Bible Discussion PAGE 153

  • Michael on James 4
    I am trying very hard to understand James 4:4 but am having difficulty doing so.

    I publish a newsletter that goes out to several thousand people. In that letter, I often warn people of problems that are going on around the world that could effect them and their families. I am concerned that I am going against James 4:4 by involving myself and my readers with 'worldly' things. On the other hand, the Bible speaks clearly to the responsibilities of the 'Watchmen'. Can anyone help me with a better understanding. The LAST thing I want to do is to go against my Lord Jesus. Help please.
  • Edwin debruin - in Reply on Acts 21
    we all lov GOD so much but the only way to get him is to be converted because Satan is mighty and God almighty
  • Richard DiDomenico on Matthew 1
    I've always wondered why I never heard anyone else mention this:

    All, including the Bible itself, say that Jesus was a direct descendant of David; however, Joseph was the direct descendant of David and Jesus was and is the Son of God (due to the Holy Spirit).

    Therefore, one would have to consider Joseph to be but the stepfather of Jesus. And that, of course, would mean that Jesus was not the direct descendant of David.

    I love my Jesus, and I love my Bibles. But something is not correct, here.
  • Victor - in Reply on Matthew 8
    it is such a great joy reading replies! Praise the Lord!
  • Pauline on Romans 12
    Roman -12

    Perfect verse I need to meditate on that daily, so my pain and hurts won't overcome me, I'm thankful when god put verses in front of me, to remind me that he's in control, he knows my pain and how I'm feeling, but each day is a challenge, but I will continue to pray and feed my mind with his words,
  • Victor on Matthew 9
    Could anyone help me to undertand

    "new cloth, old garment; new wine, old bottles"?
  • Anthony Graham on Numbers 23:22
    What is the meaning of the strength of a unicorn aren't unicorn's fictional
  • Precious - in Reply on Romans 12
    I'm that person also and has I read your comments, all that you been through is me also, I have to remind myself, that he said vengeance is mine because so many times I want the people who hurt me to feel the same pain they put me through, sometimes I stay up at night trying to figure out how can I hurt that person, that causes me so much pain, because they're still enjoying life and I'm still hurting, , but by the grace of god I'm praying and learning each day that god is my strength, if I don't stay in his words, my mind start thinking vengeance.
  • PAUL - in Reply on Revelation 18
    The roman catholic church
  • Ann Hering - in Reply on John 5:43
    God judged sin on The Cross of Jesus Christ. God is not judging sin today, IF He was, we would all be zapped every time we sin!

    John 16:33 was Jesus talking TO ISRAEL. Not us. Israel was going to be scattered very soon at the stoning of Stephen.

    Israel is the Bride. We are the Body Of Christ. Big Difference. Satan is the "god" of this world and he is having his way with man and religion!

    Paul is the only one in The Word Of God, Romans through Philemon, that tells you what your doctrine is today for this Age of Grace and salvation by grace by believeing in the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ.

    One day, The Body of Christ will be taken, and then God is going to resume His prophetic program with Israel, and The Tribulation will culminate with the 2nd Coming Of Jesus Christ so ISRAEL will believe in THEIR Messiah, then The Millennial Reign of Jesus Christ on this earth; The Kingdom God promised to Abraham, then into eternity.

    Read Paul's letters to find out that all our sins are forgiven, past present and future just by believing The Gospel 1 Cor 15:1-4 the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ, all by grace through faith, no works, no law, just what Jesus Christ did for US!

    Two different programs. Israel and The Body of Christ. Paul tells us in 2 Tim 2:15 . . . Rightly Dividing The Word Of Truth; that WAY you know what is for ISRAEL and what is for The Body Of Christ.

    Remember Jesus came for the Lost Sheep of the House of Israel (Matthew 10:6) Jesus was a minister of the circumcision (Romans 15:8) Jesus came in the flesh for Israel (Romans 9:5).

    One day, God is going to gather ALL, BOTH Israel and The Body Of Christ, in ONE!

    Ephesians 1:10

    That in the dispensation of the fulness of times He might gather together in one all things in Christ, both which are in heaven, and which are in earth; even in him.
  • Carl - in Reply on Revelation 7:9
    Hi Lucinda,

    It must be hard on your mother-heart to see your son facing a cancer test. You and he are in my thoughts and prayers; may you feel His nearness as He walks with you. God bless!

