Transparency is key in building trust. The following key findings from over 65 Bible studies conducted by this ministry are not a set of theses, but transparently and vividly show us topics that should challenge our acquired interpretation of the Word of God. Each finding is made accessible through the respective link for the reference and deeper study.
1. The Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit are eternal and form the Trinity. It is a man-made definition, but its concept is extensively described in the Word of God.
2. The creation of the Earth itself (including the abyss) is not part of the creation account. Genesis starts with an existing Earth, which had become 'void' (more nuanced translation = 'wasteland', Gen 1:2), covered by the first flood (before Noah's flood which is technically the second-, and as promised the last flood) and the Holy Spirit hovering over the deep waters.
A wasteland requires a previous state of something being intact. This is also implied by the wording 'had become'. But we have no information about what existed before the creation account nor when God created the planet Earth itself.
3. Sincere believers know that evolution is not true and that God 'spoke' creation into life starting with Gen 1:3.
4. The creation date is not ~4000 BC, but 5508 (5554 BC Gregorian Calendar) - based on Abram commonly agreed to have been born in ~2166 BC and subtracting the respective begetting ages provided in the Septuagint:
Adam 230 years (true age he became father) + Seth 205 + Enosh 190 + Kainan 170 + Mahalael 165 + Jared 162 + Enoch 165 + Methuselah 187 + Lamech 182 + Noah 502 + Shem 100 + Arphaxad 135 + Cainan 130 + Shelah 130 + Eber 134 + Peleg 130 + Reu 132 + Serug 130 + Nahor 79 + Terah 130 years when begetting Abram = 3388 years + 2166 = 5554 years).
Therefore, humanity is clearly less than 10 000 years old and had its origin in 2 people, namely Adam and his wife Eve. No humans existed on Earth before the creation date.
6. A biblical day does not start at sunset, but with the light at sunrise. Only 2 out of 7 Extraordinary Sabbaths (Annual Festivals) start at sunset (Passover according to the timing of the Exodus as specified in Deut 16:6, Num 9:5 and the Day of Atonement in Lev 23:32). Similar to other exceptions in the Bible, we should be careful to not blindly follow and idolize the Jewish customs which are often based on the Word, but sometimes applied incorrectly. Proof texts are 1Sam 19:11, Exo 29:39, Lev 22:29-30, Num 11:32, Mat 28:1, Mar 27:45 et al.
And yes, God obviously worked before the evenings described in Gen 1:5 ff :
[1. God worked during the day] And [2. then] there was evening and [3. then] there was morning, [marking] the [end of the] first day.
7. A biblical year also starts with the light and new life, consequently in spring with the month of Abib (Babylonian name 'Nisan'; modern March / April). We should not use the Babylonian names as Jewish Mainstream commonly does, because the Bible provides only 4 out of 12 babylonian equivalents to the original (Canaanite) months. Back to the original, not the product of sin and adding customs outside the Bible.
8. A calendar year was not 370 days long as the Masoretic texts (most modern translations such as AMP, ESV, KJV, NASB, NIV, NLT, ...) suggest through the Flood, but exactly 360 days divided into 12 months of 30 days each, as the Septuagint (LXX) proves through the correct Flood dates (beginning with Gen 7:10-12 and ending with Gen 8:14-16).
360 days are also clearly proven through the specification in the Book of Revelation (1260 days / 42 months = 30 days).
"And I will grant authority to my two witnesses, and they will prophesy for one thousand two hundred sixty days [1260 / 3.5 years = 360 days] ..." Rev 11:3
"... speaking great things and blasphemies, and authority to act was given to him for forty-two months [42 x 30 =1260 days (3.5 years)]." Rev 13:5
Another -secondary- proof for 30 days is the average of 29.99 days between a lunar month of 29.53 days and a solar month of 30.44 days.
While the Garden of Eden has been undoubtedly localized by this ministry in June 2021, the Land of Eden cannot be identified (probably Turkey analogous to the 7 churches from the book of Revelation).
10. No, incest (Cain?) was not disallowed in the times of early creation (part of the abolished 600+ Old Covenant Laws) but is principally today. God could have also created after creation day #6 more humans in other regions of the world - without the need to mention this in the Bible. This would not change the fact that the biblical genealogy is outgoing from Adam & Eve.
11. The Bible teaches us about the Weekly Sabbath and namely the 'Extraordinary Sabbaths' (Lev 23:32-33 - Annual Holy Days), and we should be careful to separate those accordingly when we read the word 'Sabbath' in a verse.
The same principle applies for terms such as 'law', 'justification', 'love', 'religion', 'salvation', 'works' et al., which have often very varied applications and cause a lot of confusion amongst believers and teachers.
While believers are freed from the -veil- which prevents unbelievers from seeing the truth in Christ, God still intentionally uses 'smoke screens' in His word, which require a believer to know the whole word in order to understand certain concepts.
It is easy to come to Christ once the veil is lifted, but a lifelong journey to read, learn, meditate on and fully understand God's Word.
12. The Gregorian equivalent to a Weekly Sabbath is Saturday, not Sunday. Jesus' did not abolish the Weekly Sabbath through the cross - it is an eternal command and part of the Moral Law followed already by Adam and Abraham - and most importantly a blessing for every believer. Jesus consistently observed the Sabbath and His disciples attended "Sabbath services" at least 9 - some sources extrapolate up to 84- times after His ascension. The Bible also includes various future references. But we should ignore rules added by the Pharisees and keep the Sabbath simple.
By the way, if your church celebrates Pentecost on Sunday, it already affirms the Saturday Sabbath (see Lev 23:16 'the day after the Sabbath').
