The Key to Bible Understanding

CHAPTER I

GENESIS: CHAPTER I

1. Do chapters I and II of Genesis, in regard to creation, differ from the Theory of Evolution?

Yes. The Bible says: "In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth." (Gen. 1:1) "For thus saith the Lord that created the heavens, God himself that formed the earth and made it; he hath established it, he created it not in vain, he formed it to be inhabited; I am the Lord; and there is none else." (Is. 45-18)

"And God created whales, and every living creature that moveth, which the waters brought forth abundantly after their kind, and every winged fowl after his kind, and God saw that it was good." (Gen. 1:21)

"And God saw everything that He had made, and behold, it was very good." (Gen. 1:31)

2. Just what is the theory of Evolution and how old is it?

The theory of Evolution is about 100 years old. It runs directly counter to the Genesis account of creation. Genesis is definite. God created. Evolution claims a slow but continuous development from simple to complex forms of life, even including man. The Bible speaks of the disobedience of man and his punishment. (Gen. 3:17-19) Evolution argues the existence of a continuous line of progress. The differences of the Bible account of creation and that of Evolution are fundamental and far reaching. One Bible student put it this way: "The Evolution of Species is not only an undemonstrated, but an undemonstrable scientific guess."

3. Is there any fundamental law in Genesis, Chapter I, that Evolutionists have tried to overthrow?

Yes, "and God said, Let the earth bring forth the living creature after his kind, cattle and creeping things and beast of the earth after his kind; and it was so." (Gen. 1:24)

4. Can you breed species of different kinds, example sheep and hogs, cows and horses?

No. To be able to do so would overthrow the fundamental law of creation, everything after its own kind. (Gen. 1-11)

5. In Gen. 1:26 we read, "And God said, let us make man in our image." Question "Who is the Us in this verse?

Dr. Thomas, in Elpis, Israel, says "Elohim, (angels) said; Let us make man in our image, after our likeness." (Gen. 1:26) Angels do God's commandments. (Ps. 103:20-21)

6. Do we have further details concerning the formation of Adam and Eve?

Yes. In Gen. 2:7 we read, "And the Lord God formed man of the dust of the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul." Paul said in ICor.15:45, "The first man Adam was made a living soul." Eve was made from a rib taken from Adam. (Gen. 2:22)

7. Is a living soul immortal?

No. A living soul is man, animals, or anything that breathes the breath of life. (Gen. 7:15, 22)

8. Does the Bible use the word Soul in various ways? Can you give specific examples?

Yes. The word soul is used several hundred times in the Bible, but no where is the word immortal used in connection with it. Animals are called souls. Num. 31:28, Job 12:10) Souls die and are destroyed. (Ps. 33:19; Mat. 26:38, Job 7:15, Rev. 16:3, Acts 3:23) Souls go to the grave (hell) and are delivered. "Thou wilt not leave my soul in hell (grave)." (Ps. 16-10) "But God will redeem my soul from the power of the grave (hell) for he shall receive me." (Ps. 49:15) "Thou hast in love to my soul delivered it from the pit of corruption." (Is. 38:17) "He seeing this before spake of the resurrection of Christ that his soul was not left in hell (grave)." I Cor. 15:55, "O death, where is thy sting, O grave (hell) where is thy victory?"

9. If the soul is immortal as nearly all the churches believe and teach, where, according to this theory, does the soul go when the body dies?

The good soul, according to theory, goes to heaven. The words of the thief on the cross are quoted to prove it, "Verily, I say unto thee, today shalt thou be with me in Paradise" which is heaven, according to the theory. One Evangelist in Little Rock, Arkansas said, according to the paper, "The Bible teaches that one second after you die you will go to heaven if you are saved and you will go to hell if you are not saved – He took the thief to glory. He was a convict in the morning and a saint in the evening."