  • Mild Bill on Psalms 25
    Trust/faith in God is not without evidence.Nobody can truthfully deny Jesus was on Earth and died on

    Calvary,because there were too many witnesses.Prophecy predicted what God would do and he

    accomplished that for all to see,and what he still intends to do is written and will come to pass.Whereas

    only 4.9% of the universe is ordinary material,provable,and the balance is speculation,as of yet,unproven.

    Sinful man chooses to spend time in pride of his knowledge of so little,and the Creator of all displays

    himself so openly.Revere him and he shows his covenant."If the Son therefore shall make you free,you

    shall be free indeed."John 8:36 Free of the penalty for your sins."Who his own self bare our sins in his own

    body on the tree,that we,being dead to sins,should live unto righteousness:by whose stripes ye were

    healed."1Peter2:24 Dead to sins,as in separated from consequences of sin,though not perfect in this world.

    But for the grace of God, none would be saved.The glory of God will never diminish in eternity, and

    believers therein are satisfied."We love him,because he first loved us."1John 4:19
  • Peter - in Reply on Exodus 20:4
    For anyone who believes that picture of family is a graven image; if and when you are asked to blow down to a graven image; then you would see what a graven image really is; and it would not be just pictures of your family. Pictures are not images. That just confuses people so that they will not know when they need to know.

    I would say that we have many images in our minds and the main one would be that of family and God and in fact God should be the main one for many reasons. We are or were in the image of God when God created Adam as Adam was without sin, and he talked and walked with God; but when he sinned; he then had the power to know good and to know evil; and decide what to pick and do and what to do to redeem himself; it talks about the tree of life; Jesus died for our sins and through Him, we are forgiven and I would say we must continue to follow him to be redeemed
  • D W L on Matthew 24:38
    Definition of Another by Merriam-Webster --- Another definition is - different or distinct from the one first considered.

    John 14:16 And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you ANOTHER Comforter, that he may abide with you for ever;

    John 16:7 Nevertheless I tell you the truth; It is expedient for you that I go away: for if I go not away, the Comforter will not come unto you; but if I depart, I will send him unto you.
  • Primrose on Genesis 1:1
    This is awesome having people commenting on the verses it will help me get motivated to read more and grow in my faith.
  • Luis - in Reply on Ecclesiastes 8
    But none of these things could ever save, for it is written, "There is none righteous, no, not one:" The only way to Heaven is to forsake your righteousness and place your trust in what God did for you when he sent his son to die on a tree. Titus 3:5,

    "Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost;"

    The gospel: 1 Corinthians 15:1-4 KJV

    Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the gospel which I preached unto you, which also ye have received, and wherein ye stand; [2] By which also ye are saved, if ye keep in memory what I preached unto you, unless ye have believed in vain. [3] For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; [4] And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures:

    If you trust in anything else besides Paul's gospel to get you to Heaven, then you're on your way to hell.
  • Bob Hilt - in Reply on Deuteronomy 2
    Chris, how do you or anyone know those over in the middle east are in fact Jews? Because they say so?

    Jesus in bible book of Revelation 2:9 says I know thy works, and tribulation, and poverty, (but thou art rich) and I know the blasphemy of them which say they are Jews, and are not, but are the synagogue of Satan.

    Jesus speaking to the Pharisee Jews Bible book of John 8:44 Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it.

    45 And because I tell you the truth, ye believe me not.

    46 Which of you convinceth me of sin? And if I say the truth, why do ye not believe me?

    47 He that is of God heareth God's words: ye therefore hear them not, because ye are not of God.

    48 Then answered the Jews

    Then answered the Jews

    Then answered the Jews

    Then answered the Jews

    pretty obvious who Jesus called of their father the DEVIL. (God's chosen people?)

    King James Bible Jesus speaks to some of the Jews in John 10:23 - 29:And Jesus walked in the temple in Solomon's porch. Then came the JEWS (THE JEWS) round about him, and said unto him, How long dost thou make us to doubt? If thou be the Christ, tell us plainly.

    Jesus answered them, I told you, and ye believed not: the works that I do in my Father's name, they bear witness of me.

    "But ye believe not, because ye are not of my sheep, as I said unto you."

    But ye believe not, because ye are not of my sheep, as I said unto you. My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me: And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand.

    The United Nations in 1948 created that state, not the Lord, and the United Nations is openly satanic.

