Posts Tagged ‘Jesus’

Heaven 9

Posted: June 22, 2017 in Heaven
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Let’s sum up our study of heaven.

The scriptures tell us that heaven is a real place and God lives in the heavenly realm.

Further study reveals that God is a Spirit that not only lives in heaven but also outside of heaven.

We read that heaven is upward in the sky.  The heavens start around the clouds and reach to the stars.
There are at least three layers to heaven.

God is God the Father, God the Son (Jesus) and God the Holy Spirit.  All three are spiritual beings that fill the entire
universe.  They are omnipresent or present everywhere at the same time.

Not only does God fill the earth, the heavens and the universe, they created the earth, the heavens
and the universe.

Next week we will review our study on hell.

Thank you so much for reading.  God bless.

Jeff

 

Heaven 4

Posted: May 18, 2017 in Heaven
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This week we will read about the location of heaven.  Where is heaven?

Psalms 103:11  For as high as the heavens (plural) are above the earth, so great is the love of those who fear
him …

Mark 16:19  After the Lord Jesus had spoken to them, he was taken up into heaven …

Luke 24:51  While he was blessing them, he left them and was taken up into heaven.

Acts 1:11  “Men of Galilee,” they said, “Why do you stand here looking into the sky?  This same Jesus, who has
been taken from you into heaven, will come back in the same way you have seen him go into heaven.

Acts 7:55  But Stephan, full of the Holy Spirit, looked up to heaven and saw the glory of God.

Isaiah 40:26  Lift your eyes and look to the heavens (plural).

Jeremiah 31:37  This is what the Lord says:  Only if the heavens (plural) above can be measured and the
foundation of the earth below be searched out …

These scriptures clearly tell us that heaven is upward in the sky.  Heaven is above the earth.

Next week, where does the heavens (plural) start.

Thank you so much for reading.  God bless.

Jeff

Old Testament 43

Posted: April 20, 2017 in Old Testament
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CONCLUSION 6:  In approximately 33 AD Jesus became the final sacrifice to make atonement for the death that
was due sinful mankind.  Never again was the animal sacrifice at the Temple of God necessary.

God now communicates through the Holy Spirit to every man or woman that seeks him.  Salvation has come to
all people, not just the Jews and the nation of Israel.

Romans 11:11  Again I ask:  Did they stumble so as to fall beyond recovery?  Not at all!  Rather, because of their
transgression, salvation has come to the Gentiles (non Jews) to make Israel envious.

Approximately 37 years after the death of Jesus, in 70 AD, the Romans conquered Jerusalem and destroyed the
second Temple of God.  To this day, the Temple of God has never been rebuilt.

The State of Israel never existed again until May 14, 1948.  After World War II, the State of Israel
was once again established.  Unfortuately, the Jews of Israel still don’t recognize Jesus as the Son of God.

Next week we will be reviewing “heaven.”

Thank you so much for reading.  God bless.

Jeff

Last week we read that the Gentiles (non Jews) who believe in Jesus have been grafted into the Kingdom of God.
As believers they receive salvation.

After the death of Jesus, the Temple of God was irrelevant.  No longer were the High Priests required to
perform animal sacrifices.  No longer were they required to meet with the Holy Spirit in the Holy of Holies at the
Arc of the Covenant.  From this moment on, all believers can seek God’s wisdom and counsel themselves.

At this time in history, the Roman Empire had control of Israel.  The Jews rose up several time but the revolts were
crushed by Rome within a couple years.  Approximately 37 years after the death of Jesus, in 70AD, the Romans
conquered Jerusalem and destroyed the Temple of God.  This is the second time the Temple had been de-
stroyed.  To this day, the Temple of God has never been rebuilt. 

The State of Israel never existed again until May 14, 1948.  After World War II, the State of Israel
was once again established.  The State of Israel still exists today.  Unfortunately, the Jews of Israel still don’t
recognize Jesus as the Son of God.  Jesus who died on the cross and brought salvation to all believers through the
Holy Spirit.

Titus 3:5  … He saved us through the washing of rebirth and renewal by the Holy Spirit, whom he poured out on us
generously through Jesus Christ our savior.

For more information to how salvation works, please read Point of Salvation (pages 15 -18).  Column to the left.

