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Exton Study Bible Volume 2: Exodus

Exodus

Exton Study Bible

Volume 2: Exodus

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Exodus

 

Chapter 1

 

Around 70 Descendants of Jacob (Israel) Had Moved to Egypt with Jacob [in around 1685 B.C.]

1 These are the names of the sons of Israel who came to Egypt with Jacob [that is, Israel]. Each one came with those of his house [NLV]:

Reuben, Simeon, Levi, and Judah; 

Issachar, Zebulun, and Benjamin; 

Dan and Naphtali; Gad and Asher. 

Joseph was already in Egypt. The total number of Jacob’s descendants was 70.

Eventually, Joseph, all his brothers, and that entire generation died. 

After Many Years, the Israelites Become Very Numerous & the Land is Filled with Them

But the descendants of Israel had many children. They became so numerous and strong that the land was filled with them.

The Israelites Become Slaves [around 1596 B.C.]

Then a new king, who knew nothing about Joseph, began to rule in Egypt. 

He said to his people, “There are too many Israelites, and they are stronger than we are. 

10 We have to outsmart them, or they’ll increase in number. Then, if war breaks out, they will join our enemies, fight against us, and leave the country.”

11 So the Egyptians put slave drivers in charge of them in order to oppress them through forced labor. They built Pithom and Rameses as supply cities for Pharaoh. 

12 But the more the Israelites were oppressed, the more they increased in number and spread out. The Egyptians couldn’t stand them any longer. 

13 So they forced the Israelites to work hard as slaves.

14 They made their lives bitter with back-breaking work in mortar and bricks and every kind of work in the fields. All the jobs the Egyptians gave them were brutally hard.

Pharaoh Tells the Midwives to Kill All Hebrew [that is, Israelite] Baby Boys

15 Then the king of Egypt told the Hebrew midwives, whose names were Shiphrah and Puah, 

16 “When you help the Hebrew women in childbirth, look at the child when you deliver it. If it’s a boy, kill it, but if it’s a girl, let it live.”

17 However, the midwives feared Elohim [i.e. God] and didn’t obey the king of Egypt’s orders. They let the boys live. 

18 So the king of Egypt called for the midwives. He asked them, “Why have you done this? Why have you let the boys live?”

19 The midwives answered Pharaoh, “Hebrew women are not like Egyptian women. They are so healthy that they have their babies before a midwife arrives.”

20 Elohim [i.e. God] was good to the midwives. So the people increased in number and became very strong. 

21 Because the midwives feared Elohim, he gave them families of their own.

Pharaoh Commands that All Newborn Israelite Boys are to be Thrown into the Nile River

22 Then Pharaoh commanded all his people to throw into the Nile every Hebrew boy that was born, but to let every girl live.

Chapter 2

Moses is Born [around 1572 B.C.] & is Thrown into the Nile River, but Pharaoh’s Daughter Rescues Moses & Adopts Him

1 A man from Levi’s family married a Levite woman.

The woman became pregnant and had a son. She saw how beautiful he was and hid him for three months. 

When she couldn’t hide him any longer, she took a basket made of papyrus plants and coated it with tar and pitch. She put the baby in it and set it among the papyrus plants near the bank of the Nile River.

The baby’s sister [Miriam] stood at a distance to see what would happen to him.

While Pharaoh’s daughter came to the Nile to take a bath, her servants walked along the bank of the river. She saw the basket among the papyrus plants and sent her slave girl to get it. 

Pharaoh’s daughter opened the basket, looked at the baby, and saw it was a boy. He was crying, and she felt sorry for him. She said, “This is one of the Hebrew children.”

Then the baby’s sister asked Pharaoh’s daughter, “Should I go and get one of the Hebrew women to nurse the baby for you?”

She answered, “Yes!” So the girl brought the baby’s mother.

Pharaoh’s daughter said to the woman, “Take this child, nurse him for me, and I will pay you.” She took the child and nursed him. 

10 When the child was old enough, she brought him to Pharaoh’s daughter, and he became her son. Pharaoh’s daughter named him Moses [Pulled Out] and said, “I pulled him out of the water.”

 

Moses Kills an Egyptian & Flees to Midian     MORE


Exton Study Bible Volume 1: Genesis

Forward: Mike Exton has written a study Bible, that I think is a very good study guide to understand just exactly what they Bible really means!  Many who study the Bible, know the words, but often they do not comprehend the message of the Bible.  Knowing God's words is one thing, understanding their meaning is a totally different experience.   Several years ago, I came up with a similar type Bible, whereas my idea was to convey to the reader that image from www.theplaintruth.comevery time you read God's word in the Old Testament, you are in reality reading the words of Christ, for Jesus IS THE GOD who talks to man in the Old Testament.  In the Bible I presented, every word of God in Old or New Testament was in RED.. (Get You Own Copy of The Plain Truth's NEW REDLETTER BIBLE for $2.99!!!!  Yes a complete new translation by Bob Barney of the Holy Bible - in the order it is meant to be read - and in the order JESUS read (at least in the Old Testament), with every word of Jesus in RED - including in the OLD TESTAMENT! CLICK...)

Mike's work is, unlike mine (so far) available as a in a paperback version, so the reader can get the Bible and study it carefully, without using a cumbersome computer.  I have all the links to Mike's work at the end of this article.  I greatly encourage our readers to read this version and buy the book! Now, Mike and I do not completely agree with some doctrine, but we are very close to understanding God's intent.  For example, I believe the Bible clearly shows a morning start to God's day. Mike, like the 7th Day Adventist follow the Jewish practice of the day starting in the evening. However in the total scheme of things, we basically agree on most of God's word, and especially the the belief that God's Ten Commandments are all in force to this day - including the 4th.

 

Exton Study Bible

Volume 1: Genesis

By Michael H. Exton

Copyright © 2017 Michael H. Exton All Rights Reserved
Edition 1.0

GENESIS

CHAPTER 1

God (Elohim) Creates the Heavens & the Earth

1 In the beginning God [Elohim; NOG] created the heavens and the earth. {NKJV}

{Ps 33:6 & 9 — By the WORD of the Lord the heavens were made, and all the host of them by the breath of His mouth. For He spoke, and it was done; He commanded, and it stood fast. — NKJV}

{Job 38:1-7 — “...Where were you [Job] when I [God] laid the foundations of the earth? ...When the morning stars [angels] sang together, and all the sons of God [angels] shouted for joy?” — NKJV}

Afterwards [perhaps millions or even billions of years later] the Heavens & Earth BECOME Tohuw & Bohuw (a formless wasteland; an empty ruin)

2 The earth BECAME [perhaps after millions or even billions of years later] a shapeless, chaotic mass, [original Hebrew = tohu & bohu] with the Spirit of God brooding over the dark gaseous mass. — TLB & its footnote

{The Hebrew word that is often translated “was” (instead of “became”) in Genesis 1:2, is Strong’s #1961: “hayah,” and can be translated as either “was” or “became” as shown in the TLB (as well as the NIV) footnote. This word is indeed translated as “became” many times in the Old Testament, such as in Gen 2:7—And the Lord God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became (“hayah”) a living being; NKJV; Gen 2:10—Now a river went out of Eden to water the garden, and from there it parted and became (“hayah”) four riverheads; NKJV; and Gen 19:26—But his wife looked back behind him, and she became (“hayah”) a pillar of salt. — NKJV

Also, the Hebrew word often translated “formless” (or “shapeless”) in this verse is Strong’s #8414: “tohuw,” and a good translation of this word would be “formless wasteland.” And the Hebrew word often translated “empty” in this verse is Strongs’s #922: “bohuw,” and a good translation of this word would be “empty ruin.”

In other words: In the beginning God (after making the angels) created the heavens and the earth (Gen 1:1). And then many years later the archangel Lucifer revolted (see Isaiah 14:12-15 and Ezekiel 28:11-19) against God and became Satan the devil; the enemy of God. In his rebellion against God, Satan caused the earth to BECOME a formless wasteland, an empty ruin (Gen 1:2). Then many years later God renewed & beautified the earth once again, creating plants, animals, human beings, etc. God also “appointed” the sun and moon at this time for days, months, seasons, years, and religious festivals. (Gen 1:3-31)}.

Isa 45:18 — For thus says the Lord, who created the heavens, who is God, who formed the earth and made it, who has established it, who did NOT create it in vain [“tohuw”—or an empty wasteland—the same Hebrew word found in Gen 1:2!]... — NKJV

Ps 104:30 — You send forth Your Spirit, they are created; and you RENEW the face of the earth. — NKJV

Job 38:1-7 — Then the Lord answered Job out of the whirlwind, and said: “...Where were you when I laid the foundations of the earth? ...When the morning stars [angels] sang together, and all the sons of God [angels] shouted for joy?” NKJV [Of course, the angels would NOT have been celebrating & singing & shouting for joy if the earth had been created an empty formless wasteland!]

