Letter to Praeger U Re Bible Video

“I just watched your video on the Bible being allowed to be taught in schools and thought you might want to know that the Bible you selected in your video was from a well known Christian cult The Jehovah Witnesses. It is The New World Translation which is a very flawed and deceitful translation totally unacceptable to the historic Christian Church. https://www.facebook.com/12503116997/posts/10156971589621998/
It betrays a misunderstanding of the New Testament. I hope you edit out the cult’s Bible ASAP and replace with a suitable translation, e.g., NKJV or NIV which then would be acceptable to the Christian public. Details matter.

Sincerely appreciate your work at Praeger. You’re doing a marvelous job.

May the LORD bless your voice in a world gone crazy,

James C. Stephens
Exploring God’s Library

Scripture for 8.11.2019

TORAH  – Devarim (Words)

Deuteronomy 1:19-25

Prophets

Ezekiel 3 & Ezekiel 4

Wisdom Writing

Psalm 119:153-160

Psalm of the Day 24

Proverbs 26:23

The Gospels & Letters

Mark 15

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Scripture for 8.10.2019 – Happy Sabbath!

TORAH  – Devarim (Words)

Deuteronomy 1:1-18

Prophets

Ezekiel 1 & Ezekiel 2

Wisdom Writing

Psalm 119:145-152

Psalm of the Day 92

Proverbs 26:21-22

The Gospels & Letters

Mark 14

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Scripture for 8.9.2019

TORAH  – Masei (Journeys of)

Deuteronomy 3:1-22

Prophets

Lamentations 4 & Lamentations 5

Wisdom Writing

Psalm 119:137-144

Psalm of the Day 93

Proverbs 26:20

The Gospels & Letters

Mark 13

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Scripture for 8.8.2019

TORAH  – Masei (Journeys of)

Deuteronomy 2:26-37

Prophets

Lamentations 3:43-66

Wisdom Writing

Psalm 119:129-136

Psalm of the Day 81

Proverbs 26:18-19

The Gospels & Letters

Mark 12

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Scripture for 8.7.2019

TORAH  – Masei (Journeys of)

Deuteronomy 2:16-25

Prophets

Lamentations 3:1-42

Wisdom Writing

Psalm 119:121-128

Psalm of the Day 94

Proverbs 26:17

The Gospels & Letters

Mark 11

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Tisha B’Av: A Day Like Any Other?

By Chuck Missler, Koinonia House

August 1, 1997

Note: Chuck Missler went to be with the Lord on May 1, 2018 in New Zealand. Here’s a link to this “under rower’s life.”

Text on Ninth of Av by Chuck Missler:

“On March 31, 1492, the Spanish monarchs Ferdinand and Isabella issued a royal decree that all Jews must leave the Spanish territories within four months. If they were found in Spain after this period they were to be killed. This deadline was later postponed to August 3rd.

Boarding their ships before the deadline, at midnight August 2nd, Columbus and his crew set sail at dawn. On the Jewish calendar, it happened to be the 9th of Av, or Tisha B’Av.

This peculiar date on the Hebrew calendar seems to be a date of destiny. On the 9th of Av in the year 586 B.C., Nebuchadnezzar destroyed Solomon’s Temple and deported the inhabitants of Jerusalem to Babylon.1

In 70 A.D. the Romans destroyed the Second Temple, unknowingly fulfilling Jesus’ predictions.2 Again, the date on the Hebrew calendar was the 9th of Av.3

After being delivered from Pharaoh’s slavery in Egypt through the Red Sea, and arriving at Kadesh-Barnea but lacking the faith to enter the Promised Land, God decreed that that generation would never enter His Land. It seems that this, too, was on the 9th of Av.4

The famous Bar Kokhba revolt against the Romans was squelched when Bethar, the last stronghold of the Jewish leaders, fell in 135 A.D. The date was the 9th of Av.5

One year later, in 136, the Roman Emperor Hadrian established the heathen temple to Jupiter on the site of the Jewish Temple and rebuilt Jerusalem as a pagan city named Aelia Capitolina, and renamed the land as Palestina, to distance its Jewish heritage. (This attempt to disavow the land from its Jewish roots was echoed by the British in their labeling the land “Palestine.”) The date when the Temple area was plowed under by the Romans was, again, the 9th of Av.

Thus the 9th of Av, Tisha B’Av, has become a symbol of all the persecutions and misfortunes of the Jewish people, for the loss of their national independence and their sufferings in exile. The numerous massacres of whole communities during the Crusades also intensified this association.

After the Babylonian exile, the Prophet Zechariah discusses the “Four Fasts”: the Fast of the Fourth (month of Tammuz), the Fast of the Fifth (month of Av), the Fast of the Seventh (month of Tishri), and the Fast of the Tenth (month of Tevet). The Lord instructs them that, instead of a day of mourning, instead of fasting they should love truth and peace since the former days would ultimately become days of joy and gladness.

