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I received the following question:

Genesis 31:34 Now Rachel had taken the household idols, put them in the camel’s saddle, and sat on them. And Laban searched all about the tent but did not find them. Why would Laban have idols in his home in the first place and why then would Rachel want them? Do we see her again with these idols?

It is fairly clear from this passage that Laban was an idolator, worshiping gods other than the LORD. He speaks of the LORD Jehovah in Genesis 30:27, but says that he learned from divination that the LORD was blessing him because of Jacob! And divination is a questionable practice for sure. When God met him when he was chasing Jacob in order to warn him not to speak to him good or bad (he was probably planning bad!), He meets him by His name ‘Elohim, rather than Jehovah, the name He uses for those He is in relationship with. Laban mentions Jehovah again in setting up the witness heap with Jacob, but he seems to do it as much because he was Jacob’s God than his own. Read the rest of this entry »

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I received the following question:

Genesis 32:1. So Jacob went on his way, and the angels of God met him. 2. When Jacob saw them, he said, “This is God’s camp.” And he called the name of that place Mahanaim. Why and who are these angles that meet with Jacob on his way back home to Esau?

This is indeed a great question, and it is a mysterious reference indeed. One would think that Jacob running into a camp full of God’s angels would color the story that follows a lot more than it appears to do! Yet after mentioning this camp of angels in the first two verses, we never hear of them again. What we do hear of again is a Man, clearly Jesus Christ in a pre-incarnate form, I believe, who wrestled with Jacob all night. This Man probably came out from the camp of angels, though we do not know that for sure. Read the rest of this entry »

I received the following question:

Romans 11:26, “And so all Israel will be saved.” Are all the Jews going to be saved in the end?

At issue here is the meaning of “all Israel.” If we take this to mean every last individual Israelite, then we have universalism, at least as far as Israelites are concerned. But is that really the teaching of Scripture? Judas, for example, was an Israelite, and consider what is said of him in Mark 14:21, “The Son of Man indeed goes just as it is written of Him, but woe to that man by whom the Son of Man is betrayed! It would have been good for that man if he had never been born.” If Judas will ultimately be saved, then of course it was far better for him to have been born. This shows us that Judas’ ultimate fate is NOT salvation, and therefore all Israelites clearly are NOT going to be saved. Read the rest of this entry »

I received the following question/comment:

I think I finally discovered why certain denominations say that the soul is immortal. They get it from the word “Image” found in the Bible where God tells Jesus and the Holy Spirit “Let us make man in our image” they say that because we are made in God’s image that man is eternal because God is eternal.

Do you have a way to really check the word Image in the Hebrew and Greek?

I think the biggest reason denominations say that the soul is immortal is that is their traditional, orthodox belief. The Bible is made to fit the belief, and not the other way around. In ancient times, the Catholic Church made a concerted effort to incorporate Greek philosophy into Christian doctrine, and the Platonic idea of the immortality of the soul came in with it.

The “image” argument is one that modern traditionalist teachers use. The problem here is that it ignores the fact that, while Adam may have been created not to die like God does not die, he was warned that he would die if he ate of the forbidden fruit. Since he did eat of the forbidden fruit, the fact that he, unlike God, was going to die was at that point assured. Read the rest of this entry »

I received the following question:

Several months ago I asked you why you referred to Samaria being taken captive to Assyria when in reality it was Israel, the northern kingdom which was taken as hostage. SAMARIA was being constantly invaded, occupied and mixed with non-Jews of other several nations. Am I wrong or am I missing something you might have said in another CD I haven’t yet listen to?

Samaria was the capital of the northern kingdom of the nation of Israel. While part of the nation was taken into captivity earlier, including the land east of the Jordan River, when the capital fell the nation as a whole was conquered and taken into captivity. We would count, for example, that the southern kingdom of Judah was destroyed and taken into captivity when Jerusalem fell to the Babylonians. The same was true when Samaria fell to the Assyrians. The same is true in the United States: if Washington, D.C. were to fall, the United States would have fallen.

Thus my reference to Samaria being taken into captivity was using Samaria for the whole nation. The nation was taken captive when their capital was taken captive. The two went together.

I received the following question:

What are your views toward the state of the dead?

I suppose you know very well that the view that most Christians hold is that upon the moment of death one’s immortal soul travels either to a place called Heaven or a place called Hell and remains there being tormented or blessed for all of eternity. When it comes right down to Bible passages they have to wobble on this a little bit since it becomes clear that this simplistic viewpoint can’t explain all that the Bible says about life after death, but that is their basic viewpoint, if you want to get right down to the bottom line of it. Read the rest of this entry »

I received the following comments:

Nathan, I been praying for you that our Lord would give you wisdom / scripture discernment. 2 Timothy 3:16, the word of God is profitable for correction + more. Please humble yourself and learn, prophecy of Matthew 12:18-21 was given by Isaiah 42:1-8 and fulfilled when Jesus went to the Father (seated at the right hand of Glory). John 16:7-16 best explains as the Holy Spirit is the fulfillment. He is the Spirit of truth, 2 Corinthians ch. 3 explains our ministry. I have lots more information for you (regarding eschatology), you can call me at (xxx) xxx-xxxx, (name), servant of our Lord, evangelist, US military veteran (Desert Storm & Somalia), bible scholar, fluent in English & Spanish, study Hebrew & Greek.

Thank you for listening to the radio program, and for your prayers. We all need God’s wisdom when dealing with His truth, and certainly Scripture requires much discernment in order to understand it and to know the truth! Read the rest of this entry »

I received the following question:

Could I ask a question with respect to Genesis 3:16 (NKJV)

16. To the woman He said:
“I will greatly multiply your sorrow and your conception;
In pain you shall bring forth children;
Your desire shall be for your husband,
And he shall rule over you.”

I have been told elsewhere that “Your desire shall be for your husband” should render “Your desire shall be to usurp your husband.” Is that claim accurate?

The question here seems to be just what “your desire shall be toward your husband” (literally “your man,” since Hebrew has no word for “husband,”) means? I have heard this idea you mention as well, that it means “your desire shall be toward your husband’s position,” in other words you will want to rule, but he will rule over you. Read the rest of this entry »

I received the following comment:

THE LORD JESUS CHRIST DIED AT THE STAKE, NOT ON A CROSS

I of course am aware of this argument, as Bullinger makes it in The Companion Bible. I am not convinced, however.

First of all, in spite of Bullinger’s statements, the archeological evidence seems to point to crucifixions having been done with a cross piece, not on a stake. The early depictions and descriptions seem to confirm this. Read the rest of this entry »

I received the following question:

Hi Nathan, I have a question regarding something you said. It was such a blockbuster bit of information to me that I wrote it down, but I want to be sure that I have it correct.

I wrote, “The PASSOVER – folks outside the land could not partake of this feast which only could be carried out in the land. As a result, THE SINS OF THOSE OUTSIDE THE LAND WERE NOT FORGIVEN.”

Is this what you said?

Thanks.

There were two parts to this. One was the Day of Atonement. This was made yearly on the tenth day of the seventh month. It was the day all Israel was to fast, because on that day the priest was making atonement for them to cleanse them from all their sins. This was the “year by year” cleansing of sins that Silas speaks of in Hebrews 10:1. Read the rest of this entry »