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Please pray for my city (Minneapolis) as things are coming apart that the seams. Looting, pillaging, burning and killing is getting worse by the day and they are moving in my direction. May take my belongings and get out but right now this area is locked down. There are those who have it much worse than me, losing their homes and businesses. I know there has been some riots in Louisville although I haven't had much time to look at the bigger picture. Thanks for your prayers...
In Jesus Christ
I will do so. Yes, it was awful here in Louisville last night. The mob
split up and half of it headed our way, getting to within two blocks
before being turned back. I see the Lord's hand in that!
They've called out the national guard, but they had plenty of personnel here last night when the whole downtown area was trashed and looted. If the police are told to stand by and do nothing, individuals inclined to smash and grab and burn get emboldened pretty quick. It will be interesting to see what happens tonight (dusk to dawn curfew) – I hear the choppers overhead right now.
Your prayers are appreciated too!
There is a substantial difference in tone between Jeremiah and Ezekiel. More pronounced so in the NIV. Should I attribute this to the difference in personalities between the two prophets? Or is
Also, in Ezekiel 28:12, the king of Tyre is described as "a man" yet later, he's described as walking on the stones in the garden of God. That seems clearly a reference to Satan yet he's described as a "man." Is this after he's cast down? What should I understand that I don't?
From a comment you made in last week's email posting about your hybrid online application, you alluded to a chat function. I will say that years ago when we had to upgrade a large data center in
the middle of the night, working remotely, we relied on an application called "irc." (Internet Relay Chat.)
Yours in our Lord,
Well, John is different from Peter is different from Paul, but it is the
same message of truth. That is one of the most profound proofs of the
inspiration of the Bible in my opinion, namely, that even though men of
widely differing personalities, time periods, languages and literary
styles wrote it, nevertheless the unity of the truth within it is
The king of Tyre is/was 1) an actual human being; 2) a type of antichrist; 3) a type of Satan. This is not an unusual thing in scripture (see the link: typology).
I have no idea how things will work in the fall. The one thing I can say is that it will not be up to me for the most part (and in terms of tech for any part). They asked for our preferences but that is only to figure out how much push-back they'll get from different strategies. As I'm telling everyone, my students hated online instruction even though I practically lit myself on fire every session to keep them engaged. So it doesn't matter a whit if we "do a good job" with it: they will likely vote with their feet if U of L goes that route in a big way. Thanks for the insight though.
Your friend in Jesus Christ,
I suspected it was a personality difference but I had to be sure. As many times as I've read Ezekiel 28, I would never have understood that. Thanks again. Could it be that Satan possessed him and the focus of the word of the Lord shifted from the man to the spirit of Satan?
Sorry about the uncertainty of the fall semester. I've never seen such insanity as today -- and I lived through the '60s nonsense. Maybe it's time we pushed back?
Yours in our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ,
I don't find anything about possession in the passage. In any case,
there are all manner of typologies in the Bible (in addition to the
previous link see
"Typology and Theophany" and
"Old Testament Typology"). And there are other types of antichrist
besides this instance;
Nimrod, for example (see the link for details).
On "pushing back", as you've probably figured out, I am dead set against Christian involvement in politics. This is the devil's world and it plays by his rules. If we try to change it we only end up embracing it and being changed by it. Here is what I read in scripture:
Jesus answered, "My kingdom is not of this world. If My kingdom were of this world, My servants would fight, so that I should not be delivered to the Jews; but now My kingdom is not from here."
John 18:36 NKJV
For our battle is not against flesh and blood, but against [angelic] princes, against [angelic] authorities, against the cosmic powers of this [present] darkness, against evil spirits in the heavenly realms.
The rotten things going on in the world today are the result of satanic
direction, satanic influence, the leadership, power and position of
those under satanic influence, the satanic system in general and its
growing influence (SR
4 is all about that). None of these things can be combated by
physical confrontation. Only spiritual solutions offer any true hope.
Blessedly, believers who are engaging in the fight daily through
spiritual growth are having an outsized influence for good – far beyond
any possible good they could ever do even if elected to the highest
offices in the land (and if fact in that case they would be so
compromised to have accomplished such things that they would no doubt be
doing more harm than good, especially to themselves). We who are
actually "in the fight" also have the encouragement of understanding
that in a few short years the whole satanic system will be taken down in
its entirety as Christ rules the world – and we will share in all that
(with higher positions going to the better spiritual warriors now).
Babylon, moreover, will be completely destroyed even before we see the
Lord return to destroy the armies of the beast (and cast him and his
false prophet into the lake of fire). Until then, believers are
"salt" (link), and the saltier we are the more preservative
influence on our countries we are given to exert – not visible and
directly, but invisibly through the power of God (not to mention that
our prayers are also proportionally more efficacious: Jas.5:16b-17).
Believers who are really interested in pushing back should spend more time in prayer, Bible reading, and Bible study.
Your friend in Jesus Christ our dear Lord and Savior,
While I agree with you, it begs the issue. I have nothing to do with politics, but if they come to my door and demand I be vaccinated, should I submit? They would be in violation of the law. Should I entertain criminals? Why did the Lord tell the apostles to sell a garment and buy a sword? My instinct would be to resist with as much force as needed.
Should they come to the door and demand I allow them to stick a swab up my nose for a "test" that is proven to be unreliable, should I submit? My instinct is not. Will I survive either option? Probably not.
Many situations arise where immediate reaction is necessary and I realize it will be up to each individual. I may be over reacting but I see nothing Biblical that would prohibit that response. What did I miss?
Yours in our Lord,
If a criminal shows up at my door and wants to vaccinate me or anything else (the mob of rioters got within two blocks last night), I have the right of self-defense. As uncomfortable as it may be, there is this:
Let every soul be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and the authorities that exist are appointed by God. Therefore whoever resists the authority resists the ordinance of God, and those who resist will bring judgment on themselves.
Romans 13:1-2 NKJV
As I always remark, Paul said this about the Roman authority at whose
hands he had and would continue to suffer severely and often unfairly –
and by whom he was eventually put to death. I'm sure he and his carried
swords – against bandits. But they never resisted the legitimate
authority even when it was acting unfairly – just as our Lord did not.
However, I do also need to point out that life is difficult enough without torturing oneself with hypotheticals. OK, a meteor could fall from the sky and vaporize me and my humble abode. I'm not going to worry about that. I'm also always trying not to worry about anything that might happen – because for one thing it might NOT happen (the Lord protected me and mine last night without us having to raise a finger). And for another our Lord told us not to worry. He told us to trust Him. He knows a lot more about what is going to happen than we do. In fact He knows everything, of course. And in fact He's made perfect provision for us. So the only question we really need to consider is "what does the Lord want me to do?" In terms of, e.g., being unjustly arrested by the authority God has allowed to be in place, I'm pretty sure the answer to that is not violent resistance even if it is also not passive acquiescence – and there is price to pay there as well, as is surely going to befall many of us in the not too distant future.
“If anyone is to go into captivity, into captivity they will go. If anyone is to be killed with the sword, with the sword they will be killed.” This calls for patient endurance and faithfulness on the part of God’s people.
Revelation 13:10 NIV
We're not going to use violence against the forces of antichrist; we're
not going to take his mark; we are going to have to suffer the
consequences of following Jesus in the way He desires.
In Jesus our dear Savior,
This may be somewhat legalistic and for that I apologize.
I practice Romans 13 -- even when laws are wrong by constitutional standards. My dilemma comes with forced vaccines. This new magical COVID vaccine they're rushing through is an RNA vaccine which permanently changes a person's DNA. (Fixing what God didn't get right, apparently.)
In forcing that vaccine, "they" would be in violation of 4th and 14th amendments and consequently in violation of federal Code of Criminal Procedure (18 USC 242). Ergo, that violation would be criminal.
While I don't agonize over hypotheticals and I believe vaccinations probably won't be forced, I do believe in being prepared in so far as I'm able.
This is a long way from the difference between Jeremiah and Ezekiel. I can only add that Israel and Judah were punished for violating the law. I can only wonder how things would have turned out had people of the time pushed back and obeyed God's laws. I can see very little difference between people of their time and people of our time.
Thanks for putting up with me.
Yours in our Lord Jesus Christ,
If by "pushing back" then you mean, "doing what God wants us to do",
then by all means I would agree with that. For us believers nowadays
that means spiritual growth, progress and production.
One other difference between then and now is that Israel was God's nation – we are not. This is a secular nation which, for many centuries, had a remnant of positive believers who acted as salt for it. In my estimation, the quantity and more particularly the quality of the salt has seriously declined and is trending vigorously downward, and the reactions of people generally to all "this" seem to confirm that if anything I was giving us too much credit. So "push back" – God's way!
The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much. Elias was a man subject to like passions as we are, and he prayed earnestly that it might not rain: and it rained not on the earth by the space of three years and six months. And he prayed again, and the heaven gave rain, and the earth brought forth her fruit.
James 5:16b-18 KJV
Your friend in Jesus Christ,
I got into a pretty big argument with my family tonight at dinner about God's
sovereignty in a democracy of selecting leaders while us still having operable
free will. I told them I was not going to vote and they are very afraid of the
Democrats. I could not rationally explain this balance although they were not
really interested in hearing. I feel like this is one of those things that is
true because it's true -- like marriage being between one man and one woman.
Should I continue to take a stand on not voting or just back off and vote for Trump (who I think is better anyway). This would save me a lot of domestic angst. At the same time I feel like being neutral on political parties is important because we are not to worry about things bigger than our pay grade.
In our Lord,
As you know, I'm big on Christians staying out of politics. It's very
hard NEVER to have any sort of political discussion with one's family,
e.g., especially under the current unpleasantness; that is because while
normally politics have only an indirect effect or at least a delayed one
on the fabric of our lives, at present everything we do is being touched
with immediacy by the decisions of political leaders, national, state
and local (e.g., the decision of our mayor last night not to have the
police intervene resulted in most of downtown being trashed and looted –
with only three arrests total).
I can't remember a biblical passage where we are told that it is our Christian duty to vote. In fact, I don't know of anything in the Declaration of Independence or the Constitution or any other important document that even suggests we are not good people or good citizens if we don't cast ballots. Voting is, in my view, a privilege -- NOT a "responsibility". Serving one's country is a responsibility – but the vast majority of people who harp on voting have never served.
It's more important for your family to be saved than to vote or to have their political preferences win out or be affirmed.
We all have opinions (goodness knows). But what do they matter when they have to do with things that don't matter? Will any politician ward off the coming of antichrist or the Tribulation? Of course not (they can't even handle effectively the Covid crisis or the present rioting). But some politician (most likely) will BE antichrist, and most of the rest will end up supporting him. That goes for religious leaders and opinion makers and scientists and media talking heads and nearly everyone else – except for believers who are walking closely with Jesus Christ and paying attention to Him and His truth instead of to extraneous things (like politics).
That being the case, staying out of the losing game of politics (the devil is normally the only one who ever wins it – and that will be absolutely the case once the Tribulation begins) is my preference. As I say, it's not as if I don't have opinions too or that these can't occasionally be aggravated out of me by those near and dear.
I said, “I will guard my ways,
Lest I sin with my tongue;
I will restrain my mouth with a muzzle,
While the wicked are before me.”
