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  • Jim Miller
    Concerning Women's Head Coverings 1 Corinthians 11:2-16

    Note the following verses.

    11:5-- "but any woman who prays or prophesies with her head uncovered disgraces her head--it is one and the same thing as having her head shaved."

    11:6-- "For if a woman will not cover herself, then she should cut off her hair; but if it is disgraceful for a woman to have her hair cut off or to be shaved, she should keep it covered.

    11:7-- "For a man ought not to cover his head . . ."

    11:10-- "For this reason a woman ought to have [a symbol of] authority on her head"

    11:13-- "Is it proper for a woman to pray to God with her head uncovered?"

    11:15-- "but if a woman has long hair, it is her glory . . ."

    Several points can be made here.

    (1) If 'covering' = 'hair,' then all men should shave their heads or go bald because the men are to have their heads uncovered.

    (2) If 'covering' = 'long hair,' then v 6 seems to suggest a tautology: "if a woman will not wear long hair, then she should cut off her hair." But this in no way advances the argument.

    (3) The argument caves in by its own subtlety. To see 'hair' = 'head covering' means that one has to go through several exegetical hoops.In short, it hardly appears to be the plain meaning of the text.

    (4) Verses 10 and 15 would have to be saying the same thing if long hair is the same as a head covering. But this can hardly be the case. In v 10, a woman is required to wear a 'symbol of authority.' Such a symbol represents her submission, not her glory.

    To argue, then, that long hair is the woman's head covering seems to miss the very point of the function of the head covering and of the long hair: one shows her submission while the other shows her glory.Both of these are contrasted with an uncovered head while praying or prophesying, or a shaved head at any time: such would speak of the woman's humiliation and shame.
  • Things I Want Your Heart to Know on Leviticus 10
    Hello! What is the difference between our soul and spirit? I thought my soul goes to Heaven; I have no idea what my spirit does.
  • Johnxxx
    does the bible say we are born into sin? if yes, where?
  • Bennymkje
    Ze.8:21-23 (2 of 2)

    "In Those Days"

    Zion on which the house of the God of Jacob is founded refers to the latter temple in heaven. The law,- and the word of the Lord, consequently is what drives the temple program and is going on in heaven. So when Jesus said, "Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up./Then said the Jews, Forty and six years was this temple in building, and wilt thou rear it up in three days?/But he spake of the temple of his body." ( John 2:19-21).

    Thus there is no temple in the conventional sense and Jerusalem is synonymous with other cities judged by God. (Re.11:8).. For this reason the vision of the solid Golden Candlestick in Ze.4 is very crucial. Every believer who abides in Christ must show fruits. He is being fed from the fullness of the seven spirits and he has also two witnesses: his spirit and soul attesting what is his calling. He is priest as well as king unto God in the Son.

    Lastly the symbol of mountain spoken by Isaiah is in the context of the Son who isthe rock cut not with hands in the vision interpreted by Daniel. The saints redeemed from the earth are part of the rock and when the apostate church is smashed along with world government nothing of it shall remain. Only the saints shall be left behind to inherit the kingdom of light. It is of the latter days, 'in those days' the earth is under new management: the kingdom of dear Son. What these two passages refer is the Millennium Reign of the latter days.
  • Bennymkje
    Ze.8:16-17 (1 of 2)

    "Two Olive Branches"

    "These are the things that ye shall do; Speak ye every man the truth to his neighbour; execute the judgment of truth and peace in your gates:/And let none of you imagine evil in your hearts against his neighbour; and love no false oath: for all these are things that I hate, saith theLord." The Spirit is giving this warning to Israel which is from the Lord God.

    Compare the above with these verses almost a repetition, (7:8-12)"And the word of theLordcame unto Zechariah, saying,/Thus speaketh theLordof hosts, saying, Execute true judgment, and shew mercy and compassions every man to his brother:/And oppress not the widow, nor the fatherless, the stranger, nor the poor; and let none of you imagine evil against his brother in your heart."

    And the word of the Lord came to Zechariah which is from the standpoint of the Son. in whose hand is the plummet. Zerubabbel serves as the double for the Son."The hands of Zerubbabel have laid the foundation of this house; his hands shall also finish it; and thou shalt know that theLordof hosts hath sent me unto you./For who hath despised the day of small things? for they shall rejoice, and shall see the plummet in the hand of Zerubbabel with those seven; they are the eyes of theLord, which run to and fro through the whole earth.(4:9-10). Thereafter the Spirit shows the two anointed ones, which are the olive brances and not the trees themselves,"two olive branches which through the two golden pipes empty the golden oil out of themselves?"(4:12)
  • Bennymkje
    Ze.8:18-19 (1 of 2)

    "Garment of Praise"

    "And the word of theLordof hosts came unto me, saying,/Thus saith theLordof hosts; The fast of the fourth month, and the fast of the fifth, and the fast of the seventh, and the fast of the tenth, shall be to the house of Judah joy and gladness, and cheerful feasts; therefore love the truth and peace."

