A Lack of Respect for the Word of God: A Sign of Jesus Return

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Your word above your name

This morning, I was watching the Festival of Families service in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, with Pope Frances. Mark Wahlberg was at the podium to introduce Herbert Lusk, famous running back for the Eagles, 1976-1978. On October 9, 1977, Mr. Lusk was the first NFL player to kneel at the end zone after a touchdown and pray. Now pastor Herbert Lusk of the Greater Exodus Baptist Church since 1982, he picked up his Bible and began to read the words of Jesus from the Gospel of Luke, chapter 15, regarding the Prodigal Son.

As Mr. Wahlberg left the podium, he cried out: “Go Eagles.”

Forgetting that he had just told us that God’s word would be spoken, Mr. Wahlberg instead exalted a football team, above the words of the One True God.

Pastor Lusk began to read the Words of Jesus, and by the end of the first sentence, Fox News interrupted the reading of God’s word to break for a commercial.

Fox News, chose their commercial interests, above a respect for God and His word. Continue reading “A Lack of Respect for the Word of God: A Sign of Jesus Return”

Criticism of Messianic Prophecy

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Criticism is often put forth regarding whether certain scriptures from the Hebrew scriptures, are in fact prophetic. From the vantage point of the Jew who does not believe that Jesus is the Messiah, none of the events of Jesus life, death, and resurrection are held as fulfillments of the ancient prophets.

The atheist and agnostic refuse to believe that anything in the Bible is credible; particularly the application of scriptures which assert that Jesus is the object of these verses.

What we find, is that those who are predisposed to a non belief in God, or doubt the validity of scripture as God’s word, are less likely to believe that the Prophecies of the Messiah are genuine. Continue reading “Criticism of Messianic Prophecy”

How Messianic Prophecy is Determined

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Upon a search of the internet for Messianic Prophecies, there are several sources that assert that the Bible does not contain prophecies that were fulfilled by Jesus Christ. Further, critics of Hebrew prophecy claim that none of the claimed prophecies of the scriptures were intended as prophetic during their writing.

These arguments are primarily asserted, due to a lack of knowledge in Biblical prophecy and Hermeneutic application. Continue reading “How Messianic Prophecy is Determined”

Prophecy Is Not Predicting the Future, It Is Stating What Has Already Happened

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Prophecy is an advanced look at what has already taken place.

This is the unique capacity that God alone possesses. Only an eternal being, who has Himself made all that exists, can experience everything that is yet to happen, as if it has already taken place. For God, there is no future; all things exist in the present.

When all of the linear events in the history of man on earth have concluded, they will be funneled down into a single arrival at eternity. In heaven, every event of human history has already happened, and you and I who love Jesus are already there with the Lord in heaven. Only as we live out our lives and wait for the conclusion of these events—in the process of time, have these events yet to take place.

God speaks of things in prophecy as if they already exist, because they do. Continue reading “Prophecy Is Not Predicting the Future, It Is Stating What Has Already Happened”

Errors of Assumption by the Jews, Regarding Jesus Death by Crucifixion

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The prophet Isaiah wrote nearly 2,700 years ago that when the Messiah makes His appearance in Jerusalem, He will be beaten, crucified, and rise from the dead. The leaders of Israel will see Him as He is dying on the cross and determine that He is suffering for His own sins. The prophet further describes the truth of the Messiah’s sacrifice as substitutionary and securing the salvation of every person who will embrace and accept it personally.[1]

To the present day, many Jews have been taught that Jesus died due to His own errors and that His death occurred as a result of sins which He committed against God and His word. Isaiah describes the exact opposite: Messiah will not sin Himself, but will bear the sins of the world during His sacrifice upon the cross.

Why is it that a person will hear the opinions of others and immediately accept the conclusions as accurate–without having investigated the assertions themselves? It seems that in matters of eternal significance–which is the case with Messiah, the claims of Jesus should be examined with the record of Hebrew prophecy, as well as the historical record of the New Testament narrative. The men who were present at the time Jesus conducted His three and one-half year ministry here on earth, testified that He had committed no sin, and that His death on the cross was determined in advance–for the entire world. Jesus came in fulfillment of 55 prophecies from Isaiah and the 22nd Psalm, which all described His crucifixion and death in vivid detail. Continue reading “Errors of Assumption by the Jews, Regarding Jesus Death by Crucifixion”

The Three Servants of Isaiah

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Isaiah 49:6a Indeed He says, “It is too small a thing that You should be My Servant To raise up the tribes of Jacob, And to restore the preserved ones of Israel; I will also give You as a light to the Gentiles, That You should be My salvation to the ends of the earth.”

The question we should ask in this prophecy is: “Who is this servant?” At times, in the Book of Isaiah, it is difficult but not completely impossible to tell which servant Isaiah is speaking of.

There are three servants who are mentioned in the Book of Isaiah:

1. David-Isaiah 37:35
2. Israel-Isaiah 41:8-16, 42:18-20, 43:1, 44:1-8, 44:21-23, 45:4, 48:20
3. Messiah-Isaiah 42:1-12, chapter 49

There is also a section in Isaiah where the Messiah as the Servant restores Israel, the servant: 50:4-6, 52:13-15, 53:1-12

This particular prophecy is easier than many to identify who the servant is, because of the language Isaiah 42:5-7 uses. Here in verse 6, the Servant Messiah is to restore Israel, the servant of God.

