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Abraham

Hey John…Qs… 

In reading chapters 12-24, I’m getting the impression that Abraham was an inconsistent patriarch.  While on one hand, a great man of faith and obedience, he was also weak and faithless in some situations…with Sarah…with Pharaoh, and later Abimelech, he stumbled, doubted, hesitated, lied… out of a lack of trusting in God.  What do we conclude about Abraham, overall?

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We should conclude that Abraham is the father of all the faithful, so that every person on earth who has genuine faith is called a child of Abraham by both Jesus and Paul. 

I will caution you, as I have cautioned the congregation here, to avoid condemning Abraham for the errors you mentioned because God did not. If you or I had been in the incredibly difficult, unique situation Abraham put himself in, out of great love for and faith in God, we would have done much worse.  We must all be cautious about assuming we are able to judge any man who is called “the friend of God” (Jas. 2:23).

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Next… in a commentary by brother J. Swaggart, he says that In chap 24, Abraham represented God the Father: Isaac is Jesus, and Eleazar the holy Ghost.  Re: “Will you go with the man?” (v. 58).

Your comments? 

Thanks, 

Brad 

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Brother Jimmy was right.  That story was prophetic of what the Father did through His Son for our sakes.

Pastor John

 

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Revelation 12:9. “Devil” Definition

John, 

I am going through different versions of Rev 12:9, and a question come to mind.

In Verse nine, I looked top the word “devil”, and found the meaning was “false accuser”.  If Satan was a law and order kind of creature, as you have told us, why would he be referred to as a false accuser?

Hope To See You Soon,

Wendell

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Hi Wendell, 

You can forget that definition.  Some Christian scholar made up that meaning to make sure his Readers would not like the Devil.​

“Diabolos” does not mean that.

Satan was a prosecutor in heaven before he was cast out, and he never falsely accused anybody in God’s court.

Pastor John

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Luke 21:20

Hi, Pastor John.

Is Luke 21:20 talking about the destruction of Jerusalem in 70 AD or is this about the end time when all nations come against Israel.

Thanks, 

Billy ​

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Hi Billy.

Here are the verses (our translation) from that section of Luke 21, where Jesus is answering his disciples’ questions about the end of the world:

  1. “When you see Jerusalem surrounded by armies, then know that her desolation is near.
  2. Then let those in Judea flee for the mountains, and let those in the midst of her cities depart, and let not those in the countryside enter into her.
  3. For these are the days of vengeance, to fulfill all that is written.
  4. And woe to the women who are with child and those who are nursing in those days, for there shall be great distress on the earth, and wrath on this people.
  5. They shall fall by the edge of the sword, and they shall be led captive into all nations.  And Jerusalem will be trampled underfoot by the Gentiles until the time of the Gentiles be fulfilled.
  6. And there shall be signs in the sun and moon and stars, and on the earth, bewildered anguish among the nations because of the raging of the sea, and its surge,
  7. men fainting from fear and from expectation of things coming upon the world, for the powers of heaven shall be shaken.
  8. And then they shall see the Son of man, coming on a cloud, with power and great glory.
  9. But when these things begin to take place, you stand erect and lift up your heads because it is your redemption drawing near.”

This clearly refers to the end of time.

Pastor John

 

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Israel and the Afterlife

Pastor John, 

I have it in my head that old testament Israel had no knowledge of an afterlife with God.  Also, that their understanding of the value of being God’s chosen people was based solely on receiving the blessings and protection that He promised them in this dangerous world, alone.  

Yet, David knew his soul could not be hidden from God, even in Sheol/Hell. Which means they had to have some idea about an afterlife?

Is there some element of that idea of mine – that the Israelites were serving God only for help with earthly things, that is true? 

I feel like I remember the very place I was sitting when you taught me that they obeyed God for His Earthly protection alone.

Thank you.

Jerry ​

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Hi Jerry.

David said, “I shall dwell in the house of the Lord forever.”  So, I don’t see how it could be that the Israelites did not know about living forever.

No, I have never taught that the Israelites were ignorant of an afterlife, but you may have heard me mention that some people teach that.  I was made aware of that doctrine while attending seminary in 1976 or so, and I knew it was wrong even then.  I was told of some scholars who taught that the Israelites had no concept of a difference between the soul and the body, but that is easily disproved (e.g., 1Kgs. 17:21).

Thanks for the question.

Pastor John

 

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Two Events?