    How does fasting is turned into gladness? "Thou hast turned for me my mourning into dancing: thou hast put off my sackcloth, and girded me with gladness." (Ps.30:11) It is what God can do, none else. Least of all by traditions of men.

    Here we see traditions of men indulging in meaningless observances much mumbo-jumbo to distract the heart from true repentance. Seventy years in exile did not cure Israel of their disobedience. "Yea, they made their hearts as an adamant stone, lest they should hear the law, and the words which theLordof hosts hath sent in his spirit by the former prophets." Zechariah would be a martyr reasons for which are not difficult to fathom. They had to have a new spirit: in order to arrive there the nation of Israel had to love truth and peace.

    Jesus before he would begin the ministry went to the synagogue in Nazareth, He was there announcing a new age.* "The Spirit of the Lord GODisupon me;" His declaration of liberty to those who were bound was not a spur of the moment. He was there to lay the foundation for the temple that shall be revealed in the latter days. He was exhorting all hands to be partakers for it. At the end of it what happened? "And all they in the synagogue, when they heard these things, were filled with wrath,/And rose up, and thrust him out of the city, and led him unto the brow of the hill whereon their city was built, that they might cast him down headlong./But he passing through the midst of them went his way." ( Luke 4:27-30)

    Yet it is the Lord's doing and Prophet Zechariah predicts the Millennial Reign,
  • Bennymkje
    Ze.7 (1 of 2)

    Then As Now

    And it came to pass in the fourth year of king Darius, that the word of theLordcame unto Zechariah in the fourth day of the ninth month, even in Chisleu;/When they had sent unto the house of God Sherezer and Regemmelech, and their men, to pray before theLord,/And to speak unto the priests which were in the house of theLordof hosts, and to the prophets, saying, Should I weep in the fifth month, separating myself, as I have done these so many years? (vv.1-3)

    On December 4, 518 B.C. a delegation came to Jerusalem with a question about fasting. At this point, the temple was somewhere around halfway completed. Against this the Zechariah receives the word of God that forms the gist of this chapter.

    4Then came the word of theLordof hosts unto me, saying,/Speak unto all the people of the land, and to the priests, saying, When ye fasted and mourned in the fifth and seventh month, even those seventy years, did ye at all fast unto me, even to me?

    God did not institute these fastings to commemorate their disobedience and consequences. For instance we have in the Book of Jeremiah the assasination of Gedaliah and mass murder of 80 men (Je.41:1-10)

    6And when ye did eat, and when ye did drink, did not ye eat for yourselves, and drink for yourselves?

    7Should ye not hear the words which theLordhath cried by the former prophets, when Jerusalem was inhabited and in prosperity, and the cities thereof round about her, when men inhabited the south and the plain?

    vv.6-7 God noticed those who enquired of the Lord were approaching in their need and they were no different than those who were in the days of Jesus, "These people honor me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me./They worship me in vain; their teachings are merely human rules.' (Matt.15:8-9). The same superficiality which we see.
  • Bennymkje

    The Tower of Babel

    "Then said I to the angel that talked with me, Whither do these bear the ephah?/And he said unto me, To build it an house in the land of Shinar: and it shall be established, and set there upon her own base."

    The Spirit mentions the land of Shinar which ties up the pride of nations that gave them colonies in far off lands. These maritime nations had fleet of ships, know-how of navigating through seven seas. Each invention astrolabe, maps and compass added so in setting out certainly carried awesome risk, nevertheless but what we shall focus is the indefatigable spirit to attempt an enterprise, matched only by Lucifer, "For thou hast said in thine heart, I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God: I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north:/I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the most High."

    Such was the pride of Satan and when we see technology to tame the nuclear power now convulsing the ungodly leaders of men with craven fright we begin to see whose playbook was all along followed by world empires. Instead of trusting God totally, the rib stuck between the teeth in the second beast, the Age of Reason goaded, "Arise, devour much flesh'. Reason with each generation has curiously spawned,- so many ideologies, conspiracy theories!

    he world wanted a reason after rejecting truth in their own inward parts, the two witnesses set there by God were not enough. So shall they have the most unbelievable theories to explain it. It is cringeworthy to have lived through the manner Reason had lost its soul when fools laid claim to it. This is the same pride the people demonstrated after the great flood. They chose the plains of Shinar. Similarly the spirit of mammon personified by the two women, with the wings of stork. The ephah has found her base. We are living it!
  • Bennymkje
    Ze.5:5-9 (2 of 2)

    "The Flying Ephah"

    Hence serving mammon and serving God at the same time shall never work. In short the Angel of the Lord is showing wickedness the church is under judgment even while everlasting gospel is announced.

