Biblical Q&A Form: A Question On Revelation 6:6. Why Is The Olive Oil And Wine Not Harmed?

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A Christian asks:

Re “not harming the olive oil and the wine”–a friend has told me this has reference to Christians, but she was not able to discuss completely as she has also just heard it recently from a preacher and it’s a new concept for both of us. Would you know anything about this? ‘Would appreciate if you could explain–only if you have the time, please! Many thanks. ‘Appreciate very much your posts.


Thank you for your question, I hope my answer(s) help.

The person’s question is in regards to Revelation 6:6 which says, 6 Then I heard something like a voice among the four living creatures say, “A quart of wheat for a denarius, and three quarts of barley for a denarius—but do not harm the olive oil and the wine.”

In verse 6 it doesn’t allude to the wine and olive oil as being completely symbolic but is used as a play on words (having a double meaning) to describe the hyperinflation that it’s going to rise to a day’s earning and something that Jesus is going to accomplish. The wine and olive oil will be off limits and not be touched.

The reason that God doesn’t harm the literal wine and olive oil is that it represents healing according to the parable of Jesus that’s found in Luke 10:33-34 which says, 33 But a Samaritan on his journey came up to him, and when he saw the man, he had compassion. 34 He went over to him and bandaged his wounds, pouring on olive oil and wine. Then he put him on his own animal, brought him to an inn, and took care of him.

Even though the Lord was bringing judgment upon the earth He will heal it afterward when He comes to reign for 1000 years and bring true peace (Isaiah 11:5-10; Isaiah 65:17-25)

The conclusion would be that the wine and olive oil is literal but also has a meaning behind it which it is used for healing a wound. After the Lord wounds those on the earth for rejecting Him through His judgments, He will bandage it and heal it through reigning on earth with righteousness and wiping out for those 1000 years the influence of Satan on earth (Revelation 20:1-3).

 

 

Biblical Q&A Form: A Question On Hebrews 1:5-6,9. Was Jesus An Angel and Was He Called The Son Of God Before His Birth?

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Anonymous asks:

Please help me understand several passages in Hebrews 1. In v.5, it sounds like Jesus has not always been the Son of God (“today I have begotten you”, “he shall be to me a son”. Verses 6 and 9 also seem to imply that He was one of the angels before (“Let all God’s angels worship him”, “your God, has anointed you with the oil of gladness beyond your companions”).

Personally, I believe that Jesus, like the Father, has no beginning and has always been God. But I presume that the verses I quoted above are sometimes used by people who believe otherwise. If you can also share Scripture passages that support what I believe, I would appreciate it very much.

Many thanks, and God bless you.


Thank you for your questions, I hope my answer(s) help.

I will first answer your question about verse 5 in Hebrews 1 which says, “5 For to which of the angels did He ever say, You are My Son; today I have become Your Father, or again, I will be His Father, and He will be My Son?

The phrase “For to which of the angels did He ever say” clearly distinguishes Jesus from an angel because it is implying that God didn’t address any angel to be His Son.

Angels are servants of the Most High who are to do God’s will as seen in Hebrews 1:14 which says, “14 Are they not all ministering spirits sent out to serve those who are going to inherit salvation?”

The Son of God (Jesus) is not a servant or a ministering spirit but an heir of all things which the Father will give Him according to John 3:35 which says, “The Father loves the Son and has given all things into His hands.”

The Son of God is a title that was given to Jesus at His incarnation or birth. That title simply refers to His deity because Son gives the meaning of having the same nature as God as seen in John 5:17-18 which says, “17 But Jesus responded to them, “My Father is still working, and I am working also.” 18 This is why the Jews began trying all the more to kill Him: Not only was He breaking the Sabbath, but He was even calling God His own Father, making Himself equal with God.”

