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Kings Of The North And South Update

Commentary by Jack Kelley

Over the past five years or so I have written several times about the middle eastern kings of Daniel 11 known as the kings of the north and the south. In these studies I’ve shown how these two kings will become prominent again in the end times as the Shiites (king of the north) and the Sunnis (king of the south) vie for supremacy in the Islamic movement. Before getting a look at what’s currently happening in this coming clash, let’s have a quick review of their origins.

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The Bond Servant

A Bible Study by Jack Kelley

Paul, a bond servant of Jesus Christ, called to be an apostle, and set apart to the gospel of God (Romans 1:1).

Most translations of Romans 1:1 use either slave or servant in defining Paul’s relationship with the Lord, but the phrase “bond servant” is actually the most accurate. In effect, a bond servant enters into the relationship voluntarily with the understanding that it’s a lifetime commitment, with no provision for release.

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How To Win Your Crowns

A Bible Study by Jack Kelley

So, forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus. All of us who are mature should take such a view of things. And if on some point you think differently, that too God will make clear to you. Only let us live up to what we have already attained. (Phil 3:13-16)

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You Must Be Born Again

A Bible Study by Jack Kelley

Jesus replied, “Very truly I tell you, no one can see the kingdom of God unless they are born again” (John 3:3)

This started out as my response to someone asking me to defend my view that children who die before reaching the age of accountability go to heaven. As you’ll see, it became much more.

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Passover and Palm Sunday

A Bible Study by Jack Kelley

The next day, John saw Jesus coming toward him and said, “Look, the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world. I have seen and I testify that this is the Son of God.” (John 1:29,34).

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What Does The Bible Say About Israel’s Future?

Commentary by Jack Kelley

Contrary to all the polls and predictions Benyamin Netanyahu and his Likud party have won another election. Some Israeli observers are calling this a landmark victory, because it came in spite of (or maybe as a reaction to) unprecedented external meddling in the country’s election process.

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Spiritual Gifts … Occupy Part 2

A Bible Study by Jack Kelley

(Note: If you haven’t already done so, I suggest reading “Occupy Until I Come” as an introduction to this study.)

Now to each one the manifestation of the Spirit is given for the common good. All these are the work of one and the same Spirit, and He gives them to each one, just as He determines (1 Cor. 12:7,11).

Each one should use whatever gift he has received to serve others faithfully, administering God’s grace in it’s various forms (1 Peter 4:10).

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What Does The Bible Say? Tribulation And Wrath

A Bible Study by Jack Kelley

Recently I was reading a new book on Revelation by an author who subscribes to the pre-wrath rapture position. I don’t recommend this or any other mid-trib, pre-wrath, or post-trib book. I only read them myself because my belief in the pre-trib position is solid enough to not be shaken, and I feel the need to know about the current thinking on other positions in case I’m asked.

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Life On Earth In The Millennium

A Bible Study by Jack Kelley

Hal Lindsey once speculated that at his judgment Satan hurled two accusations at God. “You’re not just and You have no love.” In past studies we have seen how God demonstrated His perfect justice through Israel and His perfect love through the Church.  In this study, we’ll talk about a time in the future when both perfect justice and perfect love will govern the lives of people on Earth.

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Occupy Until I Come

A Bible Study by Jack Kelley

Some of you are aware that we post a “Question Of The Day” on Facebook each day. Recently one of these questions received more comments than any other we’ve ever posted by a wide margin.

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The Kings Of the North And South, Follow up

Q.   It never occurred to me that when the AC declares himself to be God in the Jewish temple, the Muslims would consider that blasphemy because they thought he was claiming to be Allah. I thought he would actually unite the Muslims because they thought he was the Imam. Whose armies will defeat the king of the north and the king of the south?   I thought that would be Jesus returning with His saints.

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Who’s Watching Us?

Q. In regards to the “cloud of witnesses” (Heb 12:1), and your oft-repeated assertions (to which I also hold) that in eternity, we will be able to visit the history of the world to watch events unfold before us, do you think that there are in fact saints around each of us today, from the “future”, watching our lives as we live? Could not I, in eternity, go back to visit myself as I type this, and then in fact as I type, my future “self” would be here with me?

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Christian Guilt

Q.  Hebrews 10:1-2 reads, “The law is only a shadow of the good things that are coming—not the realities themselves. For this reason it can never, by the same sacrifices repeated endlessly year after year, make perfect those who draw near to worship.  Otherwise, would they not have stopped being offered? For the worshipers would have been cleansed once for all, and would no longer have felt guilty for their sins.”

If we flip this verse around it’s also saying, promising actually, the reverse, i.e. that those who have accepted Christ’s sacrifice on their behalf and have accepted Him as Personal Savior will no longer experienced guilt.  Why then are so many Christians tortured with guilt?

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Dominionism

Q. I recently heard two Christians say, “Who cares when the Rapture occurs?  We should be busy tearing down the devil’s strongholds.”  Something about this really bothered me. Isn’t there a crown for those watching and waiting for Jesus to return?  And doesn’t the devil have his day with the AC until Jesus Himself returns to tear it down?

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Another Forgiveness Question

Q.  I’ve been having thoughts of past hurts in my life caused by others. I have handed it over to God and have forgave them and have prayed for them as well. But at times when things get tough for me I resort back to the past hurts.  I don’t want to blame others and I believe I’ve gained knowledge and strength over it. But since I think of it when things start going wrong or I feel overwhelmed, it makes things worse for me. So is it unforgiveness I’m holding on to or the devil taunting me to make me hurt worse?  I’ve tried everything. Is it a sin if I can’t control it?

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First Resurrection

Q.  Revelation 20:5 refers to the “First Resurrection.” I myself am a Pre-tribber and see the many strong arguments supporting a Pre-trib rapture. However, I can not satisfactorily resolve for myself the fact that Revelation 20:5-6 calls the Post-trib resurrection the “first resurrection” and the Pre-trib rapture seems to be, apparently, not counted as a resurrection for one reason or another. I am much looking forward to your insight on this. Can you clear it up for me?

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The Multitude Of Rev. 7

Q.  Recently I started reading your book, Understanding Revelation. Coming to chapter 7, you commented that perhaps the multitude of believers that John sees who have come out the great tribulation came to faith from knowing the Rapture had taken place. I have always taken the position that those who heard the Gospel before the Rapture, but rejected it because they did not come to love the truth (2 Thess. 9-12) will then be forced to believe the lie, whom I see as the anti-christ. No doubt there are millions of people who have not heard the Gospel, who will be given the chance to come to faith as a result of the faithful Jewish witnesses of chapter 7.

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Does God Cause Bad Things To Happen?

Q. My husband is a commuter and listens to the Christian radio station on his way home from work.  Tonight he said there was a preacher on saying that God causes bad things to happen for the “greater good”.  I told him that is a false teacher because God is light and there is no darkness in Him the bible tells us.  We started talking and he brought up things like the flood and Exodus 11, where the first born Egyptian males were killed.  I told him the angel of death killed them not God but then I looked it up.  God
says in verses 4-7 that in essence it was Him.  Then I thought that was the old testament and since Jesus came, it’s different.  But  God is the same and doesn’t change the bible tells us. How exactly do I answer him based on God’s word?

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More On Near Death Experiences

Q.  I have read and heard people speak about near death experiences and it is usually recounted as a joyful feeling. I am wondering if the bible says anything about when judgement comes? Do non-believers get to experience this joyful time before being cast out? Or is judgement first and people who experience this joyful reunion with family are entering their eternal reward in heaven to stay?

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