Tribulation – Judgments! War!

Vietnam War – Music Video – Riders on the Storm – Info from the author of the video, Flying Dutchman – Published on Jan 27, 2018 – Dedicated to the soldiers who fought and died during the Vietnam War. Brave young men who served their country, which many of them never received a “welcome home” or a “thank you” from its country.

In the video we see men of the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, and Coast Guard. They may be enlistees or draftees. They may be active duty, reserve or national guard. I call them heroes!

The Vietnam War began. Members of the US armed forces, and allies, were called to serve in Vietnam; others were called to support the war effort from neighboring countries. For brevity purposes, I will call the men in the video, “troops.” They are seen wearing helmets, flop hats, tropical fatigues, flak jackets and jungle boots. They are equipped with rifles and ammo belts. They may have fired pistols and machine guns; they may have thrown grenades. Many of the troops were carried to the fight by helicopters. Those wounded were carried by their fellow troops to places where they, and those killed in action, were taken away by the same helicopters. Troops crawled through jungles, walked in water up to their chests, and walked through rice paddies; hard-sole jungle boots protected the troops from hidden punji sticks. Troops were fired upon by the enemy; they returned fire. Tanks and artillery weapons fired on enemy locations further away. Airplanes dropped bombs. Machine gunners on helicopters fired on enemy soldiers. Just prior to the end of the war, helicopters were thrown into the South China Sea so that the enemy could not make use of them. The Vietnam War ended. The youngest of those whom were seen in the video would most likely been born around 1950. Americans wept as they read the names of the war dead on Vietnam memorial walls. https://www.virtualwall.org/iAlpha.htm
I found the names, pictures, and details of death, of two of my friends. One was in the US Army; the other was in the US Marine Corps. Both were born in 1947; both were killed in action in 1968.

In 1969, Look Magazine published an article that showed pictures of the American war dead in Vietnam that had occurred in the previous week. The casualties were males, young men, with most of them being in the age group of less than twenty-three years old; those that were killed that week were about two-hundred twenty-nine in number. Many of the men that were drafted left jobs, homes, families and church fellowships to serve their country.

Another war will come in the future, that may not be “too far distant.” It will have a quick spiritual defeat, that will come at the hands of Christ (Rev 19:15), that comes as a campaign is being carried on by “all who have gone to war against Jerusalem” (Zech 14:12). That war will be known as “the Battle of Armageddon” (Rev 16:16); some have called it “the campaign of Armageddon.” All of the advanced weaponry, and tactics of war, will be brought against the nation of Israel but, to no avail. Christ will be greater than any rifle, rocket or bomb. All of the foes of Israel will die! Their eternity will be in the lake of fire (Rev 20:10-15).

The US involvement in Vietnam was from 1950 until the last US combat troops were withdrawn in 1973; Presidents Eisenhower, Kennedy, Johnson, and Nixon were the commanders in Chief. There were more than 540,000 US troops stationed in South Vietnam in 1967. 58,220 US troops died in the war. During the war in Vietnam War, US forces were stationed in South Vietnam, as well as in other areas of Southeast Asia such as Thailand, Guam, Okinawa and in the Philippines.

The time of the Vietnam War was during that of the Cold War with Russia and its socialist counterparts. Other US troops were stationed at bases throughout the world. While war in Vietnam is largely remembered as a contest between North and South Vietnam, with the United States intervening on behalf of the latter, both factions enjoyed considerable help from a host of other world powers, large and small.
https://militaryhistorynow.com/2013/10/02/the-international-vietnam-war-the-other-world-powers-that-fought-in-south-east-asia/ The total war casualties, of both sides, was 1,273,230, which covers the time period of 1954-1975. Non-combat deaths totaled about 500,000 https://www.historynet.com/vietnam-war

The Tribulation – In the verses of Matthew 24 and 25, Christ is talking to Jews about things that will happen to Jews after the rapture has taken place; only unsaved Jews and Gentiles will remain on the earth during the tribulation. The things that are stated in Matthew 24 are an outline of the time of the future tribulation. The book of Revelation, Chapters 6-19, shows a more detailed account of the things that will happen during the tribulation.

Matthew 24:5-12 New American Standard Bible (vs 9, Tribulation)

5 For many will come in My name, saying, ‘I am the Christ,’ and will mislead many. 6 You will be hearing of wars and rumors of wars. See that you are not frightened, for those things must take place, but that is not yet the end. 7 For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom, and in various places there will be famines and earthquakes. 8 But all these things are merely the beginning of birth pangs.

9 “Then they will deliver you to tribulation, and will kill you, and you will be hated by all nations because of My name. 10 At that time many will fall away and will betray one another and hate one another. 11 Many false prophets will arise and will mislead many. 12 Because lawlessness is increased, most people’s love will grow cold.

Let’s look in greater detail at some of the things that will happen on earth during the tribulation. Notice that God is making the things happen that will bring His judgment upon the earth.

Revelation 6:7-8 New American Standard Bible (Seal judgments; severe; 1/4 of mankind killed)

7 When the Lamb broke the fourth seal, I heard the voice of the fourth living creature saying, “Come.” 8 I looked, and behold, an ashen horse; and he who sat on it had the name Death; and Hades was following with him. Authority was given to them over a fourth of the earth, to kill with sword and with famine and with pestilence and by the wild beasts of the earth.
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Revelation 9:13-15 New American Standard Bible (Trumpet judgments; more severe; 1/3 of mankind killed).

13 Then the sixth angel sounded, and I heard a voice from the four horns of the golden altar which is before God, 14 one saying to the sixth angel who had the trumpet, “Release the four angels who are bound at the great river Euphrates.” 15 And the four angels, who had been prepared for the hour and day and month and year, were released, so that they would kill a third of mankind.

Matthew 24:21 New American Standard Bible (Great Tribulation; consider its severity)

21 For then there will be a great tribulation, such as has not occurred since the beginning of the world until now, nor ever will.

Revelation 16 New American Standard Version (Bowl judgments; most severe)

1 Then I heard a loud voice from the temple, saying to the seven angels, “Go and pour out on the earth the seven bowls of the wrath of God.”
12 The sixth angel poured out his bowl on the great river, the Euphrates; and its water was dried up, so that the way would be prepared for the kings from the east.
16 And they gathered them together to the place which in Hebrew is called Har-Magedon.
21 And huge hailstones, about one hundred pounds each, *came down from heaven upon men;

Revelation 19:11, 19, 21 New American Standard Version (The final assault on Jerusalem ends with all attackers being killed by Christ)

11 And I saw heaven opened, and behold, a white horse, and He who sat on it is called Faithful and True, and in righteousness He judges and wages war. (Christ is the rider)

The war begins. The war ends.

19 And I saw the beast and the kings of the earth and their armies assembled to make war against Him who sat on the horse and against His army. (the armies are unsaved international coalition armed forces)

21 And the rest were killed with the sword which came from the mouth of Him who sat on the horse (all unsaved troops, including their unsaved chaplains, will die)

Remember that the above judgments (seals, trumpets and bowls) are poured out on the earth under the authority of God. No church age, born again believers in Christ, will be present while these things are happening.

At the end of the tribulation, the number of military combat deaths will be, “all the peoples who have gone to war against Jerusalem,” (Zech 14:1-3, 12; Rev 19:15, 19-21). The non-combat deaths will include all of those whom do not know Christ as Messiah, and Lord and Savior, whom will be residing in all four corners of the earth Matt 24:29-31 (Jews); 40-41 (Jews); 25:31-34, 41, 46 (Gentiles). The righteous of Mt 25:46 will be those former unbelievers, that were left behind from the rapture, that came to saving faith in Christ during the tribulation; they are known as tribulation saints.

U.S. military personnel will be a part of the ungodly forces at the Battle of Armageddon. All that are present for that battle will be unsaved, including their unsaved chaplains, and will die, and will come under the jurisdiction of the “Great White Throne Judgment,” Rev 20:10-15. The sentence will be “confinement for all of eternity” in the lake of fire. These unsaved tribulation era people, combatant and non-combatant, will never see the Kingdom of God; from their physical location on earth in the tribulation, they will be taken to judgment. The same judgment has been set for everyone, of all times, whomever has not been born again. The remedy is to be born again (John 3:3); to believe in Christ (John 3:16); to have the indwelling Spirit of God (Father, Son and Holy Spirit) (John 14:16,17, 20); to be prompted by the Holy Spirit to righteous living (John 15:26-27; 16:7-11); to have an intimate relationship with God, the Father, and God, the Son, being empowered by God, the Holy Spirit (John 17:3).

John 3:3 New American Standard Bible

3 Jesus answered and said to him, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born again he cannot see the kingdom of God.”

John 3:16 New American Standard

16 “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life.

John 14:16-17,20 New American Standard Bible

16 I will ask the Father, and He will give you another Helper, that He may be with you forever; 17 that is the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it does not see Him or know Him, but you know Him because He abides with you and will be in you.
20 In that day you will know that I am in My Father, and you in Me, and I in you.

John 15:26-27 New American Standard Bible

26 “When the Helper comes, whom I will send to you from the Father, that is the Spirit of truth who proceeds from the Father, He will testify about Me, 27 and you will testify also, because you have been with Me from the beginning.

John 16:7-11 New American Standard Bible

7 But I tell you the truth, it is to your advantage that I go away; for if I do not go away, the Helper will not come to you; but if I go, I will send Him to you. 8 And He, when He comes, will convict the world concerning sin and righteousness and judgment; 9 concerning sin, because they do not believe in Me; 10 and concerning righteousness, because I go to the Father and you no longer see Me; 11 and concerning judgment, because the ruler of this world has been judged.

John 17:3 New American Standard Bible

3 This is eternal life, that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent.

If we have been born again, we know Christ as Lord and Savior. If we know Christ as our Lord and Savior, we have been born again.

During the time that I spent in Thailand and in the Philippines, during the Vietnam War, I remember those times as being times of national unity. We were not a hyphenated nation, we were “Americans.” Consider the unity that is shown in the faces of the following video. Please look very closely; or, you might miss somebody.

Lee Greenwood – A Prayer for America – Yankee Stadium Memorial (23 Sept 2001)) – God Bless the USA

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Israel 8 – Exodus 12-13

City of New Orleans, Arlo Guthrie – Arlo Guthrie (born July 10, 1947, Brooklyn, New York, USA) is an American folk singer-songwriter. Father of Abe Guthrie, Annie Guthrie, Sarah Lee Guthrie and Cathy Guthrie. Son of folk singer Woody Guthrie, brother of Nora Guthrie and grandfather of Krishna Guthrie.
https://www.discogs.com/artist/153674-Arlo-Guthrie The song was recorded by Arlo Guthrie in 1972, and is about a train, The City Of New Orleans, from Chicago, Illinois, to Memphis, Tennessee, to New Orleans, Louisiana. The distance for the train ride is about 900 miles, and the time for that ride is about nineteen hours. https://www.amtrak.com/city-of-new-orleans-train In this article on the study of Israel, we will see the beginning of its travel through the wilderness, which lasted much more than nineteen hours; the distance is, “beyond me,” but the time for the journey was forty years (Exodus 16:34-36).

Such memorable train routes as, The Orange Blossom Special, The Wabash Special and, of course, The City Of New Orleans, have a certain air of romanticism within their individual histories. The train trips that I have had in my past, have all left me with very pleasant memories. The Orange Blossom Special took me through the middle of beautiful Florida orange groves. “The Wabash Cannon Ball” was a fast express train line [1] on the Wabash Railroad. This express train traveled throughout the middle and western United States and also, on the Great Rock Island Route in the late 1800s and into the early 1900s.[2][3][4] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wabash_Cannonball The Orange Blossom Special was a deluxe passenger train on the Seaboard Air Line Railroad and connecting railroads between New York City and Miami in the United States. It ran during the winter season only. It covered 1,327 miles (2,136 km) on the Pennsylvania Railroad from New York City to Washington, D.C., the Richmond, Fredericksburg and Potomac Railroad from Washington to Richmond, and the Seaboard Air Line Railroad from Richmond via Raleigh, Columbia, and Savannah to Miami. A section also went to Tampa and St. Petersburg. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Orange_Blossom_Special_(train)
Some of my followers may have their own special memories of train trips. As a kid, I can not think of any of my friends that did not want a Lionel Train Set. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Orange_Blossom_Special_(train)
Btw, my favorite train ride ended at Tampa, Florida, on my way to MacDill AFB.

Israel 8 – Exodus 12-13 – Preliminary

Train travel was not an option for the Israelites as they were rushed out of Egypt by God; they walked. It was on God’s timeline to get His chosen people (Deu 14:2) out of Egypt, in the manner that He did: “God hardened Pharaoh’s heart”(Exodus 4:21; 7:3; 9:12; 10:1, 20, 27; 11:10; 14:4, 8, 17). Consider also, “the king hardened his own heart”(Exodus 7:13, 14, 22; 8:15, 19, 32; 9:7, 34, 35; 13:15). Check out the link to the MacArthur comment: https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Exodus+4%3A21&version=NASB Consider also the sovereign timing of God in John 2:4, “My hour has not yet come.” Additionally, as was stated in my article, “The Catching Up! When,?” it will be upon the decision of God as to the time of the catching up of His saints, prior to the tribulation, https://equippingblog.wordpress.com/2019/03/09/the-catching-up-when/
Another example of the timing of God, that is shown in the body of this article (Ex 12:41),”At the end of 430 years, to the very day, all the tribal divisions of the Lord went out from the land of Egypt.”

The year date of this article is 1447 B.C. (Thompson Chain-Reference Bible, Frank Charles Thompson, 1858-May 3, 1940, D.D., Ph.D.). It must be stated again, that all that is happening in these verses is a record of the sovereign actions of God to remove the Jews from Egypt and to lead them to their promised land. The promised land, which will be the possession of the Israelites, after they complete their soon to begin forty-year wilderness journey, will also be the land of the Jews during the yet to come Kingdom Age, in the time of the millennium. The fulfillment of God’s covenant with Abraham is seen in His leading the Jews to their promised land (Genesis 12:1-3; 15:18-21).

Israel 8 – Ongoing

We will continue with our study of Israel, which is not a study of the text, verse by verse or word by word, but an examination of the sovereign actions of God which He made to effect His purposes for Israel. It is very clear that throughout much of the world, to include many churches, there is a great lack of proper respect for “God’s Chosen People.” But, there is great scriptural truth for the fact that the Jews are, “God’s Chosen People.” It is important for born again believers in Christ to place Israel in its proper place of significance which God has placed that nation, to include its people.

The Jews were not abandoned by God (Elohim, Exodus 13:18) after He led them out of Egypt. Neither was God absent from the Presence of Israel on any day of their 40 years of wilderness experience. Neither is God absent from the Presence of Jews, or Israel, at any time in today’s world.

Nehemiah 9:19-21 New American Standard Bible (NASB)

19 You, in Your great compassion, Did not forsake them in the wilderness; The pillar of cloud did not leave them by day,To guide them on their way, Nor the pillar of fire by night, to light for them the way in which they were to go. 20 “You gave Your good Spirit to instruct them, Your manna You did not withhold from their mouth, And You gave them water for their thirst. 21 “Indeed, forty years You provided for them in the wilderness and they were not in want; Their clothes did not wear out, nor did their feet swell.

The biblical text of this article comes from The International Standard Version.
https://www.biblegateway.com/versions/International-Standard-Version-ISV-Bible/
International Standard Bible Version Information

Notes are based on my studies of the men and women whom are listed as sources of information in my Equipping Blog.

Exodus 12:37-42 International Standard Version (ISV) The Exodus Begins

37 About 600,000 Israeli men traveled from Rameses to Succoth on foot, not counting children. 38 A mixed multitude also went up with them, along with a very large number of livestock, including sheep and cattle. 39 They baked the dough that they brought out of Egypt into thin cakes of unleavened bread. It had not been leavened because they were driven out of Egypt and could not wait, nor had they prepared provisions for themselves. 40 Now the time that the Israelis lived in Egypt was 430 years. 41 At the end of 430 years, to the very day, all the tribal divisions of the Lord went out from the land of Egypt. 42 That was for the Lord a night of vigil to bring them out of the land of Egypt. This same night belongs to the Lord, and is to be a vigil for all the Israelis from generation to generation.

Note. Verses 40-41 “four hundred and thirty years.” Abraham had been told that his descendants would be aliens mistreated in a foreign land for 400 years, using a figure rounded to hundreds (Gen. 15:13).

Exodus 12:43-51 International Standard Version (ISV) Instructions for the Passover

43 The Lord told Moses and Aaron, “These are the regulations for the Passover: No foreigner is to eat it, 44 though any slave purchased with money may eat it after you have circumcised him. 45 But no temporary resident or a hired servant is to eat it. 46 It is to be eaten in one house, and you are not to take any of the meat outside the house, nor are you to break any of its bones. 47 The whole congregation of Israel is to observe it. 48 If an alien who resides with you wants to observe the Passover to the Lord, every male in his household must be circumcised, and then he may come near to observe it. He is to be like a native of the land, but no uncircumcised person is to eat it. 49 A single law exists for the native and the alien who resides among you.” 50 All the Israelis did this. They did exactly as the Lord commanded Moses and Aaron. 51 And on that very day, the Lord brought the Israelis out of the land of Egypt by their tribal divisions.

Note. Verse 46 “nor are you to break any of its bones.”
1 Cor 5:7. The death of Christ fulfilled the feast of Passover. Christ is the Christian’s Passover lamb.
1 Corinthians 5:7 New American Standard Bible (NASB)
“7 Clean out the old leaven so that you may be a new lump, just as you are in fact unleavened. For Christ our Passover also has been sacrificed.”
John 19:36. The crucified Christ had no bones broken.
John 19:36 New American Standard Bible (NASB)
“36 For these things came to pass to fulfill the Scripture, ‘Not a bone of Him shall be broken.’”

Exodus 13:1-2 International Standard Version (ISV) Consecration of the Firstborn

1 The Lord spoke to Moses, 2 “Consecrate to me every firstborn male. Whatever is the first to open the womb among the Israelis, both of humans and of animals, belongs to me.”

Exodus 13:3-10 International Standard Version (ISV) The Festival of Unleavened Bread

3 Then Moses told the people, “Remember this day on which you came out of Egypt, from the house of bondage, because the Lord brought you out from this place with a strong show of force. Moreover, nothing leavened is to be eaten. 4 Today, in the month of Abib, you are going out. 5 When the Lord brings you to the land of the Canaanite, the Hittite, the Amorite, the Hivite, and the Jebusite, which he swore to your ancestors to give you—a land flowing with milk and honey—you are to observe this ritual in this month. 6 You are to eat unleavened bread for seven days, and on the seventh day there is to be a festival to the Lord. 7 Unleavened bread is to be eaten for seven days, and nothing leavened is to be seen among you, nor is leaven to be seen among you throughout your territory. 8 And you are to tell your child on that day, ‘This is because of what the Lord did for me when I came out of Egypt.’ 9 It is to be a sign for you on your hand and a reminder on your forehead, so that you may speak about the instruction of the Lord; for the Lord brought you out of Egypt with a strong show of force. 10 You are to keep this ordinance at its appointed time from year to year.”

Note. Verses 2–10 This passage is a further explanation that tied the departure of the Jews from Egypt to God’s promise of Israel’s entrance into, and residence in, a new home land. In their new land, there would be an annual seven-day feast observance of the Jews’ departure from their slavery in Egypt. Verses 8 and 16 explain the opportunity, that was not to be overlooked, of parents teaching their children of the significance of God’s faithfulness in freeing the Jews from their Egyptian bondage.

Exodus 13:11-16 International Standard Version (ISV) The Redemption of the Firstborn

11 “When the Lord brings you to the land of the Canaanite and gives it to you, just as he promised you and your ancestors, 12 you are to dedicate to the Lord everything that first opens the womb. All the firstborn males of your livestock belong to the Lord. 13 You are to redeem every firstborn donkey with a lamb, and if you don’t redeem it, you are to break its neck. You are to redeem every firstborn among your sons. 14 Then when your child asks you in the future, ‘What is this?’, you are to say to him, ‘The Lord brought us out of Egypt, from the house of bondage with a strong show of force. 15 And when Pharaoh stubbornly refused to let us go, the Lord killed every firstborn in the land of Egypt, from the firstborn of humans to the firstborn of animals. Therefore, I sacrifice to the Lord every male that first opens the womb, but I redeem every firstborn of my sons. 16 It is to be a sign on your hand and an emblem on your forehead, because the Lord brought us out of Egypt with a strong show of force.’”

Note. Verse 12 “Dedicate,” (set apart), helps to explain the meaning of consecrate in verse 2. The idea is “to treat as distinct,” as well as to “identify as being special.” The word, “males,” relates to all firstborn.

Exodus 13:17-22 International Standard Version (ISV) God Guides the People in the Desert

17 When Pharaoh let the people go, God did not lead them along the road through the land of the Philistines, even though it was nearer, because God had said, “If the people face war, they may change their minds and return to Egypt.” 18 So God led the people the roundabout way of the desert toward the Reed Sea. The Israelis went up from the land of Egypt in military formation. 19 Moses took the bones of Joseph with him, because Joseph had made the Israelis take this solemn oath: “God will certainly take notice of you, and then you must carry my bones up with you from here.” 20 They left Succoth and camped in Etham at the edge of the desert. 21 The Lord went in front of them by day in a pillar of cloud to lead them along the way, and by night in a pillar of fire to give them light, so they could travel both day and night. 22 Neither the pillar of cloud by day nor the pillar of fire by night left its place in front of the people.

Note: Verse 17 See the comments from the MacArthur study note:
https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=ex+13%3A17&version=NASB

Note. Verse 21 Consider a pillar of cloud, and a pillar of fire. They would be the means by which God would lead the Jewish people. The cloud by day and fire by night (Ex 14:24) relate to the Angel of God (Ex 14:19; 23:20–23) or the Angel of God’s presence (Isa 63:8, 9). In Ex 3:2, it was the pillar from which the Lord also spoke to Moses.
(Ex 3:2, “The angel,” (mal·’ach, Hebrew), 4397: a messenger, malak: a messenger, Phonetic Spelling: (mal-awk’); “of the LORD,”(Yah·weh, Hebrew), 3068: the proper name of the God of Israel, Yhvh: the proper name of the God of Israel, Phonetic Spelling: (yeh-ho-vaw’).

Israel 9 – Supportive

At 12:36 in the video, we pick up from where our prior article on Israel ends,”Israel 7 – Exodus 5-12.”

Ron Wyatt – The Red Sea Crossing

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This is the incredible story of Ron Wyatt and how he actually proved the stories of the Bible were correct! In this video, Ron proves everything about The Red Sea Crossing and even found the wheels of the chariots under the water right where God told him to look. He also proved the Bible’s information about Noah’s Ark, the Ark of the Covenant, Mount Sinai and Sodom and Gommorah.

He also found the blood of Jesus Christ that was on the Ark of the Covenant! This information should have been front page news all over the world but has been suppressed by those wishing to deny Jesus.

When Israeli scientists tested the blood for Ron they had never seen anything like it! First the blood was still alive and they could analyze the chromosomes which would have been impossible if this was normal blood. Secondly when they analyzed the blood, they found that it had 23 chromosomes from the mother as was normal but only ONE chromosome from the father! About 90% of the scientists did not believe in God or Jesus Christ before they analyzed this blood. Ron Wyatt reported that every single scientist involved converted to Christianity afterwards!

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The Catching Up! When?

Mamas and The Papas – Monday Monday (Hollywood Palace, 1966). “Monday, Monday” is a 1966 song written by John Phillips and recorded by “The Mamas & The Papas.” The group was formed by husband and wife John and Michelle Phillips, formerly of the New Journeymen, and Denny Doherty, formerly of the Mugwumps. Both of these earlier acts were folk groups active from 1964 to 1965. The last member to join was Cass Elliot, Doherty’s bandmate in the Mugwumps.

In the song the lyrics are very telling of the subject of this article. Consider the words, “Monday Monday, could you leave and not take me?” There are other words in the song that relate to our “day to day” thoughts of life. Consider what it would be like if suddenly you were missing, and no one could figure out where you went. This same scenario is waiting to happen to millions of people, “and it will happen!” For those whom will be “doing the looking” for their missing loved ones and friends, they will begin a time of life that they will never have thought of, and will face conditions that will be more horrifying than anything that “science fiction” would have never dreamed of!

There is nothing in prophetic studies that tells of things that will precede such an absence of so many people from our world. But, as it relates to the time element that will be required for such an event to occur, we find the following prophetic scripture, “in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye,” (1 Corinthians 15:52). The following video shows what it will be like when “those missing,” will be missing. Notice that the setting in the video is that of a church building! Please understand that the event that is being shown is not that of the second coming of Christ, where He will stand on the earth.

See the following three passages. The catching up of the church is also “the gathering, 2 Thes 2:1).

John 14:3 New Living Translation (NLT)

3 When everything is ready, I will come and get you, so that you will always be with me where I am.

1 Corinthians 15:52 New Living Translation (NLT)
52 It will happen in a moment, in the blink of an eye, when the last trumpet is blown. For when the trumpet sounds, those who have died will be raised to live forever. And we who are living will also be transformed.

1 Thessalonians 4:16-17 New Living Translation (NLT)

16 For the Lord himself will come down from heaven with a commanding shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trumpet call of God. First, the believers who have died will rise from their graves. 17 Then, together with them, we who are still alive and remain on the earth will be caught up in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. Then we will be with the Lord forever.

Consider the purposes for the catching up of all born again believers in Christ. The believers at the Church in Thessalonica had a fear that “The Day of the Lord” had come, and that they were in “The Day Of The Lord.” They also had a concern that the man of sin (the anti-christ) had been revealed.

2 Thessalonians 2:1-4 New American Standard Bible (NASB)

Man of Lawlessness

1 Now we request you, brethren, with regard to the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ and our gathering together to Him,
2 that you not be quickly shaken from your composure or be disturbed either by a spirit or a message or a letter as if from us, to the effect that the day of the Lord has come.
3 Let no one in any way deceive you, for it will not come unless the apostasy comes first, and the man of lawlessness is revealed, the son of destruction,
4 who opposes and exalts himself above every so-called god or object of worship, so that he takes his seat in the temple of God, displaying himself as being God.

Note. vs 1 and 2. The Thessalonian Christians thought that they had missed the event which is shown in the above video. They thought that Christ had already come in the air to catch them up, to take them to the presence of God the Father, which would remove them from the persecution of the anti-christ and the divine judgment of God. These Thessalonians believed that they were living in the time of “the Day of the Lord.”
https://bible.org/seriespage/chapter-8-revelation-man-sin Consider the following verses that relate to the Feast Of Tabernacles, which is a fall feast of the Jews. The feast is also known as the Feast of Booths and the Feast of Ingathering.

The Jewish feast of Ingathering/Tabernacles/Booths: Lev 23:33-43; Ex 23:16-17; Deu 16:13-16; Neh 8:13-18; Num 29:12-40; John 7:2. The feast of tabernacles will fulfillment in Christ in Zech 14:16-19.

Note. vs 3 and 4: The man of sin can not be revealed until there will be an apostasy. The word, “apostasy,” will be discussed to show that it is God, and only God, who is in control of the timing of the catching up of the saints. No person, or persons, by their actions or thoughts, will determine the timing of God, for anything. We will now consult the Lexicon comments of 2 Thessalonians 2:3 which is provided by BibleHub.

2 Thessalonians 2:3 New American Standard 1977
Let no one in any way deceive you, for it will not come unless the apostasy comes first, and the man of lawlessness is revealed, the son of destruction.

NASB Greek Origin
the apostasy ἀποστασία (apostasia) from aphistémi

aphistémi: to lead away, to depart from

868. aphistémi

Strong’s Concordance
aphistémi: to lead away, to depart from
Original Word: ἀφίστημι
Part of Speech: Verb
Transliteration: aphistémi
Phonetic Spelling: (af-is’-tay-mee)
Definition: to lead away, to depart from
Usage: I make to stand away, draw away, repel, take up a position away from, withdraw from, leave, abstain from.

In any Biblical application, the sovereignty of God must be the primary factor of concern.

Psalm 103:19 New American Standard 1977
The LORD has established His throne in the heavens; And His sovereignty rules over all.

Jeremiah 18:6 New American Standard 1977
“Can I not, O house of Israel, deal with you as this potter does?” declares the LORD. “Behold, like the clay in the potter’s hand, so are you in My hand, O house of Israel.

In the case of 2 Thes: “vs 2 the Day of the Lord will not come, vs 3 unless the apostasy comes first,” the sovereignty of must MUST be the determining factor.

Day Of The Lord. The Day of the Lord is a period of time in which God will deal with wicked men directly and dramatically in fearful judgment. But the day designated in Scripture as “the day of the Lord” is coming when God will punish human sin, and He will deal in wrath and in judgment with a Christ-rejecting world. One thing we are sure of, that God in His own way will bring every soul into judgment. The Day of the Lord, according to the Old Testament, is a time of God’s judgment and a time of God’s dealing with the world in its sin. The Day of the Lord is also a time of deliverance and blessing for Israel. The millennium—the whole kingdom reign of Christ on earth—in which Christ personally directs the government of the world, is also included in the Day of the Lord. How are Christians related to this judgment? Verse 4 states: “But ye, brethren, are not in darkness, that that day should overtake you as a thief.” Christians, of course, do not know when the Day of the Lord is coming either The best explanation is that we will not be here. When the Day of the Lord comes, we will be in glory. https://bible.org/seriespage/chapter-5-day-lord

In creation, we see that everything that God had created was “very good.” (Gen 1:31). After the fall of Adam, and the resulting curse upon the earth, we see that God planned a redemption for His fallen world: ”

Genesis 3:14-15 New American Standard 1977
14 And the LORD God said to the serpent, “Because you have done this, Cursed are you more than all cattle, And more than every beast of the field; On your belly shall you go, And dust shall you eat All the days of your life; 15 And I will put enmity Between you and the woman, And between your seed and her seed; He shall bruise you on the head, And you shall bruise him on the heel.”

MacArthur study note:
3:15 After cursing the physical serpent, God turned to the spiritual serpent, the lying seducer, Satan, and cursed him. bruise your head…bruise His heel. Satan could only “bruise” Christ’s heel (cause Him to suffer), while Christ will bruise Satan’s head (destroy him with a fatal blow).

In the New Heaven, New Earth and New Jerusalem, we see the completed work of God that was done because of the fall of Adam in the Garden of Eden. In the Revelation to John, God tells of his continuing work:

Revelation 21:5 New American Standard 1977
“Behold, I am making all things new.”

From the point in time of the creation of the world (Gen 1:31), until the time of its being made new again, it was only God that was “in charge of construction.” Mankind does not have, and will not have, anything to do with the things of God’s sovereignty. In relation to 2 Thessalonians 2:3, it will not be a falling away from the Word of God that will cause God to catch up the born again believers in Christ. Much, to the contrary, it will be the sole decision of God (Father, Son, Holy Spirit), that will be responsible for the catching up of the saints taking place. Consider two of the most convincing proofs that tell of the saints, “whom will be missing.” From the Lexicon we find the Greek word “868.maphistémi,” “to lead away, to depart from.”

Consider a sheep pen that is full of sheep, and that they are under the care of their Shepherd.

John 19:2-4 New American Standard 1977
2 “He who enters by the door is a shepherd of the sheep. 3 “To him the doorkeeper opens, and the sheep hear his voice, and he calls his own sheep by name, and leads them out. 4. “When he puts forth all his own, he goes before them, and the sheep follow him because they know his voice.

868 “to lead away.” Christ will lead all of His born again believers out of the sheep pen of earth.
868 “to depart from.” Through the leading of Christ, all of His born again believers will depart from the sheep pen of the world.

In both instances of 868, it will be the rapture of the church that will be the tool that Christ will use to remove His believers from this world, and then take them to the third heaven, to the Presence of God the Father (2 Cor 5:10).

Consider the purposes for the catching up of the born again believers in Christ. The believers at the Church in Thessalonica had a fear that “The Day of the Lord” had come, and they were concerned that they were in “The Day Of The Lord.” The following information was drawn from a discussion that was provided by
Dr. David Reagan and Nathan E. Jones on a special television episode of Christ in Prophecy.

The Four Purposes for the Tribulation

The signs of the times indicate that we are on the threshold of the Tribulation, a time of unparalleled carnage that will befall the earth. The earth will plunge into a period of time that the Bible describes will be the most horrific period in all of human history.

What is the Tribulation, and what are its purposes?

One of the names the Bible gives for the coming worst time period in all of human history is the Tribulation.

It is because of the time of tribulation that will come upon the earth, that the born again believers in Christ will be removed from the earth. It will be God’s decision to bring upon the earth, the oppressive acts of the anti-christ, and the judgments of God (Rev 6:1-19:21). Consider the four purposes.

The first purpose for the Tribulation concerns the wrath of God. God’s anger has reached the lip of the cup. God’s very nature is patience, but His wrath will eventually pour out when His anger has finally reached its limit. God’s anger will finally consume the world in what the Bible calls the Day of the Lord. So, the first purpose involves the punishment for the world’s sin.

The second purpose for the Tribulation concerns bringing a remnant of the Jewish people back to know God and His Son, Jesus, as their Messiah.

The third purpose for the Tribulation involves the Gentiles, for they too will come to know the Lord as their Savior.

The fourth reason for the Tribulation, I think, is also the paramount reason for the Tribulation — Jesus returns. I am talking about Christ’s Second Coming. Jesus finally comes back to earth. When Jesus returns, He defeats Satan and the Antichrist, and He sets up His Millennial Kingdom for a thousand years.

(end of program)

Consider the things that will happen after the born again believers in Christ have been caught up from this earth, and the tribulation begins. All of these things will happen because of God’s plan, and because of the reasons that are stated in the Old Testament of the Bible, as follows.

Jeremiah 30 discusses the tribulation (586 B.C., Thompson Chain Reference Bible).

Jeremiah 30:7 New American Standard 1977
‘Alas! for that day is great, There is none like it; And it is the time of Jacob’s distress, But he will be saved from it.

Daniel 9 discusses the tribulation (539 B.C., Thompson Chain Reference Bible).

Daniel 9:20-23 New American Standard 1977
20 Now while I was speaking and praying, and confessing my sin and the sin of my people Israel, and presenting my supplication before the LORD my God in behalf of the holy mountain of my God, 21 while I was still speaking in prayer, then the man Gabriel, whom I had seen in the vision previously, came to me in my extreme weariness about the time of the evening offering. 22 And he gave me instruction and talked with me, and said, “O Daniel, I have now come forth to give you insight with understanding. 23 “At the beginning of your supplications the command was issued, and I have come to tell you, for you are highly esteemed; so give heed to the message and gain understanding of the vision.

Daniel 9:24 is the beginning verse of scripture that relates the tribulation to the Jews and Israel.

New Living Translation

24 “A period of seventy sets of seven has been decreed for your people and your holy city to finish their rebellion, to put an end to their sin, to atone for their guilt, to bring in everlasting righteousness, to confirm the prophetic vision, and to anoint the Most Holy Place.

The church, and believers in Christ, did not come into being until the year 30 A.D. (Ryrie Study Bible). Acts Chapter 2 shows the birthday of the church.
2 Corinthians was written in 56 A.D. (Ryrie Study Bible).
2 Cor 5:21 states that Christ became sin, so that believers in Christ will become the righteousness of Christ. Notice that Christ did not become a sinner; He became “sin” so that He could pay the sin debt, that born again believers would have to pay, had they not been born again.
Romans 8:1 states that there is no condemnation for those whom are in Christ. By being born again (John 3:3), such a person has a spirit that is as perfect as the Spirit of Christ. Anyone whom has been born again, literally has their spirit dwelling within the Spirit of Christ (John 14:20).

Summing it up, God does not have a problem with anyone whose Spirit is as perfect and sinless as that of the Spirit of God (Father, Son and Holy Spirit). The primary purpose for the Tribulation is for Jews whom have not been born again, to be born again, to accept Christ as Messiah. Until that happens, Jews, and Gentiles, whom have not been born again, “are sin.” They need Christ to pay their sin debt; and, He will, pay their sin debt, as soon as they accept Him as Lord and Savior (John 3:16-18). Eternal life for each person begins at the time of the new birth, which is the acceptance of Christ as Lord and Savior (John 17:3).

In future articles, we will discuss more about the anti-christ and the tribulation, the millennium and the eternal state. The following video shows the conditions of the world that will be present after the catching up of the born again believers in Christ occurs. There will be no babies or young children left on planet earth. There will be no people left on earth whom have been born again. There will be no people left on the earth that were not able to make a decision to accept Christ as their Lord and Savior. The subject of the new birth and the rapture of the church is a serious one. John 3:3, “you must be born again!”

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Israel 7 – Exodus 5-12

♪ Up, Up and Away is a 1967 song written by Jimmy Webb and recorded by The 5th Dimension, that became a major pop hit, reaching #7 on the U.S. Pop Singles. The singers, Billy Davis Jr., Florence LaRue, Marilyn McCoo, Lamonte McLemore, and Ronald Townson, sang a song of people being caught up in the clouds. The thought of anyone being “caught up in the clouds,” is more than a mere thought. As was stated in our last Israel article, Enoch was “caught up,” but to be taken to the Presence of God. Such an event can only be described as being “Divinely orchestrated!” (God “took” Enoch to heaven, Genesis 5:24.) The events of Israel’s history, and of her “yet to happen” future, can best be described as being a series of miraculous events that God performed, for “His purposes, for “His chosen people” (Deuteronomy 14:2). This article will begin with another miraculous “catching up” event of the Jewish prophet, Elijah. We will proceed from the catching up of Elijah to a study of the miraculous events that God performed to remove Israel from their place of bondage in Egypt.

Israel 7 – Exodus 5-12 – Preliminary

2 Kings 2:1-12 – NASB – Elijah Taken Up to Heaven – Context
https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=2+kings+2%3A1-12&version=NASB

Specific verse of Elijah being taken up to heaven:

VS 11: As they were going along and talking, behold, there appeared a chariot of fire and horses of fire which separated the two of them. And Elijah went up by a whirlwind to heaven.

Parallel Translations, Verse 11:

NIV: Elijah went up to heaven in a whirlwind.
NLT: Elijah was carried by a whirlwind into heaven.
ESV: Elijah went up by a whirlwind into heaven.
KJV: Elijah went up by a whirlwind into heaven.
CSB: Elijah went up into heaven in the whirlwind.
NET: Elijah went up to heaven in a windstorm.
HCSB: Elijah went up into heaven in the whirlwind.
NASB: Elijah went up by a whirlwind to heaven.
NAS 1977: Elijah went up by a whirlwind to heaven.
DARBY 1890: Elijah went up by a whirlwind into the heavens.
GENEVA 1599: Elijah went up by a whirlwind into heaven.

Based on the wording of the above translations, it is very clear that the Jewish prophet, Elijah, was taken up to heaven by God, and did so without experiencing death. New Testament comparisons of the same experience can be found in John 14:1-6; 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18, 1 Corinthians 15:50-54. Information about the Jewish Prophet Elijah can be found in the follow article that was published by Chabad.org, which is a Jewish organization (not Messianic Jewish).

https://www.chabad.org/library/article_cdo/aid/111833/jewish/Elijah-the-Prophet.htm

In the opening of this article, and the last post about Israel, we discussed the miraculous power of God in lifting His people up, from this earth, to heaven. In the closing of this article, we will discuss the miraculous power of God in making it possible for His people to cross a large body of water that has a floor of more than a mile below its surface. A normal question may be: (1) How could the fleeing Israelites (some very old and some very young, and some in very poor health and some in very good health), walk downward from the edge of the shore, a distance of 5500 feet, and then walk upward, a distance of 5500 feet, onto the far shore? Another reasonable question may be: (2) What happened to the possessions of the Egyptians, whom were pursuing the Israelites? These Egyptians were drowned by the same water that had been opened by God to allow the Israelites to flee to safety on the opposite shore from where they began their water crossing. Answers to these questions are considered in the closing video of this article.

Israel – Ongoing.

The miracles of God, in His deliverance of Israel from Egypt, continue in the following verses.

Let my people go (vs 1). I will not let Israel go (vs 2)

https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=ex+5%3A1-9&version=NASB

Exodus 5:1-9 New American Standard Bible (NASB)

Israel’s Labor Increased

1 And afterward Moses and Aaron came and said to Pharaoh, “Thus says the Lord, the God of Israel, ‘Let My people go that they may celebrate a feast to Me in the wilderness.’” 2 But Pharaoh said, “Who is the Lord that I should obey His voice to let Israel go? I do not know the Lord, and besides, I will not let Israel go.” 3 Then they said, “The God of the Hebrews has met with us. Please, let us go a three days’ journey into the wilderness that we may sacrifice to the Lord our God, otherwise He will fall upon us with pestilence or with the sword.” 4 But the king of Egypt said to them, “Moses and Aaron, why do you draw the people away from their work? Get back to your labors!” 5 Again Pharaoh said, “Look, the people of the land are now many, and you would have them cease from their labors!” 6 So the same day Pharaoh commanded the taskmasters over the people and their foremen, saying, 7 “You are no longer to give the people straw to make brick as previously; let them go and gather straw for themselves. 8 But the quota of bricks which they were making previously, you shall impose on them; you are not to reduce any of it. Because they are lazy, therefore they cry out, ‘Let us go and sacrifice to our God.’ 9 Let the labor be heavier on the men, and let them work at it so that they will pay no attention to false words.”

Moses and Aaron confront the Pharaoh, demanding the release of the Hebrew people. Pharaoh only increases the workload for the Israelites. God responds by inflicting a series of ten plagues on Egypt. Before each plague, Moses demands the Israelites’ release, and after each plague, God purposefully “hardens” Pharaoh so that he refuses the request (4:21, 7:22). The plagues are shown in Exodus 7:14-12:36. The year date of the plagues was 1447 B.C. (Thompson Chain-Reference Bible, Frank Charles Thompson, 1858-May 3, 1940, D.D., Ph.D.). The plagues outline comes from the Ryrie Study Bible, Dr. Charles Caldwell Ryrie, 1925-2016, Th.M., Ph.D.). It is important to know that all that is happening through these sovereign actions of God is to remove the Jews from Egypt and to lead them to their promised land. The promised land, which will be the possession of the Israelites, after they complete their soon to begin forty-year wilderness journey, will also be the land of the Jews during the yet to come Kingdom Age, in the time of the millennium. The fulfillment of God’s covenant with Abraham is seen in His leading the Jews to their promised land (Genesis 12:1-3; 15:18-21).

Prelude to plagues. Exodus 5:1-7:13.
https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=ex+5%3A1-7%3A13&version=NASB

God authenticates Moses by the plagues that He pours out on Egypt. Scriptures come from New American Standard Bible, 1995 Update. Links come from BibleGateway, https://www.biblegateway.com/

1 First Plague. Blood. Exodus 7:14-24.
https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=ex+7%3A14-24&version=NASB

2 Second Plague. Frogs. Exodus 7:25-8:15.
https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=ex+7%3A25-8%3A15&version=NASB

3 Third Plague. Gnats. Exodus 8:16-19.
https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=ex+8%3A16-19&version=NASB

4 Fourth Plague. Flies. Exodus 8:20-32.
https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=ex+8%3A20-32&version=NASB

5 Fifth Plague. Disease on the livestock. Exodus 9:1-7.
https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=ex+9%3A1-7&version=NASB

6 Sixth Plague. Boils on man and beast. Exodus 9:8-12.
https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=ex+9%3A8-12&version=NASB

7 Seventh Plague. Hail. Exodus 9:13-35.
https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=ex+9%3A13-35&version=NASB

8 Eighty Plague. Locusts. Exodus 10:1-20.
https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=ex+10%3A1-20&version=NASB

9 Ninth Plague. Darkness. Exodus 10:21-29.
https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=ex+10%3A21-29&version=NASB

10 Tenth Plague. Death. Exodus 11:1-12:36.
https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=ex+11%3A1-12%3A36&version=NASB

Before the plague, Moses instructs the Hebrew people to cover their door posts in the blood of a sacrificed lamb as a sign for God to protect their homes from His killings. Pharaoh relents and releases the more than 600,000 Israelites who, in turn, plunder the Egyptians’ wealth.

Israel – Supportive.

A video view of the land in the study of Exodus is provided in the following video and discussion. It is clear that God provided for the exodus of the Israelites in a plan that He devised in eternity past. It is also clear that God led the Israelites to the place of their “Red Sea Crossing,”and that it was not just by “happenstance” that the Jews “stumbled across” the proper place to cross the sea.

As we have been going through this wilderness study of Israel, we have been using a video tape series of discussions that show the terrain, and other natural land marks, that affected the travel of the children of Israel (Israel=Jacob, the son of Isaac, the son of Abraham). The six part study is called, “The Real Mount Sinai.”

Dr Bryant G. Wood, B.S., M.S., M.A., Ph.D. is the leader of the series of videos, The Real Mount Sinai.” I think that you will come away from this video series, having gained a lot of good food for thought. You will notice that this video series has not necessarily aligned up with each article, but has added content that is valuable to this overall series of articles that we are studying. Check the bio on Dr. Wood: https://creation.com/dr-bryant-g-wood

[Acts 7:36-40] He [Moses] led them out, performing wonders and signs in the land of Egypt, and in the Red Sea, and in the wilderness [of Midian/Saudi Arabia] forty years.

See Israel 4 for Parts 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
https://equippingblog.wordpress.com/2019/01/19/israel-4-the-preparation-of-moses-a-peek-into-the-end-times/

Exodus of Moses at Red Sea – The Real Mount Sinai :: Part 6 of 6

In this study of God’s chosen people, it is important to know some of the most commonly used names of God (John 8:32). There is a list of the names of God in the previous articles on Israel.

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How Fast Is Fast? Harpazo!

Here’s a list of the fastest vehicles. https://www.livescience.com/32882-worlds-fastest-vehicles.html Other references to speed follow the comments on vehicle speeds.

1. Fastest car: Thrust SSC, a super-sonic, jet-propelled car — 763.035 mph (1,227.986 kph). Set on a one-mile track at Black Rock Desert, Nevada in 1997.
2. Fastest production car: The Bugatti Veyron Super Sport — 267.81 mph (431.072 kph). Set in 2010.
3. Fastest motorcycle (official): BUB – Lucky 7 Streamliner — 367.382 mph (591.244 kph). Set at Bonneville Speedway, Utah in 2009.
4. Fastest motorcycle (unofficial): Top Oil-Ack Attack streamliner — 376.363 mph (605.697 kph). Set at Bonneville Speedway, Utah in 2010.Fastest boat: Spirit of Australia speedboat — 317.596 mph (511.13 kph). Set in 1970.
5. Fastest helicopter: Westland Lynx 800 G-Lynx — 249.1 mph (401 kph). Set in 1986.
6. Fastest manned spacecraft: Apollo 10 — 24,790 mph. (39,896 kph). Set in 1969.
7. The speed of sound. If we consider the atmosphere on a standard day at sea level static conditions, the speed of sound is about 761 mph, or 1100 feet/second. https://www.grc.nasa.gov/www/k-12/airplane/sound.html
8. The speed of light. The speed of light in a vacuum is 186,282 miles per second (299,792 kilometers per second), and in theory nothing can travel faster than light. In miles per hour, light speed is, well, a lot: about 670,616,629 mph. If you could travel at the speed of light, you could go around the Earth 7.5 times in one second. https://www.space.com/15830-light-speed.html

All of the above facts on speed are very interesting. But, let’s also consider the following terms that relate to “eye blinking speed.” Such speed is part of the equation of 1 Corinthians 15:52. Consider the following terms: “in the blink of an eye; suddenly, quicker than the blink of an eye; in a moment, in the blink of an eye; in a moment, faster than an eye can blink; like the blink of an eye; in an instant, in a split second,” all of which come from different Bible translations. Probably the best known “eye blinking” wording of 1 Corinthians 15:52 is, “in the twinkling of an eye.” This article will address the speed of “an eye,” as it relates to the end of times study. The context of 1 Corinthians 15:52 will be discussed in this article; other scriptures will be addressed that also act to explain the subject. Future articles will discuss the subjects of, “tribulation, millennium and eternal state,” which relate to the events that will follow, “the blinking of an eye.” “Translation” relates to the changing of mortal bodies, those which are decaying and dying (the kind that we all possess), into immortal bodies, those which will never decay or die (the kind that anyone would want to possess, and is available, “for the asking,”… read on!). The words of 1 Corinthians 15:52 that describe the translation process are, “we will be changed.” The context of believers in Christ being translated is stated in 1 Corinthians 15:35-57.

1 Corinthians 15:52 New American Standard Bible (NASB)

52 in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet; for the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised imperishable, and we will be changed.

How quickly will the rapture take place? The word, “rapture,” is an action word, and is derived from the following (Rapturo, Harpazo, Rapture):

http://www.christiantruthcenter.com/rapture-is-biblical/
The Bible was first written in Latin and the Latin word used for rapture is ‘rapturo’. The Bible was then translated to Greek and the word used is ‘harpazo’ meaning ‘to seize upon by force’ or ‘to snatch up’. Finally the Bible was translated into English and the word used for rapture is ‘caught up’. The scripture references for rapture are: 1 Corinthians 15:50-54, John 14:1-6 and 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18, per:
https://bible.org/question/where-did-term-8216rapture%E2%80%99-come
http://www.latin-dictionary.net/definition/32880/rapio-rapere-rapui-raptus
http://biblebc.com/Studies/A%20Ready%20Church/seven_raptures_in_the_bible.html

English NASB translation: “will be caught.” Greek: ἁρπαγησόμεθα(arpagēsometha); Strong’s Lexicon: 726: to seize, catch up, snatch away; Origin: from a prim. root harp- https://biblehub.com/lexicon/1_thessalonians/4-17.htm

“harpazo,” is the Greek word “ἁρπαγησόμεθα (arpagēsometha),” which means, “to seize, catch up, snatch away.” https://biblehub.com/greek/726.htm Consider the following flow of information. Notice that a transliteration is one word into which a number of other words are condensed.

harpazó: to seize, catch up, snatch away
Original Word: ἁρπάζω
Part of Speech: Verb
Transliteration: harpazó
Phonetic Spelling: (har-pad’-zo)
Definition: to seize, catch up, snatch away
Usage: I seize, snatch, obtain by robbery.

HELPS Word-studies
726 harpázō – properly, seize by force; snatch up, suddenly and decisively – like someone seizing bounty (spoil, a prize); to take by an open display of force (i.e. not covertly or secretly).

So, why are we having this discussion on the translation of our bodies? Well, let’s consider the dilemma.

1 Thessalonians 5:23 says that we have a spirit, soul and body. Our spirit is the first part of us that is finished, and is present within our embryo, upon our being conceived. Our spirit influences our soul (our mind, emotions, consciousness), which influences the things that we say, think, and do. Our mind begins to develop prior to birth, and continues to develop after we are born. Our body, our “eyes, nose and toes,” are developing from the time of conception until, and after, the moment of our birth.

After God completed the creation of our world, the condition of the world was “very good” (Genesis 1:31). That condition related to everything that God created, whether natural, mineral, physical, animal, human; things of the mind, of speech, of heart beat, of blood flow; things of the sky, ground, water, and anything else of creation that can be considered. All of God’s creation was very good, perfect, without error or defect.

