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After Gideon subdued the Midianites, he remained their leader until “a ripe old age” (Judges 8:32). The land of Israel rested, but after Gideon died, the people again turned to… https://www.gods-kingdom-ministries.net/daily-weblogs/2019/04-2019/the-judges-part-6-israels-first-king/
The battle of Gideon was unusual, not only because they fought with just 300 men but also because of their weapons of choice. Judges 7:16-18 says,
16 And he divided the 300 men… https://www.gods-kingdom-ministries.net/daily-weblogs/2019/04-2019/the-judges-part-5b-gideon/
After the Canaanite captivity, the land of Israel had rest for 40 years (Judges 5:31). But during that time, the Israelites again used their liberty as “an opportunity for the… https://www.gods-kingdom-ministries.net/daily-weblogs/2019/04-2019/the-judges-part-5a-gideon/
Haggai 2:6, 7 tells how God will “shake the heavens and the earth.” Hebrews 12:26, 27 gives this some context, connecting it with the time when God came down upon Mount Sinai and… https://www.gods-kingdom-ministries.net/daily-weblogs/2019/04-2019/the-great-shaking/
I want to pause briefly in our study of the Judges to comment on the legal background of Israel’s captivities. In other words, what hidden things are accomplished by putting… https://www.gods-kingdom-ministries.net/daily-weblogs/2019/04-2019/the-judges-part-4-legal-implications-of-captivity/
The third Judge to deliver Israel in the book of Judges is generally believed to be Barak, but, as we will see shortly, Deborah was a judge before him and cannot be ignored in… https://www.gods-kingdom-ministries.net/daily-weblogs/2019/04-2019/the-judges-part-3-barak-and-deborah/
The first Judge to set Israel free from captivity was Othniel. The eight-year captivity began 42 years after Israel crossed the Jordan, and it lasted 8 years, concluding with… https://www.gods-kingdom-ministries.net/daily-weblogs/2019/04-2019/the-judges-part-2-ehud/
Moses warned Israel that if they cast aside His law in rebellion against God (who was their King), He would bring judgment upon the nation. The list of judgments is seen clearly… https://www.gods-kingdom-ministries.net/daily-weblogs/2019/04-2019/the-judges-part-1/
First-century Gnosticism said absolutely nothing about Jesus’ disciples being prominent temple officials or militant Essenes attempting to overthrow the Romans. All of this has… https://www.gods-kingdom-ministries.net/daily-weblogs/2019/04-2019/the-rise-of-modern-gnosticism-final/
Laurence Gardner makes many claims about the true identity of Jesus’ disciples, but he offers no proof of his statements. Apparently, he expects us to take him at his word and… https://www.gods-kingdom-ministries.net/daily-weblogs/2019/04-2019/the-rise-of-modern-gnosticism-part-3/
In part 1, I may have given the impression that all or most individual Jesuits were Gnostics in their belief. That is certainly not true, for if there is a connection between the… https://www.gods-kingdom-ministries.net/daily-weblogs/2019/04-2019/modern-gnostics-part-2/
There is a powerful Gnostic element within the power structure of the Roman Catholic Church today. There is a long history of infiltration by Gnostics pretending to be devout… https://www.gods-kingdom-ministries.net/daily-weblogs/2019/04-2019/the-rise-of-modern-gnosticism-part-1/
In Jude 17-19 the author addresses his readers directly to admonish and exhort them to follow the truth and to reject the Gnostic teachings.
17 But you, brethren, ought to… https://www.gods-kingdom-ministries.net/daily-weblogs/2019/04-2019/the-epistle-of-jude-final/
When Jude compared the Gnostics to “clouds without water,” “autumn trees without fruit,” and “wandering stars” (Jude 12, 13), he may have been influenced by the book of Enoch,… https://www.gods-kingdom-ministries.net/daily-weblogs/2019/04-2019/the-epistle-of-jude-part-13/
The next analogy is found in Jude 13, which says,
13 wild waves of the sea, casting up their own shame like foam; wandering stars, for whom the black darkness has been reserved… https://www.gods-kingdom-ministries.net/daily-weblogs/2019/04-2019/the-epistle-of-jude-part-12/
The next analogy that Jude 12 presents in regard to the Gnostics is that they are like “autumn trees without fruit, doubly dead, uprooted.”
At the autumn… https://www.gods-kingdom-ministries.net/daily-weblogs/2019/03-2019/the-epistle-of-jude-part-11/
Jude 12 and 13 uses multiple metaphors in describing the Gnostics infiltrating the early Church:
12 These are the men who are hidden reefs in your love feasts [agape] when they… https://www.gods-kingdom-ministries.net/daily-weblogs/2019/03-2019/the-epistle-of-jude-part-10/
Jude 11 compares the Gnostic infiltrators to Cain, Balaam, and Korah. We have discussed Cain and Balaam. We turn now to Korah. Jude 11 says that they “perished in the rebellion of… https://www.gods-kingdom-ministries.net/daily-weblogs/2019/03-2019/the-epistle-of-jude-part-9/
Jude 11 speaks of counterfeit Christians who have gone the way of Cain, Balaam, and Korah. Cain’s jealousy sparked hatred which caused him to kill his brother Abel. Gnosticism was… https://www.gods-kingdom-ministries.net/daily-weblogs/2019/03-2019/the-epistle-of-jude-part-8/
Jude 11 says,
11 Woe to them! For they have gone the way of Cain, and for pay they have rushed headlong into the error of Balaam, and perished in the rebellion of Korah.
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