Posts Tagged ‘theology’

Last week we read that the heavens are upward in the sky and start near the clouds, but how high do the heavens
go?

As you read the following verses, notice that heaven is plural “heavens.”

Genesis 1:1  In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.

Jeremiah 32:17  Ah, Sovereign Lord, you have made the heavens and the earth by your great power and out-
stretched arm.

Hebrews 4:14  Therefore, since we have a great priest who has gone through the heavens, …

Nehemiah 9:6  You alone are the Lord.  You made the heavens, even the highest heavens, and all their starry
hosts, …

Revelations 10:6  And we swore by him who lives for ever and ever, who created the heavens and all that is in
them, …

2 Corinthians 12:2  I know a man in Christ who fourteen years ago was caught up to the third heaven.

Clearly, the above scriptures tell us there are several heavens or several layers to heaven.  At least three.
The highest heaven reaches to the stars.  How far into the stars we do not know.  To be sure, the heavens
are massive in size.

Next week, which layer of heaven does God live?

Thank you so much for reading.  God bless.

Jeff 

 

Welcome and thanks for reading.

Last week we read that heaven is upward in the sky.  Heaven is above the earth.  Next, where does heaven
start.

Daniel 7:13  In my vision at night I looked, and there before me was the one like the son of man, coming with the
clouds of heaven.

Mathew 24:30  …  They will see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of heaven, with power and great glory.

Mathew 26:64  “You have said it yourself,” Jesus answered, “But I say to all of you:  From now on you will see the
Son of Man sitting at the right hand of the Mighty One and coming on the clouds of heaven.”

Mark 14:62  And you will see the Son of Man sitting at the right hand of the Mighty one and coming with the
clouds of heaven.

It appears that heaven starts around the clouds.

Next week we will read how high the heavens (plural) go?

Thank you so much for reading.  God bless.

Jeff

Heaven 2

Posted: May 4, 2017 in Heaven
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This week let’s read if God lives in heaven or outside of heaven?

Deuteronomy 26:15  I have done everything you commanded me.  Look down from heaven, your Holy dwell-
ing place, and bless your people Israel and the land you have given us as you promised.

1 Kings 8:30  Hear the supplication of your servant and of your people Israel when they pray toward this place.
Hear from heaven, your dwelling place, and when you hear, forgive.

1 Kings 22:19  … I saw the Lord sitting on his thrown with all his hosts of heaven standing around on his
right and on his left.

Isaiah 66:1  This is what the Lord says:  “Heaven is my throne, and the earth is my footstool.”

Ephesians 1:20  … which he exerted in Christ when he raised him from the dead and seated him at his right
hand in the heavenly realms.

These scriptures definitely tell us that God lives in heaven or the heavenly realm.

Next week, a correct perception of God.  Also, does he live outside of heaven as well?

Thank you so much for reading.  God bless.

Jeff

Heaven 1

Posted: April 27, 2017 in Heaven
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Thanks for reading about heaven?  According to scripture, is heaven a real place?  Does God live in heaven?
Where is heaven?  Is there more than one heaven?

First of all, is heaven a real place?

Genesis 1:1  In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.

Genesis 14:19  “Blessed be Abram by God most high, creator of heaven and earth.

Psalms 115:15  May you be blessed by the Lord, the maker of heaven and earth.

Psalms 121:2  My help comes from the Lord, the maker of heaven and earth.

Isaiah 37:16  O Lord Almighty, God of Israel, enthroned between the cherubim (angels), you alone are God over all
the kingdoms of the earth.  You have made the heaven and earth.

These scriptures definitely tell us that heaven is a real place and that God created heaven.

Thank you so much for reading.  God bless.

Jeff

 

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Last week we read that God stripped Saul from being Israel’s first King.  He had been king for forty-two years.

God sent Samuel to find another king.

1 Samuel 16:1  … “I am sending you to Jesse of Bethleham.  I have chosen one of his sons to be king.

In Bethleham, Samuel saw Eliab and though, “Surely the Lord’s anointed stands here before the Lord.”

1 Samuel 16:7  But the Lord said to Samuel, “Do not consider his appearance or his height, for I have rejected him.
The Lord does not look at the things man looks at.  Man looks at the outward appearance, but the
Lord looks at the heart.

Jesse had seven of his sons pass by but not one of them was chosen by God.

1 Samuel 16:11 “There is still the youngest, “Jesse answered, “but he is tending the sheep.”

Jesse sent for David, the youngest son and still only a boy.  He was ruddy (reddish brown), with a fine
appearance and handsome features.

Then the Lord said,  “Rise and anoint him;  he is the one.”  From this day on the Spirit of the Lord came
upon David in power.

A short time later, David kills the nine foot Philistine (Goliath) with a sling and rock.  Even later, David leads his
army to many victories with Gods blessing.  After his many victories, the Lord said, “You will shepherd my
people Israel, and you will become their ruler.

Thank you so much for reading.  God bless.

Jeff

 

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Welcome and thanks for reading.

We will study the rest of the Old Testament at a faster pace.  Many prominent people and stories will not be studied.
I just want to give you a general knowledge of Israel up until the time of Christ.

The Israelites are now established in the promised land.

Saul has become the first King of Israel.

1 Samuel 9:2  He (Benjamite) had a son named Saul, an impressive young man without equal among the
Israelites- a head taller than any other.

1 Samuel 11:15  So all the people went to Gilgal and confirmed Saul as King in the presence of the Lord.

Saul was instructed to conquer the Amalekites and all their cattle, sheep, camels and donkeys.  Saul did destroy
the Amalekites except for their king Agag.  He did not kill the best of their cattle, sheep, camels and donkeys as
God had commanded.  Because of his disobedience, God stripped Saul of his position as the king of
Israel.

Next week, God chooses a second king to lead Israel.

Thank you so much for reading.  God bless.

Jeff

 

Old Testament 29

Posted: January 12, 2017 in Old Testament
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Joshua has led the Israelites into the Promised Land.

Led by God, the first city that Joshua and the Israelites conquered was Jericho.

Joshua 6:20  When the trumpets sounded, the people shouted, and at the sound of the trumpet, when the people
gave a loud shout, the wall collapsed;  so every man charged straight in, and they took the city.

After Jericho, Joshua sent 30,000 of his best fighting men and attached the city of Ai.  They destroyed Ai.

By Gods command, Joshua and his army destroyed all of the southern cities of the Promised Land.  After that, they
conquered all of the northern kings and kingdoms.

Joshua 21:43  So the Lord gave Israel all the land he had sworn to give their forefathers, and they took
possession of it and settled there.

After conquering the entire land, the twelve tribes of Israel were alotted land to possess.

You might be wondering how a loving God can command his people to conquer and destroy other
people?

The book of Joshua should be read as a book of history and redemption.  How God, to whom the whole world be-
longs, at one stage in history, reconquered a portion of this world and their false Gods.

The Lord’s triumph over the Canaanites testified to the world that the God of Israel is the one true and living God,
whose claim on the world is absolute.

Thank you so much for reading.  God bless.

Jeff