Quick Studies

At 3ABN we receive many requests for Bible studies on various topics. We’ve made short, easy to understand Bible studies for some of the most important topics, which you can find below. We also have more in-depth studies, books, and videos available on these and other topics. Please contact us for more information. Please visit again soon; we have more topics and resources coming.

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Second Coming[toggle title=”What does the Bible say about Jesus’ future return to earth?”]
What was Jesus’ promise to His followers before His ascension?
“Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me. In my Father’s house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also.” John 14:1-3.

Does the Old Testament speak of Christ’s appearing at the end of time?
“For I know that my redeemer liveth, and that he shall stand at the latter day upon the earth: And though after my skin worms destroy this body, yet in my flesh shall I see God.” Job 19:25-26.

Will Christ’s Second Coming be a quiet event?
“For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord.” 1 Thessalonians 4:16-17.

Does the Bible say that Christ’s Second Coming will be concealed?
“And to you who are troubled rest with us, when the Lord Jesus shall be revealed from heaven with his mighty angels, In flaming fire taking vengeance on them that know not God, and that obey not the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ.” 2 Thessalonians 1:7-8.

Will only the righteous see the Lord’s return?
“Behold, he cometh with clouds; and every eye shall see him, and they also which pierced him: and all kindreds of the earth shall wail because of him. Even so, Amen.” Revelation 1:7.

Is the Second Coming of Christ a local event?
“For as the lightning cometh out of the east, and shineth even unto the west; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.” Matthew 24:27.

Is the Second Coming of Christ based on false ideas?
“For we have not followed cunningly devised fables, when we made known unto you the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, but were eyewitnesses of his majesty.” 2 Peter 1:16.

Did the angels ever mention Christ’s Second Coming?
“And when he had spoken these things, while they beheld, he was taken up; and a cloud received him out of their sight. And while they looked steadfastly toward heaven as he went up, behold, two men stood by them in white apparel; Which also said, Ye men of Galilee, why stand ye gazing up into heaven? This same Jesus, which is taken up from you into heaven, shall so come in like manner as ye have seen him go into heaven.” Acts 1:9-11.

What did Jesus say His followers should do till His Second Coming?
“Watch therefore: for ye know not what hour your Lord doth come. But know this, that if the goodman of the house had known in what watch the thief would come, he would have watched, and would not have suffered his house to be broken up. Therefore be ye also ready: for in such an hour as ye think not the Son of man cometh.” Matthew 24:42-44.

What is the purpose of Christ’s Second Coming?
“And, behold, I come quickly; and my reward is with me, to give every man according as his work shall be.” Revelation 22:12.
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70 Weeks & 2300 Days[toggle title=”What is the meaning of the 70-week and 2,300-day prophecies in the book of Daniel?”]
What is the longest time prophecy in the Bible?
“Then I heard one saint speaking, and another saint said unto that certain saint which spake, How long shall be the vision concerning the daily sacrifice, and the transgression of desolation, to give both the sanctuary and the host to be trodden under foot? And he said unto me, Unto two thousand and three hundred days; then shall the sanctuary be cleansed.” Daniel 8:13-14.

How do we know that a day in prophetic time equals a year?
“And when thou hast accomplished them, lie again on thy right side, and thou shalt bear the iniquity of the house of Judah forty days: I have appointed thee each day for a year.” Ezekiel 4:6 “And your children shall wander in the wilderness forty years, and bear your whoredoms, until your carcases be wasted in the wilderness. After the number of the days in which ye searched the land, even forty days, each day for a year, shall ye bear your iniquities, even forty years, and ye shall know my breach of promise.” Number 14:34.

What is the beginning point of the prophecy?
“Now this is the copy of the letter that the king Artaxerxes gave unto Ezra the priest, the scribe, even a scribe of the words of the commandments of the LORD, and of his statutes to Israel. Artaxerxes, king of kings, unto Ezra the priest, a scribe of the law of the God of heaven, perfect peace, and at such a time. I make a decree, that all they of the people of Israel, and of his priests and Levites, in my realm, which are minded of their own freewill to go up to Jerusalem, go with thee. Forasmuch as thou art sent of the king, and of his seven counsellors, to inquire concerning Judah and Jerusalem, according to the law of thy God which is in thine hand; And to carry the silver and gold, which the king and his counsellors have freely offered unto the God of Israel, whose habitation is in Jerusalem.” Ezra 7:11-26.

