UK Student’s Testimony of what LHBI has done

Liberty Home Bible Institute

Student From the UK

First of all there are no words to express my gratitude to God and Dean Willmington for opening my eyes to the truth and enabling me to live the abundant life promised by our Lord Jesus Christ, in whatever circumstance I find myself. Having successfully completed the Diploma in General Bible Studies,  this has given me a hunger and thirst to know Our Lord in an even more deeper way. Through leading of the Holy Spirit I feel the need to to continue with structured study and meditation, through Liberty University Distance Learning Program. Having almost completed the elective study The Book of Romans (which I will be posting to you shortly)

Thank you for all the encouragement and support that you have given me. The Lord truly blessed me when he directed me to study at Liberty Home Bible Institute. I hope that one day I will be able to meet Dean Willmington and thank him personally. Even though there is quite a distance between us, when listening to the Dean’s voice on the CD’s,  I always felt a part of the class.

 Thank you for being a blessing

CR

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WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT ANGELS – Part 1

We begin a  study in regard to some special beings which may have (unknown to you) either helped or hindered you during the previous year. The series will be presented in Q & A format.

PART ONE
1.Does the Bible teach there exists intelligent life in this universe apart from man?
In light of the secular scientists’ frantic efforts to discover the answer to this question, it seems tragic that he does not turn to the Word of God for direction, for the Bible clearly answers this question as it does all other questions confronting humanity!

Is there intelligent life in the universe? Are there other living and rational creatures “out there” besides man? There are, indeed. Are they friend or foe? They are both. Is their “civilization” older than ours is? It is. Will we ever learn to communicate with them? We not only will, but a number of human beings already have met and talked with them.

Who are these cosmic creatures? They are called angels.

Belief in angels is found in the history of all nations. The ancient Egyptians, Phoenicians, Greeks, and others all expressed their belief in angels. A. S. Joppie writes: “The Mohammedans believe in angels. They believe that two angels are assigned to each person. The angel on the right hand records all your good deeds. The angel on your left records all your evil deeds.

“The Hebrews taught there were four great angels: (1) Gabriel, who reveals the secrets of God to men, (2) Michael, who fights and avenges God’s foes, (3) Raphael, who receives the departing spirits of the dead, (4) Uriel, who will summon everybody to judgment.” (All About Angels, p. 43).

The scholastics and theologians during the Middle Ages debated the following “weighty” things concerning angels:
A.    How many of them could at the same time dance on the point of a needle?
B.    Could an angel be in two places at the same time?
C.    If angels eat, are they able to digest their food?
D.    What was the nature of angel’s food as mentioned in Psa. 78:25?
E.    If angels are spirit beings, why do they need wings to fly?
F.    Can they fly at the speed of thought?

The earliest archaeological evidence of angels to date appears on the stela of UrNammus (2250 B.C.), and shows angels flying over the head of this king while he is in prayer.

Beginning in the 1970’s angelology (the study of angels) quickly became angelmania as seen by the publishing of hundreds of books on angels. Readers were encouraged to seek advice from these heavenly creatures concerning the stock market, marriage plans, health problems, even advocating the worship of angels!

Two factors have no doubt caused this:

  1. The advent of New Age philosophy and various Eastern religions.
  2. The rising ignorance in regard to Bible truth.

What does the Bible say concerning the existence of angels?
The word angel is found some 290 times in the Bible.

  • It is referred to 110 times in 17 Old Testament books.
  • It is referred to 180 times in 17 New Testament books.

The Son of God begins and ends His earthly activities by referring to angels.
The beginning: “And he saith unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Hereafter ye shall see heaven open, and the angels of God ascending and descending upon the Son of man” (John 1:51).

The ending: “Thinkest thou that I cannot now pray to my Father, and he shall presently give me more than twelve legions of angels?” (Matt. 26:53).

The Word of God both begins and ends its eternal account by referring to angels.
The beginning: “So he drove out the man; and he placed at the east of the garden of Eden Cherubims, and a flaming sword which turned every way, to keep the way of the tree of life” (Gen. 3:24). (The cherubim mentioned here are thought to be a special kind of angel.)

The ending: “I Jesus have sent mine angel to testify unto you these things in the churches. I am the root and the offspring of David, and the bright and morning star” (Rev. 22:16).

