Sunday, February 15, 2015

THE DIVIDED KINGDOM--A Quick History of Israel


by Molly Noble Bull



In my opinion, certain Bible facts are not clearly explained in Christian religious services today. Yet a lack of knowledge of these scriptures prevents Christians from fully understanding the Bible. One of these topics is known as the Divided Kingdom.  
The Book of Genesis explains in chapters 22 to 50 that Abraham begot Isaac, and Isaac begot twin boys, Jacob and Esau. Of the two, God loved Jacob best.
Jacob fell in love with a lovely young woman named Rachel, and her father promised to give her to Jacob in marriage, if Jacob worked for him for seven years. Jacob agreed to these terms, but at the end of the seven years, Jacob was given Leah, Rachel’s older sister, instead. He had to work another seven years to get Rachel. 
So Jacob had two wives, Rachel and Leah, and he also had some concubines. But he loved Rachel best. Therefore, it is not surprising that he loved Joseph more than his other sons because Joseph’s mother was Rachel, and he gave Joseph a coat of many colors. Later, Jacob and Rachel had a second son, Benjamin, but Rachel died in childbirth having Benjamin. His wives and concubines gave Jacob twelve sons plus Levi. The tribe of Levi was the priestly tribe and was not to be counted with the other twelve tribes. The Bible states that there are twelve tribes of Israel and with the tribe of Levi, there would be thirteen. However, the tribe of Levi was the priestly tribe and was not to be counted as part of the twelve.
And God changed Jacob’s name to Israel. (See Genesis 32: 28.) 
Jacob had twelve sons and each son headed a tribe. After God changed Jacob’s name to Israel, his sons were called the twelve tribes of Israel.

You might also want to read the Jacob/Israel’s prophecy concerning his sons found in Genesis, chapter 49, and Deuteronomy, chapter 33. If you also read the prophecy of the twelve tribes in the Book of Revelation, chapter seven, you will notice that the tribe of Dan is not mentioned. In his place is Joseph's oldest son, Manasseh.

Jacob’s descendants were called the children of Israel—later called the Nation of Israel. 
The Nation of Israel’s first king was Saul. But King David soon replaced Saul as King of Israel. When King David died, his son, Solomon, became King. After King Solomon died, his son Rehoboam reigned as king.

During Rehoboam’s reign, the twelve tribes were divided—the result of a sort of civil war. (1 King 12: 1-43 and 1 Kings 13: 1-10) The southern tribes were made up of Judah, Benjamin and the Levites. Since Judah was the main tribe in this group of two plus the Levites, the southern tribes were called Judah, and their capitol was Jerusalem. The name, Judah, was shorted to Jew or the Jews.

The tribe of Joseph was the main tribe of the ten northern tribes, and Jeroboam reigned as their king. In the Bible, the northern tribes are called Joseph, but they are also called Ephraim and Israel. Ephraim was the younger of Joseph's two sons. Along with Joseph, his father. Ephraim headed the northern tribes, and Manasseh, his older brother, replaced Dan in the Book of the Revelation, chapter seven, as one of the twelve tribes. Some from the northern tribes turned away from God and worshiped at Bethel instead of at the Temple at Jerusalem. (1 Kings 12: 16-33) 

Both the tribes of Judah and the tribes of Israel were eventually captured by their enemies and led away into slavery. Israel was taken to Assyria, and Judah was taken to Babylon— modern day Iraq. The tribes of Judah (the Jews) were eventually released and allowed to return to Jerusalem to build the second Temple. But the ten northern tribes were never seen again—until fairly recently when some (but not all) were found. The recent discovery of some of the lost tribes is another reason we know that Jesus is coming soon. However, most of the ten tribes are still lost. Only God knows where the descendants of the northern tribes are located today.
 
Knowing the facts about the tribes of Judah and Joseph/Ephraim/Israel makes it easier to understand Ezekiel chapter 37, Hosea chapter 1, and other scripture verses.

