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  2. Of course, Neighbor, not all landlords/apartment management companies are so honorable. There are many who are so money hungry that they care nothing about the tenants, and regularly do unlawful and stressful things to tenants in order to save a dollar or to try to drive tenants out so they can raise the rents. I've lived in this building for 45 years....then three and a half years ago we got a management company like the one I have described. They manage thousands of apartment buildings and the internet is filled with pages of complaints against them. Perhaps in your area, there are still honorable landlords though.
  3. In light of all of the many articles on the internet that speak on the subject, your statement can only be described as a succinct opinion that has very little or no doctrinal weight on the matter.
  4. it's my understanding that the general public in Venezuela would give much to have their guns back...
  5. Phew, glad you are not here to convince me to accept post tribulation rapture. Forgive me for being presumptuous my brother. Im not sure why this is not sufficient for you....it is so point on and very clear in its words and it’s interpretation. What hinders you from accepting this passage as a second coming passage? 29Immediately after the tribulation of those days: ‘The sun will be darkened, and the moon will not give its light; the stars will fall from the sky, and the powers of the heavens will be shaken.’b 30At that time the sign of the Son of Man will appear in heaven, and all the tribes of the earth will mourn. They will see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of heaven, with power and great glory.c 31And He will send out His angels with a loud trumpet call, and they will gather His elect from the four winds, from one end of the heavens to the other.
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  7. The context decides whether a text is to be read literally or metaphorically. There is a danger to read a literal meaning as metaphorical because that opens the door to what Peter calls a private (not inspired of God) interpretation.. which you are doing in saying that the wicked don't live forever or exist in the torment of hell forever. That sort of idea has to be read in there without any scriptural support for it on literal or plain reading terms. If any of the Bible teachers and scholars I accept to be teaching sound doctrine suggest to read and follow Rev.Beale's teachings then I might consider it, but until then I stand on what I've learned from them and my own Bible studies with the Lord.
  8. There are no verses in the New Testament that tell you that you can lose your salvation. But, there are many misled Christians, victims of a teacher, pastor, or denomination, that teaches them legalism, which is the idea that you are to save yourself by ...... However, Salvation that is from God, is not based on what you do, its is only and completely based on what Jesus did...... So, if you try to use Matthew, or James, or Hebrews, to teach legalism in place of Grace, you are simply what Paul describes as Galatians 1:8. Many are like this, and most have no idea what they have become, what the are believing, etc. There are "christians", who actually go to a Christian forum to try to convince other believers that they need to start worrying about "losing it". These heretics dont witness, they dont tithe, they dont study Pauline Theology...."Grace" is a mystery to them.... and all they do is rant about OSAS, and worry about this as if this actually matters to God or Christ.
  9. It could be relevant to note in this discusssion that “ God created Evil”. It’s Biblical. Is.45:7 says so.Any thoughts?On the surface, this is a troubling verse....
  10. And, you are entitled to say that. I clearly do not agree with you. I have been addressing them. But that is not to say that I must follow your lead. Answer your own "and". You apparently equate "destroy" with complete cessation of the spirit of man. However that is your invisible insert. Mat.3:12, 13:40-42 does not teach that "complete destruction" by your interpretation is in view. Mat.10:28 ".. are unable to kill the soul.. fear Him who is able to destroy both soul and body in hell." Unless and until you can give more detail of it's meaning.. I would take the position that it remains in dispute that you are using it correctly. Question: how is the body destroyed in hell? [scriptures?] Question: what is the soul exactly?.. how is it destroyed in hell? [scriptures?] Question: using any number of scriptures (Eccles.12:7; Job 32:8; Prov.20:27; 1Thes.5:23) that specifically mention the spirit of man.. it apparently isn't destroyed in hell. That entire thing confuses me as to who wrote what. What I put there isn't supposed to have an "and" after it. When you're arguing from the verse you cite make sure you include the relevant detail. The wicked do not what? Dan.12:2 "the others to disgrace and everlasting contempt". John 5:29 "those who did evil deeds to a resurrection of judgement." A superfluous additional verse in the midst of repeating previous verses already covered. The verses of "eternal destruction" .. don't mean as you erroneously interpret "not live forever".. but it means "destruction of the wicked is ongoing for eternity".
  11. The sad thing for N.Z. firearms owners, based on experiences here In Australia, is that NZ shooters can now look forward to a lifetime of feeling like scapegoats for something they had nothing to do with, and a lifetime of dealing with a newly emboldened bureaucracy who's day to day work will be to come up with new and inventive ways of introducing just one more of those thousand cuts to get rid of firearms altogether.
  12. Well Spock, no offense taken at all. I told you that I read about half the posts so I was well aware that you were not interested in talking about a post trib rapture. To clear things up I believe in a pretribulation rapture. You say you are interested in people that can show your timeline is rubbish. I’d like a shot at that. I wouldn’t even try, except you go by the name of Spock. That means facts and logic, proof and truth. So Mr Spock can you provide any scriptural proof that the coming of Jesus in Matthew 24 is when Jesus comes to set up His kingdom on earth. If you can I would certainly like to see it.
  13. @Christine Thanks for boldening the pieces... The ark of the testimony, the table, the pure candlestick, etc.) This was a good summary of the parts and helpful to me in reviewing them.
