This is the place to post about self sufficiency or just about anything having to do with lifestyle, like Gardening, Farming, Beekeeping, Canning, Husbandry, Hunting, Fishing, Crafts, Hobbies, Alternative Energy, Wood Working, Off Grid Living.
The Jews in the OT had no idea the Messiah was going to be crucified. Thus, why the twelve apostles couldn't grasp Christ's words when he told them of his coming death, burial and resurrection or their melt down and scattering (except for maybe John) when he was crucified. It was hidden from them. The fact that someone like Isaiah wrote about "suffering servant or David about his soul being left in hell is irrelevant. It was still hidden from them and when God hides something you will not find it out no matter how much praying or studying you do. We know now looking back because these things h
Brother Jim, thank you for your expression of appreciation. As you well know, length and depth tend to be common descriptions for my postings. Such is one of the reasons that I do not contribute quite as much as in the past on Online Baptist. I just do not have as much time to be as thorough as I desire, so I pick my engagements more selectively.
Now for a moment let us consider the word "paradise" as it is employed in the title of this thread. Within the King James translation, the English word "paradise" is found a total of three times:
Luke 23:43 -- "And Jesus said unto him [the believing thief on the cross], Verily I say unto thee, To day shalt thou be with me in paradise."
2 Corinthians 12:4 -- "How that he [the one who was 'caught up to the third heaven' according to verse 2] was caught up into paradise, and heard unspeakable words, which it is not lawful for a man to utter."
Revelation 2:7 -- "He that hath an ear
Brother DaChaser, if you read my posting completely and follow its thought to conclusion, you will find that I am contending simply that "ascending" into heaven and "entering" into heaven are Biblically to be understood as two different things. I am NOT denying that any believer, either of the Old Testament or of the New Testament, "entered" heaven upon death. In fact, in an earlier posting I specifically declared my position (in response to a question by Brother DC) that Old Testament believers went "straight to heaven" upon their death. However, Brother DC argued against my position by pr