10. What is the true teaching regarding the thief on the Cross?

To understand this much misunderstood text, let us ask, what did the thief request? "Lord, remember me when thou comest into thy kingdom." This shows that the thief understood the gospel, the glad tidings of the kingdom. What is the Kingdom but Paradise restored? The thief's request will be granted when Christ is King over all the earth (Zech. 14-9) when the prayer, "Thy Kingdom come, thy will be done in earth" is a reality and when the kingdoms of this world are become the Kingdom of our Lord and of Christ. (Rev. 11:15)

The Diaglott rendering of Jesus' request of the thief is as follows: "Indeed, I say to thee, This day thou shalt be with me in Paradise." (Luke 23:43) If the thief went to heaven that very day, he got there before Christ went. Christ was 3 days in the grave, before God raised him from the dead. After God raised him from the dead, he spent 40 days on earth "speaking of the things pertaining to the kingdom of God." (Acts 1:3)

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CHAPTER II

IN THE GARDEN

1. What important and far reaching event took place in the Garden of Eden?

The first man, Adam, was placed in the garden "to dress it and to keep it." (Gen. 2:15)

2. Did God give Adam a law? If so, what was it?

Yes. "Of every tree of the garden thou mayest freely eat. But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil; thou shalt not eat of it; for in the day that thou eatest thereof, thou shalt surely die." (Gen. 2:16-17)

3. Was Adam alone in the Garden?

He was until God took one of his ribs and made a woman. (Gen.2:22)

4. Why was she called Woman?

"She shall be called Woman because she was taken out of man." (Gen. 2:23)

5. Was the command, "not to eat of the tree of knowledge of good and evil," disobeyed?

Yes. The serpent beguiled Eve. Go ahead and eat "Ye shall not surely die." (Gen. 3:4) This is the first lie ever told, but it has been repeated millions of times.

6. Who told the truth – God or the Serpent?

People who believe the Bible will tell you that God told the truth.

7. What was the penalty for disobeying God's command?

"Cursed is the ground for thy sake; in sorrow shalt thou eat of it all the days of thy life; thorns and thistles shall it bring forth to thee; and thou shalt eat the herb of the field. In the sweat of thy fact shalt thou eat bread; till thou return unto the ground; for out of it wast thou taken for dust thou art, and unto dust shall thou return." (Gen. 3:17-19)

8. Was Adam in the garden when sentenced to work, sweat, eat, die and return to dust?

Yes. (Gen. 3:17-19)

9. Why was Adam driven out of the garden?

The Bible answer is very clear, but to get the full force of this question, one must see the other tree besides the one mentioned above, the Tree of Life. "And now, lest he put forth his hand and take also of the Tree of Life and eat and live forever, God sent him forth from the Garden of Eden to till the ground from whence he was taken." (Gen. 3:22-23)

10. If man is going to live forever as the Serpent said, "Ye shall not surely die," hasn't God made a failure in driving him out of the garden, away from the tree of life?

The answer to this question is simple. Yes, God has failed if the lie of the serpent is true, "Ye shall not surely die."

11. Do you see God's love in driving man out of the garden?

Away from the tree of Life man will not live forever. He will die. He will perish. (Jno. 3:16) "The dead know not anything." (Eccl. 9:5-10) In the death state, "There the wicked cease from troubling; there the weary be at rest." (Job 3:17) "His breath goeth forth in that very day his thoughts perish." (Ps. 146:4)

12. How is God's love manifested by letting people die and perish?

To see God's love, contrast the Serpent's teaching, "Ye shall not surely die," with God's word, "Ye shall surely die," and I believe you will see God's love. "God willeth not that any should perish." (II Pet.3:9) He has offered eternal life to all through Christ. If people refuse his offer, God permits them to die and be no more. What good could God accomplish by putting them in a devil's hell and burning them throughout the ceaseless ages of eternity? The Bible is very clear regarding the destiny of the unsaved. In the death state the "wicked cease from troubling and the weary are at rest." (Job 3:17) "The dead know not anything." (Eccl. 9:5) When a man dies "in that very day his thoughts perish." (Ps. 146:4) "For yet a little while and the wicked shall not be" (If he was in hell burning, he'd be, wouldn't he?) "Thou shalt diligently consider his place and it shall not be." (Ps. 37:10)

13. Is the Bible doctrine of total extinction of people like those in Noah's day, when "All flesh had corrupted his way," (Gen. 6-12) and the wicked cities of Sodom and Gomorrah, which the Lord destroyed with fire and brimstone (Gen. 19:24), I repeat, Is this doctrine as bad, as putting people in the Orthodox devil's Hell?

Your common sense will show you God's love in just letting people perish. There is hardly a family on earth that has not had friends or loved ones to die who never made any profession of religion, they cared nothing about the Bible or God's offer of Eternal life through Christ, they never did anything very good or bad. To believe that God, who is love, would put such people in a Devil's hell and burn them throughout the ceaseless ages of eternity, is unthinkable and yet, nearly all churches believe and teach the lie of the Serpent, "Ye shall not surely die."

