Prophecy in the NT, 4th Principle: Puns and Place Names

The name of a place in Scripture is often vital to understanding a prophecy. But when he [Joseph] heard that Archelaus was reigning over Judea in place of his father Herod, he was afraid to go there, and being warned in a dream he withdrew to the district of Galilee. And he went and lived in …

Prophecy in the NT – 3rd Principle: The King and His People Are One

  Prophecies which apply to Israel apply equally to Israel's King, and vice-versa. Yeshua redeems Israel's history. Some years ago, I had dinner with an Israeli friend of the family. He wasn't Messianic. Heck, some days he wasn't even sure if he believed in the God of Jacob. Nevertheless, he had a vast collection of rabbinic …

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 …

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 …