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  • CARLOS RAMIREZ TREVINO - in Reply on Matthew 24:38
    Mishael, This is not a football game between equals. God isn't "playing" against Satan. Can Satan be a force for God to contend with? No. It is not as if the devil can just score some points, he might win the game. God has a allowed the devil for a specific reason. The question we have to answer is Why? Why has God allowed the devil to exist? Revelation tells us the devil will be jailed for 1,000 years, if we understand that right, then he will "of necessity" be released. Why is it necessary to jail, release, then destroy the devil? Why doesn't God just destroy him now?

    God deals with the devil because it is necessary. In our timeframe it might seem like a long time coming, but however many years we have been around, is really a twinkling of an eye in terms of eternity. That is why Peter tells us that 1,000 years go by as fast for God as a day. Time flies when you are having fun.

    God is dealing with certain things to eradicate evil. And this is the process He is following. Christ came to destroy everything the devil represents. He came to end idolatry (making other things greater than God). He came to destroy death. He came to establish eternal perfection. See Daniel 9:24 and others.
  • Bob Hilt - in Reply on Matthew 24:38
    Ephesians 1:4 According as he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love:

    2 Thessalonians 2:3 Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition;

    Does the man of sin have a chance of salvation? Perdition means to fall.

    Romans Chapter 9:15 For he saith to Moses, I will have mercy on whom I will have mercy, and I will have compassion on whom I will have compassion.

    16 So then [it is] not of him that willeth, nor of him that runneth, but of God that sheweth mercy.

    17 For the scripture saith unto Pharaoh, Even for this same purpose have I raised thee up, that I might shew my power in thee, and that my name might be declared throughout all the earth.

    18 Therefore hath he mercy on whom he will [have mercy], and whom he will he hardeneth.
  • Melva on Genesis 5:24
    I believe on it. Where was he taken. Also when you read John 3:13. How does it apply?
  • CARLOS RAMIREZ TREVINO - in Reply on Matthew 24:38
    Perhaps this is a good moment for churches to reflect on how we will be able to communicate in times of persecution. Perhaps this Pandemic will make us realize that there will be a time when we won't be able to meet publicly. And we will have to learn to use the tools available to us. I don't know anything about the dark web, except that it is virtually untraceable. Will Christians be able to use it to communicate with each other during persecution. Organizations like ISIS are masters at this. They use the dark web to avoid detection. Is there a lesson there for Christians?

    Churches have been forced to use Social Media to continue their Sunday and other services. But these sites are easily traced, tracked and censored. During a time of persecution we will have to communicate in a way that avoids detection, to support, encourage and help each other. It seems so silly and incredible that things Jesus told us would happen, are materializing before our eyes. But is the Tribulation Fiction? Clearly not. Christians as suffering persecution and tribulation as we speak. No one can tell them they are not now living the Tribulation. Christians are being persecuted everywhere. But the suffering of some is greater.

    What must we do to prepare? Is the dark web a beginning? Perhaps Christians should begin using this tool now. Get a VPN, Download the App TOR and set up a private chat everyone can access.

    Many will see this as Fiction and laugh. Others will think it is ridiculous and farfetched. But people all over the world are using it to warn others of impending arrests (Taiwan), to inform (on persecution and Pandemic), to set up meeting places, etc. Does it hurt to build up defenses? How many Pastors see this Pandemic as a threat? How many even believe persecution is possible in Western Developed 'Christian' countries? Their biggest concern is not persecution. It is finances.

    What do you think? Please comment. Pros and Con are always a good thing.
  • Bob Hilt - in Reply on Matthew 24:38
    Can believe in a false prophecy cause people to lose faith and fall away?

    What does the Bible say? 2 Timothy Chapter 2:16 But shun profane [and] vain babblings: for they will increase unto more ungodliness.

    17 And their word will eat as doth a canker: of whom is Hymenaeus and Philetus;

    18 Who concerning the truth have erred, saying that the (RAPTURE) resurrection is past already; and overthrow the faith of some.

    In other words they we being told they missed the rapture and their faith was overthrown.

    This happened 1,900 years ago. Could it not happen again?
  • Mishael on Predestination on Genesis 9:3
    Doesn't something in your spirit kinda twist your gut when someone says people don't need the gospel to be preached because their name is in the Lambs book already because of pre-destination?