13. The term 'Lord's Day' in Rev 1:10 occurs only once in the entire Bible and is simply an unfortunate translation of (κυριακῇ kuriakē), literally meaning 'pertaining to the Lord'. It simply describes the Sabbath through an adjective, while John constantly used the 'First Day of The Week' (Joh 20:1 and Joh 20:19) for referring to a Sunday.
The Lord's day applied to Sundays is a human tradition that had initially nothing to do with the Weekly Sabbath, but had been celebrated as a separate memorial day dedicated to Christ. Our rest day remains Saturday (Isa 66:22-23 and Heb 4:6-7).
14. Let us also bring an end to the debate on the former Jubilee year and Pentecost.
- The Jubilee Year was announced in every 49th year on the Day of Atonement, and was celebrated in the 50th year after the Sabbath Year preceding the previous Jubilee Year.
- This results in the Jubilee Year being celebrated -every 49th year-, always in the year following the 7th Sabbath Year (7 · 14 · 21 · 28 · 35 · 42 · 49).
- The exact same pattern applies for the Pentecost. It is celebrated on the 49th day after the Wave Sheaf Offering, and on the 50th day after the Weekly Sabbath (the Sabbath immediately following the Passover week) preceding the Wave Sheaf Offering.
- The Jubilee Year occurs in the first year after the 7th Sabbath Year, while the Pentecost occurs on the first day after the 7th Sabbath Day.
15. No, the Moral Law did definitely not originate with Moses or in his time, as commonly assumed. Adam and Eve coveted and stole (Gen 3:6, 17), Cain killed and lied (Gen 4:8-9, 13), Ham dishonored his father (Gen 9:25), Abraham lied (Gen 20:2), Jacob's household committed idolatry (Gen 35:1-4), murdered and stole (Gen 34:27), the prohibition of murder was already specified within the Noahic Covenant (Gen 9:6; 1850 years before Sinai), Pharao and his people had other gods (Exo 10:16), adultery was already described 400 years before Mt. Sinai as a great sin (Joseph in Gen 39:9), the Sabbath had been formalized with the adjective 'to remember' what was instituted at creation (Exo 20:8 and Gen 2:3), and Abraham, Jacob and Joseph already obeyed commandments, statutes and laws.
16. No, Law is not Law. We have the 10 commandments, written by the finger of God's angel, on 2 stone tablets, on the top of Mt. Sinai and stored inside the Ark of the Covenant.
One the other hand 'we' had 600+ Old Covenant Laws (also outmost logically categorized as Ceremonial / Civil / Sacrificial Law), spoken to Moses inside the Tabernacle, written by the finger of Moses in a book and stored on the outside of the Ark of the Covenant (being ambiguously against the Israelites).
Today, we see all too often the two fundamentally different sets of laws being thrown into one category - with the intention to simply eliminate those and create a Gospel 'light' without the Sabbath rest. But it should not be too complicated to differentiate between a book that perishes and stone tablets that do not perish (Jesus is our eternal rock and corner-stone-!), and between law written by God and laws written by Moses. Knowledge of Scripture (Gal 3:10) is essential to counter false teachings.
17. No, the word 'fulfill' (Mat 5:17-19) has rather an affirmative than a finite character. All too often we hear teachers proclaim the opposite, but this directly contradicts the very obvious meaning of Rom 13:10, where 'love is the fulfillment of the law' - having obviously not a finite character. We should not interpret Scripture selectively!
Jesus did not abolish the 10 commandments but affirmed every single one repeatedly and even added dozens of Laws (of Christ).
And no, He did not contradict His Father by despising the 600+ Old Covenant Laws, but simply abolished them in their effect of condemnation.
Christ actually despised - from the very beginning- the ~1500 Fence / Oral Laws added by the Pharisees.
18. No, the Ark of the Covenant including the 10 commandments is not gone and will appear again in the end times (Rev 11:19).
19. Yes, we are still fully "subject" to the Law of Christ (1Cor 9:21), but not "under" the Law (1Cor 9:20), what means not to be under the weight of the Law, not to be under the condemnation of the Law, not to be cursed by the Law and not to suffer the death penalty for certain transgressions of the Law.
It is a sad reality that we regularly cherry-pick the word 'under' while ignoring the word 'subject' in the very next verse.
Many of us have become antinomians - people who take the principle of salvation by faith and divine grace to the point of asserting that the saved are not bound to follow the Moral law contained in the Ten Commandments.
20. No, we -who are not farmers and herdsmen- were never supposed to financially tithe 10% of our income, but we are instructed to give by heart, to people in need, to our local church and to ministers of the Gospel. Not even one Christian church practiced tithing in the Americas before 1873 AD - it is a concept introduced in the United States - initially conceptualized to support the poor and soon later abused by a rapidly increasing amount of greedy churches.
And no, the book of Malachi (Mal 3:8-10) is not part of the New Covenant, was written approx. 460 years before Christ died and is specifically directed to priests as indicated at the beginning of the chapter of Mal 2:1 (context, context, context!).
And Jesus did not affirm tithing in Mat 23:23, but rather ridiculed the Pharisees giving a tenth even of their garden herbs, exhorted them to focus on the essential matters and clearly associated tithing with a past activity - "it was necessary".
Churches could generate much more givings if they would be faithful to the Bible and would not lay a legalistic and pharisaic burden on believers by generating their own law. Find the detailed study on Giving vs. Tithing here.
