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Question: Matthew 4:3 And when the tempter came to him, he said, If thou be the Son of God, command that these stones be made bread. My question is, why did Satan phrase his question they way he did? Why did he say to Jesus “if” thou be the son of God. Surly he knew Jesus was the only begotten son of God, so why did he say “if” thou be?
Name: Brandon T. Ward
Answer: Joy, great question.
I believe this to be a mis-translation in the KJV Bible. There is not a doubt in my mind that Satan knew Jesus Christ was the Son of God. They both are called the Morning Star and they both sang together for joy in The World That Was, a topic we will cover in a new study soon to be released.
Let us take a look at this word “If“. One of its meanings is “forasmuch as“. With this meaning Satan is stating a fact, ‘forasmuch as thou be the Son of God, command that these stones be made bread.‘ Instead of a question we have a statement. Ask yourself, what was Satan trying to accomplish? He was trying to take advantage of Christ’s weakened state in the flesh in order to destroy God’s Plan. Satan has done this since The First Earth Age.
I would like to document for you that the evil spirits can recognize Christ. If they can, Satan most certainly can as he is their leader.
15 “And the evil spirit answered and said, Jesus I know, and Paul I know; but who are ye?”
As we can see clearly from God’s Word, even the evil spirits recognize Christ and so did Satan. Anytime we find a contradiction or something that seems odd in God’s Word we need to take a step back and think about what we already know to be true in the Bible and then analyze the translated words themselves.
Additional Reading: Why We Use the King James Bible
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Question: Someone told me that God said not all races are created equally & some are meant to be slaves. Is this true?
Name: Brandon T. Ward
Answer: Thank you for the question.
Someone has not read the Word of God because that is completely untrue. God loves all of His children. Let us document that.
26 “And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth.”
Did it say only certain men would have dominion over the earth? Or certain races of men would have dominion over other races of men? Absolutely not.
27 “So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them.”
28 “And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth.”
We have just read about the sixth day of creation when mankind in general was created by God for His pleasure (The man “Adam,” was not created until what we will call the eighth day). Let us read one more verse to see what God thinks about His creation of mankind, all of the races which were created on the sixth day.
31 “And God saw every thing that he had made, and, behold, it was very good. And the evening and the morning were the sixth day.”
God looked on His creation of mankind, all of the races, and said it was very good! Thank you for the question.
Question: As with most of us Christians that know we are in the Fig Tree Generation, we are watching everything in the world and seeing end of age prophecies coming into play:
We expect to see Satan as the anti-christ arrive pretending to be Jesus Christ. If Christians expect to witness the arrival of Our Lord and Savior coming in the clouds of angels then do we look for Satan to do the same.
Name: Brandon T. Ward
Answer: Thank you for the question Chuck.
For those not aware, I believe Paul used the word “cloud” as a figure of speech in 1 Thessalonians 4:17. In Hebrews 12:1 Paul talks about running a foot race and how he is surrounded by a “cloud of witnesses,” simply meaning a lot of people.
The subject of 1 Thessalonians 4 starting at verse 13 is where are the dead. The explanation given in the next few verses simply document how we gather back with Christ and those who have passed on before us. Naturally, Jesus Christ is going to return with a mighty army of Saints, those who have passed on before us. It will appear as Paul said in Hebrews 12:1, a “cloud” of people.
We know from Revelation 12:9 that Satan and his angels are cast out of Heaven onto the earth by Michael at the sixth trumpet. Satan is going to do a good job of imitating Christ (for those who are not aware the false messiah comes first) down to the very appearance of Christ as well.
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