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Matthew 23 KJV Bible discussions
  • D W L
    Matthew 23:23 Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye pay (tithe) of mint and anise and cummin, and have omitted the weightier matters of the law, judgment, mercy, and faith: these ought ye to have done, and not to leave the other undone. (also Luke 11:42)

    Mild Bill - (Jesus said these ye ought to have done, pay tithe. and not to leave the other undone.) When Jesus says something we ought to do it, it is not an option.
  • T. Levis - in Reply
    Sons of GOD : Genesis 6:2, Job 1:6, Job 2:1, Job 38:7, Revelation 12:10, John 1:12 "But as many as receive him, to them gave he power to become the sons of GOD, even to them that believe on his name:"

    Romans 8:14 "For as many as are led by the Spirit of GOD, they are the sons of GOD."

    Philippians 2:15 "That ye may be blameless and harmless, the sons of GOD, without rebuke, in the midst of a crooked nation, among whom ye shine as lights in the world."

    1John 3:1 "Behold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons of GOD: therefore the world knoweth us not, because it knew him not."

    Matthew 5:16, Luke 8:19, Matthew 23:9, John 20:17, John 4:23, John 16:28, Matthew 6:7-34 did you notice how many times GOD is referenced as "our, your Father " in that portion of chapter 6? Matthew 7:11,

    Mark 3:33-35,

    1John 3, Romans 8:29,

    Contrast = John 8:41-47, 1John 2:23, Matthew 3:9

    Hopefully these are all helpful in your study
  • Ronald Whittemore - in Reply
    Hey S Spencer,

    I enjoyed the read and agree, the plain sense, not a secret mystical meaning, or choosing a meaning that will fit the teaching that the majority follow that is taken out of the context of the message of the scripture. While reading what you wrote a few scriptures kept popping into my head, the first was Matthew 23:24 Ye blind guides, which strain at a gnat, and swallow a camel.

    My understanding is we cannot interpret the Bible, the scripture interprets itself with the guidance of the Holy Spirit. If we have a bible, but we trust others for the truth and if they are wrong, we are fully accountable. Adam and Eve tried to shift the blame but all three were held accountable.

    Another scripture that popped up was, "He that hath ears to hear, let him hear" which is in the bible many times. These few words speak very loudly and are true if we are not willing to clear our minds as if we know nothing and pray to God through Jesus for the Holy Spirit to show in the scripture the truth. We will not hear because our ears are not open to hearing the truth, we have already decided the answer on our own.

    I understand what you said about divorce, shunned and treated like an uneducated layman or outcast, even a heretic. Sadly teachings, traditions, and doctrines sometimes become political (the majority rules), or like colors I like blue, she likes red, and he likes green, who is right, what is the truth.

    May the Holy Spirit of truth guide us and love for each other control our tongue.

    God bless,

  • Tithes and Offerings Unto God__through the local Church - in Reply
    2 Corinthians 9:7 - Every man according as he purposeth in his heart, so let him give; not grudgingly, or of necessity: for God loveth a CHEERFUL giver.

    Malachi 3:8-12 - Will a man rob God? Yet ye have robbed me. But ye say, Wherein have we robbed thee? In tithes and offerings.

    Malachi 3:10 - Bring ye all the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be meat in mine house, and prove me now herewith, saith the LORD of hosts, if I will not open you the windows of heaven, and pour you out a blessing, that there shall not be room enough to receive it.

    Matthew 6:1-4 - Take heed that ye do not your giving before men, to be seen of them: otherwise ye have no reward of your Father which is in heaven.

    Matthew 23:23 - Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye pay tithe of mint and anise and cummin, and have omitted the weightier matters of the law, judgment, mercy, and faith: these ought ye to have done, and not to leave the other undone.

    Luke 6:38 - Give, and it shall be given unto you; good measure, pressed down, and shaken together, and running over, shall men give into your bosom. For with the same measure that ye give withal it shall be measured to you again.

    Luke 11:42 - But woe unto you, Pharisees! for ye tithe mint and rue and all manner of herbs, and pass over judgment and the love of God: these ought ye to have done, and not to leave the other undone.

    Luke 18:12 - I fast twice in the week, I give tithes of all that I possess. [don't brag]

    Acts 2:44-47 - And all that believed were together, and had all things common;

    Acts 20:35 - I have shewed you all things, how that so labouring ye ought to support the weak, and to remember the words of the Lord Jesus, how he said, It is more blessed to give than to receive.

