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.

Posted by: biblestudyseattle | May 19, 2022

Elihu

Toward the end of the book of Job, Elihu appears (Job 32-37). After Job’s three friends discuss his predicament at great length, Elihu offers his perspective. His two main points are that God does no wickedness and that Job is not perfect. Toward the end of his comments, Elihu starts to sound like God (who answers starting in chapter 38). Elihu was a great lead in to God’s message in a way that John the Baptist prepared the people for Messiah.

“Look, in this you [Job] are not righteous.
I will answer you,
For God is greater than man.
Why do you contend with Him?” Job 33:12-13

“Therefore listen to me, you men of understanding:
Far be it from God to do wickedness,
And from the Almighty to commit iniquity.
For He repays man according to his work,
And makes man to find a reward according to his way.
Surely God will never do wickedly,
Nor will the Almighty pervert justice.” Job 34:10-12

Posted by: biblestudyseattle | May 11, 2022

Unforgivable?

“If we deliberately keep on sinning after we have received the knowledge of the truth, no sacrifice for sins is left, but only a fearful expectation of judgment and of raging fire that will consume the enemies of God.” Hebrews 10:26-27

Some Christians are afraid they may have crossed this line of no return. But our God is not a gotcha God! Any who go that far will have had ample time to turn back just as Pharoah did. The key to the timing is in the previous verses:

“And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching.” Hebrews 10:24-25

That Day is the Sabbath Day when Messiah will reign.

Posted by: biblestudyseattle | May 5, 2022

Looking Back

What will it be like when we look back over thousands of years of human history in the Kingdom of God? Will Job be mad?

Then Job replied to the Lord:

“I know that you can do all things;
    no purpose of yours can be thwarted.
You asked, ‘Who is this that obscures my plans without knowledge?’
    Surely I spoke of things I did not understand,
    things too wonderful for me to know.

“You said, ‘Listen now, and I will speak;
    I will question you,
    and you shall answer me.’
My ears had heard of you
    but now my eyes have seen you.
Therefore I despise myself
    and repent in dust and ashes.” Job 42:1-6

Job lost everything except his life and wife. By the end of his life he regained double everything he started with. But wait until he learns how many million people his story has encouraged! Jesus describes it thus:

“Very truly I tell you, you will weep and mourn while the world rejoices. You will grieve, but your grief will turn to joy.  A woman giving birth to a child has pain because her time has come; but when her baby is born she forgets the anguish because of her joy that a child is born into the world.  So with you: Now is your time of grief, but I will see you again and you will rejoice, and no one will take away your joy.” John 16:20-22

The future is bright! But first we must endure many trials. We will all have had a taste of the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil and we will avoid evil like the plague!

Posted by: biblestudyseattle | April 26, 2022

Judgment or no?

“Very truly I tell you, whoever hears my word and believes him who sent me has eternal life and will not be judged but has crossed over from death to life.” John 5:24

“You, then, why do you judge your brother or sister? Or why do you treat them with contempt? For we will all stand before God’s judgment seat.” Romans 14:10

Which is it? Those who are pure will not be judged in the negative sense, therefore the first statement is true under certain conditions. We can’t forget that judgment can be positive. The gold metal winner at the Olympics has been judged – the best!

Another way to look at this is to look at all statements about judgment in the bible and then make a conclusion. Just as experiments are more robust with more data, so our theology will be more robust if we consider the whole bible and not just one sentence. We will all be judged, but those who pass the final test will feel no negative judgment and everlasting life!

