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What is the 13th Enumeration?

Chapter-1If you’ve ever wondered about why I chose to name this site the 13th Enumeration – Where History and Bible Meet, today you’ll learn part of the amazing Biblical history behind The 13th Enumeration. Our adventure takes us back nearly 2000 years to a tax collector who penned a Biblical lineage of 41 names, an enigma which has become one of the most disputed texts of the New Testament.

“It is the glory of God to conceal a thing: but the honour of kings is to search out a matter.
Proverbs 25:2

Even a quick perusal of the biblical record will show you that our Creator, YHWH, doesn’t always do things in a way mankind expects. In fact, when we’re dealing with God, it’s prudent to expect the unexpected. Whether because of our shortsightedness, His sense of humor, or something else, humans have been misunderstanding YHWH’s actions and words since the very beginning.

The examples are almost too numerous to recount: He promised us a Savior. We expected a conquering hero on a white horse; instead He sent us a humble carpenter on a donkey. To meet a giant, He sent a shepherd boy with a stone and a sling. To protect His people from the wrath of Persia, He prepared a young Jewish maiden. To give the city of Nineveh a second chance, He sent a giant fish. We could go on and tell of a young Hebrew man sold into slavery who became the second most powerful ruler in Egypt, or of a harlot who would be the grandmother of a future king. The bottom line is that YHWH often does things that do not make sense based upon our human experience and expectations.

 An Unexpected Argument
The first chapter of the first book of the New Testament is no exception. I mean, come on—this is the place you’d expect to find rock-solid, ironclad proof that Yeshua (Jesus) is the Messiah promised in the Hebrew Scriptures. Chapter 1 of the gospel of Matthew is like the opening argument in the most important legal case in the history of the world. Mess up here, and the repercussions will have untold consequences. Continue reading

The Mother of Harlots

Down through the centuries students of Bible prophecy have wrestled with the identity and location of Mystery Babylon the Great as described in Revelation 17.

Until recently, the city of Rome has been the top choice of many Christian scholars. I say recently though, because a new ‘bad girl’ has appeared on the scene and is causing many to question the Roman paradigm. Thanks in large part to the writings of Joel Richardson, many are asking if Islam and Saudi Arabia might not be a better choice.

Today, we are not going to explore the Biblical record for the location of this mystery city, rather, I want to look at why the Bible describes this mystery city and its religious system as the great prostitute, the “mother” of prostitutes.

Ironically, both the Roman and Islamic theories of Mystery Babylon have one difficulty in common. They both must ignore one of the most important descriptive features of the false religious system.  You see, Mystery Babylon, is indeed described as the great Harlot or prostitute, but Revelation 17:5 provides even more details by telling us this mystery religion and its associated city is also the “Mother of Harlots”.

“And upon her forehead was a name written, MYSTERY, BABYLON THE GREAT, THE MOTHER OF HARLOTS AND ABOMINATIONS OF THE EARTH.” (Revelation 17:5)

Over the centuries many commentators have gone to great lengths to ignore or redefine the term mother as found here in Revelation 17:5. Obviously if “mother” is meant to be understood in its most natural sense then neither a Roman mystery Babylon nor the new Islamic mystery Babylon fit the description of Revelation 17. Over the last 6000 years of Biblical history there have been many idolatrous religious practices including those influenced by Rome and Islam. But can any of these idolatrous religious practices be legitimately considered the “mother” of harlots? In other words, which of these religious institutions can be considered the progenitor, source, or mother of all other idolatrous religions mentioned in the Bible?

Quite simply, it comes down to the definition of the term mother. If mother means mother then neither the Roman nor the Islamic theory of mystery Babylon fit the description of Revelation 17:5. As an example of how this difficulty is dealt with here is a quote from Joel Richardson’s new book: Mystery Babylon: Unlocking the Bible’s Greatest Prophetic Mystery.

“The title “the mother of all harlots,” however, has nothing to do with actual or metaphorical motherhood. ….

