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COMMENTARY ON THE OLD TESTAMENT

 

This first section pertains to Genesis Chapter's 1-3; the account of creation and God's plan for mankind:

 

When God created the heavens and the earth, saying that it was very good, He sowed His very essence into the fabric of matter itself, so when He creates the new heavens and a new earth, He will sow His essence back into the creation. Therefore, when Paul said in Rom 8-19, “The anxious longing of the creation waits eagerly for the revealing of the sons of God,” he was saying that the First Resurrection will be the first fruits of the creation being redeemed from the curse, and how did Paul describe the First Resurrection? He said we would have spiritual bodies! That is an oxymoron to our finite minds. God intends to marry the spiritual to the physical, making the creation just as spiritual as it is physical. We know we currently have a soul, but we don’t know very much about it, whether it is merely located in the brain, or if our flesh is superimposed over our spirit. Either way, body and soul exist as two separate phases. However, what Paul meant by spiritual body was that flesh and spirit would integrate to become one. This explains Jesus’ resurrected body that was able to walk through walls by controlling His outward form, going from a physical to a spiritual state. Possessing separate phases of spirit and body as we do now, compared to a total integration of these two phases, is the difference between dropping a bottle of food coloring in an aquarium compared to opening the bottle and pouring the contents into the water.

 

There are three facets of God: Father, Son and Holy Spirit, and it is possible He has other facets. The Bible says that God is Spirit. The Holy Spirit is everywhere at the same time, omnipresent. “In the beginning…” (Genesis 1-1) God infused His Spirit within the fabric of the universe, indwelling His creation to the very atoms and subatomic particles, causing His creation to literally become alive, so that when he cursed the universe, He simply removed Himself from the elements, and it became what we see today. Instead of it being a giving creation, it is a taking one, impoverished. We must now eat to replenish our bodies, getting what we need from other living things. Life now exists on earth through a transfer of energy and nutrients, which ultimately originates from the sun. Ever since God removed Himself from His creation, the universe has been at war with itself. For example, the lion kills and eats the grass-eating gazelle, and the gazelle eats grass that grows from the sun. The fox kills the mouse; the mouse kills the bug; the bug eats decaying matter; decaying matter is the result of bacteria and one-celled organisms, and the one-celled organism consists of molecules, and the molecules consist of atoms. Atoms themselves are raging against each other in terms of ionic and covalent bonding. Atoms acquire electrons, stripping them from other molecules to stabilize their valence shells. Meanwhile, there is a force within the nucleus of every atom that holds the particles together, and it is this force that is released at the detonation of an atomic bomb. The amount of refined uranium required for a bomb is no larger than your fist; therefore, imagine the combined force of the entire universe. God will release this when He is finished with this creation, prior to creating a new heavens and earth (Col 1-16,17). This suggests that he has not completely divested Himself from the universe when He stepped away from it. This universal force probably represents a fourth dimension of God, and who knows how many other dimensions He may have?   

 

We know that both the heavens and the earth are cursed, and we also know that God gave the earth to man as his inheritance, but not the universe. Therefore, the curse we observe on stars and galaxies is not the result of man but Lucifer’s rebellion. Isaiah 14,12-15 says, “How you have fallen from heaven, O star of the morning, son of the dawn….” This indicates that he stood at the top of the universe as the brightest star in the sky and looked down upon the creation and considered himself as God, suggesting that the God who created him had given him the entire universe as his inheritance, so when he fell into sin, God cursed the universe, including the earth, by removing Himself from it. However, because the earth is a special place, the future site of God’s throne, when He removed Himself from it, life still sprouted. This accounts for our current state; it is a partially cursed planet, suggesting that it is also partially blessed because of the surpassing blessing that it initially received. God created the entire universe in one day and then created the earth in another day, suggesting that he spent just as much time and effort on this planet as He did on the rest of the entire universe (Genesis 1-1).

 

There are many people who are confused about this world and the curse under which it suffers. Some say the earth has no curse, while others say the earth reflects the true nature of God. They observe that nature is violent, selfish and hostile; therefore, they assume these are the attributes of God. Rather, this creation reflects the nature of Satan. It is very difficult to explain to someone that this present creation is at war with itself, not that it accurately reflects God, but for the opposite reason, that it accurately reflects His absence. God has removed Himself from this creation; His presence does not exist in living things, except in His children. This will not be true with the new creation; it will accurately reflect the true nature of God even hundreds of billions of light-years into space; He will be fully vested in His creation again. Scientists say that we are alive and the cells that constitute our bodies are also alive, but the elements that constitute those cells are not alive, but inert. This will not be true of the new creation. His presence will be found within its very substance, and for this reason the new heavens and the new earth will be literally alive in ways we cannot comprehend. With all our strength of heart we can scarcely grasp the life of the Holy Spirit who dwells in the believer, let alone comprehend living in a universe that has the Holy Spirit dwelling in it even as he dwells in us (Rom 8,19-23).

 

Adam was familiar with the very presence of God; He visited Adam in the cool of the day, so when he fell, he sinned knowing the very presence of God, just as Lucifer did, which was a profound sin, suggesting that Adam may not be with us in heaven. However, we have never seen God, so our sin is not as great as Adam’s sin. Plus, Adam initiated the rebellion, whereas we were innocently born into it. We live in a fallen creation based on our understanding of astronomy. There is no life of any kind anywhere in the universe that we know, except here on earth. All the planets are dead, probably every planet in the universe. The stars themselves will eventually grow old and die, and so basically it is a dying creation. It is a slow death, but it is dying just the same. The earth’s curse was repressed allowing life to continue, though requiring the Garden of Eden as an oasis from the curse. This equally describes the human body as cursed yet it still has the capacity for life.

 

The only way for Adam to reverse the earth's curse was from within the garden, so God's original vision was for man to expand the garden to encompass the earth. However, after man fell into sin God said to the him in Genesis 3,17-19, “Cursed is the ground because of you.” When He said that, he meant that Adam and his wife should have expanded the garden, but they didn't, so it was now their fault that the earth was still under Satan's curse. They rejected God’s purpose for themselves, the land remained cursed, and God made them accountable for it. This also means God made man from dust that was cursed, and then breathed a perfect spirit into him that staved off the curse from Adam’s body. It actually stands to reason that Adam’s body was made from a cursed material, since God said to the woman that her pain in childbirth should be greatly multiplied, meaning that it would have been painful even if they had not sinned, only to a lesser degree, pain being an aspect of the curse (Rev 21-4). We know from the above verse that there will be no sorrow or pain in heaven. This suggests a couple things; first, what God offered Adam and Eve does not hold a candle to what He offers us now that Christ has shed His blood for us. Also, they lived in fallible bodies, yet Adam and Eve would have never died had they not sinned, because their perfect spirits would have counteracted the curse. The same goes for Christ. In fact, His death was a miracle, since He was without sin. Death follows sin, but there was no clause mentioned in the law of sin that allowed for death to exist without sin; thus, Jesus broke the law of sin through His death (Rom 8-1,2). This means His death gained the victory over the curse and not His resurrection; His resurrection was a mere reification of His endless life, like a bobber that returns to the surface after the fish quits tugging on it.

 

The Bible says that God planted a garden and placed man in it, and from the garden He told Adam and Eve to subdue the earth, suggesting that the earth was already under a curse, otherwise there would be no need for a garden. Consequently God created man from the dust of the curse and breathed a perfect human soul into him, compensating for his flawed exterior. Jesus would later come as the Second Adam who also had a perfect spirit but a flawed exterior. Although Adam was made of fallen material, his perfect spirit protected him from death, but after he fell and was exiled, he then related to those things that died outside the garden. It was God’s plan to place Adam and Eve in the garden and have them reproduce and push outward the boundaries of the garden, overtaking the curse to accommodate a growing family; this was how he was supposed to subdue the earth. In this way the curse would have been removed, but we all know this never happened; Eve didn’t even conceive her first child before she sinned. It implies she went somewhere and came back a different person. She went to the perimeter of the garden and looked beyond it, curious what was out there. That’s where she met the serpent, at the perimeter of the garden.

 

The Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil did not have special qualities outside the fact that it was at the center of the garden. God spoke over the man and said that eating from it was evil, and because of that, it became evil to eat its fruit; other than that, it was no different from any tree in the garden. God’s original plan for Adam and Eve was to be fruitful and multiply, but He never gave an expiration date to this command; therefore, God will create a new Adam and Eve and command them again to be fruitful and multiply, this time truncating the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil, and we will be assigned to take care of them. If this does not happen, then Satan will have succeeded in thwarting God’s plan of creating a people who are both infinite and eternal. It was necessary to allow all the death and destruction, pain and suffering throughout the ages, just to create a people who are experienced about sin, yet perfected to lead such a people. This way, it won’t be God correcting man; we will correct them when they makes mistakes. If God corrected them, it would lead right back to the same problem that we have now. There will be no sin or rebellion in heaven, but there will be error (Job 4-18).

 

Take another look at Lk 19,11-19. The one who made ten minas and five minas from the one mina was given authority over ten and five cities respectively. This sounds great, but it is far greater than it sounds. The kingdom of God will not be static but ever growing and increasing throughout eternity. God is infinite and eternal and His creation will reflect His nature. His kingdom will not just be infinite in size as the current universe is today, but also in the number of his loyal worshipers. If this were not so, God would have made a glorious and infinite but empty universe. Again, if this were not so, there would be only a handful of His people spotted throughout the vast expanse, doing what and for whom? Isaiah 9-7 says, “There will be no end to the increase of His government or of peace, on the throne of David and over his kingdom.” Take this verse literally, it means His government will increase forever. The purpose of government is to rule over people, but if there were no people to rule, this verse would be meaningless. God will create a new Adam and a new Eve, this time without exposing them to the advent of sin (no tree), and He will command them again to be fruitful and multiply, and from that seed He will grow a kingdom that will reproduce throughout eternity to fill God’s creation with His loyal subjects, and we will rule over them. We, a finite number of people whom God has winnowed and refined, are to help rule His kingdom that will grow throughout eternity to colonize His infinite universe!

 

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1) Genesis 1,3-5 – Let there be light; day and night first day (Gen 1,14-18). Then it says that God made sun, moon and stars on the 3rd day. Therefore, how could day and night have existed before the third day? Answer: There were multiple creations, that is, multiple steps in creation. I propose two scenarios: 1- These so-called days are not 24-hour periods, but eons. 2- God created the universe and then created our solar system separately. Both are simultaneously possible.

 

2) Gen 3,1-15 – Satanic deception is so hopelessly interwoven into man’s truth that it is impossible to unravel it. This epitomizes our society today.

V15: Jesus was Satan’s tree of knowledge of good and evil (temptation); what goes around comes around.

 

3) Gen 4-10 – Innocent blood cries from the ground.

 

4) Gen 11-5 – The Lord came down to see Babylon. Why did He need to do that; I thought He was everywhere and saw everything.

 

5) Gen 18,10-12 – Sarah laughed, indicating that she overheard Abraham speaking with God, implying that it was an audible voice.

Vs 20,21: God will visit Sodom and Gomorrah to see if its outcry is justified. Why did He need to do that; I thought He knew everything.