All such teaching is based upon the false doctrine, viz: "The soul is immortal and can never die." The lie of the serpent has a powerful grip upon the clergy. Many people flock into the churches to keep out of hell.

Ingersall, in his lecture on "skulls" tells of a terrible picture drawn by the "dear old minister" to a group of boys showing them the doom waiting unrepentant sinners in hell. He used the following. "Suppose once in a billion ages, a bird should come from a distant planet to our earth and carry off in its bill one little grain of sand, the time would come when the last grain of sand would be carried away." "Boys do you understand?" When they said they did, he added, "By that time it would not be sun up in hell."

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CHAPTER III

RESURRECTION

1. Will all who have died be resurrected?

No. The Bible is the only book where the answer to this question is found.

2. When people die, where do they go?

The theory is that the immortal soul goes to heaven if the deceased is good, and to hell if bad, or to Purgatory if not too bad. This question has agitated the minds of people in all ages. I stood by my friend, cold in death, and the minister said, "Thank God there is no such thing as death, what seems so is transition." One proof text for such teaching is Eccl. 12-7, "The spirit shall return to God who gave it." A careful study of the whole chapter will show that the Spirit here which returns to God who gave it, is the breath of life. It is the same word as used in Eccl. 3:19 and translated breath. Speaking of man and beast, "Yea they have all one breath (spirit) so that a man hath no preeminence above a beast (i.e. in the death state) all go unto one place; all are of the dust, and all turn to dust again." v. 20. In that very day (when man dies) "his breath goeth forth, he returneth to his earth, in that very day his thougths perish." (Ps. 146:4)

3. Is universal resurrection a common belief?

Yes. All denominations so far as I know, except one, the Christadelphians, believe and teach that all who have died will be resurrected and brought to judgment.

4. Doesn't the Bible say, "For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ; that everyone may receive the things done in his body according to that he hath done, whether it he good or bad?" (II Cor. 5:10).

Yes. The Bible says "we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ," but who constitutes the all? Does it mean everybody who has ever lived and died? Turn to II Cor. 1:1 and read, "Paul–unto the church of God which is at Corinth." People who rightly divide the word of truth will see that the ALL in this verse is not every one who has ever lived but the Church members at Corinth.

5. Paul says in I Cor. 15:21-22, "For since by man (Adam) came death, by man (Christ) came also the resurrection of the dead. For as in Adam all die even so in Christ shall all be made alive." Isn't the All in Adam, the same as the All in Christ?

No. I've never found any one who will take the position that people in Adam are new creatures, but we read in II Cor. 5:17, "If any man be in Christ he is a new creature."

6. Are all people in Adam by birth? Is the death sentence resting upon all in Adam?

Yes. "By one man (Adam) sin entered into the world, and death by sin and so death passed upon all men." (Rom. 5:12). "For the judgment was by one (Adam) to condemnation," verse 16, "By one man's offense death reigned," verse 17, "Therefore by the offense of one (Adam) judgment came upon all men to condemnation," verse 18.

7. Are people in Adam considered dead, even though they may be going about their daily tasks?

Yes. Writing to the church at Ephesus in Eph. 2:1 Paul says, 'And you (church members) hath he quickened (the word quickens, Ps. 119:50) who were dead in trespasses and in sins." The gospel comes; is preached to dead (in Adam) people. People walking according to the course of this world are "children of wrath by nature." (Eph. 2:1-3)

8. Is there any scripture that seems to teach universal resurrection?

Yes, and if you do not know how to rightly divide the word of truth, your preacher will convince you that all who have died will be resurrected.

9. Will you please give the scripture and an explanation of passages which seems to prove universal resurrection?

In John 5:25 Jesus says: "The hours is coming and now is when the dead (in Adam, going about their daily tasks) shall hear the voice of the son of God, and they that hear (in the sense of accepting) shall live"–only people in Christ shall live–be made alive. Now to make this passage clear, let us select a number say seven, that heard; they shall live, get a resurrection.

Now read verse 28, "Marvel not at this; for the hour is coming, in the which all (All who? Those that heard in verse 25 above) that are in the graves (marked or memorial graves, see analytical concordance) shall hear his voice; and shall come forth; they that have done good to the resurrection of life and they that have done evil unto the resurrection of damnation" (or 2nd death).

