Articles of the Day 1/6/15: ‘humanity and compassion’

Repent! The time of the Lord is close at hand. Open your heart to Jesus Christ. He is knocking at your door. Let him in and take up your cause before the Lord. Jesus Christ died for your sins, he was killed for them, he rose again and he will return again. Read Matthew 24:4-14 and ask yourself are these things taking place now?

 

Syria-Iraq

Kurdish fighters capture key area in northern Syrian town

“BEIRUT – Kurdish fighters have advanced in the northern Syrian town of Kobani after heavy fighting with Islamic State militants, a Kurdish official and an activist group said Monday.”

Saudi King Abdullah said ready to abdicate over ill health, as ISIS strikes the kingdom’s border

“Abdullah bin Abdulaziz, 91, the Saudi monarch who worked tirelessly to inch his hidebound, ultra-conservative kingdom into modern times, is gravely ill and reported by DEBKAfile’s sources ready to abdicate. He hands the reins of government of the world’s biggest exporting nation to two successors. Conscious of his failing health, Abdullah spent the past year organizing an orderly succession to maintain regime stability. He lined up his half-brother, Crown Prince Salman, 78, to sit on the throne. However, since he is believed to suffer from dementia, the next crown prince Muqirin, 69-70, will rule the realm in practice.”

 

Meanwhile…

Jerusalem zoo braces for snowfall of biblical proportions

 “Zoological gardens staff scrambles to ensure animals remain safe during this week’s looming winter storm.”

New F-35 Fighters to Join IAF Fleet

“This fifth generation stealth fighter is one of the most technologically advanced jets to date. The addition of these aircraft will reinforce the strength of the air force and give the IAF capabilities to defend Israel against any threat it faces.”

Archaeologists find possible site of Jesus’s trial in Jerusalem

“JERUSALEM — It started 15 years ago with plans to expand the Tower of David Museum. But the story took a strange turn when archaeologists started peeling away layers under the floor in an old abandoned building adjacent to the museum in Jerusalem’s Old City. They knew it had been used as a prison when the Ottoman Turks and then the British ruled these parts. But, as they carefully dug down, they eventually uncovered something extraordinary: the suspected remains of the palace where one of the more famous scenes of the New Testament may have taken place — the trial of Jesus.”

‘Israeli kindness changed my life,’ says Hamas escapee in Canada

“I lost faith in everything I knew. My belief collapsed on itself and was absolutely destroyed. From that point on, I had to develop my own beliefs and ideologies [after being] exposed to the truth — that Jewish people were not the monsters I was taught they are. They were actually normal people who showed humanity and compassion in my time of need.”

Why oil prices are still dropping — in one simple chart

“The price of oil keeps falling and falling and falling. Back in June 2014, Brent crude went for $115 per barrel. That price has dropped in half, down to $53 per barrel. And it’s still declining today.”

 

Prophecy

Matthew Or Daniel, Who Is Right?

“Q. The Rapture, A Secret Jesus Couldn’t Reveal, you quoted Matt. 21:43, “Therefore I tell you that the kingdom of God will be taken away from you and given to a people who will produce its fruit” which is used to validate replacement theology. But Daniel 2:44 says, “In the time of those kings, the God of heaven will set up a kingdom that will never be destroyed, nor will it be left to another people. It will crush all those kingdoms and bring them to an end, but it will itself endure forever.” What Kingdom is taken from Israel and given to another people (presumable the Church), and what Kingdom will not be left to another people? In what way are they different?

A. The problem in comparing these two statements is the one in Matt. 21:43 has to do with the 1st coming, while Daniel 2:44 describes the 2nd Coming.

In Matt. 21:43 Jesus was referring to the Church, who would be given the “invisible” phase of the Kingdom consisting of born again believers everywhere on Earth. It would not have physical boundaries or a homeland and although it’s in the world, it is not of the world. Paul said our citizenship is in Heaven (Phil 3:20).

After we’re taken out of the world to our heavenly home, God will turn again to Israel. To interpret Matt. 21:43 as they do, proponents of replacement theology have to ignore or spiritualize hundreds of prophecies that call for Israel’s Kingdom Age. One of them is Daniel 2:44.

Daniel was not given knowledge of the Church so his prophecy does not include any reference to it. With our hindsight we can see that he was speaking of the Kingdom Age, the time following the 2nd Coming when Israel will be God’s nation on Earth, living with Him in the Promised Land. That’s the time at which all other earthly kingdoms will brought to an end.

In Acts 15:13-18 James explained that after the resurrection Israel was set aside for a time while the Lord took out of the Gentiles a people for Himself. After He has taken us He will turn again to Israel, restore the covenant, and rebuild the Temple. This shows us that Israel was not permanently replaced, but was temporarily set aside.

God knows the end from the beginning (Isaiah 46:10). He does not have to change His mind, discarding old prophecies in exchange for new ones as He learns from experience. Every one of God’s prophecies has to be fulfilled, whether for Israel, the Church, or the nations.”

The End Of The Church

“Q. You have said that the rapture is “a number specific event, not a date specific one.” I absolutely agree. But since more people are being born every day, some of whom may become born again in their lifetime, it’s hard to wrap the mind around “number specific” (even though I believe it). In other words, will the world grow so dark that no one will be saved from some unknown point in time and then at that juncture, the rapture will take place? I’m 72. I would prefer to “fly” than to “die.”

A. I think most of us would prefer to fly than to die. To be part of such a unique event would be incredible, to say the least.

Here’s the way I see it. Since Paul said the rapture will take place in a flash, in the twinkling of an eye (1 Cor. 15:51-52), I believe in one moment we’ll have the last one in the Church to be born again, then we’ll have the rapture, and then in the next moment we’ll have the first post-Church believer give his or her heart to the Lord.

Many post-Church believers will come to faith because of the rapture, perhaps in the first moments afterward, as they realize that the event their Christian friends tried to warn them about has just taken place.”

The Fullness Of the Gentiles

“Q. I believe in the Pre-Tribulation Rapture of the Church of Jesus Christ. I am a little confused about this scripture in Romans 11:25 though. I believe there will be people from the nations of the world (Gentiles) during the 7 year and Great tribulation period to be born again/believe in Jesus as the son of God and to be saved. My question for you is: if the Rapture doesn’t take place “until the fullness of the Gentiles come in” then, does this “Fullness” not include the Tribulation Gentiles?

A. Paul’s use of the term “fullness of the Gentiles” in Romans 11:25 refers to the number of Gentile believers the Lord has designated to be part of the Church. Many will be saved after the rapture takes place but they won’t be part of the Church.

James referred to this when he laid out the order of events in Acts 15:13-18. In effect he said Israel was being set aside while the Lord takes a people for Himself from out of the Gentiles. This refers to the Church. After he has taken us in the rapture, He will turn again to Israel. The Old Covenant will be restored and the Temple will be rebuilt, that the remnant of men may seek the Lord. This includes both Jews and Gentiles who will not have come to the Lord in time for the rapture. We call them tribulation believers.”

 

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