Archive for February, 2012

Mountains made low

February 29, 2012 Comments off

Isaiah’s prophecy about making a highway in the desert is coupled with a prophecy about mountains being made low, and in many interpretations of his prophecy, the mountains are reduced to mere bumps in the road!

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Mountains and the promises of the gospel

February 28, 2012 Comments off

In my post Interpreting the mountains of prophecy, much variety in the interpretations proposed for mountains is evident. In this post, I endeavour to show that the meaning of mountains in prophecy is connected with the promises of the gospel. Scriptures that refer to mountains are listed in a table. In the column on the right, the meaning associated with mountains in each case is noted. In a majority of these scriptures, there is some connection with promises, blessings, inheritance, covenants, revelations of God, prophecy, all of which are elements of the gospel promise of salvation though faith in Christ.

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Ezekiel Resources

February 27, 2012 Comments off

The following is a list of resources and links on the book of Ezekiel.

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Interpreting the mountains of prophecy

February 26, 2012 Comments off

In the table below, various interpretations proposed for the symbolic meaning of the mountains in prophecy are listed by authors’ names, with references, and the Scriptures linked to the interpretations.

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The inheritance of the priests and Levites in Ezekiel 48

February 25, 2012 Comments off

One of the most curious features in the division of the land described in Ezekiel 48 is the allotment of land to priests and Levites, because under the Law, they were to receive no inheritance of land. This was to be “a statute for ever throughout your generations, that among the children of Israel they have no inheritance.” [Numbers 18:23] Instead, the Lord was their inheritance. This was stated in Deuteronomy 18:2, Joshua 13:33 and 18:7 and in several other scriptures. Read more…

Gardiner’s Preliminary note on Ezekiel 40-48

February 25, 2012 1 comment

In his introduction to the last eight chapters of the book of Ezekiel, Frederic Gardiner gave several reasons why Ezekiel’s description of the temple, the river flowing from it, and the division of the land, should be understood figuratively, and why insisting on a literal approach leads to contradictions.

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Ezekiel and Leviticus 26

February 24, 2012 Comments off

In the table below, points of contact between Leviticus 26 and Ezekiel’s prophecy are compared.

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Currey’s points of contact between Ezekiel and Revelation

February 24, 2012 Comments off

The table below contains a list of points of contact between Ezekiel and Revelation identified by G. Currey in his commentary on Ezekiel, in: The Holy Bible, According to the Authorized Version (A.D. 1611): Ezekiel. Daniel, and the minor prophets. Edited by Frederic Charles Cook. J. Murray, 1876. pp. 12-16.

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Does Ezekiel describe a literal temple?

February 23, 2012 Comments off

Those who support a literal interpretation of Ezekiel’s temple in chapters 40-47 point to the remarkable amount of detail in Ezekiel’s account, supposing that such detail can only mean that everything described must be taken literally.  Dispensationalist John C. Whitcomb wrote: [1] Read more…

Measuring the temple

February 23, 2012 Comments off

In the prophet Ezekiel’s description of a visionary temple in chapters 40-47, the words “measure,” “measured,” and “measures” are prominent. The frequency of the words is as follows: “measure,” 10 times; “measured,” 32 times; “measures,” 9 times. It is as if Ezekiel wanted to convey to the reader that everything in the temple is measured by God. Read more…

The desolation prophecies

February 21, 2012 Comments off

In the table below, various prophecies about desolation are listed. Among the things that are described as becoming desolate in prophecy are the city of Jerusalem, the temple, mount Zion, other mountains of Israel, the land of Israel, and the church. Even heaven is listed in the table below. It is made desolate because of “spiritual wickedness in high places” [Ephesians 6:12] and because of the war in heaven involving the angels of Michael and of Satan described in Revelation 12. Jerusalem and mount Zion are identified with the church in Hebrews 12:22, and so the prophecies imply it is the church which has been made desolate. The other things that become desolate, the land, the mountains of Israel, and heaven, represent the spiritual inheritance of the saints, revelations of God, covenants, and promises. Mountains and hills were employed as symbols of God’s promises by Jacob when he blessed his son Joseph. [Genesis 49:26] Read more…

K. A. Auberlen on Daniel 10-12

February 21, 2012 Comments off

In the following, K. A. Auberlen discusses the prophecy contained in Daniel chapters 10-12. The quote is followed by a comment on Daniel 11:45 by Edward J. Young. Read more…

Michael Oard’s rapid ice age

February 20, 2012 4 comments

In his article Where Does the Ice Age Fit? Michael Oard argues that there was only one Ice Age, and it was a rapid one. He claims that it followed the flood described in Genesis. The time from the end of the flood, to the melting of the ice, he estimated to be 700 years. He wrote: Read more…

John Owen and the rest in Hebrews 4:3

February 19, 2012 Comments off

In the following excerpt from his Exposition of the Epistle to the Hebrews, John Owen supports his interpretation of the nature of the rest in Hebrews 4, outlined previously in his discussion of verse 1. He claimed the rest in this chapter “is that spiritual rest of God, which believers obtain an entrance into by Jesus Christ, in the faith and worship of the gospel, and is not to be restrained unto their eternal rest in heaven.” He said, “The rest here intended is that whereof the land of Canaan was a type.” Read more…

John Owen on the rest of Hebrews 4:1

February 19, 2012 Comments off

Puritan theologian John Owen (1616–1683) understood the apostle’s meaning in Hebrews 4:1 to be, ‘There is yet on the part of God a promise left unto believers of entering into his rest.’

In the excerpt below, from his Exposition of the Epistle to the Hebrews, Owen discusses whether entering God’s rest in Hebrews 4:1 means heaven, and this is followed by a discussion of the nature of the promised rest. [The works of John Owen, Vol IV, edited by William H. Goold. T. & T. Clark. Edinburgh. 1862. p. 215-220.] Read more…

Interpretations of the promised land

February 18, 2012 Comments off

In the table below, various opinions about the meaning of the promised land are listed.

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F. B. Meyer’s interpretation of the land of promise

February 18, 2012 Comments off

In the first chapter of his book Joshua And The Land of Promise, presented below, English evangelist F. B. Meyer explained the spiritual significance of the land of Canaan that was promised to Abraham, based on teachings contained in the books of Ephesians and Hebrews. [F. B. Meyer. Joshua And The Land of Promise. Fleming H. Revell Company, NY. 1893.] Read more…

Paul’s epistles and the Muratorian canon

February 18, 2012 Comments off

Luigi Antonio Muratori, (1672-1750) archivist and librarian in Modena, found and published an ancient Latin fragment listing the books of the New Testament canon, known as the Muratorian canon. [1] The author is unknown; it represents the earliest known listing of the books of the New Testament, probably from about 190 AD. Read more…

Is the promised land visible, or invisible?

February 17, 2012 Comments off

A problem with Sir Anthony Buzzard’s interpretation of the land promise, which he interprets as meaning Abraham’s inheritance of the entire world, looms because of the prophecies of Ezekiel and Jeremiah about the people of Israel returning to their land. If the land of promise is extended to the whole visible earth, why would God’s people need to be gathered out of the nations where they were scattered, and return with weeping to Zion? Read more…

Andrew Jukes and the land promise

February 16, 2012 Comments off

In the excerpt below, Andrew John Jukes (1815-1901) discusses the relation between Israel possessing the promised land, as related in the Old Testament, and the Christian’s experience. He contrasts the book of Numbers with the book of Joshua, and connects the promised land with spiritual realities mentioned in Ephesians, Colossians, Philippians, and elsewhere in the New Testament. Read more…