Recent Comments The 100 Latest Comments Valentine Savage on Is Jesus the “Prince” of Ezekiel 40-48?Hi Gordon - Isaiah is referring to Jesus isn't itTim McHyde on “Pray that your flight not be…on the Sabbath day”?Melissa, Hebrew Roots teaches "sabbath from creation" but if you look carefully, the first mention of Sabbath is not until Ex 16 and no saint before then is ever described as keeping Sabbath. In Genesis, it only says God set apart "the 7th day", not the sabbath day. It was not a sabbath yet back then for anyone, but yes God did set it apart for rest which the sabbath day command drew upon later. Remember, Sabbath was given for them to keep the holy land holy unike the previous inhabitants who had to be vomited out. It was not a moral command for all mankind outside the holy land. It will be a day of worship for all man according to Isaiah 66:23 but that's after Jesus comes back to restore all things.Melissa on “Pray that your flight not be…on the Sabbath day”?The sabbath was given way before Moses. It was a gift given to Adam and Eve during creation week. It is not a Mosaic law only thing. It is not just for jews but a day for all of mankind to rest and worship their creator.Kevin gibson on How Long is the Great Tribulation: 7 years or 3½?This is true. Jesus' ministry lasted for 69 weeks.s great.portion of the ,70 weeks in Daniel. Jesus' put an end to.animal sacrifice and in the middle of the week became the sacrifice the lamb of god ? Jesus' had to be in the tomb for,3 full days then God redirected him after the ,,3 full days were finishedTim McHyde on Would God Allow His Bride to Go Through the Great Tribulation (And Why)?David, Rev 16:15 is a parenthetical verse interjecting a present warning to the reader. Good Bible versions like NIV show this properly with indentation and/or quotation. The 144,000 are definitely the future, not the past. But also no first fruits have been harvested yet. They are in the grave and awaiting the resurrection. The 144,000 are being labeled as part of them. There's nothing inconsistent about that.Gordon on Is Jesus the “Prince” of Ezekiel 40-48?Comment on the Prince of ezekiel and our Lord Jesus. The scripture where Ezekiel is commissioned Ezekiel 3 to go speak to a people of a strange speech and of a hard language verse3-6 states . Not to many people of strange speech and a hard language whose thou canst not understand. The scripture that also says he is sent to a nation he does not know could this be the Prince? Also something to think about Elijah and Elisha two completely different people same spirit. The Lord Jesus and The Prince same spirit. Something else to think on . Our Lord Jesus is totally unique there is only one born without sin also only one who is virgin born. This whole exercise is to restore fellowship back to as it was in the garden. Now the Lord Jesus is the only object of worship every knee shall bow every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord. Son of David the Prince The Anointed One chosen and born to fulfill what is written will rule for 1000 years with a rod of iron. He also will worship the one God the Lord Jesus. The restarting of the sacrifice i see the millennium as the day of rest. Therefore it has been 6000 years or six days the seventh day is the millennium. Because prior to the offering of the sacrifice there was only the law then no one received the promise as it is written I AM the truth the light salvation only through the Lord Jesus. Therefore the millennium is a grace period for the chosen of Israel to accept the gospel. After the millennium the eighth day there will be another cleansing for those who reject ending with the white throne judgement.David Gosselin on Would God Allow His Bride to Go Through the Great Tribulation (And Why)?Hi Tim, your stuff is really good. I have 1 question, who is Jesus speaking to in Rev.16:15? If the church is removed after the "Great Tribulation" why would he tell the unsaved wrath recipients to keep their "robes"? The unsaved have no robes. 1 other thing, the 144K have come and gone, Rev.14 says they are the "first fruits" not the last. Acts 10 tells us when the 70th week ended.Paul Loya on Is Jesus the “Prince” of Ezekiel 40-48?Don't know who you are but God has giving you a spiritual insight that few have,Jean on Do We Need To “Forsake All” (Like Jesus Said)?I'm still as confused as when I asked my question about giving up all in order to be a disciple of Jesus. I am amazed that so many can come to different conclusions on the same subject. God bless all of us seekers of the truth.unibokk on How Long is the Great Tribulation: 7 years or 3½?Jesus says that the great tribulation will begin when the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, is seen standing in the holy place. 15When ye therefore shall see the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, stand in the holy place, (whoso readeth, let him understand:) 16Then let them which be in Judaea flee into the mountains: 17Let him which is on the housetop not come down to take any thing out of his house: 18Neither let him which is in the field return back to take his clothes. 19And woe unto them that are with child, and to them that give suck in those days! 20But pray ye that your flight be not in the winter, neither on the sabbath day: 21For then shall be great tribulation, such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be.Jimmy on Do We Need To “Forsake All” (Like Jesus Said)?Its interesting to hear of someone who was willing to get rid of everything they own because they felt it was required to follow Jesus. To walk naked and homeless thru life has to be the greatest challenge. On the other hand, I have to question the literality of the cimmand for such when other scripture Jesus says if you have two coats, give one to the brother in need. Of course if that meaning is taken literally thru and thru, Then one should only possess 1 of anything. One fork, one knife, one spoon. Or, I suppose Jesus full well was exactly who He said He was. A man funtioning in the world as a man, speaking to others in the language of the day using the language of the day with wisdom and knowledge to impart meaning and understanding.Denise Jewett on Already Past 6000 Years Since Adam?He said that the generation that witnesses Israel’s restoration will not “pass until my return.” I was trying to find where this Passage is in the Biblepete on How Long is the Great Tribulation: 7 years or 3½?It's nice to see this blog still going. We're so close to the final tribulation that I'll just point folks to the torahcalendar.com and mention the book of truth is now open (mostly daniel 11) - sealed until the end but promised to clarify all the numbers so HIS people can prepare for departure. Good blog, thanks for allowing my post.Kellie on Safest Place in the USA from WormwoodWhat about the people who didn’t live a life filled with the knowledge of a true God? Or have fallen away from believing in a God because of the traumatic experiences they went through life? I have so many questions and feel so lost. I am just now starting to research everything cause I didn’t know what to believe in or think. It feels as though my mind isn’t my own, if that makes sense?. Sorry for bugging you. And thank you for your time. ?Tim McHyde on How Long is the Great Tribulation: 7 years or 3½?According to the church fathers, the ministry was "about one year."Paul Slijker on How Long is the Great Tribulation: 7 years or 3½?Exactly! Show me one place in the book of Revelation where people repent. You won't find a single incident. On the contrary, every