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  3. Dear No Nicolaitans, Thanks for your kindness. i will go and study and will come back to report or ask more questions Have a great time and bless your heart, Totoo
  4. I'm not sure why you keep thinking I'm making excuses. My replies are not excuses or "different stories" but my attempts to explain to you what I wrote. It is not hard to see what I meant. Even if its not to your likening. Obviously we Gentiles never have kept "the Passover" or are we to keep any OT or Jewish tradition. However, to ignore Passover events, and what they were called in the Bible and how they relate to our Easter events, how the Jewish Christians integrated them, especially in this conversation and particularity as to the details of Acts 12 where the only KJV mention of Easter is, is to be a bit thick headed. I've tired to explain what I meant several times but if you want to call my replies excuses or demand that I apologies for some wrong or error on my part, then I can't help you, because what you accuse me of saying I'm clearly not. If I confused or frustrated you in the way I worded my reply to Invicta as they relate to that week then I'm sorry.
  5. Bit I find it interesting that you quote Scriptures regarding the practice of the Passover and the Feast of unleavened bread, but conveniently leave out the command for them. The practice was not always right, but the command is unchangeable. And there certainly has been harvest feasts of Pagan origin dating back to well before Christ, and at least one of them was involving the false God Ishatar which SOME say is where we get Easter from. I don't know who it was nor when Easter was associated with Passover, but to totally disregard the pagan association is just not really very genuine. And such feasts are known to be associated with this time of year for in the northern hemisphere that time is the beginning of harvest (generally). Intersting also that such feasts are times according to the moon phases. Passover is a specific date in the Jewish calendar. I just don't particularly like it when people make statements that are incorrect and basically try to bully people into accepting them.
  6. No dude - all present tense in answer to a present tense question. What's so hard that people can't simply accept they were wrong and apologise? I was clearly wrong above and just apologised for my mistake, but you have now given three different stories to try to get out of your mistake..... Oh well, I don't really care all that much. Keep on make new excuses for all I care. Passover is not for Christians - it seems you agree with that..... I think..... I will leave it there.
  7. ...then...after reading that, I would suggest reading Romans chapter 13...with the key verses being 10-14.
  8. I was referring to the events in Jerusalem in Acts 12 where "Easter" refers to Jews vs. the Jewish Christian's events. I did not mean to imply that it was a world wide Christian tradition to keep the week of unleavened bread. Only that the OT Passover was held in the days of unleavened bread and that the Christians hold the Lords supper in place of the ceder or with the supper and then the Easter celebration just after that week, the following Sunday.
  9. This is a VERY broad subject that can't be answered simply. I would like to suggest that you read Galatians 5 slowly, carefully, and prayerfully. Verse 14 is key. After reading the chapter, go back and think about what verse 14 entails. However, to answer your question shortly and succinctly, there are no old testament laws that we are bound to; however, there are some old testament laws that can lead, guide, and direct us unto living a holy and separated life. This comes with study and rightly dividing God's word. Christ fulfilled the law for us, and we rest in his righteousness. That isn't a free ticket to sin; rather, it's a motivator to live for him. Your questions are truly a blessing.
  10. But you were not referring to the 1st C Jewish believers, but to "Christians" in the current sense. Of course they observed the Passover - they are still Hebrews, to whom the feast was given. it was to be observed forever by the Hebrews, BUT NOT BY US. You are , quite simply wrong in your use of it in reference to Christianity. They did not r Practice it as part of their Christinity, but as part of their heritage. Show me where Christians are commanded to keep a "Passover week of unleavened bread" as you stated clearly previously. No matter which way you cut it, this is an untrue statement, and it will lead to an incorrect understanding of the memorial of the Lord's Supper.
