Click On, DOJ official confirms FBI 2019 criminal investigation into Hunter Biden, still active

Click onto the following link for the story:

DOJ official confirms FBI 2019 criminal investigation into Hunter Biden, still active

https://abc3340.com/news/nation-world/tony-bobulinksi-i-have-now-put-myself-in-huge-risk-for-the-sake-of-the-american-people

WASHINGTON (SBG) – A justice department official has confirmed to Sinclair Broadcast Group that the FBI opened up a criminal investigation into Hunter Biden and his associates back in 2019, focused on allegations of money-laundering and that the probe remains active.

Sinclair investigative reporter James Rosen has also spoken with a central witness in these allegations, which suggests that former vice president Joe Biden knew more than he has acknowledged about his son’s overseas dealings.

Click On, Virus Comments Timeline

Anne Makovec reports on Rep. Nancy Pelosi paying visit to San Francisco’s Chinatown to allay fears over coronavirus (2-24-2020)  

Much has been said about, “who should have done “what,” when?” The following comments should provide the answer that MSM and Democrats have avoided reporting.

Donald Trump’s Actions.

Trump Administration Restricts Entry Into U.S. From China Moving to counter the spreading coronavirus outbreak, the Trump administration said Friday that it would bar entry by most foreign nationals who had recently visited China and put some American travelers under a quarantine as it declared a rare public health emergency.  

https://www.cerescourier.com/opinion/editorial/biden-flips-china-travel-ban/

Joe Biden’s Criticisms of the President.

Biden flips on China travel ban  

On Jan. 31, President Trump issued the travel restrictions from China. One day after the travel restrictions were put into place, Biden said in Iowa, “We have, right now, a crisis with the coronavirus… This is no time for Donald Trump’s record of hysteria and xenophobia – hysterical xenophobia – and fearmongering to lead the way instead of science.”  

On Jan. 27, Biden wrote an op-ed published in USA Today, perhaps anticipating the upcoming travel ban and blasted President Trump’s calls in 2014 for travel restrictions during the Ebola outbreak as “reactionary.”  

On March 12, the very same day President Trump implemented further travel restrictions on Europe, leaving little doubt about his thoughts on the travel ban, Biden said, “Banning all travel from Europe or any other part of the world may slow it but as we’ve seen will not stop it. And travel restrictions based on favoritism and politics, rather than risk, will be counterproductive.” 
You know who wouldn’t stop the virus? Joe Biden, that’s who. We know Biden wouldn’t have done the travel ban in late January, because he told us every chance he got. He called it “reactionary,” “hysterical,” “xenophobic,” and “counterproductive.” All he has done up to this point is mock and deride President Trump’s efforts.

Finally, on April 5, Biden completed his about-face on the issue on ABC News with George Stephanopoulos, who must have simply forgotten to roll the video tape of Biden blasting the travel ban. 

Gregg Bishop’s Pandering.

New York City, Gregg Bishop (Democrat), Department Of Small Businesses Services being interviewed.

Feb 8, 2020. City Officials Urge New Yorkers To Visit Chinatown Amid Coronavirus Outbreak. CBS New York. Amid the coronavirus outbreak, New York City officials are reminding the public that it’s safe to head to Chinatown.

Remember the quote from the CBS report: “Health officials say that The flu has been much deadlier than the Corona Virus so far this winter.”

https://abc7news.com/sf-chinatown-pelosi-san-francisco-coronavirus-fears/5964696/

Nancy Pelosi’s Pandering.

Pelosi Comments Of Safe To Go To Chinatown February 24, 2020

SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) — House Speaker Nancy Pelosi made a point of taking a walk through San Francisco’s Chinatown on Monday to show that it is safe, after some merchants have seen a 50% drop in business as some fear they could be exposed to the coronavirus.

As her visit began, a large portion of Chinatown had lost power. That didn’t deter the Speaker from walking along Ross Alley and Grant Avenue.

“I’m here,” she said. “We feel safe and sound with so many of us coming here. It’s not only to say it’s safe but to say thank you for being Chinatown.”  

Considering.

The statement from the New York City CBS report is deafening: “Health officials say that The flu has been much deadlier than the Coronavirus so far this winter.”

Former VP Biden has been very critical of the President, saying that he is more interested in the welfare of “his Wall Street fatcats,” than he is of other people. But, as a result of ending China travel to our country, stocks plunged, which does not match the criticisms that were made by the former VP.

Concerning protecting our country from the virus that started in China, the President acted as a statesman. The other three Democrats in this article acted as politicians. MSM has not reported on the proper actions that the President took, or on the political pandering that Biden, Bishop and Pelosi did. Such pandering was done without proper regard for the health of the people who were being told that there was nothing to fear by going into highly suspect Coronavirus areas. Because of the preferential reporting of MSM (ABC, CBS, NBC, CNN, MSNBC, NPR, PBS, NYT, WAPO, et al), I have removed them from my life, to include sports and any kind of traditional programming. I will not reward their bad behavior with any kind of viewing, listening, or reading support.

I say again, “Health officials say that The flu has been much deadlier than the Coronavirus so far this winter.”

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Click On To See “Lost And Missing Ballots”

Much has recently been said about the subject of “mail in ballots.” The purpose of this article is not to discuss fraud in the “mail in” process, but to make known the reality of ballots being lost, or discarded, while being transported by the USPS from the address of the voter to the ballot collection point, which may be a county courthouse. Opinions on “mail in voting” vary, from Democrats and Republicans, as to the safety of mail-in voting; I will let you determine within your own mind as to which party is truer to the facts.

Much has also been said about the importance of each citizen’s vote. I have shown in this article information that relates to ballots not being delivered to their ballot collection points. I have also included data on elections that have been determined by one, or a few votes. Also, “voter intimidation” is addressed in this article.

Let’s consider the “one vote” aspect of elections. The follow article from Fayette County, PA says a lot.

https://www.fayettecountypa.org/233/One-Vote-Counts

ONE VOTE COUNTS
The Importance of Your Vote: Does it Make a Difference?
“You Better Believe It”
One vote made Oliver Cromwell Lord Protector of the Commonwealth and gave him control of England.
One vote caused Charles I to be executed.
One vote kept Aaron Burr (later charged with treason) from becoming President.
One vote made Texas part of the United States.
One vote changed France from a monarchy to a republic.
One vote elected Rutherford B. Hayes to the Presidency, and the man in the Electoral
College who cast the vote was an Indiana representative also elected by one vote.
One vote made Adolf Hitler head of the Nazi Party.
One vote maintained the Selective Service System only 12 weeks before Pearl Harbor.
One vote per precinct would have elected Richard Nixon rather than John Kennedy to the presidency in 1960.
And in our own Fayette County, one vote has elected:
Assessors
Auditors
Constables
Council Members
Inspector of Elections
Judge of Elections
Mayors
Party Committee Members
School Board Directors
Supervisors
Tax Collectors

Consider the following link that discusses the importance of “one vote.”
https://www.mentalfloss.com/article/59873/10-elections-decided-one-vote-or-less

1. THE 2017 VIRGINIA HOUSE OF DELEGATES ELECTION
2. THE 1910 ELECTION FOR NEW YORK’S 36TH CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT
4. THE 1839 MASSACHUSETTS GUBERNATORIAL ELECTION
6. WYOMING’S 1994 CONGRESSIONAL ELECTION
11. NEVADA’S 2002 AND 2011 COUNCIL ELECTIONS

Let’s now consider ballots that USPS never delivered to designated collection points.

Potentially thousands of requested mail ballots lost in Butler County, official says
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/politics-nation/2020/10/29/thousands-requested-mail-ballots-lost-butler-county-pennsylvania-election-2020/stories/202010290124

Butler County Elections Director Says Postal Service Lost Unknown Number Of Mail-In Ballots

Butler County Elections Director Says Postal Service Lost Unknown Number Of Mail-In Ballots

USPS confirms missing ballots but ‘doesn’t have any additional information’
https://www.clickorlando.com/news/local/2020/10/06/usps-confirms-missing-ballots-but-doesnt-have-any-additional-information/

SECRETARY RAFFENSPERGER OPENS INVESTIGATION INTO POTENTIAL MISSING ABSENTEE BALLOT APPLICATIONS
https://sos.ga.gov/index.php/elections/secretary_raffensperger_opens_investigation_into_potential_missing_absentee_ballot_applications

Let’s also consider voter suppression and intimidation.

Watch the following video. Consider what would happen if someone were to wear a red MAGA hat outside of a voting precinct.

Watch the following video, which shows Black Panther supporters of the defeated Democrat candidate Stacey Abrams, who still claims that voter suppression caused her the election for Governor of Georgia in 2018. Consider the verbal attacks that would be mounted by MSM and Democrats if Trump supporters were to be acting in the same way as the Black Panthers who were dressed in Par-military attire. Stacey Abrams has not refuted the actions of the Black Panthers in the video, and has not been criticized by MSM (ABC, CBS, NBC, CNN, MSNBC, PBS, NPR, NYT, WAPO, et al), or fellow Democrats, for not doing so.

Based on good common sense, and the news reports that I have read, and heard, I will never trust my vote to anyone else, and will consider the motives of Democrats who are pushing “main in ballots.” As I have said before, I grew up in a Democrat family.

Click On: Freedom Warning

The Bill of Rights – Text
Amendment I
Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.

https://billofrightsinstitute.org/founding-documents/bill-of-rights/

It has been my observation that much of the First Amendment to the Constitution of the United States of America is under attack. I have seen the phrase, “freedom of religion,” being changed to “freedom of worship.” Former President Obama and Secretary of State Clinton, have used that incorrect wording change many times. Freedom of worship means that we can go into a building and learn. Freedom of religion means that we can take that which we learn in such a building, and share that information outside of the building. Freedom of Speech is allowed, and not allowed, based on the media platform of print and broadcast news organizations. Freedom of the Press was put into the Bill of Rights so that the government can be watched by a disinterested third party, for the purpose of informing the citizens of America about that which goes on within our political establishment, truthfully and objectively, and not withholding information that is objectionable “to the press.” “Peaceable assembly to petition the government for a redress of grievances,” does not allow rioting, looting, personal damage and attacks on persons and properties that have nothing to do with a redress of grievances against our government. Destroying public property, monuments, etc., is not peaceful, and can not be allowed to happen because of the opinion of one group of citizens. Much of the Press has reported that such rioting and destruction is permitted, and has been called “peaceful,” even when a burning building can clearly be seen behind the media reporter who is reporting that “peaceful protest” is taking place. The Press has found nothing wrong with thousands of rioters, shoulder to shoulder, in “so called peaceful protests,” while verbally attacking churches and synagogues for their meetings, and small businesses safely opening. The Press has sided with Palestinians over Israelis, even though there was never a land of Palestine, with appropriate corresponding government records or currency. The Press has sided with same sex marriage, and with the punishments that have come when lawsuits have been filed against “so called” perpetrators of the same-sex marriage law. When a baker in Colorado was sued because he would not sell a cake to a homosexual couple, the truth was withheld by the Press that the baker was being asked to design a homosexual wedding cake. The truth is that the baker would have sold “the couple” a cake but he did not want to get involved with creating a cake having the images of two homosexuals entering into an ungodly marriage. However, the Press did not make known a televised interview where a Muslim business owner had the same view of homosexuality as did the Colorado baker.

