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Friday, February 29, 2008

Bible Questions Answered: Guardian Angels

Bible Question:
Where in the Bible does it say that we have guardian Angels?
Mary W./ Meridian, Mississippi

Bible Answers:
Matthew 18:10
" Take heed that ye despise not one of these little ones; for I say unto you, That in heaven their angels do always behold the face of my Father which is in heaven".

Our Lord taught that children have Angels in heaven, who do always behold the face of the Heavenly Father.

And so it may be deduced that whether young or old, we have at least one Angel with us.

Psalm 34:7 "The angel of the Lord encampeth round about them that fear Him, and delivereth them."

Psalm 91:11 "For He shall give His angels charge over thee, to keep thee in all thy ways."

Job believed in Angels
Job 33:23
“But if an angel from heaven appears a special messenger to intercede for a person and declare that he is upright”

The Apostle Paul said...
Hebrews 1:14
"Are they not all ministering spirits, sent forth to minister for them who shall be heirs of salvation?"

Daniel said that ....
Daniel 6:22
" My God hath sent His angel, and hath shut the lions' mouths, that they have not hurt me:..."

Peter's release from prison
Acts 12:7 KJV
" And, behold, the angel of the Lord came upon him, and a light shined in the prison: and he smote Peter on the side, and raised him up, saying, Arise up quickly. And his chains fell off from his hands. "

At John Marks mothers home, the Christians were praying for Peter's release from prison. After the Angel of the Lord had released Peter, he went to Mark's mothers home, and knocked at the gate. A young lady there name Rhoda, went to answer the knocking at the gate. When she heard Peter voice outside the gate the told the others..and they said, “It is his Angel.”

Acts 12:15 KJV And they said unto her, Thou art mad. But she constantly affirmed that it was even so. Then said they, It is his angel.

From Daniel 10:13 we are lead to believe that each nation has its angel.
Daniel 10:13 NLT

But for twenty-one days the spirit prince of the kingdom of Persia (Present day Iran) blocked my way. Then Michael, one of the archangels, came to help me, and I left him there with the spirit prince of the kingdom of Persia (Iran).”

Our Saviour told us, that every church has its Angel.
Revelation 1:20 NLT

This is the meaning of the mystery of the seven stars you saw in my right hand and the seven gold lampstands: The seven stars are the angels of the seven churches, and the seven lampstands are the seven churches.”

Revelation 2:1,8 NLT
1 Write this letter to the angel of the church in Ephesus. This is the message from the one who holds the seven stars in his right hand, the one who walks among the seven gold lampstands:

8 Write this letter to the angel of the church in Smyrna. This is the message from the one who is the First and the Last, who was dead but is now alive:

Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Bible Questions Answered: Who To Confess To

Bible Question:
Should we confess sins to a man (priest)?
Kelly D./ Abany, New York

Bible Answer:
King David gives us the answer in ....

Psalm 32:5 KJV
I acknowledged my sin unto thee (confess), and mine iniquity have I not hid. I said, I will confess my transgressions unto the LORD; and thou forgavest the iniquity of my sin.”

Ezra, a priest, said who confession should be made to!
Ezra 10:11 KJV “Now therefore make confession unto the LORD God of your fathers, and do His pleasure:...”

The Apostle Peter, if alive today, would do what he did when on earth....
Luke 5:8 KJVWhen Simon Peter saw it (the Multitude of fish caught in the nets), he fell down at Jesus' knees, saying (confessing), Depart from me; for I am a sinful man, O Lord.”

Peter did his confessing the Lord!

I John 1:9 KJV
If we confess our sins (to the Lord Jesus Christ), He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”

Who should we confess our sins to? The Lord Jesus Christ.

Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Bible Lessons: Commandments

The Commandments
Exodus 20:1-17.

1: And God spake all these words, saying,
2: I am the LORD thy God, which have brought thee out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage.
3: Thou shalt have no other gods before me.
4: Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, or any likeness of any thing that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth:
5: Thou shalt not bow down thyself to them, nor serve them: for I the LORD thy God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate me;
6: And shewing mercy unto thousands of them that love me, and keep my commandments.
7: Thou shalt not take the name of the LORD thy God in vain; for the LORD will not hold him guiltless that taketh his name in vain.
8: Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy.
9: Six days shalt thou labour, and do all thy work:
10: But the seventh day is the sabbath of the LORD thy God: in it thou shalt not do any work, thou, nor thy son, nor thy daughter, thy manservant, nor thy maidservant, nor thy cattle, nor thy stranger that is within thy gates:
11: For in six days the LORD made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that in them is, and rested the seventh day: wherefore the LORD blessed the sabbath day, and hallowed it.
12: Honour thy father and thy mother: that thy days may be long upon the land which the LORD thy God giveth thee.
13: Thou shalt not kill.
14: Thou shalt not commit adultery.
15: Thou shalt not steal.
16: Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbour.
17: Thou shalt not covet thy neighbour's house, thou shalt not covet thy neighbour's wife, nor his manservant, nor his maidservant, nor his ox, nor his ass, nor any thing that is thy neighbour's.:

These Codes For Conduct for Israel, and the whole world, bring with them the promise of God's blessing.


