The Four Faces of Jesus

A Bible Study by Jack Kelley

Scoffers and skeptics often ask, “Why four gospels” Couldn’t Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John have agreed on their stories and written just one?” Liberal scholars further confuse the issue by calling Matthew, Mark and Luke the “synoptic” gospels claiming that Mark wrote his first and the others all relied on it in developing their accounts. Then there’s the “Q” document theory holding that an undiscovered “quelle” (Latin for source) document upon which all the writers relied for their information was actually the earliest gospel account.

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A Seared Conscience

Q.  Sometimes in Christian circles, you hear the phrase “a seared conscience” and it is used as the result of ignoring God’s word and disobeying. The concept is that if you ignore God enough, you lose the ability to hear him, you become insensitive. That may be true. But the actual scripture that this phrase comes from has a different lesson.  It shows they are not ignoring godly boundaries, but are actually creating a stricter morality. How can being stricter sear the conscience?

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Have All Of Isaiah’s Prophecies Been Fulfilled?

Q. I have thoroughly enjoyed your series on The End Times According to Isaiah. Each week I print the next part off and study carefully. We are also studying the Book of Isaiah in my Sunday School class. But we have differences in opinion. Some in my class think that Isaiah was prophesying in the 700′s BC to events which later occurred between the 600′s BC up to the beginning of the first century AD.   They have difficulty applying Isaiah to “end time events” soon to come. How can I reconcile Isaiah’s prophecies to both Israel’s times of trouble before Jesus’ birth and also to upcoming “end time events?”  Is there scripture to support God’s prophetic judgments through prophecy to equally apply to past history and the future?

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Iron Mixed With Clay

Q.  Re: Daniel 2:41. ” And whereas thou sawest the feet and toes, part of potters’ clay, and part of iron, the kingdom shall be divided; but there shall be in it of the strength of the iron, forasmuch as thou sawest the iron mixed with miry clay.”  I once heard a speaker say, “Iron mixed with miry clay; how else would someone in Daniel’s day describe something being built of reinforced concrete? ”

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Seven Major Prophetic Signs Of The Second Coming

A Bible Study by Jack Kelley

13th Annual Update January 2014

There are seven major prophetic signs of the Second Coming, and currently all of them are in some stage of fulfillment.  As in years past, I’ll list the seven with their primary biblical references and offer commentary from current events.

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Is 144,000 A Symbolic Number?

Q.  I would like to ask if it is possible that the number 144,000 is a symbolic number fullness?  It seems to me that in Revelation 7:4 is the symbolic figure of all Israel, and in Revelation 14:3 is a symbolic number fullness of the Gentiles.

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A Covenant With Death

A Bible Study by Jack Kelley

Therefore hear the word of the LORD, you scoffers who rule this people in Jerusalem. You boast, “We have entered into a covenant with death, with the grave we have made an agreement. When an overwhelming scourge sweeps by, it cannot touch us, for we have made a lie our refuge and falsehood our hiding place.”

So this is what the Sovereign LORD says: “See, I lay a stone in Zion, a tested stone, a precious cornerstone for a sure foundation; the one who trusts will never be dismayed.

I will make justice the measuring line and righteousness the plumb line; hail will sweep away your refuge, the lie, and water will overflow your hiding place. Your covenant with death will be annulled; your agreement with the grave will not stand. When the overwhelming scourge sweeps by, you will be beaten down by it. (Isaiah 28:14-18)

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Is The Third Temple Being Built?

Q.  Thank you for this great ministry.  It has been a huge help to me and many others to whom I print and pass along your writings. I was wondering if you had heard the news that a temple was being built in Mitzpeh Yericho. It is being billed as a exact replica of the ancient temple and will be used for training those who will serve in the new temple. To me a exact replica is the temple. It will be around ten miles east of Jerusalem but I think it’s along the route of the great valley that will be created when Jesus’ feet touch down. Could this be the temple of the tribulation? I would love to hear your thoughts on this.

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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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