Joel's Articles Published Online (May and June 2012)




The wrong choice made by Abraham’s nephew Lot
June 27, 2012
It is human nature to make mistakes from time to time. But some of them can come back to haunt us later in life. Lot left us an example which should cause all to strive to avoid. Lot was a...

Examining the scriptures for perception of life in the spirit realm
June 23, 2012
Many people refuse to consider life without a physical body. Yet, without any doubt, there will be no physical bodies in the afterlife. There are strong reasons to know this to be a truth. And scriptures to back it up...

Examining the book and the character of Job In three parts: Part 3
June 19, 2012
In this, the third part of our examination of Job, we begin where God finally spoke to Job and to his three visiting friends. In these last five chapters 38 through 42, God is the primary speaker while Job does...

Examining the book and the character of Job In three parts: Part 2
June 18, 2012
If the reader did not read part one of this subject, it is recommended that it be read before this one to assure better understanding of the book. (Click here for part 1). Our article ended when God allowed Satan...

Examining the book and the character of Job in three parts: Part 1
June 15, 2012
Only a very few Biblical books are unique. Most of them are pertaining to subjects similar to others. The book of Job is one of those however that has no similarity to other books. It has beautiful poetical language in...

The horrible end of Israel as a nation in A.D. 70 and afterward
June 15, 2012
When Abraham found favor in God’s sight due to his staunch faithfulness although surrounded by idolaters and unfaithfulness, God chose him to furnish the lineage to the coming messiah. He made promises to him that he would be...

Reasoning why God permitted the Israelites to slaughter the Canaanites
June 13, 2012
Often there are those who would dare ridicule God for having not only allowed the 12 tribes of Israel to eradicate much of the Canaanite nations, but that he actually ordered it to be so. First, it is not man...

The little known Bible story of elderly Simeon and what he saw
June 10, 2012
If one has studied the Bible very much, it is a certainty that he has read of Simeon, an old devout man who had received a promise from God. There were at least three people named Simeon in the Bible...

Searching for gems from the book of Ecclesiastes
June 7, 2012
The Old Testament book of Ecclesiastes, is almost indescribable. It is unlike any other book and has fascinated readers for centuries. Some leave it somewhat puzzled concerning its message. Yet it is recognized to be the writing of one who...

Pondering the Bible's unpardonable or eternal sin
June 4, 2012
Every Bible student has heard of the unpardonable sin and many and diverse views exist concerning it. In order to rationalize the subject, we need to read it and consider the circumstances under which it was mentioned.Jesus and his...

Clarifying Biblical references to the term ‘unicorn’
June 2, 2012
Christians of today are well aware of the vast difference in the Holy Bible and its message, to that of mythology. The fact that the term “unicorn” is found in the King James Version of the Bible causes...

Intelligent Design and what the bible says about it
May 29, 2012
There is much talk and disagreement concerning the universe and “Intelligent Design”. Those who accept the biblical writings as truth, have proclaimed the theory of Intelligent Design for many centuries even though the term was not used until...

Examining the biblical character Luke: the beloved physician
May 22, 2012
Just how much do we know concerning the man who wrote one of the four gospels which bears his name, Luke? He also wrote the extremely important and unique book of Acts (The acts of the apostles). Other than for...

Examining the good and bad points of Jacob’s life
May 21, 2012
The following of the life of Jacob, whose name was later changed to Israel, begins with some unusual and questionable aspects. Remember that God had spoken to Abraham years before the birth of Jacob, and promised him that his seed...

Examining the biblically intended roles for women
May 19, 2012
There are extremely different views taken by various people as to what the Holy Bible says and, perhaps more so what it means, concerning the descriptive roles for both men and women. Those scriptures concerning the roles intended for women...

Clarifying the three days and nights Jesus spent in the tomb
May 18, 2012
There is much confusion over the time spent in the tomb between the death on the cross of Jesus and his resurrection on the first day of the week. In Matthew 12:40, Jesus himself said, “For as Jonas...

Living life as the biblical account indicates Cain lived
May 15, 2012
To fully understand Cain, many things must be considered. After all, he was the third person to have life on this earth, and the first one to have been born naturally. Of course his brother Abel was not far behind...

Examining what is right or wrong morally and ethically
May 14, 2012
The question often arises as to what or whom is to decide if an act or deed is moral and/or ethical or not. We are living in an era when many feel that the individual himself should make his...

Examining the difference in the miracles and providence of God
May 14, 2012
It is imperative that we make understood, the differences between the acts of God which can circumvent the laws of nature and those which do not. The former are known as miracles, and man cannot produce them. In the beginning...

Examining the authority of the apostles teachings
May 13, 2012
Many people have argued that the teachings of Jesus’ apostles were their own opinions and some even contradicted the teachings of Jesus. Those thoughts and presumptions are simply false. We’ll examine the scriptures to prove that they...

Why a Christian should not swear by an oath
May 10, 2012
It is not unusual to read of some Old Testament character swearing an oath. And, they were held accountable by those oaths. But Jesus, in his famous sermon on the mount, gives us a new view of them and what...

Examining the reasons Jesus was to be born in Bethlehem
May 7, 2012
Joseph and Mary did not live in Bethlehem. They lived in the city of Nazareth in Galilee. Joseph was a native of the Bethlehem area and therefore was accounted as being from there and the decree issued by Caesar Augustus...

Examining reasons God chose to reveal himself to man
May 4, 2012
The reason God determined to create the universe and mankind is very simple. He wanted to do so. And the basic reason he revealed himself to mankind is also very simple an the answer is the same. But this answer...

Examining the mystery of God’s omnipresence
May 3, 2012
One of the most difficult things for humans to be able to understand is the unlimited attributes of God. His ability to be present under any and all circumstances and locations, challenge the human’s mind. The reason is...

Gleaning lessons from the life of Naaman
May 2, 2012
There are many types in the Old Testament with a corresponding anti-type in the New Testament. Far too many to have occurred coincidentally. They were guided by God to form lessons for the coming age of Christianity. The story...

Gleanings from the life of Zacharias, father of John the baptist
May 1, 2012
Almost invariably, names of Old Testament characters had their own special meaning. They are found, in many cases to be spelled differently and that also is often meant to alter the meaning somewhat. Variations are plentiful for the name Zachariah...






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