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Question: In chapter three of our study, “The Timeline of the Tribulation,” you state that the sealing has been taking place for years. Will you document that scripturally, please? Also, when the sealing is completed, does this mean that there are no more souls left in heaven to be born of woman? It sounds logical to me, but what are your thoughts on this? I enjoy your website immensely, and also study with the Shepherd’s Chapel. Your format however allows me to print things up and take them to work to study them more deeply, as I have a lot of free time there. I’m lucky! Thank you in advance, and God Bless your work. It is deeply appreciated. I look forward to your response.
Name: Brandon T. Ward
Answer: Juanita, thank you for the question and you are very welcome. I am glad to hear you are enjoying the site.
“It should be clear to you the release of the Four Winds that unleash this great storm on earthly men (“hurt”), cannot begin until the Saints have been Sealed, that is how important the Sealing is to God. The entire reason the Saints must be Sealed with our Father’s Word is to protect them from the lies and deception of these end times. To protect them from the spiritual slaughter of Satan and his angels when they appear on earth at the Sixth Trumpet. This Sealing has been going on for years and continues even to this day and it is obtained by the Saints through their diligent study of our Father’s Word and their love for Him.”
I believe the statement documents itself when you read Revelation 7:1-3 which we covered in the study. Please take a moment to re-read that portion of the study after this Q&A segment.
In Revelation 7:1 we are told there are Four Angels holding back the Four Winds that are going to blow on the earth. Why? Revelation 7:3 tells us these Four Winds cannot be unleashed until the Saints have been Sealed. That right there tells us there is an amount of time that must transpire until the Sealing is complete. Those Four Angels have to wait until the Sealing is complete before they can release the Four Winds.
Obviously, these Saints will be Sealed with the Truth of our Father’s Word. These Saints have the Oil in their Lamps and Vessels.
To become fluent and solid in our Father’s Word it takes years and years of dedicated study, prayer and thought. It is not instant. We should all ask our Father to help us grasp and understand His Word and while He will open it up to you, it still takes diligent study on our part. Which again, takes time.
I do want to follow that statement up by saying, just because someone has studied for 20-30 years does not mean they know more than someone who has studied for 2-3 years. There are many different levels of understanding. Do not be concerned about others, just be concerned about yourself and your walk with Christ. The point I am trying to make is you do not necessarily need to study for 50 years to have a good understanding of God’s Word. Some people do and some do not. We all have different gifts.
Your follow up question stated, “when the sealing is completed, does this mean that there are no more souls left in heaven to be born of woman? It sounds logical to me, but what are your thoughts on this?”
It is possible, though we cannot document it either way. When the Four Winds are released we know the Saints are Sealed, they are ready for the Tribulation so there will not be much time in-between their Sealing and Satan’s appearance. If people stop having babies the world will quickly realize something is not right. Somewhere between the release of the Four Winds and Satan’s appearance on earth seems about the right time for that to occur. We will have to wait and see.
Question: I searched – asked your whole site about habitual sin and found nothing, why does this site not talk about this?
Name: Brandon T. Ward
Answer: Ben, thank you for the question. We have not received any requests aside from this question. We have many past Bible Q&As regarding “sin“. Please reference the Bible Q&A section and look under “Topical: Bible Question and Answer Archive” and type “sin” in that search field. As of this writing it will bring back 20 results. If your question is not answered there, please re-submit with the question you are looking to have answered.
Since we are on the topic of sin I would like for you to turn your Bible with me to,
2 Corinthians 5:17
17 “Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.”
When we are in Christ, which simply means to follow Him and His Word we depart from our former selves. It could be a sin in general or maybe our former life style. Christ has a way of changing you in every aspect for the better. Of course we need to make this change, we need to depart from the sin and reach out to our Father and ask Him not only to forgive us, but to strengthen us so we do not repeat the sin.
1 “If ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God.”
When we are Baptized we are placed completely under the water just as Christ was in a symbolic gesture of washing away sin and coming out of the grave (Matthew 3:13-17). This is how we are “risen with Christ“.
Asking for forgiveness is something we need to do. It is said with our mouth, out loud or in our mind and then we apply the action by ceasing from the sin (Romans 10:9). Christ is always there for us, all we must do is ask Him.
2 “Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth.”
When we set out sights on our Father and His Glorious Kingdom, the things of this earth become so insignificant. It takes time, study and prayer to get to that point. It takes a change of heart, mind and soul. But you can do this through Christ, we have the victory (1 Corinthians 15:57).
