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  1. 3 points
    Gregory Matthews

    The President Travels

    Is every SDA teaching taught in the Bible: * In our past history, it has been clearly demonstrated that we were wrong and needed to make a change. * It must be assumed that the same is true today as it can not be assumed that we are perfect in all of our teachings. * We do hold to some ideas today that may be lightly mentioned in the Bible, but are not well grounded in the Bible. I can think of some. * Our understanding of the Bible may be conditioned by our culture. * The Bible may not speak definitively to every issue that we may face in life. Therefore, we may need attempt to apply a Biblical principal to a specific situation in which we struggle to find an answer. * When I comes right down to it, we may have teachings in which the Bible is silent. I am reminded of a policy in the SDA Church in another country that would discipline a person who wore blue jeans in public.
  2. 3 points
    B/W Photodude

    Sunday"s coming,___________________________

    Many things are written in the Bible that those who do not really know will think they do and get it wrong. This includes even Adventists in the end time. "Many shall be purified, and made white, and tried; but the wicked shall do wickedly: and none of the wicked shall understand; but the wise shall understand." Daniel 12:10 Hence, one would be wise to pay attention when Paul wrote, "Wherefore let him that thinketh he standeth take heed lest he fall." 1 Cor 10:12 The issue of the Jews not understanding the Messiah even when He walked among them intrigues me. They totally missed the meaning or what was happening at the first advent. I am of the opinion that what should be understood at the second advent will be even more misunderstood. Not sure if I even understand myself what is happening and am studying intensely to figure it out. Therefore, like the unbelievers in the temple at Jerusalem, when God speaks from heaven in the very end times, only His people will understand and to all the rest it will only sound like thunder. So, during summer storms and peels of thunder think about God speaking and it only sound like gibberish! (Are you aware that the KJV uses the term "Take heed" 65 times thru the Bible?!)
  3. 2 points
    james423

