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Forum: Coffee Break
 Topic: Emergency Numbers
Emergency Numbers [message #7456] Wed, 03 November 2010 10:03
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When in sorrow, ......................................... call John 14
When men fail you, ..................................... call Psalm 27
If you want to be fruitful, ............................. call John 15
When you have sinned, .................................. call Psalm 51
When you worry, ................................. call Matthew 6:19-34
When you are in danger, ................................ call Psalm 91
When God seems far away, .............................. call Psalm 139
When your faith needs stirring, ...................... call Hebrews 11
When you are lonely and fearful, ....................... call Psalm 23
When you grow bitter and critical, ............. call I Corinthians 13
For Paul's secret to happiness, .............. call Colossians 3:12-17
For understanding of Christianity, ....... call II Corinthians 5:15-19
When you feel down and out, ......................... call Romans 8:31
When you want peace and rest, .................. call Matthew 11:25-30
When the world seems bigger than God, .................. call Psalm 90
When you want Christian assurance, ................ call Romans 8:1-30
When you leave home for labor or travel, .............. call Psalm 121
When your prayers grow narrow or selfish, .............. call Psalm 67
For a great invention/opportunity, .................... call Isaiah 55
When you want courage for a task, ...................... call Joshua 1
For how to get along with fellow men, ................. call Romans 12
When you think of investments and returns, .............. call Mark 10
If you are depressed, .................................. call Psalm 27
If your pocketbook is empty, ........................... call Psalm 37
If you are losing confidence in people, ........ call I Corinthians 13
If people seem unkind, .................................. call John 15
If discouraged about your work, ....................... call Psalm 126
If you find the world growing small and yourself great, Psalm 19

Alternate numbers:
For dealing with fear, ............................... call Psalm 34:7
For security, ....................................... call Psalm 121:3
For assurance, ........................................ call Mark 8:35
For reassurance, ................................... call Psalm 145:18

All lines to Heaven are open 24 hours a day! Feed your faith, and doubt
will starve to death!

 Topic: I Am Not Ashamed...
I Am Not Ashamed... [message #6971] Wed, 10 March 2010 18:49
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Anybody heard of or seen the ad campaign that's sweeping the country? It's called 'I Am Not Ashamed'. Here's the link to their website, I found the comments viewers made down below interesting and some were a blessing.

Hey! It's better than a Nike 'just do it' ad... Smile

"For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God."
 Topic: Got to be a southern boy...
Got to be a southern boy... [message #5686] Thu, 30 April 2009 22:34
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Hey, this is really funny:

His tongue got him in trouble!


 Topic: Think you've had a tough week??
Think you've had a tough week?? [message #5140] Thu, 12 February 2009 21:08
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This guy has you beat! 11975/


[Updated on: Thu, 12 February 2009 21:11]

 Topic: Here is what I've done...
Here is what I've done... [message #4926] Wed, 21 January 2009 09:45
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I've removed the test area and the maillist associated with it and since
nobody liked my innovative initiative I've removed it as a public option.
I of course will still be able to leap over tall buildings using
the software (designed for superheros) while the masses will still need
to use the subway system. Never fear, I will only use my power for good.

I should have realized that most were not ready for change, but I must
press on... new challenges call for new solutions... and that my friends
is change we all can believe in!


Forum: OT Theology
 Topic: OT Theology #16 Prophetism
OT Theology #16 Prophetism [message #12478] Fri, 11 May 2018 11:43
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This entire subject is covered in the OT prophets book Part 1 p/B00071STYQ

I'm going to put notes from the book up here but that is going to take more work.

[Updated on: Sun, 20 May 2018 15:40]

Forum: Biblical Theology
 Topic: Signs of the Times
Signs of the Times [message #8739] Sun, 08 January 2012 00:53
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Signs of End-Times and Prophecy Fulfilled

1. A restored Israel and a Jewish Jerusalem.

a. Israel rebirthed in one day (1948) Is. 66:8
b. Jerusalem restored to the Jews. Luke 21-24
c. The desert will bloom and blossom in Israel. Is. 35:1
d. The Hebrew language revived. It was almost a dead
language until Eliezir Ben-Yehudah (1880's) was used
to restore the language. Zeph. 3:9

2. Israel surrounded by conflict and the rise of global
anti-semitism. Mat. 24:11

3. The regathering of the Jewish people physically back
to the land of Israel from the 4 corners of the earth.
Jer. 16:14-15, Is 11:11-12

4. The gospel is proclaimed to the nations. Mat. 24:14,
Acts 17:1-2, Mth. 23:39, 23:39, Ro. 11:25.

5. The blinders coming off the eyes of the Jewish people.
(Salvation of Jews in record numbers. Also, Messianic
Judaism.) Ro 11:25

6. Times of the Gentiles. Ro 11:25

7. The visible remnant of Jewish believers. Ro 11:5, Jer
Jer 31:33, Zech 12:10, Zech 13:1.

8. In 2011, there were 89 catastrophes; acts of God.
Mt 24:6-7

I read this in a monthly publication. I was encouraged that "...our redemption draweth nigh." Luke 21:28 Very Happy Nod

I am sure there are more. If you think of any others, please post them if you want to.

[Updated on: Sun, 08 January 2012 00:54]



"Be still and know that I am God."
 Topic: Dominant Empires of the Bible
Dominant Empires of the Bible [message #8727] Wed, 04 January 2012 19:08
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Provided and written by Dr. Freeman at FA as a supplemental guide for the Biblical Theology series.

*These are not my personal notes. I am just transcribing them for this site. *


Dates given for the Empires of the Near East refer only to an Empire's period of dominance from Abraham to Christ. Some existed prior to these dates (Egypt, Babylon, Assyria.) Egypt's kingdom preceded Abraham, and co-existed with the Babylonian and Assyrian. Abraham was born in 2167 B.C.

Egypt (Egyptian Dynasty begins 2900 B.C. Egypt begins
2167-1100 B.C. to decline about 1100 B.C.)

Assyria (Nineveh fell in 612 B.C. 1100-612 B.C.)

Babylonia (Nabopolassar, Nebuchadnezzar's father, established
the Neo-Babylonian Empire in 625 B.C. when he
revolted against Assyria 625-539 B.C.)

Persia (King Cyrus permitted the Jews to return to
Palestine after their 70 years in captivity 539-
331 B.C.

Greece (Alexander the Great had conquered the world by
331 B.C. In Palestine from 167-37 B.C. the Jews
gained independence and were ruled by the
Maccabean priests. This ended in 37 B.C. when
Herod the Great began to reign in Judea
331-63 B.C.)

Rome (Palestine was under Roman rule during the time
of Christ and the N.T. era. Jerusalem was
destroyed by the Romans in 70 A.D.
because of a Jewish revolt) Rome fell in
476 A.D. 63-476 A.D.

Constantine, a Christian Emperor, issued
the Edict of Milan in 312 A.D. which
granted freedom of religion to all,
including Christians. Until this time
they had suffered great persecution from
Rome to Byzantium (Constantinople.) Rome
fell in 476 A.D. to the barbarians. In
the 6th century A.D. Italy bacame subject
to Constantinople until the Papacy gained
political power later. The Eastern Empire
(Greek Orthodox) and Western Empire
(Roman Catholic) both claimed spiritual
supremacy. The Eastern Empire continued
after the fall of Rome until 1453 A.D.
when it fell to the Ottoman Turks.
Constantinople is called today - Istanbul
and belongs to Turkey.


Provided and written by Dr. Freeman at FA as a supplemental guide for the Biblical Theology series.

*These are not my personal notes. I am just transcribing them for this site. *

[Updated on: Thu, 22 November 2012 22:14]



"Be still and know that I am God."
 Topic: Important Dates in Biblical History
Important Dates in Biblical History [message #8726] Wed, 04 January 2012 18:44
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Provided and written by Dr. Freeman at FA as a supplemental guide for the Biblical Theology series.

*These are not my personal notes. I am just transcribing them for this site. *


Patriarchal Period 2167-1730 B.C.

Abraham (birth) 2167 B.C.
Isaac (2067) Jacob (2007) Josheph (1916)
Jacob & Family into Egypt 430 years before the Exodus 1877 B.C.
Death of Joseph (1806, Gen. 50:26)

Period of Bondage & Exodus from Egypt 1730-1447 B.C.

Beginning of period of intense bondage (Exod.1) 1730 B.C.
Birth of Moses 1527 B.C.
Exodus from Egypt (480 years before Solomon
began to build Temple in 967 B.C.,
1 Kgs.6:1) 1447 B.C.

Period of Wandering in Wilderness 1447-1407 B.C.

Period of Joshua & Conquest of Palestine 1407-1383 B.C.

Period of the Judges 1375-1043 B.C. B.C.

The Elders of Israel governed after Joshua’s
death until the rise of the first Judge,
Othniel Joshua 24:31; Judges 3:9 1375 B.C.

Period of the Kings 1043-586 B.C.

Saul (1043) David (1011) Solomon (971)
Kingdom divided upon Solomon’s death (Israel under
Jeroboam I, Judah under Rehoboam) 931 B.C.
Fall of Israel 722 B.C.
Fall of Judah 586 B.C.

Period of Exile in Babylon 606-536 B.C.

Captivity lasted 70 years. Daniel & first captive taken
In 606 B.C. Jerusalem & Temple destroyed by
Nebuchadnezzar in 586 B.C.

Period of Restoration 536-420 B.C.

Return from Babylon 536 B.C.
Zerubbabel (Gov.) begins rebuilding Temple 535 B.C.
Zechariah begins prophesying 520 B.C.
Malachi (end of O.T. Period) 420 B.C.

Period Between the Testaments 420-5 B.C.

Birth of Jesus 5 B.C.
Death of Herod 4 B.C.


Provided and written by Dr. Freeman at FA as a supplemental guide for the Biblical Theology series.

*These are not my personal notes. I am just transcribing them for this site. *

[Updated on: Thu, 22 November 2012 22:15]



"Be still and know that I am God."
 Topic: What do we believe?
What do we believe? [message #6995] Fri, 26 March 2010 13:38
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Acts 4:4 Howbeit many of them which heard the word believed; and the number of the men was about five thousand.

Faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God, Rom 10:17.

What was it that they believed?

1. They believed that God, the living God had come to be their king--to restore that which had been lost by Adam and Eve.

2. They believed that God had now come to be their atonement.

From the time that Adam & Eve fell, God's redemption was promised both in type and by an actual promise.

a. God told Adam:
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.

b. When Adam & Eve disobeyed, did they die?

i) They immediately were separated from God which caused spiritual death.
ii) We know that they set into motion death in their bodies that would eventually lead to their physical death. But why didn't they immediately die physically?

c. God took two living creatures which were slain on the spot and clothed Adam and Eve with the skins of the slain animals.

i) There was nothing Adam or Eve could say or do at this point to avoid the justice of God… they were as good as dead. If they were to left to themselves they would have had no hope. So God took the initiative and devised a means for them to be reconciled to Himself. This is God's Love in action.
ii) First the Lord, in the midst of pronouncing the curse, gives a veiled messianic prophecy:
Gen 3:15 And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel.
iii) Then God does the unexpected, He provides them with "skins". The blood of these animals (two perfect specimens from His perfect creation) was spilled to:

First. To cloth them. This would become necessary outside of the perfect conditions of the Garden of Eden.
Second. The shedding of the blood of the innocent animals would give them a temporary stay of execution.

From the beginning blood was significant:
Exod 12:13 And the blood shall be to you for a token upon the houses where ye [are]: and when I see the blood, I will pass over you, and the plague shall not be upon you to destroy [you], when I smite the land of Egypt.

Lev 17:11 For the life of the flesh [is] in the blood: and I have given it to you upon the altar to make an atonement for your souls: for it [is] the blood [that] maketh an atonement for the soul.

God's plan unfolds from the very beginning; certain truths are set forth:

i. The offering of animal blood was necessary to restore the splintered relationship between God and man.
ii. The offering of animal blood was a temporary fix until a permanent solution was effected by God… i.e. God shedding His own blood on man's behalf.
iii. His own blood was the only effective permanent remedy.

This is why the promised seed (to bruise the serpent's head) was such a big deal.

iv) Eve expected that her first child was the promised seed. He was named Cain which literally means: I have gotten a man--the Lord.

3. The restitution of all things essentially meant a restoration of the conditions that prevailed in the Garden of Eden and for that to occur there must be a restoration of the kingship of God AND their sins would need to be permanently dealt with… in other words, the temporary solution wouldn't suffice.

This is what salvation is all about. As believing gentiles we wait now for the Jews to accept the promises in order for the times of refreshing to begin. We call it the millennial reign of Jesus ON THE EARTH. A time when the Edenic conditions will once again prevail; brought about by second coming of Jesus!

Millennium benefits:

Isa 11:6 The wolf also shall dwell with the lamb, and the leopard shall lie down with the kid; and the calf and the young lion and the fatling together; and a little child shall lead them.
Isa 11:7 And the cow and the bear shall feed; their young ones shall lie down together: and the lion shall eat straw like the ox.
Isa 11:8 And the sucking child shall play on the hole of the asp, and the weaned child shall put his hand on the cockatrice' den.
Isa 11:9 They shall not hurt nor destroy in all my holy mountain: for the earth shall be full of the knowledge of the LORD, as the waters cover the sea.
Isa 11:10 And in that day there shall be a root of Jesse, which shall stand for an ensign of the people; to it shall the Gentiles seek: and his rest shall be glorious.
Isa 11:11 And it shall come to pass in that day, [that] the Lord shall set his hand again the second time to recover the remnant of his people, which shall be left, from Assyria, and from Egypt, and from Pathros, and from Cush, and from Elam, and from Shinar, and from Hamath, and from the islands of the sea.
Isa 11:12 And he shall set up an ensign for the nations, and shall assemble the outcasts of Israel, and gather together the dispersed of Judah from the four corners of the earth.
Isa 11:13 The envy also of Ephraim shall depart, and the adversaries of Judah shall be cut off: Ephraim shall not envy Judah, and Judah shall not vex Ephraim.
Isa 11:14 But they shall fly upon the shoulders of the Philistines toward the west; they shall spoil them of the east together: they shall lay their hand upon Edom and Moab; and the children of Ammon shall obey them.
Isa 11:15 And the LORD shall utterly destroy the tongue of the Egyptian sea; and with his mighty wind shall he shake his hand over the river, and shall smite it in the seven streams, and make [men] go over dryshod.
Isa 11:16 And there shall be an highway for the remnant of his people, which shall be left, from Assyria; like as it was to Israel in the day that he came up out of the land of Egypt.

Isa 65:17 For, behold, I create new heavens and a new earth: and the former shall not be remembered, nor come into mind.
Isa 65:18 But be ye glad and rejoice for ever [in that] which I create: for, behold, I create Jerusalem a rejoicing, and her people a joy.
Isa 65:19 And I will rejoice in Jerusalem, and joy in my people: and the voice of weeping shall be no more heard in her, nor the voice of crying.
Isa 65:20 There shall be no more thence an infant of days, nor an old man that hath not filled his days: for the child shall die an hundred years old; but the sinner [being] an hundred years old shall be accursed.
Isa 65:21 And they shall build houses, and inhabit [them]; and they shall plant vineyards, and eat the fruit of them.
Isa 65:22 They shall not build, and another inhabit; they shall not plant, and another eat: for as the days of a tree [are] the days of my people, and mine elect shall long enjoy the work of their hands.
Isa 65:23 They shall not labour in vain, nor bring forth for trouble; for they [are] the seed of the blessed of the LORD, and their offspring with them.
Isa 65:24 And it shall come to pass, that before they call, I will answer; and while they are yet speaking, I will hear.
Isa 65:25 The wolf and the lamb shall feed together, and the lion shall eat straw like the bullock: and dust [shall be] the serpent's meat. They shall not hurt nor destroy in all my holy mountain, saith the LORD.

In this modern age we sometimes overlook the totality of what the Jews were expecting and limit our preaching by including only a limited gospel. The early Church seemed to focus much on linking the Old Testament prophecies with the unfolding plan of redemption, i.e. the atonement of Jesus Christ.

In other words, they didn't merely preach that a man had recently been resurrected, and that people should believe on this resurrected man and that the belief in this miracle would give them eternal life. They showed the people that this man was in fact God Himself providing a permanent solution to the fallen race of human beings; a plan that He had provided from the beginning; a plan that unfolded before their very eyes, as their own history had shown via the sacrificial system and all of the OT doctrine. God had taken the initiative by showing that the temporary solution to their imminent death would one day become a permanent solution when the time was right, and that only by His grace would they be given a stay of execution. When He sent His Son to provide a permanent remission of sin, then they could expect a restitution of all things, a time when the conditions that prevailed in Eden, would be restored, and the schism between God and man would no longer prevail. As Paul said:

Eph 2:14 For he is our peace, who hath made both one, and hath broken down the middle wall of partition between us;

Praise the Name of Jesus!


[Updated on: Fri, 26 March 2010 20:04]

Forum: Rant/Rave
 Topic: Andrew Strom?
Andrew Strom? [message #10852] Thu, 27 February 2014 08:15
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I don't know what to think presently concerning all the storm clouds gathering over Andrew Stroms Ministry. Google Andrew Strom.

There's a number of articles being written saying he is heading up a "new cult" of New Zealand followers. I did notice he has two web sites that he no longer allows people to post on and has opened a third web site that is a closed door member only club. You have to be signed on and go through a screening process to participate.

I thought this was maybe to weed out so many false doctrines that was constantly being posted on his site. I seen everything from people who believed in aliens to mormonism being promoted by his many visitors, So I thought personally it was better not to let just anyone post was the reason for the new site.

For the most part I always felt this man's ministry was valid but I did not believe he was a prophet as some claimed.

Why? He gave a major prophecy concerning a deadline that was to take place by the end of 2012, which never came to pass. He told his supporters that if this prophecy never came to pass he would have to apologize to the body of Christ.

"There was never an apology and the article with prophecy was removed from the site."

Anyway, I do not understand all the riff raff with the articles and the concern at this time. For the most part I believe this Brother has a heart for the Lord. It will be interesting how this unfolds, any minister who tries to make a difference always seems to be under tremendous scrutiny. After all what is everybody looking for, there will never be a perfect ministry that everyone can agree with?

Wasn't there a prophecy with a group of ministers and a giant snake that was trying to destroy them?

In Him,

 Topic: Healthy Choices?
Healthy Choices? [message #9392] Sun, 24 March 2013 10:45
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I remember a number of times in our meetings people were told that eating what you wanted was an act of faith. It is?

I don't personally believe a person can live on junk foods, sugary drinks, and candy and expect to live a life of total health.

I do not know if we have ever had a generation of people that have the choices we do when it comes to food.

I know of a man who had diabetes, he quit taking insulin and would eat candy bars as an act of faith. They did not affect him in the beginning but eventually he died of diabetes.

Years ago as a young person I would drink four or five coca colas at work, it was hot and miserable out. About ten years ago or more I totally quit drinking soda, sweetened or diet. Now pop, and sugary drinks has no appeal to me whatsoever.

I just think we can make the message on divine healing to no effect when we try to abuse a situation saying, it is an act of faith.

Faith does not need to prove itself to make it true. Faith is the substance if we have actions afterwards that can be called an act of faith its because we are healed. The actions is you know its taken care of.

What I am trying to say is that some people had the mindset that if they did "something" that this proved it was faith. Not necessarily!

Faith is a knowing in your heart that God has dealt with it and nothing on this earth will stop it.

I hope this makes sense.


 Topic: Interesting Viewpoint of Perception
Interesting Viewpoint of Perception [message #6892] Sun, 28 February 2010 11:40
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Here's something that I found to be interesting about how truths are 'Spun' to meet the agenda of those doing the 'spinning'.

I think most of us are aware of most of this, Bro. Freeman pointed a lot of it out years ago.

But there's a lot of info as to how the media manipulates the general public and influnces peoples opinions.

The god of this world is very clever and deceptive and so many are blinded by his tactics.

It's kind of lengthy and sounds a bit like it's written by one with conspiracy fears, yet there's much truth in it.

Perfect example, Swine Flu......"worldwide Epidemic", they (pharmaceutical companies) used fear to make hundreds of millions of The media.

"For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God."
 Topic: Dreams and Visions
Dreams and Visions [message #2890] Wed, 20 August 2008 08:05
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I received this email yesterday from a girl my wife works with. It was given to her cousin and It blessed me so I thought I would share it with the forum. by the way the girl is 23 years old. I thought us young men were supposed to get the dreams but the Lord apparently thought different...


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I had a dream recently that I feel that the Lord wanted me to share with some of you. I hope I portrayed it well enough for you all to fully get the picture of what I experienced… it’s changed me, and my hope is for it to do the same for you…

In my dream I was in a room, by myself, scared. Scared isn’t even really the correct word, I was petrified. I was sitting on the floor in a cold, damp cement room. I remember feeling cold, and eeriness of the air…I couldn’t figure out where I was or how I got there, but I could hear that there was a crowd chanting, cheering and screaming.

I noticed a crack in the wall and I crawled over to look. As I looked out, all I could see was thousands and thousands of people in side of what looked like a coliseum. As I look on, I saw that these people were actually crucifying innocent men and women. I could see the anguish, the horror, I could see the bright red blood that was being pored out of their bodies…

I fell to the ground weeping for them and trembling with fear…I felt so helpless, so unable to help those people, not to mention knowing that I was next. It was such a strong, horrible, REAL feeling. I wish I could find the words to describe it. Its something I have never EVER felt before… Then… I knew they were coming for me. With every step “they” took toward me, it was like an ecoh that echoed through my entire being… boom. Boom. Boom. I could hear my heartbeat, echoing though my head…faster and faster…beating faster and faster as they got closer and closer…

Then, all of the sudden, as they came and opened the door, a white light pierced through the darkness and there was a man in the room with a me. He had a presence, and authority I have never known before. Everything else stopped… He just gazed at me and smiled… He was so peaceful, graceful, and incredibly… breathtaking. I couldn’t see his face, but I knew exactly who he was…He gently walked over to me and bent over, picked me up, and held me. Just held me… Then he whispered in my ear… “I’ll go for you”

I woke up after that, and just broke. I realized that we have a responsibility as Christians to be praying, and interceding for the lost. What we see in the surface may not be as horrible as what I saw in my dream… but spiritually, people are being CRUCIFIED!! WHAT ARE WE DOING? It seems like such an impossible battle but we have been promised that we CAN do all things through Christ who IS our strength… Jesus is always right there… ready and willing to pick us up and take our load from us! No matter what it is, no matter the circumstance…Always just in time…always perfect. If we can only let down our walls, our prides, and our ugly selfish flesh and just let HIM take our burdens…let HIM take complete control of our lives… We will never be dissatisfied…ever!

Bless you all!
Ashley Norris

I say again Brothers and Sisters

Watchman, What of the night?

 Topic: Ok, you all know what this section is for--right?
Ok, you all know what this section is for--right? [message #7] Tue, 31 January 2006 19:48
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Here is where all of the bitter rants will end up so it would probably be a good idea to just start them here! I felt that we needed a section for this type of stuff just so we won't fall into that old hide-your-head-in-the-sand routine!

But the more delicate should probably stay out of this section!


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Forum: NT Theology
 Topic: Unity of the Spirit
Unity of the Spirit [message #11246] Fri, 16 May 2014 07:05
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After all the situations that arose lately I wanted to share an experience that happened to me in the mid nineties where I saw that with God all things are "possible".

I have made mention of my trip to Russia (I know plenty of times LOL) where we seen the power of God in way I had never experienced before and I believe the Lord removed all the barriers in the groups that went there, by His Spirit.

I thought it might be pertinent to share what happened among the groups we went with.

Some background information I want to share first. There was two different groups from FA, one Spirit filled group from Baton Rouge, and one Baptist Church group from Missouri.

None of us knew each other personally, we had to go to Baton Rouge for some basic training concerning ministering on the mission field, what we should wear, learn some of the songs in Russian, and be able to share our testimony how we came to Christ.

There was every age group there from older adults to teenagers. I think we filled two maybe three buses while traveling.

When we got there all of us seen the power of God on a scale we had never experienced before. Right before our eyes we witnessed hundreds of people coming to Christ, weeping and crying out, seeing the need to repent and turn to Jesus.

But what took place between the four groups was an even bigger miracle. While seeing God move by His Spirit the four groups came together as one body moving in the Spirit of God. Its hard to convey in words but all the walls of doctrinal differences came tumbling down. One body, One mind, and of one Spirit. Everyone came away from that experience filled with joy and rejoicing at what God was doing.

It amazes me that either through persecution or a move of the Spirit that we realize who our God is and that we are all born of the same Spirit. Sometimes it takes major events like this for us to get our thinking in line with God's way of thinking.

When we returned back to our assemblies to share what God was doing, where we saw people turning to Christ, healing take place, and deliverance, with people being set free, did we find rejoicing and joy in the Lord. ...Sadly No.....There was an uproar because we had joined together with other groups not part of our camp. Some even left the church because we were seen as compromising the message.

Only sharing what I witnessed here. I guess if I learned anything it is that, while zeal for the Lord is good, it can be a bit of a snare. Those people who were left behind were zealous for God but they missed the greater picture.

We were a bunch of people who truly loved God were super zealous for the things of God, but still had a lot of things to learn about God and His Ways.

Have we all arrived finally, I dare say "No", but still learning as God is so much bigger then what our finite minds can conceive. The learning process is not as easy as it looks on the outside.

I can imagine what the first century church had to deal with. The Jews had to deal with the Gentiles and Samaritans coming into the church. We know from Acts and the Epistles there was a bit of a struggle with all this joining together of different backgrounds. The disciples returned one time and found the Lord talking to a Samaritan woman, but of course no one asked, Why are you doing this?


25 The woman said to Him, “I know that Messiah is coming” (who is called Christ). “When He comes, He will tell us all things.”

26 Jesus said to her, “I who speak to you am He.”

27 And at this point His disciples came, and they marveled that He talked with a woman; yet no one said, “What do You seek?” or, “Why are You talking with her?”


 Topic: Signs, Wonders, Miracles-Word Study Notes
Signs, Wonders, Miracles-Word Study Notes [message #8900] Mon, 26 March 2012 20:50
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I thought I would paste in some notes on the words: signs, wonders, miracles. These are automatically generated from my Bible program ONLINE BIBLE. I was attempting to see all of the places in the New Testament where these words were used so that I could make sure we were using the proper terminology in the other thread.

I've included the comments of two Greek scholars. Both are pretty well known but not charismatic!.

If the formatting doesn't work, I'll just delete this and put the notes in pdf format.

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Matthew 7:22

22 (AV) Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works? (AV)
22 (IGNT) πολλοι {MANY} ερουσιν {WILL SAY} μοι {TO ME} εν { IN} εκεινη τη {THAT} ημερα {DAY,} κυριε {LORD,} κυριε {LORD,} ου τω {NOT} σω {THROUGH THY} ονοματι {NAME} προεφητευσαμεν {DID WE PROPHESY,} και τω {AND} σω {THROUGH THY} ονοματι {NAME} δαιμονια {DEMONS} εξεβαλομεν {CAST OUT,} και τω {AND} σω {THROUGH THY} ονοματι {NAME} δυναμεις {WORKS OF POWER} πολλας {MANY} εποιησαμεν {PERFORM?} (IGNT)

Matthew 7:22 (RWP)

Did we not prophesy in thy name? (ου τω σω ονοματι προεφητευσαμεν; ). The use of ου in the question expects the affirmative answer. They claim to have prophesied (preached) in Christ’s name and to have done many miracles. But Jesus will tear off the sheepskin and lay bare the ravening wolf. "I never knew you" (ουδεποτε εγνων υμας). "I was never acquainted with you" (experimental knowledge). Success, as the world counts it, is not a criterion of one’s knowledge of Christ and relation to him. "I will profess unto them" (ομολογησω αυτοις), the very word used of profession of Christ before men Matthew 10:32. This word Jesus will use for public and open announcement of their doom.

Matthew 7:22 (Vincent_NTWordStudies)

22. Have we not (ου). That form of the negative is used which expects an affirmative answer. It therefore pictures both the self-conceit and the self-deception of these persons. "Surely we have prophesied," etc.

