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  1. 3 points
    EKSmith

    Hurricane Season

    ​Yes you have brother encouragement and prayer is sometimes all one needs, and I thank you for both Brother I do have some news to share about this , two night's ago I spoke with my youngest son about this, today he called and told me that the company he works for is willing to take the brochures/ or bible tracks and place them in there place of business.they are very large company here, Praising the Lord John we get over 5 million vacationers during the season here which slows in September, think about the number of lost lives it could have been it Hugo had hit here in July, last year we were side swiped by a hurricane on the 4th of July with over one million visitors. brother there is only a small number of IFB left here and I ask that you would pray God send the much need labors Nation wide would be a blessing ,remember the tornadoes that ripped across our Nation and the great loss of lives , the fires that hit Cal.with a great loss of lives. Brother Thank you very much and remember I love you with the love Jesus from my heart
  2. 2 points
    Alan

    Revelation chapter 19-22 Study.

    Invicta, The scriptures clearly differentiate between the Judgment Seat of Christ and the White Throne of Judgment. Let us follow the admonition of Paul the Apostle when he said, "Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed rightly dividing the word of truth." 2 Timothy 2:15 As workmen of of the scriptures, we will rightly divide the Judgment Seat of Christ and the White Throne of Judgment. A. The judgment seat of Christ. "For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ; that every man may receive the things done in his body, according to that he hath done, whether it be good or bad." 2 Corinthians 5:10 Please take careful note of the following. 1. It is called the Judgment Seat of Christ. 2. The context is clearly to Christians. Please study 5:1-9 and following. There is absolutely no way Paul is referring to the lost in any manner of speaking. 3. This judgment is not for salvation or damnation, it is for rewards. "... that every man may receive the things done in his body, according to that he hath done, whether it be good or bad." 4. One of the rewards for suffering for the name of the Lord Jesus is a crown. A crown is given to reign with Christ. The apostle Paul said, "If we suffer, we shall also reign with him: if we deny him, he also will deny us." 2 Timothy 2:12 Christians will reign with Christ during the Millinial Reign of Christ as clearly written in Revelation 20:4 5. In Revelation 4:10 we read, "The four and twenty elders fall down before him that sat on the throne, and worship him that liveth for ever and ever, and cast their crowns before the throne, saying." These elders, church saints, have already received their crowns, or rewards. And, in Revelation 5:9 and 10, in a clear reference to the redeemed saints of the New Testament, we read, "And they sung a new song, saying, Thou art worthy to take the book, and to open the seals thereof: for thou wast slain, and hast redeemed us to God by thy blood out of every kindred, and tongue, and people, and nation; And hast made us unto our God kings and priests: and we shall reign on the earth." These church age saints have already been rewarded and are getting to reign on the earth. 6. All of the above, the Judgment Seat of Christ, takes place before he start of the 7 Year Tribulation Period. 7. The Lord Jesus Christ is the Judge at this Judgment. B. The White Throne of Judgment. Revelation 20:11-15, or, the Great White Throne of Judgment. 1. This Judgment is called the, "White Throne," Judgment. It is an altogether different name. 2. "And I saw the dead,small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened: and another book was opened, which is the book of life: and the dead are judged out of those things which are written in the books, according to their works." Revelation 20:12 These are the lost souls who never got saved. They are dead. Christians are not referred to as, "the dead." Ephesians 2:1, "And you hath he quickened, who were dead in trespasses and sins." The Christian is, 'quickened,' or, 'made alive.' Christians are alive in Christ Jesus and when the body dies the Christian is referred to as, 'asleep in Jesus.' 1 Thessalonians 4:13-15, "But I would not have you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning them which are alseep, that ye sorrow not, even as others which have no hope. For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which asleep in Jesus will God bring with him. For this we say unto you by the word of the Lord, [the word of the Lord started this teaching the Brethren just believed it] that we which are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord shall not prevent them which are asleep." 3. No rewards are mentioned in the White Throne of Judgment. 4. Eternity in Hell is the end result of the White Throne of Judgment. Revelation 20:14 and 15 Nobody in the Judgment Seat of Christ is eternally lost in hell. 5. The White Throne of Judgment occurs after the 7 Year Tribulation period, and after the 1000 Year Reign of Christ. 6. God Almighty, Our Heavenly Father, the Ancient of Days is the Judge at the White Throne of Judgment. "And I saw the dead,small and great, stand before God:..." In conclusion, the Judgment Seat of Christ and the Great White Throne of Judgment, are two seperate Judgments, at two seperate times, for two seperate reasons, and has two seperate Judges. I do hope that this short study helps you, and all of the other brethren, to realize the differences between the Judgment Seat of Christ and the Great White Throne of Judgment. Alan
  3. 2 points
    Eric Stahl

    Revelation chapter 19-22 Study.

