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Thursday, February 8th, 2007
8:20 am
[mawthook]
Favorite Verses

James 4:2-3

2You lust over, and you do not have: you become murders, and burn with desire to have and cannot obtain; you fight and battle war, yet you do not have because you do not ask. 3You ask, and do not receive because you ask amiss, that you may waste it on satisfying your lusts. (kcr)

 

Tuesday, February 6th, 2007
9:56 am
[mawthook]
Favorite Verses
Matthew 21:21-22
21Jesus answered and said to them, Surely I say to you, If you have faith and doubt not, you shall not only do this which is done to the fig tree, but also if you shall say to this mountain, Be removed, and be cast into the sea; it shall be done. 22And all things, whatever you ask in prayer, believing, you will receive.

Matthew 7:7-11
7Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you: 8For every one that asks receives; and he that seeks finds; and to him that knocks it shall be opened 9Or what man is there of you, whom if his son ask bread, will he give him a stone? 10Or if he ask a fish, will he give him a serpent? 11If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children, how much more shall your Father which is in heaven give good things to them that ask him?

John 14:12-14
12Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believes on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do; because I go unto my Father. 13 And whatsoever ye shall ask in my name, that will I do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. 14If ye shall ask any thing in my name, I will do it.

Also: Phil. 4:6-7
Saturday, February 3rd, 2007
10:19 am
[mawthook]
Favorite Verses
James 1:13-14
13Let no one say when he is tempted, “I am tempted by God”; for God cannot be tempted by evil, nor does He Himself tempt anyone. 14 But each one is tempted when he is drawn away by his own desires and enticed.

1 Cor. 10:13
No temptation has overtaken you except such as is common to man; but God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will also make the way of escape, that you may be able to bear it.

Proverbs 22:3
A prudent man foresees evil and hides himself, but the simple pass on and are punished.

1 John 3:23
And this is his commandment. That we should believe on the name of his Son Jesus Christ, and love one another, as he gave us commandment.