Matthew 12:38

38 (AV) Then certain of the scribes and of the Pharisees answered, saying, Master, we would see a sign from thee. (AV)
38 (IGNT) τοτε {THEN} απεκριθησαν {ANSWERED} τινες {SOME} των {OF THE} γραμματεων {SCRIBES} και {AND} φαρισαιων {PHARISEES,} λεγοντες { SAYING,} διδασκαλε {TEACHER,} θελομεν {WE WISH} απο {FROM} σου {THEE} σημειον {A SIGN}σημειον {A SIGN}σημειον {A SIGN}σημειον {A SIGN} ιδειν {TO SEE.} (IGNT)

Matthew 12:38 (RWP)

A sign from thee (απο σου σημειον). One wonders at the audacity of scribes and Pharisees who accused Jesus of being in league with Satan and thus casting out demons who can turn round and blandly ask for a "sign from thee." As if the other miracles were not signs! "The demand was impudent, hypocritical, insulting" (Bruce).
39 (AV) But he answered and said unto them, An evil and adulterous generation seeketh after a sign; and there shall no sign be given to it, but the sign of the prophet Jonas: (AV)
39 (IGNT) ο δε {BUT HE} αποκριθεις {ANSWERING} ειπεν {SAID} αυτοις {TO THEM,} γενεα {A GENERATION} πονηρα {WICKED} και {AND} μοιχαλις { ADULTEROUS} σημειον {A SIGN} επιζητει {SEEKS FOR,} και {AND} σημειον ου {A SIGN } δοθησεται {SHALL NOT BE GIVEN} αυτη {TO IT,} ει μη {EXCEPT} το {THE} σημειον {SIGN} ιωνα {OF JONAH} του {THE} προφητου {PROPHET.} (IGNT)

Matthew 12:39 (RWP)

An evil and adulterous generation (γενεα πονηρα και μοιχαλις). They had broken the marriage tie which bound them to Jehovah (Plummer). See Psalms 73:27 Isaiah 57:3 62:5 Ezekiel 23:27 James 4:4 Revelation 2:20. What is "the sign of Jonah?"

Matthew 12:39 (Vincent_NTWordStudies)

39. Adulterous (μοιχαλις). A very strong and graphic expression, founded upon the familiary Hebrew representation of the relation of God’s people to him under the figure of marriage. See Psalms 73:27 Isaiah 57:3 sqq.; Isaiah 62:5 Ezekiel 23:27. Hence idolatry and intercourse with Gentiles were described as adultery; and so here, of moral unfaithfulness to God. Compare James 4:4 Revelation 2:20 sqq. Thus Dante:

"Where Michael wrought
Vengeance upon the proud adultery."
Inf., vii., 12.

Matthew 15:31

31 (AV) Insomuch that the multitude wondered, when they saw the dumb to speak, the maimed to be whole, the lame to walk, and the blind to see: and they glorified the God of Israel. (AV)
31 (IGNT) ωστε {SO THAT} τους {THE} οχλους {CROWDS} θαυμασαι {WONDERED,} βλεποντας {SEEING} κωφους {DUMB} λαλουντας {SPEAKING,} κυλλους { MAIMED} υγιεις {SOUND,} χωλους {LAME} περιπατουντας {WALKING,} και {AND} τυφλους {BLIND} βλεποντας {SEEING;} και {AND} εδοξασαν {THEY GLORIFIED} τον {THE} θεον {GOD} ισραηλ {OF ISRAEL.} (IGNT)

Matthew 16:1

1 (AV) The Pharisees also with the Sadducees came, and tempting desired him that he would shew them a sign from heaven. (AV)
1 (IGNT) και {AND} προσελθοντες {HAVING COME TO HIM} οι {THE} φαρισαιοι {PHARISEES} και {AND} σαδδουκαιοι {SADDUCEES} πειραζοντες {TEMPTING HIM} επηρωτησαν {ASKED} αυτον {HIM} σημειον {A SIGN} εκ {OUT OF} του {THE} ουρανου {HEAVEN} επιδειξαι {TO SHEW} αυτοις {THEM.} (IGNT)

Matthew 16:1 (RWP)

The Pharisees and Sadducees (οι φαρισαιοι και σαδδουκαιοι). The first time that we have this combination of the two parties who disliked each other exceedingly. Hate makes strange bedfellows. They hated Jesus more than they did each other. Their hostility has not decreased during the absence of Jesus, but rather increased.

Tempting him (πειραζοντες). Their motive was bad.

A sign from heaven (σημειον εκ του ουρανου). The scribes and Pharisees had already asked for a sign. {Matthew 12:38} Now this new combination adds "from heaven." What did they have in mind? They may not have had any definite idea to embarrass Jesus. The Jewish apocalypses did speak of spectacular displays of power by the Son of Man (the Messiah). The devil had suggested that Jesus let the people see him drop down from the pinnacle of the temple and the people expected the Messiah to come from an unknown source {John 7:27} who would do great signs. {John 7:31} Chrysostom (Hom. liii.) suggests stopping the course of the sun, bridling the moon, a clap of thunder.

Matthew 16:3

3 (AV) And in the morning, It will be foul weather to day: for the sky is red and lowring. O ye hypocrites, ye can discern the face of the sky; but can ye not discern the signs of the times? (AV)
3 (IGNT) και {AND} πρωι {AT MORNING,} σημερον {TODAY} χειμων {A STORM;} πυρραζει γαρ {FOR IS RED} στυγναζων {LOWERING} ο {THE} ουρανος { HEAVEN.} υποκριται {HYPOCRITES!} το {THE} μεν {INDEED} προσωπον {FACE} του {OF THE} ουρανου {HEAVEN} γινωσκετε {YE KNOW HOW} διακρινειν τα {TO DISCERN, } δε {BUT THE} σημεια {SIGNS} των {OF THE} καιρων ου {TIMES} δυνασθε {YE CANNOT!} (IGNT)

Matthew 16:3 (RWP)

Lowring (στυγναζων). A sky covered with clouds. Used also of a gloomy countenance as of the rich young ruler in Mark 10:22. Nowhere else in the New Testament. This very sign of a rainy day we use today. The word for "foul weather" (χειμων) is the common one for winter and a storm.

The signs of the times (τα σημεια των καιρων). How little the Pharisees and Sadducees understood the situation. Soon Jerusalem would be destroyed and the Jewish state overturned. It is not always easy to discern (διακρινειν, discriminate) the signs of our own time. Men are numerous with patent keys to it all. But we ought not to be blind when others are gullible.

Matthew 16:3 (Vincent_NTWordStudies)

3. Lowering (στυγναζων). The verb means to have a gloomy look. Dr. Morison compares the Scotch gloaming or glooming. Cranmer, the sky is glooming red. The word is used only here and at Mark 10:22, of the young ruler, turning from Christ with his face overshadowed with gloom. A.V., he was sad. Rev., his countenance fell.

9, 10. Note the accurate employment of the two words for basket. See on "Mt 14:20".
4 (AV) A wicked and adulterous generation seeketh after a sign; and there shall no sign be given unto it, but the sign of the prophet Jonas. And he left them, and departed. (AV)
4 (IGNT) γενεα {A GENERATION} πονηρα {WICKED} και {AND} μοιχαλις {ADULTEROUS} σημειον {A SIGN} επιζητει {SEEKS,} και {AND} σημειον ου {A SIGN } δοθησεται {SHALL NOT BE GIVEN} αυτη {TO IT,} ει μη {EXCEPT} το {THE} σημειον {SIGN} ιωνα {OF JONAH} του {THE} προφητου {PROPHET.} και {AND} καταλιπων {LEAVING} αυτους {THEM} απηλθεν {HE WENT AWAY.} (IGNT)

Matthew 16:4 (RWP)

Same words in Matthew 12:39 except του προφητου, a real doublet.

Matthew 21:15

15 (AV) And when the chief priests and scribes saw the wonderful things that he did, and the children crying in the temple, and saying, Hosanna to the Son of David; they were sore displeased, (AV)
15 (IGNT) ιδοντες δε {BUT SEEING} οι {THE} αρχιερεις {CHIEF PRIESTS} και {AND} οι {THE} γραμματεις {SCRIBES} τα {THE} θαυμασια {WONDERS } α {WHICH} εποιησεν {HE WROUGHT,} και {AND} τους {THE} παιδας {CHILDREN} κραζοντας {CRYING} εν {IN} τω {THE} ιερω {TEMPLE, } και {AND} λεγοντας {SAYING,} ωσαννα {HOSANNA} τω {TO THE} υιω {SON} δαβιδ {OF DAVID,} ηγανακτησαν {THEY WERE INDIGNANT,} (IGNT)

Matthew 21:15 (RWP)

The children (τους παιδας). Masculine and probably boys who had caught the enthusiasm of the crowd.

Matthew 24:3

3 (AV) And as he sat upon the mount of Olives, the disciples came unto him privately, saying, Tell us, when shall these things be? and what shall be the sign of thy coming, and of the end of the world? (AV)
3 (IGNT) καθημενου δε {AND AS WAS SITTING} αυτου {HE} επι {UPON} του {THE} ορους των {MOUNT} ελαιων {OF OLIVES} προσηλθον {CAME TO} αυτω { HIM} οι {THE} μαθηται κατ {DISCIPLES} ιδιαν {APART,} λεγοντες {SAYING,} ειπε {TELL} ημιν {US,} ποτε {WHEN} ταυτα {THESE THINGS} εσται {SHALL BE?} και {AND} τι {WHAT IS} το {THE} σημειον {SIGN } της σης {OF THY} παρουσιας {COMING} και {AND} της {OF THE} συντελειας {COMPLETION} του {OF THE} αιωνος {AGE?} (IGNT)

Matthew 24:3 (RWP)

As he sat (καθημενου). Genitive absolute. Picture of Jesus sitting on the Mount of Olives looking down on Jerusalem and the temple which he had just left. After the climb up the mountain four of the disciples (Peter, James, John, Andrew) come to Jesus with the problem raised by his solemn words. They ask these questions about the destruction of Jerusalem and the temple, his own second coming (παρουσια, presence, common in the papyri for the visit of the emperor), and the end of the world. Did they think that they were all to take place simultaneously? There is no way to answer. At any rate Jesus treats all three in this great eschatological discourse, the most difficult problem in the Synoptic Gospels. Many theories are advanced that impugn the knowledge of Jesus or of the writers or of both. It is sufficient for our purpose to think of Jesus as using the destruction of the temple and of Jerusalem which did happen in that generation in A.D. 70, as also a symbol of his own second coming and of the end of the world (συντελειας του αιωνος) or consummation of the age. In a painting the artist by skilful perspective may give on the same surface the inside of a room, the fields outside the window, and the sky far beyond. Certainly in this discourse Jesus blends in apocalyptic language the background of his death on the cross, the coming destruction of Jerusalem, his own second coming and the end of the world. He now touches one, now the other. It is not easy for us to separate clearly the various items. It is enough if we get the picture as a whole as it is here drawn with its lessons of warning to be ready for his coming and the end. The destruction of Jerusalem came as he foretold. There are some who would date the Synoptic Gospels after A.D. 70 in order to avoid the predictive element involved in the earlier date. But that is to limit the fore-knowledge of Jesus to a merely human basis. The word παρουσια occurs in this chapter alone {Matthew 24:3,27,37,39} in the Gospels, but often in the Epistles, either of presence as opposed to absence {Philippians 2:12} or the second coming of Christ. {2 Thessalonians 2:1}

Matthew 24:3 (Vincent_NTWordStudies)

3. Coming (παρουσιας). Originally, presence, from παρειναι, to be present. In this sense Philippians 2:12 2 Corinthians 10:10. Also arrival, as in 1 Corinthians 16:17 2 Corinthians 7:6,7 2 Thessalonians 2:9 2 Peter 3:12. Of the second coming of Christ: James 5:8 1 John 2:28 2 Peter 3:4 1 Thessalonians 4:15.

Of the world (αιωνος). Rather the existing, current age. They do not ask the signs of the Messiah’s coming at the end of all time, to judge the world.

Matthew 24:24

24 (AV) For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall shew great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect. (AV)
24 (IGNT) εγερθησονται {THERE WILL ARISE} γαρ {FOR} ψευδοχριστοι {FALSE CHRISTS} και {AND} ψευδοπροφηται {FALSE PROPHETS,} και {AND} δωσουσιν {WILL GIVE} σημεια {SIGNS} μεγαλα {GREAT} και {AND} τερατα {WONDERS,} ωστε {SO AS} πλανησαι {TO MISLEAD,} ει {IF} δυνατον {POSSIBLE,} και {EVEN} τους {THE} εκλεκτους {ELECT.} (IGNT)

Matthew 24:24 (RWP)

Great signs and wonders (σημεια μεγαλα και τερατα). Two of the three words so often used in the N.T. about the works (εργα) of Jesus, the other being δυναμεις (powers). They often occur together of the same work. {John 4:48 Acts 2:22 4:30 2 Corinthians 12:12 Hebrews 2:4} τερας is a wonder or prodigy, δυναμις, a mighty work or power, σημειον, a sign of God’s purpose. Miracle (μιραχυλυμ) presents only the notion of wonder or portent. The same deed can be looked at from these different angles. But the point to note here is that mere "signs and wonders" do not of themselves prove the power of God. These charlatans will be so skilful that they will,

if possible (ει δυνατον), lead astray the very elect. The implication is that it is not possible. People become excited and are misled and are unable to judge of results. Often it is post hoc, sed non propter hoc. Patent-medicine men make full use of the credulity of people along this line as do spiritualistic mediums. Sleight-of-hand men can deceive the unwary.

Matthew 24:24 (Vincent_NTWordStudies)

24. Signs and wonders (σημεια και τερατα). See on "Mt 11:20". The two words often joined in the New Testament. See John 4:48 Acts 2:22 4:30 2 Corinthians 12:12. The words do not denote different classes of supernatural manifestations, but these manifestations regarded from different points of view. The same miracle may be a mighty work, or a glorious work, regarded with reference to its power and grandeur; or a sign of the doer’s supernatural power; or a wonder, as it appeals to the spectator. Tερας (derivation uncertain) is a miracle regarded as a portent or prodigy, awakening amazement. It most nearly corresponds, therefore, to the etymological sense of the word miracle (Lat., miraculum, a wonderful thing, from mirari, to wonder).

Matthew 24:30

30 (AV) And then shall appear the sign of the Son of man in heaven: and then shall all the tribes of the earth mourn, and they shall see the Son of man coming in the clouds of heaven with power and great glory. (AV)
30 (IGNT) και {AND} τοτε {THEN} φανησεται {SHALL APPEAR} το { THE} σημειον {SIGN} του {OF THE} υιου του {SON} ανθρωπου {OF MAN} εν {IN} τω {THE} ουρανω {HEAVEN;} και {AND} τοτε {THEN } κοψονται {SHALL WAIL} πασαι {ALL} αι {THE} φυλαι {TRIBES} της {OF THE} γης {LAND,} και {AND} οψονται {THEY SHALL SEE} τον { THE} υιον του {SON} ανθρωπου {OF MAN,} ερχομενον {COMING} επι {ON} των {THE} νεφελων του {CLOUDS} ουρανου {OF HEAVEN} μετα {WITH} δυναμεως {POWER} και {AND} δοξης {GLORY} πολλης {GREAT.} (IGNT)

Matthew 24:30 (RWP)

The sign of the Son of Man in heaven (το σημειον του υιου του ανθρωπου εν τω ουρανω). Many theories have been suggested like the cross in the sky, etc. Bruce sees a reference to Daniel 7:13 "one like the Son of man" and holds that Christ himself is the sign in question (the genitive of apposition). This is certainly possible. It is confirmed by the rest of the verse: "They shall see the Son of man coming." See Matthew 16:27 Matthew 26:64. The Jews had repeatedly asked for such a sign (Broadus) as in Matthew 12:38 16:1 John 2:18.

Matthew 24:30 (Vincent_NTWordStudies)

30. Mourn (κοψονται). Stronger: beat their breasts in anguish.

Matthew 26:48

48 (AV) Now he that betrayed him gave them a sign, saying, Whomsoever I shall kiss, that same is he: hold him fast. (AV)
48 (IGNT) ο δε {AND HE WHO} παραδιδους {WAS DELIVERING UP} αυτον {HIM} εδωκεν {GAVE} αυτοις {THEM} σημειον {A SIGN,} λεγων {SAYING,} ον αν { WHOMSOEVER} φιλησω {I SHALL KISS,} αυτος {HE} εστιν {IT IS:} κρατησατε {SEIZE } αυτον {HIM.} (IGNT)

Matthew 26:48 (RWP)

Gave them a sign (εδωκεν αυτοις σημειον). Probably just before he reached the place, though Mark {Mark 14:44} has "had given" (δεδωκει) which certainly means before arrival at Gethsemane. At any rate Judas had given the leaders to understand that he would kiss (φιλησω) Jesus in order to identify him for certain. The kiss was a common mode of greeting and Judas chose that sign and actually "kissed him fervently" (κατεφιλησεν, verse Matthew 26:49), though the compound verb sometimes in the papyri has lost its intensive force. Bruce thinks that Judas was prompted by the inconsistent motives of smouldering love and cowardice. At any rate this revolting ostentatious kiss is "the most terrible instance of the εκουσια φιληματα εχθρου," {Proverbs 27:6} "the profuse kisses of an enemy" (McNeile). This same compound verb occurs in Luke 7:38 of the sinful woman, in Luke 15:20 of the Father’s embrace of the Prodigal Son, and in Acts 20:37 of the Ephesian elders and Paul.

Mark 6:51

51 (AV) And he went up unto them into the ship; and the wind ceased: and they were sore amazed in themselves beyond measure, and wondered. (AV)
51 (IGNT) και {AND} ανεβη {HE WENT UP} προς {TO} αυτους { THEM} εις {INTO} το {THE} πλοιον {SHIP,} και {AND} εκοπασεν {FELL} ο {THE} ανεμος {WIND.} και {AND} λιαν εκ {EXCEEDINGLY } περισσου {BEYOND MEASURE} εν {IN} εαυτοις {THEMSELVES} εξισταντο {THEY WERE AMAZED, } και {AND} εθαυμαζον {WONDERED;} (IGNT)

Mark 6:51 (RWP)

They were sore amazed in themselves (λιαν εν εαυτοις εξισταντο). Only in Mark. Imperfect tense picturing vividly the excited disciples. Mark does not give the incident of Peter’s walking on the water and beginning to sink. Perhaps Peter was not fond of telling that story.
52 (AV) For they considered not the miracle of the loaves: for their heart was hardened. (AV)
52 (IGNT) ου γαρ {FOR} συνηκαν {THEY UNDERSTOOD NOT} επι {BY} τοις {THE} αρτοις {LOAVES,} ην γαρ η {FOR WAS} καρδια αυτων {THEIR HEART} πεπωρωμενη {HARDENED.} (IGNT)

Mark 6:52 (RWP)

For they understood not (ου γαρ συνηκαν). Explanation of their excessive amazement, viz., their failure to grasp the full significance of the miracle of the loaves and fishes, a nature miracle. Here was another, Jesus walking on the water. Their reasoning process (καρδια in the general sense for all the inner man)

was hardened (ην πεπωρωμενη). See RWP on "Mr 3:5" about πωρωσις. Today some men have such intellectual hardness or denseness that they cannot believe that God can or would work miracles, least of all nature miracles.

Mark 8:11

11 (AV) And the Pharisees came forth, and began to question with him, seeking of him a sign from heaven, tempting him. (AV)
11 (IGNT) και {AND} εξηλθον {WENT OUT} οι {THE} φαρισαιοι { PHARISEES} και {AND} ηρξαντο {BEGAN} συζητειν {TO DISPUTE WITH} αυτω {HIM, } ζητουντες {SEEKING} παρ {FROM} αυτου {HIM} σημειον {A SIGN} απο {FROM} του {THE} ουρανου {HEAVEN,} πειραζοντες {TEMPTING} αυτον {HIM.} (IGNT)

Mark 8:11 (RWP)

And the Pharisees came forth (και εξηλθον οι φαρισαιοι). At once they met Jesus and opened a controversy. Matthew 16:1 adds "and Sadducees," the first time these two parties appear together against Jesus. See discussion on Matthew 16:1. The Pharisees and Herodians had already joined hands against Jesus in the sabbath controversy. {Mark 3:6} They

began to question with him (ηρξαντο συνζητειν αυτω). Dispute, not mere inquiry, associative instrumental case of αυτοι. They began at once and kept it up (present infinitive).
12 (AV) And he sighed deeply in his spirit, and saith, Why doth this generation seek after a sign? verily I say unto you, There shall no sign be given unto this generation. (AV)
12 (IGNT) και {AND} αναστεναξας τω {HAVING GROANED} πνευματι αυτου {IN HIS SPIRIT} λεγει {HE SAYS,} τι η {WHY} γενεα αυτη {THIS GENERATION} σημειον {A SIGN} επιζητει {SEEKS?} αμην {VERILY} λεγω {I SAY} υμιν ει {TO YOU,} δοθησεται τη {IF THERE SHALL BE GIVEN} γενεα ταυτη {TO THIS GENERATION} σημειον {A SIGN.} (IGNT)

Mark 8:12 (RWP)

He sighed deeply in his spirit (αναστεναξας τω πνευματι). The only instance of this compound in the N.T. though in the LXX The uncompounded form occurs in Mark 7:34 and it is common enough. The preposition ανα- intensifies the meaning of the verb (perfective use). "The sigh seemed to come, as we say, from the bottom of his heart, the Lord’s human spirit was stirred to its depths" (Swete). Jesus resented the settled prejudice of the Pharisees (and now Sadducees also) against him and his work.

There shall no sign be given unto this generation (ει δοθησεται τη γενεα ταυτη σημειον). Matthew 16:4 has simply ου δοθησεται, , plain negative with the future passive indicative. Mark has ει instead of ου, which is technically a conditional clause with the conclusion unexpressed (Robertson, Grammar, p. 1024), really aposiopesis in imitation of the Hebrew use of \im This is the only instance in the N.T. except in quotations from the LXX {Hebrews 3:11 4:3,5} It is very common in the LXX The rabbis were splitting hairs over the miracles of Jesus as having a possible natural explanation (as some critics do today) even if by the power of Beelzebub, and those not of the sky (from heaven) which would be manifested from God. So they put up this fantastic test to Jesus which he deeply resents. Matthew 16:4 adds "but the sign of Jonah" mentioned already by Jesus on a previous occasion {Matthew 12:39-41} at more length and to be mentioned again. {Luke 11:32} But the mention of the sign of Jonah was "an absolute refusal of signs in their sense" (Bruce). And when he did rise from the dead on the third day, the Sanhedrin refused to be convinced. {see Acts 3:1-5:42}

Mark 9:39

39 (AV) But Jesus said, Forbid him not: for there is no man which shall do a miracle in my name, that can lightly speak evil of me. (AV)
39 (IGNT) ο δε {BUT} ιησους {JESUS} ειπεν μη {SAID,} κωλυετε {FORBID NOT} αυτον {HIM;} ουδεις γαρ {FOR NO ONE} εστιν {THERE IS} ος {WHO } ποιησει {SHALL DO} δυναμιν {A WORK OF POWER} επι τω {IN} ονοματι μου {MY NAME, } και {AND} δυνησεται {BE ABLE} ταχυ {READILY} κακολογησαι {TO SPEAK EVIL OF} με {ME;} (IGNT)

Mark 9:39 (RWP)

Forbid him not (μη κωλυετε). Stop hindering him (μη and the present-imperative) as John had been doing.

Mark 13:4

4 (AV) Tell us, when shall these things be? and what shall be the sign when all these things shall be fulfilled? (AV)
4 (IGNT) ειπε {TELL} ημιν {US} ποτε {WHEN} ταυτα {THESE THINGS} εσται {SHALL BE?} και {AND} τι {WHAT} το {THE} σημειον {SIGN} οταν {WHEN} μελλη {SHOULD BE ABOUT} παντα {ALL} ταυτα { THESE THINGS} συντελεισθαι {TO BE ACCOMPLISHED?} (IGNT)

Mark 13:4 (RWP)

Tell us, when shall these things be? (ειπον ημιν ποτε ταυτα εσται; ). The Revised Version punctuates it as a direct question, but Westcott and Hort as an indirect inquiry. They asked about the

when (ποτε) and the

what sign (τι σημειον). Matthew 24:3 includes "the sign of thy coming and the end of the world," showing that these tragic events are brought before Jesus by the disciples. See discussion of the interpretation of this discourse on Matthew 24:3. This chapter in Mark is often called "The Little Apocalypse" with the notion that a Jewish apocalypse has been here adapted by Mark and attributed to Jesus. Many of the theories attribute grave error to Jesus or to the Gospels on this subject. The view adopted in the discussion in Matthew is the one suggested here, that Jesus blended in one picture his death, the destruction of Jerusalem within that generation, the second coming and end of the world typified by the destruction of the city. The lines between these topics are not sharply drawn in the report and it is not possible for us to separate the topics clearly. This great discourse is the longest preserved in Mark and may be due to Peter. Mark may have given it in order "to forewarn and forearm" (Bruce) the readers against the coming catastrophe of the destruction of Jerusalem. Both Matthew {Matthew 24} and Luke {Luke 21:5-36} follow the general line of Mark 13 though Matthew 24:43-25:46 presents new material (parables).

Mark 13:22

22 (AV) For false Christs and false prophets shall rise, and shall shew signs and wonders, to seduce, if it were possible, even the elect. (AV)
22 (IGNT) εγερθησονται {THERE WILL ARISE} γαρ {FOR} ψευδοχριστοι {FALSE CHRISTS} και {AND} ψευδοπροφηται {FALSE PROPHETS,} και {AND} δωσουσιν {WILL GIVE} σημεια {SIGNS} και {AND} τερατα {WONDERS,} προς το {TO} αποπλαναν { DECEIVE} ει {IF} δυνατον {POSSIBLE} και {EVEN} τους {THE} εκλεκτους {ELECT.} (IGNT)

Mark 13:22 (RWP)

That they may lead astray (προς το αποπλαναν). With a view to leading off (προς and the infinitive). Matthew 24:24 has ωστε αποπλασθαι, so as to lead off.

Mark 16:17

17 (AV) And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues; (AV)
17 (IGNT) σημεια δε {AND SIGNS} τοις {THOSE THAT} πιστευσασιν {BELIEVE} ταυτα {THESE} παρακολουθησει {SHALL FOLLOW:} εν τω {IN} ονοματι μου {MY NAME} δαιμονια {DEMONS} εκβαλουσιν {THEY SHALL CAST OUT;} γλωσσαις {WITH TONGUES} λαλησουσιν {THEY SHALL SPEAK } καιναις {NEW;} (IGNT)

Mark 16:17 (RWP)

They shall speak with new tongues (γλωσσαις λαλησουσιν καιναις). Westcott and Hort put καιναις (new) in the margin. Casting out demons we have seen in the ministry of Jesus. Speaking with tongues comes in the apostolic era. {Acts 2:3 10:46 19:6 1 Corinthians 12:28 14}

Mark 16:20

20 (AV) And they went forth, and preached every where, the Lord working with them, and confirming the word with signs following. Amen. (AV)
20 (IGNT) εκεινοι δε {AND THEY} εξελθοντες {HAVING GONE FORTH} εκηρυξαν {PREACHED} πανταχου {EVERYWHERE,} του {THE} κυριου {LORD} συνεργουντος {WORKING WITH THEM,} και {AND} τον {THE} λογον {WORD} βεβαιουντος {CONFIRMING} δια {BY} των {THE} επακολουθουντων {FOLLOWING UPON IT} σημειων {SIGNS.} αμην {AMEN.} (IGNT)

Mark 16:20 (RWP)

The Lord working with them (του κυριου συνεργουντος). Genitive absolute. This participle not in Gospels elsewhere nor is βεβαιουντος nor the compound επακολουθουντων, all in Paul’s Epistles. πανταχου once in Luke. Westcott and Hort give the alternative ending found in L: "And they announced briefly to Peter and those around him all the things enjoined. And after these things Jesus himself also sent forth through them from the east even unto the west the holy and incorruptible proclamation of the eternal salvation."