 

6) Gen 22-18 – Abraham obeyed God’s voice—cornerstone of the gospel. Two passages come to mind: Luke 6:46 "Why do you call me, 'Lord, Lord,' and do not do what I say?” And… John 4:22   “… salvation is from the Jews.” The example of Abraham to the Christian walk is indispensable, but who truly understands the concept of walking by the Spirit today?

 

7) Gen 46-4 – God said to Jacob and his sons (Israel), “I will go down with you to Egypt.” In what capacity?

 

8) Exodus 3,4-9 – God is infinite and all knowing, yet he deals with us on a finite basis. We can take this literally, that God expresses Himself on various levels of His omnipotence, like the strongest man in the world is able to pet a kitten without killing it. God had good reasons for delivering Israel from the bondage of Egypt, though it was in His plan to be their redeemer primarily from their sins.

 

9) Ex 4-22,23 – The promise to Abraham was that he would become a father to many nations; those other nations were based on screwups, except Israel, in that Israel was not Abraham’s firstborn, but Sarah’s. Those who think God doesn’t care about women in the Old Testament think again.

      Vs 24-26: You be the judge, did God almost kill Moses or did He almost kill his son for not circumcising him? Some believe that Zipporah saved Moses from God’s wrath after he failed to circumcise their son. On the one hand, there are a lot of pronouns flying around; too bad it didn't say outright that God was about to slay Moses (rather, it says "him" whoever him is). This makes it sound that God could have been about to slay his son for not being circumcised, since the immediate context was about the first born (verses 22,23). This puts Moses in league with King David in terms of fathering his children; neither were very good dads, probably because they were so busy fathering Israel. On the other hand, if this is in fact referring to God nearly putting Moses to death, it shows just how expendable we all are to God's plan, very interesting either way. Moses had a special responsibility to follow the Lord’s commands, as leader of the Israelites out of their pagan bondage, and as such, was subject to a stricter judgment. However, we should not think of ourselves as expendable!

 

10) Ex 13-17 – Perhaps foreknowledge was involved when God directed them away from the aggressive Philistines, not allowing them to get a taste of war so early in their newfound freedom, knowing they would become fearful and possibly retreat back to Egypt. War is a horrible thing, especially such brutal close combat with swords, knives and spears (as well as bows and arrows).  It’s interesting that the same Hebrew word translated “arrow” (chitstsiy) is the same Hebrew word used today for “rocket” or “missile.” He walked with them, and though He judged the ungrateful exodus generation to fall in the wilderness, He led their children into the land of promise under Joshua. Hardened by a difficult life in the wilderness, they were then ready to meet God’s enemies in battle.

 

11) Ex 19-5,6 – Israel was called to intercede for the whole world as a nation of priests. Back at that time the priests were consecrated to be the “teachers of the law” to the people, traveling around Israel to rural areas as well as the cities, like the later circuit riding preachers in the American colonies. The Levites had no land inheritance, but lived on the tithes of the rest of Israel. By lot they performed the Temple service, as John the Baptist’s father did.

 

12) Ex 20,18-21 – Israel’s big mistake. They feared the sight of Him, but they did not fear sinning in His presence! (See: Heb 12,18-24.) Had Israel endured the presence of God, they would have also done His will, but if they sinned, their punishment would be dramatically increased. The Israelites knew their own hearts, that they didn't intend to serve the Lord, and for that reason they asked that Moses speak to them instead of God. The fact that they had Moses to intercede for them acted as a buffer for them from God's judgment. So it is with the church today of those who resist the Holy Spirit; they too seek a man to intercede for them, their pastor, instead of interacting personally with God.

V26 – God is all seeing, like the cherubim and the four living creatures delineated in Rev 4,6-9

 

13) Ex 21-22,23 – Abortion, this is a pretty clear-cut case. The NASB (uses the word miscarriage), while the King James uses the phrase “fruit departs from her,” which speaks of the fetus being born prematurely. Back in the day it was almost certainly a death sentence for the child, and even now it often ends in fetus death. Do a study on “Innocent blood” Scriptures of the Old Testament. Of course, no one is more innocent than the pre-born baby! Notice, that the man who struck the woman did not have to die as a consequence of killing the woman’s fetus, but if he injured or killed the woman, it would be likewise done to him, "eye for eye, tooth for tooth... life for life." This passage clearly states that it was an accident, while we know abortion is by no means an accident, but of the mother it says that if any further injury occurs to her, you are to prosecute. This suggests that the fetus doesn’t have the same rights as a living person in the eyes of God. However, people cross a forbidden line when they intentionally destroy a healthy living fetus. When we combine the limited rights of the fetus with purposeful intention of abortion, we can see why God views it as murder, giving us good reason to interpret the word-study on “Innocent Blood” as the sin of abortion. What can we say about pro-life advocates? They are doing well to advocate for the unborn, particularly when their rivals in the pro-choice camp are sacrificing these potential babies by the millions to the god of convenience, usually for the sake of their hedonistic lifestyles. Pro-lifers attribute full rights to the unborn fetus, which the Bible does not corroborate, while pro-choicers give them no rights at all, so the truth is in the middle again where we usually find it.

 

14) Ex 23,20-23 and Ex 33,1-5 – God sent an angel to lead Israel into the promise land. This is not a well-known understanding of these verses. If you indiscriminately asked anyone with knowledge of the Scriptures about this, invariably they would have never heard of such a teaching, yet it is clearly stated here in the Old Testament and it also in the New (Gal 3-19 and Act 7-53). An angel of the Lord led Israel to the promise land because God didn’t have the patience. Had God Himself attempted to escort them, He would have exterminated them all because of their insolence and lack of reverence. God at one time told Moses that He would wipe Israel out and make a nation of Moses’ descendents, but He would not have actually done that, since Judah had already been prophesied as the tribe from whom Messiah would come. Hence, we see predestination sprinkled silently throughout the Scriptures from Genesis to Revelation. Note that in Exodus 33,1-5 the people were saddened because God Himself would not lead them, but a mighty angle instead. If it bothered them so much that God refused to personally escort them to the promise land, then why didn’t they mind their manners? This was not the case in the new covenant, for God sent His only Son to die for our sins and not a second-class angel. Therefore, we ought to be all the more grateful and fearful in light of God’s great generosity.

 

15) Ex 32,7-14 – The only example of Jesus changing His mind in the New Testament is in regard to the syrophoenician woman in Mk 725-29. Moses changed God’s mind in much the same way, which is actually quite an achievement, being that He predestines everything according to His foreknowledge. That only means God knew from the beginning how things would end, so He told Moses one thing with the intension of doing another, and only said that He changed His mind. The same applies here. Jesus’ answer to the woman was in so many words “No.” Jesus initially denied her request, because He came exclusively to the Jews, making the gentiles second in line for the grace of God. however, after the woman's answer He gave exception, though it would take the resurrection and ascension of Christ before the revelation that the gentiles were also included.

V7: “Your people,” God said to Moses.

V9: “I have seen this people” God said to Moses again as though the people weren’t His. He knows the end from the beginning. Why does He need to see them behave poorly as though He were just learning about them?

V10: He threatened to destroy Israel unless Moses interceded, testing him. The fact that he passed this test gave him the title of most humble, hence the greatest man who ever lived. Moses could have replaced Abraham, but God would never have thrown away all the history of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob and the promises He made to them in a momentary fit of rage. Moses pleaded with God for the people, even though He stood to benefit from Israel's extermination. Everyone has heard the name “Moses” because of His greatness in humility; he didn’t care about the notoriety and the glory of being the leader of Israel. He stood in the gap and interceded for the people; it was God’s plan to test Moses and offer him an opportunity to showcase the depth of His humility to glorify his servant Moses and to demonstrate His own perfect patience, enduring a stiff-necked people.

V11: Moses said to God, “Your people.” God and Moses were fighting over Israel as to whom they belonged. God would have never forsaken Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. The Lord changed His mind, but not really. This is not anthropomorphic; rather, God is very interested in delegating authority. The larger teaching of Moses and the Israelites walking a tightrope with God was that He was really getting sick and close to smoking them, but more importantly, this was not actually God leading the Israelites, but a very powerful angel that represented God, and this is why He really was learning as He went; he didn't have omniscience.  Remember Ex 23,20-23. However, in Moses' case, he spoke directly with God and not with an angel.

 

16) Leviticus 10,1-3 – Strange fire: we are to worship God according to His command, not according to our own will. This applies also to the new covenant. God’s severity is a function of His closeness with the people. This is reminiscent of years later in the story of Eli the priest in 1Samuel chapters 1-4, whose sons profaned the tabernacle service of the Lord, and God had them killed. He doesn’t suffer lightly those who profane what is Holy. Eli died too as a judgment from God because he did nothing to curb the behavior of his sons.

Vs 9,10: Do not mix Spirits.

 

17) Lev 17,1-7 – There is a demon behind every idol, and every god is a demon, except the God of heaven.

 

18) Lev 19-18 – This is where God commands Israel to “love your neighbor as yourself,” being perhaps the most often quoted verse of the Bible, even quoted by the writers of the New Testament. The Ten Commandments are a summary of the Mosaic Law and this verse is a summary of the Ten Commandments, thus loving your neighbor summarizes the entire Bible. However, the most amazing fact about this verse is its obscurity, nestled in the tedious lines of the book of Leviticus, which was a book mostly devoted to describing the duties of the Levites in regard to temple worship. It was a statement made almost in passing, yet it was noticed very much by virtually everyone.

 

18) Lev 20-22 – “Then the land will spew you out.” The earth is working with God to judge sin.

 

19) Numbers 9,11-13 – Passover: cut-off from the people if not kept. This law is enforced to the degree of closeness to God. In fact, this goes for all the laws of God. This has relevance with the church age in that the early church was closer to God than us and was judged accordingly, while He so often excuses our sin from a lack of relation to Him. Israel did not celebrate Passover for hundreds of years, not since Samuel the prophet, until King Josiah re-instituted it, just prior to their captivity to Babylon, and no one was cut-off (see 2Chron 35-18,19). Israel blew it so many times. God always brought them back from the brink with a “remnant,” so His Word to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob would be fulfilled. Thanks be to God for His great patience.

 

20) Num 12-1,2 – “And the Lord heard it.” Doesn’t He hear everything? There are possibly two things going on here. Either God is able to limit Himself as to what He will allow Himself to know or a very powerful angel was leading Israel. Michael, one of only three angelic beings named in Scripture, is considered the guardian of Israel – no minor position.  “However, I will tell you what is inscribed in the writing of truth. Yet there is no one who stands firmly with me against these forces except Michael your prince” (Daniel 10:21).

Vs 4-15: Moses was the only man who ever lived who was in his own class, and we must keep in mind that it was his humility that made him great in the eyes of God. It was his humility that kept him from presuming that by his own power he was leading the sons of Israel and causing signs, wonders and miracles. Moses never twice considered these things to come from himself, but he did consider it once at the waters of Meribah (Num 20,8-13).

 

21) Num 15,22-31 – Blasphemy: sins committed in full knowledge. Heb 9-6,7 says, “Now when these things have been thus prepared, the priests are continually entering the outer tabernacle performing the divine worship, but into the second, only the high priest enters once a year, not without taking blood, which he offers for himself and for the sins of the people committed in ignorance.” This phrase “sins of the people committed in ignorance” is defined in Numbers chapters 15 by the words unwittingly and unintentionally. In the old covenant the consequence of intentional sin was to be cut off from the people, and Hebrews chapter 9 further suggests that the blood of Christ cannot forgive intentional sin either. However, instead of being cut off from the church, the remedy of intentional sin in the new covenant is repentance. Once repentance is applied to intentional sin, the blood of Christ can again forgive, but His blood cannot forgive intentional sin outside of repentance. That doesn’t mean the person is going to hell, but that Jesus will bring up the matter at the believer’s judgment (see: 2Cor 5-10).