Exodus 20:3:
Thou shalt have no other gods before Me.

We know what this means, loved ones, husbands, wives or children, and grandchildrren, money, power, finances,...etc,. are not to be more important than God!

Material worship, would be oh so easy. The love of power and goods, houses or lands whatever it might be, if not checked, can be all consuming.

"No other Gods," it means, nothing that usurpes His place! Nothing that consumes us. Nothing should ever take God's rightful worship!

Do people actually "worship" their possessions, money, their land, their power?
When something consumes our lives, leaving less room for God, has become an idon and a false god.


Exodus 20:4-6
4: Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, or any likeness of
any thing that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth:
Thou shalt not bow down thyself to them, nor serve them: for I the LORD thy God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate me;
6: And shewing mercy unto thousands of them that love me, and keep my commandments.

God's image is too great to be cast in stone!
No earthly man, or object is to be venerated (worship)
No earthly man or object is to stand in the place of God, and be bowed down to (in worship)!

In Revelation 19:10 and Revelation 22:9 John fell at the feet of a mighty angel (Revelation 18:1/Revelation 22:8), after having received a vision of future events, but the angel told John...

Revelation 19:10 "And I fell at his feet to worship him. And he said unto me, See thou do it not: I am thy fellowservant, and of thy brethern that have the testimony of Jesus: Worship God: ..."

Ungodly men unwilling to bow to the God of the universe, and Redeemer of Calvary, gladly in Pomp and Circumstance, will bow to a lifless shrine or another, in open "self-righteousness."

Interesting note:
One church, cuts verses four, five, and six from the Commandment list, and to make up for the loss of one commandment, they divide the tenth Commandment into two parts (verse 17), namely coveting a neighbors mate, and house/ and coveting all his goods.

And why, would they do this?
They would do it, because their churches are "full," of "graven images."
Full of images of persons from heaven and earth, who they bow down to.

That is why.

Oh how easy it is to murder the plain word of God for our own hidden agendas! We can do that, but we will answer to God, one day if we do.



Exodus 20:7
Thou shalt not take the name of the LORD thy God in vain; for the LORD will not hold him guiltless that taketh His name in vain.

Men are not to take the name of the Lord in vain, cursing, oaths etc.

God knew from the beginning, that man under sin would come to the place of anger and wrath.

And in that anger, curse God for his problems.

God knows when things upset us!
God knew from the beginning that things would.

And God's message to mankind is ..."Be Above iT!" Master the things that want to overwhelm you....or they will master you!

Matthew 12:36,37 KJV
[36] But I say unto you, That every idle word that men shall speak, they shall give account thereof in the day of judgment.
[37] For by thy words thou shalt be justified, and by thy words thou shalt be condemned.

Ephesians 4:29 KJV
Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but that which is good to the use of edifying, that it may minister grace unto the hearers.

I just happen to be old enough to remember as a kid growing up....that if in a restaurat, someone took the name of the Lord in vain, some dear Christian saint would get up and go over to the gentleman, and kindly point out the fact that there were women and children present, and that taking God's name in vain was not appropriate in public.

And believe it or not, the offender would often say, that he was sorry...loud enough for those around him to hear.

How far, we have come from those days!

We need more Christian people to stand up! What are we afraid of? When you go to Mc Donalds, a children's fast food restaurant, and hear a bunch of truck drivers cursing using the name of our Saviour, there ought to be some kind of Holy Ire that mounts up to propel us to have a word with gentlemen like that.

If a Christian, could care less how people use the name Jesus, of what reverence, is it to, himself?

Mans enemy hates the name of Jesus, for he is forever defeated by that name.

Acts 4:12 "Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name (No, Saint, no Apostle, no prophet, priest or king, only the name of Jesus Christ) under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved."



Exodus 20:8
8: Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy.
9: Six days shalt thou labour, and do all thy work:
10: But the seventh day is the sabbath of the LORD thy God: in it thou shalt not do any work, thou, nor thy son, nor thy daughter, thy manservant, nor thy maidservant, nor thy cattle, nor thy stranger that is within thy gates:
11: For in six days the LORD made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that in them is, and rested the seventh day: wherefore the LORD blessed the sabbath day, and hallowed it.

Of Interest:
There is a church today, that maintains as part of their salvation, “Sabbath-Keeping (Saturday worship),” which is nothing more than O.T. Jewish Legalism.

But the Christian truth is we are not under the law (of Judaism), nor saved by it.

Romans 6:14 KJV
For sin shall not have dominion over you: for ye are not under the law, but under grace.”

(See also II Corinthians 3:1-18)

The early Christians worshiped on the “First Day of the Week-Sunday,” because it was the day Christ rose from the dead!

