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Are African Americans the dispersed people of Israel?

Questioner’s comment: The Bible states that Israel and Judah will not be gathered to Israel again until Yashua (Jesus) returns. They are currently under the curses of Deuteronomy ch 28. The curses are to last forever. If you pay close attention to the curses there is only one peoples on the face of the earth […]

Was the church in the Old Testament?

The full question was: If in acts 7:38 Stephen called Israel the church, does that mean the church was in the Old Testament or should we just call ourselves Israel? This question is presumably based on Acts 7:38 in the KJV: This is he, that was in the church in the wilderness with the angel […]

Who were the twelve patriarchs?

The word “patriarch” means a progenitor (an originator of a line of descent). The 12 Patriarchs are the 12 sons of Jacob: Genesis 35:22-26 Now the sons of Jacob were twelve.  (23)  The sons of Leah: Reuben (Jacob’s firstborn), Simeon, Levi, Judah, Issachar, and Zebulun.  (24)  The sons of Rachel: Joseph and Benjamin.  (25)  The […]

Why did Jacob tell Joseph that Joseph’s first two sons, who were born while he was in Egypt, would be “called by his name”, but not the other sons?

The relevant passage is Genesis 48:5-6: And now your two sons, who were born to you in the land of Egypt before I came to you in Egypt, are mine; Ephraim and Manasseh shall be mine, as Reuben and Simeon are.  (6)  And the children that you fathered after them shall be yours. They shall […]

How do we determine in the Bible what refers to AD 70 and what is yet to be fulfilled in prophecy?

There are a lot of differing viewpoints about prophecies relating to AD70, so your question is a difficult one. A few points about interpreting prophecy: When interpreting prophecy, one should carefully compare scripture with scripture to get a clearer overall view. Read the prophecy very carefully, and keep in mind the context of the prophecy. […]