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Question: Sixth Day Creation:
God created men and women of all ethnic origins on the sixth day. Many men and women. Possibly hundreds and hundreds of different peoples.
Sixth Day of a thousand years. Then God rested on the Seventh Day for a thousand years. Then after 2000 years the world is populated into the millions of people.
On the Eighth Day God created another man by the name of Et Ha Adam. That is the closes I can come up with the spelling. Soon God took the sample from the Helix of Adam and Eve was created from this.
Who then are the Gentiles?
Kings and Queens of the ethnics??
Name: Brandon T. Ward
Answer: Chuck, thank you for the question. We can document in 2 Peter 3:8 that one day with the Lord is a thousand years to man for those who are not aware. So we have the six days of creation which equal 6,000 years. God rested the seventh day and on what we will call the eighth day He created the man Adam (‘eth-‘Ha’adam) as Genesis 2:7 documents. Not any man, but specifically the man Adam. That is a total of 8,000 years to be clear Chuck.
Here is a little more information on the usage of the word “man” in Genesis. This is a quote from our study, “As in the Days of Noah and the End Times Flood of Lies“
“The word “men” used in verse one and two has the “article” in the ancient Hebrew language meaning specifically “the man Adam,” (Appendix 14 I) not “mankind”. We are talking about Adam’s offspring multiplying on the face of the earth.
We should note, Adam was not formed until Genesis 2:7 where the word “man” has the “article” and “particle” meaning “this very, this same” man Adam on what we will call the eighth day. While “mankind” itself which includes all of the races were created on the sixth day where “man” is used without the “article” and “particle” (Genesis 1:26).”
The Gentile nations are naturally those who do not believe in the Lord Jesus Christ. Many of these Gentile nations are comprised of the sixth day creation. Why? God had not yet provided a way to spread his Word until He brought forward Adam and his blood line into the world. This is how God intended to share His Word with the world and that is one of the purposes for the creation of Adam whom Christ would come through.
We would be wise to remember the words of Galatians 3:28-29. When we become believers we become a part of the body of Christ, grafted into that tree as Romans 11 would describe. “And if ye be Christ’s, then are ye Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise.” God loves all of His children, He is not a respecter of persons as Romans 2:11 documents. But He does use His Election to fulfill His will and that is what we are talking about here.
To answer your second question. We have a study titled, “The Saints and Their Role in the Tribulation“. There we read of the 144,000 comprised of the twelve Tribes of Israel (Adam’s offspring) and how they will be delivered up and allow the Holy Spirit to speak through them during the Tribulation. While not explicitly mentioned in that study, I believe the Kings and Queens of the Ethnos which is to say the ethnic peoples will play a role in this as well. In Revelation 7:9 we read, (note: this occurs after the Tribulation)
“After this I beheld, and, lo, a great multitude, which no man could number, of all nations, and kindreds, and people, and tongues, stood before the throne, and before the Lamb, clothed with white robes, and palms in their hands; “
Naturally, these people are of the sixth day creation along with Adam’s offspring. They were all found worthy to be standing before the Throne of our Father. They are the overcomers, those who overcame the Beast Government and Satan during the Tribulation.
I would like to note, Kings and Queens of the Ethnos does not mean the kings of this world, but rather a much greater Kingdom. The Kingdom of our Father who resigns forever and “whomsoever will” is welcome (Revelation 22:17)!
Question: Hi. do you think whats going on with Russia and the west is the start up to the Gog and magog war?. Thank you.
Name: Brandon T. Ward
Thank you for the question. Things are definitely heating up on the world stage. However, what “appears” to be division among the nations is the working of the children of Satan who are controlling these events in one fashion or the other.
We are not witnessing the start of Gog and Magog or better called the war of Hamangog. Why? Because, this event occurs at the very end of the Tribulation of Satan. In Ezekiel 38:19-23 God makes it very clear He will fight that battle for us in order to show the nations of the earth there is a God and YHVH is His name.
