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Question: John 8 :44 Ye are of your father the devil,…… The pastor is always quick to ask who was the first murderer, cain of course. I don’t understand why he says First and why he says cain, would you please help me with this.
Name: Brandon T. Ward
Answer: Thank you for the question Tommy.
It is important to note Christ was discussing genealogy with the Pharisees in John 8 and when He stated they are of their “father the devil” He meant it. In Matthew 23:33 Christ states, “Ye serpents, ye generation of vipers, how can ye escape the damnation of hell?” The word “generation” (1081) means “offspring“. We know from the account in the Garden Satan brought up seed (Cain) and it is this seed Christ was speaking of in John 8:44.
We know from Genesis 4:3-7 Cain and Abel both came to the age of accountability at the same time as they brought an offering to God, naturally as they were twins. Cain did not put much effort into his offering to God while Abel brought forward the very best which was respected by our Father. This made Cain extremely upset, but it was Cain who brought this on himself. He is the one who decided to bring an unworthy offering. Please turn your Bible with me to,
8 “And Cain talked with Abel his brother: and it came to pass, when they were in the field, that Cain rose up against Abel his brother, and slew him.”
This is the first documented murder in God’s Word. However, we should understand the Bible is about Adam, his family and those they came in contact with. So naturally we are not given a lot of detail about the other people’s of the earth though they were created on the 6th day (Genesis 1:24-31).
The time frame of verse 8 is somewhere within the 8th day as God rested on the 7th day (Genesis 2:1-3). That means roughly 2,000 years transpired from the creation of mankind on the 6th day to the murder of Abel on the 8th day. While it is not documented, I believe many murders took place during that 2,000 year period.
With that said, I believe Satan is the first murderer on another level. Satan’s decision to rebel against our Father in The First Earth Age brought about this age of flesh, an age where death became a reality, one we are surrounded by daily (Hebrews 2:14).
Question: Does the Bible tell us love ye one another, turn the other cheek? If someone causes you to hate them and undeserving of your respect; If that person is hungry and needs sustenance should we not feed them(mind, body and soul) whether they want it or not?
Name: Brandon T. Ward
Answer: Thank you for the question Rodney. You are referring to a few different things here. Christ does tell us to love one another, please turn your Bible with me to,
34 “A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another.”
35 “By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another.”
This is the mark of a good Christian and our Father loves those who follow His Word, however we should note our Father does hate as we discussed in a prior Bible Q&A. We should strive to love everyone, but that is not possible, not everyone will come to repentance though our Father wishes they would (2 Peter 3:9).
We are to turn the other cheek when we have caused the offense. Please turn your Bible with me to,
Luke 6:22, 28-29
22 “Blessed are ye, when men shall hate you, and when they shall separate you from their company, and shall reproach you, and cast out your name as evil, for the Son of man’s sake.”
28 “Bless them that curse you, and pray for them which despitefully use you.”
29 “And unto him that smiteth thee on the one cheek offer also the other; and him that taketh away thy cloak forbid not to take thy coat also.”
The subject is blessed are those when men hate us for our belief and stand in Christ. If we are discussing scripture with another brother or individual in general and we offend them with our beliefs as we pressed too hard we should take our lump as it was our fault. This verse does not make the Christian a door mat. Christians should always stand their ground, Jesus Christ Himself made a whip and beat the money changers overthrowing their tables and cast them out of the temple (John 2:14-16). Christ is always our example to follow so let us always make sure we are “rightly dividing the word of truth” (2 Timothy 2:15).
With respect to hating someone, our Lord and Savior tells us we should forgive seventy times seven which is 490 times (Matthew 18:21-22). As we expect Christ to forgive us if we repent, so should we forgive those who ask us for our forgiveness. However and once again this does not mean you make yourself a door mat. If you have been wronged by someone over and over and you have forgiven over and over and the issue still continues you separate yourself from that person. You have done your best and it is now up to that person to make the changes needed. You do not need to continue to put yourself through grief because another individual fails to do what is right.
