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The studying referred to in scripture is scripture and not the writings of any man including our friend Ray.

Yes, I agree.  It refers to the study of scripture.  Ray used a lot of scripture in his papers.  If you aren’t studying while reading his papers, I’d say you are doing something wrong.

Some things are meant to be understood only through the power of the holy spirit working in the mind of the individual. All the explanations available will not always be helpful to all people since most are destined to remain in ignorance until they are taught by Christ after the resurrection.

I agree. God has revealed things to me through his word without Ray's help, but whether you understand directly through scripture or through Ray's papers, it is the power of the holy spirit working in the mind of the individual. 

When a person is resurrected at the white throne judgment they will not need to have faith to believe, they will be like the people living during the ministry of our Lord Jesus who taught them face to face in their own language of that day. Note that he taught by example and by healing or feeding the multitude. They believed who he was because they saw the miracle in person and did not have to trust that he was who he said.

I don't follow. From what I understand, the people during Christ's ministry were not converted.  Judas betrayed him.  Peter denied him.  Thomas doubted him.  Many turned and did not follow him ever again, and many hated him and wanted him crucified.  Even with the many miracles he did, people did not know who Jesus Christ was during his earthly ministry.  They saw physical miracles.  They had no clue about the spiritual.

The millions who are resurrected at the judgment period will believe in the resurrection because they will realize that they are alive once again and feel great.  :)

Again, I am not sure I follow. There is a resurrection to life and a resurrection to judgment.  Judgment does not feel great:

John 5:28-29

28 Do not be marveling at this: because there come an hour, in which, all they in the tombs, shall hearken unto his voice, 29 and shall come forth,––they who, the good things, have done, unto a resurrection, of life; but, they who the corrupt things, have practised, unto a resurrection, of judgment.

Luke 13:25-28
25 When once the Master of the house has risen up and shut the door, and you begin to stand outside and knock at the door, saying, ‘Lord, Lord, open for us,’ and He will answer and say to you, ‘I do not know you, where you are from,’ 26 then you will begin to say, ‘We ate and drank in Your presence, and You taught in our streets.’ 27 But He will say, ‘I tell you I do not know you, where you are from. Depart from Me, all you workers of iniquity.’ 28 There will be weeping and gnashing of teeth, when you see Abraham and Isaac and Jacob and all the prophets in the kingdom of God, and yourselves thrust out.

Valid comments Ralph, I will address them shortly.
Thanks for your reply.


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