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A study of a Jewish wedding.

Nails Ferry Road Baptist church Sunday School 5/01/2022

To understand the Bible in the context of a courtship, betrothal and wedding, and to look at it through such a lens, is one key to opening our understanding of the scriptures.

My hope here is to provide you with an outline, and Just a few supporting scriptures to give you the idea, and do your own study. I pray you find many more to enrich your understanding.

Researching this, and reading the relevant scriptures in the process makes me teary eyed. What a comfort. “therefore, comfort one another with these words”.

The Bible truly is the greatest love story ever told. Our Lord Jesus LOVES us!

The Jewish wedding is actually rooted in GENTILE customs, going back to Rebecca and Isaac, who were Gentiles, as well as Jacob and his two wives. Boaz and Ruth also gives us some insight. Would you believe Abraham’s tent is a picture of the Brides home, New Jerusalem,? That is a subject for another study. Let us begin.

The initial offer:

The groom and the best man introduce themselves: “I am the Bride groom”, and “I am a friend of the Bridegroom” John 3:29, Luke 5:33,35, Mark 2:18-20, Mt 9:14, Eph 5:25-27, Rev 19:7, Rev 21:2, Rev 21:7-9.

Other supporting scriptures: Isaiah 61:10, Mt 25:1-12, Joel 2:16, Ps 19:4-5, IS 62:5, Jer 33:11, Rev 18:23.

It is no coincidence That John and Jesus are speaking in the context of a Jewish wedding. They are telling us something. They are giving us a blueprint, a pattern. They are using simple, everyday things to explain the complex.

To the common people, it was easy to understand. To the Pharisees, these were “mysteries”.

I cannot tell you what a blessing such understanding is, but I can share.

My hope is you will find out for yourself. I provide a few scriptures, but the Bible is literally saturated with bridal analogies, I hope you find many other scriptures to enrich your understanding.

The proposal: “You did not choose me, I chose thee” John 15:16, Gen 24:58 {The Bride’s right of refusal}.

Jewish marriage was never compulsory. The bride could always ultimately refuse, but at the same time, she couldn’t go out and just ask a man to marry her, at least under normal circumstances she couldn’t. The potential groom had to make the first move. “I chose thee”.

So now she knows the man’s intentions.

She may say ” Assuming I may be interested, which I don’t know if I am or not…, (typical hard to get response, lol!) How about you go see my daddy first, he may not even allow you to ask me out,, talk to him, then perhaps we can talk.”

The groom’s choice had to be approved also, so logically he has already talked to his father about his prospective bride. Often his prospective bride was a childhood friend, or distant family memer.as were isaac and Rebecca, so they are not strangers to one another.

Supporting scriptures: I Cor 11:29, John 4:`13-14, John 3:16, John 11:25:27, Hosea 2:19, 2Cor 10-11:16.

The Bride price: The father required blood, and the groom balks, but finally agrees, he loves her that much. Mt 26:39.

IF the prospective bride agrees, she is considered “bought with a price”.

Once she accepts the dowry, she has made an irreversible decision. When the dowry is paid, she is bound to her husband for as long as he lives. She has no rights to divorce. Only the groom. She is considered “Bought with a price”. Dt 24:1.

What?! you say. Hold on: “Bought with a price” did not put the Bride at a disadvantage. Quite the contrary actually.

She was not property or chattel. The Bride Price actually put the groom in a potentially precarious financial situation much more so than the bride, so he’d best be sure of his decision.

The dowry:

The Dowry was usually an exhorbitent sum of money, or land, and most often everything the groom has. His decision better be a good one. If he loses her, he loses everything.

The dowry was an insurance policy of sorts for the bride and her family. IF her groom died, abandoned or divorced her, he forfeited the dowry, By making divorce only the grooms option, this also made divorce less likely. The financial implications of the dowry made divorce much more difficult, and provided her a means of support, and made her more attractive to another potential groom if her husband left her.

SO, The dowry has been proposed, Now it is up to the Bride. Usually a brief courtship follows, the couple get to know one another through family gatherings and the like. They are not permitted to be alone for an extended period of time until the official betrothal, which is much more informal than one would imagine.

The betrothal:

At an appropriate time, at a party or reception, to signal her acceptance of the dowry, the bride shares a cup of wine, or receives a cup of wine from her groom that he poured, and or shares food with him. This is undeniable proof before many witnesses that the couple has agreed to marry. The bride has officially accepted the dowry, and has sold any rights to refusal going forward.

IF she refuses the cup, the party continues, and the couple part as mere friends, the groom keeps the dowry, and no one will question either side about what they have seen.

