Bible Questions Page 54

  • Chris - in Reply on Psalms 91:2
    Charles, from your question, can I understand that you're referring to how the 'white man' looks at those 'of colour'? Or, maybe, their apparent difficult existence in society? This is not an easy topic to properly address as there are so many factors involved. Most of it can fall under misconceptions from preconceived ideas with societal biases, or maybe a lack of better opportunities for education or careers, standard of living, or personal development. Then of course, & particularly in countries where governments give little concern to the welfare of their citizens, those people are forced to lead difficult & oppressive lives in a hand-to-mouth existence.

    So, I will never accept that it is ever God's Will that they, or anyone, should live such a life with such biases against them. We are all created equally and loved by God equally; man, in his sin & sometimes demeaning, negative attitude to people of colour, is the root of any apparent inequality, not God. In his quest for superiority & forcing into submission, people of all persuasions, have placed an unnatural, sinful bias against others, whether in the matter of colour, career, status, wealth, etc.

    But when that sinner is saved through the Blood of Christ, we see others as Jesus sees us. Colour, status, etc. no longer are issues, but rather, the destiny of the spirit. Comparison of how much each one has, then becomes, are we concerned and supportive of the one that has little or nothing? Not saying that non-Christians are not receptive to these godly traits, but these should be the qualities & perceptions of every child of God & who holds no biases against others, whoever they might be or how they might appear in society. Governments have generally gone a long way to deal with this, but sadly, the human heart remains largely unpliable.
  • Shannon on Genesis 1:15
    To me this means the moon is its own light source. Any feedback?
  • Shannon - in Reply on Exodus 20:4
    Does your son still not agree with pictures?
  • Chris - in Reply on Revelation 21
    DWL, Revelation 21:8 does indeed speak of such sinners being deserving of the second death. But these are not Christians, washed in Christ's Blood & forgiven from the old carnal life of sin & disobedience, but speaks of those who are without Christ & have lived carelessly given wholly over to a life of unabated sin.

    Does this new position we have in Christ give us licence to behave as those in verse 8? Romans 6:1,2: "What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin, that grace may abound? God forbid. How shall we, that are dead to sin, live any longer therein?" It is impossible for a Spirit-filled person to pursue such a lifestyle, or else if he so chooses to do, he would need to examine him/herself & get back to the foot of the Cross. And yes, it is possible (indeed, probable), that a Christian will trip up & commit sin, as we still exist in this body of sin & thus continue to be an open gateway for Satan to tempt us. But our response & recourse is instantaneous & sure, as we seek forgiveness & resolve in His Strength to avoid sin's pull & our grieving the Lord.
  • Carlos Ramirez Trevino - in Reply on Matthew 24:29

    In the 7th Seal, the Trumpets are introduced. This Seal signifies the last days of the Great Tribulation of Matthew 24. The Trumpets sound at the very last hour of the Tribulation. Then the Bowls of the Wrath of God are found in the last Trumpet. It is that last hour that is referred to as The Day of The Lord or Day of His Wrath. See 14:7.

    In any case, Genesis 37:9 is a reference to people, more specifically, Joseph's brothers. Now, although the reference in Judges 5:20 appears to be to Angels, it is more specifically a reference to earthly Kings at war.

    In Revelation 22:16, Jesus refers to Himself as The Bright and Morning Star.

    Joel 2:10 seems to be speaking of more than just stars. It is speaks of the powerful and influential, whose luster, whose brightness, whose power, appeal and influence are diminished by the army of God. But who is that army? It is an army of people.

    Again, who is the star in Revelation 9:1?

    I hope this answers your question. But keep in mind that in everyday speak and historically, we sometimes refer to prominent people as stars, too.

    Thanks for asking. It would be good to hear your opinion on this also.

    Carlos Ramirez Trevio
  • Carlos Ramirez Trevino - in Reply on Matthew 24:29
    Hi, Jesse. I am by no means an authority on these things, but a cursory review of the use of stars in the Bible show their use can be literal or symbolic. In Isaiah 13:10, the meaning appears to be literal. Yet in Revelation it is figurative.

    In Genesis, for example, God created the stars. These are the astronomical bodies we observe at night. However, sometimes things said in the Bible have a double meaning. A star can represent an actual star, while at the same time, there is an underlying allusion to Angels, people in positions of leadership or authority.

