Bible Questions Page 11

  • Thankful7741
    Who was first king of Israel?
  • Bennymkje
    Fulness of Christ (1of 2)

    1 Co.4:7

    "For who maketh thee to differ from another? and what hast thou that thou didst not receive? now if thou didst receive it, why dost thou glory, as if thou hadst not received it?"

    We are God's elect. When God framed the worlds by his word we were there in the divine Will. (He.11:3; Ro.8:33). God sent his Son to the world in the fulness of time he was in human likeness so each one of us may see him as in a glass. He was the visible image of God so in his divine will, we were given in his Son a place. This is one aspect of his fulness coming from his Being. He is holy so in terms of his name we have a name in his Son. God," who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ," called us "that we should be holy and without blame before him in love:"(Ep.1:3-4)

    Fulness of Christ is in terms of his obedience. He was his beloved Son in whom he was pleased. His holiness his brightness of glory clothed in a form so he felt hunger and thirst as everyone one of us, "but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin." (He.4:15) We were of sinful flesh struggling under the law of Sin. But his perfection has had a great bearing on us past present and future. We who were condemned were justified or sanctified because of him. " For by one offering he hath perfected for ever them that are sanctified."(He.10:14;Ro.8:1)

    His fulness is established by his resurrection, "after he had offered one sacrifice for sins for ever, sat down on the right hand of God;"(He.10;12). In all these God revealed his grace towards us. "According to the riches of his grace;/ Wherein he hath abounded toward us in all wisdom and prudence;" So we walk in faith and not by sight. It is His fulness we may see the role of the word of his power with which we are built up daily, as St Paul says, "and to give you an inheritance among all them which are sanctified."(Ac.20:32; He.1:3)'
  • Fredscanlan
    All things have been fulfilled. Yet there is room! Are you calling the sick and the lame, or are you looking only unto yourselves? Christ is coming, Wednesday is the full moon, I suspect we will see more changes as the earth becomes Gods judgment toward man! Repent and be Baptized.
  • Nstew
    It would be helpful to be able to do a search by contributors, eg Chris.
  • Oseas
    To all

    Greetings in Christ JESUS

    All the world of Devil,with all kind of structures they all have,yeah,all the nations are suffering and will suffer catastrofic and insufferable punishments in this seventh and last millennium,or seventh and last Day,the LORD's Day.By the way,the precedent period of sorrows-Mat.24:3-8-is the beginning of the ETERNAL chastisement.In fact,the ETERNAL punishment of all nations it had a deadline to start,understand?but not to FINISH,for it is for ever and ever.I must say that the Eternal punishment is already started,and it will NEVER end,but never.

    Now,within this environment of punishments and pains,and the entire collapse of the Devil's world(as WTC's collapse-2001),the false messiah of the Jews,as you know,will manifest himself,as JESUS prophesied to the Jews,saying to them that an IMPOSTOR they will receive as their messiah- John 5:43-47,combined with 2Thess.2:3-12,and Rev.13 :11-18,among other biblical references.Take a look.

    Thus,in the midst of severe chastisement and great suffering in all nations due the wrath of the Lamb,we will soon see two Beasts reigning on Earth:

    1- the ancient Gentile Beast of the Sea;

    2- the Beast of the earth (Israel) who still will manifest himself, from then on will begin the period of the last week,the 70th week Daniel 9:27,and each Beast will reign for 3,5 years-42 months-or 1260 days-and who will first rule the 5th and last kingdom of Satan-Dan.2:41-44- is the ancient Gentile Beast of the sea.

    Then Rev.11:2 and Rev.13:5 will begin to be LITERALLY fulfilled as to the first period of the last week.The worst of all punishments will happen in the beginning of the 2nd half of the last week, with the establishment of the Abomination of Desolation for 1290 days-Dan.12:v.11.

    12 Blessed is he that waiteth, and cometh to the thousand three hundred and five and thirty days.(Oh yes, blessed is he that waiteth,and cometh to the Ineffable,Wonderful,Indescribable, Unspeakable day,the day 1.335.Hallelujah!!!
  • S Spencer
    Have you ever presented the Gospel to a atheist or perhaps a Muslim?

    The first thing they refer you to is the 10 commandments and their argument sounds just like those who present the keeping of the law as a means of salvation.

    So, they should have a clear understanding of what the law was for and what it did "by the scriptures" through a study in Romans, Galatians, and Corinthians.

    Romans 7:8-14.

    Galatians 2:16-21.

    Galatians 3:1-29.

    2 Corinthians 3:5-11. and then perhaps scriptures like Philippians 3:2-14.

    These verses convict the sinner and put all under sin. That's what the law was for!

    Our outward ceremonies and obedience at our best couldn't make us perfect! There is no new birth!

    God requires perfection that is why he required a perfect replacement, Lamb. Christ Jesus.


    Consider Israel.

    God displayed the fallen nature of man and their inability to perform even while God was in their midst and carried them. This was and still is an example to us.

    We are lost hopeless sheep gone astray apart from Jesus's blood shed on the cross.

    Understand Matthew 21:42.

    Jesus is the chief cornerstone, the pivotal piece of the foundation in which we are to build on.