Gen 1:16 — Then God made [or appointed] two great lights [the sun and the moon]: the greater light [the sun] to rule the day, and the lesser light [the moon] to rule the night.... NKJV [The Hebrew word often translated “made” in this verse is Strong’s #6213: “asah,”and can also be translated as “appointed,” and is indeed translated “appointed” many times in the Old Testament—such as in Psalm 104:19].

Ps 104:19 — He appointed [Hebrew: “asah”] the moon for seasons... — NKJV

God Renews the Heavens & the Earth [approximately 3973 B.C.]

— The 1st Day — LIGHT

Gen. 1:3 God {Elohim; NOG} said, “I command light to shine!” And light started shining. — CEV

4 Elohim saw the light was good. So Elohim separated the light from the darkness.

5 Elohim named the light day, and the darkness he named night. There was evening, then morning—the first day. OR: The twilight and the dawn were day one. — ISV

— The 2nd Day — SKY

6 Then Elohim said, “Let there be a horizon in the middle of the water in order to separate the water.”

7 So Elohim made the horizon and separated the water above and below the horizon. And so it was.

8 Elohim named what was above the horizon sky. There was evening, then morning—a second day. OR: The twilight and the dawn were the second day. — ISV

— The 3rd Day — DRY LAND & VEGETATION

9 Then Elohim said, “Let the water under the sky come together in one area, and let the dry land appear.” And so it was.

10 Elohim named the dry land earth. The water which came together he named sea. Elohim saw that it was good.

11 Then Elohim said, “Let the earth produce vegetation: plants bearing seeds, each according to its own type, and fruit trees bearing fruit with seeds, each according to its own type.” And so it was.

12 The earth produced vegetation: plants bearing seeds, each according to its own type, and trees bearing fruit with seeds, each according to its own type. Elohim saw that they were good.

13 The twilight and the dawn were the third day. — ISV

— The 4th Day — SUN, MOON, & STARS

14 Then God [Elohim; NOG] said, “Let lights in the expanse of the sky be for separating the day from the night. They will be for signs and for seasons and for days and years. — TLV

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OBEY MY COMMANDMENTS!

Choose You This Day Whom You Will Serve

For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in divers places. All these are the beginning of sorrows" (Matthew 24:7-8).
         As we look around the world today, undoubtedly we can see these words of Jesus Christ being fulfilled with uncanny accuracy. Both the religious and non-religious are testifying to the fact that something stupendous is about to come upon the world. That something is a storm greater than any we have ever witnessed. It's the final battle in the Drama of the Ages fought over the law of God (Revelation 12:17). Read more about it.


THE NATIONAL FELONS LEAGUE IS SPITTING ON AMERICA, NOT THE FANS

Take a listen as Savage chastises the NFL in his opening monologue today.

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 Read the transcript below:

AS MANY OF YOU KNOW, I HAVE JUST WRITTEN A BOOK ABOUT GOD. THERE’S A PASSAGE FROM THE BIBLE I’D LIKE TO QUOTE FOR YOU. IT’S FROM PROVERBS 3:31 AND IT READS, “ENVY THOU NOT THE OPPRESSOR AND CHOOSE NONE OF HIS WAYS.”

TODAY, THE OPPRESSORS ARE THE BULLIES OF THE NFL WHO KNEEL OR HIDE WHEN OUR NATIONAL ANTHEM IS PLAYED, FORCING A CAPTIVE AUDIENCE TO WITNESS THEIR VILE, INSULTING, AND UNINFORMED VIEW OF WHAT AMERICA STANDS FOR.

I’LL TELL YOU WHAT AMERICA STANDS FOR. WE ARE A NATION IN WHICH NO CITIZEN IS TREATED DIFFERENTLY UNDER THE LAW, REGARDLESS OF THEIR COLOR, RACE, FINANCIAL STATUS, CREED, OR NATION OF ORIGIN. EVEN THESE HYSTERICAL MILLIONAIRES HAVE RIGHTS.

SO I ENCOURAGE ALL OF YOU TO DO THE SAME: EXERCISE YOUR RIGHTS. TURN OFF YOUR TVS. “DO NOT CHOOSE THE WAYS” OF THE ANARCHISTS, THE IGNORANT, WHETHER THEY TAKE THE FORM OF NEO-NAZIS, ANTIFA…OR PROFESSIONAL ATHLETES.

THE NATIONAL ANTHEM IS ABOUT A NATION NOT A PRESIDENT

President Trump says players who protested the National Anthem being played before games should be fired from their teams over the weekend, and the whole world exploded. Yesterday,  America was treated to NFL players taking a knee, or sitting or locking arms while the national anthem was being played in protest of what the President said. Well, guess what?  They weren’t protesting a President, they were giving a big middle finger to the country.

That flag and that song should be a unifying moment, a moment to say ‘no matter what differences we have, we are all American, and it’s a privilege to be one.’ But a bad player,influenced by his radical Muslim girlfriend last year decided to make it about him. He claimed to be protesting the killing of black men in America by the police while at the same time wearing a shirt praising the Castros of Cuba. And it’s spread to this. ‘He’s practicing his first amendment rights’ everyone said.

Well Donald Trump practiced his first amendment rights and an entire league lost their minds. This tradition goes back a hundred years to World War 1. The people loved their country then, with boys fighting overseas in a horrible war. We have soldiers on the battlefield today, and these players just spit on them. The national anthem is about a nation, not about a President. And if these thugs don’t know that, they should be thrown off the team.

And the commissioner of this league supports this. He should be thrown out too. He’s saying these players have a right to their free speech and to protest if they see fit. But it wasn’t that way when the Dallas Cowboys wanted to wear stickers on their helmets to honor the police after several Dallas policemen were shot. No, he wouldn’t allow that. Or when an NFL player wanted to honor 9/11 victims with a decal on his shoe. No, we couldn’t have that either. But spitting on the flag, you can do that all day.

But people will still defend these thugs who spit on everything good about America, saying it’s their right. But is it? Yes, they can say what they want, but shouldn’t they be accountable for what they say? Their bosses should fire them because they’re staining their product with anti-Americanism. But they won’t do anything because they’re too afraid of the backlash that the leftist fascists have instigated in this country. All that we used to honor and respect must be thrown out and we have to accept the ridiculous.

Man is woman, woman is man, America is bad, the Soviet Union was good. The Soviet Union was good and now Russia is bad. The civil rights movement never happened, minorities are now more oppressed than ever. It’s upside down. The fact that these players can do what they did yesterday, with no repercussions whatsoever disproves their arguments. Where could you do this on the planet? Dictatorial regimes you’d be killed or put in torture prisons. Even in Westernized countries you have laws against certain speech. I’ve been banned from Britain for something I didn’t even say, but here millionaire thugs can go on national TV and vehemently hate the country.

Remember this, when they do what they did yesterday, they’re not disrespecting a President, they’re disrespecting an entire nation. They’re disrespecting you and me.

© Michael Savage – The Savage Nation


What will finally overthrow America? This man knew

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Samuel Adams

Crying “No taxation without representation,” he instigated the Stamp Act Riots in 1765. In 1770, after the Boston Massacre, where British soldiers fired into a crowd, killing five and wounding six, he spread Revolutionary sentiment with his network of Committees of Correspondence. He helped organize the Boston Tea Party in 1773 to protest British taxes.

This was Samuel Adams, known as “the Father of the American Revolution,” born Sept. 27, 1722.

Samuel Adams called for the first Continental Congress and signed the Declaration of Independence, stating: “We have explored the temple of royalty, and found that the idol we have bowed down to, has eyes which see not, ears that hear not our prayers, and a heart like the nether millstone. We have this day restored the Sovereign, to whom alone all men ought to be obedient. He reigns in Heaven. …”

Adams continued: “There are instances of, I would say, an almost astonishing Providence in our favor; our success has staggered our enemies, and almost given faith to infidels; so that we may truly say it is not our own arm which has saved us. The hand of Heaven appears to have led us on to be, perhaps, humble instruments and means in the great Providential dispensation which is completing. …”

 

He concluded: “We have fled from the political Sodom; let us not look back. … We may, with humility of soul, cry out, ‘Not unto us, not unto us, but to thy Name be the praise.’ … Providence is yet gracious unto Zion, that it will turn away the captivity of Jacob.”

A cousin of the second President John Adams, Samuel Adams wrote in “The Rights of Colonists,” 1772:

“Among the natural rights of Colonists are: first, a right to life; secondly, to liberty; thirdly, to property; together with the right to defend them. … The supreme power cannot justly take from any man any part of his property without his consent.”

In “The Rights of the Colonists,” “section “The Rights of the Colonist as Subjects,” Samuel Adams wrote: “Government has no right to absolute, arbitrary power over the lives and fortunes of the people; nor can mortals assume a prerogative … reserved for the exercise of the Deity alone.”