    What if....(I love that game) heaven lost your reservation and your luggage?

    Why did Jesus tell his disciples to go ye??

    Mark 6:15-20

    Who told you about Jesus? That you are a sinner that would bust hell wide open if ya don't get saved?

    The Holy Spirit doesn't do it the same way every time.

    Proverbs 11:30> the fruit of the righteous is a Tree of Life; and he that wins souls is wise.
  • Jmonyae on Revelation 16:3
    so i have an important question but this has nothing to do with this chapter,how do you know when your are saved.
  • Chris - in Reply on Matthew 24:38
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    Why evangelize if one has been predestined? It could be that as part of that, the Gospel has to be shared; & how will they hear without a preacher? Does the unbeliever even have to respond to the Gospel, since he is already predestined to obtain salvation? Indeed, can he even respond? Even to these questions, I say, Yes, because his response can only be as result of the Spirit's conviction (i.e. in his unsaved condition, he is unable to respond, nor would he want to, but under conviction, he will as he has been predestined by God). Therefore, his response is not of his effort or part in salvation's work, but a 'reaction' to the Spirit's convicting, drawing, & his repentance: and surely this is a place & time worthy of a response.

    James, I've said much here, trying to deal with all that I could see in your comment, so I thought "better to say more than less" so you get a more complete picture of what I'm thinking. I hope it answers your questions.
  • Chris - in Reply on Matthew 24:38
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    So, to you other point, I think your main point: "why Jews and Gentiles have to respond to the finished work of JESUS on the cross?" Given your apt quote from Ephesians 1:4,5, I agree with you without doubt, that God, not only knew us before we were born, but predestined us unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ. A great portion to remind us of God's Foreknowledge of each of our lives. But how does that Knowledge affect us mere mortals? Do we know who has been predestined & who hasn't? Why are some chosen to Life & others to Death? Do we even need to evangelize?

    I think, we carelessly & inadvisedly try to get into God's Mind over this, when in fact, His Omniscience & our finiteness can never allow us to comprehend this 'mystery'. The best I can do is to just know that God knows who will come to Him & that response will be because of various occurrences in that person's life; e.g. parentage, the Gospel preacher, finding a tract to read, in depression stumbling past a Church, seeing a Christian workmate's life & joy, brought into a crisis so that the Light of God can shine, etc. are some things that God uses to accomplish the salvation of that soul. We don't know who has been predestined or not, but we're responsible to share the Gospel regardless.
  • Chris - in Reply on Matthew 24:38
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    Hi James, when we speak of Jesus' finished Work, we refer to His proclamation in His last Breath, "It is finished" (John 19:30). What did He mean by this? Of course, in a few words, it means that His Work that the Father had sent Him to do, was now fully complete.

    Then your question: "Can you add to something that's finished? Did JESUS offer us anything by way of an option?" Simply said, No. No one can add anything to what Jesus accomplished through His Sacrifice. Sadly, many believers have tried to add more to this Work, whether to add more burden to Christians, or in their failure to understand the full significance of the Gift of Grace to us. So they put many conditions to make their salvation 'more secure': keeping part or all of the Law, necessity for observance of the Ordinances, failure to regularly evangelize, denying ourselves comfort, speaking in other tongues, tithing, are some of things that quickly come to mind.

    When we speak of Salvation by Grace through Faith (Ephesians 2:8-10), the Bible says that it can only be by simple faith in Christ's Sacrifice & absolutely nothing else. If anything, but anything would be added to faith, then it is no longer of faith but faith + works = no salvation. Anyone practising this has in reality annulled salvation, saying, "I don't trust that this Salvation only can save me, I have to add to it, just for good measure". That belief is out of the pit of Hell. Therefore, Jesus rightly has not required anything extra from us to make our salvation 'more secure'; He has done it all.
  • Dahg Melek - in Reply on Revelation 13:18
    Georges, what's so "clear" about it?
  • Yasser Davin - in Reply on Isaiah 66
    Jesse, a little while is his 2nd coming and it doesn't mean it only limited to Paul's vision.....If Jesus has something to say then why he didn't tell his disciples before his ascension?....Despite the fact that Paul's letter is the majority of the New Testament

    And here's another proof of fabrication about his alleged vision, in Acts 9:19-29 Acts 26-19-21 contradicted by Galatians 1:15-23 is quite obvious of contradiction, can you see the fabrications now?...
  • Angela - in Reply on John 11
    I have loved the Lord since I was a small child. But, I have always weighed back & forth with myself, what happens when we die! Do we go to God right then, or will we be raised when He comes back? We've even debated about it in my family. Yes, Jesus told the man next to Him when they were on the cross, "You will be in paradise with me today." But the bible also states, "Absent from the body is present with the Lord." Recently, I have also read an article online that said's it will be one way if you are saved, and a different way if you are not! What do you think & why?
  • Chris - in Reply on Matthew 24:38
    Carlos, since you addressed your recent comment to 'Everyone else', I thought to reply.

