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  1. Some of us folks also prefer BBB. So, welcome! Looking forward to some good fellowhip and discussions. I am sure we have a lot in common.
  2. Celina, I have a little more time on my hands and I wanted to explain why I had previously said that, "There are no prophecies concerning the church in the Old Testament." And, I wanted to give you some more material for you in your study of how to understand the prophecies of Daniel and Revelation. The Apostle Peter said the saints in the dispensation of the church age are to receive spiritual blessings in lieu of the physical blessings that the nation of Israel is to receive. In the New Testament, there is not one physical promise given to the church. For example. The Jews were promised land; the Church is promised no land. The total inheritance of the Gentile saints in reserved for us in heaven; in eternity we are given a new body, a home in the New Jerusalem, and other blessings in eternity. "To an inheritance incorruptible, and undefiled, and that fadeth not away, reserved in heaven for you... Receiving the end of your faith, even the salvation of your souls." 1Peter 1:4 and 9 The end of the blessings, and promises of all the Gentile saints, is the salvation of our souls. The Apostle Paul stated concerning the blessings that the saints in the church were to receive (all spiritual none are physical). Also, please take careful note, these blessing within the dispensation of the church was 'hidden' from the past generations, or the generations of the Old Testament saints, and the prophets. "Who now rejoice in my sufferings for you, and fill up that which is behind of the afflictions of Christ in my flesh for his body's sake, which is the church: Where I am made a minister, according to the dispensation of God which is given to me for you, to fulfill the word of God; Even the mystery which hath been hid from ages and from generations, but now is made manifest to the saints." Colossians 1:24-26 The church is not promised the physical blessings of the restored kingdom of God on the earth, Revelation 20:4-6, nor is the promises given to the Jews in the Old testament given to the church. In the Larkin thread, I discussed these matters more fully in the context of Daniel and Revelation. Here are two links that you may use: Celina, Here is the link to the Larkin thread:
  3. Brethren, In the preparation of the next lesson, I have decided to slowly correct the grammatical, spelling, and any scientific, historical, dating, errors in the past lessons in order to eventually present all of these lessons (free of charge), to the brethren here on OnLine Baptist in PDF format. So, if there are any errors that you discover in my usage of scripture, scientific analysis, error in reasoning or logic, in any past lesson, feel free to bring it to my attention and we will discuss your findings. Alan
  4. Ukulelemike brought out that the sun, and its physical properites, are governed by scientific laws; or as the scriptures say, ordinances. All of the known universe, from the stars that we can see to the radiation and the effects we cannot see, is governed by ordinances; or scientific laws. Alan
  5. Baptistsenior, Welcome to OnLine Baptist! All of us are looking forward to some fine discussions and fellowship. Alan
  6. Bro. Hutton, Thank you for your comments on Genesis 1:1 and bringing out the 5 catagories of Science as discovered by Herbert Spencer. Your posting is a welcome addition to this study and your comments are always welcomed. As a devout evolutionist, Herbert Spencer would never accept the concept that the 'force' of Science would be by the creative act of God. I am of the opinion that Spencers ideas on Philosophy (besides being one of the founders of modern evolution), hindered his scientific abilities. Brethren, I have not forgotten this thread. I am in the process of developing the next study on Scientific Facts in the Bible. For those who know me they understand that I am slow on a lot of things as I have too many irons in the fire (everything I do is a slow process so I appreciate your patience). Alan
  7. Jake, I appreciate your comments. It is a challenge to stay encouraged at times. It is my hope that these devotions will be a blessing to you and your walk with the Lord. Alan
  8. God has surely blessed you!

  9. InSeasonOut, The first link is to a thread on Covenant theology and is based on Jeremiah 31:31-34 You are correct. The preterists and Steven Anderson are both proponants of replacement theology. And, you are also correct in that Anderson is giving the IFB' s a bad name. Alan
  10. Brethren, Philip Mauro is a classic preterist. Using Philip Mauro as an example, Mauro uses 1 Peter 2: 9 as a pretext (according to my hastly counting of the references to 1 Peter 2:9 in his book, 'The Hope of Israel: what is it?) eight times to prove that God replaced the covenants given to Israel to the Church. I will give one quote (italicized and capitialized words are Mauro's; Mauro adds to the Authorized Version as he sees fit), "This additional (or substituted) covenant was made with the next succeeding generation following that which had broken of Horeb. It is very different in its terms, particulary in that those great promises - "ye shall be a particular treasure unto Me, ... and ye shall be unto Me a kingdom of priests, and an holy nation" - are entirely omittted. (These wonderful promises reappear in connection with God's new covenant people, the true "Israel," the "holy nation," I Pet. 2:9). The above quote is found on page 55, "The Hope of Israel: what is it?, by Philip Mauro Also, please note: To the preterist, with Mauro as our example, the nation Israel in the bible is not "true Israel." Mauro, as most preterists, expain that the church is the 'true Israel.' Mauro changes the meanings of the words of the scripture as he sees fit. Alan
  11. Brethren, InSeasonOut is doctrinally correct in his interpretation of the posts. Even though Invicta did not fully explain the relevancy of his quoting of Deuteronomy 14:2 and 1 Peter 2:9, InseasonOut was correct in that Invicta was pushing the doctrine of Replacement Thology when he wrote: Of Israel in relationsthip to Deuteronomy 14:2 and Of the Church in relationship with 1 Peter 2:9 InSeasonOur is entirely correct. Invicta is alluding to replacement theology. Very briefly, The preterist believes that the promises to the Jews, as in Deuteronomy 14:2 were annulled; and the the church now holds the promises once given to the nation of Israel. Here is the link to Lesson # 18, page # 8, in the Revelation thread where I referenced this matter. Alan
  12. Brethren, "Delight thyself also in the LORD; and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart. Commit thy way unto the LORD; trust also in him; and he shall bring it to pass." Psalm 37:4 & 5 As we trust in the Lord, delight ourselves in Him, commit our ways of life, our way of living, ourselves to the Lord; the Lord can mold us, change us, and restore us to a thing of usefulness. The Lord can change the evil desires of our hearts for good; and then bring to pass those good desires of our heart. My friend, brother Stafford, "Faihfully Restored," made another video on the resoration of a 1940's Lowboy Chest. The video gives a graphic illustration of how God, the master craftsman, can restore a person from a life of decay and mis-use, to a life of usefulness, purpose, and beauty. The video is a blessing to my heart and I hope to your heart as well. I do want to thank brother Stafford for sending me the video for my devotion. Here is the link to brother Strafford's website for videos on his furniture restoration with biblical applications. May the Lord bless all of you. Alan
  13. I will be praying for Bro. Devine and the Florence Family in Papua New Guinea.
  14. Thank you for taking the time and letting me know the Linux Evince PDF operation worked with Adobe Reader. I am very glad it worked. In order to do a PDF that everyone can read, and upload, is very important to me, and crucial to my making a decision on some important decisions I need to make in the days ahead. Alan
  15. No Nicolaitans, The attached document is from my Linux Mint 17.3, Evince PDF viewer. The Evince was already installed on Mint 17.3. The document is a copy of a e-mail I mailed to our associate pastor, Brother Job (his English name). I put a watermark on the test document with the church name in English and in Chinese to test the watermark and the coloring. TEST PDF document Letter to Bro. Job.pdf Let's see what happens. Alan