Posted by: biblestudyseattle | January 12, 2019

Holy Kiss

“Greet one another with a holy kiss. All the churches of Christ send greetings.”  Romans 16:16  There are at least 4 references to this in the new testament.  I heard a sermon on this and it got me thinking.  The church is the bride of Christ.  Married people kiss.  But Christ’s bride will be many just as Solomon’s were.  Solomon had 1,000 wives/concubines; Jesus will have 144,000+(?)  It will be a case were polygamy works. Or maybe this view is wrong.  Christians should be careful not to be too dogmatic.

After this I saw four angels standing at the four corners of the earth, holding back the four winds of the earth to prevent any wind from blowing on the land or on the sea or on any tree.  Then I saw another angel coming up from the east, having the seal of the living God. He called out in a loud voice to the four angels who had been given power to harm the land and the sea: “Do not harm the land or the sea or the trees until we put a seal on the foreheads of the servants of our God.” Then I heard the number of those who were sealed: 144,000 from all the tribes of Israel.”  Revelation 7:1-4

Then I looked, and there before me was the Lamb, standing on Mount Zion, and with him 144,000 who had his name and his Father’s name written on their foreheads.  And I heard a sound from heaven like the roar of rushing waters and like a loud peal of thunder. The sound I heard was like that of harpists playing their harps.  And they sang a new song before the throne and before the four living creatures and the elders. No one could learn the song except the 144,000 who had been redeemed from the earth.  These are those who did not defile themselves with women, for they remained virgins. They follow the Lamb wherever he goes. They were purchased from among mankind and offered as first fruits to God and the Lamb.  No lie was found in their mouths; they are blameless.”  Revelation 14:1-5

The bride of Christ could also consist of 144,000 on earth and 144,000 in heaven.  Notice the numbers in 1 Chronicles:

Asaph, Jeduthun and Heman were under the supervision of the king.  Along with their relatives—all of them trained and skilled in music for the Lord—they numbered 288.”  1 Chronicles 25:6-7

“This is the list of the Israelites—heads of families, commanders of thousands and commanders of hundreds, and their officers, who served the king in all that concerned the army divisions that were on duty month by month throughout the year. Each division consisted of 24,000 men.”  1 Chronicles 27:1

Notice that David had 288 musicians and 288,000 soldiers who rotated service monthly.  Further, notice who’s in charge in the future:

This is what the Sovereign Lord says: I will take the Israelites out of the nations where they have gone. I will gather them from all around and bring them back into their own land.  I will make them one nation in the land, on the mountains of Israel. There will be one king over all of them and they will never again be two nations or be divided into two kingdoms.  They will no longer defile themselves with their idols and vile images or with any of their offenses, for I will save them from all their sinful backsliding, and I will cleanse them. They will be my people, and I will be their God.

“‘My servant David will be king over them, and they will all have one shepherd. They will follow my laws and be careful to keep my decrees.  They will live in the land I gave to my servant Jacob, the land where your ancestors lived. They and their children and their children’s children will live there forever, and David my servant will be their prince forever.  I will make a covenant of peace with them; it will be an everlasting covenant. I will establish them and increase their numbers, and I will put my sanctuary among them forever.   My dwelling place will be with them; I will be their God, and they will be my people.  Then the nations will know that I the Lord make Israel holy, when my sanctuary is among them forever.”  Ezekiel 37:20-28

Posted by: biblestudyseattle | December 25, 2018

Micah 5 Messiah

“Marshal your troops now, city of troops,

    for a siege is laid against us.
They will strike Israel’s ruler
    on the cheek with a rod.

“But you, Bethlehem Ephrathah,
    though you are small among the clans of Judah,
out of you will come for me
    one who will be ruler over Israel,
whose origins are from of old,
    from ancient times.”

Therefore Israel will be abandoned
    until the time when she who is in labor bears a son,
and the rest of his brothers return
    to join the Israelites.

He will stand and shepherd his flock
    in the strength of the Lord,
    in the majesty of the name of the Lord his God.
And they will live securely, for then his greatness
    will reach to the ends of the earth.