Luke 2:12

12 (AV) And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger. (AV)
12 (IGNT) και {AND} τουτο {THIS IS} υμιν {TO YOU} το {THE} σημειον {SIGN:} ευρησετε {YE SHALL FIND} βρεφος {A BABE} εσπαργανωμενον { WRAPPED IN SWADDLING CLOTHES,} κειμενον {LYING} εν {IN} τη {THE} φατνη {MANGER. } (IGNT)

Luke 2:18

18 (AV) And all they that heard it wondered at those things which were told them by the shepherds. (AV)
18 (IGNT) και {AND} παντες {ALL} οι {WHO} ακουσαντες {HEARD } εθαυμασαν {WONDERED} περι {CONCERNING} των {THE THINGS WHICH} λαληθεντων {HAD BEEN SPOKEN} υπο {BY} των {THE} ποιμενων {SHEPHERDS} προς {TO} αυτους {THEM.} (IGNT)

Luke 2:34

34 (AV) And Simeon blessed them, and said unto Mary his mother, Behold, this child is set for the fall and rising again of many in Israel; and for a sign which shall be spoken against; (AV)
34 (IGNT) και {AND} ευλογησεν {BLESSED} αυτους {THEM} συμεων {SIMEON,} και {AND} ειπεν {SAID} προς {TO} μαριαμ την {MARY} μητερα αυτου {HIS MOTHER,} ιδου {LO,} ουτος {THIS CHILD} κειται {IS SET} εις {FOR THE} πτωσιν {FALL} και {AND} αναστασιν {RISING UP} πολλων {OF MANY} εν τω {IN} ισραηλ {ISRAEL,} και {AND} εις { FOR} σημειον {A SIGN} αντιλεγομενον {SPOKEN AGAINST;} (IGNT)

Luke 2:34 (RWP)

Is set for the falling and the rising up of many in Israel (κειται εις πτωσιν και αναστασιν πολλων εν τω ισραηλ). Present indicative of the old defective verb appearing only in present and imperfect in the N.T. Sometimes it is used as the passive of τιθημι as here. The falling of some and the rising up of others is what is meant. He will be a stumbling-block to some {Isaiah 8:14 Matthew 21:42,44 Romans 9:33 1 Peter 2:16} who love darkness rather than light, {John 3:19} he will be the cause of rising for others. {Romans 6:4,9 Ephesians 2:6} "Judas despairs, Peter repents: one robber blasphemes, the other confesses" (Plummer). Jesus is the magnet of the ages. He draws some, he repels others. This is true of all epoch-making men to some extent.

Spoken against (αντιλεγομενον). Present passive participle, continuous action. It is going on today. Nietzsche regarded Jesus Christ as the curse of the race because he spared the weak.

Luke 4:22

22 (AV) And all bare him witness, and wondered at the gracious words which proceeded out of his mouth. And they said, Is not this Joseph’s son? (AV)
22 (IGNT) και {AND} παντες {ALL} εμαρτυρουν {BORE WITNESS} αυτω {TO HIM,} και {AND} εθαυμαζον {WONDERED} επι {AT} τοις {THE} λογοις της {WORDS} χαριτος {OF GRACE} τοις {WHICH} εκπορευομενοις {PROCEEDED} εκ του {OUT OF} στοματος αυτου {HIS MOUTH;} και {AND} ελεγον {THEY SAID,} ουχ {NOT} ουτος {THIS} εστιν {IS} ο {THE} υιος {SON} ιωσηφ {OF JOSEPH?} (IGNT)

Luke 4:22 (RWP)

Bare him witness (εμαρτυρουν). Imperfect active, perhaps inchoative. They all began to bear witness that the rumours were not exaggerations {Luke 4:14} as they had supposed, but had foundation in fact if this discourse or its start was a fair sample of his teaching. The verb μαρτυρεω is a very old and common one. It is frequent in Acts, Paul’s Epistles, and the Johannine books. The substantive μαρτυρ is seen in our English μαρτθρ, one who witnesses even by his death to his faith in Christ.

And wondered (και εθαυμαζον). Imperfect active also, perhaps inchoative also. They began to marvel as he proceeded with his address. This verb is an old one and common in the Gospels for the attitude of the people towards Jesus.

At the words of grace (επι τοις λογοις της χαριτος). See RWP on "Lu 1:30"; See RWP on "Lu 2:52" for this wonderful word χαρις so full of meaning and so often in the N.T. The genitive case (case of genus or kind) here means that the words that came out of the mouth of Jesus in a steady stream (present tense, εκπορευομενοις) were marked by fascination and charm. They were "winning words" as the context makes plain, though they were also "gracious" in the Pauline sense of "grace." There is no necessary antithesis in the ideas of graceful and gracious in these words of Jesus.

Is not this Joseph’s son? (ουχι υιος εστιν ιωσηφ ουτος; ). Witness and wonder gave way to bewilderment as they began to explain to themselves the situation. The use of ουχι intensive form of ουκ in a question expects the answer "yes." Jesus passed in Nazareth as the son of Joseph as Luke presents him in Luke 3:23. He does not stop here to correct this misconception because the truth has been already amply presented in Luke 1:28-38 2:49. This popular conception of Jesus as the son of Joseph appears also in John 1:45. The puzzle of the people was due to their previous knowledge of Jesus as the carpenter (Mark 6:3; the carpenter’s son, Matthew 13:55). For him now to appear as the Messiah in Nazareth where he had lived and laboured as the carpenter was a phenomenon impossible to credit on sober reflection. So the mood of wonder and praise quickly turned with whispers and nods and even scowls to doubt and hostility, a rapid and radical transformation of emotion in the audience.

Luke 8:25

25 (AV) And he said unto them, Where is your faith? And they being afraid wondered, saying one to another, What manner of man is this! for he commandeth even the winds and water, and they obey him. (AV)
25 (IGNT) ειπεν δε {AND HE SAID} αυτοις {TO THEM,} που {WHERE} εστιν η {IS} πιστις υμων {YOUR FAITH?} φοβηθεντες δε {AND BEING AFRAID} εθαυμασαν {THEY WONDERED,} λεγοντες {SAYING} προς {TO} αλληλους {ONE ANOTHER,} τις {WHO} αρα {THEN} ουτος {THIS} εστιν {IS,} οτι {THAT} και {EVEN} τοις {THE} ανεμοις {WINDS} επιτασσει {HE COMMANDS} και {AND} τω {THE} υδατι {WATER,} και {AND} υπακουουσιν {THEY OBEY} αυτω {HIM?} (IGNT)

Luke 9:43

43 (AV) And they were all amazed at the mighty power of God. But while they wondered every one at all things which Jesus did, he said unto his disciples, (AV)
43 (IGNT) εξεπλησσοντο δε {AND WERE ASTONISHED} παντες {ALL} επι {AT} τη {THE} μεγαλειοτητι του {MAJESTY} θεου {OF GOD.} παντων δε {AND AS ALL} θαυμαζοντων {WERE WONDERING} επι {AT} πασιν {ALL} οις {WHICH} εποιησεν ο { DID} ιησους {JESUS,} ειπεν {HE SAID} προς τους {TO} μαθητας αυτου {HIS DISCIPLES, } (IGNT)

Luke 11:14

14 (AV) And he was casting out a devil, and it was dumb. And it came to pass, when the devil was gone out, the dumb spake; and the people wondered. (AV)
14 (IGNT) και {AND} ην {HE WAS} εκβαλλων {CASTING OUT} δαιμονιον {A DEMON,} και {AND} αυτο {IT} ην {WAS} κωφον {DUMB;} εγενετο δε του {AND IT CAME TO PASS} δαιμονιου {ON THE DEMON} εξελθοντος {HAVING GONE OUT,} ελαλησεν { SPOKE} ο {THE} κωφος {DUMB.} και {AND} εθαυμασαν {WONDERED} οι {THE} οχλοι {CROWDS.} (IGNT)

Luke 11:14 (RWP)

When (του δαιμονιου εξελθοντος). Genitive absolute ana asyndeton between και εγενετο and ελαλησεν as often in Luke (no οτι or και).

Luke 11:16

16 (AV) And others, tempting him, sought of him a sign from heaven. (AV)
16 (IGNT) ετεροι δε {AND OTHERS,} πειραζοντες {TEMPTING,} σημειον {A SIGN} παρ {FROM} αυτου {HIM} εζητουν {WERE SEEKING} εξ {FROM} ουρανου { HEAVEN.} (IGNT)

Luke 11:16 (RWP)

Tempting him (πειραζοντες). These "others" (ετεροι) apparently realized the futility of the charge of being in league with Beelzebub. Hence they put up to Jesus the demand for "a sign from heaven" just as had been done in Galilee (Matthew 12:38). By "sign" (σημειον) they meant a great spectacular display of heavenly power such as they expected the Messiah to give and such as the devil suggested to Jesus on the pinnacle of the temple.

Sought (εζητουν). Imperfect active, kept on seeking.

Luke 11:29

29 (AV) And when the people were gathered thick together, he began to say, This is an evil generation: they seek a sign; and there shall no sign be given it, but the sign of Jonas the prophet. (AV)
29 (IGNT) των δε {BUT THE} οχλων {CROWDS} επαθροιζομενων {BEING THRONGED TOGETHER} ηρξατο {HE BEGAN} λεγειν η {TO SAY,} γενεα {GENERATION} αυτη {THIS} πονηρα {WICKED} εστιν {IS;} σημειον {A SIGN} επιζητει {IT SEEKS AFTER,} και {AND} σημειον {A SIGN} ου {NOT} δοθησεται {SHALL BE GIVEN} αυτη ει {TO IT } μη {EXCEPT} το {THE} σημειον {SIGN} ιωνα {OF JONAH} του {THE} προφητου {PROPHET.} (IGNT)

Luke 11:29 (RWP)

Were gathering together unto him (επαθροιζομενων). Genitive absolute present middle participle of επαθροιζω, a rare verb, Plutarch and here only in the N.T., from επι and αθροιζω (a common enough verb). It means to throng together (αθροος, in throngs). Vivid picture of the crowds around Jesus.

But the sign of Jonah (ει μη το σημειον ιωνα). Luke does not give here the burial and resurrection of Jesus of which Jonah’s experience in the big fish was a type (Matthew 12:39), but that is really implied (Plummer argues) by the use here of "shall be given" (δοθησεται) and "shall be" (εσται), for the resurrection of Jesus is still future. The preaching of Jesus ought to have been sign enough as in the case of Jonah, but the resurrection will be given. Luke’s report is much briefer and omits what is in Matthew 12:41.
30 (AV) For as Jonas was a sign unto the Ninevites, so shall also the Son of man be to this generation. (AV)
30 (IGNT) καθως γαρ {FOR AS} εγενετο {WAS} ιωνας {JONAH} σημειον {A SIGN} τοις {TO THE} νινευιταις {NINEVITES,} ουτως {THUS} εσται {SHALL BE } και {ALSO} ο {THE} υιος του {SON} ανθρωπου τη {OF MAN} γενεα ταυτη {TO THIS GENERATION.} (IGNT)

Luke 21:7

7 (AV) And they asked him, saying, Master, but when shall these things be? and what sign will there be when these things shall come to pass? (AV)
7 (IGNT) επηρωτησαν δε {AND THEY ASKED} αυτον {HIM,} λεγοντες {SAYING,} διδασκαλε {TEACHER,} ποτε {WHEN} ουν {THEN} ταυτα {THESE THINGS} εσται { WILL BE?} και {AND} τι {WHAT} το {THE} σημειον {SIGN} οταν {WHEN} μελλη {ARE ABOUT} ταυτα {THESE THINGS} γινεσθαι {TO TAKE PLACE?} (IGNT)

Luke 21:11

11 (AV) And great earthquakes shall be in divers places, and famines, and pestilences; and fearful sights and great signs shall there be from heaven. (AV)
11 (IGNT) σεισμοι τε {ALSO EARTHQUAKES} μεγαλοι {GREAT} κατα {IN DIFFERENT} τοπους {PLACES} και {AND} λιμοι {FAMINES} και {AND} λοιμοι { PESTILENCES} εσονται {SHALL THERE BE,} φοβητρα {FEARFUL SIGHTS} τε {AND} και {AND } σημεια {SIGNS} απ {FROM} ουρανου {HEAVEN} μεγαλα {GREAT} εσται {SHALL THERE BE.} (IGNT)

Luke 21:11 (RWP)

Famines and pestilences (λοιμοι και λιμοι). Play on the two words pronounced just alike in the Koin‚ (itacism).

And terrors (φοβηθρα τε). The use of τε … τε in this verse groups the two kinds of woes. This rare word φοβηθρα is only here in the N.T. It is from φοβεω, to frighten, and occurs only in the plural as here.

Luke 21:25

25 (AV) And there shall be signs in the sun, and in the moon, and in the stars; and upon the earth distress of nations, with perplexity; the sea and the waves roaring; (AV)
25 (IGNT) και {AND} εσται {THERE SHALL BE} σημεια {SIGNS} εν {IN} ηλιω {SUN} και {AND} σεληνη {MOON} και {AND} αστροις {STARS,} και {AND} επι {UPON} της {THE} γης {EARTH} συνοχη {DISTRESS} εθνων {OF NATIONS} εν {WITH} απορια {PERPLEXITY,} ηχουσης {ROARING} θαλασσης {OF THE SEA} και {AND} σαλου {ROLLING SURGE,} (IGNT)

Luke 21:25 (RWP)

Distress (συνοχη). From συνεχω. In the N.T. only here and 2 Corinthians 2:4. Anguish.

In perplexity (εν απορια). State of one who is απορος, who has lost his way (α privative and πορος). Here only in the N.T. though an old and common word.

For the roaring of the sea (ηχους θαλασσης). Our word echo (Latin echo) is this word ηχος, a reverberating sound. Sense of rumour in Luke 4:37.

Billows (σαλου). Old word σαλος for the swell of the sea. Here only in the N.T.

Luke 23:8

8 (AV) And when Herod saw Jesus, he was exceeding glad: for he was desirous to see him of a long season, because he had heard many things of him; and he hoped to have seen some miracle done by him. (AV)
8 (IGNT) ο δε {AND} ηρωδης {HEROD} ιδων τον {SEEING} ιησουν { JESUS} εχαρη {REJOICED} λιαν {GREATLY,} ην γαρ {FOR HE WAS} θελων εξ {WISHING } ικανου {FOR LONG} ιδειν {TO SEE} αυτον {HIM,} δια το {BECAUSE OF} ακουειν {HEARING} πολλα {MANY THINGS} περι {CONCERNING} αυτου {HIM,} και {AND} ηλπιζεν {HE WAS HOPING} τι {SOME} σημειον {SIGN} ιδειν {TO SEE} υπ {BY} αυτου {HIM} γινομενον {DONE.} (IGNT)

Luke 23:8 (RWP)

Was exceeding glad (εχαρη λιαν). Second aorist passive indicative of χαιρω, ingressive aorist, became glad.

Of a long time (εξ ικανων χρονων). For this idiom see 8:27; 20:9; Acts 8:11).

He hoped (ηλπιζεν). Imperfect active. He was still hoping. He had long ago gotten over his fright that Jesus was John the Baptist come to life again (9:7-9).

Done (γινομενον). Present middle participle. He wanted to see a miracle happening like a stunt of a sleight-of-hand performer.

Luke 24:12

12 (AV) Then arose Peter, and ran unto the sepulchre; and stooping down, he beheld the linen clothes laid by themselves, and departed, wondering in himself at that which was come to pass. (AV)
12 (IGNT) ο δε {BUT} πετρος {PETER} αναστας {HAVING RISEN UP} εδραμεν {RAN} επι {TO} το {THE} μνημειον {TOMB,} και {AND} παρακυψας {HAVING STOOPED DOWN} βλεπει {HE SEES} τα {THE} οθονια {LINEN CLOTHES} κειμενα {LYING} μονα {ALONE,} και {AND} απηλθεν προς {WENT AWAY} εαυτον {HOME} θαυμαζων {WONDERING AT} το {THAT WHICH} γεγονος {HAD COME TO PASS.} (IGNT)

Luke 24:12 (RWP)

This entire verse is a Western non-interpolation. This incident is given in complete form in John 18:2-10 and most of the words in this verse are there also. It is of a piece with many items in this chapter about which it is not easy to reach a final conclusion.

Stooping and looking in (παρακυψας). First aorist active participle of παρακυπτω, to stoop besides and peer into. Old verb used also in John 20:5,11; James 1:25; 1 Peter 1:12.

By themselves (μονα). Without the body.

To his home (προς αυτον). Literally, "to himself."

Luke 24:41

41 (AV) And while they yet believed not for joy, and wondered, he said unto them, Have ye here any meat? (AV)
41 (IGNT) ετι δε {BUT YET} απιστουντων αυτων {WHILE THEY WERE DISBELIEVING} απο της {FOR} χαρας {JOY} και {AND} θαυμαζοντων {WERE WONDERING,} ειπεν {HE SAID} αυτοις {TO THEM,} εχετε {HAVE YE} τι {ANYTHING} βρωσιμον {EATABLE} ενθαδε {HERE?} (IGNT)

Luke 24:41 (RWP)

Disbelieved for joy (απιστουντων αυτων απο της χαρας). Genitive absolute and a quite understandable attitude. They were slowly reconvinced, but it was after all too good to be true.

Anything to eat (βρωσιμον). Only here in the N.T., though an old word from βιβρωσκω, to eat.

John 2:11

11 (AV) This beginning of miracles did Jesus in Cana of Galilee, and manifested forth his glory; and his disciples believed on him. (AV)
11 (IGNT) ταυτην {THIS} εποιησεν την {DID} αρχην {BEGINNING} των {OF THE} σημειων ο {SIGNS} ιησους {JESUS} εν {IN} κανα της {CANA} γαλιλαιας {OF GALILEE,} και {AND} εφανερωσεν την {MANIFESTED} δοξαν αυτου {HIS GLORY; } και {AND} επιστευσαν {BELIEVED} εις {ON} αυτον οι {HIM} μαθηται αυτου {HIS DISCIPLES.} (IGNT)

John 2:11 (RWP)

This beginning of his signs did Jesus (ταυτην εποιησεν αρχην των σημειων ο ιησους). Rather, "this Jesus did as a beginning of his signs," for there is no article between ταυτην and αρχην. "We have now passed from the ‘witness’ of the Baptist to the ‘witness’ of the works of Jesus" (Bernard). This is John’s favourite word "signs" rather than wonders (τερατα) or powers (δυναμεις) for the works (εργα) of Jesus. σημειον is an old word from σημαινω, to give a sign (12:33). He selects eight in his Gospel by which to prove the deity of Christ (20:30) of which this is the first.

Manifested his glory (εφανερωσεν την δοξαν αυτου). First aorist (effective) active indicative of φανεροω, that glory of which John spoke in 1:14.

Believed on him (επιστευσαν εις αυτον). First aorist active indicative of πιστευω, to believe, to put trust in, so common in John. These six disciples (learners) had already believed in Jesus as the Messiah (1:35-51). Now their faith was greatly strengthened. So it will be all through this Gospel. Jesus will increasingly reveal himself while the disciples will grow in knowledge and trust and the Jews will become increasingly hostile till the culmination.

John 2:18

18 (AV) Then answered the Jews and said unto him, What sign shewest thou unto us, seeing that thou doest these things? (AV)
18 (IGNT) απεκριθησαν {ANSWERED} ουν {THEREFORE} οι {THE} ιουδαιοι {JEWS} και {AND} ειπον {SAID} αυτω {TO HIM,} τι {WHAT} σημειον {SIGN} δεικνυεις {SHEWEST THOU} ημιν {TO US} οτι {THAT} ταυτα {THESE THINGS} ποιεις {THOU DOEST?} (IGNT)

John 2:18 (RWP)

What sign shewest thou unto us? (τι σημειον δεικνυεις ημιν; ). They may have heard of the "sign" at Cana or not, but they have rallied a bit on the outside of the temple area and demand proof for his Messianic assumption of authority over the temple worship. These traders had paid the Sadducees and Pharisees in the Sanhedrin for the concession as traffickers which they enjoyed. They were within their technical rights in this question.

John 2:23

23 (AV) Now when he was in Jerusalem at the passover, in the feast day, many believed in his name, when they saw the miracles which he did. (AV)
23 (IGNT) ως δε {BUT WHEN} ην {HE WAS} εν {IN} ιεροσολυμοις { JERUSALEM} εν {AT} τω {THE} πασχα {PASSOVER,} εν {AT} τη {THE} εορτη {FEAST,} πολλοι {MANY} επιστευσαν {BELIEVED} εις το { ON} ονομα αυτου {HIS NAME,} θεωρουντες {BEHOLDING} αυτου τα {HIS} σημεια {SIGNS } α {WHICH} εποιει {HE WAS DOING.} (IGNT)

John 2:23 (RWP)

In Jerusalem (εν τοις ιεροσολυμοις). The form ιεροσολυμα as in 2:13 always in this Gospel and in Mark, and usually in Matthew, though ιερουσαλημ only in Revelation, and both forms by Luke and Paul.

During the feast (εν τη εορτη). The feast of unleavened bread followed for seven days right after the passover (one day strictly), though το πασχα is used either for the passover meal or for the whole eight days.

Believed on his name (επιστευσαν εις το ονομα αυτου). See on "Jn 1:12" for this phrase. Only one has to watch for the real import of πιστευω.

Beholding his signs (θεωρουντες αυτου τα σημεια). Present active participle (causal use) of θεωρεω.

Which he did (α εποιει). "Which he was doing" (imperfect tense). He did his first sign in Cana, but now he was doing many in Jerusalem. Already Jesus had become the cynosure of all eyes in Jerusalem at this first visit in his ministry.

John 3:2

2 (AV) The same came to Jesus by night, and said unto him, Rabbi, we know that thou art a teacher come from God: for no man can do these miracles that thou doest, except God be with him. (AV)
2 (IGNT) ουτος {HE} ηλθεν {CAME} προς τον {TO} ιησουν { JESUS} νυκτος {BY NIGHT,} και {AND} ειπεν {SAID} αυτω {TO HIM,} ραββι {RABBI,} οιδαμεν {WE KNOW} οτι {THAT} απο {FROM} θεου {GOD} εληλυθας {THOU HAST COME} διδασκαλος {A TEACHER,} ουδεις γαρ {FOR NO ONE} ταυτα τα {THESE} σημεια {SIGNS} δυναται {IS ABLE} ποιειν {TO DO} α {WHICH } συ {THOU} ποιεις εαν {DOEST} μη {UNLESS} η ο {BE} θεος {GOD} μετ {WITH} αυτου {HIM.} (IGNT)

John 3:2 (RWP)

The same (ουτος). "This one."

By night (νυκτος). Genitive of time. That he came at all is remarkable, not because there was any danger as was true at a later period, but because of his own prominence. He wished to avoid comment by other members of the Sanhedrin and others. Jesus had already provoked the opposition of the ecclesiastics by his assumption of Messianic authority over the temple. There is no ground for assigning this incident to a later period, for it suits perfectly here. Jesus was already in the public eye (2:23) and the interest of Nicodemus was real and yet he wished to be cautious.

Rabbi (ραββει). See on 1:38. Technically Jesus was not an acknowledged Rabbi of the schools, but Nicodemus does recognize him as such and calls him "My Master" just as Andrew and John did (1:38). It was a long step for Nicodemus as a Pharisee to take, for the Pharisees had closely scrutinized the credentials of the Baptist in 1:19-24 (Milligan and Moulton’s Comm.).

We know (οιδαμεν). Second perfect indicative first person plural. He seems to speak for others of his class as the blind man does in 9:31. Westcott thinks that Nicodemus has been influenced partly by the report of the commission sent to the Baptist (1:19-27).

Thou art a teacher come from God (απο θεου εληλυθας διδασκαλος). "Thou hast come from God as a teacher." Second perfect active indicative of ερχομαι and predicative nominative διδασκαλος. This is the explanation of Nicodemus for coming to Jesus, obscure Galilean peasant as he seemed, evidence that satisfied one of the leaders in Pharisaism.

Can do (δυναται ποιειν). "Can go on doing" (present active infinitive of ποιεω and so linear).

These signs that thou doest (ταυτα τα σημεια α συ ποιεις). Those mentioned in 2:23 that convinced so many in the crowd and that now appeal to the scholar. Note συ (thou) as quite out of the ordinary. The scorn of Jesus by the rulers held many back to the end (John 12:42), but Nicodemus dares to feel his way.

Except God be with him (εαν μη η ο θεος μετ αυτου). Condition of the third class, presented as a probability, not as a definite fact. He wanted to know more of the teaching accredited thus by God. Jesus went about doing good because God was with him, Peter says (Acts 10:38).

John 4:48

48 (AV) Then said Jesus unto him, Except ye see signs and wonders, ye will not believe. (AV)
48 (IGNT) ειπεν {SAID} ουν ο {THEREFORE} ιησους {JESUS} προς {TO} αυτον εαν {HIM,} μη {UNLESS} σημεια {SIGNS} και {AND} τερατα {WONDERS} ιδητε ου {YE SEE} μη {IN NO WISE} πιστευσητε {WILL YE BELIEVE.} (IGNT)

John 4:48 (RWP)

Except ye see (εαν μη ιδητε). Condition of the third class (εαν μη, negative, with second aorist active subjunctive of οραω). Jesus is not discounting his "signs and wonders" (σημεια και τερατα, both words together here only in John, though common in N.T. as in Matthew 24:24; Mark 13:22; Acts 2:19,22,43; 2 Thessalonians 2:9; Hebrews 2:4), though he does seem disappointed that he is in Galilee regarded as a mere miracle worker.

Ye will in no wise believe (ου μη πιστευσητε). Strong double negative with aorist active subjunctive of πιστευω, picturing the stubborn refusal of people to believe in Christ without miracles.

John 4:54

54 (AV) This is again the second miracle that Jesus did, when he was come out of Judaea into Galilee. (AV)
54 (IGNT) τουτο {THIS} παλιν {AGAIN} δευτερον {A SECOND} σημειον {SIGN} εποιησεν ο {DID} ιησους {JESUS,} ελθων {HAVING COME} εκ της {OUT OF } ιουδαιας {JUDEA} εις την {INTO} γαλιλαιαν {GALILEE.} (IGNT)

John 4:54 (RWP)

The second sign that (δευτερον σημειον). No article, simply predicate accusative, "This again a second sign did Jesus having come out of Judea into Galilee." The first one was also in Cana (2:1), but many were wrought in Jerusalem also (2:23).

John 6:2

2 (AV) And a great multitude followed him, because they saw his miracles which he did on them that were diseased. (AV)
2 (IGNT) και {AND} ηκολουθει {FOLLOWED} αυτω {HIM} οχλος { A CROWD} πολυς {GREAT,} οτι {BECAUSE} εωρων {THEY SAW} αυτου {OF HIM} τα {THE} σημεια {SIGNS} α {WHICH} εποιει {HE WROUGHT} επι {UPON} των {THOSE WHO} ασθενουντων {WERE SICK.} (IGNT)

John 6:2 (RWP)

Followed (ηκολουθει). Descriptive imperfect active, picturing the crowd, but without the details of the boat for Christ and the rapid race of the crowd on foot (Mark 6:32; Matthew 14:13).

They beheld (εθεωρουν). Imperfect active of θεωρεω. They had been beholding the signs which Jesus had been doing (εποιει, imperfect again) for a long time (2:23), most of which John has not given (Mark 1:29; 2:1; 3:1; 6:5). The people were eager to hear Jesus again (Luke 9:11) and to get the benefit of his healing power "on them that were sick" (επι των ασθενουντων, the weak or feeble, without strength, α privative and σθενος, strength).