    "Archaeological records do show pre-historic people were religious". I think you're implying that there were humans/humanoids prior to Adam & Eve, if I am reading that paragraph correctly. So I can't comment on this, because of my different understanding of the Genesis account.

    "Why is it Christ only showed Himself to a select group, after His Resurrection? Why not go public? Why didn't anyone recognize Him?" He had a short time between His Resurrection & His Ascension & needed to spend it with His disciples, if for nothing else, to convince them that it was indeed Him (Luke 24). I wonder then, how would the public have reacted to His reappearance? Also with disbelief? A madman? Why bother with them, His disciples were His sole Focus at this interim period & to also be there to see His Ascension.

    "Why did God speak in Parables and not plainly?" I don't believe the answer you gave is correct. Jesus qualified His use of parables in Matthew 13:10,11, that He would explain the parables to His disciples, but they would just be stories to the rest.

    "Satan enticed Adam and Eve by appealing to their curiosity about things they didn't know about God and the universe." That's not how I read it. Adam & Eve didn't express curiosity about God or the universe. They were simply enjoying their being & God's creation around them. Satan came to put a doubt in their mind (Genesis 3:1); they retorted correctly; Satan then gave them his convincing reason that they wouldn't die, but would make them 'wise'; they were convinced.

    Thanks again Carlos, as I said, I only reply as you've sent your comment to all of us. And knowing the points that we disagree on, I feel that comment is required, not just as an 'attack' on your views, but to present what I believe is the correct, logical argument against it.
  • James brooks on Matthew 24:38
    Hey Chris;keep up the good work.I want ask you something about why Jews and Gentiles have to respond to the finished work of JESUS on the cross? Can you add to something that,s finished?Did JESUS offer us anything by way of an option?YOU do this and I,ll save you;If you don,t you will be lost.No He obeyed His Father and did His Father,s will.HE was sent to save the the ones that The Father gave to Him before the foundation of the world.Ephesians 1:4&5.According as He has chosen us in Him before the foundation of the world,that we should be holy and without blame before Him in love.(v5)Having predestinated us unto the adoption of children by JESUS CHRIST to Himself according to the good pleasure of His will.You can,t do not one single thing to earn your salvation.Response or no response;It, all GOD.
  • Chris - in Reply on 1 Peter 5:13
    Herman, there is no specific reference, whether biblical or secular, that Peter visited Rome. The only mention of Babylon in 1 Pet 5:13, which is sometimes interpreted as alluding to Rome, is somewhat weak.

    However, the question you ask, is often asked by those who attempt to disprove the papal line from Peter (i.e. since Peter wasn't in Rome, how could the papacy be established & proceed from there?). If that is your thought as well, I quickly refer to Matthew 16:18, which RCs will used to support Jesus direct instruction to Peter that he would be the foundation that His Church would be built upon.

    However, as you may know, that Jesus was using the meaning of Peter's name (Cephas/Petros = a rock), that he would in time be a solid, unshakeable witness for Jesus. Yet, Jesus said, that upon This Rock, he would build His Church. Was it on Peter? No. Jesus was speaking about Peter's great testimony, "And Simon Peter answered and said, Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God." Matthew 16:16. Upon this Truth that Christ is indeed the Son of God (along with the Truths that follow such a declaration) & His Church will be distinct from any other so-called church, just based on this fact. There are 'churches' that deny the Deity of Christ & so their further teachings develop into false theology/christology, but the true Church will be based on this Rock of Truth & not on the papal line.
  • Jesse - in Reply on Matthew 24:38
    Robert,

    Are you saying that believing in a Pre-Tribulation rapture can lead to a true genuine born again believer to lose their faith and their soul? These "Souls that were lost," were these saved people?
  • Themis Koutras on Matthew 24:38
    4. Peter told Jesus he would lay down his life for Him but Jesus told him he would do what three times?