Note: There were several decrees concerning the rebuilding of Jerusalem, but the most far reaching and permanent decree was by the Persian King Artaxerxes in 457 BC.

What happened after the 7 weeks?
“Know therefore and understand, that from the going forth of the commandment to restore and to build Jerusalem unto the Messiah the Prince shall be seven weeks, and threescore and two weeks: the street shall be built again, and the wall, even in troublous times.” Daniel 9:25.

Note: The books of Ezra and Nehemiah tell us of the rebuilding of Jerusalem in troubling times, during the seven-week period of Daniel’s prophecy. Because of enemy attacks, the men had to keep their swords by them as they rebuilt the walls. The rebuilding of Jerusalem was completed and the gates rededicated right at the end of the 49 years.

What happened after the next 62-week period?
“Then cometh Jesus from Galilee to Jordan unto John, to be baptized of him. But John forbad him, saying, I have need to be baptized of thee, and comest thou to me? And Jesus answering said unto him, Suffer it to be so now: for thus it becometh us to fulfill all righteousness. Then he suffered him. And Jesus, when he was baptized, went up straightway out of the water: and, lo, the heavens were opened unto him, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove, and lighting upon him: And lo a voice from heaven, saying, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.” Matthew 3:13-17.

Note: Daniel 9:25 predicted that after the seven-week period and the 62-week period, the Messiah the Prince would officially be set up, or begin, His ministry. This began at the baptism of Jesus.

Who is the Messiah who appeared in AD 27?
“And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth. John bare witness of him, and cried, saying, This was he of whom I spake, He that cometh after me is preferred before me: for he was before me. And of his fullness have all we received, and grace for grace. For the law was given by Moses, but grace and truth came by Jesus Christ.” John 1:14-17.

What happened to “cut off” the Messiah after 3½ weeks (years) of ministry?
“Now from the sixth hour there was darkness over all the land unto the ninth hour. And about the ninth hour Jesus cried with a loud voice, saying, Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani? that is to say, My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me? Some of them that stood there, when they heard that, said, This man calleth for Elias. And straightway one of them ran, and took a sponge, and filled it with vinegar, and put it on a reed, and gave him to drink. The rest said, Let be, let us see whether Elias will come to save him. Jesus, when he had cried again with a loud voice, yielded up the ghost. And, behold, the veil of the temple was rent in twain from the top to the bottom; and the earth did quake, and the rocks rent; And the graves were opened; and many bodies of the saints which slept arose, And came out of the graves after his resurrection, and went into the holy city, and appeared unto many. Now when the centurion, and they that were with him, watching Jesus, saw the earthquake, and those things that were done, they feared greatly, saying, Truly this was the Son of God.” Matthew 27:45-54.

Note: After three-and-a-half years of ministry, Jesus died on the cross in the “midst” of the seventieth week of Daniel’s prophecy, right on time! He died “not for himself,” but for the whole world.

The Apostles were to speak only to the Jews for another 3½ years. What event brought the 70-week period to a close?
“And cast him out of the city, and stoned him: and the witnesses laid down their clothes at a young man’s feet, whose name was Saul. And they stoned Stephen, calling upon God, and saying, Lord Jesus, receive my spirit. And he kneeled down, and cried with a loud voice, Lord, lay not this sin to their charge. And when he had said this, he fell asleep.” Acts 7:58-60.

What power was to arise after the Roman empire breakup that would become a persecuting power, and when would that happen?
“After this I saw in the night visions, and behold a fourth beast, dreadful and terrible, and strong exceedingly; and it had great iron teeth: it devoured and brake in pieces, and stamped the residue with the feet of it: and it was diverse from all the beasts that were before it; and it had ten horns. I considered the horns, and, behold, there came up among them another little horn, before whom there were three of the first horns plucked up by the roots: and, behold, in this horn were eyes like the eyes of man, and a mouth speaking great things.” Daniel 7:7-8.

Note: Horns represent kingdoms. The fourth beast mentioned is the pagan Roman Empire, which broke up into ten divisions. A power (horn) was to arise that would become great and different form other horns. The previous horns were political powers, but this power was a political and a religious power. History shows that as the old Roman Empire was falling, the power of the Caesars was transferred to the Bishop of Rome. This church, now with an army, destroyed three other Arian nations of the old empire. In AD 538, the last of these three powers fell, and the new papal religious/political kingdom became the default power, arising from Old Rome.

