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Thursday, December 3 2020

Jesus and the End Times: What He Said...and What the Future Holds

https://www.amazon.com/Jesus-End-Times-Future-Holds/dp/0736971718

good podcast: https://prophecyprospodcast.com/ron-rhodes-a-conversation-with-a-real-prophecy-pro/

http://ronrhodes.org/about.html

https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/69127.Ron_Rhodes 3 part series he recently did on Christ in Prophecy: https://christinprophecyblog.org/2020/09/ron-rhodes-on-end-times-chronology-keys-to-interpretation/

Saturday, November 21 2020

VOM and Iran plus Covid

I enjoy all of the Voice of the Martyrs radio/podcast episodes, but this one was particularly interesting.

https://www.vomradio.net/episodes/detail/iran-covid-is-the-catalyst

"Ali" the worker in Iran says that Covid is creating tension and despair in Iran and is opening up doors for them.

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Free magazine https://www.vomradio.net/magazine
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Their conferences are great, and this time it is online:

https://www.persecution.com/virtual/

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Update of Foxe's Book of Martyrs:

https://secure.persecution.com/p-7053-jesus-freaks-stories-of-those-who-stood-for-jesus.aspx

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The new movie they made:

https://secure.persecution.com/p-7025-tortured-for-christ-the-movie.aspx

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https://onenewsnow.com/missions/2020/07/26/pandemic-turmoil-drives-thousands-to-christ-in-iran

Tuesday, August 11 2020

Dayna on the Rapture, Part 3

Dayna’s Pre-Trib Rapture Post #3

My dear friends on Facebook, I am writing this 3rd post to you from quarantine to continue my case for the Pre-Tribulation Rapture of the Church.

In my two previous posts (which I will link at the bottom) I’ve talked about the Emergent Church, Calvinism, a little of my story, and Dispensationalism. In Post #2 I ended with a short study on food in the Bible which demonstrated how God has different instructions for man during different time periods.

In this post I’d like to talk to you about God’s promise to Abraham, the Nation of Israel, Christ’s earthly ministry, The Seventy Weeks of Daniel (aka “Daniel’s Timetable”), Paul’s ministry, the book of Revelation, and then, the Lord willing, I’m going to circle back and tie all that together with the pre-tribulation rapture.

Sound like fun? Let’s go....

God promised Abraham that from his seed would come a mighty nation and he would have as many descendants as there are stars in the sky. The deal was that these descendants must obey God and in return God would protect them and give them the land of Israel.

Let’s look at Deuteronomy to see that God chose the Nation of Israel as a people unto Himself:

Deuteronomy 7:6-8

6 For thou art an holy people unto the Lord thy God: the Lord thy God has chosen thee to be a special people unto Himself, above all people that are upon the face of the earth.

7 The Lord did not set his love upon you, nor choose you, because ye were more in number than any people; for ye were the fewest of all people:

8 But because the Lord loved you, and because he would keep the oath which he had sworn unto your fathers, hath the Lord brought you out with a mighty hand, and redeemed you out of the house of bondmen, from the hand of Pharaoh king of Egypt.

Deuteronomy 14:2

For thou art an holy people unto the Lord thy God, and the Lord hath chose thee to be a peculiar people unto Himself, above all the nations that are upon the earth.

Let’s also take a moment to look and see that God said His covenant with the Nation of Israel would be an EVERLASTING (Eternal) covenant.

God uses the word EVERLASTING 3 times in Genesis Chapter 17 – verses 7, 13, and 19.

Genesis 17:7 And I will establish my covenant between me and thee and thy seed after thee in their generations for an everlasting covenant, to be a God unto thee, and to thy seed after thee.

Genesis 17:13 He that is born in thy house, and he that is bought with thy money, must needs be circumcised: and my covenant shall be in your flesh for an everlasting covenant.

Genesis 17:19 And God said, Sarah thy wife shall bear thee a son indeed; and thou shalt call his name Isaac: and I will establish my covenant with him for an everlasting covenant, and with his seed after him.

And Paul, when referring to the Nation of Israel says:

Romans 11:29 For the gifts and calling of God are without repentance.

Now let’s jump forward -

During Christ’s earthly ministry, Jesus was preaching the gospel of the coming Kingdom - the Millennial Kingdom or Messianic Age (Described in Revelation Ch 20) where He (Jesus) would rule and reign for 1,000 years. God’s plan for Israel was for them to be a nation of priests who would evangelize the world:

Isaiah 61:6 “But you will be called the priests of the Lord...”

Exodus 19:6 “and you shall be to Me a Kingdom of priests and a holy nation”

1 Peter 2:9 “But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for God’s own possession, so that you may proclaim the excellencies of Him who has called you out of darkness into His marvelous light”

Jesus taught the gospel of the Kingdom which was to BELIEVE and BE BAPTIZED. Believe what?? That He was the Christ, the Messiah. He sent the disciples “to preach the Kingdom of God.”

If the Jews would have accepted him as their Messiah, that would have ushered in the Kingdom Age. However, we know that this didn’t happen because the leaders of Israel had rejected their Messiah and crucified him. They had another 37 or so years after that to believe in their risen Messiah, but they rejected Him again.


**Let’s pause here and talk about Daniel’s Timetable.**

The “Seventy Weeks of Daniel” is a message delivered to Daniel, from God, through the angel Gabriel. The message was a timeline or blueprint (prophecy) for events revolving around Daniel’s people – The Jews – and the city of Jerusalem. Daniel is told that upon completion of the 490 years or 70 weeks, the Messianic Age will begin (Millennial reign of Christ). However, at the end of the 69th week (483 years), before the Messianic Age, the Messiah will be killed or “cut off”, but the 70 weeks are not yet complete. The 70th week of Daniel’s Timetable is a seven-year period which begins with the agreement between the “prince who is to come” (Aka The antichrist) and Israel allowing the Jewish Temple to be rebuilt for the purpose of sacrifice. This 70th week is also written about in Revelation chapters 6-19 and Jeremiah 31. WHY is there a gap between the 69th and 70th week??