10. How do most preachers and radio speakers quote verse 28?

All that are in their graves–instead of the graves. (memorial graves)

11. Does the Old Testament say anything about resurrection?

No. The word resurrection is not mentioned in the Old Testament but that believers will be raised is taught. God's promise to men of old can never be fulfilled unless they get a resurrection.

12. Give some specific examples.

God promised Abraham and his seed the land of Palestine. Gen. 13:14-15 reads "Lift up now thine eyes, and look from the place where thou art, northward, southward, eastward, and westward; for all the land which thou seest, to thee will I give it, and to thy seed forever," Verse 17: "Arise, walk through the land in the length of it and in the breadth of it; for I will give it unto thee."

13. Was this same promise ever made to Isaac and Jacob?

Yes. In Gen. 26:3 the promise was repeated to Isaac and in Gen. 28:13-14 to Jacob. Now we read in Heb. 11:13, "These (Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob) all died in faith not having received the promises," (The Promised Blessing, Diaglott rendering). To receive the promised blessing, resurrection and eternal life, they will have to be raised from the dead.

14. Who is the Seed referred to in Gen. 13:14-15?

Now, to Abraham and his seed were the promises made. "He saith not, and to seeds as of many, but as of one and to thy seed which is Christ." (Gal. 3:16) No guess work as to who the seed is.

15. Are these promises to the Fathers (Acts 3:13) of any interest to Gentiles?

Yes, "for as many of you as have been baptized into Christ have put on Christ–and if ye be Christ's then are ye Abraham's seed and heirs according to the promise." (Gal. 3:27-29)

16. Paul says in Rom. 1:16, "The Gospel is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth." Is there any gospel in these Old Testament prophecies?

Yes, Paul says in Gal. 3:8, "And the scripture, (Old Testament), foreseeing that God would justify the heathen through faith, preached before the Gospel unto Abraham saying, in thee shall all nations be blessed."

17. What does the word Gospel mean?

It means glad tidings or good news.

18. How many classes of people does the Bible mention?

Three, the ungodly, sinners, and righteous. We read in Ps. 1:4, 5, 6, "The ungodly are not so, but are like the chaff which the wind driveth away; therefore, the ungodly shall not stand in the judgment, nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous, for the Lord knoweth the way of the righteous; but the way of the ungodly shall perish."

19. Does the New Testament mention the three classes?

Yes, but by different terms. People in Adam correspond to the ungodly, and will never be resurrected. They will never stand in the judgment. Sinners are the ones that have put on Christ but have not lived right and at the judgment they are the unjust and will not be permitted to stand in the congregation of the righteous.

20. Can you give other examples from the Bible to make clear the three classes?

Yes. In Adam all die, they perish, no resurrection. In Christ all will be raised. They that have done good to eternal life, they that have done evil to condemnation or the second death. (Jno. 5:29) Paul writing to the church, Gal. 6:7-8 says, 'Be not deceived; God is not mocked; for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap. For he that soweth to his flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption; he that soweth to the spirit shall of the spirit reap life everlasting."

21. Will you please explain who constitutes the "All nations" that are mentioned in Math. 25:32.

The Master gave the command "Go teach all nations, baptizing them." Who is the Them? Does it mean all nations? No. Only the taught ones out of all nations. "When the Son of Man shall come in his glory, and all the holy angels with him, then shall he sit upon the throne of his glory, and before him shall be gathered all nations," (i.e. the taught ones out of all nations.) (Mat. 25:31-32)

These taught and baptized people must come to judgement. The sheep are placed on the right and the goats on the left. This parable is not difficult to understand when one rightly divides the word of truth. Note carefully, the goat class go into everlasting punishment, not everlasting punishing. The second death is everlasting.

22. Can you give other examples from the Bible showing the destiny of the two classes in Christ?

Yes. Faithful and unfaithful, just and unjust, wise and foolish virgins. It is a question of rightly dividing the word of Truth.