MSM has a lackluster and selective reporting on the riots that have resulted in “cities burning, personal properties destroyed, citizens and law enforcement attacked,” calling such things, “peaceful protest.” MSM has not asked Presidential candidate Biden anything about the Bobulinski account of the Biden dealings with China. I will not watch, or listen to, any programming that comes from ABC, CBS, NBC, CNN, MSNBC, NPR. I will not reward such media bad behavior with my viewer or listener rating.

It is unfortunate that the acts of favoritism by the Press match those of the Democrat party, new world order and globalist types, as well the industries of academia, education and entertainment, to include what the Press calls, “the religious left.” By the way, I grew up in a democrat family.

I have found a serious threat to our nation’s constitutional freedoms, that relates to news stories that are not being reported by the Press. I wrote an article on that threat on one of my other blogs. The link to that post is provided, as follows:

https://considering573076699.wordpress.com/2020/10/28/click-on-and-listen-b4uvote/

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View The Video. Read The Text. Acts 3. The Promised Messiah, 33 A.D.

I. Introduction. Concurrently, I am writing a series of articles on Israel, and how God’s chosen people fit into the timelines of the books of Acts and Revelation. In this Acts 3 article, we will see the Apostle Peter sharing the message of Christ to Jews, in a very direct manner, with the purpose of drawing them to saving faith in Christ, as a nation, and as individual Jews. In this article, as we follow the preaching of Peter, we will also delve into the Kingdom Age of the Millennial reign of Christ. We will follow the contextual timeline of Israel from 1004 B.C., when Solomon’s Temple in Jerusalem was completed, to the preaching of the Apostles to the Jews in Jerusalem in 33 A.D. We will continue to the yet future fulfillment of 2 Chr 2:14, at the end of the Tribulation, and on to the Godly reconstruction of the Millennial Temple in the Kingdom Age of the Millennium that will take place in Jerusalem.

A. Series Title: Israel In The Book Of Acts.

B. Video Title: What Does Acts Chapter 3 Mean?

C. Article Title: Acts 3, The Promised Messiah, 33 A.D.

D. Article Focus: “Repent,” metanoeó: to change one’s mind or purpose (about Christ).

E. Key Verse: Deu 14:2, “For you are a holy people to the Lord your God, and the Lord has chosen you to be a people for His own possession out of all the peoples who are on the face of the earth.”

II. Text. Acts 3:1-26 (33 A.D.).

A. Healing the Lame Beggar (Vs 1-10).

1 Now Peter and John were going up to the temple at the ninth hour, the hour of prayer. 2 And a man who had been lame from his mother’s womb was being carried along, whom they used to set down every day at the gate of the temple which is called Beautiful, in order to beg alms of those who were entering the temple. 3 When he saw Peter and John about to go into the temple, he began asking to receive alms. 4 But Peter, along with John, fixed his gaze on him and said, “Look at us!” 5 And he began to give them his attention, expecting to receive something from them. 6 But Peter said, “I do not possess silver and gold, but what I do have I give to you: In the name of Jesus Christ the Nazarene—walk!” 7 And seizing him by the right hand, he raised him up; and immediately his feet and his ankles were strengthened. 8 With a leap he stood upright and began to walk; and he entered the temple with them, walking and leaping and praising God. 9 And all the people saw him walking and praising God; 10 and they were taking note of him as being the one who used to sit at the Beautiful Gate of the temple to beg alms, and they were filled with wonder and amazement at what had happened to him.

B. Peter’s Second Sermon (Vs 11-26).

11 While he was clinging to Peter and John, all the people ran together to them at the so-called portico of Solomon, full of amazement. 12 But when Peter saw this, he replied to the people, “Men of Israel, why are you amazed at this, or why do you gaze at us, as if by our own power or piety we had made him walk? 13 The God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, the God of our fathers, has glorified His servant Jesus, the one whom you delivered and disowned in the presence of Pilate, when he had decided to release Him. 14 But you disowned the Holy and Righteous One and asked for a murderer to be granted to you, 15 but put to death the Prince of life, the one whom God raised from the dead, a fact to which we are witnesses. 16 And on the basis of faith in His name, it is the name of Jesus which has strengthened this man whom you see and know; and the faith which comes through Him has given him this perfect health in the presence of you all.

17 “And now, brethren, I know that you acted in ignorance, just as your rulers did also. 18 But the things which God announced beforehand by the mouth of all the prophets, that His Christ would suffer, He has thus fulfilled. 19 Therefore repent and return, so that your sins may be wiped away, in order that times of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord; 20 and that He may send Jesus, the Christ appointed for you, 21 whom heaven must receive until the period of restoration of all things about which God spoke by the mouth of His holy prophets from ancient time. 22 Moses said, ‘The Lord God will raise up for you a prophet like me from your brethren; to Him you shall give heed to everything He says to you. 23 And it will be that every soul that does not heed that prophet shall be utterly destroyed from among the people.’ 24 And likewise, all the prophets who have spoken, from Samuel and his successors onward, also announced these days. 25 It is you who are the sons of the prophets and of the covenant which God made with your fathers, saying to Abraham, ‘And in your seed all the families of the earth shall be blessed.’ 26 For you first, God raised up His Servant and sent Him to bless you by turning every one of you from your wicked ways.”

III. Translation Considerations. “The New American Standard Bible (NASB) translation was chosen for this, and other studies, because of two main reasons. First, the NASB capitalizes the first letter of pronouns that relate to God (Father, Son, Holy Spirit); not all Bible translations show that same respect for God. Second, the NASB has a history of correctness in translation.”

IV. Sources of Information can be found in the following link: https://equippingblog.wordpress.com/about-sources/

V. Comments.

A. 3:1. “the hour of prayer.” This is the ninth hour, 3:00 p.m. The Jews had 3 daily times of prayer (Ps. 55:17); the other two were 9:00 a.m. (third hour) and 12:00 noon (sixth hour). The Apostles, and other Jews whom had come to saving faith in Christ, continued in daily Temple worship, but also met as believers in Christ in their homes (Acts 2:46). We will learn more about how Temples became a place of sharing the message of Christ (e.g., Ac 17:10-12).

B. 3:2. “the gate of the temple, which is called Beautiful.” A large and ornate gate inside the temple mount on the eastern side, separating the Court of the Gentiles from the Court of the Women. “alms.” A charitable donation of money.

C. 3:3. “into the temple.” Beggars considered the temple the best site to operate because the daily crowds of Jews came to impress God with their pious good works, including offerings at the temple treasury (the Jews in this context appear to not have come to saving faith in Christ.).

D. 3:6. The apostles heal not by their own power but “in the name of Jesus,” through the authority Jesus gave them. Acts reports the continuing work of Jesus through His church.

E. 3:7. Luke, a physician by profession, described what took place. Instantly strength was given to the portions of the body that needed it. Blood supply was increased to the muscle. The brain sent signals to the nerve endings of the ankles and feet. The hardened fluid between the joints was softened, and the atrophied muscles and ligaments regained flexibility. The feet suddenly could bear the man’s weight.

F. 3:8. “jumped” comes from the same root as the verb used in the Greek version of Isa 35:6, where “the lame” will “leap like a deer” at the restoration of creation.

G. 3:9. “praising God” is a major theme throughout the books of Luke and Acts. Those two books were penned by Luke, through the inspiration of God’s Holy Spirit.

H. 3:10. The people had seen the beggar day after day, maybe year after year. His healing was not a staged event. When the beggar stood and walked, the only reasonable explanation was that God had healed him.

I. 3:11. “the portico of Solomon.” A porch surrounding the temple’s Court of the Gentiles. This was also where Jesus had taught about the Good Shepherd (John 10:23).

J. 3:12. Peter addressed the situation and used it as an opportunity to preach. His message included an explanation (vs 12-16), and an exhortation (vs 17-26).

J. 3:13. “his servant Jesus.” A reminder of the suffering servant prophesied in Isa 52:13—53:12 (Mt 12:18; Ac 4:27,30). “disowned him.” Voted against Jesus, spurned him, denied him and refused to acknowledge Him as the true Messiah. “Pilate,” when he had decided to let him go (Jn 19:12).

K. 3:14. “the Holy One.” Ps 16:10; Luke 4:34; John 6:69. “the Righteous One.” 1 Jn 2:1. “murderer.” Barabbas (Mt 27:16–21; Mk 15:11; Lk 23:18; Jn 18:40).

L. 3:15. “You put to death.” “God raised.” “We are witnesses.” A recurring theme in the speeches of Acts (see 2:23–24; 4:10; 5:30–32; 10:39–41; 13:28–29; cf. 1Co 15:1–4). “Prince of life.” See Jn 6:27, 50–51,63; 10:10; Php 1:21; 1 Jn 5:12.

M. 3:16. “on the basis of faith,” i.e., through the apostles’ faith, or possibly the lame man’s faith.

N. 3:17. “you acted in ignorance.” They did not know that Jesus was the true Messiah (Lk 23:34). Nevertheless, God will be generous in his mercy if they only repent and turn to him in faith (“Repent,” metanoeó: to change one’s mind or purpose (about Christ).

O. 3:18. “foretold through all the prophets.” Echoes that which Jesus had said (Lk 24:26–27). The suffering was prophesied (compare Isa 53:7–8 with Ac 8:32–33; Ps 2:1–2 with Ac 4:25–26; Ps 22:1 with Mt 27:46; see also Lk 24:44; 1 Pet 1:11).

P. 3:19. The word translated “refreshing” refers to restoration of strength and nourishment. Strength is restored when hope is restored. Peter challenged the people to repent and be converted, to change their thinking about Jesus as their Messiah and to serve Him. (“Repent,” metanoeó: to change one’s mind or purpose (about Christ).

Q. 3:20. If Israel as a whole would repent, a second more remote goal, the coming of the Kingdom. Such “metanoeó” will occur at the end of the Tribulation when Israel calls on Christ, in faith, to save them (Zech 12:10).

R. 3:21. The times of refreshing at the second coming of Christ would be fulfilled. The sending of the Christ, that is Messiah, meant the coming of the Kingdom. The Old Testament told of these days. The Old Testament prophets did not predict the church; to them it was a mystery (Rom 16:25; Eph 3:1-6).

S. 3:22. Quoted from Deu 18:15. Moses was revered by the Jews as their first and greatest prophet, and the Jews viewed the prophet “like him” to refer to the Messiah.

T. 3:23. Quoted from Deu 18:19. Also see Lev 23:29. Peter’s audience was in the precarious position of losing covenant blessings by rejecting the Messiah.

