Posted by: biblestudyseattle | July 2, 2020

Love Your Enemies

You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’  But I say to you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, so that you may be sons of your Father who is in heaven; for He causes His sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous.”  Matthew 5:43-45

This may be the hardest teaching for Christians.  Why did Jesus command this?  Because:
“…God our Savior, who desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth.”  1 Timothy 2:3-4

God wants all people to be saved!  How could Jesus say,  “It is the one to whom I will give this piece of bread when I have dipped it in the dish.” Then, dipping the piece of bread, he gave it to Judas, the son of Simon Iscariot.  As soon as Judas took the bread, Satan entered into him.  So Jesus told him, “What you are about to do, do quickly.”  John 13:26-27

Although we are to love our enemies, we must be wise.  “Behold, I send you out as sheep in the midst of wolves; so be shrewd as serpents and innocent as doves.”  Matthew 10:16

This is why Paul could say, “Alexander the coppersmith did me much harm; the Lord will repay him according to his deeds.  Be on guard against him yourself, for he vigorously opposed our teaching.”  2 Timothy 4:14-15

Most Christians don’t understand that this life is not the whole story.  There will be a second major chapter to our lives when we return from the dead.  This is the time when, “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

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

It will be much easier to reform when Satan and his demons are locked away.  For those of us living with difficult family members or coworkers, there is a reward.  “For if you love those who love you, what reward do you have? Do not even the tax collectors do the same?  If you greet only your brothers, what more are you doing than others? Do not even the Gentiles do the same?  Therefore you are to be perfect, as your heavenly Father is perfect.”  Matthew 5:46-48    If we love difficult people, we will have a reward.

Posted by: biblestudyseattle | June 15, 2020

Flummoxing

Isn’t it disturbing to hear otherwise smart people defend not-so-peaceful demonstrations and super ineffective coronavirus restrictions?  How could PhD’s justify defunding the police?  It can’t be an intellectual problem, it must be a moral one:

The coming of the lawless one will be in accordance with how Satan works.  He will use all sorts of displays of power through signs and wonders that serve the lie, and all the ways that wickedness deceives those who are perishing. They perish because they refused to love the truth and so be saved.  For this reason God sends them a powerful delusion so that they will believe the lie and so that all will be condemned who have not believed the truth but have delighted in wickedness.”  2 Thessalonians 2:9-12

Some people are so determined to hate president Trump that they will espouse the most ridiculous Satanic rubbish.

Posted by: biblestudyseattle | June 14, 2020

Division

“I have come to bring fire on the earth, and how I wish it were already kindled!  But I have a baptism to undergo, and what constraint I am under until it is completed!  Do you think I came to bring peace on earth? No, I tell you, but division.  From now on there will be five in one family divided against each other, three against two and two against three. They will be divided, father against son and son against father, mother against daughter and daughter against mother, mother-in-law against daughter-in-law and daughter-in-law against mother-in-law.”  Luke 12:49-53

Doesn’t this feel like now?  (June 2020)  So much conflicting information is floating around.  Some people dig and dig until they feel they have found the truth.  Others give up and just decide to follow a person or organization that will tell them the truth.  But how will it be when some people find out they were on the wrong side of the truth?

Posted by: biblestudyseattle | June 6, 2020

Archbishop Carlo Maria Vigano

Archbishop Carlo Maria Vigano penned a published letter to president Donald Trump about current events in light of the battle between good and evil:

https://www.lifesitenews.com/opinion/archbishop-viganos-powerful-letter-to-president-trump-eternal-struggle-between-good-and-evil-playing-out-right-now

 

Posted by: biblestudyseattle | May 30, 2020

Christian Obedience

To what extent must Christians obey secular or religious authorities?

