Posted by: biblestudyseattle | January 23, 2022

Crushing

Were are we in history? We are currently a mix of the Roman Empire and Christ’s Empire.

“You, O king, were watching and behold, there was a single great statue; that statue, which was large and of extraordinary radiance, was standing in front of you, and its appearance was awesome.  The head of that statue was made of fine gold, its chest and its arms of silver, its belly and its thighs of bronze, its legs of iron, and its feet partly of iron and partly of clay.  You continued watching until a stone was broken off without hands, and it struck the statue on its feet of iron and clay, and crushed them.  Then the iron, the clay, the bronze, the silver, and the gold were crushed to pieces all at the same time, and they were like chaff from the summer threshing floors; and the wind carried them away so that not a trace of them was found. But the stone that struck the statue became a great mountain and filled the entire earth.” Daniel 2:31-35

This is a sweeping view of history from about 586 BC to well past our day – probably 3,500 years or so! We are still in the time of the iron and clay, the Roman Empire. But there has begun a fifth universal empire which is growing in strength day by day. It will gradually crush the Roman Empire (also sometimes referred to as mystery Babylon – Babylon encompasses all of the first four empires – Babylon, Medo-Persian, Greece, Rome).

Right now (circa 2022 AD) people are losing faith in the major institutions of society. This is part of the crushing process. These institutions will not be fully eliminated in the next several years, but they will come down a major notch. Jesus may be opening people’s eyes, but the full end of evil must wait several more centuries.

“And in the days of those kings the God of heaven will set up a kingdom which will never be destroyed, and that kingdom will not be left for another people; it will crush and put an end to all these kingdoms, but it will itself endure forever.  Just as you saw that a stone was broken off from the mountain without hands, and that it crushed the iron, the bronze, the clay, the silver, and the gold, the great God has made known to the king what will take place in the future; so the dream is certain and its interpretation is trustworthy.” Daniel 2:44-45

Posted by: biblestudyseattle | January 17, 2022

Revival?

Will current events lead to a revival? Probably. Evil is being exposed and it is shaking many. On the other hand, those ‘christians’ that like the current evil might take a different tack. Many truth seekers are taking a look at Christianity. Truth is funny. Others are trying to cling to lies. The wheat and the tares are becoming more apparent.

Posted by: biblestudyseattle | December 20, 2021

Wonder

What a wonderful yet crazy time to be alive! Satan is having a fit. “But woe to the earth and the sea, because the devil has gone down to you! He is filled with fury, because he knows that his time is short.” Revelation 12:12

Truth is rising. “For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.” Hebrews 4:12

“The waters [of Truth?] flooded the earth for a hundred and fifty days.” Genesis 7:24

“Do you think I came to bring peace on earth? No, I tell you, but division.   From now on there will be five in one family divided against each other, three against two and two against three.  They will be divided, father against son and son against father, mother against daughter and daughter against mother, mother-in-law against daughter-in-law and daughter-in-law against mother-in-law.” Luke 12:51-53

“You also must be ready, because the Son of Man will come at an hour when you do not expect him.” Luke 12:40

The world and even many Christians will be caught surprised when Jesus comes. Most of us have wrong ideas about his second advent. We will all be surprised in some ways. If the apostles were surprised and confused about what happened at the first advent, will we not be surprised and confused at the second? This is how God keeps us humble.

Posted by: biblestudyseattle | December 3, 2021

God’s Plan

God’s Plan is very big. VERY big. It’s hard for us mere humans to wrap our heads around what he’s doing. Genesis 1 says that God created for six days then rested the seventh. The word we have as ‘day’ is yom in the Hebrew (Strong’s 3117), which is not always translated ‘day’ depending on context. In Genesis 2:17 Eve tells the Serpent that in the day they eat the fruit they will surely die. Did Adam & Eve die the day they ate the fruit? No. Adam died 930 years later! So we have to be careful how yom is translated. Likewise for God: Is he not still resting? That tells us that the seventh ‘day’ is more than 6,000 years long so far! Chances are very good that the first six ‘days’ of creation were more than 24 hours apiece. Furthermore, we know that within God’s rest he will send his Son to reign for 1,000 years. “and they came to life and reigned with Christ for a thousand years.” Revelation 20:4

Moses tells us in Psalm 90 that a day is as a thousand years or as a watch in the night. A watch is 3 hours, so it must also be true that a day can be eight thousand years! God also has a preference for seven day cycles. (Or seven months, or seven years). The Messiah was to come 70 times 7 years after the decree to rebuild. “Seventy weeks have been decreed for your people and your holy city, to finish the wrongdoing, to make an end of sin, to make atonement for guilt, to bring in everlasting righteousness, to seal up vision and prophecy, and to anoint the Most Holy Place.  So you are to know and understand that from the issuing of a decree to restore and rebuild Jerusalem, until Messiah the Prince, there will be seven weeks and sixty-two weeks; it will be built again, with streets and moat, even in times of distress.” Daniel 9:24-25

