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      Dedicated to my Lord Jesus Christ and my wonderful wife and best friend, Susie, without whose support this site and the years of work involved could not have been accomplished.

      The following notes are the personal notes of  Bro. Sonny Stephens, minister and Bible teacher;  retired Director of Technology/math/computer/physics teacher.

Notes On The Holy Spirit by Bro. Frank Dearing {Used by permission.}

For all those who know in their heart that the King James Version is the best translation ever compiled, but sometimes have difficulty understanding sixteenth/seventeenth century English.


{Updated May 19, 2019}

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     The above graphic is a symbol I've used on various occasions since my high school years. The symbol consists of a circle for the everlasting God, Who was, and is, and is to be. The star of David represents the fact that the Messiah, the savior of the world was descended from the tribe of Judah and a descendant of David. The cross represents the price Jesus paid at Calvary for the sins of the world and the flame represents the Holy Spirit, our "foretaste" of heaven and Who lives in all of those who are believers.

      I take no credit for the notes presented here. They are an accumulation of notes I have gathered together over the years from many sources. I have tried to give references for the notes to which I know the source. Most of these notes began as notes used in a study of the Revelation which I have taught numerous times since 1980 and a study of Genesis which I have also taught several times through the years.  Most of the 'Inspirational /Things to Think About' are works that Susie has collected for me through the years from emails sent to her. 

     While these notes have come from numerous sources through many years of research, I'd certainly be remiss if I did not give a special note of appreciation for professor Arthur M. Smith of College Station, Texas and to the Aggie Bible Association for sponsoring his ministry and teaching during my years at Texas A&M University.  It was through his tutelage that a seed was planted giving me a profound appreciation for the meticulous detailed accuracy of the scriptures.  He was once asked whether he was ever bothered by people getting 'knit-picky' with the scriptures.  His response was, "No, because when people get seriously 'knit-picky' with the scriptures, they'll come out believers every time!"  To that, I would say a loud "AMEN" and "Blessed is the the Name of the Lord for revealing such things to mortal men."    Although I've come a long way with the mathematics and computer analysis of scripture since those days, I've also reached another conclusion: Facts and figures will never convince anyone of the truth of God's word.  People who refuse to believe, do so, not because of some supposed factual errors or  problems with scripture, but because they don't want to believe in a Creator who will hold them accountable for the lives they live.  Facts and figures are good to strengthen the faith of believers, but will never bring anyone to the Lord until he/she is willing to submit to Him and His authority.

The primary goals of all of these studies are four-fold:
   1)To help each of us draw closer in love to our heavenly Father and His only Son, our Lord Jesus Christ  
   2)To give us confidence in our salvation through Jesus Christ
   3)Faith and trust that our Lord is in complete control
   4)That every single letter and word of scripture is important and all will be fulfilled.

     It is my conviction that every letter of the Hebrew Old Testament and every letter of the Greek New Testament is significant and without error of any form. Both the Hebrew Old Testament and the Greek New Testament are historically, scientifically, and mathematically accurate in every detail. The notes presented in these pages are by their very nature non-denominational. While I personally am a member of the Southern Baptist denomination, I am absolutely convinced that there are faithful, and unfaithful in every denomination, and that in fact denominationalism itself is an apostasy clearly condemned in scripture {I Cor. 1:10f}. There is only One basis for salvation, and that is a personal commitment to Jesus as your  Lord and Savior.

As Romans 10:9 states:
            "If you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord,
             and believe in your heart God raised Him from the dead,
             you shall be saved."

There is only one true Church, and it consists of those of all denominations who have made a genuine commitment to Jesus Christ {commitment does not mean to walk a church aisle, it means to sincerely try to live for the Lord}.  There is also a false church, which consists of those of all denominations who claim that they are Christians, but who have never made a genuine commitment to Jesus.  Jesus said that they will be known by the fruit they bear.  A good tree cannot bear bad fruit, and a bad tree cannot bear good fruit.  Biblical evidences of salvation are given in the section entitled:  Holiness of Living .
To know the difference between "good" fruit and "bad" fruit requires a knowledge of scripture, because it is God, and God alone Who has the RIGHT to say what is "good" and what is "bad."

