By far the most important event on the Apostle Peter’s missionary journey was the conversion of Cornelius. Cornelius was a Roman army officer, stationed in Caesarea. This city had been rebuilt by Herod [an Edomite] and was named in honor of Caesar Augustus. It was the chief port of Palestine and the official Roman capital of the provinces of Judea and Samaria. There the Roman governor had his headquarters.
He was in Jerusalem, usually, only during the feasts. The Italian Cohort, made up largely of freedmen, was probably a special detachment of troops, to be used by the governor to put down disorders that might arise among the Judeans.
Cornelius, weary of Roman paganism, had been worshipping the God of Israel, but was missing something. Verse two describes him as “devout”, a “God-fearer”, a “giver of alms”, and “prayerful” to Almighty God. In fact, his “whole house feared God.” Who was this special man? What race was he? What was unusual about this situation?
Greetings kindred. We are on a first name basis here. My name is walter. This lesson comprises scriptures that have puzzled me for a long time. We meet again on the Bible subject matter:twins in the womb by two different fathers.
Genesis 5:3 And Adam lived an hundred and thirty years, and begat a son in his own likeness, after his image, and called his name Seth.
At the end of Twins,Lesson 4 we juxtaposed two family lines together, found mentioned very close to each other in Genesis:the family of WCain and the family of Seth. We posed two questions : how old was Cain when he begat his first born son; and, two, how old was Adam when he begat Seth? We got one answer : Adam was one hundred thirty years old when he begat Seth.
Has anyone studied or even read a scripture from our Bibles indicating how old Cain was at the time he begat his first born son Enoch? Has anyone studied or even read a scripture from our Bibles indicating Cain’s age at the time of his death?
The historical event of Psalm 80 is uncertain; but again we have a national lament for the restoration of God’s people. Did you notice the repetition at the turning-points of the psalm, the refrain is repeated that God would “turn them again” and cause them to be saved, in verses 3, 7, 19. Note also the ascending climax of how God is addressed: God;God of Hosts; and, LORD, God of Hosts. So, when Scripture repeats itself, it is not always because of emphasis. It often has much more significance for us. And, we will see more examples as we proceed.
“Turn us again, O God” (v. 3). Three times this prayer is repeated, but with slight, though noticeable, difference. Here, it is addressed only to God. But the second time (v. 7), it calls on God as “God of hosts.” The eye of faith in the psalmist saw the ministers of God’s power around him, the hosts of the holy angels who waited to do God’s will. Then the third time (v. 19), it is the “Lord God of hosts” on whom the psalmist calls, making mention of the covenant name (Yahweh, Jehovah, LORD, G-sus) by which God was known in Israel as their personal, familial, racial, God. Thus, the argument for faith – if God be our God, then He will help us. Therefore, be instant in prayer. “Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints” (Eph. 6:18).
Presented to the Fellowship on March 28, 2021 by Alan Breitenstein
Scripture Reading: Deuteronomy 31:10-13
I'm a baby-boomer and growing up in the 1950's, when you could walk down the street in relative safety, I remember my mom saying, "Don't talk to strangers." Even 50 years ago, America was changing for the worse. Christianity was on the verge of a major downswing towards a hyphenated judaization and multicultural diversity. Back then, the proverbial stranger was a hitchhiker with his thumb up for a ride or someone you didn't know offering candy to children. The innocence of such things soon changed, because of a few gruesome crimes, which later became quite common. In fact, the dark side of strangers has become serial, as in killers and pedophiles. Trust is no longer taken for granted. Talking to strangers today can be deathly. And so we have to ask if the Bible prohibits our people from conversing with the strangers of forced integration. Actually, it’s more than just mere conversation; it is the mindset of modern social interaction.
Greetings kindred and fellow sheep. We are on a first name basis here. My name is walter. This lesson comprises Scriptures that have puzzled me for a long time. We return to where we ended in Twins Lesson 3:Romans 9.
9 For this is the word of promise, At this time will I come, and Sarah shall have a son.
10 And not only this; butwhen Rebecca also had conceived by one, even by our father Isaac;
When we read these verses at the end of Lesson 3, we asked a question. Shall we review briefly how we came to ask it?
In Twins Lesson 1 we noticed a divine supplement from the Holy Spirit in Acts 28. The Alexandrian ship that carried Luke and Paul and company off the island of Malta and on toward Rome had a sign or figurehead that represented the twins of heaven, Castor and Pollux, These are two stars found in the Constellation Gemini, the tenth sign or house in the Zodiac. Historically Castor and Pollux were two small “g” gods in the Pantheon of Roman mythology venerated by sailors as the patron saints who swept the seas of pirates. That explains the worldly reason why the ship would bear the sign. It did not explain why the Holy Spirit would call our attention to it for nineteen hundred years!
We saw that Christians view the circle of the Heavens, the Zodiac, from Virgo the Virgin to Leo the Lion of Judah. The Bible is God’s handiwork. The second witness to the Bible are the stars in God’s handiwork, His heaven. God arranged and named the stars in His heaven. In Twins Lesson 2 we learned that the Bible story in the heavens had endured trespass. Greek and then Roman mythology were the intruders, bringing a clever counterfeit in place of, or instead of the older and original composition. This causes confusion even today. A credible scholar of the Antiquities, E. W. Bullinger, taught us the greatest confusion occurs in connection with the 10th sign of the Zodiac, Gemini the Twins. The chief cause of the confusion with Gemini, the Twins, hints at a profound secret or mystery. Paul in his first letter to the Corinthians calls it “the hidden wisdom” which God ordained and kept until after Calvary. Raymond Capt and E. W.Bullinger in their books The Glory of the Stars and The Witness of the Stars both show their readers that Gemini illustrates in the ancient names of the stars the twin nature of Christ on Earth, Very God of Very God, and Very man of Very man. And Paul says that The Devil and his angels, “the princes of this world” did not know this Secret. Shall we review that?
