Date: 09/01/2001 Issue Number: 152
One cannot understand the concept of tribulation in the Bible without seeing it in the context of Jerusalem. Nor can one understand the fulfillment of prophecy without seeing that there are two Jerusalems: the old Jerusalem and the New Jerusalem. This distinction makes it possible to understand the seeming contradiction between biblical statements of blessings and curses upon Jerusalem.
In Isaiah 62 we read a prime example of “Jerusalem” in a favorable light.
1 For Zion's sake I will not keep sile…
Date: 08/01/2001 Issue Number: 151
Tribulation has come and will again come upon the city of Jerusalem. This is clearly prophesied in Scripture. In our previous bulletin we showed how God was to treat Jerusalem in the same manner as He did with Shiloh—the first place where God put His name. The first round of tribulation came when God raised up the Babylonians to burn the temple and destroy the city and its walls during the days of Jeremiah.
However, this did not completely fulfill the prophecy. After a 70-year captivity in Babylon, a remnant…
Date: 07/01/2001 Issue Number: 150
One of the most frequently expressed concerns among Christians is: When is the Tribulation going to begin? The real question that people seldom ask is: When is the Tribulation going to END?
Tribulation has been ongoing for thousands of years in the long-term sense. In addition to this, of course, there have been short-term tribulation times specifically directed against certain nations in specific geographical locations.
In the book of Judges we read about six distinct times of tribulation, or trouble, where the …
Date: 06/01/2001 Issue Number: 149
Our first part showed the difference between the iron yoke and the wooden yoke. The iron yoke was God's judgment upon Israel when that nation refused to repent and submit to the captivity after God had sold the nation into the hands of a foreign nation. It meant that God would empower the foreign nation to take Israel by force. The land would be destroyed, and the people deported to other lands, where they would serve out their sentence.
The wooden yoke, on the other hand, was a lighter sentence upon the natio…
Date: 05/01/2001 Issue Number: 148
Many Christians are concerned about the future. They have been told that there will soon be a great tribulation in which much of the earth will be destroyed. A powerful man, they say, will arise (called Antichrist), who will present himself to the world as a man of peace, but who will actually be a satanically-inspired dictator intent on making war against God Himself.
It is often taught that this tribulation will last seven years. The book of Revelation is generally literalized to the point where they believe tha…
Date: 04/01/2001 Issue Number: 147
Our study of "the rest of the law" could continue for many years, because this is a very large topic. We do not propose to do so. However, in order to really understand the rest of the law, one must see it from the perspective of the New Testament. That is, we must understand it, not only from the perspective of the Passover Age, but also from the perspective of the Pentecostal Age.
Furthermore, since we are now entering into the Age of Tabernacles, we ought to have a clearer perspective of the law than …
Date: 03/01/2001 Issue Number: 146
So much may be said of each law--and indeed, each word in the Bible--that we must of necessity limit our comments to only a portion of the "the rest of the law." We will, therefore, skip some verses in Exodus 21, where we have been studying, and comment upon the Law of Blind Servants in verse 26. . .
26 And if a man strikes the eye of his male or female slave, and destroys it, he shall let him go free on account of his eye.
We saw in our last issue that in the Bible even slaves have certain rights. No m…
Date: 02/01/2001 Issue Number: 145
One reason we have entitled this series "The Rest of the Law" is because it has a double meaning. The first meaning is that this deals with the laws following the Ten Commandments, completing the law, or giving specific statutes and judgments that define the Ten Commandments in more detail.
The second meaning of our title uses the term "rest" in the sense of the absence of works. In other words, our view of the law is not something that is laborious and "grievous" as a heavy burden to…
Date: 01/01/2001 Issue Number: 144
The next laws that we find in Exodus 21 are laws regarding murder and accidental homicide. Exodus 21:12 says,
12 He who strikes a man so that he dies shall surely be put to death.
This law did not begin with Moses, but with Noah in Genesis 9:5, 6. Other than God's command not to eat of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil at the beginning, this was really the first law that God made man responsible to enforce.
I have observed in the newspapers many cases of murder. I do not recall at any time seei…
Date: 12/01/2000 Issue Number: 143
The laws of bondservants are particularly applicable to us today, because we are to be God's bondservants. For this reason Paul calls himself a bondservant (slave) of Jesus Christ in Romans 1:1. In other words, justification sets us free from the slavery of sin and (ultimately) death, but we are now slaves of Jesus Christ and righteousness.
In other words, we have not been redeemed so that we can do as we please; we are slaves purchased by Jesus Christ. Our new Master loves us, but this is no reason why we sho…
Date: 11/01/2000 Issue Number: 142
How to Build an Altar
Israel heard God speak the Ten Commandments by a voice from the mount. But only Moses heard the rest of the law, because all the others refused to hear it directly from God. They wanted Moses to tell them what God said, so he did so. The difference is that the people received the law on external tablets, rather than having it written on their hearts by the spiritual process of hearing God's voice.
As we have seen already, the first law that Moses heard was to have no gods of gold or si…
Date: 10/01/2000 Issue Number: 141
In Exodus 20 God gave Israel the Ten Commandments. By the time God had finished speaking, the people had broken all the Olympic records in their haste to get away as far as possible. They said to Moses in verse 19,
19 . . . Speak to us yourself and we will listen; but let not God speak to us, lest we die.
Moses urged the people to draw near to God, but they refused. So Moses himself went up the mount to receive the rest of the law. He returned and related to them what he had heard. These laws are recorded from Ex…