Because after the Jews rejected their risen Messiah, God set aside Israel in their unbelief, turned his attention to the Gentiles (Zech. 12:10, 14, Acts 13:46, 18:6, 28:28), and Israel was scattered among the nations. BUT, God would one day regather his “stiff necked” people...

Isaiah 11:11-12 (On the regathering of Israel)

11 And it shall come to pass in that day, that the Lord shall set his hand again the second time to recover the remnant of his people, which shall be left, from Assyria, and from Egypt, and from Pathros, and from Cush, and from Elam, and from Shinar, and from Hamath, and from the islands of the sea.12 And he shall set up an ensign for the nations, and shall assemble the outcasts of Israel, and gather together the dispersed of Judah from the four corners of the earth.




**For other prophecies regarding the regathering, see Jer. 31:38-40, Ezek. 37:11-12, 14, 21-22, 25, Hos. 3:5, Zech. 10:8-10, Lk. 21:24**

Moving along...

When Israel rejected the risen, glorified Christ, joining the Gentiles in rebellion against God and sin had risen to its height and everything was ready, prophetically, for God to begin the outpouring of his wrath upon the wicked world in the Tribulation, God intervened...

Jesus converted Paul on the road to Damascus and then gave him a message by direct revelation which he was to preach to the Gentiles. Let’s look at what Paul says about this revelation: (emphasis mine)

Romans 16:25 Now to him that is of power to stablish you according to my gospel, and the preaching of Jesus Christ, according to the REVELATION OF THE MYSTERY, WHICH WAS KEPT SECRET SINCE THE WORLD BEGAN.

Ephesians 3:1-3 For this cause I Paul, the prisoner of Jesus Christ for you Gentiles, If ye have heard of the DISPENSATION OF THE GRACE OF GOD WHICH IS GIVEN ME TO YOU-WARD: How that BY REVELATION He made known unto me THE MYSTERY;

Ephesians 3:5-6 WHICH IN OTHER AGES WAS NOT MADE KNOWN UNTO THE SONS OF MEN, AS IT IS NOW REVEALED UNTO HIS HOLY APOSTLES AND PROPHETS BY THE SPIRIT; That the Gentiles should be fellowheirs, and of the same body and partakers of his promise in Christ by the gospel:

Ephesians 3:8-9 Unto me, who am less than the least of all saints, is the grace given, that I should preach among the Gentiles the unsearchable riches of Christ; AND TO MAKE ALL MEN SEE WHAT IS THE FELLOWSHIP OF THE MYSTERY, WHICH FROM THE BEGINNING OF THE WORLD HATH BEEN HID IN GOD, who created all things by Jesus Christ.

Galatians 1:11 But I make known to you, brethren, that the gospel which was preached by me is not according to man. For I neither received it from man, nor was I taught it, but it came through the REVELATION of Jesus Christ.

Romans 11:25 For I would not, brethren, THAT YE SHOULD BE IGNORANT OF THIS MYSTERY, lest ye be wise in your own conceits; that BLINDNESS IN PART IS HAPPENED TO ISRAEL, UNTIL THE FULLNESS OF THE GENTILES BE COME IN. Jesus spoke of Paul’s apostleship in Acts 9:15 “... Go thy way: for he is a chosen vessel unto me, to bear my name before the Gentiles, and kings, and the children of Israel:

You see, the mystery revealed to Paul was that there would be a “Dispensation of the Grace of God”. God had started a new program, a new dispensation, one that he had not made known before this time - His plan to build a Body of believers from among the Gentiles.


**This is where it’s really important to “rightly divide the Word of truth” as Paul wrote in 2 Timothy 2:15.

The primary division in scripture is not the Old and New Testaments, but between prophecy for Israel and that which was “kept secret since the world began” until revealed through the Apostle Paul (The Church Age). **

Acts 20:24 “But none of these things move me, neither count I my life dear unto myself, so that I might finish my course with joy, and the ministry, which I have received of the Lord Jesus, to testify the GOSPEL OF THE GRACE OF GOD.”

What was the gospel of the grace of God?

We can find this throughout Paul’s letters Romans-Philemon.

1 Corinthians 15:1,3-4 (The Good News) Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the gospel which I preached unto you, which also ye have received, and wherein ye stand;…. For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that CHRIST DIED FOR OUR SINS according to the scriptures; and that HE WAS BURIED, and that HE ROSE AGAIN the third day according to the scriptures:

Ephesians 2:8-9 For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast.

2 Timothy 2:8 “Remember that Jesus Christ of the seed of David was raised from the dead according to my gospel.” Titus 3:5 “Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Spirit.”

Colossians 2:16 “Let no man therefore judge you in meat, or in drink, or in respect of any holy day, or of the new moon, or of the sabbath days.”

Galatians 1:8 “But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed.”

Today we do not proclaim the kingdom rights of Christ. Rather we proclaim “redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of His grace” (Eph. 1:7)

Paul was given his message by the RISEN savior and his gospel was to believe in the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins. That if we accept we are sinners and believe that Christ died on the cross for our sins, was buried, and that God rose him from the dead, we will be saved.

Why am I making such a big deal of all this Why does it matter

It matters because if one does NOT make a distinction between God’s instructions for the Nation of Israel/Kingdom Program and His instructions for the “Dispensation of the Grace of God” several different things can happen. For example, it is very easy to get confused and fall into works-based doctrines because Israel had to follow the law, they had to observe feasts and the sabbath and on and on. It also impacts where we stand on our “eschatology” or “study of the last things” because we can mix up Paul’s teachings about the rapture with Jesus’ teaching about His Second Coming.

This is just like that little study about food we read in my 2nd post. God has different instructions for us now than he did for the Nation of Israel, because we are in the “Dispensation of the Grace of God.”

This does not mean that we only study Paul’s letters, however, because he says in 2 Timothy 3:16-17:

“All scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be competent, equipped for every good work.”

