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James Thomas | Fla  Find all comments by James Thomas
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FYI wrote:
I believe we are still under the effects of the sixth trumpet and vial.
Who was Paul writing to? To them only?

Farmers in this valley are being pushed out.

Hi FYI,
I'm sorry to hear of the trials farmers like you face. I've read that has been a tough life for some time now even before this China virus came along.
I read though Rev 9 and would guess that Rev 9:20 is the verse that speaks of the effects your referring to and that the virus is one of those plagues?

Regarding Paul, He usually addressed the receiver at the beginning of his letters. The contents spoke to the events that were occurring and involving the groups mentioned at the time the letters were written and he provided citations from the OT, which spoke of these same events, as his sources. Peter did the same. In Acts 2:16 He cites the prophet Joel saying "this is that". IOW, the events that were occurring in Acts are the very same ones spoken of in Joel. Once we lock in points in time like that of Acts 2 and Joel from Scripture can we build a biblical timeline from it in chronological order to see the big picture God painted with his Word. In order to understand how Paul's letters pertains to us we must learn how they pertained to them.

News Item8/8/2020 2:16 PM
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Dr. Tim wrote:
1. The only city that had anything like worldwide dominion when Revelation was written, James, was Rome.

2. I think it still makes a convincing argument that the RCC system of worship is the offspring of the Babylonian one

3. And regardless of the conclusions reached by authors of various books, I always draw my own by studying THE Book as you suggested.

1. The only Author who wrote, and knew what He was writing about by using the same imagery in the Revelation, is also the One who inspired the other 65 books and those same images, similitudes and figures are expounded upon and identified throughout Scripture. Those are the puzzle pieces we should be considering therefore allowing God to teach us(as He promised Isa. 54:13, John 6:45) and place the piece for us in His timeline, not ours.

2. While I haven't read the book, I agree with the premise, mostly. Scripture teaches us that Babylon is a figure for Jerusalem under the curse. If you Compare Jer 51:37 They were under the curse and Jer 9:11, They were "not yet" under the curse, yet it was the same people spoken of.

3. Amen Tim, May God bless your desire to learn from Him!

BTW, I do not see Israel as the great whore either.


News Item8/8/2020 8:24 AM
James Thomas | Fla  Find all comments by James Thomas
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I agree bro Tim, there are interpretations aplenty on who the woman is. I personally have a bias towards The lens of Scripture alone and comparing Scripture with Scripture for biblical definitions and figures. For example,

Rev 17:18 And the woman which thou sawest is that great city, which reigneth over the kings of the earth.

The woman is equated with that great city in the above verse as a figure. A figure for which city though?
Well, Scripture teaches us New Jerusalem is the bride of Christ, so its not a literal city-- but is an assembly of souls who love God, so it follows then the same with the first Jerusalem.

The first Jerusalem/ woman in rev 17:8 would be an assembly of souls who did love God but forsook Him for their own inventions.

They *changed* the ordinance of Faith alone(Deut. 6:5).
In Colossians 2:14 we see what Jesus nailed to His cross.
That which was in the way was The ordinances that came from whom?

Isa 24:5 The earth also is defiled under the inhabitants thereof; because they have transgressed the laws, *changed the ordinance*, broken the everlasting covenant.

Who's the "they" in Isaiah 24?

I'm open for correction but that's what I see in Scripture.


News Item8/7/2020 11:23 PM
James Thomas | Fla  Find all comments by James Thomas
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Sister MS.

Ezek 16:38 And I will judge thee, as women that break wedlock and shed blood are judged; and I will give thee blood in fury and jealousy.

God is jealous of His holy name (Ezek 39:25) and this ties back to the song of Moses:

Deut 32:21 They have moved me to jealousy with that which is not God; they have provoked me to anger with their vanities: and I will move them to jealousy with those which are not a people; I will provoke them to anger with a foolish nation.

Those who were not a people, a foolish nation, was the Gentiles, the 10 tribes of the northern kingdom, to whom God turned to in mercy beginning with Paul(1 Tim 1:16, "In me first".)


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James Thomas | Fla  Find all comments by James Thomas
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Frank wrote:
Revelations 17:5 And upon her forehead was a name written, MYSTERY, BABYLON THE GREAT, THE MOTHER OF HARLOTS AND ABOMINATIONS OF THE EARTH.
I know you didn't ask me, but one thing that caught my eye was "mother" of harlots and abominations. Thing is, The RC was not the first peddlers of Faith + works. They didn't invent it. However, the RC has played the role of daughter in carrying out her mother's ways(abominations).

