Love Is a Verb

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Date: 09/26/2021 
"Herein is love... that He loved us and sent His Son" for us. Our Father's love is immeasurable ! He desires that none should be left behind, from giving us warnings of love to repent and reform to giving us freewill to reason or reject. He equips us to keep us from sin, and helps us each step of the way. Christ is the vessel, the action, the verb, the example, the Word... Christ is perfect love. Learn with us as we study how this perfect love effectuates real action, both within and without.
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- [Narrator] It is the best-selling book in history. No volume ever written has been more loved and quoted. And its words, sometimes simple and sometimes mysterious, should always be studied carefully. It is the Bible. The Word of God. Welcome to Bible Answers Live, providing accurate and practical answers to all your Bible questions. This broadcast is a previously recorded episode. To receive any of the Bible resources mentioned in this broadcast, call 800-835-6747. Once again, that's 800-835-6747. Now here's your host from Amazing Facts International, Pastor Doug Batchelor.

- Hello friends, would you like to hear an amazing fact? If you want to have a dazzling dinner, the most expensive restaurant in the world is Sublimotion in Ibiza, Spain. At over $2,000 per person, a maximum of 12 guests sit around one table and receive 15 courses of delicious food plus dessert, prepared by some of the world's best chefs. Of course, the portions are small or you'd be uncomfortably stuffed. The meal is much more than food. The entire room and table is a high-definition screen, making it an immersive experience. Some courses drop from the ceiling and desserts hover above the table. The atmosphere and music of the room will change over the course of the night. The result is a spectacular three hour banquet that takes guests on a sensational journey from a vivid coral reef beneath the ocean, to fantasy forests, to a futuristic dinner where friends and guests put on these special 3D goggles. And I'm wondering if they can do vegan Do you know the Bible says there's one dinner that's even more expensive and you've been invited for free? Isn't that incredible?

- Yeah, I'm thinking I'm not taking my wife therefore.

- Well, yeah, you'd probably have to take out a loan to take her to dinner.

- Yeah, I went on the website and I noticed they said they don't do take home.

- You can't bring a doggie bag, yeah?

- So that's amazing.

- Yeah.

- What is that free dinner? That free celebration?

- Yeah, I kind of set that up. The Bible tells us that the best supper in the world and the most expensive supper in the world. Of course, it's expensive 'cause it costs the life of God's son, but it's free for us in that He's giving it as a gift. So it's very expensive. And it's called "The Marriage of the Lamb". And you can read about that in Revelation 19:6. This is the last book of the Bible. Some of the last chapters. "And I heard as it was a voice of a great multitude, and the sound of many waters, and the sound of mighty thunderings, saying, Alleluia, for the Lord God omnipotent reigns. Let us be glad and rejoice and give Him glory, for the marriage supper of the Lamb has come, and His wife has made herself ready. And to her was granted to be a arrayed in fine linen, clean and bright, for the fine linen is the righteous acts of the saints. And then He said to me, "write, 'blessed are those who are called to the marriage supper of the Lamb." And He said, 'these are the true sayings of God." This is a message directly from the angels to the Apostle John, telling about this dinner of all dinners that we'll eat. And Jesus even says, "And I will come and serve you."

- Amen.

- So it's almost incomprehensible.

- Yes, to think that at that moment, we should be serving Him for all He's done for us. And again, it shows the level of humility

- Yeah

- of God.

- Even when He was on earth, you could kind of understand the condescension of God that He would say, "I wanna be an example of how you serve each other." But even now that He's in heaven, the idea that He said, "I'm your brother and I wanna serve you." And I'm guessing that somewhere on the table, they're gonna have some of the tree of life, maybe a fruit cocktail with 144,000 different varieties.

- Sampler.

- Yeah, so I wanna be at that dinner. And by the way, friends, we have a free offer tonight that you can ask for, that'll tell you how you can get your ticket to that special restaurant.

- Yeah, so the free offer, if you go 1-800,-835-6747. It's free offer number 156. The High Cost of the Cross, right? So if you're available here in North America and US territories, just call that number, 1-800-835-6747, offer number 156 and we will send that to you for free. So call us.

- You know, I probably should have said something, Pastor Jëan Ross is not here tonight. We gave him the night off 'cause he's at his mother-in-law's birthday party. And if you miss that, you're in trouble.

- Yeah.

- And so I'm really glad that Pastor Carlos Muñoz is here with us, both Evangelist and the Director of our Amazing Facts Evangelism Training program. And he's a well-versed expert in scripture. So we're very comfortable working together. We've did meetings together in Puerto Rico where you're from.

- Yes Yeah, this is our first time doing BAL together.

- That's right. You've been here before, but we're glad that you're leading out. And maybe, before we go to the phones, you could lead us in prayer.

- Sure, let's have a word of prayer. Father, we thank you again for a beautiful day of life and thank you for this opportunity to come together and spend time in Your Word answering Bible questions, and so we just asked for Your divine discernment and wisdom. And, with us and with everybody that's calling and listening also may Your Spirit guide us to truth and to live by truth. And so we thank You Father and we ask this in Jesus' name, Amen.

- Amen.

- Alright. So we have the first question here is from Anthony in New York. Anthony, good evening. You're on the air.

- [Anthony] Good evening fathers, How are you doing?

- Doing great.

- Great.

- Now you're talking to two New Yorkers right now. So we could probably understand each other without a translator.

- [Anthony] Awesome. Yeah, my question tonight is, why did Nineveh get a warning to repent or be destroyed, but it appears that Sodom and Gomorrah didn't?