I was mute with silence,
I held my peace even from good;
And my sorrow was stirred up.
My heart was hot within me;
While I was musing, the fire burned.
Then I spoke with my tongue.
Psalm 39:1-3 NKJV
We've all been THERE. But what does David say in the next verse in the Spirit?
LORD, make me to know my end,
And what is the measure of my days,
That I may know how frail I am.
Psalm 39:4 NKJV
In other words, God is in control, not us, and if we are walking humbly
with Him we will refrain from anger, realizing that what people REALLY
need to be set straight about is the gospel and the further truth
thereafter (for believers), and that this will only happen if the Spirit
leads them. When we are patiently waiting for an opening to deliver a
missile of truth, He may use us to do so. But if we are muddying the
waters by participating in non-essential arguments . . .
As I say, it's hard to see, e.g., the ubiquitous irrational fear out there (or the governmental acquiescence in the present violence) and not say something to those with whom we have some rapport; but it is also true that where the mouth is concerned, it is usually the case that "discretion if the better part of valor". Or as it says in scripture:
For I know that your transgressions are many and your sins are numerous. You oppress the righteous man, you take bribes, and you turn the innocent away [from justice] at the gate. So the prudent man keeps quiet at [such a] time [as] this, for it is an evil time.
Amos 5:12-13 (cf. Matt.7:6)
In Jesus Christ our dear Lord and Savior,
Bob L. – who is far from perfect on this score (in case you were wondering)
How do I tell them that we can have free will and God is still in control of nation's leaders? They were saying that there can't be both free will and God's sovereignty because we live in a democracy and people use their free will decisions to vote so can God then be soveign?
In hindsight I'd like to know how to reconcile this in a coherent argument because it has peace in my mind I just cannot articulate it without "contradicting myself" in their words.
Please say a prayer for me that I can soon leave this place if it is in our Lord's Will. I much prefer being alone with Jesus than with hardened unbelievers. Then with my new biz I will have plenty of interaction.
Never mind. I know the answer to this. This is what I texted my __ who listened to the conversation and is a very lukewarm believer. "They cannot understand what I am saying because they do not have the Holy Spirit (only people who believe in Jesus as their Savior do). The Holy Spirit is in each believer and He helps make spiritual things understandable. Thus, this is why I am only texting you this: God can be both sovereign (all-controlling in politics) while balancing our free-will because He knew our decisions beforehand so He crafted everything in His plan to work out for those who love Him. So while He doesnt make decisions for us, He knows what they will be before we make them and will work it out for His plan which culminates in Jesus returning at the end of the tribulation, and the resultant judgement that takes place. That’s the truth. Whether some party is in on either side will not make a difference to His plan. And instead of someone making a politician their Savior they should make God their Savior, and that’s why I decided to take a stand on saying that it doesn’t matter because God has it in control despite the fact that we have free will decision making. And the only place that free will decision making power is important is deciding whether to believe in Christ and grow through His word after, not some silly vote that makes absolutely no difference
Excellent response! Do you mind if I post it?
Thanks. It's very tempting to get involved in argumentation, as I say, with all that is going on. If Christians were spending half the time praying to the Lord for deliverance for our country and our brothers and sisters in Christ as we are fretting, griping and watching the news, it would probably be over by now (not to suggest that I personally am Simon-pure on this score!).
Social distancing is the one and only thing that protects you from COVID-19.
That means church is a 100% effective way of spreading it because it's the least
socially distant event you can possibly attend.
People wanna die? Let them die. People wanna ignore the science in favor of their delusions? ("I also will choose their delusions" Isaiah 66:4) let them believe whatever they wish. It's not hatred: it's respect.
Don't know why you're addressing this to me since Ichthys is
But in terms of e.g. the RC church (and almost all Protestant churches), it's not as if anyone is missing out on the truth by not attending their services.
Just looking at generalities & stereotypes. I am just in awe of how
/weird/ people are. My mind simply does not work that way. And I hope it
A good thing to keep in mind to avoid pride:
If I am so wise and everyone else so foolish, I probably would already be wealthier than Jeff Bezos....
If wisdom were about making money, Jeff Bezos and Bill Gates and you name 'em would be occupying prime real estate in New Jerusalem instead of the lake of fire.
Notice how the authorities pick the number "6".
In our Lord,
Hah! Well, you know, it's 2 meters (or metres) in UK and dominion
But that's been the least of concerns here of late. Last night the mob which looted and trashed our downtown (while the police no doubt on orders from our mayor looked on and did nothing – three arrests all night long) got to within three blocks of where we live. I'm grateful to the Lord for the deliverance and for the fact that no serious damage was done in our neighborhood. The governor called out the national guard for tonight, but there were plenty of state police and locals yesterday night to handle the number of rioters who were causing trouble. It'll be interesting to see what happens tonight after I post this week's responses.
Thank you Sir for the prompt reply. By the mercy of God I and my family
needs help very urgent. Am a classroom teacher of kindergarten and and
nursery class in a private school.
Since the outbreak of Covid-19 there's has been a locked down and since then no work and no salary for two months now and still counting. Our local church's pastor has been trying to assist a lot of the few members in the homes to provide foods to survive.
Churches buildings have been shut but we fellowship as families members in our homes to prevent the spread.
Our local church and the pastor cannot continue because no money and he is of age (78 years). My family and some other brethren with their family needs all the help we can get.
Our government only enforced locked down without palatives given and every one is suffering. Am so sorry to bother you sir, if there is any thing you can do for us, I have three little kids of 8,6,and 4 years.
Please if you can speak to any charity group or any helpers on our behalves. We are up to three family in our local church with same challenge of hunger.
Am from Lagos Nigeria West Africa.
PLEASE HELP IN THE NAME OF OUR LORD.
I don't have any contact with any charities but I will post this to the site.
Hope you're okay and had a nice weekend.
I'm sorry to hear about the possibility of no "in class with students" time in the fall. Have you heard anything more?
It seems most of the universities over here are planning to take the same route with teaching online in the autumn. From bits that I've read it sounds like it's taking a LOT of organisation to achieve this. Some are wanting to be able to teach smaller groups f2f with social distancing as soon as possible. Also I read that the students will have to pay exactly the same tuition fees for online as for face to face teaching. I feel the same as you in that I wouldn't want to pay the same money.
They're talking about using the same sort of teaching methods that you told me about rather than just "bunging lectures online" which is something I know that you didn't do anyway even though others did.
I feel really sorry for the students at this time. I wonder if they will all have access to everything they need for online and even have a quiet place in their household where they can study.
They're saying the uni's decisions will change as updates on the virus are changing.
I'm keeping you in my prayers about all of this.
In our dear Lord Jesus
It's Memorial Day here so the weekend continues. Overdid it a little
bit, going for a run (very hot and humid here now as normal L-ville
weather has returned), then working in my backyard, pulling "creeping
Charlie" out of the long lily bed and also gathering up wood and pulled
up weeds to set out for pick up.
No news from the uni; no telling what next week will bring. Barber shops started opening up today; mine still seems to be closed. I'll have to do something about that soon. Favorite restaurant on the corner is still only doing carry-out though they've gotten permission to reopen since last Friday. People still seem to be terrified for reasons that escape me entirely. The NYT did a front page where they listed the names of all the USA CV-19 victims. I don't take the paper but I checked it out on their website and I didn't see a single victim under 60 with most much older (lots of 90's). Yet no one wants to go anywhere or do anything. That is the sort of irrational fear that seems to be permeating my uni too. I thought the prospect of total collapse of enrollments and revenue would shake them awake, but not yet, it seems. Regardless of organization and planning and even resources expended, I'm highly skeptical that a hybrid model will work or be any better received by our students than the emergency online approach. That's just not what college is. If things had gone differently I would have loved to have gone to Oxford. But sitting home on a computer is NOT "going to Oxford".
Thanks for those prayers! Keeping you and your family in mine too.
In Jesus our dear Savior,
Hope you've recovered from overdoing it a bit. Sometimes just working in the yard is enough exercise for the day - especially in all your heat and humidity. You'll be getting achy bones! Lovely weather here again and I've been out weeding and pruning and sweeping.
Primary schools are reopening here for the younger years on 1st June and non-essential shops from 15th June. So that should make the towns and cities come to life a little bit more - maybe! I'm hoping it will gradually help to make people feel a bit more reassured that it's OK. Hairdressers and barbers are still shut though. Makes me chuckle a bit when I see everyone looking a bit dishevelled from needing a haircut. I saw my boss for the first time in ages a couple of weeks ago and he walked in looking slightly windswept. I know I shouldn't smile but it was really funny! Once my hairdresser opens I'll probably have to wait another month before I can even get an appointment. Still no restaurants or pubs open but some places are doing carry-outs.
It was interesting to read what you said about the ages of the USA CV-19 victims. The number of deaths here are going down and down each week. They talk about a virus being contagious and can spread quickly but I think you can say the same about fear. The virus is constantly in the media and that definitely hasn't helped especially when they use frightening language like "killer virus", "deadly disease", "invisible enemy", "fear", "afraid". I'm not really into Facebook or anything like that but who knows what fear is being spread through all of that too. People are letting fear rule their lives rather than being guided by reason and keeping their fears in check. If only they all knew the Lord things would be a whole lot different.
I didn't know that you would have loved to have gone to Oxford, Bob. It's a real shame it didn't quite work out that way for you. I always watch the Oxford and Cambridge boat race on TV but it was cancelled this year.
In work tomorrow for my one day. Not sure when we'll move on any further - it's all gone a bit quiet higher up with the Chief Dental Officer for England. Dentists aren't happy about the way she's handling all of this and some have called for her resignation. We'll see what happens in the next episode!
Keeping you and your family in my prayers, and thanks so much for yours too.
In Jesus our dear Saviour
I need a haircut too! I did finally shave off most of the "viral beard"
I'd been growing (got to the point of needing to be trimmed but my gear
was getting it all uneven and produced some noticeable holes so . . .).
My barber shop is on my jogging route and as I peeked in the window
today someone was cutting hair! But I'm sure I'll need an appointment
(and a mask). My brother lives in Michigan where their governor is now
notorious for dictatorial shutdown decrees. A barber up there refused to
shut down and his patrons kept paying his fines. When they got tough and
revoked his license, he had to go to court to get it reinstated. Her
husband called the boat shop where they have their luxury cabin up north
and asked them to get their boat ready for Memorial Day weekend. The guy
at the shop said "three weeks"; when the gov's hubby asked it would make
if difference if he were the gov's husband the guy said, "Yeah, six
weeks". Another good line: "We've flattened to curve; now it's time to
flatten the fear". Of course, without Jesus Christ I suppose all these
unbelievers do have a right to be afraid. What they've got waiting for
them on the other side is terrible beyond contemplation. It's only by
pretending they aren't going to die that they can bump along, but this
viral-fear has made the reality much more difficult to ignore. So they
want me to wear a mask. I'll wear a mask (actually, all I have is a
bandana made out of an old t-shirt), but it won't keep them out of the
lake of fire. Only Jesus Christ can do that.
