects, & to those that the Spirit lays upon one's heart.
  • Brother dan - in Reply on 2 Samuel 1
    Spike4187

    Many church's today treat the church/congregation as a business, and this is in total opposition to Christ's teaching. The tithing, including the 10% rule is a way for the preachers to get gullible christians to feed their greed. I would not give anything to a church like this. Many church's and pastor's are getting bigger and richer everyday. I'm not going to feed a Beast like that.

    I agree with you, we should give from the heart to those who are in need. We should give to People that you see IN REAL LIFE that are really in need. Those are the one's that Jesus wants us to help. Not rich church's and rich pastors to live opulent lives.

    Too many Christians feed the Beast/Church and the pastors that are wolves.

    Proverbs 22:9

    "He that hath a bountiful eye shall be blessed; for he giveth of his bread to the poor."
  • Spike4187 - in Reply on 2 Samuel 1
    I thank you Chris for your wisdom in response to my questions. If I may just ask you one more. Tithing. This again is another subject some disagree on. I cannot find any scripture in the New Testament that commands us to give ten percent of what we earn to the church. What I have found however is what Paul tells us. We are to give what the Lord has put in our hearts to give, not out of compulsion but out of a cheerful generous heart. Many preachers beat their congregations over the head with Malachi. But when you read Malachi, God tells a prophet to go to the Jewish people and tell them they are robbing God. I understand the Levites were not allowed to own land or have businesses and therefore people needed to give money to support the priests and their families and they were not doing that. So God sent the prophet to warn them.

    What Paul tells us sounds like something Jesus would say to the people of the New Covenant. You give what is in your heart, you don't do it because of compulsion, for example, I made a thousand dollars therefore I must give 100 dollars. I must give exactly that amount and when some try to follow this alleged rule, they have a hard time giving cheerfully and generously. It becomes a mathematical equation and for most families that live paycheck to paycheck it places a burden on them. I think Jesus would rather you give with a cheerful heart what you can generously afford to give happily and also be able to pay your bills and honor the promises you made to your creditors. I know, and I am sure you do as well of people who reluctantly give because they feel they are sinning and robbing God if they don't give their (10) percent and will neglect to pay a bill with the idea that God will provide the means to pay it. God loves a cheerful giver, but many who follow the ten percent rule do not give cheerfully but the contrary, reluctantly and out of compulsion. What are your thoughts on this matter?
  • Chris - in Reply on 2 Samuel 1
    We generally have governments who wants to maintain separation of religion from politics. However, from the Middle Ages, it was the government/kings that wanted to control the religious aspects of society, claiming that they had the divine right to do so. Then in medieval Europe, it was the Pope who demanded authority of the Church over the State but in the West (i.e. not popish Europe), governments still exercised some control over the Church.

    Then in the Protestant Reformation, it was Martin Luther who brought in the doctrine of the two kingdoms: the start of separation of the Church & State, where it was proposed that the State could not have any authority over the Church. And later (in the American context), Thomas Jefferson wrote a letter, "The Wall of Separation between Church & State" to the Danbury Baptist Assoc. to assure them that the U.S. Bill of Rights prevented the establishment of a national Church, so they had no concerns about government interference to their religious freedoms. So in that letter to the Association in 1802, Jefferson referenced the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, & I quote:

    "Believing with you that religion is a matter which lies solely between Man & his God, that he owes account to none other for his faith or his worship, that the legitimate powers of govt. reach actions only, & not opinions, I contemplate with sovereign reverence that act of the whole American people which declared that their legislature should make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof"; thus building a wall of separation between Church and State in the U.S.

    And from that, many countries have adopted a similar position of separation. So, maybe your question is how can religion (i.e. knowledge & worship of God) be excluded from the State (politics). The above is one reason & the other, in my perception, is their rejection of anything of God to be incorporated into the law, politics & their thinking.
  • Chris - in Reply on 2 Samuel 1
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    Aside from God's Wrath to come, we also have the 'mystery' that Paul speaks about. A Mystery in the Bible is a Truth that has not clearly been revealed beforehand. 1 Cor 15:51: the resurrection of the dead & ascension of the living. Col 1:26, 27: Christ abiding in the believer, which specifically is by His Spirit. Rom 11:25: spiritual blindness of Israel until the appointed number of Gentiles are saved. Eph 1:9, 10: both Jew & Gentile will be one in Christ. So the Rapture of the Church wasn't revealed before in its fullness (& it didn't need to be), but alluded to by Jesus ( Jn 14:1-3) & now by Paul.

