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Chiliasm: What the Scriptures Teach — post by Michael J. Findley

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The dissertation on Revelation by Dr. Charles Smith, The Apocalypse by Joseph Seiss (1865), or my Biblical Studies section on Revelation cover this in detail. This is more a definition than even a brief overview.

Daniel 9: 24-27: Seventy weeks are determined upon thy people and upon thy holy city, to finish the transgression, and to make an end of sins, and to make reconciliation for iniquity, and to bring in everlasting righteousness, and to seal up the vision and prophecy, and to anoint the most Holy. Know therefore and understand, that from the going forth of the commandment to restore and to build Jerusalem unto the Messiah the Prince shall be seven weeks, and threescore and two weeks: the street shall be built again, and the wall, even in troublous times. And after threescore and two weeks shall Messiah be cut off, but not for himself: and the people of the prince that shall come shall destroy the city and the sanctuary; and the end thereof shall be with a flood, and unto the end of the war desolations are determined. And he shall confirm the covenant with many for one week: and in the midst of the week he shall cause the sacrifice and the oblation to cease, and for the overspreading of abominations he shall make it desolate, even until the consummation, and that determined shall be poured upon the desolate. (KJV)

Up to the point where the Messiah was cut off is now history. It was a prophecy when Daniel wrote this around 540 BC. Now we have the advantage of understanding historic events and applying that knowledge to the portions which are still prophetic. We know that the phrase translated “week” is the word seven. It means a period of seven years, not seven days. A modern translation helps our understanding some. (the ISV, International Standard Version)

Daniel 9:27: He will make a binding covenant with many for one week, and for half a week he will pause both the sacrifice and grain offerings. Destructive people will cause desolation on the pinnacle until it is complete and what has been decreed is poured out on the desolator.

The first word of verse 27, “He,” refers to the “prince that shall come.” The Apostle John calls him the Antichrist in I John and in the Apocalypse (Revelation). The binding covenant is what we call a treaty. While we do not know everything about this treaty, it allows the rebuilding of the temple and the resumption of Jewish sacrifices. In the middle of the week (3 1/2 years), the sacrifices are cut off and the temple is made desolate by an abomination.
Jesus referred to this verse in Matthew 24:15: When ye therefore shall see the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, stand in the holy place, (whoso readeth, let him understand.) (KJV)

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So this passage was important to Jesus. He wants us to understand it. The outpouring of the Church Age began with the outpouring of the Holy Spirit on Pentecost. It ends with an event we call the Rapture, the taking of the Church, the bride of Christ, to ever be with the Lord. The word “rapture” comes from the Latin Vulgate translation of 2 Thessalonians 4:17. “Shall be caught up” (harpagesometha). Second future passive indicative of harpazo, old verb to seize, to carry off like Latin rapio. (Robertson’s Word Pictures)

It has the same meaning as the Greek word harpazo 1) to seize, carry off by force 2) to seize on, claim for one’s self eagerly 3) to snatch out or away [Thayer]

“For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with him. For this we say unto you by the word of the Lord, that we which are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord shall not prevent them which are asleep [died in Christ]. For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord.” (1 Thessalonians 4:14-17 KJV)

“Behold, I shew you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, in a moment, in the twinking of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed.” (1 Corinthians 15:51-52)

This is clear doctrine. The amillennial position claims that these words do not mean what they say. It follows the allegorical method of Origen for John’s Apocalypse. Our position is simple. The words mean what they say. We do not have the option of “interpreting” John’s word to mean something they do not say. Ezekiel describes a future temple in great detail which was not Herod’s temple. Ezekiel’s temple and the sacrifices of that temple are still future.

Revelation 18 describes God’s judgment on this world’s system, called Babylon. Joel and Zechariah describe this same judgment. At the very end, the nations of the world gather to do battle against the LORD. It is called the battle of Armageddon, but it takes place over a period of time, perhaps as long as two weeks.

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“And it shall come to pass in that day that I will seek to destroy all the nations that come against Jerusalem. And I will pour upon the house of David, and upon the inhabitants of Jerusalem, the spirit of grace and of supplications: and they shall look upon me whom they have piered, and they shall morn for him, as one mourneth for his only son, and shall be in bitterness for him, as one that is in bitterness for his firstborn. In that day shall there be a great mourning in Jerusalem, as the mourning of Hadadrimmon in the valley of Megiddon.” (Zechariah 12:9-11)

“I will gather all the nations against Jerusalem, to lay siege against it. The city will be capured, the houses will be ransacked, the women raped, and half fo the city will go into exile, but the remaining people will not be cut off from the city. ‘Then the LORD will go out to battle against those nations, waging war as in a day of battle. His feet will stand in that day on the Mount of Olives, east of Jerusalem. Then the Mount of Olives, east of Jerusalem. Then the Mount of Lives will be split in two from east to west, forming a very large valley, with half of the mountain moving toward the north and half toward the south. [Note: this is likely the event which causes the water to flow out of the temple Ezekiel wrote about.]