1 John 4:1-3
1Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world. 2By this you know the Spirit of God: Every spirit that confesses that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is of God: 3And every spirit that does not confess that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is not of God: and this is the spirit of antichrist, whereof ye have heard that it should come; and even now already is it in the world.
Thursday, February 1st, 2007
9:10 am
[mawthook]
Playing God
I received an email today about a woman who was diagnosed with cancer but was having to wait 3 months to see a specialist. It was a petition to the government to do something about the waiting times for doctors’ appointments, treatments, and diagnostics. I signed it and forwarded it to friends and family but one line in the email grabbed my attention. It is a statement we hear a lot and I never really thought about it before. The statement was “How long do we wait, dying, while the government plays God with our lives?” Do we really believe that the government is playing God with our lives? Think about it for a minute… The government is playing God with our lives when they don’t do something to improve the medical system in our country. As a matter of fact, each and every time I hear this phrase used it is in a negative context. Is it any less “playing God” when the doctors appointment is made, the diagnostic tests are completed, the treatment is done and the life is saved? I say it is more a matter of playing God in the later circumstances than the former. God gives life and he takes it. When the government stands by and does nothing to improve the mess in the medical system in this country it is still God who takes that life. Man’s feeble attempt to prolong life (or suffering) via the medical system is a blatant impersonation of God. The chewing of the ancient fruit (the knowledge of good and evil). It is not good that man should die of cancer even though the existence of cancer is a product of the natural process of things set in motion when Adam and Eve fell to sin. So let us join together, all of the world, and sidestep barriers such as distance, cultures and let’s not forget language so that we can all work as one to find a cure (or a drug, or an answer, or an understanding, or a new universe, or a star) even though God’s plan at the Tower of Babel was that we not do that exact thing. Is what we live today not the product of man playing God all these thousands of years by deciding what is good and what is evil?
Monday, January 29th, 2007
9:50 am
[mawthook]
Further to "Who Is Israel?"
I think it is a mistake to say genetically speaking – no; the bloodlines could not defuse to the point of spreading throughout the world to touch most or all of humanity.
Genetically speaking it would only take a relatively few “wayward” Israelites several thousand years to spread their bloodline throughout the world… if it is in fact a matter of bloodlines. On the other hand; if it is a matter of heart and obedience then it would not even take that long. After all, we all come from one man, his wife, their three sons and their wives. I am almost certain that several times that many Israelites found reason to leave their Israelite lifestyle and communities and mix with other races, depositing bits of Hebrew blood into all sorts of races, that in turn mixed with others and so on. The persecution of the Jews through out history is a prime example of Jews going into hiding and the bloodlines being “lost”. I know of one person of Polish descent whose family is split in the belief that their true origins are Jewish, and this man is not self-segregating even though he believes he comes from Jewish ancestors. If he is of Jewish descent then his son and daughter are ancestors of Israel; are they not?
As far as the Israelite being a chosen people I agree that “chosen” means different so as to stand out from others. This is the way God’s people would be recognized. If there were nothing different about them, no one would ask ‘why?”. All of the festivals and celebrations and reenactments of particular historical happenings were, at least in part, to make other curious and ask “Why?” (Exodus 12:26, 1 Peter 3:15) There is also the fact that the descendants of Israel where the chosen family through which the Messiah would come. Perhaps that alone is “chosen” enough.
Saturday, January 27th, 2007
10:54 am
[mawthook]
Who Is Isreal?
Who is Israel; biblically speaking that is? And what if anything does that have to do with the Israel we know today? How does the Israel of today fit into prophesy?
This is what my schooling and study has taught me… to begin with, Israel was a people, the descendants of Jacob whose name was changed to Israel. The descendants of the twelve male children became the twelve tribes; Reuben, Simeon, Levi, Judah, Dan, Naphtali, Issachar, Zebulun, Gad, Asher, Joseph and Benjamin. By the time of the exodus aliens (non-native Israelites) who took on the way of life of the Israelites and took Υеhôvâh (`Ădônây) as their God were also included in the community. All through the rest of the Old Testament there are provisions for non-natives to be included, so now it becomes a matter of heart and obedience.
When the kingdom divided in 931 BC Judah and Benjamin became the southern kingdom of Judah with Jerusalem as their capital. The remaining ten tribes of Israel became the kingdom of Israel and eventually made Samaria their capital. Two hundred and nine years later this northern kingdom was taken into Assyrian captivity. What happened to them after this? Are these the Samaritans spoken of in the New Testament? I understand the southern kingdom went into Babylonian captivity and this is the point in history when they became known as men of Judah or Jews. They eventually returned to Jerusalem to rebuild their temple. I assume that these are the ancestors of those we call the people of Israel today.
But what of those other 10 tribes? And if it is a matter of blood lines is it not possible that after more than 4000 years most, if not all people on the earth today have crossed the genetic lines of Israel somewhere in their family history? Is it possible that the bloodline has defused to such a degree that it now include most or even all of humanity today?
Tuesday, January 16th, 2007
10:04 am
[mawthook]
Spiritual Growth
The casing around the doorjamb in my pantry is marked with many lines. Each line has a date and a name. We use the door casing to record the physical growth of the people in our family. It seems to be a popular thing to do, this logging of our passage from little children looking up at the world to the surpassing of even our parents height. I remember the excitement as my son, Jesse, approached my height and as I look now at these marks on the wall I see how, as he got closer to my height he wanted his height checked more often. Sometime between June 21 and December 21, 2005 he reached and exceeded my height.

Are we as mindful of our spiritual growth? Do we carefully watch the outward signs of maturing in the Spirit? Do we sometimes feel that our growth doesn’t count unless it is seen and appreciated by others? Do we sometimes even flaunt our progress in case someone might have missed it, much like a little child rushing to take everyone who enters the house to the pantry door to see just how much he or she has grown?