time a plague is poured out, rather than repent, people curse and blaspheme God!Paul Slijker on How Long is the Great Tribulation: 7 years or 3½?And explain how they know when a jubilee year is since there is absolutely no record of Israel ever keeping the jubilee!Paul Slijker on How Long is the Great Tribulation: 7 years or 3½?Part of the prophecy also includes the fact that Christ's ministry was 3.5 years and it was cut off mid week!sassiebrat on Do We Need To “Forsake All” (Like Jesus Said)?Read what Yeshua said AFTER he told the young man to sell everything. He said that with God all things are possible. So, the rich young man could be saved by God's grace even if he couldn't or wouldn't sell everything he owned. Or, God may have put it on this young man's heart and changed the man's mind so he could sell everything! It's all in God's hands!Lukasz Stanczuk on Is “Prophet” Tom Deckard a True or False Prophet?Identity crisis by Jim stayley.Darin on Already Past 6000 Years Since Adam?God created the earth with age...meaning the vegetation, the first animals, the rocks, etc. This is also why he created Adam and Eve as fully grown adults, and not infants. All of the man-made dating techniques that have been devised are fruitless attempts to try to outsmart an infinite, omniscient, and Almighty Creator. When "science" agrees / proves what is contained in God's Word, it's true...when it does not, it is false.Tim cox on How Long Was Jesus’ Ministry?If this post is still open, I would like to interject a question. If anyone reading these posts still believes in the possibility of a 3+ year ministry, then what JOB was Christ performing for that time? ........................As the Torah plainly states "6 days shall you labor". It does not say or imply that you MAY work as much as 6 days as long as you "take off" on the 7th. (although some translations take liberty with the imperative tense of the original Hebraic wording allowing for a "MAY work" tense) Answer: Christ's ministry began in the 49th year... A Sabbath year, the 49th year, a Sabbath year precisely. This was followed by the 50th year "Jubilee". Both years, according to Torah (Leviticus 25:8-15) no work was to be performed. Now, if you are with me, consider this; Christ's ascension was in a "JUBILEE YEAR". His return to Earth to begin THE "millennial" reign should likewise be in a "JUBILEE YEAR". Just refer to what Jubilee meant in the referenced passages. If that convinces us that "He" will return on Jubilee, which Jubilee year will it be? May I suggest the 40th Jubilee? If that reasoning is correct, then we are 7, 8, 9, or possibly 10 years from HIS return. Why the 4 possible years? Although our calendar says 2020, we know that our dates are off a bit. How? Because through other historical documents we have been able to understand that "Herod the Great" (not actually great) who sought to exterminate the "Messiah" who may have been born up to 2 years prior to his death proclamation, most likely died in 1BC. This means that our calendar is most likely at least 3 years behind or possibly 4 but maybe only 2. I will allow you to do the rest of the math and consider you own belief in the timing of the "rapture" of the church. But I will say "Look up and be watchful for our redemption is drawing nigh"Tonya on How Long is the Great Tribulation: 7 years or 3½?The bible states 3 1/2 years, Great Tribulations period. Dani on Daniel 9:27 Explained: Who Makes Which Covenant?Tim, Much has happened since this blog and many posts. We needed to wait for the book of truth to be opened to see how many of the verses in Daniel 11 lead to the abomination of desolation. We're there now. Most won't accept new information (wine) just like our LORD was not received by the establishment but HE tests us this way to see who is really waiting and watching as in only half of the ten virgins were diligent. Thanks for writing and allowing this post.Joseph on Is Jesus the “Prince” of Ezekiel 40-48?It is David.... Reminded because memory does not work that way when you are reincarnated. I definitely needed to be reminded. Lol Also Moses = DavidPaul A Wright on Is Jesus the “Prince” of Ezekiel 40-48?I am he,the Prodigal Son of God, God shall bear witness of that with me. Please explain your point on that.Izalle Clark on Is Jesus the “Prince” of Ezekiel 40-48?What if it's satan..I think it's Joseph Genesis remember the dream he hadRoy on Psalm 83: Not A Middle East War Prophecy?Best to keep our eyes open maybe new things will not be as we always thinkRita Hanson on Is Jesus the “Prince” of Ezekiel 40-48?This has been a fun thread. I found the answer on two other websites. God has always promised Israel a descent in the line of David will always rule. We know the Prince isn't Jesus because of the verses mentioned about him offering sacrifices for himself, and the verses about giving land to his sons. The Prince will be a real human descendent of the line of King David. From Jack Kelley's website. Gracethrufaith.com. see below. (I also found same answer on an "Ask a rabii site". They (rabiis) even have more supporting verses. Question: Ezekiel 48:21mentions the property belonging to the “prince”, who is the prince? Answer: The “prince” is first mentioned in Ezekiel 34:24 where it appears to refer to David, although David had been dead for 400 years when Ezekiel wrote this. Then in Ezekiel 37:24 God had Ezekiel say that David will be their king, but in Ezekiel 37:25 He said David will be their prince forever. Ezekiel 44:3 says only the prince can use the East Gate. Ezekiel 45:7 tells us the prince will be given land surrounding the property of the Holy City and the Temple. In Ezekiel 45:15-16 the people of Israel are commanded to give the prince portions of their wheat, barley and oil, and one sheep for every 200, which he will use for the mandatory offerings. Finally, we get clues that the prince of Ezekiel 48:21 is a human in his natural state. We know this because he will have to offer sacrifices for his own sins (Ezekiel 46:12) and will give gifts to his sons for their inheritance (Ezek. 46:16). Put it all together and it appears the verses that refer to David as their King speak of the Lord, and those that refer to David as their prince describe a succession of human descendants of David’s who will govern Israel in a subordinate role to the Lord. Remember, the Lord promised David that both his house and his throne would endure forever (2 Sam. 7:16). His house refers to his descendants, a succession of princes. His throne is the one upon which Jesus will reign over the house of Jacob forever (Luke 1:31-33).Bill on What A Bizarre Email Reveals On Christian JudgmentHi Tim, You have mentioned that you have had dreams that point to 2022 as a significant year. About 4 weeks ago I had a vivid dream that went like the following. I was in a room and Jesus bathed in a bright light came floating into the room. I felt his overpowering aura in the dream. He communicated something about 700 days and 1100 days. By calculation the 700th day would be March 24, 2022. Through some research I found that we are supposed to have a supernova about that time. The 1100 days would either be 1100 days from the day of the dream or 1100 from the 700 day mark. I was wondering if any of this makes any sense to you or seems to be similar to the dream you had?Tim McHyde on Michael Rood Comes for an Unexpected VisitHoward, we all have good and bad and Rood still has things he is learning and sharing that are worthwhile.Howard Robinson on Michael Rood Comes for an Unexpected VisitTim -- Are you still a support of