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  1. Michael37

    Follow The Lamb?

    This takes place after the 6th seal is opened by the Lamb. God has organized the unpreventable apocalypse events to unfold in a perfect order, hence the reference to 144,000 redeemed representatives from the 12 named tribes of Israel. This speaks of the area of Divine Government in place prior to the opening of the 7th seal which ushers in the 7 trumpets and 7 vials. The Lamb is the metaphorical description of Christ as the embodiment of the Jewish Passover, which originated in the redemption of the fledgling nation of Israel from its bondage in Egypt, so it is fitting that the representative firstfruits of the endtimes special redemption of the tribes of Israel are shown as following the Lamb in Revelation 14:4 Rev 7:1-4 (1) After these things I saw four angels standing at the four corners of the earth, holding the four winds of the earth, that the wind should not blow on the earth, on the sea, or on any tree. (2) Then I saw another angel ascending from the east, having the seal of the living God. And he cried with a loud voice to the four angels to whom it was granted to harm the earth and the sea, (3) saying, "Do not harm the earth, the sea, or the trees till we have sealed the servants of our God on their foreheads." (4) And I heard the number of those who were sealed. One hundred and forty-four thousand of all the tribes of the children of Israel were sealed:
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    Two Nations

    Esau's line did indeed became the Edomites who were the inhabitants of Idumea. Wkpd has this to say: Antipater the Idumaean, the progenitor of the Herodian Dynasty along with Judean progenitors, that ruled Judea after the Roman conquest, was of mixed Edomite/Judean origin. Under Herod the Great, the Idumaea province was ruled for him by a series of governors, among whom were his brother Joseph ben Antipater, and his brother-in-law Costobarus. According to Josephus, during the siege of Jerusalem in 70 CE by Titus, 20,000 Idumaeans, under the leadership of John, Simeon, Phinehas, and Jacob, helped the Zealots fight for independence from Rome, who were besieged in the Temple.[53] After the Jewish Wars, the Idumaean people are no longer mentioned in history, though the geographical region of "Idumea" is still referred to at the time of Jerome.[30]
  3. Michael37

    Debate - Calvinist vs Catholic

  4. Michael37

    Accuracy of radioisotopic dating

    Radioisotopes and the Age of the Earth by Dr. Russell Humphreys, Dr. Steve Austin, Dr. Don DeYoung, Eugene Chaffin, Dr. Andrew A. Snelling, and Dr. John Baumgardner on March 9, 2011 Answers In Genesis Link Will this do for studies that find for inaccuracy? Conventional radioisotope dating methods are unreliable. Massive nuclear decay has occurred in rocks. Isotopic mixing between the earth’s mantle and crust has occurred. Residual He and radiohalos suggest recent nuclear decay. Massive nuclear decay, radiohalos, helium diffusion, and deep 14C all imply accelerated decay. Studies in theoretical physics suggest accelerated nuclear decay can occur.
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    Let's Start a Dialogue

    Jud 1:22-23 (22) And on some have compassion, making a distinction; (23) but others save with fear, pulling them out of the fire, hating even the garment defiled by the flesh.
  6. Michael37

    guess what my hair will be like

    I'm thinking maybe like Trump's...the Presidential look. Well you did ask...
  7. Which beast is this thread about? The beast that rises from the sea of sinful humanity, or the beast that rises from the earth of evil vanity?
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    Commiserations to the North. Here I am throughout the day swimming in our pool which gets to over 27 degrees Celsius (80.6 Fahrenheit) at times while the sun beats brightly down, making it necessary to guard against heatstroke when working outside in its direct rays.
  9. Michael37

    Let's Start a Dialogue

    The theistic evolutionist is as gullible as Eve, believing the Devil's lie.
  10. Michael37

    So is weed a sin or not?

    That's not quite accurate, missmuffet. Jesus drank wine. Yes, the fermented stuff, and Paul told Timothy to drink a little wine for his stomach's sake. The Bible advises moderation and temperance in all things. Of course Paul is not advising to do things that are illegal in today's terms, that would be sinful in most cases, but rather speaking to those who had concerns that the Old Testament laws were being flouted. The point is that we are to exercise self-control and not do anything that our conscience condemns us for in light of God's requirements. 1Co 6:12 All things are lawful unto me, but all things are not expedient: all things are lawful for me, but I will not be brought under the power of any. 1Co 10:23-24 (23) All things are lawful for me, but all things are not expedient: all things are lawful for me, but all things edify not. (24) Let no man seek his own, but every man another's wealth. 1Co 10:31-32 (31) Whether therefore you eat, or drink, or whatsoever you do, do all to the glory of God. (32) Give none offence, neither to the Jews, nor to the Gentiles, nor to the church of God:
  11. Michael37

