Both Christ and His church are depicted in the New Testament (with imagery similar to Zechariah’s) as fighting a spiritual war against Satan (2 Cor. 10:3-5; Eph. 6:10-18; 1 Thess. 5:8; Jude 3; Rev. 1:16; 6:2; 19:11-13). Whatever victories the church has in this spiritual war are because Jesus is with us (John 15:4-5), and those within the church shall certainly rejoice because of the salvation given to them by God’s grace (Phil. 4:4-7). It strengthens my faith to see – in us – the fulfillment of these prophecies.… Read More Zechariah: A Warning, Some Encouragement, and a Messianic Prophecy
If you and I disagree on a matter I’m not going to tell you how I feel, what the Holy Spirit “said” to me, what God “laid on my heart,” or how I believe God is “leading me to” this, that or another conclusion. We have a responsibility to prove our positions. How? By the Scriptures. That’s why they’re there.… Read More “Have You Never Read in the Scriptures?”
Christians must only worship the God of heaven (Rev. 22:8-9). Yet, we are also commanded to give honor to governmental authorities (Matt. 22:21; Rom. 13:1-7; 1 Pet. 2:17). The “Caesar,” “governmental authorities,” and “emperor” referred to by Jesus, Paul, and Peter would be the same entities which persecuted Christians severely and who would have a hand in their deaths, but Christians were still commanded by God to show honor to them. … Read More Bible Q&A: Is It Sinful for a Christian to Salute or Honor A National Flag?
Should the pig that was cast with demons be eaten today as clean meat? The actual pigs which the demons entered after being cast out of the two Gadarean men threw themselves off of a cliff and drowned around 2,000 years ago, and so it would be impossible to eat them (Matt. 8:28-34). As for… Read More Bible Q&A: A Question About Eating Pigs
While it is certainly true that any and all victories over Seleucid and Grecian pagan influence by the Maccabees can be attributed to God saving them, it is also true that this paved the way for the Messiah to come not long afterwards, “in the fullness of time” (Gal. 4:4), and bring eternal salvation from sin to “the flock of his people” (cf. John 10:1ff; 1 Pet. 5:4; Heb. 13:20).… Read More Zechariah: Prophecies About Alexander the Great, the Maccabees, and the Messiah
Why no music, why no praising during service, should women wear a cover over our heads when the minister speaks? According to musicians, singing is music. Thus, there is music during our worship. As to why there is no music coming from musical instruments, the reason is because the only type of music commanded by… Read More Bible Q&A: Three Questions About What Happens During Worship in the Lord’s Church
Since women are not to exercise authority over men in the church, would it be wrong for women to attend congregational meetings in which the business of the church was discussed? It is true that God inspired the apostle to write that Christian women are not to teach or exercise authority over men (1 Tim.… Read More Bible Q&A: Since Women Are Not To Exercise Authority Over Men In The Church, Would It Be Wrong For Women To Attend Congregational Meetings?
If the fossils found are billions of years old, and the earth is only millions, where did this come from? The fossils found are not actually billions of years old, and the earth is not actually millions of years old. The earth is actually only about 6,000 years old. Historically, Jesus was crucified about 2,000… Read More Bible Q&A: A Question About Fossils and the Age of the Earth
Zechariah foretold of the peaceful nature of the reign of Christ when he wrote of how God would “cut off the chariot from Ephraim and the war horse from Jerusalem; and the battle bow shall be cut off” (9:10a). God wanted the prophet to let the Jews know that their Messiah would “speak peace to the nations” (9:10b). Christians, do we understand what this means?… Read More Zechariah: The Peaceful, Universal Reign of the Messiah