23. Is there any positive proof in the Old Testament to indicate that some people will never be resurrected?

Yes, and you will be convinced of this fact if you will take God's word. Read Is. 26:13-14, "Oh, Lord Our God, other lords beside thee have had dominion over us; but by thee only will we make mention of thy name. They are dead, they shall not live; they are deceased, they shall not rise; therefore, hast thou visited and destroyed them, and made all their memory to perish." No resurrection for such lords or rulers. Verse 19 of this same chapter you read, "Thy dead men shall live," and in Jer. 51:39, 57, "drunk princes, wise men, captains and rulers and mighty men who sleep a perpetual sleep and not awake." If such people ever get a resurrection they would certainly wake. Ps. 88:5 speaks of people that lie in the grave, "Whom thou rememberest no more." If people who are not amenable to resurrection die, they perish. (Jno. 3:16.)

24. Explain the difference between a Bible resurrection and the popular theory of resurrection.

According to the Bible, when people who are in Christ die, they will be raised in the resurrection at the last day. If approved, they get immortality; if not, the second death. The popular theory is as follows. The real man, that is his immortal soul, either goes to heaven or to hell. The body is buried. At the resurrection the good soul in heaven is brought back and put into the resurrected body, and the judgment takes place–what for? To see whether the immortal soul is fit to go back to heaven. The bad soul is brought out of hell, enters the body and faces the judgment, what for? To see if it should be sent back to hell–such theories are incompatible to those who know the Bible.

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CHAPTER IV

THE GOSPEL

1. What then is the Gospel?

Paul says in Rom. 1:16, "The Gospel is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first and also to the Greek or Gentiles." If the Gospel is the power to save, is there any other power? We do not believe there is.

2. Where did Christ begin His ministry? Did he preach the Gospel?

He began His ministry at Nazareth. Luke 4:18, "The spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the Gospel to the poor." In verse 43 of the same chapter, "I must preach the Kingdom of God to other cities also for therefore am I sent."

Luke 6:20: "And he lifted up his eyes on his disciples," and said, "Blessed be ye poor; for yours is the Kingdom of God." In Luke 8:1: "And it came to pass afterward, that he (Christ) went throughout every city and village, preaching and showing the glad tidings of the Kingdom of God, and the twelve were with him."

3. Did the 12 Disciples do any preaching?

Yes. Luke 9:2: "And He sent the 12 disciples to preach the Kingdom of God," and in verse 6, "And they departed and went through the towns preaching the gospel." The gospel is good news about a Kingdom.

4. Did the followers of Christ have any idea what Jesus, the twelve, and the seventy meant by the Kingdom of God?

Surely they did, for in Acts 1:6 they asked, "Lord wilt thou at this time restore again the Kingdom to Israel?"

5. Did God ever have a Kingdom in Old Testament times?

Yes. I Chron. 28:5, "And of all my sons (for the Lord hath given me many sons) he hath chosen Solomon my son to sit upon the throne of the Kingdom of the Lord over Israel." In I Chron. 29:23, "Then Solomon sat on the throne of the Lord as King instead of David his father, and prospered; and all Israel obeyed him." In II Chron. 13:8 Abijah, successor to Jeroboam said: "And now ye think to withstand the Kingdom of the Lord in the hand of the Sons of David."

6. Can you give a brief outline of the Kingdom of God in Old Testament times?

The twelve tribes of Israel constituted the Kingdom of God in Old Testament times. The first King was Saul, the second, David, and the third, Solomon, who built the temple at a great cost to the people. When Rehoboam, Solomon's son, came to the throne, Jeroboam led ten tribes to the New King and asked that the taxes be lightened. Rehoboam replied: "My father (Solomon) hath chastised you with whips, but I will chastise you with scorpions." (I Kings 12:11) This caused the kingdom to be divided. The ten tribes with Jeroboam as their first king were known as the Kingdom of Israel. There were 19 kings in this line. The last King was Hoshea who had reigned nine years when the king of Assyria carried Israel away into Assyria. (II Kings 17:1-6)

7. What happened to the Kingdom of Judah, ruled over by Rehoboam, after the ten tribes went away?

This line lasted longer as a kingdom than Israel. Zedekiah was the last king in this line. He became very wicked and we read of him: "And thou, profane wicked prince of Israel, whose day is come, when iniquity shall have an end. Thus saith the Lord God; Remove the diadem, take off the crown; this shall not be the same; Exalt him that is low, and abase him that is high. I will overturn, overturn, overturn it; and it shall be no more until he come whose right it is; and I will give it him." (Ezek. 21:25-27)