- Okay, good question. And a lot of people don't realize Sodom and Gomorrah did get a warning. Pastor Carlos might look it up for me. But when Lot and his family were carried off by the King Chedorlaomer from the North, there was a judgment that came on Sodom and Gomorrah. Abraham went out and he saved them. And so he saved them. And this was to urge them to repent of their sins 'cause they had nearly been destroyed but through Abraham's intercession in God's mercy, they were given another chance. When the judgment finally came, is it Genesis?

- 19.

- 19. Yeah. Then well, that was because they'd run out of their... You know, God said they'd pushed the envelope too far.

- Yep.

- So they were actually warned and they were given kind of a chastisement warning them to turn from their wicked ways and they didn't.

- And Nineveh was warned, they repented but later on, they went back into their wicked ways.

- And judgment came. I think it was a flood and fire and wars. It just destroyed the city.

- Yep.

- Very good. Does that help a little, Anthony?

- [Anthony] Yes, it does. Thank you very much. I appreciate that.

- Thank you.

- Alright. Thank you, Anthony. Next we have Jesus from Palm Bay, Florida. Jesus, you're on the air.

- My guess is, it's Jesus, but you would know that. And are you there, Jesus?

- [Jesus] Yeah, yeah. Hey pastors, It is Jesus, but I usually get both. So, my question today is, when witnessing to other denominations, how should we witness when it comes to doctrines and differences between doctrines?

- Alright. That's a good question. You know, first thing is if you're talking to people, you know, from a differing denomination, clearly everybody is part of the denomination because they believe certain things they're sensitive to their beliefs. First thing you want to do is be winsome, find common ground, show them that you love and respect them, even though you may disagree. It's okay to disagree without being disagreeable. And then you might put them in a position where you're saying, look, help me understand. Instead of saying, "What you believe about the Trinity or what you believe about the ressur.. It's all wrong. Or what you believe about tongues, it's all wrong." Instead of coming off as an attack, you can come off and say, "Help me understand better what it is you believe." And then you kinda question them when they raise something, then say, "Now where's the verse for that?" And so you do it in more of a winsome, teaching way as opposed to clubbing a person with your opinions.

- Yeah. And everything that you share with people always have your Bible verse, your foundation so that they see that it's not your opinion that you're basing it off of scripture.

- Right. Yeah, I did a debate with another pastor. It was a friendly debate. And then afterwards someone brought to my attention, they said, "Doug, you said, "well, I believe", and you should have said, "the Bible says." And I looked at that and I thought, you know that's right. I had all the scriptures, and instead I was saying, well, you believe this and I believe this. And I should have said, "well, the Bible says this," 'cause that's the final word in all of that. And yeah, we appreciate your calling, Jesus. By the way, I don't know if we ever gave out the number, you know, some callers popped up and we just dove right in. But if you would like to be part of tonight's program, there are lines open and it's a free phone call. Just call 800, God says. That's 800-463-7297. Not only are we on radio stations, both satellite and land-based stations around the country, but we are streaming this live. If you wanna watch what's happening here in the studio, we're on Amazing Facts Television, we're on Facebook, that's the Amazing Facts Facebook page. We're on the Doug Bachelor Facebook page. And maybe even YouTube, but a... So you can watch, you can listen, and call in with your questions.

- Yeah, Alright. So lets select that. We have a question here. This is Jerry from Texas. Jerry, you are live.

- [Jerry] Hey guys. Good evening. Thanks for taking my question. I have two texts in Genesis, and the first text is, Genesis 27 to 30. And this is kind of a terrible time when Dinah went into the land of the kingdom that they were staying. And Shechem fell in love with Dinah and he took advantage of her and of course the brothers didn't like it. And then, I don't know which one made a proposal that we would be one people you'll give us your daugh-

- Sounds like it was either Simeon or Levi. We're not sure.

- [Jerry] Yeah, Simeon and Levi were the ones that killed them and so that was the very thing known. Jacob said, "you make a stink of me and the people," you know, and then Jacob moved on and they took their women, their children and their-

- Cattle and all the possessions, yeah.

- [Jerry] Yeah, and where are those individuals in Genesis 46:6, when Jacob goes down to Israel. I see no mention of them, of the 70 that went down to Egypt land.

- You know the 70 that are mentioned, I know this may sound terrible, but the 70 that are mentioned were all family members that are descendants of Jacob. That would be Jacob's sons, his wives, his grandchildren He had some great grandchildren, probably 'cause the spread of years between Ruben and Benjamin is significant. So I think it doesn't count the slaves, that's unfortunate. And when the children of Israel came out of Egypt, it tells about them and then later it mentions "and there came out a mixed multitude," some of the other servants of the Egyptians escaped prison.

- [Jerry] Correct.

- So I'm pretty sure that there were more than 70 people that came out of Egypt, I'm sorry, came from Israel to Egypt. But that's a great question. It does just mention, I think the family members,

- [Jerry] Well, Pastor I'd like to give you difficult questions. Thanks Doug

- Well, you did a good job. That makes sense. What do you think, Carlos?

- [Jerry] Okay, guys be safe.

- Alright. Hey, thank you so much. We appreciate your call, Jerry.

- Thank you, Jerry.

- Hey, thanks guys.

- Alright.

- Bye.

- Bye bye.

- Next we have Robert from College Place, Washington. Robert, you are on the air.

- [Robert] Hi there. I found someone who believes that when Jesus comes that we will reign with Him on earth for 1000 years. And was just wanting to know how.. I've used some verses, but I just was wanting to know your take on that.

