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Did Christ return by the year 1988?

October 9, 2016

We all know that the second coming of Christ is a glorious event that will happen during our lifetime. Did Christs return happen before 1988? This is today’s question. The answer is an overwhelming YES!! According to the Bible, Christ definitely returned to us by the year 1988 and is currently reigning over us for 1000 years.

I am always reading scriptural studies by the great Godly men that God has sent to us. Recently I read the prophetic work of Colin Hoyle Deal “Christ Returns By 1988” a true book filled with Gods wisdom! This was a National Best Seller, and Colin is a Spirit-led preacher of the Bible. What a blessing to study this work!

Written in 1979, Colin Hoyle Deal lists 101 reasons why Christs return will happen by 1988. Lets try to cover as much as we can.

1 Thessalonians 5:4
But you, brothers and sisters, are not in darkness so that this day should surprise you like a thief.

According to Colin Hoyle Deal there are 318 references to the return of Jesus Christ in the New Testament alone. Christ Returns By 1988 starts by pointing out that God wants us to know when he will return. We only have to open our eyes and read the Bible, and our views will be supported.

Luke 21
20 When you see Jerusalem being surrounded by armies, you will know that its desolation is near.
27 At that time they will see the Son of Man coming in a cloud with power and great glory.
32 Truly I tell you, this generation will certainly not pass away until all these things have happened.

Christ Returns By 1988

Christ Returns By 1988

Chapter 96 shows how Israel is the “Fig Tree” and how Luke 21:29-32 tells us the fig tree will shoot forth. Colin Deal explains “Christ said that the generation of people living at the time  of the rebirth of this Jewish nation would see all the fulfillment of Luke 21. Israel being formed in 1948 means that the end times described in  Luke 21 are coming within a generation.

Colin Deal says “According to Jewish genealogy (Mathew 1:17), the Bible (Psalms 95:10), and the Dead Sea Scrolls (under Religious Belief and Practices) a generation is 40 years”

1948 + 40 years = 1988, this is truly convincing and backed fully by scripture!

In chapter 97 of Christ Returns By 1988 he traces the history of man back to 6000 years ago when God created us.

2 Peter 3:8
But do not forget this one thing, dear friends: With the Lord a day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years are like a day.

Some parts of the Bible are figurative, however Colin Deal knows that Peter 3:8 is to be taken literally. And in Revelation 20:1-9 we learn that Christ will reign for 1000 years. 7 is God’s number. So 7000 must also be Gods number (we have to assume). 6000 + 1000 = 7000. So this means that Christs reign must be starting in 1988 so he can reign for 1000 years. As I am writing this it is currently it is the year 2016, I am so excited to be living in the 28th year of Christs 1000 year reign!

In chapter 98 Colin Hoyle Deal has even more math to prove how Christ returned in 1988. In 1968 Israel and Gods chosen people recaptured Gods city of Jerusalem and fulfilling prophecy in Zechariah 12:6.

Daniel 9:24-25
24 Seventy sevens are decreed for your people and your holy city to finish transgression, to put an end to sin, to atone for wickedness, to bring in everlasting righteousness, to seal up vision and prophecy and to anoint the Most Holy Place. 25 Know and understand this: From the time the word goes out to restore and rebuild Jerusalem until the Anointed One, the ruler, comes, there will be seven sevens, and sixty-two sevens. It will be rebuilt with streets and a trench, but in times of trouble. 26 After the sixty-two sevens, the Anointed One will be put to death and will have nothing. The people of the ruler who will come will destroy the city and the sanctuary. The end will come like a flood: War will continue until the end, and desolations have been decreed.

Zechariah 12:6
On that day I will make the clans of Judah like a firepot in a woodpile, like a flaming torch among sheaves. They will consume all the surrounding peoples right and left, but Jerusalem will remain intact in her place.

Using Daniel 9 and Zechariah 12 and Nehemiah 2:1-6 Colin Hoyle Deal counts down the days to Christs return. 434 years + 37 years + the age of the church points to 1968 Israel, and only 19 years past that is 1987. And 1987 is before 1988, meaning that Christ must have returned by 1988! Christ Returns By 1988 doesn’t go into any detail on what the Church Age is but you know he must be right because he is a man of God.

