TOPICAL BIBLE STUDIES
These outlines are intended as
"teaching guides" to the study of any particular topic. The outlines may leave
many unanswered questions as to details since those details would be answered in
the process of teaching from the scripture references provided. In addition,
there may be vocabulary references and subject references that are unfamiliar.
Hopefully before too long, all the necessary topics will be available to provide
a balanced and complete theology.
GREEK: Verbal Orientation
Hebrew Verbal Orientation
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and Earth: Renovation of the Universe
The New Jerusalem
1. The naive is one who is
open-minded in the sense of being empty. Thus, the idea of little or no Divine
A. The verb: pAthAh - to be
open-minded and then deceived and enticed.
B. the noun: pethiy - one
who is open-minded and therefore susceptible to deception.
2. The principle of
gullibility: Proverbs 14.15 -because he has no Divine viewpoint in his
soul, he receives and embraces anything and everything.
3. Characteristic of youth:
Prov. 1.4; 7.7 It is natural for the youth to be naive until he learns
truth. The desire is that he not remain that way.
4. The danger of remaining that
A. Proverbs 22.3; 27.12 -
he cannot recognize the danger
B. Proverbs 14.18 - their
life is characterized by emptiness. Emptiness is the quality of
standards and viewpoint that results from having no truth in the soul.
C. Proverbs 1.31-32 -
1. All they have is
their own way. cf. Pr. 14.12
2. And they are filled
up with their own inventions.
3. The wandering
quality of life will result in "living death." a neutralized way of
D. Proverbs 7.1-23
-vulnerable to the physical & verbal attacks of immorality.
E. The woman of folly:
5. Two ways for moral guidance:
Proverbs 19.25; 21.11
A. Experiential guidance
through being punished for wrongdoing or seeing another punished.
B. The better way is to be
taught truth & avoid wrongdoing by following truth.
6. The value of truth:
A. Psalm 19.7 - God's truth
makes wise the naive
B. Psalm 119.130 - gives
understanding to the naive
C. Purpose of the book of
Proverbs: Proverbs 1.1-6 - to give prudence
7. Wisdom's invitation:
A. Proverbs 1.20-23
B. Proverbs 8.1-5
C. Proverbs 9.1-6
8. Psalm 116.5-11: The
open-minded as one with the humility attitude of teachability.
A. He knows he will always
have need for more truth content.
B. He is positive to
obedience and trust.
1. Nationalism as the proper world
order. Acts 17:26-27
A. Offsets the Nimrod
revolution of 1757 AH. (Gen. 11)
B. Establishes the norm until Messiah's kingdom. Dan. 2:44; Rev. 11:15
2. The structure of a national
A. Interior protection for the
preservation of freedom. law enforcement
B. Exterior protection for the preservation of freedom. military
C. Economic freedom: free enterprise system
1. property rights
2. business opportunities
3. fair taxation inheritance rights
D. Common culture: centered
around moral truth in the four Divine institutions, but including distinct
societal customs and practices.
E. Race: originally, racial
distinctions were the primary characteristic of a nation,
but as history progressed many nations became multi-racial.
F. Religious freedom: The only
exception is within a Theocratic nation, of which there is only one -
G. As different races and
cultures were woven into the fabric of various nations, those nations became
more diverse. But the stability of any nation requires uniformity in
language and patriotism. A nation can be populated with different languages,
races and even cultures, but there must be ONE "national" language and
culture that basically characterizes that nation.
3. Guidelines for law enforcement:
Proverbs 21:15; 29:4; Ec. 8:11; Romans 13:3-4
4. Principles of exterior
protection: Doctrine of the military
5. The authority within a national
A. Romans 13:1 - national
authority is established by God.
B. Romans 13:2 - Rebellion against national authority is rebellion against
C. Proper submission to authority is for 3 reasons.
1. Because of wrath: Rm.
13:5 - to avoid punishment
2. Because of conscience: Rom. 13:5 - Divine viewpoint standards in the
soul. IE, dedication to God.
3. Because of testimony: 1
D. The exception is when
national authority steps on spiritual authority.
Acts 4:19-20: 5:29: Daniel 3 and 6.
E. Submission includes paying
1. Moral perspective: Rom.
2. Spiritual perspective: Mt. 22:15-21
6. Revolution is never condoned.
7. See Topic:
1. God's permissiveness: that which comes upon you naturally because of
violation of an established standard, principle or law.
A. National laws: Romans 13:4-5
B. Physical laws: sickness and disease;
1. Growth: obvious effects when diet,
etc. is not followed.
2. death: obvious effects when you do something that kills the body.
a. Physical: Proverbs 25:16, effects from physical activity.
Physical effects from physical activity: Pr. 25:16
Physical effects from soul activity: Pr. 14:30
b. Psychological: soul effects from soul activity. Pr. 11:17; 15:13;
(Soul effects from physical activity, Hosea 4:11)
4. Sexual: Pr. 5:7-14; 2 Sam. 11:1-5
5. Drugs: alcohol as an example - Pr. 23:29-35
C. Economic laws: Pr. 24:30-34; 28:19
2. God allows the consequences to be a flag
that you violated established moral and/or spiritual laws.