8. Who is the He whose right it is?

This is a very important question. To understand it, one must study the covenant made with David. (II Sam. 7:12-16) The meaning of the Sure Mercies of David (Acts 13:34) are connected with the Covenant made with David concerning his son and heir. In II Samuel 7:12-16 you will find the covenant God made with David. In verse 11 of this chapter, God promised to David a sure house. Now note the words of the covenant: Verse 12, "And when thy days be fulfilled and thou shalt sleep with thy fathers, I will set up thy seed after thee–and I will establish his Kingdom forever." "I (God) will be his father and he shall be my son." Verse 16, "and thine house and thy kingdom shall be established forever before thee (i. e. in David's presence) thy throne shall be established forever." David understood that his house was "for a great while to come." (II Sam. 7:19) The everlasting covenant that God made with David was all his salvation and desire. (TI Sam. 23:5)

9. Has this Kingdom ever been established?

No. It is to be established before David, or in his presence which cannot be until the resurrection.

10. Where is David now? Didn't he go to heaven when he died?

No. David is in the death state. He has not gone to heaven. (Acts 2:34)

11. Is the Church the Kingdom?

No. Acts 14:21-23, reads: "And when they (Paul and Barnabus) had preached the gospel to that city, and had taught many, they returned again to Lystra, and to Iconium, and Antioch, confirming the souls of the disciples, and exhorting them to continue in the faith and that we must through much tribulation enter into the Kingdom of God, and when they had ordained them Elders in every church." One can see that the Kingdom is not the church. Church people are heirs of the Kingdom. We read in James 2:5, "Harken my beloved brethren, hath not God chosen the poor of this world rich in faith and heirs of the Kingdom which he hath promised to them that love him?"

12. When will the Kingdom be set up?

After Christ returns and the resurrection has taken place, the faithful will hear Jesus say: "Come and inherit the Kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world." (Mat. 25:34)

13. How do you explain Col. 1:13 which reads: "Who hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated us into the Kingdom of his dear Son?"

The Diaglott rendering is as follows: Who delivered us from the dominion of darkness, and changed us for the Kingdom of the Son of his love. In Col. 4:11 we read: "These only are my fellow workers unto the Kingdom of God." The church members today are heirs of the Kingdom, they have been changed for the Kingdom, they are fellow workers unto the Kingdom and they pray daily "Thy Kingdom come."

14. What did the Angel promise Mary concerning her son, Jesus?

Luke 1:32-33 reads: "He shall be great, and shall be called the Son of the highest; and the Lord God shall give unto him the throne of his father David; and he shall reign over the house of Jacob (12 tribes of Israel) forever; and of his kingdom there shall be no end."

15. Has Christ ever reigned over the whole house of Jacob?

Christ has never yet reigned over the 12 tribes. For proof, read Jer. 23:5-6.

16. Will you please explain the Valley of Dry bones as given in Ezek. 37th Chapter.

This is a very important chapter and those who know God's plan and purpose are watching the fulfillment taking place today. The dry bones represent the whole house of Israel for we read in verse 11, "son of man, these bones are the whole house of Israel." Israel has been buried, not literally in the ground, but among the nations, and in God's set time, "behold a shaking and the bones come together" see verse 7. The Zionist movement, a small beginning at first, but today, a world wide movement, is responsible for thousands of Jews from 69 nations being placed in their own land. "I shall place you in your own land." (Ezek. 37:14)

17. Will the two Tribes, Benjamin and Judah, and the ten tribes be gathered back to Palestine and made one nation?

God's plan and purpose is involved in this question and the answer. Let the Bible give the answer. Now read Ezek. 37:21 and 22; "Behold, I will take the children of Israel from among the heathen whither they be gone, and will gather them on every side, and bring them into their own land; and I will make them one nation in the land upon the mountains of Israel; and one king shall be king to them all; neither shall they be divided into two Kingdoms any more at all."

18. Were the Jews ever one nation?

Yes. Saul, David and Solomon reigned over them as one nation. Then the division into ten tribes and two tribes took place, making the nation of Israel and the nation of Judah.

19. Do the prophets ever refer to the nation of Israel and the nation of Judah?

Yes. In Jer. 23:5 we read, "Behold the days come saith the Lord, that I will raise unto David a righteous branch, and a king shall reign, and prosper, and shall execute judgment and justice in the earth. In his days Judah shall be saved and Israel shall dwell safely; and this is his name whereby he shall be called, The Lord Our Righteousness."