 

22) Num 16,1-10 – Humanism: All the congregation are holy; that is, God has not made them holy; they are holy unto themselves. Karah, a Levite, was the first to abuse his spiritual authority. 1 Peter 4:17 says, “Judgment must begin at the house of God: and if it first begin at us, what shall the end be of them that obey not the gospel of God?”

Vs 2: It says that Korah and his gang were considered men of renown. This is the same description the Bible gives to the Nephilim, which some interpret as the result of women mating with demons. Regardless, it also says they were at least partially responsible for God bringing on the world the judgment of Noah’s flood, so now we know what God thinks of men of renown. They are by no means renown in the eyes of God. Jesus said,  “What is highly valued among men is detestable in God's sight.” Luke 16-15

Vs 4: Moses’ response was to fall on his face. That should have been the response of Korah and his gang for being arrogant and challenging the Lord and His anointed.

Vs 39,40: Non-Levite burning incense to the Lord. This later happened regularly during Israel’s apostasy with no consequences, until the entire nation went captive to Babylon. Therefore, the closer we get to God, the more sever and speedy our punishment for sin.

Vs 41-45: Humanism.

 

23) Num 20,8-12 – The closer we get to God the more He demands our obedience.

 

24) Num 22,12-22 – Obey the first word God speaks to you, else you inquire again and He tests you, since you tested Him. You are inviting demons to answer for the Lord by doubting his initial word (Remember Num 31-8). Also take a closer look at 1Jn 2-7,8. John says to keep the word we have heard from the beginning, knowing that it was from the Lord (directly from the original apostles). Keeping the initial word is vital to our spiritual well-being. The principle of first word God speaks to us is vividly shown also in 1 Kings 13, in the account of the prophet of God and the lion. There are many dimensions to this story, obeying the first word being only one of them. Also see Gal 1,6-10 and Heb 2,1-4.

 

25) Num 33-55,56 – This came to pass exactly as it was spoken. People need to heed this today more than ever. God gave us such a comprehensive record of what happened at that time, because it is all going to happen again in the last days, only instead of it happening to the Jews it will happen nearly verbatim to the gentiles!

 

26) Deuteronomy 2-11,20 – Other names for the Nephilim: Rephaim, Emim, Anakim and Zamzummin

 

27) Deut 4-12 – Heard a voice but saw no form. This is allegorically referring to the word of God operating independent of the Holy Spirit. The Spirit and the word together produce the revelation of God.

Vs 15-18: Worshipping an image of God is still idol worship. He wants us worshipping Him and not a representation of Him.

 

28) Deut 7,2-6 – This Israel did not do. This was God’s purpose for Israel. In other words, Solomon dropped the ball big time. The difference between Solomon's wisdom and the wisdom of the New Covenant Spirit is that if it doesn't manifest then it isn't wisdom, or that it isn't complete as James put it.

 

29) Deut 9-4,5 – There are those who think God was evil for sending Israel to disembowel the land of Canaan and take the land for themselves as their possession from the Lord, but God used Israel as His hammer to destroy those nations for the purpose of prolonging the earth. Their failure to do so has translated to them as pricks in their eyes and now to us as thorns in our sides, regarding terrorists from the Middle East.

 

30) Deut 12-30,31 – Worshipping idols always leads to corruption and destruction of society. America's great idol is the love of money, living as high a standard as possible, and even more-so, going into debt and bankruptcy.

 

30a) Deut 13,1-18 – This chapter in Deuteronomy very possibly was the prime motivator in the Apostle Paul's (Saul's) life prior to his conversion to Christianity. The Book of Acts depicts Saul essentially fulfilling this chapter to the letter, even doing it with a sincere heart, until he met Jesus on the road to Damascus. He discovered that he was not actually serving the Lord as he thought, but suddenly discovered by divine intervention that he was completely duped by his religious society and culture (see 1Tim 1,13-16).

 

31) Deut 23,12-14 – God mostly didn’t work with mankind as almighty God in the Old Testament but interacted with the people through an angel, who was like a man. However, in the new covenant God works directly with us through His Holy Spirit, which should make us all the more humble and appreciative.

 

32) Deut 29,17-21 – Do you think the devil has a curse in his hand? Where do you think he got it? God has used Satan and the demons as a vehicle to curse mankind, since the fall in the Garden of Eden. The one who calls himself a Christian, yet is disobedient to God’s word and to His Spirit is the enemy of God. There is a curse on his life, and the curse is unbelief, which can manifest in many forms of disobedience that have destructive consequences both natural and spiritual, but the curse is removed in Christ and in our obedience to Him.

 

33) Deut 31,16-18,21 – Prophecy that Israel will forsake the Lord.

 

34) Joshua 7-9 – Israel is in it for keeps

Vs 11,12: Taken things under the ban: consequences are more immediate and sever the closer we get to God.

 

35) Josh 10-11 – Hailstones do not necessarily come from a storm.

 

36) Josh 24,16-22 – “God will not forgive your transgressions and your sins.” Dealing directly with God without Jesus to intercede for them was dangerous business. We have cause to fear God.

 

37) Judges 1,27-33 – Israel did not drive out the inhabitants of their land, though they had strong incentive to do it. They had a free pass from God to steal, kill and destroy, but did not make full use of it. Instead, they had sympathy on their enemies. This later translated to having sympathy on their own flesh when they disobeyed God’s command and worshipped the idols of foreign gods, which corrupted their hearts to commit murder.

 

38) Jud 2-2,3 – Israel could not drive out their enemies because they sympathized with their idols.

Vs10-15: The next generation didn’t know the Lord because the previous one didn’t tell them about Him. Those who don’t want to serve the Lord act like they have led feet.

 

39) Jud 16,28-31 – Great Endtime Revival: the number of men Samson killed is tantamount to souls saved in new covenant terms. He killed more in his death than he did in throughout his life, suggesting that more people will be save at the end of the age than were saved throughout the entire age of grace.

 

40) 1Samuel 3-13,14 – Eli’s sons were evil and he did nothing about it. Sin cannot be atoned by sacrifice, only sins committed in ignorance.

 

41) 1Sam 8,4-8 – it was not the will of God that Israel should have a king, which means King David would not have been king had God had his way. He would have written Israel’s history completely different if it were totally up to Him.

 

42) 1Sam 10-5,6 – The anointing has a transforming effect on those who pay attention and learn to obey Him.

 

43) 1Sam 12-19,20 – Asking for a king was God’s second best for Israel.

 

44) 1Sam 13,8-14 – Saul disrespected the sacrifice which is central to God’s relation to man. This became the basis of his kingdom’s demise.

 

45) 1Sam 15-2,3 – Apart from the blood of Christ, God can hold a grudge for a log time.

Vs 7-23: Saul was willful and reasoned that God would be happy with his sacrifice, when obedience was the sacrifice that God wanted from him, to sacrifice his own ideas and worship God as he commanded. Saul lost his anointing over this, in that the anointing is for an express purpose of worshipping God.

Vs 32,33: The fruit of idolatry is child murder (abortion).

Vs 26-29,35: God changed his mind; He rejected Saul from being king. However, God chose Saul to reject him, to teach Israel the lesson that God looks on man from the heart and to show that having a king is not what they may think. So in that sense God did not change His mind but followed His original plan.

 

46) 1Sam 16-3 – God teaches Samuel to be deceitful.

V14: The Scriptures indicate that Lucifer was the most powerful angel that God had ever created, and the Bible also teaches that God never takes back anything He gives to anyone, “for the gifts and the calling of God are irrevocable” (Rom 11-29), but He is willing to let the owner of His gifts use them for evil until they mutate into something evil that destroys the person. Saul is a perfect example of this. He is a depiction of blasphemy against the Holy Spirit, abusing the anointing by disregarding the voice of the Holy Spirit.

Vs 15-23: God put David and Saul together as opposites, one who has a heart for God and the other who does not. Together they show the reaction between light and darkness. Prior to God choosing Saul he had no opinion of Him, but now he hates Him. Conversely, prior to God choosing David he loved Him, which is the perfect wineskin for God to pour his wine (anointing).

 

47) 1Sam 19,18-24 – There is no spirit more toxic than the one who mixes the Holy Spirit with demons. This is the religious spirit.

 

48) 1Sam 20-1 – “What is my sin that he is seeking my life?” Darkness hates the light; the reprobate hates the anointing; the antichrist hates the woman and her children (Revelation chapter 12).

 

49) 1Sam 26-25 – Saul is the personification of a reprobate, and David is to him like his relationship with God. Something happens one day and he recants his hatred of God, only to awaken the next day a reprobate again. A leopard cannot change his spots.

 

50) 1Sam 27-1 – Your enemies are your friends compared to a reprobate. David hid among the philistines to escape Saul.

 

51) 1Sam 28,3-19 – Clearly the witch of En-dor conjured Samuel from the grave, because a deceitful spirit would not have answered Saul the way Samuel did. There should be no symbolism ascribed to this. However, we should note that God condemned the work of mediums, so there were no angels from God involved in contacting Samuel; rather, this was the work of demons, and these demons exact high payment for their services, which we see in Saul being tormented by demons. We see mediums attempting to conjure spirits from the grave in our own time with little to no luck, or else they are found to be charlatans. Either way, nothing like this ever happens anymore, because since Christ rose from the dead, righteous souls have been whisked to heaven. The wicked dead may still be contacted, but they are no different from demons.

 

52) 2Samuel 1,11-27 – David was a man after God’s own heart. That is, he loved his enemies.

 

53) 2Sam 7-5,6 – God dwelled in tents, but in what capacity? It is amazing that the source of all things could fit in there. God existed before anything for an eternity, so living in a tent would be nothing to Him.

Vs 14,15: God departs from some but not from others, depending on whether their heart is with Him.

 

54)  2Sam 11-2 – David stood on top of his roof. This was the scene of Nebuchadnezzar, who stood in his pride of all his kingdom and lost it all on his rooftop too.

 

54a) 2Sam 12,16-24 – If we have sinned in the ministry and the Lord speaks to us telling us that He will take something from us because of our sin, the best thing to do is accept His word and try to make the most of what remains. For instance, King David with Bathsheba, who became pregnant because of their adulterous encounter, God spoke to Nathan the prophet and told him that he would lose their son, and David sought the Lord for his kindness and mercy if somehow God might change his mind, but after the baby died, David rose and bathed and came to supper, having accepted the loss, and later they had Solomon who would be one of the greatest kings that Israel had ever known, who built the house of the Lord on which they made sacrifice over 400 years. It became the empire that Israel covets to this day. David never tried to impede the prophecy or acted in any way against the word of the Lord, but only sought God’s favor. Therefore, when we get bad news from the Lord, we are not to deny it, but prepare to repent and mend our ways and become better people because of it, so the evil that comes to us results in a blessing through our commitment to serve Him all the more.

