Note: Some pages may be listed in more than one section below.
Index page with short descriptions of the following pages:
Note: there are additional articles in other areas of this site, especially the Glossary section.
Principles and Language of Heaven – series introduction
1. Love Cannot be Forced
2. Love Takes Responsibility
3. Love Wants to Share
4. Love Allows for Growth
The Hunter Illustration – how God accommodates our growth
5. Love Respects Others
6. Love Keeps no Record of Wrongs
Aaronic Blessing from a Hebrew Perspective (by Jeff Benner) – understanding the Hebrew words
Am I Like God or is God Like Me? – the accommodation principle
Cleansing of the Sanctuary – deals with the cleansing mentioned in Daniel 8:14 “then shall the sanctuary be cleansed.” It is included because, in the belief of many, the end will not come until the end-time servants of God are “purified and made white” (Dan 12:10) and “sealed … in their foreheads” (Rev 14:7:3) with the Father’s name (Rev 14:1) or His character. A detailed and practical look at how we can reflect God’s character.
Part 1 – Daniel 8:14 – Introduction and index to the series – links to all parts.
2 – Sanctuary – definition – from the Character of God and the Gospel Glossary
3 – The Old Testament Sanctuary – illustrated the cleansing of the true sanctuary
4 – The Heavenly Sanctuary – to be cleansed or from where it was cleansed?
5 – The Earthly Sanctuary – the Earth itself will be cleansed but only later
6 – The True Sanctuary – to be cleansed for the habitation of God
7 – The Sanctuary of the Heart – wisdom in the inward parts; the law in the heart
8 – The Sanctuary of the Mind – did you know that we have two minds?
9 – How Does the Mind Get Dirty? – the expected 5 senses and another important source
10 – The Timing of the Cleansing – prophesied by the prophet Daniel
11 – Is Cleansing the Same as Judgment? – does God actually judge us?
12 – The Books/Records of Heaven – from the Character of God and the Gospel Glossary
13 – A Being of Two Minds – and they both need cleansing
14 – Humanity’s First Infection – the original sin was not eating a piece of fruit
15 – The Motivation of Love – the strongest motivation there is
16 – Renewing the Mind – the term sinful flesh is really referring to the mind
17 – A Completely Clear Conscience – what a blessing that would be! It’s possible
18 – Cleansing by the Word – how the church and we are to be cleansed
19 – Mopping Up the Mess – can I actually stop sinning?
20 – Thy Way is in the Sanctuary – God’s way of what?
21 – Benefits of Cleansing – the benefits extend to the whole universe
22 – The Kingdom of God – not where you might think it is
23 – A Fit Temple – when God inhabits the sanctuary will He take over maintenance?
Dictionary, the Bible is its Own – let the Bible define its own terms
Divine Recession – (by Kevin Straub) God’s response in respect of our free will
George Fifield 1897 Sermons:
On Isaiah 53:3
On Hebrews 9:22
On John 12:24-25
History of the Character of God Message
Interpreting Scripture – many errors in understanding God’s character result from misinterpretation
Jesus in the Old Testament Part 1 – Was Jesus the Yahweh of the Old Testament?
King David and the Wars of Israel – an illustration of the accommodation principle
Prophecy, God’s Character is a Key to (by Frank Zimmerman)
Sword, the Law of the (by Emmanuel Eshun)
Sword, Israel Chooses the – one nation (Israel) chooses to take the sword
Sword, Israel Refuses the – one man (Israel) chooses not to take the sword
Vengeance (by Floyd Phillips)
William Miller’s Rules of Interpretation – 14 good rules from the 18th century
Witnesses for God – text of 1897 sermon by Ellet J. Waggoner showing an understanding of the character of God
Your God Looks Too Soft (by Emmanuel Eshun) Really? Here is real Strength!
Detailed examination of individual passages/incidents.
Gen 2:17 – Thou Shalt Surely Die
Gen 6:13 – I Will Destroy Them with the Earth
Exo 4:10-16 – Moses Turns God Down
Exo 4:11 – Does the Lord Make People Blind?
