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The LORD God had specified this exact number because He is totally aware of how the evil and corruption have spread on this earth. This number refers to those who will stay and persevere till the Great Tribulations and you are free to be one of them and persevere till the end.
We can say that he was a different kind of creation “the pampered son” .The angels are servants, soldiers and spiritual ranks, while Adam is a different kind of creation. We can say he is a little bit less than the angels, as written in Job, for he doesn’t have their abilities but in Christ we were uplifted above them and given also to condemn them in the resurrection day.
Give him this example:
when I was pregnant with you, you were in my belly and we were one, while in fact we were two not one.
In the same way Christ and the Father are one for Christ was in the bosom of the Father. But when he came to earth we saw him as a human being, so we knew that there is the Father and the Son, and we were able to distinguish between the two of them, but in reality and from the first place, they are one. That is why we say about him “the Lord Jesus” , because the son of God is God, as we say to you, “You are the son of this”, so if your father was a king, you will also be called a king, because you are the son of a king and you share with your father the rule and the kingship. Likewise, the Son of God shares the deity with his Father, so we say Christ is God.
Here he was talking to the Jews saying that the kingdom was no longer confined to them only, but would be given to those who work for the it. This nation he mentioned is the nation of Christ, the people of the Lord of the kingdom.
The Holy Spirit comes to anyone who works for the kingdom (of heaven). The Holy Spirit works in anyone, but He only dwells in Christians and precisely after the baptism, because Christ is the one who sends the Holy Spirit to dwell in those who only believe in him.
Let’s assume that you have an enemy who has had cancer, or whose son has died, or whose family has been burned, or whose car has overturned, you should not gloat, no matter how much harm he had inflicted on you, because the LORD won’t avenge you then for you have gloated. No matter how much we hate our enemies, we must not allow ourselves to lose our humanity and our sonship to the LORD, and we must look at our enemies with the eyes of that who would like them to be saved.
Dreams and nightmares are part of the subconscious. Sometimes they come from within ourselves, from things we went through in the past, or from the psychological state we are going through now, or even from a remorse we feel..etc. Sometimes it might be from the LORD, and at other times it is used by Satan. The children of the LORD always adhere to their heavenly Father and know how to rebuke Satan in the name of the LORD Jesus Christ when they see any nightmare. And we learn by faith not to give these matters more importance than they really are, so we won’t be prone to Religious obsession. Eventually, the dream is a dream, and if it is from the LORD God, He will tell you and you will know its source, and if it is not, then rebuke and forget it.
First of all, he did not doubt but he rather sent his disciples so they would see for themselves and become followers of the LORD. Second, he teaches us a lesson as human beings, that even if there is a prophet among us, he is still human. Third, he wanted to hear it publicly; as we are all, by faith, certain of something yet, as human beings, we ask the LORD to confirm Himself to us to be sure.
From the mercy of the LORD to a woman. He knows that it was tough for her to preach in the old days, for preaching required traveling, bearing the flogging and stoning, down to the crucifixion as well. To this day, the end of most of Christ’s apostles is the martyrdom.
Therefore, from LORD’s mercy on the woman and in order to preserve our human offspring, He considered that raising her children properly in faith, is equivalent to the saints and their martyrdom, and she is saved without being sent to preach.
Lest to do unjust, the LORD will not let a person like that die before he hears of the gospel of the Kingdom. In our day, there is no human being around the globe who doesn’t know about Jesus Christ, so that who does not acknowledge the LORD of the Kingdom here on earth, he will not attain it.
No, they can’t. We read in the Holy Bible in Hebrews 6: “4 For it is impossible for those who were once enlightened, and have tasted of the heavenly gift, and were made partakers of the Holy Ghost,
5 And have tasted the good word of God, and the powers of the world to come,
6 If they shall fall away, to renew them again unto repentance”
If we, the humans, who were not created with the same abilities of the angels nor their same formation of fire and wind, cannot be renewed to repentance once we fell and apostatized. If we can’t, so how about those who were the sons of the most High, then fell?
As human beings, we can not always precisely determine when there is an appearance in front of us, because the LORD uses angels and men, or He may appear by Himself. For example, when we hear a divine voice calling or giving us an order, we say, “I heard the voice of the LORD.” But in fact, it can be the voice of the Holy Spirit or the voice of an angel from the LORD, but we say that it is the voice of the LORD, unless he introduces himself as an angel, then we say: “the angel of the LORD has appeared to me”, or as He appeared to Saul, then we say: “the LORD has appeared to me.”
In general, any appearance from the LORD is a divine appearance, and we deal with His words with “the LORD said,” as if the voice was personally from Him, and this is exactly what you find in the Books of the Old Testament so when the same person sometimes describes the appearance of the LORD by (an angel of the LORD) and other times as (the LORD) or (God), all of which are indications of a divine appearance far beyond our limited human description.
There is nothing that prevents a woman from being like a man, even in the priesthood
Galatians 3:28 “There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus.”
In the Orthodox Synaxarion, it is mentioned that Saint Takla was baptizing and her convent still exists in an area called Maloula in Syria
However, it is not preferable for women to devote themselves to services or jobs that keep them from getting married, starting a family and raising children, because from the beginning it was not so. So the work that requires effort and spending time outside the home is for the man to do, otherwise children will not be raised with an ideal upbringing if the mother is absent in order to devote herself to work that requires from her to be away from home for a long time.
When you treat people, you should give the glory to the LORD, by saying “The LORD healed you with my hands” or “The LORD used me to treat you” or “Thanks to the LORD who healed you”. These terms give the glory to the LORD so He will bless you and you won’t stumble the people.
The Bible tells us in Mathew 25:10, and Luke 13:25 that after the death the door is shut. That means neither any expressions, nor prayers nor supplications will benefit the deceased, but some use the term (God have mercy on him) as a kind of consolation and condolences to the family of the deceased. We should
choose constructive words of faith not just repeating unhelpful phrases. For example, we can comfort the mourners by saying: “May the LORD comfort your heart,” “The LORD gave and the LORD has taken away, blessed be the name of the LORD”, “Naked I came from my mother’s womb, and naked shall I return” and so forth of the biblical terms that comfort those who sorrow and awaken in them the desire to repent before the door is closed in front of them as well.
Yes, we should not listen to them, because it is a type of divination and approaching these things of foretelling the future or acquiring any foreknowledge of the unseen, is dealing with Satan. This brings curses upon us and our families because we have provoked the LORD God to anger with our practices, even if they are for the purpose of entertainment.
Deuteronomy 18:10 “There shall not be found among you any one that maketh his son or his daughter to pass through the fire, or that useth divination, or an observer of times, or an enchanter, or a witch,”
She hid herself because she was ninety years old, and it is natural to be surprised, ashamed and afraid of the gossip of the people. She was also in a difficult situation, on the one hand, she was pregnant at the age of ninety. On the other, her husband had suddenly become dumb and no one knew what happened to him, so it is natural to hide from people.
As for the interpretation of the story of the sixth month, it has 3 possibilities:
Either the sixth month of the year, and the Hebrew year is different from our calendar, as it begins in April so the sixth month is September.
Or what is meant is the sixth month of Elisabeth’s pregnancy.
It is also possible that the sixth month of the year is the same as the sixth month of Elisabeth’s pregnancy.
As for the matters that are done by laying on the hands, they are the organizational and leadership matters, such as the appointment of a bishop or deacon, where the hands are laid on and the blessing is given directly, so that no one designates himself by his own, for our God is a God of order and not of confusion and chaos. But this does not mean that the LORD is incapable of appointing priests and apostles without laying hands on, as it happened with Paul the Apostle, who was commissioned by the LORD Jesus and was not called or taught by anyone. Also, the Holy Spirit came upon Cornelius and on the Gentiles before Peter laid his hands on them (Acts 10). So the gifts, descending and work of the Holy Spirit cannot be confined to an earthly order.
Of course, it is allowed, and on the contrary, you would be rescuing a child from homelessness, and also saving his soul by making him a Christian, bringing him into your family, and giving him your lineage.
In Matthew 25, the LORD says to the blessed ones who will inherit the kingdom of the heavens:
“35 For I was an hungred, and ye gave me meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me drink: I was a stranger, and ye took me in:
36 Naked, and ye clothed me: I was sick, and ye visited me: I was in prison, and ye came unto me.”
By adopting a child, you will be feeding, clothing, sheltering, and perhaps even saving a soul from perdition.
The garden of Eden is a place that no longer exists today. It may have disappeared or the LORD God had closed it.”The east of Eden” does not necessarily mean directions on the earth, as when we read in the Holy Bible “he sat at the right hand of God” which also does not mean directions and that God has a right and a left, but rather a symbol of the arm of power. And “the east of Eden” does not imply that it’s a region on earth at all, because He put angels guarding the way to the garden of Eden with swords of fire. Also the nature of the creation of Adam and his wife who were unknowingly naked. Adam did not know his wife in the Garden of Eden, in the sense that they lived like angels without having an intercourse and all the other evidences which indicate that the garden of Eden is a spiritual and not a material place on earth. Otherwise, casting Adam away to the earth would not make any sense of “the fall” if he was originally on earth.
After the crucifixion of Christ and laying him in the tomb, the LORD descended into the bottomless pit, and ascended the souls of all those who had fallen asleep in the hope of salvation from the Hell to the Paradise and not to the Kingdom, because the door of the Kingdom has not yet been opened, til after the Resurrection and the second coming of the LORD, then those in the Paradise would move to the Kingdom.
As for the aforementioned young man, he didn’t convert back, he is still confused. It is mentioned in the Holy Book that there is no repentance or forgiveness for such people, but I did not want to hurt his feelings in front of the audience. Hebrews 6
“4 For it is impossible for those who were once enlightened, and have tasted of the heavenly gift, and were made partakers of the Holy Ghost,
5 And have tasted the good word of God, and the powers of the world to come,
6 If they shall fall away, to renew them again unto repentance; seeing they crucify to themselves the Son of God afresh, and put him to an open shame.”
If the person was a Christian in name only, who was lost and then came back, there is no problem and the LORD rejoices over his repentance, just like the lost sheep. As for the one who was a devout Christian of a Christian family who enjoyed the work of the Holy Spirit and tasted His gifts, but draw back or fell, this cannot be renewed unto repentance.
The stray sheep was in fact lost, he did not willingly choose to betray the shepherd, nor did he sell himself to another one, nor did he choose another sheepfold, but rather lost the way. This analogy does not apply to those who wanted to crucify the LORD twice, but he is rather similar to Judas Iscariot and not to the lost son.
Cremation is not a sin and there is no verse in the Bible that specifies how to dispose of dead bodies but it was customary to bury the dead in the land from which they were born. Burning in the Old Testament was used to dispose of the enemies’ dead bodies, Deuteronomy 13:6, Joshua 11:6. Or as a punishment for the adulteress, if she is the daughter of a priest
Leviticus 21:9 “And the daughter of any priest, if she profane herself by playing the whore, she profaneth her father: she shall be burnt with fire.”
As Christians, we do not burn our dead, not because it is a sin, nor out a matter of faith but rather in consideration of the feelings and consciences of the deceased’s family, who may, for a long time, feel guilt because they burned the body. But regarding the faith, this doesn’t make a difference because this body will perish in any way, and in the resurrection we will be given new, glorified and permanent bodies. As for the dead, it will not harm him if his body is buried, burned or drowned in the sea.
This is a prophecy in the Old Testament, and it was fulfilled. You can find in Zechariah 12, a prophecy about how they would stab Him, which a solider did when he stabbed the LORD Jesus, and in
Zechariah 13:1 “In that day there shall be a fountain opened to the house of David and to the inhabitants of Jerusalem for sin and for uncleanness.”
The water was sprinkled on sinners to purify them. Here on the cross, the water that came out of His side along with the blood is only a sign that the purification of human beings from their sins is by Him, just as their salvation is by His blood.
This is like when a silly person calls me and dare to speak about the LORD Jesus. I answer but without giving him any value, so they do not think that he has defeated me, and at the same time I do not answer him in his own way thus I won’t be as ridiculous as he is. The meaning of the two verses is to answer the fools so that they do not think they are wise because of your silence, but do not descend to the level of their foolishness and do not give them more value by arguing with them.
No, profanity is a blasphemy against the LORD God by uttering his name in a way that is not appropriate, i.e. breaking the third commandment. While the blasphemy against the Holy Spirit is by judging that the spirit working in one of the believers is a spirit of a devil, i.e. not being able to discern spirits and dare to bring a railing accusation against the Spirit of the LORD. We notice that the LORD Jesus Christ mentioned the blasphemy against the Holy Spirit when they said about him in Matthew 12
“This fellow doth not cast out devils, but by Beelzebub the prince of the devils.”
It means to sanctify me, honor me, see me as blessed, and the one who is dedicated to God. But it does not mean that she is supposed to be worshiped, nor bowed down unto, nor meditated, nor interceded. She is not a partner in the redemption, and none of any other heresies of the churches regarding the Virgin Mary.
Dies? And if he does, how will he be punished then? There is an everlasting punishment and when the time comes he will be thrown into it forever.
God can not be seen by anyone because He fills the entire universe, but He allowed us to see him through his incarnation in his son Jesus Christ. The image of Christ is the image of God because Christ said,
“he that hath seen me hath seen the Father”
and according to the Holy Bible, Christ is the Word of God incarnate as human beings.
John 1:1 “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.”
Matthew 14:33 “Then they that were in the ship came and worshipped him, saying, Of a truth thou art the Son of God.”
As for the question, where did he go? The answer is that He ascended to heaven and is seated at the right hand of the Father. He will come again with glory to judge the living and the dead.
The Books, that accurately tell us when they lived, who they gave birth to, how they traveled, and the names of cities, villages and genealogies, are all very useful in our historical and religious research. It helps us also to respond to the ignorant who doubt the Holy Bible, and to compare the events with other distorted religious books or school books that may corrupt the history in support of another religion. It also proves to us the accuracy of every word written and preserved for thousands of years.
No one is without sin except Christ, and even after Virgin Mary gave birth to Christ, this did not make her infallible as the false infallibility of sins is not from the Christian faith. What makes Mary special is that she was sanctified by the Son of God, so her mind became purer and more sacred. The Bible mentions that she lived and kept everything in her heart, and whoever keeps the commandments and the words of God in his heart, sins cannot rule over him.
Not only predators can eat meat, but also in the past some humans were cannibals. Does this mean that the LORD created them to eat the flesh of human beings?
We cannot blame the LORD for giving us teeth, stomach and digestive system, because He has also given us from the beginning what we should or should not be doing, and what harms and benefits us. He has also given us free will, and if He didn’t we would have been obliged.
God created our bodies with the best defensive immune system, and told us how He would like us to be. He gave us the will and the choice so we can’t, due to our wrong choices, blame Him for his generosity.
This does not indicate that those who had fallen asleep are able to appear at all. This indicates the following:
First of all, what happened shows you the power and greatness of the Crucified One.
Secondly, and much more importantly, they appeared but they did not speak, communicate, pour oil, nor did they perform miracles…etc., and it happened just once.
Thirdly, this happened so everyone would see that the Crucified was the Son of God, and neither before nor after Him has this incident happened.
It is wrong for one reason, which is the last part of the prayer. “Hail Mary” does not contain any wrong word except for its end, for it is all derived from the Annunciation of the angel to the Virgin Mary, but the conclusion contradicts the Holy Bible with the sentence that says: “Pray for us sinners now and at the hour of our death.”.
When the person is a sinner and far from the LORD all his life, he would still have the hope of surviving by repenting at the hour of his death, just like the thief on the right, and how many stories we find about people who have repented with tears before their death. So the hour of death must be handed over to the LORD God alone, because only Christ is the savior, and the salvation advocate for our sins, not the virgin Mary. Saint Mary needed salvation and praying, she kept her faith in the LORD God and held fast to her savior Christ till the hour of her death. We must imitate her, and should not abandon the Savior to make her a savior herself, which is a pagan teaching that contradicts the Holy Bible. This person has time for repentance, so he should surrender this time left to the LORD; to kneel down and surrender his last hour to our LORD, for if that last hour was surrendered to Mary, would she be able to save us? Does Mary’s name save?
