This is another talk given to a group of Christadelphians in December last year. The reading to introduce the subject was Isaiah 63. It deals with the prophecy of Bozrah in this chapter and looks at the subject in other places in scripture.
This talk was given last October to a group of Christadelphians as part of a series on Jeremiah. Jeremiah may have been sent to the children of Israel 2000 years ago to warn them of the impending invasion by the Babylonians, but it is just as relevant to us now. The world is becoming more and more anti-religion, men standing up in their own strength to reject the creator of the universe. Nations who were founded on the law of Moses and drifting further away from their foundations and creating their own justice and legal systems that exclude religion. We are in a world that rejects God and his ways, therefore the words of Jeremiah are exhortation for us in our day.
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Again, another bible class. It was written and given as a public talk but posted here in case anyone else would care to read it. This subject was a delight to study, especially in such exciting times where prophecy is speedily becoming a reality as we know with all certainty that it will.
Melchizedek is explicitly mentioned in three sections of scripture. The historical record of Melchizedek is found in Genesis 14, Then the sweet psalmist of Israel picks up the theme and links it to Christ in the millenium – Psalm 110. And finally, Paul in Hebrews 5 to 7, ties the theme together expounding many parts of these two earlier passages, showing that indeed Jesus was the Christ – the anointed king – foretold by the prophets.
Paul tells us that Melchizedek was:
Heb 7:3 Without father, without mother, without descent, having neither beginning of days, nor end of life; but made like unto the Son of God; abideth a priest continually.
Melchizedek was a man and therefore undoubtedly had parents, probably even children. Paul’s point is that Melchizedek has been made to look like Christ… he is a type of Christ! Hence all the details, or in this case, lack of them, are recorded for that purpose… nothing is left to chance in scripture. I’d like to look at both the prophecy and the exhortation. Continue reading
This is a bible class talk that I wrote for the 4th of April, reproduced here for anyone who may find it useful.
Our subject this evening is Daniel 12. The climax of the life of Daniel – one greatly beloved – when he is blessed to see a vision of: the resurrection from the dead, the salvation of his people. and the suppressing of the great apostate river and the bounding of it’s overflowing flood waters. And to Daniel one of the greatest moments of his life as Yahweh gives him that comforting answer of peace, that he will surly stand again in the resurrection to dwell in the the land of promise, in his own portion, in the inheritance of his fathers. What a blessing to a brother who has suffered so much! Continue reading
This study was written for a bible class that I was asked to do recently. Reproduced here for the benefit of anyone interested.
Thought the words of Psalm 104, we see the bringing up of the ark back to Israel with jubilant song and dance. We see the setting up of the priestly order. And we see the unbounded wisdom of the almighty, as he shapes and guides world events bringing about his spiritual creation–the heavens and Earth of the future age. We will try and go through chapter this verse by verse and allow spirit word to guide our study.
The psalms seem to be divided into thematic sections by headings. In which case Psalm 104 is part of a series of psalms starting with psalm 103 and ending with psalm 107. The title to this section heads up psalm 103, “To David”, in the AV. However in the Hebrew the phrase can be equally translated, “of David”. So the subject of the Psalm IS David, “the beloved”, the greater David which is Christ.
Unfortunately we will not finish the whole Chapter tonight there is just too much to cover. I hope that I encourage you all to follow up the study yourselves.
- Verse 1 addresses the saint body, showing the wonders of their blessing.
- Verse 2 shows the expanding of the kingdom of Yahweh till it fills the whole earth
- Verses 3-4 introduce the Cheruvim, the guardians to the tree of the Lives
- Verses 5-9 the anti-typical Noahic flood which is turned back by the rainbowed angel
- Verses 10-18 shows the blessings of the kingdom
- Verses 19-30 shows the current order of things through nature
- Verses 31-35 praises the wisdom of the Father
This has been adapted from a bible-class talk and posted here that all may benefit from the study. Please contact me with any thoughts…
Our subject is Bet-Lechem בת-לחם – the house of bread – which in summary symbolises the Ecclesial household of faith throughout every age. Together, we will trace this symbol throughout scripture: from it’s roots to the prophetic climax yet to be fully realised. From the calling of a people for his name, to the exalting of David, the beloved over his brethren and sisters to stand before Yahweh. His multitudinous loaf body, broken and spread abroad, that all nations may cause themselves to be blessed in the eating of it, and the Glory of Yahweh fills the earth in those who manifest his character. This is an overwhelmingly beautiful subject, far more extensive than we could possibly do justice in this short study. Continue reading
In the last post we looked at the throne and the exalting of the saint body to the political rule of the future age. This time we finish our study with a more detailed look at the High priest of our calling who occupies that throne, and the prophetic reason for this vision!
The train or Skirt
The train or skirt filled the temple. This word is used exclusively in two contexts in scripture.
- The skirt of Israel lifted up as the skirt of a harlot (Lam 1:9, Jer 13:22,26 and Nah 3:5)
- The rim of the robe of the ephod of the High Priest (Exo 28:33-34, 39:24-26)
This draws our minds to the great contrast between the leaders of the nation at the time and our lord. He is the faithful one the Amen, holy and true are his words. The false leaders of the time spoke smooth things, and committed fornication with the false doctrines and “gods” of the nations around.
Exo 28:33 And beneath upon the hem of it thou shalt make pomegranates of blue, and of purple, and of scarlet, round about the hem thereof; and bells of gold between them round about:
34 A golden bell and a pomegranate, a golden bell and a pomegranate, upon the hem of the robe round about.
35 And it shall be upon Aaron to minister: and his sound shall be heard when he goeth in unto the holy place before Yahweh, and when he cometh out, that he die not.