Ezekiel 37: 15-17 says,
And the word of the Lord came again unto me, saying,
Moreover, thou son of man, take thee one stick, and write on it For Judah, and for the children of Israel his companions: then take another stick, and write on it, For Joseph, the stick of Ephraim, and for the House of Israel his companions. 
And join them together into one stick, and they shall become one in thine hand.

Ezekiel 37: 20-22 says,
And the sticks whereon thou writest shall be in thine hand before their eyes. 
Say unto them, Thus saith the Lord God; Behold, I will take the children of Israel from among the heathen, whither they be gone, and will gather them on every side, and bring them into their own land: 
And I will make them one nation in the land upon the mountains of Israel; and one king shall be king to them all: and they shall be no more two nations, neither shall they be divided into two kingdoms any more at all.
Also read John 10:16:

Hosea 1: 10-11
The people of Israel will become like the sand of the sea, more than can be counted or measured. Now God says to them, “You are not my people,” but the day is coming when he will say to them, “You are the children of the living God!” The people of Judah and the people of Israel will be reunited. They will choose for themselves a single leader, and once again they will grow and prosper in their land. Yes, the day of Jezreel will be a great day!

We know that one day the two sticks will become one nation under one king. As Christians, we also know that the king’s name is Jesus. Many think that the Tribes of Joseph/Ephraim/Israel are the gentile nations, and that sounds logical. Who else could they be?
But is it possible that today the ten lost tribe are made up of Christians?

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Molly Noble Bull is a published Christian novelist, and her newest novel, Gatehaven, is a Gothic historical with a strong Christian message. Gatehaven won the grand prize in the Creation House Fiction Writing Contest as a manuscript and was published in trade paperback and as an e-book in March 2014. Molly’s next book will be a western set on a ranch in South Texas and titled When the Cowboy Rides Away. The western will be published in 2015. Stay tuned for updates.


Wednesday, December 3, 2014

A LETTER TO THE PRESIDENT


I should have titled this article, A Letter to A President, not a letter to THE president, because this is not about any particular president. It is not about politics either. It is a letter to all presidents—past, present, future. I think the Bible clearly states that we are to pray for our leaders, bless our enemies and do good to those who spitefully use us.
I’d planned to send a copy of this letter to the current president, and I hope he reads this article. However, I wrote a letter to a president once, and he never got it, as far as I know. I did get a letter from one of his assistants, thanking me for the letter.
Christians can and sometimes do disagree with the views of a leader on a list of issues. Nevertheless, I think we should pray for them merely because the Lord asked us to do it. For me, that is reason enough.
Thanks for listening, and I hope you will pray for our leaders too.
Molly

Dear Mr. President,
Greetings from South Texas. I am writing to let you know that I am  praying for you. In fact, my husband and I pray for you and all our leaders every night. We are Christians, and the Bible says to pray for our leaders. So as long is we are alive on this earth and able, we will continue to pray for you and all our leaders as we have been doing. To me, it is a comfort to know someone is praying for you. Maybe that is the same with you.
The television is often full of bad news, but I am writing to give some very good news. No matter what you might have done or not done in the past, you can be forgiven and your sins washed away.

God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten son, (Jesus) that whosoever believe in him will not perish but have everlasting life.
Book of John, chapter three and verse 16

All you have to do is repent of all your sins and really mean it, be baptized and believe by faith that God’s only begotten son, Jesus, has come in the flesh and is coming again. Your free ticket to heaven was bought and paid for when Jesus shed his precious blood on a cross, dying in your place and mine—dying for all those who truly turn to him. Jesus is like the doorway to heaven, and nobody goes to God he Father except through that door—through Jesus.
Nobody is perfect. We have all sinned. I know I sure have. However, I changed my final destination from hell to heaven by repenting of all my sins, being baptized and making Jesus my Lord, Savior and King.
Hell is real place, and nobody has to go there, if they are willing to take these simple steps.
I just prayed for you and will be praying for you again and again.

