Bible Questions Page 88

  • B B - in Reply on Revelation 16
    I keep thinking about the Angels of Revelations and the Vials that they pour out.

    All the Plagues, Wars, Earthquakes, Floods, Famines, Tornadoes, Hurricanes, etcetera were predicted by the author, was it John? on the island ?? It is certainly happening Now!! I am fournate that the Lord God, Jesus and The Holy Spirit are watching over Me and My Family in these Times.
  • Chris - in Reply on Deuteronomy 2
    In Deuteronomy 2:9 & 2:19, it shows the Moabites & Ammonites as children of Lot. And so they are because of the incest of Lot's two daughters with their father (the daughters husbands, as you know, were left behind in Sodom, because of their unbelief that God would destroy the city).

    And in 2:4, the children of Israel also had to "not meddle" with the children of Esau, as the Lord had given them land (Mt. Seir). And yes, Esau's descendants are the Edomites. So, I see the references to these three groups of people quite distinct & not confusing. Is this how you see it too?
  • Mishael on New Jerusalem on Matthew 6:29
    I'm going to tell a little testimony/ story about my son when he was 8.

    He blurted out to me he didn't want to go to heaven if they didn't have pizza. He was really upset.

    I ask questions to nail down objections. So I asked him if he ever noticed how many different kinds of trees were around? Yes.

    Butterflies, puppies, kittens, flowers? Bugs, birds, rocks, mountains and lakes; games we all loved to play, music, and the list grew long. He loved all those things.

    I said that is how God feels too. He loves varieties, differences, colors, shapes. It's never boring; there's always more to see and experience; embrace.

    It follows that New Jerusalem will be similar.

    It will be a place we all love and call our home.

    My hope: it's not like it is here now. Oh yeah... there will be pizza in heaven :)
  • Mishael on Isaiah 43:11
    No one is going to agree on the time of the Caught Up (rapture). IT'S A MYSTERY!

    Trying to predict it is akin to those who predicted 1988 to be that time. It didn't happen.

    The harmony of the gospels all agree that ONLY the Father knows. Jesus is seated at the right hand of God until such time. He's interceding for ALL saints, presently.

    Caught Up clearly means that Jesus will NOT descend all the way to earth (as most have agreed upon). This is happening in the air. We escape the law of gravity in a blink. He meets us, and we are transformed. Those who sleep will rise with their transformed bodies. Jesus our Bridegroom, will take His Bride to a wedding and supper. There will be wine.

    Who cares what exact date that happens? What is the fear? Do we think, oh I still have time to willfully sin a bit longer? Or maybe you'll think about getting loved ones born again? That's so HOLLOW. This is one time not to procrastinate.

    We are TOLD to be ready with our lamps full of the oil of the Holy Spirit. Oil in one hand and "wedding dress" on.

    I have sensed by what I've read, that readiness is the key consideration.

    The Caught Up is NOT the triumphant return. We will not be here when the remainder of unfulfilled prophesies are suddenly fulfilled. Woe to everybody who chooses a TRIB. Don't be a Virgin with an empty Lamp!!!

    Have you timed a twinkling of eye blink?

    Get your last minute cares done NOW. Or you may be LEFT BEHIND. No oil, no wedding apparel, so sorry.

    If you write a book on pre, mid, or post tribulation, I will not buy it. I'm ready to fly now :D
  • Chris - in Reply on James 2
    Josephine, James has been a controversial book for many generations of Christians. However, if read carefully & in light of other Scripture that talk about faith, we have to conclude one thing. And that is, it is faith alone that saves a person from the penalty of sin & judgement (see Ephesians 2:8-10). Once we add works, or anything else, then it is no longer of faith & we make the Grace of God null & void (Romans 11:6). This is because if we add anything to saving faith (whether it be the keeping of the Law, or doing good works for our fellow-men), then it is no more of faith but of works - the two don't mix - they cancel out each other.

    But James in chapter 2 does not speak of what I've just shared, but speaks of the authenticity of that God-given faith. In other words, an authentic faith will, must, produce good works. If it doesn't, then that is not genuine faith & the person having that, isn't saved.