Of course not. The Holy Spirit says in the Holy Bible, First Epistle to Timothy 2: “5- For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus;”
Here comes the devil’s trick, for if someone wanted to repent and return to the LORD God at the time of his death, he would not be able to if he spent all his life praying that his last hour would be in Mary’s hand.
If the voice of the Virgin Mary gives strength and the Holy Spirit, why did Joseph decide to leave her and suspect that she wasn’t pure when she told him that she was pregnant? Why didn’t she give him the Holy Spirit through her voice? Why did the angel of the LORD appear to Joseph to explain to him?
Elisabeth spoke through the Holy Spirit and testified, just like the old Simeon who also spoke through the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit spoke through many people in the Old Testament, including those who were not even prophets. Using the Holy Spirit for people does not mean that they possess Him from their own.
Besides, the Holy Spirit did not dwell in the Virgin at that time, as she received the gift of the indwelling of the Holy Spirit after Christ was risen and after He sent them the Comforter, the Spirit of Truth, on the day of Pentecost.
No, as it is written in the Holy Bible,
Ecclesiastes 9:5 “but the dead know not any thing”.
We have three main denominations (three churches) and other small ones, and among all these Churches there are significant doctrinal differences whether the Orthodox, Catholic, or Protestant. For example: the Catholics believe in the Purgatory and that the Virgin Mary is a partner in the salvation, so without believing in her there is no salvation. They claim that they have received this from the Apostolic Fathers and the teachings of the early Church.
Meanwhile the Orthodox and Protestants reject all these, saying that the doctrine was handed down to them from the Apostolic Fathers and the early Church. At the same time, both the Protestants and Orthodox dispute over the importance of the icons, intercessions and many other essential differences. Everyone says that he has received his teaching from the early Church, so whom should we believe?
Of course, we approve to any teaching that agrees with the Holy Bible, while we avoid the one that does not; we consider it a heresy if it touches the faith and salvation. Thus, we reject any teaching that is not stated in the Holy Bible, because the early Church and the Apostolic Fathers left everything to us in the Holy Bible, and any inherited tradition that contradicts the Holy Bible came only to achieve earthly interests and nothing more.
Balaam was a “prophet for profit”, as he was hired to curse and prophesy. 2 Peter 2:15: “Which have forsaken the right way, and are gone astray, following the way of Balaam the son of Bosor, who loved the wages of unrighteousnes”
The LORD’s dealings with this kind of prophets are mixed. Meaning that the LORD told him not to go, but because Balaam wanted the money he wanted to go, the LORD then told him to go so He would punish him later. The answer from the mouth of the LORD God is clear in Ezekiel 14:9: “And if the prophet be deceived when he hath spoken a thing, I the LORD have deceived that prophet, and I will stretch out my hand upon him, and will destroy him from the midst of my people Israel.”
We don’t know how he will be judged, nor if he has good works. But we know what the Holy Bible has told us about the labourers of the eleventh hour when “the last shall be first”. We should not try to interfere with the LORD’s justice nor to examine His judgments, we must only trust that He is very righteous.
If the LORD has spoken to you in a dream, or by voice, or in some other way and told you that He has sent this person, then here we can say that the LORD has chosen for us. As for the one who does not ask the LORD, nor wait for a sign from Him but rather decides himself, then the choice will be his own.
But in general, when we surrender our life to the LORD, He will bless our decisions, put the best in our way, and remove things that are not good for us. So if we surrender our way to the LORD to lead us, He will choose the best for us in the marriage and in every thing else.
Of course, because by visiting him, you can tell him to repent and return to the LORD so you’ll be helping him save his soul.
There is no difference in the two verses (before the cock crow twice or before the cock crow) both of them mean before the cock finishes crowing. Let me simplify it for you:
“If I tell you to take your medicine, 3 pills, between 9 and 10 am”
or if I tell you: “before 10 am take your medicine” is there any difference? If you look carefully, you will find that the two sentences mean that you should take your medicine in the morning before ten o’clock. In the same way, the two verses mean that: “you will deny me before the cock completes its crowing”.
We are not like earthly religions that rely on bodily practices, assignments, and repeating phrases like parrots, and if you look closely at those who recites the words and prayers for fortifying against Satan, you will find that they are the most vulnerable to demonic possession . The truth is, what really protects you against Satan is the Holy Spirit, Who indwells in you after you become a Christian, as long as you keep yourself without sins, because the sin opens the door for Satan to dominate you. With the indwelling of the Holy Spirit in you and the blood of Jesus Christ covering you, you are immune from any demonic domination.
Psalms 71:3 “Be thou my strong habitation, whereunto I may continually resort: thou hast given commandment to save me; for thou art my rock and my fortress.”
The LORD Jesus Christ says in John 10:28
“And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand.”
Because no one is perfect or without a sin on earth except Jesus Christ. We are all sinners, even the saints had sins, just like all of us.
Why do you watch me and repeat my words? Do you think that I’m perfect or sinless?
We trust the Holy Spirit who gave David, Solomon, and others and who communicated with us through them. But in condemning and judging them there is a damnation for us as well, because you do not know David’s remorse, tears, fastings, and repentance. Can you imagine your children saying “we won’t eat from our mother’s hands because she is imperfect” or “we will not listen to her because she did something wrong”? Would that be correct?
Definitely not, because you are the one whom the LORD God has allowed to be their mother, and they have to accept the good deeds from you for they trust that the LORD God has sent them through you. They can’t hold you accountable for your sins because only the Judge can judge you.
The child must have a spiritual guide, whether his parents or someone else, so the Church came up with “the Godparent”. Unfortunately, the status of the godparent and his task have become a ritual and nothing more. Sadly, for most of the godparents, neither their faith nor their ability to contribute to the child’s spiritual development is being closely examined. The whole thing became materialistic, no more than choosing the wealthy or the relative, regardless his spiritual level.
First of all, in this verse Christ has distinguished between the Son and the Father so none will get confused thinking that Christ is the Heavenly Father. Second, Christ has come to the world to redeem and teach us how to walk according to God’s desire. Thus, He gave us an example Himself to teach us how to be children and one in Him. That’s why He fasted, prayed, knelt and said: “my God, and your God.”
If Christ didn’t fast and pray, you would see the Christians today neither praying nor fasting. If He didn’t say: “my God, and your God” Christians would have considered themselves gods; for that reason, He repeatedly emphasized on verses like
John 10:27 “my sheep,…follow me”,
John 15:5 “I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing.”
And many other verses in which Christ said about Himself that He is the LORD
Matthew 7:21 “Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven” Matthew 12:8 “For the Son of man is Lord even of the sabbath day.”
And dozens of other verses which prove that Christ is the LORD.
In short, after his death, the saint has nothing to do with what happens in his name. We can never judge a deceased because we did not live at his time nor did we see him. Thus, it is possible that the person is truly a saint and a valiant in faith, or maybe the hagiography is fabricated. Either way we can’t blame the deceased for what happens in his name after his death. I will give you an example:
if a saint had glorified the LORD all his life and prevented people from praying to the dead or asking for their intercession, let’s assume that someone said: “This saint appeared to me”, would this mean that this saint is a devil?
Certainly not, because he spent his entire earthly life glorifying the LORD, keeping the commandments, and preaching. In this case, is the person who claimed such a thing, a liar?
He could be, but it is also possible that the LORD wanted to show him that the saint is still alive in heaven. There is also a possibility that Satan has used the saint’s image to mislead this person into praying to him instead of the LORD God. However, as for the miracle that is performed by a saint, we can judge it from its outcome. If the person, with whom the miracle has happened, gave the glory to the LORD and spent the rest of his life preaching about Christ, or if he was a non-Christian who, because of it, got baptized and became a Christian, in this case we can say that this miracle is from God.
But if the person, with whom the miracle has happened, became a slave to the saint who appeared to him, (i.e. he puts on the saint’s garments, names his son after him, prays and fasts for him, visits his grave more than he reads the Holy Bible, and even utters the name and pleads to the saint more than he does to the LORD) then we can judge that the miracle worker was Satan, who impersonated the saint and performed a miracle to mislead people so that they would follow him, thinking that they are following and honoring the saint.
Of course, Satan can deceive the superficial believers with miracles, as the Holy Bible says in 2 Corinthians 11:14: “And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light”
Matthew 24:24: “For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall shew great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect.”
As for us, we have steadfastness in the words of the LORD in the Holy Bible. Any miracle or appearance that is compatible with the Holy Bible, its message is the salvation of souls, and also fortifies people’s faith in the LORD God, then we can say that this miracle worker is the LORD. In case the opposite happens, then this miracle worker is the anti-God.
Personally, I do not fast before the holidays because I find it a traditional fast that has no spiritual benefit. Why would I fast and mourn before the crucifixion when I already know that Christ has risen?
According to the Holy Bible, we fast through temptations and tribulations, before carrying out a missionary task, and before casting out a devil from someone. We also fast when we wish to take a spiritual retreat with the LORD. Other than that, I do not fast at all, because I prefer to follow completely the approach of the early church. The church of the early saints used to fast for these reasons only, while other occasions and feasts had no place or importance in the Holy Bible.
Fasting is a great spiritual key and to be done properly, it must be accompanied by spiritual retreat and prayers. Prayer and fasting are the keys to communicate with God, and in order to connect with Him you must separate yourself from the world. As for fasting while carrying out with works and duties or while you are going on with your everyday life without a spiritual retreat, in this case that will be just starving no more or less, and it will not give its spiritual fruits. (I invite you to watch the episode of fasting with Maggie Khozam)
It is not possible to count the tithes if you spend them on an animal or a plant, because one of the basic principles of tithing is that the recipient should give the glory to the LORD.
As the LORD says in Malachi 3:10 “Bring ye all the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be meat in mine house”.
The LORD means here one of two things: either for your church, where the poor go, so by paying your tithes it will have what meets their needs.
Once they get their physical needs from the House of the LORD, the poor will give the glory to Him and ask to get spiritually fulfilled too, thus they will become Christian and gain salvation.
Or if you are in a country where there is no church, you can directly give the tithes to the person in need saying: “This is from the LORD Jesus for you.” In this case, you will become a church yourself, as you have fulfilled what is stated in the verse, and whoever comes to you finds food and content in the name of the LORD.
We do not believe in the salvation of the animals’ souls, thus feeding an animal will not save him from perdition and won’t give the glory to our LORD. Assigning your tithes to the beasts will not achieve the purpose and goal of tithing unless the animal needs an operation and you are helping its owner. In this case, you tell him that this help is from the LORD Jesus, so he will give the glory and the gratitude to the LORD God. (I invite you to watch the episode of the tithes with Maggie Khozam)
Yes, our tithes must be paid to the LORD, regardless of whether we are rich or poor. The poor person needs to pay his tithes more than the rich in order to be blessed financially. Dedicate to the LORD your few, and be faithful over few things, then you will see the LORD’s work and you’ll be ready to become faithful over many things. But in order to be blessed in your tithes, you must fulfill the two conditions:
first, you should give the tithes in the name of the LORD Jesus. Secondly, no one should know about them. Only then you will see God’s work in your life and His financial blessings.
My answer is in the Parable of the Wise Virgins and in a wonderful verse that says:
Matthew 24:42 “Watch therefore: for ye know not what hour your Lord doth come”.
How many ignorant delays his repentance because he thinks he still has time to enjoy, but death surprises him before he even repents? How many lukewarm person says: (I do not want to dedicate my life to serve the Gospel and preach because I have more important things to live for), but death comes before he achieves what he wants?
We do not know when the LORD will ask for our fruits, and from the fig tree we learn a parable. When the LORD comes to ask us: “where are your fruits? How did you glorify Me in your life? Are you ready to be judged?”
Will we be really ready to meet Him or will we be like those who hide in the mountains asking the rocks to “Fall on us and hide us from the face of the LORD”?
The answer, very briefly, is in Matthew 3:10: “And now also the axe is laid unto the root of the trees: therefore every tree which bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire.”
The trial is completely different from temptation. The temptation is from the devil, and it can be fatal, while the trial is from the LORD, it is more like a test of your love to God and it does not lead to perdition. For example, I know that my son loves me, but I may put him through tests to see how much he does, or so he would express his love to me. This is exactly what happened with Abraham, and it may happen with any believer. So when we love the LORD with all our heart, soul, and mind, we will pass the test and gain countless blessings, just like Abraham did. We have to remember an important thing, the trial does not lead to catastrophic consequences, thus God did not allow Abraham to slaughter his son Isaac. We have to trust in the LORD God and fear not the trial but rather trust that it produces patience, experience, spiritual growth, and blessings if we pass it successfully.
Life ends before we finish understanding the living and powerful word of the LORD stated in His Holy Bible. You have dozens of solutions, you can either retell the stories of the Holy Bible in greater depth, or you can narrate again the miracles and parables while having a discussion with your children, allowing them to give their opinion, or can ask them to tell you the stories themselves so you would be sure that they have learned the LORD’s words and that would be the first step to encourage them preach and evangelize. Furthermore, you can start with the Acts of the Apostles, the Epistles, and the stories from the Old Testament as well. Trust that, and thanks to you, they will not reach the next age stage without being well faith-based and ready to read the Holy Bible by themselves to experience the effect of the Word of LORD on their own.
Crossing oneself on the forehead, chest and shoulders (in the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit, one God. Amen) is a daily confession that I am still a Christian and proud of my faith. It has no spiritual effect, for the blessing of the LORD accompanies us in any way, with or without crossing ourselves. Crossing oneself is like kneeling down or covering the woman’s head or any physical act in which we express our Christianity and our faith in the movements of the body. Since we are alive in the flesh and we are not angels, we express through the body as well and not only in the spirit.
The gifts of the Holy Spirit are given according to the needs of the Church and for the salvation of the souls, but the problem is that some people who have these gifts get struck by the spirit of pride, and they think that they have preceded others and ascended to stages above humans. Then they justify things for themselves, while they refrain from carrying out the commandments because Satan has inflated them into thinking that they have become like the God or that they are the successors of Christ.
About such people, the LORD said:
Matthew 23:4 “For they bind heavy burdens and grievous to be borne, and lay them on men’s shoulders; but they themselves will not move them with one of their fingers.”
For example, they ask others to pay tithes, but they neither pay theirs nor do they help those in need. Or they close the doors of their churches to people, in the times of disaster; so they fall and the LORD will say to them: Luke 13:25 “and he shall answer and say unto you, I know you not whence ye are”
Still the question is: ‘How did they get the gifts?’
There are two types of these people, some of them the LORD God had gifted, but they inflated and fell.
And some are the followers of Satan disguised among us in the form of sheep, and they can perform miracles to deceive, if it were possible, the very elect.
There is a difference between falsehood and idleness, and between repetition and urgency. Falsehood is lying (i.e. incorrect speech),
and in the verse it means: (the useless words) so how would it be, if you repeat these words?
The result will be repetitive, useless words. For example, you find people holding rosaries and repeating, for hundreds of times, a word or two in a prayer; this is a meaningless repetition and a useless prayer, because the LORD tells us that He does not respond when we repeat the same words. While urgency, is to insist on my requests and prayers over and over again without repeating the same phrases.
For example, your child is sick so you prayed for him today, the next day you cried, and the day after you knelt worshiping while asking the LORD for the same thing every day without getting bored. This urgency is blessed and He will answer you, if it is not for you, then for your insistence and your daily prayers. So you should earnestly insist and fervently pray without parroting the same words that have no spiritual depth.
Yes, you can fast whenever and as much as you want, but it is important to be a real fasting and not just abstaining from food and drink. Fasting must be accompanied by a spiritual retreat without your phone, your work, and without carrying on with your everyday life. For fasting is a separation from the earth in order to connect with the heaven. To achieve its purpose, we must imitate our Redeemer, Who went to the wilderness (an evidence of the spiritual retreat) when He fasted, and He warned us not to appear unto people to be fasting. So you can fast whenever you want, as long as it is accompanied by spiritual seclusion (praying, hymning and reading the Holy Bible).