Keeping the “Lord's Day,” involves setting apart the first day of the week, which should be started by worship to the Lord, no work, a time of rest.

Man the worker, from Adam's days in the garden, was called to work. And its so easy to always be doing "Our-Thing."

But God wishes for man to rest on the seventh day, because on the seventh day, after making all of creation, He rested.

Genesis 2:2,3 "And on the seventh day God ended His work which He had made; and He rested on the seventh day from all His work which He had made. And God blessed the seventh day, and sanctified it: bedause that in it He had rested from al His work which God created and made."

The Lord's Day, causes us to stop and think about the Great God, who has made all things, and He is greater than all!



Exodus 20:12
Honour thy father and thy mother: that thy days may be long upon the land which the LORD thy God giveth thee.

A person who has no respect for his parents, will certainly have no respect for anyone else.
No respect for his teachers
No respect for his peers
No respect for the law
No respect for government
No respect for God

Ephesians 6:1-3 KJV
[1] Children, obey your parents in the Lord: for this is right.
[2] Honour thy father and mother; (which is the first commandment with promise;)
[3] That it may be well with thee, and thou mayest live long on the earth.

The Apostle Paul thought this important enough to repeat it.

Proverbs 23:22 KJV
Hearken unto thy father that begat thee, and despise not thy mother when she is old.



Exodus 20:13 KJV
Thou shalt not kill.

All “Life” is a “Gift,” of God!
Killing of any kind and a
bortion is murder, the taking of life.

Jeremiah 1:5 KJV
Before I formed thee (God speaking to Jeremiah) in the belly I knew thee; and before thou camest forth out of the womb I sanctified thee, and I ordained thee a prophet unto the nations.”

Isaiah 49:1 KJV
Listen to me, all you in distant lands! Pay attention, you who are far away! The LORD called me (Isaiah) before my birth; from within the womb He called me by name.

Psalm 139:13-16 NLT
13 You made all the delicate, inner parts of my body and knit me together in my mother's womb.
14 Thank you for making me so wonderfully complex! Your workmanship is marvelous—how well I know it.
15 You watched me as I was being formed in utter seclusion, as I was woven together in the dark of the womb.
16 You saw me before I was born. Every day of my life was recorded in your book. Every moment was laid out
before a single day had passed.

Psalm 71:6 KJV
By thee have I been holden up from the womb: thou art He that took me out of my mother's bowels: my praise shall be continually of thee.

Isaiah 44:24 KJVThus saith the LORD, thy Redeemer, and He that formed thee from the womb, I am the LORD that maketh all things; that stretcheth forth the heavens alone; that spreadeth abroad the earth by myself;”

Pro-Choice, is No-Choice for the life, created by God!

Galatians 5:19-21 KJV
[19] Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness,
[20] Idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies,
[21] Envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God.



Exodus 20:14 KJV
Thou shalt not commit adultery.”

Proverbs 6:27,28,32,32 KJV
[27] Can a man take fire in his bosom, and his clothes not be burned?
[28] Can one go upon hot coals, and his feet not be burned?
[32] But whoso committeth adultery with a woman lacketh understanding: he that doeth it destroyeth his own soul.
[33] A
wound and dishonour shall he get; and his reproach shall not be wiped away.

Wound: (Hebrew: Nega'-Neh gah- A blow/ Infliction/ A spot/ Leprous/ Plague/ Sore/ Stricken/ Stripe/ Stroke.

(See Proverbs 7:1-27)

I Corinthians 6:13-20 KJV
...Now the body is not for fornication, but for the Lord; and the Lord for the body.
14] And God hath both raised up the Lord, and will also raise up us by His own power.
15] Know ye not that your bodies are the members of Christ? shall I then take the members of Christ, and make them the members of an harlot? God forbid.
16] What? know ye not that he which is joined to an harlot is one body? for two, saith He, shall be one flesh.
17] But he that is joined unto the Lord is one spirit.
18] Flee fornication. Every sin that a man doeth is without the body; but he that commiteth fornication sinneth against his own body.
19] What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own?
20] For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God's.

Matthew 5:27 KJV (Jesus)
[27] Ye have heard that it was said by them of old time, Thou shalt not commit adultery:
[28] But I say unto you, That whosoever looketh on a woman to lust after her hath committed adultery with her already in his heart.

I Corinthians 6:9,10 KJV
[9] Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind,
[10] Nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God.


Exodus 20:15
Thou shalt not steal.

Ephesians 4:28 KJV
Let him that stole steal no more: but rather let him labour, working with his hands the thing which is good, that he may have to give to him that needeth.

Oh the deaths and broken homes caused by theft. Police departments are kept busy, looking for thieves. Prisons are kept full, and homes empty, all because some would rather steal, than work.


Exodus 20:16
"Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbour.”

Proverbs 12:17 KJVHe that speaketh truth sheweth forth righteousness: but a false witness deceit.”

