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Question: Hi! I would just like to know how you came to understand the ‘First Earth Age’ concept/theory and I would also like some Bible Study Tips. I really appreciate your studies and honestly, my perspective on life has never been the same (and will never be the same again).
Name: Brandon T. Ward
Answer: Talya, thank you for the question and I am sure glad to hear our site has been helpful to you.
I first came to understand the idea of The First Earth Age by studying with the Shepherd’s Chapel. I can tell you the more you study and read the Word the more it all comes together and this is one example of many.
As for tips, I strongly suggest reading the Bible verse by verse. I studied this way for years and still do today, though I do a lot of topical studies and bounce around the Bible to accomplish that. If you have children you can teach them verse by verse as well explaining as you go or read the chapter ahead of time and explain it to them later. Both methods work and for very small children the latter is probably the best way to go from my own experience. We do recommend studying from a King James Version Bible which has the least amount of translation errors. It may be slightly difficult to read at first, but give it a few weeks and it will start to flow for you.
I hope that helps to answer your question, if not feel free to reply below or send us an email. Thank you Talya.
Question: Hi Brandon
How do the Islamic Muslims play a part in prophecy?
I’ve done some research and they have been trying to take over the world with sharia law since 600 (est). Are they descendants of Ishmael?
Name: Brandon T. Ward
Answer: Thank you for the question Mark. I am sure you understand this, but let me explain for everyone. “Muslim” or “Moslem” are followers of the religion of Islam, while Arabs are a race of people. Arabs are certainly the descendants of Ishmael who was one of Abraham’s sons. Ishmael’s mother was Hagar an Egyptian (Genesis 16).
Those who believe in Sharia, a sect of the Islamic faith are certainly radical, but who finances their terrorist activities? Who funds them which allows them to be a destructive force? Western Powers who are controlled by who? The children of Satan. We covered the Locust Army in our last edition of Bible Q&A and I certainly think that should be looked over.
Everyone wants to blame the Muslims for terrorism, but they are only the tool being used to cause the destruction. Who is the one swinging the tool? The children of Satan and this has been documented numerous times on our site alone.
I believe a lot of people have a great deal of difficulty when they look at today’s world. Many understand the children of Satan run the world, but when you provide them with specific examples they tend to reject it as it is too much for them to bear. It makes people feel like they have been deceived and they have. The truth of the matter is this deception is only a glimmer of what we will see when Satan steps foot on earth claiming to be Christ.
To answer your question, those in the middle east who are causing destruction are in my opinion only a fragment of the Locust Army mentioned in Joel. They are taking orders and provide the children of Satan with the perfect cover for the continued destruction of those nations who will not go along with the global agenda. Satan and his children use everyone; the economic system, governments, education and religious systems of the world. No one is immune and no one is fighting for a noble cause, except those who fight with the Sword of the Lord , those who place their candle stick where everyone can see it.
Question: How can you explain what Sin is to someone who doesn’t believe in The Word? Or skeptical that The Word is actually the Word of God? It’s a hard and deep question but it is something I wonder how can I explain to those who don’t understand.
Thank you and God Bless
Name: Brandon T. Ward
Answer: Thank you for the question Antonio.
If people are honest with themselves, believers and non-believers alike will recognize the fact that our Father built Commandments 5-10 into our makeup. Other cultures recognize the fact it is not right to kill without cause or take what belongs to someone else. That is natural law. Sin is breaking one of the laws of our Father and those two laws stand out as laws that most people can relate too.
As for someone who is skeptical of the Word there are many reasons for this and it helps if you can identify what they are specifically skeptical about. It will help you to address their concerns. I have found that some people reject the Word because of the false notion the world is only 6,000 years old. We know the earth is far older than that and we understand we are in the flesh due to the fall of Satan in The First Earth Age.
Others find what they believe are contradictions in the Word and much of that is due to the various translations of the Bible. While the KJV Bible has translation errors as well, it is the one we recommend as it is the closest we can come to the original while still reading English.