    ​Me too! Praise God!
  4. 2 points
    Pastor Scott Markle

    Everlasting Covenants?

    ​Brother Dave, As per your request, I have now changed the heading of the pdf to include my name as the author and my website (www.shepherdingtheflock.com) for the contact information. I have also replaced the previously uploaded pdf with this newly updated pdf. I believe that everything worked correctly in the upload replacement. I pray that this (both the article itself as well as these updates) will be of help to others.
  5. 1 point
    Alan

    Revelation chapter 19-22 Study.

    Revelation 19:1-6 “The Hallelujah Chorus.” Verse 1, “And after these things I heard a great voice of much people in heaven, saying, Alleluia; Salvation, and glory, and honour, and power, unto the Lord our God: Verse 2 For true and righteous are his judgments: for he hath judged the great whore, which did corrupt the earth with her fornication, and hath avenged the blood of his servants at her hand. Verse 3 And again they said, Alleluia. And her smoke rose up for ever and ever. Verse 4 And the four and twenty elders and the four beasts fell down and worshipped God that sat on the throne, saying, amen; Alleluia. Verse 5 and a voice came out of the throne, saying, Praise our God, all ye his servants, and ye that fear him, both small and great. Verse 6 And I heard as it were the voice of a great multitude, and as the voice of many waters, and as the voice of mighty thunderings, saying, Alleluia: for the Lord God omnipotent reigneth.” “Alleluia; Salvation, and glory, and honour, and power, unto the Lord our God:” Psalm 29 is one of the finest Psalms dealing with giving God the glory for all things: in this life and in eternity. Psalm 29:2, “Give unto the LORD the glory due unto his name; worship the LORD in the beauty of holiness.” Praise the Lord! There is going to be a lot of rejoicing and praise God in heaven! If you are not a shoutin’ Baptist down here on earth; you will be one in heaven! All, glory, praise, honour and power belongs to God Almighty! “...true and righteous are his judgments...” All of God’s judgments are true, right, just and eternal. Psalm 119:160, “Thy word is true from the beginning: and every one of thy righteous judgments endureth for ever.” “... for he hath judged the great whore...” In Jeremiah 3, Ezekiel 16 and the prophet Hosea we understand that this is referring to spiritual adultery. When the nation of Israel departed from God, her husband, and committed idolatry, and forsook the commandments of God and defiled His Temple: they committed spiritual adultery. In the Church Age this is a reference to the Roman Catholic Church, and the various denominations of Christianity, that comprise the religious and political whore of Revelation chapter 17 and 18. “And upon her forehead was a name written, MYSTERY, BABYLON THE GREAT, THE MOTHER OF HARLOTS AND ABOMINATIONS OF THE EARTH” Revelation17:5 The Roman Catholic Church has a mixture of true and false doctrines, pagan ceremonies and Christian ideals, it claims to be ‘Christian,’ and the, ‘only true church.’ But, it is full of corrupting doctrines and practices designed to fool the saint and the religious sinner. “...which did corrupt the earth with her fornication...” The Roman Catholic Church, and the various other Christian denominations that have compromised the true doctrines of the scriptures, have corrupted the earth. Every new version of the scriptures from the Revised Version of 1881 is a corrupt bible. Every false doctrine in any church, cult, pagan temple, has a corrupting influence in the earth. “...the blood of his servants at her hand.” Throughout the Church Age the Roman Catholic Church has martyred untold thousands of saints. Please study and read, “Fox’s Book of Martyrs.” “...And her smoke rose up for ever and ever.” The end result of the corrupt church, and her minions, is eternity in hell. Psalm 119:160, “Thy word is true from the beginning: and every one of thy righteous judgments endureth for ever.” “... amen; Alleluia.” Amen and Hallelujah! Heaven is place of eternal rejoicing. “... for the Lord God omnipotent reigneth.” God sits on His throne in heaven and He reigns forever! God is omnipotent. He will accomplish His will in His timing and His way.
  6. 1 point
    heartstrings

    R. C. Sproul Jr.

    I was at Walmart this morning, having a new battery installed in my truck, and bumped into someone I've done business with in the past. He's active in the SBC, knows I'm a Christian, invited me to a local meeting with R C. Sproul Jr. as the guest speaker. The brochure he handed me says that RCJr. is a Presbyterian: I didn't know that. Anyway, I was curious as to how his teachings compared to his Calvinist father and this was the first thing that came up:. http://rcsprouljr.com/blog/ask-rc/rc-babies-die/ That didn't appear to give a definitive answer to the question put forth and neither does this one except, in an indirect and roundabout way, to say that no: Christ is not the propitiation for the sins of the whole world. . http://rcsprouljr.com/blog/ask-rc/rc-give-thoughts-1-john-22-and-propitiation-sins-world/. The guy said he already has 9 people invited to the meeting. But I won't be going.
  7. 1 point
    EKSmith

