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I want to see all of the different versions of this scripture and which bibles it was from and whom and etc. All of them and why this one is used verses this one and etc. It is a must to know the truth for me. Please do not hold any versions or translation back on that scripture alone. Thank you!!! I simply cannot understand the fight for supremacy.

Seems you have been fully hoodwinked by Hebrew Roots Cult member. Tit This witness is true. Wherefore rebuke them sharply, that they may be sound in the faith;. Judasim is not Old Testament Mosaic Torah Faith, since the people who teach it is are the synagogue of satan talmudists;.

These stand wholly separate from the Priestly Code… and generally contradict it! Their leading ideas and methods found expression in a literature of enormous extent, of which a very great deal is still in existence. The Talmud is the largest and most important single member of that literature.

VIII, p. And even your holy book refers to the Hebrew Scriptures as validating what your book says. Judaism is Torah-based. Are you kidding me?! Talk about the blind leading the blind. Yahshua, the Prophet that Moses said would come Deuteronomy came to restore the Torah and everything He did was against the man made religion known as Judaism.

Josephus says that there were only three branches of Judaism: Pharasees; Sadduces; and essenes. And the essenes were t just at Qumron.

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They may have had an extensive missionary recruitment force. It is quite possible that the scrolls tell us about the first Christians, but as they were originally just a Jewish sect, you will — of course — find no reference to any part of the new testament. None of the Jewish actors in what later became the new testament knew that their activities would be turned into a new religious fundament, and one might seriously doubt if they would ever have accepted this interpretation if asked.

Not true about the Scrolls not mentioning Jesus. There is a great deal in there about his child hood and early years. Finally, after a public relations campaign demanded the release of the unpublished scrolls to other scholars, the last of the unpublished scrolls were released to the academic world. To the great joy and surprise of many scholars, the scrolls contain definite references to the New Testament and, most importantly, to Jesus of Nazareth.

In the last few years several significant scrolls were released that shed new light on the New Testament and the life of Jesus. One of the most extraordinary of these scrolls released in actually referred directly to the crucifixion of Jesus Christ. The scroll was translated by Dr. This single scroll is earth-shaking in its importance. As Dr. This remarkable five-line scroll contained fascinating information about the death of the Messiah. This scroll provides an amazing parallel to the New Testament revelation that the Messiah would first suffer death before He would ultimately return to rule the nations.

Many scholars believed that the Jews during the first century of our era believed that, when he finally came, the Messiah would rule forever without dying. The exciting discovery of this scroll reveals that the Essene writer of this scroll understood the dual role of the Messiah as Christians did. Jesus is the only one who ever claimed to be the Messiah who was crucified.

Another fascinating scroll discovered in Cave Four known as 4Q refers to the hope of a future Messiah figure. This is another of the scrolls that was unpublished until recently. Genesis After that God saw everything he had made, and look! And there was evening and there was morning, a sixth day. From day 1 to day 6, God say:It was very good.

What was that purpose? Deuteronomy The Rock, perfect is his activity, For all his ways are justice. A God of faithfulness who is never unjust; Righteous and upright is he. Psalm How many your works are, O Jehovah! You have made all of them in wisdom. The earth is full of what you have made.

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Interesting also is how the Scrolls reveal how music was incorporated into the liturgy recited on the Sabbath and that they had a designated song for every occasion and this was found in the Dead Sea caves 4 and 11 as well as the site of Masada. I got my festivals mixed up, whereas the Festival of Soccoth is distinct from the Festival of Weeks which celebrates the 50th day after the waving of the barley sheaf on the day of Shebuot.

From the books of Acts and Luke we have a reference to Simon the Zealot who is a likely candidate for a former member of the sect that produced the Dead Sea Scrolls. Through trial and error, though, the extremism of the zealots was rooted out of the early Christian movement s , especially after the catastrophe at Masada at which time the scrolls were stashed in the cave. No sooner had we studied two tractates of the Mishnah then our Creator smote us so that we heard a voice speaking out of the mouth of the saint, may his light shine.

