Is, Was, And Will Be

The Unknown Character Of Christ And His Word

Revelation 1:8 "I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the ending, saith the Lord, which is, and which was, and which is to come, the Almighty."




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Announcements

New! (Posted December 23) There will be an informal Bible study at the Elberton Civic Center at 138 College Avenue in Elberton, Georgia on January the 28th at 3 P.M. We would love to see you all there.

Directions To The Elberton Civic Center

From Interstate 85 take exit 147 which is Highway 98. Go east on Highway 98 to Commerce. Stay on Highway 98 through Commerce and also through the next three towns, which are Ila, then Danielsville, then Comer. Comer is about 26 to 28 miles from Commerce. In Comer you will take a left onto Highway 72 east. This Highway will take you the remaining 18 miles to Elberton.  Just before you get to Elberton you will go under an overpass bridge followed immediately by a stop light. Highway 72 becomes College Avenue at the stop light. You will go about 5 to 6 tenths of a mile past the stop light. The Civic Center will be on your left at 138 College Avenue. For those of you needing further directions, please call Billy Mitchell at 706-283-2903 before 5 pm and at 706-213-1618 after 5 pm. There will be a question and answer session after the service, so please write your questions down beforehand.

Mike will be speaking on the subject of 'another Jesus.' Any Jesus other than the Jesus that Paul preached is 'another Jesus.' Paul's concern for the Corinthians has become a reality in today's church.

Joh 17:3
And this is life eternal, that they might know thee the only true God, and [know] Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent.

Eternal life depends upon knowing the right Jesus Christ.

New! (Posted December 2) As we've upgraded the site to the new address of iswasandwillbe.com, we will be removing the version located at mikevinson.home.mindspring.com. Please be sure to update your bookmarks to reflect the change in address. mikevinson.home.mindspring.com will remain up and current through the month of December, but at the end of the month, it will be removed in favor of iswasandwillbe.com.

New! (Posted December 2) Bible Study Conference Announcement For Marshall, Michigan

There will be an informal Bible conference at the Community Center in Marshall, Michigan April 22-23, 2006. Those who come early can meet and fellowship Friday evening. These Friday night fellowships are always a highlight of our conferences for those who are able to participate.

Being given "Eyes To See... The  Hidden Things Of The Spirit," will be the theme of the entire conference. Mike Vinson will be speaking Saturday morning on the subjects of 1) "The Spiritual Meaning of Biblical Words, 2) and The Shadows Of The New Testament.

Saturday lunch will be catered at the Community Center for all who plan to attend. For this reason we need to know if you plan to be there. Please let Ray Miller know if you plan to attend. You can also ask Mr. Miller about  the address of, and directions to the Marshall Community Center. His e-mail address is millerrj@sbcglobal.net

After lunch you will be hearing first from Wayne Vinson. Wayne is Mike's oldest son. Wayne will be speaking on the great gulf that separates mere knowledge from deep understanding. He has entitled this talk 3) The Difference Between Knowledge And Understanding. 4) Our fourth talk will be by Mike. He has entitled it The Lake Of Fire And The Seven Last Plagues In The Life Of All Of God's Elect. Yes, it is true, " He that overcomes shall not be hurt of the second death." Yes, it is true, "We are not appointed to wrath." And yet we are told that God's elect are to "keep the sayings of the prophecy of this book." Those "sayings" include a whole lot of things that are generally believed to be applicable only to those who fail to become overcomers. But before this weekend is out you will see that fire and plagues have a place in the lives of all of God's elect. Then you will have a much deeper understanding of the meaning of this verse:

Heb 2:10
For it became him, for whom are all things, and by whom are all things, in bringing many sons unto glory, to make the captain of their salvation perfect through sufferings.

Sunday morning will be a review and an overview of Saturday's four topics. You will see what the Adversary's purpose and "devices" are. And you will be shown How God's "Overcomers" Are To Wage "Spiritual... Warfare."  This will include the crying need for those who are coming to see the "hidden... things of the spirit," to spend a typical '13 years,' in Tarsus, before being "separated... for the work whereunto I have called them" (Acts 13:2). It is more than mere coincidence that both Paul and Joseph spent thirteen years in preparation for the calling they were given. There is a real need for the admonition

1Ti 3:6
Not a novice, lest being lifted up with pride he fall into the condemnation of the devil.

In this talk Mike will answer the question we all seem to have: What does God want me to do now that I have been given eyes to see?

