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

Posted by: biblestudyseattle | June 25, 2022

Conquering Death

“He himself bore our sins” in his body on the cross, so that we might die to sins and live for righteousness; “by his wounds you have been healed.”  1 Peter 2:24

Jesus conquered death at the cross. Can we prove this?

“For Christ also suffered once for sins, the righteous for the unrighteous, to bring you to God. He was put to death in the body but made alive in the Spirit.” 1 Peter 3:18

A common thought in church is that Jesus died for my sins, therefore I’m good as soon as I die. Is that true? What did Jesus’ death secure? The common thought is that believers die and go straight a perfect heaven with no more physical ailments, etc. Is this true? What are the scriptures that support this?

“The last enemy to be destroyed is death.” 1 Corinthians 15:26

If Jesus destroyed death at the cross, why do we still see death? If death is to be destroyed future to us, does that imply some further work in addition to the cross? Are there other sacrifices that need to happen beyond Jesus at the cross?

Posted by: biblestudyseattle | June 9, 2022

No More Sleeping

“I saw no Temple in the city, for Adonai, God of heaven’s armies, is its Temple, as is the Lamb.  The city has no need for the sun or the moon to shine on it, because God’s Sh’khinah gives it light, and its lamp is the Lamb.  The nations will walk by its light, and the kings of the earth will bring their splendor into it.  Its gates will never close, they stay open all day because night will not exist there.” Revelation 21:22-25

Night will not exist there?

“On entering, he said to them, “Why all this commotion and weeping? The child isn’t dead, she’s just asleep!”  And they jeered at him. But he put them all outside, took the child’s father and mother and those with him, and went in where the child was.  Taking her by the hand, he said to her, “Talita, kumi!” (which means, “Little girl, I say to you, get up!”).  At once the girl got up and began walking around; she was twelve years old. Everybody was utterly amazed.  He gave them strict orders to say nothing about this to anyone, and told them to give her something to eat.” Matthew 5:39-43

Jesus equates death with sleep. Why? Because we will all awake from death!

“But we do not want you to be uninformed, brothers and sisters, about those who are asleep, so that you will not grieve as indeed the rest of mankind do, who have no hope.  For if we believe that Jesus died and rose from the dead, so also God will bring with Him those who have fallen asleep through Jesus.  For we say this to you by the word of the Lord, that we who are alive and remain until the coming of the Lord will not precede those who have fallen asleep.” 1 Thessalonians 4:13-15

What is the purpose of sleep? It seems to be to organize memories in the brain. And so it will be when we awake from death. We will remember what happened in our first life. This will be important as we seek to come into harmony with those around us and march into eternal life, passing the ultimate test which Adam & Eve failed.

The New Creation will not have sleep! There will be no more need for it. The New Creation will have many things which we can’t even imagine, much like it’s hard to image colors beyond what we know.

“No eye has seen, no ear has heard, no mind has conceived what God has prepared for those who love him.” 1 Corinthians 2:9

Posted by: biblestudyseattle | June 1, 2022

Church Pregnancy

It is often overlooked, but there is a reason Jesus will marry the church – to have children. This is the “joy set before him”:

“Yeshua — who, in exchange for obtaining the joy set before him, endured execution on a stake as a criminal, scorning the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.” Hebrews 12:2

Isaiah 52:13-53 describes Jesus. Isaiah 54:1-10 describes his bride. She will have lots of children – lots.

“Sing, barren woman who has never had a child!
Burst into song, shout for joy,
you who have never been in labor!
For the deserted wife will have more children
than the woman who is living with her husband,” says Adonai.” Isaiah 54:1

Furthermore, her pregnancy will not be as it was in the beginning,

“To the woman he said, “I will greatly increase your pain in childbirth. You will bring forth children in pain.” Genesis 3:16

The curse will be rolled back.

Posted by: biblestudyseattle | May 24, 2022

Hidden in Plain Sight

It is marvelous how God has hidden his truth in plain sight. It is evident that most Christians don’t know their bible very well. And yet there it is. A book of about 1,000 pages. God wants us to dig. At some point in the future teachers will point out prophecies come true. Jesus did it for the disciples on the road to Emmaus. Can you imagine the ‘aha’ moments in that day?! We will go from our oversimplified notions of salvation to the real thing. The Gospel really is good news.

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