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End of Times: Recognizing the Signs

How to Study Part 2

by Roy Burger on 06/23/15

How to Study the Bible Part 2
We have Old Testament and New Testament. Another word for Testament is Covenant. So we have Old Covenant and New Covenant. Old is earthly. God told Abraham look as far as you can see and this land will belong to his people. If one over ate, he took animals to the priest and the priest would offer temporary redemption to his or her sin. If one commited adultery, one would be stoned to death. The new covenant is spiritual. We are filled with the Holy Ghost. Jesus tells us not to store our treasures here on earth where theifs and vandales can get them but store them in heaven. We all know the ten commandments. Let us go to Exodus 20: 1 And God spake all these words, saying, 2 I am the LORD thy God, which have brought thee out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage. 3 Thou shalt have no other gods before me. 4 Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, or any likeness of anything that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth: 5 Thou shalt not bow down thyself to them, nor serve them: for I the LORD thy God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate me; 6 And showing mercy unto thousands of them that love me, and keep my commandments. 7 Thou shalt not take the name of the LORD thy God in vain; for the LORD will not hold him guiltless that taketh his name in vain. 8 Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy. 9 Six days shalt thou labour, and do all thy work: 10 But the seventh day is the sabbath of the LORD thy God: in it thou shalt not do any work, thou, nor thy son, nor thy daughter, thy manservant, nor thy maidservant, nor thy cattle, nor thy stranger that is within thy gates: 11 For in six days the LORD made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that in them is, and rested the seventh day: wherefore the LORD blessed the sabbath day, and hallowed it. 12 Honour thy father and thy mother: that thy days may be long upon the land which the LORD thy God giveth thee. 13 Thou shalt not kill. 14 Thou shalt not commit adultery. 15 Thou shalt not steal. 16 Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbour. 17 Thou shalt not covet thy neighbour's house, thou shalt not covet thy neighbour's wife, nor his manservant, nor his maidservant, nor his ox, nor his ass, nor any thing that is thy neighbour's. 
Are these commandments the same for us in the New Covenant? Let us go to Roman 13: 8 Owe no man anything, but to love one another: for he that loveth another hath fulfilled the law. 9 For this, Thou shalt not commit adultery, Thou shalt not kill, Thou shalt not steal, Thou shalt not bear false witness, Thou shalt not covet; and if there be any other commandment, it is briefly comprehended in this saying, namely, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. 10 Love worketh no ill to his neighbour: therefore love is the fulfilling of the law. If you notice keeping the Sabbath holy is not one of them. Circumcism also is not required under the New Covenant. Paul tells us in Colossians 2:"16Let no man therefore judge you in meat, or in drink, or in respect of an holyday, or of the new moon, or of the sabbath days:" Paul also tells us in Galatians if we adhere to being circumcism, we have to adhere to the whole law under the Old Covenant since we are saved by grace, we do not need to be circumcised as a sign of the New Covenant. Check later for Part 3

How to Study Part 1

by Roy Burger on 06/23/15

How to study the Bible Part. I will list part two tomorrow.

The following "Golden Rule of Interpretation" was written by Miles Coverdale in the 16th century. He was as William Tyndale being pioneers in translating the Bible into English. "It shall greatly help you to understand Scripture if you mark not only what is spoken or written but of whom, and by whom, with what words, where, at what time, to what intent, with what circumstances, considering what goes before and what follows." Here are some scriptures relating to studying the Bible. 2 Timothy 2:"15 Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth". Even though many of us read the Bible, we really don't study. We use Critical thinking to increase revenue within a business. We use critical thinking to make our jobs easier but we do not use critical thinking when it comes to our salvation. We just believe what we hear without really ever studying the Bible. We need to STUDY to show ourselves APPROVED unto God so we can RIGHTLY DIVIDE the word. Who knows John 3:16? "For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life." Most of us can repeat this because we know it from heart. How many know John 3:17? "For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved" The number will drop quite abit but there are a number of us who will know John 3:17. How many believe that John 3:16 is the plan of salvation? If you are the ones that say yes, Is Death and resurrection not important? Let us go to Luke 18: "31 Then he took unto him the twelve, and said unto them, Behold, we go up to Jerusalem, and all things that are written by the prophets concerning the Son of man shall be accomplished. 32 For he shall be delivered unto the Gentiles, and shall be mocked, and spitefully entreated, and spitted on: 33 And they shall scourge him, and put him to death: and the third day he shall rise again. 
Here Jesus is telling the twelve about the death and resurrection and how many of the twelve understood. Let us look at Luke 18: "34 And they understood none of these things: and this saying was hid from them, neither knew they the things which were spoken" It says they understood none of it. . How can the apostles teach the plan of salvation if they don’t understand the plan of Salvation? The plan of salvation is found in Paul’s epistles. Roman 2: 16 In the day when God shall judge the secrets of men by Jesus Christ according to my gospel. Paul refers to the plan of Salvation as his gospel. We can compare that to Roman 16: 25 Now to him that is of power to stablish you according to my gospel, and the preaching of Jesus Christ, according to the revelation of the mystery, which was kept secret since the world began, 2 Corinthians 4: 3 But if our gospel be hid, it is hid to them that are lost: Paul now refers to it as our gospel and he is traveling with a partner name Silas or Silvanus. Thessalonians 1: 5 For our gospel came not unto you in word only, but also in power, and in the Holy Ghost, and in much assurance; as ye know what manner of men we were among you for your sake. Here Paul is traveling with Barnabas and he refers to it as our gospel. 2 Thessalonians 2: 14 Whereunto he called you by our gospel, to the obtaining of the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ . 2 Timothy 2: 8 Remember that Jesus Christ of the seed of David was raised from the dead according to my gospel: Here Paul refers to as his Gospel. Let us see where Paul received this gospel that he calls his. Galatian 1: 6" I marvel that ye are so soon removed from him that called you into the grace of Christ unto another gospel: 7 Which is not another; but there be some that trouble you, and would pervert the gospel of Christ. 8 But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed. 9 As we said before, so say I now again, If any man preach any other gospel unto you than that ye have received, let him be accursed. 10 For do I now persuade men, or God? or do I seek to please men? for if I yet pleased men, I should not be the servant of Christ. 11 But I certify you, brethren, that the gospel which was preached of me is not after man. 12 For I neither received it of man, neither was I taught it, but by the revelation of Jesus Christ. 13 For ye have heard of my conversation in time past in the Jews' religion, how that beyond measure I persecuted the church of God, and wasted it: 14 And profited in the Jews' religion above many my equals in mine own nation, being more exceedingly zealous of the traditions of my fathers. 15 But when it pleased God, who separated me from my mother's womb, and called me by his grace, 16 To reveal his Son in me, that I might preach him among the heathen; immediately I conferred not with flesh and blood: 17 Neither went I up to Jerusalem to them which were apostles before me; but I went into Arabia, and returned again unto Damascus. 18 Then after three years I went up to Jerusalem to see Peter, and abode with him fifteen days. 19 But other of the apostles saw I none, save James the Lord's brother. Here Paul states that when he became converted, he didn’t go to the twelve or anyone who was flesh and blood but He went to Arabia where he stayed 3 years and returned unto Damascus. He received the knowledge of grace directly from Jesus Christ while he was in Arabia. The plan of salvation is not found in the four gospel but in the epistles of Paul.


