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Adam2.orgAnd the same day, when the even was come, he saith unto them, Let us pass over unto the other side. - Mark 4:35

Adam2.org...weeping may endure for a night, but joy cometh in the morning. - Psalms 30:5b

Adam2.org...strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it. - Matthew 7:14

Adam2.org...And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters. - Genesis 1:2b

Adam2.orgThe Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters. - Psalms 23:1-2
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Mistaken IdentityMistaken Identity
Matthew 7:16-20
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Psalm 73:24
The Psalmist felt his need of divine guidance. He had just been discovering the foolishness of his own heart, and lest he should be constantly led astray by it, he resolved that God's counsel should henceforth guide him....
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Is Enticement Sin?Is Enticement Sin?
James 1:12-15
The question is asked: When tempted, where is the line that distinguishes between sin and none sin? If one does not feel drawn towards a temptation (have a desire towards), where then is the need for resistance?... Read More Read More
Whose Kingdom Is Here? Christian Reconstruction in the Former USSRWhose Kingdom Is Here? Christian Reconstruction in the Former USSR
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The Good ShepherdThe Good Shepherd
Read Psalm 23 Psalm 23
Most people think or use Psalm 23 at a funeral. But what about all the dark valleys we experience other than the grief and sadness we feel when someone close to us dies?...
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Religion and the Founding of America
Book: Adam2

Guide For The Walk Home

The following is taken from the Book, Adam2: A Guide For The Walk Home, written by our founder. It is A Commentary On The Gospel Of John, complete with a background look at the contemporary Jewish groups active in Jesus' day. It includes a summary of each chapter, a redacted study of each disciple, a brief study of Gnosticism of the time, pertinent timelines, and much more. Each chapter of study includes extensive Biblical references to the notes on the chapter.

A chronological excerpt of each section will be posted here at the beginning of each month. You can access free of charge at any time a complete online digital version for your further study. In addition, a link will be provided to purchase the book on CD to install on your own computer for convenience of study and print. All we ask is that you observe the stated copyrights as with any book you buy over the counter, limiting your print to only one hard copy for your own personal use. If further hard copies are necessary, please contact us for an additional nominal fee. Thank you for your interest in this study. Our hope and prayer is that through the work of the Holy Spirit as you study you will be blessed by it, and if so, recommend it to a friend.

In this month's study, we will consider the Zealots from the book: Adam2.


I. MAJOR JEWISH GROUPS IN JESUS' DAY.
D.  ZEALOTS.
  1. Zealot in Hebrew is, Kananaios, or Cananaean, and in Greek, Zelotes, or Zealot, both meaning, "to be jealous." Cananaean (not to be confused with an entirely different word similarly pronounced for native geographical identification—Canaanean, or, Canaanite) is rooted in the Hebrew verb, kana, or the common Aramaic form, kanan, which means, in our case, "jealous for the Law of Moses." It is used in our New Testament to distinguish between the two disciples named Simon: Simon Peter and Simon Zelotes, or, Simon the Zealot, or, Simon the Cananaean (one who had been zealous for the Law and likely a member of its namesake party, now to be discussed, before being called as a disciple. (See Appendix, "Simon," p. 25.)
  2. Unlike the two previous parties, or sects, of the Jewish religion who differed religiously (in their beliefs and practices), philosophically (in their ideas toward the future of man in general, but more specifically their nation), and politically (what role they would assume within nations), the Zealots were not considered a religious sect or party. Though they held to the basic precepts of the Pharisee, and thus can be seen resembling them more than the Sadducee, their uniform for identification primarily was political.
  3. To better understand the Zealot of Jesus' day, a quick look at the roots of their evolved historical persuasions is here in order. But first it must be said in defense of those earlier examples of great zeal seen in the genesis and zenith of their nation, that they in no way compare to the lower character of this evolved murderous first century Zealot at the close of their national life. Briefly, then, Israel's Old Testament history can be divided into seven distinct periods:
    a. The Period of the Patriarchs - Gen.12:1 - Ex.1:7.
    Includes Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, and Joseph
    b. The Period of the Exodus - Ex.1:8 - Deu.34:12.
    Under the leadership of Moses
    c. The Period of the Settlement - Jos.1:1 - 24:33.
    Under the leadership of Joshua
    d. The Period of the Judges - Jud.1:1 - I Sam.10:25.
    Under succeeding chosen individuals: final figure and counselor, Samuel
    e. The Period of the Kings - I Sam.10:26 - II Ki.25:21.
    THE UNITED KINGDOM - I Sam.10:26 - I Ki.11:43
    Under Saul, David, and Solomon: each ruling 40 years successively
    Main prophets: Samuel, Elijah, Elisha, and Naaman
    THE DIVIDED KINGDOM - I Ki.12:1 - II Ki.25:21
    Under 19 successive kings within each kingdom
    MAIN PROPHETS TO ISRAEL: Jonah, Amos, and Hosea
    MAIN PROPHETS TO JUDAH: Joel, Isaiah, Micah, Zephaniah, Nahum, Jeremiah, Habakkuk, Daniel, Ezekiel, and Obadiah
    f. The Period of Babylonian Exile - Ez.1:1 - Dan.5:31.
    Main figures and counselors: Ezekiel and Daniel
    g. The Period of Post-Babylonian Resettlement - Ezra 1:1 - Neh.13:31; Hag.1:1 - Mal.4:6
    Main figures and counselors: Zerubbabel, Ezra, Nehemiah, Haggai, Zechariah, and Malachi
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Think On This

