20 Israel – Looking Back – The Holiness of God at Mount Sinai

Total Praise – Prestonwood Choir & Orchestra

Why do we offer worship and praise to God? It’s because He is worthy of our worship and praise.

“Worthy are You, our Lord and our God, to receive glory and honor and power; for You created all things, and because of Your will they existed, and were created.” (Rev 4:11. NASB95).

Exodus 4:27 New American Standard Bible (NASB)
27 Now the Lord said to Aaron, “Go to meet Moses in the wilderness.” So he went and met him at the mountain of God and kissed him.

The following links show verses that show the Holiness of God at Mount Sinai.

Exodus 19:1-3
https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=EXODUS+19%3A1-3&version=NASB
Exodus 19:18-20
https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=EXODUS+19%3A18-20&version=NASB
Exodus 20:18-21
https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=EXODUS+20%3A18-21&version=NASB

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17 Israel – Shabbat – May 31, 2019

Avinu Malkeinu (Janowski) by Park Avenue Synagogue’s Cantors – Azi Schwartz – Published on Sep 28, 2017 – Cantors Azi Schwartz, Shira Lissek and Rachel Brook – From “Moments of Awe, Music of the High Holidays” 2017

As you view the Jews in the above video, keep this verse in mind:

Deuteronomy 14:2 New American Standard Bible (NASB)

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.

Throughout each day, keep this key verse in mind:

Psalm 122:6 New American Standard Bible (NASB)

6 Pray for the peace of Jerusalem: “May they prosper who love you.

Introduction.

The earth is spinning on its axis at the equator at the speed of 1,000 miles per hour. As the earth is rotating, the darkened earth is being blessed by the first glimpses of the sun that will bring the dawn of Friday morning. As the earth continues with its race to sunset, turning from east to west, the Sabbath will mark its presence, and beginning, at the setting of the sun. Sabbath will continue from sunset on Friday, until sunset on Saturday. Jews will join for worship on the Sabbath. Other non-Jews will pay honor and respect to the Sabbath.

The purpose of this article is to help non-Jews to gain a better appreciation for Shabbat. There is also a goal of making known to all, Jew and Gentile alike, that there will be a thousand years of Sabbath worship in the Kingdom Age of the Millennium, that awaits those whom have been born again, of all times.

A Discussion: Shabbat, Shabbos, Sabbath

Shabbat (also known as “Shabbos” or the “Sabbath”) is the centerpiece of Jewish life, and has been so since the infancy of our nation. According to the Talmud, Shabbat is equal to all the other commandments. Shabbat is so central to Jewish lifeShabbat is the centerpiece of Jewish life that the term shomer Shabbat (Shabbat observer) is synonymous with “religious Jew” in common parlance. https://www.chabad.org/library/article_cdo/aid/633659/jewish/What-Is-Shabbat.htm

We will consider the connection between the Sabbath and Holiness.

Our discussion begins in history past.

Consider the creation.

Genesis 1:1 New American Standard Bible (NASB)

1 In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.

Genesis 1:31 New American Standard Bible (NASB)

31 God saw all that He had made, and behold, it was very good. And there was evening and there was morning, the sixth day.

Genesis 2:1-4 New American Standard Bible (NASB)

2 Thus the heavens and the earth were completed, and all their hosts. 2 By the seventh day God completed His work which He had done, and He rested on the seventh day from all His work which He had done. 3 Then God blessed the seventh day and sanctified it, because in it He rested from all His work which God had created and made.

Consider the Sabbath in Creation.

Notice that it was the seventh day that God sanctified (6942).

sanctified: וַיְקַדֵּ֖שׁ (vay·kad·desh): 6942: to be set apart or consecrated: denominative verb from qodesh
6942. Transliteration: qadash: Phonetic Spelling: (kaw-dash’)
6942. verb denominative be set apart, consecrated

Notice that “sanctified” is tied to the following words of Holiness.
Sinai, tabernacle, tent of meeting, 7th day, feasts, Sabbath, God, His name

Notice how Sabbath and Holiness draw together in the relationship that existed between God and the Jews. As you read the following verses, consider God’s Holiness in each passage.

Exodus 16:23 then he said to them, “This is what the Lord meant: Tomorrow is a sabbath observance, a holy sabbath to the Lord. Bake what you will bake and boil what you will boil, and all that is left over put aside to be kept until morning.”

Exodus 16:29 See, the Lord has given you the sabbath;

Exodus 20:8 Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy.

Exodus 20:10 but the seventh day is a sabbath of the Lord your God

Exodus 20:11 For in six days the Lord made the heavens and the earth, the sea and all that is in them, and rested on the seventh day; therefore the Lord blessed the sabbath day and made it holy.

Exodus 31:13 “But as for you, speak to the sons of Israel, saying, ‘You shall surely observe My sabbaths; for this is a sign between Me and you throughout your generations, that you may know that I am the Lord who sanctifies you.”

Exodus 31:14 Therefore you are to observe the sabbath, for it is holy to you.

Exodus 31:15 For six days work may be done, but on the seventh day there is a sabbath of complete rest, holy to the Lord;

Exodus 31:16 So the sons of Israel shall observe the sabbath, to celebrate the sabbath throughout their generations as a perpetual covenant.

Exodus 35:2 “For six days work may be done, but on the seventh day you shall have a holy day, a sabbath of complete rest to the Lord”

Leviticus 11:44 For I am the Lord your God. Consecrate yourselves therefore, and be holy, for I am holy.

Leviticus 16:31 It is to be a sabbath of solemn rest for you, that you may humble your souls; it is a permanent statute.

Let’s consider worship in our current church age.

Sabbath Worship, as well as all of the other requirements of the Law, were fulfilled by Christ (Matthew 5:17-18). Believers in Christ are not required to worship on the Sabbath, but there should be an honor and appreciation for the Sabbath. God made the Sabbath; He made the Sabbath Holy. No one can move the Sabbath to another day of the week to meet their desires.

The Sabbath begins each Friday at sunset, and ends on the next day (Saturday) at sunset. We can’t buy marking powder, “mark off the Sabbath” so that we can see its boundaries, and rent a backhoe and dig up the Sabbath and move it to a more preferred day of the week. That just won’t work! What we can do is, “remember the Sabbath and keep it Holy” (Exodus 20:8).

Let us consider future prophecy.

As we go from past to future, we will see something that probably lapses from many minds of Christians. Once the rapture has taken place (John 14:2-3,6; 1 Corinthians 15:50-54; 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18), the church will “be no more.” From Revelation 4:1, through the end of the book of Revelation, there is no mention of the church, because it has been removed from the earth in the rapture. The tribulation is discussed in 4:1 through 19:21. The millennium (Kingdom Age) continues from 20:1 through 20:15. The eternal state begins in 21:1 and continues through the end of Revelation, 22:21. The church has served its purpose. Its born again believers in Christ have been taken to Heaven by Christ (John 14:2-3, 6). Notice, that in John 14:6, “Christ takes the raptured believers to heaven;” this verse relates to much more than a belief in Christ.

The church age born again believers, resurrected and raptured, will rule and reign with Christ for the thousand-year reign of Christ (Rev 20:4), which is the Kingdom Age of the Millennium (thousand years). These same raptured believers will be immortal in their heavenly bodies (1 Cor 15:50-54), and will go from, and back, to Heaven, as they serve Christ.

On earth, during the millennium, there will be people that were not taken up in the rapture; they will have accepted Christ during the Tribulation, through a relationship of belief and trust in Him, having been born again, and allowed to enter the Kingdom Age of the Millennium (Matt 24:40-41…Jews; the one taken (unbeliever) will be taken to judgment; the one left (born again believer) will be left to enter the Kingdom Age. Matthew 25:46…Gentiles; unbelievers to be taken to eternal punishment; born again believers to enter the Kingdom Age).

Those whom will be in the Kingdom will be Jew and Gentile, but will also be “one in Christ” (Gal 3:28-29). The Jews will have been accustomed to Sabbath worship; the Gentiles may have knowledge of Sabbath worship, but may not have actually observed the Sabbath. For the Gentiles, they will come “face to face” with the reality of the following passage of scripture, Isa 66:22-23, with key focus on vs 23. The blessing of John 3:3 will be made obvious (“unless one is born again he cannot see the kingdom of God.” NASB). All those whom had been born again will observe the Sabbath in the Kingdom Age. Such participants will be the Old Testament Saints; the Tribulation Saints (Jew and Gentile, deceased and living, at the end of the Tribulation); the deceased saints of the church age that are resurrected, and the saints that will be alive and caught up in the rapture of the church (John 14:2-3, 6).

Isaiah 66:22-23 New American Standard Bible (NASB)

22 “For just as the new heavens and the new earth, Which I make will endure before Me,” declares the Lord, “So your offspring and your name will endure. 23 “And it shall be from new moon to new moon And from sabbath to sabbath, All mankind will come to bow down before Me,” says the Lord.

Note. 66:22 your descendants…remain. National Israel will have a never-ending existence through the Millennium, and on into the new heavens and the new earth throughout eternity (MacArthur study note).

Note. 66:23 All flesh…worship before Me. All humanity will participate in worshiping the Lord at stipulated times during the temporal phase of the messianic kingdom (MacArthur study note).

The Prophet, Ezekiel, also discussed the millennial Sabbath worship.

Ezekiel 46:3 New American Standard Bible (NASB)

3 The people of the land shall also worship at the doorway of that gate before the Lord on the sabbaths and on the new moons.

We see the fulfillment of Isaiah 66:23 in Ezekiel 46:3. Jews and Gentiles are “the people of the land” that are present during the Millennium. Jews and Gentiles will observe the Sabbath in the Kingdom Age. There are other Jewish type observances for which those whom are “one in Christ,” will participate in the Millennium, and will be discussed in future articles.

Please let me greet all of my friends with the words that will be shared among Jews, and among some Christians and Jews. That greeting is “Shabbat Shalom,” which means, “Sabbath of Peace.”

A Shabbat of Peace For All

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Israel 14 – Shabbat – God’s Words To The Jews


Most Beautiful Shabbat Video Ever!!!! Published on Sep 29, 2014 -Shabbat.com Filmed at the Klatzko Family Shabbat home in Monsey, NY.

It is almost 8 PM on the east coast of the United States of America. As I am completing this article that will be published and posted on my blogs, I am very aware that the earth on which we reside, is speeding on its axis with the result being the arrival of Sabbat on each part of our earth on Godly predetermined times of a twenty-four hour day. Therefore, I must use the mindset of “haste-not waste” as I try not to become a Cinderella type of pumpkin.

The earth is rotating on its axis at a speed of 1,000 miles per hour at the equator. There are 24 time zones in the world, with each time zone being 15 degrees in width at the equator. Therefore, twenty-four time zones, being 15 degrees wide (at the equator), gives us a world of 360 degrees width. If the speed of the earth’s rotation would be 10,000 miles an hour, or ten times its current speed, the earth would move so fast that the earth would never warm from the sun’s rays, which would cause everybody on earth to freeze to death. Consider, also, the heating and burning effect of the sun on the people of the earth, if the earth’s rotation would be 100 miles an hour, or one-tenth of its present speed. With this stated perfection of the earth’s rotation, I will ask this question: “Didn’t God do a good job in creating the earth?” Sorry folks, “no big bang!” Explosions result in a scattering effect of disorder. God’s creation of the world, resulted in perfect order, with the Sabbath Day being the capstone of God’s perfection in creation.

Let’s consider a view of God’s creation of earth, as it is shown in the following video from the moon, on Christmas Eve 1968. Also consider the reading of the Bible from their lunar orbit by the U.S. astronauts. All of the Apollo 8 astronauts were members of the U.S. military.


Matthew Tietje Published on Dec 23, 2013

Think about the coming of the Sabbath on each Friday morning that you wake from sleep. With your mind, move throughout your day, with the knowledge that God is in the process of bringing about Holiness, in each of the 24 time zones, one hour apart. I think that you will gain an appreciation for Shabbat that escapes most believers in Christ. Consider the darkness of Thursday night, ending in the dawning of Friday morning. Consider darkness becoming dawn, dawn becoming day, day becoming evening, evening becoming dusk, and sunset, and the Sabbath arriving at the end of the day (Friday), and lasting 24 hours, until sunset on Saturday evening.

Let’s now consider God, the Sabbath, and the Jews, which is the spiritual tie that draws “that three” together (Imagine a triune Godly relationship).

Exodus 16:23-29 (NASB)

The Sabbath Observed

23…tomorrow is a sabbath observance, a holy sabbath to the Lord. 29 …the Lord has given you the sabbath;

Exodus 31:12-18 (NASB)

The Sign Of  The Sabbath

12 The Lord spoke to Moses, saying, 13“But as for you, speak to the sons of Israel, saying, ‘You shall surely observe My sabbaths; for this is a sign between Me and you throughout your generations, that you may know that I am the Lord who sanctifies you. 14Therefore you are to observe the sabbath, for it is holy to you….15For six days work may be done, but on the seventh day there is a sabbath of complete rest, holy to the Lord….16So the sons of Israel shall observe the sabbath, to celebrate the sabbath throughout their generations as a perpetual covenant.’ 17It is a sign between Me and the sons of Israel forever; for in six days the Lord made heaven and earth, but on the seventh day He ceased from labor, and was refreshed.”

Exodus 20:1, 8-11 (NASB)

1 Then God spoke all these words, saying, 8 Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy. 9 Six days you shall labor and do all your work,10 but the seventh day is a sabbath of the Lord your God; in it you shall not do any work, you or your son or your daughter, your male or your female servant or your cattle or your sojourner who stays with you. 11 For in six days the Lord made the heavens and the earth, the sea and all that is in them, and rested on the seventh day; therefore the Lord blessed the sabbath day and made it holy.

Leviticus 23:1-3 (NASB)

Laws Of Religious Festivals

1 The Lord spoke again to Moses, saying, 2 “Speak to the sons of Israel and say to them, ‘The Lord’s appointed times which you shall proclaim as holy convocations—My appointed times are these: 3 “For six days work may be done, but on the seventh day there is a sabbath of complete rest, a holy convocation. You shall not do any work; it is a sabbath to the Lord in all your dwellings.

Leviticus 23:23-25 (NASB)

23 Again the Lord spoke to Moses, saying, 24 “Speak to the sons of Israel, saying, ‘In the seventh month on the first of the month you shall have a rest, a reminder by blowing of trumpets, a holy convocation. 25 You shall not do any laborious work, but you shall present an offering by fire to the Lord.’”

Leviticus 25:1-4 (NASB)

The Sabbatic Year And Year Of Jubilee

1 The Lord then spoke to Moses at Mount Sinai, saying, 2 “Speak to the sons of Israel and say to them, ‘When you come into the land which I shall give you, then the land shall have a sabbath to the Lord. 3 Six years you shall sow your field, and six years you shall prune your vineyard and gather in its crop, 4 but during the seventh year the land shall have a sabbath rest, a sabbath to the Lord; you shall not sow your field nor prune your vineyard. Deuteronomy is the record of Moses’ words of explanation concerning the law.

Deuteronomy 5:1, 12-14 (NASB)

The Ten Commandments Repeated

1 Then Moses summoned all Israel and said to them:“Hear, O Israel, the statutes and the ordinances which I am speaking today in your hearing, 12 ‘Observe the sabbath day to keep it holy, as the Lord your God commanded you.  13 Six days you shall labor and do all your work, 14 but the seventh day is a sabbath of the Lord your God; in it you shall not do any work, you or your son or your daughter or your male servant or your female servant or your ox or your donkey or any of your cattle or your sojourner who stays with you, so that your male servant and your female servant may rest as well as you.

Deuteronomy 15:1 (NASB)

The Sabbatic Year

1 At the end of every seven years you shall grant a remission of debts.

Deuteronomy 14:2 (NASB)

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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Israel 13 – Shabbat – The True Light – John 1:6-13

How to light Shabbat candles? Yahaduton Published on May 27, 2013

A woman brought “The Light” into the world.

Isaiah 7:14 New American Standard Bible (NASB)

Isaiah’s Prophecy Of The Light

14 Therefore the Lord Himself will give you a sign: Behold, a virgin will be with child and bear a son, and she will call His name Immanuel.

The Birth Of The Light

Matthew 1:23-25 New American Standard Bible (NASB)

23 “Behold, the virgin shall be with child and shall bear a Son, and they shall call His name Immanuel,” which translated means, “God with us.” 24 And Joseph awoke from his sleep and did as the angel of the Lord commanded him, and took Mary as his wife, 25 but kept her a virgin until she gave birth to a Son; and he called His name Jesus.

Christ, “God with us,” (Isaiah 7:14/Matthew 1:23)

John 1:6-13 New American Standard Bible (NASB)

John The Baptist’s Witness Of The Light

6 There came a man sent from God, whose name was John. 7 He came as a witness, to testify about the Light, so that all might believe through him. 8 He was not the Light, but he came to testify about the Light.

9 There was the true Light which, coming into the world, enlightens every man. 10 He was in the world, and the world was made through Him, and the world did not know Him. 11 He came to His own, and those who were His own did not receive Him. 12 But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, even to those who believe in His name, 13 who were born, not of blood nor of the will of the flesh nor of the will of man, but of God.

Exodus 16

The Sabbath, “Holy To The Lord.” The Sabbath, “God’s Gift To The Jews.”

23 Tomorrow is a sabbath observance, a holy sabbath to the Lord. 29 See, the Lord has given you the sabbath.

Exodus 31

The Sign of the Sabbath, “Between God And The Jews.”

12 The Lord spoke to Moses, saying, 13 “But as for you, speak to the sons of Israel, saying, ‘You shall surely observe My sabbaths; for this is a sign between Me and you throughout your generations, that you may know that I am the Lord who sanctifies you. 14 Therefore you are to observe the sabbath, for it is holy to you….16 So the sons of Israel shall observe the sabbath, to celebrate the sabbath throughout their generations as a perpetual covenant.’ 17 It is a sign between Me and the sons of Israel forever; for in six days the Lord made heaven and earth, but on the seventh day He ceased from labor, and was refreshed.”