Nuisin:

After a brief courtship, the groom now has to turn his attention to the future, and making a home for himself and his bride. Legally speaking, she is his wife. Only a formal divorce , with legal proceedings can annul the marriage. Mt 1:19.

Within the next year or so, he must build a home for himself and his bride. This dwelling was most often an addition onto his fathers home.

His father oversees its construction. When he is satisfied that it will make a fit home for the bride, He allows his Son to return for his bride.

Prior to his departure, The bride and the groom are both baptised, meaning they are officially consecrated to one another. Then the groom makes an official announcement: “I go to prepare a place for you, that where I am, there ye may be also”, and returns to his fathers house to begin building their future. John 14:2, Eph 5:31, 1 Cor 2:9, 1Cor 11:2, Rev 19:7, Rev 20:7-9, Rev 22:7.

It will be many days before they see one another again. Think “absence makes the heart grow fonder”. They bride does not know when he will return for her, but as the days pass, her excitement grows. He may come for her in the dead of night, so she keeps oil in her lamp, and her wedding garments clean and ready to go.

When will her groom come for her? Mt 24:44, Luke 12:40, Mt 24:36, Mk 13:32, Mt 24:37.

The groom has finished the bridal chamber. His father examines it, approves it, and tells his son, “Go fetch your bride son”. The groom assembles his friends, the wedding party, and they proceed to the bride’s house, usually very late at night to suprise her., with music and singing as they go.

When they get within hearing distance of her home, a shofar is blown, a trumpet, this wakes the bride and her attendants, and alerts the townsfolk that a wedding is taking place. When the assembly reaches the bride’s home, outside the doors, a collective shout alerts the bride that it is time to go. She grabs her things and meets her groom outside, and they return to the grooms fathers house for the wedding. The bride’s family then begins making preparations for ANOTHER wedding feast at her house a week later. The wedding was unannounced, so it will last for a week to allow friends and family to make arrangements to attend this festive occcasion.

1 Thess 4:13-16, Mal 3:16-17, Mt 25:6, Mt 25:12, Mt 24:40, Luke 17:34, 1 Cor 15:5`, Col 3:4, 1 John 3:2.

When the groom arrives at his father”s house, the elders are present, they have been called to witness the reading of the Ketubah, a premarital list of promises from the groom to his bride. This story resumes in part two, coming soon.

Here is a hint. In Revelation. “to him that overcometh” Is the Ketubah.

Blessings!

Copyright 2022 James Dixon jaedixon@huckleberry2012

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Is Luke 16 a parable?

Luke 16 is not a parable. And niether is the story of the prodigal son. Also see John 4:46, where Jesus uses the exact words “a certain nobleman”. Bear with me in my folly.

In Luke 16, Jesus qoutes the prodigal son, his father and his brother. Who knows who these people were? , but Jesus also qoutes Abraham, Lazarus, and the rich man.

Luke 15 and 16: The words ” “A certain rich man”. Tell us these are NOT parables. In these accounts, Jesus is talking about ACTUAL , REAL people from the recent past.

In a word, either Jesus is qouting what Abraham actually said, OR he is putting words in Abraham’s mouth, attributing things to him he never said, ergo LYING. In summary and conclusion, the implication and logical sum total is that Hell is a real place, not a “parable” as some folks like to call it.

Parable or not, it’s literal implications cannot be dismissed.

You decide, Blessings!

Copyright James Dixon 2022

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Can a believer “walk away” from Jesus?

The answer is YES, but its not a deal breaker.

From a conversation:

“Though worms eat my body, yet in my flesh I will see God” Job 19:26.

He knew God’s promises and knew that no matter what he would dwell in the house of the lord forever.Is Jesus faithful? of course he is. 2 Timothy 2:13 “If we believe not, yet he abideth faithful: he cannot deny himself.

”Daniel Martin: hes speaking in the sense that no matter what he does in the interim before the grave, he will see God.

“Not if he chooses to walk away. I know many who were Christians for over 20 years and now claim to be athiest! 2 Peter 2:20-22.

Response:

Daniel Martin then you are back where you started-fatalism.

If your doctrine be true, you cant see the future, so you can’t say you are going to heaven. You may fail, you dont know.
But thanks be to God, when you accepted the Lord Jesus as your Saviour, you made an irreversible decision, you sold your right of refusal going forward. YOU may fail Jesus, but he will NEVER fail you. You belong to him, and he belongs to you. Nothing, and no one, including yourself can change that.

(DM) So the people I know that we’re saved for 20 years and now are 100% atheist are still forced to go to heaven?