 

55) 2Sam 16,5-12 – Shimei the son of Gera, the man who cursed David for the bloodshed done to Saul’s house. David practiced new covenant principles to love those who cursed him (Lk 6-28).

 

56) 2Sam 21-1 – This famine was a judgment from God, but not all natural disasters are an extension of God’s judgment. Rather, randomness is the usual cause. David ruled his kingdom in righteousness, and he was wondering why God allowed this famine to occur. Under wicked rulers it is more logical that God allows randomness to judge the land, but how do we reconcile the suffering of the righteous? Faith is the great equalizer between the righteous and the wicked. God judges the wicked for having none and rewards the righteous for enduring their trials.

 

57) 1Kings 3,16-28 – Had these women approached Moses, he would have had them stoned to death as harlots. God is more lenient the further we stray from Him, and more demanding the closer we get to Him. His judgments are conversely more specific to our behavior the closer we get to Him and more obscure the further we stray from Him.

 

58) 1King 4-34 – Now-a-days no one would come to hear his wisdom, because no one cares about wisdom anymore.

 

59) 1King 6,11-13 – Solomon couldn’t build a grand house for the Lord and expect special treatment. With or without the house he had to obey God’s laws to be blessed. In fact, it wasn’t God’s idea that he should build such an elaborate house for the Lord.

 

60) 1King 8-27 – Is God in any one place? Can He who overfills heaven stuff Himself into a tent or even Solomon’s temple?

 

61) 1King 9,6-9 – Building such a house scored Solomon no points with God. God could have named many sins, but named only one, idolatry. The great sin of idolatry pertains to an evil conscience. Solomon and his descendants knew God’s history with their Jewish ancestors, how they were destroyed because of disobedience, and so do we, so let it be the deterrent that it was intended.

 

62) 1King 10,1-3 – How much wisdom would you need to impress the world today? If our wisdom did impress the world, it would be worldly wisdom. The new covenant wisdom of the Spirit far exceeds the Wisdom of Solomon, yet no one seems impressed, because we are living in the age of apostasy.

Vs 4-7: Remember what God said to Israel through Samuel about having a king in 1Sim 8,10-18, that the nation will work for him.

Vs 14-23: In all this wisdom Jesus said in Mat 6,28-30 that Solomon did not clothe himself like the lilies of the field, while Jesus, whose wisdom was infinitely greater, lived like the lilies and not like Solomon.

 

63) 1King 11,1-8 – Solomon’s wisdom was, ‘…as I say and not as I do.’ According to New Testament standards, his wisdom was incomplete (see book of James). Solomon’s sin became the root of Israel’s future rebellion that led to the Babylonian takeover.

V40: God was giving Jeroboam the kingdom and Solomon sought to kill him, just like Saul did against David. Saul lost his anointing over it, so it is not a stretch to say that Solomon lost his wisdom.

 

64) 1King 12,3-15 – this speaks of the warning God gave to Israel about having a king (1Sam 8,4-18). All of Solomon’s glory was meant for himself, and he bent the backs of his servants to give it to him.

Vs 15-19: division of Israel and Judah came about from the word that God spoke against David for killing Urriah the Hittite, Bathsheba’s husband. The sin of great men holds great consequences that reverberate through nations for generations.

Vs 26-28: Jeroboam’s sin: to remain in power he kept Israel from returning to the house of David (Judah) by making 2 golden calves and having Israel worship them, thus hindering them from returning to God.

 

65) 1King 13,1-32 – The first thing you hear from God, this is the word of the Lord

Vs 33,34: Why was a non-Levitical priest who offers sacrifice to God so evil? God set this tribe apart from the rest of all Israel to conduct His ministry. They represent Christians, the royal priesthood. Non-Levites were like a non-Christian’s prayer. God finds their prayers revolting.

 

66) 1King 14-16 – All the sins of Israel are the type of Jeroboam, causing Israel to sin against God in effort to stay in power.

 

67) 1King 17-1 – Two Witnesses in Revelation 11

Vs 2-24: Great endtime revival, how the saints will live. The ravens represent angels. The women represents the Jewish church and her child represents the gentile church. She and Elijah work together to meet each others needs. The dead son represents the gentile church in apostasy. The Jews coming to faith in Jesus won’t be enough to awaken the child, but the ministry of the Two Witnesses will stimulate revival among the gentiles.

 

68) 1king 18,23-40 – The challenge to the false prophets represents the Two Witnesses judging their enemies.

 

69) 1King 22,19-22 – God tempts the devil to deceive Ahab.

 

70) 2Kings 4,3-6 – The woman could have borrowed more vessels and had more oil; she limited God’s blessing by the vessels she collect, but the oil was enough.

 

71) 2King 5,10-14 – The second-hand instruction to wash in the Jordan was proof that Naamon’s obedience to the word of the Lord was the active ingredient to his healing and not Elisha. It had to be the Jordan for it to be obedience. God wants to know if we believe Him at His word.

Vs 25-27: to disrespect Elisha was to disrespect God in proxy of his very presence.

 

72) 2King 6-17 – Heb 12-1,2

 

73) 2King 7-1,2  See Lk 13-28

     Vs 3-7 – Sheer desperation led the four lepers to take such a risk, suggesting they walked into the miracle because their lives were worthless to them. This is how God calls us to salvation with Him.

Vs 8,9: God gave the lepers a window of opportunity to become heroes. Had they waited too long the window would have closed and they would have lost the miracle for Israel. Note that God gave the miracle to four unknown lepers, instead of to four distinguished men of Israel.

 

74) 2King 8,1-6 – When we give to the Lord and to His servants, God’s blessing reverberates throughout our lives.

Vs 10-15: Hazael became king of Aram. His conduct was not out of the ordinary for the foreign nations surrounding Israel, which is the reason God sent Israel to destroy them. Then Israel became worse than their surrounding nations.

 

75) 2King 13,15-19 – He could have asked Elisha how man times he should strike the ground; God doesn’t play mind games. If we don’t know what God wants from us, then we should ask, but if we have asked and already know, then don’t ask again (Num 22,1-21).

 

76) 2King 16-3 – God hates all idolatry, but passing their sons and daughters through the fire is the ultimate reason God sent Israel to destroy the nations living in the land of Canaan.

 

77) 2King 17-20 – To say that God cast Israel from His sight to be led into captivity to Babylon is to say that God remained in the land of Israel.

V29: The world has a strong pull.

 

78) 2King 18-5 – Hezekiah was the greatest king that ever lived, yet he didn’t get the notoriety of David.

Vs: 34,35 – People often make this argument against Christianity: why it is better than non-Christian religions? Answer: God is in Christianity and not in others.

 

79) 2King 21,1-9,16 – A very good depiction of the sins of the nations that God commanded Israel to destroy. The history of Israel is essentially: Abraham >> Egypt >>  Moses >>  The promise land >>  David >>  Jeroboam >>  Hezekiah >>  Manasseh >>  Deportation to Babylon, where Hezekiah was the last buffer against sin. For Manasseh to build idols in the temple was blatant rebellion against the person of God.

 

80) 2King 22,8-13 – Obviously Israel had not been reading their Bible. What did Moses instruct them to do? These words, which I am commanding you today, shall be on your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your sons and shall talk of them when you sit in your house and when you walk by the way and when you lie down and when you rise up. You shall bind them as a sign on your hand and they shall be as frontals on your forehead. You shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates” (Deut 6,6-9).

 

81) 2King 23-14,15 – Some of Solomon’s handiwork, the so-called wisest man who ever lived. His wisdom was of the kind, “Do as I say and not as I do.”

Vs 21-23: Passover should have been observed from year to year. This is what happens when we forsake the word of God.

Vs 24-27: God did not turn from his fierce wrath because rebellion was still in Israel, sown into their hearts to do evil. Jesus was a judgment to Israel in as much as they rejected Him, though he came as a blessing.

 

82) 1Chronicles 10-13,14 – Saul died because he did not keep the word of the Lord and because he sought counsel from a medium, but he was judge far more in life than in death, having an evil spirit assigned to him.

 

83) 1Chron 15,11-15 – The Levitical priesthood represents the true church; Uzza represents a non-Christian. The Levites were not carrying the Ark of the Covenant as they should have (see also: 2Samuel chapter 6 account, does not mention Levites carrying the Ark of the Covenant). God struck Uzza as the last of God’s patience against a people who were not honoring Him as God. Like electricity builds in a cloud until it can no longer contain it, sought a place of discharge and found uzza.

 

84) 1Chron 20,6-8 – Men descended from the giants lived in Gath (Nephilim).

 

85) 1Chron 22,8-10 – God didn’t want His house to be associated with violence, for it represented the covenant that was to come. Hence, David represented the old covenant manner of dealing with sin, while Solomon represented the new covenant.

 

86) 2Chronicles 6-18 – God limits Himself with mankind to the degree that He fills the universe but fits inside a box built by man.

 

87) 2Chron 8-11 – This was Solomon’s confession that his decision to marry pharaoh’s daughter did not honor God’s word

 

88) 2Chron 12-8 – Working for God is better then working for man, for men will turn us into slaves, but God will treat us as son with benefits.

Vs14: When it comes to things of the heart, you can never leave anything to chance. That which is not closely monitored is darkness by default.

 

89) 2Chron 15-13 – Theocracy doesn’t work in the new covenant.

 

90) 2Chron 16-9 – Many people think their heart belongs completely to God, but the Lord knows.

      Vs 9-13: Who knows why some people self-destruct.

 

91) 2Chron 24-22 – the difference between the old and new covenants (Acts chapter 7).

 

92) 2Chron 25-4 – Note hat it says it here and elsewhere that sentence is imposed on sinner and not on his children, but it also says in other places that the Lord will avenge Himself on his sons to the third and forth generation. Man is commanded to judge the guilty of only those who sinned, but God judges those of his descendents who are destined to imitate the sins of their fathers.

 

93) 2Chron 30,1-5 – Israel had not celebrated Passover for generations. What were they doing that was more important? Sinning! When Israel disobeyed the Lord, they lost sight of themselves and their identity.

 

94) 2Chron 32-31 – God tests us to know what is in our hearts. Doesn’t he already know everything from the beginning? God is one who likes to see things for Himself manifested in the natural realm before he will believe us. This way we know too. God deals with us on a level that is less than omniscient.

 

95) 2Chron 34,14-28 – God pronounces judgment against Israel to an obedient king. His obedience saved him but not the nation itself. Had Israel continued in obedience, it could have deferred its judgment indefinitely, but never erased it. At the next evil king Israel is taken to Babylon. There they think they have repented, but 400 years later they would crucify their own Messiah, because they still were not serving God in their hearts.

 

96) Ezra 1,1-3 – Cyrus feared the Lord, who was king of a world empire at the time. God ministered to him, a non-Jew, to let Israel rebuild their temple. Although God was angry with His people, he was not exceedingly punitive on them. The nations He used to judge Israel were good to the Jews if they were obedient, which was more than Israel was to their enemies by the very commandment of God.

 

97) Ezra 4,12-24 – The enemies of Israel appealed to the king using money as a motive to stop the work of rebuilding the temple. They used the fact that Israel was once paid tribute by other nations in its heyday and had great kings reigning in their land. They turned Israel’s days of power and glory into an excuse to oppress them.

 

98) Ezra 9,1-4 – Miscegenation was a sin to Israel, because their race defined them far more than other nations.