U. 3:24. “prophets, from Samuel.” Samuel was called a prophet in the OT (1 Sam 3:20). Although he did not directly prophesy about Christ, he did anoint David as king and speak of his kingdom (1 Sam. 13:14; 15:28; 16:13; 28:17), and the promises David received were and will be fulfilled in Christ (2 Sam. 7:10–16).

V. 3:25. “in your seed.” Quoted from Gen 22:18; 26:4. Jesus Christ was the ultimate fulfillment of the Abrahamic Covenant and its blessings (Gal 3:16), which are still available to the Jews.

W. 3:26. Jesus, God’s Servant (vs 13; 4:27, 30), was sent…first to you, that is, to the Jews. This chronological pattern was followed throughout the Gospels and Acts (Mt 10:5; Ac 13:46; Rom 1:16). The reason for this is that the establishing of the Kingdom depended, and still depends on, Israel’s response (Mt 23:37-39; Rom 11:26).

VI. Times Of Refreshing. (Acts 3:19-21). 19 Therefore repent and return, so that your sins may be wiped away, in order that times of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord; 20 and that He may send Jesus, the Christ appointed for you, 21 whom heaven must receive until the period of restoration of all things about which God spoke by the mouth of His holy prophets from ancient time.

A. Acts 3:19–21. “times of Refreshing.” The Kingdom Age Of The Millennium. “Times” means epoch, era, or season. Two descriptions are given to the coming era of the millennial kingdom. This is clear because they bracket the reference to Jesus Christ being sent from God to bring those times. Peter points to Christ’s earthly reign (see Acts 1:7; Rom. 11:26). The period will be marked by all kinds of blessings and renewal (Is 11:6–10; 35:1–10; Ez 34:26; 44:3; Joel 2:26; Mt 19:28; Rev. 19:1–10). It is not the church that brings in the Kingdom Age; it is Christ.

B. Lev 23:33-43. Feast Of Tabernacles. This festival commemorated God’s deliverance, protection, and provision during the wilderness wanderings of the Exodus (Ex. 23:16; Num. 29:12–38; Deut. 16:13–15). It is also known as the Feast of Booths (Deu 16:13) and Feast of Ingathering (Ex 23:16). The people lived in booths or huts made from limbs (Neh 8:14–18), remembering their wilderness experience. It also celebrated the autumn harvest and will be celebrated in the Millennium (Zech. 14:16).

C. Deu 2:7. During the time of Israel’s forty years of wandering in the wilderness, “God tabernacled with the Jews.”

D. 2 Chr 7:14 (in context). The fulfillment of this promise of God to Israel is found in Zech 12:10. Solomon finished the Temple in Jerusalem, the ark was taken in, and the Glory of the LORD filled the Temple (2 Chr 5:1-14). Solomon preached a sermon to the Jews about the Temple (6:1-11), and offered a prayer of dedication about the Temple (6:12-42). Fire came down from Heaven and consumed a burnt offering; the Glory of the LORD filled the Temple; the Jews worshipped God (7:1-3); sacrifices were offered (7:4-7); a feast of dedication followed for seven days (7:8-10); God’s promise and warning to Solomon followed (7:11-14); ” Then the Lord appeared to Solomon at night and said to him,” (7:12); If “My people” (7:13-14), who are called by “My name” (My people, Israel, Deu 14:2), “humble themselves and pray and seek My face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, will forgive their sin and will heal their land.” 2 Chr 7:14: the people are Israel; the land is Israel; neither Gentiles, nor the church meet the qualifications of “people and land.”).

E. 2 Chr 7:14 relates to Israel, and will be fulfilled in the last of the Tribulation when Jews call on Christ (in faith) to save them from utter destruction (Zech 12:10).

F. 2 Chr 36:19 tells of the destruction of Solomon’s Temple by the Babylonians in 586 B.C.

F. Ezek 37:26 (574 B.C.) tells of God’s promise to Ezekiel for His Millennial Temple (aka Ezekiel’s Temple).

G. Ezek 40:5 (574 B.C.) tells of God’s vision to Ezekiel of God’s Millennial Temple.

H. Ezek 10:1-18 (594 B.C.) tells of Ezekiel’s vision of the Glory of God departing Solomon’s Temple.

I. Ezek 43:4 (574 B.C.) tells of Ezekiel’s vision of the Glory of God entering the Millennial Temple.

J. The Glory of God did not fill Zerubbabel’s temple (Ezra 6:11-15, 515 B.C., the rebuilt Solomon’s Temple). Neither will the Glory of God fill the Tribulation Temple (Rev 11:1).

K. Zech 14:16-19. During the Kingdom Age of the Millennium, God will, again, “tabernacle with the Jews.”
This very important passage reveals that some Gentiles will go into the millennial kingdom alive along with the redeemed Jews. A converted remnant from those heathen nations will make annual pilgrimages to Jerusalem to worship the LORD and to celebrate the Feast of Tabernacles during the Millennium. Commemorating the time when God “tabernacled” with Israel in the wilderness, the feast represented the last of the 3 major pilgrimage festivals (Lev. 23:34–36), marked the final harvest of the year’s crops, and provided a time of rejoicing. In the Millennium, it will celebrate Messiah’s presence again dwelling among His people and the joyful restoration of Israel, including the ingathering of the nations. Those who refuse to go will experience drought and plague. Tragically, as the thousand years go on, there will be many people from all over the world who will reject Christ as Savior and King, joining in a final war against Him, only to be destroyed and cast into hell forever (cf. Rev. 20:7–15).

L. Rev 20:4. The duration of the Kingdom Age of the Millennial reign of Christ is one thousand years.

VII. Summary. The Apostle Peter was very direct with his witness of Christ to his fellow Jews. Scripture shows that the best way to witness to Jews, Gentiles, Muslims, etc., is to tell them about “Christ, and Him crucified,” just as was the example of Peter (Acts 2:36; 1 Cor 2:2). No religion can claim that their leader gave his life for them. Judaism and Christianity are not religions. See my Page, “About Equipping For Eternity Website,” on my “Equipping For Eternity Website,” for a discussion on “religions.”

VIII. Video Details. What Does Acts Chapter 3 Mean?

A. Jewish Voice. Jonathan shares inspirational insights about the promised Messiah as they take a closer look at Jesus in the light of biblical prophecy.

B. Jonathan Bernis, President and CEO of Jewish Voice Ministries International

C. https://www.jewishvoice.org/about/jonathan-bernis

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View The Video. Read The Text. ET 27. Rev 14:14-20. The Reapers.

I. Introduction. The opening video clip is from the series “35 most asked questions concerning Bible Prophecy”. This clip answers the question: “What happens during the seven year tribulation period, or the seventieth week of Daniel 9?” What happens when Jesus breaks the seven seals of the sealed scroll? It is important to understand that each of the judgments of the tribulation are caused by God, either through Christ or angels. See Rev 6:1 for seal judgments, Rev 8:1-2 for trumpet judgments, and Rev 16:1-2 for bowl judgments. A description of the 70 weeks of Daniel can be found in Daniel 9:20-30 (538 B.C.). Notice that the 70 weeks of Daniel relates to Israel (vs 20,24). Notice in Jeremiah 30:7 that the Tribulation relates to Israel. The King of the Jews is Jesus (Matthew 25:34; Rev 19:16). “The head of the Church” is Jesus (Col 1:8). In Rev 19:11-21, Christ is descending from heaven with His raptured saints to take His rightful place on His throne in Jerusalem, for the Kingdom Age of the Millennium. The Kingdom is not established until Christ takes His place on the throne, which has not yet happened. Video details are found at the bottom of this page.

A. Series Title. Israel In Revelation.

B. Video Title: The tribulation period or 70 week of Daniel 9.

C. Article Title: End Times 27, Revelation 14:14-20, The Reapers.

D. Article Focus. In this article we will consider “reaping, the reapers, and the final judgment.”

a. Reap Definition: Taken from Mirriam-Webster Dictionary. (1) To cut with a sickle, scythe, or reaping machine. (2) To clear of a crop by reaping. (3) To gather by reaping : HARVEST.

b. Reaping Definition: Taken from Unger’s Bible Dictionary. (1) The reward of wickedness. (2) The reward of righteousness. (3) The final judgment.

E. Key Thought. The Kingdoms.

1. In this article we will consider an area of Scripture that will add great understanding. Matthew Chapter 13 is discussed by Dr. J. Dwight Pentecost (JDP), Th.D, in his book, “Things To Come,” pages 142-147, Copyright 1958. Credentials for Dr. Pentecost are shown in my Page, “About My Sources.”

2. “The time element in Matthew 13.” Ryrie writes to show that these parables are limited to the inter-advent period. He says: “The kingdom of the heavens has become like unto.”… The end of the time period covered by these parables is indicated by the phrase “end of the world,” or more literally “the consummation of the age.” (vs 39-40). This is the time of the Second Advent of Christ, when He shall come in power and great glory. Therefore, it is clear that these parables are concerned only with that time between the days when Christ spoke on earth, and the end of the age. This gives a clue to the meaning of the phrase “the mysteries of the kingdom of Heaven.”

a. “The mystery form of the kingdom.” That God was going to establish a kingdom on the earth was no mystery. The mystery form of the kingdom has reference to the age between the two advents of Christ. The mysteries of the kingdom of heaven describe the conditions that prevail on the earth in that interim while the King is absent. These mysteries thus relate this present age to the eternal promises of God in regard to His kingdom.

b. Concerning this mystery form of the kingdom, it is observed in “the first place,” that it can not be equated with the millennial kingdom, for that kingdom was no mystery but was clearly predicted in the Old Testament. In “the second place,” it can not refer to the spiritual kingdom, for that kingdom consists only of saved people, who enter it by new birth, but this mystery form of the kingdom is composed of saved and unsaved alike (wheat and tares). It can not refer, “thirdly,” to the eternal kingdom for these mysteries are limited in time to the interadvent period. It can not be limited, “fourthly,” to the church, for this mystery form of the kingdom includes more than the church. “On the other hand,” it must be observed, this mystery form of the kingdom is limited as to time, and represents the entire sphere of profession in the present age. It is most important, eschatalogically, to keep these three usages of the term “kingdom” separate and distinct (spiritual, millennial, mystery).

c. “The Wheat And The Tares.” (Mt 13:24-30; 36-43). There will be a judgment at the end of the age to separate the good from the evil. The good will be received into “the millennial kingdom” and the evil excluded… Many feel that this parable relates to the “tribulation period.”…(1) The term “children of the kingdom” is used in Matthew to refer to Israel (Mt 8:11-12); (2) the judgment outlined relates to the time when God will again be dealing with Israel as a nation, that is at the end of the age; (3) the wheat and tares grow together until the judgment, but the church will be raptured before the Tribulation begins; (4) the judgment that falls upon the wicked comes through angels before the righteous are rewarded, so that the chronology here depicts the removal of the wicked so that only the righteous are left; (6) the church is never judged to determine who will enter into glory, and who will be excluded. This seems to indicate that this parable has primary reference to Israel during the Tribulation period. Yet, it is true that the entire age is to be characterized by a false sowing in competition with the true.

