Date: 07/01/2021 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 …
Date: 06/01/2021 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 …
Date: 05/01/2021 Issue Number: 394
God’s purpose for creating the heavens and the earth was to fill the universe with His glory. It was created “very good” (Gen. 1:31) for this very purpose, and though that purpose has already taken a long time to complete, history will end in victory and glory.
This was the promise of God to Moses who had asked God to forgive the faithless Israelites and to bring them into the Promised Land. God’s answer extended far beyond the Israelites, where we read in Num. 14:20, 21,
20 So the Lor…
Date: 04/01/2021 Issue Number: 393
2 Corinthians 3:18 says,
18 But we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as for the Lord, the Spirit.
Being transformed “from glory to glory” indicates not a single event but a process which takes time. We look for the day when we are fully transformed into the image of Christ, often without realizing that we should already bear His image on some level before we reach perfection.
God usually w…
Date: 03/01/2021 Issue Number: 392
Exodus 19:16, 17 says,
16 The glory of the Lord rested on Mount Sinai, and the cloud covered it for six days; and on the seventh day He called to Moses from the midst of the cloud. 17 And to the eyes of the sons of Israel the appearance of the glory of the Lord was like a consuming fire on the mountain top.
The people saw the glory of the Lord as a consuming fire on the Mount. Forty years later the same “consuming fire” led them across the Jordan River. Moses says in Deut. 9:3,
3 Know therefore today…
Date: 02/01/2021 Issue Number: 391
The divine plan is set forth progressively in Scripture. Genesis gives us the foundational patterns from the first creation to the new creation. The basic truth of all truths is set forth in the first verse, “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.”
This establishes the basis of God’s sovereignty and the fact that He owns everything. Hence, He has the right to do all that He does in history, and He has the right to be worshiped and obeyed. Further, because He is not a sinner (i.e.…
Date: 01/01/2021 Issue Number: 390
The competition between flesh and spirit, which we studied in the last FFI, extends also to the priesthood. There are two priesthoods, one fleshly and one spiritual, who are contending for authority in the Kingdom of God. Both set forth their claims, but only one will win its case in the end.
The competition between Levi and Melchizedek to inherit the priesthood should be viewed in the broader context of all other struggles between flesh and spirit. This gives us a better perspective, knowing that each set of comp…
Date: 12/01/2020 Issue Number: 389
There are two main perspectives in life: flesh and spirit. The flesh deals with biology, or genealogy. The spirit deals with law, because “the law is spiritual” (Rom. 7:14).
Those who do not understand the concept and purpose of law tend to believe that the law is carnal and therefore should be put away. In the contrast between flesh and spirit, they put the law in the realm of flesh, as if law and spirit are incompatible and contradictory.
Yet Paul claimed that the law was spiritual and asked in Rom.…
Date: 11/01/2020 Issue Number: 388
The chart above shows graphically a new revelation that we have received in the past month. I covered it in my talk on October 9 at our online Tabernacles conference. Not all of you watched the livestream or the video afterward, so I thought it necessary to send it to the entire FFI mailing list.
This chart shows how the world (represented by Canaan) is about to get out of Cursed Time and get on to Blessed Time in 2024. Between now and then, I believe that the Holy Spirit will be poured out worldwide, causin…
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…