Michael Rood? I find the Jonah code and feast teaching a must for all Christians, but just learning about some of the past issues on the last few weeks. Always been a big support of your works -- thanks, HowardS-wordlike on Is Jesus the “Prince” of Ezekiel 40-48?The book titled "ENIGMATIC SUNRISE" on google will take you to amazon. The book speaks in detail concerning this prince and reveals much about him. Even as that man-child, the son of man, and the hidden one, hid in the shadow of his hand and in his quiver. (Isa.49:2KJV) And he hath made my mouth like a sharp sword; in the shadow of his hand hath (he hid me,) and made me a polished shaft (an arrow;) in his quiver hath (he hid me.) He is the (rider/hidden arrow) on the white steed, with a bow with no arrow (the rider is the hidden arrow coming out of His quiver.) (Rev.6:2KJV) And behold a white horse: and he that sat upon him had a bow; and crown was given unto him: and he went forth conquering and to conquer. In the book he (the prince) is also revealed as the conquer/overcomer; and also many other flattering names and titles are given him, for he is surnamed (meaning in the Hebrew vernacular given many flattering names and titles.) (Isa.45:4KJV) I have surnamed thee, though thou hast not known me. He is called Israel in (Isa.49:3KJV.) Which is a hidden way of revealing the prince, for the man Israel is named prince (in scripture) and an individual is being called the servant in this verse/passage. (Isa.49:3KJV) And he said unto me, thou art my servant O Israel (prince,) in whom I will be glorified. You can "look inside" the book ("ENIGMATIC SUNRISE") and read almost all of its contents without purchasing it. It never sold well but the concepts might have been difficult for the majority to understand. This sight was a blessing when I first discovered it last month. It lined-up almost to the tee with what the book sought to reveal, but in further detail as the book is discussing more on the subject matter. Many of your comments were very articulate and well thought-out. I was very encouraged to read the thought of those of you who are not so mindset in the concepts others are teaching. Those who have a tendency to follow and regurgitate the words/thinking of others just because it's established as a set truth is not always the scriptural hypothesis . Than if this tendency be so, it isn't correct at all if it doesn't line-up with the Word. For the Word never contradicts itself. The book was published in 2006.Tim McHyde on New Jerusalem – No Gentile Gate? + Rom 11 Olive Tree – Israel?Sheeka, I'll believe Scripture like Revelation 21:14 over oral tradition or your opinion.Sheeka on New Jerusalem – No Gentile Gate? + Rom 11 Olive Tree – Israel?There were NOT twelve apostles there were only 5 according to Oral tradition and backed by the fact there are only 4 gospels. Israel are the oracles of God according to Paul. Meaning their culture and laws are TMH's not jewishness especially second temple Judaism. Israel serves as a pilot group for TMH and married Him Ex. 24. Has God forgotten his people...God FORBID. Both the Torah and Christ are referred to in the Tanakh and Brit Hadasha as The WAY, The TRUTH, the light. The law is NOT a salvation issue. Salvation is given by Faith (Hebrews 11) Faith without works is DEAD (James 2) we learn from the 10 commandments how to deal with God and our brothers and sisters. The subsequent laws expound on how to keep them. Acts 5:32 says the spirit is given to those who OBEY. Obedience is the fruit and maturation of the believer. Obedience is better than sacrifice. TMH tells Israel that he doesn't want their sacrifices if they dont follow his will. In Deut and Jeremiah the circumcision of the heart is a command to Obedience.Rogate Mshana on Already Past 6000 Years Since Adam?Friends, Science indicate that humans have existed for only the last 2.5 million years. We also know the age of the Earth. How is 6000 years after Adam ( The first human being) compare with reality? Why is Israel at the centre of everything when the history of the Eastern societies were there? God created the whole world , not only Israel.David on How Long Was Jesus’ Ministry?Not sure how I got my reply wrong. Link was just above http://tinyurl.com/moebplnTim McHyde on How Long Was Jesus’ Ministry?David, Can you be specific? I don't see a broken link in the post above.David on How Long Was Jesus’ Ministry?Link doesn't work.James on Mark of the Beast: Literal or Sunday Worship?Excellent point Tim. Enjoy your thoughts, education, understanding and enlightening others.Tim McHyde on Already Past 6000 Years Since Adam?PJ, go to http://answersingensis.org for great answers on dating the age of the earth.PJ on Already Past 6000 Years Since Adam?There are time dated human paintings on cave walls 35,000 years ago. How do you explain this with a 6-10,000 year ago human start per the Bible?Proctor on When Elijah Comes, What Will He Be Wearing?First of all, your statement that the two witness do not literally have fire coming from their mouth is a total assumption, and one that is observably baseless. When you look at the story of Elijah, fire literally devours the men with their captains, twice. Same with many other stories. There is no basis for the over spiritualization that you and many others remain proponents for. I sincerely believe that this ignorant view of things will cast itself as an unnecessary stumbling block for new believers that will unfortunately lead some astray or will push them away from the truth due to its confusing and uncorroborating storyline. Tim is right. Approaching the book of revelations as some mystical and arcane text that few can understand and is majorly allegorical is counterproductive and unsolicited. Please, reconsider your ways.Proctor on When Elijah Comes, What Will He Be Wearing?There is no reason to believe in this obscure, secretive understanding of Revelations and specifically the two witnesses. If you notice in Rev. 11:4, they are directly linked with Zechariah chapter 4, and this is directly identified as two people, spiritually speaking, Joshua and Zerubbabel. This is garnered from the context of Zechariah. Assuming that they represent two separate groups is not only an assumption, but one that doesn't make sense. In the OT, the cherubims in the temple were made out of Olive tree. It is more likely that the two witnesses are actually angels sent to earth, which fits perfectly with Revelations, Ezekiel and Zechariah. Much more than this supposition that they are some large ambiguous group of people. The only beings that are written to stand by/before the Lord are angels. Also, your reasoning for arguing that the two bodies are really one, and thus two groups, is fallacious. If it is singular in regards to individuals, it is also singular in regards to groups and thus cannot work likewise. Finally, there doesn't seem to be any evidence for your claim that the original word implies a singular understanding. Any sources for this claim?Tim McHyde on When Elijah Comes, What Will He Be Wearing?Lila, yes there are a few figurative passages like you cited in Revelation but don't let that trick you: the book is just as literal as any other book and missing this and approaching it allegorically is the biggest reason the book has been sealed until the 21st century.Prairie on How Long Was Jesus’ Ministry?Monte Judah believes the book of Hebrews should be torn from your bible.Lila Shamar on When Elijah Comes, What Will He Be Wearing?Revelation is apocalyptic not literal. However these will be real people who are witnessing and that is