After God created Adam (Genesis 2:7), He told Adam that if he were to eat of “the tree of the knowledge of good and evil” that he (Adam) would die (Gen 2:17). God made Eve from Adam’s rib (Gen 2:22). Eve tells the first lie (Gen 2:3). Eve eats from the tree, and “gives Adam a bite,” (Gen 3:6). At that point in time, Adam and Eve begin a life-long death spiral, with the curse of death spreading to all of mankind, from Adam and Eve, to their children, to you and me today (Romans 5:12-13; 1 Cor 15:22). Due to the fall of Adam, a curse came upon all that found perfection within the Garden of Eden in Gen Chapters 1-2, to include every part of each person’s body, soul and spirit; with sickness, illness, death and other bodily ailments, which were not present until the fall of Adam and Eve, becoming a major source of suffering in the lives of all humans and animals (Gen 3:14-19).

Life does not become “life,” at any governmental determined time; see below.

Biogenesis is the production of new living organisms or organelles. Conceptually, biogenesis is primarily attributed to Louis Pasteur and encompasses the belief that complex living things come only from other living things, by means of reproduction. That is, life does not spontaneously arise from non-living material, which was the position held by spontaneous https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Biogenesis

Let’s consider God’s solution for the dilemma from which all of mankind finds itself.

John 3:3 New Living Translation (NLT) We must be born again, spiritually.

3 Jesus replied, “I tell you the truth, unless you are born again, you cannot see the Kingdom of God.”

vs 3: The eternal Kingdom of God, is one of perfection. In order for mankind to enter the eternal state of the New Heaven, New Earth, and the New Jerusalem, each person must not be flawed, in any way, from the fall of Adam, and the curse which followed. We must be born again, and be given a spirit that is as pure as the Spirit of Christ. We must be given a body that is eternal, not dying, and not decaying (per 1 Corinthians 15:50-54.)

John 3:8 New Living Translation (NLT) God’s Holy Spirit causes the new birth of the spirit to take place.

8 The wind blows wherever it wants. Just as you can hear the wind but can’t tell where it comes from or where it is going, so you can’t explain how people are born of the Spirit.”

John 3:16 New Living Translation (NLT) If we have been born again, we will believe in Christ as our Lord and Savior. If we believe in Christ, we have been born again.

16 “For this is how God loved the world: He gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life.

John 3:18 New Living Translation (NLT) Anyone not having believed in Christ, is judged to be thrown into the lake of fire (Rev 20:10-15). Anyone having believed in Christ, has the expectant hope of being taken by Christ to the Presence of God the Father (1 Thes 4:13-18).

18 “There is no judgment against anyone who believes in him. But anyone who does not believe in him has already been judged for not believing in God’s one and only Son.

Romans 8:1 New Living Translation (NLT) No born again believer in Christ will ever come under the condemnation of the lake of fire (Rev 19:10-15).

8 So now there is no condemnation for those who belong to Christ Jesus.

It is only through the catching up of the saints by Christ, that anyone will be taken from earth to the Presence of God (John 14:1-6). It is only because of the new birth that anyone will be caught up by Christ and taken to the Presence of God (John 3:3). It is only because of the new birth and the catching up of the saints, that anybody will go before God at the Bema judgment (Judgment Seat Of Christ) for eternal rewards (2 Cor 5:10). From the Bema judgment, the caught up saints (the bride of Christ 2 Cor 11:2) will be taken to the Marriage Of The Lamb (Rev 19:7-8). From the Marriage of the Lamb, Christ and His bride will descend from the third heaven to earth for the Battle of Armageddon, where Christ will defeat the forces that are attacking Jerusalem at the end of the tribulation (Rev 19:11-21; Zech 14:1-4: Matt 24:29-30). It is only through the new birth and the catching up of the saints, that the believers in Christ will be taken to the eternal state of the New Heaven, New Earth and New Jerusalem (John 14:2-4; Rev 21:1-2).

It is important to know that the scriptures that relate to the catching up of the saints were/are written to people whom know Christ as their Lord and Savior, which means that they “have been/will have been” born again. Let’s consider the three passages that we have discussed.

John 14:1-6: This passage relates to Christ, and His Jewish born again believers, on the evening which preceded his crucifixion and death. See information on the Darby Translation below.

John 14:1-6 Darby Translation (DARBY)

1 Let not your heart be troubled; ye believe on God, believe also on me. 2 In my Father’s house there are many abodes; were it not so, I had told you: for I go to prepare you a place; 3 and if I go and shall prepare you a place, I am coming again and shall receive you to myself, that where I am ye also may be.
4 And ye know where I go, and ye know the way. 5 Thomas says to him, Lord, we know not where thou goest, and how can we know the way? 6 Jesus says to him, I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father unless by me.

1 Thessalonians 4:13-18 Darby Translation (DARBY). This passage comes from the letter that the Apostle Paul wrote to the born again believers in Christ (the saints/the church), at the church at Thessalonica (1 Thes 1:1).

13 But we do not wish you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning them that are fallen asleep, to the end that ye be not grieved even as also the rest who have no hope. 14 For if we believe that Jesus has died and has risen again, so also God will bring with him those who have fallen asleep through Jesus. 15 (For this we say to you in [the] word of [the] Lord, that *we*, the living, who remain to the coming of the Lord, are in no way to anticipate those who have fallen asleep; 16 for the Lord himself, with an assembling shout, with archangel’s voice and with trump of God, shall descend from heaven; and the dead in Christ shall rise first; 17 then *we*, the living who remain, shall be caught up together with them in [the] clouds, to meet the Lord in [the] air; and thus we shall be always with [the] Lord. 18 So encourage one another with these words.).

1 Corinthians 15:50-54 Darby Translation (DARBY). This passage comes from the letter that the Apostle Paul wrote to the born again believers in Christ (the saints/the church), at the church at Corinth (1 Cor 1:1-2).

50 But this I say, brethren, that flesh and blood cannot inherit God’s kingdom, nor does corruption inherit incorruptibility. 51 Behold, I tell you a mystery: We shall not all fall asleep, but we shall all be changed, 52 in an instant, in [the] twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet; for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and *we* shall be changed. 53 For this corruptible must needs put on incorruptibility, and this mortal put on immortality. 54 But when this corruptible shall have put on incorruptibility, and this mortal shall have put on immortality, then shall come to pass the word written: Death has been swallowed up in victory.

In this discussion on 1 Corinthians 15:52, as shown in the second video, there are four distinguished theologians on the Jon Ankerberg Show that are involved in the discussion on the subject of “the twinkling of an eye.” Those men are Jon Ankerberg, Ed Hindson, Ron Rhodes, and Mark Hitchcock; Mark addresses this issue. Consider the backgrounds of each of these men. John Ankerberg (M.Div, D.Min.); Ed Hindson (Th.D., D.Phil.); Ron Rhodes (Th.M., Th.D.); Mark Hitchcock (J.D.,Th.M., Ph.D.). The Library Page of this blog tells more about each man.

Let’s consider the action of the verses that surround 1 Cor 15:52.

1 Corinthians 15:50-57 New Living Translation (NLT)

50 What I am saying, dear brothers and sisters, is that our physical bodies cannot inherit the Kingdom of God. These dying bodies cannot inherit what will last forever.

51 But let me reveal to you a wonderful secret. We will not all die, but we will all be transformed! 52 It will happen in a moment, in the blink of an eye, when the last trumpet is blown. For when the trumpet sounds, those who have died will be raised to live forever. And we who are living will also be transformed. 53 For our dying bodies must be transformed into bodies that will never die; our mortal bodies must be transformed into immortal bodies.

54 Then, when our dying bodies have been transformed into bodies that will never die, this Scripture will be fulfilled: “Death is swallowed up in victory.

55 O death, where is your victory? O death, where is your sting?”

56 For sin is the sting that results in death, and the law gives sin its power. 57 But thank God! He gives us victory over sin and death through our Lord Jesus Christ.

Let’s consider the human situation that necessitates having a body that is mortal, decaying and dying.

vs 50. Our present physical bodies will not be allowed entry into the eternal Kingdom Of God where mortal and dying bodies can not exist within a perfect state of eternal life (Rev 21:4).

It is important to know that only born again believers in Christ will be caught up by Christ and taken to the Presence of God, the Father, in the third heaven (2 Cor 12:2). It is also important to know that Christ can cause any person’s spirit to be born again, per the example of the disciples (Matt 10:1; the disciples didn’t go through any classes; Christ called them.); and the wording of John 3:8, (“you can’t explain how people are born of the Spirit” NLT.)

Let’s consider the process by which believers in Christ (saints in Christ), will be made able to inhabit the eternal state of the Kingdom of God.

vs 51. A promise to all born again believers in Christ: “We will not all die;” we will be transformed/translated/changed.”
vs 52-53. The translation process will happen very fast, in the “blink of an eye.” At the time of the sound of the trumpet, which announces the coming of Christ from heaven for His born again believers,” deceased believers will be raised from the places where their bodily remains may inhabit (regardless of the state of decay), and will begin an immortal and eternal state of life which will be free from any kind of sickness, illness or debility. After all deceased believers have been “raised from death,” and made alive, all believers in Christ will be transformed and given bodies that will never die. Immediately, “in the twinkling of an eye,” all living saints (believers in Christ) will be freed from their dying, decaying, debilitated bodies, and given bodies that will be immortal, and that will never experience any kind of sickness, illness, or debility.

Consider that which makes the defeat of death possible.

54. The enemy of all whom have ever been born into this life will finally be defeated. For those whom have believed in Christ as their Lord and Savior, and have been born again, they will never again have to come “face to face” with death. It is through Christ that “death,” which is the greatest enemy of all human beings, will be defeated, and never, ever, be able to raise its ugly head, again.

In addition to the benefit of being caught up by Christ, and taken to the Presence of God, those whom have been born again have the following spiritual benefits.

1. Our spirit will dwell within the Spirit of Father, Son and Holy Spirit, and will be taught by God’s Holy Spirit (John 14:20; 26; 16:7-8). 2. Our spirit will be a new creation (2 Cor 5:17). 3. Our spirit will be as righteous as the Spirit of Christ (2 Cor 5:21). 4. The Spirit of Christ, being within our spirit, will be our expectant hope of eternal life (Col 1:27). 5. Our spirit will be perfect within the Spirit of Christ (Col 1:28). 6. When we were conceived and born, our spiritual condition was that of darkness (John 1:3). 7. Because we have a spirit that dwells within the Spirit of God the, “Father, Son and Holy Spirit,” we are no longer in a condition of darkness, but are now in a condition of light, which permits us to live within the Spirit of God (1 John 1:5). 8. By having our spirit dwelling within the Spirit of Christ, no one will ever be able to remove us from dwelling within His Presence (John 10:27-30). 9. At the time of our new birth, we begin our eternal spiritual life: “this ‘is’ eternal life,” (John 17:3).

Consider the eternal state in which born again believers in Christ will live forever. It will be a place where death, sin, sickness or debility will not be allowed to exist.

Revelation 21:1-4 New Living Translation (NLT)

The New Jerusalem

1 Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the old heaven and the old earth had disappeared. And the sea was also gone. 2 And I saw the holy city, the new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven like a bride beautifully dressed for her husband.

3 I heard a loud shout from the throne, saying, “Look, God’s home is now among his people! He will live with them, and they will be his people. God himself will be with them. 4 He will wipe every tear from their eyes, and there will be no more death or sorrow or crying or pain. All these things are gone forever.”

Conclusion.

Let’s reconsider the question of, “how fast is fast?” After I have given the question much thought, through much deliberation and prayer, I will have to share my conclusion of the matter. The conclusion in relation to the contents of this article is that, “fast is fast;” it is “God-fast!” Nothing can be any faster than when Christ returns to earth from Heaven to catch up His saints, to change their mortal bodies into immortal bodies, to take them to the Presence of God (John 14:1-6; 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18; 1 Corinthians 15:50-54).

It is important to know that God has a plan for Israel, and a plan for the Church. Israel is a nation; the church is not a nation. God has not replaced Israel with the Church; He has not given the promises and blessings to the Church that he made covenant to Israel; such teaching is known as replacement theology, and is designed by Satan to undermine God’s love for Israel, “His Chosen People” (Deuteronomy 14:2). The timeline for the rapture is based on God’s timeline for Israel. The purpose of the tribulation is based on God’s purposes for Israel, which do not include the Church. Nothing that the church has done, has not done, will do, or will not do, will hasten or delay the day in which God catches up the born again believers in Christ and takes them to His Presence in the third heaven. The purposes and details for the tribulation are written in the Old Testament. The time of the tribulation is known as “Jacob’s distress” and “Jacob’s trouble” (Jeremiah 30:7); it will be discussed in future writings, and will point to Israel (Daniel 9:2, 20) as being the reason for the tribulation. Also shown in prophecy will be God’s deliverance of Israel from, “Jacob’s distress.”

The judgments of God on the earth during the tribulation will be very severe. God will not place “the bride of Christ,” infants, young children, or anyone unable to make a decision for Christ, in the midst of the judgments that He will unleash on the earth (Rev 6:1-17; 8:1-7; 16:1-3). The purpose of the tribulation is for God to judge sin and to draw unbelieving Jews to accept Christ as their Messiah. The payment for the sin of the bride of Christ, the church, was made on the cross by Christ (2 Cor 5:21).

The only sin that will cause anyone to find themself in the tribulation is the sin of unbelief (John 3:16-18).

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Our closing video is that of a song that tells of the catching up of the saints.

The Happy Goodmans – I Believe He’s Coming Back [Live]

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Israel 6 – Exodus 4

Sweet, Sweet Spirit [Live]. God’s Holy Spirit, is that part of God that goes forth from Him for many purposes. As we continue our study of Israel, we will learn many things about how God’s Holy Spirit works on the behalf of God, “The Father.” In this series of articles we will see how God’s Holy Spirit worked in such a way as to deliver Jews from Egyptian bondage. We will also see how God traveled with the Israelites, and provided for them, and protected them, throughout their forty-year wilderness experience (Deuteronomy 2:7). God’s Holy Spirit is not an “it,” but is a “He,” the third person of the “Trinity.” (Father, Son, Holy Spirit) https://www.gotquestions.org/Trinity-Bible.html Since God’s Holy Spirit is not an “it, it may be appropriate to have such a greeting as “Holy Spirit,” as opposed to “the Holy Spirit.” The closing video shows the possibilities of how God delivered the Israelite’s, to, and through the Red Sea.

Israel 6 – Exodus 4 – Preliminary

Genesis 1:1-2 New American Standard Bible (NASB)

The Creation

1 In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. 2 The earth was formless and void, and darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was moving over the surface of the waters.

Spirit of God. Not only did God the Holy Spirit participate in creation, but so did God the Son (cf. John 1:1–3; Col. 1:16; Heb. 1:2) (MacArthur Study Bible note). Consider the role that God’s Holy Spirit had in the creation of our world, and in many things that relate to the chosen people of God.

Enoch was in the blood line that ran from Adam, through Seth. Enoch didn’t die, but was taken to heaven by God. (God “took” him to heaven, Gen 5:24. “Took.”). Enoch was the father of Methuselah, whom is the oldest person that ever lived, and died during the year of the flood (Wilmington’s Guide To The Bible, pg 10, Dr. Harold L. Wilmington). Methuselah was the father of Lamech, whom was the father of Noah. The blood line from Noah ran through Abram (Abraham), Isaac, and Jacob (whom God renamed Israel). Consider the following verse and comments.

Genesis 5:24 New American Standard Bible (NASB)

24 Enoch walked with God; and he was not, for God took him.

5:24 walked with God…was not, for God took him. Enoch is the only break in the chapter from the incessant comment, “and he died.” Cf. 4:17, 18; 1 Chr. 1:3; Luke 3:37; Heb. 11:5; Jude 14. Only one other man is said to have enjoyed this intimacy of relationship in walking with God, Noah (6:9). Enoch experienced being taken to heaven alive by God, as did Elijah later (2 Kin. 2:1–12). (MacArthur Study Bible note)

NASB Lexicon: took. Hebrew: לָקַ֥ח (la·kach). Strong’s:3947: to take.

3947. laqach

Strong’s Concordance
laqach: to take
Original Word: לָקַח
Part of Speech: Verb
Transliteration: laqach
Phonetic Spelling: (law-kakh’)
Definition: to take

Brown-Driver-Briggs: 1 take, take in the hand. 2 take and carry along with oneself. 3. a. take from, or out of. b. take, carry away. c. take away from, so as to deprive of.).

God will use whichever means that He finds necessary to fulfill His will. In the case of the exodus of Israel from Egypt, and their forty-year journey in the wilderness, God used many spiritual tools to fulfill His will in the lives of those Jews, God’s chosen people (Deuteronomy 14:2).

There is a New Testament comparison to the “taking” of Enoch to Heaven, which also relates to the “taking up” of His people, whom will be the born again believers in Christ. This subject will be addressed in articles that relate to the end times. Consider John 14:1-6.

Enoch was caught up and taken to heaven prior to the worldwide flood:

Genesis 6:17 New American Standard Bible (NASB)

17 Behold, I, even I am bringing the flood of water upon the earth, to destroy all flesh in which is the breath of life, from under heaven; everything that is on the earth shall perish.

Israel – Ongoing.

Date. The fourth chapter of Exodus took place in 1447 B.C. (Thompson Chain-Reference Study Bible, 2009, previous editions date back to 1903).

Exodus 4 Outline. 1. Moses’ rod is turned into a serpent. 6. His hand becomes leprous. 10. He is loath to be sent. 14. Aaron is appointed to assist him. 18. Moses departs from Jethro. 21. God’s message to Pharaoh. 24. Zipporah circumcises her son. 27. Aaron is sent to meet Moses. 31. The people believe him. (Nave’s Study Bible, Revised And Expanded, 1978).

Exodus 4 Examination. In this chapter, we will focus our attention on the intervention of God in the affairs of the people of Israel while they were in bondage in Egypt. We will see how God worked in the lives of the Egyptians and the Jews to bring about the exodus of Israel from Egypt.

Exodus 4 New American Standard Bible.

We will review God’s Chapter 3 discussion with Moses. God will take the Jews out of Egypt, in spite of the objections of the King of Egypt. God will strike Egypt with His miracles to cause the King to, “let God’s people go!”

Exodus 3:16-20 New American Standard Bible (NASB)

16 Go and gather the elders of Israel together and say to them, ‘The Lord, the God of your fathers, the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, has appeared to me, saying, “I am indeed concerned about you and what has been done to you in Egypt. 17 So I said, I will bring you up out of the affliction of Egypt to the land of the Canaanite and the Hittite and the Amorite and the Perizzite and the Hivite and the Jebusite, to a land flowing with milk and honey.”’ 18 They will pay heed to what you say; and you with the elders of Israel will come to the king of Egypt and you will say to him, ‘The Lord, the God of the Hebrews, has met with us. So now, please, let us go a three days’ journey into the wilderness, that we may sacrifice to the Lord our God.’ 19 But I know that the king of Egypt will not permit you to go, except under compulsion. 20 So I will stretch out My hand and strike Egypt with all My miracles which I shall do in the midst of it; and after that he will let you go.

Beginning in Chapter 4 we see that Moses had a great lack of confidence in his abilities to lead the people of Israel. Consider how God answered those objections.

Exodus 4:1-17 New American Standard Bible (NASB)

Moses Given Powers

1 Then Moses said, “What if they will not believe me or listen to what I say? For they may say, ‘The Lord has not appeared to you.’” 2 The Lord said to him, “What is that in your hand?” And he said, “A staff.” 3 Then He said, “Throw it on the ground.” So he threw it on the ground, and it became a serpent; and Moses fled from it. 4 But the Lord said to Moses, “Stretch out your hand and grasp it by its tail”—so he stretched out his hand and caught it, and it became a staff in his hand— 5 “that they may believe that the Lord, the God of their fathers, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob, has appeared to you.”

vs 2-3 The staff of Moses became a serpent. vs 4 The serpent became a staff.

6 The Lord furthermore said to him, “Now put your hand into your bosom.” So he put his hand into his bosom, and when he took it out, behold, his hand was leprous like snow. 7 Then He said, “Put your hand into your bosom again.” So he put his hand into his bosom again, and when he took it out of his bosom, behold, it was restored like the rest of his flesh. 8 “If they will not believe you or heed the witness of the first sign, they may believe the witness of the last sign. 9 But if they will not believe even these two signs or heed what you say, then you shall take some water from the Nile and pour it on the dry ground; and the water which you take from the Nile will become blood on the dry ground.”

vs 6-7 The hand of Moses became leprous. vs 7 The hand of Moses was returned to good health. vs Moses would be able to pour Nile River water on the ground, where it would become blood on the ground.

10 Then Moses said to the Lord, “Please, Lord, I have never been eloquent, neither recently nor in time past, nor since You have spoken to Your servant; for I am slow of speech and slow of tongue.” 11 The Lord said to him, “Who has made man’s mouth? Or who makes him mute or deaf, or seeing or blind? Is it not I, the Lord? 12 Now then go, and I, even I, will be with your mouth, and teach you what you are to say.” 13 But he said, “Please, Lord, now send the message by whomever You will.”

vs 10 Moses was self-conscious of his speaking deficiencies. vs 12-13 God would take care of any speech limitations that Moses would have.

Aaron to Be Moses’ Mouthpiece

14 Then the anger of the Lord burned against Moses, and He said, “Is there not your brother Aaron the Levite? I know that he speaks fluently. And moreover, behold, he is coming out to meet you; when he sees you, he will be glad in his heart. 15 You are to speak to him and put the words in his mouth; and I, even I, will be with your mouth and his mouth, and I will teach you what you are to do. 16 Moreover, he shall speak for you to the people; and he will be as a mouth for you and you will be as God to him. 17 You shall take in your hand this staff, with which you shall perform the signs.”

vs 14-15 Aaron, the brother of Moses, will be the mouth piece of Moses. vs 16 Aaron would speak to the people for Moses, even as Moses would speak to Aaron for the Lord. vs 17 Moses, despite God’s anger at his unwillingness, retained superiority in that he had the instrument by which miracles would be done so that it was identified as “the rod of God” (v. 20) (vs 16-17 notes from MacArthur Study Bible).

27 Now the Lord said to Aaron, “Go to meet Moses in the wilderness.” So he went and met him at the mountain of God and kissed him. 28 Moses told Aaron all the words of the Lord with which He had sent him, and all the signs that He had commanded him to do. 29 Then Moses and Aaron went and assembled all the elders of the sons of Israel; 30 and Aaron spoke all the words which the Lord had spoken to Moses. He then performed the signs in the sight of the people. 31 So the people believed; and when they heard that the Lord was concerned about the sons of Israel and that He had seen their affliction, then they bowed low and worshiped.

vs 29 Moses performed the miracles before the Jewish elders of vs 2-7; vs 30 the elders believed God’s Word. vs 31. The elders worshiped God.

Israel – Supportive.

A video view of the land in the study of Exodus is provided in the following video and discussion. It is clear that God provided for the exodus of the Israelites in a plan that He devised in eternity past. It is also clear that God led the Israelites to the place of their “Red Sea Crossing,”and that it was not just by “happenstance” that the Jews “stumbled across” the proper place to cross the sea.

As we go through this wilderness study of Israel, we will use a video tape series of discussions that show the terrain, and other natural land marks, that affected the travel of the children of Israel (Israel=Jacob, the son of Isaac, the son of Abraham). The six part study is called, “The Real Mount Sinai.”

Dr Bryant G. Wood, B.S., M.S., M.A., Ph.D. is the leader of the series of videos, The Real Mount Sinai.” I think that you will come away from this video series, having gained a lot of good food for thought. You will notice that this video series does not necessarily align up with each article, but will add content that will be valuable to this overall series of articles that we are studying. Check the bio on Dr. Wood: https://creation.com/dr-bryant-g-wood

[Acts 7:36-40] He [Moses] led them out, performing wonders and signs in the land of Egypt, and in the Red Sea, and in the wilderness [of Midian/Saudi Arabia] forty years.

See Israel 4 for Parts 1, 2, 3, 4
https://equippingblog.wordpress.com/2019/01/19/israel-4-the-preparation-of-moses-a-peek-into-the-end-times/

Exodus of Moses at Red Sea – The Real Mount Sinai :: Part 5 of 6

In this study of God’s chosen people, it is important to know some of the most commonly used names of God (John 8:32). There is a list of the names of God in the previous articles on Israel.

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7 Consider The Journey – Another Millennium Perspective

The subject of the end times, especially the study of the millennium, requires a great deal of study. There are many highly respected theologians that have written on the time and details of the Kingdom Age, also known as the millennium, and the millennial reign of Christ. Most of the authors that I have chosen for research purposes, have been found to be very knowledgeable of eschatology (end times study), and are “in sync” with their conclusions. However, I have found some differences in their findings, such as those that I have found in their research of the millennium; but, those differences are minor, as they fit into the overall subject of the end times. This article on, “Consider The Journey-Another Millennium Perspective,” will provide a point of view on the millennium, in which I find total agreement. It is a view that is sound, and is supported by the research of three highly respected theologians, whom are deceased, having taught at Dallas Theological Seminary for more than fifty years each, Drs., Pentecost, Walvoord and Ryrie. By the way, you will come to see that the song, “Beulah Land,” actually relates to the eternal “heavenly state” of the “new heaven, new earth and new Jerusalem” (Revelation 21:1-2). The millennium, however, which relates to a time of “earthly” existence, covers a time period of only “one thousand years.” A credible source document that I have used, more than any other, in the preparation of this article is, “Things To Come, 1958, J.Dwight Pentecost, Th.D., forward by John W. Walvoord, Th.D.; both of Dallas Theological Seminary.)” “Things To Come” is a book that everyone should also consider for a study on the subject of the end times; Chapter XXXI offers great insight into the study of the millennium.

The millennium is one of the key parts of “The Day Of The Lord.” “The Day Of The Lord,” which is the major theme of the prophetic book of Joel, involves God’s special intervention in the affairs of human history. Included events are God’s intervention in the affairs of Israel (Ryrie Study Bible, Dr. Charles C. Ryrie, Th.D., Ph. D.)…. Israel will praise the Lord during the Millennium. The Day Of The Lord is a time that God may judge or bless. It is a time that will begin with the seven-year tribulation, which could be called the “judgment phase,” and will continue throughout the entire thousand-year reign of Christ, which could be called the “blessing phase.” The Day Of The Lord will stretch all the way from the rapture to the end of the millennium. It will commence with a time of wrath and judgment on a wicked and Christ-rejecting world, and will culminate in a time of peace and prosperity in which Christ will be in the midst of the earth, and bring blessing to the nation of Israel. The millennium will end with judgment (Rev 20:9-15) (John Walvoord, commentary, 1&2 Thessalonians).

The Day of the Lord is a period of time in which God will deal with wicked men directly and dramatically in fearful judgment. In 1 Thessalonians 5, the Day of the Lord is used in the sense of an extended period of time. The Day of the Lord, according to the Old Testament, is a time of God’s judgment and a time of God’s dealing with the world in its sin. The Day of the Lord is also a time of deliverance and blessing for Israel. The millennium—the whole kingdom reign of Christ on earth—in which Christ personally directs the government of the world, is also included in the Day of the Lord. Paul is telling the Thessalonians that the Day of the Lord is going to come, and this follows immediately the passage which dealt with the coming of Christ for His church (1 Thessalonians 4:13-18) (John Walvoord, Commentary, 1 & 2 Thessalonians).

Here is the order of events of the Day Of The Lord: “Rapture Of The Church By Christ. Tribulation. Second Coming Of Christ. Millennium.” Following the events of the Millennium will be the destruction of our world (1 Peter 3:10), and the gift of God to those whom have been born again, which will be the eternal state,” of the new heaven, new earth and new Jerusalem (Rev 21:1-2). Notice that “the earthly Jerusalem,” and the remainder of our present world will be destroyed prior to the appearance of the “new heaven, new earth and new Jerusalem.”

It is important to know that the “Kingdom Age, the earthly millennium, the rule and reign of Christ,” is the same one thousand-year period that immediately follows the tribulation and second coming of Christ, where He sets foot on the earth, for the purposes of judgment of sin, and the establishment of the Kingdom Age. The rapture precedes the tribulation, and is the event where Christ comes in the air to catch up His deceased and living saints of the church age. During the time of the millennium, the Old Testament saints, the church-age saints, and the tribulation saints, all of whom will have immortal, resurrection bodies, will reside in the heavenly Jerusalem of the eternal state (Rev 21:1-2); they will continue residing there throughout eternity, but will have access to the earth.

The new Jerusalem, “the heavenly Jerusalem,” will come down out of heaven by God and will be the abode all of the saints (Heb 12:22-24); it is the place that Christ is preparing for His people (John 14:2). During the millennium, the New Jerusalem will be suspended over the earth; it will be the dwelling place of all believers during eternity as is emphasized in Rev 21:1-8 (Ryrie Study Bible note, Rev 21:2). Those residents of the heavenly, New Jerusalem, will rule and reign with Christ during the time of the earthly millennium (Jews, Matt 19:28, and Gentiles, Rev 20:4-6). They will be able to go to and from the heavenly earth, to the earth of the millennium, as they reign with Christ.

Born again, living and deceased, believers of the church age will reside in the eternal state throughout the duration of the millennium, due to their having immortal bodies (resurrected, and changed bodies), given to them at the time of the rapture of the church (1 Cor 15:50-54). Those, whom will be born again during the tribulation, will be allowed to enter the millennium at the end of the tribulation, Jews (Matt 24:40-41) and Gentiles (Matt 25:34-40); they will enter without having immortal resurrection bodies. These tribulation saints were unbelievers at the time of the rapture of the church, and were left behind to endure the tyranny of the anti-christ and the judgments of God. By entering the millennium in mortal bodies, these tribulation saints will bear children, whom will also have to come to saving faith in Christ, and be born again, in order for them to enter the eternal state. All born again mortal people in the tribulation will be given immortal resurrection bodies, and will be allowed to enter the eternal state (Rev 21:1-2). Children whom are born during the millennium, but never come to saving faith in Christ, never having been being born again, “will not” enter the eternal state (Rev 21:1-2), but will find their eternity in the Lake Of Fire (Rev 20:7-15).

Consider a heavenly city, the Heavenly Jerusalem. Hebrews 11:10, 11:16, 12:22-24, Galatians 4:26, Revelation 3:12, 21:2, 21:10. The Heavenly Jerusalem will be the destination for all raptured and resurrected saints at the time of the second coming of Christ. The raptured living saints are those in John 14:1-6, 1 Corinthians 15:50-54, and 1 Thessalonians 4:13-15, 17-18. The resurrected saints are (1) all Old Testament resurrected saints (Daniel 12:1-2), (2) New Testament resurrected deceased saints (1 Corinthians 15:50-52, and 1 Thessalonians 4:16), (3) tribulation martyred, deceased and resurrected saints (Revelation 20:4); they will occupy the earthly Jerusalem “during the millennium.” These saints will have access to the “earthly Jerusalem” during the millennium, where they will rule and reign with Christ. Resurrected Jews will rule over the Kingdom Age Jews (Matthew 19:28). Resurrected Gentiles will rule over Kingdom Age Gentiles (Revelation 20:6). Left-behind saved Jews will occupy the land that was promised to Abraham. Left-behind saved Gentiles will be able to travel through the land of Israel (Genesis 15:18-20), but will reside outside of those boundaries (Zechariah 8:20-23, 14:9-21). Unfallen angels will also occupy the earthly Jerusalem “during the millennium,” and will have access to the “earthly Jerusalem” during the millennium.

Consider a place that Christ has prepared for the raptured and resurrected believers in Christ (John 14:2), and for all saints of all times. At the time of the rapture of the church (catching up of the saints), those saints will be taken by Christ to the Presence of God in the third heaven (2 Corinthians 5:10), where they will receive heavenly rewards. Next, they will accompany Christ to the Marriage of the Lamb (Revelation 19:7-8). Then, Christ and His bride (the born again believers in Christ), will descend from heaven to earth for the Battle of Armageddon (Revelation 19:11-20); Christ wins this spiritual battle (Revelation 19:15,21). After the victory, all of the raptured and resurrected saints will meet at the Marriage Supper (Rev 19:9) during the millennium, in the heavenly new earth. Only born again people will enter the earthly kingdom, but sin will develop and flourish. This is because of those whom will be born during the Kingdom Age, but whom will not be born again. There will be death on earth during the earthly Kingdom Age (Isaiah 65:20). However there will be no death in the heavenly eternal state (Revelation 21:4), neither during the time of the millennium, nor during eternity.

Consider the tribulation Jews and Gentiles that are allowed to go into the Kingdom Age on earth. They will have been born again, but will enter the Kingdom Age in mortal bodies; therefore, they will be able to have children. The children that will be born during the Kingdom age will be born with a need to be born again, and will be given instruction by Christ (Isaiah 2:3). Not all of these people will come to faith in Christ during the millennium; they will be a part of an attack on those whom will have come to faith in Christ, at the millennial age Battle of Gog and Magog (Revelation 20:7-9). Those whom will come to saving faith in Christ, will be given resurrection bodies (as opposed to resurrected bodies), and will be allowed to enter the eternal state of the New Heaven, New Earth and New Jerusalem (Revelation 21:1-2, 7, 8).

Consider a place that has been prepared by God for those Jews (Matthew 24:39-41), and Gentiles (Matthew 25:34), whom will miss the rapture and will be born again during the tribulation. Those whom will be born again (John 3:3) and come to saving faith in Christ during the tribulation, will be allowed to enter the Kingdom Age on earth during the millennium. But, because these left-behind Gentiles and Jews will not have been raptured or resurrected, they will not initially be allowed to enter the eternal state of the New Heaven, New Earth and New Jerusalem (Revelation 21:1-2). However, because these tribulation saints had been born again, they will be given immortal resurrection bodies so that they can enter the eternal state.

Consider a look into the eternal state (Ryrie Study Bible notes).

Rev 21:1. A new heaven and a new earth. The present creation will be destroyed so that it may be cleansed from all the effects of sin (2 Peter 3:7, 10, 12).

Rev 21:3-4. People will enjoy a new intimacy with God, and the elimination of those sorrows that sin brings.

Rev 21:8. Those, whose lives can be characterized in these ways will be cast into the lake of fire because they have shown themselves to be unbelievers.

Rev 21:11. The city will shine with the Glory of God, which will allow that Glory to shine brilliantly.

Rev 21:12-14. Though both Jewish saints and Christian saints will inhabit the city, the names of the twelve tribes and the twelve apostles are a witness to their continued distinction.

Let’s not forget the unfallen angels, and their importance in the return of Christ and His bride at the time of the Battle of Armageddon, which has also been called the campaign of Armageddon.

Matthew 24:29-31 New American Standard Bible (NASB)

The Glorious Return

29 “But immediately after the tribulation of those days the sun will be darkened, and the moon will not give its light, and the stars will fall from the sky, and the powers of the heavens will be shaken. 30 And then the sign of the Son of Man will appear in the sky, and then all the tribes of the earth will mourn, and they will see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of the sky with power and great glory. 31 And He will send forth His angels with a great trumpet and they will gather together His elect from the four winds, from one end of the sky to the other.

24:31 from one end of heaven to the other. All the “elect” from heaven and earth are gathered and assembled before Christ. This is the culmination of world history, ushering in the millennial reign of Christ (cf. Rev. 20:4). (MacArthur Study Bible note).

My note. Angels will be sent throughout the world to gather the elect (Jews, Deuteronomy 14:2). These will be Jews of the tribulation. They will be taken to the Presence of Christ (Matt 24:29-31). One will be left behind to enter the millennial kingdom. One will be taken in judgment (Matt 24:40-41). Initially, those whom are taken, face death (Luke 17:37). At the end of the millennium they will be raised to go before the great white throne judgment (Rev 20:10-15).

Notice that the tribulation precedes the second coming of Christ and the millennium. Notice, also, that the event of Matt 24:40-41 is not the rapture of the church.

As I close this article, I would like for you to consider the events which will lead up to the millennium. The following video will show an assortment of events which are very close to those which God’s Word tells about the tribulation and great tribulation. Consider the Words of Christ, our Lord and Savior.

Matthew 24:21 New American Standard Bible (NASB)

21 For then there will be a great tribulation, such as has not occurred since the beginning of the world until now, nor ever will.

The great tribulation will be the last half of the seven years of tribulation, which will take place after the rapture of the church takes place. Conditions on earth will become increasingly more severe. Millions of people will be missing. No one whom is left on earth will be a born again believer in Christ. Liberal theologians will be interviewed on CNN, MSNBC, and other such networks, explaining that global warming, or alien abductions, are the cause of all of the people being missing. Disorder will be the order of the day. Chaos and violence will sweep the earth. A new world order of, “one world government – one world leader,” will be established. Cosmic disturbances, of all sorts, will erupt and make the flood of Noah’s time look like a day at the beach (Gen 7:10-24). The entire world will attack Israel. Of the soldiers that will be involved in the attack on God’s Holy land, none will have a relationship with Christ. So, what is my advice for those of whom have no relationship with Christ? The answer is found in John 3:3, “you must be born again; and in John 3:16,”you must believe in Christ as your Lord and Savior,” otherwise, you will face God’s judgments which will fall on everyone whom is left on the earth (Rev 3:10). Born again believers in Christ, little children, and those whom are unable to make a decision to accept Christ as their Lord and Savior, will be removed from the earth prior to the events of the tribulation taking place, and will begin a time of presence and intimacy with God, that will last throughout all eternity.

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7 Consider The Journey

BEULAH – bu’-la (be`ulah “married”). Beulah Land relates to a time and place on earth after the tribulation has ended when all born again Jews and Gentiles find themselves in the Kingdom Age, also known as the millennium. It will be a time when Christ, the Messiah, will rule over all of the earth for one thousand years. Beulah Land is also a name symbolically applied to Israel: “Thy land (shall be called) Beulah …. thy land shall be married. …. so shall thy sons marry thee” (Isaiah 62:4). In this figure, frequently used since Hosea, the prophet wishes to express the future prosperity of Israel. The land once desolate shall again be populated. https://www.biblestudytools.com/dictionary/beulah/
During the Kingdom Age, for those whom will have entered with resurrected bodies, or resurrection bodies (e.g., 1 Corinthians 15:50-54), there will be no sickness or death.

Beulah Land is also a stop on the way to the eternal state of the New Heaven, New Earth and New Jerusalem (Revelation 21:1-2). All born again believers in Christ/Messiah will go from the Kingdom Age into the eternal state; they will expect the following: “and He will wipe away every tear from their eyes; and there will no longer be any death; there will no longer be any mourning, or crying, or pain; the first things have passed away.” (Revelation 21:4).

The second video tells of things that will happen immediately after the catching of up of the born again believers in Christ occurs (John 14:1-6; 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18; 1 Corinthians 15:50-54). This series of articles will discuss the events that lead to, and follow, “the catching up of the true spiritual church.” The “catching up” of the saints (born again believers in Christ) is also known as the rapture (English), harpazo (Greek) and rapio/raptura (Latin).”

The Bible is God’s story of a journey, “from a garden to a city, with a cross in between.” Within the pages of the Bible is a timeline that begins in the garden of Eden, and travels throughout time until it reaches the eternal state of the “New Heaven, New Earth and New Jerusalem;” this blog will focus on key stops along the way.

Much of this Blog focuses on the Jews of the Old Testament, whom are known in Scripture as “God’s Chosen People” (Deuteronomy 14:2), and their waiting for a Messiah who will rule and reign in a coming Messianic governed kingdom. You will see Blog posts telling of the coming of the Jewish Messiah, who was born a Jew, who also died a Jew, was resurrected a Jew, ascended to Heaven as a Jew, and will return to Earth as a Jew who will rule and reign in His Messianic Kingdom. Many articles that you will find posted in this Blog will show God speaking to Jews through Jewish prophets about “future things” that relate to a Messianic King, who will rule and reign on Earth during the thousand-year Kingdom Age, also known as the Millennium (thousand years). Articles in this Blog identify Christ, our Lord and Savior, as being the Messianic King, whom is also known as “KING OF KINGS, AND LORD OF LORDS” (Revelation 19:16). At the end of the Messianic Kingdom, “Satan,” whom had been bound for most of the thousand years, emerges and leads an assault against Christ and righteousness. Christ wins this battle (Battle of Gog and Magog, Rev 20:7-9), and Satan loses! At that time, all righteous people, of all time, enter into the eternal state of the New Heaven, New Earth and New Jerusalem, which is at the end of the Journey that began at the Garden of Eden. God the Father and God the Son “are” the Temple (Rev 21:22), “and are” the light (21:23-24). Ezekiel 47:12 pictures the New Jerusalem as the new and perfect “Eden.” Per Rev 22:3,”There will no longer be any curse; and the throne of God and of the Lamb will be in it, and His bond-servants will serve Him.” We are told in Scripture that Christ is “God with us,” (Isaiah 7:14; Matthew 1:23), and that He is “Mighty God” (Isaiah 9:6).

As pleasant as is the picture that is painted above, there is another picture that also needs to be painted. That second picture tells about all of the people whom will not find their eternity in the eternal state of “New Heaven, New Earth and New Jerusalem.” Because of the seriousness of the outcome of both “pictures,” no punches will be held back in these articles. The second picture will show things of this world that may lead a husband and wife to put themselves, and their children, on a road that will not take them to the eternal state where they can spend eternal bliss with God. Instead, the second picture will show such people, whose journey ends at the Great White Throne Judgment. There, they will be cast into “the lake of fire,” which burns forever and ever.” With them, will be Satan, the anti-Christ, the false prophet, and all others who were not born again, whose names were not found written in the book of life (Revelation 20:10-15).

The following information is too serious to not be stated. Parents, this is as real as a heart attack! Some of you may need to take corrective actions now! Consider the things that affect the minds of your children.

Conditions that will exist in the Eternal State of Revelation 21-22, and those that will not exist, are shown in the following verses.

Revelation 21:1-3 Christian Standard Bible (CSB)

The New Creation

1 Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth; for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and the sea was no more. 2 I also saw the holy city, the new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared like a bride adorned for her husband. 3 Then I heard a loud voice from the throne: Look, God’s dwelling is with humanity, and he will live with them. They will be his peoples, and God himself will be with them and will be their God.

The following conditions will be present in the Eternal State for the righteous people of all time.

Revelation 21:4 Christian Standard Bible (CSB)

4 He will wipe away every tear from their eyes. Death will be no more; grief, crying, and pain will be no more, because the previous things have passed away.

God is active in making the Eternal State perfect.

Revelation 21:5 Christian Standard Bible (CSB)

5 Then the one seated on the throne said, “Look, I am making everything new.” He also said, “Write, because these words are faithful and true.”

Unrighteous people will not be present in the Eternal State.

Revelation 21:8 Christian Standard Bible (CSB)

8 But the cowards, faithless, detestable, murderers, sexually immoral, sorcerers, idolaters, and all liars—their share will be in the lake that burns with fire and sulfur, which is the second death.”

Question: Why are cowards unrighteous? It is because they will not have trusted in Christ as their Lord and Savior. It is also because they will have not been born again, which would have given them a perfect spirit, which would have allowed them to be given a righteous and perfect eternal resurrection body and soul (to complement their perfect spirit).

Consider the born-gain experience, and results.

John 3:3 Christian Standard Bible (CSB)

3 Jesus replied, “Truly I tell you, unless someone is born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.”

It’s simple. If anyone believes in Christ as Lord and Savior, they have been born again. If they have been born again, they believe in Christ.

John 3:16-18 Christian Standard Bible (CSB)

16 For God loved the world in this way: He gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life. 17 For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him. 18 Anyone who believes in him is not condemned, but anyone who does not believe is already condemned, because he has not believed in the name of the one and only Son of God.

The new birth puts our spirit into the Spirit of Christ, due to our spirit being a perfect and holy spirit.

2 Corinthians 5:17 Christian Standard Bible (CSB)

17 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has passed away, and see, the new has come!

In order for our spirit to be put into the Spirit of “God the Father/God the Son/God the Holy Spirit,” we must have a spirit that is as perfect as the Spirit of “God the Father/God the Son/God the Holy Spirit.”

1 John 1:5 Christian Standard Bible (CSB)

5 This is the message we have heard from him and declare to you: God is light, and there is absolutely no darkness in him.

The perfection of the Eternal State will not allow anything, or anyone, that is not as spiritually pure as God to enter, where only righteousness is present. Only people whom have been made to be righteous, by being born again, will be allowed to enter the Eternal State (Revelation 21:4).

A consistent lifestyle of one, or more, of the following conditions are proof of a person whom has not been born again, and identifies such a person as one whom will not enter the Eternal State.

1 Corinthians 6:9-10 (Christian Standard Bible)

9 Don’t you know that the unrighteous will not inherit God’s kingdom? Do not be deceived: No sexually immoral people, idolaters, adulterers, or males who have sex with males, 10 no thieves, greedy people, drunkards, verbally abusive people, or swindlers will inherit God’s kingdom.

But, people can change. They can place their trust in Christ and be born again.

1 Corinthians 6:11 (Christian Standard Bible)

11 And some of you used to be like this. But you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God.

The Democrat Party supports and promotes homosexuality and abortion on demand. That party is now supporting legislation which will make it lawful to kill an unborn baby, even during and after the birth of the child. Such legislation recently passed by New York, attempted by Virginia, and under consideration by other states, identify those goals. Nobody having a lifestyle of supporting homosexuality, or abortion on demand, has been born again. Such people do not have the Spirit of God dwelling with their spirit, promoting them to live righteously (John 14:16-17, 16:7-8). In essence, such people will stand in line at the great white throne judgment, and will spend eternity in the lake of fire (Revelation 20:10-15).

Parents, “it’s up to you” to teach Godly things to your children (Deuteronomy 6:5-9).

The following video tells of the event (the rapture of the church) that will precede the things that are shown in the opening video of this article.

16 For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first. 17 Then we who are alive and remain will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air, and so we shall always be with the Lord (1 Thessalonians 4:16-17).

Consider “the dead in Christ,” 1 Thessalonians 4:16,” and “the dead,” Revelation 20:12.

“The dead in Christ.” 1 Thessalonians 4:16.” For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first.”

The “dead in Christ” are those deceased believers in Christ whom will be resurrected and taken to the Presence of God at the time of the rapture. The living born again believers in Christ will immediately be caught up and taken to God’s Presence in the third heaven .

“The dead.” Revelation 20:12. “And I saw the dead, small and great, standing before God, and books were opened. And another book was opened, which is the Book of Life. And the dead were judged according to their works, by the things which were written in the books.”

“The dead,” are all of those whom have not been born again, and are standing before God at the end of the Millennium, at the great white throne judgment. As opposed to “the dead in Christ,” whom had their sin debt paid by Christ, these whom are “unbelieving and unborn again” must pay their own debt, which comes from the judgment of God at Revelation 20:15.

Should anyone choose to pay their own debt sin?

Romans 3:23
23 for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,

Romans 5:8
8 But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.

Romans 6:23
23 For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Romans 8:1

8 There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus, who do not walk according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit.

Romans 10:9
9 that if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.

Romans 10:13
13 For “whoever calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved.”

John 3:16
16 “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life.

2 Corinthians 5:21
21 He made Him who knew no sin to be sin on our behalf, so that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.

Should not everyone call on Christ, in belief, to save them, thereby paying their sin debt?

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5 – Road To The “Apocalypse,” And Beyond – Introduction

Published on Aug 23, 2017, Marina grew up in Uman playing the organ for her church in Uman, Ukraine. But she was actually a Jew! Through Shabbat.com, she learned about her heritage. Her wedding took place at the Klatzko dining room in Monsey, NY. !

As you consider this Jewish Wedding, consider the love that Jews have for each other. Also, consider the unending love that God has for the Jews, as He spoke to them through the Jewish prophet, Jeremiah, “I have loved you with an everlasting love,” (Jeremiah 31:3, NASB).

All following passages in this article will come from the NASB, unless otherwise noted.

It is impossible to have a study of eschatology, without also having an understanding of the nation of Israel, as it relates to the end times scenario. Any serious student of the end times must seek an understanding of the covenant promises of God to Abraham (Genesis 12:1-3), as they relate to the land of Israel, the covenant seed of Israel, and the end times promise of the Kingdom Age. There is a movement that has existed for many years, and is very much alive today, that is known as “replacement theology.” The belief within replacement theology is that the church is the new Israel. The reasoning for such error is because Israel rejected Christ, is in a state of unbelief today, and that the promises and blessings that God made to Israel are now beneficent to the church. However, a careful reading of Genesis 12:1-3, shows that the blessings of God for Israel are not based on any state of belief, or unbelief, that may be present in the spiritual condition of Israel. God has never made a promise to any nation or people, as He has made to “the nation of Israel.” There is no such thing as “a Christian nation,” having God-ordained geographic boundaries. The church is the born again body of believers in Christ, and is by no means a nation. During the Kingdom Age, the nation of Israel will dwell within the God-given boundaries of the land of Israel, that is based on the covenant that God made with Abraham. During the time of the Millennium (Kingdom Age), born again Gentiles will reside in lands that are located beyond the borders of Israel. In order for Jews to find their place in the Kingdom Age land of Israel, each of those Jews must have been born again (John 3:3).

At present time, the nation of Israel is living in a condition of unbelief, as it relates to its relationship with Christ, the Messiah. The city of Tel Aviv is a very sinful city; the city of Jerusalem is a city of much less sin. Since 1948, Jews have been returning to their homeland, and in a state of unbelief. Unbelieving Jews will be tested for belief in Christ during the Tribulation. At the end of the Tribulation, those Jews, whom have come to saving faith in Christ, will return in belief to the Lord, and to a much larger land, that extends from the Nile River in Egypt to the Euphrates River in Iraq. Regardless of Israel’s sinfulness, or of its proper standing with Messiah/Christ, God’s Word is firm: Genesis 12:3, “I will bless those who bless you, And the one who curses you I will curse.” We have no choice, but to bless Israel, or to be the targets of God’s curses.

Consistent with the articles that are being written on my Equipping blog, the content of this Revealing Israel blog relates to the end of times scenario of God’s plan for the Ages. The Equipping blog has a key focus on the end times, as they were spoken by God through the Jewish prophets to the people of Israel. This Revealing Israel blog shows the culmination of events of “prior days, our day, and days to come,” as they relate to the things of end times prophecy. I encourage you to follow all of my blogs.

In the preceding article, “4 – The Mystery Form Of The Kingdom, 12 Jul 2018,” we had a survey of the current day events that extend from the time of the birth of Christ, the Messiah, until His return to earth. It is interesting to read things from the Bible that are, “here and now,” and will continue until the time of our Lord’s return, which will come in two phases. The first phase is that of Christ returning in the air to take His followers with Him “to Heaven” (John 14:1-6, 1 Thessalonians 4:13-15, 1 Corinthians 15:50-54). The second phase of the Lord’s return is that of Christ returning “from heaven” with his believers to physically stand on the earth.

The word, “apocalypse,” as it relates to this study, comes from Revelation 1:1, and is shown in Strong’s Greek Lexicon, as follows:

Revelation 1:1 “The Revelation of Jesus Christ”

The Revelation “Ἀποκάλυψις” of Jesus “Ἰησοῦ iēsou” Christ, “Χριστοῦ christou”

It is the revealing of Christ (the apocalypse) that is of key significance in this study. The revealing “of the things that will take place,” tells of many horrible things that will occur on earth, to the earth and the people that are “left behind” on earth, which will occur at the first phase of Christ’s return…in the air…, which is also known as the “catching up” of the saints, whom are the people who know Him as Lord and Savior.