  11. We Gentiles don't but the Early Christian JEWS of Jerusalem did in Acts 12. They kept the Passover week as part of their National traditions and celebrated Easter (Resurrection Morning) at the end of those events. Remember Christian Jews were still doing all their national events and traditions, including Paul who kept many feast in Jerusalem and even took a Nazareit vow the whole of his third missionary journey then went to the temple, under the instruction of James and the Church to the temple, with Four other Christian Jewish men to offer up his hair. We Gentile Christians on the other hand only observe the lord's supper in place of the OT Passover and then Easter the following Sunday Morning. Because we are factoring in dates and times in this discussion, the days of unleavened bread do factor into our conversation as relating to the Passover/Lord's supper, Lamb Temple Sacrifice/Christ Sacrifice, then Easter as being Resurrection Morning. For the JEWS it is traditionally all Passover/Pesach week but for the Gentile Christian it is traditionally Easter Week. That is why the Translators translated the Greek "pascha" as Easter in Acts 12:4 because they were telling English speaking Christians that Herod was waiting until after Resurrection Morning and not just the Jewish Passover supper that had already past earlier that week. Acts 18:18 And Paul after this tarried there yet a good while, and then took his leave of the brethren, and sailed thence into Syria, and with him Priscilla and Aquila; having shorn his head in Cenchrea: for he had a vow. Acts 18:21 but bade them farewell, saying, I must by all means keep this feast that cometh in Jerusalem: but I will return again unto you, if God will. And he sailed from Ephesus. Acts 21:20-27 And when they heard it, they glorified the Lord, and said unto him, Thou seest, brother, how many thousands of Jews there are which believe; and they are all zealous of the law: 21 and they are informed of thee, that thou teachest all the Jews which are among the Gentiles to forsake Moses, saying that they ought not to circumcise their children, neither to walk after the customs. 22 What is it therefore? the multitude must needs come together: for they will hear that thou art come. 23 Do therefore this that we say to thee: We have four men which have a vow on them; 24 them take, and purify thyself with them, and be at charges with them, that they may shave their heads: and all may know that those things, whereof they were informed concerning thee, are nothing; but that thou thyself also walkest orderly, and keepest the law. 25 As touching the Gentiles which believe, we have written and concluded that they observe no such thing, save only that they keep themselves from things offered to idols, and from blood, and from strangled, and from fornication. 26 Then Paul took the men, and the next day purifying himself with them entered into the temple, to signify the accomplishment of the days of purification, until that an offering should be offered for every one of them.27 And when the seven days were almost ended, the Jews which were of Asia, when they saw him in the temple, stirred up all the people, and laid hands on him, Acts 24:17-18 Now after many years I came to bring alms to my nation, and offerings. 18 Whereupon certain Jews from Asia found me purified in the temple, neither with multitude, nor with tumult. Easter E'ASTER, noun A festival of the christian church observed in commemoration of our Savior's resurrection. It answers to the pascha or passover of the Hebrews, and most nations still give it this name, pascha, pask, paque. ~ Webster's Dictionary 1828 - Online Edition
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  13. Yes but you clearly denote it as: Christians don't have a "passover week of unleavened bread". It is not accurate. It is not a true statement. It is a confusing statement. It in no way relates anything official in Christianity. Christians and nowhere commanded to keep Passover nor the feast of unleavened bread. They are not Christian memorials, they are Jewish memorials.
