Posted by: biblestudyseattle | August 24, 2016

Joshua 4

Joshua 4 chronicles entering the promised land.  It is very possible this contains clues about how believers will enter the eternal promised land.

Now when all the nation had finished crossing the Jordan, the Lordspoke to Joshua, saying, “Take for yourselves twelve men from the people, one man from each tribe, and command them, saying, ‘Take up for yourselves twelve stones from here out of the middle of the Jordan, from the place where the priests’ feet are standing firm, and carry them over with you and lay them down in the lodging place where you will lodge tonight.’”  So Joshua called the twelve men whom he had appointed from the sons of Israel, one man from each tribe; and Joshua said to them, “Cross again to the ark of the Lord your God into the middle of the Jordan, and each of you take up a stone on his shoulder, according to the number of the tribes of the sons of Israel.  Let this be a sign among you, so that when your children ask later, saying, ‘What do these stones mean to you?’ then you shall say to them, ‘Because the waters of the Jordan were cut off before the ark of the covenant of the Lord; when it crossed the Jordan, the waters of the Jordan were cut off.’ So these stones shall become a memorial to the sons of Israel forever.”

Thus the sons of Israel did as Joshua commanded, and took up twelve stones from the middle of the Jordan, just as the Lord spoke to Joshua, according to the number of the tribes of the sons of Israel; and they carried them over with them to the lodging place and put them down there.  Then Joshua set up twelve stones in the middle of the Jordan at the place where the feet of the priests who carried the ark of the covenant were standing, and they are there to this day.  For the priests who carried the ark were standing in the middle of the Jordan until everything was completed that the Lord had commanded Joshua to speak to the people, according to all that Moses had commanded Joshua. And the people hurried and crossed; and when all the people had finished crossing, the ark of the Lord and the priests crossed before the people.  The sons of Reuben and the sons of Gad and the half-tribe of Manasseh crossed over in battle array before the sons of Israel, just as Moses had spoken to them; about 40,000 equipped for war, crossed for battle before the Lord to the desert plains of Jericho.

On that day the Lord exalted Joshua in the sight of all Israel; so that they revered him, just as they had revered Moses all the days of his life.

Now the Lord said to Joshua, “Command the priests who carry the ark of the testimony that they come up from the Jordan.”  So Joshua commanded the priests, saying, “Come up from the Jordan.”  It came about when the priests who carried the ark of the covenant of the Lordhad come up from the middle of the Jordan, and the soles of the priests’ feet were lifted up to the dry ground, that the waters of the Jordan returned to their place, and went over all its banks as before.

Now the people came up from the Jordan on the tenth of the first month and camped at Gilgal on the eastern edge of Jericho.  Those twelve stones which they had taken from the Jordan, Joshua set up at Gilgal.  He said to the sons of Israel, “When your children ask their fathers in time to come, saying, ‘What are these stones?’ then you shall inform your children, saying, ‘Israel crossed this Jordan on dry ground.’  For the Lord your God dried up the waters of the Jordan before you until you had crossed, just as the Lord your God had done to the Red Sea, which He dried up before us until we had crossed; that all the peoples of the earth may know that the hand of the Lord is mighty, so that you may fear the Lord your God forever.”

Posted by: biblestudyseattle | July 30, 2016

Lukewarm

Dr. R. L. Hymbers, Jr. has a great line about most modern preaching:

“The titles of modern “sermons” sound like articles in the Reader’s Digest – full of fluff and pablum – with nothing in them to disturb an unconverted church member – or catch the attention of a lost college student who might be in a service. These little “Reader’s Digest” sermons, given to soothe the elderly ladies and not ruffle any feathers, are killing real Christianity!”

Now, he’s a little on the fire & brimstone side, but there’s a lot of truth in that statement.  Churches have a conflict of interest, as do most businesses.  Churches are in the business of staying in business, truth comes second.  This proves that the true church is massively smaller than the apparent church of today.  If the truth were fully preached, most church members would quit, but some non church people would be converted.  If it’s true that the true church numbers merely 144,000 across 2,000 years, that’s a very small  number indeed.  Of course those of the household of faith who do not make the bride probably number many millions and millions.  There are more bridesmaids in a wedding than brides.  So also, there were many more Levites assisting in worship than actual priests making sacrifices.  Remember God’s instruction to Gideon:

“Early in the morning, Jerub-Baal (that is, Gideon) and all his men camped at the spring of Harod. The camp of Midian was north of them in the valley near the hill of Moreh.  The Lord said to Gideon, “You have too many men. I cannot deliver Midian into their hands, or Israel would boast against me, ‘My own strength has saved me.’  Now announce to the army, ‘Anyone who trembles with fear may turn back and leave Mount Gilead.’” So twenty-two thousand men left, while ten thousand remained.