    Hurricane Season

    This month starts the Hurricane season on the Atlantic coast and the Gulf our local news stations are putting out brochures online and in all the local grocery stores on how to be prepared, one of the local stations Live 5(fox news) is airing a program remembering Hugo, in which I remember very well , I did not live here at the time but I arrived three days after Hurricane Hugo had past with a team the company I worked for had sent to help we brought our bibles many bible tracks along with food ,water, and medical supplies with us, it was unlike anything I had ever seen over 3,000 souls where lost within just a few short hours and destruction was in every direction the eye looked ( I wont got into details because this not what this post is about) As we go into the hurricane season here not knowing if there will be another Hugo or even worse hit again, I was thinking about all the information and brochures being placed in the stores and many other places of how to prepare,and right now it's on many folks mind of how to prepare not just here but on the whole Atlantic coast and the Gulf coast , I begin to think about what I saw when I arrived here on Sept,20 1989 why should one wait to after the Storm hits and try help, so I begin to work on a brochure to place in as many places as possible , this brochure will not focus on the material things one needs but on the soul and how to be prepared, ( 3,000 souls died ) I haven't really did any brochures other that for the Youth Ministry and it's sad to say that some of the folks I've contacted don't seem to have the time to help out , So I'm turning to my brothers and sister's on OLB I'm asking for your thoughts, Ideas , use of scripture, etc. which will be greatly welcome, it would also be wonderful to have a Bible track to hand out while this season is on the thoughts and minds of many. I do ask That first and foremost you be in prayer that it be the Lord our Gods will and not of mine or any others ' for all Glory is His the Lord our God. Amen If you post to this thread please do so kindly with the love of Jesus our lord and Savior in your heart for the lost souls of this world. Thank you ' and may the lord bless your day
  8. 1 point
    DaveW

    Comment On Current Debate

    Do we still have Jews? Is there still a land that was promised to them? Strangely enough, everlasting covenants appear to be everlasting?
  9. 1 point
    Invicta

    Comment On Current Debate

    Don't we still have rainbows?
  10. 1 point
    ​We know the day of the Lord is very near because Israel has gathered see Zephaniah 1:14-2:3. The beginning of sorrows has begun.
  11. 1 point
    MountainChristian

    Revelation chapter 19-22 Study.

    ​That is very popular here where I live. Almost all of the southern Baptist say the same thing. They are the biggest church group in this area. I have no idea what the Antichrist will say, but I do know I'll be looking at the Truth walking around, setting at the Father's right hand. I'll be praising Jesus by sight and not by faith.
  12. 1 point
    Pastor Scott Markle

