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About DaveW

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  1. Rubbish. I direct response to the question by the Disciples: Mat 24:3 (3) And as he sat upon the mount of Olives, the disciples came unto him privately, saying, Tell us, when shall these things be? and what shall be the sign of thy coming, and of the end of the world? Jesus Answered them: Mat 24:4-6 (4) And Jesus answered and said unto them, Take heed that no man deceive you. (5) For many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive many. (6) And ye shall hear of wars and rumours of wars: see that ye be not troubled: for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet. The direct context of the passage says that the End spoken of in vs 6 is the END OF THE WORLD as asked by the Disciples. Your twisting of plain Scripture to fit it into your framework of "Now times" prophecy is astounding.
  2. Or if you sold replacements for coffee stained computer screens.
  3. If I had been drinking my coffee when I read this, I would now have a coffee coloured computer screen. In a similar vein (although far less "enthusiastic") my youngest daughter has made a whole bunch of "Christmas star" decorations out of paper bags, and we hung them from the roof with "blue tack" sticky putty. Our dog started barking and looking suspiciously at these things, but eventually calmed down - until one fell on him as he walked under it (it is only paper, so it didn't hurt him, but it did surprise him). He took off like a scaleded cat Gary's cat.... outside and would not come back inside for anything. When we eventually did manage to coax him back inside, he lurked around with his head down, looking up at these things hanging from the roof like they were going to attack him at any minute, and hightailed it outside again as soon as we would let him. You have to understand that he is not a small dog by any means, and he has been "an inside dog" since we got him, and he can not bear to be away from people - yet he chose to stay outside rather than tempt the wrath of the paper bag stars. He wouldn't even come near the back door while it was open.... It was only when we locked the door at night (with him inside) and he had no choice that he calmed down a bit, and then he slept in the hallway instead of the family room, because there were no stars in the hallway. He is over it now, but it was a day's good entertainment..... Nowhere near as funny as Gary's cat story, but it did keep us entertained. If you don't mind, I think I am going to copy that downa nd read it for our Christmas time fellowship night...... (I will give credit! - you will be world famous!)
  4. Oh Dear. If you study the context you will find that chapter 24 DOES NOT FOLLOW DIRECTLY ON FROM chapter 23 - there is a break in the commentary, where it states that Jesus and his disciples "went out, and departed from the Temple", and that the people being spoken to has changed from "the multitude, and to his disciples" at the start of chapter 23, to only "his disciples" at the start of chapter 24. The SUBJECT is related, but the CONTEXT of the speech is different. Also, another "Oh Dear" is that whilst talking about "Context, you delete 33 verses between the question and the answer, which I can only assume you think is simply not important, even though the Lord thought those words were important enough to speak BEFORE getting to the section which YOU like. So you actually remove the verses you like from their context, in the name of context............. And whilst spouting you unfounded comments about Daniel (which was comprehensively answered previously on this site - see the debate section) the verse which you leave out of your quote talks about a whole raft of things that are not seen in history but are spoken of as happening before the verses you finish up with. No wonder you leave them out - you don't want to have to deal with them, because they ruin your timelines. But the Bible will always do that to your timelines. The thing that really makes with laugh with your attack on Eric is that vs 7 follows on from vs 6 where is says: And ye shall hear of wars and rumours of wars: see that ye be not troubled: for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet. For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in divers places. (Mat 24:6-7) Notice that at the end of vs 6 it quite plainly says "but the end is not yet." This is the biggest argument against Eric's thought here - these things will happen, and it is implied (not stated) that over time that they will increase, "BUT THE END IS NOT YET." In one regard it doesn't matter if there is a famine - the end is not yet. But then we read: All these are the beginning of sorrows. (Mat 24:8) Note that all these are the BEGINNING of sorrows, not the end of sorrows. These things will happen from the time they were stated until the end. And by the way, the term "sorrows" here is not talking about the great tribulation period, so don't even try that.
  5. Would you care to show FROM the Bible that Paul was collecting for famine relief.
  6. My apologies - Although I did read exactly what you wrote, I inferred from it something that you apparently did not imply.