1 Thessalonians 4:17. “Then we who are alive and remain will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air, and so we shall always be with the Lord.” (from Strong’s Greek lexicon ).

“will be caught” ἁρπαγησόμεθα arpagēsometha 726 (to seize, catch up, snatch away)
“up together” ἅμα ama 260 at once

Following the “catching up” of the saints (believers in Christ), there will be a time of “tribulation,” which will have a key focus on the people of Israel, “whom are left behind;” the goal of the tribulation will be of leading those Jews to saving faith in Christ, the Messiah. Gentiles, whom also are left behind, will come under the same tribulation as that of the Jews. In addition to the Jews and Gentiles, sin will be judged by God during the tribulation. The identity of the Jews being of key significance during the tribulation is taught in the following Old Testament prophetic scripture.

1. Jeremiah 30:7 New American Standard Bible (NASB)

7 ‘Alas! for that day is great, There is none like it; And it is the time of Jacob’s distress,
But he will be saved from it.

My note. Jacob is Israel. “Your name shall no longer be Jacob, but Israel. (Genesis 32:28)

Comment. MacArthur Study Bible. 30:7 time of Jacob’s trouble. This period of unprecedented difficulty for Israel, as the verse defines, is set in a context of Israel’s final restoration. It is best equated with the time of tribulation (cf. vv. 8, 9) just before Christ’s Second Advent, mentioned elsewhere (Dan. 12:1; Matt. 24:21, 22) and described in detail by Rev. 6–19.

In this study we will discuss the things that lead to up to the time that believers in Christ are “caught up,” to be in the Presence of God for rewards, and then to be taken to the Marriage of the Lamb, and the return of the “caught up” saints with Christ at the Battle of Armageddon for the establishment of the Kingdom Age, also known as the millennium, and the thousand-year reign of Christ, at the end of the Tribulation.

Phase 1 of the return of Christ, “in the air” for the catching of His believers (John 14:1-6; 2 Thessalonians 4:13-18; 1 Corinthians 15:50-54.)

Caught up, born again believers in Christ, taken to the Judgment Seat of Christ for rewards (2 Corinthians 5:10).

Caught up, born again believers in Christ (the bride of Christ), taken to the “marriage of the Lamb” (Revelation 19:7-8).

Phase 2 of the return of Christ to the earth. Christ is with His Bride (the believers in Christ). Their destination is “the Battle of Armageddon”, where Christ wins a spiritual victory over the nations of the earth, whom are attacking Israel. This event takes place at the end of the Tribulation (Revelation 19:11-20:4; Zechariah 14:1-4, 5-15; Matthew 24:29-30).

The Kingdom Age/Millennium/1,000 Year Reign of Christ follows the Battle of Armageddon, with entry requirements that, “you must be born again” (John 3:3-8), which is a spiritual rebirth, that is performed by God’s Holy Spirit. At the catching up of the saints (believers in Christ), only those whom have been born again will be caught up, to be with Christ, to not be present during the Tribulation. Those whom remain on earth during the Tribulation will have the opportunity to accept Christ as Lord and Savior; they will most likely die from the persecution of the anti-Christ, but will raised from death at the end of the Tribulation, and will enter the Millennium in a resurrected/perfected, “body, soul and spirit” (1 Thessalonians 5:23).

As we pursue this study of the end times, we will discuss the return of Christ in the air, to catch up His believers and remove them from the imminent onset of the Tribulation. We will also study the events that will take place during the tribulation, and the return of Christ to earth to end the tribulation. We will discuss the events of the Millennium, as they lead to the time of the Great White Throne Judgment (Revelation 20:7-15), where the unbelievers of all time will be raised from death to face their eternal punishment. We will finalize this journey where we observe the born again believers in Christ, as they enter the Eternal State where they will be in the new heaven, new earth and new Jerusalem, where “the Lord God the Almighty and the Lamb “are its temple” (Revelation 21:22).

The message of the following video matches that of this article. Listen carefully to the words of the song; they are all about the return of Christ to the earth, “from where He ascended.”

Happy Goodman Family. I Believe He’s Coming Back. The words, and subject of this video, are taken from Acts 1:9-11, “This Jesus, who has been taken up from you into heaven, will come in just the same way as you have watched Him go into heaven.” All of the members of the Happy Goodman Family are now in the Presence of God.

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4 – The Mystery Form Of The Kingdom

Matthew – Chapter 13 (1 of 2), is the opening video for this post. “The Mystery Form Of The Kingdom” is shown in each of the parables. Notice in the second video that women are with the disciples receiving the teaching of Christ. Luke 8:1-3 tells of women traveling with the disciples and Christ. The final video discusses the women of Luke 8:1-3. Notice the emphasis that Christ places on the Kingdom Of Heaven which, in this context, relates to the thousand-year millennium, also known as the millennial reign of Christ; He gives no reference to the eternal state of “new heaven, new earth, new Jerusalem (Revelation 21-22). It is interesting that the word,”Kingdom,” is used so often in the gospels. Consider the number of times that each gospel uses “Kingdom.” Matthew (53) Mark (18) Luke (45) John (4). Equally interesting is that Luke uses “Kingdom” many more times than do Mark and John. That is quite an accomplishment for a writer that is thought by many to have been a Gentile; I am not convinced. Nowhere in Scripture is Luke called a Gentile. He was asked to be an investigative reporter (Luke 1:3) to obtain “data” for a Gentile official, “Theophilus,” (Luke 1:3, “it seemed good to me also, having followed all things closely for some time past, to write an orderly account for you, most excellent Theophilus). Luke wasn’t an eyewitness of the ministry of Christ, but He went into “the heart of the Jew” with his investigation and conclusion. We can’t base the identity of anyone based on occupation or association. If Luke were a Gentile, he would have been the only non-Jew writer in the Bible. He was very familiar with Jewish customs, and other Jewish details; consider Luke 3:23-37. It is hard to imagine that Jews would “open up” to a Gentile. After all, Jews had been oppressed by Gentiles ever since their slavery in Egypt, which dates back to 1705 B.C. Luke was a physician (Col 4:14). Matthew, another gospel writer, was also “white-collar.” Because of Matthew’s profession of tax collector (Matt 9:9, 10:3), he was well-known in gentile circles; he could also have been said to be the “CPA and bureau chief of the Jerusalem office of “H And R Block.” I will add an “lol.”

The Kingdom Of God

The use of the term “kingdom of heaven.” In the Scriptures the term “kingdom” is used in seven different ways: (1) the Gentile kingdoms, (2) the kingdoms of Israel and Judah, (3) the kingdom of Satan, (4) God’s universal kingdom, (5) a spiritual kingdom, (6) the millennial Davidic kingdom, (7) the mystery form of the kingdom (J. Dwight Pentecost, Things To Come, page 142).

We are in a study of the kingdoms, as they relate to eschatology. We are considering: The Spiritual Kingdom, The Millennial Kingdom, and The Mystery form of the Kingdom. In the previous Kingdom post, we discussed the Millennial Kingdom. In this article we will discuss the “Mystery Form Of The  Kingdom.” The content in the articles that are being written in this series of Kingdom discussions rely heavily on the knowledge and writings of Drs.,  J. Dwight Pentecost, Charles, John F. Walvoord, Charles C. Ryrie, Merrill F. Unger, and C.I. Scofield, all of whom are deceased. Also, Dr. John F. MacArthur’s study Bible, daily radio broadcasts, and live tv sermons from his pastorate at Grace Community Church in Sun Valley, CA, provide me with challenging thoughts and ideas that come from his ministry of preaching and teaching that dates back to 1969.

…. The mystery form of the kingdom brings us to a concept entirely distinct from the spiritual and millennial kingdoms. That God was going to establish a kingdom on the earth was no mystery. Since the first sin in Heaven, when God’s sovereignty was challenged, it was His purpose to manifest His sovereignty by the establishment over which He ruled….. The mystery form of the kingdom has reference to the age between the two advents of Christ. The mysteries of the kingdom of heaven describe the conditions that prevail on the earth in that interim while the King is absent. These mysteries, thus relate this present age to the eternal purposes of God in regard to His kingdom…. Concerning this mystery form of the kingdom, it is observed, in the first place, that it can not be equated with the millennial kingdom, for that kingdom was no mystery but was clearly predicted in the Old Testament. In the second place, it can not refer to the spiritual kingdom, for that kingdom is constituted only of saved individuals, who enter it by the new birth, but this mystery form of the kingdom is composed of saved and unsaved, alike (wheat and tares, good and bad fish). It can not refer, thirdly, to the eternal kingdom, for these mysteries are limited in time to this inter-advent period. It can not be limited, fourthly, to the church, for this mystery form of the kingdom includes more than the church. On the other hand, it must be observed, that this mystery form of the kingdom has reference to things that were hitherto unrevealed, is definitely limited as to time, and represents the entire sphere of profession in the present age. It is most important, eschatologically, to keep these three usages of the term “kingdom” separate and distinct…. In the time element in Matthew thirteen, Ryrie writes to show that these parables are limited to the inter-advent period. He says:

…. “The kingdom of the heavens has become like unto.” This sets the time limit for the beginning of the subject matter involved. In other words, the kingdom of heaven was assuming the form described in the parables at that time when Christ was personally ministering on the earth. The end of the time period covered by these parables is indicated by the phrase “end of the world,” or more literally, “the consummation of the age” (verses 39-49). This is the time of the Second Advent of Christ, when He comes in power and great glory. Therefore, it is clear that these parables are concerned only with that time between the days when Christ spoke them on earth and the end of the age. This gives a clue to the meaning of the phrase, “the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven….”  (taken from “Things To Come,” pp 142-144, J. D. Dwight Pentecost)

Closing Parable Video

Matthew – Chapter 13 (2 of 2)

Video of women traveling with Christ and learning from Him along side of His twelve disciples

English – Women Disciples of Jesus

Parable Descriptions

Each of the parables of Matthew Chapter 13 follow. A brief description of each parable is provided. The parables relate to new things and old things. The new things are new treasures of truth. Old things have been revealed in the past. The key to these treasures is Matthew 13:52 (The Parable Descriptions, and the notes, come from “Things To Come, pg 145, J. Dwight Pentecost.”).

https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=matthew+13%3A1-23&version=ESV
Matthew 13:1-23 English Standard Version (ESV) The First Mystery
The Sower – This parable relates to a new thing, “the proclamation of the Kingdom.”

https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=matthew+13%3A24-30&version=ESV
Matthew 13:24-30 English Standard Version (ESV) The Second Mystery
The Tares among the Wheat – This parable relates to a new thing, “false imitation in the Kingdom.”

https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=matthew+13%3A36-43&version=ESV
Matthew 13:36-43 English Standard Version (ESV)
The Tares and Wheat explained

https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=matthew+13%3A31-32&version=ESV
Matthew 13:31-32 English Standard Version (ESV) The Third Mystery
The Grain of Mustard Seed – This parable relates to a new thing, “visible extension of the Kingdom.”

https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=matthew+13%3A33&version=ESV
Matthew 13:33 English Standard Version (ESV) The Fourth Mystery
The Leaven – This parable relates to a new thing, “insidious corruption of the Kingdom.”

https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=matthew+13%3A44&version=ESV
Matthew 13:44 English Standard Version (ESV) The Fifth Mystery
The Hidden Treasure – This parable relates to an old thing, “The Israelite Nation.”

https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=matthew+13%3A45-46&version=ESV
Matthew 13:45-46 English Standard Version (ESV) The Sixth Mystery
The Pearl – This parable relates to an old thing, “The Jewish remnant during the Tribulation.”

https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=matthew+13%3A47-51&version=ESV
Matthew 13:47-51 English Standard Version (ESV) The Seventh Mystery
The Drag-Net – This parable relates to an old thing, “The judgment of the nations at the end of the Tribulation.”

https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=matthew+13%3A51-52&version=ESV
Matthew 13:51-52 English Standard Version (ESV)
Concluding Statement About The Parables

It is important to know that the horrible things that will happen to people, as discussed in these parables, relate to unsaved people who are living on planet earth during the tribulation. Saved people will have been caught up (1 Thessalonians 4:13-18) to be in the Presence of God prior to the tribulation. The tribulation is known as Jacob’s trouble, or distress, (Jeremiah 30:7), and relates to Israel. It is also known as “the seventieth week of Daniel” (Daniel 9:24-27), during which time God is dealing with judging sin and drawing Jews to saving faith in Messiah/Christ.

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Parents! Teach Your Children – The Declaration Of Independence – July 4, 1776

God Bless the U.S.A. by Lee Greenwood. May we never forget the details of 911.

No one should have more interest in the education of children, than should the parents of their children. In our nation, there is a great deal of discussion that is going on that relates to our country and its governing processes. In order for parents to be able to teach their children about the formation of our nation, and the government that represents its citizens, those parents need to have an understanding of such facts, themselves.

The thirteen colonies, which became the original thirteen states of the United States Of America declared their independence from the tyrannical government of Great Britain. The Declaration Of Independence states, in detail, the reasons for their exit from the oppressive British government. There are people in the United States Of America which say that those colonies were wrong in starting a nation that was abased on Divine Providence but, the case is made very clearly as to the reasons for declaring the United States Of America to be free from Great Britain, and its design being Divinely inspired and and established.

The Bill of Rights was written to establish individual rights of America’s citizens from the government that they had established, and was not a document that gave certain rights to the citizens of our country, “from our government.” The Bill of Rights came as a result of the horrible experiences that the writers of our Constitution had suffered at the hands of Great Britain. It was from those experiences of government overreach that the Bill of Rights, being the first ten amendments to our Constitution, was added to our Constitution. Stated again, the Bill of Rights provides freedoms for the citizens of the United States of America, “from the government” of the United States of America.

As a child, I was taught Civics, which explained the formation of our country. During the Carter administration, the Department of Education was established, which made education a political matter. Since then, Civics is no longer taught, without putting a presidential political spin on the subject of the greatness of our country, or lack thereof. Cursive writing and sentence diagramming are gone. The “Three Rs” of education (reading, writing, arithmetic) have suffered greatly, as have other subjects of instruction. Instead, with a liberal president’s cabinet, our children can be expected to receive an education that reflects a mindset of homosexuality and abortion on demand, with no emphasis being placed on the colonial formation of the United States of America, with the resulting greatness of the greatest nation that has ever been formed in our world.

The constitution of the United States of America is not a “living and breathing document,” to be changed “at whim.” There are steps that allow for changes to be made. The Supreme Court’s mission is to interpret the Constitution in cases that are brought before it, and is not to create laws. Prospective Supreme Court candidates should be judged on whether they have shown a history of interpreting the Constitution, as opposed to making judicial decisions that are based on their own personal opinions.

Consider the words of Max McLean in the following video on the Declaration Of Independence. Children need to know the facts of the forming of our country. It is up to parents to ensure that their children receive correct teaching on this subject.

The Declaration of Independence (as read by Max McLean)

Consider the Bill of Rights, which are the rights of citizens to protect us from our government.

http://www.billofrightsinstitute.org/founding-documents/bill-of-rights/

THE BILL OF RIGHTS – FULL TEXT

Amendment I
Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.

Amendment II
A well regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed.

Amendment III
No soldier shall, in time of peace be quartered in any house, without the consent of the owner, nor in time of war, but in a manner to be prescribed by law.

Amendment IV
The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.

Amendment V
No person shall be held to answer for a capital, or otherwise infamous crime, unless on a presentment or indictment of a grand jury, except in cases arising in the land or naval forces, or in the militia, when in actual service in time of war or public danger; nor shall any person be subject for the same offense to be twice put in jeopardy of life or limb; nor shall be compelled in any criminal case to be a witness against himself, nor be deprived of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor shall private property be taken for public use, without just compensation.

Amendment VI
In all criminal prosecutions, the accused shall enjoy the right to a speedy and public trial, by an impartial jury of the state and district wherein the crime shall have been committed, which district shall have been previously ascertained by law, and to be informed of the nature and cause of the accusation; to be confronted with the witnesses against him; to have compulsory process for obtaining witnesses in his favor, and to have the assistance of counsel for his defense.

Amendment VII
In suits at common law, where the value in controversy shall exceed twenty dollars, the right of trial by jury shall be preserved, and no fact tried by a jury, shall be otherwise reexamined in any court of the United States, than according to the rules of the common law.

Amendment VIII
Excessive bail shall not be required, nor excessive fines imposed, nor cruel and unusual punishments inflicted.

Amendment IX
The enumeration in the Constitution, of certain rights, shall not be construed to deny or disparage others retained by the people.

Amendment X
The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the states, are reserved to the states respectively, or to the people.

Consider the Supreme Court, and its mission of interpreting the Constitution.

https://www.supremecourt.gov/about/about.aspx

As the final arbiter of the law, the Court is charged with ensuring the American people the promise of equal justice under law and, thereby, also functions as guardian and interpreter of the Constitution.

Consider the following video which explains the makeup of our government.

How to Understand the 3 Branches of Government

Consider how the President of the United States is elected. The first thirteen states elected a president of those thirteen states; each state had a say in this process. No one state could be the sole determining state in this election process. The Electoral College prevents elections from being hacked and stolen. In the Presidential elections of 1992 and 1996, Bill Clinton did not receive a majority of the popular vote in either of those elections. It was the Electoral College vote that decided the winner in each of those elections. The constitution was found to be sound in its design and purpose.

Do You Understand the Electoral College?

By the way, “I pledge Allegiance to the flag of the United States of America and to the Republic for which it stands, one nation under God, indivisible, with Liberty and Justice for all.”

A final word, I am proud to be an American, and proud to be:

United States Air Force Retired

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Matthew 25:40 – Really?

“And the King will answer and say to them, ‘Assuredly, I say to you, inasmuch as you did it to one of the least of these My brethren, you did it to Me.” (Matthew 25:40)

Crime And Disease – The Results Of Uncontrolled Migration

Consider the effects of uncontrolled migration. Consider communicable diseases that can be spread by the recent mass influx of non-citizens that are crossing over the southern border into the USA. All Americans have great compassion for the less fortunate but, here is a question that is not being raised by those that have not thought this situation out fully, and clearly. Let all of the open borders advocates seriously answer this question. DO YOU WANT YOUR CHILD TO DIE FROM A DISEASE THAT HAS BEEN BROUGHT INTO OUR COUNTRY BY A CHILD FROM MEXICO, OR OTHER CENTRAL OR SOUTH AMERICAN COUNTRIES? Consider the violence in Europe that is the result of uncontrolled mass migration; it could happen in our country. Consider what would have been the mass migration effects of Hillary being in office.

Clinton called President Barack Obama’s plan to admit 10,000 Syrian refugees in fiscal year 2016 a good start in a September 2015 interview on CBS Face the Nation, but she said the “United States has to do more.” She suggested admitting 65,000 refugees, amounting to a 550 percent increase.

Consider what the plan of Hillary would have done to our nation.

http://www.politifact.com/truth-o-meter/statements/2016/sep/27/donald-trump/trump-says-clinton-would-bring-620000-refugees-her/

Why are the advocates for illegal mass migration not equally concerned about the poverty that is undeniable among countless Americans? Consider the horrible conditions that exist in the hometown of America’s former leader.

The effects of uncontrolled migration are evident from the crime that has come from gang violence.

I respectfully disagree with the House of Representatives minority leader. She should tell her story to the families that have suffered from the gang violence of illegal aliens.

The Realities of Mass Migration and Central America Diseases
January 29, 2017 by Andrew Fisher

http://havokjournal.com/fitness/the-realities-of-mass-migration-and-central-america-diseases/2/

In addition to respiratory ailment, uncontrolled migration can spread other diseases as well. Malaria is one of the leading causes of death due to infection worldwide. It is spread by the female anopheles mosquito and there were an estimated 2 million people around the world diagnosed with malaria in 2012. Malaria has five species, Plasmodium vivax, P. ovale, P. falciparum, and P. malariae. The fifth species is P. knowlesi, which rarely infect humans.

In Central America, over 90% of all malaria cases are caused by the less lethal P. vivax, with Nicaragua having up to 10% cases being caused by the very dangerous P. falciparum. Even though P. vivax is not nearly as deadly, it has a “liver stage;” the parasite can live in the liver of its host for several months prior to causing symptoms. There is a high incident of resistance to prophylaxis and treatments and there is no vaccination. (Click on link to see the remainder of this article.)

Matthew 25:40 has erroneously been used by pro-illegal migration personalities as justification for releasing illegal aliens into America’s cities and states. Here is a quick lesson in the correct application of that verse of scripture.

Matthew 25:40 New King James Version (NKJV)

40 And the King will answer and say to them, ‘Assuredly, I say to you, inasmuch as you did it to one of the least of these My brethren, you did it to Me.’

The context of the verse is that of the second coming of Christ, at the Battle of Armageddon. Christ is addressing the gentiles which showed compassion to Jews that had suffered from the persecution of the anti-Christ during the tribulation. The same politicians that use this verse for the purposes of compassion see nothing wrong with killing an unborn child, even up until the time of birth, which is the stated position of the democrat party.

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3 – The Millennial Kingdom

From the sermon on the mount, Matthew 6:33, “But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.” There is a lot of discussion about the Church ushering in the Kingdom Age. Such a teaching is without any merit, none at all; the church will not be present on earth when the Kingdom is put in place by God. The Kingdom is a thousand-year period of time that is sandwiched between the tribulation and the eternal state. It is only by the work of God that the Kingdom Age will be present on earth. The message of the Kingdom was given by Christ to Jews of His time. It will be a time of blessing for Jews, and Gentiles, whom have come to saving faith in Christ prior to the onset of the Kingdom Age. Only those whom have been born again can see the Kingdom of God (John 3:3), whether they are Jew or Gentile. The path to the Kingdom is: the rapture of the church; the tribulation; the second coming of Christ at the Battle of Armageddon; the Kingdom Age/Millennium. Following the millennium will be the eternal state. The term “rapture,” relates to “catching up,” which is stated in 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18, and has related scriptures of John 14:1-6 and 1 Corinthians 15:50-53. The Greek word for rapture is “Harpazo.,” having a meaning of “catch up, snatch up,” and specifically relates to 1 Thessalonians 4:17.

The Kingdom Of God

The use of the term “kingdom of heaven.” In the Scriptures the term “kingdom” is used in seven different ways: (1) the Gentile kingdoms, (2) the kingdoms of Israel and Judah, (3) the kingdom of Satan, (4) God’s universal kingdom, (5) a spiritual kingdom, (6) the millennial Davidic kingdom, (7) the mystery form of the kingdom (J. Dwight Pentecost, Things To Come, page 142).

We are in a study of the kingdoms, as they relate to eschatology. We are considering: The Spiritual Kingdom, The Millennial Kingdom, and The Mystery form of the Kingdom. In the previous Kingdom post, we discussed the Spiritual Kingdom. In this article we will discuss the Millennial Kingdom.

Before we proceed with the study of the Millennial Kingdom, it is important for us to understand more of that which the Jews of Israel understood of the Kingdom, and of that which they were told about the Kingdom by Christ. In my Equipping blog, I am writing articles on the writings of the Jewish prophets. Those prophets spoke much about the Millennial Kingdom. Israel had been under attack of Gentiles, and Gentile nations, ever since the time of its days in Egypt, going back to Exodus 1, 1706 B.C.

Unless otherwise noted, the New American Standard Bible (1995) will be the translation for all verses of scripture.

The Israelites had been told by their prophets of a future time when their lives would be much better, due to “the kingdom,” which had been promised to them by God through the prophets. One passage of scriptural prophecy that would be especially appealing to the Jews would be Micah 4:1-3, (710 B.C.). (The Scripture appears below the notes.)

During the Kingdom of God, “Messiah/Christ,” will be ruling over all of the world. It will be from Jerusalem that the true Law will go out into all of the world. Military hardware will no longer be needed. The time will be one of total peace.

As the Jews of the Old Testament era were receiving the prophecies of the Kingdom of God, the names which were used to describe God were consistent in the names, “LORD,” and “God,” and “Adonai, and Yahweh,” all of whom relate to “Elohim,” which is the first name for God, being written in Genesis 1:1, which is in the plural form, and shows God as being triune – not three Gods, but God in three persons . Christians understand the trinity to be, “God the Father, God the Son, God the Holy Spirit.” Of extreme good news, to the Jews of the Kingdom Age, is that there will be no presence of pagans, or pagan nations, whom will give their allegiance to pagan gods. As the Jews received the prophecies of the Kingdom, they saw that there is not even an insinuation of a pagan, or a pagan “god,” having any presence in the Kingdom of God. The Jews were told by the prophets that the same God of creation will be with them in the Kingdom of God.

Micah 4:1-3

1 “And it will come about in the last days That the mountain of the house of the Lord Will be established as the chief of the mountains. It will be raised above the hills, And the peoples will stream to it. 2 Many nations will come and say, “Come and let us go up to the mountain of the Lord And to the house of the God of Jacob, That He may teach us about His ways And that we may walk in His paths.” For from Zion will go forth the law, Even the word of the Lord from Jerusalem. 3 And He will judge between many peoples And render decisions for mighty, distant nations. Then they will hammer their swords into plowshares And their spears into pruning hooks; Nation will not lift up sword against nation, And never again will they train for war.”

The Kingdom of God is also known as the Kingdom Age, the millennium, the thousand-year reign of Christ, and the Kingdom of Heaven. The unique nature of the Kingdom is stated in Psalm 103:19. “The Lord has established His throne in the heavens, And His sovereignty rules over all.” ( NKJV Study Bible note. His throne: The Lord is King of all, and King forever. His rule is the only rule that matters.”). The identity of God in the scripture, Psalm 103:19, is Yahweh. Nothing is beyond the sovereignty of God, from eternity through eternity.

The thousand-year kingdom will be a literal, earthly kingdom over which Christ will rule from the throne of David, thereby fulfilling the Davidic Covenant,” per the following verses:

2 Samuel 7:8-17 https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=2+sam+7%3A8-17&version=NASB
Matthew 1:1 “The record of the genealogy of Jesus the Messiah, the son of David, the son of Abraham:”
Luke 1:1, “He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High; and the Lord God will give Him the throne of His father David;”

This Kingdom is the fulfilled subject of Old Testament prophecy:
Jeremiah 23:5, ““Behold, the days are coming,” declares the Lord, “When I will raise up for David a righteous Branch; And He will reign as king and act wisely And do justice and righteousness in the land.” (Also Isaiah 9:6-7, Micah 5:2, Zechariah 2:10-12, etc.)

This Kingdom was proclaimed as being, “at hand,” at the first coming of Christ: Matthew 3:2, “”Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.”

This Kingdom but rejected by Israel, and so it was postponed, Matthew 23:37-39 (https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=matt+23%3A37-39&version=NASB).

The Gospel And The Gospel, “Good News”

The meaning of gospel is “good news.” The news of the Kingdom was truly good to the Jews whom were the audience of Christ. On the day that Christ ascended up into Heaven His disciples asked Him, “Lord, is it at this time You are restoring the kingdom to Israel?” These same disciples had witnessed the death, burial and resurrection of Christ, which is the good news that we, as believers in Christ, are to share with the world. While the disciples are witnessing the ascension of Christ to Heaven, they still seek the Kingdom, of which they had learned from Christ, and about which they had told to other Jews. In the Gospel of Matthew, the word “Kingdom” is recorded fifty-four times in the NASB. In Matthew 10:7, the disciples were told by Christ, “And as you go, preach, saying, ‘The kingdom of heaven is at hand.’’ For the Jews, the Gospel of the Kingdom was truly, “good news,” as it is for all believers in Christ. The message of the “death, burial and resurrection of Christ,” is also “good news” for all of whom have come to saving faith in Christ, whether they are Jew or Gentile.

In the Olivet discourse (Matthew 24-25), Christ spoke these words to His disciples.”This gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in the whole world as a testimony to all the nations, and then the end will come” (Matthew 24:14). This message of the Kingdom will be announced again during the tribulation. (Notice “this gospel of the Kingdom.” We will discuss the meaning of “this gospel,” which is not the same as that which we find in 1 Corinthians 15:1-8, which is “the death, burial and resurrection of Christ.”)

This Gospel of, “This Kingdom,” will be received by Israel at the second coming of Christ. Then, the Kingdom will be set up, per:

Isaiah 24:23, “Then the moon will be abashed and the sun ashamed, For the Lord of hosts will reign on Mount Zion and in Jerusalem, And His glory will be before His elders.
Revelation 19:11-16 ( https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=rev+19%3A11-16&version=NASB )
Revelation 20:1-6 ( https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=rev+20%3A1-6&version=NASB )

There is a wealth of scripture that relates to the Kingdom Of God. For the purposes of this article, the Spiritual character of the Kingdom will be discussed, as well as the conditions that will exist within the Kingdom. Other aspects of the Kingdom will be stated in future articles, as the situation may arise. The following outline is based on the content of, “Things To Come,” (J. Dwight Pentecost, pp 481-490).

Consider the following five Spiritual characterizations of this Kingdom. (1) Righteousness (Isa 26:2). (2) Fullness of God’s Holy Spirit (Joel 2:28-29). (3) Obedience (Jer 31:33). (4) Truth (Dan 8:12). (5) Holiness (Isa 6:13).

Consider the following conditions that will exist in this Kingdom.

(1) Peace. Cessation of war (Isa 2:4). (2) Joy. The fullness of joy (Isa 9:3-4). (3) Holiness. A Holy Kingdom, that will be made known through the King and the subjects of the King (all whom will be in the Kingdom will be those subjects of the King) (Isa 1:26-27). (4) Glory. It will be a glorious Kingdom. The Glory of God will find Its full manifestation (Isa 24:23). (5) Comfort. Each person in the Kingdom will receive personal comfort from the King (Isa 12:1-2). (6) Justice. Perfect justice will be administered through the King (Isa 9:7). (7) Knowledge at its highest degree. The King; the Holy Spirit, will make this unparalleled degree of knowledge a reality for all of those in the Kingdom (Isa 41:19-20). (8) Instruction. The King will be the Instructor “of all Instructors, of all times “(Isa 52:8). (9) Removal of the curse. The original curse that was placed on God’s creation (Gen 3:17-19) will be removed. This will result in a Garden of Eden effect (Isa 35:9). (10) Removal of sickness. Sickness and death will not exist, except as a penal measure in dealing with overt sin, which will be removed (Isa 33:24). The prophecy of Isa 53:5 will be fulfilled. We have all heard, or read, the words of that verse, “By His stripes we are healed.” This verse is directed toward Israel, to Jews entering the Kingdom; it does not relate to healing of sicknesses in this Church Age. It is a promise of total healing of the nation of Israel, due to the death of Christ on the cross. Every Jew just be spiritually healed to enter the Kingdom, and every Jew will be physically healed upon entry. Just as Jews will be healed prior to entering the Kingdom Age, Gentiles will also be healed. This healing relates to those whom will be born again during the tribulation. Those whom have been raptured prior to the tribulation, will be given glorified bodies at that time (1 Cor 15:50-55). To think that Isa 53:5 relates to the Church Age, is to believe that all sickness will be cured during the Church Age, and that no one will ever die from sickness. If there is still confusion on this matter, ask yourself a question: “Do you know anybody that uses a hearing aid, or wears eye glasses? In the Kingdom Age, there will not be crutches, prosthetic limbs, “or hearing aids or glasses,” or anything else that assists a sick body. God will not allow sickness to enter the Kingdom Age. Consider the following information that relates to the sin aspect of the end of the Kingdom Age.

(10) Continued. There will a rebellion against God at the end of the Kingdom Age in the Battle of Gog and Magog (Rev 20:7-9). It is true that only those whom have been born again will enter the Kingdom Age. But, those whom came to accept Messiah/Christ at the end of the tribulation will enter the Kingdom Age in non-resurrection bodies. Consider Jews of the tribulation, which did, and did not, accept Christ as Savior (Matt 24:29-31; 40-41). “One will be taken to Judgment;” will die and will be resurrected at the Great White Throne Judgment to be cast into the lake of fire (Rev 20:10-15). “The other one will be left” to enter the Kingdom Age. Consider Gentiles of the tribulation, in the Sheep and Goat judgment/the judgment of Gentiles (Matt 25:31-46). “The sheep,” (those which accepted Christ during the tribulation) are left behind to enter the Kingdom (Matt 25:34). “The goats,” (those which did not accept Christ as Lord and Savior), are taken to everlasting punishment (Matt 25:46); they will die and will be resurrected at the end of the Kingdom Age, to appear at the Great White Throne judgment to be cast into the lake of fire (Rev 20:10-15). Those going into the Kingdom Age will have glorified born again spirits, but will still have unglorified bodies and souls that have not been born again. Therefore, they will be able to bear children during the Kingdom Age. Those Kingdom Age children will be born with unglorified bodies, souls and spirits; they will have to accept Christ as Lord as Savior to be glorified, or they will be a part of the Gog and Magog revolt at the end of the 1,000 years, and will be taken to the Great White Throne Judgment, from where they will be thrown into the lake of fire.

(11). Healing of the deformed. All healing of all deformity will take place at the inception of the Kingdom (Isa 29:17-19). (12) Protection. The King ensure the preservation of life (Isa 41:8-14). (13) No oppression. None, of any kind (Isa 14:3-6). (14) No immaturity. No feeble-mindedness or dwarfed bodies. Longevity will be forced on all people by God (Isa 65:20). (15) Procreation by those who entered the Kingdom, as the living people of Matthew 25, in their natural bodies. The population of the earth will greatly increase in number; salvation will be required of their children (Zechariah 10:8). (16) Labor. Under the guidance of the King, people will work (Isa 62:8-9). (17) Economic prosperity. No one will want for their needs (Isa 4:1). (18) Increase of light. Solar and lunar light will increase (Isa 4:5). (19) Unified language. No such barriers will exist (Zeph 3:9). (20) Unified worship. All of the people of the Kingdom Age will unite in worship of God, and God’s Messiah (Isa 45:23). (21) The manifest Presence of God. No one will “not know” God’s appearance Ezek 37:27-28). (22) The fullness of God’s Spirit. Divine Presence and enablement will be the experience of all whom are in subjection to the King (Ezek 11:19-20). (23) The perpetuity of the The Kingdom Age. The saints of the Kingdom Age will enter into the eternal state. (Ezek 37:26-28; Rev 21:1-3).

Summary

The matter of this article is as serious as a heart attack. No one will be able to see the Kingdom of God without having been born again (John 3:3). Consider that which may get in the way of someone having an intimate and saving relationship with Christ. This is not a difficult matter for anyone to figure out.

John 3:3
3 Jesus answered and said to him, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born again he cannot see the kingdom of God.”

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Apostate Yoga Emergent Contemplative

Can Yoga ever be Christian? “For the time will come when they will not tolerate sound doctrine, but according to their own desires, will multiply teachers for themselves because they have an itch to hear something new.” (2 Timothy 4:3, HCSB). The topics that are addressed in the videos of this article are finding “friendly grazing” in many of our mainline and evangelical congregations. Listen carefully to the videos.

Caryl Matrisciana (Deceased)

The Emergent Church
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Escaping From Hinduism (Roll your cursor over “events,” and scroll downward to see the video on Hinduism)
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Dr. Eric Barger
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Millions Missing

Consider the news reports from all around the world.
HUNDREDS OF MILLIONS OF PEOPLE ARE MISSING ! WHERE ARE THEY?
Airplanes crashing – flight crews missing! Cars and trucks colliding – drivers missing! Hospitals report, “No babies anywhere!”
Many school teachers missing! Others frantically looking for young children! Clothing seen in restaurants and businesses where people had been seated!
Chaos everywhere! Network news anchors and liberal theologians attribute the situation to global warming and alien abductions!
Congress convenes, and grasps for an explanation as to why, “a scattering of them” is missing.
Many pastors can’t be found – many others are being interviewed by CNN!

WHERE ARE THOSE WHOM ARE MISSING?

The answer is found in, “The Rapture Of The Church.”

Rapture: Latin, Rapio. Greek, Harpazo. English, Catch up, Snatch away.

WILL YOU, “ALSO,” BE SEARCHING FOR THOSE WHOM ARE MISSING? Your parents? Your older children?

1 Thessalonians 4:16-17 Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB)

16 For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the archangel’s voice, and with the trumpet of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first. 17 Then we who are still alive will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air and so we will always be with the Lord.

The rapture precedes the tribulation (Revelation 6-18).

The rapture, “will” happen! If you have been born again, and have accepted Christ as your Lord and Savior, you will be caught up to heaven by Christ; you will not be present on earth when the events of the tribulation take place. If you have not been born again, you will be “left behind” to endure the persecution of the Anti-Christ, and the wrath of God which is poured out on “those whom dwell on the earth,” (Revelation 3:10; 6:10; 8:13; 11:10; 13:8,14; 17:8).

If you have been born again, and know Christ as your Lord and Savior, “you are not an earth dweller,” and will not be present on earth to endure the events of the tribulation. Neither is your small child an earth dweller, and will not be one of those whom will receive the tribulation judgment of God. The purpose of the tribulation is for God to judge sin and to draw Israel to saving faith in Christ (Daniel 9:24). Anyone having a belief that, “the bride of Christ,” (believers in Christ), and small children, will be present for any part of the tribulation, is missing the comfort that Scripture provides those whom are awaiting the joyful return of Christ as opposed to the anguish that unbelievers will have at the second coming of Christ at the end of the tribulation for judgment. Consider the following two verses of encouragement.

1 Thessalonians 4:18 New American Standard Bible (NASB)
18 Therefore comfort one another with these words.

Titus 2:13 New American Standard Bible (NASB)
13 looking for the blessed hope and the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior, Christ Jesus,

The above scriptures of comfort and encouragement apply only to those whom have been born again.

John 3:3 New International Version (NIV)

3 Jesus replied, “Very truly I tell you, no one can see the kingdom of God unless they are born again.”

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Holy Are You Lord

Psalm 99:9
Exalt the Lord our God; bow in worship at His holy mountain, for the Lord our God is holy. (Holman Christian Standard Bible)
Exalt the Lord our God, and worship at his holy hill; for the Lord our God is holy.
(King James Version)
Exalt the LORD our God and worship at his holy mountain, for the LORD our God is holy. (New International Version)
Exalt the LORD our God, and worship at his holy mountain in Jerusalem, for the LORD our God is holy! (New Living Translation)
Exalt the LORD our God, and worship at his holy mountain; for the LORD our God is holy! (English Standard Version)
Exalt the LORD our God; bow in worship at his holy mountain, for the LORD our God is holy. (Christian Standard Bible)
Exalt the LORD our God and worship at his holy mountain, for the LORD our God is holy! (International Standard Version)

2 – The Spiritual Kingdom

“Be still, and know that I am God: I will be exalted among the heathen, I will be exalted in the earth” (Psalm 46:10, NKJV). Consider the Holiness of God. Consider the holiness that is related to the sound of the blowing of the shofar. Consider the Godly significance of the sound of the shofar and of the related events of bible prophecy and history. God’s Holiness is the object of such a call.

HOLY IS THE LORD!!! HOLY IS THE LORD!!! HOLY IS THE LORD!!!

“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” (1 Corinthians 15:52, KJV). “For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord. Wherefore comfort one another with these words.The catching up of the saints, also known as the rapture of the church, is a term that applies to those of the church age, those whom are a part of the Spiritual Kingdom, those whom have been born again” (1 Thessalonians 4:16-18 King James Version, KJV).

The Greek word from which the term “rapture” is derived appears in 1 Thessalonians 4:17, translated “caught up.” The Latin translation of this verse uses the word rapturo. The Greek word that it translates is harpazo, which means to snatch or take away (Dr. Charles C. Ryrie).

The rapture specifically relates to Israel (Daniel 9:20). The purpose of the rapture is for God to Judge sin and to draw Jews to saving faith in Christ (Daniel 9:24). A political leader (Anti-Christ) will make a treaty with the Jews, and will break it mid way during the tribulation (Daniel 9:27). In addition to Jews, gentiles can also be drawn to saving faith in Christ, and be born again during the seven-years of tribulation. The time of the tribulation will be harsh beyond human comprehension; it will consist of the wrath of God (Revelation 6:1, 7:6-7, 16:1), and the persecution by the Anti-Christ (Revelation 6:2) against Jews and those whom come to faith in Christ.

This article discusses the Spiritual Kingdom, which relates to God and people, not to places and things. Places and things may enter into the conversation when they relate to those of the Spiritual Kingdom. A trumpet will be sounded as Christ begins His descent from heaven to catch up His born again believers on earth prior to the beginning of the tribulation. Neither, rapture nor tribulation, will be an allegory or spiritually symbolic of those events that are written in God’s Word. The rapture is a friend to those whom are born again believers in Christ. The tribulation will be the worst possible nightmare for those whom are not born again, and are not caught up in the rapture; they will experience the actual persecution of the Anti-Christ, and the outpouring of the wrath of God on our world and on the people that remain.

Consider the following verses that relate to other purposes for the sounding of the trumpet, which is also known as the shofar and the ram’s horn.

Exodus 19:18-20 Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB): God is coming to His people to give instruction.

18 Mount Sinai was completely enveloped in smoke because the Lord came down on it in fire. Its smoke went up like the smoke of a furnace, and the whole mountain shook violently. 19 As the sound of the trumpet grew louder and louder, Moses spoke and God answered him in the thunder.

20 The Lord came down on Mount Sinai at the top of the mountain. Then the Lord summoned Moses to the top of the mountain, and he went up.

Matthew 24:29-31 Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB): The trumpet sounds as Christ returns to earth at the end of the tribulation.

29 “Immediately after the tribulation of those days: The sun will be darkened, and the moon will not shed its light; the stars will fall from the sky, and the celestial powers will be shaken.

30 “Then the sign of the Son of Man will appear in the sky, and then all the peoples of the earth will mourn; and they will see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of heaven with power and great glory. 31 He will send out His angels with a loud trumpet, and they will gather His elect from the four winds, from one end of the sky to the other.

The Kingdom Of God

The use of the term “kingdom of heaven.” In the Scriptures the term “kingdom” is used in seven different ways: (1) the Gentile kingdoms, (2) the kingdoms of Israel and Judah, (3) the kingdom of Satan, (4) God’s universal kingdom, (5) a spiritual kingdom, (6) the millennial Davidic kingdom, (7) the mystery form of the kingdom (J. Dwight Pentecost, Things To Come, page 142).

We will begin a discussion of the kingdoms, as they relate to eschatology. We will consider: The Spiritual Kingdom, The Millennial Kingdom and, The Mystery form of the Kingdom. In this article we will discuss the Spiritual Kingdom.

Spiritual Kingdom.

The Spiritual Kingdom is very closely related to God’s universal kingdom. The Spiritual Kingdom consists of all people whom have experienced the new birth (John 3:3-8), which came by the power of God’s Holy Spirit. Per John 3:3, no one can enter into the Kingdom of God, without having been “born again,” which is more correct by saying, “born from above.” The Spiritual Kingdom, “is,” always “has been,” and always “will be.” The words, “always,” and “is,” describe God. Consider Genesis 1:1, “In the beginning, God.” In Isaiah 7:14/Matthew 1:23, we see that Christ is “God with us.” Consider Exodus 3:14, John 8:48-59 and Revelation 1:8. In these verses, we see the eternality of God. In John 1:1, we see that Christ is God: “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.” Re: Genesis 1:1 – “in the beginning,” not of eternity, but of the creation of the world (Ryrie Study Bible). Re: John 1:1 – “in the beginning,” before time began, Christ was already in existence with God (Ryrie Study Bible).

The Spiritual Kingdom of God, consists of God, whom “is” Spirit (Father, Son, Holy Spirit), and everyone whom has ever been born again, of all time. It will be a crowded place, but a wonderful place to be.

John 4:24, “God is Spirit.” The KJV reads, “God is a spirit,” which is in error. If God were, “a spirit,” He would be one of many spirits, and would be a little “g” god. In “God is Spirit,” God is unique in that he “is” Spirit. He is like none other, and none other is like God.

The Spiritual Kingdom of God, “is within peoples’ hearts” (an illustration of those whom have been born again). The pronoun could hardly refer to the Pharisees, in general, with whom Christ is speaking in Luke 17:20-21 (MacArthur Study Bible).

Luke 17:21, “the kingdom of God is in your midst” (NASB). The KJV incorrectly reads, “the kingdom of God is within you.”

The rapture of the church is the event in which Christ returns from Heaven to earth and, while remaining in the air, catches up all New Testament era born again believers in Christ (some living, others deceased; deceased saints will be “resurrected” first, followed by living saints whom will be “caught up”). Absent from their earthly bodies, these two groups of saints will be present with the Lord. They will go to the judgment seat of Christ for rewards. From the Judgment Seat of Christ, Christ and “His bride,” the caught up saints, will go to the Marriage of the Lamb. From there, Christ and His bride, will descend to Earth, where Christ will defeat the enemies of God at the Battle Of Armageddon. Following the battle, which is a spiritual battle, Christ and His bride will enter the Kingdom/Millennium, where the marriage supper of the Lamb will take place. Joining the Bride and Christ will be (1) the Old Testament Saints, (2) the tribulation era deceased Saints and, (3) the survivors of the tribulation, whom have come to saving faith in Christ and are born again. After ruling and reigning with Christ for a thousand years, the next stop for all of these saints will be the eternal state.

The people that inhabit the Kingdom are those that were born again, as far back as the garden of Eden, and will consist of those whom will have been born again up until the day that Christ returns from Heaven (Second Coming Of Christ) with His “pre-rapture” born again saints. There will also be people whom will be born during the Kingdom Age, whom must also be born again in order for them to enter the eternal state (New Heaven, New Earth, New Jerusalem). The Kingdom Age babies will be the children of the people whom are born again during the tribulation, and are allowed by Christ to enter the Kingdom without being resurrected from death, or raptured while alive. Prior to entry into the eternal state, all people must have perfect resurrection bodies and souls, to match their born again spirits. God will provide resurrection bodies and souls for all of His righteous, born again, believers in Christ. It must be stated that any sinful actions that occur during the millennium will come from the children of tribulation era saints whom enter the millennium without having been resurrected or raptured. Those born during the millennium will not have the spirit of Christ dwelling within their spirits, prompting them to righteousness, until they have accepted Christ as Lord and Savior; then, they will be born again. Not all of those millennium babies will be born again, because they will not have accepted Christ as Lord and Savior. They will be of the Satanic forces whom will attack the saints at the end of the millennium in the Battle of God and Magog; they lose! (Revelation 20:7-9).

It will be at the second coming of Christ (not the rapture) that He will return to Earth and stand on the Mount of Olives (Acts 1:11, Revelation 1:7, 19:11-16, Zechariah 14:4). He will execute judgment on those whom had missed the rapture of the church. Those, whom will have come to faith in Christ during the tribulation (having been born again), will remain on earth to enter the millennium. There, they will rule and reign with Christ, with all other saints, until the time that all saints enter the eternal state of the “new heaven, new earth and new Jerusalem.” Those, whom will not have come to faith in Christ during the tribulation, will experience death and will be resurrected at the end of the millennium. Then, they will appear at the Great White Throne Judgment, with all other unsaved people of all time (those whom had not been born again), and will then be cast into the lake of fire which burns forever and ever. Only the people whom are righteous, whom have been born again, whom have the Spirit of Christ dwelling within their spirits, will escape this horrible eternity in the lake of fire.

At the time of the return of Christ to earth, Jews and gentiles will be judged in groups by Christ, as groups of Jews and as groups of gentiles. Those whom will have accepted Christ as Lord and Savior during the tribulation, will have been born again. The born again believers will have no lake of fire experience; they will be left behind from judgment to enter the Kingdom, and will face no judgment to determine the place of their eternity. At the time that they were born again, their eternity with Christ was set in stone. The dead saints of the Old Testament and tribulation eras will be resurrected at the time of the second coming of Christ to earth; then, they will be given perfect resurrection bodies and souls, and will enter the millennium. At the end of the millennium, all born again saints will go from the Kingdom into the eternal state of the new heaven, new earth and new Jerusalem. Those whom will be born during the millennium must accept Christ as Lord and Savior in order for them to be born again, to be given eternal holy bodies, and to enter the eternal state.

The second coming of Christ to earth for judgment is no allegory or spiritual example of God’s judgment; it “will” happen. The best way for anyone to prepare for this event is to be born again prior to the rapture, thereby being excused from this horrible time on God’s prophetic calendar.

The following video tells the story of this article. The Happy Goodman family is shown, from left to right, all brothers, left to right, Sam, Howard and Rusty. Vestal, the wife of Howard, was standing between Sam and Howard. The song tells the story of the Goodman family, whom are all now with the Lord. While they were living, they had been born again. Their spirits were in the Presence of God in the third heaven. At their death, their souls (mind, consciousness, emotions) joined their spirits. Their bodies are now in the ground. At the time of the rapture, their bodies will be raised, in perfection, to join their souls and spirits that are with God. See the verses of explanation below the video.

Happy Goodman Family. I Believe He’s Coming Back

Scriptures of reference.

The spirit

John 3:3 “You must be born again.”

John 14:20 The intermingling of God’s Spirit with the spirits of born again believers.

John 10:28 Born again believers are eternally secure in Christ.

John 16:8 God’s Holy Spirit will prompt born again believers in Christ to righteous living and to the sharing of the Word of Christ with unbelievers.

Spirit, Soul, Body 1 Thessalonians 5:23

Perfection of the born again spirit. 2 Corinthians 5:17, Colossians 1:27, 1 John 1:5. The spirit, that is “in Christ, in God,” is a spirit that is literally dwelling within the Spirit of God the Father, God the Son and, God the Holy Spirit.

The Rapture Of The Church

John 14:1-6 (These words were spoken by Christ to His disciples (minus Judas Iscariot) on the evening prior to His death on the cross.)
1 Thessalonians 4:16-17
1 Corinthians 15:50-54
2 Corinthians 5:8 absent from the body, present with the Lord.
2 Corinthians 5:10 the Judgment Seat of Christ, for rewards.
Revelation 19:7-8 the Marriage of the Lamb

The Tribulation

Daniel 12:1
Matthew 24:4-26
Revelation Chapters 6-18

The Second Coming Of Christ/Battle Of Armageddon

Matthew 24:29-31
Zechariah 14:1-15
Jude vs 14-15
Revelation 19:11-21

The Rapture of Living Saints

John 14:1-6
1 Thessalonians 4:17
1 Corinthians 15:50-54

The Resurrection Of Deceased:

New Testament Saints – 1 Thessalonians 4:16, 1 Corinthians 15:52
Old Testament Saints – Daniel 12:2
Tribulation Saints – Revelation 20:4
Unrighteous, unbelievers – Revelation 20:5/20:10-15

The Judgment Of Jews And Gentiles – End Of Tribulation

Jews – Matthew 24:40-41 – Unrighteous taken to judgment; righteous left to enter the Kingdom.
Gentiles – Matthew 25:34 – Righteous to inherit the kingdom.
Gentiles – Matthew 25:46 – Unrighteous taken to judgment.
The righteous will have been born again.

The Kingdom Age Duration – 1,000 years – Revelation 20:4, 6

The Judgment of the unrighteous – Revelation 20:10-15

The Destruction of Heaven and Earth – 2 Peter 3:12-13; Revelation 21:1

The Eternal State

The New Heaven, New Earth, New Jerusalem – Revelation 21:1-2

All things made new – Revelation 21:5

The names of the 12 tribes of Israel written on the 12 gates of the new Jerusalem – Revelation 21:12.

