Today Is Enough for Today

Today Is Enough for Today

Date: 02/17/2019 
As the Lord continually extends His hand toward us, we must accept and have a reason for our faith. Join Pastor Doug in this edition of Bible Answers Live as he traverses God's living Word to clarify confusions about false doctrines, modesty in appearance and marriage and family in the last days. Listen in, open your Bible and come reason with God.
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Pastor Doug Batchelor: Hello, listening friends. Would you like to hear an amazing fact? In the deep cold waters of the North Atlantic, swims were just probably the oldest fish in the world. Not much is known about the mysterious Greenland shark. For one thing, fishermen avoid them because their flesh is toxic as food. Additionally, they avoid humans.

There's no record of a Greenland shark ever attacking a person. This is partly because they hang out in the deep parts of the ocean. One shark was discovered swimming over 5,000 feet deep. However, one thing researchers have learned is that these sharks live a very long time. Using radiocarbon dating, scientists tested the ages of 28 Greenland sharks they captured. While they're dating methods have a wide margin of error. They estimate the sharks may live up to five centuries.

Even their most conservative figures estimate that sharks live at least 300 years. In fact, Greenland sharks that can grow up to 24 feet in length. Age so slowly, experts believe they don't even reach maturity for mating until they're 150-years-old. One reason they may live so long, is they move very slowly. Swimming an average speed of one mile an hour. The Bible says it's also true with people. If we would slow down a little bit, we might live longer. Stay with us friends. We're going to learn more on this edition of Bible Answers Live.

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Father in heaven, thank you so much for the gift of your word. We pray once again, you will bring the blessed book alive as we searched to better understand your will and what is truth. That truth that sets us free. We pray in Jesus name. Amen.

Well, I was fascinated to read about these sharks, these Greenland sharks that live such long lives, someone wrote that. Theoretically, that means that there was one of the sharks alive when William Shakespeare was still writing. Certainly there were Greenland sharks around, when George Washington was President that are still swimming today. Just think about that. Pretty amazing.

If you ever do any research online, and you look at them, you see, they move very slowly. They're not at all aggressive. Mostly scavengers, they eat things that die in sync. There's so little oxygen and the water so cold, they just age very, very slowly. Now, they might be called the oldest animal in the world, but they're actually clams that are older than the sharks. These are probably the oldest moving creatures that God has ever made.

As I mentioned, there might be a connection between they're taking it easy, and living so long. The Bible says that God wants us to avoid stress. Over and over Jesus said, "Do not be afraid, do not be anxious, do not worry." Someone said there's 365 examples in the Bible of Christ saying, "Fear not." He knows our bodies need physical rest, to help to decompress from the stresses of life.

There's one time when Jesus was so busy preaching and teaching, he fell asleep in a boat. On another occasion, in Mark 6:31. He said to the disciples, "Come aside by yourself to a deserted or wilderness place, and rest a while." For there were many coming and going, they didn't even have time to eat. Again, that's Mark 6:31. God knows we need rest. In fact, Jesus said, "Come unto me," in Matthew 11, "All you who are weary and heavy laden, and I will give you rest."

That is one of the reasons that God in His law set aside a day every week where He commands us. Put aside our regular work and rest. We live a little longer. We have a free offer tonight that talks about that and it's a book called, Why God Said Remember. We'll send it to you for free, you'll be blessed by it. This is a classic written by Joe Cruz. It's a free sermon book, Why God Said Remember.

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You can also go to the amazing facts website and if you search, "Why God Said Remember," you can download a free pdf of that book and read it right now. All right, with that, we're going to get to our phones and talking with our first caller tonight, Holly, calling from Birmingham, Alabama. Thank you for your patience, Holly. You're on the air.

Holly: Hey, we listened to you on the radio in Birmingham, Alabama.

Doug: Well, Praise the Lord. I'm glad to hear that.

Holly: You've recorded with some PDFs, some, public service announcements. Anyway, we're thankful for your ministry. I have a question tonight about the Galatians 18:6-9 focusing on eight through nine. It says, "I marvel that you're so soon removed from Him that calls you into the grace of Christ unto another Gospel, which is not another but there be some that trouble you, and would pervert the Gospel of Christ. Though we or another angel from heaven, preach any other Gospel unto you, then that which we have preached unto you, let him be a curse. As we said before let us say again, if any man preach any other Gospel unto you, then that which you have received let it be a curse."

I found the other two scriptures that go with that. 2nd John 1:10, and that one says, "If there come any under you and bring not this doctrine, receive and not into your house, and either bit in Godspeed." Then the final one is Romans 16:17. That one says, "Now I beseech your brethren, mark them that cause division and offenses contrary to the doctrine which you have learned and avoid them."

