The More Things Change, The More They Stay The Same

Commentary by Jack Kelley

On the night Jesus was born, the Parthians (remnant of Persia and forerunners of today’s Iran) and the Romans (forerunners of the End Times Kingdom of the anti-Christ) were at odds with each other. The Syrians didn’t like the Jews and had tried unsuccessfully to conquer them, their attempt having been thwarted by the Maccabean revolt. Israel’s sovereignty had all but vanished, and the nation’s very existence was in doubt.

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Cyrus Of Persia, Anointed Of God

Q.  My question is the meaning of verse 7 in context of the prophetic chapter 45 of Isaiah. It appears God is relaying a message to Cyrus, king of Persia to convince him who He is. Your insight is always appreciated.

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Explaining The Sheep And Goat Judgment

Q. Can you please explain again how Messiah was meaning His Jewish brethren when talking about “if you did it to the least of these my brothers, you were doing it to me”, and how it means we should be helping the Jews today, whether monetarily or otherwise. Someone I’m talking to thinks it only means fellow believers, and I don’t think that’s entirely correct. Am I wrong in my thinking?

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How Are Jewish People Saved?

Q. I am confused about the Jewish people and salvation. How do God’s chosen people become saved? Is it only by faith in the life and work of our Savior Jesus Christ? What about those who lived and died before He came?  Are they lost forever?

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When Will Israel Receive The New Covenant?

Q.  In Ezekiel 36:26-27 the Lord Said, “I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit within you.  I will take the heart of stone out of your flesh.  I will put My Spirit within you and cause you to walk in My statutes.”  When I was a new Christian I heard this word of the Lord and understood that this is what takes place in a Christians’ life at the time of salvation and continues throughout our sanctification and I was deeply blessed.  My question is: Exactly when does this take place for the house of Israel?

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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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The Christmas Story … Part 1

A Bible Study by Jack Kelley

For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. (Isaiah 9:6)

Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign: The virgin will be with child and will give birth to a son, and will call him Immanuel. (Isaiah 7:14)

In the past he humbled the land of Zebulun and the land of Naphtali, but in the future he will honor Galilee of the Gentiles, by the way of the sea, along the Jordan. The people walking in darkness have seen a great light; on those living in the land of the shadow of death a light has dawned. (Isaiah 9:1-2)

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Checking Out A Teaching

Q.  We had a guest speaker at church who said some things that I hadn’t heard before and didn’t sit quite right with me.  Will you please clarify if these statements of his  have any truth to them, and if they are regularly taught subjects?

(1) Based on Genesis 9 and 10, only Japheth’s descendants (which are caucasians) are Gentiles and were given the responsibility of spreading the Gospel;
(2) There are two apples of God’s eye – Israel and America;
(3) In Matthew 21:43, the kingdom of God was given to “a nation” (singular), which is America.  (Strong’s says this word could mean people, and I always thought it meant the church.)

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