Please allow me to wish you, “Shabbat Shalom,” which mean “Sabbath Of Peace.” Shabbat/Sabbath begins on Friday at sunset, and ends on Saturday at sunset.
What Does “Shabbat Shalom” Mean?

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Verses – John 1:1-5

john 1:1-5 Alex Welgraven Published on Oct 23, 2015

John 1:1-5 New American Standard Bible (NASB)

The Deity of Jesus Christ

1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 He was in the beginning with God. 3 All things came into being through Him, and apart from Him nothing came into being that has come into being. 4 In Him was life, and the life was the Light of men. 5 The Light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not comprehend it.

Notes: MacArthur Study Bible

John 1:1 https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=John+1%3A1-5&version=NASB
John 1:3 https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=John+1%3A1-5&version=NASB
John 1:4-5 https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=John+1%3A1-5&version=NASB
John 1:5 https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=John+1%3A1-5&version=NASB

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Thursday – Passion Week – 2019

It is Thursday of Passion Week. During Thursday of Passover Week, the following events take place: The preparation for Passover. The Passover meal and the washing of the feet of the disciples by Christ. Christ predicts His betrayal. A dispute among the disciples over whom would be the greatest. The Apostles’ reward during the Millennium. Christ foretells Peter’s denial. Christ warns the disciples of coming conflict. The agony of Christ in the garden. The betrayal of Christ by Judas. The two most significant events, which are the focus of Maundy Thursday, are, “the Passover meal, and Christ washing the disciples’feet.” Judas, the betrayer of Christ, was included in the Passover meal and the foot washing. Christ served bread and wine to Judas, and washed the feet of Judas, with the full knowledge that Judas would be His (Christ’s) betrayer.

The word Maundy is derived from the Latin word for “command.” The “Maundy,” in “Maundy Thursday,” refers to the command that Christ gave to the disciples at the Last Supper, that they should love and serve one another.

The opening video shows a Passover upper room experience. There will also be a Day Of Pentecost upper room experience, and will be discussed. It is important to know that this Passover meal was not a Christian communion. The church age had not begun. There was not a Christian church until the day of Pentecost. This Passover meal was being observed, based on Old Testament scriptures, and would be observed annually by Jews, based on Old Testament Scriptures. There is no scripture to indicate that the Apostles, or other Jews, which were present for this Passover meal would discontinue observing Passover, or any of the other Old Testament feasts, even after the Holy Spirit was poured out on them on the Day of Pentecost and the Church was born.

Leviticus 23:4-5 English Standard Version (ESV) The Passover

4 “These are the appointed feasts of the Lord, the holy convocations, which you shall proclaim at the time appointed for them. 5 In the first month, on the fourteenth day of the month at twilight, is the Lord’s Passover.

Passion Week/Holy Week. Thursday of Passion Week is the last Thursday prior to Resurrection Sunday; it is the fifth day of Passion Week, one day before Good Friday (the Friday before Resurrection Sunday). On this particular evening, there was intimate teaching and conversation among Christ and His disciples. Key conversation of this evening is recorded in John 13:1-17:26. The passage of Luke 8:1-3 tells of women traveling with Christ and the Twelve Disciples, and also of being taught by Christ. Women were present in an upper room as they, and the disciples, prayed for the Holy Spirit to come upon them (which occurred on the Day of Pentecost) (Acts 1:1-5;12-15; 2:1-4). The disciples prepared the Passover in an upper room (Luke 22:7-13). It is my belief that the upper room of the Passover is the same one of the Day Of Pentecost. It is also my belief that women were present in the upper room with Christ and the disciples on the evening of the Passover meal, foot washing and teaching of Christ.

Luke 22:7-53, Thursday, The Passover meal and betrayal of Christ by Judas.

Consider the following verses, by link.

Thursday

Luke 22:7-53 https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=luke+22%3A7-53&version=HCSB
Matthew 26:17-56 https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=matthew+26%3A17-56&version=HCSB
Mark 14:12-50 https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=mark+14%3A12-50&version=HCSB
John 13:1-14:31 https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=john+13%3A1-14%3A31&version=HCSB
John 15:1-18:3 https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=john+15%3A1-18%3A3&version=HCSB

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Israel 5 – Exodus 3

Many people shall come and say, “Come, and let us go up to the mountain of the Lord, To the house of the God of Jacob; He will teach us His ways, And we shall walk in His paths.” For out of Zion shall go forth the law, And the word of the Lord from Jerusalem. (Isaiah 2:3, NKJV, 740 B.C., written to the southern kingdom of Israel, Judah and Jerusalem).

Prophet, Priest, King: During this study of Israel, we will be exposed to Prophets, whom were Jews that represented God to the Jewish people. We will also be exposed to Priests, whom were Jews that represented the Jewish people to God. The King was God, is still God, and always will be God (Psalm 90:2). In each study, we will look at Prophetic and Historic events in the history of Israel. (In the New Testament, church spiritual leadership is, per Ephesians 4:11, “apostles, prophets, evangelists, pastors, teachers.”)

Prophetic, a view of the end times.

The song and the verse (Isaiah 2:3) look forward to the time of the Kingdom Age, which will be the Millennial reign of Christ. The house of the Lord is the Temple of God, and will not be the tribulation temple, which will not be of God; His Presence will not be there. Instead, it will be the Temple that Ezekiel describes, and will definitely be of God; the Glory of God will be being present in this Millennial Temple (Ezekiel 40:1-43:27). In Isaiah 2:3, Torah (8451) will be taught by *Yahweh* (3068) to Jew and non-Jew believers at the Temple in Jerusalem (See names of *God* below) (See meanings of 8451 and 3068 in https://biblehub.com/lexicon/isaiah/2-3.htm).

Isaiah 2:3 “mountain of the Lord.” Isaiah frequently calls Mt. Zion the “holy mountain” (11:9; 27:13; 56:7; 57:13; 65:11, 25; 66:20); a prophetic picture of Zion in the future messianic kingdom when all people will recognize Jerusalem as the capital of the world (MacArthur study note). This is a description of the Millennial Kingdom. God’s government will be established over all the kingdoms of this world. Gentiles (nations) and Jews (peoples) will do the will of God; justice and peace will reign (Ryrie Study Bible).

Historic, a stepping stone to the prophetic.

As you read through this article on the third chapter of Exodus, you will be exposed to gold nuggets of scripture. Read the Holy Words of God, as they are laid before you. Pray. Use great care. Be investigative. Consider context. Here is a sample of that which will follow:

Ezekiel 3:14 And God said to Moses, “I AM WHO I AM.” And He said, “Thus you shall say to the children of Israel, ‘I AM has sent me to you.’ ” 15 Moreover God said to Moses, “Thus you shall say to the children of Israel: ‘The Lord God of your fathers, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob, has sent me to you. This is My name forever, and this is My memorial to all generations.’(Exodus 3:14-15, NKJV)

…3:14 I AM WHO I AM. This name for God points to His self-existence and eternality; it denotes “I am the One who is/will be,” (MacArthur study note).

Jesus said to them, “Most assuredly, I say to you, before Abraham was, I AM.” (John 8:58, NKJV)

…..8:58 Most assuredly. Here, Jesus declared Himself to be Yahweh, i.e., the Lord of the OT.

(My note: When John 8:58 looks back to Ex 3:14, the proof of the divinity of Christ is made clear.)

…3:15 The fulfillment of the Abrahamic Covenant teaches the resurrection. Since the covenant was made with Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, and since these Patriarchs had died before having seen the fulfillment of the covenant, a resurrection is needed in order for them to see the fulfillment of the promises that God made to them through the Covenant. (Things To Come, J. Dwight Pentecost, 1958, pg 70)

In this study of God’s chosen people, it is important to know the most commonly used names of God (John 8:32).

In this third chapter of the book of Exodus, we find the following Names that are Names of God. At the bottom of this page you will find a larger listing of the Names of God.

Elohim, God, vs 1, 4, 6, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 18:
Yah·weh, Lord, vs 2, 4, 7, 15, 16, 18
Yayah, I AM, vs 14

Text Overview.

Date. The third chapter of Exodus took place in 1447 B.C. (Thompson Chain-Reference Study Bible, 2009, previous editions date back to 1903).

Exodus 3 Outline. 1 Moses keeps Jethro’s flock. 2 God appears to him in a burning bush; 9 and sends him to deliver Israel. 14 The name of God. 15 His message to Israel. (Outline from Nave’s Study Bible, 1978)

Exodus 3 Examination. In this chapter, we will focus our attention on the call of Moses by God, and God’s revelation of Himself.

Exodus 3 New American Standard Bible (NKJV)

1 Now Moses was tending the flock of Jethro his father-in-law, the priest of Midian. And he led the flock to the back of the desert, and came to Horeb, the mountain of God.

2-8 https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=ex+3%3A2-8&version=NKJV

9-13 https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=ex+3%3A9-13&version=NKJV

14 And God said to Moses, “I AM WHO I AM.” And He said, “Thus you shall say to the children of Israel, ‘I AM has sent me to you.’ ”

15 Moreover God said to Moses, “Thus you shall say to the children of Israel: ‘The Lord God of your fathers, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob, has sent me to you. This is My name forever, and this is My memorial to all generations.’

16-22 https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=ex+3%3A16-22&version=NKJV

See the following note from the NKJV study notes.

3:1 Horeb, another name for Mt. Sinai, means “Desolate Place.” Yet because of God’s appearance on the mountain (here and in chs. 19; 20), this desolate place would become holy, the mountain of God (see 4:27). Usually this site is identified as Jebel el-Musa, a mountain in the southern Sinai Peninsula.

See the following note from the New Spirit-Filled Life Bible..

3:5 Take your sandals off: In the East, removing one’s shoes (sandals) is a form of respect. Holy ground: The ground becomes holy because of God’s visitation.

See the following notes from the Ryrie Study Bible.

3:1 “Horeb” was another name for “Mount Sinai” (cf Deut 5:2).Traditionally located in the SW part of the Sinai Peninsula; it is a 7,363 foot peak.
3:2 “The angel of the Lord” was the Lord Himself (cf 4). “the bush was burning with fire.” Moses saw a bush actually burning, but not consumed. See Gen 16:9. “angel of the Lord,” (a theophany, a self-manifestation of God.)
3:8 This deliverance was first promised to Abraham (Gen 13:15). The milk came mostly from sheep ad goats.
3:11 Five times Moses tried to excuse himself from God’s call (see also v 13, 4:1, 10, 13). God assured Moses that He would be present during the deliverance, and that He would be present during the deliverance, and that the nation would one day worship God at that very mountain (vs 12).
3:14 I AM WHO I AM. The inner meaning of “Yahweh,” – “I am the One who is”- emphasizes God’s dynamic and active self existence.
3:15 The Lord (Heb., Yahweh) was not pronounced in later years by pious Jews for fear of violating 20:7. Instead, they substituted the word Adonai (Lord) whenever Yahweh occurred. The use of large and small capital letters (Lord) in the Bible text indicates that the Hebrew word is Yahweh.
3:18 “three days journey.” A considerable distance was necessary to avoid Egyptian interference.
3:22 “ask of her neighbor.” To make partial compensation for their years of slavery and to fulfill the prophecy of Gen 15:14. The gold and silver were used later in constructing the Tabernacle (35:5, 22).

Ongoing, supportive.

A video view of the land in the study of Exodus is provided in the following video and discussion.

The below video series on “the real Mount Sinai” may add food for thought to Exodus 3:1.

As we go through this wilderness study of Israel, we will use a video tape series of discussions that show the terrain, and other natural land marks, that affected the travel of the children of Israel (Israel=Jacob, the son of Isaac, the son of Abraham). The six part study is called, “The Real Mount Sinai.”

Dr Bryant G. Wood, B.S., M.S., M.A., Ph.D. is the leader of the series of videos, The Real Mount Sinai.” I think that you will come away from this video series, having gained a lot of good food for thought. You will notice that this video series does not necessarily align up with each article, but will add content that will be valuable to this overall series of articles that we are studying. Check the bio on Dr. Wood: https://creation.com/dr-bryant-g-wood

[Acts 7:36-40] He [Moses] led them out, performing wonders and signs in the land of Egypt, and in the Red Sea, and in the wilderness [of Midian/Saudi Arabia] forty years.

See Israel 4 for Parts 1, 2, 3.
https://equippingblog.wordpress.com/2019/01/19/israel-4-the-preparation-of-moses-a-peek-into-the-end-times/

Exodus of Moses at Red Sea – The Real Mount Sinai :: Part 4 of 6

In this study of God’s chosen people, it is important to know some of the most commonly used names of God (John 8:32). Unless otherwise indicated, the following Names of God come from Bible Hub, Strong’s Lexicon. https://biblehub.com/

“Elohim,” God (Genesis 1:1). “Yahweh” (YHWH), Lord: “Lord God,” (Gen 2:4). “Lord,” (Gen 4:1). “El Shaddai,” God Almighty (Gen 35:11). “El,” God, mighty one, hero (Gen 46:3). “Adonai,” Lord (Exodus 34:23). “Immanuel,” God with us, a Name of Christ (Isaiah 7:14; Matthew 1:23). “Theos,” God the creator and owner of all things (Matt 1:23). “Kurios, Lord, Master (Matt 1:24). “Yehoshua,” the LORD is salvation (Matt 1:25). “Yayah,” “I AM 1961.” (Gen 3:14) “Yayah.”I AM WHO I AM” The inner meaning of Yahweh -“I am the One who is” – emphasizes God’s dynamic and active self-existence( Ryrie Study Bible). 1961 (11a) the God who made the covenant was the God who kept the covenant. (11b) Ex 3:14 is more than a simple statement of identity,”I am that I am;” (11c) it is a declaration of divine control of all things. John 8:58, 14:6, eimi.1510 (https://biblehub.com/greek/1510.htm).

There is no such name as Jehovah that is used for the Name of God. There is no such name as Jesus that is used for the name of Christ, our Lord and Savior. Neither Hebrew, nor Greek, has the letter “J” in their alphabets. No one at the time of Christ addressed our Lord as, “Jesus.” No person’s name, which may be “Bob,” needs to have “Bob” translated into another language to have it properly understood. The same is in the case of Yeshua or Yehoshua. Consider the following information.

Notice, from Matthew 1:25, “Jesus” is not the translated form of the Hebrew. “2424 Iēsoús – Jesus, the transliteration of the Hebrew term, 3091 /Lṓt (“Yehoshua”/Jehoshua, contracted to “Joshua”) which means “Yahweh saves” (or “Yahweh is salvation”).” A transliteration is not a translation.

There are several definitions of Yeshua that can be found in Hebrew and Aramaic biblical text, taken from the Hebrew verb, yasha, that means “to deliver, save, or rescue,” and also stated as “Yehoshua.” Pronunciation of “Yeshua,” in Hebrew, can be read this way: “Yod,” “Shin,” “Vav,” “Ayin.” In Aramaic, the term, “Yeshu,” was transliterated from the Hebrew term of Yeshua, pronounced as “Yeh-shoo,” and missing the “a.” Greek translations have “Yeshua” listed as Yesous, among first century Greeks, of which the name, Jesus, is derived. https://www.biblestudytools.com/bible-study/topical-studies/yeshua-deliverer-savior.html

Most English versions translate YHWH as “LORD” (in all caps). In general, if the English word is LORD (all capital letters), then the Hebrew word translated is YHWH; and, if the English is Lord (using lower case letters), whether referring to God or someone else, it is translating Adonai. https://www.gotquestions.org/meaning-of-Adonai.html

See the following article on “I AM.” https://www.gotquestions.org/I-AM.html

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Israel 4 – The Preparation Of Moses – A Peek Into The End Times – Exodus 2

Kadosh Ata Joshua Aaron Messianic Praise and Worship – Kadosh Ata – “You Are Holy”

Deuteronomy 14:2 New American Standard Bible (NASB) – Israel, a chosen people; chosen to bring a Holy and Righteous Messiah into the world; and chosen to be holy and righteous and to have a special place of prominence during the end times Kingdom Age.

“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.”

In this study of God’s chosen people, it is important to know some of the most commonly used names of God (John 8:32).

“Elohim,” God (Genesis 1:1). “Yahweh” (YHWH), Lord: “Lord God,” (Gen 2:4). “Lord,” (Gen 4:1). “El Shaddai,” God Almighty (Gen 35:11). “El,” God, mighty one, hero (Gen 46:3). “Adonai,” Lord (Exodus 34:23). “Immanuel,” God with us, a Name of Christ (Isaiah 7:14; Matthew 1:23). “Theos,” God the creator and owner of all things (Matt 1:23). “Kurios, Lord, Master (Matt 1:24). “Yehoshua,” the LORD is salvation (Matt 1:25).

There is no such name as Jehovah that is used for the Name of God. There is no such name as Jesus that is used for the name of Christ, our Lord and Savior. Neither Hebrew, nor Greek, has the letter “J” in their alphabets. No one at the time of Christ addressed our Lord as, “Jesus.” No person’s name, which may be “Bob,” needs to have “Bob” translated into another language to have it properly understood. The same is in the case of Yeshua or Yehoshua. Consider the following information.

Notice, from Matthew 1:25, “Jesus” is not the translated form of the Hebrew. “2424 Iēsoús – Jesus, the transliteration of the Hebrew term, 3091 /Lṓt (“Yehoshua”/Jehoshua, contracted to “Joshua”) which means “Yahweh saves” (or “Yahweh is salvation”).” A transliteration is not a translation.

