Posts Tagged ‘Jerusalem’

Angels 4

Posted: January 18, 2018 in Angels
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In Angels 1-3 we read that angels are ministering spirits sent to serve the believers.  One way that angels serve be-
lievers is to audibly deliver a message from God.  Another way that angels serve believers is to protect them.

In the following scriptures, we will read a different way that angels are used by God.

2 Samuel 24:15-16  So the Lord sent a plague on Israel from the morning until the time designated, and 70,000
of the people from Dan to Beersheba died.  When the angel stretched out his hand to destroy Jerusalem the
Lord was grieved because of the calamity and said to the angel who was afflicting the people, “Enough!  Withdraw
your hand.”

2 Kings 19:35  That night the angel of the Lord went out and put to death a hundred and eighty-five
thousand men in the Assyrian camp.

Psalms 78:49-51  He unleashed against them his hot anger, his wrath, indignation and hostility-  a band of de-
stroying angels.  He prepared a path for his anger;  he did not spare them from death but gave them over
to the plague.  He struck down all the first born of Egypt.

Acts 12:23  Immediately, because Herod (Roman King of Judea) did not give praise to God, an angel of the Lord
struck him down, and he was eaten by worms and died.

As we have just read, angels are also used to bring God’s judgement and destruction on individuals and on
large groups of people.

Thank you so much for studying.  God bless.



Hell 1

Posted: June 29, 2017 in Hell
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Welcome.  Let’s begin our study of hell.  Is hell real and where is it?

Jeremiah 7:30  The people of Judah have done evil in my eyes, declares the Lord.  They have set up detestable
idols in the house that bears my name and have defied it.  They have built the high places of Topheth in the
Valley of Ben Hinnom to burn their sons and daughters in the fire- something I (God) did not com-
mand, nor did it enter my mind.

What is the above scripture saying?  South of Jerusalem, in the Valley of Hinnom, the people built a fire
pit that was a garbage dump.  It was also where they sacrificed and burned their children to pagan

In Hebrew, “Valley of Hinnom” is translated as “Gehenna.”  In English, “Gehenna” is translated as “hell.”

The bible calls the eternal home of nonbelieving souls “hell.”  It is called “hell” because the place on earth that
most resembles the horror of this eternal dwelling was the “Valley of Hinnom” or “Gehenna” as described in
Jeremiah 7:30.

Next week we will read more scriptures that describes hell as a real place.

Thank you so much for reading.  God bless.



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Last week we read that Israel, the city of Jerusalem and the First Temple of God was destroyed by the
Babylonians in 586 BC (before Christ).

Babylon only had control of Israel for a short time.  Cyrus the Great and the Persian Empire conquered this area
in 539 BC.

Cyrus the Great was to rebuild the temple.

Ezra 1:2  This is what Cyrus king of Persia says:  “The Lord, the God of heaven, has given me all the kingdoms of
the earth and he appointed me to build a temple for him at Jerusalem in Judah.

2 Chronicles 36:23  This is what Cyrus king of Persia says:  “The Lord, God of heaven, has given me all the king-
dom of the earth and he has appointed me to build a temple for him at Jerusalem in Judah.

The Jews that were exiled under Babylon’s rule are now encouraged to return and help build the Temple.

Ezra 1:3  Anyone of his people among you-  may his God be with him, and let him go up to Jerusalem in
Judah and build the Temple of the Lord, the God of Israel.

2 Chronicles 32:23  … Anyone of his people among you- may the Lord his God be with him, and let him go

After some interference and delays, the second Temple of God was completed in 516 BC, seventy years
after the First Temple was destroyed.  This fulfilled Daniels prophecy.

Daniel 9:2  In the first year of his reign (Darius the king of Babylon), I (Daniel) understood from the scriptures,
according to the word of the Lord given to Jeremiah the prophet, that the desolation of Jerusalem would last
seventy years.

Thank you so much for reading.  God bless.