Breitbart: “Kim Jong-un, the supreme leader of North Korea, has called for the execution of 33 people for reportedly working as accomplices to South Korean Baptist missionary Kim Jung-wook and planning to help him create 500 underground churches.
The North Korean tyrant has asserted himself by ruthlessly and brutally murdering all whom he deems a threat to his power.”
Opinion: Reuters News (link below) reported that as of January 2013 over 100 million Christians are being persecuted worldwide:
“Open Doors, a non-denominational Christian group, listed North Korea, Saudi Arabia and Afghanistan as the three toughest countries for Christians last year. They topped the 50-country ranking for 2011 as well.
There are over 65 countries where Christians are persecuted,” said the report released on Tuesday by Open Doors, which began in the 1950s smuggling Bibles into communist states and now works in more than 60 countries.”
Is de eeuwige straf echt eeuwig, in de zin van altijddurend? Is het Griekse woord voor eeuwig niet een woord dat afgeleid is van ‘aioon’, dat ‘eeuw’ of ‘tijdperk’ aanduidt? Zou je daarom niet kunnen spreken van een ‘aeonische’ (= langdurige, maar in de tijd beperkte) straf?
Bron & credits: Oude Sporen
Door G.H Kramer
Ik zou graag willen dat de vraagsteller gelijk had. Dan zou er voor bijbelgetrouwe christenen minder reden tot bezorgdheid zijn met het oog op familieleden en vrienden die het evangelie afwijzen. Hun straf zou dan in ieder geval niet voor altijd zijn. Belangrijker is echter niet wat wij aangenaam vinden of ons kunnen voorstellen, maar wat de Schrift zegt, en wat de betekenis van de geïnspireerde woorden van de Schrift is.
The Revelation of Jesus Christ Through the Ages
A Complete Literal Common Sense Interpretation of the Prophecies - Contains Expanded Commentary on Babylon and Other Mysteries
The Revelation of Jesus Christ Through the Ages, by Don Koenig is a free verse by verse Revelation commentary (The Apocalypse) that offers a literal common sense futurist premillennial interpretation. This commentary on Revelation is an in-depth Bible study. It contains extended information on the identity of Mystery Babylon and Babylon the Great.
The Revelation of Jesus Christ Through the Ages – Table of Contents
Foreword Why this Revelation commentary was written and how I went about writing this bible study.
Introduction Different views on Revelation – why I used the futurist view for this commentary on Revelation.
Chapter 1 John receives the Revelation of Jesus Christ for the seven churches or church types on earth.
Chapter 2 Jesus gives His message addressed to the churches at Ephesus, Smyrna, Pergamos, and Thyatira.
Chapter 3 Jesus gives His message addressed to the churches at Sardis, Philadelphia and Laodicea.
Chapter 4 John goes up to Heaven and writes his commentary about what he sees there.
Chapter 5 The Lamb is found worthy to take the seven-sealed scroll from the right hand of the Father.
Chapter 6 Jesus opens the scroll, the first six seals are opened, the four horsemen of the apocalypse ride.
Chapter 7 Angels seal 144,000 Israelites from twelve tribes to protect them from the coming trumpet judgments.
Chapter 8 The seventh seal is opened – four trumpets are blown – fire, blood, poison water and darkness on 1/3 of the earth.
Chapter 9 The fifth trumpet brings stinging locusts, the sixth brings a 200,000,000 army that kills 1/3 of men.
Chapter 10 Seven thunders are heard by John but the revelations revealed are sealed until the end – John must give us additional revelation.
Chapter 11 Two prophets of God give their testimony from Jerusalem and judge their enemies for 1260 days.
Chapter 12 John sees a woman with a Man Child and a red dragon who seeks to devour the Child as soon as He is born.
Chapter 13 A Beast comes out of the sea with ten horns and a second Beast comes from the land with two horns.
Chapter 14 The 144,000 brethren are seen in heaven – the grapes of wrath are trodden in the winepress on earth.
Chapter 15 Preparation takes place in heaven for the final seven plagues containing God’s wrath.
Chapter 16 Seven vials (bowls) containing the seven last plagues or judgments are poured out.
Chapter 17 The revelations of Mystery Babylon are explained.
Chapter 18 The revelations of Babylon the Great are explained.
Chapter 19 Jesus begins His reign on earth and destroys the armies of the Beast that come against Him at Israel.
Chapter 20 The dead in Jesus come to life – Satan is bound for a thousand years – Satan later deceives again and is judged.
Chapter 21 A new Heaven and a new earth are created – the holy city of the Lamb’s wife is seen in Heaven.