    When we are led by the Spirit we're building with precious stone. When we are led by the flesh, we build with wood hay and stubble. every man's work shall be tested by fire.


    God bless
  • Richard H Priday on Matthew 10
    Discussion on Matthew 10: Near term and far reaching prophetic implications.

    When we see Matthew 10 and compare it with Luke 10 we see some differences. Those in Matthew 10 were told only to go the lost sheep of the house of Israel ( Matthew 10:6). Such was NOT the case with the 72 in Luke's account. We see there is no return mentioned of the Disciples as was with the 72 in Luke 10:17. The same cities were rebuked in Matthew 11:17 as they are in Luke 10:13-15. (incidentally these cities were rebuked BEFORE the Disciples retuned which also signifies their lack of belief in the miracles of Christ Himself if not implying their lack of response to the Gospel and miracles the Disciples and 72 performed in both Gospel accounts).

    When we look at Matthew 10 we see far implications; persecutions; being hated by all nations for His Name's sake; going to trial with kings and rulers and finally verses in verse 22:23. "And ye shall be hated of all men for my name's sake: but he that endureth to the end shall be saved. But when they persecute you in this city, flee ye into another: for verily I say unto you, Ye shall not have gone over the cities of Israel, till the Son of man be come." This is a clear indication of the Tribulation as indeed this refers to the Second Coming. It is notable today that one cannot be a citizen of Israel if declaring themselves to be a Christian. The only other option here is to somehow imply the Lord came already as a Full Preterist viewpoint which says somehow Christ already returned in AD 70. The implications here are not only for the Disciples but all those who are going to suffer persecution for His Name's sake; perhaps particularly but not only related to the cities of Israel. Also the 144,000 and 2 Prophets would also be something bringing the climax and greatest challenge for Israel ever seen in the time of "Jacob's Trouble". ( Jeremiah 30:7). God promises deliverance eventually; by death or Rapture or Resurrection.

  • Bennymkje
    Ez.1 Conclusion (4of 4)

    The everlasting covenant between God and Man had given the prophet a solemn charge "And whether they hear or refuse to hear (for they are a rebellious house) they will know that a prophet has been among them."(Ez.3:5) It explains the role of his inward parts where truth is written. "Behold I stand at the door and knock."(Re.3:20) This door corresponds to the quote that was given in the beginning. The heart is a spiritual space so you see with your inner eye which is the eye of faith. As with Ezekiel so was with John. "After this I looked, and behold, a door standing open in heaven!"(Re.4:1-2). We carry two worlds,-the world of the flesh and of the Spirit. We read the effect of the open door. "At once I was in the Spirit, and behold,a throne stood in heaven."

    There is nothing that we have brought into the world and this nakedness is what our world of life in the flesh signifies; The world of the Spirit for a child of God, righteousness of God is his covering. (2 Co.5:1-3).

    In choosing Ezekiel as a witness God wanted a true and faithful witness so he served as a double for his Son. The Son was 'his only begotten Son', which refers to the logos principle. Of 'the Word become flesh' there is none other: Jesus Christ the same yesterday today, and forever. The great cloud in the inaugural vision represented the witnesses,-past, present and future. Cain the wicked one asked, "Am I my brother's keeper? There is no escaping,- and one may with carnal wisdom speak of individual liberty and of freedom of expression. We have seen it all. Before appointing Ezekiel as his watchman God commanded,"Son of man, all my words that I shall speak to you receive in your heart, and hear with your ears."(Ez.3:10 First principle for a faithful witness is that he hears the word with his ear of faith and as Ezekiel did, eat the entire roll given to him. Whole or nothing and there is nothing between.
  • Bennymkje
    Ez.1 (3 of 4)

    " A great cloud, with brightness around it, and fire flashing forth continually, and in the midst of the fire, as it were gleaming metal." We saw this cloud of witnesses in Dan.7:13 in the divine will every child of God called has a part. Making our calling and election sure is our responsibility. For this reason God warns Ezekiel before giving him the roll to eat. This great army of saints redeemed from the earth we shall see in the Book of the Revelation ch.19. They are also moving in step with the living creatures "And when they went, I heard the sound of their wings like the sound of many waters (1:24) signifies saints are from the whole earth. Salvator Mundi. The fiery wheels of throne of the Ancient of days signal that Judgment was set and beyond recall. God knows who are his so Ezekiel was required to speak as commanded,- whether they refused or received his message was not his concern. Heresies that are spewed from the seat of Satan cause confusion and also are contentious. What concord has Christ with Belial? Culture wars did not arise from the midst of the fire 'as it were a gleaming metal but from the miry clay.(Dan.2)


    The heavens opened and "I saw visions of God." God made Ezekiel responsible for the entire nation so holding back or sugarcoating the word of God would have meant he sat in judgment, -it was blasphemy; or selling his own personal message instead was tantamount to make God a liar. "And go to the exiles, to your people,and speak to them, 'Thus says the LORD GOD,' whether they hear or refuse to hear."(Ez.3:11) "Thus says the Lord" placed him as the double for the Son". In making the word even though a pious humbug to make them listen was a lie. Who is the father of lies but Satan? On Ezekiel's part his faithfulness was of utmost importance.
  • Bennymkje
    Ezekiel 1. (2of 4)

    Th Spirit repeats twice the line, "wherever the spirit would go, they went, without turning as they went. Jesus similarly sent his disciples to do their ministries. The four living creatures darted to and fro like the appearance of a flash of lightening..

