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Keeping It Simple

Keeping It Simple

A Bible Study by Jack Kelley

Mankind has a propensity for taking simple things and making them complex, often confusing himself in the process.  Some say this began with the serpent’s question to Eve,  “Did God really say…?”(Genesis 3:1).  Lets look at some of the simple things of the Bible that man has tried to complicate and ask ourselves if we’re better off with man’s opinion or would it make more sense to keep it simple and stick with what the Bible says.

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Return of the Medes

The Return Of The Medes

Commentary by Jack Kelley

See, I will stir up against them the Medes, who do not care for silver and have no delight in gold. Their bows will strike down the young men; they will have no mercy on infants nor will they look with compassion on children. Babylon, the jewel of kingdoms, the glory of the Babylonians’ pride, will be overthrown by God like Sodom and Gomorrah. She will never be inhabited or lived in through all generations; no Arab will pitch his tent there, no shepherd will rest his flocks there. (Isaiah 13:17-20)

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Sifting Peter

A Bible Study by Jack Kelley

“Simon, Simon, Satan has asked to sift you as wheat. But I have prayed for you, Simon, that your faith may not fail. And when you have turned back, strengthen your brothers.” (Luke 22:31-32)

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Birth Pangs Update

A Bible Study by Jack Kelley

Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. There will be famines and earthquakes in various places. All these are the beginning of birth pains (Matt. 24:7-8).

Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. There will be earthquakes in various places, and famines. These are the beginning of birth pains (Mark 13:8).

Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. There will be great earthquakes, famines and pestilences in various places, and fearful events and great signs from heaven (Luke 21:10-11).

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What Does The Bible Say? The Sabbath Year (Shemitah)

A Bible Study by Jack Kelley

The weekly Sabbath is one of the foundations of the Torah (the first five books of the Bible, often called the five books of Moses). The Israelites were commanded to rest from their labors on the seventh day of the week, because in six days the Lord made the heavens and the earth, the sea, and all that is in them, but He rested on the seventh day. Therefore the Lord blessed the seventh day and made it holy (Exodus 20:11).

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The Fall Feasts Of Israel

A Bible Study by Jack Kelley

The fall is arguably the most important time of the year in Judaism. Three of Israel’s holiest days are celebrated then, and all in the space of 3 weeks. They are  Yom Teruah, also called the Feast of Trumpets, followed 10 days later by Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement, and 5 days after that by Sukkot, the week long Feast of Tabernacles.  They all have both historical and prophetic fulfillment and, following the pattern of the spring feasts, the prophetic fulfillment will occur during the time of each feast. Therefore, Christians study them for glimpses into the future as well as to gain a better understanding of Jewish history and culture. This year they occur on Sept. 24-26 (Feast of Trumpets), October 3-4 (Yom Kippur) and October 8-15 (Feast of Tabernacles).

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Why Do Jews Reject Jesus As The Messiah? Part 2

Commentary by Jack Kelley

I was recently asked to respond to seven reasons why Jews reject Jesus as the Messiah. These seven reasons have been featured on a Jewish “anti-missionary” website as part of their effort to discourage Jewish conversions to Christianity. In part one I responded to the first four of these reasons, so we’ll now conclude with my response to the remaining three.

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Why Do Jews Reject Jesus As The Messiah? Part 1

Commentary by Jack Kelley

In the last decade or so, a number of Jewish “anti-missionary” ministries have cropped up to combat the increasing conversion of Jewish people to belief in Jesus as the Messiah of Israel. They have come on the scene because in the words of one of these ministries, “More Jews have converted to Christianity in the last 19 years than in the previous 1900.” Recently someone wrote asking me to respond to the following seven reasons that one of these ministries has published in support of their claim that Jesus cannot be the Jewish Messiah.

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Rapture? Which Rapture?

A Bible Study by Jack Kelley

Among Christians who believe there will be a rapture of the Church, the great majority of us are convinced it will precede the end times judgments. This position is commonly called the pre-tribulation rapture.

Those who reject the pre-trib view are either mid-tribulation, post tribulation or pre-wrath rapture advocates. In this study we’ll review these rapture positions.

