Posted by: biblestudyseattle | February 21, 2021

Eve was deceived, Adam was not?

“And Adam was not the one deceived; it was the woman who was deceived and became a sinner.” 1 Timothy 2:14

Adam wasn’t deceived? Adam sinned, therefore he must have been deceived on some level. Is it possible that Adam saw animal death and Eve had not? We can’t know. But the Serpent started with Eve. Some have commented that God created Adam first, then Eve. Satan worked the other direction. He subverted Eve first, who then subverted Adam. The point may be not that Adam wasn’t deceived, but that Adam was not directly deceived by the Deceiver, the Devil. Satan works in the opposite direction of God. “And the great dragon was thrown down, the serpent of old who is called the devil and Satan, who deceives the whole world.” Revelation 12:9

Posted by: biblestudyseattle | February 13, 2021

The Wonder of Snow

“Cleanse me with hyssop, and I will be clean;
    wash me, and I will be whiter than snow” Psalm 51:7

“Come now, let us settle the matter,” says the Lord. “Though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red as crimson, they shall be like wool.” Isaiah 1:18

“As I looked, “thrones were set in place, and the Ancient of Days took his seat. His clothing was as white as snow; the hair of his head was white like wool. His throne was flaming with fire, and its wheels were all ablaze.” Daniel 7:9

Snow has at least two amazing qualities – light and sound. Snow reflects light as the most brilliant white. And snow absorbs sound for the most pure quiet.

“After the earthquake came a fire, but the Lord was not in the fire. And after the fire came a gentle whisper.  When Elijah heard it, he pulled his cloak over his face and went out and stood at the mouth of the cave.

Then a voice said to him, “What are you doing here, Elijah?” 1 Kings 19:12-13

Posted by: biblestudyseattle | February 7, 2021

Satan’s Binding

“He seized the dragon, that ancient serpent, who is the devil, or Satan, and bound him for a thousand years.” Revelation 20:2

Is Satan bound right now (2021)? Some may think so, but many do not. It is the opinion of some that his binding will not be sudden, but gradual. Some think it may take 500+ years. It is also the opinion of some that there are two or three separate thousand year periods.

“They came to life and reigned with Christ a thousand years.” Revelation 20;4

Many think Christ reigns for one period of a thousand years. Yet there was the Sabbath year and Jubilee year. Some think there’s a thousand-year Sabbath and a thousand-year Jubilee. ‘There remains, then, a Sabbath-rest for the people of God.’ Hebrews 4;9

It was a curious feature of the Hebrew calendar that the Jubilee started roughly half way through the Sabbath year. ‘Count off seven sabbath years—seven times seven years—so that the seven sabbath years amount to a period of forty-nine years.  Then have the trumpet sounded everywhere on the tenth day of the seventh month; on the Day of Atonement sound the trumpet throughout your land.  Consecrate the fiftieth year and proclaim liberty throughout the land to all its inhabitants. It shall be a jubilee for you; each of you is to return to your family property and to your own clan.  The fiftieth year shall be a jubilee for you; do not sow and do not reap what grows of itself or harvest the untended vines.  For it is a jubilee and is to be holy for you; eat only what is taken directly from the fields.’ Leviticus 25;8-12

Of course there’s no way to prove whether there’s one thousand year period or more until they are fulfilled, and that is future!

Posted by: biblestudyseattle | February 6, 2021

Hope

We all need hope. “Hope deferred makes the heart sick, but a longing fulfilled is a tree of life.” Proverbs 13:12 When the future looks bleak and the world appears to be turning to darkness and tyranny, we need hope. “but we had hoped that he was the one who was going to redeem Israel. And what is more, it is the third day since all this took place.” Luke 24:21

The disciples were crushed after the Crucifixion. For three days and three nights all hope seemed lost. But then the impossible happened.

“He asked her, “Woman, why are you crying? Who is it you are looking for?”

Thinking he was the gardener, she said, “Sir, if you have carried him away, tell me where you have put him, and I will get him.”

Jesus said to her, “Mary.”

She turned toward him and cried out in Aramaic, “Rabboni!” (which means “Teacher”).

Jesus said, “Do not hold on to me, for I have not yet ascended to the Father. Go instead to my brothers and tell them, ‘I am ascending to my Father and your Father, to my God and your God.’” John 20:15-17

This hope of resurrection doesn’t end our current troubles, but “Hope in the Lord and keep his way. He will exalt you to inherit the land; when the wicked are destroyed, you will see it.” Psalm 37:34

‘For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.’ Jeremiah 29;11

Posted by: biblestudyseattle | February 5, 2021

False Gods

“A person will worship something, have no doubt about that. We may think our tribute is paid in secret in the dark recesses of our hearts, but it will come out. That which dominates our imaginations and our thoughts will determine our lives, and our character. Therefore, it behooves us to be careful what we worship, for what we are worshipping, we are becoming.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

We’re all tempted to worship false gods from time to time. Power, fame, money; just to name a few. False gods come with their own virtues and sins. Recycling has become a god to some – if you throw away something that can be recycled, you should feel guilty for sinning. Never mind that 90% of all recycled material ends up in a landfill because it’s too expensive to recycle. During 2020, a new god appeared, Covid-19. Its virtues are mask-wearing, ‘social distancing’, and vaccine taking. Unfortunately, those virtues aren’t enough. Now we must go to two or three masks, more vaccines due to variants, etc. False gods are never satisfied.

