Practicality and Everydayness

Practicality and Everydayness

Date: 12/16/2018 
Everyday life has its challenges, even in the small things. Join Pastor Doug and Pastor Ross in this episode of Bible Answers Live as they give listeners Biblical solutions to those everyday vexes : dealing with difficult people, taking care of the smaller chores on Sabbath, proper and practical attire for women in the daily routine and many other worries. Open your Bible with us and tune in !
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Doug Batchelor: Hello, friends, would you like to hear an amazing fact. Jeff Bezos, the founder of amazon.com is now the richest person in modern history. According to the Bloomberg billionaires index as of July 2018, his net worth past $150 billion. That's about $55 billion more than Bill Gates, the world's second-richest person. Bezos crossed the threshold following an Amazon summer sales event. Just this year, his net worth has soared by $52 billion, which is not more than the entire fortune of the richest person in Asia. It also put Bezos' personal fortune just behind the entire Walton Family heirs of the Walmart dynasty, who are worth 151.5 billion.

It's estimated that in 2018, Jeff Bezos earned approximately 275 million a day. Behind Bezos on the Bloomberg index is Bill Gates with a 95.5 billion fortune, followed by Warren Buffett, with 83 billion. Bill Gates would still be the richest man in the world, except he and his wife Melinda gave away billions of dollars to their foundation. After all, how many billions of dollars do you actually need to be comfortable? Stay with us, friends. We'll talk about it on this edition of Bible Answers Live.

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Voice: You're listening to Bible Answers Live, honest answers to your Bible questions. This broadcast is a previously recorded episode. To receive any of the Bible resources mentioned in this evening's program, call 800-835-6747. Once again, that's 800-835-6747. Now let's Join our host Pastor Doug Batchelor and our co-host Pastor John Ross.

Pastor Doug: Welcome listening friends to Bible Answers Live. It's a live international interactive Bible study and we invite you to call in with your questions. We have some lines open that phone number again. 800 God says that's 800-463-7297. We know there are people listening on about 300 radio stations. We're on satellite radio around the country and also we're streaming on the Amazing Facts Facebook page and the Doug Batchelor Facebook page. You can text your friends right now and tell them to tune in with a Bible question. My name is Doug Batchelor.

Pastor Ross: My name is John Ross. Good evening, friends and Pastor Doug, let's start the program with prayer. Dear Father, we thank you for the opportunity once again to open up your word and study together, we ask your blessing upon our time guide us a clear understanding of what the Bible says. For we ask this in Jesus' name. Amen.

Pastor Doug: Amen.

Pastor Ross: Pastor Doug you opened the program by talking about someone who has a lot of money. We are talking not just about millions, we talking about billions and not one or two billion we talking about, what $90 plus billion owned by one man. Incredible.

Pastor Doug: They used to believe that if you had a billion dollars, you'd never have to work again. Of course, that was true, but now with inflation. The average price in California I think for home was like half a million dollars. Now that the key is be the billionaire who wants to be a billionaire, but, for the Christian, there's a really simple principle. You should earn all you can, save all you can and give all you can. You need wisdom to ascertain that balance, but we should not strive simply to be rich. The Bible says that those who make haste to be rich, will not be innocent. Some people have been very successful and God has blessed them, but they're also generous. You can read about this when you go to 1 Timothy Chapter 6. I'll start with verse 6.

"Now godliness with contentment is great gain. For we brought nothing into this world and it's certain we can carry nothing out and having food and clothing with these things, we should be content, but those who desire to be rich will fall into temptation and a snare and into many foolish and harmful lusts that drown men in destruction and perdition. For the love of money," doesn't say money but, "The love of money is the root of all kinds of evil, for which some have strayed from the faith in their greediness and have pierced themselves through with many sorrows."

Jesus said a man's life does not consist in the abundance of what he possesses. Keep our Christian God wants to bless us and the secret is you need to be willing to be a channel of blessing, the Lord is more inclined to put things in the hands of people who will transfer things into the hands of those in need and so the Lord as we've got one hand open as we're working, and we're doing all we can to earn we should also have another hand open. We are channels of blessing to the world. The Bible teaches these principles about Christian work.

I know there's a commandment that says rest One day, a week, fourth commandment but it also says work six days a week and the Bible says those who do not work should not eat. God wants us to be productive, but he also wants us to be generous. We have a special lesson that talks about those principles for anyone.

Pastor Ross: We do it is a study guide entitled In God we trust. It's all about money. What does the Bible have to say about money? Jesus said quite a bit about money and how we use money. We'll be happy to send this lesson to anyone who calls and asks the number to call is 800-835-6747 that is our resource phone line. Again 800-835-6747 and you can ask for the study guide called In God we trust. We'll be happy to send it to you in North America.

If you're listening outside of North America, I know we have those folks listening on Facebook, you can actually go to the Amazing Facts website just amazingfacts.org and you'll be able to read the study guide for free online. Again, it's called In God we trust. Pastor Doug before we go to the phone lines, we don't often do this but somebody handed me a question. This person is a very faithful listener to Bible Answers Live they say, "Could you please ask pastor Doug, this question?" I said, Okay, we'll do that. Here's the question, the first question for this evening. It says, "I understand that the Holy Spirit will be withdrawn from the earth during the time of trouble. Will, we still have the protection of angels during that time and will God still answer our prayers during this time of trouble?"