Christ came and paid the bill of debts, so He freed us from slavery. This means that, what was forbidden to us as slaves, the Son freed us from when we became sons, thus it is shameful to continue binding ourselves as slaves. The King’s son eats what and however he wants, and no one can judge him, while it is determined for the slave what and where he can eat.
Colossians 2:16 “Let no man therefore judge you in meat, or in drink,…”
There is no such thing as isthmus, it is an illusory Islamic term for the unseen things. There are many rivers in the world that meet with seas, and seas which meet with others without mixing, so we see two types of water at the convergence line. This is a natural phenomenon that the Persians and Greeks had studied long time ago; thousands of years before Muhammad. He did not bring anything new, as he is not the first of the prophets to say, “where did he get this knowledge and information from?”
He was the last to came to humanity, hence he copied its books, civilizations and religions and combined them with the Quran. Of course, Muhammad had neither collected nor had he done all that by himself, but rather the Catholic monks and the Persians who were with him. Science is not something new. Greek, and Pharaonic sciences were there at least five thousand years before Muhammad.
John was the greatest of the prophets because he came before Christ, he is the only prophet who was coeval with Him, and he even came to pave the way before Him. The least in the Kingdom is greater than John the Baptist, because the kingdom is for the martyrs and saints of Christ, and we know that John was martyred before the Resurrection of Christ and before the Holy Spirit indwelt in him. This makes us see our value to the LORD as His children who are greater than the greatest prophet. The least in the kingdom of heaven is greater than the greatest prophet who came before Christianity.
So the LORD would teach us, that His miracles do not have a specific type or one particular method; He deals with people in various ways. That also happened so we would believe that if He does not heal us at the same moment of prayer, that does not mean that He will not heal us at all, but rather, He may have chosen to heal us in stages.
You must pay your tithes from your income before deducting your expenses. God does not accept the surplus of our tithes, as if we are giving Him what was left. If it was not for the LORD’s favor and His provision of your monthly income, you would not have been able to pay the installments of the house.
Yes, the prophecies of the Old Testament about Christ were repeated and confirmed in the New Testament. The LORD is one and His words are firm and unchanging. Over the generations, we find that the LORD gives His prophets confirmation of all visions, generation after generation.
Changing the name is not essential, unless your name before your baptism contains blasphemy or brings the curses of another religion then we must change it to suit us as blessed children. As for changing the old name with a new one, it is a symbol of the new man in Christ who is begotten again in the Spirit. Personally, I prefer to pray that the LORD Himself gives us the new name, as He gave Simon the name Peter and Saul the name Paul.
The evil began with the fall of Satan, who existed before the existence of Adam and Eve. Knowing evil, is the disobedience and the following of the devious and the deceiver.
No, this is not normal. These are symptoms of a mental illness, for example bipolar disorder, or something like that. You must pray to the LORD to overcome your mood swings and the double-feelings. In some cases, it is okay to consult a doctor to diagnose the condition, as it may be a transient condition, or depression, or a mental illness.
Yes, we must, but in a simple way in order not to scare them. At the same time, we must tell them that with the LORD Jesus Christ we can defeat Satan.
1 Corinthians 15:57 “But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.”
The LORD has ordained good works on the earth and has prepared the earth with good choices, but this does not mean that He has prepared for us a specific choice which we are condemned to walk. I gave an example in the episode “Fate and Destiny” about the idea of the “maze” which the LORD God sees from above as He is the maker and the designer of its ways, entrances and exits. He prepared the righteous paths, and gave the mankind the freedom to choose, so whoever follows Him will follow the righteous paths which He has prepared in advance.
The Virgin is the mother of the LORD Jesus and the mother of Christians as well. Just as the disciples are our fathers regarding the teaching, she is also our mother regarding the good example. But if you mean that she is our mother, as we are the children of LORD God and the brothers of Christ, and that she is our mother as she is the mother of Christ, this is, of course, a misconception.
(Allah) is a term used to refer to the god of Islam and Quraysh only, and has nothing to do with the God the Creator of all human beings. Before Islam, God did not introduce Himself to humanity by the name (Allah) at all, but rather the Creator identified himself in the name of “JEHOVAH”; Who is the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. To avoid using the name “JEHOVAH” in a wrong way in everyday life, we say (God) or (the LORD God) or (the LORD). As for Christ, He is only the Son, neither the Father nor the Holy Spirit so we say about Him (the Son of God) or (the LORD) or (the LORD God), but we never say He is “JEHOVAH”. We definitely do not use the term (Allah), even if it was written in the Arabic translation of the Holy Bible. For, unfortunately, the churches allowed a Muslim sheikh to participate in the editing, so he inserted Islamic terms in the Holy Bible, and used the name “Allah”. The church accepted and considered it to be an Arabic equivalent for “JEHOVAH”. But in fact, the churches had forcibly accepted the name and the entries in order not to cause the death of millions of Christians by the followers of the Islamic religion, who believe in verses that allow them to kill everyone who does not worship their God.
The Flood of Light did not bring anyone to faith, as we have never seen or heard about Muslims who were baptized in the name of Christ because of it, and we have never seen sick and paralyzed people who were healed because of the ‘so-called’ Flood of Light. Rather all what it does, is to attract tourists to Israel, nothing more. By the way, the Church of the Holy Sepulcher has suspended the work of salvation; that is, prohibiting the baptism of non-Christians, Muslims, Jews and others. Add to that, the keys of the Church of the Holy Sepulcher, from which this light overflows, are handed over to a Muslim, who received them from his family and hands them over to his children. This is a sign from the Muslims of the Holy Land that Christians are like minors who need a guardian for their churches. Nowadays, this Muslim, called Adeeb Joudeh, is the one who opens the doors to the Patriarch, and seals the tomb, which they say is the tomb of Christ.
Do you want me to believe in the Flood of Light while the keys and seals of the church are in the hand of someone who does not worship our God, the Father of our LORD Jesus Christ; a man who does not believe in our God, in the crucifixion, nor in the resurrection?! Where is the effect of this light on the souls and spirits?
The Holy Bible teaches us that only the LORD God knows the secrets of the hearts. That’s why, for example, it is mentioned in the Holy Bible how the Virgin Mary kept all matters in her heart. Therefore, you find that the means of communication in our world, such as Facebook for example, asking you: “What do you think?” Our thoughts are unknown to the enemy unless we share them publicly or say them out loud. Satan’s constant attempts to know our thoughts and fears in order to fight us with them, persist. He could remind you of your past or tempt you with an idea, but he can’t control you if you don’t hand him the reins of your life. Let us make sure to keep our fears, ambitions, and weaknesses within us, and try not to say them out loud, so Satan can’t use them to fight us.
That is why the Holy Bible says: (Your Father knows everything you need before you ask.) For He alone is our helper, our keeper and the one who helps us make our ways prosperous, even if we do not speak.
Nightmares and disturbing dreams are the unloading that our subconscious do during the bedtime, when our fears, weaknesses and disturbances manifest themselves in our dreams, which might take unexpected forms.
For example, if your conscience reprimands you for a plastic surgery that you decided to do and you are afraid of the LORD’s anger, or of the fail, then your hidden fears may appear in a dream at night with the image of your mother killing your father. Your fears that your femininity is making you doing something that might kill your strong and manly faith, were manifested in that dream. In fact, your nightmare is a psychological struggle that you lived for minutes in the day and appeared to you in the form of a nightmare at night.
Sometimes nightmares are spiritual; a message that you should listen to, or a spiritual war from the enemy of good that you must overcome. Either way and regardless of the interpretation of the nightmare, you must do several things:
1- Look in your house for anything that could have provoked the LORD to anger (a spell, an idol, a picture you kneel in front of, an incantation, sorcery, any practices that may anger the LORD and allow some kind of Satanic domination). Throw it in the trash and get rid of it without any fear.
2- If your sins are still weighing your heart, then without delay kneel down, confess, and repent with tears asking for forgiveness.
3- Before going to bed, avoid thinking about the future, tomorrow, fears, and anything negative.
4-Pray and read the Bible, for if you pray “our Father who art in heaven” slowly and carefully, it will be capable of bringing the peace to your heart.
5- If a nightmare awakes you up or if you feel a spiritual war, put your hand on your head and rebuke Satan 3 time saying: (I rebuke you in the name of the LORD Jesus Christ) and trust that the name of Jesus Christ is enough to expel Satan and give you peace.
The title “Evangelist” has incomparable honor and faith, as the apostles and disciples were called the Evangelists (John the Evangelist, Luke the Evangelist, Mark the Evangelist…etc.),so blessed are we if they call us evangelists. Also, the title “Jehovah’s Witnesses” is an honor, I wish we could all be Jehovah’s Witnesses (the greatest name of the LORD God) as He says in:
Psalms 83:18 “That men may know that thou, whose name alone is JEHOVAH, art the most high over all the earth.”
Isaiah 43:10 “Ye are my witnesses, saith the LORD, and my servant whom I have chosen: that ye may know and believe me, and understand that I am he: before me there was no God formed, neither shall there be after me.”
But the problem is that the Protestants called themselves Evangelists, and there is another sect that broke away from Christianity and its followers call themselves Jehovah’s Witnesses. But this will not make us hate the names per se, as Satan’s mission throughout the ages is to take every divine title and make it his in order to distort it; so we find other religions, who worship another god, are taking our God’s names to give them to theirs. Does this mean that we should hate the names?
We find that the gays use the rainbow as their emblem, should we hate the rainbow, which was the sign that the LORD God gave to mankind after the flood?
Here we must correct the ignorant who can not distinguish the children of God from the children of darkness, those who condemn us without knowing us, and all those who hate the Holy Bible, especially the so-called Christians.
We have to correct their information and teach them that calling us with the terms “Evangelist” and “Jehovah’s Witnesses” is making us happy, knowing that we are Christians only who belong to Christ alone and do not belong to any sect whatsoever.
Before the crucifixion and the resurrection, the LORD Jesus was a fully human according to the flesh. He grew up among the people, ate, drank and prayed with them, so everyone believed that He was a prophet because, from the beginning of humanity till Christ, there was no greater rank on earth than a “prophet”. After the resurrection He announced to them, by His appearing and resurrection, that He is a God. Since then the disciples and the apostles did not once write down the word “prophet” about Him, but rather you find in the “Acts of the Apostles”, the “Epistles” and the “Revelation of John” that they are, in inarguable way, worshiping Christ as a LORD, for example in :
2 Peter 1:1 “Simon Peter, a servant and an apostle of Jesus Christ”
Jude 1:1 “Jude, the servant of Jesus Christ, and brother of James, to them that are sanctified by God the Father, and preserved in Jesus Christ”
When we pray and kneel, then we are in the spirit worshiping and kneeling, and not only in the body. You can pray whenever and wherever you want (except for the bathroom) because our praying area is a sacred place. You can pray standing up, kneeling down, or even lying down to sleep (except during the sexual intercourse between spouses, because psychopaths do that, so God punishes them, of course, for disdaining Him). The best position for praying is kneeling down, then comes the standing position. But in all cases, the accepted prayer is the one in which we present our hearts to the LORD, regardless of the sitting position. Knowing that, I prefer kneeling at the time of confession or during the spiritual seclusion, because the LORD Jesus Christ has taught us to pray kneeling down before the LORD.
Luke 22:41 “And he was withdrawn from them about a stone’s cast, and kneeled down, and prayed”
We also read in (Acts 7:60 – Acts 9:40 – Acts 20:36) how the disciples had followed their ideal, the LORD Jesus, and prayed kneeling down on their knees.
Yes, as the LORD says, “with gratitude, the blessings last”. Our prayer with our family calls upon the LORD to be the LORD of this house and the LORD of this table and to bless it. The household that says a grace and thanks before eating does not know the need. The grace is done with a short prayer, could be a minute, to thank the LORD for the food and for the family gathering.
For Example: “In the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit, the one God, Amen. We thank you, O LORD, for our food and our drink, for meeting our needs, and for our gathering today and every day in your name. We thank you for the good things that You have given us, and for satiating us too, make us able to satiate the needy as we’ve been. We declare You every day the LORD of this house and the Master of our lives. Amen”
If the one who did that is your brother in Christ, you should ask him before the LORD. If he does not respond, you should demand your right in front the church that gathers you both. If he does not respond, then it is up to you whether you want to forgive him or get your right by the law.
(Note: not every Christian is your brother in Christ, as many of them are Christians by name only, so you deal with them in the same way you deal with the non-Christians) so in this case, you get your right by law.
Declare the protection of Jesus’ blood on this room and the entire house. Fear not, because the curses of prayers and prostration to another god will not affect you because you are covered in the blood of the LORD. It would be better if you choose the appropriate time and situation to preach your family about Christ so that they would be saved and stop worshiping the anti-God. If they listen to you, you will win their souls and sanctify the house, and if they do not listen, but at the same time they do not interfere with your faith, then stay and pray for them. In case they bothered you regarding your faith, you’d better live away from them.
Let her watch the episode “Homosexuality with Maggie Khozam”. Try to explain to her that these tendencies are delusional and unreal satanic domination. Prove to her with science, by asking her to do sex and hormone related medical tests, and all that is required to prove to her that she is a complete female and that her inclinations are not because God has created her that way (as homosexual promoters claim) but rather God has created her like all other human beings who have straight inclination.
Try to understand the reason for what is happening with her, she might have been raped and that’s why she hates men, or she might be watching gay porn videos which encourage her to be one,…etc.
Find the cause and help her as much as you can. Do not leave your daughter to her whims because Satan will devour her, as most of the homosexuals are psychologically and spiritually destroyed, and some were led by Satan to commit suicide after they had lost all pleasure, hope and peace.
Yes, we understand it literally, but the verse is about your brother in faith and not about everyone you call him a “fool”.
The word “fool” and “fools” are mentioned in the Holy Bible 25 times, but about the peoples who left the worship of the LORD God. From this we understand the difference between the way I deal with my brother in Christ and the way I deal with others. It is prohibited to despise your brother who is a believer because he is a member of the Christ’s body, so when you call him a “fool”, you are despising him as well as the Spirit of knowledge and wisdom which has been given to him by the Holy Spirit.
By calling your brother a fool you will be offending him because it comes from his brother in the LORD, so we understand why it requires judgment and hell.
The word “shall be in danger” means “what you deserve” and does not mean what will happen to you. The sin of calling your brother a fool is just like other sins we commit, intentionally or unintentionally, so it must be repented and not repeated. Only then you will not be condemned because you have repented and been purified by the blood of Christ.
On Saturday night. He was arrested on Tuesday, our current time, and the crucifixion took place on Wednesday. Wednesday night was the first night in the tomb, the second was on the day and night of Thursday, then come the day and night of Friday, and the last was on the day of Saturday. By this, the LORD Jesus would have spent three days and three nights in the tomb, exactly as He had foretold His disciples
Matthew 12:40 “For as Jonas was three days and three nights in the whale’s belly; so shall the Son of man be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth.”
The Holy Bible does not mention the hour of resurrection precisely, but the verses inform us that the women went at the beginning of the week in the early morning; the beginning of the week is Sunday. As for the word “early morning” and according to the Jewish day which begins at six in the evening after sunset, we understand that “early morning” is about 3:00 – 4:00 in the morning.
Luke 24 “1- Now upon the first day of the week, very early in the morning, they came unto the sepulchre, bringing the spices which they had prepared, and certain others with them.
2- And they found the stone rolled away from the sepulchre.
3- And they entered in, and found not the body of the Lord Jesus.”
This indicates that the LORD has risen by the end of Saturday and before the dawn of Sunday.
Yes, you can read the Holy Bible, pray and go to church, during your period. As a Christian, you are always pure before the LORD, He dwells in you through the Holy Spirit and cleanses you from within.
The LORD Jesus Christ says in:
Matthew 23:26 “cleanse first that which is within the cup and platter, that the outside of them may be clean also.”
He who has purified us from within by His Holy Spirit, has also purified us from the outside, thus we became sanctified and pure.
