3ABN Today Bible Q&A

Can You Be A True Christian and Ignore The Bible?

Three Angels Broadcasting Network

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Series Code: TDYQA

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01:14 Hello, and welcome to another 3ABN Today Bible Q and A.
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02:07 You know, I know many of you we've met from time to time,
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02:11 Some of you we may never meet face to face.
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02:17 and I believe very, very soon.
02:19 But I want to say thank you for sending in your questions
02:22 and comments to this program.
02:23 It's a lot of fun to get your questions.
02:26 We know that you are students of the Word of God.
02:29 And I wanna encourage you today,
02:30 it's easy to just sit back and say,
02:31 whoa, that was a great answer by Pastor John.
02:34 Wow, that was really fantastic. But you know what?
02:36 We want you to open the Word of God too
02:38 to study right along with us
02:40 and to grab a pen or paper
02:43 or, you know, what some of you are so techie,
02:46 Pastor John always says he's a gadgetarian.
02:49 Some of you are probably that too.
02:51 And you're just taking notes in your phone or your tablet.
02:54 So we want to encourage you to participate with us today.
02:58 Again, if this is the first time
02:59 for you to join, you can always send your questions,
03:02 comments to us,
03:03 text first at (618)-228-3975.
03:07 Or you can email us at BibleQA@3abn.org.
03:12 And those are ways that you can submit
03:13 your questions to us here.
03:15 This is kind of rapid fire is how it works.
03:17 And we hope today to get maybe 15 to 20 questions
03:20 in and then answer them,
03:22 of course, through the Word of God.
03:24 But before we get started, my name is Greg Morikone.
03:26 Sitting right next to me, is my beautiful wife, Jill.
03:29 So glad to have you with us today.
03:30 Thank you so much.
03:32 It's always a privilege to open up the Word of God
03:33 to study together and to learn.
03:36 We just get to learn more of what God has in His Word,
03:39 and more about who He is Jesus, the Word of God.
03:42 Amen. Absolutely.
03:44 Sitting next to you is Brother Jason Bradley.
03:47 Good to have you here, sir.
03:48 Yes, it's great to be here.
03:49 Looking forward to going over these verses studying
03:52 and answering these questions.
03:54 Amen. Praise the Lord.
03:56 Just a side note, I like that black suit.
03:57 You got it. Thank you.
03:59 Hopefully it looks black till we'd be on.
04:01 Yeah, it does.
04:03 And sitting next to you is Pastor John Lomacang.
04:05 We appreciate you and your just,
04:08 your steadfastness to the Word of God
04:11 to stand for principle, no matter what.
04:13 And that means a lot to us,
04:14 so thank you for your mentorship
04:16 to us younger folk not saying you're old,
04:17 you're just experienced, Pastor John.
04:19 Thank you so very much for your love for the Lord.
04:22 I'm getting to the place where I'm starting to say
04:25 it's not just numbers any longer.
04:26 Yeah, that's right.
04:28 Actually, you know, like Mark Finley many years ago, he said,
04:30 I'm getting to the point where when I'm on my knees,
04:32 I said what else can I do while I'm down?
04:34 I never forgot that.
04:35 But, Pastor John, though we do get to play
04:37 a little bit in the gym together too.
04:38 Yeah, yeah, you're still in great shape.
04:40 Yeah, I love to play. Yeah.
04:42 That's the key to getting older,
04:44 bodies in motion stay in motion.
04:46 There you go.
04:47 But, you know, the joy of studying God's Word,
04:49 knowing truth is one thing but knowing Jesus
04:51 is something altogether different.
04:52 Amen. Thank you.
04:53 You cannot separate Jesus from the truth.
04:56 And we've had questions
04:57 where people have tried to do that,
04:58 but John 17:3 said,
05:00 "And this is life eternal, that they may know you,
05:03 the only true God and Jesus Christ
05:04 whom You sent."
05:06 So when you know the truth,
05:08 you cannot separate knowing the truth from knowing Christ.
05:11 Amen. It's impossible.
05:12 Well, thank you for sharing that, Pastor.
05:13 And, Jill, I have commented on that too,
05:15 just your sermons at church.
05:16 And just, of course, being around you
05:17 is that you have a vast knowledge of the Bible,
05:19 it's just incredible,
05:20 the gifts that God has given to you.
05:22 But you also know Jesus Christ personally and intimately.
05:24 And that just comes through.
05:26 So thank you for sharing that aspect.
05:27 We want to encourage you at home too.
05:29 It's great to know the scriptures,
05:30 build a debate, so to speak, or to answer these questions.
05:33 But don't forget to make Jesus Christ
05:34 number one in your life.
05:36 Before we open the Word and go to the first question.
05:38 Brother Jason, let's pray and get started.
05:42 Dear Heavenly Father,
05:43 we thank You for the opportunity
05:45 and privilege that we have to study Your Word.
05:48 And, Father, as we answer these questions from Your Word,
05:52 Lord, we ask for Your Holy Spirit
05:54 to lead and guide us and be with the listeners
05:57 and the viewers as well.
05:58 In Jesus' name we pray.
06:00 Amen.
06:01 Thank you, Jason.
06:03 And I'm gonna come to you with the first question.
06:04 Okay? Okay.
06:05 Does it work for you? All right.
06:07 There's no name with this,
06:08 but it's a really good question.
06:10 "What is a true Christian?
06:11 Is it someone who says,
06:13 I believe but does not read the Bible,
06:15 will not go to church,
06:16 will not listen to when you're talking
06:18 to them about Christ."
06:20 So basically, the question is what is a true Christian?
06:22 No, that's not a true Christian.
06:24 A true Christian is someone who has faith
06:27 and diligently seeks God.
06:28 Hebrews 11:6 says, "But without faith,
06:32 it is impossible to please Him,
06:33 for he who comes to God
06:35 must believe that He is and that He is a rewarder
06:39 of those who diligently seek Him."
06:41 A true Christian is one that loves God.
06:44 John 14:15, says, "If you love Me,
06:48 keep My commandments."
06:50 A true Christian chooses Christ as opposed to carnality
06:54 and reflects the character of Christ.
06:57 Colossians 3:1-5 says,
07:00 "If then you are raised with Christ,
07:02 seek those things
07:04 which are above where Christ is,
07:06 sitting at the right hand of God.
07:08 Set your mind on things above, not on things on the earth,
07:13 for you died and your life is hidden with Christ and God.
07:16 When Christ who is our life appears,
07:19 then you also will appear with Him in glory.
07:23 Therefore put to death your members
07:25 which are on the earth, fornication, uncleanness,
07:27 passions, evil desire, and covetousness,
07:31 which is idolatry."
