Posted by: biblestudyseattle | December 1, 2022

The Law and The Cross

“Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them but to fulfill them.  For truly, I say to you, until heaven and earth pass away, not an iota, not a dot, will pass from the Law until all is accomplished.  Therefore whoever relaxes one of the least of these commandments and teaches others to do the same will be called least in the kingdom of heaven, but whoever does them and teaches them will be called great in the kingdom of heaven.  For I tell you, unless your righteousness exceeds that of the scribes and Pharisees, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.” Matthew 5:17-20

“For he himself is our peace, who has made us both one and has broken down in his flesh the dividing wall of hostility by abolishing the law of commandments expressed in ordinances, that he might create in himself one new man in place of the two, so making peace,” Ephesians 2:14-15

Many Christians teach that Christ nailed the Law to the Cross, abolishing the ceremonial laws of Moses, but that the Ten Commandments are still in play. However:

“For as the new heavens and the new earth
    that I make
shall remain before me, says the Lord,
    so shall your offspring and your name remain.
From new moon to new moon,
    and from Sabbath to Sabbath,
all flesh shall come to worship before me,
declares the Lord.” Isaiah 66:22-23

“All the people of the land shall be obliged to give this offering to the prince in Israel.  It shall be the prince’s duty to furnish the burnt offerings, grain offerings, and drink offerings, at the feasts, the new moons, and the Sabbaths, all the appointed feasts of the house of Israel: he shall provide the sin offerings, grain offerings, burnt offerings, and peace offerings, to make atonement on behalf of the house of Israel. Thus says the Lord God: In the first month, on the first day of the month, you shall take a bull from the herd without blemish, and purify the sanctuary.” Ezekiel 45:16-18

Ezekiel 40-48 is clearly a future prophecy.

“Then everyone who survives of all the nations that have come against Jerusalem shall go up year after year to worship the King, the Lord of hosts, and to keep the Feast of Booths.  And if any of the families of the earth do not go up to Jerusalem to worship the King, the Lord of hosts, there will be no rain on them.  And if the family of Egypt does not go up and present themselves, then on them there shall be no rain; there shall be the plague with which the Lord afflicts the nations that do not go up to keep the Feast of Booths.  This shall be the punishment to Egypt and the punishment to all the nations that do not go up to keep the Feast of Booths. And on that day there shall be inscribed on the bells of the horses, “Holy to the Lord.” And the pots in the house of the Lord shall be as the bowls before the altar.  And every pot in Jerusalem and Judah shall be holy to the Lord of hosts, so that all who sacrifice may come and take of them and boil the meat of the sacrifice in them. And there shall no longer be a trader in the house of the Lord of hosts on that day.” Zechariah 14:16-21

Clearly the Law will be kept in the future! The Temple will be rebuilt and many nations will stream to Jerusalem to seek the Lord’s council. Eventually, in the distant future thousands of years from now, the Law may become obsolete, but only after Death itself has been destroyed.

Posted by: biblestudyseattle | December 1, 2022

Follow Me

“While walking by the Sea of Galilee, he saw two brothers, Simon (who is called Peter) and Andrew his brother, casting a net into the sea, for they were fishermen.  And he said to them, “Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men.” Immediately they left their nets and followed him.  And going on from there he saw two other brothers, James the son of Zebedee and John his brother, in the boat with Zebedee their father, mending their nets, and he called them.  Immediately they left the boat and their father and followed him.” Matthew 4:18-22

When I first read this it sounded almost comical. Why would people just suddenly drop everything and follow some random guy? Of course John the Baptist had been preparing people for the coming Messiah for six months prior to this. But what was Jesus doing before that? It seems likely that Jesus might have met many of the disciples even before John began his ministry. And I’m sure John spent much time with Jesus in the years prior since they were relatives. Christianity is and was a religion of relationships.

Posted by: biblestudyseattle | November 29, 2022

Abortion after Roe

In 2022 the Supreme Court of the U.S. overturned Roe v Wade (1973), which found a Constitutional right to abortion implied through the 14th Amendment. This will make abortion a State issue to be decided by the many states. Many pastors were sad. It turns out that many mainline denominations officially support abortion on demand. Who knew?!? The phrase ‘synagogue of Satan’ comes to mind. Is it any surprise that mainline denominations are declining? How can a person call themselves Christian and support the murder of babies? Perhaps if they observed an abortion, with legs and arms being pulled out they might see it for what it is. God is not mocked. In the old days the Presbyterian Church USA viewed it thus: The earliest appearance of abortion as an issue before the General Assembly occurs in 1869, at the Presbyterian Church in the U.S.A. (Old School) Assembly in New York. Responding to Overture 44, on “unscriptural views of marriage, divorce, and infanticide,” the commissioners wrote, “This Assembly regards the destruction by parents of their own offspring, before birth, with abhorrence, as a crime against God and against nature.” AMEN!! Thankfully, it is estimated that the total U.S. abortion rate has declined roughly 6% since the overturning of Roe. This means that about 50,000+ babies in the U.S. are alive that would have been murdered.