why Revelation says the number of beheaded witnesses from the Great Tribulation is more than you can count, a number beyond belief. See Revelation 7:9-17 and Revelation 20:4. What I mean by apocalyptic not literal: for instance Revelation 11:5 says fire proceeds from the mouth of the witnesses. Fire does not literally come out of their mouths. All glory must go to God, not man. So, like Elijah, they will call in So Shaddai with the words of their mouths and with Holy Scripture and God Himself will send fire from heaven and consume them. In the same way their earnings and preaching will be in alignment with many of the judgments and plagues of Revelation. That is why the world hates the end time prophets during their ministry. Revelation is also not in chronological order. It is a puzzle. Additionally, the 7 bowls are contained within the seventh trumpet, and the 7 trumpets are contained within the seventh seal. There is an unfolding of time and space. Prophecy is not meant to give us too many clues about the future, otherwise Satan would be able to plan accordingly. Rather prophecy alerts us when matters have just been fulfilled or are reaching fulfillment, at the very doors. For instance at this very moment We may see the king of the South battle the king of the north, but no one knows until it is fulfilled. We should all be in sackcloth for the state of our world and church. Tim McHyde on When Elijah Comes, What Will He Be Wearing?Lila, that is what we would call an figurative or allegorical interpretation of the Two Witnesses and the end time Elijah. But the texts make fine sense literally without allegorizing them.Lila Sharmar on When Elijah Comes, What Will He Be Wearing?The two witnesses are the entire witnessing church and the remnant of the jews who turn to Yeshua. That is why in the original text Greek it says twice their dead body (singular) lies in the streets. Singular, not plural! The translators are lying to you. It is because we are one body in Christ. All over world the Body of Christ of end time saints will witness with amazing powers until they are finally overcome by the "beast" (probably Islam) and beheaded. These are the great masses of people in Revelation who were beheaded for their witness and who serve before the throne of God night and day. For 3 1/2 days their body lies in the streets while the world celebrates. Then they are all captured to heaven and rule with Christ 1000 years. These are the two olive trees which signify Israel and the two lampstands which signify churches. Ephraim and Judah united, the two sticks. This generation is not ready for worthy of the work that will be entrusted to the end time saints. The Spirit of Elijah is in each believer.Mathai Cheriyan Mannucheril on The Ironic Christian Fear of Cults (When They’re Already In One)I greatly support what you say. I believe the standard for what constitutes a “cult” is if a group is teaching something contrary from the out of the Bible, not contrary to “theology,” (whatever that might be out from the NT that all cults and corruptions). We might follow what Christ said! All most all Christian Churches are in the USA, they kick out the Doctrine of God what is into the New Testament. The New Testament said if you do not abide, by the doctrine of God, that you have not the "God" so you are omitting the almighty God's doctrine. Look almost all US, Christian Churches Ladies are into the Church service: they were not covering to their head. Same time many churches man coming with the hat on their head. Why Preachers and Pastors do not order and not giving Bible classes? The NT said the man should not cover their head? Like the way, "NT" strictly said do not use any ornaments. And does not man and women "sit together" to worship, and not pray. So what is going today? That the Holy Ghost, being said, to address your specific examples with very clear in epistles! The Mormons and Jehovah witness are teaching that Jesus is an angel, and into the Lord supper they are giving water, into the place of wine!. Actually, Jesus, the word is wrong, his name is "Yeshua", and change the word the Holy Ghost as the Holy Spirit not the Son of God. the word Jesus is come out of Nimrod and he is not the meaning the salvation of God. Actually Jesus meaning he is an earthly pig! When you are going church you say thank you, Jesus, and omitting to say thanks to you the Father in heaven This is in direct conflict with one of the central teachings of the Bible, which is why I believe that the Mormons earn the title of “cult”. The Jehovah’s Witnesses also teach that Jesus is not the Son of God. By all means, we should examine all manner of Bible teachings, and when some are found to be in direct conflict with the Bible, we should call that what it is. Today you are worshipping to Jesus and praying to Jesus. Christ said do not have it: he sais pray and worship Father into the Heaven in my name! Today you and your church teaching our God is three in one, and one in the tree? and also Jesus is everything father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. What is it, from where is the New Testament? NT said christ is the son of David while you said Jesus is the almighty God. God said to call and belive the son of David as the son of God while what is going into the churches that all are the cult. From where you brought it into the Christian community?randy on Is Jesus the “Prince” of Ezekiel 40-48?Wow, what an amazing discussion. It is really on point. So many scholars are confused on these points.Tim McHyde on Sabbath Day/Year Commandments – Six Days/Years of Work/Sowing Required?Fred, Lev 25:22 is an answer to a question about what to eat in the "the sabbath year" (Lev 25:20) not about Jubilee year timeframes obviously since there is no planting in the 50th/8th year in that case unlike the Sabbath year case where you can plant in year 8 after year 7. As for what they do in the Jubilee year, the same answer about a huge(r) bumper crop blessing is the implied answer.Fred Brown on Sabbath Day/Year Commandments – Six Days/Years of Work/Sowing Required?Leviticus 25 v21 states there will be a harvest with triple yield in year 6. Year 7 is a fallow year. v22 commands sowing in year 8 v22 mentions eating from storage (of the 6th year) But.... The Jubilee follows the Sabbath year. That makes the Jubilee the 8th year. The year v22 states is a year of sowing and v11 forbids sowing. BTW I'm not stating there somehow is 9 day extended cycle. I'm just following the wording of the Bible. Likely it's worded that way for ease of explanation, and as a reference to those 3 years. For me the seemingly conflicting verses 11 and 22 are a bigger question than 49 or 50 year Jubilee cycles. What's your view on v11 and v22?Janis on Is “Prophet” Tom Deckard a True or False Prophet?People should be more careful in their research and judgments. Everyone of us will have to give account of everything we did, including how we handled what God brought along. The accusations I’ve read here are taken out of context and half truths. I can understand how people turn this bitter against this prophet. Because this ministry requires much more effort of people that wanna stay around. Mostly in sacrificing our fleshly desires. For instance, we fast at least 2 days a week. For some even that is too much on a long run.. And if you don’t do all you won’t get all the results that you expected, that’s the way God set this up. Eventually they end up frustrated, and if they’re not willing to look at themselves in the spiritual mirror they won’t admit that they didn’t do all they knew to