You should be My Servant To raise up the tribes of Jacob, And to restore the preserved ones of Israel

The Messiah of Isaiah Chapter 49 will also be a light to the Gentiles (Prophecy 205), in that God will use the gospel of the Messiah to save people from every tribe, tongue, nation, and people. We see this completed work of the Messiah in the Book of Revelation, where the redeemed are all together before the throne of God, worshipping Him.

Revelation 5:9 And they sang a new song, saying: “You are worthy to take the scroll, And to open its seals; For You were slain, And have redeemed us to God by Your blood Out of every tribe and tongue and people and nation…”

It was always the purpose of God to offer salvation to every person. First, this great work of redemption was offered to Israel who so often ignored, rejected and disobeyed God’s command. When Peter first brought the message of Jesus’ cross, he went to Israel. Upon their rejection of Jesus as their Messiah, God expanded His grace to all the nations and people of the earth.

Isaiah contains what has been called “The Servant Songs,” so named by Berhard Duhm in 1892.[1] Continue reading “The Three Servants of Isaiah”

How Peter Knew the Birth of Jesus Church Was a Fulfillment of Prophecy

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It was on the 50th day after Jesus was offered as the Passover Lamb that Pentecost was celebrated. Jesus waited until this specific time to pour out the Holy Spirit on His Church. It was this amazing power which came upon every person who had professed their faith in Jesus as their Messiah, which gave each believer the ability to live the life that Jesus had called them to.

Acts 1:5 “for John truly baptized with water, but you shall be baptized with the Holy Spirit not many days from now.”

Acts 1:8 “But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you…”

The mark of one who is truly saved is the Holy Spirit living within. Without the Holy Spirit, there is no salvation, there is no power, no spiritual life, no eternal life.

Romans 8:9 But you are not in the flesh but in the Spirit, if indeed the Spirit of God dwells in you. Now if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, he is not His.

The Holy Spirit enables us to do things which are otherwise impossible for us to achieve. We can boldly stand before people and tell them about the wonderful things which Jesus has done in our life and have that message empowered by the Holy Spirit. When the Spirit is behind the words and actions of our life, what we say and do has amazing results in the lives of the people whom we come in contact with. Continue reading “How Peter Knew the Birth of Jesus Church Was a Fulfillment of Prophecy”

The Two Servants of Isaiah

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In correctly interpreting the text of Isaiah, chapter 42, it is necessary to understand and pay close attention to the context. If we are diligent, we will notice a marked change in the language of verses 1-17 an verses 18-20. By a simple oversight in our understanding of these important verses from the text of Isaiah 42, we may miss one of the most important principles of Biblical interpretation: A correct Exegesis of the true purpose of Isaiah’s prophecy.

God is clearly demonstrating the difference between His Faithful Servant, the Messiah, and His earthly servant, the nation of Israel. When we combine these two sections of Isaiah 42 together and assume that God is speaking only to Israel, we miss important attributes of the Messiah and greatly distort other sections of the Old Testament prophecies of the Messiah. Continue reading “The Two Servants of Isaiah”

Contradictions in the Bible–or Lack of Knowledge?

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Many people have claimed that the Bible is full of contradictions and state that it cannot be relied upon because of these inaccuracies. Others believe that since men recorded the words of the Bible it is simply the words of men who claim to speak for God–but in reality they have spoken only as men. Are these objections valid and why are there certain places in the Bible that appear to be contradictory?

John 1:1-14 In the beginning the Word already existed. The Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 He existed in the beginning with God. 3 God created everything through him, and nothing was created except through him. (NLT)

John’s gospel is an example of how God communicated with us both through His written word and through Jesus, the Son, called the Word of God. Because of the immenseness of God’s power, He is able to preserve His word to us down through every generation, even to the present day. If there appears to be any inconsistency or contradiction in the Bible, the likely problem is our misunderstanding of the text or an improper application of the verse.

In the past 39 years of examining all of the purported contradictions of the Bible, I have never seen one that is valid. The source of these supposed contradictions is always from someone who is antagonistic to the Christian God or His Bible. A hostile witness is never a valid witness, for their particular view is always slanted in the direction of their bias against God before they began their investigation. Many great men and woman over the course of the past 2,000 years have carefully scrutinized every word of the Christian Bible and found that none of the claimed inconstancies or contradictions are valid.

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How to Determine if an Old Testament Scripture is Prophetic

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What is the criteria that is considered in determining whether a particular Old Testament Scripture is prophetic in nature and a possible candidate for fulfillment by the Messiah? Many obscure verses of the Old Testament appear at first glance–to have little or no relevance to Messiah. It is interesting that Peter made use of a particular method of interpreting Old Testament references in light of what Jesus said and did–which has been used by Rabbi’s for thousands of years.

Exegetical principles

According to the second Midrashic exegetical rule, called the Middot, originated by Rabbi Hillel: where the same words or concepts appear in two separate scriptures, we are to give the same consideration in applying both scriptures to the same subject[2].

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