Childbirth is one of the ways of salvation for the woman. From the mercy of the LORD God upon her is to appoint unto her a wreath of salvation, just like the preachers and the apostles, through her children. Because it is difficult for the woman to travel and bear the dangers of evangelizing and preaching like the apostles and the disciples, with all what that might put her through from whipping, imprisonment, stoning, and fatigue. Not only by giving birth, let’s read the verse carefully “Notwithstanding she shall be saved in childbearing, ((if they continue in faith and charity and holiness with sobriety”)) This is “if” conditional, meaning that she will be saved if she makes her children steadfast saints in the faith, thus she will win the souls of her children just like the missionaries. But this does not mean that there is no salvation for her except through childbirth, but rather giving birth and raising the children are one of the ways of the woman’s salvation, as she can also serve the church and the saints and preach in order to win souls for the Kingdom, then she will be saved and will win the wreath of the Kingdom.
Yes, you can, but in two conditions: first, do not tell them it is from you; so keep it in secret. The second condition is to tell them that this donation or offering is from the LORD Jesus Christ to them. If they accept it, then you have planted a seed in their land, and if they reject it, then take it back and shake the dust off your feet, as the Holy Bible says, for they are not worthy of your offering.
The tithes, as the LORD God commanded, must be for the House of the LORD, that is, for the church to which you belong. So whoever knocks on its door will find food, glorify the LORD, grow in faith if he is a Christian, and come to Christ to be spiritually nourished, as well as he was physically nourished from His house.
But if you are in a country where there are no churches, then your house will be your church and the house of the LORD which gives whoever asks, but the priority is for your brothers in the LORD.
If there are no Christians, then give in the name of the LORD Jesus to the needy in general. You can also simply tell whether the LORD has accepted your tithes or not, if He blessed you in the following month, then He has accepted your tithes, and it is a sign for you to continue helping this family from them. If you were not blessed, then it is a sign from the LORD God that you should not give your tithes to those people again.
Satan cannot move material things because the LORD told us in the Epistle of Paul the Apostle to the Ephesians 6:12 “For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.”
The enemy of good can send you thoughts, such as remembering the past, fighting you with your dreams, or stirring up your obsessions and fears, but he cannot read your thoughts and he has no knowledge of what is in your heart unless you say it out loud. That’s why, we thank the LORD God aloud, and we pray both in our heart and out loud, but we do not say our fears and the things that bother us, so that Satan does not always use them to provoke us.
We will not be held accountable for our requests, but for our actions. Yet we have to be careful to what we ask for, because we often ask for what is not in our best interest without really understanding that; like a girl praying and asking for a certain guy for years, but once she marries him, she cries regretting every moment she spent praying to be with him.
We will be held accountable for what we may do to prolong our lives, such as taking drugs or consulting sorcerers or even using scientific methods. Perhaps science will soon find a way to prolong the life, should we use it?
Of course not, as the matters of birth and death are in the hands of the Creator, thus any interference in it is considered an intervention in the work of God, and for that we will be held accountable.
While talking to the woman of Samaria, the LORD says in
John 4:24: “God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth”
The LORD allowed us to know some things about Him through the signs He gave us, but this does not mean that He allowed us to know everything about Him. If it were easy to 100% understand what God is, He would not be God. After the resurrection, the LORD Jesus took a spiritual body, as we will also take spiritual bodies after the resurrection. Then we will see Him, as the Apostle Paul says in
1 Corinthians 13:12 “For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known.”
It seems clearly to the reader of the Epistles of Paul, that Paul’s thorn was a disease in his body. From my personal point of view, I see that it was a disease in his eyes that lead them to fester, which made him ashamed of this disease in front of people. We find him alluding to this in:
Epistle to the Galatians 4:14: “And my temptation which was in my flesh ye despised not, nor rejected; but received me as an angel of God, even as Christ Jesus.”
Here we clearly find that the thorn of the Apostle Paul was in his body, and people could see it, i.e., it was an external disease.
When he said: “You did not despise it, nor did you hate it”, this indicates that the disease might have been disgusting, or, at best, embarrassing to the Apostle Paul, and as if he was thanking them for not being affected by his thorn and for accepting him as if he were Christ among them.
We also find a mention of Paul’s handkerchiefs, which is also an additional evidence that made me believe that the thorn was in his eyes
Acts 19:12 “So that from his body were brought unto the sick handkerchiefs or aprons, and the diseases departed from them” Perhaps the appearing of the LORD to him, the blindness that afflicted him and the scales that were on his eyes later left him this thorn. Of course, my answer remains the closest to the truth, but it is not the complete truth. If the LORD God wanted us to know what Paul’s thorn was, He would have allowed it to be mentioned in details.
As for the second part of the question, which is why did the LORD God allow a thorn in the body of a saint like Paul?
The Apostle Paul himself gave the reason, saying in
2 Corinthians 12:7 “And lest I should be exalted above measure through the abundance of the revelations, there was given to me a thorn in the flesh, the messenger of Satan to buffet me, lest I should be exalted above measure.”
The LORD God may allow trials of this kind to His saints if they have attained miracles and cures to a very high level; as Paul healed and raised the dead just as Christ did, which led the nations, that he was visiting, to prostrate and offer sacrifices to him. In order not to be exalted above measure from being very proud and fall into the trap of Satan, God allowed him to be given a thorn so that he would not consider himself a god.
“He that hath not”, doesn’t mean that he doesn’t have anything.
For example, there is a person who has not served God or mankind, has not fed the poor, has not done any good and has nothing good to stand before the LORD. This is what is meant by “he that hath not”, for the things which he already has such as his health, voice, strength and look, will all be taken from him too. That is, he will lose the gifts given to him like all people, because he did not use them in a way as to have something to stand before the throne of God on the Day of Judgment.
There are chosen ones, and there are prepared names as there is also a certain order, that Christ will have followers and from them will come out prophets and saints. The LORD God prepared all this beforehand, but it is up to you to choose, whether you are from them or not, just like those who were sealed in the Book of Revelation. The LORD God has prepared in advance the number of those who will be sealed by the Holy Spirit, and they are 144,000, but he did not specify their names, so you determine, by your faith and deeds, whether you are among them or not.
As for Mary, the Mother of the LORD, there is no evidence to prove that she had ascended to heaven, neither in the Holy Bible nor in the manuscripts. If she did, then Saint John, known as the Beloved, (who cared for her, when Christ entrusted him at the cross, and took her to be of his own) would have written to us in his Epistles, in the Gospel according to John, or even in the Revelation, about a miracle that will not be repeated.
Here we understand that the attempt to deify Mary has no evidence, and was rather introduced by Rome when the Roman Empire embraced Christianity, along with other several pagan ideas and rituals that were introduced to Christianity to keep the pagan mother goddess present in Christian thought.
As for Elijah, whoever reads the “Second Book of Kings” discovers that Elijah’s robe fell off the moment he ascended, which indicates that he did not ascend in the body, but rather his body disappeared at the sight of his assistant Elisha, who picked up his robe. Here we understand the word of the LORD in
John 3:13 “And no man hath ascended up to heaven, but he that came down from heaven, even the Son of man which is in heaven”
Therefore, no one ascended in the body to heaven except the Son of Man, that is, the LORD Jesus Christ, because His body alone is glorified.
Since the LORD God has told us in:
Revelation of John 12:10 “And I heard a loud voice saying in heaven, Now is come salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of his Christ: for the accuser of our brethren is cast down, which accused them before our God day and night.”
We know that Satan is no longer able to go up to the LORD’s presence to complain about us.
Only the Catholic Church is responsible for the “selling indulgences” scandal, not all the churches. This is forbidden as it goes against the Holy Bible, where the LORD says in:
Matthew 10:8 “Heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, cast out devils: freely ye have received, freely give.”
Just as Rome introduced idols, Roman gods, and pagan rituals to the Christian faith, it also committed many evils that make Satan taunt us and the whole Church of the LORD because of them. We are not required to defend the Catholic Church and patch its sins, as they have thousands of priests and nuns who receive monthly salaries in order to patch the flaws of the Popes and the Catholic Church (Watch the episode of “What is the Catholic Church” with Maggie Khozam).
As for whether the priest has the right to forgive sins, the answer is no; no one can forgive sins except the LORD God alone. The priest is just an assistant in praying, as the sinner sometimes cannot pray because of his many sins, so he needs someone to pray, intercede and ask for forgiveness for him. This is the service of the priest or the man of faith, no more or less.
We have to do several things automatically on a daily basis, so they would become part of our nature:
1- Training the senses on holiness.
2- Immediate self-reproach.
3- Repent with tears.
4- Admitting that we are weak and stupid without the LORD, no matter how much we develop and progress.
5- Not to condemn people, but rather treat them with compassion in order to help them for their salvation.
If we don not detach our five senses from the earth, they will not be able to pick up the LORD’s signs.
Your ears should hear the voice of the LORD, your eyes should see the LORD in everything, you should have the savour of Christ in you, you should resemble Christ in giving, love, sacrifice, and in carrying out the commandments, and your tongue should speak about the LORD’s words and love. The spouse(maiden) in the “Song of Songs” will guide you(watch the episode of the “Song of Songs” with Maggie Khozam, as it will guide you on the eight stages of the soul and how it grows).
Water is the foundation of earth’s creation. We see in the Book of Genesis that the earth was all waters, then the sky divided between: the waters which were under the sky and the waters which were above the sky, later on the land and people appeared.
About the relation between the spirit and water, God has had it in biology to guide us into understanding it. Notice the plants, there is no plant unless it was a seed first, and in order for this seed to grow, it needs two things: to be buried in good soil and to be watered; if it is not watered, it will not grow and it will die.
Just like a human being, the LORD God had given him a means to grow in the best way that pleases the LORD God, that is when he is buried with Christ in baptism and watered, then the work of the Holy Spirit and the growth will begin.
The “adulterer”, is the one who continues to provoke the LORD God to anger with the abominations.
While the “effeminate”, is used to describe men who imitate women’s look.
The LORD warns us here about guaranteeing the debts of others because people can not be entrusted. Either you give without expecting anything in return nor waiting to get back the debt, or you do not give at all; according to whether the person asking for help is your brother in Christ or not. If you give, lend, or guarantee your brother in Christ, i.e. the believer who belongs to your spiritual church, do not demand the debt back from him, but rather consider it as a cup of water you gave to one of the LORD’s servants; your reward will not be lost.
But if he was not a Christian, or if he was a Christian who is not a believer, do not guarantee him, because he will defraud you and will make you run after him to get the debt back. If you do not demand the debt from him or if you take things lightly, he will not pay anything and you will lose in all cases. The Christian believer avoids keeping his interest attached to long-term material matters, such as guarantees, lest they take a place in his mind. The believer either gives or not, according to what the LORD God puts upon his heart.
Healing is obtained by faith
Matthew 17:20 “If ye have faith as a grain of mustard seed, ye shall say unto this mountain, Remove hence to yonder place; and it shall remove; and nothing shall be impossible unto you.”
For example, Buddhists, Islam and Shiites all have healings, and even pagans and Satanists have miracles and healings too, but the most important question is: (Are these miracles accompanied by salvation for the tired souls?)
The people believed that an angel descended, stirred the water and healed those who were thrown into the pool, but this is not proven, neither scientifically nor historically. This was the belief of the people, if it was true, we would not have found a single patient in Israel and mentioning this pool would not have disappeared; perhaps it would have been one of the most important attraction of medical tourism. The wisdom of this verse is that, there are patients who are waiting for tangible miracles from a source they have inherited from their families, and in many cases this waiting is pointless and even makes them miss the opportunity of true healing.
We find in the chapter the story of a man who has been paralyzed for 38 years, and who had the honor of meeting face to face the Doctor, the LORD Jesus, but instead of asking Him for healing, he asked to be thrown into a pool which might heal or destroy him.
Unfortunately, many Christians hold on to empty beliefs and intercessions which did not save their parents and do not guarantee their recovery. How many times did the LORD stand knocking on the door of their hearts, wishing to heal them, while they were preoccupied with their inherited customs, traditions and beliefs.
The issue is not about the source of the miracle, whether it is it from God or from Satan (about whom the Holy Bible says that he is able to make fire come down from heaven and can also transform into an angel of light). Rather the issue is: (Does this miracle offer salvation and eternal life to the person? Or does it take him to worship stones, angels and saints?
Did this miracle revive this person spiritually as it healed him physically, or is it like the miracles of the pagans that may heal physically, while the people remain spiritually dead?)
We can tell the source of the miracle from its result, as the miracles of the LORD Jesus were for the healing of the body and the salvation of the soul, through the forgiveness of sins and following of the LORD till the end.
Girding is an old garment for men consisting of a long robe with a wide belt on the waist and a mantle above it.
The LORD says to Peter in this verse that: in his youth, he had the strength to tighten the belt on his waist and go wherever he wanted, but his death would be during his old age and then someone will tighten and carry him to where he does not want to go, i.e. to the cross. In this verse the LORD Jesus was signifying to the death by which Peter the Apostle was supposed to be glorified and glorify the LORD God; that was truly what happened.
Satan sees himself as a god and this is the reason of his fall. Even though he is aware of his end, i.e. destruction, (as we find in Matthew 8:29 that the devil in the two possessed men cried out saying: “What have we to do with thee, Jesus, thou Son of God? art thou come hither to torment us before the time?”)
Satan knows that his end is torment and the victory will be for Jesus Christ, yet he is trying to mislead and destroy as many souls as possible, thinking that he is gathering his armies for the last war, in a hope that he will be able to win and sit in God’s place; that whom the LORD will consume with the spirit of his mouth
2 Thessalonians 2:8: “And then shall that Wicked be revealed, whom the Lord shall consume with the spirit of his mouth, and shall destroy with the brightness of his coming”
There is a difference between the demonic domination and the dependence on Satan. As the demonic domination occurs for many reasons, for example the use of divination and fortune-telling, sins, inherited curses, etc., while the dependence on Satan occurs when a person voluntarily chooses to anger the LORD God by following another religion, or prostrating in a building devoted to the worship of another god, or practicing the rituals of another religion. There is huge difference between both of them, so whoever suffers from the domination of unclean spirits, there is a possibility that the LORD will heal him as He healed all those, mentioned in the Holy Bible, who were possessed with the devil. In the same way, whoever was born into a family with inherited curses or domination, due to certain practices or following another religion, it is possible that he will find the way of the LORD and obtain salvation.
As for the one who was a son and has enjoyed the indwelling of the Holy Spirit in him but apostatized and provoked the LORD God to anger (by following another belief or renouncing the worship of the Lord God), then there is neither repentance nor renewal for him.
Hebrews chapter 6:”4- For it is impossible for those who were once enlightened, and have tasted of the heavenly gift, and were made partakers of the Holy Ghost,
5- And have tasted the good word of God, and the powers of the world to come,
6- If they shall fall away, to renew them again unto repentance”
When they asked the LORD about the place of desolation at the end of the world, He said to them: “Wheresoever the body is, thither will the eagles be gathered together.” He also said about desolation 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)”
When you see the abomination of desolation standing in the Holy City, the beloved city of Jerusalem (as the abomination of desolation is when they will burn offerings for the anti-God in the temple of the LORD, after they all unite under one religion to worship one god) then the wicked will be revealed. There, we will see the mighty of the world gathered to trample down the beloved city: Revelation 20:9 “And they went up on the breadth of the earth, and compassed the camp of the saints about, and the beloved city: and fire came down from God out of heaven, and devoured them.”
Here we understand that the coming of the LORD is near; within hours, days, perhaps months, we do not know exactly, but it is near.
Tattooing in general is not recommended, but it is not forbidden unless it is a tattoo of religious symbols that anger the LORD God, such as: satanic symbols and the symbols of the pharaohs and ancient gods, which unfortunately are widespread symbols in our current world.
The LORD says in Leviticus 19:28 “Ye shall not make any cuttings in your flesh for the dead, nor print any marks upon you”
But if someone wants to tattoo a cross, he may do so, provided that it is in a visible spot, such as the chest or arm.
As for the back, foot, leg, or sensitive areas, this would be an insult to the cross because the person who gets the tattoo is no longer doing it as a kind of reverence for the symbol of the cross, but he rather insults and uses it for entertainment. Tattooing is also allowed in some cosmetic cases; when a person has a scar or a deformity, he can choose beautiful designs (non religious) to cover this deformity, (such as: a butterfly, a rose…etc.)