The second hour Sunday morning will be a question and answer session. We want to answer any and every question you may have. If you have any question between now and the conference, write it down. If anything said at the conference provokes a question, write it down. But please reserve your questions for this question and answer period.

Afterward we can all go our separate ways back to be the "city built on a hill," and the "candle... on a candlestick" we are all called and hopefully chosen to be.


Updates

Updated! (Posted January 8) Seven new additions to our general You Asked! section

New! (Posted December 22) The third installment of the Revelation series is now available.


Introduction

Do you ever find yourself trying to understand what you are reading in the Bible, but give up because it's just too confusing, boring, or you can't get a grasp of the King James English? Whether the Bible has always been a deep seated part of your life, or you just have never cared one way or the other, or maybe you just accidentally happened on to this site, WELCOME! We hope you stay awhile and browse around. We're not selling anything, just trying, along with you, to better our understanding of the Holy Scriptures. This site will always be changing, so come back often to see if we have anything that will help you. If you are puzzled about a certain subject with which we have not dealt, please feel free to e-mail us and we will ask God's guidance to help clear up the puzzle. If you have questions or disagreement with anything we write here, feel free to comment. We are ever learning. We owe allegiance to no man or church group.

Below, you'll find discourses on a variety of subjects that are either commonly misunderstood or misrepresented in the Christian world, as well as material that is simply intended to further reveal the depth and vitality of what our relationship with the Lord should be. Among these writings, you will find a section set aside for the writings of Andrew Jukes. Jukes wrote some of the most insightful treatises to come out of 19th century English Christian literature. There are also two articles by William Law, another 19th century writer, who was highly regarded by Jukes. Both writers sought the deeper, spiritual truth of the scriptures.

For those of our readers who do a large portion of their bible study on their home computers, we recommend e-Sword. E-Sword is the best free bible software that we've ever encountered. If you need a software study aid for your Bible research, we highly recommend e-Sword.



Articles


Updated! The Revelation Of Jesus Christ

Rob Jones has spent many hours on the phone with me. Together we have accumulated many of the verses which give the symbols of the book of Revelation their force and meaning. As we can find the time, we will be going through the Unveiling Of Jesus Christ chapter by chapter. Coming to see where the symbols come from and what they mean will give the entire Bible new meaning.

The Lord will probably return before we get to chapter 22, but we will just do what we can as we can. This is a never before published approach to this book. I pray that God will give us the opportunity to make this available to all as a witness to "the testimony of Jesus Christ."

You will be brought to see that this book is addressed to a select, very special group known as "the angels of the seven churches." That is right; it is not addressed to the seven churches, as is so often taught. The 'seven churches' will never understand the signs and symbols of this book.

You will also discover that this book is not primarily a book about end time events, as it has always been presented by the churches of Babylon. You will find that we are to all to "keep the sayings of the prophecy of this book."

Rev 1:3
Blessed is he that readeth, and they that hear the words of this prophecy, and keep those things which are written therein: for the time is at hand.

You will learn that this has been the case ever since this book was written. And you will learn that this will be the case until the last person is brought forth of the lake of fire as the final glorified son of  God. You will learn that this is the unveiling of Jesus Christ who Is, Was And Will Be. You will come to know the fullness of Christ:

Rev 1:8
I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the ending, saith the Lord, which is, and which was, and which is to come, the Almighty.

May these words be used of God to open the eyes and ears of those who have been given eyes to see and ears to hear.

What And Where Is Heaven by Mike Vinson - Understanding the true nature of heaven will lead us to a better understanding of our relationship with the Father even as we reside here on earth in the flesh.

Strong Delusion - Will God's 'Strong Delusion' Deceive You? by Mike Vinson - Many of the very truths that are taught by the church today actually serve as obstacles to spiritual maturity. These are indeed 'strong delusion.'

Responses to 'Strong Delusion'

New! Our Faith, Rebirth, And Maturity Are Through The Spirit

Why Churches?

How To Overcome Persistent Sin

The Wilderness And The Lake Of Fire

Does 'Free Gift' Mean No Works?

Death Worketh In Us, But Life In You

The Heir And The Servant

Christ And The Law

Who Are The 144,000? by Mike Vinson

The Law Of Moses Versus The Law Of The Spirit - Are the 10 commandments the eternal law of God? Is the law of Moses the law of God? Should we be keeping the sabbath and the holy days? How about clean and unclean meats? What do we have to do to please God? (A very lengthy article, but well worth your time.) [Note: this article is also available in PDF format for you to download and print out for reading later.]