    1 Corinthians 16:2 - Upon the first day of the week let every one of you lay by him in store, as God hath prospered him, that there be no gatherings when I come. 2 Corinthians 8:1-24

    Give to missionaries
  • T. Levis - in Reply
    Here's some scripture I feel relevant about tithe today: Matthew 23:23, Matthew 25:31-46, Luke 11:42, James 2:15-17, James 1:27, Malachi 3:10,

    Mark 12:38-44, Leviticus 23:22, Deuteronomy 24:19-21,

    Hopefully these are helpful
  • T. Levis - in Reply
    Yes you're my brother now, if you're a believer! Matthew 12:50, Mark 3:35, 2Thessalonians 3:13, 1Thessalonians 5:26, Philippians 4:21, 1Timothy 5:1, Matthew 23:8, Galatians 4:31, 1Peter 3:8, Ephesians 1:5,

    Hopefully helpful
  • S Spencer - in Reply
    The Kingdom of God.

    Part 2of ?

    Here's an article.

    In Luke 17:20-21, Jesus says, "The kingdom of God does not come with observation; nor will they say, 'See here!' or 'See there!' For indeed, the kingdom of God is within you"

    The context of Jesus' statement is a question put to Him by His Pharisee detractors who had asked when the kingdom of God would come (verse 20).

    Jesus' answer was that the kingdom of God was not coming in the manner the Pharisees were expecting. The kingdom would not be inaugurated with spectacle or splendor; there would be no great and magnificent leader who staked out a geographical claim and routed the Romans; rather, the kingdom would come silently and unseen, much as leaven works in a batch of dough (see Matthew 13:33). In fact, Jesus says, the kingdom had already begun, right under the Pharisees' noses. God was ruling in the hearts of some people, and the King Himself was standing among them, although the Pharisees were oblivious to that fact.

    Various translations render the Greek of Luke 17:21 various ways. The phrase translated "within you" in the KJV and NKJV is translated as "in your midst" in the NIV, NASB, and NET; "among you" in the NLT and HCSB; and "in the midst of you" in the ESV. Earlier versions of the NIV had "within you" with a marginal note suggesting "among you." There is obviously a difference between saying "the kingdom of God is within you" and "the kingdom of God is among you."

    Within you" comes off as an unfavorable translation, seeing that Jesus was speaking to the Pharisees at the time. Jesus was surely not saying that the kingdom of God resided within the Pharisees' hearts. The Pharisees opposed Jesus and had no relationship with God. Jesus in other places denounced them as "whitewashed tombs" and "hypocrites" ( Matthew 23:27).

    See Part 3.
  • T. Levis - in Reply
    John 8:23-59,

    Matthew 5:48, Matthew 6, Matthew 7, Matthew 12:50,

    Jesus went even further to say: Matthew 23:9,

    Hopefully these are helpful
  • Ronald Whittemore - in Reply on Matthew 2
    Hey Jesse,

    Good information: truth shines from the word of God. As you said the leaders of Jerusalem should have known. I believe they did know, in Matthew 2:3-6, that Jerusalem (chief priests and scribes) was also troubled. They knew the time, but God did to them what He did to Pharoah, He blinded and hardened their hearts, John 12:40. To me this kind of ties into the things S Spencer has been sharing.

    There are other scriptures they were probably aware of, like Jeremiah 50:6 and Ezekiel 34 where God told Ezekiel to prophesy against the shepherds, (the leaders) and what God would do, Ezekiel 34:10.

    So, they were troubled to hear Jesus was born. They did not even send anyone to Bethlehem to see. You would think they would have been jumping for joy, but they did not want to give up the power, wealth, and Moses's seat they had. Jesus the true Shepherd John 10:11 first came only for the lost sheep of Israel, Matthew 15:24, fulfilling and confirming the covenant Hebrews 13:20. Jesus also told the scribes and the Pharisees their house is left to them desolate, and He will return Matthew 23:36-39.

    Their duty as shepherds was over in that generation, 70 AD, and the sheep shall be gathered again, Isaiah 11:12 Ezekiel 37:21-22 Jeremiah 23:3 and more.