    The other point then is, if as you say 'a person has to have faith & works to be saved', then I would ask, "how much works has to be done to make that faith or salvation certain"? You might do wonderful things for people & society ten hours in the day, but will that be enough to get you saved? So you see, you cannot combine the two - it's one or the other. Faith saves - Works kills. And Faith & Works together can never secure you as you then have to add more to what Jesus has done on the Cross for you. Walk in faith dear sister, & do works that result from that faith, making "your calling & elections sure".
  • Mishael - in Reply on Psalms 70
    He needs an X-ray to look for structural damage. He may need a new mattress? Or walk a little every evening. If he doesn't drink milk, he may need citracal with D3.

    If he's a Christian he may need to do some spiritual warfare. A spirit of infirmity can drag in others to chip away at his joy. To rev up his faith he needs to read the gospels: Matthew, Mark, Luke, John (red letter edition). It helps to study how Jesus healed people. If you don't feed your faith; it stays little.
  • Chris - in Reply on John 14:28
    Erichburg, great Truths you have declared there. Though I see the original question (from nine years ago!), was to do with Jesus position as part of the Deity, yet the Scriptures show Him praying to the Deity, which seems unreasonable. The question is valid, but the understanding of Christ's position in incarnation is defective. I would turn to Psalms 8:5 which is the prophecy alluded to in Hebrews 2:9: "But we see Jesus, who was made a little lower than the angels for the suffering of death, crowned with glory and honour; that he by the grace of God should taste death for every man." Also Philippians 2:6-9.

    These verses give us a glimpse: who the Word of God made incarnate is, & was given (by the Father or He took upon Himself voluntarily), some of the limitations of humanity. Jesus was in Heaven (pre-incarnate) as the Word only (some could disagree with me on this). That is, He was not known as Jesus there, but was the Word that proceeded from God, as was the Spirit of God. In His incarnation, he was given the Name of Jesus (Luke 1:31), simply meaning, 'Saviour', which was not His Position pre-incarnation. Therefore, as the man Jesus, Who is the Christ, resorted to His Heavenly Father often in prayer, this seems quite appropriate given His Humanity & His position before God & in the Deity. And I would presume that in His ascended position at His Father's right Hand, He still holds the position of equality with the Godhead, yet as a Son (both human & part of the Godhead). Is this how you understand this?
  • Mishael - in Reply on Psalms 70
    Speaking from experience:

    Improve your immune system: eat better, no junk food; spring water: vitamin D3 with calcium, multi-vitamin, sunshine, walking.

    Attend a church where they pray for the sick. Corporate prayer, laying on hands; receive the healing.

    A mother that prays for her children every day is a mom who loves them well. Pray what's in your heart. Read Proverbs every day; chapter by chapter. Speak that wisdom over them.
  • Anthony Drennan Jr If I was to start reading the Bible where would I start at th on Psalms 23:1
    I am over 50 ignorant but curious if I was to pick up the Bible and start to read it where would I start once somebody had put me on the book of John what are your thoughts Hobson
  • Chris - in Reply on Hebrews 13:7
    Timothy, Bob has given excellent examples showing our first obedience is to the Lord in all things & as part of that obedience we are obey our governments, only if they don't demand that we deny Him in any way. Many through the ages withstood such govts. (think of the various Empires we've seen in history & to which (a type) all on Earth will one day be subject to), & those who disobeyed because of their faith & love for God, were executed. Fortunately, our govts. have not resorted to this, treating everyone 'fairly', but it won't be like this when the Anti-Christ reigns.

    However, your point I see is, do we even have God-fearing leaders, & if we do, are they challenging the wicked legislations in place (which include homosexuality, abortion, wilful murder, & anything contrary to God's Word)? As you know, some are doing something in this regard, but if they are to be leaders with a voice, they know they cannot overstep the bounds set by their political party, or out they go. So really, the status quo is that good leaders have not really made too much of a difference. Who then do we obey? This really has to be a personal decision, according to the dictates of one's conscience.