    The wheels primarily refer to the throne of God in Dan.7:9 I t is judgement time and of angelic revolt is not relevant for the present but what the Spirit wants us to understand is that Judgment is set and the books were opened. We are looking forward where all judgements is entrusted with the Son who is represented in the four faces.

    The wheel within a wheel (1:16) symbolizes the Father Son relationship. In visual terms the greater light and the the lesser light within,,-"I and my Father are one." In the context of the living creatures it is to e be understand that they were reined in by them. Accordingly the wheels represented the soul-spirit relationship. "For the spirit of the living creatures was in the wheels."(vv.20-21) The Spirit clues us in by repetition.

    Let us consider the aural aspect of the vision. The effect is given in the verse," The Spirit lifted me up and took me away, and I went in bitterness in the heat of my spirit". Isaiah cried, "Woe is me" and the majesty of Lord was a vision but it threw him as insignificant ;somewhat similar effect we have here, "and the hand of the Lord being strong upon me."(3:14)

    St John refers to throne of God in terms of lighting and thunderings. The Spirit describes the effect of the living creatures, "And I heard behind me the voice of a great earthquake, "Blessed be the glory of the Lord from its place." The Spirit translates their wings touching each other in human speech.(3:12-13) This helps us understand what St Paul writes about the Spirit helping us in our infirmities (Ro.8:26-27). The sound of the wheels and the wings have their own coloring and meaning. In this context what shall we make of the cloud mentioned in Ch.1:4?
  • Bennymkje
    Re.13:8 (1 of 2)

    Book Of The Lamb

    "Whose names are not written in the book of life of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world."

    We shall begin with the commandment of God, "Take a census of the whole Israelite community by their clans and families, listing every man by name, one by one".(Nu.1:2-NIV).

    The Heb. word Gulgoleth translates head. Christ as the Head gives him pre-eminence; and in the Fellowship of God with Man, every man is called to be counted in the Man component. 'Man created in our image' is not merely counted but is also written down in the book of the Lord. Under the name Zion there shall be names drawn from the earth. "And of Zion it shall be said, This and that man was born in her: and the highest himself shall establish her." (Ps.87:5)

    This distinction helps us to under the term Predestination better.

    In the divine Will we shall examine the Father Son relationship in terms of Cause-Effect. Under the Law of Moses every head was counted under Cause. In this context we can consider the book of the Lord is about the breath of God rendering his glory in terms of the living soul. Though the Israelites did not make it to the Promised Land but for Joshua and Caleb they have their entry in the book. God shall not deny his Holiness.

    Owing to sin it could be MTP or genetic mutations, nevertheless all are counted, 'one by one', and as the Psalmist would say, but they are entered in 'thy book'. "Thine eyes did see my substance, yet being unperfect; and in thy book all my members were written, which in continuance were fashioned, when as yet there was none of them."(Ps.139:16)

    What is 'thy book'? This book of the Lord is different from the Book of remembrance. So when God tells Noah "And the bow shall be in the cloud; and I will look upon it, that I may remember the everlasting covenant between God and every living creature of all flesh that is upon the earth."(Ge.9:16).
  • Bennymkje
    Bible Study: Ez.46:8-11 "The Prince"

    When the prince enters, he is to go in through the portico of the gateway, and he is to come out the same way./When the people of the land come before the Lord at the appointed festivals, whoever enters by the north gate to worship is to go out the south gate; and whoever enters by the south gate is to go out the north gate. No one is to return through the gate by which they entered, but each is to go out the opposite gate./

    "And the prince in the midst of them, when they go in, shall go in; and when they go forth, shall go forth.." (Ez.46:10)

    Here the prophet is referring to the Prince of peace, which is Jesus Christ. The key verse is referring to the humanity of the Son, whom God sent to the world. "And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us," ( John 1:14). The prince is to be among them and he knew what he was there for. So before his death he informs, "For I say unto you, that this that is written must yet be accomplished in me, And he was reckoned among the transgressors: for the things concerning me have an end."( Luke 22:37), He was appointed to die once, even as they, Prophet Ezekiel speaks of it as go in and going out.

    Now let us consider the manner the Prince enters in v.8. His Advent and Ascension is entirely at odds with how people of the land were to come in or go out. What is special about this?