    For this reason we shall consider the quote from Isaiah in the previous post. The chapter begins by asking, " Wherefore do ye spend money for that which is not bread? and your labour for that which satisfieth not? hearken diligently unto me, and eat ye that which is good, and let your soul delight itself in fatness./Incline your ear, and come unto me: hear, and your soul shall live; and I will make an everlasting covenant with you, even the sure mercies of David." (Is.55:2-3)

    God cursed nations that shall offer 'happiness' to thieves who shall plunder the weak by trickery or brute force. When they set up their business empires what they miss is the weight of lead, a talent to lead, and it is to spring surprise when they least expect. Babylon like an ephah is a symbol. "The merchants of these things, which were made rich by her, shall stand afar off for the fear of her torment, weeping and wailing,/And saying, Alas, alas that great city, that was clothed in fine linen, and purple, and scarlet, and decked with gold, and precious stones, and pearls!/For in one hour so great riches is come to nought." In one hour all those wealth filched by the thieving magpie for centuries have gone!

    It is what we see before the mighty Babylon was judged. The angel casts down a great millstone from heaven, "What city is like unto this great city!" (Re.18:18,21)

  • Bennymkje
    Ze.5:5-9 (1 0f 2)

    "The Flying Ephah"

    "Then the angel that talked with me went forth, and said unto me, Lift up now thine eyes, and see what is this that goeth forth./6And I said, What is it? And he said, This is an ephah that goeth forth. He said moreover, This is their resemblance through all the earth."

    The earth as a global village. The ephah is used as a symbol representing the trade and commerce which till lately in the global market held some meaning. A single measure with which to determine the trade between nations. Now after the war in Ukraine it is clear that it does not work. The vision of the four beasts in Dan. ch.7 still resonate in the manner the third beast opened up the new world for world commerce. "the beast had also four heads; and dominion was given to it."(Dan.7:6) None of the four heads had any right to their dominion but the powers with their firepower and sheer audacity trampled the natives and siphoned off their wealth to build up their empires. The curse in the flying roll however judged them.

    It has in turn presented this second vision where the ephah was not a just weight but as we are familiar with the Age of consumerism, is free enterprise. Is it anymore fair or free than this ephah with a woman sitting in the midst of it? It is always weighted in favor of the entrepreneur since he set up the business isn't it? Similarly the v.7 tells the wickedness of the woman is helped by two women with the wings like the wings of a stork. Compare the wings with wings God gave the left behind church. "And to the woman were given two wings of a great eagle, that she might fly into the wilderness, into her place, where she is nourished for a time, and times, and half a time, from the face of the serpent."(Re.12:14) God gave the left behind church prayer and praise two wings to help her survive the great persecution. Not so with the wings of the stork, which is what the prince of the power of the air can give.
  • Bennymkje
    Ze.5:1-4 (2 of 2)

    "The Curse"

    England being drawn into WWI was not mere coincidence. The two wars stoked by the European powers follow the scenario laid out in the v.4. The fire entered the house of plunderers and consumed the timber thereof and the stones thereof.. John Bull is no longer the same. It is all the more worse after Brexit Do we not see a moral miasma in the manner the curse lays nations lower?

    4I will bring it forth, saith theLordof hosts, and it shall enter into the house of the thief, and into the house of him that sweareth falsely by my name: and it shall remain in the midst of his house, and shall consume it with the timber thereof and the stones thereof.

    Have the West learned the lesson despite of the word of God warning in severest terms the consequences of thieving? The fellow in a crowded market may be a thief snatching purse or mugging an old lady in an alley to rob her small change. All over the world what we see are the signs of God's judgment calling to account. God is not deceived with such violence and bloodshed, and has strong medicine to deal with thieves and perjurers.
  • Bennymkje
    Ze. 5:1-4 (1 of 2)

    "The curse"

    So far we have been considering the everlasting gospel that was set in motion from the word that went out of the mouth of the Lord. The Ch.55 of Isaiah is very relevant in order to understand the significance of the two visions narrated in this chapter. So we shall begin with a specific verse, "So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it."(Is.55:11)

    Here below is the text and we shall take it up line by line..

    "Then I turned, and lifted up mine eyes, and looked, and behold a flying roll.

    This cannot be classified with UFO news of which catches attention than truth to the world. The ungodly may well hide from harsh truth but judgment contained in this flying roll gives how nations rise and fall never to rise again. God judged them and it is partial judgment. The roll is identified as we read in.v,2

    2And he said unto me, What seest thou? And I answered, I see a flying roll; the length thereof is twenty cubits, and the breadth thereof ten cubits. This is similar in some ways with the book bound with seven seals. "a book written within and on the backside, sealed with seven seals.".(Re.5:1)

    3Then said he unto me, This is the curse that goeth forth over the face of the whole earth: for every one that stealeth shall be cut off as on this side according to it; and every one that sweareth shall be cut off as on that side according to it.