I say all that to ask, I had some that have come in and out of my life who have led into things such as peacekeeping or other offshoot things. Now I've come back into a more stable truth of the Gospel and gotten away from those things because they were preaching that you had to be saved by those things. How do I treat now that I still have to converse with these people back and forth at church?

Doug: That's a great question. Let's just break this down a little bit. The Bible is pretty clear, "If someone is preaching the wrong Gospel, let them be a curse." Well, what if a person understands all the Gospel, but there's one component. They don't understand the seven trumpets of 144,000. They might be often some issue. I think most of us would agree, we probably don't all have perfect understanding of the Bible. There's going to be areas where we're going to disagree on small things. We shouldn't shun everybody from our lives that may have a different point of view on some things. If a person is really believing a different teaching on salvation, which is what Paul is talking about in Galatians.

Holly: Yes.

Doug: The Jews were telling the Gentile Christians, they were going to be lost unless they kept all of these feasts and ceremonies and some of the Levitical law. He said, "That's not the Gospel you've heard and let them be a curse if they're going back to that." If someone is teaching a deviant Gospel. John and Paul, in the two verses you cited says, "Don't give them and space in your life."

It doesn't mean you're rude to them. They shouldn't be in a position where you let them manipulate you. Don't send them on their way. I wouldn’t give them an offering and support their ministry because you're basically empowering them to confuse other people. Be loving. This is how Jesus was. Jesus talked to people that had lots of misunderstandings. How do you reach someone that's confused, except you teach them?

Jesus spent a lot of time working with people that were theologically mixed up. Even his disciples did not understand the nature of His first coming. I don't think God's wanting us to alienate everybody that disagrees with us. If someone is entrenched in a false Gospel and they're trying to share with you and everybody else, you might labor with them once or twice to try and reason. If you're not getting anywhere cut them off, so they don't drag you down.

Holly: I literally sometimes wonder if I'm supposed to give them a hug and say, "Hey, brother. See you next time. I hope--" I just wonder. I'm reserved. I wonder Lord teach me what I need to know about how I do--

Doug: Clearly there's a line between trying to guide someone that has a different understanding, and letting a person who is theologically polluted pollute others. You have to pray the Holy Spirit is going to have give you that discernment. Because I've asked that question many times, "At what point do you say this person is too far gone and I'm casting my pearls before swine?" I just need to work with people that are still open. I have to deal with it all the time as a pastor because folks come in and they want to lead the sheep astray. We want to reach them but we don't want them hurting other people with their teachings.

Holly: Yes, this is a very dangerous thing.

Doug: Good question, Holly. I appreciate that. I'd offer you a sermon book. I don't really have one on specifically that. I do have a book called, How Do You Know The Will of God. You might find that to be a blessing. If you call the resource line 800-835-6747 we'll send you a free copy of How Do You Know The Will of God? There's some answers to what we discussed in there. Thank you again. With that we're going to talk to Chris in Florida. Chris, you're on the air with Bible Answers Live.

Chris: Yes, Pastor Doug. Thank you. Good evening.

Doug: Evening.

Chris: My question is from the book of Amos. Amos 8. It starts about in the verse nine when it talks about prediction of punishment, darkness and moaning. Actually in verse 11, when it talks about famine and drought of the Word of God. When is this going to happen?

Doug: Let me read this for our friends that are listening. We've got a lot of listeners driving down the road listening on satellite, and they don't have their Bibles open. In Amos chapter eight you start with verse 11. It says, "Behold, the days are coming, says the Lord God, that I'll send a famine on the land. Not a famine of bread or a thirst for water, but of hearing the words of the Lord. They'll wonder from sea to sea and from North the east and run to and fro seeking the word of the Lord but shall not find it."

We know that there was a big famine for the Word of God during the Dark Ages. They actually took the Word of God away from people. They put it in Latin, they chained Bibles in churches. You read the story of Martin Luther, he was a priest for several years before he laid his eyes on a whole Bible.

Because the word is a lamp to our feet when you take away the Word of God, you have a spiritual famine, you have darkness. That's why that was called the Dark Ages. I believe once again you can have a famine for the Word of God where people have Bibles in every home. If people have Bibles in their home, but they're not reading the Bible or they don't understand the Bible, it's another kind of famine.

Chris: It's like got hard as .

Doug: Yes that can even happen in our day and age. I've seen a lot of biblical illiteracy even among Christians. You and I know people that may be in church every week, but they never read their Bibles and they seldom pray. They've got very strange ideas because they let the culture of Hollywood explain the Bible to them. There's a famine for the power of the word that really gives us transformation. God's word changes us when we read the real thing.