No, it is not a bribery unless they ask you to provide an illegal service or if you violate the laws of your job, then it is called a bribery. In 99% of cases, giving a tip in government jobs is way to ask for a special service, because you do not work within the scope of public services so you do not provide personal ones (such as restaurants, delivery) in order to be rewarded. It is better to refuse it because you may embarrass yourself and get yourself in trouble later.
Notice that, in many developed countries, it is strictly forbidden for employees to accept any kind of gifts and tips because it will lead to a special relationship developing with the customer, and thus giving him some privileges in return for his gift. The Holy Bible recommends in
Proverbs 17:8 ” A gift is as a precious stone in the eyes of him that hath it: whithersoever it turneth, it prospereth.”
Therefore, it is better to abide by your work laws. If, by them, the gifts are allowed, accept the gifts, but if the laws prohibit gifts, then you should refuse. Those gifts are not completely free as you think, as the person has bought your loyalty to him with them.
I could understand your complain if we, as human beings, were predestined, i.e.,we die where we were born with an unjust plan prepared beforehand only for some and not for others. But we are absolutely free, have the keys of blessings in order to use them (Watch the episode of the keys of blessings) and have the secret to happiness, which is the name of Jesus Christ,
John 16:24 “Hitherto have ye asked nothing in my name: ask, and ye shall receive, that your joy may be full.”
Now your grumbling is only because of your inability to properly approach the LORD God. If you were born in France, Spain, or even America, that doesn’t mean you’ll be happy, where the highest rates of suicide can be found for example. But when you pray, believe and wait for the LORD to be glorified in your life, then you will understand how He is the Father of the orphan, and how He glorifies him more than his earthly father; how He gives honor and wealth to the poor, more than what his own family can bequeath to him. Believe and you will see.
I do not answer you with ideals, but from personal experience, as I am a Syrian from a poor family, and most likely my life was more miserable than yours, you can see to where the LORD God has raised me and how He has compensated me.
When you thank, you will be given more, and in this case you should consider what is more appropriate and do it. The LORD did not thank when He saw a possessed person, He did not thank when He saw a paralyzed or leper, and He did not ask anyone to thank for diseases and calamities, but rather He cured them first and then thanked.
Also in the Old Testament, the sacrifices of praise were not offered in order to atone for sins or disasters or for peace offerings, but rather we see in the “Book of Leviticus”, that there is a sacrifice of praise, one for peace offerings, and another for sins. If we are thankful for misfortunes, we are either hypocrites, cynics, or blasphemers; as many do that without knowing it, as they thank God for the temptations, which are from Satan, thinking that they are from God, instead of kneeling, praying and returning to the LORD to stop these temptations and the plagues.
The “Nethinims” was a name given to an order of servants, founded by King David. The “Nethinims” is a rank slightly higher than the slaves, and their task was to serve the priests in the temple; as they cook, wash, chop wood and other things.
No, it is a different matter. When they say (he guides and leaves straying as he pleases), this means he has predestined people according to his own will, some to the guidance and some to the error, and this is an implicit description of God as being unjust, God forbid.
As for the verse in the Holy Bible, the LORD Jesus explains the reciprocal relationship between God and human beings through a single mediator, only the LORD Jesus Christ. Where he likened the relationship with the LORD God and winning the kingdom as an invitation to a wedding, the God the Father is the host, humans are the guests, and the bridegroom is the Son, i.e. Christ. No one can get this invitation without the host’s permission (the one who sends the invitation), and at the same time, you, as a human being, have the choice to accept or reject this invitation.
In this verse “No man can come to me, except the Father which hath sent me draw him” I only dealt with half of the meaning, which is that the Father is the One who invites, and no one can come without his permission (i.e., there are those who are not allowed to come, and here He talks about Satan and his soldiers).
Let’s read these two verses together to complete the whole meaning
Matthew 10:40 “he that receiveth me receiveth him that sent me.”
Also, you find in (Matthew 22) a parable of the wedding that the Lord prepared and invited the guests to it, but when they were not worthy, he invited whomever he found in the streets and held the wedding in the presence of those who accepted the invitation and attended wearing the wedding garment.
Psalms are like writing hymns or poems that are suitable for singing. “Selah” is a word used for musical pieces, as it is used for musical pauses. The word “Selah” means that here a piece of music ends and another melody begins.
The tendency to isolate has two types, a pathological tendency that is the result of a reaction to a reality, a problem, or the beginning of depression, and this is dangerous and must be treated before it worsens; whether by treating the cause, or to get busy with a work… etc. (I invite you to watch the episode of depression). The other type is the tendency to isolate and suffice with the LORD, which indicates spiritual growth, as the growth in the spirit results in the fulfillment of the body’s inclinations and a change in interests; including the need for a social life. The believer feels that the LORD fills all his psychological and physical needs, and this explains the believers’ tendency to seclusion and spiritual retreats, up to the desire to become monks. While you find a person who would almost die of boredom if he were imprisoned alone for one day, you find the same one, if he believes, ready to spend his whole life with the LORD without feeling the need for anyone.
The LORD says in
Revelation 18:4 “And I heard another voice from heaven, saying, Come out of her, my people, that ye be not partakers of her sins, and that ye receive not of her plagues.”
It is better for us to leave the places where we find that the plagues of God began, whether for chastisement or for destruction, lest we suffer from it; despite my belief that the LORD will deliver his children if they were in the furnace of fire, as we find His promises in
Psalm 91:7 “A thousand shall fall at thy side, and ten thousand at thy right hand; but it shall not come nigh thee.”
So far, Syria has not been completely destroyed for the sake of the remnants who remain to the LORD God in there. But to save it with their prayers and intercession after the order has been delivered, this is difficult, because the abolition of the LORD God’s decree, as happened in Nineveh, requires the repentance of the entire people and their return to the LORD God through Christ Jesus, and not by strange worship of another god and other religions, as the case is in Syria.
In this case, the believer saves himself only by his prayer, and he cannot save anyone; as the LORD says in (Ezekiel 14:14) that if He ordered famine, pestilence, war or death on a land, even if Noah, Daniel and Job lived in it, they would not be able to save, not even a son or a daughter, as they would deliver only themselves by their righteousness.
In a simple way, you can tell her that we are Christians, that is, we only follow Christ, and we cannot celebrate Halloween, because it is a feast of Satan, in which they wear scary and disgusting costumes; we can not dress up like the Satanists. But we can also decorate with orange colors and wear beautiful costumes because in this month we celebrate Thanksgiving and harvest feast, so we celebrate with the family and pray to thank the LORD for his grace. Allow her to dress up beautifully (for example, a butterfly, a rose, a princess) and teach her to tell her friends that she is a faithful Christian who can only dress as befits the daughter of the LORD. In this way, she will learn to live in the world and enjoy better than them without being like them.
As Christians, we believe that baptism is a condition for salvation, as the LORD Jesus said in Mark 16:16 “He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved”
When the child is too young to make a decision, then the responsibility rests with the parents. They decide for him his baptism, his faith and his Communion, just as they decide about his education, vaccinations and the most appropriate medical care for him. These all are important matters for the child and should not be left for the future. But in case the child is not baptized, this means that the parents have a faith problem; either they are not Christians or Christians in name only, or they are neglectful of the spiritual matters. Therefore, neither the child nor his parents, in some cases, can receive the Communion because of their unworthiness and their inability of discerning the LORD’s blood and body, which may bring upon them sickness and problems.
1 Corinthians 11 “29- For he that eateth and drinketh unworthily, eateth and drinketh damnation to himself, not discerning the Lord’s body.
30- For this cause many are weak and sickly among you, and many sleep.”
We, as finite human beings, try to understand the unlimited
LORD God with our limited language, and for this reason I gave an example of how all the fullness of the Godhead dwells in Christ without the Godhead leaving the Heavens, and how Christ is both man and God together, so I have compared God to the ocean (knowing that nothing can be compared to God, but
to make things more easily understood) and compared the body of Jesus to the glass, which was filled with the ocean water, yet the ocean has not become less. At the same time, the water in the glass took the exact same characteristics as the ocean, and the glass was completely filled with all the properties of the ocean. This example deepens the understanding of the verse and does not contradict it, as all the fullness of the Godhead dwells in Jesus Christ, and this means that Christ is a complete God, but this does not mean that God is confined to the body of Christ and does not exist in the world, for He is God who fills all.
Wrong. The Holy Bible is written very carefully and in a wonderful sequence of events, but the Holy Bible’s non-Christian enemies are trying to find things to make us doubt it.
In fact, Saul was troubled by an evil spirit and he became like a madman with strange behavior. And also, naturally, a king like Saul, who has a thousand of servants, musicians, concubines and guards, would not remember a boy like David from the very beginning of his acquaintance with him.
There are two kinds of things that make us unworthy of the Communion:
1- The sins which are persistent, current and unrepentant:
In these kinds of sins, you should not receive the Communion because your sins have saddened and perhaps quenched the Holy Spirit, and your body is vulnerable to the demonic domination that cannot overcome us unless, by our sins, we surrender ourselves to him.
As for the repentant with the tears of the penitent, and no matter how big his sins are, we believe that the LORD God is faithful and just to forgive his sins according to His promise to the repentant. This person can receive the Communion provided that there are no sins, nor violation of the Ten Commandments or any other sin which is not dealt with, but he has repented.
2- The skeptic, the unbeliever, or the mocker:
That is, he who does not believe that the Communion is truly the body and blood of the LORD, then he is not worthy and will receive damnation.
1 Corinthians 11 “29- For he that eateth and drinketh unworthily, eateth and drinketh damnation to himself, not discerning the Lord’s body.
30- For this cause many are weak and sickly among you, and many sleep.”
The Church of the LORD is the “woman clothed with the sun” (illuminating for the nations); “the moon under her feet” (she put all the joys of the world under her feet); “upon her head a crown of twelve stars” (they are the disciples of the LORD who have adorned the church since her inception); “she being with child and pained to be delivered” (the persecutions which she is facing); the dragon which fights her is Satan, who will fight her with countries and kings, that will persecute the true Christians; the woman gave birth and Christ ascended to the Heaven.
At the end of the days, “the woman (the Church of the believers) fled into the wilderness” from the face of Satan who persecuted her, as the LORD God had prepared a place for her to live for 1260 days. “The serpent cast out of his mouth water as a flood after the woman” (i.e., Satan stirred up the nations against her to destroy her in various ways), and when they could not defeat the Church, as she was firmly established in earth, Satan “went to make war with the remnant of her seed, which keep the commandments of God, and have the testimony of Jesus Christ.” (The true Christians at the end of time).
Some people interpret that, the laboring woman is the Virgin Mary, but this interpretation is incorrect as Virgin Mary did not adorn herself with the teachings of the twelve disciples, and she did not flee to the wilderness to be fed for 1260 days. The Book speaks about the Church of the LORD from the time of Christ’s birth till the very end of days.
It is not a sin; every situation has its own requirements. The parents may be disabled themselves and unable to take care of the child, or the child may be in a very difficult situation which requires the kind of care that exceeds the parents’ ability, so we cannot condemn people we do not know and accuse them of committing a sin. But in 99% of the cases, parents should carry their own cross (if we want to consider this kind of labours as a cross) with joy and love till the end. This child, regardless of his disability, is a human being who has feelings just like us, even if he lacks the methods of expression like us, so abandoning him will worsen his situation, while the prayer, love, attention and the necessary care can improve his situation more than we imagine.
We must not forget that the LORD God has created the disabled people for an important reason, which is to be glorified in them
John 9:3 “Jesus answered, Neither hath this man sinned, nor his parents: but that the works of God should be made manifest in him.”
We have to bear patiently, toil with joy, serve this child as if we are serving an angel designated by God in our house, sow in our child as one who sows in the Kingdom of Heaven, pray tirelessly and with faith and we will see the glory of God in our child.
If the LORD God had sent you an angel from the heaven and asked you to serve him, would you have put him in a special care institution?
Hello Amal. The faith always comes before baptism, as how can people be baptized on the name of Jesus when they do not believe in Him?
Baptism may precede the faith in the case of children baptisms, as they have not yet understood the meaning of faith, but even those are being baptized depend on the faith of their parents.
In the same prophecy, the LORD Jesus Christ spoke of two times, the end of times that is of a near-term and another one that is of a long-term. The first one took place during the age of the apostles and disciples, and really that generation did not pass until they witnessed the resurrection of the Son of Man, and how, in Solomon’s Temple, no stone upon stone was left but thrown down.
The long-term one, i.e., the end of the world, is what will come, and here the LORD talks about another generation, giving us the parable of the fig tree, whose branch became tender and put forth its leaves; what He meant here is Israel, whose children returned and built their state and whose branch became green again. He gave us also another sign, “wheresoever the carcase is, there will the eagles be gathered together”, as He was talking about “the abomination of desolation” in which Satan intends to sit on the throne of God and the eagles, i.e., the kings, will gather to prostrate to him. Then we will know that the coming of the LORD is at the doors.
The LORD’s dealing with humans and the healing take place whenever the LORD God wills, and according to the faith of each person with and without the Communion. However, the church that does not have Communion is a church that insults the LORD’s body and blood, so it is preferable that you run away from it.
The LORD God judges every man according to his deeds and knowledge. So that who did not read the Holy Bible but believed and prayed in the spirit according to what he was given and what was asked of him, we have a just God who tests the hearts and knows how to reward each one according to his actions and faith. As for that who knows yet he does nothing, that person is condemned
James 4:17 “Therefore to him that knoweth to do good, and doeth it not, to him it is sin.”
It means the female homosexuality and the anal intercourse, because both are against the nature that the LORD God ordained for women, and which leads to the birth of children.
The word “fearful” is explained by the next word “and unbelieving”. So, he talks about those who fear faith, fear to approach the LORD God, fear to delve into the Holy Bible, fear to lose the earth for their faith and all the kinds of fears you can imagine, which drive the person away from the LORD God and faith.
In this verse, the LORD Jesus explains to us the reward that is not lost for anyone who donates and helps those who evangelize and teach people in His name. So even if you give the disciple just a cup of cold water, it will be counted and the LORD God will reward you.
We do not try to differentiate between the Son and the Father, as long as Christ has asked us not to, when He said in John 10:30 “I and my Father are one.”
In order to understand the spiritual depth of the word “Creator”: He is God (Jehovah), who is the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit, because the three are one.
The Holy Bible says about the Son alone in Colossians 1:16 “For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him:”
Every creation was created by the word of God (Christ) and for Him.
The term “the Sacred Heart of Jesus” does not exist in any verse of the Holy Bible, it is based on a pagan way of thinking to sanctify the bodily organs. This term was introduced to Christianity when Rome embraced the Christian faith and it was not used in the first church of saints. We rather worship and sanctify Jesus Christ as a whole, so we do not say the heart of Christ, nor the finger of Christ, or the wound of Christ because this takes the believers to pagan worship which sanctify the organs up to sanctifying the relics and the organs of the deceased saints.
In Christianity, the LORD God forbade us from usury when He commanded us in Leviticus 25: “35- And if thy brother be waxen poor, and fallen in decay with thee; then thou shalt relieve him: yea, though he be a stranger, or a sojourner; that he may live with thee.
36- Take thou no usury of him, or increase: but fear thy God; that thy brother may live with thee.
37- Thou shalt not give him thy money upon usury, nor lend him thy victuals for increase.”
And here we understand that if anyone needs to borrow from us and we can lend him, let us do so without adding any interest to the amount we give, as in exploiting the poor, there is no fear of the LORD.
And by the law of the loans, says the LORD in Luke 6 “34- And if ye lend to them of whom ye hope to receive, what thank have ye? for sinners also lend to sinners, to receive as much again.
35- But love ye your enemies, and do good, and lend, hoping for nothing again; and your reward shall be great, and ye shall be the children of the Highest”
But if you’re asking whether you can borrow with usury or interest, like the bank loans nowadays, then the answer is yes, because you need that and you won’t be held accountable for the state or banks systems. So, take your loan and pay it back, because the usurer is the one who takes the usury and not the one who pays.