“You will run away through my mountain valley, because the valley of the mountains will extend as far as Azal. You will flee, as you fled from the earthquake during the reign of King Uzziah of Judah. And so the LORD my God will come, and all his holy ones will be accompanying you.’ [note: This is not the usual term for angel. Some speculate that we, the resurrected saints of the Church Age at the Rapture are these “holy ones.” We will ever be with the LORD, and He is leading His armies at this time.]

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‘At that time, the daylight will be neither bright nor overcast. It will be a unique day, known only to the LORD-neither daytime nor nighttime-and it will come about at twilight there will be light! At that time, flowing waters will run perennially from Jerusalem, half toward the Dead Sea and half to the Mediterranean Sea [This means that the water flowing from the temple will continue throughout the Millennium. The following is a description of the Millennium.]

The LORD will be king over all the earth at that time. There will be one LORD, and his name the only one. The entire land will become like the Arabah plain from Geba to Rimmon, south of Jerusalem. It will be raised up and inhabited whier it is, from the Gate of Benjamin to the First Gate, then to the Corner Gate, to the Hananel Tower, and to the king’s winepress. People will live there, there will be no more destruction, and Jerusalem will be safely inhabited. [The following is probably looking back at the battle, war, of Armageddon at the end of the Great Tribulation.]

This will be the plague with which the LORD inflicts all of the people who have attacked Jerusalem: he will cause their flesh to rot away, even while they are standing on their feet. He will cause their eyes to rot away in their sockets, and their tongues to rot away in their mouths. At that time, they will be stricken with a terrible panic from the LORD. Everyone will attack each other. Judah, too, will fight at Jerusalem. Then the wealth of the surrounding nations will be gathered up: gold, silver, and clothing in great abundance. A similar plague will also strike horses, mules, camels, donkeys, and all the animals in those camps. It will come about that all of the survivors of the nations who came against Jerusalem will come there from year to year to worship the King, the LORD of the Heavenly Armies, and to observe the Feast of Tents.

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If anyone from the families of the earth will not come to Jerusalem to worship the King, the LORD of the Heavenly Armies, there will be no rain for them. If the people of Egypt do not come to Jerusalem to take part, they will have no annual Nile overflow. A plague will come from the LORD to strike the nations who do not come to observe the Feast of Tents. This will be the punishment for Egypt and all nations who do not come to observe the Feast of Tents. At that time, there will be written on the bells of the horses: HOLINESS TO THE LORD and the pots in the Temple of the LORD will be like the bowls in front of the altar– every pot in Jerusalem and in Judah will be consecrated to the LORD of the Heavenly Armies. Everyone who offers sacrifices will come, will take them, and will cook in them. Furthermore, at that time, there will no longer be a Canaanite in the Temple of the LORD of the Heavenly Armies.’” (Zechariah 14:1-21 ISV)

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This thousand years of blessing ends with the battle of Gog and Magog, described in Ezekiel 38.

“Many days from now-in the latter years-you will be summoned to a land that has been restored from violence. You will be gathered from many nations to the mountains of Israel, which formerly had been a continual waste, but which will be populated with people who have been brought back from the nations. All of them will be living there securely. You’ll arise suddenly, like a tornado, coming like a windstorm to cover the land, you and all your soldiers with you, along with many nations. This is what the Lord God says: ‘This is what’s going to happen on the very day you begin your invasion: You’ll be thinking, making evil plans, and boasting, “I’m going to invade a comprised of open country that is at rest, its people living confidently, all of whose inhabitants will be living securely, with neither fortification nor bars on their doors. I’m going to confiscate anything I can put my hands on. I’ll attack the restored ruins and the people who have been gathered together from the nations, who are acquiring livestock and other goods, and who live at the center of the world’s attention.”’” (Ezekiel 38:8-12 ISV)

“So it will be that on that day, when Gog invades the land of Israel,” declares the LORD GOD, “my zeal will ignite my anger. Because of my zeal and burning anger at that time there will be a massive earthquake throughout the land of Israel. I’m going to shake the fish in the sea, the birds in the sky, the wild beasts, all the creatures that crawl on the earth, and every single human being who lives on the surface of the earth. Mountains will collapse, as will their mountain passages and every wall will fall to the ground. Then I’ll call for war against Gog on top of every mountain,” declares the Lord GOD, “and every weapon of war will be turned against their fellow soldier. I’ll judge them with disease and bloodshed. I’ll shower him, his soldiers, the vast army that accompanies him with a torrential flood, hailstones, fire, and sulfur. I will exhalt myself and demonstrate my holiness, making myself known to many people who will learn that I am the LORD.” (Ezekiel 38:18-23 ISV)

