ACCURATE BIBLE KNOWLEDGE
“NOW I’M A CHRISTIAN …
WHAT DO I NEED TO KNOW ABOUT THE BIBLE
“VERY SIMPLE. USE THE FOLLOWING TO GUIDE YOU.”
2. HOW DO I READ AND
STUDY THE BIBLE?”
DO I NEED TO KNOW ABOUT THE BIBLE
THE KING JAMES BIBLE IS SIMPLY A 7,000 YEAR HISTORY
BOOK OF PURE FACTS.
It begins at creation (4,000 BC) and goes 1,000 years past the rapture
(shortly to happen).
It is written by God assisted by 44 earthly authors, over 1600
years on three continents.
The Bible declares past, present and future history.
One third of the Bible is prophecy that fore-tells of events before
It is a book crammed full of facts and figures, dates,
times, places, events, names, amounts, quantities, people. All factual and
In the Bible, God declares (states without contradiction) who he was,
is and will be.
In the Bible, God states what he has done, what he is doing
and what he will do.
This is despite what anyone thinks or believes.
He was, is, and will be, judge, jury, executioner
and, of course, the Saviour of the world.
The Bible has two parts – the Old Testament and the New
(A “testament” is simply a testifying or declaration.)
9THE OLD TESTAMENT is about the nation of Israel with three basic
promise to Abraham that in his seed all nations should be blessed.
covenant (agreement) with the Hebrew nation, that if they would
faithfully serve him, they would prosper as a nation. If they forsook him and
served idols, which they did, they would be destroyed as a nation, which they
were. However, God declares they will be rescued out of every nation, and
brought back to the land of Israel in the end times.
3. God’s promise to David that out of his family would come the great Messiah
of israel and Saviour of the world who would establish his universal kingdom
THE NEW TESTAMENT is about this Messiah and the world’s Saviour, the man
Jesus Christ. It’s divided into two parts – Christ as a man on earth who came
for the Jews (Matthew, Mark, Luke, John) and Christ back in heaven with the
Apostle Paul writing 13 books (Romans to Philemon) to the Christian churches.
THE SUBJECT OF THE BIBLE IS JESUS CHRIST
Jesus Christ comes
out of heaven three times:
Christ has already come the first time as the Son of man and ending at
Christ will come the second time in the air at the rapture of all
Christ will come the third time, at Armageddon, as the Son
The theme of
the Bible is the return of Jesus Christ to sit on the Jewish throne of David
in Jerusalem. (See Revelation chapter 19)
Between the first and the third comings, there is a section in the
middle of about 2,000 years.
This is commonly called the ‘church’ age, the end of which, Christ
appears at the rapture, with all true Christians being physically caught
up to meet the Lord in the air.
Between the rapture and Armageddon, God pours out his wrath on the earth for seven
years. This is called the time of great tribulation ending with the battle
of Armageddon on the plain of Megiddo in Northern Israel. This battle has God
rescuing Israel from all the attacking nations of the world.
A VERY BRIEF OUTLINE OF THE 7,000 YEARS OF THE BIBLE
God creates man (Adam) and places him in the garden of Eden around
4,000BC (BC means before Christ). This is approximately where Kuwait is today
and is where the two rivers of the Tigris and Euphrates flow into the Persian
Gulf. Adam and Eve, being real people and the parents of us all, sinned and
fell from the perfect creatures God had made them to be. They were cast
(removed) out of the garden. The world then becomes dreadfully evil and after
1760 years God destroys the world with Noah’s flood (2340BC) but eight
people are saved in the ark.
God then separates man into the different races with different languages
at the tower of Babel and they go in all directions. God then divides
the one huge land mass (2,000BC), that existed then, into the various continents
we have today, with the various races on each continent.
God starts again and chooses Abraham (1876BC) and takes him out
of Babylon into the land of Canaan. Abraham’s descendants migrate down
to Egypt (1661BC) and grow to become a large nation for 70 years. Then after
a further 144 years of brutal slavery, God leads them out of Egypt under Moses
(the Exodus), where they wander for forty years in the desert. They
enter their promised land of Canaan (1406BC) and are ruled by a series of Judges
for a few hundred years while fighting the surrounding nations.