What is the two-fold moral classification of angels?
It is believed that all angels were originally created without fault and, like Adam in the Garden, placed on a probation of some sort. They were theologically, during this time, posse non pecarre (able not to sin). But the probation period ended when heaven’s chief angel, Lucifer by name, instigated a great revolt against Jehovah God Himself. See Isa. 14:12-15 and Ezek. 28:11-19.

It is suggested by Rev. 12:3-4 that he was able to persuade one-third of heaven’s angels to side with him in this terrible rebellion. The ones who did so, thus became non posse non pecarre (not able not to sin), while the remaining two-thirds were pronounced non posse pecarre (not able to sin).

From that point on, the faithful angels are referred to as holy and elect angels (Mark 8:38; 1 Tim. 5:21), while the fallen angels are known as the devil’s angels (Matt. 25:41; Rev. 12:9).

Who created the angels?
Angels, like everything else in this universe, were made by God, the Father, through Jesus Christ in the energy of the Holy Spirit.
1.The Old Testament record (Gen. 1:1-2, Neh. 9:6, Psa. 148:2, 5).
2.The New Testament record (John 1:1-3, Eph. 3:9, Col. 1:16).

B.The following conclusions may be reached in light of these verses:

  1. Angels, like humans, did not come into being through the accidental and random processes of mud in evolving time.
  2. 2.Each angel is, therefore, a direct creation from God. This is perhaps why they are referred to as sons of God. (See Gen. 6:2, 4, Job 1:6; 2:1).
  3. The word “son” seems to indicate a direct creation of God, as Adam is also called the “son of God.” (See Luke 3:38).
  4. Believers are also called this, as they are recreated in Christ, individually, as sons of God (1 John 3:1).
  5. When were the angels created?

A. They were created before the 7th day of creation.
“Thus the heavens and the earth were finished, and all the host of them” (Gen. 2:1).
Here the word host is believed to be a reference to angels.

B. They were created before man.
“For thou hast made him a little lower than the angels, and hast crowned him with glory and honour” (Psa. 8:5).
This implies angels were in existence before Adam and Eve came upon the scene.

C. They were created before the earth (Job 38:1, 4, 7).

D. They may have been created before God fashioned the material universe for two reasons:

  1. The original home of Lucifer (angel who later because the devil) may have included only the heavenly Garden of Eden as described by Ezek. 28:12-17 with no recorded access to the sun, moon, or stars. Could this imply these heavenly bodies were not yet created?
  2. The horrible revolt against God as planned and carried out by Lucifer (Isa. 14:12-14) whereby one-third of heaven’s angels were persuaded to join him (Rev. 12:4) surely would have required much organizational time for its implementation!

Why were the angels created?

They were created to glorify God
“And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying, Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men” (Luke 2:13-14).
“Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honour and power: for thou hast created all things, and for thy pleasure they are and were created” (Rev. 4:11).

They were created to worship Christ
“In whom we have redemption through his blood, even the forgiveness of sins: Who is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of every creature: For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him” (Col. 1:14-16).
“And again, when he bringeth in the firstbegotten into the world, he saith, And let all the angels of God worship him” (Heb. 1:6).

They were created to do the will of God
“Thou makest darkness, and it is night: wherein all the beasts of the forest do creep forth. The young lions roar after their prey, and seek their meat from God” (Psa. 104:20-21).

They were created to assist the people of God
“Are they not all ministering spirits, sent forth to minister for them who shall be heirs of salvation?” (Heb. 1:14).

They were created to observe the plan of God
“Receiving the end of your faith, even the salvation of your souls. Of which salvation the prophets have enquired and searched diligently, who prophesied of the grace that should come unto you: Searching what, or what manner of time the Spirit of Christ which was in them did signify, when it testified beforehand the sufferings of Christ, and the glory that should follow. Unto whom it was revealed, that not unto themselves, but unto us they did minister the things, which are now reported unto you by them that have preached the gospel unto you with the Holy Ghost sent down from heaven; which things the angels desire to look into”(1 Peter 1:9-12).
“To the intent that now unto the principalities and powers in heavenly places might be known by the church the manifold wisdom of God” (Eph. 3:10).
There are two attributes of God that angels have never, and indeed, can never personally experience, namely, His mercy and grace! However, these sinless celestial beings can gain wonderful insights by observing God’s blood-washed sons and daughters!

