The Apostle Peter’s Big Mistake???

And when they had entered, they went up into the upper room where they were staying: Peter, James, John, and Andrew; Philip and Thomas; Bartholomew and Matthew; James the son of Alphaeus and Simon the Zealot; and Judas the son of James.

These all continued with one accord in prayer and supplication, with the women and Mary the mother of Jesus, and with His brothers. And in those days Peter stood up in the midst of the disciples (altogether the number of names was about a hundred and twenty), and said, “Men and brethren, this Scripture had to be fulfilled, which the Holy Spirit spoke before by the mouth of David concerning Judas, who became a guide to those who arrested Jesus; for he was numbered with us and obtained a part in this ministry.” (Now this man purchased a field with the wages of iniquity; and falling headlong, he burst open in the middle and all his entrails gushed out. And it became known to all those dwelling in Jerusalem; so that field is called in their own language, Akel Dama, that is, Field of Blood.) “For it is written in the book of Psalms: ‘Let his dwelling place be desolate, And let no one live in it’; and, ‘Let another take his office.’

“Therefore, of these men who have accompanied us all the time that the Lord Jesus went in and out among us, beginning from the baptism of John to that day when He was taken up from us, one of these must become a witness with us of His resurrection.” And they proposed two: Joseph called Barsabas, who was surnamed Justus, and Matthias. And they prayed and said, “You, O Lord, who know the hearts of all, show which of these two You have chosen to take part in this ministry and apostleship from which Judas by transgression fell, that he might go to his own place.” And they cast their lots, and the lot fell on Matthias. And he was numbered with the eleven apostles.
Acts 1:13-26

Some interpret the above scripture by finally saying that the selection of Matthias was a mistake on the part of Peter. The evidence for this statement is, “Matthias is never mentioned again anywhere in the Bible.” While that statement is true, it is not evidence that Peter made an error by calling for the appointment of another disciple to take the place of Judas. Continue reading

The Circumcised Ear

While reading the Bible a few days ago I came across this rather strange statement in the book of Jeremiah:

To whom shall I speak and give warning,
That they may hear?
Indeed their ear is uncircumcised,
And they cannot give heed.
Behold, the word of the Lord is a reproach to them;
They have no delight in it. (Jeremiah 6:10)

Uncircumcised Ears?

I was intrigued by the thought that God would describe people as having uncircumcised ears and I wondered what that could mean. Continue reading


Where is the United States in Bible Prophecy?

Authored by Michael D. Hodge

The question, “Where is the United States in Bible Prophecy?” is one that has been asked by teachers and students of the Bible for many years. Some say one thing and some another. Many say that the most prosperous and powerful nation in the history of the world, and the only nation founded upon Christian principles, is nowhere to be found in the Bible. The author respectfully disagrees with that conclusion.

The problem is that most Bible students have used an invalid starting point for their search. They begin with the United States, searching for scriptures that might apply to her. The result is either no success, or scriptures that they think might refer to America.

“Where is the United States in Bible Prophecy?” takes a different approach to this timeless question, arriving at a most amazing and eye-opening conclusion, finding the United States where you might least expect to find her.

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