Bible Discussion PAGE 63

  • David S on Matthew 24:36
    Reference the recent exchanges on this scripture as between Vicki and Chris, there seems to be an assumption that the event in question is the onset of the millennial reign of Christ about which I am uncertain although some biblical commentators also make that assumption. It seems more likely that it is a reference to the 'rapture' (1 Corinthians 15 and 1 Thessalonians 4) but I may be wrong. The problem possibly arises due to the fact (if I may say) that the church generally seems confused as to what is meant by the 'second coming' in that this is not a biblical term any more than the rapture is. Scripture does not give the 'rapture' a specific identification although the 'millennial' is termed the 'thousand years reign'.

    However, what we do know is that the millennial reign will commence some seven years after the rapture about which we do not know the timing. So effectively, the scripture in Matthew and Mark may refer to either or both. As we don't know when the rapture will take place, we cannot know about the timing of millennium either. The real mystery is why is it that does Christ not know and more importantly, how He does not know.
  • Chris - in Reply on Job 34:10
    Elizabeth, I'm sure you're have read through this book carefully, so I won't give references, but only my opinion.

    God was apparently satisfied with Job's conduct of his life & bringing up his family. So Satan comes to God after roaming the Earth (presumably to try to find someone to 'trip up' into sin). He probably found none, as all were involved in something sinful. This must have come up in Satan's conversation with God, which prompted God to say that His servant Job was unlike any other: an upright man who fears Me & hates evil. And so the account goes on to reveal God allowing Satan to have his way with Job, except to take his life (Satan must have received special licence to take life for this testing, that which is reserved for God only). And we know how, through much physical & mental difficulty, Job came through the temptations to still worship & honour God.

    So, I see this account, though factual, as one that speaks to me of why sufferings may come to all of us. Why does God permit it? And does God have a purpose in it? The answers to these questions can only be found in the Bible, as any human opinion will invariably be wrong. All pain & suffering comes to us because we are sinners & live in a World affected by the fall of man (Romans 3:23, 8:18). God permits it to the point of His set limitation (1 Corinthians 10:13), because suffering is a natural part of a fallen existence. If we didn't have pain, hardship & suffering, then we would be a perfect people living in a perfect World. Our sufferings prove to us the condition of our soul. Does God have a purpose in it? Of course to show us our fallen state, but also to alert us to the Way that is open for us to be forgiven for our sins (John 3:16, 14:6), that brings on suffering. Do Christians not suffer then? We do suffer, but we now have the Lord Who keeps us & helps us through our trials (Psalms 46 is precious), giving us an eternal hope that keeps our spirits strong, when the physical frame deteriorates.
  • D W L - in Reply on Ephesians 1
    Revelation 21:7 He that overcometh shall inherit ALL things; and I will be his God, and he shall be my son. --- How can someone have a greater reward if I inherit ALL things?
  • Peter on Genesis 2
    24 Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother,

    CLEAVE UNTO cleave to;

    literary

    2 adhere to, hold to, cling to, stand by, abide by, be loyal to, be faithful to, remain true to.

    adhere strongly to (a particular pursuit or belief): part of why we cleave to sports is that excellence is so measurable.

    become very strongly involved with or emotionally attached to (someone):

    I love the word "cleave to or unto" as right from the start that is what a man is suppose to do; and i don't see why they can get that confused and treat their wives different; and still they do and some even believe and or interpret it differently in other parts of The Bible; but believe me; every word in the Bible is consistent and compatible and add up the same where ever you see it.
  • Chris - in Reply on Genesis 3:1
    Jim, I've always understood that verse to indicate that the serpent was classified & seen as the other animals 'of the field', & not necessarily the location that he was found in, in his encounter with Adam & Eve.

    What does intrigue me is what did this serpent look like in his un-cursed state (Genesis 3:14)? We know 'it' was an animal, but apparently had the power of speech as Satan occupied its body, & was unlikely to be in the form of a snake, as we know it. And Adam & Eve showed no surprise that an animal would be able to talk to them: did other animals talk, or did they not know that this serpent was a 'one-off' & had a special gift of speech? I wonder what a serpent in this account actually looked like? Was it already a long, thin animal that moved in an upright manner? Too many questions that come to mind: we can only wonder & speculate. It was only after the curse, that it began to slither on its belly.
  • Chris - in Reply on Revelation 5:8
    Ted, this is actually a very good question & I'm unsure whether an accurate answer can be given, simply because there's not a lot of information given, apart from what is learnt in Revelation.

