Posted by: biblestudyseattle | February 17, 2017

Another Snapshot

Elisha had told the woman whose son he had brought back to life, “Take your family and move to some other place, for the Lord has called for a famine on Israel that will last for seven years.”  So the woman did as the man of God instructed. She took her family and settled in the land of the Philistines for seven years.

After the famine ended she returned from the land of the Philistines, and she went to see the king about getting back her house and land.  As she came in, the king was talking with Gehazi, the servant of the man of God. The king had just said, “Tell me some stories about the great things Elisha has done.”  And Gehazi was telling the king about the time Elisha had brought a boy back to life. At that very moment, the mother of the boy walked in to make her appeal to the king about her house and land.

“Look, my lord the king!” Gehazi exclaimed. “Here is the woman now, and this is her son—the very one Elisha brought back to life!”

“Is this true?” the king asked her. And she told him the story. So he directed one of his officials to see that everything she had lost was restored to her, including the value of any crops that had been harvested during her absence.”  2 Kings 8:1-6

This is a picture of what YHWH will do.  In the seventh year he will completely restore us.  The seventh year is within the 7,000th year.

Posted by: biblestudyseattle | February 11, 2017

Evil and Sin

All sin is evil, but not all evil is sin.  Evil is anything harmful, say lightning striking a person dead.  As long as there is no creature that caused it, we can call it evil but not a sin.  (It’s possible a demon or YHWH caused it, but we have no way of knowing).  If I kill a chicken to eat it, it is not sin, but we could say it is evil (certainly from the chicken’s viewpoint).  In that regard, it is interesting to think about Jesus preparing fish for the disciples.  Same thing – no sin, but evil from the fish’s point of view.  In fact, it seems that the whole carnivorous state of the world is evil, and not how YHWH intends it.  The bible prophecy’s this:  “The wolf and the lamb will feed together. The lion will eat hay like a cow. But the snakes will eat dust. In those days no one will be hurt or destroyed on my holy mountain. I, the Lord, have spoken!”  Isaiah 65:25

Posted by: biblestudyseattle | February 8, 2017

A New President

The 2016 U. S. elections and political climate surrounding the new president remind this author of some scenes in the bible.  The first is in 1 Samuel.  “As Samuel grew old, he appointed his sons to be judges over Israel. Joel and Abijah, his oldest sons, held court in Beersheba.  But they were not like their father, for they were greedy for money. They accepted bribes and perverted justice.

Finally, all the elders of Israel met at Ramah to discuss the matter with Samuel.  “Look,” they told him, “you are now old, and your sons are not like you. Give us a king to judge us like all the other nations have.”  1 Samuel 8:1-5

The leaders of Israel wanted prestige.  They wanted to be like other nations.

So Samuel passed on the Lord’s warning to the people who were asking him for a king. “This is how a king will reign over you,” Samuel said. “The king will draft your sons and assign them to his chariots and his charioteers, making them run before his chariots. Some will be generals and captains in his army, some will be forced to plow in his fields and harvest his crops, and some will make his weapons and chariot equipment.  The king will take your daughters from you and force them to cook and bake and make perfumes for him.  He will take away the best of your fields and vineyards and olive groves and give them to his own officials.  He will take a tenth of your grain and your grape harvest and distribute it among his officers and attendants.  He will take your male and female slaves and demand the finest of your cattle and donkeys for his own use.  He will demand a tenth of your flocks, and you will be his slaves.  When that day comes, you will beg for relief from this king you are demanding, but then the Lord will not help you.”

But the people refused to listen to Samuel’s warning. “Even so, we still want a king,” they said.  “We want to be like the nations around us. Our king will judge us and lead us into battle.”

So Samuel repeated to the Lord what the people had said, and the Lord replied, “Do as they say, and give them a king.” Then Samuel agreed and sent the people home.”  1 Samuel 8:10-21

This is exactly how leaders are today.  They don’t care about increased taxes and regulations, because they plan to profit from it.  Who cares about the little guy that will shoulder the burden; they care only for themselves.  When a leader comes along that threatens large constituencies, say the $2.5 trillion medical field, they cry for blood.  Not unlike what Jesus faced.