- Yes, very good. So during the millennium, that's the thousand years, the word millennium is a composite of thousand milli ennium. That's a thousand years, same teaching. During that time, there are good Christians that believe that the living and reigning with Christ and Pastor Carlos will... Where were you in chapter... Revelation 20

- Revelation 20

- Which verse though, does it talk about we will live and reign with Christ

- Four.

- for thousand years.

- Verse four, the end of

- Verse four

- Verse four

- Thank you. Yeah, so they believe that means we living in reigning with Jesus on earth. But the way they share that is, that at the end of the rapture and the end of the seven years of tribulation, Jesus literally comes and the righteous are reigning over the wicked for a thousand years. Now, I have absolutely no desire to reign over the wicked. Some believe that we are living and reigning with Christ here on earth over the wicked. Some believe that we're living and reigning with Christ in heaven. My belief, this Bible says that we are caught up when Jesus comes.

- mm-hmm.

- He says, I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go to prepare a place, I will take you to where I am that you may be also. In my Father's house for many mansions, we go up. And it's not until revelation 21, the next chapter, the new Jerusalem comes down.

- comes down.

- So we are living and reigning, you know, Christ said, we're reigning in the new Jerusalem with Him during that time testifying of what He did to redeem us. We're gonna be part of the reigning working at the records and the books of what's happened here on earth. So the idea that we're here on earth reigning over the wicked, where we have immortal bodies, they've got temporal bodies where they die every 70 years or 80 years. It's just a really strange arrangement.

- Yeah, and also says in Revelation chapter at the end of six. Revelation six, it says that the wrath of the Lord has come. We know that the wrath of the Lord is a seven plagues of Revelation that are going to undo the six days of creation. And so it would be impossible to live on this earth. After that time period. There would be nothing to sustain human life.

- Yeah, if you read in Jeremiah chapter 4:23 listen to this, "I beheld the earth and indeed it was without form and void, and the heavens and they had no light." Well, that sounds like before creation.

- Mm-hmm.

- But keep reading, "I beheld the mountains and indeed they trembled and all the hills moved back and forth. I beheld and indeed there was no man. And all the birds of the heaven were fled. And I beheld in the fruitful place was a wilderness, and listen, 'and all its cities were broken down." Well, what caused this? Fruitful place of wilderness, everything's broken down by the presence of the Lord and by His fierce anger. Now, why don't you read your verse and then I'll comment on that.

- Isaiah 24 says, "Behold, the Lord makes the earth empty and makes it waste." So if He empties it it's because it was

- Yeah. filled. And then it jumps to verse number four and says, verse three, "The land shall be entirely emptied and utterly plundered. The Lord has spoken. The earth mourns and fades." When you read further down verse five, "The earth is defiled under its inhabitants because they have transgressed the laws, broken the everlasting covenant, and the curse has devoured the earth and the inhabitants of the earth are burned." And then the last part of verse six says, "And a few men are left." That word in Hebrew is like in Genesis. The remnant, right? Those that are protected are sealed.

- Yep

- In the same time.

- And then there's another verse where it says, "The land is covered with the dead and there's no one to mourn, lament or bury them.

- Malachi.

- Yeah. Is that it?

- Malachi chapter-

- So you have this several prophecies that talk about a time when the earth is vacated and it's covered with the slain and it's burnt. Well, that's after the Lord comes, we're caught up, we're living and reigning with Christ. Paul says the wicked are destroyed by the brightness of His coming. And the earth is an abussos. That word means a bottomless pit for 1000 years. It's a dark void and we're living and reigning with Christ in glory. At the end of that time, we come down and He makes a new heaven, new earth. You know, we have a study guide that talks about a thousand years of peace. And maybe you could give the number again. We'll be happy to send you, Jerry or Robert, a free copy of that, if you just call this number or anyone who asks.

- Yeah, 1-808-835-6747. 1-808-835-6747, It's there on the screen. And you can ask for thousand years of peace. I think it's called.

- Yep, talks about the millennium.

- Alright. Thank you very much, Robert. Next we have Jim from Indiana. Jim, hello. You're on the air.

- [Jim] My question is in Revelation when the angel with the seven vials. Now, is that also the seven plagues?

- Yes. It tells

- [Jim] that are coming out And...

- Yes.

- [Jim] Go ahead.

- Well, I was just gonna say those seven vials are poured out, each one has a plague, so to speak. So it's like the wrath of God is being poured out.

- [Jim] Okay. Now, when did those start? Whenever they enact the Sunday law?

- Well, the seven last plagues come when probation closes. And that's gonna be during a time when... it tells us that, those that are saved are saved in Revelation 22, those that are lost or lost. The clean are clean, the unclean are unclean. And when everyone's made their decision one way or the other regarding the beast in his image, then God is gonna say, okay, no sense for mercy to linger any longer, everyone has decided what they're gonna do. And at that point, the seven last plagues are poured out. So when they reject the law of God, and they put the laws of the beast in its place, then the plagues come.

- Yeah, that's exactly what we read in Isaiah 24. It says, humans have made their decision to completely reject the covenant and the law of God.

- mm-hmm.

- And so God says, I have nothing else to do. They won't listen to Me. I've given them ample opportunity. And so now comes judgment on this world of sin.

- Yeah. But yeah, the righteous are protected during that time. So when people hear about the seven last plagues, believers are often terrified, 'cause they're very graphic. They're very much like the seven plagues that came on Egypt, and yet God preserved His people all through those plagues.

