The Floating Ax Head 6 1The sons of the prophets said to Elisha, “Please notice that the place where we live under your supervision[U] is too small for us. 2Please let us go to the Jordan where we can each get a log and can build ourselves a place to live there.” “Go,” he said. 3Then one said, “Please come with your servants.” “I’ll come,” he answered. 4So he went with them, and when they came to the Jordan, they cut down trees. 5As one of them was cutting down a tree, the iron ax head fell into the water, and he cried out, “Oh, my master, it was borrowed!” 6Then the man of God asked, “Where did it fall?” When he showed him the place, the man of God cut a stick, threw it there, and made the iron float. 7Then he said, “Pick it up.” So he reached out and took it.   The Aramean War   8When the king of Aram was waging war against Israel, he conferred with his servants, “My camp will be at such and such a place.” 9But the man of God sent word to the king of Israel: “Be careful passing by this place, for the Arameans are going down there.” 10Consequently, the king of Israel sent word to the place the man of God had told him about. The man of God repeatedly[V] warned the king, so the king would be on his guard. 11The king of Aram was enraged because of this matter, and he called his servants and demanded of them, “Tell me, which one of us is for the king of Israel?” 12One of his servants said, “No one, my lord the king. Elisha, the prophet in Israel, tells the king of Israel even the words you speak in your bedroom.” 13So the king said, “Go and see where he is, so I can send men to capture him.” When he was told, “Elisha is in Dothan,” 14he sent horses, chariots, and a massive army there. They went by night and surrounded the city. 15When the servant of the man of God got up early and went out, he discovered an army with horses and chariots surrounding the city. So he asked Elisha, “Oh, my master, what are we to do?” 16Elisha said, “Don’t be afraid, for those who are with us outnumber those who are with them.” 17Then Elisha prayed, “Lord, please open his eyes and let him see.” So the Lord opened the servant’s eyes. He looked and saw that the mountain was covered with horses and chariots of fire all around Elisha. 18When the Arameans came against him, Elisha prayed to the Lord, “Please strike this nation with blindness.” So He struck them with blindness, according to Elisha’s word. 19Then Elisha said to them, “This is not the way, and this is not the city. Follow me, and I will take you to the man you’re looking for.” And he led them to Samaria. 20When they entered Samaria, Elisha said, “Lord, open these men’s eyes and let them see.” So the Lord opened their eyes. They looked and discovered they were in Samaria. 21When the king of Israel saw them, he said to Elisha, “My father, should I kill them? I will kill them.” 22Elisha replied, “Don’t kill them. Do you kill those you have captured with your sword or your bow? Set food and water in front of them so they can eat and drink and go to their master.” 23So he prepared a great feast for them. When they had eaten and drunk, he sent them away, and they went to their master. The Aramean raiders did not come into Israel’s land again. 24Some time later, King Ben-hadad of Aram brought all his military units together and marched up to besiege Samaria. 25So there was a great famine in Samaria, and they continued the siege against it until a donkey’s head sold for 80 silver shekels,[W] and a cup[X] of dove’s dung[Y] sold for five silver shekels.[Z] 26As the king of Israel was passing by on the wall, a woman cried out to him, “My lord the king, help!” 27He answered, “If the Lord doesn’t help you, where can I get help for you? From the threshing floor or the winepress?” 28Then the king asked her, “What’s the matter?” She said, “This woman said to me, ‘Give up your son, and we will eat him today. Then we will eat my son tomorrow.’ 29So we boiled my son and ate him, and I said to her the next day, ‘Give up your son, and we will eat him,’ but she has hidden her son.” 30When the king heard the woman’s words, he tore his clothes. Then, as he was passing by on the wall, the people saw that there was sackcloth under his clothes next to his skin. 31He announced, “May God punish me and do so severely if the head of Elisha son of Shaphat remains on his shoulders today.” 32Elisha was sitting in his house, and the elders were sitting with him. The king sent a man ahead of him, but before the messenger got to him, Elisha said to the elders, “Do you see how this murderer has sent someone to cut off my head? Look, when the messenger comes, shut the door to keep him out. Isn’t the sound of his master’s feet behind him?” 33While Elisha was still speaking with them, the messenger[A] came down to him. Then he said, “This disaster is from the Lord. Why should I wait for the Lord any longer?”