    For me, I refuse to vote, as to me it means hypocrisy (as it is, I have to be on guard over some weak areas in my life - I don't need to add another to it). I still obey the laws of the land, but my vote can't go to any person or party that dishonours God. We will never get a perfect govt, I know, but I believe as Christians we should expect God-honouring laws from people that fear God (& not man), that God may indeed bless our lands. The U.S & most other countries suffer greatly because of wickedness in 'high places'. Can we expect the blessings from God? What do we get instead from govts.? Laws that generally meet people's expectations, regardless of their correctness, so that the majority vote may be garnered when needed.
  • Melle on James 1:5
    The Bible says If any one lacks wisdom...... Who is the any one? Does it only refers to christains? How was James speaking to? How can we apply this today?
  • Bob Hilt - in Reply on Psalms 23:1
    SC - You claim Jesus was a female? what?

    Matthew 1:1 The book of the generation of Jesus Christ, the SON son of David, the son of Abraham.

    Matthew 1:21 And she shall bring forth a SON son, and thou shalt call HIS his name JESUS: for he shall save his people from their sins.

    Mark 1:1 The beginning of the gospel of Jesus Christ, the SON Son of God;

    Luke 7:9 When Jesus heard these things, HE he marvelled at him,

    John 6:42 And they said, Is not this Jesus, the SON son of Joseph

    1 Thessalonians 2:19 For what is our hope, or joy, or crown of rejoicing? Are not even ye in the presence of our Lord Jesus Christ at HIS his coming?
  • Chris - in Reply on Revelation 21
    It's always an interesting exercise when considering future events & places & the one you are sharing is one of them.

    Firstly, the New Jerusalem will be on the New Earth, i.e. not in Heaven. With the dimensions given of the city, it appears to sit in a cube, though one can rightly assume that the height of it probably means to the point where the clouds/atmosphere ends. The walls at 144 cubits (1 cubit = 1.5 ft) makes them 216 ft (again, probably height since the necessity for walls of that thickness seem unnecessary). Your further details of population density was interesting: I had never considered this to that extent. Though, our whole being (i.e. as those outfitted for Heavenly life) & therefore the necessity for shopping malls, beaches, etc. seem unnatural since we will be in the presence of Almighty God (v3), enjoying Him & His Son in continual praise & worship & thus we would pursue a lifestyle akin to what had in Heaven.

    What did pique my interest was vv 26,27. "And there shall in no wise enter into it any thing that defileth, neither whatsoever worketh abomination, or maketh a lie: but they which are written in the Lamb's book of life." I just can't work out why the reference to sinners in a New Earth since all evil has been locked away by this time. Or, is it just to show the purity & holiness of the Earth & Jerusalem, that nothing evil could ever hope to come into it (i.e. if evil existed). And who are the nations? Any thoughts?
  • Mary Jane Humes - in Reply on Matthew 8
    Victor, to answer your question, it means that the people wanted Jesus to go away. He had just cast out the devils that were in the devil possessed man and he sent the devils into the pigs. The pigs drowned themselves and the men who had the devils was now healed. But those who owned the pigs, they now had no animals. Therefore they wanted this Man Who did these remarkable things to leave them.
  • Bob Hilt - in Reply on Matthew 8
    Victor James Chapter 1 says to ask for understanding from the Lord.

    However let us read the account of what happened as to why they wanted Jesus to leave.

    Matthew 8:28 And when he was come to the other side into the country of the Gergesenes, there met him two possessed with devils, coming out of the tombs, exceeding fierce, so that no man might pass by that way.

    the people of the area seemed well acquainted with these possessed of devils and were afraid of them.

    29 And, behold, they cried out, saying, What have we to do with thee, Jesus, thou Son of God? art thou come hither to torment us before the time?

    30 And there was a good way off from them an herd of many swine feeding.

    31 So the devils besought him, saying, If thou cast us out, suffer us to go away into the herd of swine.

    32 And he said unto them, Go. And when they were come out, they went into the herd of swine: and, behold, the whole herd of swine ran violently down a steep place into the sea, and perished in the waters.