In “The Rights of the Colonists,” section “The Rights of the Colonist as Men,” Samuel Adams wrote: “In regards to religion, mutual toleration in the different professions thereof is what all good and candid minds in all ages have ever practiced. … It is now generally agreed among Christians that this spirit of toleration, in the fullest extent consistent with the being of civil society, is the chief characteristical mark of the church.”

In “The Rights of the Colonists,” section “The Rights of the Colonist as Christians,” Samuel Adams wrote: “The right to freedom being the gift of God Almighty, the rights of the Colonists as Christians may best be understood by reading and carefully studying the institutions of The Great Law Giver and the Head of the Christian Church, which are to be found clearly written and promulgated in the New Testament.”

When the Continental Congress first met, Sept. 6, 1774, Samuel Adams proposed that it be opened with prayer, despite the delegates being of different Christian denominations which did not always get along. He stated: “Christian men, who had come together for solemn deliberation in the hour of their extremity, to say there was so wide a difference in their religious belief that they could not, as one man, bow the knee in prayer to the Almighty, whose advice and assistance they hoped to obtain.”

John Adams described this to his wife, Abigail: “When the Congress met, Mr. Cushing made a motion that it should be opened with Prayer. It was opposed by Mr. Jay of New York, and Mr. Rutledge of South Carolina because we were so divided in religious sentiments, some Episcopalians, some Quakers, some Anabaptists, some Presbyterians, and some Congregationalists, that we could not join in the same act of worship. Mr. Samuel Adams arose and said that he was no bigot, and could hear a Prayer from any gentleman of Piety and virtue, who was at the same time a friend to his Country. He was a stranger in Philadelphia, but had heard that Mr. Duché (Pastor of Christ Episcopal Church, Philadelphia), deserved that character and therefore he moved that Mr. Duché, an Episcopal clergyman might be desired to read Prayers to Congress tomorrow morning. The motion was seconded, and passed in the affirmative.”

In 1775, when British General Gage tried to intimidate him, Samuel Adams sent the message back: “I trust I have long since made my peace with the King of Kings. No personal consideration shall induce me to abandon the righteous cause of my country. Tell Governor Gage it is the advice of Samuel Adams to him no longer to insult the feelings of an exasperated people.”

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Paul Revere rode to warn the colonists that British General Thomas Gage was marching with 700 soldiers on April 18, 1775, to take the colonists’ guns and arrest John Hancock and Samuel Adams. The colonists resisted in the Battles of Lexington and Concord.

On April 30, 1776, Samuel Adams wrote to John Scollay of Boston: “Revelation assures us that ‘Righteousness exalteth a nation.’ Communities are dealt with in this world by the wise and just Ruler of the Universe. He rewards or punishes them according to their general character. … Public liberty will not long survive the total extinction of morals. ‘The Roman Empire,’ says the historian, ‘must have sunk, though the Goths had not invaded it. Why? Because the Roman virtue was sunk.’ Could I be assured that America would remain virtuous, I would venture to defy the utmost efforts of enemies to subjugate her.”

Samuel Adams stated: “Neither the wisest constitution nor the wisest laws will secure the liberty and happiness of a people whose manners are universally corrupt.”

Samuel Adams was elected as governor of Massachusetts, and wrote to James Warren, Feb. 12, 1779, warning: “A general dissolution of the principles and manners will more surely overthrow the liberties of America than the whole force of the common enemy. While the people are virtuous they cannot be subdued; but once they lose their virtue, they will be ready to surrender their liberties to the first external or internal invader.”

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On The Day of Atonement we Have Jesus as our High Priest!

From The Book of Hebrews.... read it for yourself...

image from cdn.knowing-jesus.comGod’s promise of entering his rest still stands, so we ought to tremble with fear that some of you might fail to experience it. For this good news—that God has prepared this rest—has been announced to us just as it was to them. But it did them no good because they didn’t share the faith of those who listened to God. God said,
 
“In my anger I took an oath:
‘They will never enter my place of rest,’4:3 Ps 95:11.
 
even though this rest has been ready since he made the world. We know it is ready because of the place in the Scriptures where it mentions the seventh day: “On the seventh day God rested from all his work.”  But in the other passage God said, “They will never enter my place of rest.” Ps 95:11.
 
So, There remains,  a Sabbath-Day for the people of God;  for anyone who enters God’s rest also rests from their works, just as God did from his.  Let us, therefore, make every effort to enter that rest (Sabbath), so that no one will perish by following their example of disobedience. So God set another time for entering his rest, and that time is today. God announced this through David much later in the words already quoted:
 
“Today when you hear his voice,
don’t harden your hearts.”Ps 95:7-8.
 
Now if Joshua had succeeded in giving them this rest, God would not have spoken about another day of rest still to come. So there is a special rest.   Or a Sabbath rest, still waiting for the people of God. For all who have entered into God’s rest have rested from their labors, just as God did after creating the world. So let us do our best to enter that rest. But if we disobey God, as the people of Israel did, we will fall.
 
For the word of God is alive and powerful. It is sharper than the sharpest two-edged sword, cutting between soul and spirit, between joint and marrow. It exposes our innermost thoughts and desires. Nothing in all creation is hidden from God. Everything is naked and exposed before his eyes, and he is the one to whom we are accountable.
 
image from images.sharefaith.comChrist Is Our High Priest
So then, since we have a great High Priest who has entered heaven, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold firmly to what we believe. This High Priest of ours understands our weaknesses, for he faced all of the same testings we do, yet he did not sin. So let us come boldly to the throne of our gracious God. There we will receive his mercy, and we will find grace to help us when we need it most.
 
Every high priest is a man chosen to represent other people in their dealings with God. He presents their gifts to God and offers sacrifices for their sins. And he is able to deal gently with ignorant and wayward people because he himself is subject to the same weaknesses. That is why he must offer sacrifices for his own sins as well as theirs.
And no one can become a high priest simply because he wants such an honor. He must be called by God for this work, just as Aaron was. That is why Christ did not honor himself by assuming he could become High Priest. No, he was chosen by God, who said to him,
 
“You are my Son.
Today I have become your Father.
 
And in another passage God said to him,
 
“You are a priest forever in the order of Melchizedek.” Ps 110:4.
 
While Jesus was here on earth, he offered prayers and pleadings, with a loud cry and tears, to the one who could rescue him from death. And God heard his prayers because of his deep reverence for God. Even though Jesus was God’s Son, he learned obedience from the things he suffered. In this way, God qualified him as a perfect High Priest, and he became the source of eternal salvation for all those who obey him. And God designated him to be a High Priest in the order of Melchizedek.
 
A Call to Spiritual Growth
There is much more we would like to say about this, but it is difficult to explain, especially since you are spiritually dull and don’t seem to listen. You have been believers so long now that you ought to be teaching others. Instead, you need someone to teach you again the basic things about God’s word. Or about the oracles of God. You are like babies who need milk and cannot eat solid food. For someone who lives on milk is still an infant and doesn’t know how to do what is right. Solid food is for those who are mature, who through training have the skill to recognize the difference between right and wrong.
 
So let us stop going over the basic teachings about Christ again and again. Let us go on instead and become mature in our understanding. Surely we don’t need to start again with the fundamental importance of repenting from evil deeds. (Greek from dead works.) and placing our faith in God. You don’t need further instruction about baptisms, the laying on of hands, the resurrection of the dead, and eternal judgment. And so, God willing, we will move forward to further understanding.
 
For it is impossible to bring back to repentance those who were once enlightened—those who have experienced the good things of heaven and shared in the Holy Spirit, who have tasted the goodness of the word of God and the power of the age to come—and who then turn away from God. It is impossible to bring such people back to repentance; by rejecting the Son of God, they themselves are nailing him to the cross once again and holding him up to public shame.
 
When the ground soaks up the falling rain and bears a good crop for the farmer, it has God’s blessing. But if a field bears thorns and thistles, it is useless. The farmer will soon condemn that field and burn it.
Dear friends, even though we are talking this way, we really don’t believe it applies to you. We are confident that you are meant for better things, things that come with salvation. For God is not unjust. He will not forget how hard you have worked for him and how you have shown your love to him by caring for other believers, (Greek for God’s holy people.) as you still do. Our great desire is that you will keep on loving others as long as life lasts, in order to make certain that what you hope for will come true. Then you will not become spiritually dull and indifferent. Instead, you will follow the example of those who are going to inherit God’s promises because of their faith and endurance.
 
God’s Promises Bring Hope
For example, there was God’s promise to Abraham. Since there was no one greater to swear by, God took an oath in his own name, saying:
 
“I will certainly bless you,
and I will multiply your descendants beyond number.”Gen 22:17.
 
Then Abraham waited patiently, and he received what God had promised.
 
Jesus melchzNow when people take an oath, they call on someone greater than themselves to hold them to it. And without any question that oath is binding. God also bound himself with an oath, so that those who received the promise could be perfectly sure that he would never change his mind. So God has given both his promise and his oath. These two things are unchangeable because it is impossible for God to lie. Therefore, we who have fled to him for refuge can have great confidence as we hold to the hope that lies before us. This hope is a strong and trustworthy anchor for our souls. It leads us through the curtain into God’s inner sanctuary. Jesus has already gone in there for us. He has become our eternal High Priest in the order of Melchizedek.
 

