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Q. Greetings in our savior’s  name Yeshua. As you know that Yeshua is Hebrew and means salvation. Whereas “Jesus” in Hebrew means nothing.  We all seem to accept that the word Jesus is right, because of tradition. And tradition voids the meaning of Our Saviour Yeshua.  I can see a hand of the Devil here  and he loves to have us use the wrong word in getting the message out.  It merits consideration for us to share among other born again believers  why we address Our Lord as Yeshua.

 

A. Jesus doesn’t mean anything in Hebrew because it’s an English word.  Specifically, it’s the English version of a word that’s the Greek form of the Lord’s Hebrew name. This Greek word was used in all the earliest manuscripts of the New Testament and everyone knew it was the Lord’s name.

Untold millions of people have called on the Lord using the English form of His name and have been saved. Millions of others have translated His name into their native languages with the same result.  If the devil  has tricked us into saying the Lord’s name incorrectly, he certainly didn’t accomplish anything.

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The Prayer Of Jabez

Posted: December 21, 2010 in Q&A
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Q. I have been reading about His prayer and how we can pray it for ourselves – for every area of our life, but especially concerning spiritual matters to further the Lord’s work.    What is your opinion about it and do you think we can  pray it for our family members too?   Blessings to you.

 

A. There’s nothing magical about the Prayer of Jabez, except for Jabez and the fellow who made a lot of money writing a book about it.  If you really want to impress the Lord, don’t memorize and recite a prayer that came from someone else’s heart.  He’s already heard that one thousands of times.  Instead speak with Him from your own heart, offering Him a prayer He’s never heard before.  You don’t have to worry bout using flowery or lofty language either.  He knows the longings of your heart better than you.  He just wants to hear you tell Him how you feel.

How Was He Crushed?

Posted: December 21, 2010 in Q&A
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Q. In Isaiah 53 it says He was crushed for our iniquities. I know the prophecies were very specific on what suffering Jesus was subjected to, the abuse, whipping, piercing & crucifixion, etc… but I don’t remember seeing anything about this part of the Prophecy. Would you please show me where this prophecy was fulfilled?  Thank You & God Bless you and your ministry.

 

A. In Isaiah 53:5 the word translated crushed has figurative as well as literal meanings. Obviously Jesus wasn’t physically crushed as if a giant weight had fallen upon him.  This would have broken His bones and the Law forbade any bones of the Passover Lamb from being broken (Exodus 12:46).  Therefore we have to apply the figurative meaning which is that Jesus was made to feel overwhelmed with grief, as if all His strength had left Him and there was no hope of escape. Psalm 88 is a prophecy of what He went through during the night before His crucifixion and gives an idea of how He must have felt.

Did We Get Our Bad Qualities From God?

Posted: December 21, 2010 in Q&A, Sins
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Q. My question is: If we were made in God’s image and likeness, then are our bad qualities also from Him? I don’t mean to be disrespectful, I love the LORD, yet the Bible tells of many instances where GOD has wrath, and leads the army of Israel to victory against the other armies. And many are killed. Please help me to understand this side of GOD.

 

A. You’ve really asked two questions here. First, as to being created in God’s image a careful reading of Genesis shows that Adam and Eve were created in the image and likeness of God (Genesis 1:27).  There’s no mention of this regarding Cain and Abel.  But after repeating that Adam and Eve were created in the image and likeness of God in Genesis 5:1-2, the Bible then tells us that their subsequent children were born in Adam’s (fallen) likeness (Genesis 5:3). Scholars have taken this to mean they were born with a sin nature, and not only them but every human since. This is where our bad qualities come from.

Second, careful studies will also confirm that God never judges people impulsively or arbitrarily.  He is patient and long suffering, only resorting to judgment after man has made it abundantly clear that he is not interested in reconciliation.  He waited for 1656 years to bring the flood, and then only did so after repeated warnings.  He gave Pharoah 9 chances to relent telling him in advance what would happen if he didn’t.  And when He brought the Israelites into the promised land it was after giving the local residents 400 years to turn back to Him.

After that He only loosed the Israelites against other nations in self defense, in an effort to discourage them from attacking His people.  He sent prophet after prophet to Israel to warn His people that they too were being disobedient. The Northern and Southern kingdoms each got 150 years advance notice before being judged for their idolatry.  The Southern Kingdom had the additional advantage of seeing what had happened to the North, and even when they didn’t learn He only gave them a 70 year penalty knowing that after He brought them back they would just rebel against Him again. Where we’re concerned He’s been waiting 2000 years to see if we’ll learn the lessons from history, knowing we won’t.

God is our creator.  He is absolutely just and righteous.  No human has ever received undeserved punishment from Him.  This is something no man can claim for himself. So the answer to your question is no.  We didn’t inherit our bad qualities from Him, because He doesn’t have any.