Broken Churches
Broken Churches

PREFACE
This is the fifth and intended final of five articles dealing with today's emerging church. Because the information is rather lengthy, it is broken down into two parts, Part I, laying the foundation for two fundamental questions, and Part II, responding to those questions. Hopefully, in these five articles there is enough information, first, to awaken those who haven't been stirred by the changes within their church, and second, to provide an adequate beginning into the individual's own search in their personal education on this subject. There are too many names and branches of this movement to list them all here but one should be able to discover them through the many references listed.

Don't mistake this movement of the changing or emerging church for a trend. It is here. It is powerful! It is redefining to the world a new philosophy and breed of Christianity. We didn't ask for it. We weren't considered before it stretched its tentacles to touch us in our worship on Sundays. We were not invited into the debate before pastors who were began forcing it upon their congregations. It is not going away any time soon. It is growing in strength and in universal numbers. It has power beyond anything most have seen in our lifetimes. Deception comes in subtleties and many Christians who are not guarded will fall prey right along with the ungodly to whom they appeal with their subtleties. I believe it to be, beyond the first duty of a Christian in their witness, the single greatest issue, and threat, facing the church today...

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Bible Summaries

Proverbs Chapter Summary

The following is taken from the Book of New Testament Summaries.

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  1. Jesus Christ, the Word from the beginning, who made and illuminates all things. John the Baptist came to give witness of Him. The world rejected Jesus, but those who receive Him are born into the kingdom of God by the will of God. He left heaven, became flesh, and lived a short time with us. This we know for His glory was seen by them. He is the only begotten son of God. John the Baptist's witness to Jesus. John's answer of himself to the messengers of the Jews: he is not the Christ, Elijah, nor another prophet, but the one Isaiah said was crying in the wilderness to make straight the way for Christ to come. He explains his baptism and defers to Jesus, whom they do not recognize among them. In Bethabara, beyond Jordan, John sees and declares again the Lamb. Two of his disciples follow Jesus: Andrew, who returns for his brother Peter; and John (inferred). Jesus declares to Peter His prior knowledge of him and changes his name to Cephas (a stone). The next day in Galilee, Jesus calls Philip, who seeks and returns with his friend Nathanael. After Jesus declares knowledge of him also, Nathanael believes, following at Jesus' word. Observing their amazement, Jesus declares that they shall see greater works than this.
  2. Marriage in Cana of Galilee. Mary (mother), Jesus, and the (6) disciples are present. Water turned into wine: first miracle revealing His glory. The disciples believe. All (mother, brothers, and disciples) leave for Capernaum for a few days. In Jerusalem at Passover, He cleanses the Temple of money changers, causing the Jews to ask for a sign of His authority. Jesus confounds them with His answer, referring to His death and resurrection (Temple destroyed and rebuilt in three days. The disciples will remember this after His resurrection). Jesus performs many miracles which produce many believers, but He does not commit Himself to them; He knows their hearts (not as Nathanael's - 1:47).