I would encourage everybody listening, don't just listen to pastors. The theme of this program is to get people to read their Bibles for themselves, and there is the power of the word that will change us. Chris I have a free book. I'd be happy to share with you. It's on the Bible. It's called The Ultimate Resource.

Anyone if you like a special gift book that talks about the importance and the power of the Word of God, we'll send you a copy of the book. It's called The Ultimate Resource. It's a sermon book. Here's the number 800-835-6747. By the way, if you have a special need for prayer and you'd like to talk to one of our online prayer chaplain, you can call this number, they'll be happy to pray with you as well. 800-835-6747. Thank you Chris.

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Doug: Moving on we're going to talk to Cindy is calling from Illinois. Sandy you're on the air with Bible Answers Live.

Cindy: Hi pastor Doug. I struggle with apparent dichotomies. I'm not trying to be controversial. I'm trying to rightly divide the word of truth because I always pray and invite the Holly Ghost first. I'm trying to understand and doing what you just suggested praying and reading for myself. I'm finding wonderful things, but this is one that's got me perplexed. It's King James Version and it's Job 1. It's referencing verse 13. They were at the eldest son's house. The sons and daughters of job and they were eating.

Verse 15 says, "And the Sabeans fell upon them and took them away." Then, "Yea, they have slain the servants with the edge of the sword." Then when you go down to 18 that references verse 13 again that verse 19 said, "Behold there came a great wind from the wilderness and smoke in four corners of the house and it fell upon the young men and they were all dead." I'm a little bit not understanding yet.

Doug: First of all the day that Job got this blitzkrieg of News, it says, "There was a day." It happened to be a day when all of his children were gathered in the house of the oldest brother having a feast. It may have been one of their birthdays. This is when all this happened. Then a messenger comes to Job and he says-- First of all, one messenger comes, all the ox were plowing and the donkeys feeding beside them. The Sabeans raided them and took them away and they killed the servants. He's lost some property.

Then he says, "While he's still speaking another messenger comes from another part of his ranch." He's got enormous piece of property and says, "The fire of God fell from heaven," lightning. "A lightning storm has burned up the sheep and the servants and consumed them and I alone escaped. While he's still speaking another one comes in says, "Chaldeans formed three bands raided the camels took them away, killed the servants and I alone escaped." Then one says, "Your sons and daughters were eating and drinking wine and the oldest brother's house." That's referencing what was happening that same day. "A great wind, a tornado came and killed the young people."

Cindy: Okay, cool. Thanks. Have a good one.

Doug: All right thanks a lot. Hey appreciate your question. Talking next with Dennis, calling from Wisconsin. Dennis, you're on the air with Bible Answers Live welcome.

Dennis: Hi Pastor Doug Batchelor. I understand the Bible that the Holy Spirit comes upon someone that's not very holy, with a evil spirit and go out with us to people in a community where they don't want you to until God says nothing, and get arrested for your sins against God and our government.

Doug: You're saying where the Bible does it say that?

Dennis: Yes.

Doug: There's a place in the Bible where it tells us that evil spirits can be driven away by God's Spirit. When King Saul was being troubled by evil spirits, then David would play his heart and the Spirit of the Lord would drive away the evil spirits. Same thing happened when Christ many times cast evil spirits. You can read in Mark 5. A man was filled with a legion of evil spirits, and then he came to Jesus and Jesus cast out this legion. Which there were thousands of spirits that were possessing this man.

He was filled with God's Spirit. Jesus even sent him out teaching and preaching the good news immediately after he was healed. Now, when you go out teaching and preaching Christ said if they've hated me don't be surprised if they hate you. If they persecute me they'll probably persecute you. Even when a person has the Holy Spirit, if they're not doing the work of the Lord they may be persecuted.

You want to do it with love and diplomacy and tact, but yes, if you're sharing the truth, Jesus said, "They hated all the false prophets or they hated all the true prophets that were before you. Don't be surprised if you get persecuted." Thank you for your question Dennis. We've got several lined up so we're going to move on talk to Richard calling from Richland. No, sorry, Joseph in Richland, Washington. Joseph, you're on the air. Joseph. Joseph in Washington. You may have your mute on. Joseph in Richland, Washington going once.

Joseph: Can you hear me?

Doug: I hear you now. Your question?

Joseph: I have two questions, if possible short ones. My first question was, is it okay for as Christians and Biblically to eat certain foods that have a little bit of alcohol? Like vinegar, or soy sauce, or like vanilla extract?