It also functions as a warning stage for possible divine disicpline
3. Various passages to study: Job 9:4;
Proverbs 14:30b, 14; 5:22-23; 8:36; 1:17; 28:14
1 Peter 4:15
1. Definition: The practice of
calling on the dead to answer and solve mysteries of the present and the future.
2. This practice was clearly
forbidden by God. Lev. 19:31; 20:6 Deut. 18:11
A. Medium: one who consults -
shAal - qal active participle
1. an obh - considered a
host demon. That is, one who had contact with the deed.
2. but in actuality it is
a ventriloquist demon which has the ability to imitate voices.
B. Spiritist: a yiddoniy - a
C. or one who seeks (dArash)
3. Contact with the dead is
impossible. But attempts to do so are part of the darkness system's purpose to
promote independence from God.
A. All the spirits of the dead
are in God's hands and in a secure location. Ec. 12:7
B. And these spirits are not
used by Cod and certainly not by Satan to communicate to people still alive.
4. Involvement with this aspect of
darkness is so serious, that God's punishment for it in the Theocratic kingdom
of Israel was death. Ex. 22:18 Lev. 20:27
A. Now a man or a woman:
B. Who is a medium: lit - if there is with them, an obh
C. or a yiddoniy - a knowledge demon
D. They shall surely be put to death.
5. Attempts to contact the dead
fall into 2 categories.
A. Fakery and fraud
B. Demon possession: illustrated by the Hebrew vocabulary at Lev. 20:27 and
1 Sam. 28:7.
1. a woman who is master
or possessor: baal = lord
2. of an obh: a ghost demon or ventriloquist demon
3. The context indicates that she knows actual contact with the dead is
4. But as host to the
demon, her job is to give the impression that contact with the dead is
5. Then when Samuel
actually appears, she is caught off guard and is terrified.
6. This appearance by
Samuel is the only time God has ever intervened in such a way.
a. It served as a
dramatic revelation to Saul who needed a dramatic death warning.
b. And it serves for
all time as a permanent indictment from God upon all such attempts
to call up the dead.
6. The dead cannot help us in our
lives, even if they could try. And are just as useless. The Bible makes it
perfectly clear that the only solution the creature needs is creator viewpoint.
7. Indeed, all occult activity is
totally useless in meeting our needs. Is. 47:12-13
Any benefits are simply the delusion of darkness.
8. God's revelation to man is not
through contact with the dead or through any occult activity.
Is. 45:19 with 44:24-26a
1. What happens at night: Ec. 2.23
-- the heart does not rest - lie down.
A. The heart works overtime to
highlight and intensify the pressures of life.
B. For the spiritual rebel,
there is no solution, so that it all seems to be vanity.
C. But for the trusting
believer there is the absolute reality of the character and plan of God.
2. God's grace provision:
A. Ps. 42.8 - chesed in the
day time/doctrinal comfort at night.
B. Job 35.10-look to God who
gives songs in the night
(doctrinal comfort from
truth in the soul)
C. Psalm 23 - Yahweh, my
3. Therefore potential for
confidence in the pressure.
A. Psalm 4.8 - lie down in
B. Ps. 119.148 - no fear of
4. Two choices in the pressure:
A. Principle: Ps. 56
B. Ps. 6.6-7 - negative
C. Ps. 63.6-8 - positive
5. Process of meditation from the
negative to the positive - Ps. 77.1-15
6. Job's negative reaction: Job
7. Examples of positive response:
A. Psalm 16.7-8
B. Psalm 119.55
C. Acts 16.19-25
8. Divine protection during sleep:
Pr. 3.24; 6.22; 19.23
NEW COVENANT: Orientation
1. The New covenant is the promise
to Israel of national salvation, blessing and prosperity as the doorway to
fulfilling the covenants to Abraham, Moses and David. Jer. 33:14-16
2. This national salvation is
represented by 3 basic things.
A. Physical restoration of
Israel to The totality of the Palestinian land grant. Ezek. 36:28 (Gen.
15:18; Josh 1:4)
B. Personal salvation of all
those re-gathered to the land. Ezek. 36:25-36
C. Personal indwelling of the
Holy spirit for all those who are re-gathered. Ezek. 36:27
3. This will not take place until
Messiah returns at 2nd advent and sets up his 1000 year kingdom. Joel 2:28; Is.
59.:6-21; Rom. 11:26-27
4. But the basis for the
fulfillment of the New Covenant is Messiah's work on the cross at the first
advent. Heb. 9:11-28; 10:1-18; Is. 53 with 54:2-3
5. And on the basis of that
salvation provision, the spiritual blessing of the Abrahamic covenant in the New
is extended to all mankind - even before it is physically fulfilled to Israel.
Heb. 2:9; Is. 54:1; Gal. 4:21-31; Is. 65:1; Acts 2:38-39
6. Thus comes the church age and a
spiritual fulfillment of the New covenant to all who trust in Christ. Heb. 9:15
7. Trusting in Christ spiritually
identifies the believer with Christ so that he becomes a partaker of the seed of
Abe and heirs according to the promise. Heb. 2:9-11; Gal. 3:7, 25-29
8. But the Church is not a sharer
of the physical blessings of an earthly kingdom as Israel is.