What happened to the papal power in 1798?
“And he shall speak great words against the most High, and shall wear out the saints of the most High, and think to change times and laws: and they shall be given into his hand until a time and times and the dividing of time.” Daniel 7:25.

Note: The Antichrist power was to have dominion for “a time and times and the dividing of time.” Using a day for a year, that equals 1260 years (a “time” = 360 days; “times” = 720 days; “dividing of time” = 180 days; 360 + 720 + 180 = 1260). The papacy came to power in AD 538. Counting forward 1260 years brings us to 1798. What happened to the papacy that ended its period of unbroken power? In 1798, Napoleon’s general, Louis Alexandre Berthier, marched into Rome and captured the pope and cast him into prison where he died. The power that the church once had was broken, and it received a “deadly wound.” “And I saw one of his heads as it were wounded to death; and his deadly wound was healed: and all the world wondered after the beast.” Revelation 13:3. Scripture declares, and history confirms, that later the deadly wound would be healed; then all the world would wonder after the beast. Looking at the rise of papal influence today bears out the fulfillment of prophecy!

What happened at the end of the 2300 years when the prophecy ended?
“After this I saw in the night visions, and behold a fourth beast, dreadful and terrible, and strong exceedingly; and it had great iron teeth: it devoured and brake in pieces, and stamped the residue with the feet of it: and it was diverse from all the beasts that were before it; and it had ten horns. I considered the horns, and, behold, there came up among them another little horn, before whom there were three of the first horns plucked up by the roots: and, behold, in this horn were eyes like the eyes of man, and a mouth speaking great things. 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.” Daniel 7:7-10.

“Then I heard one saint speaking, and another saint said unto that certain saint which spake, How long shall be the vision concerning the daily sacrifice, and the transgression of desolation, to give both the sanctuary and the host to be trodden under foot? And he said unto me, Unto two thousand and three hundred days; then shall the sanctuary be cleansed.” Daniel 8:13-14.

“And I saw another angel fly in the midst of heaven, having the everlasting gospel to preach unto them that dwell on the earth, and to every nation, and kindred, and tongue, and people, Saying with a loud voice, Fear God, and give glory to him; for the hour of his judgment is come: and worship him that made heaven, and earth, and the sea, and the fountains of waters.” Revelation 14:6-7.

Note: After the 2300 years, which ended in 1844, something in heaven began to happen — the judgment of the dead and the living began, to determine who would receive eternal life when Jesus comes back. “And, behold, I come quickly; and my reward is with me, to give every man according as his work shall be.” Revelation 22:12. For every man to receive his reward when Jesus comes, it is only fair that they have had a trial to determine that. Since 1844, we have been in the “last days.” The judgment occurs in heaven; and all people from Adam to all who would live later, have had their cases come up to determine their eternal destiny — beginning with the dead, and later passing to those now living. In 1844, the final warning to Earth began to sound in the three angels’ messages to the world. They declare the judgment hour, and urge us to return to the true worship of God “who made the heavens and the earth,” the creator God.

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Death[toggle title=”What happens when we die? Do our dead loved ones see and hear us? Will we live again?”]
In death does the soul sleep (as Jesus said) or continue in conscious thought?
“Put not your trust in princes, nor in the son of man, in whom there is no help. His breath goeth forth, he returneth to his earth; in that very day his thoughts perish.” Psalm 146:3-4.

Do the dead sleep or go to Heaven and praise the Lord?
“The dead praise not the LORD, neither any that go down into silence.” Psalm 115:17.

Do those who have died remember to give God thanks?
“For in death there is no remembrance of thee: in the grave who shall give thee thanks?” Psalm 6:5.

When the body perishes at death, can the soul still know love or hate?
“For the living know that they shall die: but the dead know not any thing, neither have they any more a reward; for the memory of them is forgotten. Also their love, and their hatred, and their envy, is now perished; neither have they any more a portion for ever in any thing that is done under the sun.” Ecclesiastes 9:5-6.

In death, is the soul conscious of the knowledge it gained in life?
“Whatsoever thy hand findeth to do, do it with thy might; for there is no work, nor device, nor knowledge, nor wisdom, in the grave, whither thou goest.” Ecclesiastes 9:10.

Can the dead haunt (appear in) a house?
“As the cloud is consumed and vanisheth away: so he that goeth down to the grave shall come up no more. He shall return no more to his house, neither shall his place know him any more.” Job 7:9-10.

