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  1. Kisses

    Psalm 2 6-12 in context 6 "Yet have I set my king upon my holy hill of Zion. 7 I will declare the decree: the Lord hath said unto me, Thou art my Son; this day have I begotten thee. 8 Ask of me, and I shall give thee the heathen for thine inheritance, and the uttermost parts of the earth for thy possession. 9 Thou shalt break them with a rod of iron; thou shalt dash them in pieces like a potter's vessel. 10 Be wise now therefore, O ye kings: be instructed, ye judges of the earth. 11 Serve the Lord with fear, and rejoice with trembling. 12 Kiss the Son, lest he be angry, and ye perish from the way, when his wrath is kindled but a little. Blessed are all they that put their trust in him." Yes, the Son is clearly speaking of Jesus! But I believe the chapter is speaking of the millennial kingdom, not addressed to the church. Addressed to: Israel, and to the "kings and judges" on the earth whom He gives instruction. The Son, Jesus, is He whom will rule with a rod of iron during the millennial kingdom. Revelation 2:27 "And he shall rule them with a rod of iron; as the vessels of a potter shall they be broken to shivers: even as I received of my Father." Revelation 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." Revelation 19:15 "And out of his mouth goeth a sharp sword, that with it he should smite the nations: and he shall rule them with a rod of iron: and he treadeth the winepress of the fierceness and wrath of Almighty God."
  2. Is a home church a biblical church?

    Matt.18:20 "For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them." 1 Cor.6:17 "But he that is joined unto the Lord is one spirit." 1 Cor.6:19 "What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own?" 1 Cor.12:12-14 "For as the body is one, and hath many members, and all the members of that one body, being many, are one body: so also is Christ. For by one Spirit are we all baptized into one body, whether we be Jews or Gentiles, whether we be bond or free; and have been all made to drink into one Spirit. For the body is not one member, but many." I suppose it all depends on what one believes... what they've been indoctrinated to believe? Or what God's word says?
  3. An Eternity At Dire Risk

    Prayers sent up.
  4. The Mother of Us All

    Thankfully I haven't run across that bunch... but think those who worship the world (and the things in it) are into "mother earth" type of worship. Catholicism comes close as well, sadly, to worshiping Mary (when we are told NOWHERE in scripture to do so) . I wasn't suggesting that we worship Jerusalem above, I sure hope I didn't come off that way! I was just noting that I hadn't heard many sermons on that particular verse.
  5. The Mother of Us All

    While I do agree with this article: Eve being called "the mother of all living" (Gen.3:20) and Sarah being called the mother of the "children of promise" (Gal.4:28) I would question the title... there is only one "mother of us all" noted (in those exact terms) in the Bible. " But Jerusalem which is above is free, which is the mother of us all." (Gal.4:26 KJV Bible) Haven't heard many sermons on that....
  6. False Brethren