Satan's History

by Roy Burger on 09/15/14

EPH 6:12 For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.

Since our enemy is the dark forces I thought I should give some information regarding some of our adversaries.

 We are in Ezekiel and here is a time in the beginning when God created angels. This particular angel being created is in the Garden of Eden and is the head of the angels. Scholars believe that this angel is Satan. That he was a very beautiful and bright angel. Before we get into Ezekiel, we are going to Gen 1:1 In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.  Here we see God creating Heaven and Earth.  Let us go to Gen 2:1 Thus the heavens and the earth were finished, and all the host of them. 2 And on the seventh day God ended his work which he had made; and he rested on the seventh day from all his work which he had made. Here it is saying Angels were created within the seven days of creation. This also implies each day is not a 24 hour period or Satan was created evil because he is already deceiving Eve in Chapter 3. We know God didn’t create Satan evil because what it tells us in Ezekiel.  If we go by 2 Peter 3:8 But, beloved, be not ignorant of this one thing, that one day is with the Lord as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day. That would make it seven thousand years of creation if not longer but we have only been under the curse for 6 thousand years.  This would make the world 7 thousand years of creation + 6 thousand years living under sin equals 13 thousand years old of not older.  GEN 5:21 And Enoch lived sixty and five years, and begat Methuselah: 22 And Enoch walked with God after he begat Methuselah three hundred years, and begat sons and daughters: 23 And all the days of Enoch were three hundred sixty and five years: 24 And Enoch walked with God: and he was not; for God took him. Now Let us compare scripture with scripture and go to HEB 11:5 By faith Enoch was translated that he should not see death; and was not found, because God had translated him: for before his translation he had this testimony, that he pleased God. It says here Enoch lived 365 years yet it says he didn’t die. He was translated or raptured. It should say his days are not numbered because he didn’t die but it doesn’t. It says he lived 365 years meaning he lived under the curse for 365 years. It also means it has been approximately 6000 years since Adam and Eve ate of the forbidden fruit. We have been under the curse for approximately 6000 years.

Now starting with Ezekiel 28:14 Thou art the anointed cherub that covereth; and I have set thee so: thou wast upon the holy mountain of God; thou hast walked up and down in the midst of the stones of fire. Here it say that Satan is an anointed angel, that he set him charge of Gods’ angels. How he lived in heaven.  It talks about in the next verses how Satan beauty became self-absorption and became egoistical. The Lord is revealing Satan’s punishment. EZEK 28:15 Thou wast perfect in thy ways from the day that thou wast created, till iniquity was found in thee. 16 By the multitude of thy merchandise they have filled the midst of thee with violence, and thou hast sinned: therefore I will cast thee as profane out of the mountain of God: and I will destroy thee, O covering cherub, from the midst of the stones of fire. 17 Thine heart was lifted up because of thy beauty, thou hast corrupted thy wisdom by reason of thy brightness: I will cast thee to the ground; I will lay thee before kings, that they may behold thee. Let us compare scripture with scripture again and go to the book of Isaiah.  Isaiah describes Satan and refers to him as Lucifer. Here it explains how Satan’s ego has taken over the once angel of light. Isaiah 14:12 How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! how art thou cut down to the ground, which didst weaken the nations! 13 For thou hast said in thine heart, I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God: I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north: 14 I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the Most High.  Here we see Satan wants to be like God Almighty.  He wants to be like the creator.  Let us get a brief description of him.  Let us go to Revelation chapter 12:3 And there appeared another wonder in heaven; and behold a great red dragon, having seven heads and ten horns, and seven crowns upon his heads. 4 And his tail drew the third part of the stars of heaven, and did cast them to the earth: and the dragon stood before the woman which was ready to be delivered, for to devour her child as soon as it was born. Here is Satan being described as a great red dragon having seven heads with seven crowns and ten horns.  Here we have the crowns on the seven heads.  This will be important when they describe the beast(Antichrist), the beast crowns are on the ten horns.  A great red dragon implies authority. Red means war, he is at war with the Christians. (Gen 3:15 And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel.) Because of Satan rebellion, Satan beauty has turned a third of the angels against God as written in Rev 12:4a and his tail drew the third part of the angels with him There is a third of the angels have been cast to the earth when he is casted to the earth. . We know from the book of Jude that part of the third of angels is lock up in abyss. Jude 1:6 And the angels which kept not their first estate, but left their own habitation, he hath reserved in everlasting chains under darkness unto the judgment of the great day. We know from Revelation 12: 4b and the dragon stood before the woman which was ready to be delivered, for to devour her child as soon as it was born.  Satan is ready to destroy the messiah as soon as the messiah is born. We know the King Herod ordered the killing of all children in the town of Bethlehem from 2 years and younger.