    On one side we have the curse laid out against thieves and it shall zero in on the house of the thief. On the back side against those who swear falsely. What was colonial expansion of the mid 19th century? Africa under Cecil Rhodes was a lesson the Zulus shall never forget. (1879-1915). England being drawn into WWI was not mere coincidence. The two wars stoked by the European powers follow the scenario laid out in the v.4.
  • Bennymkje
    Ze.4:11-14 (2 of 2)

    Two Witnesses

    The four living beasts on the other hand are shown in the vision of John constantly praising God."And the four beasts had each of them six wings about him; and they were full of eyes within: and they rest not day and night, saying, Holy, holy, holy,LordGod Almighty, which was, and is, and is to come." They work in tandem.( In the vision of the seven golden candlesticks these two olive trees are given a body. )

    The emblem of the slain Lamb was a symbol in heaven but when Jesus came to the world he was seen as the Lamb of God that takes away the sin of the world. By the same token spirit and soul of man serves him as two witnesses. So when David says,

    "Whither shall I go from thy spirit? or whither shall I flee from thy presence?/If I ascend up into heaven, thou art there: if I make my bed in hell, behold, thou art there./If I take the wings of the morning, and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea;/Even there shall thy hand lead me, and thy right hand shall hold me." (Ps.139:7-10).

    This foreknowledge revealed to John the Baptist who Jesus of Nazareth was. God had revealed to him as He revealed Simon Peter. " He saith unto them, But whom say ye that I am?/ And Simon Peter answered and said, Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God./ And Jesus answered and said unto him, Blessed art thou, Simon Barjona: for flesh and blood hath not revealed it unto thee, but my Father which is in heaven." (Matt.16:15-17) Similarly David found it amazing.
  • Bennymkje

    Two Witnesses

    Then answered I, and said unto him, What are these two olive trees upon the right side of the candlestick and upon the left side thereof?

    12And I answered again, and said unto him, What be these two olive branches which through the two golden pipes empty the golden oil out of themselves?

    13And he answered me and said, Knowest thou not what these be? And I said, No, my lord.

    14Then said he, These are the two anointed ones, that stand by theLordof the whole earth.

    They are the two anointed ones that stand by the Lord of the whole earth.. The spirit and soul of every man are represented therein. God is a Spirit which is one. In the night vision of Daniel the Son of Man is given dominion and it being a vision the Spirit is specific: like the Son of man, "behold, one like the Son of man came with the clouds of heaven, and came to the Ancient of days, and they brought him near before him."(Dan.7:13).

    'The books were opened and the judgment was set' in v.10 is about the everlasting covenant Thus the Lord Almighty in terms of the Law and judgment is one party and the God the Son is the other party in the Fellowship between God and Man. In the fulness of time the Son shall have a body, the word become flesh is thus about Father Son relationship where when God breathes into the nostrils of Adam he becomes a living soul and his spirit also is formed in him.(12:1) Thus the relation man holds with God is primarily in the matter of body where the spirit and soul are two witnesses. The two witnesses are like olive branches sustaining a man of God so he shall be able to worship God in Spirit and truth. That is love the Lord with all heart and might. Ignore them is at your peril.

    It is for this reason God has two memorials in heaven, the twenty-four elders ("The four and twenty elders fall down before him that sat on the throne, and worship him"-Re.4:10) whose prayer is one aspect of body.
  • Richard H Priday
    The Rapture (part 3) REASONS FOR THE RAPTURE

    I have in other posts described why the Rapture is going to occur. It fulfills scriptures such as Malachi 3:16 in the book of remembrance of those who OFTEN talk about the Lord and it is to reward those who patiently wait for His coming ( James 1:12 and other supporting text). My commentary also discussed how it is for the reunion of all the saints; past and present at the Lord's feet; and for us to be presented in the church as "kings and priests" who will rule and reign with Him ( Rev. 5:10). We are the armies of heaven who will eventually return with Christ in Revelation 19:14; and be accompanied by angels as well.

    Psalm 40:3 shows how many shall see and fear us being lifted up from the miry clay (verses 1-2). The provoking of the Jews to jealousy ( Romans 11:14) perhaps will occur when the times of the Gentiles are full ( Romans 11:25). In any event the time of Jacob's trouble is specifically for the week of testing for seven years ( Jeremiah 30:7; Daniel 9:26-27) which is also known as Daniel's 70th week.

    Let us assume for a moment that the Rapture IS going to happen before the end of this year for instance. How many are ready for His coming? How many have their garments unspotted and unwrinkled ( Eph. 5:27). I have mentioned before that whether people believe the Rapture is Pretribulation or some other later date; it is the fruit of our lives that is most important. A theoretical concept won't keep those away who are true servants of the Master; but I guarantee those who are espousing a PreTrib Rapture but whose lives are not according to His will will by and large be shocked in many cases being left behind. Whether all these people never believed inthe first place or the Rapture is a reward issue; surely a great multitude will be saved but die as martyrs in the Tribulation ( Rev. 7:9). That is the purpose for the Tribulation for God's children; along with gathering the unregenerate for destruction.
  • Jim Miller
    Has anybody seen the Mike Lindell deposition? I know as Christians we can get upset and frustrated, but we really need to watch what we say. We are what non-believers see as "Christian." He is using profanity and such during the deposition. Watch on youtube.

    James 3:1-12 (KJV) 1 My brethren, be not many masters, knowing that we shall receive the greater condemnation.

