Posted by: biblestudyseattle | September 28, 2022

War

The war drums are beating in various places again. But, although we talk about peacetime, in fact we’ve been at war continuously since at least the Fall in the Garden.

“I beheld, and the same horn made war with the saints, and prevailed against them;” Daniel 7:21

“And there was war in heaven: Michael and his angels going forth to war with the dragon; and the dragon warred and his angels;” Revelation 12:7

“And the dragon waxed wroth with the woman, and went away to make war with the rest of her seed, that keep the commandments of God, and hold the testimony of Jesus:” Revelation 12:17

“There is a conspiracy of her prophets in the midst thereof, like a roaring lion ravening the prey: they have devoured souls; they take treasure and precious things; they have made her widows many in the midst thereof.” Ezekiel 22:25

“Be sober, be watchful: your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour:” 1 Peter 5:8

Posted by: biblestudyseattle | September 22, 2022

Ancient Mysteries

Who built the pyramids? How were they built? Who built Stonehenge? Who put the statues up at Easter Island? These mysteries will be unraveled during the height of Christ’s Kingdom.

“On that day there will be an altar to the Lord in the midst of the land of Egypt, and a memorial stone to the Lord beside its border.” Isaiah 19:19

Because of the unique geography of Egypt, there is a spot that is simultaneously in the midst of the land and at its border at the same time. This is where the Great Pyramid sits. It was built at the direction of God to show people that God knew the end from the beginning. Although it was completed about 2141 BC, it marks off events millennia future by way of the length of passages and turns. Those that built the pyramid will come back to life and explain how they built it.

“Your dead will live;
Their corpses will rise.
You who lie in the dust, awake and shout for joy,
For your dew is as the dew of the dawn,
And the earth will give birth to the departed spirits.” Isaiah 26:19

“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

“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

“And many of them that sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake, some to everlasting life, and some to shame and everlasting contempt.” Daniel 12:2

“This is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Saviour; who would have all men to be saved, and come to the knowledge of the truth.” 1 Timothy 2:3-4

That truth will include the ancient mysteries.

Posted by: biblestudyseattle | September 14, 2022

Witness Protection

One reason many crimes are not exposed is for fear of recrimination. This will change in the glory days of Christ’s Kingdom.

“For He will give His angels orders concerning you,
To protect you in all your ways.
On their hands they will lift you up,
So that you do not strike your foot against a stone.” Psalm 91:11-12

“Then I saw an angel coming down from heaven, holding the key of the abyss and a great chain in his hand.  And he took hold of the dragon, the serpent of old, who is the devil and Satan, and bound him for a thousand years; and he threw him into the abyss and shut it and sealed it over him, so that he would not deceive the nations any longer, until the thousand years were completed; after these things he must be released for a short time.” Revelation 20:1-3

“The cities which you shall give to the Levites shall be the six cities of refuge, which you shall provide for the one who commits manslaughter to flee to;” Numbers 35:6

“Then the Lord spoke to Moses, saying, “Speak to the sons of Israel and say to them, ‘When you cross the Jordan into the land of Canaan, then you shall select for yourselves cities to be your cities of refuge, so that the one who commits manslaughter by killing a person unintentionally may flee there.  The cities shall serve you as a refuge from the avenger, so that the one who commits manslaughter does not die until he stands before the congregation for trial.” Numbers 35:9-12

This shows the witness protection plan in action. The congregation will protect the accused until there is a fair trial. This will be carried out in spades during the height of Christ’s Kingdom.

“Blessed are those who wash their robes, so that they will have the right to the tree of life, and may enter the city by the gates.  Outside are the dogs, the sorcerers, the sexually immoral persons, the murderers, the idolaters, and everyone who loves and practices lying.” Revelation 22:14-15

Those that practice immorality in the fulness of Christ’s Kingdom will be prevented from harming the faithful. Forgiveness and repentance will be the order of the day.

“Come to good terms with your accuser quickly, while you are with him on the way to court, so that your accuser will not hand you over to the judge, and the judge to the officer, and you will not be thrown into prison.” Matthew 5:25

“For in the way you judge, you will be judged; and by your standard of measure, it will be measured to you.” Matthew 7:2

“Do not judge, and you will not be judged; and do not condemn, and you will not be condemned; pardon, and you will be pardoned.” Luke 6:37

Godly instruction will abound.