Since Satan the red dragon has 7 crowns on the seven heads. Let us find out what the seven crowns represent. We find clues on what the seven heads with the seven crowns represent in Revelation 17:9 And here is the mind which hath wisdom.  Even though the beast here represent the AntiChrist, the seven heads still explain Satans dominion because Satan Crowns were on the seven head while the Antichrist crowns were on the 10 horns. The seven heads are seven mountains, on which the woman sitteth. The seven mountains represent 7 kingdoms that have dominated the world. REV 17:10 And there are seven kings: five are fallen, and one is, and the other is not yet come; and when he cometh, he must continue a short space. Here it tells us that five of these world kingdoms have perished, one is meaning there is a kingdom still here from the time the other perished kingdoms existed and the seventh has not come yet not until the end of days. REV 17:11 And the beast that was, and is not, even he is the eighth, and is of the seven, and goeth into perdition. “The beast that was” is an angel from the part that of the third of angels before they were cast unto the earth. “And is not” is one of the angels that was locked up with chains in the abyss according to Jude 1: 6. “Even the eighth, and is of the seven” is the Anti-Christ.  Let us  find more description on the Antichrist, Let us go Revelation 9:1 And the fifth angel sounded, and I saw a star fall from heaven unto the earth: and to him was given the key of the bottomless pit. REV 9:2 And he opened the bottomless pit; and there arose a smoke out of the pit, as the smoke of a great furnace; and the sun and the air were darkened by reason of the smoke of the pit. REV 9:11 And they had a king over them, which is the angel of the bottomless pit, whose name in the Hebrew tongue is Abaddon which means destruction, but in the Greek tongue hath his name Apollyon which means destroyer or angel from the bottomless pit who is the destroyer. We see here the Antichrist has the name in Hebrew Abaddon transla te as destruction and in Greek Apollyon translate as destroyer. We an angel from heave comes down to the abyss and releases the fallen angels.  He is the eighth, he will take over the seventh, his name is Abaddon in Hebrew and Apollyon in Greek. Let us compare this with Revelation chapter 11 where we find the Antichrist also.  Revelation chapter 11:7 And when they shall have finished their testimony, the beast that ascendeth out of the bottomless pit shall make war against them, and shall overcome them, and kill them.  We see that the Antichrist has power to overcome the saints. Let us compare this with what is said about the Antichrist in chapter 13. Revelation 13:5-7 And there was given unto him a mouth speaking great things and blasphemies; and power was given unto him to continue forty and two months. 6 And he opened his mouth in blasphemy against God, to blaspheme his name, and his tabernacle, and them that dwell in heaven. 7 And it was given unto him to make war with the saints, and to overcome them: and power was given him over all kindreds, and tongues, and nations. This just validates what is said in Chapter 11 about the Antichirst.  Now let us check on the seven heads remember  which represent Satan dominion  “The five fallen and one is” is explained in the book of Daniels. Daniel a prophet is among other Israelites carried off from Jerusalem into Babylon around 600 BC. Daniel chapter 2, the King has a dream of a giant statue, head of Gold, breast and arms of silver, belly and thighs of brass, legs of iron and feet mixed with clay and iron. Daniel tells the King of Babylonian that his kingdom is the head of Gold and there are four more kingdoms following him until the eternal Kingdom appears. Let us go to Daniel Chapter 2 verse 38 And wheresoever the children of men dwell, the beasts of the field and the fowls of the heaven hath he given into thine hand, and hath made thee ruler over them all. Thou art this head of gold. 39 And after thee shall arise another kingdom inferior to thee, and another third kingdom of brass, which shall bear rule over all the earth. 40 And the fourth kingdom shall be strong as iron: forasmuch as iron breaketh in pieces and subdueth all things: and as iron that breaketh all these, shall it break in pieces and bruise. 41 And whereas thou sawest the feet and toes, part of potters' clay, and part of iron, the kingdom shall be divided; but there shall be in it of the strength of the iron, forasmuch as thou sawest the iron mixed with miry clay. 42 And as the toes of the feet were part of iron, and part of clay, so the kingdom shall be partly strong, and partly broken. 43 And whereas thou sawest iron mixed with miry clay, they shall mingle themselves with the seed of men: but they shall not cleave one to another, even as iron is not mixed with clay. 44 And in the days of these kings shall the God of heaven set up a kingdom, which shall never be destroyed: and the kingdom shall not be left to other people, but it shall break in pieces and consume all these kingdoms, and it shall stand for ever. And it is that fifth Kingdom when the everlasting Kingdom will appear. Daniel gives us clues to which kingdoms are the next three kingdoms In Daniel Chapter 8:3 Then I lifted up mine eyes, and saw, and, behold, there stood before the river a ram which had two horns: and the two horns were high; but one was higher than the other, and the higher came up last. 4 I saw the ram pushing westward, and northward, and southward; so that no beasts might stand before him, neither was there any that could deliver out of his hand; but he did according to his will, and became great. Let us skip down  to see who this Ram is Let us goto Daniel 8:20 The ram which thou sawest having two horns are the kings of Media and Persia.  Now Let us continue with DAN 8:5 And as I was considering, behold, an he goat came from the west on the face of the whole earth, and touched not the ground: and the goat had a notable horn between his eyes. 6 And he came to the ram that had two horns, which I had seen standing before the river, and ran unto him in the fury of his power. 7 And I saw him come close unto the ram, and he was moved with choler against him, and smote the ram, and brake his two horns: and there was no power in the ram to stand before him, but he cast him down to the ground, and stamped upon him: and there was none that could deliver the ram out of his hand. 8 A: Therefore the he goat waxed very great: and when he was strong, Let us skip down to 21 verse to see who this goat represents.  Dan 8:21 And the rough goat is the king of Grecia: and the great horn that is between his eyes is the first king. The rough goat is Alexander the Great. He had conquered the known world at the time and he was king of Greece. Let us get back to DAN 8:8 B: the great horn was broken; and for it came up four notable ones toward the four winds of heaven. 9 And out of one of them came forth a little horn, which waxed exceeding great, toward the south, and toward the east, and toward the pleasant land. 10 And it waxed great, even to the host of heaven; and it cast down some of the host and of the stars to the ground, and stamped upon them. 11 Yea, he magnified himself even to the prince of the host, and by him the daily sacrifice was taken away, and the place of his sanctuary was cast down. 12 And an host was given him against the daily sacrifice by reason of transgression, and it cast down the truth to the ground; and it practiced, and prospered. 13 Then I heard one saint speaking, and another saint said unto that certain saint which spake, How long shall be the vision concerning the daily sacrifice, and the transgression of desolation, to give both the sanctuary and the host to be trodden under foot? 14 And he said unto me, Unto two thousand and three hundred days; then shall the sanctuary be cleansed.  Now we are going to jump down to verse 22 to help us understand.  Dan 8: 22 Now that being broken, whereas four stood up for it, four kingdoms shall stand up out of the nation, but not in his power. We know through history, that the Meads and Persian conquered Babylonian. After the reign of Meads and Persians, We know that Alexander the Great of Greece conquered Meads and Persian and the Known world at the time. After he had finished, he became ill and died. His four generals took over which we call the Hellenist period. It went from one kingdom under Alexander the Great to four kingdoms under the four generals. It is recorded in Maccabees chapter 1 Antiochus is the Little horn from verse Daniel 8: 9 And out of one of them came forth a little horn, which waxed exceeding great, toward the south, and toward the east, and toward the pleasant land. In the Book of Maccabees tells about Antiochus and how he desolated the temple and offered abominations upon the altar. It also explains in the Maccabees how they took back the temple and cleansed it fulfilling the prophecy in Daniel 8:14 And he said unto me, Unto two thousand and three hundred days; then shall the sanctuary be cleansed So the Head of Gold-Babylonian, Chest and arms of Silver - Meads and Persians, belly and thighs of brass - Alexander the Great, and the legs of Iron – Hellenist period. Now the fifth kingdom Daniel 2: 41 And whereas thou sawest the feet and toes, part of potters' clay, and part of iron, the kingdom shall be divided; but there shall be in it of the strength of the iron, forasmuch as thou sawest the iron mixed with miry clay. We know that the Roman Empire followed the Hellenist period which became so big that the Roman Empire became divided; Western Rome and Eastern Rome. Now Daniel 2: 44 And in the days of these kings shall the God of heaven set up a kingdom, which shall never be destroyed: and the kingdom shall not be left to other people, but it shall break in pieces and consume all these kingdoms, and it shall stand for ever. During the Reign of the Roman Empire, God will set up his kingdom. We know Jesus ministry was during the Reign of the Roman Empire. Jesus tells us that in Luke 17: 21 Neither shall they say, Lo here! or, lo there! For , behold, the kingdom of God is within you. So the body of Christ is the kingdom of God. When John is writing the book of Revelation, he is part of the Kingdom of God. When John writes one is, he is talking about a kingdom that exist at his time and will still be existing in our time to fulfill the prophecy. We have Emperor Nero who killing the leaders of Christianity; Peter, Paul, and main apostles around 65-66 ad. Then Titus, a prince, son of Vespasian. Vespasian was emperor at the time when Titus his son destroyed Jerusalem and the temple in 70 Ad four years later thus fulfilling the prophecy from Daniel 9:26 “and the people of the prince that shall come shall destroy the city and the sanctuary”. He scattered Israel with their divided believes of Judaism and Christianity. We know Nero and Titus did not wipe out Christianity because about 250 years later in 303 AD. Emperor Diocletian issued a decree- Kill Christians and destroys all Bibles. Despite the decree, after Diocletian died 25 years later, Christianity became the main religion for Rome. Western Rome was called Holy Rome and Eastern Rome was called Greek Orthodox Christianity. This is a kingdom that man cannot distinguish. Today, the estimated percentage of Christians (Gods Kingdom) in the world is about 33 percent(2.2 Billion People). The Kingdom of God has grown while the other empires have disappeared; no longer exist fulfilling the prophecy in Daniel Chapter 2:35 Then was the iron, the clay, the brass, the silver, and the gold, broken to pieces together, and became like the chaff of the summer threshing floors; and the wind carried them away, that no place was found for them: and the stone that smote the image became a great mountain, and filled the whole earth.

