Posted by: biblestudyseattle | February 2, 2023

Will This Really Happen?

“So I prophesied as I was commanded; and as I prophesied, there was a noise, and behold, a rattling; and the bones came together, bone to its bone.  And as I looked, there were sinews on them, and flesh had come upon them, and skin had covered them; but there was no breath in them.  Then he said to me, “Prophesy to the breath, prophesy, son of man, and say to the breath, Thus says the Lord God: Come from the four winds, O breath, and breathe upon these slain, that they may live.”  So I prophesied as he commanded me, and the breath came into them, and they lived, and stood upon their feet, an exceedingly great host.

Then he said to me, “Son of man, these bones are the whole house of Israel. Behold, they say, ‘Our bones are dried up, and our hope is lost; we are clean cut off.’  Therefore prophesy, and say to them, Thus says the Lord God: Behold, I will open your graves, and raise you from your graves, O my people; and I will bring you home into the land of Israel. And you shall know that I am the Lord, when I open your graves, and raise you from your graves, O my people. And I will put my Spirit within you, and you shall live, and I will place you in your own land; then you shall know that I, the Lord, have spoken, and I have done it, says the Lord.” Ezekiel 37:7-14

Is modern Israel the start of this? Or is there a more literal fulfillment coming? Ezekiel continues:

“The word of the Lord came to me:  “Son of man, take a stick and write on it, ‘For Judah, and the children of Israel associated with him’; then take another stick and write upon it, ‘For Joseph (the stick of E′phraim) and all the house of Israel associated with him’; and join them together into one stick, that they may become one in your hand. And when your people say to you, ‘Will you not show us what you mean by these?’ say to them, Thus says the Lord God: Behold, I am about to take the stick of Joseph (which is in the hand of E′phraim) and the tribes of Israel associated with him; and I will join with it the stick of Judah, and make them one stick, that they may be one in my hand. When the sticks on which you write are in your hand before their eyes, then say to them, Thus says the Lord God: Behold, I will take the people of Israel from the nations among which they have gone, and will gather them from all sides, and bring them to their own land; and I will make them one nation in the land, upon the mountains of Israel; and one king shall be king over them all; and they shall be no longer two nations, and no longer divided into two kingdoms. They shall not defile themselves any more with their idols and their detestable things, or with any of their transgressions; but I will save them from all the backslidings in which they have sinned, and will cleanse them; and they shall be my people, and I will be their God.

“My servant David shall be king over them; and they shall all have one shepherd. They shall follow my ordinances and be careful to observe my statutes. They shall dwell in the land where your fathers dwelt that I gave to my servant Jacob; they and their children and their children’s children shall dwell there for ever; and David my servant shall be their prince for ever. I will make a covenant of peace with them; it shall be an everlasting covenant with them; and I will bless them and multiply them, and will set my sanctuary in the midst of them for evermore. My dwelling place shall be with them; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people. Then the nations will know that I the Lord sanctify Israel, when my sanctuary is in the midst of them for evermore.” Ezekiel 37:15-28

Has David come back to life? When might this happen? Is current modern Israel a fake fulfillment? Can God use Satan’s counterfeits? How does Solomon exemplify Christ and Satan? Does Satan feel in control?

Posted by: biblestudyseattle | January 30, 2023

Seven Days of Consecration

“And you shall not go out from the door of the tent of meeting for seven days, until the days of your ordination are completed, for it will take seven days to ordain you. As has been done today, the Lord has commanded to be done to make atonement for you.  At the door of the tent of meeting you shall remain day and night for seven days, performing what the Lord has charged, lest you die; for so I am commanded.”  And Aaron and his sons did all the things which the Lord commanded by Moses.” Leviticus 8:33-36

Aaron and his sons the priests were consecrated for seven days, day and night. Is this showing us that God will use the full 7,000 years to consecrate his priests, both the Jewish and Christian varieties?

“On the eighth day Moses called Aaron and his sons and the elders of Israel; and he said to Aaron, “Take a bull calf for a sin offering, and a ram for a burnt offering, both without blemish, and offer them before the Lord.  And say to the people of Israel, ‘Take a male goat for a sin offering, and a calf and a lamb, both a year old without blemish, for a burnt offering, and an ox and a ram for peace offerings, to sacrifice before the Lord, and a cereal offering mixed with oil; for today the Lord will appear to you.” Leviticus 9:1-4

The Lord will appear on the eighth day. Is that this? – “On that day his feet shall stand on the Mount of Olives which lies before Jerusalem on the east; and the Mount of Olives shall be split in two from east to west by a very wide valley; so that one half of the Mount shall withdraw northward, and the other half southward.” Zechariah 14:4

Some may be of the thought that the priests will be consecrated before the end of the seventh day. We can’t rush God.