Pastor Doug: Okay. I think the person is talking about a verse where you read in 2 Thessalonians where it says, "He that now let's will let until he's taken out of the way." The Holy Spirit has a restraining influence on the wicked in the world today but when probation closes that restraining influence, to some extent, will be withdrawn and there's going to be a time of trouble such as there never has been, but what about God's people? Will we still have angels to protect us? I think without God's guardian angels, the wicked angels would pretty quickly destroy us. We're always going to need angels and especially during the time of the seven last plagues.

You read in Psalm 91, that, "Neither shall any plague come nigh into your dwelling only with your eyes will you see and behold the destruction of the wicked, He will give His angels charge over you to keep you in all of your ways. I think definitely God will have his angels watching over us."

Pastor Ross: Absolutely. We are the promise reading Psalms where it says, "During that time of trouble, God will send his angels to watch over us and no plague will come in your dwelling." That's a wonderful promise. Ready to go to the phone lines. Our first caller this evening? I think we have Thomas listening from Lady Lake, Florida. Thomas, welcome to the program.

Thomas: Well, thank you, Pastor Doug. Appreciate it.

Pastor Doug: Thank you.

Thomas: I have a question about the-- In Hebrews 6:4-6 about once a person is enlightened, and then if he falls away, it's impossible for him to come back in and to be brought to repentance again, is this meant as he's committed the unpardonable sin that maybe the Holy Spirit cannot grieve him so he can't get back. I wonder about this verse?

Pastor Doug: Well, I think you're on the right track there. First of all, the verses is not saying that a believer cannot backslide, or sin and then be forgiven because basically, that would mean the prodigal son could never come home. That would mean that Peter after denying the Lord could not be forgiven, or David or Moses, Moses didn't deny the Lord, but Moses did lose his temper and so there'd be no hope for a whole lot of people out there if anyone who backslides could not be forgiven. Notice the words that are being used. It says, "Someone who has tasted the heavenly gift, become partakers of the Holy Spirit, have tasted the good word of God, the powers of the age should come if they fall away," and the word fall away there is really telling. It said if these people turn away from the best that God has to offer, what more can God do to restore them?" If we reject the very best, what else is God going to send? It's talking about a person who is really grieving away the Holy Spirit. It's not something that happens in a day or two of discouragement where all of a sudden God says, "All right, you took your eyes off me. You're doomed now." Does that make sense?

Thomas: It does. I was baptized in 1985 and I lived some wonderful years with a piece of Christ in my heart and then I fell back into my old ways again. I've been like that now for over 20 years. I still attend my Adventist church every week and I'm a deacon and all that but just these problems.

Pastor Doug: You don't feel like you've got the spirit and the love that you had before, right?

Thomas: Yes, I don't.

Pastor Doug: It's the Holy Spirit that's making you ask that question. Thomas, I think God's spirit is wanting you to get a new beginning and Jesus said, and I think this is in revelation Chapter 2, "If we've lost our first love then we must repent and return to the first works." Those first works where you were really so excited about the Lord, you were studying his word, you spent time in prayer, you were sharing your faith. As you do those things, I think God is going to help you renew that experience.

Pastor Ross: Thank you for your call, Thomas. Our next caller that we have-- You're going to add something?

Pastor Doug: I was just going to say what can we offer Thomas that would help him in renewing his experience?

Pastor Ross: We have several. I think one we mentioned before the program is called The Riches of His Grace. It talks about the deep commitment that one has. Also, Three Steps To Heaven.

Pastor Doug: I was thinking of the same book.

Pastor Ross: Also outlines some very very good principles there. To receive the book, just give us a call. 800-835-6747. You can ask for two books. One is called Three Steps To Heaven and the other is Riches of His Grace. Talking about just the love of God and what we can do to have that connection with him. We have William who's listening from Syracuse, New York. William, welcome to the program.

William: Hello, how are you, Pastor Doug?

Pastor Doug: Hi.

William: Great to be on. How are you today?

Pastor Doug: Your question.

William: I'm sorry. My question was I've been watching Pastor Doug Batchelor and I got this prophecy code Seminar that I got on the DVD. I was watching Clothed with Light. I've been watching it over and over and over again because it's inspiring me and everything. There's a question that Pastor Doug quoted and I don't know if he's quoting from a different translation because I tried to find it. It says right here, "Oh if they will fear me and keep all of my commandments all of the time that it will be well with them and their children."

I was wondering if he was quoting that from a different verse because I tried to find it in the King James Version and the New King James version and I couldn't find the word oh.

Pastor Doug: Deuteronomy. I think you're gonna find that in-

Pastor Ross: Deuteronomy Chapter 5:29.

William: Chapter five. It's strange because I'm a minister out here in Syracuse and I've been sharing all your wonderful DVDs and I've been sharing it with people and they all be asking me, "Where did you get the studies? Man is awesome." I didn't know nothing about this. I didn't know nothing about that. I've been sharing it all over Syracuse.

Pastor Doug: Bless your heart.

William: Some other people call me crazy because they see me that I'm a two domination. My family is from Israel and then I've got a Spanish side on me. They look at me like two different descendants.

Pastor Doug: They are some of the best people.