- Amen.

- So I don't ever worry about the plagues.

- Yeah.

- I'm more concerned with Doug being faithful day by day. And if I'm faithful day by day, I know God will get me through that time.

- Amen, Amen.

- What it it say? Psalm 91, "Neither will any plague come near thy dwelling.

- A thousand shall fall out your left to 10,000 at your right hand, but none shall touch you for the angels of the Lord shall be with you.

- That's right.

- Amen. Alright. In our next question here we have David, from New York. David, good evening. You're on the air.

- [David] Yeah, my question is what does the Bible say about two first cousins getting married?

- Alright. Well I think according to the Bible, it was legal in the days of Abraham because you have, what is it? Jacob married his first cousin when he married Rebecca and Isaac married his cousin. I said, Isaac, where I should say Rebecca. Jacob first cousin with Rachel and Leah.

- mm-hmm. And in the beginning, when you think about it, God made Adam and Eve, they were technically brother and sister, same parents. And then when Cain took his wife, obviously he took one of his sisters so there was nothing wrong with that. Abraham married his half sister. Back when humans blood and genes were so vital there were no risks then of, you know, having mutations that would cause weaknesses and problems. But as time went by, Moses said, you're not to look upon the nakedness of your sister. And he's insinuating that, you know, you're supposed to marry out of, away from the family tree as far as possible. But within the tribe or within the people they weren't to marry foreigners.

- Yeah, and still today some people marry their first cousins.

- Yeah, and it depends, a matter of fact, those laws vary from state to state.

- But there are risks because I've done evangelistic programs on some small islands in the south Pacific, where there's not a big gene pool, and they have a lot of birth defects because they're all kind of marrying

- mm-hmm

- Relatives. And I've seen several times where their kids or people had six fingers, on our six toes, and that's one of the signs of, you know,

- Close proximity.

- Yeah, exactly. So it's probably healthier to look outside of the family. Alright. Thanks so much. Appreciate that David. I hope it helps a little bit.

- Alright, let's go to the next one. We have Chantel from the beautiful islands of The Bahamas. Hello, Chantel. Welcome, you're on the air.

- [Chantel] I have a simple question. I have a three year old niece, who is reading, and she asked me a question yesterday. She wanted to know how God made rain. And I was stumped to give an answer that was suited for someone her age. So I said, I will ask pastor Doug and Bible Answers Live, how they would've answered that question for a three year old.

- Well, that's a good question. I'm not sure exactly what happened with the geology of the earth or the meteorology of the weather, but the Bible does say that before the flood, that it never rained on the earth. But God did make a mist, and there's several places in the tropics you still see that.

- mm-hmm.

- You know, it's very humid. You'll see a mist come up from the ground and it watered the earth. But this envelope of water that God had, cause it says he made the, an atmosphere of heavens between the waters above and the waters below. There's some envelope of water and that's actually very scientific because if you've got water that is polarizing the light and the heat, the whole planet would've been a similar temperature. And they find in Siberia and Antarctica, they find, you know, fossils of ferns and these tropical animals and they think that the whole earth must have shifted on a taxes or something. But I think the whole world was a beautiful habitable place. And what God did during the time of Noah to actually trigger the flood, I'm not sure, but he poked a hole in that envelope and it just all-

- And it popped.

- Yeah, it all came down, but water also came up from below. It says the fountains of the deep were open. So water shooting up and then from then on, there's so much moisture in the atmosphere, it began to rain.

- Yeah. And so that would be Genesis chapter 2:6 Chantel, And next time you go to the supermarket, I don't know if over there in The Bahamas, but when I go to the supermarket, you know how sometimes they have the little waters

- So you can show him that and say, this is how God used to water the nature before the flood.

- [Chantel] Great, Alright.

- Does that help?

- [Chantel] That helps.

- Alright, thanks

- Take care, Chantel. You have a good evening.

- Thank you, thank you.

- [Chantel] You too.

- Alright, next we have Travis from Lexington, South Carolina. Travis, you're on the air.

- [Travis] Thank you gentlemen, good evening.

- Evening.

- Hello

- [Travis] My question is, it's a two part question. Is it possible to achieve a sinless state here on earth? And if it is not possible, what are the implications of believing that it is possible?

- Alright, great question. Now I need to let you know in advance, we've cut about a minute so I'll do my best. Let me ask you a question. Do you believe the devil can tempt us to sin?

- [Travis] 100%

- Okay. Do you believe Jesus can keep us from sin?

- [Travis] I believe He can, yes.

- But your answer is slower So as much as we believe the devil can tempt us to sin, we need to have faith that with God, all things are possible. And that through Jesus, He can keep us from sin. So the fact is, if you ask the average church to be honest and raise their hands, how many feel sinless? Nobody one's gonna raise their hand 'cause we all fall. We sin and fall short of the glory of God, but we have a perfect example and there's no excuse for any sin. And the Lord can give us victory over any temptation. You can't name a sin now unless it's the unpardonable sin, but I know people who've overcome it. Whether it's drugs or drinking or cursing or whatever it might be. God can give victory in every area. And we need to believe that. Now we're gonna run out of time, Travis, and I'd hate to do that to you. But we have a book called "Is it possible to live without sinning." And give him the number and we'll go to our break.

- Yeah, so Travis, you can call 1-800-835-6747, and ask for that book, "Is it possible to live without Sinning."

- And don't let the title scare you. It is really a good book.

- Oh, it's great.