This Melchizedek was king of the city of Salem and also a priest of God Most High. When Abraham was returning home after winning a great battle against the kings, Melchizedek met him and blessed him.  Then Abraham took a tenth of all he had captured in battle and gave it to Melchizedek. The name Melchizedek means “king of justice,” and king of Salem means “king of peace.” There is no record of his father or mother or any of his ancestors—no beginning or end to his life. He remains a priest forever, resembling the Son of God.

 Consider then how great this Melchizedek was. Even Abraham, the great patriarch of Israel, recognized this by giving him a tenth of what he had taken in battle. Now the law of Moses required that the priests, who are descendants of Levi, must collect a tithe from the rest of the people of Israel, who are also descendants of Abraham.  But Melchizedek, who was not a descendant of Levi, collected a tenth from Abraham. And Melchizedek placed a blessing upon Abraham, the one who had already received the promises of God.  And without question, the person who has the power to give a blessing is greater than the one who is blessed.

 The priests who collect tithes are men who die, so Melchizedek is greater than they are, because we are told that he lives on.  In addition, we might even say that these Levites—the ones who collect the tithe—paid a tithe to Melchizedek when their ancestor Abraham paid a tithe to him.  For although Levi wasn’t born yet, the seed from which he came was in Abraham’s body when Melchizedek collected the tithe from him.

 So if the priesthood of Levi, on which the law was based, could have achieved the perfection God intended, why did God need to establish a different priesthood, with a priest in the order of Melchizedek instead of the order of Levi and Aaron?

 And if the priesthood is changed, the law must also be changed to permit it. For the priest we are talking about belongs to a different tribe, whose members have never served at the altar as priests.  What I mean is, our Lord came from the tribe of Judah, and Moses never mentioned priests coming from that tribe.

Jesus Is Melchizedek

 This change has been made very clear since a different priest, who is like Melchizedek, has appeared. Jesus became a priest, not by meeting the physical requirement of belonging to the tribe of Levi, but by the power of a life that cannot be destroyed.  And the psalmist pointed this out when he prophesied,

“You are a priest forever in the order of Melchizedek.”

 Yes, the old requirement about the priesthood was set aside because it was weak and useless. For the law never made anything perfect. But now we have confidence in a better hope, through which we draw near to God.

 This new system was established with a solemn oath. Aaron’s descendants became priests without such an oath,  but there was an oath regarding Jesus. For God said to him,

“The Lord has taken an oath and will not break his vow:
    ‘You are a priest forever.’”

 Because of this oath, Jesus is the one who guarantees this better covenant with God.

 There were many priests under the old system, for death prevented them from remaining in office. But because Jesus lives forever, his priesthood lasts forever.  Therefore he is able, once and forever, to save those who come to God through him. He lives forever to intercede with God on their behalf.

He is the kind of high priest we need because he is holy and blameless, unstained by sin. He has been set apart from sinners and has been given the highest place of honor in heaven. Unlike those other high priests, he does not need to offer sacrifices every day. They did this for their own sins first and then for the sins of the people. But Jesus did this once for all when he offered himself as the sacrifice for the people’s sins.  The law appointed high priests who were limited by human weakness. But after the law was given, God appointed his Son with an oath, and his Son has been made the perfect High Priest forever.

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The Crazy, Unknown Story of the Man Who Killed John Wilkes Booth

John Wilkes Booth knew his time was about to run out. The actor-turned-assassin had been on the run for 12 long days after shooting and killing President Abraham Lincoln at Ford’s Theater in Washington, D.C. Now, in the early morning hours of April 26, 1865, Booth was trapped in a tobacco barn on a farm in Virginia, surrounded by Union troops.

The orders from Washington were clear: Booth was to be taken alive. Authorities wanted to question the 26-year-old Booth to find out how extensive the assassination conspiracy was and who exactly was involved.

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Booth was attempting to bargain for his life from inside the barn when a Union troop lit the structure on fire. As flames engulfed the barn, a soldier named Boston Corbett, who could see Booth through a crack in the barn, asked permission from his superiors to rush the barn and flush Booth out. He was denied.

A short time later, Corbett claimed he saw Booth point his gun at the troops outside, so he fired his weapon. Corbett said, “I did not fire the ball from fear, but because I was under the impression at the time that he had started to the door to fight his way through, and I thought he would do harm to my men if I did not.”

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The Day of Atonement is for Christians

Holyday2The Day of Atonement, as we have reckoned by our calendar calculation falls on Monday night (this is the nightime portion of the 9th day of the 7th month) and Tuesday until sundown (the 10th day). It is a 24 hour fast followed from the 9th at sundown until the 10th at sundown... Also check out when does the day begin....

FROM: United Church of God

The Day of Atonement, as a Christian festival, reminds us that the atoning sacrifice of Christ is not only for individual Christians in this age but for the forgiveness and reconciliation of all people.

What was the significance of the Day of Atonement in ancient Israel?

"This shall be a statute forever for you: In the seventh month, on the tenth day of the month, you shall afflict your souls [by fasting], and do no work at all, whether a native of your own country or a stranger who dwells among you. For on that day the priest shall make atonement for you, to cleanse you, that you may be clean from all your sins before the LORD" (Leviticus:16:29-30[29]And this shall be a statute for ever unto you: that in the seventh month, on the tenth day of the month, ye shall afflict your souls, and do no work at all, whether it be one of your own country, or a stranger that sojourneth among you:[30]For on that day shall the priest make an atonement for you, to cleanse you, that ye may be clean from all your sins before the LORD.).

On the Day of Atonement each year the nation of ancient Israel was figuratively cleansed from its sins. This figurative cleansing was only a type of a spiritual cleansing that will occur first for the people of Israel, and then for the rest of the world, after Christ returns.
How will this universal reconciliation with God be brought about?

Many peoples and strong nations shall come to seek the LORD of hosts in Jerusalem, and to entreat the favor of the LORD. Thus says the LORD of hosts: In those days ten men from nations of every language shall take hold of a Jew, grasping his garment and saying, 'Let us go with you, for we have heard that God is with you'" (Zechariah:8:22-23[22]Yea, many people and strong nations shall come to seek the LORD of hosts in Jerusalem, and to pray before the LORD.[23]Thus saith the LORD of hosts; In those days it shall come to pass, that ten men shall take hold out of all languages of the nations, even shall take hold of the skirt of him that is a Jew, saying, We will go with you: for we have heard that God is with you., NRSV).

Starting from Jerusalem, in a restored and spiritually cleansed nation of Israel (Ezekiel:37:21-28[21]And say unto them, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Behold, I will take the children of Israel from among the heathen, whither they be gone, and will gather them on every side, and bring them into their own land:[22]And I will make them one nation in the land upon the mountains of Israel; and one king shall be king to them all: and they shall be no more two nations, neither shall they be divided into two kingdoms any more at all.[23]Neither shall they defile themselves any more with their idols, nor with their detestable things, nor with any of their transgressions: but I will save them out of all their dwellingplaces, wherein they have sinned, and will cleanse them: so shall they be my people, and I will be their God.[24]And David my servant shall be king over them; and they all shall have one shepherd: they shall also walk in my judgments, and observe my statutes, and do them.[25]And they shall dwell in the land that I have given unto Jacob my servant, wherein your fathers have dwelt; and they shall dwell therein, even they, and their children, and their children's children for ever: and my servant David shall be their prince for ever.[26]Moreover I will make a covenant of peace with them; it shall be an everlasting covenant with them: and I will place them, and multiply them, and will set my sanctuary in the midst of them for evermore.[27]My tabernacle also shall be with them: yea, I will be their God, and they shall be my people.[28]And the heathen shall know that I the LORD do sanctify Israel, when my sanctuary shall be in the midst of them for evermore.), Christ will begin the process of extending this reconciliation to all peoples until the whole world repents and is at one with God.
What is the real and permanent atonement for a person's sins?

"In this is love, not that we loved God but that he loved us and sent his Son to be the atoning sacrifice for our sins" (1 John:4:10Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that he loved us, and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins., New Revised Standard Version).

"This righteousness [justification] from God comes through faith in Jesus Christ to all who believe. There is no difference, for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus. God presented him as a sacrifice of atonement, through faith in his blood" (Romans:3:22-25[22]Even the righteousness of God which is by faith of Jesus Christ unto all and upon all them that believe: for there is no difference:[23]For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;[24]Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus:[25]Whom God hath set forth to be a propitiation through faith in his blood, to declare his righteousness for the remission of sins that are past, through the forbearance of God;, NIV).

Jesus died as the reconciling sacrifice for the sins of every human being so that humanity—the entire world—can at last be reconciled to God. "For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life" (John:3:16For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.). The Day of Atonement represents the fifth step in God's master plan for the salvation of mankind.