21. No, we are not told to only love one another and forget about the rest, as mainstream Christianity often wants us to teach. We also ought to do the uncomfortable part including to accept (Rom 12:16, Rom 15:7), bear (Rom 15:1, Eph 4:2, Col 3:12-13), comfort (2Cor 1:3-5, 2Tim 4:16), confess (Act 19:18, Jam 5:16), encourage (Pro 16:24, Rom 15:5, 1Th 5:11, Heb 10:24), exhort (Pro 27:5, Mat 18:15-17, 2Cor 7:10, Gal 6:1, Eph 4:15, 25, 2Th 3:14, 2Tim 4:2), forgive (1Kin 8:50, Mat 6:15, Luk 17:3-4, 2Cor 2:10, Col 3:12-13, Psa 30:5, Eph 4:26), give (Mat 5:42, Mat 6:3-4), honor (Rom 12:10, 1Cor 12:26, Eph 6:2, 1Tim 5:3, 1Pet 2:17), instruct (Pro 1:8, Pro 27:17, Rom 15:14, Col 3:16), invite (Act 2:46, Rom 12:13, 1Pet 4:9), sometimes even judge (Zec 7:9, Mat 7:5, Joh 7:24, 1Cor 5:1-3, 1Cor 5:11, 1Cor 5:12-13), pray (Eph 6:18, 1Tim 2:1, Jam 5:16), reconcile (Mat 5:24, Act 7:26, 1Cor 7:11, Phm 1:10-18), serve (Mat 20:26-28, Joh 13:8, Gal 5:13, 1Pet 4:10), share (Eph 4:28, 1Tim 6:18, Heb 13:16) and submit (Eph 5:21, Eph 6:1, Php 2:3, Heb 13:17, 1Pet 5:5) (to / with) one another (2Tim 4:1-2).
And no, we should not despise, judge unrighteously, kill, mislead, provoke, show partiality and slander one another. More in the study 'One Anothering'.
23. Several of the begetting ages in the Masoretic texts had been manipulated. 100 years have been deducted here and there, and the ages suddenly match the Septuagint again when e.g. Noah's father and grandfather logically must have died before the flood. All of this shrinks the genealogies and leads to a creation date of ~4000 BC instead of the correct 5508 (5554 BC).
24. And no, Shem did not outlive his great-great-great-great-great-great grandson in the 8th generation, nor Arphaxad his 7th generation, nor Shelah his 6th generation, nor Eber supposingly meet his own descendants of the 6th generation, namely Abraham. The Masoretic texts are clearly manipulated.
25. No, Melchizedek was not Shem as still claimed today by those who deny Christ being their Messiah. He was also not Christ, because Christ has (also) a human genealogy and parents.
"... in the last days scoffers will come with scoffing, following according to their own desires [...] it escapes their notice that [...] the world that existed at that time was destroyed by being inundated with water. 2Pet 3:3-7
27. It most probably rained before the flood. While we cannot prove that there was rain before the Flood, to insist that there was not, stretches Scripture beyond what it actually says.
28. No, the vast majority of flood waters did not come from rain, but from the abyss, the waters from the 'storehouses' inside the earth's mantle.
A closed water cycle cannot suddenly multiply its volume. Vaporization played a very insignificant part in covering the earth with water
29. No, Noah did not take 2 of each animal with him as commonly interpreted through the plain reading of the text. Nor did he take 7 of each animal (Gen 7:2-3) which would result in 3.5 males and 3.5 females. He took 4 of each kind (2 males, plus the 2 females that are usually also not counted when it comes to humans!).
A horse kind e.g. included horses, zebras, donkeys et al. In addition and included in the number 7, he took animals for sacrifice, food for his family and probably for other animals, and a basic post-flood livestock.
30. Yes, even the timeline of the flood had been manipulated for unknown reasons, pretending to make a calendar year 370 days and not 360 days long, and including a mysterious extra month of waiting, while the Septuagint account perfectly matches the no-return of the last dove with the 1st day of the new year.
31. Yes, even the constellations of the sun, moon and earth slightly changed through the Flood, as we perfectly know by the different length of a solar year and lunar month (365 days and 29.5 days), compared to the original 360 days and 30 days. God created the world in a perfect balance and with one language, but human sin brought unbalance, separation and many languages.
32. Giants (Nephilim) only existed until the Flood of Noah (Gen 6:4). The account in Num 13:33 is clearly a lie of the scouts previously sent to Canaan. Goliath scarcely qualifies as giant with a height of 6 1/2 or 9 1/2 feet.
33. The location of the landing of the ark was most probably the same as the location of the Garden of Eden, identified in June 2021 by this ministry. In December of the same year, Creation Ministries Int. (no partnership) then identified at the very same location a remarkable footprint (yet to be excavated), with additional evidence such as 8 geoglyphs in close proximity to Karaça Dag, with 4 of them precisely pointing to the peaks of Karaça Dag.
34. No, the Egyptian pyramids were not built in the time of, or even before the flood, as commonly accepted by believers following the Masoretic texts and rightfully questioned by atheists. The first pyramids were built approx. 750 years (~2550BC) after the flood (3298BC). Once we accept the authority of the Septuagint, unbelievers will have less excuses to find Christ. But if we continue to support a Bible text manipulated by some Rabbis, we generate a big roadblock for unbelievers.
35. No, it is not a myth that -all- humanity had once one single language. If God tells us so and repeats it in one passage of His Word several times (Gen 11:1-9), then we can have confidence that this happened indeed.
Although languages are often a masterpiece of a divine creator, they are based on sin. In the same way sin will be absent in the New Jerusalem, so earthly languages will be a thing from the past - to be replaced with one common language we do not yet know (Zep 3:9).
36. No, the crossing of the Red Sea is not a myth. An elevated seabed and chariot wheels have been discovered in the passage at Nuweiba Beach, which is the most probable location for the crossing (alternatively Straits of Tiran, but certainly not Port of Suez located in the perfectly familiar neighborhood of Goshen where the Israelites lived for 430 years).
37. No, Mount Sinai is undoubtedly not located on the Sinai Peninsula of Egypt, but in modern-day Saudi Arabia (Jabal Maqla). It is a classic example of an erroneous interpretation made centuries ago, combined with lacking boldness of modern scholars and Bible translators to correct our study Bibles.