What about the real God? Is he ever satisfied? Yes. There will be a finish line. “Look, I am coming soon! My reward is with me, and I will give to each person according to what they have done.  I am the Alpha and the Omega, the First and the Last, the Beginning and the End.” Revelation 22:13,14 There is an End, and it will be glorious:

“Then the angel showed me the river of the water of life, as clear as crystal, flowing from the throne of God and of the Lamb down the middle of the great street of the city. On each side of the river stood the tree of life, bearing twelve crops of fruit, yielding its fruit every month. And the leaves of the tree are for the healing of the nations.  No longer will there be any curse. The throne of God and of the Lamb will be in the city, and his servants will serve him.  They will see his face, and his name will be on their foreheads.  There will be no more night. They will not need the light of a lamp or the light of the sun, for the Lord God will give them light. And they will reign for ever and ever.” Revelation 22:1-5

Posted by: biblestudyseattle | January 26, 2021

Forced Vaccinations

United Airlines announced all employees must have the Covid-19 vaccine. It has started. The AntiChrist is slowly starting to force vaccinations. Definitely a mark of the beast. With in a year, watch this spread like wildfire. Will people be able to work or buy or sell without the vaccination?

“Because of the signs it was given power to perform on behalf of the first beast, it deceived the inhabitants of the earth. It ordered them to set up an image in honor of the beast who was wounded by the sword and yet lived.  The second beast was given power to give breath to the image of the first beast, so that the image could speak and cause all who refused to worship the image to be killed.  It also forced all people, great and small, rich and poor, free and slave, to receive a mark on their right hands or on their foreheads, so that they could not buy or sell unless they had the mark, which is the name of the beast or the number of its name.

This calls for wisdom. Let the person who has insight calculate the number of the beast, for it is the number of a man. That number is 666.” Revelation 13:14-18

Most inhabitants of the world are deceived! Look at everybody dutifully wearing masks. Masks are for conditioning leading up to the forced vaccinations. Media outlets have been exaggerating coronavirus 24/7 for 11 months because there is an evil agenda behind this!

Posted by: biblestudyseattle | January 24, 2021

Church Division

Churches have split over the centuries for many reasons. The Coptic Orthodox church broke with Rome in the 5th century. 1054 AD brought the great schism, separating Eastern and Western branches of the church. Then there was the Sack of Constantinople by crusaders in 1204. The church was fighting itself! Then there was the Protestant Reformation centered around Martin Luther about 1521. This resulted in three new denominations breaking off from Rome. Then the Protestants further split. And on and on. Will Coronavirus split the church? Probably. Already there are churches defying mask mandates. Will we have pro-mask churches and anti-mask churches? Probably. Will there be churches that require vaccination? Probably. But God is not concerned with church splits. He’s concerned with each individual’s heart. Christianity is a personal thing. It’s between us and God and our neighbors. Nothing more.

Posted by: biblestudyseattle | January 23, 2021

Dancing Naked

“As the ark of the Lord was entering the City of David, Michal daughter of Saul watched from a window. And when she saw King David leaping and dancing before the Lord, she despised him in her heart.

They brought the ark of the Lord and set it in its place inside the tent that David had pitched for it, and David sacrificed burnt offerings and fellowship offerings before the Lord.  After he had finished sacrificing the burnt offerings and fellowship offerings, he blessed the people in the name of the Lord Almighty.  Then he gave a loaf of bread, a cake of dates and a cake of raisins to each person in the whole crowd of Israelites, both men and women. And all the people went to their homes.

When David returned home to bless his household, Michal daughter of Saul came out to meet him and said, “How the king of Israel has distinguished himself today, going around half-naked in full view of the slave girls of his servants as any vulgar fellow would!”

David said to Michal, “It was before the Lord, who chose me rather than your father or anyone from his house when he appointed me ruler over the Lord’s people Israel—I will celebrate before the Lord.  I will become even more undignified than this, and I will be humiliated in my own eyes. But by these slave girls you spoke of, I will be held in honor.”

And Michal daughter of Saul had no children to the day of her death.” 2 Samuel 6:16-23

Is the bible promoting naked dancing? No. What counts is the heart. Michal sinned by despising David. David’s heart was in the right place. Given what the bible teaches about lust, it’s a real stretch to say that the bible is ok with naked dancing. But the Lord judges. As when David ate of the consecrated bread that only the priests are allowed to eat. God will make exceptions under certain circumstances. But we should not test God. Except when it comes to tithing. “Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse, that there may be food in my house. Test me in this,” says the Lord Almighty, “and see if I will not throw open the floodgates of heaven and pour out so much blessing that there will not be room enough to store it.” Malachi 3:10

Posted by: biblestudyseattle | January 6, 2021

2021

Happy New Year! What will 2021 bring? Where is 2021 on God’s timeline and plan? Will the world tend toward tyranny or will freedom continue to shine?

This author thinks that we have been prophetically in Joseph’s seven ‘years’ of plenty. It will surely be followed by seven ‘years’ of want. But how long are those seven ‘years’? Of course they could just be seven plain years. Because of several other prophetic proportions, namely the 11 tabernacle coverings (Exodus 26:7-9) and the divisions of David’s reign (7.5 years in Hebron and 33 years over all Israel (2 Samuel 5:5)) and half of Noah’s 370 day flood, this author thinks Joseph’s seven ‘years’ are prophetically about 185 years.

But is that wrong? Are we now headed straight into Joseph’s famine, where Christians will be persecuted? Look at how churches have been shut down in 2020. Or will there be a positive surprise this year? We shall have to wait and see!

Posted by: biblestudyseattle | December 22, 2020

Fear… a lot!

Fear not? Or fear a lot? Here is an excellent article about the church and coronavirus. Most churches care more about their 501(c)(3) exemption than the great commission. http://www.theblogmire.com/2020-the-year-the-church-was-as-sharp-as-a-two-edged-marshmallow/

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