We need to study ALL of the scriptures, but we need to study them RIGHTLY DIVIDED as Paul says in 2 Timothy 2:15 “Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, RIGHTLY DIVIDING the word of truth.”

Romans 15:4 “For whatsoever things were written AFORETIME were written FOR OUR LEARNING, that we through patience and comfort of the scriptures might have hope.”

TAKE NOTE:

God’s promises to Israel are earthly and material promises:

According to prophecy God's ancient people were to be gathered to their promised land (Ezek. 37:14,21) and exalted above the nations (Isa. 2:1-2) with Messiah as their King (Zeph. 3:15) and through them all nations of the earth were to be blessed. (Zech. 8:13, Mal. 3:12).

The prophets had said nothing about Christ bringing His people to heaven. They had predicted His coming to earth to reign over them.

Whereas, God’s promises to the Church are heavenly promises:

Philippians 3:20 “For our conversation is in heaven....”

Ephesians 3:1 “.... who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ.”

Colossians 1:5 “For the hope which is laid up for you in heaven, whereof ye heard before in the word of the truth of the gospel”

Ephesians 2:6 And hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus.


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ANOTHER NOTE:

Are we a covenant people?

No, we are not a covenant people.

Our gentile forefathers were strangers to the covenants of promise according to Ephesians 2:12:

12 That at that time ye were without Christ, being aliens from the commonwealth of Israel, and strangers from the covenants of promise, having no hope, and without God in the world.



By the finished work of the cross, we are joint-heirs with Christ:

Romans 8:14 For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God.

Romans 8:17 And if children then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with him, that we may be also glorified together.


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Now let’s get to my favorite part – The Rapture!

What does Paul say about the rapture?

Paul had been talking about the coming Tribulation and in 2 Thessalonians 2: 3 he says:

“Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come (The Tribulation), except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition.”

That word for “falling away” in the Greek is “apostasia” and was always translated as “departure” before the King James Bible changed it to “Falling away.” In fact, the context of the word “apostasia” in this passage meant that it would be a “physical departure.”

Paul again talks about the rapture in 1 Thessalonians 4:16-17:

“For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord.”

The word used for “caught up” here is “harpazo” in the Greek which means to be “snatched away by force” “to carry off by force.” In Latin, it is the word “rapturo” which is where we get our English word “Rapture.”

Paul then goes on in 1 Thessalonians 4:18 to say “Wherefore comfort one another with these words.”

(If Paul was telling us that we would go through the Tribulation, would we be able to “comfort one another with those words?”)

He also says in Titus 2:13 that we are “Looking for that BLESSED HOPE, and the GLORIOUS APPEARING of the great God and our Savior Jesus Christ.”

Paul is not talking about the 2nd coming of Jesus here. This is an appearing in the clouds where we meet the Lord in the air.

Again in 1 Corinthians 15:52 "In a moment, IN THE TWINKLING OF AN EYE, at the last trump: FOR THE TRUMPET SHALL SOUND, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and WE SHALL BE CHANGED."

Paul also teaches us that we as believers in this dispensation are not appointed to God’s wrath:

1 Thessalonians 5:9 “For God hath not appointed us to wrath, but to obtain salvation by our Lord Jesus Christ.” Remember Daniel’s Timetable?

God is a finisher and He’s going to finish his plan and purpose for the Jewish nation! Only 483 years of Daniel’s prophecy have been fulfilled, and they have 7 years left to go...

Israel was regathered and became a nation again on May 14, 1948 and that started up the prophetic clock. We’re the “Fig Tree Generation” the “Generation that will not pass” who has seen Israel become a nation again:

Matthew 24:32-34 Now learn a parable of the fig tree (Israel); When his branch is yet tender, and puts forth leaves, ye know that summer is nigh. So likewise ye, when ye shall see all these things, know that it is near, even at the door. Verily I say unto you, this GENERATION SHALL NOT PASS, till all these things be fulfilled.

Let’s pop over to the book of Revelation now and see where that fits into all this. Revelation comes from the Greek text: apokalypsis, meaning “unveiling.” John the Apostle was told to write down what he saw in his visions: Revelation 1:19 “Write the things which thou has seen, and the things which are, and the things which shall be hereafter.”


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REVELATION OUTLINE:

Chapter 1 – Past – John was an eyewitness to the crucifixion of Christ

Chapters 2 and 3 – Present Church Age/7 letters to 7 churches (We are in Chapter 3)

Chapter 4 ---> All Future Events from this point on

Chapters 6-19 -- Horrors and Judgements of the Tribulation

Chapter 20 The Millennium

Chapters 21 & 22 – New Heaven and a New Earth


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The Greek word used for the “Church” or “The Body of Christ” is “ekklesia.”

In the book of Revelation, this word is used 20 times.

It is used 19 times in Revelation 1-3 and then not used again until Chapter 22.

What happened after Chapter 3??

Well, let’s see:

Revelation 4:1-2 “After this I looked, and, behold, a door was opened in heaven: and the first voice which I heard was as it were of a trumpet talking with me; which said, COME UP HITHER, AND I WILL SHEW THEE THINGS WHICH MUST BE HEREAFTER.” And immediately I was in the spirit: and, behold, a throne was set in heaven, and one sat on the throne.” In this verse, John is describing how he was taken up to heaven (COME UP HITHER) at the sound of a trumpet - “AND I WILL SHEW THEE THINGS WHICH MUST BE HEREAFTER.”

Let’s compare this with Paul’s description of the rapture in 1 Thessalonians 4:16-17: “For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first (Believers who have died): Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord.”

DO YOU SEE IT???!! John is called up to heaven in verse 4:1 – COME UP HITHER at the sound of a trumpet and the Church is RAPTURED at the sound of a trumpet and the Church is not mentioned again during The Tribulation. Revelation 4:1 is a picture of the rapture of the church!!!

Those who are saved during the Tribulation are referred to as “Tribulation Saints” and they have to die for their faith. The Bride of Christ is seated *on* the throne and the Tribulation Saints are serving *at* the throne.