  14. Amen ,I think you might find this video helpful in understanding who the Restrainer is
  15. @Tigger56 I thought I'd post some of the wonderful scriptures I alluded to in my last post that tie godly fear to His kindness. You're probably already aware of them. But some out there who aren't might be blessed. "the LORD delights in those who fear him, who put their hope in his unfailing love." (Psalm 147:11) "Look, the LORD's eye is on those who fear him, on those who hope in his loving kindness." (Psalm 33:18) "Or do you presume on the riches of his kindness and forbearance and patience, not knowing that God's kindness is meant to lead you to repentance?" (Romans 2:4 ) Those who fear (revere, respect, love) God enjoy obeying His commands. "But his delight is in the law of the LORD, And in His law he meditates day and night." (Psalm 1:2) "Praise the LORD! How blessed is the man who fears the LORD, Who greatly delights in His commandments. (Psalm 112:1)"
  16. I see that I need to clarify. I appeal to the new testament texts as Paul and the other writers of the epistles appeal to the old testament texts. Or, I appeal strictly to the revelations within the new testament that the old testament doesn't have. They might not quote each other, but they don't write any disagreements either. None of them authored any of the branched-off theologies that are spoken of as gospel today. The new testament authors exhibit a development or a revelation on a theme. The matter of language still speaks loudly and clearly in what Jesus said concerning the rich man in hell being conscious of torment just as Abraham in the upper region was conscious in paradise (Lk.16:25). Mat.3:12 His winnowing fork is in His hand to clear His threshing floor and to gather His wheat into the barn; but He will burn up the chaff with unquenchable fire. Gathering the wheat, but burning the chaff is an effect occurring to one group of people. Compare 1Cor.3: 12-15 Now if any man builds on the foundation with gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, straw, each man's work will become evident; for the day will show it because it is to be revealed with fire, and the fire itself will test the quality of each man's work. If any man's work which he has built on it remains, he will receive a reward. If any man's work is burned up, he will suffer loss; but he himself will be saved, yet so as through fire. It is "the wood, hay and stubble" of the righteous that is burned up. Neither Matthew nor Paul is talking there about what sinners experience in hell. Mat.13:40-42 is talking about what sinners experience in hell. The difference is evident by using "tares".. "stumbling blocks".. "those who commit lawlessness". And "weeping and gnashing of teeth". None of those words or phrases are in Mat.3:12 or in 1Cor.3:12-15. John 3:14-16 I would add vs 17-20. In vs.16 "Those who believe shall not perish, but have eternal life." As I understand it, hell is eternal just as heaven is. Therefore those who don't believe remain spiritually dead and upon physical death go to the eternal existence in hell, until the White Throne judgement, then are sent back for the second death in hell. The word "eternal" should be obvious as to it's meaning. If destruction means a total cessation of existence then the word "eternal" should be changed to oblivion. I'll just use abbreviated quotes in the remaining scripture references. 2Thes.1:9 ".. eternal destruction".. not eternal oblivion. Jude 7 ".. exhibited in undergoing the punishment of eternal fire".. implies continuous. 2Pet.2:5-6 ".. condemned Sodom and Gomorrah to destruction, reducing them to ashes" is only speaking of the once alive people who physically were citywide cremated. The word "eternal" is not mentioned. Rev.14:10-11 The words "tormented" and "forever and ever".. "having no rest day and night". How does anyone get "unconscious" from that? Rev.19:2-3 "He has judged the great harlot who was corrupting the earth with her immorality. And her smoke rises up forever and ever." It would seem that God isn't concerned about air pollution.
  17. I have to agree with the others here. There's a spiritual side and there can also be a medical side to these things. Don't neglect either element.
  18. I turned my freedom over to my Lord and became His bond slave, ...that way I don't have to make the decisions, the Holy Spirit does that for me, ...why complicate it, it's so simple a child can understand it!
  19. You lost me here brother. You said it is perfectly accurate to leave out verse two and go from verse one to verse three. Wooooooooooooohhhhhhhhh Who gives you the right to make that call? Verse two says “the DAY of the Lord...” Verse three then says “that DAY ......” so, when verse three says What Day? It makes sense to me to go back up a verse that has the Word DAY. The DAY of the Lord..... It seems logical to me that one should connect those two words and not go back up to verse one assuming the “gathering together” is now what is being talked about. It may have started with that, but it got bogged down in details. Besides, the “gathering” was never called a DAY in the first place. It seems safer to connect day with day.......maybe you are right, but this is how process this passage. And I have no skin in this game because I am now believing there is a good chance the rapture may be Mid Trib! Lol
  20. We do need to be in awe of the One Who created our universe. To have such power and wisdom is beyond comprehension. But the only terror I have of my Father in Heaven is to fear losing His fellowship. His guidance and help each day are what I live for. To know His love and underserved mercy is my fulfillment. I feel like a gnat in God's world--here for such a short time. That God would have love for such a creature and want it as His own as a child is mind boggling. What is man that thou art mindful of him? We so easily become mired in the cesspool of sin, yet He rescues all who will receive His help. He made it possible for us be washed and cleansed, clothed in the righteousness of Christ and suitable for His kingdom. Why would he bother? There is no good reason except that He created us to be a part of His world and reclaims us from the destroyer. The good news is that of His loving kindness, His righteousness, grace and goodness. He offers peace and wholeness to all who have known the terror of evil. Healing and comfort are a part of His nature. He offers hope and imparts faith. What a holy and glorious God we serve! Hallelujah!!!
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