(JD) “Assuming they were truly saved, If they’re saved, God will deal with them at judgement. They may not have reward, they may recieve a rebuke, their reward may be taken from them and given to another, and they may even recieve a beating, and they may even have their days shortened, but they will not be rejected”.

“A Biblical example is Solomon. In his latter years, Solomon fell into apostasy and idol worship.” “His heart was not right”.

“Yet Jesus mentions Solomon several times in his earthly ministry.”

“Solomon is with the Lord, likely with no reward, but its not a salvific issue”.

“Saul and Samson are other examples of Gods chastening, but also his uncoditional , unmerited love and grace”. .

That said, many SAY they believe, but have no testimony. Peter tells us to make our calling and election sure, and Jesus tells us to profess him before men, and he will profess us before his father and bv the angels.

In conclusion:

When faced with competing doctrines, one must logically go with the one that makes the most sense. Once saved, always saved makes the most sense. All others amount to fatalist nonsense.

God Bless!

Copyright James Dixon 2022

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Calvin’s Family Covenant Doctrine: The Doctrine that does not exist.

Jean Calvin devised a cobbled doctrine called the family covenant doctrine.

It says that CALVINISTS babies go to heaven simply by virtue of their Calvinist parents. That’s how they can say all, (but ONLY) CALVINIST babies go to heaven, and not contradict the doctrine of election.

Calvinists will lie their lips off denying such doctrine even exists, and they are taught not to even acknowledge the existence of such doctrine. They speak lies in hypocrisy.

For a Calvinist to affirm that ALL babies go to heaven (and they do, Jesus says heaven is full of children) would be to deny Calvin’s doctrine of Election, which is a pillar and foundation of his religion and his church.

He would look like a fool if he admitted to his church that he had been preaching lies all these years, and his entire religion was nothing but repackaged Islam. Imagine the utter humiliation?

He knows intuitively he is wrong but he’s still putting up a front to avoid admitting it.

He is trying to push that square religious peg into round doctrinal hole.

Calvin’s doctrine of election holds that salvation is predetermined BEFORE birth. Not all are saved, so the non elect go to hell.

A well kept evil secret of Calvinism holds that Calvinist babies all go to heaven by virtue of their parents , so if your parents are Calvies you go to heaven, no matter how you live, or how old you are , just hope the folks remain in the cult huh? Imagine salvation being dictated and determined by your parents remaining in calvinism?

A calvinist preacher’s flock must take classes in stupidity, NO one is naturally that dumb.

Often calvinists are challenged about babies,

So they use double speak: when they say “all babies” , they mean all CALVINIST babies.

Non Calvinist babies? Some will, some won’t.

The whole thing is a bad joke dreamed up by Calvin, a wicked agent of satan, of whom Calvinists are also minions.

God Bless!

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Dealing with how the world views a Christian. What to expect.

The hypocrisy of the world:


Luke 7:34 They are like unto children in the marketplace, and calling one to another and saying, We have piped unto you, and ye have not danced: We have mourned unto you and ye have not wept:


For John the Baptist came neither eating bread, nor drinking wine: and ye say, He hath a devil.


The Son of man is come eating and drinking: and ye say, Behold a gluttonous man, and a wine bibber, a friend of publicans and sinners!


John lived in the desert, didn’t eat unclean meats or drink any wine or strong drink (he was a Nazerite under the vow), and folks called him possessed of the devil.


Jesus was very sociable, and they called him a drunk and a glutton.

The thing illustrated here is how much the world hates the people of God. You will never win with the world. The world will find a way to hate you.

By the world’s standards, You’ll never do anything right, so don’t try to please the world. You be you.


-If you like to eat, they’ll call you a hog. If you avoid certain foods, they’ll call you a Jew.


-If you like to drink, they’ll call you a drunk, if you don’t, they’ll accuse you of a “holier than thou” attitude. And you won’t get many party invitations.


-If you’re single, and date a lot, they’ll call you a man whore, or a harlot. If you’re single and celibate, they’ll question your sexuality.

I once lived across the street from a preacher and did not know it. I lived there for almost two years. The preacher could see my front door over a hedge from his back porch, his favorite place to sit. The preacher was my barber.
The entire time I lived there, I did date, but only on ONE occasion did a woman come to my house. To pick blueberries off the bushes in the back yard.


One day at the barber shop, the preacher says “saw you had some company over there the other day…pretty girl. I was starting to wonder about you there for a minute”. (As if it was any of his business)


I was stunned. I had no idea. “How do you know I had company?”
“James, I live right across the street from you, you didn’t know that?”
Well, of course the man had never set foot in my yard, nor welcomed me to the neighborhood, so how was I supposed to know? Nosey twit. I was furious.