No, the phrase “the mother of” is figure of speech that means “major or best”. For instance, Saddam Hussein famously declared that if the United States invaded Iraq, the result would be “the mother of all battles,” meaning the biggest ever. The largest storm of the century might be referred to as “the mother of all storms.” Again, this simply means it is the biggest or most extreme storm, not that it will give birth to every other storm in history.” (Kindle loc. 1033)

A pretty important claim, don’t you think? Unfortunately, for his readers, Mr. Richardson does not provide a contextual Biblical basis for how he arrived at this conclusion. To you and I, in the 21 century using the term “mother” in this sense is not that unusual. But how Saddam Hussein or you and I understand the use of the word mother in the modern era is really not the question at hand. Proper Biblical interpretive method requires us to define the term “mother” as it was understood in the context in which it was given. In other words, is there any evidence in the Bible for using the word mother as Mr. Richardson and others who share  his interpretive method claim? Let’s take a look.

First, let’s define the word mother as it is found in Revelation 17:5. The word mother as it is found there in the text comes from the Greek word, meter {may’-tare} According to Strong’s concordance, the word meter is used 85 times in the New Testament and it has the following meanings:

1) a mother 2) metaph. the source of something, the motherland

Interestingly, of the 85 times this word is used in the New Testament, 83 of those refer specifically to a mother in the most natural sense. It must not be ignored that the only two instances when the term meter (mother) is not used specifically in reference to a human mother, it is used metaphorically in relation to two different cities. The first instance, found in Galatians 4:26, refers to a the heavenly city of Jerusalem which is the progenitor or source (mother) of all believers. The second instance refers to Mystery Babylon that mysterious earthly city which if taken in its most natural sense would refer to the progenitor or source (mother) of all idolaters. So two cities both described as mothers. One of which is described as the mother of all believers and the other the mother of unbelievers.

In the case of Mr. Richardson and his Islamic/Saudi theory of Mystery Babylon, he provides no real Biblical basis for his novel interpretation of the term mother. Like some of his peers who point to the Roman Catholicism as the great harlot, this is an oversight which any serious Berean cannot overlook.

I want to make clear here my intent is not to pick on Mr. Richardson, (others have made the same mistake) but rather to illustrate, with a contemporary example, how scholars have had to change the meaning of one of the Bible’s most basic words in order to find Mystery Babylon in their generation.

The reason this subject is so important is because pointing to Roman Catholicism, Islam, or some other religious belief as the religious system of Mystery Babylon has real world implications for believers as the return of Yeshua draws near. If the term mother was meant to be understood in its most natural sense then the religious system of Satan is still lurking in the shadows undisturbed by the light of truth while well-meaning believers provide cover by pointing an accusing finger at one of her idolatrous daughters.

So what do you think? Does the Bible describe a religious system or belief from which it could be said that all other idolatrous beliefs have their origins? In my next article Religion of the Harlot we will look for the Mother of Harlots in the Biblical record to see if we can find the root of this mystery religious system from which all others find their source. Secondarily, we will try to discover why the Bible associates this religious system with the infamous city of Babylon.

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If you found this article interesting you might also appreciate my books in the Prophecies and Patterns series. Subscribes can download the books for free from my website. (Book 3 coming soon)  Rest assured I will not share your email address nor will I spam you with endless requests or advertisements. Just every week or so I’ll share with you my love for Biblical history and Bible prophecy. I hope you’ll join the adventure!

Behold the Lamb of God!

“Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world.”

What powerful compelling words, which now nearly 2000 years later still reach across the ages, providing us with a vivid redemptive picture of the Son of God. Did you know these words were not spoken by a polished religious leader of Yeshua’s day, but rather a simple man who wore camel’s hair and ate locusts?

What’s even more fascinating about the these famous words is that John the Baptist spoke these words over two years before the death and resurrection of Yeshua. Do you get that? To you and me in retrospect, Yeshua as the symbolic “Lamb of God” makes perfect sense. After all, we have the gospel accounts which tell of His death and resurrection during the feast of Passover in the spring of 30 AD. But here John is proclaiming Yeshua as the promised Messiah, the Son of God, the “lamb of God which taketh away the sins of the world” nearly two years before it happened.

