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  • Mishael - in Reply
    PARA is a non word. You see it in words like paragraph, etc.

    Maybe you meant PARAH

    Joshua 18:23 Context

    20And Jordan was the border of it on the east side. This was the inheritance of the children of Benjamin, by the coasts thereof round about, according to their families. 21Now the cities of the tribe of the children of Benjamin according to their families were Jericho, and Bethhoglah, and the valley of Keziz, 22And Betharabah, and Zemaraim, and Bethel, 23And Avim, and PARAH, and Ophrah, 24And Chepharhaammonai, and Ophni, and Gaba; twelve cities with their villages: 25Gibeon, and Ramah, and Beeroth, 26And Mizpeh, and Chephirah, and Mozah,

    Wesley's Notes for Joshua 18:21, 23

    Jericho - For tho' the city was destroyed, the territory remained.

    The heifer, a town in Benjamin ( Josh. 18:23), supposed to be" "identical with the ruins called Far'ah, about 6 miles north-east" "of Jerusalem, in the Wady Far'ah, which is a branch of the Wady" Kelt.

    Definition of Parah:

    "a cow; increasing"

    Comment> maybe Para was a suburb of Jericho?
  • Landon Lavigne on Judges 2
    Do I have to be baptized in water to be saved ? Yes !!!!! See Bible Study Proof below:

    Mark 16:16

    1 Peter 3:21

    Acts 2:38

    Acts 4:12

    Acts 19:1-6

    Acts 10:44-48

    John 3:1-6

    1 Corinthians 14:2,22,39

    Acts 2:4

    Acts 5:32

    Acts 1:8

    John 21:15

    Jesus loves us! Landon
  • Chris - in Reply on Acts 2
    You're welcome, Hope. My religion? Well, I'm just a plain old fashioned follower of my Saviour & lover of the Word of God, having no denominational title. I'm acquainted with many different Fellowships but never have a 'perfect fit' with any; but then who does, unless forced into submission & belief. Every blessing sister.
  • Dgjot - in Reply on Revelation 14
    This is some scary stuff.

    Y'know, the more I read stuff like this- the more I think I don't stand a chance of entering heaven

    Yes I know, that Jesus died for all of us. Yes I know, that the redeemed have been washed in His blood.

    Then I read verses like Hebrews 10:26-31:

    26 For if we sin wilfully after that we have received the knowledge of the truth, there remaineth no more sacrifice for sins,

    27 But a certain fearful looking for of judgment and fiery indignation, which shall devour the adversaries.

    28 He that despised Moses' law died without mercy under two or three witnesses:

    29 Of how much sorer punishment, suppose ye, shall he be thought worthy, who hath trodden under foot the Son of God, and hath counted the blood of the covenant, wherewith he was sanctified, an unholy thing, and hath done despite unto the Spirit of grace?

    30 For we know him that hath said, Vengeance belongeth unto me, I will recompense, saith the Lord. And again, The Lord shall judge his people.

    31 It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God.

    I really don't know where I stand. Back in the days when I first got saved, I was led to believe that just praying "the sinners prayer" once got one into heaven. I thought I was safe. While I may have received the Truth, I didn't understand it. While I didn't do anything really bad like murder or sleep around, I stumbled around in my life trying to figure things out. I may have goofed in a few places. I did murmur a lot because I never received any help. I have no one to blame but myself.

    If one ignores God, God will leave them alone. The Holy Spirit of God sees all, hears all and knows our darkest thoughts and the desires of your heart. We must desire God's Will in our lives. If we don't, everything we try to do on our own will turn to garbage.
  • Carleton
    Brethren in submission to the Lord Jesus Christ of this website. Is it not of interests how not many days ago here in the US we watched migrants under the stool of our border which provided some shade as decisions on what to do were made? Hopefully we prayed for God's Will be done and that our lives in Jesus Christ remained free. With a free heart we can also have a sincere prayer for precious Christians and some young children that are being held against their will for a price by kidnappers.

    From Christian Aid Ministries Associates:

    Tomorrow October 21 all believers are invited in Fasting and Prayer for: "The victims, for endurance, faithfulness, and a spirit of Christlike love. Pray for their release and that they could follow the example of Jesus who said of His enemies, "Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do" Luke 23:34

    The kidnappers- that they would experience the love of Jesus and turn to Him.