Proverbs 13:5 KJV A righteous man hateth lying: but a wicked man is loathsome, and cometh to shame.

Proverbs 19:9 KJV A false witness shall not be unpunished, and he that speaketh lies shall perish.”

Ephesians 4:25,29 KJV
25 Wherefore putting away lying, speak every man truth with his neighbour: for we are members one of another. 29 Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth


Exodus 20:17
Thou shalt not covet thy neighbour's house, thou shalt not covet thy neighbour's wife, nor his manservant, nor his maidservant, nor his ox, nor his ass, nor any thing that is thy neighbour's.”

Psalm 10:3 KJVFor the wicked boasteth of his heart's desire, and blesseth the covetous, whom the LORD abhorreth.”

Luke 12:15 KJV “And He (Jesus)said unto them, Take heed, and beware of covetousness: for a man's life consisteth not in the abundance of the things which he possesseth.”

Colossians 3:5,6 NIV
5 Put to death, therefore, whatever belongs to your earthly nature: sexual immorality, impurity, lust, evil desires and greed (covetousness), which is idolatry.
6 Because of these, the wrath of God is coming.”

This Commandment is given to us by the Lord Jesus Christ.

John 13:34 KJV
[34] A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another.
[35] By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another.

John 15:9-14 KJV
[9] As the Father hath loved me, so have I loved you: continue ye in my love.
[10] If ye keep my commandments, ye shall abide in my love; even as I have kept my Father's commandments, and abide in His love.
[11] These things have I spoken unto you, that my joy might remain in you, and that your joy might be full.
[12] This is my commandment, That ye love one another, as I have loved you.
[13] Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.
[14] Ye are my friends, if ye do whatsoever I command you.

Monday, February 25, 2008

Bible Lessons: Heavens Books

Bible Lesson:
Heavens Books

God keeps books. He keeps records of those who accept and live for Him, and what the deeds of all men are.

Heavenly Books Mentioned in the Word of God:

Exodus 32:30-35 NLT (Moses interceded for sinful Israel, who had made a golden calf and worshiped it.)
30 The next day Moses said to the people, "You have committed a terrible sin, but I will go back up to the LORD on the mountain. Perhaps I will be able to obtain forgiveness for your sin."
31 So Moses returned to the LORD and said, "Oh, what a terrible sin these people have committed. They have made gods of gold for themselves.
32 But now, if you will only forgive their sin—but if not, erase my name from the record you have written! (the book of life)"
33 But the LORD replied to Moses, "No, I will erase the name of everyone who has sinned against me.
34 Now go, lead the people to the place I told you about. Look! My angel will lead the way before you. And when I come to call the people to account, I will certainly hold them responsible for their sins."
35 Then the LORD sent a great plague upon the people because they had worshiped the calf Aaron had made.

Job of old stated...

Job 16:19 KJV
“...behold, my witness is in heaven, and my record is on high.

Psalm 56:8 NLT
You keep track of all my sorrows.
You have collected all my tears in your bottle.
You have recorded each one in your book.

Daniel 7:10 KJV (Great Whtie Throne Judgement)
A fiery stream issued and came forth from before him: thousand thousands ministered unto him, and ten thousand times ten thousand stood before him: the judgment was set, and the books were opened.

Matthew 12:36 KJV
But I (the Lord Jesus) say unto you, That every idle word that men shall speak, they shall give account thereof in the day of judgment.

Revelation 20:11-13 KJV (Great White Throne Judgement)
[11] And I saw a great white throne, and Him that sat on it, from whose face the earth and the heaven fled away; and there was found no place for them.
[12] And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened: and another book was opened, which is the book of life: and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works.
[13] And the sea gave up the dead which were in it; and death and hell delivered up the dead which were in them: and they were judged every man according to their works.

Malachi 3:16 KJV
Then they that feared the LORD spake often one to another: and the LORD hearkened, and heard it, and a book of remembrance was written before Him for them that feared the LORD, and that thought upon His name.

Luke 10:20 KJV
...rejoice, because your names are written in heaven.

Revelation 22:12 KJV
...behold, I come quickly; and my reward is with Me, to give every man according as his work shall be.”

Sunday, February 24, 2008

Bible Questions Answered: Bible Error-I Jn 1:8 vs. I Jn 3:9

Bible Question:
Here is a glaring inaccuracy of the bible...
I John 3:9/ in view of I John 1:8
Ralph W. / Syracuse, New York

I John 3:9 KJV
Whosoever is born of God doth not commit sin; for His seed remaineth in him: and he cannot sin, because he is born of God.”

I John 1:8 KJV
If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.”

Bible Answer:
Is there sin in a Christian's life, or does he ever come to a place of sinlessness (total sanctification)?