There are several definitions of Yeshua that can be found in Hebrew and Aramaic biblical text, taken from the Hebrew verb, yasha, that means “to deliver, save, or rescue,” and also stated as “Yehoshua.” Pronunciation of “Yeshua,” in Hebrew, can be read this way: “Yod,” “Shin,” “Vav,” “Ayin.” In Aramaic, the term, “Yeshu,” was transliterated from the Hebrew term of Yeshua, pronounced as “Yeh-shoo,” and missing the “a.” Greek translations have “Yeshua” listed as Yesous, among first century Greeks, of which the name, Jesus, is derived. https://www.biblestudytools.com/bible-study/topical-studies/yeshua-deliverer-savior.html

Most English versions translate YHWH as “LORD” (in all caps). In general, if the English word is LORD (all capital letters), then the Hebrew word translated is YHWH; and, if the English is Lord (using lower case letters), whether referring to God or someone else, it is translating Adonai. https://www.gotquestions.org/meaning-of-Adonai.html

In this second chapter of the book of Exodus, we find the following Names that are Names of God.

vs 23, 24, 25: elohim: God, god: Original Word: אֱלהִים: Part of Speech: Noun Masculine: Transliteration: elohim: Phonetic Spelling: (el-o-heem’): Definition: God, god: Word Origin:pl. of eloah: plural in number (God in three persons: Father, Son, Holy Spirit).

Text Overview. In our last article (Israel 3 – The Oppression Of God’s Chosen People – Exodus 1), we read where God told the Jews that He would take them out of Egypt (Genesis 46:13). In this second chapter of Exodus, we see God putting His plan into action of delivering the Jews from the oppressive Egyptians.

Exodus 2 Outline. 1-2, Moses is born, 3 and placed in an ark among the flags of the river. 5 He is found, and brought up by Pharaoh’s daughter. 11 He slays an Egyptian. 13 He reproves a Hebrew. 15 He flees into Midian. 21 Marries Zipporah. 22 Gershom is born. 23 God respects the Israelites’ cry. (Outline from Nave’s Study Bible, 1978)

Date. The second chapter of Exodus encompasses a time period of 1527 B.C. through 1447 B.C. (Thompson Chain-Reference Study Bible, 2009, previous editions date back to 1903).

Exodus 2 Examination. In this chapter, we will focus our attention on Moses, “the Jew whom will be used by God to lead the Jewish nation of Israel out of Egypt.”
https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=ex+2&version=NET

Exodus 2:1-10 New English Translation (NET Bible) The Birth of the Deliverer

1 A man from the household of Levi married a woman who was a descendant of Levi. 2 The woman became pregnant and gave birth to a son. When she saw that he was a healthy child, she hid him for three months. 3 But when she was no longer able to hide him, she took a papyrus basket for him and sealed it with bitumen and pitch. She put the child in it and set it among the reeds along the edge of the Nile. 4 His sister stationed herself at a distance to find out what would happen to him.

5 Then the daughter of Pharaoh came down to wash herself by the Nile, while her attendants were walking alongside the river, and she saw the basket among the reeds. She sent one of her attendants, took it, 6 opened it, and saw the child—a boy, crying!—and she felt compassion for him and said, “This is one of the Hebrews’ children.”

7 Then his sister said to Pharaoh’s daughter, “Shall I go and get a nursing woman for you from the Hebrews, so that she may nurse the child for you?” 8 Pharaoh’s daughter said to her, “Yes, do so.” So the young girl went and got the child’s mother. 9 Pharaoh’s daughter said to her, “Take this child and nurse him for me, and I will pay your wages.” So the woman took the child and nursed him.

10 When the child grew older she brought him to Pharaoh’s daughter, and he became her son. She named him Moses, saying, “Because I drew him from the water.”

Exodus 2:11-22 New English Translation (NET Bible) The Presumption of the Deliverer

11 In those days, when Moses had grown up, he went out to his people and observed their hard labor, and he saw an Egyptian man attacking a Hebrew man, one of his own people. 12 He looked this way and that and saw that no one was there, and then he attacked the Egyptian and concealed the body in the sand. 13 When he went out the next day, there were two Hebrew men fighting. So he said to the one who was in the wrong, “Why are you attacking your fellow Hebrew?”

14 The man replied, “Who made you a ruler and a judge over us? Are you planning to kill me like you killed that Egyptian?” Then Moses was afraid, thinking, “Surely what I did has become known.” 15 When Pharaoh heard about this event, he sought to kill Moses. So Moses fled from Pharaoh and settled in the land of Midian, and he settled by a certain well.

16 Now a priest of Midian had seven daughters, and they came and began to draw water and fill the troughs in order to water their father’s flock. 17 When some shepherds came and drove them away, Moses came up and defended them and then watered their flock. 18 So when they came home to their father Reuel, he asked, “Why have you come home so early today?” 19 They said, “An Egyptian man rescued us from the shepherds, and he actually drew water for us and watered the flock!” 20 He said to his daughters, “So where is he? Why in the world did you leave the man? Call him, so that he may eat a meal with us.”

21 Moses agreed to stay with the man, and he gave his daughter Zipporah to Moses in marriage. 22 When she bore a son, Moses named him Gershom, for he said, “I have become a resident foreigner in a foreign land.”

Exodus 2:23-25 New English Translation (NET Bible) The Call of the Deliverer

23 During that long period of time the king of Egypt died, and the Israelites groaned because of the slave labor. They cried out, and their desperate cry because of their slave labor went up to God. 24 God heard their groaning, God remembered his covenant with Abraham, with Isaac, and with Jacob, 25 God saw the Israelites, and God understood….

Comments (Outline from Scofield Reference Notes).

In Exodus Chapter 2, we see Moses as a type of Christ, as a Deliverer of his people.
(Isaiah 61:1; Luke 4:18; 2 Corinthians 1:10; 1 Thessalonians 1:10.)

We also see Moses, as being: (1) “A divinely chosen deliverer” (Exodus 3:7-10; Acts 7:25; John 3:16).
(2) “Rejected by Israel he turns to the Gentiles” (Exodus 2:11-15; Acts 7:25; Acts 18:5; Acts 18:6; Acts 28:17-28). (3) “During his rejection he gains a Gentile bride” (Exodus 2:16-21; Matthew 12:14-21; 2 Corinthians 11:2; Ephesians 5:30-32). (4) “Afterward he again appears as Israel’s deliverer, and is accepted” (Exodus 4:29-31; Romans 11:14-26; Acts 15:14-17). (5) “Officially, Moses typifies Christ as Prophet” (Acts 3:22; Acts 3:23. Advocate; Exodus 32:31-35; 1 John 2:1; 1 John 2:2 Intercessor; Exodus 17:1-6; Hebrews 7:25 and Leader, or King; Deuteronomy 33:4; Deuteronomy 33:5; Isaiah 55:4; Hebrews 2:10 while, in relation to the house of God, he is in contrast with Christ. Moses was faithful as a servant over another’s house; Christ as a Son over His own house Hebrews 3:5; Hebrews 3:6).

In Chapter 2 of Exodus, we see God’s preparation of Moses to be the Jew, whom would lead his fellow Jews out of Egyptian oppression and slavery (vs 1-22). We also see God’s covenant with Abraham, Isaac and Jacob being reaffirmed (vs 23-25). Let’s look at God’s Words of promise to each of those men, through whom the covenant of God, for a land and a promise will be fulfilled.

Consider the comment that is seen in the MacArthur Study Bible. 2:24 remembered His covenant. The unilateral covenant God made with Abraham (Gen. 12:1–3; 15:1–21; 17:1–22) and confirmed with Isaac (Gen. 26:2–5) and with Jacob (Gen. 28:10–15; 35:9–15) specifically promised a geographically recognizable territory to the descendants of Abraham, through Isaac and Jacob.

It is through God’s covenant promises with Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, that those of the world which bless Israel will also be blessed. Let’s consider the conversations that God had with each of these patriarchs.

Abraham.

Genesis 12:1-3 New Living Translation (NLT) The Call of Abram

12 The Lord had said to Abram, “Leave your native country, your relatives, and your father’s family, and go to the land that I will show you. 2 I will make you into a great nation. I will bless you and make you famous, and you will be a blessing to others. 3 I will bless those who bless you and curse those who treat you with contempt. All the families on earth will be blessed through you.”

Comment: vs 1. Even though Abram was still living in Haran (Gen 11:31), God gave him the call to go a land, which is known as Canaan. The call was stated again in Acts 7:2-3. vs 2. Abraham will be made into a great nation through the Hebrews/Jews/Israel. There were more than 2,000,000 Jews at the time of their exodus from Egypt. vs 3. The blessings of God, through Abraham, will include Jews and Gentiles. This promise was repeated in Galatians 3:8.

Genesis 15:18-21 New Living Translation (NLT)

18 So the Lord made a covenant with Abram that day and said, “I have given this land to your descendants, all the way from the border of Egypt to the great Euphrates River— 19 the land now occupied by the Kenites, Kenizzites, Kadmonites, 20 Hittites, Perizzites, Rephaites, 21 Amorites, Canaanites, Girgashites, and Jebusites.”

Comment: During the Kingdom age, the boundaries of the land that God gave to Israel will extend from the Nile river (which is mainly modern Egypt and Sudan) to the Euphrates (modern-day Iraq). The boundaries will be much greater than those which we see on maps today, from north to south and from east to west, per the following link.

Link: https://www.chosenpeople.com/site/the-biblical-boundaries-israel/ To ensure that there is no doubt about the land’s boundaries, Scripture also indicates the different groups of people that occupy it: “…the land of the Kenites, Kenizzites, Kadmonites, Hittites, Perizzites, Rephaites, Amorites, Canaanites, Girgashites and Jebusites.” We know that these peoples lived in what is today Egypt, Sudan, Lebanon, Jordan, Syria, Iraq, part of Asian Turkey, and of course all of Israel, including Gaza and the West Bank. This fact adds another dimension to the promise: the Lord is giving to Abram’s descendants land that is currently occupied by other nations!

Genesis 17:7-8 New Living Translation (NLT)

7 “I will confirm my covenant with you and your descendants after you, from generation to generation. This is the everlasting covenant: I will always be your God and the God of your descendants after you. 8 And I will give the entire land of Canaan, where you now live as a foreigner, to you and your descendants. It will be their possession forever, and I will be their God.”

Comment: vs 7. There is no doubt that this covenant to with Abraham is a relationship between God, Abraham and Israel, and that it will be everlasting. vs 8 The land is being deeded by divine right to Abraham and his descendants as “an everlasting possession,” and is repeated in Acts 7:5.

Isaac and Jacob. The covenant that God made with Abraham was confirmed with Isaac (Gen. 26:2–5), and with Jacob (Gen. 28:10–15; 35:9–15). Please check out the following links for those scriptures.

Isaac
https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Genesis+26%3A2%E2%80%935&version=NLT

Jacob
https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Genesis+28%3A10%E2%80%9315%3B+35%3A9%E2%80%9315&version=NLT

Consider the covenant that God made with Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, in relation to the promise of the land. Consider today’s political discussions on whether Israel is an occupying force, and not the rightful owner of the land in which it resides.

A video view of the land in the study of Exodus is provided in the following videos and discussion.

As we go through this wilderness study of Israel, we will use a video tape series of discussions that show the terrain, and other natural land marks, that affected the travel of the children of Israel (Israel=Jacob, the son of Isaac, the son of Abraham). The six part study is called, “The Real Mount Sinai.”

Dr Bryant G. Wood, B.S., M.S., M.A., Ph.D. is the leader of the series of videos, The Real Mount Sinai.” I think that you will come away from this video series, having gained a lot of good food for thought. You will notice that this video series does not necessarily align up with each article, but will add content that will be valuable to this overall series of articles that we are studying. Check the bio on Dr. Wood: https://creation.com/dr-bryant-g-wood

[Acts 7:36-40] He [Moses] led them out, performing wonders and signs in the land of Egypt, and in the Red Sea, and in the wilderness [of Midian/Saudi Arabia] forty years.

Exodus of Moses at Red Sea – The Real Mount Sinai :: Part 5 of 6

Exodus of Moses at Red Sea – The Real Mount Sinai :: Part 4 of 6

Exodus of Moses at Red Sea – The Real Mount Sinai :: Part 3 of 6

Exodus of Moses at Red Sea – The Real Mount Sinai: Part 2 of 6

Exodus of Moses at Red Sea – The Real Mount Sinai: Part 1 of 6

In regard to the reasons for the exodus of the Jews from Egypt, We must not forget the oppressive actions of the Egyptians against the Jews.

Think! Think! Think! It is important to remember that the Egyptians threw newborn Jewish baby boys into the Nile River (Exodus 1:22). Consider that which may have been waiting to consume those innocent babies. Of course, in today’s political world, “that’s no big deal!”

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Epiphany – “Did They All Show Up At The Same Time?”

Were shepherds “and” Maji present at the manger? Let’s check it out.

We Three Kings Of Orient Are – A traditional song that shows shepherds and Maji in the manger scene, together, on the night of the birth of Christ. Clarity will be brought to this grouping in this article. As you read the article you will notice that repetition is used, with the reason being reenforcement of facts.

The Wise Men Seek Jesus – In this video we see the Maji during their trip, probably from somewhere in Persia or Babylon, to the “house” of Jesus, Mary and Joseph in Bethlehem. The distance between the cities of Baghdad and Bethlehem is 684 miles; the travel time is debatable, but “two years” must fit into the equation (Matthew 2:16). Upon reaching the “house,” (Matthew 2:11) the Maji see the Holy Family, with the Christ “child,” probably being two years old (Matthew 2:16). The video ends with the Holy family on their way to Egypt for the protection of the Christ child. As I watched the video, a sense of Holiness came over me.

Epiphany – The Appearing Of The Christ Child To The Maji; “They All Didn’t Show Up At The Same Time.”

The revealing of Christ to the Gentiles, in the persons of the Maji at Bethlehem; also called twelfth night. Observed on January 6th. Webster New World Dictionary Of The American Language College Edition, Copyright 1964 and 1953 to 1964.

The twelve days of Christmas in the song are the twelve days between the birth of Christ (Christmas, December 25) and the coming of the Magi (Epiphany, January 6, 2019). Precisely, “The Twelve Days of Christmas” start with Christmas Day and ends with the eve of Epiphany on January 5th. The Sunday nearest to 6 Jan can be celebrated as Epiphany Sunday, or the first Sunday after Epiphany (The Baptism of the Lord).

For frequently asked questions about the 12 Days of Christmas, please click onto the following link. http://www.12days.com/faq.htm

Epiphany Scripture. Matthew 2:11 New King James Version (NKJV)

11 And when they had come into the house, they saw the young Child with Mary His mother, and fell down and worshiped Him. And when they had opened their treasures, they presented gifts to Him: gold, frankincense, and myrrh.

Scripture tells of the birth of Christ, the infant, with the shepherds being present. (Luke 2: 1-20). Scripture also tells of Christ, the young child, with wise men being present (Matthew 2:1-12). So, we see that, “they all didn’t show up at the same time.” Scripture also tells us that the Christ will be “God with us.” (Isaiah 7:14; Matthew 1:18-25), and will be “Mighty God.,” (Isaiah 9:6). The story of the Epiphany may be new to some believers but, nevertheless, it is good for all who know Jesus as Lord and Savior to be aware of the information. The account of Luke is celebrated as Christmas, on December 25th of each year. The account of Matthew is celebrated as Epiphany, twelve days later, with January 6th being Epiphany this year (2019), sometimes being known as “the Epiphany.”

Isaiah 7:14 New King James Version (NKJV) The Immanuel Prophecy

14 Therefore the Lord Himself will give you a sign: Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a Son, and shall call His name Immanuel.

Isaiah 9:1-6 New King James Version (NKJV) The Government of the Promised Son

“For unto us a Child is born, Unto us a Son is given; And the government will be upon His shoulder. And His name will be called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.”

Matthew 1:18-25 New King James Version (NKJV) Christ Born of Mary

18 Now the birth of Jesus Christ was as follows: After His mother Mary was betrothed to Joseph, before they came together, she was found with child of the Holy Spirit. 19 Then Joseph her husband, being a just man, and not wanting to make her a public example, was minded to put her away secretly. 20 But while he thought about these things, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream, saying, “Joseph, son of David, do not be afraid to take to you Mary your wife, for that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Spirit. 21 And she will bring forth a Son, and you shall call His name Jesus, for He will save His people from their sins.” 22 So all this was done that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the Lord through the prophet, saying: 23 “Behold, the virgin shall be with child, and bear a Son, and they shall call His name Immanuel,” which is translated, “God with us.”

24 Then Joseph, being aroused from sleep, did as the angel of the Lord commanded him and took to him his wife, 25 and did not know her till she had brought forth her firstborn Son. And he called His name Jesus.

Matthew 2:1-12 New King James Version (NKJV) Wise Men from the East

1 Now after Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea in the days of Herod the king, behold, wise men from the East came to Jerusalem, 2 saying, “Where is He who has been born King of the Jews? For we have seen His star in the East and have come to worship Him.” 3 When Herod the king heard this, he was troubled, and all Jerusalem with him.4 And when he had gathered all the chief priests and scribes of the people together, he inquired of them where the Christ was to be born. 5 So they said to him, “In Bethlehem of Judea, for thus it is written by the prophet: 6 ‘But you, Bethlehem, in the land of Judah, Are not the least among the rulers of Judah; For out of you shall come a Ruler Who will shepherd My people Israel.’” 7 Then Herod, when he had secretly called the wise men, determined from them what time the star appeared. 8 And he sent them to Bethlehem and said, “Go and search carefully for the young Child, and when you have found Him, bring back word to me, that I may come and worship Him also.” 9 When they heard the king, they departed; and behold, the star which they had seen in the East went before them, till it came and stood over where the young Child was. 10 When they saw the star, they rejoiced with exceedingly great joy. 11 And when they had come into the house, they saw the young Child with Mary His mother, and fell down and worshiped Him. And when they had opened their treasures, they presented gifts to Him: gold, frankincense, and myrrh. 12 Then, being divinely warned in a dream that they should not return to Herod, they departed for their own country another way.

Matthew 2:13-15 New King James Version (NKJV) – The Flight into Egypt

13 Now when they had departed, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream, saying, “Arise, take the young Child and His mother, flee to Egypt, and stay there until I bring you word; for Herod will seek the young Child to destroy Him.” 14 When he arose, he took the young Child and His mother by night and departed for Egypt, 15 and was there until the death of Herod, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the Lord through the prophet, saying, “Out of Egypt I called My Son.”

