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Aions, Earthquakes, the Sanhedrin, and Fraud - December 31, 2004

At the end of the year it is common to reflect upon the past year and the future. What do the scriptures say about Earthquakes and Tsunamis? What do you know about the new Sanhedrin and did you know about the antiquities frauds present in Israel today?
New Jerusalem and the Center of Creation - December 16, 2004

Did you know there are two Jerusalems in existence at the present time? Read about these in this fascinating commentary.
December Newsletter Online - December 1, 2004

This commentary announces the December newsletter and explains more about the Aions of God.
The Death of Yasser Arafat - November 11, 2004

The death of Yasser Arafat is a significant moment in Palestinian history. ... For the Palestinian people, we hope that the future will bring peace and the fulfillment of their aspirations for an independent, democratic Palestine that is at peace with its neighbors. - President George Bush
Ages Article Online - November 1, 2004

Time is the subject of this month's Newsletter and Article which are now on the ASK Website. This month's article is titled "The Time Periods of Salvation?" In this article (and subsequent articles with additional material) it is made plain that the time periods, called ages, are an important part of God's creation.
Big News in Science - October 26, 2004

An interesting event occurred recently in science. The event was not a new discovery but it was a milestone in scientific publication. The event was a small step by science to begin a serious look at reality. It has come by the publication of a recent peer-reviewed article in an old and established American science journal. The article discusses long-considered scientific data showing that current evolutionary explanations and models are hopelessly flawed and are in fact impossible and useless as explanations for the origin of life. As a result, more and more scientists are slowly and subtly reconsidering creation by God.
The Selection of the U.S. President - October 7, 2004

It is important to do your duty as a citizen of the country where you live. It is important to vote if you have the freedom to do so. However, how the electorate of the United States votes, although counted, means little as to who will be President of the United States after this election. What counts is what God wants. What matters is the person who God selects to lead a country and how long He allows that man to lead or rule. Only God's vote counts.
Who Is Israel? - October 1, 2004

The October 2004 Newsletter and Article are up on the ASK Website. This month's article is titled "Who Is An Israelite Today?" When He brought the people of Israel to Mount Sinai, God proposed a Covenant agreement ? similar to a contract in today's terms ? with the people of Israel.
Search For God - September 26, 2004

A friend of mine came to town a few weeks ago. Over dinner with friends he expressed anxiety over the fact that I and other friends seemed so positive about our faith in God, and that we were quite unlike other Christians he had met. Raised in an orthodox Greek denomination, he has little or no faith. It is all so much going through the motions of rituals that have no meaning to him. I answered him as best as I could at the time, but upon later consideration I sent him an email.
John the Baptist in the News - September 9, 2004

An August 16 Associated Press article "Cave Linked to John the Baptist" reported that a cave was discovered and excavated that claimed artifacts that were related to John the Baptist. The datings of the artifacts and cave writings appear to be of Byzantine (late Roman) origin and the cave was used for rituals of some kind. I have not commented on this article because I expected more information to come forth from this dig, but nothing else newsworthy has developed.
The Book of Hebrews - September 1, 2004

The Book of Hebrews has some mysterious elements to it. The internal evidence appears to be scanty. The text does not say who wrote it. It does not say to whom it was written. Chronological clues appear to be lacking. Dr. Ernest L. Martin's article on the Book of Hebrews answers some of these mysteries and puts the message of the book into its proper historical perspective relative to the New Testament documents and history.
Except There Come a Falling Away First - August 9, 2004

What does the term "falling away" mean? It is used in 2 Thessalonians 2:3. The phrase in English is only one word in Greek, the word apostasia, from which the English term apostasy is derived. Falling away means to backslide. Backslide from what? From the truth.
August 2004 Newsletter and Article - August 1, 2004

Water is a symbol of the Spirit of God. That water and that Spirit are so powerful that they purify everything they touch. This is quite the opposite situation in the physical realm where something unclean makes a clean object unusable and unclean (cf. James 3:11?12).
The Ten Nations and the Roman Empire - July 24, 2004