More and more people I have any contact with are SO ready for things to return to normal. As far as I'm concerned, I'm hoping for the "new normal" to be identical to the "old normal" – but it'll be good to remember all this for what's to soon to come – and also to take to heart the need to get ready for that.
Thanks for the email – keeping you and yours in my daily prayers.
In Jesus Christ our dear Lord and Savior,
Hi again my friend,
I too had never heard of this man or his books until last week, but I get all reading materials from Audible as my reading eyes were lost due to almost 30 years of looking at a computer screen. don't know how long a ride you have to work or if your cell phone and your car are bluetooth enabled, but here's a 2 book free trial to audible where you can order it for free and listen on your ride to and from work. Just don't forget to cancel the audible subscription. I'm not finished it yet but I'd love your take on it. It's mind blowing to me in how he has matched ancient kings to today's leaders; even to the dates of their coming to power. Even Bill Clinton, Obama, Hillary's attempt and even matches Trump to Jehu and his rise. His matching of dates, especially to ancient kings and current ones beginning with Clinton are uncanny but I'd really like your take. Here is one of his interviews using Ahab as Clinton's paradigm.
Your friend in Christ
I do have the
MP3 files now at Ichthys for all the major studies and even for some
email topics (link), but that is all a result of the hard work and
effort of reader Chris B (I just post what he's done). I'm not much of
an audio person myself, though I did listen to Col. Thieme's tapes for
years; now I don't seem to have the patience audio books (reading is
faster and it's easier to be selective).
In any case, I should tell you that I don't believe that there is any pre-Trib prophecy in scripture. The Church Age is the mystery age which was only dimly foreshadowed in the Old Testament. We do have the seven churches of Revelation, but they give general trends for the church eras, not prophecies of specific events.
Assigning prophetic value to contemporary events has been a cottage industry in the Laodicean church-visible ever since I can remember, but while it does sell books, it doesn't actually have any validity. It can't, because nothing in scripture says anything about the present time. Prophetic references start when the Tribulation starts. It is true that we are getting very close, and for that reason it is interesting to look at current events and try to gauge how these might end up in the end times situation described in scripture. But as I've often had occasion to remark, the pace of events during the Tribulation after the removal of Holy Spirit restraint will be beyond anything previously imaginable, so that whatever happens ahead of time can be turned on its head overnight once the end times actually begin – witness the speed at which the present unpleasantness has transformed most everything for the worse.
The other main problem I have with these sorts of "analyses" is that they are usually wrong-footed in their approach and dangerously so. We do have enough in scripture to be able to say with authority that the beast will not be some middle-eastern potentate but instead the head of mystery Babylon (which seems to be the US after the Tribulation's commencement – not now). But a lot of these sorts of books want to find an Islamic beast, and the problem with that is that antichrist will style himself as the opponent of precisely that personality. In other words, wrong-headed approaches will tend to make Christians vulnerable to the lie that the beast is actually on God's side fighting against "the beast". But that is what Christ does – and of course antichrist will in the end pretend to be Christ. Getting THAT one wrong will contribute to the apostasy of a third of believers who will end up taking the mark.
Apologies if I've read this completely wrong - - I haven't read / heard the book – but in any case I don't believe there is any such "matching" to be done, regardless of the results of such a procedure.
Praying for you and for you health daily, my friend!
In Jesus Christ our dear Lord and Savior,
Thanks to you and your studies, I have a very good understanding of the tribulation. Please be assured of that. Now I just watch and listen because these appear to be strange times that we're living in and, I know, will get exponentially worse. In that respect you've misunderstood my curiosity of this person's material which I know is not scriptural. I've still not completed the book so I'm unclear of what the matching (length of the reigns of the ancient kings to present governmental persons) is actually supposed to mean according to the writer. I do know, as you mentioned, that there's absolutely nothing in scripture to equate past to present rulers.
As regards the tribulation, I've asked a number of acquaintances what are their thoughts on it. Many will not even discuss it; some get mildly upset and most churches teach the rapture based on the "catching up" theory.
The Lord led me to your website a very long time ago and for that I'm so thankful.
Yours in Christ,
Thanks for all this, my friend! I appreciate it.
And you are certainly right about the state of affairs in church-visible Laodicea. That really is the latent danger in the "rapture theory". While theoretically a person might be just as interested in the details even if they didn't apply, in practice we see laziness and immaturity being the rule and that false doctrine is clearly a great contributor.
Do get back to me on what this person does with the "connections" once you get further into the book (I'd be very interested to know).
In Jesus our dear Lord and Savior,
Thank you Bob!
To clarify, our Philadelphian ancestors had such great faith that God blessed our country with tremendous prosperity that gave believers of Laodicea time and great potential to grow spiritually and apply the Truth?
I have some more questions and if I ask one that has already been answered please refer the link to me. I do not want to waste your precious time.
1. Will we have a woman partner in eternity? I know Jesus tells the Pharisees that there will be no wives in heaven but since God did set up man and woman to complement one another it would make sense for us to be paired up wouldn’t it?
God did bless this country and no doubt that is mostly to do with believers (the
"salt principle"). Conversely, it's not wrong to see the present decline in all
things decent – and the troubles we are currently dealing with (Covid-19
over-reaction; rioting under-reaction) as a result of the
decrease in the quantity of quality of said "salt".
1) The Bible doesn't say, and for good reason. If the answer were "no", because of our human weaknesses it would be frustrating to know that (even though of course things will be wonderful on the other side); if the answer were "yes", for the same reason we would fixate on that. And it's pointless in any case because yes or no, nothing on the other side will be anything like we imagine in our present limited ability to do so.
2. Will our resurrection bodies have an enhanced mind to appreciate the wonders of the new heavens and earth? If we do have an enhanced mind wouldn’t this change our personality and therefore our spirits? I know our spirits are eternal so is it just the physical body that transforms?
2) I think it is a sure thing that we will be "enhanced" in all manner of ways. We know a little bit about that from scripture, but the details we will have to wait to find out.
3. Will God remove our free will in eternal life? I want to choose for God in this life but fighting this battle of choices and free will is a constant struggle. Since God will only accept perfectly righteous people in his kingdom, and free will has the potential for evil, will He remove free will and bring us completely to Him?
3) Imagine being in Eden – without a tree-of-knowing-good-and-evil. We'd still be "us", just with no inclination to sin and no opportunity for it either. So I don't think that's a helpful way to phrase the issue.
4. How will resurrected believers occupy their time in the Millennial Kingdom other than administration? Wouldn’t there be so many resurrected believers that there would be more administrators than actual people living? I know the population will boom but it still seems like a disconnected ratio. I’m assuming this administration will can be completely spiritual because if people living during that time saw us resurrected wouldn’t that corrupt their free will?
4) This would be true for the first few years; but the human population expanded rapidly from only eight after the flood – and the environment was far from perfect. Imagine perfect environment and a much larger start number (millions?).
5. Will we see the Father in the New Heavens and Earth or will the Son always be the physical manifestation of the Trinity?
5) Revelation says they are in light in the center of New Jerusalem so I don't know why not
6. I want to make sure that I have the definition of sin completely
correct. I’m going to state the definition that I think is Biblically
correct and please let me know how correct it truly is. “Sin is the
action of a person conceiving a lust, by thinking that the particular
wrongful thought is the right thing to do in their mind even for the
briefest moment and if the sin gets conceived long enough it manifests
into words and actions. However, having lusts and temptations enter the
mind but not conceived and grabbed hold of so to speak is just the Holy
Spirit resisting the sin and the person is not committing it.”?
Your student in Christ,
6) Here's what you need to know about sin: don't do it. And if you do,
confess, ride out the discipline, making a mental note not to do it
again. The Bible says, "sin is lawlessness" (1Jn.3:4). For more see the
BB 3B: "The Nature of Sin". I'm very reluctant to engage in making
definitions which are not specific biblical quotes. This is a Platonic
philosophy procedure that got the early church-visible into a heap of
trouble. I don't say it's wrong (I do go along with the traditional
description of the Trinity – but that is not a definition), but it leads
to a lot of problems without producing anything good. Sin is something
we know when we see it or think about it in the Spirit, even if it's not
identified as a particular sin in the Bible. So abortion is a sin,
right? Not saying it's "murder"; but it's not mentioned in the Bible.
Shooting up heroin is a sin, right? Also not in the Bible. When it comes
to mental sins, this is very hard stuff to parse. One thing we can say –
the practical thing – is that we ought to train and discipline ourselves
to stay away from any such "wrestling match" – because no good will come
of it. Also, this is not how we "keep score". We all sin. If we sin, we
confess and make a point of not going there again. If we are slow on the
uptake, and if we get disciplined, we confess, and we ride out the
discipline of a loving God the Father – and try to be better about this
in the future. Like I always say, the place to fight the enemy is at the
farthest possible remove, not after they've already broken through the
wire and things are hand-to-hand. If we let it get to that point, by all
means fight. But much better to blow away temptation and any sort of
thinking that's likely to entertain it before it ever gets started.
Hope you are starting to feel some better, my friend. I'm keeping you in my prayers daily.
In Jesus Christ our dear Lord and Savior,
The subject has to do with Matthew 21:43 coupled with what Paul’s points out in Romans 10:19.
Firstly, is the ‘taken and given’ a reference to the responsibility of delivering the gospel of Christ to the world, that was forfeited by Israel and now is the message of Gentile believers? Secondly, will the ‘taken’ become a ‘given’ back to Israel with their acceptance of Christ (Zachariah 13:9) during the millennium reign of Christ? So as to fulfill their calling [which was given to Paul at first for he was the apostle to the Gentiles (Acts 28:28)] as given to them as per Matthew 28:19-20.
In Him who sits at the right hand of the Majesty on high.
The Church rather than Israel is now the evangelical light of the world
reflecting the Light our Lord.
However, Israel is the base of the Church and the Church includes Israel as well. At present, Jewish believers are in the minority; during the age of Israel, gentile believers were in the minority. Prophecy indicates that the proportion will shift again during the Millennium. As far as the main vehicle to spread the truth is concerned, however, during the Millennium "the earth will be filled with the knowledge of the glory of the LORD, as the waters cover the sea" (Hab.2:14 NKJV). Christ will be ruling in Jerusalem and we will share in His rule. So there will be no dearth of the truth. But in spite of that, at the end of this era of perfect environment and government, most of the population will rebel against Christ (Rev.20:7-10). So it's not all a matter of evangelism. Knowing the truth is nothing without believing it and responding to it too.
Your friend in Jesus Christ,
Thanks man. That reminded me of something. Does the Bible say anything
about being vegetarian or vegan as opposed to eating meat? I was talking
with somebody and she said we're supposed to be vegetarians because
that's what Adam & Eve were. She also said it's more healthier and
animal meat act as middle men for protein because they get their protein
from plants. Though someone else said that isn't true and it's just New
Age Christianity or New Age Spiritualism and that we should eat meat. I
don't really trust the meat given to us as it appears to be unhealthy &
not produced well at all. I also watched a recent documentary about
athletes who have a vegetarian diet performing better than meat eating
athletes. I was wondering your thoughts on this.