How many angels are there?
In a sentence, they are innumerable. God of course knows their number, but they are presented to man as uncountable. Actually, there may be as many angels as there are stars in the universe, for angels are often associated with the stars! See Judges 5:20; Job 38:4, 7; Psa. 148:1-3; Isa. 14:13.

If so, there would exist untold trillions of these heavenly beings, for modern astronomy tells us there are as many stars in the heavens as there are grains of sand on all the seashores of the world!

Thus, there may be billions and billions of angels in heaven for every saved person! A hint of their large number can be seen by the following:

1. As indicated by Moses—“The LORD came from Sinai … with ten thousands of saints” (Deut. 33:2). The “saints” here are no doubt angels.

2. As indicated by Daniel—“I beheld till the thrones were cast down, and the Ancient of days did sit, whose garment was white as snow, and the hair of his head like the pure wool: his throne was like the fiery flame, and his wheels as burning fire. A fiery stream issued and came forth from before him: thousand thousands ministered unto him, and ten thousand times ten thousand stood before him: the judgment was set, and the books were opened” (Dan. 7:9-10).

3. As indicated by the Psalms—“The chariots of God are twenty thousand, even thousands of angels: the Lord is among them, as in Sinai, in the holy place” (Psa. 68:17).

4. As indicated by the fallen angel possessing the maniac of Gadara—When Jesus demanded to know his name, the demon replied, “My name is Legion: for we are many” (Mark 5:9). A legion in the Roman army at that time consisted of 6,000 men. Apparently Satan controls so many fallen angels, he could afford to give over 6,000 of them to torment one poor, unimportant lunatic!

5. As indicated by Jesus—“Thinkest thou that I cannot now pray to my Father, and he shall presently give me more than twelve legions of angels?” (Matt. 26:53).

6. As indicated by the book of Hebrews—“But ye are come unto mount Sion, and unto the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, and to an innumerable company of angels” (Heb. 12:22).

7.As indicated by John’s heavenly vision—“And I beheld, and I heard the voice of many angels round about the throne and the beasts and the elders: and the number of them was ten thousand times ten thousand, and thousands of thousands” (Rev. 5:11).

Dr. Fred Dickason observes:
The apostle John saw in a vision an exceedingly great number of angels, ‘ten thousand times ten thousand, and thousands of thousands” (Rev. 5:11, KJV). Taken literally, this has two possibilities: (1) 108 plus 106 equals 101 million, or (2) 108 times 106 equals 100 trillion. These may be only a part of the heavenly host. This expression, however, may not be an exact number but an indication of a multitude beyond comprehension. So we read in Heb. 12:22 of “an innumerable company of angels” (KJV). (Angels, Elect & Evil, Moody Press,p. 90, 1995)

8. Do angels sing? While it is possible that they do, the Bible rarely presents them as singing, but records them as—
● shouting for joy (Job 38:7b)
● proclaiming God’s holiness (Isa. 6:3j; Rev. 4:8)
● praising God (Luke 2:13, 14)

However, some feel the phrase in Job 38:7a does indeed refer to angels—

“… the morning stars sang together.”

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Bible Study Snippet Abraham Lesson 2

In Genesis 12, we have the life of one of the greatest men who ever lived — the life of Abraham.

Think of it this way, in the first 11 Chapters of Genesis, God uses the floodlight. It illuminates the whole stage. God’s blasting out like a shotgun the nations, civilizations, and the whole world, but beginning in Genesis 12, God lays down His shotgun and picks up a rifle.

He lays down the floodlight and picks up a spotlight, which zeros in on one individual—Abraham and then his son Isaac, one of Isaac’s sons, Jacob, and one of Jacob’s 12 sons, Joseph.

You have a number of “Cs” here that we use in summarizing the life of Abraham:

