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Question: How old was Solomon when he began his reign? I know you can’t put a for sure answer to it , but get as close as you can. Thank you Minnie
Name: WEB Staff
Answer: Minnie, thank you for the question. Solomon’s age when he began to reign is not recorded in the Bible or history. All we know is he was born late in David’s life. He was about 10 or 11 when Absalom his older brother died and he reigned for 40 years. We know when he built the temple and when he built his own house. It is not recorded when he was born and there is no cross reference so there is no way to figure it out. But he was young, he had to be, David was in his old age when Solomon was born, David died when he was 70, so what is old age? 50? maybe 45. Solomon couldn’t have been older than 25, probably younger.
Question: Can you please give me the difference between Law , Statute and Ordnance, I understand the Ordinances or Blood Ordinances are no longer , Jesus Christ shed his blood for us so we don’t sacrifice animals or any thing or the sort ….. my confusion is in the difference’s in Laws and Statute’s ….. I have been searching this out for three years now, can some one simplify it ……..
Name: Brandon T. Ward
Answer: Frances, thank you for the question. It sounds like you understand blood Ordnance’s are done away with since Christ became our Passover, that is great.
Concerning the Law and Statue. Simply put, an example of the Law would be the 10 Commandments, while a Statute would be to attend or honor Passover.
Question: Hi Brandon, I was wondering if you knew what role “Enoch” will play in these end times? Pastor Arnold Murray mentioned it in one of his last lessons before passing to the Father. I just can’t remember what he said!
Name: Brandon T. Ward
Answer: Nancy, thank you for the question. Unfortunately, we cannot document in the scriptures what role Enoch will play if any. We do know Enoch and Elijah are the only two people in history that God took before death (Genesis 5:24, 2 King 2:1).
Hebrews 9:27 tells us, “And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment.” Enoch and Elijah never died, but we do know the Two Witnesses will die in the streets of Jerusalem. It is possible that Enoch is one of the Two Witnesses, but no one knows for certain.
Additional Reading: Bible Q&A from 4/25 concerning the Two Witnesses
Question: Where does it say, once saved always saved? Help me out to explain to other churches that teach that.
Name: Brandon T. Ward
Answer: Tim, thank you for the question. You are not going to find, “once saved always saved” in the scriptures. Think for a moment, if you come to know Christ and are even baptized then go out and steal you have committed a new sin. That sin without repentance is a mark on your record. I think you understand that. Without repentance that mark will not go away. Christians are not perfect, we all make mistakes, but we can ask for forgiveness and cease from that specific sin.
There are literally a multitude of verses telling us the exact opposite of “once saved always saved“. Turn your Bible to,
2 Peter 2:20-21
20 “For if after they have escaped the pollutions of the world through the knowledge of the Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, they are again entangled therein, and overcome, the latter end is worse with them than the beginning.”
21 “For it had been better for them not to have known the way of righteousness, than, after they have known it, to turn from the holy commandment delivered unto them.”
That is a pretty powerful verse isn’t it? Let us read a couple more,
24 “But when the righteous turneth away from his righteousness, and committeth iniquity, and doeth according to all the abominations that the wicked man doeth, shall he live? All his righteousness that he hath done shall not be mentioned: in his trespass that he hath trespassed, and in his sin that he hath sinned, in them shall he die.”
13 “When I shall say to the righteous, that he shall surely live; if he trust to his own righteousness, and commit iniquity, all his righteousnesses shall not be remembered; but for his iniquity that he hath committed, he shall die for it.”
I hope these scriptures help you out Tim. Thank You.
Additional Reading: Hebrews 6:4-6, Hebrews 10:26-29
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