Lesson Notes - Philippians
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_______ November, 2021 _______
- - New sermon-or-lesson outlines continue to be added for the
Book of '1 Peter'.
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that lists psychological and medical problems that were cured through the use of biblical counseling and that were in some manner directly linked to a source of sin.
_______ November, 2020 _______
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________ August, 2020 ________
A new document, 'End Times Speculations', has been added
at the top of the 'Doctrines' web-page, to provide information about the shocking sudden worldwide event, known as the 'Mass Abductions' or the
'Mass Vanishings', in which countless numbers of people float up into the sky and then disappear - all at the same time.
Also included are other select aspects of end times events of the
- - How did Noah get all of the species of birds into the Ark?
An international consortium of scientists conducted research, known as the "Avian Phylogenomics Project", in order to correct the bird family tree, in which they compared DNA genomes of 48 select different species of birds to determine their last shared common ancestors.
From their findings in 2014, the scientists concluded that only 4-5 species of birds survived the past global mass extinction event, in which a giant asteroid struck near the Yucatan Peninsula in Mexico. They base this conclusion on their DNA findings that the 10,500 species of birds of our modern times have all evolved from those 4-5 surviving species of birds since that past global mass extinction event.
In contemplating the various details of the Biblical account of Noah and the Ark in Genesis chapters 6-8, one related previously-insurmountable question arises as to how 10,500 species of bird pairs could fit into the Ark, along with all the other animals, and how Noah and his family could have fed all of those 21,000 (or more) birds along with all the animals
every day for the year that they were in the Ark.
(see Genesis 6:7,17,19-7:3)
DNA evidence is usually highly reliable, and these particular findings of this DNA research on birds excellently fits into the Biblical account, essentially clarifying that Noah could have had as few as 5 different species of bird pairs on the Ark, for a total of perhaps 35 birds
(see Genesis 7:2-3), from which all 10,500 species of birds have since evolved up to today. Noah did have onboard a "raven" and a "dove", which also fit within these DNA research findings.
The Biblical account does make a perhaps important qualifying distinction in Genesis 7:14 that "every bird
according to its kind" was on board the Ark, apparently meaning 'every bird according to its category kind, which will be subsequently filled out, broadened, and expanded in additional variations from that original bird pair species'. (A thought-provoking relating side note is that the account of the original creation of living creatures and birds in Genesis 1:21 uses the exact same Hebrew word
(#4327) in the description of how God created the various living creatures on the earth "according to its kind".)
Obviously, Noah and his family in the Ark for a year could accommodate and care for only a very small fraction of pairs of birds from all the different 10,500 species that exist now.
And also obviously, God was and still is in control over and orchestrating all of this evolving of birds, apparently from a small number of original pairs.
(for example: "...will come to you" - Genesis 6:20; 7:8)
Believers would be wise to carefully discern and perhaps re-evaluate how we regard the various aspects of the theory of evolution, distinctly specifying which aspects of evolution apparently correctly correspond to God's activities and which aspects unquestionably directly contradict God's activities.
Source: "When Whales Walked: Journeys In Deep Time", video. Aired on PBS, 08/25/21.
- - Recent Start Of The Fulfilling Of An End-Times Prophecy?
In his speech before the United Nations on September 21, 2021, United States President Joe Biden may have started the fulfillment of an end-times prophecy that is a precursor very close to the 7-year Tribulation period.
In 1 Thessalonians 5:1-3 in referring to the coming of the day when the 7-year Tribulation period technically starts, in verse 3 from the original Greek, the translation is "Because
when they say
"Peace and security",
then sudden destruction comes on them, just like the labor pains to the pregnant woman, and they will not at all escape.".
President Biden said to the United Nations and the world that the United States of America, along with its allies, will lead together to meet "the greatest challenges of our time - from COVID to climate,
peace and security,
human dignity and human rights".
Consider that pandemics (like COVID-19) and extreme weather conditions (like those reportedly produced now by climate change), referred to in the Scriptures by the broader term "plagues", were orchestrated by God to bring repentance, discipline, judgment, and death on people who are engaging in gross wickedness.
Also consider that the 7-year Tribulation will be filled with sequences of numerous kinds of plagues, which include pandemics and extreme weather conditions.
Moreover, consider that President Biden in this speech is announcing and rallying the world to solve these challenges, even using the words
"peace and security",
which exactly match the words predicted in 1 Thessalonians 5:3 as a precursor very close to the sudden start of the 7-year Tribulation period. In its context, the phrase in verse 3 "Because when they say "Peace and security"" seems to indicate that people will be declaring this statement not only as an objective but also declaring that some progress has been made towards achieving this objective.
Therefore, a reasonable implication here is that President Biden has unwittingly started the fulfillment of the prophecy in verse 3 of 1 Thessalonians 5:1-3, which predicts that the conditions in this prophecy will occur right before the actual beginning of the 7-year Tribulation period.
True believers and servants of the Lord would be wise to stay alert, and watch to see if this phrase "peace and security (or safety)" is subsequently picked up and verbally promoted by other leaders in the world - which would fulfill the part of the prophecy
"they say" in verse 3.