Consider. The wise men may have traveled for a period of two years (Matthew 2:16).

Matthew 2:16 New King James Version (NKJV) – Massacre of the Innocents

16 Then Herod, when he saw that he was deceived by the wise men, was exceedingly angry; and he sent forth and put to death all the male children who were in Bethlehem and in all its districts, from two years old and under, according to the time which he had determined from the wise men.

Consider. Three Maji show up in Bethlehem, looking for a “new King, a King of the Jews.” Herod, the King, feeling “a bit insecure,” gets concerned; he doesn’t want any competition. So, he decides to eliminate all possible opposition to his throne by killing all male babies that were two years old, and younger; so, the Christ Child must have been two years old when the Maji arrived in Bethlehem. These “wise men” were not present at the same time as when the shepherds of Luke 2 were led to the manger, where they (shepherds) saw Mary, Joseph, and “the infant Jesus.” The star (Matthew 2:2) led the Maji to Bethlehem. There, they saw Mary, Joseph, and “Christ.” We know from Scripture that Christ”is” the Light Of The World (John 1:9).

Consider. The wise men followed a star that led them to the Christ child (John 1:9: “That was the true Light which gives light to every man coming into the world.”).

Consider. After the wise men “came to Jesus,” they departed…another way.” (Matthew 2:12).

Question. After you were led to Christ, did you return…”another way?”

Christ was first made known to the Jews. Then, he was made known to the Gentiles. There are differences of opinion as to when those things happened. But, please! Don’t carry this battle of ideas out into the world of unbelievers; they have more serious things to think about, such as coming to belief in Christ as their Lord and Savior (John 3:18: ““He who believes in Him is not condemned; but he who does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.”)

Consider the following information that has been written on Epiphany.

http://www.cute-calendar.com/event/epiphany/19352.html

Epiphany 2019

January 6, 2019 in the World

Epiphany is a Christian feast day that celebrates the revelation of God the Son as a human being in Jesus Christ. It falls on January 6 or, in many countries, on the Sunday that falls between January 2 and January 8. Since the Julian Calendar, which is followed by some Eastern Churches, is at present 13 days behind the Gregorian Calendar and the revised Julian Calendar, 6 January in that calendar corresponds at present to 19 January in what is the official civil calendar in most countries.

On this feast, Western Christians commemorate principally the visitation of the Biblical Magi to the Baby Jesus, i.e., his manifestation to the Gentiles. Eastern Christians commemorate the baptism of Jesus in the Jordan River, seen as his manifestation to the world as the Son of God. It is also called Theophany, especially by Eastern Christians. In both traditions, the essence of the feast is the same: the manifestation of Christ to the world (whether as an infant or in the Jordan), and the Mystery of the Incarnation.

In Christian tradition, the Magi, also referred to as the (Three) Wise Men, (Three) Kings, or Kings from the East, are a group of distinguished foreigners who are said to have visited Jesus after his birth, bearing gifts of gold, myrrh and frankincense. They are regular figures in traditional accounts of the nativity and in celebrations of Christmas. Magi is a term derived from Greek meaning a priest of Zoroaster. (From: Wikipedia, License: CCA-SA)

Background

https://www.timeanddate.com/holidays/us/epiphany

Epiphany is one of the oldest Christian feasts. It has been celebrated since the end of the second century, before the Christmas holiday was established. It is commonly known as Twelfth Night, Twelfth Day, or the Feast of Epiphany. It means “manifestation” or “showing forth”. It is also called Theophany (“manifestation of God”), especially by Eastern Christians. Epiphany also refers to the church season that follows the day.

The Epiphany commemorates the first two occasions on which Jesus’ divinity, according to Christian belief, was manifested: when the three kings visited infant Jesus in Bethlehem, and when John the Baptist baptized him in the River Jordan. The Roman Catholic and Protestant churches emphasize the visit of the Magi when they celebrate the Epiphany. The Eastern Orthodox churches focus on Jesus’ baptism.

My thought on the meaning of Epiphany. It is “the appearing” of the Christ Child to the Maji, who were Gentiles. The initial appearing of Christ, “the infant,” was to the Shepherds, who were Jews. The Maji found the Christ Child in a house. The Shepherds found “Christ, the infant,” in a cave. There was approximately two years time passage from when the Shepherds saw “Christ, the infant,” until when the Maji saw, “Christ, the child.”

My thoughts on the opening video. The video is very good. The story that is laid out in it shows a good chronology of events that led up to the arrival of the wise men at the “house” where Jesus and Mary (Matthew 2:11) were mentioned in scripture (Consider all of the people who may have traveled with the wise men). I think that the video clearly shows, as it relates to the Shepherds and Maji, “they all didn’t show up at the same time.” In no scripture are the shepherds and Maji present at the same time. Neither the shepherds, nor the Maji, knew where to go to find Christ; they were led by God’s Holy Spirit, in every aspect of their journeys. In today’s world, neither do we know the way to Christ, nor that we are even, “supposed to go.” We are led by the Spirit of God, in every aspect of our Journey. (John 1:9; John 6:44). Without the prompting of the Holy Spirit, we wouldn’t know that we need Christ (1 Cor 1:18; 1 Cor 2:14). Without the work of the Holy Spirit, we will not spend eternity with Christ (John 3:3; John 3:8).

Consider the definition of Epiphany, per the Merriam Webster Dictionary.

https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/epiphany

Definition of epiphany
plural epiphanies
1
capitalized : January 6 observed as a church festival in commemoration of the coming of the Magi as the first manifestation of Christ to the Gentiles or in the Eastern Church in commemoration of the baptism of Christ
2
: an appearance or manifestation especially of a divine being
3
a (1) : a usually sudden manifestation or perception of the essential nature or meaning of something (2) : an intuitive grasp of reality through something (as an event) usually simple and striking (3) : an illuminating discovery, realization, or disclosure
b : a revealing scene or moment

“We Three Kings”, also known as “We Three Kings of Orient Are” or “The Quest of the Magi”, is a Christmas carol written by Reverend John Henry Hopkins, Jr., who wrote both the lyrics and the music as part of a Christmas pageant for the General Theological Seminary in New York City. It is suggested to have been written in 1857 but did not appear in print until his Carols, Hymns and Song in 1863. Hopkins composed the song in Williamsport, Pennsylvania, where he was a pastor at Christ Episcopal Church (which still stands at the corner of Fourth and Mulberry Streets).

The upper video of the travel of the Maji was so informative, that I am also providing this second video of the same. Notice the added details.

The Visit of the Magi

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A Marriage Carol 2018

At the time of this writing, it is nine days until Christmas eve. Earlier today, as I was driving through a sleepy area of my city, a dreary air was cast over the town. The sky was heavily cloud covered, and dark. A light mist was falling. Very few people were seen on the streets. The day seemed to match the condition of the story that I was hearing on Moody Radio, which was a feeling of utter despair for couples experiencing struggles in their marriages.

This is the fourth year that I have published this article, with this being the second time that I have published it this year. Minor changes are made each time that I update this article, but never is an update just a carbon copy of the previous post, but is due to the prompting of the Holy Spirit. Each time, before I publish this article, I will listen to the videos without interruption, and each time strong emotions emerge from within me, and tears begin to flow. Today, as usual, my throat and jaw tightened, and tears would not stop finding their way onto my cheeks. But very noticeably, today, the emotions that I felt were much stronger than ever in the past, and the tears flowed much longer that I can ever remember.

The story of Jacob and Marlee is that, just a story. But, I know that their situation is one that many married couples, “are facing, have faced, or will face,” in their marriages. The conditions of this afternoon made me understand that many struggling couples need to come to the truth that they need to “not give up,” on their marriages, but to try to make their marriages work.

Not all marriages are dying, or are dead, due to infidelity, but there is a high percentage of marriages that are failing because of affairs. A thought come into my mind while I was driving today, just as it has in the past; it is still with me now, and relates to infidelity. That thought is very strong, and is this: “If you are in an affair, “GET OUT OF IT!” Just get out! Don’t wait! Just get out! Get your life right with God! Please understand that which I am saying, and that which I am not saying. I am saying that if you are in an affair, “GET OUT” of the affair; “JUST GET OUT!” “DON’T WAIT!” “JUST GET OUT!” “GET YOUR LIFE RIGHT WITH GOD!” The knight in shining armor, standing on a lush green field, may have his armor to tarnish, and the grass under his feet to turn from rich green to dirty brown. No one really can be sure if the grass is greener, until they’re standing in it.

Consider a memorable story of another couple.

Luke 2:1-10 Christ Born of Mary
https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=luke+2%3A1-20&version=NASB

As is recorded in the above scripture, Mary and Joseph were on their way to Bethlehem, where Mary would give birth to Jesus, the Savior of the world. Consider the story of Marlee and Jacob, and their “Christmas Eve” journey; it was being made for quite a different reason. The recording of Marlee and Jacob may be difficult for some of you; I understand that. I moderate all comments to this blog. If anybody comments on this post, I will not publish that comment without gaining permission to do so.

If you are considering a Christmas Eve “divorce papers appointment” please, let me ask you to listen carefully to the following audio recording of Marlee and Jacob, as they are on their way to sign their papers, “on Christmas Eve.” Listen very attentively. As you listen, think about your wedding vows. Think about your marriage. Think about your children. Please understand that marriage is worth fighting for.

After you have read, listened to, and watched everything that is in this post, please ask yourself a very personal question (you can answer to yourself). Here it is. When you are having a conversation on social media with a “friend” of the opposite sex, “do you get a rush, or a spark?” If your answer is “yes,” maybe social media is not something that you should have as a part of your life.

http://www.moodyradio.org/Christmas/

As you have learned from the video of Marlee and Jacob, they were married on Christmas Eve, “twenty years ago.” On this particular Christmas Eve, the couple is headed to an attorney’s office to sign divorce papers. Think about Marlee, Jacob, and your marriage situation. Do you remember the words that you and your mate said to each other as you stood before God, the minister, family and friends, and the rest of the people who were watching and listening as you professed your love for one another? If you have forgotten those special words, I have written some words from a traditional wedding vow for you to consider. Please read them now.

“To have and to hold, from this day forward, for better for worse, for richer for poorer, in sickness or in health, to love and to cherish…’til death do us part.”

Please understand that I have no room for spousal abuse in a marriage.

Your particular marriage may not be failing, but there are others, of whom you know, whose marriages are falling apart. Please share this post with those people.

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God’s Presence

Hezekiah Walker New Video “Every Praise”

Why do we worship and praise God? Because He is worthy of our worship and praise.

Psalm 19 New International Version (NIV)

For the director of music. A psalm of David.

1 The heavens declare the glory of God;
the skies proclaim the work of his hands.

Consider “the Glory of God,” as we continue with this article.

The Glory of God will be shown in each of the following: The Tent Of Meeting, The Tabernacle In The Desert, and The Temple.

Haggai 2:7: “I will fill this temple with glory.” (520 B.C.)

When we consider “the temple,” we must go back to a point in time when there was no Jewish temple; such a time is described in Exodus 33:7 (1491 B.C.). From there, we turn around and go forward as far as we possibly can go. So, hop on board! You’ll enjoy the ride!

Let’s say that you’re a Jew among the Israelites in 1491 B.C. You have been traveling with the other Jews as you have fled the oppressive Egyptians, and have made a tent encampment in an area that has only dirt, sand and dust on the ground. You don’t know it yet, but your travel will last forty years. Your mind and eyes are focused on “the walk of Moses” this day as you have become accustomed. Let’s say that it is late in the afternoon, just prior to dusk. The sun is going down, nearing the horizon. Suddenly you, and the other Israelites, go to the door of each of your tents! Why! Moses! Moses is walking in between your row of tents on his way to the tent of meeting. All of you and your neighbors are aware that a time of Holiness is in the making. Moses is no longer a young man; eighty years of age at this time in his life. He doesn’t move with the quickness or agility that he did as a young man; still, he makes this regular stroll; he may even walk with the aid of a cane or staff. As Moses walks away from you in the direction of the “Tent,” where he will experience the holiness and glory of God, the sun is staring him in the face. With each step that Moses takes, dust is kicked up behind him and finds a resting place on the lower edge of his robe. You see the evening haze. You see Moses arriving at the door of the tent; you see him entering the tent, and you know that waiting for him is “God!” You know that God and Moses are about to enter into a serious conversation. You have never had such an experience of Holiness. You, and all others in your encampment, stand at the doors of your tents, and “worship”!

The following video will help you to understand that which I have written in the above paragraph. The scriptures are Exodus 33:7-14.

Moses and the Tent of Meeting

Exodus 33:7-14 New International Version (NIV) (1491 B.C.)

The Tent of Meeting 7-11 Moses and the Glory of the Lord 12-14

7 Now Moses used to take a tent and pitch it outside the camp some distance away, calling it the “tent of meeting.” Anyone inquiring of the Lord would go to the tent of meeting outside the camp. 8 And whenever Moses went out to the tent, all the people rose and stood at the entrances to their tents, watching Moses until he entered the tent. 9 As Moses went into the tent, the pillar of cloud would come down and stay at the entrance, while the Lord spoke with Moses. 10 Whenever the people saw the pillar of cloud standing at the entrance to the tent, they all stood and worshiped, each at the entrance to their tent. 11 The Lord would speak to Moses face to face, as one speaks to a friend. Then Moses would return to the camp, but his young aide Joshua son of Nun did not leave the tent. 12 Moses said to the Lord, “You have been telling me, ‘Lead these people,’ but you have not let me know whom you will send with me. You have said, ‘I know you by name and you have found favor with me.’ 13 If you are pleased with me, teach me your ways so I may know you and continue to find favor with you. Remember that this nation is your people.” 14 The Lord replied, “My Presence will go with you, and I will give you rest.”

God’s Order To Build

God commissioned the construction of the tabernacle/sanctuary (Exodus 25:8-9, 1491 B.C.).
The tabernacle in the desert was completed (Exodus 40:33, 1490 B.C.).
God commissioned King Solomon to build the first temple in Jerusalem (1 Chronicles 28:6, 1015 B.C.).
Solomon finished the construction of the temple in Jerusalem (2 Chronicles 5:1, 1004 B.C.)

Notice that the Jews got the tabernacle completed in one year from the date that God told them to build it.

The Order Of Completion

While the tent of Moses was being used as a tent of meeting, the Israelites were constructing a tabernacle, or a sanctuary, which has been called “the tabernacle in the desert.” At times, the terms, “tent of meeting,” and “tabernacle,” are used interchangeably. The tabernacle in the desert was followed in construction by the temple that Solomon built.

The Tabernacle In The Desert: Exodus 39:42-38 (1491 B.C.)

Solomon’s Temple: 1 Kings 7:55-8:66; 2 Chronicles 5:1:7:11 (1004 B.C.)

The Presence Of God Made Manifest

The Presence of God in the tent of Moses, where He met with God is shown above in Exodus 33:7-14. (1491 B.C.)

The Presence of God in the Tabernacle In The Desert (1490 B.C.)

Exodus 40:34-38 New International Version (NIV) The Glory of the Lord

34 Then the cloud covered the tent of meeting, and the glory of the Lord filled the tabernacle. 35 Moses could not enter the tent of meeting because the cloud had settled on it, and the glory of the Lord filled the tabernacle. 36 In all the travels of the Israelites, whenever the cloud lifted from above the tabernacle, they would set out; 37 but if the cloud did not lift, they did not set out—until the day it lifted. 38 So the cloud of the Lord was over the tabernacle by day, and fire was in the cloud by night, in the sight of all the Israelites during all their travels.

The Presence of God in Solomon’s Temple. (1004 B.C.)

2 Chronicles 5:13-14 New International Version (NIV) (Also 1 Kings 8:10-11)

13 The trumpeters and musicians joined in unison to give praise and thanks to the Lord. Accompanied by trumpets, cymbals and other instruments, the singers raised their voices in praise to the Lord and sang:
“He is good; his love endures forever.” Then the temple of the Lord was filled with the cloud, 14 and the priests could not perform their service because of the cloud, for the glory of the Lord filled the temple of God.

Solomon’s Prayer For Israel (1004 B.C.)

2 Chronicles 6:24-25 New International Version (NIV)

24 “When your people Israel have been defeated by an enemy because they have sinned against you and when they turn back and give praise to your name, praying and making supplication before you in this temple, 25 then hear from heaven and forgive the sin of your people Israel and bring them back to the land you gave to them and their ancestors.

God’s Promise To Solomon For The Restoration Of Israel (1004 B.C.)

2 Chronicles 7:12-14 New International Version (NIV)

12 the Lord appeared to him at night and said: “I have heard your prayer and have chosen this place for myself as a temple for sacrifices. 13 “When I shut up the heavens so that there is no rain, or command locusts to devour the land or send a plague among my people, 14 if my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land.

Note: 2 Chronicles 7:14. The context of this verse is that of God’s provisions for Israel, “they and their land.” Many people relate this verse to the church. However, the church does not have a land. The church is the born again body of believers in Christ that is scattered throughout all four corners of the world; it is not a people that is domiciled in any particular area of the world. There is a song that is often sung in Christian churches, “If My People,” that is often tied to God’s provisions for the church; that song is often taken out of context. As believers in Christ, we should not have an ax to grind, other than the ax of truth.

The Departure Of The Glory Of God From The Temple – The Return

There will be a Temple that will be placed by God in Jerusalem during the Millennium (Ezekiel 37:26), following the Tribulation. The Glory of the Lord had previously been seen by the Jewish Prophet Ezekiel departing the temple in 594 B.C. (Ezekiel 9:3; 10:4; 10:18-19, 11:22-23). The Glory will not return until the future kingdom of Messiah, in the Millennial Temple (Ezekiel 43:2–7; 44:4), as was seen by Ezekiel in 574 B.C. At the time that Ezekiel saw the Glory of God leaving the Jerusalem Temple, the city was under siege by the Babylonians. There is no scriptural proof of the Glory of God returning to the rebuilt or remodeled temples of Zerubbabel or Herod. There is presently no temple in Jerusalem. The tribulation temple will not be one of Godly legitimacy. It will only be when Christ sets up His Millennial Kingdom that there will be a Godly Temple in Jerusalem. During the time that Christ was in Jerusalem, He never entered into the temple’s “Holy of Holies;” the reason is that He “is” the “Holy of Holies!”