John 6:14

14 (AV) Then those men, when they had seen the miracle that Jesus did, said, This is of a truth that prophet that should come into the world. (AV)
14 (IGNT) οι ουν ανθρωποι {THE MEN THEREFORE} ιδοντες {HAVING SEEN} ο {WHAT} εποιησεν {HAD DONE} σημειον ο {SIGN} ιησους {JESUS,} ελεγον οτι {SAID,} ουτος {THIS} εστιν {IS} αληθως {TRULY} ο {THE} προφητης {PROPHET} ο {WHO} ερχομενος {IS COMING} εις {INTO} τον {THE} κοσμον {WORLD.} (IGNT)

John 6:14 (RWP)

Saw the sign which he did (ιδοντες α εποιησεν σημεια). "Signs" oldest MSS. have. This sign added to those already wrought (verse 2). Cf. 2:23; 3:2.

They said (ελεγον). Inchoative imperfect, began to say.

Of a truth (αληθως). Common adverb (from αληθης) in John (7:40).

The prophet that cometh (ο προφητης ο ερχομενος). There was a popular expectation about the prophet of Deuteronomy 18:15 as being the Messiah (John 1:21; 11:27). The phrase is peculiar to John, but the idea is in Acts (3:22; 7:37). The people are on the tiptoe of expectation and believe that Jesus is the political Messiah of Pharisaic hope.

John 6:26

26 (AV) Jesus answered them and said, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Ye seek me, not because ye saw the miracles, but because ye did eat of the loaves, and were filled. (AV)
26 (IGNT) απεκριθη {ANSWERED} αυτοις ο {THEM} ιησους {JESUS} και {AND} ειπεν {SAID,} αμην {VERILY} αμην {VERILY} λεγω {I SAY} υμιν {TO YOU,} ζητειτε {YE SEEK} με {ME,} ουχ {NOT} οτι { BECAUSE} ειδετε {YE SAW} σημεια {SIGNS,} αλλ {BUT} οτι {BECAUSE} εφαγετε {YE ATE} εκ {OF} των {THE} αρτων {LOAVES} και { AND} εχορτασθητε {WERE SATISFIED.} (IGNT)

John 6:26 (RWP)

Not because ye saw signs (ουχ οτι ειδετε σημεια). Second aorist active indicative of the defective verb οραω. They had seen the "signs" wrought by Jesus (verse 2), but this one had led to wild fanaticism (verse 14) and complete failure to grasp the spiritual lessons.

But because ye ate of the loaves (αλλ οτι εφαγετε εκ των αρτων). Second aorist active indicative of εσθιω, defective verb.

Ye were filled (εχορτασθητε). First aorist passive indicative of χορταζω, from χορτος (grass) as in verse 10, to eat grass, then to eat anything, to satisfy hunger. They were more concerned with hungry stomachs than with hungry souls. It was a sharp and deserved rebuke.

John 6:30

30 (AV) They said therefore unto him, What sign shewest thou then, that we may see, and believe thee? what dost thou work? (AV)
30 (IGNT) ειπον {THEY SAID} ουν {THEREFORE} αυτω {TO HIM,} τι {WHAT} ουν {THEN} ποιεις {DOEST} συ {THOU} σημειον {SIGN,} ινα {THAT} ιδωμεν {WE MAY SEE} και {AND} πιστευσωμεν {MAY BELIEVE} σοι {THEE?} τι {WHAT} εργαζη {DOST THOU WORK?} (IGNT)

John 6:30 (RWP)

For a sign (σημειον). Predicate accusative, as a sign, with τι (what). As if the sign of the day before was without value. Jesus had said that they did not understand his signs (verse 26).

That we may see, and believe thee (ινα ιδωμεν και πιστευσωμεν). Purpose clause with ινα and the second aorist (ingressive) active subjunctive of οραω and the first aorist (ingressive) active subjunctive of πιστευω, "that we may come to see and come to have faith in thee." It is hard to have patience with this superficial and almost sneering mob.

What workest thou? (τι εργαζη; ). They not simply depreciate the miracle of the day before, but set up a standard for Jesus.

John 7:31

31 (AV) And many of the people believed on him, and said, When Christ cometh, will he do more miracles than these which this man hath done? (AV)
31 (IGNT) πολλοι δε {BUT MANY} εκ {OF} του {THE} οχλου { CROWD} επιστευσαν {BELIEVED} εις {ON} αυτον {HIM,} και {AND} ελεγον οτι {SAID,} ο {THE} χριστος {CHRIST,} οταν {WHEN} ελθη μητι {HE COMES,} πλειονα {MORE} σημεια {SIGNS} τουτων {THAN THESE} ποιησει {WILL HE DO} ων {WHICH} ουτος {THIS MAN} εποιησεν {DID?} (IGNT)

John 7:31 (RWP)

When the Christ shall come (ο χριστος οταν ελθη). Proleptic position of ο χριστος again as in 27, but ελθη with οταν rather than ερχηται, calling more attention to the consummation (whenever he does come).

Will he do? (μη ποιησει; ). Future active indicative of ποιεω with μη (negative answer expected). Jesus had won a large portion of the pilgrims (εκ του οχλου πολλοι) either before this day or during this controversy. The use of επιστευσαν (ingressive aorist active) looks as if many came to believe at this point. These pilgrims had watched closely the proceedings.

Than those which (ων). One must supply the unexpressed antecedent τουτων in the ablative case after πλειονα (more). Then the neuter plural accusative relative α (referring to σημεια signs) is attracted to the ablative case of the pronominal antecedent τουτων (now dropped out).

Hath done (εποιησεν). First aorist active indicative of ποιεω, a timeless constative aorist summing up all the miracles of Jesus so far.

John 9:16

16 (AV) Therefore said some of the Pharisees, This man is not of God, because he keepeth not the sabbath day. Others said, How can a man that is a sinner do such miracles? And there was a division among them. (AV)
16 (IGNT) ελεγον {SAID} ουν {THEREFORE} εκ {OF} των {THE } φαρισαιων {PHARISEES} τινες {SOME,} ουτος ο {THIS} ανθρωπος ουκ {MAN} εστιν {IS NOT} παρα του {FROM} θεου {GOD,} οτι {FOR} το { THE} σαββατον ου {SABBATH} τηρει {HE DOES NOT KEEP.} αλλοι {OTHERS} ελεγον {SAID, } πως {HOW} δυναται {CAN} ανθρωπος {A MAN} αμαρτωλος {A SINNER} τοιαυτα {SUCH} σημεια {SIGNS} ποιειν {DO?} και {AND} σχισμα { A DIVISION} ην {WAS} εν {AMONG} αυτοις {THEM.} (IGNT)

John 9:16 (RWP)

Because he keepeth not the sabbath (οτι το σαββατον ου τηρει). This is reason (causal οτι) enough. He violates our rules about the Sabbath and therefore is a Sabbath-breaker as charged when here before (5:10,16,18). Hence he is not "from God" (παρα θεου). So some.

How can a man that is a sinner do such signs? (πως δυναται ανθρωπος αμαρτωλος τοιαυτα σημεια ποιειν; ). This was the argument of Nicodemus, himself a Pharisee and one of the Sanhedrin, long ago (3:2). It was a conundrum for the Pharisees. No wonder there was "a division" (σχισμα, schism, split, from σχιζω) as in 7:43; 10:19.

John 10:41

41 (AV) And many resorted unto him, and said, John did no miracle: but all things that John spake of this man were true. (AV)
41 (IGNT) και {AND} πολλοι {MANY} ηλθον {CAME} προς {TO } αυτον {HIM,} και {AND} ελεγον οτι {SAID,} ιωαννης {JOHN} μεν {INDEED} σημειον {SIGN} εποιησεν {DID} ουδεν {NO;} παντα δε { BUT ALL} οσα {WHATSOEVER} ειπεν {SAID} ιωαννης {JOHN} περι {CONCERNING} τουτου {THIS MAN,} αληθη {TRUE} ην {WERE.} (IGNT)

John 10:41 (RWP)

Many came to him (πολλοι ηλθον προς αυτον). Jesus was busy here and in a more congenial atmosphere than Jerusalem. John wrought no signs the crowds recall, though Jesus did many here (Matthew 19:2). The crowds still bear the impress of John’s witness to Christ as "true" (αληθη). Here was prepared soil for Christ.

John 11:47

47 (AV) Then gathered the chief priests and the Pharisees a council, and said, What do we? for this man doeth many miracles. (AV)
47 (IGNT) συνηγαγον {GATHERED} ουν {THEREFORE} οι {THE} αρχιερεις {CHIEF PRIESTS} και {AND} οι {THE} φαρισαιοι {PHARISEES} συνεδριον {A COUNCIL, } και {AND} ελεγον {SAID,} τι {WHAT} ποιουμεν {DO WE?} οτι {FOR} ουτος ο {THIS} ανθρωπος {MAN} πολλα {MANY} σημεια {SIGNS } ποιει {DOES.} (IGNT)

John 11:47 (RWP)

Gathered a council (συνηγαγον συνεδριον). Second aorist active indicative of συναγω and συνεδριον, the regular word for the Sanhedrin (Matthew 5:22, etc.), only here in John. Here a sitting or session of the Sanhedrin. Both chief priests (Sadducees) and Pharisees (mentioned no more in John after Jo 11:57 save 12:19,42; 18:3) combine in the call (cf. 7:32). From now on the chief priests (Sadducees) take the lead in the attacks on Jesus, though loyally supported by their opponents (the Pharisees).

And said (και ελεγον). Imperfect active of λεγω, perhaps inchoative, "began to say."

What do we? (τι ποιουμεν; ). Present active (linear) indicative of ποιεω. Literally, "What are we doing?"

Doeth (ποιει). Better, "is doing" (present, linear action). He is active and we are idle. There is no mention of the raising of Lazarus as a fact, but it is evidently inoluded in the "many signs."

John 12:18

18 (AV) For this cause the people also met him, for that they heard that he had done this miracle. (AV)
18 (IGNT) δια {ON ACCOUNT OF} τουτο {THIS} και {ALSO} υπηντησεν {MET} αυτω {HIM} ο {THE} οχλος {CROWD,} οτι {BECAUSE} ηκουσεν {IT HEARD} τουτο {THIS} αυτον {OF HIS} πεποιηκεναι το {HAVING DONE} σημειον {SIGN.} (IGNT)

John 12:18 (RWP)

The multitude (ο οχλος). The multitude of verse 13, not the crowd just mentioned that had been with Jesus at the raising of Lazarus. There were two crowds (one following Jesus, one meeting Jesus as here).

Went and met him (υπηντησεν αυτω). First aorist active indicative of υπανταω, old compound verb (υπο, ανταω) to go to meet, with associative instrumental case αυτω . Cf. John 4:51.

That he had done this sign (τουτο αυτον πεποιηκεναι το σημειον). Perfect active infinitive in indirect discourse after ηκουσαν (first aorist active indicative of ακουω, to hear) (instead of a οτι clause) with the accusative of general reference αυτον (as to him) and another accusative (σημειον, sign) the object of the infinitive. Clearly there was much talk about the raising of Lazarus as the final proof that Jesus in truth is the Messiah of Jewish hope.

John 12:33

33 (AV) This he said, signifying what death he should die. (AV)
33 (IGNT) τουτο δε {BUT THIS} ελεγεν {HE SAID,} σημαινων {SIGNIFYING} ποιω {BY WHAT} θανατω {DEATH} ημελλεν {HE WAS ABOUT} αποθνησκειν {TO DIE.} (IGNT)

John 12:33 (RWP)

Signifying (σημαινων). Present active participle of σεμαινω, old verb to give a sign (σημειον) as in Acts 25:27, and the whole phrase repeated in Jo 18:32 and nearly so in 21:19. The indirect question here and in 18:32 has the imperfect εμελλεν with present infinitive rather than the usual present μελλει retained while in 21:19 the future indicative δοξασει occurs according to rule. The point in ποιω (qualitative relative in the instrumental case with θανατω) is the Cross (lifted up) as the kind of death before Christ.

John 12:37

37 (AV) But though he had done so many miracles before them, yet they believed not on him: (AV)
37 (IGNT) τοσαυτα δε {BUT THOUGH SO MANY} αυτου {HE} σημεια {SIGNS} πεποιηκοτος {HAD DONE} εμπροσθεν {BEFORE} αυτων ουκ {THEM} επιστευον {THEY BELIEVED NOT} εις {ON} αυτον {HIM,} (IGNT)

John 12:37 (RWP)

Though he had done so many signs before them (τοσαυτα αυτου σημεια πεποιηκοτος εμπροσθεν αυτων). Genitive absolute with perfect active participle in concessive sense of ποιεω.

Yet they believed not on him (ουκ επιστευον εις αυτον). No "yet" in the Greek. Negative imperfect active of πιστευω, "they kept on not believing on him," stubborn refusal in face of the light (verse 35).

John 18:32

32 (AV) That the saying of Jesus might be fulfilled, which he spake, signifying what death he should die. (AV)
32 (IGNT) ινα {THAT} ο {THE} λογος του {WORD} ιησου {OF JESUS} πληρωθη {MIGHT BE FULFILLED} ον {WHICH} ειπεν {HE SPOKE} σημαινων {SIGNIFYING } ποιω {BY WHAT} θανατω {DEATH} ημελλεν {HE WAS ABOUT} αποθνησκειν {TO DIE.} (IGNT)

John 18:32 (RWP)

By what manner of death (ποιω θανατω). Instrumental case of the qualitative interrogative ποιος in an indirect question, the very idiom used in John 12:32 concerning the Cross and here treated as prophecy (Scripture) with ινα πληρωθη like the saying of Jesus in verse 9 which see.

John 20:30

30 (AV) And many other signs truly did Jesus in the presence of his disciples, which are not written in this book: (AV)
30 (IGNT) πολλα μεν {MANY} ουν {THEREFORE} και {ALSO} αλλα { OTHER} σημεια {SIGNS} εποιησεν ο {DID} ιησους {JESUS} ενωπιον των {IN PRESENCE } μαθητων αυτου {OF HIS DISCIPLES,} α {WHICH} ουκ εστιν {ARE NOT} γεγραμμενα {WRITTEN } εν τω {IN} βιβλιω τουτω {THIS BOOK;} (IGNT)

John 20:30 (RWP)

Many other signs (πολλα αλλα σημεια). Not only those described in the Synoptic Gospels or referred to in general statements, but many alluded to in John’s Gospel (2:23; 4:45; 12:37).

Are not written (ουκ εστιν γεγραμμενα). Periphrastic perfect passive indicative of γραφω, do not stand written, are not described "in this book." John has made a selection of the vast number wrought by Jesus "in the presence of the disciples" (ενωπιον των μαθητων), common idiom in Luke, not in Mark and Matthew, and by John elsewhere only in 1 John 3:22. John’s book is written with a purpose which he states.

John 21:19

19 (AV) This spake he, signifying by what death he should glorify God. And when he had spoken this, he saith unto him, Follow me. (AV)
19 (IGNT) τουτο δε {BUT THIS} ειπεν {HE SAID} σημαινων {SIGNIFYING} ποιω {BY WHAT} θανατω {DEATH} δοξασει τον {HE SHOULD GLORIFY} θεον {GOD.} και {AND} τουτο {THIS} ειπων {HAVING SAID} λεγει {HE SAYS} αυτω {TO HIM,} ακολουθει {FOLLOW} μοι {ME.} (IGNT)

John 21:19 (RWP)

By what manner of death (ποιω θανατω). Undoubtedly John, who is writing long after Peter’s death, seems to mean that Peter was to die (and did die) a martyr’s death. "Whither thou wouldest not." There is a tradition that Peter met death by crucifixion and asked to be crucified head downwards, but that is not made plain here.

Acts 2:19

19 (AV) And I will shew wonders in heaven above, and signs in the earth beneath; blood, and fire, and vapour of smoke: (AV)
19 (IGNT) και {AND} δωσω {I WILL GIVE} τερατα {WONDERS} εν { IN} τω {THE} ουρανω {HEAVEN} ανω {ABOVE} και {AND} σημεια {SIGNS} επι {ON} της {THE} γης {EARTH} κατω {BELOW,} αιμα {BLOOD} και {AND} πυρ {FIRE} και {AND} ατμιδα { VAPOUR} καπνου {OF SMOKE.} (IGNT)

Acts 2:19 (RWP)

Wonders (τερατα). Apparently akin to the verb τηρεω, to watch like a wonder in the sky,

miracle (μιραχυλυμ), marvel, portent. In the New Testament the word occurs only in the plural and only in connection with σημεια (signs) as here and in verse 43. But

signs (σημεια) here is not in the LXX. See on Matthew 11:20. In verse Acts 2:22 all three words occur together: powers, wonders, signs (δυναμεσι, τερασι, σημειοις).

As above (ανω). This word is not in the LXX nor is "beneath" (κατω), both probably being added to make clearer the contrast between heaven and earth.

Blood and fire and vapour of smoke (αιμα και πυρ και ατμιδα καπνου). A chiasm as these words illustrate bloodshed and destruction by fire as signs here on earth.

Acts 2:19 (Vincent_NTWordStudies)

19. I will shew (δωσω). Lit., I will give.

Wonders (τερατα). Or portents. See on "Mt 11:20".

Signs. See on "Mt 11:20".

Acts 2:22

22 (AV) Ye men of Israel, hear these words; Jesus of Nazareth, a man approved of God among you by miracles and wonders and signs, which God did by him in the midst of you, as ye yourselves also know: (AV)
22 (IGNT) ανδρες {MEN} ισραηλιται {ISRAELITES,} ακουσατε {HEAR} τους {THESE} λογους τουτους {WORDS:} ιησουν {JESUS} τον {THE} ναζωραιον { NAZARENE,} ανδρα {A MAN} απο του {BY} θεου {GOD} αποδεδειγμενον {SET FORTH } εις {TO} υμας {YOU} δυναμεσιν {BY WORKS OF POWER} και {AND} τερασιν {WONDERS} και {AND} σημειοις {SIGNS,} οις {WHICH} εποιησεν {WROUGHT} δι {BY} αυτου ο {HIM} θεος {GOD} εν {IN} μεσω {MIDST} υμων {YOUR,} καθως {AS} και {ALSO} αυτοι {YOURSELVES } οιδατε {KNOW:} (IGNT)

Acts 2:22 (RWP)

Hear these words (ακουσατε τους λογους τουτους). Do it now (aorist tense). With unerring aim Peter has found the solution for the phenomena. He has found the key to God’s work on this day in his words through Joel.

as ye yourselves know (καθως αυτοι οιδατε). Note αυτοι for emphasis. Peter calls the audience to witness that his statements are true concerning "Jesus the Nazarene." He wrought his miracles by the power of God in the midst of these very people here present.

Acts 2:22 (Vincent_NTWordStudies)

22. Approved (αποδεδειγμενον). The verb means to point out or shew forth. Shewn to be that which he claimed to be.

Miracles (δυναμεσι). Better, Rev., mighty works. Lit., powers. See on "Mt 11:20".

Acts 2:43

43 (AV) And fear came upon every soul: and many wonders and signs were done by the apostles. (AV)
43 (IGNT) εγενετο {THERE CAME} δε {AND} παση {UPON EVERY} ψυχη {SOUL} φοβος {FEAR,} πολλα τε {AND MANY} τερατα {WONDERS} και {AND} σημεια {SIGNS} δια {THROUGH} των {THE} αποστολων {APOSTLES} εγινετο {TOOK PLACE.} (IGNT)

Acts 2:43 (RWP)

Came (εγινετο). Imperfect middle, kept on coming.

Were done (εγινετο). Same tense. Awe kept on coming on all and signs and wonders kept on coming through the apostles. The two things went on παρι πασσυ, the more wonders the more fear.

Acts 2:43 (Vincent_NTWordStudies)

43. Fear (φοβος) Not terror, but reverential awe: as Mark 4:41; Luke 7:16; 1 Peter 1:17, etc.

Acts 3:10

10 (AV) And they knew that it was he which sat for alms at the Beautiful gate of the temple: and they were filled with wonder and amazement at that which had happened unto him. (AV)
10 (IGNT) επεγινωσκον τε {AND THEY RECOGNIZED} αυτον {HIM} οτι {THAT} ουτος {HE} ην {IT WAS} ο {WHO} προς την {FOR} ελεημοσυνην {ALMS} καθημενος {WAS SITTING} επι {AT} τη {THE} ωραια {BEAUTIFUL} πυλη {GATE} του {OF THE} ιερου {TEMPLE,} και {AND} επλησθησαν {THEY WERE FILLED} θαμβους {WITH WONDER} και {AND} εκστασεως {AMAZEMENT} επι {AT } τω {THAT WHICH} συμβεβηκοτι {HAD HAPPENED} αυτω {TO HIM.} (IGNT)

Acts 3:10 (RWP)

They took knowledge of him (επεγινωσκον). Imperfect active, inchoative, began to perceive.

Were filled (επλησθησαν). Effective first aorist passive.

At that which had happened (τω συμβεβηκοτι). Perfect active participle of συμβαινω.

Acts 3:10 (Vincent_NTWordStudies)

10. They knew (επεγινωσκον). Or recognized. Rev., took knowledge.

Wonder (θαμβους). Used by Luke only. See on "Lu 4:36".

Amazement (εκστασεως). See on "Mark 5:42"; and compare Luke 5:26.
11 (AV) And as the lame man which was healed held Peter and John, all the people ran together unto them in the porch that is called Solomon’s, greatly wondering. (AV)
11 (IGNT) κρατουντος δε {AND AS HELD} του {THE} ιαθεντος {WHO HAD BEEN HEALED} χωλου τον {LAME MAN} πετρον {PETER} και {AND} ιωαννην {JOHN,} συνεδραμεν {RAN TOGETHER} προς {TO} αυτους {THEM} πας {ALL} ο {THE } λαος {PEOPLE} επι {IN} τη {THE} στοα τη {PORCH} καλουμενη {CALLED} σολομωντος {SOLOMON’S,} εκθαμβοι {GREATLY AMAZED.} (IGNT)

Acts 3:11 (RWP)

The Codex Bezae adds "as Peter and John went out."

As he held (κρατουντος αυτου). Genitive absolute of κρατεω, to hold fast, with accusative rather than genitive to get hold of (Acts 27:13). Old and common verb from κρατος (strength, force). Perhaps out of gratitude and partly from fear (Luke 8:38).

In the porch that is called Solomon’s (επι τη στοα τη καλουμενη σολομωντος). The adjective Stoic (στοικος) is from this word στοα (porch). It was on the east side of the court of the Gentiles (Josephus, Ant. XX. 9, 7) and was so called because it was built on a remnant of the foundations of the ancient temple. Jesus had once taught here (John 10:23).

Greatly wondering (εκθαμβοι). Wondering out of (εκ) measure, already filled with wonder (θαμβους, verse 10). Late adjective. Construction according to sense (plural, though λαος singular) as in 5:16; 6:7; 11:1, etc.

Acts 3:11 (Vincent_NTWordStudies)

11. The lame man which was healed. The best texts omit. Render as he held.

Held (κρατουντος). Held them firmly, took fast hold. The verb from κρατος, strength.

Greatly wondering (εκθαμβοι). Wondering out of measure (εκ). Compare wonder. (ver. 10).

Acts 4:16

16 (AV) Saying, What shall we do to these men? for that indeed a notable miracle hath been done by them is manifest to all them that dwell in Jerusalem; and we cannot deny it. (AV)
16 (IGNT) λεγοντες {SAYING,} τι {WHAT} ποιησομεν τοις {SHALL WE DO} ανθρωποις {TO MEN} τουτοις {THESE?} οτι {THAT} μεν {INDEED} γαρ {FOR } γνωστον {A KNOWN} σημειον {SIGN} γεγονεν {HAS COME TO PASS} δι {THROUGH} αυτων {THEM,} πασιν {TO ALL} τοις {THOSE} κατοικουσιν {INHABITING} ιερουσαλημ {JERUSALEM} φανερον {IS MANIFEST,} και {AND} ου {WE} δυναμεθα {ARE UNABLE} αρνησασθαι {TO DENY IT.} (IGNT)

Acts 4:16 (RWP)

What shall we do? (τι ποιησωμεν). Deliberative aorist active subjunctive (ingressive and urgent aorist).

Notable miracle (γνωστον σημειον). Or sign. It was useless to deny it with the man there.

We cannot deny it (ου δυναμεθα αρνεισθαι). That is, it will do no good.

Acts 4:22

22 (AV) For the man was above forty years old, on whom this miracle of healing was shewed. (AV)
22 (IGNT) ετων {YEARS OLD} γαρ {FOR} ην {WAS} πλειονων {ABOVE} τεσσαρακοντα {FORTY} ο {THE} ανθρωπος {MAN} εφ {ON} ον {WHOM} εγεγονει το {HAD TAKEN PLACE} σημειον τουτο {THIS SIGN} της {OF} ιασεως {HEALING.} (IGNT)

Acts 4:22 (RWP)

Was wrought (γεγονει). Second past perfect active without augment from γινομαι.

Acts 4:30

30 (AV) By stretching forth thine hand to heal; and that signs and wonders may be done by the name of thy holy child Jesus. (AV)
30 (IGNT) εν {IN} τω {THAT} την {THY} χειρα σου {HAND } εκτεινειν {STRETCHEST OUT} σε {THOU} εις {FOR} ιασιν {HEALING,} και {AND} σημεια {SIGNS} και {AND} τερατα {WONDERS} γινεσθαι { TAKE PLACE} δια {THROUGH} του {THE} ονοματος του {NAME} αγιου {HOLY} παιδος {SERVANT} σου {OF THY} ιησου {JESUS.} (IGNT)

Acts 4:30 (RWP)

While thou stretchest forth thy hand (εν τω την χειρα εκτεινειν σε). Luke’s favourite idiom, "In the stretching out (articular present active infinitive) the hand as to thee" (accusative of general reference), the second allusion to God’s "hand" in this prayer (verse 28).

To heal (εις ιασιν). For healing. See verse 22.

And that signs and wonders may be done (και σημεια και τερατα γινεσθαι). Either to be taken as in the same construction as εκτεινειν with εν τω as Revised Version has it here or to be treated as subordinate purpose to εν τω εκτεινειν (as Knowling, Page, Wendt, Hackett). The latter most likely true. They ask for a visible sign or proof that God has heard this prayer for courage to be faithful even unto death.

Acts 5:12

12 (AV) And by the hands of the apostles were many signs and wonders wrought among the people; (and they were all with one accord in Solomon’s porch. (AV)
12 (IGNT) δια {AND} δε {BY} των {THE} χειρων {HANDS } των {OF THE} αποστολων {APOSTLES} εγενετο {CAME TO PASS} σημεια {SIGNS} και {AND} τερατα {WONDERS} εν {AMONG} τω {THE} λαω { PEOPLE} πολλα {MANY;} και {(AND} ησαν {THEY WERE} ομοθυμαδον {WITH ONE ACCORD } απαντες {ALL} εν {IN} τη {THE} στοα {PORCH} σολομωντος {OF SOLOMON,} (IGNT)

Acts 5:12 (RWP)

Were wrought (εγινετο). Imperfect middle, wrought from time to time.

With one accord (ομοθυμαδον). As already in 1:14; 2:46; 4:24 and later 7:57; 8:6; 12:20; 15:25; 18:21; 19:29, old adverb and only in Acts in the N.T. Here "all" is added. In Solomon’s Porch again as in 3:11 which see.

Acts 5:12 (Vincent_NTWordStudies)

12. Were wrought (εγενετο). The best texts read εγινετο, the imperfect, were being wrought from time to time.

All. The whole body of believers.

Acts 6:8

8 (AV) And Stephen, full of faith and power, did great wonders and miracles among the people. (AV)
8 (IGNT) στεφανος δε {AND STEPHEN,} πληρης {FULL} πιστεως {OF FAITH} και {AND} δυναμεως {POWER,} εποιει {WROUGHT} τερατα {WONDERS} και {AND } σημεια {SIGNS} μεγαλα {GREAT} εν {AMONG} τω {THE} λαω {PEOPLE.} (IGNT)

Acts 6:8 (RWP)

Wrought (εποιει). Imperfect active, repeatedly wrought. Evidently a man like Stephen would not confine his "ministry" to "serving tables." He was called in verse 5 "full of faith and the Holy Spirit." Here he is termed "full of grace (so the best MSS., not faith) and power." The four words give a picture of remarkable attractiveness. The grace of God gave him the power and so "he kept on doing great wonders and signs among the people." He was a sudden whirlwind of power in the very realm of Peter and John and the rest.