If the world hates you, remember that it hated me first.  The world would love you as one of its own if you belonged to it, but you are no longer part of the world. I chose you to come out of the world, so it hates you.  Do you remember what I told you? ‘A slave is not greater than the master.’ Since they persecuted me, naturally they will persecute you. And if they had listened to me, they would listen to you. They will do all this to you because of me, for they have rejected the one who sent me.  They would not be guilty if I had not come and spoken to them. But now they have no excuse for their sin.  Anyone who hates me also hates my Father.  If I hadn’t done such miraculous signs among them that no one else could do, they would not be guilty. But as it is, they have seen everything I did, yet they still hate me and my Father.  This fulfills what is written in their Scriptures: ‘They hated me without cause.’”  John 15:18-25

It is amazing to see ‘Christians’ going ballistic over such proposals as abolishing the Department of Education.  When Jesus is in power, he will not have pointless $73 Billion per year bureaucracies.  The United States became the greatest nation on earth without a public school system!  And no teachers union (let’s call it a monopoly).  Shouldn’t we applaud the breakup of monopolies by competition?  If someone wants to teach for less money than me, what right do I have to declare that illegal?!  Jesus was the lowest paid preacher ever.  $0!  He didn’t go to seminary.  Didn’t wear ornamental pastor’s robes.  Built no cathedrals.  Yet he will come to power.  By force.  In fact, he will kill millions.  But only out of the clearest equity and justice.  There will be no miscarriage of justice.  And no taxes.  Only the tithe, which will support the most benevolent government ever experienced by mankind.

Posted by: biblestudyseattle | February 3, 2017

Why Evil?

If God is good, why is there evil?  Interestingly, the bible does not answer this question.  The closest we get is the book of Job.  Job asks why are all these horrible things happening to me?  YHWH talks to him, but never answers the question.  However, he does reassure Job, and he blesses him.  In fact, he doubles the blessing Job had before his misfortune.

If parents love their children, why do they allow harm?  Every parent must allow their children to fall as they learn to walk.  They let their children fall as they learn to ride a bike.  Not because the parents are evil, but because that limited evil is a very good teacher.  But the analogy may fail in that parents will not let their children die if they can help it.  A cinic will ask why God allows some to die.  But the answer is that he has promised to raise them from the dead.  All have a chance at eternal life if they will follow YHWH’s ways.  All Adam & Eve had to do was not eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.  And now we have our knowledge of good and evil!  Ultimately, YHWH will prove to be a very good parent.

Posted by: biblestudyseattle | January 28, 2017

Santa Claus Christianity

Recently I saw piles and piles of stuff someone was hoarding.  It included unopened junk mail and receipts from oil changes 14 years ago.  I also talked to someone who was discarding cancelled checks from 35 years ago.  Why do people hoard junk?  Because they believe this life is it, and they don’t want the memory of anything to be lost.  Many of these people are even ‘christians’.  But their faith is about as strong as a lottery ticket holder has in winning the lottery.  They hope its true.  Boy, I’d sure like a free, easy ticket to heaven.  After all, didn’t Jesus do all the hard work?  All we need is simple belief and faith, and an eternity of floating around praising God awaits us.  But wait,

You say you have faith, for you believe that there is one God.  Good for you! Even the demons believe this, and they tremble in terror.  How foolish! Can’t you see that faith without good deeds is useless?”  James 2:19-20

Real faith comes with works.  Not sit ups or Hail Mary’s, but –

“Let us think of ways to motivate one another to acts of love and good works.”  Hebrew 10:24

“If you are wise and understand God’s ways, prove it by living an honorable life, doing good works with the humility that comes from wisdom.”  James 3:13

And, let’s not forget the works of forgiveness and repentance.  These are the fruits of true faith – faith in a God who will bring us back to life, even eternal life.