    Sadly, the devil has long loved to bring SOME Jews against Jews (and Christians). We see Judas as one example. I see today those such as George Soros and Mark Zuckerberg (facebook) with the same intent. I can myself testify to Zuckerberg's own antisemitism due to my posting a factual account of what Israel looked like in the 1800's wherein a king had given use of one of the first cameras and took photos of the area.. proving there were no arab 'palestinians' there at the time. Nothing but wasteland, overgrown with weeds and such. A few Jews remained, there were many former Christian dwellingplaces also overgrown and in disrepair. Even the arab abomination that currently sits on the temple grounds was in rot and decay with trees and bushes growing in front of and out of it's foundation and walls. All was desolate and abandoned, excpet for the few Jews there. Even just a couple of years ago those photos could be easily found on 'google' or other search engines. BUT today the search engine results yield a decidedly antisemitic anti-Jew, and anti-Christian compilation of results. Anyways... those photos were taken down by 'facebook security' claiming it went against their 'community standards'. Yet I had made NO calls for violence nor for murder of anyone. YET the same week I saw NUMEROUS muslim posts which actually called for the murder of Jews. When I (and numerous others) reported those posts calling for violence, those were NOT taken down! There is definitely an antisemitic platform that thrives on facebook (and many other prominent venues online). How sad that Zuckerberg is yet another self-loathing Jew. I also (as you profess to) have the love for Israel and the Jews that we are to have. I recognize that we (gentiles) are merely wild olive grafted in! (Rom.11:17) And it is dangerous grounds to boast of our salvation in comparison to them, also the false teaching of replacement theology is on the rise again... no doubt because these are the perilous last days. If more grace age believers actually understood the great PRIVILEGE we have by even being permitted into God's plan of salvation, for a specific purpose of God, whereas before salvation was of the Jews (John 4:22). Thankfully now we are in the age of grace... Jesus has gone to the cross and paid for our sins, He was buried and rose again the 3rd day (the gospel as outlined in 1 Cor.15:1-4). Right now Jews can come to Christ the same way Gentiles can. Yet, sadly, right now, in the age of grace, many Jews are still blind to the gospel... and will remain blind until the fulness of the Gentiles be come in (Rom.11:25). But we must also recognize their blindness is only "IN PART", since Jews still are coming to Christ alone for salvation even today. I know several of them, and am thankful they were part of them that were NOT blinded. There is an agenda which is apparent to any who can Spiritually discern. The unsaved world wants to remove TRUTH because they find truth offensive. During these perilous last days where the characteristics noted in 2 Tim.3:1-7,13 and Rom.1:18-32 are prevalent (we can see ALL of those characteristics right now on full display). I also see 4 major attacks that I can attest have risen over my lifetime, especially in the last couple of years. #1 Antisemitism - hatred of Jews and replacement theology #2 The pre-trib rapture is also under attack #3 The gospel is under attack... many profess a false gospel which doesn't align with what God's word declares the gospel for the age of grace to be (1 Cor.15:1-4) #4 The KJV Bible is also under attack. There are numerous PERversions which have come out that attempt to remove the deity of Christ and even worse attempt to give that deity to lucifer. Besides the removal of numerous verses, the changing of words to mean something other than what God's word said, and the fact that these PERversions all have COPYRIGHTS owned by men... who can (AND DO) change the words in their PERversions often to come up with what they call 'updated' and 'revised' issues. God's word does NOT need to be copyrighted by mankind. Neither does it need to be 'updated' nor 'revised'. The entire goal of those PERversions is to cast doubt on God's word. Just like the serpent did in the garden by questioning "Yea, hath God said?" God preserved His word in the KJV for English speaking peoples.
  7. Short Term Missions Opportunity

    Welcome, brother Freeman. I do hope many will respond to the call. It sounds like a wonderful short-term missions experience. I would be tempted to join in myself were it not for the physical impossibility in my case. I will, however, be praying for your mission work. Also for the physical AND spiritual safety of all those involved in work on the border. The timing is a political hotbed of resistance from those who are against President Trump's desire to make the border more secure, as well as the drug lords who oversee the border from the southern side, and also the spiritual wickedness behind both of those forces. I will pray that each and every person whom takes part in the mission work there knows and is instructed to put on the full armor of God as detailed in Ephesians 6:10-18. And that the Lord would greatly bless this work, and many would have their eyes opened, and to turn from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan unto God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins, and inheritance among them which are sanctified by faith that is in Jesus alone. Maranatha!
  8. Why can't people do what they say they'll do?