I think the passage in verse 5 is very clear that the title Son of God was a title that Jesus did not always have but was given at His birth. Jesus’ title or how He was called that’s revealed in holy scripture before His birth would be “The Word”, referring to The Word of God as seen in John 1:1 which says, “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.”

The title Son of God was also to show His humility, obedience and His total dependence to the Father while on earth. All of God’s names are titles that reflect His character and those titles in the Triune God reveal His purposes.  

  • God the Father-Elohim: Creator of the heavens and the earth (the universe)
  • God the Son-Jesus: The Savior of the world
  • God the Holy Spirit-The Counselor: Convicting the world of sin and of righteousness.

Just because Jesus didn’t have the title the Son of God before His incarnation didn’t mean that He wasn’t God. In Romans 10, Jesus was called Yahweh since the word Lord was in reference to Joel 2:32 which meant Yahweh and Lord/Yahweh was attributed to Jesus by saying Jesus is Lord or in other words, Jesus is Yahweh.


Hebrews 1:6,9

6 When He again brings His firstborn into the world, He says, And all God’s angels must worship Him.

9 You have loved righteousness and hated lawlessness; this is why God, Your God, has anointed You with the oil of joy rather than Your companions.

Verse 6 doesn’t imply that Jesus was an angel but actually strengthens the point that Jesus is God because God commands all of the angels to worship Him. Angels aren’t supposed to be worshiped, only God can be worshiped as seen in Revelation 22:8-9 which says, “8 I, John, am the one who heard and saw these things. When I heard and saw them, I fell down to worship at the feet of the angel who had shown them to me. 9 But he said to me, “Don’t do that! I am a fellow slave with you, your brothers the prophets, and those who keep the words of this book. Worship God.”

Jesus couldn’t have been an angel because God Himself commands all of His angels to worship Jesus and then in verse 9 tells you why because He is called God.

Biblical Q&A Form: A Question On Revelation 2:10. What Does “affliction for 10 days” Mean?

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A Christian asks:

Does the “affliction for 10 days” mean anything? Thanks for the anticipated reply!

The question above is pertaining to Revelation 2:10 which says, 10 Don’t be afraid of what you are about to suffer. Look, the Devil is about to throw some of you into prison to test you, and you will have affliction for 10 days. Be faithful until death, and I will give you the crown of life.


Thank you for your question, I hope my answer(s) help.

Answer:

The 10 days are literal days, there’s no indication in the context that it is symbolic or means completion as the number 10 could possibly mean. Keywords or phrases: Don’t be afraid, suffer, throw some of you into prison to test you, are indications that they will literally go through that and the Lord gives them a time frame and concludes by telling them to be faithful.

Affliction can only produce two results in a person:

1.) It can destroy a person’s faith in Jesus, proving that their faith wasn’t genuine.

1 John 2:19 

19 They went out from us, but they did not belong to us; for if they had belonged to us, they would have remained with us. However, they went out so that it might be made clear that none of them belongs to us.

2.) Affliction builds up or strengthens a person with genuine faith.

James 1:2-4 

2 Consider it a great joy, my brothers, whenever you experience various trials, 3 knowing that the testing of your faith produces endurance. 4 But endurance must do its complete work, so that you may be mature and complete, lacking nothing.


Either Satan doesn’t know which one has genuine faith so he tests all who claim to be believers or he can see the Holy Spirit in a person but still believes that he can make them abandon God.

Whichever it is, the conclusion is the same, the destruction of a professing Christian’s faith.

Jesus allows these testings to weed out the fake ones.

Deuteronomy 8:2

Remember that the LORD your God led you on the entire journey these 40 years in the wilderness, so that He might humble you and test you to know what was in your heart, whether or not you would keep His commands.

Biblical Q&A: A Question On Romans 10:6-7. What Did Paul Mean When He Said “to bring Christ down” And “to bring Christ up from the dead”

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Anonymous asks:

What did Paul mean in Romans 10:6-7 (“… to bring Christ down… to bring Christ up….”)?