07:34 Colossians 3:12-16 says,
07:37 "Therefore as the elect of God,
07:39 holy and beloved, put on tender mercies,
07:42 kindness, humility, meekness, longsuffering,
07:46 bearing with one another and forgiving one another.
07:49 If anyone has a complaint against another,
07:51 even as Christ forgave you, so you also must do.
07:56 But above all these things put on love,
07:58 which is the bond of perfection
08:01 and let the peace of God rule in your hearts,
08:04 to which also you were called in one body and be thankful."
08:10 Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly.
08:13 And in all wisdom, teaching,
08:15 and admonishing one another in psalms
08:18 and hymns and spiritual songs,
08:20 singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord.
08:22 And whatever you do in word or deed,
08:25 do all in the name of the Lord Jesus,
08:28 giving thanks to God, the Father through him.
08:32 A true Christian possesses the fruit of the Spirit.
08:36 Galatians 5:22-23,
08:40 "But the fruit of the Spirit is love,
08:42 joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness,
08:47 faithfulness, gentleness,
08:49 self control, against such there is no law."
08:53 A true Christian not only talks the talk,
08:57 but a true Christian walks the walk.
09:00 Excellent, Jason. Yeah.
09:01 Fantastic. Thank you.
09:03 It's great answer.
09:04 And you know, we cannot do that on our own.
09:06 That's right. Right.
09:07 Ask God, look, I can't do this, but You can, right?
09:10 Praise the Lord. Thank you.
09:11 Good job, Jason.
09:13 Jill, this is a good question.
09:14 No name with it, but it is.
09:16 They're asking,
09:18 "What is an unequally yoked marriage?
09:21 It's a great question.
09:23 I would say aside from accepting Jesus,
09:25 choosing a spouse is the most important decision
09:27 you will ever make.
09:29 Choosing a spouse has eternal consequences.
09:32 For positive I think of Proverbs 27:17,
09:35 "As iron sharpens iron,
09:36 so a man sharpens the countenance of his friend."
09:39 We can lead and encourage each other toward heaven,
09:43 or it can have negative consequences.
09:45 I think of 1 Corinthians 15:33,
09:48 "Do not be deceived,
09:49 evil company corrupts good habits."
09:53 You know, if you read the Old Testament,
09:55 you see this danger of the Israelites,
09:58 the chosen people of God.
10:00 We would call them the Christians uniting
10:03 in marriage with pagan idolaters.
10:05 Especially I see that in Ezra 9 and Nehemiah 13.
10:09 We see how seriously God took marriage,
10:12 and we see the bad consequences of intermarriage
10:15 with a pagan with a believer.
10:18 In 2 Corinthians 6:14-18.
10:22 It says, "Do not be unequally yoked together
10:25 with unbelievers.
10:27 For what fellowship has righteousness
10:29 with unrighteousness?
10:30 What communion has light with darkness?
10:32 What accord has Christ with Belial?
10:35 What part has a believer with an unbeliever?
10:37 What agreement has the temple of God with idols?
10:40 For you are the temple of the living God."
10:43 So we see here an unequally yoked marriage
10:47 is a Christian with a non believer,
10:50 but I would take it even further than that.
10:52 Some people say you need to be part
10:54 of the same denomination.
10:56 And there is truth in that
10:57 because you had the same beliefs,
10:59 and the same values, and the same goals,
11:01 and the same biblical understanding.
11:04 But I would take it even further than that,
11:06 because I could say, well, I'm a Seventh-day Adventist,
11:08 so I will look for a Seventh-day Adventist.
11:10 Just because you're a Seventh-day Adventist
11:12 or you belong to a certain denomination
11:14 does not mean you are a Christian.
11:17 So it is so important
11:19 that when you look for a spouse,
11:21 you look for a spouse with the same biblical values
11:24 that is vitally important,
11:25 but they also need to know Jesus.
11:27 Amen. Excellent.
11:29 Yeah. Excellent point.
11:30 Thank you so much.
11:32 Pastor John, this question comes from Tony.
11:34 They live in New Jersey.
11:36 "Can anyone explain why most Christians believe
11:39 the church will be raptured before the tribulation
11:42 when the Bible states otherwise?
11:44 What scriptures are they reading
11:46 because I haven't found any yet?"
11:48 Well, let me give you a little bit
11:49 of background on it first
11:50 because the rapture theory is something
11:52 that is taken off like a brush fire,
11:53 you know what that does.
11:55 But many Christians believe what they believe
11:56 because of what they've been taught.
11:58 But the rapture theory began with the Roman Catholic Church.
12:01 During the Dark Ages,
12:03 the reformers knew
12:04 that Bible prophecy pointed to papal Rome
12:07 as the system of the Antichrist
12:09 and they were determined to change that.
12:11 So the Roman Catholic leadership commissioned two men
12:14 Francisco Ribera and Luis de Alcazar
12:17 to come up with a prophetic theory
12:19 and they came up with something called preterism and futurism.
12:23 Luis de Alcazar came up with preterism.
12:25 And that is to say, well,
12:26 those prophecies have already been fulfilled before us,
12:29 but no one would buy that.
12:31 So Francisco Ribera came up with futurism.
12:34 And they took Daniel 9:24-27
12:37 that speaks about the 70 weeks prophecy.
12:39 Yes.
12:40 And they took the very last week and said,
12:42 let' s create something called the gap theory,
12:44 it's the doctrine of futurism.
12:46 They said, let's put this all the way down toward the end
12:49 because it pointed to the Antichrist.
12:51 And we knew that that week pointed to Christ.
12:55 So they created something called the gap
12:57 between the 69th and 70th week and separated them
13:01 by more than 1000 years.
13:03 And they said, so that means
13:04 this cannot possibly point to Rome,
13:07 because Rome right now is not a part of that prophecy.
13:10 But it became even more popular
13:12 under the teaching of dispensationalism.
13:16 The pre-tribulation rapture.
13:18 So there's a view called
13:20 pre-tribulation pre-millennialism,
13:23 meaning the belief that Jesus is going to come that Christ
13:26 will come before the tribulation,
13:28 and before the 1000 years,
13:30 but we are post-tribulation, pre-millennialist,
13:34 meaning the Bible teaches that Jesus
13:36 will come after the tribulation before the 1000 years begin.
13:40 But now this, this teaching was later on,
13:43 and it goes through quite a bit of a metamorphosis,
13:46 because many of the church fathers looking at this view,
13:49 knowing that it was not scriptural.
13:50 A man by the name of John N Darby,
13:52 John Nevins Darby.
13:54 He embraced the view
13:55 and his contemporaries in England said,
13:57 "Abandon it, it has no scriptural support."