The Old Testament clearly states that Moses had fled (after murdering an Egyptian) for another country (the land of Midian, Exo 2:15, Exo 18:1, 3, 5), where he for the first time came to Mt. Sinai and saw the burning bush (Exo 3:1), and where God promised him to return later with the people of Israel (Exo 3:12).
We also learn that the Israelites had left Egypt when they came to Mt. Sinai (Exo 19:1), while the New Testament clearly differentiates Egypt from 'Arabia' (Gal 4:25).
38. Many prophecies pointing to Jesus had been watered down in the Masoretic texts. But still, both the Septuagint and also Masoretic texts show a remarkable set of prophecies pointing to every stage of Christ's life, death & resurrection.
39. Jesus came in the 77th generation since the first Adam, not in the 76th generation (in Bible texts that removed Cainan in the Old Testament only). 77 symbolizes forgiveness - Jesus being the absolute personification of forgiveness.
40. While Lamech would have been avenged 77 times (Old Covenant; Gen 4:24), we ought to forgive 77 times (New Covenant; Mat 18:22), not 490 times. It is an abstruse interpretation of the Greek language to say that God would use the perfect & complete number (7) in such an undefined manner, by ignoring at the same time 4 direct and very informative references to the number 77. Bible translations are now being gradually corrected.
See also the study Numerologies, with the additional reference of the raven in Noah's flood having returned on the last day (Gen 8:7) after exactly 77 days (3x7 'dove' days + 56 days of waiting between Gen 8:13 and 8:14), when logically no more dead flesh for the raven was found on earth and consequently symbolic forgiveness was completed. Death gone - new life granted.
41. The fig tree started to wither up on the first day (Mar 11:12-14), and was withered up on the second day (Mar 11:20-21). The account of Matthew 21:18-21 summarizes both events.
42. No, Jesus did not remain 2 nights, but 3 nights in the tomb (Mat 12:40). As the Bible states.
43. No, Jesus did not suffer a fast-track-trial & crucifixion, but died on day 6 of Passover.
- Jesus 'taught every day in the temple' (=at least 3 times from Abib 11th; Abib 10th with a brief visit; Luk 19:47).
- Jesus ate the Passover Lamb in the evening of Abib 14th (Mat 26:20).
- The 3 non-Jewish trials could not be held on the idolatrous day of "Ides" on Abib 15th, when political and judicial activities were strictly prohibited for both Pilate and Herod.
- At least one night must have legally passed before the death sentence was carried out.
- Jesus died on a specified 'Day of Preparation' (Joh 19:31) - either Abib 14 or 20.
- Jesus died after Judas (see below).
- Jesus remained 3 days and 3 nights in the tomb. This time spans 2 immediately consecutive Sabbaths (first the Extraordinary Sabbath in Joh 19:31 and then Weekly Sabbath in Luk 24:1-21).
- The women purchased burial spices after the Extraordinary Sabbath (sunset-sunset as per exception) was over (markets opened in the evening) and prepared those before the second (Weekly) Sabbath started the next morning. Only the Day-6-Crucifixion can solve this contradiction which confused scholars for centuries.
- Jesus resurrected on the third day 'since' the crucifixion (Luk 24:21), on a Sunday = the first day after the Sabbath (Luk 24:1-21).
45. No, Judas did definitely not die after Jesus, meaning sin directly related to Jesus' atonement would have been literally rotting in the world after Jesus washed all (past and respectively confessed future) sin away.
46. Even extra-biblical sources such as Tacticus clearly affirm that "Christus, from whom the name (Christians) had its origin, suffered the extreme penalty during the reign of Tiberius at the hands of one of our procurators, Pontius Pilatus".
47. No, we are not able to precise the year of the crucifixion / resurrection / ascension of Jesus Christ based on the darkness of 3 hours, which was supernatural and which cannot be related to a solar or lunar eclipse. But the year can be dated primarily based on the Moon Calendar and the Weekly Sabbath - with 33 AD.
48. Yes, Jesus Christ abolished Extraordinary Sabbaths such as the Day of Atonement, being obsolete through Jesus having made the ultimate atonement for us - He having been the perfect sacrifice.
49. We live in the last days / this present age / this (set of) generation(s) (defined in Deu 32:6-9, a verse that solves also the dilemma of interpreting Mar 13:30 'Truly I say to you that this [set of] generation[s] will never pass away until all these things take place').
Age 1 = Adam to First Coming (Old Covenant) (see Deu 32:6-9, Heb 1:1-4, Heb 9:26)
Age 2 = First Coming to Second Coming (New Covenant) · Last Days (see Act 2:17, Heb 1:1-4, 2Tim 3:1-6, 1Pet 1:20) / This Age (see Mat 28:20, Eph 1:21, Heb 9:26) / This Generation (see Mar 13:30)
Age 3 = Eternity (Eternal Covenant) (see Luk 18:29-30, Eph 1:21, 1Pet 4:7)
50. Although very often assumed, the book of Daniel does not point to our end times. I analyzed this book and am able to clearly prove this in the study 'The Book of Daniel and Common Misinterpretations. The only brief reference to our end times appears in the closing chapter of the book (Dan 12:1-3).
- The decisive passage is the mention of the 'continual ascending-sacrifice' / 'regular burnt offering' and the 'sanctuary', which clearly excludes an application for our future, because Jesus abolished regular burnt offerings and a physical sanctuary does not exist anymore (Dan 8:13-19).
- The book of Ezekiel is also a clear example that the 'time of the end' and the wrath of God do not automatically refer to our end times, but to those of ancient Israel (Eze 7:5-8).