    In Revelation 12:4, we see a reference to Angels, while in 12:1 the stars represent something else. Some commentators agree that 12:1 is a symbolic reference to the 12 Apostles. Here we have a reference to Christ and the devil. Genesis tells us, in keeping with this passage, that Satan and his angels were cast to earth. Daniel 8 is also supportive of this interpretation.

    In Revelation 8:10-12 we see how stars may take on other meanings. Is the star an angel, a meteor, an earthly leader or what some might call an environmental catastrophe, the result of pollution and adverse weather conditions?

    Keep in mind, while reading Revelation, that what is written is not outlined in chronological sequence. There is a back and forth in time, that may make understanding particularly difficult. So, what Revelation 8 or 12 or other Chapters reveal, are not necessarily sequential events. The same is true for the rest of the book.

    But if you notice, in the 6th Seal, in Chapter 6:13, the stars are cast down. And everyone is afraid and all hide. The symbolism of the stars here, while many mistake them for literal stars, is about governments, powers, authorities and war.

    In the 7th Seal, the Trumpets are introduced. This Seal signifies the last days of the Great Tribulation of Matthew 24. The Trumpets sound at the very last hour of the Tribulation. Then the Bowls of the Wrath of God are found in the last Trumpet.
  • Chris - in Reply on Psalms 8
    Carol, I hear you. So let's take the 10 Commandments, which according to you, we have to obey in its entirety. As well, when I see God's Laws, I see ALL of them that require obedience, not just the '10', but the whole deal. You say that the sacrificial part of those Laws were done away with through Christ's Sacrifice: how very true, but why are those laws negated and the 10 Commandments somehow excluded? You did say that they reflect "God's Character", & this too is true as they also show man's responsibility & behaviour. But, to those under the Law (Jews), "if he shall keep the whole law, and yet offend in one point, he is guilty of all" (Js 2:10); telling us that the breaking of one Law makes us (read: the Jews) guilty of all God's Laws.

    And so, Paul became (appeared) "as a Jew, that I might gain the Jews; to them that are UNDER THE LAW, as under the law, that I might gain them that are under the law" (1 Corinthians 9:20). But, "to them that are WITHOUT LAW (us Gentiles), as without law, (being not without law to God, but UNDER THE LAW TO CHRIST,) that I might gain them that are without law" (1 Corinthians 9:21). So, if we Gentiles are not under the Law, but now under Grace (Romans 6:15), then the whole Law (for the Jew) has been nailed to the Cross: "Blotting out the handwriting of ordinances that was against us, which was contrary to us, and took it out of the way, nailing it to his cross" (Colossians 2:14). So, in truth, those under Grace, are not bound by any of God's Laws (to the Jews, or else not only keeping the Sabbath, but also of circumcision are binding), but all (both Jews & Gentiles), whether previously under the Law or not, are now released from its obligations & punishment, BY CHRIST'S Sacrifice alone. Therefore, e.g. "Thou shalt not kill" (Exodus 20:13) now becomes Matthew 5:21,22: anger without cause becomes murder. God's Laws showed man his sin but couldn't cleanse him - the Law of Christ takes us way beyond that, as we fully obey Him through the His Spirit (Romans 7:6).
  • Tom Harrison - in Reply on Matthew 24:29
    Does the OT commandment from God to not eat certain animals still apply today?
  • Mishael on abortion gay rights on Revelation 14
    In reference to abortion: many scriptures on the unborn. You shall know the Truth and the truth will set you free.

    Jesus is the Way, the Truth and the Life!

    If humanity doesn't go right into pre-Revelation events, then we are in trouble on many fronts. This generation Aborted their future. Social security, Medicare, etc. will probably go belly up because those future tax payers and voters, were aborted. Already college tuitions are sky high because your fellow class mates were aborted. Now we have a stock market gone flatline or quivering.

    People storm the streets and State capitals to demand that the killing continue. Clueless about how they are going to finance their old age.

    What does a Holy God do about this?

    Gays, Homosexual, transgenders are really clueless about Gods response to that. They don't care...or maybe they do?