Did King David ascend to Heaven at his death, or does he wait for the resurrection?
“For David is not ascended into the heavens….” Acts 2:34.

Did Jesus really say the dead are asleep?
“He saith unto them, Our friend Lazarus sleepeth; but I go, that I may awake him out of sleep. Then said his disciples, Lord, if he sleep, he shall do well. Howbeit Jesus spake of his death: but they thought that he had spoken of taking of rest in sleep. Then said Jesus unto them plainly, Lazarus is dead.” John 11:11-14.

Are the dead really asleep until resurrection day?
“But I would not have you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning them which are asleep, that ye sorrow not, even as others which have no hope. For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with him. For this we say unto you by the word of the Lord, that we which are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord shall not prevent them which are asleep. For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord.” 1 Thessalonians 4:13-17.

When do the dead have victory over their sleep?
“Behold, I show you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed. For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality. So when this corruptible shall have put on incorruption, and this mortal shall have put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written, Death is swallowed up in victory. O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory?” 1 Corinthians 15:51-55.

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Health[toggle title=”What does the Bible say about healthy living? Does the Bible give us any health principles to live by?”]

What is God’s great desire for you?
“Beloved, I wish above all things that thou mayest prosper and be in health, even as thy soul prospereth.” 3 John 2.

Can’t we do whatever we want with our bodies?
“What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own? For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God’s.” 1 Corinthians 6:19-20.

Are there consequences for ruining our bodies?
“Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you? If any man defile the temple of God, him shall God destroy; for the temple of God is holy, which temple ye are.” 1 Corinthians 3:16-17.

Should we be careful about what we put into our bodies?
“Whether therefore ye eat, or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God.” 1 Corinthians 10:31.

What instruction does God have for His people about diet?
“And the LORD spake unto Moses and to Aaron, saying unto them, Speak unto the children of Israel, saying, These are the beasts which ye shall eat among all the beasts that are on the earth. Whatsoever parteth the hoof, and is clovenfooted, and cheweth the cud, among the beasts, that shall ye eat. Nevertheless these shall ye not eat of them that chew the cud, or of them that divide the hoof: as the camel, because he cheweth the cud, but divideth not the hoof; he is unclean unto you. And the coney, because he cheweth the cud, but divideth not the hoof; he is unclean unto you. And the hare, because he cheweth the cud, but divideth not the hoof; he is unclean unto you. And the swine, though he divide the hoof, and be clovenfooted, yet he cheweth not the cud; he is unclean to you. Of their flesh shall ye not eat, and their carcass shall ye not touch; they are unclean to you. These shall ye eat of all that are in the waters: whatsoever hath fins and scales in the waters, in the seas, and in the rivers, them shall ye eat. And all that have not fins and scales in the seas, and in the rivers, of all that move in the waters, and of any living thing which is in the waters, they shall be an abomination unto you: They shall be even an abomination unto you; ye shall not eat of their flesh, but ye shall have their carcasses in abomination. Whatsoever hath no fins nor scales in the waters, that shall be an abomination unto you. And these are they which ye shall have in abomination among the fowls; they shall not be eaten, they are an abomination: the eagle, and the ossifrage, and the osprey, And the vulture, and the kite after his kind; Every raven after his kind; And the owl, and the night hawk, and the cuckoo, and the hawk after his kind, And the little owl, and the cormorant, and the great owl, And the swan, and the pelican, and the gier eagle, And the stork, the heron after her kind, and the lapwing, and the bat. All fowls that creep, going upon all four, shall be an abomination unto you.” Leviticus 11:1-20.

When Christ comes, what will be the reward for those who rebel against His laws and commands?
“For, behold, the LORD will come with fire, and with his chariots like a whirlwind, to render his anger with fury, and his rebuke with flames of fire. For by fire and by his sword will the LORD plead with all flesh: and the slain of the LORD shall be many. They that sanctify themselves, and purify themselves in the gardens behind one tree in the midst, eating swine’s flesh, and the abomination, and the mouse, shall be consumed together, saith the LORD.” Isaiah 66:15-17.

How does the Lord view alcoholic drink or similar intoxicants?
“Who hath woe? who hath sorrow? who hath contentions? who hath babbling? who hath wounds without cause? who hath redness of eyes? They that tarry long at the wine; they that go to seek mixed wine. Look not thou upon the wine when it is red, when it giveth his colour in the cup, when it moveth itself aright. At the last it biteth like a serpent, and stingeth like an adder. Thine eyes shall behold strange women, and thine heart shall utter perverse things. Yea, thou shalt be as he that lieth down in the midst of the sea, or as he that lieth upon the top of a mast. They have stricken me, shalt thou say, and I was not sick; they have beaten me, and I felt it not: when shall I awake? I will seek it yet again.” Proverbs 23:29-35.