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IX. Accuracy in Prophesies The Bible contains numerous prophecies. This would be the ultimate test of inspiration. If the Bible was a man... Read More
IX. Accuracy in Prophesies The Bible contains numerous prophecies. This would be the ultimate test of inspiration. If the Bible was a man-made fairy tale or good "self-help" book it would not be able to accurately portray the future. True prophecy is a declaration of future events such as no human wisdom or forecast is sufficient to create. Due to its very nature, prophecy must be a divine revelation. H.W. Everest gave the criteria for true prophecy as follows: 1. The event must be beyond the power of man to foresee 2. It must be demonstrated that the prediction was written before the event 3. The language of the prediction must be unambiguous and unmistakable 4. The prediction must have a clear and demonstrative fulfillment The Bible lays out a test of a true prophet (Deut 18:9-22). If the prophecy does not come true, it is not from God (Deut 18:22; 2 Peter 1:19-21) (example: Jer 28:1-17). The purpose of a fulfilled prophecy is so that we may believe (John 14:29). 1. Prophecies about Israel (Deut 28:1-64) 1. Israel to have a king (28:36) – fulfilled in Saul 1050 B.C. 2. To be defeated and carried away into bondage and there serve idols (28:25, 36, 41, 49) – fulfilled in Assyria (722 B.C.), Babylon (597 B.C.), Rome (70 A.D.). 3. Cities to be destroyed (28:52) – archaeology illustrates that this happened many times (e.g. Lachish destroyed by both Assyrians and Babylonians) 4. Great sufferings would accompany siege (28:53-57; Jer. 19:9; Ezek. 5:10) – notice what happened during a Syrian siege (2 Ki. 6:24-31); a Babylonian siege (Lam. 2:20; 4:10); a Roman siege (Josephus documents these same conditions – Wars, Bk. 6, Ch. 3, Par. 4) 5. To be scattered and sold again into Egypt (28:64, 68) – Josephus 2. Tyre in Prophecy (Ezek 26) This was written in about 592-570 B.C. Its fulfillment continues even to this day. Shortly after this was written, Nebuchadnezzar led the Babylonians in besieging the city of Tyre. After a long siege, some of the people fled to the island city nearby; Nebuchadnezzar left the mainland city in ruins. During the Greek Period (332 B.C.), Alexander built a causeway to the island city using the ruins of mainland Tyre. After a 7 month siege, they breached the 150 foot high wall on the island and took the city. The island city has had a small population over the centuries consisting mostly of fishermen who “spread their nets” on the ruins. To this day the mainland city has never been rebuilt. 3. Babylonian Prophecy (Dan 4:30; Jer 50-51; Isa 13:17-22) The city of Babylon was one of the great cities of the ancient world. Babylon covered about 200 square miles and had 17 miles of walls wide enough for chariots to ride on. There were 250 towers and 8 gates. The hanging gardens were considered one of the seven wonders of the ancient world. The Babylonian empire maintained world supremacy between 626 and 539 B.C. Long before Babylon came into power Isaiah penned the prophecy regarding its destruction (written about 740-700 B.C.). Jeremiah also described the downfall of Babylon (written about 627-585 B.C.). In 539 B.C., Cyrus the Mede captured the city of Babylon without even breaking down the walls. Herodotus (a Greek historian, 484-425 B.C.) reports that “Cyrus had his men to divert the water which flowed under the city walls around the city. The invaders then went in under the city wall and surprised the Babylonians who were having a drunken party.”4 The Persians made their capital at Babylon for a while, but it eventually declined in importance. Alexander the Great came there in 331 B.C. intending to make it the capital of a new commercial empire. This was not to be, however, because he died at Babylon in the grip of some sudden and mysterious disease in June of 323 B.C. The city’s decline continued and the Parthians stripped the city of its substance in 124 B.C. The last mention of Babylon is on a tablet dating from 10 B.C. The ancient location of Babylon today consists of only desolate ruins. 4. Messianic Prophecies There are 332 prophecies fulfilled in Jesus Christ. The prophecies about Christ were written centuries before He was born. List of some of the prophecies: 1. Micah 5:2 (fulfilled Matt 2:1-6) 2. Gen 49:10 (fulfilled Heb 7:14) 3. 2 Sam 7:12-14 (fulfilled Luke 1:32; 3:31) 4. Isa 7:14 (fulfilled Matt 1:21-25) 5. Zech 9:9 (fulfilled Matt 21:1-9) 6. Zech 12:10 (fulfilled John 19:34,37) 7. Isa 53:9 (fulfilled Matt 27:57-60)
Parker Qunnie
According to word of Pastor Reese
According to word of Pastor Reese
jasonvanek
The God option/ The third option. When there does not seem to be another way God makes a way
The God option/ The third option. When there does not seem to be another way God makes a way
Can i read the Bible on my phone/tablet?
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