Let us go to Zechariah now.  Zechariah chapter 13 is talking about the second coming of Jesus Christ. Zechariah 13: 8 and it shall come to pass, that in all the land, saith the LORD, two parts therein shall be cut off and die; but the third shall be left therein. 9 And I will bring the third part through the fire, and will refine them as silver is refined, and will try them as gold is tried: they shall call on my name, and I will hear them: I will say, It is my people: and they shall say, The LORD is my God.  Two thirds of nonbelievers shall perish and one third shall be tested with fire.  If God tried the world today, according to statistic two third of the world is no believers so two third would perish while according to statistic that one third of the world are Christians so one third would be tried with fire. The only problem is Antichrist has come on the scene but It shows you we are very close for the end of times. Christianity surviving the centuries past is fulfilling the prophecy in Daniel 2 :44 bringing in the everlasting Kingdom. In Revelation chapter 17:10 And there are seven kings: five are fallen, and one is, and the other is not yet come; and when he cometh, he must continue a short space. John is referring “The One Is” because the Kingdom of God at his time existed and John refers to this Kingdom as one is. We still refer to Kingdom of God as one is because we are part of that Kingdom of God, the same one that apostle John is apart of. We also know that Satan has his foothold within the Kingdom of God. This denomination that Satan has a foothold in will become the world religion while the eighth that is of the seven is the Antichrist who will rule the earth with the religion that Satan has a foothold in. Let us go to REV 12:5 And she brought forth a man child, who was to rule all nations with a rod of iron: and her child was caught up unto God, and to his throne. This is talking about Jesus Christ and his ascension into heaven after the resurrection. REV 12:6 And the woman fled into the wilderness, where she hath a place prepared of God, that they should feed her there a thousand two hundred and threescore days. After his death and resurrection, God held his hand on Israel. Even though Jesus commanded to take the gospel to the whole world, they were taking it to Israel only which is obvious in Acts chapter 10 when Peter goes to Cornelius and tells him Acts 10: 28 And he said unto them, Ye know how that it is an unlawful thing for a man that is a Jew to keep company, or come unto one of another nation; but God hath showed me that I should not call any man common or unclean. Here Peter is telling Cornelius how it was unlawful for a Jew to go to a gentile but because God lifted down the sheet three times to Peter, Peter understood it that it was okay now because gentiles were no longer considered unclean or common. The gospel hadn’t gone to the gentiles yet so there were no saved gentiles. God held his protection on Israel until the gospel starts going to gentile as well.  Let us get back to Revelation chapter 12. REV 12:7 And there was war in heaven: Michael and his angels fought against the dragon; and the dragon fought and his angels, 8 And prevailed not; neither was their place found any more in heaven. 9 And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world:(the serpent found in Genesis 3. Who deceives the whole world, when he deceived Eve which means mother of all or whole world, he deceived the whole world and brought man into sin. he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him. REV 12:10 And I heard a loud voice saying in heaven, Now is come salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of his Christ: for the accuser of our brethren is cast down, which accused them before our God day and night. They are referring when Satan goes to God in Job. He is referred to the accuser. REV 12:11 And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony; and they loved not their lives unto the death. 12 Therefore rejoice, ye heavens, and ye that dwell in them. Woe to the inhabiters of the earth and of the sea! for the devil is come down unto you, having great wrath, because he knoweth that he hath but a short time. 13 And when the dragon saw that he was cast unto the earth, he persecuted the woman which brought forth the man child. 14 And to the woman were given two wings of a great eagle, that she might fly into the wilderness, into her place, where she is nourished for a time, and times, and half a time, from the face of the serpent. The woman is the body of Christ. Where she is nourished is when God put his seal on his people during the great tribulation. In Revelation chapter 11 says that they will give their testimony for 3 and half years before anti-christ is able to overcome them. 3 and half years is time, and times, and half a times. REV 12:15 And the serpent cast out of his mouth water as a flood after the woman, that he might cause her to be carried away of the flood. REV 12:16 And the earth helped the woman, and the earth opened her mouth, and swallowed up the flood which the dragon cast out of his mouth. REV 12:17 And the dragon was wroth with the woman, and went to make war with the remnant of her seed, which keep the commandments of God, and have the testimony of Jesus Christ. What follows this is Revelation chapter 13 that introduces the anti-christ and his power to overcome the saints.