    God bless,

  • S Spencer - in Reply
    Hi Giannis.

    Again I'm sorry I takes so long to respond sometimes on weekdays.

    Just to do a brief recap because we can easily switch emphasis and loose one another.

    We began this topic with REPLACEMENT THEOLOGY and yes we will have to lean over into eschatology.

    But I don't want to loose focus on the danger of what that belief system presents Today!!

    Our eschatology will test our hermeneutics, and also a test of our understanding of the Bible.

    It will tie the whole counsel of God.

    What we are discussing is rooted in these questions.

    Is there a literal Millennium where the Lord will rule here on earth?

    Or are we in the Millennium and the Lord Jesus is going to rule in our heart only.

    Some say we have been in the Millennium for 2000 years. MILLENNIUM MEANS 1000 YEARS.

    Satan is certainly not chained, look around you.

    Figure that one out!!

    The old Testament gives us a view of what is to come during this period. We have already discussed that.

    By way of recap, The basis of the promises that we were discussing is does God make good on his promises to Abraham concerning a nation and kingdom here on earth where the Lord Jesus will sit on David's Throne and rule with a rod of Iron. or was those promises to the Church.

    Now to be clear in our understanding, You stated I believe

    Jesus will arrive back and rule on earth WITH HIS PEOPLE, THE ISRAELITES.

    No. I didn't say that. We haven't got that far. I believe that's the CHURCH.

    I believe the Nation of Israel will be driven to Christ during the tribulation!!

    Then the Armageddon.

    Then they will say Matthew 23:39.

    They won't behold their Messiah "as a Nation" Until they say blessed is he that comes in the name of the Lord.

    Then the chain of Satan, "1000 Years". The Millennium period.

    Sorry but I don't want to drag this on into eschatology just yet.

    All the while I was Just trying to be clear and emphasize that we "The Church" is not Israel.

    God bless.
  • T. Levis - in Reply on Jeremiah 12
    Jeremiah 12,

    I understand Jeremiah easier when I've read the whole book.

    Jeremiah 1:1-3, Jeremiah had been called by GOD while young, Jeremiah 1:6, to speak very difficult words of Judgement, Jeremiah 1:8-10, in opposition to other "prophetic" voices telling them lies. Jeremiah 5:31,

    In Jeremiah 11:19-21 they plotted to kill him.

    This seems like to us & most likely to Jeremiah much time in human perspective had passed & GOD had said in Jeremiah 1:12, He would hasten HIS Word to perform it. GOD had promised judgement, yet by Chapter 12, Jeremiah seems frustrated because of the evil. Jeremiah 5:3-4, asks them to repent: Jeremiah 7:5-11,, Jeremiah 3:22 even looks like they repented in Jeremiah 3:22-25,

    Jeremiah 5:1,2,

    Jeremiah 12:4, the land had been troubled since Jeremiah 2,

    Several Prophets suffered much from the people they were sent to. Matthew 23,

    Hopefully this is helpful.
  • T. Levis - in Reply
    Genesis 2:1-3, Exodus 16:23,25,29, Exodus 20:2,8,9,10,11, Exodus 31:12-18, Exodus 35:1-2, Leviticus 16:29-34, Leviticus 23, Leviticus 24:8, Leviticus 25, Numbers 28:10, Deuteronomy 5:12-15, Exodus 22:22, Deuteronomy 10:17-20, Deuteronomy 14:27-29, Deuteronomy 16, Deuteronomy 16:10-15, Deuteronomy 26:12,13, Isaiah 1:11-24,

    2Chronicles 36:14-21, Nehemiah 9, Nehemiah 13:10-22,

    Isaiah 56, Isaiah 58, Jeremiah 17:7-27, Amos 8:4-10,

    Matthew 12:2-5, reference Ezekiel 46:1,12,

    Matthew 12:8, Matthew 12:1-14, John 5:6-47, John 7:22-23, John 19:31, Matthew 23:23, Matthew 25:31-46
  • T. Levis - in Reply on Genesis 4
    I found another scripture after I answered your question, GOD is amazing! Seek & you shall find:

    Hebrews 11:4, Matthew 23:35, Hebrews 11:24
  • T. Levis - in Reply on Matthew 25
    It appears he's speaking to those who identified themselves as "children of Abraham" "under the Covenant" &/or self-righteous:

    Matthew 5:20, Matthew 7, Matthew 8:10,12, Matthew 23, Matthew 25:31-46, note also Matthew 23:34-36, * Matthew 21:23-46,

    Matthew 9:34, Matthew 11:12, Matthew 12:25, Matthew 13:57, Isaiah 53,

    Exodus 19:6, 1Samuel 13:13,14, 1Samuel 15:28,

    the promise made to David 2Samuel 7:12-17, 1Kings 9:5, 1Chronicles 22:9,10, 1Chronicles 28:7, Isaiah 9:7,

    1Samuel 13:13,14, 1Kings 11:11-14, the Bible has in the past shown how GOD will reject those who reject HIM.

    Psalms 22:18,

    Hopefully these are helpful
  • T. Levis - in Reply on John 3
    Additional scripture for you:

    Matthew 3-7, Matthew 5, Matthew 5:20, Matthew 9:10-13, Matthew 9:14-17, Matthew 9:27-34, Matthew 12:14, Matthew 12, Matthew 15, Matthew 16, Matthew 16:6,12, Matthew 19:3, * Matthew 21, Matthew 22, Matthew 22:15, it appears they were wrongfully referring to the book of Tobet, in 1611 version, Tobit 3:7,8, Matthew 22:29,

    * Matthew 23:2, whole chapter Matthew 23, Matthew 27:62,

    Matthew 23:13,14,

    Mark 2:16, Mark 2, Mark 3:1-6, Mark 7:1-23, Mark 8:11,15, Mark 10:2, Mark 12:13,

    Luke 5:17-39, Luke 6:2-11, Luke 7:29-50, Luke 11:37-54, Luke 12:1, Luke 12:31, Luke 14:1-24, Luke 14, Luke 16:14-31, Luke 16, Luke 19:35-39,

    John 1:19-34, John 3:1-21, John 7:28-32, John 7:43-53, John 8:3-22, John 9, John 9:15,16, John 11:37-57, John 12:19, John 12:42, John 18:3,

    Acts 15, Acts 23,

    Hopefully these are helpful in your study, I included several Chapters to read next to verses, to read within context, for better understanding
  • Richard H Priday on Esther 2
    Proverbs 14:34 comes to mind in this chapter. Here we see the beginning of a process which God Himself had "set up" to accomplish His purposes. Mordecai supervised Esther; and told her NOT to reveal that she was a Jew. This affiliation with her people was to have enormous implications that can hardly be overstated; and she later had to be prodded to risk her own life and reveal these things once the plot of Haman was concocted and the King's edict rendered.

    Titus 2:3-5 also is relevant here; as is 1 Peter 3:6 among other verses which show God's plan for women to be exalted.

    The record of Mordecai of the attempted assault of the two chamberlains showed how the Jews were to be commended for helping with the security of the King; and this record would help the "humble to be exalted" as it were at a later date to vindicate Mordecai. (see ( Matthew 23:12). This attitude of service was repeated with Daniel in exile in Persia under Nebuchadnezzar; and Joseph in Egypt under the Pharaoh. We see a similar pattern as well with a crisis for the whole Jewish nation when the golden idol was set up; and the three men along with Daniel refused to worship it. Daniel himself ignored an edict about praying toward Jerusalem which put him in the lion's den. To be willing to die rather than serve men; Christ (the 4th man in the fire) was exalted and edicts went out that anyone who did NOT honor the God of Israel was to have their houses made into a "dunghill" ( Daniel 3:29). The edict of King Ahasuerus was also a game changer; to bring about God's preservation of His people.
  • Free - in Reply
    Dear "Resa", when we talk about pastors, it is important to think that they have an enormous responsibility. Have you thought about why we only have one mouth? But two ears two hands, two legs, two lungs? It turned out that we had two mouths. These would then have constantly spoken in each other's mouths: D.

    What would have been the result? Confusion and all the pain had come out of it. Because it's good that everything matches in one mouth. In this way we will be a united people, one who speaks and one who stands for peace and fights for the church.

    When we talk about a large Body as a Church. May everyone agree that he or she should be the rapporteur. There is no human being who can do this himself. People are driven into the service of the Lord Jesus. And it must be the Lord Jesus who speaks. If we know that Jesus Christ is the Head, we have nothing to be ashamed of. He makes everything alive and right, Amen

    God bless us in Jesus Name, love you in Christ. Matthew 23
  • Free - in Reply
    Dear "Resa", i actually kind of agree with you. It probably started as a spring feast and sum sum arium became the crucifixion of the Lord Jesus. Wikipedia probably has some good words about Easter, and Christmas.

