SYNOPSIS: The “word” spoken by God in His Son is His final and complete revelation that takes precedence over all preceding ones – Hebrews 1:1-2:4.
The Epistle to the Hebrews was sent to a Christian congregation most likely located in or near the city of Rome. Previously, the church experienced pressure from outsiders and was facing the possibility of renewed pressure, perhaps, even persecution (Hebrews 2:15, 10:32-34, 13:24-25). Continue reading The Supremacy of the Son
SYNOPSIS: Christians do not need to wait until History’s final years to understand the message of Revelation. The understanding of its visions was made plain to the first-century churches of Asia.
Today, some voices claim that the correct understanding of many end-time prophecies will not be revealed until the “last generation” before the return of Jesus. Information still veiled will be decoded only in the last few years prior to the end of the age. Frequently, a key passage from the book of Daniel is cited to validate this claim.
This popular teaching is based on the commandment of an angel to the prophet Daniel to “seal the book until the time of the end.” This interpretation assumes this means that the predictions recorded in the book of Daniel will not be understood until the final generation before Jesus arrives in glory. Usually, precisely how this information will be disclosed is left unstated. Continue reading Revelation – A Fully Opened Book
SYNOPSIS: Unlike the book of Daniel, the scroll is unsealed in Revelation. The messianic age and the time of fulfillment arrived in the Death and Resurrection of Jesus – Revelation 1:1-3.
At the close of his visions, an angel commanded Daniel “to shut up the words and seal the book until the season of the end.” One school of prophecy sees this as a promise that the meaning of his prophecies will be disclosed in History’s final years, to the “last generation” to live before the end of the age. Continue reading The Unsealed Scroll – The Season is Now!
SYNOPSIS: Contrary to the claims of many politically-motivated church leaders, Jesus is the “light of the world,” not any nation, a system of government or political ideology.
Politicians routinely invoke God to validate their ideology and office. Whatever religion is perceived as the most popular at any given moment, is so employed to validate a political agenda. Just as today’s officeholders pay lip service to “Judeo-Christian values,” so pagan emperors of Rome appealed to the traditional gods for divine approval. Patriotism and religious faith become indistinguishable; lack of nationalistic fervor is tantamount to religious heresy. Continue reading Jesus is the Light of the World, Period!
SYNOPSIS – The Fullness and Grace of God are found only in the “Word made Flesh,” Jesus – John 1:14-18.
The prologue to the gospel of John introduces key themes – Life, Light, Witness, Truth, Grace. Jesus is the Light of the world, the source of Grace and Truth, and the True Tabernacle, the only-born Son of God, and the only one who has seen the Father. The prologue ends with the conclusion that Jesus is the only one who interprets the unseen God – (John 1:14-18).
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SYNOPSIS – The types and “shadows” of the old covenant find their substance in the Son, Christ Jesus.
The New Testament places the fulfillment of the promises of the Hebrew Bible in Jesus Christ – “In him” – All the promises of God find their “yea” and “amen” in Jesus. Likewise, the things “hidden” in the past, His “mysteries,” are fully revealed in the Life, Death, Resurrection, and the Exaltation of His Son.
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