Did You Know...?

BUSINESS PEOPLE WITH QUESTION MARK © Yuri_arcurs | Dreamstime.comOur controversial "Did You Know" series is guaranteed to challenge the traditionalist in all of us. So often we are taught an idea as a child and never stop to examine if what we have been taught is true. These articles will test your knowledge of Scripture and the truths it contains.


dreamstime 9385560b 300Although it may surprise many Christians, it is true.

G-d does not love everyone.

There are some He hates.

I can hear the arguments already:

What about "For G-d so loved the world"!? (John 3:16)

And what about "G-d doesn't wish for any to perish"!? (2 Peter 3:9)

Those are true. So are these other passages of Scripture:

The oracle of the word of the LORD to Israel through Malachi. "I have loved you," says the LORD. But you say, "How have You loved us?" "Was not Esau Jacob's brother?" declares the LORD. "Yet I have loved Jacob; but I have hated Esau, and I have made his mountains a desolation and appointed his inheritance for the jackals of the wilderness." (Malachi 1:1-3)

dreamstime 8354022 300No, this is not "The Da Vinci Code" part two.  Yeshua really had more than just twelve disciples.

Luke 6:13-16 records the list of the twelve disciples:

  1. Simon (Peter)
  2. Andrew
  3. James
  4. John
  5. Philip
  6. Bartholomew
  7. Matthew
  8. Thomas
  9. James (the son of Alphaeus)
  10. Simon, the Zealot
  11. Judas (the brother of James)
  12. Judas Iscariot


While it is common to refer to "the twelve disciples", there were actually more than twelve.

dreamstime 1608410 300Although it may come as a shock and surprise to most Christians, Yeshua did not declare all foods clean.

Some may point to various translations of Mark 7:19 and claim that He did; however, before coming to any conclusion, we should consider these facts:

  1. Yeshua explicitly tells us that we should not think that He abolished or removed "the smallest letter or stroke" of the Law (Matthew 5:17-19).  If He "declared all foods clean" then He would have nullified the instruction of two entire chapters of the Law (Leviticus 11 and Deuteronomy 14).
  2. Peter never thought that Yeshua declared all foods clean.  He was rejecting unclean food even after Messiah's death, burial, and resurrection (Acts 10:10-18).
  3. His opponents never thought that Yeshua declared all foods clean.  If they had then they would have had ample reason to kill Him according to Deuteronomy 13:4-5.  They would not have had to make up false charges against Him.

QUESTION MARK - © Tamás Gerencser | Dreamstime.comMany people believe they are going to heaven when they die but the Bible describes three heavens, not just one.

The critical question for them: "to which heaven are you going?"

The first heaven mentioned in Scripture is the sky: the abode of birds, kites, and airplanes.  Genesis 1:20, Job 12:7, and Psalm 8:8 (among many other verses) speak of this first heaven.

QUESTION MARK - © Tamás Gerencser | Dreamstime.comScripture records several individuals other than Messiah Yeshua who rose from the dead:


  • Eliyahu [Elijah] raises a widow's son from the dead. (1 Kings 17:17-24)
  • Eliysha [Elisha] raises the Shunammite woman's son from the dead. (2 Kings 4:19-20)
  • A man is raised from the dead when his body touches Eliysha's bones. (2 Kings 13:20-21)
  • Several people rose from the dead when Messiah was crucified and died. (Matthew 27:50-53)
  • Yeshua raises a 12-year-old girl from the dead. (Mark 5:35-42)
  • Yeshua raises a widow's son from the dead. (Luke 7:14-15)
  • Yeshua raises Lazarus from the dead. (John 11:11-45)
  • Peter raises a woman named Tabitha from the dead. (Acts 9:40-41)


It should be noted, however, that these were all resuscitations... not resurrections. Scripture tells us that Messiah is firstborn among the dead (Colossians 1:18) so we know that He is the first person ever resurrected and given a glorified body.

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