    All I know is that in Genesis, He created them male and female, and called it Very Good. There wasn't a maybe in the chapter; or a mistake. Whatever is on your birth certificate is what you are.

    Genesis 2;24-25 is the first recorded marriage between Adam & Eve. See Psalms 45:10 also.

    Genesis 6:4 the evil angels with Satan, married human women and made Giants.

    Genesis 6:6,12, people had managed to corrupt humankind.

    Genesis 6:7 God decides to destroy all his previous creation. He saved a God fearing remnant composed of Noah, his family, and animals on the Ark.

    Genesis 11:Nimrod decides to build the Tower of Babel so he can have his house next door to God so he can flaunt his sin right in Gods face.

    Genesis 11:7. The LET US (triune Godhead), confused the one language into many! Lol

    People moved away to other countries so they could speak only their language. Easy fix for God.

    It's the rock headed people who are sure they can overwhelm God unto giving up.

    I don't think so. God's going to rapture born again people off this rock; and let this rock BURN. 2 Peter 3:10

    Get born again NOW! Repent
  • Jesse - in Reply on Matthew 24:29

    I agree with you that Matthew 24 is speaking about end time events. Both Chapters 24 and 25 give us the details. You've shared some good information here. The only thing I would see differently is that Jesus is giving us the specific details of a future event, but not giving us the specific time. We don't know the time, only the events that are coming.

    Also, from your last statement, it looks like you are saying that believers will go through the Great Tribulation? Well, if we are still alive on this earth when that time comes, I want wish you luck. I plan on being raptured well before that time when God's wrath will be poured out in judgement on a non-believing world.
  • Mishael to Michael - in Reply on 1 Corinthians 14:34
    If people will read Genesis very slowly; note chronological events that match; it will make more sense. It takes more work on your part; and this generation is the NOW generation. I want it now and I don't want to work for it.

    Also: the center columns are references to the alphabet or numbers that are within the verses. They expand the understanding of those verses.

    At the entrance to this website is a search box. Bring up the verse you want answers to: then scroll down to the Commentary box. Lots of info in that.

    Study to show yourself approved. So many subjects will be opened up to you, you'll really be blessed by your discoveries. You'll want to share them right away.

    Sometimes you'll have to use google to find a verse you can't remember the words to.

    Better yet, ask the Holy Spirit to help you study :D
  • Dave on Revelation 14
    How old was Jesus when Joseph and Mary were told by the angel to flee with Him to Egypt?
  • D W L - in Reply on Revelation 21
    (I believe we all lie and some of us fall under the other things listed. So, because we all lie, doesn't that mean we are all going to experience the first or second death?)

    So that says you don't believe! No one has authority to take from or add to --

    Revelation 21:8 But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and ALL liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.
  • Charles D Anderson on Psalms 91:2
    Why is life for people of color so hard; is this God's will that suffering and sorrow

    Required to walk with Jesus?
  • Michael Reidy on 1 Corinthians 14:34
    Unfortunately, we have professing Christians who dont trust what Paul is writing came from God. They say those words are for differnt times in history. "Surely God knows, letting a woman speak in Church will be lovely and intertaining t the heart and pleasing to the eyes. Surely God must be confused about this?

    Is God confused about Gay marriage too or/same sex marriage?

    Is God confused about Abortion as well or is he only confused about what Paul said about woman? you see the stupity in man / woman?
  • Jesse - in Reply on Matthew 24:29
    Hi Carlos,

    Are these stars maybe referencing angels and not people? In the book of Revelation, the stars are making reference to angels, spirit beings. It is interesting that Jesus had a star, and it was a special star. In Matthew Chapter 2, it was called "His star."

    I am wondering, and I have no scriptural evidence of this, but I am just wondering if that was the same star (Angel) that ministered to Jesus while He was out in the wilderness for 40 days? Honestly, I do not know the answer to that. It's just a thought!
  • Jesse - in Reply on Romans 9:13

    I don't think Romans 9:13 has anything to do with predestination or salvation. God doesn't determine ahead of time who will or will not be saved. He knows who will receive Him and who will reject Him. Predestination is never associated with salvation in the bible. You will always see the word associated with those who are already saved. It's what has been predestined or chosen for us as part of our inheritance. Predestination in the bible never has anything to do with predestinating people for Heaven or Hell. It's never used that way.