Isaiah continues these events: “For the LORD is angry against all the nations, and furious against all their armies. He has doomed them to destruction, and given them up to be slaughtered. Their slain will be thrown out; and as for their dead bodies-their stench will ascend; the mountains will be soaked with their blood. The valleys will be split, all the stars in the heavens will fall down, and the skies will be rolled up like a scroll. All their starry host will fade away like leaves withering on a vine, or fruit withering on a fig tree. (Isaiah 34:2-4 ISV)

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John’s Apocalypse (unveiling) is mostly a repetition of Old Testament prophecies. He adds details, such as two resurrections and one thousand years in chapter twenty, but the main timeline of revelation is found in Isaiah, Jeremiah, Ezekiel, Daniel, Joel, and Zechariah. If all of these are nothing more than allegory, then what makes anything in the Bible factual information? The entire death, burial, and resurrection of the Messiah, using this method could be just an allegory of something, though no one knows what.

The allegorical method makes the reader or interpreter the authority instead of God. It replaces “Thus saith the LORD!” with “What do I want these words to mean?” While every possible literary device is used somewhere in the Bible, the Bible is not an extended allegory with no real meaning outside of the mind of the reader.

Image Credits:

Four Horsemen by Waiting for the Word Flikr Commons

Biblical illustrations by Jim Padgett, courtesy of Sweet Publishing, Ft. Worth, TX, and Gospel Light, Ventura, CA. Copyright 1984. Out of Print, released under Creative Commons License as a co-operative project. Wikimedia Commons

The Whore of Babylon Russian engraving 1800s Source/Photographer First upload to en.wikipedia by en:User:Ihcoyc as Whorebab.jpg Public Domain Wikimedia Commons

John Martin The Great Day of His Wrath Medium oil on canvas Credit line Photo: Tate, London Source/Photographer RQFpgg6aFrwrtw at Google Cultural Institute Tate Images Public Domain Wikimedia Commons

View of the Tapestry of the Apocalypse in Angers, France Author Kimon Berlin, user: Gribeco Wikimeida Commons

Chris Tolworthy The New Jerusalem from Revelation 20. A colored version of a Gustav Dore woodcut. Flikr Commons

Title screen from Revelation – The Last Cosmic Battle Parkside Church YouTube August 25, 2014 http://goo.gl/ulPPKU (Inclusion of this image does not imply endorsement of this church or its teaching. It is simply included as an illustration for the post.)

 

 

 

 

 

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Dating the Ice Age Part Two: From the End of the Ice Age to the Destruction of Jerusalem by Babylon

The destruction of Jerusalem by the Romans in 70AD -- a painting by David Roberts (1796-1849).

         The destruction of Jerusalem by the Romans in 70AD — a painting by David Roberts (1796-1849).

For the Conflict of the Ages series, ancient history is the end of the Ice Age to the destruction of Jerusalem and the first temple by Babylon. The better preserved documents of Greece, Rome, China and India are Classic History for the Conflict of the Ages series. Ancient history is pieced together from millions of fragments. Classical History is based on better preserved, more complete documents.

The Conflict of the Ages Series relies on the timeline found in Hebrew History. The Scriptures are the most accurate, though they do not provide all the information necessary for complete history. For example, they do not reference any historical events in the Americas, India, China, or Sub-Sahara Africa. Other Jewish documents, such as the works of Josephus, are less reliable than the Scriptures, but still more accurate than most non-Hebrew sources. Next are the millions of other written documents. These are still more acceptable than the interpretations of artifacts.

We can construct an approximate timeline back to Moses. We begin with the destruction of the temple in Jerusalem by the Babylonian king Nebuchadnezzar in 586 BC. By working through the difficult numbering of the Hebrew kings, the Solomon began construction on his temple in 966 BC. So 480 years earlier Moses led the children of Israel out of Egypt. That was 1446 BC. Calendar conversions make all dates approximate, though close.

How long were the children of Israel in Egypt?

Acts 7:6 And God spake on this wise, That his seed should sojourn in a strange land, and that they should bring them into bondage, and entreat them evil four hundred years.