It is fascinating to me that in essence John the Baptist, by these famous words, was predicting the sacrificial redemptive death of the Yeshua years before even Yeshua’s own disciples understood the purpose of His first coming. Keep in mind that John, by proclaiming Yeshua the lamb of God, made it clear that there was a redemptive purpose to Yeshua’s ministry, a purpose that could only be understood within the sacrificial rites of the Torah.

So how did John know that Yeshua was the “lamb of God”? It’s clear from John 1 that John’s knowledge that Yeshua was the “Son of God” was a divine revelation, but that does not necessarily explain why John understood Yeshua as the “lamb of God”. To be sure there could have been further divine revelation and John may have also understood the redemptive nature of the coming Messiah from the many prophetic passages which speak of Him as such. But there is another reason which must have had some influence on his view of Yeshua as the lamb of God.

Remember Yeshua’s and John’s nativity stories are connected. In the sixth month of Elisabeth’s pregnancy, Mary conceived Yeshua by the Holy Spirit. Shortly thereafter Mary went to visit her cousin Elisabeth and was greeted by this salutation:

“And Mary arose in those days, and went into the hill country with haste, into a city of Juda; And entered into the house of Zacharias, and saluted Elisabeth. And it came to pass, that, when Elisabeth heard the salutation of Mary, the babe leaped in her womb; and Elisabeth was filled with the Holy Ghost:

And she spake out with a loud voice, and said, Blessed art thou among women, and blessed is the fruit of thy womb.  And whence is this to me, that the mother of my Lord should come to me? For, lo, as soon as the voice of thy salutation sounded in mine ears, the babe leaped in my womb for joy.” (Luke 1:39-44 39)

Based upon the above passage, John the Baptist had a special understanding of Yeshua from the very first few months of his life. This special knowledge was likely reinforced by John’s parents during the formative years of this life. You see, not only did Elisabeth understand that Mary was the mother of the promised Messiah but John’s father also had a prophetic revelation about the promised Messiah as well.

And his father Zacharias was filled with the Holy Ghost, and prophesied, saying,Blessed be the Lord God of Israel; for he hath visited and redeemed his people, And hath raised up an horn of salvation [yesha] for us in the house of his servant David; As he spake by the mouth of his holy prophets, which have been since the world began:

That we should be saved from our enemies, and from the hand of all that hate us;  To perform the mercy promised to our fathers, and to remember his holy covenant; The oath which he sware to our father Abraham, That he would grant unto us, that we being delivered out of the hand of our enemies might serve him without fear,  In holiness and righteousness before him, all the days of our life. 

And thou, child [John], shalt be called the prophet of the Highest: for thou shalt go before the face of the Lord to prepare his ways; To give knowledge of salvation unto his people by the remission of their sins, Through the tender mercy of our God; whereby the dayspring from on high hath visited us, To give light to them that sit in darkness and in the shadow of death, to guide our feet into the way of peace. And the child [John]  grew, and waxed strong in spirit, and was in the deserts till the day of his shewing unto Israel. (Luke 1:67-80 67)

It’s always thrilling to me to see the congruency of the Bible’s Messianic message. Here is Zacharias prophesying that his son John would prepare the way for the coming Messiah. Notice in verse 68 Zacharias tells those present that YHWH had visited His people. Remember it was Zacharias’ wife Elisabeth upon meeting Mary had the divine revelation that her cousin Mary was the one through whom YHWH sent the promised redeemer to visit His people.

But Zacharias doesn’t stop there. He connects this visitation, this redemptive promise of the coming redeemer with prophetic revelations given to two of the Old Testament’s most influential people. To get a sense of just how significant Zacharias’ words are let’s take a moment to revisit those words in the stories of king David and Abraham.