    If I look at each of the references on these 24 Elders, we see: they sat around God's Throne, in white raiment, wearing gold crowns. Jesus was seen in the midst of the Elders. They knew the people arrayed in white who stood around the Throne as those coming out of great tribulation. They were redeemed by God, so experienced His Salvation. They always fell before the Throne in adoration & worship.

    What then do we make of their origin? Taking those Scriptures that speak of them, it seems that they could have comprised those saints of old (whether patriarchs, or apostles, or special leaders of the Churches). They wore crowns, of which Paul, Peter, James & John speak of in: Philippians 4:1; 1 Thes 2:19; 2 Tim 2:5, 4:8; James 1:12; 1 Pet 5:4; Revelation 2:10, signifying that they were recognized for their faithfulness & ministry on Earth. Their special position in the midst of God's Throne, unlike the other saints, indicates a place of recognition & privilege, but noting, they always fell before the One Who lives forever, in worship & praise for His Work of redemption.

    So armed with those Scriptures on the Elders, one would have to form one's own opinion as to who they were specifically. They were certainly not identified with the angels or other beings in Heaven, but were there from the company of the redeemed.
  • Israel William - in Reply on Job 34:10
    The Almighty want to test job. He is testing his faith
  • Chris - in Reply on Genesis 4
    Abdul, the danger of interbreeding only began some time after sin entered the world through Adam & Eve. It has nothing to do with God removing one of man's ribs & forming wo-man (= out of man) from it. And cloning cannot be attributable to the Creator, Who isn't in the business of cloning, as some scientists/doctors have a propensity to delve deeper into; when God creates, it is out of nothing; the use of a man's rib was to show that this new human (woman) was a product of man's creation (Genesis 2:22,23) yet nonetheless, equal to him in every respect, except in the order of creation. He could have easily created a woman fresh from the dust of the Earth, as He did the man. And it has been shown, that the rib (if a particular membrane is left intact after the rib's removal) can in fact produce a new rib in the course of time (the only bone in our bodies to be able to do this). So doctors do take tissue from the rib for reconstruction purposes in other areas of the body (just a side comment that I researched into!).

    After Adam & Eve sinned & through them sin was passed onto all people, as the initial population multiplied, their transmitted genes would have become further diverse as the gene pool increased. This would have led to abnormal mutations within humans, producing severe deformities. Man would have stopped interbreeding long before God's law was given against this (Leviticus 20), but this initial interbreeding, which would have had negative medical effects had it been allowed to continue, would have gone on for some time for the population of the Earth. Yes, we are all inter-related going back to Adam & Even, but after the Flood, our relationship to our forerunners are more correctly, towards Noah & his offspring.
  • Chris - in Reply on Numbers 21:9
    Yes, as Jesus also used this event in Numbers to speak of Himself in John 3:14,15. The Numbers account would make the serpent an idol, if it was worshipped. I believe worship didn't take place, only if those bitten by the physical snakes, would express faith in God's provision of a serpent on a pole, would they experience healing from the wound.

    This speaks to me that there could have been some there who despised God & Moses to such an extent, that even though they got bitten, they would have refused to look upon the snake on the pole, as if to say, "I don't believe in this God of Israel or His servant Moses, so I would rather die than submit". This is the same stubbornness that grips the unsaved: they hear of God's love, they hear of the Sacrifice of His Son for sin, but refuse to look upon Him in faith for spiritual healing, simply because they don't believe in His Plan & would rather perish in hell than submit to the Holy One.
  • Elizabeth on Job 34:10
    Why did God allow Job to suffer

    What was His purpose
  • Chris - in Reply on Psalms 8
    Thanks Carol for your comments; so I'll address them if I may. I'm in full agreement with what you correctly observe that God indeed blessed the Sabbath Day & He rested from all His Works. And also, that it was demonstrated right from Creation, & made law for the children of Israel. And then when Israel was later called Jews, the law was still very much in vogue. For this change, they were first called Hebrews (Abrahamic times); Jacob's name then changed to Israel; after Israel moved to Egypt because of famine in the land, they were called Israelites; after many years & under Roman rule in the area they called Judea, the Israelites became known as Judeans; it is then understood that the word Jews, came from the people living in Judea. So my reference to the Jewish Sabbath, was not to imply that the command came to the Jews, but that Jews, who had their roots right up to the Hebrew period, had the same unchanged commands.