So it is not a stretch to speculate that the ‘days’ of creation were 7,000 years apiece. God’s rest day is 6,000 years followed by his Son’s reign for 1,000 years. Scripture tells us that the last enemy to be destroyed is death and then the Messiah will hand the kingdom back over to God the Father. “then comes the end, when He hands over the kingdom to our 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.  The last enemy that will be abolished is death.  For He has put all things in subjection under His feet. But when He says, “All things are put in subjection,” it is clear that this excludes the Father who put all things in subjection to Him.  When all things are subjected to Him, then the Son Himself will also be subjected to the One who subjected all things to Him, so that God may be all in all.” 1 Corinthians 15:24-28

Is it possible that God’s rest day is 8,000 years? Christ will reign for the seventh ‘day’ of 1,000 years, but a 50th 1,000 year ‘day’ will follow – the Grand Jubilee. For if each ‘day’ of creation is 7,000 years, seven ‘days’ total 49,000 years. That would encompass 49 smaller 1,000 year ‘days’ followed by a 50th 1,000 year ‘day’. Time will tell. The Jubilee differs from the Sabbath in that all family property is put back where it originated. This hints that not all the work of redemption will be complete at the end of Christ’s 1,000 year reign. Again, time will tell. Of course Christ will also be ruling during the Jubilee so this may be a semantic difference.

Posted by: biblestudyseattle | November 25, 2021

Satan’s Plan

Satan wants to reign as God:

“How you are fallen from heaven,
O Lucifer, son of the morning!
How you are cut down to the ground,
You who weakened the nations!
For you have said in your heart:
‘I will ascend into heaven,
I will exalt my throne above the stars of God;
I will also sit on the mount of the congregation
On the farthest sides of the north;
I will ascend above the heights of the clouds,
I will be like the Most High.’’ Isaiah 14;12-14

Satan wants followers and desires to eliminate those who will not follow him. He plans on assembling all of God’s faithful in one place – Israel – then he’ll launch a sneak attack to annihilate them. But God knows his plans and will thwart them by descending from heaven to fight directly against Satan. Evidently the popes have desired to move their headquarters from Rome to Jerusalem since at least the time of the crusades. When this battle comes it will not be a pretty sight:

“Behold, I will make Jerusalem a cup of drunkenness to all the surrounding peoples, when they lay siege against Judah and Jerusalem.  And it shall happen in that day that I will make Jerusalem a very heavy stone for all peoples; all who would heave it away will surely be cut in pieces, though all nations of the earth are gathered against it.  In that day,” says the Lord, “I will strike every horse with confusion, and its rider with madness; I will open My eyes on the house of Judah, and will strike every horse of the peoples with blindness.  And the governors of Judah shall say in their heart, ‘The inhabitants of Jerusalem are my strength in the Lord of hosts, their God.’  In that day I will make the governors of Judah like a firepan in the woodpile, and like a fiery torch in the sheaves; they shall devour all the surrounding peoples on the right hand and on the left, but Jerusalem shall be inhabited again in her own place—Jerusalem.

“The Lord will save the tents of Judah first, so that the glory of the house of David and the glory of the inhabitants of Jerusalem shall not become greater than that of Judah.  In that day the Lord will defend the inhabitants of Jerusalem; the one who is feeble among them in that day shall be like David, and the house of David shall be like God, like the Angel of the Lord before them.  It shall be in that day that I will seek to destroy all the nations that come against Jerusalem.” Zechariah 12:2-9

Posted by: biblestudyseattle | November 15, 2021

Who will be Prince?

“And I, the Lord, will be their God, and My servant David a prince among them; I, the Lord, have spoken.” Ezekiel 34:24

“Then they shall dwell in the land that I have given to Jacob My servant, where your fathers dwelt; and they shall dwell there, they, their children, and their children’s children, forever; and My servant David shall be their prince forever.” Ezekiel 37:25

“The prince shall then be in their midst. When they go in, he shall go in; and when they go out, he shall go out.” Ezekiel 46:10

Clearly David will be Prince over Israel. But will Jesus take his spot?

“For I know that my Redeemer lives,
And He shall stand at last on the earth;
And after my skin is destroyed, this I know,
That in my flesh I shall see God.” Job 19:25-26

Will Jesus come to earth as a man in his second coming? Will he be able to walk through walls as he showed his disciples? Will he stay unseen in the spiritual realm? Will he only appear to his disciples as he did after his resurrection? Will Jesus be a man on earth at the same time that Satan becomes a man on earth? How will Satan be captured?