Romans 7:14-25 NLT
14 So the trouble is not with the law, for it is spiritual and good. The trouble is with me, for I am all too human, a slave to sin.
15 I don't really understand myself, for I want to do what is right, but I don't do it. Instead, I do what I hate.
16 But if I know that what I am doing is wrong, this shows that I agree that the law is good.
17 So I am not the one doing wrong; it is sin living in me that does it.
18 And I know that nothing good lives in me, that is, in my sinful nature. I want to do what is right, but I can't.
19 I want to do what is good, but I don't. I don't want to do what is wrong, but I do it anyway.
20 But if I do what I don't want to do, I am not really the one doing wrong; it is sin living in me that does it.
21 I have discovered this principle of life—that when I want to do what is right, I inevitably do what is wrong.
22 I love God's law with all my heart.
23 But there is another power* within me that is at war with my mind. This power makes me a slave to the sin that is still within me.
24 Oh, what a miserable person I am! Who will free me from this life that is dominated by sin and death?
25 Thank God! The answer is in Jesus Christ our Lord. So you see how it is: In my mind I really want to obey God's law, but because of my sinful nature I am a slave to sin.

Sinless perfection in this world? Don't ask the Apostle Paul, because he emphatically said no!
Well if that is the case and it is, by scripture after scripture...what then does I John 3:9 mean?

I John 3:9 KJV

Whosoever is born of God doth not commit sin; for His seed remaineth in him: and he cannot sin, because he is born of God.”

Let us take a moment and look at that word “commit.”

When a man or woman is committed to becoming a full time athlete, they know instinctively, their life must become a life of training, training, training.
And they are committed to that physical goal.
To become an award winning athlete, requires, commitment!

Some today are, “committed to a sinful way of life.” They “Practice the ways of sin,” on a daily basis.

This is what is ment in I John 3:9.

I John 3:9 KJV
Whosoever is born of God doth not commit (have the Habit-Practice of) sin; for His seed remaineth in him: and he cannot (Practice-make a habit of continual) sin, because he is born of God.”

When a Christian falls into sin, and repents of his sin, he is forgiven, by the Grace of God. Repentance, means “an about face, a complete 180 degree turnaround from the path)” from the path of sin.

I John KJV 6-10
[6] If we say that we have fellowship with him, and walk in darkness, we lie, and do not the truth:
[7] But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin. (Atonement)
[8] If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.
[9] If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
[10] If we say that we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us.

How old this homily, yet the more and more true it becomes....
It has been said, you can't stop the birds from flying over your
But you can stop them from making a “Nest,” in your hair!

Romans 8:1-15 NLT
1 So now there is no condemnation for those who belong to Christ Jesus.
2 And because you belong to Him, the power of the life-giving Spirit has freed you from the power of sin that leads to death.
3 The law of Moses was unable to save us because of the weakness of our sinful nature. So God did what the law could not do. He sent His own Son in a body like the bodies we sinners have. And in that body God declared an end to sin's control over us by giving His Son as a sacrifice for our sins.
4 He did this so that the just requirement of the law would be fully satisfied for us, who no longer follow our sinful nature but instead follow the Spirit.
5 Those who are dominated by the sinful nature think about sinful things, but those who are controlled by the Holy Spirit think about things that please the Spirit.
6 So letting your sinful nature control your mind leads to death. But letting the Spirit control your mind leads to life and peace.
7 For the sinful nature is always hostile to God. It never did obey God's laws, and it never will.
8 That's why those who are still under the control of their sinful nature can never please God.
9 But you are not controlled by your sinful nature. You are controlled by the Spirit if you have the Spirit of God living in you. (And remember that those who do not have the Spirit of Christ living in them do not belong to him at all.)
10 And Christ lives within you, so even though your body will die because of sin, the Spirit gives you life because you have been made right with God.
11 The Spirit of God, who raised Jesus from the dead, lives in you. And just as God raised Christ Jesus from the dead, he will give life to your mortal bodies by this same Spirit living within you.
12 Therefore, dear brothers and sisters, you have no obligation to do what your sinful nature urges you to do.
13 For if you live by its dictates, you will die. But if through the power of the Spirit you put to death the deeds of your sinful nature, you will live.
14 For all who are led by the Spirit of God are children* of God.
15 So you have not received a spirit that makes you fearful slaves. Instead, you received God's Spirit when he adopted you as his own children.* Now we call him, "Abba, Father.


Saturday, February 23, 2008

Bible Questions Answered: Times of the Gentiles

Bible Question:
Can you tell me when the gentile reign will end?
Mark D./ Regina, Manitoba

Bible Answer:
The Times of the Gentiles, will end when our Lord will return to earth (His Second Coming) as....

    1) The King of Kings and Lord of Lords from heaven, He will come to

    2) End the Armageddon War, and to

    3) Throw the Anti-Christ and his False Prophet into the Lake of Fire, and

    4) Bind Satan, and cast him into the botomless pit, for 1,000 years.

    5) Begin His reign of peace and righteousness, known as the Millennium.