  14. That sounds about the way my mother made them Invicta. I think she added a bit of chopped onion too.
  15. Dear John, Thank you for your kind reply. One might say: 'Well, then, Christ sacrificed himself for me, so i do not need to do anything, i am free of sin and no matter what i do, i won't get punished for it.' i do not suppose that could be justified. In my humble opinion, having been pondering about the question at hand for many days now, i believe we have to take the Old Testament precepts into consideration and follow them as best as we can, the book of Proverbs is a great resource for learning how to live piously and righteously and isn't that a good thing? And as i mentioned above replying to our dear friend, Alan, one might think: to love everyone as the Lord loves us would probably mean to follow every and each precept stated in the Old Testament. Bless your heart, Totoo
  16. Dear Alan, David was not a Christian, was he? my problem is, as a Christian, should i follow the precepts, and the laws, the rules there are set in the Old Testament or should i just follow the one new commandment that Jesus gave before his crucifiction: John: 15 - 12: 'This is my commandment, That ye love one another, as I have loved you.' Which, if you ask my humble opinion, would suffice, i truly believe all the evil in the world would go away if everyone could love everyone as the Lord loves us. Naturally, the book of proverbs is full of guidelines and precepts, as stated at the very beggining of the book: Proverbs: 1: The proverbs of Solomon the son of David, king of Israel; To know wisdom and instruction; to perceive the words of understanding; To give subtilty to the simple, to the young man knowledge and discretion. A wise man will hear, and will increase learning; and a man of understanding shall attain unto wise counsels: To understand a proverb, and the interpretation; the words of the wise, and their dark sayings. The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge: but fools despise wisdom and instruction. My son, hear the instruction of thy father, and forsake not the law of thy mother: For they shall be an ornament of grace unto thy head, and chains about thy neck. My son, if sinners entice thee, consent thou not. And there are the book of Psalms which is, as you mentioned, full of references to the precepts and laws of the path. There are surely many other books in the Old Testament that contain and convey the precepts such as, of course, the books of Exodus and Deuteronomy and the Ten Commandments stated there. i can easily believe, except for the first few commandments that deal mainly with the relationship between the Creator and His creature such as: Exodus: 20 : 1, 2 and 3 [The 1st Commandment]: And God spake all these words, saying I am the Lord thy God, which have brought thee out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage. Thou shalt have no other gods before me. From the 5th commandment on, they are all about relationships between people with people. Having said all this, i am reminded of a saying, 'When in doubt, don't do it!' i do apologise for taking so much of your precious time, but you do understand that this is my Church here and i have not access to any other church nor pastors around and near me, so may the Lord bless your hearts for helping me out and spending your time replying to my crazy questions and problems. Totoo
  17. Do the Amish live simply because they believe it will somehow work towards their salvation, or because they are choosing to eschew the temptations of the world? There's nothing wrong with the second option (albeit one can probably eschew temptation while still utilizing some modern conveniences). It's not really a spiritual issue - after all, there's no Scriptural support for not living simply either. The statement that 'knowledge shall increase' is merely a statement of fact, not direction for living.
  18. We also have to know what is Testament, which rules over all mankind and what is a personal or group covenant which rules over only a select group of people. While we can learn what God likes and wants by looking at an individual or group covenant, but we are not obligated to keep a covenant we are not in. The National covenant of Israel also standardized what they were to do in regard to Testament obligations so there is some overlap in laws so their covenant is a good good tool to see what was required of God for the Old Testament as well. Many Nations, though not under the National covenant of Israel, have been blessed by aliening with the laws and structures of Israel so though something bay not be an obligation for us to keep it can make for good practices for society and health as a whole. Today we live in the New Testament because Christ took over Old Testament Melchizedek priesthood, and sacrifices for intersession for mankind, so we do not do any of the Levitical sacrifices, or holy days, or cleansings for physical righteousness (though they are sill good for basic hygiene!).
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  20. Sorry Jim, no recipe. I just did what my mum did , that is mash up some left over cooked potato with a fork and some fish mashed the same way, I think she used canned pilchards, but I could be wrong. I used left over mashed potato and some canned tuna in oil. My mum used to shape them by hand and cook them in the fat from her roast meats, but I used a hamburger mould and put breadcrumbs in the bottom and an top, and fried them in Olive oil. We were brought up in the war and there was severe rationing. One fo the things you couldn't get was olive oil except from a pharmacist in small bottles of about two tablespoons. Add any seasoning to taste.
