Bible Discussion PAGE 339

  • Ann - in Reply on Proverbs 11:22
    very well said
  • MB - in Reply on Revelation 11
    The two witnesses are Elijah and Moses.

    Muslims did not come into existence until late in the sixth century. Peoples of the Bible are referred to by their nation, or positions. Like Egyptian or Jordanians.

    Moses was a Prophet who preached to and lead the Israelites out of Egypt. Here in Revelation he represents the New Testament. He is also a "type" of Christ. Compare their attributes, there are many things common to both Moses and Christ.

    Elijah was a Prophet who here in Revelation represents the Old Testament. He preached to the Northern Tribes of Israel dressed in camel skins and fur. John the Baptist was a type of Elijah in attire and message he preached, and also was a Prophet.

    A Muslim person will have a major role in Daniel's 70th week as the Antichrist.
  • Chris - in Reply on Hosea 6
    yes if you ask for forgiveness through CHrist, you will be forgiven absolutely. Once you ask for forgiveness, the sin then belongs to Christ and you have no right or ownership of it. He has bought and paid for it. Any shame or guilt is His and not yours. As far as your "ex", in God's eyes you are probably still married to him.
  • Chris - in Reply on 1 Timothy 2:4
    I've looked at those Isaiah references you gave & could not find any reference to "dreaming of a Bible verse". Is this what you meant or maybe you have had a verse come to you in a dream? If you can give extra information about what you're thinking.
  • Mike Acosta on John 5:43
    Why is it wrong to pray to the Virgin Mary? I know that it takes away the reason for Jesus coming and dying for our sins, but is there any benefit to pray to Mary as some believe?
  • Chris - in Reply on Revelation 7:9
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    So to, our minds have to be 'gathered together' & focused on the 'race that is set before us'. In meditation, one is required to do the opposite, & release the mind from everything & thus allow anything to enter in & either control us or fill us. And most often these thoughts won't be what Christians should be 'meditating' on.

    I've written at length, as I sense your earnestness in your quest, as also my personal identification with you in your struggles. Look to the Lord, wait upon Him, & don't let Him go until you "receive the blessing". He wants to reveal Himself to you & give you the joy of His Salvation: the question is: are you really ready to humble yourself in His Sight, to read & 'meditate' on His Word & wait for His Ministry of conviction - for without conviction there is no salvation.
  • Chris - in Reply on Revelation 7:9
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    My wife, as many others, have always been in that blessd position of receiving Christ as a child, being baptized, & continuing on strongly in the faith. For some of us, we were allowed to go through the miry clay to then come to the point of conviction & salvation & being set upon that Rock. You need to bring up your life before the Lord & seek that deep conviction of sin by God's Spirit, so that your salvation will be real & only of the Lord; you will never need to "learn about how to return to God", for that conviction is also your confirmation that a divine transaction has taken place, i.e. your sins handed over in return for His forgiveness of your sins & removal of that penalty it deserved.

    You also wrote about not feeling close to God anymore, despite your attempts to 'feel' that intimacy. We have that saying: 'that our faith is not based on feeling but on fact'. In other words, what Christ has done for us & what has taken place in us as a result, is fact-based & not feeling-based. I'm not saying that we can't 'feel' closeness to the Lord, but that acceptance by Him & intimacy is primarily based on what He has done in us. So 'feelings' can change day-by-day depending on our mental, emotional or physical circumstances & this could affect how we 'feel' with God, yet, however we feel in God's Presence, cannot change the fact of God's Love & His Salvation for us. He promises to NEVER leave us or forsake us. I would stay well away from meditation 'to reach your inner self'. The only meditating we can do is to focus our hearts & minds on the Godhead & His Word. Peter (in 1 Pet 1:13) speaks of "girding the loins of your mind", which references those wearing long robes during work, etc., as they would gather that part of the garment that would interfere with the job in hand, or the long road to travel on.

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  • Chris - in Reply on Revelation 7:9
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    Carl, you've said some things here that require some further dealing. Specifically, "I have decided to worship and return to God. I don't believe I am worthy. I have been a christian all my life but for the past 15 years or so I have been a non believer." And, "I used to feel emotional and feel the closeness to God. Now I find it difficult to feel."

    My testimony is quite similar to yours, having been brought up in a God-fearing home & going through all the spiritual exercises a child would do. I left home at 17 yrs of age to pursue my career, which took me into a world devoid of a Christian environment & counsel. I caved in to the lusts of the flesh & for identification with my peers; & for all intents & purposes, I was not a Christian, never saved, having just given a mental/verbal assent to the Gospel. However, after almost nine years of wicked living, the Spirit of God met me in my defence quarters & brought me into an extremely deep conviction of my sin - I was literally torn apart because of the gravity of my sin & certainty of a Christless eternity.

    You've said that you've decided to return to God. Was this a mental decision from a sense of being wayward & because of the circumstances you may find yourself in & in the world of turmoil today? You know Carl, if WE decide to follow God or attend to His commands, then that's all we'll do (as the Jews do in their mental affirmation & obedience to God). But if we sense the Spirit's Work in us, then actually a miracle takes place in our lives, & we can't help but weep for our sins & call upon the Saviour for the work of the Cross to be applied to us. That drawing to & convicting of, is all of God & can never be of us. And this is the more pertinent to folk like us, who were either never saved or have come out of a long period of Christ rejection & disobedience.