Through the centuries, the church has regarded Psalm 6 as the first of the seven Penitential Psalms. The psalmist was dreadfully sick and thought he was going to die. It was common in those days to believe that sickness unto death was in punishment for some sin. Now, while this is a possibility, it obviously is not always the case:
“And as Jesus passed by, he saw a man which was blind from his birth. And his disciples asked him, saying, Master, who did sin, this man, or his parents, that he was born blind? Jesus answered, Neither hath this man sinned, nor his parents: but that the works of God should be made manifest in him.” – John 9:1-3
However, the psalmist pleads with God to stop his chastisement. He speaks of his bones being troubled because his bones represent the whole man. His reference to flooding the bed with tears is a typical exaggeration made for emphasis. David pleads for deliverance by appealing to God’s steadfast love. He maintains that there is no praise to God while in the grave. His prayer is expressed in the words of Jeremiah, “O Lord, correct me, but with judgment [i.e., tempered judgment]; not in thine anger, lest thou bring me to nothing.” – Jer. 10:24
6) “And now I stand and am judged for the hope of the promise made of God unto OUR fathers:
7) Unto which promiseOUR twelve tribes, instantly serving God day and night, hope to come. For which hope’s sake, king Agrippa, I am accused of the Jews.
-------------------------------------------------------- Who would call Raphael Warnock, one of the two new senators of Georgia, a valid Christian pastor? “America needs to repent for its worship of whiteness,” he preached from his pulpit. Warnock is a black pastor of a black church in Atlanta. It is the church where the former communist civil rights leader, Martin Luther King, Jr. (real name: Michael King) pastored. Warnock hates the military, the police, the nation and he is very, very, very pro-abortion. Is any true Christian, especially a pastor, pro-abortion? He also is a communist. And he is a so-called Christian pastor! Hogwash!
The second Georgia senator, Jon Ossoff, said the following: “I’m descended from Ashkenazi [Jewish]immigrants who fled pogroms in the early 20th century, and I grew up among relatives who were Holocaust survivors.” [Ossoff (has an Australian mother and a Lithuanian Jewish father, who came to the United States in the early 1900s) was born in Georgia in 1987. The second world war ended in 1945. Ossoff was born 42 years after the war was over. So, when Ossoff was growing up, it would be around the year 2000, (he would have been 13 years old), his relative holocaust survivors (on his father’s side) had to be at least 75 years or older. Do you think that he grew up among relatives who were Holocaust (death camp) survivors? Did all the survivors from the death camp, who survived, who he mentioned above, move to Atlanta from Lithuania? Or do you think he just said this for political advantage?
This is Lesson 3, Twins. In Lesson 2 we questioned the mention of the Sign on the Alexandrian ship, Castor and Pollux, two bright stars in the tenth Sign of the Zodiac, Gemini. We concluded the Holy Spirit’s divine supplement was not a call to worship the Host of Heaven. Pursuant to The Laws of Bible Study we weighed the Evidence in The Scriptures. The Holy Spirit’s Revelation of the ship’s figurehead is in accordance to His Eternal Purpose and Will. We remained in remembrance that The Holy Spirit gave us this Divine Supplement to call us to do something. What is this a call to do?
In our scripture reading, David was praying while in the cave of Adullam. First Samuel chapter 22:
1 “David therefore departed thence, and escaped to the cave Adullam: and when his brethren and all his father’s house heard it, they went down thither to him. 2 And every one that was in distress, and every one that was in debt, and every one that wasdiscontented, gathered themselves unto him; and he became a captain over them: and there were with him about four hundred men.” – I Sam. 22:1-2
God answered David’s prayer by sending him 400 (later 600, 1 Sam. 23:13) men to surround him. Notice how the common folk gathered around him, and the “discontented;” not a particularly savory group, but “deplorables.” It is the same today – most of the common working class of America have gathered around Trump who is now in exile in Florida (his “cave” inMar-a-Lago). However, there must be times when Trump feels that “no man cared for my soul” (v. 4), when one by one those with political aims switched sides in betrayal and persecution. White America now faces discrimination and oppression from the Left.
“I cried unto the LORD with my voice…” (v. 1). Have you ever literally cried before the Lord Jesus Christ? Certainly, there are times when all of us have come before the throne of God in such a manner, for one reason or another. This is good, and this is normal, for God has made us emotional people.
The Apostle Paul, at his trial, was not accused by the Jews of saying that God chose certain people of all races to salvation by His secret will. In other words, he was not accused of being a Calvinist.
The Apostle Paul, at his trial, was not accused by the Jews of saying that any individual of any race could chose Almighty God as their Savior by saying a sinner’s prayer. In other words, he was not accused of being an Arminian.
He was not accused by the Jews of not starting a soup kitchen for everyone in his community where he was preaching. In other words, he was not accused of being a community preacher.
The Jews accused the Apostle Paul of preaching a racial message. It was about the “hope of the promise” that was made unto the twelve tribes’ fathers. That was the promise that the twelve tribes hoped to come. The Jews accused the Apostle Paul of being a racist, of preaching a racist message of hope to a group of people who were kin to each other. He was accused of being a Christian Identity preacher.
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