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    • Yup, which is why I said the best way to know which approach to take is to be constantly asking God about it.  As for feelings, I think it can go both ways.  If someone asks you to do something which you believe to be immoral but which you can't quite explain, you could say, "it just feels wrong to do this".  Would you be satisfied if the other person said, "we can't go by feelings"?  The context in which I used the phrase was related more so to the conscience rather than an emotional outburst. I believe there are two issues here.  One is whether it is right to blast (implying that there are times when it is right, as demonstrated by Jesus on several occasions), and the other is what it means to blast (i.e. a godly rebuke vs emotional outbursts, self righteous indignation, ignornace etc).  When Jesus said to Peter, "get behind me Satan" Peter probably felt more than a little blasted.  When he said to a crowd of people (including his disciples), "O faithless and perverse generation how long must I suffer you" they probably felt a little blasted and when he likened the Syrophoenician woman to a dog, she may have felt a teensy bit blasted (though she persevered through it). When writing to the Corinthians Paul threatened to come with a rod (as opposed to peace and meekness) if they didn't shape up.  They probably felt a little blasted.  The context of my comments on blasting was in response to missmuffet commenting on how to respond to people teaching false doctrines.  I agreed with her that we should keep in mind the "kindness and grace" approach, but said that there are times when it feels right (i.e. believed to be appropriate or necessary or spirit led) to take a harder stance (i.e. blast).  So, when you respond with comments about how we can't argue people into the Kingdom and how we shouldn't overwhelm them with criticisms I'm hoping you will understand how I would interpret those comments as not being particularly relevant to the point I was actually making. Agreed and I believe you've spoken at least part of my mind with this paragraph.   Jesus said that people would come from the  East and West while the "children" of the kingdom will be cast out; the idea being that the people who thought they had it all figured out were the most wrong. It's interesting that these comments followed on from his interaction with a Roman soldier who was neither Jew nor Christian.  It seems Jesus was implying that there will be some big surprises when it comes time to judge the people of the Earth.    
    • Yeah, well I didn't want to get caught up in the subtleties of words, as soon as you do, it turns into a debate. That was why I went into detail, as to what I do, and how I approach it, the 1 Pet 3 think being a critical aspect. According to scripture (as I recall in the book of Acts) Paul debated. The notion of reasoning (1 Pet), apologia, is the same term used in Greek that was used in a court of law, a reasoned defense - and the instruction there is to be ready always, not to be surprised. To me, apologetics, is just a subspecies of evangelism, with it's center focused on the person of Jesus, not the age ot the earth, how many animals fit on the ark, or stupid questions like "can God create a stone so heavy, that He cannot lift it?" Know what I mean?  
    • 7:4And I heard the number of them which were sealed: and there were sealed an hundred and forty and four thousand of all the tribes of the children of Israel. Children of Israel, meaning Children of Jacob, meaning JEWS, HEBREW, doesnt mention being a gentile anywhere. Oh, and they're virgins, and they're without guile. Why do people want to make stuff up, is Ellen G. White a member of this forum?
    • Sounds like much of what I tried to do Mega; I just don't call it "debating" anymore. Answering questions was the biggest thing I did, and if i didn't know, I researched it for them. Thing is I found though is a lot of them now do not want a logical answer, and they're far more apt to "shout you down" on FB.  But one thing I will say is this: you have GOT to know your scripture, and why you believe. I've seen too many get taken apart because they got called on something in the bible they had no idea of.
    • Hi Pierre Jersualem's population as at 2012 was 809, 112.  I don't know what it is today.   Revelation 11:13   And the same hour was there a great earthquake, and the tenth part of the city fell, and in the earthquake were slain of men seven thousand: and the remnant were affrighted, and gave glory to the God of heaven. If we just go by the 2012 figures, and deduct 7000, then there are still 802,112 surviving remnants.  That's still quite a lot.  I imagine that the population of Jerusalem will be a lot more by then as they are calling all their people back to their homeland, making space for them.  And if they believe that the false prophet is their messiah, then many will definately return.   I can see that the grapes of the earth are not Israel, but are "the armies" that are all gathered there to war the Lamb, ...all these armies caused terror to Israel also.  Israel has had her punishment, but will now be saved on this day and avenged on her behalf because of mercy.  The pressing of the grapes, is that huge bloodbath amongst the armies who gather against the Lamb (Armageddon)  Isaiah 63:3   I have trodden the winepress alone; and of the people there was none with me: for I will tread them in mine anger, and trample them in my fury; and their blood shall be sprinkled upon my garments, and I will stain all my raiment.   Revelation 14:20   And the winepress was trodden without the city, and blood came out of the winepress, even unto the horse bridles, by the space of a thousand and six hundred furlongs.

        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.
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