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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Does The Lord Build The Coming Temple?

Q. I have a question. Zechariah 6: 12-13 says that The “Branch” or The “Messiah” will build the temple again. How does this work because during the tribulation the anti-Christ will sit in the temple and cause the abomination of desolation? If The Lord is already here then how does this work?

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The Feast of Hanukkah … History And Prophecy

A Bible Study by Jack Kelley

He will be succeeded by a contemptible person who has not been given the honor of royalty. He will invade the kingdom when its people feel secure, and he will seize it through intrigue. (Daniel 11:21)

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The End Times According To Daniel … Part Three, Chapters 10-12

This entry is part 3 of 3 in the series End Times According To Daniel

A Bible Study by Jack Kelley

In chapter 10, Daniel tells of a revelation he received during the third year of King Cyrus of Persia’s reign.  Remember, Cyrus had conquered Babylon in fulfillment of a prophecy God had given to Isaiah over 100 years earlier (Isaiah 44:24-45:7).  Daniel’s vision concerned a great war that was coming. It was still over 200 years away and would last nearly 200 years after that, and would pit the Seleucids against the Ptolemys. From our previous study we learned that Seleucus and Ptolemy were two of the four generals who assumed power upon the death of Alexander the Great and divided the Greek Empire among them. Seleucus took parts of what are now Turkey, Syria, Lebanon, and later Iran and Iraq, while Ptolemy got Egypt, Israel, and Jordan.

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How Did They Know?

Q. Regarding Luke 2:13-15.  The last sentence of verse 15 reads,  “Let’s go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has told us about.”  When did the Lord tell the shepherds about going to Bethlehem etc?  Did the angels tell them or Did they know from reading the scriptures?

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The Four Beasts Of Daniel 7

Q.  I want to ask you about the beasts in Daniel 7. You identified them as the Babylonian, Media-Persian, Greek, and Roman kingdoms; many Bible scholars interpret them also this way. However, I’ve read another interpretation that they are not those kingdoms, but are others.  The argument is based on verse 17: “These four great beasts are four kings who SHALL arise out of the earth” (emphasis mine). Therefore, since this vision was given to Daniel in the time of Babylonian kingdom, the first beast can not be the Babylon (because the word “shall” implies future), and so on. What’s your view on this?

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The Strong Delusion

Q. What do you think will be the strong delusion that God sends to the world as written in 2 Thessalonians 2:11?   “And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie.”  That question has been on my mind lately.

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The End Times According To Daniel … Part Two, Chapters 8 And 9

This entry is part 2 of 3 in the series End Times According To Daniel

A Feature Article by Jack Kelley

Two years after Daniel’s vision of the four beasts that we described in chapter 7, he had another vision, this one of a ram and a goat. As we’ll see, it was intended to give both him and us more detail on the things to come, because the vision has a dual fulfillment. For Daniel this vision was all in the future.  But for us the first fulfillment is now history, assuring the final one, which is still in our future.

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The Beginning Of The End?

Q. With the downturn of the US economy, can we say that it’s a prelude to the rising power of the anti Christ movement?  I remember you shared that when the US lost its control and influence over the world’s economy and started to abandon Israel, that is when Russia and Iran will attack Israel to fulfill the prophecy of Ezekiel 38-39. Then could the US economic downturn be the prelude for the anti Christ to rise to power and dominion?

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