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

Posted by: biblestudyseattle | September 17, 2021

Satan the Victim?

According to the church of Satan, Lucifer was the good guy and God was the bad guy. Lucifer was framed as was Eve. So Lucifer plays the victim. Sound like anyone you know? Always playing the victim. Never at fault. Narcissists.

Posted by: biblestudyseattle | August 22, 2021

Egypt

“On that day the Egyptians will become like women, and they will tremble and be in great fear because of the waving of the hand of the Lord of armies, which He is going to wave over them.  The land of Judah will become a cause of shame to Egypt; everyone to whom it is mentioned will be in great fear because of the plan of the Lord of armies which He is making against them.

On that day five cities in the land of Egypt will be speaking the language of Canaan and swearing allegiance to the Lord of armies; one will be called the City of Destruction.

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.  And it will become a sign and a witness to the Lord of armies in the land of Egypt; for they will cry out to the Lord because of oppressors, and He will send them a Savior and a Champion, and He will save them.  So the Lord will make Himself known to Egypt, and the Egyptians will know the Lord on that day. They will even worship with sacrifice and offering, and will make a vow to the Lord and perform it.  And the Lord will strike Egypt, striking but healing; so they will return to the Lord, and He will respond to their pleas and heal them.

On that day there will be a road from Egypt to Assyria, and the Assyrians will come into Egypt and the Egyptians into Assyria; and the Egyptians will worship with the Assyrians.

On that day Israel will be the third party to Egypt and Assyria, a blessing in the midst of the earth, whom the Lord of armies has blessed, saying, “Blessed is Egypt My people, and Assyria the work of My hands, and Israel My inheritance.” Isaiah 19:16-25

This suggests a time perhaps the same as the battle of Armageddon where the Egyptians will be oppressed by tyrants. The people will cry out to the Lord and he will save them. The altar in the midst and border is likely the Great Pyramid of Giza. “What are you, mighty mountain? Before Zerubbabel you will become level ground. Then he will bring out the capstone to shouts of ‘God bless it! God bless it!’” Zechariah 4:7

Zerubbabel helped rebuild the temple after the Babylonian captivity. Did the temple have a capstone? No. Will Zerubbabel help put the capstone on the Great Pyramid in the future? Will the Great Pyramid be restored to its former glory with smooth polished limestone exterior? In any case, Egypt will form a triumvirate with Israel and Assyria in the golden era of Christ’s Millennium.

“When they had gone, an angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream. “Get up,” he said, “take the child and his mother and escape to Egypt. Stay there until I tell you, for Herod is going to search for the child to kill him.”

So he got up, took the child and his mother during the night and left for Egypt, where he stayed until the death of Herod. And so was fulfilled what the Lord had said through the prophet: “Out of Egypt I called my son.” Matthew 2:13-15

What did Joseph and Mary think of the Great Pyramid? Did they see it? We shall have answers in the next life!

Posted by: biblestudyseattle | August 8, 2021

Turbulent Waters

The world is in turbulent times right now. Jesus said his return would be like the days of Noah:

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

The waters rose for 150 days: “And the waters prevailed upon the earth a hundred and fifty days.” Genesis 7:24

“and after the end of a hundred and fifty days the waters decreased.” Genesis 8:3

We are near the end of the 150 years of rising water, and it seems turbulent! There is a good chance the Days of Noah will repeat in the distant future; that remains to be seen. The turbulence centers around people who cling to the world’s narrative vs people who question the world’s narrative. Satan seems to be overplaying his hand and many are noticing. Others are desperate to keep their false worldview intact. They will repeat the most illogical conflicting ‘truths’. We must approach this with grace and a little salt. We need to gently question the illogic while not pushing too hard to damage the relationship. Of course some are in the outright employ of the deep state and here we need to be careful. “Therefore be shrewd as the snakes, and innocent as the doves.” Matthew 10:16 Sometimes playing dumb is the best approach. In any case, the truth will continue to come out and we must fasten our seatbelts.

Posted by: biblestudyseattle | July 10, 2021

Work Out Your Salvation

“So then, my beloved, just as you have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling;” Philippians 2:12

“For by grace you have been saved through faith; and this is not of yourselves, it is the gift of God;” Ephesians 2:8

“You see that a person is justified by works and not by faith alone” James 2:24

Saved by faith or works? Perhaps some of the confusion comes from Resurrection vs Salvation vs Justification.

What did Jesus’ blood buy? What about the joy set before him?

“Therefore, since we also have such a great cloud of witnesses surrounding us, let’s rid ourselves of every obstacle and the sin which so easily entangles us, and let’s run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking only at Jesus, the originator and perfecter of the faith, who for the joy set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.” Hebrews 12:1-2

Was the joy being set at the right hand of God?

“So then, as through one offense the result was condemnation to all mankind, so also through one act of righteousness the result was justification of life to all mankind.” Romans 5:18

This indicates that Jesus will Justify everyone, including evil people. Notice:

“Behold, everyone who quotes proverbs will quote this proverb about you, saying, ‘Like mother, like daughter.’  You are the daughter of your mother, who loathed her husband and children. You are also the sister of your sisters, who loathed their husbands and children. Your mother was a Hittite and your father an Amorite.  Now your older sister is Samaria, who lives north of you with her daughters; and your younger sister, who lives south of you, is Sodom with her daughters.  Yet you have not merely walked in their ways and committed their abominations; but, as if that were too little, you also acted more corruptly in all your conduct than they.  As I live,” declares the Lord God, “Sodom, your sister and her daughters have not done as you and your daughters have done!  Behold, this was the guilt of your sister Sodom: she and her daughters had arrogance, plenty of food, and carefree ease, but she did not help the poor and needy.  So they were haughty and committed abominations before Me. Therefore I removed them when I saw it.  Furthermore, Samaria did not commit half of your sins, for you have multiplied your abominations more than they. So you have made your sisters appear innocent by all your abominations which you have committed.  Also, bear your disgrace in that you have made judgment favorable for your sisters. Because of your sins in which you acted more abominably than they, they are more in the right than you. Yes, be also ashamed and bear your disgrace, in that you made your sisters appear innocent.