“And I saw the beast, the kings of the earth, and their armies, gathered together to make war against Him who sat on the horse and against His army. Then the beast was captured, and with him the false prophet who worked signs in his presence, by which he deceived those who received the mark of the beast and those who worshiped his image. These two were cast alive into the lake of fire burning with brimstone. And the rest were killed with the sword which proceeded from the mouth of Him who sat on the horse. And all the birds were filled with their flesh.” Revelation 19:19-21

“How you are fallen from heaven,
O Lucifer, son of the morning!
How you are cut down to the ground,
You who weakened the nations!
For you have said in your heart:
‘I will ascend into heaven,
I will exalt my throne above the stars of God;
I will also sit on the mount of the congregation
On the farthest sides of the north;
I will ascend above the heights of the clouds,
I will be like the Most High.’
Yet you shall be brought down to Sheol,
To the lowest depths of the Pit.

“Those who see you will gaze at you,
And consider you, saying:
Is this the man who made the earth tremble,
Who shook kingdoms,
Who made the world as a wilderness
And destroyed its cities,
Who did not open the house of his prisoners?” Isaiah 14:12-17

Posted by: biblestudyseattle | November 10, 2021

Today’s Golden Calf

“Now when the people saw that Moses delayed to come down from the mountain, the people assembled around Aaron and said to him, “Come, make us a god who will go before us; for this Moses, the man who brought us up from the land of Egypt—we do not know what happened to him.”  Aaron said to them, “Tear off the gold rings which are in the ears of your wives, your sons, and your daughters, and bring them to me.”  So all the people tore off the gold rings which were in their ears and brought them to Aaron.  Then he took the gold from their hands, and fashioned it with an engraving tool and made it into a cast metal calf; and they said, “This is your god, Israel, who brought you up from the land of Egypt.”  Now when Aaron saw this, he built an altar in front of it; and Aaron made a proclamation and said, “Tomorrow shall be a feast to the Lord.”  So the next day they got up early and offered burnt offerings, and brought peace offerings; and the people sat down to eat and to drink, and got up to engage in lewd behavior.” Exodus 32;1-6

In between Moses’ two comings off the mountain (kind of like Christ’s two comings), the people worshiped a false God and engaged in immoral behavior. This foreshadows the apostasy of the Dark Ages in between Jesus’ first and second coming. But is there a false God today? I’d vote for TV. The Coronavirus Plandemic has proved conclusively that most people worship and follow the TV. Reason has flown out the window replaced by an unexplainable fear. Even many ‘Christians’ spend 100 times more time with the TV compared to the Word of God.

“He will use every kind of evil deception to fool those on their way to destruction, because they refuse to love and accept the truth that would save them.  So God will cause them to be greatly deceived, and they will believe these lies.  Then they will be condemned for enjoying evil rather than believing the truth.” 2 Thessalonians 2:10-12

So many people love the lie! As much as you might try to reason with them, they can not hear because they are brainwashed to believe nonsense.

Posted by: biblestudyseattle | October 17, 2021

Heaven’s State

Many Christians assume Heaven is and always has been in a state of perfect paradise. We assume only the earth is corrupt. But consider:

“Now there was a day when the sons of God came to present themselves before the Lord, and Satan also came among them.  The Lord said to Satan, “From where do you come?” Satan answered the Lord and said, “From roaming about on the earth and walking around on it.” Job 1:6-7

If Satan was in heaven, then heaven is corrupt.

“And there was war in heaven, Michael and his angels waging war with the dragon. The dragon and his angels waged war, and they did not prevail, and there was no longer a place found for them in heaven.  And the great dragon was thrown down, the serpent of old who is called the devil and Satan, who deceives the whole world; he was thrown down to the earth, and his angels were thrown down with him.” Revelation 12:7-9

Heaven has to be cleansed!

“Our Father, who is in heaven,
Hallowed be Your name.
Your kingdom come.
Your will be done,
On earth as it is in heaven.” Matthew 6:9-10

God’s will needs to be done in heaven! The earth needs to be cleaned up and so does heaven. Then they can join together:
“And he carried me away in the Spirit to a great and high mountain, and showed me the holy city, Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God.” Revelation 21:10

Posted by: biblestudyseattle | October 13, 2021

The group vs. the individual

Today it is common to hear that the group is more important than the individual. This is the reason individual rights are going out the window in 2021. Since unvaccinated people are putting others at risk (really?!?), their rights can be taken away for the sake of the group. This belief is a variation of the Ends-Justify-the-Means. To put it biblically, “Are we to continue in sin so that grace may increase?” Romans 6:1

No! The ends do not justify the means and individual rights are not less important than the group. In fact, there are no group rights! If even one individual hurts, the group should help the individual! “What do you think? If any man has a hundred sheep, and one of them goes astray, will he not leave the ninety-nine on the mountains, and go and search for the one that is lost?” Matthew 18:12