In Christianity, we have two laws of mortgage, according to the person who asks for money. If the person is poor, then the LORD forbids you to take any mortgage from him. But if he is not poor, you can accept the mortgage from him, provided that he is the one who offered it, and it is not you who asked for the mortgage in order to take advantage of his need. The LORD says in:
Deuteronomy 24 “10- When thou dost lend thy brother any thing, thou shalt not go into his house to fetch his pledge.
11- Thou shalt stand abroad, and the man to whom thou dost lend shall bring out the pledge abroad unto thee.
12 And if the man be poor, thou shalt not sleep with his pledge:
13- In any case thou shalt deliver him the pledge again when the sun goeth down, that he may sleep in his own raiment, and bless thee: and it shall be righteousness unto thee before the LORD thy God.”
And by the law of the loans, the LORD asks us in Luke 6 to lend without hoping for anything in return
“34- And if ye lend to them of whom ye hope to receive, what thank have ye? for sinners also lend to sinners, to receive as much again.
35- But love ye your enemies, and do good, and lend, hoping for nothing again; and your reward shall be great, and ye shall be the children of the Highest”
No, if she is bald or shaved, she is no longer obligated to cover her hair during the prayer
1 Corinthians 11:6 “For if the woman be not covered, let her also be shorn: but if it be a shame for a woman to be shorn or shaven, let her be covered.”
It is allowed to follow contraceptive measures and to take birth control pills only in therapeutic cases determined by a specialized doctor. As for intentionally stopping or disrupting childbearing without a medical reason, it is forbidden because this is considered an interference with the creation and the work of the Creator. The believer surrenders his life to the will of the LORD God and relies on Him to plan and organize it, for the LORD God knows much better than us what is the best for our family and our future. As for interfering in determining the date of procreation, it is an explicit challenge to the Creator, as if you are saying to Him, “I do not trust You. I do not want children from You except when I want them. You do not determine my fate nor my family’s, for I want to be the lord of my family and the one who decides who and when someone in it should be born or not.”
It is also true that one of the reasons for not using contraception in the old covenant is because they were waiting for Christ to come from them, and also in the covenant of grace Christians are waiting for the birth of saints for the LORD, so do we dare to take a decision to prevent the birth of a saint of our loins?
The regeneration by the Holy Spirit does not mean a second baptism, but it rather means asking for the Holy Spirit for those who were baptized but have quenched the Holy Spirit in them. It means renewing the covenant with the LORD Jesus Christ if we belong to a family that is Christian in name only, as the LORD Jesus Himself says in
Matthew 19:28 “And Jesus said unto them, Verily I say unto you, That ye which have followed me, in the regeneration when the Son of man shall sit in the throne of his glory, ye also shall sit upon twelve thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel.”
Yes, he can. Paul’s thorn was from Satan
2 Corinthians 12:7 “And lest I should be exalted above measure through the abundance of the revelations, there was given to me a thorn in the flesh, the messenger of Satan to buffet me, lest I should be exalted above measure.”
Also, Job’s diseases
Job 2:7 “So went Satan forth from the presence of the LORD, and smote Job with sore boils from the sole of his foot unto his crown.”
The examples are many, but we have the great Healer. And our LORD does not allow Satan to have power over our souls to destroy us, as we find that Paul’s thorn and Job’s diseases were not fatal to them, for the LORD God did not give Satan power over His children.
1- Virgin Mary in the Holy Bible is the Mother of the LORD, and she really asked Him and He granted her request, but not more than other characters in the Holy Bible, for when they asked Him, He also granted them their requests. For example:
In Mark 5, Jairus, one of the rulers of the synagogue, asked Jesus to heal his daughter, and the LORD raised her. In Matthew 15, the woman of Canaan, to whom Jesus said: “It is not meet to take the children’s bread, and to cast it to dogs”, He also healed her daughter when He saw her faith. In Matthew 8, the centurion asked Jesus to heal his servant and he actually got what he asked for, and there are dozens of examples in the Holy Bible about people who requested something from Jesus and He granted them what they wanted. Does this mean that we should forget about Jesus, learn those people’s names and pray for them to intercede for us as they did 2000 years ago for their children and servants?
Definitely not, the LORD God warns us in the Holy Bible of the consequences of forsaking the fountain and go to the rills thinking that they lead to the fountain
Jeremiah 2:13 “For my people have committed two evils; they have forsaken me the fountain of living waters, and hewed them out cisterns, broken cisterns, that can hold no water.”
And the Apostle Paul affirmed the same thing in Colossians 2:18 “Let no man beguile you of your reward in a voluntary humility and worshipping of angels”
2- The most important thing is that we can intercede for each other as long as we are alive, like all the examples given in the Holy Bible, but when one of us falls asleep, or dies in other words, it is not permissible to ask or turn our prayers to him because this is considered a necromancy, and the LORD God prevented us from doing so. In the entire Holy Bible, both the Old and New Testaments, there is nothing says that either the LORD God or Jesus Christ had granted or accepted a deceased’s request or intercession.
The belief that we are a living church and our dead are alive, is true. However, thinking that we can communicate with one another, living and deceased, i.e., we pray for them and they intercede for us, this is an ancient Greek belief aiming to communicate with the dead, and it is not permissible for a Christian to believe in it.
3- He who came, was crucified on our behalf and loved us that much, does not need anyone else to beseech Him on our behalf.
No, the taxes are not considered tithes because they are deducted from you to the state against your will, and they are not a loving gift from you to God. The state takes them, but then returns them to you in other ways, like the clean streets, parks, playgrounds, and other free things which people in Western countries enjoy. The state also uses the taxes to pay for the disabled and the elderly, one of whom you may be in the future. Taxes are like a life insurance policy, or car insurance, or any other bill, we cannot consider them as tithes because we have to pay them whether we like it or not, they are neither for the LORD nor for His house, and they benefit us and our families in one way or another.
He is the word of God incarnated in the flesh
John 1:1 “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.”
He is the LORD by Whom everything was created and to Him all creations return
Colossians 1:16 “For by Him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by Him, and for Him:”
He is the One, to whom the angels themselves had testified that He is God. Luke 2:11 “For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord.”
For a deeper understanding of who Christ is, I invite you to watch the following episode:
“Christ in the Old Testament with Maggie Khozam”
The LORD God says about the tithes:
Malachi 3:10 “Bring ye all the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be meat in mine house, and prove me now herewith,”
He who does not pay the tithes, is considered as a thief who robs the LORD
Malachi 3 “8- Will a man rob God? Yet ye have robbed me. But ye say, Wherein have we robbed thee? In tithes and offerings.
9- Ye are cursed with a curse: for ye have robbed me”
So, the tithes should be paid to the church thus the storehouse will be full in case the poor requested, or the needy sought the House of the LORD. If everyone pays his tithes at his whim, and a poor man comes to your church and finds no money in it to meet his need, he may blaspheme the name of your God.
But there are exceptions, if you do not have a church, or if the pastor of your church is a thief who does not help the poor, or if your church distributes tithes to people of other religions, who give glory to another god, and does not help Christians, or if your church has signed the agreement of unity with other religions, or prostrates to another god and follows pagan worship, or any other matter which made them unworthy to be trusted on your tithes, then you pray in your house and make it a pure church before the LORD, so your house will be the house of the LORD, and whoever comes to you seeks your God, at that time you give your tithes in the name of your God to whoever asks you, but you should take into considerations several conditions:
1- No one, not even the needy, should know that this help is from you in order not to take earthly glory.
2- You must say to him: “this help is from the LORD Jesus Christ” so that you will be planting this in his soul, as well as fulfilling his need, and thus he will give the glory to the LORD God.
In the whole Holy Bible, there is no religious rite that refers to the rosary nor to the repetition of words or prayers while holding the beads, on the contrary, there is a prohibition against repeating the words during the prayer.
Matthew 6:7 “But when ye pray, use not vain repetitions, as the heathen do”
The praise to the LORD God is necessary as He is worthy of praise with the heart, soul, and lips, but not with the fingers. Historically, the use of the beads has been attributed with those who belong to the religions that do not expect the coming of the Holy Spirit upon them, so they use physical rituals which help them numb the mind, such as using the beads and repeating words dozens of times. In the absence of the mind, they feel some spirituality and serenity, but these are as illusory and temporary as any other earthly method used just to numb the mind. As for us Christians, in whom the Holy Spirit dwells, we do not need to be like those who are sensual and have no Spirit in them.
Masturbation does not fall within the Ten Commandments, and there are of two types of it:
1- Involuntary: Which may be found in some children as young as one year old, and science has not yet determined its cause. It also happens sometimes during sleeping when the person is neither aware nor has prior intention. This type is not considered a sin because it is involuntary.
2- Voluntary: It occurs as a result of prior intention to masturbate and it is accompanied by the lust of the eye or thought or both. This kind is usually accompanied by watching pornographic films and may often turn into addiction up to excessive masturbation. We consider this kind a sin because it makes the person a slave to deviant thoughts and immoral images that dominate his mind; so, it is the domination of desires over man. A person who is enslaved to his desires will not be able to separate from the world in a spiritual retreat to contact the LORD God. And if he was a Christian, then he would have grieved the Holy Spirit who dwells in him, so he will lose the gifts and the work of the Spirit through him. If you are enslaved to your lusts, how will you put your hand on people to heal, pray, or free them from demonic domination?
Galatians 5 “16- This I say then, Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfil the lust of the flesh.
17- For the flesh lusteth against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh:”
As for the second part of your question, how do you get rid of it?
If you are married, then you do not need it, but you rather need to control your desires.
But if you are single, you have to do several things to help you:
1- Make a decisive and irreversible decision to stay away from the scenes that provoke the lust (photos, movies and any scene that may stumble you)
2- If you feel that you are provoked:
a) Run or do physical exercises that tire your body
b ) Occupy yourself with any work and change the room in which you are sitting alone.
3- Deal with masturbation as if it were a demon that tries to provoke you in order to destroy you spiritually, so rebuke him and repeat (3 times): “I rebuke you in the name of the LORD Jesus Christ.”
4- Always remember that the feeling of happiness you get from masturbation lasts only for seconds, but it leaves you captive to the guilty conscience, feeling of inferiority and the feeling that the LORD God has turned his face away from you for hours or perhaps for days and months.
5- Make the Holy Bible your friend, and read it at every opportunity.
6- Engage yourself with any service to the LORD (draw, translate, hymn, preach, pray…etc.) Do not allow yourself to have a day free from the acts of faith that ignite the Holy Spirit within you, in this way you will become a spiritual child, whose body will renounce the desires; the body will no longer control you, but rather you are in control of it.
7- Pray that the LORD will choose for you a life partner, a helper comparable to you, and you will get married.
Finally, if your lust overwhelms you at one time, kneel down and pray in repentance so that the LORD may forgive you and ask Him to strengthen you over your desires. After repentance and confession, you can continue to live by faith through reading the Holy Bible and receiving the Communion.
The writer of the Romans is definitely Paul the Apostle, and that is stated clearly at the beginning of the Epistle
Romans 1:1 “Paul, a servant of Jesus Christ, called to be an apostle, separated unto the gospel of God”
But Tertius transcribed it for him, meaning that Paul the Apostle dictated Tertius what to write, and this stated at the end of the Epistle where Tertius introduced himself as the one who transcribed it
Romans 16:22 “I Tertius, who wrote this epistle, salute you in the Lord.”
And the messenger who took it by hand is Phebe, and this appears twice in the Epistle, once at the end
Romans 16 “Written to the Romans from Corinthus, and sent by Phebe servant of the church at Cenchrea.”
And the second time when Paul the Apostle commended to them the one who carried this Epistle, and here he explained to us that Phebe was the one who carried the Epistle and not the one who wrote it
Romans 16 “1- I commend unto you Phebe our sister, which is a servant of the church which is at Cenchrea:
2- That ye receive her in the Lord, as becometh saints, and that ye assist her in whatsoever business she hath need of you”
So the writer of Romans was Paul by the hand of Tertius and then he sent it with Phebe.
The pure is the one who preserves himself and his body without a sin, whereas the “sacred” is higher in the meaning than the “pure” because in some cases the person is forced to be pure, for example in the case of major diseases. As for the sanctified, he is the one who chose to live for the LORD a life of holiness.
Your profession is not forbidden, but it is not recommended either, because someone could simply ask you for pagan designs, or drawings which are used for another god, that you are not aware of. But if your work is in the field of the artistic tattoos, there is no problem, as it may be a way of treatment for psychological problems, which the person may have due to body scars and which can be covered with tattoos in a way that pleases him (the important thing is not to do any tattoo that is offensive to the LORD God or contradicts the faith, nor should you draw zodiac signs, or an evil eye, or any tattoo that has religious or faith related dimension). Also, stay away from the tattoos of the cross or any designs that are related to the faith if the person askes to tattoo them on inappropriate body parts.
As Christians, we should avoid analyzing the situation of those who passed away, lest we commit the sin of condemning them or unintentionally fall into gloating. The Christian believer who passes away, whoever he is, is asleep in the hope of resurrection, this is our faith, and this is the promise of the LORD God the Truthful and Faithful.
It is true that I previously said in the episode of “The Diseases” that God did not and does not allow the death of His righteous men with diseases, as young in the prime of life, but this is something different from the way that father Makary has died, as he died an old man full of years and did not suffer from a terminal illness. As for the cause of his death, i.e., in an epidemic, it is something between him and the LORD God, and no one has the right to interfere because this way of thinking brings sins.
The question is incomprehensible, but if you mean that you suffer from a medical problem, then the answer is yes you can have a hysterectomy without feeling guilty, as long as it is for a therapeutic reason, and you have been blessed with enough children. In your case, hysterectomy is not considered as an intervention in the work of God.
But if your question is about hysterectomy because you have enough children, and you are over 40, but you do not have any medical problems, then the answer is no. It is better to control the timing of the intercourse and use certain precautions, instead of removing a healthy organ from your body.
Organ donation after death is a personal choice that will not add to you nor will it make you any less because the dead does not know anything, as the Holy Bible says. The problem is in the message which the organ donation conveys, as the recipient of the organs gives the glory and gratitude to science and doctors, while our goal as Christians is to give glory to the LORD Jesus Christ. We care about the salvation of the soul and saving it from perdition, rather than the salvation of the body, which is mortal anyway.
Based on this principle, I do not encourage organ donation because I consider it an intervention in the work of God as if we doubt God’s ability to save the sick, so we intervene with science to help them, while the truth is that God can save and heal the most difficult cases and His miracles in the Holy Bible are countless.
It is just that your donation may go to a criminal who does not deserve to live, so by that, you would be giving him more years to do evil.
Germans are not the only ones who eat fish on Friday, but also the people in the United Kingdom and in other countries with a Catholic majority, as the Catholic Church had introduced this ritual when it decided to commemorate the crucifixion of Christ on Friday, according to them, by making people eat fish every Friday instead of meat.
The truth is that these rituals are neither spiritual nor faith-related nor do they exist in the Holy Bible. On the contrary, the Holy Bible tells us not to let anyone judge us in what we eat or drink, i.e., we should not be bound by customs that have nothing to do with the Christian faith
Colossians 2:16 “Let no man therefore judge you in meat, or in drink”
Nothing prevents borrowing money, whether from a relative or a stranger, with or without interest for we cannot judge the needy, but the Christian must work hard, so he will not need anyone, and he must not be drowned in debts in order to achieve his dreams, but he should rather wait for the LORD’s promises unto his life. The Christian has also to pay his tithe, which is the key to the blessings, then he will know the meaning of the LORD’s promise: “thou shalt lend unto many nations, but thou shalt not borrow” (Deuteronomy 15:6)
The LORD Jesus said these words only to the Syrian Cilician Canaanite woman, who used to worship other gods, as a sign from Him that the slaves of other gods or the idolaters look like dogs; as if the trait of “the children” along with the image and likeness of God were lost from them, and therefore they are not given the same blessings that are given to the children. Yet, and at the end, the LORD Jesus showed us that even the servants of other gods, those who look like dogs, when they believe and in faith pursue the LORD Jesus, they will be given.