    Not everyone who CLAIMS to be a Christian actually IS a believer. (Matt.7:22-23). There will be some who claimed to believe on Christ for salvation, who actually were trusting in their OWN 'good works' to save them. Then again, even though we (true believers) have trusted in Christ's finished work alone for salvation, we are still in corruptible bodies. Romans 7 deals with this... even though we would desire to do good always, "evil is present" with us (v.21). I would suggest to bring this up to the brother in private... but in all honesty, pride generally gets in the way of them HEARING what you are saying, and many become rather defensive about their sins. They see us as "enemies" because we tell them the truth (Gal.4:16), even when worded in the most tactful love of Christ... I instead suggest PRAYER for the fellow. The Lord can work on his heart much more than we could. Only the Lord can soften a prideful/defensive heart.
  9. In Rev.6:15-17 we see those people HIDING themselves where??? In the dens and rocks of the mountains. Right? SO... this IS entirely plausible when we see that the earthquake described in Rev.6 MOVES the mountains. Whereas the earthquake described in Rev.16 entirely obliterates the mountains, so that they are "not found". QUESTION: How can a person(s) HIDE in the dens and rocks of the mountains if there ARE NO mountains remaining to hide in the dens and rocks of? Just another reason why the earthquakes described are different. It would NOT be possible for them to be hiding in dens and rocks of the mountains that no longer existed (in Rev.16) Would it? How can you say that??? Throughout Revelation we see that the unsaved world RECOGNIZES it is indeed God's wrath, and yet they still "repent not". Just one (of the many) case in points would be Rev.16:9 "And men were scorched with great heat, and blasphemed the name of God, which hath power over these plagues: and they repented not to give him glory." So how can you possibly say that no-one will understand it is God's wrath... when the unsaved world is blaspheming HIM for the wrath??? And yet they "repent not". Early on in Rev.6:17 we see the PRONOUNCEMENT that it IS God's wrath/the wrath of the Lamb that they are attempting (in vain) to hide from! I can see why you WANT to move this book to the end of the 70th week of Daniel. But I can also see why the Lord placed it FIRST in the series of events. The 7 seals of wrath, God makes sure to let us know TWICE that it is AFTER these events (of Rev.6). First in Rev.7:1 "And after these things". And again at the beginning of Rev.8:1-2 "And when he had opened the seventh seal, there was silence in heaven about the space of half an hour. 2 And I saw the seven angels which stood before God; and to them were given seven trumpets." Again... an orderly progression, with specific wording. The 7 seals of wrath FOLLOWED by the 7 trumpets of wrath ("after these things"= Rev.7:1, and then we see the silence in heaven at the 7th seal, and THEN we see the trumpets commence. The wording is there for a reason... it has to be either dealt with and comprehended OR ignored. As much as one would LIKE to change the wording to suit a theory, it cannot be done. Rev.22:18-19 contains a warning about that.
  10. Let's compare the specific parts of 2 verses in question that are dealing with mountains and islands, and see if they say the same thing??? (Rev.6:14) "...every mountain and island were moved out of their places." (Rev.16:20) "And every island fled away, and the mountains were not found." That is NOT the same thing at all! In Rev.6 we see that the mountains/islands are MOVED. Whereas in Rev.16 we see that they are completely GONE ("not found"). Here is a simplistic comparison: if we were to live on a mountain, and the mountain was MOVED during an earthquake, we COULD possibly survive it. BUT if we were to live on a mountain when the Rev.16 earthquake happens we could NOT survive it. The mountain will be completely removed ("not found") during that event. Far different than just being "moved out of their places". (Thankfully I won't be here for EITHER event. Maranatha!) There will be an great earthquake described in Rev.6 (v.12) as well as celestial events described, BUT these are NOT the same events as described in Rev.16! The earthquake in Rev.16 is the largest one ever... far worse than the Rev.6 earthquake. Rev. 16:18 "...great earthquake, such as was not since men were upon the earth, so mighty an earthquake, and so great." We don't see the SAME reference given in Rev. 6... God's word does not tell us that the earthquake in Rev.6 is "such as was not since men were upon the earth, so mighty an earthquake, and so great", no, that wording occurs in Rev.16. The earthquake in Rev.16 doesn't just MOVE the mountains and island, it completely obliterates them (every island flees AWAY and every mountain is NOT FOUND). Big difference. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Reading/studying Rev.6 thru 19 we see an orderly progression of event which WORSEN as they go. This corresponds with what Jesus said in Matt.24 verses 7-8, when Jesus foretells of "earthquakes in divers places" and He says that these are the BEGINNING of sorrows. We know that term to mean like a woman in labor. Each contraction gets WORSE, comes closer and closer together. Each contraction becomes progressively more difficult to bear. You say it seems clear to you. Well, this seems clear to me. The earthquake described in Rev.6 is part of the 'beginning of sorrows' which Jesus described. The earthquake in Rev.16 is at a later time, and so of course it would be more catastrophic than an earlier one. Birth pains... stronger, harder, closer together, progressively more woe-some. When we pay careful attention to the details in Rev.8 we see that a THIRD of the trees and grass are burnt up. Rev.8:7 "The first angel sounded, and there followed hail and fire mingled with blood, and they were cast upon the earth: and the third part of trees was burnt up, and all green grass was burnt up." We also see that this event happens AFTER the 144,000 male Jewish virgins have been sealed in Rev. chapter 7. You seem to be implying that there couldn't be any trees or grass TO be burnt up if there were an earthquake as described in Rev.6 which merely MOVED the mountains and islands out of their places. I don't see "end of the world stuff" in Rev.6. I DO see mountains and islands being MOVED. But I don't see them being "found no more" in Rev.6, as I do in Rev.16 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ I completely agree with brother DaveW. And this wasn't answered. Does one just THROW OUT the words "And after these things"? I hope not.
  11. EU signs Rome Declaration

