A Question About The Kingdom

Q.  In Matthew 21 :43 it seems that the kingdom will be taken from those outlined in v45. Do you think this refers to all Israel? Further, who are the people to whom it will be given, and when will this happen?

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The Purpose Of The Lord’s Return

Q.  Regarding Israel and the Jews: The whole purpose of Christ’s Return is to redeem Israel and the Jews right?? Isnt that the sole purpose? Yes, the gentiles also reap the benefits, but that is the ultimate purpose right?
2nd question: During the time of the great Tribulation, are the Jews exempt from making the decision to take the mark of the beast or not? Im confused because it says ” let those flee to the mountains”.. that makes it sound like they wont have to make that decision.   What about Jews here in the US or anywhere else who don’t make it to Israel to ” flee to the mountains”?

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He Who Has Ears, Let Him Hear

This phrase appears 7 times in the gospels; 8 if you count Mark 4:23. (Most modern translations omit that one.) Two are duplicates of Matt 13:9 having to do with the Sower and the seed. A variation, “he who has an ear” appears 7 times in Rev 2-3, and another version, “let the reader understand” appears in Matt 24:15. These words, only used by the Lord, seem to underscore something important. It’s as if He’s saying, “Pay attention now. This part is not optional.”  Adding them up gives us 14 passages that are required understanding for the believer.

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Why A Donkey?

Q.  What was the significance of Jesus riding a colt of a donkey? Was this a royal mode of transportation? Was it miraculous that he could even ride an unbroken colt? Or is there no more to it than showing Christ’s humility? I know there is a bigger picture and this was the only time Jesus let himself be declared the Messiah-King of the Jews and that the rocks would cry out if the people didn’t.  I just have not heard why he chose a donkey.

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The Promised Land in The Millennium

Q.  I’m a believer in our covenant keeping God, and take seriously His promises to Abraham and David etc.  I’ve always been of the view that God is yet to fully establish the Messianic Kingdom that He has promised, and eagerly await the return of Messiah, when He will reign as King on the throne of David, here on earth, as per the covenants and the prophecies.  However, Joshua 21:43-45 seems to suggest that the land promises were fulfilled.  I know other places in scripture suggest otherwise, but I would appreciate your thoughts on this passage that others often cite against my views.

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The Gospel of the Kingdom Vs. The Gospel of Grace, Conclusion

A Bible Study by Jack Kelley

Part 2. The Gospel Of Grace

The word “grace” appears 170 times in the English translation of the Bible, 37 of them in the Old Testament. Of the remaining 133, only four are contained in the gospels and they all refer to the Lord Jesus (Luke 2:40, John 1:14, 16, 17). The Book of Acts contains 10 appearances, and 2 others can be found in the Book of Revelation (Rev. 1:4, Rev. 22:21) where they essentially open and close the book. That leaves 117 references to grace in the various Epistles.

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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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The Gospel of the Kingdom Vs. The Gospel of Grace

This entry is part 1 of 1 in the series Kingdom Vs. Grace

A Bible Study by Jack Kelley

Part 1. The Gospel Of The Kingdom

In those days John the Baptist came, preaching in the Desert of Judea and saying, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is near.” (Matt. 3:1-2)

Prophecies of a Messianic King appear throughout the Old Testament and many in the Jewish leadership saw John’s arrival on the scene as their fulfillment. They sent representatives to the place where John was baptizing to see if he was the promised Messiah. He said he wasn’t, but that the one they had been expecting was even then in their midst (John 1:19-28).

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Chosen Or Elect Or What?

Q.  I’m having a difficult time separating God’s chosen people from God’s elect. I’ve always thought that Israel is God’s “chosen” people, but when we get into verse like cutting short for the Elects sake in Matt. 24 I get a little confused. Is Israel both the “Chosen” and the “Elect” and if so what is a Christian to identify with?  I ask this because I find it nearly impossible to convince post-trib believers that the verses in Matt. 24 are only about Israel and the 2nd coming, not the rapture of the church. Is there a way to convince them with scripture that show clearly that Jesus is speaking of Israel and not the church?

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