    Lesson 11 - Unity in Worship

    Overall Question: What produces unity of worship? Memory Text: Revelation 14:6-7 New International Version 6 Then I saw another angel flying in midair, and he had the eternal gospel to proclaim to those who live on the earth—to every nation, tribe, language and people. 7 He said in a loud voice, “Fear God and give him glory, because the hour of his judgment has come. Worship him who made the heavens, the earth, the sea and the springs of water.” Sunday – Worshiping Our Creator and Redeemer Revelation 4:8 New Century Version 9 And they all sang a new song to the Lamb: “You are worthy to take the scroll and to open its seals, because you were killed, and with the blood of your death you bought people for God from every tribe, language, people, and nation. 10 You made them to be a kingdom of priests for our God, and they will rule on the earth.” Revelation 4:11 New English Translation “You are worthy, our Lord and God, to receive glory and honor and power, since you created all things, and because of your will they existed and were created! Revelation 5:9-10 Good News Translation 9 They sang a new song: “You are worthy to take the scroll and to break open its seals. For you were killed, and by your sacrificial death you bought for God people from every tribe, language, nation, and race. 10 You have made them a kingdom of priests to serve our God, and they shall rule on earth.” Revelation 5:9 SDA BIBLE COMMENTARY The heavenly chorus leads out in the recognition that God has been vindicated from the accusations of Satan, through the victory of His Son. Some see in the 24 elders representatives of the saints, who themselves were once captives of evil. The saints appear before the onlooking universe as witnesses to the righteousness and the grace of God… The death of Christ, with its resulting salvation for man—which in turn vindicates the character of God—is the basis for the worthiness of Christ. Revelation 5:12-13 Contemporary English Version 12 and they were saying in a loud voice, “The Lamb who was killed is worthy to receive power, riches, wisdom, strength, honor, glory, and praise.” 13 Then I heard all beings in heaven and on the earth and under the earth and in the sea offer praise. Together, all of them were saying, “Praise, honor, glory, and strength forever and ever to the one who sits on the throne and to the Lamb!” Monday - False Worship Matthew 4:8-9 Common English Bible 8 Then the devil brought him to a very high mountain and showed him all the kingdoms of the world and their glory. 9 He said, “I’ll give you all these if you bow down and worship me.” Daniel 3:8-18 Christian Standard Bible 8 Some Chaldeans took this occasion to come forward and maliciously accuse the Jews. 9 They said to King Nebuchadnezzar, “May the king live forever. 10 You as king have issued a decree that everyone who hears the sound of the horn, flute, zither, lyre, harp, drum, and every kind of music must fall down and worship the gold statue. 11 Whoever does not fall down and worship will be thrown into a furnace of blazing fire. 12 There are some Jews you have appointed to manage the province of Babylon: Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego. These men have ignored you, the king; they do not serve your gods or worship the gold statue you have set up.” 13 Then in a furious rage Nebuchadnezzar gave orders to bring in Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego. So these men were brought before the king. 14 Nebuchadnezzar asked them, “Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, is it true that you don’t serve my gods or worship the gold statue I have set up? 15 Now if you’re ready, when you hear the sound of the horn, flute, zither, lyre, harp, drum, and every kind of music, fall down and worship the statue I made. But if you don’t worship it, you will immediately be thrown into a furnace of blazing fire—and who is the god who can rescue you from my power?” 16 Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego replied to the king, “Nebuchadnezzar, we don’t need to give you an answer to this question. 17 If the God we serve exists, then he can rescue us from the furnace of blazing fire, and he can rescue us from the power of you, the king. 18 But even if he does not rescue us, we want you as king to know that we will not serve your gods or worship the gold statue you set up. Daniel 3:17 COMMENTARY BY ADAM CLARKE Thou mayest cast us into the furnace; the terror of it has no effect on our minds to induce us to alter the resolution we have taken, nor shall the fire change our purpose. We serve a God who is able to deliver us. Should he not, we are equally determined; but we are satisfied that in some way or other he will deliver us out of thy hand. Thy power cannot affect us in the kingdom of our God to which we shall ascend from thy furnace, should he permit the fire to kindle upon us. Revelation 13:4 Easy-to-Read Version People worshiped the dragon because it had given its power to the beast, and they also worshiped the beast. They asked, “Who is as powerful as the beast? Who can make war against it?” Revelation 14:9-11 New Living Translation 9 Then a third angel followed them, shouting, “Anyone who worships the beast and his statue or who accepts his mark on the forehead or on the hand 10 must drink the wine of God’s anger. It has been poured full strength into God’s cup of wrath. And they will be tormented with fire and burning sulfur in the presence of the holy angels and the Lamb. 11 The smoke of their torment will rise forever and ever, and they will have no relief day or night, for they have worshiped the beast and his statue and have accepted the mark of his name.” Tuesday - The First Angel’s Message Revelation 14:6-7 Holman Christian Standard Bible 6 Then I saw another angel flying high overhead, having the eternal gospel to announce to the inhabitants of the earth—to every nation, tribe, language, and people. 7 He spoke with a loud voice: “Fear God and give Him glory, because the hour of His judgment has come. Worship the Maker of heaven and earth, the sea and springs of water.” Revelation 14:7 SDA BIBLE COMMENTARY The message to fear God is especially timely in the period represented by the preaching of this angel, for men are worshiping gods of materialism and pleasure and many others of their own and devising. Wednesday – Bible Study and Fellowship Acts 2:42 English Standard Version And they devoted themselves to the apostles' teaching and the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers. Acts 2:42 COMMENTARY BY ALBERT BARNES Breaking of bread. The Syriac renders this "the Eucharist," or the Lord's Supper. It cannot, however, be determined whether this refers to their partaking of their ordinary food together, or to feasts of charity, or to the Lord's Supper. The bread of the Hebrews was made commonly into cakes, thin, hard, and brittle, so that it was broken instead of being cut. Hence, to denote intimacy or friendship, the phrase to break bread together would be very expressive, in the same way as the Greeks denoted it by drinking together 2 Kings 22:8-13 Modern English Version 8 Hilkiah the high priest said to Shaphan the scribe, “I have found the Book of the Law in the house of the Lord.” Hilkiah gave the book to Shaphan, and he read it. 9 Then Shaphan the scribe came to the king and brought the king a report. He said, “Your servants have emptied the money that was found in the house and have given it into the hand of the appointed workers of the house of the Lord.” 10 Shaphan the scribe informed the king, saying, “Hilkiah the priest has given me a book.” So Shaphan read it before the king. 11 When the king had heard the words of the Book of the Law, he tore his clothes. 12 Then the king commanded Hilkiah the priest, Ahikam son of Shaphan, Akbor son of Micaiah, Shaphan the scribe, and Asaiah, a servant of the king, saying, 13 “Go, inquire of the Lord for me, for the people, and for all Judah concerning the words of this book that has been found, for great is the wrath of the Lord that is kindled against us, because our fathers have not obeyed the words of this book by doing according to all that is written concerning us.” Acts 17:10-11 New Life Version 10 At once the Christians sent Paul and Silas away at night to the city of Berea. When they got there, they went to the Jewish place of worship. 11 These Jews were more willing to understand than those in the city of Thessalonica. They were very glad to hear the Word of God, and they looked into the Holy Writings to see if those things were true. 2 Timothy 3:14-17 New International Reader's Version 14 But I want you to continue to follow what you have learned and are sure about. You know the people you learned it from. 15 You have known the Holy Scriptures ever since you were a little child. They are able to teach you how to be saved by believing in Christ Jesus. 16 God has breathed life into all Scripture. It is useful for teaching us what is true. It is useful for correcting our mistakes. It is useful for making our lives whole again. It is useful for training us to do what is right. 17 By using Scripture, the servant of God can be completely prepared to do every good thing. Thursday – Breaking of Bread and Prayer Acts 1:14 God’s Word Translation The apostles had a single purpose as they devoted themselves to prayer. They were joined by some women, including Mary (the mother of Jesus), and they were joined by his brothers. Acts 4:23-31 Easy-to-Read Version 23 Peter and John left the meeting of Jewish leaders and went to their own group. They told the group everything that the leading priests and the older Jewish leaders had said to them. 24 When the believers heard this, they all prayed to God with one purpose. They said, “Master, you are the one who made the sky, the earth, the sea, and everything in the world. 25 Our ancestor David was your servant. With the help of the Holy Spirit he wrote these words: ‘Why are the nations shouting? Why are the people planning such useless things? 26 ‘The kings of the earth prepare themselves to fight, and the rulers all come together against the Lord and against his Messiah.’ 27 That’s what actually happened when Herod, Pontius Pilate, the other nations, and the people of Israel all came together against Jesus here in Jerusalem. He is your holy Servant, the one you made to be the Messiah. 28 These people who came together against Jesus made your plan happen. It was done because of your power and your will. 29 And now, Lord, listen to what they are saying. They are trying to make us afraid. We are your servants. Help us to say what you want us to say without fear. 30 Help us to be brave by showing us your power. Make sick people well. Cause miraculous signs and wonders to happen by the authority of Jesus, your holy servant.” 31 After the believers prayed, the place where they were meeting shook. They were all filled with the Holy Spirit, and they continued to speak God’s message without fear. Acts 12:12 New International Version When this had dawned on him, he went to the house of Mary the mother of John, also called Mark, where many people had gathered and were praying. Acts 12:12 COMMENTARY BY ALBERT BARNES This was in the night; and it shows the propriety of observing extraordinary seasons of prayer, even in the night. ... When dangers increase around us and our friends, we should become more fervent in prayer. While life remains we may pray; and even when there is no human hope, and we may have no power to heal or deliver, still God may interpose, as he did here, in answer to prayer.
  4. 2 points
    The Wanderer