Questions regarding these notes may be addressed to:

Bro. Sonny Stephens     <><         Hope to see you on the other side!!!
email:    sonny@thewordnotes.com
website at:     http://www.TheWordNotes.com

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     Blue Letter Bible:  http://www.blueletterbible.org   
     Sovereign Grace Publishers:  http://www.sgpbooks.com
     AV Publications:  New Age Bible Versions
     Chick Publications:  What's Missing from Your Bible

                                          First Amendment  by Rev. J.W. White Jr. {Used by permission.}

History Not Taught In Schools - David Barton Capitol Tour [Website:  http://stg.do/Iwpe]

Part  A  Having A Personal Relationship With the Lord
  A-1  How To Become A Christian 
A-2  Assurance For Believers  
A-3  Holiness of Living-- Evidences Of Salvation 
A-4  All of God's Promises Aren't For Everyone
A-5  Holy Bible vs New Age Bibles   {updated July, 2018}
  A-6  Examples of Missing Words and Verses of Scripture in Modern Translations

Part B Mathematics and The Bible
              Why study numbers and codes in Scripture? --  My best answer is -- because God put them
           there and 
He doesn't make mistakes.  He wouldn't have put them there unless they were
           important. Those who are 
willing to take the time and the effort to study God's use of
           numbers and codes will receive a blessing for 
taking the time and the effort to do so.

    B-1      Use of Numbers In Scripture  {Signature of God}
    B-2      Interesting Biblical Number Facts
    B-3      Interesting Number Facts In Nature
    B-4      Numerical Values of Hebrew & Greek Letters  
    B-5      Equidistant Letter Sequences [ELS] {Bible Codes} {Signature of God #2}
Numbers Presentation  .odp   .ppt    .pdf
    B-6   Examples of ELS Bible Codes    Example of ELS {Bible Code} Matrix

Isaac Newton Bible Code Research SocietyCodes In The Bible Website

 B-7       World Time Line of Biblical History  [Normal full size pages in .pdf format]   .doc format    .odt format
              World Time Line Of Biblical History   {Small so that it will fit in most Bibles 5"x7"}      .doc format       .odt format
    World Time Line Presentation   Open Office Presenter  .odp       MS PowerPoint .ppt     Acrobat Reader  .pdf    {updated 10/1/17}    
   B-8   Brief Chronology based on World Time Line of Biblical History

Part C Common Science Questions
  C-1  Possible Dinosaurs In The Bible
  C-2  The Great Ice Age and Global Warming  
  C-3  Brief Summary Of Scientific Evidence Against Evolution
    C-4  How Old Is The Earth? {Geochronology and Radiometric Dating}  
C-5  How Long Was A Day In Genesis? 
    C-6  Musical Planets by Dr. Larry Mitcham {used by permission}
  C-7    The Heavens Declare The Glory of God -- God's Plan of Redemption in the Stars    
    C-8     The Earth Was Warming Before Global Warming Was Cool   by Pete Du Pont
               from the National  Center for Policy Analysis  --  National Center for Policy Analysis

  Sites of  Scientific Evidences

Science Against Evolution
Creation Evidences Museum Institute for Creation Research

Creation.com The Shroud of Turin Answers In Genesis Ark of The Covenant Found
and other Videos about Israel
 and the Bible

Part D  Notes On Genesis
     D-1     Introduction to the Study of Genesis
     D-2     Authors of Genesis {According to Genesis}
     D-3     Angels
     D-4  Do Animals Have Souls?  
                  {See Also World Time Line of Biblical History above}
    D-5   How Long Was Israel in Egypt?  
    D-6   Number of Israelites Who Went to Egypt   

Part E Notes On The Revelation 
     E-1    Introduction to the Study of the Revelation
     E-2    Detailed Outline of  Future Prophesy
     E-3    Seventy Sevens -- The Numbers of Daniel
     E-4    Can Christians Know When The Lord Is Returning?
     E-5    Armageddon and the Millennial Kingdom
     E-6    Time Line Chart        
     E-7    God's Holy Days  A Study of the Revelation (Contains the above E-1  -  E-6 and more in .pdf format)
      E-8   Comparison of Gog Invasions in Ezekiel 38-39 and Revelation

Part F Notes on Matthew
    F-1   The Magi and the Date of Jesus' Birth 
    F-2   Does Isaiah 7:14 Refer to a Virgin?  -  Yes!!!  
    F-3   Genealogy of Jesus
    F-4   Disciples of Jesus
    F-5   Matthew 24 - Luke 21 Comparison
    F-6   Recorded Miracles in the Bible
    F-7   Recorded Parables of Jesus
    F-8   What Day of the Week Was Jesus Crucified? 

