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.

Posted by: biblestudyseattle | March 6, 2020

Coronavirus

Whatever the true situation with 2019-nCov is, it will lead to more people understanding the true nature of viruses and disease.  Satan routinely overplays his hand leading to truth leaking out.  People have to be wondering, is this really as bad as the media is telling us?  65,000,000 dead?  All of the major disease outbreaks in history have arisen in really dirty conditions.  Now that the developed world has clean drinking water, sanitation and sewer systems, cases like the Black death can’t happen.  This ‘pandemic’ seems to this author a little fishy.  Consider:

Whatever the source, the hysteria being drummed up follows a now well-worn pattern where the population is kept in a perpetual state of anxiety and fear about microbes so that drug companies (aided by federal health officials) can come to the rescue with yet another expensive (and potentially mandatory) drug or vaccine.

Back in 2005, headlines warned the U.S. was facing a cataclysmic extermination event with a calculated 2 million Americans succumbing to the bird flu; the best-case scenario had a calculated death toll of 200,000. The same scare tactics were used during the 2009 swine flu outbreak.

In 2014, we were told Ebola might overtake the U.S. and then it was pertussis outbreaks.23 In January 2015, it was measles in Disneyland. In January 2016, it was zika, followed by more news about pertussis outbreaks.24 In 2017 and 2018 it was influenza,25 then back to measles again in 2019.26 Now we have coronavirus.

January and February appear to be a favorite time to launch a global disease scare with the dutiful assistance of corporatized media. It’s convenient, seeing how usually by the first Monday in February every year (Feb. 3, 2020), the president sends the U.S. Congress the administration’s budget requesting funds to be allocated to federal agencies for the next fiscal year’s budget (Oct. 1, 2020 – Sept. 30, 2021).27

Each time there’s a public health scare, the Pharma and public health lobby is able to vie for a larger slice of taxpayer money to pay for drug and vaccine development.28

Equally curious is the fact that Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security, the World Economic Forum and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation sponsored a novel coronavirus pandemic preparedness exercise October 18, 2019, in New York called “Event 201.”46 The simulation predicted a global death toll of 65 million people within a span of 18 months.47 As reported by Forbes December 12, 2019:48

“The experts ran through a carefully designed, detailed simulation of a new (fictional) viral illness called CAPS or coronavirus acute pulmonary syndrome. This was modeled after previous epidemics like SARS and MERS.”

Johns Hopkins University (JHU) is the biggest recipient of research grants from federal agencies, including the National Institutes of Health, National Science Foundation and Department of Defense and has received millions of dollars in research grants from the Gates Foundation.50 In 2016, Johns Hopkins spent more than $2 billion on research projects, leading all U.S. universities in research spending for the 38th year in a row.51

If research funded by federal agencies, such as the DOD or HHS is classified as being performed “in the interest of national security,” it is exempt from Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests.

Research conducted under the Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority (BARDA) is completely shielded from FOIA requests by the public.53 Additionally, agencies may deny FOIA requests and withhold information if government officials conclude that shielding it from public view “protects trade secrets and commercial or financial information which could harm the competitive posture or business interests of a company.”54

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention under the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services states that its mission is “to protect America from health, safety and security threats, both foreign and in the U.S.”55 Clearly, it will be difficult to obtain information about government-funded biomedical research on microbes like coronavirus conducted at major universities or by pharmaceutical corporations in biohazard labs.

How likely is it, then, that the coronavirus outbreak making people so sick today “suddenly” emerged simply because people ate bats and snakes in a Wuhan market? It looks more like a biosecurity accident but, until more is known, inevitably there will be more questions than answers about whether this latest global public health emergency is a more ambitious tactical “sand table exercise,” echoing unanswered questions about the 2009 swine flu pandemic fiasco.

  • – From Joseph Mercola     mercola.com
Posted by: biblestudyseattle | February 12, 2020

Length of Days

God created the world in six days then rested the seventh.  How do we know how long the seventh is?  “God, after He spoke long ago to the fathers in the prophets in many portions and in many ways, in these last days has spoken to us in His Son…”  Hebrews 1:1-2

At Pentecost, Peter declared, “In the last days, God says,
    I will pour out my Spirit on all people.
Your sons and daughters will prophesy,
    your young men will see visions,
    your old men will dream dreams.
Even on my servants, both men and women,
    I will pour out my Spirit in those days,
    and they will prophesy.”  Acts 2:17-18

Last days can mean anything after the halfway point.  Since Adam’s fall was in 4126.25 BC and Jesus was crucified in 32.25 AD, the seventh day can be no longer than 8316 years.  According to Moses, “A thousand years in your sight
    are like a day that has just gone by,
    or like a watch in the night.”  Psalm 90:4

If a thousand years are a watch in the night and a thousand years are as a day, it follows that a day can be up to 8,000 years long.  (There are 4 watches in the night, a night being half a day).  A day could also be 7,000 years long.  The declaration that first century Christians were in the ‘last days’ proves that God’s seventh day rest cannot be some huge period like 100,000 years or so.