Chapter 22 Eternal affairs in the Holy City – final warnings and invitations from Jesus and the bride.
Final comments Commentary by me directed at Bible prophecy critics and those who attack premillennial theology.
Bibliography Some books and teachers that helped me understand some of the things I wrote about in this Revelation commentary.
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Hebreeën 8 : 7, 8
7 Want indien dat eerste verbond onberispelijk geweest ware, zo zou voor het tweede geen plaats gezocht zijn geweest.
8 Want hen berispende, zegt Hij tot hen: Ziet, de dagen komen, spreekt de Heere, en Ik zal over het huis Israëls, en over het huis van Juda een nieuw verbond oprichten;
In Hebreeën worden twee verbonden beschouwd, namelijk het oude (eerste) en het nieuwe (tweede) verbond. Het nieuwe verbond vervangt een ander verbond. In Jeremia 31 wordt voor het eerst over een nieuw verbond gesproken. In Hebreeën 8 wordt dit vers geciteerd. Als wedergeboren gelovigen zouden wij ons hart laten vullen met het Woord Gods en met Zijn Geest. Dan krijgen wij de identiteit van Christus. Dan leven wij uit Christus. Dat Leven zouden wij geen opdrachten geven en geen beperkingen opleggen.
Wij zouden dat Leven léven. Helaas is dit leven uit de genade en vrijheid van het nieuwe verbond in de praktijk weinig bekend. Deze nieuwtestamentische waarheid wordt door degenen die de baas willen zijn over andere gelovigen, en daarvoor de wet weer herintroduceren, tenonder gehouden. Men neemt zo de plaats van Christus in. Dat zouden wij ons nooit laten gebeuren. Leef daarom het nieuwe leven dat ons onder het nieuwe verbond is gegeven door Christus Zelf.
[Note: The following essay was written in response to a friend's request: "Can you tell me where in the Bible Jesus claimed to be God?"]
Written by Sue Bohlin
This article is not an exhaustive list of Christ’s claims to be God, but it does cover the major ones. I suggest you read this with a Bible open, as I have not posted all the scriptures listed.
1. Mark 2:1-12–Jesus heals a paralytic. He had authority to forgive sins, which is something only God Himself can do. Then, to authenticate His claim, He demonstrated His power by healing the paralytic.
2. The miracles Jesus performed are a very strong indication of His divinity (because no mere human can work actual miracles by his own power). Jesus referred to the miracles in John 10:24-39 as proof that he was telling the truth. This passage is Christ’s own response to the unbelieving Jews’ charge of blasphemy (dishonoring God by claiming to be God). Incidentally, this section also includes a beautiful promise that once you are saved/born again/become a Christian, you can never lose your salvation. Verses 28-29 say we will “never perish; no one can snatch them out of My hand. My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all; no one can snatch them out of my Father’s hand. I and the Father are one.” (Here is another strong statement that He is God.) We can have the assurance of eternal security because we didn’t earn salvation in the first place; it is a free gift (Ephesians 2:8,9).
3. During Christ’s trial, the chief priests asked Him point blank, “Tell us if you are the Christ, the Son of God.” And He said,
• “I am.” (Mark 14:60-62)
• “Yes, it is as you say.” (Matt. 26: 63-65)
• “You are right in saying I am.” (Luke 22:67-70)
These are all ways of saying the same thing, written by different authors.
In John’s gospel, he recounts Jesus’ interview with Pontius Pilate (John 18:33-37). Pilate wanted to know if He were the King of the Jews. Jesus then talked about how His kingdom was not of this world. Pilate said, “You are a king, then!” Jesus answered, “You are right in saying I am a king…” The truth is, he is King of the whole universe.
4. Jesus says in John 10:11-18 that he is the Good Shepherd. When you read this passage along with Ezekiel 34:1-16, you can see that Jesus was identifying Himself with God, who pronounced Himself Shepherd over Israel. The Jewish people, being an agrarian and shepherding society, knew and dearly loved this section of the Old Testament because God was using a metaphor they lived every day. So when Jesus said, “I am the Good Shepherd,” and that whole John passage so clearly parallels the Ezekiel passage, there was no doubt that He was claiming to be God.
5. John 4:25-26. This is where the Samaritan woman, whom Jesus went to meet at the well, gets into a discussion of “living water” with Jesus. He pinpoints her sinful lifestyle (knowledge He would not have had as a mere human passerby), then He admits that He is the long-awaited Messiah: “I who speak to you am He.”