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William: I know your background. I know that your mother was Jewish and then at the same time your father, I didn't know what it was but I know he was Baptist I think. It's pretty much like me. That's why a lot of people want to actually bring some of the truth to them like what you bring on these seminars and stuff like that it enlightens, it lifts up a burden because God wants us to know the truth because God is not going to be a hypocrite in the Holy Spirit to contradict one thing in the Bible and then try to change something in another. I told people that God is the same yesterday, today and forevermore. He doesn't change.

Pastor Doug: Absolutely. You see the verse we're talking about in Deuteronomy 29. Let me read this to you. "Oh that they had such a heart in them that they would fear Me and always keep all of my commandments that it might be well with them and their children." I think that probably, William, in the prophecy called sermon that you heard me quoting, I was probably quoting from the King James version but it's almost identical here. We really thank you for your call but we've got a line up here of folks with questions. You keep up the good work. We do have a lesson that talks about the commandments. It's called Written in Stone. We'll send you a free copy.

Pastor Ross: The number to call is 800-835-6747. Ask for the study guide called Written in Stone.

Pastor Doug: We've got Chris listening in California. Chris, welcome to the program.

Chris: Hello gentlemen.

Pastor Doug: Hi.

Chris: How are you?

Pastor Doug: Good. Thanks for calling, and your question.

Chris: My question is the military, would that be considered a civil service? That's something that me and my family have disagreed on. I've been in the Marine Corps for over 10 years as an infantryman deployed to Afghanistan and all that. My family say that the military, the MOS that I'm in is not considered a civil service like paramedics, police and all that.

Pastor Doug: There's no question. We're thankful for those who've served in the military. I have a son that served in the Marines. Typically I would not recommend that a young person trying to live a Christian life would enlist in the military simply because the military almost is your god when you join, they say, "Look, we give the orders." You might say, "Today's my time for church." They'll say, "No, we're doing something else today."

It can be pretty difficult to fulfill some of your Christian values. Again, I'm not saying that to show any disrespect for the military but there can be some real conflicts there as a Christian when you sort of sign over your choices to such a big department. Military is not an emergency service like a doctor. For instance, on the Sabbath, the doctors don't leave the hospitals and nurses leave the patients and nursing homes. There's a lot of emergency service like that. If a house catches on fire, we're so glad that there's a fireman who'll come. I don't think I'd put the military in the same category as that because it's 365 days a year. Any thoughts on that, Pastor Ross?

Pastor Ross: Yes. We do have those who are Christians and they serve in the military, although as Pastor Doug says it does take a certain degree of faith to really stand up for what you believe in and yet still do service. There are those who have been able to serve in the ministry in various other capacities where it doesn't require them to have to violate any of God's commandments.

Pastor Doug: There was just a pretty famous movie came out. I think it's called Hacksaw Ridge about Desmond Doss.

Pastor Ross: He was a medic.

Pastor Doug: It was quite a struggle for him. We knew him. He held up his convictions. He got persecuted a little bit for that but he stuck to his convictions in the military.

Chris: I remember that. That's the first, I guess you could call it war here that I heard about growing up and stuff. My grandfather read me the black unlikeliest hero and stuff. That just hooked me on in. I learned as much as I could about him. Then I met him one day.

Pastor Doug: You ever read the book by Terry Johnson, For His Honor.

Chris: I haven't read that one.

Pastor Doug: You can look that up. That's another good book. It talks about how to live out your convictions in the military and how many prayers got answered. You're walking out into dangerous waters when you say, "I want to be a practicing Christian, I want to serve Jesus first and I'm going to do it by joining the military." You're going to into everything about you may not be able to eat what you want, worship when you want, not shoot somebody [laughs] when you don't want to shoot him. A lot of challenges. Hey Chris, I hope that helps a little. We got to keep going. We got to folks lined up.

Pastor Ross: Next caller that we have is Lowell listening from North Carolina. Lowell, welcome to the program.

Lowell: Hi, thank you. I'm calling because I've heard Pastor Doug and you speak about the distinction between new wine and old wine and how the old wine is fermented and new wine is not fermented. I accept that that sounds right to me. I was reading in Luke 5:39 and I was confused because Jesus himself is telling a parable. I guess he's speaking for a character in his parable. At the end of 5:39, he says, "The old wine is better." That was confusing to me why Jesus would say that.

Pastor Doug: He said that people who are used to the old wine say the old wine is better. That goes along with what we've been saying is that typically the old wine obviously new wine has never fermented. Fermentation especially back then took time. The old wine was fermented. A person who, especially if they're struggling with alcohol dependency they say, "The old wine is better." [laughs] They've been drinking it.

Pastor Ross: I also think Jesus is bringing up an important point here. He's talking about the new wine is representing his teaching, his doctrine versus the old wine which was the teaching the doctrine of the Pharisees. Jesus says, "Those who have drunk the old wine--" meaning they have bought into the teaching and the philosophy of the religious leaders of his day, they don't want the new wine but he says in the verse previous new wine must be put in new wineskins. He's referring to the disciples who were willing to receive the teachings and the doctrines of Jesus. Again, he's just using this as an analogy talking about truth.

Pastor Doug: Not being settled in your ways. People like what they're used to. I think it was Mark 20 that said nobody likes change except a baby and sometimes they don't like it.