    In the Acts of the Apostles we hare given the Ascension. "And while they looked stedfastly toward heaven as he went up, behold, two men stood by them in white apparel;/ Which also said, Ye men of Galilee, why stand ye gazing up into heaven? this same Jesus, which is taken up from you into heaven, shall so come in like manner as ye have seen him go into heaven." (Ac.1:10-11)

    The Prince of peace was sent by God and it is to him he returned. As for the rest, the command is, "No one is to return through the gate by which they entered, but each is to go out the opposite gate."
  • Bennymkje
    Abiding in Christ (2 of 2)

    God framed the worlds by his word and they are upheld by the word of power, which coming from the Son brings the earth as part of the Father Son relationship. "His Son, whom he hath appointed heir of all things, by whom also he made the worlds;/ Who being the brightness of his glory, and the express image of his person, and upholding all things by the word of his power," This being the case Jesus could claim, "I and my Father are one"( John 10:30). The Jews who heard his statement judged him and took stones to throw at him. In the Book of the Revelation we have the fall of Babylon which includes nations of the world, including Israel. The angel who threw the stone 'like a great millstone judged which came from the rightful Authority.(Re. 18:21).

    Symbolic values of a stone and of a Lamb are the same, which is not the case of the natural world.

    We shall consider this text: Re.22:3-5

    "But the throne of God and of the Lamb shall be in it; and his servants shall serve him:/ And they shall see his face; and his name shall be in their foreheads./ And there shall be no night there; and they need no candle, neither light of the sun; for the Lord God giveth them light: and they shall reign for ever and ever."

    It is significant that Jesus Christ reveals himself in the inaugural vision to John announcing, "and, behold, I am alive for evermore, Amen; and have the keys of hell and of death."(Re.1:18)

    At the end of the book we see Jesus Christ in his Omega aspect, "I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end, the first and the last./Blessed are they that do his commandments, that they may have right to the tree of life, and may enter in through the gates into the city."(Re.22:13-14). Notice that gates to the city are no more shut? It indicates that we are looking at the day of Regeneration. "And the gates of it shall not be shut by day."

    Abiding in Christ is to let his grace work perfectly in our lives. He.13:5
  • Star1964 on Numbers 4:13
    Was anyone ever curious to keep track of the number of people there was in each house? Called to service?
  • Bennymkje
    Alpha and Omega (2of 2)

    Thus Law of the Spirit is contrary to the Law of Sin.(Ro.7:22-25). From whence did this knowledge come to St Paul? "For I delight in the law of God after the inward man."

    Is it not by courtesy of God breathing into man who is representative of whole mankind? By one man sin entered into the world and by the same token by one man's obedience, any man through faith may claim eternal life. "That as sin hath reigned unto death, even so might grace reign through righteousness unto eternal life by Jesus Christ our Lord."(Ro.5:21) This same correspondence existing between man with the Son of man is linked to the Father Son relationship. It is thus grace that came by Jesus Christ places us upon the bedrock of truth. 'Thy word is truth'. It is thus we say, "He that acknowledgeth the Son hath the Father also." ( 1 John 2:23) This is validated in heaven." For there are three that bear record in heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost: and these three are one."( 1 John 5:7)

    That God may be all in all has its beginning from the truth written in our inward parts. For this reason the wandering of the Israelites in the wilderness is a kangaroo event of our lives as pilgrims and sojourners towards the city that has foundations and whose maker and builder is God.

    In the penultimate chapter of the Book of the Revelations what is the earth and heaven? Is it not all new since the saints redeemed from the earth are part of the city of God and their POV has changed? So what do they from the world of the Spirit say: "And I saw a new heaven and a new earth: for the first heaven and the first earth were passed away; "(Re.21:1).The next verse is from John in the world of the body, "And I John saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband."(v.2) Accordingly what we read in latter half of this chapter is bird's eye view of John from the world of the Spirit. (Re.21:24)
  • Bennymkje
    "And when all things shall be subdued unto him, then shall the Son also himself be subject unto him that put all things under him, that God may be all in all."(1 Co.15:28)

    "That God may be all in all" is the substance of the worlds, which were framed by the word of God. What was in the mind of God serves as the beginning. When crunched and every uncleanness removed the worlds shall have still faith that makes 'Behold the tabernacle of God is with men' hold together. (Re.21:3) Jesus Christ is Alpha and Omega in which all things are held together. (Col.1:16-17)

    This must explain the narrative mode of the Spirit to shift POV from Father to the Son or explain events from the Word or the Law. The entire Bible narrative is built out of two strands one from the POV of the Father and of the Son. "Therefore I say to you, every sin and blasphemy will be forgiven men, but the blasphemy against the Spirit will not be forgiven men. 32 Anyone who speaks a word against the Son of Man, it will be forgiven him; but whoever speaks against the Holy Spirit, it will not be forgiven him, either in this age or in the age to come."(Matt.12:31-32-NKJV)

    The Spirit does not speak of himself. Jesus explained why. "Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will shew you things to come./ He shall glorify me: for he shall receive of mine, and shall shew it unto you." ( John 16:13-14)

    So finally we have only the Throne of God and of the Lamb. The Spirit organizes everything with this end in mind. Whatever we do must be to give glory to the Son. By literal approach what have the churches done besides their heresies but glorifying Israel and their own doctrines above all? Israel has its place as every man for whom God sent his Son to the world.

    (1 of 2)
  • Oseas
    To all

    One of the most if not the greatest warnings from JESUS for exactly these current days is Matthew 25:6: -> 6 And at midnight(isn't it a NEW TURN turn of GOD's Day, 2Peter 3:8?) there was a cry made; Behold, the bridegroom cometh; go ye out to meet Him.

