Friday, May 31, 2013

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What Is Death?

         There is a lot of confusion over the meaning of death and of what it consists. Since our spirit is a creation of God and cannot be destroyed, it will live forever. Since our spirit will live forever, the definition of death we generally think of must not, in reality, apply. Death is a transition from one phase of life to another. There is no death, which we think of as being dead (ceasing to exist). When we ‘die’, one of two things will happen. In either case our body will go into the grave. In the case of the redeemed, our soul and spirit will leave our body behind and we will be taken up to Heaven where we will abide after our judgment by Jesus. That judgment will not be for our sins, but rather will be for what we have accomplished for the kingdom. In the case of the lost, their soul and spirit will descend into a temporary holding place, known as Hell or Hades, while they wait for the final judgment. The ‘lake of fire’ will be the place of residence for the lost as well as Satan and his henchmen, after the final judgment: this is known as the second death. The Talmud says that at the final judgment the lost will realize and admit that the Lord’s judgment is right and they deserve what they get.

        Under the old system, before Jesus was resurrected, if a person died they went to Hell which was divided into two sections; ‘Hades’ for punishment of the lost, and the ‘Arms of Abraham’ for the ‘rest’ of the righteous (this is described in Luke 16 and John 11). Apparently, those who were translated directly to Heaven, such as Enoch, Elisha and Moses did not pass go, did not collect two hundred dollars, but just went directly to Heaven.

       Hades/Hell still exists today, however, Jesus after the cross, descended to the ‘Arms of Abraham’ gathered up the righteous people that were waiting there and took them to Heaven when He was resurrected. The ‘Arms of Abraham’ place no longer exists. Now when a Christian dies (transforms) he goes directly to Heaven. For the redeemed, to be absent from the body is to be present with the Lord (2 Corinthians 5:8). Jesus said not to be afraid of someone who can kill your body but is unable to kill your soul but to be in fear of the one who can kill both your body and soul in Hell (Matthew 10:28 and Luke 12:4-5).

        What happens to our bodies? The bodies of the redeemed will be transformed into heavenly bodies, like that of Jesus. The bodies of the lost will go with them into the lake of fire. The bodies of the lost must also go through some sort of transformation, because they will be burned and tormented forever without being used up.

        There are those that say God has no right to judge us; that He gave us free will and shouldn’t punish us for using it. What these people don’t understand is that in the judgment which decides if we go to Heaven or Hell is not contingent on what we have done in our lifetime. The only thing that gets you into Heaven or Hell is your decision to either accept the salvation by grace which Jesus paid for, or your rejection of that salvation. All have sinned and come short of the glory of God. John 3:18 says: “He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.”

         So what is it we should be afraid of? The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom, which means to show respect to the Lord, His wisdom and to obey Him. The fright/fear Jesus was speaking about which could kill your body and soul in hell is described in Revelation 20:11-15. “I saw a great white throne, and him that sat on it, from whose face the earth and the heaven fled away; and there was found no place for them. And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened: and another book was opened, which is the book of life: and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works. And the sea gave up the dead that were in it; and death and hell delivered up the dead that were in them: and they were judged every man according to their works. And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death. And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire.”

           To obey or disobey takes a decision and requires you to use your free will. John 3:16 says: “For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” Romans 10:9-13 says: “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. For the scripture saith, whoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed. For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek: for the same Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon him. For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”

Thursday, May 30, 2013

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The River Of Life

Once we find out what the river of life is; lets all gather at the river! Let us, for a moment, assume that the river of blessings that flows from the throne of God, to man, is the river of life. We know that the Holy Spirit can fill us to overflowing, but what does that mean?

Genesis 2:9-10 says: “And out of the ground made the Lord God to grow every tree that is pleasant to the sight, and good for food; the tree of life also in the midst of the garden, and the tree of knowledge of good and evil. And a river went out of Eden to water the garden”

Psalm 1:1-3 says: “Blessed is the man that walks not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor stands in the way of sinners, nor sits in the seat of the scornful. But his delight is in the law of the Lord: and in his law doth he meditate day and night. And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that brings forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper.”

