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What Does 666 Mean in Christianity?

The number 666 is the mark of the beast, as referenced in the Book of Revelation. In apocalyptic end times, the mark of the beast is taken by those who value personal safety over fidelity to Christ. The mark of the beast is the mark of mankind. It is the opposite of the divine plan of salvation. 666 in the Bible Revelation 13:16-18 sounds as if it could be the script for one of those remarkable films about secret codes or fantastic beasts.  “It also forced all people, great and small, rich and poor, free and slave, to receive a mark on their right hands or on their foreheads, so that they could not buy or sell unless they had the mark, which is the name of the beast or the number of its name.This calls for wisdom. Let the person who has insight calculate the number of the beast, ...

Who Was Methuselah in the Bible?

What does the expression as “Old as Methuselah” mean? This idiom, rooted in the Bible, means someone or something is very old! The book of Genesis says that Methuselah lived for 969 years. Who was Methuselah? Methuselah is the oldest person mentioned in the Bible. He lived to be 969 years old (Genesis 5:27). In Genesis 5, Methuselah is listed as a descendent of Adam, who also lived nearly a millennium.  Methuselah and Adam are not the only persons mentioned in the Bible living over 900 years. Adam lived to be 930 years old Adam’s son Seth lived 912 years Seth’s son Enosh (or Enos) lived to be 905 years old Methuselah’s grandfather Jered lived to be 962 years old Methuselah’s grandson Noah lived to be 950 years old Though Methuselah lived 693 years after Adam, it is likely they knew ea...

Can Prayer Change God’s Will?

This is a complicated question. If, as Christians, we believe God’s will is perfect, then why would we want to change it, and isn’t it presumptuous to think that we could? “As for God, his way is perfect: The Lord’s word is flawless; he shields all who take refuge in him” (Psalm 18:30). Besides, we serve a God who does not change (Malachi 3:6), and the Bible tells us that “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever” (Hebrews 13:8). In Numbers 23:19-20, Balaam spoke this message from the Lord: “God is not human, that he should lie, not a human being, that he should change his mind. Does he speak and then not act? Does he promise and not fulfill? I have received a command to bless; he has blessed, and I cannot change it.” So can we change God’s will? I think when most of u...

What is the Unforgivable Sin? Can We Commit it Today?

Christianity.com: What is the unforgivable sin described in Mark Chapter 3?-Brian Hedges from christianitydotcom2 on GodTube. Transcription of the video above: One of the first people that I led to Christ many years ago was a young man who believed that he had committed the unforgivable sin. In fact, that was the thing. He had been raised in a Christian home, but that was the thing that had kept him from Christ for some time because he believed that he had blasphemed the Holy Spirit, and he had committed this sin that was unpardonable, and certainly Christians who have been haunted by these words of Jesus … We find them in the gospels. One of the places we find them is in Mark chapter 3 where Jesus says that, “All sins will be forgiven the children of men, and whatever blasphem...

What Is Hell? A Biblical Guide of Its Existence

“Hell is a place of total, conscious, eternal separation from the blessings of God,” Bryan Chapell, president of Covenant Theological Seminary, said in the video below. “And there’s a sense in which hell is people getting exactly what they want.” In that if a person rejects God all throughout life, never submitting to him in repentance, then the person will enter eternity after death without God. [embedded content] What Happens after Death? We know from Romans 3:23 that everyone has sinned and therefore stand condemned before a holy God. But John 3:16-17 tells us that because of God’s great love for the whole world, he stepped in to rescue people from this helpless trajectory, if they only trust in Christ Jesus – the Messiah (John 20:31), God incarnate (Matthew 1:23; John 1:1-3; John ...

What Does Selah Mean in the Bible?

The true meaning of Selah in the Bible is a mystery. Bible Scholars have come up with multiple meanings and possible explanations for the meaning of the word. Selah Definition The New American Standard Hebrew Lexicon defines the Hebrew word (סֶֽלָה) as “to lift up, exalt.” Some scholars believe that Selah was a musical notation possibly meaning “silence” or “pause;” others, “end,” “a louder strain,” “piano,” etc. Still others think it is similar to a musical interlude, “a pause in the voices singing, while the instruments perform alone.”   Selah is translated as “intermission” in the Septuagint (LXX) which is the earliest Greek translation of the Old Testament. The Septuagint is significant because it was completed in 2n...

What Is the Apocrypha? Are Apocryphal Books Really Scripture?

The word “apocrypha” comes from the Greek word meaning “hidden” or “secret.” Originally, the term was reserved for books with content considered too sacred and grand to make accessible to the general public. Over time, “apocrypha” took on a more negative connotation, due to the questionable origins and doubtful canonicity of these books. Those who don’t accept these books as canon call them the Apocrypha apocryphal. But those who do accept them call them the Deuterocanon or deuterocanonical books, meaning “belonging to the second canon.” History of the Apocrypha The Apocrypha in the Septuagint In the third century B.C., Jewish scholars translated the Hebrew Bible (the Old Testament) into Greek, resulting in the Septuagint. Several books were included in ...

Where is Jesus Now? Is Jesus in Heaven?

Jesus is at the right hand of God in heaven as well as everywhere else. But there is also a sense in which he is in the heart of each believer. So where is Jesus right now? He is seated in heaven, bodily. He is omnipresent as God. And he is especially present in believers. 1. Jesus is everywhere. As God, Jesus is omnipresent. He is everywhere. There is nowhere Jesus is not. That is the universal presence of Jesus as God – it is omnipresent. 2. Jesus is in heaven. But Jesus is not only full God, thus omnipresent, Jesus is also full human. Jesus, by being full human has a human body, and that body, we’re told, ascended to heaven and sits at the right hand of God right now in heaven. 3. Jesus is with believers. While the physical presence of Jesus as a full-bodied human is seated at the right...

What Is the Significance of Trees in the Bible? Why Did Jesus Die on a Tree?

The Romans had many ways to kill people. Stabbing, stoning, burning, drowning, being torn apart by lions in the Coliseum for sport—these were all accepted means of execution. But Jesus was killed on the Cross, a tree stripped of roots and branches. As a Christian, I believe that nothing that happens in the Bible is by accident.  So why did God choose to have Jesus executed on a tree?  Below are four ways that trees are central to our understanding of Scripture and Holy Week. 1. Trees are mentioned in the Bible more than any living thing other than God and people. There’s a tree on the first page of Genesis, the first Psalm, the first page of the New Testament, and the last page of Revelation. Whether it is the fall, the flood, or the overthrow of the Pharaoh, every major event in...

If Christ’s Resurrection Is Proven, Why Doesn’t Everyone Believe?

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Did Jesus Go to Hell Between His Death and Resurrection?

We know from Jesus’ statement to the thief that when one dies they enter the presence of God immediately. Luke 23:42 states, “Truly I say to you, today you shall be with Me in Paradise.” This statement also tells us that Jesus went to His Father upon death. Beyond this we know very little about where Jesus was for three days. One must be careful not to read too much detail into a parable or story. Did Jesus Go to Hell? Bible Verses for this Theory The passage of Scripture most referred to by those holding to the hell theory is 1 Peter 3:18-20. “For Christ also died for sins once for all, the just for the unjust, in order that He might bring us to God, having been put to death in the flesh, but made alive in the spirit; in which also He went and made proclamation to the spirits now in priso...

Why Did Jesus Die on the Cross? And 6 Ways He Experienced Hell While on the Cross

As we dive into the details of what Jesus experienced on the cross, it’s natural to wonder why he would willing do such a painful thing. Let’s first look at three reasons from the Bible to remember why Jesus died on the cross and then take a look at what Jesus actually experienced during his crucifixion. Why Did Jesus Die on the Cross? 1. Because our sin required a payment but disqualified us from ever fulfilling it. Romans 3:23 is an important place to start: “All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.” Then later in Romans 6:23 we find that “the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.” These two verses show that each person has sinned, and that sin comes with a high price. God understands this price better than we do, so in love, he c...