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Welcome to our bi-weekly post Bible Question, Answer and Discussion where we provide Bible verses, answers and advice to the questions and concerns you have. During the course of the last two weeks readers have submitted their questions and today we are going to answer one of them. So please join us and feel free to chime in on the discussion in the comments section below this post.

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Question 1:

Name: Trish
Question: Can you explain the difference between the wife and the bride of Christ ?
Thank you


Name: WEB Staff
Answer: Thank you for the question Trish.

I do not believe there is a difference between the two. If you look up the two words; “bride” and “wife” in the Strong’s Concordance you will find there certainly is a difference between the two words though. “Bride” is more of a reference to a young married woman while “wife” simply means wife or woman. God’s Word has certainly been written on many levels, but scripture does not declare a difference between the two. Let us document that, please turn your Bible with me to,

Revelation 21:9
9 “And there came unto me one of the seven angels which had the seven vials full of the seven last plagues, and talked with me, saying, Come hither, I will shew thee the bride, the Lamb’s wife.”

The bride and wife are one and the same. Who is the bride (those who love and stand for our Father)? The Lamb’s wife, who will participate in the great wedding at the end of the Tribulation and she will spiritually marry the Lamb who is Jesus Christ (John 1:29).



Question 2:

Name: Dave
Question: Good Morning,

I am trying to better understand Matthew 5:38-39. I instinctively have a hard time believing that Christ wants us to not defend ourselves against physical and verbal assaults. How would the heathens ever respect us Christians if we were viewed as nothing more than pacifist punching bags. As a victim of bullying in grade school (in a private Christian school no less), I found my only recourse was to stand up for myself, not just ‘turn the other cheek.’ Am I wrong in my belief?


Name: Brandon T. Ward
Answer: Good morning right back at you Dave and thank you for the question.

I am sure you learned a lot from those days in grade school and your only recourse was the right thing to do.

You are absolutely correct, Christians are not a bunch of sissies! God cannot use a sissy. God needs men and woman who will stand up for themselves and Him. Further, we know our Father’s Letter does not contradict itself. If we look back through scripture we can note all of the wars the Lord had Israel fight. At times they lost sight of the fact that the Lord was there and played the coward and it never got them anywhere until they listened to their Father and marched forward. Please turn your Bible with me to,

Psalm 144:1
1 “A Psalm of David. Blessed be the LORD my strength, which teacheth my hands to war, and my fingers to fight:”

LORD in all uppercase, that is Jehovah our Father in Heaven who does what? Teaches our hands to war, to fight against those who would come against us. God wants warriors spiritually and or otherwise to make that stand for Him.

The verses you quoted have certainly caused a lot of confusion and I feel the subject resides in verses 11 where Christ said, “for my sake“. With that thought in mind let us turn to the book of Luke where this should bring it home for us.

Luke 6:22
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.”

Bless are you when what? When men hate you and separate themselves from you for the Son of man’s sake, for the sake of Jesus Christ. Meaning, when you make a stand for Christ and when He is that reason for strife. That is the subject and the condition that carries through from here on out. Let us continue.

Luke 6:28-29
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.”

When Christ is the reason for the offense then you are blessed and that is also when you should turn the other cheek. A lot of Christians have a tough time keeping their lips closed and over share the Word of God. Sharing is a wonderful thing, but if you overload someone else who is on another level than you there becomes a great chance for tensions to rise. I am sure everyone knows what I am talking about here. Share, but know at what level and to what degree. Never, ever unload all of our knowledge or the knowledge we think we have on someone else at once. Instead, fish like Christ taught us. Give a little here and let them take in the spiritual bait. When they tug the line, that is when you give a little more.

Additional Reading:
Bible Q&A Q2 from 6-17-2016



Question 3:

Name: Todd
Question: Brandon;

What is your scriptural belief of hell? Is it to you the consuming fire of God and the eternal dissipation of one’s spirit as smoke rising into nothingness? As a spit over the fire, metaphorically speaking? And in having been done also the blotting out of the Book of Life of such individual. And therefore end of story? Or as scripture seems to depict, a more literal punishable fire and brimstone and lake of fire eternal scenario? Which is it in your interpretive study? Seems to be something in rightly dividing the Word for me to be complex even by the use of the Strong’s! And it is Exhaustive! 🙂 Thank you so very much for your Elect brotherhood in Christ! See you on the inside gate of New Jerusalem University!


Name: Brandon T. Ward
Answer: Thank you for the question Todd, you are doing fine.

I love this subject and I am going to include two links below this answer filled with in depth documentation. Please take the time to read them I think you will enjoy them.