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Lowell: He's just making analogy of something that they're familiar with already and applying it through His word.

Pastor Doug: Yes. The scribes and Pharisees were settled into this regiment of traditions. They had these interpretations of the prophecies that were wrong and for Jesus to give the right teaching of the gospel. He needed fresh vessels that were open, that weren't all rooted and entrenched in their old ways. He's calling the old ways the old traditions, the old wine.

Lowell: All right that makes more sense to me. Thank you.

Pastor Doug: Thank you so much, appreciate your call.

Pastor Ross: Next caller that we have is Peter listening in New Jersey. Peter, welcome to the program.

Peter: Good evening gentlemen. I had a question about, if God has an appointed age that each one of us are going to die which cannot be altered or changed, why is it that there are certain people who exercise and take vitamins and maybe eat a vegetarian type of diet tend to live longer than those that don't?

Pastor Doug: I would not say that God has an appointed age. I don't think that God arbitrarily says, "You know what, I flip the dice and I've decided you're going to die at 65." I think that there is cause and effect. God said, "Do not be deceived whatever you sow, you will reap." If a person sows a life of irresponsible habits, they will reap an early death. If a person sows a life of taking care of their body temple and glorifying God in what they eat and drink, they will reap a longer life.

I don't think that God just picks a number on a calendar and says, "I'm just deciding regardless of your choices, this is when you're going to die." I do think our choices affect the length of our life.

Peter: It's very interesting. I'm glad I called. Can I ask you one more question and then I'll hang up and listen over the radio.

Pastor Doug: Sure.

Peter: Can you give us some insights into the new heaven and the new earth, what it's gonna be like. Does it have any similarity to how we live now or will we be disembodied spirits floating into heaven et cetera, et cetera? Thank you.

Pastor Doug: Yes. Thank you very much and we appreciate your question. Yes. In Heaven, the Bible says God is going to restore His original plan for this planet. God took very real humans and he put them in a garden. Adam and Eve were spiritual creatures but they were also physical creatures after sin they serve, the spiritual dimension was damaged. That will be restored in heaven.

God's going to make a new heaven, a new earth. Isaiah says there'll be animals there. Isaiah 11, you can read and Isaiah 65. It also tells us we will go forth and build houses and inhabit them. We will plant vineyards and eat the fruit of them. God's going to have us doing real things in a beautiful glorious world with real bodies and enjoying things. Paul says, "Our eyes have not even seen the wonders that God is preparing for those that love Him."

Pastor Ross: Of course, the Bible tells us that, the redeemed will have bodies. Matter of fact, Philippines 3:21 says, "Who." Speaking of Christ, "Will transform our lowly bodies, that it might be conformed to His glorious body." When Jesus rose from the dead, He had a glorified body. The Bible says, those are the kind of bodies we're going to have when Jesus comes.

Pastor Doug: He, in front of the disciples, he ate, he said, "Touched me, I am not a Spirit. Spirit doesn't have flesh and bone as I have." He emphasized He was real.

Pastor Ross: The Bible talks about the Tree of Life. People eat the fruit there off.

Pastor Doug: We have a lesson we can send you if you like. It talks about heaven is that the Wonderful-

Pastor Ross: Colossal City In Space.

Pastor Doug: Colossal City In Space. Yes.

Pastor Ross: To receive that lesson, give us a call. The number is 800-835-6747. You can ask the study guide called A Colossal City In Space. Next caller that we have is listening from, let's see. We've got Carol in Rocklin. Carol, welcome to the program.

Carol: Hello.

Pastor Doug: Hi Carol you're on the air and your question.

Carol: Oh, my question is, is cremation acceptable to God as a way to treat our body after death?

Pastor Doug: All right. Great question. There really is no command in the Bible that you shall bury and you shall not cremate. The example in the Bible if you were going to look at circumstantial evidence. Typically people were buried. The patriarchs Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob were buried. Matter of fact, even Joseph and Jacob were embalmed before they were buried.

There are a couple of cases where believers were cremated, such as the son of Saul and Saul. Typically, the ancient Church believed that because Man was made in the image of God, that even in death, he still bore God's image. It was typically the heathen that would cremate or burn and scatter the ashes. Some may be saying, well the Bible says ashes to ashes dust to dust.

You're turned to ashes and dust anyway. Cremation accelerates the process. Nobody, I believe, is going to be excluded from the resurrection because God cannot find all the pieces to put them back together again. He's going to give them a new glorified body. Many martyrs were burnt for their faith and their ashes were scattered. Does that mean God is not going to be able to reassemble or resurrect them? Of course, not. Anyway, I went on both sides of a wandering trail there. I hope that helps a little bit. And we thank you, Carol, for your question.

Pastor Ross: Next caller that we have is Erias listening from New York. Erias, welcome to the program.

Erias: Hey.

Pastor Doug: Your question.

Erias: First I want to ask, how are you guys doing?

Pastor Ross: Good. How are you doing?

Erias: I'm okay. It's my first I'm calling in.

Pastor Doug: All right. We got about two minutes for your questions, so let's go, put it out there.

Erias: I have a best friend, I'm just really trying to find a way how I should show these different cues of the Bible. She knows some of them right, and I'm her, technically, teacher or something like that. I'm just wondering, how am I going to teach her about, some of the things like let's say dress reform, health reform like that?