    Government leaders and authorities- as they relate to the case and work toward the release of the victims.

    This time of difficulty reminds us of the ongoing suffering of millions of Haitians. While our workers chose to serve in Haiti, our Haitian friends endure crisis after crisis, continual violence, and economic hardship. Despite the difficulties and dangers involved with working there, both our Haitian and American workers carry a vision to minister the love of Jesus in Haiti. Our goal is to seize opportunities around the world, even in difficult contexts, to follow the footsteps of Jesus, who "went about doing good".

    God bless our faithfulness.

    Amen.
  • Anthony - in Reply
    I know about the 40 years. How long did it take to get to the wilderness in Para?
  • Jesse - in Reply
    Becci,

    I'm not sure if there is a place in scripture that that gives us a definitive answer to that. We know that angels are spirit beings. The same with ghosts. We know we can see physical objects. And we know there is a difference between physical and spirit. I guess what I would ask is how can a person see spirit? I tend to believe that we cannot see spirit. I cannot see the Holy Spirit but by faith (Persuasion), I know He lives inside of me. I have to wonder that if we were able to see spirits (Angels/Ghosts), and especially the Holy Spirit, where would faith come in? Would there even be a need for faith? Just a thought!
  • Jesse - in Reply on Hebrews 7
    Udodirim Amaefule,

    When I was a young believer, I would read Hebrews 7:3, and I believed this was speaking about Christ Himself. Learning that Melchisedec meant king of righteousness caused me to believe it even more. Today, I don't believe that way anymore.

    Some believe that Melchisedec was a "Christophany," an appearance of Christ Himself in the Old Testament, because his name means king of righteousness. The only problem I see with that is that in Joshua 10:1, there's another king called Adonidedec. Adoni is lord, and Zedec is righteousness, lord of righteousness.

    As for Melchisedec, it says he was the king of Salem. Salem was the city of the Jebusites. And guess what city that was later on? Jerusalem. Salem is from Shalom which means peace. So since he was the king of Salem, and king of peace.

    And then the characteristics we see in Hebrews 7:3 don't help the matter much. But if I look closely at how it is translated, it doesn't say that he didn't have a father. The Greek text indicates that there is no record of a father, and no record of a mother, or descent. Obviously he came from somewhere. He was a man. But there was no record.

    Then it says "having neither beginning of days, nor end of life." It sort of makes it sound like he is eternal. But that's not the case. There's just no record of his birth or his death, or who his parents were.

    There's a parallel between Melchisedec and Christ. It says that he was made like to the Son of God. It doesn't say he was the Son of God. That's important. He abides a priest continually. We know that Jesus had a birth. We know who His mother is and who His Father is. But that's not the parallel. The parallel is that Jesus Christ never had a beginning, and doesn't have an end.

    That's why the Lord's priesthood is according to Melchisedec, because Melchisedec is parallel to the eternal existence of Christ. If you want a reference for Salem being Jerusalem, Psalm 76:1 would give you that information. Hope this helps!
  • Rick - in Reply
    Becci No where does it say that about angels because they were seen and visited people, but so called ghosts are an entirely different subject matter and they are not the same.
  • GRACE_ambassador {ChrisE} soul & spirit depart - in Reply
    1 Thessalonians 5:23

    Precious brother Chris says: "I cannot find a suitable answer for," and asks Great Questions:

    Where does the spirit of man go? Ecclesiastes 12:7 cp James 2:26

    me: Does the soul also depart? Genesis 35:18

    Is there a holding place for such? And where could this place be?

    1) Before The Resurrection Of The LORD JESUS CHRIST, the paradise 'hold' was in "the heart {lower parts} of the earth" Matthew 12:40 Ephesians 4:9, Abraham's bosom, across a chasm from the 'torment' hold Luke 16:19-31 cp Luke 23:43

    2) After The Resurrection Of The LORD JESUS CHRIST, paradise is now with The Throne Of God {Third Heaven?}, and Body Of CHRIST 'members' Immediately, upon physical death {'sleep' is the metaphor for the 'dead body'} "Depart to be WITH our Blessed God And Saviour, JESUS CHRIST!" 2 Corinthians 5:6,8 Philippians 1:21,23 'Confirmed' By:

    3) ...Those 'asleep In JESUS'..." {metaphor for 'resting' in JESUS}, "...Will God {JESUS} Bring With HIM!" 1 Thessalonians 4:14 At our Great GRACE Departure! 1 Thessalonians 4:16-17 Amen?