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Hellfire[toggle title=”What is hell? Do sinners burn in hell forever?”]
What did the Lord say would happen to the wicked?
“Behold, all souls are mine; as the soul of the father, so also the soul of the son is mine: the soul that sinneth, it shall die.” Ezekiel 18:4.

Is there an example of eternal fire in the Bible?
“Even as Sodom and Gomorrha, and the cities about them in like manner, giving themselves over to fornication, and going after strange flesh, are set forth for an example, suffering the vengeance of eternal fire.” Jude 1:7.

Are Sodom and Gomorrah, which are an example of punishment for the ungodly, still burning today?
“And turning the cities of Sodom and Gomorrha into ashes condemned them with an overthrow, making them an ensample unto those that after should live ungodly.” 2 Peter 2:6.

How complete will the destruction of the wicked be?
“But the wicked shall perish, and the enemies of the LORD shall be as the fat of lambs: they shall consume; into smoke shall they consume away.” Psalm 37:20.

In what state are the wicked left after receiving judgment?
“For, behold, the day cometh, that shall burn as an oven; and all the proud, yea, and all that do wickedly, shall be stubble: and the day that cometh shall burn them up, saith the LORD of hosts, that it shall leave them neither root nor branch. But unto you that fear my name shall the Sun of righteousness arise with healing in his wings; and ye shall go forth, and grow up as calves of the stall. And ye shall tread down the wicked; for they shall be ashes under the soles of your feet in the day that I shall do this, saith the LORD of hosts.” Malachi 4:1-3.

Will Satan be destroyed in the end?
“Forasmuch then as the children are partakers of flesh and blood, he also himself likewise took part of the same; that through death he might destroy him that had the power of death, that is, the devil.” Hebrews 2:14.

What will be destroyed in hell?
“And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.” Matthew 10:28.

Will sin be permitted to continue after the judgment?
“What do ye imagine against the LORD? he will make an utter end: affliction shall not rise up the second time.” Nahum 1:9.

What happens to death itself?
“And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death.” Revelation 20:14.

Is the reward for sin eternal life?
“For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.” Romans 6:23.

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Justification[toggle title=”What does the gospel say God offers us for our past sins? What hope does He offer for the future?”]

How do we receive the righteousness of God?
“For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God; Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus.” Romans 3:23-24.

What is God’s part in our justification?
“That being justified by his grace, we should be made heirs according to the hope of eternal life.” Titus 3:7.

What did Christ’s sacrifice win for us?
“Much more then, being now justified by his blood, we shall be saved from wrath through him.” Romans 5:9.

What do we need to be just before God?
“Therefore we conclude that a man is justified by faith without the deeds of the law.” Romans 3:28.

What is the only way a sinner can be made righteous?
“Knowing that a man is not justified by the works of the law, but by the faith of Jesus Christ, even we have believed in Jesus Christ, that we might be justified by the faith of Christ, and not by the works of the law: for by the works of the law shall no flesh be justified.” Galatians 2:16.

What example helps us understand the righteousness given to us?
“And he brought him forth abroad, and said, Look now toward heaven, and tell the stars, if thou be able to number them: and he said unto him, So shall thy seed be. And he believed in the LORD; and he counted it to him for righteousness.” Genesis 15:5-6.

What role does Bible reading play in our sanctification?
“Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth.” John 17:17.

After we are saved by grace, what does God want us to do for Him?
“For this is the will of God, even your sanctification, that ye should abstain from fornication: That every one of you should know how to possess his vessel in sanctification and honour; Not in the lust of concupiscence, even as the Gentiles which know not God: That no man go beyond and defraud his brother in any matter: because that the Lord is the avenger of all such, as we also have forewarned you and testified.” 1 Thessalonians 4:3-6.

What words express what should become the standard of a Christian’s experience?
“And the very God of peace sanctify you wholly; and I pray God your whole spirit and soul and body be preserved blameless unto the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.” 1 Thessalonians 5:23.

If we are Christ’s, what does He give to us freely?
“But of him are ye in Christ Jesus, who of God is made unto us wisdom, and righteousness, and sanctification, and redemption.” 1 Corinthians 1:30.