13:59 But he continued going forth.
14:02 Then later on an America man by the name of Cyrus Ingersoll,
14:05 Ingersoll Scofield picked it up
14:07 the Scofield Chain Reference Bible
14:08 and interwove this belief into that Bible.
14:11 So if you have the Scofield Chain Reference Bible
14:13 is going to teach you about the secret rapture,
14:15 which is not supported by Scripture.
14:17 It became popular in the 1970s by Hal Lindsey,
14:20 further in the contemporary version
14:22 by Tim LaHaye and Jerry Jenkins
14:23 in the Left Behind series,
14:25 and they used certain Bible verses
14:27 to support that such as Luke 17:34-37.
14:31 When it says, "Two will be in the field,
14:32 one will be taken, one will be left."
14:35 And they said the one that meant taken
14:37 will be taken to heaven.
14:38 The ones that are left are left behind.
14:40 But the Bible doesn't support
14:41 that because when the Bible talks about left,
14:44 he says, the question was in verse 37,
14:47 where will they be left, Lord, Luke asked the question.
14:51 And it says where the body is
14:53 there the eagle will be gathered.
14:55 So those who are left or left alive,
14:58 those who are taken as in the days of Noah,
15:00 the flood came and took them all away.
15:02 They're taken in destruction.
15:04 But the rapture theory has no support,
15:06 and millions of Christians
15:08 are looking for something that will not occur.
15:10 Wow. Excellent.
15:12 Thank you, Pastor, too also in the history of that too.
15:14 Fantastic, plus the biblical answer.
15:17 Jason, this question comes from Fran.
15:19 "If God is the only immortal one,
15:22 why is Satan still here?
15:24 Is Satan immortal, or how can he still be alive?"
15:28 Good question. Yes, it is.
15:30 Well, friend, I'm so glad that Satan is not immortal.
15:34 And the reason why he's still here
15:36 is because God has to allow things to play out,
15:39 you know, so that his character can be fully vindicated,
15:43 and people can recognize how evil sin truly is.
15:48 But let's consider the following verses.
15:52 Romans 6:23,
15:55 "For the wages of sin is death,
15:58 but the gift of God is eternal life
16:01 in Christ Jesus, our Lord."
16:03 Satan is the chief of sinners.
16:06 He is the reason sin even exists.
16:10 So, with that being said, if the wages of sin are death,
16:15 you better believe that he's going to experience that.
16:18 John 3:16,
16:20 "For God so loved the world
16:22 that He gave His only begotten Son
16:24 that whoever believes in Him should not perish,
16:27 but have everlasting life."
16:30 So our belief should motivate us to act.
16:33 We should act on what we believe.
16:36 The devil has nothing to do with serving the Lord.
16:39 He has his own agenda and he wants to seek,
16:44 he seeks who he can devour,
16:46 who he can destroy, who he can kill,
16:47 who he can pull away from God.
16:50 So he does not love the Lord.
16:53 1 Timothy 6:14-16.
16:58 It says this,
17:00 "That you keep this commandment without spot,
17:03 blameless, until our Lord Jesus Christ appearing,
17:07 which He will manifest in His own time.
17:09 He who is blessed, and only potentate,
17:14 the King of kings and Lord of lords,
17:17 who alone has immortality dwelling
17:20 in a unapproachable light,
17:23 who no man has seen or can see,
17:26 to whom be honor and everlasting power."
17:28 Amen.
17:30 There's gonna come a time
17:31 where there will be no more sickness,
17:32 no more suffering, no more disease,
17:34 no more sorrow,
17:36 and we won't be terrorized any longer by the devil.
17:39 Amen.
17:41 Yeah, praise the Lord that He will be destroyed.
17:43 Praise God for that.
17:45 Jill, this question comes from Instagram,
17:48 no name, but says,
17:50 "When the Scripture
17:51 and the pen of inspiration both talk
17:53 about modesty and dress,
17:55 does that mean women cannot wear trousers
17:58 and can only wear clothes reaching below the knees?"
18:01 That's a great question.
18:03 Thank you so much for sending that in.
18:04 I believe the principle when we look at dress,
18:06 especially pertaining to woman is modesty and femininity.
18:11 I have seen women in skirts and I'm a woman I guess
18:13 I can say this where they're not very modest.
18:15 And I have seen the opposite.
18:18 You can see women in pants that they're not very modest.
18:20 So the principle is modesty and femininity.
18:24 If you look at Deuteronomy 22:5,
18:26 this is probably the verse that you're referring to.
18:28 I know it's a verse that I have had quoted
18:31 to me many times in the past.
18:32 It says, "A woman shall not wear anything
18:34 that pertains to a man,
18:36 nor shall a man put on a woman's garment,
18:38 for all who do so are an abomination
18:41 to the Lord your God."
18:42 Now that word abomination is pretty strong.
18:44 It's used in the Word of God.
18:45 It means the testable thing
18:47 it's used pertaining to homosexuality.
18:49 It's used pertaining to idolatry
18:51 and other things that God abhors.
18:54 But is it saying that God is abhorring pants?
18:56 No.
18:58 It's saying that God is abhorring
19:00 the cross dressing,
19:02 the transvestite behavior.
19:05 If you look at the children of Israel,
19:07 both men and woman wore robes.
19:11 The difference was that the woman had embroidery
19:14 of blue on their shoulders,
19:16 and that differentiated between the sexes.
19:19 So the difference is what God is saying
19:22 the abomination, the difficult thing
19:24 here is the Canaanite worship practices.
19:27 It is the blurring of the distinction
19:29 between the sexes.
19:31 It is that behavior that's associated
19:33 with a cult like pagan practices,
19:36 and it also refers not only to dress,
19:39 but to implements, tools, weapons and war.
19:42 So it encompasses the whole package
19:44 when women try to become like a man.
19:46 Or by contrast, maybe a man tries to become like a woman.
19:51 So it's not talking about wearing pants
19:53 because you can wear pants
19:54 that are both modest and feminine.
19:56 It's talking about that blurring
19:58 of distinction between the sexes,
20:00 or that cross dressing
20:02 that is what is considered an abomination.
20:04 Excellent.
20:06 Yeah, thank you so much, because I've heard
20:07 a lot of discussion on that topic.
20:09 So yeah, thank you so very much.
20:11 Good, good answer there.
20:12 I want to just encourage you to
20:13 because that question came from Instagram.
20:16 And that's another way
20:17 that you can actually reach out to us
20:18 with a question or a comment
20:20 for 3ABN Today Bible Q and A,
20:23 and it's 3ABN underscore official.