Acts 6:8 (Vincent_NTWordStudies)

8. Did (εποιει). Imperfect: was working wonders during the progress of the events described in the previous verse.

Acts 7:31

31 (AV) When Moses saw it, he wondered at the sight: and as he drew near to behold it, the voice of the Lord came unto him, (AV)
31 (IGNT) ο δε {AND} μωσης {MOSES} ιδων {SEEING IT} εθαυμασεν {WONDERED AT} το {THE} οραμα {VISION;} προσερχομενου δε {AND COMING NEAR} αυτου {HE} κατανοησαι {TO CONSIDER IT,} εγενετο {THERE WAS} φωνη {A VOICE} κυριου {OF THE LORD} προς {TO} αυτον {HIM,} (IGNT)

Acts 7:31 (RWP)

The sight (το οραμα). Used of visions in the N.T. as in Matthew 17:9.

As he drew near (προσερχομενου αυτου). Genitive absolute with present middle participle of προσερχομαι.

A voice of the Lord (φωνη κυριου). Here the angel of Jehovah of verse 30 is termed Jehovah himself. Jesus makes powerful use of these words in his reply to the Sadducees in defence of the doctrine of the resurrection and the future life (Mark 12:26; Matthew 22:32; Luke 20:37) that God here describes himself as the God of the living.

Trembled (εντρομος γενομενος). Literally, becoming tremulous or terrified. The adjective εντρομος (εν, τρομος from τρεμω, to tremble, to quake) occurs in Plutarch and the LXX. In the N.T. only here and Acts 16:29.

Durst not (ουκ ετολμα). Imperfect active, was not daring, negative conative imperfect.

Acts 7:31 (Vincent_NTWordStudies)

31. The sight (το οραμα). Always in the New Testament of a vision. See on "Mt 17:9".

To behold (κατανοησαι). see on "Mt 7:3". Compare Luke 12:24,27.

Acts 7:36

36 (AV) He brought them out, after that he had shewed wonders and signs in the land of Egypt, and in the Red sea, and in the wilderness forty years. (AV)
36 (IGNT) ουτος {THIS ONE} εξηγαγεν {LED OUT} αυτους {THEM,} ποιησας {HAVING WROUGHT} τερατα {WONDERS} και {AND} σημεια {SIGNS} εν {IN THE} γη {LAND} αιγυπτου {OF EGYPT} και {AND} εν {IN THE } ερυθρα {RED} θαλασση {SEA,} και {AND} εν {IN} τη {THE} ερημω {WILDERNESS} ετη {YEARS} τεσσαρακοντα {FORTY.} (IGNT)

Acts 8:6

6 (AV) And the people with one accord gave heed unto those things which Philip spake, hearing and seeing the miracles which he did. (AV)
6 (IGNT) προσειχον {GAVE HEED} τε {AND} οι {THE} οχλοι { CROWDS} τοις {TO THE THINGS} λεγομενοις {SPOKEN} υπο του {BY} φιλιππου {PHILIP } ομοθυμαδον εν {WITH ONE ACCORD,} τω {WHEN} ακουειν {HEARD} αυτους {THEY} και {AND} βλεπειν {SAW} τα {THE} σημεια {SIGNS} α { WHICH} εποιει {HE DID.} (IGNT)

Acts 8:6 (RWP)

Gave heed (προσειχον). Imperfect active as in verses 10,11, there with dative of the person (αυτω), here with the dative of the thing (τοις λεγομενοις). There is an ellipse of νουν (mind). They kept on giving heed or holding the mind on the things said by Philip, spell-bound, in a word.

When they heard (εν τω ακουειν αυτους). Favourite Lukan idiom, εν and the locative case of the articlar infinitive with the accusative of general reference "in the hearing as to them."

Which he did (α εποιει). Imperfect active again, which he kept on doing from time to time. Philip wrought real miracles which upset the schemes of Simon Magus.

Acts 8:13

13 (AV) Then Simon himself believed also: and when he was baptized, he continued with Philip, and wondered, beholding the miracles and signs which were done. {miracles…: Gr. signs and great miracles} (AV)
13 (IGNT) ο δε {AND} σιμων {SIMON} και {ALSO} αυτος {HIMSELF } επιστευσεν {BELIEVED,} και {AND} βαπτισθεις {HAVING BEEN BAPTIZED} ην {WAS} προσκαρτερων {STEADFASTLY CONTINUING} τω {WITH} φιλιππω {PHILIP;} θεωρων {BEHOLDING} τε {AND} σημεια {SIGNS} και {AND} δυναμεις {WORKS OF POWER} μεγαλας {GREAT} γινομενας {BEING DONE,} εξιστατο {WAS AMAZED.} (IGNT)

Acts 8:13 (RWP)

And Simon also himself believed (ο δε σιμων και αυτος επιστευσεν). Note the same verb in the aorist tense επιστευσεν. What did he believe? Evidently that Jesus was this "power of God" not himself (Simon). He saw that the miracles wrought by Philip in the name of Christ were genuine while he knew that his own were frauds. He wanted this power that Philip had to add to his own pretensions. "He was probably half victim of self-delusion, half conscious impostor" (Furneaux). He was determined to get this new "power," but had no sense of personal need of Jesus as Saviour for his sins. So he submitted to baptism (βαπτισθεις, first aorist passive participle of βαπτιζω), clear proof that baptism does not convey salvation.

He continued with Philip (ην προσκαρτερων τω φιλιππω). Periphrastic imperfect of the verb προσκαρτερεω (see on 2:46). He stuck to Philip (dative case) to find out the secret of his power.

Beholding (θεωρων). Watching the signs and miracles (powers, δυναμεις that threw his "power" in the shade) as they were wrought (γινομενας, present middle participle of γινομαι ). The more he watched the more the wonder grew (εξιστατο). He had "amazed" (verse 9) the people by his tricks and he was himself more "amazed" than they by Philip’s deeds.

Acts 8:13 (Vincent_NTWordStudies)

13. Continued with. see on "Acts 1:14".

Miracles and signs (σημεια και δυναμεις). Lit., signs and powers. See on "Mt 11:20"; {see} on "Ac 2:22".

Which were done (γινομεας). The present participle. Lit., are coming to pass.

He was amazed. After having amazed the people by his tricks. See Acts 8:9. The same word is employed.

Acts 11:28

28 (AV) And there stood up one of them named Agabus, and signified by the Spirit that there should be great dearth throughout all the world: which came to pass in the days of Claudius Caesar. (AV)
28 (IGNT) αναστας δε {AND HAVING RISEN UP} εις {ONE} εξ {FROM AMONG} αυτων {THEM,} ονοματι {BY NAME} αγαβος {AGABUS,} εσημανεν {HE SIGNIFIED} δια {BY} του {THE} πνευματος {SPIRIT,} λιμον {A FAMINE} μεγαν {GREAT} μελλειν {IS ABOUT} εσεσθαι {TO BE} εφ {OVER} ολην {WHOLE} την {THE} οικουμενην {HABITABLE WORLD;} οστις {WHICH} και {ALSO} εγενετο { CAME TO PASS} επι {UNDER} κλαυδιου {CLAUDIUS} καισαρος {CAESAR.} (IGNT)

Acts 11:28 (RWP)

Signified (εσημαινεν). Imperfect active in Westcott and Hort, but aorist active εσημανεν in the margin. The verb is an old one from σημα (σημειον) a sign (cf. the symbolic sign in 21:11). Here Agabus (also in 21:10) does predict a famine through the Holy Spirit.

Should be (μελλειν εσεσθαι). μελλω occurs either with the present infinitive (16:27), the aorist infinitive (12:6), or the future as here and 24:15; 27:10.

Over all the world (εφ ολην την οικουμενην). Over all the inhabited earth (γην, understood). Probably a common hyperbole for the Roman empire as in Luke 2:1. Josephus (Ant. VIII. 13, 4) appears to restrict it to Palestine.

In the days of Claudius (επι κλαυδιου). He was Roman Emperor A.D. 41-44. The Roman writers (Suetonius, Dio Cassius, Tacitus) all tell of dearths (assiduae sterilitates) during the brief reign of Claudius who was preceded by Caligula and followed by Nero.

Acts 11:28 (Vincent_NTWordStudies)

28. The world. see on "Lu 2:1".

Acts 13:41

41 (AV) Behold, ye despisers, and wonder, and perish: for I work a work in your days, a work which ye shall in no wise believe, though a man declare it unto you. (AV)
41 (IGNT) ιδετε {BEHOLD} οι {YE} καταφρονηται {DESPISERS,} και {AND} θαυμασατε {WONDER} και {AND} αφανισθητε {PERISH;} οτι {FOR} εργον {A WORK} εγω {I} εργαζομαι {WORK} εν ταις {IN} ημεραις {DAYS} υμων {YOUR,} εργον {A WORK} ω {WHICH} ου {IN NO} μη {WISE} πιστευσητε {YE WOULD BELIEVE} εαν {IF} τις {ONE} εκδιηγηται {SHOULD DECLARE IT} υμιν {TO YOU.} (IGNT)

Acts 13:41 (RWP)

Ye despisers (οι καταφρονηται). Not in the Hebrew, but in the LXX. It is pertinent for Paul’s purpose.

Perish (αφανισθητε). Or vanish away. First aorist passive imperative. Added by the LXX to the Hebrew.

If one declare it unto you (εαν τις εκδιηγηται ημιν). Condition of third class with present middle subjunctive, if one keep on outlining (double compound, εκ-δι-ηγεομαι) it unto you. Paul has hurled a thunderbolt at the close.

Acts 13:41 (Vincent_NTWordStudies)

41. Perish (αφανισθητε). Lit., vanish.

Declare (εκδιηγηται). Only here and Acts 15:3. shew, see on "Lu 8:39". The word is a very strong expression for the fullest and clearest declaration: declare throughout.

Acts 14:3

3 (AV) Long time therefore abode they speaking boldly in the Lord, which gave testimony unto the word of his grace, and granted signs and wonders to be done by their hands. (AV)
3 (IGNT) ικανον μεν {A LONG} ουν {THEREFORE} χρονον {TIME} διετριψαν {THEY STAYED,} παρρησιαζομενοι {SPEAKING BOLDLY,} επι {CONFIDING IN} τω {THE} κυριω {LORD,} τω {WHO} μαρτυρουντι {BORE WITNESS} τω {TO THE} λογω { WORD} της {OF} χαριτος {GRACE,} αυτου {HIS} και {AND} διδοντι {GIVING} σημεια {SIGNS} και {AND} τερατα {WONDERS} γινεσθαι { TO BE DONE} δια των {THROUGH} χειρων {HANDS.} αυτων {THEIR} (IGNT)

Acts 14:3 (RWP)

Long time therefore (ικανον μεν ουν χρονον). Accusative of duration of time (possibly six months) and note μεν ουν. There is an antithesis in εσχισθη δε (verse 4) and in verse 5 (εγενετο δε). After the persecution and vindication there was a season of great opportunity which Paul and Barnabas used to the full, "speaking boldly" (παρρησιαζομενοι as in 13:46 at Antioch in Pisidia, "in the Lord" (επι τω κυριω), upon the basis of the Lord Jesus as in 4:17. And the Lord Jesus "bore witness to the word of his grace" as he always does, "granting signs and wonders to be done by their hands" (διδοντι σημεια και τερατα γινεσθαι δια των χειρων αυτων). Present participle (διδοντι) and present infinitive (γινεσθαι) repetition of both signs and wonders (note both words) just as had happened with Peter and John and the other apostles (2:43; 4:29; 5:12; cf. Hebrews 2:4). The time of peace could not last forever with such a work of grace as this. A second explosion of persecution was bound to come and some of the MSS. actually have εκ δευτερου (a second time).

Acts 14:3 (Vincent_NTWordStudies)

3. Long (ικανον). see on "Luke 7:6".

Abode. see on "Acts 12:19".

In the Lord. Lit., upon (επι) the Lord: in reliance on him.

Acts 15:12

12 (AV) Then all the multitude kept silence, and gave audience to Barnabas and Paul, declaring what miracles and wonders God had wrought among the Gentiles by them. (AV)
12 (IGNT) εσιγησεν {KEPT SILENCE} δε {AND} παν {ALL} το { THE} πληθος {MULTITUDE,} και {AND} ηκουον {HEARD} βαρναβα {BARNABAS} και {AND} παυλου {PAUL} εξηγουμενων {RELATING} οσα {WHAT} εποιησεν ο {DID} θεος {GOD} σημεια {SIGNS} και {AND} τερατα {WONDERS } εν {AMONG} τοις {THE} εθνεσιν {NATIONS} δι {BY} αυτων {THEM.} (IGNT)

Acts 15:12 (RWP)

Kept silence (εσιγησεν). Ingressive first aorist active of σιγαω, old verb, to hold one’s peace. All the multitude became silent after Peter’s speech and because of it.

Hearkened (ηκουον). Imperfect active of ακουω, descriptive of the rapt attention, were listening.

Unto Barnabas and Paul (βαρναβα και παυλου). Note placing Barnabas before Paul as in verse 25, possibly because in Jerusalem Barnabas was still better known than Paul.

Rehearsing (εξηγουμενων). Present middle participle of εξηγεομαι, old verb, to go through or lead out a narrative of events as in Luke 24:35; Acts 10:8 which see. Three times (14:27; 15:4,12) Paul is described as telling the facts about their mission work, facts more eloquent than argument (Page). One of the crying needs in the churches is fuller knowledge of the facts of mission work and progress with enough detail to give life and interest. The signs and wonders which God had wrought among the Gentiles set the seal of approval on the work done through (δια) Barnabas and Paul. This had been Peter’s argument about Cornelius (11:17). This same verb (εξηγησατο ) is used by James in verse 15:14 referring to Peter’s speech.

Acts 15:12 (Vincent_NTWordStudies)

12. Hearkened. The imperfect (ηκουον) denotes attention to a continued narrative.

Declaring (εξηγουμενων). Better, as Rev., rehearsing. see on "Luke 24:35".

What miracles, etc. Lit., how many (οσα).

Acts 19:11

11 (AV) And God wrought special miracles by the hands of Paul: (AV)
11 (IGNT) δυναμεις τε {AND WORKS OF POWER} ου τας {NOT} τυχουσας {COMMON} εποιει ο {WROUGHT} θεος {GOD} δια {BY} των {THE} χειρων {HANDS } παυλου {OF PAUL,} (IGNT)

Acts 19:11 (RWP)

Special miracles (δυναμεις ου τασ τυχουσας). "Powers not the ones that happen by chance," "not the ordinary ones," litotes for "the extraordinary." All "miracles" or "powers" (δυναμεις) are supernatural and out of the ordinary, but here God regularly wrought (εποιει), imperfect active) wonders beyond those familiar to the disciples and completely different from the deeds of the Jewish exorcists. This phrase is peculiar to Luke in the N.T. (also 28:2), but it occurs in the classical Greek and in the Koin‚ as in III Macc. 3:7 and in papyri and inscriptions (Deissmann, Bible Studies, p. 255). In Samaria Philip wrought miracles to deliver the people from the influence of Simon Magus. Here in Ephesus exorcists and other magicians had built an enormous vogue of a false spiritualism and Paul faces unseen forces of evil. His tremendous success led some people to superstitious practices thinking that there was power in Paul’s person.

Romans 4:11

11 (AV) And he received the sign of circumcision, a seal of the righteousness of the faith which he had yet being uncircumcised: that he might be the father of all them that believe, though they be not circumcised; that righteousness might be imputed unto them also: (AV)
11 (IGNT) και {AND THE} σημειον {SIGN} ελαβεν {HE RECEIVED} περιτομης {OF CIRCUMCISION, AS} σφραγιδα {SEAL} της {OF} δικαιοσυνης {THE RIGHTEOUSNESS } της {OF THE} πιστεως {FAITH} της {WHICH HE HAD} εν {IN} τη {THE} ακροβυστια {UNCIRCUMCISION,} εις {FOR} το {HIM} ειναι { TO} αυτον {BE} πατερα {FATHER} παντων {OF ALL} των {THOSE THAT} πιστευοντων {BELIEVE} δι {IN} ακροβυστιας {UNCIRCUMCISION} εις {FOR} το {TO} λογισθηναι {BE RECKONED} και {ALL} αυτοις {TO THEM} την {THE } δικαιοσυνην {RIGHTEOUSNESS;} (IGNT)

Romans 4:11 (RWP)

The sign of circumcision (σημειον περιτομης). It is the genitive of apposition, circumcision being the sign.

A seal of the righteousness of the faith (σφραγιδα της δικαιοσυνης της πιστεως). σφραγις is old word for the seal placed on books (Revelation 5:1), for a signet-ring (Revelation 7:2), the stamp made by the seal (2 Timothy 2:19), that by which anything is confirmed (1 Corinthians 9:2) as here. The circumcision did not convey the righteousness, but only gave outward confirmation. It came by faith and "the faith which he had while in uncircumcision" (της εν τη ακροβυστια), "the in the state of uncircumcision faith." Whatever parallel exists between baptism and circumcision as here stated by Paul argues for faith before baptism and for baptism as the sign and seal of the faith already had before baptism.

That he might be (εις το ειναι αυτον). This idiom may be God’s purpose (contemplated result) as in εις το λογισθαι below, or even actual result (so that he was) as in 1:20.

Though they be in uncircumcision (δι ακροβυστιας). Simply, "of those who believe while in the condition of uncircumcision."

Romans 4:11 (Vincent_NTWordStudies)

11. The sign—a seal (σημειον—σφραγιδα). Sign refers to the material token; seal to its religious import. Compare 1 Corinthians 9:2 Genesis 17:11. to seal, See on "Re 22:10".

That he might be (εις το ειναι αυτον). Not so that he became, but expressing the divinely appointed aim of his receiving the sign.

Romans 15:19

19 (AV) Through mighty signs and wonders, by the power of the Spirit of God; so that from Jerusalem, and round about unto Illyricum, I have fully preached the gospel of Christ. (AV)
19 (IGNT) εν {IN THE} δυναμει {POWER} σημειων {OF SIGNS} και {AND} τερατων {WONDERS,} εν {IN THE} δυναμει {POWER} πνευματος {OF THE SPIRIT} θεου {OF GOD;} ωστε {SO AS FOR} με {ME} απο { FROM} ιερουσαλημ {JERUSALEM,} και {AND} κυκλω {IN A CIRCUIT} μεχρι του {UNTO } ιλλυρικου {ILLYRICUM,} πεπληρωκεναι {TO HAVE FULLY PREACHED} το {THE} ευαγγελιον { GLAD TIDINGS} του {OF THE} χριστου {CHRIST;} (IGNT)

Romans 15:19 (RWP)

In power of signs and wonders (εν δυναμει σημειων και τερατων). Note all three words as in Hebrews 2:4, only here δυναμις is connected with σημεια and τερατα. See all three words used of Paul’s own work in 2 Corinthians 12:12 and in 2 Thessalonians 2:9 of the Man of Sin. See 1 Thessalonians 1:5; 1 Corinthians 2:4 for the "power" of the Holy Spirit in Paul’s preaching. Note repetition of εν δυναμει here with πνευματος αγιου.

So that (ωστε). Result expressed by the perfect active infinitive πεπληρωκεναι (from πληροω) with the accusative με (general reference).

Round about even unto Illyricum (κυκλω μεχρι του ιλλυρικου). "In a ring" (κυκλω, locative case of κυκλος). Probably a journey during the time when Paul left Macedonia and waited for II Corinthians to have its effect before coming to Corinth. If so, see 2 Corinthians 13; Acts 20:1-3. When he did come, the trouble with the Judaizers was over. Illyricum seems to be the name for the region west of Macedonia (Dalmatia). Strabo says that the Egnatian Way passed through it. Arabia and Illyricum would thus be the extreme limits of Paul’s mission journeys so far.

Romans 15:19 (Vincent_NTWordStudies)

19. Signs—wonders. See on "Mt 11:20".

Round about (κυκλω). Not, in a circuitous track to Illyricum, but Jerusalem and the regions round it. For the phrase, see Mark 3:34 6:6,36 Luke 9:12 Revelation 4:6. For the facts, Acts 13,19.

Illyricum. Lying between Italy, Germany, Macedonia, and Thrace, bounded by the Adriatic and the Danube. The usual Greek name was Illyris. The name Illyria occurs in both Greek and Latin. Though the shore was full of fine harbors and the coast-land fertile, Greek civilization never spread on the coast. Dyrrachium or Epidamnus was almost the only Greek colony, and its history for centuries was a continuous conflict with the barbarous nations. In the time of the Roman Empire the name spread over all the surrounding districts. In the division between the Eastern and Western Empire it was divided into Illyris Barbara, annexed to the Western Empires and Illyris Graeca, to the Eastern, including, Greece, Epirus, and Macedonia. The name gradually disappeared, and the country was divided between the states of Bosnia, Croatia, Servia, Rascia, and Dalmatia. No mention of a visit of Paul occurs in the Acts. It may have taken place in the journey mentioned Acts 20:1-3. {1}

Fully preached (πεπληρωκεναι). Lit., fulfilled Some explain, have given the Gospel its fall development so that it has reached every quarter.

{1} See Professor E. A. Freeman’s “Historical Geography of Europe.”

1 Corinthians 1:22

22 (AV) For the Jews require a sign, and the Greeks seek after wisdom: (AV)
22 (IGNT) επειδη {SINCE} και {BOTH} ιουδαιοι {JEWS} σημειον { A SIGN} αιτουσιν {ASK FOR,} και {AND} ελληνες {GREEKS} σοφιαν {WISDOM} ζητουσιν {SEEK;} (IGNT)

1 Corinthians 1:22 (RWP)

Seeing that (επειδη). Resumes from verse 21. The structure is not clear, but probably verses 23,24 form a sort of conclusion or apodosis to verse 22 the protasis. The resumptive, almost inferential, use of δε like αλλα in the apodosis is not unusual.

Ask for signs (σημεια αιτουσιν). The Jews often came to Jesus asking for signs (Matthew 12:38; 16:1; John 6:30).

Seek after wisdom (σοφιαν ζητουσιν). "The Jews claimed to possess the truth: the Greeks were seekers, speculators" (Vincent) as in Acts 17:23.

1 Corinthians 12:10

10 (AV) To another the working of miracles; to another prophecy; to another discerning of spirits; to another divers kinds of tongues; to another the interpretation of tongues: (AV)
10 (IGNT) αλλω δε {AND TO ANOTHER} ενεργηματα {OPERATIONS} δυναμεων {OF WORKS OF POWER;} αλλω δε {AND TO ANOTHER} προφητεια {PROPHECY;} αλλω δε {AND TO ANOTHER} διακρισεις {DISCERNING } πνευματων {OF SPIRITS;} ετερω δε {AND TO A DIFFERENT ONE} γενη {KINDS} γλωσσων {OF TONGUES;} αλλω δε {AND TO ANOTHER} ερμηνεια {INTERPRETATION} γλωσσων {OF TONGUES.} (IGNT)

1 Corinthians 12:10 (RWP)

Workings of miracles (ενεργηματα δυναμεων). Workings of powers. Cf. ενεργων δυναμεις in Galatians 3:5; Hebrews 2:4 where all three words are used (σημεια, signs, τερατα, wonders, δυναμεις, powers). Some of the miracles were not healings as the blindness on Elymas the sorcerer.

Prophecy (προφητεια). Late word from προφητης and προφημι, to speak forth. Common in papyri. This gift Paul will praise most (chapter 1 Corinthians 14). Not always prediction, but a speaking forth of God’s message under the guidance of the Holy Spirit.

Discernings of spirits (διακρισεις πνευματων). διακρισις is old word from διακρινω (see 11:29) and in N.T. only here; Romans 14:1; Hebrews 5:14. A most needed gift to tell whether the gifts were really of the Holy Spirit and supernatural (cf. so-called "gifts" today) or merely strange though natural or even diabolical (1 Timothy 4:1; 1 John 4:1).

Divers kinds of tongues (γενη γλωσσων). No word for "divers" in the Greek. There has arisen a great deal of confusion concerning the gift of tongues as found in Corinth. They prided themselves chiefly on this gift which had become a source of confusion and disorder. There were varieties (kinds, γενη) in this gift, but the gift was essentially an ecstatic utterance of highly wrought emotion that edified the speaker (14:4) and was intelligible to God (14:2,28). It was not always true that the speaker in tongues could make clear what he had said to those who did not know the tongue (14:13): It was not mere gibberish or jargon like the modern "tongues," but in a real language that could be understood by one familiar with that tongue as was seen on the great Day of Pentecost when people who spoke different languages were present. In Corinth, where no such variety of people existed, it required an interpreter to explain the tongue to those who knew it not. Hence Paul placed this gift lowest of all. It created wonder, but did little real good. This is the error of the Irvingites and others who have tried to reproduce this early gift of the Holy Spirit which was clearly for a special emergency and which was not designed to help spread the gospel among men. See on "Ac 19:6".

The interpretation of tongues (ερμηνεια γλωσσων). Old word, here only and 14:26 in N.T., from ερμηνευω from ερμης (the god of speech). Cf. on διερμηνευω in Luke 24:27; Acts 9:36. In case there was no one present who understood the particular tongue it required a special gift of the Spirit to some one to interpret it if any one was to receive benefit from it.

1 Corinthians 12:28

28 (AV) And God hath set some in the church, first apostles, secondarily prophets, thirdly teachers, after that miracles, then gifts of healings, helps, governments, diversities of tongues. { diversities: or, kinds} (AV)
28 (IGNT) και {AND} ους μεν {CERTAIN} εθετο ο {DID SET} θεος {GOD} εν {IN} τη {THE} εκκλησια {ASSEMBLY:} πρωτον {FIRST,} αποστολους {APOSTLES;} δευτερον {SECONDLY,} προφητας {PROPHETS;} τριτον {THIRDLY,} διδασκαλους {TEACHERS;} επειτα {THEN} δυναμεις {WORKS OF POWER;} ειτα {THEN} χαρισματα {GIFTS} ιαματων {OF HEALINGS;} αντιληψεις {HELPS;} κυβερνησεις {GOVERNMENTS;} γενη {KINDS} γλωσσων {OF TONGUES.} (IGNT)

1 Corinthians 12:28 (RWP)

God hath set some (ους μεν εθετο ο θεος). See verse 18 for εθετο ο θεος. Note middle voice (for his own use). Paul begins as if he means to say ους μεν αποστολους, ους δε προφητας (some apostles, some prophets), but he changes the construction and has no ους δε, but instead πρωτον, δευτερον, επειτα (first, second, then, etc.).

In the church (εν τη εκκλησια). The general sense of εκκλησια as in Matthew 16:18 and later in Colossians 1:18,24; Ephesians 5:23,32; Hebrews 12:23. See list also in Ephesians 4:11. See on "Mt 10:2" for αποστολους, the official title given the twelve by Jesus, and claimed by Paul though not one of the twelve.

Prophets (προφητας). For-speakers for God and Christ. See the list of prophets and teachers in Acts 13:1 with Barnabas first and Saul last. Prophets are needed today if men will let God’s Spirit use them, men moved to utter the deep things of God.

Teachers (διδασκαλους). Old word from διδασκω, to teach. Used to the Baptist (Luke 3:12), to Jesus (John 3:10; 13:13), and of Paul by himself along with αποστολος (1 Timothy 2:7). It is a calamity when the preacher is no longer a teacher, but only an exhorter. See Ephesians 4:11.

Then miracles (επειτα δυναμεις). Here a change is made from the concrete to the abstract. See the reverse in Romans 12:7. See these words (δυναμεις, ιαμητων, γλωσσων) in verses 9,10 with γλωσσων , last again. But these two new terms (helps, governments).

Helps (αντιλημψεις). Old word, from αντιλαμβανομαι, to lay hold of. In LXX, common in papyri, here only in N.T. Probably refers to the work of the deacons, help rendered to the poor and the sick.