Responses to 'The Law Of Moses Versus The Law Of The Spirit'

The reaction to this article has, for the most part, been very positive. It is very encouraging to see how many readers readily grasp the implications of the distinction between the two covenants. Below is the first of many exchanges to follow.

New! Rebuttal To 'The Law Of Moses Versus The Law Of The Spirit'

Was The Law Indeed Changed?

What Motivates The 'Many Called?'

What Advantage Has The Jew? by Mike Vinson - Paul posed this question. The answer is just as relevant today as it was then.

Is Baptism Necessary For Salvation? by Mike Vinson

And The Two Shall Be One by Mark P. Toohey - This excellent article expounds the purpose of marriage and what it represents.

Who Were The Nicolaitans ... And Who Are They Now? by J.H. Allen

The Woman Of Proverbs 31 - The ideal woman is revealed in scripture. She may not be who you think she is.

Is God A Trinity? by Mike Vinson


Messages On Studying The Bible


Free Will And God's Sovereignty


Andrew Jukes


William Law



You Asked!!

Questions From Our Readers

This column answers, with scripture, the questions posed by you the reader.

New! What Is A Woman's Role In God's Church?

New! Who Are The 'Sinners And Hypocrites In Zion?'

New! How Many Will Be Saved?

New! Is There A 'Law Of Circularity?'

New! How Our Will Works Within God's Sovereignty

New! What Is The Message Of The Parable Of The Prodigal Son?

New! A Brief Word On Tentmaker, Concordant Publishing Concern And Ray Smith

Jesus Christ Is The Same Yesterday, Today, And To The Ages

Do We Have Meetings?

What Does 'The Heavens Fled' Mean?

Should Christians Be Subject To The Government?

What Happened To All Of The Saints Resurrected After Christ?

Should We Continue Going To Church?

Spiritual Meaning Of Words

How Few Is Few?

What Is Fornication?

Revelation 12:7-9

What Is A Resurrected Body?

He Too Feels Unworthy

Thanks So Much

What Does 'To The Jew First' Mean?

What Happens To A Person That Is Born Again?

What Faith Is And What Faith Is Not

Teaching The Family Without Church

I Will Give Sodom And Samaria To You For Sisters

Did The Gospel Of Paul Supplant The Gospel Given To The Twelve?

Preaching The Gospel 'To The Jew First'

Will The Law Of Moses Be Reinstituted During The Millennium?

The False Doctrines In The United Churches Of God's Online Bible Study Course

What Are The 'Elements Of The World?'

Asking All The Right Questions

Were Moses And Elias With Christ On The Mount?

Why Not Let Adam Exist In The Flesh For Eternity?

Our Faith: Is It A Gift Or A Free Choice?

A Former Philadelphia Church Of God Member And A. E. Knoch

Symbols In Revelation

Could You Recommend A Bible College?

Who Are The Two Witnesses?

Am I Demon Possessed?

Could God Have Forgiven Man Without Christ Having To Die On The Cross?

Where Is God's True Church?

What Is The Book Of Life?

Video Tapes And DVDs

'Why Is There No One Else In The Whole Body Of Christ Saying What You Say?'

Denominational Hermeneutics Versus Rightly Dividing

What Do We Contribute To Our Own Salvation?

Does God Send Us Our Trials?

What Is Meant By 'First Death' And 'Second Death?'

How Far Does The Sovereignty Of God Extend? Why Are We Held Accountable?

Is Christ's Lineage A Type And A Shadow?

Can Women Be Pastors?

Who And What Are The Souls Under The Altar?

Not One Doctrine Of Orthodox Christianity Is True

Standing For Christ In The Face Of Promotion

Those Who Died Under The Old Covenant

Spirits In Prison

Is God A Trinity?

What Is The Book Of Life? What 'Burning' Means In Scripture

What Is The Point Of The Parable Of The Ten Virgins?

J. Preston Eby On Hell

A Question And Answer Session About Death, Hell, And Eternity

Freed From The Law Of Sin And Death

The Nature Of God's Word

If Christ Is Going To Save Everyone, Why Did He Have To Die?

J. Preston Eby On God's Sovereignty

The Spirits Of The Dead

Replacement Theology

Why Christians Prefer The Law Of Moses Over 'The Law Of Christ'

What Are The 'Commandments Of God?'

