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Awaken Bible Prophecy class 6-16-21 – Alternative View of Seal Judgments

Awaken Bible Prophecy class 6-16-21 – Salus The Next Prophecies ch. 9: The Alternative View of the Seal Judgments of Revelation 6 Most people who study Bible prophecy aren’t even aware there is an Alternative view to the Traditional way of considering the timing of the Seal Judgments. In his book, The Next Prophecies, out-of-the-box…

Acts 2:21 – Everyone Who Calls

Following the crucifixion of Jesus and His rising from the grave, He met with His disciples, telling them to wait in Jerusalem because they would be imbued with power from on high.  Indeed, as they met and prayed, the Holy Spirit came upon them, filling them with the power and authority of God Himself.  In…

Nehemiah 2:10 – It Displeased Them Greatly

The account of Nehemiah’s efforts is another marvelous example of having faith in that which is unseen and acting to bring it about.  As one of the Jewish exiles, Nehemiah had settled into his fate, serving his captors in a righteous manner and representing Yahweh well.  As cupbearer to the king, he had always kept…

Ezra 9:11 – The Peoples of the Lands

Ezra was a righteous man, a man of God, who desired to please the Lord and do His will.  Because his heart was toward Yahweh, He used Ezra mightily to accomplish His purpose of rebuilding the temple in the midst of the Jewish people’s exile to Babylon. God shone His favor on Ezra and the…

Ezra 8:22 – The Hand of Our God

Ezra’s account of how the 2nd temple was built in Jerusalem reveals several aspects of God’s character.  The Lord worked specifically through three pagan kings to cause them to show favor toward the people of Israel to return to their homeland and rebuild the temple.  He first stirred up Cyrus to decree that Yahweh was…

Ezra 5:3 – Who Gave You a Decree?

The enemy is insidious and extremely persistent.  When he sees the people of God gaining ground that he thinks is his, he’ll do whatever is necessary “by any means possible” to take it back, no matter how underhanded.  Satan is the prince of the earth and of the power of the air.  He has claimed…

John 19:38 – Secretly for Fear

Immediately following the crucifixion of Jesus, two men showed their allegiance to and faith in Him. They received permission from Pilate to remove His body from the cross and to place it in a tomb.  The one man, Joseph of Arimathea, had not previously been mentioned in Scripture.  We know from Luke 23:50-51 and Mark…

John 19:14 – The Day of Preparation

God’s plan and His timing are seen through the ages, if we only have eyes to see. The day that Jesus came before Pilate was significant in the Hebrew calendar. The Jews had gathered in Jerusalem for Passover, which had been initiated many years ago by God on the cusp of the Exodus. Of course,…

2 Chronicles 32:7 – More With Us

Today, I’d like to make two points from our reading that are, perhaps, more related than they appear on the surface. The first has to do with King Hezekiah’s faith; the second deals with his son Manasseh and his relationship to God. Hezekiah is considered one of the most righteous kings of Judah with all…

2 Chronicles 29:5 – Filth in the Holy Place

The reforms that King Hezekiah instituted brought the favor of the Lord upon him and the people he ruled over.  It always astounds me that in the Southern Kingdom of Judah, kings like Hezekiah arose when their fathers were ungodly and corrupt.  That was the case with Hezekiah, whose father was Ahaz, described in 2…