But the Lord said to Gideon, “There are still too many men. Take them down to the water, and I will thin them out for you there. If I say, ‘This one shall go with you,’ he shall go; but if I say, ‘This one shall not go with you,’ he shall not go.”

So Gideon took the men down to the water. There the Lord told him, “Separate those who lap the water with their tongues as a dog laps from those who kneel down to drink.” Three hundred of them drank from cupped hands, lapping like dogs. All the rest got down on their knees to drink.

The Lord said to Gideon, “With the three hundred men that lapped I will save you and give the Midianites into your hands. Let all the others go home.”  So Gideon sent the rest of the Israelites home but kept the three hundred, who took over the provisions and trumpets of the others.”  Judges 7:1-8

Posted by: biblestudyseattle | July 27, 2016

Secret Sins

“The sins of some are obvious, reaching the place of judgment ahead of them; the sins of others trail behind them.  In the same way, good deeds are obvious, and even those that are not obvious cannot remain hidden forever.”  1 Timothy 5:24-25

This verse states that all the unsolved crimes of history will be exposed and solved at the judgment during Christ’s thousand year reign.  Imagine the surprise of so many who thought they would never be found out!  The vast majority of people including Christians don’t believe in the resurrection.

But the good version of this is also true.  The secret beautiful things that humble people have done through the centuries will be told and honored.  In this way, all deeds, good and bad will be exposed and recompensed.

Posted by: biblestudyseattle | July 24, 2016

End or Goal?

“Now the goal of the command is love which is from a pure heart and from a good conscience and from true Faith.”  1 Timothy 1:5  AENT

“Now the end of the commandment is charity out of a pure heart, and of a good conscience, and of faith unfeigned.”  1 Timothy 1:5  KJV

This change is words is major.  Christ is not the end of the law but the goal of it.  “Do not think that I came to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I did not come to abolish but to fulfill.”  Matthew 5:17  Notice the same thing elsewhere:

“For Mashiyach is the goal of Torah for righteousness to everyone that believes in him.”  Romans 10:4

Posted by: biblestudyseattle | July 18, 2016

Isaiah 19

“In that day the Egyptians will become weaklings. They will shudder with fear at the uplifted hand that the Lord Almighty raises against them.  And the land of Judah will bring terror to the Egyptians; everyone to whom Judah is mentioned will be terrified, because of what the Lord Almighty is planning against them.

In that day five cities in Egypt will speak the language of Canaan and swear allegiance to the Lord Almighty. One of them will be called the City of the Sun.

In that day there will be an altar to the Lord in the heart of Egypt, and a monument to the Lord at its border.  It will be a sign and witness to the Lord Almighty in the land of Egypt. When they cry out to the Lord because of their oppressors, he will send them a savior and defender, and he will rescue them.  So the Lord will make himself known to the Egyptians, and in that day they will acknowledge the Lord. They will worship with sacrifices and grain offerings; they will make vows to the Lord and keep them.  The Lord will strike Egypt with a plague; he will strike them and heal them. They will turn to the Lord, and he will respond to their pleas and heal them.

In that day there will be a highway from Egypt to Assyria. The Assyrians will go to Egypt and the Egyptians to Assyria. The Egyptians and Assyrians will worship together.  In that day Israel will be the third, along with Egypt and Assyria, a blessing on the earth.  The Lord Almighty will bless them, saying, “Blessed be Egypt my people, Assyria my handiwork, and Israel my inheritance.”  Isaiah 19:16-25

When has Judah been a terror to the Egyptians?  Not yet anyway.  This is a prophecy of the future.  It will probably be in the time of Jacob’s trouble just before the Day of Atonement.  The monument is the Great pyramid of Giza.  It’s interesting that the Lord strikes Egypt with a plague – will it be similar to one of the ten plagues of antiquity?  Ultimately there will be a confederation of Israel, Assyria, and Egypt, forming a large country spanning the entire eastern Mediterranean basin.

