Daniel chapter 9, contains one of the most important prophecies in the Old Covenant writings. It is also one of the most important to understand, to gain a clear preception of what transpires in the New Covenant. It has also been hijacked by an eschatological philosophy, to teach things that it does not contain. It is one of the foundational Scripture passages that dispensationalism uses to promote its twisted newspaper-headline driven, zionistic worshipping, predatory system. When Daniel 9 is viewed in its actual setting and language, it is a beautiful prophecy of the Coming of the Messiah Prince, Jesus of Nazareth and all that He would accomplish.Continue Reading
There is a teaching floating around certain circles, mostly among the charismatic/word of faith circles, that when Jesus died, he descended into the torments of hell, in order to complete our salvation. Some have even went so far as to say, that his death on the cross is not what gained salvation for man, but it was his torment in hell.
Some very "popular" teachers are advocating such a position, which is being propagated on the most watched "christian" television network in the world and the largest source of heretical teaching known to modern man, The Balaam Network. Here is one quote by Kenneth Copeland, to the effect that it wasn't Jesus' death that brought salvation, but his torment in hell.Continue Reading
For the Jews require a sign, and the Greeks seek after wisdom: (1 Cor. 1:22). The Jews required a sign of Jesus to validate His claim of being the Messiah sent from God. He said that no sign would be given that evil and adulterous generation except the sign of the prophet Jonah. Just so there was no misunderstanding, He explains what the sign of Jonah was, "as Jonas was three days and three nights in the whale's belly; so shall the Son of man be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth."
Some how this sign is a complete mystery and an unsolvable math problem. We treat this as though Jesus was speaking in some secret code, which one needs a secret decoder ring to figure out. We go to great lengths to explain why three days and three nights, is not really three days and three nights. We even go to the point where we deny the validity and trustworthiness of the Word of God itself, just so we can keep the Friday afternoon to Sunday morning scheme intact. For example . . .Continue Reading
The issue of Predestination has long been looked at as you are either predetermined to go to heaven or hell. But this is not the picture we get from the Scriptures. Most will put this issue in "either, or" terms. You are either a Calvinist or an Arminian in your view.
Isn't it interesting that men want you to take theological sides, based not upon the Scriptures, but based upon their own sectarian positions or definitions. It is particularly sad, when we draw lines in the dust over issues that we believe we understand, when in truth, we are misrepresenting the truth. Predestination is one of those issues, that has suffered at the hands of men. This issue is not a Calvinist or an Arminian one. It is not a heaven or hell issue. At least not as far as the Scriptures are concerned.Continue Reading
The topic of binding and loosing has for the most part been relegated to the arena of spiritual warfare, in particular, it used in reference to the binding of demons and the loosing of angels. At least this seems to be the usual practice in most Charismatic circles.
However, we must ask ourselves one very important question. "Is this the intent and teaching of Jesus, as regards this issue of binding and loosing?" The short answer is No. We do not see Jesus or the disciples, at any time, binding demons but casting them out. We also don't see them practicing loosing angels (unless you count Revelation). Let us look at this issue within the context which it was spoken and in which it was meant to be understood.Continue Reading
As believers in Jesus, we understand that we are partakers of the New Covenant, which Jesus cut in His own blood. But do we really understand how we came into this relationship. There is a common misconception, that God made this New Covenant with the Church, or with us as believers. If we look closely at what the Scriptures teach concerning this Covenant, it will be quite revealing, exactly who the Covenant is with. Throughout Biblical History, God has made many covenants with man. And all of these covenants were made with a man, which had its effect upon the whole of the people.Continue Reading