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Solving the Three Day Three Night Mystery

Solving the Three Day Three Night Mystery

A Bible Study by Jack Kelley

In Matthew 12:38 Jesus was asked for a sign to show that He was the promised Messiah. The religious officials had just accused Him of using the power of Satan to perform His miracles, and so He described the only sign they would see. “Just as Jonah was three days and three nights in the belly of a huge fish,” He said, “So will the Son of Man be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth (Matt. 12:40).” By this He meant that because of their hardened hearts they would only know for sure that He was their Messiah after He rose from the dead, an unmistakably miraculous sign.  History shows they didn’t accept even as incredible a sign as this, but His response has resulted in a 2000 year controversy surrounding the time of His death.

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Passover Lamb

The Passover: History And Prophecy

A Bible Study by Jack Kelley

The Feasts of Israel have both a historical and a prophetic fulfillment. In this study we’ll review the account of Passover, the world’s oldest continuously celebrated Holy Day, from these two perspectives.

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Believe in Your Heart

Believe In Your Heart

A Bible Study by Jack Kelley

If you confess with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you confess and are saved. (Romans 10:9-10)

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The Seven Miracles In John

A Bible Study by Jack Kelley

In the past I’ve explained the need for 4 Gospels and the tremendous increase in understanding we can gain by comparing events from the different perspectives of each (read The Four Faces of Jesus). In this study we’ll  focus on the unique character of  John’s Gospel.

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Rightly Dividing The Word Of Truth

A Bible Study by Jack Kelley

“Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth” (2 Tim. 2:15 KJV)

The purpose of this study is to show that the above verse from the King James translation of  2 Tim. 2:15 has been given a meaning Paul didn’t originally intend.  If you’ve heard the phrase “rightly dividing” being tossed around lately, you probably know what I mean.  If not, reading this will help you to be better prepared when you do.

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Reuniting Priest And King

A Bible Study by Jack Kelley

“O profane and wicked prince of Israel, whose day has come, whose time of punishment has reached its climax, this is what the Sovereign LORD says: Take off the turban, remove the crown. It will not be as it was: The lowly will be exalted and the exalted will be brought low. A ruin! A ruin! I will make it a ruin! It will not be restored until he comes to whom it rightfully belongs; to him I will give it. (Ezekiel 21:25-27)

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Matt. 24 And The Pre-Trib Rapture

A Bible Study by Jack Kelley

Lately I’ve been receiving questions again about various rapture positions.  Several of these questions have to do with the claim that in the Olivet Discourse (Matt. 24-25) Jesus in effect said the Church will have to endure all of the seven years of Daniel’s 70th Week including the Great Tribulation. In this study I will attempt to show why He could not have done so.

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Understanding John 6:37-40

A Bible Study by Jack Kelley

All those the Father gives me will come to me, and whoever comes to me I will never drive away.  For I have come down from heaven not to do my will but to do the will of him who sent me.  And this is the will of him who sent me, that I shall lose none of all those he has given me, but raise them up at the last day.  For my Father’s will is that everyone who looks to the Son and believes in him shall have eternal life, and I will raise them up at the last day.” (John 6:37-40)

Some interpret this passage to mean the Father gave us to the Son as a gift. People who say this are usually trying to support the idea that it is God who chooses which of us will be saved and then He gives those He’s chosen to His Son. But is that really what Jesus was saying? Let’s find out.

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Our Heavenly Body

A Bible Study by Jack Kelley

In my Father’s house are many rooms; if it were not so, I would have told you. I am going there to prepare a place for you (John 14:2).

Recently I had someone object to my belief that Jesus was referring to our eternal home in the New Jerusalem when He said this. This person’s opinion is that Jesus was talking about our post resurrection body and he cited 2 Cor. 5:1-2 in support of it.

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God’s Argument Against Evolution

A Bible Study by Jack Kelley

(Note:  Following up on the recent evolution/ creation debate, here’s something you might not have considered.)

My wife has a teacup poodle.  We bought her as a puppy almost 13 years ago.  She wasn’t just a pound puppy but a pure bred, papers and all. Expensive, too.  Breeders make a big issue about how they control the process to emphasize the desirable traits of the breed.