I am going to take a guess and say you will know the answer to these questions, but putting them together here should help it gel in your mind.

What is our God?

  • …”Our God is a consuming fire.” – Hebrews 12:29

Is our Father the God of the dead or of the living?

  • …”He is not a God of the dead, but of the living: for all live unto him.” – Luke 20:38

Our Father is a consuming fire and that is exactly how this earth age will be destroyed, by His Fire (2 Peter 3:10). God is not going to have a bunch of burning dead people hanging around forever and ever. Our Father’s Word is filled with symbolism and parables as it is not meant for all to understand, however it does provide for different levels of teaching and understanding (Mark 4:11-12).

Is God really a fire? Of course not, the fire is simply His Holy Spirit that chars those who hate Him and warms those who love Him.

Please turn your Bible with me to,

Revelation 20:14-15
14 “And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death, the first is of the flesh.”

15 “And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire.”

What does the word “hell” actually mean? If you open the Strong’s Concordance that you referred to you will see it is word 86 in the Greek and simply means “grave“. Not a burning pit of screaming charred bodies.

Let me ask, is death and hell something tangible? No. Yet we were told they were cast into the lake of fire. This is symbology as well that means death including Satan will be destroyed and this is very permanent (Hebrews 2:14).

At the end of the Millennium, at the White Throne Judgement “God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away,(Revelation 21:4).


Additional Reading:
Bible Q&A from 6-5-2015 – Q3

Bible Q&A from 6-14-2014 – Q4


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  1. In regards to question 1 by “Trish”…I agree the “bride” and “wife” would be the same, but only…AFTER…the marriage has taken place with the “bride” and she learns to always be FAITHFUL & TRUE to the BRIDEGROOM / HUSBAND…HOWEVER…there *is* a CURRENT wife from the First Earth Age that NEVER left HIS side, and remained as such. And that would be the 7000 that God has RESERVED that would NEVER bow a knee to Baal / Satan. (1 Kings 19:18 & Romans 11:4) For those who are interested in a DEEPER study of this…let me document and elaborate further, which I’ve shared on WEB before…in a reply to our awesome brother and poster…”Driving for God”.

    I’m at the position, that the 7000 are the same as the *WIFE / SELECT / ZADOK / REMNANT / SEVEN EYES / ELECTION / THOSE WHO WOULD NOT BOW TO BAAL ANTICHRIST / FIRSTFRUITS* in the First Earth Age… already been *justified* for standing against Satan at his rebellion…bearing in mind, that the number 7 stands for Spiritual Completeness / Perfection in Biblical numeric…so that could be ANY number God deems it to be.

    God has *PREDESTINATED* the *SELECT / WIFE*…so unlike most *FREEWILLS*…God will intervene and turn them around in this Second Earth Age, as needed, to bring about *His* Will / Plan, for they know *not* what to pray for (Romans 8:26) being that their memories were wiped clean in this Earth Age. They are certainly one of God’s Methods used, to bring things to pass….*EXACTLY*…as it is written!

    God knows that He can definitely *count* on them! They *NEVER* left / leave His side…just like the *elder* brother, in the parable of the Prodigal son…*UNLIKE* the 144,000, which I believe is the same as the *BRIDE / INVITED / FIRSTFRUITS ELECT to Christ, in this 2nd Earth Age…who had done so at various points. We should note however, that…*BOTH* the *SELECT WIFE* & the *INVITED BRIDE* are *FIRSTFRUITS*…but from DIFFERENT Earth Ages.

    Ezekiel 44…one of the *Millennium* chapters, helps to better put what I’ve stated, into perspective. In this chapter we learned what people will be doing in the Millennium age…boot-camp time, where discipline will be taught! This chapter also focuses on several different types of “overcomers”, or categories of people that will be in the Millennium…but we will only focus on the SELECT / WIFE vs the INVITED / BRIDE for this subject…the priests and also the ministers that ultimately came to the Truth, but too late…for they are not allowed to approach Christ in the Millennium age.

    Ezekiel 44:10 “And the Levites that are gone away far from Me, when Israel went *ASTRAY*, which went *ASTRAY* away from Me after their idols; they SHALL even BEAR their iniquity.”

    *****That verse is one of the *main* reasons…why I take the position, that the *BRIDE / INVITED / 144,000 / LIMITED FREEWILLS*…went *ASTRAY*…but…came to their senses…*BEFORE*…Christ Yeshua returns.

    Christ is speaking to Ezekiel about the Levites *leaving their spiritual posts*…way back in the early days. It was the Levites that allowed the Israelites of both Houses to go *ASTRAY*…nothing new under the sun! They do so in this Last Days Generation as well!

