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New Songs Coming - December 15, 2018

Dr. Ernest Martin felt that relative peace around the world would begin to occur within one or two decades after he wrote this Commentary. Now, in December 2018, some 23 years later, I believe those things will yet happen because God operates according to His own timetable, not ours. I edited and expanded Dr. Martin's original article.
Fiery Flying Serpent - December 1, 2018

Read the "December 2018 Newsletter" to introduce this month's article "Israel and Judah: 33. Isaiah and the Death of Ahaz." In the article I quote a verse in Isaiah about a strange flying creature that God uses as a punishment to plague the Philistines oppressing the people of Judah in the time of Isaiah. That creature was called a Fiery Flying Serpent.
Let Nature Take Its Course - November 15, 2018

Environmentalists want to protect nature. Some insist nature is the creation of God that all humans can enjoy and that things in nature show forth the finest principles of God's requirements for man's conduct and social activities. After all, as some state: "If God made the natural things as they are, and Genesis says all his creation was 'very good,' then we can confidently follow the laws that govern nature in our conduct and social activities." If this is true then none of us need an inspired revelation of "Holy Scriptures" to tell us to do the opposite of what we find animals, plants and the inanimate objects doing. Mankind needs the biblical revelation to tell us NOT to act naturally.
Fear and Courage - November 1, 2018

Fear is widespread and increasing in our modern time. Even when things go well there is often a fear that bad times will return soon. Fear of loss, fear of poverty, fear of most anything -- all are based on the basic fear of our greatest and last enemy, death. "Suicide in the Bible" and "Fear in Scripture" are two articles for this month.
Who Wrote Ecclesiastes? - October 17, 2018

Dr. Martin said in his tape introduction to "The Book of Ecclesiastes" (transcribed in 2006): "The Book of Ecclesiastes is reputed to have been written by Solomon. I believe it was written by him about 1,000 years before Christ." Indeed, this is the accepted understanding of most all scholars. But did Solomon really write that book of wisdom?
Tiglathpileser - October 1, 2018

Tiglathpileser is the name of an Assyrian king used in Scripture. He was a threat to every person involved in this month's article "Israel and Judah: 32. Jotham and Ahaz of Judah." In fact, in the Near East from Egypt to what is now Turkey to ancient Babylon, everyone at the time of Jotham and Ahaz, kings of Judah and Pekah, king of Israel, worried about Assyria led by Tiglathpileser.
Fragile and Frail - September 16, 2018

"Fragile and Frail" is the title of the September 16, 2018 Commentary. It deals with the fragility of things, the frailty of people. Some days ago I was notified by Ramona Martin that the ASK website was not working. My experience at first was that links to articles and commentaries would not work, and then others and I received "page not found" error messages. Later the ASK homepage stopped working for any web browser such as Internet Explorer, Firefox, or Microsoft Edge.
Things to Occur - September 1, 2018

"Things to Occur ... before Christ Returns" is the title of the September 1, 2018 Commentary. Prophecies are discussed that must occur before Christ returns. It introduces the "September 2018 Newsletter" and Dr. Martin's revised and expanded article, "The Greatest Revolution in Human History."
New Child Abuse Charges - August 17, 2018

A Wall Street Journal article, "Pennsylvania Report Alleges Child Sex Abuse by More Than 300 Priests" (accessed August 14, 2018) gives details on a public grand jury report of widespread child abuse within six of eight Roman Catholic Pennsylvania dioceses dating back to the 1940s. The report was made public by the office of the Pennsylvania Attorney General. Much of the report is based on data from the Catholic Church's own records.
Prophets North and South - August 1, 2018

It is important to read the "August 2018 Newsletter" before you read this month's article "Israel and Judah: 31. Prophets, Writings, and Kings." The Newsletter will give context to the article. Most of you familiar with the Bible understand that Elijah and Elisha were contemporaries. Elijah passed his "mantle" to Elisha to could continue the prophetic ministry to the northern kingdom of Israel (2 Kings chapter 2). Elijah retired to southern Judah and later wrote King Jehoram of Judah a letter (2 Chronicles 21:12).
Threshing Floors as Sacred Space - July 15, 2018

The threshing floor where the Temple in Jerusalem was built was not chosen simply because it was convenient. Threshing floors were considered sacred places. One Jerusalem threshing floor became even more sacred as the place of the Israelite Temples, all on the site God chose on the threshing floor above and west of the Gihon Spring. King David of Israel purchased that threshing floor and Solomon built the first Temple to YHWH upon it.
Temple Symbolism - July 1, 2018

