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Psalm 46: & the great earthquake of Zechariah 14

28th Jan 2017, hej.

As I was thinking to write this article, having just read Psalm 46 as I do each year on that day, on January 25th a Bible was found untouched after a tornado hit Hattiesburg, Mississippi.

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Times Appointed Part 4

1st Dec 2013, hej.

We have been given many time periods to prophetic events in the Bible. Many people think it too hard, and do not make an effort to understand them. However, if they were not to be understood, why were they given? And the Bible says the wise shall understand (Daniel 12:10). ... More

Walking on the wings of the wind

2nd Oct 2013, hej.

In the light of the findings of science, how literally do we take what the scriptures say about the power of the God of the Bible, Yahweh Elohim (literally He who will become Mighty Ones)? Science at its best is a measurement of observable and repeatable phenomenon wrapped up in explanations which abound in analogy. There is no doubt in the benefit of investigating phenomena of the natural world. The surprising thing is that the more we investigate natural phenomena, the more it fits the explanations recorded over 2000 years ago. ... More

How can two walk together unless they be agreed? Amos 3:3

24th Aug 2013, hej.

The God of Israel is approachable and reasonable. He often speaks directly to his people. The following will seek to understand a passage where he speaks via the prophet Amos which has a few variant translations. ... More

The Greatest Love, John 15:13

17th Apr 2013, hej.

This is my commandment, That you love one another, as I have loved you. Greater love has no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends. You are my friends, if ye do whatsoever I command you. (John 15:12-14) ... More

Head of the corner

20th Jul 2012, mgh.
[22] The stone which the builders refused is become the head stone of the corner.
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Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth, Matthew 5:5

5th Mar 2012, mgh.

This quotation deals with two issues, “the meek” and “inheriting the earth”. The Old Testament gives a lot of detail about the qualities that define “meekness”. The first things that come to mind about a meek person are quietness, gentleness and possibly weakness. But the Old Testament is very explicit about the qualities a meek person should have or develop and these are quite surprising. ... More

Mountain of the house of the LORD, Micah 4:1-2

22nd Jan 2012, mgh.

Micah 4 begins a prophecy. It deals with two main themes, the 'last days', and, Zion and Jerusalem. ... More

All things that are written by the prophets shall be accomplished, Luke 18:31

27th Aug 2011, mgh.

These words that were spoken by Y'shua to his disciples, in their context, contain and sum up prophecies that were found in the writings of the Prophets, Moses and the Psalms. ... More

Before Abraham was, I am, John 8:58

12th Aug 2011, hej.

“Before Abraham was, I am” (John 8:58) is one of the passages in scripture that is not easily understood. And it ought not to be easily understood because, in linguistic terms, it is awkward at best. So why did Jesus make a statement that was hard to understand? The context explains why.

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Making himself equal with God, John 5:18

2nd Aug 2011, hej.

The scriptures are clear that Yeshua (Jesus) was sinless, being the perfect servant. Yet those in leadership in Israel had him killed precisely because they saw his growing leadership. They counted the number of followers and saw his remarkable doctrine, so superior to their human based doctrine, as a threat to their power. They developed some curious theology to justify their position. On a few occasions they tried to twist his simple statements of fact so they could accuse him of blasphemy. ... More

Glorify me with the Glory I had with thee, John 17:5

26th Jul 2011, hej.

We have been asked to comment on this passage. As always we explore the context. In this case the passage comes from a prayer containing a plea made by our Lord to his Father. The context and prayer from the perspective of Hebrew thought shows strong connections to the Old Testament. ... More

The Lord Will See, Provide, Genesis 22:8

3rd Jul 2011, hej.

One of the most moving incidents recorded in Genesis is where Abraham offers his son. Isaac was a special son promised him and given by miracle, yet Abraham willingly offered him. Then, at the moment of offering, a ram is provided. The result is that Abraham makes a curious statement about the place name. ... More

Receiving the end of your faith, the salvation of souls, 1 Peter 1:9

18th Jun 2011, seh.