    1 Thes 5:1-10 speaks of the suddenness of Christ's Return (just after Paul spoke in chapter 4 on the Rapture) & therefore our readiness to meet Him. And a further reminder that God hasn't appointed the righteous to wrath (His Anger) but to obtain salvation through His Son. If the Rapture was to take place after the Tribulation, there wouldn't be much need for our readiness & its suddenness, as that could be easily calculated. For us to be ever ready is the impetus for believers to live holy lives & be in a state of readiness. To use your example of warfare: a soldier on the battlefield doesn't slip into his pyjamas & turn on soft music to lull himself to sleep, but is fully clothed in battle dress with his weapon at his side to be ready at the first warning or alarm of trouble.

    And reference to Revelation 12, I am unable to share with all clarity & conviction on this portion. I realize that there are several interpretations about the woman & child & their place in the revelation to John, but knowing that this Book is filled with much imagery & not always with a progressive timeline, I wouldn't feel comfortable sharing anything conclusive & leading you or anyone down the wrong path. I think you'll understand.
  • Chris - in Reply on 2 Samuel 1
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    Thanks for your thoughts Spike, they're appreciated & no bother at all with your questions. I've looked at what you've shared with Richard as well & something I can identify with, i.e. how people can look at the same Scripture & come up with different interpretations resulting sometimes in different applications. Unless, there is someone at the top leading the group & its branches (e.g. the cults, Exclusive Brethren), who promulgates how Scriptures are to be understood, then we have this 'diversity' of interpretations amongst believers. But with any exegesis of the Word whether from one skilled or not, the hearer has to resort back to the Word himself & determine with the Spirit's help & light being given, whether what is shared is supported in the Bible: Acts 17:10, 11.

    And so to with the Rapture of the Church as another teaching that has a wide range of understanding. Each proponent of a particular belief can usually support his position quite well from Scripture, hence this debate that goes on perpetually. I hold to the pre-tribulation Rapture of the Church, as I have often presented my case in other discussions here, & from what you have stated now, I see that this is your understanding also. It is clear to me, that whenever God moves His Arm against wickedness, He does so by first moving or removing the righteous. Why would God want to punish or destroy the righteous along with the unrighteous? We have already been judged for our sins at the Cross & now declared righteous only through His Son. Is a further judgement warranted or even supported in Scripture? You've quoted this 'moving' of Lot & his family from Sodom; you also have the 'removal' of Noah & his family from the dry Earth. And it will also be for the righteous on the Earth, that salvation from God's Anger will also come to us that which will be poured upon the unbelieving.
  • Spike4187 - in Reply on 2 Samuel 1
    Christ, thanks so much for answering my questions and leaving no doubt in my mind that my suspicions were correct. I look forward to any posts you may have in the future as I continue to check out this site. Strange days we live in isn't it? I have one more question for you. The mystery called the Rapture. I have this understanding by reading the Bible that God does not let the righteous suffer with the wicked when he is the one who brings down Judgement. There are many Doctors of Theology that disagree on the "rescue of the church" Some believe in a Pre-Trib rescue, Mid-Trib rescue and then there is the Post-Trib rescue. What I look at about this matter is what God told Abraham before he destroyed Sodom and Gomorrah. He will not let the righteous suffer with the wicked. When I see Theologians debate these theories I never see them refer to the discussion Abraham had with God before he destroyed Sodom, Gomorrah and the other three cities of the plains. We know tribulation is coming, Jesus said himself that only his Father in heaven knows when he will tell Jesus when to come to get the bride (church) I know since Christ sacrificed himself, many Christians have died for the cause of Christ but that is different than God bringing down the hammer. What are your thoughts on what is called the Rapture? this Tribulation period not only is God bringing down the hammer but we read there is a war in heaven. Michael and his Angels are fighting the devil and his fallen angels and they are cast to the earth and we read the devil is furious so not only do you have Satan doing what he will do, but also God punishing mankind for their evil. What is your take on this? Thanks and I hope I am not bothering you by asking you these many questions.
  • Spike4187 - in Reply on 2 Samuel 1
    Richard, thanks for your response. I appreciate the feedback I have received from Chris and yourself. I mean, I have been to several different churches in various states from when I was a soldier and afterward. I have never doubted people on television who preach, or churches I have walked into looking for spiritual guidance. What amazes me during my Christian walk is you can have two learned men, Doctors of Theology and yet disagree on the meaning of the same text!! What is the average dude like myself to do in a dilemma like that? I have come to a point now where I actually sit down and not just read the Bible, but study it and I get angry that I did not do it sooner. When I ask Chris about certain things that have bothered me and my suspicions are confirmed I think.....man, I have wasted years listening to these folks. I mean I was young but it led to adulthood where I should have wised up and did my research like Christ tells us to. It's my fault for being a little gullible and I should have been reading the Bible and studying it.
  • Chris - in Reply on 2 Samuel 1
    That was quite a testimony of yours which I greatly rejoiced in reading, yet saddened for all the grief you had to go through as a teenager & as a foster child without the love & nurturing that you should have been your expectation & right. Many of these kids can get quite emotionally scarred as they have no permanent home & no guarantee of real love. The fact that the Lord's Hand was upon you from that earliest stage in your life, even by bringing you into a Christian home to hear & then believe the Gospel, again gives each one outside of Christ a hope of gaining eternal life. And I can see from your comments on this Site, that you have been wonderfully transformed ( Rom 12:2) & mature in Christ & in understanding His Word. And that "gut feeling" you had is very often the Holy Spirit alerting us to something that doesn't match up with Scripture. But again, we don't judge the preacher, rather go back into the Word & learn what God, not man, says about the matter.