- The smoking gun - 'the time of the end' described in Daniel 8 is already past because we can read the scroll in the Bible (Dan 8:26 and Dan 12:4). A sealed scroll cannot be read (Isa 29:11).
51. No, the book of Revelation is not a self-service shop for those who want to modify the chronology, assuming their highly unlikely presence and hypothetically avoiding (part of) the tribulation. The study 'End Times' includes biblical clarification of the prevalent question 'Will End Times-Believers Experience The Tribulation', such as Rev 6:6, Rev 9:4-11, Rev 13:10, Rev 14:12 and related passages such as Gen 18:25, Exo 9:22-23, Exo 10:23, Psa 9:9, Isa 26:20, Luk 17:31-33.
52. The 24 elders (Rev 4:4) are definitely not
- a high order of angels, mediating spirit or saints, or 24 unidentified elders of Christian churches as sometimes assumed. It does not make sense to know that God will ultimately save (the tribes of) Israel, but will ignore the leaders of the respective tribes by only including Gentile elders.
They can only stand for:
- the 12 chosen leaders of the tribes of Israel - namely Asher, Benjamin, Gad, Issachar, Joseph including Ephraim's portion, Judah, Levi instead of Dan, Manasseh, Naphtali, Reuben, Simeon, Zebulun and
- the 12 chosen leaders of the church of Christ - namely Andrew , Bartholomew Nathanael, James son of Alphaeus, James son of Zebedee, John son of Zebedee, Matthew Levi, Matthias, Philip, Simon Peter, Simon the Zealot, Thaddaeus Judas, Thomas Didymus
53. The 4 living beasts (creatures) in Rev 4:7-8 most probably represent the 4 different people groups the writers of the 4 Gospels addressed:
1-Lion = Judah (the 'lion of Judah') = the Jews - to whom Matthew wrote (1st Gospel)
2-Ox / calf = Romans (superpower) / Italy (meaning etymologically 'land of calves') - to whom Mark wrote (2nd Gospel)
3-Man = Greeks / Gentile believers (Luke 3 also provides the only complete genealogies of MANkind since Adam) - to whom Luke wrote (3rd Gospel)
4-Eagle = John, who specifically witnessed to unbelievers, and warns unbelievers of all ethnic groups in all over the world of the upcoming end times (4th Gospel)
The 6 wings probably relate symbolically to all the people (6 = number of man) in each group of believers, spread all over the earth ('full of eyes').
If you still doubt at this point, then notice the order provided in Joh 19:19-20 :
"... it was written: "Jesus the Nazarene, the king of the Jews." [...] And it was written
in Aramaic [1- to Jews],
in Latin [2- to Romans], and
in Greek [3- to Greeks]."
54. No, not all ethnical Israel will be saved (Rom 2:9 · Rom 9:27-28 · Rom 11:4 · Rom 11:7 · Rom 11:25 · Rom 11:31 · 2Cor 3:12-18). 2 groups of people will be saved:
- the ancient tribes of Israel and all their descendants born until the end times; except the tribe of Dan; including the Levites who were grafted in through serving in the Temple
- all those ethnical Israelites who became Christians and who will experience future salvation
All Israelites who are not Christians or descendants of the 12 ancient tribes, will definitely not be saved. The phrase 'all Israel' refers here to the tribes only, because Jacob was called Israel. Not everyone born in the same country as Jacob is part of his family.
Birth tourism to Israel would be immense if the common belief of all ethnical Israel to be saved would be true.
55. Yes, the 144 000 in Rev 7:3-8 are literal. It describes the great moment the descendants of the tribes of Israel who are alive in that moment, will be representatively grafted in, before the probably larger remainder of descendants included in the 2nd resurrection (Rev 20:13).
- The narrative style is exactly the same as in Num 1:20-46 (apart from a different genre / theme of the book), where the tribes of Israel were counted - also with an exact sum.
- Many abstruse interpretations have been made, mainly motivated by the wishful thinking to include Gentile Christians into this count and to make it infinite by outmost creative calculations such as 12 x 12 x 10 x 10 x 10, declaring it an infinite number - while ignoring the clear differentiation to the indeed infinite crowd in Rev 7:9.
- Gentile Christians are already sealed upon salvation (Eph 1:13-14). We cannot be sealed twice! Revelation 7 simply describes the special moment when Jewish believers are being sealed (re-grafted) into the Kingdom of God. Let us not be jealous - but benevolent.
56. No, Jesus will not return imminently in the sense of coming at any given moment. Many events of the tribulation will have to precede His second coming.
We might know approx. the year of His coming once the tribulation will have started, but nobody knows the hour, nor the day, and not even the month of His coming. Neither Mat 24:36 nor any other part of the Bible implies that we cannot know the year of His coming.
58. The wording 'Kingdom of God' is rarely used by Matthew who wrote to the Jews scared to take the name of God in vain (G-d)
replacing 'God' with 'Heaven'; and much more often used by Mark and Luke. Meanwhile, Mark and Luke do not use the
wording 'Kingdom of Heaven' at all, while Matthew uses it 36 times.
- Matthew · Kingdom of God (4x), - of Heaven (36x)
- Mark · Kingdom of God (14x)
- Luke · Kingdom of God 31x)
59. No, the miraculous feeding of the 5000 (Mat 14:15-21, Mar 6:35-44, Luk 9:12-17, Joh 6:5-10) and the 4000 (Mat 15:32-38, Mar 8:1-9) are definitely not the same account as claimed by the majority of scholars.
The 5000 are described like sheep without a shepherd (= Jews; Mar 6:34), while the 4000 are simply described as a crowd (= Gentiles; Mat 15:32, Mar 8:1).