Sometimes the biggest signs of our spiritual growth are the things going on inside of us; the quiet reliance on God when things are rough; the silent conversations with Christ in good times and in bad. Others may not notice these things but rest assured that God does; and in return He will bestow upon us love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control (Gal. 5:22-23). These things others may notice. They are qualities that stand out in this age of hatred, depression, sorrow, war, intolerance and selfishness. Hopefully these are the things that the lost will see in us and they will want to know, “What is it about this person?” We should always be ready with an answer for all who may ask. (1 Peter 3:15)

1 John 2:12-14
I write to you, little children, because your sins are forgiven you for His name’s sake.
I write to you, fathers, because you have known Him who is from the beginning
I write to you, young men, because you have overcome the wicked one.
I write to you, little children because you have known the Father.
I have written to you, fathers, because you have known Him who is from the
beginning.
I have written to you, young men because you are strong, and the word of God abides
in you, and you have overcome the wicked one.

When we are born, we have everything we need to become full grown adults. All we need to do is grow into it. When we are born again we are equipped with everything we need for spiritual maturity (the fathers of 1 John 2:13-14). All we need is to experience spiritual life and grow. If a child were to be born and never exercise their muscles to try to crawl and then to walk; or never exercise their voice and their mouth and tongue to learn to talk, they would stagnate and eventually, when no one was left to care for them, they would die. The same is true in the spiritual realm. After taking that first step of faith in Christ, we must exercise our spiritual muscles as His children. We must desire and feed on the pure milk of the word, that we may grow (1 Peter 2:2). However, we must not stop there. We must move on to ever-higher elevations of spiritual growth and deeper, more profound understanding and knowledge of God. The writer of Hebrews addressed some who were not growing when he wrote “For though by this time you ought to be teachers, you need someone to teach you again the first principles of the oracles of God; and you have come to need milk and not solid food. For everyone who partakes only of milk is unskilled in the word of righteousness, for he is a babe. But solid food belongs to those who are of full age, that is, those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil.” (Hebrews 5:12-14)

So, let us not be found as those of stunted spiritual growth in the early Christian Jewish community, but strive to grow in Christ. Let us set markers on our mind’s pantry door-jamb and check them regularly. Let us ask ourselves, “What do I do (or not do) now that was not the case a year ago.” Just as you would not expect to thrive as an adult on milk or baby formula, dig deeper into the Word. Proverbs is a wonderful place to start in your quest for deeper understanding and knowledge.

Proverbs 1:2-5
To know wisdom and instruction, to perceive the words of understanding,
To receive the instruction of wisdom, justice, judgment, and equity;
To give prudence to the simple, to the young man knowledge and discretion—
A wise man will hear and increase learning, and a man of understanding will attain
wise counsel.
9:54 am
[mawthook]
Favorite Verses

Proverbs 1:2-5

     2To know wisdom and instruction, to perceive the words of understanding,

     3 To receive the instruction of wisdom, justice, judgment, and equity;

     4 To give prudence to the simple, to the young man knowledge and discretion—

     5 A wise man will hear and increase learning, and a man of understanding will attain

     wise counsel.

 

Gal. 5:22-23

     22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness, self-control.  Against such there is no law.

 

Hebrews 5:12-14

     12 For though by this time you ought to be teachers, you need someone to teach you again the first principles of the oracles of God; and you have come to need milk and not solid food.  13 For everyone who partakes only of milk is unskilled in the word of righteousness, for he is a babe.  14 But solid food belongs to those who are of full age, that is, those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil.

 

1 Peter 2:2

     As newborn babes, desire the pure milk of the word, that you may grow thereby,

 

1 Peter 3:15

     But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts, and always be ready to give a defense to everyone who asks you a reason for the hope that is in you, with meekness and fear;

 

1 John 2:12-14

     I write to you, little children, because your sins are forgiven you for His name’s sake.

     I write to you, fathers, because you have known Him who is from the beginning

     I write to you, young men, because you have overcome the wicked one.

     I write to you, little children because you have known the Father.

     I have written to you, fathers, because you have known Him who is from the

     beginning.

     I have written to you, young men because you are strong, and the word of God abides

     in you, and you have overcome the wicked one.

Friday, January 12th, 2007
12:01 pm
[mawthook]
Favorite Verses
Matthew 6:25
Therefore, I say to you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink; nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food and the body more than clothing?

Matthew 6:33-34
33 But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness and all these things shall be added to you. 34 Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own things. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.

Philippians 4:6-7
6Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. 7And the peace of God which surpasses all understanding will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.