    Constantine (in 321 AD) did make Sunday worship 'official', the Nicea Council may also have had bearing on this, but was this when Sunday was adopted as the worship day for Christians? Again, I refer you to Acts 20:7 & Revelation 1:10, which are clear, & to 1 Cor 16:2, which speaks of Paul's desire to collect from the Churches gifts that were to be given to the poor saints in Jerusalem. So on the first day of the week (Sunday), as the Corinthian Church gave of their gifts to the work there, they should also put aside extra (according to God's provision) for the poor saints. Whether they held onto these special gifts or put it into a common repository is unknown, but Paul wanted no 'mad dash' for collecting the gifts when he came to visit them.

    Your further remarks on the Sabbath, I have dealt with, saying earlier, that "Jesus is now our Sabbath, our Spiritual Rest. Please be assured, that I'm not picking & choosing which commandments to obey, I follow biblical teaching within the bounds of law & grace: that CHRIST IS THE FULFILMENT OF GOD'S LAWS.
  • Carol - in Reply on Psalms 8
    Chris, Thank you for responding. Jesus said that the Sabbath was made for man and not man for the Sabbath. "God rested on the Sabbath day, the seventh day and blessed the seventh day and sanctified it, because that in it he had rested from all his work which God created and made." There were no Jews when God blessed the seventh day so it cannot be said that it is a Jewish Sabbath. Only Adam and Eve was on the earth at that time. The Sabbath was changed from Saturday to Sunday by Constantine in 321 A.D. The scriptures you gave in Acts was a meeting, not church and the scripture in 1 Corinthians was talking about giving (collections).

    I believe what the bible says and I believe the bible is God's word. God said to "Remember the Sabbath day and keep it holy". I don't think it trivial to follow what is in the 10 Commandments. Jesus said if you love me, keep my commandments. Revelation14:12 "Here is the patience of the saints: here are they that keep the commandments of God and the faith of Jesus". Jesus is our example, he went into the temple as was His custom on the seventh day.

    I am not judging anyone or trying to offend anyone. Jesus did not say to change the commandments in honor of his resurrection, He said keep my commandments. Jesus said if you offend in one, then you offend in all. Do we say it is ok to kill, lie or steal? No we don't. Why do we keep the traditions of man above what God has plainly stated and written by His own hand on two tablets of stone?
  • Jesse - in Reply on John 5:4
    Jeff,

    First of all, thanks for responding.

    Okay, your definition of betrayal makes perfect sense to me. I can see how it would relate to being betrayed by a friend. However, if I were to place Judas in the category of friend or true believer, I would say friend, but with extreme hesitation.



    I would say Judas exercised his "free will" to be evil the entire 3 years of Christ's ministry. If Judas was ever a true believer or friend, Jesus never mentioned him in a positive way. In fact, the only time Jesus makes reference to Judas, he calls him a devil. Doesn't sound like much of a friendship to me! And I highly doubt that Jesus would ever call a true believer a devil.

    Of course Judas was part of the group that Jesus chose, but calling him a true believer does not fit. A true believer would not steal from the group. Judas did.

    If Judas exercised his "free will" to leave the faith as you are saying, the bible says he showed remorse. He was so remorseful that he even tried giving the 30 pieces of silver back. And the remorse was so unbearable that he killed himself. If he was that remorseful for exercising his "free will" to betray Christ, why didn't he use his "free will" to ask Christ for forgiveness?

    Jesus chose Judas because he needed an evil person to fulfil the prophecy given in Zechariah Chapter 11 Verse 12. Jesus knew ahead of time that He would be betrayed. And He knew it would be Judas when He chose him.

    It's such a blessing for me to know that Christ knows what I'm going to do tomorrow and every day of my life after that. He even knows the day I'm going to die. He knows! I don't have a clue what my days might bring, but He knows, just like He knew it would be Judas who would betray Him when He chose Judas.
  • Susannah - in Reply on Numbers 21:9
    It sounds a bit like a model of Jeshua to me. The Israelites who looked upon it and believed God would forgive and save them survived, even though they had sinned against and doubted Him. Sound familiar?
  • Jesse - in Reply on James 2
    Jerry,

    The word faith in James Chapter 2 is talking about Spiritual faith. There are two types of faith, human faith, and Spiritual faith. Spiritual faith is only produced by God's Spirit. We can't produce it. The word faith literally means persuasion. And the word works literally means activity. And if you put faith (persuasion) and activity together, you realize that it is God's Spirit in you that is doing the work.