Vs 5-15: Ezra sees the full extent of Israel’s sin, being bound to wives of foreign nations and to nations of foreign gods. These are sins that have no way of immediate repentance in order for restoration to begin. He saw that Israel had a long way to go before they would ever enjoy freedom and sovereignty again, and knew that only God could give this to them, but only through obedience.

 

99) Nehemiah 4,1-6 – Israel’s enemies despised them because of their sordid past as rebels against their own laws. The Jews wanted God to curse their enemies, but their law said He would curse them only to the degree that Israel walked according to what is written in the Law of Moses. A whole structure of obedience was missing and needed to be replaced before God would move on their behalf to make blessings flow to them and curses to their enemies, for God inhabits His people, creating an environment through which these principles pass.

 

100) Neh 8,14-18 – Israel’s festivals, celebrations and observances worked to define them as God’s chosen people. Without them they were just another nation in the world. Perhaps that is what they wanted, but then sought recognition by worshipping their gods. God called them to be unique in the world, to be leaders and not followers.

 

101) Neh 9,1-3 – Why did they need to confess the sins of their fathers if Moses said not to punish the sins of the fathers on his sons? God promised to visit the sins of the fathers on the third and fourth generation. Man is restricted from punishing the sons for the sins of the fathers, but that does not restrict God from doing so.

V18 – worshipping the golden calf and all the idols was a great blasphemy because they knew in their hearts they were not worshipping God. Even the nations knew this; therefore, how much more did Israel know?

 

102) Neh 10-29 – Salvation is like marriage vows, only Christianity is a commitment to the Spirit instead of to the law.

 

103) Neh 13-25,26 – The sin of Solomon marrying foreign women followed Israel all the way to Babylon and back.

 

104) Esther 3,1-15 – A scenario very similar to this happened to Daniel, accentuating the fact that the antichrist will use the worship to the true God among His people to identify and destroy them.

 

105) Esther 6-13 – This is what the world thought of Israel. The nations remembered the great deliverance from bondage to the Egyptians and the many other acts of deliverance throughout the centuries, but Israel forgot them, being the cause of losing their place and their nation. The nations knew that God loved them, while Israel was trying to remember.

 

106) Esther 7-9,10 – Pride comes before a fall. Ego is the same; see Esther 5,9-14.

 

107) Job 1,1-11 – God is the kind of person who, though He knows everything from the beginning, needs to see for Himself, what is in our hearts. He wants to know on an experiential level what we are capable of doing. He makes us prove our love for Him, and Satan is just the one to help God find the truth in man’s heart. He is the tempter to test man and then to accuse him of falling short of God’s glory. Meanwhile, God wants to prove to Satan that His servants are faithful in order to remove Satan's excuses for his rebellion against God. Although Satan's fate is already sealed, it is imperative to God that Satan knows by experience the power that God has to subject all things to himself, that even Satan and his rebellion is under His authority, albeit in hell.  

 

108) Job 2-3 – James said that God cannot be tempted, though Satan incited Him to ruin Job without cause. Why does God so readily grant Satan his request? God used Job to glorify His name throughout the earth. Job remained faithful and God blessed him far more than He did before his testing. Without testing him all his riches and fame and glory lacked proof that Job really loved Him.

Vs 9,10: “Curse God and die,” said Job’s wife, even as Adam and Eve were separated from God and then died later, spiritual death then physical death. She advised her husband to curse God and end his suffering, but that would have made his suffering even worse. Is there no suffering in the consequences of sin? Rather, it is guaranteed! "Cursing God" did not pertain to blaming God for his adverse circumstances, since in fact they were from God. Rather, cursing God is a matter of judging God, deeming Him unfit to rule and in fact declaring Him evil!

 

109) Job 9,1-3 – There are those who have air-tight arguments against God, challenging others with them and easily winning, but if they try them on God, they will lose.

 

110) Job 16,1-5 – The entire book of job is a retaliation against the Hindu concept of karma that teaches adverse circumstances (which some call evil) is deserved by those who have sinned.

 

111) Job 29,7-25 – Job was a man who epitomized the laws of Moses before Moses was even born, yet God struck him. Satan accused him before God saying something like, ‘He is a man who loves your ways, but does he love you?’ God answered him, ‘There is only one way to find out.’ Therefore, fulfilling your ministry proves you love the ways of God, but enduring your trials proves you love God Himself. Which do you think is more important?

 

112) Psalm chapter one – If the law of God through Moses is so full of promise, then how much more is the grace of God through Christ; and if a man like David could be so full of love and devotion for the Lord in an age of law, how much more should we be full of love and devotion to Christ in the age of grace?

 

113) Ps 7,12-16 – It is a recurring theme throughout out the Old Testament that God returns the ways of a man upon his own head, and a man who digs a hole will fall into it.

 

114) Ps 8,4-6 – The psalms is a book of prayers, yet it contains some of the most poignant prophecies of the Bible? What does that say about prayer? This passage is glorifying man, stating that God has made him a little lower than God Almighty, yet Jesus defeated Satan at His greatest moment of weakness. Man is only great because he is small. We will not be the greatest beings in heaven, anymore than we are greater than angels now, but we will have greater authority.

 

115) Ps 10-1 – This is a question asked many times, mostly without a sufficient answer. We let it go until bad things happen to us; then we bring it up again. Where is God when we need Him? We want Him to bail us out of all our problems, not to strengthen us to endure them. There is a judge who will make all things right either in this life or the next, and judgment deferred will be more severe the longer it is delayed.

 

116) Ps 12,1-8 – This has immediate application to our generation of apostasy.

 

117) Ps 14,1-3 – Paul quoted this verse to say that man is completely evil, and look at the contest of it: atheism! It has horrendous implications to society.

 

118) Ps 16-11 – The world is so fixed on pleasure, but God has pleasure in His right hand and gives it to his children forever.

 

119) Ps 17,13-15 – Those who don’t expect to receive anything beyond this life are the most dangerous people of all. David is holding out for the life to come, when he will assume the likeness of God.

 

120) Ps 18-25,26 – God appears to people according to the way they perceive Him, which mostly corresponds to the way they live.

 

121) Ps 22,1-22 – This is one of the most poignant passages of Scripture referring to the Christ and His cross. It speaks both of His physical and mental/emotional anguish, depicting Him as probably the most tortured man who ever lived, the perfect living among the depraved.

 

122) Ps 32-1,2 – “Who’s spirit there is no deceit,” is a state of heart that is a rare commodity and a valuable asset when relating to God.

V6: Although the Bible teaches that “today” is the day of salvation, yet there are times when He maybe found, suggesting there are times when He may not be found. Therefore, we must answer when He calls for us.

V9: Do not expect the Holy Spirit to force you into compliance with Him. He expects us to follow His small, still voice. People who do not seek the knowledge of God tend to be like this.

 

123) Ps 49-12,20 – Man without God is no different from an animal.

 

124) Ps 66-3 – this corresponds with “having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof.”

V18: This includes all the defense mechanisms we hold to protect our flesh from Him.

 

125) Ps 73,1-28 – Our flesh looks on the proud and envies them, but to desire to be like them is to attract their early demise to yourself. Our greatest defense against worldly desire is spiritual insight. We must understand that the their ways lead to a cliff.

V25: Many people are concerned whether they will recognize their family members in heaven, but God will be the most important person there, and there is nothing of any substance to attract us on earth here in this life. Only God matters in heaven and on earth.

 

126) Ps 74-10,11 – This is a very difficult question when it is happening to you. We know why God withdrew from Israel, but to live during that time would not have been as straightforward as we read in Scripture. Similarly, It is not clear to us today why God seems so far from all our trouble, but it may be for the same reason he withdrew form Israel.

 

127) Ps 82-6,7 – Jesus used verse 6 to defend Himself from the Jews who condemned Him for claiming to be equal with God, without mentioning verse 7. Jesus reminded them that the Scriptures say that man is as a god, but according toe verse 7 nowhere near deity. There is no comparison between Jesus the Son of God and what this verse is saying about man; thus, Jesus deceived them.

 

128) Ps 88,10-12 – Prior to the resurrection of Christ, those who died did not God directly to heaven, but now after His resurrection and ascension they do.

 

129) Ps 89,1-37 The psalmist visualizes the Davidic kingdom in heaven, saying the things that God is doing on earth in this age to gain our trust and loyalty He will never stop doing throughout eternity, suggesting that God will forever continue developing our confidence in Him. He will forever show His faithfulness as our faith forever grows.

 

130) Ps 95,7-11 – Those who hardened their hearts are like the unbelievers of the world today. They revel in their unbelief in the very presence of God.

 

131) Proverbs 1-7 – It’s funny that atheists have no fear of God, yet many seem to have great knowledge. Therefore, the knowledge to which Solomon is referring must not be what atheists know; rather, the wisdom of Solomon pertains to the knowledge of God, which is strictly spiritual.

Vs 20-33: To those who have the knowledge of God, they know that all other knowledge is useless without it. If we lose the fear of God, we will face the consequences even if we repent. Many people make the mistake of giving up on God because they sought Him but He didn’t come running, and their anguish was not remedied. If we continue in the fear of God until the evil of our past is overshadowed by our newfound faith, He will eventually honor our endurance.

 

132) Prov 2,3-5 – Discerning the fear of the Lord is more than doing what is right; there is a knowledge that comes with it, and that knowledge is called wisdom, which will lead us into the further godliness, perpetuating the cycle of righteousness.

Vs 10-22: One purpose of the church is a haven, a place to go where the wicked won’t go.

 

133) Prov 3,13-15 – The world nowhere near values the wisdom of God to this degree. For this reason the fear of God is extremely rare these days.

 

134) Prov 4-8,9 – Ultimately, the true gift of the fear of God and the wisdom that accompanies it is the anointing. This is what is more valuable than gold and the thing that we should never relinquish to our enemies.

 

135) Prov 5,3-13 – Pornography, prostitution and sexual immorality has a corrosive effect on society and the human soul. If godly women can contribute much good to society, then the contribution of the wayward is brutal in equal portions.

 

136) Prov 8,22-36 – Solomon pins the adulteress woman against the attributes of wisdom and shows them to be exact opposites, suggesting that the adulteress woman is the embodiment of folly, and that men who are tempted by her the epitome of foolishness fused in his sinful flesh.

 

137) Prov 10-24 – The wicked live in fear, and fear is what makes them wicked, therefore, even if the righteous walk in fear, wickedness will come upon him.

 

138) Prov 17-10 – If physically assaulting a fool does not affect him like a rebuke to the wise, how much less will a rebuke affect a fool?

 

139) Prov 20-24 – Man has a free will and does what he wants, though the Lord ordains the end result. Life is complicated because God has ordained the steps of all mankind, and their interplay is far beyond human ability to comprehend.

      V27: God uses man’s own spirit as a light to search out his ways. Darkness is even light to God.

 

140) Prov 21-1 – This depicts an intricate blend of free will and God’s sovereignty over the heart of man who plans his way; the Lord directs his steps.

      V30: Anyone who thinks God is evil cannot prove it. He can create a strong case against Him and win debates with his peers, but when he tries his theories on God, His ideas will crumble into sand and sift through his fingers.