What Is Your Part In The Book Of Revelation?

How To Know You Have God's Spirit And The True Commission Of God's Elect

Was Adam 'Made Subject To Vanity?'

What Is The Spiritual Significance Of Women Covering Their Heads?

Exactly When Was The Law First Given? Is God Trying To Save The World At This Time?

What Are My Credentials?

Was Adam Made Mortal? What The Two Trees In Eden Symbolize

Should A Christian Fast?

Am I Spending My Time Wisely?

Was Christ Changing The Law Or Refuting The Essenes?

Tongues And The Separation Of The Sheep And The Goats

The Three Season's Of God's Harvest Of All Mankind

The Sin Unto Death

What Is The Mark Of The Beast?

What Is The 'Seed Of The Serpent' And The 'Seed Of The Woman?'

What Are The Best Bible Study Tools?

What Are The Three Heavens?

Does Man Have A Free Will?

Was Adam Made In God's Image?

What Are The Best Bible Study Tools?

Should Christians Observe Christmas?

Can Women Preach In The Church?

Should We Sell God's Good News?

Should Christians Make This World A Better Place To Live?

What Is "The World?" Why Are We To Hate "The World," While "God So Loved The World?"

How Do We Worship God In Both Spirit And Truth?

What Does "Then Cometh The End" Mean?

Orthodoxy And The Two Covenants

Will Christ Himself Return To This Earth?

What Happens To The Spirit And The Soul After Death? When And Where Is Paradise?

Does God 'Lead Us Into Temptation?'

What And Where Are Demons, And How Do They Work?

The Canon Of Scripture And The Paranormal

Can Women Preach, And What Was Paul's 'Thorn In The Flesh?'

Why Serve Christ Now If All Will Be Saved Anyway?

Unlocking The Word Of God

Symbols In Revelation

Where Does Our Spirit Go At Death?

"The Veil Was Lifted"

Did Paul Have Free Will?

Whose Name Can Be Blotted From The Book Of Life?

Should We Assemble Ourselves With Babylon?

If God Causes Us To Sin, Why Does He Tell Us To Be Obedient?

Does God Force Me To Sin?

Did Christ Reform The Law Of Moses?

Latent Soul Power

Where Does Our Spirit Go When We Die?

Did The First Christians Practice Communism?

Who Is 'Satan's Seed?'

Biography And Video Conferences

Do Ministers Have Authority Over Their Flocks?

Are Enoch And Elijah In Heaven?

The Teachings Of A. E. Knock Versus Scripture

How To Study God's Word

Did Christ Keep The Law Of Moses Perfectly?

Why Cain's Offering Was Not Accepted

Are The Blind Responsible For Their Blindness?

Why The Hardened Heart?

Immature Children Of God

Let The Unjust Be Unjust Still...

Are Homosexuals Born That Way?

What Advantage Do Non-Overcoming Christians Have Over Non-Christians?

Should Christians Vote?

The Obedience Of Christ

How We Become Overcomers

Was Christ In The Father From The Beginning?

Should Christians Vote?

Were The Apostles Not Converted At The Last Supper?

Generational Curses

Our Trial By Fire

Regarding My Background

Why Are There No Perfect Translations Of The Bible?

The Law Has Changed

Satan And The Carnal Mind

Should A Christian Observe Christmas?

What Separates Christ From The Christian Religion?

Grateful For The Truth Of Christ

Diviners, Psychics, And Preachers

Carlton Pearson, A.E. Knoch, Et Al

Providing And Relying On God To Provide

Who Is The Tempter?

What Is A Demon?

The Called And The Chosen

To Turn From The Holy Commandment

The Crooked Serpent

Universal Salvation Is God's Sovereign Will

The Motive For Preaching Tithing

Does Evil Exist?

Hell, Gehenna, And The Grave

The Identity Of Satan

Death, Resurrection, And The Real Church

To Be Absent From The Body...

Principles For Understanding The Godhead

Biblical Universalism

Question On Healing And Doctors

Hebrews 7:8 Question

Did Jephthah Commit Human Sacrifice?

He Who Loves His Life Will Lose It

Universalism Vs. Inclusion

Free Will: Scripture Vs. Opinion

Aionian Life Vs. Eternal Life

What is the flood that the dragon cast out of his mouth?

Are Enoch And Elijah In Heaven?