  7. There is plenty on this site which is not IFB - this guy is at least undeniably an independent baptist, and although I have not read the book nor downloaded the chapter, it is likely that it has a biblical basis. Have you read the book or at least the chapter to state that it is in no way baptist? Yes it is basically an add, but it is most likely biblical and baptist in its viewpoint. There are people posting here who are far less baptist and far less biblical than this guy........
  8. Glad to hear your drought is broken, I was wondering how things were going for you. The other day I jumped into the car and the outside temp was 43°C (that's around 110°F) - the first hot day of the season. The last week or so has seen temps over 30°C every day, and this month has been fairly mild with more than a few days down in the mid 20's. But now we are moving into fire season - I am sitting here at my desk and the wind is howling and the temp is not too bad, but it feels warm. With low humidity, high sun UV ratings, the grass and bush dries out, and then we get a few hot days, the idiots come out lighting fires, and the wind blows hard - we get huge fires on occasion. We have fire bombers based here all year round, and bring in extra for this season each year. Water is never really our problem, as this place has always been dry, so we have dams built and water restrictions in place for as long as I can remember. We have never run out of water, partly because when it starts to get low-ish, the authorities hit panic mode and make sure everyone knows that we are low, with daily updates on dam water levels on the nightly news, newpapers etc. But bushfires are a problem every year for us. Most of the time the normal suburbs are ok from the actual fires, but the smoke causes respiratory problems throughout the city, and of course there are people living in the bush areas. Last year a whole town basically burned down, and that fire was started deliberately............
  9. Remembering that these are mentioned in the context of the shepherd, all other definitions of rod and staff only serve to confuse. Sheep are herding animals, and all herding animals naturally look to a leader to keep them safe and guide them properly. They will regularly look to the leader and as long as he is there and calm, the sheep do not worry. They are comforted by a calm and confident leader. In domesticated sheep, and particularly in the middle east, the sheep look to their shepherd. The staff and the rod are his tools which he uses to guide and protect them. The Lord is our Shepherd. When we look to Him, we can know that He is equipped to protect us, to guide us, and care for us. The rod and staff in this Psalm are pictures of that fact - He loves us, protects, and provides for us. If wenlook to him, we know we have nothing to worry about, therefore we can be comforted. The rod and staff are not direct individual pictures of direct individual realities, but more akin to the principles behind them. The primary way the Lord guides and protects us is His Word. 2 Tim 3 16 All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: 17 That the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works. Hope that helps a bit more.
  10. They are the tools of the shepherd. The Rod was used for protecting and rebuking the sheep, the Staff was used for directing and rescuing the sheep. The Psalm mentions that these are a comfort to David. The Rod was used as a weapon against attackers, and was also used to give the sheep a whack when they are going astray. The Staff was a longer stick, usually with a sort of "crook" in the end, although not always the nice curve that you often see in the pictures. The staff was used to direct the sheep with a guiding nudge on the side, and it was also used to hook back a sheep or lamb from danger. So they are for protection, guidance, correction, and safety. There is more, but that is a basic run down. By the way, this sort of info is not directly from the Bible, but rather from historical and even current information from the middle eastern shepherding practices. They don't deal with sheep the same way that "Westerners" do. The differences between biblical shepherding and western droving (as it is called in Australia) is a really interesting study.
  11. Which church are you talking about?
  12. I personally know an IFB missionary in Romania and an IFB friend whom I trust to be truthful tells me that he is one of hardest working missionaries he knows (he visits many missionaries regularly), and this missionary certainly has not been living the high life. Your broad attack slanders this man along with those who MIGHT deserve it. This is the problem with your posts - you make it sound like ALL IFB missionaries fit your description - and that is simply not true.
  13. We are heading towards our summer now (southern hemisphere) and it is unlikely that we will get any more rain until say...... April???? We may some storm rain, and there may be a few late rain days, but there will not be much rain if it does. But we are prepared for it, for that is normal here. For places that are not they very quickly find themselves in trouble. And it is big trouble.
  14. A good read through Galatians will yeild some fruit - after all the subject matter is false teachers - particularly law vs grace.
  15. Why am I not surprised...................