The following articles are related to the topic of SACRIFICE

Was There Forgiveness Under the Mosaic Regime?

"How could there be forgiveness of sins before Christ died (for example, in the Old Testament period), if forgiveness was predicated upon Jesus' death?" Let us consider two different ways to answer this challenging question. Answer #1: Forgiveness Was Available Before the Death of Christ Do the scriptures assert that, in some sense, forgiveness was obtainable before the death of ... read more »

Hebrews 9:5 & Romans 3:25 – Christ Jesus: Our Propitiation

In the ninth chapter of the book of Hebrews, the inspired writer discusses the tabernacle arrangement of the Old Testament regime. "And after the second veil, the tabernacle which is called the Holy of holies; having a golden altar of incense, and the ark of the covenant overlaid round about with gold, wherein was a golden pot holding the manna, ... read more »

Exploring the Concept of Priesthood

The theme of priests and priesthood is prominent within the Scriptures. One is first introduced to the concept of a priest in the book of Genesis, and the role lingers until the sacred canon closes. The office of the priest is mentioned some 700 times in the Old Testament, and approximately 80 times in the New Testament. It is obvious ... 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 »

Who or What Were the “Seraphim”?

p(question) "Who or what are the 'seraphim' mentioned in Isaiah 6:2, 6?" The English word "seraphim" is a transliteration of the Hebrew term serapim, a plural form of the root, saraph, which signifies "to burn." The root appears some 120 times in the Old Testament in various contexts in which different objects are described as burning (e.g., sacrifices, cities, etc.). ... read more »

Jesus Christ in the Book of Revelation

The concluding book of the New Testament begins in the following fashion: "The revelation of Jesus Christ which God gave him to show to his servants." (1:1a). One of the intriguing questions discussed by scholars is the phrase "of Jesus Christ" (Iesou Christou [genitive case]). The genitive frequently is expressed in English by the preposition "of," as in this text-thus, ... read more »

In the Days of His Flesh

It is one of the most touching passages in the entire book of Hebrews. A portion of the verse reads like this: "Who in the days of his flesh, having offered up prayers and supplications with strong crying and tears unto him who was able to save him from death" (Heb. 5:7). The immediate context deals with the qualifications of ... read more »

The Old Testament and Incense

One of the amazing evidences of Bible inspiration is that of prophecy-especially predictive prophecy. Predictive prophecy presents facts regarding events that are to happen in the future. Since no ordinary human can know what is to happen in the future, prophetic statements reflect the orchestration of God in the foretelling of certain things that are to take place eventually. One ... read more »

Lessons from the Ark of the Covenant

When the children of Israel were delivered from Egyptian servitude, they came into the wilderness of Sinai. There Jehovah gave them a temporary house of worship-the tabernacle (tent). The tabernacle consisted of two rooms: first, the holy place, in which the priests ministered daily; then, the most holy place, into which the high priest went annually on the day of ... read more »