 In the New Testament the word, "Satan" occurs more than 30 times in passages In Matthew 12:24 refers to Satan as the prince of demons or ruler of demons. 2 Cor 4:4 refers Satan as the ruler of this world or God of this world • Other terms identified with Satan include "the prince of this world" in the Book of John 12:31, 14:30; "the prince of the power of the air" also called Meririm, and "the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience" in the Book of Ephesians 2:2; and "the god of this world" in 2 Corinthians 4:4.[35] • The Book of Revelation twice refers to "the dragon, that ancient serpent, who is called the devil and Satan" (12:9, 20:2). The Book of Revelation also refers to "the deceiver", from which is derived the common epithet "the great deceiver".[36] • Zechariah 3:1 ZECH 3:1 And he showed me Joshua the high priest standing before the angel of the LORD, and Satan standing at his right hand to resist him. ZECH 3:2 And the LORD said unto Satan, The LORD rebuke thee, O Satan; even the LORD that hath chosen Jerusalem rebuke thee: is not this a brand plucked out of the fire? • 1 Chronicles 21:1, "Satan stood up against Israel" (KJV) or "And there standeth up an adversary against Israel" (Young's Literal Translation)[10] • Psalm 109:6b "and let Satan stand at his right hand" (KJV)[11] or "let an accuser stand at his right hand." (ESV, etc.)

 

 

Timeline found in OT that puts us in the present.

by Roy Burger on 06/09/13

Here is a time-line that is found in the Old Testament. This time-line is found in the book of Hosea.  Let us go to Hosea 5:14 For I will be unto Ephraim as a lion, and as a young lion to the house of Judah: I, even I, will tear and go away; I will take away, and none shall rescue him 15 I will go and return to my place, till they acknowledge their offence, and seek my face: in their affliction they will seek me early.  God when he is speaking to Israel, would speak to the province where the Kings are from. God would hold the King responsible for Israel.  Here the Kingdom is already divided.  There is northern Israel and southern Israel.  The king would come out of Ephraim for northern Israel and from Judah for southern Israel.  He was a lion to Ephraim (Northern Israel) but remember Jesus was a young lion to the house of Judah (Southern Israel) because he was born from the tribe of Judah. He says that he will go and return to the right side of the father as in Psalms. Let us go to Psalm 110: 1 A Psalm of David. The LORD said unto my Lord, Sit thou at my right hand, until I make thine enemies thy footstool.  Here it say LORD in Hebrew translate as Jehovah in capital letters to the Lord Which in Hebrew means lord, master where the L is capitalized and rest of the word is in small letters. Let us go to Acts 2:34 For David is not ascended into the heavens: but he saith himself, The LORD said unto my Lord, Sit thou on my right hand,35 Until I make thy foes thy footstool.36 Therefore let all the house of Israel know assuredly, that God hath made that same Jesus, whom ye have crucified, both Lord and Christ.   Here in Acts 2:34 it says David did not ascend into heaven but Jehovah (God the Father) said to lord, master(Jesus) sit at my right hand, until I make your enemies your footstool.  By doing this Israel will know that Jesus that the Israelites with the Romans crucified, is Lord and Christ (anointed one). We know Jesus ascended into heaven after the death and resurrection.

