THE GOSHEN EFFECT

THE GOSHEN EFFECT

Bob 9-8-17

Exodus 8:22 And I will sever in that day the land of Goshen, in which my people dwell, that no swarms [of flies] shall be there; to the end thou mayest know that I [am] the LORD in the midst of the earth.

Exodus 9:25 And the hail smote throughout all the land of Egypt all that was in the field, both man and beast; and the hail smote every herb of the field, and brake every tree of the field.

Exodus 9:26 Only in the land of Goshen, where the children of Israel were, was there no hail.

There are great benefits to being a co-heir with Christ to God’s kingdom. Residing supernaturally in Goshen is one of those benefits.  We have been given power to be a child of God and are grafted in to the family of Abraham.

We must learn what all the blessings of God are and take advantage of those blessings. Just as being saved and born again is a gift from God we still need to recognize the gift and activate it in our lives by accepting Jesus as our Savior. The same is true for every other gift Abba Father has provided for his children.

The word of God is full of gifts lovingly provided by our heavenly Father. Shame on us if we fail to take advantage of those gifts.

Recently there was a powerful storm that caused a lot of damage in the York area. The storm came with strong winds, lightning, and hail, causing a lot of damage. As the storm reached my neighborhood I decreed my house to be in Goshen as God did for his people in Egypt.  Instantly I was surrounded by calm. The trees were still and the hail stopped, leaving only the sound of rain.

Deuteronomy 29:29 The secret [things belong] unto the LORD our God: but those [things which are] revealed [belong] unto us and to our children for ever, that [we] may do all the words of this law.

See also: Psalms 103:1-5; John 1:12; Galatians 4:7; Romans 9:26; Romans 11:17; Mark 9:23; Mark 11:23-24; Luke 12:32

 

 

 

 

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RIGHTLY DIVIDING THE WORD OF TRUTH

 

by: Bob Coches

One of the verses I have read many times did not reveal its true meaning to me until quite recently. In truthfulness “rightly dividing the word of truth” (2 Timothy 15b) took awhile for me to comprehend and eventually sparked a greater understanding of Luke 7:28, which this lesson is really about. 

Luke 7:28 For I say unto you, Among those that are born of women there is not a greater prophet than John the Baptist: but he that is least in the kingdom of God is greater than he.

A few years ago a guest speaker shared that Luke 7:28 spoke of John the Baptist as the final prophet of the Old Testament. Jesus described John as being the greatest prophet since Adam and Eve. Adam and Eve being the only Old Testament humans not born of a woman.

In my mind that was quite an honor for John to be so recognized by Jesus.  However I still struggled with the concept of “he that is the least in the kingdom of God is greater than he.” I needed some Holy Spirit help to understand how the least in the kingdom could be greater than John. My mind kept rejecting this.

The Lord is always patient with me and eventually a divine spark connects the dots for that eureka moment when it all makes sense. Jesus brought the long awaited kingdom to rescue the human race from destruction.(Psalm103:4)

John 3:3 tells us that we cannot see the kingdom of God unless we are born again. We could not be born again until Jesus shed his blood on the cross. Jesus is truly the door to the kingdom of God. Jesus therefore birthed the New Testament in his blood.

Even after I began to grasp this revelatory truth, the concept overwhelms me continually. Jesus is literally declaring that anyone born again into the kingdom of God is greater than John the Baptist. Wondering if it is possible for the human brain to grasp the power of the blood of Jesus?

Matthew 28:18 declares that all power in heaven and earth has been given to Jesus. John 14:12-14 declares that all the things that Jesus performed on the earth, we as his disciples, will do also and even greater things.

This truth also reveals that the office of a prophet has changed in the New Testament which is another lesson to pursue.

Revelation 19:10 And I fell at his feet to worship him. And he said unto me, See thou do it not: I am thy fellow servant, and of thy brethren that have the testimony of Jesus: worship God: for the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy.

This is a lot to ponder and digest and meditate upon.

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SYMBOLS MATTER

SYMBOLS MATTER

Bob Coches

We are surrounded by symbols, many of them historic, and though we see them we probably do not pay attention to their meaning. Some are rooted in the Bible and some are occult in origin. The cross is a common symbol of Jesus and Christianity. The pentagram is well known for its occult origins. Many are subtle, having lost their meaning or are so overused we no longer pay attention to their meaning. Ignorance could have serious consequences. We are warned of the consequence of “lack of knowledge” in Hosea 4:6.

As a child growing up I learned various Bible stories in church that influenced my life. One story that always fascinated me was the “tower of Babel.” How could a tower be so high that it reached heaven? At least this is the way it was presented and the way I pictured it in my mind. As I grew older I wrote it off as a fairy tale and moved on.

One day I realized that there are no fairy tales in the Bible. God speaks the truth about everything. I prayed and asked God for help in understanding this outrageous story.

At that time in my life the Lord was teaching me about understanding the gift of salvation so I could be a more effective witness. I learned that salvation as a gift could not be earned through good works and that no person could reach heaven by works. Then it dawned on me that those building the tower of Babel were working their way to heaven. This was not permissible by God even though Jesus had not yet died or our sins.

Suddenly I believed that I had the answer as to why the construction of the tower was halted by God. It made perfect sense to me, but then I realized that this did not explain how a tower could be built high enough to reach God’s heaven. This dilemma remained to ponder.

The answer to this mystery has taken a bit longer and went into areas of spirituality that I was not comfortable with. I have learned that when doing research it is important not to have a preconceived conclusion. The conclusion must be the result of the research and not the other way around.

Often times I am pursuing another thought when the research answers a question from the past.

In this case it has been a combination of several biblical pursuits that has enlightened me regarding this mystery of Babel. Much of it has been through searching for greater understanding of the end times.

A lot of my research was stimulated through a chance meeting at a Prophecy Club presentation, which was attended by some Amish brethren. I grew up in an area where there was an Amish presence and I was curious about what caused this secret society to fellowship with every day believers. This led to some reconciliation conferences with native Americans that radically changed my thinking about life and the national origin of present day America.

I am not going to go off on a rabbit trail here rather just leaving this as a brief note on how events can change our thoughts and impact our thinking.

I began pursuing prayer walking and the need for declaring God’s will over the land. I learned that events of the past established spiritual markers that changed the course of history often memorializing sinful events. I had been directly involved in historical restoration projects during my years before retiring that highlighted some of these spiritual markers. The Civil War was one such event.

My job as a project manager and estimator led to visiting many of these historical sites looking for projects to bid on. My great x2 grandfather fought in the civil war which fueled my desire to learn more. I was blessed to be awarded projects at Gettysburg and Antietam. I learned that my great grandfather had fought at the Burnside Bridge in Antietam, a stone’s throw from a structure I helped restore that was used as a field hospital. Fortunately he survived the war or I probably wouldn’t be here.

My desire for prayer walking led to research of the origins of our government and visits to Washington, D.C. During my working years I had made site visits to the Washington Navy Yard, Fort McNair, and the Capitol Building. This enabled me to see various structures up close and personal that tourists did not have access to. My biblical studies gave me an additional perspective that inspired me to go deeper in my research and thinking.

Through the internet I found more sources regarding the spiritual interests God had laid on my heart for prayer walking and greater understanding of scriptural teachings. I heard testimonies and teachings from Thomas Horn, Cris Putnam, Henry Gruver, and Bree Keyton  among others. I spent quality time of fellowship with Henry and Bree.

I read their books and prayer walked Gettysburg with Bree.

I purchased a copy of the Septuagint and later found an electronic copy of the Septuagint by E.C. Marsh that enabled verse by verse comparison with the KJV of the Masoretic text. This was a real eye opener for me about Nimrod and the tower of Babel. Before I jumped into the Septuagint I found some nuggets of information in Horn and Putnam’s book, “On The Path of the Immortals” that gave me some keys to better understand the Old Testament renderings.

Often names of places were not translated in the Old Testament. They were just transliterated into English. Learning the meanings of the words opened up a new level of understanding of the Word. I learned that Gilgal[1] means wheel or circle and Migdol[2] means tower. Nimrod was a mighty hunter and built several cities and probably was involved in the construction of the tower of Babel. The nephilim were known to be walking the earth in this time period. Some scholars believe Nimrod was influenced by knowledge from the Nephilim and/or other occult sources.

The word ‘Babel’ occurs but twice: in #Genesis 10:10 it is the name of the first place mentioned as the beginning of the kingdom of Nimrod; and in #Genesis 11:9 the tower and city are called ‘Babel,’ because there the language of man was confounded so that they did not understand one another. The tower was to be very high ‘unto heaven,’ not with any thought of reaching heaven, but it declared the lofty imagination of man’s heart in the desire to make them a name, and to form a gathering point, which would prevent their being scattered. God would not suffer this, for man no sooner has power than he begins to abuse it. He could not therefore let them as one family exalt their own name, for the Lord’s name alone is to be exalted. As the result of God’s judgment they were scattered and formed into nations according to their tongues and families.

It may be that the name given to the city by Nimrod was Bab-il, signifying ‘gate of God’ (and it is said that on ancient monuments this very name ‘The gate of God,’ as the name of a city has been found); but that Jehovah altered it to Ba-bel, which signifies ‘confusion.’[3]

Now the placement of a tower or obelisk in proximity to a circle is believed to be the architecture of a spiritual portal, a stargate, a portal to the spiritual realm. The scriptures tell us that heavenly beings did have access to and from the earth from another dimension, the spiritual realm. Genesis 6:4-5. Could this have been the intent of the builders of the tower of Babel to construct a god gate or stargate?[4]

Getting back to symbols and prayer walking I want to apply this hypothesis to the seat of our government in Washington.

Cris Putnam and Thomas Horn detailed the occult symbolism and purpose of these symbols in the construction of the U.S. Capitol building and the Washington Monument. A lot of this information is available in government archives and is detailed in research by William Henry and Mark Gray in their book, “Freedom’s Gate: Lost Symbols in the U.S. Capitol.”[5] They have also posted videos on Youtube that reference this work. (Youtube link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QtywhqX1QXM&t=14s)

According to this research the capitol building would represent Isis and the Washington monument would represent Osiris. There was Masonic influence in the design of these structures which are patterned after the Vatican in Rome. In fact the Catholic Church found an obelisk from Egypt and had it relocated to the Vatican.[6] What good purpose could this possibly serve?

My hope is to stimulate others to pray and do their own research especially those who may be led to prayer walk these structures and pray against all demonic influence in Washington D.C. While Christianity had a major influence in the founding of the USA the devil has been busy trying to destroy and/or mitigate that influence.

If we are to successfully keep God in our government and maintain biblical principles in our social order we must root out the evil that has embedded itself therein. All demonic strongholds must be pulled down.

There are interesting details regarding the Washington Monument that are rarely discussed. The foundation measurements of this structure are 666 inches along each side and it is 6660 inches in height.[7] Coincidence?  You decide.

The tower of Babel was undoubtedly intended to be a portal to the supernatural realm. Therefore its architecture was based on construction that would accomplish this desire. This same architecture is used in prominent structures around the world, notably here we are focusing on the Vatican and the U.S. Capitol building. Many look to the CERN HADRON COLLIDER as the Biblical portal to the demonic realm described in Revelation 9.

The Bible notes that portals to travel between earth and supernatural realm already exist. Locations of these portals are generally kept secret or can only be accessed by supernatural beings. The portal of Revelation 9 is called a bottomless pit and an angel falls from heaven and has a key to open this pit.

I am inclined to believe that if there is a man-made portal to this pit it would most likely be based on the occult symbols first attempted in Babel consisting of a tower and a circle. Could it be the Vatican or the U.S. Capitol? As a believer in Jesus Christ my thoughts lean towards spiritually neutralizing these demonic symbols pulling down the strongholds, however everything written in the Book of Revelation will come to pass. Though it cannot be good to have these symbols that represent the seat of our government continue as a demonic influence of the U.S.A.

Joshua 24:15 And if it seem evil unto you to serve the LORD, choose you this day whom ye will serve; whether the gods which your fathers served that [were] on the other side of the flood, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land ye dwell: but as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD.

1John 5:5 Who is he that overcometh the world, but he that believeth that Jesus is the Son of God?

John 3:3 Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.

Romans 12:21 Be not overcome of evil, but overcome evil with good.

Acts 10:38 How God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Ghost and with power: who went about doing good, and healing all that were oppressed of the devil; for God was with him.

 

 

SUPPLEMENTAL NOTES

Babel

Genesis 11:4 And they said, Go to, let us build us a city and a tower, whose top [may reach] unto heaven; and let us make us a name, lest we be scattered abroad upon the face of the whole earth. KJV

New and Concise Bible Dictionary <@587>

The word ‘Babel’ occurs but twice: in #Ge 10:10 it is the name of the first place mentioned as the beginning of the kingdom of Nimrod; and in #Ge 11:9 the tower and city are called ‘Babel,’ because there the language of man was confounded so that they did not understand one another. The tower was to be very high ‘unto heaven,’ not with any thought of reaching heaven, but it declared the lofty imagination of man’s heart in the desire to make them a name, and to form a gathering point, which would prevent their being scattered. God would not suffer this, for man no sooner has power than he begins to abuse it. He could not therefore let them as one family exalt their own name, for the Lord’s name alone is to be exalted. As the result of God’s judgment they were scattered and formed into nations according to their tongues and families.

It may be that the name given to the city by Nimrod was Bab-il, signifying ‘gate of God’ (and it is said that on the monuments this very name ‘The gate of God,’ as the name of a city has been found); but that Jehovah altered it to Ba-bel, which signifies ‘confusion.’

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International Standard Bible Encyclopedia

Bel – name Babylonian sun god Marduk

Patron god of Babylon (Isaiah 46:1, Jeremiah 51:44)

Migdol – tower

A fortified city in Egypt

Gilgal – circle, wheel, rolling

A town near Bethel

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Genesis 10:9 He was a mighty hunter before the LORD: wherefore it is said, Even as Nimrod the mighty hunter before the LORD.

Genesis 10:10  And the beginning of his kingdom was Babel, and Erech, and Accad, and Calneh, in the land of Shinar.

Genesis 11:9  Therefore is the name of it called Babel; because the LORD did there confound the language of all the earth: and from thence did the LORD scatter them abroad upon the face of all the earth

NIMROD

Edward Mack, International Standard Bible Encyclopedia

 

nim’-rod (nimrodh; Nebrod): A descendant of Ham, mentioned in “the generations of the sons of Noah” (#Ge 10; compare #1Ch 1:10) as a son of Cush. He established his kingdom “in the land of Shinar,” including the cities “Babel, and Erech, and Accad, and Calneh” (#Ge 10:10), of which only Babel, or Babylon, and Erech, or Uruk, have been identified with certainty. “The land of Shinar” is the old name for Southern Babylonia, afterward called Chaldea (’ erets kasdim), and was probably more extensive in territory than the Sumer of the inscriptions in the ancient royal title, “King of Shumer and Accad,” since Accad is included here in Shinar. Nimrod, like other great kings of Mesopotamian lands, was a mighty hunter, possibly the mightiest and the prototype of them all, since to his name had attached itself the proverb: “Like Nimrod a mighty hunter before Yahweh” (#Ge 10:9). In the primitive days of Mesopotamia, as also in Palestine, wild animals were so numerous that they became a menace to life and property (#Ex 23:29; Le 26:22); therefore the king as benefactor and protector of his people hunted these wild beasts. The early conquest of the cities of Babylonia, or their federation into one great kingdom, is here ascribed to Nimrod. Whether the founding and colonization of Assyria (#Ge 10:11) are to be ascribed to Nimrod will be determined by the exegesis of the text. English Versions of the Bible reads: “Out of that land he (i.e. Nimrod) went forth into Assyria, and builded Nineveh,” etc., this translation assigning the rise of Assyria to Nimrod, and apparently being sustained by #Mic 5:5,6 (compare J. M. P. Smith, “Micah,” ICC, in the place cited.); but American Revised Version, margin renders: “Out of that land went forth Asshur, and builded Nineveh,” which translation is more accurate exegetically and not in conflict with #Mic 5:6, if in the latter “land of Nimrod” be understood, not as parallel with, but as supplemental to, Assyria, and therefore as Babylon (compare commentaries of Cheyne, Pusey, S. Clark, in the place cited.).

 

Nimrod has not been identified with any mythical hero or historic king of the inscriptions. Some have sought identification with Gilgamesh, the flood hero of Babylonia (Skinner, Driver, Delitzsch); others with a later Kassite king (Haupt, Hilprecht), which is quite unlikely; but the most admissible correspondence is with Marduk, chief god of Babylon, probably its historic founder, just as Asshur, the god of Assyria, appears in verse 11 as the founder of the Assyrian empire (Wellhausen, Price, Sayce). Lack of identification, however, does not necessarily indicate mythical origin of the name.

 

See ASTRONOMY, sec. II, 11; BABYLONIA AND ASSYRIA, RELIGION OF, IV, 7; MERODACH; ORION.

[1] See supplemental notes: Gilgal

[2] See supplemental notes: Migdol

[3] See supplemental Notes: Babel

[4] Thomas Horn and Cris Putnam, On The Path Of The Immortals (Crane, MO, Defender Pub, 2015) 319-352

 

[5] William Henry and Mark Gray, Freedom’s Gate: Lost Symbols in the U.S. (Hendersonville, TN: Scala Dei, 2009)

[6] Archeology Travel, https://archaeology-travel.com/street/vatican-obelisk-in-st-peters-square/ (accessed May 30, 2017)

[7] Thomas Horn and Cris Putnam, On The Path Of The Immortals (Crane, MO, Defender Pub, 2015) 333

 

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A Resurrection Day Perspective

A Tomb And A Stone

Every year when Christianity celebrates Easter Sunday the story about the resurrection of Jesus rarely depicts the deeper spiritual meaning of what happened on that day in Jerusalem. Jesus gets lost in family activities from Easter eggs, candy, and the like to sumptuous family dinners celebrating the end of a season of fasting. I dare say many of us were not taught the true meaning of fasting during lent. (Isaiah 58) The end of lent is more like an excuse to eat without restraint or any thought of sin or death. Jesus seems to have been placed in the background on the very day that he gave freedom from the bondage of sin and death to all of mankind. (1Corinthians 15:55)

As I pondered what God was showing me about the resurrection I began to recall the meaning of tomb as rendered in the Greek language.  According to Strong’s a tomb is a visible object for preserving the memory of any person or thing. A memorial to something past. Well Jesus is the pattern for the life of every believer and there is a spiritual meaning and lesson in everything that Jesus said or performed while he was on the earth. When a person accepts Jesus as their Savior that person becomes born again. The old person is transformed by dying to self and becoming a new creature in Christ.

If we become born again we leave our past behind and step into a new life with Jesus. Therefore the tomb of Jesus should represent the old self or past that is left behind. (2 Corinthians 5:17)

The stone which was rolled away represents an open door to the new life of the born again believer. It is incumbent upon the believer to walk through the door into the new life. (Revelation 3:8)

Jesus demonstrated this when he came upon the man with an unclean spirit living among the tombs. (Mark 5:2) What a revelation this event has become relative to the resurrection of Jesus. The tomb is a memorial to the past and in Jewish law tombs and the dead are clearly classed as unclean. Now we can say that the tomb represents the unclean past of a person before becoming a born again believer washed clean in the blood of Jesus.

Now Jesus has opened the door to step out of one’s unclean past and step into a new life becoming a co-heir with Jesus to the Father’s kingdom. (John 5:24)

So many people remain trapped in the past and remain in bondage to what Christ has pardoned us from with his death and subsequent resurrection. Isn’t it time that we all step out of the tomb of our unclean past and embrace Jesus forever?

Romans 8:2 For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death.

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THE ORIGINAL HOLY WEEK

The Original Holy Week

Researched by Bob Coches

God uses whom he chooses and when he chooses to reveal his secrets to his children. God’s revelations always stir up the nay-sayers to challenge God’s actions but the truth cannot be denied. When we study prophecy there are two things that we know for sure. One is that God cannot lie and mathematical calculations are true and exact when the numbers are from God.

In 1894 God prevailed upon Sir Robert Anderson, the Chief of Criminal Investigation at Scotland Yard to explain and calculate Daniel’s 70 weeks prophecy. Anderson wrote his findings in a book called “The Coming Prince” to share with the world. This book is still available for purchase along with plenty of biographical information on Sir Robert Anderson that is archived on the internet.

Anderson was a born again believer with an insatiable curiosity regarding the scriptures and especially the Book of Daniel.

One of my favorite Old Testament verses is Deuteronomy 29:29. The secret [things belong] unto the LORD our God: but those [things which are] revealed [belong] unto us and to our children for ever, that [we] may do all the words of this law. This would certainly include fulfilled prophecy.

The Book of Daniel Chapter 9, verses 25 and 26 set the parameters for the fulfillment of Daniel’s prophecy of 69 weeks. 25  Know therefore and understand, that from the going forth of the commandment to restore and to build Jerusalem unto the Messiah the Prince shall be seven weeks, and threescore and two weeks: the street shall be built again, and the wall, even in troublous times.

26  And after threescore and two weeks shall Messiah be cut off, but not for himself: and the people of the prince that shall come shall destroy the city and the sanctuary; and the end thereof shall be with a flood, and unto the end of the war desolations are determined.

 

These verses reveal a starting point and a specific passage of time needing only to be calculated. Historical records give the date of the edict to rebuild Jerusalem and the number of days that make a prophetic year are given in the Bible. Sixty-nine weeks of years would be 483 years.

 

The 70th week of Daniel is given in detail in the Book of Revelation including the exact number of days contained in the prophetic years of Daniel. The Book of Revelation explains that 42 months equates to 1,260 days which can only happen if the year contains 360 days. Therefore 360 day years were used by Sir Robert Anderson to calculate the number of days in 483 years. This calculates 173, 880 days.

 

The date of the edict issued by Artaxerxes Longimanus was determined to be the 1st of Nisan B.C. 445. The Julian calendar equivalent would be April 14. Counting 173,880 days from April 14, 445 B.C. it calculates to be April 6, 32 A.D. (Nisan 10) This indeed was a Sunday and the very day that Jesus was honored publically as the Messiah as foretold in Daniel and Zechariah 9:9.

 

Jesus told his disciples that his recognition had to take place when he rode on the donkey.

Luke 19:40 And he answered and said unto them, I tell you that, if these should hold their peace, the stones would immediately cry out.

 

Thursday, April 10, (Nisan 14) was the Paschal supper, Friday, April 11, (Nisan 15 ) was the crucifixion of Christ, Sunday, April 13, (Nisan 17) was the resurrection of Christ. This day was also the anniversary of the day the Ark rested on dry ground. Genesis 8:4. Nisan 17 is believed by some to also be the day that the Israelites reached safety crossing the Red Sea during the Exodus.

 

Note: Nisan is the Jewish month in which the Passover occurs.

 

Suggested Study Sources:

 

Open Study Bible, (Nelson, NKJV)

Sir Robert Anderson, The Coming Prince, (Trumpet Press, 2014)

Nelson’s Three-In-One Bible Reference, (Nelson, 1982)

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God Uses A Bridge To Reach The Lost

March 18, 2017

Bob Reporting

Mark 6:7 ¶ And he called [unto him] the twelve, and began to send them forth by two and two; and gave them power over unclean spirits;
Saturday the Lord called me to Harrisburg, PA to share Jesus during the St. Patrick’s parade. I contacted 3 individuals inviting them to join me in order to be in line with God’s word.
I stopped at a McDonald’s for a quick lunch before looking for lost souls. Immediately a stranger walked up to me and began sharing that he was an Air Force vet also. I knew this was a God moment but had no idea why yet. Shortly another stranger joined the conversation and I was expecting God to reveal something at any time.

During this encounter I received a text from a brother in the Lord letting me know he was coming to join me. I directed him to my location and realized God was sending two of us to share Jesus confirming his word. We ending up ministering to one of the strangers I was talking with, who was saved, but having life issues. God was using the moment to encourage a hurting soul while preparing us for witnessing in Harrisburg.
God was teaching me patience because I needed to be on God’s schedule, not mine. I was getting anxious wanting to be winning souls but I needed to be obedient to God. We headed to City Island to park and walk across the Walnut St. bridge to downtown Harrisburg. As soon as we got on the bridge the Holy Ghost showed up and 6 individuals accepted Jesus. We proceeded across the bridge sharing as we went and stopped at the Front St. end. It was non-stop ministry and after about 30 minutes we began to return across the bridge as a cold front moved in. As we started back across the bridge 3 young adults from Nepal received Christ as their Savior. We continued sharing all the way back to our vehicles praying with several more people. What a God we serve.
John 4:35 Say not ye, There are yet four months, and [then] cometh harvest? behold, I say unto you, Lift up your eyes, and look on the fields; for they are white already to harvest.

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SIGNS SPECIFIC TO THE GREAT TRIBULATION

BIBLICAL END TIMES SIGNS IN PROPER PERSPECTIVE

Bob Reporting

Purpose

The intent of this limited synopsis is to highlight events that are called out in scripture in their probable order and  show the signs that will confirm these respective events as scripture reveals them. There is much discussion bantered about these days calling out current events to show that we are in this or that period of time of end time Biblical events. Such random claims tend to stir up emotions of believers that lead to unfounded conclusions and rampant fear. Undoubtedly people will debate the claims made herein as it is human nature to question everything relating to Biblical interpretation.  Add to that all the denominational beliefs and traditions that continually evolve making agreement among believers difficult. Therefore I pray that some will simply read and be led by the Holy Spirit to determine what is scriptural truth through prayer and searching of the scriptures.

This is not intended to be a detailed list, rather highlights of signs that confirm the 70th week of Daniel.

List of End Times Events

Pre-Rapture

Rapture

Time of Tribulation 70th Week of Daniel

Armageddon

Jesus Returns to Take His Throne on Earth

The Thousand Year Reign on Earth of Christ

Pre-Rapture

Interval of time during which the Rapture is considered imminent. This period of time began with the ascension of Jesus at the Mount of Olives.

There are no signs given as the time of Rapture is known only to the Father in Heaven.

Acts 1:7

Doctrine of Imminence

Matthew 24:42, Mark 13:33-37, I Thessalonians 5:2

Rapture

Believers taken in the twinkling of an eye without warning

I Corinthians 15:51-52

Note: This secrecy would be compromised if it did not happen immediately before the Tribulation.

 

Time of Tribulation The 70th Week of Daniel

The coming of Jesus shall not come until a falling away happens and the man of perdition is revealed which cannot happen until after the Rapture.

II Thessalonians 2:3-9

Fullness of the time of the Gentiles Israel’s blindness removed.

Romans 11:25

The Seven Seals Rev. 6:1

War, Famine, Death, Earthquakes, Sun Darkened, Blood Moon, Stars Fall.

The Seven Trumpets Rev. 8:6

Vegetation Destroyed,  Seas Struck, Waters Struck, Heavens Struck, Locusts                     from the Abyss,  200 Million Army, Two Witnesses Killed and Resurrected,                         Temple of God opened in Heaven

The Two Beasts, The Mark of the Beast

The Harvest Rev. 14:14

The Seven Bowls Rev. 15:1

Sores That Don’t Heal, Sea Turns to Blood, Waters Turn to Blood, Sun                                  Becomes Hotter, Darkness Overtakes , Euphrates Dries Up, Earth Shaken

The Fall of Babylon Rev. 18:2

Men’s hearts will fail them Luke 21:26

Armageddon

Jesus Returns to Take His Throne

Satan Defeated

Israel Saved

Satan Bound for 1000 Years

The Millennium

Suggested study sources:

John F. Walvoord, The Rapture Question, (Zondervan, 1979, Rev. and Enlarged Ed.)

Spiros Zodhiates, Th.D., Ed., Hebrew Greek Key Study Bible, (Baker Book House, KJV)

Henry H. Halley, Halley’s Bible Handbook ,(Zondervan, 1984, Large Print 24th Ed., 48th Printing)

Open Study Bible, ( Nelson, NKJV)

New Geneva Study Bible, (Nelson, NKJV)

Chuck Missler, The Book of Revelation, (Koinonia House Inc., 2005, Digital) 24 Sessions

Sir Robert Anderson, The Coming Prince, (Trumpet Press, 2014)

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THE RAPTURE BEFORE THE TRIBULATION?

THE RAPTURE IS PRE-TRIBULATION

Reported by Bob Coches

The rapture remains an event of great controversy among born again believers of every denomination. For some reason it brings a passionate response nearly every time it is discussed. Recently the Holy Ghost led me to search out the truth if I could find it impressing upon me that the great tribulation draws nigh. I am sure I could not have come up with reasonable answers without the Holy Ghost.

I have always believed that the rapture would come first before the great tribulation or great and terrible day of wrath of the Lord. The problem has always been how to show this position scripturally.

As is usually the case the answer is lurking in the scriptures if we take the time to really understand the words. Of course the other problem is that many churches do not share in the pre-tribulation view.

Many of the truths contained in the New Testament are camouflaged by traditions and man-made doctrines. Truths really stand on their own and are self-evident. We just have to search them out.

I was eventually led to a book by John F. Walvoord titled “The Rapture Question.” The last chapter in this book is titled “Fifty Arguments for Pretribulationism.” Well, contained therein was one of those fifty arguments that were very self-evident in my eyes.

2Thessalonians 2:6-8 declares that the man of sin cannot be revealed until the Holy Spirit is taken out of the way. Once that happens the great tribulation can begin. I am not quoting, rather summarizing what these scriptures say.

This should not cause an argument though I am sure it will. Thinking this requirement through means the body of Christ that makes up the church must be taken out of the way to accomplish this. The reasoning is that scripture clearly states that born again believers are indwelled with the Holy Ghost and would be in the way of free-reign by a man of sin or Antichrist.

That makes the rapture the first sign that the tribulation is underway. There are no signs in the scripture other than a promise by Jesus that he is coming back for his church. The tribulation is supported by many signs that will confirm its existence when it happens. The rapture is cloaked in secrecy known only by our Father God in heaven.

Jesus taught the doctrine of imminence, that is to be ready for his return for his church at any time. This event will come at an hour least expected without warning. In the twinkling of an eye we will be translated in the air.

For all the skeptics I recommend serious study of the scriptures and reading Dr. Walvoord’s extensive research on the rapture. There are 49 more arguments waiting for those interested in the truth.

John F. Walvoord, The Rapture Question, (Zondervan, 1979, Rev. and Enlarged Ed.) 269-276

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IS OIL NECESSARY FOR DIVINE HEALING

Is Any Sick Among You?

Researched by Bob

One thing I quickly learned when studying different languages was that translation required an understanding of grammar. Grammar is not the same in every language and this creates challenges when trying to properly explain thoughts from one language to another. This brings me to the need for studying the Bible in order to understand the actual meanings being conveyed by the original writers. Simply reading the words will not accomplish this.

Since my native language is English I am relegated to reading translations of the original manuscripts. I soon discovered that it was necessary to become familiar with the languages of the original writers in order to gain a better understanding of the word of God. Eventually I settled on the Hebrew Greek Key Study Bible as a reliable source along with electronic copies of various versions for easy comparisons.

This brings me to the title of this study. It came from James 5:14 in the King James Version.

James 5:14 Is any sick among you? let him call for the elders of the church; and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord:

From my earliest days in bible studies and sitting under various evangelists I was taught to reach for the oil and then pray for God’s healing touch to heal the sick. Once this was planted in my head it filtered how I received what the bible was saying in every healing verse I read. As a result it took me a long time to learn the true reason for oil in the New Testament.

In the Old Testament oil was used to anoint those called to a specific spiritual office such as kings, judges, and prophets. The oil represented the Holy Spirit when used in this manner. It was also used in medicinal applications along with spices and herbs.

When Messiah Jesus came on the scene and began healing people and urging his disciples to go and do likewise, it was thought that the calling of the elders to pray for the sick and anoint them with oil was more of a spiritual ritual with the oil being a necessary component. Reality became lost in the translation making oil for healing a doctrine in many churches.

It turns out that the real application of oil for the sick was medicinal. The command for the elders to pray for the sick meant for the prayer to take place after having applied the oil to the problem. The prayer was to be in the name of the Lord and would invoke the divine healing power of Jesus and if there was sin involved it to would be forgiven. Hence the statement, “the effective fervent prayer of a righteous person availeth much.” James 5:16. This is more in line with what the Greek words actually convey in James 5:14.

That means that scripturally there is a basis in the Bible for medicine as well as divine healing. The difference is that for a believer medical treatment is a starting point with prayer being the finishing touch. Nowhere in the New Testament can a requirement for oil be found in order for healing to take place but the help of skilled medical professionals is very beneficial.

Authority for this interpretation is the notes for verses James 5:14-15 in the Hebrew Greek Key Study Bible.

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Digging Deeper Into God’s Word

Giving Attention to Details When Reading the Word

What Does the Bible Really Say About Baptism in the Holy Spirit?

Bob 11-14-16

 

Acts 2:

4  And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.

5 ¶  And there were dwelling at Jerusalem Jews, devout men, out of every nation under heaven.

6  Now when this was noised abroad, the multitude came together, and were confounded, because that every man heard them speak in his own language.

These verses in Acts are often misunderstood. The day of Pentecost seems simple enough but it has evolved into a distorted doctrine in many churches regarding the “baptism of the Holy Ghost.” Of course it is the devil that does not want the church to understand the authority it has been given by Jesus.

The day of Pentecost restored what man had lost at the tower of Babel, the gift of agreement. (Acts 2:1, 2:7-8)

God confounded the language of the men conspiring to build the tower of Babel to prevent the completion of the project. At Pentecost the ability to gather together in a common purpose and one language was restored once for all. This in itself was huge. Peter called this event the fulfillment of what was spoken by the prophet Joel. (Joel 2:28-32)

This event also signified the manifest presence of the Holy Ghost to empower the new church until the return of Jesus. (Acts 1:8)

As news of this event spread through the church many desired to receive this baptism of the Holy Ghost. In our time some churches established protocol for receiving this amazing gift in order to be empowered as a witness to share the gospel of Jesus. The evidence for receiving this baptism was the ability to speak in tongues. This was further refined by the teaching in 1 Corinthians 14 regarding the gift of tongues.

This has created much division and confusion among believes. The word tongues simply means languages in the English language. Since the word tongues is not commonly used in this manner it tends to confuse people who interpret it to mean “other languages.” Pentecost demonstrated that other languages was indeed a gift of the Holy Ghost, but not a required evidence of receiving the gift of the Holy Ghost.

The prophecy by Joel declared that those receiving this outpouring of the Spirit shall prophesy, see visions, and dream dreams. This was also clarified in Acts 10:46 and Acts 19:6. In these two instances recorded in the scriptures those receiving the Holy Ghost spoke in common languages and prophesied. The purpose was to show that the baptism of water was not required to be baptized by the Holy Ghost and that Gentiles could also receive this Holy Ghost baptism.

The definition of prophesying used in the scriptures means to speak the will of God through divine inspiration. Therefore the initial evidence of the baptism of the Holy Ghost is prophesying in a known language. This is shown by the fact that those hearing the tongues in Acts 10:46 and Acts 19:6  understood immediately what was being said.

I felt compelled to share this as I have met several people who desire to receive the baptism of the Holy Ghost, but cannot seem to be able to speak in unknown tongues as shown in 1 Corinthians 14.

1 Corinthians 14 speaks of the gift of unknown language as a special language known only by God when it is spoken. Paul further emphasized that when speaking in unknown language it should be interpreted for the edification of all who hear it. Paul defined the ability to speak in unknown language to God as the least of the gifts, but not a specific requirement of baptism of the Holy Ghost. Paul further stated that he who speaks in a tongue edifies himself, but he who prophesies edifies the church. (1 Corinthians 14:4-5)

 

 

Acts 10:

45  And they of the circumcision which believed were astonished, as many as came with Peter, because that on the Gentiles also was poured out the gift of the Holy Ghost.

46  For they heard them speak with tongues, and magnify God. Then answered Peter,

 

Acts 19:

6 And when Paul had laid [his] hands upon them, the Holy Ghost came on them; and they spake with tongues, and prophesied.

 

Special note: See also Zephaniah 3:9

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