Archive for January, 2012

The city and tower in Genesis 11

January 31, 2012 Comments off

In the tables below, the heavenly Jerusalem and mount Zion are contrasted with the city and the tower men began to build at Babel, and with the harlot Babylon in Revelation.

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Is the promised land a symbol of paradise?

January 30, 2012 Comments off

In his book “The Christ of the Covenants,” O. Palmer Robertson argues that the land promise to Abraham was meant to typify the traditional Christian hope of entering paradise. But the typology of Israel’s entry into the land of promise under the leadership of Joshua, and their conquest of the seven nations of the Canaanites dwelling there seems to discredit that interpretation. Similarly the return of the Jews after the exile in Babylon, to a province of the Persian kings, seems to have little in common with a future paradise. Robertson wrote: [1]
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Until the land be utterly desolate

January 30, 2012 Comments off

In Isaiah it is said the land will become desolate, without inhabitant. The cities will be wasted, the houses empty. Read more…

Dr. Reluctant, R. L. Reymond, and the land promise

January 29, 2012 Comments off

Dr. Reluctant reviewed “A New Systematic Theology of the Christian Faith” by Robert L. Reymond, and here I discuss some comments in that post about the land promise. Dr. Reluctant describes himself as a “reluctant dispensationalist.” He  wrote: Read more…

The heavenly mount Zion, a better country

January 29, 2012 1 comment

God promised to give the land of Canaan to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob; Jesus said that Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, and all the prophets, will be in his kingdom. [Luke 13:28] Paul said that those who have faith in Christ are the children of Abraham. [Galatians 3:7] Do the Gentile saints also inherit the land? If Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob are to inherit the land of Canaan, and they are also to be in the kingdom of God, would not this imply that those in the kingdom of God also inherit the land? Read more…

Covenant Theology and the land promise

January 27, 2012 Comments off

A quotation from a recent book by Greg Nichols on how the promise of the land of Canaan to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob and their progeny is viewed from the point of view of Covenant Theology was posted recently at this blog. [1] Nichols wrote: Read more…

The winds of dispensationalism

January 27, 2012 Comments off

The nature of the truth is like rock; it is rigid, and unmoved, which contrasts with air,  and wind. David said, “The Lord is my rock, and my fortress, and my deliverer; my God, my strength, in whom I will trust; my buckler, and the horn of my salvation, and my high tower. … For who is God save the Lord? or who is a rock save our God?” [Psalm 18:2, 31] Also, “But the Lord is my defence; and my God is the rock of my refuge.” [Psalm 94:22] Read more…

The symbolism of Eden

January 25, 2012 Comments off

Comparisons between the Gospel and the Genesis account of the creation of Adam and Eve, and their experience in the garden of Eden, which foreshadowed the Gospel and the coming of Christ, are listed in the following table.

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Three views on Isaiah 2:2

January 23, 2012 Comments off

Three interpretations of Isaiah 2:2, by Jean Calvin, (1509-1564) Franz Delitzsch, (1813-1890) and Ebenezer Henderson (1784-1858) are examined. Each of these men wrote commentaries on Isaiah. Calvin was French, Delitzsch was German, and Henderson was a Scot. Read more…

Wm. B. Boyce on the prophet Isaiah

January 21, 2012 Comments off

William B. Boyce reviewed the results of nineteenth century criticism of the Bible, in his book: The higher criticism and the Bible. In the chapter reproduced below Boyce documents the confusion among the critics in their discussions of the book of the prophet Isaiah. Read more…

Isaiah resources

January 21, 2012 Comments off

The following is a list of links to resources for the book of Isaiah, arranged alphabetically.

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Men hide in the rocks

January 20, 2012 Comments off

Isaiah wrote in chapter 2 that men would go to the holes of the rocks, and caves, for fear of God. What does his prophecy mean? What is it that causes men to hide in rocks and caves? Isaiah wrote:
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Corn and wine in Isaiah 62:8

January 20, 2012 Comments off

A prophecy of Isaiah says that the corn and new wine that God’s people have labored in will no longer be consumed by their enemies, but instead will nourish those who labor to collect it. They will eat and drink it in the courts of God’s sanctuary. Below is a translation on Isaiah 62:8, and comments by Joseph Addison Alexander. [1]

Sworn hath Jehovah by his right hand and by his arm of strength, If I give thy corn any more as food to thine enemies, and if the sons of the outland shall drink thy new wine which thou hast laboured in, (I am not God). On the elliptical formula of swearing, see above, on ch. 22:14. The declaration though conditional in form is in fact an absolute negation. In swearing by his hand and arm, the usual symbols of strength, he pledges his omnipotence for the fulfilment of the promise. ‘As sure as I am almighty, thou shalt suffer this no more.’ Read more…

Isaiah 60:21: “they shall inherit the land for ever”

January 19, 2012 Comments off

Isaiah 60:21 says, “Thy people also shall be all righteous: they shall inherit the land for ever, the branch of my planting, the work of my hands, that I may be glorified.” Read more…

J. A. Alexander’s comments on Isaiah 2:2-4

January 18, 2012 Comments off

In his comments on Isaiah 2:2-4, J. A. Alexander acknowledged that the mountain of the Lord’s house represents the church, but he did not connect Isaiah’s prophecy of Jerusalem and mount Zion being raised up to attain the heavenly status assigned to them in the New Testament. Read more…

J. A. Alexander and the mountains of Isaiah 40:4

January 18, 2012 Comments off

Isaiah 40:3-5 appears to show that the glory of the Lord will be revealed by the mountains being brought low, and the rough places being made smooth, and the valleys filled. But this must be explained; the prophet was not speaking of literally making the mountains low. Read more…

How many “sevens” in Revelation?

January 17, 2012 2 comments

The author of the book of Revelation has grouped many things into sevens. But how many times does the number “seven” occur? By counting links in the table below, and ignoring repeated sevens of things in the same verse, the number obtained is seven times seven, or 49.

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What is the mountain of the Lord’s house?

January 16, 2012 Comments off

Patrick Fairbairn was the author of “Prophecy Viewed in respect to its Distinctive Nature; its Special Function and Proper Interpretation,” a book which went through several editions in the nineteenth century. [1] A review of Fairbairn’s book published in The Quarterly Journal of Prophecy challenged his spiritual or figurative approach to the interpretation of prophecy.

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The judgment of Gog

January 15, 2012 Comments off

God’s judgment falls upon the armies of Gog and Magog in Ezekiel 38:18-23, when they invade the land of Israel. In Revelation 20, this invasion is interpreted as deceived people from all parts of the earth who assault the camp of the saints, and the beloved city, which refers to the Christian church. In Hebrews 11:16, the promised land is no longer the earthly Canaan, but is now “a better country, that is, an heavenly.” The land of Israel in Ezekiel’s prophecy represents spiritual things, and the promised inheritance of the saints, including a proper understanding of prophecy.
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The flood in the Gospel

January 13, 2012 Comments off

In the table below, several allusions to the flood that occur in the New Testament are paired with Old Testament references.

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