    James 2:8 says if ye fulfil the royal law, and this is the same as the law of liberty. It's called Torah or Kingdom Law. Royal means belonging to the king. But if you fulfil the royal law according to the scripture, and this is found Leviticus 19:18, Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself, and then he says you do well:

    In Matthew 22:37, Jesus said, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. I'd like to point out two things. Number one, the term "Thou shalt love" is not in command form. That is a Future Active Indicative in the Greek text. It is it is not a command. It is a factual statement. You will love! Secondly, believers are supposed to love one another. But, neither in the Old Testament, nor in the New Testament, is it in command form.

    As a matter of fact, the command in the Old Testament is (YOU WILL) love the Lord your God, and (YOU WILL) love your neighbor as yourself. It's a factual statement, not a command. Jesus is not commanding us to go out and to love. He's stating fact, that if we have His Spirit, WE WILL love. It's His Spirit in us that produces Agape love. We cannot produce Agape. That's why we have to understand that if we have His Spirit in us, WE WILL love. Factual statement!

    It comes from Deut. Chapter 6, the chapter that has the SHEMA, the prayer that's prayed every morning and evening by Orthodox Jews. In that prayer, they recite the fact that God says that I will put my Spirit in you, and I will put my laws on your heart, and you will love the Lord your God.
  • Bob Hilt - in Reply on Revelation 11
    Jesus loves everyone? Romans 9:13 As it is written, Jacob have I loved, but Esau have I hated.

    Malachi Chapter 1:1 The burden of the word of the LORD to Israel by Malachi 2 I have loved you, saith the LORD. Yet ye say, Wherein hast thou loved us? [Was] not Esau Jacob's brother? saith the LORD: yet I loved Jacob,

    3 And I hated Esau, and laid his mountains and his heritage waste for the dragons of the wilderness.

    And I hated Esau, And I hated Esau there was a reason why the Lord hated Esau. long study.
  • Paul - in Reply
    I agree at least somewhat with what Sean said here a week ago. About two weeks ago I woke up early and almost from the moment I woke up my thoughts were that this Corona virus could be the First Seal opening. As Sean said, he felt the First Seal may have layers to its effects. I tend to think this could be true. I woke up thinking "corona" does actually mean a form of a crown. The rider on the first horse when the First Seal is opened as a crown. The only one of the four riders to have a crown. This rider conquers the whole world with a bow....but no arrows. So is the weapon not a conventional weapon or does he conquer just by threats and fear. So far this virus has the whole world bowing to its call and demands. I can't believe God would think this insignificant or trivial. Especially as Sean stated, that this seems to be leading to the digital currency, some kind of advanced surveillance ability such as some kind of digital tracking under our skin. I am not saying the vaccine will be the mark of the beast, but it could certainly be its precursor. I may be wrong, but I think in the worlds attempts to "normalize" the events of the last few months, many people have been blinded to the fact how much our world has changed, how many freedoms hang by a thread. Also, how close are we to Christians being demonized somehow. Either through the crazed, insane, madness involved with the response to the Corona virus. Or, through something, some other world wide perceived evil that will be blamed on Christians. I think we are extremely close to potential widespread persecution that the media and corporations and governments will justify as "necessary" to save the planet. Keep looking up, stay in the word, keep strong in your faith. As James Lester said here too, I have struggled a bit in the last week. I have felt rejection from those closest to me because I think the reaction to this virus is more evil than any virus itself. But we need to get use to the rejection. Jesus did.
  • Bride of Christ - in Reply on Revelation 11
    Bob Hilt:

    Jesus loves everyone but He had to rebuke the Pharisees (as you notated) and those who were not of His Father. Jesus loved Judas Iscariot already knowing what seed he was from. Even knew Judas would sell Him out lol.

    The 144,000 in Revelation 11. are not the Pharisees. Much like His Bride will not include anyone whose father is not God.

    As far as the Star of David on the Israeli flag; I know where it came from and what it relates to.

    I agree, the great majority (Jew or Gentile) will not spend eternity with Him. Only a small remnant.

    God bless!
  • Cecil Gary - in Reply on Revelation 12
    James, Satan likes to catch us when we are weak. That is when we are most vulnerable. He will tell us God does not love us nor does he hear our prayers. He will say give up. But don't give up. Be as the woman who would not give up until the unjust judge avenged her of her adversary Luke 18:6. God is just waiting for us to repent.