Ah and another thing. Once believers receive their eternal bodies does that mean they're 3 dimensional bodies (like the ones we have now) but immortal & better or does that mean spiritual bodies like angels? Also I have a concern about having bodies with no limitations. Does that mean anybody is able to do anything? Because if so I think that would defeat the purpose of sports or athletes who work hard to achieve a more fit body. If everybody can do anything then that'd seem a bit boring to me. Like weight lifters. How can one appreciate lifting a heavy weight if there was no work or effort put into accomplishing such a task; moreover, where is the fun in that if everyone can do it? I'm all about growth & work and personally a body that could do anything automatically would be boring to me and I'd lose it, haha. I think work/effort makes us appreciate things more and gives us something to look forward to. For example, if everybody can lift anything then that would destroy a whole sport or even exercise all together! So maybe having "no limitations" could mean endless possibilities, right? But we still have to work for it (ex. running as fast as a car but having to put forth the effort to get there instead of just being able to do it). Of course if we don't have physical bodies then all sports, athletics, etc. goes down the drain. Couldn't imagine spending eternity like that. Thanks again.
Vegetarianism as a universal lifestyle came to an end with the great flood (cf. Mk.7:19; Rom.14:14; Col.2:16-23; 1Tim.4:1-5; 2Tim.3:5; Heb.13:9): :
"Everything that lives and moves about will be food for you. Just as I gave you the green plants, I now give you everything."
Genesis 9:3 NIV
On the other hand, proclaiming that any food is restricted or unholy is a mark of false teaching and even a harbinger of antichrist's false religion:
The Spirit clearly says that in later times some will abandon the faith and follow deceiving spirits and things taught by demons. Such teachings come through hypocritical liars, whose consciences have been seared as with a hot iron. They forbid people to marry and order them to abstain from certain foods, which God created to be received with thanksgiving by those who believe and who know the truth. For everything God created is good, and nothing is to be rejected if it is received with thanksgiving, because it is consecrated by the word of God and prayer.
1st Timothy 4:1-5
On your other question, there is a great deal we don't know about what's
coming, but since our eternal bodies will be just like that of our
resurrected Lord (1Jn.3:2), we can say that there are many similarities
with what we have now, only without corruption and with many abilities
we can't as yet imagine.
Here is the main link on that for the details: "The Resurrection Body"
Eternity will not be boring – we will be face to face with the Lord! But most of what people waste their time with and value down here in this temporary world of dust will indeed be gone forever. For what scripture does tell us about the eternal state and New Jerusalem, see the link.
In Jesus Christ whom we long to be with forever.
1. How do I balance reward motivation with glorifying Jesus Christ?
You wrote this: "Correct motivations always flow from humility, from obedience to God and to His truth, and from a desire for His glory, not our own.
"The one who speaks for himself seeks his own glory. But the One who seeks the glory of Him who sent Him, this is the One who is true, and there is no unrighteousness in Him."
The Pharisees did all that they did not out of a desire to glorify God but instead to glorify themselves."
However, this still does not make a lot of sense for me, because aren't we seeking our own glory by wanting approbation, reward, and honor from Jesus? Is it that we are seeking Jesus's glory here on earth because we know He will glorify us in heaven. So, we shift our innate desire for honor and respect into the heavenly realm instead of the earthly realm?
1) The two things are perfectly complementary and you can't really do one without the other. The Pharisees sought glory from people; we seek to be found acceptable to the Lord in every way as long as we are here (e.g., 2Cor.5:9).
2. Also, will all of the Friends of the Bride not have a eternal habitation in
the New Jerusalem?
You said this: "The population of the New Earth outside of New Jerusalem will be composed of the Friends of the Bride, that is, the contingent of millennial believers not resurrected and rewarded until history's end." So to reaffirm only Church believers will have a stake to an eternal habitation in the New Jerusalem?
I'm not asking this because I distrust you in any way, rather I find it quite remarkable that only the Church believers get this wonderful reward. If possible, can you give me some more color on this? Is it because Church believers have a tougher trial to overcome than millennial believers?
2) The New Jerusalem is actually said to be "the Bride" (Rev.21:9); and we know also from Rev.21-22 that there are believers living outside of the city. Eternity will be wonderful. All the saved and elect angels too will be able to enter the city. But we – the Church (all believers from Adam and Eve unto the 2nd Advent) – have our eternal home there. This is a special privilege of the Bride, the unique complement of Jesus Christ.
3. Last, sometimes I wonder about the Jewish vs. Gentile distinction in heaven?
How will God balance His impartiality with maintaining his covenant promises to
the race of the Jews?
3) I don't believe there will be any functional distinction whatsoever. We,
gentile believers, all become members of one of the tribes as they are
reorganized according to merit (cf. the 12 gates, one for each tribe).
Hope you are doing well, my friend! I pray for you and your health.
In Jesus Christ our dear Lord and Savior,
Hi Dr. L,
I pray all is well with you and your family. Can you point me to some verses on who obtains a glorified body? I am in a study discussion with a fellow believer and assert that only saints that are dead and alive at Jesus Christ 2nd advent receives a glorified body. The other person asserts that millennium believers also receive a glorified body. I disagree. I mentioned Rev 21:24 and other passages. But i can recall in your extensive revelation study that you mentioned the Friends of the Bride with relevant verses. Ughh. I wish i could have kept it.
Any help is appreciated.
Also, It is no where in the bible but am I to assume that the Friends of the Bride that bring their glory to the New Jerusalem will be the ones that will repopulate the new heaven and new earth since resurrected saints are made like angels, i.e can't reproduce.
In Christ Jesus our Lord
In the 2B Eschatology
(link), you will find the info about the next phase of the resurrection in
section 7.4 on p. 177: "The Resurrection of the Lamb's Bride"; this will detail
how you are correct that only those who are believers (alive or departed) at the
Lord's return are part of the Church. 1st Corinthians 15:23-24 shows that there
are three phases of the resurrection: 1) Jesus Christ; 2) the Church; 3) the end
when both millennial believers and all unbelievers of all time are resurrected.
#3 are the subjects of the "sheep and goats" judgment in Matthew 25. The sheep
there cannot be the Church because that would mean that all unbelievers would be
judged at the second advent but we know from Revelation 20 that this happens
after the Millennium is over. We also know from Revelation 21-22 that the Bride
is living in New Jerusalem (Rev.21:9), but that there are others outside who are
also not condemned (Rev.21:24). These friends of the Bride are also mentioned at
Revelation 19:9 and called "blessed". In 2B Eschatology this is treated in
various places throughout, but p.327, section 8.1.a, "The Last Resurrection of
the Saved and the Unsaved" will discuss it most comprehensively.
Keeping you in my prayers daily, my friend.
In Jesus Christ our dear Lord and Savior,
Hi Bob and family,
Just a quick question in regarding helping a friend.
What is the difference between losing your salvation and losing your rewards?
A friend asked me this question yesterday when we were talking about it.
Again as always dear Bob,
“And whoever gives one of these little ones only a cup of cold water in the name of a disciple, assuredly, I say to you, he shall by no means lose his reward.”
Matthew 10:42 NKJV
Pretty unequivocal. So here is my simple answer: Lose your salvation (through apostasy), lose your rewards. Hold onto your salvation, hold onto your rewards.
Look to yourselves, that we do not lose those things we worked for, but that we may receive a full reward.
2nd John 1:18 NKJV
The above "losing" is only possible through first losing faith
(apostasy). If we are producing well then all of a sudden go into a
spiritual tail-spin and crash and burn in the sin unto death (or even a
milder loss of productive headway), we lose the opportunity of gaining a
reward as full as it might have been, but "God is not unjust to forget
your work and labor of love which you have shown toward His name, in
that you have ministered to the saints, and do minister" (Heb.6:10 NKJV).
Mind you, if we do make that mistake, we will be saved "yet as through fire" (1Cor.3:12-15), and can expect a big bonfire at the judgment seat of Christ for all the waste we produced (but our "gold, silver and precious stones" will abide).
The danger is thus not that we will lose reward if we backslide, but that we will backslide all the way and lose our faith, thus losing our salvation. That IS a real danger that the OSAS crowd don't accept. See the link.
In Jesus Christ our dear Lord and Savior,
I read your article at https://ichthys.com/mail-When-is-the-Rapture.htm . I have researched the timing of the second coming extensively, and have come to a conclusion that the second coming would have to be in 2026, in agreement to one of your possible years, because of one truth, the year we are in since creation. Might I suggest you read my bible study regarding this topic? It is good to discuss these important matters with other believers. http://www.wisdomofgod.us/2019/11/20/estimated-dates-of-the-events-of-the-1-year-great-tribulation-of-the-earth/ .
Then how do you reconcile that with the date of the cross, 33 AD?
Seems you are seven years early.
In Jesus our dear Lord and Savior,
The Messiah actually died in 30 AD, because he died on a Wednesday to fulfill “3 days and 3 nights” that he remained dead. Nisan 14 fell on a Wednesday in 30 AD, so he was therefore anointed in 26 AD, 3 and ½ years prior to his death. And from 26 AD to 2026 AD is precisely 2,000 years. And from the beginning of creation to the year of the anointing of the Messiah was precisely 4,000 years. We are in in fact approaching 6,000 years from creation in less than 7 years.
Actually, this is a common misunderstanding that's been gaining strength
nowadays. The scriptures clearly teach a Friday crucifixion (the next
day is the Sabbath: e.g., Mk.15:42), and a Sunday resurrection (e.g.,
Matt.28:1). The "3 days / 3 nights" objection is unfounded. In the
ancient world, and in Israel as well, they used what is called
"inclusive counting"; so part of Friday, all of Saturday, and part of
Sunday counts as three days. If it is objected that this is not
complete, "3 days / 3 nights" also cannot mean MORE than "3 days / 3
nights". But we know that our Lord gave up spirit about the ninth hour,
the middle of the afternoon (Mk.15:34), but that He rose first thing
Sunday morning (e.g., Matt.28:1). So if He were crucified on Thursday,
it would mean not 72 hours in the grave but more like 81, and 104 if on
Wednesday. Those do not work at all; but the traditional (biblical)
Secondly, putting any serious interpretive weight on the Jewish dating now used (and used during the middle ages) is unwise and unfounded, because we have no idea how they were administering the calendar in our Lord's day. These dates have been projected backwards. The earliest info we have is from the Talmud, no earlier than 500 AD, and there is much speculation involved in the reconstruction. We can tell this was an issue in our Lord's day, because our Lord and His disciples celebrated the Passover, the "last supper" on the day before His crucifixion, but everyone in Jerusalem (in the south, that is), celebrated it the next evening.
Thirdly, we know that our Lord began His ministry at the age of 30 and that He was born in 2 BC at the end of the year (i.e., one year earlier than the traditional date). Since the ministry lasted three and a half years, the spring of 33 AD is necessary here too (see the links: "The Birth of Christ" and "The Crucifixion of Christ" for the particulars).