Genesis 15:13-16 And he said unto Abram, Know of a surety that thy seed shall be a stranger in a land that is not theirs, and shall serve them; and they shall afflict them four hundred years; And also that nation, whom they shall serve, will I judge: and afterward shall they come out with great substance. And thous shalt go to thy fathers in peace; thou shalt be buried in a good old age. But in the fourth generation they shall come hither again: for the iniquity of the Amorites is not yet full.

1 Chronicles 6:1-3 The sons of Levi; Gershon, Kohath, and Merari. And the sons of Kohath, Amram, Izha, and Hebron, and Uzziel. And the children of Amram; Aaron, and Moses, and Miriam.

[Levi begat Kohath. Kohath begat Amram. Amram begat Moses. Levi, Kohath, Amram, Moses ]

Galatians 3:17 And this I say, that the covenant, that was confirmed before of God in Christ, the law, which was four hundred and thirty years after, cannot disannul, that it should make the promise of none effect.

Exodus 12:40, 41 Now the sojourning of the children of Israel, who dwelt in Egypt [LXX and in Chanaan], was four hundred and thirty years. And it came to pass at the end of the four hundred and thirty years, even the selfsame day it came to pass, that all the hosts of the LORD went out from the land of Egypt.

Josephus Antiquities of the Jews 2:15:2.2 They left Egypt in the month Xanthicus, on the fifteenth day of the lunar month, four hundred and thirty years after our forefather Abraham came in Canaan, but two hundred and fifteen years only after Jacob removed into Egypt.

There is a detailed chart explaining these dates. It compares the age of Abraham, the events in the life of

Abraham. https://answersingenesis.org/bible-questions/how-long-were-the-israelites-in-egypt/

The date of the exodus is the key date. The covenant began when Abraham entered Canaan. Abraham was seventy-five years old. We accept the LXX reading of Egypt and Canaan as the land of their sojourning. That is also the traditional Jewish position. That was 430 years from the exodus.

Next is “evil treatment” of four hundred years. This begins thirty years after Abraham entered Canaan. Abraham is 105 years old. Isaac is 5 years old. Sarah is 95 years old. Ishmael is 19 years old. This the mocking of Ishmael and the expulsion of Hagar and Sarah. This is four hundred years from the Exodus.

While the 215 year number of Josephus for the year Jacob (Israel) entered Egypt is not inspired, it fits the chronology. With long longer lifespans, and Moses 80 years old when Israel left at the exodus, the four generations in Egypt also fits.

So using 1446 BC as the date of the exodus, Abraham entered Canaan in 1876 BC when he was 75. So Abraham was born in 1951 BC. Abraham was born 292 years after the end of the flood. This makes the flood 2243 BC of our calendar. It has the creation of the world in 3899 BC

Compared to secular humanist history, these dates are very close to Ussher’s dates. Ussher has the flood ending in 2348 BC, Abraham entering Canaan at 75 years old in 1921 BC, the Exodus at 1491 BC, the foundation of Solomon’s temple laid in 1012 BC, the destruction of the temple by Nebuchadnezzar in 588 BC.

The Jewish calendar using AM (the year of the world) dates from creation. The destruction of the temple by the Babylonians is 3338 AM. (Sedar Olam).

Our calendar has only 3313 years from creation to the destruction of the first temple, for a difference of 25 years with the traditional Jewish calendar.

Compared to secular dating schemes, these differences with Ussher and the Jewish calendar are insignificant.

2243 BC The end of the Flood
1876 BC Abraham enters Canaan
1661 BC Jacob (Israel moves to Egypt)
1446 BC the Exodus
966 BC The foundation of the temple laid
586 BC Nebuchadnezzar’s Babylonian armies destroy
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Why We Write — Post by Michael J. Findley

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Our daughter’s pet hamster died today. She’s an adult, a school teacher, and it was expected. But it caused me to reflect on the brevity of life and why Mary and I write.
It is possible to know things. This might sound silly, but movies such as the Matrix are confusing more and more people. They want to know if there is a reality. Yes, reality exists and we are responsible to explain reality to people.

Since reality exists, there are standards for evaluating what is and what is not true. Mary and I have written chapters on this. When you study history, then you must recognize that the Bible is authentic, that is, it was written by the people who claimed to write each book or each part of a book, such as the Psalms, when and where they claimed to write it. If you deny the authenticity of the Bible, then you cannot understand anything of history. There are thousands of documents supporting the dating of the Bible compared to very few documents supporting any other event in history.

Here is a link to a chart which shows how unreliable other historical documents are compared to the Bible. http://carm.org/can-we-trust-new-testament-historical-document

Despite the fact that many Roman emperors burned every copy of any Christian writing they could find and executed anyone who possessed a copy of any New Testament document, there are thousands of manuscripts for the New Testament.