Next week, we will review our study of the Old Testament and how Israel came into existence.

Thank you so much for reading.  God bless.

Jeff

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As we read last week, the second Temple of God was completed in 516BC.

In the Temple of God, the courtyard is where the animal sacrifice took place.  The blood of the animal was to make
atonement for ones life.

The temple building was devided into the Holy Place and the Most Holy Place.  These two rooms were devided
by a curtain of finely twisted linen.  This curtain was symbolic of the devision between sinful man and
a Holy God.

The back room or Most Holy Place contained the Arc of the Covenant.  Inside the Arc was the Ten Commandments
on stone tablets, Aaron’s Rod and a Pot of Manna (seed like substance that fell from heaven and fed the Israelites
in the desert).  There were two cherubim (angel) statues on top of the Arc.  The cherubim statues faced each
other and God’s Spirit dwelled between them.  Although the Holy Spirit is omnipresent, he talked to the high priests
at this place.

There were many type of animal sacrifices.  The most important sacrifice happened once a year on the day of
atonement.  Blood from the animal sacrifice was brought into the Most Holy Place and sprinkled over
the Arc of the Covenant.  This was to make atonement for the death that was due sinful man.

In the approximate year of 33AD, Jesus became the final sacrifice to make atonement for the death that
was due sinful man.  Never again is an animal sacrifice required.  The division between sinful man and a Holy
God was conquered.  This was signified by the tearing of the curtain between the Holy Place and the
Most Holy Place at the time of Jesus death.

Mathew 27:50  And when Jesus cried out again in a loud voice, he gave up his spirit.  At that moment the cur-
tain of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom.  The earth shook, the rock spit and the tombs broke
open.

God now communicates through his Spirt to every man or woman that seeks him.

Thank you so much for reading.  God bless.

Jeff

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The Pharaoh and his army have drowned in the Red Sea.

Moses leads Israel from the Red Sea and into the desert of Shur.

Exodus 19:1  In the third month after the Israelites left Egypt- on the very day- they came to the Desert of Sinai.
They camped there in the desert in front of the mountain.

Exodus 19:20  The Lord descended to the top of Mount Sinai and called Moses to the top of the mountain.

While Moses was on the mountain, God gave him the Ten Commandments.

1   You shall have no other God before me.
2   You shall make no idols and worship them.
3   You shall not misuse the name of the Lord your God.
4   Remember the Saboth day by keeping it holy.  Six days you shall labor and do all your work, but on the seventh
day is a Saboth to the Lord your God.
5   Honor your mother and father.
6   You shall not murder.
7   You shall not commit adultery.
8   You shall not steal.
9   You shall not give false testimony against your neighbor.
10  You shall not covet your neighbor’s house, wife, manservant or maidservant, his ox, donkey or anything that
belongs to your neighbor.

Thank you so much for reading.  God bless.

Jeff

 

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Let’s expand on the counseling or communicating side of the Holy Spirit.

Before Jesus died on the cross, the Holy Spirit communicated only with the prophets and the high priest.  In the
Old Testament, the tabernacle contained a room called the Most Holy Place.  In this room, the high priests 
heard from the Holy Spirit on behalf of all the Israelite believers.

Hebrews 5: 1  “For every high priest chosen from among men is appointed to act on behalf of men in relationship
to God, to offer gifts and sacrifices for sin.

For more information on the Most Holy Place, please see “Point of Salvation” pages 7 – 10 in the category column
to the left.

After Jesus died on the cross, the curtain leading into the Most Holy Place was torn in two.

Luke 23:45 for the sun stopped shining.  And the curtain of the temple was torn in two.

This symbolized that the high priests are no longer the only ones that can seek counsel and communicate with the
Holy Spirit.  Jesus is now the High Priest and all believers can seek counsel and communicate with the
Holy Spirit “the Counselor.”

The access to the communicating side of the Holy Spirit is how faith spread beyond the nation of Israel to every
nation in the world.  Therefore, Abraham was the father of faith.  He was the father of many nations.

Genesis 15:15  He (God) took him (Abraham) outside and said, “Look up at the heavens and count the stars-
if indeed you can count them.  Then he said to him, so shall your offspring be.

Next week, continuing from Abraham to Joseph.

Thank you so much for reading.  God bless.

Jeff