Is it right to call a preacher a pastor?

The word pastor has reference to overseeing or shepherding the flock.  In the New Testament it is the office of shepherd is that of an elder who has the oversight of the church.  Preachers are evangelists who have the responsibility of preaching the Word.  Unless the preacher is an elder he should not be addressed at pastor.  There are several terms that are used for those who have the oversight of the flock of God, they are; elder, shepherd, bishop, pastor and presbyter.  Each of these terms has reference to the same office.  Presbyter and elder indicate an older person in age, shepherd, pastor and bishop indicate the responsibility of overseeing, tending and feeding the flock.  Therefore, unless the preacher is an elder he should not be addressed as pastor.


What does water represent in the Bible?
What does the number 7 represent?

To my knowledge water in the Bible stands for nothing except water. As to why God utilized it as He did we are not told. It could be that since water
is the predominant element in physical cleansing God utilized it in the spiritual cleansing as well. We are not given any reason for His
utilization of water and we are not told that it represents anything.

As to the number 7 and its meaning; Seven is the number used is scripture extensively representing perfection or completion. It was used primarily in
the apocalyptic writings; Ezekiel, Daniel and Revelation signifying such.  Apocalyptic literature was written in signs and symbols to veil the meaning
of the message from certain enemies but readily understood by the people of God.


What does "cor jesu adveniat regnam tuum adveniat per
marian" mean?

It is a Latin phrase meaning "Heart of Jesus may you come (to me). May your kingdom come through Mary."


What is the canonization of the old testament.

The word canon comes from the Greek kanon, and has at least three meanings: 

(1) Literally it means a straight rod or bar, as a ruler used by masons and carpenters; then as keeping something straight; then as testing straightness.

(2) Metaphorically it means that which serves to measure, a rule, norm, or standard.

(3) Passively it means that which has been measured and accepted. Thus the canonization of the Old Testament refers to the standard applied to the books of the Old Testament to determine if they were inspired and should be included in the accepted list. When we get to the New Testament we see quotations from most every book in the Old Testament which indicates in Jesus' time that these books indeed deserved to be in the Old Testament canon or the accepted list. I hope this has been of help to you.


What is the meaning of the four colored horses?

It is assumed that the four horses being asked about are those found in Revelation 6:1-11 and not in Zechariah 1:8-11 and 6:1-8. The four horses of Revelation are part of the opening visions of the churchís conflict with the world, which constitutes chapters 1-11. Chapters 12-22 deal with the conflict behind the conflict, Satanís efforts to destroy the church. The four horses depict the results of the preaching of the gospel, persecution and suffering.

First is the white horse. White is always a symbol of purity and righteousness. The rider goes forth with a bow, a symbol of conquest. This rider went out conquering and to conquer, which is said of Christ in John 16:3, Revelation 3:21 and Revelation 5:5. There is only one other white horse singled out in Revelation, and it is the one upon which Jesus rides, 19:11. This rider and horse represent the going forth of the gospel.

Second is the red horse. Red generally indicates war and bloodshed. This would indicate the persecution that would follow upon the preaching of the gospel and peopleís obedience to it. Jesus said this would take place, Matthew 10:21, 34-36. Persecution is also mentioned in 2 Timothy 3:12. This rider carries a sword, the Greek word being machaira, which was the sacrificial knife. This word appears 28 other times in the New Testament, but it is never used in a sacrificial sense in those places. However, when the fifth seal is opened the saints who have been slain for their faith are shown. The word "kill" in vs. 4 is the same one in 5:6 and 6:9, both used in a sacrificial sense. This all points to the death coming as a result of persecution.

Third is the black horse. Black portrays grief and mourning. The rider is carrying a pair of scales, indicating economic hardship. This is not a reference to famine because the oil and wine are not to be hurt. The prices given in vs. 6 indicate extreme inflation because normally the denarius would by 8-12 times as much as indicated here. So, not only would some Christians die for their faith, but others would suffer in other ways, such as shown here, economic hardship.

Fourth is the pale horse. The color of this horse is hard to describe, perhaps greenish or ashen in color. It was symbolic of sickness and death, which is appropriate since the rider is Death, followed by Hades. They punish with the four sore judgments of God. This represents the suffering of those who reject the gospel message.

To sum up, the gospel message goes forth, the white horse. Those who are obedient to that message suffer both persecution and economic hardship, the red and black horses. However, those who persecute the Christians are not beyond suffering and punishment themselves, the pale horse.

It must be kept in mind that revelation is highly symbolic and meaning must not be looked for in every little detail. The symbols are meant to give an overall picture of the idea intended. The above interpretations are those which best fit first, and most importantly, the context in which they appear, and then the general meanings of signs and symbols in apocalyptic literature when the Bible was written.


What does the letters B.C. actually mean in the Bible. Does it mean before
Christ? Before the common era?

It does mean before Christ.


