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I received the following question:

If you have time, I have a question concerning the resurrections. There will be those resurrected and allowed to live in the kingdom that haven’t necessarily been a believer in this dispensation, but they also have not rejected God. If they submit to, and accept the expectations of the kingdom as it bursts on the scene, and if they can keep up with the advancing responsibilities as the kingdom moves forward from the head (ear) stage to the full grain in the head (full corn in the ear) stage, they will be allowed to live in the kingdom. If they do not submit, continue to submit, or do not keep up with the advancing restraints of the kingdom, they will not be allowed to continue to live in the kingdom.

Revelation 20:6 says that the second death has no power over those who are part of the first resurrection. If someone is part of the first resurrection by being allowed to enter into the kingdom, but then fails to remain submissive and obedient, they are again put to death. Wouldn’t these be found unworthy and their names not found in the Book of Life? Would they not be judged negatively at the white throne judgement of Revelation 20 and therefore, subject to the second death? Read the rest of this entry »


I received the following question:

Whereas we can read that Silas was also a Roman citizen, apart from perhaps those other relatives Paul greets in several passages, were those ‘50,000’, ‘100,000’ or ‘200,000’ Jews living in Rome (Spain, Italy or wherever) Roman citizens? Do we have an exact Biblical quotation indicating this fact? Or were they simply immigrant foreigners like the many Greeks and other many gentiles who lived in Israel who were plain immigrant foreigners themselves?

And, yes, I would like to praise and pinpoint your emphasis that Cornelius was a Roman who had become proselytized and a believer in the only One God of the Jews. However, he lived in Caesarea which, as you yourself highlight, was an international city.

I hope we are communicating on this issue.

I do not know the criteria the Romans had for granting citizenship to those who moved into their city. I was assuming that Jews who lived there for quite some time would have been considered as Roman citizens. Read the rest of this entry »

I received the following question:

I would like to ask your help about a matter that has been troubling me just a little. I am probably not thinking with a whole deck of cards, but maybe you can help? Or, anyone else for that matter:

Let’s think back on Noah and his family.

When Noah and his family emerged from the ark, after every living thing was destroyed, except those on the ark, he was told to be fruitful and multiply and replenish the earth. So, Noah’s sons and their wives were to have children, but then what? They were all related, weren’t they? Wouldn’t they produce web-footed children? Just joking. If God wanted them to be fruitful and multiply and replenish the earth, it must have been okay, genetically speaking, for them to inter-procreate (a new term I just made up).

Every beast, every creeping thing, and every fowl, and whatsoever creepeth upon the earth, after their kinds, went forth out of the ark. 20 And Noah builded an altar unto the LORD; and took of every clean beast, and of every clean fowl, and offered burnt offerings on the altar. (Gen. 8:19-20 KJV) Read the rest of this entry »

I received the following question:

I wrote you a couple of days ago with a question about whether or not believers are indwelt with the Holy Spirit. I have many assumptions from traditional teaching, but I am attempting to study this position out and come to my own conclusion. However, it seems that conclusions depend on which sources/translations I look at. So I was curious, what does your Bible study look like? How do you study? I would love to learn from your process.


That is another great question. It is true that many assumptions turn out to be based on faulty translations. I sometimes call these “English only doctrines,” since if we were reading the Bible in Hebrew or Greek these doctrines would never have existed. (Or shouldn’t have, at least.) Read the rest of this entry »

I received the following question:

I have been studying the implications of Acts 28 dispensationalism, and have a question for you regarding the Spirit.

Plainly, are believers today indwelt with the Holy Spirit? Thank you in advance!

The evidence for the indwelling of the Holy Spirit is there, but it is not based on a huge number of passages to begin with.

There seem to be three realities regarding the work of the Spirit in the Acts period. One is the baptism of the Holy Spirit. I would call that identification with the Holy Spirit. That was always by signs, and was a public identification of a person with the power of the Spirit. This was something that happened in the Acts period, but is not current today. Secondly was the filling with the Holy Spirit. Read the rest of this entry »

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About one week ago I received the last THE WORD OF TRUTH MINISTRY’s tract (issue # 310) which has impressed me a lot but has also left me highly confused.