20:27 So you can also just send a question
20:29 to us via Instagram,
20:31 or you can text us
20:32 at (618)-228-3975 or email,
20:36 BibleQA@3abn.org
20:40 and we just say thank you so much
20:42 for sending in your questions and comments
20:44 and for your interest in the Word of God.
20:46 And, Pastor John,
20:48 this is a rather lengthy question.
20:50 It comes from Vignette.
20:52 She says, "My question is from Romans 11:26-28.
20:59 All Israel shall be saved.
21:01 I believe that this text is referring
21:03 to the Jewish nation,
21:05 and not spiritual Israel because of the reference
21:08 in verses 26 through 28, Pastor."
21:10 Okay.
21:12 "It says the deliverer shall come out of Zion,
21:14 where Zion is in?
21:15 Isn't it Jerusalem?
21:16 Other references say,
21:18 for this is my covenant unto them.
21:20 We know that the children of Israel
21:22 were the only nation that God
21:23 made a covenant with and lastly,
21:25 as touching the elect,
21:26 they are beloved for the father sake.
21:29 Therefore, I cannot see how these verses
21:31 are pertaining to the spiritual Israel,
21:33 the church.
21:35 Please enlighten me. Thank you so much."
21:36 Sure, no problem.
21:38 It is clear that the Lord made a covenant with Israel.
21:41 The Bible tells us that in Deuteronomy,
21:42 I didn't choose you because you are great among the nations.
21:45 You are the least among the nations.
21:46 But let's ask the question, why did God choose them?
21:49 He didn't choose them because they were different in DNA,
21:52 they were different in their physical makeup.
21:54 He chose them as messengers,
21:57 that they would allow their light as Paul
21:59 and Barnabas said to the Jews, in the city of Antioch,
22:03 it was necessary that the Word of God
22:05 should be given to you first,
22:06 and that you should be allied into the Gentiles.
22:08 That was the purpose the Lord chose them,
22:10 like UPS and Federal Express,
22:13 and all the other delivery services, post office,
22:15 when that person takes the uniform off
22:17 at the end of the day,
22:18 you can't tell the difference between him and another person.
22:20 But when they have a uniform on,
22:22 they have a special function.
22:23 If they decide I don't want to deliver these packages,
22:25 they're fired.
22:27 The Jews decided they don't want to deliver the message.
22:29 And the Lord said to them in the New Testament,
22:31 your house has left unto you desolate.
22:33 Jerusalem, Jerusalem,
22:34 how often I would have gathered you
22:36 as a hen gathers her chicks, but you would not come."
22:39 And then he foretold the destruction
22:41 of the temple in AD 70.
22:43 But there's a very significant point.
22:44 Let's go to Romans 9:6-8.
22:47 Because the covenant that the Lord made
22:50 was solidified through Abraham.
22:52 Abraham's faithfulness resulted in God making a promise.
22:56 But look what happened?
22:57 Romans 9:6-8,
22:59 "But it is not that the word of God
23:00 has taken no effect."
23:02 And this is also in Romans.
23:03 Paul addresses the setting two chapters earlier.
23:07 He says, "For they are not all Israel
23:09 who are of Israel,
23:11 nor are they the children
23:13 because they are the seed of Abraham,
23:15 but, 'In Isaac your seed shall be called.'"
23:18 That is verse 8,
23:20 "Those who are the children of the flesh,
23:23 these are not the children of God,
23:25 but the children of the promise are counted as the seed."
23:28 In Galatians 3:27, and 29,
23:31 "For as many of you as were baptized
23:33 into Christ have put on Christ, there is neither Jew nor Greek,
23:37 there is neither male, slave nor free,
23:38 there's neither male nor female,
23:40 but you are all one in Christ Jesus.
23:42 And if you are Christ's, then you are Abraham's seed,
23:47 and heir according to the promise."
23:49 This is a spiritual promise.
23:51 The Jews as a nation, the leadership rejected Jesus.
23:54 That's why He chose the disciples,
23:58 train them and chose the apostles
24:00 to carry the gospel that the Jews
24:02 decided not to carry.
24:04 Excellent, Pastor. Thank you very much.
24:06 Yeah, excellent answer.
24:09 Jason, this is from Jennifer.
24:11 Her question is, "If man has body,
24:13 soul and spirit, and when he dies,
24:16 the body goes to the grave
24:17 and the spirit goes back to God,
24:19 what happens to the soul?
24:21 The Bible does mention the soul."
24:24 Well, thank you for that question, Jennifer.
24:26 There are a lot of misconceptions
24:28 about the state of the dead.
24:29 So let's get some clarity from the Word of God.
24:31 We'll begin in Genesis 2:7.
24:34 In Genesis 2:7,
24:36 we're looking at the King James Version and it says,
24:38 "And the Lord God formed man of the dust of the ground,
24:42 and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life,
24:46 and man became a living soul."
24:49 So man became a living soul there.
24:52 Notice that man didn't become a living soul until God
24:55 breathed into his nostrils.
24:57 When we die, we returned to the dust.
25:00 Consider Genesis 3:19,
25:04 "In the sweat of your face,
25:06 you shall eat bread till you return to the ground,
25:09 for out of it you were taken for dust
25:11 you are and to dust you shall return."
25:15 So there's no floating immortal soul
25:18 or anything like that.
25:19 Also look at Ecclesiastes 9:5, 6 and 10,
25:25 "For the living know that they will die,
25:27 but the dead know nothing, and they have no more reward,
25:30 for the memory of them is forgotten.
25:32 Also their love,
25:34 their hatred and their envy have now perished.
25:36 Nevermore will they have a share
25:38 in anything done under the sun.
25:40 Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with your might,
25:43 for there is no work or device or knowledge or wisdom
25:46 in the grave where you are going."
25:49 And also consider James 2:26,
25:53 "For as the body without the spirit is dead,
25:55 so faith without works is dead also."
25:59 Now, I'm not sure if you're watching
26:01 this program on television or you're listening
26:03 to it on the radio.
26:04 But for the purpose of this illustration,
26:05 let's just assume that you're watching it on TV,
26:09 and someone unplugs the television.
26:12 There's no more electricity in that that TV,
26:15 no more electricity going to the television,
26:18 so you don't see anything.
26:19 It's just a shell comprised of internal parts.
26:22 And without the breath of life,
26:24 we are no longer a living soul.
26:28 Excellent.
26:29 Thank you for that illustration, Jason.
26:30 Very good. I like that.
26:32 I too. Me too.
26:35 Jill, this comes from Mercedes.
26:38 Her question comes from 1 Corinthians 8:1-13.
26:43 "I know the issue here is food offered to idols
26:46 mentioned by Sister Jill on her previous programs.
26:49 So this is kind of a follow up then.