    Every time the word predestinated is used in the scriptures; it always makes reference to part of our inheritance in Christ. If He did not choose me and predestine me to be holy and without blame before Him in His love, I'd never be able to stand before Him. But I've received Christ as part of my inheritance.

    Christ died for everybody. He knows ahead of time who will receive Him. He never forces anybody to receive Him or reject Him. Because I am in Christ, I have been predestined by God to be conformed to the image of His Son, that He might be the firstborn among many brethren, that is, the head of the body of Christ, as He is.

    As far as free will goes, you're going to upset a lot of "free-willies" here if you are telling them that they don't have a free will. Everyone has free will, and as long as they live in a body of flesh, they will always have that free will. But what is free will attached to, your flesh or your spirit?

    It is the flesh that has free will. But God could care less about our flesh. He didn't save our flesh. He saved our spirit, our soul. Our flesh will NEVER submit to the things of the Lord because it will always be in opposition to Him. But our spirit, our soul, as Paul says, we are slaves to Jesus Christ. No free will when it comes to our soul. Our soul is saved forever if Christ is in us. He does not give us eternal life. He gives us Himself, and He is eternal life. That's why we have eternal life!
  • Marivic on 2 Chronicles 30
    What was the proclamation of Hezekiah? And how we apply in our christian life?
  • Carlos Ramirez Trevio - in Reply on Matthew 24:29
    Interesting observation by Peter Walton on an event that occurred in 1833, when the earth was showered with a spectacular display of meteors penetrating the atmosphere.

    But is that what Christ was referencing in Matthew 24, when He spoke of stars falling to earth?

    Is the reference to stars a reference to actual meteors, or is it a metaphorical reference to something else?

    I think a study of Revelation and other passages in Scripture will lead us to the conclusion that the stars, in the context of Matthew 24, was more a reference to people in positions of leadership. Don't we often, for example, refer to someone with great talent or accomplishments as a Star?

    See Numbers 24:17, for example. Here, Jesus is described as a star. See also Daniel 12:3. The reference to the stars, just as to the Sun and the Moon, might best be understood as a reference to people, governments, heads of state, people of influence.

    Jesus was the Bright and Morning Star.
  • Alexis Y on Revelation 11
    How do you know if it's God or the Devil talking to you or telling you to do something.
  • Peter on Genesis 2
    and man became a living soul. What do we know from Adam about living souls? We know that Adam could talk with God and he was a little lower than the angels and that he was good when he was created; and also that he would have treated his wife good and like all those other words that cleave to or unto means. He didn't think or at least not very much as he just did what God told him over and over ab and that was suppose to be have dominion of the animals and etc.. as it says. etc....
  • Lorin - in Reply on Romans 9:13
    Yes the Israelites are predestined it would appear
  • Adam - in Reply on Romans 9:13
    Hi Art, I'm not seeing anything about predestination in that verse or the chapter. What did you read that led you to draw that conclusion? Does God not give people freewill?
  • Chris - in Reply on Ezekiel 13
    In Ezekiel 13, the prophecy is against the prophets who prophesy "out of their own hearts & wills" (v 2) & not from God's Word to them. Apparently, both men & women were guilty of this despicable act & the warning was to the men (vv 1-16) & also to the false women prophets (vv 18-23).

    It is difficult to interpret verse 18 correctly, as commentators have given several meanings, but it appears that as a result of false prophetic utterings, both the men & women claiming to give the people God's Word, were doing so using divination & occultic practises (vv 6-9, 23). So verse 18 seems to refer to one such practice employed by the 'women prophetesses', that is, those "that sew pillows to all armholes, and make kerchiefs upon the head of every stature to hunt souls! Will ye hunt the souls of my people, and will ye save the souls alive that come unto you?"

    It seems that these women graphically portrayed their authority from God & message of peace ("which see visions of peace for (Israel), and there is no peace" v 16). They wore veils (kerchiefs = handkerchiefs) over their heads pretending to be in touch with God & also resting comfortably at their tables (pillows at their 'elbows' = armholes = armpits) visually indicating the continuing peace & security of Israel (vv 10,11). All this is false prophecy the LORD had declared, rather, Israel would suffer much pain & hardship (vv 10-15).