The offering: is what you decide to give your church; for example, the Corban, wine, making repairs, or purchasing church supplies, these are the offerings, and they have nothing to do with the alms or tithes. The offerings are not obligatory, as the giver gives them willingly and from the abundance of the heart.
Exodus 25:2 “Speak unto the children of Israel, that they bring me an offering: of every man that giveth it willingly with his heart ye shall take my offering.”
Charity (alms): is to give the needy what he needs directly. It can be considered as your tithes as long as you offer it saying: “It is from the LORD Jesus Christ.”
Matthew 6:3 “But when thou doest alms, let not thy left hand know what thy right hand doeth:”
Tithing: is to allocate a tenth of your income (10%) primarily to your church so that it can meet the needs of the service and the poor. You may offer it yourself directly to the poor, provided that he does not know that you are the giver and you give glory to the LORD Jesus Christ.
Malachi 3:10 “Bring ye all the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be meat in mine house”
We can joke about everything, other than our salvation and eternity. It is forbidden for us to mess with these things neither under pressure, nor under threat or temptation because worshiping another god brings unbearable curses and evil upon you, and denying the LORD Jesus has punishment as well.
Matthew 10:33 “But whosoever shall deny me before men, him will I also deny before my Father which is in heaven.”
But in your case, neither denying Christ nor selling the faith for temptations applies to you. What you did is a kind of madness due to the psychological state you had, and here there are two possibilities:
If you have ever been enlightened, i.e. filled with the Holy Spirit, and lived a life of holiness, but you have had this shameful fall, there would be no repentance for you in this case
Hebrews 6 “4- For it is impossible for those who were once enlightened, and have tasted of the heavenly gift, and were made partakers of the Holy Spirit,
5- And have tasted the good word of God, and the powers of the world to come,
6- If they shall fall away, to renew them again unto repentance; seeing they crucify to themselves the Son of God afresh, and put Him to an open shame.”
But if you were a Christian by name only, i.e., who has not experienced a real relationship with the LORD, and you fell, then you can come back.
I would advise you to go to the nearest church, which is still keeping the faith and do not try to ingratiate with other religions, confess before the priest with tears, show true repentance, and ask him to pray for you. After that, devote time to read the Holy Bible and serve the LORD. Our God is a merciful Father
1 John 1:9 “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”
You are welcome. I thank you for your love and thank the LORD God for making our service touch your hearts.
What is meant by this verse is that no one should judge Christians by rituals, like those who fast twice a week, or pray at a specific time. Unfortunately, this is what most Christian denominations do, whereas “the Sabbath” commandment, which is an obligation and should not be changed, has been broken.
So here the Apostle Paul reproaches the Galatians because they were driven by unsolicited rituals and duties which turn Christians into servants by placing the yoke and chains on their necks, just as other religions do.
I have said before that the one who tempts by evil is Satan, not the LORD God
James 1:13 “Let no man say when he is tempted, I am tempted of God: for God cannot be tempted with evil, neither tempteth He any man”
But this tempter has no power over the children of God to lead them into temptation unless it is given to him from above, i.e., without our Heavenly Father’s permission:
John 19:11 “Jesus answered, Thou couldest have no power at all against me, except it were given thee from above”
We also find in Job’s story that Satan had asked for permission to tempt Job, and he would not have had any power over Job, had it not been given to him by God; we see that God had allowed him to tempt Job, but without touching his soul. This is why we pray and say, “Do not lead us into a temptation”, because the LORD God is the one Who allows or does not allow Satan to tempt us.
The term “Yajuj and Majuj” does not exist in the Holy Bible. They are rather two non-Arabic Quranic Islamic names that have been distorted from names in the Holy Bible, as have the many names such as Elijah (Elias), Amram (Imran), Jonah (Younis) ..etc.
In fact, the name “Magog” was mentioned in the Book of Genesis as the grandson of Japheth, the son of Noah. There is a detail given in “Ezekiel 38”, in the Holy Bible, for the name “Gog and Magog”, as Gog appears to be a warlord, and Magog is the name of his land. Gog is an enemy of Israel, and he has been ruled over it by Satan. In the last days, this chief will attack the land of Israel (the LORD’s Church) and he will have other peoples and tribes with him:
Rosh, Meshech, and Tubal (the peoples who inhabited the Black and Caspian Seas), Persia (Iran), Cush (Ethiopia), Phut (Libya), Gomer (Eastern Europe), and the house of Togarmah (Turkey).
Gog will unite them, under the name “the land of Magog’s nation”, to fight with them the last war against the LORD God’s followers; as Satan will go out to deceive the nation of Magog, “the number of whom is as the sand of the sea” (Revelation 20:8).
But the LORD God will disgrace him, pour out His wrath upon him, and perform miracles so that the whole earth will know that the true God is not the one whom the enemies of Israel worship (Ezekiel 38).
Christ did not have 12 disciples only. As Matthias was mentioned here, we can also read in John 6:66 “From that time many of His disciples went back, and walked no more with Him.”
This indicates that Jesus had many disciples, other than the apostles, who were not mentioned. Hence, we understand that “Joseph of Arimathaea” may have been one of those who feared, “went back, and no more walked with Jesus”, for He was talking about giving them His flesh to eat and His blood to drink which had offended many.
Perhaps Joseph was not one of the disciples who had always accompanied Jesus, like the rest of the disciples. In any case, they should have cast lots, and in the same chapter from which you took your question, you will also find the answer (for why it was Matthias, not Joseph)
Acts 1:20 “For it is written in the book of Psalms, Let his habitation be desolate, and let no man dwell therein : and his bishoprick let another take.”
So the first reason is to fulfill the written prophecies.
“21- Wherefore of these men which have companied with us all the time that the LORD Jesus went in and out among us,
22- Beginning from the baptism of John, unto that same day that He was taken up from us, must one be ordained to be a witness with us of His resurrection.”
The second reason is that Judas’ replacement should be one of the men who had continued with the disciples, and this applied to Matthias.
Of course, this affects your belief. The second commandment of the Ten Commandments is clear “Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, thou shalt not bow down thyself to them, nor serve them” (Exodus 20:4,5) You will not be blessed in your livelihood, and you will be given an account of the idols that you are making.
There are religious things you can make without bearing any guilt, such as the cross or even icons. If you know that they will be used for decorative purposes only, then you are not responsible for how people use your crafts. However, if you know in advance that your crafts will be used, in places of worship, to be kneeled before and kissed, then you must give an excuse for not being able to make them, and the LORD God will make it up to you twice as many.
The abomination of desolation is when the Wicked one will be revealed in the temple of God; making himself God to mankind
Daniel 11:31 “And arms shall stand on his part, and they shall pollute the sanctuary of strength, and shall take away the daily sacrifice, and they shall place the abomination that maketh desolate.”
Daniel’s prophecy first occurred when the temple was destroyed by the Romans.
The second time is coming; that is when the Wicked will be revealed in the holy temple
2 Thessalonians 2: “3- Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition;
4- Who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped; so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God, shewing himself that he is God.”
You have to go to the nearest real church to the LORD and ask the pastor of the church to pray for your liberation from curses. I advise you to watch the episode of “The Curse That Binds Man and the Inherited Curses with Maggie Khozam”
No, the two things are completely different. Paul’s thorn was from Satan, while the dislocation of Jacob’s thigh was from the LORD God.
Paul’s thorn was a temptation from Satan, while the dislocation of Jacob’s thigh was a chastisement of the LORD God.
Paul’s thorn did not cause him any disability, while it became difficult for Jacob to walk because of his thigh.
Paul’s thorn was not due to a sin he committed, while the dislocation of Jacob’s thigh was due to his reliance on himself in stealing and fleeing.
Paul’s thorn was allowed by the LORD in order to protect him from being puffed up and taken by vanity from the abundance of the revelations and wonders he was performing. While the dislocation of Jacob’s thigh was to prevent him from relying on his own strength.
The Holy Bible says in the Commandments “Honour thy father and mother”, and the LORD affirms in:
Matthew 15:4 “For God commanded, saying, Honour thy father and mother: and, He that curseth father or mother, let him die the death.”
So, beware of insulting your father or mother. I hope you will watch the episode “Honour Your Father and Mother” because it gives you ways to deal with the bad parents.
Satan often fights us using our families because they can irritate us the most, which is what the LORD has commanded them not to do,
Colossians 3:21 “Fathers, provoke not your children to anger, lest they be discouraged.”
Unfortunately, when our parents are unbelievers, they become an effective weapon in the hands of Satan against us without even realizing that, so they leave us with two options: Either we obey them in something wrong, so in this case, Satan has been able to make us sin, or we disobey and insult them breaking by that the Fifth Commandment, so Satan has also made us sin.
My advice to you:
Do not confront your mother at all or discuss with her any topic that may lead to conflicting views and thus anger; no matter how much she provokes you, do not insult her.
Use the “escape method”, i.e., run to your school, to your work, to your room, to your phone, even if you run for a shower, the important thing is to avoid breaking the Commandment “Honour thy father and mother”.
Think of your mother as the thorn in your flesh and accept her with joy and love. Do not allow Satan to exploit your weaknesses and do not be easily provoked, for he will use your weaknesses against you as he has done for the past twenty years.
Devote more time to prayer, reading the Holy Bible, and the spiritual retreat with the LORD, and He will change your whole life and set it in order.
The verse about “wisdom and kindness” is a guide to help us manage our everyday life in all its aspects, but we cannot apply it at the time of martyrdom. When we are asked to testify to the name of the LORD Jesus Christ or to choose between worshiping our God or another god, the true Christian, the son of the Kingdom, bears witness to the LORD Jesus Christ even if they cut off his head; this is what the disciples and apostles taught us. If they had dissembled or tried to please the enemies of the faith, they would not have been martyred. And this is what our LORD and Savior taught us when He endured all the sufferings for us, up to the crucifixion. Thus, it is better for us to bear the pain and persecution, and even martyrdom in order to receive the crown of the Kingdom
Revelation 2:10 “Fear none of those things which thou shalt suffer: behold, the devil shall cast some of you into prison, that ye may be tried; and ye shall have tribulation ten days: be thou faithful unto death, and I will give thee a crown of life.”
Far be it from the LORD God to be a racist or to discriminate between His creatures, except when they distinguish themselves from the others by following Him. The people of Israel are the people of the LORD because they were the people who followed the LORD God and worshiped Him.
Was there a nation in history that followed the LORD as the children of Israel did in the Old Testament?
The answer is no. Rather, the Holy Bible tells us how the other nations were immersed in their disgusting pagan worship, prostituted themselves with other gods, and offered their children as burnt offerings to their gods.
Do you find it fair that the LORD God treats these kinds of people like those who worship Him?
And in order to be sure that the LORD God is just and not racist, we should know that the children of Israel were handed over to their enemies when they worshiped other gods. If He were a racist, then He would have treated them differently no matter what they did, but because He is just God, He distinguished them when they distinguished themselves, among the peoples of the earth, as the servants of the Most High God.
The LORD God has warned us in the Holy Bible against the literal understanding of the verses. The Commandment says:
Exodus 20:10 “But the seventh day is the sabbath of the LORD thy God: in it thou shalt not do any work, thou, nor thy son, nor thy daughter, thy manservant, nor thy maidservant, nor thy cattle, nor thy stranger that is within thy gates”
And He repeats in Leviticus 23:7 “ye shall do no servile work therein.”
The work is what you do to earn your livelihood, so anything you do and earn from, whether it is paid or free, breaks the sanctification of the Sabbath. As for the other aspects of life (such as studying, the activities with the family, the regular things in life which do not involve the material matters), they do not violate the Sabbath. However, the priority on the Sabbath is to the LORD, so we must try to do our homework and housework on Friday, and postpone what is left for the rest of the week to make “the Sabbath” a real rest day for us, our family, and our employees if we are employers.
I am against the ritual fasting which takes place according to a specific routine and precedes certain feasts. It is as if we are performing a charade, and with fasting and mourning we are waiting for the crucifixion and the resurrection, just so that we can eat after; forgetting that our LORD was crucified and He rose from the dead two thousand years ago.
Fasting must be a spiritual entitlement that the believer undertakes to achieve spiritual elevation or to overcome a spiritual war, not just to engage in physical rituals and starve his body, which does not add to him anything spiritually.
In the LORD’s Church, for example, we fast as the Holy Bible commanded us, in two ways:
The first: when necessary (surgeries, critical situation, exorcism, preparation for service in difficult circumstances…etc.,) i.e., in critical emergencies. If the fasting is for one day only, then it is done by complete abstinence from food and drink. Or we abstain from food only and not from drinking for no more than 3 days (In one condition: fasting should be accompanied by a complete spiritual retreat with constant prayer so that the believer can be completely separated from the world and able to contact with the LORD God)
The second: Fasting for more than 3 days. In cases of spiritual need, fasting can be done for a period of time determined by the person himself according to his need (for example, you are traveling after a month and the journey is somehow risky, so you decide to start fasting by replacing the animal products with plant-based foods). You can do so, provided that it is accompanied by daily prayer and daily spiritual retreat not less than 3 hours a day.
The important thing when fasting, whether you decide to fast for a day, 3 days, a month, or even a year, is the following:
1- Fasting from committing sins and even the faults (trespasses).
2- Fasting from any evil or inappropriate thought.
3- Keep the tongue from evil (i.e., idle talk, backbiting people,…etc.).
4- Rise above the materialistic desires of the world.
5- Fasting must be accompanied by prayer, reading the Holy Bible, and spiritual retreat (either continuously or intermittently).
6- Fasting must be accompanied by good and righteous deeds.
7- Long fasting, with which you eat vegetarian foods only, must be accompanied by services to the LORD.
(Note 1: If fasting does not fulfill these conditions, it will no longer be fasting, but merely starvation or diet, and the believer does not benefit spiritually from it at all.)
(Note 2: Fasting is a private matter which you do alone and between you and the LORD, just like prayer and almsgiving; i.e., no one should know that you are fasting.)
(Note 3: Fasting may be carried out in a group if the church is in distress or, for example, when one of the brothers faces danger, persecution, or imprisonment because of his faith or because of preaching. Then a collective fast is determined for all the people of the church according to the two ways mentioned previously)
I hope you will watch the episode of “Fasting”
The Holy Bible indicates that Satan, before his fall, was so perfect that the LORD God says of him “the seal of perfection”
Isaiah 14:12 “How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! how art thou cut down to the ground, which didst weaken the nations!”
Ezekiel 28: “12- Son of man, take up a lamentation upon the king of Tyrus, and say unto him, Thus saith the LORD GOD; Thou sealest up the sum, full of wisdom, and perfect in beauty.
13- Thou hast been in Eden the garden of God; every precious stone was thy covering, the sardius, topaz, and the diamond, the beryl, the onyx, and the jasper, the sapphire, the emerald, and the carbuncle, and gold: the workmanship of thy tabrets and of thy pipes was prepared in thee in the day that thou wast created.
14- Thou art the anointed cherub that covereth; and I have set thee so: thou wast upon the holy mountain of God; thou hast walked up and down in the midst of the stones of fire.
15- Thou wast perfect in thy ways from the day that thou wast created, till iniquity was found in thee.
16- By the multitude of thy merchandise they have filled the midst of thee with violence, and thou hast sinned: therefore I will cast thee as profane out of the mountain of God: and I will destroy thee, O covering cherub, from the midst of the stones of fire.
17- Thine heart was lifted up because of thy beauty, thou hast corrupted thy wisdom by reason of thy brightness: I will cast thee to the ground, I will lay thee before kings, that they may behold thee.
18- Thou hast defiled thy sanctuaries by the multitude of thine iniquities, by the iniquity of thy traffick; therefore will I bring forth a fire from the midst of thee, it shall devour thee, and I will bring thee to ashes upon the earth in the sight of all them that behold thee.
19- All they that know thee among the people shall be astonished at thee: thou shalt be a terror, and never shalt thou be any more.”
