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The antichrist prophecies

March 3, 2014 3 comments

The great army of Joel 2

In Joel’s prophecy, God’s people are described under the figure of a plague of locusts. [vs. 25] The locust metaphor alludes to the Israelites in the wilderness. After the Exodus, Moses commissioned representatives from each tribe to survey the land that Israel was to inherit. When they returned after 40 days some of the spies gave an evil report, describing the people dwelling in the land as giants, and themselves as grasshoppers. People who have not entered the saints’ promised land are represented in Joel’s prophecy by locusts.

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Prophecy and God’s plan

February 27, 2014 Comments off

Prophecy reveals how God’s plan is working out. When properly interpreted and understood, it explains God’s purpose, and what Christ is doing.

Jesus taught his disciples to watch, and warned that his prophecies would come to pass, while most people in the world are unaware of it. Referring to the time of his coming, when he will be revealed in his saints, he said:

“For as a snare shall it come on all them that dwell on the face of the whole earth. Watch ye therefore, and pray always, that ye may be accounted worthy to escape all these things that shall come to pass, and to stand before the Son of man.” [Luke 21:35-36]

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Enter into the rock

October 28, 2013 Comments off

“Enter into the rock,” Isaiah said.

“Enter into the rock, and hide thee in the dust, for fear of the Lord, and for the glory of his majesty.” [Isa. 2:10]

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Zion’s foundations

October 13, 2013 1 comment

Isaiah said that in Zion, God will lay a stone, a sure foundation, a precious corner stone.

Therefore thus saith the Lord God, Behold, I lay in Zion for a foundation a stone, a tried stone, a precious corner stone, a sure foundation: he that believeth shall not make haste. [Isa. 28:16]

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The 3 ½ years of no rain, and the gospel age

October 4, 2013 Comments off

The three and a half years of no rain in the days of Elijah is a type and a figure representing the present age of the Church, or a portion of it. This is represented by a symbolic three years and a half, and the ‘time, times and a half’ of Daniel 7:25 and 12:7, and related prophetic time periods.

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The desert will blossom as the rose

October 2, 2013 Comments off

Prophecies in this category apply to the church at the end of the age when the holy Spirit is poured out on the Church.

In these prophecies, the wilderness represents the Church’s spiritual environment. As the children of Israel who came out of Egypt dwelt in the wilderness en route to the promised land, the church has also been in a wilderness since the time of the apostles, according to Rev. 12:6 & 14.

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Links to OT prophecies in Peter’s sermon in Acts 2

August 11, 2013 1 comment

At Post Tenebras Lux Andrew G discussed Acts 2:17, where the apostle Peter, while addressing the Jews at Jerusalem on the day of Pentecost, quoted from a prophecy of Joel, beginning his quotation using the words of Isaiah rather than those of Joel.

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Robert McCulloch on Isa. 2:1-4

June 13, 2013 Comments off

Robert McCulloch (1740-1824), was a Minister of the Gospel at Dairsie, Scotland. He was the author of a series of lectures on the prophecies of Isaiah. In his exposition on Isaiah 2:1-4 he rejected a strictly literal approach to the prophecy, and identified ‘the mountain of the Lord’s house’ as signifying the Christian church, especially in apostolic times. The following excerpt is from ‘Lectures on the Prophecies of Isaiah,’ Volume 1 (1791)  pp. 129-142.

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Luis de León and Isaiah 2:2

June 5, 2013 1 comment

Luis de León (1527-1591) was an Augustinian friar, poet, and a Jesuit theologian. His book ‘The Names of Christ’ was written while he was imprisoned at Valladolid by the Spanish Inquisition from Mar. 1572 to Dec. 1576, while complaints by Dominican scholars about his use of the Hebrew text and the Septuagint in his lectures and writings were considered by the Inquisition. He was cleared of the charges and restored to his position.

In the paragraphs quoted below Luis discussed Isaiah’s prophecy in Isa. 2:2. He identified ‘the mountain of the Lord’s house’ with Christ. [1]

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Vineyard scriptures

January 24, 2013 Comments off

The following post is a quick survey of the scriptures about vineyards, and winepresses.

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The feet of them that bring good tidings

December 12, 2012 Comments off

Isaiah wrote,

Isaiah 52:7
How beautiful upon the mountains are the feet of him that bringeth good tidings, that publisheth peace; that bringeth good tidings of good, that publisheth salvation; that saith unto Zion, Thy God reigneth!