    Debate - Prophecy in Daniel 9

    Because, indeed, Gabriel is speaking to Daniel about Daniel’s people, the children of Israel, and because the Lord God Himself had determined that the “seventy weeks” would be specifically administered “upon” Daniel’s people, the children of Israel. I myself prefer not to presume on what the all-wise Lord God might have said, especially since that is not what actually happened, and was not what actually was said. If the all-wise Lord God had desired to speak directly to Daniel, He certainly could have. Since He chose to send the angel Gabriel, I must believe that this was the wisest course of action in that instance. Furthermore, since the angel Gabriel used the phrase, “thy people,” I must believe that “thy people” was the exact phrase that the all-wise Lord God instructed and intended for Gabriel to use. No, the purpose of my previous posting was as follows: 1. To emphasize the truth that the “thy people” phrase of Daniel 9:24 truly is a reference unto Daniel’s people, the children of Israel. 2. To demonstrate that the Lord God’s promise unto Abraham in Genesis 12:1-3 corresponds to the “thy people” phrase of Daniel 9:24 through the phrase, “And I will make of thee a great nation,” not through the phrase, “And in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed.” 3. To demonstrate that it is Biblically legitimate to make reference unto the children of Israel as a national people group, as per the Lord God’s own usage of the term nation for them, beginning with the Lord God’s promise in Genesis 12:2 to make out of Abraham’s descendants “a great nation.” 4. To express a corrective concerning your statement, “Scripture makes it very clear that God's blessings are for all the nations of the earth Gen. 22:18, repeated to Isaac Gen. 26:4 & Jacob Gen. 28:14 . . .” Now, since the remainder of your previous posting is based upon your misunderstanding concerning the primary points of my previous posting, I do not feel any relevant need to engage any further with it. Rather, I believe that we should return our focus to the details of Daniel 9:24-27, since that is the actual purpose for this discussion-debate. _____________________________________ Throughout your postings your continue to emphasize this point. Certainly, it is a worthy Biblical and doctrinal point for emphasis. However, in the context of this discussion-debate, it is not greatly needed. There is NO disagreement between us concerning this point itself. The disagreement is not whether, or not, “the saving work of the Lord Jesus Christ was FINISHED at Calvary, with His death and resurrection, followed by His ascension.” Rather, the disagreement is whether, or not, Daniel 9:24 is speaking concerning this saving work of the Lord Jesus Christ. You say that it is, and I say that it is not. So then, in the context of this discussion-debate, it is our respective responsibility to give evidence for our opposing positions. Yes, making that human assumption is necessary for your position. Indeed, this is a matter of disagreement between us. We both agree that “week” 70 follows after the first 69 “weeks.” However, you make the human assumption, based upon the natural manner of counting, that “week” 70 follows immediately consecutive after the first 69 “weeks,” whereas I would contend that “week” 70 follows after the first 69 “weeks,” but with a gap of time between them, rather than immediately consecutive. Now, if there is nothing in the Biblical revelation of Daniel 9:26-27 to indicate otherwise, then the human assumption of natural counting would certainly be valid. However, if there is something in the Biblical revelation of Daniel 9:26-27 to indicate otherwise, then the authority of God’s word would cancel any human assumption. You continue to place my grammatical analysis in contrast to a straightforward reading. The fact is that if a grammatical analysis is accurate to a given text, then it is equivalent to a straightforward reading, simply with a more detailed understanding for the specific ways in which the words and phrases of the text are being used and are modifying other words and phrases in the text. As such, a correct grammatical analysis, by definition, does not assume or impose anything on the given text. It only reveals what is actually, straightforwardly being stated in the given text. Now, with regard to the discussion-debate itself, I am actually the only one of us who has done any significant grammatical analysis of the passage. I have to wonder why that might be? I have to wonder why you yourself do not engage in grammatical analysis? Concerning “everlasting righteousness.” Throughout God’s Holy Word we encounter various aspects of “everlasting righteousness,” as follows: 1. Forgiveness & Imputation. Forgiveness is the work of God wherein, at the moment of an individual’s faith in Christ for salvation, God completely forgives that individual’s account of all unrighteousness, such that that individual believer’s account in heaven is eternally without even the smallest speck of unrighteousness. In addition, imputation is the work of God wherein, at the moment of an individual’s faith in Christ for salvation, God records the perfect righteousness of our Lord Jesus Christ Himself on that individual’s account, such that that individual believer’s account in heaven is eternally filled with the record of absolutely perfect righteousness. This then provides a heavenly record of “everlasting righteousness.” (See Acts 2:38; 10:43; 13:38-39; 26:18; Colossians 1:14; 2:13; Romans 3:21-26; 4:1-25; 2 Corinthians 5:21; Philippians 3:8-9) 2. Justification. Justification is the work of God, based upon His work of forgiveness and imputation, wherein, at the moment of an individual’s faith in Christ for salvation, God judicially declares that individual believer to have a judicial standing before Him as completely without any unrighteousness and as completely possessing perfect righteousness. This then provides a judicial standing of “everlasting righteousness.” (See Romans 3:24-31; 4:5, 25; 5:1, 9, 15-21; 8:29-33; 1 Corinthians 6:11; Galatians 2:16; 3:7-11; Titus 3:7) 3. Regeneration. Regeneration is the work of God wherein, at the moment of an individual’s faith in Christ for salvation, God spiritually begets that individual as one of His own dear children, joining that individual believer’s old spirit, which was spiritually dead in trespasses and sins, with Christ spiritually in His crucifixion, so as to remove that old spirit from that individual believer, and joining that individual believer with Christ spiritually in His resurrection, so as to create a new spirit by the power of God the Holy Spirit within that individual believer, which is created after the likeness of God’s own perfect righteousness and true holiness. This then provides a partial (spirit) condition of “everlasting righteousness. (See John 1:12-13; 3:3-8; 5:24; 2 Corinthians 5:17; Romans 6:3-11; Ephesians 2:1-10; 4:24; Titus 3:5-6; 1 Peter 1:3-5, 23) 4. Glorification. Glorification is the work of God wherein He shall, at the future resurrection, change each individual believer’s soul from corruptible to incorruptible and each individual believer’s body from mortal to immortality, thereby