It was a loud voice with letters clearly enunciated. All the companions heard the voice but were unable to understand what was said. It was an exceedingly pleasant voice, becoming increasingly strong. Essenes the First Christians? Many religious scholars claim that early Christianity sprang from the Jewish sect of the Essenes. Recently before a major study and translation of a foot-long 8.

Does it support the claim that the Essenes were a link between Judaism and Christianity? Though Mr. However, the Bible makes irrelevant such unfounded speculations about how Christianity got its teachings. They came from God himself. What about? In a series of publications in German beginning in , Thiede has championed this theory of Mark among the Dead Sea Scrolls, but for nearly a decade his views attracted little interest.

Recently, however, interest has been fueled by two publications, one by Thiede The Earliest Gospel Manuscript? Even contemporaneous records from ancient times often contradict one another. Books written by different men, in different places, at different times rarely harmonize completely. Yet, the Bible claims that all of its 66 books have but one Author—presenting a unified and harmonious message. This book later foretold that the seed would be a descendant of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.

Genesis ; , 18; ; About years later, the prophet Nathan revealed that the seed would be in the royal line of David. Romans ; Galatians , 29 Finally, by the end of the first century C. This composite seed will destroy the Devil and save mankind. They were Doers of the Torah. Christian religious views evolved when Paul made Jesus the savior and Messiah and discounted the Torah Law as binding for Christians. Were the Qumran Residents Essenes? Professor Eleazar Sukenik, who obtained three scrolls for the Hebrew University in Jerusalem in , was the first to propose that these scrolls had belonged to a community of Essenes.

The exact origin of the Essenes is a matter of speculation, but they seem to have arisen during the period of turmoil following the Maccabean revolt in the second century B. Josephus reported on their existence during that period as he detailed how their religious views differed from those of the Pharisees and the Sadducees. Although not perfectly fitting all descriptions, the picture that emerges from the Qumran texts seems to match the Essenes better than any other known Jewish group of that period.

Some have claimed that Christianity had its beginnings at Qumran. Nevertheless, many striking differences can be noted between the religious views of the Qumran sect and the early Christians. Commentator Gene R. Wallis Budge, p. Jude was part of the real and original form of Christianity that existed during the first century. What books he thought were quote-worthy is rather revealing and compelling. Devotees of other religious systems or theologies far removed from the scene thousands of years later who disagree with Jude makes me even more curious about Jude and that original, untainted Jesus Movement.

The Book of Enoch is an apocryphal and pseudepigraphic text. It is falsely ascribed to Enoch. Produced probably sometime during the second and first centuries B. Jehovah came with his holy myriads, to execute judgment against all, and to convict all the ungodly concerning all their ungodly deeds that they did in an ungodly way, and concerning all the shocking things that ungodly sinners spoke against him.

Is it possible that Jude used an unreliable apocryphal book as his source? He may simply have quoted a common source, a reliable tradition handed down from remote antiquity. If the writer of the Book of Enoch had access to an ancient source of this kind, why should we deny it to Jude? Its reliability is attested to by the fact that Jude wrote under divine inspiration. The disciple Stephen also provided information found nowhere in the Hebrew Scriptures.

The Qumran writings reveal ultrastrict Sabbath regulations and an almost obsessive preoccupation with ceremonial purity. The synagogue reading for this day is about the revelation at Mount Sinai in Exodus chapter 19 as well as the revelation to the Babylonian captivity in Ezekiel chapter 1. Traces of such ideas in Aggadic literature are few but they exist. Thus for instance there is the well-known saying of the Babylonian teacher Rav in the third centuryu A.

Nothing about Jesus? Revelation thus becomes both a commentary on the life of the Church in the age between the first and second comings of Christ, and a handbook by which the Church is informed, enabled and sustained in the context of the pressures and tensions of this age. The glorious and final future of the Church to which Revelation repeatedly points us, is part of that instruction and encouragement. The Church is the culmination and consummation of that eternal purpose of God - the mystery hidden for ages, anticipated in the scriptures, the history, and the rituals of Israel, and made known and accomplished in and through Jesus Christ [Ephesians ,10; ].