It is important to understand that regarding the law, including Temple worship, Christ has fulfilled all of the requirements of the Law, with that fulfillment being finished on the cross at Calvary. It is only through the finished work of Christ on the cross that we can have salvation (Matthew 5:17; John 1:29; John 4:19-24; John 19:30).

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“Jehovah?” – “Jesus?” – Let’s Talk About It

Slavic Center Tacoma, Published on Nov 19, 2008, Music from Slavic Christian Center.

Please pray for the people who live in the Slavic nations of our world.

There is a non-stop attack on Jews and Christians around the world. The attacks are physical and verbal. As Jews and Christians, we must be equipped with the knowledge that is necessary to combat the errors and lies that are launched at us. The purpose of this article is to provide information about the scriptural names of God, and Christ (whom is “God with us,” Matthew 1:23). For brevity purposes, the main focus of this article is on the word, “Jehovah.” As you will see, this article is lengthy, but could not be presented in a shorter fashion. Please use this blog as a reference source. Check out the blog pages, “Sources Of Information” and “Library.”

Notice in the song that the word, “Jehovah,” is not spoken by the choir. “Yehovah” is their pronunciation, and is correct. There is no letter “J” in Hebrew, to create the word “Jehovah, or in the Greek alphabet to create the word “Jesus.” No one that ever saw Christ ever addressed Him as “Jesus”). Check the following link. From the link a lot of information is provided that relates to the improper usage of the letter “J.”

http://www.amarel.com/the-messiahs-name/letter-j-a-recent-addition-.html

Encyclopedia Americana contains the following on the J:

“The form of J was unknown in any alphabet until the 14th century. Either symbol (J,I) used initially generally had the consonantal sound of Y as in year. Gradually, the two symbols (J,l) were differentiated, the J usually acquiring consonantal force and thus becoming regarded as a consonant, and the I becoming a vowel. It was not until 1630 that the differentiation became general in England.”

Consider the following information.

The word Jehovah has been said to be the true name of God. But, from the following search of that name, it was found to be included in only the King James Bible and American Standard Bible translations. Check out the following data of research and see the list of well-know translations, to include the liberal RSV and NRSV, that do not use the word Jehovah. Notice that the Complete Jewish Bible does not use the word Jehovah. As was said in one of my recent articles, the word “Jehovah” is not the first word for God in the Bible, but is “Elohim.” Outside of the KJV and liberal ASV, the word Jehovah is not used in scripture. The purpose for the information on the ASV, RSV, and NRSV is to show their liberal writing bias. Still, only of those three liberal translations, only the ASV uses the word “Jehovah” for “God.” Consider the way that Isaiah 7:14 is translated in the RSV and NSRV. Amazingly, the ASV uses the word “virgin” instead of young woman. This may be because of the closeness in date of the ASV to the KJV and the fact that the liberal attempt to overthrown sound doctrine of the Bible had not yet infected the ASV, which may have also been due to the time in history of the ASV writing. There were also conflicts between the British and American members of the translation team. Still, many people use the word Jehovah for God. So, in the spirit of love, the video for this post matches that name.

In the spirit of the Great Commission (Matthew 28:18-20), the accompanying video is that of Ukrainian Christians, who are singing “He Is Jehovah.” The choir is singing in their native language, but certain words of the song are easily understood. The people of Ukraine (not “The” Ukraine) are believers in Christ Jesus largely due to the spread of the Gospel by Titus (2 Timothy 4:10). Titus was a companion of the Apostle Paul while he was in jail in Rome awaiting execution. Titus was not even an Apostle but, Paul sent him to Dalmatia, which became Yugoslavia, and is now Croatia, which is a close neighbor of Ukraine which borders Russia. This post will go to some of my internet friends who reside in Ukraine. My soul is deeply stirred when I listen to the Ukrainian choir. I think about the danger that faces them everyday of their life. Let us pray for the people of Ukraine, some of whom are Christian missionaries.

Isaiah 7:14

RSV – “Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign. Behold, a young woman shall conceive and bear a son, and shall call his name Imman′u-el.”

NRSV – “Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign. Look, the young woman is with child and shall bear a son, and shall name him Immanuel.”

“Jehovah” used in popular Bible translations.

Jehovah Used In KJV

Genesis 22:14 And Abraham called the name of that place Jehovahjireh: as it is said to this day, In the mount of the Lord it shall be seen.

Other verses containing “Jehovah” in KJV

Exodus 6:3
Exodus 17:15
Judges 6:24
Psalm 83:18
Isaiah 12:2
Isaiah 26:4

All (7)

Old Testament (7)
Genesis (1)
Exodus (2)
Judges (1)
Psalm (1)
Isaiah (2)

Jehovah Used In American Standard Version

Genesis 2:4 These are the generations of the heavens and of the earth when they were created, in the day that Jehovah-God made earth and heaven.

Genesis 2:5 And no plant of the field was yet in the earth, and no herb of the field had yet sprung up; for Jehovah God had not caused it to rain upon the earth: and there was not a man to till the ground;

Genesis 2:7 And Jehovah God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul.

Genesis 2:8 And Jehovah God planted a garden eastward, in Eden; and there he put the man whom he had formed.

Genesis 2:9 And out of the ground made Jehovah God to grow every tree that is pleasant to the sight, and good for food; the tree of life also in the midst of the garden, and the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.

Genesis 2:15 And Jehovah God took the man, and put him into the garden of Eden to dress it and to keep it.

Genesis 2:16 And Jehovah God commanded the man, saying, Of every tree of the garden thou mayest freely eat:

Genesis 2:18 And Jehovah God said, It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him a help meet for him.

Genesis 2:19 And out of the ground Jehovah God formed every beast of the field, and every bird of the heavens; and brought them unto the man to see what he would call them: and whatsoever the man called every living creature, that was the name thereof.

Genesis 2:21 And Jehovah God caused a deep sleep to fall upon the man, and he slept; and he took one of his ribs, and closed up the flesh instead thereof:

Genesis 2:22 and the rib, which Jehovah God had taken from the man, made he a woman, and brought her unto the man.

ASV – American Standard Version All (5822)

Old Testament (5822)

Genesis (143)
Exodus (344)
Leviticus (281)
Numbers (351)
Deuteronomy (439)
Joshua (170)
Judges (137)
Ruth (15)
1 Samuel (241)
2 Samuel (129)
1 Kings (213)
2 Kings (228)
1 Chronicles (144)
2 Chronicles (307)
Ezra (28)
Nehemiah (15)
Job (23)
Psalm (654)
Proverbs (87)
Song of Solomon (1)
Isaiah (396)
Jeremiah (624)
Lamentations (32)
Ezekiel (399)
Daniel (6)
Hosea (41)
Joel (26)
Amos (72)
Obadiah (6)
Jonah (21)
Micah (36)
Nahum (10)
Habakkuk (11)
Zephaniah (27)
Haggai (24)
Zechariah (102)
Malachi (39)

Jehovah Used In New King James Version

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Jehovah Used In English Standard Bible

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Jehovah Used In New International Version

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Jehovah Used In Holman Christian Standard Bible

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Jehovah Used In Revised Standard Bible

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Jehovah Used In New Revised Standard Bible

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Jehovah Used In Complete Jewish Bible

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Consider the following details of Bible translation as they relate to the ASV, RSV, and NRSV

Notice the reason for Jehovah’s Witnesses using the ASV.

Please notice that not all Baptist groups are conservative.

From Bible Study Tools (ASV). The Revised Version, Standard American Edition of the Bible, more commonly known as the American Standard Version (ASV), is a revision of the King James Version and was released in 1901. It was originally best known by its full name, but soon came to have other names, such as the American Revised Version, the American Standard Revision, the American Standard Revised Bible, and the American Standard Edition. By the time its copyright was renewed in 1929, it had finally come to be known by its present name, the American Standard Version. Because of its prominence in seminaries, however, it was sometimes simply called the “Standard Bible”.

From Bible Study Tools (RSV) The Revised Standard Version (RSV) is a comprehensive revision of the King James Version, the Revised Version of 1881-1885, and the American Standard Version of 1901, published in stages around the middle of the 20th century. It aims to present a literally accurate translation of the Bible in modern English. The panel of scholars who worked on the translation used the 17th edition of the Nestle-Aland Greek text for the New Testament, and the traditional Hebrew Masoretic Text for the Old Testament. However, they amended the Hebrew in a number of places. In the Book of Isaiah, they sometimes followed readings found in the then newly discovered Dead Sea Scrolls.

The RSV New Testament was published on February 11, 1946. In his presentation speech to the International Council of Religious Education, Luther Weigle, dean of the translation committee, explained that he wanted the RSV to supplement and not supplant the King James and American Standard Versions.

In 1950, the Council merged with the Federal Council of Churches to form the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the USA. The RSV copyright was assigned to the new Council’s Division of Christian Education.

From Bible Study Bible Tools (NRSV). The New Revised Standard Version (NRSV) first appeared in 1989, and has received wide acclaim and broad support from academics and church leaders as a Bible for all Christians.

The NRSV Bible Translation Committee consists of thirty men and women who are among the top scholars in America today. They come from Protestant denominations, the Roman Catholic church, and the Greek Orthodox Church. The committee also includes a Jewish scholar.

Standing in the tradition of the RSV, which was the only major English translation that included both the standard Protestant canon and the books that are traditionally used by Roman Catholic and Orthodox Christians (the so-called “Apocryphal” or “Deuterocanonical” books), the NRSV is available in three formats: a standard edition with or without the Apocrypha, a Roman Catholic Edition, which has the so-called “Apocryphal” or “Deuterocanonical” books in the Roman Catholic canonical order, and The Common Bible, which includes all books that belong to the Protestant, Roman Catholic, and Orthodox canons.

From Wikipedia: The American Standard Version (ASV) is rooted in the work that was done with the Revised Version (RV) (a late 19th century British revision of the King James Version of 1611). In 1870, an invitation was extended to American religious leaders for scholars to work on the RV project. A year later, Protestant theologian Philip Schaff chose 30 scholars representing the denominations of Baptist, Congregationalist, Dutch Reformed, Friends, Methodist, Episcopal, Presbyterian, Protestant Episcopal, and Unitarian. These scholars began work in 1872.

The RV New Testament was released In 1881; the Old Testament was published in 1885. The ASV was published in 1901 by Thomas Nelson & Sons. In 1928, the International Council of Religious Education (the body that later merged with the Federal Council of Churches to form the National Council of Churches) acquired the copyright from Nelson and renewed it the following year.

From Wikipedia. The New Revised Standard Version was translated by the Division of Christian Education (now Bible Translation and Utilization) of the National Council of Churches. The group included scholars representing Orthodox, Catholic and Protestant Christian groups as well as Jewish representation in the group responsible for the Hebrew Scriptures or Old Testament. The mandate given the committee was summarized in a dictum: “As literal as possible, as free as necessary.”

From Wikipedia. The New Revised Standard Version (NRSV) of the Christian Bible is an English translation released in 1989. It is an updated revision of the Revised Standard Version, which was itself an update of the American Standard Version.

Usage by Jehovah’s Witnesses

The ASV has been used for many years by the Jehovah’s Witnesses. The reasons for their choosing of the ASV were twofold: its usage of “Jehovah” as the Divine Name, which was congruent with their Joseph Franklin Rutherford doctrine, and they derived their name from Isaiah 43.10, 12, both of which contain the phrase, “Ye are my witnesses, saith Jehovah.” Also, there was a perception that the ASV had improved the translation of some verses in the King James Version, and in other places it reduced the verses that they found to be erroneously translated in the KJV to mere footnotes, removed from the main text altogether.

Jehovah’s Witnesses’ publishing organization, Watch Tower Bible and Tract Society of Pennsylvania, had printed its own edition of the King James Version since 1926, but did not obtain the rights to print ASV until 1944. From 1944 to 1992, they printed and distributed over a million copies of the ASV. By the 1960s, the New World Translation of the Holy Scriptures, made by members of their group and the rights to which they controlled, had largely replaced ASV as the Bible used most by Witnesses. Though now preferring the NWT, Jehovah’s Witnesses’ publications frequently quote from other translations, including ASV.

King James Bible Thoughts – King James Only

The KJV was directed to be written by King James, who was the King of England, during times which were brutal for Christians who disagreed with him. He chose the writers of the KJV, and he excluded writers. Imagine if we were to have a President Obama Bible, or a President Clinton Bible, or a President Bush Bible. Who would possibly stand for such disrespect of the Word of God? So, why do we not provide the same scrutiny for a Bible that bears the name of a King of a nation.

Before someone can say that the KJV is the only Bible to use, and that all others are wrong, there must be a stated reason of fact, which is something that I never hear from KJV only people. The purpose of the KJV was to put the Word of God in the common language of the people of England, which the writers did, in spite of the political pressure that King James placed on them.

The first update of the KJV had more than 70,000 corrections in it, due to changes in the spoken language. The New American Standard Bible (NASB) is the most correct word for word translation of the Greek and Hebrew scriptures to our current languages, than are the other translations. The NASB translation committee meets more frequently than do the others. But, there is value in the other translations, as well as in the KJV. In today’s world, we don’t use “Elizabethan English.” We don’t say, “betwixt me and thee.” as we find in the KJV. I use the KJV daily, but I also understand its limitations.

King James wanted a Bible that showed a “religious superstructure,” as opposed to individual bodies of believers (churches) who were autonomous in control and operation, per scripture references (Acts 14:23; 20:17,28). The KJV used “Bishop” (which is not found in the Greek scriptures) instead of pastor or elder.

If anyone says that Christians should use only the King James version of the Bible, facts should also accompany such a demand.

The KJV was not the first Bible translation to be written in the English language. The following link will provide a good understanding of the different translations of the Bible, from the first English translation, the Wycliffe Translation, to the current day translations. As stated, the KJV was not the first English translation of the Bible, but may actually have been the fifteenth or sixteenth translation.

http://www.greatsite.com/timeline-english-bible-history/

Closing thought: “Thank God for Titus!”

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Shabbat Shalom – Marty Goetz In Full Concert

Shabbat Shalom – Sabbath Of Peace

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What Does “Shabbat Shalom” Mean?

God will protect His chosen people at the Battle of Armageddon.

Zechariah 14:1-14 New Living Translation (NLT)

The Lord Will Rule the Earth

1 Watch, for the day of the Lord is coming when your possessions will be plundered right in front of you! 2 I will gather all the nations to fight against Jerusalem. The city will be taken, the houses looted, and the women raped. Half the population will be taken into captivity, and the rest will be left among the ruins of the city.

3 Then the Lord will go out to fight against those nations, as he has fought in times past. 4 On that day his feet will stand on the Mount of Olives, east of Jerusalem. And the Mount of Olives will split apart, making a wide valley running from east to west. Half the mountain will move toward the north and half toward the south. 5 You will flee through this valley, for it will reach across to Azal. Yes, you will flee as you did from the earthquake in the days of King Uzziah of Judah. Then the Lord my God will come, and all his holy ones with him.

6 On that day the sources of light will no longer shine, 7 yet there will be continuous day! Only the Lord knows how this could happen. There will be no normal day and night, for at evening time it will still be light.

8 On that day life-giving waters will flow out from Jerusalem, half toward the Dead Sea and half toward the Mediterranean, flowing continuously in both summer and winter.

9 And the Lord will be king over all the earth. On that day there will be one Lord—his name alone will be worshiped.

10 All the land from Geba, north of Judah, to Rimmon, south of Jerusalem, will become one vast plain. But Jerusalem will be raised up in its original place and will be inhabited all the way from the Benjamin Gate over to the site of the old gate, then to the Corner Gate, and from the Tower of Hananel to the king’s winepresses. 11 And Jerusalem will be filled, safe at last, never again to be cursed and destroyed.

12 And the Lord will send a plague on all the nations that fought against Jerusalem. Their people will become like walking corpses, their flesh rotting away. Their eyes will rot in their sockets, and their tongues will rot in their mouths. 13 On that day they will be terrified, stricken by the Lord with great panic. They will fight their neighbors hand to hand. 14 Judah, too, will be fighting at Jerusalem…”

Corresponding to this passage of scripture is Revelation 19:11-20:4

Revelation 19:11-21 New Living Translation (NLT)

The Rider on the White Horse

11 Then I saw heaven opened, and a white horse was standing there. Its rider was named Faithful and True, for he judges fairly and wages a righteous war. 12 His eyes were like flames of fire, and on his head were many crowns. A name was written on him that no one understood except himself. 13 He wore a robe dipped in blood, and his title was the Word of God. 14 The armies of heaven, dressed in the finest of pure white linen, followed him on white horses. 15 From his mouth came a sharp sword to strike down the nations. He will rule them with an iron rod. He will release the fierce wrath of God, the Almighty, like juice flowing from a winepress. 16 On his robe at his thigh was written this title: King of all kings and Lord of all lords.

17 Then I saw an angel standing in the sun, shouting to the vultures flying high in the sky: “Come! Gather together for the great banquet God has prepared. 18 Come and eat the flesh of kings, generals, and strong warriors; of horses and their riders; and of all humanity, both free and slave, small and great.”

19 Then I saw the beast and the kings of the world and their armies gathered together to fight against the one sitting on the horse and his army. 20 And the beast was captured, and with him the false prophet who did mighty miracles on behalf of the beast—miracles that deceived all who had accepted the mark of the beast and who worshiped his statue. Both the beast and his false prophet were thrown alive into the fiery lake of burning sulfur. 21 Their entire army was killed by the sharp sword that came from the mouth of the one riding the white horse. And the vultures all gorged themselves on the dead bodies.