Isn’t it AMAZING how all the pieces fit together perfectly??!! I get so excited about it!!

First, Christ comes FOR his Bride, then at the end of the Tribulation he comes WITH his Bride at the Battle of Armageddon.

I’ll get to my point and wrap this up now.

It is my hope that I was able to demonstrate how the point of the Tribulation is not for the Church. It is the time of Jacob’s Trouble to save the Jewish Nation and turn them back to God. The Church has not replaced Israel because God’s covenant with Israel is EVERLASTING.

This dispensation will come to an end and God will again turn his focus to the Nation of Israel for the final 70th week of Daniel’s prophecy. Remember that Paul said in Romans 11:25 “That blindness in part is happened to Israel, until THE FULLNESS OF THE GENTILES be come in.”

Whenever the last Gentile believer is saved, this dispensation will be over. God is going to remove the Church from this world because we are in the way! The restrainer has to be removed!

When will this happen??

1 Thessalonians 5:4 “But ye, brethren, are not in darkness, that that day should overtake you as a thief.”

Paul is saying here that we will know the “season” of the rapture. That when we begin to see the things spoken about that we would know that the time is near.

In Matthew 24, Jesus tells the disciples what it would be like right before his 2nd coming (NOT the rapture, the “dispensation of the grace of God” had not been revealed yet, it was HID IN GOD until revealed to Paul. The disciples didn’t know about the rapture.)

We also see old testament pictures of the rapture such as Enoch and the Flood. Enoch was “taken” or “raptured” by God (A picture of the church) and Noah’s family was protected in the ark (A picture of how God will protect Israel in Petra during the last 3.5 years of the Tribulation). The Jewish wedding is also a picture of the rapture.

So where are we NOW??

Israel has been reborn as a nation as prophesied and as of the time I write this, it has been 72 years, 1 month, and 7 days since that rebirth. The prophetic clock is ticking...

Are we seeing foreshadowing of the things to come in Daniel’s 70th week?

I think we are.

I pray this post reaches you all well and that you are blessed by it!

I pray that you will all have a renewed sense of joy for studying your Bible and that God will reveal to you the perfect plan written in His word.

Please let me know your thoughts in the comments section!

Until next time.

“Looking unto Jesus the AUTHOR and FINISHER of our faith...” Hebrews 12:2

-Dayna

Possible other topics for discussion:

1) WHY is the rapture under attack? Why would Satan want to take away our "Blessed Hope?"

2) Covenant Theology - Where do they get their covenants and why do they interpret scripture and past prophecies literally and historically, but then they switch to a spiritual/allegorical approach when it comes to future prophecies leaving them with an ammillennial view of future prophecy??

Ammillennial = There will be no millenial reign of Christ.

3) What is Kingdom Now/Dominionism?

4) What is PRETERISM?

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Podcast link to post #3

Dayna on the Rapture, Part 2

Dayna’s Pre-Trip Rapture Post #2

In my last post, I covered some of my story about how I got to where I am in my understanding which included my awakening to the “seeker sensitive/church growth/emergent church” movement as well as the concepts of Calvinism and dispensationalism. (I’ll link my first post at the bottom of this post)

I left off talking about how Israel and The Church are NOT the same and how the coming Tribulation or Daniel’s 70th week is not meant for The Church – It is the time of Jacob’s Trouble (Jeremiah 30) and the purpose of it is for the salvation of the Jewish nation.

I want to talk about how God’s promises to the Nation of Israel are different than God’s promises to The Church and give more support for a pre-tribulation rapture.

However, before I do that, I wanted to spend just a little more time on the concept of dispensationalism.

This simple concept is so misunderstood, yet so vital to our understanding of scripture that it merits more time. There are current movements within Christianity such as the Hebrew Roots/Torah movement and the Sabbath Keepers and many others which are so easily seen to be false doctrine when we do as Paul wrote in his 2nd letter to Timothy: 2 Timothy 2:15 King James Version (KJV)

15 Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, RIGHTLY DIVIDING the word of truth.

I’d like to share with you a fun little article that is from a November 2000 Berean Bible Society newsletter. I’ve had a printout of it on my book shelf for many years and I remember that it was helpful to me when I was first trying to wrap my brain around a dispensational approach to scripture. This article is a short study on food in the Bible and how at different times God had different instructions for man about food. It’s so simple yet so profound! I pray that you enjoy it as much as I did and I pray that it blesses your understanding!


Here are some excerpts:

In this study we’re going to ask the same question, but this time we’re going to ask the Bible—`What’s for supper?’—and we’re going to see that God has given several different instructions in the Bible at different times about the food that He allowed His people to eat.

Our goal is not just to learn about God’s instructions about food in the Bible, but to get an understanding of how to understand the Bible. What we’ll learn about food is applicable to many other questions we could ask of the Bible.

WHAT GOD SAID TO ADAM ABOUT FOOD The first man we need to look at is the first man, Adam. When God created Adam, He told him what he was allowed to eat:

“And God said, `See, I have given you every herb that yields seed which is on the face of all the earth, and every tree whose fruit yields seed; to you it shall be for food'” (Gen. 1:29).

In the Garden of Eden, Adam and Eve were vegetarians. God commanded that their food was to be the herbs and fruits, no meat.

WHAT GOD SAID TO NOAH ABOUT FOOD The next man we need to look at is Noah. There were about 1500 years between Adam and Noah. In Genesis 9 we read about Noah, after the great flood, receiving instructions from God concerning the food that he was allowed to eat:

“So God blessed Noah and his sons, and said to them: `Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the earth. And the fear of you and the dread of you shall be on every beast of the earth, on every bird of the air, on all that move on the earth, and on all the fish of the sea. They are given into your hand. Every moving thing that lives shall be food for you. I have given you all things, even as the green herbs. But you shall not eat flesh with its life, that is, its blood'” (Gen. 9:1-4).

