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 …

Sukkot and Eschatological Optimism

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 …

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, …

Response to Peter Goodgame – Part 7: Is Israel Divorced?

In part 3 of his series, Peter does some excellent summarizing of the marriage relationship between the Messiah and his bride, the Ekklesia, and rightly notes that long before the Ekklesia, Israel was offered the same ketubah, the same marriage contract: Messianic Bible scholar Arnold Fruchtenbaum explains that the Church as the Bride of Christ goes through …

Adoption vs. Replacement Theology vs. Dispensationalism

Imagine for a moment that you had two sons, who we’ll call Jacob and John. Jacob and John are stubborn, strong-willed, and resistant to punishment, so when they hit their teenage years, there’s a lot of chaos in the house. Sometimes you have to punish them severely, and on at least one prior occasion you …

The Curse of the Law: Part 2 – Why Yeshua Was Rejected

I concluded the last post by noting, "What this means is that, contrary to common Christian interpretation, the Jewish people were not cursed because we rejected Yeshua. On the contrary, the Jews had already been under the curse of the law for over seven hundred years before Yeshua came. In fact, the rejection of Yeshua by …