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Thank you. It is easy to forget who the enemy is. Jean
Do you have any studies or information on Ephesians 1:12
I have commented on Ephesians 1:12 in the past and will look through writings for it.
Do you have a specific question about Ephesians 1:12? I’d be glad to help you with it. Blessings! Mark
Thank you for your site. I have been very troubled about the things I’ve read others saying about Paul and your book has helped very much. You did ask for some clarification regarding one of the questions about not believing it’s Jesus if you see him in the desert. I know what that person was asking, so let me clarify with some background first.
In 1 Kings 19:15, God speaks to Elijah while Elijah is at “Horeb, the mountain of God.” (1 Kings 19:7.) God tells Elijah to take the road to Damascus.
This passage reads:
“And the LORD said unto him, Go, return on thy way to the wilderness of Damascus: and when thou comest, anoint Hazael to be king over Syria:”
Okay, this passage is used to establish some type of Biblical principle that “Damascus” equates with “wilderness.” So…jumping ahead hundreds of years to the Christ event, Jesus was asked in Matt. 24 about His Second Coming by his apostles. In reply, He warned them that prior to His return an imposter or imposters will come in His name saying “I am Jesus.” Then Jesus said if anyone comes claiming to be Himself in the “wilderness” or a “private place,” you know that this is not the true Jesus because this is not universally seen:
23 Then if any man shall say unto you, Lo, here is Christ, or there; believe it not.
24 For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall shew great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect.
25 Behold, I have told you before.
26 Wherefore if they shall say unto you, Behold, he is in the desert; go not forth: behold, he is in the secret chambers; believe it not.
27 For as the lightning cometh out of the east, and shineth even unto the west; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.
Note many translations substitute “wilderness” for “desert” in verse 26, which leads to this (taken from an anti-Paul site):
“Jesus is telling us that when He returns to earth it will be clear and unmistakable to everyone. We are thus not to believe any other accounts of people who claim to have seen the Christ-Jesus prior to such a universally-visible event. Even if the event is accompanied by signs and wonders. Thus, any private appearances we know must represent an imposter Jesus.”
Hope this clears up the question. Can’t wait for a response!