In any case, since the Tribulation precedes our Lord's return (Matt.24:29 ff.), if 2026 were correct for the dating of the second advent, that would mean that the Tribulation would already have to have begun in fall of 2019 – since it lasts seven years (Daniel's seventieth week). But we will definitely know when the Tribulation begins:
When He opened the seventh seal, there was silence in heaven for about half an hour. And I saw the seven angels who stand before God, and to them were given seven trumpets. Then another angel, having a golden censer, came and stood at the altar. He was given much incense, that he should offer it with the prayers of all the saints upon the golden altar which was before the throne. And the smoke of the incense, with the prayers of the saints, ascended before God from the angel’s hand. Then the angel took the censer, filled it with fire from the altar, and threw it to the earth. And there were noises, thunderings, lightnings, and an earthquake.
Revelation 8:1-5 NKJV
Yours in Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior,
First, the Messiah did not die before the weekly Shabbath, he died before the High Shabbath, which was the High Shabbath of the first day of the Feast of Unleavened Bread, which came with a command, “you shall do no work”, which implies, “shabbath”. And that is why one of the gospels says that the particular Shabbath before the death of the Messiah was a “high” one. The Messiah would’ve died on a Wednesday before the High Shabbath, to then fulfill 3 days and 3 nights he was dead, which is what the scriptures teach. And 30 AD is when Nisan 14 fell on a Wednesday, so 30 AD is actually the correct year of the death of the Messiah. And there is also no such thing as a “7 year tribulation”, because it is a misinterpretation of the final week of Daniel, which was already fulfilled by the Messiah. The great tribulation will be 1 year, for that is how long wailing and famine and plague and death will be rendered to the prostitute of Babylon, 1 prophetic day.
1) There's no higher Sabbath than the Passover (and the Day of
Atonement); the question is, on what day was it celebrated? You have not
answered my objections nor even considered the points I made.
2) Your scenario has the Messiah in the grave LONGER than three days and three nights which violates the scripture that He "would not see corruption" (Ps.16:10 compared with Jn.11:39).
3) You continue to assume that the medieval Jewish calendar and the projections of it backwards are accurate and meaningful (wrong on both counts).
4) The Tribulation lasts seven years as is clear throughout the Bible. For one thing (just as an example), the beast will trample Jerusalem for 42 months (Rev.11:2), after antichrist breaks the treaty with Israel "in the middle of the week" (seventieth week of Daniel: Dan.9:27). So the first half has 42 months as well = seven years.
5) And you've ignored all my other points and the links I sent you to.
This is a Bible teaching ministry. You came to me, not the other way around. I do not troll the internet looking for people to fence with. I give those who come here the benefit of the doubt that they are seeking the truth – until they prove otherwise.
I don't have any further time to waste on this.
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The Lord is my strength and my song, and He has become my salvation.
Addendum: 12/24/16: I also want to thank everyone who has been praying for my family and especially for my mother. She passed away yesterday morning at the age of ninety-six. Considering the sad shape she was in, it was a blessing that the Lord took her when He did. She died "full of years" in the company of those who loved her, and now she is with the Lord – and nothing is better than that (Phil.1:23; Rev.7:17; 21:4).
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Hello Brother Bob, Vau passed this morning. He is now with our Lord. Please continue to lift our family up in prayer.
Sister Shevetta Washington
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Mutual Encouragement in Christ III
Preparing for Tribulation II
It is Better on the Other Side
Christology Questions VIII: The Deity, Humanity and Life of Christ
The Lives of the Apostles and the Writing of the New Testament II
Biblical People and Places: Eve, Cain, Noah, Abraham, Hagar, Esau, Joseph and more
Biblical Anthropology V: Body, Spirit and 'Soul', Present and Future
Satan, Antichrist, the False Prophet and the Mark of the Beast
The Holy Spirit: Pneumatology Questions V
Prophets, Prophecy, and False Prophets
Christology Questions VII: The Life and Spiritual Death of Christ and Holy Communion
The Bible and the Canon: The Inspired Word of God III
Culture and Christianity XV: The Bible vs. some Sensitive Social and Political Issues
Christology Questions VI: Christophany, Deity and the Spiritual Death of Christ
Encouragement, Spiritual Testing and Spiritual Growth II
Spiritual Warfare V
Cults and Christianity VI
Fighting the Fight IV: Dispatches from the Laodicean 'Front'
Eschatology Issues XIV
The Gift of Tongues: Part 3
The Resurrection Body and our Eternal Future II
Gospel Questions XI
Blindness, Disease and Healing
Ministry and Preparation for Ministry
Atheism and Apologetics
Biblical Languages, Texts and Translations VII
Church History II
Salvation Questions II
Culture and Christianity XIV
Encouragement, Spiritual Testing and Spiritual Growth
Judaism and Legalism in the church-visible
Bible Interpretation VIII
Apostasy, Sin and Salvation
Confronting False Groups and False Teaching III
Eschatology Issues XIII: Time of the Tribulation and the Resurrection, Antichrist and the Mark of the Beast
Theological Questions II
The Holy Spirit: Pneumatology Questions IV
Old Testament Interpretation VI
More Questions on the Book of Hebrews: Melchizedek, Esau, and the 'Impossibility' of Being Restored
Believers in the World IV: Making Godly Choices vs. Following Man-Made Rules
Guilt, Sin and Victory through Spiritual Growth
Confronting False Groups and False Teaching II
Cults and Christianity V
Politics versus Spiritual Growth
Christian Struggle, Perseverance and Deliverance
The Bible and the Natural World
Sin, Fear and Forgiveness
An Extended Conversation on the 'Unpardonable' Sin
Eternal Realities: Real Heaven, Real Hell
Eschatology Issues XII: Babylon, Armageddon, Israel, 2026
Ministers, Ministry, and Preparation for Ministry
Evangelism in Principle and Practice II
Gospel Questions X: Glory, John the baptist, the hidden talent, the Kingdom of God
Old Testament Interpretation V: The Flight to Egypt, the Virgin Birth, Jonathan's Choice, Tyre in Prophecy
Matthew Questions, verse by verse
Marriage and the Bible IV
Politics and Political Action on the Eve of the Tribulation
Bible Versions, Bible Translation, and Bible Reading IV
Spiritual Growth II
Mutual Encouragement in Christ II
Baptism: Water and Spirit VI
Science and the Bible II
Genesis Gap: Questions and Answers IV
Culture and Christianity XIII: College, Dating, Marriage and Friendship
Eschatology Issues XI: Trumpets, the Millennium, the Time of the Tribulation and the Resurrection.
Sin according to the Bible: Hamartiology II
Bible Interpretation VII
Salvation and Sin
Bible Interpretation VI
Eschatology Issues X: Strong delusion, blood moons, 2026, imminence, apostasy & the mark of the beast
Angelic Issues VI: Cherubs, Guardians, Elders and 'gods'
Sin according to the Bible: Hamartiology I
Bible Chronology, Aramaic and Interpretation
Christians and Mental Illness
Culture and Christianity XII
The Trinity and Messianic Legalism
Anger, Anthropopathism, Eternity and Divine Motives
Unbelievers, Free Will, and the Plan of God II
Christology Questions V: the Baptism, Temptation and Spiritual Death of Christ
The Bible and the Canon: The Inspired Word of God II
Believers in the World III: Prosperity Gospel, Tithing, Cults and Legalism
Gospel Questions IX
Faith, Hope and Love: Virtue in Spiritual Warfare
Trinity Questions II
Some Sensitive Topics IV
Finding a Church – or Something Better? II
New Testament Interpretation III
Faith vs. History, Archaeology, Philosophy
Believers in the World II: Confronting False Groups and False Teaching
The 144,000 and the Two Witnesses of the Tribulation
Biblical Anthropology IV: Soul and Spirit, Image and Likeness, Book of Life, Life at Birth, Accountability and Infant Salvation.
Predestination, Free Will and False Teaching
Christophany and the Trinity
Love, Marriage, and Divorce: Marriage and the Bible III
Interpreting Dreams and Analyzing Prophetic Claims
Culture and Christianity XI: Lying, Suicide, Tattoos, Investing, Drugs, Music, Family, Dating, Politics
Bible Versions, Bible Translation, and Bible Reading III
Eschatology Issues IX: Amillennialism, Trumpets, and the Seven Days
Spiritual Warfare IV: Demons, Demonic Influences and Satanic Methodology
Satan's Fall from Grace
Atheism and Gnosticism: Denying the Truth about God
Sin, Salvation and Forgiveness: Claiming the Mental and Spiritual High-Ground
Struggling with Salvation . . . and Relatives
Legalism, Past and Present II
Ministry and the Ichthys Ministry II
All about Ichthys II: Mutual Encouragement in the Lord
The Book of Job and Christian Suffering
Genesis Gap: Questions and Answers III: Creationism, Neanderthals, Fossil Record
Christology Questions IV: Jesus' Birth, Baptism, Early Life, and Kenosis
Third Party Testimony III: Near Death Experiences, Revelations and Tongues
Third Party Testimony II: Charismatic Claims of Visions, Dreams and Prophecy
Third Party Testimony I: We Believe God and His Word – Not People
God Heals - in His way (not our way)
Sanctification, Separation and Restraint
Finding a Church – or Something Better?
Culture and Christianity X: Military Service, College, Politics, and Race Relations
Contemporary Churches and Women Preachers
Culture and Christianity IX: Politics, Tithing, Music, Crucifixes, Alcohol, and Gambling
Marriage and the Bible II
Biblical Anthropology III: Soul versus Spirit, "Soul Sleep", and the Interim Body
New Testament Interpretation II: Who is equal? Grace in vain. Unequally yoked.
Aspects of the Crucifixion II: Wednesday, Thursday, or Friday?
Aspects of the Crucifixion I: Carrying the cross, trials and rooster crow.
Salvation Lost and Found
The Canon: Content, Chronology, and Criticism
Spiritual Warfare III: Peter's 'Angel', Saul's Death, and Strange Events
Old Testament Interpretation IV: Gehazi's Leprosy, Tyre's Destruction, and Immanuel
Nephilim, Fallen Angels, and Genesis 6
Gospel Questions VIII
Sin, Atonement and Forgiveness II
Sin, Atonement and Forgiveness I
Annihilationism, Universalism, Hell and Judgment
When is the Rapture?
Noah, the Flood, and the Nature of Animals
The Tribulation: Timing of, Preparation for, and Conditions in
Eschatology Issues VIII: Revelation, Tribulation and Judgment
Antichrist: the Mark, the Number, and the Identification of the Beast
Satan's Revolt and the Tribulation to Come
Old Testament Interpretation III: The Name 'Jacob', the Mark of Cain, Jeshrun.
Old Testament Interpretation II: Urim and Thummim, the Bronze Serpent, the Ark.
Being Saved: Security, Apostasy, and the Sin unto Death
Fighting the Fight III: False Teaching, Local Churches, and the Truth
Fighting the Fight II: Struggling with Sin, Doubt, and Severe Testing
Fighting the Fight I: Accountability, Faith, Sin, Forgiveness, and Reward
Dispensations, Covenants, Israel and the Church II
Dispensations, Covenants, Israel and the Church I
Witnessing: Cults and Christianity II
Witnessing: Cults and Christianity I
Ministry and the Ichthys Ministry
Biblical Interpretation V
Baptism: Water and Spirit V
Spiritual Growth, Church-Searching and "Discipling"
Unbelievers, Free Will, and the Plan of God
Biblical Languages, Texts and Translations VI
Baptism: Water and Spirit IV
Paganism, Idolatry, Mythology and the Occult
The Lives of the Apostles and the Writing of the New Testament
The Essence of God and Deity of Christ
Parables and their Interpretation
The Meaning and Purpose of True Christian Assembly
Marriage and the Bible
Spiritual 'ups' and 'downs'
1st John: Text and Interpretation
Eschatology Issues VII
Perseverance in the latter days of Laodicea
Baptism: Water and Spirit III
Prayer: the Persistence, Purpose and Power of.