Do only certain people have access to the free gift of sanctification?
“By the which will we are sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all.” Hebrews 10:10.

As I do my part to do good and turn from evil, will God help me?
“Wherefore, my beloved, as ye have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling. For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure.” Philippians 2:12-13.
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Law & Grace[toggle title=”Is God’s Law still in force? Does grace free us from obedience?”]

How can we gain access to the “tree of life”?
“Blessed are they that do his commandments, that they may have right to the tree of life, and may enter in through the gates into the city.” Revelation 22:14.

If we are saved through faith, should we expect any change in our actions?
“Even so faith, if it hath not works, is dead, being alone. Yea, a man may say, Thou hast faith, and I have works: show me thy faith without thy works, and I will show thee my faith by my works. Thou believest that there is one God; thou doest well: the devils also believe, and tremble. But wilt thou know, O vain man, that faith without works is dead?” James 2:17-20.

How can we be sure we know God?
“And hereby we do know that we know him, if we keep his commandments. He that saith, I know him, and keepeth not his commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him.” 1 John 2:3-4.

How do we show God we love Him?
“If ye love me, keep my commandments.” John 14:15.

If we are under grace, are we safe in sinning?
“For sin shall not have dominion over you: for ye are not under the law, but under grace. What then? shall we sin, because we are not under the law, but under grace? God forbid. Know ye not, that to whom ye yield yourselves servants to obey, his servants ye are to whom ye obey; whether of sin unto death, or of obedience unto righteousness?” Romans 6:14-16.

How do we remain in a loving relationship with Jesus?
“If ye keep my commandments, ye shall abide in my love; even as I have kept my Father’s commandments, and abide in his love.” John 15:10.

What qualifies us to be one of God’s saints?
“Here is the patience of the saints: here are they that keep the commandments of God, and the faith of Jesus.” Revelation 14:12.

Did Jesus destroy the law or fulfill it for us where we failed?
“Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfil.” Matthew 5:17.

When we are born again, will we continue to commit sin?
“Whosoever committeth sin transgresseth also the law: for sin is the transgression of the law. And ye know that he was manifested to take away our sins; and in him is no sin. Whosoever abideth in him sinneth not: whosoever sinneth hath not seen him, neither known him. Little children, let no man deceive you: he that doeth righteousness is righteous, even as he is righteous. He that committeth sin is of the devil; for the devil sinneth from the beginning. For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that he might destroy the works of the devil. Whosoever is born of God doth not commit sin; for his seed remaineth in him: and he cannot sin, because he is born of God.” 1 John 3:4-9.

What results from ignoring God’s Law?
“He that turneth away his ear from hearing the law, even his prayer shall be abomination.” Proverbs 28:9.

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Sabbath[toggle title=”What is the Sabbath commandment about? Do Christians need to keep the Sabbath?”]

What does the fourth commandment say about keeping the Sabbath?
“Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy. Six days shalt thou labour, and do all thy work: But the seventh day is the sabbath of the LORD thy God: in it thou shalt not do any work, thou, nor thy son, nor thy daughter, thy manservant, nor thy maidservant, nor thy cattle, nor thy stranger that is within thy gates: For in six days the LORD made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that in them is, and rested the seventh day: wherefore the LORD blessed the sabbath day, and hallowed it.” Exodus 20:8-11.

Did Jesus go to church on Sabbath or Sunday?
“And he came to Nazareth, where he had been brought up: and, as his custom was, he went into the synagogue on the sabbath day, and stood up for to read.” Luke 4:16.

Is Jesus Lord of the Sabbath or Sunday?
“For the Son of man is Lord even of the sabbath day.” Matthew 12:8.

Did Gentiles ever keep the Sabbath?
“And when the Jews were gone out of the synagogue, the Gentiles besought that these words might be preached to them the next sabbath…. And the next sabbath day came almost the whole city together to hear the word of God.” Acts 13:42, 44.

Does God bless those who keep the Sabbath?
“Blessed is the man that doeth this, and the son of man that layeth hold on it; that keepeth the sabbath from polluting it, and keepeth his hand from doing any evil…. Also the sons of the stranger, that join themselves to the LORD, to serve him, and to love the name of the LORD, to be his servants, every one that keepeth the sabbath from polluting it, and taketh hold of my covenant.” Isaiah 56:2, 6.