-If you are in church every time the doors are open, they’ll call you a “holy roller” or “religious nut”.

-If you only attend occasionally, or they see you fishing or working on Sunday, they’ll call you a backslider.

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-If you are divorced, they view you as a sinner, or as a failure, or stupid. A failure for not “trying to make it work”, or stupid for staying in the marriage and not leaving sooner.


-If you smoke, they’ll condemn you for not taking better care of yourself. While stuffing their faces at the buffet.


-If you work out, they’ll accuse you of being vain, or a health nut. If you don’t, they’ll say you should take better care of yourself.


-If you are brutally honest and direct with people, they’ll condemn you for being a jerk. If you sugar coat things, they’ll assume you are a push over and won’t take you seriously.


-If you don’t follow the crowd, they’ll accuse you of being a rebel, or conspiracy theorist. If you do, you are gullible and can’t think for yourself.


-If you are good with your money, they’ll accuse you of acquiring it unjustly, and accuse you of being stingy, or a “tightwad”. If you aren’t good with your money, they’ll accuse you of being lazy, irresponsible, or a bad steward.

-If you are poor, they view you as cursed by God. If you are rich, they’ll accuse you of being a crook.


-If you are civil with your ex, they’ll accuse you of: “Its clear he still has a thing for her”

“he’s never overed her”.

If you are not civil, they’ll condemn you for “why he won’t even speak to his ex wife…poor children”


-If you dress well for church, they’ll call you a show off.

If you don’t, they’ll accuse you of under dressing for Jesus.


-If you are educated, they’ll call you arrogant, and a know it all.

If you aren’t, they’ll accuse you of not being smart enough for college.


-If you ran everywhere you went, they’d call you a fool for not driving a car.

If you drove a car everywhere, they’d criticize you for not walking more.


-if you walked on water, they’d accuse you of not being able to swim.


-If you lose your temper sometimes, they’ll accuse you of having anger issues. If you never do, they’ll accuse you of not taking anything serious enough.


-2 single men or women sharing an apartment are called queers, or they’re accused of running a brothel.


So its pretty clear a Christian won’t win the world over. My point is YOU BE YOU. Don’t worry about living for others, or attempting to live up to a standard created by others.

Don’t allow anyone to intimidate you, or point out what they see as faults. Just tell them to go look in the mirror.


Ecc 7:16-18 Be not righteous over much: neither make thyself over wise: why shouldest thou destroy thyself? Be not over much wicked, neither be thou foolish: why shouldest thou die before thy time? It is good that thou shouldest take hold of this:” yea, also from this withdraw thy hand: for he that feareth God shall come forth of them all.


You cannot reach people if you are not sociable. You cannot get people to open up to you if they are intimidated by you, or feel you are being judgemental. At the same time, don’t beat yourself up over trying to live like you think the world should have you live. YOU BE YOU. Gal 5:1 stand fast therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ has made us free and be ye not entangled in the yoke of bondage. GAL 5:1


Ecc 2:24 There is nothing better for a man, than that he should eat and drink, and that he should make his soul enjoy good in his labour. This also I saw, that it was from the hand of God.
Ecc 9:7 Go thy way, eat thy bread with joy, and drink thy wine with a merry heart, for God now accepteth thy works.

Blessings!

Copyright James Dixon 2022

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The Seven fold Harvest

Understanding this doctrine is the key to understanding many things concerning the scriptures especially Revelation. Few teach this because few understand. I pray it is a blessing to you.

Scofield taught a one day, one time resurrection. He did not know what he was talking about. His errant doctrines have misled and confused several generations.

The order of the first resurrection harvest: 1 Cor 15:23 But every one in his own order: the firstfruits Christ, then they that are of Christ, who have believed in his coming. …

IS 26:19 19 Thy dead men shall live, together with my dead body shall they arise. Awake and sing, ye that dwell in dust: for thy dew is as the dew of herbs, and the earth shall cast out the dead. -1- refers to Matt 27;52-53, 

Isiaih 42:  I the Lord have called thee in righteousness, and will hold thine hand, and will keep thee, and give thee for a covenant of the people, for a light of the Gentiles;

To open the blind eyes, to bring out the prisoners from the prison, and them that sit in darkness out of the prison house. The “prison” was sheol, Abraham’s bosom. Matt 27:52-53. (First Harvest)

Luke 16:22 And it came to pass, that the beggar died, and was carried by the angels into Abraham’s bosom: the rich man also died, and was buried;

Matt 27:52 And the graves were opened; and many bodies of the saints which slept arose, And came out of the graves after his resurrection, and went into the holy city, and appeared unto many. Harvest 1. First fruits of the Barley harvest. 