    4) Is the "sleep/rest" UNconscious? Scripture?: Luke 16:19-31 cp Revelation 6:9-11

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    Ed Bedore says: "A proper understanding of what the Bible teaches about Hell, Sheol, Hades, and the Grave dispels confusion over what happens to the soul at the time of physical death and guards against being led astray by those teaching the false doctrines of soul-sleep, eradication of the soul, the universal reconciliation of mankind, and the annihilation of the lost.":

    More can be learned from his Excellent Article about this Bible Doctrine:

    Hell, Sheol, Hades, Paradise, and the Grave by W. Edward Bedore

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    Please Be Richly Encouraged, Enlightened, Exhorted, and Edified!

    ( 2 Timothy 2:15; Romans 16:25; Ephesians 1:3-9; Ephesians 3:9 = Grace/Mystery fellowship {Romans - Philemon}, For ALL "to SEE," today,?): Link
  • Jesse - in Reply on Daniel 5
    Hello Ralph,

    Are you looking for the meaning of the word translated? If so, it literally means transferred. By faith, Enoch was transferred that he should not see death; and was not found, because God had transferred him: for before he was transferred he had this testimony, that he pleased God.

    This is a perfect example of the application of these two types of faith, human, and spiritual. I have yet to hear any of the "human faith" teachers, which are numerous and many, say "You know, if you had enough faith, you wouldn't have to die, you'd just get transferred up into heaven. Nobody'd done that one yet!

    It was by faith that Enoch was transferred because God transferred him. Faith is the name of the entire process in which Enoch was taken up into heaven. It is a word that describes what God did to Enoch. It wasn't that Enoch was here on the earth, and reached a point in his relationship with God that he had so much faith that he believed that he could be transferred up into heaven and not die, that God says "I'm pleased with that, so I think I will bring you up here." It's a word that describes what God did. The principle of faith is given in Hebrews 11:6.
  • In regards to 1 Thessalonians 4:17 and the resurrection of the church of the Body of Christ whether asleep or alive, when a believer falls asleep His spirit goes back to God who gave it, Hence born again of Gods spirit. Man was originally Created in Gods image which is Spirit John 4:24 God Is Spirit. The soul life Genesis Chapter 2:7 God breathed into man the breath of life and man became a living soul so when man takes his last breath that's the end of his soul then the body unto dust thou art and unto dust thou shalt return. From what I've seen soul and spirit get some how made the same thing when they are not biblically. When we are born we are body and soul without God and without hope, then when we get born again we have our spiritual connection with God which which was lost in Genesis and bought back by Jesus Christ making it available to become sons and daughters of God. When Christ returns for His body the Church we will be resurrected in perfect bodies not like what we have now. Incredible future to look forward to.
  • Becci
    Where in the Bible does it state you cannot see angles or ghost and if you do is in in your conciousness
  • Messenger - in Reply on 2 Maccabees 7
    Glen Barbour - in Reply on 2 Maccabees 7

    Chris,

    I am not catholic! However, what I was referring too is that these books are not listed in the bible (66 books). It was originally in the old KJV bible 1610, but was removed. I do not believe in purgatory and praying for the dead.

    You are replying to a comment by "Glen Barbour and Chris"

    Messenger Replies:

    Please read Acts 24:15 We can pray to God ( Psalm 83:18) for his kingdom to come ( Matthew 6:9,10).

    Why? because we can pray that he resurrect our loved ones who have died (the ones we love so dearly)

    John 5:28,29

    Job 14:14,15

    John 11:25
  • Messenger - in Reply on Job 12:9
    DG on Job 12:9

    Does Job 12:23

    mean that God is the bone who makes 'our nation (S) great...oR is it man who by his convictions of doing right and serving the afflicted, and heeding to moral laws within their heart and soul etc.?