Posted by: biblestudyseattle | January 27, 2017

In Search of Purpose

Having purpose is very important in life.  Here are some verses on purpose:

“But, indeed, for this reason I have allowed you to remain, in order to show you My power and in order to proclaim My name through all the earth.”  Exodus 9:16

I know that You can do all things,
And that no purpose of Yours can be thwarted.”  Job 42:2

Many plans are in a man’s heart,
But the counsel of the Lord will stand.”  Proverbs 19:21

A plan in the heart of a man is like deep water,
But a man of understanding draws it out.” Proverbs 20:5

So then, my beloved, just as you have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your salvation with fear and trembling; for it is God who is at work in you, both to will and to work for His good pleasure.”  Philippians 2:12-13

“And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose.”  Romans 8:28

Since the miracle of technology arrived 150 years or so ago, man’s lack of higher purpose has brought interesting changes.  We have enough technology that most women could stay home and the men could work 25 hour weeks.  The curse on Adam has been partially lifted:

Cursed is the ground because of you;
In toil you will eat of it
All the days of your life.
“Both thorns and thistles it shall grow for you;
And you will eat the plants of the field;
By the sweat of your face
You will eat bread,
Till you return to the ground,
Because from it you were taken;
For you are dust,
And to dust you shall return.”  Genesis 3:17-19

Instead of enjoying the freedom that technology could bring, millions of people commute to cubicles (cue Dilbert), where they toil doing endless, pointless paperwork.  Millions of laws have been passed in restraint of trade and production, to protect giant monopolies.  A very small group of people control an enormous percentage of the world’s wealth.  This will not stand forever.  But what would people do if they only had to work 10 hours per week?  Many would probably wallow, watching endless hours of TV.   In any case, YHWH’s purposes are being worked out whether we perceive them or not.  We should strive to be part of God’s plans to bring about the salvation of mankind.  It will take time (lot’s of time!), but it will be glorious.

Posted by: biblestudyseattle | January 26, 2017

Abortion Improvement

According to Guttmacher, in 2014 there were 926,000 abortions in the U.S.  That’s down from a high of 1.6 million in 1990.  That’s good news.  But many of the would be moms will be surprised when they come back from the dead and their pregnancy is restarted by YHWH.

“But Zion said, “The Lord has forsaken me,

And the Lord has forgotten me.”
“Can a woman forget her nursing child
And have no compassion on the son of her womb?
Even these may forget, but I will not forget you.
“Behold, I have inscribed you on the palms of My hands;
Your walls are continually before Me.
“Your builders hurry;
Your destroyers and devastators
Will depart from you.
“Lift up your eyes and look around;
All of them gather together, they come to you.
As I live,” declares the Lord,
“You will surely put on all of them as jewels and bind them on as a bride.
“For your waste and desolate places and your destroyed land—
Surely now you will be too cramped for the inhabitants,
And those who swallowed you will be far away.
“The children of whom you were bereaved will yet say in your ears,
‘The place is too cramped for me;
Make room for me that I may live here.’
“Then you will say in your heart,
‘Who has begotten these for me,
Since I have been bereaved of my children
And am barren, an exile and a wanderer?
And who has reared these?
Behold, I was left alone;
From where did these come?’”

Thus says the Lord [God,

“Behold, I will lift up My hand to the nations
And set up My standard to the peoples;
And they will bring your sons in their bosom,
And your daughters will be carried on their shoulders.
“Kings will be your guardians,
And their princesses your nurses.
They will bow down to you with their faces to the earth
And lick the dust of your feet;
And you will know that I am the Lord;
Those who hopefully wait for Me will not be put to shame.”  Isaiah 49:14-23

Posted by: biblestudyseattle | January 21, 2017

Solomon & David’s Temple

Now it came about in the four hundred and eightieth year after the sons of Israel came out of the land of Egypt, in the fourth year of Solomon’s reign over Israel, in the month of Ziv which is the second month, that he began to build the house of the Lord.”  1 Kings 6:1

In the fourth year the foundation of the house of the Lord was laid, in the month of Ziv. In the eleventh year, in the month of Bul, which is the eighth month, the house was finished throughout all its parts and according to all its plans. So he was seven years in building it.”  1 Kings 6:37-38

Notice that it took 7.5 years to build the temple.