    I hope that I have given you as close an understanding to your query, though I remain open to other people's interpretation to this.
  • Jesse - in Reply on 1 Corinthians 11:15
    Paul was addressing a corrupt church in Corinth. He starts at Verse 3 giving the proper order of the church, being God, Christ, man, and woman.

    Verse 4, Every man praying or prophesying, having his head covered, dishonoureth his head. Who's his head? That's Christ!

    In Verse 5, he says, But every woman that prays or prophesies with her head uncovered dishonors her head: for that is even all one as if she were shaved.

    Paul gives a command in Verse 6. For if the woman be not covered, let her also be shorn: but if it be a shame for a woman to be shorn or shaven, let her be covered.

    In Corinth, the prostitutes who worked the temple area, you could tell who they were because of their shaved heads. So Paul is talking about a covering for women being a symbol or a representation of the fact that she is in submission to her head who is the husband. The covering was to show your submission to God's order. Paul says if you don't want to do that, you might as well shave your head and be like the rebel prostitutes that are outside.

    Verse 7, he appeals to the church. For a man indeed ought not to cover his head, forasmuch as he is the image and glory of God: but the woman is the glory of the man. That is from Genesis 2:7.

    In Verse 14, the word shame means dishonor. It doesn't say he sins. There are people in the church that have long hair and they are told to get it cut because "the bible says it's a sin." No, it doesn't say it's a sin. It says it's a dishonor.

    Verse 15, But if a woman has long hair, it is a glory to her. And notice this, this is the key: for her hair is given to her for a covering.

    What covers a woman's head that symbolizes her submission is her hair in Corinth! God gave her hair for a covering. Paul tells the women in Corinth, either shave your head and be like the rebels, or have long hair in Corinth and symbolize your submission to God's order.

    He's says that it's a shame for a man to look like a woman and for a woman to look like a man.
  • Bernard on Luke 21
    Are aloud to test a man or judge a man's faith
  • KING TEE - in Reply on Ezekiel 36
    WRONG Interpretation my friend, Most high God as not casted away "true Israel" , He has a remnant of an actual people, and not who you think they are! Paul speaks of the true natural vine, and those grafted in. That is New Testament, by grace of Yeshua, those that believe are grafted in with the real Hebrews. You know, those casted to the four corners of the earth, by way of ships. That's only one group of people on this planet. The so called " Negro" The awakening has begun!!!!!!

    Romans CH 11 1:3

    I say then, Hath God cast away his people? God forbid. For I also am an Israelite, of the seed of Abraham, of the tribe of Benjamin.

    2 God hath not cast away his people which he foreknew. Wot ye not what the scripture saith of Elias? how he maketh intercession to God against Israel, saying,

    3 Lord, they have killed thy prophets, and digged down thine altars; and I am left alone, and they seek my life.
  • Wanda wilson on Genesis 3
    I truly enjoy your Bible study. This is my first time on. Thank you.

    Thank you for this Bible study. just downloaded it today looking for an answer. Did Adam know that he was eating from the forbidden tree? And was he there with Eve when she chatted with the serpent
  • Geoff - in Reply on Revelation 1
    Rose, I'm only guessing you read Matthew Henry's commentary: "The day and time when he had this vision was the Lord's day, the Christian sabbath, the first day of the week, observed in remembrance of the resurrection of Christ. " It would be the Christian sabbath not Jewish. That's part of the deviation of Christianity from Jewish traditions or laws. You may know or remember some of the conflict where Jewish Christians were trying to hold onto Jewish laws such as circumcision or not eating pork. And, Paul contested against that. As, the Gentile Christians were being "shamed." We do that today, which type of church is more "right?" Were often reminded that we can disagree on the little things but to agree on the major thing that Jesus is our saviour and God our Father and Creator. The example of one of the disciples who who questioned the Samaritan who taught of Jesus but was not "one" of them. And, Jesus said he who speaks favorably of Him is for Him. Sorry for the tangent. I think people contend against calling Sunday the Sabbath because that's seen as Jewish terminology. Hope some of that was helpful.
  • Mountain Preacher on Ezekiel 13
    Verse 18 makes refrence to " Pillows to Armholes ". What are these and what is meant by it. ?

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