Pastor Doug: First thing I'd ask Erias, has she accepted Jesus?

Erias: I think so. Yes.

Pastor Doug: That's the first thing. If a person has fallen in love with Jesus, the first thing you want to present before you present any of the difficult doctrines or our standards about life, whether it's dress or health, the person needs to first fall in love with Jesus. Once a person has made a decision to commit their lives to Jesus and they really say, "I love Him, I want His word, I know He died for me. He gave his life. I want to do whatever is going to please Him."

When they're thoroughly converted, then you present the other particular details of the Christian faith. They're going to be hungry for it, they're going to want to know. I forget that verse that says, "Find out what best pleases the Lord." They're going to want to know what pleases the Lord and they'll be doing that. Do that first and then any other doctrine that you present to your friend, do it in the context of talking about Christ.

Every doctrine needs to be rooted in Jesus. For instance, the reason we dress modestly is out of love for God and not fellow men. Everything should come from that.

Hey, friends, we're not done. We got more questions coming. Be right back.

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Pastor Doug: Welcome back listening friends to Bible Answers Live. If you have tuned in somewhere along the way, this is a live international interactive Bible study. We are on satellite radio, land base stations, and we are streaming on the internet. It's on the Amazing Facts' Facebook page, as well as the Doug Batchelor Facebook page. We're glad you've tuned in. My name is Doug Batchelor.

Pastor Ross: My name is John Ross. We're going to go straight to the phone lines. We got Moi listening from Hampton, Virginia. Moi, welcome to the program.

Moi: Hello, Pastor Doug.

Pastor Doug: Hi, how can we help you tonight?

Moi: I just had a question. I was reading the Bible and Jesus said that we have to basically worship him in spirit and in truth. Basically, when I was growing up in Haiti, we used to worship a different way. Then when I came here in the US, we used drums and stuff like that, and I feel uncomfortable with that. I just wanted to find out if God really-- Does he find pleasure when we use drums and stuff like that?

Pastor Doug: Well, first of all, when Jesus talks about worshipping in spirit or in truth, I remember when Christ began teaching in his early ministry. He said, "The religious leaders, they would fast to be seen of men, they would give, blow the trumpet so everyone would look at them. They would pray and long prayers so people would think they're holy." That was insincere worship. Christ wants us to worship in spirit and in truth. We want to do it in our spirit with sincerity and to worship him truly according to his word. Now, you're asking about worship practices in a lot of churches with the drums. There may be a place for rhythm in music, but typically, in the worship music, they did not have the drums that you see in some churches now.

Drums were used often on the battlefield as people went marching off to war. I'm uncomfortable. A lot of what's happening now with the music and some churches is the worship styles in the music is sensual in nature. Certain kinds of music appeal to rhythms and stuff that I don't think are appropriate in the worship services. It's one of the more hotly disputed subjects. I think worship styles do matter. Now, we actually have a book. I think you have to order this book though at Amazing Facts on drums and worship. It's actually written by a youth pastor. I think it's Worship, Music, and Drums. You look it up at our website and I think you'll find that. Any thoughts on that, Pastor Ross?

Pastor Ross: I think you're right. We want to worship God reverently. As you said, there are some appropriate uses for rhythm. If you have an orchestra, sometimes they will have a big set of those drums but that's a little different than the kind of rock and roll type of drumming that we have in the world today. We need to be careful to avoid those things, so I agree.

Pastor Doug: We should as nearly as possible try to imitate the angelic music in our sacred worship in the church.

Pastor Ross: The next caller that we have is Becky listening from Michigan. Becky, welcome to the program.

Becky: Hello.

Pastor Doug: Hi.

Becky: I want to wish you guys a very Merry Christmas.

Pastor Doug: Thank you. Likewise. Your question.

Becky: I have a question. From a Christian point of view, how do you get along with difficult people and how you deal with them?

Pastor Doug: Patiently, Jesus said, "Deal with others as you would have them deal with you." Peter said, "How often shall I forgive my brothers? Seven times?" This is Matthew 18. Jesus said, "No, not seven times but 70 times seven." That doesn't mean you let people abuse you, but as long as a person genuinely repents, we need to be patient. Then keep in mind, how patient is God with us when we are difficult? It takes special power because I know there are people-- I think the Lord deliberately brings people into our lives that challenge us all so that we can learn how to practice the Christian virtues of love, forgiveness, patience. Sometimes you have to bite your tongue when you want to say something. That's where you develop the Christian meekness, but it's hard sometimes. I admit that. Becky, does that help?

Becky: Yes, it does.

Pastor Doug: Thank you very much. We appreciate your question. I don't know. We ought to write a book on that. That's a great title. How do you deal with difficult people? Pastor Ross is going to write a book on that. God bless you. Thank you so much.

Becky: Merry Christmas.

Pastor Doug: Thanks, Becky.

Pastor Ross: The next caller that we have is John listening in North Carolina. John, welcome to the program. John, you're on. You might have your mute on. North Carolina.

John: God bless you .

Pastor Ross: Your question.

John: My question is based on Daniel 12:11. Can we use these for these times and these timely events or this prophecy has rather been fulfilled?