WHAT GOD SAID TO MOSES ABOUT FOOD The next man we need to look at is Moses, the Law-giver of Israel. In Leviticus 11, God gave Moses and Aaron a complete chapter of some 47 verses detailing which animals the Israelites could eat, and which were “unclean” and forbidden.

“And the Lord spoke to Moses and Aaron, saying to them, `Speak to the children of Israel, saying, These are the animals which you may eat among all the animals that are on the earth'” (Lev. 11:1-2).

Among the forbidden animals was the swine (Lev. 11:7) or pig, so pork was unclean. Forget about sausage or pepperoni pizza! The chapter lists the seafood that was allowed—fish with scales, and the seafood that was unclean—lobsters, shrimp, clams. The birds that were unclean—eagles, vultures, buzzards, even the insects that were allowed—the grasshopper, cricket and locust were kosher and allowed to be eaten!

The chapter ends with this instruction:

“This is the law of the animals and the birds and every living creature that moves in the waters, and of every creature that creeps on the earth, To distinguish between the unclean and the clean, and between the animal that may be eaten and the animal that may not be eaten” (Lev. 11:46-47).

Before we move on further, let’s review….

To Adam God said that his food was to be herbs and fruits. This instruction was in effect for about 1500 years.

Then to Noah God commanded that he and his descendants could eat every moving living thing: animals, fish and birds, meat, fowl and fish, along with the herbs. This instruction lasted about 1000 years.

In the Law of Moses God again changed His instructions concerning food—at least for the nation of Israel—now only certain animals, fish and birds were allowed to be eaten, the rest were unclean and not allowed for the Israelites to eat.

This instruction—the Law of Moses with its kosher and non-kosher food—was in effect all throughout the rest of the Old Testament, and all throughout the four gospels—Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John—and on into the early chapters of the Book of Acts. This brings us to the next man we need to study, Peter.

WHAT GOD SAID TO PETER ABOUT FOOD In Acts 10 and 11 Peter received a startling revelation from the Lord concerning food. One day Peter was hungry at about noon time. So while lunch was being prepared, Peter was up on a rooftop praying when he received a vision from the Lord.

“…Peter went up on the housetop to pray, about the sixth hour. Then he became very hungry and wanted to eat; but while they made ready, he fell into a trance and saw heaven opened and an object like a great sheet bound at the four corners, descending to him and let down to the earth. In it were all kinds of four-footed animals of the earth, wild beasts, creeping things, and birds of the air. And a voice came to him, `Rise, Peter; kill and eat.’

“But Peter said, `Not so, Lord! For I have never eaten anything common or unclean.’

“And a voice spoke to him again the second time, `What God has cleansed you must not call common'” (Acts 10:9-16).

WHAT THE LORD JESUS SAID TO PAUL ABOUT FOOD What Peter didn’t know in Acts 10, but we do, is that a new dispensation had begun in Acts 9. One chapter before Peter’s vision, something even more startling happened one day on the road from Jerusalem to Damascus. The Lord Jesus Christ saved a man who later called himself, the “chief of sinners,” and appointed him to become the Apostle Paul. And the Lord Jesus began to reveal to Paul a dispensation called the “dispensation of the grace of God” (Eph. 3:2).

Just as Moses was the Law-giver for Israel, and his dispensation included instructions about food, so also Paul became the “dispenser” of the dispensation of the grace of God, and his dispensation also included instructions about food:

“Now the Spirit expressly says that in latter times some will depart from the faith, giving heed to deceiving spirits and doctrines of demons, speaking lies in hypocrisy, having their own conscience seared with a hot iron, forbidding to marry, and commanding to abstain from foods which God created to be received with thanksgiving by those who believe and know the truth. For every creature of God is good, and nothing is to be refused if it is received with thanksgiving; for it is sanctified by the Word of God and prayer” (I Tim. 4:1-5).

Paul warns Timothy that in the latter times there will be teachers who will command the Christians to “abstain from foods which God created to be received with thanksgiving.” Paul says that this will be evidence of a departure from the faith, for in the dispensation of the grace of God, “Every creature of God is good meat, fowl, or seafood and nothing is to be refused if it is received with thanksgiving.”

Today, for us living under grace (Rom. 6:14) and in this dispensation given to Paul by the Lord from heaven (Eph. 3:2), all animals, birds, and seafood are allowed to be eaten as food. Nothing is forbidden. For the past 2000 years, ever since the dispensation of grace began in Acts 9 with the salvation of this new apostle, godly people have been permitted to eat sausage and pepperoni pizzas with double cheese and mushrooms!

WHAT HAVE WE LEARNED ABOUT “HOW TO UNDERSTAND THE BIBLE?” Back to our purpose in this study …how do these things we have seen about God’s food laws in the Bible help us to understand how to understand the Bible?

First, we need to realize when we’re studying the Bible, that God has given different commands to different people at different times all through the Word of God. In regard to food, God gave one initial instruction to Adam and his descendants, then changed the instruction when He spoke to Noah. Then again a new set of instructions for Moses, that were completely changed when he called the Apostle Paul and revealed the dispensation of grace to him for us today.

The instructions would even seem to contradict each other…to Adam: herbs and fruits only, then to Noah: any living thing—animal, bird or fish—then to Moses: only some living things, then for us: “every creature of God is good for food.”

Unless we realize that God has different instructions for different people at different times, we would have to conclude that the Bible is full of contradictions.

Second: When we study the Bible, we need to be careful to “rightly divide the Word of truth” (II Tim. 2:15) to be sure that we are applying God’s instructions for us today, and not God’s instructions to someone living in another dispensation. Just dropping the Bible open and randomly putting our finger down on any verse is not “rightly dividing the Word of truth!” and is a good way to become very confused about how to understand the Bible.

Of course, the instructions about food are only part of the Word of God. But many other teachings in the Bible also have to be studied “dispensationally.” For instance, the Lord’s teaching about prayer for us in the dispensation of grace is vastly different from what He gave the twelve apostles during His earthly ministry in Israel.

