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There has recently been a number of eschatological discussions whereby the so called "restrainer" of Paul's letter to the Thessalonians has been referenced, so I thought I might offer the following thoughts on the topic.
Now we beseech you brethren, by the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, and by our gathering together unto Him, that ye be not troubled, neither by spirit, nor by word, nor by letter as from us, as that the day of the Lord is at hand. Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition; who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped; so that he as God sitteth in the temple of...
 And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters.  And God said, Let there be light: and there was light.
 How long shall I see the standard, and hear the sound of the trumpet?  For my people is foolish, they have not known me; they are sottish children, and they have none understanding: they are wise to do evil, but to do good they have no knowledge.  I beheld the earth, and, lo, it was without form, and void; and the heavens, and they had no light.  I beheld the mountains, and, lo, they trembled, and all the hills moved lightly.  I beheld, and, lo, there...
The way the gospel works. In the gospels, Jesus tells us to preach the gospel. Preaching means to announce. So when people hear the gospel followed by whoever believes has eternal life, those who believe know God saved them. And when told to repent and undergo baptism, it confirms their faith as they follow through.
But, people turn preaching the gospel into an offer of salvation for those who comply. So immediately they turn the gospel into law and make obedience, or works, the means of salvation. They say belief is a choice we must make before God will save us. So these people trust in themselves for choosing salvation and then trust in Christ only in a secondary sense.
Does God save people this way? Yes because salvation is by...
I'm a new Christian. I'm not sure what that means.
My daughters have decided that my grandchildren will become Christians, and we all attend a Disciples of Christ church.
So I have decided to read the Bible.
I have a question about the events in Matthew 3:13-17, Mark 1:9-11, Luke 3:21-22, and John 1:29-34. They could all describe the same events, but in John, John the Baptist does not baptize Jesus, so I wonder if John's narrative describes a separate event, which may have happened before or after the events in Matthew, Mark, and Luke.
Num 13:33 And there we saw the giants, the sons of Anak, which come of the giants: and we were in our own sight as grasshoppers, and so we were in their sight.
If one has not had the teaching of the two lines from Adam and Eve, or the teaching on Genesis chapter 6. then this is the subject to get a better understanding of the giants before the great flood by understanding who the giants were after the flood.
We know in Genesis chapter 7 the flood came and destroyed all life. but the restoring of all life came from 8 people who survived the flood.
Only Noah, and his family was the only people left on the planet at this time. if any giants came on the earth then it came through them, human, men and women,...
We see lots of this today. People even use the bible to forecast the future beyond what is clearly written. But what do you think? I ran across this and thought I'd share it. It is in a NET Bible note concerning mediums channeling the spirits of the dead for extra biblical information.
“Do not turn to the spirits of the dead and do not seek familiar spirits to become unclean by them. I am the LORD your God.” (Leviticus 19:31) (NET)
The prohibition here concerns those who would seek special knowledge through the spirits of the dead, whether the dead in general or dead relatives in particular (i.e., familiar spirits; see J. E. Hartley, Leviticus [WBC], 321, and B. A. Levine, Leviticus [JPSTC], 134). Cf. Lev 20:6 below....
In 1984 I was attending college in Tonkawa, Oklahoma....Northern Oklahoma College. On one particular day after class I was driving home and was listening to a Christian radio station. An advertisement came on announcing and upcoming event of a prophet-evangelist coming to a church in Oklahoma City as a guest and who would be ministering to those who attended. The Holy Spirit spoke to me and said pull over and write down the information...time, date and address.
When I got home I went into my bedroom and prayed and asked if I was supposed to attend this service and the Holy Spirit said YES.
The day of the service I dressed and drove to Oklahoma City...(it was a 2 hour drive). When I got there (no GPS at that time) I had to stop and ask...
Pre-Tribulation, Mid-Tribulation, Post-Tribulation.Pre-Tribulation, Post-Millennial, Amil, Idealism etc
Pre-Tribulation, Mid-Tribulation or Post-Tribulation Definitions
Where has the idea come from that the job of a prophet today is different than the job of a prophet in the OT?
I've heard it said that the job of a prophet today is to encourage people and build up their trust, but not to warn them when they are going wrong, but that the job of a prophet in the OT was just to warn people when they were going wrong.
I think this might not be true. I think whether it's a warning or an encouragement depends on the listener, on whether they are rebellious or soft hearted, to either not accept or to soak it up.
By the way, hello, sorry I have been busy and haven T come in much to say hello for the last month or so. Still busy but will check every morning for your thoughts on this.
Greetings all. Wanted to create a thread to discuss this with everyone, but especially those who believe the Lord is done with Israel in the prophetic scheme of things. I am sending an invite especially to those I know who hold this position (sorry if I forgot anyone), but all are invited to comment if they wish.
Blessings in Christ,
Hidden in Him
@brakelite @quietthinker @Dave L @Episkopos
I will quote the Parable as it is described in Luke first, but I can add the version in Matthew as well. Please start by answering my comments that follow.
9 And he began to speak unto the people this parable: A man planted a vineyard, and let it out to husbandmen, and...