Month: September 2017

Multitude of people wearing white robes come out of the Great Tribulation (Revelation 7:9 – 7:17)

After being told the number of those who were “sealed” (144,000 from the 12 tribes of Israel), John saw a great multitude of people – more than could be counted. Persons from every nation, tribe, people, and language stood before the throne and the Lamb. They were wearing white robes and holding palm branches in their hands. In a loud voice, they cried, “Salvation belongs to God!” Angels surrounded the throne, elders, and four living creatures. They fell to their knees before the throne and worshipped God saying, “Amen! Praise and glory, wisdom and thanks, honor and power and strength be to our God for ever and ever. Amen!” One of the elders asked me, “The people in white robes – who are they and where did they

Map of The Twelve Tribes of Israel

The Twelve Tribes of Israel descended from the patriarch Jacob (who was later named Israel). Jacob had 12 sons and at least one daughter (Dinah) by two wives, Leah and Rachel, and two concubines, Zilpah and Bilhah.  Joseph's tribe was split into two factions - Manasseh and Ephraim - in a process involving Isaac's adoption of Joseph's sons and elimination of Reuben's share.  The Twelve Tribes of Israel include: Reuben Simeon Levi Judah Dan Naphtali Gad Asher Issachar Zebulun Joseph Manasseh Ephraim Benjamin Below are two maps of the Twelve Tribes of Israel.  The bottom map is a 1600-era map of the region.

Jesus demonstrates his authority over nature by calming a furious storm on the Sea of Galilee (Matthew 8:23 – 8:27)

To escape the crowd and cross to the other side of the Sea of Galilee, Jesus and his disciples boarded a boat. As they travelled across the lake, a furious storm erupted. The wind was so great, waves swept over the boat. Jesus however, calmly slept through the squall. The disciples woke Jesus shouting, “Lord, save us! We are going to drown!” Jesus replied, “You of little faith, why are you so afraid?” Then Jesus rose and rebuked the winds and waves. The sea became completely calm. The disciples were amazed and asked, “What kind of man is this? Even the winds and the waves obey him!” What the story means to us today Fear shows lack of faith – and lack of faith promotes fear Jesus continues to prove his authority

God hardens Ezekiel’s heart, tasks him to deliver prophetic message to the house of Israel (Ezekiel 3:4 – 3:15)

After indicating his acceptance of God’s task by eating the scroll, Ezekiel is told to go to the people of Israel and tell them what he has seen. God emphasized that even though the message should be clear to the people, they would not be willing to listen because they were hardened and obstinate. To compensate, God told Ezekiel he would make him as unyielding and hardened as they were. God told Ezekiel: “I will make your forehead like the hardest stone, harder than flint. Do not be afraid of them, even though they are a rebellious people.” God said: “Son of man, listen carefully and take to heart the words I speak to you. Go now to your people in exile and speak to them. Tell them

Mainstream media flop – how media attempted to use science to disprove biblical “claim” that Canaanites were annihilated

Using science or history for support, media outlets relish the opportunity to prove the Bible wrong. The most recent case in point: widespread media assertions that a recent research paper, which concludes Canaanite descendants survived to modern-day, contradicts biblical scripture. In this case, it appears the science may be right – but the media claims that the bible says Canaanites were annihilated is unequivocally false. In fact, several passages in the Bible specifically tell us Canaanite society survived. Research paper spawns gush of anti-religious headlines in mainstream media The gush of anti-religious headlines began after a recent study sponsored by The Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute showed modern Lebanese inherited about 90 percent of their genetic makeup from the Canaanites. To reach the conclusion, scientists extracted DNA from

God sends Jacob and his people to Bethel – without their foreign gods (Genesis 35:1 – 35:15)

God appeared to Jacob as he was fleeing from Esau and told him to go to Bethel and settle there. Jacob was instructed to build an altar to God when he arrived. Jacob told his family: “Get rid of your foreign gods, purify yourselves, and change your clothes. Then we will go to Bethel where I will build an altar to God who has been with me wherever I have gone.” The family gave Jacob all the foreign gods and the rings in their ears. Jacob buried them under the oak at Schechem. As they travelled to Bethel, the fear of God fell on the towns around them so that no one pursued them. Jacob and his family arrived in Luz (Bethel) where they build an altar as god