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Elijah and the ravens

July 30, 2011 Comments off

In the three years and six months of drought during the time of Elijah, God appointed ravens to bring food to him. [1 Kings 17:1-7] In the New Testament, the famine of three years and six months in the time of Elijah is connected to the age of the church, and the role of the holy Spirit. The age of the church is represented by the same symbolic period, of three years and six months, which is half of seven years, or seven times. Together with the ministry of Jesus and John the Baptist, the whole time assigned to the church is “seven times.” Note that a “time” can be expressed in various units.

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Elijah and the church in the wilderness

June 12, 2011 Comments off

John identifies the wilderness of Revelation 12:6 and 12:14 with the place prepared by God for the woman, who in verse 1 of the chapter is said to be in heaven, and she is clothed with the sun. This woman represents the saints, who Paul said “sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus.” [Ephesians 2:6] Does the fact that John puts her both in heaven, and in the wilderness, mean that that the wilderness corresponds to heaven? It is where she is nourished, alluding to the manna which God sent to nourish the Israelites in the wilderness before they entered the promised land.

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Zechariah and the assault on Jerusalem

February 12, 2011 Comments off

Zechariah 14 describes an assault on Jerusalem in the day of the Lord. Comparing Zechariah’s prophecies with other prophecies, notably Revelation 20:8-9, shows that Zechariah’s prophecy and related prophecies describe a spiritual assault upon the church, the heavenly Jerusalem. It is not referring to a military campaign against the earthly city. Read more…

The sons of Levi

February 11, 2011 2 comments

The prophet Malachi foretold the coming of Christ, who would suddenly appear in his temple, and there would be a “refining” of the sons of Levi. In one sense his prophecy was fulfilled in the first century when Jesus visited the Jewish temple and overturned the tables of the money-changers. But while that demonstration expressed divine outrage at what was occurring there, its effects did not last. Malachi’s prophecy is really about the work of purification of the heavenly temple, performed by the Spirit of Christ in the church. Malachi wrote: Read more…