  • You have his Conversion — in the land of Ur of the Chaldees
  • You have his Call
  • You have his Commission — He was to leave the land of Ur of the Chaldees and make his way to the land of Canaan
  • You have his Complacency — He gets bogged down in route in the city of Haran. He’s there for a while until his father dies, and then he moves on into the land of Canaan.
  • You have Canaan—First of all, God says, “I’ll show you the land,” and now God’s going to give him all the land of Canaan.
  • You have his Carnality — In times of famine, he leaves the land of Canaan and goes to the land of Egypt. He’s there for a while, and some tragic things happen. God eventually brings him back.
  • You have the Condescension of Abraham in how he acquiesces to the demands of his young nephew, Lot
  • You have the Courage of Abraham — You have the first battle
  • mentioned in the Bible, and you can read about that.
  • You have the Communion of Abraham — In Genesis 14, he has communion with Melchizedek, who may have been Christ Himself. I have some interesting facts about that in your notes.
  • You have the Covenant with Abraham — In Genesis 15, God, through a blood covenant, promises that He will bless the womb of Sarah and then give Abraham, Sarah, and their descendents the land forever.
  • You have the Compromise of Abraham — Genesis 16 is a sad chapter where Abraham, being out of the will of God, marries a pagan girl by the name of Hagar.
  • Finally, in Chapter 17, you have the Circumcision of Abraham— This will not be the faith of the source; this will become the sign of God’s promise to Abraham.

Abraham was born around 2166 B.C. We know nothing of his early life or how he was led to God. It has been speculated that either Job, Shem or even Melchizedek showed him the way of salvation. The importance of his life cannot be underestimated. He is mentioned 308 times in the Bible, 234 times in the Old Testament and 74 in the New Testament. These quotes came from 27 books: 16 in the Old Testament and 11 in the New Testament. Abraham was the reason the Southern Kingdom was spared as long as it was (see Kings 13:23).

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Bible Study Snippet Moses – Old Testament Lesson 4

Our story begins with a baby in a small craft, and the year is 1525 B.C. There’s a young couple from the tribe of Levi living in Egypt. They already have two children, a girl and a boy. Then, the third child is born.

At the birth of the third child, the decree goes out from the “White House” of the day that all baby Hebrew boys are to be killed. This couple doesn’t know what to do about it, so they hide the baby boy for three months. Then, with hearts mixed with fear and faith, probably more faith than fear, they construct a little ark, put this little baby in the ark, and set the baby and the ark afloat on the Nile River.

This little baby is found, rescued, and raised by the daughter of the Pharaoh who had originally pronounced the death sentence. Does God have a sense of humor?

This young princess who found, raised, and also named the baby said, ‘I’ll call him Moses which will serve as a reminder to him where he came from.’ The name Moses means, to draw out of the waters.

Now, with this pagan girl not having the least idea of what she was doing, in a very real sense, she was giving all Christians a nickname today. We are little Moseses. We have been drawn out of the waters of sin.

Psalm 18:16 says, “He sent from above, he took me, he drew me out of many waters.” This principle is later seen in Romans 8:28, which is also vividly illustrated. “And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God.” It’s not that all things are good, but all things work together for good.

Moses grows up in Pharaoh’s court, and he’s versed and steeped in all the laws, knowledge, and wisdom of Egypt. But, when he is 40 years old, he is involved in a manslaughter charge. So he hurriedly leaves the land of Egypt.

In Hebrews 11 we see another reason, and more important reason why Moses left, “By faith Moses, when he was come to years, refused to be called the son of Pharaoh’s daughter; Choosing rather to suffer affliction with the people of God, than to enjoy the pleasures of sin for a season; Esteeming the reproach of Christ greater riches than the treasures in Egypt: for he had respect unto the recompence of the reward.”

One of the reasons he left is because he had determined that he was going to suffer with the people of God. You can summarize Moses’ life into three segments, each consisting of 40 years:

  • Moses, the Prince of Egypt — the first 40 years
  • Moses, the Shepherd of Midian — because he leaves Egypt and goes down to the Sinai where he’ll be for 40 years
  • Moses, the great Lawgiver of Israel — the final 40 years

I think the great evangelist D. L. Moody had a message on that many years ago. He said:
“Moses spent the first 40 years of his life trying to be somebody, the second 40 years of his life in the desert realizing he was a nobody, and the third 40 years of his life acknowledging that God can use anybody.”

The Prince of Egypt now becomes a Shepherd of Midian. He goes down there, and he meets and marries a shepherd girl by the name of Zipporah. For the next 40 years, he’s going to be there, and as far as we know, he would have lived out his life and died where nobody would have heard about him again had it not been for an event that happened when he was 80.

When he was 80 years of age, God appeared to him in a burning bush. God told him, ‘I want you to go back, Moses, and tell the Pharaoh, to let my people go.’ Moses didn’t want to do it, and he gave God all kinds of excuses why he could not go. God finally convinced him to go.

Moses did put his shoes back on. Then, he and Aaron, his older brother, make their way to the land of Egypt, and soon Moses will become the Lawgiver of Israel.