    The town lost their unclean food supply and likely were shocked at the sudden change of behavior in the swine that seemed to have committed suicide rather than be possessed with devils.

    33 And they that kept them fled, and went their ways into the city, and told every thing, and what was befallen to the possessed of the devils.

    34 And, behold, the whole city came out to meet Jesus: and when they saw him, they besought him that he would depart out of their coasts.

    Maybe they were unhappy with their losing their food supply and / or were deathly afraid that Jesus had power over the devils as they were familiar with the 2 men who were possessed. The unsaved are frightened by the spirit world. So they asked Jesus to leave....
  • LG Spears on Revelation 21
    In v.16 it says the lg., breadth & ht. of heaven are =. Is the ht. a mistake? In v.17 it says the wall is 144 cubits, is this thick. or ht or both since a wall has both & I suppose we assume it goes around heaven. Is 12,000 fur. the total dist. around the wall; if so, then heaven has about 141,000 sq. mi. of land which is about 1/2 the size of Texas & if 1/2 the land is used for housing & everyone in heaven lived in 2000 sq.ft. houses/ 5 persons per house on lots of 3,000 sq.f.t each, then heaven could house about 33,000,000 people. This would free up the remaining 1/2 of land for churches, golf courses, beaches, parks, nature trails & shopping malls--almost forgot ,& football stadiums.
  • Victor on Matthew 8
    Could anyone help me to understand Matthew 8:34

    "they besought him that he would depart out of their coasts"?
  • Bob Hilt - in Reply on Hebrews 13:7
    Greetings Timothy If the leaders demand we disobey a command of the Lord we are to disobey them. Example the Hebrew midwives at the time of Moses commanded the male children be killed and they disobeyed him as recorded in

    Exodus Chapter 1:15 And the king of Egypt spake to the Hebrew midwives, of which the name of the one was Shiphrah, and the name of the other Puah:

    16 And he said, When ye do the office of a midwife to the Hebrew women, and see them upon the stools; if it be a son, then ye shall kill him: but if it be a daughter, then she shall live.

    17 But the midwives feared God, and did not as the king of Egypt commanded them, but saved the men children alive.

    18 And the king of Egypt called for the midwives, and said unto them, Why have ye done this thing, and have saved the men children alive?

    19 And the midwives said unto Pharaoh, Because the Hebrew women [are] not as the Egyptian women; for they [are] lively, and are delivered ere the midwives come in unto them.

    20 Therefore God dealt well with the midwives: and the people multiplied, and waxed very mighty.

    21 And it came to pass, because the midwives feared God, that he made them houses.

    22 And Pharaoh charged all his people, saying, Every son that is born ye shall cast into the river, and every daughter ye shall save alive.

    Yet in Hebrews 13:17 Obey them that have the rule over you, and submit yourselves: for they watch for your souls, as they that must give account, that they may do it with joy, and not with grief: for that is unprofitable for you.

    Rome was evil and Yet Jesus said to pay their taxes as an example to us:

    Matthew 22:17 Tell us therefore, What thinkest thou? Is it lawful to give tribute (Taxes) unto Caesar, or not?

    19 Shew me the tribute money. And they brought unto him a penny.

    20 ... Whose image is this?..

    Matthew 22:21 They say unto him, Caesar's. Then saith he unto them, Render therefore unto Caesar the things which are Caesar's; and unto God the things that are God's.
  • Victor - in Reply on Matthew 6:29
    so they have their reward from men, not Father in heaven.

    in another words, Matthew 6:22 "No man can serve two masters", if we have reward from human, there will be no reward from Father?
  • Vendall - in Reply on Genesis 1:28
    Steve, yes, we must take care with all of the blessings we have from God and give thanks daily for His many blessings. But what does driving cars have to do with covid 19?

    While it is practical and conservative to keep your personal and collective environment as clean as possible; SIN is the real pollutant! We are not only guilty of sin, but great sins such as blasphemy, abortion and sodomy, which God has called evil, mankind has called good! God will not be mocked!!