“The time that David was king in Hebron over the house of Judah was seven years and six months.”  2 Samuel 2:11

Isn’t that interesting?  David goes on to rule all Israel for 33 years after this.  Is it possible that it will take 7.5 years out of 40 to build the spiritual Temple in heaven?  Could it take the same relative amount of time out of 1,000 years for Jesus to build the heavenly Temple?

The Jews then said to Him, “What sign do You show us as your authority for doing these things?”  Jesus answered them, “Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up.” The Jews then said, “It took forty-six years to build this temple, and will You raise it up in three days?”  But He was speaking of the temple of His body.”  John 2:18-21

Jesus is really saying it will take 3,000 years to complete the heavenly temple.

“Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and that you are not your own?”  1 Corinthians 6:19

“For we are the temple of the living God; just as God said, “I will dwell in them and walk among them; And I will be their God, and they shall be My people.”  2 Corinthians 6:16

So then you are no longer strangers and aliens, but you are fellow citizens with the saints, and are of God’s household, having been built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Christ Jesus Himself being the corner stone, in whom the whole building, being fitted together, is growing into a holy temple in the Lord, in whom you also are being built together into a dwelling of God in the Spirit.”  Ephesians 2:19-22

“He who overcomes, I will make him a pillar in the temple of My God, and he will not go out from it anymore; and I will write on him the name of My God, and the name of the city of My God, the new Jerusalem, which comes down out of heaven from My God, and My new name.”  Revelation 3:12

Different verses also say the temple took seven years:

“In the eleventh year, in the month of Bul, which is the eighth month, the house was finished throughout all its parts and according to all its plans. So he was seven years in building it.”  1 Kings 6:38

“The days that David reigned over Israel were forty years: seven years he reigned in Hebron and thirty-three years he reigned in Jerusalem.”  1 Kings 2:11

Seven years is a ‘week’ of years.  There’s a possible connection:

Seventy weeks have been decreed for your people and your holy city, to finish the transgression, to make an end of sin, to make atonement for iniquity, to bring in everlasting righteousness, to seal up vision and prophecy and to anoint the most holy place.”  Daniel 9:24

Notice that the seventy weeks will conclude with the annointing of the most holy place – that is the most inner sacred part of the temple.  The last week is specified:

 Then after the sixty-two weeks the Messiah will be cut off and have nothing, and the people of the prince who is to come will destroy the city and the sanctuary. And its end will come with a flood; even to the end there will be war; desolations are determined.  And he will make a firm covenant with the many for one week, but in the middle of the week he will put a stop to sacrifice and grain offering; and on the wing of abominations will come one who makes desolate, even until a complete destruction, one that is decreed, is poured out on the one who makes desolate.”  Daniel 9:26-27

This is a complicated, multifaceted prophecy (YHWH is concise with words), but the last week involves sacrifices.  These can only happen properly in a temple, whether that temple is a stone structure or a person’s body or Messiah’s body.  “so we, who are many, are one body in Christ, and individually members one of another.”  Romans 12:5

Posted by: biblestudyseattle | January 20, 2017

Solomon’s Millennial Kingdom

1 Kings 1-10 provides a wealth of insight into the Messianic millennial kingdom.  After David battled practically his whole reign to establish the strength of Israel, Solomon spends virtually his entire reign building – building the Temple, the palaces, the royal cities, ships, and on and on.  No doubt YHWH planned this to give us a peek at the future.  The glory of that time is hinted at:  “All the earth was seeking the presence of Solomon, to hear his wisdom which God had put in his heart.”  1 Kings 10:24

This will surely be true of Yahshua in that day:

Now it will come about that
In the last days
The mountain of the house of the Lord
Will be established as the chief of the mountains,
And will be raised above the hills;
And all the nations will stream to it.
And many peoples will come and say,
“Come, let us go up to the mountain of the Lord,
To the house of the God of Jacob;
That He may teach us concerning His ways
And that we may walk in His paths.”
For the law will go forth from Zion
And the word of the Lord from Jerusalem.
And He will judge between the nations,
And will render decisions for many peoples;
And they will hammer their swords into plowshares and their spears into pruning hooks.
Nation will not lift up sword against nation,
And never again will they learn war.”  Isaiah 2:2-4

