Through the Bible with Les Feldick

Oct - Nov - Dec 2016
Faith Plus Nothing

Note from Les

Dear Friends, Another three months! Unbelievable! Like a roll of paper towels, the closer you get to the end, the faster it goes! It has been a lovely three months in Oklahoma. Plenty of rain, so we have a lot of grass, the cattle are beautiful and the lawn needs mowed every couple of days! Yesterday we had visitors from California. As they were getting ready to leave, we looked out from our deck across the pastures, where the cattle were all spread out grazing. I said to my guest. “That is more beautiful than the Tetons or New York’s Central Park!”

We are still kept busier than ever with visitors, phone calls and mail. We spend every evening in our swing and we have been looking at all our pictures since our wedding in 1953. What a journey! Iris has them all cataloged by year. That includes twelve tours to Israel, two to Greece and Turkey and five Alaskan Cruises. Plus Seminars in all the States except Nevada, North Dakota and all of the New England states except Maine, where we spent one week back in 2008.

Our health remains stable. Iris still bakes and cooks our three meals a day, but we are beginning to feel our age! We, like Laura, are looking more and more for that glorious Blessed Hope, the (soon) appearing of the Great God and our Savior Jesus Christ!

Note from Iris

In the last newsletter I spoke of how we are to pray for ourselves, which information is found in transcript books 36 and 40 among others. Another interesting topic is covered in books 35 (Ephesians 1:1-13) and 45 (II Timothy 3:16 - Titus) which is ALL Scripture is given by Inspiration of God and is profitable for Doctrine, for Reproof, and for Correction in Righteousness. Doctrine is explained so beautifully in the book of Romans, the most elaborate and systematic exposition on the power of salvation. The book of Corinthians centers around reproof, while Galatians focuses on correction.

Iris’s Recipe Corner

“Veggie Batter” (makes a large quantity, half the recipe for a smaller batch)

1 Cup ice water
1/2 tsp salt
1 Cup flour
2 Tbsp corn starch
2 eggs, separated

Mix water, salt, flour, corn starch and egg yolks together. Beat the whites and fold into batter. Dip in veggies (onion rings, green beans, squash, pickles, okra, etc). Deep fry in oil and enjoy!

Another favorite… Cut ends from banana pepper, stuff with picante sauce and cheese of choice. Use soft bread as a stopper for the ends. Dip in batter and fry.

Note from Laura

Well, here I am still watching and waiting, persevering and occupying. It seems like I wake up every morning wondering if today might be the day of the trumpet and yet sometimes I feel like I have been doing that for so long that it gets discouraging. I know people who have looked for the trumpet for 60 years and yet we are still here. Sometimes I want the trumpet to sound so badly that I think it must almost be a sin to want to leave this planet so much and yet God's word tells us that there is a crown of righteousness waiting for those of us who love the thought of his appearing (2 Timothy 4:8). And so we wait, watch, persevere, and occupy – knowing that the clues seem to indicate we must be getting close.

What in the World ~ Questions & Answers from letters

* Question: Were there any Gentile believers in the early Jerusalem Church?

Answer: There is certainly no clear-cut statement in Scripture either way. But, if language means anything at all, there were not. First of all, Christ’s earthly ministry was confined totally to the lost sheep of the house of Israel with two exceptions, the Canaanite woman of Matthew 15 and the Roman Centurion. There is not a single reference to any others, implied or direct.

When the Greeks approached Phillip and Andrew in John 12, again this implied that Jesus had no conversation with them, but spoke only of His death and resurrection (unless a grain of wheat falls into the ground and die, it cannot bear fruit, but if it die…) after which he would then become the object of faith to them.

All through the early chapters of Acts, there is not one inkling of Gentiles. When, in Chapter 10, Peter is pressured to go up to Caesarea, it is obvious that he was reluctant to go to the home of a Gentile, even though we are now about eight years after Pentecost. As he approached Cornelius, he states that it is an unlawful thing for a Jew to keep company with a Gentile. Does that seem reasonable if Jew and Gentiles were already together in the Jerusalem church? Then, when God makes it obvious that these Romans were now believers, Peter and the six Jews who accompanied him were astonished. And then, in Chapter 11, when Peter returned to Jerusalem, they upbraided him for going to Gentiles. Later in 11:19, it is as clear as language can make it, that when the Jerusalem believers were scattered by Saul’s intense persecution, they went everywhere preaching the Word (Old Testament) to none but Jew only. Only at Antioch does the Scripture record the entrance of Gentiles and it was at Antioch that believers, now mostly Gentiles, were called Christians. The Jerusalem believers were never called Christians in the book of Acts.