“Although the Lord has given you bread of deprivation and water of oppression, He, your Teacher, will no longer hide Himself, but your eyes will see your Teacher.  Your ears will hear a word behind you, saying, “This is the way, walk in it,” whenever you turn to the right or to the left.” Isaiah 30:20-22

Posted by: biblestudyseattle | August 31, 2022

Is Summer Near?

“Now learn the parable from the fig tree: as soon as its branch has become tender and sprouts its leaves, you know that summer is near; so you too, when you see all these things, recognize that He is near, right at the door.  Truly I say to you, this generation will not pass away until all these things take place.” Matthew 24:32-34

“I found Israel like grapes in the wilderness; I saw your forefathers as the earliest fruit on the fig tree in its first season.” Hosea 9:10

““This is what the Lord, the God of Israel says: ‘Like these good figs, so I will regard as good the captives of Judah, whom I have sent out of this place into the land of the Chaldeans.  For I will set My eyes on them for good, and I will bring them back to this land; and I will build them up and not overthrow them, and I will plant them and not uproot them.  I will also give them a heart to know Me, for I am the Lord; and they will be My people, and I will be their God, for they will return to Me wholeheartedly.” Jeremiah 24:5-7

Israel is compared to a fig tree. Some see modern Israel and ask why Christ’s kingdom is not in full bloom. But has the fig tree sprouted its leaves? If we take Jesus’ millennial reign as a year, what season are we in? Biblically, the year most likely starts Fall, then Winter, Spring, and Summer. We are still in Fall! It’s likely that the fig tree’s (Israel’s) leaves are the resurrected Israelites of old. That clearly hasn’t happened yet. Remember:

“Behold, I am going to send you Elijah the prophet before the coming of the great and terrible day of the Lord.” Malachi 4:5

Also, when it says ‘this generation will not pass’ it probably doesn’t refer to time or ancestry. It should read: ‘this race will not pass until…’.

We know this from the analogy with Noah:

“For the coming of the Son of Man will be just like the days of Noah.” Matthew 24:37

The problem in Noah’s day was the mixing of human and angelic flesh which resulted in giants who “every intent of the thoughts of their hearts was only evil continually.” Genesis 6:5

Is it a coincidence that we see in our day so much genetic tinkering?

Posted by: biblestudyseattle | July 26, 2022

One Flock

“And I have other sheep that are not of this fold; I must bring them also, and they will listen to My voice; and they will become one flock, with one shepherd.” John 10:16

Many Christians have a superiority complex that they are going to heaven and are therefore superior to those who aren’t. How presumptive!

“Not that I have already grasped it all or have already become perfect, but I press on if I may also take hold of that for which I was even taken hold of by Christ Jesus.  Brothers and sisters, I do not regard myself as having taken hold of it yet; but one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and reaching forward to what lies ahead,  I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 3:12-14

If the apostle Paul didn’t think of himself as guaranteed to go to heaven, why should we? But let us remember that heaven and earth will meld in the end:

“And I saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband.” Revelation 21:2

Jesus declared that ultimately there will be one flock under one Shepherd. Jews and Christians will merge as that one flock centuries from today.

Posted by: biblestudyseattle | July 25, 2022

The Purpose of Life

What is the purpose of life? The short answer is: to prepare us for the next life. Most people don’t believe in an afterlife, and most Christians think heaven as some eternal serene retirement where there are no problems. If there’s no afterlife then the lament of Solomon is true:

“The words of the Preacher, the son of David, king in Jerusalem.

“Futility of futilities,” says the Preacher,
“Futility of futilities! All is futility.” Ecclesiastes 1:1-2

But God has us live our lives so that we will be prepared for the next. And the next life will by no means be boring! We will still have sin and good and evil to deal with. It will be some time (possibly millennia) till God has put all enemies under Jesus’ feet.