We have been asked to write on the grace of God. Peter's first epistle conveys the simplicity of how we live our life and what salvation by grace really means. ... More

Thou hast the words of eternal life, John 6:66-69

11th Jun 2011, mgh.

The following words from John's Gospel can be an inspiration for us in times of difficulties and the burdens of life. The apostle Peter was convinced that Y'shua was the Messiah and he showed the way of salvation to those who would believe and hear his words. Peter had faith and believed that there was no other way to life beyond our mortal existence. ... More

Take no Gift, Exodus 23:8

26th Mar 2011, mgh.

There may be pleasure in being given a gift, but there is wisdom in undertsanding why some gifts should be refused. ... More

Powers of heaven shall be shaken, Luke 21: 24-31

12th Mar 2011, mgh.

In the past six months we have witnessed amazing events on this earth in very rapid succession. The northern hemisphere faced severe snow storms and extremely cold temperatures, there were floods and landslides in Brazil, extensive flooding followed by cyclones and bushfires in Australia, and two devastating earthquakes in New Zealand. ... More

Climate Change: The Bounds of the Sea, Jeremiah 5:22

27th Feb 2011, mgh.

Today one of the greatest fears facing the nations is 'climate change' and 'global warming'. There are fears among politicians and many people that some low lying islands and coastal land will be submerged or inundated by the sea as ice melts and the sea level rises. ... More

Virgin shall conceive: Immanuel, Isaiah 7:14

26th Sep 2010, hej.

The beauty of the scriptures, especially regarding this prophecy of the virgin who should conceive, is in the detail. When Matthew in speaking of the birth of Jesus (Yeshua) refers to a prophecy in Isaiah it is to be suspected that many look no further than the one verse. But the context to which Matthew is referring, which faithful Jews of the era would have known well, is a powerful prophecy. ... More

Israel shall abide many days without a king. Hosea 3:4

5th Aug 2010, hej.

For many the old Testament is challenging. However, the langauge is often simpler than the new Testament. Secular concepts may obscure a simple understanding. The prophecy of Hosea is one of the simplest, as we can see what is happening in Hosea's relationship and can equate that to events in the nation. ... More

In the beginning was the Word. John 1:1

2nd Aug 2010, hej.

When John begins his letter, “In the beginning was the word”, he is speaking as a introduction to his gospel about Jesus. His conclusion “there are also many other things which Jesus did”, makes this clear. ... More

The Comforter or Helper. John 14:16

30th Jul 2010, mgh.

In the Gospel of John, there are four references to the 'comforter' ('helper' or 'advocate' Greek: paraklētos) that would come after Jesus' resurrection. John was a Hebrew so he didn't think in Greek. The concept of a Comforter only occurs in John's work and so should be treated with caution and understood in John's context. ... More

It shall bruise your head and you shall bruise his heel. Genesis 3:15

19th Jun 2010, mgh.

The following verse would have to be one of the most challenging verses in the Bible. It needs to be read in its context before it makes any sense. The serpent had spoken to Eve in the Garden of Eden and deceived her by saying “you shall not surely die” if they ate of the tree which God had forbidden them to eat the fruit of. ... More

Even his enemies to be at peace with him

5th Jun 2010, hej.

There is some thought that if we are good, or favoured by God (and the two are not the same thing), that things will be nice for us and we will live in peace. But the wisdom of the scriptures, that people are often not as familiar with as they are with humanistic thinking, is very sobering. ... More

The earth and the works shall be burned up. 2 Peter 3:10

28th May 2010, mgh.

Peter refers to the flood in 2Peter 3:6 and compares it to the world as perishing or being destroyed. ... More

I create new heavens and a new earth. Isaiah 65:17

16th May 2010, hej.

This quotation from Isaiah must be taken in its context. The use of heavens and earth in the Bible is often figurative and used metaphorically. ... More

All things were created by him, and for him. Col 1:16

14th May 2010, hej.

Possibly one of the most misunderstood verses in the New Testament speaks of things created by Christ. Many try and make much more of the idea that Yeshua (Jesus) was a creator than the context warrants, but in doing so they miss Paul's immensely powerful point. ... More

Whole duty of man. Ecclesiastes 12:13

18th Apr 2010, mgh.