First the prophecy of David which tells of the “horn of Salvation” mentioned by Zacharias:

“…..And he said,> I will love thee, O YHWH, my strength. YHWH 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. I will call upon YHWH, who is worthy to be praised: so shall I be saved from mine enemies.” (Psalm 18:1-3)

What’s fascinating about this passage is the underlying context as it relates to YHWH’s promised salvation, His “horn of Salvation”. (Keep in mind that Mary was told to name her child Yeshua, which means ‘YHWH’s Salvation’.)

In the Old Testament the word “horn” comes from the Hebrew qeren which means horn (fig. a horn of strength), of horn like projections on an altar, a hill, or rays of light.

Did you know that the first time qeren is used in the Bible, is as reference to the sacrificial substitution YHWH made on behalf of Isaac?

Most of you remember the story – Abraham was told to take his young son up to the mountain and offer him as a sacrifice. On the way Isaac innocently asks his father how they are going to sacrifice to YHWH without a lamb. Abraham responds to his son with those amazing words of faith:

And Abraham said, My son, God will provide himself a lamb for a burnt offering: (Genesis 22:8)

Indeed YHWH provided a sacrifice in place of Isaac. That sacrifice was a ram caught by its horns (qeren) in a thicket.

“And Abraham lifted up his eyes, and looked, and behold behind him a ram caught in a thicket by his horns [qeren]: and Abraham went and took the ram, and offered him up for a burnt offering in the stead of his son. And Abraham called the name of that place Jehovahjireh: as it is said to this day, In the mount of YHWH it shall be seen.” (Genesis 22:13-14)

YHWH’s sacrificial substitution there on the mountain became the symbolic standard for His redemptive plan. For those willing to see, He was telling mankind that He would provide Himself as a sacrifice for our sins. As the new testament records, YHWH became flesh through a Hebrew maiden named Mary. Nearly 2000 years later, on that very same mountain where Abraham bound Isaac and placed him on the altar, Yeshua (YHWH”s Salvation) offered Himself for the sins of mankind. He became that sacrifice foreshadowed in Genesis 22, that “horn of salvation”, as well as sacrificial atonement to which the entire sacrificial system of the Torah pointed.

And he [Yeshua] said unto them, These are the words which I spake unto you, while I was yet with you, that all things must be fulfilled, which were written in the law of Moses, and in the prophets, and in the psalms, concerning me.

“Then opened he their understanding, that they might understand the scriptures, And said unto them, Thus it is written, and thus it behoved Christ to suffer, and to rise from the dead the third day: And that repentance and remission of sins should be preached in his name among all nations, beginning at Jerusalem. And ye are witnesses of these things.” (Luke 24:44-48)

But there is more to Zacharias wonderful prophecy concerning the coming Messiah that many miss when looking at Luke 2 and it is also related to Genesis 22. What I’m talking about is the “mercy” and the “covenant” which Zacharias describes as an “oath” which YHWH swore with Abraham. You see after Abraham demonstrated his faith there on the mountain, YHWH swore with Abraham the first covenant made with any man in the Bible. Here is that famous covenant:

“And the angel of YHWH called unto Abraham out of heaven the second time, And said, By myself have I sworn, saith YHWH, for because thou hast done this thing, and hast not withheld thy son, thine only son:

That in blessing I will bless thee, and in multiplying I will multiply thy seed as the stars of the heaven, and as the sand which is upon the sea shore; and thy seed shall possess the gate of his enemies; And in thy seed shall all the nations of the earth be blessed; because thou hast obeyed my voice.” (Genesis 22:15-18)

As the New Testament writers explain this promised “seed”, through whom all the nations of the earth would be blessed, was none other than Yeshua.

“Ye are the children of the prophets, and of the covenant which God made with our fathers, saying unto Abraham, And in thy seed shall all the kindreds of the earth be blessed. Unto you first God, having raised up his Son Jesus, sent him to bless you, in turning away every one of you from his iniquities.” (Acts 3:25-26)

“That the blessing of Abraham might come on the Gentiles through Jesus Christ; that we might receive the promise of the Spirit through faith. Brethren, I speak after the manner of men; Though it be but a man’s covenant, yet if it be confirmed, no man disannulleth, or addeth thereto.  Now to Abraham and his seed were the promises made. He saith not, And to seeds, as of many; but as of one, And to thy seed, which is Christ.” (Galatians 3:14-16)

I would be remiss here if I did not mention two other great Old Testament prophets who also talked about this “covenant and mercy” swore with Abraham.

