Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Was Jesus Rich?

Jesus was given gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh as a 2 year old child. The frankincense and myrrh were worth more than the gold!
Matthew 2: 11, "And when they had come into the house, they saw the young Child with Mary His mother, and fell down and worshipped Him. And when they had opened their treasures, they presented gifts to Him: gold, frankincense, and myrrh."
Jesus inherited His earthly father Joseph's home, and also Joseph's family business, according to the culture of His day, since He was the eldest Son
Jesus was not just carpenter. His business was a family business, probably called "Joseph and sons." Jesus was actually a builder of houses, as well as the tables and chairs in them! He built houses, complete with the roof, walls, doors, windows, tables, chairs and beds. In Israel today can be seen replica New Testament villages.
The two main businesses in Israel during the lifetime of Jesus were the building of homes, and fishing. Fishing was the high tech industry of the day, feeding thousands of people every day on the Via Maris, as well as the entire population of Israel. Jesus' disciples were the New Testament equivalent of today's City Traders!

Sunday, May 8, 2016

Scriptures dealing with the first day of the week.

The Seventh-day Adventists do not believe that there is any Scriptural support for worship on Sunday. Though there is no explicit NT statement authenticating Sunday worship, there are plenty of verses dealing with Sunday, the first day of the week, as being special--a day of breaking bread and of gathering collections.
1.Jesus rose from the dead on the first day of the week (Matt. 28:1-7, Mark 16:2, 9, Luke 24:1, John 20:1).
2.Jesus appeared to the disciples on the first day of the week (John 20:19).
3.Jesus appeared inside the room to the eleven disciples eight days after the first day of the week. The Jewish way of measuring days meant that it was again Sunday
(John 20:26).
4.The Holy Spirit came on Pentecost, the first day of the week (Lev. 23:16, Acts 2:1).
5.The first sermon was preached by Peter on the first day of the week (Acts 2:14).
6.Three thousand converts joined the church on the first day of the week (Acts 2:41).
7.The three thousand were baptized on the first day of the week (Acts 2:41).
8.The Christians assembled broke bread on the first day of the week.
9.The Christians also heard a message from Paul on the first day of the week (Acts 20:7). Note: the reference is until midnight which is not the Jewish method of measuring days but the Roman system.
10.Paul instructed the churches to put aside contributions on the first day of the week (1 Cor. 16:2).
11.Jesus gave the apostle John the vision of Revelation on the first day of the week
(Rev. 1:10)

Is Baptism Necessary for Salvation?

One of the most nagging questions in Christianity is whether or not baptism is necessary for salvation. The answer is a simple, "No, water baptism is not necessary for salvation." But you might ask, "If the answer is no, then why are there verses that say things like '...baptism that now saves you...' (1 Pet. 3:21) and '...Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins...' (Acts 2:38)?" These are good questions and they deserve a good answer, so we will look at these verses later. But for now, the reason baptism is not necessary for salvation is because we are justified by faith (Rom. 5:1; Eph. 2:8), not by faith and a ceremony (Rom. 4:1-11). You see, a religious ceremony is a set of activities or forms performed by someone. In the Bible circumcision was a ceremony where one person performed a religious rite on another person. Likewise, baptism is also a ceremony where one person performs a religious rite on another person. But, we are saved by faith alone and anything else we do, including ceremonies, will not help.
If we are saved by faith, then we are saved by faith when we believe, not when we get baptized, otherwise we are not saved by faith. Furthermore, if baptism is necessary for salvation then anyone who receives Christ on his deathbed in a hospital and who also believes Jesus is God in the flesh, who died and rose from the dead for his sins, etc., would go to hell if he doesn't get baptized before he died. This would mean that we were not justified by faith because if we were, then the person would be saved. Also, if baptism is necessary for salvation, then all babies who die go to hell since they weren't baptized. Remember, when someone says that baptism is necessary, there can be no exceptions -- otherwise it isn't necessary.
Now, in order to more thoroughly look at this issue, I need to lay a foundation of proper theology, and then I'll address some of those verses that are commonly used to support the idea that baptism is necessary for salvation.

