The following articles are related to the topic of PROPHECY

The Value of Old Testament Study

Several NewTestament passages teach the temporary design of the Old Testament system (the Law of Moses), and the fact that the new covenant of Christ superseded the Old (Col. 2:14; Eph. 2:14-15; Gal. 3:23-25; Rom. 7:1-6; Heb. 6:12; 9:15-17). If the Old Testament has been abrogated, why should a person be concerned with studying it? This is a question pondered ... read more »

1 Kings 4:21 – Solomon’s Kingdom

Those who subscribe to the theory of premillennialism allege that one of the proofs of a coming millennium is the fact that Israel has never yet possessed the total territory which God promised to Abraham's seed. In Genesis 15:18, Jehovah promised to Abraham, "In that day Jehovah made a covenant with Abram, saying, Unto thy seed have I given this ... read more »

Revelation 1:1 – The Things to Come Shortly

The opening statement of the book of Revelation indicates that it deals with certain things that "must shortly come to pass." Some have misunderstood this language and concluded that the entire book of prophecy was soon to be fulfilled - including events like the Second Coming of Christ (19:11-16), and the Day of judgment (20:11-15). Such a theory is grossly ... read more »

Nahum 1:1 – The End of Nineveh

The book of Nahum begins with a somber tone - "the burden of Nineveh" - which suggests that a pronouncement of judgment is imminent. The name "Nineveh," of course, brings memories of the book of Jonah. Nineveh was the capital city of Assyria. This great metropolis is first mentioned in Genesis 10:11,12; it was founded by the mighty hunter, Nimrod. ... read more »

Zephaniah 1:7 – The Day of Jehovah Is Near

Zephaniah was God's prophet in the days of the reforming king, Josiah of Judah - 640-609 B.C. (Zephaniah 1:1). The main emphasis of Zephaniah's message was the coming "day of Jehovah," which can be none other than the final judgment day heralded by the second coming of Christ. The prophet begins with the general proposition that the entire earthly creation ... read more »

The Beasts of Revelation 13

We receive many questions on our Christian Courier Web Site. From time to time we share some of these with you. Here is a one of significant interest. Please explain some things mentioned in Revelation 13. What is the "beast" that comes up out of the "sea" (v. 1)? And what is the beast that arises from the "earth" (v. ... read more »

A Survey of the Major Prophets

There is a collection of five Old Testament books that are commonly designated as the "Major Prophets." This appellation is not intended to suggest a superior character; rather, these documents are major in size, compared to the twelve books of the "Minor Prophets." The Major Prophets represent the books of Isaiah, Jeremiah, Lamentations, Ezekiel, and Daniel. Isaiah The book of ... read more »

The Cyrus Decree

It was one of the most extraordinary acts in international history. When the Persians overthrew the Babylonian empire (539 B.C.), Cyrus, the conqueror, issued a proclamation releasing the Jews from their seventy-year period of captivity. The biblical record of that edict reads as follows: "Thus says Cyrus king of Persia, All the kingdoms of the earth has Jehovah, the God ... read more »

What Is the Meaning of “Shortly Come to Pass”?

"What is the meaning of the expression 'shortly come to pass,' found in Revelation 1:1?" The final book of the New Testament begins in this fashion. "The revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave him to show unto his servants, even the things which must shortly come to pass?" (Rev. 1:1a). The phrase, "must shortly come to pass," translates the ... read more »

Dispensationalism and Zechariah 14

Dispensationalists-those enamored with the notion that Christ will return to the earth to establish a political kingdom over which he will reign for one thousand years-rely heavily upon Zechariah, chapter fourteen, as an important Old Testament element of the premillennial scheme. Dispensational writer Hobert E. Freeman characterizes this chapter as a description of "the destruction of Israel's enemies, salvation of ... read more »