To Israel the Lord said, “If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, you will ask what you desire, and it shall be done for you.” And, “And whatever things you ask in prayer, believing, you will receive” (John 15:7 and Matt. 21:22).

Many today have tried to “claim” these prayer promises, only to be sadly disappointed when they didn’t work—they didn’t get “what you desire” or “whatever things you ask.” Some have even lost their faith in the Bible at this point. They tried the “prayer promises for Israel” and found that they didn’t work, and so concluded that the Bible isn’t true.

What they failed to realize is that God’s instructions to different people living at different times have changed, about food and about prayer and about many other things. When we want to know what to eat, or how to pray, under grace, we turn to the letters of the Apostle Paul. And when we do, we learn that even the Apostle Paul did not get everything that he asked for—see II Corinthians 12:8-9 for one good example, and there are a number of others.

Third, we see that a Bible teacher may be “biblical” and “scriptural” but he will be wrong if he is not “dispensational.”

Biblical, in the sense that he is quoting Bible verses and passages, and teaching some portion of the Word of God and applying it to believers today. And scriptural, in the sense that he is quoting Scripture to prove his point. But if he is not dispensational, he will be teaching wrong doctrine for believers today.

Example: A preacher could easily preach that we should be vegetarians today—he could find several verses to base this doctrine on in the first few chapters of the Book of Genesis where the Lord commanded Adam to be a vegetarian. The preacher would be biblical and scriptural, but he would be wrong, because he wouldn’t be rightly dividing the Word of truth. Yes, Genesis is God’s Word, but not God’s Word to us today!

We live in a time of great confusion even among Bible believers and Bible teachers. In some neighborhoods there’s almost a church on every corner, and they’re all preaching something different, yet they all have their verses in the Bible to prove that they are right and the others are wrong! And because they disagree about how to understand the Bible, and how to apply the Bible to us today, they are divided into thousands of different denominations and groups. We have seen in our simple study about foods in the Bible how it would be very easy to become confused—and then become divided from other Christians.

One church may be following Adam’s instructions in Genesis 1 and 2. Another may focus on Noah’s, or Moses’, or Peter’s, or Paul’s—they would all have verses to prove that they were right, yet they would all disagree with each other, and none would be able to eat with the others!

We’ve been focusing on only this one area, foods, but the same principle applies to many doctrines in the Bible: salvation, eternal security, prayer, speaking in tongues, healings and healers, the Lord’s coming again, and many other areas of teaching. All of these areas of doctrine must be studied, not only biblically and scripturally, but also dispensationally—”rightly dividing the Word of truth”—if we really want to understand what God’s instructions are for us today.

Here is the simple answer to all the confusion that we find today in the Body of Christ, and the only way of having unity among all the members of the Body of Christ. We need to realize that the Lord Jesus Christ saved a new apostle, the Apostle Paul, for a special purpose, to reveal to him a new program called the “dispensation of the grace of God” (Eph. 3:2). Here is the key that opens up the Scriptures to our understanding.

As we have surveyed God’s different instructions to different people at different times throughout the Bible, the answer to the question—What’s for supper?—has seemed to be obvious, yet, sad to say, most Christians today have never seen this principle in the Bible. We hope that our study together has been profitable to you…that you have not only seen something new, or clearer in the Bible, but also will apply this simple Bible principle in your continuing study of God’s Word, and that you will want to share it with others.


Link to article: https://www.bereanbiblesociety.org/whats-for-supper-first-steps-in-understanding-how-to-understand-the-bible/

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Podcast link to post #2

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Bitchute video

https://www.bitchute.com/video/NT5gFmhgP84Z/

Dayna on the Rapture, Part 1

Dayna’s Pre-Trib Rapture Post #1

I see overwhelming Biblical evidence for a Pre-Trib rapture of the church and I’ve been meaning to do this post for a long time. This is a time-consuming and multi-faceted issue, so this would be *way* too long if I tried to do it all in one post. Therefore, I’ve decided to tell the story of how I got to where I am and hit some foundational concepts in this post. Then, hopefully I’ll have the energy to do subsequent posts to cover the rest.

(Please pray for my mental stamina, and I pray that this post helps someone out there in Facebook-land)

I’m going to hit some hard topics, but know that I only do it because I love you all and I love the truth. In these last days, seminaries and churches are not teaching end times Bible prophecy and I believe that is part of Satan’s deception. Please feel free and open to state and defend your disagreements with my position, but please be logical and civil.

In 2004, Dan and I were living in Maine with our very sick daughter who was constantly in and out of the hospital with near-death experiences. I had a lot of time on my hands to study because I wasn’t able to work while taking care of Madison. My mom had told me to look into Rick Warren’s The Purpose Driven Church and The Purpose Drive Life because they were reading these books at her church (the church I grew up in). These books were sweeping through churches everywhere and were splitting the churches in two wherever they went. My mom told me she thought they were unbiblical and encouraged me to read them and look into it on my own. I ended up spending the better part of a year doing just that.

Basically, The Purpose Driven Church was for church leaders and The Purpose Driven Life was for the congregation. In a nutshell, it involved using business marketing principles to grow the church and watering down the message to make it more palatable for the “seekers” or those who are unsaved and seeking God. The main problem with this concept was that it is God’s job to grow the church and not man’s job. The church’s job is to equip the saints to do the work of the ministry, to disciple the believers and grow them from “baby Christians” into mature believers. It is completely unbiblical to water down the Word of God in the churches to be less offensive to unbelievers. Some will defend this action in the church by saying that the churches have “small groups” to disciple the believers. I will argue that most of these small groups in the big churches are more focused on “social justice” than they are learning the Word. As a result of the “Church Growth” movement or the “Seeker Sensitive” movement, we now have huge churches full of Christians who have no idea what their Bible says or means.