    Are you really going although your lamp is trimming? By the way, the beginning of sorrows is already running- Matthew 24:3-8.

    The bridegroom will came very soon and the door will be shut, therefore, those which are ready will go in with Him to the marriage- Revelation 19:7-9 , take a look. The door will be shut for ever.

    By the way, all GOD's people must remember Acts 1:11 - Ye men of Galilee, why stand ye gazing up into heaven? this same JESUS, which is taken up from you into heaven(into the 3rd heaven), shall so COME IN LIKE MANNER as ye have seen Him go into heaven(3rd heaven, that is the next world- Luke 20:35-36. Take a look). JESUS was on Mount called Olivet in the day when He was taken up, right? It was around year 33AD and now shall COME in like manner, right? after two Days, right? Hosea 6:2-3 and John 2:19-Take a look- , and the SAME CLOUD that received Him will again be there in His return, understand? For better understand, compare with Matt.17:5 and Isaiah 4:5.

    What does the Word of GOD say? The Word is GOD, self-executing, understand? The Word says: Blessed is he that waiteth, and cometh to the thousand three hundred and five and thirty days. Dan.12:v.12 - Yeah, day 1335, the Ineffable, Wonderful, Indescribable, Unspeakable day, the day 1.335. Hallelujaaah!!! It means: 45 days after the period of 1290 days. Get ready you all as JESUS WARNED: Matt. 25: 6-13.

    May our Lord GOD bless and keep us, and give us His protection, now, and for ever.

  • Bennymkje
    Ez.39:8 (1 of 2)

    It Is Done

    "Behold, it is come, and it is done, saith the Lord God; this is the day whereof I have spoken."

    This is the day we have had come across in the Book of Psalms. (Ps.2:7) In these posts we have been going over the conspiracy of the kings which are many conflicts from one to the other breaking out without a final resolution but the Holy Spirit gives a pluperfect sentence, In short we are looking at event leading us to the final struggle in which the beast and his false prophet shall be taken and thrown into the lake of fire. Those who throw in their lot with the powers that be shall share their fate. "The kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers take counsel together, against the Lord, and against his anointed."

    The Spirit gives cues as to how we should look at the events. Jesus towards the end of his ministry warned of apostasy in the church and backsliding, " And many false prophets shall rise, and shall deceive many./ And because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold."(Matt.24:11-13) We have been called before the worlds began and we have no other assurance than that the Son has sacrificed himself in order to perfect us. The politics of this day is in flux and shall leave their followers high and dry." But he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved."

    "Thou shalt fall upon the mountains of Israel, thou, and all thy bands, and the people that is with thee: I will give thee unto the ravenous birds of every sort, and to the beasts of the field to be devoured." Here the Spirit gives us the cue to follow track of the word of God, which in this case is a prophesy. What is a prophesy without its fulfillment?. The Spirit gives us in this passage. "And I saw an angel standing in the sun; and he cried with a loud voice, saying to all the fowls that fly in the midst of heaven, Come and gather yourselves together unto the supper of the great God;" (Re.19:17-18).
  • Bennymkje
    Ez.38: 17-18 (1 of 3)

    "Thus saith the Lord God; Art thou he of whom I have spoken in old time by my servants the prophets of Israel, which prophesied in those days many years that I would bring thee against them?"

    "A Great Army"

    Prophets prophesied 'in those days' refer to the books for instance we have Daniel and he writes thus,"And there shall be a time of trouble, such as never was since there was a nation even to that same time: and at that time thy people shall be delivered, every one that shall be found written in the book."(Dan.12:1)

    Our concern here is to present the passage in the two chapters of Ezekiel and it is clear that it is God who is in control. He has already got hooks into the jaw of Gog. Pharoah is similarly treated in so we shall include Egypt falling into that great army and their judgment is all same. "And I will turn thee back, and put hooks into thy jaws, and I will bring thee forth, and all thine army, horses and horsemen, all of them clothed with all sorts of armour, even a great company with bucklers and shields, all of them handling swords:"(38:4)

    Their place is to be thrown 'to be lain with the uncircumcised. "Son of man, wail for the multitude of Egypt, and cast them down, even her, and the daughters of the famous nations, unto the nether parts of the earth, with them that go down into the pit."(32:18-26)

    In order to make sense of this expression, "Go down into the pit' we need to understand the book of the Revelation. The Ch.9 presents the Vision of Abaddon. By command from heaven the angel opens the bottomless pit "and there arose a smoke out of the pit, as the smoke of a great furnace".