Paul the Apostle: Aspects of his Life and Ministry
Gospel Questions VII: The Wedding at Cana et al.
Israel, 'Lost Tribes' and the Star of David
Israel and Antichrist
Explaining and Defending the Trinity and the Person of Christ II
The Holy Spirit: Pneumatology Questions III
Culture and Christianity VIII
The Geography of Heaven, Hades and 'Hell'.
Eschatology Issues VI
Bible Interpretation IV
Legalism, Past and Present
The Resurrection Body and our Eternal Future.
Christ the First-Born, High Priest in the Order of Melchizedek.
Bible Versions, Bible Translation, and Bible Reading II
Bible Versions, Bible Translation, and Bible Reading
Hermeneutics, Typology, Christophany, Theophany and Anthropopathism.
No, Hebrews does not teach that you lost your salvation.
Gospel Questions VI: the Long Ending of Mark et al.
Judas and the Betrayal of Christ
Doubting Salvation and Questions of Sin
The 144,000: God's Seal vs. the Mark of the Beast
Atheism: Putting Truth to Death
War in Heaven II
The Holy Spirit: Pneumatology Questions II
War in Heaven
The Holy Spirit: Pneumatology Questions I
The Law, Love, Faith-Rest and Messianism
Paul and the Law
Genesis Questions III
Sin and Salvation, Confession and Forgiveness
Have I Lost My Salvation? (III)
The Battlefield Within: Fighting the inner spiritual Struggle.
Putting Christ in Christmas: Loving Jesus, the Star and the Magi, Wonderful Counselor.
Old Testament Interpretation: Moses and Zipporah, David's disastrous Census, the Destruction of the Midianites, et al.
Healing, Miracles, and Dreams: Sorting the Wheat from the Chaff by biblical Means
153 Fish: Explaining some Difficult New Testament Passages
Kenosis: Our Lord's Self-Limitation during the 1st Advent
Biblical Anthropology II: 'Soul sleep', & dichotomy vs. trichotomy
Biblical Anthropology I: The Nature of Human Beings and Human Life according to the Bible.
Genesis Gap: Questions and Answers II.
Culture and Christianity VII: Jury Duty, Witnessing, Biometry, Military Service et al.
Culture and Christianity VI: Halloween, Holidays, Aliens, and Christian Applications.
Angelic Issues V: Michael, the Angel of the Lord, Christophany, demons, cherubs, and Satan's revolt.
Angelic Issues IV: Satan's Revolt in the Plan of God.
New Testament Interpretation: Melchizedek, 'Forsake not Assembly', 'Women Remain Silent', Water-Baptism, Tongues, Prophecy, Intervention of Departed Believers.
Lost my salvation II?
All about Ichthys: Mutual Encouragement in the Lord.
Fallen Angels, Demons, Nephilim, and the Devil's Methodology.
End Times Interpretation II.
Salvation, the Gospel, and Unbelief.
The Bible and the Canon: The Inspired Word of God.
End Times Interpretation.
Grace versus Law.
Communion and the Spiritual Death of Christ.
Sinlessness and 1st John.
Israelology, Anti-Semitism, the Remnant, Gentiles, Lost Tribes, Jewish Myths.
"Soul Sleep" versus our true Heavenly State.
Christology Questions III: The Angel of the Lord, the Lamb Slain, monogenes.
Angelic Issues III: Demons, Satan, Elders, Female Angels and Guardians.
Against Universalism III: Unbelievers in the Plan of God.
Waters Above, the Firmament, and the Genesis Gap.
In Need of Guidance and Encouragement.
Biblical Languages, Texts and Translations V.
Servants, Slaves, Disciples, and Ministers.
Baptism: Water and Spirit II.
Bible Interpretation III: David's Anointing, Stephen versus Genesis, Triplets, This People, and more.
Evangelism in Principle and Practice.
Scripture versus Personal Experience.
Calvinism, Covenants and Catholicism.
Culture and Christianity V: Temporal Authority vs. Biblical Application.
False Doctrine of Absolute Eternal Security III.
The Dangers of Messianic Legalism IV: Unclean and Impure?
Things to Come III: The Wrath of God and the Fate of the Beast's Army.
God Works All Things Together for Good.
The 7 Trumpets, the 7 Kings, Nephilim, Antichrist and Revived Rome.
The Coming Tribulation and the Kingdom of God.
Sin, Confession and Forgiveness.
Mutual Encouragement in Christ.
Biblical Languages, Texts and Translations IV.
Culture and Christianity IV: Doing one's job as 'unto the Lord', the peril's of 'heroic medicine', Christian perspectives on legalizing marijuana, when lying is not a sin, and when life begins.
Eschatology Issues V: "It is not for you to know the times or the seasons".
Ichthys and Contemporary Christianity.
Gospel Questions V: Help my Unbelief, Respecting our Enemies, etc.
The Two Witnesses of the Tribulation: Moses and Elijah.
The Apostles, the Jerusalem Council, and Legalism then and now.
Aspects of the Christian Walk: Gambling, Lying, Christmas, Judging, Worrying, et al.
Believers in the World: Using our Free Will to Respond to the Lord
Christology Questions II: The Serpent Lifted and the Cross, Jesus' Infallibility, Destroy this Temple, the Sign Spoken Against, His Glorification, the Spirit's Anointing, and the Necessity for His Humanity.
Paul's Jerusalem Error, Worshiping Truly, the Priesthood of the Believer, and Peter's Vision of the Impure Food
Christian Trials and Testing
Gospel Questions IV: The Prophet, the rich man in Hades, Peter's wife, the 'eleven' and the 'twelve' apostles, 'the world could not contain' (Jn.21:25), and progressive revelation.
Eschatology Issues IV: Israeli politics, 'This Generation', Signs of the Times, the Beast presently alive?, 'Flee Babylon', Preparing for the Tribulation, and 'was, is not, will be'.
John's Water-Baptism versus the Baptism of the Holy Spirit
Eschatology Issues III: Over-focusing on Revelation, the Seven Churches, Enoch versus Elijah, and the Symbolism of the Menorah
The Purpose of Chronicles, Cyrus the Persian, the Chronology of the Exodus Plagues, Qumran and Isaiah, Nebuchadnezzar's Madness, and Jeremiah 31:22, "A Woman will Embrace a Man".
Aaron and the Golden Calf, Mount Zion, Moses and Zipporah, the high priest's attire, and the ark of the covenant.
Aspects of the Genesis Curse on Animals, the Tree of Knowing Good and Evil, Jacob Wrestling with the Angel of the Lord, and Kainam.
The City of David, the Star of David, Solomon's Wisdom, and the Song of Solomon.
The Israelites at Kadesh and 'not entering the Land of Promise'.
Genesis Gap: Questions and Answers.
Sin and Spiritual Transformation.
Cults and Christianity IV
Cults and Christianity III
Cults and Christianity II
Cults and Christianity.
One Baptism: the True Meaning of Peter's Words at Acts 2:38.
Apostasy and the Sin unto Death, the Conscience and Sanctification.
The Plan of God and Individual Salvation (excerpt from BB 4B)
In Your Anger, do not Sin: Ephesians 4:26 and the Sin Nature
Bible Interpretation II: Easter, Abiathar, the Hyssop-Blood Cross, Baal, the Scarlet Thread, Names of God, Adiaphoria, and Mezentius.
Spiritual Warfare II
Culture and Christianity III
Have I Lost my Salvation?
On the Firing Line: Encouragement in Christian Trials
Eschatology and the Old Testament
Prayer and our Walk with Jesus.
Issues of Canonicity II: Aramaic, Enoch, KJV, and the Pastorals
Bible Vocabulary and Bible Word Studies
Satan, his Demons, and the Gnostics
Antichrist: Alive and Well and Living on Planet Earth?
The Nature of Angels
Our Eternal Future: Life after Death for Believers in Jesus Christ
Giants and Nephilim, Sumerian Myths, and Sea Monsters
Dreams and Visions II
The Golden Rule
The Divinity of Jesus Christ
Free-Will Faith and the Will of God
Some Sensitive Topics III
The Spirit that dwelleth in us lusteth to envy: explaining James 4:5.
Faith: What is it?
The Seven-Fold Spirit of God.
Free-Will Faith in the Plan of God.
Putting the Word of God First.
The False Doctrine of "Soul Sleep" II.
The False Doctrine of Absolute Eternal Security II.
The Plan of God
The Dangers of Messianic Legalism III
The Dangers of Messianic Legalism II
The Dangers of Messianic Legalism.
The Gift of Tongues: Part 2
The Gift of Tongues: Part 1
Mega-Churches, Emergent Christianity, Spirituality and Materialism.
Epignosis, Christian Epistemology, and Spiritual Growth.
Jephthah's Daughter, Marriage, Divorce, and Remarriage.
Christian Unity and Divisiveness.
Death, Martyrdom and Resurrection.
Blessing, Cursing, and Prayer.
Freedom and Responsibility.
Fighting the Good Fight of Faith.
Only-Begotten, Mother-of-God, On-this-Rock: English-only Interpretation is Dangerous.
The Greek Text of the New Testament and some Issues of Textual Criticism.
What does the name 'Christian' mean?
Some Jewish Issues.
Christians Beware: Internet Frauds and the Need for Spiritual Discernment (part 2).
Christians Beware: Internet Frauds and the Need for Spiritual Discernment.
Sin and Forgiveness.
Spring Special: The Millennial Regathering and Purging of Israel.
Life Begins at Birth.
Culture and Christianity II
Culture and Christianity I
The Saved and the Unsaved
Last Things and Last Judgments
The Local Church and Personal Ministry IV
The Local Church and Personal Ministry III
The Local Church and Personal Ministry II
The Local Church and Personal Ministry I
More on Antichrist and his Kingdom
Antichrist and Babylon
Some Sensitive Topics II.
Christmas Special: The Judgment and Reward of the Church.
What is God's Will?
Combating Legalism VI
Combating Legalism V
Combating Legalism IV
Combating Legalism III
Combating Legalism II
Combating Legalism I
Aspects of the False Doctrine of Institutional Security
Chronological Order of the Books of the Bible II
Biblical Languages, Texts and Translations III
Biblical Languages, Texts and Translations II
Biblical Languages, Texts and Translations I
Gospel Questions III: Least in the kingdom, Millstones, Pennies, Pebbles, Babes, Rhaka, Tallits, and the Crown of Thorns.
Gospel Questions II: Jesus' Turning Water to Wine, Sweating Blood, Walking on Water, Washing the Disciples' Feet, and the Promise of Freedom."
Things to Come II: Genesis Rapture, Daniel's Weeks, Seven Kings, Signs of the Apocalypse, Tribulational Suffering, Seven Seals, the Bride of Christ, and Mystery Babylon.