Answer: Very sadly, there is a higher percentage of suicides during the Christmas season than any other time of the year. Whether you are contemplating suicide, or know someone who is, or just want to know how to minister to someone who is considering suicide – we hope this article is helpful to you.

Our hearts go out to those who have thoughts of ending their own lives through suicide. If that is you right now, it may speak of many emotions, such as feelings of hopelessness and despair. You may feel like you are in the deepest pit, and you doubt there is any hope of things getting better. No one seems to care or understand where you are coming from. Life just is not worth living…or is it?

If you will take a few moments to consider letting God truly be God in your life right now, He will prove how big He really is, “for nothing is impossible with God” (Luke 1:37). Perhaps scars from past hurts have resulted in an overwhelming sense of rejection or abandonment. That may lead to self-pity, anger, bitterness, vengeful thoughts, or unhealthy fears that have caused problems in some of your most important relationships.

Why should you not commit suicide? Friend, no matter how bad things are in your life, there is a God of love who is waiting for you to let Him guide you through your tunnel of despair and out into His marvelous light. He is your sure hope. His name is Jesus.

This Jesus, the sinless Son of God, identifies with you in your time of rejection and humiliation. The prophet Isaiah wrote of Him in Isaiah 53:2-6, describing Him as a man who was “despised and rejected” by everyone. His life was full of sorrow and suffering. But the sorrows He bore were not His own; they were ours. He was pierced, wounded, and crushed, all because of our sin. Because of His suffering, our lives can be redeemed and made whole.

Friend, Jesus Christ endured all this so that you might have all your sins forgiven. Whatever weight of guilt you carry, know that He will forgive you if you humbly receive Him as your Savior. “…Call upon me in the day of trouble; I will deliver you…” (Psalm 50:15). Nothing you have ever done is too bad for Jesus to forgive. Some of His choicest servants committed gross sins like murder (Moses), murder and adultery (King David), and physical and emotional abuse (the apostle Paul). Yet they found forgiveness and a new abundant life in the Lord. “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come!” (2 Corinthians 5:17).

Why should you not commit suicide? Friend, God stands ready to repair what is “broken,” namely, the life you have now, the life you want to end by suicide. In Isaiah 61:1-3, the prophet wrote, “The LORD has anointed me to preach good news to the poor. He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim freedom for the captives and release from darkness for the prisoners, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor…to comfort all who mourn, and provide for those who grieve…to bestow on them a crown of beauty instead of ashes, the oil of gladness instead of mourning, and a garment of praise instead of a spirit of despair.”

Come to Jesus, and let Him restore your joy and usefulness as you trust Him to begin a new work in your life. He promises to restore the joy you have lost and give you a new spirit to sustain you. Your broken heart is precious to Him: “The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit; a broken and contrite heart, O God, you will not despise” (Psalm 51:12, 15-17).

Will you accept the Lord as your Savior and Shepherd? He will guide your thoughts and steps—one day at a time—through His Word, the Bible. “I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you and watch over you” (Psalm 32:8). “He will be the sure foundation for your times, a rich store of salvation and wisdom and knowledge; the fear of the LORD is the key to this treasure” (Isaiah 33:6). In Christ, you will still have struggles, but you will now have hope. He is “a friend who sticks closer than a brother” (Proverbs 18:24). May the grace of the Lord Jesus be with you in your hour of decision.

If you desire to trust Jesus Christ as your Savior, speak these words in your heart to God: “God, I need you in my life. Please forgive me for all that I have done. I place my faith in Jesus Christ and believe that He is my Savior. Please cleanse me, heal me, and restore my joy in life. Thank You for Your love for me and for Jesus’ death on my behalf.”

Understanding Ephesians 5

Posted: December 7, 2010 in Q&A, Salvation
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Q. I have been reading your site now for about 4 years. In fact my day is incomplete until I have had a chance to consider the God-given wisdom in the answers you provide to the questions so many of us have regarding Scripture. I am forever thankful for your ministry.  Once again I find myself “blown about by the winds of doctrine.” I know … I KNOW that God requires nothing more from us for salvation than our faith in the redeeming sacrifice of Jesus. Most days I am comfortable in that belief, however, this morning in my devotional time, I read a passage that I have read many times before yet today, it struck a nerve.

 

If Paul is addressing believers in the Ephesian Church, then why in chapter 5 does he warn that anyone who is guilty of the sins listed in verse 3 will not have an inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and of God?

A. First you must understand that Paul’s letter to the Ephesians contains two messages.  The first one, chapters 1-3, consists of all the things the Lord has done for us and how they bring eternal benefits that can never be revoked.