    This is a cue for the locusts and the scorpions' to emerge from under the earth. Locusts serve as one of the plagues visiting Egypt. "So Moses stretched out his staff over Egypt, and the Lord made an east wind blow across the land all that day and all that night. By morning the wind had brought the locusts;" (1 of 3)
  • Bennymkje
    "Be Thou Prepared" (2 of 2)

    In Ch.37 the Spirit shows the prophet an army of dry bones and calls them Israel. "These bones are the whole house of Israel." He goes on to add, "Thus saith the Lord God; Behold, O my people, I will open your graves, and cause you to come up out of your graves, and bring you into the land of Israel." (Ez.37:11-12) Bringing into the land of Israel refers to New Jerusalem and not the geographical Jerusalem. Who has bewitched Christians to resist the truth? By rejecting the Son of man their city was razed to the ground. Now what is left there is in spiritual terms is Sodom or Egypt. (Re.11:8) The Land of Magog refers to this. Whereas we are following the author and finisher of our faith who as the Lamb is shown standing on mount Sion, -"But ye are come unto mount Sion, and unto the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, and to an innumerable company of angels,/ To the general assembly and church of the firstborn, which are written in heaven, and to God the Judge of all, and to the spirits of just men made perfect,"(He.12:22-23)

    Who were the wise men from the east, and by tradition they are kings. "We three kings of Orient are' . Be that as it may they escaped judgment."(Matt.2:1-2). They paid heed to the dream, "And being warned of God in a dream that they should not return to Herod, they departed into their own country another way."(2:13) The Spirit used this in order to show these kings of the east paid heed to the Spirit as he warns everyone of us whenever we go astray. See how great many are caught in their own snares because they wanted to do as they pleased,"Until I went into the sanctuary of God; then understood I their end./ Surely thou didst set them in slippery places: thou castedst them down into destruction." (Ps.73:17-18)
  • Bennymkje

    Be Thou Prepared

    "Be thou prepared, and prepare for thyself, thou, and all thy company that are assembled unto thee, and be thou a guard unto them." (v.7)

    Prophet Ezekiel is referring to the kings of the east and his warning to them is juxtaposed by Jesus warning his disciples. " Behold, I have told you before./ Wherefore if they shall say unto you, Behold, he is in the desert; go not forth: behold, he is in the secret chambers; believe it not./ For as the lightning cometh out of the east, and shineth even unto the west; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be."(Matt.24:25-28)

    Gog is associated with the land of Magog. "Son of man, set thy face against Gog, the land of Magog, the chief prince of Meshech and Tubal, and prophesy against him,"

    We have already discussed the world made to appear by the word of God refers to the earth for this reason the Preacher reminds us that it abides for ever. (Ec.1:4) The earth and the fulness thereof belong to him. (Ps.24:1) So where did this Gog and Magog come from? 'Thou, and all thy company that are assembled unto thee' are mercenaries brought by Satan. The devil sins from the beginning and John tells us why Jesus had to manifest. He shall destroy the works of Satan. It is thus the events in present world are gravitating inexorably into two camps. So Jesus speaking of many false christs rising it is a sure sign that it is time for the saints redeemed from the earth to be prepared.

    It is in this context we considered the quails sent by an east wind was not merely about the nation of Israel loathing manna in the wilderness. The feathered fowl was a symbol. 'Christ in us' is also our spiritual food as Jesus taught us. Doing the will of God should be our meat and drink. So lusting for meat was tantamount to loathing the angel's food. Here we see the slippery path to their destruction as a nation. They are synonymous with the land of Magog.

    In Ch.37 the Spirit shows the prophet an army of dry bones (1 of 2)
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    Psalm 2 Conclusion


    "Behold, I will cause breath to enter into you, and ye shall live" This refers to God breathing into the nostrils of Adam. These dry bones became living soul so bone joins to one another. "there was a noise, and behold a shaking, and the bones came together, bone to his bone."(v.7)

    But what v.9 refers altogether new! "Then said he unto me, Prophesy unto the wind, prophesy, son of man, and say to the wind, Thus saith the Lord God; Come from the four winds, O breath, and breathe upon these slain, that they may live./ So I prophesied as he commanded me, and the breath came into them, and they lived, and stood up upon their feet, an exceeding great army."(vv.9-10) . Evidently the baptism of the Holy Spirit renders every believer part of this army.

    This army we find following the rider on the white horse in the Book of the Revelation. 'And the armies which were in heaven followed him upon white horses". It is thus our battles are fought in the world of the Spirit. Our battle is not with flesh and blood.

    Bones do not carry labels but are as one,-the one gospel of God. So what does this verse signify? "Then he said unto me, Son of man, these bones are the whole house of Israel."

    Ministry of reconciliation by his Son explains 'the whole Israel' is interchangeable with body of Christ. The allegory of two sticks becoming one in the hand refers to Jesus Christ the King of kings, lord of lords. " And David my servant shall be king over them; and they all shall have one shepherd:" He leading them to the living waters we have this verse," Come. And let him that is athirst come. And whosoever will, let him take the water of life freely."(Re.22:17)
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    "Be Ye Wise" (2 of 2)

    ." Look at the history of mankind in order to see what carnal wisdom has given the world.

    " But if ye have bitter envying and strife in your hearts, glory not, and lie not against the truth./ This wisdom descendeth not from above, but is earthly, sensual, devilish./ For where envying and strife is, there is confusion and every evil work."(Jas.4:14-16)

    How did Constantine1 transform the early church but in strife and in his sensual pride? The history of his reign gives us ample evidence where he promoted heresies and set differing camps of Orthodoxy against heresies fight it out? There was 'confusion and every evil work.' The pagan Empire was all iron and the church bought by the blood of Jesus Christ after the State had got into the act was miry clay. This is devilish since it is steered by foolish shepherds with their carnal wisdom. Before this state of evil work could go further God shall step in, and we are seeing the curl of a tsunami shaping up.