It is something immensely grand, immensely glorious. But the Church is also something that, like the incarnate Christ, does not always look grand and glorious. It is for the moment a hidden grandness, a hidden glory — rendered incognito by the presence of weakness and by the presence of suffering. But the greatness and the glory of the Church are there, none the less, and they shine through in Revelation with incredible and irreducible certainty and confidence.

They refer, in a primary sense to the seven local churches addressed by the seven letters from Jesus in chapter 2 and 3. In a secondary sense, these seven local churches are symbolic of all churches of all ages and in all places. It uses a range of other terms when referring to those.

This designation is repeated throughout Revelation. The present context of this servanthood is the unbelieving and at times antagonistic world. Here the servants of God are under deliberate attack by false teaching that aims to corrupt both their beliefs and their practice []. Here, the servants of God are sealed, and thereby safe and secure, against the preliminary and final judgments of God [].

The servants of God are assured that God will, in those judgments, avenge their mistreatment and their martyrdom []. In each of the above the Greek doulos is used. The two terms are used interchangeably. He has already made us priests. It is applied to all who have been redeemed by the Son of God.

As such they are extremely precious to God. On the day of wrath the saints are untouched by that wrath; rather they are rewarded []. It is impossible to capture in these few words just how precious the saints [the Church] are to God. It is one of the recurring emphases of Revelation. And perhaps, also, we find it difficult to believe that God could count us that precious.

I do not believe that any of us realize just how precious those redeemed by his Son are to God. Verse 20 tells us that the seven lampstands are the seven churches. The Church is here portrayed as a light shining in the darkness of the world, bringing the light of God into the ignorance, uncertainty and blindness of human atheism, human agnosticism, human relativism and human religion. It was also to be kept burning continually [Leviticus ]. From its secure position in the presence of God [note the positioning of the golden lampstand in the Holy Place in the tabernacle] the Church proclaims the truth of God.

In this it follows the example of Christ [John ; ]; in this it reflects the nature of Christ [Matthew ]; in this it shares the rejection of Christ [John ; ; Revelation ]. But in this it also shares in the mission of Christ — that by this light men are redeemed from the darkness [John ; ; ; Acts ; 2Corinthians ; Ephesians ; Philippians ; Colossians ;1Peter ; 1John ]. Jesus does not take his Church out of the world. He left his Church in the world to shine forth his light — as lampstands, bringing the light of his truth into the dark ignorance of the world.

The purpose of lampstands is to bear the light, to shine in the darkness. But those who love the darkness hate the light [see John ; ]. For this reason Jesus was rejected. For this reason his Church is rejected. This perfection credited to all who are in Christ Jesus is taught in Ephesians , Colossians ; , and Hebrews , This takes us right back to Exodus , where instructions and reports are given regarding the crafting of the lampstand for the Tabernacle.

Of this lampstand we learn:. That it had seven arms. That it was made of pure gold. That it was crafted [hammered out] from one piece of gold. That it was consecrated to God, that is, deemed to be holy because it was set apart by God and for God.

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The lampstand, delicately beaten out from the one piece of pure gold was the work of a master craftsman from the tribe of Judah, chosen and gifted by God for this task, and filled with the Spirit of God [Exodus ]. Even so the Church is crafted by Jesus Christ, who is from the tribe of Judah, chosen and enabled by God for the task, and filled with the Spirit of God.

Given that the Curtain was ripped away at the moment Jesus Christ died, the Lampstand, that is the Church, is thus in the immediate presence of God, and of his mercy. By this symbol of the seven golden lampstands [which in fact means seven times seven lamps , multiplying the emphasis on perfection] God gives to John a message of assurance for the Church: that the Church, carefully and painstakingly created by Jesus Christ and perfect in Christ, is, even now, already, safe and secure in the presence of God.

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The seven local churches named in Revelation, are not perfect. Nor are any local churches anywhere perfect. Already, and forever, lacking nothing, complete in Christ. Such is the security of the redeemed. Such is the security of the Church.

