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Prophetic Portraits of the Messiah

Shortly before his ascension back to heaven, Jesus declared: "All things must needs be fulfilled, which are written in the law of Moses, and the prophets, and the psalms, concerning me" (Lk. 24:44). This three-fold division of the Old Testament was common to the Jews. The "law" referred to the first five books. The "prophets" included Joshua, Judges, Samuel, and ... read more »

King Saul — A Case Study in Apostasy

Saul, son of Kish, Israel's first king, stands as a solemn warning to all who followed thereafter. He was the ruler born of Israel's wishes - that the Hebrews might "be like" the heathen nations nearby (1 Samuel 8:5). In the providence of God, he was appointed their king. Yes, allowed by the Lord, but later removed by the same ... read more »

Zechariah 6:12,13 – The Royal Priest

The writing of Zechariah probably contains more messianic prophecy per square inch than any other book of the Old Testament. Of the several important points within this context, we select three for notation. Branch (Christ) was to build the temple of Jehovah.He would function as a priest.While serving as priest He would likewise be ruling as a king, thus effecting ... read more »

Abel Still Speaks, But Are We Listening?

Though he was murdered at the hand of an envious brother, and even though there is not a recorded word from his lips in the Old Testament narrative, nonetheless, over more than six millennia Abel has "spoken," and continues yet today. The following words are recorded in the book of Hebrews. "By faith Abel offered unto God a more excellent ... read more »

Did Paul Sin in Submitting to the Temple Ritual?

"Did Paul sin when he 'purified' himself in the Jerusalem temple, according to the record in Acts 21?" Here is Luke's record of the incident in question. "Then Paul took the men, and the next day purifying himself with them went into the temple, declaring the fulfillment of the days of purification, until the offering was offered for every one ... read more »

The Extended-Sabbath Argument and Darwinism

People who are intimidated by the claims of modern "scientism" are ever looking for biblical loopholes by which they may force the Genesis record of the creation events into the mold of evolutionary chronology. Evolutionists begrudgingly concede that without a sufficient span of time, there is no chance that macro-evolution (the development of all living organisms from a single, original ... read more »

Jeremiah 7:31 – Does “Silence” Prohibit?

There are many who repudiate the prohibitive force of the silence of the Scriptures.Though they concede that an action is forbidden if there is a specific "thou shalt not," they confidently declare that if the Bible is silent upon a particular issue, one is granted the liberty to act.The question thus becomes - does silence have a negating mood? We ... read more »

Genesis 6:6 – Did God Repent?

How does one explain this puzzling verse? And it repented Jehovah that he had made man upon the earth, and it grieved him at his heart (Gen. 6:6). First, let us demonstrate what the passage cannot mean. It does not mean that God created the human family, expecting that it would remain loyal to him, but that, eventually, humanity strayed. ... read more »

What About the “Sacraments”?

"Do you know the actual history of 'Seven Sacraments'? Were all of these brought about at the same time?" The term "sacrament" derives from the Latin sacramentum, the meaning of which is "a thing set apart as holy." The New Testament never isolates certain acts of obedience from others by designating them as "sacraments." However, as the early church (late ... read more »

Follow Christ or Go to Hell

I suppose "The Bliss of Following Jesus," would have been more of a positive title. Or maybe "The Benefits of Discipleship" would have been tactful. There is a time, however, for unmistakable clarity. Let me ask you this: if you have only three months to live without medical intervention, what do you want the doctor to say? If your child ... read more »