Nearly 300 years after Abraham, Moses, just before he passes leadership to Joshua (Yeshua) reminds Israel of the oath YHWH swore with Abraham, that oath which speaks of the coming Messiah.

“For thou art an holy people unto YHWH thy God: YHWH thy God hath chosen thee to be a special people unto himself, above all people that are upon the face of the earth. YHWH did not set his love upon you, nor choose you, because ye were more in number than any people; for ye were the fewest of all people:

But because YHWH loved you, and because he would keep the oath which he had sworn unto your fathers, hath YHWH brought you out with a mighty hand, and redeemed you out of the house of bondmen, from the hand of Pharaoh king of Egypt. Know therefore that YHWH thy God, he is God, the faithful God, which keepeth covenant and mercy with them that love him and keep his commandments to a thousand generations;” (Deuteronomy 7:6-9)

“Not for thy righteousness, or for the uprightness of thine heart, dost thou go to possess their land: but for the wickedness of these nations YHWH thy God doth drive them out from before thee, and that he may perform the word which YHWH sware unto thy fathers, Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.” (Deuteronomy 9:5)

After Moses, another 1000 years pass and a Hebrew captive to the king of Babylon gives one of the most impassioned prayers found in the Old Testament. This captive named Daniel prays to YHWH that Israel’s sins would be forgiven and that his people might return to service YHWH in Jerusalem. In the 9th chapter of the book that bears his name, Daniel opens his plea to YHWH with a call to remember the “covenant and mercy” promised to the fathers.

“And I set my face unto the Lord God, to seek by prayer and supplications, with fasting, and sackcloth, and ashes: And I prayed unto YHWH my God, and made my confession, and said, O Lord, the great and dreadful God, keeping the covenant and mercy to them that love him, and to them that keep his commandments;” (Daniel 9:3-4)

In answer to Daniel’s prayer, YHWH reveals to Daniel what is arguably the most important messianic prophecy in the Bible, a prophecy which reveals to mankind the precise time when that famous messianic promise would be fulfilled. You and I know that prophecy as the 70 Weeks of Daniel 9. This prophecy has the distinction of being the only prophecy in the Bible which gives a specific datable timeline for the coming of the promised redeemer.

And this brings us full circle to Zacharias’ prophecy of the coming redeemer which was given 8 days after the birth of John the Baptist. At this time Mary was 3 months pregnant with Yeshua (YHWH’s Salvation). Thus Zacharias’ words came the very year in which the prophecy of 70 “weeks” predicted the fulfillment of the “covenant and mercy” of the promised messianic “seed”.

So next time you hear the words “behold the lamb of God which taketh away the sins of the world” I hope you’ll also remember the story of Zacharias, Elisabeth, and John. Three faithful people used by YHWH to prepare the way for the coming of the promised Redeemer, a redeemer who was prophesied of “in the law of Moses, the prophets, and the Psalms.”

And his disciples asked him, saying, Why then say the scribes that Elias must first come? And Jesus answered and said unto them, Elias truly shall first come, and restore all things. But I say unto you, That Elias is come already, and they knew him not, but have done unto him whatsoever they listed. Likewise shall also the Son of man suffer of them. Then the disciples understood that he spake unto them of John the Baptist.” (Mathew 17:10-13)

Now when Jesus had heard that John was cast into prison, he departed into Galilee; And leaving Nazareth, he came and dwelt in Capernaum, which is upon the sea coast, in the borders of Zabulon and Nephthalim: That it might be fulfilled which was spoken by Esaias the prophet, saying, The land of Zabulon, and the land of Nephthalim, by the way of the sea, beyond Jordan, Galilee of the Gentiles; The people which sat in darkness saw great light; and to them which sat in the region and shadow of death light is sprung up. From that time Jesus began to preach, and to say, Repent: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.” (Matthew 4:12-17)

The people that walked in darkness have seen a great light: they that dwell in the land of the shadow of death, upon them hath the light shined….