And he will be our peace
    when the Assyrians invade our land
    and march through our fortresses.
We will raise against them seven shepherds,
    even eight commanders,
who will rule the land of Assyria with the sword,
    the land of Nimrod with drawn sword.
He will deliver us from the Assyrians
    when they invade our land
    and march across our borders.

The remnant of Jacob will be
    in the midst of many peoples
like dew from the Lord,
    like showers on the grass,
which do not wait for anyone
    or depend on man.
The remnant of Jacob will be among the nations,
    in the midst of many peoples,
like a lion among the beasts of the forest,
    like a young lion among flocks of sheep,
which mauls and mangles as it goes,
    and no one can rescue.
Your hand will be lifted up in triumph over your enemies,
    and all your foes will be destroyed.

“In that day,” declares the Lord,

“I will destroy your horses from among you
    and demolish your chariots.
I will destroy the cities of your land
    and tear down all your strongholds.
I will destroy your witchcraft
    and you will no longer cast spells.
I will destroy your idols
    and your sacred stones from among you;
you will no longer bow down
    to the work of your hands.
I will uproot from among you your Asherah poles[e]
    when I demolish your cities.
I will take vengeance in anger and wrath
    on the nations that have not obeyed me.”  Micah 5

Surely this speaks of His birth, but also His reign.  “Israel will be abandoned
    until the time when she who is in labor bears a son…”  Does this refer to the great diaspora?  Israel was virtually abandoned for 1800 years until recent times.  Who is she who bears a son?  Mary?  Or something bigger.  “And the rest of his brothers return?”  A resurrection?  Does Isaiah refer to the woman who is in labor: “Sing, barren woman,
    you who never bore a child;
burst into song, shout for joy,
    you who were never in labor;
because more are the children of the desolate woman
    than of her who has a husband,”
says the Lord.
“Enlarge the place of your tent,
    stretch your tent curtains wide,
    do not hold back;
lengthen your cords,
    strengthen your stakes.
For you will spread out to the right and to the left;
    your descendants will dispossess nations
    and settle in their desolate cities.”  Isaiah 54:1-3

Posted by: biblestudyseattle | December 9, 2018

Continental Jogging

Here’s an interesting geology video speculating about Noah’s flood:

Posted by: biblestudyseattle | November 25, 2018

Pigs and rats

About noon the following day as they were on their journey and approaching the city, Peter went up on the roof to pray.  He became hungry and wanted something to eat, and while the meal was being prepared, he fell into a trance.  He saw heaven opened and something like a large sheet being let down to earth by its four corners.  It contained all kinds of four-footed animals, as well as reptiles and birds.  Then a voice told him, “Get up, Peter. Kill and eat.”  “Surely not, Lord!” Peter replied. “I have never eaten anything impure or unclean.”  The voice spoke to him a second time, “Do not call anything impure that God has made clean.”  This happened three times, and immediately the sheet was taken back to heaven.”  Acts 10:9-16

Many suppose this to change the law against the ‘unclean’ foods of Leviticus 11.  But a prophecy shows otherwise: “Those who consecrate and purify themselves to go into the gardens, following one who is among those who eat the flesh of pigs, rats and other unclean things—they will meet their end together with the one they follow,” declares the Lord.  “And I, because of what they have planned and done, am about to come and gather the people of all nations and languages, and they will come and see my glory.”  Isaiah 66:17-18

Posted by: biblestudyseattle | November 9, 2018

1517

October 31st, 1517 is given as the date Martin Luther posted his 95 theses to the doors of Castle Church in Wittenburg, Saxony, starting the Protestant Reformation.  Eric Metaxas’ biography shows that he probably posted them several days later amongst many other things posted on that public bulletin board.  The Metaxas biography is very much worth reading and shows many currents and political issues surrounding the Reformation.

Posted by: biblestudyseattle | September 15, 2018

Moses’ body

And Moses the servant of the Lord died there in Moab, as the Lord had said.  He buried him in Moab, in the valley opposite Beth Peor, but to this day no one knows where his grave is. ”  Dueteronomy 34:5-6

“But even the archangel Michael, when he was disputing with the devil about the body of Moses, did not himself dare to condemn him for slander but said, “The Lord rebuke you!”  Jude 1:9

Why was Satan disputing about the body of Moses and why does no one know where he is buried?