    Yet Another Prophecy Thread

    Your posting is a constant barrage of mis-characterizing Seventh-day Adventists and other forum members; not to mention all the incessant lecturing until you have gotten so far away from the OP that no one even knows what this topic is about. Will you please have some respect, and quit hiding under your blanket of alleged "truth" to constantly interfere with valid topics that people actually do want to discuss. Adventist official belief on the Trinity is this: ALL can note here; not a word in the official statement regarding "Person" making it very obvious that you have no idea what you are talking about. Please get back to the OP and stop your nonsense! Nobody cares a hill of beans what you say when you talk like this to us.
  5. 2 points
    Lone Ranger

    Yet Another Prophecy Thread

    Point #1. I am NOT, and have never presented myself as, a Seventh-day Adventist. Whatever the SDA church is doing or not doing is not my business, same as the Catholics, the Baptists, the Methodists, the Muslims, the Buddhists, or whoever. My beliefs and/or theology do not always align with (some of) SDA's stated beliefs. I believe God's true Church is not a particular denomination, but is made up of believers in all denominations AND religions. It is those who accept the sacrifice of Jesus Christ by Faith, and seek to live their lives by God's leading. My current position is Emergent/Post-Evangelical (ish) Point # 2. At this point I am forced to wonder about your grasp of basic English.
  6. 2 points
    rudywoofs (Pam)

    The President Travels

    it's never been a burning desire of mine to know, but is *every* belief of SDAs taught in the Bible? (my hunch is that the answer is "no"... except in a convoluted "if this, then this" type of deductive reasoning)
  7. 2 points
    Gregory Matthews

    The President Travels

    I appreciate the discussion taking place between Gustave and other of our members. While I may comment more later, I am now wanting to give others time to comment before I do. I will comment now on comments the cite a relationship between doctrine stated here and that of the JWs: * The real issue is not whether or not any other denomination teaches something. It is whether or not the Bible teaches it. * SDAs would reject much that the JWs teach. However, on some points what we teach may be similar, at least in part, to what they teach. * After all, SDAS do have some similar beliefs with Catholics. But that does not make us Catholic and a belief similar to the JWS does not make us JW. * No denomination, to include SDAs has a perfect understanding of all that God wants taught. Over the years, the SDA denomination has changed its beliefs on some subjects and probably will continue to do so in the future, if it follows the leading of the Holy Spirit. * No, the so-called 28 are not perfect, should not be used as a creed, and hopefully in the future will better reflect what God wants taught.
  8. 2 points
    JoeMo

    The President Travels

    The Amplified Bible reads as follows: The king said to her, “Do not be afraid; but [tell me] what do you see?” The woman said to Saul, “I see a [a]divine [superhuman] being coming up from the earth.” He said to her, “What is his appearance?” And she said, “An old man is coming up, wrapped in a robe.” Then Saul knew that it was Samuel, and he bowed with his face to the ground and paid respect [to him]. Then Samuel said to Saul, “Why have you disturbed me by bringing me up?” First of all, Samuel was not a divine being. He was a human being. Secondly, if it was really Samuel, wouldn't he have been brought down from heaven instead of up from the underworld? Acts 2:34 says "David did not ascend to heaven". If David - who was the apple of God's eye - didn't go to heaven, why should Samuel? It's a text that SDA's and others who don't believe in an unconditionally immortal soul for years, as well. To me, it's clear that when you die, you perish into an unconscious state more like a DEEEEEP coma) Until you are resurrected. Look atr what Ecclesiastes 9:4-6 has to say: "Anyone who is among the living has hope[a]—even a live dog is better off than a dead lion! 5 For the living know that they will die, but the dead know nothing; they have no further reward, and even their name is forgotten. 6 Their love, their hate and their jealousy have long since vanished; never again will they have a part in anything that happens under the sun." John 3:16 says that those who believe in Jesus "will not perish but have everlasting life" Traditional Christian belief would have one thing that everyone will have everlasting life; but some will have it much better than others. Gustave, I understand that this is foreign to your Catholicism. I don't blame you; I struggled with these and other (what I consider to be) unbiblical or extrabiblical stuff for years. But the more I studied the Bible for myself, the more doubtful I became concerning certain Catholic beliefs. I don't think I'm smarter than you; I simply believe differently. In a previous post, you questioned why I would leave my Catholic faith over what one priest told me. It was because at least he was honest with me in telling me that I could nor reconcile Catholic dogma with scripture. He was my deciding factor. All the other priests I asked rebuked me for thinking I was smarter than the church fathers who interpreted the Bible from original manuscripts long before I was even a twinkle in my father's eye; and who was I to question or challenge them. As an ex-hippie, I grew up questioning all the answers. I'm glad you're here, Gustave, don't let some of us heretics scare you away. You are a fresh and intelligent voice; and a good representative of your faith. Blessings to you.
  9. 2 points
    Gregory Matthews

    The President Travels

    I am a bit confused by the post above by Gustave: The story of Saul and the witch of Endor is found in 1 Samuel 28:1-20. Verse 14 in the NIV states that Saul knew it was Samuel, and in the NKJV that Saul perceived that it was Samuel. These are two different words, with two different meanings. One is more definitive than the other. My confusion stem from the citation of the followings Biblical passages, which, as I understand the citation, do not relate to the story of Saul and the witch of Endor: Judges 6:22: ""When the angel of the LORD appeared to Gideon he said, 'The LORD is with you, mighty warrior.' ' NIV 2 Samuel 5:12: "And David knew that the LORD had established him as king over Israel. . ." NIV Nehemiah6:6:12: ""I realized that God had not sent him {Shjemaiah}, . . . " NIV Matthew 16:8: "Aware of their discussion, Jesus asked, 'You or little faith, why are you talking among yourselves about having no bread?" NIV Gustave, It seems that I have misunderstood you. Help me to understand what you posted.
  10. 2 points
    JoeMo

    Bohemian Chanukah (rather cool!)