  21. Totoo, Interesting question. I think Jerry gave a good, and broad, answer, to a complicated question that could fill realms of paper on the subject. With your permission, I would like to change one word in your post to another. The word is 'guidelines' to 'precept.' Guidelines is a good word, but, the word precept, in my response, fits my answer much better. The American Heritage Dictionary defines precept as: "A rule or principle prescribing a particular course of action or conduct." In the book of Psalms, the word 'precept' is used 21 times. I will quote one instance as the subject is very extensive. King David wrote, “Behold, I have longed after thy precepts: quicken me in thy righteousness." Psalm 119:140 In the light of the definition of the word precept, King David stated that he longed after the principles of conduct that God had written down, in both the Law, the book of Genesis, and the history as written in the scriptures before his era. For example. As King David read the life of Abraham and the Patriarchs and their dealings with the heathen about them, he was able to determine the proper course, and conduct, in his life as he walked by faith and dealt with the unbelievers in his age. The Old Testament is full of precepts. The book of Proverbs is full of precepts. The book of Proverbs covers just about every aspect of life, and how to conduct oneself in the issues of life, that a saint needs to know. I do hope that this brief talk about precepts and the Old Testament has helped you. Alan
  22. It’s Monday morning after Easter Sunday. The first task on your task list is “Start preparing next Sunday’s message.” But hold on a minute. This particular Monday morning brings a collision of dynamics to your heart (good and bad), a psychological soup… Delight in the energy and life of Easter Sunday. Exhaustion from the adrenaline-crash of Monday morning. Regret over how you would change your message, in retrospect. Possibly comparison (hopefully not) as you scroll social media. Hopefully joy in seeing how God worked in so many places. Celebration over those who trusted Christ. A new weight of responsibility as you hope to disciple those new believers. The questions of “what really happened and did it make a difference?” The Monday morning after Easter, for spiritual leaders, is a mental gumbo of complex joy and questions. It’s a bit like a friendly hurricane flew through your head. At some point we have to process it, though, for the moment it’s easier just to sit and stare. It’s a good “sitting and staring” though—a joyful, tired kind of coma. As I sort out my Monday morning, mental gumbo, here’s how I’m landing… 1. I’m grateful to many people—Our pastoral staff led so well. Our ministry staff labored so faithfully and diligently. Our volunteers arrived early, served in the rain, and simply lit up the whole place with joy and energy. Hundreds of people served hundreds of other people. I’m thankful to be a member of this team with these amazing people. 2. I’m honored to have the privilege to preach Jesus—God’s word is “good news” and it’s numbing to think, “I have to opportunity to share the greatest good news ever with people, every week!” It’s a blessing to rest in the reality that God blesses His word, and His word never returns void. There will be a harvest! 3. I’m cherishing the memory of seeing people enjoy their church—Call me strange, but I find huge joy in seeing our church family enjoy Jesus, enjoy each other, enjoy church. Hearing them worship Jesus, seeing them love serving, knowing they are “flourishing in the courts of our God” is such an awesome delight! 4. I’m leaving the results in God’s hands—Numbers play games with our heads, so I try to avoid them. What I most want to know is that someone was pointed to Jesus, someone was strengthened, someone heard the gospel, someone was served or helped. Each week, I ask God so show me “someone” who was changed. Just one is enough for me to give it another week, another message, another go. And guess what? He usually does! Almost every week (almost) God gives me a glimpse of His work—a person I meet in the lobby, a text message, an email, a story that someone shares. God is good to poke pin-holes through the veil of faith, to assure us He is at work. He knows me. If He shows me much more, I am tempted in all the wrong ways toward satisfaction and self-focus. So the safe route is to leave the results to Him and rest to know He’s at work behind the scenes. 