This part of God's plan was depicted on the Day of Atonement in ancient Israel by two special sacrificial animals that were ceremonially set apart to represent reconciling the people to God, for figuratively cleansing them of their sins. But no animal sacrifice is adequate to cleanse us from our sins. "For it is not possible that the blood of bulls and goats could take away sins" (Hebrews:10:4For it is not possible that the blood of bulls and of goats should take away sins.).

Two goats were figurative bearers of guilt. Both had all the sins of the people symbolically placed on them. One goat was left alive but banished to a wilderness. The other, representing Jesus, was killed as a sacrifice for sins (Leviticus:16:6-10[6]And Aaron shall offer his bullock of the sin offering, which is for himself, and make an atonement for himself, and for his house.[7]And he shall take the two goats, and present them before the LORD at the door of the tabernacle of the congregation.[8]And Aaron shall cast lots upon the two goats; one lot for the LORD, and the other lot for the scapegoat.[9]And Aaron shall bring the goat upon which the LORD's lot fell, and offer him for a sin offering.[10]But the goat, on which the lot fell to be the scapegoat, shall be presented alive before the LORD, to make an atonement with him, and to let him go for a scapegoat into the wilderness., 15-16). In this drama the banished live goat represented Satan's part in the people's sins. The slain goat, picturing Christ, represented Him taking on Himself the penalty for the people's sins.

Ceremonies on this day even pointed to the cleansing, or forgiving, through an atoning sacrifice, of sins committed in ignorance.

"But into the second part [of the tabernacle] the high priest went alone once a year, not without blood, which he offered for himself and for the people's sins committed in ignorance; the Holy Spirit indicating this, that the way into the Holiest of All was not yet made manifest while the first tabernacle was still standing" (Hebrews:9:7-8[7]But into the second went the high priest alone once every year, not without blood, which he offered for himself, and for the errors of the people:[8]The Holy Ghost this signifying, that the way into the holiest of all was not yet made manifest, while as the first tabernacle was yet standing:).

Why was the "Holiest of All," the inner room of the tabernacle that symbolized direct access to God, not opened to the entire congregation "while the first tabernacle was still standing"? Because the atoning sacrifice of Christ had not yet been made. Only His sacrifice, not the sacrifice of animals, can truly atone for our sins. Anciently the Day of Atonement signified that Jesus would become the atoning sacrifice for humanity.
How do we know Christ's death is the atoning sacrifice for mankind?

"... We have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous; and he is the atoning sacrifice for our sins, and not for ours only but also for the sins of the whole world" (1 John:2:1-2[1]My little children, these things write I unto you, that ye sin not. And if any man sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous:[2]And he is the propitiation for our sins: and not for our's only, but also for the sins of the whole world., New Revised Standard Version).

Paul confirms that "in Christ God was reconciling the world to himself, not counting their trespasses against them ..." (2 Corinthians:5:19To wit, that God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them; and hath committed unto us the word of reconciliation., NRSV). The American Heritage Dictionary, electronic edition, defines the theological meaning of the word atonement as "reconciliation or an instance of reconciliation between God and human beings." The Day of Atonement points to the time in the future when God will reconcile humanity to Himself through Christ. "Atone," in English, means literally "at one." The Day of Atonement represents the time when humanity will at last be at one with God, no longer separated from Him.

Why is atonement for mankind necessary? It is required for two reasons. First, "the god of this age has blinded the minds of unbelievers, so that they cannot see the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ ..." (2 Corinthians:4:4In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them., NIV). Second, humans are "darkened in their understanding, alienated from the life of God because of their ignorance and hardness of heart" (Ephesians:4:18Having the understanding darkened, being alienated from the life of God through the ignorance that is in them, because of the blindness of their heart:, NRSV). People's hardness of heart, caused by a combination of ignorance and human nature together with Satan's influence, has led them to sin and fall short of God's glory (Romans:3:23For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;).
When will God remove Satan's influence?

"And I saw an angel coming down out of heaven, having the key to the Abyss and holding in his hand a great chain. He seized the dragon, that ancient serpent, who is the devil, or Satan, and bound him for a thousand years. He threw him into the Abyss, and locked and sealed it over him, to keep him from deceiving the nations any more until the thousand years were ended" (Revelation:20:1-3, NIV).

Immediately after Christ returns, God will banish Satan for 1,000 years. This will fulfill God's earlier pledge, in the presence of Adam and Eve, that the coming Seed (the Messiah) would "bruise" (impair and disable) Satan's "head"—his leadership and influence over mankind (Genesis:3:15And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel.).
How will God begin to remove mankind's hardness of heart?

"The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. He is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance" (2 Peter:3:9The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance., NIV).

With Satan banished and his deceptive and destructive influence removed, Christ will begin dispelling the hardness of heart caused by ignorance and human nature by teaching everyone how to repent. The Day of Atonement, as a Christian festival, reminds us that the atoning sacrifice of Christ is not only for individual Christians in this age but for the forgiveness and reconciliation of all people. This atonement paves the way for Christ to gather all people—as many as are willing—into God's Kingdom during Jesus' 1,000-year reign after Satan's banishment.

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When does God's day begin?

By Bob Barney

DawnChrist warned us to be aware of false religion, customs and laws. These warnings have basically fell on deaf years but the most important "sign" that we can look for, as to the coming of Jesus again back to this world is the spread of false religion and religious practices that are contrary to God. Over the years, God's Law (THE TEN COMMANDMENTS) has been replaced by man's law. Our theologians call it "saved by grace" when truly nothing of the sort is biblically true.

Christmas, Easter, Sunday worship actually pre-date the earthly ministry of Jesus! Yes you read that correctly, these holidays have nothing to do with Christ and were being followed long before GOD became a man and walked among us. Even in the garden of Eden, the very first religious lie promulgated was the "immortal soul" doctrine. To this day, we believe the devil and that "we shall not die, but be like God" and live forever as some spirit in heaven or hell. That is Satan's lie and almost every false religion has adopted it.

In Jesus' time, the Jewish nation, after years of captivity, began to adopt Babylonian ways. They took on the Babylonian calendar and "lost" God's true perfect one, and at the same time began the truly pagan observance of "evening days."  This simply means that, like the Babylonians, they began to start their day at sunset rather than sunrise. Like everything else, the theologians of the day twisted a few scriptures which may imply evening days and ignored hundreds of scriptures that proved that God's day starts in the morning. Most Sabbath keeping churches to this day follow this pagan start of the day and continue the practice of those lawless religious leaders that killed Christ! The same ones he declared at his arrest were those who worshipped the DARKNESS, when evil reigns! Yes, the nighttime is darkness, and God IS NEVER in darkness. We read in Revelation that when Christ returns to Jerusalem, that where He is will always be in light! There will be no nighttime in the Holy City! Yes, it's in the same Bible that we all read. Revelation 21:23 "And the city had no need of the sun, neither of the moon, to shine in it: for the glory of God did lighten it, and the Lamb [is] the light thereof."

In the very first chapter of the Bible we read "And God said, Let there be light: and there was light."  

When did this happen, in the evening time? Is there light at night? Read on..."And God called the light Day, and the darkness he called Night. And the evening and the morning were the first day. " So called the light DAY! So when GOD said "Let there be light" it became day! It was dawn!


Let's read on! "And the evening and the morning were the first day." Do you get that? After daytime of about twelve hours, evening time came, still part of day one, then  came the next day IN THE MORNING!.

Let's examine the first week:

Sandbridge sunrise2Darkness over the earth........... This may have been millions of years. There was an earth BEFORE our present day earth that was ruled by Lucifer (under God) and then destroyed by God when Lucifer became Satan. Look at any good Bible commentary and you will see that in Gen 1;2 "And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness [was] upon the face of the deep."  That the word "was" (formless and void) can be translated BECAME! This is important. There is a big difference between was and became! Why does the bible commentators put this in? The reason is that they understand the significance of Jeremiah 45:18. Notice Isaiah 45:18. "Thus saith the Eternal that created the heavens, God himself that formed the earth and made it, He hath established it, He created it not in vain." "In vain" is an incorrect translation. In your Bible, if you have the marginal references, you will find in the margin the proper translation "waste."The original Hebrew word there is TOHU. This Hebrew word is the identical word used in Gen. 1:2, meaning confusion, or emptiness. or waste - a result of disorder, a result of violation of law. In Isaiah 45:18 we have the plain statement that God created the earth not "toho," that is, not in confusion, not in disorder. But in Genesis 1:2, the earth was, or the earth BECAME - as it ought to he translated - chaotic and in confusion.

The next issue. How long did the rain fall during Noah's flood?
How long did Moses stay on Mt Sinai receiving the Ten Commandments?


How long was Jonah in the belly of the fish, or Jesus in the tomb?

Answers:
40 days and nights
40 days and nights
3 days and 3 nights, and 3 days and 3 nights.

Question for you Sabbath Keeping Churches...