20. What will the re-gathering of Judah and Israel mean to the 12 Apostles?

To answer this question, let us quote Peter's request as recorded in Math. 19:27: "Behold, we have forsaken all, and followed thee; what shall we have therefore?" Now note carefully Jesus' reply. "Ye which have followed me, in the regeneration when the Son of man shall sit in the throne of His glory, ye also shall sit upon 12 thrones, judging the 12 tribes of Israel." (Math. 19:28)

21. When will Christ sit upon the throne of His glory?

Math. 25:31 gives the answer. "When the Son of Man shall come in His glory, and all the holy angels with him, then shall he sit upon the throne of his glory." When he came the first time as the humble babe of Bethlehem, ''He had not where to lay his head." (Math. 8:20)

22. Do you have further proof that Christ will come back to this earth? What is He coming for?

The answer is found in Acts 3:20-21, "and He (God) shall send Jesus Christ, which before was preached unto you; whom the heaven must receive until the times of restitution of all things, which God hath spoken by the mouth of all his holy prophets since the world began." For He must reign, till He hath put all enemies under his feet. (I Cor. 15:25)

23. Just what do you understand by restitution of all things spoken of by all the holy prophets?

The word restitution means "restoring what was lost." At first everything was very good. Now it is very bad.

24. How is this restitution to be brought about?

For 6,000 years man has ruled the world. Nations have come and gone. It is true that God rules in the Kingdoms of men. (Dan. 4:17) When any nation or ruler does anything that would interfere with God's purpose, that nation or ruler is removed. In Dan. 2:20-21 we read: "Blessed be the name of God forever and ever; for wisdom and might are his. He changeth the times and the seasons; he removeth kings and setteth up kings." In this sense God rules in the kingdoms of men. In the closing days of Gentile governments the God of heaven will set up a kingdom. (Dan. 2:44) This kingdom will be universal in the earth. It will break in pieces the kingdoms of men and shall never be destroyed or left to other people. Christ is to be the King of this kingdom. He shall put down all rule and authority and power. "For he must reign till he hath put all enemies under his feet. And the last enemy that shall be destroyed is death." (I Cor. 15:24-26) "And let the whole earth be filled with his glory." (Ps. 72:19)

25. Has the day for Christ to rule the world been appointed?

Yes. We read in Acts 17:31, "Because He (God) hath appointed a day, in the which he will judge (rule) the world in righteousness by that man whom he hath ordained; whereof he bath given assurance unto all men, in that he hath raised him from the dead."

26. Did God ever raise anybody from the dead?

Yes. Peter, speaking to the Jews, said: "But ye denied the Holy One – and killed the prince of life, whom God hath raised from the dead." (Acts 3:14-15) We have no record of God ever raising any one from the dead except Christ. "This Jesus hath God raised up." (Acts 2:32)

27. Was the Kingdom of God preached after Pentecost?

Yes. The Apostles tried to convince the Jews that the Messiah they were looking for and who would restore again the Kingdom to Israel, was Christ whom they had crucified. We read in Acts 8:5, "Then Phillip went down to the City of Samaria, and preached Christ unto them." Acts 8:12, "But when they believed Phillip preaching the things concerning the Kingdom of God, and the name of Jesus they were baptized, both men and women."

28. What is meant by the "things concerning the Kingdom of God" in Acts 8:12?

The Bible definitely points out six things that concern a Kingdom viz: 1. The King. 2. The territory. 3. The subjects. 4. The helpers or co-rulers. 5. The laws, and 6. The capital. The Kingdom to be established is the restoration of the Kingdom to Israel, the Hope of Israel for which Paul was bound with a chain. (Acts 28:20) Christ is to be the King. When Christ (accused of being a King) stood before Pilate, Pilate asked this question: "Art thou a King then?" (John 18:37) Jesus' reply was, "To this end was I born, and for this cause come I into the world that I should bear witness to the truth." The truth of course is God's word which says in Micah 5:2 that Christ was to be born in Bethlehem to be ruler in Israel. The writing that Pilate put on the cross was "Jesus of Nazareth, the King of the Jews." (Jno. 19:19) "Then said the Chief Priests of the Jews to Pilate Write not, the King of the Jews; but that he said, I am King of the Jews." (Jno. 19:21) The territory of the Kingdom is to be the whole earth. "And the Lord shall be king over all the earth; in that day there shall be one Lord and his name one." (Zech. 14:9) See also Ps. 72. The subjects of the Kingdom will be the mortal nations "All dominions shall serve and obey him." (Dan. 7:27) The helpers or co-rulers will be the saints scattered over the earth, some over ten cities, some over five, etc. (Luke 19:17-19) These helpers, after judgment, will be Kings and Priests and shall reign on the earth. (Rev. 5:10)

