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Dry Bones

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Ezekiel 37 Can dry bones hear? The Lord took hold of Ezekiel and carried him off to a valley filled with bones.  This was all very real to Ezekiel.  He does not say he had a vision, nor does he use any language suggesting that it only seemed that he was in a valley filled with bones.  He was there – bones all around him.  He could feel the hot sun on his back, and hear the drone of the lone fly buzzing around.  He could hear the sounds of desert insects. I remember those sounds.  I grew up on the northern edge of the Great Basin Desert.  According to Wikipedia, it covers much of, Idaho, Utah, Nevada, Oregon and California.  Dry skeletons of cattle or coyotes were not that rare, but I never saw a human skeleton, let alone a whole valley full of them.  I picture the dry sandy soil.  I feel the hot dry air that must have surrounded Ezekiel. Ezekiel is drawing a picture for us.  Can you walk with Ezekiel as he looks around the valley?  As he walked among the bones, E

Seventy Weeks

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Daniel 9 The Bible is one story.  It has many parts but all the parts fit together.  The message of redemption is simple enough that a child can understand it.  It goes like this.  I am a sinner.  Jesus died for my sins.  If I accept Jesus as my Savior, He will forgive me of all my sins and make me part of His family.  As we get older, we fill in a lot more details, and we are also able to understand a lot more of the story.  Details concerning creation, the fall, God’s promises to Abraham and many others all get added to our understanding.  However, our basic understanding does not change. In much the same way, our understanding of prophecy is built on the whole of Scripture.  A child can understand Jesus is coming back.  However, the Scriptures have a lot more to say about His return and the circumstances of His return. While there are many reasons why it is important for us to understand Bible prophecy, let’s look at just a couple.  First, understanding p

Understanding the Times

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Daniel 9 We live in uncertain days.  Wars, fires, terrorist attacks, hurricanes, earthquakes and a host of other calamities are happening all around the world.  What are we to think of the times we are living in?  Let’s take a look at what the Bible teaches about understanding the times we are living in. We will start our exploration in the Old Testament, back before David became king of Israel.  During the last days of Saul’s reign over Israel, many of his military leaders were defecting and going over to David.  1 Chronicles 12:32 tells of some of these when it says: From the tribe of Issachar, there were 200 leaders of the tribe with their relatives. All these men understood the signs of the times and knew the best course for Israel to take.  (NLT) These men were noted for their discernment in understanding the signs of the times, and therefore, made the choice to align themselves with David.  Since there were 200 of them, it does not seem that this was a unique g

The Tribulation

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Daniel 9:20-27 What is the Tribulation? In Matt 24 Jesus spoke of wars and rumors of war, and told us not to be alarmed because these things have to happen but they are not yet the end.  Let me read to you some of what Jesus said. Matt 24:7-12 7 Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. There will be famines and earthquakes in various places. 8 All these are the beginning of birth pains. 9 "Then you will be handed over to be persecuted and put to death, and you will be hated by all nations because of me. 10 At that time many will turn away from the faith and will betray and hate each other, 11 and many false prophets will appear and deceive many people. 12 Because of the increase of wickedness, the love of most will grow cold, (NIV) Notice that this says these are the beginnings of birth pains.  This is not describing the Tribulation.  This is describing the increasing wickedness in our world.  According to statistics gathered by Gordon-Con