Pastor Doug: We come from the perspective here of what you call instead of the futuristic view of prophecy, we come from the perspective of what you call a historicist view of prophecy. That the prophecies of Daniel and Revelation are covering a panorama of history. Boy, there's just no way in three minutes that we can explain Daniel Chapter 12. You've got more time prophecies in Daniel 12 than any other Chapter in the Bible. We do have a lesson that talks about the three and a half years, the 1,260 days. It's called A time and the dividing of time. Now would that be the study on the Right On Time?

Pastor Ross: Yes. That would include it because the first part of that is talking about the coming of Jesus. If you'd like to give us a call, John, we'll be happy to send that to you. Just ask for the study guide called Right On Time. It gets into these various time prophecies the pastor has mentioned. You got the 2300 days in Daniel 8-14. Daniel 12 is a summary of some of the previous time prophecies that are given in the book. It's a very deep study but begins by laying the foundation and building from there. We'll be happy to send that to anyone who calls on us. It's 800-835-6747. The next caller that we have is calling all the way from Australia. We have Sosa listening in Australia. Sosa, welcome to the program.

Sosa: Thank you very much. How are you today?

Pastor Doug: Doing well, thank you for calling.

Sosa: Thank you for the opportunity. My question is basically about women's clothing. I can pretty much understand, for example, 1 Timothy 2:9, how it says women should adorn themselves with modest apparel, with propriety and moderation, not with braided hair. This is the part I don't understand, the braided hair. Whether this is about the braided hair or there was some other practice going on. The jewelry part, I'm assuming that we shouldn't be wearing jewelry. Then the most confusing thing for me is the pants issue. Because Deuteronomy it says-

Pastor Doug: "A woman shall not wear that which pertains to a man nor shall a man put on a woman's garment. For all that do so are an abomination." That's Deuteronomy. Is that 22? I forget.

Sosa: Yes. Is it about pants? Because from what we know, what men wore at that time looked like what women wear nowadays. Is it about pants?

Pastor Doug: Well, the main principle-- First of all, let me answer. You've asked two questions. One about braided hair and one about women's clothing, and pants in particular. There is nothing wrong with a woman, in my opinion, wearing pants, but what he's saying here is there needs to be a clear distinction in the styles of men and women. Unfortunately, we are living in a culture now that is amalgamating and erasing distinctions of gender. The whole culture is saying that men dress more and more feminine and likewise women are dressing more manly and it creates confusion. God wants us to celebrate the differences between men and women.

Even in Bible times, there was a difference between the clothing of men and women that's why it said a woman was not to put on a man's garment, vice versa. Today, there are differences between men's pants and women's pants. I reached in my drawer and put on a pair of pants a couple of years ago and I knew right away something was terribly wrong. Karen had a pair of jeans she had put in my drawer and we are built differently. I thought about that scripture and I was just waiting to be smitten down by the Lord. I think that the principle for a Christian as the pants should be modest and for men. A Christian should not be dressing and clothing that is so tight and so low that nothing is left to the imagination.

I think God wants Christians to dress modestly and as far as the braided here, that wasn't talking about braiding your hair. For a woman to put a simple braid in her hair just for practicality is a good idea, but they used to weave chains of gold in their hair. That was common back then and so he's talking about these elaborate hairdos that they were doing that was ostentation. The idea was not to spend a lot of time and money on the outward adorning and neglecting the inner man or woman, in that case.

Sosa: Just very quickly about jewelry as well, for example, we now are at the point in our lives, me and my husband that we don't wear our wedding ring, is that included in jewelry as well or it's just a symbol that should be?

Pastor Doug: Well, very quickly. First of all, let me tell you just so you get more information. I've got a book here in Australia, you can download this, it would take probably 40 days and 40 nights to get there by mail and it's called Jewelry: How Much Is Too Much? Just go to the Amazing Facts website and you can download that. On the wedding ring, a quick answer, it's nowhere in the Bible. I don't wear a ring. I don't think Pastor Ross wears a ring and we are very married and my name is Batchelor and I'm still very married, but there's no law in the Bible that says you need to wear a wedding ring.

Obviously, there are lots of Christian men and women that do, and so I wouldn't make that a moral issue for them, but you're asking about what the scripture says and there's nothing on that in the Bible. Thank you very much, Sosa, and we appreciate your call.

Pastor Ross: The next call that we have is Rose listening from American Samoa. Rose, welcome to the program.

Rose: Hi pastor Doug.

Pastor Doug: Hi. Hey Rose, I'm supposed to be there in Samoa in 2020.

Rose: What?

Pastor Doug: Yes, we got invited. It looks like we're going to make it to Samoa in about a year and a half, so maybe we'll see you then but your question tonight?

Rose: Okay, my dad isn't a believer so he doesn't observe the Sabbath and just yesterday we ran out of milk, something we don't necessarily need, but he went ahead and bought it. He meant well, but I'm wary about consuming something purchased during the Sabbath.

Pastor Doug: I wouldn't worry about that, you didn't when you think about it. For Christian and people listening might think, what are these cooky people talking about? In the Bible, the Sabbath is one of the 10 commandments and part of Sabbath-keeping, it says you shouldn't buy yourself and so I think Rose is wondering, well, someone in the family bought something on the Sabbath. Does that mean if I drink the milk and I'm going to get worms or something? Technically, when you go to the market and you buy milk, you don't know that the person who owns the market bought it on the right day of the week.