So the question is why wasn't these time above rendered as 40 nights and days or 3 nights and days? Jesus was truly in the ground for 3 nights and days, but he used the term DAY and NIGHT! Think about that....

In Leviticus 22:29-30: "When you sacrifice a sacrifice of thanksgiving to the Lord ... it shall be eaten on the same day, you shall leave none of it until morning." The insistence of the eating of the sacrifice "on the same day" before the arrival of the "morning," implies that the next morning marked the beginning of the next day. This suggests that the day began in the morning, because, as Roland de Vaux points out, "had the day begun in the evening the wording would have ordered the meat to be eaten before the evening."

The Law says:"But if the sacrifice of his offering is a votive offering or a freewill offering it shall be eaten on the day he offers sacrifice, and on the morrow what remains of it shall be eaten" (Lev 7:16). In this case the flesh of the sacrifice could be eaten both on the day of the sacrifice and "on the morrow." By virtue of the parallelism with the preceding law, the "morrow" must begin in the morning.

Quote below From: THE RECKONING OF THE DAY IN BIBLE TIMES

Samuele Bacchiocchi, Ph. D., Andrews University

"A second type of evidence supporting the sunrise reckoning seems implied also in the Passover legislation of Exodus 12. The law prescribes that the Paschal lamb must be slaughtered on the "fourteenth day of this month ... in the evening" (v. 6) and must be eaten "that night" (v. 8) with "unleavened bread and bitter herbs" (v. 8), leaving none of it "until the morning" (v. 10). Later in the same chapter the night during which the Passover lamb was eaten with unleavened bread is explicitly designated as "the fourteenth day of the month" (v. 18).

Sandbridge sunrise3"What this means is that in Exodus 12 both the slaying of the Passover lamb, which took place "between the two evenings" (Ex 12:6— that is to say, as Josephus explains, between three and five o'clock in the afternoon),18 and the eating of the lamb with unleavened bread, which took place on the following night, are placed on the same fourteenth day of the month.

"This time reference cannot be harmonized with the sunset reckoning, according to which the night following the sacrifice of the Passover was not the 14th but the 15th day of Nisan. In fact, in several passages which reflect the sunset reckoning, the beginning of the feast of unleavened bread is explicitly placed "on the fifteenth day" (Lev 23:5; Num 28:16).

"According to the sunrise reckoning, however, both the slaying of the lamb and the eating of it with unleavened bread would take place on the 14th day, because the night following the slaying of the lamb would still be the 14th day until sunrise. This method, then, seems to be implied in Exodus 12, because, speaking of "the fourteenth day of the month" it explicitly says: "And you shall observe the feast of unleavened bread, for on this very day I brought your hosts out of the land of Egypt" (v.17; cf. vv. 18, 42, 51).

"Jacob Z. Lauterbach rightly observes that "if they came out at night, that is the night following the fourteenth day, and it is said on the very same day, that is on the fourteenth day, they were brought out, it clearly indicates that the night following the fourteenth day is still part of that day."19

"The foregoing considerations suggest that in Exodus 12 the sunrise reckoning is used, since the events of the night following the slaying of the Passover Lamb, namely, the eating of the lamb with unleavened bread and the departure from Egypt, are both placed on the same 14th day. Elsewhere these events are explicitly placed "on the fifteenth day of the first month" (Num 33:3; cf. 28:17; Lev 23:5), thus indicating the use of the sunset reckoning.

"The sunrise reckoning of the Passover found in Exodus 12 seems reflected also in Mark 14:12 (cf. Matt 26:16) where the slaying of the Passover lamb and the feast of Unleavened Bread are both placed on the same day: "On the first day of Unleavened Bread, when they sacrificed the Passover lamb" (v. 12). This statement suggests a sunrise reckoning, according to which, as Jack Finegan explains, "the day when the Passover lamb was slain and the day when the unleavened bread was eaten were indeed the same day, as Mark 14:12 states."20"


The Bible says the day starts in the morning!

Each day, at sunrise, the world experiences the same beginning as it did on day six of creation. Dawn breaks, the birds sing and the day progresses until evening, when most work for the day is accomplished. Then evening comes, and nighttime, followed at sunrise by a new day. Isn't that how your biological clock works? Does your body recognize midnight as a new day, or 6 PM? NO! You wake up refreshed for a new day in the morning!

The day symbolizes YOUR LIFE!

At sunrise, the day begins, which symbolizes your birth. As morning progresses, the earth warms and gets ready for the sun to work its way across the sky. We say, "the day is young." In the morning, we look at the day ahead as a long time, just as we look at our life when we are teenagers or younger. As we age, the fear of death begins to creep in, as in the afternoon, the hint of nighttime fills the air. The birds start gathering for night, the day is now at its warmest and things begin to slow down, just as our bodies do. The twilight of our lives, represent the twilight of the day. At sunset, the day is old, and so are we in our mortal physical life. Evening comes and the day dies... In our evening we die too.  We sleep that night until DAWN, just as when we die, we sleep in our graves until the LIGHT OF GOD awakes us from our death. For us a new day- our first day of immortal life!  

Each 24 hour day, God reenacts the same symbolic signs of our entire life to remind us not to fear the BIG SLEEP but to understand that when we awake, our immortal new life begins!

As John says, "Come Jesus..."

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Type 2 diabetes IS reversible?

Type 2 diabetes can be reversed by going on a low calorie diet, new research shows.   Consuming just 600 calories a day for eight weeks can save the lives of millions of sufferers of the preventable condition. Newcastle University scientists said that excess calories lead to a fatty liver, which causes the liver to produce too much glucose. The excess fat is then passed to the pancreas, which causes the insulin-producing cells to fail and thus causing diabetes.  Losing less than one gram of fat from the pancreas can re-start insulin production, reversing type 2 diabetes, the researchers found.

Consuming just 600 calories a day for eight weeks can save the lives of millions of sufferers of type 2 diabetes, scientists claim

 

This reversal of diabetes remains possible for at least ten years after the onset of the condition, lead author Professor Roy Taylor said.  Such a diet helps bring about 15kg of weight loss on average. Weight loss has long been known to help reverse the condition.  It's down to the patients 

Professor Taylor, who has spent almost four decades studying the condition, said: 'I think the real importance of this work is for the patients themselves. 'Many have described to me how embarking on the low calorie diet has been the only option to prevent what they thought - or had been told - was an inevitable decline into further medication and further ill health because of their diabetes.

'By studying the underlying mechanisms we have been able to demonstrate the simplicity of type 2 diabetes.'

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-4879464/Type-2-diabetes-reversible.html#ixzz4sYxp5Jpg


Maria Destroys Puerto Rico and Dominica

How Hurricane Maria left Dominica looking like a wasteland

Exclusive pictures have laid bare the extent of the devastation on Dominica after it was lashed by 160mph winds in Hurricane Maria, leaving 95 per cent of buildings on the island damaged. The island, one of the poorest in the Caribbean, has a population of 73,000 people who have all been left without phones, internet and electricity, meaning that almost no news or pictures have emerged from the country since Maria struck. So far seven people have been confirmed killed on the island, though this is expected to rise dramatically after rescuers are able to reach more remote communities.


Hundreds of Bible shockers unearthed in stunning, new scriptural probe

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SHOCKED 2 #1 on Amazon in just 3 days!

Is God really going to torture disobedient people for all eternity?

Did you know the Bible is possibly the origin for the fear of the number 13 and perhaps even Friday the 13th?

Or that the heart of the gospel has been secretly hidden in a small book that many people think should not even be in the Bible?

Are you aware that some prayers are actually detestable to God?

Did you know important Bible themes are secretly embedded inside famous Hollywood productions such as “The Matrix,” “Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory,” “Star Wars,” “The Big Short,” “Blade Runner,” “Groundhog Day,” “The Truman Show,” “The Walking Dead” and many others?

Are you aware of the intriguing, end-time meaning of shaking the dust off your feet?

These are just some of the surprising and fascinating issues addressed in the brand-new, highly anticipated “Shocked by the Bible 2: Connecting the Dots in Scripture to Reveal the Truth They Don’t Want You to Know” by best-selling author Joe Kovacs.

“Thank God there are people who still have an interest in truth, because the Bible is completely true, and it holds more mind-blowing information than we can possibly imagine,” says Kovacs, a Bible-believing Christian whose original “Shocked by the Bible” became a No. 1 smash on three different Amazon.com best-seller lists in 2008.

Within just hours of its official launch, “Shocked by the Bible 2” rocketed to the No. 1 and No. 2 positions on numerous Amazon’s best-seller lists, especially in Christian Historical Theology. The top two positions reflect purchases for Kindle and hardcover editions.


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TRUMP RIGHT: Obama DID Spy and wiretap him and Comey LIED about it under oath

The real criminals here is the Obama Administration and the Deep State!