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Bible Study Snippet Where is the Lamb Old Testament Lesson 3

We read in Genesis 21where the heir of the covenant, Isaac, is born. His name literally means laughter because when God promised Abraham in his old age, you will bear a son. That’s wonderful, but Sarah laughed to herself in unbelief. She said, ‘It will never happen.’ God told Abraham to call his name Isaac, and that will be a reminder to the boy and the daddy and the mom regarding the circumstances surrounding his birth as the heir of the covenant.

In Genesis 22, one of the great chapters in the entire Bible, you have the foreshadow of Calvary.

You have Abraham taking his son Isaac up Mount Mariah to offer him as a sacrifice. Isaac knows, of course, they’re going to offer a sacrifice. What he doesn’t know is that he’s going to be the sacrifice. So, about halfway up, he says, ‘You know dad. We’re getting forgetful in our old age. We’ve got the rope. We’ve got the knife. We have the fire, but we forgot the lamb. Where is the lamb?’

Well, I’m sure that broke Abraham’s heart. In verse 8, Abraham said, “My son, God will provide himself a lamb.” You know they got to the top of the mountain, and, of course, there was a ram up there. God said, ‘Don’t kill your son; slay the ram in lieu of your son.’ But notice the question that Isaac asked in verse 7, “Where is the lamb?”

I’m going to tell you that 2,000 years ago, by the Jordan River, John the Baptist would answer Isaac’s question as he pointed to Jesus and said, “Behold the Lamb.” The Bible is a story about the Lamb. Where is the Lamb? Behold the Lamb.

Revelation 5 says someday all believers will gather around the throne of God, and we will not sing, “Where is the Lamb,” or even, “Behold the Lamb,” but we will sing, “Worthy is the Lamb to receive glory, honor and power.”

I’d like to say this. I think there’s a difference between saving faith and sanctifying faith. Saving faith is in Genesis 12 and 15 where God told Abraham to go somewhere — to the land of Canaan. Abraham had never seen it, but he believed God. Saving faith, I think, is believing in something you can’t see. I’ve never seen Hell and never seen Heaven. I’ve never seen Jesus, but I believe.

But, here in Genesis 22, the boy becomes a man. Real faith, sanctifying faith, major league faith, I think is not just believing what you can’t see, but also believing what you can’t understand.

In Chapter 23, you have the death of Sarah. She dies at the age of 127 and is buried in the cave of Machpelah located near the city of Hebron. Later on, Abraham will be buried there, as well as Isaac, Rebekah, Jacob, and Joseph. A whole slew of early Israelite patriarchs have been buried there.

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Genesis At A Glance

This book records the creation of all things, the fall of man, the universal flood and the Tower of Babel.  It also overviews the lives of four all-important Old Testament individuals, Abraham, his son Isaac, one of Isaac’s two sons, Jacob, and one of Jacob’s 12 sons, Joseph.

INTRODUCTION OF THE BOOK OF GENESIS
The when, who, how, and what of all things explained in ten short words!

  • In the beginning (the when)
  • God (the who)
  • Created (the how)
  • The heavens and the earth (the what)

FACTS REGARDING THE AUTHOR OF GENESIS
1. Who?  Moses.  He was the younger brother of Aaron and Miriam (Ex. 6:20; Num. 26:59) who led his people Israel out of Egyptian bondage (Ex. 5-14) and gave them the law of God at Mt. Sinai (Ex. 20).

2. What?  The books of Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, and Deuteronomy.

3. When and where?  1405 B.C., from the eastern bank of the River Jordan in Moab.

4. Why?

  •      Genesis.  To record the origin of the world and the nation Israel.
  •      Exodus.  The supernatural deliverance of Israel from Egyptian bondage.
  •      Leviticus.  The purpose and functions of the tabernacle.
  •      Numbers.  The failure of Israel to enter Canaan.
  •      Deuteronomy.  The review of the Law for that generation about to enter Canaan.

5.To whom?  Israel in particular, all believers in general.

