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Month: February 2018

CLAY SEAL OF ISAIAH THE PROPHET APPARENTLY FOUND

CLAY SEAL OF ISAIAH THE PROPHET APPARENTLY FOUND

For the first time, archaeological evidence (a seal impression) of Isaiah has been discovered, it seems. See the article by Michelle Starr published on February 23, 2018. The book of Isaiah is quoted more often than any other prophetic Old Testament book, and is second only to Psalms in overall New Testament quotes:

The Biblical figure Isaiah who prophesied the coming of the Messiah may have been an actual real person.

Researchers have found an ancient clay seal from around the time he was reportedly alive, marked with his name. read more

HOW DO WE KNOW MARK ENDS AT 16:8, AND NOT 16:20?

HOW DO WE KNOW MARK ENDS AT 16:8, AND NOT 16:20?

snake handler
Modern day snake handlers derive their practice from Mark 16:17-18

How do we know Mark 16 ends at verse 8 and not 20? The two best available Greek manuscripts of the New Testament, Codex Sinaiticus and Codex Vaticanus do not have either the usual 12 verse ending or the shorter ending. Neither does manuscript 304, the Sinaitic Old Syriac, some manuscripts of the Sahadic Coptic version, manuscripts of the Armenian translation, and some versions of the Georgian translation. It is significant that it does not appear in any manuscript prior to the fifth century. This passage is included in a number of other, later manuscripts, but with critical marks such as asterisks or obeli (marks to indicate that a passage is spurious, doubtful or corrupt), which tell us that the scribe knew of the questionable nature of these verses. The shorter ending is found in some less important manuscripts. In some other manuscripts, this shorter ending is combined with the longer ending. Codex W, an important early Greek manuscript, adds an entire paragraph between verses 14 and 15. All of this together is strong proof that Mark 16:9-20 was not originally part of Mark’s Gospel. Bible scholar and translator Jerome, around 400 CE, said “Almost all the Greek codices (are) without this passage”. read more

“EVOLUTION” DID NOT INTERVENE ON ‘MONSTER’ PENGUINS

“EVOLUTION” DID NOT INTERVENE ON ‘MONSTER’ PENGUINS

Let’s take a look at an article published on December 13, 2017 entitled “Evolution intervened on ‘monster’ penguins” in USA Today:

“Talk about your big bird. Scientists on Tuesday announced the discovery of a new species of an ancient giant penguin, one that was nearly 6 feet tall and weighed about 220 pounds, roughly the same height and size as an average man.

Fossilized remains of the extinct penguin were discovered in the Otago region on New Zealand’s South Island. The new species is named Kumimanu biceae: In the Maori language of New Zealand, Kumi means “monster,” and manu is the word for “bird.” read more

LEARN ONE THING FROM BILLY GRAHAM’S LIFE CONFESSION

LEARN ONE THING FROM BILLY GRAHAM’S LIFE CONFESSION

Prominent preacher Billy Graham confessed his major life regret in an interview some years back. You would think that anyone who had personally known and associated with so many prominent people for so long, including 12 U.S. Presidents, would be proud of such hobnobbing with the political “stars” of the world. But guess what he confessed?

Billy Graham
Evangelist Billy Graham dies at 99

“If I had to do it over again, I would avoid any semblance of involvement in partisan politics.”

“An evangelist is called to do one thing, and one thing only: to proclaim the Gospel.” read more

WHY AVOID THE WOMAN CAUGHT IN ADULTERY STORY? (John 7:53-8:11)

WHY AVOID THE WOMAN CAUGHT IN ADULTERY STORY? (John 7:53-8:11)

The phrase “Let him who has no sin cast the first stone” (paraphrased from John 8:7 KJV), has become entrenched everyday speech and in popular culture. The vast majority of Christians, including Pastors, do not know, are totally unaware in fact, that the account of the woman caught in adultery in John 7:53-8:11 was not part of the original Bible! People just “know” that Jesus really said these words, since they’ve heard it all of their lives, and sermonized in churches. The phrase at John 8:7 is often used to let others know not to take sin too seriously, and not to “judge” others. It is often quoted by those who want to excuse their own sin. read more

DISCOVERIES PROVE DANIEL TRUE ABOUT BELSHAZZAR AND THE CRITICS WRONG

DISCOVERIES PROVE DANIEL TRUE ABOUT BELSHAZZAR AND THE CRITICS WRONG

“In the first year of Belshazzar king of Babylon, Daniel had a dream.”—Daniel 7:1 NIV