    I wish I could put at least 4 more likes on that! It was awesome! Gonna send it to some of my Jewish friends.
  11. 1 point
    The Wanderer

    THE Ultimate Name For God/Jesus/Holy Spirit

    HYPOTHESIS: There is NO NAME for God that could be considered as in "the ultimate, correct" name. There is no such thing in Scripture as being commanded to only call Him by one name; pretended "experts" in "original languages" cannot prove there is only ONE NAME we are "allowed" to call Him. Further; the "true name" of God in any given situation would be according to the felt need at that time. This is the very reason there actually ARE hundreds, if not thousands of names, titles, and symbols by which we can call on the "collective" NAME of Jesus. Does the Bible support this hypothesis? Here are just a few examples of the many we could cite: 1/ El Shaddai (Lord God Almighty) (el shad-di') all-Sufficient One, Lord God Almighty Use in the Bible: In the Old Testament El Shaddai occurs 7 times. El Shaddai is first used in Gen 17:1. Variant spellings: None Strong's Reference: H7706 El Shaddai in the Septuagint: theou saddai - God Shaddai; pantokratôr (for Shaddai) - the Almighty Meaning and Derivation: El is another name that is translated as "God" and can be used in conjunction with other words to designate various aspects of God's character. Another word much like Shaddai, and from which many believe it derived, is shad meaning "breast" in Hebrew (some other scholars believe that the name is derived from an Akkadian word Šadu, meaning "mountain," suggesting strength and power). This refers to God completely nourishing, satisfying, and supplying His people with all their needs as a mother would her child. Connected with the word for God, El, this denotes a God who freely gives nourishment and blessing, He is our sustainer. Further references of the name El Shaddai in the Old Testament: Gen 17:1; Gen 28:3; Gen 35:11; Gen 43:14; Gen 48:3 2/ El Elyon (The Most High God) (el el-yone') The Most High God Use in the Bible: In the Old Testament El Elyon occurs 28 times. It occurs 19 times in Psalms. El Elyon is first used in Gen 14:18. Variant spellings: None Strong's Reference: H5945 3/ El Elyon in the Septuagint: ho theos ho hupsistos - the God most high Meaning and Derivation: El is another name that is translated as "God" and can be used in conjunction with other words to designate various aspects of God's character. Elyon literally means "Most High" and is used both adjectivally and substantivally throughout the Old Testament. It expresses the extreme sovereignty and majesty of God and His highest preeminence. When the two words are combined - El Elyon - it can be translated as "the most exalted God."(Psa 57:2) Further references of the name El Elyon in the Old Testament: Gen 14:18; Gen 14:19; Gen 14:20; Gen 14:22; Psa 57:2; Psa 78:35 Adonai (Lord, Master) (ad-o-noy') Lord, Master Use in the Bible: In the Old Testament Adonai occurs 434 times. There are heavy uses of Adonai in Isaiah (e.g., Adonai Jehovah). It occurs 200 times in Ezekiel alone and appears 11 times in Daniel Chapter 9. Adonai is first used in Gen 15:2. Variant spellings: None Strong's Reference: h136 Adonai in the Septuagint: kurios - Lord, Master Meaning and Derivation: Adonai is the verbal parallel to Yahweh and Jehovah. Adonai is plural; the singular is adon. In reference to God the plural Adonai is used. When the singular adon is used, it usually refers to a human lord. Adon is used 215 times to refer to men. Occasionally in Scripture and predominantly in the Psalms, the singular adon is used to refer to God as well (cf. Exd 34:23). To avoid contravening the commandment "Thou shalt not take the name of the LORD thy God in vain" (Exd 20:7), sometimes Adonai was used as a substitute for Yahweh (YHWH). Adonai can be translated literally as, "my lords' " (both plural and possessive). Further references of the name Adonai in the Old Testament: Complete list available here. 4/ Yahweh (Lord, Jehovah) (yah-weh) Lord, Jehovah Use in the Bible: In the Old Testament Yahweh occurs 6,519 times. This name is used more than any other name of God. Yahweh is first used in Gen 2:4. Variant spellings: YHWH, Jehovah Strong's Reference: H3068 Yahwehin the Septuagint: kurios - Lord, Master despotês - Lord, Master, denoting the omnipotence of God (TDNT), despot, absolute ruler Meaning and Derivation: Yahweh is the promised name of God. This name of God which (by Jewish tradition) is too holy to voice, is actually spelled "YHWH" without vowels. YHWH is referred to as the Tetragrammaton (which simply means "the four letters"). YHWH comes from the Hebrew letters: Yud, Hay, Vav, Hay. While YHWH is first used in Genesis 2, God did not reveal Himself as YHWH until Exodus 3. The modern spelling as "Yahweh" includes vowels to assist in pronunciation. Many pronounce YHWH as "Yahweh" or "Jehovah." We no longer know for certain the exact pronunciation. During the third century A.D., the Jewish people stopped saying this name in fear of contravening the commandment "Thou shalt not take the name of the LORD thy God in vain" (Exd 20:7). As a result of this, Adonai is occasionally a substitute for YHWH. The following compound names which start with "YHWH" have been shown using "Jehovah." This is due to the common usage of "Jehovah" in the English of these compound names in the early English translations of the Bible (e.g., the Geneva Bible, the King James Version, etc.). Further references of the name Yahweh in the Old Testament: Complete list available here. 5/ Jehovah Nissi (The Lord My Banner) (yeh-ho-vaw' nis-see') The Lord My Banner, The Lord My Miracle Use in the Bible: In the Old Testament Jehovah-Nissi occurs only once in Exd 17:15. Variant spellings: Jehovah Nisi; Jehovahnissi Strong's Reference: H3071 Jehovah Nissi