KEY EVENTS IN GENESIS

  1. The creation of man
  2.  The institution of marriage
  3. The fall of man
  4. The births of Cain and Abel
  5. The removal of Enoch
  6. The universal flood
  7. The Tower of Babel
  8. The call of Abraham
  9. The giving of the Abrahamic Covenant
  10. The institution of circumcision
  11. The offering up of Isaac
  12. The marriage of Isaac and Rebekah
  13. The births of Jacob and Esau
  14. The marriage of Jacob to Leah and Rachel
  15. The elevation of Joseph in Egypt
  16. The move of Jacob and his family from Canaan to Egypt

KEY INDIVIDUALS IN GENESIS

  1. Adam
  2. Eve
  3. Cain
  4. Abel
  5. Methuselah
  6. Enoch
  7. Noah
  8. Shem, Ham, and Japheth
  9. Canaan
  10. Abraham
  11. Isaac
  12.  Jacob
  13. Joseph
  14. Sarah
  15. Lot
  16. Hagar
  17. Eliezer
  18. Ishmael
  19. Rebekah
  20. Esau
  21. Rachel
  22. Leah
  23. Laban
  24. Dinah
  25. Potiphar’s wife
  26. Pharaoh

KEY PLACES IN GENESIS

  1. Garden of Eden
  2. Land of Nod
  3. Mt. Ararat
  4. Land of Shinar
  5. Ur of the Chaldees
  6. Bethel
  7. Egypt
  8. Sodom
  9. Salem
  10. Mt. Moriah
  11. Cave of Machpelah
  12. Jabbok
  13. Bethlehem
  14. Land of Goshen

1. Genesis spans a total time period of at least 2,200 years. In light of this, note God’s priority here.
He employed 20 percent of the book (1-11) to describe the first 1,800 years.  This covers Creation, the Fall, the Flood, and Babel.  He employed 80 percent of the book (12-50) to describe the final 400 years.  Here we read of Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, and Joseph.  This means approximately 80 percent of the total time period is covered in only 11 chapters, while 20 percent of the time is described in 39 chapters.  The priority point is simple—in the mind of God, Abraham is more important than the universe.

2. It is the only book which describes God as resting (2:2, 3).

3. It gives the first prophecy of the coming Messiah, of his suffering and eventual victory (3:15).

4. It provides his first two names (Seed of the woman and Shiloh (3:15; 49:10).

5. It pinpoints the tribe from whence he would come (Judah) and in the first book to mention the city where he would be born (Bethlehem) .  See 49:10; 35:19.

6. It gives us the first human to be created (Adam) and the first human to be born (Cain) (1:26; 4:1).

7. It records the first man to die (Abel) and the first man not to die (Enoch) (4:8; 5:24).

8. The glory of God in creation (1:1) and the grace of God in salvation (Noah) (6:8) are both clearly seen.

9. We see the world’s earliest civilization (Cainite) and the world’s oldest citizen (Methuselah) (4:17; 5:27).

10. The first three of four divine institutions as found in Genesis:

  • Marriage (2:21-25)
  • Human government (9:6)
  • The Nation Israel (12:1-3)
  • The church (Mt. 16:18, 19)

11. It provides the first illustration of human religion (the fig leaves), and the first example of divine redemption (the coats of skin) (3:7, 21).

12. Here a city is destroyed on the plains (Sodom) and a boy is spared on a mountain (Isaac) (19, 22).

13. Here a son (Jacob) deceives his father (Isaac) and is later himself deceived by his sons (brothers of Joseph) (27, 37).

14. Here we read of the first barren mother (Sarah) and the first dying mother (Rachel)
(16, 35).

15. Jerusalem (a type of the heavenly) and Egypt (a type of the worldly) are first mentioned in this stage (13, 14).

16. Here we first learn of a king called Melchizedek and a cave named Machpelah (14, 25).

17. Here are the first of three great biblical covenants is introduced (12:1-3).  These covenants are:

  • The Abrahamic Covenant (12:1-3).  This has to do with a land (Canaan) and a people (Israel).
  • The Davidic Covenant (2 Sam. 7:4-16; 1 Chron. 17:3-5).  This has to do with a king to rule in that land over that people.
  • The New Covenant (Jer. 31:31).  This has to do with changed hearts so that the people in the land will allow the king to rule over them.

18. In its pages sinners are drowned, and a saint (Noah) is drunken (7:21, 9:21-21).

19. A ship settles on a mountain and a tower rises on a plain (8:4, 11:1-4).  This tower is but the beginning of three satanic attempts to consolidate religion around a project.  Two more will follow.  One was built near Babylon (Dan. 2), and the final one will be placed in the Holy of Holies (Rev. 13).