“In the third year of King Belshazzar’s reign, I, Daniel, had a vision.”—Daniel 8:1 NIV

King Belshazzar gave a great banquet for a thousand of his nobles and drank wine with them.”—Daniel 5: NIV

Nabonidus Chronicle mentioning Belshazzar
Cyrus of Persia reveals his exceedingly low estimation of the character of Belshazzar in the Nabonidus Chronicle

Until the 1870’s, Daniel (and works dependent on it) was the only source of information about Belshazzar. Critics, therefore claimed that Daniel’s references to Belshazzar were fiction, and the author of Daniel was a fraud. At that time, all other extant sources said Nabonidus was the last king of Babylon. Critics were silenced when archival texts began to be discovered in Babylon, beginning with the Nabonidus Chronicle, which was written shortly after Babylon’s capture by the Medes and Persians in 539 BCE. Today, Belshazzar is well-authenticated as a historic personage through archaeological studies. In fact, at least 37 archival texts have been discovered naming Belshazzar, and revealing his position to be exactly what the Bible says it to be. read more

HERODOTUS AND THE FALL OF BABYLON

HERODOTUS AND THE FALL OF BABYLON

The Greek historian Herodotus (c. 480-425 BC) produced one of the most famous books of ancient Greece, the History. Its focus is the series of wars between Persia and the Greeks that lasted from approximately 490 to 479 BC. Herodotus devoted a great deal of attention to the background of the wars and in the process gave a fairly sweeping view of the eastern Mediterranean world during the sixth and fifth centuries BC.

Herodotus
Brick inscription reads: “Cyrus, king of the world, king of Anshan, son of Cambyses, king of Anshan. The great gods delivered all the lands into my hands, and I made this land to dwell in peace.”

The Greek word historiai (literally “investigations”) aptly describes how Herodotus went about collecting and recording information about the customs and histories of the peoples he encountered. He is regarded as the father of Western history writing because he tried to confine himself to human events and to avoid myths. read more

WHO IS THE ONE MEDIATOR BETWEEN CHRISTIANS AND GOD?

WHO IS THE ONE MEDIATOR BETWEEN CHRISTIANS AND GOD?

Christian denominations have differing views on the mediator between them and God. For example, Catholics teach that Christians must go through their priesthood to have a relationship with God. Others teach that one can only have a relationship with God through their particular denomination, or church. Some have even thought, or taught that a relationship with God was only possible through one particular pastor.

This idea was developed with the group today known as Jehovah’s Witnesses starting in the 1890’s around their Founder, Pastor C. T. Russell. He became known among them as “the faithful and wise servant” (Mt 24:45 KJV), “the one that God was using to give true spiritual food to mankind.” read more

THE PROPHETIC ACCURACY OF DANIEL—REGARDING ANTIOCHUS EPIPHANES IV

THE PROPHETIC ACCURACY OF DANIEL—REGARDING ANTIOCHUS EPIPHANES IV

Antiochos Epiphanes IV
Antiochos Epiphanes IV

Actions of this Syrian King are foretold over 350 years in advance by Daniel’s God Yahweh, revealing them to his prophet for recording in Daniel 8:9-12, 23-25; 11:21-39. These visions are so extremely accurate in prophetic detail that critics, doubters and unbelievers claim that it is impossible that Daniel could have recorded them “in the first year of Darius the Mede”, which was in 537-536 BCE (Dan 11:1 NIV), or “in the third year of Belshazzar” (Dan 8:1 NIV), which was about 551 BCE. read more

Science confirms what the Bible told us all along: The universe is expanding

Science confirms what the Bible told us all along: The universe is expanding

Expanding universe
If the universe is expanding, it had a beginning. The Bible tells us what happened in the beginning.

Less than 100 years ago, science discovered  that the universe is expanding. However, the men who wrote the Bible spoke of this concept when it was written almost 3,000 years ago. But many people believe the Bible and science contradict one another. Is this really so? Let’s examine some basic scientific concepts about the universe and see how they compare to what the Bible says.

First Law of Thermodynamics – E = mc2

The first law of thermodynamics states that energy can be transformed from one form to another, but can be neither created nor destroyed. Matter and energy are interchangeable (E=mc2). read more