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Who Are The New Testament Saints?

By on September 22, 2017

Have you ever noticed that there always seems to be a distinction between the Saints and the rest of the faithful?  For example:

Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ by the will of God, to the saints which are at Ephesus, and to the faithful in Christ Jesus:” — Eph 1:1 KJV

There is also a clear distinction between the saints and the Gentiles in the next chapter:

Now therefore ye [Gentiles] are no more strangers and foreigners, but fellowcitizens with the saints, and of the household of God; And are built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the chief corner stone; In whom all the building fitly framed together groweth unto an holy temple in the Lord:” — Eph 2:19-21 KJV

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Sequencing the Olivet Discourse

By on September 2, 2017

The Olivet Discourse is a name given to the prophetic instructions Christ gave his disciples during one (or more) of their stays on the mount of Olives.  This article focuses on sequencing and harmonization of the Olivet Discourse in three Synoptic Gospels where it is found.

Thanks to Mr. Ed Stevens for providing most of this information in his podcasts and supporting chronological chart.

The Olivet Discourse is mentioned in the following chapters of the three Synoptic Gospels: Matthew 10 and 24, Mark 13, and, Luke 17 and 21; with Luke’s gospel considered to be the more chronologically written of the three, based on this statement:

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The Land Promise

By on January 14, 2017

The Lord blessed Abraham [Abram] with the following blessings:

“Now the Lord had said unto Abram, Get thee out of thy country, and from thy kindred, and from thy father’s house, unto a land that I will shew thee: 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: And I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee: and in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed.” — Gen 12:1-3 KJV

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The First Resurrection

By on December 5, 2016

The book of Daniel speaks of the resurrection of the children of Israel in this manner:

“And at that time shall Michael stand up, the great prince which standeth for the children of thy people: and there shall be a time of trouble, such as never was since there was a nation even to that same time: and at that time thy people shall be delivered, every one that shall be found written in the book. And many of them that sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake, some to everlasting life, and some to shame and everlasting contempt. And they that be wise shall shine as the brightness of the firmament; and they that turn many to righteousness as the stars for ever and ever.” — Dan 12:1-3 KJV

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The Earth Abideth Forever

By on October 8, 2016

Why That Is Important To Your Grandchildren

  The Word of God in Ecclesiastes is crystal clear about the longevity of the earth, and its inhabitants:  

“One generation passeth away, and another generation cometh: but the earth abideth for ever.” — Eccl 1:4 KJV

  In Isaiah the Lord seems to be scolding us for thinking the earth might be destroyed or rendered uninhabitable:  

“For thus saith the Lord that created the heavens; God himself that formed the earth and made it; he hath established it, he created it not in vain, he formed it to be inhabited: I am the Lord; and there is none else.” — Isa 45:18 KJV

  Yet, many Christians will deny those words, believing instead that there will be a terminal generation in which the earth will be destroyed. Too many have applied this fatalistic doctrine to our culture with an “it’s hopeless, so why bother” attitude, potentially jeopardizing the future of their posterity and others! In doing so, they ignore this proverb:  

“A good man leaveth an inheritance to his children’s children” — Pro 13:22 KJV

  The most valuable inheritance any father could leave his children is a stable, Christian society. So, why have many otherwise good Christians traded a promising earthly future (for all nations) for the promises of a pie-in-the sky doctrine based on the shakiest of Biblical foundations?   When asked, “Why don’t you believe Ecclesiastes?” they reply, “Peter said . . .”. But what did Peter actually say? He said:  

“the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night; in the which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat, the earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned up.” — 2Pet 3:10 KJV

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A Virgin Birth?

By on September 13, 2016

Modern interpretations of Isaiah 7:14 by many Jewish Rabbi’s under the traditions of Judaism dispute the interpretation that Christ (Emmanuel: Mat 1:23) was born of a virgin. Their dispute centers around the use of the Hebrew word “almah” [העלמה] (damsel, maid, virgin, young woman) rather than “betulah” or “bthuwlah” [בתולה] (maid, virgin). The ancient Isaiah Scroll found at Qumran of the Dead Sea, which predates Christ, also contains the Hebrew word “almah” [העלמה] with the same character sequence; so it is unlikely the word has been miscopied by the scribes of the modern Hebrew text (the Masoretes).

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Born of Water and of the Spirit

By on August 11, 2016

In the gospel of John it is written that Nicodemus was a “ruler of the Jews”[John 3:1] which the Orthodox Jewish Bible identifies as a member of the Sanhedrin council. Jesus referred to him as “a master [teacher] of Israel”. Therefore it can be assumed he was well-versed in the Holy Scriptures. Yet, Nicodemus did not understand the words, “Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God” [John 3:2].