    Leave him

    Hate him

    Die with him

    Deny him < Your Choice < Correct Answer

    Explanation: Jesus tells Peter that before a cock crows, Peter will deny Him three times.

    Reference: John 13:38

    CORRECT!

    my comment

    here we find a interesting statement that peter said he will even die for the LORD he said this sometime before the above scripture Jesus SAID I tell you the truth before the cock Crows you would deny me 3 times but peter insisted that he will even die for him thus peter is not lying according to his knowledge JESUS HRIST did not say he is lying he is just pointing out that he is not ready to do that yet BECAUSE OF FEAR as we know in the bible Peter did love the lord more then all as we see peters journey latter he repents And JESUS strengthened him so as then later JESUS CHRIST gets him ready by many ways finally he says to him today you become a rock so on later on in history books concerning the saints PETER was now ready and actually was Crusified up side down for JESUS CHRIST and the Church because of his love for JESUS CHRIST now that he was strengthen by JESUS CHRIST to actually do what he said before not back then but latter on when he would be ready to do so as he was and did do what he said
  • Mishael on Genesis 1
    Friday there was a large earthquake in Nevada. Hundreds of aftershocks.

    A month ago, large quake in Idaho. Still having aftershocks.

    Yellowstone volcano is producing a ring of carbon monoxide.
  • Carol on Psalms 148:2
    Yes please can you tell me what this may mean? My brother died last year at a early age my mom died a month later I was so very sad. When they died I found two white feathers at my house. One actually stuck too my glasses a year later my only aunt died and I found a feather on my leather couch . I found another feather today on my bedroom floor and a month ago when I woke up one was on my dresser . Could this mean angels are near? I never got feathers in my house before I do not know how to explain this. He says he will cover you with his feathers in the bible . Can you tell me what this means please? I am a little confused about this can you help me please.

    Blessings,

    Carol
  • Jesse - in Reply on Isaiah 66
    No, Paul is not guilty of lying. Everything Paul taught lines up with the teachings of Christ. There is no contradiction between Paul's teachings and the teachings of Christ. If you take John 16:10 by itself, I can see how you would come to your conclusion. Jesus said in Verse 10, I go to my Father, and you see me no more. But you can't stop there and use that as your basis of claiming Paul is lying! Jesus was telling them that He would be leaving (His ascension into heaven, shortly after His resurrection), and they would no longer see Him here physically.

    But then you go down to Verse 16, and Jesus says, "A little while and ye shall not see me: and the term "a little while" means a short time of space. Jesus says, and again, a little while, and (ye shall see me), because I go to the Father. So what is He talking about there? A little while you won't see me, but then a little while after that you will see me? How do explain that one, because they're probably thinking "That doesn't make sense! We understand a little while you will not see me. You've been telling us that for three years. But now you are saying, in a little while and (you will see me) because I'm going to the Father. Well, if you are going away, how are we about ready to see you again?"

    Verse 17 would show you that they didn't understand what Jesus was telling them. They were discussing amongst themselves what this meant, and Jesus knew that, as we're told in Verse 19. And then you go down to Verse 22, and Jesus says And ye now, therefore, have sorrow: but (I will see you again), and your heart shall rejoice, and your joy no man taketh from you.

    Jesus is talking about His coming to them in the person of the Holy Spirit that He has been talking to them about since Chapter 14, where He says the Comforter will come to you, I will come to you, the Father and I will come to you, and we all will make our dwelling in you!
  • Mishael - in Reply on Isaiah 66
    Galatians 1:1 says,

    Paul an apostle (not of men, neither by man, but by Jesus Christ, and God the Father, who raised him from the dead;)

    See ACTS chapter 9

    After Paul hit the ground; he said, Who art thou, LORD?

    The men traveling with Paul, heard an audible voice, but saw no man.

    Saul stands up, but now he is blind. He is blind 3 days and does not eat or drink.

    Keep reading; by verse 20 Paul is preaching Christ in the synagogues that Jesus is the Son of God.

    By verse 23, the Jews are plotting to kill Saul.

    We need the full account of Bible events without JUDGING them. Read the full account first; even the whole chapter.

