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  1. There is one. Then Satan entered into Judas called Iscariot, who was of the number of the twelve. He went away and conferred with the chief priests and officers how he might betray him to them. Luke 22:3.4 ESV As far as I know that is the only time the Bible says anything about Satan himself possessing anyone.
  2. Satan is bound today regarding his ability to influence the elect but in the future he will be bound and thrown into the bottomless pit sol he can no longer deceive the nations. This binding is still in the future. Premillenialists agree with that belief and Satan's binding during the Millennium will prove that Satan isn't responsible. Today we face three enemies, the world, the flesh, and the devil. Those born during the Millennium will encounter no opposition from the world and the devil. They will have only the flesh to contend with. No doubt many who remain unconverted will conform outwardly to a lifestyle of righteousness because there will be no temptation to do otherwise. When Satan is released at the end of a thousand years they will face temptations to sin for the first time. Their yielding to temptation will reveal the true state of their souls. The Millennium will provide the ultimate proof that we are responsible for our sins and can't blame them on some outside influence.
  3. Of course. Why shouldn't they be? If that is the case, then Jesus himself is guilty of blinding people to the truth and keeping them from salvation. Do you believe this? No, these other times refer to the period of three and one half years of tribulation preceding the return of Christ and the beginning of his millennial reign. If the numbers in a time period don't tell how long it takes for the events to transpire what is the point of including them. The Bible clearly teaches that Satan will be bound at the same time the beast and false prophet are thrown into the lake of fire. And I saw the beast and the kings of the earth with their armies gathered to make war against him who was sitting on the horse and against his army. And the beast was captured, and with it the false prophet who in its presence had done the signs by which he deceived those who had received the mark of the beast and those who worshiped its image. These two were thrown alive into the lake of fire that burns with sulfur. And the rest were slain by the sword that came from the mouth of him who was sitting on the horse, and all the birds were gorged with their flesh. Then I saw an angel coming down from heaven, holding in his hand the key to the bottomless pit and a great chain. And he seized the dragon, that ancient serpent, who is the devil and Satan, and bound him for a thousand years, and threw him into the pit, and shut it and sealed it over him, so that he might not deceive the nations any longer, until the thousand years were ended. After that he must be released for a little while. Revelation 19:19-20:3 ESV
  4. Then I saw an angel coming down from heaven, holding in his hand the key to the bottomless pit and a great chain. And he seized the dragon, that ancient serpent, who is the devil and Satan, and bound him for a thousand years, and threw him into the pit, and shut it and sealed it over him, so that he might not deceive the nations any longer, until the thousand years were ended. After that he must be released for a little while. Revelation 20:1-3 ESV If the binding of Satan took place at the cross then Satan was released about AD 1030. That means he is at work in the world today without any restrictions.
  5. But you were born like that Pharisee. All of us were. In our natural state we all think of ourselves as being morally superior to others. It was only God's grace that enabled the tax collector to respond the way he did and it is only his grace that enables any of us to respond the same way.
  6. Certainly we couldn't take in 2 billion people but we could take in more than we are allowing in now.
  7. Is the Unites States a Christian nation? The best way to answer that question is to look at what is happening in America and then compare that with what the Bible says. In Roe v Wade the Supreme Court ruled that any woman who was pregnant had a right to end the pregnancy by aborting her baby. The Bible calls children a blessing from God. Behold, children are a heritage from the Lord, the fruit of the womb a reward. Like arrows in the hand of a warrior are the children of one’s youth. Blessed is the man who fills his quiver with them! He shall not be put to shame when he speaks with his enemies in the gate. Psalm 127:3-5 ESV Same sex marriage is becoming more acceptable in the United States. The Bible says that marriage is only between a man and a woman. Each man should have his own wife and each woman her own husband. 1 Corinthians 7:2 ESV There are many people who have been forced to flee their homes because of poverty or persecution. The United States has closed its borders to these people and only a few of them succeed in finding refuge here. The Bible says we should welcome such people. When a stranger sojourns with you in your land, you shall not do him wrong.You shall treat the stranger who sojourns with you as the native among you, and you shall love him as yourself, for you were strangers in the land of Egypt: I am the Lord your God. Leviticus 19:33,34 ESV You shall not give up to his master a slave who has escaped from his master to you.He shall dwell with you, in your midst, in the place that he shall choose within one of your towns, wherever it suits him. You shall not wrong him. Deuteronomy 23:15,16 ESV Maybe some believe the Unites States is a Christian nation because so many of its citizens profess to be Christian. The fact is that many churches have rejected the truth of the gospel and have endorsed the evil practices I have cited. The Bible said this would happen. For the time is coming when people will not endure sound teaching, but having itching ears they will accumulate for themselves teachers to suit their own passions,and will turn away from listening to the truth and wander off into myths. 2 Timothy 4:3,4 ESV There is no way the United States could be considered a Christian nation. We have rejected God and deserve only his judgment. And yet there is some good news. Not all churches have become apostate. There are still some who are faithfully preaching the truth. God told Abraham he was going to judge the city of Sodom for its sins. He promised he would spare the city if there were ten righteous people in it. As you know he couldn’t find ten righteous and so he destroyed the city. Perhaps there are enough righteous in the United States to avert its destruction. There is no hope that the we will ever become a Christian nation but at least we can still rescue individuals by preaching the gospel to them. On the other hand maybe it isn’t impossible to convert the country. In Jonah’s day no one considered it possible that the city of Nineveh would repent of its sins but that is what happened. Perhaps we should pray that God would raise up another Jonah to do for the United States what Jonah did for Nineveh.
  8. No. One of the members of the church in Corinth was the city treasurer. Gaius, who is host to me and to the whole church, greets you. Erastus, the city treasurer, and our brother Quartus, greet you. Romans 16:23 ESV We are commanded to pray for those in authority. We should exercise our right to vote. Some may be called by God to engage in political activity full time as Joseph and Daniel were. We must defend our legal right to preach the gospel, as Paul did. But we must not allow our political activities to take precedence over our responsibility to preach the gospel. Through political actions we may help guarantee the right to preach the gospel but we must not think that politics can be a substitute for the gospel.
  9. Zechariah 6:15 says, "Those who are far off shall come and help to build the temple of the Lord." There is no way anyone could help build the body of Jesus Christ so it must refer to a temple made of wood, brick, or stone. This speaks of the temple that will be built during the Millennium when Jesus reigns on earth.
  10. Satan is using the two groups of Muslims in the same way police use the goodcop/badcop technique in interrogating suspects. Good Muslim, bad Muslim | clydeherrin CLYDEHERRIN.WORDPRESS.COM When police interrogate a suspect they sometimes use a technique called "good cop,bad cop." The "bad" cop questions the suspect harshly and...
  11. An employees responsibility to his employer does not take precedence over his responsibility to God.
  12. NonChristians shouldn't be concerned about this. They will be left behind at the rapture so they will be able to see the movie.
  13. Accept it as a revelation of what life on earth will be like during the Millennium.
  14. A clock that isn't working still gives the correct time twice a day.
  15. This is probably how the world's leaders will react when Jesus returns to rule the earth. 😃
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