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Speaking from the Lord to the Church

Conclusion – Parallels to the Present Time

Drawing upon the history of Israel, specifically the fall of the Northern Kingdom of Israel (aka Ephraim) as representative of our current situation in the 21st century is complex subject and there is no way to present it as definitive truth. What I am doing with this series of articles is giving witness.

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The Assyrians – God’s Instrument of Judgment on the Northern Kingdom

Introduction

There are many people I have heard refer to the God of the Old Testament as a harsh God while the God portrayed in the New Testament is more loving.

In reality, God’s character has not changed. Both His severity seen in places in the Old Testament and His love portrayed strongly in the New Testament are present throughout history.

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God’s Speaking to the Northern Kingdom

God’s Pattern of Prophetic Speaking

The following was also shared in the primer article. It is worth sharing again here because much of what God says to the Northern Kingdom fits this same pattern of speaking.

  1. God gives warnings of coming judgment and punishment
    • This always happens well in advance providing opportunity for repentance
  2. Judgment is established and sentencing is pronounced
    • This always applies the principle of multiple witnesses who speak at the proper scope.

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Context – Fall of the Northern Kingdom

Brief Visual History

United Kingdom Split into Two Kingdoms in 925 B.C.

There were three kings of the United Kingdom (Saul, David and Solomon). When Solomon died, God chose to split the kingdom into two parts because of some of the idolatry that Solomon introduced to Israel through his wives.

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Primer – God’s Communication “Tools”

Before diving into this study, it is important to provide a bit of a primer to help the reader digest what I am about to present. The following items will help provide some foundation for how this study was approached.

  • God’s Consistent Pattern of Speaking
  • Nothing New Under the Sun
  • Looking from God’s Point of View
  • Considering God’s Character in Bible Study
  • God’s “Tools”

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Introduction – Fall of Northern Kingdom with Parallels to Today

Background

That title is a mouthful. This is a big topic which will not be easy to share. As introduction, I want to provide a brief testimonial account of how I came to this subject and the process I went through with it.

First of all, I was not seeking out this topic.

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Understanding Paul in 1 Timothy 4:1 – Part 3

Part 3 – Departing/Falling Away from the Faith

Preface

It will be hard for some (maybe many) to understand the point of view presented in this part of the series.

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Another Coming Judgment? – Famine

Table of Contents

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Don’t Be Unaware – Key Strategy of the Enemy

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100+ Years of Satan’s Strategy to Capture Your Attention

Below you will find a link to a recording of an NPR (National Public Radio) broadcast by Shankar Vedantam on his series called Hidden Brain.  This episode is called, “This is Your Brain on Ads”. 

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The “Right Way” – Take a Drink

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Reminder

Before Exodus 15 – Salvation & Baptism

  1. The last plague (Passover) and Deliverance from Egypt represents our salvation where blood is shed to redeem us from this world
    • Egypt represents to us the slavery to sin under the rule of the Enemy of God (Satan).

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