- I actually read it once when I was flying, I put the plane on autopilot and I was really touched by it. Don't go away friends we're just gonna take a little break here. Get a drink of water. Tell your friends to tune in. We'll be right back.

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- Hello friends, if you're just tuning in this is Bible Answers Live. And my name is Doug Batchelor.

- Carlos Munoz.

- And we're here to try and do our best to answer your Bible questions. We don't claim to know all the answers, but we've got the Bible in front of us and we invite you to call in. We have some lines open.

- So let's go back to the lines. We have Brian, you're calling from Avis, New Mexico. You are on the air brother Brian.

- [Brian] Hi pastor Doug. I had a question regarding John 1, where it says, Jesus is the Word.

- mm-hmm.

- [Brian] And my question is, what does it mean that Jesus is called the Word? What does it mean to call Him the Word.

- In the gospel of John, it says, the Word became flesh and dwelt among us. Abstract thought is communicated by intelligent creatures through these sounds that we're making, that give us understanding of truth. And it's amazing. Now you can close your eyes and you hear words and you can have pictures in your mind. God conveys truth through words. And the message of God to man was communicated through the life of Jesus. It's interesting, we have no idea what Jesus looks like in spite of the typical artist's conceptions of what He looks like. What changed the world was what Jesus said. And Christ even said, you know, the things I'm teaching, this is gonna go into all the world. And He said, you'll even be hated of all nations for My name sake. And He knew that that message would be a message that would go global. And it did. So the message of God was in flesh. Lived out in the life of Christ. Christ said, if you want to know what God's like, look at Me. In the things He taught, in the life He lived, He was the message of God.

- Yeah, you know, in Spanish it's interesting, it doesn't use the word, "word." It uses the word, "verb."

- Oh really?

- Jesus is the verb. So a verb is like,

- It's more active.

- Yeah. It's the center of a sentence. There's no action without it, so it's the manifestation.

- That's good, yeah. So yeah, and then even in... Where is it in Revelation 19? Where Jesus comes riding on a white horse and on His thigh it says, the Word of God. And so that's a consistent title for Christ through the Bible. Does that help at all, Brian?

- [Brian] Yeah, it does. So when we call the Bible, the Word of God.

- mm-hmm.

- Is it the same thing or is that different?

- Well, the message of God is contained in the Bible. And keep in mind when Jesus lived. And He told us about the Word and reading the Word. There was no New Testament, 'cause that's later written about His life. So the Old Testament and the New Testament are certainly the Word of God. And every time Jesus was tempted by the devil, He quoted from the Bible, "It is written." And that's where our strength is. It's in the Word.

- [Brian] Okay, Alright. Well thank you.

- Alright.

- Hey, thank you. Thanks so much. We have a free book, we'll be happy to share with you, Brian. And it's a book that I wrote about the Bible and it's called, "the ultimate resource." And if you'd like a free copy of that, then Carlos give the number

- 1-800

- 835-6747. 1-800-835-6747. You can call and ask for that book.

- Alright.

- Alright, next we have a question Eduardo from New Jersey. Good evening, Eduardo.

- [Eduardo] Good evening, pastor Carlos. Good evening pastor Doug.

- Yeah.

- [Eduardo] So I had a question on Romans 9, the whole chapter, but just this one verse where it talks about Jacob God Loved, Esau have I hated

- Mm-hmm.

- [Eduardo] Who are these vessels of wrath, fitted to destruction. When it says Romans 9:22, what if God, to shew His wrath, make His power known, endured with the much long suffering the vessels of wrath fitted to destruction.

- First what is a vessel? He tells us earlier that, you know, God is the Potter, we are the clay. God can make different kinds of vessels. And so vessels are talking about people. He wants to fill our vessel with His Spirit. And He wants us to be vessels, containers that are for His use to communicate His truth and to pour ourselves out for good in the world. So we're the vessels. When He says vessels of wrath, He's talking about vessels that can't be used. Now there's in the law of Moses in Leviticus. They had a law that said that, you know, you could clean a vessel, but if certain vessels were exposed to anything that was unclean, if you opened up a basket and it had mice in it, they said burn it. Don't use it. Don't try and wash it. Some vessels were to be destroyed because they were unclean. And if we refuse to allow the Lord to clean us, we become vessels that are fit for destruction. But I actually wanna take you back a little bit because there's a very common mistake that people make when they read here in Romans, where Paul says, you know, Jacob I've loved and Esau I've hated. He's actually quoting from Malachi, where it says Jacob, Jacob was a term meaning Israel, the people. Esau meant Edom or the Edomites. And the reason God said, I have loved Jacob, and I've hated Esau is because Jacob, he wanted the blessing and his people they were doing more to pursue God. The Edomites turned from God and turned to paganism. It wasn't that before they were born God like Jacob and hated Esau. God liked that Jacob was pursuing the Spirit and Esau was pursuing the flesh, and God hated that. That is still true today. God wants us to, says in Romans 8, if you live under the flesh, you will die. But if you live for the Spirit, you will live. So Romans 9, is expanding on that.

- Yes.

- And that verse Malachi chapter 1:2 and 3

- Yep.

- For Eduardo. Did that help Eduardo?

- [Eduardo] Yeah, so much. And also had just one more verse. What is like proverb 16, for where it says, the Lord had made all things for Himself. Yea, even the wicked for the day of evil.