    You are replying to a comment by "DG"

    Responding to your question. please read Job 42:1-7

    Job also recognized that he uttered and said what he did not understand.

    things to wonderful for him. that "he knew not" or nothing.

    he repented about what he said. and God said that job spoke things that is right

    or he spoke truth. Job 40:3-5 proves that in grief and in agony and pain he spoke

    things he did not understand. again however, he repented about all the things he did

    not understand. then Jehovah ( Psalm 83:18) said he spoke truth (by means of repentance and

    taking back or correcting what he previously uttered in ignorance)

    Thanks

    2 Timothy 3:16,17

    John 3:16,17
  • Hope - in Reply on Acts 2
    Thank you Chris. I appreciate your advice. I will try it out and see how it goes. I can't help but wonder. What is your religion?
  • DG on Job 12:9
    Does Job 12:23 mean that God is the bone who makes 'our nation (S) great...oR is it man who by his convictions of doing right and serving the afflicted, and heeding to moral laws within their heart and soul etc.?
  • Brenda F Bunte on Leviticus 11
    What is a coney?
  • Joyjay on Mark 3
    Is my forefathers a demon? how describe the different between my culture and loving my forfathers
  • Thanks brother Adam for your reply. I agree, "sleep is a state of rest" & being oblivious to everything through our nightly sleep, we can be thankful to the Lord that we still have life & breath - not so for those who've died (slept with no awakening & eventually reduced to dust). But your second paragraph statement seemed to imply that "between death & Jesus' return" we will still be 'altogether' (body, or what's left of it, & the spirit) waiting for the call.

    Concerning man's spirit. My understanding that a spirit has no physical properties - that it is the essence of a person (the body being a covering for our functions & recognition). If "the spirit of man goeth upwards" & Jesus spoke of "fearing not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul", they seem to confirm that the immaterial part of us (the real 'us'), cannot be destroyed & remains accountable to the One Who gave it.

    Those 'out of body' experiences, even the one you had after your accident, demonstrates that the spirit that gives life to the body, can return (& must return) for that body to resume functioning. But at death, the spirit is gone, unless, as Jesus brought back the spirit into people (e.g. Lazarus, Jairus' daughter). If the spirit goes, then to where? With ghosts & apparitions, I know nothing - maybe demonic activity or their impersonations. But then we have 1 Samuel 28:7-15, which can lead us to think of a departed soul in a resting place (OT economy). If for Samuel, then why not others who have departed? Should not our spirits leave the body & as in Paul's case have access to Heaven ( 2 Corinthians 12:1-4)? So "if the dead in Christ shall rise first", the spirit that once left it, must rejoin it. The question remains, where goes the spirit of man? If we maintain that the body sleeps, then we should also answer, where does his spirit reside? Is it still active & alert in another place or hovering over a body that is long gone? For the believer, I believe it's in Heaven.
  • Chris - in Reply on Psalms 92
    Thanks for coming back, Helen. I would say that in almost all cases, taking the verse with those added words ("It is a" & "thing") should be quite acceptable for us. Why? Because it gives the sentence a meaning that is familiar to us. Of course, if we were proficient in Hebrew, as another brother Jesse who comes on here regularly, who is very learned in Greek & sheds much light to us on verses & Grecian thinking & expressions, then the whole language may well take on a different meaning & appreciation that we can sometimes miss out on.

    But in my attempt to ensure that I'm not losing out on something important in a verse, I often refer to the original language & its lexicons or word translations, to see the different uses of the words in that verse & elsewhere. Or else, you can purchase an Interlinear Bible, or to a (free) Bible Study site, such as Bible Hub, & check out your verses at their Interlinear tab. But remember to read Hebrew texts (with their English counterparts below) from right to left.

    But if "italics are not included" as you ask, then you can take some sample verses & test them against the Hebrew/Greek languages at Bible Hub & see whether the translators have done a good job in faithfully communicating the words from the original, or if they snuck in a word or two, ask, has it made any difference to the intended meaning? Ideally, as I wrote before, to know the original languages ourselves, would be the best way to understand & fully test the veracity of Scriptures, but most of us have not that ability.
  • Adam - in Reply on Revelation 13
    Hello, my understanding is he was cast out before creation of the earth. There's not a lot of evidence to go on, but given that after creation the 'opening scene' in the Bible is the garden of eden with the serpent already there ready to tempt, that suggests that satan already rebelled and was cursed, but was allowed limited to tempt.
  • If I may briefly butt in here, & asking brothers Adam & Bill: what, from your understanding of the Scriptures, does the word "sleeping" imply. Of course, we know that in this case it's a euphemism for 'death' of the body. But if the body be dead, then what happens to the spirit of that person, where does it go, if it goes at all?