Here is a link to several dozen videos on the reliability of the Bible. http://www.josh.org/video-2/is-the-bible-reliable/

Here is a book on the evidences for the reliability of the Bible: The New Evidence That Demands A Verdict. http://www.amazon.com/Evidence-Demands-Questions-Challenging-Christians/dp/0785243631

Here is a link to several dozen articles on the historical accuracy of the Bible. http://www.icr.org/biblical-record/

This is not an exhaustive list of evidence. It does not even include the Dead Sea Scrolls. But it is enough evidence to convince any unbiased reader that the Bible is authentic. That is, the Bible was written by the people who claimed to write each book or each part of a book, such as the Psalms, when and where they claimed to write it. After accepting the accuracy of the Bible, we must then examine it’s content.

The Bible puts great responsibility on grandparents. A good man leaveth an inheritance to his children’s children: and the wealth of the sinner is laid up for the just. Proverbs 13:22 This is more than a simple will for the proper disposal of property after we go to be with the LORD. We are the elders. We are to teach the sons of Israel all the statutes which the Lord has spoken to them through Moses. Leviticus 10:11

We are not Jewish, so our children are not the sons of Israel, but the principle is the same. Gather the people before me so they may hear my words, learn to revere me the whole time that they live in the land, and teach them to their children. Deuteronomy 4:10 NASB

You are to love the LORD your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your strength. “Let these words that I’m commanding you today be always on your heart. Teach them repeatedly to your children. Talk about them while sitting in your house or walking on the road, and as you lie down or get up. Tie them as reminders on your forearm, bind them on your forehead, and write them on the door frames of your house and on your gates.” Deuteronomy 6:5-9 ISV

Satan is not powerful enough to completely deceive everyone all the time. So each generation has one main area of attack. Our generation in western culture has seen the infiltration of secularism, or Secular Humanism, with the major tenants of evolution and a belief in deep time. Laws are passed to both indoctrinate and promulgate this belief system.

Jesus said, “had ye believed Moses, ye would have believed me: for he wrote of me. But if ye believe not his writings, how shall ye believe my words?” John 5:46,47

Abraham said to the rich man in hades If they hear not Moses and the prophets, neither will they be persuaded, though one rose from the dead. Luke 16:31

Sometimes we enjoy writing. Sometime it is a struggle and a chore. But our responsibility and goal is, as the apostle Paul said,

I have become all things to all people so that by all possible means I might save some of them. I do all this for the sake of the gospel in order to have a share in its blessings. You know that in a race all the runners run but only one wins the prize, don’t you? You must run in such a way that you may be victorious. Everyone who enters an athletic contest practices self-control in everything. They do it to win a wreath that withers away, but we run to win a prize that never fades. That is the way I run, with a clear goal in mind. That is the way I fight, not like someone shadow boxing. No, I keep on disciplining my body, making it serve me so that after I have preached to others, I myself will not somehow be disqualified. 1 Corinthians 9:22-27 ISV

Photo of HQ the hamster by Victoria Findley

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Jehoshaphat: Success in Two Simple Steps — Post by Mary C. Findley

View of Jerusalem from the Valley of Jehoshaphat by Auguste Forbin,  Musée du Louvre, Paris, France

View of Jerusalem from the Valley of Jehoshaphat by Auguste Forbin, Musée du Louvre, Paris, France

After this, King Jehoshaphat of Judah returned safely to his palace in Jerusalem, where Hanani’s son Jehu, the seer, went out to meet him. He asked king Jehoshaphat, “Should you be helping those who are wicked, yes or no? Should you love those who hate the LORD? Wrath is headed your way directly from the LORD because of this.  Nevertheless, a few good things have been found in you, in that you have removed the Asheroth from the land and you have disciplined yourself to seek God.” Jehoshaphat continued to live in Jerusalem, but he travelled again throughout the people from Beer-sheba to Mount Ephraim, bringing them back to the LORD God of their ancestors and appointing judges throughout the land in all of the walled cities of Judah, city by city. He issued this reminder to the judges: “Pay careful attention to your duties, because you are judging not only for the sake of human beings but also for the LORD—and he is present with you as you make your rulings. So let the fear of the LORD rest upon you, be on your guard, and act carefully, because with the LORD our God there is neither injustice, nor partiality, nor bribery.”  (2 Chronicles 19:1-7, ISV)

The context of these verses is the time following Jehoshaphat’s alliance with King Ahab. Ahab was, by and large, a wicked king. Jehoshaphat was, by and large, a good king. Jehoshaphat almost got himself killed for that alliance. God reminded him of the dangers of hanging out with bad guys. Today many voices clamor that America was, by and large, a good nation, but now we have been “helping the wicked” and loving “those who hate the Lord.” Wrath is headed our way as surely as it was for Jehoshaphat.