    Do not doubt that this earth will remain as long as it serves HIS purposes. This should give you comfort! If the covid crisis brings more fish to the net...I say Hallelujah!!
  • Connie F on Joshua 1
    Do you think God asked Joshua to lead the people over the Jordan or did he tell him?
  • Chris on Psalms 26:2
    Page 2.

    "Why does evil exist, if God is Love?" I'm not sure that there is any connection between the two, because IF that would be the case, then a loving God, to prove His Love & protect His creation, would have to annihilate any design or act of evil that would oppose that love. Thus any attempt at doing evil will be immediately thwarted. Yet, since evil does exist, & God is Love, there must be a part of that Love that permits evil to continue & it can't be that evil was in God's Plan for the entrance of man & His Christ, as that would then compromise His Holy Being, that of Love.

    But if we say, 'but God cannot create evil but planned for its inception into the world', then we're back to the first point, why should God bother with creating everything, all things becoming corrupted, sending His Son to redeem us & restoring the world to what it should have been? Here, I think that the first suggestion would fit well: that God should have just annihilated evil at its root & saved everyone a lot of bother.
  • Chris on Psalms 26:2
    Page 1.

    Carlos, our thread has been locked again, so am sending my comment as a New one. Trust you saw my other comments sent in a similar way (over a day ago).

    "I don't mean to diminish the fact God deserves and gets Glory, Exaltation, etc." Sorry, your statement confused me as you say that God deserves our praise & love, yet in your comment to Adam you mentioned that He doesn't need it. If He doesn't need it, then I wonder, in your understanding, what does God do with all the praise, worship & love that goes up to Him. In human terms, if I am given something but feel that I don't need it (i.e. consider it of little use to me & therefore it's either shelved or given away to someone who might make better use of it), would that be similar to what you're thinking? If so, then is God one Who receives these offerings, but since they don't affect Him in any way, He remains unmoved by them? Or, maybe you mean that any offerings coming to Him doesn't affect His Character in any way & Who He is.

    "What I would like to get at is what the Bible reveals about What God created us for in that Love. There's a persistent question people ask. That is, if God, why evil? Perhaps this is too philosophical, but it is important. Why does evil exist, if God is Love? The notion that we have Choice or Free Will, isn't enough." I can't add anymore to what has already been said to, "why did God, in His Love, create us?" I realize that your understanding that we were the means for His Son to enter the world & give his life for us, & there is truth there, but why indeed were we created.

    (onto Page 2)
  • CARLOS RAMIREZ TREVINO - in Reply on Ruth 1:22
    Thank you for your response, Chris. That was Really enlightening! You've pointed out a truth that gives us a lot to think about. I couldn't agree more. Love is one, if not the most significant characteristic or attribute of God. Were it not for His love, where would we be. I don't mean to diminish the fact God deserves and gets Glory, Exaltation, Recognition, Praise, Thanks, Appreciation for whom He is and what He has done. Ephe 2:4-10 says:

    "But because of His great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in our trespasses. It is by grace you have been saved! And God raised us up with Christ and seated us with Him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus, in order that in the coming ages He might display the surpassing riches of His grace, demonstrated by His kindness to us in Christ Jesus. For it is by grace you have been saved through faith, and this not from yourselves; it is the gift of God, not by works, so that no one can boast. For we are God's workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance as our way of life."

    But isn't His Love married to Wisdom and Righteousness? In Proverbs 3:19, we see that, "The LORD founded the earth by wisdom and established the heavens by understanding." And 8:17-23, "I love them that love me; and those that seek me early shall find me.... The LORD possessed me in the beginning of his way, before his works of old. I was set up from everlasting, from the beginning, or ever the earth was."

    Proverbs 8 is generally accepted as a description of Christ. Clearly, everything God does is motivated by Love. But Love with Wisdom and Justice.