26:50 I have friends that offer food and other stuff to their idols.
26:54 Wow.
26:55 They have invited me to join them on occasion.
26:58 I mentioned to them that the time clashes
27:01 with the Lord Sabbath, but to be honest,
27:03 I was not sure how to start sharing
27:05 the truth of God's Word with them.
27:07 So I made an excuse.
27:09 I've read this scripture several times,
27:12 but could never piece together the true meaning
27:15 for myself as a believer of the Word.
27:17 So please share your thoughts on this,
27:19 1 Corinthians 8:1-13."
27:21 Thank you so much, Mercedes, for that question.
27:23 Let's go to 1 Corinthians 8,
27:25 and we're going to read that there.
27:26 Of course, the parallel passage to 1 Corinthians 8
27:28 is Romans Chapter 14, which we won't look at today.
27:33 1 Corinthians 8, we'll pick it up in verse 1.
27:36 The issue in this chapter is how we should love and care
27:40 for our brothers and sisters.
27:42 It says, now concerning things offered to idols,
27:45 now if we pause here,
27:47 Paul uses the issue of food offered to idols
27:49 as a springboard to talk about how Christians should love
27:52 and care for fellow believers.
27:55 We know that the Jerusalem Council,
27:56 if you can look that up in Acts Chapter 15.
27:59 This whole issue with whether the Gentile Christians
28:02 needed to be circumcised in order
28:04 to become Christians.
28:06 And the Jerusalem Council decided
28:07 they did not need circumcision,
28:08 but there were certain parameters
28:10 that they still needed to follow.
28:12 One of those was no food,
28:14 don't eat food offered to idols.
28:18 So then it says, we know that we all have knowledge,
28:20 of course, the knowledge would be that idols
28:22 are just manmade objects.
28:24 Knowledge puffs up but love edifies.
28:26 Let's jump down to verse 4.
28:28 "Therefore concerning the eating
28:29 of things offered to idols."
28:31 We know that an idol is nothing in the world,
28:33 and that there is no other God but one,
28:34 meaning you know that idols are only manmade objects,
28:38 we worship the one true God,
28:41 for even if there are so called gods,
28:43 whether in heaven or on earth, yet for us, there is one God,
28:48 the Father of whom are all things,
28:49 and we for him and one Lord Jesus Christ,
28:52 through whom are all things, and through whom we live.
28:57 We worship God the Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
28:59 We worship the Creator God.
29:01 We don't worship a manmade idol.
29:03 Jump down to verse 7 and 8.
29:05 This comes in the concern for the weak.
29:08 "Therefore there is not in everyone that knowledge,"
29:12 or that knowledge that idols are only manmade things,
29:15 "for some with consciousness of the idol until now eat
29:19 it is the thing offered to an idol
29:20 and their conscience being weak is defiled."
29:24 They're still afraid of the supernatural power
29:27 you could say of that idol or what they see
29:30 is the supernatural power of that idol.
29:32 But food does not commend us to God.
29:34 "For neither if we eat, are we the better,
29:36 neither if we do not eat, are we the worst?"
29:39 It talks about the conscience being weak,
29:42 or someone's conscience who's susceptible
29:44 to those doubts and fears.
29:46 And then verses 9 through 13, he puts the clincher.
29:50 We are not supposed to be a stumbling block
29:54 to our brothers and sisters.
29:56 That's really the purpose of this passage.
29:59 It says in verse 11,
30:02 "Because of your knowledge that the weak brother perish,
30:05 for whom Christ died."
30:06 You and I have a responsibility to our brothers and sisters.
30:10 "But when you thus sin against the brethren,
30:14 by causing them to stumble
30:16 and wound their weak conscience."
30:18 So the point of this whole passage
30:20 is that you and I are called to love our brothers
30:23 and sisters enough that we would not be
30:26 a stumbling block to someone else.
30:28 Wow. Excellent.
30:30 Thank you. Very good.
30:31 Great explanation.
30:32 Very good explanation of that response.
30:34 Yes, very good.
30:36 Pastor John, this question comes from Instagram.
30:39 And this says, asks,
30:41 "What Bible verse tells us that God wants us
30:44 to be a part of a particular church,
30:46 His church?"
30:48 Okay, wonderful.
30:49 Now, the Bible doesn't mention a denominational name.
30:51 That's the one thing that we cannot find
30:53 in the scriptures.
30:54 It just mentions, choose Gentiles,
30:57 it mentions the followers of Christ
30:59 and those who are not followers of Christ,
31:01 but you begin to put the picture together
31:03 when you read scriptures such as John 10:16,
31:05 where Jesus says,
31:07 "Other sheep I have that are not of this fold,
31:10 them also I must bring and they will hear My voice
31:13 and they will be one fold, one shepherd."
31:17 So Jesus does not support duplicity in religion.
31:20 He doesn't say it doesn't matter really
31:22 what fold you're part of.
31:23 If that were the case, he would have said,
31:25 "Other sheep I have that are not of this fold."
31:28 But he said, I'm not satisfied with where they are.
31:30 That's why he said them also, I must bring.
31:32 While the question is, how can He bring them?
31:35 He said, "They will hear My voice."
31:37 When you read about that the Bible starts beginning
31:40 to establish parameters
31:42 whereby we can know if we are in the right place
31:46 or the wrong place.
31:47 For example, Isaiah 8:20.
31:49 So if you're looking for a fold,
31:51 ask this question,
31:52 do you speak according to God's law,
31:54 and God's Word?
31:55 Excellent.
31:57 He says, Isaiah 8:20,
31:58 "If they do not speak according to this word,
32:00 it is because there is no light in them."
32:02 Now, why is that word light so powerful?
32:04 It is a dual meaning light of the Word of God,
32:07 thy word is a lamp to my feet, a light to my path.
32:09 Secondly, but most importantly,
32:11 Jesus is saying, I'm not in there,
32:13 because I am the light of the world.
32:15 Don't go on there they may look like I connect to them,
32:17 but I don't connect to them.
32:19 Matthew 7:21-23, I never knew you,
32:22 read that passage.
32:24 Then 1 John 2:3-4,
32:26 once again, a direct connection.
32:29 Verse 4 says, "He who says,
32:32 I know Him and does not keep His commandments is a liar,
32:35 and the truth is not in him."
32:37 The light is not there.
32:38 I'm not there, the truth is not there.
32:40 And who is the Lord saying,
32:42 the devil is angry with and here's my point.
32:43 If the devil is angry with me,
32:46 I must be doing something right.
32:48 Revelation 12:17,
32:50 "And the dragon was enraged with the woman
32:52 and went to make war with the remnant of her seed,
32:55 who keeps the commandments of God,
32:57 and have the testimony of Jesus."