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However, when we look at the tribal names listed it is not a complete list of the tribes of Israel, either according to their territorial allocations, or according to the twelve sons of Jacob. And when we look at the number — , — we realize that this number is 12 x 12 x 10 x 10 x This is an intensely symbolic number: ten symbolizes completion, and here we have the cube of ten — total completion, nothing missing. Note: Variations of this symbolic number occur in Revelation 21 where the Church is described under the symbol of 'the Holy City, the new Jerusalem' which comes down from heaven.

In the detailed symbolic description of this 'city' its breadth and length are listed as 12, stadia, giving a base area of ,, The 'wall' of the 'city' is cubits thick. In addition, the city is 12, stadia high and its walls have 12 foundations with the names of the twelve apostles of the Lamb on them; there are also twelve gates, named for the twelve tribes of Israel, and manned with twelve angels. All of these references to twelve, and the multiples of 10, reinforce the perception that the 'city' — the saints, the redeemed — is comprised of all faithful believers from both the Old and New Testament eras, and that these saints, these redeemed, are utterly secure.

They are all there — the total, complete number of all true believers. Not one is missing. Not one can be missing. The Church, under this trilogy of symbols, is described in great detail from to The 'city' is described in great symbolic detail in Revelation It is clear from ,9 and 10 that the 'city' is 'the bride'. Under this symbol of 'the Holy City, Jerusalem' the final beauty, perfection and eternal security of the Church is revealed. The permanent presence of God is emphasised [,; ], giving light, life and sustenance. Again the preciousness of the Church to God [and to the Lamb] is made clear.

And again the utter security of the redeemed, the Church, is emphasized. I understand each of these symbols from this chapter to be referring to the people of God — not the physical nation of Israel as a whole, and not two specific individual witnesses but true believers from every generation and every nation. These three symbols put heavy focus on the Church in mission. But other elements in this vision make that conclusion impossible. The woman in this vision represents the people of God.

She is, in verses , the Old Testament people who believed in God, and who like Anna and Simeon [Luke ] were waiting in faith for the birth of the promised Saviour. She is, in verses 6 and 13 to 17, the New Testament believers, both Jew and Gentile, who have acknowledged and received Jesus Christ. By the symbol of this woman, we are given insight into the perennial antagonism of the enemy against the people of God. By this symbol we are also given insight into strong and unassailable position of the redeemed, the Church, from all generations.

Matthew John ; Acts Revelation This is not a personal righteousness, as his is, but an imputed, given righteousness, a gift, a grace. Because she is clothed in the righteousness of Christ those accusations cannot touch her. Read Romans The redeemed are beyond the legal reach of the accusations of Satan which would otherwise disqualify them from life with God. Because they belong to God who is Light, and to Jesus who is Light, believers bear that light of God into and in the world.

Genesis 1Chronicles Matthew Acts 1Peter The darkness cannot put out the light. An exceptional brightness of the sun and the moon depict the ultimate salvation brought by the Lord [Isaiah ]. Indeed, the Lord himself is both the sun and the moon of the redeemed, a sun that never sets, a moon that never wanes, the everlasting light of his people [Isaiah ,20; compare Revelation ]. The redeemed stand on this secure and permanent foundation: the Lord is faithful. The Lord is their light and their salvation, no one, nothing, can sever them from God [Psalm ; Romans ]. Together they also encompass and characterize the woman with light.

Although this makes their position with God absolutely secure it also attracts the hatred of all who hate the light [John ,20].

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However, this attack of the darkness against the redeemed is pointless. It can and does hurt, but it can never succeed in extinguishing the light, or in severing the redeemed from God and from salvation. The Church is already victorious, she already wears a crown of victory. Christ has already conquered, and the Church is already clothed with the light of his righteousness, stands on the light of his promise, and crowned with the light of his victory.