Governments (κυβερνησεις). Old word from κυβερναω (cf. κυβερνητης in Acts 27:11) like Latin gubernare, our govern. So a governing. Probably Paul has in mind bishops ( επισχοποι) or elders (πρεσβυτεροι), the outstanding leaders (οι προισταμενοι in 1 Thessalonians 5:12; Romans 12:8; οι ηγουμενοι in Acts 15:22; Hebrews 13:7,17,24). Curiously enough, these two offices (pastors and deacons) which are not named specifically are the two that survive today. See Philippians 1:1 for both officers.
29 (AV) Are all apostles? are all prophets? are all teachers? are all workers of miracles? {workers…: or, powers?} (AV)
29 (IGNT) μη {ARE} παντες {ALL} αποστολοι μη {APOSTLES?} παντες {ALL} προφηται μη {PROPHETS?} παντες {ALL} διδασκαλοι μη {TEACHERS? HAVE} παντες {ALL} δυναμεις {WORKS OF POWER?} (IGNT)

1 Corinthians 12:29 (RWP)

Are all (μη παντες). The μη expects a negative answer with each group.

1 Corinthians 14:22

22 (AV) Wherefore tongues are for a sign, not to them that believe, but to them that believe not: but prophesying serveth not for them that believe not, but for them which believe. (AV)
22 (IGNT) ωστε {SO THAT} αι {THE} γλωσσαι {TONGUES} εις { FOR} σημειον {A SIGN} εισιν {ARE,} ου {NOT} τοις {TO THOSE THAT} πιστευουσιν {BELIEVE,} αλλα {BUT} τοις {TO THE} απιστοις {UNBELIEVERS;} η δε προφητεια {BUT PROPHECY,} ου {NOT} τοις {TO THE} απιστοις {UNBELIEVERS,} αλλα {BUT} τοις {TO THOSE THAT} πιστευουσιν {BELIEVE.} (IGNT)

1 Corinthians 14:22 (RWP)

For a sign (εις σημειον). Like the Hebrew and occasional Koin‚ idiom also.

2 Corinthians 12:12

12 (AV) Truly the signs of an apostle were wrought among you in all patience, in signs, and wonders, and mighty deeds. (AV)
12 (IGNT) τα {THE} μεν {INDEED} σημεια {SIGNS} του {OF THE } αποστολου {APOSTLE} κατειργασθη {WERE WORKED OUT} εν {AMONG} υμιν {YOU} εν {IN} παση {ALL} υπομονη {ENDURANCE,} εν {IN} σημειοις {SIGNS} και {AND} τερασιν {WONDERS} και {AND} δυναμεσιν {WORKS OF POWER. } (IGNT)

2 Corinthians 12:12 (RWP)

Of an apostle (του αποστολου). "Of the apostle" (definite article). Note the three words here for miracles wrought by Paul (σημεια, signs, τερατα, wonders, δυναμεις, powers or miracles) as in Hebrews 2:4.

Galatians 3:5

5 (AV) He therefore that ministereth to you the Spirit, and worketh miracles among you, doeth he it by the works of the law, or by the hearing of faith? (AV)
5 (IGNT) ο {HE WHO} ουν {THEREFORE} επιχορηγων {SUPPLIES} υμιν {TO YOU} το {THE} πνευμα {SPIRIT,} και {AND} ενεργων {WORKS} δυναμεις {WORKS OF POWER} εν {AMONG} υμιν {YOU, IS IT} εξ {BY} εργων {WORKS} νομου {OF LAW} η {OR} εξ {BY} ακοης {REPORT} πιστεως {OF FAITH?} (IGNT)

Galatians 3:5 (RWP)

Supplieth (επιχορηγων). It is God. See on "2Co 9:10" for this present active participle. Philippians 1:19; 2 Peter 1:5.

Worketh miracles (ενεργων δυναμεις). On the word ενεργεω see 1 Thessalonians 2:13; 1 Corinthians 12:6. It is a great word for God’s activities (Philippians 2:13). "In you" (Lightfoot) is preferable to "among you" for εν υμιν (1 Corinthians 13:10; Matthew 14:2). The principal verb for "doeth he it" (ποιει) is not expressed. Paul repeats the contrast in verse 2 about "works of the law" and "the hearing of faith."

2 Thessalonians 2:9

9 (AV) Even him, whose coming is after the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders, (AV)
9 (IGNT) ου {WHOSE} εστιν η {IS} παρουσια {COMING} κατ { ACCORDING TO THE} ενεργειαν του {WORKING} σατανα {OF SATAN} εν {IN} παση { EVERY} δυναμει {POWER} και {AND} σημειοις {SIGNS} και {AND} τερασιν {WONDERS} ψευδους {OF FALSEHOOD,} (IGNT)

2 Thessalonians 2:9 (RWP)

Whose coming is (ου εστιν η παρουσια). Refers to ον in verse 8. The Antichrist has his παρουσια also. Deissmann (Light from the Ancient East, pp. 374, 378) notes an inscription at Epidaurus in which "Asclepius manifested his παρουσια." Antiochus Epiphanes is called the manifest god (III Macc. 5:35). So the two Epiphanies coincide.

Lying wonders (τερασιν ψευδους). "In wonders of a lie." Note here the three words for the miracles of Christ (Hebrews 2:4), power (δυναμις), signs (σημεια), wonders (τερατα ), but all according to the working of Satan (κατα ενεργειαν του σατανα, the energy of Satan) just as Jesus had foretold (Matthew 24:24), wonders that would almost lead astray the very elect.

Hebrews 2:4

4 (AV) God also bearing them witness, both with signs and wonders, and with divers miracles, and gifts of the Holy Ghost, according to his own will? {gifts: or, distributions} (AV)
4 (IGNT) συνεπιμαρτυρουντος του {HEARING WITNESS WITH THEM} θεου {GOD} σημειοις {BY SIGNS } τε {BOTH} και {AND} τερασιν {WONDERS} και {AND} ποικιλαις {VARIOUS} δυναμεσιν {ACTS OF POWER,} και {AND} πνευματος {OF THE SPIRIT} αγιου {HOLY} μερισμοις {DISTRIBUTIONS,} κατα την {ACCORDING TO} αυτου {HIS} θελησιν {WILL.} (IGNT)

Hebrews 2:4 (RWP)

God also bearing witness with them (συνεπιμαρτυρουντος του θεου). Genitive absolute with the present active participle of the late double compound verb συνεπιμαρτυρεω, to join (συν ) in giving additional (επι) testimony (μαρτυρεω). Here only in N.T., but in Aristotle, Polybius, Plutarch.

Both by signs (σημειοις τε και)

and wonders (και τερασιν)

and by manifold powers (και ποικιλαις δυναμεσιν)

and by gifts of the Holy Ghost (και πνευματος αγιου μερισμοις). Instrumental case used with all four items. See Acts 2:22 for the three words for miracles in inverse order (powers, wonders, signs). Each word adds an idea about the εργα (works) of Christ. τερας (wonder) attracts attention, δυναμις (power) shows God’s power, σημειον reveals the purpose of God in the miracles. For ποικιλαις (manifold, many-coloured) see Matthew 4:24; James 1:2. For μερισμος for distribution (old word, in N.T. only here and Hebrews 4:12) see 1 Corinthians 12:4-30.

According to his own will (κατα την αυτου θελησιν). The word θελησις is called a vulgarism by Pollux. The writer is fond of words in - ις.

Revelation 12:1

1 (AV) And there appeared a great wonder in heaven; a woman clothed with the sun, and the moon under her feet, and upon her head a crown of twelve stars: {wonder: or, sign} (AV)
1 (IGNT) και {AND} σημειον {A SIGN} μεγα {GREAT} ωφθη {WAS SEEN} εν {IN} τω {THE} ουρανω {HEAVEN;} γυνη {A WOMEN} περιβεβλημενη {CLOTHED WITH} τον {THE} ηλιον {SUN,} και {AND} η {THE} σεληνη {MOON} υποκατω {UNDER} των ποδων αυτης {HER FEET,} και {AND } επι {ON} της κεφαλης αυτης {HER HEAD} στεφανος {A CROWN} αστερων {OF STARS} δωδεκα {TWELVE;} (IGNT)

Revelation 12:1 (RWP)

A great sign (σημειον μεγα). The first of the visions to be so described (13:3; 15:1), and it is introduced by ωφθη as in 11:19; 12:3, not by μετα ταυτο or by ειδον or by ειδον και ιδου as heretofore. This "sign" is really a τερας (wonder), as it is so by association in Matthew 24:24; John 4:48; Acts 2:22; 5:12. The element of wonder is not in the word σημειον as in τερας , but often in the thing itself as in Luke 21:11; John 9:16; Revelation 13:13; 15:1; 16:14; 19:20.

A woman (γυνη). Nominative case in apposition with σημειον. "The first ‘sign in heaven’ is a Woman—the earliest appearance of a female figure in the Apocalyptic vision" (Swete).

Arrayed with the sun (περιβεβλημενη τον ηλιον). Perfect passive participle of περιβαλλω, with the accusative retained as so often (9 times) in the Apocalypse. Both Charles and Moffatt see mythological ideas and sources behind the bold imagery here that leave us all at sea. Swete understands the Woman to be "the church of the Old Testament" as "the Mother of whom Christ came after the flesh. But here, as everywhere in the Book, no sharp dividing line is drawn between the Church of the Old Testament and the Christian Society." Certainly she is not the Virgin Mary, as verse Revelation 12:17 makes clear. Beckwith takes her to be "the heavenly representative of the people of God, the ideal Zion, which, so far as it is embodied in concrete realities, is represented alike by the people of the Old and the New Covenants." John may have in mind (Isaiah 7:14 Matthew 1:23; Luke 1:31) as well as Micah 4:10; Isaiah 26:17; 66:7 without a definite picture of Mary. The metaphor of childbirth is common enough (John 16:21; Galatians 4:19). The figure is a bold one with the moon "under her feet" (υποκατω των ποδων αυτης) and "a crown of twelve stars" (στεφανος αστερων δωδεκα), a possible allusion to the twelve tribes (James 1:1; Revelation 21:12) or to the twelve apostles (Revelation 21:14).

Revelation 12:3

3 (AV) And there appeared another wonder in heaven; and behold a great red dragon, having seven heads and ten horns, and seven crowns upon his heads. {wonder: or, sign} (AV)
3 (IGNT) και {AND} ωφθη {WAS SEEN} αλλο {ANOTHER} σημειον { SIGN} εν {IN} τω {THE} ουρανω {HEAVEN,} και {AND} ιδου {BEHOLD,} δρακων {A DRAGON} μεγας {GREAT} πυρρος {RED,} εχων { HAVING} κεφαλας {HEADS} επτα {SEVEN} και {AND} κερατα {HORNS} δεκα {TEN,} και {AND} επι {UPON} τας κεφαλας αυτου {HIS HEADS} διαδηματα {DIADEMS} επτα {SEVEN;} (IGNT)

Revelation 12:3 (RWP)

Another sign (αλλο σημειον). "A second tableau following close upon the first and inseparable from it" (Swete).

And behold (και ιδου). As often (4:1; 6:2,5,8, etc.).

A great red dragon (δρακων μεγας πυρρος). Homer uses this old word (probably from δερκομαι, to see clearly) for a great monster with three heads coiled like a serpent that ate poisonous herbs. The word occurs also in Hesiod, Pindar, Eschylus. The Babylonians feared a seven-headed hydra and Typhon was the Egyptian dragon who persecuted Osiris. One wonders if these and the Chinese dragons are not race memories of conflicts with the diplodocus and like monsters before their disappearance. Charles notes in the O.T. this monster as the chief enemy of God under such title as Rahab (Isaiah 51:9; Job 26:12), Behemoth (Job 40:15-24), Leviathan (Isaiah 27:1), the Serpent (Amos 9:2). In Psalms 74:13 we read of "the heads of the dragons." On πυρρος (red) see 6:4. Here (12:9) and in 20:2 the great dragon is identified with Satan. See Daniel 7:1ff. for many of the items here, like the ten horns (Daniel 7:7) and hurling the stars (Daniel 8:10). The word occurs in the Apocalypse alone in the N.T.

Seven diadems (επτα διαδηματα). Old word from διαδεω (to bind around), the blue band marked with white with which Persian kings used to bind on the tiara, so a royal crown in contrast with στεφανος (chaplet or wreath like the Latin corona as in 2:10), in N.T. only here, 13:1; 19:12. If Christ as Conqueror has "many diadems," it is not strange that Satan should wear seven (ten in 13:1).

Revelation 13:13

13 (AV) And he doeth great wonders, so that he maketh fire come down from heaven on the earth in the sight of men, (AV)
13 (IGNT) και {AND} ποιει {IT WORKS} σημεια {SIGNS} μεγαλα { GREAT,} ινα {THAT} και {EVEN} πυρ {FIRE} ποιη {IT SHOULD CAUSE} καταβαινειν {TO COME DOWN} εκ {OUT} του {OF THE} ουρανου {HEAVEN} εις {TO} την {THE} γην {EARTH} ενωπιον των {BEFORE} ανθρωπων {MEN. } (IGNT)

Revelation 13:13 (RWP)

That he should even make fire come down out of heaven (ινα και πυρ ποιη εκ του ουρανου καταβαινειν). Purpose clause again with ινα and the present active subjunctive of ποιεω and the object infinitive of καταβαινω after ποιει. Christ promised great signs to the disciples (John 14:12), but he also warned them against false prophets and false christs with their signs and wonders (Mark 13:22). So also Paul had pictured the power of the man of sin (2 Thessalonians 2:9). Elijah had called down fire from heaven (1 Kings 18:38; 2 Kings 1:10) and James and John had once even urged Jesus to do this miracle (Luke 9:54).
14 (AV) And deceiveth them that dwell on the earth by the means of those miracles which he had power to do in the sight of the beast; saying to them that dwell on the earth, that they should make an image to the beast, which had the wound by a sword, and did live. (AV)
14 (IGNT) και {AND} πλανα {IT MISLEADS} τους {THOSE WHO} κατοικουντας {DWELL} επι {ON} της {THE} γης {EARTH,} δια {BY REASON OF} τα {THE} σημεια {SIGNS} α {WHICH} εδοθη {IT WAS GIVEN} αυτω {TO IT} ποιησαι {TO WORK} ενωπιον {BEFORE} του {THE} θηριου {BEAST, } λεγων {SAYING} τοις {TO THOSE WHO} κατοικουσιν {DWELL} επι {ON} της {THE} γης {EARTH,} ποιησαι {TO MAKE} εικονα {AN IMAGE} τω { TO THE} θηριω {BEAST,} ο {WHICH} εχει {HAS} την {THE} πληγην {WOUND} της {OF THE} μαχαιρας {SWORD,} και {AND} εζησεν { LIVED.} (IGNT)

Revelation 13:14 (RWP)

And he deceiveth (και πλανα). Present active (dramatic) indicative of πλαναω, the very thing that Jesus had said would happen (Matthew 24:24, "So as to lead astray" ωστε πλανασθαι , the word used here, if possible the very elect). It is a constant cause for wonder, the gullibility of the public at the hands of new charlatans who continually bob up with their pipe-dreams.

That they should make an image to the beast (ποιησαι εικονα τω θηριω). Indirect command (this first aorist active infinitive of ποιεω) after λεγων as in Acts 21:21, not indirect assertion. This "image" (εικων, for which word see Matthew 22:20; Colossians 1:15) of the emperor could be his head upon a coin (Mark 12:16), an imago painted or woven upon a standard, a bust in metal or stone, a statue, anything that people could be asked to bow down before and worship. This test the priests in the provinces pressed as it was done in Rome itself. The phrase "the image of the beast," occurs ten times in this book (13:14,15 ter; 14:9,11; 15:2; 16:2; 19:20; 20:4). Emperor-worship is the issue and that involves worship of the devil.

The stroke of the sword (την πληγην της μαχαιρης). This language can refer to the death of Nero by his own sword.

And lived (και εζησεν). "And he came to life" (ingressive first aorist active indicative of ζαω). Perhaps a reference to Domitian as a second Nero in his persecution of Christians.

Revelation 15:1

1 (AV) And I saw another sign in heaven, great and marvellous, seven angels having the seven last plagues; for in them is filled up the wrath of God. (AV)
1 (IGNT) και {AND} ειδον {I SAW} αλλο {ANOTHER} σημειον { SIGN} εν {IN} τω {THE} ουρανω {HEAVEN,} μεγα {GREAT} και {AND} θαυμαστον {WONDERFUL:} αγγελους {ANGELS} επτα {SEVEN,} εχοντας {HAVING} πληγας {PLAGUES} επτα {SEVEN,} τας {THE} εσχατας {LAST;} οτι {BECAUSE} εν {IN} αυταις {THEM} ετελεσθη {WAS COMPLETED} ο {THE} θυμος του {FURY} θεου {OF GOD.} (IGNT)

Revelation 15:1 (RWP)

Another sign in heaven (αλλο σημειον εν τω ουρανω). Looking back to 12:1,3, after the series intervening. The Seven Bowls are parallel with the Seven Seals (ch. Revelation 6:1) and the Seven Trumpets (chapters Re 8-11), but there is an even closer connection with chapters Re 12-14, "the drama of the long conflict between the church and the world" (Swete).

Great and marvellous (μεγα και θαυμαστον). θαυμαστος is an old verbal adjective (from θαυμαζω, to wonder) and is already in Matthew 21:42. The wonder extends to the end of this vision or sign (Rev 16:21).

Seven angels (αγγελους επτα). Accusative case in apposition with σημειον after ειδον. Cf. 8:2.

Which are the last (τας εσχατας). "Seven plagues the last." As in 21:9, "the final cycle of such visitations" (Swete).

Is finished (ετελεσθη). Proleptic prophetic first aorist passive indicative of τελεω as in 10:7. The number seven seems particularly appropriate here for finality and completeness.

Revelation 16:14

14 (AV) For they are the spirits of devils, working miracles, which go forth unto the kings of the earth and of the whole world, to gather them to the battle of that great day of God Almighty. (AV)
14 (IGNT) εισιν γαρ {FOR THEY ARE} πνευματα {SPIRITS} δαιμονων {OF DEMONS} ποιουντα {DOING} σημεια {SIGNS,} εκπορευεσθαι {TO GO FORTH} επι {TO} τους {THE} βασιλεις {KINGS} της {OF THE} γης {EARTH} και {AND} της {OF THE} οικουμενης {HABITABLE WORLD} ολης {WHOLE} συναγαγειν {TO GATHER TOGETHER } αυτους {THEM} εις {UNTO} πολεμον της {BATTLE} ημερας {OF DAY} εκεινης της {THAT} μεγαλης {GREAT} του {OF} θεου {GOD} του { THE} παντοκρατορος {ALMIGHTY.} (IGNT)

Revelation 16:14 (RWP)

Spirits of devils (πνευματα δαιμονιων). "Spirits of demons." Explanation of the simile ως βατραχοι. See 1 Timothy 4:1 about "deceiving spirits and teachings of demons."

Working signs (ποιουντα σημεια). "Doing signs" (present active participle of ποιεω). The Egyptian magicians wrought "signs" (tricks), as did Simon Magus and later Apollonius of Tyana. Houdini claimed that he could reproduce every trick of the spiritualistic mediums.

Which go forth (α εκπορευεται). Singular verb with neuter plural (collective) subject.

Unto the kings (επι τους βασιλεις). The three evil spirits (dragon and the two beasts) spur on the kings of the whole world to a real world war. "There have been times when nations have been seized by a passion for war which the historian can but imperfectly explain" (Swete).

To gather them together (συναγαγειν). Second aorist active infinitive of συναγω, to express purpose (that of the unclean spirits).

Unto the war of the great day of God, the Almighty (εις τον πολεμον της ημερας της μεγαλης του θεου του παντοκρατορος). Some take this to be war between nations, like Mark 13:8, but it is more likely war against God (Psalms 2:2) and probably the battle pictured in Rev 17:14; 19:19. Cf. 2 Peter 3:12, "the day of God," his reckoning with the nations. See Joel 2:11; 3:4. Paul uses "that day" for the day of the Lord Jesus (the Parousia) as in 1 Thessalonians 5:2; 2 Thessalonians 1:10; 2:2; 1 Corinthians 1:8; 2 Corinthians 1:14; Philippians 1:6; 2:16; 2 Timothy 1:12,18; 4:8.

Revelation 19:20

20 (AV) And the beast was taken, and with him the false prophet that wrought miracles before him, with which he deceived them that had received the mark of the beast, and them that worshipped his image. These both were cast alive into a lake of fire burning with brimstone. (AV)
20 (IGNT) και {AND} επιασθη {WAS TAKEN} το {THE} θηριον { BEAST,} και {AND} μετα {WITH} τουτου {HIM} ο {THE} ψευδοπροφητης {FALSE PROPHET} ο {WHO} ποιησας {WROUGHT} τα {THE} σημεια { SIGNS} ενωπιον {BEFORE} αυτου {HIM,} εν {BY} οις {WHICH} επλανησεν {HE MISLED} τους {THOSE WHO} λαβοντας {RECEIVED} το {THE} χαραγμα {MARK} του {OF THE} θηριου {BEAST,} και {AND} τους {THOSE WHO } προσκυνουντας {DO HOMAGE} τη εικονι αυτου {TO HIS IMAGE.} ζωντες {ALIVE} εβληθησαν { WERE CAST} οι {THE} δυο {TWO} εις {INTO} την {THE} λιμνην του {LAKE} πυρος {OF FIRE} την {WHICH} καιομενην {BURNS} εν τω { WITH} θειω {BRIMSTONE;} (IGNT)

Revelation 19:20 (RWP)

Was taken (επιασθη). First aorist (prophetic) passive indicative of the Doric πιαζω (Attic πιεζω). Cf. 2 Thessalonians 2:8.

The false prophet (ο ψευδοπροφητης). Possibly the second beast of 13:11-17; 16:13; 20:10. Charles takes him to be "the priesthood of the Imperial cult, which practised all kinds of magic and imposture to beguile men to worship the Beast."

That wrought the signs in his sight (ο ποιεσας τα σημεια ενωπιον αυτου). As in 13:14.

Wherewith (εν οις). "In which" signs.

He deceived (επλανησεν). First aorist active indicative of πλαναω. He was only able to deceive "them that had received" (τους λαβοντας, articular second aorist active participle of λαμβανω, "those receiving") "the mark of the beast" (13:16; 14:9; 16:2; 20:4) "and them that worshipped his image" (τους προσκυνουντας τη εικονι αυτου) as in 13:15.

They twain (οι δυο). "The two."

Were cast (εβληθησαν). First aorist passive Indicative of βαλλω. They fall together as they fought together. "The day that sees the end of a false statecraft will see also that of a false priestcraft" (Swete).

Alive (ζωντες). Present active participle of ζαω, predicative nominative, "living."

Into the lake of fire (εις την λιμνην του πυρος). Genitive πυρος describes this λιμνην (lake, cf. Luke 5:1) as it does γεηεννα in Matthew 5:22. See also Rev 20:10; 21:8. It is a different figure from the "abyss" in 9:1; 20:1. This is the final abode of Satan, the beast, the false prophet, and wicked men.

That burneth with brimstone (της καιομενης εν θειω). Note the genitive here in place of the accusative λιμνην, perhaps because of the intervening genitive πυρος (neuter, not feminine). The agreement is regular in 21:8. For εν θειω (with brimstone) see 14:10; 20:10; 21:8. The fact of hell is clearly taught here, but the imagery is not to be taken literally any more than that of heaven in chapters Re 4; 5; 21; 22 is to be so understood. Both fall short of the reality.

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 Topic: First John Outline
First John Outline [message #8725] Wed, 04 January 2012 16:36
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Introduction Ch. 1:10-4

I. God is Light Ch. 1:5-2:28

Am I walking in the light?j

Six Tests to prove

II. God is Righteousness Ch. 2:29-5:21

Am I walking in rightousness?

Three tests to prove


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 Topic: List of the Categories of the Parables
List of the Categories of the Parables [message #8724] Wed, 04 January 2012 16:26
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A. List of the Categories of the Parables


a. The Seed Growing Secretly (Mk. 4:26-29)

b. The Mustard Seed and The Leaven (Mk. 4:30–32; Mt. 13:32-33;
Lk. 13:18-21)

d. The Hid Treasure and The Pearl of Great Price (Mt.13:44-46)


a. The Sower (Mt. 13:3-9, 18-23; Mk. 4:1-9, 13-20; Lk. 3:4-15)

b. The Patched Cloth and The Wineskins (Mt. 9:16-17; Mk. 2:21-
22; Lk 5:36-38)


l. The Wheat and Tares (Mt. 13:24-30, 36-43)


a. The Pharisee and the Publican (Lk. 18:9-14)

b. The Lost Sheep, The Lost Coin, and The Prodigal Son (Lk. 15)

c. The Sons Called to Work (Mt. 2:28-32)

d. The Barren Fig Tree (Lk. 13:6-9)

e. The Strait Gate and the Shut Door (Lk. 13:23-30)

f. The Inward Light (Mk. 6:22-23; Lk. 11:34-36)

g. The Door of the Sheep and The Good Shepherd (Jn. 10)


a. The Wicked Husbandmen (Mt. 21:33-41; Mk. 12:1-9; Lk. 20:9-16)

b. The Rejected Stone (Mt. 23:42-46; Mk. 12:10-11; Lk. 20:7-19)


a. The Cost of the Tower and The King’s Estimate of Military
Resources (Lk. 14:28-32)

b. The Two Builders (Mt. 7:24-27; Lk 6:46-49)

c. The Empty House (Mt. 12:43-45; Lk. 11: 25-26)

d. The Offending Members of the Body (Mt. 5:29-30; Mk. 9:43,
Resources (Lk. 14:28-32)

e. Salt Without Savour (Mt. 5:13; Mk. 9:50; Lk. 14:33-35)

f. The Lighted Lamp (Mt. 5:15; Mk. 4:23; Lk. 8:16-17)

g. The Two Roads (Mt. 7:13-14)

h. The Unprofitable Servants (Lk. 17:7-10)

i. The Great Supper (Lk. 14:15-24)

j. The Righteous Steward (Lk. 16:1-13)


a. The Importunate (? GWB) Friend and The Unjust Judge (Lk.
11:5-8, 18:1-8)

b. The Two Debtors (Lk. 7:41-43)

c. The Bridegroom and the Children of the Bridechamber (Mk.
2:19-20; Lk. 5:34-35)

d. The Vine and Branches (Jn. 15:1-11)

e. The Rich Fool (Lk. 12:16-34)


a. The Unmerciful Servant (Mt. 18:23-35)

b. The Good Samaritan (Lk. 10:30-37)


a. The Laborers in the Vineyard (Mt. 20:1-16)


a. The Sprouting Tree (Mt. 24:32-35; Mk. 13:28—31; Lk. 21:29-33)

b. Men Waiting for Their Lord’s Return from the Wedding (Lk.

c. The Breaking-In of the Thief (Mt. 24:43-44; Lk. 12:39-40)

d. The Servant Awaiting the Master (Mt. 24:45-51; Lk. 12:42-46

e. The Householder and the Porter (Mk. 13:34-37)

f. The Ten Virgins (Mt. 25:1-13)


a. The Fishnet (Mt. 13:47-50)

b. The Rich Man and Lazarus (Lk. 16:29-31)

c. The Talents and The Ten Pounds (Mt. 25:14-30; Lk. 19:11-27)


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 Topic: Modern Prophets
Modern Prophets [message #11971] Sun, 17 January 2016 10:16
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I ran across an interesting statement by Apollonius:


After ward he says: "Does not all Scripture seem to you to forbid a prophet to receive gifts and money? When therefore I see the prophetess receiving gold and silver and costly garments, how can I avoid reproving her?"

For we will show that those whom they call prophets and martyrs gather their gain not only from rich men, but also from the poor, and orphans, and widows.

But if they are confident, let them stand up and discuss these matters, that if convicted they may cease transgressing. For the fruits of the prophet must be tried; "for the tree is known by its fruits".

He had quite a bit to say concerning people calling themselves prophets and then receiving expensive gifts.

