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  1. Reasons Why God Allows Suffering?

    The book of Ruth is one of the examples in scripture that show individual suffering led to a greater good. If Elimilech and Naomi and their sons had not gone to Moab, then Ruth would have never come to Israel to be part of the lineage of the Messiah. Thru Elimilech's, Mahlon's, and Chilon's death, Boaz would never have become the kinsman redeemer to Naomi and Ruth and not the husband of Ruth and the lineage from with the Messiah would come. While we may not be aware of why suffering may be happening, we have to rely on the Lord's promises that all things work for good to those that love and trust Him.
  2. It is proof that one can be very sincere, yet be sincerely wrong. The adversary has done a quite a job in corrupting the Gospel. I was listening recently to an old teaching from Walter Martin, author of "Kingdom of the Cults", about how one should handle witnessing to LDS and JW's. It was a real eye opener. One has to take a very unique approach to it. These folks have been so mesmerized by carefully crafted teaching that trying to come at it in traditional ways will likely be unprofitable. And one thing also, we have to always be mindful that these are people who Messiah died for, just like us. In dialoguing with them, we have to actually listen to them to gain their attention and respect. If we act dismissive of them and don't ask them the right questions, in the spirit of genuine concern for them, that will cause them to have to think their theology thru, we will just shut them down, the barriers will go up, and nothing we say will cut thru. And in doing that, we have to be very foundational in what the Gospel truly is. We have to allow the Word of God, the sword of the scripture, to do the work. They have been taught well how to twist the average true believer into a pretzel over semantics. But we have to present that word to them in love and compassion. That is the one thing they typically are not used to dealing with. And another key is critical.... we must always act in a way that says we are not anti LDS or anti JW, but we are anti theology of the LDS and JW leadership. It is not the individual LDS or JW fault that they have been led astray by false doctrine. Some very crafty people have misled them. I highly recommend that one get some of Walter Martin's teachings on dealing with the cults. Souls that Yeshua died for are being lost. http://www.waltermartin.com
  3. Excited of heaven?

    I guess you didn't read the other posts. And like I stated, I really couldn't care less if anyone agrees with me. Christianity is not a popularity contest. Part of any dialogue is to also prove that the person making the assertion is wrong. You wish to put me on the defensive. Can't be done. I out grew that many years ago. We all base some of our theology on other scripture expositors. Anyone who thinks they don't is lying to themselves. The person who lives in a vacuum is usually wrong beyond all comprehension. Regarding the dimensionality assertion, It is true that I obtained that information from others. I am not a master in the Hebrew language, especially the original ancient Hebrew. And likewise, I am not a particle physicist. I saw a unique match in what Nahmanides found by careful analysis of Gen 1 in the original, ancient Hebrew, and that it was striking that modern science has arrived at the same conclusion after many years and at much expense. Everyone who interprets scripture is theorizing. No one person has a unique lock on what the Ruach intended to convey in every passage and every word of scripture. No one person has a lock on interpretation. That is not my idea or "theory", it was stated by the Apostle Peter.
  4. Excited of heaven?

    Yeah, I have never fallen for such dribble. I do see this kind of thing developing and have for some time. I think we can agree. I only brought up what I did because I hold a very high view of scripture. The Ruach's fingerprints are all over the scripture. And finding little nuggets from time to time is outright joy to me. It wouldn't surprise me that false systems would try to capitalize on such things and twist and use them to their advantage. Likewise, I think there is more to what the creation is than we can ever fathom. Dimensionality to the universe has been somewhat intriguing to me since my days as a student in college, back in the dark ages. You see, I am an old coot. A VN veteran, so that should give you and idea how old. Shalom!
  5. Excited of heaven?

    I have no knowledge of what group you are referring to. Did not even know of existence of such a group.
  6. Excited of heaven?

    Oh dear, yet again...... Gonna have a tough time convincing me that a bunch of Jewish scribes tried to hide the Gospel of Yeshua in the genealogical names in their Torah. Especially since we have copies of the Torah from before the days of Yeshua on the earth.
  7. Excited of heaven?