32:59 So if you find a fold
33:00 that keeps the commandments of God,
33:02 and have the testimony of Jesus,
33:03 which I'm not going to say, it's ours,
33:05 but I'm going to say it is ours.
33:08 The testimony of Jesus is the Spirit of Prophecy,
33:11 how well do they stand on Bible prophecy?
33:14 And do they honor all Ten Commandments of God?
33:17 When you follow those parameters,
33:18 you can't help but to find
33:20 where Jesus' light is, and His presence is.
33:23 Wow!
33:24 Thank you very much, Pastor.
33:26 You know, the way this program works, it's...
33:27 Wow, it's like, you know,
33:29 just got to almost take a breath,
33:30 you know, part way through the program.
33:31 You know, these questions are just fantastic.
33:33 And I don't say the following to discourage you.
33:35 But we have received hundreds
33:37 and hundreds of questions
33:39 for the Bible Q and A program.
33:41 So thank you so much for submitting them.
33:42 Don't become discouraged though,
33:43 because we carefully go through each one.
33:46 Thank you to the Donna and the team that goes
33:47 through all of these questions that come in.
33:49 We take each one very seriously.
33:51 So thank you, again, for submitting each one.
33:54 But it's happening so fast here on the set,
33:56 I want to encourage you to go
33:57 to 3abnplus.tv
34:00 3abnplus.tv
34:03 because there you can find these programs on demand.
34:05 So you can actually watch the program
34:07 there and then stop and then take notes.
34:09 Because I'm still thinking about your answer
34:11 was it 1 Corinthians was it 8?
34:13 And then Pastor John is talking about the true church.
34:14 I'm like, whoa, wait, I'm still thinking about this.
34:16 And then I think about that.
34:17 So that's the beauty of 3abnplus.tv
34:21 You can go there and actually watch these programs,
34:23 pause it, take your notes, and then continue on.
34:25 So I want to just encourage you to watch or YouTube as well.
34:28 These programs are also on YouTube.
34:31 Jason, good question here from Elifa.
34:36 I may not, I'm sure I'm not pronouncing
34:38 that name correctly, but it's a great name.
34:40 The question is, "The Bible says to treat others
34:42 the way you expect to be treated.
34:45 Why do some people not treat others
34:48 the way they expect to be treated?"
34:49 Wow, that is a great question.
34:52 Elifa, I wish everyone treated others
34:55 how they wanted to be treat.
34:56 Unfortunately, we live in a sinful world
35:00 and how we treat others is often times
35:02 a reflection of who we serve.
35:05 Let's take a look at a few scriptures here.
35:09 1 John 4:20, "If someone says,
35:13 I love God and hates his brother,
35:16 he is a liar.
35:17 For he who does not love his brother
35:19 whom he has seen,
35:20 how can he love God whom he has not seen?"
35:23 Ephesians 6:12,
35:26 "For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood,
35:29 but against principalities, against powers,
35:32 against the rulers of the darkness of this age,
35:34 against spiritual hosts of wickedness
35:37 in the heavenly places."
35:39 Another reason people don't treat others the way
35:42 they want to be treated is because they only care
35:45 about their own interests.
35:46 They're selfish. Yes.
35:48 Philippians 2:4 says,
35:51 "Let each of you look out not only for his own interest,
35:56 but also for the interest of others."
35:59 We need to care about other people.
36:01 As Christians, we are to treat people
36:03 the way Christ would treat them regardless
36:06 of how they treat us.
36:08 This can definitely be a hard thing to do
36:10 when someone says something rude.
36:11 It's extremely tempting to just come back
36:15 with something rude right back.
36:17 But Proverbs 15:1 says,
36:20 "A soft answer turns away wrath,
36:23 but a harsh word stirs up anger."
36:25 It's good.
36:26 We don't treat people how Christians
36:29 should treat people because they treat us that way.
36:32 We treat them that way because we are Christians,
36:35 and we know better.
36:36 And when you know better, you should do better.
36:39 Amen. Excellent, Jason.
36:40 You know, it's very easy,
36:42 like you're saying to react, right?
36:43 You know, something happens.
36:44 And you see a lot of rage.
36:46 It seems like this day
36:47 and age over just about anything,
36:49 and gesturing and name calling and all kinds of things.
36:51 And with social media,
36:53 it seems like things just explode.
36:54 Get spread around so quickly.
36:56 So thank you so much for that, Jason.
36:58 Very good.
36:59 This comes from South Africa,
37:01 sweetie, this person's name is Hazel.
37:04 "Is it possible to get salvation
37:06 without keeping God's commandments?"
37:09 Thank you so much, Hazel, for writing in,
37:11 and for your question.
37:12 Salvation does not exist without the blood of Jesus,
37:16 without the grace of Christ,
37:17 but neither does it exist
37:20 without the obedience of Christ,
37:23 lived out by faith in the life of the believer through
37:27 the power of the Holy Spirit.
37:30 I want to give you three points.
37:31 Number one, salvation clearly is by grace through faith.
37:34 We know that, Paul talks about it in Ephesians 2:8-9,
37:38 "For by grace,
37:40 you've been saved through faith,
37:41 and that not of yourselves,
37:42 it is the gift of God not of works,
37:44 lest anyone should boast.
37:47 For we are His workmanship,
37:49 created in Christ Jesus for good works,
37:52 which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them."
37:56 So first, clearly, salvation is by grace through faith.
37:58 Number two,
38:00 salvation by grace is not an excuse
38:04 to toss out the law.
38:06 Paul talks about this very clearly
38:08 in the Book of Romans.
38:09 And we think the Book of Romans
38:11 is these treaties of righteousness by faith
38:13 and salvation by grace, and it is, but he's very clear
38:17 that we do not toss out the law.
38:18 Romans 6:1, "What shall we say then?
38:21 Shall we continue in sin that grace may abound?"
38:24 God forbid, certainly not.
38:26 How shall we who died to sin live any longer in it?
38:29 And Romans 6,
38:31 same chapter a couple verses down, 15 and 16.
38:34 "What then?
38:35 Shall we sin because we are not under the law but under grace?
38:38 Certainly not!"
38:40 Point number three.
38:42 Obedience is an outgrowth of grace.
38:45 If you are saved,
38:46 if you have accepted Jesus into your heart
38:50 and His blood has cleansed you,
38:51 you will begin to walk in obedience,
38:54 not through your power,
38:56 not through anything you can do of yourself,
38:58 but because Jesus takes up residence in your heart through
39:02 the power of the Holy Spirit.
39:04 Ephesians 2:10, says,
39:06 "We are His workmanship created
39:08 in Christ Jesus for good works."