For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace. Of the increase of his government and peace there shall be no end, upon the throne of David, and upon his kingdom, to order it, and to establish it with judgment and with justice from henceforth even for ever. The zeal of YHWH of hosts will perform this.” (Isaiah 9:2, 6-7)

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To learn more about the “covenant and mercy” YHWH swore with Abraham, the prophecy of 70 “weeks”, and how it relates to the coming of the Messiah, you might appreciate reading my book Daniel’s 70 Weeks: The Keystone of Bible Prophecy. Subscribers to my blog can download this book or any of my books in the Prophecy & Patterns series free of charge.

As a subscriber to my blog rest assured that I will not spam you with endless requests or advertisements. Nor will I share you email address. Just every week or so I’ll share with you my love of Biblical history and Bible prophecy.

I hope you’ll join the adventure!

Reversing Hermon in Matthew 1

Regular readers of my blog are aware of the inspired genius Matthew concealed in the lineage of Yeshua when he wrote that intriguing list of names.  As I’ve explained over the years, that list of 41 names is an important key to understanding the significance of the Bible’s messianic symbolism as it relates to the Old Testament’s sacrificial system, the Bible’s lunar/solar calendar, Daniel 9, and YHWH’s redemptive plan for mankind. As I’ve briefly discussed in several blog posts, that list also has a larger context related to Old Testament chronology, the Shemitah, and the jubilee cycles.

This past week I was thrilled to learn that Dr. Michael Heiser’s new book Reversing Hermon: Enoch, the Watchers & the Forgotten Mission of Jesus Christ also showcases the messianic significance of Matthew 1 in a thrilling new way. I’ll get to Dr. Heiser’s information in a moment, Continue reading

Anti-Semitism, Ancient Persia, & April Fools

Next week the Jewish holiday of Purim is celebrated and then about a week later the Persian holiday of Nowruz. In this week’s blog post I’ll share with you the intriguing Biblical history which links these two ancient holidays to a period of time nearly 2500 years ago when an evil man set out to destroy the Jewish people.

This story begins with an April fool named Haman. I’ll get to the April fool part a bit later, but Continue reading

Zion and a Jubilee of Jubilees

Today, many students of Bible prophecy see the return of the Jewish people to their ancestral homeland as one of the “super” signs, that our generation is living in the season of Yeshua’s return. There are some Christians today though, who believe that YHWH’s promises to the Jewish people were superseded by the Church and that the nation of Israel today is nothing more than a historical coincidence helped along by overzealous believers who take Bible prophecy too literally.

This past month I’ve had the privilege of reading two excellent books which address this subject. The first  was written by Samuel Whitefield entitled – One King: A Jesus-Centered Answer to the Question of Zion and the People of God, the second was by Thomas Ice entitled – The Case for Zionism: Why Christians Should Support Israel. Both books were well written but from slightly different perspectives.

Mr. Whitefield’s book looked at the subject from a more theological and Biblically based perspective while Mr. Ice’s looked at the subject from a Biblical and a historically legal sense. Although, the authors come at the subject from slightly different theological perspectives, their books complement each other and together make a compelling case for the nation of Israel as a fulfilment of Bible prophecy.

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Today, I want to look at the subject of Zion and restoration of Israel in terms of the Bible’s chronology and the Jubilee cycles. As you will see, Israel’s restoration to the Promised Land as an independent nation was not coincidence, Continue reading

The Congruency of the Bible’s Messianic Message

Why did the Old Testament require a specific number of sacrifices for each of the Bible’s seven holy days? What was the Messianic significance of the apostle Paul’s “middle wall of partition”? Did the apostle Matthew arrange Yeshua’s lineage to show a connection between the Bible’s calendar, the Torah’s sacrificial system, and the prophecies of a coming Messiah?

