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  1. We are leaving in the last days and we are about to enter into the promised land that our Lord Jesus christ went to prepare for us. We have to be very prayerful so that we must enter in that hevenly city. Remember what happened with the isrielites, when they were about to enter cannan. They fall in temptations.

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  2. Stephen, I agree with you on many points, some I am not sure of and a few I disagree with you on.
    First, I think scripture is clear that Lot was not like the Sodomites! He interceded on behalf of travelers to the city and protected them (Gen 19:1-9). It is interesting that when Abraham discussed the situation with the Lord he didn't take the righteous count below ten (Gen 18:32). Perhaps he understood the problem that Lot faced and knew that the tide of evil was against him, possibly to the point that Lot was beginning to conform to some of the principles of the Sodomites as we often do. Obviously, Lot's wife was attached to the city along with his in-laws but Lot still had enough righteousness that the Lord got both he and his family out before the destruction began.
    As far as the angels pulling Lot and his family away goes, the situation was urgent, they needed to get out NOW in spite of the fact that the rest of his family needed salvation and yet not willing (Gen 19:14). Lot was pleading God's case with them and not willing to give up but there comes a time when further pleading is useless and needs to end. So it was for most of Lot's family and for the cities of the plain.
    Second, we often seem to think that God didn't quite know what was going on and that when things happen He looks scornfully down at His people with burning wrath apparently caught by surprise that such things happened. Doesn't scripture say that we are like sheep (Isa 53:6), that we are born in sin (Gen 5:3; John 3:6; Rom 5:12; ) and that we are unable to extricate ourselves without God's power (Jer 13:23; Job 14:4; John 15:5). In spite of our pitiful state God still loves us (1 John 3:1; 1 John 4:10; Mat 5:45). Yes, all that you say is true Stephen, but if we lose our focus on Jesus, the God of love; if we forget what He has done in the past for his very undeserving people then we would not only have missed the boat but also the pier and everything else around it.
    Third, there are many questions that arise that we have no answers for. Many of them won't be answered until we are in Heaven. One of them is why God didn't pull His people out of Egypt before the enslavement began. Certainly He knew what was going to happen (Isa 46:10) didn't He? Why does He allow so many bad things happen to His people through the ages?
    For one, if His people didn't go through the Egyptian slavery and the exodus didn't occur all future generations wouldn't have that very powerful example of salvation to reflect upon. If God's people didn't go through the period of the middle ages then the universe wouldn't have that history that confirms what they saw happen on the cross. They wouldn't have as clear of an understanding of the issues of the great controversy as they now have. The main issues were settled on the cross but needed clarifying. The stories in the Scriptures are for our benefit (Rom 15:4; 1Pet 1:12) and we in turn become witnesses to the universe for their benefit (1 Cor 4:9). So God does things that may seem strange to us now but when the curtain is pulled aside and we see the big picture everything will make perfect sense.

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    • Thank you for your thoughtful comments, Tyler. I agree that much of what we don't understand is for our benefit. To exaggerate the point you have brought out, God could have slain Goliath without using a shepherd boy named David, but it was a necessary obstacle in David's path to prepare him to rule Israel. David became what he was in part because of his experience with Goliath. God has created each of us to fulfill a divine destiny. If we choose to accept Jesus and with Him that destiny, we will find that He created us with everything necessary in our being to accomplish it. He also places everything in our path, people, resources, and guideposts to aid us in becoming all He intended for us to be. We are not orphans. We are sons of God and joint heirs with Christ. (See John 14:18 and Romans 5:17)

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  3. oh yes i'm really relieved to understand that i'm not an orphan.i used tell myself that i know that one day i'll be a garden boy in heaven,but now its crystal clear my heavenly wont allow that
    thanks so much guys for giving me some confidence
    Lets hold on i can feel its only a matter of some hours before HE comes with our crowns

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  4. brothers & sisters i would like to highlight this. In Exodus [3:2] the Angel of the LORD appeared to Moses,(i found that this 'the Angel of the LORD' means something which if we can not elaborate can lead us into not understand what we are talking about. The point is, the are two angels appearing(The Angel of the LORD & the angel of the Lord ).there is a difference from the angel that appeared to Zacharia(Luke 1:11) & the one that appeared to Moses . In Exodus we see GOD Himself appearing to Moses unlike the angel that was sent to Zacharia. To see this difference, critically read the two bible books of Exodus 3:2& Luke 1:11. Then the difference comes from their immediete responce after the angels had spoken to them, remember these instances occurered at different occassions
    be blessed

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    • Thanks for your comment, Mhlongo. Perhaps the difference between "angel of the LORD" and "angel of the Lord" should be attributed to the fact that the Old Testament is initially Hebrew and the New Testament is Koine Greek. The all capital "LORD" is a translation of the word we get "YHWH" from. But the word "Lord" in Luke 1:11 is translated from the genitive form of the Greek word for Lord: "kurios." Since the New Testament is Greek, the phrase "YHWH" is never used by the apostles, nor is it found elsewhere in the New Testament. Even the well know passage in John 8:58 which is often associated with the divine name is actually first person singular of the Greek verb "to be." Transliterated, that would be "ego eimi."

      If we surmise differences based solely on the reactions of the people involved, we would have to see a difference between Moses' response and Gideon's as well (See Judges 6). Does this mean two different angel's spoke to each of them. Perhaps, but I would hesitate to state that with any certainty based solely on their reactions.

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