    2 For in many things we offend all. If any man offend not in word, the same is a perfect man, and able also to bridle the whole body.

    3 Behold, we put bits in the horses' mouths, that they may obey us; and we turn about their whole body.

    4 Behold also the ships, which though they be so great, and are driven of fierce winds, yet are they turned about with a very small helm, whithersoever the governor listeth.

    5 Even so the tongue is a little member, and boasteth great things. Behold, how great a matter a little fire kindleth!

    6 And the tongue is a fire, a world of iniquity: so is the tongue among our members, that it defileth the whole body, and setteth on fire the course of nature; and it is set on fire of hell.

    7 For every kind of beasts, and of birds, and of serpents, and of things in the sea, is tamed, and hath been tamed of mankind:

    8 But the tongue can no man tame; it is an unruly evil, full of deadly poison.

    9 Therewith bless we God, even the Father; and therewith curse we men, which are made after the similitude of God.

    10 Out of the same mouth proceedeth blessing and cursing. My brethren, these things ought not so to be.

    11 Doth a fountain send forth at the same place sweet water and bitter?

    12 Can the fig tree, my brethren, bear olive berries? either a vine, figs? so can no fountain both yield salt water and fresh.
  • Bennymkje

    "Helmet of Salvation"

    And unto him he said, Behold, I have caused thine iniquity to pass from thee, and I will clothe thee with change of raiment./And I said, Let them set a fair mitre upon his head. So they set a fair mitre upon his head, and clothed him with garments. And the angel of theLordstood by."

    Joshua is held up before Prophet Zechariah as a figure in an objective lesson and in vision the time aspect bears no relation to the earth time. He represents those who are saved in the eleventh hour. Jesus had this mind when he during his earthly discourses laid down the mode of inversion, "So the last shall be first, and the first last:"(Matt.20:16). Also significant is the Parable he spoke preceding it. Merely because these 144,000 were allowed in the eleventh hour and were given change of raiment, neither the office of royalty nor the priesthood suffers because it is God who settled the matter. "Is it not lawful for me to do what I will with mine own? Is thine eye evil, because I am good?" Jesus Christ did not die for a few but for the whole mankind. It is God who has equipped those whom He has chosen in the Son. "And hath made us kings and priests unto God and his Father;" We have received of his fulness and grace for grace. So when the Lord commands.'Let them set a fair mitre upon his head' it is salvation. Not because a TV evangelist can thump a Bible better and draw more viewers.

    "And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God:"(Ep.6:17)
  • Bennymkje

    Joshua the High Priest(1 of 2)

    "And he shewed me Joshua the high priest standing before the angel of theLord, and Satan standing at his right hand to resist him."

    This vision is revealed by the 'a man with a measuring line in his hand' who figures in the preceding chapter, so we may assume the line is introduced in connection with a latter temple which is in the pipeline as the expression is, since there is nothing of the former extant. Haggai's prophecy now comes in focus, "For thus saith theLordof hosts; Yet once, it is a little while, and I will shake the heavens, and the earth, and the sea, and the dry land;/And I will shake all nations," (Hag.2:6-7). As with visions we are looking at the Now in the determined will of God.

    What is a temple without the High Priest? Here the angel of the Lord points out to Zechariah Joshua the high priest. The same time we come across in the Book of Haggai, "Came the word of theLordby the prophet Haggai, saying,/Speak now to Zerubbabel the son of Shealtiel, governor of Judah, and to Joshua the son of Josedech, the high priest,"(Hag.2:1-2)" With regards to the accuracy of names no one shall dispute.

    Instead we shall consider the circumstances in which Joshua is placed. Satan is contending with the Lord with regards to the person, "Now Joshua was clothed with filthy garments, and stood before the angel." The Lord asks Satan, 'is not this a brand plucked out of the fire?'. God is referring to the great tribulation and Joshua is brought in as representing Jesus Christ. ("consider the Apostle and High Priest of our profession, Christ Jesus" -He.3:1) The Hebrew name Joshua means 'God is our salvation' hellenized name for Jesus. In short the vision as presented before the prophet speaks of the authority of God to choose and people Jerusalem according to His own will and pleasure.

    So what we have God's reproof of Satan's audacity to murmur. "And theLordsaid unto Satan, TheLordrebuke thee, O Satan
  • Bennymkje
    Ze.1: 12 (3 of 3)

    "Seventy Years"

    "Then the angel of theLordanswered and said, OLordof hosts, how long wilt thou not have mercy on Jerusalem and on the cities of Judah, against which thou hast had indignation these threescore and ten years?"(v.12)

    Here the 70 has double purpose. It refers to the years of captivity God had set down. It is also a command number (7x10) to indicate the latter days.. In the Gospel of St Luke Jesus sends the other 70 disciples. (One interesting feature is that Satan falling from heaven is mentioned only in terms of this mission.(Luke10:17-18). Thus we need settle the time period for the vision of Four Carpenters towards the end. They shall step in on the history of nations, to which we have two sets of angels with seven trumpets and angels with seven vials respectively. (Re.8-19). In between Ch.12 and ch.13 provide us insights into the great tribulation overwhelming the Gentile nations. If the Lord permits we shall come to it by and by.