Our Conscience And 'Trying The Spirits'

What Is Meant By The Phrase, "He shall suffer loss" (I Cor 3:12)?

The Confusion Of New Christians

Is Man A Trinity?

A Reader's Response To "The False Gospel"

What Is The Purpose For The Lake Of Fire

Is the Thousand Years, mentioned in the book of Revelation, a literal thousand years?

The significance of rain and archers in the Old Testament

How the false doctrines of Free Moral Agency, The Fall Of Man, and The Trinity are related

Things I Never Knew

Are we "born again" while still in the flesh?

Isaiah 65:20, the mark of the beast, the lake of fire, and Judgment Day

Six questions regarding The Law Of Moses Versus The Law Of The Spirit

When are we saved? Who is the Lake Of Fire for?

If God controls evil, is God therefore evil?

The Question Of Evil - Who Is Responsible?

Scriptural Study Aids - Which Ones Best Reveal The Greek And Hebrew?

Lake Of Fire In Genesis - How Do We Find Christ In The Old Testament?

Christ's Teachings On The Torah Affect SDA Church In Kenya

Addressing Rejection From Christians

Leaving The Church, Guilt-Free

How Does The Law Of Moses Lead Us To Christ?

Who are the fallen angels and how do they tie in with Revelation 12:1-9?

What is the ultimate fate of Satan and the demons?

What is the prophetic sequence of events in scripture about the end times?

What are the steps to salvation?

If the Kingdom of God is within us and grows within us, does it come from within?

Is it possible to live a sinless life? What does it mean to be "free from sin?"

What does I Corinthians, chapter 9, tell us about how ministers make their living?

A reader asks who the Beast is and how we avoid worshiping him.

One of our readers brings up some excellent points about tithing, and we tie in the identity of God's priesthood

How does Psalms 97:3-8 relate to the lake of fire of the Book of Revelation? Who are the daughters of Judah? Who are the two women of Revelation?

What did Jesus mean when He said that those who believed on Him would do even greater things than He did?

How do "Let us reason together" (Isa 1:17-18) and "I stand at the door and knock" (Rev 3:20) fit in with the surety of our salvation?

The teachings of the apostle Paul versus the teachings of A. E. Knoch

Rightly dividing applied to the doctrine of the trinity

Material on the symbols in Revelation

Why is Christ the 'Son of Man' and not only the 'Son of God?'

The fine line between God's will and man's will

What are the different laws mentioned in the New Testament?

Are the writings of Paul of greater importance than the rest of scripture?

Is 'The Mystery Of The Kingdom' by Andrew Jukes part of a series?

What is the message of the book of Philemon?

Does the Lord's supper replace the Passover?

What is the difference between being tempted and being tested?

Why does God seem to always be angry if he is a God of mercy?

The 'if' of Col. 1:23 seems to cast doubt on the doctrine of Universal Salvation

Why was Cain's sacrifice rejected and Abel's accepted?

How can I start a neighborhood Bible study?


Tongues

Questions dealing specifically with tongues (as well as the other gifts of the Spirit)

New! Speaking In Tongues

What The Scriptures Reveal About Being Slain In The Spirit

What are tongues of angels? What is that which is perfect that displaces the gifts?

How tongues relate to faith

Tongues and the power of the Spirit

How does the gift of tongues relate to the receiving of the Holy Spirit?

What is the function of the gift of tongues?

The Function Of Spiritual Gifts

Unknown Tongues


Military Service

Questions dealing specifically with the issue of whether or not Christians should serve in the military or take up arms in other forms

When should Christians take up arms? When should we fight for our country or loved ones?

Can Christians serve in the military and serve God as well?


Preterism

Questions dealing specifically with the issue of preterism - the belief that all prophesy was fulfilled in the past

New! How Significant Are The 'Was And Will Be?'

Preterism Or 'Is, Was, And Will Be?'

Preterism Versus Christ, Who Is, Was, And Will Be


Trinity

Questions pertaining to the doctrine of the Trinity and its implications

Is Jesus God?

Did Christ Pre-Exist?


The Law

Questions dealing with the law of Moses in general and especially as it relates to the law of grace

Was There A Law Of God Before The Law Of Moses?


New! Bible Study

Questions dealing specifically with the issues of bible study, the underlying Greek and Hebrew, symbology, "is, was, and will be," etc.

New! Study Aids And The Holy Spirit





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