Doug: If a person is cooking with a little bit of alcohol in it. I want to condemn a person for that. One reason is alcohol evaporates at 70 degrees. If you're cooking with wine by the time it gets to your plate alcohol has gone out of it. Because it just evaporates almost instantly. It's like you put rubbing alcohol on your hands and it dries right away. I don't see that there's any moral dilemma for a Christian to have alcohol in their cooking. If you're dousing your salad with wine alcohol and getting drunk on it, then I'd say that's a different story. For a person to use with flavoring, it usually evaporates by the time it goes to your mouth.

Joseph: I have one other question. This is for my fiance. She was wondering is it okay to wear small amounts of makeup? Just make yourself look natural, but cover your blemishes and things like that?

Doug: Yes, now I can't give you a scripture on this. If I give you scriptures. The only scripture I can really give you is it says that-- Well, let me see, there are a couple scriptures. There is a place where it talks about the daughters of Israel in Isaiah 3, I think. Let me see if I can find that for you real quick. Talks about the daughters of Israel who were proud. It talks about their jewelry. I don't know that it talks about makeup per se.

Joseph: I think it mentions painting the eye.

Doug: There you go. That's what I was wondering. Then, of course, it says, Jezebel painted her and she got thrown out a window, which didn't end well. I think the principle is, Christians ought to be as natural as possible. We ought to look healthy. If a person is using makeup so that they start looking like a clown. I don't mean to be disrespectful to anybody, but I think we all know that when you start using a lot of unnatural colors and stuff you can look just unnatural.

I would think that if you can improve your appearance naturally or cosmetically be a better witness then great. My wife wears a little bit sometimes, but she never wears enough where a person can even tell. You look natural like a Christian should. I just say, if a lady's been convicted about that then, hey, follow the Holy Spirit. Usually, if you get the Holy Spirit and a mirror, you'll know if you're acting like Jesus.

Sometimes a young lady will say, "Well, I'm wondering if this dress is looking too sexually provocative. Well, look in the mirror. If you're trying to look sexy in your clothes, that may not be what a Christian woman is after because Jesus said, "A man should not be looking at lusting in his heart." Certainly a Christian woman would not want to dress in a way to entice a man to look in lust. Right?

Joseph: Right.

Doug: There's one thing about Christian should be neat and clean and attractive. The other is we should not be unnatural or immodest.

Joseph: Okay.

Doug: Hey, I've got a book on it. I can send you a free copy for you or your-- you say your girlfriend or wife? I missed it.

Joseph: Fiance.

Doug: There you go. It's a book called Jewelry. How much is too much? In that book I talk about makeup.

Joseph: Okay, thank you.

Doug: All right, so you can get that free book. Matter of fact we have two books. We've got a great book by Joe Cruz, and it's called, Colorful Cosmetics and Jewelry. My book is called Jewelry, How Much Is Too Much. We get that question a lot so we wrote these books. 800, here's the number. 800-835-6747. You tell the operators I want the Amazing Facts book or books on makeup and jewelry. We'll send them to you for free. We do all this for free because we just believe that God will supply us to keep supplying you. All right talking next with-- Let me see here. Natt, is calling from Charlotte, North Carolina. Natt, you're on the air with Bible Answers Live.

Natt: Hey, guys love your ministry.

Doug: Thank you for calling.

Natt: I'll make my sub story short. My wife had an affair with someone, I found out. Without any drama, I told her about it that I felt sorry for her. She said she wanted to sue for divorce. The divorce became final and she married the guy. I'm wondering what woman, if any I can Biblically marry?

Doug: Jesus said there are two or three grounds for Biblical divorce. One would be, "if you're married to someone and they violate the marriage vows by fornication," Jesus said. Sounds like that's the criteria you're describing. I'm trusting you were faithful during that time.

Natt: Yes.

Doug: I would plead with you just from my experience in life, Natt, don't do anything quickly. Often people get lonely, they're hurting, they marry very quickly after a divorce. The second marriages often have a higher rate of failure than first marriages. Because people are rushing into something. Take your time, pray. If you do find someone you're dating date for a while, and make sure that there's that spiritual compatibility.

I have a book I can send you that talks about that, and we'll send you a free copy. It's a great book. This is a real book friends, it's not just a sermon book. It's called Marriage, Divorce and Remarriage. A lot of people struggle with those questions. Good for even happily married people to read this book, Marriage, Divorce and Remarriage. It talks about how to avoid having a divorce or an affair if a person--

How you can even restore marriages where there's been some unfaithfulness. If you'd like a free copy of that book. This is one you cannot download you need to call the number if you want to copy the book marriage, divorce and remarriage. I did a lot of research from the Bible and other good scholars in writing this. Here is the number 800-835-6747. Tell the operators you're listening to Amazing Facts they know as well and you'd like to request a copy of the book marriage, divorce and remarriage.

