Question: I have done a Bible study about the COVID 19 Virus and I wanted to get your thoughts on it.  I was recently asked if I think that “meeting on line” would satisfy the command from when God said “Do not give up meeting together as some are in the habitat of doing but […]

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Question: Hello. I want to ask some question if you don’t mind.  1. How do we relate the Law of Moses with the Christianity nowadays? I’m somewhat  confused because some sources I heard said that breaking the Moses Law does not mean you sin. So how do we consider this Law of Moses Only as […]

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Question: As a Theistic Evolutionist do you believe that viruses,bacteria and parasites are the result of the fall of man or are they the result of the evolutionary process? Answer: I am guessing this question is motivated at least in part by the emergence of Covid-19. There is plenty of evidence in the geological record […]

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Question: I remember in your Evidence for Jesus articles that there was a Jewish source which talked about the fact that Yeshu was be executed. I looked up what Yeshu means on Wikipedia and it means Jesus but people say that Yeshu refers to people who practice magic or deal with sorcery.  My question is […]

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Missionary Teaching Trip to Indonesia and Hong Kong Jakarta, Indonesia 3/13 After passing through Hong Kong we land in Jakarta. Corona virus has become a big threat and we see many with masks. President Trump declared a travel ban from Europe just at the time we were leaving.  We considered reversing course, but decided the […]

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Question: Is there any evidence other than the Bible that show that the 12 disciples existed? Answer: Yes, there is plenty of evidence that the twelve disciples were real people.  In fact, no one who knows the evidence can seriously entertain the thought that these men were not real people.  We have evidence from both […]

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Question: How can I defend my faith in Jesus when the question arises as follows:  How can a physical shedding of blood cleanse the sins and iniquities of a person?  Is it not like a superstition and even nonsensical?  How can I defend the crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus Christ to the materialists? Answer: This […]

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[Editor’s note: This person is asking about the book of Enoch and its discovery in the eighteenth century] Question: Before James Bruce stole the book in Ethiopia, Western world Christians did not know the book [of Enoch] existed, so why after studying the book, did they say the book is false or non canonical?  Was […]

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Question: I have a question on the dates when the kings of Babylon ruled. To be more specific I am referring to Nebuchadnezzar’s sons Belshazzar and Evil-Merodach. So my question is did Evil-Merodach rule Babylon before Belshazzar? Answer; Yes, Evil-Merodach ruled before Belshazzar.   Evil-Merodach was legitimate heir of Nebuchadnezzar.  Nabonidus had him assasinated after only […]

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Question: What is your comment on the Ussher chronology?   He concluded that Adam was created in 4004 BC, and the flood covered the Earth 2348 BC, but this is incompatible with what we know about Egyptian history. The first king of Egypt, Menes died in 3150 BC (before the flood by 800 years!!!!)  Can the […]

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Question: I have a question I hope you can help me with. It’s probably one you’ve answered before but I didn’t see any like it posted on your site.   With so many great scientists not believing in God it sometimes makes me doubt my faith. I read somewhere it’s 30/70 for belief/non belief for scientists. […]

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Question: William Marrion Branham is considered by some to be an end-time prophet. They say that in order to be taken up by Jesus, every Christian must believe his end-time message. What do you think about ? Answer; I have come across the Branhamites in both West Africa and in Central Africa, especially the two […]

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Question: How do I explain to someone who doesn’t believe in the inspiration of the gospels, how it is that John was able to write his gospel in Greek even though he was called “unschooled” Acts 4:13? “When they saw the courage of Peter and John and realized that they were unschooled, ordinary men, they […]

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Dr. John Oakes is teaching for various churches in Indonesia 3/13-3/25/2020.  Notes, power points will be posted. All lessons will be in English with translation into Bahasa Indonesia.  Hebrews Living by Faith Notes    Hebrews Living by Faith PPT  Hebrews 11 Bahasa Audio  Hebrews Bandung PPT    Hebrews Notes    Hebrews Bahasa I    Hebrews […]

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Dr. John Oakes, Gregg Marutzky and Brian Craig taught a 16 hour class on the Book of Romans for the Los Angeles School of Ministry and Missions Feb 6 & 7 in West Covina, California.  We are posting powerpoint, notes and audio. Romans PPT    Romans Notes  Romans 1  Romans 4    Romans 5    […]

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We are excited to announce a brand new book by Dr. John Oakes and Robert Carrillo.  It will be available in two weeks, but can be pre-ordered now from Illumination Publishers, International.  www.ipibooks.com   Here is the link for purchasing the book.  https://ipibooks.ecwid.com/#!/Hebrews—Living-By-Faith/p/168762906/category=18671191 See below for a brief excerpt from the introduction to the book. Hebrews: Living […]

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Question: Please explain to me the introduction of Luke’s account?    1. Is Luke stating or implying that he checked facts with those first  eye-witnesses to the Gospel and the words of Jesus Christ of Nazareth?  2. Or, was Luke just stating that those eye-witnesses just left accounts he referenced, like the Gospel/documents?   3. Did […]

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Question: This is my last semester in college and one the classes I’m taking is “Evolution and Systematics”. My professor is an outspoken atheist ( I had anticipated this) and regularly derides any belief in God ( sometimes adding foul language into the mix). During the first day of class, he asked us to “raise […]

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Dr. John Oakes taught a class, along with Dr. Nick Zola on teachers and teaching in the New Testament for the teacher’s conference Conversations on 3/6/2020.  Much of this material comes from Dr. Glenn Giles who was originally scheduled to teach this class.  Thanks, Glenn.   Teachers in the NT PPT    NT Teacher Audio   […]

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Question:  I have three questions:   1. It is said by some who do a lot of research that Jesus Christ of Nazareth did not exist and all stories about Jesus Christ of Nazareth were retellings of older pagan myths by relatively well educated Greek-speaking (and writing) Christians during the 2nd half of the first century.  […]

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[Editor’s note: This is a rather long question, but the answer is below!] Question: This is on Daniel 9 and what Wiki has been saying about it. First of all, they say this has nothing to do with Jesus and the temple but it is about Jeremiah.  As stated here: “The seventy weeks prophecy is […]

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Question: Did God order that 6th commandment be broken when in 1 Samuel 15:3 He ordered the murder of the innocent children and infants (innocent in terms of them not having done the things the Amelikites did that forced God to order their killing). Or am I confusing the definition of murder? The reason I […]

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John Oakes is teaching a class on Hermeneutics in Bakersfield, California in February. This class focuses on the means to best interpret and understand the Bible.  Classes are at 9:00 at 3010 Amber Canyon Place, Bakersfield (except 2/8 at 1:30). Notes, power point and audio are included.  Hermeneutics Notes    Hermeneutics PPT    Hermeneutics Audio […]

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Question: Who are the magi that visited baby Jesus?  Why are they important enough to be in the Bible?  What would the people of Jesus’ era and culture have understood about them? Answer; Matthew does not identify the magi, but we know they come from the East.  If one is in Bethlehem, to the east […]

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Question: I am confused with omnipresence of God and the theophany in Old Testament. My question is how the omnipresent nature of God can be consistent with theophany? Hope this helps.  A similar question goes for the incarnation and the second coming of Christ. If God is omnipresent how then can theophany or incarnation makes […]

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Quetion: I saw this comment online that reads : “Why do we teach that a person must continue to ask for forgiveness for sins that God is not counting against us and for which no sacrifice remains that God requires or accepts (2 Corinthians 5:19; Hebrews 10:17-18)?”.   I know that we can’t deliberately keep on […]

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