Does Jesus recommend forgetting the one sheep since 99 are probably more valuable anyway? No! The group is strengthened when individual’s rights are upheld. The group is weakened when individual rights are trampled. There is no need to force vaccination any more than there is a need to force teeth brushing. Practices that are beneficial will be adopted voluntarily. Did Jesus force his disciples to do anything? Does God force us to believe? No! Matters far weightier than vaccination are not forced by God. What does that tell us?? The only one who wants to force people is Satan and his followers on earth. Satan is the father of lies, deception, and murder. “You will know them by their fruit.” Matthew 7:16

Posted by: biblestudyseattle | September 26, 2021

Lottery Christianity

To most people Christianity is this: believe in Jesus and go to heaven upon death. But what about this:

“For we will all appear before the judgment seat of God.” Romans 14:10

“Therefore do not go on passing judgment before the time, but wait until the Lord comes, who will both bring to light the things hidden in the darkness and disclose the motives of human hearts; and then praise will come to each person from God.” 1 Corinthians 4:5

Here Paul gives a time for the judgment – when the Lord comes.

“For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, so that each one may receive compensation for his deeds done through the body, in accordance with what he has done, whether good or bad.” 2 Corinthians 5:10

“The sins of some people are quite evident, going before them to judgment; for others, their sins follow after.” 1 Timothy 5:4

Here Paul is saying some people sins won’t be evident until after their death, i.e. when they stand again during the reign of Christ.

“And just as it is destined for people to die once, and after this comes judgment.” Hebrews 9:27

Here Paul tells us the judgment is after death.

“Do not become teachers in large numbers, my brothers, since you know that we who are teachers will incur a stricter judgment.” James 3:1

Here James reminds us Christians that christian teachers will face a stricter judgment.

“For it is time for judgment to begin with the household of God; and if it begins with us first, what will be the outcome for those who do not obey the gospel of God?” 1 Peter 4:17

Judgments begins with believers! If Christians go straight to eternal life in heaven where is the judgment? There is none! Therefore this teaching believed by 99.9% of all Christians is wrong! The truth is we will all be judged starting with believers. This can be seen in the life of David. He was forgiven but still had to bear the fallout of his sins. So with us. We will all be humbled. Think of Job! If such a righteous man had a stern talking-to from God, what will be our fate? We will all have to face those we have wronged. It is the only way forward. David was given three choices:

“Now God was displeased with this thing, so He struck Israel.  David said to God, “I have sinned greatly, by doing this thing. But now, please overlook Your servant’s guilt, for I have behaved very foolishly.”

The Lord spoke to Gad, David’s seer, saying, “Go and speak to David, saying, ‘This is what the Lord says: “I extend to you three choices; choose for yourself one of them, which I will do to you.”’”  So Gad came to David and said to him, “This is what the Lord says: ‘Take for yourself three years of famine, or three months to be swept away before your foes while the sword of your enemies overtakes you, or else three days of the sword of the Lord: a plague in the land, and the angel of the Lord destroying throughout the territory of Israel.’ Now, therefore, consider what answer I shall bring back to Him who sent me.”  David said to Gad, “I am in great distress; please let me fall into the hand of the Lord, for His mercies are very great. But do not let me fall into human hands.” 1 Chronicles 21:7-13

David chose wisely. He chose God’s judgment over man’s. Once we repent the results will be glorious:

“Then Joseph said to his brothers, “Please come closer to me.” And they came closer. And he said, “I am your brother Joseph, whom you sold to Egypt.  Now do not be grieved or angry with yourselves because you sold me here, for God sent me ahead of you to save lives.” Genesis 45:4-5

“But for you who fear My name, the sun of righteousness will rise with healing in its wings; and you will go forth and frolic like calves from the stall.” Malachi 4:2

Indeed! Many lives will be saved (and extended) and we will dance with joy after our judgment. Look what happened after Job’s judgment:
“The Lord also restored the fortunes of Job when he prayed for his friends, and the Lord increased double all that Job had.  Then all his brothers, all his sisters, and all who had known him before came to him, and they ate bread with him in his house; and they sympathized with him and comforted him for all the adversities that the Lord had brought on him. And each one gave him a piece of money, and each a ring of gold.  The Lord blessed the latter days of Job more than his beginning; and he had fourteen thousand sheep, six thousand camels, a thousand yoke of oxen, and a thousand female donkeys.  He also had seven sons and three daughters.  He named the first Jemimah, the second Keziah, and the third Keren-happuch.  In all the land no women were found as beautiful as Job’s daughters; and their father gave them inheritances among their brothers.” Job 42:10-15

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