Part G  Calendar Information
     G-1    The Prophetic Calendar  
     G-2    The Jewish Calendar
     G-3    Modern Jewish Calendar 5708 C.E., 1948A.D. to 5860 C.E., 2100 A.D. 
     G-4    The Reference Day Calendar / Holy Days -- 1947AD- 2100 AD Explanation  
                       Reference Day Calendar Day Data    {text data for calculations}
     G-5    Computer Analysis of God's Holy Days, The Numbers of Daniel, And The Modern Jewish Calendar 
     G-6   Modern Easter {Gregorian} 1948 - 2100    
     G-7   Seven Year Series {Shemittah - Sabbatical Years}  

     G-8 Holy Days {According to Leviticus 23-25}    

     G-9 Fulfilled Holy Days   


      Companion Scriptures [King James/King James Paraphrase] for Explore The Bible Series of Sunday School Lessons  {updated March, 2019}

      Marriage and Homosexuality
Can a Divorced Man Serve as a Deacon
        What About Tattoos And Body Piercing?
      Scriptures to go with Rick Warren's: What on earth am I here for?   
  If I'm Divorced, Can I Re-Marry?
        Why Do We Worship on Sunday Rather Than The Sabbath?
        Simple Sched 40 PVC Projector Screen   

Windows PC computer Program:  Mara-Time 5.0 <><

The first time the program is run a message will appear that the Time Zone has not been set.  Just press OK,  The default is set to -6 hours [CST].    You can set the default Time Zone by selecting Set Program Defaults on the main screen.

{Displays enlarged 2/20/19}  --  Display error fixed

maratime display

    Notes on the construction of Mara-Time 5.0 
                  {This program computed all the data for sections G-3 to G-6 above.
                     and was validated by Arthur Spier's book:  The Comprehensive Hebrew

       The Julian Date calendar is a series of continuous days since Jan. 1, 4713 B.C.
  It is used by observatories and NASA for plotting courses of planets, spacecraft,
  etc.  The Julian Date Calendar assigns successive days to each rotation of the
  earth on its axis.
         The Gregorian Calendar which assigns months, days, and years is a modification
  to the old Julian Calendar which did the same.  By decree of Pope Gregory XIII
  in 1582 A.D., Thursday, Oct. 4, 1582 A.D. {Julian day -- 2299159} 
  was followed by Friday, Oct. 15, 1582 A.D. {Julian day -- 2299160}
  to re-align the calendar to the vernal {spring} equinox. This change was
not adopted by England or the colonies until 1752 A.D. but is used here.
 This program accurately computes Julian dates, Jewish Calendar dates,
 Holy Days, and Gregorian dates for any date past, present, or future with
  following exceptions:
      It is not accurate before Jan. 1, 1 A.D. due to the multiplicity of
            calendars and unknowns about their constructions prior to that date.
The calculations for Easter are not valid before 325 A.D. when the date was
was officially set nor for Christmas before 336 A.D when it was set.
The Jewish calendar calculations were privately made by the Sanhedrin during
 the years of the second temple.  Those calculations were first publicly
  released by Hillel II in the fourth century A.D. A number of changes were
  made by the Sanhedrin after the crucifixion of Jesus which in the opinion
 of this author were deliberate attempts to draw attention away from
   Jesus' fulfillment of the holy days.
   All Jewish calendar dates are based on Jerusalem time.
        This program was originally written in BASIC in the late 1980's and re-written in
  Quick BASIC in 1993. In January, 2007 it was re-written in Visual BASIC 5.0, in
  2012 it was re-written in Visual BASIC 2010 to be compatible with Windows 8 (and Windows 10).
 Greenwich, England has been the home of Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) since 1884.
  GMT is sometimes called Greenwich Meridian Time because it is measured from the
  Greenwich Meridian Line at the Royal Observatory in Greenwich, England. Greenwich 
  is the place from where all time zones are measured -- Longitude Zero degrees.
  Longitude Zero is sometimes referred to as Zulu {for zero} time zone.
 New moon times are based on Jewish calculations which use an average time
  for lunar months. In reality the moon speeds up when closer to the earth
 and slows down when further from the earth. This causes the new moon times
  to vary from actual observatory times.  I hope to eventually show both the 
  observatory calculations and the Jewish together as time permits.
  The first time you run the program, you will be told that no 'Default File Exists'
  Click on the 'Set Defaults' button and click on 'Save Changes' to create a default file.
       {The default time zone is set to Central Time Zone [-6 hours].}
              -- Updated February, 2019 -- Display issue resolved and GOLDEN YEAR added to display.
  Questions concerning this program may be addressed to:

        Sonny Stephens
        Email: sonny@thewordnotes.com

Note:  Dates for Easter before 325 A.D. and Christmas before 336 A.D. when they were officially set are questionable.

   Part H Inspirational/Things to Think About  {Mostly inspirational emails Susie and I have received through the  years.}

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