    And I said unto the angel that talked with me, What be these? And he answered me, These are the horns which have scattered Judah, Israel, and Jerusalem.

    20And theLordshewed me four carpenters.

    21Then said I, What come these to do? And he spake, saying, These are the horns which have scattered Judah, so that no man did lift up his head: but these are come to fray them, to cast out the horns of the Gentiles, which lifted up their horn over the land of Judah to scatter it.
  • Bennymkje

    The Man Among the Myrtle Trees (2 of 3)

    The boisterous winds in heaven mirror on the earth so the sea is always synonymous for restless sea, "But the wicked are like the troubled sea, when it cannot rest, whose waters cast up mire and dirt."(Is.57:20). There is no stopping till God steps in and bring judgment upon the four beasts. So what peace are we looking at?

    The only answer is in the vision of St. John."And after these things I saw four angels standing on the four corners of the earth, holding the four winds of the earth,"(Re.7:1). From the following verses it shall be clear that a body of 'the nation of Israel' has to be preserved. They shall be as trees of righteousness as myrtle tree signifies. Compare with 144,000 the first fruits standing with the Lamb on Mount Sion.(Re.14:1)

    Who are they? There is no more temple worship, no king and no more Levitical priesthood. Yet we have here Joshua ( along with Zerubabbel) an historical personage figuring in the vision. "And he shewed me Joshua the high priest standing before the angel of theLord, and Satan standing at his right hand to resist him." Satan is resisting him before the most High, with 'facts'. But by holding up the four winds the angels at the command has set curfew 'which is the half an hour silence in heaven' signifying that Satan and his cohorts shall not interfere in this translation. "And when he had opened the seventh seal, there was silence in heaven about the space of half an hour." (Re.8:1)

    Thus a brief respite is allowed for the left-behind church to step into the void just as Seth stepped in place of Abel whom Cain slew. This group shall be in place of Israel till a remnant from them make up the body of Christ or New Jerusalem.
  • Bennymkje
    Ze.1:1-6 (2 of 2)

    "The Word"

    The imagery which Zechariah uses of the stone, having eyes is with regards to the Branch. "For behold the stone that I have laid before Joshua; upon one stone shall be seven eyes." The seven eyes refers to this verse, "stood a Lamb as it had been slain, having seven horns and seven eyes, which are the seven Spirits of God sent forth into all the earth."(Re.5:9) Spirit of God is the driver behind the first vision of the myrtle tree.

    3Therefore say thou unto them, Thus saith theLordof hosts; Turn ye unto me, saith theLordof hosts, and I will turn unto you, saith theLordof hosts.

    4Be ye not as your fathers, unto whom the former prophets have cried, saying, Thus saith theLordof hosts; Turn ye now from your evil ways, and from your evil doings: but they did not hear, nor hearken unto me, saith theLord.

    5Your fathers, where are they? and the prophets, do they live for ever?

    6But my words and my statutes, which I commanded my servants the prophets, did they not take hold of your fathers? and they returned and said, Like as theLordof hosts thought to do unto us, according to our ways, and according to our doings, so hath he dealt with us.
  • Bennymkje
    Ze.1:1-6 (1 of 2)

    "The Word"

    1In the eighth month, in the second year of Darius, came the word of theLordunto Zechariah, the son of Berechiah, the son of Iddo the prophet, saying,/

    "TheLordhath been sore displeased with your fathers." The Babylonian captivity gave Daniel another vision as only as distance permits a man to get an objective look for what Jerusalem really represented. God's promises shall never change so while we consider Jerusalem her glory shall never be on the earth. This is the whole burden of this book.

    The captivity similarly gave Haggai who was more a contemporary of Zechariah yet another view.."Once more (itisa little while) I will shake heaven and earth, the sea and dry land;and I will shake all nations, and they shall come to the Desire of All Nations."(Hag.2:6-7)

    In order to understand the drift of Zechariah's visions, we need have a thorough understanding of Haggai. Especially this verse."The glory of this latter temple shall be greater than the former,' says the LORDof hosts. 'And in this place I will give peace,' says the LORDof hosts." (Hag.2:9). This glory is not created on the earth by free will offering of the people as was the case with tabernacle in the wilderness. Not was it in the case of King Solomon. All that gold and silver amassed by David and his son were scattered since their disobedience necessitated God to take some drastic steps. There shall no more kings to lead them for the simple reason that there was nothing to bind them as one. They had rejected the statutes which the Lord faults them through Zechariah, "But my words and my statutes, which I commanded my servants the prophets, did they not take hold of your fathers?"(v.6)

    The Lord had enough of their offerings. For this reason Haggai says,"The silverisMine, and the goldisMine,' says the LORDof hosts.(Hag.2:8-NKJV). In place of rituals and traditions of their fathers He wanted them to have fleshy hearts.
  • Koosees
    Romans 8:12-13

    12 Therefore, brethren, we are debtors, not to the flesh, to live after the flesh.

    13 For if ye live after the flesh, ye shall die: but if ye through the Spirit do mortify the deeds of the body, ye shall live.