Posted by: biblestudyseattle | January 24, 2023

Death and Restanding in the Millennium

How are people coming back to life in the Millennium? This must happen as others are dying their first time. Nicodemus asked this question:

“Now there was a man of the Pharisees, named Nicode′mus, a ruler of the Jews.  This man came to Jesus by night and said to him, “Rabbi, we know that you are a teacher come from God; for no one can do these signs that you do, unless God is with him.”  Jesus answered him, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born anew, he cannot see the kingdom of God.”  Nicode′mus said to him, “How can a man be born when he is old? Can he enter a second time into his mother’s womb and be born?” John 3:1-4

And what about Ezekiel 37?

“The hand of the Lord was upon me, and he brought me out by the Spirit of the Lord, and set me down in the midst of the valley it was full of bones.  And he led me round among them; and behold, there were very many upon the valley; and lo, they were very dry.  And he said to me, “Son of man, can these bones live?” And I answered, “O Lord God, thou knowest.”  Again he said to me, “Prophesy to these bones, and say to them, O dry bones, hear the word of the Lord.  Thus says the Lord God to these bones: Behold, I will cause breath to enter you, and you shall live.  And I will lay sinews upon you, and will cause flesh to come upon you, and cover you with skin, and put breath in you, and you shall live; and you shall know that I am the Lord.” Ezekiel 37:1-6

This is probably metaphorical. God is telling us that Israel will be regathered. This was true after the Exile with Nebuchadnezzar and the Diaspora after the Romans destroyed Jerusalem in 70AD. David says something interesting:

“For thou didst form my inward parts,
    thou didst knit me together in my mother’s womb.
I praise thee, for thou art fearful and wonderful.
    Wonderful are thy works!
Thou knowest me right well;
    my frame was not hidden from thee,
when I was being made in secret,
    intricately wrought in the depths of the earth.” Psalm 139:13-15

Depths of the earth? Will people reemerge directly out of the earth? In any case, sometime in the next several centuries people will come back from the dead probably starting with Israel. Then we will have people on their first life and people on their second. The second will prove superior and the first will become jealous. This will lead to a situation similar to Egypt, where the Israelites multiplied miraculously and Pharaoh became nervous. The world will scheme to attack peaceful Israel. This will be at the Day of Atonement.

Then I saw an angel standing in the sun, and with a loud voice he called to all the birds that fly in midheaven, “Come, gather for the great supper of God, to eat the flesh of kings, the flesh of captains, the flesh of mighty men, the flesh of horses and their riders, and the flesh of all men, both free and slave, both small and great.”  And I saw the beast and the kings of the earth with their armies gathered to make war against him who sits upon the horse and against his army.  And the beast was captured, and with it the false prophet who in its presence had worked the signs by which he deceived those who had received the mark of the beast and those who worshiped its image. These two were thrown alive into the lake of fire that burns with sulphur.  And the rest were slain by the sword of him who sits upon the horse, the sword that issues from his mouth; and all the birds were gorged with their flesh.” Revelation 19:13-17

The churning of generations is probably also indicated during the Wandering in the desert.

“For the people of Israel walked forty years in the wilderness, till all the nation, the men of war that came forth out of Egypt, perished, because they did not hearken to the voice of the Lord; to them the Lord swore that he would not let them see the land which the Lord had sworn to their fathers to give us, a land flowing with milk and honey.” Joshua 5:6

Coming into the desert after the Red Sea miracle were:

“for every one who was numbered in the census, from twenty years old and upward, for six hundred and three thousand, five hundred and fifty men.” Exodus 38:26

Coming into the Promised land after the first generation died off in the Wilderness were:

“This was the number of the people of Israel, six hundred and one thousand seven hundred and thirty.” Numbers 26:51

The future Promised Land will be Christ’s Millennial Jubilee where every tear is wiped from their eyes. It’s possible most of the remaining first life people will die in the battle at Armageddon.