The symbolism of the Tabernacle and Temples is the subject of this month's article "God's Temples, Present, and Future." It is introduced by the "July 2018 Newsletter," which you should read first for context. The illustration of the Tabernacle/Temple is teaching that begins in Genesis with Eden and ends in Revelation when a structural Temple will no longer be necessary. Symbolic teaching ends when it has served its purpose.
The Father of Spirits - June 15, 2018

Can angels and other spirits call God their Father? No, He is their Creator. Yet Hebrews 12:9 says God is "the Father of spirits." Which spirits are meant? This Commentary explains.
Zion and the City of David - June 1, 2018

This Commentary deals with an objection to a Gihon Spring location for the Temple of Solomon first presented by Dr. Ernest Martin in his book "The Temples That Jerusalem Forgot." Dr. Martin's evidence showed that no Temples of God were located at the traditional "Temple Mount" site of the Haram esh-Sharif.
Man's Lies, God's Wisdom - May 16, 2018

In this Commentary I revisit and expand my January 1, 2006 Commentary. It introduces the "January 2006 Newsletter and article for that month, "The Pagan Immortal Soul and Double Doctrine" on the ASK website. "Man's Lies" are that human beings have an immortal soul. The teaching is not biblical and comes from a method of teaching called "Double Doctrine." Lies are told to the people (the "masses" in order to have power over and control their behavior. God in His wisdom hides information but does not lie to His future children of God.
A Brief Temple Timeline - May 1, 2018

This month's article is titled "A Short History of God's Temples." Read first the "May 2018 Newsletter." I created the timeline below to list important Temple events. This timeline will be a work in progress with adjustments made when new information is brought to light.
The Importance of Keys - April 15, 2018

Keys are important in Scripture. Ancient keys were large and had to be carried on the shoulder. There is literary evidence from secular sources that what is described in Isaiah 22:22 was indeed what keys were like in the time of Hezekiah and Isaiah.
Pope Francis Declares, ''No Hell'' - April 1, 2018

Pope Francis gave a surprising interview to an Italian reporter. A CNS article (CNS stands for (Catholic News Service) presents the interview: "Pope Francis: There Is No Hell." To be precise, in this interview Francis teaches the ultimate annihilation of evil unbelievers, not universal salvation.
Preparation of the Lamb - March 15, 2018

The Jewish festival of Passover 2018 begins the evening of Friday, March 30 and ends at sundown Saturday, March 31. The apostle Paul tells us that Christ was our Passover: "Purge out therefore the old leaven, that you may be a new lump, as you are unleavened. For even CHRIST OUR PASSOVER is sacrificed FOR US"(1 Corinthians 5:7).
The First Family and the Last Family - March 1, 2018

I am not writing about the First Family of the President of the United State. I write about the First human Family in history × Adam and Eve. From them the entire human race was born, through the flood, repopulated, with an estimated 7.6 billion people alive at this moment. Adam and Eve did not do well.
How the Eons Were Made - February 15, 2018

This Commentary explains Hebrews 1:2. In his introduction to the Book of Hebrews the apostle Paul in the first three verses of the first chapter gives us six important declarations about GodÒ³ Son has done, will do, and what He will receive from His Father. One of the things the Son has done is He made the eons.
Elijah, Elisha, and Ahab's Descendants - February 1, 2018

A long-running prophecy first presented by Elijah the prophet to King Ahab of Israel predicted the downfall of the house of Ahab comes to fulfillment in this month's article, "Israel and Judah: 28. The Reign of King Jehu of Israel." Also read first the "February 2018 Newsletter." The information is complex, but I hope to make it clear.
Post Resurrection Acts of Christ - January 16, 2018

Most are familiar with Christ's death, resurrection, His appearing to His disciples after His resurrection, and His ascension to heaven from the various accounts in the four Gospels. I explore some details of those events, specifically those after Christ's resurrection.
Who, What, Where - January 1, 2018

The people, the events, and where the events will happen are vitally important to a proper understanding of Bible prophecy. This is the subject of the first article for 2018, a transcribed tape of Dr. Ernest Martin's that I titled "Geography, a Prime Prophetic Truth." As always I recommend you read first the "January 2018 Newsletter" that contains background information on prophetic geography.

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