    The ordained Levites were *scattered* amongst all tribes, to fulfill their duties before God. So…in the final days of this Earth Age, it is *also* the 144,000 scattered amongst all tribes, (12,000 from each)…being sealed at this time…will be saved, along with the other *overcomers*. They would also hear the *SELECT / WIFE* including the *Two Witnesses* teach and prophecy…the Spirit of God speaks through them. Those Levites, who also went astray, will be saved…to fill their Levitical duties of the Millennium.

    Now, if you continue reading the following verses…you will see that they would pay an ultimate price in the *Millennium* for that…in that they…*are* allowed to be ministers in Christ’s Millennium Sanctuary, teaching those who have been deceived….BUT…they are *NOT* allowed to go near Christ or His Holy Things, as evident in the following verse:

    “Ezekiel 44:13 “And they shall *NOT* come near unto me, to do the office of a priest unto me, *NOR* to come near to any of my holy things, in the most holy place: *BUT* they shall bear their shame, and their abominations which they have

    *****Christ is telling them, YES…you are saved…BUT..stay OUT of my sight for this Millennium period! Your job is teaching sinners the *RIGHT* Way now. You peddled your rapture, Easter instead of PASSOVER, along with other *FALSE* doctrines, traditions of men, thus playing games with the enemy…well now you can spend the next thousand years *CORRECTING* your wayward ways. Our Lord continues>>>>

    Ezekiel 44:14 “But I will make them keepers of the charge of the house, for all the service thereof, and for all that shall be done therein.”

    *****Well…who can blame our Lord? They had caused the flocks to follow things contrary to our Heavenly Father, thus leading them straight into Satan’s camp.

    Ezekiel 44:15-16 “BUT the *PRIESTS* the Levites, the sons of *ZADOK*, that kept the charge of My sanctuary when the children of Israel went astray from Me, they shall come near to Me to minister unto Me, and they shall stand before Me to offer unto Me the fat and the blood, saith the Lord God: They shall enter into My sanctuary, and they shall come near to My table, to minister unto Me, and they shall keep My charge.”

    *****These priests are the (SELECT / WIFE) that were *NOT* deceived for one moment by Satan the Antichrist, and it is they that shall stand before Me to offer unto Me the “fat and the blood” offering…we should note however, that there is *NO* flesh in the Millennium, so these are symbolic of the gifts and sacrifices of the Millennium period.

    The *SELECT / WIFE* will be the personal representatives and the ones doing the work and judging over all the people, for our Lord. They will be the only ones that Christ gives unconditional controls, for they have been found to be true and steadfast.


    God’s Word is “pregnant”…as PAM used to say, and I’m a student who’s eager to grow and mature in It each day…so I keep an OPEN mind, welcome and appreciate all that is so graciously shared by my brothers and sisters in Christ, on WEB!

    God Bless.

    • Good evening EyeonGod. First let me say I know you mean well, but we have hashed this subject out more than a few times now. We do not teach nor promote this belief and I think it is time to let it rest. If I walked into a church that taught about a rapture for example and told the teacher he is wrong because of x, y and z I would be shown the door and understandably so. It is not my place to do that. Everyone is encouraged to comment here if they wish, but there is a difference between commenting and continually promoting content we do not believe in and or teach.

      Your belief is based on one verse in the book of Kings with no context to the end times and no second witness. The rest of your belief as laid out here does not properly align with scriptures and the verses are wrongly applied to fit your belief.

      There is no such thing as a “very elect” and we documented that here:

      Further, one cannot be a part of the “Remnant” and still be one of the 7,000 as your belief supports. “Remnant” are those who have already passed on. Your belief offers a lot of confusing details, phrases and verses to try and support your position that does not properly align with scripture. God is not the offer of confusion, so when beliefs start to get confusing something is wrong (1 Corinthians 14:33).

      Instead we know the Tribulation of Satan cannot begin until the 144,000 are sealed (Revelation 7). Nowhere does it mention anything about a 7,000 being sealed.

      The following is a quote from our comment to your original post that you copied above. It can be found here:

      Revelation 14:1
      “And I looked, and, lo, a Lamb stood on the mount Sion, and with him an hundred forty and four thousand, having his Father’s name written in their foreheads”.

      7,000? No, 144,000 stood with Christ on Mount Sion. What did they have? God’s name written in their foreheads. The seal of God spoken of in Revelation 7.

      Revelation 14:3
      “And they sung as it were a new song before the throne, and before the four beasts, and the elders: and no man could learn that song but the hundred and forty and four thousand, which were redeemed from the earth.”