Gen. 2:18
And the Lord God said, “It is not good that man should be alone….”

Hebrews 4:15-16
For we do not have a High Priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but was in all points tempted as we are, yet without sin. Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace in time of need.

Proverbs 11:14
But in the multitude of counselors there is safety.
11:53 am
[mawthook]
Worrying about loneliness
Worry; the contemplation of the day. Worry about money. Worry about food. Worry about housing. Worry about loneliness. Loneliness and aloneness are the fodder at the moment. We are told, “do not worry about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink…” (Matt. 6:25) and “Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made know to God.” (Phil. 4:6) and “seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.” (Matt. 6:33). I’ve been dealing with casting my cares on Jesus ever since I became unable to run my businesses and effectively support my family and myself. Being disabled and a single parent is a hard row to hoe.
I’ve gone from healthy and busy, prospering at running 6 business with my (now ex) husband, body building in my own gym in a house a designed myself and had built, interacting with and meeting new people in the heart of Halifax on a daily basis; to living in rural, or should I say remote Nova Scotia, separated from friends and family who have either moved away or still have their very busy lives and really don’t have the time or inclination to socialize with someone who ‘doesn’t have a life’, unable to hold down a full time job which would not only help financially but also on the social level. I love the life style out here in the sticks. I love the wood stove, the fire pit out back, the quietness, the stars that are not hidden because of light pollution, the walks along the logging trails, the waterfalls down at the river, the deer who come and eat in the field outside my bedroom window, but it involves hard work (chopping and lugging wood, shoveling snow, mowing extensive lawn) and doing it alone uses all the resource I have.
I do a very precarious balancing act. I work when I can and when I can find it, I take care of my house, myself and my son, who is a teenager now and really doesn’t require much care other than constantly nagging him to clean up after himself. I get to church and choir practice when I haven’t burned myself out with the other stuff. I make wine and enjoy sipping a glass now and then in the evenings. I’m pretty good at the scroll saw but lack marketing skills, and as far as a social life goes… I don’t even know where to begin. I feel that there is no forum in my life for meeting new people to do things with. All I’m left with is trusting God. I know He is more than able. He has proven that over and over again in my life. So does His care for us also cover the social aspects? I know we were not created to be alone (Gen. 2:18) and I know that even the inspiration to do those things which will bring about answered prayer comes from Him, so trust Him I will. With prayer and supplication and thanksgiving… Lord, inspire me, straighten my path, fill my life with purpose and loved ones and thank you for the friends and neighbors I have now. Let me come boldly to the throne of grace (Heb. 4:16) and obtain from You a multitude of counselors for there I will find safety (Proverbs 11:14).

Current Mood: lonely
Thursday, January 11th, 2007
9:06 am
[mawthook]
Favorite Verses
1 John 3:20-21 For if our heart condemns us, God is greater than our heart, and knows all thing. Beloved, if our heart does not condemn us, we have confidence toward God.
Tuesday, January 9th, 2007
8:58 am
[mawthook]

Does God test or tempt us?

 

I find that the origin of these two words is the same.  “Test” does not appear in KJV; only “tempt”

 

Old Testament

 

Tempt 5254 (Strong’s) Hebrew – nâcâb: a prim. root; to test; by impl. to attempt: - adventure, assay, prove, tempt, try

 

Gen. 22:1…God tempted Abraham and said…”take your son… and offer him as a burnt sacrifice.”

 

2 Chron. 32:31  However, regarding the ambassadors of the princes of Babylon, … God withdrew from him, in order to test him, that He may know all that was in his heart.

 

New Testament

 

Cannot be tempted 551 (Strong’s) Greek apĕirastŏs; from 1 (as a neg. particle) and a presumed der. of 3987; untried, i.e. not temptable: - not to be tempted

Tempt, Tempted 3985 (Strong’s) Greek pĕirazō; from 3984; to test (obj.), i.e. endeavor, scrutinize, entice, discipline: - assay, examine, go about, prove, tempt (-er), try.