Revelation 20:1-4

The Thousand Years

1 Then I saw an angel coming down from heaven with the key to the bottomless pit and a heavy chain in his hand. 2 He seized the dragon—that old serpent, who is the devil, Satan—and bound him in chains for a thousand years. 3 The angel threw him into the bottomless pit, which he then shut and locked so Satan could not deceive the nations anymore until the thousand years were finished. Afterward he must be released for a little while.

4 Then I saw thrones, and the people sitting on them had been given the authority to judge. And I saw the souls of those who had been beheaded for their testimony about Jesus and for proclaiming the word of God. They had not worshiped the beast or his statue, nor accepted his mark on their foreheads or their hands. They all came to life again, and they reigned with Christ for a thousand years.

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Millions Missing! Where Are They?

RAPTURE part 3 : Scene of RAPTURE in a Church ! Millions of people are suddenly missing, even from churches. Consider that just because someone attends a church, they are not necessarily born again. Consider the horrible things that will soon follow the rapture. Consider the following scripture.

1 Corinthians 15:50-53 New Living Translation (NLT)

50 What I am saying, dear brothers and sisters, is that our physical bodies cannot inherit the Kingdom of God. These dying bodies cannot inherit what will last forever.

51 But let me reveal to you a wonderful secret. We will not all die, but we will all be transformed! 52 It will happen in a moment, in the blink of an eye, when the last trumpet is blown. For when the trumpet sounds, those who have died will be raised to live forever. And we who are living will also be transformed. 53 For our dying bodies must be transformed into bodies that will never die; our mortal bodies must be transformed into immortal bodies.

At the time that Christ comes in the air for the catching up of the born again believers/saints in Christ (Rapture), those born again deceased saints will be brought up out of their places of death; and those saints whom are still alive, will suddenly be lifted up from the earth, and will be given bodies and souls that will be eternally perfect. Their spirits will have already been made eternally perfect from the time that these saints were born again. All of us, whom are born again, will be caught up by Christ, God the Son, and taken to the Presence of God, the Father, in the third heaven. At that point in time, there will never, ever, be any separation between God (Father, Son, Holy Spirit) and His caught up and resurrected saints, whom will never suffer from sickness and will never die. As for those whom are deceased at the time of the rapture, and were not born again at the time of their deaths, their decayed bodies will remain in their graves, or other places, until the time of the great white throne judgment (Rev 20:10-15), where they will be raised to be cast into the lake of fire, which burns forever and ever. As for those whom are alive at the time of the rapture, and have not been born again, they will remain on earth and enter the tribulation; small children will not be left behind. They will die natural deaths or be killed during the tribulation. These two groups of unsaved people will have eternal torment, and separation from God. Both will face the great white throne judgment and be cast into the lake of fire. Bodies, souls and spirits that have not been born again, can not enter the Holy places of God (heaven, kingdom age, new earth). John 3:3 makes the case for the need of being born again:

John 3:3 New Living Translation (NLT) 3 Jesus replied, “I tell you the truth, unless you are born again, you cannot see the Kingdom of God.

Consider the things that will confront those whom will be left behind on earth after the rapture takes place. The video shows a world that no one would ever want to occupy. After the rapture of millions of saints, soon after will follow utter chaos, natural and physical, such as was spoken by Christ:

Matthew 24:21 New Living Translation (NLT) 21 For there will be greater anguish than at any time since the world began. And it will never be so great again.

The Rapture Of The Church. The coming of Christ in the air to remove his born again believers. Only “earth dwellers” (unbelievers) will remain on Earth. The raptured believers in Christ will return with Him on white horses, with Him leading the way to the Battle of Armageddon (Rev 16:12-16; 19:11-14; 19:15-21).

Revelation 3:10 New Living Translation (NLT) 10 “Because you have obeyed my command to persevere, I will protect you from the great time of testing that will come upon the whole world to test those who belong to this world. The perseverance is provided by God to those whom are born again. (1 John 5:4)

1 John 5:4 New Living Translation (NLT)

4 For every child of God defeats this evil world, and we achieve this victory through our faith.

Consider the news reports that will come from all around the world.

HUNDREDS OF MILLIONS OF PEOPLE ARE MISSING ! WHERE ARE THEY?

Airplanes crashing – flight crews missing! Cars and trucks colliding – drivers missing! Hospitals report, “No babies anywhere!” Unborn babies missing from their mothers’ wombs!
School teachers frantically looking for children! Clothing seen in restaurants and businesses where people had been seated!
Chaos everywhere! Network news anchors and theologians attribute the situation to global warming and alien abductions!
Many pastors can’t be found – many others are being interviewed by radio and tv news crews!
Left behind heads of states call for states of emergency!

Atmospheric and earthly disturbances preceding the earthly second coming of Christ to Earth to judge sin, “humanly and natural.” The Great White Throne Judgment occurs one thousand years later (Rev 20:7-15).

The earth will be destroyed, by God, not by global warming (2 Peter 3:13).

2 Peter 3:11-13 New Living Translation (NLT)

11 Since everything around us is going to be destroyed like this, what holy and godly lives you should live, 12 looking forward to the day of God and hurrying it along. On that day, he will set the heavens on fire, and the elements will melt away in the flames. 13 But we are looking forward to the new heavens and new earth he has promised, a world filled with God’s righteousness.

A new heaven, new earth and new Jerusalem will be created for all of God’s born again saints to inhabit for all of eternity. This creation is known as the eternal state.

Revelation 21:1-2 New Living Translation (NLT)

21 Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the old heaven and the old earth had disappeared. And the sea was also gone. 2 And I saw the holy city, the new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven like a bride beautifully dressed for her husband.

WHERE WILL YOU BE FOUND?

Consider a day like the one that is described above in the rapture video. Some people who are reading this post have no understanding of the event that is being described. That is sad because most readers of my posts consider themselves to be believers in Christ. Far too many Christians can not explain the essential elements of the Rapture of The Church, the Tribulation or of the Second Coming Of Christ. Many Christian parents don’t know enough about this subject to teach their children about it. Far too many pastors are not teaching the things of the end times to their congregations. It is important for all believers in Christ to know that they are secure in Christ for salvation, and that they will be kept “from the tribulation,” and will not have to “go through it” (Rev 3:10). It is also important for believers in Christ to be able to know and explain how and why they have been saved, and how and why they will escape the tribulation.

The main-line reform denominations have lost their way. The African church has lost its way. Check out the following links to see the denominations that are suspect, as it relates to which church bodies have placed politics over the gospel.

Check out the suspects:

https://www.oikoumene.org/en/member-churches

https://www.oikoumene.org/en/member-churches/north-america/united-states-of-america/nccc-usa

No one should walk into the sanctuary of a church and see a large picture of our former president posted there. No denomination should teach that it is okay to kill unborn babies. No denomination should teach that same-sex marriage is okay. No denomination should show anything less than Godly respect for the nation of Israel. No denomination should remain silent as the democrat party is trying to steal elections. No denomination should remain silent as the democrat party encourages people to take to the streets, restaurants and other businesses to confront conservative members of our nation. Since our churches are reluctant to speak out against the sins that are attacking our nation, parents must take the offensive and speak out against the sinful moral fabric of the democrat party, and ensure that their children understand the truth of the following verse of scripture.

Genesis 4:7 New Living Translation (NLT)

7 You will be accepted if you do what is right. But if you refuse to do what is right, then watch out! Sin is crouching at the door, eager to control you. But you must subdue it and be its master.”

Consider the truth of the following link.

https://www.lifenews.com/2018/11/13/churchs-sign-dont-vote-for-democrats-on-tuesday-and-sing-oh-how-i-love-jesus-on-sunday/

Church’s Sign: “Don’t Vote for Democrats on Tuesday and Sing ‘Oh How I Love Jesus’ on Sunday”

Here are the hard cold facts of this matter. It is no secret that the democrat party supports abortion on demand, same-sex marriage, opposition to Israel, and the use of violence to achieve its ungodly goals. If you believe in, or support, abortion on demand, same-sex marriage, or the overthrow of our nation by the democrat party, you show no evidence that you been born again. When the rapture of the church takes place, you will be left behind on earth to suffer from the persecution of the anti-Christ and the judgments of God on a sinful world. You will die, or be killed, during the tribulation. You will be raised to stand before God at the great white throne judgment, and will be throne into the lake of fire, where you will suffer from eternal punishment. Parents! If you don’t get a grip on sin in your life, and in the lives of your children, all of you will stand before the great white throne judgment. You will be cast into the lake of fire, “you and your children.” It will not be a place of family reunions; it will be a place of torment. Animals give their lives trying to save their young; far too many human mothers boast about having made decisions to kill their unborn babies. Even the liberal cities of our nation’s northwest states are coming under the attacks of democrats who want to overthrow our nation. How would you like such violence to be taking place in front of your place of business?

Molotov Cocktails & Flash Bang Grenades at Seattle May Day

Do you think this article is a joke? Well, don’t! It is the eternity of you and your family that will suffer from your ignorance of God’s Word, and from your defiance to it!

Go back to the title of this article, “Millions Mission! Where Are They?” Answer this question: Where will you and your children find themselves after the rapture of the church takes place?

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The Rapture

John Ankerberg Show Published on Feb 27, 2014. In this program, Dr. John Ankerberg and his guests, Dr. Renald Showers and Dr. Jimmy DeYoung, discuss the differences between the times when the Rapture and Second Coming of Christ will occur.

The Revelation of Jesus Christ (NASB)

Revelation 1:1

1 The Revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave Him to show to His bond-servants the things which must soon take place; and He sent and communicate by His angel to His bond-servant John,

My note: Notice that this is “the Revelation,” singular, and not “revelations,” plural.

Revelation 1:3

3 Blessed is he who reads and those who hear the words of the prophecy, and heed the things which are written in it for the time is near.

My note: Notice the encouragement that is given in this verse. Blessings come from reading, hearing, and heeding the things that written in the Book of Revelation. The participants in the video are identified at the bottom of this page, along with their biographical information.

The catching up of the church (rapture, harpazo, rapio)

Christ, through the rapture, will suddenly take away the saints of God away from earth, so that they will not have to endure the “soon to follow” judgments of God on a sinful world in a seven-year period of time that is known as the tribulation.

(Rapture: English; Harpazo: Greek; Rapio: Latin). The rapture can be explained as being, “the catching up,” or “the snatching away.” The “catching up” of God’s people has been used by God in the past for His purposes, both in the Old Testament and in the New Testament. It will happen again in the future.

Rapture verses.

Christ, God the Son, comes in the air (not to stand on earth) and catches born again believers away to the third heaven, to the Presence of God, the Father.

John 14:1-6 New King James Version (NKJV)

1 “Let not your heart be troubled; you believe in God, believe also in Me. 2 In My Father’s house are many mansions; if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. 3 And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself; that where I am, there you may be also. 4 And where I go you know, and the way you know.”

5 Thomas said to Him, “Lord, we do not know where You are going, and how can we know the way?”

6 Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.

1 Corinthians 15:50-54 New King James Version (NKJV)

50 Now this I say, brethren, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God; nor does corruption inherit incorruption. 51 Behold, I tell you a mystery: We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed— 52 in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed. 53 For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality. 54 So when this corruptible has put on incorruption, and this mortal has put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written: “Death is swallowed up in victory.”

1 Thessalonians 4:13-18 New King James Version (NKJV)

13 But I do not want you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning those who have fallen asleep, lest you sorrow as others who have no hope. 14 For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so God will bring with Him those who sleep in Jesus.

15 For this we say to you by the word of the Lord, that we who are alive and remain until the coming of the Lord will by no means precede those who are asleep. 16 For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of an archangel, and with the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first. 17 Then we who are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And thus we shall always be with the Lord. 18 Therefore comfort one another with these words.

The Second Coming Of Christ

Christ returns to earth, and stands on the earth, for the purpose of judging sin and for establishing his earthly kingdom, which is also known as the millennium and the thousand-year reign of Christ.

We will address the second coming of Christ in the next article that I publish.

Video participants.

John Ankerberg, Dr. Jimmy DeYoung and Dr. Renald Showers.

Biographies

Dr. John Ankerberg, founder and president of The John Ankerberg Show, the most-watched Christian worldview show in America
https://www.jashow.org/about-dr-john-ankerberg/

Signs of the Last Days – Dr. Jimmy DeYoung
Bio – http://jimmydeyoung.com/aboutdrd.shtml

Dr. Renald Showers
http://www.sermonaudio.com/search.asp?SpeakerOnly=true&currSection=sermonsspeaker&Keyword=Dr.%5ERenald%5EShowers
Dr. Renald Showers is an author and Bible teacher for The Friends of Israel Gospel Ministry, Inc.

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5 KEYS TO ACHIEVING SUCCESS

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I have often been asked about what one needs to do to achieve success in any given field. In this article, I will attempt to provide some insights from my personal experience and journey and I do hope you find them useful.

1. Decision

This is arguably the most important step you have to take, if you want to achieve anything meaningful in your career or business. Success begins the day to take a decision to move in a definition direction towards your goal. Often, I have asked some persons who come for advice what exactly they want to achieve? What type of job they are looking for? What type of car, house or goods do want to have? Most times I get the answer “anything” Just any job or car or whatever their goal is. The reality is anything means nothing.
So to succeed, you need to have clarity…

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When Did Jesus Say To Weep?

Lift Up Your Eyes!

These are some of the last words Jesus said before he was crucified.

As the soldiers led him away, they seized Simon from Cyrene, who was on his way in from the country, and put the cross on him and made him carry it behind Jesus. A large number of people followed him, including women who mourned and wailed for him. Jesus turned and said to them,“Daughters of Jerusalem, do not weep for me; weep for yourselves and for your children. For the time will come when you will say, ‘Blessed are the childless women, the wombs that never bore and the breasts that never nursed!’”
Luke 23:26-29 NIV

“Don’t cry about me,” Jesus was saying. “Cry because someday mankind will be so clueless about why I created them that they won’t understand children and families!”

This is part of why God created mankind, and it’s found in the first chapter…

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The Saluting Marine – A Patriot

Notice the correct position of the Marine’s right hand as he holds his salute.

“I pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America, and to the republic for which it stands, one nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.”

Citizens should stand upright and place the right hand over the heart while reciting the pledge. Men not in uniform should remove any nonreligious head covering.
https://www.britannica.com/event/Pledge-of-Allegiance-to-the-Flag-of-the-United-States-of-America

This video has been used numerous times in my blog posts. With God’s help, it will continue to be one of my favorite ways of showing the greatness of The United States Of America.

6 To Armageddon – The Feasts

Most Beautiful Shabbat Video Ever!!!!Having grown up in a city of a significant Jewish population, and having gone to school with many Jewish classmates, the experience was gratifying, and has stayed with me all of my life. I can remember two special Jewish classmates that started first grade with me, and also graduated with me; they were twin sisters, and grew up in a wonderful Jewish family. During each school week, my Jewish friends went to Hebrew School, which took place at the end of each regular school day, four days a week, for two hours each day. My question was, “why can’t I go too?” lol

In my adult years, after I began to understand the Godly significance of the Jewish people (Deuteronomy 7:6), I was blessed by the closeness of Jewish families, which I observed frequently. One particular Jewish neighborhood was located near two synagogues. The Sabbath begins at sunset on each Friday, and ends at sunset on the next day, Saturday. I can remember seeing male Jews walking together to Friday evening Sabbath services. On Saturday mornings, I saw women and Children as they walked to sabbath services. The women pushed strollers, having small children in them; older children walked too, and talked to their Jewish children friends. The women would be dressed very modestly, in conservative clothing, and shared in their own conversations. It was a beautiful site to see, especially on sunny Saturday mornings

The festivals that the Jews observed began to take on a special significance within me. During Hanukkah and Passover, I would drive through one particular Jewish neighborhood. I saw groups of Jewish friends and families walking to their specific houses of meeting for their Shabbat (Sabbath), Passover and Hanukkah meals and observances. A warmness would come over me as I saw, through large bay windows, the families and friends seated around a long table. The senior male would sit at the far end of the table. His wife (female!) would be seated at the other end of the table, closest to the window. Candles were lit, giving a beautiful glow to a soul-stirring Jewish setting. The opening video of this post shows a scene of Jewish family and friends as they honor Sabbath. Such a scene is symbolic of the warm memories that are stored deeply in my mind, that I am sharing now.

As a part of this article, I will begin a discussion of the seven, “Feasts of the Lord.” As each of the feasts comes near on the Jewish calendar, I will publish an article on those feasts to help non-Jews to gain a better understanding of a special part of Jewish life that is often not understood by non-Jews

The following video introduces the aforementioned study of the feasts. Each of the three men that are taking place in the discussion were born to Jewish families, but have come to know Christ as their Messiah. The names of the men are (left to right), “Michael Rydelnik, Avner Boskey and Michael Brown.

Jesus in the Feasts of Israel — Introduction – As we continue our study of, “To Armageddon,” which is enclosed in the overall teaching of “The Jewish Prophets,” we approach another time of “God’s Pan For the Ages,” known as “The Lord’s Appointed Times” and “the Appointed times of the Lord.” You will notice in the following verses that God told Moses, to the tell the children of Israel, to proclaim “The Lord’s Appointed Times,” at their “appointed times.

Leviticus 23:1, 2 44 New American Standard Bible (NASB)

1 The Lord spoke again to Moses, saying, 2 “Speak to the sons of Israel and say to them, ‘The Lord’s appointed times which you shall proclaim as holy convocations—My appointed times are these:

4 ‘These are the appointed times of the Lord, holy convocations which you shall proclaim at the times appointed for them.

44 So Moses declared to the sons of Israel the appointed times of the Lord.

There was never such a proclamation given to non-Jews to keep the feasts. However, it is a great learning experience for non-Jews, to gain a clearer understanding of “the feasts of the Lord.” The feasts will be fulfilled in Christ, and in end time events.

It is amazing to know that Passover (Matthew 26:26-29) and the Feast of Tabernacles (Zechariah 14:19) will be observed during the millennium. The feasts are also known as Festivals.