in the Septuagint: kurios kataphugê mou - the Lord is my refuge Meaning and Derivation: Jehovah is translated as "The Existing One" or "Lord." The chief meaning of Jehovah is derived from the Hebrew word Havah meaning "to be" or "to exist." It also suggests "to become" or specifically "to become known" - this denotes a God who reveals Himself unceasingly. Nes (nês), from which Nissi derived, means "banner" in Hebrew. In Exd 17:15, Moses, recognizing that the Lord was Israel's banner under which they defeated the Amalekites, builds an altar named Jehovah-Nissi (the Lord our Banner). Nes is sometimes translated as a pole with an insignia attached. In battle opposing nations would fly their own flag on a pole at each of their respective front lines. This was to give their soldiers a feeling of hope and a focal point. This is what God is to us: a banner of encouragement to give us hope and a focal point. Further references of the name Jehovah Nissi in the Old Testament: Exd 17:15 6/ Jehovah-Raah (The Lord My Shepherd) (yeh-ho-vaw' raw-aw') The Lord My Shepherd Use in the Bible: In the Old Testament Jehovah-Raah (The Lord my Shepherd) is used in Psalm 23. Variant spellings: Jehovah Rohi; Jehovah Ro'eh Strong's Reference: H7462 7/ Jehovah-Raah in the Septuagint: kurios poimainei me - the Lord shepherds me Meaning and Derivation: Jehovah is translated as "The Existing One" or "Lord." The chief meaning of Jehovah is derived from the Hebrew word Havah meaning "to be" or "to exist." It also suggests "to become" or specifically "to become known" - this denotes a God who reveals Himself unceasingly. Rô'eh from which Raah derived, means "shepherd" in Hebrew. A shepherd is one who feeds or leads his flock to pasture (Eze 34:11-15). An extend translation of this word, rea', is "friend" or "companion." This indicates the intimacy God desires between Himself and His people. When the two words are combined - Jehovah Raah - it can be translated as "The Lord my Friend." Further references of the name Jehovah-Raah in the Old Testament: Gen 48:15; Gen 49:24; Psa 23:1; Psa 80:1 8/ Jehovah Rapha (The Lord Who Heals) (yeh-ho-vaw' raw-faw') The Lord That Heals Use in the Bible: In the Old Testament Jehovah-Rapha (The Lord that Heals) is used in Exd 15:26. Variant spellings: Jehovah-Rophe; Jehovah Rophecha; Jehovah Raphah Strong's Reference: H7495 Jehovah Rapha in the Septuagint: kurios ho iômenos se - the Lord your healer Meaning and Derivation: Jehovah is translated as "The Existing One" or "Lord." The chief meaning of Jehovah is derived from the Hebrew word Havah meaning "to be" or "to exist." It also suggests "to become" or specifically "to become known" - this denotes a God who reveals Himself unceasingly. Rapha (râpâ') means "to restore", "to heal" or "to make healthful" in Hebrew. When the two words are combined - Jehovah Rapha - it can be translated as "Jehovah Who Heals." (cf. Jer 30:17; Jer 3:22; Isa 30:26; Isa 61:1; Psa 103:3). Jehovah is the Great Physician who heals the physical and emotional needs of His people. Further references of the name Jehovah Rapha in the Old Testament: Exd 15:26 9/ Jehovah Shammah (The Lord Is There) (yeh-ho-vaw' shawm'-maw) The Lord Is There Use in the Bible: In the Old Testament Jehovah Shammah occurs only once in Ezekiel 48:35. Variant spellings: Jehovah Samma Strong's Reference: H3074 10/ Jehovah Shammah in the Septuagint: estai to onoma autês - the name thereof Meaning and Derivation: Jehovah is translated as "The Existing One" or "Lord." The chief meaning of Jehovah is derived from the Hebrew word Havah meaning "to be" or "to exist." It also suggests "to become" or specifically "to become known" - this denotes a God who reveals Himself unceasingly. Shammah is derived from the Hebrew word sham, which can be translated as "there." Jehovah Shammah is a symbolic name for the earthly Jerusalem. The name indicates that God has not abandoned Jerusalem, leaving it in ruins, but that there will be a restoration. Further references of the name Jehovah Shammah in the Old Testament: Eze 48:35 11/ Jehovah Tsidkenu (The Lord Our Righteousness) (yeh-ho-vaw' tsid-kay'-noo) The Lord Our Righteousness Use in the Bible: In the Old Testament Jehovah Tsidkenu occurs 2 times. Jehovah Tsidkenu is first used in Jer 23:6. Variant spellings: Jehovah Tzidkaynu; Jehovah Tsidqenuw Strong's Reference: H3072 12/ Jehovah Tsidkenu in the Septuagint: kuriou tou theou hêmôn elalêsen pros hêmas - the Lord our God spoke to us Meaning and Derivation: Jehovah is translated as "The Existing One" or "Lord." The chief meaning of Jehovah is derived from the Hebrew word Havah meaning "to be" or "to exist." It also suggests "to become" or specifically "to become known" - this denotes a God who reveals Himself unceasingly. Tsedek (tseh'-dek), from which Tsidkenu derived, means "to be stiff," "to be straight," or "righteous" in Hebrew. When the two words are combined - Jehovah Tsidkenu - it can be translated as "The Lord Who is our Righteousness." Further references of the name Jehovah Tsidkenu in the Old Testament: Jer 23:6; Jer 33:16 13/ Jehovah Mekoddishkem (The Lord Who Sanctifies You) (yeh-ho-vaw' M-qadash) The Lord Who Sanctifies You, The Lord Who Makes Holy Use in the Bible: In the Old Testament Jehovah Mekoddishkem occurs 2 times. Jehovah Mekoddishkem is first used in Exd 31:13. Variant spellings: Jehovah M'kaddesh Strong's Reference: H6942 14/ Jehovah Mekoddishkem in the Septuagint: kurios ho hagiazôn humas - the Lord that sanctifies you Meaning and Derivation: Jehovah is translated as "The Existing One" or "Lord." The chief meaning of Jehovah is derived from the Hebrew word Havah meaning "to be" or "to exist." It also suggests "to become" or specifically "to become known" - this denotes a God who reveals Himself unceasingly. Mekoddishkem derives from the Hebrew