“And he will make a firm covenant with the many for one week, but in the middle of the week he will put a stop to sacrifice and grain offering; and on the wing of abominations will come one who makes desolate, even until a complete destruction, one that is decreed, is poured out on the one who makes desolate.” (Daniel 9:27)
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All of God’s dealings with man are due to His mercy and grace, and not man’s worthiness. No one deserves anything from God except judgment and death. The help that God provides for us each day and His salvation in the end are equally founded in His love and grace, not in our own works.
For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God; not as a result of works, so that no one may boast.
For who among men knows the thoughts of a man except the spirit of the man which is in him? Even so the thoughts of God no one knows except the Spirit of God. Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, so that we may know the things freely given to us by God, which things we also speak, not in words taught by human wisdom, but in those taught by the Spirit, combining spiritual thoughts with spiritual words.
The book of Jude refers to Cain with a stern condemnation — “Woe to them! For they have gone the way of Cain….” Genesis provides understanding about the way of Cain and how God works with sinners. Cain, the first person born, brought an offering from the fruit of the ground, and his brother Abel offered the firstlings of his flock. God had regard for Abel and for his offering, but for Cain and his offering, He had no regard. Explicit understanding why God received each as He did is not provided in the record. Later, in the Law, both grain and animal sacrifices are acceptable, so what was offered does not seem to be the issue. God does not look at the outward appearance, but according to 1 Samuel 16.7, He looks at the heart.
Jesus taught his disciples about the last times, of false prophets (Matthew 24:11), of the abomination of desolation foretold in Daniel (Matthew 24:15), and of a proliferation of both false Christs and false prophets (Matthew 24:24-25). Paul adds more information in II Thessalonians 2 regarding the man of lawlessness who John calls the Antichrist (I John 2:18, 22; 4:3 and II John 7)
What do you think? Did Jesus become sin on the cross?
2 Corinthians 5:21 states “He made Him who knew no sin to be sin on our behalf, so that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.”
Yet there are so many verses that state Jesus was innocent and sinless (Mt, 27:4; Luke 23:47; John 8:46; 1Peter 1:19; 2:22). How could he become sin?
Various interpretations have been put forward to understand this: 1) Christ was made a sinner, 2) Christ was made a sin-offering, and 3) Christ was made to bear the consequences of our sins. One popular teaching is because Jesus became sin, God forsook him on the cross which is why Jesus uttered, “My God, my God why have You forsaken me?” However, Psalm 22 contradicts this reasoning since this is the Scripture Jesus is quoting while he was on the cross.