II. Text. Revelation 14:14-20.

14 Then I looked, and behold, a white cloud, and sitting on the cloud was one like a son of man, having a golden crown on His head and a sharp sickle in His hand. 15 And another angel came out of the temple, crying out with a loud voice to Him who sat on the cloud, “Put in your sickle and reap, for the hour to reap has come, because the harvest of the earth is ripe.” 16 Then He who sat on the cloud swung His sickle over the earth, and the earth was reaped.

17 And another angel came out of the temple which is in heaven, and he also had a sharp sickle. 18 Then another angel, the one who has power over fire, came out from the altar; and he called with a loud voice to him who had the sharp sickle, saying, “Put in your sharp sickle and gather the clusters from the vine of the earth, because her grapes are ripe.” 19 So the angel swung his sickle to the earth and gathered the clusters from the vine of the earth, and threw them into the great wine press of the wrath of God. 20 And the wine press was trodden outside the city, and blood came out from the wine press, up to the horses’ bridles, for a distance of two hundred miles.

III. Translation Considerations. “The New American Standard Bible (NASB) translation was chosen for this, and other studies, because of two main reasons. First, the NASB capitalizes the first letter of pronouns that relate to God (Father, Son, Holy Spirit); not all Bible translations show that same respect for God. Second, the NASB has a history of correctness in translation.”

IV. Sources of Information can be found in the following link: https://equippingblog.wordpress.com/about-sources/

V. Dates of scriptures come from the Scofield Study Bible, copyright 1909.

VI. Comments. Revelation 14:14-20.

A. Rev 14:14-15. The reference to the Son of Man with a golden crown on His head indicates that the figure is Jesus Christ (see Rev 1:13, and Dan 7). The Son will judge humankind. A sharp flint or iron sickle was the primary tool for an ancient grain harvest. Since the 144,000 have been received by God as the firstfruits (vs 4) of His harvest, the rest of the harvest of the earth is surely ripe for salvation (see Mt 13:37–43), as well as judgment. This judgment relates to those ungodly people which were left behind from the rapture, and are still alive at the end of the Tribulation.

1. Mt 24:29-31, at the return of Christ to Earth at the end of the Tribulation, angels will be sent forth to gather “the elect” of God (Deu 14:2, the Jews).

a. Mt 24:31 does not relate to the Rapture of the Church. “The elect of God,” relates to Jews (Deu 14:2).

b. Titus 2:13 relates to the Rapture, “looking for the blessed hope and the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior, Christ Jesus.” The context of this verse does not match the judgment which follows Mt 24:31.

c. Mt 24:29 begins a discussion on the judgment that will come on the earth at the time that Christ returns from Heaven (with His previously raptured saints) for the Battle of Armageddon (Rev 19:11-21). There will be great destruction of unsaved mankind (Rev 19:18-20). There will be great fear for those, who are unsaved on earth, who see the Lord’s appearing (Zech 12-10-12; Mk 13:24-26; Lk 21:27), and there will be widespread earthly destruction (Rev 16:17-21).

d. The rapture (harpazo) of the Church will be a time of joy, and will remove born again believers in Christ from earth to Heaven (Jn 14:2-6; 1 Cor 15:50-54; 1 Thes 4:13-18; 1 Thes 1:10; 1 Thes 5:9). The Noahic flood (Gen 7:23-24) was God’s wrath. The destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah was God’s wrath (Gen 19:28-29). The seal, trumpet and bowl judgments of the Tribulation are all God’ wrath (Rev 6:1-16:21). The return of Christ at the Battle of Armageddon, with His saints and angels (Zech 14:1-5), is God’s wrath. God’s people have always faced the effects of perilous times, that are described in 2 Tim 3:1-13, which come as a result of the fall of Adam and Eve, and the resulting curse (Gen 3:15-19). However, Christ, who is the Bridegroom of all bridegrooms, will not subject His Bride (the born again believers; the Church; 2 Cor 11:2; Eph 5:22-32; Rev 19:7-8) to any of “His” judgments that will come upon “all that dwell on the earth” (Rev 3:10). God’s wrath is shown throughout Revelation, from 6:1 through 19:15. Additionally, the Bride of Christ will not be present on earth when any of the judgments of God’s wrath are poured out on the earth. There is no purpose for the Church being in the Tribulation. Here is a hint. The Tribulation was designed by God for the purpose of drawing unsaved Jews to saving faith in Christ. I included a discussion on Tribulation inhabitants in my previous End Times article; click onto the following link:

https://equippingblog.wordpress.com/2020/10/09/end-times-26-revelation-149-13-doom-for-worshipers-of-the-beast/

2. Rev 14:15. “The harvest of the earth” (in this case relates to the ungodly people of the world) “is ready” to be gathered up and judged (Jews, Mt 24:40-41, “taken to death and judgment”); (Gentiles, Mt 25:41, “taken to death and judgment”). The deaths will be immediate. The judgment will be 1,000 years later, when “the unsaved dead” are resurrected to stand at the Great White Throne Judgment (Rev 20:11-15, for unbelievers), where they will be cast into the lake of fire.

B. Rev 14:16. The power of the Son of Man (Jesus Christ) is shown in that, with one thrust of His sickle, the harvest of the earth is reaped. This pictures the events of Rev 16-19 as parts of one rapid succession of judgment. Thus this judgment is experienced by the inhabitants of the entire world.

C. Rev 14:17 “temple.” This refers to the heavenly dwelling place of God, not the Tribulation temple in Jerusalem, (Rev 11:1).

1. Rev 11:19 “temple of God was opened in heaven.” The heavenly Holy of Holies, where God dwells in His glory, already is identified as His throne. John had seen the throne (Rev 4:5), the altar (Rev 6:9; 8:3–5), and here the Holy of Holies.

2. Rev 11:1. Then there was given me a measuring rod like a staff; and someone said, “Get up and measure the temple of God and the altar, and those who worship in it. [(A rebuilt temple will exist during the time of the Tribulation (See Dan 9:27; 12:11; Mt. 24:15; 2 Thes. 2:4)]. {The Tribulation temple will not be a dwelling place for God, as were the Tabernacle in the Desert (Ex 40:34-35); Solomon’s Temple (1 Kings 8:11; 2 Chron 5:13-14); the Heavenly Temple during the Tribulation (Rev 15:8); the Millennial Temple (Ez 43:1-3)}. In the Eternal State there was “no Temple, for the Lord God, the Almighty and the Lamb are its Temple (Rev 21:22).

D. Rev 14:18. This angel is coming from the heavenly altar to ensure that all the prayers of all the saints for judgment, and the coming of the kingdom, are answered. He calls for judgment to start. “sickle.” See the note on Rev 14:14.

E. Rev 14:19. This verse relates to the slaughter of all the enemies of God who are still alive, who are facing destruction at Armageddon, which will be the final battle against God’s enemies. The image is that of the fresh juice of stomped grapes splattering and running down a trough from the upper vat to the lower vat of a stone winepress.

F. Rev 14:20. This is apparently a reference to Armageddon (Rev 16:16; 19:17-19), when the blood from the slaughter will flow 180 miles (290 kilometers) to the depth of about 4 1/2 feet (1.3 meters). The blood of horses, added to that of the large armies of human soldiers, could easily cause such an enormous river of blood.

VII. Summary. As we conclude Revelation Chapter 14, we can see that it refers to the preservation of the 144,000 through the Great Tribulation (the church is saved, “from the Tribulation,” by the Rapture). Additionally, it shows some of the terrible judgments that will be poured out on the world which will reject Christ, and will follow the substitute of Satan for our Lord.

VIII. Video details. John Ankerberg Show. May 29, 2009. Credentials for the speaker, Dr. Renald Showers (deceased), can be found in the Page, About My Sources.

IX. God’s love for Israel can not be denied. Deuteronomy 14:2. “For you are a holy people to the Lord your God, and the Lord has chosen you to be a people for His own possession out of all the peoples who are on the face of the earth.”

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View The Video. Read The Text. Acts 2:42. Which Teaching? Which Gospel?

Acts 2:38, “Repent,” metanoeó: to change one’s mind or purpose (about Christ).

Series Title. Israel In The Book Of Acts.

Video Title. Day of Pentecost.

Article Title. Acts 2:42. Which Teaching? Which Gospel?

I. Introduction. When I consider the opening video of this article, the thought that is brought to my mind is, “consider God.”

II. Consider the following verses that are foundational to the considerations of this article.

A. Acts 1:-8-9.8 “but you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be My witnesses both in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and even to the remotest part of the earth.” 9 And after He had said these things, He was lifted up while they were looking on, and a cloud received Him out of their sight.”

B. Acts 2:42. “They were continually devoting themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer.”

III. Let us consider the gospel message that the Apostles learned from Christ. The meaning of Gospel is “good news.” In the following verses, we will see that the “gospel of the Kingdom” relates to Israel. Kingdom of God and Kingdom of Heaven have the same meaning.

A. Let’s consider the Kingdom, as it relates to “of God” and “of Heaven.” First of all, the Kingdom will be “on earth,” and will be empowered by God, whom is in Heaven (Matt 6:10). Secondly, the Kingdom will be ruled by Christ, and relates to national Israel (Lk 1:32-33).

B. The Kingdom is the result of a promise between God and Israel, and is described in the Abrahamic and Davidic covenants. The Kingdom is not a frame of mind, or a thought process. The Kingdom is not in place at this time, but will come into being at the time that Christ returns to earth from Heaven at the end of the Tribulation (Mt 24:29-31, Rev 19:11-21, when Christ (King of Kings, Rev 19:16) sets up His 1,000 year reign, where He physically reigns upon the earth (Isa 2:3-4).

1. The Abrahamic Covenant is described as being a land, a people, and a blessing (Gen 12:1-3; 15:18-21; 17:7-8). Gentiles who bless Jews will also be recipients of God’s blessings for Jews (Gen 12:3). The land will extend from the Nile River in Egypt, to the Euphrates River in Iraq, and will be approximately ten times the size of current Israel.

2. The Davidic Covenant describes a Godly government that will rule over the “Kingdom Of God”(2 Sam 7:8-16).

3. Some of the conditions of the Kingdom are discussed in the prophecies of the Jewish prophet, Isaiah, whose prophecy came from God, to Isaiah, to Israel (Isa 1:1-3). Conditions that Isaiah prophesied, which relate to the time of the Kingdom are stated in the following verses: Isa 2:1-4; 4:1-6; 9:6-7; 11:6-9; 25:6-8; 26:1-21; 32:1-20; 35:1-10; 42:1-6; 43:1-7; 49:1-12; 52:13-53:12 (53:5 is a promise of God’s spiritual healing of disobedient Israel also see Ps 103:12); 56:1-8; 60:1-22; 62:1-12; 66:18-25.