Exo 4:24 – The Lord Sought to Kill Moses
Exo 17:9 – Israel Takes the Sword
Exo 20:5 – God Visits Iniquity on the Children
Num 14:29 – Your Carcasses Shall Fall
Num 16 – Korah’s Rebellion
1 Sam 15:3 – Go and Smite Amalek
1 Kings 18-19 – Elijah and the Prophets of Baal
2 Kings 1 – Elijah and the Captains of 50
– Were the Captains and Their Fifties Just “Put to Sleep”?
2 Chron 20:22 – The Lord Set Ambushments
Zech 14:12 – Their Flesh Consumes Away – includes video version
Matt 10:28 – Fear Him Which is Able to Destroy
Matt 25:46 – Everlasting Punishment?
Luke 22:35-38 – Let Him Buy a Sword (by Marilyn Campbell)
John 5:4 – Troubling of the Water
Acts 5:1-10 – Deaths of Ananias and Sapphira – includes video version
Acts 12:23 – Death of King Herod
Acts 13:6-12 – Elymas the Sorcerer
Rom 9:15, 17 – Is God Partial?
1 Cor 3:17 – Him Shall God Destroy (by Troy Edwards, includes discussion of Biblical idioms)
1 Cor 13:5 – Thinketh no Evil
2 Cor 5:21 – “The Great Exchange”
Heb 9:22 – Without Shedding of Blood (video by Jeremy Myers)
– Christian Consecration (by George Fifield)
Heb 10:26 – No Sacrifice for Willful sin
Heb 12:17 – Esau Prevented from Repenting?
Rev 6:16 – Rocks, Fall on Us
Rev 8:7,8,10,12, 9:1,13, 11:15 – Seven Trumpets – destruction from God?
Index of collections of verses with some commentary
God Takes the Blame/Responsibility – God says “I did it” when He clearly did not do the actual deed.
God’s Accommodations for Man – God meets people “where they are” while always honoring their free will.
The Wrath of God Pattern (acronym SALT) – a common sequence where God’s “wrath” is mentioned.
Satan is the Destroyer – if God does not protect, Satan causes death and destruction.
Sin Brings About its Own Destruction – sin results in or brings about its own punishment.
Isa 45:7 – I Create Evil – Bible students 100 years ago well understood this permissive idiomatic expression of God saying He did what He merely permitted or allowed.
Contributors to the character-of-God message with links to their profile pages.
Cole, Brad and Dorothee
Grant, Ozzie and Denice
Lorencin, David and Kelley
Waggoner, Ellet J.
Note: words/phrases followed by “definition” are the main glossary entry pages. Pages listed below each of those are supporting pages. Further words will be added as definitions are completed.
Appease – definition
Atonement – definition
Blood – definition
Sacrifices not desired
Books – definition
Condemnation – definition
Judge Not, that Ye be Not Judged
Destroy/Destruction – definition
Destroyer – definition
The Destroyer Illustrated
Fear – definition
Forgiveness – definition
Hardened – definition
How Hearts are Hardened
Intercession – definition
Judgment – definition
Does God Judge Us or Do We Judge Him?
Just (as in “a just man”) – definition
Just (as in “God is just”) – definition
Justice – definition
The Types of Justice
The “Stoning” of David
Every Use of the Word “Justice”
What About “an Eye for an Eye”?
Justice by David Lorencin
Justification (includes justified) – definition
Abraham’s Justification – by faith or by works?
Kill (includes murder) – definition
Ten Commands or Ten Promises?
Law – definition
Gospel Models and the Role of Law Includes video version.
Keeping the Law
Is Salvation a Legal Matter? by Kent
Love – definition
Name – definition
Sacred Names – Important to Use?
Punishment – definition
Matthew 25:46 – Everlasting Punishment
Sanctuary – definition
Sin – definition
Sin, made to be – definition
Sinner – definition
Smite, Smote – definition
Smote in the New Testament – looks at every use
Vengeance – definition
John the Baptist – misunderstood God’s Vengeance
Visit – definition
Wrath (includes anger) – definition
Past issues archived
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