Jeremiah 2:13 God refers to Himself as “the fountain of living waters”

Jeremiah 17:13 refers to God as “the fountain of living waters”

Ezekiel 47:1-5 says: “Afterward he brought me again unto the door of the house; and, behold, waters issued out from under the threshold of the house eastward: for the forefront of the house stood toward the east, and the waters came down from under from the right side of the house, at the south side of the altar. Then brought he me out of the way of the gate northward, and led me about the way without unto the utter gate by the way that looks eastward; and, behold, there ran out waters on the right side. And when the man that had the line in his hand went forth eastward, he measured a thousand cubits, and he brought me through the waters; the waters were to the ankles. Again he measured a thousand, and brought me through the waters; the waters were to the knees. Again he measured a thousand, and brought me through; the waters were to the loins. Afterward he measured a thousand; and it was a river that I could not pass over: for the waters were risen, waters to swim in, a river that could not be passed over.”

Ezekiel 47:12 says: “And by the river upon the bank thereof, on this side and on that side, shall grow all trees for meat, whose leaf shall not fade, neither shall the fruit thereof be consumed: it shall bring forth new fruit according to his months, because their waters they issued out of the sanctuary: and the fruit thereof shall be for meat, and the leaf thereof for medicine.” This river flowed from the top of a mountain and apparently had no source: except for the Lord.

Joel 3:18 says: “….a fountain shall come forth out of the house of the Lord, and shall water the valley of Shittim.”

Zechariah 14:8 says “And it shall be in that day, that living waters shall go out from Jerusalem….”

John 4:13-14 says: “Jesus answered and said unto her, Whosoever drinks of this water shall thirst again: But whosoever drinks of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst; but the water that I shall give him shall be in him a well of water springing up into everlasting life.”

John 7:37-38 says: “In the last day, that great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried, saying, If any man thirst, let him come unto me, and drink. He that believeth on me, as the scripture hath said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water.”
Revelation 7:17 says: “For the Lamb which is in the midst of the throne shall feed them, and shall lead them unto living fountains of waters: and God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes.”

Revelation 22:1-4 says: “And he showed me a pure river of water of life, clear as crystal, proceeding out of the throne of God and of the Lamb. In the midst of the street of it, and on either side of the river, was there the tree of life, which bare twelve kinds of fruits, and yielded her fruit every month: and the leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations. And there shall be no more curse: but the throne of God and of the Lamb shall be in it; and his servants shall serve him: And they shall see his face; and his name shall be in their foreheads.”

In Ezekiel, we see that the water coming from the temple goes from ankle deep to a raging river. As we grow in the Word of God, the Spirit will deepen our experience with the Lord and we will overflow with His blessings.

Only by our acceptance of the gift of Salvation, given freely by God, who paid the price for the punishments we deserve, can we immerse ourselves in the river of blessings he has for us. Jesus promised that he would send the Holy Spirit, from the Father, to fill us to overflowing and give us all knowledge. We have been given the Word of God, to guide us into His will. We have been given the Holy Spirit, to guide us into all truth. We have been given the right to pray to the Father, in the name of Jesus, who stands interceding for us. What else can an all powerful and all loving God do? Now it’s up to us: He is the one who has given us the free will to chose Him or refuse Him. There is no middle ground. We are given the choice of eternal life or separation from the Lord forever. CHOOSE LIFE!a

Rick Rahn

Friday, May 24, 2013

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Endtime Time Line

          I am often asked when future events will happen.  Sometimes this is asked with real interest and sometimes with scoffing.  I have therefore come up with my opinion, based on research, on what the chronology of events will be.  The date of the beginning of these events is known only by the Father: Jesus, the Holy Spirit and the angels have not yet been told, however, they do know what is going to happen.  The following is that chronology:

1. The Rapture – Christ, appears in the clouds, not touching the earth this time, and calls His believers up to meet Him in the clouds.  This is not the second coming because at the second coming Jesus will have touched down on the Mt. of Olives and therefore we would be in the air alone.

