Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Who wrote Ecclesiastes?

In the back of my Bible it says that its author is unknown, except that he is a son of David and a King over Israel.  That is absolutely wrong.

In chapter 1 verse 16 it says:  I communed with mine own heart, saying, Lo, I am come to great estate, and have gotten more wisdom than all they that have been before me in Jerusalem: yea, my heart had great experience of wisdom and knowledge.

That verse tells us that the author was wiser than all before him.  What son of David was wiser than all before him?

Now look at chapter 2 verse 1-7 especially 7:  I got me servants and maidens, and had servants born in my house; also I had great possessions of great and small cattle above all that were in Jerusalem before me:

He was richer than all that were before him.  Now what son of David was richer and wiser than Solomon?  From this you see, Solomon wrote Ecclesiastes.   There was no son of David as great as him.

Thanks for reading.
                                  In Christ,
                                                     Flame of Jah

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Hell part I

Upon further study, and per a question asked by someone here, I have found it needful to change the format of this series.  In part one I will show that Hell is real, and will cover what it is.  Part two I will cover Death, Part three, The Lake of Fire, Part four, How not to end up in any of those places.  So, without further ado, let us jump right into our discussion, "Is Hell real, and if so, what is it?"

Is Hell real?  The short answer is, yes, it is real, very real.  The Bible speaks of hell directly many times, such as Deuteronomy 32:22 "For a fire is kindled in mine anger, and shall burn unto the lowest hell, and shall consume the earth with her increase, and set on fire the foundations of the mountains." Or, Proverbs 7:27 "Her house is the way to hell, going down to the chambers of death."  Or further, Luke 16:23 "And in hell he lift up his eyes, being in torments, and seeth Abraham afar off, and Lazerus in his bosom..." Revelation 20:13-14 also, "And the sea gave up the dead which were in it; and death and hell delivered up the dead which were in them: and they were judged every man according to their works. And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death." So  there is a place called "Hell".

What is this place called Hell?  Hell is a place of torment for all those that have sinned.  It has fire: Matthew 5:22, Matthew 13:50, Mark 9:27, Luke 16:23-24, and James also mentions the tongue being set on fire of hell.  It is a pit, Ezekiel 26:20, Revelation 9:1.  It is down, Numbers 16:30 and 33, Psalm 30:3, Isaiah 14:15.  It is dark: Matthew 8:12. Last but not least there is weeping and gnashing of teeth in it, Matthew 8:12, 13:50, and 22:13.

Is Hell eternal separation from God?  In light of Scripture no.  In Psalms it speaks of hell saying, "if I make my bed in hell, behold thou art there," Psalm 139:8, that Psalm speaks of God's omnipresence, He is everywhere all the time, and no where is separation from Him.  Even the lake of fire after the final judgment is in the presence of the Lord, Revelation 14:10-11.  So no, hell is not separation from God.  If that was all it is, it would not be a punishment for some people for they hate God and don't want to be in His presence anyway.

So there you have it, hell is real, hell has fire, and hell is not separation from God.  Be sure to check back for part two, What is hell like?

God Bless