    God has not changed his doctrine because the churches are all led helter-skelter by reason than faith. We see a great army of dry bones. The Spirit presents them as a vision meaning they exist only in the divine Will or the world of the Spirit. God shall use these dry bones to control the events narrated in the ch.38.

    "Son of man, set thy face against Gog, the land of Magog, the chief prince of Meshech and Tubal, and prophesy against him," This we shall discuss in the coming post, which concludes our meditations on the psalm.
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    Ps.2:9 (1 of 2)

    "Be ye wise"

    "Be wise now therefore, O ye kings" We are called to be priests and kings. So we shall discuss the kind of wisdom we ought to cultivate. In Jesus Christ is the fulness so we shall learn of him. As the true and faithful witness he can be the only way, the truth and the life. "And from Jesus Christ, who is the faithful witness, and the first begotten of the dead, and the prince of the kings of the earth. Unto him that loved us, and washed us from our sins in his own blood,/ And hath made us kings and priests unto God and his Father; to him be glory and dominion for ever and ever. Amen" (Re.1:5-6)

    The Spirit has presented Adam as a stand-in for the Son. The deep sleep of Adam refers to the death of Jesus Christ. Till his Advent we have several heroes of faith and each of them reveal an aspect of the Son. God fashions the woman from one of his ribs, and how does Adam respond?

    "And the rib, which the Lord God had taken from man, made he a woman, and brought her unto the man./ And Adam said, This is now bone of my bones, and flesh of my flesh: she shall be called Woman, because she was taken out of Man." (Ge.2:22-23) Whence did his knowledge come from? Isn't it from God and he thought as His son. ( Luke 2:38) The Spirit makes him as a double for the Son where wisdom from heaven is freely given to him. It is for this reason God commanded him not to eat of the fruit of the tree. As son of God knowledge of good and evil was superfluous. His sin was in obeying the doctrine of Satan. As a son and as the double for his Son diobedience was no option. For wisdom from heaven to work in anyone the condition is to be led by Jesus Christ.

    Wisdom from heaven is to be led by the word of God. It creates peace all around. 'But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, and easy to be intreated, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality, and without hypocrisy."
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    Ps.2:9-10 (2 of 2)

    "Be Ye instructed"

    Once the reverence for God and his word was gone what was left? "For all this they sinned still, and believed not for his wondrous works./ Therefore their days did he consume in vanity," (78:32-33). This is plain addiction. Overindulgence and craving are signs of a consumer society given to be consumed in vanity. In a permissive society man degrading so love is more a bondage. Are we being tricked or are we free citizens exercising healthy appetites, given by God?

    Fools rely solely in their rational faculties, which is under the department of 'wisdom of this world'. In the Four horsemen figuring in the vision of St John what have we coming in the rear?

    "And I looked, and behold a pale horse: and his name that sat on him was Death, and Hell followed with him. And power was given unto them over the fourth part of the earth, to kill with sword, and with hunger, and with death, and with the beasts of the earth."(Re.6:8) Jesus Christ the rider on the white horse is pre-eminent in all things so we see him ahead of the cavalcade. By his death and resurrection Jesus Christ overcame death so we ought not be afraid. We are secure. "All things were created by him, and for him:/And he is before all:/And he is before all things, and by him all things consist."(Col.1:16-17)

    'With the beasts of the earth' Hell following death gives pestilence a place. Does anyone by reason foresee pandemic as they hit us?

    "And he opened the bottomless pit; and there arose a smoke out of the pit, as the smoke of a great furnace; and the sun and the air were darkened by reason of the smoke of the pit./ And there came out of the smoke locusts upon the earth: and unto them was given power, as the scorpions of the earth have power./And it was commanded them that they should not hurt the grass of the earth, neither any green thing, neither any tree; but only those men which have not the seal of God in their foreheads. (Re.9:2-5)
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    Psalm 2:9-10 (1 of 2)

    "Be wise now therefore, O ye kings: be instructed, ye judges of the earth./ Serve the Lord with fear, and rejoice with trembling."

    Salvation is in none other than in the Son who is the heir of all things. The two worlds framed by God reveals faith which is one; the other is the word of God. The Word of God, as the Law or the constitution is a sound as well as a sign. In short the world made to appear is a sign. Jesus Christ as the slain Lamb, the Lamb of God and the Throne of God and of the Lamb are all one and the same.(He.11:3)

    "If thou be wise, thou shalt be wise for thyself: but if thou scornest, thou alone shalt bear it." (Pr.9:12) The Spirit has given us the God document, the Bible is inerrant. So you cannot cut and paste passages from Scripture to make the nation of Israel as the central plank for your religion and practice. Jesus Christ, who of God is become our Savior Lord so all our glory should be in him. "But of him are ye in Christ Jesus, who of God is made unto us wisdom, and righteousness, and sanctification, and redemption:/ That, according as it is written, He that glorieth, let him glory in the Lord."(1 Co.1:30-31)