* Question: I have heard you speak of the seven “I AM’s” in the Old Testament and the seven in John’s Gospel. What are they?

~ Old Testament ~
1. Genesis 22:13 & 14 - JEHOVAH-JIREH - I AM your Provider.
2. Exodus 15:26 - JEHOVAH-RAPHA - I AM your Healing.
3. Exodus 17:15 - JEHOVAH-NISSI - I AM your Banner.
4. Judges 6:24 - JEHOVAH-SHALOM - I AM your Peace.
5. Psalms 23:1 - JEHOVAH-RA-AH - I AM your Shepherd.
6. Jeremiah 23:6 - JEHOVAH-TSIDKENU - I AM your Righteousness.
7. Ezekiel 48:35 - JEHOVAH-SHAMMAH - I AM Present (with you)

~ New Testament ~
Before John 8:48-58 - Before Abraham was I AM

1. John 6:35 - I AM the Bread of Life.
2. John 8:12 - I AM the Light of the World.
3. John 10:7 - I AM the Door of the Sheep.
4. John 10:11 - I AM the GOOD Shepherd.
5. John 11:25 - I AM the Resurrection and the Life.
6. John 14:6 - I AM the Way, the Truth and the Life.
7. John 15:1 - I AM the True Vine.

8. Revelation 22:16 - I AM the Bright and Morning Star (New Beginning)
When does the morning star appear? At the end of night and beginning of a new day! Eternity!

* Question: Did Jesus go down to Hell the three days and three nights He was in the tomb?

Answer: No and yes. He did not go into Hell as we usually define the word. Hell, Hades or Sheol all mean the same thing, the place of the dead during the first 4,000 years of human history. Animal blood could not take away or atone for sin. Therefore, even believers such as Abel, David, Isaiah, and all except Enoch and Elijah (remember, God is Sovereign and He can make exceptions) went down into Sheol. But, Sheol was divided by a great gulf fixed - Luke 16:26 - into torments and Paradise. That Jesus did not go into torments is attested to by the remark to the thief on the cross, “today, thou shalt be with me in Paradise,” not torments. That He went down is obvious from His own words in Matthew 12:40 and Paul’s in Ephesians 4:8-10. Peter also refers to His going down to the Paradise side of hell or hades and proclaimed to those Old Testament Saints that now that the atoning blood has been shed, they are ready for entrance into God’s Heaven. Consequently, at His resurrection, Paradise was removed from the Center of the Earth up to Heaven. Now, Paul teaches that believers go immediately, at death in Soul and Spirit, up to Paradise or the Lord’s presence - II Corinthians 5:8; waiting for the Great Resurrection Day - I Thessalonians 4:13 - 17.

As for the unbelievers, they continue to go down to torments, waiting for their resurrection to the Great White Throne Judgment. Since Paradise was removed, it has all now become Hell as we use the term - Isaiah 5:14.

Office Note

LFM has always had a very relaxed policy regarding product replacement, and of course we are happy to replace any material that comes to you damaged or defective. However, often dirty or smudged disks that require only a soft cloth to wipe the back are returned. Electronic equipment is becoming increasingly sensitive to even small scratches and especially fingerprints. In that light, we are including instructions for proper handling of DVDs and CDs. If you will make an effort to use this check list before asking for a replacement, it could save you time and the ministry money. There are products available for purchase to help with scratches on discs. You can find them at media stores in your area.

* Handle the disc by the outside edge or the center hole
* Keep dirt or other foreign objects from the disc
* Return disc to storage case immediately after use
* When cleaning the disc wipe with a clean cotton fabric cloth in a straight line from center of the disc toward the outer edge. If necessary, rubbing alcohol is an approved cleaning substance.

* Touch the surface of the disc
* Clean with a facial tissue

Every correspondence we receive from other ministries is encouraging people to vote, so I’m joining the choir. This is, without a doubt, the most crucial election in our nation’s history for primarily one reason - the Supreme Court. If we as a nation lose our conservative majority in the Court, our Constitutional America, as we know it, will go “down the tube”. An extreme liberal in the White House at this critical time would be America’s end! Even though we will still expectantly listen for the trumpet, we must live out the time we have here in the best way possible. That means vote! A stay at home vote is a vote for the opposition!

Our most popular item, the Question and Answer book, which is also available in Spanish, makes a wonderful gift, for $11. Please order early to insure a timely delivery!

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