do. Instead they slander the ministry, because of course it’s their fault, not my own.Stephen on How Long Was Jesus’ Ministry?I dont think it affects Gods word at all. Questioning the accuracy of Gods word undo doubting it only shows our arrogance to think we can judge the accuracy of Gods Word/Work. It also reveals that anyone who thinks that way doesnt actually and literally know Him. Obey Jesus' words and you will know the Truth, be set free, and know God....and you wont question the accuracy of scripture.pradeep ivon on Do We Need To “Forsake All” (Like Jesus Said)?Many who have forsaken all are on the right path i trust according to what Jesus has very clearly told- there are no two ways or ambiguity in our Lord? speech as He is the God of order. Choice is ours yes it is difficult to forsake the world and its trappings of emotional & material attachments as the Lord had said after the rich young man left sad as he could not forsake his riches. Perhaps it could be possible to be an average do gooder christian while living with your job, family and all possessions but that cannot be called being a disciple; its tough and more so since the churches of the world do not preach their congregations this clear truth of christianity- after all who would then provide for the upkeep of this organization.Steve Trent on Why Animal Sacrifices? (Not For What Christians Think)One cannot explain the Blessed and Holy Writings/Teachings of the Hebrew Bible with the dreamed/conjured up and worthless writings of Paul, Luke, John or any of the other fictional characters that supposedly wrote the more than worthless New Testimonies. Those mythical writings of the wealthy, heathen and pagan Gentile Roman Piso Family were written after the Roman Emperor Constantine and his motley maurading army murdered the Israelites living in Jerasulem in 67 AD. Those same Romans looted and burned Yahweh's Holy Temple in 70 AD. Constantine, at the Council of Nicaea in 325 AD, hired 318 Bishops, Exorcists and Seers to write a new bible for those detestable conquering Romans. Constantine called this new mystery bible the "New Testimonies" and this new "faith and grace only" mystery bible is now known as the "New Testament". The true God of this world was and is the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob and His name is Yahweh. There are no other God besides Yahweh. Yahweh was the same yesterday, today and forever. Yahweh does not change and His Laws/Torah does not change. Anyone that says that Yahweh's Laws/Torah has changed is a liar and the truth is not in him/her. Ezekiel 34, 37; Jeremiah 30 and Hosea 3 plainly and clearly teaches that it is David that will be the King/Messiah/Shepherd/Prince of the coming New Covenant/Paradise/Heaven. Jesus is not mentioned or referred to in the entire Hebrew Bible and with this knowledge Jesus falls flat on his face with absolutely no hope of recovery. I recommend that everyone read: "The Forged Origins of the New Testament". Those that do any research will find that the New Testimonies/New Testament was not written until 331 AD. The New Testament is simply a book of tall tales and fiction that is not worth the paper that it was written on or the ink that it was written with!Tim McHyde on Do We Need To “Forsake All” (Like Jesus Said)?FLC, on the contrary, Jesus' recorded words address public and private audiences. Here's an instance where he reminded his disciples they must forsake all (Mt 16:24). Why? It's no easy thing to maintain a life traveling on the road away from home in training. So my point may be better than you first judged it. Nobody today is a disciple of Jesus who must forsake all like the real disciples back then had to. Today just trying to enter the kingdom is hard enough as it requires becoming a God and love-centered person (Mt 7:14) so that very "few" or way less than 1% make it.Tim McHyde on America Falls Before or After Wormwood?Christina, when you know and obey (1Pt 4:17) the Good New of the Kingdom, God guides all to go well (Rom 8:28), even when it does not look like it.Christina on America Falls Before or After Wormwood?Thank you Tim! I had forgotten about that and your interpretation makes perfect sense! Now, the eagle’s nest reaching to the stars..I’ll have to pray on that one. Thanks again and God bless you and your family. I hope all is going well. ????Tim McHyde on America Falls Before or After Wormwood?Christina, Obadiah mentions an eagle and reaching to the stars, but all I have seen is that Edom is part of modern day Jordan. That prophecy is quoted in my book because at face value it tells us Jordan will be wiped out by Israel (Obadiah 17-18)Christina on America Falls Before or After Wormwood?Hi Tim, I hope it’s okay to ask here: Who ( what country) is Obadiah speaking to? Is this America as well? If yes, it says that not one will be left. 🙁 There’s a certain group that says it is. Thanks in advance!FLC on Do We Need To “Forsake All” (Like Jesus Said)?What are the false teachings of Vincent?FLC on Do We Need To “Forsake All” (Like Jesus Said)?"But don’t forget that the audience of some of his words was not the general public but disciples who left everything and followed him around the countryside." As pointed out by Jude, Jesus spoke to the multitude - not people who were already disciples. Why would Jesus repeat the need to forsake all to people who had already forsaken all? He would, literally, have been preaching to the converted. I don't think your point was lost, it was that your point wasn't a good one.David on The Ironic Christian Fear of Cults (When They’re Already In One)I absolutely agree with what you say. I believe the standard for what constitutes a “cult” is if a group is teaching something contrary to the Bible, not contrary to “theology” (whatever that might be). That being said, to address your specific examples, the Mormons teach that Jesus is an angel, not the Son of God. This is in direct conflict with one of the central teachings of the Bible, which is why I believe that the Mormons earn the title of “cult”. The Jehovah’s Witnesses also teach that Jesus is not the Son of God. By all means we should examine all manner of Bible teachings, and when some are found to be in direct conflict with the Bible, we should call that what it is.Tonya Lewis on Do We Need To “Forsake All” (Like Jesus Said)?Where may I ask do you live. And can you share with me your process?Tonya Lewis on Do We Need To “Forsake All” (Like Jesus Said)?Hello, This conversation is just what I needed to see what side I fall on. It doesn't really matter the circumstances I find myself in currently. The question for me is the matter of whether I would forsake all if called to do so, which by the way, I'm starting to believe is the case for all who desire to be disciples of Jesus. As with Abraham obeying God by carrying out the sacrificing of his son Issac, I won't know whether I trust Jesus until I actual follow through. God knows already, but I do not. Thank you searchers of truth for fearless commentary. Please pray that I hear clearly the teachings of Jesus that he spoke through the gospels, that I may be obedient! I pray likewise for you! God bless!Tim McHyde on Confused by Hebrew Roots/Torah Keeping?Teresa, yes, I agree the problem is one of "audience:" who were Moses' commands given to, who was his audience? Who do they apply to beyond that? The answer in all cases is only ancient Israel in the land of Canaan until they were exiled. Nobody needs treat a history book of commands given to a long dead people as a law book for them today in the West. To do so leads you into