This is the first resurrection of the dead in Christ and first judgment; the judgment of the saints.

2. War against Israel; see Psalm 83 – A coalition of nations will wage war against Israel = Edom (Palestinian refugees), Ishmaelites (Saudi Arabia), Moab (central/western Jordan), Hagarenes (Egypt), Gebal (Lebanon), Ammon (Jordan), Amalek (Palestinians), Philistines (people living in the Gaza strip), Inhabitants of Tyre (Hisbola), Assur (Syria and Iraq).  Israel will once again be victorious.

3. Introduction of the Antichrist: who is also referred to as the man of perdition and the beast; also his false prophet will be revealed.  This will also be the culmination of the One World Government and the One World Religion. 

4. Peace treaty, guaranteeing Israel’s safety - This treaty will probably be sponsored by the One World Leader (antichrist) and will remain in effect for three and one half years, until the antichrist does away with it.  This is probably the time when the registration of the world’s people, by the mark of the beast, will be instituted.  Unless you receive the mark you won’t be able to buy or sell.  Apparently no financial transactions will be allowed without the mark.  This will probably be presented as a way to limit crime.  It will eliminate the use of cash.  All financial transactions will be monitored. 

5. The Jewish Temple will be rebuilt, in Jerusalem on the Temple mount, and animal sacrifice reinstituted – this may be the time when the hundred forty four thousand virgin Hebrew men will accept Jesus as Lord and Savior, and be witnesses for Him. 

6. Deception of the death and resurrection of the antichrist - there will be signs and wonders performed that if possible would even fool the elect (real Christians). The two witnesses, probably Elijah and Moses, will irritate the administration to the point when they will be killed.  They will lie in the street for three and a half days before coming back to life and ascending up to Heaven.

7. Battle of the Good angels, led by Michael, against Satan and his angels – Satan and his angels are defeated and cast out of the heavens and on to the earth.

8. Animal sacrifice will be stopped

9. Abomination of desolation - The antichrist will enter the temple and declare himself to be god.

10. Second coming of Jesus – Jesus will ascend from Heaven, in glory, onto the Mount of Olives for the world to see. His saints will come with Him, who were taken up in the rapture, to war against all evil.

11. Armageddon battle, see Ezekiel 38

12. Millennium – Satan and his followers will be bound for a thousand years, while Jesus reigns on earth. 

13. Satan loosed for a season at the end of the millennium – length not known, may be length of one generation.

14. Final judgment – Satan, his followers and those who failed to accept Jesus as Lord and Savior are judged and sent to the Lake of Fire and eternal damnation.

15. New Heaven and New Earth – may be same thing, or combined into one entity. 

          End of the age – could be 2000 years after the crucifixion = 2033, approximately.  The ancient prophesy of Saint Malachy predicted the last popes.  He predicted that this present pope would be the last pope.  Regretfully Pope Francis (a Jesuit) is predicted to be the one who devastates the Catholic Church: probably by either joining with or leading the One World Religion.  As reported in the Huffington Post (, Pope Francis Says atheists who do good are redeemed, not just Catholics.  Apparently Pope Francis believes that the Bible is wrong, when it says that acceptance of Jesus as your Lord and Savior is the one and only way to be redeemed. Anyone reading the Bible will realize that salvation is by being “born again” and not by works. 

          Further thoughts have led me to the following conclusions:

1. In Revelation 6:2, the White horse may represent the growth of the Church.

2. In Revelation 6:4, the Red horse may represent the wars and rumors of wars, famine, etc... 

3. In Revelation 6:5, the Black horse may represent the failing and destruction of the world’s economies.

4. In Revelation 6:8, the Red horse may refer to the Psalm 83 war.

5. Revelation 6:12-17, could mean the tribulation.

          In Ezekiel 7:9, God announced Himself by a name that was before unknown: Jehovah-Makkel, the God who strikes (smites or disciplines).  This is the God of the “terrible day of the Lord” as described in scripture; when He has finally had enough and brings it all to an end. “Thy will be done, on earth as it is in Heaven.”