I’ve only covered 3 chapters in this Christ Returns By 1988 and already we have proved that Christ returned in 1988. If we had the time, there are 98 more chapters of proof. Large numbers of words arguing for an idea always make that idea true. Imagine how many words are in 98 chapters of words! There is no way that Colin Hoyle Deal is wrong. He is full of information and confidence to defend his views. Thank Christ and praise the Lord God for his return!

I hope you enjoyed this Bible study, and I hope we all have learned something from Colin Hoyle Deal. Amen.

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Does The Bible Encourage Suidice?

December 9, 2012

The Bible has some good things to say about suicide

If you are thinking of committing suicide — call some Godly folks and talk to them at 1-800-273-8255. Right NOW! The wise people on the phone are much smarter than I am.

I cannot say for sure whether or not the Bible exactly wants you to commit suicide. There seems to be much value in not killing yourself. However, according the Bible, there is nothing wrong with committing suicide. Some of our greatest Biblical heroes have committed suicide! You should always look to the example of such Godly men as Samson and Saul, who both killed themselves. The Bible is the infallible Holy Word of God and the Godly men in it should always guide our steps.

In this Bible Study we will open up His Word and look at exactly what the Bible has to say on your own suicide.

If you are thinking of suicide, you should certainly read our earlier Bible Study on how meaningless life is. That can give you information on what the great Father thinks of you. It’s good that the Bible makes no mistakes, it has no errors in it! I thank the father that he has given us sinful humans this Holy Word. We are filth in his sight.

Matthew 22:21
For out of the heart come evil thoughts—murder, adultery, sexual immorality, theft, false testimony, slander.

Romans 3:10
There is no one righteous, not even one

Certainly God does not think highly of us humans. He formed us out of dust [Genesis 2:7] and blessed us all with a sinful nature. We are sinful humans and we are dirt in the eyes of the wonderful Father. It is reasonable to think that ending your own life might be exactly what God wants you to do. He has blessed us with so much sin.

Romans 3:23
For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God

Job 7:15-16
15 so that I prefer strangling and death, rather than this body of mine. 16 I despise my life; I would not live forever. Let me alone; my days have no meaning.

John 8:34
Jesus replied, “Very truly I tell you, everyone who sins is a slave to sin.”

When I was a child Samson was my favorite hero from the Bible. I looked up to this strong man who fought against the Philistines. Samson was such an example of what it is to be a Godly man. When Samson asked God to give him the strength to push over the pillars and kill himself and the Philistines — God did strengthen Samson so he could commit suicide! God himself helped such a great man to commit suicide.

King Saul was chosen by God to be king. Saul was anointed by the prophet Samuel, and Saul was loved by God. Saul too committed suicide.

1 Samuel 31:4-5
4 Saul said to his armor-bearer, “Draw your sword and run me through, or these uncircumcised fellows will come and run me through and abuse me.” But his armor-bearer was terrified and would not do it; so Saul took his own sword and fell on it. 5 When the armor-bearer saw that Saul was dead, he too fell on his sword and died with him.

The Bible shows us two suicides at the same time. Saul is surely in heaven right now smiling down upon you as you ponder if suicide might be right for you. I do pray that you can make a decision using the wisdom of the Bible. Always remember that the Bible is never wrong, even when it says that God is all-powerful.

In closing I’ll leave you with one last encouragement for your life.

John 12:25
Anyone who loves their life will lose it, while anyone who hates their life in this world will keep it for eternal life.

The Bible Supports Legal Gay Marriage

October 11, 2009

Should gay marriage be legal?

Any honest reading of the Bible would indicate that same-sex marriage should be legal. In today’s study we will open up the Holy Work of God and read what he wants to say to us about gay marriage.

Romans 1:26-27
26Because of this, God gave them over to shameful lusts. Even their women exchanged natural relations for unnatural ones. 27In the same way the men also abandoned natural relations with women and were inflamed with lust for one another. Men committed indecent acts with other men, and received in themselves the due penalty for their perversion.