Many think that Satan wanted to use Moses’ body for the Israelites to idol worship.  This would have been a huuuuge stumbling block for the Israelites.  They needed to focus on conquering the promised land under Joshua.  It is telling that YHWH himself buried Moses!

Posted by: biblestudyseattle | August 4, 2018

Feminism

Divide and conquer is a favorite strategy of Satan.  One area Satan has attacked humanity is the difference between the sexes.  There is no doubt we live in a fallen world and things are not the way they should be:

To the woman he said,

“I will make your pains in childbearing very severe;
    with painful labor you will give birth to children.
Your desire will be for your husband,
    and he will rule over you.”

To Adam he said, “Because you listened to your wife and ate fruit from the tree about which I commanded you, ‘You must not eat from it,’

“Cursed is the ground because of you;
    through painful toil you will eat food from it
    all the days of your life.
It will produce thorns and thistles for you,
    and you will eat the plants of the field.
By the sweat of your brow
    you will eat your food
until you return to the ground,
    since from it you were taken;
for dust you are
    and to dust you will return.”  Genesis 3:16-19

But modern technology has alleviated some of the curse.  Technology makes childbirth less painful and work less drudging.  And yet we complain.  Even one of the richest women on the planet (Melinda Gates) complained:

“For those who think it can’t be done, Gates offers an example from her personal life. Though Bill and the couples’ children would always help with after-dinner cleanup, she nevertheless was always the last person left in the kitchen, “doing those last few little things.”

Finally, she issued an edict: No one leaves the kitchen until mom does.”  From the Atlantic Monthly

There’s nothing wrong with everyone contributing fairly, but it is the anger that many women show that is interesting.  A quick search under ‘chores’ will pull up thousands of pages showing how men are lazy slobs not doing their fair share.  Women always get the moral high ground on this one.  Really?  Or is this a campaign to malign men?  How is it that a woman worth billions, who could hire a small army to do every single chore for her, is angry?  With modern technology, chores are a nothing burger!  (Excepting washing cloth diapers!) This author has had care of three children for a week multiple times while mom is gone on business.  Chores never take me more than an hour a day.  When is the last time you heard of men complaining about mowing the lawn?  Or that their wives “aren’t helping me”?  No.  Men for the most part accept their lot in life and do what they need.

Posted by: biblestudyseattle | August 3, 2018

Dust

“Then the Lord God formed a man from the dust of the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living being.”  Genesis 2:7

Many assume this statement is about the material Adam was made from, but it can also represent man’s mortality:

“You turn people back to dust, saying, “Return to dust, you mortals.”  Psalm 90:3  Written by Moses.

Thus, without access to the tree of Life, Adam and Eve would have died even if they hadn’t sinned!

Posted by: biblestudyseattle | July 27, 2018

Objections to Jesus as Messiah

Three prominent objections to Jesus as Messiah are:

  1.  God will never come in human form
  2.  There is no precedent for the Messiah to come twice and
  3.  Justification by faith alone and a Pauline anti Torah mindset

The first point is correct.  God (the Father) didn’t and will never come to earth in human form.  “No one has ever seen God; but if we love one another, God lives in us and his love is made complete in us.”  1 John 4:12

The apostle John never saw God?!?  Didn’t he see Jesus??  Yes, but Jesus isn’t God, he’s the son of God, a separate person.  Can the immortal God die?  No, yet Jesus really died.  The Messiah is not God, but ‘god’, lower case.  Remember his argument with the Pharisees:

 “I and the Father are one.”  Again his Jewish opponents picked up stones to stone him, but Jesus said to them, “I have shown you many good works from the Father. For which of these do you stone me?”  “We are not stoning you for any good work,” they replied, “but for blasphemy, because you, a mere man, claim to be God.”  Jesus answered them, “Is it not written in your Law, ‘I have said you are “gods”’?  If he called them ‘gods,’ to whom the word of God came—and Scripture cannot be set aside— what about the one whom the Father set apart as his very own and sent into the world? Why then do you accuse me of blasphemy because I said, ‘I am God’s Son’?  Do not believe me unless I do the works of my Father.  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 10:30-39

Notice that Jesus did not claim to be God, but God’s son.  He did insinuate that he was a ‘god’.  As the Psalmist says:

“God presides in the great assembly;
    he renders judgment among the “gods”:

“How long will you defend the unjust
    and show partiality to the wicked?
Defend the weak and the fatherless;
    uphold the cause of the poor and the oppressed.
Rescue the weak and the needy;
    deliver them from the hand of the wicked.