As with all of my writings, everything must be compared to the Bible, for verification.

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

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Contradictions in the Bible? Part 1

There are those who either don’t believe in God or the Bible, are misled by those who are unlearned, those who purposely distort the Word of God and those who are naturally skeptical about everything. The Devil wants everyone to think that the Bible is not trustworthy. Not only does the Devil accuse man to God; he also accuses God’s existence of being a lie, to man. All my life I have heard that there are contradictions in the Bible, the Bible is just a bunch of stories made up by men, the Bible is allegorical, the Bible is not historical and that the Bible cannot be trusted. Until recently, I just thought that I would wait on God to explain everything, when I go to be with Him. Through study, research, personal experience, archeological findings and mathematical research by others (that prove the Bible couldn’t have been devised by man), I have come to have absolute faith in the Bible as God’s Word. I consider it somewhat ironic that those who don’t believe in the Bible are the ones who most adamantly try to use it to deny my faith. Truthfully speaking, if Jesus is your Lord and Savior, you will trust the Bible. If Jesus is not your Lord and Savior, it doesn’t matter that you don’t trust the Bible.

In order to answer some of the questions, of those who sincerely would like to know the answers, I submit this work. For those who are not sincere seekers, please just go stick your head back in the sand, along side of the ostrich. I will not attempt to answer all of the supposed contradictions because some of them are just too ridiculous, some are too trivial to waste time on and others may just be mistranslations. One of the common mistakes, made by Bible detractors, is that they assume a partial report is not an accurate report. I went to the internet sites of atheists and other Bible detractors to gather a list of their most popular objections.

In the Bible, the lineage of Jesus is given twice, and appears to be contradictory. The lineage given in Matthew 1:1-16 and the lineage given in Luke 3:23-38 seems to give credence to those who say there are mistakes in the Bible, and therefore the Bible is not trustworthy. Because of this, we must investigate the reasoning of God in supplying the two different lineages. In Matthew we see the line of ascension to be from Abraham, to David, to Nathan, to Mary, to Jesus. The Luke ascension is from Abraham, to David, to Solomon, to Heli, to Joseph, who was the husband of Mary. The division is based on which son of David is taken. Joseph’s line came through David’s son Solomon, while Mary’s line came through David’s son Nathan. This has been verified through the Geneva Bible and the King James Authorized Version. Jesus’ human bloodline was through Mary, while His Heavenly bloodline was from the Holy Spirit of God. Jesus, through the marriage of Mary and Joseph, was called the son of Joseph; in the same way that Ruth, by marriage, was called the daughter of Naomi, as explained in the book of Ruth 1:11-13. In the Jerusalem Talmud, Mary is called the daughter of Heli, by marriage, to Joseph. Jesus was both the Son of God and the Son of Man. Jesus was the ‘real’ Son of God (through the Holy Spirit), and the legal son of Joseph (through the law). The relationship of Jesus, through the ‘seed of the woman’, was first announced in Genesis 3:15, and fulfilled in the birth, through Mary, by the Holy Spirit, without the seed of a man being involved; thus we can see that the virgin Mary was not impregnated by mankind, but by God Himself.. Luke 3:23 states: “And Jesus himself began to be about thirty years of age, being (as was supposed) the son of Joseph, which was the son of Heli”. The ‘as was supposed’ here means that everybody, in the neighborhood, thought Jesus’ father was Joseph.

