Prophecy in the NT, 2nd Principle: Thematic Context

The context of a prophecy may be thematic rather than chronological. The birth of Yeshua in Bethlehem, "the city of David" (Luke 2:11), is iconic in Christian circles, the center of Christmas pageants in churches all over the world every December. I still enjoy the songs of the Christmas season (even though I know it's …

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Prophecy in the NT, 1st Principle: Multiple Fulfillments

That which has been fulfilled in spirit may be fulfilled again in both spirit and letter in the Messiah. The very first prophecy of the Tanakh that is openly cited in the New Testament is Isaiah 7:14, as quoted in Matthew 1:23: "'Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and they shall call his …

Prophecy in the New Testament: Introduction

The autumn season has always been the one in which I most feel the "pull" of prophecy, specifically end-times prophecy or eschatology. The slow fading of the year appeals to my default state of cheerful melancholia, putting me in the right mood for contemplating the end of history with a Messianic hope. In addition to …

“Conditional” Prophecy? A Response to Dr. Heiser

As readers of this blog know, I'm a great fan of Dr. Michael Heiser and recommend his books, particularly The Unseen Realm, to my readers. That's by no means to say that I always agree with him; in fact, when he's out of his specialty and talking about, say, prophecy, there is a lot of room to …

“But everyone will be very, very surprised that he is of all people the Mashiach.”

First, thanks to John Kelly Sartwell for bringing this story to my attention. It's a very remarkable one, to say the least. As 15-year-old secular Israeli boy named Natan had a near death experience on Monday, September 28, 2015 and returned to life describing Biblical prophecies about the End of Days. In a video posted …

The Most Important End-Time Prophecy in the Bible

Yes, that's a rather ambitious title. But I think it's true. I think that there's a particular prophecy that ultimately answers all of the arguments of both preterism and supercessionism. It also stands as a stark warning to the Church. To set understand why this particular prophecy is so important, first you have to understand …

When the World Denies the Resurrection . . . of Israel

Anti-Zionism is anti-Semitism. Anti-Zionism is saying, "I'm fine with Jews . . . as long as they're under somebody's boot." When this blog first started out, I would often comment on the news of the day. I've not done so as much recently due to not having the time and wanting to focus on my strong suit, …