6. John 5:1-18. Jesus heals a lame man on the Sabbath, which the unbelieving Jews gave Him a hard time about. His answer was, “My Father is always at His work to this very day, and I too am working.” It was a well-known Jewish line of thought that, although God rested on the seventh day after Creation week, He continued to “work” in being loving, compassionate, and just, as well as keeping the earth producing, keeping the sun moving, etc. In other words, although the creating had stopped, the maintenance went on–even on the Sabbath, and that was the only “work” allowed on that day. So Jesus is putting Himself on the same level as his Father in working on the Sabbath. And by calling God “My Father” (instead of “Our Father”), He was claiming an intimate relationship with God that far exceeded anyone else’s. So in these two ways, He was making Himself equal with God.
7. John 16:28. “I came from the Father and entered the world; now I am leaving the world and going back to the Father.” What Christ is saying here is that he existed along with the Father before being born. He “entered the world” by wrapping Himself in human flesh and being born as a baby. He grew up, fulfilled His mission/ministry, was crucified and raised from the dead (all part of the “mission”) and then left the world to go back to the Father in heaven, where He is now seated at the right hand of God (the place of honor). He is the only person who ever existed before conception. That Christ was in a “pre-incarnate state” means that He is God.
8. (This is many people’s favorite argument for the deity of Christ, including the author’s.)
First, turn to Exodus 3, where Moses encounters God in the burning bush. God tells Moses that he is the one He has chosen to lead the Israelites out of Egypt. Moses says to God, “Suppose I go to the Israelites and say to them, ‘The God of your fathers has sent me to you,’ and they ask me ‘What is His name?’ Then what shall I tell them?” God replies to Moses, “I AM WHO I AM. This is what you are to say to the Israelites: ‘I AM has sent me to you.’” God has said that His own name, His personal name, is “I AM.”
a) Turn to John 8:56-58. Jesus is talking to the unbelieving Jews. “Your father Abraham rejoiced at the thought of seeing My day; he saw it and was glad.” “You are not yet 50 years old,” they said to Him, “and you have seen Abraham?” “I tell you the truth,” Jesus announced, “before Abraham was, I AM!” Jesus was the great I AM from before the beginning of time; He existed before Abraham ever was. He is claiming here to be the I AM of the Old Testament. Verse 59 says the Jews picked up stones to stone Him, but the Lord Jesus slipped away. The reason they wanted to stone Him was because stoning was the death penalty for blasphemy. He was claiming to be Yahweh–Jehovah–Almighty God–I AM. (Of course, it wasn’t blasphemy when Christ claimed to be who He truly was!)
b) John 8:24. “I told you that you would die in your sins; if you do not believe that I AM, you will indeed die in your sins.” In your Bible, it may read “if you do not believe that I am the one I claim to be….” The extra words are supplied by the editors; they’re not in the original text. If you’re familiar with Exodus 3 you don’t need the extra words for it to make grammatical sense. The Lord Jesus is again claiming to be God.
c) John 18:4. In the Garden of Gethsemane, Judas and some priests and soldiers are about to take Jesus prisoner. “Jesus, knowing all that was going to happen to Him, went out and asked them, ‘Who is it that you want?’ ‘Jesus of Nazareth,’ they replied. ‘I AM,’ Jesus said. When He said, ‘I AM,’ they drew back and fell to the ground.” (Again, in your Bible the editors may have supplied “I am [he]” to make it grammatically correct. The Greek just says, “I AM.”)
The force of Jesus’ claim to be Yahweh (I AM) was so powerful that it literally knocked the arresting officers and the Jewish priests off their feet
The above points are by no means exhaustive, and are given to contribute to the reader’s understanding that Jesus Christ is Lord because He is God. In this vein, I would like to close with one of the most powerful quotes ever written on the subject, by noted author C.S. Lewis in his classic, Mere Christianity:
I am trying here to prevent anyone saying the really foolish thing that people often say about Him: “I’m ready to accept Jesus as a great moral teacher, but I don’t accept his claim to be God.” That is the one thing we must not say. A man who was merely a man and said the sort of things Jesus said would not be a great moral teacher. He would either be a lunatic–on a level with the man who says he is a poached egg–or else he would be the Devil of Hell. You must make your choice. Either this man was, and is, the Son of God; or else a madman or something worse. You can shut Him up for a fool, you can spit at Him and kill Him as a demon, or you can fall at His feet and call Him Lord and God. But let us not come away with any patronizing nonsense about His being a great human teacher. He has not left that open to us. He did not intend to.
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Vanmorgen las ik onderstaande in Prediker. Het spreekt in beeldende taal over het oud worden, de lichamelijke aftakeling die er mee gepaard gaat, en veel belangrijker dan dat: dat je God zoekt als je nog jong bent…..