       Now the word till in Hosea 5:15 is a time word.  He said he will go till meaning a condition needs to be met so he will return. Hosea 5: 15 I will go and return to my place, till they acknowledge their offence, and seek my face: in their affliction they will seek me early.   Here is say that Jesus will return until Israel acknowledges what they did wrong, that they seek the Lord and because of their afflictions they will be going through, they will seek him early. When we translate the Bible into English, we added chapters to break it up inso smaller section because in the Hebrew context there were no chapters, that is why when you end a chapter and it feels like it is continuing in next chapter is because there were no chapters. Chapter 6 I feel is a continuation from chapter 5. Here in the next verses in Hosea chapter 6 we see continue to see the conditions that need to be met in order for his return. In Hosea 6:1 Come, and let us return unto the LORD: for he hath torn, and he will heal us; he hath smitten, and he will bind us up.2 After two days will he revive us: in the third day he will raise us up, and we shall live in his sight. Hosea 6: 1 We see Israel seeking his face.  You also see the afflictions that has been brought on Israel, he hath torn and he will heal us.  They believe he is going to heal them because they are seeking his face. and 2 After approximately 2000 years he will restore Israel, Israel became a nation again in 1948.  The third day he will raise us up and we shall live in his sight I believe is referring to the 1000-year reign. This puts the 1000-year reign sometime after the year 2029 - 2033 if Jesus Christ ascend in 29 AD – 33 AD. That means the rapture will happen sometime before 2029 – 2033 AD.  This is a timeline that puts us here in the present and gives the indication that the rapture is close at hand.

 

 

The Amazing Book that stands Alone - The Bible

by Roy Burger on 05/16/13

 

What separates us from other type of religion, is our prayer? Muslims pray 7 times a day. Is it our witnessing? I constantly running off Mormons and Jehovah Witnesses approaching my door. What set us apart from any other religion is what we call the Bible.  Let us start with perished Religions.

Perished religions.

As I read about the Egyptians god Ra, the Greek gods Zeus, Apollos, the Roman Gods, Jupiter, Juno just an example of a few names of many types of gods from their culture and other cultures that the gods have died out with their cultures. We learn about them through studying history. We see how people in ancient days when they didn’t understand about what causes the four season, spring, summer, autumn and winter, or how the earth was created, they would explain it with a God of some sort.  You read how their beliefs system dies when their culture dies off. There was one exception, the Jewish God. You read how the Israelites journey with their God through the Old Testament. How Jesus came on the scene and had many followers. How he taught the New Covenant to his people the Israelites. How they rejected his teaching and had the Romans Crucify him.  Roman Emperor Nero, because a quarter of Rome had burnt down was blaming the Christians. He was executing Christians. He also executed Apostle Peter and Apostle Paul around the year 66 AD. He committed suicide, Vespasian became emperor and while he was becoming emperor, he sent his son Titus 4 years later to destroyed Jerusalem.  Titus destroyed Jerusalem and scattered Jews abroad around 70 AD dispersing Christianity and Judaism.  If the Jewish God was like the other dead gods, this should have made Christianity become extinct, but we know it didn’t.  Almost 300 years later in 303 A.D., Emperor Diocletian ordered a decree to kill all Christians and destroyed all scriptures relating to the Jewish God in the Roman Empire. He was considered the most powerful man at his time and he reigned for 25 years to follow out his decree. At the end of his reign, he passed away. The Emperor Constantine who replaced Diocletian believed in the Jewish God despite Diocletian decree and power. This shows that Christianity swept among the Romans even with the decree of Killing all Christians and destroying all scriptures.  Romans went from polytheistic views to monotheistic views under Emperor Constantine. Emperor Constant had the Bible canonized, had the Roman empire pay to publish fifty Bibles and gave up all their other gods for the Jewish God.

      It states in Ephesians 2: That at that time ye were without Christ, being aliens from the commonwealth of Israel, and strangers from the covenants of promise, having no hope, and without God in the world. So, the Romans (gentiles) believed in a Jewish God. They believe in a Bible that carried Jewish traditions and Jewish Covenants they had no part in. So, the Romans (gentiles) had no reason to promote the Jewish God and the Bible other than believing in the true living God. Emperor Constantine head of the Roman Empire made Christianity their dominant religion and after 2000 years later, the percentage of Christians throughout the world is been estimated from 25% to 33% or 1.5 Billion to 2.2 Billion people which majority are gentiles. The Jewish God is now in the hearts of about one third of the worlds' population (1.5-2.2 Billion people).

 

The Influences of the Bible

This book has influence more nations and country than any book in history. We are in the year 2018 AD regardless of the change from AD to CE. They just changed name. The abbreviation AD stands for Anno Domini. Anno Domini in Latin translates “the Year of our Lord”. This is the Year that they figured Jesus Christ was born. So, it is 2018 years after the birth of Christ. BC stand for “before Christ.” In the New Testament, Jesus is referred to as the son of David. One can visit Florence Italy or Caesar Palace, Las Vegas Nevada and see the statue of David. David reigned as king over Israel about 3000 years ago, yet today his Statue represents to Italy as our Statue of Liberty represent the United States. Protestant churches, Catholic churches all influences of the Bible. United States was founded on the belief of the Bible. The United States had based the Government from the Book of Deuteronomy. Our Declarations of Independence has many inserts of sermons from the early churches here in America. We have the Ten Commandants in our Court houses. The Ten Commandments that was given to Moses over 3500 years ago, but we still have them in our courthouses. Easter: the celebration of the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. Christmas: the story of the birth of Jesus Christ. In God we trust on the dollar bill. There are so many more things, but I would be here for quite a while to write them all down.

 

The Bible a Myth – Josh McDowell

They certainly knew the difference between myth, legend and reality. A professor of a world literature class in which I was speaking asked the question, "What do you think of Greek mythology"? I answered with another question, "Do you mean, were the events of the life of Jesus, the resurrection, virgin birth, etc., just myth?" He said, "Yes". I replied that there is one obvious difference between these things applied to Christ and these things applied to Greek mythology that is usually overlooked. The similar events, such as the resurrection, etc, of Greek mythology were not applied to real, flesh and blood individuals, but rather to mythological characters. But, when it comes to Christianity, these events are attached to a person the writers knew in time-space dimension history, the historic Jesus of Nazareth whom they knew personally. The professor replied, "You're right, I never realized that before". "A myth may be defined as 'a pre-scientific and imaginative attempt to explain some phenomenon, real or supposed, which excites the curiosity of the mythmaker, or perhaps more accurately as an effort to reach a feeling of satisfaction in place of bewilderment concerning such phenomena. It often appeals to the emotions rather than the reason, and indeed, in its most typical forms, seems to date from an age when rational explanations were not called for.' "

 

 

UNIQUE IN ITS CONTINUITY.

