Whats funny to me is that knowledge is progressive, so with that said shouldn't we really take a good hard look at the documents we founded this country on and look at them as in dire need of updating. Instead people assume that those documents are as Gods word. Using the information and data available to us now its easy to see to correlation between those ideas manifested with deployable state we are in now; pretty much a total mess. So I believe we need to scrap the constitution and start from scratch, that or move to a country with more hope. I say that because america already has to many inadequate systems in place that would require to much work from us lazy americans to fix
Just want you to know that I appreciate your posts. They are so timely and comforting like a gentle rain on parched ground. I, too, thought of Psalm 23 as I was praying for Jessica. The Holy Spirit works in each of us, accomplishing His purpose, and binding us one to another.
You, too, are a source of encouragement on these boards. We are able to comfort with the comfort with which we have been comforted from the Lord. Are we not? Blessings.
Banned wrote: Sorry, yes, somebody named "Irritated" who was speaking about Israel in the same manner as you, who had visited there, said if I looked in a mirror I wouldn't have a reflection. I shouldn't try to guess when people cross-moniker, because seems I'm always wrong.
Yeah, that can be a problem. I actually read that post thinking "prince of darkness." Vampire never entered my mind.
I guess vampires are the rage with the movies out (and books) depicting them as desirable. Sounds like Genesis 6 to me. "As it was in the days of Noah. . ."
John UK wrote: But I need to know one thing from you. Do you believe that God's covenant with man, from the beginning to the ending, is one covenant called the covenant of grace. So that if any individual from beginning to end of the world desires to be right with God, it must be accepted by God's grace, not earned in any way. Do you believe that the blood through which Abraham was saved was the blood of Jesus Christ?
Of course, and you must believe that also having worded it so beautifully. Reading from Genesis to Revelation, how could there be any other interpretation?
And, of course, you made mention in a previous post, the shadows and types in the O.T.
How can one understand phrases like "Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world" unless one understands the O.T. sacrifices?
Everything has been summed up in Jesus - His sinless life - His sacrificial death on the cross for the sins of His people - His ministry as our High Priest - ever living to make intercession for us. His Kingdom come - His will be done on earth as it is in heaven.
Now, may I ask you a quesion?
Is this truly an open forum for discussion, or is it only for a select group? I really don't want to intrude where I don't belong.
John UK wrote: Me But I don't believe heaven is in the sky, or a totally spiritual experience. I believe the new earth will be the dwelling of God with men, and that is what I look forward to. When I was a young Christian I coloured in my Bible according to topic, and one of those topics was the second coming of Christ and the end of the world. Over the years I formed an opinion concerning the last day, and was satisfied with it. Later on, I discovered that there were different views on the subject, and I found that my belief tallied with what is known as a-millenial. So I am of that ilk, while respecting others who differ.
Dear John - fragrant with the graces of the Lord Jesus Christ. . .
You are missing out on sweet promises of the LORD relative to His eternal purposes for a new heaven and new earth. How do you dismiss whole books of the O.T. Not one jot or tittle will pass away. They are given so that we may know.
Not essential for salvation. . .but, such a missed joy to have right here, right now.
John UK wrote: Me Sure, and thanks for your testimony to the wonderful power of God's word. Revelation 21:4 is my favourite verse in all the Bible. And I look forward to seeing the reality of it one day. I praise Christ for his great love and compassion. To actually dwell where God is, and his Son, and the Holy Ghost, and all the holy angels, and all the saints, for all eternity. It's enough to make you smile, or leap for joy, eh?
It's not all spiritual - in the sky - stuff, John. There's a material world, yet to be, also.
There's just so much more to dwell on than the end of all things as we know them, and the beginning of things that we cannot imagine.
God gave us plenty of Scripture to clue us in on life in the eternal kingdom which includes an earthly kingdom.
John UK wrote: Me I've just read Zechariah 8 for my early morning treat, and it may be one of those prophecies the Jews count on for endtime restoration,
For me, the language is still old covenant language, therefore cannot refer to a present day reality.
Thank you for your response.
For me to post all the promises to the Jewish people from the major and minor prophets would take considerable time, but I am prepared to do it.
Respectfully, John, the new covenant was better than the old covenant, in that there would no longer be a need for a sacrificial system, but it did not negate the promises of God to a people. God's promises never fail. He cannot lie. His actions are independent of ours. He is trustworthy. His ways are higher than our ways.
"For when God made the promise to Abraham, since He could swear by no one greater, He swore by Himself, saying, "I will surely bless you, and I will surely multiply you." Hebrews 6:13
What the new covenant did was open the door for the Gentiles to enter in. Thus, it was not exclusive but expansive!
For on the one hand, there is a setting aside of a former commandment because of its weakness and uselessness (for the Law made nothing perfect) and on the other (see He
Many things are happening concurrently, in the physical and spiritual realm. We want to simplify things by saying "Christians go to heaven, where we endlessly praise the Lord, while sinners suffer endless torture in hell. But Scripture tells us a whole lot more concerning the new heavens and new earth.
"Thus says the LORD, 'I will return to Zion and will dwell in the midst of Jerusalem. Then Jerusalem will be called the City of Truth, and the mountain of the LORD of hosts will be called the Holy Mountain.'
and I will bring them back, and they will live in the midst of Jerusalem, and they will be My people and I will be their God in truth and righteousness.'
For there will be peace for the seed; the vine will yield its fruit, the land will yield its produce, and the heavens will give their dew; and I will cause the remnant of this people to inherit all these things.
And it will come about that just as you were a curse among the nations, O house of Judah and house of Israel, so I will save you that you may become a blessing. . .
Thus says the LORD of hosts, 'It will yet be that peoples will come, even the inhabitants of many cities; and the inhabitants of one will go to another saying, "Let us go at once to entreat the favor of
"Therefore, wait for Me," declares the LORD, "For the day when I rise up to the prey. Indeed, My decision is to gather nations, to assemble kingdoms, to pour out on them My indignation, all my burning anger; for all the earth will be devoured by the fire of My zeal.
For then I will give to the peoples purified lips, that all of them may call on the name of the LORD, to serve Him shoulder to shoulder.
From beyond the rivers of Ethiopia My worshipers, My dispersed ones, will bring My offerings.