quite a ditch.David j on How Long is the Great Tribulation: 7 years or 3½?I believe Tim is spot on. I was brought up in a Baptist church and for years taught that the rapture occurs before anything then the seven year period. Thank God I met a true friend while I was in Iraq who told me to read the Bible for myself and I did. I don’t know why it is so hard to understand but the rapture is not biblical and yes we will be here for the tribulation. If YHWH is a fair and just God then it’s not even a correct assumption that he would take the church first then Israel especially since in Romans when you read he cut the unfruitful branches off the olive tree and grafted in the wild branches,that’s tells me we are either saved or unsaved hence Gods elect. So this means Jeshua is coming back one more time to get all his faithful at one time not a two part deal and yes Daniel does confirm what Tim is saying. People, quit trying to say its how you interpret the Bible and read what it actually saysTeresa on Confused by Hebrew Roots/Torah Keeping?Hi Tim..this is a year later ..not sure if you will see this. but maybe someone will....but just wondering the net and found your page and was reading this thread..and what you said about " all the commands in the Bible suddenly apply to you, to whom they were never commanded. " That is the key to the problem right there..you think its was given to some old people that no longer are alive today..but they are...and they are called ISRAEL..GODS chosen people...Go read all of Heb 8. it was the placment at fault not the covenant.but the truth is right here in verse 10 Heb 8:10 For this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, saith the Lord; I will put my laws into their mind, and write them in their hearts: and I will be to them a God, and they shall be to me a people: hope this helps..Tim on Paul — The False Apostle?There are several comments on how Luke has different descriptions than what Matthew, Mark, John, etc described. I find it interesting that people refer to Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John as the four gospels. Luke came along later as a historian. He never knew Yahusha. Luke is not and never will be one of the gospels any more than the writings of Josephus is one of the gospels.Crystal Marina on Do We Need To “Forsake All” (Like Jesus Said)?John, I just read your comment on Vincent. My name is Crystal. I am in the documentary, God Knows Who They Are. I left that ministry almost exactly a year ago. Vincent is not who he portrays himself to be. Vincent has a way of manipulating and brainwashing his followers. He only has a few but it's a cult nonetheless. He believes that we attain salvation by works and not by Christ alone. Any religion that believes in a work based gospel is a false one. I was apart of this group for 4 years. I don't have the space here to tell you about all the abuse and manipulation that Vincent bestows on those that come in contact with him. I have done everything biblically to bring his errors into the light and he wants no correction or accountability. I brought this to him one on one and within the group and so now I have been healing from the false teachings of this man for a year and I am forever grateful that God has graciously saved me from deception. I just warn you to be on high alert when watching videos of Vinny. He is indeed a false teacher. Good works are a result of our conversion they will not save us from the pit of hell. Only the blood of Christ can do that.MI on Is “Prophet” Tom Deckard a True or False Prophet?Becky Thank you for leaving the comment that Tom died. I didn't know!!?? I find it a little odd that there is no mention of that on the Cradle of Hope website. I had no idea he passed away. I bought a few DVD's from that ministry - especially one on fasting that he did. It was very informative and I really appreciated the fact he made that DVD since I had found .... exactly zero videos on the topic up to that point. There are no other ministers teaching on it. Also was interesting to hear the comments / experiences people have had with that ministry. I wanted to go to one of the meetings and it never worked out. Now, I'm glad I didn't go. Thanks to all of you for this additional info on Tom and thanks (of course) to Tim for the meeting place on line to talk about it. 🙂Laura D on Paul — The False Apostle?It appears to me that Paul was born again: but that he also was heretical in a number of teachings. Paul, in particular, was in gross error in his diatribes against women. That could be expanded upon in greater detail. But, suffice it to say that Paul was in gross error in establishing a Roman nun convent "of widows". 1 Timothy 5:9 Let not a widow be taken into the number [the number of a set apart religious group: a RELIGIOUS ORDER] under threescore years old, having been the wife of one man, 10 well reported of for good works; if she have brought up children, if she have lodged strangers, if she have washed the saints’ feet, if she have relieved the afflicted, if she have diligently followed every good work. 11 But the younger widows refuse: for when they have begun to wax wanton against Christ [Paul required this group to take a VOW OF CELIBACY - that's a NUNNERY; HERETICAL TEACHING that marriage equals "waxing wanton against Christ"], they will marry; 12 having damnation, because they have cast off their first faith [HERETICAL TEACHING that leaving a Roman nunnery where women have vowed celibacy to join a religious order - produces DAMNATION. This is TYPICAL Roman HERESY of the attack of women ensnared in a Roman convent leaving the convent is "waxing wanton" meaning whores against Christ. All of Paul's heretical teaching about women believers descends into the pits of hell in his horrific assault of women leaving a Roman convent to marry being damned. Contrariwise meaning that Paul had a double standard of salvation seen throughout his false heretical teaching about women believers: denying that women are saved by grace - instead teaching a works salvation for women in a heretical double standard. Apparently, men so love his hatefilled abuse of Christian women in telling women to be silent as the law says (bringing Christian women under the law)... that they simply "overlook" his debased heretical formation of a Roman convent nunnery. Paul is heretical in his teaching about women: a Pharisee of the Pharisee who maintained his Pharisaical blindness in his constant heretical abuse of Christian women.) And I, for one, am appalled that Christian men follow his heretical teaching to perpetuate the abuse of Christian women in the body of Christ.) But, I do believe he was saved. And the Holy Spirit kept the record of his letters to show us the infiltration of Roman heresies every time these sinful men made up new commandments in direct disobedience to the Great Commission. Thankfully, John the Beloved refuted Paul on every count in his letters. The Holy Spirit left us a historicity. And never declared Paul in papal infallibility: as Paul established himself as a veritable pope in heresy. Shame on Christian men for following Paul in his abuse of women in the body of Christ.Becky on Is “Prophet” Tom Deckard a True or False Prophet?Hello, My name is Becky. My mother and sister are wrapped up in this prophet. Apparently, this Tom Deckard guy died, but my mom and sister are still following another man named Mark, who still are under this "cult" as I call it. My mother lives in Illinois too. and they go to these quarterly meetings, etc. I'm so worried about my mother and sister. They feel they will be