You're only responsible for decisions you make and you can't control all the decisions everybody else makes. I guess that would be my answer to that.

Pastor Ross: Pass it up. I think it was the situation back in Bible times that Paul address they will believe is that would buy food or meat at the marketplace and some of the things that they bought had been offered to idols by the pagans that they bought the food from. Well, that concerned some and Paul was saying, well, you want there, it's not your fault that they might've offered it to the idol if it's good food and acceptable to eat, then buy it and pray and eat it.

Pastor Doug: Exactly.

Pastor Ross: We're only responsible for our own decisions like you say. Good question, thanks for your call, Rose. Our next caller that we have is Roger listening from Colorado. Roger, welcome to the program.

Rodger: Hello, thank you for accepting my call again. I got a question, somebody told me that we are in the Kingdom of God right now, but if I'm not mistaken in Luke 17:22-23 it says the kingdom is a hand, I think it says that. Are we in the kingdom God now?

Pastor Doug: Yes, that's a trick question. Let me tell you why it's not a trick question, but it's a confusing question because there are two answers. There is a physical kingdom and a spiritual kingdom. When Jesus came, John the Baptist began to preach. Repent for the kingdom of heaven is at hand, meaning within reach, it's here. Christ began preaching the same thing. Kingdom of heaven is at hand, the spiritual kingdom accepting Jesus as your savior. All of us can have Christ reigning in our hearts now, but clearly there will be a day when Jesus returns and the new Jerusalem descends. He receives a kingdom from his father. He will fill the whole earth. That's the message of Daniel Chapter 2 and the literal kingdom will fill the earth at that time. When we pray the Lord's prayer, "thy kingdom come." We're talking about the future literal kingdom, but when we accept Jesus, the spiritual kingdom allows him to be King in our hearts. Good question, Roger. I hope that helped it a little bit.

Rodger: Yes, it helped me quite a bit. Thank you very much.

Pastor Doug: Thank you.

Pastor Ross: Our next call that we have is Charles listening from Newport, Florida. Charles welcome to the program.

Charles: Hey, I've actually called before. I actually have a question about the Sabbath and as far as working, we're like struggling and trying to get all the housework done before sundown on the Sabbath, but what about as far as washing dishes like normal, everyday housework if you have dish, you don't want to let them sit and everything else until the following night?

Pastor Doug: That's a good practical question. You need wisdom, the whole idea is you want to avoid any unnecessary work because it's a day of rest. It's a Holy day. I had a friend, I asked the same question, pastor and the wife that baptized me many years ago, I said, "Now, what about keeping the Sabbath business. I said, well, what about doing dishes?" She said, "Well, when we lived in the mission field in Burma, if you didn't at least rinse your dishes, you had all animals and creatures that were coming through your house." She said, "you want to just do what you need to do to honor God and keep things clean." You might rinse them and throw them in the dishwasher and just keep things sanitary.

Moses does talk about doing things even on the Sabbath that keep the camp Holy. The priest used to do some cleaning in the sanctuary even on the Sabbath day to keep things Holy and presentable. I wouldn't be running my vacuum cleaner, but if my kid spills Cheerios on the floor, I might. That's the idea to get everything out of the way that you can ahead of time. Hey, God is not walking around with the binoculars to see a few you wipe the dust off a book or something.

Charles: Right. Well, this basically just pretty much we don't run a vacuum or do any major work or anything, it's just the whole dishes thing. It's caught me off guard. I'm like, "Well, we have dishes sitting in a column and I don't want to leave him all night."

Pastor Doug: In our home, we rinse them if we're eating our last meal of the day, we just wait until after Sabbath and then we do it or if it's earlier, you might just rinse the food and stack them or wash them later. You just try and keep things in order and do as little as possible because it's a day of rest.

Charles: Okay.

Pastor Doug: I like the idea of leaving the dishes. [laughs] It seems like someone else shows up and cleans them if I just leave them. No, I do a lot of dishes in my home.

Charles: Yes, recently I just read your book, The Richest Caveman and I got to say, once I started I couldn't put it down, I literally read it in two days.

Pastor Doug: That is one of the nicest things people say is I meet men all the time who say, "I never read a book in my life, but once I started your book I had to finish it." I don't know what it is. When I read the book, it doesn't do that to me, but I'm always thrilled when I hear that. Hey, thank you so much, Charles. We sure appreciate your call.

Pastor Ross: Next caller that we have is Katherine listening from Houston, Texas. Katherine, welcome to the program.

Katherine: Hello. How are y'all doing?

Pastor Doug: Doing well, how are you doing?

Katherine: Doing good. I love your shows, thank you. They're such a blessing to me. I had a question that I'm confused on. When you die, where does your breath go and is your breath your spirit? I don't know, I'm confused on that.

Pastor Doug: Well, the word breath and spirit are interchangeable. In the old Testament, it talks about the spirit of God. It's the very same word for breath. It's raw and it says God breathed into Adam's nostrils, the breath of life and then it talks about, in Job, he says, "The spirit of God in my nostrils." Same word, the breath of life. When a person dies, you read in Ecclesiastes Chapter 12, the spirit, the breath returns to God who gave it. The body returns to the earth and the elements that decomposes, ashes to ashes, dust to dust. It's like when you say when you unplug a lamp, where does the light go? Where does the electricity go? It goes back to the power company where it came from. You know what I mean?