fashioning each individual believer in spirit, soul, and body after the glorious image of our Lord Jesus Christ. This then provides a perfect condition of “everlasting righteousness.” (See John 6:39-40; Romans 8:16-23, 29-30; 1 Corinthians 15:42-57; Ephesians 1:13-14; Colossians 3:4; Philippians 3:20-21; 1 Peter 1:3-5; 1 John 3:1-2) 5. Israel’s Restoration. Israel’s restoration is the work of God wherein He shall save and convert all of the children of Israel by putting a new heart and a new spirit in every one of them, such that He will cause His Law and His fear to be in their hearts, such that He will cause them to obey His Word and His will, and such that He will cause them never to defile themselves or depart from Him again. This then provides a perfect condition of “everlasting righteousness” for the children of Israel. (See Jeremiah 3:17-29; 31:31-34; 32:37-40; Ezekiel 36:25-28; 37:21-23.) So then, to which one of these aspects of “everlasting righteousness” does Daniel 9:24 refer when it presents the purpose statement, “to bring in everlasting righteousness”? First, as we seek to answer this question, we can legitimately combine points #1-3 above for this question, since they all occur in the same event, that is – the event of an individual’s faith in the Lord Jesus Christ as Savior. Thus we are able to consider three possible options for our question – (1) the event of a believer’s salvation, (2) the event of a believer’s glorification, (3) the event of Israel’s restoration. Second, in considering the phrase itself from Daniel 9:24, we find that in itself it does not reveal the answer, since it does not include any further modifiers of explanation. Therefore, it becomes necessary for us to consider other matters in the context in order to help discern the answer to our question. Even so, we take notice that this purpose statement is joined with two other purpose statements that seem to present “the other side of the coin.” These are the two phrases, “to finish the transgression” and “to make an end of sins.” On the one hand, we have transgression and sins being brought to a complete finishing and a complete ending. (Note: In previous postings Brother Day has made accusation against me that I am adding to the intent of God’s Word by adding the word “complete” in my explanation for these phrases. However, by definition the words “finish” and “end” indicate that which is concluded and completed, such that it no longer continues. Thus, in fact, my explanatory phrases “complete finishing” and “complete ending” are grammatical redundancies, which I have purposefully chosen for the sake of emphasis.) On the other hand, we have a condition of “everlasting righteous” being brought into being. So then, of our three possible options, which ones combine a complete finishing and ending of transgression and sins with an ongoing condition of “everlasting righteousness”? Actually, two options allow for this – the event of a believer’s glorification and the event of Israel’s restoration. So then, is there any other matters of context that might help us to discern the answer to our question above? Yes, we take notice that the “seventy weeks” about which Daniel 9:24 speaks is specifically determined by the Lord God to be administered “upon” Daniel’s people, the children of Israel. Now, since the purpose statements of Daniel 9:24 present the Lord God’s purpose for the “seventy weeks,” these purpose statements must be an integral part of the “seventy weeks.” Furthermore, since the “seventy weeks” are specifically to be administered “upon” Daniel’s people, the children of Israel, then in this context we should view the purpose statements for those “seventy weeks” as also being specifically for Daniel’s people, the children of Israel. So then, of our three possible options, which one combines a complete finishing and ending of transgression and sins with an ongoing condition of “everlasting righteousness” and applies this specifically to the children of Israel? Answer – The event of Israel’s restoration. (Note: It is likely that Brother Day will discard “the event of Israel’s restoration” as a non-legitimate option for the phrase “everlasting righteousness.” First, it is likely that he will do so by continuing to disregard the truth that the “seventy weeks” were determined by the Lord God to be administered specifically “upon” Daniel’s people, the children of Israel. Furthermore, it is likely that he will do so by denying that “the event of Israel’s restoration” has any application unto this present earth, but only an application unto the new earth to come. As such, it is likely that Brother Day will continue to press “the event of a believer’s salvation,” which includes the “everlasting righteousness” aspects of forgiveness and imputation, justification, and regeneration. However, if he does continue to press this, he runs into a “timing” problem of his own.) Brother Day, you have previously pressed “the event of a believer’s salvation,” including forgiveness and imputation, justification, and even regeneration, as the only legitimate option for the case of “everlasting righteousness” in Daniel 9:24. In so doing, you have presented the apostle Paul’s usage of Abraham as an example for this aspect of “everlasting righteousness.” Indeed, it is Biblically accurate to use the case of Abraham as an Old Testament example for this aspect of “everlasting righteousness.” Forgiveness and imputation as a unit is indeed an aspect of “everlasting righteousness;” and we would both agree that Old Testament believers experienced this aspect of “everlasting righteousness,” even as the example of Abraham would reveal. Furthermore, justification is indeed an aspect of “everlasting righteousness;” and we would both agree that Old Testament believers experienced this aspect of “everlasting righteousness,” even as the example of Abraham would reveal. Finally, regeneration is indeed an aspect of “everlasting righteousness;” and you and I would both agree (although some on my side of this debate would not agree with me on this point) that Old Testament believers even experienced this aspect of “everlasting righteousness.” Yet since these aspects were already available and experienced by Old Testament believers thousands of years before Daniel, how would they need to be “brought in” hundreds of years after Daniel, as per the phrase, “to bring in everlasting righteousness”? The phrase “to bring in” seems to indicate something that was not previously present, for there is no need “to bring in” something that is already present and being experienced. As such, the phrase “to bring in” would reveal that the aspects of forgiveness and imputation, justification, and regeneration are specifically not the aspects of “everlasting righteousness” about which the phrase in Daniel 9:24 is speaking, since those aspects of “everlasting righteousness” had already been brought in to be experienced from the very first Old Testament believer onward. ____________________________________________ Indeed, Psalm 2:7 was fulfilled at our Lord Jesus Christ’s resurrection. In fact, I would contend that Acts 13:32-33 substantiates that even better than the verses which you have presented, as follows: “And we declare unto you glad tidings, how that the promise which was made unto the fathers, God hath fulfilled the same unto us their children, in that he hath raised up Jesus again; as it is also written in the second psalm, Thou art my Son, this day have I begotten thee.” However, the point of my statements above were not only about Psalm 2:7, but were also about Psalm 2:8-9. In these three verses, a progression of three things is presented, as follows: 1. The day that God the Father “begot” God the Son, which according to Acts 13:32-33 occurred at the resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ. 