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Edom, Moab, and Ammon

A Bible Study by Jack Kelley

Here’s a brief summary of the history and prophecy concerning these three neighbors of Israel who always seem to wind upon the wrong side of things where the Lord is concerned.

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The Persistent Widow

Will He Find Faith On The Earth?

A Bible Study by Jack Kelley

I’ve studied what the Bible says about healing for years and years, and two things remain clear to me.  One is that Jesus is the same yesterday, today, and forever (Hebrews 13:8).   Another is He said anyone with faith in Him would do the things He did (John 14:12).  But the results we’re experiencing in much of the Western Church today are far different from those attributed to Him in the Bible.  A logical mind can only conclude that something has changed.  Since it can’t be Him, that leaves only us.

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What’s Contained In The Old Is Explained In The New

Commentary by Jack Kelley

I first heard the title phrase some years back, along with its companion, “what’s concealed in the old is revealed in the new.” They helped with my understanding that the Book we call the Bible is just that … one book. It’s not 66 or even 2 but one. Sure it has two parts (they’re actually called covenants) but it’s one book. The more we know about the contents of the first part, the better we will understand the second. It’s just like any other complex issue; an understanding of context or background is a big help in achieving comprehension. (Think of the Old Testament as background, putting the New Testament into proper context.)

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What Does The Bible Say? The Resurrection

A Bible Study by Jack Kelley

For believers, the resurrection from the dead is perhaps the greatest promise the Bible offers. The idea of eternal life in a state of perpetual bliss goes well beyond amazing for those who read the Scriptures literally.

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Seven Major Prophetic Signs Of The Second Coming

A Bible Study by Jack Kelley

14th Annual Update January 2015

There are seven major prophetic signs of the Second Coming, and currently all of them are in some stage of fulfillment.  As in years past, I’ll list the seven with their primary Biblical references and offer comments  from current events.  These comments are based on reports from a variety of international news services that have appeared in our daily “Prophecy In The Headlines” feature during the past year.

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The Rapture, A Secret Jesus Couldn’t Reveal

A Bible Study by Jack Kelley

I am frequently asked if the rapture is such an important event for the Church, why didn’t Jesus say anything about it? Our Q & A format doesn’t lend itself to a comprehensive answer to such a complex question, so here’s the whole story. It begins 500 years before the cross with God’s answer to a prayer from Daniel reminding Him that Israel’s 70 year Babylonian captivity was just about over and He promised He would restore the nation when it ended (Jeremiah 29:10-11).

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A Shepherd’s Story

A Christmas Story by Jack Kelley

In the same region there were some shepherds staying out in the fields and keeping watch over their flock by night. And an angel of the Lord suddenly stood before them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them; and they were terribly frightened.

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Paul’s Letter to The Galatians

A Bible Study by Jack Kelley

Part 5.  The conclusion of Paul’s case against combining Law and Grace

We’ve arrived at the final chapter of Paul’s letter to the Galatians, where Paul has presented a strong case against combining Law and Grace. In effect, he has said the two are like oil and water; they don’t mix. Jesus died to set us free from the Law. Therefore, believers who place themselves under the Law are denying the sufficiency of the cross. A little Law mixed into Grace is like a little yeast mixed into a batch of dough. Both eventually permeate everything and cause irreversible changes.

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Paul’s Letter To The Galatians

A Bible Study by Jack Kelley

Part 4 of Paul’s case against combining the Law and Grace

By now you know that Paul’s letter to the Galatians was a vigorous rebuttal to the claims of the so-called Judaizers, Jewish Christians who taught that Gentiles desiring to become Christians had to put themselves under the Law and be circumcised to be saved.

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Paul’s Letter To The Galatians

A Bible Study by Jack Kelley

Part 3 of Paul’s case against combining the Law and Grace

Paul has been showing the Galatians that all believers in Jesus are children of God. We are also descendants of Abraham, and heirs according to the promise God gave to Abraham that all nations would be blessed through him. This blessing would come in the person of Jesus, also a descendant of Abraham, who would make it possible for the Gentiles to be justified by faith. Although the promise came before the Law was given, its fulfillment came later. In the interim, the Law was given to God’s people as a guardian. Now let’s resume our study with chapter 4.