    What I would like to get at is what the Bible reveals about What God created us for in that Love. There's a persistent question people ask. That is, if God, why evil? Perhaps this is too philosophical, but it is important. Why does evil exist, if God is Love? The notion that we have Choice or Free Will, isn't enough.
  • Peter on Hebrews 10
    At least some christians and probably many believe that when they are sick; it is just a matter of asking God for a healing; and many expect it and some expect it, immediately; and God can do it; He has done that, many times and so did Jesus; but that did not stop the world from sinning. Jesus was crucified. So; we sin; get sick and all we have to do is asked to be healed; and If God did that every time and all the time; we would not need Doctors; but the world would still sin. So, is God still suppose to do it simply because we ask? That is up to Him; but I know I wouldn't unless I had the power; and no one has that power unless God gives it; and the healing is in His name.
  • Peter on Hebrews 10
    Rich - in Reply on Hebrews 10

    Hello again, I was hoping and wondering if you went C anyone as I suggested; but i also checked the dictionary meaning of wilfully "with the intention of causing harm; with a stubborn and determined intention to do as one wants, regardless of the consequences"

    It sounds to me that you are thinking about the about the consequences as in regards 2 repentance?" No it doesn't mean that. It refers to intentions of harming others. The 4 examples given concerned the harming of others. Nevertheless; u don't want to turn back to your old ways. That is what is given u the stress; and that can be severe and block out your faith, please C someone as I suggested
  • Bob Hilt - in Reply on Matthew 24:38
    James I can not find the pre trib rapture either though many others say they do.

    When did Jesus say the dead in Christ would be resurrected?

    John 6:39-40: Jesus said, "This is the will of Him who sent Me, that of all that He has given Me I lose nothing, but raise it up ON THE LAST DAY.

    John 6:44: Jesus said, "No one can come to Me unless the Father who sent Me draws him; and I will raise him up ON THE LAST DAY."

    Is the LAST DAY the thousand year reign of Christ?

    I believe so....then it is eternity and time is counted no more

    So if Jesus himself said the dead in Christ will be raised on the LAST DAY, and Paul said we who are alive and remain will not be caught up (raptured) until AFTER the dead are raised, then where does secret pre-trib rapture fit in?

    Paul in 1 Corinthians 15:52 - In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed.

    We are changed at the LAST TRUMP and where is this found?

    In REVELATION, the LAST BOOK of the Bible there are 7 trumps and the 7th trump is the LAST ONE and is at the end of the tribulation. there is not a 7th last trump prior to the tribulation.
  • Jesse - in Reply on Matthew 6:29

    Jesus says in Matthew 6:2, Verily I say unto you, "They have their reward." Matthew 6:1-4 talks about doing righteousness before men to be seen of men. Jesus said in Verse 1, "Take heed," which literally means pay attention. Pay attention that you do not your alms, and the Greek word for alms is acts of mercy. And then it says "before men." You see, it is external to be seen of them. It goes on to say "Otherwise you have no reward of your Father which is in heaven."

    So Jesus says to pay attention and don't do your righteousness so that people can see you. It is not for external show! This is for your God who lives inside of you. He is inside, and you don't need to show anybody out here if you are worshiping the Lord or you are doing something under the inspiration of His Spirit. You don't need to have people see you, because it is for Him, and it is from Him. He says if you do, there is no reward of your Father which is in heaven.

    When we are led by God's Spirit to do something good, we should not seek for recognition from men. If we do, and we are rewarded here on this earth, we will not receive a reward for it later. This does not mean that if someone thanks you for doing something good for them that you will lose your reward later. It's the motive behind it. Did you do something good to be seen of men and seek for recognition from men? If that is your motive, Jesus says your Father in heaven will not reward you later.
  • Mishael on Ruth 1:22
    If you are more comfortable not speaking to God, by all means, make Him into the god who doesn't talk back.

    Do you have religion or relationship?

    I'm going to go now and enjoy some praise music. Later.
  • April on Matthew 24:38
    Genesis 3;6 I just noticed that the scripture says Eve gave to Her husband who was with her.

    Because the serpent was talking to Eve , what does the scripture mean when it says , Adam was with her when she gave him the fruit?

    Thank you

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