going to an island soon to be "safe". My mother has become a hoarder of foods also. I'm sick to my stomach over all this. all i can think about was Jim Jones and how he killed all those people who followed him years ago. Is he another Jim Jones? All I know to do is to pray they come to the truth of God, not him! And I pray their eyes be opened! Can someone send me more info on this cult, so maybe I can convince my mother and sister to leave?Gary m on How Long is the Great Tribulation: 7 years or 3½?The seven yrs comes from Danile 9 versus 24 to 26 when the Angel Gabriel speaks to Daniel.Obiajulu Echedom on Why God Likes You More Than You ThinkOh! Such a lovely description of our relationship with our heavenly father. Thanks a lot.Tim McHyde on When Elijah Comes, What Will He Be Wearing?Joel, as the one who fielded and reported the question, it was quite educational for me. I think the person who asked was trying to get an edge on how to recognize Elijah and probably were educated more than they thought, as well!Joel on When Elijah Comes, What Will He Be Wearing?Interesting question, but like most questions of similar nature, it's distracting rather than educational. Of more importance would be to be 100% sure of why he is coming, what is his purpose, and so on; as quite clearly spelled out in other posts.Joel on When Elijah Comes, What Will He Be Wearing?That didn't work out as planned, or has there been an adjustment in the prophecy that I wasn't notified about?Tim McHyde on How Long is the Great Tribulation: 7 years or 3½?MM, this common interpretation does not fit the context. Go forward a few chapters to Daniel 11 and you find that a man of flattery, a type of the Antichrist (Antiochus) does a precursor abomination of desolation (Dan 11:31-32). This leaves no doubt Dan 9 is talking about another wicked man, the Antichrist to do it in the end time.Sandra Turner Peters on “Pray that your flight not be…on the Sabbath day”?“”You will see me when I come”MM on How Long is the Great Tribulation: 7 years or 3½?I think the reason people believe it is 7 years is due to Daniel 9:27. They are confusing the "he" with antichrist. This passage says NOTHING about antichrist. The "he" is Yeshua who "strengthens" the covenant. There is nothing in there about a 7 year peace treaty with Israel. Dan 9:27 And he (Yeshua) shall confirm/strengthen the covenant (the new covenant that is now written upon our hearts instead of stone) with many (Mat 26:28 For this is my blood of the new testament, which is shed for MANY for the remission of sins.) for ("for" should not have been used, he strengthens the covenant 1 week, NOT FOR 1 week, which stretches until the end of the 70th in our time.) one week: and in the midst of the (70th) week he shall cause the sacrifice and the oblation to cease, (He did, for those who accepted the new covenant he was the final sacrifice) and for (or because of) the overspreading of abominations (continued sacrifices were an abomination to God after Yeshua's final sacrifice) he (Yeshua) shall make (it) (it was added by translators) desolate (Matt 23:38 and Luke 13:35, the temple was left desolate), even until the consummation (end), and that determined (decreed) shall be poured (7 vials) upon the desolate (or those who never accepted his sacrifice).ELIAKIM on When Elijah Comes, What Will He Be Wearing?And the furry garment represents righteousness in Judaism. She wears a fur coat has HaShem ordained it.Raymond S on How Long is the Great Tribulation: 7 years or 3½?Alan Peters.......please give a date for when the two witnesses were already in Jerusalem breathing fire and turning water into blood. I don’t recall that happening. Also please give a date for when the 7 year treaty was signed ( I haven’t seen that occurrence either) since the tribulation CANNOT begin until the treaty is signed.Tim McHyde on Can We Take “The LORD’s Name In Vain” Today?Rob, your reasoning sounds good only as long as you misunderstand God has one personal name (which the commandment refers to) and miss the context that oaths important to daily life were to be sworn only in that name. In context, God's saying don't make an oath by the word Yehovah and not fulfill it. If this sounds like a technicality, you're right and consider the very next commandment with another one: rest on one specific day of the week that was also only revealed to Israel, not Christians. The other is another technicality about no graven image/idol worship, something else revealed to Christians and therefore not required on them. The first four commandments are like that which is why when asked about entering the kingdom requirements, Jesus left out all those and included only the last six (Mt 19:17-19), the only non-technical/ritualistic and universal ethical commands of the ten.Rob Osborne on Can We Take “The LORD’s Name In Vain” Today?I’m sorry, but God has many names. To use any calling out to God in vain/without reverence is wrong. Basic grammar question for everyone: when do you capitalize mom/dad, outside of at the start of a sentence? When you ADDRESS them in speech. Ex: “When are we eating, Dad?” Why capitalize? Because it’s his name (proper noun) in that context. I’m a dad—but that’s not my name...my name is Rob—but my kids don’t call me that; they call me Dad. ...and if my kids said, “Dad!” after some situation—and weren’t meaning to actually call on me—I’d be asking why they were doing it. Frankly, it would be a bit annoying if I am not involved in the situation they are referring to, all the MORE so if they seem to be upset about something, and thought uttering my name was a good idea. You see, Tim, you’re missing the spirit of the 3rd commandment. God does NOT play “technicality chess” up in heaven with our souls. Whatever name we are using for our God, we are NOT to reference Him in vain, but to speak of Him reverently. It’s as simple as that. It really IS. At the very least, ask yourself this: by uttering today’s Christian cultural names for God in vain, are we helping to further the Great Commission or dismiss it?S. Yoder on Brexit: Does This Help Or Hurt Prophecy, Rise of Antichrist?Brexit is not final yet until after the rapture. It is one of the three nations of the ten to leave the revived Roman Empire that will fulfill bible prophecy. The 10 will be 7.Gordon on Is Jesus the “Prince” of Ezekiel 40-48?Comment on the prince in the book of Ezekiel. The prince in Ezekiel will be as David was chosen by god born like Moses was to fulfill the scripture as it is written. When John fell down to worship the angel in Revelations the angel said don’t worship me worship god i have the testimony of Jesus Christ. The angel basically said to John i am a sinner saved by grace just like you John. The second time John falls down to worship the angel is for the Jews . The angel says don’t worship me i am of the servants the prophets. Now Moses said when he spoke of the Messiah Behold the Lord our god shall raise up a prophet likened unto me hear ye him. Moses was not virgin born nor born without sin. Now an interesting thought when David was 14 years old of the age to deal with god as a man his Bar Mitsva he was anointed by Samuel and told he would be the King of Israel. David didn’t strut around saying i am the King of Israel but waited for god to bring it to pass. He was anointed a second and third time my point is for the entire time he knew who he was. The prince the anointed one the Messiah the one chosen like David like Moses is a man on earth who knows who he is. One more thought Isaiah 53 says when we shall see him there is no beauty we should desire