When you look back in history we see a lot of the same problems they dealt with, are still with us in these end times. While reading this I could not help to remember those who call themselves prophets, who rent 20,000. suites at luxury motels, flying in on their Lear jets to spend a few days at a Bible seminar.

Elisha had to deal with people wanting to give him expensive gifts:


15 And he returned to the man of God, he and all his aides, and came and stood before him; and he said, “Indeed, now I know that there is no God in all the earth, except in Israel; now therefore, please take a gift from your servant.”

16 But he said, “As the Lord lives, before whom I stand, I will receive nothing.” And he urged him to take it, but he refused.

Elisha refused the gifts! Sadly though his servant decided he wanted the gifts:


20 But Gehazi, the servant of Elisha the man of God, said, “Look, my master has spared Naaman this Syrian, while not receiving from his hands what he brought; but as the Lord lives, I will run after him and take something from him.” 21 So Gehazi pursued Naaman. When Naaman saw him running after him, he got down from the chariot to meet him, and said, “Is all well?”

22 And he said, “All is well. My master has sent me, saying, ‘Indeed, just now two young men of the sons of the prophets have come to me from the mountains of Ephraim. Please give them a talent of silver and two changes of garments.’”

23 So Naaman said, “Please, take two talents.” And he urged him, and bound two talents of silver in two bags, with two changes of garments, and handed them to two of his servants; and they carried them on ahead of him. 24 When he came to the citadel, he took them from their hand, and stored them away in the house; then he let the men go, and they departed. 25 Now he went in and stood before his master. Elisha said to him, “Where did you go, Gehazi?”

And he said, “Your servant did not go anywhere.”

26 Then he said to him, “Did not my heart go with you when the man turned back from his chariot to meet you? Is it time to receive money and to receive clothing, olive groves and vineyards, sheep and oxen, male and female servants? 27 Therefore the leprosy of Naaman shall cling to you and your descendants forever.” And he went out from his presence leprous, as white as snow.

The Prophets of old did not need the expensive gifts that the world had to offer. Their eyes were on the Lord God, true Prophets of God will not have their eyes on mammon.


 Topic: Teachings by Clara Grace
Teachings by Clara Grace [message #10381] Sun, 24 November 2013 17:29
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In looking for prophecies, I found these teachings by Sister Clara Grace. She goes into depth concerning some of her prophecies.

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 Topic: A. A. Allen
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Vision of the Destruction of America

A. A. Allen

The following vision was received by Evangelist A.A. Allen on July 4, 1954 (one of the men mightily used in the great Healing Revival of 1947-1955):

As I stood atop the Empire State Building, I could see the Statue of Liberty, illuminating the gateway to the new world. Here, spread before me like an animated map, is an area sixty or eighty miles in diameter. I was amazed that the Spirit of the Lord should so move me, there atop the Empire State Building. Why should I feel such a surge of His Spirit and power there?

Suddenly I heard the voice of the Lord. It was as clear and as distinct as a voice could be. It seemed to come from the very midst of the giant telescope. But when I looked at the telescope, I knew it hadn't come from there, but directly from heaven. The voice said, "The eyes of the Lord run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to show himself strong in behalf of them whose heart is perfect toward Him. Herein you have done foolishly. Therefore, from henceforth, you shall have wars."

Immediately when I heard the voice of God, I knew this was a quotation of Scripture. But never before had a thing come to me so forcibly by the power of the Spirit. The ticking of the telescope stopped. The man before me had used up his dimes worth. As he stepped away I knew that I was next. As I stepped to the telescope and dropped in my dime, immediately the ticking started again. This ticking was an automatic clock which would allow me to use the telescope for a definitely limited time only.

As I swung the telescope to the North, suddenly the Spirit of God came upon me in a way that I had never thought of before. Seemingly in the spirit I was entirely caught away. I knew that the telescope itself had nothing to do with the distance which I was suddenly enabled to see, for I seemed to see things far beyond the range of the telescope, even on a bright clear day. It was simply that God had chosen this time to reveal these things to me, for as I looked through the telescope, it was not Manhattan Island that I saw, but a far larger view.

That morning, much of the view was impaired by fog. But suddenly as the Spirit of the Lord came upon me the fog seemed to clear, until it seemed that I could see for thousands of miles.

But that which I was looking upon was not Manhattan island, it was all of the North American Continent spread out before me as a map is spread upon a table, it was not the East River and the Hudson River that I saw on either side, but the Atlantic and the Pacific Oceans. And instead of the Statue of Liberty standing there in the bay on her small island I saw her standing far out in the Gulf of Mexico. She was between me and the United States.

I suddenly realized that the telescope had nothing to do with what I was seeing, but that it was a vision coming directly from God. And to prove this to myself I took my eyes away from the telescope, so that I was no longer looking through the lens, but the same scene remained before me.

There, clear and distinct, lay all the North American Continent, with all it's great cities. To the North lay the Great Lakes. Far to the Northeast was New York City. I could see Seattle and Portland far to the Northwest. Down the West Coast, there were San Francisco and Los Angeles. Closer in the foreground, there lay New Orleans, at the center of the Gulf Coast area. I could see the great towering ranges of the Rocky Mountains, and trace with my eye the Continental Divide. All this and more, I could see spread out before me as a great map upon a table.

And as l looked, suddenly from the sky I saw a giant hand reach down. That gigantic hand was reaching out toward the Statue of Liberty. In a moment her gleaming torch was torn from her hand, and in it instead was placed a cup. And I saw protruding from that great cup, a giant sword, shining as if a great light had been turned upon its glistening edge. Never before had I seen such a sharp, glistening, dangerous sword. it seemed to threaten all the world. As the great cup was placed in the hand of the Statue of Liberty, I heard these words, "Thus saith the Lord of hosts, Drink ye and be drunken, spue and fall, and rise no more, because of the sword which I will send." As I heard these words, I recognized them as a quotation from Jeremiah 25:7.

I was amazed to hear the Statue of Liberty speak out in reply, "I WILL NOT DRINK!" Then as the voice of the thunder, I heard again the voice of the Lord, saying, "Thus saith the Lord of Hosts, YE SHALL CERTAINLY DRINK." (Jer.25:28) Then suddenly the giant hand forced the cup to the lips of the Statue of Liberty, and she became powerless to defend herself. The mighty hand of God forced her to drink every drop from the cup. As she drank the bitter dregs, these were the words that I heard, "Should you be utterly unpunished? You shall not be unpunished: for I will call for a sword upon all the inhabitants of the earth, saith the Lord of Hosts." (Jer.25:29) When the cup was withdrawn from the lips of the Statue of Liberty, I noticed the sword was missing from the cup, which could mean but one thing. THE CONTENTS OF THE CUP HAD BEEN COMPLETELY CONSUMED! I knew that the sword merely typified war, death, and destruction, which is no doubt on the way.

Then as one drunken on too much wine, I saw the Statue of Liberty become unsteady on her feet and begin to stagger, and to lose her balance. I saw her splashing in the Gulf, trying to regain her balance. I saw her stagger again and again, and fall to her knees. As I saw her desperate attempts to regain her balance, and rise to her feet again, my heart was moved as never before with compassion for her struggles. But as she staggered there in the gulf, once again I heard these words, "Ye shall drink and be drunken, and spue, and fall, and rise no more because of the sword that I shall send among you."

As I watched, I wondered if the Statue of Liberty would ever be able to regain her feet—if she would ever stand again. And as I watched, it seemed that with all her power she struggled to rise, and finally staggered to her feet again, and stood there swaying drunkenly. I felt sure that at any moment she would fall again—possibly never to rise. I seemed overwhelmed with a desire to reach out my hand to keep her head above water, for I knew that if she ever fell again she would drown there in the Gulf.

"Thou shalt not be afraid for the terror by night, nor for the pestilence that walketh in darkness, nor for the destruction that wastes at noonday." Psalms 91:5,6.

Then as I watched, another amazing thing was taking place. Far to the Northwest, just out over Alaska, a huge, black cloud was arising. As it rose, it was as black as night. It seemed to be in the shape of a man's head. As it continued to arise, I observed two light spots in the black cloud. It rose further, and a gaping hole appeared. I could see that the black cloud was taking the shape of a skull, for now the huge, white, gaping mouth was plainly visible. Finally the head was complete. Then the shoulders began to appear and on either side long, black arms.

It seemed that what I saw was the entire North American Continent, spread out like a map upon a table with this terrible skeleton-formed cloud arising from behind the table. It rose steadily until the form was visible down to the waist. At the waist, the skeleton seemed to bend towards the United States, stretching forth a hand toward the East and one toward the West - one toward New York and one toward Seattle. As the awful form stretched forward, I could see that the entire attention seemed to be focused upon the U.S., overlooking Canada at least for the time being. As I saw the horrible black cloud in the form of a skeleton bending towards America, bending from the waist over, reaching down toward Chicago and out towards both coasts, I knew it's one interest was to destroy the multitudes.

As I watched in horror, the great black cloud stopped just above the great lakes region, and turned it's face towards New York City. Then out of the horrible, great gaping mouth began to appear wisps of white vapor which looked like smoke, as a cigarette smoker would blow puffs of smoke from his mouth. These whitish vapors were being blown toward New York City. The smoke began to spread, until it had covered all the eastern part of the United States.

Then the skeleton turned to the West, and out of the horrible mouth and nostrils came another great puff of white smoke. This time it was blown in the direction of the West Coast. In a few moments time, the entire West Coast and L.A. area was covered with it's vapors.

Then towards the center came a third great puff. As I watched, St. Louis and Kansas City were enveloped in its white vapors. Then on it came towards New Orleans. Then on they swept until they reached the Statue of Liberty where she stood staggering drunkenly in The blue waters of The Gulf. As the white vapors began to spread around The head of the statue, she took in but one gasping breath, and then began to cough as though to rid her lungs of the horrible vapors she had inhaled. One could readily discern by the coughing that those white vapors had seared her lungs.

What were these white vapors? Could they signify bacteriological warfare or nerve gas that could destroy multitudes of people in a few moments time?

Then I heard the voice of God, as He spoke again: "Behold, the Lord maketh the earth empty, and maketh it waste, and turneth it upside down, and scattereth abroad the inhabitants thereof,. And it shall be, as with the people, so with The priest; as with the servant, so with his master; as with the buyer, so with the seller, as with the taker of usury, so with the giver of usury to him. The land shall be utterly emptied, and utterly spoiled: for The Lord has spoken this word. The earth mourneth and fadeth away, The world languisheth and fadeth away, the haughty people of the earth do languish . The earth also is defiled under the inhabitants thereof; because they have transgressed the laws, changed the ordinance, broken the everlasting covenant. Therefore has the curse devoured the earth and they that dwell therein are desolate; therefore the inhabitants of the earth are burned and few men are left." (Isa.24:1-6)

As I watched, the coughing grew worse. It sounded like a person was about to cough out his lungs. The Statue was moaning and groaning. She was in mortal agony. The pain must have been terrific, as again and again, she tried to clear her lungs of those horrible white vapors. I watched her there in the Gulf, as she staggered, clutching her lungs and her breast with her hands. Then she fell to her knees. In a moment, she gave one final cough, and made a last desperate effort to rise from her knees, and then fell face forward into the waters of The Gulf and lay still as death. Tears ran down my face as I realized that she was dead! Only The lapping of The waves, splashing over her body, which was partly under the water, and partly out of water, broke the silence.

"A fire devoureth before them, and behind them a flame burneth; the land is as the garden of Eden before them, and behind them, a desolate wilderness." Joel 2:3

Suddenly the silence was shattered by the screaming of sirens. The sirens seemed to scream, "RUN FOR YOUR LIVES!" Never before had I heard such shrill, screaming sirens. They seemed to be everywhere—to the North, South, the East and the West. There seemed to be multitudes of sirens. And as I looked, I saw people everywhere running. But it seemed none of them ran more than a few paces, and then they fell. And even as I had seen the Statue struggling to regain her poise and balance, and finally falling to die on her face, I now saw millions of people falling in the streets, on the sidewalks, struggling. I heard their screams for mercy and help. I heard their horrible coughing as though their lungs had been seared with fire. I heard the moanings and groanings of the doomed and the dying. As I watched, a few finally reached shelters, and above the moaning and groanings, I heard these words: "A noise shall come even to the ends of the earth for the Lord has a controversy with the nations. He will plead with all flesh; He will give them that are wicked to the sword, saith the Lord. Behold evil shall go forth from nation to nation, and a great whirlwind shall be raised up from the coasts of The earth. And The slain of the Lord shall be at that day from one end of the earth even onto the other end of the earth: they shall not be lamented neither gathered nor buried; they shall be dung upon the ground." (Jer. 25:31-33)

Then suddenly I saw from the Atlantic and from the Pacific, and out of the Gulf, rocket- like objects that seemed to come up like fish leaping out of the water . High into the air they leaped, each headed in a different direction, but every one towards The U.S. On The ground, the sirens screamed louder. And up from the ground I saw similar rockets begin to ascend. To me, these appeared to be interceptor rockets although they arose from different points all over the U.S. However, none of them seemed to be successful in intercepting the rockets that had risen from the ocean on every side. These rockets finally reached their maximum height, slowly turned over, and fell back toward the earth in defeat. Then suddenly, the rockets which had leaped out of the ocean like fish all exploded at once. The explosion was ear-splitting. The next thing which I saw was a huge ball of fire. The only thing I have ever seen which resembled the thing I saw in my vision was the picture of the explosion of the H-bomb in the South Pacific. In my vision, it was so real I seemed to feel a searing heat from it.

As the vision spread before my eyes, and I viewed the widespread desolation brought about by the terrific explosions, I could not help thinking, While the defenders of our nation have quibbled over what means of defense to use, and neglected the only true means of defense, faith and dependence upon the true and living God, the thing which she greatly feared has come unto her! How true it has proven that "Except the Lord keep The city, The watchman watches but in vain."

Then as the noise of the battle subsided, to my ears came this quotation from Joel, the second chapter,

"Blow ye the trumpet in Zion, and sound an alarm in my holy mountain: let all the inhabitants of the land tremble: for the day of the LORD cometh, for it is nigh at hand;

A day of darkness and of gloominess, a day of clouds and of thick darkness, as the morning spread upon the mountains: a great people and a strong; there hath not been ever the like, neither shall be any more after it, even to the years of many generations.

A fire devoureth before them; and behind them a flame burneth: the land is as the garden of Eden before them, and behind them a desolate wilderness; yea, and nothing shall escape them.

The appearance of them is as the appearance of horses; and as horsemen, so shall they run..." (Joel 2:4).

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 Topic: Believe the Sign
Believe the Sign [message #10376] Sun, 24 November 2013 11:31
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Misc. prophecy and Hagin's account of Anna Schrader's prophecies



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 Topic: Sister Clara Grace
Sister Clara Grace [message #10375] Sun, 24 November 2013 11:09
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Sister Clara Grace:

BILLYE BRIM QUOTE: [Billye was Kenneth Hagin’s book editor for 10 years.]

“Sister Clara Grace saw a vision of the last days. She saw the church prone on the ground, weak. And then she saw, like a veil. And beyond the veil she could look through; It was on the other side of the veil, you know. She saw this weakened church here. And she saw heads from the other side of the veil pressing through. They were pressing through to resurrection. The Lord said they were ‘Just men made perfect who were pressing through to resurrection.’ Then she saw a group here on the ground, God’s mature saints. And they were passing behind the veil, and they didn’t die to go there. And they were getting the glory. She saw the glory from behind the veil. She saw the 2 groups from beyond the veil and this side of the veil amalgamate and make one. And they moved in a cloud of glory over that church. That church, it strengthen the feeble knees and the arms among them. And it stood up and stretched up itself and rose up to the glorious church.”

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 Topic: White Horse Ministries
White Horse Ministries [message #10374] Sun, 24 November 2013 11:01
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White Horse Ministry: End time prophecies, including Anna Schrader and Clara Grace.

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 Topic: Tommy Hicks: The Sleeping Giant
Tommy Hicks: The Sleeping Giant [message #10373] Sun, 24 November 2013 10:54
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As you read this prophecy, you see people being translated all over the world. HEF said this was going to happen in the end times.

I know of young people who are doing this as we speak!!! They are not doing the greater works miracles, but I believe they are coming soon. Their first priority is love, love, and more love.

We are living in exciting times! Smile


Tommy Hicks, 1961

My message began July 25 at 2.30 at night, in Winnipeg, Canada. I slept very hard going to bed, when the revelation that God has given me, appeared before me in a vision. This happened three times, with the same compliance detail every time. I was excited and deeply moved by this revelation that completely changed my outlook on the body of Christ and to serve in the last days.

The most wonderful event that ever took place in the Church of Jesus Christ, are still before us. A difficult task is to help men and women in this to realize and understand the importance of the issues that God is trying to communicate to his people in these last days.

When the vision appeared before me (while I was sleeping), I found myself at a great height. I do not know where I was. But when I looked down at the ground, suddenly the whole world appeared before my eyes - I saw every nation, every language I've heard. From the east and west, north and south - I could identify every country and many cities in which I was previously. I was very afraid and trembled all the while standing and watching as the big picture.

At a time when the world appeared before me, I saw lightning and heard the crack of thunder. When the lightning went through the whole earth, my eyes were turned down and looked to the north. Suddenly I saw what looked like a big giant - it was a very strange sight: his feet seemed to go north and head south, his hands were stretched from sea to sea. I could not even understand the end, whether it was a huge mountain, or a recumbent giant. After careful lucked is, however, saw this giant. He struggled to survive. His body was covered with tumours from head to foot and only sometimes able to move. When it did, thousands of disgustingly-looking little creatures seemed run of him, and when it pacified, returned home.

Suddenly the giant raised his hand to the sky - first one then the other. When it did, creating thousands seemed to flee from him in the side of darkness and night.

The giant slowly began to rise, and when he did, his head and hands were in the clouds. Once created, his feet seemed to be cleaned of debris and dirt that was on him; begun to raise their hands to heaven - as if they praised the Lord. Hands were raised in the clouds.

Suddenly, every cloud has a silver. It was the greatest silver I have ever seen. When I looked at this phenomenon, I felt his greatness and I could not understand what it all means. I was very moved at that view, I began to cry out to the Lord: "O Lord, what does it all mean?" I knew that I was in the spiritual realm and I can feel the presence of the Lord - even though physically I slept.

While staying at this great height looked at the people moving on the ground. A man was in Africa, and for the moment has been moved in the Spirit of God to Russia, China or America or to other places - people moved around the world. Also passed through the fire blight and famine. But nothing could stop them - even if the fire of persecution.

Then came armed with swords and guns, and they - like Jesus - they passed through the crowd and no one could find them. They walked on your behalf. Wherever pulled his hands, the sick were healed, blind eyes were opened. Did not practice long prayers.

the truth - I have not seen any church or denomination, but the people who marched in the name of the Lord of hosts. Hallelujah! Later many times I analysed this vision in my mind and I noticed one more

When they marched forward, whatever they were doing was a service for Christ in this final time. These people served by crowds throughout the world. Tens of thousands, even millions of people came to the Lord Jesus Christ, when they stood and preached the message of the Kingdom to come in the last hour. It was wonderful. God will do in these last days, such things as the world has ever seen.

These people were full of life. I saw them as they walked across the earth. Degrees meant nothing here. When one appeared to fall, another came and raised him. There was a big "I" and little "you", but it was reduced every mountain and every valley raised. One thing seemed to be common - divine love that flowed from these people when they walked together, worked and lived together. This was the greatest true, that I could learn. Jesus Christ was the theme of their lives.

As I watched from the sky, sometimes like great drops of liquid light fell upon the great congregation. Then such a meeting raised their hands and praised God for hours and even days when the Spirit of God descended on them. God said: "I will pour out my Spirit on all flesh" and exactly what he did. There was no end of His miracles, don by every man and woman, with strength and knowledge of God.

When these people came to earth a great persecution struck the tip of everyone. Suddenly a big bang, thunder was heard around the world. And I heard a voice saying: "This is my people, my beloved Bride." When that voice sounded, I looked at the ground watching the lake and mountains. The graves were opened and people from all over the world, the saints of all nations seemed to emerge. When I rose from the grave, they began to descend from all directions, forming together as a giant body. I came hard to grasp the fact that the dead arise from their graves (at first those who have died in Christ) - it was so wonderful and so hard to understand that no such a thing could ever dream or think.

Suddenly, the clouds began to fall drops of warm, radiant rain on the mighty giant. Very slowly it began to melt and sink into the ground. When the melt, the whole shape vanished, glancing across the surface of the earth. Began to fall a great rain, which caused the flood on the earth. When a giant melted down, suddenly appeared, millions of people, resulting in the world, they raised their hands and praise the Lord.

At this point, a great roar was heard from the heavens. Directed his gaze toward the sky and saw a figure in a blindingly bright white - the most wonderful fabric I've ever seen. I have not seen the face of this form, but I knew that it was the Lord Jesus Christ. He stretched out his hand over the people and nations of the world, for all men and women. When I pointed at them with his hand as though fluid flowed light, ran down to the people and the powerful anointing of God Come on them. These people began to move forward in the name of the Lord.

I do not know how long they looked. It seemed to me that it lasts for days, weeks and months. I saw Christ's pulling your hand.

But it became a tragedy. Many people did not accept God's anointing and calling. I know I've seen people who knew with certainty that received God's call. But when the Lord stretched out his hand, bowed their heads and began to retreat. They looked as if they walked into the darkness. The darkness seemed to surround them everywhere ...

However, in humans, whom he anointed - hundreds of thousands of people around the world: in Africa, Asia, Russia, China, America - the anointing of God rested when they went forward in the name of the Lord. Among them were plumbers and cleaners, rich and poor. I've seen people associated paralysis and disease, blindness and deafness. When the Lord reached out and gave them their anointing, they may be healed and moved forward. Was a great miracle when people pulled his hand as you did and the same fire was in their hands. When I pulled out my hand, saying, "according to my word, or healed."

All these people devoted themselves to serving the end-time. I did not realize fully what was the service. I looked at the Lord and asked what it all means. And he replied: "This is what I will do in the last days. Restore and mend what has been destroyed by locusts. Thanks to my people in the last days will go forward. As a powerful army will fill the earth. "

When this body began to form and shape, again took the form of a great giant. But this time it was different. Clad in the finest white, his coat was without stain or blemish. People of all ages gathering together to form this body. Slowly it formed and grew up to the sky, and then came down from heaven the Lord Jesus, and became the Head. I heard the thunder and the following words: "This is my beloved bride, I had been waiting. Arrived, tried in the fire. She is the one that I loved from the beginning of time. "

My eyes turned suddenly to the north and saw the destruction, men and women crying in fear and crumbling buildings. Then again I heard a voice: "Now, my wrath will be poured out upon the face of the earth." God's anger began to spill all over the world. I remember this view as if I saw him just now. Shivered and trembled, seeing the city and entire nations mired in the destruction. I could hear crying and screaming of people who went into the caves, but these did not give them shelter or escape. Jumped into the water, but not drowned. There was nothing that could destroy them. They wanted to receive their own lives, but they could not ...

Then again, I turned my gaze to the body dressed in stunning white outfit. Slowly it began to rise from the earth. When I followed, I woke up.

I saw the end-time ministry, the last hour. 27. July in the morning - the same revelation, the same vision came again.

Christian Media, Cieszyn

[Updated on: Sun, 24 November 2013 20:51]



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 Topic: The Concept of Leadership
The Concept of Leadership [message #3485] Thu, 25 September 2008 12:05
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Recycled from an earlier note...

The article deals with the mistaken idea that the norm for leadership within the Christian Church is a plurality of eldership as opposed to the Biblical presentation which advocates one person as the ultimate leader of an assembly of believers.


We found ourselves, during our wanderings, in a church that believed that the concept of one "head" pastor was not biblical. They believed in a multiple elder type of leadership and i was prompted to do a study--so here it is:

I. God's design in the beginning

A. Adam, Eve and the divine order

In the beginning God... with these words we see that it doesn't matter who has been delegated with authority, God is the one ultimately in charge, whether we are talking about Israel and her kings, or the Church and its shepherds.

Adam, in Gen. 2-3, was given the responsibility to lead and teach those who had been placed under his charge, and he was given a helper that would assist him in this mission. I believe that this is the established order that God intended throughout history. God-Man(one leader)-Woman(helper)-Children(our charge... the flock!)

As the family structure grew this basic pattern never changed, the head of the household remained the leader.

B. Noah leads the way

Noah was obviously the leader of his household and was able to lead and protect those under his charge. Gen 6-7

Like Adam, Noah wasn't perfect in his responsibilities (Gen 9)yet God doesn't stray from His original design of headship.
C. Abraham, Father of a multitude

The life of Abraham continues to reflect God's original design of headship. He becomes the "father" of the nation of Israel. We also enter into the blessings of Abraham through faith. Gal.3:7

Like those before, Abraham wasn't perfect in his leadership, yet God never invalidates the pattern that He established from the beginning.

D. Jacob and Esau

With Jacob and Esau, God introduces a slight variation on the concept of headship. Headship will now be enlarged to include more than the immediate family. This was hinted at in Gen 9:25-27 with reference to Noah's sons.

Jacob receives the blessing from Isaac that said..."Let people serve thee, and nations bow down to thee: be lord [ruler] over thy brethren..." Gen 27:29.

God continues to show through the pages of Scripture His design with regards to headship.

E. Israel becomes a nation

Jacob/Israel begat twelve children that were destined to become the twelve tribes of Israel

Gen 49:8 shows that Judah ultimately would have the leadership mantle.

The headship pattern was up until this point mostly limited to the family structure, but as the nation grew it became apparent that there would be a need to expand (not change) the leadership structure.

II. God's design for the nation of Israel

A. Moses, chosen by God to lead the nation of Israel

Moses became the central leader of the young nation of Israel. Moses exemplifies a leader that welded much power (some estimates say he ruled over 3 million!) yet he was known as the meekest man on earth at that time! (Num.12:3) How's that for a godly example to follow! Each family had its leaders, each tribe had its leaders but Moses was the central leader. With such a large nation to lead it was obvious that he couldn't lead effectively without help so he appointed "helpers" to judge the nation. Ex 18:17-26

B. Joshua, leader by example Josh.24:15

When it was time for Moses to move on, God instructed Moses to pass the mantle of authority to Joshua, who had been preparing for leadership by being a servant of Moses. Num. 27:18 Joshua became the recognized leader of the nation even though the nation still maintained the same pattern that God had established and expanded through the leadership of Moses. Josh. 24:1f

C. No central leader equals chaos

When Joshua passes from the scene the elders that were alive during his leadership continue leading the people until they also pass from the scene. A leadership vacuum results and Israel forsakes the Lord and falls under the Lord's judgment.

D. Judges

At this time, God begins to raise up judges to rule His nation, and a clear pattern emerges; Israel flourishes during the leadership of the judge but when the judge dies, they backslide once again. Jud. 2:16-19

III. God's design during the time of the kings

It has been stated that God never intended for the nation of Israel to have a king, I agree with this, but it is obvious that He did intend for the people to have a leader that would lead them in the ways of righteousness. Why else did He raise up Moses, Joshua, and the judges? I contend that He has shown clearly from the beginning the pattern of leadership.

Certainly He chose David's leadership to be a type of His own leadership over the nation of Israel. One leader, with many helpers, was the pattern throughout the time of the kings.

A. Saul

Saul was chosen as the King over the nation and while his reign left much to be desired, God didn't change the structure that He had ordained from the beginning. Even after it became obvious that Saul had abdicated his responsibility in leading the nation in a godly manner, he remained the recognized central leader. David would not usurp the office of the king even though Saul's leadership was detrimental to the nation.

B. David, kingdom patterned after the heavenly

Throughout the Scriptures, David and his leadership has been likened to that of Christ's reign over the earth. He certainly wasn't a perfect leader, but his heart was toward the Lord and the resulting prosperity that sprang from this godly reign should teach us the potential of true God-ordained leadership.