You have heard that it was said, ‘Eye for eye, and tooth for tooth.’  But I tell you, do not resist an evil person. If anyone slaps you on the right cheek, turn to them the other cheek also.  And if anyone wants to sue you and take your shirt, hand over your coat as well.”  Matthew 5:38-40

But if I do them, even though you do not believe me, believe the works, that you may know and understand that the Father is in me, and I in the Father.”  Again they tried to seize him, but he escaped their grasp.”  John 10:38-39

Jesus resisted evil people; isn’t he contradicting his own teaching??  No!  Context is key.  Turning the other cheek is only when you have no choice.  The Christian life is not about trying to become a martyr.  We are mainly to do good, but also:

“Have nothing to do with the fruitless deeds of darkness, but rather expose them.”   Ephesians 5:11  We are to turn people from evil whenever possible:

“Whoever turns a sinner from the error of their way will save them from death and cover over a multitude of sins.”  James 5:20

 

Posted by: biblestudyseattle | May 25, 2020

Under the Earth

Therefore God exalted him to the highest place
    and gave him the name that is above every name,
that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow,
    in heaven and on earth and under the earth,
and every tongue acknowledge that Jesus Christ is Lord,
    to the glory of God the Father.”  Philippians 2:9-11

And I saw a mighty angel proclaiming in a loud voice, “Who is worthy to break the seals and open the scroll?”  But no one in heaven or on earth or under the earth could open the scroll or even look inside it.  I wept and wept because no one was found who was worthy to open the scroll or look inside.”  Revelation 5:2-4

“Then I heard every creature in heaven and on earth and under the earth and on the sea, and all that is in them, saying:”  Revelation 5:13

What is the meaning of ‘under the earth’?  Does this mean ants will bow down to Jesus?  Do spirits live under the surface of the earth?  Is this referring to the dead?  Or is this phrase not about location, but just emphasizing all creatures?  Time will tell.

Posted by: biblestudyseattle | May 12, 2020

Destroying evil?

Some believe that Noah’s flood was not only a real event, but also a prophecy.  Some also believe that that prophecy is being fulfilled as we speak.  God used the Flood to start over; to destroy the evil people and animals and then repopulate the earth.  This took 370 days back in 2472 B.C.  The antitype will most likely take 370 years.  Genesis 6-9

The first 150 days of the flood involved the waters increasing.  “The waters flooded the earth for a hundred and fifty days.”   Genesis 7:24

Water typically represents truth in the bible.  (Jesus is called ‘living water’, and also the ‘way, the truth, the life’.)  John 7:38, 14:6

It is easy to see truth increasing in our day.  Daniel said, “But you, Daniel, roll up and seal the words of the scroll until the time of the end. Many will go here and there to increase knowledge.”  Daniel 12:4  Cars, planes, books, telephones, radio, TV, and the Internet have facilitated this mightily.  But there was a different purpose back in the Flood – to kill hopelessly evil people (Human/angel hybrids?).  God needed to massively reduce evil.

Is this happening in our day?  (circa 2020s).  Are evil people being brought to justice?  Are crimes being exposed?  Is child trafficking being seriously reduced?  It appears so.

Posted by: biblestudyseattle | May 10, 2020

Temples

Why did God establish temples?  What is the purpose of a temple?  To have a place to approach God.  And God’s temples always involve sacrifices.  Why?

Many Christians have been misled to believe that ‘we are saved by grace’.  Yes, but it implies that there are no consequences for our sins.  At least not in heaven.  When a believer dies, it’s instant paradise.  Oh, what a deception of Satan!  Satan has many lies that many believe.  The first might be the most effective.  “You won’t die.”  Genesis 3:4  This seemed to be true.  God told Adam & Eve that they would surely die the day they ate from the tree of the knowledge of good & evil.  But they didn’t die that day!  So Satan modified his lie: your body will die but your soul is immortal.  Of course they did die that day –  “A thousand years in your sight
    are like a day that has just gone by.”  Psalm 90:4

The next implication of Satan’s lie is that there are no consequences to our sins.  The Israelites had to do bloody, gross sacrifices, but Jesus apparently did away with that practice.  Or did he?  Why is there a temple in heaven?  “Then God’s temple in heaven was opened, and within his temple was seen the ark of his covenant.”  Revelation 11:19