- Yeah, well God did not just say, you know, I think I'm gonna create some wicked people so that I can burn 'em for entertainment. it's basically saying that I've even created people who would choose wickedness because I create everybody free. And so God made people with a free will, even Lucifer, God made a beautiful angel. He chose to become a devil. And so God is saying, look, I make everything. He's the ultimate Creator. And even makes creatures that will choose not to love Him. But the Bible's clear, God is good. And every gift of God is good. And God doesn't tempt anyone with evil. So God did not make somebody who would deliberately sin or then God becomes an accomplice.

- Mm-hmm.

- And just think about the implications of that, that God would make a creature that had no choice, but to sin and then He's gonna punish him for sinning.

- It would ultimately His fault then.

- Yeah. So we gotta be careful a lot. Some churches teach that, that's a dangerous doctrine.

- Alright, thank you, Eduardo.

- [Eduardo] Yeah.

- Our next caller is Orlando from Brooklyn, New York. That's my birth city. Orlando, you're on the air.

- [Orlando] Hi, thank you for taking my call. Like I said to the lady earlier, first I wanna say that I believe that God knows everything that's happening, it's going to happen.

- Mm-hmm.

- [Orlando] But that's said, now Judas been vilified for betraying Christ, but with God knowing everything was that not his purpose in life, wasn't he destined to do that?

- No, that's a great question and it's connected with the former question. Now think of it like this. God is a weatherman, just use this as a rough illustration, and he flies in a helicopter. And from the perspective of the helicopter, he can see two cars heading on the same road that the traffic signs are out and they're going into a tunnel and there's only one lane. He can say, well, there's gonna be an accident in a tunnel before the accident happens, he can see there's gonna be an accident. He's not making the accident happen. He's just saying, I know what's gonna happen. Jesus said, I know Judas is gonna betray Me. He didn't make Judas betray Him, but God knows everything so He knows what's going to happen. He lets His creatures be free. And, you know, some parents have had kids and they say, this is a kid that just is really rebellious and I kind of know what direction he's gonna go. I don't want him to, but that child has free choice and God did not want Adam to sin or Eve. So because God knows something doesn't mean He's making it happen. Jesus, He wept over Judas. He washed his feet. He longed to have him repent, but he just knew that he would ultimately harden his heart.

- Yeah. It's proactive.

- Yeah.

- In hard decisions.

- Yeah, exactly.

- Amen. Did that help Orlando?

- Yeah.

- I guess he's go off.

- Okay.

- Alright. Next we have Saith from Texas. Good evening, Saith, you're on the air.

- [Saith] Hi, My question is how do we know when the seven last plague started?

- Alright. You know, that's a good question. One of the seven last plagues, it says the Euphrates river would dry up.

- Mm-hmm.

- I think that's the sixth plague.

- Mm-hmm.

- Well is very interesting. I turned on the news a couple of years ago and CNN and Fox major news networks.

- Yeah.

- They said the Euphrates river is drying up because Issis had captured the floodgates up higher and they were turning them off in the

- Yeah.

- And the river was going dry and basically trying to starve their enemies. And folks were going, oh, that's the sixth plague. Next plague is Jesus comes But now river's got a little more water in it. I do think it's interesting. That is one that one plague that may have a literal and a spiritual fulfillment as well. But you know, we certainly have not seen waters turning to blood. You know, we've not seen the whole world covered with a noisome sore.

- Yeah, COVID but not a noisome sore. And then it says men will be scorched with great heat. And I think that's the fourth plague. And so, you know, we haven't seen those things happen. I also think that the spiritual events that happened just before Jesus comes, talks about a law, that everybody must worship the beasts and his image, or they can't buy or sell and they'll be killed. That has not happened.

- No.

- Plagues come after that.

- Yep. And also there's no repentance after the plagues start to fall. So some people ask is COVID one of the seven plagues. They're like, well, more people are repenting now and coming to the Lord than ever. So that shows that we're still, we haven't gone to that point yet.

- It is a plague. And Jesus said, there'll be pestilence in the last day. So it certainly fulfills that, but I don't believe it's one of the seven last plagues.

- Yes, exactly.

- Alright. Thank you, Saith. Next we have Edna from Michigan. Edna, good evening. You're on the air.

- [Edna] Good evening guys.

- Hi.

- [Edna] my question is Matthew 5:21 and 22.

- Mm-hmm.

- [Edna] So do you want me to read that or do you want to,

- You can go right ahead.

- [Edna] Okay. 5:21, "You've heard that it was said to those of old, you shall not murder and whoever murders will be in danger of judgment. But I say to you verse 22, that whoever's angry with his brother without a cause shall be in danger of the judgment. And whoever says to his brother Raca, shall be in danger of council, but whoever says you fool should be in danger of hell fire. So my question is the very last. If a person is a fool and what's wrong with saying that they are a fool? Hell fire is pretty drastic.

- Yeah.

- [Edna] So what's wrong with calling them a fool?

- Yeah, I know what you're saying and there are actually places where James says, oh, I forget which verse it is, but he says "Oh foolish man. And then Jesus said fools and slow of heart to believe. And if you read in Proverbs, Proverbs talks a lot about the foolish man. The fool is said in his heart, there is no God, David said. So are they all going to hell because they said that? You know, the word there that Jesus uses for fool, it means they call a person worthless. And I think He's basically saying that, if you tell a person that they're not worthy of being saved, that they have no value to God. You know, that's really an insult on the Creator and treating people, I don't think it means saying at one time 'cause that's not the unpardonable sin, but treating people like they have no value before God. That's yeah, that's very dangerous.

- [Edna] So what I hear you saying is because God made that person that they are worthy of His sacrifice. And so therefore I should not think him to be a fool.

