Date: 03/01/2015 Issue Number: 320
In September of 2013, I began to write a commentary on Luke’s gospel. On February 16, 2015 I finished the final book in the series. Because the overall series title was Dr. Luke: Repairing the Breaches, it occurred to me that we had actually been doing breach repair work since 2011.
This work is now completed after 3½ years (1260 days).
Operation Jericho: 2011
Some of you may recall that a man in Minneapolis felt the call to do a Jericho march around the Interstate Loop around St. Paul and Minneap…
Date: 02/01/2015 Issue Number: 319
The Last Supper that Jesus shared with His disciples was a traditional Hagigah, a pre-Passover festivity with family and friends that was often held a day or two before the feast. Luke 22:7 says,
7 Then came [i.e., “came near”] the first day of Unleavened Bread on which the Passover lamb had to be sacrificed.
This does not mean that this day had actually arrived, but that it was drawing near. The Passover lamb was sacrificed on the afternoon of Abib 14 (also called alternately, Nisan 14) before the fi…
Date: 01/01/2015 Issue Number: 318
On March 18, 2014, in the wake of the Ukraine crisis and the Crimean vote to rejoin Russia, The Times of Israel published a parody on its opinion page based on the fact that most Israeli people—mostly from Eastern Europe—are descended from the Khazars, rather than from Abraham.
The basic facts, of course, were correct. The parody was in their use of the facts, reporting Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu to be interested in “reverse Zionism,” that is, resettling Jews in the Ukraine and Crimea…
Date: 12/01/2014 Issue Number: 317
In April and May of 2014, I gave a detailed study of prophecy regarding the long-term dominion of the “beast” nations of the world. In FFI #309 for April, I shared the prophecy from Isaiah 44 and 45 regarding King Cyrus and how God would use him as a “messiah” to overthrow Babylon and to rebuild Jerusalem.
In FFI #310 for May, I showed how these world empires were given rulership for 2,520 years (“seven times”), beginning in 607 B.C. when God raised up Nebuchadnezzar of Babylo…
Date: 11/01/2014 Issue Number: 316
The Apostle Paul recognized two covenants in the story of Abraham. He wrote in Gal. 4:22-26,
22 For it is written that Abraham had two sons, one by the bondwoman and one by the free woman. 23 But the son by the bondwoman was born according to the flesh, and the son by the free woman through the promise. 24 This is allegorically speaking; for these women are two covenants, one proceeding from Mount Sinai bearing children who are to be slaves; she is Hagar. 25 Now this Hagar is Mount Sinai in Arabia, and corresponds…
Date: 10/01/2014 Issue Number: 315
Under the Old Covenant, people understood that the Messiah would come just once, even though the law prophesied many times of two comings of Christ. As I explained in The Laws of the Second Coming, the two doves in Leviticus 14 and the two goats in Leviticus 16 prophesied of two comings of Christ, each having its own distinct purpose.
Likewise, the two occasions in which the law was given hint of two comings of Christ. The law was given in Exodus 20 under the Old Covenant, but that law was broken. It was given a s…
Date: 09/01/2014 Issue Number: 314
“Antichrist” is a word used only by one biblical writer. John writes of antichrist five times in two of his epistles. One of these times he writes it as a plural, “antichrists” and another time he refers to “the spirit of antichrist.” John seems to speak of antichrist as an end-time individual, but also as a group of people (“antichrists”) who have “the spirit of antichrist.” But since John himself defines the term for us, let us read 1 John 2:18-23,
Date: 08/01/2014 Issue Number: 313
I have long believed that we would see the emergence of the Kingdom in this present Jubilee cycle (1986-2035). The 120th Jubilee from Adam began in 1986, and the number 120 indicates the outpouring of the Holy Spirit.
Likewise, 1993 was an important date, because it was the end of the Pentecostal Age. The (Saul) church reigned 40 Jubilees, even as King Saul, who was crowned on the day of Pentecost (i.e., “wheat harvest”) reigned 40 years.
The Jubilee cycle is 49 years, or seven Sabbaths, the next …
Date: 07/01/2014 Issue Number: 312
Our June issue was about our three conscious minds:
Brain: the mind of the body (flesh)
Carnal mind: the mind of the soul
Spiritual mind: the mind of the spirit
This current FFI will focus on the spiritual mind that is filled with the Holy Spirit. This study is taken primarily from Luke 11, where Jesus talks about the Holy Spirit. However, to understand the context, we have to see that chapter in the general flow of Luke’s narrative.
In Luke 6:20-23, we are given a shortened list of the Beatitudes, wher…
Date: 06/01/2014 Issue Number: 311
It seems that most people are of the opinion that they have just one mind. Unless, of course, they are schizophrenic. The probable reason behind this strange opinion is that the soulish mind is selfish and likes to think of itself as “the one and only” mind.
But move over, O my soul. Make room for two others.
We are a tripartite being that consists of spirit, soul, and body. Each of these parts has a mind, a consciousness, with varying abilities to think and to be aware.
The brain is the mind o…
Date: 05/01/2014 Issue Number: 310
In the progression of the Kingdom since the creation, we ought to know about the changes that God has made over the years, particularly at specific points in history.
Men have tried to explain these changes in various ways. The popular theory today was developed in the 1800’s by those who divided history into “dispensations.” Personally, I divide time according to the pattern of Israel’s feast days:
Pre-feast times: Adam to Moses
Passover Age: Moses to Christ
Pentecost Age: Christ to ful…
Date: 04/01/2014 Issue Number: 309
Daniel 5 is the prophet’s account of the night that Babylon fell to the Medes and Persians. These events also set the pattern for a future event, the fall of Mystery Babylon, as described in Revelation 17 and 18. Since we are now living in the time of this latter-day event, it will be of great help to us if we understand the original pattern that was set in the days of the prophet Daniel.
Such understanding will also help to remove our fear of present circumstances, especially when Mystery Babylon seems to b…