The Bible does seem to condemn homosexuality as a sin. It’s hard to be clear on this; The parts of the Old Testament that condemn homosexuality also condemn eating shellfish. So it’s hard to know if that was Old Covenant or some sort of cultural laws that God had set up. There are a few verses in the New Testament that mentions homosexuality. They seem to refer to homosexuality as “shameful lusts”. Whether or not being gay is a sin or not is the subject of another study. It’s a very tough question, and one of the issues that the Bible is unclear on. Here today were are here to discuss law and marriage though, specifically gay marriage.
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Does The Bible Support Socialism?

October 1, 2009

Does God endorse socialism as his preferred economic model?

It is very easy to see that God wants us all to be Socialists. In today’s study we will open our Bibles and see how God has provided a clear answer to this question.

Somehow many of today’s Christians somehow have mistaken impression that Capitalism is the economic system that Christ would most endorse. Any examination of God’s holy Word will easily show that this simply isn’t true. Our heroes from the days of old endear themselves to Socialism, and it shows us that God’s love for us can shine even through economics. There is no doubt that the concepts of Socialism permeates both the Old and New Testaments. I have no idea where these false ideas of Capitalism being what God would want came from. As his children, we must end this! We must study his Word deeply and set straight the mindset of our fellow brethren.

So to get started, let us open up His Holy Word and learn what the Bible has to say on economics. We will begin in the Old Testament.

Leviticus 25:35-38
35If one of your countrymen becomes poor and is unable to support himself among you, help him as you would an alien or a temporary resident, so he can continue to live among you. 36Do not take interest of any kind from him, but fear your God, so that your countryman may continue to live among you. 37You must not lend him money at interest or sell him food at a profit. 38I am the LORD your God, who brought you out of Egypt to give you the land of Canaan and to be your God.

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The Bible Supports Bestiality

May 21, 2009

Of course God wants you to have sex with animals.  It was part of his original design. When we look closely at the Bible we can see several places where support for this behavior is shown.  God wants all his children to be happy, and when we are happy so is he.  He shines his love down upon us in everything we do.  We need to look critically at this one.  The secular world looks down upon some of the wonderful things that God has designed for us.  Many countries have gone so far as to even make bestiality illegal! Always the outside world is trying to destroy the Holy Word of God.

First it’s clear to note that there are places The Bible strictly forbids bestiality.  It’s very clear on that in several places.  There is no question that God did not want the his chosen people having sex with animals.

Exodus 22:19
Anyone who has sexual relations with an animal must be put to death.

Leviticus 18:23
Do not have sexual relations with an animal and defile yourself with it. A woman must not present herself to an animal to have sexual relations with it; that is a perversion.

Deuteronomy 27:21
“Cursed is the man who has sexual relations with any animal.” Then all the people shall say, “Amen!”

And that was right and good.  God knew what he was doing and he was looking after his chosen people. Those laws were there to protect them, whether they knew it or not.  The Lord is and was wise.

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Women Are Inferior To Men

December 4, 2008

According to the Bible, are women inferior to men?

The Bible certainly tells us that women are the lesser sex and that men are in charge of women. This is a recurring message throughout both the Old and New Testaments. The Bible has again provided us with such wonderful insight and inspiring words with which to guide our lives!

I Timothy 2:11-14
11A woman should learn in quietness and full submission. 12I do not permit a woman to teach or to have authority over a man; she must be silent. 13For Adam was formed first, then Eve. 14And Adam was not the one deceived; it was the woman who was deceived and became a sinner. 15But women will be saved through childbearing–if they continue in faith, love and holiness with propriety.

The Apostle Paul, one of the great warriors for God in the Bible, has written these words. His letters have become words to live by. He was always bold and strong in his word, even here he does not speak lightly. Women must keep quiet and cannot teach men. They are weak and easily deceived and brought into sin. Paul knows what he is talking about!

1 Corinthians 11:3
Now I want you to realize that the head of every man is Christ, and the head of the woman is man, and the head of Christ is God.

Ephesians 5:23
For the husband is the head of the wife as Christ is the head of the church, his body, of which he is the Savior.

He has again established a mans superiority over women, so there is no doubt. My wife must keep silent and do what I say. Men of God rejoice that the Bible has established this things. But can we only listen to the Apostle Paul, are the words of this blessed man enough for us? They are indeed words to live by, but it cannot hurt to look elsewhere in the Bible for wisdom.