Who was the husband of Mary, Joseph’s father? “Since Joseph cannot be both "begotten of Jacob", descended from Solomon (according to Matthew 1), and also "of Heli", descended from another of David's sons, Nathan (according to Luke 3) various explanations have been proposed for the Luke genealogy actually to be that of Mary. The view is relatively late; advocates of this view include John of Damascus (8th C), Annius (15th C), Luther, Bengel and Lightfoot. Harry A. Ironside (1930) considered that it was simply preference to drop women's names out of the genealogy; hence Joseph was son in law of Heli. Prior to the explanation above, the explanation of Sextus Julius Africanus that there had been a levirate marriage and that Joseph's grandfather Mattan (descendant of Solomon) had had a wife called "Esther" (not recorded in the Bible) with whom he fathered Jacob (Joseph's father), but Matthan died and Esther married Heli's father Melchi (descendant of Nathan). Then when Heli died childless (again not recorded in the Bible) Joseph's father Jacob took Heli's wife to raise up children for Heli and left Joseph adopted in Heli's widow's house. Another possibility is that since both Heli and Jacob have a similar name listed as their father (Matthan In Matthew, Matthat in Luke), a discrepancy that can easily be accounted for by error, that the names Heli and Jacob refer to the same person. Matthew relied heavily on fitting existing prophecy to the narrative; in the Old Testament, Jacob (the last of the biblical patriarchs) also had a son named Joseph. This explanation fits for Heli/Jacob himself, but not for the earlier genealogies.”(Wikipedia) Many times, in the Bible we see people called by different names: Bartholemew was Nathaniel, Peter was Simon, Paul was Saul, Didymus was Thomas, Lebbaeus surname was Thaddaeus, in Acts John whose surname was Mark, Simeon which was called Niger, Israel was Jacob and perhaps Jacob (Joseph’s daddy) was Heli, however, the proper translation gives Joseph as the son-in-law of Heli.

Why the differing deaths of Judas? The Bible, in one place says that Judas hung himself and in another place said he fell headlong, burst asunder and his bowels gushed out. How could this happen? There is an art to hanging a person in which the weight, the height of the victim and the distance of the drop have to be calculated. What can happen is that, if the calculations are wrong, the victim could drop so long and hard that it would snap the head off of the body. It is my opinion that this is what happened to Judas. He hung himself (Matthew 27:5), at the top of a hill or cliff, and because no calculations were considered, his head snapped off so he fell headlong , burst asunder and his bowels gushed out (Acts 1:8).

Which is the most trustworthy Gospel? Matthew and John were the eyewitnesses to every thing, but has been demonstrated over the years, eyewitness accounts can vary greatly from person to person. Out of a crowd of twenty people, who witness an event, you can get twenty different accounts of what was seen, even if ever so slightly. Mark may have been present for much of what he wrote and he was perhaps the disciple who, when Jesus was arrested, ran away naked as he had to leave his cloak behind. Luke, on the other hand, was able to look at what all the disciples had to say and gave a synopsis of all the information he was able to gather. Luke was also better educated than the others. We also must realize that since the Holy Spirit was the one who inspired the writing of the Gospels, He would have made sure they were given accurately. This may explain why although there seem to be some variances, by point of view, all are trustworthy. In our court system, when eye witnesses give similar but not exact accounts, it is considered evidence of lack of collusion. “All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness.”(2 Tim.3:16, KJV) “The doctrine of the inspiration of the sacred writings has been a subject of much discussion, and even controversy, among Christians. There are two principal opinions on the subject: 1. that every thought and word were inspired by God, and that the writer did nothing but merely write as the Spirit dictated. 2. “That God gave the whole matter, leaving the inspired writers to their own language; and hence the great variety of style and different modes of expression. But as I have treated this subject at large in my Introduction to the Four Gospels and Acts of the Apostles, I must refer the reader to that work. Is profitable for doctrine - To teach the will of God and to point out Jesus Christ, till he should come. For reproof - To convince men of the truth; and to confound those who should deny it, particularly the Jews. For correction - Προς επανορθωσιν· for restoring things to their proper uses and places, correcting false notions and mistaken views.” (Clarke's Commentary on the Bible)