4. When Christ was on earth, He taught the details of the “good news” of the Kingdom. Notice that the gospel of the Kingdom was taught to Jews. The Kingdom was said to be “near,” but not here(per Andy Woods). Had Israel accepted Christ as being the choice of God for the Kingdom (Deu 17:15), all of the promises of the Abrahamic and Davidic covenants would have immediately been fulfilled. Also, all of the conditions of the Kingdom, that Isaiah and over Jewish prophets had spoken to Israel, would have come to fruition.

a. Matthew 3:1-2. 1 Now in those days John the Baptist *came, preaching in the wilderness of Judea, saying, 2 “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.

b. Matthew 4:17. From that time Jesus began to preach and say, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.

c. Matthew 10:5-7. 5 These twelve Jesus sent out after instructing them: “Do not go in the way of the Gentiles, and do not enter any city of the Samaritans; 6 but rather go to the lost sheep of the house of Israel. 7 And as you go, preach, saying, ‘The kingdom of heaven is at hand.’

d. Mark 1:14-15. 14 Now after John had been taken into custody, Jesus came into Galilee, preaching the gospel of God, 15 and saying, “The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand; repent and believe in the gospel.”

e. Luke 8:1. 1 Soon afterwards, He began going around from one city and village to another, proclaiming and preaching the kingdom of God. The twelve were with Him,

f. Luke 10:8-9. 8 Whatever city you enter and they receive you, eat what is set before you; 9 and heal those in it who are sick, and say to them, ‘The kingdom of God has come near to you.’ (vs 1, Now after this the Lord appointed seventy others, and sent them in pairs ahead of Him to every city and place where He Himself was going to come.)

5. In addition to the teachings of Christ about the Kingdom, He also spoke to the Jews about the Law, which involved Jews treating others according to God’s will for their lives. Consider the teaching on the Sermon on the Mount, per Ryrie Study Bible.

6. The Sermon On The Mount (Matthew). Consider the Law.

a. The Picture of Kingdom Life (Mt 5:1-16).

b. The Precepts for Kingdom Life (Mt 5:17-48). The law of Moses (Mt 5:17-20). The law of reconciliation (Mt 5:23-26). The law of Adultery (Mt 5:27-30). The law of divorce (Mt 5:31-32). The law of oaths (Mt 5:33-37). The law of nonresistance (Mt 5:38-42). The law of love (Mt 5:43-48).

(1) Mt 5:40. If anyone wants to sue you and take your shirt, let him have your coat also.

(2) Mt 5:41. Whoever forces you to go one mile, go with him two.

(3) Mt 5:42. Give to him who asks of you, and do not turn away from him who wants to borrow from you.

c. The Practice of Kingdom Life (Mt 6:1-7:12). In relation to almsgiving (Mt 6:1-4). In relation to prayer (Mt 6:5-15). In relation to fasting (Mt 6:16-18). In relation to money (6:19-24). In relation to anxiety (Mt 6:25-34). In relation to Judging [I say again, “in relation to judging” (Mt 7:1-5)]. In relation to prudence (Mt 7:6). In relation to prayer (Mt 7:7-11). In relation to others (Mt 7:12).

d. The Proof of Kingdom Life (Mt 7:13-29).

7. The Sermon On The Mount. Luke 6:20-49. Consider the Law. Notice that as we finish considering the Sermon on the Mount, that we are not bound by the Sermon on the Mount, or by the Law. Lk 18:22 was stated outside of the Sermon on the Mount.

a. Lk 6:30. Give to everyone who asks of you, and whoever takes away what is yours, do not demand it back.

b. Lk 6:38. Give, and it will be given to you. They will pour into your lap a good measure—pressed down, shaken together, and running over. For by your standard of measure it will be measured to you in return.”

c. Lk 18:18-23. It is at this time in the teaching of Christ about the Kingdom and the Law that the opportunity arises to discuss personal salvation.

(1) Lk 18:18 A ruler questioned Him, saying, “Good Teacher, what shall I do to inherit eternal life?”
(2) Lk 18:20 (Jesus said) “You know the commandments……”
(3) Lk 18:21 (the ruler said) “I have kept all these from my youth.”
(4) Lk 18:22 (Jesus said) “One thing that you still lack, sell all that you have and follow Me.”
(5) Lk 18:23 (The man) “was very sad, for he was extremely rich.”

d. RSB note: Lk 18:22. Apparently the man had kept the laws of vs 20, but Jesus saw his attachment to material things. Rather than admit this, the man turned his back on Christ’s help.

e. BKC note: Lk 18:21-22. The reasoning of Jesus was clear: (1) one must keep the law perfectly in order to inherit eternal life (cf. James 2:10). (2) Only God was good — truly righteous. (3) Therefore, nobody can obtain eternal life by following the Law (cf. Rom 3:20; Gal 2:21, 3:21). (4) The only course of action left to an individual is to follow Jesus in order to obtain eternal life.

f. BKC note: Mt 19:16-22. The young man affirmed he had kept all these things, but he still sensed a lack (Mt 19:20, “The young man *said to Him, All these things I have kept; what am I still lacking?”). Whether he had truly kept these commands, only God knows. The young man believed he had, and yet he knew something was missing in his life. Nothing more was written about this young man; probably, he never left all and followed Christ. He loved his money more than God, and thus he violated even the first commandment (Ex 20:3).

g. It is important to remember that in the midst of the teaching of Christ for national Israel to accept Him as Messiah for them to enter the Kingdom [Mt 3:2,”repent, for the kingdom of God is at hand.” Luke 13:3. “I tell you, no, but unless you repent, you will all likewise perish.”], Christ also taught that only born again, believing Jews, would be able to enter the Kingdom, which is personal salvation [Jn 3:3, “Jesus answered and said to him, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born again he can not see the kingdom of God.” Jn 3:16, “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life.”].

h. Mt 3:2, “Repent.” (metanoeó: to change one’s mind or purpose…about Christ).

8. The Applicability Of The Law.

a. Lev 23:1-2. “Speak to the sons of Israel”.

a. Ps 147:19. “He declares His words to Jacob, His statutes and His ordinances to Israel.”

IV. Let Us Consider Salvation. For National Israel. For Individuals.

A. It is important to know that all verses are “for us,” but not all verses apply “to us” (per Andy Woods).

1. Consider two verses that discuss salvation.

a. Luke 13:3. “I tell you, no, but unless you repent, you will all likewise perish.”

b. John 3:16. “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life.”

c. Both of the above verses relate to salvation, but they are “miles apart” in application. Lk 13:3 relates to the national salvation of Israel. John 3:16 relates to personal salvation, of everybody, even Jews.

2. We will discuss the determining factors of each of the above two verses (Lk 13:3 and John 3:16).

B. Salvation For National Israel.

1. The synoptic gospels of Matthew, Mark and Luke tell of Israel’s national salvation. Christ not only gave the Jews a refresher on the Kingdom, He also spoke to them on the Law. Christ was qualified to speak on the Law because He was totally compliant with the requirements of the Law (Heb 4:15); yet, He fulfilled the law (Mt 5:17).

a. Heb 4:15. “For we do not have a high priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but One who has been tempted in all things as we are, yet without sin.”

b. Mt 5:17. “Do not think that I came to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I did not come to abolish but to fulfill.”

2. The law was given only to Israel. Consider Ps 147:19. “He declares His words to Jacob, His statutes and His ordinances to Israel.”

3. The offer of the Kingdom to Israel was set aside after Christ was rejected by the Jews, and will not be offered again until the time of the Tribulation (Mt 23:37-39; Zech 12:10).

C. Salvation For Individuals.

1. The Gospel of John (the good news of John’s gospel) shows Christ’s teaching on personal salvation, of Jews and Gentiles. Consider: Jn 1:7, 9, 11-13, 29. 3:3, 6-8, 15-18. 6:40, 10:27-30. 14:1-6, 16-20. 16:7-15. 17:3, 21-26. 20:31. John 3:3 states that in order for anyone to be allowed into the Kingdom, they must be born again. The new birth is also stated by the Apostle Paul, in 2 Cor 5:17, and in Ezekiel 36:24-29. The time of the Kingdom, which will take place on earth after the Tribulation, and will not have anyone entering it without having been born again (John 3:3; Mt 24:40-41…which is not the rapture; and Mt 25:34). Old Testament saints will be resurrected at the end of the Tribulation, and will enter the Kingdom (Dan 12:1-3). Church age saints will be raptured and resurrected, and will return to earth with Christ from Heaven to enter the Kingdom (Rev 19:11-21). Deceased Tribulation saints (those who accept Christ during the Tribulation) will be resurrected at the end of the Tribulation and will enter the Kingdom (Rev 20:4). Living Tribulation saints (those who accept Christ during the Tribulation) will enter the Kingdom in their living bodies (Mt 24:40-41; Mt 25:34). The Kingdom will last for a millennium (1,000 years, Rev 20:4). Following the millennium, all whom have been born again will enter into the eternal state of the new Heaven, new Earth and new Jerusalem (Rev 21:1-2).

2. Included in the synoptic gospels, Christ also taught about His death, burial and resurrection, per Mt 16:21: “From that time Jesus began to show His disciples that He must go to Jerusalem, and suffer many things from the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be killed, and be raised up on the third day (notice, “third day”).”

D. The Teaching Of The Gospels.

1. The Gospel of the Kingdom was taught until the day that Christ ascended to Heaven (Acts 1:1-7).

2. The Gospel of the death, burial and resurrection of Christ began being taught by the Apostles on the Day of Pentecost (Acts 2:22-36), as is shown in 1 Cor 15:1-8), will be taught until Christ sets foot on earth at the end of the Tribulation (NAC).

a. 1 Corinthians 15:1-8. 1 Now I make known to you, brethren, the gospel which I preached to you, which also you received, in which also you stand, 2 by which also you are saved, if you hold fast the word which I preached to you, unless you believed in vain. 3 For I delivered to you as of first importance what I also received, that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, 4 and that He was buried, and that He was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures, 5 and that He appeared to Cephas, then to the twelve. 6 After that He appeared to more than five hundred brethren at one time, most of whom remain until now, but some have fallen asleep; 7 then He appeared to James, then to all the apostles; 8 and last of all, as to one untimely born, He appeared to me also.

b. The key message of the New Testament is “Christ and Him crucified:” Acts 2:36, 1 Cor 2:2).

3. The Gospel of the Kingdom will not be taught again until the time of the Tribulation (Mt 24:14), when it will be preached “as a testimony to all the nations.” In the mean time, it is incumbent upon believers in Christ to teach the gospel of the death, burial and resurrection of Christ (1 Cor 15:1-8). Therefore, the teaching of the Apostles would find its foundational backing on “Christ and Him crucified,” and not on the Law or the Kingdom. However, Scripture will show that the Apostles made references to the Law and the Kingdom, when the time was appropriate to draw unsaved Jews to saving faith in Christ.