Posted by: biblestudyseattle | November 28, 2022

Dinah

Genesis 34 has the sad story of Dinah. She was raped by the local chief, who then wanted to marry her.

“On the third day, when they were sore, two of the sons of Jacob, Simeon and Levi, Dinah’s brothers, took their swords and came against the city while it felt secure and killed all the males.” Genesis 34:25

Is this foreshadowing the slaughter at Armageddon? This incident foreshadows what will happen under Moses. “And when Moses saw that the people had broken loose (for Aaron had let them break loose, to the derision of their enemies), then Moses stood in the gate of the camp and said, “Who is on the Lord’s side? Come to me.” And all the sons of Levi gathered around him.  And he said to them, “Thus says the Lord God of Israel, ‘Put your sword on your side each of you, and go to and fro from gate to gate throughout the camp, and each of you kill his brother and his companion and his neighbor.’”  And the sons of Levi did according to the word of Moses. And that day about three thousand men of the people fell.  And Moses said, “Today you have been ordained for the service of the Lord, each one at the cost of his son and of his brother, so that he might bestow a blessing upon you this day.” Exodus 32:25-29

A lot happens on or in the third day in scripture. This is within 3,000 years from the Cross.

Posted by: biblestudyseattle | November 21, 2022

The Deadly Sabbath?

“And the Lord said to Moses,  “You are to speak to the people of Israel and say, ‘Above all you shall keep my Sabbaths, for this is a sign between me and you throughout your generations, that you may know that I, the Lord, sanctify you.  You shall keep the Sabbath, because it is holy for you. Everyone who profanes it shall be put to death. Whoever does any work on it, that soul shall be cut off from among his people.  Six days shall work be done, but the seventh day is a Sabbath of solemn rest, holy to the Lord. Whoever does any work on the Sabbath day shall be put to death.  Therefore the people of Israel shall keep the Sabbath, observing the Sabbath throughout their generations, as a covenant forever.  It is a sign forever between me and the people of Israel that in six days the Lord made heaven and earth, and on the seventh day he rested and was refreshed.’” Exodus 31:12-17

Why are Sabbath breakers to be executed? Is this true today? This scripture was meant to show the future. There are different Sabbaths: the weekly, monthly, yearly, etc. Then there’s the millennium. Jesus will reign during a 1,000 year Sabbath. This is where the second death will be in operation. Here’s a glimpse:

“From new moon to new moon,
    and from Sabbath to Sabbath,
all flesh shall come to worship before me,
declares the Lord.

“And they shall go out and look on the dead bodies of the men who have rebelled against me. For their worm shall not die, their fire shall not be quenched, and they shall be an abhorrence to all flesh.” Isaiah 66:23-24

Posted by: biblestudyseattle | November 21, 2022

Moses as Messiah

Moses typifies Messiah at least twice. Stephen illustrates once:

“When he was forty years old, it came into his heart to visit his brothers, the children of Israel.  And seeing one of them being wronged, he defended the oppressed man and avenged him by striking down the Egyptian.   He supposed that his brothers would understand that God was giving them salvation by his hand, but they did not understand.  And on the following day he appeared to them as they were quarreling and tried to reconcile them, saying, ‘Men, you are brothers. Why do you wrong each other?’  But the man who was wronging his neighbor thrust him aside, saying, ‘Who made you a ruler and a judge over us?  Do you want to kill me as you killed the Egyptian yesterday?’  At this retort Moses fled and became an exile in the land of Midian, where he became the father of two sons.

“Now when forty years had passed, an angel appeared to him in the wilderness of Mount Sinai, in a flame of fire in a bush.  When Moses saw it, he was amazed at the sight, and as he drew near to look, there came the voice of the Lord:  ‘I am the God of your fathers, the God of Abraham and of Isaac and of Jacob.’ And Moses trembled and did not dare to look.  Then the Lord said to him, ‘Take off the sandals from your feet, for the place where you are standing is holy ground.  I have surely seen the affliction of my people who are in Egypt, and have heard their groaning, and I have come down to deliver them. And now come, I will send you to Egypt.’