News Item8/7/2020 9:44 AM
James Thomas | Fla  Find all comments by James Thomas
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Per Ezek 37:22 those two are spoken of.....neither shall they be divided into two kingdoms any more at all:

Thanks for listening FYI and hope the rain continues to nurture your crops.


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James Thomas | Fla  Find all comments by James Thomas
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Since Assyria is where they were cast off to, it is not by coincidence that in Isaiah 11, which the entire chapter context should be considered, Assyria is mentioned.

Isa 11:16 And there shall be an highway for the remnant of his people, which shall be left, from Assyria; like as it was to Israel in the day that he came up out of the land of Egypt.

When Israel split into two kingdoms after the reign of Solomon, Judah and Benjamin became the house of Judah (southern kingdom) and to Judah (The Jews) were given the oracles of God (Rom 3:1-2). The remaining 10 sons became the house of Israel (northern kingdom).


News Item8/7/2020 9:28 AM
James Thomas | Fla  Find all comments by James Thomas
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FYI, Thanks for the exchange of thought and respect your decision to conclude it. I will leave you with a few things to consider but before I do, I can't say I see where Paul speaks in Eph. of strangers to the commonwealth of Israel "before the split"? 

We are, however, taught in the prophets that After the Assyrian exile of the northern kingdom, the house of Israel was considered "not a people of God" as they were without covenant with God.
Yes, They were cast off per 2 Kings 17:18\23.  They were strangers and aliens to the covenants. Therefore, they became as Gentiles (Called Uncircumcision by the Circumcision Eph. 2:11), uncircumcised in both flesh and heart. 

Paul identifies the Gentiles in his citing Hosea 1:9,10 in Rom. 9:26. Peter identifies the Gentiles as he cites the same prophet in 1 Peter 2:10.  

2 Kings 17:18 Therefore the LORD was very angry with Israel, and removed them out of his sight: there was none left but the tribe of Judah only.

Only the house of Judah remained. What about the house of Israel?

2 Kings 17:23 Until the LORD removed Israel out of his sight, as he had said by all his servants the prophets. So was Israel carried away out of their own land to Assyria unto this day.

cont.


News Item8/6/2020 8:02 PM
James Thomas | Fla  Find all comments by James Thomas
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FYI,
I forgot your question on Ephes 2:11-22 regarding who it is?
Here are some references from the prophets concerning the two
Which teaches it to be the two kingdoms, North and South.

Eph 2:13 But now in Christ Jesus ye who sometimes were *far off* are made nigh by the blood of Christ.

Those who were far off are spoken of here.

Zech 6:15 And they that are *far off* shall come and build in the temple of the LORD,

The two are spoken of here.

Micah 4:7 And I will make her that halted a remnant{Southern Kingdom}, and her that was cast *far off*{Northern Kingdom} a strong nation: and the LORD shall reign over them in mount Zion from henceforth, even for ever.

Eph 2:14 For he is our peace, who hath made both{Kingdoms} one, and hath broken down the middle wall of partition between us;

Ezek. 37:22 And I will make them one nation in the land upon the mountains of Israel; and one king shall be king to them all: and they shall be no more two nations, neither shall they be divided into two kingdoms any more at all:


News Item8/6/2020 7:51 PM
James Thomas | Fla  Find all comments by James Thomas
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FYI wrote:
The word crown brings to mind headship/kingship and glory brings to mind God.
Good evening FYI, Good thoughts on crowns. Here's what I found while doing a few word searches.
In Is 28:1:  “the crown of pride” which is a figure for self righteousness is contrasted with verse 5 “crown of glory” figured as His righteousness, which is the same crown in Isa 62:3 and I think can be seen here as well.

Ezek 16:12 And I put a jewel on thy forehead, and earrings in thine ears, and a beautiful crown upon thine head.
Ezek 16:15 But thou didst trust in thine own beauty, and playedst the harlot because of thy renown, and pouredst out thy fornications on every one that passed by; his it was.

So who wore the crown in Isa. 28? 

Isa 28:14 Wherefore hear the word of the LORD, ye scornful men, that rule this people which is in Jerusalem.

It was the scornful men that ruled the people in Jerusalem who trusted in their own works of self righteousness(Rom 10:3) who changed the truth into a lie(Rom 1:25,Jer. 2:13) so God removed it. 

Ezek 21:26 Thus saith the Lord GOD; Remove the diadem, and take off the crown: this shall not be the same: exalt him that is low, and abase him that is high.