E. The Teaching Of The Apostles.

1. Acts 2:46 tells that the earliest Christians, who were also Jews, continued in temple worship. They also met in their homes as born again believers in Christ: “Day by day continuing with one mind in the temple, and breaking bread from house to house, they were taking their meals together with gladness and sincerity of heart,”

2. The Apostles would continue keeping the feasts (Acts 20:6): “We sailed from Philippi after the days of Unleavened Bread, and came to them at Troas within five days; and there we stayed seven days”(Ex 12:17). While at the Feasts, the Apostles would explain the fulfilment of Christ in each of the festivals, as follows:

a. Passover (Ex 12:1-14; Mt 26:17-20) – The Death Of Christ (1 Cor 5:7).
b. Unleavened Bread (Ex 12:15-20) – The Sinlessness Of Christ (1 Cor 5:8).
c. First Fruits (Lev 23:9-14; Num 28:26) – The Resurrection Of Christ (1 Cor 15:23).
d. Pentecost (Deu 16:9-12; Acts 2:1) – The Outpouring Of The Spirit Of Christ (Acts 1:5, 2:4).
e. Trumpets (Num 29:1-6) – Israel’s Regathering By Christ (Mt 24:31).
f. Atonement (Lev 23:26-32; Heb 9:7) – The Substitutionary Sacrifice By Christ (Rom 11:26).
g. Booths/Tabernacles/Sukkot/Ingathering (Neh 8:13-18; Jn 7:2) – The Rest And Reunion With Christ (Zech 14:16-19).

V. Video Details. Day of Pentecost. ewlady. Excerpt from the movie “Acts of the Apostles.”

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End Times 26, Revelation 14:9-13, Doom For Worshipers Of The Beast

Video Title: Why has God revealed information about the end time events?

Article Title: End Times 26, Revelation 14:9-13, Doom For Worshipers Of The Beast.

I. Introduction. In the opening video discussion of Dr. Jimmy DeYoung, we are briefly told about the events that will take place during the Tribulation, in the form of the judgments of God.

A. The Tribulation Judgments will be, Per Ryrie Study Bible:

1. Seal Judgments (Rev 6:1-8:6).

2. Trumpet Judgments (Rev 8:7-9:21).

3. Bowl Judgments (Rev 15:1-16:21).

B. Each Tribulation Judgment will as a direct result of God:

1. Seal Judgments come as a direct result of the actions of Christ: Rev 6:1, 3, 5, 7, 9, 12; 8:1.

2. Trumpet Judgments come as a direct result of the actions of Angels: Rev 8:2-6, 7, 10, 12; 9:1, 13; 11:15.

3. Bowl Judgments come as a direct result of the actions of Angels: Rev 16:1, 3, 4, 8, 10, 12, 17.

C. In each of the Judgments, the seventh of those judgments opens up the following series of seven judgments:

1. Rev 8:1, the seventh seal opens up the seven trumpet judgments.

2. Rev 11:15-19, the seventh trumpet opens up the seven bowl judgments (Prelude: Rev 15:1-8; bowl judgments described: 16:1-21).

D. Tribulation Particulars:

1. Is designed for Israel, and not for the Church (Jer 30:7).

2. Will happen after a peace treaty is confirmed between the anti-Christ and Israel (Dan 9:27).

3. Has a purpose of drawing unbelieving Jews to saving faith in Christ (Mt 23:37-39).

4. Will last until Jews recognize Christ as Messiah (Zech 12:10), which will occur at the end of the Tribulation.

5. Nothing in the Tribulation is designed to draw any Christian to saving faith in Christ, because they will have already come to saving faith in Christ; will have spiritually been “born again” (2 Cor 5:17); will have a spirit as righteous as the Spirit of Christ (2 Cor 5:21); will have the Spirit of Christ dwelling within their spirit (Col 1:27); will have their spirit dwelling within the Spirit of Christ (Col 1:28); will be spiritual light, dwelling within the Spirit of God, “who has no darkness dwelling within Him (1 John 5:5); will forever be light due to the cleansing power of Christ (1 John 5:7).

6. Nothing in the Tribulation will make a born again believer in Christ any more righteous than the day of such a person’s being born again.

7. Nothing in the Tribulation will make a pre-rapture born again believer in Christ any more deserving of spending eternity with Christ; because such a person will already be spiritually “in Christ,” whether dead or alive, at the time of the catching up of the saints (1 Thes 4:16-17; 1 Cor 15:52); because born again believers in Christ will be taken by Christ to Heaven (John 14:6); because the born again believers in Christ, who are the bride of Christ (2 Cor 11:2; Eph 5:32..vs 22-33), will be wed to Christ at the marriage of the Lamb in Heaven (Rev 19:7-8); because such born again believers in Christ will return to earth from heaven, with Christ, for the Battle of Armageddon (Rev 19:11-21); because such born again believers in Christ will rule and reign with Christ (1 Cor 6:2) for the 1,000 years of the Millennial reign of Christ (Rev 20:4).

8. Because Christ is “the Bridegroom of all bridegrooms,” He will not subject His Bride to any of the Judgments that He will cause to come on “all those who dwell on the earth” (Rev 3:10). The Bride of Christ will already have “passed the test,” at the time of coming to saving faith in Christ.

II. Text. Revelation 14:9-13.

9 Then another angel, a third one, followed them, saying with a loud voice, “If anyone worships the beast and his image, and receives a mark on his forehead or on his hand, 10 he also will drink of the wine of the wrath of God, which is mixed in full strength in the cup of His anger; and he will be tormented with fire and brimstone in the presence of the holy angels and in the presence of the Lamb. 11 And the smoke of their torment goes up forever and ever; they have no rest day and night, those who worship the beast and his image, and whoever receives the mark of his name.” 12 Here is the perseverance of the saints who keep the commandments of God and their faith in Jesus.

13 And I heard a voice from heaven, saying, “Write, ‘Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord from now on!’” “Yes,” says the Spirit, “so that they may rest from their labors, for their deeds follow with them.”

III. Translation Considerations. “The New American Standard Bible (NASB) translation was chosen for this, and other studies, because of two main reasons. First, the NASB capitalizes the first letter of pronouns that relate to God (Father, Son, Holy Spirit); not all Bible translations show that same respect for God. Second, the NASB has a history of correctness in translation.”

IV. Comment Providers. Unless otherwise indicated, AMW=The Coming Kingdom; BKC=The Bible Knowledge Commentary. DHC=David Hocking Commentary; HC=Holman Commentary; JDP=Things To Come; MSB=MacArthur Study Bible; MBC=Moody Bible Commentary; NAC=New American Commentary; NIV=NIV Study Bible; NKJV= New King James Study Bible; RLT=Robert L. Thomas Commentary; RC=Ryrie Commentary; RSB=Ryrie Study Bible; SRN=Scofield Reference Notes; WC= Walvoord Commentary. Credentials for individual commentators can be found on my “About Sources” page. Note: AMW=Andrew M. Woods; JDP=J. Dwight Pentecost.

V. Dates of scriptures come from the Scofield Study Bible, copyright 1909.

VI. Comments. (MSB, unless otherwise indicated).

A. 14:9 worships the beast. See notes on 13:14, 15; cf. 13:8.

1. 13:14 make an image. This refers to replication of Antichrist that is related to the throne he will erect during the abomination of desolation, halfway into the Tribulation period. This will happen in the Jerusalem temple when Antichrist abolishes the former false world religion and seeks to have people worship him alone as God (cf. Dan. 9:27; 11:31; 12:11; Matt. 24:15; 2 Thess. 2:4). The false prophet and Antichrist will later return and reign from the true throne in Jerusalem.

2. 13:15 speak. The false prophet will give the image of Antichrist the appearance of life, and the image will seem to utter words—contrary to what is normally true of idols (cf. Ps. 135:15, 16; Hab. 2:19). cause . . . to be killed. His gentleness is a lie, since he is a killer (7:9–17). Some Gentiles will be spared to populate the kingdom (Matt. 25:31–40), and Jews will be protected (12:17).

3. 13:8 Book of Life. Antichrist’s rule will extend to all except believers whose names have been written in “the book of life.” The phrase “from the foundation of the world” relates to the writing of the names (RSB).

4. 3:5. “I will not erase his name.” Not a threat but an assurance that saved peoples’ names will always be in the “book of life” (RSB).

B. 14:10 cup of His indignation. Anyone loyal to the Antichrist and his kingdom will suffer the outpouring of God’s collected wrath, done with the full force of His divine anger and unmitigated vengeance (cf. Ps. 75:8; Is. 51:17; Jer. 25:15, 16). Divine wrath is not an impulsive outburst of anger aimed capriciously at people God does not like. It is the settled, steady, merciless, graceless, and compassionless response of a righteous God against sin. fire and brimstone. These are two elements that are often associated in Scripture with the torment of divine punishment (Gen. 19:24, 25; Is. 34:8–10). Here the reference is to hell, the lake of fire (cf. 19:20; 20:10; 21:8). Brimstone is a fiery sulfur (see note on 9:17).

C. 14:11 torment ascends forever and ever. A reference to the eternality of hell (cf. Matt. 3:12; 13:41, 42; 25:41; Mark 9:48). Torment is the ceaseless infliction of unbearable pain (cf. Luke 16:23, 24), here prescribed for all who are loyal to Satan’s leader.

D. 14:12 This is excellent scriptural support for the doctrine of perseverance, which assures all true believers in Christ that they will never lose their faith. The regenerate will continually endure, right to the end, in obedience to the truth, no matter what may come against them (see notes on Rom. 8:31–39; Phil. 1:6; cf. Jer. 32:40; Matt. 24:13; John 6:35–40; 10:27–30; 1 John 5:4, 11–13, 20).

E. 14:13 Blessed. See note on 1:3. 1:3 Blessed. This is the only biblical book that comes with a blessing for the one who listens to it being read and explained and then responds in obedience. This is the first of 7 beatitudes in the book (v. 3; 14:13; 16:15; 19:9; 20:6; 22:7, 14). time is near. “Time” refers to epochs, eras, or seasons. The next great epoch of God’s redemptive history is imminent. But although Christ’s coming is the next event, it may be delayed so long that people begin to question whether He will ever come (cf. Matt. 24:36–39; 2 Pet. 3:3, 4).

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Views Of Life

NICU nurses sing holiday carol to preemie baby. Sunnybrook Hospital. Two of Sunnybrook’s NICU nurses shared the holiday spirit with baby Anya this week by singing her a carol.

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Leviticus Chapter 17. God=LORD=Yahweh (the proper name of the God of Israel).

Levitucus 17:11,14. 11 “For the life of the flesh is in the blood….” 14 “For as for the life of all flesh, its blood is identified with its life….”

Comment, MacArthur Study Bible: “life of the flesh is in the blood.” This phrase is amplified by “its blood sustains its life” (17:14). Blood carries life-sustaining elements to all parts of the body; therefore it represents the essence of life. In contrast, the shedding of blood represents the shedding of life, i.e., death.

Pharoah.

