Date: 10/01/2020 Issue Number: 387
The prophet Hosea provides us with a snapshot of Christ the Redeemer of Israel.
He was told by God to marry a harlot (Hosea 1:2). It is unclear whether she was harlot before Hosea married her, or if she became a harlot later. Either way, she fit the type, because the sin of Israel did not suddenly appear after God married the nation at Mount Sinai.
The harlot was named “Gomer, the daughter of Diblaim” (Hosea 1:3). She soon left Hosea and followed others that she thought would provide for her and p…
Date: 09/01/2020 Issue Number: 386
Jeremiah, Ezekiel, and Daniel were contemporaries who lived about the time of the fall of Jerusalem in 604 B.C.
Ezekiel was a prophet to the house of Israel in Assyria, Jeremiah was a prophet in Judah, while Daniel was taken to Babylon in the first wave of exiles to become the prophet of those Judahites in Babylon.
Perhaps the most important “snapshot” of Daniel is his role as the prophetic type of the overcomers living in the captivity to the beast system. He is our example as to how to live in a…
Date: 08/01/2020 Issue Number: 385
Ezekiel 44 gives us a snapshot of the priesthood in the Kingdom of God. He shows us that there are actually two kinds of priests: idolatrous and righteous. The prophet starts by forbidding foreigners from ministering as priests. We read in Ezek. 44:6-9 says,
6 You shall say to the rebellious ones, to the house of Israel, “Thus says the Lord God, ‘Enough of all your abominations, O house of Israel, 7 when you brought in foreigners, uncircumcised in heart and uncircumcised in flesh, to be in My sanctuary…
Date: 07/01/2020 Issue Number: 384
Ezekiel 37 gives us a snapshot of the Kingdom in its prophecy of the resurrection of the “dry bones” of the House of Israel (37:12). Most Christians today mistakenly point to the State of Israel as the fulfillment of this prophecy.
Ezek. 37:12-14 says,
12 Therefore prophesy to them [bones], “Thus says the Lord God, ‘Behold, I will open your graves and cause you to come up out of your graves, My people; and I will bring you into the land of Israel. 13 Then you will know that I am the Lo…
Date: 06/01/2020 Issue Number: 383
There were three distinguished prophets living at the time of Jerusalem’s destruction at the hand of King Nebuchadnezzar. Jeremiah prophesied in Jerusalem and saw its destruction; Daniel prophesied in Babylon as a captive being trained to be the liaison between Babylon and Judah; and Ezekiel prophesied to the Israelites in exile who lived north of Babylon in Assyria.
We have already seen a snapshot of the Kingdom from Jeremiah’s ministry in Judah. Now we will turn to Ezekiel and his ministry to the f…
Date: 05/01/2020 Issue Number: 382
Jeremiah began his prophetic ministry in the 13th year of Josiah, king of Judah (Jer. 1:2) about 628 B.C. He gave the people and the kings in Jerusalem the word of the Lord until the city was destroyed in 586 B.C.
Jeremiah’s ministry to Jerusalem thus ran for 43 years, which appears to run parallel to the 43 years from the start of Jesus’ ministry (30 A.D.) to the fall of Jerusalem in 70 and the final battle at Masada in 73 A.D. It was 43 years from 30-73 A.D.
For this reason, Jeremiah’s prophec…
Date: 04/01/2020 Issue Number: 381
The last half of Isaiah (chapters 40-66) shift the focus from the destruction of the Kingdom to the restoration of the Kingdom, from warning to comfort, from the casting away to the regathering of God’s people. It is here where the prophecy in Isaiah’s name emerges clearly, for it is all about the salvation of the Kingdom and its people.
The introduction is seen in Isaiah 40:1, 2,
1 Comfort, O comfort My people,” says your God. 2 “Speak kindly to Jerusalem, and call out to her, that her wa…
Date: 03/01/2020 Issue Number: 380
The prophet Isaiah was a type of Christ. His Hebrew name is Yeshayah, a combination of Yasha and Yah. The word yasha is the root word (verb) that means “to save.” Yeshua is the noun, “savior.” Yeshayah means “Yah saves.”
Hence, Yeshua (Jesus) and Yeshayah (Isaiah) mean the same thing.
Isaiah’s commission is given in Isaiah 6:8,
8 Then I heard the voice of the Lord, saying, “Whom shall I send, and who will go for Us?” Then I said, “Here am I. Send me.&rd…
Date: 02/01/2020 Issue Number: 379
I have often talked about Saul as an important type of the church during the Pentecostal Age. Yet before he was crowned king on the day of wheat harvest, i.e., Pentecost, he was actually a type Christ, prophesying of deliverance over the devil through the power of the cross.
Saul’s coronation took place in 1 Samuel 12, but he was a type of Christ in chapter 11.
1 Samuel 11:1, 2 begins that story:
1 Now Nahash the Ammonite came up and besieged Jabesh-gilead; and all the men of Jabesh said to Nahash, &…
Date: 01/01/2020 Issue Number: 378
One of the most important and prominent prophetic types of Christ is King David. Every kingdom must have a king. David is the most notable type prophesying Christ as King.
The concept of the king goes back to the original Dominion Mandate given to Adam in Gen. 1:26,
26 Then God said, “Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; and let them rule over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the sky and over the cattle and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creeps on the…
Date: 12/01/2019 Issue Number: 377
When Moses was about to die, he commissioned Joshua to lead the Israelites into the Promised Land. In this, he was a type of Christ, who is called to lead us into the Promised Land, or the Kingdom. The Hebrew name, Joshua, is spelled and pronounced Yeshua, which was rendered as Iesus in the Greek New Testament.
Iesus itself was a name compounded from Ie and Sus. Ie is the Greek way of writing Yah (short for Yahweh). Sus is the Hebrew word for “horse,” which was a biblical symbol of salvation. It lite…
Date: 11/01/2019 Issue Number: 376
When Joseph was given the birthright and Judah the scepter, Levi was given the priesthood.
Moses was of the tribe of Levi.
There was an interim of three or four generations between Levi and the first actual priest (Aaron, who was Moses’ older brother). Scripture says nothing about the manner in which the right of priesthood was passed down. It was not until Aaron received the priesthood that we learn which son of Levi actually received the priesthood.
Gen. 46:11 tells us that Levi had three sons: Ger…