“The ‘gods’ know nothing, they understand nothing.
    They walk about in darkness;
    all the foundations of the earth are shaken.

“I said, ‘You are “gods”;
    you are all sons of the Most High.’
But you will die like mere mortals;
    you will fall like every other ruler.”

Rise up, O God, judge the earth,
    for all the nations are your inheritance.”  Psalm 82

The psalmist talks about many ‘gods’; Jesus claims to be at least like one of these.

With regard to point 2, there is precedent in scripture for the Messiah to come twice.  Joseph came ‘twice’ as did Moses.  Joseph was ‘killed’ in the pit, but ‘raised’ from the dead.  Then sold off to a distance country for a long time.  Then raised to second in command, only second to God (Pharaoh).  Moses went up the mountain twice to get the stone tablets with the law etched on them, interrupted by the golden cafe incident, similar to the apostasy of the church after Jesus first brought the law.

And to the third point, Paul does ascribe salvation to faith alone, but he is not against works.  He’s also not anti Torah as some believe, but against legalistic observance of Torah.  Nobody will ever save themselves by Torah since no one can keep it perfectly (except somebody named Yeshua).  Jesus himself said, ““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 tell you, until heaven and earth disappear, not the smallest letter, not the least stroke of a pen, will by any means disappear from the Law until everything is accomplished.”  Matthew 5:17-18

Posted by: biblestudyseattle | June 18, 2018

The Ultimate Battle?

After saying this, he was taken up before their eyes; and a cloud hid him from their sight.  As they were staring into the sky after him, suddenly they saw two men dressed in white standing next to them.  The men said, “You Galileans! Why are you standing, staring into space? This Yeshua, who has been taken away from you into heaven, will come back to you in just the same way as you saw him go into heaven.”  Acts 1:9-11

And he comes back…

On that day his feet will stand
on the Mount of Olives,
which lies to the east of Yerushalayim;
and the Mount of Olives will be split in half
from east to west, to make a huge valley.
Half of the mountain will move toward the north,
and half of it toward the south.”  Zechariah 14:4

And another man…

“How did you come to fall from the heavens,
morning star, son of the dawn?
How did you come to be cut to the ground,
conqueror of nations?
You thought to yourself, ‘I will scale the heavens,
I will raise my throne above God’s stars.
I will sit on the Mount of Assembly
far away in the north.
I will rise past the tops of the clouds,
I will make myself like the Most High.’

“Instead you are brought down to Sh’ol,
to the uttermost depths of the pit.
Those who see you will stare at you,
reflecting on what has become of you:
Is this the man who shook the earth,
who made kingdoms tremble,
who made the world a desert,
who destroyed its cities,
who would not set his prisoners free?”  Isaiah 14:12-17

They will come together…

 Then I saw an angel standing in the sun, and he cried out in a loud voice to all the birds that fly about in mid-heaven, “Come, gather together for the great feast God is giving, to eat the flesh of kings, the flesh of generals, the flesh of important men, the flesh of horses and their riders and the flesh of all kinds of people, free and slave, small and great!”  I saw the beast and the kings of the earth and their armies gathered together to do battle with the rider of the horse and his army.   But the beast was taken captive, and with it the false prophet who, in its presence, had done the miracles which he had used to deceive those who had received the mark of the beast and those who had worshiped his image. The beast and the false prophet were both thrown alive into the lake of fire that burns with sulfur.   The rest were killed with the sword that goes out of the mouth of the rider on the horse, and all the birds gorged themselves on their flesh.”  Revelation 19:17-21

Yahshua will yet vanquish his foe Satan in human form in the sight of multitudes.  He will be thrown alive into the lake that burns with fire (the dead sea).

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