Herod’s Death Of Jewish Male Babies.

Exodus 1:15 Then the king of Egypt spoke to the Hebrew midwives, one of whom was named Shiphrah and the other was named Puah; 16 and he said, “When you are helping the Hebrew women to give birth and see them upon the birthstool, if it is a son, then you shall put him to death; but if it is a daughter, then she shall live.” 17 But the midwives feared God, and did not do as the king of Egypt had commanded them, but let the boys live. 18 So the king of Egypt called for the midwives and said to them, “Why have you done this thing, and let the boys live?” 19 The midwives said to Pharaoh, “Because the Hebrew women are not as the Egyptian women; for they are vigorous and give birth before the midwife can get to them.” 20 So God was good to the midwives, and the people multiplied, and became very mighty. 21 Because the midwives feared God, He established households for them. 22 Then Pharaoh commanded all his people, saying, “Every son who is born you are to cast into the Nile, and every daughter you are to keep alive.”

God’s Retribution

Exodus 14:23-30

23 Then the Egyptians took up the pursuit, and all Pharaoh’s horses, his chariots and his horsemen went in after them into the midst of the sea. 24 At the morning watch, the Lord looked down on the army of the Egyptians through the pillar of fire and cloud and brought the army of the Egyptians into confusion. 25 He caused their chariot wheels to swerve, and He made them drive with difficulty; so the Egyptians said, “Let us flee from Israel, for the Lord is fighting for them against the Egyptians.”

26 Then the Lord said to Moses, “Stretch out your hand over the sea so that the waters may come back over the Egyptians, over their chariots and their horsemen.” 27 So Moses stretched out his hand over the sea, and the sea returned to its normal state at daybreak, while the Egyptians were fleeing right into it; then the Lord overthrew the Egyptians in the midst of the sea. 28 The waters returned and covered the chariots and the horsemen, even Pharaoh’s entire army that had gone into the sea after them; not even one of them remained. 29 But the sons of Israel walked on dry land through the midst of the sea, and the waters were like a wall to them on their right hand and on their left.

30 Thus the Lord saved Israel that day from the hand of the Egyptians, and Israel saw the Egyptians dead on the seashore.

Herod.

Herod Slaughters All Males In Bethlehem, Two Years Old and Younger.

Matthew 2:16 Then when Herod saw that he had been tricked by the magi, he became very enraged, and sent and slew all the male children who were in Bethlehem and all its vicinity, from two years old and under, according to the time which he had determined from the magi.

Herod’s Demise

https://abcnews.go.com/Technology/story?id=98107&page=1#:~:text=Jan.&text=The%20clues%20to%20Herod’s%20diagnosis,and%20gangrene%20of%20the%20genitals.%22

The leader is probably most notorious for the “Massacre of the Innocents,” as described in the gospel of Matthew. When, upon hearing that a new king of Jews had been born in Judaea, Herod ordered the killing of all male infants of Bethlehem aged 2 years or younger.

Herod was a ruthless man who died a miserable death.

More than 2,000 years after Herod the Great succumbed at age 69, doctors have now settled on exactly what killed the king of ancient Judea: chronic kidney disease complicated by a very uncomfortable case of maggot-infested gangrene of the genitals.

The clues to Herod’s diagnosis were listed in ancient history books and, according to Jan Hirschmann, the lead diagnosing doctor in the case, included “intense itching, painful intestinal problems, breathlessness, convulsions in every limb and gangrene of the genitals.”

The clues to Herod’s diagnosis were listed in ancient history books and, according to Jan Hirschmann, the lead diagnosing doctor in the case, included “intense itching, painful intestinal problems, breathlessness, convulsions in every limb and gangrene of the genitals.”

Hirschmann, who is a physician at the Veterans Affairs Puget Sounds Health Care System in Washington state, said chronic kidney disease could explain nearly all of Herod’s symptoms. However, he said the king’s case of gangrene (now a rare condition known as Fournier’s gangrene) could not be explained by kidney disease and was “unusual.”

Hirschmann suspects one of three conditions likely introduced Fournier’s gangrene to the leader’s “privy parts.” An infection in Herod’s abdomen could have spread to his groin and rectal areas (Herod is said to have complained of abdominal pain).

He may have sexually contracted gonorrhea, which could have led to an infection of the urethra — the tube connecting the bladder to the outside world. This infection could have cause urine to leak inside the king’s body, spreading bacteria.

Finally, since reports indicate the king “had a terrible desire to scratch himself,” this scratching could have introduced gangrene directly into the area.

Records also indicate the swelling at the leader’s groin was further wracked by an infestation of worms. Hirschmann says what may have looked like “worms” could have actually been shredded pieces of skin, although, he says there is a possibility they were real.

“There could have been maggots feeding on the tissue,” said Philip Mackowiak, chief of the Medical Care Clinical Center at the Veterans Affairs Maryland Healthcare System, who oversees an annual conference at the center to diagnose historical figures. “It’s tough to know how long he was suffering but it was probably months, possibly a couple years.”

Biden And Harris.

Biden’s View of Deaths Of Babies.

Joe Biden Wants to Make Killing Babies in Abortions Up to Birth “The Law of the Land”

Democrat presidential candidate Joe Biden promised Monday to pass legislation that could make the killing of unborn babies up to birth in abortions “the law of the land.”

FACT: Joe Biden Supports Killing Babies in Abortions Up to Birth

“Biden and Democrats just clarified the fact that they are fully in favor of (very) LATE TERM ABORTION, right up until the time of birth, and beyond — which would be execution,” Trump wrote Tuesday morning on Twitter. “

Joe Biden and Kamala Harris Support Legalizing Abortions Up to Birth Nationwide

Conflicting Claims.

At the 2020 Republican National Convention, keynote speakers and others stated:

“Joe Biden supports taxpayer funding of abortion right up to the moment of birth.”
– Vice-President Mike Pence
“Joe Biden claims he has empathy for the vulnerable—yet the party he leads supports the extreme late-term abortion of defenseless babies right up to the moment of birth.”
– President Donald Trump
“President Trump will stand up against Biden-Harris, who are the most anti-life presidential ticket ever, even supporting the horrors of late-term abortion and infanticide.”
– Deirdre Byrne, a Catholic nun, retired surgeon, and retired Army officer
“If you watched the DNC last week,” their “argument for Joe Biden boiled down to the fact that they think he’s a nice guy,” but policies that “allow abortion up until the point of birth are not nice.”
– Ronna McDaniel, Chair of the Republican National Committee

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Demise Of Biden And Harris.

Galatians 6:7: “Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, this he will also reap.”

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Israel In Acts, Chapters 1 And 2, A Jewish Context, 33 A.D.

Video Title: Holy Spirit Comes

Article Title: Israel In Acts, Chapters 1 And 2, A Jewish Context, 33 A.D.

Introduction:

In this study of the Book of Acts, we have been focusing on the presence of Jews in Jerusalem. We have seen the activities that led up to the outpouring of the Holy Spirit on Jews while they were In Jerusalem for the Feast of Pentecost. Some Jews had already come to saving faith in Christ, “but many more had not.” The significance of Pentecost is that it was a day that ensured that numerous nationalities of Jews would be directed by the Law to be present in Jerusalem, on that day (Ex 23:14-17). Notice that in the video, the prayer is “Thy Kingdom come, Thy Will be done in earth, as it is in Heaven” (Matt 6:10). These disciples of Christ are still praying for the Kingdom, which was promised to Israel, to come to earth “now.” They are not praying to be taken up to Heaven, which is not a teaching of the promise of Kingdom life. The Kingdom will be on earth (Gen 12:1-3; 15:18-21; 17:8). The disciples have not been given the teaching of Heaven in great detail, other than in John 14:2-6. In time, they will come to understand the Resurrection and Rapture of the church in 1 Cor 15:50-54 and 1 Thes 4:13-18, as well as many other doctrinal teachings that are mysteries to them.

Looking Back:

Acts 1:1-26

We have seen that for a period of 40 days, after the resurrection of Christ, that He spoke about the Kingdom of God, not only to the disciples of Christ (Acts 1:3), but also to more than 1500 brethren (Jews, 1 Cor 15:6; Mt 25:40) “at one time.” (The gospel of the death, burial and resurrection of Christ is stated in 1 Cor 15:1-8; the Gospel of the Kingdom will be preached during the Tribulation by the 144,000 Jews (Mt 24:14, Rev 7:3.)

Prior to the ascension of Christ to Heaven (Acts 1:9), He told the disciples to “stay” in Jerusalem for what “The Father had promised” (Acts 1:4). We saw that the disciples were still waiting for the the restoring of the kingdom to Israel (Acts 1:6. The Abrahamic Covenant: Gen 12:1-3; 15:18-21; 17:8: “land, people, and blessings.” The Davidic Covenant: 2 Sam 7:8-16: A Godly government; taught by Christ and His disciples to Jews (Matt 4:17; 10:7; Lk 10:9, 11), and not to Samaritans or Gentiles (Mt 10:5-6). The Kingdom and Second Coming of Christ “to earth,” relate to Israel. Christ did not teach about the rapture of the Church to Jews, because the Rapture of the Church was a “mystery” (1 Cor 15:51) to the Jews at the time of Christ, and would not be revealed until 59 A.D. (1 Cor 15:50-54), and relates to those of us who are living during the Church age (saved Jews and saved Gentiles). The Rapture does not relate to those who are left behind from the Rapture and come to saving faith in Christ during the Tribulation (when the Church will not be present). The term, “mystery,” relates to something that had not been previously revealed by God.

We also saw where angels told the disciples” (Acts 1:11), that just as Christ was lifted up to Heaven, He would return to earth in the same manner (Matt 24:29:31; Zech 14:1-5; Rev 19:11-21). This return of Christ to earth, will result with Christ returning “to the earth, standing on the earth, at the place from where He ascended, on the Mount of Olives (Zech 14:4). In the Rapture of the Church, Christ will return in the air (not touching the earth), and will catch up His born again believers from earth, and take them with Him to Heaven (John 14:2-6; 1 Thes 4:16-17; 1 Cor 15:50-54).

We saw where the disciples returned to Jerusalem (a Sabbath Day’s journey…Acts 1:12, Mt 24:20), which is the distance that Rabbis allowed Jews to travel on the Sabbath, i.e., 2,000 cubits, appx 1/2 mile/1 km (Ex 16:29; Num 35:5, RSB). We saw where the disciples entered Jerusalem, and went up to the upper room, where they, and women (appx 120 people), devoted themselves to prayer (Acts 1:13-15). The upper room may have been the house of Mary (Acts 12:12), or the location of the last Passover meal, that Christ had with His disciples (Mk 14:12-15; Lk 22:11-12; MSB). The upper room may have also been on the top of a largge house (NAC). The Passover meal of Matt 26:26-30, Mark 14:22-25, Luke 22:14-20, John 13:1-5, was not Christian communion. Passover meals would continue to be observed annually, and continues to be observed by Jews each year, even to the year in which we find our place.