Government investigators wiretapped Manafort

FBI investigators wiretapped former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort in the months before and after the election and prosecutors have told him they plan to indict him, according to two sensational reports. CNN claims that Manafort was the subject of electronic surveillance under a secret court order in 2016 and the start of 2017 as part of an investigation into his ties to Russia. Separately, two prosecutors working for Special Counsel Robert Mueller (right) told Manafort that they plan to indict him after a raid on his home in July, according to the New York Times.It is not clear what or if any charges he would face with the indictment.


Bill O'Reilly's Accuser Arrested for False Allegation of Crime

She was arrested in 2015! And Fox still believed her story?  NOT A CHANCE, the Murdoch kids used her to target someone they hated.
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By David A. Patten   |   Sunday, 17 Sep 2017 08:13 PM

 
 A 2015 arrest by Detroit police of a key accuser of Bill O'Reilly for giving a false report of a crime has raised serious doubts as to her credibility.

In April, O'Reilly was fired from Fox News shortly after Perquita Burgess claimed the host made sexually suggestive comments to her, including calling her "hot chocolate."

Burgess worked at Fox News for several weeks in 2008 as a clerical temp.

Shortly after an April 1st New York Times report detailed sexual harassment allegations by several women against O'Reilly, Burgess called a 21st Century Fox hotline claiming alleged workplace misconduct by O'Reilly. 21st Century is the parent company of Fox News.

At the time her charges emerged, O'Reilly's program, "The O’Reilly Factor," was already in the throes of an advertiser-boycott campaign being pushed by several liberal organizations.  Read More


A Storm Is Coming and it's not a Hurricane

One of the profoundly exceptional elements of the Bible is its ability to foretell the future. It has been remarkably accurate in prophesying the ruling powers of the earth. From the time of the Babylonian Empire to our present day, it boasts 100% accuracy rate in foretelling the nations that would rule supreme over the human family. Beginning with Babylon, more than 600 years before the birth of Jesus Christ, those powers are undeniably identified in the historical record. They are: Babylon, Media/Persia, Greece, Imperial Rome, the Roman Papacy, and the United States of America.
 
But many are wondering, yea speculating, who will be the next world Superpower.Will it be China? Will Russia be next? Will Islam hold universal sway or is there some other secretive, cleverly masked entity that will surprise the onlooking world? How long will that next Superpower reign and will it be the ultimate and final world kingdom?
 
True to it's reputation, the Bible points us to the next power that is stealthy, but rapidly rising on the horizon and then reveals the final Superpower. It predicted thousands of years ago of the fierce conflict that will precede the next superpower. We are at the precipice of that conflict. Read more about it.

Ted Christopher, modified championship racer, dies in plane crash at 59

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NORTH BRANFORD, Conn. - Modified championship racer Ted Christopher was one of two people killed when a small plane crashed in the woods in Connecticut on Saturday, NASCAR officials said.

The Federal Aviation Administration confirmed that two people were aboard a Mooney M20C plane that went down near the North Branford-Guilford border shortly before 2 p.m. Saturday, but they didn’t release the names of the victims.

Brian France, NASCAR chairman and CEO, said Christopher, 59, and the plane’s pilot both died.

The National Transportation Safety Board will investigate the accident. Details of the plane’s itinerary were not immediately released.

The 59-year-old Christopher captured 13 track championships and competed at every level of NASCAR during his career. In 2006, he was selected as one of the top 25 drivers in NASCAR Whelen All-American Series history.  MORE


Today is the Feast of Trumpets

A shofar made from a ram's horn is traditional...A shofar made from a ram's horn is traditionally blown in observance of Rosh Hashanah, the beginning of the Jewish civic year. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

By: Bob Barney

Many do not realize it, but God has His own set of Holy Days (Holidays) mentioned in the pages of the Bible. The holy days that Jesus followed, as well as the apostles and the early church were not the so-called "Christian" holidays such as Easter, Christmas or Halloween! No, the days that Jesus and his followers observed were:

  • Passover and the Feast of Unleavened Bread

  • The Feast of First Fruits

  • Penetecost or the Feast of Weeks

  • Feast of Trumpets (today)

  • Day of Atonement

  • Feast of Tabernacles

  • The Sabbath

Seven in all! Seven is a number of completion to God. This is why the seventh day of the week is the Sabbath Day. The Sabbath symbolizes the completion of the week.



The Bible not only mentions the days God ordained for His people to observe, it also states that the observance of these days will be mandated during the Millennium! Yes, there is a prophecy that states that the nation of Egypt will be punished for refusing to make holy the Feast of Tabernacles (a week long Feast of God beginning in 15 days.) This is found in the minor prophet Zechariah 14:16-19:

16 Then all of the survivors from the nations that have attacked Jerusalem will go there each year to worship the King, the LORD(Jesus) of hosts, and to keep the Feast of Tabernacles.

 

17 And it shall be that whichever of the families of the earth do not come up to Jerusalem to worship the King, the LORD(Jesus) Almighty (of hosts), on them there will be no rain.

 

18 If the Egyptians refuse to celebrate the Festival of Tabernacles, then they will be struck by the same disease that the LORD(Jesus) will send on every nation that refuses to go.

 

19 This shall be the punishment of Egypt and the punishment of all the nations that do not come up to keep the Feast of Tabernacles.

 

20 On that day even the harness bells of the horses will be inscribed with these words: SET APART AS HOLY TO THE LORD. And the cooking pots in the Temple of the LORD will be as sacred as the basins used beside the altar.

 

21 Every cooking pot in Jerusalem and in all Judah will be set apart for use in the worship of the LORD(Jesus) Almighty. The people who offer sacrifices will use them for boiling the meat of the sacrifices. When that time comes, there will no longer be any merchant in the Temple of the LORD(Jesus) Almighty.

So goes the argument that the Holy Days have been abolished! Right? Maybe that is why Paul kept them feast! See Acts 18:21 for the New Testament proof of God's Holy Days.



A problem does occur however, and that is the calendar of God. The Bible is not clear concerning the particulars of the calendar and a brief search into the subject will bring to light that in Jesus' time, each faction that controlled the Temple used different calendars! The Essenes of the Dead Sea Scrolls fame, had themselves a radically different calendar than did the Sadducees and Pharisees. The later used a LUNAR Calendar, the Essenes used a solar calendar. Therefore the dating of these holidays will never be exactly known until the return of Christ. He will re-institute the Law, the Holy Days, The Sabbath AND the true solar calendar.



After many years of study, I came to the conclusion that the calendar that Jesus was following was the same one instituted by Moses, and originally devised by God Himself during the time of Adam and Eve. In a nutshell, the real Calendar given to Moses was a SOLAR based one starting each new year on the spring equinox. I often are asked by non-Jewish people (Jews understand many of the Hebrew words and their meaning) how do we know that the first month of the year falls on or near the spring equinox. It does state in the English Bible when the new month starts. However, in Exodus 34:18 we are told that the first month of the year is ABIB. That is a Hebrew word meaning- the “month of ear-forming, of greening of crop, of growing green.” It is during Abib-springtime, that the month of exodus and passover (March or April) occurs. This is a timeframe NOT controlled by the moon, but rather by the spring equinox.



Moses was raised as an Egyptian. The Egyptians who also followed the SOLAR and not a Lunar-Solar Year, was familiar to Moses. The Hebrew Calendar given to Moses by God was the same as the Egyptian calendar, but started in a different month-- the month of springtime! The year started on the spring equinox (March 20-21) instead of the summer solstice (The Egyptian new year about June 21). The Bible shows beyond any shadow of a doubt that God's calendar only has 12--- 30-day months (which is only 360 days) After the flood, when world calendars were found to be longer than before, the Egyptians added an additional 5-1/4 days of each year. These days are simply NOT COUNTED! This is how God did it too! They had 12--- 30-day months and 5 to 6 extra non-counted days each year and the year ended on the day before the equinox. It's just that simple. The new year was the only thing "fixed". It is fixed on the equinox to make sure that ABIB falls each year in the springtime. So, in Moses' calendar that "fix date" is the spring equinox to make sure Passover always fell on the same solar day! Proof of a 12 month 30 day month year? Revelation says that 1260 days equal 3-1/2 years OR 42 months! Do the math! In the modern Hebrew lunar calendar, 3-1/2 years contains 43 months and not 1260 days! It is PLAIN and simple. In every example given in the Bible, a year only consist of only 12 months and 360 days! The Bible answers all of it's own mysteries. Do you want proof that Jesus did not follow the Jewish Calendar lunar calendar of His day? His Passover was 1 Day BEFORE the Jewish Passover! Nobody ever notices that fact..... He was following another Passover! No, he was not following a “special Passover”, a day earlier, as some say-- READ THE WORDS IN THE BIBLE:

Matthew 26:17 Now on the first day of the Feast of the Unleavened Bread the disciples came to Jesus, saying to Him, "Where do You want us to prepare for You to eat the Passover?"

The first day of the feast, Passover (the 14th of the month) was the day of the last Supper! This obviously implies, the next day, when the Jewish Passover would start, they were following a different date for the time of Passover!