Prediker 12 (Herziene Statenvertaling)
1 Denk aan uw Schepper in de dagen van uw jeugd,
voordat de kwade dagen komen en de jaren naderen
waarvan u zeggen zult:
Ik vind er geen vreugde in;
2 voordat de zon verduisterd wordt, evenals het licht
en de maan en de sterren,
en de wolken terugkeren
na de regen,
3 op die dag, wanneer de bewakers van het huis zullen beven,
de sterke mannen zich zullen krommen,
de maalsters ophouden, omdat ze met weinigen zijn,
en zij die door de vensters kijken, verduisterd worden;
4 wanneer de beide deuren naar de straat gesloten worden,
het geluid van de molen verzwakt,
men opstaat bij het geluid van de vogels,
en alle zangeressen neergebogen zullen worden,
5 men ook gaat vrezen voor de hoogte,
en er verschrikkingen zijn op de weg,
de amandelboom gaat bloeien,
de sprinkhaan zichzelf tot last wordt,
en de kapperbes niet meer helpt
- de mens gaat immers naar zijn eeuwig huis:
rouwklagers doen de ronde in de straat-
6 voordat het zilveren koord verwijderd wordt
en de gouden oliehouder verbrijzeld,
de kruik bij de bron stukgebroken wordt
en het rad bij de waterput verbrijzeld,
7 het stof terugkeert naar de aarde zoals het was,
en de geest terugkeert
tot God, Die hem gegeven heeft.
8 Een en al vluchtigheid,
zegt de Prediker,
alles is even vluchtig.
Eternity without the Eternal, Immortality without the Immortal, Salvation without Redemption, and Godhood without God the LORD
Eternity without the Eternal is a fact directed by the chief sinner of rebellion,
satan himself. satan has worked to undermine and bring down to the pit; God’s creation. The creation is man himself, who seems at times willingly to go sit beside the devil in the pit. Man forgets, it seems that “Man without God is lost; while God without Man is still God.” But thank God, today we know that there will be a good portion of humanity on God our Fathers team. This group will be those redeemed by the blood of the Lamb and have been purchased as such. They will be God’s purpose in end of all things. That purpose was to redeem man from the sins, which engulfed him. Thank God for that. Meanwhile, in the pit, or should I say the “Lake of fire”, the devil, his minions, the beast, and his false prophet will burn quite nicely for all the heaps of garbage they have been spewing out.
In the end, we win!, Again; “In the END, WE WIN!”
Got it? But today, man through his science, humanism, technology, know how, and all the stuff man has developed today; “Man believes he will win!” Sounds a bit like the devil who wants to overthrow the LORD, does it not? As Isaiah writes “How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer”!
Isa 14:12-17 KJV
12 How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! how art thou cut down to the ground, which didst weaken the nations!
13 For thou hast said in thine heart, I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God: I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north:
14 I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the most High.
15 Yet thou shalt be brought down to hell, to the sides of the pit.
16 They that see thee shall narrowly look upon thee, and consider thee, saying, Is this the man that made the earth to tremble, that did shake kingdoms;
17 That made the world as a wilderness, and destroyed the cities thereof; that opened not the house of his prisoners?
Eternity without the Eternal : Science
It is not that Man does not want to be immortal or ascend; in fact Man does want just that. The trouble is, Man wants to be immortal without God. Man wants to enjoy creation, nature, and all it entails; but without the God who created it all! Man wants to be the King without God’s rules. Man wants to be saved, without God’s redemption. Then, finally Man wants to be loved, without God; in Man’s own way. It is carnal, sensual, selfish, and in the end leads to death.
It is here that Man works feverishly to be perfect, redemptive, creative, and without God. He does this by replacing God with the notion that “Man is God”!
The real problem is in the hearts and minds of men. It is easier to denature plutonium than to denature the evil spirit of man… Albert Einstein
Further, in Albert Einstein we have a man who said “the more I study science, the more I believe in God”! In mans daily endeavors today we see that the scripture which prophesies that “knowledge shall increase and men shall go to and fro in the earth” has been fulfilled many times over in this generation.
Dan 12:4 KJV But thou, O Daniel, shut up the words, and seal the book, even to the time of the end: many shall run to and fro, and knowledge shall be increased.
Here we have the truth illustrated many times in man around the world. That truth is, Science without God is an atheistic humanism. One where man is the perfected creature, or will get there soon. There is no God, at least not one that cares. He is persona non gratis. But science with God will bring enlightenment and the real truth to all who find it. Because God is in the science, he is in heavens, he is in the earth, he is; period the source of all things.