Revelation 19:11-20:3 NIV
11 I saw heaven standing open and there before me was a white horse, (this is not the ridder on a white horse of Revelation 6:3-he is in different
company) whose rider is called Faithful and True. With justice He judges and makes war.
12 His eyes are like blazing fire, and on His head are many crowns. He has a name written on Him that no one knows but He Himself.
13 He is dressed in a robe dipped in blood, and His name is the Word of God.
14 The armies of heaven were following Him, riding on white horses and dressed in fine linen, white and clean.
15 Out of His mouth comes a sharp sword with which to strike down the nations. "He will rule them with an iron scepter." He treads the winepress of
the fury of the wrath of God Almighty.
16 On His robe and on His thigh He has this name written:
17 And I saw an angel standing in the sun, who cried in a loud voice to all the birds flying in midair, "Come, gather together for the great supper of
18 so that you may eat the flesh of kings, generals, and mighty men, of horses and their riders, and the flesh of all people, free and slave, small and
19 Then I saw the beast and the kings of the earth and their armies gathered together to make war against the rider on the horse and His army.
20 But the beast was captured, and with him the false prophet who had performed the miraculous signs on his behalf. With these signs he had deluded
those who had received the mark of the beast and worshiped his image. The two of them were thrown alive into the fiery lake of burning
21 The rest of them were killed with the sword that came out of the mouth of the rider on the horse, and all the birds gorged themselves on their flesh.
The Thousand Years

Revelation 20:1-3
1 And I saw an angel coming down out of heaven, having the key to the Abyss and holding in his hand a great chain.
2 He seized the dragon, that ancient serpent, who is the devil, or Satan, and bound him for a thousand years.
3 He threw him into the Abyss, and locked and sealed it over him, to keep him from deceiving the nations anymore until the thousand years were
ended. After that, he must be set free for a short time.

Friday, February 22, 2008

Bible Questions Answered: Old Testament Saints

Bible Question:
If new testament believers are called the bride of Christ, what are the old testament believers called?
Hellen P./ Northome, Mn

Bible Answers:
New Testament saints are called “The Bride of Christ.”
Ephesians 5:25-33 KJV
[25] Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave Himself for it;
[26] That He might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word,
[27] That He might present it to Himself a glorious church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish.
[28] So ought men to love their wives as their own bodies. He that loveth his wife loveth himself.
[29] For no man ever yet hated his own flesh; but nourisheth and cherisheth it, even as the Lord the church:
[30] For we are members of His body, of His flesh, and of His bones.
[31] For this cause shall a man leave his father and mother, and shall be joined unto his wife, and they two shall be one flesh.
[32] This is a great mystery: but I speak concerning Christ and the church.
[33] Nevertheless let every one of you in particular so love his wife even as himself; and the wife see that she reverence her husband.

II Corinthians 11:2 KJV
For I am jealous over you with godly jealousy: for I have espoused you to one husband, that I may present you as a chaste virgin to Christ.

Now concerning Old Testament believers:

John the Baptist, a member of Old Testament saints (pre-Calvary), called himself...

John 3:29 KJV
He that hath the Bride is the Bridegroom: but the Friend of the Bridegroom, which standeth and heareth Him, rejoiceth greatly because of the Bridegroom's voice: this my joy therefore is fulfilled.

Old Testament Saints: A Friend of the Bridegroom.

Psalms 45:11-15 KJV
[11] So shall the king (King of King and Lord of Lord's – Jesus Christ) greatly desire thy beauty (The Bride of Christ-The Blood, Bought Church of Jesus Christ): for He is thy Lord; and worship thou Him.
[12] And the daughter of Tyre shall be there with a gift; even the rich among the people shall intreat thy favour.
[13] The king's daughter is all glorious within: her clothing is of wrought gold.
[14] She shall be brought unto the King in raiment of needlework: the virgins her companions that follow her shall be brought unto thee.
[15] With gladness and rejoicing shall they be brought: they shall enter into the King's palace.

A spiritual interpretation of this Psalm, would make Old Testament Saints....Virgin Companions of the Bride.

Either one would be a true description of Old Testament believers.

Thursday, February 21, 2008

Bible Questions Answered: Length of Tribulation

Bible Question:
How long a time will be between the Rapture and the Second Coming?
Derby C. / Perth, Australia

Bible Answer:
Seven Years. And when it occurs, it will begin the 70th wek of Daniel's 70 weeks (Daniel 9:24-27).

This is known as the Tribulation, with the last three and one half years (of the seven), being the “Great Tribulation.”

Daniel 9:24-27 NIV
24 "Seventy 'sevens' are decreed for your people and your holy city to finish transgression, to put an end to sin, to atone for wickedness, to bring in everlasting righteousness, to seal up vision and prophecy and to anoint the most holy.
25 "Know and understand this: From the issuing of the decree to restore and rebuild Jerusalem until the Anointed One, the ruler, comes, there will be seven 'sevens,' and sixty-two 'sevens.' It will be rebuilt with streets and a trench, but in times of trouble.
26 After the sixty-two 'sevens,' the Anointed One (the Messiah-the Lord Jesus Christ) will be cut off (Calvary)and will have nothing.