Does this mean there are sacrifices in heaven?  Did Jesus nail the Law to the cross or the offenses of the Law?  And have you ever heard a Christian explain this prophecy, “Then the survivors from all the nations that have attacked Jerusalem will go up year after year to worship the King, the Lord Almighty, and to celebrate the Festival of Tabernacles.”  Zechariah 14:16

I thought the sacrificial system died at the cross?  No.  How do we explain Ezekiel’s prophecy, “ I saw a wall completely surrounding the temple area. The length of the measuring rod in the man’s hand was six long cubits, each of which was a cubit and a handbreadth. He measured the wall; it was one measuring rod thick and one rod high.”  Ezekiel 40:5

Another Temple?  After Jesus died?  How do we explain this?  Why does Peter say, “For it is time for judgment to begin with God’s household;”  1 Peter 4:17   If we are instantly translated to heaven, where is the judgment?  Or can there be judgment in heaven since there are sacrifices in heaven(?)

Posted by: biblestudyseattle | May 3, 2020

Lockdown

“On the evening of that first day of the week, when the disciples were together, with the doors locked for fear of the Jewish leaders, Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you!”  John 20:19

What are we going to do with these men?” they asked. “Everyone living in Jerusalem knows they have performed a notable sign, and we cannot deny it.  But to stop this thing from spreading any further among the people, we must warn them to speak no longer to anyone in this name.”

Then they called them in again and commanded them not to speak or teach at all in the name of Jesus.  But Peter and John replied, “Which is right in God’s eyes: to listen to you, or to him? You be the judges!  As for us, we cannot help speaking about what we have seen and heard.”

After further threats they let them go. They could not decide how to punish them, because all the people were praising God for what had happened.”  Acts 4:16-21

What would Jesus and the disciples do during this lockdown?  Would they agree not to go outside or talk to anyone?  Would they be wearing facemasks?  Would they refuse to visit their mother or aunt because the governor says you cannot visit anyone?  I doubt it.  They would get creative.  And visit.  In person.

At that time some Pharisees came to Jesus and said to him, “Leave this place and go somewhere else. Herod wants to kill you.”

He replied, “Go tell that fox, ‘I will keep on driving out demons and healing people today and tomorrow, and on the third day I will reach my goal.”  Luke 13:31-32

That’s the attitude we should have toward our tyrannical governors and mayors, “Go Tell That Fox!!”

Posted by: biblestudyseattle | April 16, 2020

Thoughts on Coronavirus

As of April 16, 2020, where are we at with this coronavirus thing biblically?  Are we nearing the end of the 150 days (years) of rising and prevailing water (truth) of Noah’s flood?  Are the good guys prevailing?  The bad guys?

It’s pretty easy to see dark side’s plan.  Scare everybody.  Crash the economy.  Eliminate cash.  Force vaccines on everyone.  Install 5G.  Biblically, 666 comes to mind.  Rev 13:16-18

What about the good guys?  Undoubtedly, the wheat (Christians) are being gathered into the barn (heaven), just as Joseph did during the years of plenty (Gen 41:41-49).  Are the days of increasing knowledge and travel that Daniel (Dan 12:4) prophesied about over?  Probably not.  Are the years of plenty over?  Probably not.  Is the glorious first half (1 Kings 6:1,9:10) of Solomon’s reign over?  Almost certainly not.

Who will come out on top?  Will evil people be executed or thrown in jail?  Probably some.  Will vaccination become mandatory?  Possibly, with some exemptions allowed.  But vaccine resistance will grow exponentially.  The dark side is pushing vaccines to decrease population.

This commentator thinks more good will come than bad.  We speculate that the years of plenty are not over, not for at least 39 more years.  The years of famine (of Christians) will come, but not yet.  The truth about viruses and disease will increase.  5G will have to be scaled back for obvious health reasons.

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