2. The day that God the Father gave “the heathen” and “the uttermost parts of the earth” unto God the Son for His inheritance and possession. 3. The day when God the Son would break the heathen “with a rod of iron” and dash the heathen “in pieces like a potter’s vessel.” So then, when was Psalm 2:8-9 fulfilled; or when shall Psalm 2:8-9 yet be fulfilled? It was in answer to this point that I presented Hebrews 10:12-13 & Revelation 19:11-16; 20:1-4. Please understand that I did not at all deny that our Lord Jesus Christ is both Priest and King. In fact, I fully acknowledged that He was anointed for His ministry as King at His exaltation to the right hand of God the Father. However, I presented that our Lord Jesus Christ is presently engaged in the administration of His ministry as Priest, and not as King. Indeed, I presented that our Lord Jesus Christ shall engage in the administration of His ministry as King in the future when the prophetic events of Revelation 19:11-16 & Revelation 20:1-4 are fulfilled; for then He shall rule over the heathen and the whole earth “with a rod of iron” (see Revelation 19:15) in fulfillment of Psalm 2:8-9. Now, let us consider Hebrews 10:12-13 in comparison with Hebrews 1. In Hebrews 10:12-13 we find a number of truths concerning our Lord Jesus Christ, as follows: 1. He “offered one sacrifice” (of Himself) “for sins for ever.” 2. Then He “sat down on the right hand of God.” 3. “Henceforth” (that is – from that time forward) He is sitting at God’s right hand “expecting” (that is – in a spirit of expectation, of expecting anticipation). 4. He will continue “henceforth” in this spirit of “expecting” anticipation “till his enemies be made his footstool.” So then, what do we find in Hebrews 1? Hebrews 1:3 – “Who being the brightness of his glory, and the express image of his person, and upholding all things by the word of his power, when he had by himself purged our sins . . .” This corresponds perfectly with point #1 above. Hebrews 1:3-4 – “. . . sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on high; being made so much better than the angels, as he hath by inheritance obtained a more excellent name than they.” This corresponds perfectly with point #2 above. Hebrews 1:8-9 – “But unto the Son he saith, Thy throne, O God, is for ever and ever: a sceptre of righteousness is the sceptre of thy kingdom. Thou hast loved righteousness, and hated iniquity; therefore God, even thy God, hath anointed thee with the oil of gladness above thy fellows.” This continues the correspondence with point #2 above, and reveals the truth that at God the Son’s exaltation to the right hand of God the Father, He was anointed for His ministry as King. Hebrews 1:13a – “But to which of the angels said he at any time, Sit on my right hand . . .” This also corresponds perfectly with point #2 above. Hebrews 1:13b – “. . . until I make thine enemies thy footstool?” This corresponds perfectly with points #3-4 above. So then, by reading Hebrews 1 before reading Hebrews 10:12-13, I find that my understand of Hebrews 10:12-13 is correct and even has a perfect correspondence with Hebrews 1 (which was certainly as I would expect, since God’s Word does not contradict itself). _________________________________________________ Is it also a serious division between you and the Lord God? Genesis 12:2 – “And I will make of thee a great nation, and I will bless thee, and make thy name great; and thou shalt be a blessing.” Jeremiah 31:35-37 – “Thus saith the LORD, which giveth the sun for a light by day, and the ordinances of the moon and of the stars for a light by night, which divideth the sea when the waves thereof roar; the LORD of hosts is his name: If those ordinances depart from before me, saith the LORD, then the seed of Israel also shall cease from being a nation before me for ever. Thus saith the LORD; If heaven above can be measured, and the foundations of the earth searched out beneath, I will also cast off all the seed of Israel for all that they have done, saith the LORD.” ______________________________________________ Actually, as I have presented in a previous posting, the Lord God presented five different promise statements with His message unto Abraham in Genesis 12:1-3. To these the Lord God then added a sixth promise statement in Genesis 12:7; and of these six promise statements, only one of them is a promise of blessing specifically for all the families and nations of the earth. These promise statements are as follows: 1. “And I will make of thee a great nation.” (v. 2) This is a promise only to Abraham and his physical descendants, the children of Israel. 2. “And I will bless thee, and make thy name great.” (v. 2) This is a promise only to Abraham himself. 3. “And thou shalt be a blessing.” (v. 2) This is a promise only concerning Abraham himself. 4. “And I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee.” (v. 3) This is a promise and a curse specifically concerning how others relate to Abraham and his physical descendants, the children of Israel. 5. “And in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed.” (v. 3) This is the one and only promise that is specifically for all the families and nations of the earth, a blessing that is promised in and through Abraham and his physical descendants, the children of Israel. 6. “Unto thy seed will I give this land.” (v. 7) This is a promise only to Abraham and his physical descendants, the children of Israel. So then, why is it that the one who continually claims the principle of a “straightforward reading” as the ground for his position is not actually following the straightforward reading concerning this matter – that “the promises [plural] to the patriarchs include the nations”? _______________________________________________ I suppose that you can think whatever you want to think about my last statement above. I suppose that you can even change it however you wish to change it. However, you cannot change my last statement above and then put it back into my mouth as is if your change is what I said or is what I meant to say. I said precisely what I intended to say in the statement that I myself made – “In this manner, the regenerate spirit of the believer has indeed entered a spiritual condition of “everlasting righteousness” (not the entire person of the believer, that is – not the soul or body of the believer).
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    Whatever glitch you have going on is still glitching (is that a good word?) I'm going to delete the redundant posts and my initial replies.
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    John81