    Their official publisher is Lucis publishing, originally Lucifer Trust.
  • Vernon Johnson - in Reply on Revelation 4

    Chris and or who else may have the answer,In the book of Revelation,who or what is the Mark of the Beast ?

    concerning the 24 Elders question you gave an answer to,subsequently I would continue,thank you for your response
  • Peter - in Reply on Exodus 20:4
    Forbids the making of graven images, 2 factors here, graven and images. i know that images are more than pictures; and graven relates to the grave i think but i haven't being able to put it together to clearly understand it;
  • Chris - in Reply on Romans 6:16
    Stephanie, I'll start this off with some thoughts. I would say that using Hypnosis is a sin even though not specifically mentioned in the Bible. Through it, a believer leaves himself open to more problems leading to sin, being no longer subject to clear, rational thinking & obliged to obey whatever is suggested.

    Hypnosis, as you know, is a science to place a person's mind into a state of subjugation, whether done by another or oneself. It effectively alters the critical thinking of a (vulnerable & willing) person to one of obedience regardless of the wishes of that person. It seems to have some benefit in helping those with lingering medical problems. However, the question is, as Christians are we permitted to let our normal critical/decision making minds become open to external commands that would otherwise be rejected by us? Or, in computer terminology, should we allow a downloaded file not be subject to a firewall and an anti-virus examination?

    Scriptures that come to mind: Philippians 4:7; 2 Tim 1:7; 1 Pet 1:13, all speak about having sound, Christ-honouring minds that engage in a mental/spiritual warfare to keep them under subjection from outside forces. In fact 2 Cor 4:4 says "the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not". We can get the sense here, that their minds were veiled, or even affected/hypnotized, so that they can't ever perceive that they're believing a lie. I realize that I'm adding 'hypnosis' here, but I can see how this can be applied to the response of those so affected.

    So, it comes down to: Who has control over our minds/our lives? The Bible says that we must at all times be in control over it, even to the avoiding of substances that would diminish that control or even allowing external forces (people or demons) to gain control over us. When we use the Holy Spirit's Power in our lives, then we should never allow another to take it over nor allow hypnosis to become a play thing as is often done these days.
  • Mishael - in Reply on Deuteronomy 2
    It's like you said before, the Messianic Christians will be caught up with ALL the young children, just like us. Those left on earth will know what happened, and repent I pray. The 2 witnesses, the 144,000 and angelic evangelists will convert many.

    The Antichrist will chase the unsaved out of Jerusalem, and sit on the Throne. I saw a passage that indicates they will flee to Moab. Even tho the 2 countries have been at odds forever. But now Moab takes them in and hides them, in the hills? I should've written down that scripture. I study till I pass out, sometimes.

    I no longer think these events will take a long period of time for it to set up.

    Not all of the Jews will turn to Jesus as Messiah. The Russians, Syria and Iran are joined to China now; building that road. Russia will be totally leveled by The Lord.

    There's just so much picking up speed. Forever is Just a word now.
  • Bendik - in Reply on 2 Thessalonians 2:7
    False terms... It is called the time of Jacobs trouble/Daniel 70th week. Guess who it is for?

    Romans 10:25-27 For I would not, brethren, that ye should be ignorant of this mystery, lest ye should be wise in your own conceits; that blindness in part is happened to Israel, until the fulness of the Gentiles be come in.

    26 And so all Israel shall be saved: as it is written, There shall come out of Sion the Deliverer, and shall turn away ungodliness from Jacob:

    27 For this is my covenant unto them, when I shall take away their sins.
  • Mishael on Genesis 8 9 on John 5:43
    I read something last night just really endeared The Lord to me. It was after the flood and Noah and his family were leaving the Ark.

    I was reading & noted Genesis 8:20-22 and 9:8-17

    In verse 21-22: And the Lord Smelled a sweet savour; and the Lord said IN HIS HEART, I will not again curse the GROUND anymore for mans sake, for the imaginations of mans heart is evil from his youth; neither will I again smite anymore every thing living, as I have done.

    While the earth remaineth seedtime and harvest, and cold and heat; and summer and winter, and day and night shall not cease. (Jeremiah 33:25)

    The token of the covenant of is the rainbow.

    There was no anger. Sorrow in his heart.

    What hurts us, hurts him.

    How many times have we wept; why is this happening to me? Why didn't You stop it?

    How so the earth groans for it's redemption. As should we all...
  • Chris - in Reply on Amos 5:8
    Andres, I had to do some researching for your question as the answer cannot be found from Scripture. So trying to make a long research paper simple, this is what I've found & hope it is of some use to you:

    Both in Job 9:9 & Amos 5:8, mention is made of those star constellations. So the problem we have is: how are these stars with these names, known by these OT people? The answer is apparently that they hadn't called them by these names in the original language, Hebrew, but those original words were also known differently in Aramaic/Syriac & these are what we are seeing here.