      Who knew this song? 7,000? No, 144,000 and only they knew this song.

      Revelation 14:4
      “These are they which were not defiled with women; for they are virgins. These are they which follow the Lamb whithersoever he goeth. These were redeemed from among men, being the firstfruits unto God and to the Lamb“.

      Who followed the Lamb wherever He went? Who were the firstfruits unto God? 7,000? No. 144,000 spoken above.

      Revelation 14:5
      “And in their mouth was found no guile: for they are without fault before the throne of God“.

      Again, who is without fault? 7,000? No. The 144,000 from the verses above.

      The 144,000 did not fail during the Tribulation. They were sealed by our Father for a purpose, they followed the Lamb, they followed Christ wherever He went and they had no fault before our Father. As you and everyone else can see I have laid out my case here once again as in the past, clearly and concisely based on God’s Word of the subject you have discussed. This is not confusing, rather it is very clear who stand with Christ and it is the 144,000.

      • Thank you Brandon for understanding that I DO “mean well” and for reminding me or again bringing to my attention that WEB…”do not teach nor promote this belief”…I take that to mean referring to the 7000 which I believe are the ELECTION / FIRSTFRUITS of the First Earth Age, the “Very Elect”…since that’s what I’ve gathered from our past discussions on this subject…that you strongly disagree with.

        I acknowledge and accept responsibility for neglecting to remove that part of the “Very Elect”…OUT… of that copy and paste from a past discussion where we’ve discussed this at length, which I’ve disclosed above…that was posted on WEB at the link you so courteously provided. For that I do apologize and edited the term “VERY ELECT”…to read…”ELECTION” instead.

        I’ve mentioned a few times in the past, since subscribing to WEB…that I greatly appreciate and value all that you do in God’s Service, Brandon…so I am in no way, shape or form challenging or as you put it…” told the teacher he is wrong because of x, y and z”…but in fact, I did state: “I agree the “bride” and “wife” would be the same, but only…AFTER…the marriage has taken place with the “bride” and…………”

        I was merely sharing…MY “POSITION”…on that subject, as evident in me stating…”I’m at the position, that the 7000 are the same as…………”

        *not* at all…challenging or directing it to the “WEB Staff” that provided the answer to question 1…I’d like to make that quite clear. We are on WEB to learn, grow, stay afresh, fellowship with one another, mature in God’s Word, which your Topical Studies greatly help with…and to keep the Watch as to Current Events as it relates to God’s Word…and those…you so graciously provide as God has gifted you to help feed His flock in these DARK last days. And O’ how we truly appreciate and feel blessed to have WEB and The Shepherd’s Chapel chapter by chapter, verse by verse daily Bible studies…to keep us *WELL FED*!

        With that been said…you’ve stated:

        “Everyone is encouraged to comment here if they wish, but there is a difference between commenting and continually promoting content we do not believe in and or teach.”

        *****In all fairness, strongly respecting that you do not want that teaching on WEB and *will* comply…I’ve learned about the “Very Elect” and almost all Bible teachings in my over 23 years of serious Bible study, with SC’s PAM…(Dennis’ Biblical scholarly mentor apart from our Heavenly Master Scholar)…whom I deeply admired and believed…to be one of God’s “REMNANT” teachers of these end days, a great Bible scholar and teacher, with over 60 years teaching experience, and considered him to be part of the “Elijah” ministry, to turn the hearts of the children, back to the Father. PAM has had a *literal* DIVINE experience and CONTACT showing God’s APPROVAL of what he taught His flock on a given topic, as he does before all his Lectures…which he had earnestly PRAYED for GOD to help him *not* MISLEAD anyone that he teaches… which PAM graciously shared with us (being such a private individual for things in his personal life, but felt led to share that experience) before he passed…he is the only one I know that taught about the “seed of the Serpent” the Kenites among other teachings of God’s Word that are FIRSTS…and PASSOVER…calculated the Biblical Way, etc. I’m not sure how many on WEB had the opportunity to hear that Lecture of PAM Divine experience while in his garden, and even had witness with him at that time. So I truly believe that he was gifted and blessed by God to do what he had done in all those years…many have learned much about about the *seed of the Serpent / Kenites from him…and went on to teach on their own today. PAM was gifted to the point of correcting the rapture teachings, which another great scholar of God’s Word, for his time…Bullinger…also believed in…and PAM greatly admired him as one of the best scholars there was…for he considered the time Bullinger lived in…and what he had to work with…as far as the rapture was concerned. We learned that God was speaking to us, as per Christ, as to Satan being CAST OUT…5 days *before* PASSOVER..from the Voice that Thundered in the Book of John…I’ve NEVER heard this taught by any other Bible teacher. God is the One Who sent us gifted Bible teachers and scholars, left us a “REMNANT” throughout the generations…for LORD knows many of us NEED them to help us grow, mature and understand with intelligence…HIS Words and prepare us for the coming Tribulation of Satan…so I’m in no way following a man or men…BUT…GOD’S TEACHINGS…through the gifted ones. All the given credentials…to make the following notes, which I believe are important to know for the sake of the young in Christ—->

        You’ve stated:
        “Further, one cannot be a part of the “Remnant” and still be one of the 7,000 as your belief supports. “Remnant” are those who have already passed on.”