    Now we know that Easter is also a time for reflection and salvation. For us Christians, Easter is a central holiday. Where we thank and worship the Lord Jesus for whatever He may go through and save us humans.

    In peace, i mention to you that you are trying to blame us Christians for doing pagan things. Absolutely not! We follow a law of regulations enacted by high lords of the Vatican.

    Many things come from there.

    To mention it so that you can get clarity in it yourself is that Jesus Christ's birthday is actually September 11, 2022 years ago. Then came our new time reckoning. And the Lord Jesus Christ died on the cross on April 6th. 32 A.D.

    This year, Easter comes another week later. This changes every year. For these are great things you understand. This is not for confusion. But simply for and prevent riots and other things, which religious can invent of pagan rituals. Remember one thing, friend. Christians are not religious. Religions of various kinds exist all over the world. We have heard about suicide groups idols, worshipers and much more.

    The scripture I received today is an indication of where the scribes and Pharisees stand in relation to Jesus, i recommend you and read Matthew 23.

    God bless us in His Holy Name Jesus Christ, love u
  • T. Levis - in Reply on Romans 3
    I believe the differences comes from these scriptures : Matthew 5:16, Matthew 7:21-29, Revelation 2:23, Revelation 20:13, Matthew 25:31-46,

    Even Jesus did works: Matthew 11:2, Luke 19:37, & said greater works we shall do. John 14:20,

    Matthew 16:27,

    Matthew 23:3,5,23, hypocrisy not ok, you can read whole chapter & those chapters around it for context. John 8:39,

    Romans 3:27-28, helps clarify, 'law of faith' Romans 4, Romans 9:30-33,

    What is argued is: Romans 11:6, but in context it's the grace extended to Gentiles Romans 11:16-27, also read whole chapter Romans 11,

    & Galatians 2:16, "knowing that a man is not justified by the works of the law, but by the faith of Jesus Christ, even we have believed in Jesus Christ, that we might be justified by the faith of Christ, and not by the works of the law: for by the works of the law shall no flesh be justified.'' the works of the law are in Gen. Exodus, Deuteronomy, Leviticus. Galatians 3,

    & Galatians 2:8,9, but we can't ignore Galatians 2:10,

    & 2Timothy 1:9 , Titus 3, Hebrews 4, Hebrews 4:11,

    However again we can't ignore 2Timothy 3:16-17, Titus 1:15,16, Titus 2, Hebrews 10:24, James 3:13, 1Peter 2:12, Revelation 2:26,

    * James 2,
  • T Levis - in Reply
    1Corinthians 12:12, 1Corinthians 12, whole chapter. John 10:16, John 13:34-35, John 17, 1Corinthians 3:16, 1Corinthians 6:19, 2Corinthians 6:16,

    Matthew 25:40 in context Matthew 25:31-46, Ephesians 2:20-22,

    What the Church is not/ should not be = Matthew 23,

    Hopefully these are helpful
  • S Spencer - in Reply on Luke 6:12
    Amen Bob.

    That is in the context of what that verse is saying, It's not a verse that we use to examine a fault or to bring condemnation, It's used to verify.

    Here's it in its context;

    Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep's clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves.

    Ye shall know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles? Matthew 7:15-16.

    This is not an outward showing of the flesh, This is caused by the husbandman "God!" This is spirit indwelling!! Not the works of the flesh where man have an outward appearance but dead on the inside.

    Matthew 23:27.

    You can't work this up.

    A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither can a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit. Matthew 7:18.

    Here's another reference to your comment. Matthew 23:25-26.

    I believe this is what Henry was getting at also.

    This is wonderful scripture and important to keep it in its context.

    This is the ministry of the Holyspirit.

    This is not examining a fault in another such as a mote in ones eye or pulling a beam out of our eyes.

    those verses is speaking of judging/condemning.

    Fruit is something you don't produce, it's something you bare. You're the branch connected to the vine!

    Now we can examine ourselves and according to John, We can know whether we're in the faith or not.