20. History’s first rebellion (Babel) and revival (Bethel) occurred (11:4; 35:2-4).

21. Here Abraham climbs a mountain where God’s Lamb would someday die (22:2).  On this occasion Isaac asks his father a question that would be answered by John the Baptist some 20 centuries later.  The question asked by Isaac: “Where is the Lamb?” (22:7).  The answer given by John: “Behold the Lamb of God, who taketh away the sin of the world”  (John 1:29).

COMPARISON WITH OTHER BIBLE BOOKS
1. Revelation:

  • Genesis records humanity’s first rebellion against God (3:1-6); Revelation records the final rebellion (Rev. 20:7-10).
  • Genesis records the entrance of sin (3:1-6); Revelation records its exit (Rev. 20:10; 21:4-8).
  • Genesis records the imposition of the curse (3:9-19); Revelation records the lifting of the curse (Rev. 22:3).
  • Genesis records the beginning of death (3:19); Revelation records the end of death (Rev. 21:4).
  • Genesis records the creation of the present heavens and earth (1:1); Revelation records the creation of the new heavens and earth (Rev. 21:1).

2. Romans:

  • In Genesis, Abraham is the patriarch of Israel; in Romans, he is the patriarch of all who believe (Rom. 4:16).

3. John, 1 John:

  • All “begin at the beginning,”  but their beginnings are different: Genesis begins with Creation; John and 1 John begin before Creation, with the preexistent Word.

4. Galatians:

  • Both show that salvation is by faith (15:6; Gal. 3:6).
  • Both show God’s desire to redeem all humanity (12:2-3; Gal. 3:8).

TITLES FOR AND TYPES OF JESUS

  1. The Seed of the Woman (3:15)
  2. Adam and Eve’s Lamb (3:21)
  3. Abel’s Lamb (4:4)
  4. The Angel of the Lord (16:7)
  5. Abraham and Isaac’s Ram (22:13)
  6. Shiloh (49:10)

 

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Bible Study Snippet Life Expectancy Old Testament Lesson 2

These are some pre-flood questions concerning the world prior to the flood. What was life like before the flood? Well, life prior to the great flood was very different from today. We know that by pieces of information in the Bible, and also geology has helped us. The Earth was probably universally warm with a pleasant and mild climate. It may have had no deserts or icecaps.

The land surface was more extensive, and the oceans were much smaller. The topography itself was very gentle, a lush vegetation all over the Earth, including at the North Pole and South Pole—totally different from what it is today.

A second question is, how advanced was the pre-flood civilization? I want to tell you, there certainly weren’t a bunch of cavemen running around grunting, climbing trees, and eating monkey meat. The fact is, and I wouldn’t die for the accuracy of this, but in my own personal opinion, it may be that Neil Armstrong might not have been the first man to have landed on the moon.

I mean the average age of people before the flood, which we’ll see again a little later, was 912 years old. Can you imagine the incredible wisdom that would have been gleaned in those nine centuries, which would have been passed on to another generation?

Albert Einstein, one of the most brilliant men of the last century, died at the age of 76. Let’s suppose he could have lived 10 times longer than that. Can you imagine what he could have discovered and then passed on to his generation? So, although we don’t know, I think that their civilization could have been far more advanced than ours. But, of course, the flood came and wiped all that out.

How did their age compare with our age? Our Lord says in Luke 17:26, “And as it was in the days of Noah, so shall it be also in the days of the Son of man.”

I have in your notes a number of frightening comparisons between their age right before the flood came and our age today in the 21st century, perhaps living right before the Lord Jesus will come. You can look over that list yourself.’

How could men live so long at that time, 912 years? How would you like to pay social security on those guys? We don’t know how they lived that long. Of course, sin had not fully settled down upon humanity. Sin is like a cancer. In fact, it’s described in the scriptures as leprosy and a cancer. You can have the seeds of cancer, even a small growth, detected in your body for 20 or 30 years, which then finally actually kills the person.

Sin was introduced to the human race and to each individual, maybe through the DNA. So, it may have taken that long for sin to really level out to where we are now. The average age, as the Bible says, is now three score and ten, which is around 70. I think it’s a little higher now for men and women in western countries.