Pastor John,

Regarding Chapter 9 of your new Revelation book, Beth and I are wanting to make sure that we understand.

You are now saying that the two comings of the Messiah are two separate events, the first being the sufferings of Christ, and the second, the millennial reign of Chris.  Is that different from saying that they were intended to be just one event, the suffering coming first and then the millennial reign, without a large span of time between the two (that time being from Jesus’ first coming until he returns)?

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I can see a slight difference, in the area of God’s original intent.

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If I am understanding this, then I have a question. If it was intended to be one event, and that event was disrupted or delayed by disobedience, then where would that leave all of us?  If we were predetermined before the foundation of the world, then we had to be born, and we had to receive the Spirit, everyone of us that are in the Lamb’s book of life, before the close of this Creation, correct?

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Yes.

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If this Creation would have possibly ended centuries ago, then, we all would have had to have been rushed through at the last minute, to make it in before the door was shut forever on us Gentiles.  Or, if it was planned as two separate events, we are altogether on schedule right now, which means we were born exactly when we were supposed to be.

Or, it is something else entirely which is not available for humans to understand 🙂

I’m expecting door number three to be close by!

Thank you,

Jerry

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Hi Jerry.

God knew from the beginning what would happen, all the way to the end, and beyond.  That is called His “prescience”, or “foreknowledge”.  That does not mean that He forced everything to be the way it is, only that He foreknew it. Foreknowing it, He spoke of it, and His speaking of it can make it appear sometimes that He planned everything to happen just as it did, which many people think is the case

How far to go in either direction, I cannot say.  I just say this: It appears that God planned from the beginning to give us Gentiles the same amount of time He gave the children of Abraham to be in covenant with Him (two thousand years).  But the fact that He begged rebellious Israel to be faithful to Him so that He could bless them as He wanted to, added to the fact that He grew so angry with Israel that He forsook her and turned to the Gentiles (cp. Acts 28:23–29), makes it appear that it did not have to be this way.  So, there you are.

There is no answer to the predestination/free-will debate.  But to your question, it might be best just say that the two advents of the Messiah are just two parts one event divided into two because of Israel’s disobedience… or maybe it would be best to say that God always planned them as two events because God wanted to have time to bring in His Gentile saints.

Then again, behind door #3, we might find that it was both.… or neither.  Praise ye the Lord!

Thanks for the happy headache.

Pastor John

 

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Below are some verses which state clearly that the Promised Land became a wilderness, or desert.  If anyone finds other CLEAR examples of the Promised Land being called a wilderness, especially in a spiritual sense, let me know.  I am aware that there are some iffy ones. 

The Hebrew translators and I have not reviewed together the verses from Jeremiah , but I think the translation is OK.  If you Hebrew folk want to double check them, please do.  They are relatively easy verses.

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Jeremiah 12:10. Many shepherds have destroyed my vineyard; they have trampled down my heritage; they have turned my precious heritage into a desolate wilderness.

11. They have made it a desolation; it mourns for me, devastated.  The whole land has been made desolate because there is not a man who lays it to heart. 

Jeremiah 22:6. For thus says Jehovah concerning the house of the king of Judah: “You are Gilead to me, the height of Lebanon; yet, I will damn myself if I do not make you a desert of uninhabited cities.”

Ezekiel 20:34. And I will bring you out from the nations and gather you out of the countries where you have been scattered, with a strong hand and outstretched arm and poured-out wrath!

35. And I will bring you to the wilderness of the nations, and there will I enter into judgment with you, face to face. 

Hosea 2:2. Plead!  Plead with your mother (because she is not my wife, and I am not her husband), that she put away her prostitution from before her and her adulteries from between her breasts.

3. Otherwise, I will strip her naked and expose her as in the day of her birth.  And I will make her like the wilderness, and lay her waste like a desert, and I will kill her with thirst.

 

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John 7:46–47

John, 

I have been contemplating the Jews​’​ expectation that the Messiah would come and set up an ​earthly kingdom.

Just a quick question where the scripture said ​”If you had know​n​ what Moses wrote​,​ you would have known me​.”  Is that translated correctly?

JWS

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Hi Wendell. 

This is the verse.  Jesus said it.​

John 7:46-47: “For had ye believed Moses, ye would have believed me: for he wrote of me.  But if ye believe not his writings, how shall ye believe my words?”

Hope that helps.

Pastor John

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