Posted by: biblestudyseattle | January 16, 2023

Second Death and the Lake of Fire

Those who persevere in faith will not suffer the Second Death but will live eternally. Is there a clue when these second deaths will happen? Revelation tells us:

“Then Death and Hades were thrown into the lake of fire. This is the second death, the lake of fire; and if any one’s name was not found written in the book of life, he was thrown into the lake of fire.” Revelation 20:14-15

“But as for the cowardly, the faithless, the polluted, as for murderers, fornicators, sorcerers, idolaters, and all liars, their lot shall be in the lake that burns with fire and sulphur, which is the second death.” Revelation 21:8

The dead sea used to have spontaneous fires on it. Will this resume in the future? It seems so. But notice what happens after the Day of Atonement battle of Armageddon:

“Then he brought me back to the door of the temple; and behold, water was issuing from below the threshold of the temple toward the east (for the temple faced east); and the water was flowing down from below the south end of the threshold of the temple, south of the altar.  Then he brought me out by way of the north gate, and led me round on the outside to the outer gate, that faces toward the east; and the water was coming out on the south side.

Going on eastward with a line in his hand, the man measured a thousand cubits, and then led me through the water; and it was ankle-deep.  Again he measured a thousand, and led me through the water; and it was knee-deep. Again he measured a thousand, and led me through the water; and it was up to the loins.  Again he measured a thousand, and it was a river that I could not pass through, for the water had risen; it was deep enough to swim in, a river that could not be passed through.  And he said to me, “Son of man, have you seen this?”

Then he led me back along the bank of the river.  As I went back, I saw upon the bank of the river very many trees on the one side and on the other.  And he said to me, “This water flows toward the eastern region and goes down into the Arabah; and when it enters the stagnant waters of the sea, the water will become fresh.  And wherever the river goes every living creature which swarms will live, and there will be very many fish; for this water goes there, that the waters of the sea may become fresh; so everything will live where the river goes.  Fishermen will stand beside the sea; from En-ge′di to En-eg′laim it will be a place for the spreading of nets; its fish will be of very many kinds, like the fish of the Great Sea. But its swamps and marshes will not become fresh; they are to be left for salt.  And on the banks, on both sides of the river, there will grow all kinds of trees for food. Their leaves will not wither nor their fruit fail, but they will bear fresh fruit every month, because the water for them flows from the sanctuary. Their fruit will be for food, and their leaves for healing.” Ezekiel 47:1-12

If the dead sea turns fresh, wouldn’t it stop burning?

“Then the Lord rained on Sodom and Gomor′rah brimstone and fire from the Lord out of heaven; and he overthrew those cities, and all the valley, and all the inhabitants of the cities, and what grew on the ground.  But Lot’s wife behind him looked back, and she became a pillar of salt. And Abraham went early in the morning to the place where he had stood before the Lord; and he looked down toward Sodom and Gomor′rah and toward all the land of the valley, and beheld, and lo, the smoke of the land went up like the smoke of a furnace.” Genesis 19:24:28

Will this be how the second death looks? Will it occur at the dead sea? Will there also be second death not associated with the dead sea (the lake of fire)? Isaiah seems to hint thus:

“No more shall there be in it an infant that lives but a few days, or an old man who does not fill out his days, for the child shall die a hundred years old, and the sinner a hundred years old shall be accursed.” Isaiah 65:20

Posted by: biblestudyseattle | January 10, 2023

What Satan sees

What does Satan see? He’s had access to heaven for a long time:

“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, “Whence have you come?” Satan answered the Lord, “From going to and fro on the earth, and from walking up and down on it.” Job 1:6-7

Eventually Satan will be kicked out of heaven:

“Now war arose in heaven, Michael and his angels fighting against the dragon; and the dragon and his angels fought, but they were defeated and there was no longer any place for them in heaven.  And the great dragon was thrown down, that ancient serpent, who is called the Devil and Satan, the deceiver of the whole world—he was thrown down to the earth, and his angels were thrown down with him.” Revelation 12:7-9

First, Satan’s expulsion will be temporary:

“Then I saw an angel coming down from heaven, holding in his hand the key of the bottomless pit and a great chain.  And he seized the dragon, that ancient serpent, who is the Devil and Satan, and bound him for a thousand years, and threw him into the pit, and shut it and sealed it over him, that he should deceive the nations no more, till the thousand years were ended. After that he must be loosed for a little while.” Revelation 20:1-3

Finally, Satan will have a last battle that he will lose:

“And when the thousand years are ended, Satan will be loosed from his prison and will come out to deceive the nations which are at the four corners of the earth, that is, Gog and Magog, to gather them for battle; their number is like the sand of the sea.  And they marched up over the broad earth and surrounded the camp of the saints and the beloved city; but fire came down from heaven and consumed them, and the devil who had deceived them was thrown into the lake of fire and sulphur where the beast and the false prophet were, and they will be tormented day and night for ever and ever.” Revelation 20:7-10

One of the first things Jesus needs to do at his second coming will be binding Satan:

“But if it is by the Spirit of God that I cast out demons, then the kingdom of God has come upon you.  Or how can one enter a strong man’s house and plunder his goods, unless he first binds the strong man? Then indeed he may plunder his house.” Matthew 12:28-29

This will probably take 500+ years. Satan will meet his first (temporary) end at the Day of Atonement. But what about now? Can we discern anything from our time (circa 2023) that shows what Satan is up to?

One thrust is the desire by many powerful people to reduce population, particularly since the French Revolution. Why the mad dash to promote abortion, confuse gender, promote immorality, and weaken the family? Could it be that Satan sees the harvest? Could he be seeing the promotion of saints to heaven? Might he have a clue that this is something that will lead to his demise?

One of the first things that happens at Christ’s return is a bumper crop of believers. This coincides with a massive rise in world population. Since 1800, world population has exploded from 1 billion to 8 billion and climbing. In the story of Joseph we read of a period of great wheat harvests:

“Then Joseph said to Pharaoh, “The dream of Pharaoh is one; God has revealed to Pharaoh what he is about to do. The seven good cows are seven years, and the seven good ears are seven years; the dream is one. The seven lean and gaunt cows that came up after them are seven years, and the seven empty ears blighted by the east wind are also seven years of famine. It is as I told Pharaoh, God has shown to Pharaoh what he is about to do. There will come seven years of great plenty throughout all the land of Egypt,” Genesis 41:25-28

Satan is currently seeing this bumper crop of faithful people and he’s desperate to stop it.

Posted by: biblestudyseattle | December 14, 2022

The Magi and Aretas IV

We three kings of orient are…

“Now when Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea in the days of Herod the king, behold, wise men from the East came to Jerusalem, saying,  “Where is he who has been born king of the Jews? For we have seen his star in the East, and have come to worship him.” Matthew 2:1-2

Where were the magi from? Dwight Longenecker believes they were envoys from Aretas IV, who ruled the Nabateans from 9BC to 40AD. https://theimaginativeconservative.org/2017/12/why-gold-frankincense-myrrh-mystery-of-the-magi-dwight-longenecker.html

The famous mausoleum at Petra is thought to be Aretas IV’s tomb.

Posted by: biblestudyseattle | December 1, 2022

The Law and The Cross

“Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them but to fulfill them.  For truly, I say to you, until heaven and earth pass away, not an iota, not a dot, will pass from the Law until all is accomplished.  Therefore whoever relaxes one of the least of these commandments and teaches others to do the same will be called least in the kingdom of heaven, but whoever does them and teaches them will be called great in the kingdom of heaven.  For I tell you, unless your righteousness exceeds that of the scribes and Pharisees, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.” Matthew 5:17-20

“For he himself is our peace, who has made us both one and has broken down in his flesh the dividing wall of hostility by abolishing the law of commandments expressed in ordinances, that he might create in himself one new man in place of the two, so making peace,” Ephesians 2:14-15

Many Christians teach that Christ nailed the Law to the Cross, abolishing the ceremonial laws of Moses, but that the Ten Commandments are still in play. However:

“For as the new heavens and the new earth
    that I make
shall remain before me, says the Lord,
    so shall your offspring and your name remain.
From new moon to new moon,
    and from Sabbath to Sabbath,
all flesh shall come to worship before me,
declares the Lord.” Isaiah 66:22-23

“All the people of the land shall be obliged to give this offering to the prince in Israel.  It shall be the prince’s duty to furnish the burnt offerings, grain offerings, and drink offerings, at the feasts, the new moons, and the Sabbaths, all the appointed feasts of the house of Israel: he shall provide the sin offerings, grain offerings, burnt offerings, and peace offerings, to make atonement on behalf of the house of Israel. Thus says the Lord God: In the first month, on the first day of the month, you shall take a bull from the herd without blemish, and purify the sanctuary.” Ezekiel 45:16-18

Ezekiel 40-48 is clearly a future prophecy.