Acts 2:29 Men and brethren, let me freely speak unto you of the patriarch David, that he is both dead and buried, and his sepulchre is with us unto this day. So logically David was still in the grave after Matt 27;52-53. This proves nothing except that David obviously did not rise with the saints in Matt 27:52-53, and will logically rise at the next harvest in 1 Thess 4:16, “the dead in Christ shall rise first” (Harvest 2.)

This verse is commonly used as a “proof text” to counter the 7 fold harvest doctrine. The rising of the saints in Matt 27:52-53 says “many bodies”, not “all”. Again, it proves nothing, and cannot annul the logical sum total of the verses here. 

Eph 4:10 He that descended is the same also that ascended up far above all heavens, that he might fill all things.)

1 Cor 15:20 But now is Christ risen from the dead, and become the firstfruits of them that slept. Notice the word “slept”. Slept is PAST tense. “I slept late this morning” logically means I am awake now.

The second and third harvests.

1 Thes 4:16 For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: the second and third harvests almost simultaneously. (harvest 2)

17 Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord. (Harvest 3)  Two things are happening here. First the resurrection of the NT dead, and those not raised (if any) in Matt 27:52-53. 

This harvest could be called either the  Barley, or the first fruits of the wheat, or the barley harvest. The next event is the rapture. This could be called the barley harvest, or the first fruits of the wheat, depending on how you look at it, but that is irrelevant, it is one of the harvests of the first resurrection.  Pesach and Shavout have come. Succoth is next.   (The three main jewish High holy days, and harvest periods).

After the tribulation begins, two prophets will preach on the streets of Jerusalem for 3.5 years. Millions and millions of muslims and Jews will be saved across the world during this time. If one lives outside Israel the first three and half years of the tribulation, they won’t live long as a Christian. In Israel however, there will be little persecution because of a peace treaty the beast has made with Israel. But at the mid point, the two prophets are killed, they are called olive trees, so logically this is the olive harvest, and I don’t believe it is only two men.

 It stands to reason that those they won to the Lord and were killed in their 3.5 year ministry would be called Olives, and it is MY belief (can’t prove it) that the other olives, saints killed in the tribulation up to this point, will also rise with the two prophets 3.5 days later. (Harvest 3). Rev 11;11-12 And after three days and an half the Spirit of life from God entered into them, and they stood upon their feet; and great fear fell upon them which saw them. And they heard a great voice from heaven saying unto them, Come up hither. And they ascended up to heaven in a cloud; and their enemies beheld them. (This is the fourth crop of the harvest). More saints are killed in the tribulation. 

Revelation 11:8 And their dead bodies shall lie in the street of the great city, which spiritually is called Sodom and Egypt, where also our Lord was crucified. And after three days and an half the Spirit of life from God entered into them, and they stood upon their feet; and great fear fell upon them which saw them. On to the next harvest, the wheat.   

 

Rev 14:15-16 And another angel came out of the temple, crying with a loud voice to him that sat on the cloud, Thrust in thy sickle, and reap: for the time is come for thee to reap; for the harvest of the earth is ripe. Saints killed since the olive harvest at the mid point of the tribulation are raised. These also attend the wedding feast. Wheat, harvest 5.

Jesus takes a break during the wedding feast in heaven in revelation 19, and briefly leaves, to prepare the way for his bride and her mother Naomi. IS 26:20   Come, my people, enter thou into thy chambers, and shut thy doors about thee: hide thyself as it were for a little moment, until the indignation be overpast. (Harvest 6) 

Rev 14:19  And the angel thrust in his sickle into the earth, and gathered the vine of the earth, and cast itinto the great winepress of the wrath of God. These are living UNBELIEVERS killed at Armageddon. This is the sixth harvest. Six is the number for sin and man. The end is almost here, more saints are killed. 

IS 63:3 I have trodden the winepress alone; and of the people there was none with me: for I will tread them in mine anger and trample them in my fury; and their blood shall be sprinkled upon my garments, and I will stain all my raiment. IS 63:3. This is a reference to Armageddon, and the day of the Lord. This is the grape harvest of unbelievers. This is the anti Christ army and government. Harvest 6. 

Revelation 19. His eyes were as a flame of fire, and on his head were many crowns; and he had a name written, that no man knew, but he himself. (harvest 6)
13 And he was clothed with a vesture dipped in blood: and his name is called The Word of God. Here is immediately following Armageddon. Jesus, having told his saints to go into their chambers until the indignation is past, comes for them after his wrath is complete.