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Bible Study Snippet Genesis 1:1&2 – Old Testament Lesson 1

Let’s look at the marvelous truths taught in just the first and second verses in the Bible. “In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth. And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters.”
These first few verses refute the doctrine of atheism. The atheist says, “There is no God,” but the first verse in the Bible say that God does exist. It certainly refutes the doctrine of materialism. Materialism says that the Earth always existed, but the very first verse in the Bible says, “In the beginning.” There was a beginning.
It refutes the doctrine of evolution which says that all things came about in accidental processes, but the first verse in the Bible says that in the beginning, God created all things.
Then, I think it refutes the doctrine of polytheism that says there are many Gods. The Bible says that in the beginning, one God, Jehovah God, created the heavens and the earth.
It also refutes the doctrine of pantheism, which says that all is God and God is all. The Bible says that God is apart from creation. He’s related to it, but He’s apart from His creation. So, in just the first verse in the Bible, you have multiple false doctrines refuted.
We also see in the first verse, the word heaven is in the plural. “In the beginning, God created the heavens and Earth.” There are three heavens.

  • The first heaven is the home of the birds and the clouds.
  • The second heaven is outer space with the sun, moon, and stars.
  • The third Heaven, apparently, is the present abode of God and the Holy Angels, because in II Corinthians, Paul speaks about being caught up into the third Heaven.

With these verses comes the other question, how old is creation? Is this world, the Earth itself, and the universe 15 billion years old? There is a lot of recent evidence that would strongly suggest this is not the case at all, and in our lesson notes we give a number of reasons for saying that.
I’m always amazed and staggered, and my imagination is fired up as I look at some of the statistical figures about creation.
For example, how vast or how big is our universe? Well, it’s so big that it takes a beam of light that travels at a rate of 186,000 miles a second only 8 minutes and 20 seconds to reach planet Earth from the Sun. Now, that’s pretty fast. At 186,000 miles a second, that means that a beam of light can travel around this Earth seven times in one second.
Think about that — 186,000 miles a second. Do you know there are galaxies and stars out in the universe that we have spotted with our powerful telescopes that may be as many as 20 billion light years from planet Earth?
That means it takes a beam of light traveling at the rate of 186,000 miles a second, 20 billion years to reach planet Earth — incredible.
We have a couple of illustrations on that. I like the paper stack model. You’ll find this in your notes. Let us say that the thickness of a sheet of paper represents the distance from
the Earth to the sun, which is some 93 million miles. To represent the distance to the nearest star besides our sun, we would need a stack of paper 71 feet high. To cover the diameter of our Milky Way Galaxy, it would require a stack 300 miles high. To reach the edge of the known universe, with the thickness of each sheet representing 93 million miles, it would demand a pile of paper sheets 31 million miles high. How great thou art!
It’s not only the bigness of the universe, but the smallness of the universe and how much power exists in the protons, electrons, and the neutrons. For example, German physicist Otto Gail has calculated that just a single drop of gasoline if totally utilized in an automobile—including all the atoms and everything in it — would be sufficient for 400 journeys around the world. That’s a trip involving 10 million miles. You talk about gas economy. That’s incredible.
Of course, the key thing is how complex our universe is. We’ll discuss this later in other lessons, but could life come about accidentally? The answer is never in a trillion years. There are certain things, mathematically, that could not happen, and one is that life came about accidentally.

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Student says LHBI Makes the Bible ‘Come Alive’

Although he has earned four college degrees and is listed in “Who’s Who.” Dr. Carl Windsor felt his education was incomplete.

“I was ashamed to discover that the average Bible college freshman had more formal Bible training than I had received with a Ph.D.,” Dr. Windsor said.  “LHBI was just what I was looking for.  I particularly liked the audio format, which allowed me to ‘study’ while commuting to and from work.”

Dr. Windsor, a 1984 graduate of Liberty Home Bible Institute, produces a daily Christian radio and television program and is on the board of directors of National Religious Broadcasters.  Recently, he authored a popular devotional book, “On This Day,” published by Thomas Nelson Publishers.

“Without my LHBI training,” Dr. Windsor concluded, “I never could have written a successful Christian book.  I will always be grateful to Dr. Willmington and the other great LHBI teachers who made the Bible ‘come alive’ for me.  I highly recommend the course to anyone regardless of educational background.”

From an Author who Credits LHBI Training for Publishing Success
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Student says Learn the Bible together with Liberty Home Bilble Institute

Because of Liberty Home Bible Institute, my wife and I came to know God’s Word.  It is the best education either of us ever received.

Thank you so much!

From B. and L. McCray
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