    Hurricane Season

    This is an excellent idea and something that could apply even more broadly, whether using one basic tract/brochure or having slightly different ones for different areas. Each year a portion of the country faces the threat of hurricanes while a large area faces the threat of tornadoes and other threats which are also potentially life and death in various parts of the country from wildfires to blizzards, etc. It would be good to have something which addresses these matters while folks minds are thinking of such. As important as our homes are, having food, clothing and shelter and such is, there is nothing more important (or eternal!) than the state of our souls. I'm sorry I have no help to offer in creating a tract/brochure, but I will lift this up in prayer and I encourage you to pursue this idea as you are able.
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    John81

    Is There Anywhere To Hide?

    Warnings should be issued, but the mainstream media and governments tend to drown out and obscure warnings. Even among those who hear the warnings most won't take them seriously, others have no means to prepare or change anything in their lives based upon the warnings, some will go to extremes due to warnings and a tiny few can and will take some reasonable actions. For myself, the warnings don't bring about fear or desires to run and hide or to fight the man or any such thing; but they do serve as points of consideration and prayer. I know the Lord will care for myself and my family just as His Word says, but I also know many are without Christ and there are those weak in the faith who may act in haste, so there is much room for prayer and in some cases opportunities to help some prepare as they need to for what may be coming our way. Sounding the alarm is good, it's those who take such warnings to one extreme or the other which can bring about problems but that's on them, not the watchman which gave proper warning.
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    ​All those things have been going on since Jesus spoke them to this very day. Considering Scripture says all things will be going on as usual when He returns I don't know why some insist upon looking for signs, especially since Scripture indicates none will be forthcoming. We (followers of Christ) are called to continually be ready for His coming since we don't know when it will be. We should be as prepared for His return this moment as tomorrow, next week, next year or at any other time. We are to live our lives in anticipation that today could be the day, and thus living for Christ accordingly.
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    Alan

    Revelation chapter 19-22 Study.