A. The physical promises were
given to Abe and his seed. Gen. 12:1-3
B. That seed will share in the
blessings as they are identified with Messiah at his coming. Gal. 3:15; Is.
C. The fulfillment was future
to the prophets.
D. The fulfillment is future
to the Church. Rom. 11:26-27
E. The New Covenant is
basically a spiritual provision that paves the way for physical blessing.
F. The spiritual provision of
the New Covenant is universal. Gal. 3:8
G. The physical blessing that
results is restricted based on God's plan for each of the participants.
1. For Israel, it is
national prosperity in a physical kingdom.
2. For the Church, there
is no physical kingdom while in mortal bodies.
3. The Church is not a
physical entity, but a spiritual one, with a heavenly citizenship - not
an earthly one.
Phil. 3:20; 5 Pet.219 Thus aliens - I Pet. 1:1; 2:11
4. The kingdom that is
taken from Israel and given to the church (Mt. 21:43) is the spiritual
commission of the kingdom and spiritual fellowship within it. Not the
physical promises. Rom. 1:6-27
H. However, in resurrection
body, the physical promises are extended to the Church as they share in
Christ's ruler ship Lk. 22:26-30; Rev. 5:10; 20:4
9. And so, the Holy Spirit is
provided as the agent of the New covenant blessings to the church.
A. And although His presence
and activity is similar to what He will do in the kingdom, it is not a
fulfillment of the Old Testament prophecies concerning Him.
B. The baptism of the Holy
Spirit does not take place at the Spirit's 2nd advent in the kingdom age.
That was only for the Church age as the mechanics for building the new
priestly body. 1 Cor. 12:13; 1 Pet. 2:9, Eph. 2:19-21
C. The activities mentioned in
Joel 2 as quoted by Peter in Acts 2, did not take place at that time nor
anytime during the Church age.
The New Covenant By Dwight Pentecost,
from Things to come
THE NEW JERUSALEM
In reference to Revelation 21:9-22:7,
"It would thus be concluded that during the
millennium the heavenly city will be brought into a relation to the earth,
although not settled on the earth. The resurrected saints of an ages in that
city will be in their eternal state and possessed of their eternal blessings,
even though such is not true of things down on the earth itself."
"A mediating view, that the eternal state of the
resurrected during the millennium is seen in the passage, is suggested as a
better view. When the occupants of the city are described it must be seen that
they are in their eternal state, possessing their eternal inheritance, in
eternal relationship with God who has tabernacled among them. There will be no
change in their position or relation whatsoever. When the occupants of the earth
are described they are seen in the millennial age. They have an established
relationship to the heavenly city which is above them, in whose light they walk.
Yet their position is not eternal nor unchangeable, but rather millennial."
For analysis of the various views and proper
conclusion see THINGS TO COME, Chapter 33
The Heavenly City New Jerusalem,
By Dwight Pentecost
NEW TESTAMENT AUTHORITY
The Apostolic writings provide
the absolute authority in doctrine and policy for the church
Now I urge you brethren, keep
your eye on those who cause dissensions and hindrances contrary to THE
TEACHING WHICH YOU LEARNED, and turn away from them. For such men are
slaves, not of our Lord Christ but of their own appetites; and by their
smooth and flattering speech they deceive the hearts of the unsuspecting.
1 Timothy 1.3-4:
As I urged you - - - in order
that you may instruct certain men not to teach strange doctrines, nor pay
attention to myths and endless genealogies, which give rise to mere
speculation rather than promoting the administration of God which is by
1 Timothy 4.1-3, 6:
But the Spirit explicitly says
that in later times some will fall away from the faith, paying attention to
deceitful spirits and doctrines of demons, by means of the hypocrisy of
liars seared in their own conscience as with a branding iron, men who forbid
marriage and advocate abstaining from foods which God has created to be
gratefully shared in by those who believe and know the truth. In pointing
out these things to the brethren, you will be a good servant of Christ
Jesus, nourished on the words of the faith and of the SOUND DOCTRINE WHICH
YOU HAVE BEEN FOLLOWING.
1 Timothy 6.3:
If anyone advocates a
different doctrine, and does not agree with sound words, those of our Lord
Jesus Christ, and with the doctrine conforming to good worship - - -.
2 Timothy 1.13:
Retain THE STANDARD OF SOUND
WORDS WHICH YOU HAVE HEARD FROM ME, in the faith and love which are in
2 Timothy 3.13-14:
But evil men and impostors
will proceed from bad to worse, deceiving and being deceived. You however,
continue in THE THINGS YOU HAVE LEARNED and become convinced of, knowing
from whom you have learned them;
2 Timothy 4.3-4:
For the time will come when
they will not endure sound doctrine - - - but they will accumulate for
themselves teachers in accordance with their own desires; and will turn away
from the truth and will turn aside to myths.
Holding fast the faithful word
which is IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE TEACHING, that he may be able both to exhort
in sound doctrine and to refute those who contradict.