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The Tribulation is mentioned in both the Old and New Testaments. As many times as we read of trials and tribulations, we also read of God saving those who trust in Him. Nowhere was the danger more dire and immediate than in Daniel 3:13. After reading this passage, you can see how Jesus Himself went into the furnace with Shadrach, Meshack and Abednego. He was with them and they emerged undamaged from the fire. They called upon God, trusted Him and were saved. God protects those who love Him.

Daniel 3:13 "Then Nebuchadnezzar in his rage and fury commanded to bring Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego. Then they brought these men before the king. 14 Nebuchadnezzar spake and said unto them, Is it true, O Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, do not ye serve my gods, nor worship the golden image which I have set up? 15 Now if ye be ready that at what time ye hear the sound of the cornet, flute, harp, sackbut, psaltery, and dulcimer, and all kinds of musick, ye fall down and worship the image which I have made; well: but if ye worship not, ye shall be cast the same hour into the midst of a burning fiery furnace; and who is that God that shall deliver you out of my hands? 16 Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, answered and said to the king, O Nebuchadnezzar, we are not careful to answer thee in this matter.

17 If it be so, our God whom we serve is able to deliver us from the burning fiery furnace, and he will deliver us out of thine hand, O king. 18 But if not, be it known unto thee, O king, that we will not serve thy gods, nor worship the golden image which thou hast set up. 19 Then was Nebuchadnezzar full of fury, and the form of his visage was changed against Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego: therefore he spake, and commanded that they should heat the furnace one seven times more than it was wont to be heated. 20 And he commanded the most mighty men that were in his army to bind Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, and to cast them into the burning fiery furnace.

21 Then these men were bound in their coats, their hosen, and their hats, and their other garments, and were cast into the midst of the burning fiery furnace.22 Therefore because the king's commandment was urgent, and the furnace exceeding hot, the flames of the fire slew those men that took up Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego. 23 And these three men, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, fell down bound into the midst of the burning fiery furnace. 24 Then Nebuchadnezzar the king was astonished, and rose up in haste, and spake, and said unto his counsellors, Did not we cast three men bound into the midst of the fire? They answered and said unto the king, True, O king. 25 He answered and said, Lo, I see four men loose, walking in the midst of the fire, and they have no hurt; and the form of the fourth is like the Son of God. 26 Then Nebuchadnezzar came near to the mouth of the burning fiery furnace, and spake, and said, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, ye servants of the most high God, come forth, and come hither. Then Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, came forth of the midst of the fire. 27 And the princes, governors, and captains, and the king's counsellors, being gathered together, saw these men, upon whose bodies the fire had no power, nor was an hair of their head singed, neither were their coats changed, nor the smell of fire had passed on them."
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The Resurrection of Jesus

April 20th 2014 15:59
Do you know how many times the word "Easter" is used in the Bible? Once.
Acts 12:1 "Now about that time Herod the king stretched forth his hands to vex certain of the church. 2 And he killed James the brother of John with the sword. 3 And because he saw it pleased the Jews, he proceeded further to take Peter also. (Then were the days of unleavened bread.) 4 And when he had apprehended him, he put him in prison, and delivered him to four quaternions of soldiers to keep him; intending after Easter to bring him forth to the people."

It was King Herod (who was neither a Jew nor a Christian) who chose a pagan holiday that celebrated the goddess Ishtar. Really Long Link She was a goddess of fertility and new birth. The people would greet her at sunrise (sunrise services, anyone) and bake special cakes in her honor. Eggs and rabbits were popular themes for her celebrations (got some eggs from the Easter bunny, anyone?)

Lamb was the traditional Passover meat, served with unleavened bread and wine. This was the bread and wine Jesus used when He gave the first Communion to His disciples at the Last Supper. It was the blood of a lamb that was used in the first Passover, to keep the Angel of death away. So, when we read in John 1:28 "These things were done in Bethabara beyond Jordan, where John was baptizing. 29 The next day John seeth Jesus coming unto him, and saith, Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world. 30 This is he of whom I said, After me cometh a man which is preferred before me: for he was before me." that he called Jesus the Lamb of God, it verifies that Jesus was to be the lamb of the Passover.

So, what are you celebrating today? A pagan goddess or the Resurrection of Jesus?
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Ash Wednesday

April 16th 2014 15:33
The Truth About the Tribulation will return after this week when we celebrate the Resurrection of Jesus. Note that I do not use the word Easter.

One of the traditions of man that even staunchly religious people seem to follow without question is the timing of the Crucifixion. Let's clear that up. It is said that Jesus was crucified the day before the Sabbath. He was. But it was not the regular Sabbath (Saturday) it was the high Sabbath of Passover.

Luke 22:1 "Now the feast of unleavened bread drew nigh, which is called the Passover. 2 And the chief priests and scribes sought how they might kill him; for they feared the people. 3 Then entered Satan into Judas surnamed Iscariot, being of the number of the twelve. 4 And he went his way, and communed with the chief priests and captains, how he might betray him unto them. 5 And they were glad, and covenanted to give him money. 6 And he promised, and sought opportunity to betray him unto them in the absence of the multitude. 7 Then came the day of unleavened bread, when the passover must be killed." Passover, like Christmas, is not celebrated on a given day of the week. It is 15 days after the spring equinox (which is the beginning of the Hebrew new year). Passover in that particular year was on Wednesday. It had to be Wednesday for Jesus t have spent three days in the tomb before he was resurrected.