Many people seek wisdom. Many more seek knowledge and will study until late at night to pass exams, and keep up a gruelling study regime for years. Some people seek acumen in how to 'get ahead' and self-help books often enjoy huge sales. But what if we are missing the key to it? ... More

In the beginning God created the heaven Gen 1:1

11th Apr 2010, hej.

In the modern scientific world this verse is perhaps the most contentious of the Bible. The reason it is contentious is that few seek to understand its context and what is meant by 'heaven'. ... More

Confess that Jesus is Lord. Rom 10:9

3rd Apr 2010, hej.

"Because, if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved." (Romans 10:9). This verse is often used as a procedure for how people become Christians, but a further examination of the context will show that this is incorrect. ... More

Being in the form of God. Philippians 2:6

27th Mar 2010, hej.

Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God, (Philipians 2:6) ... More

Count the number of the beast 666. Revelation 13:18

27th Mar 2010, hej.

Revelation 13 and Revelation 17 both advise the reader to seek wisdom. The harlot 'woman' and 'the beast' have a connection to the city that sits on seven mountains, which historically has been identified with Rome, the great and powerful city. The beast here is identified by a number, six hundred and sixty six (666). ... More

Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God is one LORD: Deuteronomy 6:4

24th Mar 2010, hej.

This is a very well known statement made by Moses. Most recognise its importance. But do you recognise its significance? ... More

He shall save the children of the needy. Psalm 72:4

12th Mar 2010, mgh.


Psalm 72:4 He shall judge the poor of the people, he shall save the children of the needy, and shall break in pieces the oppressor.
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As long as the sun and moon endure. Psalm 72:5

12th Mar 2010, mgh.


Psalm 72:5 They shall fear you as long as the sun and moon endure, throughout all generations.
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Prophecy strengthens Faith

12th Feb 2010, mgh.

How can we strengthen our belief and faith in the Bible? Many people question the authenticity of the Bible and the existence of the Creator, but is there a way to banish doubts? ... More

Lion & the False Prophet

28th Aug 2009, hej.

How do we know a lying Prophet? Will we be able to make an excuse before Jesus at the Judgement by claiming we were deceived? Are we not asked to recognise false prophets? In any case we have been given an exemplar judgement of the God of Israel regarding our responsibility to recognise a false prophet, in the history of the man of God, the false prophet and the lion. The incident is recorded in 1 Kings 13. ... More

Times Appointed Part 2

20th Aug 2009, hej.

We examine the time periods given in Revelation 11, 17 and Daniel 7 in their context, looking at both what is predicted and the relevant history. ... More

Times Appointed Part 3

20th Aug 2009, hej.

This section examines the prediction of Messiah's first comming of Daniel 9, the meaning of the 'week', the jubile. The historical fulfillment of the times of the desolator of the Holy Land in Daniel 12. We also analyse the Olivet prophecy and the signs in the sun and the moon. ... More

Times Appointed Part 1

20th Aug 2009, mgh,hej.

This is first part in a series on the time periods given in the Bible, especially those relating to the end times of the current order of things and the return of the Messiah (Anointed). ... More

AntiChrist

14th Aug 2009, hej.

There are many misconceptions of what Anti-Christ means due to mis-information, and sensationalism. It is not hard to confirm what the Bible actually says. ... More

God so loved the world. John 3:16

2nd Jan 2009, mgh.

There are 2 sides to the coin. Often a picture of a coin is published showing only one side. It has another side, but unless we see the original we can never know what is on the other side. ... More

Paradise

17th Oct 2008, hej.

Revealing what the Bible realy says about paradise ... More

Kingdom of God

15th Apr 2008, mgh.

This is the good news, the future. Your future, but only if you want it. ... More

Psalm 133

18th Dec 2003, hej.

Psalm 133 is one of the shortest Psalms. It is also possibly one of the most misunderstood psalms. This analysis will show that it is far from being a 'nice' platitude about unity, but rather is a serious statement with doctrinal implications. ... More

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