him. GordonDavid M Williams on Do We Need To “Forsake All” (Like Jesus Said)?I'm late tithe party, but to anyone reading this, when Peter, James and John were on the Mount of Transfiguration, the Father appeared in a cloud and said "This is my Beloved Son, hear Him." Paul's words nor any other Scripture writer will ever reign supreme over the Son of God. Hear His words.Smokinace07 on Already Past 6000 Years Since Adam?As much as I would like to know what year, month and day it really is or how old the earth really is, it’s not possible to calculate. You have to come the realization that Adam and Eve didn’t eat of the tree of knowledge of good and evil literally the next day. They were told to be fruitful and multiply. How long after generations of children did they succumb to the calling of the tree and Lucifer’s lies? Unknown. This is why no man will know the day or hour of God’s return. One more point, in the Book of Enoch we’re explained that we are on a 364 day cycle and if it were ever changed it would throw of all the days including the sabbath and holy days. Lucifer has messed up everything because that’s what he does. This is just my opinion tho not to discredit anyone.Tim McHyde on Already Past 6000 Years Since Adam?John, if you think trying to figure out end time prophecy is a waste of time, you might complain to the One who felt it worth giving and preserving down to our time. Would you really like to throw out one quarter of the Bible as not worthy of study and discussion? Do you not know that there is no such thing as a waste of time when every endeavor, even failures, develop our minds and experience? It's OK if you don't want to study these things, but perhaps you can appreciate others who do want to study 100% of God's word, not just 75%?John on Already Past 6000 Years Since Adam?Can any one actually tell me what day it is or what the date is? According to all the Wow factors of time counting, star tracking, and calculating when the end comes, when does the end come? When Jesus returns or the one one thing that everyone might be missing; the deceiving spirit that is called by many names in many books is released for a second or in a sense a third go at the world before the eight day of creation appears. So what day are we all think is the end? The day of rest when the deceiving spirit of many names and all the others are locked up; giving our souls a rest from their interfering? Because that is not the end. Wait almost forgot how about the short time before Jesus' return that the deceiving spirit rules. I am confused by all the wasted time in calculating end times. There is a reason for statements made in regard to such things one is so old it goes back to the book of Enoch. man will mess up time; (So just noticing in my studies that man has skip time twice so for once when going to Julian calendar and again going to the Gregorian calendar and we wont add in the additional days from all the leap years) then Jesus as previously stated, Not even He knows. There is the statement that states to keep the Jubilees? why? Well don't ask me, I just have noticed everything happens on Jubilee years. Noah was on the ark during the jubilee year, the crossing of the Jordan happened the year of 2500. What day are we in again? And if I follow the Word of God in saying love Him with all your heart, soul and mind and teach the Word during all times bedtime, eating, and walking; even tie notes on yourself to remind oneself of the Word and commandments, statutes, and judgments does it matter when Jesus comes or when the eight day arrives? When that day comes If I do all these things; I will stand in front of the congregation and God the Father on the eight day of creation with the High Priest Jesus Christ while he claims me clean or unclean. I hope God has mercy on my spirit. Please stop wasting time calculating time or stars or the end, it will come and those who learn and teach the Word to their sons/daughters manservant/maidservants will have God's mercy. All has been written. As Jesus always said, "Is it not written?" Amen (Let it be So)Uthu on Is Jesus the “Prince” of Ezekiel 40-48?So who is the prince? Is it David? Or could it be after the wedding of Christ there cometh forth a prince? Jesus Son from the wedding with the bride? I am confused. 🙁Uthu on Is Jesus the “Prince” of Ezekiel 40-48?I like the this post so much.Obiajulu Echedom on The Ironic Christian Fear of Cults (When They’re Already In One)Glad to read another beautiful article by you. I think that the root of the 'fear of deception' by 'main stream ' Christian groups and their consequent labeling of others as 'heretic' stems from the fear of Perpetual incarceration in hell fire. Since I read your articles and books on the various resurrections am so relieved. Thanks a lot. Obiajulu.Martha Gregory on Already Past 6000 Years Since Adam?I think a generation is the number of years from father to first son. In our times, that is about 25 years, the age of the father when he "begets" a son. The average is 35-40 years from the early days of Adam until our times. Back then men began to beget at about 100 years of age. (Genesis 5)Tim McHyde on This War: Is God In Control or Just Evil?Nathan, Mystery of Disunity is Part 3 of Know the Future.Nathan Radel on This War: Is God In Control or Just Evil?Where do I find your book 'Mystery Of Disunity'? I googled it and looked on Amazon with no results.Mike Anderson on When Elijah Comes, What Will He Be Wearing?Concerning the college education: Years ago in a high school English class, I learned of a pattern in Greek tragedy theater where the protagonist falls from a place of great possibility of greatness, making the fall much more dramatic and engaging than if a person of low prestige went back to living in squalor. The same pattern plays out in Shakespeare's "King Lear." And the same for Jesus--miraculous signs, honored by the magi, a precocious 12-year-old student in the temple, the enthusiastic expectations of his early ministry--and yet he came to a most shameful end according to conventional wisdom. As for John the Baptist, he and others were aware of the promises spoken by Gabriel, yet fell so far from those expectations that even he wan't sure he was fulfilling them. We know less about the origins of Elijah the Tishbite, but it was not uncommon among others used by God to have a "proper" education, only to demonstrate how unimportant it was to their success, such as with Daniel and his companions. When I consider my education, how I was one of two most-honored students from my high school and did quite well in my university studies, people of that era wonder (as I sometimes do) what happened to me, that I have no obvious worldly success, and that perhaps I obliquely speak out against their ethical compromises to cover up my own embarrassment. But really I've been diligently unlearning much of what I had been taught, and my criticisms can have a much broader audience due to my many investigations. As for formal religious education (I have none) I think that would be less advantageous for a prophet, as with Jesus, since its primary function is to accredit the next generation of pastors and teachers, perpetuating the clergy-laity divide and all its compromises. Nowadays you can teach yourself nearly anything without going to class, anyway. Through blogs I learned the difficulties I would have faced had I gone to seminary, that I might be even further behind in life than I am now, so I keep learning and growing without complaining about my station. Who knows when God might decide to use all that training.