After the reign of the kings of Saul, David and Solomon
(40 years each), the nation is divided (930BC). For the next 324 years, these
two kingdoms are ruled by various kings and spoken to by various prophets.
These accounts are found in the Old Testament in the books of Samuel, Kings,
Chronicles and the 16 prophets. The North part, the ten tribes, called Israel,
lasts about 200 years and is taken captive by Assyria in 722BC. The South
part, called Judah, lasts a little longer, and in 606BC, is carried away
captive by Babylon. A remnant return in 536BC to re-establish their national
life. They build their temple under Haggai and Zechariah (516BC)
and Jerusalem’s wall is completed by Nehemiah (430BC). Around 420BC
the prophet Malachi delivers God’s last words to the nation.
Soon after the Old Testament is closed. This completes the first 4,000
years shown on the chart.
After 400 years, Jesus Christ, the Messiah of Old Testament prophecy,
appears. He lives a sinless life, dies for the sins of man and rises from
the dead. He commanded his disciples to preach the story of his life and the redeeming
power of his blood to all nations.
The gospel of salvation with eternal security is found in the 14
books of the New Testament in the writings of the apostle Paul.
Shortly, there will be the rapture, where all true
Christians will be taken off the earth to meet the Lord in the air, and a
period of 7 years, called the Tribulation, will follow, where God
will pour out his wrath upon the earth. This ends at the battle of Armageddon
in the North of Israel, where God rescues Israel from its enemies - all nations
of the earth.
Christ then rules and reigns with all true believers for 1,000
years, after which the universe is melted and destroyed, and a new
heaven and a new earth, along with a new universe, is created for
ever more and preserved in a sinless state.
JESUS CHRIST, WHO “WAS”, AND “IS”, AND “IS TO COME” (Rev 1:4, 8; 4:8)
called the Word
writes the words
Jesus Christ CONCEALED
Jesus Christ “WILL COME”
Genesis to Malachi
Matthew, Mark, Luke, John
2,000 years – the “church” age
Romans to Hebrews
James, Peter, John, Jude
“WILL COME AGAIN”
2. HOW DO I READ AND STUDY THE BIBLE?
… with an exercise book and pen to write down all your
questions of who, what, why, where and how.
To find out how to live as a Christian read Paul’s thirteen
books to the churches of Romans to Philemon … to instruct and correct
Christians get their pure doctrine from the Apostle Paul
as he says to follow him as he follows Christ (1Cor 11:1).
To find out about Jesus Christ’s life as a Jew on earth, read the four
books of Matthew, Mark, Luke and John.
The first three are more of the history of the Christ as a man on
earth, the Son of man, whereas John is more of the mystery of Christ as the Son
Christ was not a Christian but a pork abstaining, Sabbath
worshipping, temple attending Jew who came to fulfil the Ten Commandments.
Christians do not follow Christ directly as a Jew but we follow Paul as
he follows Christ.
As Christians have been placed into Christ himself, Paul gives us
commandments to help our characters to be more like Christ.
Matthew has Christ’s rules for the kingdom of heaven for the Jew on earth (The
Sermon on the Mount Matt 5-7).
Acts is an account of Christ’s apostles with the transition from Peter
to Paul and his four trips establishing Christian churches around the
Not for Christian doctrine as it is a ‘mixed soup’ of about 15 years
after the cross to Paul writing his first book to the Galatians around 50AD.
Matthew, Mark, Luke, John and the books of Acts are NOT for
Christian doctrine… with the first four being Jewish and Acts being a mixture.
Romans is the pure Christian Manifesto of sin, salvation and righteous living.
Paul writes 3 more books to Timothy and Titus … to Christian
Paul writes to the Hebrews who were thinking about becoming
Peter writes 1&2 Peter … hints and tips for Christians
John writes 1, 2, 3 John … about Christian love and living as a
John writes the Revelation of the seven-year tribulation after
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