    So in Hebrew, Orion was known as 'Kesil', which means 'foolish' because they viewed this constellation as a picture of 'a tall & strong man chained for his folly'. For Pleiades (the view of Seven Stars), was originally known as 'Kimah'. Then in Syriac, it was referred to as Pleiades.

    Therefore, with Amos, as a Prophet of God, his writings reflected what was given to him to declare to Israel. And this included these stars which he may not have been entirely familiar with, but declared them (Kesil & Kimah) which have since been translated in the Bible to be the Orion & Pleiades. With Job, we're unsure of his knowledge about these stars, whether from Divine inspiration or from others who may have already named them. So a bit of uncertainty here.
  • Mishael - in Reply on Amos 5:8
    ANDRES: There are 2 scriptures in JOB about both constellations:

    Chapter 9:9 and 38:31.

    You will enjoy reading Job. Near the end God reveals many scientific things. If your Bible has the center column; the letters and numbers point you to other scriptures or prophesies sometimes. It's fascinating reading.
  • Susan Browning - in Reply on John 3:5
    One does not have to be baptized with water to enter the Kingdom of God. Salvation is a free gift from God, no strings attached. Born of water is amniotic fluid. All earthly life begins in water. God's Word refers to both the physical and the spiritual throughout beginning with Genesis 2:7. What if you died prior to your day of baptism. And, Christians no longer wait 40 days to receive The Holy Ghost. When one accepts Christ, right then and right there, the Holy Ghost begins to dwell within you.
  • Susan Browning - in Reply on John 3:5
    All physical life begins in water. It has nothing to do with God's Word nor Baptism. Think of all the denominations that sprinkle versus fully immerse. Everlasting Life comes to us by way of being born again in Spirit.
  • Chris - in Reply on John 5:43
    The point that most forget is that the coming horror upon the Earth is not A Tribulation, but THE GREAT Tribulation. There is a difference: John 16:33 tells us that in the world you will have tribulation, which must include our daily troubles whether small or big, as well as those who are burned at the stake for Jesus' sake. But the Great Tribulation is only attributed to God's Wrath & Judgement upon sinful mankind.

    And God's Wrath has been seen in the past, in The Flood, at Sodom & Gomorrah, in God's dealings with idolatrous Israel. We have not seen His Full Wrath yet post Calvary, even though some claim that our natural devastating phenomena, including viruses, or the Holocaust are examples. The next time God moves in this way, will be at the time of the End of this age, & will be with Fire & not Flood (2 Peter 3:5-7).

    So, can we presume that God will then have to judge His people, the Church, Christ's Bride, a second time for their sinful nature & ways? Or, will He take out (rapture) His Church (having already been judged & redeemed), so that His Wrath will be seen & felt by all unbelievers to the fulfilment of prophecy?
  • Chris - in Reply on Jonah 1
    Patricia, "the great fish" that God prepared to swallow up & accommodate Jonah would most likely be a mammal (like a whale, having no gills but lungs to breathe). So it is conjecture on my part, to think that whenever this fish came up for air, we have Jonah also taking in the oxygen simultaneously. Now, since a whale doesn't come up for air that often, one would think that there might have been sufficient oxygen in the fish's body to keep Jonah alive until the next inhalation.

    And yes, God had a great part in keeping his rebellious prophet alive in the fish, if for nothing more, than sustain him without food & water & to comfort him in his extraordinary surroundings.
  • Chris - in Reply on Deuteronomy 2

    "Powerful people are pushing Israel to relinquish ALL the land that they reclaimed in the 6 Day War. Land that they need for all the Jews that will return."

    I wonder whether we can bank on Genesis 15:18 & 17:8, where God covenants with Abram that his seed will get all the land from the Nile to the Euphrates & ALL the Land of Canaan (for an everlasting possession). What the world (United Nations in 1947) has done to Israel is despicable & will be severely judged for this wicked act. To give Israel a sliver of land to ease their tainted consciences does despite to God's Holy Word. God does not forget His Promises & we will see mighty things happen in that land. Now, if only Israel would acknowledge their Messiah & repent of what they had done to him, Israel would be in a whole different situation now & truly "a holy & peculiar people unto the Lord" (Deuteronomy 14:2).

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