Here is a book: Written over a 1,500-year span. The Bible was written over 40 generations. The Bible was written by 40 authors from every walk of life including kings, peasants, philosophers, fishermen, poets, statesmen, scholars, etc.: Moses, a political leader, trained in the universities of Egypt, Peter, a fisherman, Amos, a herdsman, Joshua, a military general, Nehemiah, a cupbearer, Daniel, a prime minister, Luke, a doctor, Solomon, a king, Matthew, a tax-collector, Paul, a rabbi. The Bible was written in different places: Moses in the wilderness, Jeremiah in a dungeon, Daniel on a hillside and in a palace, Paul inside prison walls, Luke while traveling, John on the isle of Patmos, Others in the rigors of a military campaign. The Bible was written at different times: David in times of war, Solomon in times of peace. The Bible was written during different moods: Some writing from the heights of joy and others writing from the depths of sorrow and despair.  The Bible was written on three continents: Asia, Africa and Europe. The Bible was written in three languages: Hebrew: Was the language of the Old Testament. In II Kings 18:26-28 called "the language of Judah". In Isaiah 19:18 called "the language of Canaan" which is known as Aramaic. Aramaic was the "common language" of the Near East until the time of Alexander the Great (6th century BC - 4th century BC) which was Greek. Greek was used in the New Testament language. Greek was the international language at the time of Christ.  Its subject matter includes hundreds of controversial subjects. A controversial subject is one which would create opposing opinions when mentioned or discussed. Biblical authors spoke on hundreds of controversial subjects with harmony and continuity from Genesis to Revelation. There is one unfolding story: "GOD's redemption of man". Geisler and Nix put it this way: "The 'Paradise Lost' of the Genesis becomes the 'Paradise Regained' of Revelation. Whereas the gate to the tree of life is closed in Genesis, it is opened forevermore in Revelation". F.F. Bruce observes: "Any part of the human body can only be properly explained in reference to the whole body. And any part of the Bible can only be properly explained in reference to the whole Bible".

 

Validity of the Bible

There are over 66,000 manuscripts that we have today that validate the Bible. The Dead Sea scrolls were written about 300 BC which are part of the manuscripts. The Old Testament that was found in the Dead Sea Scrolls was written 400 to 200 BC. So, the prophecies concerning Jesus were written before the Life of Jesus here on earth. The Bible is a book with prophecies being fulfilled like no other book in history. Ezekiel chapter 37, Ezekiel is transported to a large pile of bones. God breaths life back into the bones and tells Ezekiel that Israel will become a nation again. The Holocaust during World War II we have images of millions of Jews in big heaps of bones. After World War II, after the Holocaust, Israel became a nation in 1948. This is one of many prophecies within the Bible that has been fulfilled. Ezekiel wrote the Book of Ezekiel about 570 B.C. but the prophecy was fulfilled in 1948 AD. Daniel and Isaiah, Psalms just to name a few of the books in the Old Testament make prophecies about the coming messiah. There are approximately 2500 prophecies which about 2000 have been fulfilled. There is no other book that has prophecies being fulfilled.

UNIQUE IN ITS TRANSLATION the Bible was one of the first major books translated (Septuagint: Greek translation of the Hebrew Old Testament, ca. 250 BC). The Bible has been translated and retranslated and paraphrased more than any other book in existence. Encyclopedia Britannica says that "by 1966 the whole Bible had appeared...in 240 languages and dialects...one or more whole books of the Bible in 739 additional ones, a total of publication of 1,280 languages".  3,000 Bible translators between 1950-1960 were at work translating the Scriptures. The Bible factually stands unique ("one of a kind") in its translation. Survival through time Being written on material that perishes, having to be copied and recopied for hundreds of years before the invention of the printing press, did not diminish its style, correctness nor existence. The Bible, compared with other ancient writings, has more manuscript evidence than any 10 pieces of classical literature combined. John Warwick Montgomery says that "to be skeptical of the resultant text of the New Testament books is to allow all of classical antiquity to slip into obscurity, for no documents of the ancient period are as well attested bibliographically as the New Testament". Bernard Ramm speaks of the accuracy and number of biblical manuscripts: "Jews preserved it as no other manuscript has ever been preserved. With their massora (parva, magna, and finalis) they kept tabs on every letter, syllable, word and paragraph. They had special classes of men within their culture whose sole duty was to preserve and transmit these documents with practically perfect fidelity - scribes, lawyers, massoretes. Whoever counted the letters and syllables and words of Plato or Aristotle? Cicero of Seneca?"  John Lea in The Greatest Book in the World compared the Bible with Shakespeare's writings: "In an article in the North American Review, a writer made some interesting comparisons between the writings of Shakespeare and the Scriptures, which show that much greater care must have been bestowed upon the biblical manuscripts than upon other writings, even when there was so much more opportunity of preserving the correct text by means of printed copies than when all the copies had to be made by hand. He said: "It seems strange that the text of Shakespeare, which has been in existence less than two hundred and sixteen years, should be far more uncertain and corrupt than that of the New Testament, now over eighteen centuries old, during nearly fifteen of which it existed only in manuscript... With perhaps a dozen or twenty exceptions, the text of every verse in the New Testament may be said to be so far settled by general consent of scholars, that any dispute as to its readings must relate rather to the interpretation of the words than to any doubts respecting the words themselves. But in every one of Shakespeare's thirty-seven plays there are probably a hundred readings still in dispute, a large portion of which materially affects the meaning of the passages in which they occur". Authors make a percentage of money off his or hers book no matter where the books sales. This gives incentive for authors to sell as many copies as possible. The last author of the Bible died about 2000 years ago so there is no residual per say for anyone to collect but the Bible is the number one selling book ever and has been translated into more languages than any other book in history.