- Yeah. Or don't don't think him to be worthless. And you know, even in English, we've got some words that depending on the context, they have two different meanings. And so this is one of those words in Greek that can mean a silly person and let's face it there's a lot of silly people, their behavior. But then using that same word, it can also mean a person that has no value. And so you don't want to tell a person,

- [Edna] Okay, I understand

- They have no value.

- [Edna] Okay.

- That's I think the context of what Jesus is saying. Thank you.

- [Edna] Well, I appreciate you telling me because I've read this over and over and I just did not understand it, but now I do. Thank you.

- Amen.

- Thank you. Alright. Next we have Taydion from Illinois. Taydion, you're on the air. Did I say that correctly?

- [Taydion] It's Taydion.

- Taydion, Alright. And your question.

- [Taydion] So my question is that I'm in kind of a predicament, but the general question is the unpardonable sin, because I heard about this, I believe, like a year or two ago and it just kept clouding my mind and I essentially know what it means and essentially I know what it means and I know how you commit it. But the thing is though, is that I've been going through a lot of struggles lately because I don't know any other seventh day Adventist, like Christians around me. And even if I do, I can't go to church or whatever, because I don't drive, but that's mostly due to my fault. But my question is that if you committed the unpardonable sin, would the character that God has been making you into, still remain or would it completely disappear?

- Alright. Let me see if I understand what you're saying. So if you've committed the under unpardonable sin, are you asking, does that mean that you get any credit for your past development?

- [Taydion] No, no, no. Essentially, no. So like, I'll do a little bit of short story so that,

- Well, we gotta see summarize it as quickly as you can 'cause we've got a few people lined up.

- [Taydion] Yeah, so essentially, I've been struggling with sin a lot, but I've had victories over, you know, like most sin. I don't play violent video games much anymore, let alone anything else. And I've gained a victory over pornography, essentially that really doesn't bother me anymore, but it's essentially got to the point to where I asked God to put me through a trial and ,you know, to baptize me with fire, basically meaning put me through trials. And then it literally got to the point where I think He did. And then I've been attacked mentally that, you know, like, it's just, you know, like doubting God essentially. And then that's led to me thinking I committed the unpardonable sin and that's just been plaguing me. But for the past couple of days I felt encouraged and I even felt the Holy Spirit tug on my heart on Friday saying go to Jesus. And then now like the Word of God is hitting me. Kind of like what you brought up earlier, like with the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah. I believe was Sodom and Gomorrah. it was something about Abraham.

- If we were to summarize this, are you asking then how do I know that I've not committed the unpardonable sin?

- [Taydion] Basically. Yes.

- Okay.

- Alright. That's a good question, you know you're not alone out there because people come to Jesus and they find themselves struggling with sin for years sometimes. And well, their whole life they're gonna struggle with temptation. But does that mean then that, well, if I'm still being tempted after being a Christian 30 years, sometimes they fall in the same area over and over again. Does that mean I've committed the unpardonable sin? I'll say no because as long as there's a devil in the world, you're gonna be battling temptation. You want to continue to nurture the Holy Spirit in your life when you are convicted, you repent of your sins. And then by God's grace, you strive to turn. Repentance means a sorrow for sin and a willingness to turn away. Do you see growth? Bible says grow in the grace and the knowledge of our Lord, Jesus Christ. So, you know, are you seeing any progress? I'm encouraged because I see spiritually that I'm growing. I think I'm praying more now than I ever used to. And I see progress in my life. But boy, every day I was talking on the way to the radio program with a friend that picked me up. I said, I got a battle every day with not eating too much. And it's been that way for years because, you know, if I just go with my taste buds,

- Yeah.

- I'll eat twice as much So you're never gonna get away from having some battles and don't get discouraged. Now we have a free book. We'll send you. And it's called the unpardonable sin. I think you'll find that encouraging.

- Yes.

- Taydion.

- Taydion.

- Taydion, Alright. And thank you for your call. We see if we can get a couple more in before we run out of time here.

- Yeah, sure. Let's go to Ruth from Denton, Texas.

- [Ruth] My question is, are those seven last plagues going to be all over the world? Or like separately in different areas? Areas of the world.

- Yeah, good question. You know, even when the seven plagues fell on Egypt, it seemed like different areas in Egypt had different intensity. The Lord spared the land of Goshen, during the last seven plagues. When it tells us that the earth is gonna be scorched with great heat under the fourth plague, I suspect it's gonna be worse at the equator than it's gonna be at Antarctica. And, you know, it talks about, of course, fresh water turning to blood, the seas turning to blood. So, you know, I don't know that they're gonna be universal in nature. Jesus said that except those days be shortened, no flesh. That means good, bad, anybody, no animals, nothing would survive. So it's gonna be pretty serious.

- Yeah. I think they're progressive because if they fell on the earth that all, or covered the whole earth, then that will be completely wiped out humanity.

- Yeah, exterminate humanity. So they're probably gonna be coming in different levels at different time. Well, we know they're at different times. It's gonna be a sequence and, you know, maybe they'll just start to recover from one and then another one hits.

- Yep. Just like an Egypt.

- Yep.

- Alright.

- Thank you, Ruth. Appreciate your call.

- Alright. We have Caleb from New York. Caleb, welcome, you're on the air.

- [Caleb] Hello. Yes, my question is about, someone asked me today and I was talking Bible with someone today and I couldn't answer this question. My question is, what about people that live in tribes? People who don't know about Jesus Christ, 'Cause I remember a few years ago this guy went to try and preach to this tribe and then they killed him.