Molly Noble Bull



Monday, November 24, 2014

A MIRACLE -- Really and Truly


By Molly Noble Bull

Good morning.
Today is November 24, 2014, and this morning I clicked on The Jerusalem Report and found The Spot Report inside. I love the spot reports because they are always so insightful. But lately, every time I click on these reports from Jerusalem, the sound won't work, making it impossible to hear the report.
The problem was never caused by my computer sound system. The sound worked with other clicks. Only the Spot Report clicks wouldn't work.
But Praise God, THIS morning when the Spot Report came in, I refused to fret about it as I normally do. Instead, I cried out to the Lord in prayer in the name of Jesus, asking Him to make the Spot Report work so I could hear it.
And guess what? The sound worked perfectly. Honest. 
Miracle? I think so. 
Not only that, but when the report ended, there was a place to click on, So now, I am able to hear some if not all of the Spot Reports I missed.
God is good—all the time, and He answers prayer.
Go to YouTube. Write in Dr. James Hutchens - November 23, 2014.
The video is about the End times.


http;/youtu.be/cSas2EDlm8o


   



Friday, October 17, 2014

GATEHAVEN, A Scary October Read




Are you looking for an October novel that will scare the living daylights out of you and teach you a lot more about the Bible at the same time—spiritual warfare vs. the occult? If so, then Gatehaven by Molly Noble Bull is for you. 
Set in a scary mansion in the north of England in 1784, Shannon Aimee, a young and na├»ve peasant girl living in Luss, Scotland, is offered a proposal of marriage from the handsome and wealthy Earl of Northon, and he invites her to Gatehaven, his family estate in England, to meet his mother and grandmother before the marriage takes place. Her family and her childhood friend, Ian Colquhoun, see danger ahead and try to persuade her not to go. However, she refuses to listen—until she realizes that the doings at the mansion are more than meets the eye.
Will Shannon and Ian be able to save themselves and their loved ones before it is too late? Or will the forces of evil win?
Gatehaven by Molly Noble Bull is a Christian Gothic Historical, and it won the Grand Prize in the 2013 Creation House Fiction Writing Contest as a manuscript and was published in trade paperback and as an e-book in March 2014.
Click below, take a look and read the first part of the novel for free.
Molly is offering 30 free Kindle e-books to anybody living in the United States. Leave a comment and an email address to win.  
Then read “The Strange, The Supernatural and Blood Moons,” Molly’s scary article in the October issue of Book Fun magazine. 

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

FEAST OF TRUMPETS


By Molly Noble Bull  

From sundown on Wednesday of this week (September 24, 2014) to sundown (September 26, 2014) will be Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year and also called The Feast of Trumpets. (See the 23rd chapter of Leviticus.) Please pray during that time for your safety, the safety of your family and for the safety of our nation.
Even though Daniel was anything but an evil person, he repented of his sins and he repented for the sins of his nation, Israel, when Israel was in danger as we are now. See Daniel Chapter 9 and verse 20.
They say that the Feast of Trumpets is a two day feast because nobody knows the day or the hour. Some say that the Rapture will take place on a Rosh Hashanah, but nobody knows which one. Join me and others in prayer starting at sundown on Wednesday continue as often as possible until sundown on Friday of this week. Perhaps the Lord will hear from Heaven and heal our land.


Monday, August 4, 2014

MEET MY FRIEND, Pearl Nsiah-Kumi



by Molly Noble Bull

Pearl Nsiah-Kumi is a multi-published Christian Author, and she has put together an inspiring book titled Get On Board and Stay On Board, a collection of poems, short articles and short Bible studies based on scripture. 



Her book is meant to encourage non-Christians, pointing them to the Lord through faith in Jesus Christ, and to help Christians find a closer relationship with God. She is also a very sweet and understanding lady.
Pearl believes in eternal life, and her book gets readers ready for Heaven.
Click Here to Get Your Copy: http://www.pearlkumi.net  
The cost is great too--only 99 cents during her book launch.

Saturday, June 7, 2014

WELCOME TO JOHN 316 World Blog Tour


My name is Molly Noble Bull, and I am a published author. Here is the cover of my newest novel.