 

141) Prov 24-3,4 – Wisdom, understanding and knowledge will buy you a nice house, but it also says not to pursue these things, for the wisdom of God is worth more than silver and gold.

      Vs 17,18: If you want God to keep His anger fixed on your enemies, don’t rejoice at his fall.

      V29: “An eye for an eye and tooth for a tooth,” applies to the judicial system, but it was never meant for the individual to implement against his neighbor, not even during the days of Moses. It is the same for the old and the New Testaments.

 

142) Prov 26-4,5 – In this age answering a fool according to his folly will get you in trouble, indicating just how many fools there are in society… they control the world!

      V12: Being wise in your own eyes is the standard in society today. Everyone thinks they know everything, and you can’t tell them anything. Solomon is saying our generation is worse than fools.

 

143) Ecclesiastes 1-9,10 – These verses have stood true for millennia, until our technological age, which is doing things in ways that no other generation has ever done, thus overturning Scripture. The only generation that is allowed of annul Scripture is the last generation, which subsequently considerers itself a god, and will consequently destroy itself through its insolent pride.

 

144) Ecc 2,1-11 – Solomon didn’t explain how he arrived at his conclusions, only that they were accurate to the truth. Outside of serving the Lord there is no purpose to life, for time and erosion (entropy) will remove everything, making our lives as though we never existed. Solomon’s complaint was that eternity is not addressed according to man’s finite perspective by the way we live. However, serving the Lord does account for eternity in that everything we do for Him has an eternal reward.

      Vs 13,14: A fool in the age of grace is defined as anyone who does not believe in Jesus, and his unbelief lands him in hell (1Jn 2,9-11). Combining John with Solomon tells us that anybody who hates his brother is a fool, with one addition from Solomon: one fate befalls them both, referring to death. John doesn’t mention this, however, because Jesus has removed death from the wise (Christian).

      Vs 15,16: Solomon is viewing things as they were outwardly. The wise man (Christian) will be remembered throughout all eternity. Solomon is concerned only about this life and our experiences here on earth, not about eternity in heaven, because these concerns were not brought to light until Christ purchased our salvation on the cross.

      Vs 24,25: Solomon proposes an earthly reward, certifying that enjoyment of the fruits of our labor is from the Lord.

      V26: The Christian’s life should be about enjoying the simple things in life, while the sinner’s life is entangled in the pursuits of materialism.

 

145) Ecc 3,1-8 – Appointed time suggests a dash of God’s foreknowledge

      Vs 11: “Set eternity in our hearts” is the instinct of knowing we will never cease to exist, but the flesh misinterprets this to think it will never die. God has obscured His manner of doing things so we cannot understand His ways, in that He is spiritual and we are of the flesh.

      Vs 14: When men fear God, they were behaving in the way they were created.

      Vs 18-21: We feel like animals when bad things happen to us, and in that mental state we understand that God is testing us, and the test is meant to bring about humility, and in that humility we see that animals have their place in the world just as we do.

 

146) Ecc 4,1-3 – This is a philosophy with God expelled from it, for with Him there is good reason to live.

      Vs 6: This seems to speak for the sum of Scripture… moderation.

 

147) Ecc 5-13 – Nowhere in the Bible does it advocate trusting in riches. It is good to work as hard as you need to pay for you and your family, but the Bible condemns hoarding riches.

 

148) Ecc 7-4 – Fools know that this life is the only chance to enjoy pleasure, because their life after death won’t go well with them. Meanwhile, the wise are investing this life into the one to come.

      Vs 16,17: You can ruin yourself by being excessively wise and righteous, referring to burnout. This comes back to moderation (Ecc 4-6). God wants us free from bondage, yet holding onto a vice or two makes for a good stress releaser.

      Vs 21,22: A word to the overly sensitive man, who wears his heart on his sleeve, take criticism only as seriously as your own cursing of others.

      Vs 26-28: Solomon tried to understand the temptress and failed to grasp her power, because he had a blind spot that later in years got the better of him, and he fell to her many seductions. He could not see the good in women just as he could not see the power of her enslavement.

 

149) Ecc 9,3-10 – This pertains only to those who are not born of God. This is the Old Testament before Jesus sacrificed his life and brought life and immortality to light through the gospel. However, to those who are unenlightened, their fate is the same as it was in Solomon’s day, except that with the purchase of men’s souls through Christ, He has also purchased His place as judge of those who have rejected Him, and judge He will dispense to those who are miserable in life and death and without hope.

      Vs 11: Solomon writes outside the parameters of God’s foreknowledge, suggesting that time and chance, the way man perceives his life, is the flipside of predestination.

 

150) Isaiah 1,2-9 – On the one hand, the first five books of the Bible denote a mixture of God and man’s perspective. On the other hand, the Old Testament prophets are strictly God’s point of view as to what happened, and His perspective looks quite different from man’s. The books of Moses told what would happen if men rebelled against the laws of God, while the prophets showed man’s destiny apart from God, that man had no choice but to disintegrate.

 

151) Isaiah 5-20,21 – The Bible warns not to reverse good and evil. Note that when a person rebels against God, he doesn’t just do things differently, he inverts his way, which is another way of saying he is subversive (overturn).

 

152) Isaiah 6,1-3 – Seraphim is the correct word for the four living creatures found in Rev 4,6-8. They are few in number; they are not angels, and they are closer to God in proximity to His throne than any other created thing. They are watchers of the sky, protectors of God’s kingdom and throne, and possibly the oldest living creatures, being the first of God’s creation.

      Vs 4,5: Isaiah was not perfect in speech, but after he saw the Lord that changed. God’s vision to us, as it comes to fruition, gives us hope to repent.

      Vs 8-13: God sent Isaiah on a mission that he would fail. He spoke the word of God to the people who rejected him, and Isaiah would fail to deliver Israel from its impending doom, so why send him in the first place if He knew it would bear no fruit? Through Isaiah God can now say He warned Israel, so His judgments are warranted and righteous.

 

153) Isaiah 9-7 – “No end to the increase of His government” means His government will eternally increase to match an increasing kingdom in size and numbers of people, over whom God will rule.

      Vs 17: God usually takes pity on the orphan and the widow and on the poor and needy and on the elderly and helpless, but in this case they are all evil. God normally enjoys using them as an excuse to be kind to their nation, but Israel’s weakness is debauched and worthless and close to being cursed and ends up being burned (Heb 6,4-8).

 

154) Isaiah 10,5-15 – After God used the Assyrians to judge Israel, he turned against the Assyrians and judged them for their insolent pride.

      Vs 20-22: As a remnant was saved then, so a remnant will be saved in the last days, a Jewish people who will effect a great endtime revival that will range into the billions of gentiles. This is suggestive that the remnant return from Babylon back to Jerusalem is reminiscent of the Jewish revival that will have it’s headquarters in Jerusalem by 144,000 Jews, two of whom will do battle against the kingdom of antichrist.

 

155) Isaiah 11,1-10 – Isaiah starts out with Jesus coming in the flesh, then leads to the millennium, and finally to eternity. Only in heaven will we see predator animals befriending its prey.

 

156) Isaiah 14,3-23 – This passage is about Babylon, making reference to Satan in one of the most graphic and dramatic ways in the Bible. It describes Lucifer upraising himself as a god above the God of heaven, and connects his attempt at deity with the bloodiest time in human history, the apocalypse.

 

157) Isaiah 24,14-16 – From the midst of carnage and horror a song is heard singing the praises of the great endtime revival from east to west, from Zion to the coastline of America.

 

158) Isaiah 28,14-16 – There is no better description of Israel in the days of Christ. Instead of repenting from the heart, they become deceitful liars, who literally made a pact with the devil, but outwardly they appeared righteous to men.

 

159) Isaiah 35, 4-10 – This passage describes the narrow way that the Lord has prepared for those who love Him, leading to the kingdom of heaven.

 

160) Isaiah 37-11,12 – The world makes no distinction between other religions with Christianity, not believing there is a God in heaven who saves, but believes He uses any and all religions to do his work. People who don’t know the truth don’t want to believe the truth exists, the same as not wanting God to exist.

 

161) Isaiah 44,12-19 – Talk to the person who worships a block and wood and he might say that it represents the god he worships, but God does not want anything representing Him; He wants us worshipping Him personally and directly, or else He will not receive our worship at all. He wants no symbolism involved in our worship of Him. Therefore, through whatever we use to represent God is what we are worshipping instead of God. We think we are worshipping God as a Lutheran or a Methodist or whatever our religion, God sees it as an obstacle. We can only worship God as a Christian. We must be Christian first, then our religion of choice takes a distant second. Reversing this priority, God will see us as idolaters, no better than the heathen.

 

162) Isaiah 54,7-10 – This is referring to the age of grace. God never gets angry with us; instead, He works with us through His grace. No matter what we do, God has determined in Himself not to get angry with us.

 

163) Isaiah 56-4,5 – Eunuchs are those who cannot raise a family of their own or choose not to have sex, but devote themselves wholly to the Lord. God says about those who are faithful that there is reward awaiting them in heaven greater that others who have received their reward on earth by a full life.

      Vs 6,7: The foreigner of the gentile nations who seek the God of Israel are welcome to the promises. If all the gentiles wanted to be Israel, God would have accommodated them, and one day He will.

 

164) Isaiah 59,1-15 – This is a description of the world today, even of the church.

 

165) Isaiah 60,1-22 – This whole chapter is devoted to Israel after this age, during the millennium and into eternity.

 

166) Isaiah 61-1,2 – Jesus quoted this verse to initiate His ministry, and the rest of the chapter speaks of Israel as priests and ministers of a new age where foreigners (the gentiles) will serve them. This age of grace was not mentioned. Hence, it is no wonder Jesus’ disciples expected the kingdom of God to appear immediately, and it is no wonder the Jews did not see the age of grace coming and remain confused concerning what God has been doing for the last two millennia.

 

167) Isaiah 65,13-16 – God shall make a distinction between the holy and the profane in the last days. He already has by choosing the gentile over Israel and a holy Jew over one who practices sin.

      Vs 17-25: As is Isaiah’s custom, he speaks of the millennium (20-25) and eternity (17) in the same context, implying that the millennium as considered the beginning of eternity, though it is also considered the end of the natural age, thus being the transition between the two.

      Vs 17: If God will erase the universe from His creation and put a new one in its place, and erase the memory of it, then He will need to take the memories from our minds, and while He is in there He will give us a will to serve Him in place of all the lessons we have learned, and give us an instinct to hate sin, though it will no longer exist. 

 

168) Isaiah 66,22-24 – In eternity all the nations will come and worship God in the new Jerusalem, and then they will look down the portal into hell and see every soul who has refused to worship God suffering eternal damnation.

 

169) Jeremiah 1-16 – Central to idol worship is the disdain that God has for anyone worshipping the works of their own hands, which people do today in spades.

 

170) Jer 2-19 – People who have known the Lord and then turned against Him view God as evil and become bitter because they are forsaking the best part of themselves. They become bitter, increasing the contrast between them and God, proving to the rest of us just how wrong it is to forsake the Lord.

 

171) Jer 3,6-9 – Spiritual adultery is the worship of idols. God wants the glory for what He has made and what he is doing, not just because He deserves it, but for the simple reason that no one else deserves the glory. If we don’t worship God, we will worship ourselves, which is the same as worshipping demons, and we will become corrupt and evil.

