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Question. Read your article on Right Division in Genesis in the Bulletin. You seem to equate the drop in age after the flood to genetics. I thought it was because of the destruction of a canopy over the earth.

It may be a simplification to say that the drop in age was due to any one cause. Clearly, something changed at the time of the flood. Ages were not dropping before that time in any detectable way at all. After the flood, they dropped rapidly. I have heard various ideas as to why this was, and the one that makes the most sense to me is genetics. Intermarrying with only 8 people (really 5, since you had Noah, his wife, and his three son’s wives; his three sons all shared Noah and his wife’s genes) resulted in a rapid drop in ages. Read the rest of this entry »

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Phil 3:20 For our conversation is in heaven; from whence also we look for the Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ:

In this passage you say that “heaven” is plural.

How did you know that this is a plural word?

Greek is en ouranois. Read the rest of this entry »

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Question #1. What was the gospel preached to Jews in the land during the Acts period? That the man Jesus was their promised Messiah, and belief in him would bring forgiveness of sins and eternal life?

I understand your explanation for gospel, about it being good news because it is right, and that it is spoken in view of a need.

I also understand that the Jews and “Greeks” outside the land were promised forgiveness for their sins of not following the law (they were unable to outside the land).

But I just don’t have a handle on the simple question: What is the gospel? Read the rest of this entry »

I received the following question:

Listening to your last CD, I am a bit confused. It seems you have not clarified the historical phenomenon. You speak of Samaria as the ‘half-Jews’ because they had been repopulated with foreigners, mostly Assyrians supposedly. Was it not Israel at the very north that was carried away to Assyria ? Then you speak mostly of Galilee as representing the ‘North’ and not use the word Israel again. Please clarify your point.

The tribes that were carried away to the Assyrian captivity were the ten northern tribes of Israel. The ones who escaped were those of the southern kingdom, under Hezekiah king of Judah. Some of these were at first carried away, but when the LORD broke the siege of Jerusalem by slaughtering a large portion of the Assyrian army, Assyria returned home in defeat and the exiles from Judah were able to return home as they were able. Read the rest of this entry »

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I have a real quick question that I have been curious about, so I thought I’d ask you. In TL068 of OQS audio in Acts, he makes the statement, and I quote, “In all of the epistles of Paul, he never quotes the Lord Jesus Christ – there is a reason for that, and a good reason for that.” As far as I know, OQS never gives an explanation of this, however. Do you happen to have any idea of what OQS meant when he made this statement? Is there really a good reason that Paul never quotes the Lord Jesus in his epistles?

I know, Mr. Sellers had a tendency sometimes to throw out little comments like this that he never explained what he meant or why he said that. It can be frustrating sometimes because you would like to know why he thought that or what he meant. Many of these comments I think I have figured out, but I cannot be sure what he meant, of course. I am only guessing. Read the rest of this entry »

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Do any of your precepts explain Romans 12 especially verses 1 & 2?
Thank you,

Thanks for the good question. No, I do not have Precepts written on this passage yet. I will give you a brief explanation of my thoughts on the passage, however.

First, let me give these verses in The Resultant Version translation.

1. I am entreating you, brethren, by the pities of God, to present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God for that is your logical service.

2. And be not conformed to this eon, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.

Paul here is urging his Roman readers by the pities of God. This word means pity, compassion, or mercy. It is the great compassion and mercy of God upon us for which Paul entreats us. This is ever the entreaty of grace: that we upon whom God has bestowed so much love and grace might respond to that love by living the kind of life that would please Him. This life Paul sums up here as presenting your body as a living sacrifice. Read the rest of this entry »

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HE WHO OVERCOMES……. Rev. 2:26, 3:5, 3:12 and 3:21. These verses are probably not referring to salvation?

Your comments please.

The verses you list are the last four of a set of seven such verses speaking of the overcomers in Revelation 2-3. Read the rest of this entry »

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Phil. 3:20 “For our citizenship (conversation) is in heaven, from which we also eagerly wait for the savior, the Lord Jesus Christ.

How do you interpret this verse?

Thanks for the good question.

First, let me offer you The Resultant Version translation, both in a straight translation and in paraphrase.

Philippians 3:20. For the acquired and developed character which is ours is already existing among celestials, and it is out of this character that we assiduously and patiently wait it out for a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ.

Philippians 3:20 paraphrase. Read the rest of this entry »

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Nathan, last Sunday our preacher taught on the following verses:
23. Now when he was in Jerusalem at the passover, in the feast day, many believed in his name, when they saw the miracles which he did.
24. But Jesus did not commit himself unto them, because he knew all men,
25. And needed not that any should testify of man: for he knew what was in man.
(John 2:23-25 KJV)

The preacher’s point was that because these people believed they were saved. He said you don’t have to go down front, say a sinner’s prayer, asking Jesus into your heart, or the like to be saved. (He sure was taking away some of the methods that are used by churches to get members.) He pointed to verses that say if you believe you will be saved, thus these people in John 2:23 were saved according to him because they believed. Nothing else was needed.

At men’s prayer on Tuesday the subject of the sermon came up. I said I did not think that these people were necessarily saved. I tried to make a point that these people live a different time than us. The conversation moves on and one is not able to build a case for what he said.

Later after thinking about it, I should have asked what do we have to believe in to be saved. Believe in Christ’s death and resurrection? The people of verse 23 believed in what? That Jesus was the promised one?

So the question is, Did these people and others, who live to see and hear Christ, have eonian life because they believed? Could you explore the topic a little more? Read the rest of this entry »

I received the following question:

What have you found to be the best way to determine where to put certain OT prophecies as far as either being in the pre-parousia Kingdom of God or in the 1000 year parousia? How do you or when do you make that determination?

It is generally true that most of the prophecies of Scripture are related, not to the thousand-year parousia of Jesus Christ, but to the pre-millennial period of the Kingdom of God that precedes it. I would generally assume that, unless there is evidence in the passage to tell me otherwise, the passage is speaking of the premillennial kingdom. The passages I think have to do with the parousia thousand years are mostly limited to a little bit at the end of Daniel, a few prophecies at the end of Isaiah, and a bit in the last chapters of Zechariah. Along with the obvious portion in Revelation, that is pretty much it. Otherwise, the prophecies are all regarding the pre-parousia kingdom.

That said, many general prophecies describing conditions as they will exist then will probably carry over in large part into the parousia kingdom. That is, many glorious realities that will be true in the pre-parousia Kingdom of God will continue to be true in the parousia as well. Yet still I think those prophecies are about the pre-parousia period, not the parousia.

That is a good question. I pray that helps.