We then follow Jesus back to earth from heaven. The surviving worlds population are gathered for judgement. We will be judges there. At this time also, the last company of martyers killed since the wheat harvest is raised and glorified.

Rev 20:4-6 here are the gleanings of the wheat harvest, the final company of saints of the first resurrection. The last of the harvests. 7 is the number of completion and perfection. This is the seven fold harvest of the first resurrection.

There are also figs and pomegranites, that is for another study. 

Blessings!

copyright 2012 James Dixon

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What about the “tongues”?

What about the tongues? Not worth being right about.

I recently noticed that I have not addressed to any real extent in any of my blogs

Last night, I read through 1 Cor 13 and 14, and came away with the opinion that folks who think tongues have not ceased, just don’t know how to read, or DON”T read.. At the very least, Paul had a pretty low opinion of the “tongues”, which I will address, as well as hitting the practical side of the doctrine of “tongues”. Most importantly, throughout Paul’s discourse in 1 Cor 13 and 14, he emphasizes LOVE. In all things, love should be our hallmark.

My first question to one who subscribes to the doctrine is “why is it not manifest on the mission field?” “why do missionaries in foreign countries still have to use interpreters”?

My second question is “what PRACTICAL use is it to the church and the body of Christ TODAY?” No answer yet, but I’m waiting. 

My last question is, and few know this, since witches, voodoo priests, and even Muslims have “ecstatic utterances’ and speak in tongues, what spirit is this? 

Paul says in 1 Corinthians 13:8 that tongues shall cease when THAT which is perfect is come. Charity never faileth: but whether there be prophecies, they shall fail; whether there be tongues, they shall cease; whether there be knowledge, it shall vanish away.

Jesus is not a “That”.  Paul was logically referring to a noun or pro noun, not a person. Logically he was referring to the coming BIble, with the New Testament containing books that had not been written yet.

Paul also makes it clear that theres a difference between “prophesy” and “Tongues”, emphasizing and preferring prophesy over tongues, which he says previously shall cease.

Paul was martyred in 67 AD, and John wrote Revelation in about 96 ad, which is the last prophecy and the completion of the Bible as we know it today.

So it is important to understand the context in which Paul is speaking to the Corinthians. He spoke to the future cessation of tongues and prophecies, then addresses the present situation.

No doubt “tongues” were an issue the churches were unsure about then as well. Paul clarifies the issue very well.

Paul gives the church the prescription and protocol for the doctrine of tongues, which was in effect at the time, but would vanish away.

He seems to have a flippant, low regard for the tongues, but nonetheless tells them “forbid it not” and how to conduct themselves at present in so doing.

In short: IF manifest TODAY in the church: Speak in turn, no more than two at the time, and if there is no interpreter, remain silent. And the WOMEN were to remain silent.

Read it for yourself and see. 

Even in Paul’s day, “tongues” were not a big deal in the church from a PRACTICAL standpoint. 

And for almost 1900 years, such were not mentioned until the UZU street revival in early 1900, which in my opinion was a deception much like the angel visiting Joseph Smith, and others who have claim special revelation from God over the centuries.

Let us begin with what Paul says about the tongues:

1 Cor 14 Follow after charity, and desire spiritual gifts, but rather that ye may prophesy.

2 For he that speaketh in an unknown tongue speaketh not unto men, but unto God: for no man understandeth him; howbeit in the spirit he speaketh mysteries

3 But he that prophesieth speaketh unto men to edification, and exhortation, and comfort.

4 He that speaketh in an unknown tongue edifieth himself; but he that prophesieth edifieth the church.

5 I would that ye all spake with tongues but rather that ye prophesied: for greater is he that prophesieth than he that speaketh with tongues, except he interpret, that the church may receive edifying.

6 Now, brethren, if I come unto you speaking with tongues, what shall I profit you, except I shall speak to you either by revelation, or by knowledge, or by prophesying, or by doctrine?

7 And even things without life giving sound, whether pipe or harp, except they give a distinction in the sounds, how shall it be known what is piped or harped?

8 For if the trumpet give an uncertain sound, who shall prepare himself to the battle?

9 So likewise ye, except ye utter by the tongue words easy to be understood, how shall it be known what is spoken? for ye shall speak into the air.

10 There are, it may be, so many kinds of voices in the world, and none of them is without signification.

11 Therefore if I know not the meaning of the voice, I shall be unto him that speaketh a barbarian, and he that speaketh shall be a barbarian unto me.

