Issue Number: 406
Israel’s was God’s Kingdom in the beginning. It was a Kingdom built upon the marriage of God and man, which, if it had been successful, would have produced the sons of God. Moses was the minister officiating at the wedding at the foot of Mount Sinai.
We know, however, that this first Kingdom did not survive, nor did the marriage survive. Yet at the end of that era, the Son of God was born of a woman who in turn had been born under the law (Gal. 4:4).
The first Kingdom wedding was performed under the conditions of
Issue Number: 405
When Jacob divided the birthright among his sons in Genesis 49, he gave each son/tribe a specific calling. Only when the tribes were in unity could the provisions of the birthright be fulfilled as a whole.
There were three main divisions. The priesthood was given to Levi; the scepter was given to Judah; and the main portion—that of sonship—was given to Joseph. The latter two were mentioned specifically in 1 Chron. 5:1, 2,
1 Now the sons of Reuben the firstborn of Israel (for he was the firstborn, but
Issue Number: 404
The territory now called The Ukraine was once part of the Khazar (or Chazar) Kingdom. This kingdom was largely unknown to the general population until Arthur Koestler wrote about its history in his 1976 book, The Thirteenth Tribe.
Koestler was a Jewish novelist and historian who was fascinated by his own ancestry as a Khazarian.
In The Thirteenth Tribe (1976) Koestler advanced a theory that Ashkenazi Jews are descended, not from the Israelites of
Issue Number: 403
The first prayer in history is pictured in Gen. 1:1, 2,
1 In the beginning God alef-tav created the heavens and the earth. 2 The earth became formless and void, and darkness was over the surface of the deep [ocean], and the Spirit of God was moving [rawkaf, “move, brood, flutter” (vibrate)] over the surface of the waters.
The “alef-tav” in the Hebrew text is not translated at all in most English versions, yet it speaks of God who is “the beginning and the end” (Rev. 1:8; 22:13)
Issue Number: 402
My wilderness journey began in December 1981. After 40 years of wilderness living, I have crossed my own “Jordan” and am about to enter a new phase of ministry.
The pattern was set by the Israelites under Moses long ago. There have been other 40-year cycles throughout history—some being concentrated into just 40 days, such as the time allotted to Nineveh to repent (Jonah 3:4) and Jesus’ temptation in the wilderness (Matt. 4:1, 2). Others have been longer, such as 400 years (Gen. 15:13).
The church itself was give
Issue Number: 401
It is commonly taught in the church today that Israel is “God’s time clock” for the world. I was taught this as a child in the church. This view became popular after the Israeli state was established in 1948.
Israel certainly is, in many ways, God’s time clock, as long as we know who Israel truly is. Most assume that the Jews are Israel and that the Israeli state is Israel. But for thousands of years the Jews have prayed in their synagogues to be reunited with the lost tribes of Israel. The
Issue Number: 400
In 2 Samuel 15-18 we read how Absalom usurped the throne of David for a season.
First, he undermined David by spreading the word that David was incompetent and that he was not interested in establishing justice in the land (2 Sam. 15:3, 4). We read in verse 6 that “Absalom stole away the hearts of the men of Israel.”
When Absalom believed that he had sufficient support from the people, he was crowned king in Hebron (2 Sam. 15:10). As he prepared to march north to take Jerusalem, David left the city wi
Issue Number: 399
Having discussed the rapture theory, the timing issue of Daniel’s 70 weeks, and the long-term tribulation theme, we now turn to the general misunderstanding of the Antichrist. The subject of the antichrist is another biblical topic that Darby misunderstood, partly because he thought that the Jews were the biblical Israelites, and partly because he thought that the “beast” in the book of Revelation was the Antichrist. Neither of these premises are true.
Issue Number: 398
Modern dispensationalists have taught that there is to be a seven-year time of destruction and judgment. It is based primarily on the notion that the “clock” supposedly stopped because the Jews rejected the Messiah, and so God imposed an interim “Age of Grace” so “gentiles” could be saved.
Never mind that gentiles had already been invited to worship God in this “house of prayer for all the peoples” (Isaiah 56:7). Never mind that grace had already been well established in the law, most prominently in the Jubilee.
Issue Number: 397
Dan. 9:24-27 is the primary revelation about the 70 weeks of years leading to the Messiah’s first work. We will not try to give a complete exposition of this passage here, because it involves so many different facets. The heart of Darby’s misinterpretation, popularized by Scofield, is in his view of Daniel’s final week of years, which encompassed Christ’s ministry, death, resurrection, and ascension.
The prophet divides the 70 weeks into 7 weeks plus 62 weeks plus 1 week. In terms of actual
Issue Number: 396
Popular Christian teaching about the second coming of Christ took a major turn in the 1850’s when a new view was introduced by John Nelson Darby.
Prior to this time, the Historicist view had dominated the thinking in Protestant churches, because they had come out of the Roman church and believed that Rome was the great harlot of Revelation 17.
Darby’s “Dispensationalist” view of prophecy, along with his pre-tribulation rapture theory, was later popularized by Cyrus Scofield, whose dubious
Issue Number: 395
When the Israelites refused to enter the Promised Land, being fearful of the giants they would face, God threatened to disinherit them and to start over again with Moses and his family, as He had done with Abraham.
Moses then interceded, reminding God of what the neighbors would say in their gossip. Num. 14:13-16,
13 But Moses said to the Lord, “Then the Egyptians will hear of it… 14 and they will tell it to the inhabitants of this land… 15 Now if You slay this people as one man, then the nati