    1 John 4:13-21.

    God bless.
  • Chris - in Reply on 1 Timothy 1
    Hello Ida. The Apostle Paul, known as Saul earlier, was a member of a Jewish religious sect called the Pharisees. Paul himself referred to this position that he previously held (in Acts 23:6; Acts 26:5; Philippians 3:5,6). There were three main Jewish sects at that time of Jesus' Life on Earth: the Pharisees, the Sadducees, & the Essenes. The Pharisees (which meant, 'separated one'), had very strong beliefs, so strong that they compelled people to fully obey God's Laws. And to do this, they created many other laws (practises of behaviour) that weighed heavily upon the common people. And Jesus greatly condemned them for this & their many hypocrisies ( Matthew 23:1-36).

    But when Saul met the risen Jesus on the road to Damascus, he instantly learned that the Christians he was hunting down & killing were serving this Jesus Whom he was encountering at that very moment. Saul was a changed man & as he learned more from Jesus, with the Spirit filling him to believe & serve, he could say in Philippians 3:7-10, that all that he had learned & believed were now useless & filthy. The new knowledge gained directly from Jesus revealed his errors as a Pharisee - his trusting in the Law to make him righteous could never work, but now having only faith in Christ to save him, did.

    I trust you can see how wonderfully the revelation of Christ to Saul changed him from a strict Pharisee (Saul) to one of a humble obedient servant of Jesus (Paul) trusting in Christ now & moved in his spirit to reach out to his countrymen & also to the Gentiles.
  • S Spencer - in Reply on Romans 2
    Hi BMW.

    Part 6.


    (1) The practice of offering sacrifices as atonement, typically foreshadowing the coming of Jesus, apparently was a human requirement from the very commencement of history. Abel, son of Adam and Eve, brought the "firstlings of his flock and the fat thereof" ( Genesis 4:4). The offering must have been killed, otherwise he could not have presented the fat, which was the best part. Moreover, we are told that "righteous Abel" (so designated by Jesus [ Matthew 23:35]) offered his sacrifice "by faith" ( Hebrews 11:4), which, in the overall context of this chapter, clearly is an objective faith grounded in revelation, and not that which was subjectively whimsical.

    When Noah departed from the ark after the waters of the flood subsided, he built an altar and offered sacrifices of every clean animal and bird, and Jehovah was pleased with his offering ( Genesis 8:20-21). What compelled him to do such?

    Melchizedek, whom Abraham encountered on his return from the rescue of his nephew, was designated by Moses as a "priest of God Most High" ( Genesis 14:18). A priest is an appointed servant who officiates in the offering of sacrifices to atone for sin. The modernistic notion that Melchizedek was merely the "high god" priest of the Canaanites (e.g., Baal), worshipped in pre-Israelite Jerusalem, is absurd (Hicks 1962, 343). God would hardly have chosen a Baal-worshipper to be a type, prophetically previewing his Son ( Hebrews 7:3). See also Leupold (1942, 463).

    (2) The entire world population was one in kind prior to the call of Abraham. He was the first to be designated a Hebrew ( Genesis 14:13). The Hebrews were not set apart as a distinct people until the giving of the law of Moses ( Exodus 19:5-6; cf. Ephesians 2:14). It is wholly unrealistic not to recognize that God's love for the Gentiles was a part of the ancient world.

    See Part 7 of 7!
  • T. Levis - in Reply on Joel 1
    2 Chronicles 25:7-8, Matthew 13:37-52, Matthew 18:2-14, he warned some Matthew 21:41-44, Matthew 22:1-14, Matthew 23:13-39, Matthew 25:31-46, John 8:13-39,

    & sealed in The last days Revelation 7:2-17, Hopefully these are all helpful
  • Ronald Whittemore - in Reply on Revelation 13
    Hi Wilma Smith,

    There is in Daniel 7:4 The first was like a lion, and had eagle's wings: I beheld till the wings thereof were plucked, and it was lifted up from the earth, and made stand upon the feet as a man, and a man's heart was given to it.

    Some take prophecy and symbols like animals and put things together to fit theories about end times. Some put Great Britain and the United States. The Lion represents Great Britain, and the Eagle wings represent the United States of America. Bear means Russia, the leopard means Germany, the chief battle tank of Germany is the leopard tank (Panzer), and more.