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Doug: Welcome back, listening friends. This is Bible Answers Live. If you have a Bible question, I think we still have a line or two open. 1 (800) God-Says. That's (800) 463-7297. Pastor Ross is snowed in up in the Sierras right. I, along with our volunteers and our engineers, are running the program tonight. We're going to get right back to the phone. I think we're talking next with Andrew calling from Chattanooga, Tennessee. Andrew, you are on the air with Bible Answers Live.

Andrew: Hello, Pastor Doug.

Doug: Hi.

Andrew: I love scripture and I love researching and looking into it, and when I discovered Amazing Facts, I fell in love with it because you preach very, very plain and easy to understand, and I love that.

Doug: Thank you.

Andrew: One of the things that I do is actually I minister to atheists. I ran into something the other day that kind of stumped me, and I believe that I should have a reason for my faith. It was basically a failed prophecy in Zechariah 14:12-19. If you could read that and kind of explain, or kind of give me an answer for that because I really was stumped.

Doug: All right. Andrew, I want to tell you upfront. Because we try to budget three minutes for our answers, so we get as many as possible, I will not be able to read all of that and dissect it. I can take the first part of it if you'd like just because it's a long passage and it's a long answer. For one thing, Zechariah-- Let me just maybe say a word about how Bible prophecy works.

Bible prophecies, including Zechariah, there are four main apocalyptic prophets in the Bible. These prophets often saw in dreams and visions and symbols. John in Revelation, Ezekiel, Daniel, and Zechariah. They had dreams and they often saw things in symbols. Zechariah sees these in lamp stand, and these olive trees, and these women flying with stork wings. You need to apply the Bible symbols, what they represent to these prophecies.

These prophecies are not given in chronological order, so you can't read verse 12 through 19 and say, "This all happens sequentially." Just take verse 12 for instance. Zechariah 14:12. "This will be the plague wherewith the LORD will smite the people that have fought against Jerusalem. Their flesh will consume away while they stand upon their feet, their eyes shall consume away in their holes, their tongue shall consume away in their mouth.”

What is he talking about? If you got to Revelation 20, it talks about, "When the enemies of God's people, Gog and Magog attacked the New Jerusalem, and fire comes down from God out of heaven and devours them." This prophecy isn't failed. This prophecy is still a future prophecy. That would be true of some of the others that you find here in Zechariah 14. I won't pretend that I understand all of Zechariah 14.

Verse 16 and 14 also apply to that same time period. It talks about, "It shall be that who soever will not come of all the families of the earth into Jerusalem to worship the King, the Lord of hosts, even upon them there will be no rain." I think there's some spiritual applications here. It's basically saying that those who do not serve the Lord in the last days, they dry up and die. Going into Egypt, that was a symbol of slavery.

There's a lot there I wish I could give you more information on that, but that's a broad passage of scripture. Maybe you can call m with part two to your question another time and we'll do another segment of Zechariah 14. Thank you, Andrew. I hope you got something out of that.

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Doug: Let's see here. We're going to talk next to Elizabeth who's calling from Pennsylvania. Elizabeth, you are on the air with Bible Answers Live.

Elizabeth: Hi. Can you hear me?

Doug: I can. Thank you for calling. Your Bible question?

Elizabeth: Thank you for thanking my call. Yes. My call is on this question for an adultery. My mom was not happy with stepfather, and she came back to him, but then she had passed away and she got sicker. Would she be saved because she committed the adultery?

Doug: I've got to be very careful about saying, "I know whether or not someone was saved or lost," because I don't know all the circumstances and I certainly can't read hearts. The Bible tells us that what the criteria are for a saving relationship that if we call on the name of the Lord, if we are walking with the Lord, he says that his blood will cleanse us from all sin. If we walk in the light as he is in the light.

If we repent of our sins and confess our sins, he promises to cleanse us from all our righteousness. I don't know where you mother was and her relationship. We certainly hope-- Paul says in the 1 Thessalonians 4, "We have a blessed hope." I'd just hang on to hope and know that God loves you loved ones more than you do. Believe it or not, God is more anxious to save our loved ones that we are. That's why Jesus came.

Elizabeth: Thank you so much. I'm sure she was praying and a lot of times she was asking the Lord to forgive her.

Doug: If the Lord asked her for forgiveness, He promises, when we repent, if we pray sincerely, He forgives us.

Elizabeth: Okay. Thank you so much. I'm just hoping to see her again when the Lord comes.

