WHY DOES IT SAY “HEAVEN” SINGULAR IN GENESIS 1:1 INSTEAD OF “HEAVENS?”

Gen 1:1  In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth. Gen 1:2  And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters. Gen 1:3  And God said, Let there be light: and there was light. Gen 1:4  And God saw the light, that it was good: and God divided the light from the darkness. Gen 1:5  And God called the light Day, and the darkness he called Night. And the evening and the morning were the first day. Gen 1:6  And God said, Let there be a firmament in the midst of the waters, and let it divide the waters from the waters. Gen 1:7  And God made the firmament, and divided the waters which were under the firmament from the waters which were above the firmament: and it was...

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THE MOLTEN CALF AND GOD CONSUMING ISRAEL

Exo 32:3 And all the people brake off the golden earrings which were in their ears, and brought them unto Aaron. Exo 32:4 And he received them at their hand, and fashioned it with a graving tool, after he had made it a molten calf: and they said, These be thy gods, O Israel, which brought thee up out of the land of Egypt. Exo 32:5 And when Aaron saw it, he built an altar before it; and Aaron made proclamation, and said, To morrow is a feast to the LORD. Exo 32:6 And they rose up early on the morrow, and offered burnt offerings, and brought peace offerings; and the people sat down to eat and to drink, and rose up to play. Exo 32:7 And the LORD said unto Moses, Go, get thee down; for thy people, which thou broughtest out of the land of Egypt, have corrupted...

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ISRAEL’S HALLMARK BLESSINGS AND CURSES

  Isa 35:3 Strengthen ye the weak hands, and confirm the feeble knees. Isa 35:4 Say to them that are of a fearful heart, Be strong, fear not: behold, your God will come with vengeance, even God with a recompence; he will come and save you. Isa 35:5 Then the eyes of the blind shall be opened, and the ears of the deaf shall be unstopped. Isa 35:6 Then shall the lame man leap as an hart, and the tongue of the dumb sing: for in the wilderness shall waters break out, and streams in the desert.   There are a great number of blessings that Israel will enjoy once the kingdom of heaven is established on the earth. Dozens upon dozens could be listed from the things spoken about by Isaiah alone. When I used the expression “hallmark blessings,” (which of course is an...

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CONTRADICTIONS IN THE KING JAMES VERSION?

Are there errors and contradictions in the KJV bible?   But now before dealing with any of the examples of ‘supposed errors’ that you cite, I want to say a few things about the overall issue of there being a number of differences between what is recorded in the Samuel/Kings account of things in Israel’s history and what is recorded in the Chronicles account of that same time. For some times folks fail to realize that they should actually expect differences to exist between the two accounts. Not because they are the result of ‘legitimate scribal errors,’ or anything like that. But because they are two purposely different accounts. So first of all it is important to realize and understand that there are reasons why God has two separate historical accounts of the...

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THE TREE OF GOOD AND EVIL AND THE GAP THEORY

What is the purpose behind “the tree of the knowledge of good and evil,” and why the penalty of death in connection with eating of it?   Gen 2:15  And the LORD God took the man, and put him into the garden of Eden to dress it and to keep it. Gen 2:16  And the LORD God commanded the man, saying, Of every tree of the garden thou mayest freely eat: Gen 2:17  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.     My understanding is that the implementation of the plan of evil took place in the heavens first among the angelic realm and then upon the earth. The fact that the plan of evil was already in existence by the sixth day of creation is evident to me by the fact that when...

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OUR PERSONAL ‘ONE-ON-ONE’ REALATIONSHIP WITH THE FATHER

Rom 12:3  For I say, through the grace given unto me, to every man that is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think; but to think soberly, according as God hath dealt to every man the measure of faith. Rom 12:4  For as we have many members in one body, and all members have not the same office: Rom 12:5  So we, being many, are one body in Christ, and every one members one of another.   Does each member as individuals in the body have a person one on one relationship with God that no one else will have since it seems that we are all individuals?   My understanding is that the essence of what you state in your question is certainly true, i.e. that as the individual members of the body of Christ that we are each of us clearly does have a...

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CHRIST THE FIRST FRUITS AND THEY THAT ARE CHRIST’S AT HIS COMING

1Co 15:20  But now is Christ risen from the dead, and become the firstfruits of them that slept. 1Co 15:21  For since by man came death, by man came also the resurrection of the dead. 1Co 15:22  For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive. 1Co 15:23  But every man in his own order: Christ the firstfruits; afterward they that are Christ’s at his coming. 1Co 15:24  Then cometh the end, when he shall have delivered up the kingdom to God, even the Father; when he shall have put down all rule and all authority and power. 1Co 15:25  For he must reign, till he hath put all enemies under his feet. 1Co 15:26  The last enemy that shall be destroyed is death.  Q. Is it correct to say Paul is not talking about the resurrection of the body of...

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HAS GOD’S KINGDOM ALWAYS EXISTED/WHY BRING IT TO EARTH?

1Ki 6:11  And the word of the LORD came to Solomon, saying, 1Ki 6:12  Concerning this house which thou art in building, if thou wilt walk in my statutes, and execute my judgments, and keep all my commandments to walk in them; then will I perform my word with thee, which I spake unto David thy father: 1Ki 6:13  And I will dwell among the children of Israel, and will not forsake my people Israel.   First off, it is my understanding that God’s kingdom has not always existed. Now let me explain what I mean by that so that what I am saying is not misunderstood. Sometimes when people talk about God’s kingdom they are simply referring to His sovereignty; i.e., His right to do whatever He wants seeing that He is God. In other words they speak of His kingdom in the sense...

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SEALING OF THE SPIRIT AND JOINT-HEIRS WITH CHRIST

Eph 1:13  In whom ye also trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that holy Spirit of promise, Eph 1:14  Which is the earnest of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, unto the praise of his glory.     I don’t have any problem with what it says fitting into my understanding. In fact I think it fits very well. When Paul says, “ye were sealed with that holy Spirit of promise,” I think this doctrinally takes us right back to Romans 8 where He originally taught us to understand that having believed the gospel of our salvation, (which includes us being sanctified and adopted as “sons”), “that holy Spirit of promise” sealed us in connection with who...

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THE FATHER’S EXHORTATIONS FOR THE SONSHIP CURRICULUM

Pro 1:1  The proverbs of Solomon the son of David, king of Israel; Pro 1:2 To know wisdom and instruction; to perceive the words of understanding; Pro 1:3 To receive the instruction of wisdom, justice, and judgment, and equity; Pro 1:4 To give subtilty to the simple, to the young man knowledge and discretion. Pro 1:5 A wise man will hear, and will increase learning; and a man of understanding shall attain unto wise counsels: Pro 1:6 To understand a proverb, and the interpretation; the words of the wise, and their dark sayings. Pro 1:7 The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge: but fools despise wisdom and instruction.     You are right in recognizing that the father’s exhortations are primarily exhortations pertaining to the education that the son is...

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