Name: Royer M.
Question: Thanks. I’m trying to teach my family what the mystery of God is. I’m covering Matt 13 and would like to know other areas of the word that I can gain knowledge. I’m very old and my knowledge of the word has increased 90% since my affiliation with Shepherds and this great web site. God blessed me when I found you. Thank you Brandon. Royer
Name: Brandon T. Ward
Answer: No problem Royer and thank you for the question. I think it is fantastic that you are trying to learn our Father’s Word, not only for your own understanding, but to share with your family. I am sure our Father is proud.
There are many mysteries of the Kingdom. There is The First Earth Age, a time when Satan rebelled against our Father. The end of that age brought about this age of flesh that we now find ourselves in. The truth concerning what really transpired in The Garden of Eden would be another and the fact that Satan has literal children in this world. We have Bible studies on these subjects that I will link below so you can dig into these subjects if you have not already. If you still have questions, you know where to find us.
Question: Trying very hard to understand what happened to Israel at the split of the kingdoms and how that has continued thru history to the present. I don’t understand which tribes were with what kingdom and why one group was called “Judah”….any detailed chronological information on this subject would be so helpful to me (and maybe others) in furthering our commitment and dedication to our brothers/sisters in Israel and around the world, and would also enrich our understanding of who “we” are and who our ancestors were.
Thank you so much for considering my question.
Name: Brandon T. Ward
Answer: Thank you for the question Monday.
This is a very in-depth subject. We are going to cover some basics here and provide you with some homework in the end. I would like for you to take your time with the information given, go over it through prayer and diligent study.
The Twelve Tribes of Israel came from Jacob whose name was later changed to “Israel” by God (Genesis 32:28). Jacob’s (Israel’s) Twelve sons were; Reuben, Simeon, Levi, Judah, Dan, Naphtali, Gad, Asher, Issachar, Zebulun, Joseph, and Benjamin (Genesis 35:23-26). Each of Jacob’s sons made up one of the Twelve Tribes. So for example, the Tribe of Judah originated from Jacob’s son “Judah” and would consist of Judah’s family and so forth.
The land of Israel then is the land where Israel’s (Jacob’s) children settled. Each of the Tribes were allotted a portion of land as depicted in the image to the right.
Unfortunately, the nation Israel as a whole (The Twelve Tribes) was split into Two Kingdoms by our Father due to the sinful actions of the people (1 Kings 11:29-36). The Ten Northern Tribes were known as the “House of Israel,” while the lower Two Tribes were known as the “House of Judah“.
Ahijah the prophet would tell Jeroboam he would become king of the Ten Northern Tribes which consisted of Dan, Naphtali, Asher, Zebulon, Issachar, Manasseh, Ephraim, Gad, Reuben and Levi. We should note, Levi received no land allotment as they served as the Priests for the whole land of Israel though they are still included in the count for the Northern Kingdom and not specifically counted among the House of Judah (Deuteronomy 18:1-2).
The House of Judah would consist primarily of Judah and Benjamin (1 Kings 12:21, 2 Chronicles 11:12).
While this was the general break down, people from the various tribes were intermingled a bit as documented in 1 Kings 12:17. For example, I am German and English, but I live in America.
Despite the split, the Two Kingdoms would continue to sin and our Father invoked His promise as outlined in Leviticus 26. The two houses over time were carried away captive by heathen nations due to their failure to follow our Father’s Law (2 Kings 17:6, 2 Kings 25:21)
The two houses, Israel and Judah remain split even to this day and they will not be rejoined until the Millennium. Ezekiel 37:16-22 explains each house is a part of a divided stick and that stick will be made whole at a future point in time. This event has not yet transpired, when it does, the House of Israel and the House of Judah will once again be One Kingdom United Under God.
It is important to understand the nation named Israel today is comprised of only a part of Judah and even they are hard to see. Remember, the “stick” is not yet whole. We have a short article concerning the nation called Israel titled, “The UN Resolution Against Israel And The Truth Of The Nation“. The truth is the Ten Tribes were scattered and became the Christian nations of today. Remember, God made an everlasting covenant with Abraham that his children would become as numerous as the sand of the sea and become many and strong nations. The nation called Israel today did not fulfill this covenant, but the Christians nations have and do.
Monday, there is a fantastic booklet that covers this subject in depth that I would like you to read. It is titled, “Abrahamic Covenant” by E. Raymond Capt. You will find it available online and free in the “Library” section of our site. There is a “Tribal Map” within it that is very similar to the one we have pictured above.
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