Using Scripture Correctly

Part 2. What About Jerusalem?

If you were to tour Jerusalem one prominent feature of the tour would be a grand lie.  I want you think about that idea and later I will explain it in detail.

Many people look to Jerusalem as the key to future events. Dispensationalists mostly look to the Jews building a temple on what is called the “temple mount”.  Some even point to the book of Ezekiel for the pattern of that temple.

Just as Dispensationalists look for the temple to be “rebuilt” in Jerusalem.  Many other people look for the Pope somehow to become the great world leader who will force people to receive the “mark of the Beast”.   Others see the “beast” as a computer in Belgium, that will be the way all people will be monitored to enforce a one-world government.

As we seek to understand Scripture we must be careful to read the text for what it is talking about and then let the Scripture explain itself.  Whenever the subject of interpreting Scripture  comes up I hear the words I grew up with. ” precept must be upon precept, precept upon precept; line upon line, line upon line; here a little, and there a little”.

I was taught this verse as a principle for interpreting the Bible.  Sadly, it is mistranslated and taken completely out of context.  Both of these errors are so serious Continue reading Using Scripture Correctly

3. What is the Sanctuary – Tabernacle or the Ark?

Richard Noel

Chapter 3 of “The Sanctuary” series

Most Christian and Jewish readers may think I am asking a crazy question. After all, for centuries they have understood that the “sanctuary” is either the tabernacle or a room in the tabernacle. As we progress you will see that this question is relevant to a correct understanding of the entire plan of Salvation.

Why would I bother to suggest that the popular, well-know answer might be wrong? As I was reading in the Torah/Books of Moses, I came on a most interesting verse. It is found in Numbers chapter 10. This chapter is describing the orderly way the camp of Israel was to move from one place to another. It spends most of the chapter listing the various tribes and where they were to be during the travel. Hidden in this story are some important verses.

NAU Numbers 10:17 Then the tabernacle was taken down; and the sons of Gershon and the sons of Merari, who were carrying the tabernacle, set out.

The text continues with more tribes setting out on the trip and then this astounding note.

KJV Numbers 10:21 And the Kohathites set forward, bearing the sanctuary: and the other did set up the tabernacle against they came.

Continue reading 3. What is the Sanctuary – Tabernacle or the Ark?

Catch 23

by Richard Noel

In the 1860’s the early “Adventists” chose a special name as the religious institution I belong to was being organized. They chose this name because it directly pointed to the two most important doctrines they had learned from Scripture.

Those two doctrines were and are the Seventh day Sabbath and the soon return [Advent] of Jesus to complete His redeeming of our bodies. All other doctrines were considered secondary to those two doctrines. While the church may have shifted focus in many areas, but these are still the two key identifiers of believers.

Until the death of Ellen White in 1915 Seventh Day Adventists were clearly known as the people of the Book, referring to our teaching doctrines from Scripture. Gradually, laziness and ignorance crept in as we began to use the writings of Ellen G. White to explain the meaning of Scriptures. Continue reading Catch 23