39:10 That passage tells me that grace is a gift.
39:13 Faith is a gift, but works also are a gift from God.
39:17 Wow! Praise the Lord.
39:19 Thank you, very good.
39:21 Pastor John, Margaret is asking,
39:23 "Can you please explain Revelation 18:23?"
39:28 Sure.
39:30 Revelation 18 is a chapter that deals with the solid
39:34 focus on the system of Babylon.
39:37 And Revelation 14 brings into view,
39:39 Babylon is fallen, is fallen,
39:41 because she made all nations drink
39:43 of the wine of the wrath of her fornication.
39:45 That's a second angel's message.
39:46 And then Revelation 17
39:48 begins to unpack Babylon in its specifics.
39:51 It talks about the system.
39:52 The woman that sits on the scarlet colored beast
39:55 which has seven heads and ten horns.
39:57 She's the mother, the harlot of the earth.
39:59 She's called Mystery Babylon the Great.
40:01 And the Bible says, the kings of the earth
40:03 have committed fornication with her.
40:04 That means the leaders of the world
40:06 have coalesced with her in a coalition
40:09 of rebellion against God.
40:11 And all the false systems of the earth
40:13 have coalesced together with her.
40:14 And the Bible says, Jeremiah,
40:16 the nations are deranged because they drink her wine.
40:20 So the nations are also pulled in
40:22 by what this system is offering.
40:24 So what does the Bible mean when it says,
40:26 the lamp shall not shine anymore in her?
40:29 Well, the lamp is God's Word, and the light is Jesus.
40:32 Now this kind of fits with the last question I answered.
40:35 The Bible says Psalm 119:25,
40:37 "Your word is a lamp to our feet
40:39 and the light to my path."
40:40 Now, let's go to Revelation 18:23,
40:43 "The lamp, the light of a lamp shall not shine
40:48 in you anymore."
40:49 That means God's Word
40:51 and the call to come out of Babylon
40:53 will no longer be available to you.
40:56 Because Revelation 18:4 says, "Come out of her, my people,
40:59 come out of Babylon."
41:01 How does God call them out?
41:02 Through His Word. Yes.
41:04 But then it also says,
41:05 and the voice of the bridegroom
41:06 and bride shall not be heard in you anymore.
41:09 The bridegroom is Christ.
41:11 The bride is His church.
41:12 God is saying, "My people will no longer be there.
41:15 My presence will no longer be there."
41:18 We believe today that the presence of Christ
41:20 is in all denominations where people love the Lord.
41:23 But he's saying, if you're in Babylon,
41:24 I love you, but I don't love that system,
41:26 you need to come out.
41:27 And then finally, he says,
41:29 for the merchants
41:30 were the great men of the earth,
41:32 for by your sorcery all the nations were deceived.
41:34 So when it says, the lamp shall not shine,
41:37 the voice of the bridegroom and bride should not be heard.
41:40 This is the last move before Babylon crumbles,
41:43 the fall systems of worship,
41:45 the fall systems of economy that coalesced
41:47 against God's government will come down.
41:50 And the voice of God calling people out
41:52 once they reject it,
41:53 that voice is shut off.
41:54 They will not be heard anymore.
41:56 Amen. Thank you so much, Pastor.
41:58 Amen. It's right.
42:01 Jason Bradley, this comes from Cole.
42:03 Great question.
42:04 "I just want to understand,
42:06 I just want to understand idols in our age,
42:08 like maybe Twitter and other things talking
42:11 about social media.
42:12 What can be our idol in our age?"
42:15 Wow.
42:16 Yeah, it's good question, isn't it?
42:17 Yeah, it is.
42:19 Well, Cole, let's look at some examples from Scripture
42:21 and see what we can conclude from there.
42:23 2 Kings 18:4-5,
42:26 "He removed the high places and broke the sacred pillars,
42:30 cut down the wooden image and broke
42:32 in pieces the bronze serpent that Moses
42:35 had made for until those days
42:37 the children of Israel burned incense to it,
42:40 and called it Nehushtan.
42:43 He trusted in the Lord God of Israel,
42:45 so that after him was none like him
42:48 among all the kings of Judah, nor who were before him."
42:52 Let's go to Colossians 3:5,
42:55 "Therefore, put to death your members
42:58 which are on the earth, fornication,
43:00 uncleanness, passion, evil desire,
43:03 and covetousness, which is idolatry.
43:07 Isaiah 45:20,
43:09 "Assemble yourselves and come,
43:12 draw near together,
43:13 you who have escaped from the nations,
43:16 they have no knowledge
43:17 who carry the wood of their carved image
43:19 and pray to a God that cannot save."
43:23 An idol can be anything we put in the place of God.
43:27 Now, perhaps you've heard people say,
43:29 just put it into the universe,
43:31 and the universe will give you this blessings,
43:34 very new age.
43:35 And it's a form of people worshipping,
43:38 they're created as opposed to the Creator,
43:42 the only one that is worthy of our worship
43:44 and deserves our time, our first efforts,
43:49 our first fruits is God, is Jesus Christ.
43:52 That's right.
43:54 So anything outside of Jesus Christ,
43:57 or anyone outside of Jesus Christ,
44:01 who we place our affection when we give our first fruits
44:06 to is considered an idol.
44:08 Wow. It's good.
44:10 Thank you, Jason.
44:11 Definitely something to considerate,
44:12 because we have so many things
44:14 in our lives we can become attached to.
44:15 Yes, sure.
44:17 Oh, Jill, this comes from Marilyn.
44:18 Her question is, "We have a family
44:20 attending worship with us during Sabbath,
44:22 but they believe that Jesus is a creative being.
44:27 And the Holy Spirit is the Spirit of God,
44:30 not another individual God.
44:32 So as one of the leaders of our church,
44:34 I wanted to know what can we do to help them?
44:37 Or is it right to tell them not to come to church anymore
44:40 if they don't believe the SDA policies
44:42 and doctrines?"
44:43 Heavy question.
44:45 That is a heavy question, Marilyn.
44:46 I want to talk about two sides of what I call the same coin.
44:50 The first side of the coin is that all
44:53 are welcome to attend church.
44:55 Pastor John always says,
44:56 there' s no standards for fellowship,
44:58 standards for membership,
45:00 but high standards for leadership.
45:02 What does that mean?
45:04 That means when the church doors open,
45:05 anyone is welcome to come and hear the Word of God.
45:08 Anyone is welcome to come and sit at the feet of Jesus.
45:12 Now, let's go to the other side of that coin.
45:15 Church leaders have a responsibility
45:18 for the spiritual well being of the flock
45:22 that God has placed under their care.
45:25 I think of the Apostle Paul.