    An atheist requires an answer

    Theology 101: If he doesn't know everything he isn't God. As stated elsewhere on Worthy, God's knowing everything doesn't mean He directly causes everything. Adding to that, His knowing everything doesn't exclude acts of volition (freewill) and laws of nature (predetermination) from coexisting, or from being subject to divine intervention . See Scriptures below that refute any naysaying. Mat 10:28-31 (28) And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell. (29) Are not two sparrows sold for a farthing? and one of them shall not fall on the ground without your Father. (30) But the very hairs of your head are all numbered. (31) Fear you not therefore, you are of more value than many sparrows. 1Jn 3:20 (20) For if our heart condemn us, God is greater than our heart, and knows all things. Psa 139:4 (4) For there is not a word in my tongue, but, lo, O LORD, you know it altogether. Psa 147:4-5 (4) He tells the number of the stars; he calls them all by their names. (5) Great is our Lord, and of great power: his understanding is infinite. 1Ch 28:9 (9) And you, Solomon my son, know you the God of thy father, and serve him with a perfect heart and with a willing mind: for the LORD searchs all hearts, and understands all the imaginations of the thoughts: if you seek him, he will be found of you; but if you forsake him, he will cast you off for ever. Heb 4:12-13 (12) For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart. (13) Neither is there any creature that is not manifest in his sight: but all things are naked and opened unto the eyes of him with whom we have to do.
  12. Michael37

    An atheist requires an answer

    This might seem like a sidetrack but I believe it is important to the discussion. Where it would seem God is not omniscient and doesn't know something, such as when Adam and Eve hid because of their disobedience and the death of their former innocent relationship with God, the truth is that in eternity God always knows everything, but condescends to mankind, as it were, in response to temporal actions that require Him to relate in a temporal manner. Gen 3:9 And the LORD God called unto Adam, and said unto him, Where are you? Previously there was no need to ask such a question, but now there is because now God has tasked Himself with seeking sinners, calling to them, asking for a truthful response . I like what John Wesley has commented about Genesis 22:12 Lay not thine hand upon the lad - God's time to help his people is, when they are brought to the greatest extremity: the more eminent the danger is, and the nearer to be put in execution, the more wonderful and the more welcome is the deliverance. Now know I that thou fearest God - God knew it before, but now Abraham had given a memorable evidence of it. He need do no more, what he had done was sufficient to prove the religious regard he had to God and his authority. The best evidence of our fearing God is our being willing to honour him with that which is dearest to us, and to part with all to him, or for him.
  13. Michael37

    An atheist requires an answer

    Hi Melinda12, This is one of those topics virtually impossible to find a consensus of opinion on. Search the internet and you will find a cross-section of statements, but ultimately suicide is desperate and tragic in contrast to faith in Christ and walking in the Spirit of God. Php 4:4-9 (4) Rejoice in the Lord alway: and again I say, Rejoice. (5) Let your moderation be known unto all men. The Lord is at hand. (6) Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. (7) And the peace of God, which passes all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. (8) Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things. (9) Those things, which you have both learned, and received, and heard, and seen in me, do: and the God of peace shall be with you.
  14. Michael37

    An atheist requires an answer

    Suicide isn't God's will. It's an act of rebellion against Him. Nothing in the Bible justifies it, and while we empathise and sympathise with those impacted by suicide and should not speak in harsh judgment and condemnation, the truth is suicide is a work of the flesh, is ultimately selfish and does nothing to glorify God but rather is contrary to the work of the Comforter, His indwelling Spirit. Joh 10:10 (10) The thief comes not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly. Jas 3:9-18 (9) Therewith bless we God, even the Father; and therewith curse we men, which are made after the similitude of God. (10) Out of the same mouth proceeds blessing and cursing. My brethren, these things ought not so to be. (11) Does a fountain send forth at the same place sweet water and bitter? (12) Can the fig tree, my brethren, bear olive berries? either a vine, figs? so can no fountain both yield salt water and fresh. (13) Who is a wise man and endued with knowledge among you? let him shew out of a good conversation his works with meekness of wisdom. (14) But if you have bitter envying and strife in your hearts, glory not, and lie not against the truth. (15) This wisdom descends not from above, but is earthly, sensual, devilish. (16) For where envying and strife is, there is confusion and every evil work. (17) But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, and easy to be intreated, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality, and without hypocrisy. (18) And the fruit of righteousness is sown in peace of them that make peace.
  15. Thinking about you situation, Naomi, I was prompted to copy this devotional topic from my study notes. I believe God can completely heal you and restore your marriage, and that you should not give up on this becoming your reality. The STATE of the BELIEVER if truly STANDING IN GOD’s GRACE Romans 5:1-2 (STANDING) "Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ: By whom also we have access by faith into this grace wherein we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God. " Through and By Jesus Christ: 1. We have peace with God. 2. We have access by faith into this grace wherein we stand. 3. We rejoice in hope of the glory of God. Titus 2:11- 14 (STATE) "For the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men, Teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world; Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ; Who gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works." The Grace of God: 1. Brings salvation. 2. Has appeared to all men. 3. Teaches us: a. Deny i. Ungodliness ii. Worldly lusts b. Live i. Soberly ii. Righteously iii. Godly c. Look i. For that blessed hope ii. For the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ.