Date: 07/01/2017 Issue Number: 348
The people of Nineveh repented at the preaching of Jonah. Judgment upon the city was averted, and the prophet was angry with God for saving His enemies.
His anger stemmed from his pride that was pricked, because he had put his reputation on the line. He had openly predicted the fall of Nineveh in forty days—a message in which he, as an Israelite nationalist, took some delight—and then his prophecy seemed to fail. No doubt this embarrassed Jonah, for to those who did not understand the ways of God, it m…
Date: 06/01/2017 Issue Number: 347
After Jonah’s deliverance from the great fish, God called him a second time. Jonah 3:1, 2 says,
1 Now the word of the Lord came to Jonah the second time, saying, 2 “Arise, go to Nineveh the great city and proclaim to it the proclamation which I am going to tell you.”
This begins the word that prophesies about the second work of Christ, which is relevant after the resurrection and ascension of Jesus. On a personal level, it relates directly to the second dove in Lev. 14:4 and the second goat in L…
Date: 05/01/2017 Issue Number: 346
When Jonah was cast into the sea—at his insistence—it represented more than the death of Christ. It also prophesied of the rejection of Christ, that is, being “cast out.” We cannot separate His rejection from His death, because without being rejected, they never would have crucified Him. His death was necessary to solve the problem of the troubled sea of humanity and the divine judgment.
Furthermore, the crew then “offered sacrifice to the Lord and made vows” (Jonah 1:16), and t…
Date: 04/01/2017 Issue Number: 345
As we saw in Part 2, the ship’s captain cast lots to see who had caused the great storm that threatened to sink the ship. When the lot revealed that Jonah was the problem, we read in Jonah 1:8,
8 Then they said to him [Jonah], “Tell us, now! On whose account has this calamity struck us? What is your occupation? And where do you come from? What is your country? From what people are you?”
It appears that many of the sailors were asking questions. Verse 9 gives us only a partial answer from Jonah:
Date: 03/01/2017 Issue Number: 344
Jonah was called to preach the word of warning to the city of Nineveh, but he ran in the opposite direction. He knew that God was compassionate and suspected that the city might repent and be spared. He did not want the city to be spared, because he knew that the Assyrians would eventually conquer Israel.
While on the ship to Tarshish (Spain), God sent a storm that threatened to sink the ship. Jonah 1:7 then says,
7 And each man said to his mate, “Come, let us cast lots so we may learn on whose account this…
Date: 02/01/2017 Issue Number: 343
The prophet Jonah is perhaps the most complex of all the biblical prophets. His prophecies—and he himself—can be viewed on multiple levels. He is a prophetic type of Israel, of the Church, and of Christ in both of His comings on earth.
Jonah might be compared to Isaiah in that his revelation of the death of Christ is clearly set forth, even as seen in Isaiah 53. The difference is that Jonah’s name means dove, and so he fulfills the prophecy in the law of cleansing lepers in Lev. 14, whereas Isaia…
Date: 01/01/2017 Issue Number: 342
After giving us two legal principles to consider in regard to the transmission of holiness, the prophet Haggai then gives the application of these truths to the people of his time. Haggai 2:15-17 says,
15 “But now, do consider from this day [today] onward [mahal, “upward, or backward”]: before one stone was placed on another in the temple of the Lord, 16 from that time when one came to a grain heap of twenty measures, there would be only ten; and when one came to the wine vat to draw fifty measur…
Date: 12/01/2016 Issue Number: 341
Notice for reader: This issue has a lot of the same content as issue #340, although there are some changes made throughout.
Haggai 2:6-8 says,
6 For thus says the Lord of hosts, “Once more in a little while, I am going to shake the heavens and the earth, the sea also and the dry land. 7 And I will shake all the nations; and they will come with the wealth of all the nations; and I will fill this house with glory,” says the Lord of hosts. 8 “The silver is Mine, and the gold is Mine,” …
Date: 11/01/2016 Issue Number: 340
Haggai 2:6-8 says,
6 For thus says the Lord of hosts, “Once more in a little while, I am going to shake the heavens and the earth, the sea also and the dry land. 7 And I will shake all the nations; and they will come with the wealth of all the nations; and I will fill this house with glory,” says the Lord of hosts. 8 “The silver is Mine, and the gold is Mine,” declares the Lord of hosts…
As we showed earlier, Haggai prophesied during the time of the Persian empire, which God raised …
Date: 10/01/2016 Issue Number: 339
Haggai 2:1 says,
1 On the twenty-first of the seventh month, the word of the Lord came by Haggai the prophet saying…
This word came to Haggai about seven weeks after his first word. Hag. 1:1 dates the beginning of his revelation as the first day of the sixth month, and that word stirred up the people. They met to start work on the 24th day of the same month (Hag. 1:15), and it took a week to set up the altar of burnt offering.
Ezra 3:6 tells us,
6 From the first day of the seventh month they began to off…
Date: 09/01/2016 Issue Number: 338
Haggai 1:6 implies that the people were suffering crop failures because they had lost interest in rebuilding the temple in Jerusalem.
6 You have sown much, but harvest little; you eat, but there is not enough to be satisfied; you drink, but there is not enough to become drunk; you put on clothing, but no one is warm enough; and he who earns, earns wages to put into a purse with holes.”
What was the reasoning behind this prophetic statement? What does building the temple have to do with prosperity and the la…
Date: 08/01/2016 Issue Number: 337
The prophet Haggai ministered in Jerusalem after the Babylonian captivity while Zerubbabel was the governor. His main focus and calling was to give the word of the Lord to those constructing the second temple. But, as we will see, his prophecies had applications far beyond his time, and his revelation was actually of a greater temple that was to be built out of living stones.
The first appearance of Christ laid the foundations of this spiritual temple, described in Eph. 2:20-22,
20 having been built upon the foun…