The names of the 12 apostles written on the 12 foundations of the wall of the new Jerusalem – Jerusalem 21:14

The eternity of God, the Lamb, and Born Again Believers – Revelation 22:1-5 “The” throne of God and the Lamb; “His” servants shall serve Him. The servants will reign forever and ever. (Believers in the New Jerusalem will be servant-kings, ever praising and serving God, yet reigning themselves for eternity. Moody Bible Commentary)

The second coming of Christ, with judgment

Matthew 24:21-30. vs 21, the events of God’s judgment in the tribulation will be worse than anything from the beginning of the world (See Revelation bowl judgments). Christ returns to earth “after the tribulation. ” vs 28 describes a condition of death. vs 30 There will be mourning at the sight of Christ coming in the clouds. Notice that this passage, in no way, matches the events of the catching up of the saints, which was a joyful event (Titus 2:13).

Matthew 24:31-41 Christ judges the Jews. vs 31 angels are sent to gather the elect (Jews) that are on the earth. vs 40-41. One will be taken to judgment, and the other will remain on earth to enter the millennium. Notice that this passage, in no way, matches the events of the catching up of the saints, which was a joyful event (Titus 2:13).

Matthew 25:31-46 vs 32, Christ judges the gentiles at the sheep and goat judgment. vs 34 Sheep will have been born again; they will enter the millennial kingdom. 41 Goats will not have been born again; vs 46 they will go to everlasting punishment.

Zechariah 14:1-12. Christ, and His raptured saints return from Heaven to Earth, where Christ defeats the gentile nations that are attacking Israel. The effects resemble a nuclear attack.

Revelation 19:11-21. Christ and His saints return to earth, where Christ defeat those who are attacking Israel. The result is the same as Zechariah 14:1-12.

John 3:3 Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB)

3 Jesus replied, “I assure you: Unless someone is born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.”

Final Thought

This article is so serious that it should not end without comment. Parents, consider the following words, very attentively.

God has given the responsibility to parents for rearing their children.

Deuteronomy 6:4-9 NKJV

4 “Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one! 5 You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your strength.

6 “And these words which I command you today shall be in your heart. 7 You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, when you walk by the way, when you lie down, and when you rise up. 8 You shall bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes. 9 You shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates.

God spoke words of rebuke to the northern kingdom of Israel through the Prophet, Hosea, for their neglect of His Word.

Hosea 4:6 NKJV

My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge. Because you have rejected knowledge, I also will reject you from being priest for Me; Because you have forgotten the law of your God, I also will forget your children.

A Challenge

God’s Word is true and Holy. Parents, is your home holy? Are you making it a place where your children can receive the Word of God, and be open and receptive to the call of the Holy Spirit on their lives, as He attempts to draw your children to saving faith in Christ, with the result of them being born again? Is your television a portal of righteousness, or does it bring untruth, filth and violence into your home? Do you monitor your tv, and ensure that news programs report truth to your family? Does your church preach the gospel of Christ, or has its pulpit become a soapbox of unrighteous politics? Have you made all things possible for you and your children to spend eternity with Christ? Or, will you lead your family to the lake of fire?

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1 – Future Things – Introduction – Follow Revealing Israel Blog

For Your Name Is Holy – I Enter The Holy of Holies – Paul Wilbur

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Future Things is brand new series of articles,, and is being written as a companion to Equipping Blog. https://equippingblog.wordpress.com/

The Bible is God’s story of a journey, from a garden to a city, with a cross in between.

Whereas, Equipping Blog focuses on the Jews of the Old Testament, whom are known in Scripture as “God’s Chosen People,” (Deuteronomy 7:6), and their waiting for a Messiah who will rule and reign in the coming Jewish Kingdom; this Revealing Blog, and Future Things articles, will tell of the arrival of the Jewish Messiah, who was born a Jew, who also died a Jew, was resurrected a Jew, ascended to Heaven as a Jew, and will return to Earth as a Jew who will rule and reign in His Messianic Kingdom. Equipping Blog tells of God speaking to Jews through Jewish prophets about “future things” that relate to a Messianic King, who will rule and reign on Earth during the thousand-year Kingdom Age, also known as the Millennium (thousand years); Future Things articles identify Christ, our Lord, as being the Messianic King, whom is also known as “KING OF KINGS, AND LORD OF LORDS” (Revelation 19:16). At the end of the Messianic Kingdom, where only righteous people (of all time) entered, and only righteous conditions were present, “unrighteous Satan,” whom had been bound for most of the thousand years, emerges and leads an assault against Christ and righteousness. Christ wins, and Satan loses! At that time, all righteous people, of all time, enter into the eternal state of the New Heaven, New Earth and New Jerusalem, which is the end of the Journey that began at the Garden of Eden. God the Father, and God the Son, “are,” the Temple (Revelation 21:22), “and” the light (21:23-24). Ezekiel 47:12 pictures the New Jerusalem as the new and perfect “Eden.” The “throne” of God, “and the Lamb,” will be in the city, and “His” servants will serve Him (22:3). We are told in Scripture that Christ is “God with us,” (Isaiah 7:14; Matthew 1:23), and that He is “Mighty God” (Isaiah 9:6). In Essence, this Revealing Israel Blog, and its Future Things articles, will reveal the things that God spoke to the prophets of the Old Testament, and which the prophets  spoke about to the Jews whom preceded the coming of the Messiah/Christ.

As pleasant is, the picture that is painted above, there is another picture that also needs to be painted. That second picture tells about all of the people whom will not find their eternity in the eternal state of “New Heaven, New Earth and New Jerusalem.” Because of the seriousness of the outcome, no punches will be held back. The second picture will show things of this world that may lead a husband and wife to put themselves, and their children, on a road that will not take them to the eternal state where they can spend eternal bliss with God. Instead, the second picture will show such people, whose journey ends at the Great White Throne Judgment, where they will be cast into “the lake of fire,” which burns forever and ever,” where Satan, the anti-Christ, the false prophet, and all others whom were not found written in the book of life (Revelation 20:10-15).

The following information is too serious to not be stated at this time. Parents, this is as real as a heart attack! Some of you may need to take corrective actions now! Consider the things that affect the minds of your children.

Conditions that will exist in the Eternal State of Revelation 21-22, and that will not exist, are shown in the following verses.

Revelation 21:1-3 Christian Standard Bible (CSB)

The New Creation

1 Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth; for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and the sea was no more. 2 I also saw the holy city, the new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared like a bride adorned for her husband. 3 Then I heard a loud voice from the throne: Look, God’s dwelling is with humanity, and he will live with them. They will be his peoples, and God himself will be with them and will be their God.

Conditions that will not be present in the Eternal State.

Revelation 21:4 Christian Standard Bible (CSB)

4 He will wipe away every tear from their eyes. Death will be no more; grief, crying, and pain will be no more, because the previous things have passed away.

God is active in making the Eternal State perfect.

Revelation 21:5 Christian Standard Bible (CSB)

5 Then the one seated on the throne said, “Look, I am making everything new.” He also said, “Write, because these words are faithful and true.”

Unrighteous/imperfect people will not be present in the Eternal State.

Revelation 21:8 Christian Standard Bible (CSB)

8 But the cowards, faithless, detestable, murderers, sexually immoral, sorcerers, idolaters, and all liars—their share will be in the lake that burns with fire and sulfur, which is the second death.”

Question: Why are cowards unrighteous/imperfect? It is because they have not trusted in Christ as their Lord and Savior, because they have not been born again, which would have given them a perfect spirit, and which would have allowed them to be given a righteous/perfect eternal body.

Consider the born-gain experience, and results.

John 3:3 Christian Standard Bible (CSB)

3 Jesus replied, “Truly I tell you, unless someone is born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.”

It’s simple. If anyone believes in Christ as Lord and Savior, they have been born again. If they have been born again, they believe in Christ.

John 3:16-18 Christian Standard Bible (CSB)

16 For God loved the world in this way: He gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life. 17 For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him. 18 Anyone who believes in him is not condemned, but anyone who does not believe is already condemned, because he has not believed in the name of the one and only Son of God.

The new birth puts our spirits in the Spirit of Christ, creating a perfect spirit in us.

2 Corinthians 5:17 Christian Standard Bible (CSB)

17 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has passed away, and see, the new has come!

In order for our spirit to be put in the Spirit of God the Father/God the Son, we must have a spirit that is as perfect as the Spirit of God the Father/God the Son.

1 John 1:5 Christian Standard Bible (CSB)

5 This is the message we have heard from him and declare to you: God is light, and there is absolutely no darkness in him.

The perfection of the Eternal State will not allow anything, or anyone, that is not as spiritually pure as God to enter the Eternal State, where only righteousness is present. Only people whom have been made to be new will be allowed to enter the Eternal State (Revelation 21:4).

A consistent lifestyle of one, or more, of the following conditions are proof of a person which has not been born again, and identifies such a person as one whom will not enter the Eternal State.

1 Corinthians 6:9-10 (Christian Standard Bible)

Don’t you know that the unrighteous will not inherit God’s kingdom? Do not be deceived: No sexually immoral people, idolaters, adulterers, or males who have sex with males, 10 no thieves, greedy people, drunkards, verbally abusive people, or swindlers will inherit God’s kingdom.

But, people can change. They can place their trust in Christ and be born again

1 Corinthians 6:11 (Christian Standard Bible)

11 And some of you used to be like this. But you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God.

Of course, the Democrat Party has promoted legislation which bans anyone from trying to show homosexuals that they can leave the homosexual lifestyle.

Parents, “it’s up to you” to teach Godly things to your children (Deuteronomy  6:5-9).

 

 

1 – Future Things – Introduction – Follow Revealing Israel Blog

For Your Name Is Holy – I Enter The Holy of Holies – Paul Wilbur

Please follow my Revealing Israel Blog. It had been placed in archive status, but has an important need now. Please click onto the follow link to follow the Revealing Israel blog.

Revealing Israel is the Word Press Blog that posted the following article today.  Please follow Revealing Israel Blog, per the following:

Revealing Israel

Future Things is brand new series of articles,, and is being written as a companion to Equipping Blog. https://equippingblog.wordpress.com/

The Bible is God’s story of a journey, from a garden to a city, with a cross in between.

Whereas, Equipping Blog focuses on the Jews of the Old Testament, whom are known in Scripture as “God’s Chosen People,” (Deuteronomy 7:6), and their waiting for a Messiah who will rule and reign in the coming Jewish Kingdom; this Revealing Blog, and Future Things articles, will tell of the arrival of the Jewish Messiah, who was born a Jew, who also died a Jew, was resurrected a Jew, ascended to Heaven as a Jew, and will return to Earth as a Jew who will rule and reign in His Messianic Kingdom. Equipping Blog tells of God speaking to Jews through Jewish prophets about “future things” that relate to a Messianic King, who will rule and reign on Earth during the thousand-year Kingdom Age, also known as the Millennium (thousand years); Future Things articles identify Christ, our Lord, as being the Messianic King, whom is also known as “KING OF KINGS, AND LORD OF LORDS” (Revelation 19:16). At the end of the Messianic Kingdom, where only righteous people (of all time) entered, and only righteous conditions were present, “unrighteous Satan,” whom had been bound for most of the thousand years, emerges and leads an assault against Christ and righteousness. Christ wins, and Satan loses! At that time, all righteous people, of all time, enter into the eternal state of the New Heaven, New Earth and New Jerusalem, which is the end of the Journey that began at the Garden of Eden. God the Father, and God the Son, “are,” the Temple (Revelation 21:22), “and” the light (21:23-24). Ezekiel 47:12 pictures the New Jerusalem as the new and perfect “Eden.” The “throne” of God, “and the Lamb,” will be in the city, and “His” servants will serve Him (22:3). We are told in Scripture that Christ is “God with us,” (Isaiah 7:14; Matthew 1:23), and that He is “Mighty God” (Isaiah 9:6). In Essence, this Revealing Israel Blog, and its Future Things articles, will reveal the things that God spoke to the prophets of the Old Testament, and which the prophets  spoke about to the Jews whom preceded the coming of the Messiah/Christ.

As pleasant is, the picture that is painted above, there is another picture that also needs to be painted. That second picture tells about all of the people whom will not find their eternity in the eternal state of “New Heaven, New Earth and New Jerusalem.” Because of the seriousness of the outcome, no punches will be held back. The second picture will show things of this world that may lead a husband and wife to put themselves, and their children, on a road that will not take them to the eternal state where they can spend eternal bliss with God. Instead, the second picture will show such people, whose journey ends at the Great White Throne Judgment, where they will be cast into “the lake of fire,” which burns forever and ever,” where Satan, the anti-Christ, the false prophet, and all others whom were not found written in the book of life (Revelation 20:10-15).

The following information is too serious to not be stated at this time. Parents, this is as real as a heart attack! Some of you may need to take corrective actions now! Consider the things that affect the minds of your children.

Conditions that will exist in the Eternal State of Revelation 21-22, and that will not exist, are shown in the following verses.

Revelation 21:1-3 Christian Standard Bible (CSB)

The New Creation

1 Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth; for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and the sea was no more. 2 I also saw the holy city, the new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared like a bride adorned for her husband. 3 Then I heard a loud voice from the throne: Look, God’s dwelling is with humanity, and he will live with them. They will be his peoples, and God himself will be with them and will be their God.

Conditions that will not be present in the Eternal State.

Revelation 21:4 Christian Standard Bible (CSB)

4 He will wipe away every tear from their eyes. Death will be no more; grief, crying, and pain will be no more, because the previous things have passed away.

God is active in making the Eternal State perfect.

Revelation 21:5 Christian Standard Bible (CSB)

5 Then the one seated on the throne said, “Look, I am making everything new.” He also said, “Write, because these words are faithful and true.”

Unrighteous/imperfect people will not be present in the Eternal State.

Revelation 21:8 Christian Standard Bible (CSB)

8 But the cowards, faithless, detestable, murderers, sexually immoral, sorcerers, idolaters, and all liars—their share will be in the lake that burns with fire and sulfur, which is the second death.”

Question: Why are cowards unrighteous/imperfect? It is because they have not trusted in Christ as their Lord and Savior, because they have not been born again, which would have given them a perfect spirit, and which would have allowed them to be given a righteous/perfect eternal body.

Consider the born-gain experience, and results.

John 3:3 Christian Standard Bible (CSB)

3 Jesus replied, “Truly I tell you, unless someone is born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.”

It’s simple. If anyone believes in Christ as Lord and Savior, they have been born again. If they have been born again, they believe in Christ.

John 3:16-18 Christian Standard Bible (CSB)

16 For God loved the world in this way: He gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life. 17 For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him. 18 Anyone who believes in him is not condemned, but anyone who does not believe is already condemned, because he has not believed in the name of the one and only Son of God.

The new birth puts our spirits in the Spirit of Christ, creating a perfect spirit in us.

2 Corinthians 5:17 Christian Standard Bible (CSB)

17 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has passed away, and see, the new has come!

In order for our spirit to be put in the Spirit of God the Father/God the Son, we must have a spirit that is as perfect as the Spirit of God the Father/God the Son.

1 John 1:5 Christian Standard Bible (CSB)

5 This is the message we have heard from him and declare to you: God is light, and there is absolutely no darkness in him.

The perfection of the Eternal State will not allow anything, or anyone, that is not as spiritually pure as God to enter the Eternal State, where only righteousness is present. Only people whom have been made to be new will be allowed to enter the Eternal State (Revelation 21:4).

A consistent lifestyle of one, or more, of the following conditions are proof of a person which has not been born again, and identifies such a person as one whom will not enter the Eternal State.

1 Corinthians 6:9-10 (Christian Standard Bible)

Don’t you know that the unrighteous will not inherit God’s kingdom? Do not be deceived: No sexually immoral people, idolaters, adulterers, or males who have sex with males, 10 no thieves, greedy people, drunkards, verbally abusive people, or swindlers will inherit God’s kingdom.

But, people can change. They can place their trust in Christ and be born again

1 Corinthians 6:11 (Christian Standard Bible)

11 And some of you used to be like this. But you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God.

Of course, the Democrat Party has promoted legislation which bans anyone from trying to show homosexuals that they can leave the homosexual lifestyle.

Parents, “it’s up to you” to teach Godly things to your children (Deuteronomy  6:5-9).

 

 

Jewish Festival Of Purim 2018

The Story of Purim || Mayim Bialik

The Jewish Festival Of Purim has recently come and gone. Most people have no awareness, or understanding, of Purim, or of any of the other feasts that Jews know as: “the Feasts of G-d, and the appointed times of the Lord.” Please consider the following discussion of the feast that explains much of the never-ending story of the many attempts to destroy the people of Israel, and to negate their land. Jewish feasts are important to Jews, and should also be important to anyone having any kind of relationship with a Jew.

The year was 474 B.C. Jews were living in Persia; they had been deported there from The Southern Kingdom of Israel. Babylon’s King Nebuchadnezzar took those Jews to Babylon, in three deportations, over a period of time that ran from 605 B.C. to 586 B.C.; those two southern tribes were known as Judah and Benjamin. Israel’s northern ten tribes, known as The Kingdom of Israel, had previously been deported to Assyria in 722 B.C., by the Assyrian King Shalmaneser. Soon after the northern tribes were removed from their lands, the Assyrians began moving gentiles/pagans into that vacated land. The Jews of the northern kingdom never returned to their lands. In 539 B.C., the Persians conquered Babylon. In 538 B.C., the Persian King Cyrus allowed the Jews, those still living in exile in Babylon, to return to Jerusalem/Judah. However, most of the Jews chose to remain in Babylon. Now, let’s get back to the story of the video, which tells of how a plan was thwarted which would have exterminated all of the Jews who were living in Persia (present day Iran). We will continue to the discussion that is provided by chabad.org, a Jewish organization.

The following discussion of the Jewish feast of Purim comes from the following link.

http://www.chabad.org/holidays/purim/article_cdo/aid/645309/jewish/What-Is-Purim.htm

What Is Purim?

The jolly festival of Purim is celebrated every year on the 14th of the Hebrew month of Adar (late winter/early spring). Purim 2018 begins on Wednesday night, February 28, and continues through Thursday, March 1 (March 2 in Jerusalem). It commemorates the salvation of the Jewish people in ancient Persia from Haman’s plot “to destroy, kill and annihilate all the Jews, young and old, infants and women, in a single day,” as recorded in the Megillah (book of Esther).

The Story in a Nutshell

The Persian Empire of the 4th century BCE extended over 127 lands, and all the Jews were its subjects. When King Ahasuerus had his wife, Queen Vashti, executed for failing to follow his orders, he arranged a beauty pageant to find a new queen. A Jewish girl, Esther, found favor in his eyes and became the new queen, though she refused to divulge her nationality.

Meanwhile, the Jew-hating Haman was appointed prime minister of the empire. Mordechai, the leader of the Jews (and Esther’s cousin), defied the king’s orders and refused to bow to Haman. Haman was incensed, and he convinced the king to issue a decree ordering the extermination of all the Jews on the 13th of Adar, a date chosen by a lottery Haman made.

 

Mordechai galvanized all the Jews, convincing them to repent, fast and pray to G‑d. Meanwhile, Esther asked the king and Haman to join her for a feast. At a subsequent feast, Esther revealed to the king her Jewish identity. Haman was hanged, Mordechai was appointed prime minister in his stead, and a new decree was issued, granting the Jews the right to defend themselves against their enemies.

On the 13th of Adar, the Jews mobilized and killed many of their enemies. On the 14th of Adar, they rested and celebrated. In the capital city of Shushan, they took one more day to finish the job.

Read the complete story of Purim.

 

Why Is It Called Purim?

Purim means “lots” in ancient Persian. The holiday was thus named since Haman had thrown lots to determine when he would carry out his diabolical scheme. You can pronounce this name many ways. In Eastern tradition, it is called poo-REEM. Among Westerners, it is often called PUH-rim. Some Central-European communities even call it PEE-rim. (WARNING: Calling this holiday PYOO-rim—as English speakers are sometimes wont to do—is a surefire newbie cover-blower.)

My ending.

The Jews were dispersed from their home land again in the year 70 A.D. The Nazi holocaust awaited the Jews, which took place from 1939-1945. https://www.ushmm.org/wlc/en/article.php?ModuleId=10005469

See the video in the link; it is mind shattering.

Yes! There was a holocaust.

Jewish Prophets Of The Divided Kingdoms Of Israel And Judah

Paul Wilbur – Shalom Jerusalem

Jewish Prophets Of The Divided Kingdoms Of Israel And Judah

The prophets of the Old Testament were Jews. They received inspired messages from God that relate to Jews. Too many verses of scripture that were written by the Jewish prophets are understood by many to be specific to those whom are “other than Jews.” A verse’s context is important, and must be understood. With such a contextual understanding, a verse’s application can be properly understood. Consider the misapplication of the following verse.

Ezekiel 34:26 New King James Version (NKJV)

26 I will make them and the places all around My hill a blessing; and I will cause showers to come down in their season; there shall be showers of blessing.

Consider the proper application of Ezekiel 34:26

34:26 My hill. A reference to Jerusalem and Zion in particular, where the Jews will come to worship the Lord. showers of blessing. Cf. the “times of refreshing” in Acts 3:19, 20, when the curses of Deut. 28:15–68 are lifted. (MacArthur Study Bible note. Provided by Bible Gateway)

The song, “Showers Of Blessing,” is sung each week in many Christian churches, with the thinking that the verse relates to the church, without having an understanding of the context of the verse to which the song relates. However, as the reference note states, the verse specifically relates to Israel during the millennium. Believers in Christ, whom will also be present during the millennium, will also benefit from God’s blessings to the Jews, whom are “God’s chosen people” (Deuteronomy 7:6). But, the key application of the verse is that of God’s blessings for Israel.

It is important for any reader of the Bible to know that without having an understanding of the books of Old Testament prophecy, no sense can be made of the remainder of the Bible, whether Old or New Testaments. Anyone can read from Genesis 1:1 through Exodus 20:26 without encountering too much confusion. But, once the reader begins at Exodus 21:1, and reads forward, the world of prophecy is immediately encountered. There is a definite prophetic path of scripture that begins in Genesis 3:15 and carries forward to Revelation 21:1-22:21, but that path is grossly ignored in many sermons and lessons. All too often, whenever sermons or lessons are taught from Old Testament books of prophecy, the design of the teaching is that of a church setting. The primary focus of a lesson, that is based on a book of prophecy, should be one of Jewish prophecy. Because of the lack of proper teaching on prophecy, there are many people whom are greatly ignorant of the application of such scriptures.

In the year 1000 B.C., preceding the deportation of God’s chosen people from their home lands, God gave the message of the Song of Solomon, through King Solomon, to be a love letter to the Jews. The message used the love in marriage, of a man and woman, to tell about the love of God for the Jews. Please understand that the Song of Solomon is not a “marriage how to do it book.” The common expression that is often seen in the faces of Christians whenever the Song of Solomon is mentioned, is that of a “smirk!” Please understand that God’s Holy Word is just that, “Holy!” There should never be “smirking” whenever God’s Word is read or discussed. People had been having children for the 3,000 years before the “Song of Solomon” was given by God to Solomon. Families had been having children, “quite well,” during those preceding years; nobody needed a technical manual on love. God knew that Israel would be dispersed from their home lands after the death of King Solomon. He knew of the dysfunction that would enter their lives and nation leading up to the first deportation of the Northern Kingdom in 722 B.C. God also knew of the final deportation of the Southern Kingdom which would take place in 586 B.C. God knew that His chosen people would not return to their promised land until after the time of the rapture and tribulation. God chose prophets to encourage the Jews while they living in exile in foreign lands. His written Word is still used to encourage Jews, as well as believers in Christ, as to His plan for the New Heaven, New Earth and New Jerusalem (Isaiah 66:22; Revelation 21:1-2).

As was the case in Song of Solomon, the prophets of Israel were used as instruments of delivering God’s Holy Word to the Jews. Especially, while the Jews were dispersed, the love of God for “His chosen people” (Deuteronomy 7:6) was the key to their encouragement. Consider the following passages of scripture that God spoke to “his chosen people” through the prophets, “Isaiah, Zephaniah, Jeremiah, Ezekiel and Zechariah”)

“I, the God of Israel, will not forsake them.” (Isaiah 41:17, 712 B.C.)

“I will bring you back” (Zephaniah 3:20, 630 B.C.)

“I have loved you with an everlasting love;” (Jeremiah 31:3, 606 B.C.)

“For I will take you from among the nations, gather you out of all countries, and bring you into your own land (Ezekiel 36:24, 587 B.C.)

“Thus says the Lord of hosts: My cities shall again spread out through prosperity. The Lord will again comfort Zion, And will again choose Jerusalem.” (Zechariah 1:17, 520 B.C.)

It will be during the millennium that the covenant land of Genesis 15:18-21 will actually be occupied by Israel.

In the following Words of Christ (Matthew 24:29-31), He tells of the regathering of the Jews, which have been scattered throughout the world; the time frame is that of the second coming of Christ to Earth. The audience of people are His Disciples/Apostles on the Mount of Olives in Jerusalem. The teaching relates to the Jewish people who will be present on Earth at the end of the great tribulation; they will have missed the rapture. “His chosen people” (Jews, vs 31)” are identified in Deuteronomy 7:6. In essence, this discussion is, “to Jews, about “Jewish things.” The passage of Matthew 24:29-31 is not about the rapture of the church.

Jews, of whom accept Christ as Messiah prior to the rapture, will be caught up to the Presence of God at the time of the rapture, and will be eternally secure in their holiness of body, soul and spirit (John 14:1-6; 1 Corinthians 15:50-54); they will spend eternity in the Presence of God in the New Heaven, New Earth and New Jerusalem (Revelation 21:1-2). Jews, of whom have not accepted Christ as Messiah prior to the rapture, will go through the tribulation. If any of those Jews are alive at the end of the tribulation, they will enter the time of the millennium. It is during that thousand-year reign of Christ that they will have the opportunity to accept Christ as Messiah. From that point in time, forward, those millennial Jews will be given a glorified body, soul and spirit and will also spend eternity in the Presence of God.

Matthew 24:29-31 Complete Jewish Bible (CJB)

29 “But immediately following the trouble of those times, the sun will grow dark, the moon will stop shining, the stars will fall from the sky, and the powers in heaven will be shaken.

30 “Then the sign of the Son of Man will appear in the sky, all the tribes of the Land will mourn, and they will see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of heaven with tremendous power and glory. 31 He will send out his angels with a great shofar; and they will gather together his chosen people from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other.

During this study, there will be a focused study of each of the prophets that are listed below. The focus will relate to the prophecies that God gave to each prophet. It is important to know that all of the prophets are Jews, and that they prophesied about things that relate to Jews. The effects of the fulfilled prophecies will affect everyone in the world.

Israel is the area where the ten northern tribes settled under the Kingship of Jeroboam in 931 B.C.

Judah is the area where the two southern tribes of Israel settled under the Kingship of Rehoboam in 931 B.C.

A discussion follows that relates to the prophets of Israel during the following time periods:

Diaspora, Pre-Exile, Exile, Post-Exile

Diaspora

Diaspora relates to the dispersion of Jews from their Northern and Southern homelands, beginning in 733-722 B.C. In many discussions, the term “exile” relates specifically to the time that the Jews of the southern kingdom were expelled from Judah/Jerusalem during the time period of 605-586 B.C.

After Cyrus, the Persian King, allowed the Judeans to return to their homeland in 538 BC, most Jews chose to remain in Babylon.

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The book of Esther discusses the plight of the exiled Jews that remained in Babylon, after it was overrun by the Persians in 539 B.C. In 549 B.C., the Persian King Cyrus united Persia and Media. The Persian empire lasted from 539-331 B.C. Persia became present day Iran in 1935. In Esther 3:7 (474 B.C.), there was a plot to kill all of the Jews residing in Persia. Queen Esther, a Jewess, intervened and saved the Jews from being exterminated. Therefore, the Jews in Persia were saved by the courage of a Jew, whom God put in the position of Queen of that pagan country (Esther 2:16-17, 479 B.C.)

Pre-Exile

The Pre-Exile is a period of time that is often described to precede the 605-586 B.C. expulsion of Jews from Judah/Jerusalem to Babylon. However, the diaspora of Jews, as described above, is also included in the times of Jewish diaspora of 733-722 B.C. Prophets of the time of pre-exile are listed below the discussion of “Israel And World Empires.”

Exile

The term “exile” is normally used in relation to the time of the deportation of the Jewish tribes to Babylon, from Judah and Benjamin, of the southern kingdom of Israel. The forces of Babylon’s King Nebuchadnezzar used three deportations to remove the Jews of the area that was better known as Judah; the deportations lasted from 605 B.C. to 586 B.C. (2 Kings 24:1-25:21; 2 Chronicles 36:5-20; Jeremiah 52:27-30). The period of Jewish exile was prophesied by the Jewish prophet Jeremiah to last for seventy years (2 Chronicles 36:21; Jeremiah 29:10). In 597 B.C., Jeremiah sent a letter to the exiled Jews in Babylon. The letter told of God’s prophecy of the seventy year period of the exile. The exile of the Jews lasted until they were allowed to return to their home land. Prophets of the time of exile are listed below the discussion of Israel And World Empires. It must also be remembered that the Jews of the northern kingdom were captive during their time of Assyrian exile. Soon after the Jewish dispersal, the Assyrians began moving gentiles into the vacated lands of the northern kingdom.

The land that God to the Jews, whom are the covenant seed of Abraham, is shown in Genesis 15:18-21. That land mass is far greater than that which is shown on maps of our day. (See Ryrie Study Bible note)

Post Exile

The term “post-exile” relates to the time of the decree of the Persian King Cyrus, for the captive Jews to be allowed to return to their homeland. Jews began returning to Judah/Jerusalem in 538 B.C. The temple, and the walls of Jerusalem, had been destroyed by Nebuchadnezzar in 586 B.C. (2 Kings 25:9-10). The returning Jews rebuilt the temple, finishing it in 515 B.C. under the leadership of the Jewish prophets Haggai and Zechariah (Ezra 5:1-2; 6:13-14). Under the leadership of Ezra, the Jewish scribe and priest, and Nehemiah the Jewish Governor, the rebuilding of the walls of the city was finished in 445 B.C. The prophecy of the exiled prophet Daniel (Daniel 9:25; approximately 538-534 B.C.) to restore and rebuild Jerusalem, found beginning fulfillment in Nehemiah 2:3-8 (444 B.C.); that is when Persian King Artaxerxes commissioned Nehemiah to rebuild Jerusalem. The prophecy of the seventy weeks of Daniel (Daniel 9:25) found its starting point in 444 B.C. The seventy weeks are “weeks of years.” The prophecy provides a timeline that leads to the coming of Christ to Jerusalem shortly before His crucifixion, and the later tribulation. Prophets of the time of the post exile are listed below the discussion of Israel And World Empires.

Israel And World Empires

World Empires Of The Bible In The History Of Israel (Every Prophecy of the Bible, Dr. John F. Walvoord (Dec), copyright 1990, 1999, Chariot Victor Publishing, formerly The Prophecy Knowledge Handbook.)

Egypt – Genesis 46 – Deuteronomy 34. Jacob and his family resided in Egypt until the Exodus.
Assyria – 726 B.C.- 605 B.C. The northern ten tribes were taken into Assyrian captivity.
Babylon – 605 B.C. – 539 B.C. The two southern tribes were taken into Babylonian captivity.
Medo-Persia – 539 B.C. – 331 B.C. The captives in Babylon returned to Jerusalem and Judah. (Southern Israel) in 536 B.C.
Greece – 321 B.C. – 63 B.C. Israel was under the control of Syria.
Rome – 63 B.C. – 70 A.D. Israel was under the control of Rome. Jerusalem was destroyed by Rome in 70 A.D. The decline of Rome occurred during the church age. Rome will be revived after the Rapture.

Daniel’s prophecy shows the world empires of Babylonia, Medo-Persia, Greece, Rome, and Christ (Daniel 2:36-45; 7:1-28). (See Scofield Study Bible notes)

Jewish Prophets During Gentile World Empires. (See notes in MacArthur, Scofield and Ryrie study bibles. Everyone should own these three study bibles.)

Pre-Exile: Assyrian World Empire –

Jonah (790-770 B.C.)

Joel (790-770 B.C.)

Amos (780-740 B.C.)

Hosea (760-720 B.C.)

Isaiah (745-695 B.C.)

Micah (740-700 B.C.)

Zephaniah (639-608 B.C.) .

Nahum (630-610 B.C.)

Exile: Babylonian World Empire

Jeremiah (626-586 B.C.)

Habakkuk (606-586 B.C.)

Ezekiel (592-570 B.C.)

Obadiah (586-583 B.C.) .

Daniel (606-534 B.C.)

Post-Exile: Persian World Empire

Haggai (520-516 B.C.)

Zechariah (520-516 B.C.)

Malachi (450-400 B.C.)

Post-Exile:

Greek and Roman World Empires. There are no writings of Jewish prophets during the years of the Greek and Roman empires. Christ and His disciples were Jews. After the crucifixion, resurrection, and ascension of Christ to heaven, disciples/apostles wrote the books of the New Testament about the teachings of Christ. The last apostolic writing was that of the Apostle John. His writing of “The Revelation,” which he received from the risen Christ, was transcribed in about the year 96 A.D.

The Jews were dispersed from their home land again in the year 70 A.D. The Nazi holocaust awaited the Jews, which took place from 1939-1945. https://www.ushmm.org/wlc/en/article.php?ModuleId=10005469

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Yes! There was a holocaust.

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Apostles

Nearer To God

Nearer My God To Thee

John 20:28 King James Version (KJV)

“And Thomas answered and said unto him, My Lord and my God.”

Matthew 10:16 New King James Version (NKJV)

16 “Behold, I send you out as sheep in the midst of wolves. Therefore be wise as serpents and harmless as doves.

Matthew 6:33 New King James Version (NKJV)

33 But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.

Matthew – Chapter 6

Deuteronomy 6:4-9 New American Standard Bible (NASB)

4 “Hear, O Israel! The Lord is our God, the Lord is one! 5 You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might. 6 These words, which I am commanding you today, shall be on your heart. 7 You shall teach them diligently to your sons and shall talk of them when you sit in your house and when you walk by the way and when you lie down and when you rise up. 8 You shall bind them as a sign on your hand and they shall be as frontals on your forehead. 9 You shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates.

The teaching of God to the children of Israel, in the year 1451 B.C., can not be lessened in the world in which we live today. The application is directed to parents, in that our children should be taught the Words of God on an ongoing basis.

The articles that appear in this blog, provide scriptural teachings to the body of Christ, so that we will be more effective in fulfilling the Great Commission that was given to the Church (Matthew 28:18-20; Acts 1:8.) In order to achieve such an effectiveness, it is necessary for believers in Christ to have an intimate relationship with God the Father, through God the Son, by the empowerment of God The Holy Spirit. God will lay a path before us that we should follow. He will equip us for the completion of that trip and ministry. There are scriptures that will help us to prepare for the ministry that God has ordained for our lives. The following scriptures are key to our being prepared for the fulfillment of God’s call on our lives; they revolve around the keys of: 1. Knowing, 2. Being, 3. Abiding, and 4. Going. Please consider the scriptures of those four points of intimacy and ministry.

1. Knowing

Philippians 3:10, “That I might know Him.”

John 17:3 New King James Version (NKJV)

3 And this is eternal life, that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent.

In this verse we see a text book definition of “eternal life,” which is an intimate relationship with God the Father, through God the Son. To “know” is to be intimate. The intimacy of this verse is parallel to that of Genesis 4:1, where it is written that Adam “knew” Eve his wife, and she conceived and bare Cain. To know someone is to have the highest degree of intimacy with that person that is possible. For us to “know” God is to have the highest degree of intimacy with Him that is possible.

In respect to knowing God, we also should consider the words of Philippians 3:10.

Philippians 3:10 New King James Version (NKJV)

10 that I may know Him and the power of His resurrection, and the fellowship of His sufferings, being conformed to His death,

The aspect of knowing God, is something that involves the ups and downs of having that holy relationship. Whether times are good or times are bad, we must understand that our response must be to always love God. If we win, we’ll praise Him. If we lose, we’ll praise Him. Whatever the case may be, we will always praise our Lord and Savior Jesus.

In respect to knowing God, we should also know the compassion of Christ, and the compassionate Christ.

Knowing God is also to know about the compassion of Christ, as it relates to the less-fortunate:

Matthew 25:40 New King James Version (NKJV)

40 And the King will answer and say to them, ‘Assuredly, I say to you, inasmuch as you did it to one of the least of these My brethren, you did it to Me.’

In order for us to know Jesus, we should also know the compassionate Christ:

Matthew 9:36 New King James Version (NKJV)

36 But when He saw the multitudes, He was moved with compassion for them, because they were weary and scattered, like sheep having no shepherd.

In order for us to know Jesus, we should also know how the compassionate Christ responded to the needs of the needy:

Matthew 15:32 New King James Version (NKJV)

Feeding the Four Thousand

32 Now Jesus called His disciples to Himself and said, “I have compassion on the multitude, because they have now continued with Me three days and have nothing to eat. And I do not want to send them away hungry, lest they faint on the way.”

2. Being

Mark 3:14 New King James Version (NKJV)

14 Then He appointed twelve, that they might be with Him and that He might send them out to preach,

The disciples were not only appointed/chosen by Jesus, they were appointed to “be with Jesus.” That relationship of “being” with Jesus prepared the disciples to be better able to go out and preach the Gospel of Jesus.

3. Abiding

John 15:4 New King James Version (NKJV)

4 Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in Me.

The aspect of abiding in Christ is two-fold. First, we are to have no known sin that is unconfessed, and of no interest in our life into which God is not brought into. It is for us to have no life in which God can not also share. Secondly, the believer in Christ takes all of their burdens to God, and gets all wisdom, life, and strength from God. It is not a ceasing of consciousness of the things of the world. But, it is a relationship with God in which nothing is allowed in the life of the believer which separates the believer from an intimate relationship with God.

4. Going

Matthew 28:19 New King James Version (NKJV)

19 Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,

The disciples of Jesus, who were soon to be apostles, were commissioned to “go,” teach,” “baptize,” and “teach” (vs 20), the things that they had been taught by Jesus (vs 18). The apostles died. Their commission has been passed onto others who were made disciples, who are to make disciples of others, and others, and others.

The highest point of ministry is to lead people to a place where they will know, personally and intimately, “Christ,” who is “God with us,” (Isaiah 7:14/Matthew 1:23), so that when they come across a need in a person’s life, they will know the answer to the question:

“What would Jesus do?” (WWJD)

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Dinner With Jesus

The Perfect Stranger

This message is written to all of my friends that reside in nations all around the world. “Jesus is God!” The “religious leaders” who have lived from the beginning of time are dead and gone. Their graves are usually marked by some sort of shrine; their bones stay in their graves until the bones decay. The difference with Jesus is that His tomb has been empty ever since His resurrection, three days after His crucifixion.” And, do you know what? His bones were never left in the tomb to decay. He never suffered decay! (Acts 2:27). He has risen from the dead! He is alive! (Luke 24:1-7) And, He lives within every person’s spirit who knows Him (Jesus) as their Lord and Savior (John 14:20). Eternal life with God begins at the very exact moment that a person comes to know Jesus as their Lord and Savior (John 17:3). No one has to prove their love to God by doing “anything,” except by believing in Jesus with a belief of trust that He is their Lord and Savior (John 3:16). Jesus is love (1 John 4:18). He is not a vengeful God who tells His followers to kill people who don’t believe that He is God; but, it is true that Jesus is God (Isaiah 7:14/Matthew 1:18-25; John 10:30; John 14:9). Here is a very stern warning. Jesus is the only way for anyone to have eternal life in Heaven (John 14:6). Otherwise, a person’s eternity is in the Lake Of Fire (Revelation 20:15) that burns forever and ever (Revelation 20:10). Won’t you accept Jesus as your Lord and Savior?

The Perfect Stranger – Introduction

“THE PERFECT STRANGER” tells the story of Nikki, a troubled attorney who one day receives a mysterious dinner invitation from a man claiming to be Jesus of Nazareth. Throughout their evening of conversation, arguments and spirited debate, Nikki learns things she never knew about life, the universe, and most importantly, herself. Written by Pate Walters.

Consider how you would react if you were to have an invitation to have dinner with Jesus. What if you had been having a bad day? What would you think about the invitation? What would you think about your first meeting with Jesus? Would you have any questions for Him? What would those questions be? The introduction to the movie, “The Perfect Stranger,” will prepare you for the complete movie that follows at the bottom of the page. Follow the way that Jesus relates and reacts to the situation at hand. It is important for us to understand the meaning of the scripture:

“Come to me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest,” (Matthew 11:28).

As you watch “The Perfect Stranger,” consider the way that Jesus approaches Nikki and presents Himself as God. If you were to have a similar encounter with Jesus, what would you expect it to be like? Consider that Jesus is “God with us,” and that God’s Holy Spirit is involved in every incident where an unbeliever is being drawn to make a decision as to whether they will accept or reject Jesus as their personal Lord and Savior. The invitation is easily accepted:

“For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life,” (John 3:16).

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Christ Above All

Above All

2 Corinthians 11:4 New King James Version (NKJV)

“For if he who comes preaches another Jesus…”

Ephesians 2:8 New King James Version (NKJV)

“For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God,”

Galatians 2:16 New King James Version (NKJV)

“knowing that a man is not justified by the works of the law but by faith in Jesus Christ, even we have believed in Christ Jesus, that we might be justified by faith in Christ and not by the works of the law; for by the works of the law no flesh shall be justified.”

Romans 3:23 New King James Version (NKJV)

“for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,”

Romans 5:8 New King James Version (NKJV)

“But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”

Romans 6:23 New King James Version (NKJV)

“For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

Romans 8:38-39 New King James Version (NKJV)

38 For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, 39 nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Romans 10:13 New King James Version (NKJV)
“For whoever calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved.”

Colossians 1:27 New King James Version (NKJV)

“To them God willed to make known what are the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles: which is Christ in you, the hope of glory.”

2 Corinthians 5:17 New King James Version (NKJV)

“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.”

2 Corinthians 5:21 New King James Version (NKJV)

“For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.”

John 17:3 New King James Version (NKJV)

3 And this is eternal life, that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent.

John 10:28 New King James Version (NKJV)

“And I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; neither shall anyone snatch them out of My hand.”

John 3:16 New King James Version (NKJV)

“For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.”

Luke 1:46-47 King James Version (KJV)

46 And Mary said, My soul doth magnify the Lord,

47 And my spirit hath rejoiced in God my Saviour.

Prophecies Of Ezekiel – Chapter 1 – 86

Israel: Key to Understanding Bible Prophecy
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Comments related to this series of posts on the Book of Ezekiel. Comments come from the Ryrie Study Bible.

Ezekiel was a Jewish priest who had been carried off to Babylon by King Nebuchadnezzar with other Jews from Jerusalem in the year 597 B.C. Ezekiel’s ministry to the exiles in Babylon was at the same time as that of Jeremiah to the Jews of Palestine, and of the early years of the ministry of Daniel.

The prophet Daniel had already been taken captive to Babylon in 605 B.C.

The posts that will be published in this study of Ezekiel will be prophetic, as opposed to being chapter by chapter, and verse by verse. A teaching video will also be included in each chapter study. The selected video may actually cover more scripture than that which is shown in the text breakdown which precedes the video.

Chapters 1-24: Prophesied judgments on the kingdom of Judah.

Chapters 25- 32: Prophesied judgments on the gentile nations.

Chapters 33- 48: Prophesied blessings on Israel.

Ezekiel #1: Age and Experience
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Ezekiel. 1:1-3; p. 1074

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Revelation 2 – The Things Which Are – Data – 70

How is Jesus preparing a place for us in heaven?

Your First Hour in Glory, What Will Heaven Be Like?

God’s love for Israel

Restoration of Judah and Israel’

Ezekiel 16:60 New American Standard Bible (NASB)

The Covenant Remembered

60 “Nevertheless, I will remember My covenant with you in the days of your youth, and I will establish an everlasting covenant with you.

16:60 I will remember My covenant. God is gracious and He always finds a covenant basis on which He can exercise His grace. The Lord will remember the Abrahamic Covenant (cf. Gen. 12:1ff.) made with Israel in her youth. Restoration will be by grace, not merit. an everlasting covenant. This is the New Covenant, which is unconditional, saving, and everlasting (cf. 37:26; Is. 59:21; 61:8; Jer. 31:31–34; Heb. 8:6–13). The basis of God’s grace will not be the Mosaic Covenant, which the Jews could never fulfill, even with the best intentions (cf. Ex. 24:1ff.). When God establishes His eternal covenant, Israel will know that God is the Lord because of His grace. (Note: MacArthur Study Bible)

Introduction To Post

There are some people who may be confused about the meaning of the following verse, because of inclusion of the words, “to whom who overcomes.” Some may believe that their salvation is not secure in Christ. Some may believe that more than faith in Christ is necessary to keep them secure in Christ, which makes their understanding of salvation as being based on “something that they have to do.” So, they are constantly trying to determine what it is that they must do to keep them secure in Christ. The truth of scripture is that faith in Christ keeps us “secure in Christ,” at all times, and under all circumstances. We can never fall out of the eternal and saving grasp of Christ. The parachute of saving faith is nothing that we can make for ourselves; Christ makes it for us. It is nothing that will ever fail to open; Christ opens it for us. It is nothing that will ever wear out; Christ makes it new, and keeps it new. We would never know how to make the spiritual parachute of saving faith, or that we would need such an umbrella; only Christ makes it, offers it to us, and maintains it in eternal perfection.

It is very helpful to use scripture to explain scripture, as is shown in the “scripture that follows the scripture,” of concern.

Revelation 2:7 New American Standard Bible (NASB)

7 …”To him who overcomes, I will grant to eat of the tree of life which is in the Paradise of God.’

The following scripture shows that whomever has been born again, is an overcomer, and will find their eternal place of residence in the Paradise of God, which is the Presence of God. See the MacArthur Study Bible note.

1 John 5:4 New American Standard Bible (NASB)

4 For whatever is born of God overcomes the world; and this is the victory that has overcome the world—our faith.

MacArthur Study Bible note.

5:4 overcomes. John clearly defines who these overcomers are: they are all who believe that Jesus is God’s Son, and all that means. The overcomers are believers—all of them (cf. 2:13). The word for “overcomer” comes from a Gr. word meaning “to conquer,” “to have victory,” “to have superiority” or “conquering power.” The word reflects a genuine superiority that leads to overwhelming success. The victory is demonstrable; it involves overthrowing an enemy so that the victory is seen by all. Jesus also used this word to describe Himself (John 16:33). Because of believers’ union with Christ, they too partake in His victory (Rom. 8:37; 2 Cor. 2:14). The word “overcomes” in the original language conveys the idea that the believer has continual victory over the world.

Revelation Chapter 2-3 – Data

Text – Revelation Chapter 2-3 – God’s Plan For The Ages 70

Revelation 2-3 New American Standard Bible (NASB)

Chapter 2

Message to Ephesus

1 “To the angel of the church in Ephesus write:

The One who holds the seven stars in His right hand, the One who walks among the seven golden lampstands, says this:

2 ‘I know your deeds and your toil and perseverance, and that you cannot tolerate evil men, and you put to the test those who call themselves apostles, and they are not, and you found them to be false; 3 and you have perseverance and have endured for My name’s sake, and have not grown weary. 4 But I have this against you, that you have left your first love. 5 Therefore remember from where you have fallen, and repent and do the deeds you did at first; or else I am coming to you and will remove your lampstand out of its place—unless you repent. 6 Yet this you do have, that you hate the deeds of the Nicolaitans, which I also hate. 7 He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. To him who overcomes, I will grant to eat of the tree of life which is in the Paradise of God.’

Message to Smyrna

8 “And to the angel of the church in Smyrna write:

The first and the last, who was dead, and has come to life, says this:

9 ‘I know your tribulation and your poverty (but you are rich), and the blasphemy by those who say they are Jews and are not, but are a synagogue of Satan. 10 Do not fear what you are about to suffer. Behold, the devil is about to cast some of you into prison, so that you will be tested, and you will have tribulation for ten days. Be faithful until death, and I will give you the crown of life. 11 He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. He who overcomes will not be hurt by the second death.’

Message to Pergamum

12 “And to the angel of the church in Pergamum write:

The One who has the sharp two-edged sword says this:

13 ‘I know where you dwell, where Satan’s throne is; and you hold fast My name, and did not deny My faith even in the days of Antipas, My witness, My faithful one, who was killed among you, where Satan dwells. 14 But I have a few things against you, because you have there some who hold the teaching of Balaam, who kept teaching Balak to put a stumbling block before the sons of Israel, to eat things sacrificed to idols and to commit acts of immorality. 15 So you also have some who in the same way hold the teaching of the Nicolaitans. 16 Therefore repent; or else I am coming to you quickly, and I will make war against them with the sword of My mouth. 17 He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. To him who overcomes, to him I will give some of the hidden manna, and I will give him a white stone, and a new name written on the stone which no one knows but he who receives it.’

Message to Thyatira

18 “And to the angel of the church in Thyatira write:

The Son of God, who has eyes like a flame of fire, and His feet are like burnished bronze, says this:

19 ‘I know your deeds, and your love and faith and service and perseverance, and that your deeds of late are greater than at first. 20 But I have this against you, that you tolerate the woman Jezebel, who calls herself a prophetess, and she teaches and leads My bond-servants astray so that they commit acts of immorality and eat things sacrificed to idols. 21 I gave her time to repent, and she does not want to repent of her immorality. 22 Behold, I will throw her on a bed of sickness, and those who commit adultery with her into great tribulation, unless they repent of her deeds. 23 And I will kill her children with pestilence, and all the churches will know that I am He who searches the minds and hearts; and I will give to each one of you according to your deeds. 24 But I say to you, the rest who are in Thyatira, who do not hold this teaching, who have not known the deep things of Satan, as they call them—I place no other burden on you. 25 Nevertheless what you have, hold fast until I come. 26 He who overcomes, and he who keeps My deeds until the end, to him I will give authority over the nations; 27 and he shall rule them with a rod of iron, as the vessels of the potter are broken to pieces, as I also have received authority from My Father; 28 and I will give him the morning star. 29 He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches.’

Commentary. Notes provided by MacArthur Study Bible.