45:27 This is, of course, when he's going back to Jerusalem,
45:29 and then he's arrested right before the end of his life.
45:31 In Acts Chapter 20,
45:33 he's with the Ephesians believers.
45:35 Acts 20:28, he says,
45:37 "Take heed to yourselves unto the flock,
45:39 among which the Holy Spirit has made you an overseer,
45:42 to shepherd the Church of God,
45:45 which he purchased with his own blood.
45:47 For I know this, that after my departure,
45:49 savage wolves will come in among you,
45:52 not sparing the flock."
45:55 I think of what Peter said in his epistles,
45:57 2 Peter 2:1-2,
45:58 "There were also false prophets among the people,
46:01 even as there will be false teachers among you,
46:04 who secretly bring in destructive heresies."
46:08 I think of Jeremiah to the children of Judah,
46:10 this is Old Testament.
46:12 Jeremiah 31:16,
46:13 "Thus says the Lord of hosts 'Do not listen to the words
46:16 of the prophets who prophesied to you.
46:18 They make you worthless,
46:20 they speak a vision of their own heart.
46:22 They are not from the mouth of the Lord."
46:25 I think of Jude 1:3-4,
46:28 "Beloved, I was very diligent to write
46:30 to you concerning our salvation.
46:32 I found it necessary to write to you
46:33 exhorting you to contend earnestly
46:36 for the faith which was once delivered to the saints."
46:40 So I cannot jump into your situation
46:43 and tell you what to do.
46:44 But all are welcome, yes.
46:45 But as a leader in the church,
46:48 you have a responsibility for the spiritual well being,
46:52 and the doctrines that are being promulgated
46:54 in your church.
46:56 That's right. Thank you.
46:57 Very, very good.
46:59 Great, great advice. That's right.
47:00 You have to be responsible. We do.
47:02 Absolutely, Pastor, you're right.
47:04 Pastor John,
47:05 Ron and Debbie are asking about Revelation 18:8,
47:10 "Is the Bible telling us that the plagues
47:12 will come all in only one day?"
47:15 Well, you know,
47:17 it's amazing how my last three questions
47:18 kind of work together.
47:20 It's really amazing.
47:21 Thank you for allowing that to happen.
47:22 Because this reflects on the last question
47:25 I answered about Babylon.
47:27 Yes.
47:28 Well, Revelation 18:8,
47:29 once again, it's about Babylon.
47:32 It begins with the phrase, therefore her plagues.
47:36 When we talk about the seven last plagues
47:38 that Revelation 15 talks about.
47:41 This is not the special treaty for this particular passage.
47:46 This is focusing on this particular system,
47:49 the system of Babylon.
47:51 And when you think about it,
47:52 Revelation 18 is just an amazing passage.
47:56 I think that people should read Revelation 18,
48:00 to find out where these false systems of worship are headed,
48:05 where all these systems that have built
48:08 their ideologies and their praise
48:11 and worship on fluff and not on truth,
48:15 where the systems have determined,
48:17 I'm more for God accept me the way I am.
48:21 But I'm not going to keep Your commandments.
48:23 And forget about the Sabbath,
48:24 I'm just not going to honor that
48:26 because it's just inconvenient to me,
48:28 or I don't believe in it.
48:29 Or they feel that it's just for the Jews.
48:31 The Lord didn't create the world just for the Jews,
48:34 He created the world for everyone.
48:36 And at the end of creation week,
48:37 He blessed the seventh day.
48:39 Yet so many religious teachers and pastors
48:42 have convinced their membership that what God said to remember,
48:45 we should forget.
48:47 That to me is the highest point of rebellion against God,
48:51 a minister claiming to be connected to God, yet, in fact,
48:55 they are encouraging their membership
48:57 to ignore the very thing that God said, remember.
48:59 Sit, let that soak in, because the Bible says,
49:02 because of that recalcitrant determination,
49:05 to stand in opposition to me, the Lord said,
49:08 I have some plagues just for you.
49:11 And that's what Revelation 18:8 is.
49:13 Therefore her plagues will come in one day,
49:16 death, and mourning, and famine,
49:19 and she will be utterly burned with fire,
49:22 for strong is the Lord who judges her.
49:24 Why the word her?
49:26 Because her is used in relationship to a church.
49:29 This false system has glorified itself
49:32 in the context of worship against God.
49:34 And he says, I got some plagues just for you
49:37 because you've stolen my people.
49:38 You've deceived them.
49:40 You're coming down.
49:41 It's not about all the plagues, just about that one on Babylon.
49:45 It's good.
49:46 Thank you, Pastor John.
49:47 Praise the Lord.
49:49 We're running out of time here.
49:50 It always goes by in such a hurry.
49:52 Should we just put a couple of questions maybe out
49:54 in the last couple of minutes out here and just okay.
49:56 I like this question, like them all.
49:57 But this is an intriguing one.
50:00 Genesis 2:19,
50:01 please explain comes from Nancy.
50:03 "Did God form animals like He did man
50:07 from the dust of the earth?"
50:08 You know, I never even thought about that.
50:10 So any thoughts about that question?
50:12 Answers? Well, sure.
50:14 Go ahead. Okay.
50:15 I'll just say, and then just reading it,
50:17 it says out of the ground,
50:19 the Lord God formed every beast of the field
50:21 and every bird of the air
50:23 and brought them to Adam to see what he would call them.
50:26 And whatever Adam called each living creature
50:29 that was its name.
50:31 So it says that he formed them out of the ground.
50:35 So I mean, in that case, but He didn't breathe,
50:38 it didn't say anything about, you know,
50:40 the breathing into nostrils.
50:42 So...
50:44 And to even build on that Genesis 1:24-25.
50:48 Well, first of all, Psalm 33:9,
50:50 the Bible says, He spake and it was done,
50:52 He commanded and it stood fast.
50:54 Well, He spake.
50:55 What did He speak and say?
50:56 Genesis 1:24.
50:58 "Then God said,
50:59 'Let the earth bring forth
51:01 the living creatures according to its kind cattle
51:04 and creeping thing and beast of the earth,
51:06 each according to its kind,' and it was so.
51:08 And God made the beast of the earth
51:10 according to its kind, cattle according to its kind,
51:12 and everything that creeps on the earth
51:13 according to its kind.
51:15 And God saw that it was good."
51:16 So He spoke, and it happened.
51:18 He didn't take the...
51:19 As Jason pointed out,
51:21 He didn't take the time to shape them
51:23 like He shaped us.
51:25 We're made in His image, animals are not.
51:27 Yeah, good point.
51:28 Any other comments you have on that?
51:30 No, that's good.
51:31 Yeah. Excellent.
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