Many men in the past have gotten angry when the Lord sent a warning. Ever since the time of Cain men have been lashing out when God corrected them. But look what Jehoshaphat did in response. He traveled again throughout the people from Beer-sheba to Mount Ephraim, bringing them back to the LORD God of their ancestors. He also appointed judges, since he couldn’t be everywhere and do everything himself, and he told them, “Pay careful attention to your duties, because you are judging not only for the sake of human beings but also for the LORD—and he is present with you as you make your rulings. So let the fear of the LORD rest upon you, be on your guard, and act carefully, because with the LORD our God there is neither injustice, nor partiality, nor bribery.” 

Look again at his admonition to the judges. What causes men to be unjust, partial, or to take bribes? Selfishness, in a nutshell. What is selfishness? It’s the worship of self. So here’s something you can take away from the story of this good king.  Don’t be selfish, and remember God’s right there watching.

Jehoshaphat earned a commendation from God. The prophet who reprimanded him said, “A few good things have been found in you, in that you have removed the Asheroth from the land and you have disciplined yourself to seek God.”

So, the secret to Jehoshaphat’s success was a simple, two-part formula. 1. Get rid of the idols. 2. Discipline yourself to seek the Lord. Neither one of these is easy. But both of them are  simple.

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Faerie Queene, Installment 5

Una takes Red Cross to the House of Holiness. The low door is Humility, Reverence is the hallway, and Celia is over the house. Fidelia (Faith) dressed in white, carries the New Testament scriptures and a cup of wine with a snake in it, symbolizing regeneration (the snake sheds its skin and becomes “newborn”) and holy communion with God. Speranza (Hope) dresses in blue, carries an anchor and prays constantly. Charissa (Love) dresses in yellow and carries babies to show God’s mother-like love and care. They teach Red Cross lessons that make him want to leave the world behind and stay there forever.

Penance, Remorse, and Repentance also teach him. Mercy helps him through the hard, thorny ways. She leads him to where Love runs a house of charity where six hosts perform services: The first shows everyone hospitality, the second feeds the hungry, the third gives clothing, the fourth saves prisoners, the fifth helps the sick and dying, the sixth cares for the dead, and the seventh cares for the children of the dead. (Seven deadly sins inhabit the palace of pride. Seven good men inhabit the house of love, showing the root of all sin is pride and the foundation of holiness is unselfish service.) Contemplation reminds him, as he shows him heaven, that he has to keep his promises to Una and the Faerie Queene and tells him his real name is St. George.

Red Cross and Una journey on to her father’s kingdom, laid waste by the dragon. The people are confined in a brass tower (Brass is used in the Bible as a symbol of judgment). The dragon is enormous. Una prays for the knight as he battles the monster. He first day he is almost defeated but is revived by the living waters from a nearby fountain. The second day the tree of life revives him, and on the third day he kills the dragon. (The Bible speaks of water as symbolic of salvation and cleansing, a reviving and renewing of life. The tree of life gives eternal life. On the third day Christ rose from the dead, victorious over sin and death.)

The king and queen and a procession consisting of Nobles, Soldiers carrying laurels, maidens, children and townspeople come out to meet them. A messenger arrives charging Red Cross with being unfaithful to a lady he promised to marry before. Una unmasks the messenger as Archimago and the lady as Duessa. The deceit is explained and Archimago and Duessa are driven away by Una’s people. The knight desires to wed Una but remembers that he has promised six years of service to the faerie queen.

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The God of Love Created the World. Why Do Tragedies Happen?

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Every few months the same story hits the national or world news. A family or a parent does everything right, but a child dies anyway. The child might be sitting properly fastened into a car seat and the car is hit while stopped at a light or stop sign. A home is completely childproof, the child is watched constantly, yet the child is killed in an unforeseeable accident. The names and specifics change, but the story is the same. In spite of every possible safely measure, someone completely innocent is killed or seriously injured.

Why? The same question is always asked over and over again. Why does the God of Love permit these tragedies?

First, there is evil. God is not only love, He is holiness and justice. God neither desired nor created sin. He gave the human race the choice of obeying or rebelling against Him. That rebellion was a choice. Choices affect everyone. There are no choices that only affect you and you alone. Someone in my family over 300 years ago made the choice to become an indentured servant and come to the New World. Because of that choice, I am an American. The sin of Adam is not only passed down through the human race, it affects the entire material universe. Both the inherited sin nature and the individual sins we commit must be judged by a holy and just God. That judgment must either be paid for by the individual committing the sin or by someone else. If you throw a rock and break a window, there are only three options; the window remains broken, you repair the window, or someone else repairs the window. It is possible that you work with someone else and both of you repair the window.