12 Even so ye, forasmuch as ye are zealous of spiritual gifts, seek that ye may excel to the edifying of the church.

13 Wherefore let him that speaketh in an unknown tongue pray that he may interpret.

14 For if I pray in an unknown tongue, my spirit prayeth, but my understanding is unfruitful.

15 What is it then? I will pray with the spirit, and I will pray with the understanding also: I will sing with the spirit, and I will sing with the understanding also.

16 Else when thou shalt bless with the spirit, how shall he that occupieth the room of the unlearned say Amen at thy giving of thanks, seeing he understandeth not what thou sayest?

17 For thou verily givest thanks well, but the other is not edified.

18 I thank my God, I speak with tongues more than ye all:

19 Yet in the church I had rather speak five words with my understanding, that by my voice I might teach others also, than ten thousand words in an unknown tongue.

20 Brethren, be not children in understanding: howbeit in malice be ye children, but in understanding be men.

21 In the law it is written, With men of other tongues and other lips will I speak unto this people; and yet for all that will they not hear me, saith the Lord.

22 Wherefore tongues are for a sign, not to them that believe, but to them that believe not: but prophesying serveth not for them that believe not, but for them which believe.

23 If therefore the whole church be come together into one place, and all speak with tongues, and there come in those that are unlearned, or unbelievers, will they not say that ye are mad?

24 But if all prophesy, and there come in one that believeth not, or one unlearned, he is convinced of all, he is judged of all:

25 And thus are the secrets of his heart made manifest; and so falling down on his face he will worship God, and report that God is in you of a truth.

26 How is it then, brethren? when ye come together, every one of you hath a psalm, hath a doctrine, hath a tongue, hath a revelation, hath an interpretation. Let all things be done unto edifying.

27 If any man speak in an unknown tongue, let it be by two, or at the most by three, and that by course; and let one interpret.

28 But if there be no interpreter, let him keep silence in the church; and let him speak to himself, and to God.

29 Let the prophets speak two or three, and let the other judge.

30 If any thing be revealed to another that sitteth by, let the first hold his peace.

31 For ye may all prophesy one by one, that all may learn, and all may be comforted.

32 And the spirits of the prophets are subject to the prophets.

33 For God is not the author of confusion, but of peace, as in all churches of the saints.

34 Let your women keep silence in the churches: for it is not permitted unto them to speak; but they are commanded to be under obedience as also saith the law.

35 And if they will learn any thing, let them ask their husbands at home: for it is a shame for women to speak in the church.

36 What? came the word of God out from you? or came it unto you only?

37 If any man think himself to be a prophet, or spiritual, let him acknowledge that the things that I write unto you are the commandments of the Lord.

38 But if any man be ignorant, let him be ignorant.

39 Wherefore, brethren, covet to prophesy, and forbid not to speak with tongues.

40 Let all things be done decently and in order. 

In closing, one more time; 1 Cor 19 Yet in the church I had rather speak five words with my understanding, that by my voice I might teach others also, than ten thousand words in an unknown tongue.

Copyright James Dixon 2022

God bless!

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Dealbreaker? No.

If any one says they will not sin after salvation, they’re lying. Like it or not, we will, intentionally and unintentionally. Is it a deal breaker? No, but we will give account for un confessed sins carried into judgement, and such will count against any crowns or rewards. What then? 1 John 1:8-10 says if we confess our sins, they wont be held against us in judgement. THIS IS NOT SALVIFIC> So keep a short account, stay in prayer so as to receive a full reward and stand with confidence when Jesus appears for us.

Blessings!

Copyright James Dixon 2022

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A letter to my daughter and her husband on her wedding day 5/22/21

Just some advice. I hope it serves you well:

REMEMBER: Faith, fidelity, finances and thoughtfulness.

Let these be four pillars of your marriage. BE THOUGHTFUL. Build one another up in front of others. Tell one another how much you appreciate them EVERY DAY.

-Love and obey God above anyone else. Never compromise your beliefs or principles for anyone. Stay in Church. Go even when you don’t want to. Pray every day, whether you feel like it or not. Make time for prayer. Love one another unconditionally, AGAPE, even when you don’t think they deserve it. Love as Jesus love us. Be each other’s best friend.

-Eat together as often as possible. Face time counts for a lot. A long kiss when you part in the morning, and a long kiss when you get home. Avoid over commitment. “happy wife, happy life”.

-There will be times when you won’t like each other very much. There will be times when you don’t like each other at all. There will be times when you drive one another up the wall. That’s ok. It doesn’t mean you don’t love one another. It means you’re human. Its normal. It’s not a deal breaker. Remember your love for one another. Remember your vows.