    Father God we pray that you would open up the windows of Heaven and pour out so much love, peace and joy that it overflows James heart and he cannot contain it all. Give him confidence that you are with him always. Amen
  • Leigh - in Reply on Ephesians 4:5
    Also ...

    Matthew 16:15-19

    15
    He saith unto them, But whom say ye that I am? 16 And Simon Peter answered and said, Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God.

    17 And Jesus answered and said unto him, Blessed art thou, Simon Barjona: for flesh and blood hath not revealed it unto thee, but my Father which is in heaven.

    18 And I say also unto thee, That thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.

    19 And I will give unto thee the keys...

    No man (flesh and blood) revealed it, so what did Peter do, seeing he had the keys, when asked?

    Acts 2:37-40

    37
    Now when they heard this, they were pricked in their heart, and said unto Peter and to the rest of the apostles, Men and brethren, what shall we do?

    Well, he gave them the truth, as revealed to him.

    38 Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.

    39 For the promise is unto you, and to your children, and to all that are afar off, even as many as the Lord our God shall call.

    Peter also thought all who can be baptised should, and told them the correct name to use, not just titles, the name.

    2 Timothy 3:16

    16 All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:

    All scripture, so we cannot discard a single thing, we must fit within ALL scripture, not make the scripture fit our way of thinking, that is why we have hundreds of denominations.

    Peter was ignorant and unlearned by the way.

    Acts 4:13

    13
    Now when they saw the boldness of Peter and John, and perceived that they were unlearned and ignorant men, they marvelled; and they took knowledge of them, that they had been with Jesus.

    So I take knowledge of them also, the Lord cannot be the Author of confusion.
  • Emilia - in Reply on Psalms 23:1
    Amen as we say!
  • Bro. Don - in Reply on John 14
    Do not let your faith in your Heavenly Father waver. His loving concern for you is undeniable. My dad had an xray of his lungs with a spot in it. The entire surgical board along with it's nationally recognized head all agreed it was cancer and needed surgery. When he had additional tests done in preparation for the surgery the spot was gone. Even the head of the dept. said it was a miracle. God specializes in healing his children. Keep the faith.
  • Bro. Don - in Reply on Romans 8:34
    It is, without a doubt, God's Will for you to be healed. Which way He will heal you is yet to be determined. Your part is to trust His leading and keep the faith; His part is to keep His Word and heal you(Matthew 8:7). He is well able to do it and He will.
  • Chris - in Reply on John 5:4
    Jeff, I perfectly understand your need to spend time with the family & therefore no immediate comment is expected.

    Just to offer a quick response to your comment: I fully agree that all of Scripture, including the Gospels & Jesus' instructions, must be considered, when dealing with any issue. However, I always keep one thing in mind when I refer to Scripture pre-Cross/Pentecost: whoever Jesus was talking to or whatever teaching He was giving, was of course to let His hearers know the Father's Mind & Will, but we bear in mind, that the Holy Spirit had INDWELT none of His disciples. I know this point can be argued, but the Gift was UPON them, e.g. in their ministry of healing, casting out demons, etc., as a temporal measure, & as an extension of Christ's ministry on Earth & their position as disciples.

    It was not until Pentecost, that they were endued "with Power from on High" to begin a true life as Christians & to labour even to sacrificing their lives (except in the case of John), for the Name of Jesus. So any reference to 'perseverance' pre-Pentecost, I consider as one's effort without the help & Power of the Holy Spirit within.

    Now, at the references to it post-Pentecost, then 'perseverance' is still an 'effort' by the believer (Hebrews 6:4-6), but now we not only have the Spirit's convicting & help in 'setting our hearts right' immediately, but also a reminder to the believers tending to slacken off, that they need to get back to correct thinking & personal discipline. They would not lose their salvation, but they stood to become spiritually destitute & deserving of God's dealing with them (Hebrews 12:3-11) as a result. I think that where the problem appears between us, is the fact of God's eternal Seal upon us & the subsequent Spirit's indwelling which removes the possibility of a soul being lost forever. Yes, our choice to remain true or depart is still there, but the Spirit simply can't permit that to occur & His Work aligns with our spirit to persevere.
  • Tamara - in Reply on Psalms 119
    Revelation 20:4-5 explains the saints left behind, were not taken in the Rapture. They will be martyrs. Raptured saints will go to the Marriage Supper of the Lamb.

    God has not appointed his Bride unto Wrath. The Dead in Christ rise first and we that are alive and remain (unmingled, unmixed, sacrificed) are caught up and meet him it the air at the, 'Last Trump'. We shall not all sleep. President 'Trump' is a major sign that the Trumpet is about to sound.
  • Jesse - in Reply on Luke 21
    Mishael,

    I want to also share this with you. These are actual 7 steps of a Jewish wedding.