    This point, from what I can gather, never seems to be spoken of by those who believe that a person 'fully sleeps' until the coming of Jesus to rule or at the time of judgement. Those of us, who believe that the body sleeps until the rapture of the Church, also believe that one's spirit at death, returns to the Lord Who gave it, whether to forever be with Christ or be locked awaiting judgement. So, in your understanding, where does the spirit of man go? Does it remain with the body, given the reduction of it to obliteration, whether in the earth, devoured in the sea, or reduced to ash in the flames? Or, is there a holding place for such? And where could this place be? These must be questions that you have also asked yourselves, for which I cannot find a suitable answer for. Every blessing.
  • Chris - in Reply
    Well written Lino. However, I would like to throw in Acts 10:9-16. Even though the message here was to show Peter that all things that God has given (especially in respect to the equality of Jews & Gentiles) are clean, it can't be avoided that animals were part of the diet of human beings. Or else, why use such an 'abominable' illustration of the offering of unclean animals for food? What if Peter had earlier understood this lesson of equality & did rise & partook of them? After all, God had offered. Or maybe, another could say, 'we should only eat animals that God Himself has cleansed & none other'. This also may be true, but the point is, that animals can be eaten, and yes, I do agree with you that all too often we have lost sight of understanding & giving a proper care & preservation of both the flora & fauna that God has given us to enjoy.
  • Chris - in Reply on Isaiah 60
    Hi Andrew. Just to answer your question, "By what name was John baptizing?" I assume you're speaking of John the Baptist. If so, he wasn't baptizing in anyone's name. His was the baptism of repentance ( Mark 1:4; Acts 13:24; Acts 19:4) & was an in-between baptism from the Jewish performance of baptism (which Jesse has well explained), to 'believers' baptism' (which is an identification with the death, burial & resurrection of Jesus Christ).

    The Jewish thought was simply of external washing prior to religious performances (Muslims also do this for that very reason, prior to their five daily prayer rituals) - the Christian belief is one of responding to an inward change. John's baptism was the 'connecting piece', bringing Jews to understand that there needs to be a washing not for the body as was previously done, but to show that it is actually a matter of the heart. And this was done by the "The voice of one crying in the wilderness, Prepare ye the way of the Lord, make his paths straight", in preparation of the arrival & ministry of the Messiah, Whom the Jews should have welcomed according to the prophecies that went before Him, but to their suffering & eternal doom, the they rejected & even had Him crucified.
  • Mishael
    In Isaiah 14:13-14,

    How many times did Lucifer (Satan) say,

    "I WILL"?

    Satan knows the Bible better than we do. Yet he still believes He will beat Jesus at Armageddon.
  • Resident901 - in Reply
    Yes the word "be" is italicized
  • Glen O Barbour on 2 Maccabees 7
    I understand that the books of the apocrypha was not deem creatable or authorized. Why didn't the catholic church deem this book of 2 Maccabees 7 creatable? This mother and her sons went through a lot by standing for the only one true God!!!
  • Helen
    In Isaiah 51:11

    where it says "everlasting shall be upon their heads"

    Can someone verify that the word "be" is italicized or not?

    thanks a lot
  • Ronald L Whittemore - in Reply on John 17
    GRACE_ambassador,

    I thought instead of just putting out my understanding to Sangeeth Joseph question, I would list a few questions for study on this thought on end times. Prophecy vs Mystery how does that fit. I'm not sure I follow, I know prophecy mostly is on the house of Israel and for Israel will come to fulfillment in the 1000 years when Jesus sets up the kingdom here on earth.

    But there are prophecies about the end time that will affect individuals, not nations, that are still living when it starts. Some teaching could have some unprepared and may be devastating to someone's faith, I do not take that as vain or unprofitable 2 Timothy 2:15 it was not a question of salvation.

    We know the mystery and the promise in Genesis 22 when Abraham did not withhold his son to sacrifice him. All nations would be blessed through his seed and this was not revealed until after Israel rejected the Messiah Jesus when He first came was only for the house of Israel to confirm the covenant and fulfill it, and the kingdom of God had come, but they rejected it. The gospel of Christ was then given to the Gentiles by Paul, which is the mystery. One of the reasons was to make Israel jealous. Did you know Paul was not the first to preach Christ to the Gentiles?

    I will study the link you put out, not sure if I follow how it relates to what I posted, maybe after I study it I will see.

    God bless,

    RLW


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