Prophecy in the NT – 6th Principle: A Light in Galilee

The existence of a spiritual metaphor does not necessarily negate a literal fulfillment. Other principles discovered in this series: That which has been fulfilled in spirit may be fulfilled again in both spirit and letter in the Messiah. The context of a prophecy may be thematic rather than chronological. Prophecies which apply to Israel apply …

Prophecy in the NT, 5th Principle: A Voice in the Wilderness

A prophecy may use physical descriptions to describe spiritual realities. Poor John the Baptist. Not only did he lose his head, but he was completely overshadowed by his younger cousin in history. Not that John minds: "I baptize with water, but among you stands one you do not know, even he who comes after me, …

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, 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 …

“Hypocrites! You know how to discern the appearance of the sky . . .”

". . . but you cannot discern the signs of the times!" So Yeshua answered the Sadducees and Pharisees who demanded yet another sign from Him.  And so I think he would answer the Christians today who ignore the greatest miracle in two thousand years staring them in the face.  They believe in the Resurrection …

To Whom Was Immanuel a Sign?

Annunciation by Botticelli, 1490At the rate that I'm going, the Second Coming will occur before I finish the series on Egypt's prophetic dossier.  Well, hopefully this will get us a bit closer.As I mentioned in part 7 of that series, to really explain the rest of Ezekiel 29, we have to fully understand that there …

The Ekklesia in Prophecy – Isaiah 54-56

I've been a bit late in posting the next part of my refutation of Bullinger, so I thought I'd make a small detour in responding further to his claim that the Ekklesia is not prophesied in the Tanakh.  This could actually become something of a regular feature. Here we'll begin by quoting a passage of …