5. I’m going to celebrate His goodness again today—Jesus is still alive, and someone who heard the gospel yesterday woke up again today thinking, “I’m a new person! I’m heading to Heaven! No more fear. No more struggle to be good enough. Jesus is in me!” How do I know this? After I trusted Jesus, my first conscious thought the next morning was “Jesus is in me!” It was if He was reminding me, “Hey, I’m in your life now!” That happened this morning to someone who was in church yesterday! Beyond that, while my task list is calling me to start “next Sunday’s message” my heart and my Savior are saying, “Catch your breath. Celebrate God’s goodness. Soak in it for a while. Enjoy it!” I get the sense that God just did something to “blow my mind” and He wants to see me drop my jaw with wonder for a while before I open my project list and start plowing again. 6. I’m going to cherish this moment—This was my 30th Easter with Dana. Mind blown. God’s sustaining grace has been real and remarkable. Church family, family, friends, and grandkids all make this moment so irreplaceable and so joyfully explosive. The great joy of Easter is not in the numbers or church “achievement.” It’s in the life of Jesus overflowing in the relationships around us! What I most cherish about ministry is who we get to serve with! I’m surrounded by the greatest people on the planet, and I live every day with the strong sense that “God put us together, for this needy moment, in New England!” Every where I looked yesterday I saw someone I wanted to hug, thank, bless, and cherish! I saw friends I wanted to encourage and say “GREAT JOB! ISN’T THIS FUN?!” I’m sure you did too. These moments pass quickly, and I don’t want (even good) ambition, busyness, or a “quest for more” to over-run them. That I get to serve Jesus with these people is the greatest joy and privilege of life! 7. I’m going to rest and restore—this might involve a donut or a steak or a pizza—or all three. It might involve taking a walk with Dana. It will likely involve listening to The Lord is My Salvation or Psalm 34 at an unhealthy volume. It’s probably going to mean hugging some grandkids, making vacation plans, reading something renewing, and moving slowly through this week. It will be a long, slow inhale—like one of those gratifying, full sighs that makes your lungs feel “ahead of the oxygen game.” In other words, I’m choosing not to regret or critique. I’m choosing not to compare to compete. I’m choosing not to mindlessly plow forward, breathless, fatigued, and depleted. I’m choosing not to psycho-analyze my message or the results. I’m going to sigh—slow inhale, slow exhale—and rest in whatever God does with my feeble offering of service. Most of all, I’m going to smile! He really is alive, and He proved it again yesterday. How can that NOT make you smile, even on the Monday morning after Easter! View the full article
  23. I don’t know where that is, but this church directory should help. https://www.wayoflife.org/directory/usdirectory.php
  24. Hello. I have to travel to Johnson City, Tn tomorrow for a few days. I was wondering it anyone could suggest a solid old fashioned KJV church to attend on Wednesday. Doesn't have to be right in Johnson City. Any help appreciated. Thank you.
  25. Totoo, May the Lord bless you and your family. Alan
  26. Revelation 1:7, “Godly Sorrow” Revelation 1:7. “Behold, he cometh with clouds and every eye shall see him, and they also which pierced him: and all kindreds of the earth shall wail because of him. Even so, Amen.” The coming of the Lord Jesus in the clouds when every eye shall see Him is a description of the Lord Jesus coming as KING OF KINGS AND LORD OF LORDS as written in Revelation 19:11-21. The destruction of the nations that come against Jerusalem occurs in Revelation 19:11-21 “And out of his mouth goeth a sharp sword, that with it he should smite the nations: and he shall rule them with a rod of iron: and he treadeth the winepress of the fierceness and wrath of Almighty God.” Revelation 19:15 “… that with it he should smite the nations: …” is the fulfillment of Zechariah 12:9, “And it shall come to pass in that day, that I will seek to destroy all the nations that come against Jerusalem.” In verse 17 & 18 we read of the loud voice of the angel for the fowls of the air to eat the slain bodies. The is the fulfillment of Ezekiel 39:1-7, 17-29, Isaiah 34:1-8 and Zechariah 14:1-3. “…KING OF KINGS, AND LORD OF LORDS.” The Lord Jesus is coming back to the earth as King. This is in fulfillment of the prophecy of Zechariah 14:9, “And the LORD shall be King over all the earth: in that day shall there be one LORD, and his name one.” “… and they also which pierced him: and all kindreds of the earth shall wail because of him. Even so, Amen.” Zechariah 12:9-14, “Godly Sorrow” Verse 9-14, “And it shall come to pass in that day, that I will seek to destroy all the nations that come against Jerusalem. And I will pour upon the house of David, and upon the inhabitants of Jerusalem, the spirit of grace and of supplications: and they shall