    Romans 6:16-23

    16 Know ye not, that to whom ye yield yourselves servants to obey, his servants ye are to whom ye obey; whether of sin unto death, or of obedience unto righteousness?

    17 But God be thanked, that ye were the servants of sin, but ye have obeyed from the heart that form of doctrine which was delivered you.

    18 Being then made free from sin, ye became the servants of righteousness.

    19 I speak after the manner of men because of the infirmity of your flesh: for as ye have yielded your members servants to uncleanness and to iniquity unto iniquity; even so now yield your members servants to righteousness unto holiness.

    20 For when ye were the servants of sin, ye were free from righteousness.

    21 What fruit had ye then in those things whereof ye are now ashamed? for the end of those things is death.

    22 But now being made free from sin, and become servants to God, ye have your fruit unto holiness, and the end everlasting life.

    23 For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.

    One can have all the enteral security they want, if they stayed secured. But not when they sin.
  • Jimbob
    Every word of God is pure! ( Proverbs 30:5-6)

    The word (pure) is #2889; it means sound, clear, unadulterated, uncontaminated, innocent or holy.

    Comparing the KJB and the Nasb.

    KJB ( Col 1:14) "In whom we have redemption through his blood"'

    The Nasb says "in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins"

    Here the Nasb removes the blood of Jesus Christ!

    KJB ( 2 Sam 21:19) Elhanan the son of Jaareoregim, a Bethlehemite, slew the brother of Goliath the Gittite.

    The Nasb says "Elhanan the son of Jaare-oregim the Bethlehemite killed Goliath the Gittite"

    Here the Nasb says Elhanan killed Goliath, wouldn't that be adding to the Word? ( Prov 30:5-6) ( Rev 22:18-19)

    KJB ( Jn 7:8) Go ye up unto this feast: I go not up yet unto this feast; for my time is not yet full come.

    The Nasb says "Go up to the feast yourselves; I am not going up to this feast, because my time is not yet fully arrived".

    Jesus went to the feast so the Nasb is making Jesus look like He's a liar, but ( Proverbs 30:5-6)

    KJB ( Jn 6:47) "Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me hath everlasting life"

    The Nasb says "Truly, truly, I say to you, the one who believes has eternal life"

    The KJB is the Inspired Word of God! There are many verses where Jesus tells us we should keep His Words!

    All modern versions fit perfectly with this verse ( Jer 23:36) The word (perverted) is #2015; it means to turn about or over, to change, overturn pervert, change. Someone is changing the words of the living God, that would be all modern version bibles.

    ( 1 Tim 4:1) In the (latter times which is our time now) many will give heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils.

    ( 2 Tim 4:3-4) Do you not see that the Nasb is doctrine that's not sound? You could safely say its even anti-Jesus!

    Modern versions are all the same, they are only words of men, these bibles are not Inspired by God!

    The Truth matters.

  • Jimbob
    Do we have the True Word of God today?

    ( Isa 45:22-23) v23 "I have (sworn) by myself, the word is gone out of my mouth in righteousness, and shall not return.

    The word (sworn) is #7650; it means to be complete, to seven oneself, (as if by repeating a declaration seven times) charge (by an oath, with an oath)

    ( Ps 12:6-7) v6) The words of the LORD are pure words: as silver tried in a furnace of earth purified (seven) times.

    The word (seven) is #7659; it means dual adverb of 7651, seven times, 7651; from 7650, a primary cardinal number; seven (as the sacred full one) an infinite number, 7650; to be complete, to seven oneself, (as if repeating a declaration seven times) charge (by an oath, with an oath). The same meaning as the word (sworn) As God said "I have sworn by myself the word is gone out of my mouth"..

    Also a time in the Bible is 1 year, so purified (seven) (times) is purified 7 years. It took 7 years to finish the translation of the KJB.

    ( 2 Tim 3:16) "All scripture is given by inspiration of God". The word (scripture) is #1124; it means a document, holy Writ, (or its contents or a statement in it) especially to write, write (-ing, -ten)

    The scripture that is inspired by God is a written document!

    One that we have today! ( 2 Tim 2:15) "Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth". If we are told to "Study" and "rightly divide the word of truth" then we most defiantly do have scripture, the word of truth in a written document with us today!

    ( 2 Pet 1:19-21) v20 Knowing this first, that no prophecy of the (scripture) is of any private interpretation. v21 "but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost". (scripture) is #1124; its a written document, holy Writ, the same meaning as the scripture inspired by God in ( 2 Tim 3:16)

    moved by the Holy Ghost? What does the Holy Ghost do?