Posted by: biblestudyseattle | January 5, 2020

Magi visiting

To get the order, you must read the Luke birth account before the Matthew account.  Luke 2:4,5 says Jesus was born in Bethlehem.  “So Joseph also went up from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to Bethlehem the town of David, because he belonged to the house and line of David.  He went there to register with Mary, who was pledged to be married to him and was expecting a child.”  Then Mary was required to be purified: “The Lord spoke to Moses: “Tell the Israelites: When a woman becomes pregnant and gives birth to a male child, she will be unclean seven days, as she is during the days of her menstrual impurity.  The flesh of his foreskin must be circumcised on the eighth day.  She will continue in purification from her bleeding for 33 days. She must not touch any holy thing or go into the sanctuary until completing her days of purification.”  Leviticus 12:1-4  So he was circumsized in Bethlehem.  Then, “And when the days of their purification (40 days) according to the law of Moses were finished, they brought Him up to Jerusalem to present Him to the Lord (just as it is written in the law of the Lord: Every firstborn male will be dedicated to the Lord.and to offer a sacrifice (according to what is stated in the law of the Lord: a pair of turtledoves or two young pigeons).  Luke 2:22-24  “When her days of purification are complete, whether for a son or daughter, she is to bring to the priest at the entrance to the tent of meeting a year-old male lamb for a burnt offering, and a young pigeon or a turtledove for a sin offering.  He will present them before the Lord and make atonement on her behalf; she will be clean from her discharge of blood. This is the law for a woman giving birth, whether to a male or female.  But if she doesn’t have sufficient means for a sheep, she may take two turtledoves or two young pigeons, one for a burnt offering and the other for a sin offering. Then the priest will make atonement on her behalf, and she will be clean.”  Leviticus 12:6-8  

The fact that they offered doves or pigeons shows that they were poor, and had not yet received the gold, frankincense, and myrrh from the magi.  Jesus was 40 or 41 days old when he was presented at the temple.  It’s notable that Jesus’ post resurrection ministry was also 40 days: “After He had suffered, He also presented Himself alive to them by many convincing proofs, appearing to them during 40 days and speaking about the kingdom of God.”  Acts 1:3  Then, “When they had completed everything according to the law of the Lord, they returned to Galilee, to their own town of Nazareth.  The boy grew up and became strong, filled with wisdom, and God’s grace was on Him.”  Luke 2:39-40

So he grew up in Nazareth!  He only spent 40 days in Bethlehem.

“After Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea in the days of King Herod, wise men from the east arrived unexpectedly in Jerusalem, saying, “Where is He who has been born King of the Jews? For we saw His star in the east and have come to worship Him.”

When King Herod heard this, he was deeply disturbed, and all Jerusalem with him.  So he assembled all the chief priests and scribes of the people and asked them where the Messiah would be born.

“In Bethlehem of Judea,” they told him, “because this is what was written by the prophet:

And you, Bethlehem, in the land of Judah,
are by no means least among the leaders of Judah:
because out of you will come a leader
who will shepherd My people Israel.

Then Herod secretly summoned the wise men and asked them the exact time the star appeared.  He sent them to Bethlehem and said, “Go and search carefully for the child. When you find Him, report back to me so that I too can go and worship Him.”

After hearing the king, they went on their way. And there it was—the star they had seen in the east!  It led them until it came and stopped above the place where the child was.  When they saw the star, they were overjoyed beyond measure.   Entering the house, they saw the child with Mary His mother, and falling to their knees, they worshiped Him. Then they opened their treasures and presented Him with gifts: gold, frankincense, and myrrh.  And being warned in a dream not to go back to Herod, they returned to their own country by another route.”  Matthew 2:1-12

It’s most likely that Jesus was at Nazareth, which is about 80+ miles north of Bethlehem.  Given the speed of camels, it may have taken the magi 4 or 5 days to find Jesus.  Then, “After they were gone, an angel of the Lord suddenly appeared to Joseph in a dream, saying, “Get up! Take the child and His mother, flee to Egypt, and stay there until I tell you. For Herod is about to search for the child to destroy Him.”  So he got up, took the child and His mother during the night, and escaped to Egypt.  He stayed there until Herod’s death, so that what was spoken by the Lord through the prophet might be fulfilled: Out of Egypt I called My Son.”  Luke 2:13-15

Then we get the hint about how old Jesus was.  “Then Herod, when he saw that he had been outwitted by the wise men, flew into a rage. He gave orders to massacre all the male children in and around Bethlehem who were two years old and under, in keeping with the time he had learned from the wise men.”  Luke 2:16

So Jesus was upwards of 2 years old when the magi came.  But how would Herod have known his age?  The magi must have told him.  And how would they have known approximately how old he was?  Perhaps they were familiar with Daniel’s prophecy.  “Seventy weeks are decreed
about your people and your holy city—
to bring the rebellion to an end,
to put a stop to sin,
to wipe away iniquity,
to bring in everlasting righteousness,
to seal up vision and prophecy,
and to anoint the most holy place.
Know and understand this:
From the issuing of the decree
to restore and rebuild Jerusalem
until Messiah the Prince
will be seven weeks and 62 weeks.
It will be rebuilt with a plaza and a moat,
but in difficult times.”  Daniel 9:24-25

If they were Persians, they may have discerned that the issuing of the decree was in 455BC (454.25 to be exact).  Sixty nine weeks of years is 483, which brings you to 29AD (28.75 to be exact).  Thirty was the age of wisdom as seen in the counting of the Levites who served in the tabernacle (Numbers 4).  Thirty was also the age that Joseph, Saul, David, and Solomon began their reigns.  Thirty years earlier than 29AD brings you to 1 or 2 BC.

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