Doug: Amen. That's a prayer. We hope we can see our loved ones again in the Kingdom. Thank you, Elizabeth. You be a faithful witness in the mean time.

Elizabeth: Thank you so much.

Doug: You're welcome.

Elizabeth: Thank you so much.

Doug: God bless.

Elizabeth: Okay. Bye-bye.

Doug: All right. Talking next with Paul calling from Columbus, Ohio. Paul you on the air with Bible Answers Live.

Paul: Hey, thank you. I had a question about 2 Kings 19, where Isiah prophesied about Sennacherib's fall right before in guiding his army. In verse 29, he prophesied specifically Hezekiah, 30 and 31 to me makes sense and match up with Revelation. 29, I don't quite understand where he says, "This year you will eat what grows by itself, and the second year what springs from that. In the third year sow and reap, plant vineyards and eat their fruit." Do you have any thoughts on that?

Doug: Yes, I think so. This is talking about a time when the Assyrians army had come down from north. They had destroyed Israel. They had carried away the norther tribes as captive. Then they went into Judah. Keep in mind friends, the Kingdom of Israel was divided in two parts at this point. The 10 tribes in the north, there was a civil war. They split off. Their capital was Sumeria. They've been conquered by the Syrians.

Judah, which is where we get the word Jew, the southern kingdom, capital in Jerusalem, Hezekiah was the king. King Azariah, his General, Sennacherib, and the General, Tirhakah, they came in and insulted and they said, "We're going to conquer you just like the other kingdoms." God delivered Hezekiah because he and Isiah and the people prayed.

The Assyrians had surrounded Jerusalem. They destroyed the crops. They devoured everything like grasshoppers. Isiah was saying, "Look. We haven't had time to plant this year so you're going to have to eat what grows volunteer. That'll also probably happen the second year. The third year, the Assyrians are going to be subdued so you don't have to be afraid about going out into the fields and farming and planting. You're going to apiece." Isiah was saying they could not leave the cities, they could not leave the strongholds because the Assyrians were raiding the country.

It's like the times of Gideon you read about. Gideon's hiding while he's threshing wheat because the Moabites were raiding the country. Isiah is saying, "You're going to have peace again. The Assyrians will be going to be driven out of the land." and that God will give them complete freedom. "You'd have to eat things that grew by themselves. You won't have time to sow and to harvest the first and second year, but the third year, you will sow and reap and you'll be peaceful times again."

Paul: Thank you. That helps.

Doug: All right. Hey, thank you. I love that story.

Paul: Me, too.

Doug: Appreciate your question, Paul. All right. Talking next with-- I think Tony's calling from Boston, Massachusetts. No, I think I pressed Dale in Mexico. Dale in New Mexico, you're on.

Dale: How are you, sir? Thank you for taking my call.

Doug: Thanks for calling.

Dale: Thank you, sir. I have a question. I was reading, I'm a baby Christian. I was reading in the Bible about the centurion soldier who came to Jesus. He talked about his servant, a good servant. Jesus said, "You hear this man. I have not heard such great faith in all of Jerusalem." Okay, that's one question. Second question, I would like to know, is this the same soldier who was at the cross, when Jesus passed away, and says, "Truly this man is a righteous man."

Doug: It's very interesting, in the Bible, there are four or five Centurions that are mentioned. Centurions were, they were the Roman soldiers that had worked their way up because they were chosen by their own men as men of integrity. They were leaders. They didn't buy their office, they really had to be the workers. All the Centurions mentioned in the Bible, Centurion had 100 soldiers under and that's where you get century. They were good men.

You had one named Julius, who took care of the Apostle Paul and he's always spoken of well. You have the man that had faith that Jesus healed. Then you've got Cornelius in Acts 10. Then you've got the one at the cross who says, "Surely this is Son of God." We can't really build a strong case that the one at the cross was the same one where Jesus healed his servant. The one where Christ heals his servant, he's not named.

The one of the cross, it doesn't give us his name either. Probably neither of those were Cornelius, because Cornelius lived down by the sea coast in a town called Caesarea. It could have been the same one who servant was healed. I want to put too much into that because the Romans had thousands and thousands of soldiers in Jerusalem. There were many, many Centurions. All I could do is speculate. It'd be fun to get to heaven and find out was it the same guy?

Dale: Exactly. I just have one more question, sir.

Doug: Yes.

Dale: I'm still struggling with my past. Every once in a while, it comes up and I saw. It's like, I know that's not what my God has for me. I would like something that helped me. I pray all the time. It sounds like I'm getting attacked even more, but I understand that you must be doing something right if you're being attacked by Satan.