An erroneous prophetic interpretation has been floating around for almost 100 years. That is the notion that the 10 Nations of the image in Daniel chapter 2 and the beast of Revelation chapter 13 will be a revived Roman Empire.
Restoring the Original Bible is Online - July 13, 2004

As you may have noticed from the NEW sign on the ASK Frontpage, after some delay the latest 1994 edition of Dr. Ernest L. Martin's book Restoring the Original Bible has begun serialization on the ASK Website. Each week a new chapter will be presented. This first week's installment has the Table of Contents, a short "Preface" written by me, and an "Introduction" by Dr. Martin describing the mission and purpose of the book. Each week a new chapter will be presented.
Signs at Christ's Crucifixion - July 7, 2004

This Commentary is somewhat of a follow-up to the Article for July 2004, "Signs of the Times in the First Century." It gives further information about signs and wonders occurring for the period after the Crucifixion.
Signs and Wonders - July 1, 2004

Signs and wonders are marvelous things. They force people to pay attention to upcoming events that God has ordained. However, God purposely arranges the events so that they will be misunderstood. This is done so that God can later inform people (those involved in the events and those uninvolved) that God was engaged with his creation even though not in an obvious way.
Philip and the Ethiopian Eunuch - June 8, 2004

Biblical text indicates that Philip went to the area around Gaza by his own power and after the encounter he was "caught away" or snatched in a manner similar to Ezekiel. It occurred at the end of, not before, Philip's encounter with the Ethiopian Eunuch. The comparison with Ezekiel that Dr. Martin made was that both Ezekiel and Philip were caught up by a supernatural figure and placed in a different physical location.
Those Called Now - May 31, 2004

If you are like me, much of your life (if not most of it) seems to be a preparation for something to come later. In many cases that "something" is ? apparently ? unfilled. However, God's purposes are being fulfilled in you, both now and in the future. You are in good company, as the Scriptures make clear.
Keeping the Law - May 24, 2004

What is your view of the law of Yahweh, has it been done away with? Which laws shall we keep?
The Times of This Ignorance - May 14, 2004

In the passage of Acts 17:15?34 the apostle Paul's disputations with the Jews in Athens were overheard by unnamed Epicurean and Stoic philosophers. The Athenian philosophers desired Paul to speak on about "new doctrine," by which they meant a new teaching they never heard before.
Joseph in Egypt - May 1, 2004

Present understanding of Egyptian history seems to indicate that such events as the Israelite exodus from Egypt, the reigns of King David, King Solomon and their descendants, as well as the non-Davidic kings in Samaria, all happened in an apparent historical vacuum that has no relationship to the rich history of Egypt.
Subjection in 1 Corinthians 15 - April 22, 2004

The concept of subjection is something that is somewhat foreign to Western thought processes, yet it is understood without difficulty by other peoples around the world.
Economic and Population Trends - April 11, 2004

Powerful trends in economics and population are remaking this world to fulfill God's purpose. Learn about several of those trends and who is in charge of each of them.
Homosexuality and Dietary Laws - April 1, 2004

Does the Bible support homosexuality? Do you obey the dietary laws?
The Giving of God's Holy Spirit - March 23, 2004

When Did the Apostles First Receive it?
Who Killed Christ? - Part 2 - March 11, 2004

Observations about Mel Gibson's movie - post-viewing.
The Temple Symbolism in Genesis - March 1, 2004

How can we compare the Garden of Eden and the Temple of God?
Who Killed Christ? - Part 1 - February 29, 2004

Mel Gibson's movie is supposed to present the death of Christ in realistic terms.
The First King in Israel - February 9, 2004

Do you know who was Israel's first king?
Meeting Reminder - February 5, 2004

ASK presentation in Kings Mountain North Carolina.
The Meaning of Biblical Words and Deification - February 1, 2004

Using Biblical terms properly and the deification of man.
A Future Nuclear War? - January 21, 2004

Not the End of the World!
Jesus Was Not An Angel - January 10, 2004

Presupposition Versus Biblical Consistency
The Mystery of God - January 1, 2004

The History of It's Revelation

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