The baskets used in Mat 14:20, Mar 6:43, Luk 9:17 and Joh 6:13 (Strong's G2894, 'kophinos', 'a small basket', often used in Jewish history) are different from the much larger baskets used in Mat 15:37, Mar 8:8 and even in Act 9:25 for lowering Saul immediately after his conversion to be a sheep (Strong's G4711, 'spuris', 'reed / plaited / lunch basket, hamper'; without any usage in Jewish context).
- 5000 Jews and their families - not being as hungry for the Word -returned more baskets (12x) while having received less loaves of bread (5x)
- 4000 Gentiles and their families - being rather hungry for the Word - returned less baskets (7x) while having received more loaves of bread (7x)
Those accounts underline the mission of Christ to go to the Jews first, but show that the seed of His ministry did rather fall and grow on Gentile soil. The returned baskets symbolize those among the crowd who did not receive His Word, namely the bread of life, while He was teaching for 3 days.
60. The Masoretic texts are proven by this ministry to be decisively manipulated. Only the Septuagint text is the fully inspired Word of God (excluding the Apocrypha which had been 'part' of both texts for probably 1800+ years).
61. You do not need to become a Calvinist, in order to understand that Election and Predestination are a big deal in the Word of God - bigger than the more popular concept of free will. It is more, Predestination and Free Will even go hand in hand. The Bible shows 8 verses that include both principles at the same time.
Predestination (more precisely 'Previous Election') is like the bridegroom having elected us before being born - and even before creation (Rom 8:28-30). Free will is the faithful virgin deciding to come to the wedding celebration of the lamb. Just as earthly marriage requires the individual consent of both man and woman, so the heavenly marriage requires the individual consent of both the Father and a child of God.
62. Is then Double Predestination (Predestination to Hell) also biblical?
Indeed, as we can see on the basis of the story of Pharaoh. He was pre-destined to condemnation, but the hardening of his heart was not a product of chance. It was product of the pre-existance of professional witchcraft already at the time of Joseph. Only after Pharaoh did not surrender after the first miracle and instead responded with witchcraft successfully repeating the first 3 miracles, his heart was immediately hardened. While the magicians had long surrendered (Exo 8:19), Pharaoh's heart became harder and harder. Though Pharaoh was pre-destined for the role of the oppressor and to go to hell, he did not come into condemnation without deserving it. He had the choice before his heart initially hardened. God foresaw this from the beginning of the world and pre-destined him accordingly. He did not pre-destine him to witchcraft, but to condemnation after committing witchcraft.
Predestination is God knowing beforehand what we can only know after we will make the respective free-will decisions. It is perfectly just.
63. Repentance is a one-time step going hand in hand with the confession of past sins and -also- leading to Present Salvation (being born again). Not less importantly, repentance is also a continuous process based on the confession and thorough removal of present sins we are aware of, or the Holy Spirit makes us aware of. His grace of making us aware of present sins depends on the closeness of our walk with God (the closer we walk with Him the more probable it is to be made aware and to actually become aware of those sins).
No, just because Jesus died for our past, present and future sins, this does not mean that we can leave present sins as they are. Taking e.g. Communion without previous repentance from sins, can even lead to sickness or death (1Cor 11:27-32 spoken in the context of the New Covenant).
64. Yes, we find in the Bible the very important separation between PRESENT and FUTURE tense in terms of salvation, justification, righteousness and the Kingdom of God/Heaven. Terms such as
- Past Salvation (from the condemnation of past sin; being born again)
- Present (or Progressive) Salvation (from the power of ongoing sin over us; progressive sanctification) and
- Future (Eternal) Salvation (from the presence of sin in the world; glorification after Judgment)
are not specifically mentioned in the Bible (same principle as Trinity), but plainly described as regards content through the respective use of past, present and future tense. Read the Word with the respective focus.
65. PRESENT salvation is available for everyone who comes to Jesus, but FUTURE and definitive salvation will only be achieved by a fraction of those who once came to Jesus and did not shipwreck their faith (1Tim 1:19). And therefore - despite the eternal security promised in a general context- we can definitely fall away from faith and lose a wrongly perceived salvation.
What I would coin as 'Single-Tense-Salvation' (lacking the differentiation btw. Present & Future Salvation) - commonly leading to the 'Once saved always saved' dogma, is one of the biggest heresies taught in the last decades.
It is a teaching that is clearly opposing the Word of God spoken in the Gospels Mat 24:12-13, Luk 8:13, Luk 20:35, Luk 22:31-32, Joh 9:39, Joh 15:2-6, in Acts 14:21-22, in Paul's letters to the churches Rom 11:20-21, Gal 1:6, Gal 5:4, 1Th 3:5, 1Tim 4:1, Heb 2:1-3, Heb 3:12-14, Heb 4:1-11, Heb 6:5-6, Heb 10:38-39, in the 7 epistles Jam 5:19-20, 1Joh 2:28, 2Pet 1:10, 2Pet 2:20-21, 2Pet 3:17, Jud 20-21 and in Rev 2:5.
Eph 5:6 'Let no one deceive you with empty words, for because of these things the wrath of God is coming on the sons of disobedience.'
66. We are INITIALLY justified and declared righteous through Jesus, but will receive the crown of righteousness and FUTURE justi-fication only on the Judgment Day, when not preliminary but definite justi-ce will be done, rewards will be distributed for ultimately saved believers, and when ultimately unsaved believers will be condemned together with unbelievers.
68. Yes, we do not earn our salvation through Works of Law nor Works of Faith. Works of the Law (atonement, sacrifices, et al = works to get right with God) are not required anymore, but Works of Faith / of Love are a clear indicator if someone walks on the road of sanctification leading to Future Salvation - or not. The absence of Works of Faith is visible through the absence of fruits and generally means the absence of faith itself (believe only - even the devil believes in God), and consequently the absence of Future Salvation by lacking the prerequisite of sufficient, saving faith.