Does the seventh-day Sabbath remain after Jesus went to Heaven?
“For he spake in a certain place of the seventh day on this wise, And God did rest the seventh day from all his works…. There remaineth therefore a rest to the people of God. For he that is entered into his rest, he also hath ceased from his own works, as God did from his.” Hebrews 4:4, 9-10.

Can we change the Sabbath day, or will it be the seventh day forever?
“It is a sign between me and the children of Israel for ever: for in six days the LORD made heaven and earth, and on the seventh day he rested, and was refreshed.” Exodus 31:17.

Is there a reward for not seeking our own pleasure on the Sabbath?
“If thou turn away thy foot from the sabbath, from doing thy pleasure on my holy day; and call the sabbath a delight, the holy of the LORD, honourable; and shalt honour him, not doing thine own ways, nor finding thine own pleasure, nor speaking thine own words: Then shalt thou delight thyself in the LORD; and I will cause thee to ride upon the high places of the earth, and feed thee with the heritage of Jacob thy father: for the mouth of the LORD hath spoken it.” Isaiah 58:13-14.

How does God feel if we change His seventh day Sabbath to another day?
“For whosoever shall keep the whole law, and yet offend in one point, he is guilty of all.” James 2:10.

God says, “I change not.” Will we keep the Sabbath in Heaven?
“For as the new heavens and the new earth, which I will make, shall remain before me, saith the LORD, so shall your seed and your name remain. And it shall come to pass, that from one new moon to another, and from one sabbath to another, shall all flesh come to worship before me, saith the LORD.” Isaiah 66:22-23.

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Salvation[toggle title=”What is salvation? Is salvation free? What must a sinner do to be saved?”]

How did John the Baptist understand Christ’s mission?
“The next day John seeth Jesus coming unto him, and saith, Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world.” John 1:29.

If we accept Christ as our Savior, what will we gain?
“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” John 3:16.

Since Christ died for us, will He ever reject us if we turn to Him?
“All that the Father giveth me shall come to me; and him that cometh to me I will in no wise cast out.” John 6:37.

Is there any other way to heaven other than through Jesus Christ?
“Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.” Acts 4:12.

If I accept Jesus as my Savior and love Him, what will result?
“And we have known and believed the love that God hath to us. God is love; and he that dwelleth in love dwelleth in God, and God in him.” 1 John 4:16.

What experience must every person go through to gain eternal life?
“Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.” John 3:3.

If we want to discover God, how do we find Him?
“And ye shall seek me, and find me, when ye shall search for me with all your heart.” Jeremiah 29:13.

Do I have to wait for a special time to accept salvation?
“For he saith, I have heard thee in a time accepted, and in the day of salvation have I succoured thee: behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation.” 2 Corinthians 6:2.

If I accept the free salvation of Jesus, what should I do?
“As ye have therefore received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk ye in him.” Colossians 2:6.

How should a saved person live?
“Teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world.” Titus 2:12.
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Sanctuary[toggle title=”Jesus returned to Heaven almost 2,000 years ago. What is He doing now?”]

How was the sin problem dealt with in Israel on a daily basis?
“And if any one of the common people sin through ignorance, while he doeth somewhat against any of the commandments of the LORD concerning things which ought not to be done, and be guilty; Or if his sin, which he hath sinned, come to his knowledge: then he shall bring his offering, a kid of the goats, a female without blemish, for his sin which he hath sinned. And he shall lay his hand upon the head of the sin offering, and slay the sin offering in the place of the burnt offering. And the priest shall take of the blood thereof with his finger, and put it upon the horns of the altar of burnt offering, and shall pour out all the blood thereof at the bottom of the altar.” Leviticus 4:27-30.

Note: Although the daily sacrifices were part of the ceremonies symbolizing forgiveness, those who offered sacrifices were not considered fully cleansed of all sin. (See next question.)

How were the accumulated sins in the sanctuary cleansed each year?
“And this shall be a statute for ever unto you: that in the seventh month, on the tenth day of the month, ye shall afflict your souls, and do no work at all, whether it be one of your own country, or a stranger that sojourneth among you: For on that day shall the priest make an atonement for you, to cleanse you, that ye may be clean from all your sins before the LORD.” Leviticus 16:29-30.

Note: The yearly Day of Atonement (Yom Kippur) dealt with the sins accumulated for the year.