Many thanks and blessings.


Thank you for your question, I hope my answer(s) help.

Answer:

Romans 10:6-7

6 But the righteousness that is by faith says: “Do not say in your heart, ‘Who will ascend into heaven?’” (that is, to bring Christ down) 7 “or ‘Who will descend into the deep?’” (that is, to bring Christ up from the dead).

Basically, Paul was asking, do we need for Christ to come back again so that we may have the Word of God? In verse 8 it explains that we don’t need for Jesus to come back again to give us His Word because it says, 8 But what does it say? “The word is near you; it is in your mouth and in your heart,” that is, the message concerning faith that we proclaim

The parallel to those passages which Paul quoted was from Deuteronomy 30:12-14 which says, 12 It is not up in heaven, so that you have to ask, “Who will ascend into heaven to get it and proclaim it to us so we may obey it?” 13 Nor is it beyond the sea, so that you have to ask, “Who will cross the sea to get it and proclaim it to us so we may obey it?” 14 No, the word is very near you; it is in your mouth and in your heart so you may obey it.

God has graciously blessed humanity with His Word so that we may know the truth, get saved and know how to please the Lord. God’s Word will endure to the end (1 Peter 1:22-25) so we don’t ever need to worry about losing His Word because it is as close as in our lips and in our hearts if you have read the holy scriptures.

Biblical Q&A: A Question On Numbers 35:25&32. Why Couldn’t The Offender Leave Until The Death Of The High Priest?

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Anonymous asks:

Re Numbers 35:25,32, why can’t the offender leave the city of refuge until the high priest dies?

‘Would very much appreciate your view on this. Many thanks and God bless.


Thank you for your question, I hope my answer(s) help.

Answer:

Numbers 35:25,32

25 The assembly must protect the one accused of murder from the avenger of blood and send the accused back to the city of refuge to which they fled. The accused must stay there until the death of the high priest, who was anointed with the holy oil.
32 “‘Do not accept a ransom for anyone who has fled to a city of refuge and so allow them to go back and live on their own land before the death of the high priest.

In verses 26-27 in the same chapter, the avenger of blood still had the right to kill the one who killed his family member. The city of refuge was his protection and leaving that protection would cost him his life. That is a picture of Jesus Christ who is our wall of protection from the enemy. The reason he had to stay there until the death of the high priest is best explained in Genesis 27:41-45 which says, 41 Esau held a grudge against Jacob because of the blessing his father had given him. He said to himself, “The days of mourning for my father are near; then I will kill my brother Jacob.”
42 When Rebekah was told what her older son Esau had said, she sent for her younger son Jacob and said to him, “Your brother Esau is planning to avenge himself by killing you. 43 Now then, my son, do what I say: Flee at once to my brother Laban in Harran. 44 Stay with him for a while until your brother’s fury subsides. 45 When your brother is no longer angry with you and forgets what you did to him, I’ll send word for you to come back from there. Why should I lose both of you in one day?”

Esau held such hatred towards his brother that in his heart he already had killed him but was waiting for an opportune time to actually do it. Jacob’s mother knew this so what did she do to save her son Jacob? She sends him away to a place of refuge where Esau couldn’t get to him knowing that time would soften Esau’s heart towards his brother.  

Let’s see what happened after spending some time apart do when they met. 

Genesis 33:1,4

1 Jacob looked up and there was Esau, coming with his four hundred men; so he divided the children among Leah, Rachel and the two female servants.
4 But Esau ran to meet Jacob and embraced him; he threw his arms around his neck and kissed him. And they wept.


Now we see why the man who had killed a person without any malice intentions must stay until the death of the high priest. To give sufficient time to the avenger of blood to calm down and realize the man’s innocence. After the death of the high priest he can know that he will be safe when he goes back home but if he goes out of the city of refuge too early, the avenger of blood will still be hot with anger and if he sees him outside will surely put him to death.