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The Islamic State, A Sample Of Things To Come?

Commentary by Jack Kelley

Like most students of prophecy I’ve been watching events in Iraq for the last several weeks and wondering what they mean. And like most writers on the subject, I’ve been silent because I haven’t been sure that what’s going on is Biblically relevant. After all, not all current events are foretold in prophecy. Nor do they all fit on a timeline to the 2nd Coming. But after a fair amount of seeking the Lord on this, I think I finally have a glimpse of something worth writing about.

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OSAS And The Church In Sardis (Rev. 3:1-6)

A Bible Study by Jack Kelley

I keep getting questions from people who wonder if Rev. 3:5 denies OSAS. Usually these questions come from folks who believe in OSAS but have had Rev. 3:5 used against them by those who don’t. They write in hoping I’ll have an answer that will confirm their belief and that they can also use to defend it the next time they are confronted with this verse.

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Is A Defining Moment Necessary?

Q. I can’t seem to find my defining moment as to when I became saved. A lot of people say that there has to be a “ah ha” moment. I am 53 years old and have really been growing closer and closer to the Lord the past 10 years.  I never ever doubted that there was a Jesus, God’s only son or that he died on the cross and I gave my life to Him in my teens. But now I can’t pinpoint the time I came to know the truth and how it happened.  It’s like I just slowly grew into the truth. Can that be? Sometimes I get scared that maybe I’m not really saved.  Please help me understand this.
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Multiple Raptures?

Q.  You say that there is only one rapture, but Rev. 7:9 seems to indicate an additional rapture at approx. pre-wrath.  And for a long time I’ve been saying there are multiple biblical raptures which includes OT prophets, Jesus, the Church, newly saved tribbers, two witnesses, the 144000, and finally everybody for the White Throne Judgement.  Can you clear this up for me?

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The Last One Saved

Q. My daughter and I were discussing two statements in the Bible, one about “the times of the Gentiles be fulfilled” in Luke 21:24 and the other one is Romans 11:25, “when the fullness of the Gentiles be come in”. That that means there is ONE person who will be the final Gentile to be saved, and I believe this means before the rapture.  If so, then it would appear that NO Gentile will be saved during the tribulation. If that is the case, are all the tribulation saints that are killed Jewish? Does that mean any Christians in name only who will be left behind at the rapture would not have any possibility of getting saved during the tribulation as possibly indicated by 2 Thess. 2:11-12?

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The Bible Code

Q. There are lots of people who are using software to come up with ‘codes’ in Hebrew that are supposed to tell the future.  Some are Jewish Rabbi’s using the Old Testament only and some are others who use the entire Bible for codes. Do you have any opinion on these codes and if they have any validity for the Christian?

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The Rapture And The Bride

Q.  If I’m not wrong there is no evidence in the gospels of Jesus mentionig about  the rapture.  Since this is an important subject why hasn’t Jesus spoken a single word about it?  I tried to figure out an answer by myself: maybe because the people He was addressing to would not be involved with the rapture.  But, even so, He spoke a lot about the wedding of the Lamb and the bride, the wedding banquet, and  they were not involved on these topics as well. Could you please give me some light on that?

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Rome And Babylon, Follow Up

Q.  Re: Rome And Babylon.  I am confused and hope you can clarify something for me: in your post about Rome and Babylon you say, “In Rev. 2:13 Jesus called Pergamus the city “where Satan has his throne.”  When the Church was merged with these religions Rome became the capitol.”  Which church are you referring to as having merged with the Pagan religions?  Is it the Catholic Church?

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Sprinkling His Blood

Q.  How do you think (or describe) Jesus actually “Sprinkled His Blood” on the altar in Heaven?  This question  comes to my simple mind every time I see the act mentioned and your explanation would be greatly appreciated. If you have explained this in another article would you direct me towards it.

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What Do These Phrases Mean?

Q.  I’ve been looking for someone I felt to be a good source to answer these questions.  I’m not sure if these are scripture but if so, I’d like to know how they apply to a believer today. 1) looking into a glass dimly lit, and 2) calling things that are not as though they were.  Can you help?

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