    1. First, the Jewish groom barters with the father of the bride. They get together and they go back-and-forth, and barter as to what the deal is going to be.

    2. Once they reach an agreement, the future bride is brought in. And if she approves of it, all three of them drink out of the covenant cup, which means from that time forward they are betrothed.

    3. The groom goes back to his father's house to build their living quarters. It is built right off of the family home. And once the wedding takes place, and they are now married, they will go back to his family's home, and there will be living quarters that will be for them.

    4. Catch this one: The father of the groom decides when the living quarters are done, and when he can go get his bride. What does that tell us? We don't know the time or the hour. It has to be a minimum of one year because it is a time of purity for her. The groom can go get his bride when his father decides it's time.

    5. When the marriage announcement is made, catch this: the people who have already been invited to the wedding feast, they take their positions along the parade route, because the groom is going to get his bride. And there are people stationed in position all the way along the route. They join the parade as it passes by. It is called a parade.

    6. When the groom reaches the bride's house, he stands at a distance and blows the shofar, the trumpet, for the bride to come out and meet him. And the wedding takes place at that time. Do you see anything in there about prophecy? The groom comes to get his bride, and he stands a ways off and blows the trumpet, and she comes out to meet him.

    7. The parade goes back to the groom's house and the wedding feast begins. All of the guests in the parade gather in the Fellowship Hall, and the door is shut. This is not an open public thing.

    Compare this to prophecy in Matthew Chapter 25. So Powerful!
  • James Lester on Revelation 12
    Please pray for me like others in this time of the corona virus I know God is in control but I still get anxious and worry I am trying to read his word everyday I also believed I have grieved the holy spirit because there were times I didn't read my bible and pray sometime I wonder if God still here's my prayers I did accept Christ as my savior many years ago at age 10 but have always walked with or trusted I did a lot of repenting a couple of days ago j know I cannot lose my salvation but I can lose the joy of my salvation thanks for the prayers
  • Jonathan - in Reply on 1 Kings 22:43
    Chris,

    Thank you for your comment. This is something i will think about.
  • Jesse - in Reply on Luke 21
    God keeps the time from us for a reason. We know He's coming, and we're to be ready. But if we knew the date, many would say "I've got plenty of time so I'll just "live it up" for a while. You and I, and all those who belong to Him, we are always watching, and we are always ready because His Spirit is in us, and His Spirit is ready.

    I believe we're close. I read some accounts a few years back of how close it is. Did you know that the Jews right now are ready to perform sacrifices in the temple area? The temple hasn't been built yet, but they don't need it. Back in Nehemiah's day, all they did was lay the foundation before they started performing the sacrifices. According to God, that's official. You can build everything else later.

    They have already anointed the four corners of the temple area. And it wasn't until the mid-1990's that there were carnivorous birds in the area of Israel. There were none whatsoever before then. The birds are going to come and eat the flesh of those who die in the battle of Armageddon. And that couldn't have happened before the mid-90's.

    Also, there's a special die they use for the blue color in the priestly garment. I don't remember the name of it, but it comes from some type of sea creature that only comes ashore every 70 years. It came ashore in the late 90's. So they have the priestly garment's ready and they have already anointed the four corners. Plus they already have an altar set up.

    Even though the antichrist might come in and say I am going to help you build your temple, he means the rest of it. He's going to help the Jews restart their sacrificing. And right in the middle of the tribulation period, he's going to step in and put his image in the holy of holies and say everybody must worship him.

    Jesus told the Jews to flee when they see that happen because there's going to be great tribulation like the world has never seen. The church doesn't have to flee. The church will already be gone (Raptured) before then.
  • Vincent - in Reply on 2 Timothy 2:15
    Lawrence Hempel - SUPER LATE RESPONSE

    Well actually, there are 7 dispensations. One is correct to say there are divisions, but where one claims them to be is what can make or break the "...workman that needeth not to be ashamed..."

    Innocence

    Conscience

    Human Government

    Promise

    Law

    grace

    Future kingdom

    Along side the dispensations there are the covenants which can help one to futher understand the dispensations. Dispensations and covenants overlap.

    Edenic

    Ademic

    Noahic

    Abrahamic

    Mosaic

    (some say Palestinian is separate)

    Davidic

    New Covenant


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