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The Chosen

If you have not yet seen this new video series on the life of Jesus Christ I recommend it to you. So far season 1 has been released (8 episodes) and free. It is available on various platforms including YouTube.

It is very engaging though it fills in details of the biblical events depicted. Of course a lot of the filled in details are not found in the Bible but they are totally reasonable within our understanding of the life people lived then.

See also https://studios.vidangel.com/the-chosen/

The next seasons are crowd funded and as a result they will make as many as they are able. It is worth listening to the some of the discussions with the director and actors as it also is inspiring. All are strong believers and want this series to be used to bring in the unsaved.

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Bible prophecy Biblical doctrines hermeneutics Israel

Daniel’s Seventy Weeks

–a short study on Daniel 9:24-27 by Jim Gibson

24 Seventy weeks are determined upon thy people and upon thy holy city, to finish the transgression, and to make an end of sins, and to make reconciliation for iniquity, and to bring everlasting righteousness, and to seal up the vision and prophecy, and to anoint the most Holy.
25 Know therefore and understand, that from the going forth of the commandment to restore and to build Jerusalem unto the Messiah the Prince shall be seven weeks, and threescore and two weeks: the street shall be built again, and the wall, even in troublous times.
26 And after threescore and two weeks shall Messiah be cut off, but not for himself: and the people of the prince that shall come shall destroy the city and the sanctuary; and the end thereof shall be with a flood, and unto the end of the war desolations are determined.
27 And he shall confirm the covenant with many for one week: and in the midst of the week he shall cause the sacrifice and the oblation to cease, and for the overspreading of abominations he shall make it desolate, even until the consummation, and that determined shall be poured upon the desolate. (Daniel 9:24-27)

These four verses found in Daniel constitute one of the most controversial passages found in the Bible. From the early church fathers to the modern commentaries, this prophecy has been interpreted with a plethora of views. There are those who maintain that this prophecy was fulfilled in the days of Antiochus Epiphanes in approximately 168 B.C. However, many place its fulfillment during the time of the life of Christ. Still, others say that its ultimate fulfillment extends to the time of the antichrist toward the end of the church age. Let’s see if we can wade through the maze of difficulties that this passage presents and, hopefully, discover its true intent and meaning.

Before I begin to explain this passage of Daniel’s prophecy, I will share with the reader the more popular dispensational view.

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Islam Israel

The Demise of Distorting History

After visiting Israel with my wife in May this year (2016) I realised how much the western media distort the truth about Israel. The following article was written in 2000 by Victor Schlatter1 gives a very concise view of the history of the land they call Palestine.  I have only made a few minor editorial corrections and some comments in square brackets […]. I added the addendum and all graphics.

TDDH TitleSomething over six decades ago Adolph Hitler initiated it, and his propaganda chief, J P Goebbels, perpetuated it. It was the Big Lie of the century. In simple summary, the Jew is the decadent evil behind world finance, the arch-enemy of society, and consequently must be destroyed. Today to most of the civilized world, this is preposterous logic in the light of the political correctness of the 21st century. Yet in those days most of Germany and even much of Europe bought into the diabolical scheme, but not before 6 million Jews ultimately perished in the incomprehensible treachery of Hitler’s gas chambers.

Unfortunately only a limited few of us are still alive today who would yet clearly remember those sordid details as they unfolded. But just as sad, are all the others who have heard the reports but have all too little sensitivity to this tragic episode of history. Philosopher George Santayana warned that those who cannot remember the past are condemned to relive it. And alas, that condemnation is once again heavy upon us. The Jew – the world’s scapegoat since the ancient kingdoms of Egypt, Babylon and Persia – once more bears the heaviest condemnation of all. And the world barely blinks.

In these days, in newscast after newscast referring to the land of Israel, we hear the one-liner “the occupation” bandied about. And just what occupation is being spoken of, may we ask? But Joseph Goebbels knew that the bigger the lie, the better it was swallowed. Not much has changed in 60 years!

If one would only take the time and effort to probe the annals of the last century and a half with regard to the so-called Palestinians, he would find some startling statistics.

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Bible prophecy Biblical doctrines Israel

Where is the biblical land of Israel?

Map Israel 1

I recently returned from a visit to the modern-day land of Israel where I spoke to believers at some messianic congregations, as well as at a youth camp and a student camp. At one of those events someone handed me a few copies of Andrew Lessey’s small booklet “The Heart of Israel”. The following is drawn from that booklet.

Jeremiah 16:14,15 Therefore, behold, the days come, says the LORD, that it shall no more be said, The LORD lives, that brought up the children of Israel out of the land of Egypt; 15 But, The LORD lives, that brought up the children of Israel from the land of the north, and from all the lands where he had driven them: and I will bring them again into their land that I gave unto their fathers. (KJVER, emphases added)

During the 1990’s about 2 million Jews from Russia and other ex-soviet countries returned (made the Aliyah) to Israel. However, not only have Jews come from the north they have been returning from all countries around the world. The return started in the late 1800’s and has been ongoing ever since. The rise of the Third Reich under Adolf Hitler’s Nazi Germany accelerated arrivals both pre and post World War II. God’s promise as indicated by verse 15 was to their fathers and that promise still stands.

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Creation/evolution Israel

Last chance: Biblical creationist tour of Israel

LAST CHANCE to join us! Only 4 months to go! To the start of the first ever biblical creationist archeological tour of Israel, to my knowledge anyway.

I have organised a small group of biblical creationist believers to tour Israel between May 20th and 31st this year (2016). It will be led by Dr D. Russ Humphreys (cosmologist, biblical creationist from the US) and myself. Apart from 12 days being guided by experts, with PhD’s in Israeli archeology, on Israel’s biblically relevant sites,  Dr Humphreys and I will speak to congregations of Messianic believers, and we have been invited to speak at believers youth and student conferences. Dr Humphreys and myself will also speak at a secular university it seems. Sounds like a blast. Much of the creationist teaching ministry will occur in the evenings and the tour of sites during the day.

DSCF1598Why don’t you join us? Tour cost is less than $1600 USD for most everything excluding airfares. If more join the price drops per person. The tour company is owned and operated by a biblical creationist family. Hotel rooms will be on a shared basis, or where you are a couple you have your own. So far we have 12 plus Dr Humphreys and myself, totaling 14 people. Why not join us? Dr John Baumgardner is also considering joining us. Please pray he does.

This offer to join us is open only to biblical creationist Christian believers. If you are interested add a comment below in the comment section with your email address, and I’ll get back to you.

— John Gideon Hartnett

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Israel

2016: Tour of Israel anyone?

DSCF1615I have organised a small group of biblical creationist believers to tour Israel between May 20th and 31st next year. It will be led by me and Dr D. Russ Humphreys (cosmologist, biblical creationist from the US). Apart from two weeks being guided by experts on Israel’s biblically relevant sites,  Dr Humphreys and I will speak to congregations of Messianic believers, and have been invited to speak at believers youth and student conferences. Sounds like a blast. Why don’t you join us? Tour cost is about $1600 USD for most everything excluding airfares. The tour company is owned and operated by a biblical creationist family.