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The ABC's

A young boy wanted to talk to God, but didn’t have a clue as to how to pray. So, he just knelt down, and began reciting his ABCs. A man happened to come by, and witnessed and heard this rather interesting situation. When the young man was finished the man asked: "What are you doing young fellow?" The boy responded,…

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World Without End

With the turn of the century approaching speculation about the "end of the world" is running rampant. But does the Bible actually predict an end of time? Does the Biblical term "the last days" refer to the last days of time or to the last days of an age? Some Bible factsFact #1When God destroyed the world with a flood,…

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A Survey: Eschatology in Hebrews

Several basic premises still appear to be unknown to Bible students about the epistle to the Hebrews (such as author, place of origin, etc.; this scribe believes there may be an argument for Apollos’ being the author as there is an argument for Paul), but this should not deter readers from seeing the encouragement and promises found in this letter.…

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The Passing of the Elements: 2 Peter 3:10

One of the key arguments offered against Covenant Eschatology is Peter’s statement in 2 Peter 3 that, "the elements will melt with fervent heat." We are told that the elements are the fundamental elements of material creation. Is this the only interpretation of this verse? Were there other "elements" of another "heaven and earth" that were predicted to pass in…

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More on Heaven and Earth

It is unfortunate that modern Bible students are not more familiar with Biblical terminology. The term "heaven and earth" is an example where careful study will reveal weaknesses in traditional interpretations. In Isaiah 51:15-16 Jehovah, speaking to Israel, said he gave them the Mosaic Covenant, "that I may plant the heavens, and lay the foundations of the earth, and say…

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How Is This Possible?

It is so very easy to read certain Bible passages for years and never fully realize what they are saying. I am certain that most of us have experienced both the frustration and the joy of suddenly discovering some of those hidden nuggets that had lain exposed, yet hidden, for so long. Sometimes we discover statements which disturb our preconceived…

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How Heaven and Earth Passed Away

Have heaven and earth passed away? Ridiculous you say? Let us ask another question: Do you believe the Old Covenant has been done away? I dare say you will say it has. Few believers in Jesus would deny he has established his New Covenant. If you believe the Old Covenant has passed away, then you must believe "heaven and earth"…

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Heaven and Earth: Old Testmant Studies, part 3

Isaiah 24 (Conclusion)We suggest the reader turn to this chapter in Isaiah to check as we proceed. In several commentaries that were at hand, it seemed to this writer that Barnes may have come the closest in clear meaning as to the context of Isaiah 24-27, 24:5,15,23; 25:10; 26:1; 27:6,12; check Barnes, McGuiggan, Young, and Robinson. "On the whole, it…

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Heaven and Earth: Old Testmant Studies, part 2

Isaiah 13 (continued)Before we leave this chapter on the "oracles against Babylon", we need to look at several more verses for consideration. "And I will punish the world for their evil, and the wicked for their iniquity; and I will cause the arrogancy of the proud to cease, and will lay low the haughtiness of the terrible" (verse 11). Does…

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