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Jezebel (Women in the Bible)

June 22nd 2014 15:44
Women in the Bible wouldn't be complete without mentioning a bad one or two. Jezebel was a queen. 1 Kings 16:31 "And it came to pass, as if it had been a light thing for him to walk in the sins of Jeroboam the son of Nebat, that he took to wife Jezebel the daughter of Ethbaal king of the Zidonians, and went and served Baal, and worshipped him."

1 Kings 18:13 "Was it not told my lord what I did when Jezebel slew the prophets of the Lord, how I hid an hundred men of the Lord's prophets by fifty in a cave, and fed them with bread and water?" She angered the Lord God.

1 Kings 21:7 "And Jezebel his wife said unto him, Dost thou now govern the kingdom of Israel? arise, and eat bread, and let thine heart be merry: I will give thee the vineyard of Naboth the Jezreelite." Even murder was not beneath her.

2 Kings 9:10 "And the dogs shall eat Jezebel in the portion of Jezreel, and there shall be none to bury her. And he opened the door, and fled." She received the punishment that was decreed for her.

Priscilla (Women of the Bible)

June 18th 2014 15:33
Priscilla was the wife of Aquila. They were tent makers and also teachers of the Bible. She was a favorite of Paul's and (with her husband) traveled with him.
1 Corinthians 16:19 "The churches of Asia salute you. Aquila and Priscilla salute you much in the Lord, with the church that is in their house."

Paul was so fond of her, he gave her a nickname and used her name before that of her husband because she was such a great teacher. 2 Timothy 4:19
"Salute Prisca and Aquila, and the household of Onesiphorus."

Deborah (Women in the Bible)

June 15th 2014 15:26
Most of the Judges of Israel were men. But Deborah was a prophetess and rose up to lead the battle when she was called to do so. Another woman of the Bible who was also a leader of the people and followed the laws of God.

Judges 4:4 "And Deborah, a prophetess, the wife of Lapidoth, she judged Israel at that time."

Luke 8:2 "And certain women, which had been healed of evil spirits and infirmities, Mary called Magdalene, out of whom went seven devils," this is why Mary Magdalene was so devoted to Jesus. He took 7 devils from her! Some seem to believe that she had been a prostitute, but that isn't what the Bible says. She was always close when Jesus taught and was there at the Crucifixion and when He arose from the tomb she was the first person that Jesus spoke to.

There are some who say that Mary Magdalene was "engaged" to Jesus. She was. But in the same sense that we are all "betrothed" to Him as His Bride (the church).

Tamar (Women in the Bible)

June 8th 2014 11:13
Tamar was another woman who was called a harlot. Actually, she was accused of "playing the harlot" in order bear a child. Things were a little different in the days of the Old Testament, when bloodlines were of great importance for future generations.

Genesis 38:6 "And Judah took a wife for Er his firstborn, whose name was Tamar. 7 And Er, Judah's firstborn, was wicked in the sight of the Lord; and the Lord slew him. 8 And Judah said unto Onan, Go in unto thy brother's wife, and marry her, and raise up seed to thy brother. 9 And Onan knew that the seed should not be his; and it came to pass, when he went in unto his brother's wife, that he spilled it on the ground, lest that he should give seed to his brother

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Rahab (Women in the Bible)

June 4th 2014 10:29
We are told not to judge others. God alone knows all the things that lead His people to act as they do. Rahab and Tamar are both said to be harlots in the Bible. Let's take a closer look at them and see if it was YHVH, God, calling them "harlots" or whether the term was from man, instead.

Joshua 2:1

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June 1st 2014 14:32
Psalm 3:3 "Lord, how are they increased that trouble me! many are they that rise up against me. 2 Many there be which say of my soul, There is no help for him in God. Selah. 3 But thou, O Lord, art a shield for me; my glory, and the lifter up of mine head. 4 I cried unto the Lord with my voice, and he heard me out of his holy hill. Selah."

Did you ever wonder what Selah means? David used it often in the Psalms. It means "pause". Stop the music and think about the words. That is something we should do when reading the Bible, pause and consider what God is telling us. The Bible is not just a book but a tool for making us think and bringing us closer to God and His will.

Translation Errors (part 3)

May 28th 2014 14:17
One more visit to Thessalonians will show us another translation error which has caused a great deal of confusion and damage. Note the terms "in the clouds" and "in the air". It was not translated correctly! The word "clouds" doesn't mean the clouds in the sky. It means a large group of people. Ever hear about a "cloud of locusts" the locusts are not clouds in the sky, are they? Of course not. It means that there is a huge group of locusts, and that is how "clouds" is meant here. It has nothing to do with the false doctrine of the "rapture". The use of the word "air" is also misleading. The original word was "breath" not atmosphere.

Thessalonians 4:16 "For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: 17 Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord

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Translation Errors (part 2)

May 25th 2014 13:51
In Genesis is one of the most prevalent of errors in translation. Genesis 1:1 "In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth." It says He created the Heaven and the earth, He didn't create a void. The misunderstanding comes in Genesis 1:2 "And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters." The original word was "became" not "was". God didn't create a void, formless mess. He created the Heavens and the earth. Several times in Scripture we see references to the previous earth age. The "children of God" lived in peace with the animals He created.

Job 40:15 "Behold now behemoth, which I made with thee; he eateth grass as an ox. 16 Lo now, his strength is in his loins, and his force is in the navel of his belly. 17 He moveth his tail like a cedar: the sinews of his stones are wrapped together. 18 His bones are as strong pieces of brass; his bones are like bars of iron. 19 He is the chief of the ways of God: he that made him can make his sword to approach unto him. 20 Surely the mountains bring him forth food, where all the beasts of the field play." This description doesn't fit any animal in the world today or in the days of Job. It sounds like a dinosaur, doesn't it? This is one of the animals of the First Earth Age

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Translation Errors

May 21st 2014 13:39
No matter how carefully one works to translate from one language into another, there will be some mistakes. Often the mistake is in trying to simplify by using one word instead of several words, or in misunderstanding a colloquial term. The translations of the Bible are no exception. Let's look at a few of the problems that translation errors can cause.

1 Thessalonians 4:13 "But I would not have you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning them which are asleep, that ye sorrow not, even as others which have no hope. 14 For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with him. 15 For this we say unto you by the word of the Lord, that we which are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord shall not prevent them which are asleep. 16 For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first:" Some people understand this to mean that the dead in Christ will rise from their graves at the last trumpet. It actually means that the dead in Christ have already risen and will return with Jesus as His army. We cannot "prevent the dead" because they're already in Paradise, from the moment they died

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