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Fighting Jealousy

Q.   I’m currently struggling with jealousy — I know that because I have Jesus, I have everything, but I still become jealous after I see someone with something that I want, whether it be their personality, skills, and so on; I’ve been jealous of my own friends, and it’s disgusting. To make matters worse, there’s even a particular person I tend to be jealous of. I find myself wishing misfortune to her — again, disgusting. I keep reminding myself that God will provide all that I need, but I keep having these thoughts and feelings. I find myself constantly asking for forgiveness for this sin. What verses would be useful for me to study?

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More On Forgiveness

Q.  I read your wonderful article on forgiveness.  My questions is: do I need to go to the person and actually tell them I forgive them when they don’t see that they have sinned against me wrongfully? I have confessed to The Lord for being angry at this person. I have forgiven the person in my heart. But do I need to speak directly to this person?

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More On Children And The Rapture

Q.  I have been contemplating these times and the rapture. I’m wondering, if for a time, no one will be come pregnant? If the mother is not a believer (follower of Christ) at the point of rapture will the child evacuate the womb and be taken back to heaven with all the other children?

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Sinful From Birth?

Q.  I understand from your studies that there is an age of accountability yet, there are many scriptures that seem to say otherwise. For instance, Paul recognizes that “all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God (Rom 3:23).

The problem I have with age of accountability is, we are born in a sinful condition due to Adam and Eve (Gen 3:6-7; Rom 5:12) David described it this way; “Surely I was sinful at birth, sinful from the time my mother conceived me” (Psalm 51:5). This implies that even in the womb we are guilty. How do we reconcile this with Paul inferring an age of accountability?

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Where Did Jesus Go When He Died?

Q.   Does the Bible tell us where Jesus actually went while he was in the tomb? Did he go to be with the father directly or did he go into the bowels of the earth to collect the faithful ..my pastor says his spirit went directly to God, so I’m confused.

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Long Hair On Men

Q.  Re: What Did Jesus Look Like? I was reading your response about what Jesus looked like, and it reminded me of something I’d read elsewhere about Jesus and long hair.  The person cited 1 Cor. 11:14-15. “Does not even nature itself teach you that if a man has long hair, it is a dishonor to him,  but if a woman has long hair, it is a glory to her? For her hair is given to her for a covering.”

If men wore their hair long in the 1st century (as I’ve always believed), then why would Paul say that long hair is dishonorable to a man?

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Understanding Hebrews 12:5-6

Q.  Re: Hebrews 12: 5-6  And ye have forgotten the exhortation which speaketh unto you as unto children, My son, despise not thou the chastening of the Lord, nor faint when thou art rebuked of him: For whom the Lord loveth he chasteneth, and SCOURGETH every son whom he receiveth.

What is the meaning of the word scourge in the verse and how does it apply?  Recently I have read that the word scourge could be a translation issue…and since, God having scourged His son as spoken of in Isa. 53:4-5 why would He then scourge or whip us? I have been following your blog for awhile now and have learned a great deal from your teachings. Thank you!

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Should I Force My 18 Year Old To Attend Church?

Q.   Do you think that parents should FORCE their 18 year olds and older to go to church? I raised my kids going to Sunday School. They got saved and baptized at like 14/15. Now that they are 18 they just “don’t want to go”. They say they still believe, but don’t want to go to church. I hate fighting with them to go. When I finally get them there everyone is unhappy and mad. Is it better to force them or not? I can’t see which is the better way to go. I feel like a failure that they don’t want to go to church.

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What Did Jesus Look Like?

Q. What do you think Yeshua looked like? I know it really doesn’t matter.  However, as a practicing and obedient (to the Law of Moses) Jew, would He have had long hair or, perhaps short hair with the long curls on each side? What would he have worn as clothing?  In many Protestant churches, there are portraits depicting Him with long straight brown hair, beard and very frail looking.  I personally believe there should be no likeness of our Lord displayed since we don’t really know what He looked like and it may be a violation of the 2nd Commandment.

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