word qâdash meaning "sanctify," "holy," or "dedicate." Sanctification is the separation of an object or person to the dedication of the Holy. When the two words are combined - Jehovah Mekoddishkem - it can be translated as "The Lord who sets you apart." Further references of the name Jehovah Mekoddishkem in the Old Testament: Exd 31:13; Lev 20:8 15/ El Olam (The Everlasting God) (el o-lawm') The Everlasting God, The God of Eternity, The God of the Universe, The God of Ancient Days Use in the Bible: El Olam is first used in Gen 21:33. Variant spellings: None Strong's Reference: H5769 16/ El Olamin the Septuagint: [ho] theos [ho] aiônios - the everlasting God Meaning and Derivation: El is another name that is translated as "God" and can be used in conjunction with other words to designate various aspects of God's character. Olam derives from the root word 'lm (which means "eternity"). Olam literally means "forever," "eternity," or "everlasting". When the two words are combined - El Olam - it can be translated as "The Eternal God." Further references of the name El Olam in the Old Testament: Gen 21:33; Jer 10:10; Isa 26:4 17/ Elohim (God) (el-o-heem') God, Judge, Creator Use in the Bible: : In the Old Testament Elohim occurs over 2000 times. Elohim is first used in Gen 1:1. Variant spellings: None Strong's Reference: H430 Elohim in the Septuagint: theos - the standard Greek word for god, "a transcendent being who exercises extraordinary control in human affairs or is responsible for bestowal of unusual benefits" (BDAG). It specifically refers to the monotheistic God of Israel. Meaning and Derivation: Elohim is translated as "God." The derivation of the name Elohim is debatable to most scholars. Some believe it derived from 'êl which, in turn, originates from the root word, 'wl (which means "strong"). Others think that Elohim is derived from another two roots: 'lh (which means "god") in conjunction with 'elôah (which means "fear"). And still others presume that both 'êl and Elohim come from 'eloah. Further references of the name Elohim in the Old Testament: Complete list available here. 18/ Qanna (Jealous) (kan-naw') Jealous, Zealous Use in the Bible: In the Old Testament Qanna occurs 6 times. Qanna is first used in Exd 20:5. Variant spellings: Kanna Strong's Reference: H7067 Qanna in the Septuagint: zêlôtês - jealous Meaning and Derivation: Qanna is translated as "jealous," "zealous," or "envy." The fundamental meaning relates to a marriage relationship. God is depicted as Israel's husband; He is a jealous God, wanting all our praise for Himself and no one else. (cf. Exd 34:14) Further references of the name Qanna in the Old Testament: Exd 20:5; Exd 34:14; Deu 4:24; Deu 5:9; Deu 6:15 19/ Jehovah Jireh (The Lord Will Provide) (yeh-ho-vaw' yir-eh') The Lord Will Provide Use in the Bible: In the Old Testament Jehovah-Jireh occurs only once in Gen 22:14. Variant spellings: None Strong's Reference: H3070 Jehovah Jireh in the Septuagint: kurios eiden - the Lord has seen Meaning and Derivation: Jehovah is translated as "The Existing One" or "Lord." The chief meaning of Jehovah is derived from the Hebrew word Havah meaning "to be" or "to exist." It also suggests "to become" or specifically "to become known" - this denotes a God who reveals Himself unceasingly. Jehovah-Jireh is a symbolic name given to Mount Moriah by Abraham to memorialize the intercession of God in the sacrifice of Isaac by providing a substitute for the imminent sacrifice of his son. Further references of the name Jehovah Jireh in the Old Testament: Gen 22:14 20/ Jehovah Shalom (The Lord Is Peace) (yeh-ho-vaw' shaw-lome') The Lord Is Peace Use in the Bible: In the Old Testament Jehovah-Shalom occurs only once in Jdg 6:24. Variant spellings: None Strong's Reference: H3073 Jehovah-Shalom in the Septuagint: eirênê kuriou - peace of the Lord Meaning and Derivation: Jehovah is translated as "The Existing One" or "Lord." The chief meaning of Jehovah is derived from the Hebrew word Havah meaning "to be" or "to exist." It also suggests "to become" or specifically "to become known" - this denotes a God who reveals Himself unceasingly. Shalom is a derivative of shâlêm (which means "be complete" or "sound") Shalom is translated as "peace" or "absence from strife." Jehovah-Shalom is the name of an altar built by Gideon in Ophrah. Further references of the name Jehovah-Shalom in the Old Testament: Jdg 6:24 21/ Jehovah Sabaoth (The Lord of Hosts) (yeh-ho-vaw' se ba'ôt) The Lord of Hosts, The Lord of Powers Use in the Bible: Jehovah and Elohim occur with Sabaoth over 285 times. It is most frequently used in Jeremiah and Isaiah. Jehovah Sabaoth is first used in 1Sa 1:3. Variant spellings: None Strong's Reference: H6635 Jehovah Sabaoth in the Septuagint: kurios sabaôth - the Lord of hosts (sabaôth: Gr. transliteration of Heb. "hosts") Meaning and Derivation: Jehovah is translated as "The Existing One" or "Lord." The chief meaning of Jehovah is derived from the Hebrew word Havah meaning "to be" or "to exist." It also suggests "to become" or specifically "to become known" - this denotes a God who reveals Himself unceasingly. Sabaoth (se bâ'ôt) means "armies" or "hosts." Jehovah Sabaoth can be translated as "The Lord of Armies" (1Sa 1:3). This name denotes His universal sovereignty over every army, both spiritual and earthly. The Lord of Hosts is the king of all heaven and earth. (Psa 24:9-10; Psa 84:3; Isa 6:5). Further references of the name Jehovah Sabaoth in the Old Testament: 1Sa 1:11; 1Sa 17:45; 2Sa 6:18; 2Sa 7:27; 1Ki 19:14; 2Ki 3:14; 1Ch 11:9; Psa 24:10; Psa 48:8; Psa 80:4; Psa 80:19; Psa 84:3; Isa 1:24; Isa 3:15; Isa 5:16; Isa 6:5; Isa 9:19; Isa 10:26; Isa 14:22; Jer 9:15; Jer 48:1; Hsa 12:5; Amo 3:13; Mic 4:4; Nah 3:5; Hag 2:6; Zec 1:3; Mal 1:6; Hab 2:13; Zep 2:9
  12. 1 point
    B/W Photodude