As for feeding that individual because they are down on their luck that is entirely up to you, but you do not force anything onto someone else. I will say and I do not know the circumstances here, but when we continually bail someone out of a situation they placed themselves into we are nursing them along and essentially aiding them with their problems. Sometimes we need to execute tough love which means letting the individual deal with the problem so they can learn how to overcome it and hopefully reach out to our Father in the process.
Finally, I would like to leave everyone with Deuteronomy 15:7-8, 10-11 which discusses how we should treat the poor as it is related to what you asked and may be beneficial to someone.
Question: Brandon-Thank you for all your bible studies and sharing your knowledge with us. I have been studying with Shepherd’s Chapel for over a year now and I have a question regarding the Millennium ..Ezekiel goes into great detail about this time and I am wondering your thoughts on how the ones who still follow satan are during this time? It states that even after the mil some will still follow satan so what are they doing during the mil? Satan and his spirit is locked away but people will still follow him even after hearing and learning the truth but during the mil how do they act? Is there still sin during the Mil?
Name: Brandon T. Ward
Answer: Amy, thank you for the question and you are very welcome. We thank our Father for it.
As Romans 14:11 documents, “As I live, saith the Lord, every knee shall bow to me, and every tongue shall confess to God.” This scripture will be a reality at the beginning of the Millennium. You are correct though this will not last.
Moments before the Millennium begins, at the end of the Tribulation of Satan the people of the earth who were deceived by Satan will wish for rocks to fall on them, prompting every knee to bow before Christ as they recognize Him as our True Savior (Revelation 6:16).
Those that have sinned and failed to follow our Father’s Word have essentially followed Satan and as we discussed in a former Bible Q&A that I would really like you to read, they wander in shame on the wrong side of the gulf in Heaven awaiting their judgement at the end of the Millennium.
There is still sin during the Millennium as wickedness is still present. This is why God Himself will not come down from Heaven to dwell with man until that wickedness is destroyed which occurs at the end of the Millennium which is known as the White Throne Judgement (Revelation 21:1-5).
We have a Bible study titled, “Satan’s Sin“. In this study we discuss what Satan’s Sin was and what happens after the Millennium and drawing on the parallels of The First Earth Age, this age of flesh and the end of the Millennium when Satan is released (Revelation 20:7-9). I think you will enjoy this study and it will allow you to draw a deeper understanding of what I tried to outline for you.
Question: Why did the apostle’s have to die brutal deaths, when you state the elect will be protected and not harmed?
Name: Brandon T. Ward
Answer: Thank you for the question Frank.
The Apostle’s were not an example of how the Elect would be treated. They served an entirely separate purpose. Revelation 6:9 makes it very clear many have died over time for the name of Christ and we documented that above as well.
Let me make something clear. No one should ever listen to what I have to say without documenting what I say in the Word. I typically make that very easy to do with the instant mouse over Bible verses that pop up on the site and the Bible studies we write and reference. I do offer my opinion from time to time and I state that when I do. With that said, I did not say the Elect would be protected and not harmed. Jesus Christ said it.
Please turn your Bible with me to,
18 “But there shall not an hair of your head perish.”
If you read the prior verses you will see this has to do with those that will be delivered up to Satan and various council’s of government. When Christ explains something to us we should believe it. I cannot stress enough we all need to document what we are told in the Bible. While the teachers will be judge first, we all will give a testimony before God of what we did in this life (2 Corinthians 5:10). If we believe a doctrine given to us by men and we fail to seek out the truth in the Word, to document what we were told, who do we really have to blame? Ourselves, especially in the world we live in today where we have electronic Bibles. I am certainly not coming down on you the in the least Frank. I am simply stating this for the benefit of you and everyone else. The churches of today are filled with doctrines of men and I find that very sad. I just ask that we all do our due diligence and if I can assist with that I am more than happy to do so.
Frank we have a Bible study titled, “The Saints and Their Role in the Tribulation” which provides a lot of Biblical support for what Christ said in Luke 21:18. I hope you enjoy it and thank you again for the question.
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