He did not want the long expected child to live, he does not want the testimony of the child to survive. His vicious hatred is focused on the Church: those who have the testimony of Jesus. The same God who in faithfulness to his purpose and to his promise preserved the faithful and preserved the child is well able to preserve his people today. For the same period of time in which the Church is persecuted, for that same period of time in which the Church witnesses, for that same period of time God preserves the Church.

In addition to titles and symbols of the Church Revelation also provides a number of descriptions of the Church. Here we see the Church as the result of the costly redemptive action of Jesus Christ [1Peter ,19 teaches us how costly]. The Church is comprised of the redeemed — those who by the death of Jesus Christ have been redeemed from bondage to law, sin, death and Satan. Here again we are brought face to face with the preciousness of the redeemed, the Church. They are redeemed at great cost. And here again we see their utter security: they now belong to God: the Lamb purchased them for God.

The Church belongs to God. They are so many that no one could count them. John does not even try to indicate an approximate huge number as he did with the angels []. Here are gathered all the redeemed, all the sealed, from every age, and from every nation, tribe, people and language. It is available only from Jesus Christ [].

Here the sin that sullied us has been laid on Christ — he bore it in his body on the cross [1Peter ]; and here the perfect righteousness of Christ has been credited to those who believe in him. Indeed it is an essential component of our redemption. Because it is sheer gift, totally unmerited by us, this Christian perfection, the perfection of Christ credited to all who believe, credited to the Church, has no variation, no degrees, no levels.

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Islam has no doctrine of a sin nature and therefore does not believe that humanity is either depraved or fallen. What is it that the individual Christian and the Church has that causes this dashing to pieces? An official delegation of Christians, probably led by a bishop, came to Mecca from Najran in Yemen. The monk recognized the seal of prophethood between the boy's shoulders as attested to by scripture. All Rights Reserved.

There is no difference, for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus. Nor any of the one hundred and fifty different shades of white. Just pure, pure white. When we read this, we feel uncomfortable. It is used to describe Christ in his victorious death [Revelation ], and in his victory over his enemies [Revelation ].

This is the victory that has overcome the world, even our faith. Who is it that overcomes the world? Jesus is not talking about a victory that was a one-off, once-for-all event with no follow through. Nor is he talking about an overcoming that is solely in the future. This overcoming of which he speaks is on-going in the present. The promises of salvation are given to those who believe, present tense.

In the same way, this overcoming, this conquering, of which Jesus speaks, occurs as a continuum. Yes, it does have a decisive beginning at the point of initial repentance and faith, but it is something that continues from that point on. That is an irreducible built-in aspect of genuine faith. True faith persists despite the difficulties and despite its own weakness. True faith does not permanently give up and give in under pressure. True faith overcomes. Indeed, to have true faith in Jesus Christ is to already be 'him who overcomes' - to already be 'more than conquerors' [Romans ].

Jesus Christ overcame. He could not do otherwise. They cannot do otherwise. Here again we see the incredible security of the redeemed that is portrayed repeatedly throughout Revelation. The common suffering Jesus Christ made it clear that those who acknowledge him experience suffering in this world. If you belonged to the world, it would love you as its own.

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Revelation teaches repeatedly that allegiance to the name of Jesus Christ attracts the opposition of the enemy. The Church, the redeemed, the saints — this fellowship of believers — is the custodian of the Word of God and of the testimony of Jesus. The fellowship of believers holds, and is a living, visible authentication of, the truth about God, and, in particular, the truth about God revealed by the Son. It is the possession and demonstration of this truth, this word, this testimony of Jesus, that makes the unbelieving world hate the Church.

It is the possession and demonstration of this truth that motivates all attempts to destroy or disempower the Church and all attempts to dilute or corrupt the truth the Church possesses and proclaims. The enemy, in seeking to get rid of the truth about God revealed in Jesus Christ, does so by seeking to destroy or corrupt the Church, through direct physical persecution, including death; by the imposition of financial sanctions against the Church in an attempt to silence its verbal testimony; by corrupting and distorting the truth that the Church has in its possession and proclaims; and by compromising the moral standards of the Church, and thereby destroying its visible testimony.