Why is the woman looked to for heritage of the Jews today? Notice that I said today. An orthodox Rabbi friend of mine and his shicksa (non Jewish) wife had a son. The Rabbi was a Born Again believer in Christ who wanted to have an orthodox briss for his son. He argued with the high priests in the Baltimore/Washington area over what was right. The Council said the wife was the deciding factor for Jewish-ness of the offspring. My Rabbi friend argued that the male was the deciding factor. After my friend proved that the seed of Abraham, Isaac, Jacob and David was the deciding factor – the council won the argument by saying it was TRADITION. They did, however, authorize the orthodox briss with an orthodox Moil. We went throughout my friend’s home hiding everything we could find about Jesus. We didn’t want the Moil to be upset. Although the briss went well, we did have a slight problem – we missed the coffee cups that said “Jesus is Lord”. The Moil was using one when we noticed it. The writing was on the side away from him and he hadn’t noticed. It took a while for my friend and I to get the cup exchanged for another and the moil never found out. Oh what a tangled web we weave, when we practice to deceive.

Since the time of Jesus, it has been the line of the woman that’s decided the lineage of the baby. Before that it was the male who decided lineage. Furthermore, we find that in Judges 21 the Bible records the taking of the women of Jabeshgilead – daughters of Shiloh, as wives for the tribe of Benjamin. Ruth 1:4 lets us know the great grandmother of King David was a woman of Moab (Ruth 4:21-22) and not a Jew. When a baby is born today, you can see the baby being born, whereas the father’s lineage might be in doubt. In Luke we can see that lineage all the way back from Jesus to Adam. In Matthew we can see the lineage of Mary back to Abraham. All of these lineages used the male. Because of the ability to see the baby being born the Rabbi’s now say the lineage is from the female.

Do the Gospels agree? There are some who say that since the four Gospels do not tell the exact same story, they are contradictory. What we have in the four Gospels is the view of a historical period of time from the point of view of four different men, all with free will given by God, with four different personalities. One, for instance was a fisherman, another was a tax collector and yet another was a physician. If you and three friends lived through a period of time, and some years later were asked to write down what you remember had happened, would the four accounts be exactly alike? We all view things through the mirror of our own prejudices, our personalities and our life experiences. Some may give more importance to one event than another. There are many verifiable historical events throughout the Gospels that can be verified by other, non biblical, sources. I have often said that the essence of what God wants us to know is contained in the Bible, even if every jot and tittle may not be the same as was originally written. We can see today that the history books used in our schools are quite different than those that were used earlier in our nation’s history. Apparently it is not important that the religious foundations and biblical basis of those foundations be part of the historical education of our children today. In the same way, we can see that in some modern translations and paraphrases of the Bible, there are differences that change the original intent and factual renderings of the original writers. There are even those who espouse the Gnostic teachings that were refuted by the apostles in their own time. Research has shown that the King James Version, of the Bible, proves to be the truest and most accurate interpretation of the original writings. God used men to record the information He wanted us to have and He knew that these men would have differing points of view; by design. In 2 Peter 3:15-16, Peter verified Paul’s writings. God doesn’t want us all to be the same; if He did, there would have been no reason for there to have been more than one man. God wants us to be His by choice, not by coercion.

What is Good Friday? The last supper was on Wednesday evening. Jesus was crucified on Thursday. Jesus’ body spent Thursday afternoon (1st. day) in the grave, Thursday night (1st. night) in the grave, Friday all day (2nd. Day) in the grave, Friday night (2nd. Night) in the grave, Saturday all day (3rd. day) in the grave, Saturday night (3rd. night) in the grave. Early Sunday (first day of the week) morning, the grave was found to be empty. Thus, sometime during Saturday night to Sunday morning, Jesus was resurrected. My theory is that on Sunday morning when the sun came up, the Son came up. The light of the world rose again. Good Friday would be the first day when the suffering of Jesus was over.

Was Jesus resurrected or was His body stolen? It is stated in the Bible that the Pharacies gave bribes to the Roman guards to say that the disciples stole the body (Matthew 28:13). They knew the truth, but didn’t want the people to know it.