You will find all sorts of reasons for disbelief. Other people will say history does not document the Word, yet you can find “Proof of God Through Creation and History,” if we are willing to look.
As a matter of fact the other day I realized that history itself did not have a record for king Belshazzar of Babylon who was their last king. Due to that, historians have rejected the book of Daniel which not only documents king Belshazzar, but his fall from power as well. Historians change their tune in the year 1895 A.D. when a stone cylinder was discovered that documented king Belshazzar did in fact exist.
Romans 11:7-8 documents God blinded some people while 2 Thessalonians 2:11 documents if people want to believe a lie “God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie“. Meaning, He will help them along.
Something I always bring up to non-believers is the fact that something cannot come from nothing. The trees, dirt, water, planet, solar system and universe itself had to come from something including all of the laws they follow (gravity, orbits, etc). Dust does not create itself, there was in fact a Creator and His Name is Jehovah our Father.
Since I first tumbled upon your wonderful website over a year ago, never have I’ve learned so much about my Christian faith. I also find great comfort in reading both your articles, essays and the comments from other readers.
With that said, my question is more of a request for possible future Bible Study. Would you be open to doing a few articles on the Parables of Jesus? Christ himself said that he spoke to his disciples in parables because only true believers would truly understand their meaning. I forget what he said verbatim but he emphasized the importance of their content to the disciples in teaching Scripture. I read somewhere that he “encrypted” (if you will) his Parables to keep the knowledge from the K’s.
Thank you and God Bless!
Name: Brandon T. Ward
Answer: Thank you for the comment and kind words James. We thank our Father for it.
We can certainly do a Bible Study on the Parables of Jesus Christ, I think that is a good idea. With respect to the rest of your thoughts I will close leaving you with a clip from our study titled, “The Garden of Eden: The Origins of Satan’s Seed” which covers why Christ spoke in Parables. Thank you James.
10 “And the disciples came, and said unto him, Why speakest thou unto them in parables?”
The disciples wanted to know why Christ taught with parables instead of explaining exactly what He is referring to.
11 “He answered and said unto them, Because it is given unto you to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it is not given.“
From the Mouth of Jesus Christ, the mysteries of God’s Word are not meant to be understood by all. But the Elect will understand.
12 “For whosoever hath, to him shall be given, and he shall have more abundance: but whosoever hath not, from him shall be taken away even that he hath.”
This is a reference to the parable of talents. If you are given a truth from God and you do not act upon it within yourself or share, it becomes useless and will be taken away from you, (Matthew 25:15-30).
13 “Therefore speak I to them in parables: because they seeing see not; and hearing they hear not, neither do they understand.“
Christ is explaining when a parable is given the people do not perceive His speech unless they have eyes to see and ears to hear. Rather, some have been blinded for their own good (Romans 11:7-8).
14 “And in them is fulfilled the prophecy of Esaias, which saith, By hearing ye shall hear, and shall not understand; and seeing ye shall see, and shall not perceive:”
These are not only the Words of Christ, but it was spoken of long ago by the prophet Isaiah. Without a doubt, God designed His Word in this fashion so not all would understand the whole truth of His Word. Will you understand?
15 “For this people’s heart is waxed gross, and their ears are dull of hearing, and their eyes they have closed; lest at any time they should see with their eyes, and hear with their ears, and should understand with their heart, and should be converted, and I should heal them.”
Most peoples eyes and ears are closed, they do not care about God or even try to understand Him. You have to put in work if you wish to understand His Word and if you do, He shall open your eyes and ears.
16 “But blessed are your eyes, for they see: and your ears, for they hear.“
It was for the disciples to understand, but not the multitude. Do you have eyes to see and ears to hear? Just as it was in the time of Christ, the multitude of today still will not understand. However, those chosen by God will understand, pray and ask that your eyes and ears be opened.
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