  3. Acknowledging Jesus as Master (teacher), Nicodemus (a Pharisee and ruler of the Jews) comes to Jesus at night for discussion of His power to perform those miracles. Nicodemus is unable to understand Jesus' discussion on the rebirth. (The kingdom cannot be perceived by anyone unregenerated.) Because of God's great love for all His creation, the Son of man is sent to be lifted up that all who will may be saved from their current self-imposed condemnation of death unto eternal life. Evil doers love the cover of darkness, but truth lovers will come to the light when it appears to them. Jesus is the Light of the world, therefore, those who love truth will come to Him; those who love evil will reject Him. Jesus and the disciples go to Judea (from Jerusalem baptizing). John is in Aenon baptizing. John's disciples question with the Jews about purifying. Seeing Jesus and His disciples baptizing many also, they question John. He speaks of God's diverse works and gifts: just to see and be a chosen part of God's work, no matter how great or small, brings great joy. John defers again to Jesus' heavenly greatness. God has given His Son all things that the Son might give to all who believe eternal life ( 17:2). Failing to do so leaves one, by their own choice, exposed to God's impending wrath.
  4. Perceiving John's predicament and possible misconception of the Pharisees of conflicting ministries by His being in the same area, Jesus departs Judea for Galilee, taking the detestable (by the Jew) route through Samaria. (Jesus did not personally baptize, only His disciples.) At noon, with the disciples gone into the city of Sychar for food, Jesus encounters a woman at Jacob's well. An incredible experience follows with Jesus, His disciples (being Jew), and the Samaritans (mixed blood). Jesus declares Himself to be the source of all living water that gives eternal life. He does a tremendous work among them for two days. Recognizing Him as the Christ, through both His and the woman's testimony, many believe. Bearing out the saying that a prophet has no honor in His own country ( 2:24-25), He journeys on to Galilee. Having witnessed His miracles in Jerusalem during the previous Passover, the Galileans greatly receive Him. In Cana again, He performs a second miracle, the healing of a noble man's son in absentia, leading to belief by his entire household.
  5. Going up to a feast in Jerusalem, Jesus confronts and heals an impotent man of 38 years by the pool of Bethesda. The man is then confronted by the Jews concerning his breaking the Sabbath by carrying his bed. They ask who so instructed him. Finding him later in the Temple, Jesus cautions him against further sin. Accosted by the Jews concerning this violation of their Sabbath, Jesus defends His actions by simply stating He does only that which He sees His Father do. A clear breach now occurs between them. Angered, the Jews desire to kill Him. Jesus reveals Himself to be the life-giver sent from the Father, foretelling the resurrection and future day of judgment. The Father has placed all judgment under His authority, and He does it in concert with the Father's will. (There are many (7) witnesses to Christ; four are listed here, and three in other locations in John.) Because the self-righteous Jews honor only each other and not God, not even Moses' words, they fail to recognize Jesus as prophesied. They reject Him to their own undoing.
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5 Articles on Modern Church
Has church been getting you down lately? Do you have more questions than answers about the major shift in your experiences in worship, in the objects, music, and even the sermons? We may be able to help.
Know first, you are not alone! More people are awaking to a deceptive practice that began years ago. In addition, we have put together 5 articles to try and answer some of those questions and help with your understanding. The first are more practical in nature as they relate to your questions. However, the 5th is more specific in identifying a major factor behind the changes you are experiencing. We hope this will not be the end of your exploration of this growing cancer on the church. If you're fine with it, we wish you the best but some of us have not nor will buy into it.
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