Thus saith the LORD of hosts; The fast of the fourth month, and the fast of the fifth, and the fast of the seventh, and the fast of the tenth, shall be to the house of Judah joy and gladness, and cheerful feasts; therefore love the truth and peace.

Zechariah 8:19

(The Fast of the Fourth, the 17th of Tammuz, commemorated the occasion when Moses discovered them worshiping the golden calf and broke the two tables of the law. The Fast of the Seventh, the 3rd of Tishri, is the Fast of Gedaliah, commemorating the assassination of the governor appointed by Nebuchadnezzar to govern the Jews who remained in their homeland after the Temple had been destroyed in 586 B.C. The Fast of the Tenth, the 10th of Tevet, was for the day that Nebuchad-nezzar laid siege on Jerusalem.)

Since the regaining of the Old City-Biblical Jerusalem-in 1967, there have been subtle modifications, by some, to the traditional rituals associated with Tisha B’Av as a day of mourning. The Jews are in Eretz Israel, although the Temple is not (as yet) rebuilt.

This year, the “Ninth of Av” falls on August 12th, and our Jewish friends will be observing this unusual day of mourning-yet subtly tinged with joy and promise. (For some, a nine-day series of observances begins nine days earlier.6 ) The Sabbath before Tisha B’Av is called Shabbat Hazon, the Shabbat of Vision (from the comfort in Habakkuk 2:3). While the orthodox in Jerusalem will be circling the walls of the Old City to remind themselves of their tragic history, they will also be looking toward the ultimate rebuilding of the Temple.

We do know that the Temple will be rebuilt because Jesus, John, and Paul all make reference to it.7 But we also know that this Temple will be desecrated by the Coming World Leader when he sets himself up to be worshiped.8

Will this prophetic milestone event also turn out to be on Tisha B’Av? Is this also on our not-too-distant horizon? Let’s just watch and see.

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According to Jeremiah 52:12, it was the 10th of Av; according to 2 Kings 25:8, it was the 7th. The Tosefta Ta’anit 4:10 (also Ta’an 29a) explains this discrepancy by stating that the destruction of the outer walls and of the courtyard started on the 7th, while the whole edifice was destroyed on the 10th.
Luke 19:43-44 and Daniel 9:26. See Daniel’s 70 Weeks briefing pack.
Josephus (Wars, 6:249-50) gives the date as the 10th. The Talmud (Ta’an 29a) gives the date as the 9th, which has become the accepted date of both destructions.

Numbers 14. Also, Mishnah (Ta’an 4:6).
Encyclopedia Judaica, vol. 3, p.936.
From the Talmud (Ta’anit 26b).
Matthew 24:15; Revelation 11:1, 2; 2 Thessalonians 2:4; et al.
2 Thessalonians 2:3-4.

https://www.khouse.org/articles/1997/20/

Chuck Missler briefly discusses Jewish exegetical principles which the rabbis used in interpreting a Biblical text in order to apply it to the present generation by changing a single pronoun without doing violence to the original text. It was done in the spirit of application.

Although Chuck Missler is now with the LORD, his writings and teachings continue through his ministry.

“Koinonia Institute is an online Bible Institute with a focus on verse-by-verse study where serious Christians can grow in knowledge, understanding, awareness and commitment!

At KI, we delve into the relevance and reliability of Scripture, including prophetic insight both past and present.

Koinonia Institute is dedicated to training and equipping the serious Christian to sojourn in today’s world.

This unique international membership offers education, insight and community for the serious believer. Pray about joining us!”

Scripture for 8.6.2019

TORAH  – Masei (Journeys of)

Deuteronomy 2:1-15

Prophets

Lamentations 2

Wisdom Writing

Psalm 119:113-120

Psalm of the Day 48

Proverbs 26:13-16

The Gospels & Letters

Mark 10

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“As a dying man to dying men: The life and ministry of Richard Baxter””

Dr. Timothy Beougher, Professor of Evangelism at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in “As a Dying Man to Dying Men: The Life and Ministry of Richard Baxter” delivered an excellent biographical overview of the “Prince of Pastors,” and author of the Reformed Pastor, Call to the Unconverted, Saints in Everlasting Rest, a book he said he wrote with one foot innthe grave, among 57 other books. His exemplary life has been the source of encouragement to many pastors and followers of Christ which draw strength from his intimate walk with Christ through much suffering and prayer.

The talk was delivered at the General Session 1 of the Andrew Fuller Conference in 2016: “The Diversity of Dissent: A Quatercentinneal Appreciation of John Owen, Richard Baxter and William Kiffen.”

Scripture for 8.5.2019

TORAH  – Masei (Journeys of)

Deuteronomy 1:26-46

Prophets

Lamentations 1

Wisdom Writing

Psalm 119:105-112

Psalm of the Day 48

Proverbs 26:9-12

The Gospels & Letters

Mark 9

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