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  • Lost 1 on John 14
    I have been asking questions a lot lately as i have recommitted my life to Jesus, I have repented and totally turned from my old way of life, verse 21 He who has my commandments and keeps them is he who loves me, and is loved by my father and i will love him and manifest myself to him. I've been a backslider of the worst kind, will Jesus manifest himself again to me I do my best to keep his word but it seems like I've lost something
  • Mel - in Reply on Acts 1
    Baptism(miktva), is a physical sign of one's faith in THE Saviour promises, and, being in solidarity with him(doing as HE did), and, simple Obedience to his simple command(which are NOT grievous!). Remember, if baptism alone, brought salvation, then many false men who crept in unawares, must receive salvation, and, even many devil worshipping folk must at least partly qualify, for water baptism, was also known of and practiced in many ancient cultures!

    Remember, salvation, is the ultimate gift of creator to his creation, and, with it goes the only road to immortality possible!(ezekiel18:4 & 20 in particular; the entire chapter in general, and compare it with the sermon on the mount; supplement it with John 1:VIII to X and John 2:I to VI and James 1:XVII & XVIII also James 2:VIII to XXVI, Capping it with Matthew V:13 to 20(from HIS mouth, in the sermon on the mount therefore: irrefutable!
  • Rachael Ng39ambi on Psalms 61
    Situations may seem overwhelming, but we cry to God to lead us to a rock higher than ourselves, He is a great God

    He has inheritance to those that fear Him Vs 5
  • Fern on John 5:43
    Does Bibleonline have the Spanish translation?
  • LaVonne - in Reply on John 5:43
    Valarie, There are many verses concerning being thankful. King David is most thankful in the book of Psalms

    Psalms 106:1 Psalms 107:1 Ephesians 5:20 1Thessalonians 5:18. Also in the New Testament, Our Lord Jesus

    always gave thanks to God the Father. I believe our Father God wants us to always come before him with

    a thankful heart. " May the Lord bless you and keep you" Numbers 6:24
  • Robert - in Reply on Deuteronomy 4
    With regards to this thread, I must ask for my own clarification, "How is the cross any different?"

    We worship the lamb, the cross, etc.

    Made by men's hands...

    No life or breathe in them...

    Not trying to be argumentative; it just always pricks me when I read these scriptures because not only do I believe in devotional studies, but I also believe in keeping the context and reading from Genesis to Revelations.
  • Mel - in Reply on Acts 1
    The thief will be in THE Kingdom, But, in the one where the saviour has come back to rule earth during a millineum of 1000 years(see the revelation of the saviour, esp., 19:XI to XVI +XIX to XXI & particularly, 20: I to XV & 21:I to VII);pray for discernment, so as "rightly divide the word of truth", believing Scripture, not the words of men!

    Be Well; Blessings upon you!!
  • Mel - in Reply on Acts 1
    Not immediately, dear debra;otherwise, the scripture could not be true, that peter gave in the 1st teaching after receiving the holy spirit, that no man has ascended up to heaven, save the son of man, that came down from heaven;& he, is the firstborn of many bretheren. be well, continue in study; blessings upon you.

    mm
  • Jim on Colossians 2
    We have too be strong in the Lord, believing every word from the mouth of God. Temptation come in many forms. Satan desire to sift us Christians as wheat. Unbelievable times are here, just as the prophets preached back then, tell who all would listen to repent and pray, and turn back from your wicked way. They didn't , so here we are faced with that same diliema. Choose God, he will never leave you nor forsake you. Let us all learn from the past. In reference to Colossians chapter 2
  • Chris - in Reply on Philippians 4:17
    DJ, you've got me thinking over this, so pardon my further question: if all this existed as you suggest (i.e. Adam in Eden & the others in various parts of the world), then what happened at the Flood & subsequent to its devastating result? Was the Flood contained locally, or was it a global flood? If global (by all indications it was: Genesis 6:17), then what of the future of those 'others'? Possibly, a second Ark? And if I'm here walking the Earth today, who are my ancestors, since I've not come out of Adam, Noah & his descendants? I'm getting more despondent & fearful as I consider this proposition & the possibility of its reality, & this would affect many reading these comments.
  • Chris - in Reply on Genesis 10:25
    If Genesis 10:25 relates to verse 32, then it could also mean that at that time after Noah, his sons & families spread to other parts of the Earth & hence the Earth was divided into various nations.
  • Chris - in Reply on John 5:43
    You could also look at:

    Isaiah 9:6; Matthew 28:19; John 1:1-14; 5:18; 10:30-33; 14:9-11; 15:26; 17:22; Philippians 2:5-8; Colossians 2:9; Hebrews 1:6; 1 John 5:7.

    I've just given them in book/verse order to make it easier for you to look up.

