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Who Are the 144,000 of Revelation 7 and 14?

"Who are the 144,000 people mentioned in the book of Revelation, chapters 7 and 14?" The book of Revelation is a highly symbolic treatise (cf. 1:1). Because of this fact, many false religionists have attempted to exploit the message of the narrative to their own theological ends. The Apocalypse has become a happy hunting ground for some religious cultists who ... read more »

The Importance of Bible Chronology

The question arises occasionally as to why there is so much chronology in the Bible. The answer was supplied by Edwin Thiele, one of the most renowned biblical chronologists of modern times. "Chronology is important. Without chronology it is not possible to understand history, for chronology is the backbone of history. We know that God regards chronology as important, for ... read more »

Are Logic and Scripture Compatible?

Some religionists are opposed to "using logic" or "reason" concerning spiritual things. We are informed, by these guardians of rational thought, that the use of logic is the reason for much of the division in the church today. This position is perplexing, for those who reject the use of "reason," reason that binding "our conclusions" produces much of the religious ... read more »

Are the Dead Conscious?

There is an ongoing controversy in the religious community as to whether or not human beings, after death, exist in a state of consciousness. The Watchtower movement claims: "The dead are shown to be 'conscious of nothing at all' and the death state to be one of complete inactivity" (Aid to Bible Understanding 1971, 431). Unquestionably, the Bible teaches otherwise. ... read more »

Translating Bapto

The Greek word baptizo means to "dip, immerse." It is so defined by virtually every New Testament language authority. The verbal form occurs some eighty times in the New Testament. In most modern versions the verb is not translated at all. Rather, it is anglicized from the Greek language into English, almost letter-for-letter. Why do you suppose this non-translating procedure ... read more »

Feigned Miracles and Gullible People

There are hucksters in religion, and multitudes fall for them. Let me give you a couple of recent examples. "Raised from the Dead!" As I took the envelope from my mailbox, I saw the large letters across the top: Raised From The Dead! Instinctively, I knew two things: - This was a money-raising scam. - There would be no proof ... read more »

Does God Limit His Own Foreknowledge?

Does God foreknow everything? Are there things that God chooses not to know? One of the most difficult tasks for the Bible student is any attempt to discuss, with great precision, the attributes of God. The divine qualities are so infinite, and our minds so finite, that we scarcely can fathom the Creator's marvelous features. In attempting to accommodate our ... read more »

The Value of Life

The book of James has been called the gospel of practicality because it contains so many truths of everyday value. One of the dangers of which James warns is the pursuit of material interests to the exclusion of the Lord's will (cf. 4:13-17). Within that discussion, the inspired writer asks, "What is your life?" In the immediate context, James addresses ... read more »

Will There Be Personal Recognition in Heaven?

Does individual personality survive the death of the body? Does recognition of friends and loved ones exist beyond this present life? The question is of more than passing emotional interest; it involves the very essence of the human spirit. The biblical evidence firmly supports the position of personal identity after death. Contrary to the misguided theories of philosophical and religious ... read more »

The Biblical View of Death

When the writer of Psalms exclaimed: "The terrors of death are fallen upon me. Fearfulness and trembling are come upon me. And horror has overwhelmed me" (Psa. 55:4-5), he expressed the sentiments of vast multitudes who have faced the prospect of death. Bildad, Job's friend, characterized death as the "king of terrors" (Job 18:14). And the writer of Hebrews spoke ... read more »