Posted by: biblestudyseattle | July 18, 2022

Noah & Ezekiel

“Then Noah built an altar to the Lord, and took some of every kind of clean animal and some of every clean bird and offered burnt offerings on the altar.” Genesis 8:20

The first thing Noah did when he came out of the ark after the flood was to build an altar. If we take Noah’s Flood as a prophecy about the second coming of Christ, it may suggest the building of another temple 370+ years after the start of Jesus’ second coming. Ezekiel 40-48 gives great detail about a temple that was never built – probably because it’s future. The building of this temple will likely coincide with the rebirth of the ancient Israelites – David, Elijah, etc. Ezekiel 40-48 mentions David multiple times as the prince of Israel. “Behold, I am going to send you Elijah the prophet before the coming of the great and terrible day of the Lord.  He will turn the hearts of the fathers back to their children and the hearts of the children to their fathers, so that I will not come and strike the land with complete destruction.” Malachi 4:5-6

Posted by: biblestudyseattle | July 12, 2022

Walking in the Garden

“They heard the voice of Adonai, God, walking in the garden at the time of the evening breeze, so the man and his wife hid themselves from the presence of Adonai, God, among the trees in the garden.” Genesis 3:8

Was this God the Father walking in the Garden of Eden?

“But my face,” he continued, “you cannot see, because a human being cannot look at me and remain alive.” Exodus 33:20

No one can see God and live. Therefore it must have been Jesus who was walking in the Garden. We also have this from the time of Moses:

“‘Y’varekh’kha Adonai v’yishmerekha.
[May Adonai bless you and keep you.]
Ya’er Adonai panav eleikha vichunekka.
[May Adonai make his face shine on you and show you his favor.]
Yissa Adonai panav eleikha v’yasem l’kha shalom.
[May Adonai lift up his face toward you and give you peace.]” Numbers 6:24-26

“But I know that my Redeemer lives,
that in the end he will rise on the dust;
so that after my skin has been thus destroyed,
then even without my flesh, I will see God.” Job 19:25-26

We will eventually see God when we are sinless.

“The throne of God and of the Lamb will be in the city, and his servants will worship him; they will see his face, and his name will be on their foreheads.” Revelation 22:3-4

Note how it states God and the Lamb as two distinct beings. We will then be able to see God the Father’s face.

Posted by: biblestudyseattle | July 11, 2022

Judgment and Blindness

“Jesus said, “For judgment I have come into this world, so that the blind will see and those who see will become blind.” John 9:39

Jesus’ judgment means healing! But it also means that the wicked will become blind [to the things of God]. Isaiah gives us a taste of the future:

“Strengthen the feeble hands,
    steady the knees that give way;
say to those with fearful hearts,
    “Be strong, do not fear;
your God will come,
    he will come with vengeance;
with divine retribution
    he will come to save you.”

Then will the eyes of the blind be opened
    and the ears of the deaf unstopped.
Then will the lame leap like a deer,
    and the mute tongue shout for joy.
Water will gush forth in the wilderness
    and streams in the desert.
The burning sand will become a pool,
    the thirsty ground bubbling springs.
In the haunts where jackals once lay,
    grass and reeds and papyrus will grow.

And a highway will be there;
    it will be called the Way of Holiness;
    it will be for those who walk on that Way.
The unclean will not journey on it;
    wicked fools will not go about on it.
No lion will be there,
    nor any ravenous beast;
    they will not be found there.
But only the redeemed will walk there,
    and those the Lord has rescued will return.
They will enter Zion with singing;
    everlasting joy will crown their heads.
Gladness and joy will overtake them,
    and sorrow and sighing will flee away.” Isaiah 35:3-10

Posted by: biblestudyseattle | June 28, 2022

Greater Miracles

“Very truly I tell you, whoever believes in me will do the works I have been doing, and they will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father.  And I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the Father may be glorified in the Son.” John 14:13-14

There are some miracles happening today, but will there come a time when we can go up to a blind person and say, “be healed!” This will probably happen during the reign of Christ. We will probably emerge from the grave the same way we went in. If this is the case, a lot of healing will need to occur. Many will have died old; they will need to return to the vigor of youth. “let their flesh be renewed like a child’s;
    let them be restored as in the days of their youth’—
then that person can pray to God and find favor with him,
    they will see God’s face and shout for joy;
    he will restore them to full well-being.” Job 33:25-26

“Then will the eyes of the blind be opened
    and the ears of the deaf unstopped.
Then will the lame leap like a deer,
    and the mute tongue shout for joy.” Isaiah 35:5-6

What a blessing to take part in these healings! We will most likely get to heal family and friends.

“But I want you to know that the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins.” So he said to the paralyzed man, “Get up, take your mat and go home.” Matthew 9:6

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