The Queen Of Heaven

Q.  Who are the Queen of Heaven, Queen of Sheba and Queen of the South, who Jesus spoke of in Matt. 12:39-42? I understand that the Catholics pray to Mary as the queen of heaven, but I have never read any scripture that conveys that she should be prayed to or considered the queen of heaven. One thing I read suggested that the queen of the south and the queen of Sheba are the same person. If you could just clear up who these people/persons are, that would be great.

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Ezekiel’s Sticks

Q.  In Ezekiel 37:16-28 God has the prophet take two sticks and join them together into one.  What it the passage really about?

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The Best Study Method?

Q.  I have been following you for such a long time; and finally decided to ask a question I’ve long wondered about.  You have become such an expert on answering scripture related questions; and I trust and respect your wisdom.  Would you share with me the technique (method) you find most helpful in studying the Word?  I’ve tried several methods and have lots of reference books, but still don’t seem to have a handle on the best way.  I, too, believe time is short; and I want to learn all I can while I’m still here.

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The Kinsman Redeemer

Q. Can you give references for the following statement from your Revelation 5 article? I am interested in searching further regarding it. “A son could redeem what his father had lost.” Could Seth have redeemed what Adam lost?

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Heaven Is For Real

Q.  The book “Heaven is for Real” was extremely realistic, yet I have a catch in my Spirit in regards to it as I feel we are not  to be involved with the supernatural, but receive our information re: heaven from the Bible and Our Lord Jesus Christ. John 3 :13 says No one has ascended to heaven but He who came down from heaven, that is, the Son of Man, who is in heaven. I would appreciate your thoughts and opinion.

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Q. Is vegetarianism in the Bible? I read that Daniel went vegetarian to avoid eating sinful foods offered by the king.  Jesus was a Nazarene. Weren’t they vegetarians? Jesus fed the people fish but it did not say that he actually ate it.  The ten commandments say not to kill. Doesn’t that include animals?

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The Fear Of The Lord

Q.  The phrase “the fear of The Lord” is used many times in the Bible.  For example, Proverbs 1:7 tells us that “the fear of The Lord” is the beginning of knowledge. But, what exactly is “the fear of The Lord” as it is used in Proverbs 1:7 and other places?

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What Does The Bible Say? Part 2, Salvation

This entry is part 2 of 8 in the series What Does The Bible say?

A Bible Study by Jack Kelley

I appeal to you brothers, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that all of you agree with one another so that there may be no divisions among you and that you may be perfectly united in mind and in thought (1 Cor. 1:10).

For the time will come when people will not put up with sound doctrine. Instead, to suit their own desires they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear (2 Tim 4:3).

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What Does The Bible Really Say?

Q.  I am currently leading a study of the Torah with an effort to draw from Jewish Rabbinic teaching.  I am finding the impact on translations into our language challenging.  Genesis 1:2 (a) is a prime example.  The first word of verse 2 is interpreted “And the earth” with the possibility of being “But the earth.”  The second word is translated “was” while the Hebrew reads “she became.”  Verse 2 when translated seems to read more like this given the Hebrew meanings: “But (or Now) the earth became chaos and vacant; and (now or but) darkness (was) over the abyss.”  As you can see the meaning is much different than the English translations.
While I want to be careful to remain faithful to the Word, it is a struggle, as I know there are those who translate in ways to justify their preconceptions.  Can you give me any recommendations for a faithful translation of the Hebrew into English that is true to the Hebrew?

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