Katherine: Yes.

Pastor Doug: Yes. It's not that suddenly, the light has become disembodied, and it's floating around away from the lamp. The way that we do our thinking is when the breath of life is in our bodies and our brains. When we die, we are sleeping a dreamless, unconscious sleep until the resurrection, it'll seem like a moment. For us, it's going to seem soon as you die, you're present with the Lord if you're saved. The resurrection hasn't happened yet until the Second Coming. Does that help?

Katherine: It does. When Jesus comes again, does the breath come back to you or?

Pastor Doug: Yes, he'll breathe into these resurrected bodies he gives us. Now, if you're alive when he comes, in a moment you get a new body. If you're dead when Jesus comes, the dead in Christ rise. It won't seem long for them. It's going to seem instant from the time they died and they come out of their graves with glorified bodies. He breathes that breath of life back into them.

Pastor Ross: We do have a website and I should have mentioned it, Kat. I think you'd really enjoy it I'm looking at right now. All you have to do is just type in truthaboutdeath.com or death truth. I think we're one of the first, if you google there, it will show up one of the first sites that you'll find. It tells you all about it. It gives you all the Bible references. There's actually a video that you can watch on the subject. Just a really great study. It's called truthaboutdeath.com. Next caller that we have, let's see. We've got Tom listening from Lincoln, Nebraska. Tom, welcome to the program.

Tom: Hello, thank you. This might be a whole sermon of itself. My question was, and I'm sure you guys probably empathize with this. Why is it that seeing that the Lord has given promises to protect his people why is it that people who are inside the church become victimized and incredibly traumatized from abuse that happens from inside these different churches?

Pastor Doug: Now, do you believe in God?

Tom: Yes.

Pastor Doug: Do you believe there's a devil?

Tom: Yes.

Pastor Doug: If you were the devil and you wanted to do as much damage to the church as you could, you would try to release your agents in the church to misrepresent it just like there was a Judas even in Jesus' 12 Apostles. The devil has his representatives that prey upon the sheep. Jesus called them wolves in sheep's clothing. That sums it up pretty well, doesn't it?

Tom: Yes.

Pastor Doug: You got people that they pretend they're Christians. They go into church and whether it's, we all all have heard about some of the abuse that has happened to children with pastors or priests. There's people who claim to be Christians that are stealing money from their flock and they're flying fancy jets. They're just fleecing the sheep. They're wolves who are exploiting the sheep. That's because the devil is making war against the church. It's certainly not Jesus' teaching, and it's not his pattern. But if I was the devil, that's what I do. Is I'd start trying to misrepresent the church by having hypocrites in there, right?

Tom: Yes.

Pastor Doug: Have you experienced that yourself? Where you feel like people in the church have been abusive or taking advantage?

Tom: People, I love, have. Yes.

Pastor Doug: Yes. It's terrible when that happens because what they do then is they say, if that's what God is like, or they say if that's what the church is like, and they turn away from Jesus. He loves the church and there's a lot of wonderful people in the church. A church's place of healing but some people have a bad experience and the devil allows that so they become discouraged with the church and they turn away. Hey, I hope that helps a little bit, Tom. We do have a study guide that talks about Clothed with Light, we'll send you a free copy of that. If you call the number.

Pastor Ross: The number to call is 800-835-6747. Ask for the study guide called Clothed with Light. It's all about the church and I think you'll find that helpful again, 800-835-6747. Do we have time for one more caller?

Pastor Doug: It's called the two-minute buzzer, so we got a real quick.

Pastor Ross: All right, Deontay, we've got just a few minutes. You're on the air. Are you there? Deontay calling, Tennessee.

Pastor Doug: Deontay.

Pastor Ross: Deontay. Sorry.

Deontay: Deontay. Yes, this is still.

Pastor Doug: Real quick. It's got to be quick question.

Deontay: How are you guys doing today? Yes, sir. I wanted to ask you real quick, I have two questions, I'm going to be quick. The number one was my friend, I have a couple of Catholic friends and I wanted to come about the prophecies in the Bible to them to explain to them that the beast that God is explained in the book of Revelation is actually the Roman Catholic Church. I don't want to just force it on to them. I want to ease it on to them. If you could help me with that.

Pastor Doug: All right. Let me do my best to try and touch on that. We may not get to your second question, because we have one minute left. If you want to share the Protestant view of prophecy, and you may know that many of the Protestant leaders like Calvin, Martin Luther, John Wesley, Roger Williams, Zwingli, John Knox. They were all Catholic priests or many of them were Catholic priests. They believed that the Catholic Church had become corrupt and it was the fulfillment of Revelation 17. Now, when a Catholic reads that or hears that, it can be earthshaking. You need to ease into that gently.

One thing I'd say is they could get them our study that talks about that subject team. We've got a study guide you can send for to have them pray. Make sure they first accepted Jesus before you get them into some of these heavy prophetic studies. We've got, Who Is The Antichrist? Is one and it's not our teaching. This is the universal prophecy, our Protestant teaching for many years. Sorry, that's all we can do tonight on your question, Deontay. God bless you, friends. Hey, this was the holiday season. What do you do for us this time of year keeps us going all year. Go to amazingfacts.org. God bless.

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