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Question: Will the people of Israel need the red heifer when they build the temple during the tribulation?
Name: Brandon T. Ward
Answer: Thank you for the question Frank.
Most of Christianity thinks those who call themselves Judah are “God’s chosen people“. What we must realize is that Judah is one tribe of twelve tribes. One single tribe. There are eleven other tribes and along with Judah they spread about the globe fulfilling the promise God made to Abraham that his seed would become many nations (Genesis 17:1-9). Not just one, but many nations and those nations are the Christian nations of today. Dr. E Raymond Capt has an outstanding study guide on this subject.
Further, have you ever asked yourself what “God’s chosen people” even means? Chosen for what? We discussed this topic in our study titled, “The Saints and Their Role in the Tribulation.” They, being all twelve tribes were chosen by God to spread His Word to the nations of the world. Not because He loved them more than anyone else. I want you to understand God had to choose a people to keep His Word coming down from generation to generation and that is the purpose of the twelve tribes. We should note, “there is no respect of persons with God” (Romans 2:11) and God loves all of His children.
So the question remains, do those who claim to be of Judah go by the name of Christ (2 Chronicles 7:14)? Do they call themselves Christians, do they study God’s Word the Bible or another book?
With that having been said I will now answer your question.
No sacrifice is required before the Messiah Jesus Christ returns. Why? Because Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior became our Passover Lamb when He died on the cross for us. His Blood was shed for one and all times.
How about the temple?
Please turn your Bible with me to,
1 Corinthians 3:16-17
16 “Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you?”
17 “If any man defile the temple of God, him shall God destroy; for the temple of God is holy, which temple ye are.”
We are the temple of God Frank. A physical building is not a part of prophecy, I would not be looking for that as a sign of Christ’s appearance and remember the false Christ comes first.
Please turn your Bible with me one more time to,
12 “Him that overcometh will I make a pillar in the temple of my God, and he shall go no more out: and I will write upon him the name of my God, and the name of the city of my God, which is new Jerusalem, which cometh down out of heaven from my God: and I will write upon him my new name.”
He that overcomes what? Those who overcome the Tribulation of Satan. Those who ensure they have enough oil in their lamps and vessels. Those who make a stand for God.
They will be pillars in the temple of our Father.
Additional Reading: Bible: Question, Answer and Discussion for 08-01-2014 Q1
Question: I have a Bible that a very good friend gave to me and it is a Holman Christian Standard Bible – I was reading about studying God’s word and the article suggested that I get the Amplified Bible. Would you please explain what this Bible is and/or make suggestions as to what Bible would be better to a new learner of our father’s word? I like my Bible as it is written in more simplistic terms that makes it easier for me to understand but always worry about man’s translations. I listen to Pastor Arnold Murray on TV almost daily and get so much out of his teachings but know that I need to study on my own also.
Thank you so much for everything this ministry does to help God’s children.
Name: Brandon T. Ward
Answer: Patty thank you for the question and you are very welcome.
We recommend the Standard King James Version Bible. Yes, at first it might be a little more difficult to understand with the old English, but trust me that fades away very quickly! It really is not as difficult as many make it out to be. If we think back to the times of old children used to learn how to read from this Book. You can do it Patty!
We also recommend the Companion Bible by Dr. E. W. Bullinger. This is a Standard King James Version Bible with the notes of Dr. Bullinger in the margin. Some of the notes are proper translations of words etc. which really help the newer student of the Bible. You can order one through the Shepherd’s Chapel or through online retailers like Amazon.com as an example.
Additional Reading: Why We Use the King James Bible
Question: Can you tell me about when Jesus was born? And if it’s ok to celebrate it? I would like too without trees and lights and a bunch of lies. Thank you God Bless
Name: Brandon T. Ward
Answer: Thank you for the question George. While it is not common knowledge among Christians of today, our Lord and Savior was actually born on September 29th and conceived on December 25th. Dr. Bullinger did an outstanding job of documenting through the scriptures the correct birth date of Jesus Christ. One of the most obvious signs is the shepherd’s would not have been tending their flocks in the field during the cold winter months. Instead, the shepherds would have had their animals pinned up in their barns at this time and thus not tending to their flocks in the field.
If we understand “the course of Abia” from the Scriptures then we can come to understand the truth birth date of Christ was September 29th.