Posted by: biblestudyseattle | July 9, 2016

Husband’s Purpose

“Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ also loved the church and gave Himself up for her, so that He might sanctify her, having cleansed her by the washing of water with the word, that He might present to Himself the church in all her glory, having no spot or wrinkle or any such thing; but that she would be holy and blameless.  So husbands ought also to love their own wives as their own bodies. He who loves his own wife loves himself; for no one ever hated his own flesh, but nourishes and cherishes it, just as Christ also does the church, because we are members of His body.  For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and shall be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh. This mystery is great; but I am speaking with reference to Christ and the church.  Nevertheless, each individual among you also is to love his own wife even as himself, and the wife must see to it that she respects her husband.”  Ephesians 5:25-33

How often do you hear this in church?  Husbands are to have the same effect on their wives as Christ on the church!  Husbands are to ‘wash’ their wives in the Word of God.  Most of us are deficient in this department.  Their are many bad influences in the world, and we must counteract this with God’s thoughts.  God will do this same thing when he raises everyone from the dead and teaches only his ways, having eliminated false teaching by locking up Satan!

Posted by: biblestudyseattle | July 4, 2016

4th of July

Happy 4th of July!  Different nations have different independence anniversaries.  The Judeo-Christian equivalent has to be the 10th of Tishri – the Day of Atonement.  This is the most sacred day on the calendar, and the start of the Jubilee.   Curiously, the 50th year starts half way through the 49th year.  No doubt there are prophetic implications to this.  One of which is that the peaceable kingdom will start roughly half way through the Millennial reign of Christ.  It is also noteworthy that half way through the ‘day’ is the start of morning – when the sun begins shining.  “But for you who revere my name, the sun of righteousness will rise with healing in its rays. And you will go out and frolic like well-fed calves.”  Malachi 4:2

 

Posted by: biblestudyseattle | July 2, 2016

Ordination

Ordination is the process by which individuals are consecrated, that is, set apart as clergy to perform various religious rites and ceremonies.  When ordaining women, the rationale is sometimes that protestants aren’t in the priestly tradition.  “But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for God’s own possession, so that you may proclaim the excellencies of Him who has called you out of darkness into His marvelous light.”  1 Peter 2:9

If the church is a royal priesthood, that is, a ruling priesthood, what are the roles?  “Then I saw thrones, and they sat on them, and judgment was given to them. And I saw the souls of those who had been beheaded because of their testimony of Jesus and because of the word of God, and those who had not worshiped the beast or his image, and had not received the mark on their forehead and on their hand; and they came to life and reigned with Christ for a thousand years.”  Revelation 20:4

Here the church is ruling with Christ.  That is the whole future purpose for the church.  (When we say church, we are referring to persons, not buildings).  Jesus says, “And Jesus said to them, “Truly I say to you, that you who have followed Me, in the regeneration when the Son of Man will sit on His glorious throne, you also shall sit upon twelve thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel.”  Matthew 19:28

This brings up some interesting questions regarding gender.  We still have Jesus’ statement:  “For in the resurrection they neither marry nor are given in marriage, but are like angels in heaven.”  Matthew 22:30

Does this mean we will be genderless?  Or that we simply won’t marry and reproduce?  In any case, it is clear that there is a dispensational thing going on because during the Millennial reign there will be babies on earth:  “The nursing child will play by the hole of the cobra, And the weaned child will put his hand on the viper’s den.  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 11:8-9

Also, it is clear that the church will bear children by Jesus:  “Shout for joy, O barren one, you who have borne no child; Break forth into joyful shouting and cry aloud, you who have not travailed; For the sons of the desolate one will be more numerous Than the sons of the married woman,” says the Lord.”  Isaiah 54:1

In other words, a female Christian who never had children in her first life will have more children in the second than was even possible in the first.  Just as Jesus may have 144,000 brides, those brides may have 1,000,000 children.  Jesus will surely outdo Solomon!  “The Queen of the South will rise up with this generation at the judgment and will condemn it, because she came from the ends of the earth to hear the wisdom of Solomon; and behold, something greater than Solomon is here.”  Matthew 12:42   But after that 1,000 year period, there is a change, a new dispensation:  “But each in his own order: Christ the first fruits, after that those who are Christ’s at His coming, then comes the end, when He hands over the kingdom to the God and Father, when He has abolished all rule and all authority and power.  For He must reign until He has put all His enemies under His feet.”  1 Corinthians 15:23-25

Posted by: biblestudyseattle | June 30, 2016

Masada

Masada was the location of a siege where 900 rebels locked themselves in a fortress in defiance of the Romans.  They lost.  This happened between 73AD and 74AD.  40 years after the crucifixion.  Jerusalem was sacked in 70AD, 40 years after Jesus’ baptism.

Posted by: biblestudyseattle | June 30, 2016

Women’s Ordination

The women’s ordination debate brings up many interesting questions extending well beyond the immediate debate.  Reading books on both sides is very instructive.  On the one side, passages like 2 Timothy 2:11-15 have been used to severely limit how women can minister.  On the other hand, the question is not entirely dissimilar to the debate about women in combat.

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