In 1 Sam 21, we read that God was displeased because Saul had not honored a covenant agreement with the Gibeonites, even though the oath was gained dishonestly; thus whatever the reason for the covenant having been made – it should be honored. Why then, was it permitted in the book of Ezra to ‘put away’ the non-Jewish wives whom they had taken in disobedience.
Can a believer commit suicide? I think a born again believer wouldn’t take their own life because of the indwelling of the Holy Spirit.
But what about Samson, who selfishly brought down the temple on the Philistines and also killing himself?
I do not understand how in your explanation of the Millennium, you can say that a temple, with blood sacrifices, will be operational in Israel. I cannot imagine the “final sacrifice” standing by while they kill animals for sacrifice even if you say it is as a “memorial”. This is the main thing that I cannot accept about the dispensationalist view. It seems to me it would be an abomination to a God who sent His only Son to be a “once and for all” sacrifice. My question is how can you believe this?
RE: Judge Not That Ye Be Not Judged. There is a difference between “judging” others ourselves and believing what God has already said. When I tell my teenager that it is a sin that one of her friends is having sex before marriage, I am not “judging” that girl. I am agreeing with what God has already said. I’m tired of the worn out reprimand that I am judging when I recognize sin as God calls it. It is important to discern this especially in raising children, is it not?
Regarding your interpretation of Matthew 7:1, you seem to render the context to imply that this verse is broadly speaking against judgments of any kind. We sin so we can’t judge sin in another. But the context of Matthew 7 reveals that Jesus was mainly concerned with hypocrisy and not sin in general. “You hypocrite, first take the plank out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye.” (Matthew 7:5) Also in the same sermon 7:15-23 Jesus warns his disciples to watch out for false prophets, that we ought to judge these by their fruits i.e. actions.
I have one question. I have read on the site that Revelation 21 takes place during the millennium and that the Church will live in the New Jerusalem (which will orbit the earth) while Israel and the tribulation saints live on the new heaven and earth. The thought is that Revelation 21:1 is referring to Isaiah 65:17.
The theory makes a lot of sense, but I noticed something. Revelation 21:4 says that “there shall be no more death”, while Isaiah 65:20 indicates that there will still be sin and death during the millennium. In fact, Revelation 21:4 seems to categorically say that death, sorrow, crying, and pain have been done away with forever, “for the former things are passed away”. But if there is still sin and death in Isaiah 65, then death, sorrow, crying, and pain haven’t been done away yet, for where there is sin and death there is sorrow and pain.
What are your thoughts on this? It is hard for me to match Revelation 21 to Isaiah 65; to me they seem to be discussing two different new earths – one that has death, and one that does not. Thank you very much for your site! I have immensely enjoyed it since I discovered it a few months ago and have learned a great deal. I am very thankful for your ministry.