    ( Jn 14:26) "he shall teach you all things" He taught them all things

    ( Rev 22:7) ( Rev 22:18-19)
  • Saved64
    Can man, today, be given the spiritual gift of healing as Jesus and some of his disciples had back in the New Testament times.
  • Bennymkje
    Re.21:13-15 Part V "Holy City of God" (3 of 7)

    "And he that talked with me had a golden reed to measure the city"

    Here the Spirit instructs us how the city of God shall be measured. "The angel speaking with St John had a golden reed. This measurement is uniform for both worlds of the Spirit and the earth. "According to the measure of Christ so the Gospel of God is same as that of Gospel of Christ. The length of 12x1000 refers to the gospel work so we are not looking at the day appointed for the Son but 'now is the day of our salvation.' It is 120. This basic unit of 120 days we already mentioned in the post Blood of the Lamb.( Ge.6:3)

    "And the Lord said, My spirit shall not always strive with man, for that he also is flesh: yet his days shall be an hundred and twenty years." 12x10 refers to the Son of man who reconciled both heaven and the earth and St Paul speaks of Jesus Christ who holds them both (Col.1:16) Thus his atoning work brought us under a single scale and 120x100 speaks the entire day decreed for the Son. Both length breadth and height of it are equal. Every saint redeemed from the earth has thus a certain volume in which both worlds of the Spirit and the earth are represented.

    The golden reed represents faith. Faith is one as gospel is. ("One Lord, one faith, one baptism"- Ep.4.5)

    This is set on a mountain, curiously enough the Spirit sets Ezekiel in his vision under almost identical circumstance. ."(Ez.40:2-3) Notice the significance of line of flax in his hand? The angel is none other than a fellow servant even as John whose measuring reed is mentioned specifically stated. We see in these two same distinction between the vision where Ezekiel as with Daniel represents the nation of Israel. Both mountain serving as a backdrop establishes Zion as intended, as His holy habitation.
  • Jim Miller
    The BEST way to defend yourself against the cunning deceptions of Satan like Universalism and such is to gird yourself with a thorough knowledge of God's Word and a firm commitment to obedience. Yet many Christians remain vulnerable because they're unwilling to do that.
  • Bennymkje
    Vagabond (1 of 2)

    Behold, thou hast driven me out this day from the face of the earth; and from thy face shall I be hid; and I shall be a fugitive and a vagabond in the earth; and it shall come to pass, that every one that findeth me shall slay me." (v.14)

    A vagabond is one with no fixed address floating around like invasive species creating problems to the law and native citizenry. Cain realizes that he was one. God as the creator drives him out as he had sent his father from His presence. Even where his parents had reared with sweat of their labor he was too hot to handle. God gave him good counsel as to how he could manage his anger but no! he simply could not handle the burden of sin. Now he was a murderer and a slave to sin. Jesus was a son who learned his lessons well so when he came to the world he had understood the key to an overcoming life. He was the truth. He said with an emphasis, "Verily, verily, I say unto you, Whosoever committeth sin is the servant of sin./ And the servant abideth not in the house for ever: but the Son abideth ever." ( John 8:34-35)

    Jesus was the truth so he would in the likeness of men would say "The foxes have holes, and the birds of the air have nests; but the Son of man hath not where to lay his head."(Matt,8:30) But does that make him a vagabond? "I am the Truth and he assured, "In my Father's house are many mansions." Jesus was well aware where he came from and where he was going to. He was the Word become flesh so he submitted himself to perfect the will of the Father.
  • Bennymkje

    While speaking of the unpardonable sin against the Holy Ghost it is as though coming from Trinity. (Matt.12:31-32). 'Therefore I say unto you' in v.31 is from the Son and the following verse is from the Father. This coming from the Holy Ghost would go against his own narrative mode. In the Gospel of John Jesus speaking about the Holy Ghost speaks thus," 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.( John 16:13). 'He shall not speak of himself'. For this reason it is implied that the Trinity is witnessing the unpardonable sin is accounted on anyone who disregards the warning.

    There is a time lapse, which is not because God is slow in hearing the prayers of a saint. The Holy Ghost the third office organizes the will of God according to the Word so the timing is perfect. In Daniel's case the angel of his Presence had to attend what changes in the light of his request. "The prince of the kingdom of Persia withstood me twenty-one days, but Michael, one of the chief princes, came to help me, for I was left there with the kings of Persia," (Dan.10:13-ESV).This mode of parenthesis ought to inform the length breadth and depth of Power and Wisdom of God.

    The intent of the word wide web also throws light on the Law. "The law of the LORD is perfect, converting the soul: the testimony of the LORD is sure, making wise the simple."(Ps.19:7) Jesus obeyed the will of his Father and it was not only in big events like his death and resurrection but in obedience to the word. Marriage at Cana has this" "Jesus saith unto her, Woman, what have I to do with thee? mine hour is not yet come."( John 2:4), and this, "Then Jesus said unto them, My time is not yet come: but your time is alway ready." ( John 7:6). "And Jesus answered them, saying, The hour is come, that the Son of man should be glorified."( John 12:23)

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