    Like the wings in Revelation 12:14, you can see in Exodus 19:4, this may give a better understanding of the term used. This could not be referring to either America or airlift by the United States. It has a meaning of caring for the young (children), like what Jesus said in Matthew 23:37.

    There are seven-year periods for different things in the bible like seven-year Sabbath, seven years of plenty and then seven years of drought Joseph was given and more, but the seven years that have been placed at the end times is a theory, not in scripture. It is taken from Daniel 9:27 which in my understanding has been fulfilled. You will find only 3.5 years, 42 months, and 1260 days.

    I hope this helps.

    God bless,

  • S Spencer - in Reply on Deuteronomy 25
    Amen Brother.

    It reminds ma of Matthew 23:26.
  • Chris - in Reply
    Hi Godwin. In this passage (Ezekiel chapter 21), the prophet Ezekiel is announcing a grave warning to Judah (vv 20,25) about their future. The repetition of the word "overturn", or as in Hebrew, 'to overthrow/bring to ruin', is a warning & denunciation of Judah's kings, especially the last one (Zedekiah), that that kingly line will come to an end (v 26) because of their many transgressions (vv 24,25). So repeating the word 'overthrow' emphatically brings home the message, 'what the LORD says & commands, will occur & Judah (& Israel) should be warned'.

    Verse 27: so the prophecy is that the line of the kings of Judah will end, "until he come whose right it is; and I will give it him." There was no king after Zedekiah, & even though history records that after their captivity in Babylon, some priests of the Asmonean race (not of Judah) assumed the title of kings, they, nor anyone else would have right to rule Judah until the One Whom the LORD appoints comes & sits on the Throne of David ( Zechariah 6:12,13; Luke 1:32,33; Daniel 7:13,14). The nation of Israel has been without a king, since they have rejected the Messiah of God, but the day will come when God will restore all things ( Ezekiel 20:40-44) and Israel will acknowledge Jesus: "For I say unto you, Ye shall not see me henceforth, till ye shall say, Blessed is he that cometh in the name of the Lord." ( Matthew 23:39).
  • T. Levis - in Reply
    Hopefully these are helpful to you in the context of "works for the LORD"

    James 2:14-26, Matthew 25:31-46, Matthew 5:14-16, Matthew 16:27,

    Jesus's examples of miraculous "works" & compassion Matthew 11, Matthew 13,


    Exodus 23:24, Matthew 7:20-23, Matthew 23,
  • T. Levis - in Reply on Galatians 5
    Here are the scriptures I found concerning dead, in regards to The church.

    John 5:19-21,

    Early church was instructed

    Matthew 10:8, Matthew 10:1-42,

    Matthew 8:22, Mark 16:17-18,

    Leviticus 21:1-4,

    Leviticus 21:10-12,

    Numbers 5:1-3, Numbers 19:11-22

    Perhaps tradition started after early church hoping for miracle? Mark 7:6-9,

    Scripture concerning Apostles :

    Romans 1:1, Colossians 1:1, 1 Corinthians 1:1, 1Peter 1:1, 2Timothy 1:1, Galatians 1:1, 2 Corinthians 12:12,

    * 1 Corinthians 12:27-28, 1 Corinthians 12, in context*

    Additional Matthew 23:8-12, Matthew 23, in context

    Hopefully these are helpful
  • T. Levis - in Reply
    I'd like to add to what Chris stated. I am not Catholic nor Roman Catholic, however I took communion with my aunt & former boss (a high ranking political figure). After several times in attending & participating in two different states, whenever I had to accompany my former boss on Sundays, or visiting my Aunt Holidays or Sundays, maybe multiple years. All of a sudden, I was no longer allowed to participate, in either state because I "wasn't Catholic" that seems very wrong on multiple levels. Here's additional scripture:

    1st: we're told to exam ourselves, before Communion, not other's to allow or disallow. 1 Corinthians 11:28-31, Roman 14:1-4,

    2nd: we are told to confess our sins to one another: James 5:16-17,

    3rd: John 6:37,

    4th: Matthew 23:9-10,

    5th: 1 Timothy 4:1-6, "doctrines of devils" forbidding marriage?

    However the Catholic church is well-known for hospitals, ministry to needy 1 John 1:25-27, Matthew 25:31-46,

    & we're called to love one another: John 13:35,

    Hopefully these are also helpful.

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