According to M.B. Hammond King Cyrus the Great will be God’s anointed one. I was under the knowledge that it would be King David who would be God’s anointed one and who be responsible for re-building the Temple in Jerusalem in the Kingdom of God.
Too, I thought that prophets like Elijah would have a more prominent role than Cyrus. The latter I express because at the very end of the tract Hammond pinpoints that Cyrus will be present among God’s ‘anointed ones’.

What is your interpretation of Hammond’s tract quoted above?

The problem here seems to be that you are making this to be an “either or” proposition. That is, that God’s anointed one must be either David or Cyrus. But why is this the case? Why could not both be anointed? For that matter, Jesus Christ is THE Anointed One. If you are going to have only one anointed one, it surely cannot be David. But the reality is that “anointed” means marked out for special service, and that could apply to many people. Read the rest of this entry »

I received the following question:

I recently heard your CD exposition on John Chapter 3. In the latter you said that though occupied and oppressed by the Roman Empire, the Jews were not Roman citizens because they were under the monarchy of Herod. My question to you is the following one: how, being a Pharisee, was Paul a Roman citizen? “…I appeal unto Caesar.” (Acts 25:11)

You are probably aware of the fact that Paul, though he was a religious leader and, in Acts 8-9 anyway, he was headquartered in Jerusalem, he was not actually born there, nor was he a natural-born citizen of Israel. Instead, he was born in Tarsus (Acts 9:11 and Acts 21:39, “I am a Jew from Tarsus, in Cilicia, a citizen of no mean city“). That means he was not one of Herod’s subjects. If he had been, Governor Felix would no doubt have tried to transfer his case over to Herod, as Pilate had done that of Christ. Read the rest of this entry »

I received the following question:

In God’s present Dispensation of Grace are there, or have there been, any “commissions” or “commissioned ones?” Are there, or have there been any “Apostles” in the Dispensation of Grace?

I know that in this administration there is one and only one mediator between God and man, and that is the man Christ Jesus. Therefore, the question could become: Is a commissioned one, that is, an Apostle, also a mediator?

I understand that an Apostle is one who is commissioned by God to perform a specific service; and in order to do so that one must be “equipped” by God. That is, this one must partake of God’s body, His substance, His essence to the extent required to perform the service. So, to restate the last question, is an Apostle, or commissioned one, also a mediator?

Of course an apostle is also a mediator. He could not be anything else. Today, the Living Word and the written Word are the only Mediators. Yes, the written Word is an apostle, Acts 28:28. As long as an apostle is acting in God’s place and is acting towards other people, he is acting as a mediator. Read the rest of this entry »

I received the following question:

When you have some time,

Question concerning the promises spoken in Hebrews 11

Please give a little explanation:

Vs 13 Says “These all died in faith, not having received the promises……
Vs 16 “But now they desire a better, that is a heavenly country, Therefore God is not ashamed to be called their God, for He has prepared a city for them.”
Vs 17 “By faith Abraham…….and he who had received the promises offered up ……
Vs 33 “Through faith ….. obtained promises……
Vs 39 “All these, having obtained a good testimony through faith, did not receive the promise

Vs 13 and 39 says did not receive the promises, the others verses says they received the promises.

Thank you

I would be happy to answer your questions.

Hebrews 11:13. Read the rest of this entry »

I received the following question:

Apostolos is used in both Acts period books as well as later, including Eph.4 where apostles and prophets are mentioned with pastors and teachers. Many post Acts letters by Paul use it as part of his credentials. He was an apostle to the nations. (We) thought that apostles are called by God, that there are not any prophets or apostles in the Acts period sense today. Is the definition changed by context as to what an apostle can do today? Some denominations differ with us, i.e. Pentecostals. With the Word in final form, isn’t it the Word that can be used instead of an apostle commissioned by God who is given God’s message?

You ask a very good question. We know that the book of Acts is the record of the “Acts” of the apostles, and so we believe this book records the fact that they not only spoke words they were commissioned to speak, but also performed acts they were commissioned to act, so that both their words and their actions were Divinely inspired. This then raises the question of why there would have been anyone apostled after the dispensation changed? In our day, the Word itself is apostled, as you say, and It is our apostle to lead us to Christ. We do not believe that we have apostles today either whose words or whose actions are inspired. Why, then, are apostles mentioned in post Acts 28:28 books? Read the rest of this entry »

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