-Make your decisions together. All of them. That way, you both bear the blame for any failures, and share the glory of your triumphs together. Talk to one another. LISTEN!. Most times your spouse just needs you to listen, not solve the problem.

-Avoid arguing about petty things. Most things just are not worth being right about anyway. Don’t value your differences more than you do your relationships.

-Marriage is about 90% GIVE. On both sides. Honor your spouse in and out of their presence. In word and deed. Wear your wedding ring. Pick your friends wisely.

-Surprise her. Call her from work. Tell her you love her every day. Do something every day to endear yourself to the other. Tell her she’s pretty. Tell him he’s handsome. Focus on one another’s positive attributes, not their faults. Be thoughtful.

Don’t be in a hurry to have children. Get to know one another for a few seasons, a year or so. Bond with one another. Plan exclusive trips together, just you two. Alone. Pray together. Pray FOR each other in the others presence. Wash one another’s feet. LITERALLY. OFTEN.

-Don’t worry about petty things and habits. You both have a lifetime of     quirks and habits. Don’t try to change each others ways. Learn to put the commode seat down. Learn to close the shower curtain. Or leave it open. Tolerate. Don’t nitpick. Keep yourself clean and smelling good. Clay, SHAVE. Use that cologne she gives you. Traci, don’t fuss when he fishes. Clay, don’t fuss when she gets her hair done. A woman’s hair is her glory.

-Be spontaneous with one another. Send her flowers not just on special occasions. 

-Confess your faults, weaknesses and fears to one another. Hold yourself accountable to one another. Don’t hide your phone.

-If or when the Lord blesses you with children, remember for the husband, it will be an exercise in humility, patience and foot washing. She gets a pass when she’s pregnant.

-Treat one another’s family as your own. Be there for them as you would for your own family.

-Read proverbs, Ecclesiastes, and song of Solomon together to put wisdom onto your marriage and your children.

-AVOID OVER COMMITMENT. DON’T LET YOUR FRIENDS ROB YOU OF TIME WITH YOUR SPOUSE.

-Go to bed early, go to sleep late. Keep the store open. Get the picture?

-Live like a pauper regardless of the size of your paycheck. Traci has a dozen generations of Jones’es behind her, so don’t worry about keeping up with them. Don’t store your treasures. Be generous. Feed the poor. Help those in need when it is in your power to do so.

-Remember the best way to lose a friend is an unsecured loan. Then again, its also a great way to get rid of somebody.

-Banks require collateral for a reason. They want to preserve the business relationship. If you loan money, ask for collateral.

Carry an air pump, a tire gauge, a flashlight, and umbrella, and a tire plug kit in your vehicle. It will save you a lot of grief, time and money.

-Keep spare keys to everything. Its not If, BUT WHEN you’ll lock yourself out. Don’t laugh at the other about it either, your time will come, rest assured.

-Be an optimist in all things, but be realistic as well. About 90% of everything you do or plan in life wont turn out just like you wanted. Hope for and pray for the best in all things. Learn to make lemonade out of lemons.

-Avoid materialism and idolatry: Be content with what you have, and life will be much better.

Have a grateful attitude. The bigger house, the newer car, toys and other activities can easily become idols and slave masters. By that I mean you’d have to work extra hard to maintain the lifestyle, taking time away from you and your family.

Nobody cares what vehicle you drive, or what your house looks like.

But they do care about how you treat them, and how you make them feel.

-Be practical in your finances. Get and buy what you need, and what is sufficient for the day thereof.

Remember if you buy the cheapest, you’ll usually get what you paid for. The best quality is usually somewhere between the most expensive and the cheapest.

-Be an optimistic realist. You’ll be much happier, and the light of the Lord will shine much brighter in you.

-Don’t try to impress people you don’t know. THEY DON’T CARE. And good luck trying to impress those that DO know you. Remember, they KNOW you.

-Save your money. Hard times will come, count on it, expect it. Plan for it. Savings smooth the financial bumps in the road.

Its not a perfect world. Don’t expect it to be. Life is not fair, and no one has led a charmed life. It rains on the evil and the good. Don’t let life get you down.

-Stay off the phone, computer, and the X box. Don’t be a news junkie, don’t concern yourself too much with politics. 

Don’t text and drive. CALL THEM.

“The LORD bless you and keep you; The LORD make His face shine upon you, And be gracious to you; The LORD lift up His countenance upon you, And give you peace.” ’

I love you both! God bless!

copyright 2022 James Dixon

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