Hebrews 6: “4- For it is impossible for those who were once enlightened, and have tasted of the heavenly gift, and were made partakers of the Holy Spirit,
5- And have tasted the good word of God, and the powers of the world to come,
6- If they shall fall away, to renew them again unto repentance; seeing they crucify to themselves the Son of God afresh, and put Him to an open shame.”
Those who are meant by this verse are not the ones who make mistakes, or sin and then rise and repent, but rather those who depart from worshiping the LORD God to worship another god; only those will have no repentance and no renewal.
As for the faults (trespasses) and sins, all of us, in this human body, are likely to fall into them. The Apostle Paul says:
Romans 7:24 “O wretched man that I am! who shall deliver me from the body of this death?”
However, we must refrain from committing sins and give more time for our spiritual retreats and prayer because our sins extinguish the Holy Spirit in us and grieve Him; so we will be denying ourselves the enjoyment of sonship, peace, and the victory which the children of God, who keep themselves, enjoy.
If we sin, we must kneel and repent with tears, and the LORD is faithful to forgive us as He promised
1 John 1:9 “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”
We must not allow Satan to steal us using our sadness and our feeling that we will never be forgiven. No matter how great your sin is, we have a faithful intercessor whose intercession is unfailing
1 John 2:1 “…And if any man sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous:” (except for those who are unfaithful to the LORD and follow another god).
If they are not offering a sacrifice for St. George, then why don’t they choose a day other than his feast?
And if they are Christians, why don’t they know that the LORD Jesus Christ had abolished the Jewish sacrifices of Old Testament when He offered Himself as a great sacrifice?
As a matter of fact, these days, those who worship other gods do not admit it. If they were honest with themselves and observed their actions for a while, they will find that: they name their children (George, Gorgeous, or after the saint they worship), they keep offering sacrifices to St. George even if they have to borrow money or spend the money of their children’s medicine, if they want to swear they will subconsciously swear by the name of the god they worship, you will often find them keeping pictures and statues of their saint more than those of the LORD Jesus Himself, they blaspheme the name of the LORD God, and they neither read the Holy Bible nor do they carry out the commandments; therefore, you will find that the homes of most of them are not without inherited and fatal diseases. They do not know that the reason for the curses in their lives is that they, and without realizing, have moved beyond sanctifying the saint to worship him. Their worship and customs are rejected and hated by the LORD God, Who sees them as those who worship and offer sacrifices to idols and to another god.
The LORD God says about them:
Deuteronomy 32 “17- They sacrificed unto devils, not to God; to gods whom they knew not…”
“19- And when the LORD saw it, He abhorred them, because of the provoking of His sons, and of His daughters.
20- And He said, I will hide My face from them, I will see what their end shall be: for they are a very froward generation, children in whom is no faith.
21- They have moved Me to jealousy with that which is not God; they have provoked Me to anger with their vanities”
I hope that you will send the episode of “Saint George’s Day” to your neighbor because it has comprehensive information and verses about this topic:
Philippians 3:2 “Beware of dogs, beware of evil workers”
Revelation 22:15 “For without are dogs, and sorcerers, and whoremongers, and murderers, and idolaters, and whosoever loveth and maketh a lie.”
The dog is the closest animal to humans, but it will never be like them, as no matter how close it is to you, and even if you put it in your home, it will never resemble you; it will never be like a son. Therefore, the term “dog” is used in the Holy Bible as a metaphor for the false teachers or people who come to the church imitating the believers, but they are in fact fake.
The Holy Bible tells us in:
2 Corinthians 6: “14- Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness?”
“17-Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the LORD”
However, saying that “you have to live (associate) with them”, indicates that they are perhaps your family, relatives, or maybe the life circumstances force you to have a shared accommodation with them. Either way, I wish that you would not speak with them about the LORD God, because our preaching is real pearls which we should not cast before the unworthy, for the LORD has commanded us:
Matthew 7:6 “Give not that which is holy unto the dogs, neither cast ye your pearls before swine, lest they trample them under their feet, and turn again and rend you.”
Therefore, we tell them about the LORD God only when they want to know, or ask, or when they go through temptations, and probably then they will appreciate what you offer them. But when you see them ridiculing or blaspheming, stop discussing them immediately, pray, and do your best so that you can be independent of them as soon as possible.
As Christians, we believe that God is the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit together, so we do not distinguish between them and do not deal with them as separate deities because they are one God. However, you can pray by asking God in the name of the LORD Jesus Christ, because He said:
John 14:13 “And whatsoever ye shall ask in My name, that will I do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son.”
And in John 16: “23-… Verily, verily, I say unto you, Whatsoever ye shall ask the Father in My name, He will give it you.
24- Hitherto have ye asked nothing in My name: ask, and ye shall receive, that your joy may be full.”
So, every prayer in the name of the LORD Jesus Christ is an answered prayer because His name does not fail. Thus whether you ask from the Father, or God, or JEHOVAH, or Jesus Christ, we believe that they are one.
In the Christian sense, “death” is “fallen asleep”. About Lazarus, the LORD Jesus said in
John 11:11 “…Our friend Lazarus sleepeth; but I go, that I may awake him out of sleep.”
Here, the LORD teaches us that the believer does not die, but falls asleep in hope of resurrection. That is also why I have previously said in one of my episodes about the crucifixion and resurrection of the LORD Jesus Christ that the LORD Jesus Christ’s body has fallen asleep, for He is the LORD of those who fall asleep in hope of resurrection in Him, so how can the giver of life die? However, this “sleep” means in the human sense “death”.
Women must be modest and cover their heads when praying and in church
1 Corinthians 11 “5- But every woman that prayeth or prophesieth with her head uncovered dishonoureth her head: for that is even all one as if she were shaven.
6- For if the woman be not covered, let her also be shorn: but if it be a shame for a woman to be shorn or shaven, let her be covered.”
The verse is clear as it says: “every woman”, and this includes us as Christian women in our time as well. However, this differs from the specific recommendations of Paul the Apostle to the Corinthians when he addressed them specifically using words like: (your women, I hear that there are…among you, be not among you).
In Christianity, it is forbidden to treat the Holy Bible like the books of other religions, i.e., those whose verses and their numbers are used as talismans. In Christianity, there are no messages from the angels, as all the words of the Holy Bible are inspired by the Holy Spirit from the LORD God Himself; no angel can give you a message on his own.
Even the verses in which the angel Gabriel announced to the Virgin her pregnancy, you do not find any distinct numbers in them (Luke 1:19) (Luke 1:26), and if the verse number had any spiritual significance, we would have found this in the angel’s announcement to the Virgin. Christian faith is a spiritual faith; it is not a literal one like that of the sorcerers, nor is it physical like that of the pagans. The believers in spirit must be concerned with the spiritual meaning of the word, and not with the absurdities that may lead them to depart from the faith nor with the hallucinations that will keep them away from worshiping the LORD God.
Death is the fate of every person no matter how long his days on earth are. We all will die one way or another, but as Christians, we believe that death is the beginning of real life, and the real death is in our separation from living in the presence of the LORD God.
Let me correct something for you. Death in the name of the LORD Jesus Christ is a testimony by which the believer obtains the greatest crown and a place in the Kingdom. From what do you want the LORD to save His martyrs? From a crown that every believer in Christ desires?!
James 1:12 “Blessed is the man that endureth temptation: for when he is tried, he shall receive the crown of life, which the LORD hath promised to them that love Him.”
I asked myself once: “Are you ready to die as a martyr for the LORD Jesus Christ?”
She answered me: “Would you rather die in an accident, by a disease, stroke, or murder, as happens to all human beings?”
Then I understood that dying in the name of the LORD Jesus Christ was the desire of my heart, as it was the desire of the heart of Paul, Peter, and everyone who died in the name of Christ: for it is the greatest end of the life of the missionaries and apostles of Christ which the LORD may allow; when every grain of wheat from us dies, “it bringeth forth much fruit.”
The LORD Jesus Christ did not say that, and it was not mentioned in the Holy Bible at all. We do not have such a thing as believing in stones, trees, or human beings, it is just an old pagan saying, which we do not know how it was leaked nor how did people embrace it as a statement said by the LORD Jesus Christ. Rather, believing in the stone is a violation of the Second Commandment of the LORD God, which leads to the worship of stone. The LORD Jesus Christ has repeatedly emphasized that what really heals, revives, and saves is believing in Him alone.
Yes, you can name your son whatever you want as long as the name does not refer to another religion, nor does it offend the LORD God. Bear in mind that the best names to give our children are the names of the saints of the Holy Bible. When the child realizes the spiritual significance of his name, he begins to feel connected to his faith. Here are some biblical names if you decide to name your son by one of them. Click here ⇒
In Christianity and the Holy Bible, there are no verses that accuse others of being “infidels”. We do not sit in the place of the Judge to condemn people and decide who is an infidel, who will perish, and who will or will not enter the Kingdom. However, I can tell you something that will answer your question. If you believe in the LORD of the Kingdom, the LORD Jesus Christ, and believe that He is the Son of God, Who was crucified, buried, rose, and that He will revive you with Him after death, then you are not far from the Kingdom of Heaven. You just need to be baptized, get rid of any worship you are performing to another god, and get rid of the inherited curses which inflict you because of worshiping the anti-God.
No of course it is not forbidden to hire maids in houses, because by this you might be supporting an entire family, who has no other way to live except working in cleaning and services. Do not ill-treat or rob her and if she is Christian or you can save her for the LORD Jesus Christ, then treat her as you should treat your sister in Christ
Colossians 4:1 “Masters, give unto your servants that which is just and equal; knowing that ye also have a Master in heaven.”
God promised His people that after Prophet Moses and in every age, He would send a prophet to them; one who would be a mediator between them and God
Deuteronomy 18:15 “The LORD thy God will raise up unto thee a Prophet from the midst of thee, of thy brethren, like unto me; unto him ye shall hearken”
And indeed, God sent Samuel, Jeremiah, Isaiah…etc. During John the Baptist’s lifetime, the Jews thought that he was the prophet of that era because, at that time and for four hundred years before the birth of Jesus Christ, the LORD God had not sent a prophet to the sons of Israel. Hence, they were waiting for Christ (the Messiah), or the return of Elijah, which would precede the coming of Christ, or the coming of another prophet as usual. And as a matter of fact, the prophecy had been fulfilled in John the Baptist
Mark 1:2 “As it is written in the prophets, Behold, I send My messenger before thy face, which shall prepare thy way before thee.”
Scientifically, realistically and spiritually speaking, there is no such thing as “the sixth sense”. Only by the Holy Spirit can the person prophesy, according to what the Spirit gives him, and see the future, according to what the LORD God wants him to see and know. Any other names or endeavors to develop the person’s spiritual skill are just futile and diabolical attempts to obtain talents that are similar to the gifts of the Holy Spirit.
It is not possible to know the LORD depending on earthly wisdom, human intelligence, reason, science, or by seeking consultations. Rather we simply know Him with the heart and by being like a child with his innocence, weakness, and infinite love. The LORD Jesus Christ explained this verse when He said it in another way in Matthew 18:3 “And said, Verily I say unto you, Except ye be converted, and become as little children, ye shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven.”
Not a single letter of the LORD Jesus Christ’s words has ever failed or will ever do, even with all the scientific inventions. Pay close attention to those who underwent height-increasing surgery, none of them was or will be able to add a “cubit” (a cubit equals 46 centimeters) to his stature. Even those who underwent surgeries to gain a few centimeters and succeeded in doing so, their organs’ functions were affected; some of them lost their ability to walk completely while others just lost it partially, meaning that they could no longer walk unaided, and all of them continue their lives with excruciating pain. No matter what they do, scientists will never be able to transcend what is written in the Holy Bible.
The “firstfruit” refers to the beginning of something, much like the phrase “the firstborn” which means the first child born into a family. The Holy Bible mentions “the firstfruits of them that slept”, i.e. the first to fall asleep and not die. In Romans 8 Saint Paul the Apostle mentioned that they received “the firstfruits of the Spirit”; that is the early church, the church of the saints, was the first to be given the gift of having the Holy Spirit dwelling in them. Before the coming of Jesus Christ, the Holy Spirit did not come upon and dwell in human beings, but rather in the Old Testament the Holy Spirit came upon a prophet or any other person to work in them, but He never dwelt in a human being before the coming of Jesus Christ. Thus, the early church had received the first indwelling of the Holy Spirit.
The Holy Bible’s verses contain profound significance, as a single verse can hold many meanings and refers to different periods of time. For instance, this verse refers to the time of Christ’s first coming as well as the time of the end of the world and Christ’s second coming.
In the first coming, whoever believed in Christ among the living, death has no power over them but rather they lay (asleep) waiting for the resurrection; this is the meaning of “shall never die”. As for those who were dead, that is, those who died prior to Christ’s first coming but they were among those who were waiting for the Messiah (Christ), when He was in the grave He descended to the depths of the hell and ascended their souls to paradise so they are today among those who slept waiting for the resurrection, and this is the meaning of “though he were dead, yet shall he live”.
We may project the verse’s meaning onto both the present time and the last days because the word of the LORD God is quick and powerful at all times. Accordingly, we find the meaning of the two verses today, and at the second coming of the LORD for judgment: Whoever believed in Christ and died before His second coming, he has fallen asleep and will rise with the righteous and the saints to inherit the kingdom. At the second coming of Christ, everyone who was alive and believing in Christ will meet the LORD in the air, death will have no power over him, and he will live forever. This is what we clearly understand in:
1 Corinthians 15 “51- Behold, I shew you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed,
52- In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed.”
The tribe of Dan was not mentioned, because it sold itself to worship idols (Judges 18). We must not forget that the LORD God has previously warned that anybody or any tribe that worships an idol or another god, the LORD will blot out their name from under heaven
Deuteronomy 29: “18- Lest there should be among you man, or woman, or family, or tribe, whose heart turneth away this day from the LORD our God, to go and serve the gods of these nations; lest there should be among you a root that beareth gall and wormwood;
20- The LORD will not spare him, but then the anger of the LORD and His jealousy shall smoke against that man, and all the curses that are written in this book shall lie upon him, and the LORD shall blot out his name from under heaven.”
It is totally forbidden for a husband to take his wife back after she has been married to someone else, even if the other person left her or passed away because this is considered an abomination in the eyes of the LORD.
The Holy Bible says in Deuteronomy 24: “1- When a man hath taken a wife, and married her, and it come to pass that she find no favour in his eyes, because he hath found some uncleanness in her: then let him write her a bill of divorcement, and give it in her hand, and send her out of his house.
2- And when she is departed out of his house, she may go and be another man’s wife.
3- And if the latter husband hate her, and write her a bill of divorcement, and giveth it in her hand, and sendeth her out of his house; or if the latter husband die, which took her to be his wife;
4- Her former husband, which sent her away, may not take her again to be his wife, after that she is defiled; for that is abomination before the LORD: and thou shalt not cause the land to sin, which the LORD thy God giveth thee for an inheritance.”
One of the common mistakes is that Job’s sons and daughters died during his temptation. Satan tempted Job in every way, including money, glory, and the death of his servants, but the LORD God forbade Satan from tempting Job with souls.
In the first chapter of Job, four servants who survived came to him: (The first said: “The Sabaeans took your cows and killed your servants (his servants mean his workers).” A second servant said: “Fire has fallen from the heaven and has burned up the sheep, and the servants.” A third came and said: “The Chaldeans took the camels, slaughtered the servants, and I’m the only one who escaped.” The fourth servant said: “As your children were having a feast in their eldest brother’s house, a great wind blew and the house fell upon the servants, killing them (he did not say that Job’s sons and daughters died, only his servants).
Also, we see in chapter 19 that Job’s children forsake him because he had so many illnesses
Job 19:17 “My breath is strange to my wife, though I intreated for the children’s sake of mine own body.” (the children means his sons and daughter) so they did not die with the servants when the house fell otherwise, he wouldn’t have said: ” I intreated for the children’s sake of mine own body.”
Another evidence that none of Job’s sons or daughters died is that the number of his children did not decrease between the first and the last chapter of Job; they were 7 boys and 3 girls, and they remain 7 boys and 3 girls.
Job 1:2 “And there were born unto him seven sons and three daughters.”
Job 42:13 “He had also seven sons and three daughters.”