2:1—3:22 Although these 7 churches were actual, historical churches in Asia Minor, they represent the types of churches that perennially exist throughout the church age. What Christ says to these churches is relevant in all times.
2:1 angel. The elder or pastor from the church (see note on 1:20). Ephesus. It was an inland city 3 mi. from the sea, but the broad mouth of the Cayster River allowed access and provided the greatest harbor in Asia Minor. Four great trade roads went through Ephesus; therefore, it became known as the gateway to Asia. It was the center of the worship of Artemis (Greek), or Diana (Roman), whose temple was one of the 7 Wonders of the Ancient World. Paul ministered there for 3 years (Acts 20:31), and later met with the Ephesian elders on his way to Jerusalem (Acts 20). Timothy, Tychicus, and the Apostle John all served this church. John was in Ephesus when he was arrested by Domitian and exiled 50 mi. SW to Patmos. seven stars. See note on 1:16. seven golden lampstands. See note on 1:12.
2:2 who say they are apostles. The Ephesian church exercised spiritual discernment. It knew how to evaluate men who claimed spiritual leadership by their doctrine and behavior (cf. 1 Thess. 5:20, 21).
2:3 not become weary. For over 40 years, since its founding, this church had remained faithful to the Word and the Lord. Through difficulty and persecution, the members had endured, always driven by the right motive, i.e., for Christ’s name and reputation.
2:4 left your first love. To be a Christian is to love the Lord Jesus Christ (John 14:21, 23; 1 Cor. 16:22). But the Ephesians’ passion and fervor for Christ had become cold, mechanical orthodoxy. Their doctrinal and moral purity, their undiminished zeal for the truth, and their disciplined service were no substitute for the love for Christ they had forsaken.
2:5 remove your lampstand. God’s judgment would bring an end to the Ephesian church.
2:6 the deeds of the Nicolaitans. A problem in Pergamos also (vv. 12–15), this heresy was similar to the teaching of Balaam (vv. 14, 15). Nicolas means “one who conquers the people.” Irenaeus writes that Nicolas, who was made a deacon in Acts 6, was a false believer who later became apostate; but because of his credentials he was able to lead the church astray. And, like Balaam, he led the people into immorality and wickedness. The Nicolaitans, followers of Nicolas, were involved in immorality and assaulted the church with sensual temptations. Clement of Alexander says, “They abandoned themselves to pleasure like goats, leading a life of self-indulgence.” Their teaching perverted grace and replaced liberty with license.
2:7 him who overcomes. According to John’s own definition, to be an overcomer is to be a Christian (see note on 1 John 5:4; cf. vv. 11, 17, 26; 3:5, 12, 21). tree of life. True believers enjoy the promise of heaven (see notes on 22:2; Gen. 2:9).
2:8 angel. See note on v. 1. Smyrna. Smyrna means “myrrh,” the substance used for perfume and often for anointing a dead body for aromatic purposes. Called the crown of Asia, this ancient city (modern Izmir, Turkey) was the most beautiful in Asia Minor and a center of science and medicine. Always on the winner’s side in the Roman wars, Smyrna’s intense loyalty to Rome resulted in a strong emperor-worship cult. Fifty years after John’s death, Polycarp, the pastor of the church in Smyrna, was burned alive at the age of 86 for refusing to worship Caesar. A large Jewish community in the city also proved hostile to the early church. the First and the Last. See note on 1:17.
2:9 who say they are Jews. Although they were Jews physically, they were not true Jews but spiritual pagans (cf. Rom. 2:28). They allied with other pagans in putting Christians to death as they attempted to stamp out the Christian faith. synagogue of Satan. With the rejection of its Messiah, Judaism becomes as much a tool of Satan as emperor worship.
2:10 devil. The Gr. name for God’s archenemy means “accuser.” For discussion of Satan, see notes on Eph. 6:10–17. tribulation ten days. Their imprisonment will be brief. crown of life. It is the crown which is life, or the reward which is life, not an actual crown to adorn the head. “Crown” here does not refer to the kind royalty wear, but to the wreath awarded winning athletes.
2:11 who overcomes. This identifies every Christian (see note on v. 7). the second death. The first death is only physical; the second is spiritual and eternal (cf. 20:14).
2:12 angel. See note on 1:20. Pergamos. Pergamos lit. means “citadel” and is the word from which we get parchment—a writing material developed from animal skin, which apparently was first developed in that area. Pergamos (modern Bergama) was built on a 1,000-foot hill in a broad, fertile plain about 20 mi. inland from the Aegean Sea. It had served as the capital of the Roman province of Asia Minor for over 250 years. It was an important religious center for the pagan cults of Athena, Asklepios, Dionysius (or Bacchus, the god of drunkenness), and Zeus. It was the first city in Asia to build a temple to Caesar (29 B.C.) and became the capital of the cult of Caesar worship. two-edged sword. See note on 1:16.
2:13 where Satan’s throne is. The headquarters of satanic opposition and a Gentile base for false religions. On the acropolis in Pergamos was a huge, throne-shaped altar to Zeus. In addition, Asklepios, the god of healing, was the god most associated with Pergamos. His snake-like form is still the medical symbol today. The famous medical school connected to his temple mingled medicine with superstition. One prescription called for the worshiper to sleep on the temple floor, allowing snakes to crawl over his body and infuse him with their healing power. Antipas. Probably the pastor of the church. faithful martyr. Tradition says Antipas was burned to death inside a brass bull. “Martyr,” a transliteration of the Gr. word, means witness. Because so many of the witnesses faithful to Christ were put to death, the word “martyr” developed its current definition.
2:14 doctrine of Balaam. Balaam tried unsuccessfully to prostitute his prophetic gift and curse Israel for money offered him by Balak, king of Moab. So he devised a plot to have Moabite women seduce Israelite men into intermarriage. The result was the blasphemous union of Israel with fornication and idolatrous feasts (for the story of Balaam, see Num. 22–25). things sacrificed to idols. See Acts 15:19–29.
2:15 Thus you also. The teaching of the Nicolaitans led to the same behavior as Balaam’s schemes. doctrine of the Nicolaitans. See note on v. 6.
2:16 sword of My mouth. See note on 1:16.
2:17 overcomes. See note on v. 7. hidden manna. Just as Israel received manna, God promises to give the true believer the spiritual bread the unbelieving world cannot see: Jesus Christ (cf. John 6:51). white stone. When an athlete won in the games, he was often given, as part of his prize, a white stone which was an admission pass to the winner’s celebration afterwards. This may picture the moment when the overcomer will receive his ticket to the eternal victory celebration in heaven. new name. A personal message from Christ to the ones He loves, which serves as their admission pass into eternal glory. It is so personal that only the person who receives it will know what it is.
2:18 angel. See note on 1:20. Thyatira. Located halfway between Pergamos and Sardis, this city had been under Roman rule for nearly 3 centuries (ca. 190 B.C.). Since the city was situated in a long valley that swept 40 mi. to Pergamos, it had no natural defenses and had a long history of being destroyed and rebuilt. Originally populated by soldiers of Alexander the Great, it was little more than a military outpost to guard Pergamos. Lydia came from this city on business and was converted under Paul’s ministry (Acts 16:14, 15). eyes like a flame of fire. See note on 1:14. feet like fine brass. Cf. 19:15; see note on 1:15.
2:20 Jezebel. Probably a pseudonym for a woman who influenced the church in the way Jezebel influenced the OT Jews into idolatry and immorality (cf. 1 Kin. 21:25, 26). sexual immorality and eat things sacrificed to idols. Cf. Acts 15:19–29; see note on v. 14.
2:22 sickbed. Lit. “bed.” Having given this woman time to repent, God was to judge her upon a bed. Since she used a luxurious bed to commit her immorality, and the reclining couch at the idol feast to eat things offered to false gods, He was to give her a bed in hell where she would lie forever.
2:23 her children. The church was about 40 years old as John wrote, and her teaching had produced a second generation, advocating the same debauchery. who searches the minds and hearts. God has perfect, intimate knowledge of every human heart; no evil can be hidden from Him (Ps. 7:9; Prov. 24:12; Jer. 11:20; 17:10; 20:12). according to your works. Always the basis for future judgment (20:12, 13; Matt. 16:27; Rom. 2:6). Works do not save (Eph. 2:8, 9), but they do evidence salvation (James 2:14–26).
2:24 the depths of Satan. This unbelievable libertinism and license was the fruit of pre-gnostic teaching that one was free to engage and explore the sphere of Satan and participate in evil with the body without harming the spirit (see Introduction to 1 John: Background and Setting).
2:26 overcomes. See note on v. 7.
2:27 rule them with a rod of iron. Lit. “shepherd them with an iron rod.” During the millennial kingdom, Christ will enforce His will and protect His sheep with His iron scepter from any who would seek to harm them (cf. Ps. 2:9).
2:28 the morning star. John later reveals Christ to be “the Bright and Morning Star.” Although the morning star has already dawned in our hearts (2 Pet. 1:19), someday we will have Him in His fullness.

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Bible Translation Into English – Video And Chart – 68

Holy Are You Lord – Terry MacAlmon

“..Holy, holy, holy, Lord God Almighty, who was, and who is, and who is to come.” (Revelation 4:8, Darby Translation)

It is important for all believers in Christ to have as great an understanding of God’s Word, as is possible. There have been many times that while listening to a person who was described as being a Christian, that I was terribly embarrassed at the ignorance of Scripture that came from that person’s mouth. In order for those of us, who present ourselves as being believers in Christ, to be seen as being credible in for witness of Christ, that we must have a dedicated time of reading God’s Word, as well as a time of critical Bible study. Scripture reading is good, but a critical study of those scriptures must not be neglected.

This article focuses on the translation of God’s Word into the English language. Future articles will relate to the translation of Scripture into non-English languages, and into the tongues of people groups who may not have a formal language.

Consider the video that follows. The speaker is a Bible translator. His discussion closely follows the following chart that shows the sequence of translations of the Bible into the English language.

Please let me discuss the situation of a person who has not been born again, but is a member of a Bible translation team. Let’s state the obvious. That person has not accepted Christ as Lord and Savior, and does not have the indelling of God’s Holy Spirit within their spirit. Such a person does not have Godly wisdom, and will only be “moving words around,” in the pursuit of choosing among mortal words, for the purpose of accomplishing a spiritual goal.

Consider the following verses that relate to the importance of Holy Scripture. They are important in our daily lives, and need to be properly taught. It is important to remember that from the time of the Wycliffe Translation of the 1380s, until today’s date, the day-to-day word usage of the English language has undergone many changes. Therefore, translators must keep those changes in mind as they try to make the the Bible understandable to the masses of people who may read it today.

Psalm 119:105 King James Version (KJV)

105 Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path.

2 Timothy 3:16-17 New Living Translation (NLT)

16 All Scripture is inspired by God and is useful to teach us what is true and to make us realize what is wrong in our lives. It corrects us when we are wrong and teaches us to do what is right. 17 God uses it to prepare and equip his people to do every good work.

Acts 17:11 New Living Translation (NLT)

11 And the people of Berea were more open-minded than those in Thessalonica, and they listened eagerly to Paul’s message. They searched the Scriptures day after day to see if Paul and Silas were teaching the truth.

Video discussion on Bible translation:

History of Bible Translation

Chart on English Bible translations:

http://www.greatsite.com/timeline-english-bible-history/index.html

English Bible History

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The fascinating story of how we got the Bible in its present form actually starts thousands of years ago, as briefly outlined in our Timeline of Bible Translation History. As a background study, we recommend that you first review our discussion of the Pre-Reformation History of the Bible from 1,400 B.C. to 1,400 A.D., which covers the transmission of the scripture through the original languages of Hebrew and Greek, and the 1,000 years of the Dark & Middle Ages when the Word was trapped in only Latin. Our starting point in this discussion of Bible history, however, is the advent of the scripture in the English language with the “Morning Star of the Reformation”, John Wycliffe.

John Wycliffe
The first hand-written English language Bible manuscripts were produced in the 1380’s AD by John Wycliffe, an Oxford professor, scholar, and theologian. Wycliffe, (also spelled “Wycliff” & “Wyclif”), was well-known throughout Europe for his opposition to the teaching of the organized Church, which he believed to be contrary to the Bible. With the help of his followers, called the Lollards, and his assistant Purvey, and many other faithful scribes, Wycliffe produced dozens of English language manuscript copies of the scriptures. They were translated out of the Latin Vulgate, which was the only source text available to Wycliffe. The Pope was so infuriated by his teachings and his translation of the Bible into English, that 44 years after Wycliffe had died, he ordered the bones to be dug-up, crushed, and scattered in the river!

 

John Hus
One of Wycliffe’s followers, John Hus, actively promoted Wycliffe’s ideas: that people should be permitted to read the Bible in their own language, and they should oppose the tyranny of the Roman church that threatened anyone possessing a non-Latin Bible with execution. Hus was burned at the stake in 1415, with Wycliffe’s manuscript Bibles used as kindling for the fire. The last words of John Hus were that, “in 100 years, God will raise up a man whose calls for reform cannot be suppressed.” Almost exactly 100 years later, in 1517, Martin Luther nailed his famous 95 Theses of Contention (a list of 95 issues of heretical theology and crimes of the Roman Catholic Church) into the church door at Wittenberg. The prophecy of Hus had come true! Martin Luther went on to be the first person to translate and publish the Bible in the commonly-spoken dialect of the German people; a translation more appealing than previous German Biblical translations. Foxe’s Book of Martyrs records that in that same year, 1517, seven people were burned at the stake by the Roman Catholic Church for the crime of teaching their children to say the Lord’s Prayer in English rather than Latin.

 

Johann Gutenberg
Johann Gutenberg invented the printing press in the 1450’s, and the first book to ever be printed was a Latin language Bible, printed in Mainz, Germany. Gutenberg’s Bibles were surprisingly beautiful, as each leaf Gutenberg printed was later colorfully hand-illuminated. Born as “Johann Gensfleisch” (John Gooseflesh), he preferred to be known as “Johann Gutenberg” (John Beautiful Mountain). Ironically, though he had created what many believe to be the most important invention in history, Gutenberg was a victim of unscrupulous business associates who took control of his business and left him in poverty. Nevertheless, the invention of the movable-type printing press meant that Bibles and books could finally be effectively produced in large quantities in a short period of time. This was essential to the success of the Reformation.

 

Thomas Linacre
In the 1490’s another Oxford professor, and the personal physician to King Henry the 7th and 8th, Thomas Linacre, decided to learn Greek. After reading the Gospels in Greek, and comparing it to the Latin Vulgate, he wrote in his diary, “Either this (the original Greek) is not the Gospel… or we are not Christians.” The Latin had become so corrupt that it no longer even preserved the message of the Gospel… yet the Church still threatened to kill anyone who read the scripture in any language other than Latin… though Latin was not an original language of the scriptures.

 

John Colet
In 1496, John Colet, another Oxford professor and the son of the Mayor of London, started reading the New Testament in Greek and translating it into English for his students at Oxford, and later for the public at Saint Paul’s Cathedral in London. The people were so hungry to hear the Word of God in a language they could understand, that within six months there were 20,000 people packed in the church and at least that many outside trying to get in! (Sadly, while the enormous and beautiful Saint Paul’s Cathedral remains the main church in London today, as of 2003, typical Sunday morning worship attendance is only around 200 people… and most of them are tourists). Fortunately for Colet, he was a powerful man with friends in high places, so he amazingly managed to avoid execution.

Erasmus
In considering the experiences of Linacre and Colet, the great scholar Erasmus was so moved to correct the corrupt Latin Vulgate, that in 1516, with the help of printer John Froben, he published a Greek-Latin Parallel New Testament. The Latin part was not the corrupt Vulgate, but his own fresh rendering of the text from the more accurate and reliable Greek, which he had managed to collate from a half-dozen partial old Greek New Testament manuscripts he had acquired. This milestone was the first non-Latin Vulgate text of the scripture to be produced in a millennium… and the first ever to come off a printing press. The 1516 Greek-Latin New Testament of Erasmus further focused attention on just how corrupt and inaccurate the Latin Vulgate had become, and how important it was to go back and use the original Greek (New Testament) and original Hebrew (Old Testament) languages to maintain accuracy… and to translate them faithfully into the languages of the common people, whether that be English, German, or any other tongue. No sympathy for this “illegal activity” was to be found from Rome, with the curious exception of the famous 1522 Complutensian Polyglot Bible, even as the words of Pope Leo X’s declaration that “the fable of Christ was quite profitable to him” continued through the years to infuriate the people of God.

 

William Tyndale
William Tyndale was the Captain of the Army of Reformers, and was their spiritual leader. Tyndale holds the distinction of being the first man to ever print the New Testament in the English language. Tyndale was a true scholar and a genius, so fluent in eight languages that it was said one would think any one of them to be his native tongue. He is frequently referred to as the “Architect of the English Language”, (even more so than William Shakespeare) as so many of the phrases Tyndale coined are still in our language today.

Martin Luther
Martin Luther had a small head-start on Tyndale, as Luther declared his intolerance for the Roman Church’s corruption on Halloween in 1517, by nailing his 95 Theses of Contention to the Wittenberg Church door. Luther, who would be exiled in the months following the Diet of Worms Council in 1521 that was designed to martyr him, would translate the New Testament into German for the first time from the 1516 Greek-Latin New Testament of Erasmus, and publish it in September of 1522. Luther also published a German Pentateuch in 1523, and another edition of the German New Testament in 1529. In the 1530’s he would go on to publish the entire Bible in German.

William Tyndale wanted to use the same 1516 Erasmus text as a source to translate and print the New Testament in English for the first time in history. Tyndale showed up on Luther’s doorstep in Germany in 1525, and by year’s end had translated the New Testament into English. Tyndale had been forced to flee England, because of the wide-spread rumor that his English New Testament project was underway, causing inquisitors and bounty hunters to be constantly on Tyndale’s trail to arrest him and prevent his project. God foiled their plans, and in 1525-1526 the Tyndale New Testament became the first printed edition of the scripture in the English language. Subsequent printings of the Tyndale New Testament in the 1530’s were often elaborately illustrated.

They were burned as soon as the Bishop could confiscate them, but copies trickled through and actually ended up in the bedroom of King Henry VIII. The more the King and Bishop resisted its distribution, the more fascinated the public at large became. The church declared it contained thousands of errors as they torched hundreds of New Testaments confiscated by the clergy, while in fact, they burned them because they could find no errors at all. One risked death by burning if caught in mere possession of Tyndale’s forbidden books.

Having God’s Word available to the public in the language of the common man, English, would have meant disaster to the church. No longer would they control access to the scriptures. If people were able to read the Bible in their own tongue, the church’s income and power would crumble. They could not possibly continue to get away with selling indulgences (the forgiveness of sins) or selling the release of loved ones from a church-manufactured “Purgatory”. People would begin to challenge the church’s authority if the church were exposed as frauds and thieves. The contradictions between what God’s Word said, and what the priests taught, would open the public’s eyes and the truth would set them free from the grip of fear that the institutional church held. Salvation through faith, not works or donations, would be understood. The need for priests would vanish through the priesthood of all believers. The veneration of church-canonized Saints and Mary would be called into question. The availability of the scriptures in English was the biggest threat imaginable to the wicked church. Neither side would give up without a fight.

Today, there are only two known copies left of Tyndale’s 1525-26 First Edition. Any copies printed prior to 1570 are extremely valuable. Tyndale’s flight was an inspiration to freedom-loving Englishmen who drew courage from the 11 years that he was hunted. Books and Bibles flowed into England in bales of cotton and sacks of flour. Ironically, Tyndale’s biggest customer was the King’s men, who would buy up every copy available to burn them… and Tyndale used their money to print even more! In the end, Tyndale was caught: betrayed by an Englishman that he had befriended. Tyndale was incarcerated for 500 days before he was strangled and burned at the stake in 1536. Tyndale’s last words were, “Oh Lord, open the King of England’s eyes”. This prayer would be answered just three years later in 1539, when King Henry VIII finally allowed, and even funded, the printing of an English Bible known as the “Great Bible”. But before that could happen…

Myles Coverdale
Myles Coverdale and John “Thomas Matthew” Rogers had remained loyal disciples the last six years of Tyndale’s life, and they carried the English Bible project forward and even accelerated it. Coverdale finished translating the Old Testament, and in 1535 he printed the first complete Bible in the English language, making use of Luther’s German text and the Latin as sources. Thus, the first complete English Bible was printed on October 4, 1535, and is known as the Coverdale Bible.

 

John Rogers
John Rogers went on to print the second complete English Bible in 1537. It was, however, the first English Bible translated from the original Biblical languages of Hebrew & Greek. He printed it under the pseudonym “Thomas Matthew”, (an assumed name that had actually been used by Tyndale at one time) as a considerable part of this Bible was the translation of Tyndale, whose writings had been condemned by the English authorities. It is a composite made up of Tyndale’s Pentateuch and New Testament (1534-1535 edition) and Coverdale’s Bible and some of Roger’s own translation of the text. It remains known most commonly as the Matthew-Tyndale Bible. It went through a nearly identical second-edition printing in 1549.

Thomas Cranmer
In 1539, Thomas Cranmer, the Archbishop of Canterbury, hired Myles Coverdale at the bequest of King Henry VIII to publish the “Great Bible”. It became the first English Bible authorized for public use, as it was distributed to every church, chained to the pulpit, and a reader was even provided so that the illiterate could hear the Word of God in plain English. It would seem that William Tyndale’s last wish had been granted…just three years after his martyrdom. Cranmer’s Bible, published by Coverdale, was known as the Great Bible due to its great size: a large pulpit folio measuring over 14 inches tall. Seven editions of this version were printed between April of 1539 and December of 1541.

King Henry VIII
It was not that King Henry VIII had a change of conscience regarding publishing the Bible in English. His motives were more sinister… but the Lord sometimes uses the evil intentions of men to bring about His glory. King Henry VIII had in fact, requested that the Pope permit him to divorce his wife and marry his mistress. The Pope refused. King Henry responded by marrying his mistress anyway, (later having two of his many wives executed), and thumbing his nose at the Pope by renouncing Roman Catholicism, taking England out from under Rome’s religious control, and declaring himself as the reigning head of State to also be the new head of the Church. This new branch of the Christian Church, neither Roman Catholic nor truly Protestant, became known as the Anglican Church or the Church of England. King Henry acted essentially as its “Pope”. His first act was to further defy the wishes of Rome by funding the printing of the scriptures in English… the first legal English Bible… just for spite.

Queen Mary
The ebb and flow of freedom continued through the 1540’s…and into the 1550’s. After King Henry VIII, King Edward VI took the throne, and after his death, the reign of Queen “Bloody” Mary was the next obstacle to the printing of the Bible in English. She was possessed in her quest to return England to the Roman Church. In 1555, John “Thomas Matthew” Rogers and Thomas Cranmer were both burned at the stake. Mary went on to burn reformers at the stake by the hundreds for the “crime” of being a Protestant. This era was known as the Marian Exile, and the refugees fled from England with little hope of ever seeing their home or friends again.

 

John Foxe
In the 1550’s, the Church at Geneva, Switzerland, was very sympathetic to the reformer refugees and was one of only a few safe havens for a desperate people. Many of them met in Geneva, led by Myles Coverdale and John Foxe (publisher of the famous Foxe’s Book of Martyrs, which is to this day the only exhaustive reference work on the persecution and martyrdom of Early Christians and Protestants from the first century up to the mid-16th century), as well as Thomas Sampson and William Whittingham. There, with the protection of the great theologian John Calvin (author of the most famous theological book ever published, Calvin’s Institutes of the Christian Religion)and John Knox, the great Reformer of the Scottish Church, the Church of Geneva determined to produce a Bible that would educate their families while they continued in exile.

John Calvin
The New Testament was completed in 1557, and the complete Bible was first published in 1560. It became known as the Geneva Bible. Due to a passage in Genesis describing the clothing that God fashioned for Adam and Eve upon expulsion from the Garden of Eden as “Breeches” (an antiquated form of “Britches”), some people referred to the Geneva Bible as the Breeches Bible.

 

John Knox
The Geneva Bible was the first Bible to add numbered verses to the chapters, so that referencing specific passages would be easier. Every chapter was also accompanied by extensive marginal notes and references so thorough and complete that the Geneva Bible is also considered the first English “Study Bible”. William Shakespeare quotes hundreds of times in his plays from the Geneva translation of the Bible. The Geneva Bible became the Bible of choice for over 100 years of English speaking Christians. Between 1560 and 1644 at least 144 editions of this Bible were published. Examination of the 1611 King James Bible shows clearly that its translators were influenced much more by the Geneva Bible, than by any other source. The Geneva Bible itself retains over 90% of William Tyndale’s original English translation. The Geneva in fact, remained more popular than the King James Version until decades after its original release in 1611! The Geneva holds the honor of being the first Bible taken to America, and the Bible of the Puritans and Pilgrims. It is truly the “Bible of the Protestant Reformation.” Strangely, the famous Geneva Bible has been out-of-print since 1644, so the only way to obtain one is to either purchase an original printing of the Geneva Bible, or a less costly facsimile reproduction of the original 1560 Geneva Bible.

With the end of Queen Mary’s bloody reign, the reformers could safely return to England. The Anglican Church, now under Queen Elizabeth I, reluctantly tolerated the printing and distribution of Geneva version Bibles in England. The marginal notes, which were vehemently against the institutional Church of the day, did not rest well with the rulers of the day. Another version, one with a less inflammatory tone was desired, and the copies of the Great Bible were getting to be decades old. In 1568, a revision of the Great Bible known as the Bishop’s Bible was introduced. Despite 19 editions being printed between 1568 and 1606, this Bible, referred to as the “rough draft of the King James Version”, never gained much of a foothold of popularity among the people. The Geneva may have simply been too much to compete with.

By the 1580’s, the Roman Catholic Church saw that it had lost the battle to suppress the will of God: that His Holy Word be available in the English language. In 1582, the Church of Rome surrendered their fight for “Latin only” and decided that if the Bible was to be available in English, they would at least have an official Roman Catholic English translation. And so, using the corrupt and inaccurate Latin Vulgate as the only source text, they went on to publish an English Bible with all the distortions and corruptions that Erasmus had revealed and warned of 75 years earlier. Because it was translated at the Roman Catholic College in the city of Rheims, it was known as the Rheims New Testament (also spelled Rhemes). The Douay Old Testament was translated by the Church of Rome in 1609 at the College in the city of Douay (also spelled Doway & Douai). The combined product is commonly referred to as the “Doway/Rheims” Version. In 1589, Dr. William Fulke of Cambridge published the “Fulke’s Refutation”, in which he printed in parallel columns the Bishops Version along side the Rheims Version, attempting to show the error and distortion of the Roman Church’s corrupt compromise of an English version of the Bible.

King James I
With the death of Queen Elizabeth I, Prince James VI of Scotland became King James I of England. The Protestant clergy approached the new King in 1604 and announced their desire for a new translation to replace the Bishop’s Bible first printed in 1568. They knew that the Geneva Version had won the hearts of the people because of its excellent scholarship, accuracy, and exhaustive commentary. However, they did not want the controversial marginal notes (proclaiming the Pope an Anti-Christ, etc.) Essentially, the leaders of the church desired a Bible for the people, with scriptural references only for word clarification or cross-references.

This “translation to end all translations” (for a while at least) was the result of the combined effort of about fifty scholars. They took into consideration: The Tyndale New Testament, The Coverdale Bible, The Matthews Bible, The Great Bible, The Geneva Bible, and even the Rheims New Testament. The great revision of the Bishop’s Bible had begun. From 1605 to 1606 the scholars engaged in private research. From 1607 to 1609 the work was assembled. In 1610 the work went to press, and in 1611 the first of the huge (16 inch tall) pulpit folios known today as “The 1611 King James Bible” came off the printing press. A typographical discrepancy in Ruth 3:15 rendered a pronoun “He” instead of “She” in that verse in some printings. This caused some of the 1611 First Editions to be known by collectors as “He” Bibles, and others as “She” Bibles. Starting just one year after the huge 1611 pulpit-size King James Bibles were printed and chained to every church pulpit in England; printing then began on the earliest normal-size printings of the King James Bible. These were produced so individuals could have their own personal copy of the Bible.

John Bunyan
The Anglican Church’s King James Bible took decades to overcome the more popular Protestant Church’s Geneva Bible. One of the greatest ironies of history, is that many Protestant Christian churches today embrace the King James Bible exclusively as the “only” legitimate English language translation… yet it is not even a Protestant translation! It was printed to compete with the Protestant Geneva Bible, by authorities who throughout most of history were hostile to Protestants… and killed them. While many Protestants are quick to assign the full blame of persecution to the Roman Catholic Church, it should be noted that even after England broke from Roman Catholicism in the 1500’s, the Church of England (The Anglican Church) continued to persecute Protestants throughout the 1600’s. One famous example of this is John Bunyan, who while in prison for the crime of preaching the Gospel, wrote one of Christian history’s greatest books, Pilgrim’s Progress. Throughout the 1600’s, as the Puritans and the Pilgrims fled the religious persecution of England to cross the Atlantic and start a new free nation in America, they took with them their precious Geneva Bible, and rejected the King’s Bible. America was founded upon the Geneva Bible, not the King James Bible.

Protestants today are largely unaware of their own history, and unaware of the Geneva Bible (which is textually 95% the same as the King James Version, but 50 years older than the King James Version, and not influenced by the Roman Catholic Rheims New Testament that the King James translators admittedly took into consideration). Nevertheless, the King James Bible turned out to be an excellent and accurate translation, and it became the most printed book in the history of the world, and the only book with one billion copies in print. In fact, for over 250 years…until the appearance of the English Revised Version of 1881-1885…the King James Version reigned without much of a rival. One little-known fact, is that for the past 250 years, all “King James Version” Bibles published anywhere by any publisher are actually Blaney’s 1769 Revised Oxford Edition of the 1611 King James Bible.
The original “1611” preface is almost always deceivingly included by modern Bible publishing companies, and no mention of the fact that it is really the 1769 version is to be found, because that might hurt sales among those imagining that they are reading the original 1611 version.

The only way to obtain a true, unaltered, 1611 version is to either purchase an original pre-1769 printing of the King James Bible, or a less costly facsimile reproduction of the original 1611 King James Bible. A first edition facsimile reproduction of Blaney’s 1769 Revised Oxford Edition of the 1611 King James Bible is also available, which exemplifies the 20,000 spelling and punctuation changes and over 400 wording changes made to the original 1611 to 1768 King James Bible, when compared to King James Bibles published between 1769 and today.

 

John Eliot
Although the first Bible printed in America was done in the native Algonquin Indian Language by John Eliot in 1663; the first English language Bible to be printed in America by Robert Aitken in 1782 was a King James Version. Robert Aitken’s 1782 Bible was also the only Bible ever authorized by the United States Congress. He was commended by President George Washington for providing Americans with Bibles during the embargo of imported English goods due to the Revolutionary War. In 1808, Robert’s daughter, Jane Aitken, would become the first woman to ever print a Bible… and to do so in America, of course. In 1791, Isaac Collins vastly improved upon the quality and size of the typesetting of American Bibles and produced the first “Family Bible” printed in America… also a King James Version. Also in 1791, Isaiah Thomas published the first Illustrated Bible printed in America…in the King James Version. For more information on the earliest Bibles printed in America from the 1600’s through the early 1800’s, you may wish to review our more detailed discussion of The Bibles of Colonial America.

Noah Webster
While Noah Webster, just a few years after producing his famous Dictionary of the English Language, would produce his own modern translation of the English Bible in 1833; the public remained too loyal to the King James Version for Webster’s version to have much impact. It was not really until the 1880’s that England’s own planned replacement for their King James Bible, the English Revised Version(E.R.V.) would become the first English language Bible to gain popular acceptance as a post-King James Version modern-English Bible. The widespread popularity of this modern-English translation brought with it another curious characteristic: the absence of the 14 Apocryphal books.

Up until the 1880’s every Protestant Bible (not just Catholic Bibles) had 80 books, not 66! The inter-testamental books written hundreds of years before Christ called “The Apocrypha” were part of virtually every printing of the Tyndale-Matthews Bible, the Great Bible, the Bishops Bible, the Protestant Geneva Bible, and the King James Bible until their removal in the 1880’s! The original 1611 King James contained the Apocrypha, and King James threatened anyone who dared to print the Bible without the Apocrypha with heavy fines and a year in jail. Only for the last 120 years has the Protestant Church rejected these books, and removed them from their Bibles. This has left most modern-day Christians believing the popular myth that there is something “Roman Catholic” about the Apocrypha. There is, however, no truth in that myth, and no widely-accepted reason for the removal of the Apocrypha in the 1880’s has ever been officially issued by a mainline Protestant denomination.

The Americans responded to England’s E.R.V. Bible by publishing the nearly-identical American Standard Version (A.S.V.) in 1901. It was also widely-accepted and embraced by churches throughout America for many decades as the leading modern-English version of the Bible. In the 1971, it was again revised and called New American Standard Version Bible (often referred to as the N.A.S.V. or N.A.S.B. or N.A.S.). This New American Standard Bible is considered by nearly all evangelical Christian scholars and translators today, to be the most accurate, word-for-word translation of the original Greek and Hebrew scriptures into the modern English language that has ever been produced. It remains the most popular version among theologians, professors, scholars, and seminary students today. Some, however, have taken issue with it because it is so direct and literal a translation (focused on accuracy), that it does not flow as easily in conversational English.

For this reason, in 1973, the New International Version (N.I.V.) was produced, which was offered as a “dynamic equivalent” translation into modern English. The N.I.V. was designed not for “word-for-word” accuracy, but rather, for “phrase-for-phrase” accuracy, and ease of reading even at a Junior High-School reading level. It was meant to appeal to a broader (and in some instances less-educated) cross-section of the general public. Critics of the N.I.V. often jokingly refer to it as the “Nearly Inspired Version”, but that has not stopped it from becoming the best-selling modern-English translation of the Bible ever published.

In 1982, Thomas Nelson Publishers produced what they called the “New King James Version”. Their original intent was to keep the basic wording of the King James to appeal to King James Version loyalists, while only changing the most obscure words and the Elizabethan “thee, thy, thou” pronouns. This was an interesting marketing ploy, however, upon discovering that this was not enough of a change for them to be able to legally copyright the result, they had to make more significant revisions, which defeated their purpose in the first place. It was never taken seriously by scholars, but it has enjoyed some degree of public acceptance, simply because of its clever “New King James Version” marketing name.

In 2002, a major attempt was made to bridge the gap between the simple readability of the N.I.V., and the extremely precise accuracy of the N.A.S.B. This translation is called the English Standard Version (E.S.V.) and is rapidly gaining popularity for its readability and accuracy. The 21st Century will certainly continue to bring new translations of God’s Word in the modern English language.

As Christians, we must be very careful to make intelligent and informed decisions about what translations of the Bible we choose to read. On the liberal extreme, we have people who would give us heretical new translations that attempt to change God’s Word to make it politically correct. One example of this, which has made headlines recently is the Today’s New International Version (T.N.I.V.) which seeks to remove all gender-specific references in the Bible whenever possible! Not all new translations are good… and some are very bad.

But equally dangerous, is the other extreme… of blindly rejecting ANY English translation that was produced in the four centuries that have come after the 1611 King James. We must remember that the main purpose of the Protestant Reformation was to get the Bible out of the chains of being trapped in an ancient language that few could understand, and into the modern, spoken, conversational language of the present day. William Tyndale fought and died for the right to print the Bible in the common, spoken, modern English tongue of his day… as he boldly told one official who criticized his efforts, “If God spare my life, I will see to it that the boy who drives the plowshare knows more of the scripture than you, Sir!”

Will we now go backwards, and seek to imprison God’s Word once again exclusively in ancient translations? Clearly it is not God’s will that we over-react to SOME of the bad modern translations, by rejecting ALL new translations and “throwing the baby out with the bathwater”. The Word of God is unchanging from generation to generation, but language is a dynamic and ever-changing form of communication. We therefore have a responsibility before God as Christians to make sure that each generation has a modern translation that they can easily understand, yet that does not sacrifice accuracy in any way. Let’s be ever mindful that we are not called to worship the Bible. That is called idolatry. We are called to worship the God who gave us the Bible, and who preserved it through the centuries of people who sought to destroy it.

We are also called to preserve the ancient, original English translations of the Bible… and that is what we do here at WWW.GREATSITE.COM

Consider the following textual comparison of the earliest English translations of John 3:16, as shown in the English Hexapla Parallel New Testament:

1st Ed. King James (1611): “For God so loued the world, that he gaue his only begotten Sonne: that whosoeuer beleeueth in him, should not perish, but haue euerlasting life.”
Rheims (1582): “For so God loued the vvorld, that he gaue his only-begotten sonne: that euery one that beleeueth in him, perish not, but may haue life euerlasting”
Geneva (1560): “For God so loueth the world, that he hath geuen his only begotten Sonne: that none that beleue in him, should peryshe, but haue euerlasting lyfe.”
Great Bible (1539): “For God so loued the worlde, that he gaue his only begotten sonne, that whosoeuer beleueth in him, shulde not perisshe, but haue euerlasting lyfe.”
Tyndale (1534): “For God so loveth the worlde, that he hath geven his only sonne, that none that beleve in him, shuld perisshe: but shuld have everlastinge lyfe.”
Wycliff (1380): “for god loued so the world; that he gaf his oon bigetun sone, that eche man that bileueth in him perisch not: but haue euerlastynge liif,”
Anglo-Saxon Proto-English Manuscripts (995 AD): “God lufode middan-eard swa, dat he seade his an-cennedan sunu, dat nan ne forweorde de on hine gely ac habbe dat ece lif.”
Timeline of Bible Translation History

1,400 BC: The first written Word of God: The Ten Commandments delivered to Moses.

500 BC: Completion of All Original Hebrew Manuscripts which make up The 39 Books of the Old Testament.

200 BC: Completion of the Septuagint Greek Manuscripts which contain The 39 Old Testament Books AND 14 Apocrypha Books.

1st Century AD: Completion of All Original Greek Manuscripts which make up The 27 Books of the New Testament.

315 AD: Athenasius, the Bishop of Alexandria, identifies the 27 books of the New Testament which are today recognized as the canon of scripture.

382 AD: Jerome’s Latin Vulgate Manuscripts Produced which contain All 80 Books (39 Old Test. + 14 Apocrypha + 27 New Test).

500 AD: Scriptures have been Translated into Over 500 Languages.

600 AD: LATIN was the Only Language Allowed for Scripture.

995 AD: Anglo-Saxon (Early Roots of English Language) Translations of The New Testament Produced.

1384 AD: Wycliffe is the First Person to Produce a (Hand-Written) manuscript Copy of the Complete Bible; All 80 Books.

1455 AD: Gutenberg Invents the Printing Press; Books May Now be mass-Produced Instead of Individually Hand-Written. The First Book Ever Printed is Gutenberg’s Bible in Latin.

1516 AD: Erasmus Produces a Greek/Latin Parallel New Testament.

1522 AD: Martin Luther’s German New Testament.

1526 AD: William Tyndale’s New Testament; The First New Testament printed in the English Language.

1535 AD: Myles Coverdale’s Bible; The First Complete Bible printed in the English Language (80 Books: O.T. & N.T. & Apocrypha).

1537 AD: Tyndale-Matthews Bible; The Second Complete Bible printed in English. Done by John “Thomas Matthew” Rogers (80 Books).

1539 AD: The “Great Bible” Printed; The First English Language Bible Authorized for Public Use (80 Books).

1560 AD: The Geneva Bible Printed; The First English Language Bible to add Numbered Verses to Each Chapter (80 Books).

1568 AD: The Bishops Bible Printed; The Bible of which the King James was a Revision (80 Books).

1609 AD: The Douay Old Testament is added to the Rheims New Testament (of 1582) Making the First Complete English Catholic Bible; Translated from the Latin Vulgate (80 Books).

1611 AD: The King James Bible Printed; Originally with All 80 Books. The Apocrypha was Officially Removed in 1885 Leaving Only 66 Books.

1782 AD: Robert Aitken’s Bible; The First English Language Bible (KJV) Printed in America.

1791 AD: Isaac Collins and Isaiah Thomas Respectively Produce the First Family Bible and First Illustrated Bible Printed in America. Both were King James Versions, with All 80 Books.

1808 AD: Jane Aitken’s Bible (Daughter of Robert Aitken); The First Bible to be Printed by a Woman.

1833 AD: Noah Webster’s Bible; After Producing his Famous Dictionary, Webster Printed his Own Revision of the King James Bible.

1841 AD: English Hexapla New Testament; an Early Textual Comparison showing the Greek and 6 Famous English Translations in Parallel Columns.

1846 AD: The Illuminated Bible; The Most Lavishly Illustrated Bible printed in America. A King James Version, with All 80 Books.

1863 AD: Robert Young’s “Literal” Translation; often criticized for being so literal that it sometimes obscures the contextual English meaning.

1885 AD: The “English Revised Version” Bible; The First Major English Revision of the KJV.

1901 AD: The “American Standard Version”; The First Major American Revision of the KJV.

1952 AD: The “Revised Standard Version” (RSV); said to be a Revision of the 1901 American Standard Version, though more highly criticized.

1971 AD: The “New American Standard Bible” (NASB) is Published as a “Modern and Accurate Word for Word English Translation” of the Bible.

1973 AD: The “New International Version” (NIV) is Published as a “Modern and Accurate Phrase for Phrase English Translation” of the Bible.

1982 AD: The “New King James Version” (NKJV) is Published as a “Modern English Version Maintaining the Original Style of the King James.”

1990 AD: The “New Revised Standard Version” (NRSV); further revision of 1952 RSV, (itself a revision of 1901 ASV), criticized for “gender inclusiveness”.

2002 AD: The English Standard Version (ESV) is Published as a translation to bridge the gap between the accuracy of the NASB and the readability of the NIV.

This English Bible History Article & Timeline is ©2017 by author & editor: John L. Jeffcoat III. Special thanks is also given to Dr. Craig H. Lampe for his valuable contributions to the text. This page may be freely reproduced or quoted, in whole or in part, in print or electronically, under the one condition that prominent credit must be given to “WWW.GREATSITE.COM” as the source.

Ezekiel 11 – About Israel – Visions: Wicked Princes and Departing Glory 66

“Be still, and know that I am God” Psalm 46:10

I Then Shall Live – Prestonwood Choir

Consider God

“God is love” 1 John 4:8 – New American Standard 1977 http://biblehub.com

Consider God’s love for Israel

“I have loved you with an everlasting love” Jeremiah 31:3 – New American Standard 1977 http://biblehub.com

The Prophecy Of The Messiah

What does Daniel 9:27 tell us about when the Messiah would come?

Consider God and Ezekiel

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Ezekiel Chapter 11

Date: 594 B.C. (Scofield Study Bible)

Place: Ezekiel in exile in Babylon; his visions of Jerusalem, in the Southern Kingdom Of Judah and during the Millennium.

Consider the following verses that illumine the relationship that existed between God and Ezekiel.

Ezekiel Chapter 11

vs 1, 2, 4, 13, 14, 24, 25 (Key phrases of each verse)

Ezekiel 11:1 New American Standard 1977 Bible Hub
“Moreover, the Spirit lifted me up and brought me to the east gate of the LORD’s house which faced eastward”
Ezekiel 11:2 New American Standard 1977 Bible Hub
“And He said to me, “Son of man, these are the men who devise iniquity and give evil advice in this city”
Ezekiel 11:4 New American Standard 1977 Bible Hub
“Therefore, prophesy against them, son of man, prophesy!”
Ezekiel 11:13 New American Standard 1977 Bible Hub
“Now it came about as I prophesied, that Pelatiah son of Benaiah died. Then I fell on my face and cried out with a loud voice and said, “Alas, Lord GOD! Wilt Thou bring the remnant of Israel to a complete end?”
Ezekiel 11:14 New American Standard 1977 Bible Hub
“Then the word of the LORD came to me, saying,”
Ezekiel 11:24 New American Standard 1977 Bible Hub
“And the Spirit lifted me up and brought me in a vision by the Spirit of God to the exiles in Chaldea. So the vision that I had seen left me”
Ezekiel 11:25 New American Standard 1977 Bible Hub
“Then I told the exiles all the things that the LORD had shown me.”

Consider the honor that Ezekiel was given in visions by God, in that he was allowed to see the Glory of God departing the temple in Jerusalem (Ezekiel 11:23), and that he was allowed to see the Glory of God returning to the temple again, also in Jerusalem during the Millennium (1,000 year reign of Christ, Revelation 20:4). It will not be until the time that the Millennial temple is present, that the Glory of God will return to the temple (Ezekiel 43:1-5). Even though the temple will be rebuilt (515 B.C.), after the Jews return to Jerusalem, after having spent 70 in exile in Babylon, the Glory of God will not return to any man-made temple (1 Corinthians 3:16-17). The vision of Ezekiel 43 will not occur until after the tribulation and the second coming of Christ to earth have taken place (Zechariah 14:1-16, Revelation 19:11-21, Matthew 24:29-31). Present in the Millennial temple will be God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit (Ezekiel 43:1-7; 44:4-5; Revelation 20:4-6).

Ezekiel’s vision of the Glory of God departing the temple in Jerusalem, and returning to the return to the temple

Ezekiel was taken captive to Babylon in 597 B.C., in the first of three deportations of Jews from Jerusalem. Ezekiel’s vision of the destruction of the temple took place in 594 B.C. The temple was destroyed by the Babylonians in 586 B.C (2 Kings 25:8-11/2 Chronicles 36:19). The story of the deportations of Jews by the forces of Babylonian King Nebuchadnezzar, and of the destruction by his forces of the temple and city of Jerusalem, can be found in 2 Kings 24-25, and 2 Chronicles 36:5-21.

Ezekiel 11:23 New American Standard Bible (NASB) (Bible Gateway) 1995

23 The glory of the Lord went up from the midst of the city and stood over the mountain which is east of the city.

Ezekiel 43:1-5 New American Standard Bible (NASB) Bible Gateway 1995

Vision of the Glory of God Filling the Temple

1 Then he led me to the gate, the gate facing toward the east; 2 and behold, the glory of the God of Israel was coming from the way of the east. And His voice was like the sound of many waters; and the earth shone with His glory. 3 And it was like the appearance of the vision which I saw, like the vision which I saw when He came to destroy the city. And the visions were like the vision which I saw by the river Chebar; and I fell on my face. 4 And the glory of the Lord came into the house by the way of the gate facing toward the east. 5 And the Spirit lifted me up and brought me into the inner court; and behold, the glory of the Lord filled the house.

Consider the diary of God that illumines your relationship with Him.

Lesson Text: Ezekiel Chapter 11

Ezekiel 11 New American Standard Bible (NASB) 1995 https://www.biblegateway.com

Evil Rulers to Be Judged

1 Moreover, the Spirit lifted me up and brought me to the east gate of the Lord’s house which faced eastward. And behold, there were twenty-five men at the entrance of the gate, and among them I saw Jaazaniah son of Azzur and Pelatiah son of Benaiah, leaders of the people. 2 He said to me, “Son of man, these are the men who devise iniquity and give evil advice in this city, 3 who say, ‘The time is not near to build houses. This city is the pot and we are the flesh.’ 4 Therefore, prophesy against them, son of man, prophesy!”

5 Then the Spirit of the Lord fell upon me, and He said to me, “Say, ‘Thus says the Lord, “So you think, house of Israel, for I know your thoughts. 6 You have multiplied your slain in this city, filling its streets with them.” 7 Therefore, thus says the Lord God, “Your slain whom you have laid in the midst of the city are the flesh and this city is the pot; but I will bring you out of it. 8 You have feared a sword; so I will bring a sword upon you,” the Lord God declares. 9 “And I will bring you out of the midst of the city and deliver you into the hands of strangers and execute judgments against you. 10 You will fall by the sword. I will judge you to the border of Israel; so you shall know that I am the Lord. 11 This city will not be a pot for you, nor will you be flesh in the midst of it, but I will judge you to the border of Israel. 12 Thus you will know that I am the Lord; for you have not walked in My statutes nor have you executed My ordinances, but have acted according to the ordinances of the nations around you.”’”

13 Now it came about as I prophesied, that Pelatiah son of Benaiah died. Then I fell on my face and cried out with a loud voice and said, “Alas, Lord God! Will You bring the remnant of Israel to a complete end?”

Promise of Restoration

14 Then the word of the Lord came to me, saying, 15 “Son of man, your brothers, your relatives, your fellow exiles and the whole house of Israel, all of them, are those to whom the inhabitants of Jerusalem have said, ‘Go far from the Lord; this land has been given us as a possession.’ 16 Therefore say, ‘Thus says the Lord God, “Though I had removed them far away among the nations and though I had scattered them among the countries, yet I was a sanctuary for them a little while in the countries where they had gone.”’ 17 Therefore say, ‘Thus says the Lord God, “I will gather you from the peoples and assemble you out of the countries among which you have been scattered, and I will give you the land of Israel.”’ 18 When they come there, they will remove all its detestable things and all its abominations from it. 19 And I will give them one heart, and put a new spirit within them. And I will take the heart of stone out of their flesh and give them a heart of flesh, 20 that they may walk in My statutes and keep My ordinances and do them. Then they will be My people, and I shall be their God. 21 But as for those whose hearts go after their detestable things and abominations, I will bring their conduct down on their heads,” declares the Lord God.

22 Then the cherubim lifted up their wings with the wheels beside them, and the glory of the God of Israel hovered over them. 23 The glory of the Lord went up from the midst of the city and stood over the mountain which is east of the city. 24 And the Spirit lifted me up and brought me in a vision by the Spirit of God to the exiles in Chaldea. So the vision that I had seen left me. 25 Then I told the exiles all the things that the Lord had shown me.

Notes – Ezekiel Chapter 11 – MacArthur Study Bible (Everybody should own a MacArthur Study Bible) Bible Gateway

11:1 twenty-five men. Ezekiel, though at the temple only in the vision (cf. 8:3, and see note there), saw because God, who was everywhere present and all-knowing, impressed specific details on him in the vision. The wicked leaders (cf. v. 2) were part of God’s reason for the judgment (vv. 8, 10). Ezekiel was taken in spirit to the very place which the glory of God had left in 10:19 and was given a vision of “twenty-five men,” who represented, not priests, but influential leaders among the people, who gave fatal advice to the people (v. 2). Jaazaniah the son of Azzur. See note on 8:11.
11:3 caldron…meat. Though this is obscure, it may be that the bad advice these leaders were giving was that the people should not be engaged in business as usual, “building houses” or taking care of their comfort and futures, when they were about to be cooked like meat in a pot over a blazing fire. The idea must have been that the people should get ready for battle, and be prepared to fight, not focusing on comfort, but survival. Jeremiah had told the people to surrender to the Babylonians and save their lives, rather than fight and be killed (cf. Jer. 27:9–17). These false leaders, like the prophets and priests whom Jeremiah confronted for telling the people not to submit, scorned Jeremiah’s words from God and would pay for it (v. 4). Cf. 24:1–14.
11:6 multiplied your slain. Leaders who misled Israel by inciting false expectations of a victorious defense, rather than peaceful surrender, were responsible for the deadly results. Many people died in resisting Babylon.
11:7 I shall bring you out. The false leaders thought that unless they fought, they would all be in a caldron, i.e., the city. But here the Lord promised that some would be delivered from the city, only to die on Israel’s border in the wilderness (vv. 8–11). This was literally fulfilled at Riblah (cf. 2 Kin. 25:18–21; Jer. 52:24–27).
11:13 Pelatiah…died. The death of one leader from v. 1 was a sign that God would indeed carry out His word. Apparently this leader did die suddenly at the time Ezekiel was shown the vision, so that the prophet feared that this death meant death for all Israelites (9:8).
11:14, 15 Ezekiel was told he had a new family, not the priests at Jerusalem to whom he was tied by blood, but his fellow exiles in Babylon, identified as those who were treated as outcasts. The priesthood was about to be ended and he was to have a new family.
11:15 Get far away. The contemptuous words of those still left in Jerusalem at the carrying away of Jeconiah and the exiles indicated that they felt smugly secure and believed the land was their possession.
11:16 little sanctuary. This is better rendered “for a little while,” i.e., however long the captivity lasted. God was to be the protection and provision for those who had been scattered through all the 70 years until they were restored. The exiles may have cast off the Jews, but God had not (Is. 8:14). This holds true for the future restoration of the Jews (vv. 17, 18).
11:19, 20 a new spirit. God pledged not only to restore Ezekiel’s people to their ancient land, but to bring the New Covenant with its blessings. Cf. 36:25–28, and see note on Jer. 31:31–34.
11:23 the mountain…east. The glory of God moved to the Mt. of Olives to which the glorious Son of God will return at the Second Advent (cf. 43:1–5; Zech. 14:4).
11:24 brought me in a vision. Again, Ezekiel has remained bodily in his Babylonian house, seen by his visitors (v. 25; 8:1). God, who supernaturally showed him a vision in Jerusalem, caused his sense of awareness to return to Chaldea, thus ending the vision state. Once the vision was completed, Ezekiel was able to tell his exiled countrymen what God had shown him (v. 25).

