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MDR 12 – God – A Divorced Man

God and His marriage problem

Divorce DecreeI mentioned earlier that I’ve gone all the stages from unmarried, married, divorced and remarried, and the same has God. No, I’m not going to compare myself to God, but we can still compare us with parables and stories of and from God. There are many stories and parables in the Bible, where some stories may be more personal for us, all according to the situation we are in, but all the stories in the Bible are personal for God. One of it I think are the most personal stories of God is when he is forced to divorce Israel … Continue reading MDR 12 – God – A Divorced Man

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Israel – An Unconditional Rights or a Conditional Gift?

40 days or free
God fulfilled the delivery terms different from this pizza guy.
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The promise Land was conditional, what ever Christian Zionist says. In other words, the Jews had to keep the law of God to have the opportunity to remain in the land which I have shown by example. Deuteronomy 28 to emphasize the truth, but many have yet to see “the writing on the wall” if I may use such an expression. In Deuteronomy 28 we can also see all the things that were fulfilled in 70 AD, eg. they will eat their own children owing to hunger (verse 53, cf. War. 6:3:4 as you can read in the “eschatology of the Bible 4”). …read more about this delivery terms

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Israel – Interpretation and Abraham Covenant

Jupp, I’m back on the blog as I have missed. There has been some hectic day here in the Philippines from establishing some money to give out Bibles to new believers (who do not have Bibles) to speak at La Salle University in Manila who took a lot of preparation and a helping hand to a “small” pastor, (which is larger than Most pastors I’ve met), near Manila landfill. And in between, and also important — an introvert also need to have some time to recharge the social batteries too.

Previous post regarding Israel Israel – Carnal or Spiritual? , if the hope of Israel was spiritual or carnal, and although many answers should be obvious already, is it still some Christians who do carnal works to promote what they believe in, namely that Israel as a state today is promised by God to the Jews, and that “their presence in their ancient land is a reminder to us of God’s faithfulness to his promises that are fulfilled before our eyes.” [Quoted from the introduction of a Norwegian book “The Dream of Messiah,” by David Østby and Joseph Østby]. Continue reading Israel – Interpretation and Abraham Covenant

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Israel – Carnal or Spiritual?

Green Israel
Israel have great nature. From desert to fertile land. From mountains to land 377 m below the sea level. If you like to travel and like to walk on bible history ground, Israel might be your next destination.

I have finally come to the exciting part “Israel”, and it is not without reason that we must address Israel, for Israel have to do with the promises to Israel through Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, the hope, the kingdom of God and salvation. But not only that, I have receive many questions after the series of “Matthew 24” and “Revelation” regarding Israel today, God’s promise to Abraham, “the promised land” and how we should relate to Jews and Israel today.
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Revelation pt. 12 – Summary

Many calories has been eaten and burn since I last posted a post here, but I haven’t disappear totally. The reason for the long time is time… more specific lack of time. I have been in Norway and many other stuff have been going around, but I’m here.

We have went through 11 parts of the series of Revelation of John and are now come to an end. Since I like a series of 12 part better than 11, I want to end the series nicely  with a summary, so lets start.

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Revelation pt. 11 – The Bride, The New Jerusalem

“I saw a new heaven and a new earth: for the first heaven and the first earth have passed away, and the sea is no more. I saw the holy city, New Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, made ready” (Rev. 21:1-2) 

In the previous post we was looking at the New Jerusalem as the new creation which took the place of the old Jerusalem. We looked at the time frame, God’s progressive work in history and a bit superficial of the Bride and its character.

For most people, Revelation 21:1 to 22:5 is an event expected to happen in the future for what they call the “millennium”, and will be the eternal perfect order after the final judgment. But this can not be right, …why? read more to find out!

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Revelation pt. 7 – Moving of Mountains

…and every mountain and island were moved out of their places. (Rev. 6:14).

In this post I want to write about some of the events in the judgment and the meaning of it. I can’t cover every seal, bowl or trumpet because of space and I still not have everything clear of every single verse of them. But the links between the historical facts and Revelation are many, and I take only a few of these. Because of I want to show the historical facts, it will be some excerpts from our friend and historian Josephus, and there again a long post, so I had to divide it into two blog posts.

In these series, I have several times mention that Israel’s rejection of their Messiah and the persecution of the saints would result in a major disaster, which is now happening. This is what the prophesy of John in Revelation is about. A divine judgment on Israel, where the destruction is over the people, land, and Temple. God literally tearing away the temple from the historic scene by using the Roman army, which he prophetically calls “his army” (Matthew 22:7).
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Revelation pt. 6 – “Another Beast”

“And I beheld another beast coming up out of the earth; and he had two horns like a lamb, and he spake as a dragon.” (Rev. 13:11). 

You have now been shown two characters in Revelation, namely, the harlot and the beast who came up out of the sea (Revelation 13:1, 2, 11). But John also saw another animal who came up from the earth, it had two horns like a lamb and spoke like a dragon. There are actually two animals we are dealing with in Revelation. So lets look at this another animal from land. Continue reading Revelation pt. 6 – “Another Beast”

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Revelation pt. 2 – Coming On The Clouds

Behold, he cometh with clouds; and every eye shall see him, and they also which pierced him: and all kindreds of the earth shall wail because of him. Even so, Amen.

I will offer this entire post on just this verse. I will probably not do it for every single verse in this series, that will take forever, but stop a bit in places where it can give us some information on the misperception that many have and gives us a better understanding of the Revelation.

As mentioned in my previously post, we were told early in verse 1 that the vision appears to John through the vision, and here, in verse 7 we find the “language” imagery in the book. …so how can He surf on a cloud? Continue reading!

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Eschatology in the Bible 8: Parable Of The Fig Tree in Matt. 24

ImageNow learn a parable of the fig tree; When his branch is yet tender, and putteth forth leaves, ye know that summer is nigh: So likewise ye, when ye shall see all these things, know that it is near, even at the doors. Verily I say unto you, This generation shall not pass, till all these things be fulfilled. Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away. But of that day and hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels of heaven, but my Father only. (Mat. 24:32-36). 

The fig tree has been a strong image of Israel that many people believe that this parable in Mat. 24:32-36 is a prophecy of the restoration of Israel as a nation in 1948. In my opinion this is a total distortion of what Jesus is trying to tell the disciples, who had already asked Jesus couple of questions, which He now answer. I could have written much about Israel as a nation today, but it will maybe come partly in other posts.  …Go on and read more about the parable!