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The second beast of Revelation brings forth the mark of the beast,
And I saw another beast ascending from out of the earth, and he had two horns likened to a lamb; and he spoke as a dragon. (Revelation of John 13:11 [ABP])
Also it causes all, both small and great, both rich and poor, both free and slave, to be marked...
(Revelation 13:16 [ESV])
A beast in prophecy symbolizes a kingdom, which is why this beast in the book of Daniel was said to symbolize a kingdom,
“He gave me this explanation: ‘The fourth beast is a fourth kingdom that will appear on earth… (Daniel 7:23 [NIV])
As such, the second beast of Revelation symbolizes the United States. And so, as opposed to the first beast...
All things, whether good or evil, are determined by God to happen, hence,
I form the light and create darkness, I bring prosperity and create disaster; I, the LORD, do all these things. (Isaiah 45:7 [NIV])
The LORD kills and brings to life; he brings down to Sheol and raises up. (1 Samuel 2:6 [ESV])
For he wounds, but he also bandages; he strikes, but his hands also heal. (Job 5:18 [NETBIBLE])
“‘See now that I, even I, am he, and there is no god beside me; I kill and I make alive; I wound and I heal; and there is none that can deliver out of my hand. (Deuteronomy 32:39 [ESV])
For just as a man moves his own arm by his own mere will, so does God move even the smallest speck of dust, even just one...
A beast in prophecy symbolizes a kingdom, hence why this beast in the book of Daniel was said to symbolize a kingdom,
"He gave me this explanation: 'The fourth beast is a fourth kingdom that will appear on earth... (Daniel 7:23 [NIV])
As such, the first beast of Revelation having multiple heads symbolizes multiple kingdoms, hence why it rises out of the sea,
And I stood upon the sand of the sea. And I saw from out of the sea a wild beast ascending, having ten horns and seven heads... (Revelation of John 13:1 [ABP])
Since the sea symbolizes many kinds of peoples and languages,
And he says to me, The waters which you saw, where the harlot sits, are peoples and multitudes, and...
In Matthew 24 Jesus warns us of false teachers to lead us away from Him.
Paul in 2nd Thess.2 and John in 1st John 2 reminds of a "son of perdition" and "antichrists"...
Who and what are these?
There is a website that has very informative articles on this subject, to the point of identifying these entities.
Google: End times deception-The antichrist is hidden in plain sight.
Reading this article, and following the many links, provides spiritual understanding, as well as the history leading up to these entities.
There remains a future rest for the people of God to enter in,
For forty years I loathed that generation and said, “They are a people who go astray in their heart, and they have not known my ways.” Therefore I swore in my wrath, “They shall not enter my rest.”
(Psalm 95:10-11 [ESV])
Which is also mentioned in Hebrews,
For if Joshua had given them rest, God would not have spoken later about another day. There remains, then, a Sabbath-rest for the people of God; (Hebrews 4:8-9 [NIV])
And also mentioned here,
Then I heard a voice from heaven say, "Write this: Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord from now on." "Yes," says the Spirit, "they will rest from their labor, for their deeds will follow them."...
This has always been a fun topic. I had someone ask me about this yesterday. And I love a good debate..
1. No, if you fall away, you were never saved to begin with.
2. Yes, it is possible to fall away and lose your salvation.
3. No, but you can turn your back on Christ. ( I actually heard someone say this )
Question: was Cornelius saved under the "kingdom gospel (Abrahamic Covenant)" or the "gospel of the grace of God" as taught by Paul?
Cornelius was a blessing to Israel (Acts 10:2,22), and because of this God rewarded him with the hearing of the Word through Peter and receiving salvation. This is EXACTLY the way it was revealed to Abram in Genesis 12:3, "I will bless them [Gentiles] that bless thee" (Abram and his seed]. This is what James knew and so he quoted from Amos (Acts 15:12-19). Cornelius was saved through a saved Jew.
The Gentiles receiving salvation according to the Abrahamic Covenant under the preaching of the 12 were accepted as Jewish proselytes just as they always were under the Jewish law except this time the Gentiles...
[SIZE=12pt]The Body of Christ vs. The Bride of Christ [/SIZE]
[SIZE=12pt]Perhaps, because I'm a male of the species, I've always been uncomfortable with the description of the church as the Bride of Christ. As I've listened to various pre-trib preachers use the constant references of us as the bride of Christ, the discomfort has increased as I've sensed that this isn't just a "guy thing", I believe it is a misunderstanding derived from erroneous biblical interpretations. Some of the arguments they give for keeping the church out of the 70th week contrary to what the bible teaches is that "no bridegroom would make his bride suffer that way", or "we need to be in heaven for the marriage banquet during the seven years of Daniel's 70th...
Please note that I have also put this up on few other forums to get responses.
Praise & thanks to the Lord for having Christian forums like these.
This is urgent so I would really appreciate your inputs.
I was born in a different religion, but the concept of Christianity slowly grew on me since last 10-11 years or so. I am 31 years old now, and started gaining a keen interest in Christianity when I was about 20-21 years old.
So even though I didn't had any major testimony or experience that transformed my heart, I still believe the Gospel and have accepted Christ as my Lord & Savior.
I try to live by the word each day, and daily communion with the Holy Spirit throughout the day makes me glad.
However, I wouldn't say that I...