Book Review: The Unseen Realm, by Dr. Michael S. Heiser

This is a post I've literally wanted to write for years, ever since I was first introduced to Dr. Michael Heiser's work on his first A View From the Bunker interview with Derek Gilbert. I've spent the last six years gleefully stalking the good Doctor, reading everything that he's published online (particularly on TheDivineCouncil.com), several …

The Curse of the Law: Part 1 – Deuteronomy as a Treaty

(This post was first published over a year ago, but then I realized I hadn't set it up very well. Hopefully, second time's the charm.) As I've mentioned a couple of times on this blog, I've been working on a paper that I hope to get peer-reviewed at some point. It turns out that that's …

Israel as a Divine Council, Part 5: The Camp of Israel and the Court of Heaven

Were the terms of the Covenant and the distinctive mark of the number seventy the only evidence that Israel was intended to be a replacement Divine Council, it would be remarkable enough, but as we continue to search the Scriptures, we find still greater proofs in the design of the camp of Israel in the …

Israel as a Divine Council, Part 4 – The Divine Sanhedrin

When the Holy One, the Eternal Creator of those worshiped as gods by the nations, entered into covenant with Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, and ratified that covenant with their multitude of sons at Sinai, it must have shaken the powers of heaven (cf. Mark 13:25). They had been given dominion over the whole world, over …

Israel as a Divine Council, Part 3: The Fall of the Nations

Only by understanding the true importance of Israel’s position as a son of God and the Ekklesia’s true relationship to Israel can we hope to understand the Eternal One’s prophetic plan. But in order to understand Israel’s position, we must first understand the events surrounding God’s second use of that mysterious phrase, “Let us,” in …

My Influences of Late: Dr. Michael Heiser

I'm going to take a bit of a break from picking on other people's translation choices that I don't like to talk about some of the scholars I do like. Those who followed my morning teachings over at Cyber-Synagogue (mine were updated weekly for the morning service until we decided to combine services) know that …