“This Moses, whom they rejected, saying, ‘Who made you a ruler and a judge?’—this man God sent as both ruler and redeemer by the hand of the angel who appeared to him in the bush.  This man led them out, performing wonders and signs in Egypt and at the Red Sea and in the wilderness for forty years.  This is the Moses who said to the Israelites, ‘God will raise up for you a prophet like me from your brothers.’ Acts 7:23-37

The other sequence was while wandering in the desert. Moses went up the mount of God for 40 days and 40 nights (Exodus 24). When the people thought he was too long coming back, they made an idol of gold. This corresponds to the corruption that developed in the church in the middle ages. In Exodus 34, Moses ascends the mountain again to receive new tablets of the law. When he came down, his face was shining. This corresponds to the second coming of Christ.

Posted by: biblestudyseattle | November 7, 2022

The Mechanics of Reconciliation

“Then everyone who survives of all the nations that have come against Jerusalem shall go up year after year to worship the King, the Lord of hosts, and to keep the Feast of Booths.  And if any of the families of the earth do not go up to Jerusalem to worship the King, the Lord of hosts, there will be no rain on them.  And if the family of Egypt does not go up and present themselves, then on them there shall be no rain; there shall be the plague with which the Lord afflicts the nations that do not go up to keep the Feast of Booths.  This shall be the punishment to Egypt and the punishment to all the nations that do not go up to keep the Feast of Booths.” Zechariah 14:16-19

“And on the banks, on both sides of the river, there will grow all kinds of trees for food. Their leaves will not wither, nor their fruit fail, but they will bear fresh fruit every month, because the water for them flows from the sanctuary. Their fruit will be for food, and their leaves for healing.” Ezekiel 47:12

“Then the angel showed me the river of the water of life, bright as crystal, flowing from the throne of God and of the Lamb through the middle of the street of the city; also, on either side of the river, the tree of life with its twelve kinds of fruit, yielding its fruit each month. The leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations.” Revelation 22:1-2

When people go up to the feast of tabernacles, what will be the process that will allow them to eat from the trees of life?

“But I say to you that everyone who is angry with his brother will be liable to judgment; whoever insults his brother will be liable to the council; and whoever says, ‘You fool!’ will be liable to the hell of fire. So if you are offering your gift at the altar and there remember that your brother has something against you, leave your gift there before the altar and go. First be reconciled to your brother, and then come and offer your gift.  Come to terms quickly with your accuser while you are going with him to court, lest your accuser hand you over to the judge, and the judge to the guard, and you be put in prison.” Matthew 5:22-25

Will a simple acceptance of apology suffice? Will restitution have to be paid? Will the church weigh in on the sincerity of the apology?

“After the Lord had spoken these words to Job, the Lord said to Eliphaz the Temanite: “My anger burns against you and against your two friends, for you have not spoken of me what is right, as my servant Job has.  Now therefore take seven bulls and seven rams and go to my servant Job and offer up a burnt offering for yourselves. And my servant Job shall pray for you, for I will accept his prayer not to deal with you according to your folly. For you have not spoken of me what is right, as my servant Job has.” Job 42:7-8

Posted by: biblestudyseattle | October 24, 2022

Did it happen?

“But avoid irreverent babble, for it will lead people into more and more ungodliness, and their talk will spread like gangrene. Among them are Hymenaeus and Philetus, who have swerved from the truth, saying that the resurrection has already happened. They are upsetting the faith of some.” 2 Timothy 2:16-18

“And behold, the curtain of the temple was torn in two, from top to bottom. And the earth shook, and the rocks were split.  The tombs also were opened. And many bodies of the saints who had fallen asleep were raised, and coming out of the tombs after his resurrection they went into the holy city and appeared to many.” Matthew 27:51-53

Does this not seem like a contradiction? Did the resurrection happen after Jesus died or not? Our best guess is that the line saying, “The tombs also were opened. And many bodies…” was inserted later and was not part of the original scripture. Jesus himself appeared to many after he was raised and this would seem to negate the need for other saints to appear.

Posted by: biblestudyseattle | October 11, 2022

The Great Commission

The Great Commission probably has a funny ring to a salesman. “And Jesus came up and spoke to them, saying, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to Me. Go, therefore, and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, teaching them to follow all that I commanded you; and behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.” Matthew 28:18-20

How many times have you heard someone say, “If I hadn’t preached the message to uncle Bob before he died, he would never have heard the gospel message?” How many believe that God would not give the full gospel message to a person and then condemn them eternally for unbelief? We need to get over ourselves and realize that God is bigger than our need to ‘save’ someone. We are merely called to share the gospel message out of a pure heart. We are not responsible for the response.