Genesis 3:16
To the woman he said,
“I will greatly increase your pains in childbearing;
with pain you will give birth to children.
Your desire will be for your husband,
and he will rule over you.”

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The Bible Says Life is Meaningless

December 3, 2008

Does life have no meaning to it?

The Bible very clearly communicates that life has no meaning. There are many verses which state this, and most of these passages are found in the wisdom of Ecclesiastes. Let me quote some of the more straightforward verses for you. The following several verses are all from the wise and wonderful book of Ecclesiastes.

1:1 – I have seen all the things that are done under the sun; all of them are meaningless, a chasing after the wind.

11:8 – However many years a man may live, let him enjoy them all. But let him remember the days of darkness, for they will be many. Everything to come is meaningless.

9:9 – Enjoy life with your wife, whom you love, all the days of this meaningless life that God has given you under the sun— all your meaningless days. For this is your lot in life and in your toilsome labor under the sun.

7:15 – In this meaningless life of mine I have seen both of these: a righteous man perishing in his righteousness, and a wicked man living long in his wickedness.

These are incredible verses that speak such truth, as the Bible always does. I would really encourage you to open up your Bible and read Ecclesiastes for yourself. It is just a book full of wisdom and knowledge. If I could put the whole book into this study, I would. These studies are intended to be short, but you really should read it on your own.

Ecclesiastes 2:17-23
17 So I hated life, because the work that is done under the sun was grievous to me. All of it is meaningless, a chasing after the wind. 18 I hated all the things I had toiled for under the sun, because I must leave them to the one who comes after me. 19 And who knows whether he will be a wise man or a fool? Yet he will have control over all the work into which I have poured my effort and skill under the sun. This too is meaningless. 20 So my heart began to despair over all my toilsome labor under the sun. 21 For a man may do his work with wisdom, knowledge and skill, and then he must leave all he owns to someone who has not worked for it. This too is meaningless and a great misfortune. 22 What does a man get for all the toil and anxious striving with which he labors under the sun? 23 All his days his work is pain and grief; even at night his mind does not rest. This too is meaningless.

It should now be 100% clear that the Bible says that life has no meaning. Ecclesiastes is very clear on it’s statements that life has no meaning. 3:20 reads “All go to the same place; all come from dust, and to dust all return.”, and there is strong suggestion in that statement that there is no afterlife and no meaning. We are just dust, and we return to dust after we die. That verse is open to interpretation though, so do ponder what it means to you.

The insightful author of Ecclesiastes complains aloud in 2:21 that is it a misfortune that he will have to leave everything to someone else. A vain life with no meaning is hard to cope with, I know. The shock that nothing you do has any meaning or long lasting repercussions really rattles the system at first. You spend your whole life knowing that the good things you do in secret will be rewarded after you die. It is hardy fair that some spend their time doing horrid evil deeds and their fate is no worse than your own. It just seems wrong. As per Eccl 8:14, your good deeds go unrewarded and, the evil deeds of others go unpunished. Life is just vain.

The great and wise King David would seem to agree.

Psalm 39:6
Man is a mere phantom as he goes to and fro:
He bustles about, but only in vain;
he heaps up wealth, not knowing who will get it.

The Bible teaches many things, and we can learn much from it. We can learn about everlasting life offered to us, and about salvation and how we can go to heaven. Also, we can learn how life has absolutely no meaning and when we die we turn into dust. It is a very wise book to teach us so many things.

The Bible Supports Abortion

November 20, 2008

Does the Bible support having an abortion?

The answer is an unequivocal yes! But don’t take my word for it, let us actually open up the Bible and read it’s words.

Numbers 5:20-22
20 But if you have gone astray while under your husband’s authority, and if you have defiled yourself and some man other than your husband has lain with you”— 21 then the priest shall put the woman under the oath of the curse, and he shall say to the woman—“the LORD make you a curse and an oath among your people, when the LORD makes your thigh rot and your belly swell; 22 and may this water that causes the curse go into your stomach, and make your belly swell and your thigh rot.”
Then the woman shall say, “Amen, so be it.”