The word for pomegranate is the word rimon רמון, the same as the place Rimon, in Zechariah 14, “Gevah to Rimon”. This word again comes from the word high, ram רמ, of av’ram אברם. Hence drawing attention to the high or exhaled nature of the pomegranate. It’s used along with other plants that represent the Israelite people in Numbers 13:25: Continue reading
The last post we looked at Yashua as the true high priest, and showed from scripture that this vision has historical and future aspects. This time we will look more into the details of the prophecy and the wonderful vision of the throne.
The exalting of the righteous
Now lets go back to Isaiah 6 and look at some of the details, specifically the throne.
Isa 6:1 In the year that king Uzziah died I saw also the Lord (Adonay) sitting upon a throne, high (ram רם) and lifted up (nasa נשא), and his train filled the temple.
The word “high” here is ram רם, it is found in the name av’ram אברם, exalted father whose seed will also be exalted. This links the lord of the throne to the fulfilment of the Abrahamic promises and many of the prophecies of old. One example is Numbers 24:7, we start in verse 5 for context:
Num 24:5 How goodly are thy tents, O Jacob (the overcomer), and thy tabernacles, O Israel (Prince with Ail)!
6 As the valleys are they spread forth, as gardens by the river’s side, as the trees of lign aloes which Yahweh hath planted, and as cedar trees beside the waters.
Incidentally the word “Aloes” here is the the same as the word Elohim אלוהים or mighty ones, with two letters transposed, showing the identity of this symbol to be the saints. Psalm 1, they plant themselves on the living waters of the temple, soaking up the words of the Father.
Do we delight in soaking up the word, Brethren and Sisters? Do we thirst after it as a deer longing after refreshing waters, the gentle waters of Shiloach in the heat of this world?
Continuing in verse 7:
7 He shall pour the water out of his buckets, and his seed shall be in many waters, and his king shall be higher (ram רם) than Agag, and his kingdom shall be exalted (born up).
What is the nature of this exalting? We are told in the lovely words of Hannah’s prayer.
1 Sam 2:6 Yahweh killeth, and maketh alive: he bringeth down to the grave, and bringeth up.
7 Yahweh taketh away, and maketh rich: he bringeth low, and lifteth up (ram רם).
Hannah recognises the state of Israel and there reliance on Yahweh. He had indeed taken away the land and possessions of those around and given them to the children of Israel. They had followed the lies of Nimrod, sinking into all manor of vile worship, therefore Yahweh had removed them from the land. This is a great lesson to us, those who multiply there talents will be given of the inheritance of those who have not. If we neglect our estate, it will be taken from us and we will be “brought low”.
The word lifteth up is from our root word ram רם and is used of the resurrection and exalting of the meek of the earth.
1Sam 2.8 He raiseth up the poor out of the dust, and lifteth up (ram רם) the beggar from the dunghill, to set them among princes, and to make them inherit the throne of glory: for the pillars of the earth are Yahweh’s, and he hath set the world upon them. (also Psa 113:7-8)
The dust of the seed of Abraham will be raised from there sleep and gathered together a body prepared for the beloved (Heb 10:5). Those who do the works of Abraham will be quickened by the spirit dwelling within them (Rom 8:11). They are as the line Aloes, soaking up the word, upright in there actions and growing in the character of there father … that when there betrothed returns, they will see him as he is (1 John 3:2), and they shall be made like him, not just in mind but in alos in body. Not only that – “To him that overcometh will I grant to sit with me in my throne, even as I also overcame, and am set down with my Father in his throne” (Apoc 3:21). What a privilege …
bearing of the throne
Not only is our lord “high” or exalted as is typified in his father Abraham, he was also “lifted up” or born up. This is the word used of the priests shouldering of the alter, and bearing up the tabernacle as they followed the cloud. We find the same vision in Ezekiel chapter 10, where the throne is born up by the Cheruvim כרובים.
Psa 18:10 And he rode upon a cherub, and did fly: yea, he did fly upon the wings of … spirit.
Not only do the saints, the Cheruvim, bear up the throne, they are also filled with the spirit of Yahweh.
1 Sam 4:4 Yahweh which dwelleth
Notice the word “between”, found in italics in the AV, is not there in the Hebrew: not only is the throne born upon the Cheruvim, as the priests of old; his spirit inhabits the Cherubim themselves, his spirit fills them. If we are to be part of the Cheruvim, then we are filled with his spirit, driven by it. What drives us, where is our focus? Is it the lusts of our bodies … or the wisdom and character of the Father?
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Mel’chizedek – King or Righteousness
In the last post, we saw Uzziah lift himself up beyond what Yahweh had given him, as he took upon himself the name and role of Azariah–the hight priest at the time. In the opening verse of Isaiah 6 the spirit contrasts this self appointed Azariah (help of Yah) with the true Mel’chizedek, the true king priest, ordained by the father and sitting on his throne – “Jesus” (Yashua in the Hebrew). We are told this in John 12.
John 12:40 He hath blinded their eyes, and hardened their heart; that they should not see with their eyes, nor understand with their heart, and be converted, and I should heal them. 41 These things said Isaiah, when he saw his glory, and spake of him (Christ).
Now why would visions given to Isaiah about the impending Assyrio-Babylonian invasion be applied to Christ and his time? The spirit though John and Isaiah is clearly using the prophecy to refer to both times.