    NAD Follies I: The Tithing Issue

    This is an interesting article on the tithe issue which occurred during the recent NAD meetings. Part of what I noted is that the NAD is planning on reducing the amount of tithe money sent to the GC. But even more concerning is the declining interest in supporting the growth of the world church by arguably the richest division in the church. When you consider that at one time, church members gave over $6 dollars for missions for every $10 dollars in tithe money, and today it has shrunk by some sources to about 26¢ per $10 tithe. Given the vast increase in affluence in Western countries, it seems that a huge increase in self centeredness has occurred. As a clip in another thread noted, "Winter is coming," in the church, it is already here. Of interest, also, is the authors imagination of how he wished things had gone at the NAD meetings. http://www.fulcrum7.com/blog/2018/12/4/regarding-nad-tithe-parity
  13. 1 point
    Gregory Matthews

    The Paradise Fire

    In general, the following article tells the story of the Paradise fire. In more specific terms, it tell how that fire affected the SDA presence in the town. https://spectrummagazine.org/news/2018/paradise-adventist-academy-school-without-town
  14. 1 point
    Gregory Matthews

    Yet Another Prophecy Thread

    In a previous post Stinsonmarri commented on the statement of SDA belief that says that the Godhead consists of three co-eternal Persons. In that statement below she comments to the effect that the use of the word "persons" connotes a being with the image, form, human traits and personality as we see in a human being today. She correctly rejects this view of God. In no sense would this be a Biblical picture of God. What she fails to understand, is that the SDA Church, regardless of its use of the word "persons" does not believe that it describes God in the manner that she suggests. Rather, the actual understanding of the SDA Church is that as that word is used in relationship to "God, it has a meaning that can not be understood by us today who can only understand it in terms of our limited experience a humans. It is for this reason, that I use the term "personal being" as I believe that it is a better term to use even though it is also limited in meaning and does not accurately describe God.
  15. 1 point
    phkrause

    Days of Praise

    December 7, 2018 The Brightness of the Glory “Who being the brightness of his glory, and the express image of his person, and upholding all things by the word of his power, when he had by himself purged our sins, sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on high.” (Hebrews 1:3) This verse constitutes one of Scripture’s most magnificent declarations of the person and work of the Lord Jesus Christ. Let us examine the phrase “the brightness of his glory.” The word for “brightness” is used only this one time in the Bible and means, literally, “out-radiating.” The word picture conveyed is of the energy overflow from the sun. The sun constitutes a tremendous generator of energy, more than adequate to sustain all processes on Earth. However, these energies would be utterly useless for any such noble purpose if they could not somehow be transmitted from sun to Earth. They are transmitted, however, through the remarkable radiant energy known as sunlight, or solar radiation. It is this figure which the writer is using. As the sun’s rays are to the sun itself, so is Christ to the Godhead. He is “the light of the world” (John 8:12). It is He whose “goings forth” have been “everlasting” (Micah 5:2). His glorified countenance is “as the sun shineth in his strength” (Revelation 1:16). The Lord Jesus Christ is the life-giving radiation of the ineffable glory of the eternal One, from whose face one day the very heaven and earth will flee away (Revelation 20:11). “But unto you that fear my name shall the Sun of righteousness arise with healing in his wings [or ‘outspreadings’]” (Malachi 4:2). And through this One who mediates God to us, we can enter boldly into His presence. “For God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, hath shined in our hearts, to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ” (2 Corinthians 4:6). HMM
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    Rahab

    3 word devotional

    Crown of thorns
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    Lone Ranger

    Yet Another Prophecy Thread

    The term "Godhead" is a respectful term used with respect across the board by theologians and laity of all denominations. I neither intend nor perceive disrespect in the term. It may not be completely accurate, but none of our descriptions of God are. No doctrine of the trinity equates the members of the Godhead to human beings. I have never heard this view before and as far as I know it is unique to you. There are variations in understanding of the nature and essence of the beings, but NOBODY interprets them to be humans. So you should really divest yourself of this misunderstanding and seek an accurate view of the meaning of "trinity." At this point you enter a long and rambling exposition that is difficult to follow, has no point, and lacks the support you think you have. We are aware of this definition. TMK no one confuses these two meanings. These are Trinitarian statements. If these statements characterize your belief, you are trinitarian. I think the problem here is that you have an incorrect view of what "trinity" and "trinitarian" means. Previously you asked that if you were wrong, please show you. I do not claim perfection in any sphere, but I will say that your understanding of the concept of trinity is certainly not mine, nor that of anyone I know or have read, and seems to be deeply flawed and based on misunderstandings. I suggest you seek an accurate view of what is meant by "trinity."
  18. 1 point
    Gustave

    The President Travels

    Christ ascended "bodily" into heaven, David didn't. This is why, at the point of Hebrews 12, it was clarified it was the "SPIRITS OF" those mentioned in Hebrews 11 that were at that General Assembly ( which was in heaven ). Hebrews 11,5: By faith Enoch was translated that he should not see death; and was not found, because God had translated him: for before his translation he had this testimony, that he pleased God. Hebrews 11 goes on to list many additional individuals who were clearly friends of God and concludes with this. Hebrews 11, 13: These all died in faith, NOT having received the promises, but having seen them afar off, and were persuaded of them, and embraced them, and confessed that they were strangers and pilgrims on the earth. Hebrews 11, 23 - 40 specifically mentions Moses and says of him and the others mentioned: "And these all, having obtained a good report through faith, received NOT the promise: God having provided some better thing for us, that they without us should not be made perfect". So, at the point of Hebrews 12 Enoch, Moses & David were not 'bodily' in heaven. I reference these Scriptures not to get into superficial arguments or bicker but to show it's more reasonable to believe in the historic Christian teaching on the spiritual existence of man apart from the body than it is to reject it in favor of a Johnny come lately idea that sprang up in the last 300 or so years. As far as keeping every jot and tittle of Doctrine I don't look at it that way and never have - I view them as safety "MARKERS" or buoys to stay within. Take the peccability of Christ for instance - if you believe that Christ is God and apply those affirmations Sacred Scripture make about God you know for certain that there was no possibility of Christ sinning and loosing His own salvation and subsequently being eternally annihilated by the Father. IF you reject Jesus is God than Arianism / Unitarianism or literally anything becomes the logical end of your theological journey. I would agree with you 100% that's it's all about WHO you know and little of what you know as far as the R.O.I. on the Christian Faith. We agree about that.
  19. 1 point
    Gregory Matthews