Doug: As long as we're in this life, we are going to battle with temptation. I do have something I'd like to send you. It's free. It's a book I wrote called, Tips For Resisting Temptation. These are 12 Bible principles, that it really gives you ammunition to for one thing, avoid temptation, and the other thing when it does come and it will come, to help you be victorious because God can help you be successful and overcome past histories and patterns.

If you want, I'll send you a free copy and the number you call to get that is 1-800-835-6747. That's 800-835-6747, Dale. You can also go to the Amazing Facts website, type in, "Tips For Resisting Temptation" at Doug Batchelor, and you can download a copy of it for free. We try to get the truth out there and make it as easy for people as we can.

I think you can even type into YouTube, Doug Batchelor, Temptation and you will see a sermon that I did on that subject or might even be a couple of them. I hope that helps a little, Dale. I used to live in New Mexico. All right, we're talking next now, Tony, calling from Boston. Sorry. I called your name up by accident. Tony, you're on the air now.

Tony: Hi, Pastor Doug, how are you?

Doug: Good. Thank you for calling and waiting.

Tony: No, thank you for taking my call. I had a question on when we're reading in Revelation, we're reading about the Holy Jerusalem, coming down from heaven. I was also reading in Ezekiel 48:30-35. I just wanted your interpretation, is there any correlation there? Do you think with the gates when it describes the three gates on each side because in Revelation that just simply says they're like a pearl?

Doug: Yes, a lot of what you find in Revelation is drawn from Ezekiel's vision. There's a lot of overlap. It talks about the gates for Zebulun and Simeon. Well, New Jerusalem says that you've got the names of the 12 tribes in the gates and the names the apostles and the foundations. In Ezekiel, he says, "The Tree of Life." Or he says that, "The trees are by the river, and the leaves are for medicine." In Revelation it says, "The leaves of the tree of life are for the healing of the nations."

A lot of parallels that you find here. Ezekiel gives a little more detail about the river that flows from the throne of God is going to irrigate the new earth. It says everywhere, the river flows, everything lives. Keep in mind in Jerusalem, the river that flows out of the Kidron down to the Jordan runs into the Dead Sea and nothing lives. When Ezekiel said everything where this river flows is going to live was a new concept for them. Because they had a whole see that was dead.

The Jordan River didn't have a lot of fish and life in it at that time. When you're asking specifically about the gates now. It does say in Revelation that each of the Gates was made of a pearl and, of course, people think that, "Doesn't a pearl come from an oyster?" Those must be very big oysters in heaven. Well, I think that God it's no problem for him to make a pearl without an oyster. Even men make artificial pearls today. God knows how to make a big beautiful pearl. I don't think he needs an oyster to do it. God doesn't need a mother to make a man. That's how He made Adam.

Tony: Right. The last part of it was, at the very end, it says the name of the city was the Lord is there. Then when you look in Revelation, it just talks about holy Jerusalem. Some people call it the New Jerusalem, but is it actually called the New Jerusalem?

Doug: Well, you know what I think Ezekiel is doing is the very end of Revelation. It says, "God himself will be with them and be their God, and they will see His face." Ezekiel is emphasizing, the Lord is there. Now, when Solomon dedicated the earthly temple, he said, "There's no temple on earth that can house you."

In the New Earth, it says God himself will be with them and dwell with them. He's moving the capital of the universe to our planet. I think this is what Ezekiel's saying, I don't think he's saying that the name that's going to be chiseled above the city is the Lord is there. I think it's a title for what the city will be known for God dwells in this city. It's like one of the titles for Jesus is God with them, Emmanuel, God with them.

Tony: Right.

Doug: Great. That's a wonderful subject. Hey, by the way, we have a study guide that talks about Heaven, Is It For Real? It's a sermon book. It's very inspiring. If you or anybody, Tony, wants a copy of that book, Heaven, Is It For Real? We'll send you a free copy. 800-835 operators are there right now. Just pick up the phone and call them. What have you got to lose? Except some inspiration about heaven. 800-835-6747 and they'll send that to you. All right, we're going to keep moving along here talking to, is it Barego? Thank you for calling, your question.

Barigo: I'm Korean and I'm a officer. I'm a Christian. What is the mark of the beast?

Doug: What is the mark of the beast? Is I think what we have written down here, and I think I heard you say that. That's a big study, but I'll tell you very quickly that everyone knows in Revelation, it says in Chapter 13, that there's going to be a group that will worship the beast in his image, and they will have a mark in the right hand or in the forehead. Those who are saved have the seal of God in their forehead.

