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Bible Study: The Book of the Revelation – LESSON 12

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The Book of the Revelation

 

LESSON 12 – The False Prophet and the Mark

Chapter 13:11-18   The Beast from the Earth.

The first beast comes from the sea, symbolic of the nations in turmoil; the second has his origin from the earth (or land), indicating one of two things (depending on the interpretation that is given to “earth” or “land”).  If the term is correctly translated as “earth”, then it would indicate that this second beast comes from something more stable or solid than the “sea” of the first beast.  This could easily indicate that the second beast will arise from the RELIGIONS of the world, since religion has lasted longer than any nation, kingdom, or political system in history.  On the other hand, if the word is translated as “land”, it would be a reference to the Land of Israel, which would indicate that he is of Jewish biological descent.  Thus, he would arise from the Land of Promise and will falsely claim to be of the nation of promise and the promised Messiah. Continue Reading Here

Women Of The Bible: Lesson #16 – Various Women

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THE WIDOW OF ZAREPHATH

Scripture references:  1 Kings 17; Luke 4:26–27   Bible Search Tool

The unnamed widow lived in Zarephath, a town in Sidonian territory. The Lord sent Elijah there during the drought that Elijah had announced to Ahab. While Ahab scoured Israelto find Elijah, he was in Zarephath, in the homeland of Jezebel, the evil queen who was intent on wiping out worship of the Lord.

The widow, who recognized Elijah as a worshiper of the Lord (1 Kin. 17:12), displayed an unusual and growing faith.

Her first test of faith (1 Kin. 17:10–16). When Elijah first saw the woman, she was gathering sticks to make a fire. Elijah called to her and asked for water and food.

It took considerable faith for the woman to trust Elijah’s word, and to feed him first, hoping there would be enough for her and her son later. Continue Reading Here

Bible Study: The Book of Habakkuk

Habakkuk 

“Habakkuk was not a self-centered person concerned only with the comfort and safety of himself and his family. As a true patriot, he was deeply distressed by the moral and spiritual conditions about him. He loved his nation, and knew it was moving ever closer to the precipice of destruction by continuing to break the laws of God. Therefore two anguished questions burst forth from his lips: How long? and Why?”     —Richard W. De Haan

Habakkuk 2:4 has the distinction of being quoted three times in the NT. In Acts 13:40-41 the Apostle Paul ended his sermon in the synagogue at Antioch, Pisidia, by quoting Habakkuk 1:5, another illustration of how an apparently obscure and short OT book can have rich doctrinal content. Also, compare Habakkuk 3:17-18 with Philippians 4:4, 10–19. Both the prophet and the apostle could rejoice in their God no matter what the outward circumstances of life might be. Continue Reading Here

Bible Study: The Book of Joel

The Book of Joel

“Joel, … was probably the first of the so called writing prophets; so this book provides a valuable insight into the history of prophecy, particularly as it furnishes a framework for the end times which is faithfully followed by all subsequent Scripture. God started a new work with the writing of Joel, that of preparing the human race for the end of this temporal era, and thus gave an outline of His total plan. Later prophets, including even our Lord, would only flesh out this outline, but in keeping with the divine nature of true Scripture, never found it necessary to deviate from this, the initial revelation.” Montague S. Mills

The prophecy of Joel is short but certainly not lacking in beauty or interest. The prophet uses many literary devices to produce his vivid style: alliteration, metaphors, similes, and both synonymous and contrasting parallelism. Continue Reading Here

Bible Study: The Book Of Jonah

The Book Of Jonah

“The book is unique in that it is more concerned with the prophet himself than with his prophecy. The condition of his soul, and God’s loving discipline of him, instruct and humble the reader.” —George Williams

Jonah (Heb. for dove) is the only one among the prophets whose prophecy does not consist of what he said but rather of his own life and experience. His experience portrays the past, present, and future of the nation of Israel, as follows:
1. Intended to be a witness for God to the Gentiles.
2. Jealous that a message of grace should be extended to the Gentiles.
3. Thrown into the sea (Gentile world) and swallowed by the nations, yet not assimilated by them.
4. Cast upon dry land (restored to the land of Israel) and made a blessing to the nations.

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Bible Study: The Book Of Amos

The Book of Amos

Lesson 1

Introduction
“Unlike other prophets, Amos was not a man whose life was devoted to hearing and speaking the Word of the Lord. He was no product of the “schools of prophets,” nor a professional “seer.” He left his flock for a limited period, at the command of God, to deliver a specific message at Bethel. That done, he presumably returned to his sheep-tending at Tekoa.” ”
—Herbert F. Stevenson

The book of Amos is written in some of the finest OT Hebrew style. Amos was a sheep-breeder and tender of sycamore trees. Amos, whose name means burden, gives no family pedigree, hence we can assume he was not of noble or prominent stock, like Isaiah or Zephaniah. It has been common for preachers to paint Amos’s “country” background too strongly. The word used to describe his regular livelihood is not the usual Hebrew word for “shepherd” but is used elsewhere only of King Mesha, who had a successful sheep-breeding business (2 Kgs. 3:4). Although he belonged to the Kingdom of Judah, he was commissioned to go north to Samaria and prophesy against the Kingdom of Israel. Amos was a stern prophet of righteousness and uncompromising justice. Continue Reading Here