These verses also align with Revelation 16:19-21 where we read of a great shaking taking place along with hailstones the size of a talent falling on men, better stated those who would come against the children of God.
Amandio, since you are interested in this subject, I would like to point out we spoke about this topic in a previous Q&A. It might be of interest to you.
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Question: Does God want &/or prefer us to pray aloud, or does He mind if we pray silently? Is one more acceptable than the other?
A lot of the time, when I think of God, I weep. When I’m taking in the meticulous intricacy of His creation that He shares with us, when I think of how undeserving I am of His Love & majesty or when I’m paranoid that He doesn’t want me & I may be left behind, even though I’ve asked for forgiveness & I know that He loves all His children & asks that we Love Him… is that good or bad? Maybe I don’t Love Him enough? Maybe I’m doing something wrong… I just get really emotional concerning our Heavenly Father. He’s just so beautiful! Is it wrong of me to be paranoid? Does that anger Him? I’m paranoid about angering him, I’m paranoid about messing up & I’m paranoid about being paranoid. I don’t want to be, but I’ve had the feeling of paranoia since I was a young girl & now, in my thirties, haven’t been able to shake it.
I ask God for forgiveness when I say something that offends someone, have negative thoughts, lose my temper a little or just upset someone unintentionally & I was told that wasn’t necessary; is that accurate? I feel as if I must? Do things like that upset God? I was also told that some of the things I hold to be sinful, God does not.
Name: Brandon T. Ward
Answer: Thank you for the question. Matthew 6:1-6 explains we should pray privately and not make a big deal out of prayer before men. Some people think they need to throw their hands in the air and chant to be heard by God. However, He is against this and instead tells us in verse 6, “when thou prayest, enter into thy closet, and when thou hast shut thy door, pray to thy Father which is in secret; and thy Father which seeth in secret shall reward thee openly.” God can read our thoughts so feel free to communicate your prayers to Him that way.
There is absolutely nothing wrong with weeping when thinking of our Father. When we look at an evening sunset, morning sunrise or ponder the stars that illuminate the night sky and understand our Father created that, when we truly consider everything He has done for us it can be very touching.
You have nothing to be paranoid about though. If you are following His Word and sticking by His Laws you are in good shape. Consider His promises, He is not angry at you, but those who do not follow His Laws. For those who follow His Laws, they will inherit many rewards in Heaven.
Not everything we feel is bad is truly a sin. So you do not have to ask for forgiveness if you did not sin right? Of course. However, if you feel you are in error or made a bad example there is nothing wrong with talking to Him about it. I think you are doing just fine!
I noticed one of your concerns was being “left behind.” If this was a reference to a rapture I would really like for you to read our study titled, “The False Hope of the Rapture.” Thank you again for the question.
Question: Dear Brandon Thanks again for this format I ask about the book of second Esdras. I would like your opinion on chapter 7. It seems as though no one in this earth age has much of a chance to make it to Heaven I appreciate you so much God Bless
(WEB Note: Additional question from Dorothy) I asked a question about the second book of Esdras but did not state that I was wanting to know what you thought about chapter 7 where it speaks about what happens when we die.
Name: Brandon T. Ward
Answer: Foreword: For those who are not aware 2 Esdras 7 is a part of the Apocrypha which was included in the original 1611 KJV Bible. It was removed from the KJV Bible in 1885AD. The Apocrypha consists of 15 books and some of them I believe hold true value. We can always ensure they align with the Scriptures by seeking out a double witness.
Dorothy, I am glad you asked this question. It happens to touch on a study we are currently writing. You are correct. The Bible itself and 2 Esdras 7 both state not many will be saved and I believe this book is the best documentation of that.
2 Esdras 7:3-9 and Matthew 7:13-14 both complement one another. They both describe a very narrow path that leads to life. Yet, most people never walk that path, instead walking along the broad path that leads to destruction because it is easier for them.
2 Esdras 7:16,
“And why have you not considered in your mind what is to come, rather than what is now present?”