In the Hebrew calendar, days begin at sundown. So Jesus and the apostles had their Passover feast on Tuesday. He was arrested Tuesday night and tried on Wed. morning and crucified after the long walk up Golgotha (Calvary). Jewish law said all those crucified must be dead and removed before sundown, when Passover began. Wednesday night to Thursday night was the first day He spent in the tomb. Thursday night to Friday night was the second day. Friday night to Saturday night was the third day and during the night between Saturday and Sunday, He arose. If He had died and been buried on Friday before sundown, He couldn't have been in the tomb for three days before arising on Sunday.
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Acts 2:17 "And it shall come to pass in the last days, saith God, I will pour out of my Spirit upon all flesh: and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, and your young men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams:
18 And on my servants and on my handmaidens I will pour out in those days of my Spirit; and they shall prophesy: 19 And I will shew wonders in heaven above, and signs in the earth beneath; blood, and fire, and vapour of smoke: 20 The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before the great and notable day of the Lord come: 21 And it shall come to pass, that whosoever shall call on the name of the Lord shall be saved." In reading this passage, it sounds pretty serious, doesn't it? Until you read the last line, "whosoever shall call on the name of the Lord shall be saved." The enemies of God will have good reason to be afraid of the signs and wonders, but those who trust in God shall be saved. Lucifer will also put on quite show and deceive those who don't know any better.
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In Mark 13:19 "For in those days shall be affliction, such as was not from the beginning of the creation which God created unto this time, neither shall be.
20 And except that the Lord had shortened those days, no flesh should be saved: but for the elect's sake, whom he hath chosen, he hath shortened the days. 21 And then if any man shall say to you, Lo, here is Christ; or, lo, he is there; believe him not: 22 For false Christs and false prophets shall rise, and shall shew signs and wonders, to seduce, if it were possible, even the elect.
23 But take ye heed: behold, I have foretold you all things." we see that the deception will be impressive. Signs and wonders by Lucifer, designed to convince us that he is Jesus, will convince many and doom them


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In part one of this series, we talked about Lucifer pretending to be Jesus in order to fool people into following him. Here is more on that subject:

Mark 13:5 "And Jesus answering them began to say, Take heed lest any man deceive you: 6 For many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive many. 7 And when ye shall hear of wars and rumours of wars, be ye not troubled: for such things must needs be; but the end shall not be yet." As we see, Jesus Himself told us that others would claim to be Him


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In stories and movies we see the Tribulation depicted as something far different from the Biblical version of it. Is the Tribulation really massive disasters caused by the anti-christ? Does he really look like a monster and attack at will? Let's see what the Bible says...

Luke 21:16 "And ye shall be betrayed both by parents, and brethren, and kinsfolks, and friends; and some of you shall they cause to be put to death


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Genesis 1:1 "In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth. 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." Everyone knows that this is how the Holy Bible begins. But is it really the beginning? Let's see if we can find out.

Genesis 1:1 is complete unto itself. It doesn't specify when that "beginning" happened. In the original manuscripts it doesn't use the word "was", but the word "became". So "And the earth became without form..." Became? It was not created to be formless but became formless. Could this be the ending of the first Earth Age? This would explain dinosaurs, wouldn't it? And the few footprints that are clearly human, but date from long before humans existed on the Earth. Was this the overthrow of Satan and his angels? Was God so angry that He destroyed the Earth and made it without form? Let's look further for the answer, shall we


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Noah's Ark (Part 2)

March 26th 2014 16:03
In the last study, we found that Noah was "perfect in his generations", meaning that his family had never mixed with fallen angels. We also found that God made man flesh and was not pleased with the hybrids and the widespread sinning of mankind. He brought the rain and instructed Noah to build an ark, taking two of every "flesh" on board. Eight Adamic souls (Noah and his family) were saved from the flood. But what of the other people? They were flesh and the were human, and Noah brought them with him on the ark. We know this because they are still with us to this day. They were the sixth day creation.

Genesis 1:26 "And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth. 27 So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them. 28 And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth." The Bible tells us when this happened. Genesis 1:30 "And to every beast of the earth, and to every fowl of the air, and to every thing that creepeth upon the earth, wherein there is life, I have given every green herb for meat: and it was so


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Noah's Ark (Part 1)

March 23rd 2014 15:43
Although I have not seen the movie currently all the rage, I have read the story of Noah in the Bible. From what I have heard about this movie, it not only strays from the original story but turns it upside down.

Genesis 6:1 "And it came to pass, when men began to multiply on the face of the earth, and daughters were born unto them, 2 That the sons of God saw the daughters of men that they were fair; and they took them wives of all which they chose. 3 And the Lord said, My spirit shall not always strive with man, for that he also is flesh: yet his days shall be an hundred and twenty years. 4 There were giants in the earth in those days; and also after that, when the sons of God came in unto the daughters of men, and they bare children to them, the same became mighty men which were of old, men of renown. 5 And God saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually. 6 And it repented the Lord that he had made man on the earth, and it grieved him at his heart." In this quote, we see that God was grieved that angels had mated with human women and created a race of giants. They were an abomination to Him. He brought the rain to kill the hybrids and those who served only evil. It had nothing to do with ecology. Nothing at all


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