    To your other comment: yes, that's a great modern & amusing rendering of 1 Corinthians 13:1-3, though of course, the apostle Paul used Love as the preeminent 'Fruit' of the Spirit in the midst of all the 'Gifts' of the Spirit bestowed upon the Church. All His Gifts are useful for the building up of the Church, but if Love for one another & those outside her walls is absent, then all the Gifts manifested are rendered impotent. So, to use this as an example in Paul's accusation of the Corinthians, he was essentially saying that to use the Gift of Tongues without Interpretation may have left a few excited about its manifestation, but left most bereft of knowledge that God had for them. This in itself demonstrated that Love, Agape Love, was not the basis for use of this Gift, but self-gratification & self-edifying & not for the blessing of the Church ( 1 Cor 14:4-5).
  • Chris - in Reply on 2 Samuel 1
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    Yet, I don't hold as some do, that all the Gifts (at least those such as Tongues, Healing & Miracles) have ceased. 1 Cor 13:8-10 is usually given in support that all these are no more since "that which is perfect comes": probably they're referring to the complete Word of God or the full establishment of Christ's Church when those 'spectacular' Gifts are no longer warranted. I'm not convinced about such a stance as I just don't have enough from the Word to support this. The verse could well speak of what we know & do "in part" now will one day in the future be fully known when there will be no further need of such manifestations. I do admit that we see a lot of false proofs, but can we say with all certainty that the Spirit has ceased altogether in His demonstration of His Power to the Church & the World? Some have even attributed these manifestations to the work of the Devil; this is very sad & grievous as the caution for 'blaspheming' e.g. Matthew 12:31, is when some applied the works of the Holy Spirit of God to Satan. Apart from one example that I heard of, where an actual unlearned language was spoken for the blessing of the Church, but the brother was soon pulled back down as there was in their midst one who actually spoke & understood that language. The message was satanic which blasphemed the Deity rather than glorifying him. But we need to take care as to how we view such manifestations & also in understanding the Scriptures.
  • Richard - in Reply on 2 Samuel 1
    You are very welcome. I myself have never experienced that from anyone much less a Pastor. As I have only attended one church since last year. Because, to me, the ministry did not really have the right message. Only going there a few times. The praise music/singing before and after the ministry was the best part in my feeling. Also just being around, and talking with, other believers in Christ.

    That does sound very hypocritical about all those things with the person fasting. Your thoughts I also agree with. Isaiah 58 is a great chapter on true fasting. Also your perception of 1 Corinthians 13 is spot on, in your reply to Chris, and exactly as I see it as well. Love others as our Eternal Father loves us.


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