With that said, I believe we should still celebrate on December 25th. Why? On December 25th the conception of Jesus Christ took place in the womb of Mary. In that moment, in that instant, “the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us,” (John 1:14). Our Savior was effectively placed on this earth and that is worth rejoicing over!
I agree with you about leaving out the tree’s and all of the consumerism that has overtaken the day set aside to honor our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. We spoke about this in our last edition of Bible Q&A.
Instead, let us bring Christ into Christmas. We can do that by getting together with our families and enjoying a wonderful meal together in honor of Christ. Do a Bible study and teach your children the truth of what happened on December 25th. Put together activities for them like coloring pages which can be downloaded online for free or other arts and crafts. This is a great way to gain the attention of your children and help them understand the true meaning of Christmas.
Question: Thank you for serving God through your blog. Can you describe spiritual warfare? I strongly feel I have been attacked at 2 different points in my life; both in which I was serving the Lord in a more bold way. It doesn’t scare me because I have God’s protection and love, but I would really like to understand it better.
Name: Brandon T. Ward
Answer: Thank you for the question Michelle. Spiritual warfare is essentially Satan and his angels (evil spirits) intervening in peoples life in a negative way.
I believe there are a couple different categories to spiritual warfare. One is very broad and the other is very personal.
Broadly we see spiritual warfare playing out daily on a global level. We were told in 2 Timothy 3:1-5 and 2 Peter 3:3-4 that during the last days wickedness in the world would increase and we are witnessing that with each passing day. A great example is homosexual marriage which is now legal in 33 of the 50 states.
Spiritual warfare on a personal level consists of what you described, personal attacks which are caused by evil spirits. I have never experienced one of these attacks myself, but I do have close friends that have. One friend explained when they were trying to apply God’s Word to their life they were spiritually attacked violently.
Not all attacks are violent however. Someone of them can feel very positive.
One friend explained they truly thought it was God who was talking to them and comforting them as well. Even to the degree of making them feel very warm inside. They were so moved they told me about it the same day, but things quickly did not add up during our conversation. I explained to them it was not God telling them those things and explained why. Later that night this person became terrified because they could feel something trying to overcome them is how it was described. I demanded with authority that the evil spirit leave the individual and the home in the name of Jesus Christ. It is extremely important to note that I have no power, but it is by the name of Jesus Christ that carries the weight and made it possible. We then prayed together and I anointed (with olive oil) the home and the individual as well in the name of Jesus Christ (James 5:14).
From my experience spiritual attacks come upon new believers or Christians trying to get closer to our Father and that is one of the last things Satan wants to see happen.
As you said though Michelle, we have God’s protection and should not be afraid (Deuteronomy 31:6, Isaiah 41:10, Psalms 27: “Whom Shall I Fear?”). Instead, we should go on the offensive and order out the evil in the name of Jesus Christ boldly and with authority.
Let us open our Bibles and read about spiritual warfare and how we can be prepared for it.
10 “Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might.”
First we must be strong in the Lord. We must be a spiritual warrior for Christ strong enough to fend off the enemy. You may recall the account of the men who tried to cast out evil spirits in the name of Jesus Christ. It did not work, because they lacked faith and instead were overcome by those same evil spirits (Acts 19:13-16). We must be strong and firm in our beliefs and let wickedness know we will not be shaken or intimidated because we have Jesus Christ on our side. We boldly demand with authority and order out any evil in our homes and lives in the name of Jesus Christ.
11 “Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.”
This is not physical armour, but spiritual armor and we wear it in order to stand again Satan.
12 “For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.”
Spiritual warfare. We put on the armour of God for this fight.
13 “Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.”
Ultimately, we will wear this armour during the Tribulation of Satan.
14 “Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness;”
Verse 14-17 will document we are talking about spiritual items that we must posses in order to stand against Satan.
15 “And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace;”
That Gospel of peace is the Word of God.
16 “Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked.”
We quench the fiery darts of the wicked with our shield of faith. If we only have a little faith we are not going to stop many darts. We need to be strong in our faith and resolute.
17 “And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God:”
We can also read about this sword in Revelation 1:12-16 and Revelation 19:15 among other places. This sword is the Word of God and the truth of His Word cuts both ways. It is the sword we can always count on to conquer our enemies.
Additional Reading: The Oil of the Ten Virgins
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