032 – Pattern of Heavenly Things

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The Sanctuary of ancient Israel, built after a heavenly pattern, has important prophetic implications for us today.

In today’s program we’re going to explore the very foundation of the Christian faith, which relatively few Christians understand or even know about. Those who are familiar with this topic believe it’s one of those “Old Testament things”. I’m referring to the Sanctuary – actually, the Sanctuaries plural, because there was one on earth and there’s one in heaven.

Today as we explore the deep meanings of the Sanctuary you’ll realize that Jesus and His disciples were steeped in this knowledge. Many of the mysteries of the Book of Daniel, the Gospels, the Book of Hebrews and the Book of Revelation can’t be understood unless we have this indispensable key to decode them. Some of the critically important and terribly misunderstood end-time prophecies are all related to the Heavenly Sanctuary.

The Jewish Sanctuary of ancient Israel was only a type or shadow of the real Sanctuary that’s in heaven. The Sanctuary was not only relevant to the … Continue reading

U.S. Lutherans Defect from Sola Scriptura

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Martin Luther, founder of Germany’s Protestant (Lutheran) Church, nailed his 95 theses to the church door in Wittenberg, Germany, on Oct. 31, 1517

US Lutherans Declare “No More Division” with Rome

According to news reports by Religion News Service and National Catholic Reporter:

“Nearly 500 years after Martin Luther nailed his 95 theses to the Castle Church door, the largest Lutheran denomination in the U.S. has approved a declaration recognizing ‘there are no longer church-dividing issues’ on many points with the Roman Catholic church” according to the National Catholic Reporter, August 16 2016.

The “Declaration on the Way” was approved 931-9 by the 2016 Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Church-wide Assembly held two weeks ago in New Orleans. It also lists remaining differences between the two churches and next steps on addressing them.

In a statement released by the denomination ELCA Presiding Bishop Elizabeth A. Eaton called the declaration “historic”: “Though we have not yet arrived, we have claimed that we are, in fact, on the way to unity. … This ‘Declaration on the Way’ helps us to realize more … Continue reading

031 – Diet and Spirituality

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What lessons about diet can we learn from the Book of Daniel, meant to be revealed only at the end of time?

In today’s program we’ll be discussing the surprising relationship between diet and spirituality. I say surprising because many Christians haven’t fully considered the link between what they habitually eat and their spiritual walk. Yet the Bible from Genesis to Revelation is filled with God’s counsel on food and the consequences, for good or for evil, of our dietary choices.

I’ve been asked several times: Why do you teach that Christians today should abstain from the unclean foods described in the Old Testament? If we don’t have to keep the levitical law or the law of Moses, why do we have to abstain from unclean foods? Weren’t all of these laws nailed to the cross at Calvary?

These questions are incredibly important for Christians today. We’ll make a few general points quickly and then delve more deeply into the Biblical evidence for each one. Let’s get started!

A God-given Diet

No. 1: Not just for … Continue reading

A God-given Diet

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Question

One of the prisoners who’s receiving Bible studies in prison through our Prison Ministry asked the following questions:

“Why do you teach that Christians today should abstain from the unclean foods described in the Old Testament? If we don’t have to keep the levitical law or the law of Moses, why do we have to abstain from unclean foods? Weren’t all of these laws nailed to the cross at Calvary?”

Would appreciate any light you can shed on this.

Prison Ministry Director

The Short Answer

This is a great question and something I’ve been meaning to write about for a long time. We’ll clarify a few points quickly and then delve more deeply into each one.

  • The health laws a Christian should live by today are not limited to the list of clean and unclean meats given by God to Moses and his brother Aaron in Leviticus 11 and Moses in turn gave it to the children of Israel in Deuteronomy 14. … Continue reading

No Man Has Ascended To Heaven Except…

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Listener’s Question

Hi, is it possible that Elijah was an exception to the rule where true believers will be resurrected at the return of Christ? I know that John 3:13 states that “And no man hath ascended up to heaven, but he that came down from heaven, even the Son of man which is in heaven,” but I also know that God is sovereign, and He can make exceptions to the rule, according to His plan and purpose. Therefore, could there be some Christians and some saved people from this life who are in Glory now – but generally speaking, the mass exodus is going to be when the Lord descends from Heaven?”

The Short Answer

Thank you for your question! Yes indeed Enoch, Elijah, and Moses are in heaven. Enoch and Elijah were translated without tasting death while Moses was resurrected:

  • “And Enoch walked with God; and he was not, for God took him” (Genesis 5:24)
  • “…and Elijah went up by a whirlwind into … Continue reading