Second, we will all die. As by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned. Romans 5:12 Someone who lives to be 140 would outlive everyone in his generation, perhaps even set a longevity record. 140 years is still a short lifespan. What is your life? It is even a vapour, that appeareth for a little time, and then vanisheth away. James 4:4 While the death of an innocent child to us is a horrible, tragic loss, it is simply the loss of a few decades, at the most a century. God can use what seems to us as an untimely death to protect the innocent child from something far more horrible in the future.

Third, God is still a God of love, and to love someone is to do what is best for not only that one person but also to glorify Himself. This is said so often that we mistakenly dismiss it as trite. We know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose. Romans 8:28 God’s standard of good is not our standard, our vision of good. Good glorifies God and is the best for the person.

For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the LORD. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts. For as the rain cometh down, and the snow from heaven, and returneth not thither, but watereth the earth, and maketh it bring forth and bud, that it may give seed to the sower, and bread to the eater: So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it. For ye shall go out with joy, and be led forth with peace: the mountains and the hills shall break forth before you into singing, and all the trees of the field shall clap their hands. Isaiah 55:6-12

 

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Latest List of Findley Family Video Publications

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All our books (including Nonfiction, Historical Fiction, SciFi, contemporary relationships short stories, and an Archaeological Mystery serial) are linked on our blog by genre. Look for the colored rectangles with genre names on the left and right sides of each page.
Elk Jerky for the Soul includes posts on current issues, excerpts from our fiction and nonfiction works, Bible teaching, travel and everyday observations, and more. Visit our YouTube Channel http://www.youtube.com/user/ffvp5657. Watch Jonah and Ruth as well as “Sojourner,” part of the Space Empire Saga, in full 3D animation, book teasers, and upcoming projects related to biblical study and the Conflict of the Ages.
Science, History, Literature, and biblical worldview studies are the focus of our book and video projects.

The following list includes all ebook versions including series links, illustrated versions, and boxed sets. In most cases, where a paperback version is available, the same link will take you to that edition. After each title is the global link to Amazon and, where applicable, a series page link.