Comments related to this post.

The book of Ezekiel show’s God’s prophetic purposes being fulfilled in the lives and nation of Israel. Jimmy DeYoung has called the book of Ezekiel, “the timeline of the Jews,” and the Book of Daniel, “the timeline of the Gentiles.”

Purpose of Writing: https://www.gotquestions.org/Book-of-Ezekiel.html

Ezekiel ministered to his generation who were both exceedingly sinful and thoroughly hopeless. By means of his prophetic ministry he attempted to bring them to immediate repentance and to confidence in the distant future. He taught that: (1) God works through human messengers; (2) Even in defeat and despair God’s people need to affirm God’s sovereignty; (3) God’s Word never fails; (4) God is present and can be worshiped anywhere; (5) People must obey God if they expect to receive blessings; and (6) God’s Kingdom will come.

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The Thief On The Cross In Heaven – 65

The Anchor Holds – First Baptist Church Jacksonville, FL

Marriage of the Lamb – First Baptist Church Jacksonville, FL

Luke 23:42-43J.B. Phillips New Testament (PHILLIPS)

42 Then he said, “Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom.”

43 And Jesus answered, “I tell you truly, this day you will be with me in paradise.”

The above short conversation took place when Christ and a thief were hanging “side by side” on a cross in Jerusalem. Both knew that death was imminent. Our Lord, God the Son, knew that after His death he would be in the Presence of God the Father. The thief, based on His exhibited faith in Christ, knew that he could be saved from the eternal absence from God, and be placed in God’s immediate Presence. So, the thief “called on the Name of the Lord” (Romans 10:13). Based on this introduction, let’s continue with our discussion of whether the thief ended up that day in Heaven, or in Paradise. Let’s consider a key verse of this whole discussion.

Key verse: John 3:3

New American Standard Bible

Jesus answered and said to him, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born again he cannot see the kingdom of God.”

When we consider Heaven, the thought is often related to the “eternal state,” which occurs after the Great White Throne Judgment (for unrighteous people) has taken place (Revelation 20:11-15). In the eternal state we find the New Heaven and New Earth and New Jerusalem (Revelation 21:1-2). The eternal state is the place where all born again, righteous, saints of God will spend their eternity, in the Presence of God. That is the place where the thief on the cross will be found, but not yet. All righteous, born again saints of God/believers in Christ, will find their place with the thief on the cross, “in the eternal state,” where all of the saints of God, of all of the ages, will be present and will see the face of God (Rev 22:4). (Repetition was used here to ensure that all designations of: righteous, born again, saints of God, believers in Christ relate to the same group of people who will spend their eternity in the eternal state with God.)

The normal usage of “heaven,” as is spoken today, relates to the place of “righteous spirits,” whether they are of righteous people who may be alive, dead, resurrected or caught up and in the Presence of God (Father, Son, Holy Spirit). So, let’s consider the word, “spirit.”

1 Thessalonians 5:23 New American Standard Bible

“Now may the God of peace Himself sanctify you entirely; and may your spirit and soul and body be preserved complete, without blame at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.”

Spirit, soul and body. The body is our “fingers, toes and nose, etc.” Soul relates to our “mind,” our emotions, our intellect, in essence, it is “who we are,” the three words of a lady who is now in the Presence of God. I like to say that my spirit is in the center of my chest, immediately above my heart. I often make a fist and pound it on the heart area of my chest, and say, “God (Father, Son, Holy Spirit), I know that you’re there; thank you!” Our spirit is that part of us that prompts our mind to thoughts of righteousness or unrighteousness, depending on whether we have been born again, which is actually, “whether our spirit has been born again.” We have no control over our spirit. If our spirit has been born again, God will prompt our mind to righteous thoughts. If we have not been born again, Satan prompts our mind to unrighteous thoughts. Those who have not been born again, have no Godly wisdom residing within them. A born-again believer in Christ is the recipient of God’s wisdom, and receives His wisdom each and every day of life (John 16:7-11). So, let’s consider the reason that our mind is so easily swayed. We must go back to the Garden Of Eden.

After the creation of the world by God (Elohim), we read the following:

Genesis 1:21 New American Standard Bible

“God saw all that He had made, and behold, it was very good. And there was evening and there was morning, the sixth day.”

Yes! Everything in the garden, in creation everywhere, was “very good.” All remained “very good” until the sin of Adam and Eve (Gen 3:6), and the curse that quickly followed (Gen 3:8-22), which was a curse on all of God’s creation. Up until the time of the sin of Adam and Eve, there was total perfection in the Garden. There was no sickness or death. Alligators didn’t eat little dogs, etc. There were no imperfections of nature..no storms, earthquakes, etc. But, after the sin of Adam and Eve, sin and death entered the world, with catastrophic results.

Romans 5:12 GOD’S WORD® Translation

“Sin came into the world through one person, and death came through sin. So death spread to everyone, because everyone sinned.”

We can also see that, today, the state of nature is no longer present in the world, as it was in the garden..it is no longer perfect. The perfect state of mankind (body, soul and spirit), also became cursed. The mind and body entered a death spiral upon conception. Our spirit does not die; it is eternal. It’s eternal place depends on its state, whether it is righteous or unrighteous. Upon the moment that we were conceived, our mind and body began developing (sorry pro-choice people; check out Dr. Louis Pasteur’s “Law of Biogenesis;” life comes from existing life.”)
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Biogenesis …Each of us is flawed at birth, due to the curse, even in our embryonic state. Within each embryo is a mature spirit, that has been flawed. A body and soul are developing. Life comes from life, due to the “life” that is present in each sperm and egg. That life will come into our world, and will find its way to death (body and soul). The spirit will have a flawed and unrighteous presence, which will exist into eternity, unless it is made righteous. A righteous and non-flawed spirit comes from our spirit being born again (John 3:3), which is a result of the action of God’s Holy Spirit (John 3:8).

Consider the following verses that show a transition from flawed sinner to perfected saint of God.

John 1:29 New American Standard Bible (NASB)

“The next day he *saw Jesus coming to him and *said, “Behold, the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world!”

The sin of the world that needs to be taken away, which will allow unsaved people to have eternal life with Christ, “is the sin of unbelief.”

John 3:16-18 New American Standard Bible (NASB)

16 “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life. 17 For God did not send the Son into the world to judge the world, but that the world might be saved through Him. 18 He who believes in Him is not judged; he who does not believe has been judged already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.”

belief in Christ (vs 16) or unbelief (vs 18). Belief results in eternal life with Christ. Unbelief results in condemnation, such as is shown in the tribulation (Revelation 6-18 Judgments of God), and in the lake of fire (final and eternal judgment)

John 3:3 New American Standard Bible (NASB)

3 Jesus answered and said to him, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born again he cannot see the kingdom of God.”

John 3:8 New American Standard Bible (NASB)

8 The wind blows where it wishes and you hear the sound of it, but do not know where it comes from and where it is going; so is everyone who is born of the Spirit.”

God’s Holy Spirit causes the new birth to happen.

If you believe in Christ, you have been born again. If you have been born again, you believe in Christ.

Ephesians 2:8-9 New American Standard Bible (NASB)

8 For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God; 9 not as a result of works, so that no one may boast.

A simple faith in Christ as Lord and Savior makes all of the above happen (John 1:29 to Ephesians 2:8-9).

The following things happen after a person has been born again.

Our spirit dwells with the spirit of Father/Son/Holy Spirit

John 14:20 New American Standard Bible – This verse relates to the knowledge that the Apostles will have after the resurrection of Christ. This intermingling of Spirits includes the spirits of all born again believers of all times.

“In that day you will know that I am in My Father, and you in Me, and I in you.”

Romans 8:1 New American Standard Bible – After we have been born again, no condemnation of God, awaits any believer in Christ.

“Therefore there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.”

2 Corinthians 5:8 New American Standard Bible – Upon the deaths of believers, their souls and spirits are in the Presence of God
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“we are of good courage, I say, and prefer rather to be absent from the body and to be at home with the Lord.”

2 Corinthians 5:10 Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB) Relate vs 8 to vs 10. In vs 8 Paul is discussing where believers will be, if they are not in the body, whether by death, resurrection or rapture. From vs 10, the next step is the marriage of the Lamb, Rev 19:7, where the raptured and resurrected saints of God, step out from Heaven (Paradise/3rd Heaven/Presence of God), with Christ and begin their descent to earth for the Battle of Armageddon (Rev 19 11-21). More of the discussion of things related to the return of Christ to earth will be discussed later on in this post.

10 For we must all appear before the tribunal of Christ, so that each may be repaid for what he has done in the body, whether good or worthless.

2 Corinthians 5:17 New American Standard Bible – Upon new birth, the saint has a new spirit which will prompt the believer to righteous living. The original, sinful spirit, has passed away; it will no more prompt the believer to unrighteousness.

“Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creature; the old things passed away; behold, new things have come.”

2 Corinthians 5:21 New American Standard Bible – Upon our new birth, Christ has taken our sin on Him, making Him to be “sin” (not a sinner) so that He can take sin’s judgment. Our spirit of sin has been replaced by a spirit that is as perfect as the Spirit of Christ.

“He made Him who knew no sin to be sin on our behalf, so that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.”

Colossians 1:27 New American Standard Bible – After we have been born again, the Spirit of Christ dwells within our born again spirits.

“to whom God willed to make known what is the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory.”

1 John 5:19 New American Standard Bible – This verse explains that which makes it all possible for us to be “in God.” Until we were born again, we were “darkness.” Upon our new birth, we became “light.” Without the new birth, we would have continued to be “darkness,” and would not have been permitted to be “in God.” (John 1:9)

“This is the message we have heard from Him and announce to you, that God is Light, and in Him there is no darkness at all.”

Now, let’s consider Lazarus and the rich man.

Luke 16:22-23 New American Standard Bible (NASB)

22 Now the poor man died and was carried away by the angels to Abraham’s bosom; and the rich man also died and was buried. 23 In Hades he lifted up his eyes, being in torment, and *saw Abraham far away and Lazarus in his bosom.

In the following discussion, “Kingdom of God,” and “Millennial reign of Christ,” both relate to the same thousand year period which immediately follows the tribulation and second coming of Christ to earth. A saint is any righteous person. A righteous person is anyone whose spirit has been born again. Tribulation is the time of the judgment of God on unrighteous people, which is also known as “the 70th week of Daniel, which follows the rapture of the church, and ends when Christ returns to earth with His raptured saints.

Lazarus was the righteous poor man. He died and was taken to the bosom of Abraham, which is the Old Testament name for the Presence of God. The rich unrighteous man died, and was placed in Hades (see note below), which is the place of death for unrighteous people, where their souls and spirits remain until the bodily resurrection of unrighteous people takes place at the end of the Kingdom of God (Revelation 20:5). The translation of “hell” is incorrectly used in Luke 16 in some translations. In Luke 16, both of the bodies (Lazarus and rich man) are in the grave. Notice that both men are conscious of their surroundings, with the rich man being in torment, experiencing “God’s condemnation.” His next stop is the resurrection of the unrighteous (Rev 20:5), with the Great White Throne Judgment and the lake of fire soon to follow (Revelation 20:11-15). Lazarus was also conscious of His surroundings, and was having “the time of His life,” in the Presence of God. His next stop is the resurrection of the Old Testament saints (Rev 20:4). (The Old Testament lasts until the crucifixion of Christ; “it is finished,” John 19:30.) At the resurrection of the saints, which is at the end of the tribulation, and at the beginning of the Kingdom of God, the bodies of the Old Testament saints, and tribulation saints, will be resurrected, and reunited with their souls and spirits. All righteous saints (Old Testament, New Testament and Tribulation), will go through the Kingdom, and then enter the eternal state, Rev 21:1-7. These saints are over-comers through their faith in Christ (1 John 5:4).

MacArthur Study Bible note, Dr. John MacArthur.
Luke 16:23. “Hades” was the Gr. term for the abode of the dead. In the LXX, it was used to translate the Heb. Sheol, which referred to the realm of the dead in general, without necessarily distinguishing between righteous or unrighteous souls. However, in NT usage, “Hades” always refers to the place of the wicked prior to final judgment in hell. The imagery Jesus used paralleled the common rabbinical idea that Sheol had two parts, one for the souls of the righteous and the other for the souls of the wicked—separated by an impassable gulf.

Before we arrive at the cross, where the conversation took place between Christ and the thief (also on the cross), we must consider two occurrences that took place, that use the words, “Paradise and third Heaven.”

To set the stage, we must consider a passage where the Apostle Paul is taken up to the third heaven, also called Paradise, while he is still alive. Paul is talking about himself. He mentions Paradise and the third heaven as being the location of God.

2 Corinthians 12:1-4 New American Standard Bible (NASB)

Paul’s Vision

1 Boasting is necessary, though it is not profitable; but I will go on to visions and revelations of the Lord. 2 I know a man in Christ who fourteen years ago—whether in the body I do not know, or out of the body I do not know, God knows—such a man was caught up to the third heaven. 3 And I know how such a man—whether in the body or apart from the body I do not know, God knows— 4 was caught up into Paradise and heard inexpressible words, which a man is not permitted to speak.

Paul’s conversation with God follows.

2 Corinthians 12:8-9 New American Standard Bible (NASB)

8 Concerning this I implored the Lord three times that it might leave me. 9 And He has said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for power is perfected in weakness.” Most gladly, therefore, I will rather boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may dwell in me.

Consider the three heavens.

1 Corinthians 15:40 King James Bible – The first heaven is terrestrial, and is where birds fly. The second heaven is celestial, and is where space ships fly. The third heaven is where God resides, and is also known as Paradise. The third heaven is where Paul was taken, and is generally known as Heaven.

“There are also celestial bodies, and bodies terrestrial”

Heaven, the third heaven, the location of God, is also the place where the born again, new testament, believers in Christ will be taken when the rapture of the church takes place. (Rapture: English for “caught up, snatch away.” Latin, rapio. Greek, harpazo). Remember that these are the bodies of New Testament saints, and are not of Old Testament saints. Those caught up, will have their bodies, whether in the grave or alive, to be caught up to the third heaven, where their bodies, souls and spirits will be taken to the judgment seat of Christ for rewards and the marriage of the lamb.

1 Thessalonians 4:16-17 New American Standard Bible (NASB) (also, 1 Cor 15:50-54 and John 14:1-3)

16 For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first. 17 Then we who are alive and remain will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air, and so we shall always be with the Lord.

2 Corinthians 5:10 Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB) – Works are judged. This is not a place for determining the salvation of believers; that took place at the time of the new birth. These believers are the church, the bride of Christ. They are treated with the respect of a cherished bride, the bride of all brides, by Christ, the bridegroom of all bridegrooms. Eph 5:25, “Husbands love your wives.” Christ is not going to humiliate His bride prior to the marriage of the Lamb, which will take place in Heaven at the end of the tribulation, when Christ and His bride begin their ascent to earth at His second coming to earth. Neither will Christ cause His bride to go through the judgments of the tribulation. (The bride of Christ can not be in Heaven, and on earth, at the same time.)

10 For we must all appear before the tribunal of Christ, so that each may be repaid for what he has done in the body, whether good or worthless.

Revelation 19:7-21 New American Standard Bible (NASB)

Marriage of the Lamb

7 Let us rejoice and be glad and give the glory to Him, for the marriage of the Lamb has come and His bride has made herself ready.” 8 It was given to her to clothe herself in fine linen, bright and clean; for the fine linen is the righteous acts of the saints.

9 Then he *said to me, “Write, ‘Blessed are those who are invited to the marriage supper of the Lamb.’” And he *said to me, “These are true words of God.” 10 Then I fell at his feet to worship him. But he *said to me, “Do not do that; I am a fellow servant of yours and your brethren who hold the testimony of Jesus; worship God. For the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy.”

The marriage of the Lamb, Christ and his saints (the Church), has taken place. They now ascend to earth, where Christ will be successful in a spiritual battle and victory over the followers of Satan, and where Christ will stand on the mount of Olives in Jerusalem (Zechariah 14:1-4).

The Coming of Christ

11 And I saw heaven opened, and behold, a white horse, and He who sat on it is called Faithful and True, and in righteousness He judges and wages war. 12 His eyes are a flame of fire, and on His head are many diadems; and He has a name written on Him which no one knows except Himself. 13 He is clothed with a robe dipped in blood, and His name is called The Word of God. 14 And the armies which are in heaven, clothed in fine linen, white and clean, were following Him on white horses. 15 From His mouth comes a sharp sword, so that with it He may strike down the nations, and He will rule them with a rod of iron; and He treads the wine press of the fierce wrath of God, the Almighty. 16 And on His robe and on His thigh He has a name written, “KING OF KINGS, AND LORD OF LORDS.”

17 Then I saw an angel standing in the sun, and he cried out with a loud voice, saying to all the birds which fly in midheaven, “Come, assemble for the great supper of God, 18 so that you may eat the flesh of kings and the flesh of commanders and the flesh of mighty men and the flesh of horses and of those who sit on them and the flesh of all men, both free men and slaves, and small and great.”

19 And I saw the beast and the kings of the earth and their armies assembled to make war against Him who sat on the horse and against His army.

Doom of the Beast and False Prophet

20 And the beast was seized, and with him the false prophet who performed the signs in his presence, by which he deceived those who had received the mark of the beast and those who worshiped his image; these two were thrown alive into the lake of fire which burns with brimstone. 21 And the rest were killed with the sword which came from the mouth of Him who sat on the horse, and all the birds were filled with their flesh.

At the second coming of Christ, after the Tribulation (Matthew 24:29), he will judge the nations/gentiles for how they treated the Jews during the tribulation (Matthew 25:31-32…33-46).

Since we have “thoroughly” discussed Paradise and Heaven, let’s consider the thief on the cross. Did the thief go to heaven, or did he go to Paradise?

Luke 23:39-44 New American Standard Bible (NASB)

39 One of the criminals who were hanged there was hurling abuse at Him, saying, “Are You not the Christ? Save Yourself and us!” 40 But the other answered, and rebuking him said, “Do you not even fear God, since you are under the same sentence of condemnation? 41 And we indeed are suffering justly, for we are receiving what we deserve for our deeds; but this man has done nothing wrong.” 42 And he was saying, “Jesus, remember me when You come in Your kingdom!” 43 And He said to him, “Truly I say to you, today you shall be with Me in Paradise.”

44 It was now about the sixth hour, and darkness fell over the whole land until the ninth hour,

Question. Did the thief go to Heaven? Because he was not a bird, he did not go to the first heaven. Because the thief was not a space ship, he did not go to the second heaven. But, just as Paul found himself (spirit and soul), in the third heaven, which is Paradise, in the Presence of God, that is where the thief on the cross had his reunion (spirit and soul) with Christ. It appears that the death of the thief took place prior to the death of Christ, which would have him dying before the age of the New Covenant began. With that understanding, the thief died as an old testament saint. Therefore, he will not be bodily caught up in the rapture of the new testament saints, as is described in 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18. The thief will not experience a bodily resurrection, where his body, soul and spirit will be reunited, until after the end of the tribulation (Rev 20:4). But, until that time, the thief, along with all other Old Testament saints, will be in the Presence of God in Paradise.

As a parting thought, at the time of the rapture of the church, which includes the resurrection of the deceased new testament saints, all bodies, souls, and spirits will be united and reunited in perfection. Bodies will never age and die. Minds/souls will never think a sinful thought. Spirits will continue their dwelling within the Spirit of Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. The term “dead in Christ, and we who are alive,” shows that it will be born again new testament believers in Christ who are caught up in the rapture (1 Thes 4:16-17).

When the saints are caught up in the rapture, they will be given perfect, glorified, imperishable bodies. The tribulation saints (those who miss the rapture, but come to know Christ during the tribulation, those who will be martyred during the tribulation), will also be given perfect, glorified, imperishable bodies when they have their bodily resurrection, at the end of the tribulation, with their bodies, souls and spirits reunited (Rev 20:4). Such will be the case for the old testament saints who are also bodily resurrected at the end of the tribulation (Rev 20:4).

1 Corinthians 15:50-54 New American Standard Bible (NASB)

The Mystery of Resurrection

50 Now I say this, brethren, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God; nor does the perishable inherit the imperishable. 51 Behold, I tell you a mystery; we will not all sleep, but we will all be changed, 52 in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet; for the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised imperishable, and we will be changed.53 For this perishable must put on the imperishable, and this mortal must put on immortality.54 But when this perishable will have put on the imperishable, and this mortal will have put on immortality, then will come about the saying that is written, “Death is swallowed up in victory.

Throughout this discussion, it has been shown that there is one thing that has made the salvation of saints possible, which is the born again spirit. Whenever a person has been born again, that person can not be unborn. Our Lord made that fact clear in John 10:27-30

John 10:27-30 New American Standard Bible (NASB)

27 My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me; 28 and I give eternal life to them, and they will never perish; and no one will snatch them out of My hand. 29 My Father, who has given them to Me, is greater than all; and no one is able to snatch them out of the Father’s hand. 30 I and the Father are one.”

The born again spirit is the anchor that holds each believer secure in Christ. It was the spirit of Lazarus, and of the thief on the cross, that kept their total beings of body, soul and spirit, anchored to Christ. The words of the opening song say, “the anchor holds.” Lazarus, the thief on the cross, and anyone else who has been born again, will receive a raptured or resurrected glorified “being,” (body, soul, spirit). We, too, will have the same perfection of “being,” as that which Adam and Eve had in the Garden of Eden before they sinned…if we have accepted Christ as our Lord and Savior, and have been born again. Only perfect beings of “spirit, soul, and body,” will be present in the eternal state, as will be the perfect things of nature (there is no Mother Nature), as was its presence during the time of the Garden of Eden. (Revelation 22:1-5)

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Worship – English Bible Translations

Translations! Translations! Translations! Let’s talk about ’em.
English Bible Translation History
The fascinating story of how we got the Bible in its present form actually starts thousands of years ago, as briefly outlined in our Timeline of Bible Translation History. As a background study, we recommend that you first review our discussion of the Pre-Reformation History of the Bible from 1,400 B.C. to 1,400 A.D., which covers the transmission of the scripture through the original languages of Hebrew and Greek, and the 1,000 years of the Dark & Middle Ages when the Word was trapped in only Latin. Our starting point in this discussion of Bible history, however, is the advent of the scripture in the English language with the “Morning Star of the Reformation”, John Wycliffe.
The first hand-written English language Bible manuscripts were produced in the 1380’s AD by John Wycliffe, an Oxford professor, scholar, and theologian. Wycliffe, (also spelled “Wycliff” & “Wyclif”), was well-known throughout Europe for his opposition to the teaching of the organized Church, which he believed to be contrary to the Bible. With the help of his followers, called the Lollards, and his assistant Purvey, and many other faithful scribes, Wycliffe produced dozens of English language manuscript copies of the scriptures. They were translated out of the Latin Vulgate, which was the only source text available to Wycliffe. The Pope was so infuriated by his teachings and his translation of the Bible into English, that 44 years after Wycliffe had died, he ordered the bones to be dug-up, crushed, and scattered in the river!
One of Wycliffe’s followers, John Hus, actively promoted Wycliffe’s ideas: that people should be permitted to read the Bible in their own language, and they should oppose the tyranny of the Roman church that threatened anyone possessing a non-Latin Bible with execution. Hus was burned at the stake in 1415, with Wycliffe’s manuscript Bibles used as kindling for the fire. The last words of John Hus were that, “in 100 years, God will raise up a man whose calls for reform cannot be suppressed.” Almost exactly 100 years later, in 1517, Martin Luther nailed his famous 95 Theses of Contention (a list of 95 issues of heretical theology and crimes of the Roman Catholic Church) into the church door at Wittenberg. The prophecy of Hus had come true! Martin Luther went on to be the first person to translate and publish the Bible in the commonly-spoken dialect of the German people; a translation more appealing than previous German Biblical translations. Foxe’s Book of Martyrs records that in that same year, 1517, seven people were burned at the stake by the Roman Catholic Church for the crime of teaching their children to say the Lord’s Prayer in English rather than Latin.
Johann Gutenberg invented the printing press in the 1450’s, and the first book to ever be printed was a Latin language Bible, printed in Mainz, Germany. Gutenberg’s Bibles were surprisingly beautiful, as each leaf Gutenberg printed was later colorfully hand-illuminated. Born as “Johann Gensfleisch” (John Gooseflesh), he preferred to be known as “Johann Gutenberg” (John Beautiful Mountain). Ironically, though he had created what many believe to be the most important invention in history, Gutenberg was a victim of unscrupulous business associates who took control of his business and left him in poverty. Nevertheless, the invention of the movable-type printing press meant that Bibles and books could finally be effectively produced in large quantities in a short period of time. This was essential to the success of the Reformation.
In the 1490’s another Oxford professor, and the personal physician to King Henry the 7th and 8th, Thomas Linacre, decided to learn Greek. After reading the Gospels in Greek, and comparing it to the Latin Vulgate, he wrote in his diary, “Either this (the original Greek) is not the Gospel… or we are not Christians.” The Latin had become so corrupt that it no longer even preserved the message of the Gospel… yet the Church still threatened to kill anyone who read the scripture in any language other than Latin… though Latin was not an original language of the scriptures.
In 1496, John Colet, another Oxford professor and the son of the Mayor of London, started reading the New Testament in Greek and translating it into English for his students at Oxford, and later for the public at Saint Paul’s Cathedral in London. The people were so hungry to hear the Word of God in a language they could understand, that within six months there were 20,000 people packed in the church and at least that many outside trying to get in! (Sadly, while the enormous and beautiful Saint Paul’s Cathedral remains the main church in London today, as of 2003, typical Sunday morning worship attendance is only around 200 people… and most of them are tourists). Fortunately for Colet, he was a powerful man with friends in high places, so he amazingly managed to avoid execution.
In considering the experiences of Linacre and Colet, the great scholar Erasmus was so moved to correct the corrupt Latin Vulgate, that in 1516, with the help of printer John Froben, he published a Greek-Latin Parallel New Testament. The Latin part was not the corrupt Vulgate, but his own fresh rendering of the text from the more accurate and reliable Greek, which he had managed to collate from a half-dozen partial old Greek New Testament manuscripts he had acquired. This milestone was the first non-Latin Vulgate text of the scripture to be produced in a millennium… and the first ever to come off a printing press. The 1516 Greek-Latin New Testament of Erasmus further focused attention on just how corrupt and inaccurate the Latin Vulgate had become, and how important it was to go back and use the original Greek (New Testament) and original Hebrew (Old Testament) languages to maintain accuracy… and to translate them faithfully into the languages of the common people, whether that be English, German, or any other tongue. No sympathy for this “illegal activity” was to be found from Rome… even as the words of Pope Leo X’s declaration that “the fable of Christ was quite profitable to him” continued through the years to infuriate the people of God.
William Tyndale was the Captain of the Army of Reformers, and was their spiritual leader. Tyndale holds the distinction of being the first man to ever print the New Testament in the English language. Tyndale was a true scholar and a genius, so fluent in eight languages that it was said one would think any one of them to be his native tongue. He is frequently referred to as the “Architect of the English Language”, (even more so than William Shakespeare) as so many of the phrases Tyndale coined are still in our language today.
Martin Luther had a small head-start on Tyndale, as Luther declared his intolerance for the Roman Church’s corruption on Halloween in 1517, by nailing his 95 Theses of Contention to the Wittenberg Church door. Luther, who would be exiled in the months following the Diet of Worms Council in 1521 that was designed to martyr him, would translate the New Testament into German for the first time from the 1516 Greek-Latin New Testament of Erasmus, and publish it in September of 1522. Luther also published a German Pentateuch in 1523, and another edition of the German New Testament in 1529. In the 1530’s he would go on to publish the entire Bible in German.
William Tyndale wanted to use the same 1516 Erasmus text as a source to translate and print the New Testament in English for the first time in history. Tyndale showed up on Luther’s doorstep in Germany in 1525, and by year’s end had translated the New Testament into English. Tyndale had been forced to flee England, because of the wide-spread rumor that his English New Testament project was underway, causing inquisitors and bounty hunters to be constantly on Tyndale’s trail to arrest him and prevent his project. God foiled their plans, and in 1525-1526 the Tyndale New Testament became the first printed edition of the scripture in the English language. Subsequent printings of the Tyndale New Testament in the 1530’s were often elaborately illustrated.
They were burned as soon as the Bishop could confiscate them, but copies trickled through and actually ended up in the bedroom of King Henry VIII. The more the King and Bishop resisted its distribution, the more fascinated the public at large became. The church declared it contained thousands of errors as they torched hundreds of New Testaments confiscated by the clergy, while in fact, they burned them because they could find no errors at all. One risked death by burning if caught in mere possession of Tyndale’s forbidden books.
Having God’s Word available to the public in the language of the common man, English, would have meant disaster to the church. No longer would they control access to the scriptures. If people were able to read the Bible in their own tongue, the church’s income and power would crumble. They could not possibly continue to get away with selling indulgences (the forgiveness of sins) or selling the release of loved ones from a church-manufactured “Purgatory”. People would begin to challenge the church’s authority if the church were exposed as frauds and thieves. The contradictions between what God’s Word said, and what the priests taught, would open the public’s eyes and the truth would set them free from the grip of fear that the institutional church held. Salvation through faith, not works or donations, would be understood. The need for priests would vanish through the priesthood of all believers. The veneration of church-canonized Saints and Mary would be called into question. The availability of the scriptures in English was the biggest threat imaginable to the wicked church. Neither side would give up without a fight.
Today, there are only two known copies left of Tyndale’s 1525-26 First Edition. Any copies printed prior to 1570 are extremely valuable. Tyndale’s flight was an inspiration to freedom-loving Englishmen who drew courage from the 11 years that he was hunted. Books and Bibles flowed into England in bales of cotton and sacks of flour. Ironically, Tyndale’s biggest customer was the King’s men, who would buy up every copy available to burn them… and Tyndale used their money to print even more! In the end, Tyndale was caught: betrayed by an Englishman that he had befriended. Tyndale was incarcerated for 500 days before he was strangled and burned at the stake in 1536. Tyndale’s last words were, “Oh Lord, open the King of England’s eyes”. This prayer would be answered just three years later in 1539, when King Henry VIII finally allowed, and even funded, the printing of an English Bible known as the “Great Bible”. But before that could happen…
Myles Coverdale and John “Thomas Matthew” Rogers had remained loyal disciples the last six years of Tyndale’s life, and they carried the English Bible project forward and even accelerated it. Coverdale finished translating the Old Testament, and in 1535 he printed the first complete Bible in the English language, making use of Luther’s German text and the Latin as sources. Thus, the first complete English Bible was printed on October 4, 1535, and is known as the Coverdale Bible.
John Rogers went on to print the second complete English Bible in 1537. It was, however, the first English Bible translated from the original Biblical languages of Hebrew & Greek. He printed it under the pseudonym “Thomas Matthew”, (an assumed name that had actually been used by Tyndale at one time) as a considerable part of this Bible was the translation of Tyndale, whose writings had been condemned by the English authorities. It is a composite made up of Tyndale’s Pentateuch and New Testament (1534-1535 edition) and Coverdale’s Bible and some of Roger’s own translation of the text. It remains known most commonly as the Matthew-Tyndale Bible. It went through a nearly identical second-edition printing in 1549.
In 1539, Thomas Cranmer, the Archbishop of Canterbury, hired Myles Coverdale at the bequest of King Henry VIII to publish the “Great Bible”. It became the first English Bible authorized for public use, as it was distributed to every church, chained to the pulpit, and a reader was even provided so that the illiterate could hear the Word of God in plain English. It would seem that William Tyndale’s last wish had been granted…just three years after his martyrdom. Cranmer’s Bible, published by Coverdale, was known as the Great Bible due to its great size: a large pulpit folio measuring over 14 inches tall. Seven editions of this version were printed between April of 1539 and December of 1541.
It was not that King Henry VIII had a change of conscience regarding publishing the Bible in English. His motives were more sinister… but the Lord sometimes uses the evil intentions of men to bring about His glory. King Henry VIII had in fact, requested that the Pope permit him to divorce his wife and marry his mistress. The Pope refused. King Henry responded by marrying his mistress anyway, (later having two of his many wives executed), and thumbing his nose at the Pope by renouncing Roman Catholicism, taking England out from under Rome’s religious control, and declaring himself as the reigning head of State to also be the new head of the Church. This new branch of the Christian Church, neither Roman Catholic nor truly Protestant, became known as the Anglican Church or the Church of England. King Henry acted essentially as its “Pope”. His first act was to further defy the wishes of Rome by funding the printing of the scriptures in English… the first legal English Bible… just for spite.
The ebb and flow of freedom continued through the 1540’s…and into the 1550’s. After King Henry VIII, King Edward VI took the throne, and after his death, the reign of Queen “Bloody” Mary was the next obstacle to the printing of the Bible in English. She was possessed in her quest to return England to the Roman Church. In 1555, John “Thomas Matthew” Rogers and Thomas Cranmer were both burned at the stake. Mary went on to burn reformers at the stake by the hundreds for the “crime” of being a Protestant. This era was known as the Marian Exile, and the refugees fled from England with little hope of ever seeing their home or friends again.
In the 1550’s, the Church at Geneva, Switzerland, was very sympathetic to the reformer refugees and was one of only a few safe havens for a desperate people. Many of them met in Geneva, led by Myles Coverdale and John Foxe (publisher of the famous Foxe’s Book of Martyrs, which is to this day the only exhaustive reference work on the persecution and martyrdom of Early Christians and Protestants from the first century up to the mid-16th century), as well as Thomas Sampson and William Whittingham. There, with the protection of the great theologian John Calvin (author of the most famous theological book ever published, Calvin’s Institutes of the Christian Religion)and John Knox, the great Reformer of the Scottish Church, the Church of Geneva determined to produce a Bible that would educate their families while they continued in exile.
The New Testament was completed in 1557, and the complete Bible was first published in 1560. It became known as the Geneva Bible. Due to a passage in Genesis describing the clothing that God fashioned for Adam and Eve upon expulsion from the Garden of Eden as “Breeches” (an antiquated form of “Britches”), some people referred to the Geneva Bible as the Breeches Bible.
The Geneva Bible was the first Bible to add numbered verses to the chapters, so that referencing specific passages would be easier. Every chapter was also accompanied by extensive marginal notes and references so thorough and complete that the Geneva Bible is also considered the first English “Study Bible”. William Shakespeare quotes hundreds of times in his plays from the Geneva translation of the Bible. The Geneva Bible became the Bible of choice for over 100 years of English-speaking Christians. Between 1560 and 1644 at least 144 editions of this Bible were published. Examination of the 1611 King James Bible shows clearly that its translators were influenced much more by the Geneva Bible, than by any other source. The Geneva Bible itself retains over 90% of William Tyndale’s original English translation. The Geneva in fact, remained more popular than the King James Version until decades after its original release in 1611! The Geneva holds the honor of being the first Bible taken to America, and the Bible of the Puritans and Pilgrims. It is truly the “Bible of the Protestant Reformation.” Strangely, the famous Geneva Bible has been out-of-print since 1644, so the only way to obtain one is to either purchase an original printing of the Geneva Bible, or a less costly facsimile reproduction of the original 1560 Geneva Bible.
With the end of Queen Mary’s bloody reign, the reformers could safely return to England. The Anglican Church, now under Queen Elizabeth I, reluctantly tolerated the printing and distribution of Geneva version Bibles in England. The marginal notes, which were vehemently against the institutional Church of the day, did not rest well with the rulers of the day. Another version, one with a less inflammatory tone was desired, and the copies of the Great Bible were getting to be decades old. In 1568, a revision of the Great Bible known as the Bishop’s Bible was introduced. Despite 19 editions being printed between 1568 and 1606, this Bible, referred to as the “rough draft of the King James Version”, never gained much of a foothold of popularity among the people. The Geneva may have simply been too much to compete with.
By the 1580’s, the Roman Catholic Church saw that it had lost the battle to suppress the will of God: that His Holy Word be available in the English language. In 1582, the Church of Rome surrendered their fight for “Latin only” and decided that if the Bible was to be available in English, they would at least have an official Roman Catholic English translation. And so, using the corrupt and inaccurate Latin Vulgate as the only source text, they went on to publish an English Bible with all the distortions and corruptions that Erasmus had revealed and warned of 75 years earlier. Because it was translated at the Roman Catholic College in the city of Rheims, it was known as the Rheims New Testament (also spelled Rhemes). The Douay Old Testament was translated by the Church of Rome in 1609 at the College in the city of Douay (also spelled Doway & Douai). The combined product is commonly referred to as the “Doway/Rheims” Version. In 1589, Dr. William Fulke of Cambridge published the “Fulke’s Refutation”, in which he printed in parallel columns the Bishops Version alongside the Rheims Version, attempting to show the error and distortion of the Roman Church’s corrupt compromise of an English version of the Bible.
With the death of Queen Elizabeth I, Prince James VI of Scotland became King James I of England. The Protestant clergy approached the new King in 1604 and announced their desire for a new translation to replace the Bishop’s Bible first printed in 1568. They knew that the Geneva Version had won the hearts of the people because of its excellent scholarship, accuracy, and exhaustive commentary. However, they did not want the controversial marginal notes (proclaiming the Pope an Anti-Christ, etc.) Essentially, the leaders of the church desired a Bible for the people, with scriptural references only for word clarification or cross-references.
This “translation to end all translations” (for a while at least) was the result of the combined effort of about fifty scholars. They took into consideration: The Tyndale New Testament, The Coverdale Bible, The Matthews Bible, The Great Bible, The Geneva Bible, and even the Rheims New Testament. The great revision of the Bishop’s Bible had begun. From 1605 to 1606 the scholars engaged in private research. From 1607 to 1609 the work was assembled. In 1610 the work went to press, and in 1611 the first of the huge (16 inch tall) pulpit folios known today as “The 1611 King James Bible” came off the printing press. A typographical discrepancy in Ruth 3:15 rendered a pronoun “He” instead of “She” in that verse in some printings. This caused some of the 1611 First Editions to be known by collectors as “He” Bibles, and others as “She” Bibles. Starting just one year after the huge 1611 pulpit-size King James Bibles were printed and chained to every church pulpit in England; printing then began on the earliest normal-size printings of the King James Bible. These were produced so individuals could have their own personal copy of the Bible.
The Anglican Church’s King James Bible took decades to overcome the more popular Protestant Church’s Geneva Bible. One of the greatest ironies of history, is that many Protestant Christian churches today embrace the King James Bible exclusively as the “only” legitimate English language translation… yet it is not even a Protestant translation! It was printed to compete with the Protestant Geneva Bible, by authorities who throughout most of history were hostile to Protestants… and killed them. While many Protestants are quick to assign the full blame of persecution to the Roman Catholic Church, it should be noted that even after England broke from Roman Catholicism in the 1500’s, the Church of England (The Anglican Church) continued to persecute Protestants throughout the 1600’s. One famous example of this is John Bunyan, who while in prison for the crime of preaching the Gospel, wrote one of Christian history’s greatest books, Pilgrim’s Progress. Throughout the 1600’s, as the Puritans and the Pilgrims fled the religious persecution of England to cross the Atlantic and start a new free nation in America, they took with them their precious Geneva Bible, and rejected the King’s Bible. America was founded upon the Geneva Bible, not the King James Bible.
Protestants today are largely unaware of their own history, and unaware of the Geneva Bible (which is textually 95% the same as the King James Version, but 50 years older than the King James Version, and not influenced by the Roman Catholic Rheims New Testament that the King James translators admittedly took into consideration). Nevertheless, the King James Bible turned out to be an excellent and accurate translation, and it became the most printed book in the history of the world, and the only book with one billion copies in print. In fact, for over 250 years…until the appearance of the English Revised Version of 1881-1885…the King James Version reigned without much of a rival. One little-known fact, is that for the past 200 years, all King James Bibles published in America are actually the 1769 Baskerville spelling and wording revision of the 1611. The original “1611” preface is deceivingly included by the publishers, and no mention of the fact that it is really the 1769 version is to be found, because that might hurt sales. The only way to obtain a true, unaltered, 1611 version is to either purchase an original pre-1769 printing of the King James Bible, or a less costly facsimile reproduction of the original 1611 King James Bible.
Although the first Bible printed in America was done in the native Algonquin Indian Language by John Eliot in 1663; the first English language Bible to be printed in America by Robert Aitken in 1782 was a King James Version. Robert Aitken’s 1782 Bible was also the only Bible ever authorized by the United States Congress. He was commended by President George Washington for providing Americans with Bibles during the embargo of imported English goods due to the Revolutionary War. In 1808, Robert’s daughter, Jane Aitken, would become the first woman to ever print a Bible… and to do so in America, of course. In 1791, Isaac Collins vastly improved upon the quality and size of the typesetting of American Bibles and produced the first “Family Bible” printed in America… also a King James Version. Also in 1791, Isaiah Thomas published the first Illustrated Bible printed in America…in the King James Version. For more information on the earliest Bibles printed in America from the 1600’s through the early 1800’s, you may wish to review our more detailed discussion of The Bibles of Colonial America.
While Noah Webster, just a few years after producing his famous Dictionary of the English Language, would produce his own modern translation of the English Bible in 1833; the public remained too loyal to the King James Version for Webster’s version to have much impact. It was not really until the 1880’s that England’s own planned replacement for their King James Bible, the English Revised Version(E.R.V.) would become the first English language Bible to gain popular acceptance as a post-King James Version modern-English Bible. The widespread popularity of this modern-English translation brought with it another curious characteristic: the absence of the 14 Apocryphal books.
Up until the 1880’s every Protestant Bible (not just Catholic Bibles) had 80 books, not 66! The inter-testamental books written hundreds of years before Christ called “The Apocrypha” were part of virtually every printing of the Tyndale-Matthews Bible, the Great Bible, the Bishops Bible, the Protestant Geneva Bible, and the King James Bible until their removal in the 1880’s! The original 1611 King James contained the Apocrypha, and King James threatened anyone who dared to print the Bible without the Apocrypha with heavy fines and a year in jail. Only for the last 120 years has the Protestant Church rejected these books, and removed them from their Bibles. This has left most modern-day Christians believing the popular myth that there is something “Roman Catholic” about the Apocrypha. There is, however, no truth in that myth, and no widely-accepted reason for the removal of the Apocrypha in the 1880’s has ever been officially issued by a mainline Protestant denomination.
The Americans responded to England’s E.R.V. Bible by publishing the nearly-identical American Standard Version (A.S.V.) in 1901. It was also widely-accepted and embraced by churches throughout America for many decades as the leading modern-English version of the Bible. In the 1971, it was again revised and called New American Standard Version Bible (often referred to as the N.A.S.V. or N.A.S.B. or N.A.S.). This New American Standard Bible is considered by nearly all evangelical Christian scholars and translators today, to be the most accurate, word-for-word translation of the original Greek and Hebrew scriptures into the modern English language that has ever been produced. It remains the most popular version among theologians, professors, scholars, and seminary students today. Some, however, have taken issue with it because it is so direct and literal a translation (focused on accuracy), that it does not flow as easily in conversational English.
For this reason, in 1973, the New International Version (N.I.V.) was produced, which was offered as a “dynamic equivalent” translation into modern English. The N.I.V. was designed not for “word-for-word” accuracy, but rather, for “phrase-for-phrase” accuracy, and ease of reading even at a Junior High-School reading level. It was meant to appeal to a broader (and in some instances less-educated) cross-section of the general public. Critics of the N.I.V. often jokingly refer to it as the “Nearly Inspired Version”, but that has not stopped it from becoming the best-selling modern-English translation of the Bible ever published.
In 1982, Thomas Nelson Publishers produced what they called the “New King James Version”. Their original intent was to keep the basic wording of the King James to appeal to King James Version loyalists, while only changing the most obscure words and the Elizabethan “thee, thy, thou” pronouns. This was an interesting marketing ploy, however, upon discovering that this was not enough of a change for them to be able to legally copyright the result, they had to make more significant revisions, which defeated their purpose in the first place. It was never taken seriously by scholars, but it has enjoyed some degree of public acceptance, simply because of its clever “New King James Version” marketing name.
In 2002, a major attempt was made to bridge the gap between the simple readability of the N.I.V., and the extremely precise accuracy of the N.A.S.B. This translation is called the English Standard Version (E.S.V.) and is rapidly gaining popularity for its readability and accuracy. The 21st Century will certainly continue to bring new translations of God’s Word in the modern English language.
As Christians, we must be very careful to make intelligent and informed decisions about what translations of the Bible we choose to read. On the liberal extreme, we have people who would give us heretical new translations that attempt to change God’s Word to make it politically correct. One example of this, which has made headlines recently is the Today’s New International Version (T.N.I.V.) which seeks to remove all gender-specific references in the Bible whenever possible! Not all new translations are good… and some are very bad.
But equally dangerous, is the other extreme… of blindly rejecting ANY English translation that was produced in the four centuries that have come after the 1611 King James. We must remember that the main purpose of the Protestant Reformation was to get the Bible out of the chains of being trapped in an ancient language that few could understand, and into the modern, spoken, conversational language of the present day. William Tyndale fought and died for the right to print the Bible in the common, spoken, modern English tongue of his day… as he boldly told one official who criticized his efforts, “If God spare my life, I will see to it that the boy who drives the plowshare knows more of the scripture than you, Sir!”
Will we now go backwards, and seek to imprison God’s Word once again exclusively in ancient translations? Clearly it is not God’s will that we over-react to SOME of the bad modern translations, by rejecting ALL new translations and “throwing the baby out with the bathwater”. The Word of God is unchanging from generation to generation, but language is a dynamic and ever-changing form of communication. We therefore have a responsibility before God as Christians to make sure that each generation has a modern translation that they can easily understand, yet that does not sacrifice accuracy in any way. Let’s be ever mindful that we are not called to worship the Bible. That is called idolatry. We are called to worship the God who gave us the Bible, and who preserved it through the centuries of people who sought to destroy it.
We are also called to preserve the ancient, original English translations of the Bible… and that is what we do here at WWW.GREATSITE.COM
Consider the following textual comparison of the earliest English translations of John 3:16, as shown in the English Hexapla Parallel New Testament:
1st Ed. King James (1611): “For God so loued the world, that he gaue his only begotten Sonne: that whosoeuer beleeueth in him, should not perish, but haue euerlasting life.”    Rheims (1582): “For so God loued the vvorld, that he gaue his only-begotten sonne: that euery one that beleeueth in him, perish not, but may haue life euerlasting”    Geneva (1560): “For God so loueth the world, that he hath geuen his only begotten Sonne: that none that beleue in him, should peryshe, but haue euerlasting lyfe.”    Great Bible (1539): “For God so loued the worlde, that he gaue his only begotten sonne, that whosoeuer beleueth in him, shulde not perisshe, but haue euerlasting lyfe.”    Tyndale (1534): “For God so loveth the worlde, that he hath geven his only sonne, that none that beleve in him, shuld perisshe: but shuld have everlastinge lyfe.”    Wycliff (1380): “for god loued so the world; that he gaf his oon bigetun sone, that eche man that bileueth in him perisch not: but haue euerlastynge liif,”    Anglo-Saxon Proto-English Manuscripts (995 AD): “God lufode middan-eard swa, dat he seade his an-cennedan sunu, dat nan ne forweorde de on hine gely ac habbe dat ece lif.”
Timeline of Bible Translation History
1,400 BC: The first written Word of God: The Ten Commandments delivered to Moses.
500 BC: Completion of All Original Hebrew Manuscripts which make up The 39 Books of the Old Testament.
200 BC: Completion of the Septuagint Greek Manuscripts which contain The 39 Old Testament Books AND 14 Apocrypha Books.
1st Century AD: Completion of All Original Greek Manuscripts which make up The 27 Books of the New Testament.
315 AD: Athenasius, the Bishop of Alexandria, identifies the 27 books of the New Testament which are today recognized as the canon of scripture.
382 AD: Jerome’s Latin Vulgate Manuscripts Produced which contain All 80 Books (39 Old Test. + 14 Apocrypha + 27 New Test).
500 AD: Scriptures have been Translated into Over 500 Languages.
600 AD: LATIN was the Only Language Allowed for Scripture.
995 AD: Anglo-Saxon (Early Roots of English Language) Translations of The New Testament Produced.
1384 AD: Wycliffe is the First Person to Produce a (Hand-Written) manuscript Copy of the Complete Bible; All 80 Books.
1455 AD: Gutenberg Invents the Printing Press; Books May Now be mass-Produced Instead of Individually Hand-Written. The First Book Ever Printed is Gutenberg’s Bible in Latin.
1516 AD: Erasmus Produces a Greek/Latin Parallel New Testament.
1522 AD: Martin Luther’s German New Testament.
1526 AD: William Tyndale’s New Testament; The First New Testament printed in the English Language.
1535 AD: Myles Coverdale’s Bible; The First Complete Bible printed in the English Language (80 Books: O.T. & N.T. & Apocrypha).
1537 AD: Tyndale-Matthews Bible; The Second Complete Bible printed in English. Done by John “Thomas Matthew” Rogers (80 Books).
1539 AD: The “Great Bible” Printed; The First English Language Bible Authorized for Public Use (80 Books).
1560 AD: The Geneva Bible Printed; The First English Language Bible to add Numbered Verses to Each Chapter (80 Books).
1568 AD: The Bishops Bible Printed; The Bible of which the King James was a Revision (80 Books).
1609 AD: The Douay Old Testament is added to the Rheims New Testament (of 1582) Making the First Complete English Catholic Bible; Translated from the Latin Vulgate (80 Books).
1611 AD: The King James Bible Printed; Originally with All 80 Books. The Apocrypha was Officially Removed in 1885 Leaving Only 66 Books.
1782 AD: Robert Aitken’s Bible; The First English Language Bible (KJV) Printed in America.
1791 AD: Isaac Collins and Isaiah Thomas Respectively Produce the First Family Bible and First Illustrated Bible Printed in America. Both were King James Versions, with All 80 Books.
1808 AD: Jane Aitken’s Bible (Daughter of Robert Aitken); The First Bible to be Printed by a Woman.
1833 AD: Noah Webster’s Bible; After Producing his Famous Dictionary, Webster Printed his Own Revision of the King James Bible.
1841 AD: English Hexapla New Testament; an Early Textual Comparison showing the Greek and 6 Famous English Translations in Parallel Columns.
1846 AD: The Illuminated Bible; The Most Lavishly Illustrated Bible printed in America. A King James Version, with All 80 Books.
1863 AD: Robert Young’s “Literal” Translation; often criticized for being so literal that it sometimes obscures the contextual English meaning.
1885 AD: The “English Revised Version” Bible; The First Major English Revision of the KJV.
1901 AD: The “American Standard Version”; The First Major American Revision of the KJV.
1952 AD: The “Revised Standard Version” (RSV); said to be a Revision of the 1901 American Standard Version, though more highly criticized.
1971 AD: The “New American Standard Bible” (NASB) is Published as a “Modern and Accurate Word for Word English Translation” of the Bible.
1973 AD: The “New International Version” (NIV) is Published as a “Modern and Accurate Phrase for Phrase English Translation” of the Bible.
1982 AD: The “New King James Version” (NKJV) is Published as a “Modern English Version Maintaining the Original Style of the King James.”
1990 AD: The “New Revised Standard Version” (NRSV); further revision of 1952 RSV, (itself a revision of 1901 ASV), criticized for “gender inclusiveness”.
2002 AD: The English Standard Version (ESV) is Published as a translation to bridge the gap between the accuracy of the NASB and the readability of the NIV.
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In accordance with the reading of God’s Holy Word, let us share in the singing of a song of the Holiness of God.  The song was played during a worship conference that took place in the Netherlands.  Imagine that! As Coach Grant Taylor asked his players in the movie, “Facing The Giants,” “is anything too hard for God?”  There is also a Bible verse that has the same question, Genesis 18:14.  As you watch the video, you may see among the worshippers, “one special saint,” who drew my attention.  I wonder if anybody else can find that “very special” person?
In response to someone who attacked me for using other than “King James Only,” I replied with the following. I trust that it may provide you with useful information. I was told that I would go to Hell for not using the King James version only.
I have no ax to grind, but the ax of truth. The KJV was directed to be written by the King of England, during which times in that nation were brutal for Christians who disagreed with him. He chose the writers, and excluded writers. Imagine if we were to have a President Obama Bible, or a President Clinton Bible, or a President Bush Bible…Before someone can say that the KJV is the only Bible to use, and that all others are wrong, there must be a stated reason of fact, which is something that I never hear from KJV only people. The purpose of the KJV was to put the Word of God in the common language of the people of England, which the writers did, in spite of the political pressure of King James that was placed on them… The first update of the KJV had more than 70,000 corrections in it, due to changes in spoken language. The New American Standard Bible is the most correct word for word translation of the Greek and Hebrew to our current languages than the other translations; its translation committee meets more frequently than do the others. But, there is value in the other translations, as well as in the KJV. In today’s speaking, we don’t use “Elizabethan English.” We don’t say, “betwixt me and thee.” I use the KJV daily, but I also understand its limitations. King James wanted a Bible that showed a “religious structure,” as opposed to a body of believers. He used “Bishop” instead of pastor or elder.  Again, if there is support for King James only, please present the facts for that support. It was not the first Bible that was written.  I have used the KJV for many years for the purposes of daily reading, memorization, preaching and teaching. But, the KJV 1611 is not the only translation of the Bible that is suitable for reading, memorization, preaching and teaching.
As believers in Christ, we have been commissioned to share the Word of God with unbelievers. It has been said that the newer translations “leave words out.” The truth is that the KJV 1611 “put words in” that shouldn’t have been included. There will be a separate post for that study. Since the KJV is not the first translation of the Bible, why is it considered to be the standard for translating God’s Holy Word? Can confusion be found in any of the following KJV 1611 translated verses, or any uncomfortable words?
Genesis 26:28 King James Version (KJV) (Betwixt?)
28 And they said, We saw certainly that the Lord was with thee: and we said, Let there be now an oath betwixt us, even betwixt us and thee, and let us make a covenant with thee;

Exodus 34:15 King James Version (KJV) (A whoring?)
15 Lest thou make a covenant with the inhabitants of the land, and they go a whoring after their gods, and do sacrifice unto their gods, and one call thee, and thou eat of his sacrifice;
Leviticus 17:7 King James Version (KJV) (awhoring?)
7 And they shall no more offer their sacrifices unto devils, after whom they have gone a whoring. This shall be a statute for ever unto them throughout their generations.
Deuteronomy 32:20 King James Version (KJV) (froward?)
20 And he said, I will hide my face from them, I will see what their end shall be: for they are a very froward generation, children in whom is no faith.
Matthew 1:18 King James Version (KJV) (Is God’s Spirit a ghost?)