An explanation of each of the feasts is provided next. More information will be provided for each festival as the time becomes closer. Each festival begins at sunset on the first day of each festival, and continues until sunset of the last day of the festival.

Pesach/Passover — (April 19 – April 20, 2019) Pointed to the Messiah as our Passover lamb whose blood would be shed for our sins. Jesus was crucified on the day of preparation for the Passover, at the same time that the lambs were being slaughtered for the Passover meal that evening.

Chag Hamotzi/Unleavened Bread — (April 20 – April 27, 2019) Pointed to the Messiah’s sinless life, making Him the perfect sacrifice for our sins. Jesus’ body was in the grave during the first days of this feast, like a kernel of wheat planted and waiting to burst forth as the bread of life.

Yom Habikkurim/First Fruits — (April 21 – April 22, 2019) Pointed to the Messiah’s resurrection as the first fruits of the righteous. Jesus was resurrected on this very day, which is one of the reasons that Paul refers to him in I Corinthians 15:20 as the “first fruits from the dead.”

Shavuot/Harvest/Weeks/Pentecost — (June 8 – June 10, 2019) Pointed to the great harvest of souls, both Jew and Gentile. The Church was actually established on this day when the Messiah poured out the Holy Spirit, and 3,000 souls responded to Peter’s first proclamation of the Gospel.

Rosh Hashanah/Trumpets – (September 9, 2018 – September 11, 2018) Points to the Rapture when the Messiah will appear in the heavens as a Bridegroom coming for His bride, the Church. The Rapture is associated in Scripture with the blowing of a loud trumpet (I Thessalonians 4:13-18; I Corinthians 15:52)

Yom Kippur/Atonement — (September 18 – 19, 2018) Points to the day of the Second Coming of Jesus when He will return to earth. That will be the day of atonement for the Jewish remnant when they “look upon Him whom they have pierced,” repent of their sins, and receive Him as their Messiah (Zechariah 12:10 and Romans 11:1-6, 25-36).

Sukkot/Tabernacles — (September 23 – 30, 2018) Points to the Lord’s promise that He will once again tabernacle with His people when He returns to reign over all the world from Jerusalem (Micah 4:1-7).

We have been studying. Now, let’s worship.

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Israel – Prophecy And Current Era 71918

Middle East and Egyptian Update with Dr. Jimmy DeYoung. John Ankerberg Show. Published on Feb 8, 2011.
Dr. Jimmy DeYoung and Dr. John Ankerberg discuss the current situation in the Middle East and Egypt in light of Biblical Prophecy.

Jimmy DeYoung – Signs of the Last Days
Bio – http://jimmydeyoung.com/aboutdrd.shtml

John Ankerberg, founder and president of The John Ankerberg Show, the most-watched Christian worldview show in America.
https://www.jashow.org/about-dr-john-ankerberg/

As you can see, the video report on the situation in Egypt and Middle East was made in 2011. As you can also see, in your mind, things have not changed much about the political instability in that area of the world. Jimmy DeYoung mentioned that the situation in the middle east correlates to the prophetic scriptures of Daniel, Chapter 11. I would like to show the passages of Daniel 11:36-45, and provide a limited commentary on that area of prophecy, that has been provided by the following individuals that are highly respected for their knowledge of the end times.

The following link will take you to Daniel 11:36-45
https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=daniel+11%3A36-45&version=NASB

Comments:

John Walvoord, Daniel Commentary
John F. Walvoord, https://www.thriftbooks.com/a/john-f-walvoord/203232/
(1910-2012) long-time president of Dallas Theological Seminary, was one of the most prominent evangelical scholars of his generation. He is considered perhaps the world’s foremost interpreter of biblical prophecy.
Bio – https://bible.org/users/john-f-walvoord

Daniel 11:36: The King is the Antichrist.
Daniel 11:40: The King Of the South is the leader of a political and military force that comes from south of the Holy Land, but the possibility is that it involves much more than only Egypt, and can be identified as an African army.
Daniel 11:40: The King of the North is more than the small territory possessed by Syria, and probably includes all the political and military forces of the lands to the north of the Holy Land.

Charles Ryrie, Ryrie Study Bible
Charles Ryrie, https://www.amazon.com/Charles-Caldwell-Ryrie/e/B001HMRTWW
Charles Ryrie, https://www.moodypublishers.com/authors/r/charles-ryrie/

Daniel 11:36-45: This section gives details of Antichrist’s future career, and requires reference to some details of Israel’s last days (10:14 and 12:1-2).
Daniel 11:37: “the gods of his fathers”: Antichrist will have no respect for religion or religious heritages. The phrase does not mean that Antichrist must be a Jew. He will be unkind, cruel, and inhumane.
Daniel 11:38: Antichrist’s “god” will be military power and activity.
Daniel 11:40-45: In the tribulation period, “the king of the south” and “the king of the North” will attempt a pincer movement against Antichrist (v 40). But, with Israel as his base (vs 41), he will first defeat Egypt, then Libya and Ethiopia (Sudan). “will follow at his heels” (v 43). Shall be part of his dominion.”rumors from the East and from the North” (v 44). May relate to the armies of Rev 9:13-21; 16:12). The threat of these armies will cause Antichrist to return to Israel, making his headquarters between Jerusalem and the Mediterranean (v 45). But, he will come to his end at the hands of the victorious, returning Christ (Rev 19:11-21).

John Ankerberg, (M.Div, D.Min.)
Jimmy DeYoung (Th.D., Ph.D.)
Charles C. Ryrie (Th.D, Ph.D., Professor Emeritus.)
John F. Walvoord, (Th.M., Th.D., University President, Chancellor Emeritus, Professor Emeritus.)

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5 – Road To The “Apocalypse,” And Beyond – Introduction 19 Jul 2018

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As For Me

As for me, I have no ax to grind, but “the ax of truth.” My grandparents were poor and uneducated. When the great depression of 1929 occurred, my grandfather was twenty-five years old, my grandmother was twenty-one, and my mother was three years old. As a family they were share croppers, which meant that they worked the fields of other people; my mother would help in picking the fields (that would be child abuse today) for cotton, peas, beans, corn, and anything else that would make money for them, or give them food to eat. They would farm in Florida in the winter time, and farm in Georgia during the summer months. My grandfather would hunt and fish for food, in addition to the food that they would take from the ground. As with almost all of my family, they were Democrats. My grandfather used to talk about “Hoover Days,” and thought that FDR was the poor man’s President. Myself, I am neither Democrat, nor Republican. I don’t even like the term “Independent,” because after a political debate, there is always a line that shows up on the tv screen that shows Independents as “being a line” that hangs helplessly in the air between Democrats and Republicans. My father was a merchant seaman, union member and Democrat. He was in the United States Army Air Corps in the second world war, and was stationed in the Philippines, not far from the base where I was assigned during the Vietnam War; he was also assigned to a base in New Guinea. My mother was a homemaker (that is higher than a Ph. D.). She also had jobs, but was always at home whenever my brother, sister and I would come home from school. When I started school, first grade was “first.” My SAT score was “808,” “ouch!” During the year before Jimmie Davis became the Democrat Governor of the state where my family resided, he recorded “Suppertime.” San Nunn was a Democrat Senator of the state where I resided at the time of my military retirement; he flew an American flag over our nation’s capitol, on the day that I retired, in honor of my military service. That flag is now in my retirement shadow box, which also has ribbons and medals, of which I know nothing about the significance of most of them. If a funeral procession approaches me, I stop my car and pray for the grieving family members. If I am at a parade, and see the American flag being carried toward me, I stand at attention, remove my hat and place it over my heart, and remain standing at attention until the flag passes by. I love “Mom, home and apple pie.” I believe that the United States of America is the best nation that has ever existed. I believe in God (Elohim) as the creator of our world, and try to honor Christ as my Lord and Savior. I love and respect those whom may neither love nor respect me.

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Israel Prophecy And Current Era 6-7-18

Prophecy. The discussion in this opening video relates to the writings of Ezekiel and Daniel, both of whom are highly respected by Jews. The date of the writing of Ezekiel 11 was 594 B.C. The date of the writing of Ezekiel 38 was 587 B.C. The date of the writing of Daniel 11 was 534 B.C. The date of Psalm 83 is estimated to be between 1000 and 900 B.C.

Current Era. This second video shows people of the nations that Jewish prophets said will attack Israel.

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Women Of Faith – A Mix

Shout to the Lord

There is none like you
Women Of The Gospel

ABOVE ALL

My Heart, Your Home

Just Give Me Jesus-Anne Graham Lotz

“In The Presence Of Jehovah” By Chonda Pierce

Chonda Pierce tells a very emotional story about her life, and uses the phrase, “second row… piano side.” Consider the treasures of your life.

James 4:6 1599 Geneva Bible (GNV)

6 But the Scripture offereth more grace, and therefore saith, God resisteth the proud, and giveth grace to the humble.

Women Of The Gospels

Mary, The Mother Of Jesus

Matthew 1:18-25 New Living Translation (NLT)

The Birth of Jesus the Messiah

18 This is how Jesus the Messiah was born. His mother, Mary, was engaged to be married to Joseph. But before the marriage took place, while she was still a virgin, she became pregnant through the power of the Holy Spirit. 19 Joseph, to whom she was engaged, was a righteous man and did not want to disgrace her publicly, so he decided to break the engagement quietly.

20 As he considered this, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream. “Joseph, son of David,” the angel said, “do not be afraid to take Mary as your wife. For the child within her was conceived by the Holy Spirit. 21 And she will have a son, and you are to name him Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins.”

22 All of this occurred to fulfill the Lord’s message through his prophet:

23 “Look! The virgin will conceive a child! She will give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel,
which means ‘God is with us.’”

24 When Joseph woke up, he did as the angel of the Lord commanded and took Mary as his wife. 25 But he did not have sexual relations with her until her son was born. And Joseph named him Jesus.

Re: Matthew 1:22-23, Prophecy of Isaiah 7:14 (742 B.C.); Isaiah 9:6 (740 B.C.)

The Magnificat: Mary’s Song of Praise

Luke 1:46-47 New Living Translation (NLT)

46 Mary responded,

“Oh, how my soul praises the Lord.
47 How my spirit rejoices in God my Savior!

Woman With The Issue Of Blood

Matthew 9:20-22 New Living Translation (NLT)

20 Just then a woman who had suffered for twelve years with constant bleeding came up behind him. She touched the fringe of his robe, 21 for she thought, “If I can just touch his robe, I will be healed.”

22 Jesus turned around, and when he saw her he said, “Daughter, be encouraged! Your faith has made you well.” And the woman was healed at that moment.

Women Who Followed Christ, And Supported His Ministry

Luke 8:1-3 New Living Translation (NLT)

1 Soon afterward Jesus began a tour of the nearby towns and villages, preaching and announcing the Good News about the Kingdom of God. He took his twelve disciples with him, 2 along with some women who had been cured of evil spirits and diseases. Among them were Mary Magdalene, from whom he had cast out seven demons; 3 Joanna, the wife of Chuza, Herod’s business manager; Susanna; and many others who were contributing from their own resources to support Jesus and his disciples.

Woman With A Spirit Of Infirmity

Luke 13:11-13 New Living Translation (NLT)

11 he saw a woman who had been crippled by an evil spirit. She had been bent double for eighteen years and was unable to stand up straight. 12 When Jesus saw her, he called her over and said, “Dear woman, you are healed of your sickness!” 13 Then he touched her, and instantly she could stand straight. How she praised God!

Woman Who Anointed Jesus

John 12:1-8 New Living Translation (NLT)

Jesus Anointed at Bethany

1 Six days before the Passover celebration began, Jesus arrived in Bethany, the home of Lazarus—the man he had raised from the dead. 2 A dinner was prepared in Jesus’ honor. Martha served, and Lazarus was among those who ate with him. 3 Then Mary took a twelve-ounce jar of expensive perfume made from essence of nard, and she anointed Jesus’ feet with it, wiping his feet with her hair. The house was filled with the fragrance.

4 But Judas Iscariot, the disciple who would soon betray him, said, 5 “That perfume was worth a year’s wages. It should have been sold and the money given to the poor.” 6 Not that he cared for the poor—he was a thief, and since he was in charge of the disciples’ money, he often stole some for himself.

7 Jesus replied, “Leave her alone. She did this in preparation for my burial. 8 You will always have the poor among you, but you will not always have me.”

The Widow Who Gave Two Mites

Luke 21:1-4 New Living Translation (NLT)

The Widow’s Offering

21 While Jesus was in the Temple, he watched the rich people dropping their gifts in the collection box. 2 Then a poor widow came by and dropped in two small coins.

3 “I tell you the truth,” Jesus said, “this poor widow has given more than all the rest of them. 4 For they have given a tiny part of their surplus, but she, poor as she is, has given everything she has.”

Many Women Observing The Crucifixion

Mark 15:37-41 New Living Translation (NLT)

37 Then Jesus uttered another loud cry and breathed his last. 38 And the curtain in the sanctuary of the Temple was torn in two, from top to bottom.

39 When the Roman officer who stood facing him saw how he had died, he exclaimed, “This man truly was the Son of God!”

40 Some women were there, watching from a distance, including Mary Magdalene, Mary (the mother of James the younger and of Joseph), and Salome. 41 They had been followers of Jesus and had cared for him while he was in Galilee. Many other women who had come with him to Jerusalem were also there.

The Women Near The Cross

John 19:25 New Living Translation (NLT)

25 Standing near the cross were Jesus’ mother, and his mother’s sister, Mary (the wife of Clopas), and Mary Magdalene.

Women That Followed Jesus To The Tomb

Luke 23:49, 55-56 New Living Translation (NLT)

49 But Jesus’ friends, including the women who had followed him from Galilee, stood at a distance watching.

55 As his body was taken away, the women from Galilee followed and saw the tomb where his body was placed. 56 Then they went home and prepared spices and ointments to anoint his body. But by the time they were finished the Sabbath had begun, so they rested as required by the law.

Women At The Empty Tomb

Luke 24:1-11 New Living Translation (NLT)

The Resurrection

24 But very early on Sunday morning the women went to the tomb, taking the spices they had prepared. 2 They found that the stone had been rolled away from the entrance. 3 So they went in, but they didn’t find the body of the Lord Jesus. 4 As they stood there puzzled, two men suddenly appeared to them, clothed in dazzling robes.

5 The women were terrified and bowed with their faces to the ground. Then the men asked, “Why are you looking among the dead for someone who is alive? 6 He isn’t here! He is risen from the dead! Remember what he told you back in Galilee, 7 that the Son of Man must be betrayed into the hands of sinful men and be crucified, and that he would rise again on the third day.”

8 Then they remembered that he had said this. 9 So they rushed back from the tomb to tell his eleven disciples—and everyone else—what had happened. 10 It was Mary Magdalene, Joanna, Mary the mother of James, and several other women who told the apostles what had happened. 11 But the story sounded like nonsense to the men, so they didn’t believe it.

Discussion On The Road To Emmaus About The Women At The Empty Tomb

Luke 24:22-24 New Living Translation (NLT)

22 “Then some women from our group of his followers were at his tomb early this morning, and they came back with an amazing report. 23 They said his body was missing, and they had seen angels who told them Jesus is alive! 24 Some of our men ran out to see, and sure enough, his body was gone, just as the women had said.”

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126 – Resurrection Sunday

At the time of the beginning of the writing of this article, Passion Week has come and gone. The earth has been rotating on its axis at about 1,000 miles per hour, speeding east to west, and has brought Sunday to the areas of the Pacific Ocean that are “just west” of the international date line. Sunday’s sunrise will grace Auckland, New Zealand at 6:33 A.M., which will be about 17 hours before dawn’s first light is seen in the central time zone of the USA. In our study, which began a week ago, we saw Christ triumphantly entering Jerusalem on a donkey. This particular Sunday will dawn with a surprise for many saddened followers of Christ. The women return to his burial tomb, “at first light.” Their plan is to complete the preparation of the lifeless body of Christ for His Burial. But! Christ is not in the tomb where the women last saw Him, “dead!” Instead of seeing the dead body of Christ, they are shocked by the vision, and the statements, of two angels; “He is risen!” (Luke 24:6).

The Bible makes it clear that Jesus was resurrected on the first day of the week, Sunday (Matthew 28:1; Mark 16:2,9; Luke 24:1; John 20:1,19). Jesus’ resurrection is most worthy of being celebrated (see 1 Corinthians 15). While it is appropriate for Jesus’ resurrection to be celebrated on a Sunday, the day on which Jesus’ resurrection is celebrated should not be referred to as Easter. Easter has nothing to do with Jesus’ resurrection on a Sunday. (See more of this discussion by clicking onto the following link: https://www.gotquestions.org/Easter-Sunday.html)

Author’s note. “Resurrection Sunday” is the correct term for the day that Christ resurrected from death. Easter relates to a pagan festival. See “Easter” in Unger’s Bible Dictionary. Also see “Don’t Say Easter” in my post, 115, https://equippingblog.wordpress.com/2018/03/12/115-the-jewish-prophet-jonah-a-glimpse-of-passover/ See also https://www.gotquestions.org/Easter-Sunday.html

Passion Week’s Lead Up To Resurrection Sunday

John 12:1-11, Saturday, Christ in Bethany
John 12:12-13, Christ Enters Into Jerusalem, Palm Sunday
Luke 19:28-44, Palm Sunday, The triumphal entry of Christ into Jerusalem
Luke 19:45-48, Monday, Christ curses the fig tree and cleanses the temple
Luke 20:1-21:38, Tuesday, Christ’s debates with the religious leaders. The Olivet Discourse
Luke 22:1-6, Wednesday, The entry into Judas Iscariot by Satan
Luke 22:7-53, Thursday, The Passover meal and betrayal of Christ by Judas
Luke 22:54-23:55, Friday, The crucifixion of Christ
Luke 23:56, Saturday, Sabbath Rest

Resurrection Sunday

Luke 24:1-53, Resurrection Sunday

Note. Our salvation comes from the finished work of Christ on the cross.