John 3:16 is a scripture from the New Testament of the Bible. John 3:16 marketing network is the name of a group of Christian writers interested in marketing their work and started by Lorilyn Roberts, Go to one of the web sites below to learn more.

   I was nominated for this project by children’s author, illustrator and speaker, Elizabeth Paige. www.moldableclay.com. Elizabeth is the mother of four, lives in Colorado, is President of Moldable Clay Publishing and also has a ministry. Here's an example of one of her books for children in English. She also has a version of the book in Spanish.



I am still married to my college sweetheart, Charles Bull, and we have three grown sons and six grandchildren. We live in South Texas.



But the most important person in my life is someone I have never seen with my physical eyes. His name is God Almighty. I call Him God the Father, and contrary to what the Ancient Alien theorists say, In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.
Book of Genesis, chapter 1 and verse 1. 

The first person God created was a man named Adam, and from Adam’s rib, He formed a wife for Adam named Eve. These two created beings, Adam and Eve, lived in a perfect place called The Garden of Eden. But when they sinned against God by doing something God asked them not to do, Adam and Eve were no longer perfect in God’s eyes. They became sinners, and all their descendants were sinners as well. The Lord had no choice but to remove them from the Garden of Eden.
Book of Genesis, chapter 3 and verse 23.

But God Almighty is kind and gentle. He wanted to help man. The only way He could do that was to allow His only begotten son to be born of a virgin woman, grow up and die for the sins of all the descendants of Adam and Eve.
God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten son, and whosoever believeth in him will not perish but have ever lasting life.
Book of John, chapter 3 and verse 16—(John 3:16)
NOTE: To merely believe that God and Jesus exist is not enough. Even Satan and his demons believe that God and Jesus exist, and they will spend all eternity in hell. In order to spend everlasting life in Heaven with God, you must repent of all your sins and follow Jesus by doing what the Bible says to do instead of what man says to do.
God made us. As our maker, He alone knows what is best for us.  

.   As a Christian writer, what am I working on now? 
Good question. I am always working on several writing projects at once in various stages of development. Currently, I am promoting Gatehaven, my scary Gothic historical novel with a strong Christian message. http://bit.ly/Gatehaven. I am also writing the sequel to Gatehaven. So far, I haven’t come up with a title for the sequel yet.
But as I write a novel, I also think ahead to the books, stories and articles I will write next.
   
.   How does my work differ from others of its genre? 
Most writers select a genre and stick to it—non-fiction, short stories, romance novels, suspense novels, thrillers, mysteries, westerns and fiction books for children. I’ve written and am writing many kinds books on all kinds of topics, including non-fiction, suspense, western romances, short stories, articles and books and stories for children.  

.   Why do I write what I write?
I am a born again Christian. I write what I believe the Lord wants me to write. Therefore, I don’t write sexy novels and do write family friendly Christian novels.

.   How does my writing process work?
I’ve only had writers block once in my life, and it happened at a time of great sadness and a sense of great loss. I could not write during that time, and was unable to finish a novel under contract. By the time I was able to write again, the book publisher stopped publishing fiction novels. The book never came out.
So without writer's block most of the time, I write whenever I can find the time. However, my husband, family and home duties must come before my writing, always. That is one of the things I learned from all my years as a writer—God first, my husband second and my children third. My writing comes fourth or maybe fifth.

.   Tell us about your upcoming books.

As I mentioned earlier, I write in several different genres. Gatehaven was a Gothic suspense novel with a strong Christian message. My next book is a Christian western romance titled When the Cowboy Rides Away, and it will be published by Elk Lake Press in later 2014 or early 2015. 
The Winter Pearl is a historical western set in Colorado in the eighteen eighties. 


  
Bride and Blessings is a modern day Christian westerns set in the Texas Hill Country. The Winter Pearl and Brides and Blessings were published by Love Inspired. 

My website is www.mollynoblebull.com  To find all my books, write Molly Noble Bull in the search slot at online or walk-in bookstores.