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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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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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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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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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What Happened To Matthias?

Q. My question is about Matthias, the apostle who replaced Judas.  My SS teacher said that he believes that Paul should have been the replacement apostle rather than Matthias.   His reasoning is that there is nothing more known about Matthias after his selection and he says, a careful reading shows that the Lord was not consulted about the selection.    I know that Paul is sometimes called the 13th apostle, but is anything known about Matthias?

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Why Did Judas Betray The Lord?

Q. Since we’re in the Easter season, a thought occurred to me. What was Judas’ motive to betray Jesus? It certainly couldn’t be just the 30 pieces of silver. What did he stand to gain (in his mind) by betraying the Lord?

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In The Body Or In The Spirit?

Q.  Re: Why Have You Forsaken Me?  So with the sun going dark at noon, that tells us that He said this  at noon.  The sun then stayed dark for three hours, meaning that He was both dying and apart from the Trinity. At 3:00pm He was dead. Was His reunion with the Trinity instantaneous upon his last breath? Also, when He left the grave did he leave in His physical body? I’m talking about like when He went to preach to the spirits (demons?) bound there.

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Is Cremation Forbidden?

Q. I was speaking to a Christian friend who said in their church they are going to do a Bible Study on cremation. I would like to know what Scriptures says in this regard.  At death will we be condemned for cremating our body?

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How Could Nicodemus Understand?

Q.  Before Jesus was crucified and resurrected, he preached the gospel. He told Nicodemus that he must be born again. I wonder what this meant to the people who heard him as the Holy Spirit had yet to be poured out on believers.  How could someone be born again when at that time regeneration by the Holy Spirit was not possible yet?

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What Is The Origin Of Good Friday?

Q. I agree with you that the day of the Lord’s death on the Cross was Thursday.  My question is, why do we call Friday, “Good Friday?”  Even if the day of death was Friday, why would it be called good?

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Right Side Of Easter, Wrong Side Of Pentecost

Q. What did you mean in your MP-3 study of Gospel of Mark when you said : “They are on the right side of Easter, but on the wrong side of Pentecost” in reference to Christians who bear no fruit?  I thought by definition if you have no spirit in you (i.e. on the wrong side of Pentecost), you are not a Christian.

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The Pharisee And The Tax Collector

Q.  Re: Luke 18:9-14, the Parable of the Pharisee and the Tax Collector.   For whatever reason, I love this scripture, but at the same time, it scares me.  I’m sure I’m to look at the very first part of the scripture for the context.  But, I am thankful for so many things that could be part of my life but are not.  I’m not on drugs or alcohol,  I don’t commit crimes, etc.  I know this is not from my own power, I know it is the Lord.  But how can I pray to express my thankfulness for not being caught up in these lifestyles without it seeming that I’m exalting myself like the Pharisee?

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