In this first section God himself (also known as the Lord) performs the abortion at the request of the priest. Make no mistake about it, “your thigh rot” can certainly be translated to read “causes you to have a miscarrying womb and barrenness”. You can look it up in the NIV translation, it’s a footnote on the bottom. Thigh can also be read as “uterus”, since obviously there are no thighs in the belly.

So the Bible actually says that God himself is to perform the abortions in these cases. I know you are well convinced by now that since God is performing abortions that it is ok for you to have one. But, it is not a problem to look at some other verses just to re-assure ourselves. After all, Focus on the Family says abortions are bad, and they have read the Bible, haven’t they? No really, have they? Ever?

In Hosea there are more abortions performed. These ones are performed by soldiers with swords though. I suppose a sword is a bit harder to use than a coat hanger, but they get the job done. The context of this verse is that it is in the end of a command from God in judgment against Israel.

Hosea 13:16
The people of Samaria must bear their guilt,
because they have rebelled against their God.
They will fall by the sword;
their little ones will be dashed to the ground,
their pregnant women ripped open.”

And I suppose the fact that the mothers are likely also being killed is a technicality. A fetus is a fetus and killing it is an abortion whether commanded by God or not. There is one other place where the fetus is commented on directly in relation to the law. Let us look in the good book of Exodus.

Exodus 21:22-25
22 “If men who are fighting hit a pregnant woman and she gives birth prematurely but there is no serious injury, the offender must be fined whatever the woman’s husband demands and the court allows. 23 But if there is serious injury, you are to take life for life, 24 eye for eye, tooth for tooth, hand for hand, foot for foot, 25 burn for burn, wound for wound, bruise for bruise.

This is another time where you have to open up your NIV and look at the footnote. “gives birth prematurely” can also be interpreted as “she has a miscarriage”. So that would mean that the Bible does not consider a fetus a life. The same passage that demands life for life of the mother does not demand life for loss of a fetus. The Bible is clear on this. A fetus is not a life.

Now before we finish lets us discuss abortion for a moment. Those who would want one performed are seeking quality of life for themselves and the possible child. They cannot support the child financially or it gets in the way of their career or they just are allergic to babies. In short: if quality of life is lost, perhaps they will have the abortion. So to further add to the fact that the Bible openly supports abortions, there are a few places where quality of life is discussed. See Ecclesiastes 6:3-5, Job 10:18-19, and Ecclesiastes 4:1-3 for verses where the person wishes he had been aborted. These last few are just small examples, but clearly they show that the Bible is concerned with quality of life for the born child, and adding the the fact that the Bible does support having abortions.

The Bible Says To Lie

November 12, 2008

Does the Bible say that it is ok for me to lie to people?

Yes, the Bible definitely tells us that lying is good! Heck, according to the Bible, God himself even told a few lies.

Let us take a look. As with many things the Bible does not say directly that lying is fine. So we must look to the examples set for us. We all know the story of our great hero Joshua and his takeover of Jericho. This would have never been possible without some quality deception by the prostitute Rahab. Joshua sent some spies into Jericho who went into Rahab’s house. The King got word of this and sent a message to her.

Joshua 2:3-5
3 So the king of Jericho sent this message to Rahab: “Bring out the men who came to you and entered your house, because they have come to spy out the whole land.” 4 But the woman had taken the two men and hidden them. She said, “Yes, the men came to me, but I did not know where they had come from. 5 At dusk, when it was time to close the city gate, the men left. I don’t know which way they went. Go after them quickly. You may catch up with them.”

Clearly those spies would have been killed or imprisoned if not for her lie. She helped the spies escape and helped Joshua take the battle of Jericho. After afterward our great hero Joshua rewarded her for her lie.

Joshua 6:25
25 But Joshua spared Rahab the prostitute, with her family and all who belonged to her, because she hid the men Joshua had sent as spies to Jericho—and she lives among the Israelites to this day.

This is all of course substantiated in the New Testament by James. James goes even further than Joshua did, calling Rahab the prostitute righteous.

James 2:25
25In the same way, was not even Rahab the prostitute considered righteous for what she did when she gave lodging to the spies and sent them off in a different direction?

But I also have said to you that God himself has lied. To be sure, it was one of the first things that God said to man. He surely must want us to lie if he himself started our relationship off with a lie.

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