    Poor Nigel (and I like him), he could hardly get a word in edgewise with that Alastair chap breaking in and attempting to talk over him. Brother Orval is correct, it's much like US politics, but the US is even WORSE because there are very few "news" agencies that actually allow both sides to be heard. It's very one-sided (liberal, sadly) here. The sad part is that we USED to be able to have discourse, an actual discussion wherein BOTH sides were heard. Now days the left doesn't want to even ALLOW conservatives to speak. The want a monologue (all leftist, of course). For some reason (here in the states) most leftists think freedom of speech only applies to anyone who agrees with them. Orderly society will soon be a thing of the past... the perilous days are upon us, the devil is working overtime attempting to censor and squash true free speech. It's all appears to be terribly depressing until we realize that even though things appear to be falling apart, they are actually falling into place... the way God's word foretold. Maranatha!
  12. Actually, I do believe SEVERAL of the brethren here HAVE explained this previously. You don't accept their explanation, you don't even HAVE TO accept their explanation either. But for you to say "no one has been able to explain this" is not a true statement. The TRIBULATION SAINTS are clearly those whom the Lord gathers into the Millennial kingdom. Whereas those who are pressed into the wine-press are the unbelievers. Rev.14:9-10 gives further specifications: "... If any man worship the beast and his image, and receive his mark in his forehead, or in his hand, The same shall drink of the wine of the wrath of God..." Joel 3 gives even more specifications, verse 11-13 calls them "the heathens" who are gathered into the winepress. Joel 3 also gives specific AFTER-results as well: (v.17) "So shall ye know that I am the Lord your God dwelling in Zion, my holy mountain: then shall Jerusalem be holy, and there shall no strangers pass through her any more." (Just a note and a QUESTION here: In a past conversation, I believe you (brother UkeleleMike) said that you thought those who would enter the millennium in HUMAN bodies to procreate/repopulate the earth would be unbelievers from other nations... How do you reconcile that with Joel 3:17)??? There will be so many of them (unbelievers) that will be put into the winepress "and blood came out of the winepress, even unto the horse bridles, by the space of a thousand and six hundred furlongs". (Rev.14:20). That is a LOT of blood. Approximately 200 miles wide and as tall as up to a horses bridle (which would depend on the size of the horse, but in any estimation... DEEP). It's also interesting (to me) that the approximate distance from Bozrah (southern part of modern day Jordan) to Jerusalem is approx. 100 miles.(The valley of Jehosaphat being right outside Jerusalem, Kidron valley, according to many scholars). And then another approx. 100 miles from there to Megiddo. Many people are likely mistaken to believe that what they CALL "Armageddon" is in Megiddo alone. I found it so interesting that the distances between Bozrah to the valley of Jehosaphat, and then to Megiddo works out to be an area of about 200 miles wide. (a thousand six hundred furlongs). I also found this wording a compelling in study comparing Isaiah 63:1-2 with Rev.19:13. Isaiah 63:1-2 Who is this that cometh from Edom, with dyed garments from Bozrah? this that is glorious in his apparel, travelling in the greatness of his strength? I that speak in righteousness, mighty to save."Wherefore art thou red in thine apparel, and thy garments like him that treadeth in the winefat?" Compared with Rev. 19:13 "And he was clothed with a vesture dipped in blood: and his name is called The Word of God." W We can't lay aside the fact that when Jesus returns he will stand on the mount of Olives (Zech.14:4) which also is NOT in Megiddo. There is so much information in the OT to be considered. There is SO MUCH old testament scripture to take into account, that it can't be summed up in one short study... it often takes years of study until the puzzle pieces 'click' into place, and the 'ah-ha' moment comes when it all makes sense. If we stay only in Revelation and Matthew (and mostly NT text) for proof texts, we are missing out on more than half of the picture. I'm sorry, but I do disagree with your mid-trib position. I also disagree with your position on Rev.6 being what you called an 'over-view'... in that position you would have seal judgments occurring simultaneously with either trumpet or vial judgments (or both). That seems to be rather disorderly, and taking away from God's ORDERLY sets of seven. God is not the author of confusion (1 Cor.14:33). When we look at Rev.8:1-2 we see ORDER. We see the END of the 7 seals of wrath and the COMMENCING of the 7 trumpets of wrath, so unless God's word is lying (and I do not believe it is), there is an ORDER to the events. Rev.8:1-2 "And when he had opened the seventh seal, there was silence in heaven about the space of half an hour. 2 And I saw the seven angels which stood before God; and to them were given seven trumpets." The ORDER of events in in there for a reason. I also disagree with your thoughts that unbelievers will ENTER the millennium to procreate/repopulate the earth. I fully believe that ONLY believers will enter into the millennial kingdom on earth, those still in HUMAN (not glorified) bodies will be the ones to procreate. And I again disagree with the timing you note. There is a HUGE problem with the thought that believers would be raptured in Rev.14, and yet then enter the millennium in human form. Once a person is raptured we will have glorified bodies like Christ's own body (1 John 3:2), Those whom have already been raptured will NOT be procreating, and I also fully believe God's word when He told us we are "delivered from the wrath to come" (1 Thes.1:10) which MUST BE prior to Rev.6:17 which tells us that God's wrath IS come.
  13. We can readily see that the UN has become nothing but a mouthpiece for islam now. We also know they don't recognize GOD's land deed to Israel, the oldest land deed on record. BUT if they won't recognize THAT, and if they want to go to 'pre-67 borders' then they should consider the British Mandate of the 1920's. In the British Mandate, they gave Israel specifically to the Jews (and called it the 'Jewish Palestine'), at that same time, they also gave Jordan to the arabs (and called it the 'arab palestine'). IF they want to contend that the British Mandate of the 1920's is (supposedly) irrelevant, WHY then did Jordan get to KEEP that exact area of land as specified in the British Mandate??? BUT Israel did not??? Why is it supposedly binding for JORDAN? But NOT for Israel? They want to continue to sliver off more and more land from the Jews. They erroneously called it trading "land for peace". Yet when Israel gave them the Sinai AND Gaza, did they get peace??? NO! They got terrorist launching pads. Gaza is given BILLIONS in funds every year, the money was ear-marked specifically for infrastructure of the area. Yet what does the PA spend the money on? Funding terrorists, even paying family members exorbitant amounts of money if their family member is martyred in the name of 'allah'. Those PAWNS that live in Gaza have not received any infrastructure benefits of the monies allocated for it. Instead, Gaza isn't paying for their electricity NOR water, and they are right now demanding Israel pay for that as well. (Shut them off it they won't pay their bills!!!). The fakistinians already got their 'arab palestine'. It's called Jordan. They need to go there.
  14. Watching for Christ's Return