How long was Jesus in the tomb? Matthew 12:40 gives Jesus prophesying that he will spend "three days and three nights in the heart of the earth," and Mark 10:34 has "after three days he will rise again.” The prophecies have "after three days," but the post-Resurrection narratives have "on the third day." After three days means after the crucifixion, three days later, Jesus rose out of the tomb. The three days would be Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Sunday was the third day, after the crucifixion and death of Jesus. As was explained in the Good Friday explanation, Jesus’ body spent Thursday afternoon (1st. day) in the grave, Thursday night (1st. night) in the grave, Friday all day (2nd. Day) in the grave, Friday night (2nd. Night) in the grave, Saturday all day (3rd. day) in the grave, Saturday night (3rd. night) in the grave. Early Sunday (first day of the week) morning, the grave was found to be empty. Thus, sometime during Saturday night to Sunday (the beginning of the new week) morning, Jesus was resurrected.

Is God good to everyone, or just a few? “Some readers have raised an objection to this alleged contradiction. They point out that PSA 145:20 states that The Lord keeps all who love Him, but that He will destroy the wicked. In other words, some see no contradiction between "The Lord is good to all" and JER 13:14. Others contend, however, that even if the Lord destroys the wicked he could do so with compassion, pity, and mercy. Further, there are biblical examples that indicate that the Lord is not necessarily "good" or merciful--even to those who are not wicked. One such example is Job. As one reader points out, "If Psalm 145:9 was not a contradiction of Psalm 145:20 or Jeremiah 13:14, it would read something like this: "The LORD is good to all, except the wicked: and his tender mercies are over all his works, except when He is punishing the wicked." In any case, the idea that the Lord is good and merciful is contradicted by countless examples in the Bible where God orders the destruction of infants, personally kills David's infant child, etc.”(Jim Merritt, The Torah says that when men are judged by God, and condemned, they will realize that God judged justly. God is perfect and therefore cannot condone that which is not perfect (sin). We have been given the ‘free will’ to decide which we will choose. Children, who die before the age of accountability, are not held to the same judgment.

How many ways are there to God? Many people will get mad at you if you tell them there is only one way to God. Sorry, I can’t change the facts just to suit your opinions and/or your wishes. The truth is that there is One God and One way to God. Jesus said He was the light, the truth and the life. He said there was no way to the Father except through Him. There are many prophesies in the Old Testament which essentially say “I will come” and many statements in the New Testaments which say “here I Am” These are facts that may mean nothing to you, until the day you die.

What day is the Sabbath? There is some contention over which day should be considered the Sabbath. First, let me say that God’s word says that Jesus is the Lord of the Sabbath. I recently read a book by the Seventh Day Adventists. They are adamant that the Sabbath is Saturday and not Sunday as most Christians celebrate. They, and the non believers, claim that we Christians can’t get our act together: the Old Testament states that the Sabbath is the seventh day of the week which is Saturday. I was in conflict with myself over how I felt about which day to consider the Sabbath. Father David Peoples, in a sermon, told about the Sabbath day in a way I had not heard previously. He said that we celebrate the Sabbath on Sunday because it was the first day of the New Covenant that began on the Sunday when Jesus was resurrected from the dead. The first day of the week was the first day of the New Covenant; therefore Sunday is the day we celebrate the Salvation that Jesus made available through His being resurrected from the dead; which falls in line with the fact that Jesus is Lord of the Sabbath. Jesus said He did not come to do away with the law but to fulfill the law. The fulfillment of the law is who we celebrate on Sunday because we are no longer subject to the law, if we are in Jesus. Mark2:27-28 states that the Sabbath was made for man, and not man for the Sabbath. What is the Sabbath but the peace and rest of the Lord? Since the resurrection, Jesus is our peace and our rest. He that has ears let him hear and he that has eyes let him see that Jesus is Lord of the Sabbath.

I have chosen to present this work in several parts, as the abundance of questions about the Bible are so many and varied I didn’t want to make it so lengthy that no one would want to read it.

As with all of my writings, everything must be compared to the Bible, for verification.