For a Real Scholarly Article on the real Calendar date:CLICK HEREWARNING BORING!! But good...

 

NEW YEARS DAY- In the spring – even in America

Believe it or not, before January 1, 1752 AD New Years Day was celebrated on March 25 in America and England! This is true for England and the British Empire including the American colonies. This fact can be verified by looking at any good almanac or encyclopedia under the entries for March, Calendar, New Year’s Day, January etc. There were both secular and religious calendars in the past, as is still the case today. And these varied from place to place. In many other countries the secular calendars were standardized into the present format in the year 1582. Although, the tradition of January 1 being New Year’s Day goes back to Julius Caesar and his calendar in 46 B.C.

 

The tradition of celebrating the New Year in the Springtime goes back to an ancient Jewish tradition of celebrating it in the month of Nisan, which corresponded to the month of March. It was during this month that the Passover Feast was celebrated. Although the Jews currently celebrate New Years at Harvest time, they used to celebrate it in the Spring according to their ancient Passover tradition. See Exodus chapter 12.

 

Exodus 12:1-11

“The LORD said to Moses and Aaron in the land of Egypt, ‘This month shall stand at the head of your calendar; you shall reckon it the first month of the year. … every one of your families must procure for itself a lamb … it shall be slaughtered during the evening twilight. … you shall eat like those who are in flight. It is the Passover of the LORD.’ ” [This month is called Abib, Exodus 23:15 – or Nisan, Babylonian name Neh. 2:1, – or March. It occurred in the Springtime near the vernal equinox]

 

“In fact, an ancient Passover poem, used in synagogue liturgy, depicts four great events in salvation history occurring on the same calendar day as Passover: the creation of the universe, the covenant with Abraham, and Israel’s deliverance from Egypt all occurred on the night of the Passover. And it was on this night that the future messianic king was expected to bring redemption.” [ Edward P. Sri’s article “The Heart of the Home” in CFR, (Steubenville: Emmaus Road, 1998) edited by Hahn and Suprenant, pages 165-166, in a reference to poem called the “Poem of the Four Nights,” found in the Jewish targum Neophyti, cited in Lucien Deiss, It’s the Lord’s Supper (London: Collins, 1975), 35.] (SOURCE)

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She accused a NASCAR champion of domestic violence and it ruined her life

Patricia Driscoll doesn’t scare easily. But as she stood in front of a conference hall of suits at a university in Vermont, talking about her work as the CEO of a defense contracting company, she couldn’t shake a feeling of dread every time an audience member checked their phone. What if they were googling her? And what if, during the Q&A portion of the program, they asked her about what they found on the first page of search results?

It’s moments like this when the 39-year-old mother regrets walking into the Dover Police Department two and a half years ago to file a domestic violence report against her ex-boyfriend, NASCAR star Kurt Busch.  

image from media.tmz.comWhen you used to look up Driscoll’s name, you’d likely find headlines about her work as the President of the Armed Forces Foundation, photos of her pre-race kisses with Busch, clips of her appearances on Fox News as a defense expert, and articles in which she discusses how to help veterans suffering with post-traumatic stress disorder.

But that was before Busch allegedly strangled her and slammed her head against the wall of his trailer three times; before a simple hearing over a protective order turned into a media circus and she was publicly accused of being a trained assassin for the CIA; before the non-stop online harassment and death threats; before  ESPN’s multi-part investigation into her role at the AFF and her subsequent resignation; before she was federally indicted on eight counts of fraud and tax evasion. You know. Before.

Today, her search results on Google paint a scandal-plagued picture that follows her wherever she goes.   Read The Rest Here


STUDY: SEA SALT AROUND THE WORLD CONTAMINATED BY PLASTIC

Looks like maybe time to use only Himalayan Salt......

image from cdn.culturesforhealth.comSea salt around the world has been contaminated by plastic pollution, adding to experts’ fears that microplastics are becoming ubiquitous in the environment and finding their way into the food chain via the salt in our diets.

Following this week’s revelations in the Guardian about levels of plastic contamination in tap water, new studies have shown that tiny particles have been found in sea salt in the UK, France and Spain, as well as China and now the US.

Researchers believe the majority of the contamination comes from microfibres and single-use plastics such as water bottles, items that comprise the majority of plastic waste. Up to 12.7m tonnes of plastic enters the world’s oceans every year, equivalent to dumping one garbage truck of plastic per minute into the world’s oceans, according to the United Nations.

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'The ocean is missing!' Rare phenomenon caused by Irma sucks the water from Bahamas beaches

Extraordinary footage from the Bahamas shows the shoreline receded much farther than normal, exposing what is usually the ocean floor.

Twitter user @Kaydi_K from Long Island, Bahamas wrote on Friday: 'I am in disbelief right now... This is Long Island, Bahamas and the ocean water is missing!!! That's as far as they see #HurricaneIrma.'

The strange video shows her walking on the exposed ocean floor which is dry and covered in large shells. 

Another Twitter user tweeted a photo of the exposed beach at a different beach in the Bahamas and showed it was back to normal within less than a day. 

Hurricane Irma, which hit the Bahamas on Friday, is so powerful that it has altered the shape of the ocean in Long Island, but it will likely be back to normal by Sunday afternoon.

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Before: Hurricane Irma temporarily changed the shape of the ocean after hitting the Bahamas on Friday 
After: Twitter user @deejayeasya tweeted this photo on Saturday saying the shoreline where he lives in the Bahamas is back to normal 13 hours later 


Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4869268/Rare-phenomenon-sucks-water-Bahamas-beach.html#ixzz4sHfviDoW 


New finds in City of David excavations

image from images.jpost.com(JERUSALEM POST) — A rare collection of ancient seals inscribed with the names of officials dating to the Judean Kingdom, prior to the Babylonian destruction, was recently unearthed near the Old City’s walls during excavations conducted by the Israel Antiquities Authority.

Dozens of seals, made of small pieces of clay used to officially close letters, were well preserved in the City of David despite the fires that once engulfed the ancient capital, and serve as evidence of their owners.

According to Ortal Chalaf and Dr. Joe Uziel, directors of the excavation funded by the El Ir David (ELAD) organization, the seals illustrate the advanced administrative underpinnings of Jerusalem during the First Temple period.

 


How North Korea could kill 90 percent of Americans

By: Ambassador R. James Woolsey, who was the Director of Central Intelligence from 1993-95. AND  Dr. Peter Vincent Pry who is chief of staff of the Congressional EMPEMPEMP, Commission, served in the House Armed Services Committee and the CIA.

image from cdn.images.dailystar.co.ukThe mainstream media, and some officials who should know better, continue to allege North Korea does not yet have capability to deliver on its repeated threats to strike the U.S. with nuclear weapons. False reassurance is given to the American people that North Korea has not “demonstrated” that it can miniaturize a nuclear warhead small enough for missile delivery, or build a reentry vehicle for an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) capable of penetrating the atmosphere to blast a U.S. city.

Yet any nation that has built nuclear weapons and long-range missiles, as North Korea has done, can easily overcome the relatively much simpler technological challenge of warhead miniaturization and reentry vehicle design. Indeed, North Korean dictator Kim Jong-Un has been photographed posing with what appears to be a genuine miniaturized nuclear warhead for ballistic missiles. And North Korea does, in fact, have two classes of ICBMs—the road mobile KN-08 and KN-14—which both appear to be equipped with sophisticated reentry vehicles. 

Even if it were true that North Korea does not yet have nuclear missiles, their “Dear Leader” could deliver an atomic bomb hidden on a freighter sailing under a false flag into a U.S. port, or hire their terrorist allies to fly a nuclear 9/11 suicide mission across the unprotected border with Mexico. In this scenario, populous port cities like New York, New Orleans, Los Angeles, and San Francisco, or big cities nearest the Mexican border, like San Diego, Phoenix, Austin, and Santa Fe, would be most at risk.

A Hiroshima-type A-Bomb having a yield of 10-kilotons detonated in a major city would cause about 200,000 casualties from blast, thermal, and radiation effects. North Korea has tested a nuclear weapon having an estimated yield of 20-30 kilotons. The Defense Department assesses that on January 6, 2016, North Korea may have tested components of an H-Bomb. H-Bombs are much more powerful than A-Bombs and can produce much greater casualties—millions of casualties in a big city like New York.   MORE


Is this the birthplace of three of Jesus' apostles? Archaeologists say they have found the 'lost Roman city of Julias' in Israel

Birthplace of Peter the Apostle found in Israel

Archaeologists say they have uncovered the lost city of Julias (bottom middle), believed to have been built on the ruins of Bethsaida, the birthplace of St Peter (right), at a dig site near the Sea of Galilee. Two other apostles, Philip (left) and Peter's brother Andrew (top middle), are also believed to have been born or lived in Bethsaida. Experts uncovered fragments of pottery, coins and the remains of a public bath.

Is this the birthplace of three of Jesus' apostles? Archaeologists say they have found the 'lost Roman city of Julias' in Israel