    Both brother Alan and brother Orval made some excellent points here... I do understand both brothers perspectives. While we (grace/church age believers) will not go through ANY PART of God's wrath in the tribulation (Rev.6-19)... and I wholeheartedly agree with brother Alan that the events that transpire in the entire 7 year tribulation period (beginning when Jesus Himself opens the first of the 7 seals of wrath, continuing through the 7 trumpets of wrath and 7 vials of wrath), it is ALL God's wrath, and the wrath of the Lamb, (which God's word makes sure to tell us that very thing in the wording of Rev.6:17). We don't need to know the name of the antichrist, etc. BUT I also see brother Orval's point as well. While WE (grace/church age believers) will not see any part of the wrath of God, we SHOULD have an understanding of the indicators which are paving the way towards the tribulation events. This is a part of being able to discern the signs of the times. Even though we (ourselves) will not be present. the world will not ALL worship the beast, there will be many seeking the truth. BUT I do believe that God already has the witnessing of the gospel covered (in the trib) with the 144,000 male Jewish virgins, the 2 witnesses, and an angel from heaven (the angel will be preaching the everlasting gospel to "every nation, and kindred, and tongue, and people"). So there is no need for our (grace age believers) to be there either. I know many brothers and sisters who have put together what they call a "left-behind care package" containing Bibles, food/water, and printed information concerning the events they will be beginning to experience. In the hopes that they MAY remember our words showing them what the Bible foretold, and so they MAY recognize that once those things start happening God's word is TRUE and then desire to learn more. But (lots of "buts" here)... We also need to remember that God Himself will send the world a strong delusion. This is the part I would like to add to this conversation.... God's word tells us WHY He will send a strong delusion: 2 Thes.2:10-12 10 "And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved. 11 And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie: 12 That they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness." Why will they be sent a strong delusion? Because they "received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved". God's word even tells us specifically: " And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion..." "for this cause= the reason why. To me, it seems very clear that those who heard and rejected the gospel in the age of grace/church age will NOT get a 'second chance', but instead will be sent a strong delusion. I know this isn't a 'popular' belief, but God's word is clear on it. Yes, the 144,000 male Jewish witnesses, the 2 witnesses, and the angel from heaven will be preaching the gospel... but I don't think those who ALREADY heard AND REJECTED the gospel previously will be able to comprehend... because they had ALREADY rejected (as per 2 Thes.2:10-12) and God will have sent them a strong delusion that they should believe a lie. I know no-one wants to hear that, since we all have loved ones who have not yet accepted the gospel, nor believed on Jesus for salvation. It hurts my heart too... how I wish they would come to Christ NOW while there are moments remaining in the age of grace. Sadly, we can't force them... it's the very reason God gave us all free will to either accept/believe OR reject/deny. I believe God's word is specific about this (2 Thes.2:10-12).
  15. Billy Graham

    Thank you, brother David. I always feel odd addressing someone by a user-name. Now if I can REMEMBER your name it will be a wonderful feat! I could try to blame that on MS, but I've always been terrible with names. Please forgive me.