 

172) Jer 5,1-3 – This is a description of America today.

      Vs 30,31: this is a description of churches in America today.

 

173) Jer 6,13-15 – This is another exact description of America today.

 

174) Jer 7-16 – Pray for those who serve the Lord and love Him, who possess the goodness and the greatness of God, not for those who are disobedient. “Give to him who has…” Pray for your enemies before you pray for so-called Christians who refuse to serve the Lord.

 

175) Jer 9,2-6,9 – This is another perfect example of America today.

 

176) Jer 16,1-5 – These are times coming upon America and the world, and coming soon.

 

177) Jer 17-9,10 – The heart refers to our motives. A person can twist his mind into a knot, hiding his true motives from himself and presenting other motives and another person than himself to the public. He often loses track which one is real, then loses track of reality.

 

178) Jer 18-11,12 – The world promises fleeting treasures, pleasures and affections and people come running, but God promises greater riches and glory and at the end eternal life and they say it is hopeless. Their rebellion has clouded their minds, and their stubbornness is motivated by demons.

 

179) Jer 21,8-10 – God has given Israel one last chance to serve the Lord and obey His voice, yet for many this still is not good enough reason to follow Him. The choices they have made in the past have robbed them of everything, and now it has reduced to one last opportunity to do the Lord’s will and save their lives. Literally, people would rather die than serve the Lord.

 

180) Jer 23,16-40 – This is an excellent description of the church today; in fact, it said this word was meant for the last days, a time when there will be no oracle of the Lord, except the Lord says, “I will abandon you.”

 

181) Jer 24,1-10 – Israel was disobedient and rebellious, which led them to Babylon in chains, and now God is giving them an opportunity to obey Him by submitting to their captors. Those who believed that God would protect them from their enemies, who accordingly stood and fought, were destroyed. The only way to get God on our side is to obey his voice, not trust in our own understanding (religion).

 

182) Jer 25,12-38 – God judged Babylon after He used it to judge Israel. God chose Babylon as His instrument of recompense, but anyone who is used of God and is found guilty of sin will pay double. This is picturesque of endtimes, where Babylon is the antichrist and Israel is the church. The antichrist will martyr the saints and cause global destruction, and God will destroy his empire. As a result of God’s judgment, the city Babylon has never been rebuilt.

 

183) Jer 29,4-7 – Grow where you are planted. Make the best of every situation. Live! Don’t seek freedom from any source but God and always on His terms. His freedom will teach us how to live in any situation.

 

184) Jer 38,1-6 – How many times have people chosen patriotism over the truth? If the truth is discouraging, then a renovation of life and soul is in order so the truth becomes encouraging, as it should.

 

185) Jer 39,1-10 – Judah was besieged by the word of God, but their loss of life, their loss of country and their loss of freedom would have occurred to them even if God were not in control, simply by the principles that He integrated into the earth, that the stronger should reign over the weaker. For the nations of mankind the stronger is dictated by obedience to the laws of God, so stronger actually means better, in that sin has a deleterious effect on civilizations and societies. The Babylonians were better than the Israelites, and from a human standpoint that is why they were captured and carried away in fetters to Babylon, but from the standpoint of God’s word He ordered it because as a consequence of Israel’s disobedience and unbelief.

      Vs 10: The poor are not a threat to human powers and authorities that govern the world. As a result, they received what they could not attain within society. This was a blessing of the Lord, and it kept the land productive.

 

186) Jer 40,1-3 – The Babylonians believed in Israel’s prophets and honored them, showing a fear of the Lord that Israel should have had.

      Vs 4-12: When God called Israel to possess the land, He commanded every living thing to die in some cases, but when it was Israel’s turn for judgment, He was compassionate and merciful through the Chaldeans.

 

187) Jer 44,15-18 – their forefathers served the Lord, so they were living on the blessing of past righteousness, while they were sacrificing to the queen of heaven. Tragedy struck because of their idol worship, but it happened while their prophets were commanding them to serve the Lord. According to their fleshly minds then, they attributed their misfortune to God, and so hardened their hearts against Him. If we are going to chase the blessing, we will never reach it or find God, because of the time delay between our actions and their consequences. Rather, we should seek God because He is our Father and loves us, knowing He will take care of us if we serve Him.

 

188) Jer 50,35-40 – This passage alone prohibits the literal rebuilding of the original Babylon, making Babylon of the book of Revelation symbolic, a world empire that will reflect many attributes of this ancient kingdom. This is in reference to the physical location where Israel was led captive by Nebuchadnezzar and also the original place where man attempted to build a tower to heaven. Babylon will never be rebuilt there, but an empire reminiscent of Babylon will reenact the dream of a man being god.

 

189) Jer 51-49 – The reason for judgment against Babylon is the slain of Israel, which represents Christian martyrdom in the last days. The cause of God judging the world in the coming days is the kingdom of antichrist killing of the saints.

 

190) Lamentations 1,1-11 – Had Israel been faithful throughout its history, when Babylon came for her, God would have used her to destroy Babylon, which was destroying the earth. Thus Israel would have acted as the salt (preservative) of the earth as was intended. Israel represents the church in the last days. Had the church been faithful throughout its history, the kingdom of antichrist could have never formed. Therefore, the church is at fault for the antichrist (Babylon) coming to power.

 

191) Lam 3,1-18 – The oppression of Jeremiah is the result of the people’s rejection of God. Had the people listened, he would have had a joyful life, but because of their rejection, Jeremiah lived a life of misery. He was made to feel how God felt, made to share in the suffering of Christ.

 

192) Ezekiel 1,4-14 – All we know from Scripture, these four are the only living creatures of their kind. They represent North, South, East and west. They all have four faces facing each direction, equaling sixteen faces in all, providing redundancy. Their place before God is foremost by His throne, and their purpose is to make His kingdom secure. They are watchers of the sky.

      Vs 15-21: There were four wheels, it says “as if” one were within the other. This depicts unity, a sharing of knowledge and wisdom, making these four act as one, so that “it” sees everything 360 degrees around them.

      Vs 27,28 – Everywhere in the Bible it depicts the presence of God dwelling in the midst of fire. It is an environment where His enemies cannot reach Him.

 

193) Ezek 2,1-10 – Essentially, the book of Revelation is an expository of Ezekiel. This passage is highly reminiscent of the book of Rev 10,8-11, where John was commanded to eat the book. Eating the book was symbolic of hiding the knowledge that it contained, while speaking it at the same time.

 

194) Ezek 3,1-4 – Israel is the church of the Old Testament, and the church is Israel of the New Testament. Therefore, eating the book signifies what God intends to do to the church in the last days. In Rev 10,8-10 where it talks about eating the little book, it is in reference to the knowledge of the rapture being stricken from the books. God knew the church would invent an early rapture doctrine and that most people would believe it. For this reason, this is the churches judgment in the last days, that it will not understand why God would delay His rapture.

 

195) Ezek 4,4-8 – 390 years is roughly the time between the Jews returning to their homeland and the time of Christ.

 

196) Ezek 7,19-21 – Gold and silver will not deliver in the days of the Lord. Food will become the most valuable asset, but most will not have collected enough to see them through, and those who have it will lose it through pillaging. Having a plot of land will become the most valuable asset and good soil to grow vegetables. Farm animals (except chickens) for meat will be unnecessary. See Ezek 4-9 for what is necessary for the body, also Dan 1,8-16. Of course the garden will be pillaged too, making the last days the most difficult time in human history.

 

197) Ezek 18-25 – To say that the way of the Lord is not right is to accuse God of sin. It is to say that your way is better than God’s way, as though you had the greater wisdom. This is the height of wickedness.

 

198) Ezek 20-13 – When it says that a man who walks by the law shall live by it, means his sin will not truncate his life in the flesh, whereas the apostle Paul taught that a man who walks in the Spirit shall live by it, means his faith combined with the righteousness of God will lead to eternal life.

      Vs 29: Bamah is a word for the high places where they go to sacrifice to the gods. Put an “O” in front of it and you have your president. According to Strong’s Concordance, the word “Bamah” refers to an elevated Phoenician city in Palestine, east of the Jordan where people went to worship Baal.

 

199) Ezek 22-30,31 – The sins of Israel were pervasive, so that no one was good, all were depraved.

 

200) Ezek 27,26-36 – Tyre was a great trading town on the coast of the Mediterranean Sea. In this context it represents Babylon in the last days. Therefore, we can view ancient Tyre as having attributes of the coming city, Babylon.

 

201) Ezek 28,1-10 – This we know as Tyre, being a type of Babylon, yet it also sounds like it is describing King Solomon. Therefore, we can say that the kingdom of antichrist will have as its core deception the Wisdom of Solomon, so that some may say he is the incarnation of Solomon.

      Vs 11-19: This is still describing Tyre, though it doubles as a description of Lucifer, who became Satan, and note that it says he was a cherub. To our knowledge, cherubs are the greatest created beings; there are only four in heaven, Lucifer apparently being the fifth. This description also is iconic to the antichrist.

 

202) Ezek 37,1-14 – In the most literal sense this is referring to the fist resurrection, but it is symbolic of the Great Endtime Revival and the 144,000 Jews who will head it. Although it says this is all Israel, yet the 144,000 do not represent all Israel on earth, but all Israel in heaven.

 

203) Ezek 38,1-4 – The fact that God forces these nations to come against Israel means he predestined them to come, so He may judge them for their aggression against Israel.

      Vs 10-13: The world will hat Israel for being God’s chosen people, yet here it says they’re coming against Israel to pillage them. The antichrist will have set up his kingdom in Jerusalem and taken control of the nation, and he will have stockpiles of gold and silver there. The enemies of Israel will be coming for the antichrist’s treasures.

 

204) Daniel 1-1,2 – How attached was God to these objects of worship? If He cared nothing for them than to let them fall into the hands of their enemies, then He cared nothing for them when Israel was using them to worship Him.

      Vs 10-16: This is a strong hint as to what we should eat who find ourselves living in the fulfillment of endtime prophecy. Not only did Daniel survive on vegetables, he was actually healthier than those who ate the king’s rich food. See Ezekiel 4,9-11.

 

205) Dan 2,16-18 – Daniel consulted God concerning the dream. This was his power to interpret dreams.

 

206) Dan 3,1-12 – Worshipping the image of the beast is for the express purpose of exposing Christians, rounding them up and martyring them. The mark of the beast is intended to do the same thing.

      Vs 24,25: The fiery furnace represents the fiery trials that await the last-day saints, and behold, the Son of God will go with them through the fire.

      Vs 28-30: Nebuchadnezzar repented and honored God and His servants. This the antichrist will not do, at least not in this life and not in the flesh. He might repent in hell and give glory to God while squirming in liquid-hot magma, but not until then. Unfortunately, many of his followers will copy his mistake from a hardened heart.

 

207) Dan 4-25,26 – Nebuchadnezzar represents Satan (the god of this world) and the antichrist. So much of God’s dealings with man is aimed at showing Satan that the decisions he has made are intrinsically wrong, even though it is too late for him to repent.