    However, when you say "characteristically" & the above references are not what you're looking for, then as you read the Gospels, you will see the character & work of Jesus Christ & His Spirit are in line in every respect to that of God the Father (i.e. in Love, Truth, Justice, Holiness, fulfilling the Plan set out for the World).
  • Chris - in Reply on Philippians 4:17
    DJ, you present an interesting view of creation. You mentioned: "The instructions given to Adam are completely different than the instructions given to the rest of mankind". So assuming that there were 'other creations' of the human species on Earth at the same time (or later), what are these instructions that were given to them? If these are not recorded for us, could we then be just insignificant or worthless people in His Sight, only here for populating the Earth?

    If we account for the existence of 'cave men' (& others) via this assumption, then I wonder why Adam & Eve were made in the image of God, with His Qualities & Traits, while these cave people's appearance & lifestyle, as we're led to believe, resembled more like animals?

    Also, can we also assume that these 'others' did not sin as Adam & Eve did & so we might in fact have races of people right now who are sinless in the world? If this is so, shouldn't the Bible at least account for these other people, their temptations to sin, & God's dealing with them? It seems rather strange that God would only speak about Adam & Eve (because through them the Saviour would eventually come), but neglect about the state of the others. Then again, maybe God focused on Adam & his progeny for obvious reasons, but cared little for the rest of us. Why should we even need the Gospel to be proclaimed to us, since we may not need it because of our state, or for God's little care for us.

    You raise some serious matters that can have frightening impact on our lives present & future.
  • Vanessa nixon - in Reply on 2 Corinthians 5
    Ms. Donna

    We must remember that GoD's timing is not our time. Keep the faith and keep trusting in God as you wait on him to do it.

    God bless you.
  • Michael My Phong - in Reply on Isaiah 45:7
    I am here
  • Mishael on earth destruction and restoration on 1 Timothy 3
    I stayed up most of last night, being led through BIBLE SCRIPTURES, that back up what the teacher is teaching. It is painstakingly slow, And biblically SOUND.

    I would not have even listened to it if it didn't have scriptural foundation. The teacher uses the Hebrew to explain the events that happened. I do not know why I had NEVER heard this expanded teaching before, at church, but I have now. I still have 3 hours to listen to!

    Here are some scripture passages you'll want to mark for that study. At one point I just began to write all over the page margins :/

    This may interest you to listen to it on YouTube later.

    Genesis 1, Job 1:8, restoration of earth in Genesis,

    Jeremiah 4;23-28

    Jeremiah 4:26 Gods anger

    Isaiah 24:1 Is pre-Adam; God turned earth upside down,

    Job 9:1-9 earth frozen ball of ice

    Revelation ch 6

    Job 38. Science has proved the Bible is accurate;

    Deu. 32:4 Gods work is perfect

    Isaiah 45:18

    Eccl. 3:11

    Psalms 18:30

    Genesis verses 6-9 restoration not creation

    Genesis 1-2 earth not 6 thousand years old; it's billions, what science proved.

    I had all the prophetic scriptures boxed; I just didn't know how the fit in. When it says former inhabitants and people's, those are the 1/3 angels that followed Lucifer.

    Isaiah 14:17 20 spoken by demons to Lucifer

    Satan was in hell when Adam was created. He was turned into a snake. Was in the garden Ezekiel 28:13

    Ezekiel 28: 1-19 Lucifer>Satan

    Lucifer went from Archangel/ covering Cherub. God>Holy Spirit>Jesus>Lucifer

    4th in line to the throne. Isaiah 14:12

    YouTube. WAR IN THE HEAVENLIES, by Benny Hinn. 5 hour teaching

    Why do we need to put this together so we can understand it?? Because people ask questions. And..,it's very important to Satan. We need to know HOW he came to be loose on the earth; after Adam and after Jesus'S death on the Cross.

    For myself and you, we have a responsibility to piece this together as it really happened.
  • Nav - in Reply on Deuteronomy 28
    I believe those who altered the Bible mislead these people because the true message of the Almighty for making is to worships him alone. But these people believe Jesus to be God and worship and refer him as the LORD. That is how they are mislead even to this day.
  • Robert Stoltz - in Reply on Mark 8
    BELIEVE on the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and you will be saved...that's all. Unfortunately...very few Christian claimers BELIEVE ON the name of the Lord Jesus Christ! The Holy Spirit said in the NT '' God iz a spirit and must be worshiped in SPIRIT n TRUTH! Shalom.
  • Robert Stoltz on Mark 8
    Ehh...is He talking about the rapture..or the second coming! I noticed He said''the son of man,and also ''with the Holy angels?
  • Royal prophit - in Reply on Ezekiel 7
    Thank you so much stay blessed
  • Alaric Robinson on 1 Corinthians 15
    The Jews were the Chosen People in the Old Testament and Dispensation because it is GOD's will.

    Now all are chosen under Grace by GOD throuth Jesus Christ, if we Hear his word, Belive his word, Repent of our sins, Confess that Jesus is our Lord and Savior, Be Baptized and continue stead fast in our faith.

    GOD is the creator and as the created our job is not to question his choices but to obey his commandments.


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