Nevertheless, I will restore their fortunes, the fortunes of Sodom and her daughters, the fortunes of Samaria and her daughters, and along with them your own fortunes, so that you will bear your disgrace and feel ashamed for all that you have done when you become a consolation to them.  Your sisters, Sodom with her daughters and Samaria with her daughters, will return to their former state, and you with your daughters will also return to your former state. ” Ezekiel 16:44-55

So all will be justified. Justification is merely a return to the position Adam & Eve had before the fall. This is not the same as eternal life. For there is still second death. Here’s an example: “And the one who does not reach the age of a hundred Will be thought accursed.” Isaiah 65:20

Those that chose death a second time will be accursed. “But one who sins against me injures himself; All those who hate me love death.” Proverbs 8:36 “One who is steadfast in righteousness attains life, But one who pursues evil attains his own death.” Proverbs 11:19

Eventually after the accursed have chosen death, God will eliminate death itself. “He will swallow up death for all time, And the Lord God will wipe tears away from all faces, And He will remove the disgrace of His people from all the earth; For the Lord has spoken.” Isaiah 25:8

Posted by: biblestudyseattle | July 3, 2021

In Search of the Truth

Most people probably spend way more time listening to media than reading the bible. Even casual conversation with Christians reveals that most know little about the bible. A few know a goodly amount. And most people’s understanding of core beliefs comes from official church doctrine. But when some raise serious problems with official doctrine, the reaction is either ‘it’s a mystery’ or ‘we just don’t know, but God will work it out’. Paul says test everything. The scientific method! When problems and questions arise, we need to consult with the bible. The WHOLE bible. Apparent contradictions yield excellent questions. As Jesus said, “Keep asking, keep seeking, keep knocking and the door will be opened to you.” Matthew 7:7

Notice a time frame is not included! The door may be opened in the next life. And don’t forget to follow the money. Most of us worship money more than we like to admit. Remember that anyone who is not family or friend is trying to sell you something. The media is no exception. The CDC said in 1958 that smoking doesn’t cause lung cancer. How did that work out? Often the truth is hidden in plain sight. The problem is all the lies that surround it. If a truth is amongst 9 lies, what do most people see? How many consider all ten items to see which one is the truth?

Posted by: biblestudyseattle | June 23, 2021

Sabbatai Ziev

In about 1666 Sabbatai Ziev announced himself the Jewish Messiah. Tens of thousands of Jews sold everything and joined his movement. He preached salvation through sin. After he died in 1676, his successor Jacob Frank continued the tradition promoting sexual immorality. Why is it that paganism usually includes sexual immorality? Did Eve have sex with the serpent? Did the angels have sex with women to create giants before the flood? What exactly happened after the flood?

“Then Noah began farming and planted a vineyard.  He drank some of the wine and became drunk, and uncovered himself inside his tent.  Ham, the father of Canaan, saw the nakedness of his father, and told his two brothers outside.  But Shem and Japheth took a garment and laid it on both their shoulders and walked backward and covered the nakedness of their father; and their faces were turned away, so that they did not see their father’s nakedness.  When Noah awoke from his wine, he knew what his youngest son had done to him.  So he said,

“Cursed be Canaan;
A servant of servants
He shall be to his brothers.” Genesis 9:20-25

What really happened here? Cain’s great great great grandson Lamech said,

“Adah and Zillah,
Listen to my voice,
You wives of Lamech,
Pay attention to my words,
For I have killed a man for wounding me;
And a boy for striking me!
If Cain is avenged seven times,
Then Lamech seventy-seven times!” Genesis 4:23-24

Lamech had two wives and was a killer. Why did pagan temples have male and female prostitutes?

“Where is the temple prostitute who was by the road at Enaim?” Genesis 38:21

Who pushes abortion and sexual perversion today? Satan and his followers.

Posted by: biblestudyseattle | June 12, 2021

Cro Magnun Man

“I will greatly multiply
Your pain in childbirth,
In pain you shall deliver children;” Genesis 3:16

Is it possible that Cain was the offspring of the Serpent and Eve? Is it possible that Cain had a smaller head than Abel? Is it possible the curse on Eve became operable after Cain was born? Is it possible that Cro Magnun Man was Cain and his descendants? Maybe, maybe not. These are just pure speculations, but it is interesting to read between the lines as the Genesis account appears to be very spare and missing significant details. For example,

“When the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was a delight to the eyes, and that the tree was desirable to make one wise, she took some of its fruit and ate; and she also gave some to her husband with her, and he ate.” Genesis 3:6

Eating fruit makes one wise? Does that make any sense? Healthy maybe, but wise?

“Then God said, “Behold, I have given you every plant yielding seed that is on the surface of all the earth, and every tree which has fruit yielding seed; it shall be food for you;” Genesis 1:29

Why the emphasis on seed? “and I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed: he shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel.” Genesis 3:15

Here we go again with seed, this time the curse on the serpent.

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