Four things are brought together in the prophecy: good tidings, mountains, the feet of the messenger, and the fact that God reigns. The meaning of good tidings was identified by Paul, who applied the scripture to those preaching the Gospel. [Rom. 10:15-16]

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Jack Kelley’s supernatural insight

December 6, 2012 2 comments

Lyn Leahz posted an article on Idealists, Preterists, And Futurists written by dispensationalist Jack Kelley. In the article Kelley expressed his opinions on the comments by James in Acts 15:13-18 on a prophecy found in Amos 9:11, about the tabernacle of David. James applied the prophecy to the church.

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Jerusalem, where Jesus is King

December 4, 2012 12 comments

Many preachers who support dispensationalism try to discredit the idea that Jesus Christ is reigning in the present age, upon the throne of David. But if Jesus is not the promised king who reigns on the throne of David forever, how could Peter say he is the Messiah? If he is not the king of Israel, how can he be the Christ?

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Fairbairn on Isaiah 2:2

November 23, 2012 Comments off

Patrick Fairbairn observed, “There are many passages in the prophets in which the application to them of a strict and historical literalism would not only evacuate their proper meaning, but render them absolutely ridiculous and inconsistent one with another.”

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Isaiah 2:2 and dispensationalism: a dilemma

November 23, 2012 19 comments

In their interpretations of Isaiah 2:2, the prophecy that the mountain of the Lord’s house will be established at the top of the mountains, above the hills, dispensationalist commentators and expositors are torn between their commitment to their mantra of literalism, and their devotion to the idea that ethnic Jews will dominate other nations in the Millennium. The literal view says the prophecy means that mount Zion and Jerusalem will be literally raised up, by tectonic means. Contrasting with this approach is the interpretation of mountains as nations, which leads to the concept of Jews becoming a kind of master-race.

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Revelation and elevation

July 15, 2012 Comments off

David wrote, in Psalm 36:6, “Thy righteousness is like the great mountains.” The great mountains of the earth are regions of snow and ice, that remained inaccessible to men until the nineteenth century when adventurers developed mountaineering skills, and began to discover routes to the tops of the high peaks of the European Alps, and other mountains of the world.

The reason David compared God’s righteousness to high mountains must have to do with their altitude, and their metaphorical connection with high and lofty thoughts, such as the prophet Isaiah referred to when he described God’s thoughts as higher than those of man.

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Milton S. Terry and the grammatico-historical principle

July 14, 2012 Comments off

Israel’s promised land, described as a land of milk and honey, and the seventh day sabbath, are both types of the rest that Hebrews 3-4 encourages believers to enter. Entering this rest requires belief. 

After the children of Israel were delivered from Egypt, they endured 40 years wandering in the wilderness. At the end of that period Joshua addressed them, and he spoke of their promised inheritance as rest. “Remember the word which Moses the servant of the LORD commanded you, saying, The Lord your God hath given you rest, and hath given you this land.” [Joshua 1:13]

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Weaned from the milk

July 11, 2012 1 comment

The author of Hebrews contrasts milk and strong meat. The meaning of milk, and strong meat, as symbols representing elementary and advanced kinds of spiritual knowledge, is evident from the context. The milk of God’s word includes the accounts of the lives of men of faith, and the accounts of the history of Israel, the gospel accounts of the ministry of Jesus, and the Acts of the apostles, all the events in the scriptures related in a straightforward manner.

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Why the promised land is called desolate

July 5, 2012 Comments off

Israel was promised blessings in their land, if the people kept the law. [Leviticus 26:3-5] If they abandoned the law, however, the land would no longer yield her strength to them. [Leviticus 26:18-20]

In many prophecies, the land is described as desolate. Isaiah connected the desolation of the land with understanding and believing the words of the prophets. In response to his question, how long will it be before the people of Israel understand with their heart, and convert, and become healed? Isaiah was told, “until the land be utterly desolate.”

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Exploring the mountains of prophecy

June 30, 2012 Comments off

Isaiah wrote about making a highway in the wilderness, and mountains being made low.

Isaiah 40:3-5
The voice of him that crieth in the wilderness, Prepare ye the way of the Lord, make straight in the desert a highway for our God. Every valley shall be exalted, and every mountain and hill shall be made low: and the crooked shall be made straight, and the rough places plain: And the glory of the Lord shall be revealed, and all flesh shall see it together: for the mouth of the Lord hath spoken it.

Interpreting the encoded message of prophecy correctly reveals the glory of God. In Isaiah’s prophecy the mountains are symbols of the prophecies and promises of scripture. Those who investigate Bible prophecy are a lot like explorers or mountaineers seeking a way through unexplored, rugged country.

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