look upon me whom they have pierced, and they shall mourn for him, as one mourneth for his only son, and shall be in bitterness for him, as one that is in bitterness for his firstborn. In that day shall there be a great mourning in Jerusalem, as the mourning of Hadadrimmon in the valley of Megiddon. And the land shall mourn, every family apart; the family of the house of David apart, and their wives apart; the family of the house of Nathan apart, and their wives apart; the family of the house of Levi apart, and their wives apart; The family of Shimei apart, and their wives apart; All the families that remain, every family apart, and their wives apart.” The Apostle Paul stated, “For godly sorrow worketh repentance to salvation not to be repented of: but the sorrow of the world worketh death.” The Jewish remnant will have the godly sorrow of repentance unto salvation. “And so all Israel shall be saved: as it is written, There shall come out of Sion the Deliverer, and shall turn away ungodliness from Jacob. For this is my covenant unto them, when I shall take away their sins.” Romans 11:26 & 27 While the Lord Jesus was on the cross, this prophecy of the Jews seeing Christ pierced by Zechariah 12:10 was fulfilled. “And again another scripture saith, They shall look on him whom they pierced.” John 19:37 What was not fulfilled at the cross of Christ was the rest of Zechariah 12:9-14. The rest of Zechariah 12:9-14 will be fulfilled in Israel after the events of Revelation 19:11-21 Zechariah 12:10 was not fully fulfilled at the cross. “And I will pour upon the house of David, and upon the inhabitants of Jerusalem, the spirit of grace and of supplications: and they shall look upon me whom they have pierced, and they shall mourn for him, as one mourneth for his only son, and shall be in bitterness for him, as one that is in bitterness for his firstborn.” Zechariah 12:11-14 was not fulfilled at the cross, “In that day shall there be a great mourning in Jerusalem, as the mourning of Hadadrimmon in the valley of Megiddon. And the land shall mourn, every family apart; the family of the house of David apart, and their wives apart; the family of the house of Nathan apart, and their wives apart; The family of the house of Levi apart, and their wives apart, the family of Shimei apart, and their wives apart; All the families that remain, every family apart, and their wives apart.” Zechariah 13:6, “The Wounds of Christ” Zechariah 13:6, “And one shall say unto him, What are these wounds in thine hands? Then he shall answer, Those with which I was wounded in the house of my friends.” The Lord Jesus plainly states that He, “... was wounded in the house of my friends.” After the return of Christ as depicted in Revelation 19:11-21, the remnant of the Jews will see the visible wounds of Christ. The Jews will see the wounds in His hands and the Lord Jesus will say, “Those with which I was wounded in the house of my friends.” Lost or saved, the Lord Jesus does not consider the Jews His enemies. Lost or saved, the Lord Jesus does not consider the Jew ‘anti-Christ.’ Lost or saved, the Lord Jesus considers the Jews His friends. “And it shall come to pass in that day …” In Zechariah chapter 12 and 13, the phrase, “that day,” occurs eight times in reference to the fulfillment of the prophecies of these chapters; 12:3, 4, 6, 8 and 11; 13:1, 2 and 4 “that day,” is a reference to the end times when God stops the captivity of the nation of Israel from the Gentile nations of the world and restores the Kingdom to Israel forever henceforth. “For, behold, in those days, and in that time, when I shall bring again the captivity of Judah and Jerusalem, I will gather all nations, and I will bring them down into the valley of Jehoshaphat, and will plead with them there for my people and for my heritage Israel, whom they have scattered among the nations, and parted my land.” Joel 3:1 and 2 Pastor Steven Anderson Among his other heresies in prophecy, Pastor Steven Anderson is a Preterist. Anderson teaches that the prophecies of Zechariah 12:9-14 were fulfilled in the days of Zechariah and Zechariah 12:10 was fulfilled at the cross. In his commentary on Revelation 1:7 Anderson will not even mention Zechariah 12:9-14 nor will he mention Zechariah 13:6. Steven Anderson ignores biblical truth in order to deceive the saints. Like the Preterist, Pastor Anderson believes that the prophecies of Zechariah have already been fulfilled, historic, or is symbolic. As a classic Preterist, Anderson teaches that, as a nation, the Jews will not mourn, nor have godly sorrow, nor repent of their unbelief, nor be saved. Concerning Zechariah 12:3-9, Pastor Anderson states, “The day we are talking about here is the day that Zechariah lives in.”i So, according to Anderson, and almost all Preterists, the events in Zechariah 12:3-9 are ‘historical.’ Anderson stated that Zechariah was just “encouraging” the Jews. “But, when we read in verse 6, “In that day will I make the governors of Judah like an hearth of fire among the wood, and like a torch of fire in a sheaf; and they shall devour all the people round about, on the right hand and on the left: and Jerusalem shall be inhabited in her own place, even in Jerusalem.” What’s he saying? This is before they are secure in the promised land. Zechariah is preaching and giving them encouragement, and assurance, saying, ‘You are going to be re-established in the promised land. Jerusalem gonna’ [sic] be blessed by God once again and chosen by God once again. And chosen by God once again [sic].’ This already happened, hundreds of years before Jesus walked on the earth it happened. So, don’t try and put this in the New Testament.”ii So, Anderson, like most Preterists, believe that this is also historical and not prophetical. When it comes to prophecy, Pastor Anderson will not recognize that God is going to use the time of “Jacob’s Trouble,” commonly called, the “7-Year Tribulation Period,” to bring about the godly repentance of the remnant Jewish nation according to the prophecies of the prophets. “And I will pour upon the house of David, and upon the inhabitants of Jerusalem, the spirit of grace and of supplications: …” At the time of mourning of the nation of Israel the prophecy of Jeremiah 31:1-9 will come to pass. “They shall come with weeping and with supplications will I lead them: I will cause them to walk by the rivers of waters in a straight way, wherein they shall not stumble: for I am a father to Israel, and Ephraim is my firstborn.” Jeremiah 31:9 “and they shall look upon me whom they have pierced, and they shall mourn for him, as one mourneth for his only son, and shall be in bitterness for him, as one that is in bitterness for his firstborn.” The prophet Zechariah is clearly referring to the Lord Jesus Christ. The Lord Jesus was pierced in His side while on the Cross of Calvary for the sins of mankind and His wounds will still be visible to the Jews when He returns in Revelation 19:11-21. So, the Jews in that era will also look on the pierced hands of the Lord Jesus. The Apostle John quotes Zechariah 12:10, “And again another scripture saith, they shall look on him whom they pierced.” John 19:37 The prophet Zechariah gives us further information of what would happen when the Lord reveals Himself to the nation of Israel. “And one shall say unto him, What are these wounds in thine hands? Then he shall answer, Those with which I was wounded in the house of my friends.” Zechariah 13:6 In Amos 8:8 and 9 we read of the prophecy of the latter half of the Tribulation Period. In Amos 8:10 we read these words, “And I will turn your feasts into mourning, and all your songs into lamentation; and I will bring up sackcloth upon all loins, and baldness upon every head; and I will make it as the mourning of an only son, and the end thereof as a bitter day.” The prophecy of Amos in Amos 8:10 is a clear reference to the mourning of the Israel and the appearance of the Lord Jesus as revealed to Zechariah in 12:9-14. A Time of Mourning for the Nation of Israel The prophet Zechariah is very clear in his prophecy. The various tribes of Israel will mourn for their sins, the sins of their fathers, and have a national heart of repentance and godly sorrow. The words of Paul the Apostle will be fulfilled to the nation of Israel when he wrote these words, “For godly sorrow worketh repenteth to salvation not to be repented of: but the sorrow of the world worketh death.” 2 Corinthians 7:10 iAnderson, Steven Zechariah 12 copied on April 20, 2019 < iiAnderson, Steven Zechariah 12 copied on April 20, 2019 <
  27. I know that some branches of Amish don't believe one is saved while here on earth, but if one lives the Amish lifestyle faithfully enough, he/she MIGHT be saved by Jesus after death. I'm wondering if there are any actual Amish who believe the TRUE GOSPEL of Jesus? (I know some Mennonites do.) Also, there's NO Scriptural support for living primitively. After all, God said that in the end times, knowledge shall increase. So, evidently, the Amish don't believe a lot of the Bibles they use, generally the German Martin Luther version, or the KJV and NIV in English. All those versions have the TRUE Gospel in them.
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  29. Dear Jerry, Thanks so much for your kind reply. The question, however, is still there. as mentioned before, i am a brand new believer in Christ, and i am so full of questions. thanks again and have a great time, bless your heart. Totoo
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