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  1. It seems so to me. I don't believe its the Holy Spirit because He will be convicting individuals of sin later on. Michael as well as other angels are tasked with nations. Michaels nation is Israel. The man of sin will be focused on Israel. It seems to follow. I won't be dogmatic about it, but when I looked at this, there was that 'ring of truth' within. Not a loud resounding witness, but a wee one. :-)
  2. Do you believe that life on earth began by undirected chemical reactions?
  3. On the first point: well ya--that is the point. Things don't evolve from one body plan to another. On the second--yes of course.
  4. I find the following an interesting thought.... Those that are convinced that evolution is a thing, must believe that mankind is continually improving in kind or in a process of changing to a different kind.
  5. We are not going to agree on this. I understand this as that God has built into DNA/RNA and cells very specific information and that changing that information is a 'corruption'. This is the principle that guides my thinking. There is either a loss of information or a corruption of the way the information is processed. I think that 'man' the old Adam is far less than what he once was and that we continue to fade as corruption continues. I will see if I can find that white paper later.
  6. My thinking on this is simple. I start with 'kind' in the scriptures. I think the principle that God was establishing was that of the 'nature' of kind. This becomes important later when He reveals to us a 'nature' change 'In Christ. (I have studied and continue to study the relevant sciences as admonished by Paul in Romans 1) I think that since the fall and corruption (entropy) entering the world, everything is devolving. Some folks counter that by declaring that biological entities are open systems. I think that is not a good rebuttal, as all things since the fall are corrupted and are under the law of death. The principle of the law of death is pervasive and saturates creation at this time. Recently, a report came out that geneticists have determined that the 'rate' of mutation in the human genome is increasing exponentially with each generation. Most mutations are deleterious. This confirms my thinking and understanding of scripture and the principles I find there. I am convinced that science will unveil more of our marvelous God and His Creation--such as it is. I recall many years ago when I was studying quantum physics and learned about particle spin. It was observed that certain sub-atomic particles seem to wink out of existence and then back into existence in a subsequent revolution--so to speak. I saw something of the 'Word' in that. There are all kinds of things going on inside my body at the quantum level--people cite chaos and string theories--but I still need to stand up and walk across the room. :-)
  7. I find this interesting, but have no conviction one way or another. Do you have more to say about it?
  8. After reading this thread the other day, the following occurred to me as I was reading relevant passages. As I have said, I have never spent much time on end time events--only what comes as a matter of course through the years. 2Th. 2:1 Now, brethren, concerning the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ and our gathering together to Him, we ask you, 2 not to be soon shaken in mind or troubled, either by spirit or by word or by letter, as if from us, as though the day of Christ had come. 3 Let no one deceive you by any means; for that Day will not come unless the falling away comes first, and the man of sin is revealed, the son of perdition, 4 who opposes and exalts himself above all that is called God or that is worshiped, so that he sits as God in the temple of God, showing himself that he is God. Before we are taken two things must happen here: 1. a falling away 2. the man of sin revealed 2Th. 2:5 Do you not remember that when I was still with you I told you these things? 6 And now you know what is restraining, that he may be revealed in his own time. 7 For the mystery of lawlessness is already at work; only He who now restrains will do so until He is taken out of the way. 8 And then the lawless one will be revealed, whom the Lord will consume with the breath of His mouth and destroy with the brightness of His coming. Here someone is restraining the man of sin. When he is taken out of the way, then the man of sin can be revealed. And then we are taken. Dan. 10:21 But I will tell you what is noted in the Scripture of Truth. (No one upholds me against these, except Michael your prince. Dan. 12:1 “At that time Michael shall stand up, The great prince who stands watch over the sons of your people; And there shall be a time of trouble, Such as never was since there was a nation, Even to that time. And at that time your people shall be delivered, Every one who is found written in the book. Michael is the Prince that watches over Israel. The man of sin’s principal object of hate is the Jews and the struggle is centered in Jerusalem. Might Michael be the one that is holding back the ‘man of sin’ from being revealed? Isn't it clear that Paul said that the Lord can't come to get us until the man of sin is revealed and then He comes for us? So the so called departing (falling away) can't be us as a prelude to the revealing of the son of perdition because he has to be revealed before we get taken by the Lord. I don't understand the confusion--what the pre-trib guys are saying using these scriptures makes no sense.
  9. I wonder what motivates folks to push hard for evolution on a Christian forum. How is this edifying? Who benefits and how. Is it glorious knowledge that points to Christ?
  10. This is a small bit of the inheritance of the 'sons of God'. Don't think so much about what you will get, but rather what the result will be. The results that follow the 'revealing of the sons of God' are enormous and without end. Praise His Name! Isaiah 55:10 “For as the rain comes down, and the snow from heaven, And do not return there, But water the earth, And make it bring forth and bud, That it may give seed to the sower And bread to the eater, 11 So shall My word be that goes forth from My mouth; It shall not return to Me void, But it shall accomplish what I please, And it shall prosper in the thing for which I sent it. 12 “For you shall go out with joy, And be led out with peace; The mountains and the hills Shall break forth into singing before you, And all the trees of the field shall clap their hands. 13 Instead of the thorn shall come up the cypress tree, And instead of the brier shall come up the myrtle tree; And it shall be to the LORD for a name, For an everlasting sign that shall not be cut off.”
  11. Psalm 25:14 The secret of the LORD is with those who fear Him, And He will show them His covenant.
  12. Lastalators are all delusional....some are crazier than others. Middle holds ground.
  13. Yup--the law made sin obvious for one and brought to light the reality that the real issue is not the sin, but rather the sinner. Even now, with the covenant of Grace available to us, many still cry out "oh that Ishmael might live". Many want God to fix Ishmael. Many want God to fix the old man. They cry out---"God, help me be a better old man and please you". But God will not do that! His answer is that the Old Man must die! There was never any hope for Ishmael. Rather Isaac, the son of 'the' promise. Jesus Christ on the cross and us 'In Him' on that cross where that hopeless 'old man' died and a New Man arose. Those that cling to the law as though it is efficatious in providing the righteous requirement of God are unknowingly asking God to make the cross of no effect. God moved on in His Son to perfection. The perfect 'righteousness' that is imparted to us 'In Christ'. He became our righteousness. How can this be improved or augmented? To ask the Lord--"help me be a better man, so that I might please you"--as good as this sounds, is to entirely miss the point. We are to give up that sort of striving and rest in Him. We are rather to 'see' that we have died. And that we have moved on from the natural to the spiritual--the Law of the Spirit of Life. This is fundamental and without that understanding and experience, we will live a life of struggle. The good news----Ishmael is dead. Stop dragging that dead corpse around and cut the chain.
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