Things to Come: The Half Hour, the 144,000, the Book of Life, Rewards, the Beast's Kingdom, the Great Apostasy, and the so-called 'Partial Rapture'.
Satan and the Existence of Evil.
The Holy Spirit: Blasphemy against, Restraining Ministry, and Gender.
Spiritual Gifts and Spiritual Growth
Christian Love, the Golden Rule, Christian Military Service and Self-Defense.
Issues of Canonicity: Apocrypha, Enoch, and Inspiration.
Church: The Biblical Ideal versus the Contemporary Reality.
Numbers, Letters, and the Mark of the Beast.
Gospel Questions I: Jesus' Life, the Gospels and Cherubs, and who Wrote Matthew.
More Questions about Genesis.
Naaman, Nero, Nineveh, and Senacharib.
The False Doctrine of Absolute Eternal Security.
Choosing Hell: Questions about Salvation and the Love of God.
The Chronology of the End.
The Route of the Israelites in Crossing
the Red Sea.
Some Issues of Transmission, Translation, and Transliteration: The Camel and the Needle, etc.
Aspects of the Life of Christ: Jesus' siblings, the man born blind, et al.
Jesus is God and man.
Jesus is God.
Redemption, the Blood of Christ, Christ our Passover, and The Passion of the Christ.
Eschatology Issues II: Angelic bodies, heaven and hell, Satan and the Nephilim, etc.
The Book of Job and Biblical Interpretation.
Some Questions about Eternity.
Who Controls our Thoughts and Emotions?
The Day of the Lord.
Sleep as a Euphemism for Death.
Christ's Preaching to the Spirits in Hell (1Pet.3:18-20), & Michael's Rebuke of Satan (2Pet.2:10-11 ).
Recovering from Sin.
The Timing of the Resurrection.
Dispensations, the Church, the Rapture, and the Destruction of the Universe.
Christianity versus Contemporary Kitsch.
Purpose Driven Life, Oprah's New Age Religion, et al.
Lot, Esau, and Cain: Learning through
Against Universalism II: Only Believers are Saved.
Against Universalism I: Free Will and the Image of God.
Courage in the Fight.
The Seven Edens and the Eden of Adam and Eve.
Opposition to the Genesis Gap from the Creation Research Institute et al.
Mary 'Full of Grace'?
Changing the Name of God?
The Beast: Some Questions about Antichrist.
The Book of Revelation: Some Questions.
Red Hot or Lukewarm? Bible Teaching versus Sermonizing.
The Last Judgment and the Great White Throne.
Baptism: Water and Spirit.
Christology: Some Questions on the Life of Christ.
Train up a Child in the Way he should Go.
War, History, and Politics.
Unbelief and its Consequences.
Dreams and Visions.
Explaining and Defending the Trinity and the Person of Christ.
Free Will and Faith under Pressure.
Angelic Issues II.
Science and the Bible.
Bible Interpretation I: Academics, Versions et al.
Faith in the Word of God: the Basis of all True Worship.
Aspects of the Resurrection II.
Faith and Encouragement in the midst of Fiery Trials.
Some Sensitive Topics.
Jethro, Amenhotep, Iraq, the Catacombs, and the KJV.
Eschatology Issues: The Fig Tree, Ezekiel 38, Joel 3, and the Trumpets.
Christ the Rock, the Rooster's Crow, and the Cross.
Applying Faith II: Production, Forgiveness, Circumcision, Truth over People.
Applying Faith: Eating, Drinking, and Vacation.
The Tree of Life, Communion, and the Virgin Birth.
Can Prayer Be Offered From Heaven? & Some Genesis Questions.
Walking the Path of Faith through the Light of the Word of God.
Salvation on the battlefield, truth revealed to infants, and damnation.
Divine Sovereignty and Divine Judgment.
God's Free Gift of Salvation.
Should Christians wear Jewelry?
The Lord's Prayer.
The Events Surrounding the Birth of Christ.
Cremation or Burial?
Demon Possession, Marriage,
and Bible Prophecy.
No Grounds for Divorce?
The Shape of the Universe, Hominids, and the Genesis Gap.
Taking Personal Responsibility: Interest, Bankruptcy, Gambling, and Employment.
The Seven Churches, the Judgment Seat of Christ, and other issues in Eschatology.
The Canonicity of the book of Hebrews.
Great White Throne, the Last Judgment, and the Outer Darkness.
Political Action versus Biblical Christianity.
Study Tools and Methodologies.
The Gospel and the Kingdom of God.
Pursuing a Deeper Relationship with Jesus and Christian Epistemology.
The Origin and the Danger of the Pre-Tribulational Rapture Theory.
The Divinity of the Spirit and the Percentage of those who are Saved.
Should Christians ever consider getting a lawyer?
Pastoral Authority, Popes, Pat Robertson, and Pelagianism.
Some Questions on Church Polity.
Apostles and Evangelism
Luther, Arminius, Calvin, Kant, Ironside, Tutu and Thieme.
Transmutation, Resuscitation, and Resurrection.
Is the Soul a tertium quid?
More on the Documentary Hypothesis and More on the Rapture.
Enoch's Walk with God and Some Questions in the Gospels.
The Influence of the Renaissance and Rationalism on the Church and Cutting off Arms in Malachi 2:3.
1st John 5:20 & Romans 6:23.
Baptism and Following Jesus.
Where is Armageddon?
Assurance of Salvation.
The Cross, Sin, and the Devil in God's Plan.
More on: Spiritual Gifts; Hats & Hair; the Age of Accountability.
Daniel 9:25 and Daniel 11:30.
Who will populate earth during the Millennium? and Asking for Wisdom: James 1:5.
Was Judas Saved?, The Gospel of Judas, and Issues of Canonicity.
Is 'My Son' Israel or Jesus in Hosea 11:1? & How do you Prove Sin to Someone?
Did Matthew Write his Gospel in Hebrew?
Christian Crowns, Pagan Names, and the Time of the Cock-Crow.
Child-like Faith, Mark vs. Matthew, the Mahdi, and 'Who was with God in the Beginning?
True Orthodoxy and False Creeds.
Foot-washing, Bitter Herbs, Baptism, and Borrowed Faith.
All Things Charismatic.
Friday versus Thursday Crucifixion.
Jesus' Cursing of the Fig Tree, Apostasy, and 'Feng Shui'.
The Genesis Serpent, Using "it" to refer to the baby Jesus, and more on Tattoos.
Resisting the Devil.
Why did Jesus choose John over James to take care of His mother Mary?
Antichrist's 'desire of women' in Daniel 11:37 et al.
Do recent catastrophes have a divine origin?
Does God really want us to be sick and poor? Revisiting the prosperity gospel.
Why did our Lord Jesus arise from the tribe of Judah?
What will our relationship be in heaven with children who died young?
The baptism of the Holy Spirit as distinct from speaking in tongues.
The Grammar behind the Genesis Gap.
The Great White Throne Judgment.
Moses and Zipporah.
The Victory of Faith.
Does God's choice of us eliminate our free will?
Why does God allow bad things to happen?
The Bible as "divine", roof prayer, and tattoos.
Character in Hebrews 1:3, et al.
Exorcism, et al.
"Are the children of unbelievers lost if they die before receiving Christ?"
How not to get "left behind".
"Is baptism necessary for salvation?"
"The nature of life after death."
"The personality of the Holy Spirit."
"The dragon of Revelation 12 and the talking idol of Revelation 13."
"Bound by Satan in Luke 13:16, language and the Tower of Babel, Daniel's 70th week, and the number 12."
"Infirmities and Diseases in Matthew 8:17"
"The Leftover Baskets of Bread and Fish in John 6."
"Waiting for the Ascension" and "Amos 4:11".
Why was Canaan cursed?
Should Christians have a competitive attitude?
John "leapt for joy" in the womb - or did he?
Satanic Influence in Video Games and Television.
Moving Mountains: Matthew 21:21
Not a hair shall be lost? Luke 21:16 versus Luke 21:18.
The reign of antichrist: 7 years or 3 and 1/2 years?
The Trinity in Scripture.
The Ark of the Covenant.
"Doubts about the Nephilim in Genesis 6" and "Ezekiel 9:4 and the Mark of the Beast"
"Word Counts in the Bible", "Him whom they Pierced (Rev.1:7)", and "Necromancy".
"Waiting for a Savior" and "The Direction East in the Bible"
Is there a purgatory according to the Bible?
Your desire shall be for your husband: Genesis 3:16.
Have I committed the unforgivable sin?
Is the local church meant to be a patriarchy?
Why doesn't the Bible mention all of the prophets of the children of Israel?
The True "Victorious Life".
Tohu in Genesis 1:2 and the Cause of the Darkness.
Why Doesn't God Prevent All Children from Dying?
Why were Christians being regarded as "evil-doers" in 1st Peter 2:12?
The Scofield Reference Bible.
Phylacteries and the Mark of the Beast, and "What about Joseph?"
Feeling desperate and alone.
Is Tithing net or gross?
Assembly of the local church, and Jesus' use of "I AM" from Exodus 3:14 in John 8:58
The "burden of the Lord" in Jeremiah 23:32-40, and judgment for idle words in Matthew 12:36-37.
The importance of spiritual resiliency.
Does God use disease to discipline us?
Recovering from Cult Exposure.
Variability in Christian Testing and Personal Tribulation.
Is there any value to the Apocrypha?
The Communion Ceremony outside of the local church.
The Christian Walk, the End, and Tattoos.
Should Christians honor Sunday as the new Sabbath?
Chronological order of the books of the Bible.
Doubt, light, missed opportunities et al.
Addicted to Sin.
Corporate prayer in Matthew 18:19: "when two agree on earth".
What does the Bible say about humor?
The value of cumulative prayer.
Our Heavenly, Pre-Resurrection, Interim State.
How could a loving God order the destruction of the Canaanites?
Should Christians observe the Torah?
Church Polity and three other passages.
Walking with Jesus.
Tongues: does 'no man' understand?
The few saved, the door in heaven, visions of heavenly realities, and Christmas.
Christian suffering and spiritual maturity.
Aliens, antichrist, and eschatology.
Does exceptionally sinful behavior indicate that a Christian has lost salvation?
Should Christians celebrate Jewish festivals?
The Deaths of the 12 Disciples / Apostles of Christ.
Categories of Sin in Psalm 19.
Some brief answers on a variety of topics.
Pastoral Support, Pastoral Preparation, and the Purpose of Assembly.
Encouragement, Isaiah 6:11-13, and the Hope of Repentance.
Questioning the Genesis Gap.
Dinosaurs, the Nephilim, Noah, et al.
How much should we pay our pastor?
More about Women Preachers.
Is it wrong for me to celebrate Easter?
The Remnant in Isaiah 6:13.
The Big Distinction.
The Day of the Lord in 2nd Peter 3:10.
The Day of the Lord.
The Sealing of the Holy Spirit.
Visions of Angels: Colossians 2:18.
Waiting on God's timing: patience in testing.
"Your Throne, O God": Psalm 45:6.
Moses striking the Rock.
Procreation and Creation.
What is meant by the phrase "the Lord's footstool"?
1st Peter 3:3-5
A conversation about divorce and remarriage.
Faith in the midst of the fiery trial.
Hebrews 10:26 again, and two other notes on Arthur Pink and the Greek word diakonos.
What is the correct translation of Isaiah 59:19?
Is the star of Acts 7:43 the star of David?
Some questions about Nimrod and Christmas trees, Tongues, and Healing
Is Jesus the only One ever to restore sight?
What happens to people who were born and died prior to the birth of Christ?
Which is better, the King James Version or the New King James Version?
What is the minimum necessary to be saved?
How can we know whose interpretation of the Bible is right (Part 2)?
How can we know whose interpretation of the Bible is right (Part 1)?
Psalm 22:1, "My God, My God, why hast Thou forsaken Me?"
The "Mind of Christ" in 1st Corinthians 2:16
Simeon and Simon, and the two crows of the rooster
Ichthys, saints, and the Last Adam
Does Hebrews 10:26 teach loss of salvation?
Eternal security: where does one draw the line?
Who are Gog and Magog in Ezekiel 38-39?
How did John the baptist come to doubt Jesus?
Is Jesus literally seated on the throne at God's right hand?
Are the Celts the Ten Lost Tribes of Israel?
Whatever happened to the "Genesis Gap"?
"The baptism which now saves you": 1st Peter 3:21.
Hebrew Language Study Tools.
What type of healing is being discussed in Isaiah 53:5?
The Origin of the Four Seasons
2nd Peter 3:5: Doubting the Tribulation
Tent-making and Galatians 6:6
A Question about Ichthys books
Biblical Metaphors and Symbolism
Faith and the Pre-Tribulational "Rapture".
Bible translation and John 8:58.
Melchizedek and the high priesthood of Christ: two questions et alia.
In need of encouragement.
The centurion and the Syro-Phoenician woman.
Who is the Meshiach?
A Sadducean Question
What is "heaven" like according to Christian teachings?
Acts 20:28: Whose Blood?
1st Corinthians 11: Hats or Hair?
Confession of Sin, Fellowship, and the Filling of the Holy Spirit.
A Miscellany of Questions and Answers (Nineveh, the beast, tongues, demons, Sadam, etc.)
Some Greek Questions in the Gospels (John 1:3; 2:19; 8:58; Luke 23:43)
Is Man trichotomous, and does that mean that salvation is three-tiered?
Questioning the Trinity
The blood of Christ
Christ knocking at the door in Revelation 3:20
The futility of memory without God and eternal life.
The meaning of Jesus' words, "I am" in John 8:58
What does the Bible say about Heaven and Hell?
Peace in 1st Corinthians 14:33
Salvation and Church Affiliation.
Several questions on the book of Hebrews.
Does the Bible prohibit women from preaching or teaching in the Church?
Should Christian leaders refrain from drinking in public?
How to use the Bible translations at Ichthys.
The Worship of Jesus: a proof of His divinity?
An Extended Conversation about the Baptism of the Holy Spirit.
Is water baptism required for Christians today?
Are health and wealth a part of the gospel?
Will those in Hades be able to see Christ's return?
Feelings of Guilt about Remarriage.
Who are the Ten Lost Tribes of Israel?
What does "the Word was with God" mean in John 1:1-2?
Three questions on three verses in Isaiah (Is.21:4; 28:10, & 66:24).
How important is education for a pastor?
Does Hebrews 10:26-35 ("deliberate sinning" etc.) mean that a believer can lose his or her salvation?
Availability and use of Ichthys materials: several questions.
Is there any difference between demons and fallen angels?
Two questions about Judas Iscariot.
Three Questions about Tattoos and Salvation.
The Hebrew word for 'one' (`echadh) and the uniqueness of God.
Did the witch of Endor really conjure up the spirit of Samuel?
A Question about the "Waters Above".
Why did God the Father wait so long to send Jesus into the world?
How does being "slain in the Spirit" relate to being baptized in the Spirit?
How do you prove the existence of God?
Where does the Bible teach that Jesus is God?
Is it ever Justifiable to Tell a Lie (part 2)?
Seeing double in Matthew.
Mary, Joseph, and Nazareth.
Is the Westminster Catechism a Good Reference Tool?
What does it mean "the spirit returns to God" in Ecclesiastes 12:7?
Is there any Connection between biblical Gemstones and Moral Characteristics?
Are Miraculous Gifts Operational Today?
Jesus Christ in the Old Testament (Christophany: Gen.3:8).
Can those in organizations which teach "salvation by works" be saved?
Is "helpmeet" a wrong translation in Genesis 2:20?
Our will and God's WILL.
Cast thy Bread upon the Waters: What do the seven and eight portions in Ecclesiastes 11:2 mean?
Was Cain Satan's literal "seed"?
The Demon Possessed Girl in Acts 16:16.
The "Sin unto Death" in 1st John 5:16.
Is death just a natural part of human life?
Communion and the Blood of Christ.
What does it mean in 1st Corinthians 7:14, "the unbelieving husband is sanctified"?
The Re-institution of the Feast of Tabernacles in the Millennium.
Secular Documentation for the Exodus.
The false doctrine of "soul sleep".
The Author of Hebrews and Jesus' Perfect Completion of His Mission.
The Trinity in Isaiah 63:10-15.
How old was Jesus at the time of His crucifixion and resurrection?
Five Smooth Stones: 1st Samuel 17:40
How can we know the Bible is true?
The name "Jesus".
Habakkuk's Prosperity Prayer: Habakkuk 3:17-19.
Jeremiah 31:22: "A Woman shall Compass a Man".
The New International Version of the Bible and some issues in Bible translation.
Is "the Prophet" of Deuteronomy 18:18 Muhammad?
The One True God and the Trinity in the Old Testament.
Are those in Hebrews 6:4 who "crucify the Son of God afresh" lost?
Are New Bible Translations Part of a Conspiracy?
What exactly is the "red heifer prophecy", and how does it relate to the events of the end times?
Where did the waters of Genesis 1 go?
Sin, Baptism, and the Book of
Tithing and the Book of Life
The Dangers of the Prosperity Gospel.
English and the Tower of Babel.
The "Seven Thunders" of Revelation 10:3-4
The fate of the unrighteous dead in Isaiah 66:24
Who are the "sons of the kingdom" in Matthew 18:11-12?
Why does Judah get greater honor than Jerusalem in Zechariah 12:7?
Are there Female Angels?
Longevity in the Millennium.
How is the date of Easter computed?
What is the meaning of the 1290 days versus the 1335 days in Daniel 12?
What Church era are we now in?
The mark of the beast.
Christophany in the Exodus.
Can you explain "help my unbelief!" in Mark 9:24?
What does it mean to "overcome" in Revelation chapters 2 and 3?
Are women required to wear veils or hats in
Is the world about to come to an end?
Does the Bible ever describe the earth as being round?
Pre-, mid-, or post-Tribulation rapture?
Pearls before swine.
Recognizing the Messiah.
The gift of healing.
The origin and fate of the "giants" in Genesis chapter six.
Christian suffering - Christian encouragement.
Is speaking in tongues biblical?
Is speaking in tongues a sin?
Can you recommend a good commentary on the book of Romans?
Aspects of the resurrection.
The recipients of Peter's epistles.
Pre- or Post-Tribulation "rapture"?
The lives of the prophets.
The old prophet who lied.
Animal sacrifice in the millennium.
Is it ever justifiable to lie?
wrote the King James version?
The meaning of the divine name יהוה.
The so-called "documentary hypothesis".
The relationship between the books of Kings and Chronicles.
David's disastrous census of Israel.
Aspects of the Unseen Angelic Warfare and 666, the Mark of the Beast.
The 200 million strong demon army of Revelation 9:13.
Deliverance through Childbearing in 1st Timothy 2:15?
Some questions about the Tribulation.
More on divorce and remarriage.
Divorce and remarriage.
The antecedents of ICHTHYS.
What does it mean to "remember the Sabbath and keep it holy"?
The manner of the apostle Peter's death.
Wasn't Matthias the thirteenth apostle?
Forward progress necessary for salvation and spiritual growth.
The "seven days" of human history.
1st John 1:9 and confessing sin.
ICHTHYS and the role of traditional Christianity.
Can you recommend a good survey for the Old and New Testaments?
Where can I find more information on the "Genesis gap"?
Is Church membership an issue in salvation?
Can you recommend a church?
Are these materials available for purchase as books?
A bit of autobiography.
What is your opinion of the Abingdon one-volume Bible Commentary?
What is the significance of the number "20" in the Bible?
The 144,000 of Revelation chapters 7 and 14.
What is your view on predestination?
Who is "true Israel"?
The chronology of the date 2026.
Does baptism play a role in being born again?
Why does the devil have access to God while man cannot stand in His presence?
The structure of the book of Revelation.
What is your view of the rapture?
What is meant by the "10 days" of Revelation
Dragons in the Bible?
Are there apostles in the Church today?
What is the meaning of the word "chosen" in the Bible.
What are the most common Bible names?
What is the biblical significance of the number forty?
What does the Bible have to say about witchcraft?
How can I protect myself from false teaching?
Didn't the devil know he couldn't defeat God?
Are the Masons wrong according to the Bible?
Can the faith of "backsliders" be restored?
Are there biblical origins to mythology?
What does the phrase "sides of the pit" mean in Isaiah 14:15?
Can prayer be offered in the name of the Son?
Election and John 6:37?
Is it valid to celebrate Christmas?
Can you give me some information on divine names in the Bible?
What is the significance of name changes in the Bible?
Is faith a "gift of God"?
Is there a "gospel of Thomas"?
Is the nature of Man dichotomous or trichotomous?
Will the temple be rebuilt in Jerusalem?
Does the Bible teach a literal Millennium?
What does the word "good" mean in Genesis?
Who are "the dead" who "rise first" in 1st Thessalonians 4?
Are the Greek tenses in John 7:34 correctly translated?
Is the devil "mad" to oppose God?
Does the Bible require supporting
How can Jesus be a man and God at the same time?
How did people atone for intentional sin in Old Testament times?
What is the symbolism of the Lamb of God in Revelation?
Can you recommend some word study tools for Bible study?
Can people who commit suicide be saved?
Are tattoos biblical?
Is it "ichthys" or "ichthus"?
What is the difference between wisdom and discernment?
Marriage of Believers and Unbelievers.
Is hearing believing in John 6:35?
How certain a date is 2026?
Is Paul describing himself in Romans chapter seven?
Is tithing required for salvation?
What is the evidence for the "rapture"?
Is there any validity to the "prosperity gospel"?
Who are the "Nephilim" in Genesis chapter six?
Is there a literal "devil"?
What does the Bible have to say about reincarnation?
What is the unpardonable sin?
Believing the Bible for Spiritual Growth.
Why was the New Testament written in Greek?
What about those who have never heard of Christ?
What about elders and deacons?
Eternal Security and "sinless perfection".
Eternal Security and "salvation by works".
Does the Bible teach ex nihilo
When did Jesus first know He was God's Son?
Are there prophets today?
Despairing of life.
How important is baptism?
How could Christ have been three days and
Do Muslims worship the One true God?
What can I do about spiritual fainting?