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My husband and I have attended the same church since we moved here after graduating college. It's not only our spiritual home, but many of our friends attend as well. Amyway, we had the same pastor until last Spring when he got a job offer he couldn't refuse. It did not take us too long to find a new one and he's been...ok. He's a great speaker, but sometimes gets a bit too political ( he's never formally endorsed anyone or any policy from the pulpit). Yesterday, he preached the most disturbing sermon I have ever heard...
We have been going through a series on the ten commandments, and yesterday was on lying/bearing false witness. Instead of the focus of the sermon being about the lies we tell everyday and all, his focus was about how...
Physical Kingdom Problems
Jesus’ kingdom is spiritual. And this is a problem for the physical kingdom views of a Millennium. Where these say the kingdom will come before the end of the world and remain for 1000 years. Jesus says it is already here. (Luke 11:20). Paul says flesh and blood cannot inherit it (1 Corinthians 15:50). Jesus says it comes without observation (Luke 17:20). And John says only those born-again can enter it (John 3:5).
This means, if a millennial kingdom were to come after the resurrection and rapture, the only place scripture allows for it (1 Thessalonians 4:16–17), only saints in glorified bodies would populate it. (Since flesh and blood cannot inherit it). So when the 1000 years would end with Satan loosed,...
Doctrine and Covenant 20
20 But by the transgression of these holy laws man became sensual and devilish, and became fallen man.
Doctrine and Covenants 20
When Adam and Eve received the first commandment, they were in a transitional state, no longer in the spirit world but with physical bodies not yet subject to death and not yet capable of procreation. They could not fulfill the Father’s first commandment without transgressing the barrier between the bliss of the Garden of Eden and the terrible trials and wonderful opportunities of mortal life.
Dallin H. Oaks, The Great Plan of Happiness, General Conference, October 1993
“The Great Plan of Happiness” - Dallin H. Oaks
Pearl of Great Price, Moses 5
10 And in that day Adam blessed God...
Should we sell our possessions to gain eternal life? The article considers Mark 10:17-25.
For those that have been following my recent line of questions, thank you for your help as I continue to re-examine my theology.
I have been asking a question that was probably the wrong question to ask. My deeper question was always are we created as eternal beings? If you believe we are, what aspect of us is eternal--whether we are born again or not?
Why do I ask?
I read things like "the rich man and Lazarus" (Luke 16:19-31). The rich man, as a dead man, is communicating with Abraham. I don't believe that was a fictional story. And, I read Rev 20:4-5, 15. The second death is something that affects and contains the angels, the humans, and other entities that weren't written or are no longer in the Book of Life. What we think...
Jesus says to Nicodemus in his dialogue about being born again from John 3 "Very truly I tell you, no one can enter the kingdom of God unless they are born of water and the Spirit."
What is "born of water"
The text seems to contrast the flesh and the spirit, natural birth and spirit birth and keeping with these contrasts water would represents the flesh or the natural (compare v5 with v6). Water is traditionally considered part of the birthing experience and this perspective lends itself to expressions like "water breaking". The "water" is amniotic fluid and the "breaking" is the amniotic sac rupturing but we still call it "water" and so did ancient cultures.
But when Jesus says "water" could he mean water baptism instead? He...
Day 1 is the day that the perceived messiah to the Jews, the Antichrist, confirms the Mt. Sinai covenant for the seven years, required by Moses of all future leaders of Israel. Deuteronomy 31:9-13.
day1.....perceived messianic age is going on .......suddenly, day* Day of the Lord
begins.....revealed man sin persecutes the Jews......strangers kill him/soul goes
into hell........he is cast out of hell..........becomes the beast (possessed by a
spirit, the power Satan gives him).........false prophet has image made of the
beast.......day 1185 AoD setup in the temple........the Jews begin to
flee.............day 1260 two witnesses killed......day 1263.5 they ascend.....7th
trumpet sounds.......war in heaven.......time times half...
I've accepted Jesus as my Savior and Lord, that only by faith through grace I'm saved.
I've confessed my faith in Christianity, to 1 or 2 people (in person), many more online.
I've repented from all sins.
I read the scriptures daily and pray without ceasing.
I have not been baptized by water.
Am I born again?
Those of us who treat Daniel’s 70th week as consecutive (ie. not separated from the 69 preceding weeks), are sometimes asked, “well, when was it?” Here is the short answer:
first day of seventieth week – 1st Nisan (27th March) AD 27
last day of seventieth week – 29th Adar (8th March) AD 34
Here are the dates in diagrammatic form, showing key chronological markers. I’ll get back soon to expand on this. We can discuss the significance of the last half of the ‘week’ too if you like.