Ephesians 4:1-6:9 explains how we should express our gratitude for this by the way we live. His point in chapter 5 was that because of our inheritance we should be imitators of God (behaving like He would) and not imitators of the immoral, impure or greedy people around us who have no inheritance.  He said that although we used to be like them we aren’t any more and so we shouldn’t act like they do (Ephes. 5:8). Chapter 6:10-18 explains how we can use God’s power to help us resist the ways of the world.

But one thing the letter doesn’t do is make our ongoing assurance of salvation contingent upon our behavior.  Otherwise Paul couldn’t have said our inheritance is guaranteed (Ephes 1:13-14)  or that from God’s perspective we’re already seated with Him in the heavenly realms (Ephes 2:6-7) or that our salvation is by grace, not by works (Ephes 2:8-9) because that would have made the letter self contradictory.

Q. In the article The Age of Accountability you wrote: “When they reach the age of accountability, they become responsible for their sins. They acknowledge their accountability in a ceremony called bat mitzvah for girls, usually held at age 12, and bar mitzvah for boys age 13.”   Does this mean that when believers in Jesus are raptured, all girls under the age of 12 and all boys under the age of 13 will also be raptured? If so, can you imagine the impact on families worldwide?

 

A. The article was meant to show that children under a certain age are not responsible for their sins and from God’s perspective are sinless.  But the ages come from Jewish tradition, and cannot be found in the Bible.

So this is what we know.  The Holy Spirit led Paul to say that there was a time in his early childhood when he was considered to be sin free and had eternal life.  When he became old enough to be held accountable for his sins he was scheduled for death. (Romans 7:9) Of course, his belief in Jesus canceled his death sentence (Colossians 2:13-14).

There are other Scriptures that hint of eternal life for children (Matt.18:10 is one example).  The thing that isn’t clear is at what age a child becomes accountable.  Many scholars believe it depends on each child’s intellectual capability to understand the sin/salvation issue.  But whatever the age is, it would seem that all children who are not accountable will go in the rapture, regardless of their parents’ spiritual condition.  And yes, it will have an impact on the post rapture world that’s hard to imagine.

OSAS And Rev. 22:19

Posted: December 7, 2010 in Q&A
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Q. I was having a discussion with a friend about eternal security, we seemed to be in agreement for the most part. However, he presented me with a scripture that I would like some help understanding the meaning, “And if any man shall take away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part out of the book of life, and out of the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book.” (Rev 22:19).  Please assist me with some insight as to whether this scripture is saying that you can lose your salvation.

 

A. There are enough unconditional declarations of Eternal Security for the Church in the New Testament to make it an established  fact.  Among the clearest ones are John 6:37-40, John 10:27-30, Romans 8:38-39, Ephes. 1:13-14 and 2 Cor. 1:21-22.

Since the Bible is the inspired word of God and can’t contradict itself  Rev. 22:19 has to be saying that editing the Book of Revelation is an indication that the person doing so is not part of the Church and therefore not a recipient of the blessing of Eternal Security. Otherwise it would stand in opposition to these clear promises of God.

Praying To Mary. Follow Up

Posted: December 7, 2010 in Q&A
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Q. Regarding prayer to Mary.  Would Isaiah 8:19 apply?  Or is it that Catholics believe she never died, but ascended into heaven?  Is there any historical information regarding her death?

 

A.  Isaiah 8:19 refers to the prohibition against consulting living mediums and spiritists in order to contact the dead.  Praying to Mary, who is already dead, would not be the same as consulting a medium.

As for Mary’s death, there is a tomb said to be Mary’s in Jerusalem at the foot of the path that led from the Temple to the Garden of Gethsemane.  There is also a beautiful park near the City of Ephesus where Mary is said to have lived her final years and died.  Among scholars, the Jerusalem site is more popular.  As far as I know, no one holds the view that Mary never died. The Catholic Feast of the Assumption celebrates the belief that after her death Mary’s body was taken to Heaven.

Will Jerusalem Be Divided Again?

Posted: December 7, 2010 in End Times, Q&A
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Q. There is so much talk about scattering Israel and dividing Jerusalem these days. Also much talk about the Psalm 83 prophecy which talks about a confederation of the surrounding Arab and Palestinian nations coming against Israel and being completely defeated by the IDF.  At the same time I read in Zechariah 1: 18 / 19 about four horns coming to scatter Judah, Israel, and Jerusalem. There seems to be a contradiction between this Scripture and Psalm 83. I know there cannot be any contradiction in Holy Scripture, that is impossible. How do you see things? Can you help please?

 

A. Notice in Zech. 1:19 the word scattered is in the past tense.  Zechariah wrote just after the 70 year Babylonian captivity, and the Jews were scattered at its beginning, which is what the vision was recalling.  In verse 20 the word scattered is also in the past tense.  In effect, the vision says that those who scattered Judah, Israel, and Jerusalem will now be punished.

The real answer to your question is contained in Zechariah 14:1-2.  There we can see that Jerusalem will again be divided, just before the 2nd Coming.