- Mm-hmm.

- [Caleb] These people don't know, they never heard of Jesus Christ. What happened to these people?

- Are you wondering, is everybody lost who never heard about Jesus?

- [Caleb] Yes.

- And you know you've got these people that are in, you know, they might be Aborigenes in Australia or some of the natives in the jungles of Brazil or in Africa that never heard about Jesus for all those millennia, are all of them automatically lost? And I would say no, because, you know, Jesus, when He began His ministry, He said, preaching to His people in His own home church. He said there were many lepers in the land in the days of Naaman, but none of them was cleansed except the Syrian, not a Jew. And he said, there were many widows in the land in the days of Elijah. But Elijah wasn't sent to any Jewish widows, he was sent to a Phoenician widow. And Jesus is emphasizing that there are many that will come from the east and the west and sit down in the kingdom. There are people I think in foreign lands, now, most people are not gonna be saved. Jesus said the road to destruction is wide because they did not surrender to the will of the Lord. But Christ is pretty clear in John, and I think it's chapter 5, where He said, the hour is coming in which those that are in the grave will hear His voice and come forth. They that have done good, the resurrection of life. They that have done evil, the resurrection of damnation. There are some people maybe in foreign lands that they're saved by Jesus. No one is saved without Jesus. But they listen to the voice of Christ speaking through Providence or angels. And they walked in the light they had. There's nothing that would prevent God from saving those people. So I think the Holy Spirit, does what Paul say in Romans 1, that even the barbarians, who maybe did not hear the gospel from an apostle or preacher, they've heard God speaking through His creation, and so they're without excuse. So God has spoken to people. it's just never been as direct missionaries as so important because it's such a direct way of communicating the full gospel. But you know, I think there'll be some people that will be saved from these dark corners of the earth.

- Yeah. And for God, to judge everybody, as it says in the Bible, then everybody He had to reveal Himself in some way, shape or form. Either through creation, Romans 1.

- Mm-mmh.

- Through His Son, primarily through His Word. So everybody in some way, shape or form has had a revelation of God.

- Yeah, Christ.

- And they've rejected it or acknowledged it

- And Jesus said that, if you had not seen, you would have no sin, but now that you see your sin remains. So to whom much is given much is required. People that know the full gospel are gonna be held more accountable than those who've had very little knowledge of these things. Alright, you know what? I'm looking at the clock and I don't think we can do a question in 54, 53, 52. Let me tell you what's coming up friends. Don't go away. We are doing more Bible questions, but just so you understand the mechanics of this, we're on not only a number of land based stations and the internet around the world, but we're on satellite across North America. And the time clocks between these two stations are a little bit different. We're gonna be going off the air with our satellite friends in just a moment, but everyone else stay tuned. Pastor Carlos and I are gonna be going through a number of rapid fire questions in just a moment. And if you want to email us, we're gonna be dealing with questions that came in during the email time. If you want to email questions to us, you can email Amazing Facts at our Bible Answers Live address and say, I'd like you to answer this question during your fast fire program at the end. So coming back in just a few moments with more Bible questions.

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- Alright, we're back.

- Yes.

- So this is what they normally do during the bloopers and the credits. We're gonna do questions real quick. We got like two minutes and see how many we can get through pastor Carlos.

- Alright, let's do quickly. This is from Joanne in England. She says, can you please throw some light on Jude 1:13? well there's only one chapter Jude 1:13. We know that there is no eternal damnation for the wicked yet the verse seems to imply that God will punish the wicked forever in a place of darkness. Could you help me understand this?

- Yeah, well, it's talking about, it says for whom is reserved the blackness of darkness forever. Well, if you got blackness of darkness, that's oblivion, you don't see anything, you don't know anything. And it's basically saying that the wicked will experience eternal judgment. They're, you know, brought into non-existence, the blackness of darkness. And they don't see God. They don't see each other. They don't know anything. And so truth and realization is compared to light, this is the opposite of that.

- Internal death. Next on line has, Why was Moses punished so harshly for striking Instead of speaking while David was punished so lightly for adultery and murder?

- Well, Moses was treated severely because he as the leader of the people, the mediator between God and man, God told him clearly to speak to the rock and God later said that Moses, He says, you're being punished because you did not glorify Me before the people. And God ultimately did raised Moses from the dead. And He did let him see the promise land from Mount Nebo. David was punished harshly. He not only lost the illegitimate child, he lost three other sons, the respect of the people and, yeah, he spent seven days on his face crying.

- Yep. Next we have Mel, asking, my Christian husband left the church and had an affair during the end of our marriage. I too started a short affair and committed adultery. Will the Lord judge us the same for breaking the marriage vow?

- Well, all sin is sin, but I'm not gonna be judging anyone's heart right now because in a situation like this, there's gonna be a lot of circumstantial evidence that or differences that, I'd recommend you read the book that I wrote and you can send for it. It's called "Marriage, divorce and remarriage." Lot of verses deal with that subject there.

- Alright, then we have here from New Zealand, Russell, says, when Jesus said He will be with us until the end of the age. Does that mean He will leave us at some stage? I thought He was with us forever.

- Well, yeah, He will be with us forever. I think the time we're worried about is not when we get to heaven. I think the context is the people were worried that He was gonna go to heaven and forget about them. He said, no, I'm never gonna leave you. I'll be with you all through the trials of this world and friends, wherever you are, he's with you right now. And this really is coming to the conclusion of our program. Go to amazingfacts.org.

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