Acts 2:1-36

We saw in Acts 2:1 that the Day of Pentecost occurred 50 days after the resurrection of Christ (RSB), a total of 10 days from the day of the ascension of Christ (RSB). Many Christians observe “Ascension Sunday” (the Sunday after the ascension of Christ),” and “Pentecost Sunday” (the Sunday when the Holy Spirit fell on Jerusalem). On the Day of Pentecost, those in the upper room, under the influence of the Holy Spirit, spoke the message of “the mighty deeds of God” (Act 2:11). The miracle of Pentecost is that 120 Jews in the upper room (Acts 1:15), spoke in the languages (tongues) of the Jews, who were in Jerusalem for the Feast of Pentecost (Acts 2:6); it was like a United Nations translation of a speaker into the languages of all of the international people who are present. “The Day of Pentecost,” the fourth of the annual feasts of the Jews (after Passover, Unleavened Bread, and First Fruits; it came 50 days after First Fruits, a type of resurrection of Christ… 1 Cor 15:23). Pentecost was the Greek name for the Jewish Feast of Weeks, so called because it fell seven (a week of) weeks after First Fruits. It celebrated the wheat harvest (Ex 23:16). This Day of Pentecost in Acts 2 marked the beginning of the Church (Matt 16:18). Possibly at Acts 2:3, the group left the house and went to the Temple (RSB). In Acts 2:14-36, the Apostle Peter preached the first message of Christ to Jews, in the Dispensation of The Church (SRN). The conclusion of Peter’s sermon is stated in Acts 2:36: “Therefore let all the house of Israel know for certain that God has made Him both Lord and Christ—this Jesus whom you crucified.”

It was truly an act of God for the 120 Disciples in the upper room, and the Apostle Peter to preach the message of Christ (Acts 2:14-36), so that all of the assembled Jews in Jerusalem could understand the message in their own languages (Acts 2:8), with a total of 3,000 unbelieving Jews coming to saving faith in Christ on the Day of Pentecost (Acts 2:41).

It is important to understand that the events of the Day of Pentecost relate to Jews. Gentiles are not the focus of the message of Christ, at this time. Read the following, by Howard Culbertson http://home.snu.edu/~hculbert/personal

In its infancy, the Early Church was almost 100% Jewish. That should not surprise us. Those whom God inspired to write the books of the Hebrew Scriptures (the Old Testament) had all been Jews. The promised Messiah, Jesus of Nazareth, was Jewish. Though the 3,000 people converted on the Day of Pentecost were “from every nation under Heaven,” (Acts 2) they were obviously not Gentile pagans since they were all in Jerusalem to celebrate a distinctly Jewish festival. http://home.snu.edu/~hculbert/gentile.htm

Looking Ahead: Acts 2:37-47. The Results Of Peter’s Pentecost Sermon.

2:37, Now when they heard this, they were pierced to the heart, and said to Peter and the rest of the apostles, “Brethren, what shall we do?”

Note: 2:37. “cut to the heart.” The Gr. word for “cut” means “pierce” or “stab,” and thus denotes something sudden and unexpected. In grief, remorse, and intense spiritual conviction, Peter’s listeners were stunned by his indictment that they had killed their Messiah.

2:38, Peter said to them, “Repent, and each of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins; and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. Based on Acts 2:8, tongues as are prominent in many of today’s churches, are not words that are unintelligible, and in the context of Acts 2, do not need interpretation by others.

Note: 2:38a. “Repent.” To change one’s mind; specifically, here, about Jesus of Nazareth, and to acknowledge Him as Lord (=God) and Christ (=Messiah). Such repentance brings about salvation. (RSB)

Note (Mine) 2:38b. “be baptized…for the forgiveness of your sins.” Matt 3:2, “Repent”, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.” The word to Jews was to repent “change their minds about Christ.” The offer of the Kingdom, not Heaven, was being offered to Israel, (metanoeó: to change one’s mind or purpose; same as in Acts 2:38). Matt 3:6, “and they were being baptized by him in the Jordan River, as they confessed their sins.” These Jews were being baptized in response to their belief in Christ as Messiah, as the King that God has chosen for Israel (Deu 17:15). In response to the Pharisees and Saducees, who were going to John for baptism, John said in Matt 3:8, “Therefore bear fruit in keeping with repentance;” their “metanoeó” was not genuine. The Jews who were serious in their metanoeó had the result of John 3:3: ‘Jesus answered and said to him,’ “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born again he cannot see the kingdom of God.” The new-birth is promised to those in the Church Age as a condition for Heaven (2 Cor 5:17), “Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creature; the old things passed away; behold, new things have come.”

Note (Mine) 2:38c. “the gift of the Holy Spirit.” We may ask, “what is the gift of the Holy Spirit?” (This verse relates to Jews at Pentecost, in 33 A.D.). The following verses tell of a chronological listing of the giving of Spiritual gifts, that are provided by God to those whom have been born again, to be taught by God’s Holy Spirit, who will teach the world through His born again believers in Christ.

(33 A.D.) John 14:16,17,26, (16 I will ask the Father, and He will give you another Helper, that He may be with you forever; 17 that is the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it does not see Him or know Him, but you know Him because He abides with you and will be in you. 26 But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all that I said to you.). 16:8, And He, when He comes, will convict the world concerning sin and righteousness and judgment.

The following verses of Spiritual gifts relate to those in the churches that are composed of Jews and Gentiles. These gifts are given by God to those whom He may choose. In the Book of Acts, there is no such detailed spiritual gifting.

(59 A.D.) 1 Cor 12:1, “Now concerning spiritual gifts,” 12:4, “Now there are varieties of gifts, but the same Spirit.

(60 A.D.) Rom 12:6, “Since we have gifts that differ according to the grace given to us”

(64 A.D.) Eph 4:8, “He gave gifts to men.”

(64 A.D.) Heb 2:4, “gifts of the Holy Spirit according to His own will.”

(33 A.D.) Mark 16:16. There are two different accounts of the Resurrection of Christ. vs 1-8 are consistent with the Resurrection and great commission accounts of Matt 28, Luke 24, Acts 1, and John 20. Vs 9-20 show a different cast of women who are present at the tomb. vs 1 shows two women; vs 9 shows one woman. Vs 16, “he who has believed and been baptized;” John 3:16, Rom 10:9 state that belief in Christ is necessary for salvation, and not any inclusion of baptism in attaining salvation. Vs 17, (believers will) cast out demons, speak with new tongues, vs 18 pick up serpents, and if they drink any deadly poison, it will not hurt them; they will lay hands on the sick, and they will recover. Note that in vs 17, “speak with new tongues,” is not consistent with the other accounts of the resurrection. Consider the following comments from the MacArthur Study Bible.

16:9–20 The external evidence strongly suggests these verses were not originally part of Mark’s gospel. While the majority of Gr. manuscripts contain these verses, the earliest and most reliable do not. A shorter ending also existed, but it is not included in the text. Further, some that include the passage note that it was missing from older Gr. manuscripts, while others have scribal marks indicating the passage was considered spurious. The fourth-century church fathers Eusebius and Jerome noted that almost all Gr. manuscripts available to them lacked vv. 9–20. The internal evidence from this passage also weighs heavily against Mark’s authorship. The transition between vv. 8 and 9 is abrupt and awkward. The Gr. particle translated “now” that begins v. 9 implies continuity with the preceding narrative. What follows, however, does not continue the story of the women referred to in v. 8,

The NASB, NKJV, ESV, and NIV agree with the MacArthur Study Bible comments on vs 9-20.

Acts 2:42, “They were continually devoting themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer.”

Note (Mine). They=early Church).  These were Jews who were in Jerusalem for the annual Feast of Pentecost (Ac 2:6-11; Lev 23:15-22).

Note (Mine). Breaking of bread does not indicate Christian communion, especially at such at early date in the spiritual growth of Jewish believers in Christ. When we consider the events of Pentecost, we notice that on the day prior, all of these Jews were unbelievers. On the day of Pentecost, they became believers in Christ. The theme of the NT is “Christ and Him crucified,” (Acts 2:36, 33 A.D., 1 Cor 2:2, 59 A.D.). The term, “breaking of bread,” was used in Luke 24:30, where the meaning was that of a meal, and can not relate to Christian communion. These Jews had no preconceived ideas of, such as, “First Baptist Church Of Jerusalem.” That which they knew dealt with “Christ, and Him crucified.”

Acts 2:46, “Day by day continuing with one mind in the temple, and breaking bread from house to house, they were taking their meals together with gladness and sincerity of heart,”  

Note (Mine). These were Pentecost Day Jews; they met as believers in homes having meals= breaking bread (see Lk 24:30-35, which was not Christian Communion). This was too soon for “formal Church functions.”  3,000 Jews accepted Christ on the Day of Pentecost (Ac 2:41), but continued going to the temple, as did other Jews who came to saving faith in Christ; follow the Acts timeline. One of my Jewish Messianic believers in Christ discussed the aspect of these Jews continuing their attendance at the Temple. He said that Jews would not bring embarrassment on their elders by immediately dismissing themselves form Temple worship. As we continue with this study of Acts, as we key on the Jewish element of the early church, we will see born again Jews continuing in Temple worship.

Acts 2:47, “praising God and having favor with all the people. And the Lord was adding to their number day by day those who were being saved.”

Note (Mine). The Holy Spirit led: (1) 120 “believing Jews” to speak in the languages of Pentecost Day “unbelieving Jews” in Jerusalem (Ac 2:8); and (2) Peter to “preach Christ” (Ac 2:14-36); (3) leading 3,000 unbelieving Jews to belief in Christ on that day (Ac 2:41). Those whom had been baptized were believers prior to their baptism (Ac 2:37-38). They repented (metanoeó: to change one’s mind or purpose) of their unbelief in Christ.

This article is part of a timeline study of the Book of Acts, keying on Israel. Please remember that the context of the early Church is that of Jews, who remained Jews, but grew in their belief and understanding of, “Christ and Him crucified.” Editing details are shown, as follows:

Translation Considerations. “The New American Standard Bible (NASB) translation was chosen for this, and other studies, because of two main reasons. First, the NASB capitalizes the first letter of pronouns that relate to God (Father, Son, Holy Spirit); not all Bible translations show that same respect for God. Second, the NASB has a history of correctness in translation.”

Comment Providers. Unless otherwise indicated, BKC=The Bible Knowledge Commentary. DHC=David Hocking Commentary; HC=Holman Commentary; JDP=J. Dwight Pentecost; MSB=MacArthur Study Bible; MBC=Moody Bible Commentary; NAC=New American Commentary; NIV=NIV Study Bible; NKJV= New King James Study Bible; RLT=Robert L. Thomas Commentary; RC=Ryrie Commentary; RSB=Ryrie Study Bible; SRN=Scofield Reference Notes; WRC= Walvoord Commentary; AMW=Andrew M. Woods. Credentials for individual commentators can be found on my “About Sources” page.

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