“Many nations will come and say, “Come and let us go up to the mountain of the Lord And to the house of the God of Jacob, That He may teach us about His ways And that we may walk in His paths.” For from Zion will go forth the law, Even the word of the Lord from Jerusalem.”  Micah 4:2

Thus says the Lord of hosts, ‘It will yet be that peoples will come, even the inhabitants of many cities.  The inhabitants of one will go to another, saying, “Let us go at once to entreat the favor of the Lord, and to seek the Lord of hosts; I will also go.”  So many peoples and mighty nations will come to seek the Lord of hosts in Jerusalem and to entreat the favor of the Lord.’  Thus says the Lord of hosts, ‘In those days ten men from all the nations will grasp the garment of a Jew, saying, “Let us go with you, for we have heard that God is with you.”  Zechariah 8:20-23

Posted by: biblestudyseattle | January 16, 2017

David’s Crucifixion

Compare this:  “ Then a messenger came to David, saying, “The hearts of the men of Israel are with Absalom.”  David said to all his servants who were with him at Jerusalem, “Arise and let us flee, for otherwise none of us will escape from Absalom. Go in haste, or he will overtake us quickly and bring down calamity on us and strike the city with the edge of the sword.”  Then the king’s servants said to the king, “Behold, your servants are ready to do whatever my lord the king chooses.”  2 Samuel 15:13-15

With this:  “Then He came to the disciples and *said to them, “Are you still sleeping and resting? Behold, the hour is at hand and the Son of Man is being betrayed into the hands of sinners.  Get up, let us be going; behold, the one who betrays Me is at hand!”  Matthew 26:45-46

They are not the same, but the urgency is palpable.  Also, compare these:

While all the country was weeping with a loud voice, all the people passed over. The king also passed over the brook Kidron, and all the people passed over toward the way of the wilderness.  Now behold, Zadok also came, and all the Levites with him carrying the ark of the covenant of God. And they set down the ark of God, and Abiathar came up until all the people had finished passing from the city.  The king said to Zadok, “Return the ark of God to the city. If I find favor in the sight of the Lord, then He will bring me back again and show me both it and His habitation.   But if He should say thus, ‘I have no delight in you,’ behold, here I am, let Him do to me as seems good to Him.”  The king said also to Zadok the priest, “Are you not a seer? Return to the city in peace and your two sons with you, your son Ahimaaz and Jonathan the son of Abiathar.  See, I am going to wait at the fords of the wilderness until word comes from you to inform me.”  Therefore Zadok and Abiathar returned the ark of God to Jerusalem and remained there.  And David went up the ascent of the Mount of Olives, and wept as he went, and his head was covered and he walked barefoot. Then all the people who were with him each covered his head and went up weeping as they went.”  2 Samuel 15:23-30

When King David came to Bahurim, behold, there came out from there a man of the family of the house of Saul whose name was Shimei, the son of Gera; he came out cursing continually as he came.  He threw stones at David and at all the servants of King David; and all the people and all the mighty men were at his right hand and at his left.  Thus Shimei said when he cursed, “Get out, get out, you man of bloodshed, and worthless fellow!  The Lord has returned upon you all the bloodshed of the house of Saul, in whose place you have reigned; and the Lord has given the kingdom into the hand of your son Absalom. And behold, you are taken in your own evil, for you are a man of bloodshed!”  2 Samuel 16:5-8

And these:  “When they led Him away, they seized a man, Simon of Cyrene, coming in from the country, and placed on him the cross to carry behind Jesus.  And following Him was a large crowd of the people, and of women who were mourning and lamenting Him. But Jesus turning to them said, “Daughters of Jerusalem, stop weeping for Me, but weep for yourselves and for your children.  For behold, the days are coming when they will say, ‘Blessed are the barren, and the wombs that never bore, and the breasts that never nursed.’  Then they will begin to say to the mountains, ‘Fall on us,’ and to the hills, ‘Cover us.’”  Luke 23:26-30

In both cases it seemed as though Absalom/Satan was winning.  There was much lamenting as these two leaders were lead out toward the Mount of Olives.  Ernest L. Martin makes a pretty solid case that Jesus was crucified on the Mount of Olives.

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