1. Send a White Rose myBook.to/Send-white-rose
2. Chasing the Texas Wind myBook.to/Chasing-texas-wind
3. The Baron’s Ring myBook.to/Barons-ring
4. Benny and the Bank Robber myBook.to/Benny-Bank-robber (series link) myBook.to/Benny_Bank_Robber_series_4
5. Benny 1 Teacher myBook.to/BBR1-Teacher-Study-Guide
6. Benny 1 Student myBook.to/BBR1-Study-Student
7. Dr. Dad myBook.to/BBR2-Dr-Dad
8. The Oregon Sentinel myBook.to/BBR3-Oregon-Sentinel
9. Lines in Pleasant Places myBook.to/BBR4-Lines-pleasant-places
10. The Great Thirst 1: Prepared myBook.to/Great-Thirst-1-Prepared
11. The Great Thirst 2: Purified myBook.to/Great-Thirst-2-Purified
12. The Great thirst 3: Pursued myBook.to/Great-Thirst-3-Pursued
13. The Great Thirst 4: Persecuted myBook.to/GreatThirst4Persecuted
14. The Great thirst 5: Persevering myBook.to/Great_Thirst_5_Persevering
15. The Great Thirst 6: Protected myBook.to/Great_Thirst_6_Protected
16. The Great Thirst 7: Prevailing myBook.to/GreatThirst_7_Prevailing
17. The Great Thirst Boxed Set myBook.to/Great_Thirst_Boxed_Set
18. The Acolyte’s Education myBook.to/Acolytes-education
19. Hope and the Knight of the Black Lion myBook.to/Hope-knight-black-lion
20. Illuminated Hope myBook.to/illuminated-hope
21. A Dodge a Twist and a Tobacconist myBook.to/Dodge-twist-tobacconist
22. Illustrated Dodge myBook.to/Illustrated-Dodge-Twist-Tobacconist
23. The Pinocchio Factor myBook.to/pinocchio-factor
24. The Most Dangerous Game myBook.to/Most-Dangerous-Game-Alex-Legacy-3
25. Fall on Your Knees myBook.to/Fall_on_your_knees
26. Carrie’s Hired Hand myBook.to/Carries-Hired-Hand
27. Fifty Shades of Faithful myBook.to/Fifty-shades-faithful-1 series link myBook.to/FiftyShades_of_Faithful_series
28. Fifty Shades of Faithful 2 myBook.to/50-Shades-2-Colors
29. Write for the King of Glory myBook.to/Write-King-Glory
30. The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly: A Reader’s and Writer’s Guide for Believers myBook.to/Good-Bad-Ugly-reader-writer-guide
31. Ephron Son of Zohar myBook.to/Ephron-son-of-zohar-ephron-hittite-1 Series page: myBook.to/Ephron_Hittite_series
32. Ephron the Hittite Boxed Set myBook.to/Ephron_Box_5
33. Tawanana Daughter of Zohar myBook.to/Tawananna-ephron-hittite-2
34. Heth, Son of Canaan, son of Ham, son of Noah myBook.to/Heth-Ephron-Hittite-3
35. Shelometh Daughter of Yovov Wife of Ephron myBook.to/Shelometh-Ephron-4
36. Zita: Son of Ephron and Shelometh myBook.to/Zita_Ephron_Hittite_Book_5
37. Old Testament and New Testament Manuscript History myBook.to/OT-NT-Manuscript
38. Biblical Studies Teacher Edition Part One: Old Testament myBook.to/Biblical-Studies-Teacher
39. Biblical Studies Teacher Edition Part Two: New Testament myBook.to/Biblical-Studies-Tcher-NT
40. Biblical Studies Student Edition Part One: Old Testament myBook.to/Biblical-studies-student
41. Biblical Studies Student Edition Part Two: New Testament myBook.to/Biblical-Studies-Student-NT
42. Antidisestablishmentarianism myBook.to/Antidisestablishmentarianism
43. Illustrated Antidisestablishmentarianism http://authl.it/1hn?d
44. What Is an Establishment of Religion? myBook.to/Anti-1-what-is-estab-religion Series page myBook.to/serial_anti
44. What Is an Establishment of Religion? myBook.to/Anti-1-what-is-estab-religion Series page myBook.to/serial_anti
45. Illustrated What Is an Establishment of Religion? http://authl.it/1hp?d Series page myBook.to/serial-illustrated-anti
46. What Is Secular Humanism? myBook.to/Anti-2-What-is-secular-humanism
48. What Is Science? myBook.to/Anti-3-What-is-science
49. Illustrated What Is Science? http://authl.it/1hq?d
50. What Are the Results of the Establishment of Secular Humanism? myBook.to/Anti-serial-4-results-sec-humanism
51. Illustrated What Are the Results of the Establishment of Secular Humanism? http://authl.it/1hr?d
52. Disestablish myBook.to/Disestablish
53. Empire Saga myBook.to/Empire-Saga-6-in-1 series page myBook.to/Space_Empire_Series
54. City on a Hill myBook.to/City-on-a-hill
55. Sojourner myBook.to/Sojourner
56. Nehemiah LLC myBook.to/Nehemiah-LLC
57. Empire 1: Humiliation myBook.to/Empire-1-Humiliation
58. Empire 2: Repentance myBook.to/Empire-2-Repentance
59. Empire 3: Sanctification myBook.to/Empire-3-Sanctification
60. The Conflict of the Ages Teacher Edition I The Scientific History of Origins myBook.to/COA1-Teacher-Sci-History-Origins Teacher Series Page myBook.to/Conflict_Teacher_all
61. The Conflict of the Ages Teacher Edition II: The Origin of Evil in the World that Was myBook.to/COA2-Teacher-origin-evil
62. The Conflict of the Ages Teacher Edition III They Deliberately Forgot The Flood and the Ice Age myBook.to/COA3-Teacher-Flood-Ice-age
63. The Conflict of the Ages Teacher Edition IV Ice Age Civilizations myBook.to/COA4-Teacher-Ice_Age
64. The Conflict of the Ages Teacher Edition V The Ancient World myBook.to/COATeacher5
65. The Conflict of the Ages Student Edition I The Scientific History of Origins myBook.to/COA1-Student-Sci-History-origins Student series page myBook.to/Conflict_Student_all
66. The Conflict of the Ages Student II: The Origin of Evil in the World that Was myBook.to/COA2-Student-origin-evil
67. The Conflict of the Ages Student III They Deliberately Forgot The Flood and the Ice Age myBook.to/COA3-Student-Flood-Ice-Age
68. The Conflict of the Ages Student Edition IV Ice Age Civilizations myBook.to/COA4-Student-Ice-Age-Civ
69. The Conflict of the Ages Student Edition V The Ancient World myBook.to/ConflictStudent5
70. The Conflict of the Ages Teacher Edition I-III myBook.to/COA1-3-Teacher

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