C. Solomon, leadership gone awry

Solomon reaped the benefits of his father's reign, but because of a misuse of the power of leadership he was doomed to have part of the kingdom torn from his leadership and given to another. From this point until the Babylonian captivity, the nations of Israel and Judah were on a fast track to destruction. Here we begin to see the fruits of "bad" leadership. However, even during this period when it seemed that a new pattern of leadership was in order, God did not change the design that He had instituted at the beginning.

IV. God's design during the time of Babylonian captivity

After many years of backsliding and repeated warnings of judgment, both Israel and Judah were put under the rule of the Babylonians. Their temple was destroyed and they were led away from the land that the Lord had given to them. They became a nation without direction and were it not for the few godly prophets that prophesied during this time, they would have been completely without direction.

It seems that it was during this time period that the Synagogues came into existence. The Synagogue was their only link to their glorious heritage. It offered them a chance to maintain their religion while under the rule of the Babylonians and teach the next generation the tenets of their faith. Interestingly enough, they chose to maintain the same structure of leadership that had prevailed throughout their history... a single leader for each Synagogue. Acts 18:8,17

V. God's design during the time of Ezra-Nehemiah

After the Babylonian captivity, God once again raises up an individual to lead his people back into the land of their inheritance, first Ezra, and then Nehemiah. Apparently God intended that the leadership structure of one central leader would continue to prevail, albeit without the baggage of a king!

VI. God's design during the Roman period

During this period of Roman rule the Synagogues remained the central pillar of Jewish life, even though the temple had been rebuilt and the order of worship had been restored. Leadership was never by committee although a godly leader will always listen to council from other godly sources. It was at this time that Jesus came on the scene and established His Church

VII. God's design for the church age

We know that there were radical changes that took place when Jesus established his Church, however, the model that had served from the beginning was nowhere rejected. It would seem that if Jesus had wanted to change the headship pattern that had prevailed from the beginning there would have been a statement to announce this major departure from the norm. Instead we see that even among the twelve there clearly was a delineation between some of the apostles. Peter, James and John emerge as the apostles who were chosen to have additional leadership responsibilities. Mk 9 & 14. Among this inner circle Jesus singled out Peter with the charge to feed His flock in Jn 21:15f. Peter was also given the "keys" to open the door to the Jews on the day of Pentecost (Acts 2) as well as the Gentiles in Acts 10. We see Peter leading in the selection of a replacement for Judas in Acts 1:15.

In discussing leadership with the Apostles in MK 10, Jesus made it clear that those who would exercise leadership in His Church, would be those who had the capacity for servanthood. It would not be those who had the most strength and power, or those who battled their way to the top!

Peter was recognized as leader of the twelve even though he became subordinate to the leadership in the Jerusalem assembly (which was led by another single individual).

The Jerusalem assembly was led not by an apostle but by James the brother of Jesus. By reading Acts 15 you will get a good picture of how a godly leader goes about his duties. Paul recognizes James' leadership and he is mentioned separately from the rest of the elders in Jerusalem in Acts 21:18. Early Church history confirms the fact that James was the leading elder in the Jerusalem assembly.

Even a cursory glance at early Church history show that all of the major assemblies had a plurality of elders but that there was only one leading elder (called a pastor or bishop) who was responsible for the direction and oversight of the assembly.

The Gentile assemblies also followed the same pattern of leadership that had been established from the beginning. Paul had establish many churches during his missionary journeys and continued to appoint leaders in every church. Timothy (who wasn't an apostle) is an example of one who was given authority in the Ephesian Church. He was given instructions on dealing with problems in the Church and was expected to lead the Church despite the fact that he was apparently very young. Paul also gives detailed instructions on leading the Church to Titus, leader at Crete. Here again, an example of one central leader given the responsibility over a young Church.

Even in the last book of the Scriptures, the book of Revelation, we see the divine order that was established in Genesis still prevails. Rev. 2 & 3 contains seven letters written to seven churches from the Lord Jesus. Each letter is written to a single individual who has the responsibility for leading the church under his care. The recipient of each letter is referred to as the "angel" of the church which is a descriptive metaphor for a single individual within the Church and not, as some have mistakenly said, literal "angels." This can be easily ascertained by looking at the language used by the Lord when He speaks to these "angels."

Revelation 2:1 1. To the angel of the church of Ephesus write;...vs 4 Nevertheless I have [somewhat] against thee, because thou hast left thy first love. 5 Remember therefore from which thou hast fallen, and repent, and do the first works;...

Revelation 2:12 12. And to the angel of the church in Pergamos write;... vs 16 Repent; or else I will come to thee quickly,...

Revelation 3:1 1. And to the angel of the church in Sardis write;... I know thy works, that thou hast a name that thou livest, and art dead. 2 Be watchful, and strengthen the things which remain, that are ready to die: for I have not found thy works perfect before God.

Revelation 3:14 14. And to the angel of the church of the Laodiceans write;...I know thy works, that thou art neither cold nor hot: I would thou wert cold or hot. 16 So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will vomit thee out of my mouth.

Literal angels don't need to be reminded to return to their first love, or to repent. They don't need to be told that they have a name that they live but are really dead. Literal angels aren't lukewarm!

The angel metaphor is used because these singular persons are in reality messengers from God. They are to be leading the church by finding out God's direction, His purposes, and then relaying the message to the assembly that God has given them charge over.

There are other places in Scripture that the same Greek word "angel" is translated as "messenger." Here is an example:

Luke 9:52 52 And sent messengers before his face: and they went, and entered into a village of the Samaritans, to make ready for him.

VIII. Summary

It seems clear that God has from the beginning ordained that there be those who have the gift and responsibility of leadership, both within the confines of the family, as well as the broader context of the Church.

Having said all of this, I realize that not all "senior pastors" are operating the way God has ordained. Some are obviously in leadership when they are not even called. We often have to search for churches (even including Home Churches) where divine order prevails, yet this lack does not negate the divine pattern that God has established.

God's gifts to the church are the 5-fold ministry: apostles, prophets, evangelists, pastors, and teachers. (Eph.4:11) Not all have these leadership gifts in the church, although all have been given gifts and are expected to function in their place in the Body of Christ. Ephesians 4:12-14 tell us the purpose of 5-fold ministry in the church:
1. To equip the saints for the work of ministry
2. To edify the Body of Christ
3. To bring everyone into the unity of the faith and knowledge of the Son of God
4. To help perfect the Body of Christ, to reach the fullness of Christ
5. To protect and to feed the flock, so that they are "no longer children, tossed to and fro and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the trickery of men, in the cunning craftiness of deceitful plotting." (Eph. 4:14) So that the flock will mature and "grow up in all things into Him who is the head--Christ".

And finally, vs. 16 of Ephesians 4 points out that it's the "WHOLE body, joined and knit together by what every joint supplies, according to the effective working by which EVERY part does its share, causes growth of the body for the edifying of itself in love."

We have been members of churches which practiced body ministry, along with the God-ordained "senior pastor" and elders. In these churches, members were taught the Word of God by teachers who were gifted in this area, and they were encouraged to use their gifts to fulfill their place in the Body. (Peter 5:2-4) We don't believe that those called by God to be pastors and teachers must necessarily attend Bible schools or seminaries, but we do believe that they should have a solid foundation in the Word of God so that they don't lead their flock into error. Obviously, all Christians should obtain this solid foundation in the Word of God, but those who are in leadership will receive the stricter judgment, and it's extremely important that they not lead their flock astray by teaching error. (James 3:1 "My brethren, let not many of you become teachers, knowing that we shall receive a stricter judgment.")

There will always be those who, like Korah, don't like the idea that God chooses certain of His servants to lead His flock, but the overwhelming evidence shows that He indeed does just that.

To conclude, since the NT states that there will be people who have a problem with the "one" leader concept like the OT figure of Korah (Jude 11) I would like to quote the passage where Korah and his followers rebel against the divine order that God has established through Moses. Please note that these folk (like their modern day counterparts) were also concerned with the "senior pastor" who seemed to be "taking too much" upon himself:

Numbers 16:1 1. Now Korah, the son of Izhar, the son of Kohath, the son of Levi, and Dathan and Abiram, the sons of Eliab, and On, the son of Peleth, sons of Reuben, took [men]: 2 And they rose up before Moses, with certain of the children of Israel, two hundred and fifty princes of the assembly, famous in the congregation, men of renown: 3 And they assembled themselves against Moses and against Aaron, and said to them, [Ye take] too much upon you, seeing all the congregation [are] holy, every one of them, and the LORD [is] among them: why then do ye raise yourselves above the congregation of the LORD? {Ye take...: Heb. It is much for you} 4 And when Moses heard [it], he fell upon his face: 5 And he spoke to Korah and to all his company, saying, Even to morrow the LORD will show who [are] his, and [who is] holy; and will cause [him] to come near to him: even [him] whom he hath chosen will he cause to come near to him. 6 This do; Take you censers, Korah, and all his company; 7 And put fire in them, and put incense in them before the LORD to morrow: and it shall be [that] the man whom the LORD doth choose, he [shall be] holy: [ye take] too much upon you, ye sons of Levi. 8 And Moses said to Korah, Hear, I pray you, ye sons of Levi: 9 [Seemeth it but] a small thing to you, that the God of Israel hath separated you from the congregation of Israel, to bring you near to himself to do the service of the tabernacle of the LORD, and to stand before the congregation to minister to them? 10 And he hath brought thee near [to him], and all thy brethren the sons of Levi with thee: and seek ye the priesthood also? 11 For which cause [both] thou and all thy company [are] assembled against the LORD: and what [is] Aaron, that ye murmur against him?

...Then comes the judgment:

Numbers 16:28 28 And Moses said, by this ye shall know that the LORD hath sent me to do all these works; for [I have] not [done them] of my own mind. 29 If these men shall die the common death of all men, or if they be visited after the visitation of all men; [then] the LORD hath not sent me. {the common...: Heb. as every man dieth} 30 But if the LORD shall make a new thing, and the earth shall open her mouth, and swallow them up, with all that [appertain] to them, and they go down alive into the pit; then ye shall understand that these men have provoked the LORD. {make...: Heb. create a creature} 31 And it came to pass, as he had finished speaking all these words, that the ground opened up that [was] under them: 32 And the earth opened her mouth, and swallowed them up, and their houses, and all the men that [appertained] to Korah, and all [their] goods. 33 They, and all that [appertained] to them, went down alive into the pit, and the earth closed upon them: and they perished from among the congregation.


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 Topic: Scriptural References to Biblical Terms
Scriptural References to Biblical Terms [message #3413] Sat, 20 September 2008 22:20
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We've been discussing issues relating to the function of the Church... here is a compliled list of Scripture references that relate to that discussion. I'm locking (no replies) this note since it is provided only as a quick reference to the terms we have been using. Hope you find it helpful.

Scriptural References to Biblical Terms (New Testament only)

Total KJV Occurrences: 81
apostles, 53
Mat_10:2, Mar_6:30, Luk_6:13, Luk_9:10, Luk_11:49, Luk_17:5, Luk_22:14, Luk_24:10, Act_1:2, Act_1:26, Act_2:37, Act_2:43, Act_4:33, Act_4:36, Act_5:12, Act_5:18, Act_5:29, Act_5:34, Act_5:40, Act_6:6, Act_8:1, Act_8:14, Act_9:27, Act_11:1, Act_14:4, Act_14:14, Act_15:2, Act_15:4, Act_15:6, Act_15:22-23 (2), Act_16:4, Rom_16:7, 1Co_4:9, 1Co_9:5, 1Co_12:28-29 (2), 1Co_15:7, 1Co_15:9, 2Co_11:5, 2Co_11:13, 2Co_12:11, Gal_1:17, Eph_2:19-20 (2), Eph_3:5, Eph_4:11, 1Th_2:6, 2Pe_3:2, Jud_1:17, Rev_2:2, Rev_18:20, Rev_21:14
apostle, 19
Rom_1:1, Rom_11:13, 1Co_9:1-2 (3), 1Co_15:9, 2Co_1:1, 2Co_12:12, Col_1:1 (3), 1Ti_1:1, 1Ti_2:7, 2Ti_1:1, 2Ti_1:11, Heb_3:1 (2), 1Pe_1:1, 2Pe_1:1
apostles’, 5
Act_2:42, Act_4:35, Act_4:37, Act_5:2, Act_8:18
sent, 2
Joh_13:16 (2)
messenger, 1
messengers, 1

Total KJV Occurrences: 149
prophets, 81
Mat_2:23, Mat_5:12, Mat_5:17, Mat_11:12-13 (2), Mat_13:17, Mat_16:14, Mat_22:40, Mat_23:29-31 (3), Mat_23:34, Mat_23:37, Mat_26:56, Mar_1:2, Mar_6:15, Mar_8:28, Luk_1:70, Luk_6:23, Luk_9:8, Luk_9:19, Luk_10:24, Luk_11:47, Luk_11:49-50 (2), Luk_13:28, Luk_13:34, Luk_16:16, Luk_16:29, Luk_18:31 (2), Luk_24:25, Luk_24:27, Joh_6:44-45 (3), Joh_8:52-53 (2), Act_3:18, Act_3:21, Act_3:24-25 (2), Act_7:42, Act_7:52, Act_10:43, Act_11:27, Act_13:1, Act_13:15, Act_13:27, Act_13:40, Act_15:15, Act_15:32, Act_24:14, Act_26:22, Act_26:27, Act_28:23, Rom_1:2, Rom_3:21, Rom_11:3, 1Co_14:28-29 (3), 1Co_14:32 (2), Eph_2:20, Eph_3:5, Eph_4:11, 1Th_2:15, Heb_1:1, Heb_11:32, Jam_5:10, 1Pe_1:10, 2Pe_3:2, Rev_10:7, Rev_11:10, Rev_11:18, Rev_16:6, Rev_18:20, Rev_18:24, Rev_22:6, Rev_22:9
prophet, 67
Mat_1:22, Mat_2:5, Mat_2:15, Mat_2:17, Mat_3:3, Mat_4:14, Mat_8:17, Mat_10:41 (2), Mat_11:9 (2), Mat_12:17, Mat_12:39, Mat_13:35, Mat_13:57, Mat_14:5, Mat_21:4 (2), Mat_21:11, Mat_21:26, Mat_21:46, Mat_24:15, Mat_27:9, Mat_27:35, Mar_6:4, Mar_6:15, Mar_11:32, Mar_13:14, Luk_1:76, Luk_3:4, Luk_4:17, Luk_4:24, Luk_4:27, Luk_7:16, Luk_7:26 (2), Luk_7:28, Luk_7:39, Luk_11:29, Luk_13:33, Luk_20:6, Luk_24:19, Joh_1:21, Joh_1:23, Joh_1:25, Joh_4:19, Joh_4:44, Joh_6:14, Joh_7:40, Joh_7:52, Joh_9:17, Joh_12:38, Act_2:16, Act_2:30, Act_3:22-23 (2), Act_7:37, Act_7:48, Act_8:28, Act_8:30, Act_8:34, Act_13:20, Act_21:10, Act_28:25, 1Co_14:37, Tit_1:12, 2Pe_2:16
prophet’s, 1

Total KJV Occurrences: 3
evangelist, 2
Act_21:8, 2Ti_4:5
evangelists, 1

G4166 (the noun)
Total KJV Occurrences: 18
shepherd, 13
Mat_9:36, Mat_25:32, Mat_26:31, Mar_6:34, Mar_14:27, Joh_10:2, Joh_10:11-12 (3), Joh_10:14, Joh_10:16, Heb_13:20, 1Pe_2:25
shepherds, 4
Luk_2:8, Luk_2:15, Luk_2:18, Luk_2:20
pastors, 1

G4165 (the verb)
Total KJV Occurrences: 12
feed, 4
Joh_21:16, Act_20:28, 1Pe_5:2, Rev_7:17
rule, 4
Mat_2:6, Rev_2:27, Rev_12:5, Rev_19:15
feeding, 2
Luk_17:7, Jud_1:12
cattle, 1
feedeth, 1

Total KJV Occurrences: 59
master, 47
Mat_8:19, Mat_9:11, Mat_10:24-25 (3), Mat_12:38, Mat_17:24, Mat_22:16 (2), Mat_22:24, Mat_22:36, Mat_26:18, Mar_4:38, Mar_5:35, Mar_9:17, Mar_9:38, Mar_10:17, Mar_10:20, Mar_10:35, Mar_12:14, Mar_12:19, Mar_12:32, Mar_13:1, Mar_14:14, Luk_3:12, Luk_7:40 (3), Luk_8:49, Luk_9:38, Luk_10:25, Luk_11:45, Luk_12:13, Luk_18:18, Luk_19:39, Luk_20:21, Luk_20:28, Luk_20:39, Luk_21:7, Luk_22:11, Joh_1:38, Joh_3:10, Joh_8:4, Joh_11:28, Joh_13:13-14 (2), Joh_20:16
teachers, 6
Act_13:1, 1Co_12:28-29 (2), Eph_4:11, 2Ti_4:3, Heb_5:12
teacher, 4
Joh_3:2, Rom_2:20, 1Ti_2:7, 2Ti_1:11
doctors, 1
masters, 1

Total KJV Occurrences: 34
ministry, 16
Act_1:17, Act_1:25, Act_6:4, Act_12:25, Act_20:24, Act_21:19, Rom_12:7, 1Co_16:15, 2Co_4:1, 2Co_5:18, 2Co_6:3, Eph_4:12, Col_4:17, 1Ti_1:12, 2Ti_4:5, 2Ti_4:11
ministration, 6
Act_6:1, 2Co_3:7-9 (4), 2Co_9:13
ministering, 3
Rom_12:7, 2Co_8:4, 2Co_9:1
service, 3
Rom_15:31, 2Co_11:8, Rev_2:19
administration, 1
administrations, 1
minister, 1
office, 1
relief, 1
serving, 1

Total KJV Occurrences: 30
minister, 14
Mat_20:26, Mar_10:43, Rom_13:4 (2), Rom_15:8, Gal_2:17, Eph_3:7, Eph_6:21, Col_1:7, Col_1:23, Col_1:25, Col_4:7, 1Th_3:2, 1Ti_4:6
ministers, 6
1Co_3:5, 2Co_3:6, 2Co_6:4, 2Co_11:15 (2), 2Co_11:23
servant, 4
Mat_23:11, Mar_9:35, Joh_12:26, Rom_16:1
deacons, 3
Phi_1:1 (2), 1Ti_3:8, 1Ti_3:12
servants, 3
Mat_22:12-13 (2), Joh_2:5, Joh_2:9

Total KJV Occurrences: 5
bishop, 3
1Ti_3:2, Tit_1:7, 1Pe_2:25
bishops, 1
overseers, 1

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 Topic: Some definitions
Some definitions [message #3348] Fri, 12 September 2008 23:37
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This was something I wrote in response to a question about different ministries within the Church. I believe all believers have gifts (1Cor 12) but in this discussion I'm limiting myself to those gifts that are closely related to Church Government.

First some terms:

Disciples: We are all called to be disciples, which means a "learner". (Acts 11:26). All Christians should be disciples!

Minister: One who serves! All of us are called to minister/serve.

Apostle: My understanding is that an "apostle" is literally "one who is sent" and specifically has come to designate one who is chosen and sent by God to accomplish a particular task. It is one of the "offices" of Church listed in Eph. 4:11f which to me indicates that as long as the Church is in existence the office is valid. Do I know any apostles personally? No. *grin*

Elder: There are two types, those who are the spiritually mature "pillars" of the church and those who are among the leadership of the church. The classic OT example is the 70 elders that Moses chose to help lead the children of Israel. These would be the elders with the anointing to rule, but there were many more elders in the nation of Israel, in fact these 70 were chosen from a much larger group of elders.

In the church there are usually many who are considered elders because of their spiritual maturity but only a few of these would be placed in overseer type positions. This latter group would be considered the (grk)"episcopate" or overseeing elders, in the NT.

Deacon: Again, there are two types of (grk)"diaconate" mentioned in the NT. The word means "those who serve." In our time the word is used mostly as a designation for those who serve the physical needs of the church (table-servers--taken from the example given in Acts 6:2.) But in the NT the word is also used as a designation for those who serve the spiritual food to the church, i.e. Word ministers. (see Acts 6:4 where the same term is used to describe the Word-servers!)

Shepherd: Could describe those with the pastoral gift (one who feeds the flock) as well as those who have been given the oversight (episcopate.) The term is loaded with imagery and meaning from both the OT and new.

Overseer: Sometimes referred to as a "bishop," and falls into the category of the "episcopate." 1 Pet2:25 Refers to God as the "Shepherd" and "Overseer" of our souls. One translation uses the term "guardian" which accurately describe the "episcopate."

In summery, there are basically two groups in the NT Church that God uses to protect and mature His saints. The diaconate (specifically the "Word" servers) and the episcopate.

The diaconate can be summed up quite nicely by the list given in Eph 4:11f, apostles, prophets, evangelists, pastors, and teachers. Each of these gifts are given by *God* to the individual and no one else has a say as to who gets what gift. These gifts are independent of men and are between the individual and God alone.

The episcopate gifts on the other hand are given only in the context of a group or groups of people and only have relevance with respect to that group or groups. The episcopate combines the ideas of overseer,(episkopos Heb.12:15--looking diligently) rulership,(heigeomai Acts15:22 Heb.13:7,17,24) and those who "stand before"(proisteimi Rm 12:8, 1Thess.5:12 1Tim.3:4; 5:12.)

Obviously, those with the diaconate gifts (Eph4:11f Pastors, Teachers, Apostles, Prophets, Evangelists) need a group of people to be able to discharge their gifts effectively, but their gift is *independent* of these groups. They are given their gifts apart from the hand of man and must answer to God for the use or misuse of their gifts. For example a person with pastoral gifts might travel to another assembly and if given an opportunity to speak his message will be pastoral in nature (not that he would become their pastor, but the gift would be in evidence by the "feeding the flock" nature of his message.) In other words, his gift travels with him! The same thing could be said for the prophet, teacher, etc..

The episcopate (ruling) gifts on the other hand only arise when there is a need for them and only exist as long as the need exists. A person might be called into the position of elder and begin to function in that capacity, but if he travels to another city his "episcopate" gift doesn't travel with him. He would exercise no authority in any other assembly. His gift would not have meaning apart from his "sphere of authority."

Sometimes the two different giftings overlap and this makes it hard to distinguish between the diaconate and the episcopate. Usually a person with the pastoral (one who feeds the sheep) calling will also be given episcopate gifts to oversee and rule in the local assembly. Paul was both apostle (diaconate) and elder/overseer (episcopate) to the gentile assemblies.

I hope I haven't bored you with all of this, it has always been a favorite subject of mine!


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Forum: Music
 Topic: Hallelujah
Hallelujah [message #11912] Tue, 08 December 2015 09:16
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This is Jordan Smith from Harlan, Kentucky singing Hallelujah on The Voice, if you enjoy him check out "Great Is Thy Faithfulness" also by him.

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 Topic: Amazing Grace
Amazing Grace [message #11911] Tue, 08 December 2015 09:08
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This is by a 15 year old kid on NBC's the Voice Monday night (12/7/15) ...he's not ashamed of Jesus with millions watching.

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 Topic: Watchman Paul Wilbur
Watchman Paul Wilbur [message #10715] Tue, 07 January 2014 22:21
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 Topic: Days of Elijah
Days of Elijah [message #10714] Tue, 07 January 2014 22:19
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Days of Elijah by Paul Wilbur



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 Topic: New Music Site
New Music Site [message #7721] Tue, 22 March 2011 11:25
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Some have found it hard to find the new music site. I am reposting a seperate note to make it easier to find.



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 Topic: Defeating Condemnation: Music
Defeating Condemnation: Music [message #7617] Tue, 11 January 2011 18:28
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(Praise to God for His Salvation and Judgment)

Praise the Lord!

Sing to the Lord a new song,
And His praise in the assembly of saints. (or on OO Smile )

Let Israel rejoice in their Maker;
Let the children of Zion be joyful in their King.
Let them praise His name with the dance;
Let them sing praises to Him with the timbrel and harp.
For the Lord takes pleasure in His people;
He will beautify the humble with salvation.
(The Lord takes pleasure in His people and saves them. The people praised Him for military victories.)

Let the saints be joyful in glory;
Let them sing aloud on their beds.
Let the high praises of God be in their mouth,
And a two-edged sword in their hand,
To execute vengeance on the nations;
And punishments on the peoples;
To bind their kings with chains,
And their nobles with fetters of iron;
To execute on them the written judgment—
This honor have all His saints.

Praise the Lord!

A sister and I have been working on a huge project of transferring all of the FA music I have on tape to CD form. It has been very hard and time consuming, but I feel it will be worth it in the end. We will be sharing the music on OO as soon as we get it all finished.

I believe this music will be used to defeat the enemy by praising Him. Praise does not come naturally to me, especially when I am in the midst of trial, temptation, sorrow, and discouragement. However, praise is a mighty weapon that the enemy hates. I believe it is a miracle that I still have all of this music. God kept the music safe with all of moves I have had. With one house in particular, Rolling Eyes I am thankful the tapes were not destroyed. Huge mistake on the enemy's part....big. Because the enemy was not thinking ahead, now this music will be available world wide. Smile

Don't move that dial, we will have it here very soon!

"I will bless the Lord at all times; His praise shall continually be in my mouth."




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 Topic: musicman
musicman [message #2663] Thu, 07 August 2008 18:17
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if you have a desired song to HEAR let me know

what I am in the process of doing is putting a song here and there weekly on this sight and this sight only!

some will be specials, of people from FA or seminars

all formats will be mp3

if you want to download them for yourself fill free.

if you want a whole CD email me at RCCCI@NETZERO.COM

and if you know who wrote the songs or a backround of the songs that would be great!

Hope you like them, Keep listening to Godly Christian Music!!!!
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 Topic: James 4:1-3
James 4:1-3 [message #5915] Sat, 27 June 2009 17:21
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I didn't have time to format this for the forum so I'm uploading it as a pdf file.

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 Topic: George Muller
George Muller [message #6761] Wed, 10 February 2010 08:39
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George Mller - instructions
Taken from “Answers to Prayer” by George Mller


I seek at the beginning to get my heart into such a state that it has no will of its own in regard to a given matter. Nine-tenths of the trouble with people generally is just here. Nine-tenths of the difficulties are overcome when our hearts are ready to do the Lord's will, whatever it may be. When one is truly in this state, it is usually but a little way to the knowledge of what His will is.

2. Having done this, I do not leave the result to feeling or simple impression. If so, I make myself liable to great delusions.

3. I seek the Will of the Spirit of God through, or in connection with, the Word of God. The Spirit and the Word must be combined. If I look to the Spirit alone without the Word, I lay myself open to great delusions also. If the Holy Ghost guides us at all, He will do it according to the Scriptures and never contrary to them.

4. Next I take into account providential circumstances. These often plainly indicate God's Will in connection with His Word and Spirit.

5. Ask God in prayer to reveal His Will to me aright.

6. Thus, through prayer to God, the study of the Word, and reflection, I come to a deliberate judgment according to the best of my ability and knowledge, and if my mind is thus at peace, and continues so after two or three more petitions, I proceed accordingly. In trivial matters, and in transactions involving most important issues, I have found this method always effective.

From the title page of the same book:

"I never remember, in all my Christian course, a period now (in March, 1895) of sixty-nine years and four months, that I ever SINCERELY and PATIENTLY sought to know the will of God by the teaching of the Holy Ghost, through the instrumentality of the Word of God, but I have been ALWAYS directed rightly. But if honesty of heart and uprightness before God were lacking, or if I did not patiently wait upon God for instruction, or if I preferred the counsel of my fellow men to the declarations of the Word of the living God, I made great mistakes."

 Topic: Paul Wilbur
Paul Wilbur [message #6632] Mon, 11 January 2010 16:47
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I almost run off of the road when I play this in my car. Very Happy I love to worship Him with this song. I hope it blesses you as much as it does me.



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 Topic: NT Pattern of the Church
NT Pattern of the Church [message #2434] Mon, 21 July 2008 10:10
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Here is a good ebook that I found that highlights the period between the apostles and Constantine. It is useful for anyone wanting to examine how the early church put the teachings of Jesus and the apostles into practice. Disclaimer: I know nothing about the person/organization that put this together. Blessings, William

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