18 Now the birth of Jesus Christ was on this wise: When as his mother Mary was espoused to Joseph, before they came together, she was found with child of the Holy Ghost.
1 Samuel 25:22 King James Version (KJV) (Pisseth?)
22 So and more also do God unto the enemies of David, if I leave of all that pertain to him by the morning light any that pisseth against the wall.
2 Kings 18:27 King James Version (KJV) (Piss?)

27 But Rabshakeh said unto them, Hath my master sent me to thy master, and to thee, to speak these words? hath he not sent me to the men which sit on the wall, that they may eat their own dung, and drink their own piss with you?
1 Thessalonians 1:8 King James Version (KJV) (God-ward?)

8 For from you sounded out the word of the Lord not only in Macedonia and Achaia, but also in every place your faith to God-ward is spread abroad; so that we need not to speak any thing.
1 Peter 1:13 King James Version (KJV) (Gird?)
13 Wherefore gird up the loins of your mind, be sober, and hope to the end for the grace that is to be brought unto you at the revelation of Jesus Christ;
Consider the following parallel verses of John 3:16, which includes the KJV 1611. Do you see an attack on the KJV 1611?
John 3:16 Parallel Verses
New International VersionFor God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.
New Living Translation”For God loved the world so much that he gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life.
English Standard Version“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.
New American Standard Bible “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life.
King James BibleFor God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.
Holman Christian Standard Bible”For God loved the world in this way: He gave His One and Only Son, so that everyone who believes in Him will not perish but have eternal life.

49 – Ezekiel 2 – About Israel – The Prophet’s Call 

Hal Lindsey Show: The Prophecies of Ezekiel
God’s Promises For Israel’s Restoration
Texts
Isaiah 27:13 New American Standard 1977
It will come about also in that day that a great trumpet will be blown; and those who were perishing in the land of Assyria and who were scattered in the land of Egypt will come and worship the LORD in the holy mountain at Jerusalem.
Jeremiah 30:3 New American Standard 1977
‘For, behold, days are coming,’ declares the LORD, ‘when I will restore the fortunes of My people Israel and Judah.’ The LORD says, ‘I will also bring them back to the land that I gave to their forefathers, and they shall possess it.’”
Notes: MacArthur Study Bible (Everybody should own a MacArthur Study Bible)
Isaiah 27:13 worship the Lord…at Jerusalem. The prophet reiterates one of his great themes: future worship of regathered Israel on Mt. Zion (24:23; 25:6, 7, 10).
Jeremiah 30:3 I will bring back. This theme verse gives in capsule form the pledge of chaps. 30–33. God’s restoration of the whole nation to their own land (cf. 29:10; Amos 9:14, 15; Rom. 11:26) has in view a final regathering never to be removed again (see note on 16:15) and not just a return in the time of Ezra and Nehemiah (vv. 8, 9; 31:31ff.; 32:39, 40; 33:8, 9, 15, 16). This verse is a summary of the prophecy given in vv. 4–9.
Review
Ezekiel 1:28 NASB 1977
As the appearance of the rainbow in the clouds on a rainy day, so was the appearance of the surrounding radiance. Such was the appearance of the likeness of the glory of the LORD. And when I saw it, I fell on my face and heard a voice speaking.
Text – Ezekiel 2 – NASB 1977
The Prophet’s Call
1 Then He said to me, “Son of man, stand on your feet that I may speak with you!” 2 And as He spoke to me the Spirit entered me and set me on my feet; and I heard Him speaking to me.
Consider Ezekiel 1:28 and 2:1-2. Consider the Holiness God (Elohim, Genesis 1:1). 3 Then He said to me, “Son of man, I am sending you to the sons of Israel, to a rebellious people who have rebelled against Me; they and their fathers have transgressed against Me to this very day. 4“And I am sending you to them who are stubborn and obstinate children; and you shall say to them, ‘Thus says the Lord GOD.’ 5“As for them, whether they listen or not—for they are a rebellious house—they will know that a prophet has been among them. 6“And you, son of man, neither fear them nor fear their words, though thistles and thorns are with you and you sit on scorpions; neither fear their words nor be dismayed at their presence, for they are a rebellious house. 7“But you shall speak My words to them whether they listen or not, for they are rebellious.
8 “Now you, son of man, listen to what I am speaking to you; do not be rebellious like that rebellious house. Open your mouth and eat what I am giving you.” 9 Then I looked, behold, a hand was extended to me; and lo, a scroll was in it. 10 When He spread it out before me, it was written on the front and back; and written on it were lamentations, mourning and woe.
Consider God
Genesis 1:1 God
God אֱלֹהִ֑ים e·lo·him; 430 God, god pl. of eloah
430. elohim
elohim: God, godOriginal Word: אֱלֹהִיםPart of Speech: Noun MasculineTransliteration: elohimPhonetic Spelling: (el-o-heem’)Short Definition: God
433. eloah
eloah: God, godOriginal Word: אֱל֫וֹהַּ,Part of Speech: Noun MasculineTransliteration: eloahPhonetic Spelling: ((shortened) >eloahh {el-o’-ah)Short Definition: God
Ezekiel 1:28 glory
of the glory כְּבֹוד־ ke·vo·vd- 3519b abundance, honor, glory from kabad
kabod: abundance, honor, gloryTransliteration: kabodShort Definition: glory
Ezekiel 1:28 LORD
of the LORD. יְהוָ֑ה Yah·weh 3068 the proper name of the God of Israel from havah
Yhvh: the proper name of the God of IsraelOriginal Word: יְהֹוָהPart of Speech: Proper NameTransliteration: YhvhPhonetic Spelling: (yeh-ho-vaw’)Short Definition: LORD
Ezekiel 2:2 Spirit
to me the Spirit ר֗וּחַ ru·ach 7307 breath, wind, spirit from an unused word
ruach: breath, wind, spiritOriginal Word: ר֫וּחַPart of Speech: Noun FeminineTransliteration: ruachPhonetic Spelling: (roo’-akh)Short Definition: spirit
Notice that the Name of God is “not” Jehovah. It never was, and never will be Jehovah.
John 4:24 “God is spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth.”
is spirit, πνεῦμα pneuma 4151 wind, spirit from pneó
pneuma: wind, spiritOriginal Word: πνεῦμα, ατος, τόPart of Speech: Noun, NeuterTransliteration: pneumaPhonetic Spelling: (pnyoo’-mah)Short Definition: wind, breath, spiritDefinition: wind, breath, spirit.
Notice that God is not “a spirit, ” but “spirit.” Had God been “a spirit” He would have been one of many spirits. But! No! God is spirit. He is Elohim, which is in the plural form, the trinity, one God in three persons. From the time of the creation in Genesis 1:1, there was no creation of “the Spirit of God,” (Gen 1:2) or of “Us” or “Our” (Gen 1:26). Genesis 1:2 NASB 1977 “the Spirit of God”And the earth was formless and void, and darkness was over the surface of the deep; and the Spirit of God was moving over the surface of the waters
Genesis 1:26 NASB 1977 “Let Us; Our image; Our likeness”Then God said, “Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness
Consider the plural form of the singular “name” of God in the Great Commission (Matthew 28:19), “God, three persons in one.”
Matthew 28:19 NASB1977 “in the name” (singular) “Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit,
them in the name ὄνομα onoma 3686 a name, authority, cause a prim. word
onoma: a name, authority, causeOriginal Word: ὄνομα, ατος, τόPart of Speech: Noun, NeuterTransliteration: onomaPhonetic Spelling: (on’-om-ah)Short Definition: name, character, reputationDefinition: name, character, fame, reputation.
Notes – Ezekiel 2 – MacArthur Study Bible (Everybody should own a MacArthur Study Bible)
2:1 Son of man. A term used over 90 times by Ezekiel to indicate his humanness.2:2 the Spirit entered me. What God commands a servant to do (v. 1), He gives power to fulfill by His Spirit (cf. 3:14; Zech. 4:6). This pictures the selective empowering by the Holy Spirit to enable an individual for special service to the Lord, which occurred frequently in the OT. For examples see 11:5; 37:1; Num. 24:2; Judg. 3:10; 6:34; 11:29; 13:25; 1 Sam. 10:10; 16:13, 14; 19:20; 2 Chr. 15:1; Luke 4:18.2:5 The people cannot plead ignorance.2:6 briers and thorns…scorpions. Cf. 3:7, 9; 22:29. These are figures of speech God used to describe the people of Judah whose obstinate rejection of His Word was like the barbs of thorns and stings of scorpions to Ezekiel. The wicked were often so called (cf. 2 Sam. 23:6; Song 2:2; Is. 9:18).2:8 open your mouth and eat. Ezekiel was to obey the command, not literally eating a scroll (vv. 9, 10), but in a spiritual sense by receiving God’s message so that it became an inward passion. Cf. also 3:1–3, 10 and Jer. 15:16.2:10 writing on the inside and…outside. Scrolls were normally written on one side only, but this judgment message was so full it required all the available space (cf. Zech. 5:3; Rev. 5:1) to chronicle the suffering and sorrow that sin had brought, as recorded in chaps. 2–32.
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Biographies
Dr. John Ankerberg, founder and president of The John Ankerberg Show, the most-watched Christian worldview show in Americahttps://www.jashow.org/about-dr-john-ankerberg/
Signs of the Last Days – Dr. Jimmy DeYoungBio – http://jimmydeyoung.com/aboutdrd.shtml
Dr. Renald Showers http://www.sermonaudio.com/search.asp?SpeakerOnly=true&currSection=sermonsspeaker&Keyword=Dr.%5ERenald%5EShowersDr. Renald Showers is an author and Bible teacher for The Friends of Israel Gospel Ministry, Inc.
MacArthur Study Bible NotesBio – Dr. John MacArthur – https://www.gracechurch.org/Leader/MacArthur/John?AspxAutoDetectCookieSupport=1
Dr. John F. Walvoord, (1910-2012) long-time president of Dallas Theological Seminary, was one of the most prominent evangelical scholars of his generation. He is considered perhaps the world’s foremost interpreter of biblical prophecy.Bio –  https://bible.org/users/john-f-walvoord
Dr. Ed Hindson, http://thekingiscoming.com/about-dr-ed-hindson/Dr. Ed Hindson is the Bible Teacher on The King Is Coming telecast. He is also the Assistant Chancellor, Distinguished Professor, and Dean of the Institute of Biblical Studies and the School of Religion at Liberty University in Virginia.
Hal Lindsey https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hal_LindseyHarold Lee Lindsey (born November 23, 1929) is an American evangelist and Christian writer. He is a Christian Zionist and dispensationalist author. He graduated from Dallas Theological Seminary with a Master of Theology degree, majoring in the New Testament and early Greek literature.

 

 

 

 

 

60 – Revelation 1 – Discussion

Shout to the Lord – Women of Faith

There is none like you – Women of Faith

Above All

God’s love for Israel

The Davidic Kingdom (Jeremiah 33:14-16)

14‘Behold, days are coming,’ declares the LORD, ‘when I will fulfill the good word which I have spoken concerning the house of Israel and the house of Judah. 15‘In those days and at that time I will cause a righteous Branch of David to spring forth; and He shall execute justice and righteousness on the earth. 16‘In those days Judah will be saved and Jerusalem will dwell in safety; and this is the name by which she will be called: the LORD is our righteousness.’

Introduction To Post

God’s Plan For The Ages 60 – Revelation 1 – Discussion

The scriptures for this text come from “Bible Hub” http://biblehub.com/ Bible Hub is very good for research, having the lexicons for both the Old and New testaments. The 1977 translation is very user-friendly for me; I trust that it will be for you, too. The course of this study of Revelation will have each chapter being shown as a detailed, verse by verse, text study of each post, as well as a video group discussion of the same chapter, but in a separate post. The previous post (58), was a verse by verse text study. To get into the proper cadence for the following chapters, the post of the chapter video discussion will be shown prior to the verse by verse text study post. Concurrently, with the study of Revelation, I am also writing a series of posts on the Book of Ezekiel, which relates closely to the Book of Revelation. I encourage you to follow that series of posts, too. It is my desire to help other seekers of end times information to gain as much knowledge as is possible from this teaching of Revelation, which is all too often ignored, neglected, discounted and criticized. Because of the scriptural emphasis that God has placed on the Jews, verses will also be shown in each post that tell of God’s love for “His chosen people” (Deuteronomy 7:6). Holy Scripture tells of the place of honor that Israel holds in the 1,000 year Kingdom Of God, aka, the Millennial reign of Christ (Revelation 20), and in The Eternal State (Revelation 21-22).

Revelation Chapter 1 – Video Discussion

Following the video discussion of Chapter 1 of Revelation, will be the written words of Revelation Chapter 1. A list of the verses of scripture, that the four speakers used in the video, are provided in the order that the verses were spoken. Bios are provided for each of the speakers, at the bottom of this page. (Drs. John Ankerberg, Ed Hindson, Mark Hitchcock, Ron Rhodes)

Revelation Chapter 1 Video

The Glorified Jesus Reveals the Future

Speaker Notes Revelation 1 – The Glorified Jesus Reveals the Future – Discussion

Following, is a list of the verses of scripture that the four speakers used in the video, in the order that the verses were spoken. Bios are provided for each of the speakers, at the bottom of this page.

Ed Rev 1:1; 1:17; Mark Rev 1:3, 1:4-5; Isaiah 11:1-2; Ron Rev 1:8, 22:13; John Rev 1:5-7; Mark 1 Thes 4:17, 1 Cor 15:52, Rev 1:7, 1:9; Ed Rev 1:19, 1:8; John Rev 1:11; Ed Rev 1:13, 2:4; 2:10, 3:1-2, 3:8, 3:15-16, 3:20, 3:22; John Rev 1:20; Ron Rev 1:12-13; 1:16,1:20, 5:8. John Rev 2:2-4, 2:7; Ron 1 John 5:4-5, Rev 2:8-11, 20:6; John Rev 2:10; Ed Matt 10:32-33.

Revelation Chapter 1 – Text – God’s Plan For The Ages 60

NASB 1977

The Revelation of Jesus Christ

1 The Revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave Him to show to His bond-servants, the things which must shortly take place; and He sent and communicated it by His angel to His bond-servant John, 2 who bore witness to the word of God and to the testimony of Jesus Christ, even to all that he saw. 3 Blessed is he who reads and those who hear the words of the prophecy, and heed the things which are written in it; for the time is near.

Message to the Seven Churches

4 John to the seven churches that are in Asia: Grace to you and peace, from Him who is and who was and who is to come; and from the seven Spirits who are before His throne; 5 and from Jesus Christ, the faithful witness, the first-born of the dead, and the ruler of the kings of the earth. To Him who loves us, and released us from our sins by His blood, 6 and He has made us to be a kingdom, priests to His God and Father; to Him be the glory and the dominion forever and ever. Amen. 7 BEHOLD, HE IS COMING WITH THE CLOUDS, and every eye will see Him, even those who pierced Him; and all the tribes of the earth will mourn over Him. Even so. Amen.

8 “I am the Alpha and the Omega,” says the Lord God, “who is and who was and who is to come, the Almighty.”

The Patmos Vision

9 I, John, your brother and fellow partaker in the tribulation and kingdom and perseverance which are in Jesus, was on the island called Patmos, because of the word of God and the testimony of Jesus. 10 I was in the Spirit on the Lord’s day, and I heard behind me a loud voice like the sound of a trumpet, 11 saying, “Write in a book what you see, and send it to the seven churches: to Ephesus and to Smyrna and to Pergamum and to Thyatira and to Sardis and to Philadelphia and to Laodicea.” 12 And I turned to see the voice that was speaking with me. And having turned I saw seven golden lampstands; 13 and in the middle of the lampstands one like a son of man, clothed in a robe reaching to the feet, and girded across His breast with a golden girdle. 14 And His head and His hair were white like white wool, like snow; and His eyes were like a flame of fire; 15 and His feet were like burnished bronze, when it has been caused to glow in a furnace, and His voice was like the sound of many waters. 16 And in His right hand He held seven stars; and out of His mouth came a sharp two-edged sword; and His face was like the sun shining in its strength. 17 And when I saw Him, I fell at His feet as a dead man. And He laid His right hand upon me, saying, “Do not be afraid; I am the first and the last, 18 and the living One; and I was dead, and behold, I am alive forevermore, and I have the keys of death and of Hades. 19 “Write therefore the things which you have seen, and the things which are, and the things which shall take place after these things. 20 “As for the mystery of the seven stars which you saw in My right hand, and the seven golden lampstands: the seven stars are the angels of the seven churches, and the seven lampstands are the seven churches.

Revelation Study

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Eschatology

Eschatology is the study of the teachings in the Bible concerning the end times and of the period of time dealing with the return of Christ and the events that follow. Those events, follow, but are not in the order as shown: the Resurrection, the Rapture, the Tribulation, the Millennium, the Binding of Satan, the Three witnesses, the Final Judgment, Armageddon, and The New Heavens and the New Earth. In one form or another most of the books of the Bible deal with end-times subjects.

Background

My study of the end times goes back to the year of 1976. There have been many people who have helped me to understand this exciting part of God’s Holy Word. There have also been many credible source documents that I have studied, “over and over.” The following individuals (some alive, and some deceased) are recognized for their knowledgeable of matters that relate to the end times. Their study materials have helped me to prepare this series of posts on “God’s Plan For The Ages.” Their names are presented below in no special order of importance. It is easy to research their qualifications through the internet.

Sources

John Ankerberg, Darrell Bock, Jimmy DeYoung, Andrew Hill, Ed Hindson, Mark Hitchcock, Tommie Ice, Grant R. Jeffrey, David Jeremiah, Walter Kaiser, Tim LaHaye, Hal Lindsey, John MacArthur, Shawn C. Madden, J. Vernon McGee, Henry Morris, Richard Patterson, J. Dwight Pentecost, John Phillips, David Reagan, Ron Rhodes, Adrian Rogers, Charles C. Ryrie, C.I. Scofield, Renald Showers, Charles Swindoll, Frank Charles Thompson, Merrill Unger, Jack Van Impe, John F. Walvoord, Andy Woods, Roy Zuck, and others.

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The scripture text was taken from Biblegateway.com

The translation of the text is from The New King James Version.

The Ryrie Study Bible, New American Standard Bible, was used for lesson preparation.

Unless otherwise noted, scripture notes were taken from The MacArthur Study Bible notes that are contained in Biblegateway.com

Everyone should own the Ryrie and MacArthur Study Bibles.

Biographies

Dr. John Ankerberg, founder and president of The John Ankerberg Show, the most-watched Christian worldview show in America
https://www.jashow.org/about-dr-john-ankerberg/

Dr. Mark Hitchcock http://marklhitchcock.com/about/
Mark Hitchcock is a leading Bible prophecy expert, prolific author who has penned over 20 books on the end times, senior pastor, and adjunct faculty member of the Dallas Theological Seminary.

Dr. Ron Rhodes http://ronrhodes.org/meet-ron.html
Th.D., Dallas Theological Seminary (1986). Major: Systematic Theology. Graduated with High Honors.
Th.M., Dallas Theological Seminary (1983). Major: Systematic Theology. Graduated with Honors. Elected to Dean’s List.
B.A., Houston Baptist University (1979). Recipient of the Greek Excellence Award. Chief nominee for the Riverside Scholarship.

Dr. Ed Hindson, http://thekingiscoming.com/about-dr-ed-hindson/
Dr. Ed Hindson is the Bible Teacher on The King Is Coming telecast. He is also the Assistant Chancellor, Distinguished Professor, and Dean of the Institute of Biblical Studies and the School of Religion at Liberty University in Virginia.

Other bios.

Signs of the Last Days – Dr. Jimmy DeYoung
Bio – http://jimmydeyoung.com/aboutdrd.shtml

Dr. Renald Showers
http://www.sermonaudio.com/search.asp?SpeakerOnly=true&currSection=sermonsspeaker&Keyword=Dr.%5ERenald%5EShowers
Dr. Renald Showers is an author and Bible teacher for The Friends of Israel Gospel Ministry, Inc.

MacArthur Study Bible Notes
Bio – Dr. John MacArthur – https://www.gracechurch.org/Leader/MacArthur/John?AspxAutoDetectCookieSupport=1

Dr. John F. Walvoord, (1910-2012) long-time president of Dallas Theological Seminary, was one of the most prominent evangelical scholars of his generation. He is considered perhaps the world’s foremost interpreter of biblical prophecy.
Bio – https://bible.org/users/john-f-walvoord

Hal Lindsey https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hal_Lindsey
Harold Lee Lindsey (born November 23, 1929) is an American evangelist and Christian writer. He is a Christian Zionist and dispensationalist author. He graduated from Dallas Theological Seminary with a Master of Theology degree, majoring in the New Testament and early Greek literature.

 

48 – Ezekiel 1 – About Israel – Ezekiel’s Call And Commissioning

Ezekiel, Israel and the Middle East

God’s Promises For Israel’s Restoration

Texts

Isaiah 14:1 New Living Translation 1 But the LORD will have mercy on the descendants of Jacob. He will choose Israel as his special people once again. He will bring them back to settle once again in their own land. And people from many different nations will come and join them there and unite with the people of Israel.

Jeremiah 31:31-33 New American Stand Bible 1977 31“Behold, days are coming,” declares the LORD, “when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and with the house of Judah, 32 not like the covenant which I made with their fathers in the day I took them by the hand to bring them out of the land of Egypt, My covenant which they broke, although I was a husband to them,” declares the LORD. 33“But this is the covenant which I will make with the house of Israel after those days,” declares the LORD, “I will put My law within them, and on their heart I will write it; and I will be their God, and they shall be My people.

Hebrews 8:8 New American Standard Bible 1977 “BEHOLD, DAYS ARE COMING, SAYS THE LORD, WHEN I WILL EFFECT A NEW COVENANT WITH THE HOUSE OF ISRAEL AND WITH THE HOUSE OF JUDAH;

Notes: MacArthur Study Bible (Everybody should own a MacArthur Study Bible)

Isaiah 14:1 The strangers. These are Jewish proselytes who join themselves to the nation in the final earthly kingdom of Christ.

Jeremiah 31:31–33 a new covenant. In contrast to the Mosaic Covenant under which Israel failed, God promised a New Covenant with a spiritual, divine dynamic by which those who know Him would participate in the blessings of salvation. The fulfillment was to individuals, yet also to Israel as a nation (v. 36; Rom. 11:16–27). It is set 1) in the framework of a reestablishment in their land (e.g., chaps. 30–33 and in vv. 38–40) and 2) in the time after the ultimate difficulty (30:7). In principle, this covenant, also announced by Jesus Christ (Luke 22:20), begins to be exercised with spiritual aspects realized for Jewish and Gentile believers in the church era (1 Cor. 11:25; Heb. 8:7–13; 9:15; 10:14–17; 12:24; 13:20). It has already begun to take effect with “the remnant according to the election of grace” (Rom. 11:5). It will be also realized by the people of Israel in the last days, including the regathering to their ancient land, Palestine (chaps. 30–33). The streams of the Abrahamic, Davidic, and New Covenants find their confluence in the millennial kingdom ruled over by the Messiah.

Hebrews 8:8–12 Quoted from Jer. 31:31–33 (see notes there).

Text – Ezekiel 1 – NASB 1977

The Vision of Four Figures

1 Now it came about in the thirtieth year, on the fifth day of the fourth month, while I was by the river Chebar among the exiles, the heavens were opened and I saw visions of God. 2(On the fifth of the month in the fifth year of King Jehoiachin’s exile, 3 the word of the LORD came expressly to Ezekiel the priest, son of Buzi, in the land of the Chaldeans by the river Chebar; and there the hand of the LORD came upon him.)

4 And as I looked, behold, a storm wind was coming from the north, a great cloud with fire flashing forth continually and a bright light around it, and in its midst something like glowing metal in the midst of the fire.5 And within it there were figures resembling four living beings. And this was their appearance: they had human form. 6 Each of them had four faces and four wings. 7 And their legs were straight and their feet were like a calf’s hoof, and they gleamed like burnished bronze. 8 Under their wings on their four sides were human hands. As for the faces and wings of the four of them, 9 their wings touched one another; their faces did not turn when they moved, each went straight forward. 10 As for the form of their faces, each had the face of a man, all four had the face of a lion on the right and the face of a bull on the left, and all four had the face of an eagle. 11 Such were their faces. Their wings were spread out above; each had two touching another being,and two covering their bodies. 12 And each went straight forward; wherever the spirit was about to go, they would go, without turning as they went. 13 In the midst of the living beings there was something that looked like burning coals of fire, like torches darting back and forth among the living beings. The fire was bright, and lightning was flashing from the fire. 14 And the living beings ran to and fro like bolts of lightning.

15 Now as I looked at the living beings, behold, there was one wheel on the earth beside the living beings, for each of the four of them. 16 The appearance of the wheels and their workmanship was like sparkling beryl, and all four of them had the same form, their appearance and workmanship being as if one wheel were within another. 17 Whenever they moved, they moved in any of their four directions, without turning as they moved.18 As for their rims they were lofty and awesome, and the rims of all four of them were full of eyes round about.19 And whenever the living beings moved, the wheels moved with them. And whenever the living beings rose from the earth, the wheels rose also. 20 Wherever the spirit was about to go, they would go in that direction. And the wheels rose close beside them; for the spirit of the living beings was in the wheels. 21 Whenever those went, these went; and whenever those stood still, these stood still. And whenever those rose from the earth, the wheels rose close beside them; for the spirit of the living beings was in the wheels.

Vision of Divine Glory

22 Now over the heads of the living beings there was something like an expanse, like the awesome gleam of crystal, extended over their heads. 23 And under the expanse their wings were stretched out straight, one toward the other; each one also had two wings covering their bodies on the one side and on the other. 24 I also heard the sound of their wings like the sound of abundant waters as they went, like the voice of the Almighty, a sound of tumult like the sound of an army camp; whenever they stood still, they dropped their wings. 25 And there came a voice from above the expanse that was over their heads; whenever they stood still, they dropped their wings.

26 Now above the expanse that was over their heads there was something resembling a throne, like lapis lazuli in appearance; and on that which resembled a throne, high up, was a figure with the appearance of a man. 27 Then I noticed from the appearance of His loins and upward something like glowing metal that looked like fire all around within it, and from the appearance of His loins and downward I saw something like fire; and there was a radiance around Him. 28 As the appearance of the rainbow in the clouds on a rainy day, so was the appearance of the surrounding radiance. Such was the appearance of the likeness of the glory of the LORD. And when I saw it, I fell on my face and heard a voice speaking.

Notes – Ezekiel 1 – MacArthur Study Bible (Everybody should own a MacArthur Study Bible)

1:1 thirtieth year. Most likely this was Ezekiel’s age, since the date relative to the king’s reign is given in 1:2. Thirty was the age when a priest (cf. v. 3 with Num. 4) began his priestly duties. River Chebar. A major canal off of the Euphrates River, S of Babylon. visions of God. This scene has similarities to the visions of God’s throne in Rev. 4, 5, where the emphasis is also on a glimpse of that throne just before judgment is released in Rev. 6–19.
1:2 fifth year. This is 593 B.C. The king, Ezekiel, and 10,000 others (2 Kin. 24:14) had been deported to Babylon in 597 B.C., Ezekiel at the age of 25.
1:3 word of the Lord…hand of the Lord. As God prepared Isaiah (Is. 6:5–13) and Jeremiah (Jer. 1:4–19), so the Lord prepares Ezekiel to receive revelation and strengthens him for his high and arduous task to speak as His prophet. Ezekiel the priest. See note on v. 1.

1:4–14 The opening vision focuses on angels surrounding God’s presence.

1:4 whirlwind…fire. Judgment on Judah in a further and totally devastating phase (beyond the 597 B.C. deportation) is to come out of the N, and did come from Babylon in 588–586 (as Jer. 39, 40). Its terror is depicted by a fiery whirlwind emblematic of God’s judgments and the golden brightness signifying dazzling glory.
1:5 four living creatures. Four angels, most likely the cherubs in 10:1–22, appearing in the erect posture and figure of man (note face, legs, feet, hands in vv. 6–8) emerge to serve God who judges. The number 4 may have respect to the 4 corners of the earth, implying that God’s angels execute His commands everywhere.
1:6 four faces. See note on v. 10. four wings. Four wings instead of two symbolize speed in performing God’s will (cf. v. 14).
1:7 legs. They were not bent like an animal’s, but “straight” like pillars, showing strength. calves’ feet. This points to their stability and firm stance.
1:8 hands of a man. This is a symbol of their skillful service.
1:9 did not turn. They were able to move in any direction without needing to turn, giving swift access to do God’s will. Apparently all were in harmony as to the way they moved (v. 12).
1:10 faces. These symbols identify the angels as intelligent (“man”), powerful (“lion”), servile (“ox”), and swift (“eagle”).
1:12 the spirit. This refers to the divine impulse by which God moved them to do His will (cf. 1:20).
1:13 like…fire…torches. Their appearance conveyed God’s glory and pure, burning justice (cf. Is. 6) which they assisted in carrying out even on Israel, who had for so long hardened themselves against His patience.
1:14 Intense, relentless motion signifies God’s constant work of judgment.

1:15–25 This section looks at the glory of God’s throne in heaven.

1:15 a wheel. This depicts God’s judgment as a war machine (like a massive chariot) moving where He is to judge. The cherubim above the ark are called chariots in 1 Chr. 28:18.
1:16 wheel in the middle of a wheel. This depicted the gigantic (v. 15, “on the earth” and “so high,” v. 18) energy of the complicated revolutions of God’s massive judgment machinery bringing about His purposes with unerring certainty.
1:17 did not turn aside. Cf. vv. 9, 12. The judgment machine moved where the angels went (cf. vv. 19, 20).
1:18 eyes. These may picture God’s omniscience, i.e., perfect knowledge, given to these angelic servants so that they can act in judgment unerringly. God does nothing by blind impulse.
1:20 spirit. See note on 1:12.
1:24 noise of many waters. This imagery could have in mind a thunderous rush of heavy rain or the washing of surf on rocks (cf. 43:2; Rev. 1:15; 14:2; 19:6).
1:25 voice. No doubt this is the “voice of the Almighty” (v. 24), since God’s throne (v. 25) was “over their heads.”

1:26 a throne. Cf. Ps. 103:19; Rev. 4:2–8. a man. The Godhead appears in the likeness of humanity, though God is a spirit (John 4:24). The Messiah, God incarnate, is the representative of the “fullness of the Godhead” (Col. 2:9), so this can be a prelude to the incarnation of Messiah in His character as Savior and Judge (cf. Rev. 19:11–16).
1:28 the glory of the Lord. That glory shines fully in the person of Jesus Christ (cf. 2 Cor. 4:6), which is a constant theme in Ezekiel. fell on my face. John, in Rev. 1:17, had the same reaction to seeing the glory of the Lord.

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Biographies

Dr. John Ankerberg, founder and president of The John Ankerberg Show, the most-watched Christian worldview show in America
https://www.jashow.org/about-dr-john-ankerberg/

Signs of the Last Days – Dr. Jimmy DeYoung
Bio – http://jimmydeyoung.com/aboutdrd.shtml

Dr. Renald Showers
http://www.sermonaudio.com/search.asp?SpeakerOnly=true&currSection=sermonsspeaker&Keyword=Dr.%5ERenald%5EShowers
Dr. Renald Showers is an author and Bible teacher for The Friends of Israel Gospel Ministry, Inc.

MacArthur Study Bible Notes
Bio – Dr. John MacArthur – https://www.gracechurch.org/Leader/MacArthur/John?AspxAutoDetectCookieSupport=1

Dr. John F. Walvoord, (1910-2012) long-time president of Dallas Theological Seminary, was one of the most prominent evangelical scholars of his generation. He is considered perhaps the world’s foremost interpreter of biblical prophecy.
Bio – https://bible.org/users/john-f-walvoord

Dr. Ed Hindson, http://thekingiscoming.com/about-dr-ed-hindson/
Dr. Ed Hindson is the Bible Teacher on The King Is Coming telecast. He is also the Assistant Chancellor, Distinguished Professor, and Dean of the Institute of Biblical Studies and the School of Religion at Liberty University in Virginia.

 

 

 

 

 

64 – Revelation 2-3 – Discussion

What does the Bible tell us about two wars that will take place in the end times?

Christ’s Letters to the Seven Churches

God’s love for Israel

Zechariah 8:7-8 New American Standard Bible (NASB)

7 Thus says the Lord of hosts, ‘Behold, I am going to save My people from the land of the east and from the land of the west; 8 and I will bring them back and they will live in the midst of Jerusalem; and they shall be My people, and I will be their God in truth and righteousness.’

Introduction To Post

This post uses repetition for the purpose of teaching things that are often difficult to understand.

The book of Revelation is one of the most criticized, and least taught books of the Bible. Yet, between twenty-five and thirty per cent of all verses in the Bible relate to prophecy. In spite of the encouragement of scripture to study and teach the Book of Revelation, such study and teaching is greatly neglected. In Chapters 1-3 the word “church” is mentioned 19 times. As is mentioned in the video of Revelation 2-3, the church is not mentioned again in the Book of Revelation until we see the second coming of Christ, with His saints, in Revelation Chapter 19:11. Such a lack of reference to the word, “church,” indicates the absence of the born again believers of Christ from the earth, which also verifies that the “rapture of the church,” the snatching away of the saints, has removed the true saints of God from the earth and taken them to Heaven, where the marriage of the Lamb takes place (John 14:1-3, 1 Corinthians 15:50-54, 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18). The return to earth of the saints with Christ, after the tribulation, is shown in Revelation 19:7-21, Zechariah 14:1-16 and Matthew 24:29-31.

Consider the rapture of the church (from rapio, Latin; from Greek; harpazó: in English, to seize, catch up, snatch away).

1 Thessalonians 4:16-17 New American Standard Bible (NASB) (The rapture of the church, “caught up”)

16 For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first. 17 Then we who are alive and remain will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air, and so we shall always be with the Lord.

The judgments of God upon the earth, and upon the earth dwellers, “will happen; it’s not an allegory!” The seal judgments of Revelation 6:1-8:6, will be poured out on the earth by Christ. The trumpet judgments of Revelation 8:7-9:21, will be poured out on the earth by angels. The bowl judgments of Revelation 15:1-16:21, will be poured out on the earth by angels. The judgments become increasingly more severe;”they will happen!” These judgments occur during the 70th week of Daniel, which is also known as the tribulation, and is described by Christ in Matthew 24:21, as to its severity.

When the rapture takes place, all humans that are left on the earth will be here because of their unresolved sin, that is a result of the sin of Adam and Eve, and the curse that followed. ALL OF HUMANITY WAS CURSED. Sin followed and caused death. Only our Spirit is eternal, and will remain eternally, in either a sinful or non sinful state. ALL Sin WILL COME UNDER GOD’S JUDGMENT. The born again experience gives humans a new spirit that is as pure as the Spirit of Christ, exempting them from the judgment that will come upon non born again people. Those who are not born again, have retained the cursed and sinful spirit, and will remain on earth to either accept Christ as their Lord and Savior and be born again and receive a spirit that is free of sin, or will remain on earth and be subject to the judgmental punishment of God. Only through the new birth does anyone receive the new and perfect spirit.

Born again believers in Christ are removed from earth at the time of the rapture; their spirits have no sin. Only sin will remain on the earth. Those who have not been born again, “are sin,” because of the sinful conditions of their spirits. God will judge all sin.

Matthew 24:21 New American Standard Bible (NASB)

21 For then there will be a great tribulation, such as has not occurred since the beginning of the world until now, nor ever will.

The reason for the tribulation is to judge sin and to call unsaved Jews to accept Christ as Messiah. As believers in Christ, our judgment was satisfied when Christ died on the cross. The severity of the Revelation judgment was experienced by Christ on the Christ; He took our punishment. Believers in Christ have no need to go through the same punishment as those whom did not accept the offer of Christ to accept Him as Lord and Savior. For believers in Christ, He took our place for judgment. He became sin, but not a sinner; we became His righteousness.

2 Corinthians 5:21 New American Standard Bible (NASB)

21 He made Him who knew no sin to be sin on our behalf, so that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.

Where there is no sin, no judgment is needed. Consider the severity of the cross, where Christ took on Him the sin of everyone who would come to know Him as Lord and Savior through the born again process. (Matthew 27:45-54; Mark 15:33-38; Luke 23:44-48; John 16:19-30). Christ took on Him the severity of judgment that will come on the earth dwellers of Revelation. It’s not just a matter of, “He died to take away our sins;” it is much more severe! Consider the words of Christ when He said, in Matthew 27:46.

Matthew 27:46 New American Standard Bible (NASB)

46 About the ninth hour Jesus cried out with a loud voice, saying, “Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani?” that is, “My God, My God, why have You forsaken Me?”

Christ, who was all God and all man, felt the absence of “God the Father” in His life. He felt the severity of the Judgment of God on the sin of the world, becoming His punishment to bear. God would not even look upon Christ, because Christ became sin. We can only stand in the Presence of God after our sin has been removed by the new birth, which is through faith in Christ.

John 1:29 New American Standard Bible (NASB)

29 The next day he *saw Jesus coming to him and *said, “Behold, the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world!

The sin of the world to be taken away to allow eternal life with Christ, “is the sin of unbelief.”

John 3:16-18 New American Standard Bible (NASB)

16 “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life. 17 For God did not send the Son into the world to judge the world, but that the world might be saved through Him. 18 He who believes in Him is not judged; he who does not believe has been judged already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.

belief in Christ (vs 16) or unbelief (vs 18). Belief results in eternal life with Christ. Unbelief results in condemnation, such as is shown in the tribulation (Revelation 6-18 Judgments of God), and in the lake of fire (final and eternal judgment)

John 3:3 New American Standard Bible (NASB)

3 Jesus answered and said to him, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born again he cannot see the kingdom of God.”

John 3:8 New American Standard Bible (NASB)

8 The wind blows where it wishes and you hear the sound of it, but do not know where it comes from and where it is going; so is everyone who is born of the Spirit.”

God’s Holy Spirit causes the new birth to happen.

If you believe in Christ, you have been born again. If you have been born again, you believe in Christ.

Ephesians 2:8-9 New American Standard Bible (NASB)

8 For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God; 9 not as a result of works, so that no one may boast.

A simple faith in Christ as Lord and Savior makes all of the above (John 1:29 to Ephesians 2:8-9) to happen.

The term, “earth dwellers, those who dwell on the earth,” refers to those unsaved, unborn again people, who are not “saved, born again, or snatched away from earth.” At the time of the rapture, Christ will rapture, “catch up or snatch away,” those who have been saved and born again from the earth. As the following verses show, those earth dwellers show no remorse for their sinful lives. They refuse the offer of salvation and eternal life with Christ, even though they see the judgments of God being poured out on “all who dwell on the earth,” (Revelation 3:10).

The judgments of the tribulation can not even be compared to the severity of the eternal judgment that will follow, at the Great White Throne Judgment and the Lake of Fire.

Revelation 20:11-15 New King James Version (NKJV)

The Great White Throne Judgment

11 Then I saw a great white throne and Him who sat on it, from whose face the earth and the heaven fled away. And there was found no place for them. 12 And I saw the dead, small and great, standing before God, and books were opened. And another book was opened, which is the Book of Life. And the dead were judged according to their works, by the things which were written in the books. 13 The sea gave up the dead who were in it, and Death and Hades delivered up the dead who were in them. And they were judged, each one according to his works. 14 Then Death and Hades were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death. 15 And anyone not found written in the Book of Life was cast into the lake of fire.

The Great White Throne Judgment is for those who have not been born again, from the time of creation until the time of the judgment. The punishment is severe and eternal.

Consider those who are not born again at the time of the rapture of the church; they are earth dwellers. See Revelation 3:10 – 17:8, as follow.

Revelation 3:10 New American Standard Bible (NASB)

10 Because you have kept the word of My perseverance, I also will keep you from the hour of testing, that hour which is about to come upon the whole world, to test those who dwell on the earth.

Revelation 6:10 New American Standard Bible (NASB)

10 and they cried out with a loud voice, saying, “How long, O Lord, holy and true, will You refrain from judging and avenging our blood on those who dwell on the earth?”

Revelation 8:13 New American Standard Bible (NASB)

13 Then I looked, and I heard an eagle flying in midheaven, saying with a loud voice, “Woe, woe, woe to those who dwell on the earth, because of the remaining blasts of the trumpet of the three angels who are about to sound!”

Revelation 11:10 New American Standard Bible (NASB)

10 And those who dwell on the earth will rejoice over them and celebrate; and they will send gifts to one another, because these two prophets tormented those who dwell on the earth.

Revelation 13:8 New American Standard Bible (NASB)

8 All who dwell on the earth will worship him, everyone whose name has not been written from the foundation of the world in the book of life of the Lamb who has been slain.

Revelation 13:14 New American Standard Bible (NASB)

14 And he deceives those who dwell on the earth because of the signs which it was given him to perform in the presence of the beast, telling those who dwell on the earth to make an image to the beast who *had the wound of the sword and has come to life.

Revelation 17:8 New American Standard Bible (NASB)

8 “The beast that you saw was, and is not, and is about to come up out of the abyss and go to destruction. And those who dwell on the earth, whose name has not been written in the book of life from the foundation of the world, will wonder when they see the beast, that he was and is not and will come.

Earth dwellers, who remain earth dwellers by not accepting Christ as Lord and Savior, have their next stop in eternity at the Great White Throne Judgment. Don’t be an earth dweller; accept Christ as your Lord and Savior NOW!

Consider the encouragement that we read in the verses of Revelation to not neglect an understanding of Revelation.

Verses

1:3 Blessed is he who reads and those who hear the words of the prophecy, and heed the things which are written in it; for the time is near

1:19 Therefore write the things which you have seen, and the things which are, and the things which will take place after these things.

MacArthur Study Notes

1:3 Blessed. This is the only biblical book that comes with a blessing for the one who listens to it being read and explained and then responds in obedience. This is the first of 7 beatitudes in the book (v. 3; 14:13; 16:15; 19:9; 20:6; 22:7, 14). time is near. “Time” refers to epochs, eras, or seasons. The next great epoch of God’s redemptive history is imminent. But although Christ’s coming is the next event, it may be delayed so long that people begin to question whether He will ever come (cf. Matt. 24:36–39; 2 Pet. 3:3, 4).

1:19 This verse provides a simple outline for the entire book: “the things which you have seen” refers to the vision John has just seen (chap. 1); “the things which are” denotes the letters to the churches (chaps. 2, 3); and “the things which will take place after this” refers to the revelation of future history (chaps. 4–22).

 

Revelation Chapter 2-3 – Video Discussion

Consider the seven churches that are mentioned. Of the seven churches, only two of them are mentioned elsewhere in the Bible, “Ephesus and Laodicea.” The importance of identifying the other five churches, is that the early believers in Christ were fulfilling the great commission (Matthew 28:18-29; Acts 1:8) and planting churches. Also, of missing significance, is that the church at Rome, which has been called the mother church of Christianity, is not listed as being a recipient of the revelation of Christ. In essence, Rome was left “out of the loop.” So, what are we to think about the church at Rome? Every congregation is important. But, we can see that the church at Rome was not more significant than that of any other body of believers in Christ.

(1) Ephesus (Revelation 2:1-7) – the church that had forsaken its first love (2:4).

(2) Smyrna (Revelation 2:8-11) – the church that would suffer persecution (2:10).

(3) Pergamum (Revelation 2:12-17) – the church that needed to repent (2:16).

(4) Thyatira (Revelation 2:18-29) – the church that had a false prophetess (2:20).

(5) Sardis (Revelation 3:1-6) – the church that had fallen asleep (3:2).

(6) Philadelphia (Revelation 3:7-13) – the church that had endured patiently (3:10).

(7) Laodicea (Revelation 3:14-22) – the church with the lukewarm faith (3:16).

Text – Revelation Chapter 2-3 – God’s Plan For The Ages 64

Chapter 2: http://biblehub.com/nasb77/revelation/2.htm

Chapter 3: http://biblehub.com/nasb77/revelation/3.htm

What does the Bible tell us about two wars that will take place in the end times?

Ezekiel 38 War: Ezekiel 38:1-9 http://biblehub.com/nasb77/ezekiel/38.htm

Battle Of Armageddon:
Revelation 16:13-16 http://biblehub.com/nasb/revelation/16.htm
Revelation 17:14 http://biblehub.com/nasb/revelation/17.htm
Revelation 19:11-21 http://biblehub.com/nasb/revelation/19.htm

 

Revelation Study

This post is one of many others that you can find in this blog that deal with God’s Plan For The Ages. All posts in this series can be found under the category of Eschatology. Please follow this blog so that you can receive updates automatically.

Eschatology

Eschatology is the study of the teachings in the Bible concerning the end times and of the period of time dealing with the return of Christ and the events that follow. Those events, follow, but are not in the order as shown: the Resurrection, the Rapture, the Tribulation, the Millennium, the Binding of Satan, the Three witnesses, the Final Judgment, Armageddon, and The New Heavens and the New Earth. In one form or another most of the books of the Bible deal with end-times subjects.

Background

My study of the end times goes back forty-one years. There have been many people who have helped me to understand this exciting part of God’s Holy Word. There have also been many credible source documents that I have studied, “over and over.” The following individuals (some alive, and some deceased) are recognized for their knowledgeable of matters that relate to the end times. Their study materials have helped me to prepare this series of posts on “God’s Plan For The Ages.” Their names are presented below in no special order of importance. It is easy to research their qualifications through the internet.

Sources

John Ankerberg, Darrell Bock, Jimmy DeYoung, Andrew Hill, Ed Hindson, Mark Hitchcock, Tommie Ice, Grant R. Jeffrey, David Jeremiah, Walter Kaiser, Tim LaHaye, Hal Lindsey, John MacArthur, Shawn C. Madden, J. Vernon McGee, Henry Morris, Richard Patterson, J. Dwight Pentecost, John Phillips, David Reagan, Ron Rhodes, Adrian Rogers, Charles C. Ryrie, C.I. Scofield, Renald Showers, Charles Swindoll, Frank Charles Thompson, Merrill Unger, Jack Van Impe, John F. Walvoord, Andy Woods, Roy Zuck, and others.

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The scripture text was taken from Biblegateway.com

The translation of the text is from The New King James Version.

The Ryrie Study Bible, New American Standard Bible, was used for lesson preparation.

Unless otherwise noted, scripture notes were taken from The MacArthur Study Bible notes that are contained in Biblegateway.com

Everyone should own the Ryrie and MacArthur Study Bibles.

Biographies

Dr. John Ankerberg, founder and president of The John Ankerberg Show, the most-watched Christian worldview show in America
https://www.jashow.org/about-dr-john-ankerberg/

Dr. Mark Hitchcock http://marklhitchcock.com/about/
Mark Hitchcock is a leading Bible prophecy expert, prolific author who has penned over 20 books on the end times, senior pastor, and adjunct faculty member of the Dallas Theological Seminary.

Dr. Ron Rhodes http://ronrhodes.org/meet-ron.html
Th.D., Dallas Theological Seminary (1986). Major: Systematic Theology. Graduated with High Honors.
Th.M., Dallas Theological Seminary (1983). Major: Systematic Theology. Graduated with Honors. Elected to Dean’s List.
B.A., Houston Baptist University (1979). Recipient of the Greek Excellence Award. Chief nominee for the Riverside Scholarship.