The Meaning of Number 12 in the Bible

Twelve can be found in 187 places in God's word. Revelation alone has 22 occurrences of the number. The meaning of 12, which is considered a perfect number, is that it symbolizes God's power and authority, as well as serving as a perfect governmental foundation. It can also symbolize completeness or the nation of Israel as a whole. For example, Jacob (Israel) had twelve sons, each of which represented a tribe begun by a prince, for 12 princes total. Ishmael, who was born to Abraham through Hagar, also had twelve princes.
God specified that twelve unleavened cakes of bread be placed every week in the temple with frankincense next to each of the two piles that were to be made. The priests were commanded to change the bread every Sabbath day (Leviticus 24).
Christ called and choose twelve men to bear witness to what he did and to spread the good news of the gospel to the entire world. After he was raised from the dead, Jesus told the eleven disciples (Judas had killed himself) that God had given him ALL power and authority in both earth and heaven (God's divine authority - Matthew 28:18).
Twelve thousand from each tribe of Israel (144,000 total) will receive salvation during the end time's Great Tribulation (Revelation 7). Another set of 144,000 (12 x 12,000) will be taken from earth in order to serve and follow the Lamb of God (Revelation 14:1 - 5). Christ's bride in Revelation 12, the church, wears a crown containing twelve stars.
New Jerusalem, which is made in heaven and brought to the earth by God himself, contains 12 gates made of pearl which are each manned by an angel. Over each gate will be one of the names of Israel's twelve tribes. The walls are 144 cubits high (12 multiplied by itself - Revelation 21:16 - 17), with the city itself being 12,000 furlongs square.
Appearances of the number twelve
There are twelve names in the Bible that have only two letters. They are Ai (Joshua 7:2), Ar (Num. 21:15), Ed (Joshua 22:34), Er (Genesis 38:3), Ir (1Chronicles 7:12), No (Jeremiah 46:25), Og (Num. 21:33), On (Num. 16:11), Pe (Psalm 119:129), So (2Kings 17:4), Ur (Genesis 11:28) and Uz (Genesis 10:23).

A fun Biblical FACT to know…

Did you EVER wonder why the linen cloth was folded?
The Gospel of John (20:7) tells us that the napkin, which was placed over the face of Yeshua was not just thrown aside but FOLDED after His resurrection.
Why was this so significant & important…
Well in order to understand why you have to understand a little bit about Hebrew tradition of that day, & what a folded napkin meant between a Master & Servant.
A servant would set the dinner table for the master, and then wait just out of sight, until the master had finished eating. The servant would not dare touch that table, until the master was finished. Now, if the master were done eating, he would rise from the table, wipe his fingers, his mouth, clean his beard, and would wad up that napkin & toss it onto the table. The servant would then know to clear the table. For in those days, the wadded napkin meant, 'I'm done'.
But if the master got up from the table, and folded his napkin, and laid it beside his plate, the servant would not dare touch the table, because the folded napkin meant, 'I'm coming back!'
So Yeshua folded the napkin to let anyone who came looking for Him know that He is COMING BACK!!!! Amen…
Shalom, God bless & have a GREAT day!!!
Evangelist Duncan



A Turk who claims to be a descendant of Islam’s prophet Muhammad has converted to Christianity while living in Germany.
But Sedar Dedeoglu, of Luedenscheid, now faces a threat to his life if he’s forced to return to Turkey, and is seeking help from German authorities.
Dedeoglu, who is involved in Christian outreach programs among Muslims, has been receiving death threats from Muslims unwilling to accept his conversion. His relatives also regard the apostasy as shameful.
If Dedeoglu is returned to his native country, he very likely would be killed, his lawyer says.
Despite this threat, the German Federal Migration Office and several courts of justice have rejected asylum applications by the Dedeoglu family. They claim Christians are free to practice their religion in Turkey.
To avoid deportation, Dedeoglu, his wife Husniye and their daughter Isil now hope at least to be tolerated in Germany as a “case of hardship.” According to their attorney, Oswald Seitter, it is impossible to overlook the extraordinary danger the Dedeoglu family is facing.
For Muslims, he said, it is undeniable Dedeoglu descends from Muhammad’s daughter Fatima and her husband Ali. In Dedeoglu’s hometown, Elazig, in eastern Turkey they used to be revered as a holy family. According to Seitter, the apostasy of a family member is regarded as an insult of the prophet himself.
Dedeoglu’s case has become so widely known in Turkey that his life is in real and imminent danger, the lawyer said.
“We should rejoice that a such a person has become a Christian, and we should avoid any actions which could put his life in additional danger,” Seitter told an evangelical news agency.
Seitter is an evangelical Christian and used to be the speaker of the synod of the Protestant Church in Wuerttemberg.
Dedeoglu came to Germany in 1997 and asked for asylum because of political persecution of the Kurdish minority in Turkey. Four years later, he and his family converted to the Christian faith. They are members of an Evangelical Brethren church.