69. No, baptism is not required for and can succeed a Present Salvation (being born again / the betrothal with Christ see 2Cor 11:2-3).
But it is the biblically stated norm for entering the ultimate Kingdom of God through Future Salvation (the marriage with Christ; Mar 16:16 and Rev 19:9) and to teach otherwise is directly contradicting the Word of God, especially Joh 3:5. God may grant exceptions from this norm, but it is not up to us to teach an optional baptism theology (usually based on the previously mentioned 'Single-Tense-Salvation' lacking the differentiation btw. Present & Future Salvation).
And no, the thief on the cross was not such an exception, being clearly part of the Old Covenant. What does it help us anyway to have such pointless discussions that aim to make baptism optional in the minds of humans? "... GO ... baptizing them in the name of ..." (Mat 28:19-20) is one of the clearest commands ever given.
In other words - baptism is like the engagement ring symbolizing the life-changing act of being born again. You might be able to 'get engaged with Christ' without a ring, but do you not want to show your love to Him publicly? Why do we spend thousands of dollars on the betrothal with a human and at the same time perform a mere and paraphrased lip service for something infinitely more important?
70. Baptism connects to a wonderful symbolism - precisely to circumcision, the crossing of the Red Sea, the Flood and to the Jordan River as the baptismal site.
71. Spiritual Self-Sufficiency / Age of Accountability is a very important concept that is regularly requested through believers, but rarely being solved.
No, children of believers who die before the age of 20 years will not be condemned. The decisive principle is found in Num 14:29, where God excluded children under the age of 20 from the condemnation of their respective tribes (spies for Canaan lying to their people). This passage is paralleled in Deu 1:39 - with the very important addition that those children 'do not know good or bad'. Children are also described as 'innocent' in Jer 19:4-5. If God excluded in 1446 BC children under the age of 20 from condemnation, then He will do so especially after the First Coming of Jesus Christ. It would be abstruse to assume the contrary.
Passages such as 1Cor 7:14 saying 'they are holy' and Mat 19:14 stating 'to such belongs the Kingdom of Heaven' make it clear that all children of believers who will have died until the age of 19, will be part of the New Jerusalem. Meanwhile, children of unbelieving parents will form those nations that serve the New Jerusalem (Isa 60:14 'the children of those who oppressed you').
See also the study 'End Times' for more details about the surrounding nations (Rev 21:24-27, Rev 22:1-2, Mic 4:1-5 and Luk 19:17-19), a topic commonly 'overlooked' in eschatology. All unbelievers will be in hell, but their children will form the nations - including millions of aborted children.
72. No, Spiritual Gifts are not a thing from the ancient past. Those can be gifts for you and me.
If gifts would have ceased, we would have no one with the gift of teaching (Rom 12:4-8), no one who leads, shows mercy, or who gives in an extraordinary manner. We should not reject gifts that make us uncomfortable or that are abused by others. Gifts are assigned in the timing and proportion the Holy Spirit desires.
Consider all gifts, not only those who seem desirable and elevate the reputation, but also gifts that could potentially harm your reputation (e.g. discernment and exhortation), and use every gift you might receive well. And no, speaking in tongues does not define if you are born again.
73. No, Cessationism is not a biblical doctrine, and undermines the functions of the church of Christ. Often, a noble thought of criticizing the abuse of Spiritual Gifts is associated with the rejection of Spiritual Gifts, but this is a fundamental error, because the reference for God's truth can never be evil (abuse), but always His perfect will (correct use). We are to judge and correct those brothers and sisters who abuse Spiritual Gifts, but we quickly assume a heretical and almost blasphemous position if we try to assume the role of the ultimate judge by intending to abolish certain uncomfortable principles and elementary functions of His church.
74. No, biblical love is not a feeling, it is a Christ-like attitude that can even include proper judgment for the ultimate good of a brethren. Do I have to mention that we should not judge outsiders (unbelievers), but that we have the obligation to judge the visible and significant sin of an insider (believer)? The enemy has achieved a tremendous victory to give us the false notion of avoiding correction inside churches, with significant and ramified consequences we experience today.
Most believers base this attitude on a selective reading of Mat 7:1 'Do not judge', but once we continue to read until Mat 7:5, we clearly see our obligation to have first a clear conscience in order 'to then remove the speck from the brother's eye'.
75. No, the Bible does not state that religion is bad per se as pronounced over and over, but even shows positive examples in between all the exhortations about false religiosity (Act 25:18-20, Jam 1:26-27).
76. No, numerologies -if applied with wisdom - are not a construct of cloudy or mystical origin, but are powerfully used by God to show the significance of certain events and persons, wonderfully underlining the authority of Scriptures that are perfectly interwoven on the level of testaments, books, chapters, verses, words, symbolism, types, numerologies and more ... The Bible also repeats the phrase 'according to the number' 44 times.
77. Yes, homosexuality is still the same severe sin it had been in Old Covenant times, with the only but decisive difference that Christ proactively atoned the related death penalty and offers free forgiveness upon individual repentance. Followers of Christ ought to respectfully invite and welcome such people to our churches, but should also have an eye on a timely conversion away from sin and towards Jesus Christ. If a change is not obvious after some months, the person has to be exhorted and in the last instance treated as an outsider (Mat 18:15-17).
78. No, sex is not sinful according to the Bible and is to be enjoyed, as described in great detail in Songs of Solomon. But always within marriage.
And no, adultery and fornication are not the same as regularly mixed up. Fornication (sex before marriage - never related to death penalty) is a sin lesser weighted by God than the sin of adultery (sex with or by a married person - formerly leading to the death penalty). But both unrepented adultery and unrepented fornication might exclude someone from entering the Kingdom (1Cor 6:9). Timely repentance is key.