For this reason, Dan and I left the mainstream churches and sought out other like-minded people…

We eventually moved back to Texas after one year in Maine and tried many different small churches. By 2008, we found some people who were “reformed” otherwise known as Calvinist. They didn’t like what was going on in the churches and seemed like-minded. I had heard of Calvinism and knew the basic idea, but I had never studied it out on my own. In fact, I had never studied theology before that point (Although I had spent my *entire* childhood listening to my mom talk about theology and eschatology). I had been raised in a dispensational Bible church, but I couldn’t have defended with scripture why I believed what I believed.

Back to Calvinism… Calvinists are not dispensational.


**Now, I need to stop here for the definition of dispensational. Dispensational simply means that God’s dealings with man are different during different time periods. There are many different “flavors” of dispensationalism and many proponents and critics, but the word itself simply means that there are different time periods in the Bible in which God has different instructions for man.

So, there we were with these reformed Calvinists and we were studying out the 5 points of Calvinism: TULIP. I won’t explain them all here in depth. There are slightly different flavors of interpretations for these 5 points, I’ve heard them all, just trying to be brief.

Total Depravity – man is totally depraved and cannot choose God without God first taking action on that person. Because man is totally depraved, we are unable to choose God and must be chosen.

Unconditional Election – God chooses to give some people eternal life without looking for anything good in them as a condition (Predestination)

Limited Atonement – Christ did not die for all, only for the elect

Irresistable Grace – If God calls you, you cannot resist

Preservation of the Saints – Once saved, always saved

I had known about the concept of PREDESTINATION before I studied Calvinism, but like most Christians, I decided that it was something I could not understand completely and I ignored it.

For a while…

Predestination is a concept that means God created some and chose them unto salvation and God created others and did not choose them and therefore condemned them to eternity in hell.

You see, the Calvinists are really hung up on Predestination.

Calvinists are happy. They have been chosen.

This bothered me. I didn’t want to be “happy” to be “chosen” if that meant I also believed that God created others who never had a chance. So I studied…. All the scriptures the Calvinists used to defend their position seemed accurate at first.

This concept really began to bother me in my spirit. In all my life and all my traumatic experiences, my faith has never been shaken the way it was in my dealings with Calvinism. I had been a believer since I was a child, but now I didn’t think I wanted to believe in a God like that anymore. I literally got on my knees at night in my bedroom for I don’t know….weeks….months….. and prayed to God that he would show me the truth. I told him I would accept the truth whatever it was, I just wanted to truth.

My mom had been through the same journey and she kept telling me that a dispensational understanding of scripture would take away my confusion and it would make the Bible make sense. That I needed to study the scripture rightly divided and take into context to whom it is being spoken and to understand that God’s plan for the nation of Israel is not the same as God’s plan for the church – the Body of Christ. This took me on a journey for a while and I wrestled with it and prayed and studied until one day I felt like it clicked and I understood – I believe that God gave me the understanding that I asked him for.

I went back to those Calvinist teachings from a dispensational perspective and realized that they take everything out of context and that their position on predestination doesn’t hold water. I was so relieved that my God wasn’t one who created souls only to never give them a chance and condemn them to an eternity in hell. I mean… if he was going to do that, why ever create them in the first place?? The Calvinists will tell you that it’s because God is sovereign and that He does as He pleases….

Calvinists will use verses like Romans 9:13 “Jacob have I loved, but Esau have I hated” to defend their position on predestination. But this verse is a reference to Hebrews and is talking about people GROUPS, not individual people. Out of context.

Calvinists will “proof text” other verses that speak about “the elect” and think it’s talking about them, but “the elect” is the Nation of Israel. They will take verses that say “chosen” to defend predestination, when the verse isn’t even referring to salvation at all.

I can’t go into all the problems with Calvinism here, but I’m trying to point out that their lack of studying the word rightly divided (or dispensationally) leads them to an incorrect understanding of the concept of predestination (which I think is spiritually dangerous) and it also leads them down the wrong path in eschatology (or the study of the “last things”). I'd like to encourage all Calvinists to do a study on the character of God and see if it matches their theology. If it doesn't match, go back to the drawing board.

So, I know you must be wondering by now, what in the world does all of this have to do with a Pre-Tribulation rapture

I’m so glad you asked….

You can’t be a Pre-Trib believer if you don’t understand that the Church and Israel are NOT the same.

Jesus preached the Gospel of the Kingdom during his earthly ministry. He came only to “the lost sheep of the house of Israel.” The Jews rejected Jesus as their messiah and crucified him and God set Israel aside and went to dealing with the Gentiles. He rose up Paul as the apostle to the gentiles. Paul’s letters (Romans through Philemon) are all to believers who are living during this current church age (or DISPENSATION, if you will). The entire Bible is meant for our learning, but it is not all written *TO* us during this dispensation.

We are between the 69th and 70th week of Daniel’s prophetic timetable and God will go back to dealing with Israel during the Tribulation. Which looks like it might be soon…

The tribulation is the time of “Jacob’s trouble” (Israel). It isn’t for The Church (Body of Christ) and the church will be harpazo’d or “snatched away” before that time the same way Enoch and Elijah were “harpazo’d”. Why? Because the restrainer (Holy Spirit) has to be removed first before the tribulation can begin and the Holy Spirit lives in each believer.

See Thessalonians 2:

Thessalonians 2 King James Version (KJV) Now we beseech you, brethren, by the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, and by our gathering together unto him, 2 That ye be not soon shaken in mind, or be troubled, neither by spirit, nor by word, nor by letter as from us, as that the day of Christ is at hand. 3 Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away (FALLING AWAY IS MORE ACCURATELY TRANSLATED AS A “PHYSICAL DEPARTURE” or a “HARPAZO”) first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition; 4 Who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped; so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God, shewing himself that he is God. 5 Remember ye not, that, when I was yet with you, I told you these things? 6 And now ye know what withholdeth that he might be revealed in his time. 7 For the mystery of iniquity doth already work: only he who now letteth will let, until he be taken out of the way. (THE RESTRAINER - HOLY SPIRIT) 8 And then shall that Wicked be revealed, whom the Lord shall consume with the spirit of his mouth, and shall destroy with the brightness of his coming:


This is WAY longer than I intended. Let the discussion begin.