(We are presently in this holding period-the Church age, from Calvary to the Rapture). When the Rapture occurs, the next event will be Daniel's 70th week (of years), the Tribulation.)

The people of the ruler (the Anti-Christ) who will come will destroy the city and the sanctuary. The end will come like a flood: War will continue until the end, and desolations have been decreed.

27 He will confirm a covenant with many for one 'seven (one week of years).'In the middle of the 'seven'he will put an end to sacrifice and offering. And on a wing of the temple he will set up an abomination that causes desolation, until the end that is decreed is poured out on him

Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Bible Lessons: The Occult

Bible Lesson: Occult:
Last Day Signs, increase of the occult:

Voodoo-Magic-Clairvoyance-Charming-Ouija Boards (Now called “Angel-Boards)-Satanism-Psychics-Esp-Crystal Ball-Trances-Occult-Cabala-Horoscope-Astrology-Tarrot Cards-Necromancer-Divination-Mediums-Wizard-Enchanter-Telepathy-Seance-Sorcery-Dowsing-Dungeons & Dragons-Hypnotism-Reincarnation-Pendulum-Fortune Teller-Potions-Self Hypnosis-Creative Thinking-Hypnotic Learning (Sleep Learning.)-Great Masters of the East-Metaphysics-Psychic's-Clairvoyance-Psychic Drugs-
Metaphysical Healing-Levitation-Automatic Writing-Sooth Sayer-Yoga-Channeling-Clairvoyant-Spiritualism-Crystals-Amulets-Charms-Tea Leaves-Fortune Telling-Table Tappings-Halloween-Witches-Palm Reading- Casting Spells-Paganism-Astral Projection-Demonic Possession-UFO Cults-Occult Rock Music-Vampierism-Occult Movies- -etc...etc...etc.....

The Occult is alive and well in our world today!
American Heritage Dictionary definition of occult.

Dealing with Supernatural influences, agencies, or phenomena, and attempting to bring them under human control.

If you heard a knocking at your front door at one o'clock in the morning, and some unknown voice asked admission to your home, would you open the door?
Of course not! Yet millions of people do exactly that every day, and they do it by practicing things relating to the occult.

If someone outside your door at one o'clock in the morning claimed to be the leader of our country, would you open the door and let him in?
Of course not, because you can't see through the door, and you know very well the chance that it is the leader of your country, is one chance in one hundred million.
Why then do individuals become so gullible in regards to Unseen Spiritual things?
Channeling....Ouija Boards etc...etc...

They answer: “Why do we know it's true, because the spirit told us so!”
Really, well what spirit was it? Do you know? ......
Of course not! Did you see him or her and did you have enough time to check their credentials?

Some have the mistaken idea, that if the smallest amount of information is given, or if some kind of unseen power is realized, its got to be real, and.......good.
But that is faulty reasoning! Without a doubt there is a Spiritual Realm and in it there are good and evil forces!
One is of God and His Kingdom of good and the other is Satan, the enemy of our souls and evil.

Are there deceiving spirits out to trick us?

Matthew 24:23-26 KJV
23 Then if any man shall say unto you, Lo, here is Christ, or there; believe it not.
24 For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall shew great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect.
25 Behold, I have told you before.
26 Wherefore if they shall say unto you, Behold, he is in the desert; go not forth: behold, he is in the secret chambers; believe it not.

Judges 2:11-13 KJV (Serving False gods.)
11 And the children of Israel did evil in the sight of the LORD, and served Baalim:
12 And they forsook the LORD God of their fathers, which brought them out of the land of Egypt, and followed other gods, of the gods of the people that were round about them, and bowed themselves unto them, and provoked the LORD to anger.
13 And they forsook the LORD, and served Baal and Ashtaroth.

Judges 10:6 KJV (False gods.)
And the children of Israel did evil again in the sight of the LORD, and served Baalim, and Ashtaroth, and the gods of Syria, and the gods of Zidon, and the gods of Moab, and the gods of the children of Ammon, and the gods of the Philistines, and forsook the LORD, and served not Him.

I Samuel 7:3-4 KJV (Putting away false, deceiving gods.)
3 And Samuel spake unto all the house of Israel, saying, If ye do return unto the LORD with all your hearts, then put away the strange gods and Ashtaroth from among you, and prepare your hearts unto the LORD, and serve Him only: and He will deliver you out of the hand of the Philistines.
4 Then the children of Israel did put away Baalim and Ashtaroth, and served the LORD only.

I Timothy 4:1 KJV
“Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils;”

The Word of God, strongly condemns any involvement in the occult!