John 19:30 Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB)

30 When Jesus had received the sour wine, He said, “It is finished!” Then bowing His head, He gave up His spirit.

Scriptures in this study are taken from the Holman Christian Standard Bible, and gathered from Bible Gateway. The Bible Gateway link is https://www.biblegateway.com/ Bible Gateway has basic and expanded (Bible Gateway Plus) study notes. Whenever scripture passages are lengthy, in this study, a link will be provided to show those verses.

Sunday Verses

Luke 24:1-53 https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=luke+24%3A1-53&version=HCSB

Clarifying a prophecy of Christ

There has been a matter of confusion and misunderstanding, not to mention disagreement, about the day of the crucifixion of Christ. The prophecy by Christ, as related to an incident in the life of the Jewish Prophet Jonah will be discussed, thereby clearing up the matter.

Let’s consider the verse.

Jonah 1:17 Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB)

17 Now the Lord had appointed a huge fish to swallow Jonah, and Jonah was in the fish three days and three nights.

The controversy: “three days and three nights.”

Comment. MacArthur Study bible. 1:17 a great fish. The species of fish is uncertain; the Heb. word for whale is not here employed. God sovereignly prepared (lit. “appointed”) a great fish to rescue Jonah. Apparently Jonah sank into the depth of the sea before the fish swallowed him (cf. 2:3, 5, 6). three days and three nights. See note on Matt. 12:40.

Comment. Reformation Study Bible. 1:17 three days and three nights. Jesus referred to the Book of Jonah in order to communicate truths regarding His own message and mission (Matt. 12:38–41; 16:4; Luke 11:29–32). He speaks of the “sign of the prophet Jonah” not only with reference to the three days and three nights that Jonah was in the fish (Matt. 12:39, 40), but also with regard to the efficacy of Jonah’s preaching. Without benefit of a miraculous sign, the Ninevites recognized Jonah’s message as one with divine authority, and they responded in repentance.

The prophecy of Christ:

Matthew 12:40-41 Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB)

40 For as Jonah was in the belly of the huge fish three days and three nights, so the Son of Man will be in the heart of the earth three days and three nights. 41 The men of Nineveh will stand up at the judgment with this generation and condemn it, because they repented at Jonah’s proclamation; and look—something greater than Jonah is here!

The controversy: “three days and three nights.”

The confusion: Christ was crucified on Friday afternoon and buried prior to sunset. Christ was alive early on Sunday morning. When we consider “three days and three nights,” in today’s world we can look at our Timex, Bulova or Rolex, and come to the conclusion that “there is no way” that seventy-two hours elapsed between Friday afternoon and Sunday morning. Of course, culture enters into the conversation.

Words of Christ, “the third day,” relating to His resurrection.

Luke 9:22 New International Version (NIV)

22 And he said, “The Son of Man must suffer many things and be rejected by the elders, the chief priests and the teachers of the law, and he must be killed and on the third day be raised to life.”

In 9:22, Christ uses the words, “the third day.” Such wording removes”seventy-two hours” from the conversation. Other verses that also state, “the third day,” in the same context are: Matthew 16:21, 17:23, 20:19, 27:64. Luke 18:33, 24:7, 24:21, 24:46. Acts 10:40. 1 Corinthians 15:4.

Consider the words of the seminary instructors, concerning Matthew 12:40.

Reformation Study Bible. Matthew 12:40. three days and three nights. An emphatic way of saying “three days.”

The New American Commentary. Craig L. Blomberg, Author. Matthew 12:40. “Three days and three nights” represents a Semitic idiom for any portion of three calendar days.”

Holman New Testament Commentary. Stuart K. Weber, Author. Matthew 12:40. By Jewish reckoning, a part of a day was considered to be a whole day. And it was common Jewish idiom to refer to even a part of a day as “a day and a night.”

The Bible Knowledge Commentary. An Exposition of the Scriptures by Dallas Seminary Faculty. John F. Walvoord and Roy B. Zuck, General Editors. Matthew 12:40. The Son of Man would be in the heart of the earth for “three days and three nights.”The Jews reckoned part of a day as a full day.

The Moody Bible Commentary. Matthew 12:40. The THREE DAYS AND THREE NIGHTS causes some concern since Jesus only spent Friday and Saturday night in the tomb. But, Jewish people regarded even a part of a day as “a day and a night.” (see 1 Sam 30:12-13; 2 Chr 10:5, 12; Est 4:16; 5:1).

Ryrie Study Bible. Matthew 12:40. three days and three nights. This phrase does not necessarily require that 72 hours elapse between Christ’s death and resurrection, for the Jews reckoned part of a day to be as a whole day. Thus, this prophecy can be properly fulfilled if the crucifixion occurred on Friday. However, the statement does require an historical Jonah who was actually swallowed by a great fish.

Holman Christian Standard Bible. Matthew 12:40. Re: Jonah 1:17: His prayer compared his experience to being in a grave. Thus, Jonah’s experience was analogous to Jesus’ resurrection of being interred for three days. Since Jesus’ resurrection occurred on Sunday, some may have argued that the reference to three days and three nights requires a Thursday or Wednesday crucifixion. However, 1 Samuel 30:12-13 suggests that “three days and three nights” could be idiomatic for a span of time that covered all of one day and parts of two others. Thus, Jesus’ interment late on Friday and His resurrection early Sunday counts as three days.

MacArthur Study Bible. Matthew 12:40. three days and three nights. Quoted from Jon. 1:17. This sort of expression was a common way of underscoring the prophetic significance of a period of time. An expression like “forty days and forty nights” (see note on 4:2) may in some cases simply refer to a period of time longer than a month. “Three days and three nights” was an emphatic way of saying “three days,” and by Jewish reckoning this would be an apt way of expressing a period of time that includes parts of 3 days. Thus, if Christ was crucified on a Friday, and His resurrection occurred on the first day of the week, by Hebrew reckoning this would qualify as 3 days and 3 nights. All sorts of elaborate schemes have been devised to suggest that Christ might have died on a Wednesday or Thursday, just to accommodate the extreme literal meaning of these words. But the original meaning would not have required that sort of wooden interpretation. See note on Luke 13:32.

Luke 13:32 Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB)

32 He said to them, “Go tell that fox, ‘Look! I’m driving out demons and performing healings today and tomorrow, and on the third day I will complete My work.’

MacArthur Study Bible. Luke 13:32 today and tomorrow, and the third day. This expression signified only that Christ was on His own divine timetable; it was not meant to lay out a literal 3-day schedule. Expressions like this were common in Semitic usage, and seldom were employed in a literal sense to specify precise intervals of time. See note on Matt. 12:40. be perfected. I.e., by death, in the finishing of His work. Cf. John 17:4, 5; 19:30; Heb. 2:10. Herod was threatening to kill Him, but no one could kill Christ before His time (John 10:17, 18).

The conclusion: When we consider the words of Luke 23:54-56, and the above discussions that show the cultural usages of “three days and three nights,” we can see that the dead body of Christ was placed in the tomb on Friday afternoon, and was raised from death on Sunday morning.

Scriptures in this study are taken from the Holman Christian Standard Bible, and gathered from Bible Gateway. The Bible Gateway link is https://www.biblegateway.com/ Bible Gateway has basic and expanded (Bible Gateway Plus) study notes. Whenever scripture passages are lengthy in this study, a link has been provided to show those verses.

About Dr. Charles Caldwell Ryrie, Th.D., Ph.D., Deceased (Editor, Ryrie Study Bible)
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About Dr. R.C. Sproul, Drs., Ph.D., Deceased (Editor, Reformation Study Bible)
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124 – Passover

At the equator, the earth is spinning on its axis at about 1,000 MPH, as the sunset of Friday, and the beginning of the Sabbath and Passover are approaching the international date line in the Pacific Ocean. New Zealand is in close view, and Australia is not far behind. As we see in the video, Jewish families all around the world will be celebrating the Sabbath and the beginning of the eight days of the feasts of . Passover and Unleavened Bread.

The year that the Jews began their travel out of Egypt was approximately 1445 B.C. The Passover, as shown in Luke 22, was dated 30 A.D. Jews celebrate Passover each year. Let’s consider the verses of scripture that explain the feasts of Passover and Unleavened Bread. But, it is important to keep in mind that the names of Passover and Unleavened Bread are often used interchangeably. Passover is probably the most commonly used name for the eight-day feast. This year, Passion Week is on the way out, and Passover is on the way in.

Leviticus 23:5-8 New American Standard Bible (NASB)

5 In the first month, on the fourteenth day of the month at twilight is the Lord’s Passover. 6 Then on the fifteenth day of the same month there is the Feast of Unleavened Bread to the Lord; for seven days you shall eat unleavened bread. 7 On the first day you shall have a holy convocation; you shall not do any laborious work. 8 But for seven days you shall present an offering by fire to the Lord. On the seventh day is a holy convocation; you shall not do any laborious work.’”

Consider some other Passover and Feast Of Unleavened Bread Scriptures

Passover, Exodus 12:1-13, https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=exodus+12%3A1-13&version=NASB

Feast Of Unleavened Bread, Exodus 12:14-20, https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=exodus+12%3A14-20&version=NASB

The Passover-Unleavened Bread Festival, Deuteronomy 16:1-8,
https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=deu+16%3A1-8&version=NET

Passover, Matthew 26:17-20, https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=matt+26%3A17-20&version=NKJV

“Passover is found 25 times in the gospels. Matthew (5); Mark (4); Luke (7); John (9).

Passover And Passion Week

John 19:14 New American Standard Bible (NASB)

14 Now it was the day of preparation for the Passover; it was about the sixth hour. And he *said to the Jews, “Behold, your King!”

Note. Ryrie Study Bible. “preparation for the Passover.” Friday of Passover week. In verse 31 “preparation refers to Friday as the day of preparation for the Sabbath. See Luke 23:54

Luke 23:54 New American Standard Bible (NASB)

54 It was the preparation day, and the Sabbath was about to begin.

Note. Ryrie Study Bible. “It was the preparation day.” Friday, the day that Christ died, was the time of the preparation for the Sabbath, which began on Friday at sunset.

John 19:31 New American Standard Bible (NASB)

31 Then the Jews, because it was the day of preparation, so that the bodies would not remain on the cross on the Sabbath (for that Sabbath was a high day), asked Pilate that their legs might be broken, and that they might be taken away.

Note. Ryrie Study Bible. “that day was a high day.” i.e., the first day of the Feast of Unleavened Bread fell that year on a Sabbath, making it a “high” or “special” festival.

A key to understanding the relationship of the Preparation Day to the Sabbath, is that (in yesteryear) many people would use Saturday as a day to get ready for church on Sunday. It’s the same thing with the Day of Preparation being used to get Jews ready for the Sabbath. This relationship of Preparation Day to the Sabbath shows that Christ was crucified and buried on Good Friday, prior to the sunset that brought in the Sabbath.

The fulfillment of Passover is found in 1 Corinthians 5:7,
https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=1+cor+5%3A7&version=NASB

The fulfillment of the Feast Of Unleavened Bread is found in 1 Corinthians 5:8
https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=1+cor+5%3A8&version=NASB

The following information comes from a Jewish website. It explains that the reason for the feast of Passover is to remind Jews that God delivered the Jews from their slavery in Egypt.

Passover 2018 will be celebrated from March 30 – April 7.

The first Seder will be on March 30 after nightfall, and the second Seder will be on March 31 after nightfall.

Passover is celebrated by eating matzah (unleaven bread) and maror (bitter herbs).
For the duration of the 8 (or 7 days in Israel) of Passover, chametz (leaven) is strictly avoided.

What Is Passover?

The eight-day festival of Passover is celebrated in the early spring, from the 15th through the 22nd of the Hebrew month of Nissan, March 30-April 7, 2018. Passover (Pesach) commemorates the emancipation of the Israelites from slavery in ancient Egypt. Pesach is observed by avoiding leaven, and highlighted by the Seder meals that include four cups of wine, eating matzah and bitter herbs, and retelling the story of the Exodus.

In Hebrew it is known as Pesach (which means “to pass over”), because G‑d passed over the Jewish homes when killing the Egyptian firstborn on the very first Passover eve.

The above information comes from the Jewish website Chabad.ORG https://www.chabad.org/holidays/passover/pesach_cdo/aid/871715/jewish/Passover-Pesach-2018.htm

The following video uses a good technique for teaching the basics of Passover.

Passover! || Mayim Bialik

About Dr. Charles Caldwell Ryrie, Th.D., Ph.D., Deceased
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121 – Wednesday Of Passion Week

At the time of the beginning of the writing of this article, Wednesday of Passion Week had entered our world’s earliest time zone. The video sermon of John MacArthur on Luke 22:1-6 is lengthy, but contains a wealth of information that pertains to the entry of Satan into Judas Iscariot on Wednesday of Passion Week.

The aspect of “God’s Sovereign Clock” is key to understanding the two times that Satan entered into Judas Iscariot, and the subsequent betrayal of Christ by Judas. The first entry of Satan into Judas took place on Wednesday of Passion Week (Luke 22:1-6); the second entry occurred on Thursday during the Passover Meal (John 13:1-5). Notice that Christ not only included Judas when he fed the disciples (Luke 22:14-22; Matthew 26:17-30; Mark 14:17-26); Christ also washed the feet of Judas, along with the other disciples (John 13:5). The betrayal took place on Thursday, after the Passover Meal (Luke 22:47-48).

After the verses for Wednesday of Passion week, other verses will follow that relate to “God’s Hour,” and His sovereignty. Each of the verses will point to the fact that God was in control of every aspect of the crucifixion of Christ, to include the things that led to the crucifixion, and the things which followed. The sovereignty of God rules over the things which still occur in our world (Psalm 103:19).

Passion Week/Holy Week

Passion Week (also known as Holy Week) is the time from Palm Sunday through Resurrection Sunday. Wednesday of Passion Week is the last Wednesday prior to Resurrection Sunday; it is the fourth day of Passion Week after Palm Sunday, Monday, and Tuesday of Holy Week.

Author’s note. “Resurrection Sunday” is the correct term for the day that Christ resurrected from death. Easter relates to a pagan festival. See “Easter” in Unger’s Bible Dictionary. Also see “Don’t Say Easter” in my post, 115, https://equippingblog.wordpress.com/2018/03/12/115-the-jewish-prophet-jonah-a-glimpse-of-passover/

Each day’s activities of Passion Week is identified, by day of the week, in the Ryrie Study Bible (Dr. Charles C. Ryrie, Deceased. See bio below). Dr. Ryrie chose the Gospel Of Luke to show, day by day, the things that happened during Passion Week. He also used the other three gospels for supportive information. Information about John MacArthur is shown below that of Charles Ryrie. Consider the following outline.

John 12:1-11, Saturday, Christ in Bethany
John 12:12-13, Christ Enters Into Jerusalem, Palm Sunday
Luke 19:28-44, Palm Sunday, The triumphal entry of Christ into Jerusalem
Luke 19:45-48, Monday, Christ curses the fig tree and cleanses the temple
Luke 20:1-21:38, Tuesday, Christ’s debates with the religious leaders. The Olivet Discourse
Luke 22:1-6, Wednesday, The entry into Judas Iscariot by Satan
Luke 22:7-53, Thursday
Luke 22:54-23:55, Friday
Luke 23:56, Saturday
Luke 24:1-53, Resurrection Sunday

Consider the following verses, by link.

Scriptures in this study are taken from the Holman Christian Standard Bible, and gathered from Bible Gateway. The Bible Gateway link is https://www.biblegateway.com/ Bible Gateway has basic and expanded (Bible Gateway Plus) study notes. Whenever scripture passages are lengthy, in this study, a link will be provided to show those verses.

Wednesday

Luke 22:1-6 https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Luke+22%3A1-6&version=HCSB

God’s Hour and Sovereignty

Matthew 26:45. Mark 14:35, 14:41. Luke 22:53. John 2:4, 7:30, 8:20, 12:23, 12:27, 13:1, 17:1, 11:49-52. Acts 2:22-24, 3:18, 4:27-28.

Note. The day of Satan’s entering into Judas for the purpose of the betrayal of Christ is one of differences of opinion. In Charles Ryrie’s Wednesday comment on Luke 22:3, he states that Satan entered into Judas twice. Dr. Ryrie refers to John 13:27 as being the second occurrence. John 13:2 shows, at the Thursday evening Passover meal, that Satan had already entered into Judas prior to the Passover meal. In keeping with the Ryrie Study Bible outline of Passion Week, I will show Wednesday and Thursday as being the two times that Satan entered Judas.

The purpose of this Passion Week study is not to conduct a verse-by-verse study of the scriptures. On the contrary, the focus will be on the major events of each day in the week that led up to the crucifixion of Christ,”on Friday.” The Friday of the death of Christ on the cross has come to be known by many as “Good Friday.” But! How great the hypocrisy has become! On each Good Friday, people who attend the liberal churches that see nothing wrong with killing unborn babies in the wombs of their mothers, flock to the Good Friday services that take place in their liberal church buildings! If there is a need for a detailed study of the scriptures of Passion Week, a search of this blog will provide such exegesis and hermeneutics.

Exegesis means “exposition or explanation.” Biblical exegesis involves the examination of a particular text of scripture in order to properly interpret it. Exegesis is a part of the process of hermeneutics, the science of interpretation. A person who practices exegesis is called an exegete. (Per the following link, https://www.gotquestions.org/Biblical-exegesis.html)

Biblical hermeneutics is the study of the principles and methods of interpreting the text of the Bible. Second Timothy 2:15 commands believers to be involved in hermeneutics: “Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker who . . . correctly handles the word of truth.” The purpose of biblical hermeneutics is to help us to know how to properly interpret, understand, and apply the Bible. (Per the following link, https://www.gotquestions.org/Biblical-hermeneutics.html)

About Dr. Charles Caldwell Ryrie, Th.D., Ph.D., Deceased
https://www.moodypublishers.com/authors/r/charles-ryrie/

About Dr. John F. MacArthur
https://www.gty.org/about/john

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