“This gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in the whole world as a testimony to all the nations, and then the end will come.” Matthew 24:14

Does this say that the gospel must be preached to the whole world and then Jesus will come back? This is what many believe. Actually Jesus will come back before all have heard the gospel. In fact, Jesus’ return is all about completing the Great Commission to the world:

“They will not hurt or destroy in all My holy mountain,
For the earth will be full of the knowledge of the Lord
As the waters cover the sea.” Isaiah 11:9

““Jacob will not be ashamed now, nor will his face turn pale now;
But when he sees his children, the work of My hands, in his midst,
They will sanctify My name;
Indeed, they will sanctify the Holy One of Jacob,
And will stand in awe of the God of Israel.
Those who err in mind will know the truth,
And those who criticize will accept instruction.” Isaiah 29:22-24

“I will lead those who are blind by a way they have not known,
In paths they have not known I will guide them.
I will turn darkness into light before them
And uneven land into plains.
These are the things I will do,
And I will not leave them undone.” Isaiah 42:16

“For this is the covenant which I will make with the house of Israel after those days,” declares the Lord: “I will put My law within them and write it on their heart; and I will be their God, and they shall be My people.  They will not teach again, each one his neighbor and each one his brother, saying, ‘Know the Lord,’ for they will all know Me, from the least of them to the greatest of them,” declares the Lord, “for I will forgive their wrongdoing, and their sin I will no longer remember.” Jeremiah 31:33-34

“For the earth will be filled With the knowledge of the glory of the Lord, As the waters cover the sea.” Habakkuk 2:14

The Great Commission will be completed with or without us. Everyone will be raised back from the dead to accomplish this. Everyone will know about the Messiah and experience life as God intended.

Posted by: biblestudyseattle | October 6, 2022

History

Have you ever read history? Does the account accurately describe what happened? Is it biased? How would God portray the same history? Much of written history does not account for the moral actions of the participants. Bible history is clear that right and wrong are most important to God. One aspect of history that is often ignored is the role of secret societies. Satan’s greatest trick is to convince people he doesn’t exist, and his second greatest trick is convincing people that he has no human followers working with him.

But what will we learn in the future? We know that all people are coming back to life: “I will ransom them from the power of Sheol; I will redeem them from death: O death, where are thy plagues? O Sheol, where is thy destruction?” Hosea 13:14

“Thy dead shall live; thy dead bodies shall arise. Awake and sing, ye that dwell in the dust; for thy dew is as the dew of herbs, and the earth shall cast forth the dead.” Isaiah 26:19

“Marvel not at this: for the hour cometh, in which all that are in the tombs shall hear his voice, and shall come forth; they that have done good, unto the resurrection of life; and they that have done evil, unto the resurrection of judgment.” John 5:28-29

“For as in Adam all die, so also in Christ shall all be made alive.” 1 Corinthians 15:22

“having a hope in God, which these men cherish themselves, that there shall certainly be a resurrection of both the righteous and the wicked.” Acts 24:15

We also know: “Know ye not that we shall judge angels? how much more, things that pertain to this life?” 1 Corinthians 6:3

If we judge angels, we must know them first. Will they show us history from the angelic perspective? Will we get to see a rerun of our own history with the angelic and demonic forces at play? Will Job finally get to see that he was a pawn in a Satanic drama? God gives us a glimpse of the heavenly curtain being pulled back with Elisha:

“And Elisha prayed, and said, Jehovah, I pray thee, open his eyes, that he may see. And Jehovah opened the eyes of the young man; and he saw: and, behold, the mountain was full of horses and chariots of fire round about Elisha.” 2 Kings 6:17

Imagine being able to see angels and demons! Although we may get to see the heavenly activity from our past, we will not see any demonic activity during the height of Christ’s reign:

“And I saw an angel coming down out of heaven, having the key of the abyss and a great chain in his hand.  And he laid hold on the dragon, the old serpent, which is the Devil and Satan, and bound him for a thousand years, and cast him into the abyss, and shut it, and sealed it over him, that he should deceive the nations no more, until the thousand years should be finished: after this he must be loosed for a little time.” Revelation 20:1-3

Then it will all make sense. The mysteries of history will be laid plain.

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