Deuteronomy 18:9-12 KJV
9 When thou art come into the land which the LORD thy God giveth thee, thou shalt not learn to do after the abominations of those nations.
10 There shall not be found among you any one that maketh his son or his daughter to pass through the fire, or that useth divination, or an observer of times, or an enchanter, or a witch,
11 Or a charmer, or a consulter with familiar spirits, or a wizard, or a necromancer.
12 For all that do these things are an abomination unto the LORD: and because of these abominations the LORD thy God doth drive them out from before thee.

Dabbling into the things of the occult opens a door to the evil Spiritual Realm, a door that is not easily shut!
Our Bible warns time and time again against such practices.

Galatians 5:19-21 NIV
19 The acts of the sinful nature are obvious: sexual immorality, impurity and debauchery;
20 idolatry and witchcraft; hatred, discord, jealousy, fits of rage, selfish ambition, dissensions, factions
21 and envy; drunkenness, orgies, and the like. I warn you, as I did before, that
those who live like this will not inherit the kingdom of God.

Occult practices “...are an abomination unto the Lord.
Those who perform such things....

Revelation 21:8 KJV
”...shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone.”

We have a spiritual enemy...Satan!

I Peter 5:8 KJV
“Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour:”

Satan is an arch deceiver:

II Corinthians 11:13-15 KJV
13 For such are false apostles, deceitful workers, transforming themselves into the apostles of Christ.
14 And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light.
15 Therefore it is no great thing if his ministers also be transformed as the ministers of righteousness; whose end shall be according to their works.

This enemy, when given an “Open Door,” brings with him, torment, oppression, dread, depression, delusions, perversions, anxieties, nervousness, neurotic behavior, compulsions, lying, stealing, gambling, obsessions, fear, thoughts of suicide and murder, apparitions, hearing voices, poltergeist phenomena etc..etc..etc....
What must one do, if one has been involved with the occult?

One must renounce Satan and everything that belongs to him. Rid your home of anything to do with the occult!
James 4:7 KJV
Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.”

Repent of your sins and receive the Lord Jesus Christ into your heart.
John 1:12 KJV
“But as many as received Him, to them gave He power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on His name:”

Read the Word of God daily!
Psalm 111:19 KJV
“Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee.”

Attend a Bible believing, Spirit filled church, one that believes in the Great Commission of our Lord.
Mark 16:17,18 KJV
[17] “And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues;
[18] (deadly things)... shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover.”

Warn others not to become entangled with the occult!

Ephesians 6:10-18 KJV
10 Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of His might.
11 Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.
12 For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.
13 Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.
14 Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness;
15 And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace;
16 Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked.
17 And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God:
18 Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints;

Bible Questions Answered: Hell vs Lake of Fire

Bible Questions:
Do sinners who die in their sin; the lost, go into hell? I have heard a teaching that the lake of fire is hell, according to Mark 9:42-48, the lake of fire is eternal.

Donny K./ Perkins, Oklahoma

Mark 9:42-48 KJV
[42] And whosoever shall offend one of these little ones that believe in Me, it is better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and he were cast into the sea.
[43] And if thy hand offend thee, cut it off: it is better for thee to enter into life maimed, than having two hands to go into hell, into the fire that never shall be quenched:
[44] Where their worm dieth not, and the fire is not quenched.
[45] And if thy foot offend thee, cut it off: it is better for thee to enter halt into life, than having two feet to be cast into hell, into the fire that never shall be quenched:
[46] Where their worm dieth not, and the fire is not quenched.
[47] And if thine eye offend thee, pluck it out: it is better for thee to enter into the kingdom of God with one eye, than having two eyes to be cast into hell fire:
[48] Where their worm dieth not, and the fire is not quenched.

Bible Answer:
The simple reasoning of these people is....according to this verse it appears that, hell is but another name for the “Lake of Fire.”

Hells fire is a fire that is never quenched, so the lake of fire must then be hell.

Well where do the lost who die go to today?

These people do not say, ...(Jesus stated in Luke 16:23 that the Rich Man, has descended into (Hell: hades-the place of departed souls-grave-hell.)

The fact is that one day not only the lost, but Hell itself will one day be cast into the Lake of Fire, so the fires of Hell, today, are in a very real sense-Eternal!

(If the lake of fire is hell, how then can hell be cast into hell?)

Revelation 20:14,15 KJV
[14] And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death.
[15] And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire.

The lost today, who die in their sins, are sent to Hell, a place prepared for the devil and his angels. (Matthew 25:41)

II Peter 2:4 KJV
"...God spared not the angels that sinned, but cast them down to hell, and delivered them into chains of darkness, to be reserved unto judgment (The Lake of Fire, the Second Death);”

Proverbs 15:24 KJV... depart from hell beneath.” (Mattah: Down, underneath, downward, below.)

Isaiah 14:9 KJV Hell from beneath is moved for thee to meet thee at thy coming:.." (Tachath: the bottom, underneath.)

Hell and the Lake of Fire are two distinct and different places, and there is no escape from either one!

Hebrews 9:27 KJV And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment:”

Sunday, February 17, 2008

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