    Paul was struck blind but he and some other guys ALL HEARD with their ears, the VOICE of the risen Christ. Paul was a chosen vessel. Verse 15-16 (written in the red ink)
  • Neville A Stewart on Genesis 1
    Judas - victim or vilain?
  • Mishael - in Reply on Matthew 24:38
    Robert: you are a much better historian than I am. Basically I just sit with the Holy Spirit and read for hours; read all the reference notes and flip back and forth.

    Jesus was preaching to farmers, shepherds, fishermen, tax collectors, businessmen, religious people ... the communities. He used parables to identify them to Him.

    He taught by parables (stories with teaching); He dropped names From all through the Old Testament (Torah?)

    Things they were familiar with. Then he presented the Gospel to them.

    That's what I do mostly if I am speaking evangelically. Some things some of you say will go right over an unsaved persons, or a baby Christians heads. I once had a older brother in the Lord shout at me: quit messing with college material and get back on the milk of the Word!! That hit me in the gut. I was shot down and doubting. I had a dream that night of the Lords table. LOTS of people at that table! Foods of all kinds, anything you want. Jesus was on my right arm. I was head down and grabbing everything. I couldn't get enough! Then I hear Jesus bust out laughing. He wasn't mocking; He was approving. All the hurt left me. I was assured my appetite was good.

    Our learning will equal our appetites. If you just eat junk "food" there's an emptiness in it. Eat the real stuff. What is God like??

    We're running a race to finish it. The race is ahead of us; not so much behind.

    Write down when and what the Holy Spirit has you reading. What is He teaching today? I feel like if we gorge ourselves on the Word of God... satan doesn't have a chance to tempt us with food.

    Who are you going to live with ETERNALLY ? Jesus laughs. He loves us! He encourages us! He is pleased with your efforts. Love Him back. That's all I can say.
  • Mishael - in Reply on Hebrews 12:14
    Kinda echos to Romans 12:18

    If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone.
  • Chris - in Reply on Isaiah 66
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    You said, "so you don't need to be a Jew to follow the commandments". In one sense, you are correct, if you mean that God's Laws are good & very useful to all people (as even now some of those laws are incorporated in modern societies). But, we are talking here about, not just about doing the 'right things before God', but does God accept us (Jew & Gentile alike) if we try to maintain strict adherence to His Laws?

    So if keeping of the Laws couldn't make us right before God, then He had to send Jesus, His Son, Who came as the complete fulfilment of all those Laws (He was the Word of God come in the flesh & without sin, to be the only acceptable Sacrifice that would be acceptable to God). So, if a person is now acceptable to God through Jesus' Sacrifice for their sins, where does the significance of the Law appear? A person cannot keep the Law & also come by faith in Jesus' Sacrifice to be acceptable to God: these two oppose each other, as self-effort & trust don't mix, as oil & water don't. So if we come by the Law, God judges us by it; if coming in faith, God accepts us because His Judgement was completed at the Cross of Jesus.
  • Chris - in Reply on Isaiah 66
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    Yasser, your example of Abraham circumcising his Gentile servants is correct, as that was what was required to be done to become part of his household & observe any ceremonies. But it remains that the Law of God was not given to the non-Jew; the Law was one of the marks (circumcision, the other) signifying God choosing this particular people to be His Own to the exclusion of everyone else.

    Then if you believe that a Gentile still needed to come under (obey) these Laws to be accepted by God, then of course, they would be judged by God under the same conditions the Jew was. So where does it leave those Gentiles? They would still have to obey them to the letter even to the performance of the sacrifices, etc. which they & the Jew could never do. The Law, at best, could only show them that they were incapable of total obedience to it & that God couldn't accept them on that basis, as even the breaking of one law, meant that they were guilty of all.

    So the Law was given as a temporary measure until the perfect Sacrifice would be given by God Himself, that would only be fully acceptable to Him. "For what the law could not do, in that it was weak through the flesh, God sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, and for sin, condemned sin in the flesh, that the righteousness of the law might be fulfilled in us".

    (onto Page 2)
  • Charles Etuk on Matthew 21:46
    They and their ancestors have been killing prohets. Why were they afraid? Comment*
  • Mishael - in Reply on Genesis 9:3
    God gave us animals to eat. Most societies make us get permits to hunt on state or federal lands. Find out the laws or ordinances in your area.
  • Judy Hospedales on Wisdom of Solomon 14:7
    What does vs 7 of chapter mean?


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