 

208) Dan 6,18-23 – King Darius and the kings before him and all foreigners of the surrounding nations knew the greatness of Israel’s God and honored Him, and some served Him in fear more than the Jews. Darius loved Daniel because of his faith in God, who was a shining example of what Israel could have been, yet he didn’t let them return to their homeland immediately because he knew it was a punishment from God that they were in his hands. God was careful to honor and protect his own name and reputation throughout the world, and in fact it was the reason He was judging Israel. God originally called Israel to honor Him, but since they would not do it, He had to take it upon Himself to honor His own name, which translated to punishing Israel for their insolence. Their disobedience did not hamper the surrounding nations’ respect and reverence for God.

 

209) Dan 7-21,22 – The only reason there is endtime prophecy in the first place is the result of God’s people being systematically martyred by the thousands.

 

210) Dan 8-12 – The “host” refers to the saints (that is, the church). Many within the church at that time will side with the antichrist as an effort to preserve their lives, but will lose their faith in the process, forfeiting their hope of eternal life in heaven.

      Vs: 13,14: Both Jews and gentiles are mentioned together because they have become one in faith, and they will be martyred together. The “holy place” refers to the Jews and the “host” refers to the gentiles, and they will be trampled underfoot in the last days.

 

211) Dan 9-13,14 – Daniel was speaking about his own people in his own time, but what he said could go just as well for the church in the last days. God hadn’t judged the nation of Israel since the days of Moses and Joshua, and since then God had kept their calamity in store for a day that He would release it on them all at once, which would be in the days of the Chaldeans of Babylon. So it will be in the last days as Jesus spoke in Mat 23-35, “That upon you may fall the guilt of all the righteous blood shed on earth… whom you murdered…. Truly I say to you, all these things shall come upon this generation.” Of course Jesus was speaking about the judgment that God would place upon Himself on the cross, but He was stating a principle that God operates in this fashion, that in the last days God will bring calamity upon the church for its insolence throughout the entire 2000-year age of grace by allowing the antichrist come to power. Then once he makes many martyrs of the saints, God will turn His attention on the kingdom of antichrist and judge him for martyring the saints, just as He turned against the Chaldeans for their arrogance after He finished using them to judge Israel.

 

212) Dan 11-21 – This is the antichrist. He will rule on his own authority; no one will have bestowed on him the power of kingship. He will simply come and take over everything and no one will stop him.

 

213) Hosea 1-1,2 – God wants His prophets to experience what He experiences and to feel what He feels, so when God speaks to them, they will understand Him on an experiential level.

 

214) Hos 3-5 – Great Endtime Revival of the Jews.

 

215) Hos 4-1,6 – This is typical of the church today. No one seeks the knowledge of God anymore, but are instead happy with their dead religion. God commands us to know the Lord. Many reject the knowledge of God, considering it unneeded and a waste, but these are the very people who will perish in their ignorance, who say that the grace of God is all they need, yet knowing at some level that they are abusing His grace from a lack of commitment to Him.

      Vs 11-13: The pursuit of pleasure and happiness is a poor substitute for God, while maligning the knowledge of God with a distorted version of His truth.

 

216) Hos 6-3,6 – It seems the theme of Hosea is the knowledge of God, yet there are many Christians who resist His truth, seeking Him only enough to be saved and not as a disciple of His word.

 

217) Joel chapters 1,2 – The book of Joel does the best job of showing the connection between Israel’s deportation to Babylon and the last days. This means we should consider the judgments of Israel to be iconic to the church, until martyrdom occurs and then the emphasis switch to judgment against the world for martyring the saints.

 

218) Joel 1-4 – This is a very accurate analogy of the judgments scheduled for the last days. What the first seal doesn’t destroy the second will consume, and what the second leaves behind the third will demolish, and what the….

 

219) Joel 2,28-32 – This is referencing the Great Endtime Revival, and look when it is coming, when the sun goes dark and the moon turns to blood, on the terrible day of the Lord and during the days of His reckoning.

 

220) Joel 3-1,2 – After the seals, trumpets and bowls have run their course and taken billions of lives, what is left of the human race with rally against God and His holy city, Jerusalem, to destroy it, but God will intervene and destroy all His enemies there in the valley of decision, Armageddon. Just as they crucified Jesus outside the holy city, so they will gather for the great slaughter just outside Jerusalem, southeast in the Kidron Valley.

 

221) Amos 5,18-20 – The day of the Lord are days of evil, yet 2The 2,1-3 speaks of the day of the Lord as something you wouldn’t want to miss. Since the day of the Lord refers both to days of vengeance and hopeful expectation, we can say that it will be joy to the righteous but terror to the workers of iniquity. Prov 10-29 says it this way, “The way of the Lord is a stronghold to the upright, but ruin to the workers of iniquity.” This statement is accurate that we only need to change one word to give it the context of the last days, from way to day.

 

222) Amos 8-11,12 – The word of the Lord will become rare and no one is seeking it. There are many churches, but who has the word of the Lord?

 

223) Jonah 1-1,2 – Nineveh was so evil that Jonah didn’t think they deserved the word of the Lord, but that was a judgment call that Jonah had no authority to make.

      Vs 9-11: The nations surrounding Israel feared God more than the Jews, yet they too did not worship Him. Why do people hesitate worshipping God? It is because of what He asks of them… their pride. The sailors realized that Jonah’s God was the true God of heaven.

 

224) Jon 3,1-3 Jonah found himself back where he started with the same word of the Lord commanding him to preach the word of God to the citizen of Nineveh. He could have been obedient and by-passed the whales stomach. Instead he went to Nineveh looking and smelling like a partially digested fish, and the city repented. Perhaps it was necessary to be eaten by a whale first, that Jonah’s rebellion was in fact warranted.

 

225) Jon 4-1,2,11 – When we combine these verses and sprinkle a little predestination over them, we see that Jonah knew God was compassionate, slow to anger and abundant in mercy, and that God was right to care more for them than Jonah cared for his plant. However, it also says in the book of Nahum that Nineveh went back to their old ways and God judged them more harshly than had they never repented. It was their ignorance (not knowing their left hand from their right; Jonah 4-11) that no doubt contributed to their demise.

 

226) Micah 4,1-8 – This is obviously the Millennium. No leader has ever led a world empire in the ways of peace. Rev 19-15 says that Christ will rule the nations with a rod of iron, who don’t want peace, but for the majority who do, Christ will satisfy them with a good, long life.

 

227) Mic 7,1-6 – This is where man always goes when he refuses to obey the Lord. If this is the only alternative to serving the Lord, then who says serving Him is for losers? The wicked say this, people who match this description!

 

228) Nahum (the entire book) – So it seems that Jonah was right. He didn’t want Nineveh to repent but to simply be destroyed. However, God wanted to be merciful to it… or did He? Although three generations had transpired before its destruction, yet the stories of their great grandfathers, about God sending Jonah to preach the word of God to them and the whole city repented, would have survived. So, to the degree that Nineveh knew their lifestyle was wrong was the degree to which God judged them more severely than had the people never known the Lord. In other words, God had compassion on Nineveh for the express purpose of condemning it all the more, similar to what he did to the pharaoh of Egypt in the days of Moses. In this sense Jonah was more compassionate in wanting God to destroy it outright. Note that God never was angry with Jonah or argued with him or even considered Him defiant, because Jonah was right about wanting mercy for Nineveh, but God sought justice, that His name might be glorified throughout the earth as a God who does not tolerate sin (Nah 3-19).

 

229) Na 3,1-19 – 148 years transpired between the preaching of Jonah and Nineveh’s demise. That gives about 3 generations for the people of Nineveh to forget their encounter with God. Why didn’t Nineveh forget its former sins instead? Man is predispose to being sinners far more than they are to walking in the grace of God.

      Vs 4: Their downfall was lustful pleasure. Couple that with the fact that they didn’t know their left hand from their right along with their penchant for violence and you get a recipe for disaster. To the nature of man, sex and violence have always gone together like peas and carrots: make love, make war.

 

230) Habakkuk 1-5 – This is in reference to Judah’s deportation to Babylon, but it also refers in general to the ways of God, namely how God tricked Israel into sacrificing the Son of God as the Passover lamb for salvation to the gentiles after they had rejected God’s plan for themselves.

 

231) Zephaniah 1-12 – A stagnant faith is lukewarm, which God counts as cold, as having no faith at all.

 

232) Zeph 2,8-11 – God judged Israel and Judah, but all those who mocked His people in their hour of calamity will be horse whipped in like manner.

 

233) Zeph 3,11-20 – The remnant refers to the millennium, those who survive the Seals, trumpets and bowls of God’s judgment and wait for Him in Zion.

 

234) Zechariah 4,1-14 – This refers to the Great Endtime Revival. These are the Two Witnesses spoken in Revelation chapter eleven.

 

235) Zech 5,1-4 – This is referring to the trumpets of Revelation, and look how specific Zechariah is about who is affected. He makes it sound like endtime judgment will work something like the final judgment on the Egyptians when God took the first born from every household that did not have blood smeared on the doorpost of their house. The first five seals depict Satan’s wrath if we can get through them. After that it is clear sailing for the church, unless you are a Christian their or liar.

 

236) Zech 6,1-8 – These are the four horsemen of the apocalypse, Satan’s wrath, depicted by the first five seals of Revelation. Who patrols the earth? Job 1-7 says, “And the Lord said to Satan, ‘From where do you come?’ Then Satan answered the Lord and said, ‘From roaming about on the earth and walking around on it.’” God is taking credit for the work of Satan that he has called him and his demons to perform, for He has sent them to judge man for his insolence and to do His will, just as He sent the Chaldeans to capture and deport Israel to Babylon. Therefore, in the same way that God turned on the Chaldeans after they had finished their task and became proud and oppressed Israel beyond what God had called them to do, so God will punish the dragon, the antichrist and his kingdom for martyring the saints by unleashing the trumpets and bowls of God’s fierce anger on him.

 

237) Zech 8,20-23 – This is the Great Endtime Revival led by the Jews. It will be originally headquartered in Jerusalem, but the persecution will disperse them into the wilderness. They will establish camps throughout the earth where many millions of gentiles from all the nations will come and seek refuge from the antichrist and his empire.

 

238) Zech 9,1-4 – Tyre is a type of Babylon.

 

239) Zech 14-14 – The antichrist will set up his kingdom in Jerusalem and bring his gold and silver into it, and then be dethroned by the coming of Christ, leaving his fortunes in Jerusalem. This will become the motive for the last rebellion at the end of millennium, to confiscate the fortunes of antichrist (See: James 5,1-6).

 

240) Malachi 2-17 – This describes the church today. The teaching on grace has gotten out of hand. The church has embraced the doctrines of easy-believism, teaching that God must have forgiven us if we have asked, regardless of our hearts, as though the sinner’s prayer were an incantation. This has engendered a hedonistic lifestyle in the church, which has hurt many people who wonder, “Where is the God of justice.”

 

241) Mal 3,7-12 – In the days of Moses there was a call to give for the work of the Lord to build Him a tabernacle. The people gave so much that a call had to be disseminated throughout the people to stop giving (Ex 36,5-7). So, what’s the difference between the Israelites in the days of Moses and this passage? The people in Moses’ day had a vision, whereas in this passage there is no mention of a vision. Therefore, if pastors today want the people to give more, then they need to invoke a vision in the people. The bigger question is, does the pastor have a vision beyond the people giving?

 

242) Mal 4-5,6 – This is giving reference to the Two Witnesses and the Great Endtime Revival. Elijah himself will not come, but the spirit of Elijah, another man with a similar anointing.