Posted by: biblestudyseattle | April 6, 2022

Out of the Grave

“Therefore prophesy and say to them: ‘This is what the Sovereign Lord says: My people, I am going to open your graves and bring you up from them; I will bring you back to the land of Israel.  Then you, my people, will know that I am the Lord, when I open your graves and bring you up from them.  I will put my Spirit in you and you will live, and I will settle you in your own land. Then you will know that I the Lord have spoken, and I have done it, declares the Lord.’” Ezekiel 37:12-14

“When your people ask you, ‘Won’t you tell us what you mean by this?’ say to them, ‘This is what the Sovereign Lord says: I am going to take the stick of Joseph—which is in Ephraim’s hand—and of the Israelite tribes associated with him, and join it to Judah’s stick. I will make them into a single stick of wood, and they will become one in my hand.’  Hold before their eyes the sticks you have written on and say to them, ‘This is what the Sovereign Lord says: I will take the Israelites out of the nations where they have gone. I will gather them from all around and bring them back into their own land.  I will make them one nation in the land, on the mountains of Israel. There will be one king over all of them and they will never again be two nations or be divided into two kingdoms.  They will no longer defile themselves with their idols and vile images or with any of their offenses, for I will save them from all their sinful backsliding, and I will cleanse them. They will be my people, and I will be their God.

“‘My servant David will be king over them, and they will all have one shepherd. They will follow my laws and be careful to keep my decrees.  They will live in the land I gave to my servant Jacob, the land where your ancestors lived. They and their children and their children’s children will live there forever, and David my servant will be their prince forever.  I will make a covenant of peace with them; it will be an everlasting covenant. I will establish them and increase their numbers, and I will put my sanctuary among them forever.  My dwelling place will be with them; I will be their God, and they will be my people.  Then the nations will know that I the Lord make Israel holy, when my sanctuary is among them forever.’” Ezekiel 37:18-28

God is going to bring back the Israelites out of their graves to live peacefully in the land under one prince – David. This is a prophecy I’ve never heard discussed in a church. The church teaches that faithful people go to heaven and the earth will be burned up. But God hasn’t abandoned the Israelites. They will once again multiply as they did in the days of Moses in Goshen to the chagrin of the surrounding peoples. ‘Egypt’ will once again be envious.

Posted by: biblestudyseattle | April 4, 2022

Outward Show

“Once, on being asked by the Pharisees when the kingdom of God would come, Jesus replied, “The coming of the kingdom of God is not something that can be observed, nor will people say, ‘Here it is,’ or ‘There it is,’ because the kingdom of God is in your midst.” Luke 17:20-21

Much like first century Jews, twenty first century Christians want a strongman to come and remove the bad guys. But Jesus will come as quietly the second time as he did the first. The fireworks most people think of as the second coming will come later. The Jews will finally get their Messiah ben David, but it will be at a horrible time.

“So when you see standing in the holy place ‘the abomination that causes desolation,’ spoken of through the prophet Daniel—let the reader understand— then let those who are in Judea flee to the mountains.  Let no one on the housetop go down to take anything out of the house.  Let no one in the field go back to get their cloak.  How dreadful it will be in those days for pregnant women and nursing mothers!  Pray that your flight will not take place in winter or on the Sabbath.  For then there will be great distress, unequaled from the beginning of the world until now—and never to be equaled again.

“If those days had not been cut short, no one would survive, but for the sake of the elect those days will be shortened.  At that time if anyone says to you, ‘Look, here is the Messiah!’ or, ‘There he is!’ do not believe it.  For false messiahs and false prophets will appear and perform great signs and wonders to deceive, if possible, even the elect.  See, I have told you ahead of time.

“So if anyone tells you, ‘There he is, out in the wilderness,’ do not go out; or, ‘Here he is, in the inner rooms,’ do not believe it.  For as lightning that comes from the east is visible even in the west, so will be the coming of the Son of Man.  Wherever there is a carcass, there the vultures will gather.

“Immediately after the distress of those days

“‘the sun will be darkened,
    and the moon will not give its light;
the stars will fall from the sky,
    and the heavenly bodies will be shaken.’

“Then will appear the sign of the Son of Man in heaven. And then all the peoples of the earth will mourn when they see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of heaven, with power and great glory. And he will send his angels with a loud trumpet call, and they will gather his elect from the four winds, from one end of the heavens to the other.

“Now learn this lesson from the fig tree: As soon as its twigs get tender and its leaves come out, you know that summer is near.  Even so, when you see all these things, you know that it is near, right at the door.  Truly I tell you, this generation will certainly not pass away until all these things have happened.  Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will never pass away.” Matthew 24:15-35

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