The Nephilim

A Bible Study by Jack Kelley

“When men began to increase on earth and daughters were born to them, the divine beings saw how beautiful the daughters of men were and they took wives from among those that pleased them. It was then, and later too, that the Nephilim appeared on earth – when the divine beings cohabited with the daughters of men, who bore them offspring. They were the heroes of old, the men of renown.” (Genesis 6:2-4, from a Jewish translation of the Torah.)

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How Many Re-Gatherings Are There?

Q.  From other sources, I have read that Israel’s first captivity and return was when they were all released from Egypt after 430 years. This was their first re-gathering.  When the Israelites were released from the Babylonian captivity after 70 years, it was their second re-gathering and the third re-gathering was the rebirth of Israel as a nation on May 14, 1948.  However, quoting from one of your answers, “The re-gathering that officially began in 1948 and continues is the 2nd one.  It will be completed after the Battle of Ezekiel 38.  The first was after the Babylonian captivity.”  Please share with me a clear explanation of your opinion on this matter.

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Burning The Weapons

Q.  I would like to hear your thoughts on a comment that I heard recently from a respected Bible teacher who said that Ezekiel 39:9-10 says that after the War of Gog & Magog, the Jews will burn the weapons from this war for fuel for a total of 7 years. The Bible teacher went on to say that because in Revelation 12:6 (3.5 yrs into the tribulation) the Jews flee Israel to a place prepared for her by God (Petra) and therefore the War of Gog & Magog has to start at least 3.5 years before the start of the Tribulation Period.

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The Fall Feasts Of Israel

A Bible Study by Jack Kelley

(At sunset on Sept. 4, 2013 Israel begins year 5774 on the Hebrew Calendar. As I often do with articles that commemorate annual events, I have updated this study on the Fall Feasts adding new information for your review.)

The fall is arguably the most important time of the year in Judaism. Three of Israel’s holiest days are celebrated then, and all in the space of 15 days. They are  Yom Teruah, or Feast of Trumpets, followed 10 days later by Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement, and 5 days after that by Sukkot, the week long Feast of Tabernacles. On our calendar they usually occur some time between mid September and early October due to the differences between the Jewish (lunar) calendar and the western (solar) one.  Each of these holy days has both historical and prophetic significance, the prophetic fulfillment to occur on the day itself. Therefore Christians study them for glimpses into the future as well as to gain a better understanding of Jewish culture.

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Who Is Modern Day Israel?

Q.  Please help me understand the end times as they are being played out today. The most difficult thing to find out is, who is the modern day Israel ?  Are we being deceived into error?  Who and where are the true Jews that we are to bless and love that are God’s true people. Please try to keep it simple for me, thanks.

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The Two Witnesses of Revelation

A Bible Study by Jack Kelley

And I will give power to my two witnesses and they will prophesy for 1260 days clothed in sack cloth. These are the two olive trees and the two lamp stands that stand before the Lord of the earth. If anyone tries to harm them fire comes from their mouths and devours their enemies. This is how anyone who wants to harm them must die. These men have power to shut up the sky so that it will not rain during the time they are prophesying and they have the power to turn the waters into blood and to strike the earth with every kind of plague as often as they want. (Rev 11:3-6).

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Dust, Sand, And Stars

Q.  I just read a commentary on the three types of people who represent the seed of Abraham.  The author likened them to the Jews, the Arabs, and the Church.  I’ve only recognized these Scriptures to be speaking to two groups; the “earthly promises” to Israel and the “heavenly/spiritual promises” to the Church.  Would you please clarify.

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The Camels Of Isaiah 60

Q.  Can you please explain to me about the camels of Isaiah 60:6? I believe this to be a prophecy regarding Jesus, but is there more to it as far as Christians are concerned?

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The Olivet Discourse … Luke’s Version

A Bible Study by Jack Kelley

Students of prophecy often pay more attention to Matthew’s version of the Olivet Discourse because of its greater length and detail. But when we bypass Luke’s account, we miss one third of the Lord’s message. That’s because the disciples asked the Lord three questions and in Matthew 24 He only answered the last two. Also, it’s Luke’s answer to their first question that confirms the whole message.

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The Hebraic Roots Movement

Q.  I am wondering what the Biblical responsibility towards Jerusalem and the Jewish people is for those who have received Christ as their Savior and live under grace. I see pastors wearing prayer shawls and holding firm to the Old Testament laws, holidays and feasts and have noticed a major influx of church leaders preaching and teaching about the Jewish people still being God’s chosen people and about how much we owe them.

I pray daily for the peace of Jerusalem, but I don’t feel led by the Lord to buy a prayer shawl or observe feasts and holidays as laid out in the Old Testament. I can’t find the requirement for any of that in the post resurrection scriptures, but, if these are things I should be addressing, I will. My outlook on this is simply stated: Either Jesus changed everything, or He didn’t. I believe He did.  Can you please clarify this for me?

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