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A Question About Replacement Theology

Published: June 7, 2019
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I found an article on a Christian site where the author claims that the Old Testament contains many prophecies that cannot be fulfilled and promises that have been forfeited because God’s promises to Israel were conditional. He uses Exodus 19:4-6, Leviticus 26, Rom. 9-11 and Matthew 21:42,43; 23:38,39 to back up his teaching.

He states,”God has implemented a “new” covenant or Plan B, because “Plan A” (the original promises and prophecies given to ancient Israel) could not be accomplished because of Israel’s apostasy. Plan B is a bigger and better plan. It contains a brighter set of promises and prophecies and unlike Plan A, it is unconditional!

He also makes this statement: “There is no prophecy in the Bible indicating a third temple will be built and the reason for this silence is simple. God abandoned the nation of Israel at the end of the seventy weeks (Daniel 9) and He has no need for a third temple.” I thought only 69 weeks had been fulfilled.

Am I correct in interpreting his teaching as replacement theology? What would you say in a rebuttal to this? I personally don’t believe in replacement theology and think it is a heretical teaching and was interested in your view. Thanks for your wonderful insight.


Seven Demons And Forty Lashes

Published: June 7, 2019
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I have heard that Jesus cast out seven demons from Mary Magdalene. If so what were they? Also, my sister read that when Jesus was being whipped before his crucifixion that he was given 40 lashes less one. Do you know why it was worded that way? Why not just say 39 lashes?


What Bible Translation Do You Use?

Published: June 6, 2019
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I have learned so much from your wonderful web site. Thank you for making tough questions easy to understand. That having been said I would like to know what Bible version you quote from? It is so easy to understand and I would like to have a personal copy. And, thank you for your Mp3 teachings. I’ve downloaded every single one of them and I love sharing them (and this web site) with others.


Eternal Consequences For Believers?

Published: June 6, 2019
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I just read ‘Best Of Both Worlds?‘ and came across this:

‘And when they stand before the Bema Seat judgment (1 Cor 3:10-15) with their salvation intact but absent any rewards, this will become most obvious to them as they experience eternal consequences for a few years of rebellious behavior.’

What do you mean by eternal consequences? As in restrictions placed on us in eternity? The more rebellious we were on Earth, the more consequences (like what?) we have in eternity?

I held the view that all the Church would be equal in eternity, with no class structure. How do you see it?


Once Saved, Always Saved. Really

Published: June 6, 2019
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I asked my sister if she still believes that Jesus is her savior, that he died for her sins on the cross etc… and she says “no”, thus denying Jesus as her Savior now … she accepted Jesus when she was a little girl, but now she changed her mind … she believes in reincarnation to get closer to God very strongly – she doesn’t believe that Jesus is the only way to God any more.

What must I make of that? Can she “lose” her salvation because she changed her mind on who’s her Savior… or will she still be saved?

Can you accept Jesus as your Savior and then deny Him afterward and still have your name written in the Book of Life?

If she repents and re-direct her views and beliefs towards Jesus, well YES, but what if she dies tomorrow without changing back to Jesus as her Savior?


More On Believers In Hell

Published: June 5, 2019
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Please can you explain why, according to those who have had visions of Hell and Heaven or near death experience, they saw men and women of GOD in Hell because of one sin or the other. On the other hand, some of them told of people were refused entrance to Heaven because of the sin of unforgiveness not minding the fact that they are believers.


Another Tithing Question

Published: June 5, 2019
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I have read various articles regarding the Tithe and have found that the New Testament does not include tithing like it is in the Old Testament and especially the way it is explained in Malachi. Jesus has redeemed us from the curse of the law and tithing is in the law. Jesus taught to give as you purpose in your heart not grudgingly or of necessity.

This means that all that we have belongs to God and we are stewards of these things. The way we handle these things will determine our love towards God. The new covenant in Christ is “what is yours is mine and what is mine is yours”. Is it correct then to say that 10% should not be preached but rather that all is Gods and not only the 10%. By doing this, if God wants us to give all we have, then we need to do so because of the covenant we have with him.


In What Year Did Jesus Die?

Published: June 5, 2019
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Your site is a tremendous blessing to me! Thank you for spending time to answer our questions.

Do we know what date (mainly what year) Jesus was crucified? I’ve seen in-depth teachings about matching up two Sabbaths in a row (the seventh day in Passover and the seventh day of the week because supposedly Sabbath is plural in Matthew 28:1) giving us 29 AD. I’ve heard that Daniel’s 70 weeks gives us 32 AD. I’ve also heard that Luke 3:1 gives us 33 AD. Who is correct?


Repent And Repeat?

Published: June 4, 2019
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I was speaking to a friend of mine about repentance. He said when you’ve truly repented you can’t do again what you’ve repented from. He said if you do it again anytime your life it means you didn’t repent in the first place. This confused me because there are things that I repented from them honestly but I find myself doing them again although I do not like to do them. Have I not truly repented?


Sanctifying Ourselves?

Published: June 4, 2019
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We have been exploring Hebrew Roots and are all in agreement that following the Law does not save us but there are those who believe following the Law is part of the sanctification process. What are your thoughts on this?