What does the Rose of Sharon have to do with Jesus?
Is there anything in the Bible about a place or something called "Twin
Cities"?

"I am the rose of Sharon, and the lily of the valley" is found in Canticles 2:1. Roses are greatly prized in the East, for the rose-water, shish is in much demand. The "rose of Sharon" is associated with the heavenly bridegroom which is Christ. Other than this reference there is nothing said in the scriptures concerning Christ and the rose of Sharon.

No, there is nothing that we can find in the scriptures referring to Twin Cities. In Acts 27:15 there is a place called Three Taverns, but no place referred to as Twin Cities.


Could you please tell me where to find references to the nephilim and their six fingers/toes?

The Nephilim, a transliteration of a Hebrew word translated "giants" in the King James Version, are referred to in Genesis 6:4 and Numbers 13:33. In Numbers 13:33 they are identified as part of a pre-Israelite population of Palestine called the sons of Anak. Some scholars feel that the reference to them in Genesis 6:1-4 indicates that they were the result of the union between the sons of God, the descendants of Seth, and the daughters of men, the descendants of Cain. On the other hand, some scholars feel they were already in existence when this union occurred. In either case, both passages seem to indicate they were men of quite some stature. However, there is no reference to them having six fingers and six toes. There is a reference to a giant in 2 Samuel 21:20 who has six fingers on each hand and six toes on each foot, but this does not mean that all the Nephilim, or giants, did.


What does the Bible say about butter?

The Hebrew word means "grown thick." Although the word is translated butter in the KJV, scholars think that most of the references are probably mainly to curdled milk or curds. Perhaps the only true reference to butter is found in Proverbs 30:33, "surely the churning of milk bringeth forth butter." Abraham offered butter, milk, and freshly cooked veal to his heavenly guests, Genesis 18:8. Butter in Bible times was probably made in much the same way it is today by the modern Bedouin. Milk from a camel, cow, sheep or goat was poured into an animal skin. The skin was then suspended between two poles and swung back and forth until the butter or curds was ready.


Is the name lilith mentioned in any biblical form?

The term lilith does not occur in the New Testament in the Greek or as an English translation of a Greek word. The term does not appear as an English translation of a Hebrew word in the Old Testament. However, there is a Hebrew word, liyliyth (pronounced leeleeth), that occurs in Isaiah 34:14, "The wild beasts of the desert shall also meet with the wild beasts of the island, and the satyr shall cry to his fellow; the screech owl also shall rest there, and find for herself a place of rest." Screech owl is the translation of the word, liyliyth. In some King James Version Bibles there is a marginal note containing the words "night monster." The Revised Standard Version and the American Standard Version both translate the word "night monster," with the marginal note "Lilith." The use of the translation "night monster" stems from a supposed carrying over of a Babylonian word that referred to a demon. It is highly unlikely that Isaiah would have been inspired to use such a word. Also, it does not fit the context of the passage. Therefore "screech owl" is the best rendering of the word.


What does the quote "God speed" mean?

The expression is found only in 2 John 10, 11 in the King James Version. "If there come any unto you, and bring not this doctrine, receive him not into your house, neither bid him God speed: For he that biddeth him God speed is partaker of his evil deeds." Most recent translations render the Greek word "greeting." It comes from a primary verb meaning to be cheerful. It also has the meaning of "be well." Thus the idea is that to say God speed or greeting is to wish someone well on his journey or in whatever endeavor the person might be engaged. In the text mentioned above John is warning against encouraging, or wishing well false teachers. To bid the false teacher God speed, or greeting, is to indicate that you are in agreement with that teaching and you wish him success in continuing to teach that false doctrine. However, to do this is to invite judgment from God.


What does "God Speed" mean?

This word "Godspeed" or "Goodspeed" is found in 2 John 10. It is sometimes translated "greeting". This greeting "Chairo" was an approval of the course being pursued by the one this greeted, and included a desire for success in the effort attempted. It is used in the context of extending Christian hospitality to teachers and preachers and sharing their fellowship.


Where in the bible is a whale mentioned?

There are four passages that I can refer you to in regards to this question. All four scriptures mention some type of large fish, often translated "whale", but not always. Job 7:12 refers to it as "the monster of the deep" NIV, Eze. 32:2 calls it the "monster in the seas" NIV, Mat.12:40 calls it a "huge fish" NIV, and Gen. 1:21 refers to a "great creature of the sea" NIV. The King James version, however, calls all of these creatures "whales". It appears to be a matter of translation in most cases, Brenda, but we DO know that God created some type of large fish and that it IS mentioned in the Bible, often as a whale.


If someone made a comment that a person is "the salt of the earth", what would that say about the person who was complimented in that way. I know that as Christians we are to be the salt of the earth, but what does it mean to be complimented with that statement.

Matthew 5:13 speaks of the Christian as the salt of the earth. If someone spoke of you in reference to this verse it would mean you are are a good Christian influence.
If they meant it from a secular view, it would mean you are a down to earth person.