Temptation 3986 (Stong’s) Greek pĕirasmŏs; from 3985; a putting to proof (by experiment [of good], experience [of evil], solicitation, discipline or provocation0; by impl. Adversity: - temptation, x try

 

James 1:13-14 

13Let no one say when he is tempted, “I am tempted by God”; for God cannot be tempted by evil, nor does He Himself tempt anyone.  14 But each one is tempted when he is drawn away by his own desires and enticed.

 

1 Cor. 10:13

            No temptation has overtaken you except such as is common to man; but God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will also make the way of escape, that you may be able to bear it.

 

Conclusion –

     God will test (tempt) us with circumstances and directions to see what is in our hearts (and to show us the same) but He will not flaunt our weaknesses in front of us to tempt us.  We put ourselves there by flirting with our own desires or by failing to hear and/or heed the Spirit of discernment.  Much to the contrary; what Christ endured on the cross gives us access to come boldly before the throne of grace and ask God to keep us from evil and to give us a spirit of discernment.

 

Proverbs 22:3 

            A prudent man foresees evil and hides himself, but the simple pass on and are punished.

Monday, January 8th, 2007
9:08 am
[mawthook]
Antichrist
Antichrist: 
Are there references in the Bible that tells us specifically that a person will come that is Satan personified or manifested (in the flesh) just as Jesus is God in the flesh?
 
Conclusion:
     John 17:12 uses the term “son of perdition” but in that instance it is most definitely referring to Judas Iscariot. We know that Satan entered Judas which led to the betrayal of Jesus Christ (Luke 22:3), however, since epistles written later refer to a “man of sin”, a “son of perdition” raising up and being revealed, I do not believe that Judas is the culmination of this “man of sin”. 
     O.T. prophecy can be seen as being fulfilled in Antiochus Epiphanes around 170-160 B.C. or the Roman invasion and destruction Jerusalem in 70 A.D; however Jesus’ coupling of the raise of the “the man of sin” or “the son of perdition” with His second coming tells me that a complete fulfillment of this prophesy is yet to seen.
     I don’t believe that we were given end time prophecy so that we could clearly see exactly what was going to happen and who was going to be involved, before it happened but rather so that, as history unfolds we will recognize those things prophesied as they happen. I do not have a problem with not fully understanding all of these prophecies since Daniel did not understand it all (Dan. 12:8) and Peter talks of scripture being hard to understand (2 Peter 3:16). I would rather say I don’t understand than to be led away with the error of the wicked (2 Peter 3:17).
 
NOTES
 
Matt. 24:14-15
            14 And this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end come. 15 Therefore when you see the ‘abomination of desolation’, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, standing in the holy
place, …
New Spirit Filled Life Bible notes:
The abomination of desolation, prophesied in Dan. (9:27; 11:31; 12:11), was applied by the author of the apocryphal book 1 Maccabees (1:54, 59; 6:7) to the desecration of the temple in 168 B.C. by the Syrian ruler Antiochus Epiphanes. However, Jesus views the prophecy as referring to another profanation – the arrival of the Roman army, which besieged Jerusalem and destroyed the temple in A.D. 70. That event foreshadows the conditions connected with Christ’s return, so the prophecy awaits ultimate fulfillment in a manner not clearly specified in Scripture.
Ryrie Study Bible Notes
Abomination of desolation. This is the man of sin (2 Thess. 2:4), the Antichrist, who at this midpoint in the tribulation breaks his covenant which he made at the beginning of the tribulation with the Jewish people (Dan. 9:27), and demands that they and the world worship him. Those who resist will be persecuted and many will be martyred; that is the reason for the urgency of the instructions in vv. 16-22 (flee to the mountains, don’t turn back for anything…..)
  
Daniel 7:8, 20-22
8 I was considering the horns, and there was another horn, a little one, coming up among them, before whom three of the first horns were plucked out by the roots. And there, in this horn, were eyes like the eyes of a man, and a mouth speaking pompous works… 20 and the ten horns that were on its head, and the other horn which came up, before which three fell, namely, that horn with had eyes and a mouth which spoke pompous words, whose appearance was greater than his fellows. 21 I was watching; and the same horn was making war against the saints, and prevailing against them, 22 until the Ancient of Days came, and a judgment was made in favor of the saints of the Most High, and the time came for the saints to possess the kingdom.
  