    EKSmith, Thank you very much for your kind words. In the words of Paul the Apostle I would like to say, "For they have refreshed my spirit..." 1 Corinthians 16:18a I really do appreciate your exhortation to continue on. It has not been the easiest study as there are a lot of incorrect interpretations of the Book of Revelation. The only correct method of interpretation is the literal, pre-tibulation Rapture, pre-Millinalist, and the literal 1000 Year of the Lord Jesus interpretation. The teachers of the incorrect interpretations of the Book of Revelation has caused many saints to fail to understand the correct prophetic nature of the Book of Revelation, is the cause of dissension among good brethren, has hindered many saints from finding true joy in studying the Book of Revelation, and has somewhat hindered some of the brethren commenting on this study. I am very thankful for you, and for the numerous others following this study on Revelation, for your support. It is my sincere hope and prayer that this study will be a blessing to all of those who anxiously await the soon return of the Lord Jesus. In brotherly love, Alan
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    EKSmith

    Revelation chapter 19-22 Study.

    ​Brother I'm following along with you in one accord with my bible open, being silent and allowing the word of God to speak to my heart. Continue on Brother, loving you with love of Jesus from my heart
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    Alimantado

    Soulwinning Teens and Young people

    In addition to Brother Dennis' response, John gave a four paragraph response to the question here.
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    heartstrings

    R. C. Sproul Jr.

    Why....that's just Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious....
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    No Nicolaitans

    R. C. Sproul Jr.

    ​Oh...and the context of "the whole world" is...the whole world. Sproul Jr. and his Calvinist word-wrangling has completely redefined what God's word clearly says. Whole world means whole world, but Sproul Jr. would have people believe that "whole" means "pieces of the whole". This Calvinistic word-wrangling is so monotonous. Maybe that's their plan. Get all monotonousy with their monotonousogetics so that people throw their hands up in surrender to their monotonousogenics. Hey! I just made up some new Calvinistic Theology terms that they like so much! They can soon be found in the Doctrine of Monotonousomy.
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    DaveW

    R. C. Sproul Jr.

    Presbyterian AND calvinist? Well that's a surprise...... (not!)
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    Invicta

    Revelation chapter 19-22 Study.

    ​Matt. 10:33 But whosoever shall deny me before men, him will I also deny before my Father which is in heaven.
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    Rebecca

    Revelation chapter 19-22 Study.

    My thoughts on this are similar. I think by the time the rapture rolls around, most Christians (especially in countries very hostile to Christianity) will probably be hiding the fact that they're Christians, to keep themselves and their family safe from persecution. So when the rapture does take place, most won't put 2 and 2 together and think "Whoa, all the Christians have disappeared! The Bible was true after all!" No, I think that link won't be realized, plus the lie from the anti-Christ will be so believable that any who do link the two together will be laughed off as crazy conspiracy theorists. Plus, as skewered as Christianity is becoming, who can even recognize someone on the street as a true Christian even today? It doesn't take much 'persecution' to embarrass most Christians into mumbling "I'm not that kind of Christian!" When asked about soul winning or the fundamentals of Baptist Church doctrines...
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    Rosie

    Prayer for me please

    GOOD NEWS there is nothing wrong with my heart.....well there is but nothing can be done about it.. it was caused by an accident i had 40 years ago that damaged my heart.. Dr Gummadi said the heart never recovers from injuries... also from moving twice and one was 1430 miles away... he said my heart is tired and needs rest... thank you all from the bottom of my heart for praying for me.. God bless each one of you in a special way
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    heartstrings

    .........the shadow of death....

    About 120 ewes and lambs are chowing down on the sorghum field right now. Yesterday evening we added 18 more of the animals, which were "on the mend", to the main flock.. For a few more days we will be feeding grain and supplements to 3 ram lambs, a ewe lamb, and a ewe with newborn twins before turning them into the forage as well. After we get those last few in and situated, my wife and I would like to take a much-needed mini-vacation. So far this year, we have sold one orphaned bottle baby ram to a local woman, two to another lady for pets (I neutered them first), two to another farm, and two to a Muslim guy from Saudi Arabia. We have 29 more for sale but if it is anything like last year, we will have no trouble selling them all. Last year we sold all the rams we raised, bought six more from another farm at a bargain price and re-sold those at a nice profit, then had to buy 5 more from another farm to fill the last order of the year and made $328 profit on those 5. The girl who bought the two wethers for pets sent me this photo two or three days after she bought them. This is the sorghum/sudangrass hybrid field. Most of it is about 5' high now.
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