“Then everyone who survives of all the nations that have come against Jerusalem shall go up year after year to worship the King, the Lord of hosts, and to keep the Feast of Booths.  And if any of the families of the earth do not go up to Jerusalem to worship the King, the Lord of hosts, there will be no rain on them.  And if the family of Egypt does not go up and present themselves, then on them there shall be no rain; there shall be the plague with which the Lord afflicts the nations that do not go up to keep the Feast of Booths.  This shall be the punishment to Egypt and the punishment to all the nations that do not go up to keep the Feast of Booths. And on that day there shall be inscribed on the bells of the horses, “Holy to the Lord.” And the pots in the house of the Lord shall be as the bowls before the altar.  And every pot in Jerusalem and Judah shall be holy to the Lord of hosts, so that all who sacrifice may come and take of them and boil the meat of the sacrifice in them. And there shall no longer be a trader in the house of the Lord of hosts on that day.” Zechariah 14:16-21

Clearly the Law will be kept in the future! The Temple will be rebuilt and many nations will stream to Jerusalem to seek the Lord’s council. Eventually, in the distant future thousands of years from now, the Law may become obsolete, but only after Death itself has been destroyed.

Posted by: biblestudyseattle | December 1, 2022

Follow Me

“While walking by the Sea of Galilee, he saw two brothers, Simon (who is called Peter) and Andrew his brother, casting a net into the sea, for they were fishermen.  And he said to them, “Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men.” Immediately they left their nets and followed him.  And going on from there he saw two other brothers, James the son of Zebedee and John his brother, in the boat with Zebedee their father, mending their nets, and he called them.  Immediately they left the boat and their father and followed him.” Matthew 4:18-22

When I first read this it sounded almost comical. Why would people just suddenly drop everything and follow some random guy? Of course John the Baptist had been preparing people for the coming Messiah for six months prior to this. But what was Jesus doing before that? It seems likely that Jesus might have met many of the disciples even before John began his ministry. And I’m sure John spent much time with Jesus in the years prior since they were relatives. Christianity is and was a religion of relationships.

Posted by: biblestudyseattle | November 29, 2022

Abortion after Roe

In 2022 the Supreme Court of the U.S. overturned Roe v Wade (1973), which found a Constitutional right to abortion implied through the 14th Amendment. This will make abortion a State issue to be decided by the many states. Many pastors were sad. It turns out that many mainline denominations officially support abortion on demand. Who knew?!? The phrase ‘synagogue of Satan’ comes to mind. Is it any surprise that mainline denominations are declining? How can a person call themselves Christian and support the murder of babies? Perhaps if they observed an abortion, with legs and arms being pulled out they might see it for what it is. God is not mocked. In the old days the Presbyterian Church USA viewed it thus: The earliest appearance of abortion as an issue before the General Assembly occurs in 1869, at the Presbyterian Church in the U.S.A. (Old School) Assembly in New York. Responding to Overture 44, on “unscriptural views of marriage, divorce, and infanticide,” the commissioners wrote, “This Assembly regards the destruction by parents of their own offspring, before birth, with abhorrence, as a crime against God and against nature.” AMEN!! Thankfully, it is estimated that the total U.S. abortion rate has declined roughly 6% since the overturning of Roe. This means that about 50,000+ babies in the U.S. are alive that would have been murdered.

Posted by: biblestudyseattle | November 28, 2022

Dinah

Genesis 34 has the sad story of Dinah. She was raped by the local chief, who then wanted to marry her.

“On the third day, when they were sore, two of the sons of Jacob, Simeon and Levi, Dinah’s brothers, took their swords and came against the city while it felt secure and killed all the males.” Genesis 34:25

Is this foreshadowing the slaughter at Armageddon? This incident foreshadows what will happen under Moses. “And when Moses saw that the people had broken loose (for Aaron had let them break loose, to the derision of their enemies), then Moses stood in the gate of the camp and said, “Who is on the Lord’s side? Come to me.” And all the sons of Levi gathered around him.  And he said to them, “Thus says the Lord God of Israel, ‘Put your sword on your side each of you, and go to and fro from gate to gate throughout the camp, and each of you kill his brother and his companion and his neighbor.’”  And the sons of Levi did according to the word of Moses. And that day about three thousand men of the people fell.  And Moses said, “Today you have been ordained for the service of the Lord, each one at the cost of his son and of his brother, so that he might bestow a blessing upon you this day.” Exodus 32:25-29

A lot happens on or in the third day in scripture. This is within 3,000 years from the Cross.

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