Issue Number: 428
One of the songs we used to sing when I was a child was I am bound for the Promised Land. In conjunction with this, the mission school that I attended taught us the Scriptures, including the story of Israel’s wilderness journey to the Promised Land. Yet I did not realize it at the time that we all are part of Israel’s journey and that we all have our own unique journey from Egypt to Canaan. It took many years for me to discover my own journey.
I was more fortunate than most Christians to receive a good
Issue Number: 427
The world is changing rapidly as Mystery Babylon collapses and the Kingdom of God rises.
The end of an age is always characterized by chaos, and often by some level of destruction. At the same time, as the next age is birthed, there is hope and good news. Those who live in such times are affected differently. Those who identify as citizens of Babylon will feel distress. Those who identify as citizens of the Kingdom will rejoice.
Knowing Bible prophecy helps Kingdom people plan their lives in accordance with the com
Issue Number: 426
The New Testament writers identify two classes of people in the earth: the children of God and the children of the flesh. While these are not nations in the political sense, they are certainly nations in a broader sense.
Children of the flesh are those begotten by their earthly fathers. All of us were begotten as children of the flesh, except for Jesus Himself who was begotten by God through the Holy Spirit (Matt. 1:20). He was therefore called the Son of God. Obviously, the manner of His begetting was not sexual i
Issue Number: 425
In part 2, we focused upon the merger between Judah and Edom which occurred in 126 B.C. That historical event had huge legal implications in the overall history of Jewry. But there was another merger some centuries later that was to have a great impact upon Jewry. This was the conversion of the Khazars (or Chazars).
Some historians date this event in 620 or 630 A.D., while others say it occurred in 740 A.D. The date itself is unimportant, as it does not seem to be tied to any particular prophetic time cycle.
Issue Number: 424
In part 1, we studied the nations of Israel and Judah and their historical role in prophecy. The Israelites were exiled to Assyria and never returned, because God had hedged up her way with thorns, creating a prophetic “wall” so that she could not find her way back (Hosea 2:6).
Judah, on the other hand, was taken to Babylon for just 70 years and then returned so that Jesus could be born in Bethlehem (Micah 5:2). The people of Judah came to be known as “Jews,” which is short for Judahites.
Issue Number: 423
The Bible speaks about various nations that existed in those days, beginning with the original 70 nations of the earth who came from the sons of Noah (Gen. 10:1, 32). From the standpoint of prophecy, these 70 nations represent all nations, even though many new nations have formed over the centuries.
When the prophets later prophesied about the sin or destiny of various nations, it is essential that we identify them correctly in order to avoid misapplying prophecy. After all, we would not want to accuse a nation fal
Issue Number: 422
Paul speaks of the “out-resurrection” in Phil. 3:11,
11 in order that I may attain to the resurrection from the dead.
Neither the NASB (above) nor the KJV render this correctly. The usual term for “resurrection” is anastasis, which appears 42 times in the New Testament; but here Paul uses the term ekanastasis. The prefix ek means “from, out of.” Hence, the Concordant Version reads, “resurrection that is out from among the dead.”
Dr. Bullinger’s notes tell us:
Issue Number: 421
Jephthah was the 9th of 14 judges prior to Samuel. Samuel himself was a prophet who transitioned Israel from the judges to the kings. Again, Jephthah was the 9th judge if we treat Deborah and Barak as being distinct and separate. Judges 4:4 says that Deborah “was judging Israel at that time,” so it is clear that she too was a judge.
The prophetic importance of Jephthah is seen in the context of all the judges in those years. The most unusual feature was that “Jephthah the Gileadite was a valiant w
Issue Number: 420
The final elementary principle listed in Heb. 6:1, 2 is “eternal judgment.” This includes two things: (1) the fact that there is divine judgment for sin, and (2) and the duration of that judgment, which is said to be aionian. Both of these have often been misunderstood, and for this reason the first principles of the oracles of God must again be established.
The judgment of God is mentioned in Rom. 2:2, 3,
2 And we know that the judgment of God rightly falls upon those who practice such thi
Issue Number: 419
The first three elementary principles have to do with the basics of our justification by faith. We are to repent and have faith toward God and submit to baptism. This has to do with becoming believers. Now we will discuss the last three elementary principles for those who are believers: Laying on of hands, the resurrection of the dead, and aionian judgment.
4. Laying on of Hands
This principle addresses the idea of being consecrated to God. Before one can properly lay hands on someone else, one must first be qualif
Issue Number: 418
In Heb. 5:1-10, the author (Paul, I believe) spoke about Melchizedek and how Jesus Christ became the high priest of the Melchizedek Order. Then he continues in Heb. 5:11,
11 Concerning him we have much to say, and it is hard to explain, since you have become dull of hearing.
Paul then interrupts his discussion of deeper things (meat) to chide his audience for still needing the “milk” of the word. In Heb. 5:12 he calls this milk “the elementary principles of the oracles of God.” In Heb. 6:1 he calls them “elementa
Issue Number: 417
Coverings are for minors. Parents cover their children in order to protect them and care for them. Children remain under the authority of their parents until they come of age. Of course, this does not address the problem of abusive parents who do not know how to fulfill their responsibilities properly. Our present study is designed to instruct parents in the exercise of authority (Eph. 6:4), as well as children in learning to submit to proper authority (Eph. 6:1).
All authority must be subject to love, and our def