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Paul’s Letter To The Galatians

A Bible Study by Jack Kelley

Part 2 of Paul’s case against combining the Law and Grace

In part 1 we established that the primary purpose of this letter was to contend against a group called the Judaizers, early Jewish Christians who taught that Gentile converts to Christianity also had to observe certain Old Testament rites, specifically circumcision. Some even argued that the only way for a Gentile to become a Christian was to first convert to Judaism and go under the Law.

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Will Israel Be Driven From Their Land Again?

Q.  My friend was asking my thoughts on a topic that came up during a men’s bible study of Jeremiah. Evidently there are some who believe that Israel will once again be removed from there land. I find that difficult to believe. As I was not at that particular study, I don’t know what verse or verses were used to justify that position (but it did come from Jeremiah). Have you ever hear of this?

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Can We Lose Our Salvation Through Disobedience?

Q.  There are people today in the Church Age who truly believe they are saved by grace and not of works, but “fear” and think they can lose their salvation by disobedience. I know all other believers from the Old Testament, Tribulation, and Millennial times will have to do works/obey in order to show they are believers. The Church Age is the exception, but can Church Age believers cancel out their salvation by being afraid they can lose it?

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Are We Watchmen?

Q.   Does Ezekiel 33:1-9  mean we are to speak up when we see wicked things and warn or hold accountable the person involved in such things, or we will answer for their death?  So if we remain silent, this is a sin?

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Am I Worthy To Serve?

Q. Perhaps you can advise me. I have carried a minister’s license for a lot of years, but have never used it to preach, although I am accused of being preachy.  A lot of those years I have felt that I have been called to help spread the word. I currently reside in the Philippines and feel there is a need to fill and that I could fill it with the Holy Spirit guiding. The problem is I am a sinner. Not a terrible sinner.  I was a lot worse but God has cleaned me up pretty well.  Even so, I can’t seem to overcome the feeling of unworthiness because of the sins I still commit. I know where to find forgiveness for my weakness but still lack to courage to preach. Is this Satan working in me to stop me from sharing my blessings or am I just putting too much me in the equation? Your opinion would be appreciated.

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How Many Trumpets Are There Before The Last One?

Q. Re: 1 Corinthians 15:51-53.  Listen, I tell you a mystery: We will not all sleep, but we will all be changed— in a flash, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, the dead will be raised imperishable, and we will be changed. For the perishable must clothe itself with the imperishable, and the mortal with immortality.

So when it says “at the last trump” how many trumpet sounds will there be before it, making it the last trump? No wonder Rosh Hashana is associated with the Rapture. Continue reading…

Sheep And Goats, National Or Personal?

Q. I think I understand all the judgments as to when and where they will occur and who will be involved.  However, I am having a problem determining exactly what is the judgment of the nations.  Is it in conjunction with the Sheep and Goat judgment?  Is it called the judgment of the nations because all the people living at the end of the Great Tribulation from their various nations will be called to this judgment?  I know that whole nations, as well as individuals, have been judged by the way they have treated the Jewish people.  Will whole nations be judged or just on an individual basis within these nations?  Thank you for the time you spend answering our questions.  It has certainly been a blessing to me.

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Confronting And Convicting

Q. I met a  Muslim girl who attends a great Baptist college here in the US.  She expressed to me that she is Muslim, but was having spiritual issues.  She came to this university hoping to resolve them, but is still Muslim after attending this university for three years.  I told her that I believe Jesus Christ is the Messiah, she just looked at me and nodded her head.  I felt ashamed because I just dropped it.  Please give me words/ scriptures that I can quote to get her attention.  I need to know to “hook” her to read the Bible.  We really are strangers, but she keeps popping up in my mind.  I do not want to lose her!

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Blessed Are The Poor In Spirit

Q.  Matthew 5:3 says “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the Kingdom of Heaven.”   This almost indicates those poor in spirit will go to Heaven while I have always believed to go to Heaven you must accept Christ as your savior which would indicate one must have spirit.

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Prophecy Interrrupted

Q.  When I compared Luke 4:18-21 with Isaiah 61:1-2 I discovered it was incomplete.  Why did the Lord stop reading before the end of the passage?

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