Many of us get caught up in our daily lives and never give our Father much thought. We are always worried about tomorrow and loose sight of God’s Eternal Kingdom. Instead we worry about the latest gadget, toy or what will make us look better in man’s eyes completely loosing sight of the big picture which is “the great sea of life” spoken of in 2 Esdras 7:3-9. We never consider “what is to come” which are unimaginable rewards that will be issued by our Father (1 Corinthians 2:9).
2 Esdras 7:68-70 explains we are all sinners and if “He did not give out of his goodness so that those who have committed iniquities might be relieved of them, not one ten-thousandth of mankind could have life.” We are saved by His Gracious gift, our Father sent His only begotten Son into the world to die so we could have Eternal life if we so choose (John 3:16). While you did not ask, we are going to look at chapter eight.
2 Esdras 8:1-3
1 “He answered me and said, “The Most High made this world for the sake of many, but the world to come for the sake of few.”
2 “But I tell you a parable, Ezra. Just as, when you ask the earth, it will tell you that it provides very much clay from which earthenware is made, but only a little dust from which gold comes; so is the course of the present world.”
3 “Many have been created, but few shall be saved.”
Which aligns with Matthew 22:14. Should any of this surprise us though? Look at our world today, look at how unrighteousness abounds in these end times. Even look at the churches of today how they openly and proudly accept the sinful ways of the world and lead their congregations down that broad path of destruction.
Let us now move to your final question which concerns what happens when we die. When our flesh body dies, our spirit returns to our Father who gave it (2 Corinthians 5:8, Ecclesiastes 12:6-7). Esdras documents the same example only with more details. In Luke 16:19-31 we read the account of Lazarus and the Rich Man. The Rich Man explains he is burning with torment which is only a figure of speech for the shame he is feeling. He goes on to explain in verse 26 that there is a great gulf or divide between himself and Lazarus who is on the other side of this great divide with Abraham. The Rich Man now believed as he could see, but it was too late for him. With that foreword, we can now document this in 2 Esdras 7:78-87 with greater detail.
2 Esdras 7:78-87
78 “Now, concerning death, the teaching is: When the decisive decree has gone forth from the Most High that a man shall die, as the spirit leaves the body to return again to him who gave it, first of all it adores the glory of the Most High.”
79 “And if it is one of those who have shown scorn and have not kept the way of the Most High, and who have despised his law, and who have hated those who fear God –”
80 “such spirits shall not enter into habitations, but shall immediately wander about in torments, ever grieving and sad, in seven ways.”
Remember, the soul has already returned to our Father. The soul is now like the Rich Man, on the wrong side of the gulf or the great divide in Heaven.
81 “The first way, because they have scorned the law of the Most High.”
82 “The second way, because they cannot now make a good repentance that they may live.”
This is why we must repent now for our sins so they may be washed away.
83 “The third way, they shall see the reward laid up for those who have trusted the covenants of the Most High.”
This perfectly fits the account in Luke of the Rich Man.
84 “The fourth way, they shall consider the torment laid up for themselves in the last days.”
85 “The fifth way, they shall see how the habitations of the others are guarded by angels in profound quiet.”
86 “The sixth way, they shall see how some of them will pass over into torments.”
87 “The seventh way, which is worse than all the ways that have been mentioned, because they shall utterly waste away in confusion and be consumed with shame, and shall wither with fear at seeing the glory of the Most High before whom they sinned while they were alive, and before whom they are to be judged in the last times.”
Readers, can you truly appreciate this last verse? Imagine sitting on the wrong side of the gulf seeing all of the rewards given to the righteous and understanding that you are awaiting your death sentence. I say to everyone this does not have to be your future, you can repent today and come into the open arms of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Ask Him for forgiveness and cease from your sins. Remember, tomorrow is promised to no one… Claim the promise of the seven orders of “those who have kept the ways of the Most High,” (2 Esdras 7:88-98).
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