Daniel 7:23-27
            23…The fourth beast shall be a fourth kingdom on earth, which shall be different from all other kingdoms, and shall devour the whole earth, trample it and break it in pieces. 24 The ten horns are ten kings who shall arise from this kingdom. And another shall rise after them; he shall be different from the first ones, and shall subdue three kings. 25 He shall speak pompous words against the Most High, shall persecute the saints of the Most High, and shall intend to change times and laws. Then the saints shall be given into his hand for a time and times and half a time. 26 But the court shall be seated and they shall take away his dominion, to consume and destroy it forever. 27 Then the kingdom and dominion, and the greatness of the kingdoms under the whole heaven, shall be given to the people, the saints of the Most High. His kingdom is an everlasting kingdom, and all dominions shall serve and obey Him.
  
Daniel 9:27 
            Then he shall confirm a covenant with many for one week; but in the middle of the week he shall bring an end to sacrifice and offering. And on the wing of abominations shall be one who makes desolate, even until the consummation, which is determined, is poured out on the desolate.
 
Daniel 11:31
            And forces shall be mustered by him, and they shall defile the sanctuary fortress; then they shall take away the daily sacrifices, and place there the abomination of desolation.
  
Daniel 12:8-13
            8 Although I heard, I did not understand. Then I said, “My lord, what shall be the end of these thing?” 9 And he said, “Go your way, Daniel, for the words are closed up and sealed till the time of the end. 10 Many shall be purified, made white, and refined, but the wicked shall do wickedly; and none of the wicked shall understand, but the wise shall understand. 11 and from the time that the daily sacrifice is taken away, and the abomination of desolation is set up, there shall be one thousand two hundred and ninety days. 12 Blessed is he who waits, and comes to the one thousand three hundred and thirty-five days. 13 But you, go your way till the end; for you shall rest, and will arise to your inheritance at the end of the days.
 
John 17:12 (Jesus prays to His Father before the crucifixion)
            While I was with them is the world, I kept them in your name: Those whom You gave Me I have kept, and none of them is lost, but the son of perdition; that the scripture might be fulfilled.
The son of perdition – here refers to Judas
  
1 John 2:18
            Little children, it is the last hour; and as you have heard that the Antichrist shall come, even now are there many antichrists, by which we know that it is the last hour.
Commentary notes:
are there- Greek, “there have begun to be”; there have arisen. These “many Antichrists” answer to “the spirit of lawlessness” (Greek) “doth already work.” The Antichristian principle appeared then, as now, in evil men and evil teachings and writings; but still “The Antichrist” means a hostile person, even as “The Christ” is a personal Saviour. As “cometh” is used of Christ, so here of Antichrist, the embodiment in his own person of all the Antichristian features and spirit of those “many Antichrists” which have been, and are, his forerunners. John uses the singular of him. No other New Testament writer uses the term. He probably answers to “the little horn having the eyes of a man, and speaking great things” (Dan. 7:8, 20); “the man of sin, son of perdition” (2 Thess. 2); “the beast ascending our of the bottomless pit” (Rev. 11:7; 17:8), or rather, “the false prophet,” the same as “the second beast coming up out of the earth” (Rev. 13:11-18; 16:13). 
  
2 Thess. 2:3-4, 8
            3Let no one deceive you by any means; for that Day will not come (the return of Jesus Christ for His church) 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. …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.
Commentary notes:
that man of sin be revealed –The Greek order is, “And there have been revealed the man of sin.” As Christ was first in mystery; and afterward revealed (1Tim. 3:16), so Antichrist (the term used 1 John 2:18; 4:3) is first in mystery, and afterwards shall be developed and revealed (vss. 7-9). As righteousness found its embodiment in Christ, “the Lord or righteousness,” so “sin” shall have its embodiment in “the man of sin.” 
  