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Dr. Tim wrote:
James, I was taking out some trash at our church recently and I saw that someone had thrown an Ugly Stik with a Shakespeare spincast reel in the dumpster. Suffice it to say it ain’t in there no more!
What a find! I bet the story on how it arrived there is a good one as they usually are not retired by the user willingly.

News Item8/6/2020 10:53 AM
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Doc,
My dad and I swore by the tequila red shad plastic worm by culprit for about three decades until he passd in 2002. The banjo lure came in a close second, but there's nothing like catching a bass on one. Oh, and the rod had to be an Ugly stik, nothing else came close

News Item8/6/2020 7:07 AM
James Thomas | Fla  Find all comments by James Thomas
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FYI,
Here's the rest of that reply.

1 Tim 1:16 Howbeit for this cause I obtained mercy, that *in me first* Jesus Christ might shew forth all longsuffering, for a *pattern to them which should hereafter believe on him to life everlasting*.

Eph 1:12 That we should be to the praise of his glory, *who first* trusted in Christ.

Sure sounds a lot like the fulfillment of that next verse.

Isa 62:3 Thou shalt also be a *crown of glory* in the hand of the LORD, and a royal diadem in the hand of thy God.

AActs 11:26 And the disciples were *called Christians first* in Antioch.

That's just one avenue and we can put it to the test by looking at Those cross references if you'd like.


News Item8/6/2020 6:59 AM
James Thomas | Fla  Find all comments by James Thomas
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FYI,
I'm thankful for the rain you received and reminded by your comment and psalm 67 mention that we too easily get discouraged.
To your question " Is not the text you are referring to in Isaiah referring to national Israel's new name? Is it not in reference to Isa 62:4? "

I agree it is a reference, but for who?

I checked Jamieson, Fausset & Brown(Sounds like a Law firm) like you suggested and they provided some valuable cross references which I will paste here.
( Isa 11:10 42:1-6 49:7, 22, 23 60:3, 5, 16 ).
( Isa 62:12 Isa 65:15 Rev 2:17 3:12 ).

There's plenty to choose from but Lets look at the next verse for now.

Isa 62:3 Thou shalt also be a *crown of glory* in the hand of the LORD, and a royal diadem in the hand of thy God.

What is the crown of glory?

Paul spoke of a crown in 2 Tim and also mentions a group of people. Is it the same one?

2 Tim 4:8Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day: and not to me only, but** unto all them also that love his appearing.**

Those that love His appearing were following Paul's example of what he said he was a "first of." in 1 Tim.

1 Tim 1:16Howbeit for this cause I obtained mercy, that *in me first* Jesus Christ mi


News Item8/5/2020 9:27 AM
James Thomas | Fla  Find all comments by James Thomas
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2 Tim 2:24 And the servant of the Lord must not strive; but be gentle unto all men, apt to teach, patient,
In meekness instructing those that oppose themselves;

With Gentleness and with meekness are we to share the gospel as well as differing positions.
Also, God promised only one new name per Isa. 62:2 and that would be the name of "Christian". Why would any other name be desired?


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Good point sister B.
We are given an example in Paul that can provide another angle on this topic but yet for some reason he's ignored. I wonder why?

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Thanks for your reply...so your saying Paul is not party to that group?

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The reason for my question Doc stems from Paul who says he was a "first of" in 1 Tim 1:16 And he was to be the pattern to them which should hereafter believe on Him to Life everlasting. Hereafter...or from that point forward.

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Dr. Tim wrote:
Ezekiel 36:26 applies to Israel. Yes, the REAL Israel, not the “replacement Israel” (there isn’t one), the church. Strange that one who has so much to say about context chooses to ignore the context of Ezekiel 36:26.
Question for you Bro Tim. Does this context in Ezek ch 36 and ch 37 as well, include Paul in your view?

Exek 36:26-27 A new heart also will I give you, and a new spirit will I put within you: and I will take away the stony heart out of your flesh, and I will give you an heart of flesh. And I will put my spirit within you, and cause you to walk in my statutes, and ye shall keep my judgments, and do them.


News Item8/3/2020 9:34 AM
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John,

This will be my last one on this so
Here's the jist of it all in the Luke 14 context and how I see it.

Luke 14:33 So likewise, whosoever he be of you that forsaketh not all that he hath, he cannot be my disciple.

Forsake all their works of self righteousness.

Ron 10:3 For they being ignorant of God's righteousness, and going about to establish their own righteousness, have not submitted themselves unto the righteousness of God.

Paul called his dung whereas other trusted in their own self righteous works of the law for justification and would not fosake their own inadequate works for the perfect work of God.

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