This week I will answer these questions in a new video presentation which takes you on a thrilling exploration of the Bible’s Messianic symbolism. Starting with the basics of Bible prophecy I explore the Biblical feast days, the significance of the number and order of the sacrificial system, the thrilling Messianic symbolism of Matthew 1, and our Creator’s heavenly “Rolex” – all within the context of the Spirit of Prophecy. Like never before, you’ll see the congruency of the Bible’s message of YHWH’s salvation, our Yeshua. Continue reading

The Spirit of Prophecy

I have a question for you. When Revelation 19:10 tells us that “the spirit of prophecy is the testimony of Jesus”, what do you think that means?  Have you ever really thought about this statement, I mean really thought about it?

Today, I’d like to give you another way to look at this statement that just might make some pieces of the Bible’s prophetic puzzle fall into place for you. Continue reading

Christmas and the Course of Abia (Abijah)

Have you ever wondered why the birth of Yeshua (Jesus) is celebrated on December 25th? Most of us take this date for granted but what Biblical evidence is there to support it? Was is made up or is there a basis in real Bible history. Today, Continue reading

Thanksgiving 2016


From left: Noah, Hannah, Hope, Zane, Maranatha, William, Winnie

I know Thanksgiving is an American holiday and that I have readers of this blog from 193 different countries in this world, nevertheless, Winnie, myself, and the rest of our family would like to wish you all a happy Thanksgiving.

  That I may publish with the voice of thanksgiving, and tell of all thy wondrous works.
– Psalm 26:7

The Flood, the Exodus, and the Coming Messiah


Noah Offering Sacrifices

In my last blog post, Halloween: Celebrating the Destruction of Mankind, we looked at the fascinating history of Halloween and the flood of Noah. Today I want to share with you how those events are related to Israel’s exodus from Egypt, the Biblical calendar, and the promise of the coming Messiah. Continue reading

Halloween: Celebrating the Destruction of Mankind

An-Egyptian-Temple600With Halloween coming up I thought it might be helpful to provide some Biblical history about this popular celebration of death and mayhem. My hope is that the history I’m about to share will help you see the bigger picture so that you as a believer will have the courage to let the light of truth shine in this increasingly dark world.

The Spanish poet and philosopher George Santayana wisely observed, “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.” Each year about this time the truth of this statement hits me just little bit more. To me, it is truly sobering to realize just how much of the past we have forgotten. Despite what we’d like to believe, human nature has not changed much over the past 6000 years.

As you all know it’s about this time of year, (it gets a little earlier each year) that we see preparations for the celebration of Halloween. Ironically, (and you will see the irony by the end of this article) Continue reading

Sovereign For a Day

futteh-ali-shah-king-of-peIf you were the sovereign of this world for a day and you had a message for a generation 2500 years in the future, a message so important that their very lives depended upon it, how would you go about ensuring that they got the message?

  • Would you give this message yourself?
  • would the message have credible witnesses to support its authenticity?
  • Would the message have a clear date time stamp which could be historically verified?

I think most of us would agree, that at a minimum, the answers would be yes to the above three questions.

Now let’s take these questions one step further. If YHWH, the sovereign of this world, wanted to ensure that a future generation would know and understand, 2500 years in the future, the date He would send His son to redeem mankind, would He Continue reading

Prophecy Hour Radio Program

This past Thursday Pastor Dan Catlin graciously invited me to talk about my books on his Prophecy Hour radio program. We talked about messianic symbolism of the 13th Enumeration as well as the redemptive message of Daniel 9 and the Prophecy of 70 Weeks.

Here is the link for those who might be interested. Prophecy Hour Radio

I haven’t done many radio interviews but I enjoyed talking with Pastor Dan. If you appreciate the program please take a moment to share.

Next week, YHWH willing, I’ll finish our look at Daniel 9 and the “Commandment to restore and build Jerusalem” by sharing the one “commandant” most often overlooked when discussing this wonderful prophecy.  Pastor Dan and I briefly discussed the subject during his radio program.

I hope you enjoy the adventure!