2 Peter 3:10-18
            10 But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night, in which the heavens will pass away with a great noise, and the elements will melt with fervent heat; both the earth and the works that are in it will be burned up. 11 Therefore, since all these things will be dissolved, what manner of persons ought you to be in holy conduct and godliness, 12 looking for and hastening the coming of the day of God, because of which the heavens will be dissolved, being on fire, and the elements will melt with fervent heat? 13 Nevertheless we, according to His promise, look for new heavens and a new earth in which righteousness dwells. 14 Therefore, beloved, looking forward to these things, be diligent to be found by Him in peace, without spot and blameless; 15 and consider that the longsuffering of our Lord is salvation – as also our beloved brother Paul, according to the wisdom given to him, has written to you, 16 as also is all his epistles, speaking in them of these things, in which are some things hard to understand, which untaught and unstable people twist to their own destruction, as they do also the rest of the Scriptures. 17 You therefore, beloved, since you know this beforehand, beware lest you also fall from you own steadfastness, being led away with the error of the wicked; 18 but grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To Him be the glory both now and forever. Amen.
  
Rev. 11:7
            When they (the two witnesses) finish their testimony, the beast that ascends out of the bottomless pit will make war against them, overcome them, and kill them.
  
Rev. 13
            1 Then I stood on the sand of the sea. And I saw a beast rising up out of the sea, having seven heads and ten horns, and on his horns ten crowns, and on his heads a blasphemous name. 2 Now the beast which I saw was like a leopard, his feet were like the feet of a bear, and his mouth like the mouth of a lion. The dragon gave him his power, his throne and great authority. 3 And I saw one of his heads as if it had been mortally wounded, and his deadly wound was healed. And all the world marveled and followed the beast. 4 So they worshiped the dragon who gave authority to the beast; and they worshiped the beast, saying, “Who is like the beast? Who is able to make war with him?” 5 And he was given a mouth speaking great things and blasphemies, and he was given authority to continue for forty-two months. 6 Then he opened his mouth in blasphemy against God, to blaspheme His name, His tabernacle, and those who dwell in heaven. 7 It was granted to him to make war with the saints and to overcome them. And authority was given him over every tribe, tongue, and nation. 8 All who dwell on the earth will worship him, whose names have not been written in the Book of Life of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world. 9 If anyone has an ear, let him hear. 10 He who leads into captivity shall go into captivity; he who kills with the sword must be killed with the sword. Here is the patience and the faith of the saints.
            11 Then I saw another beast coming up out of the earth, and he had two horns like a lamb and spoke like a dragon. 12 And he exercises all the authority of the first beast in his presence, and causes the earth and those who dwell in it to worship the first beast, whose deadly wound was healed. 13 He performs great signs, so that he even makes fire come down from heaven on the earth in the sight of men. 14 And he deceives those who dwell on the earth by those signs which he was granted to do in the sight of the beast, telling those who dwell on the earth to make an image to the beast who was wounded by the sword and lived. 15 He was granted power to give breath to the image of the beast, that the image of the beast should both speak and cause as many as would not worship the image of the beast to be killed. 16 He causes all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and slave, to receive a mark on their right hand or on their foreheads. 17 and that no one may buy or sell except one who has the mark or the name of the beast, or the number of his name. 18 Here is wisdom. Let him who has understanding calculate the number of the beast, for it is the number of a man: His number is 666.
Rev. 19:20
            Then the beast was captured, and with him the false prophet who worked signs in his presence, by which he deceived those who received the mark of the beast and those who worshiped his image. These two were cast alive into the lake of fire burning with brimstone.
Note
     These passages certainly sound like it is written about particular people. The mortally wounded one who was healed bears a striking; but opposite, resemblance to Christ who was mortally wounded and raised. I would suggest that this might be the Antichrist.
  