    Oh dear. Take a look at this.....
  8. Excited of heaven?

    I am not really concerned whether anyone believes me. I didn't write the scripture and I am not trying to sell anything. I have studied things long enough to know that, as the Hebrew scholars contend, that when Messiah comes, he will not only interpret the passages in scripture, that He will interpret the very words. And that not only will He interpret the words, but also the very letters. And not only will He interpret the letters, then He will interpret the very space between the letters. Sure, a 5 year old can understand the rudimentary concepts of scripture, but even the most learned scholar in history can only begin to grasp the depths of scripture. No one can know all that scripture details. How about the confirmation of scripture via equidistant letter sequencing (acrostics) of passages, chapters, and books? Are you aware of that? Like in one example, how every name of the book of Ruth is laid out in chronological order in Genesis 38 via 49 letter equidistance patterns, of course, only in the original Hebrew. And while the name of Yahweh is not mentioned once in the book of Esther, it is via equidistant letter sequencing in the book. And another unique thing about Esther, is that the method of equidistant letter sequencing spell out Messiah, Yeshua, and El Shaddai. How about that the entire Gospel of Yeshua is laid out in the 10 generational names from Adam to Noah. Most adults have vaguely a clue of such things, let alone a 5 year old. You might want to dig a little deeper before you make assumptions about me.
  9. Excited of heaven?

    How well versed in Hebrew are you to be able to make that claim?
  10. Excited of heaven?

    Nachmanides, a venerated Jewish sage of the 13th century, in his analysis of the text of Genesis 1, determined there are 10 dimensions to the creation. 4 are knowable and 6 are unknowable. Billions of dollars spent on particle colliders and particle accelerators, and science has come to the same conclusion. 4 are knowable and 6 are curled to less than 10 to the negative 33rd centimeters. Those extra dimensions are what many would say is the realm of the spirit world. It would also explain how something like UFO’s can make full 90 degree turns at over 5000 mph, or move from a stop to over 20,000 mph in less than a second, and make similar stops. We are myopic to think the existence we live in is reality. No, reality is so much more than we perceive.
  11. Excited of heaven?

    Given that there are at least 10 dimensions to the known universe and we only experience 4 of them in this physical body, I don't think we can even begin to grasp what Heaven and eternity will be like. But we will see Him as He is, because we will be like Him (1 John 3:2). While I would like to be with Him in Heaven right now, but I am also fully aware that so much remains to be done now. So like Paul, I am torn between the longing to be with Yeshua and the need to remain here and work further on what needs to be done for Him here.
  12. someone told me watch the shack

    Recently, I have been watching various movies about the Book of Ruth. None of them are strictly factual, but it has opened my eyes by seeing them and then diving into detailed study of the book to see how the story can be a prophetic model of Israel, the Church, and the Messiah. Prophecy is not only a prediction of the future, it is also pattern. Re: The Shack. I had some issues with some details, but overall it was a good movie. Sure, it did take some liberties with theological concepts, but the underlying message of forgiveness and trust in the Lord was delivered very well.
  13. Happy Thanksgiving

    Indeed! Happy Thanksgiving! The Lord has blessed in so many ways.
  14. 2 Thessalonians 2:6-7

    Do your own study. Act like a Berean. You know, those folks in Acts who listened to Paul but then searched the scripture daily to see if he was right or full of Buffalo bagels. They were commended for doing that. Sure, I read or hear a lot of stuff from various expostors and such. And I know of none of them I agree 100% with.
  15. 2 Thessalonians 2:6-7

    I don't see any conflict with Mat 24 and a pre-trib position. More that willing to discuss it one verse at at time. Please do not write a college dissertation length response quoting half the New Testament as is the habit of many on the forum, as something will get overlooked, taken wrong, etc. Let's discuss it like brethren sitting at a table having coffee and take it one step at a time. We can each present our take on the passage verses. We might want to start a new thread on it before discussing, as it could get lengthy.
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