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Carrying The Ark Of The Covenant

Published: February 8, 2011
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Recently at a Bible study I attend it was mentioned that the Ark of the Covenant was a very heavy object and that it required supernatural strength in order for the four men to carry it between them on the poles. I did some research online and have come up with calculated weights for it ranging from 188 lbs up to 4000 lbs, needless to say that is quite a discrepancy. My question is, do you think that it actually was heavy enough that God had to provide the carriers with increased strength in order to transport it?


Are God And Allah The Same? Follow Up

Published: February 8, 2011
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Your answer to this question was accurate except you made the statement that God does beget and the Son was begotten. This is incorrect. The Son, as spoken in the book of John, has always existed as part of the Trinity. The word “begotten” should more accurately be translated as “unique” or “One of a kind”. I know you didn’t mean to state that Christ was begotten by the Father but you left that impression. This is the same mistake that a lot of people make, thinking Christ didn’t exist until He became flesh.


Al Mahdi And The Pale Horse

Published: February 8, 2011
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It seemed to me that the Mahdi had been sighted in Egypt during the riots. Some referred to it as the pale rider of the apocalypse, but I believe it was a sighting of the Mahdi–whether real or contrived, I cannot say. There are many reports of interesting phenomenon appearing (lying signs and wonders?) in the times we are living in. I think something “big” is about to happen in the Middle East.


The Court Of The Gentiles

Published: February 7, 2011
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I have a question about the Court of the Gentiles and why the Gentiles would have gone into the Temple in the first place, especially if they weren’t regarded as being worthy of being accepted by God. I know animals were sold in the Court of the Gentiles and the Gentiles probably went to sell their animals to the Jewish people.


Am I Slandering Satan?

Published: February 7, 2011
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Often times I realize that Satan has invaded my life and is manipulating me. When I come to this realization, I stop what I’m doing and say: “Satan, get out of my life. Go jump in that lake of fire and don’t come back.” Sometimes I’ll say: “Dear Jesus please help me get Satan out of here.” I don’t consider what I’m saying as slander; do you? By the way, why do we show Satan the respect that we do by capitalizing the name “Satan?”


Have We Misunderstood?

Published: February 7, 2011
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I have a question regarding the doctrines of eternal security and also the rapture. It seems very clear that these are biblical, but looking at what the early Church believed creates conflict for me. I know that the Bible is the final authority, but if Christians this soon after the cross believed in loss of salvation, works righteousness, etc. could we be wrong in your interpretation of God’s word? What’s also unnerving is just how many people are like that today. Some even say that OSAS and the rapture are only very modern ideas. What is the explanation for this?


Ridiculous Teaching About Satan?

Published: February 5, 2011
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I have read many of Jack Kelley’s writings and have learned from him but this article of lifting up Satan really frosts my cake. When Jack said Satan is given a position of respect in the kingdom of God and even Michael didn’t dare accuse him I have no idea what Jack was thinking. The scripture is full of accusation against Satan and that is especially true in the New Testament. I think Jack you must apologize for this idiocy or face being discredited big time. This idea of if Michael couldn’t accuse Satan then we must not accuse Satan is ridiculous. To cast out a devil is making an accusation wouldn’t you think? If Satan appears as an angel of light as Paul said, isn’t that an accusation?


Blessings From Psalm 32

Published: February 4, 2011
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I have been doing some study on Sin and I came across a verse from Psalm 32 v 2 “Blessed is the man to whom the Lord does not impute iniquity”. First of all I thought the psalmist was referring to Jesus Christ but then why does the word “man” not have a capital M. Who does the Lord spare from imputed iniquity? I thought we were all imputed with sin from Adam’s sin. Please help me here.


The Wind And The Spirit

Published: February 4, 2011
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Concerning the meaning of Jesus words to Nicodemus in John 3:8 about the work of the Holy Spirit. ‘ The wind blows wherever it pleases. You hear its sound but you cannot tell where it comes from or where it is going. So it is with everyone born of the Spirit.’ The NIV study notes (revised 2008) says this about this verse: The Holy Spirit is sovereign. He works as He pleases in His renewal of human hearts. I don’t know what to believe about this verse, what Jesus said or the explanation I read. Can you help?


Do We Have His Name Wrong?

Published: February 4, 2011
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Greetings in our savior’s name Yeshua. As you know that Yeshua is Hebrew and means salvation. Whereas “Jesus” in Hebrew means nothing. We all seem to accept that the word Jesus is right, because of tradition. And tradition voids the meaning of Our Saviour Yeshua. I can see a hand of the Devil here and he loves to have us use the wrong word in getting the message out. It merits consideration for us to share among other born again believers why we address Our Lord as Yeshua.