Rev. 14:9-11
            9 And the third angel followed them, saying with a loud voice, If any man worships the beast and his image, and receive his mark in his forehead, or in his hand, 10 he himself shall also drink of the wine of the wrath of God, which is poured out full strength into the cup of His indignation. He shall be tormented with fire and brimstone in the presence of the holy angels and in the presence of the Lamb. 11 And the smoke of their torment ascends forever and ever; and they have no rest day or night, who worship the beast and his image, and whoever receives the mark of his name.
Sunday, January 7th, 2007
1:48 pm
[mawthook]
Test The Spirit
Anyone led by the Spirit of God will believe and confess that Jesus is the Christ, the anointed one foretold in the Old Testament and long awaited by the Hebrew nation. Also included in this is the deity of Jesus the Christ as shown in the tense of the Greek words used in these New Testament verses and the references and phrases used here that echoes Old Testament verses about God, specifically Gen. 1:1
 
1 John 1:1-2
            1That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked upon, and our hands have handled, concerning the Word of Life- 2the life was manifested, and we have seen, and bear witness, and declare to you that eternal life which was with the Father and was manifested to us-
Notes in Ryrie Study Bible:
was, The verb means “was already in existence,” not “came into existence”; i.e., at creation… in the beginning. 
Notes in Commentary:
That which was – not “began to be,” but was essentially (Greek, een, not egeneto) before He was manifested (vs. 2); answering to “Him that is from the beginning” (ch.2:13); so John’s Gospel, 1:1 “In the beginning was the Word.” Proverbs 8:23, “I was set up from everlasting, from the beginning, or ever the earth was.”
 
 
1 John 2:22 
            Who is a liar but he that denies that Jesus is the Christ? He is the Antichrist that denies the Father and the Son.
 
 
1 John 3:23
            And this is his commandment. That we should believe on the name of his Son Jesus Christ, and love one another, as he gave us commandment. i.e. believe Jesus is the Christ
 
 
1 John 4:1-3
            1Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world. 2By this you know the Spirit of God: Every spirit that confesses that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is of God: 3And every spirit that does not confess that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is not of God: and this is the spirit of antichrist, whereof ye have heard that it should come; and even now already is it in the world.
Notes in Ryrie Study Bible:
Apparently some of John’s readers were being led astray by Gnosticism.
Gnosticism: The heresy of Gnosticism had begun to make inroads among churches in John’s day. Among its teachings were: (1) knowledge is superior to virtue; (2) the nonliteral sense of Scripture is correct and can be understood only by a select few; (3) evil in the world precludes God’s being the only Creator; (4) the incarnation is incredible because deity cannot unite itself with anything material such as a body (Docetism); and (5) there is no resurrection of the flesh. The ethical standards of many Gnostics were low, so John emphasized the reality of the incarnation and the high ethical standard of the earthly life of Christ.
Notes in Commentary:
1Beloved – the affectionate address where-with he calls their attention as to an important subject. Every spirit – which presents itself in the person of a prophet. The Spirit of truth, and the spirit of error, speak by men’s spirits as their organs.  There is but one Spirit of truth, and one spirit of Antichrist. Try – by the tests (vss. 2,3). All believers are to do so; not merely ecclesiastics. Even an angel’s message should be tested by the word of God; much more men’s teachings, however holy the teachers may seem. Because… - the reason why we must “try,” or test the spirits. Many false prophets – not “prophets” in the sense “foretellers,” but organs of the spirit that inspires them, teaching accordingly either truth or error: “many Antichrists.” Are gone out – as if from God. Into the world – said alike of good and bad prophets (II John 7). The world is easily seduced (vss. 4,5). 2 know…the Spirit of God – whether he be, or not, in those teachers professing to be moved by Him. Every spirit – i.e., Every teacher claiming inspiration by the Holy Spirit. Confesses – The truth is taken for granted as established. Man is required to confess it, i.e., in his teaching to profess it openly. Jesus Christ is come in the flesh – a twofold truth confessed, that Jesus is the Christ, and that He is come (the Greek perfect implies not a mere past historical fact, as the aorist would, but also the present continuance of the fact and its blessed effects) in the flesh (“clothed with flesh”: not with a mere seeming humanity, as the Decetae afterwards taught: He therefore was, previously, something for above flesh).. His Flesh implies His death for us, for only by assuming flesh could He die (for as God He could not), Hebrews 2:9, 10 14, 16; and His death implies His LOVE for us (John 15:13). To deny the reality of His flesh is to deny His love, and so cast away the root which produces all true love on the believer’s part (vss. 9-11, 19) Rome, by the doctrine of the immaculate conception of the Virgin Mary, denies Christ’s proper humanity.
 
 
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