        For the sake of CLARITY…which I know you are aware of Brandon…I agree that the “REMNANT” are those who have passed on…but I will add…”passed on”….BEFORE…Christ Yeshua returns at the 2nd Advent…like PAM did…for God always leave us a REMNANT throughout the generations…inclusive of *this* End generation of the Fig Tree. Those who are alive at Christ’s return…are the ELECTION + ELECT 144,000…not addressing ALL the Overcomers / those saved by Salvation apart from the Millennium priests here.

        I do *not* mean to confuse or mislead anyone…GOD KNOWS…I thought that I’ve documented and made quite clear…my position as to how I understood it over the years……but clearly… you do *not* believe that’s the way it would be or is, which I respect…it’s *not* a SALVATION issue not to agree on that subject, I believe. I *do* pray about things before I share them…and Biblically documented my position…and correct…God is *not* the *AUTHOR* of confusion…but of Peace…He is a Cardio-Knower…and HE knows, that was *not* at all my intention…what I’ve shared is how I understood it to be over the many years with SC…and we’ll agree to disagree on things we disagree on…with brotherly love…until God leads us otherwise…He has used your gift…to change my position on the *timing* of the 2 Witnesses, which I’ve given testimony to…a few times on WEB, Brandon…so I *do* greatly value and appreciate what you do in His Service, I reiterate. THANK GOD…for His tender mercies in leaving us the very FEW…that teach and share His Truths in this DARK End generation filled with continued APOSTASY and FAMINE of Amos 8:11.

        I would love to see a work done by you in the future…on *your* position on EZEKIEL 40-48 or the parts that *you* consider to be the Millennium chapters, if at all. SC teaches 40-48 as the MILLENNIUM chapters …which BTW…they are teaching the rebroadcast of that Book right now…can’t wait to revisit PAM’S chapter and verse teachings on those chapters…for that’s where we differ in part as to the MILLENNIUM PRIESTS that went ASTRAY, but came OUT of BABEL / CONFUSION before Christ returns…but the ZADOK never did though…and if it truly is the MILLENNIUM chapters…then it will also have to “ALIGN” with Revelation 14:1-5 and all that you’ve stated. We as Christian believers aim to…Rightly Divide the Word, Time and Place, etc. to learn the Right Way…I’d like to see your work to reconcile EZEKIEL MILLENNIUM CHAPTERS & REVELATION as to this topic…you just might be used to CHANGE my position again…if needs be…for like I’ve ended before and also above:

        “God’s Word is “pregnant”…as PAM used to say, and I’m a student who’s eager to grow and mature in It each day…so I keep an OPEN mind, welcome and appreciate all that is so graciously shared by my brothers and sisters in Christ, on WEB!

        And BTW…I’m a bit confused…where did I ever state, that the 7000 are to be “sealed”? Like you indicated in your comment.

        I cannot find where I’ve stated such. I believe that God has *PREDESTINATED* the ELECTION and have stated such…and I’ll add…that since they NEVER leave His side…they diligently study God’s Word with greater understanding more than others…God will make sure of it to bring to pass HIS Will and Plan…they meaning those that…are or were… on earth in this Last Generation…have helped or are still helping…with the SEALING of the 144,000…for we are dealing with this Fig Tree generation on this.

        Thanks again for all you do on WEB Brandon…we are blessed to have you.

        • Good morning EyeonGod.

          I have said what I have said as clear as I can say it. I understand your position and you are entitled to it, however it is not one I support and I have not seen documentation to support it. Enough is enough. Churches do not have message forms for a reason. I have placed my own personal financial investment into operating and running this site. I invest countless hours building it, publishing content, researching and writing studies to share God’s Word with those who want to hear it. I have not performed these tasks so individuals can continually post beliefs I do not agree with. In closing, I do not appreciate in the least you trying to pit The Shepherd’s Chapel against myself and this site. I highly admire Pastor Arnold Murray and Pastor Dennis Murray.

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