79. No, not every sin is weighted in the same way. To teach otherwise is to directly contradict the Word of God, which shows various examples of differentiation between sins in the New Covenant. This principle becomes also clear by the death penalty in the Old Covenant not being associated to every, but only to very specific sins.
80. No, alcohol is not from the devil and is sometimes even encouraged by the Word of God. But everything in moderation, and better not for those who struggle.
81. Yes - and still today: women should cover their head during private and public prayer. No cultural context can be applied because Paul proactively gave 3 (!) specific reasons. It is principally not to oppress women, but to the contrary, to give them authority (1Cor 11:10). No, there is no indication to cover the head of a woman even outside the prayer times, as many religions have brought it to the extreme. And last but not least - men are sinning (not my, but Paul's words) by wearing any form of head covering during prayer (1Cor 11:4-16). Do we really want to live in rebellion to God by trying to argue those easily implemented commands away?
82. Another unpopular, but biblical topic: men should not have long hair (1Cor 11:14) and women should ideally have long hair (Song 4:1 and 1Cor 11:15). And no, the few exceptions in the Bible (e.g. Samson who took the Nazirite Vow; Jdg 13:5) do not form a general pattern, in the same way that Isaiah having walked naked for 3 years, is surely not a pattern for us. Let us simply obey instead of excusing our actions.
83. No, the modern Daniel fast is not part of the Bible and we are not better than the Pharisees if we add randomly a long list of foodstuffs copied from the Internet (which is nothing different than adding our own laws = repeating the very same religious behavior). The biblical Daniel-10-fast simply excludes special bread, meat, wine and ointments. The vast majority of biblical fasts lasted 0.5 to 3 days and we do not become more holy when we fast 20, 30 or even 40 days. Intention & heart should come before duration. Many churches enter today into the realm of superficial religiosity (works of the law) by emphasizing duration and often providing only a generic, but not a specific and tangible purpose for a corporate fast. Focus - and don't do it for simply doing it.
84. No, Christmas is not a biblical festival nor was Jesus born at the time of Christmas. December 25th is also not based on a Roman feast day as often assumed. It is most probably based on the man-made calculation of a supposed conception of Jesus on the 1st day of the biblical new year, that is Abib/Nisan 1 = end of March / beginning of April. December 25th minus 9 months of pregnancy results in March 25th. Interestingly enough, the Catholic church celebrates since the 5th century every year on March 25th the Feast of Annunciation / Conception of Jesus.
Much more feasible than assuming that God put emphasis on the conception date, is that He put emphasis on the birth date, as regularly emphasized in Scripture. His birth meant a new beginning for humanity - in every imaginable way. His birth occurred therefore probably on Abib 1 with the beginning of the new year and in the time from February to March when lambs are seasonally born (Jesus being born as the Lamb of God -Joh 1:36 and sacrificed as the Lamb), but surely not in winter when shepherds did not even go out in mild Israel.
It is absolutely not wrong to celebrate this beautiful time of the year. God is surely pleased to see families coming together and even unbelievers coming closer to God. But it is surely wrong to commit intentional gluttony and to elevate the holidays and material gifts over God Himself, while dedicating little time to Him.
85. Easter is also not a biblical concept, but based on the biblical festival of Passover occurring usually at the same time. If we chose to celebrate it, we should also consequently follow the precise 8 days, exclude yeast for the time being and eat some lamb instead of turkey, followed by bread and wine. But as Col 2:16 says in reference to special days related to food, there is no right or wrong in following or not following those Extraordinary Sabbaths that were once a part of the now abolished Old Covenant Laws.
86. Jesus did the ultimate atonement for our sins and made therefore obsolete the Day of Atonement. Most other festivals cannot be celebrated anymore, because of the simple fact of the temple being absent, required for the animal sacrifices being an integral part of those feasts, or e.g. the Passover having been celebrated exclusively in Jerusalem.
I personally remember the biblical New Year over the January 1st-New Year (for numerous reasons), and also Passover and Pentecost, but do not celebrate any of those.
87. Romans 14 describes our freedom in eating and drinking according to our convictions. What are other topics believers should not divide - or should indeed divide on?
A) DIVIDE on issues directly related to the 10 commandments, such as Abortion [6, murder], Adultery , Blasphemy , Covetousness , Deceit , Idolatry , Theft  and the Weekly Sabbath . Further topics include unbiblical forms of Divorce & Remarriage, Heresy, Homosexuality (biblically highlighted sin), the public abuse of Spiritual Gifts (e.g. illicit use of tongues in church or false prophets), Sorcery / Witchcraft and Women being elders or preaching to a mixed congregation.
B) DO NOT DIVIDE ON, BUT SERIOUSLY CONSIDER topics such as Baptism after conversion (commandment of Christ & central Gospel issue), the eating of Blood, Drugs other than alcohol, repeated Drunkenness through alcohol, Fornication, Gluttony, Gossip, the fulfillment of the Great Commission, Hair length men/women, Halloween (depending on activity), Head Coverings during prayer times, Incest, Pornography, Surgeries not being medically required and Women in authority over men or teenagers.
C) DO NOT DIVIDE on Alcohol (in moderation), Cigarettes, Clothing (excluding serious transgressions), Exercise, Fasting, Food (e.g. meat vs. vegetarian), Friendships with unbelievers, Gambling, Giving, non-heretical Music & Movies, Principles based on Old Covenant Law, Special days specifically related to food (Rom 14:5 and Col 2:16 = Ceremonial Sabbaths / Jewish Feasts / Passover / Christmas / Pagan New Year Dec 31; the Weekly Sabbath is not related to food and therefore not covered through those verses), Surgeries, Tattoos and Women as ministers e.g. for kids or as prophets.