Lord willing, I would like to cover the theological concepts of – Kingdom Now/Dominionism, Amillenialism, Replacement Theology, Christian Palestinianism, and Preterism.


Podcast link for post #1


Sunday, May 31 2020

Galatians: Chapter 1

Text of Galatians Chapter 1 with links to audio, video, and commentary.

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Friday, May 29 2020

Bill Schlegel: Is Jesus the Messiah, but not co-equal with the Father?

A former professor at the IBEX school in Israel, changes his mind on the Deity of the Messiah.

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Tuesday, January 22 2019

Some Torah teachers

I was watching this sermon from Dean Odle and wanted to look up who these Torah teachers think Jesus is.

Emmanuel, Salvation & Torah Deceivers


Some of the teachers or groups that he references:

Torah of Messiah

Almost every study is about how the Messiah is not God studies


Rob Skiba

http://www.virtualhousechurch.com/what-we-believe

https://www.facebook.com/robskiba


Russ Pappy Houck

Epidemic:Examining The Infected Roots of Judaism and Christianity

book

http://www.newcovenantisrael.org/

http://www.newcovenantisrael.org/about-us/what-we-believe/

New Covenant Israel brethren understand that YHWH is the One True God, Supreme Master, Creator and Father of all things. We believe that YHWH is Holy and His Spirit/Breath is Holy as well, inseparable from Him. We believe that He is eternal, all-powerful, and omniscient. We agree that Yeshua (Jesus) is the only begotten Son of YHWH. We believe Yeshua is Deity, like His Father, and is Co-Creator of all things that are created. We believe He is submitted and subservient to the Father. We agree that Yeshua became flesh through the impartation of the Holy Spirit of YHWH, and became the designated Passover Lamb to redeem man from his sins, qualifying man to become a New Covenant Kingdom Priest.

[ Russ Houck youtube channel|https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCzj10dfFD44EeV7CnrpozMw]

Would it be correct to say that Houck is a Arianist? https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arianism

http://www.logosapologia.org/category/apologetics/page/14/
regarding Rob Skiba and Houck


Parable of the Vineyard website

https://www.facebook.com/parableofthevineyard/

https://www.christiantruthers.com/ https://www.christiantruthers.com/beliefs

https://www.youtube.com/user/1bad06Sti/about

THE MESSIAH: The Prophecy, Fulfillment and Identity - W/ Sean & Ken at the 2:20 minute mark they are already discussing Jesus' nature.

My name is Adam. I have no agenda, other than truth. I was led on a journey of truth and found Gods Word, to be THE truth. I believe Jesus Christ (Yahshua) is the only way to our Father and the only real truth in this world. Choose and trust in him, before it is done. On this channel, you will find a place to love, grow and fellowship in true love, which is done so in the Spirit, giving all thanks to God, our father, YHWH.



Doug Hamp

http://www.douglashamp.com/

http://www.douglashamp.com/doctrinal-and-theological-positions-of-douglas-hamp/

God, creator of all things, is infinitely perfect and eternally existing in three persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Yeshua (Jesus) the Messiah is truly God and true man, having been conceived of the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary. He died on the cross a sacrifice for our sins according to the Scriptures. Further, He arose bodily from the dead, ascended into heaven where, at the right hand of the Father as our High Priest and Advocate. God’s Spirit is to glorify the Lord Jesus Christ, and during this age to convict, regenerate, indwell, guide, instruct, and empower the believer for godly living and service.



Jim Staley

https://staleyfamilyministries.com/

Tuesday, December 25 2018

Ask Project - Who is Jesus to you?

There is a Jew, named Corey Gil-Shuster who does "man on the street" interviews in Israel. He takes questions from outsiders and asks people on camera. He is studying why we fight each other and is trying to help people understand Israelis and Palestinians.

https://www.gofundme.com/Ask-Project
https://www.facebook.com/AskAnIsraeliAskAPalestinianProject
https://plus.google.com/u/0/+CoreyGilShusterAskProject


I found these 2 videos very interesting. I was surprised at the variety of answers. Practicing Jews gave many different answers from the Torah, Talmud, and Kabbalah. There were also non-practicing Jews, Atheists, a Karma believer, and Muslims.


Monday, August 27 2018

Ray Comfort "The Banana Man" hosts a Reddit AMA

Here is a link to The Banana Man's Ask Me Anything that was help on Monday night 8/27/18.


here is his profile on Reddit

I was so surprised to see that Ray Comfort was hosting an AMA on Reddit. Most Christians hide on highly moderated websites, and never open themselves to criticism and attacks. Ray answered many questions and put in many comic responses to lighten the mood. Check it out. :)





Sunday, August 19 2018

A Fool for Christ?

For Christians only .... don't click on this link if you are an atheist: https://www.livingwaters.com/movie/the-fool

Thursday, July 26 2018

50 Names and Titles of Jesus: Who the Bible Says Christ Is

Here is a great list of 50 titles or descriptions of Jesus found throughout the Bible

https://www.crosswalk.com/blogs/debbie-mcdaniel/50-names-of-jesus-who-the-bible-says-christ-is.html

She does a great job on this one.

1. Almighty One – “…who is and who was and who is to come, the Almighty.” Rev. 1:8

to

47. – 50. Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace – “For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.” Is. 9:6


Sunday, July 8 2018

Who Did Jesus Think He Was?

Here is an interesting short video on the subject of the historical Jesus.

This is the full entry on

www.reasonablefaith.org

Saturday, July 7 2018

My youtube channel playlist

Here is a link to my youtube channel playlist full of related videos to who do people say that Jesus is?

Friday, June 29 2018

Jesus Never Existed

An interesting 7 minute video of Ray Comfort talking to someone on the Huntington Beach Pier.

This young man believes in some sort of Creator, but that it is not necessarily moral or good.