    The President Travels

    `1 Thes. 4:17, may be related to some of what is being discussed here. I have placed an article on that verse in the theology section. As JoMo said: Gustave, we welcome you here and appreciate your contributions to this forum.
  20. 1 point
    Rahab

    3 word devotional

    Is none righteous
  21. 1 point
    phkrause

    Trivia

    5 Things You Didn't Know About Prohibition On December 5, 1933, prohibition ended after the 18th Amendment to the Constitution, which had been ratified in 1919, was repealed. Here are 5 things you didn't know about the long dry spell in American history.... It Was Perfectly Legal to Drink During Prohibition It was prohibited to make alcohol, sell it, or ship it during prohibition under the Volstead Act if it was intended for consumption. The Volstead Act did allow alcohol for scientific research and use in manufacturing. The one thing the 18th Amendment did not do is prohibit people from drinking products that contained alcohol, so many people resorted to buying their liquor from illegal sources. Not All States Participated During Prohibition Not every state was happy with the idea of depriving its citizens of alcoholic beverages, not only because their citizens wanted it but because it lowered revenues. The state of Maryland never passed any legislation to enforce prohibition, and other states became laxer as time went on in enforcing the amendment. The state of New York went so far as to repeal its enforcement measures in 1923, a move that was probably toasted by many state residents with their favorite beverage. Speakeasies Often Had a Green Door It wasn’t legal to open a bar that served alcoholic drinks during prohibition, but people always find a way to get around things, so they went to illegal, hidden bars called speakeasies. Chances were that if you saw a business with a green door, there was a speakeasy hidden inside. The Green Door Tavern in Chicago used this not so subtle advertising during prohibition and is still open for business, although now they can openly sell liquor to their customers. Cruises to Nowhere Became Popular One thing that may have led to vacation cruises in the travel industry was the “booze cruises” during the prohibition era. Since alcoholic beverages could not be manufactured, sold, or shipped, boats would take passengers out beyond the territorial limit, sometimes sailing around in circles so their patrons could party and enjoy their drinks in safety. Other ships would take passengers to Havana, Cuba, or to the Bahamas, where clubs and bars were legal. The Great Depression Contributed to the Repeal of Prohibition Americans would not be denied and spent plenty of money on the booze that was supplied by the black market, with New York City alone having 30,000 or more speakeasies. Once the Great Depression hit, those tax revenues were needed, so President Franklin D. Roosevelt, during his presidential campaign in 1932, included the repeal of Prohibition as part of his platform. When it was repealed about a year later, Roosevelt reportedly downed a dirty martini to celebrate while New Orleans partied in style with a 20-minute cannon salute.
  22. 1 point
    phkrause

    Trivia

    5 Amazing Facts You Didn't Know About Burger King On December 4, 1954, the first Burger King opened to the gustatory delight of the American public. Here are 5 amazing facts you probably didn’t know about Burger King, home of the Whopper... Burger King’s First Name Wasn’t Appetizing Burger King was originally named Insta Burger King, which doesn’t have much of a ring to it. David Edgerton and James McLamore, two franchisees based in Miami, Florida, bought out the company, dropped the word “insta” and came up with the Whopper burger. The big flame-grilled burger was introduced in Miami at their first restaurant in 1957. The original Whopper from Burger King cost a whopping 37 cents. The Suicide Burger Isn’t on the Menu Not everything sold at Burger King is on the menu, such as the Suicide Burger. Loaded with four patties of beef, bacon, four cheese slices, and secret sauce, the burger alone has 800 calories before you start on the side of fries. Since it has nearly 2,500 mg of sodium and 175 mg of cholesterol, you might want to save this treat for a special occasion. A Crown Card Gives the Owner Free Burgers, Drinks and Fries for Life Only 12 people have a Burger King Crown Card. So chances of getting one of these coveted cards are relatively slim. Some of the honored card holders are Robert Downey Jr, Jay Leno, Jennifer Hudson, Hugh Laurie, and George Lucas, filmmaker of Star Wars fame. The card bestows on its recipients free burgers, drinks and fries for life. An Illinois Burger King Is Not Connected to the Chain Restaurant One Burger King, located in Mattoon, Illinois, is unconnected with the popular chain restaurants. Because it predated the fast food restaurant and owned the Illinois trademark, the case went to court. The court decided that the Matoon restaurant’s patent was good, so Burger King, the corporate giant, can’t locate any of their restaurants within 20 miles of the original name holder. One Burger King Marketing Strategy Had Facebook Users Dumping Their Friends In 2009, Burger King introduced an unusual promotion that affected Facebook users when it offered them a free Whopper if they would unfriend ten friends they were connected with on the social media site. In return, that person got a free burger, while their ten dropped friends received a notice that the friendship had been traded off for a mere hamburger. Facebook was less than amused when 80,000 users deleted at least 200,000 friends in seven days and deleted the app.
  23. 1 point
    Rahab

    3 word devotional

    💖 Be of faith
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    Gregory Matthews

    Sunday"s coming,___________________________

    In an effort to stimulate thought, I suggest that Kevin wrote in a manner that some who do not consider it in depth will misunderstand what he actually wrote. .
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    Kevin H

    Sunday"s coming,___________________________

    The context is how Satan has always played upon our traditions where we "know just what's going to happen." I was comparing this tradition in Adventism with the way Jews were so sure that the Messiah was going to be the most blessed person ever who was going to overthrow the Romans.
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