Of what was the earthly sanctuary a pattern?
“And let them make me a sanctuary; that I may dwell among them. According to all that I show thee, after the pattern of the tabernacle, and the pattern of all the instruments thereof, even so shall ye make it.” Exodus 25:8-9.
Note: Moses saw a pattern of the sanctuary in Heaven, which became his pattern. Also see Hebrews 8:5.

Did this sanctuary in heaven serve any purpose after Jesus returned to heaven?
“Now of the things which we have spoken this is the sum: We have such an high priest, who is set on the right hand of the throne of the Majesty in the heavens; A minister of the sanctuary, and of the true tabernacle, which the Lord pitched, and not man.” Hebrews 8:1–2.

What does Jesus bring with Him at the Second Coming?
“And, behold, I come quickly; and my reward is with me, to give every man according as his work shall be.” Revelation 22:12.

How does God decide who will receive what reward?
“And the times of this ignorance God winked at; but now commandeth all men every where to repent: Because he hath appointed a day, in the which he will judge the world in righteousness by that man whom he hath ordained; whereof he hath given assurance unto all men, in that he hath raised him from the dead.” Acts 17:30-31.

Note: A judgment is appointed for all people, to determine their reward: eternal life or death.

When did the final judgment of the world begin?
“Then I heard one saint speaking, and another saint said unto that certain saint which spake, How long shall be the vision concerning the daily sacrifice, and the transgression of desolation, to give both the sanctuary and the host to be trodden under foot? And he said unto me, Unto two thousand and three hundred days; then shall the sanctuary be cleansed.” Daniel 8:13-14.

Note: When dealing with prophetic periods of time in Daniel and Revelation, a day equals a year. For an example of this usage in another prophecy, see Ezekiel 4:6.

When did the beginning of the 2300 days begin?
“Know therefore and understand, that from the going forth of the commandment to restore and to build Jerusalem unto the Messiah the Prince shall be seven weeks, and threescore and two weeks: the street shall be built again, and the wall, even in troublous times.” Daniel 9:25.

How was that prophecy fulfilled?
“In the first year of Cyrus the king the same Cyrus the king made a decree concerning the house of God at Jerusalem, Let the house be builded, the place where they offered sacrifices, and let the foundations thereof be strongly laid; the height thereof threescore cubits, and the breadth thereof threescore cubits; With three rows of great stones, and a row of new timber: and let the expenses be given out of the king’s house:” Ezra 6:3-4.

Note: We know from historical documents that the decree was made in 457 B.C. Counting forward from 457 B.C., 2,300 years brings us to 1844. (2300 – 457 = 1843. Because there is no “zero” year between B.C. and A.D. years, we must add one year, which gives us 1844.) This means that in 1844, the “time of the end,” or “last days,” began with the work of judgment in heaven. This judgment will determine who will receive the gift of eternal life when Christ comes.

What does the scene of judgment look like in heaven?
“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.” Daniel 7:9-10.

Note: Daniel saw in vision what would happen in Heaven when the judgment hour struck in 1844.

Out of what book are people judged?
“And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened: and another book was opened, which is the book of life: and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works.” Revelation 20:12.

Who is there in Heaven to minister for the righteous in the judgment?
“I saw in the night visions, and, behold, one like the Son of man came with the clouds of heaven, and came to the Ancient of days, and they brought him near before him.” Daniel 7:13.

Note: Daniel saw Jesus come to stand before the Father as our intercessor at the beginning of the judgment.

What does Christ do on our behalf as our mediator and judge?
“He that overcometh, the same shall be clothed in white raiment; and I will not blot out his name out of the book of life, but I will confess his name before my Father, and before his angels.” Revelation 3:5.

When Christ is done with His work in heaven, what will He declare?
“He that is unjust, let him be unjust still: and he which is filthy, let him be filthy still: and he that is righteous, let him be righteous still: and he that is holy, let him be holy still.” Revelation 22:11.

After the judgment, what is given to Jesus?
“And there was given him dominion, and glory, and a kingdom, that all people, nations, and languages, should serve him: his dominion is an everlasting dominion, which shall not pass away, and his kingdom that which shall not be destroyed.” Daniel 7:14.

What last warning of repentance began to go to the world in 1844?
“And I saw another angel fly in the midst of heaven, having the everlasting gospel to preach unto them that dwell on the earth, and to every nation, and kindred, and tongue, and people, Saying with a loud voice, Fear God, and give glory to him; for the hour of his judgment is come: and worship him that made heaven, and earth, and the sea, and the fountains of waters.” Revelation 14:6-7.

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