    "Judge not, that ye be not judged./ For with what judgment ye judge, ye shall be judged: and with what measure ye mete, it shall be measured to you again."(Matt.7:1-2) God is the God of both poor and rich and absolutely impartial. "Rob not the poor, because he is poor: neither oppress the afflicted in the gate:/For the LORD will plead their cause, and spoil the soul of those that spoiled them." (Pr.22:22-23)

    As with man so with His creation. " Are not two sparrows sold for a farthing? and one of them shall not fall on the ground without your Father."(Matt.10:29) The Spirit instructs how Israel murmured against divine Providence. "And they tempted God in their heart by asking meat for their lust."(Ps.78:18).
  • GiGi on Numbers 33
    This chapter recaps the journey of the Israelites when the LORD God delivered them from their enslavement in Egypt in miraculous and at times fearsome ways. The LORD God went before them in the pillar of fire or cloud leading them through the desert to bring about their readiness to enter the promised land. He feed them with manna and quail, made water to flow from rocks where there was no flowing water before. At Sinai, He covenanted with them to be their God and they His people. Over forty years the people who came out of Egypt died in the wilderness as God had said would occur because of their unbelief. This new generation would be the ones who enter the land promised under Joshua and Caleb's leadership.

    Aaron had died on Mt. Hor when God had called him up the mountain to breathe his last. Now, encamped east of the Jordan River in Moab, God tells Moses to instruct the people to drive the people out of the land completely, to destroy all items involved in idol worship. He also warns them that if they do not do these things, the people they allowed to remain would be a source of vexation to them as long as the Israelites occupied the land. God also said that if they fall into the same idolatry as those they drive out, then God will drive them out of the land also.

    God did not give a lengthy speech to these people here. he was very concise and pointed in His instructions. What He wanted the people to do was very plain. Yet, God knew that the people will not follow his commands fully. And He especially knew that the Israelites would repeatedly turn to idolatry, divination, witchcraft, and sorcery over the time He allows them to possess the land. Even so, He puts forth His commands and that is that!

    The Israelites are so, so close to receiving the fulfillment of the promises made to Abraham. They have encountered the LORD God in amazing ways that should have burned into their hearts the worthiness of God who they are to worship alone. How many will stay true?
  • Rrscaccia on Romans 1
    The author mentions that Paul was part of prophecy in the old testament. Does anyone know which prophet and where in the Scriptures?
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    Psalm 2:12 (1 of 2

    "Kiss The Son"

    Kiss the Son, lest he be angry, and ye perish from the way, when his wrath is kindled but a little. Blessed are all they that put their trust in him.

    The Bible as the God document holds everything in the visible world as the mirror image of the mind of God. The worlds framed by the word of God admits nothing else. So the strategy of Satan to rake up kings from the east to do his bidding shall not stand. The Son is the heir to all.("his Son, whom he hath appointed heir of all things, by whom also he made the worlds;/ Who being the brightness of his glory, and the express image of his person, and upholding all things by the word of his power,-He.1:2-3; 11:3)

    In the narrative mode the Spirit brings all events persons and nations in direct frame of reference to the Son.

    How Joab killed Amasa was not a singular act of treachery. (2 Sa.20:8-10).Thus when the Spirit warns 'Kiss the Son' this action is with reference the kiss of Judas Iscariot. "But Jesus asked him, "Judas, are you betraying the Son of Man with a kiss?""( Luke 22:48-NIV). Such betrayal on the part of man has its other side reconciling with him with a kiss. This principle of Similitude we have seen elsewhere. "Mercy and truth are met together; righteousness and peace have kissed each other."(Ps.85:10)

    (1 of 2)
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    Psalm 2:9 "Iron"

    (1 of 2)

    Thou shalt break them with a rod of iron; thou shalt dash them in pieces like a potter's vessel.

    What is the quality of iron? "Iron sharpeneth iron; so a man sharpeneth the countenance of his friend."(Pr.27:17) In the context we are considering divine displeasure has its own weight. "Tit for tat' it says. The Lord has the enemies to Christ in derision. "Then shall he speak unto them in his wrath, and vex them in his sore displeasure." For the context look at the manner miry clay in the King's Dream has sought the weight of iron but it shall be in vain.

    "And whereas thou sawest iron mixed with miry clay,...but they shall not cleave one to another, even as iron is not mixed with clay." (Dan.2:43-44)

    In Re.6 the horseman on the red horse carried a big sword. "And there went out another horse that was red: and power was given to him that sat thereon to take peace from the earth, and that they should kill one another: and there was given unto him a great sword." (Re.6:4) He is what eggs on the kings of the east from the first ever skirmish to the final battle described in Ch.19. What the rider on the red horse does not know is that the rider on the white horse has already gone before him and we meet him in the same chapter. "And his name is called The Word of God./ And the armies which were in heaven followed him upon white horses, clothed in fine linen, white and clean./ And out of his mouth goeth a sharp sword, that with it he should smite the nations: and he shall rule them with a rod of iron: and he treadeth the winepress of the fierceness and wrath of Almighty God./ And he hath on his vesture and on his thigh a name written, King Of Kings, And Lord Of Lords."(Re.6:2;; 19:13-16)

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