Dr. Ed Hindson, http://thekingiscoming.com/about-dr-ed-hindson/
Dr. Ed Hindson is the Bible Teacher on The King Is Coming telecast. He is also the Assistant Chancellor, Distinguished Professor, and Dean of the Institute of Biblical Studies and the School of Religion at Liberty University in Virginia.

Other bios.

Signs of the Last Days – Dr. Jimmy DeYoung
Bio – http://jimmydeyoung.com/aboutdrd.shtml

Dr. Renald Showers
http://www.sermonaudio.com/search.asp?SpeakerOnly=true&currSection=sermonsspeaker&Keyword=Dr.%5ERenald%5EShowers
Dr. Renald Showers is an author and Bible teacher for The Friends of Israel Gospel Ministry, Inc.

MacArthur Study Bible Notes
Bio – Dr. John MacArthur – https://www.gracechurch.org/Leader/MacArthur/John?AspxAutoDetectCookieSupport=1

Dr. John F. Walvoord, (1910-2012) long-time president of Dallas Theological Seminary, was one of the most prominent evangelical scholars of his generation. He is considered perhaps the world’s foremost interpreter of biblical prophecy.
Bio – https://bible.org/users/john-f-walvoord

Hal Lindsey https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hal_Lindsey
Harold Lee Lindsey (born November 23, 1929) is an American evangelist and Christian writer. He is a Christian Zionist and dispensationalist author. He graduated from Dallas Theological Seminary with a Master of Theology degree, majoring in the New Testament and early Greek literature.

 

47 – Ezekiel – About Israel – Introduction

Introduction to Ezekiel

God’s Promises For Israel’s Restoration

Texts

Romans 11:29 New American Standard Bible

for the gifts and the calling of God are irrevocable.

Isaiah 2:2-4 New American Standard Bible

2. Now it will come about that In the last days The mountain of the house of the LORD Will be established as the chief of the mountains, And will be raised above the hills; And all the nations will stream to it.

3. And many peoples will come and say, “Come, let us go up to the mountain of the LORD, To the house of the God of Jacob; That He may teach us concerning His ways And that we may walk in His paths.” For the law will go forth from Zion And the word of the LORD from Jerusalem.

4. And He will judge between the nations, And will render decisions for many peoples; And they will hammer their swords into plowshares and their spears into pruning hooks. Nation will not lift up sword against nation, And never again will they learn war.

Notes: MacArthur Study Bible (Everybody should own a MacArthur Study Bible)

Romans

11:29 the gifts…are irrevocable. See note on v. 1. God’s sovereign election of Israel, like that of individual believers, is unconditional and unchangeable, because it is rooted in His immutable nature and expressed in the unilateral, eternal Abrahamic Covenant (see note on 9:4).

Isaiah

2:2–4 The book of Micah contains this portion of Isaiah’s prophecy almost word for word (Mic. 4:1–3), indicating that the younger contemporary of Isaiah may have obtained the words from him. Both passages present a prophetic picture of Zion in the future messianic kingdom when all people will recognize Jerusalem as the capital of the world.

2:3 mountain of the Lord. Isaiah frequently calls Mt. Zion the “holy mountain” (11:9; 27:13; 56:7; 57:13; 65:11, 25; 66:20).

Biblical Timelines

Per past information that has been provided by Dr.Jimmy DeYoung, the book of Ezekiel is the timeline of the Jews. The book of Daniel is the timeline of the gentiles. These two books provide key information that is necessary for a clear understanding of the end times, as they show fruition in the book of Revelation.

Study Bible Introduction Notes To Ezekiel

Introduction to Ezekiel (MacArthur Study Bible)

Title

The book has always been named for its author, Ezekiel (1:3; 24:24), who is nowhere else mentioned in Scripture. His name means “strengthened by God,” which, indeed, he was for the prophetic ministry to which God called him (3:8, 9). Ezekiel uses visions, prophecies, parables, signs, and symbols to proclaim and dramatize the message of God to His exiled people.

Author and Date

If the “thirtieth year” of 1:1 refers to Ezekiel’s age, he was 25 when taken captive and 30 when called into ministry. Thirty was the age when priests commenced their office, so it was a notable year for Ezekiel. His ministry began in 593/92 B.C. and extended at least 22 years until 571/70 B.C. (cf. 25:17). He was a contemporary of both Jeremiah (who was about 20 years older) and Daniel (who was the same age), whom he names in 14:14, 20; 28:3 as an already well known prophet. Like Jeremiah (Jer. 1:1) and Zechariah (cf. Zech. 1:1 with Neh. 12:16), Ezekiel was both a prophet and a priest (1:3). Because of his priestly background, he was particularly interested in and familiar with the temple details; so God used him to write much about them (8:1—11:25; 40:1–47:12).

Ezekiel and his wife (who is mentioned in 24:15–27) were among 10,000 Jews taken captive to Babylon in 597 B.C. (2 Kin. 24:11–18). They lived in Tel-Abib (3:15) on the bank of the Chebar River, probably SE of Babylon. Ezekiel writes of his wife’s death in exile (Ezek. 24:18), but the book does not mention Ezekiel’s death, which rabbinical tradition suggests occurred at the hands of an Israelite prince whose idolatry he rebuked around 560 B.C.

The author received his call to prophesy in 593 B.C. (1:2), in Babylon (“the land of the Chaldeans”), during the fifth year of King Jehoiachin’s captivity, which began in 597 B.C. Frequently, Ezekiel dates his prophecies from 597 B.C. (8:1; 20:1; 24:1; 26:1; 29:1; 30:20; 31:1; 32:1, 17; 33:21; 40:1). He also dates the message in 40:1 as 573/72, the 14th year after 586 B.C., i.e., Jerusalem’s final fall. The last dated utterance of Ezekiel was in 571/70 B.C. (29:17).

Prophecies in chaps. 1-28 are in chronological order. In 29:1, the prophet regresses to a year earlier than in 26:1. But from 30:1 on (cf. 31:1; 32:1, 17), he is close to being strictly chronological.

Introduction To Ezekiel, Ryrie Study Bible

Ezekiel’s ministry was to keep before the exiles the sins that had brought God’s judgment on them and to assure them o God’s future blessing in keeping with His covenant. Chapters 1-24 were written before the fall of Jerusalem to remind his fellow captives that God’s judgment on the city and Temple was surely coming. Chapters 33-48 contain prophecies of the still future restoration of Israel in the millennial kingdom.

Introduction To Ezekiel, Jeremiah Study Bible

The 48 chapters of Ezekiel cover such areas as: The Watchman; The Glory Of God; The Valley Of Dry Bones; The Restored Temple; Gog and Magog; Israel’s Shepherds; and the New Covenant.

Ezekiel’s messages concentrate on four themes: Holiness, Visions, Judgment and Consolation.

Introduction To Ezekiel, Scofield Reference Notes

Ezekiel was carried away to Babylon between the first and final deportation of Judah (2 Kings 24:11-16). Like Daniel and the Apostle John, he prophesied out of the land, and his prophecy, like theirs, follows the method of symbol and vision. Unlike the pre-exilic prophets, whose ministry was primarily to either Judah or the ten-tribe kingdom, Ezekiel is the voice of God to “the whole house of Israel.”
Speaking broadly, the purpose of his ministry is to keep before the generation born in exile the national sins which had brought Israel so low (e.g. Ezekiel 14:23); to sustain the faith of the exiles by predictions of national restoration, of the execution of justice upon their oppressors, and of national glory under the Davidic monarchy.
Ezekiel is in seven great prophetic strains indicated by the expression, “The hand of the Lord was upon me.” (Ezekiel 1:3; Ezekiel 3:14; Ezekiel 3:22; Ezekiel 8:1; Ezekiel 33:22; Ezekiel 37:1; Ezekiel 40:1).

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Biographies

Dr. John Ankerberg, founder and president of The John Ankerberg Show, the most-watched Christian worldview show in America
https://www.jashow.org/about-dr-john-ankerberg/

Signs of the Last Days – Dr. Jimmy DeYoung
Bio – http://jimmydeyoung.com/aboutdrd.shtml

Dr. Renald Showers
http://www.sermonaudio.com/search.asp?SpeakerOnly=true&currSection=sermonsspeaker&Keyword=Dr.%5ERenald%5EShowers
Dr. Renald Showers is an author and Bible teacher for The Friends of Israel Gospel Ministry, Inc.

MacArthur Study Bible Notes
Bio – Dr. John MacArthur – https://www.gracechurch.org/Leader/MacArthur/John?AspxAutoDetectCookieSupport=1

Dr. John F. Walvoord, (1910-2012) long-time president of Dallas Theological Seminary, was one of the most prominent evangelical scholars of his generation. He is considered perhaps the world’s foremost interpreter of biblical prophecy.
Bio – https://bible.org/users/john-f-walvoord

Dr. Ed Hindson, http://thekingiscoming.com/about-dr-ed-hindson/
Dr. Ed Hindson is the Bible Teacher on The King Is Coming telecast. He is also the Assistant Chancellor, Distinguished Professor, and Dean of the Institute of Biblical Studies and the School of Religion at Liberty University in Virginia.

 

 

 

58 – Revelation 1 – The Vision – Data

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What is the outline from the book of Revelation?

God’s love for Israel

Joel 3:1-2 New King James Version (NKJV)

God Judges the Nations

1 “For behold, in those days and at that time,
When I bring back the captives of Judah and Jerusalem,
2 I will also gather all nations,
And bring them down to the Valley of Jehoshaphat;
And I will enter into judgment with them there
On account of My people, My heritage Israel,
Whom they have scattered among the nations;
They have also divided up My land.

3:2 gather all nations. The nations of the world will be gathered to Jerusalem to the battle of Armageddon (Zech. 12:3; 14:2; Rev. 16:16; 19:11–21). Valley of Jehoshaphat. The name means “Yahweh judges” (cf. 3:12, 14) and although the exact location is unknown, other prophets spoke of this judgment as occurring near Jerusalem (Ezek. 38, 39; Dan. 11:45; Zech. 9:14ff.; 12:1ff.). This judgment of the nations includes the event of Matt. 25:31–46.

God’s Plan For The Ages 58 – Revelation 1 – The Vision

Lesson Text

Introduction and Benediction

1 The Revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave Him to show His servants—things which must shortly take place. And He sent and signified it by His angel to His servant John, 2 who bore witness to the word of God, and to the testimony of Jesus Christ, to all things that he saw. 3 Blessed is he who reads and those who hear the words of this prophecy, and keep those things which are written in it; for the time is near.

Re: verse 1. The Revelation, “singular.” (Mine)
Re: verse 3. A promise of a blessing for those who study the book of Revelation. (Mine)

Greeting the Seven Churches

4 John, to the seven churches which are in Asia:
Grace to you and peace from Him who is and who was and who is to come, and from the seven Spirits who are before His throne, 5 and from Jesus Christ, the faithful witness, the firstborn from the dead, and the ruler over the kings of the earth.
To Him who loved us and washed us from our sins in His own blood, 6 and has made us kings and priests to His God and Father, to Him be glory and dominion forever and ever. Amen.
7 Behold, He is coming with clouds, and every eye will see Him, even they who pierced Him. And all the tribes of the earth will mourn because of Him. Even so, Amen.
8 “I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End,” says the Lord, “who is and who was and who is to come, the Almighty.”

Re: (the rapture, “the catching up,” from rapio, Latin, from harpazo, Greek, 1 Thes 4:16-18). (Mine)

Re: verse 7. At the coming of Christ in the air, and the catching up of the born again believers in Christ (the saints), with Christ catching up His deceased saints first, with the living saints following; all of those saints will meet in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air, with their next stop being Heaven, for rewards and the marriage of the lamb (1 Thes 4:16-18; 2 Cor 5:8; Rev 19:7-8). In this verse 7, we see Christ coming from heaven, “with clouds,” with His next stop being the Mount of Olives, in Jerusalem. At that time, all of the people on the earth (all of the people who had been left behind from the rapture), will see Christ on his way to earth. They had experienced the time of tribulation (the judgments of God and the oppression of the anti-Christ). They will mourn, but not for joy. They will have great fear, and not joy, at the appearance of Christ, as He is on His way for judgment. Christ will inflict severe and eternal punishment on those living gentiles who had mistreated the Jews during the tribulation, Matthew 25:40, “My brethren.” (Zechariah 14:1-16; Revelation 19:11-21; Matthew 24:27-31; Matthew 25:31-46). Christ had taken his saints to heaven as the Lamb of God. He is now seen returning to earth from heaven, with those same raptured saints, as the Lion Of The Tribe Of Judah, who is the King of Kings and Lord of Lords (John 1:29, Rev 5:5, 19:16). (The living gentiles, who had shown compassion for the Jews during the tribulation, had come to know that the Jews were God’s chosen people. Their compassion for the Jews was due to their acceptance of Christ as their Lord and Savior; God granted them entry into the Kingdom/Millennial reign of Christ, from where they would enter into the eternal state (Matthew 25:40; Revelation 21:1-7). Many Bibles, videos of sermons about Christ, and other Christian material, will be available for those who are left behind when the rapture takes place; they will have those sources of information to teach them about Christ. They, and all believers in Christ, are over-comers, because of their faith in Christ, 1 John 5:4) (Mine)

1 John 5:4 English Standard Version (ESV)

4 For everyone who has been born of God overcomes the world. And this is the victory that has overcome the world—our faith.

Vision of the Son of Man

9 I, John, both your brother and companion in the tribulation and kingdom and patience of Jesus Christ, was on the island that is called Patmos for the word of God and for the testimony of Jesus Christ. 10 I was in the Spirit on the Lord’s Day, and I heard behind me a loud voice, as of a trumpet, 11 saying, “I am the Alpha and the Omega, the First and the Last,” and, “What you see, write in a book and send it to the seven churches which are in Asia: to Ephesus, to Smyrna, to Pergamos, to Thyatira, to Sardis, to Philadelphia, and to Laodicea.”
12 Then I turned to see the voice that spoke with me. And having turned I saw seven golden lampstands, 13 and in the midst of the seven lampstands One like the Son of Man, clothed with a garment down to the feet and girded about the chest with a golden band. 14 His head and hair were white like wool, as white as snow, and His eyes like a flame of fire; 15 His feet were like fine brass, as if refined in a furnace, and His voice as the sound of many waters; 16 He had in His right hand seven stars, out of His mouth went a sharp two-edged sword, and His countenance was like the sun shining in its strength. 17 And when I saw Him, I fell at His feet as dead. But He laid His right hand on me, saying to me, “Do not be afraid; I am the First and the Last. 18 I am He who lives, and was dead, and behold, I am alive forevermore. Amen. And I have the keys of Hades and of Death. 19 Write the things which you have seen, and the things which are, and the things which will take place after this. 20 The mystery of the seven stars which you saw in My right hand, and the seven golden lampstands: The seven stars are the angels of the seven churches, and the seven lampstands which you saw are the seven churches.

Study Notes

The following study notes come from the MacArthur Study Bible, and are provided by Biblgateway.com

Revelation

1:1 The Revelation. The Gr. word from which the Eng. word “apocalypse” comes lit. means “to uncover, or to reveal.” When it refers to a person, it means that person becomes clearly visible (see Introduction: Title; cf. Luke 2:30–32; Rom. 8:19; 1 Cor. 1:7; 1 Pet. 1:7). Jesus Christ. The gospels unveil Christ at His first coming in humiliation; Revelation reveals Him in His exaltation: 1) in blazing glory (vv. 7–20); 2) over His church, as its Lord (chaps. 2, 3); 3) in His second coming, as He takes back the earth from the usurper, Satan, and establishes His kingdom (chaps. 4–20); and 4) as He lights up the eternal state (chaps. 21, 22). The NT writers eagerly anticipate this unveiling (1 Cor. 1:7; 2 Thess. 1:7; 1 Pet. 1:7). God gave Him. As a reward for Christ’s perfect submission and atonement, the Father now presented to Him the great record of His future glory (cf. Phil. 2:5–11). Readers eavesdrop on the gift of this book, from the Father to His Son. shortly. The primary meaning of this word (lit. “soon”; cf. 2:5, 16; 3:11; 11:14; 22:12; 2 Tim. 4:9) underscores the imminence of Christ’s return.
1:3 Blessed. This is the only biblical book that comes with a blessing for the one who listens to it being read and explained and then responds in obedience. This is the first of 7 beatitudes in the book (v. 3; 14:13; 16:15; 19:9; 20:6; 22:7, 14). time is near. “Time” refers to epochs, eras, or seasons. The next great epoch of God’s redemptive history is imminent. But although Christ’s coming is the next event, it may be delayed so long that people begin to question whether He will ever come (cf. Matt. 24:36–39; 2 Pet. 3:3, 4).
1:4 seven churches which are in Asia. Asia Minor, equivalent to modern Turkey, was composed of 7 postal districts. At the center of those districts were 7 key cities which served as central points for the dissemination of information. It is to the churches in those cities that John writes. who is and who was and who is to come. God’s eternal presence is not limited by time. He has always been present and will come in the future. the seven Spirits. There are two possible meanings: 1) a reference to Isaiah’s prophecy concerning the 7-fold ministry of the Holy Spirit (Is. 11:2); or 2) more likely, it is a reference to the lampstand with 7 lamps (a menorah) in Zechariah—also a description of the Holy Spirit (see notes on 4:5; 5:6; Zech. 4:1–10). In either case, 7 is the number of completeness, so John is identifying the fullness of the Holy Spirit.
1:5 firstborn. Of all who have been or will be raised from the dead, He is the preeminent one, the only one who is the rightful heir (cf. 3:14; Ps. 89:27; Col. 1:15).
1:6 kings and priests. More accurately, “a kingdom and priests.” All who believe live in the sphere of God’s rule, a kingdom entered by faith in Jesus Christ. And as priests, believers have the right to enter God’s presence.
1:7 coming with clouds. This echoes the promise of Daniel: The Son of Man will come with the clouds of heaven (Dan. 7:13)—not ordinary clouds but clouds of glory. In the OT, God often manifested Himself in an energized, blazing light, called the Shekinah or glory cloud. No one could see it fully and live (Ex. 33:20), so it had to be veiled. But when Christ returns, the glory will be completely visible. Cf. Matt. 24:29, 30; 25:31; see notes on 6:12–17. they who pierced. Not a reference to the 4 Roman soldiers usually involved in crucifixion, but to the Jews who were actually responsible for Christ’s death (Acts 2:22, 23; 3:14, 15). Zechariah identified the ones who pierced Him as “the house of David” and “the inhabitants of Jerusalem” and prophesied that they will weep tears of genuine repentance because of what they did to their Messiah (Zech. 12:10). all the tribes…will mourn. The mourning of the rest of the earth’s inhabitants is not that which accompanies genuine repentance (cf. 9:21). It is the result of guilt for sin and fear of punishment (6:16; cf. Gen. 3:8–10).
1:8 Alpha and the Omega. These are the first and last letters of the Greek alphabet. An alphabet is an ingenious way to store and communicate knowledge. The 26 letters in the English alphabet, arranged in almost endless combinations, can hold and convey all knowledge. Christ is the supreme, sovereign alphabet; there is nothing outside His knowledge, so as there are no unknown factors that can sabotage His second coming. (cf. Col. 2:3). the Almighty. “Almighty God” occurs 8 times in Revelation, underscoring that God’s power is supreme over all the cataclysmic events it records (see also 4:8; 11:17; 15:3; 16:7, 14; 19:15; 21:22). He exercises sovereign control over every person, object, and event, and not one molecule in the universe is outside that dominion.
1:9–18 This vision of Christ is equaled in grandeur only by the vision of His final return as King of kings and Lord of lords (19:11–16).
1:9 tribulation and kingdom and patience. Four characteristics that John and his believing readers share: 1) persecution for their faith; 2) membership in the redeemed community over which Christ serves as Lord and King; 3) eager anticipation of the glory of His coming millennial reign on earth; and 4) endurance and perseverance in spite of difficult times. island…called Patmos. Located in the Aegean Sea off the coast of Asia Minor (modern Turkey) and part of a group of about 50 islands, Patmos is a barren, rocky, crescent-shaped island that is about 10 mi. long and less than 6 mi. at its widest point. It served as a Roman penal colony. According to early Christian historian, Eusebius, the emperor Nerva (A.D. 96–98) released John from Patmos.
1:10 in the Spirit. This was not a dream. John was supernaturally transported out of the material world awake—not sleeping—to an experience beyond the normal senses. The Holy Spirit empowered his senses to perceive revelation from God (cf. Acts 10:11). Lord’s Day. This phrase appears in many early Christian writings and refers to Sunday, the day of the Lord’s resurrection. Some have suggested this phrase refers to “the Day of the Lord,” but the context doesn’t support that interpretation, and the grammatical form of the word “Lord” is adjectival, thus “the Lord’s day.” loud voice. Throughout Revelation, a loud sound or voice indicates the solemnity of what God is about to reveal.
1:11 book. The Gr. word refers to a scroll made of parchment formed from papyrus, a reed that grows plentifully along the Nile.
1:12 lampstands. These were portable gold lampstands that held small oil lamps. Each lampstand represented a church (v. 20), from which the light of life shone. Throughout Scripture, 7 is the number of completeness, so these 7 lampstands are representative of all the churches.
1:13 Son of Man. According to the gospels, this is the title Christ used most often for Himself during His earthly ministry (81 times in the gospels). Taken from the heavenly vision in Dan. 7:13, it is an implied claim to deity. garment. Most occurrences of this word in the Septuagint, the Gr. OT, refer to the garment of the High-Priest. The golden sash across His chest completes the picture of Christ serving in His priestly role (cf. Lev. 16:1–4; Heb. 2:17).
1:14 white like wool. “White” does not refer to a flat white color but a blazing, glowing, white light (cf. Dan. 7:9). Like the glory cloud (or Shekinah), it is a picture of His holiness. eyes…flame of fire. Like two lasers, the eyes of the exalted Lord look with penetrating gaze into the depths of His church (2:18; 19:12; Heb. 4:13).
1:15 feet…fine brass. The altar of burnt offering was covered with brass and its utensils were made of the same material (cf. Ex. 38:1–7). Glowing hot, brass feet are a clear reference to divine judgment. Jesus Christ with feet of judgment is moving through His church to exercise His chastening authority upon sin. voice… sound of many waters. No longer was His voice like the crystal clear note of a trumpet (v. 10), but John likened it to the crashing of the surf against the rocks of the island (cf. Ezek. 43:2). It was the voice of authority.
1:16 seven stars. These are the messengers who represent the 7 churches (see note on v. 20). Christ holds them in His hand, which means that He controls the church and its leaders. a sharp two-edged sword. A large, two-edged broad sword. It signifies judgment (cf. 2:16; 19:15) on those who attack His people and destroy His church.
1:17 fell at His feet. A common response to seeing the awesome glory of the Lord (Gen. 17:3; Num. 16:22; Is. 6:1–8; Ezek. 1:28; Acts 9:4). First and the Last. Jesus Christ applies this OT name for Yahweh (22:13; Is. 41:4; 44:6; 48:12) to Himself, clearly claiming to be God. Idols will come and go. He was before them, and He will remain after them.
1:18 keys of Hades and of Death. See note on Luke 16:23. Death and Hades are essentially synonyms, but death is the condition and Hades, equivalent to the OT Sheol, the place of the dead (see note on 20:13). Christ decides who lives, who dies, and when.
1:19 This verse provides a simple outline for the entire book: “the things which you have seen” refers to the vision John has just seen (chap. 1); “the things which are” denotes the letters to the churches (chaps. 2, 3); and “the things which will take place after this” refers to the revelation of future history (chaps. 4–22).
1:20 the angels. The word lit. means “messenger.” Although it can mean angel—and does throughout the book—it cannot refer to angels here because angels are never leaders in the church. Most likely, these messengers are the 7 key elders representing each of those churches (see note on v. 16).

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Background

My study of the end times goes back 41 years. There have been many people who have helped me to understand this exciting part of God’s Holy Word. There have also been many credible source documents that I have studied, “over and over.” The following individuals (some alive, and some deceased) are recognized for their knowledgeable of matters that relate to the end times. Their study materials have helped me to prepare this series of posts on “God’s Plan For The Ages.” Their names are presented below in no special order of importance. It is easy to research their qualifications through the internet.

Sources

John Ankerberg, Darrell Bock, Jimmy DeYoung, Andrew Hill, Ed Hindson, Mark Hitchcock, Tommie Ice, Grant R. Jeffrey, David Jeremiah, Walter Kaiser, Tim LaHaye, Hal Lindsey, John MacArthur, Shawn C. Madden, J. Vernon McGee, Henry Morris, Richard Patterson, J. Dwight Pentecost, John Phillips, David Reagan, Ron Rhodes, Adrian Rogers, Charles C. Ryrie, C.I. Scofield, Renald Showers, Charles Swindoll, Frank Charles Thompson, Merrill Unger, Jack Van Impe, John F. Walvoord, Andy Woods, Roy Zuck, and others.

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The Ryrie Study Bible, New American Standard Bible, was used for lesson preparation.

Unless otherwise noted, scripture notes were taken from The MacArthur Study Bible notes that are contained in Biblegateway.com

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Biographies

Dr. John Ankerberg, founder and president of The John Ankerberg Show, the most-watched Christian worldview show in America
https://www.jashow.org/about-dr-john-ankerberg/

Signs of the Last Days – Dr. Jimmy DeYoung
Bio – http://jimmydeyoung.com/aboutdrd.shtml

Dr. Renald Showers
http://www.sermonaudio.com/search.asp?SpeakerOnly=true&currSection=sermonsspeaker&Keyword=Dr.%5ERenald%5EShowers
Dr. Renald Showers is an author and Bible teacher for The Friends of Israel Gospel Ministry, Inc.

MacArthur Study Bible Notes
Bio – Dr. John MacArthur – https://www.gracechurch.org/Leader/MacArthur/John?AspxAutoDetectCookieSupport=1

Dr. John F. Walvoord, (1910-2012) long-time president of Dallas Theological Seminary, was one of the most prominent evangelical scholars of his generation. He is considered perhaps the world’s foremost interpreter of biblical prophecy.
Bio – https://bible.org/users/john-f-walvoord

Dr. Ed Hindson, http://thekingiscoming.com/about-dr-ed-hindson/
Dr. Ed Hindson is the Bible Teacher on The King Is Coming telecast. He is also the Assistant Chancellor, Distinguished Professor, and Dean of the Institute of Biblical Studies and the School of Religion at Liberty University in Virginia.

Hal Lindsey https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hal_Lindsey
Harold Lee Lindsey (born November 23, 1929) is an American evangelist and Christian writer. He is a Christian Zionist and dispensationalist author. He graduated from Dallas Theological Seminary with a Master of Theology degree, majoring in the New Testament and early Greek literature.

Dr. Mark Hitchcock http://marklhitchcock.com/about/
Mark Hitchcock is a leading Bible prophecy expert, prolific author who has penned over 20 books on the end times, senior pastor, and adjunct faculty member of the Dallas Theological Seminary.

Dr. Ron Rhodes http://ronrhodes.org/meet-ron.html
Th.D., Dallas Theological Seminary (1986). Major: Systematic Theology. Graduated with High Honors.
Th.M., Dallas Theological Seminary (1983). Major: Systematic Theology. Graduated with Honors. Elected to Dean’s List.
B.A., Houston Baptist University (1979). Recipient of the Greek Excellence Award. Chief nominee for the Riverside Scholarship.

63 – Ezekiel 10 – About Israel – God’s Glory Departing The Temple

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Jesus Saves – Prestonwood Baptist Church, Plano, Tx

How Close are we to the Events in Ezekiel 38? John Ankerberg Show

What will happen to Israel during the war described in Ezekiel 38? John Ankerberg Show

What events will have to happen before the temple can be rebuilt in Jerusalem? John Ankerberg Show

God’s Love For Israel

Consider the words of Zechariah, and relate them to the condition of much of the world today against Israel. Consider the liberal churches who have “climbed on board” the liberal world’s wagon of lies and deception about Israel.
https://www.economist.com/blogs/erasmus/2017/03/other-travel-ban
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Disinvestment_from_Israel
http://www.newenglishreview.org/custpage.cfm/frm/120067/sec_id/120067
https://www.cnbc.com/2017/07/14/israel-boycott-questioned-as-another-us-church-steps-into-controversy.html
http://www.prophecynewswatch.com/article.cfm?recent_news_id=603
http://www.jpost.com/Christian-News/Three-US-churches-consider-adopting-BDS-measures-against-Israel-in-upcoming-vote-407611
http://www.thetower.org/article/how-a-major-american-church-chose-boycotts-over-peace/
BHO and HRC are featured in the next link.
http://www.thetower.org/article/the-democratic-party-on-the-edge-of-the-abyss/
Consider the members of the National Council Of Churches. Their apostasy is evident. BHO was a member of a UCC. HRC was a member of a UMC. John 3:3. Revelation 20:11-15.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_National_Council_of_Churches_members

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Ezekiel 10 New American Standard Bible (NASB)

Date: 594 B.C. (Scofield Study Bible)

Place: Jerusalem, Southern Kingdom Of Judah

Consider the vision that Ezekiel had of the Glory of the Lord.

Consider how Ezekiel must have felt as he received this vision from God (vs 3-5, 18-19).

Ezekiel 10:3-5 New American Standard Bible (NASB)

New American Standard Bible (NASB)

3 Now the cherubim were standing on the right side of the temple when the man entered, and the cloud filled the inner court. 4 Then the glory of the Lord went up from the cherub to the threshold of the temple, and the temple was filled with the cloud and the court was filled with the brightness of the glory of the Lord. 5 Moreover, the sound of the wings of the cherubim was heard as far as the outer court, like the voice of God Almighty when He speaks.

Ezekiel 10:18-19 New American Standard Bible (NASB)

18 Then the glory of the Lord departed from the threshold of the temple and stood over the cherubim. 19 When the cherubim departed, they lifted their wings and rose up from the earth in my sight with the wheels beside them; and they stood still at the entrance of the east gate of the Lord’s house, and the glory of the God of Israel hovered over them.

Lesson Text: Ezekiel 10 New American Standard Bible (NASB)

Vision of God’s Glory Departing from the Temple

1 Then I looked, and behold, in the expanse that was over the heads of the cherubim something like a sapphire stone, in appearance resembling a throne, appeared above them. 2 And He spoke to the man clothed in linen and said, “Enter between the whirling wheels under the cherubim and fill your hands with coals of fire from between the cherubim and scatter them over the city.” And he entered in my sight.

3 Now the cherubim were standing on the right side of the temple when the man entered, and the cloud filled the inner court. 4 Then the glory of the Lord went up from the cherub to the threshold of the temple, and the temple was filled with the cloud and the court was filled with the brightness of the glory of the Lord. 5 Moreover, the sound of the wings of the cherubim was heard as far as the outer court, like the voice of God Almighty when He speaks.

6 It came about when He commanded the man clothed in linen, saying, “Take fire from between the whirling wheels, from between the cherubim,” he entered and stood beside a wheel. 7 Then the cherub stretched out his hand from between the cherubim to the fire which was between the cherubim, took some and put it into the hands of the one clothed in linen, who took it and went out. 8 The cherubim appeared to have the form of a man’s hand under their wings.

9 Then I looked, and behold, four wheels beside the cherubim, one wheel beside each cherub; and the appearance of the wheels was like the gleam of a Tarshish stone. 10 As for their appearance, all four of them had the same likeness, as if one wheel were within another wheel. 11 When they moved, they went in any of their four directions without turning as they went; but they followed in the direction which they faced, without turning as they went. 12 Their whole body, their backs, their hands, their wings and the wheels were full of eyes all around, the wheels belonging to all four of them. 13 The wheels were called in my hearing, the whirling wheels. 14 And each one had four faces. The first face was the face of a cherub, the second face was the face of a man, the third the face of a lion, and the fourth the face of an eagle.

15 Then the cherubim rose up. They are the living beings that I saw by the river Chebar. 16 Now when the cherubim moved, the wheels would go beside them; also when the cherubim lifted up their wings to rise from the ground, the wheels would not turn from beside them. 17 When the cherubim stood still, the wheels would stand still; and when they rose up, the wheels would rise with them, for the spirit of the living beings was in them.

18 Then the glory of the Lord departed from the threshold of the temple and stood over the cherubim. 19 When the cherubim departed, they lifted their wings and rose up from the earth in my sight with the wheels beside them; and they stood still at the entrance of the east gate of the Lord’s house, and the glory of the God of Israel hovered over them.

20 These are the living beings that I saw beneath the God of Israel by the river Chebar; so I knew that they were cherubim. 21 Each one had four faces and each one four wings, and beneath their wings was the form of human hands. 22 As for the likeness of their faces, they were the same faces whose appearance I had seen by the river Chebar. Each one went straight ahead.

Notes – Ezekiel 10 – MacArthur Study Bible (Everybody should own a MacArthur Study Bible)

10:1 a throne. It rises above God’s angelic servants, the same 4 as in chap. 1 (10:20, 22), and is the throne of 1:26–28 on which God sits (cf. 10:20). From it, He directs the operation of His war machine (“wheels,” see notes on 1:15, 16) on Jerusalem (v. 2). The throne is like a sapphire shining forth representing God’s glory and holiness (11:22).
10:2 fill…with coals. God specifies that the marking angel (9:2, 11) reach into the war machine and fill his hands with fiery coals in the presence of the angels of chap. 1. These coals picture the fires of judgment which God’s angels are to “scatter” on Jerusalem. In Is. 6, “coals” were used for the purification of the prophet; here they were for the destruction of the wicked (cf. Heb. 12:29). Fire did destroy Jerusalem in 586 B.C.
10:3 cherubim. These were different from the cherubim of chap. 1 and here in v. 4.
10:4 This verse explains how the “cloud” of v. 3 “filled the inner court.” It repeats what is first described in 9:3.
10:6, 7 These verses picked up the action of the angelic scribe from v. 2.
10:7 cherub…put it into the hands. One of the 4 cherubim of 1:5ff. and v. 1 puts the fiery coals into the marking angel’s hand.
10:9–17 wheels by the cherubim. This whole section is similar to 1:4–21. Four wheels on God’s chariot mingled with the 4 angels (cf. 1:15–21) coordinated with each other in precision, and each with a different one of the cherubim. All looked so much alike that it was as if one wheel blended entirely with another (v. 10). As their appearance was so unified, their action was in unison, and instant (v. 11). The cherubim had bodies like men and their chariot wheels were full of eyes denoting full perception both to see the sinners and their fitting judgment. The color beryl is a sparkling yellow or gold.
10:14 the face of a cherub. This description of one cherub in 1:10 indicates this was the face of an ox.
10:15 lifted up. They were all ready to move in unison (vv. 16, 17) as the Shekinah glory of God departed (v. 18).
10:18, 19 glory…departed. There were several stages: 9:3; 10:1, 3, 4; 10:18, 19; 11:22, 23. There was thus written over the entire structure, as well as Israel’s spiritual life, “Ichabod” (the glory has departed). Cf. 1 Sam. 4:21; 10:18, 19.

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The book of Ezekiel show’s God’s prophetic purposes being fulfilled in the lives and nation of Israel. Jimmy DeYoung has called the book of Ezekiel, “the timeline of the Jews,” and the Book of Daniel, “the timeline of the Gentiles.”

Purpose of Writing: https://www.gotquestions.org/Book-of-Ezekiel.html

Ezekiel ministered to his generation who were both exceedingly sinful and thoroughly hopeless. By means of his prophetic ministry he attempted to bring them to immediate repentance and to confidence in the distant future. He taught that: (1) God works through human messengers; (2) Even in defeat and despair God’s people need to affirm God’s sovereignty; (3) God’s Word never fails; (4) God is present and can be worshiped anywhere; (5) People must obey God if they expect to receive blessings; and (6) God’s Kingdom will come.

Eschatology

Eschatology is the study of the teachings in the Bible concerning the end times and of the period of time dealing with the return of Christ and the events that follow. Those events, follow, but are not in the order as shown: the Resurrection, the Rapture, the Tribulation, the Millennium, the Binding of Satan, the Three witnesses, the Final Judgment, Armageddon, and The New Heavens and the New Earth. In one form or another most of the books of the Bible deal with end-times subjects.

Background

My study of the end times covers a period of forty-one years. There have been many people who have helped me to understand this exciting part of God’s Holy Word. There have also been many credible source documents that I have studied, “over and over.” The following individuals (some alive, and some deceased) are recognized for their knowledgeable of matters that relate to the end times. Their study materials have helped me to prepare this series of posts on “God’s Plan For The Ages.” Their names are presented below in no special order of importance. It is easy to research their qualifications through the internet.

Sources

John Ankerberg, Darrell Bock, Jimmy DeYoung, Andrew Hill, Ed Hindson, Mark Hitchcock, Tommie Ice, Grant R. Jeffrey, David Jeremiah, Walter Kaiser, Tim LaHaye, Hal Lindsey, Tremper Longman, III, John MacArthur, Shawn C. Madden, J. Vernon McGee, Henry Morris, Richard Patterson, J. Dwight Pentecost, John Phillips, David Reagan, Ron Rhodes, Adrian Rogers, Charles C. Ryrie, C.I. Scofield, Renald Showers, Charles Swindoll, Frank Charles Thompson, Merrill Unger, Jack Van Impe, John F. Walvoord, Andy Woods, Roy Zuck, and others.

Biographies

Dr. John Ankerberg, founder and president of The John Ankerberg Show, the most-watched Christian worldview show in America
https://www.jashow.org/about-dr-john-ankerberg/

Signs of the Last Days – Dr. Jimmy DeYoung
Bio – http://jimmydeyoung.com/aboutdrd.shtml

Dr. Renald Showers
http://www.sermonaudio.com/search.asp?SpeakerOnly=true&currSection=sermonsspeaker&Keyword=Dr.%5ERenald%5EShowers
Dr. Renald Showers is an author and Bible teacher for The Friends of Israel Gospel Ministry, Inc.

Dr. Ed Hindson, http://thekingiscoming.com/about-dr-ed-hindson/
Dr. Ed Hindson is the Bible Teacher on The King Is Coming telecast. He is also the Assistant Chancellor, Distinguished Professor, and Dean of the Institute of Biblical Studies and the School of Religion at Liberty University in Virginia.

MacArthur Study Bible Notes
Bio – Dr. John MacArthur – https://www.gracechurch.org/Leader/MacArthur/John?AspxAutoDetectCookieSupport=1

Dr. John F. Walvoord, (1910-2012) long-time president of Dallas Theological Seminary, was one of the most prominent evangelical scholars of his generation. He is considered perhaps the world’s foremost interpreter of biblical prophecy.
Bio – https://bible.org/users/john-f-walvoord

Hal Lindsey https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hal_Lindsey
Harold Lee Lindsey (born November 23, 1929) is an American evangelist and Christian writer. He is a Christian Zionist and dispensationalist author. He graduated from Dallas Theological Seminary with a Master of Theology degree, majoring in the New Testament and early Greek literature.

Dr. Mark Hitchcock http://marklhitchcock.com/about/
Mark Hitchcock is a leading Bible prophecy expert, prolific author who has penned over 20 books on the end times, senior pastor, and adjunct faculty member of the Dallas Theological Seminary.

Dr. Ron Rhodes http://ronrhodes.org/meet-ron.html
Th.D., Dallas Theological Seminary (1986). Major: Systematic Theology. Graduated with High Honors.
Th.M., Dallas Theological Seminary (1983). Major: Systematic Theology. Graduated with Honors. Elected to Dean’s List.
B.A., Houston Baptist University (1979). Recipient of the Greek Excellence Award. Chief nominee for the Riverside Scholarship.

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Left Behind? Miss The Rapture? What To Do.

Left Behind? Miss the Rapture? Ed Hindson on What To Do.

2 Thessalonians 2:8-12 New King James Version (NKJV)

8 And then the lawless one will be revealed, whom the Lord will consume with the breath of His mouth and destroy with the brightness of His coming. 9 The coming of the lawless one is according to the working of Satan, with all power, signs, and lying wonders, 10 and with all unrighteous deception among those who perish, because they did not receive the love of the truth, that they might be saved. 11 And for this reason God will send them strong delusion, that they should believe the lie, 12 that they all may be condemned who did not believe the truth but had pleasure in unrighteousness.

The following note is one that I sent to an internet friend. The question about unbelievers coming to Christ during the tribulation is one that many people may share.

It has been a year since you raised a very good question about “a strong delusion..” Let me give you some verses that show great support for that verse (2 Thes 2:11). The term “earth dweller” is shown in the following verses to show that there will be people who miss the rapture, who will not accept the truth of Christ, even though they see the world falling apart all around them. You and I are “citizens of heaven,” Phil (3:20), but the earth dwellers will not let go of their love for this world, and will be the recipients of the judgments of God during the tribulation. See, Rev 3:10, 6:10, 8:13, 11:10, 13:8, 13:14, 17:8. But, still, there will be those who will miss the rapture and will come to know Christ as Lord and Savior. See Rev 20:4, “they did not take the mark of the beast.” Rev 8:9-14, tells of those martyred tribulation believers…It will be difficult for unbelievers, who accept Christ during the tribulation, to avoid being put to death by the forces of the Anti-Christ….It has been 41 years since I first heard anything about the end times. But, God has put a deep desire within me to study that part of God’s Word that is often ignored, rejected, neglected, and improperly taught. I encourage you to check out and follow my blog, which deals heavily with the end times. The link follows.

Final Signs: The Gathering Storm

Final Signs: The Gathering Storm

What are the signs of the Lord’s coming? Listen to what Drs. Ed Hindson Mark Hitchcock say about the Bible’s warnings for the end times.

The Rapture Of the Church: English (to seize, catch up, snatch away); Latin (rapio); Greek (harpazo).
1 Thessalonians 4:13-18; 1 Corinthians 15:50-54; John 14:1-3. The coming of Christ in the air to take His saints to heaven for rewards and the marriage of the Lamb. This takes place while the tribulation is taking place on earth.

The Second Coming Of Christ, in the air, with his previously raptured saints, at the end of the tribulation, to stand on planet earth at the Mount of Olives in Jerusalem. The reason is to set up His earthly kingdom of 1,000 years, and to bring judgment on sin. Zechariah 14:1-16; Matthew 24:21-31; Revelation 19:11-21, 20:1-15.

Consider the bios of Drs. Ed Hindson, Mark Hitchcoek

Dr. Ed Hindson, http://thekingiscoming.com/about-dr-ed-hindson/
Dr. Ed Hindson is the Bible Teacher on The King Is Coming telecast. He is also the Assistant Chancellor, Distinguished Professor, and Dean of the Institute of Biblical Studies and the School of Religion at Liberty University in Virginia.

Dr. Mark Hitchcock http://marklhitchcock.com/about/
Mark Hitchcock is a leading Bible prophecy expert, prolific author who has penned over 20 books on the end times, senior pastor, and adjunct faculty member of the Dallas Theological Seminary.

 

 

Pre-Tribulation Rapture – A Discussion

Valid Arguments Against The Pre-Tribulation #Rapture ? NO!

The opening video shows a wonderful discussion that relates to the rapture of the church. Drs. David Reagan and Thomas Ice are recognized as being Bible scholars, having an exceptional understanding of the scriptures that relate to the end times, which is also known as eschatology.

Many people discount the truth of the rapture (English, rapture, from “to seize, catch up, snatch away;” Latin, rapio; Greek, harpazo). The people with whom I have had such a discussion have not taken the time that is necessary to study scriptures that explain the end times. A key verse of scripture that explains the severity of the time of tribulation is Matthew 24:21, “For then there will be a great tribulation, such as has not occurred since the beginning of the world until now, nor ever will,” (commentary on verse shown below).

By having an understanding of how bad it will be during the tribulation, it will be easier to understand why Christ will not leave His saints, “the bride of Christ,” on earth during that time. For someone to think that the church will have to go through the tribulation, is to believe that every born again man and woman, as well as every infant and little child, will be present when the Judgments of God are unleashed upon the earth. Those judgments, “seal, trumpet and bowl” judgments, are fully described in Revelation, Chapters 6-19. The rapture is for born again believers of Christ. The tribulation is for those people who are not born again, and are known as “earth dwellers,” Revelation 3:10, 6:10, 8:13, 11:10, 13:8, 13:14, 17:8. Please take time to study this post; study it often.

Check out the following link for a more detailed explanation of the rapture:
https://www.gotquestions.org/rapture-of-the-church.html

Matthew 24:21 New American Standard Bible (NASB)

Christ discusses the great tribulation with His disciples, who are Jews.

21 For then there will be a great tribulation, such as has not occurred since the beginning of the world until now, nor ever will.

24:21 great tribulation. The words “has not been” and “nor ever shall be”—along with the description that follows—identify this as the yet-future time in which God’s wrath shall be poured out upon the earth (see note on Rev. 7:14). Jesus’ descriptions of the cataclysms that follow closely resemble the outpouring of divine wrath described in the bowl judgments of Rev. 16 and His subsequent appearing in Rev. 19 (see note on v. 30).(MacArthur Study note)

Bios of Drs. Ice and Reagan can be seen in the following links.

http://www.pre-trib.org/about/dr-ice
Bio – Dr. Thomas Ice

http://christinprophecy.org/staff/dr-david-r-reagan/
Bio – Dr. David R. Reagan

A prior post was written, which has a very detailed study of the things that lead to, and beyond, the rapture. Click onto the following link and that post will be shown to you.

https://cchurchchurchblog.wordpress.com/2017/07/31/gods-plan-for-the-ages-56-daniel-9-the-tribulation70th-week-of-daniel/

God’s Plan For The Ages 56 – Daniel 9 – The Tribulation/70th Week Of Daniel July 31, 2017

 

 

The Fruit Of The Spirit: “Christ In You; Is He In You, Or Is He Not?”

 

Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creature; the old things passed away; behold, new things have come. (2 Corinthians 5:17). Consider being “in Christ.” With those words, we view the result of all of us whom, after we have been “born again/born from above.” Now may the God of peace Himself sanctify you entirely; and may your spirit and soul and body be preserved complete, without blame at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. (1 Thessalonians 5:23).

The post from which this excerpt is taken can be found by clicking onto the following link, of July 19, 2015

https://cchurchchurchblog.wordpress.com/2015/07/19/the-fruit-of-the-spirit-christ-in-you-is-he-in-you-or-is-he-not/

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Ready Or Not! The Rapture! The Second Coming! They’re On The Way!

(1/2) Grant Jeffrey – Rapture vs Second Coming

(2/2) Grant Jeffrey – Rapture vs Second Coming

Bioh Grant R. Jeffrey Grant (October 5, 1948 – May 11, 2012)
http://www.grantjeffrey.com/bio.htm
http://www.grantjeffrey.com/

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Messiah Of The Old Testament

Walter Kaiser and Darrell Bock – The Messiah of the Old Testament
Get your pen and paper ready! This video is one that will provide many good scriptures that relate to the Messiah in the Old Testament. The video is lengthy, but it is well worth the time that you will spend listening to three of the most knowledgeable scholars of the scriptures. Consider the video to be one that you will go back and study often.

https://www.amazon.com/Darrell-L.-Bock/e/B001IO9UP8
http://www.dts.edu/about/faculty/dbock/
Darell L. Bock

https://christianuniversity.org/professors/dr-walter-c-kaiser-jr/
https://www.amazon.com/Walter-C.-Kaiser/e/B001IO9TIQ
Walter C. Kaiser

https://www.jashow.org/
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Ankerberg

John Ankerberg

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Signs Of The Last Days – 032415

 

Signs of the Last Days

This post was first published on April 1, 2015, under post ID, 032415 – Road To Armageddon, Daniel 1. the post can be seen by clicking onto the following link.
https://cchurchchurchblog.wordpress.com/2015/04/01/032415-road-to-armageddon-daniel-1/

Biographies

Dr. John Ankerberg, founder and president of The John Ankerberg Show, the most-watched Christian worldview show in America
https://www.jashow.org/about-dr-john-ankerberg/

Signs of the Last Days – Dr. Jimmy DeYoung
Bio – http://jimmydeyoung.com/aboutdrd.shtml

Dr. Renald Showers
http://www.sermonaudio.com/search.asp?SpeakerOnly=true&currSection=sermonsspeaker&Keyword=Dr.%5ERenald%5EShowers
Dr. Renald Showers is an author and Bible teacher for The Friends of Israel Gospel Ministry, Inc.

 

 

The Timing Of The Rapture And The Second Coming

 

The Revelation of Jesus Christ (NASB)

Revelation 1:1

The Revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave Him to show to His bond-servants, the things which must soon take place; and He sent and communicated it by His angel to His bond-servant John,

My note: Notice that this is “the Revelation,” singular, and not “revelations,” plural.

Revelation 1:3 

Blessed is he who reads and those who hear the words of the prophecy, and heed the things which are written in it; for the time is near.

My note: Notice the encouragement that is given in this verse. Blessings come from reading, hearing, and heeding the things that written in the Book of Revelation.

This video, The Timing Of The Rapture And The Second Coming Of Christ
was included in the post that can be found by the link:

https://cchurchchurchblog.wordpress.com/2015/03/

032315 – Road To Armageddon, Daniel – Overview
The participants in the video are:

John Ankerberg, Dr. Jimmy DeYoung and Dr. Renald Showers.

Biographies

Dr. John Ankerberg, founder and president of The John Ankerberg Show, the most-watched Christian worldview show in America
https://www.jashow.org/about-dr-john-ankerberg/

Signs of the Last Days – Dr. Jimmy DeYoung
Bio – http://jimmydeyoung.com/aboutdrd.shtml

Dr. Renald Showers
http://www.sermonaudio.com/search.asp?SpeakerOnly=true&currSection=sermonsspeaker&Keyword=Dr.%5ERenald%5EShowers
Dr. Renald Showers is an author and Bible teacher for The Friends of Israel Gospel Ministry, Inc.

 

 

Tommy Ice: The Pre-Trib Rapture – Part 1 – Prophecy Watchers

 

Tommy Ice: The Pre-Trib Rapture – Part 1 – Prophecy Watchers

Bio – Dr. Thomas Ice

Dr. Thomas Ice

Dr. Thomas IceDr. Ice is Executive Director of The Pre-Trib Research Center. He founded The Center in 1994 with Dr. Tim LaHaye to research, teach, and defend the pretribulational rapture and related Bible prophecy doctrines.

Dr. Ice has co-authored over 30 books, written hundreds of articles, and is a frequent conference speaker. He has served as a pastor for 17 years. Dr. Ice has a B.A. from Howard Payne University, a Th.M. from Dallas Theological Seminary, a Ph.D. from Tyndale Theological Seminary, and has done post-doctrial work at the University of Wales in the United Kingdom. Dr. Ice lives in Justin, TX with his wife Janice. They have three grown sons.

Dr. Ice is Executive Director of The Pre-Trib Research Center. He founded The Center in 1994 with Dr. Tim LaHaye to research, teach, and defend the pretribulational rapture and related Bible prophecy doctrines.

Dr. Ice has co-authored over 30 books, written hundreds of articles, and is a frequent conference speaker. He has served as a pastor for 17 years. Dr. Ice has a B.A. from Howard Payne University, a Th.M. from Dallas Theological Seminary, a Ph.D. from Tyndale Theological Seminary, and has done post-doctrial work at the University of Wales in the United Kingdom. Dr. Ice lives in Justin, TX with his wife Janice. They have three grown sons.

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