In the forehead in the Bible is symbolic. Not everybody in the last days is going to be going around with a tattoo or a barcode or a computer chip injected in their forehead or in their hand. In Deuteronomy 6, it talks about, we need the law of God in our hearts. Moses said, "Write these commandments on the pulse of your house. Talk of them when you lay down and when you rise up. They should be front let's between your eyes, and it should be a sign on your hand, in your forehead."

Those that do not have the law of God in their hand, that means your actions in your forehead, your thoughts, they will have the mark of the beast. Now we remember that when Cain would not worship the way God told him to, he killed his brother. He got upset, and God put a mark on Cain. Then you go to Revelation, I'm sorry, you go to Daniel 3, Nebuchadnezzar persecuted those who would not bow down and worship his image. They refused to break the law of God.

In the last days, this beast power, this conglomerate of political religious power in the last days, is going to compel people to worship a certain way. If they refuse to worship that way that requires them to break the law of God, they will be persecuted. They'll have the seal of God. Those who worship the laws of the beast will have the mark of the beast. It's that simple.

We have a lesson we'll send you and anybody else who would like to copy that, and the lesson is called, The Mark Of The Beast. If you'd like that lesson on the mark of the beast, then call 800-835-6747. We'll be happy to send that to you.

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Jean: Okay, Pastor Doug, thanks for taking my call. I know that as Christians we're not to take our brother to court. What if you've been injured by a corporation due to their negligence? What about that? Is that the same thing?

Doug: No, I don't think it is the same thing. Most of what Jesus taught were what you would call social laws. For example, Jesus said, "If someone hits you on one side of the face, offer them the other." That's talking about an interpersonal relationship. Governments cannot operate that way. A government cannot say to a criminal, "Go ahead and shoot this person, then we're going to let you shoot that person."

Civil law is an eye for an eye. The government must be severe. Paul says the same thing. Jesus said, "In our relationships, if someone says, "Can you carry my stuff one mile? Say, no, I'm going to carry it two." He wants us to be loving, patient, merciful, forgiving. If a corporation breaks a law that causes injury according to the laws of the Bible, they are responsible to recompense.

Even in the law of Moses, if somebody cause injury or loss, if, for example, if a person had an oxen and the oxen had a bad habit of charging and goring people and you knew that and you didn't keep your ox in tied up or cooped up and they'd gored your neighbor, Moses said, "You are responsible for the life of your neighbor. You need to make restitution to his family." Those were civil laws. I think what you're asking me about is civil law. You would not want to be in a frivolous lawsuit.

Everyone's very litigious these days and super nothing. Keep in mind if you get involved in a lawsuit, you have to ask God, "Is it worth it?" Beause it's very emotionally draining. It takes a lot of time and you have to just make sure the devil isn't distracting you, but it may be your only course. Sometimes a lawyer can help you settle things and adjust and a quick manner. That would be my advice. I think in our relationships we can be forgiving when it comes to a civil matter. There are laws that are there to protect people.

Jean: All right, well thank you. That's a big help. I appreciate it.

Doug: All right. Hey, thank you very much and we'll pray God gives you wisdom. I might have time for, let's see here. One more. All right. Gael is calling from New Jersey. Gael, you're on the air with Bible Answers Live.

Gael: Good evening, Pastor Doug. I've been following your ministry forever and I'm so happy to have the opportunity to speak to you.

Doug: Well, thank you.

Gael: Welcome. I wanted to ask, but I do believe that we're living in the last days and as a single female, is it okay to want to be married or just really focus on Christ when returns but in God's love that He's returnings. Sometimes I'm like so confused because I don't want to be distracted by worldly things.

Doug: Well, Paul talks about that in 1st Corinthians 7, he said, "The married person cares about the things of their spouse, the unmarried, the things of the Lord." You've probably read those verses. I've got to be very careful as a pastor and not to be telling couples whether they should marry or not.

There's verses that Jesus shares in Matthew 24 speaking about the end of time where he says, "Woe to those that are with child and nursing in that time for there'll be great distress." Some parents have said, "We're so close to the end, we probably shouldn't have children." Well, I don't know. No man knows the day or the hour. I know there were families 80 years ago that said, "Jesus' coming in is so close, we shouldn't have children." They could have had grandchildren at this point.

People during World War II said the atomic bomb, the Lord's coming is so close, we better not have children. I think that we need to be very careful about saying that, "I don't know." You pray and ask for God's guidance, and of course, it is possible for you to have a spouse and you don't necessarily need to have children. You may work. I know some Christians got married and they decided not to have children to work together in winning souls.

You just going to have to pray about that one. I do have that book, Gael, where I talk about marriage, divorce, and remarriage and I think it also has some counsel in there even for singles. Well, send you a free copy. 800-835-6747 if you're interested in that. That's once again, 1-800-835-6747.

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