The laws will be impartially administered by a righteous King. (Is. 11:1-5) The law shall go forth of Zion, and word of the Lord from Jerusalem. The nations will be rebuked and "they shall beat their swords into plow shares and their spears into pruning hooks; nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more." (Micah. 4:2-3)

No. 6 – The Capital City will be Jerusalem. "The Lord shall choose Jerusalem again." "Out of Zion shall go forth the law, and the word of the Lord from Jerusalem." (Is. 2:3)

29. Is the "Name" of Jesus Christ mentioned in Acts 8:12 important?

Before Jesus went to heaven he said in Luke 24:16-17, "Thus it is written, and thus it behooved Christ to suffer, and to rise from the dead the third day; And that repentance and remission of sins should be preached in His name among all nations beginning at Jerusalem." The Name was added at Pentecost and became all important. In Acts 4:12, we read, "neither is there salvation in any other; for there is none other name under heaven given among men whereby we must be saved."

30. How does a person enter the One Name?

In Acts 10, Peter, preaching to Cornelius and referring to Christ in verse 43, says; "To Him give all the prophets witness, that through his name, whosoever believeth in him shall receive remission of sins" and in verse 48 we read; "And he commanded them to be baptized in the name of the Lord." "Through his name" was a new doctrine to Gentiles. God has always placed this name in his institutions. Under the law, in the tabernacle; later, in the temple. "He (Solomon) shall build an house for my name." (II Cron. 6:9) Under grace, baptism, "can any man forbid water?" (Acts 10:47) And he commanded them to be baptized in the name of the Lord." (Acts 10:48) "Repent and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins." (Acts 2:38)

31. Please explain Acts 16:31.

Paul said to the jailer who asked, "What must I do to be saved?" "Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and thou shalt be saved." (Acts 16:31) Now, what it is to believe on the Lord Jesus Christ? Is it just that a man called Jesus once lived on this earth? If one really wants to know who the Christ of the Bible is, he will follow the plan outlined by the Master in Luke 24:27, "and beginning at Moses and all the prophets, he expounded unto them in all the scriptures the things concerning himself." Verse 44, "that all things must be fulfilled, which were written in the law of Moses and in the Prophets, and in the Psalms concerning me." When one does as Jesus directs, he can then intelligently believe on the Lord Jesus Christ.

32. What was the real burden of Paul's preaching?

"And Paul, as his manner was, went in unto them, and three Sabbath days reasoned with them (Jews) out of the scriptures, opening and alleging that Christ must needs have suffered, and risen again from the dead; and that this Jesus, whom I preach unto you is Christ." (Acts 17:3) At Corinth, Paul "continued a year and six months, teaching the word of God among them." (Acts 18:11)

33. When Paul came to Ephesus he found certain disciples. (Acts 19:1) Why did he re-baptize them?

These disciples had been baptized unto John's baptism after Pentecost. Christian baptism into Christ's name started at Pentecost, hence these disciples had to be "baptized in the name of the Lord." (Acts 19:5) Paul "went into the Synagogue, and spake boldly for the space of three months, disputing and persuading the things concerning the Kingdom of God." (Acts 19:8)

34. When Paul stood before King Agrippa, Acts 26:6, what did he mean by "the hope of the promise of God unto our fathers?"

The fathers–Abraham, Isaac and Jacob (Acts 3:13) and the Seed, Christ, (Gal. 3:16) had certain promises made to them. "All the land which thou seest to thee will I give it, and to thy seed forever." (Gen. 13:15, Gen. 26:3-4, Gen. 28:3-4, 13-14) All scripturally baptized persons are heirs according to the promise. (Gal. 3:29)

35. Why was Paul bound with a chain?

"Because that for the hope of Israel I am bound with this chain." (Acts 28:20)

36. How did Paul spend his time in Rome?

And Paul dwelt two whole years in his own hired house, "preaching the Kingdom of God, and teaching those things which concern the Lord Jesus Christ, with all confidence, no man forbidding him." (Acts 28:30-31)

37. Is it important to preach the same gospel Paul preached?

"But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you let him be accursed." (Gal. 1:8)


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