Survival through persecution

The Bible has withstood vicious attacks of its enemies as no other book. Many have tried to burn it, ban it and "outlaw it from the days of Roman emperors to present-day Communist-dominated countries". Sidney Collett in All About the Bible says, "Voltaire, the noted French infidel who died in 1778, said that in one hundred years from his time Christianity would be swept from existence and passed into history. But what has happened? Voltaire has passed into history, while the circulation of the Bible continues to increase in almost all parts of the world, carrying blessing wherever it goes. For example, the English Cathedral in Zanzibar is built on the site of the Old Slave Market, and the Communion Table stands on the very spot where the whipping-post once stood! The world abounds with such instances...As one has truly said, 'We might as well put our shoulder to the burning wheel of the sun, and try to stop it on its flaming course, as attempt to stop the circulation of the Bible.' Concerning the boast of Voltaire on the extinction of Christianity and the Bible in 100 years, Geisler and Nix point out that "only fifty years after his death the Geneva Bible Society used his press and house to produce stacks of Bibles". In AD 303, Diocletian issued an edict (Cambridge History of the Bible, Cambridge University Press, 1963) to stop Christians from worshipping and to destroy their Scriptures: "...an imperial letter was everywhere promulgated, ordering the razing of the churches to the ground and the destruction by fire of the Scriptures, and proclaiming that those who held high positions would lost all civil rights, while those in households, if they persisted in their profession of Christianity, would be deprived of their liberty". The historic irony of the above edict to destroy the Bible is that Eusebius records the edict given 25 years later by Constantine, the emperor following Diocletian, that 50 copies of the Scriptures should be prepared at the expense of the government. "Infidels for eighteen hundred years have been refuting and overthrowing this book, and yet it stands today as solid as a rock. Its circulation increases, and it is more loved and cherished and read today than ever before. Infidels, with all their assaults, make about as much impression on this book as a man with a tack hammer would on the Pyramids of Egypt. When the French monarch proposed the persecution of the Christians in his dominion, an old statesman and warrior said to him, 'Sire, the Church of GOD is an anvil that has worn out many hammers'. So, the hammers of infidels have been pecking away at this book for ages, but the hammers are worn out, and the anvil still endures. If this book had not been the book of GOD, men would have destroyed it long ago. Emperors and popes, kings and priests, princes and rulers have all tried their hand at it; they died, and the book still lives". "No other book has been so chopped, knived, sifted, scrutinized, and vilified. What book on philosophy or religion or psychology or belles lettres of classical or modern times has been subject to such a mass attack as the Bible? with such venom and skepticism? with such thoroughness and erudition? upon every chapter, line and tenet? "The Bible is still loved by millions, read by millions, and studied by millions". "Mohammedanism cannot point to any prophecies of the coming of Mohammed uttered hundreds of years before his birth. Neither can the founders of any cult in this country rightly identify any ancient text specifically foretelling their appearance". Wilbur Smith, who compiled a personal library of 25,000 volumes, concludes that "whatever one may think of the authority of and the message presented in the book we call the Bible, there is world-wide agreement that in more ways than one it is the most remarkable volume that has ever been produced in these some five thousand years of writing on the part of the human race. "Hebrew national tradition excels all others in its clear picture of tribal and family origins. In Egypt and Babylonia, in Assyria and Phoenicia, in Greece and Rome, we look in vain for anything comparable. There is nothing like it in the tradition of the Germanic peoples. Neither India nor China can produce anything similar, since their earliest historical memories are literary depostis of distorted dynastic tradition, with no trace of the herdsman or peasant behind the demigod or king with whom their records begin. Neither in the oldest Indic historical writings (the Puranas) nor in the earliest Greek historians is there a hint of the fact that both Indo-Aryans and Hellenes were once nomads who immigrated into their later abodes from the north. The Assyrians, to be sure, remembered vaguely that their earliest rulers, whose names they recalled without any details about their deed, were tent dwellers, but whence they came had long been forgotten". "It stands absolutely alone in ancient literature without a remote parallel even among the Greeks...'The Table of Nations' remains an astonishingly accurate document...(It) shows such remarkably 'modern' understanding of the ethnic and linguistic situation in the modern world, in spite of all its complexity, that scholars never fail to be impressed with the author's knowledge of the subject".

 

"This Jesus of Nazareth, without money and arms, conquered more millions than Alexander, Caesar, Mohammed, and Napoleon; without science and learning. He shed more light on things human and divine than all philosophers and scholars combined; without the eloquence of schools. He spoke such words of life as were never spoken before or since and produced effects which lie beyond the reach of orator or poet; without writing a single line, He set more pens in motion, and furnished themes for more sermons, orations, discussions, learned volumes, works of art, and songs of praise than the whole army of great men of ancient and modern times".

 

Bernard Ramm adds:

"There are complexities of bibliographical studies that are unparalleled in any other science or department of human knowledge. From the Apostolic Fathers dating from AD 95 to the modern times is one great literary river inspired by the Bible - Bible dictionaries, Bible encyclopedias, Bible lexicons, Bible atlases, and Bible geographies. These may be taken as a starter. Then at random, we may mention the vast bibliographies around theology, religious education, hymnology, missions, the biblical languages, church history, religious biography, devotional works, commentaries, philosophy of religion, evidences, apologetics, and on and on. There seems to be an endless number." Kenneth Scott Latourette, former Yale historian, says: "It is evidence of his importance, of the effect that he has had upon history and presumably, of the baffling mystery of his being that no other life ever lived on this planet has evoked so huge a volume of literature among so many peoples and languages, and that, far from ebbing, the flood continues to mount". It is also one of the (if not the) most expensive books. Gutenberg's Latin Vulgate Bible sells for over $100,000. The Russians sold the Codex Sinaiticus (an early copy of the Bible) to England for $510,000. And finally, the longest telegram in the world was the Revised Version New Testament sent from New York to Chicago.