What if Israel Had Recognized Jesus as their Messiah?

  It’s tragic that Israel didn’t see the fulfillment of their own religion when Jesus revealed Himself to them. That is why God destroyed them in AD 70 via the Roman armies. If they had (as one people) recognized Jesus as their Messiah, today they would be viewed in the context of Christianity, not in Read More …

Commentary on Revelation – [Chapter 21]

  All Scripture quotations are from the 1901 American Standard Version unless otherwise noted.   Introduction The “holy city,” the “New Jerusalem,” is both the Church and the actual eternal city, or Eternal Kingdom….just as we call a church building a church, it’s not actually the church, but it’s the people who are the Church. Read More …

Commentary on Revelation — (2:8-11) – [Smyrna]

  Scripture quotations are from the 1901 American Standard Version unless otherwise indicated.   About Smyrna City of Smyrna: Modern day Izmir, Turkey It’s interesting that only in the book of Revelation is Smyrna (and its church) mentioned (Rev 1:11; 2:8-11). So all that we know about this church from the biblical record is right Read More …

Fulfillment Theology — [“Peddlers of Deception?”]

  I’m a proponent of Fulfillment Theology, which teaches that Israel has it’s fulfillment and continuation in Christ and His Church as a spiritual people and a spiritual nation (1 Peter 2:4-10). [Fulfillment Theology is a component of Covenant Theology and New Covenant Theology. I fall more in line with NCT]   Dispensational Theology teaches Read More …

The Significance of “To the Jew First” — [2 of 2]

  All Scripture quotations are from the 1901 American Standard Version unless otherwise noted.   This is a continuation from Part 1 of 2. This is a highly significant passage, one of the most important passages in the New Testament as it relates to Israel and the Church and the Kingdom of Christ of the Read More …

The Significance of “To the Jew First” — [1 of 2]

  To the Jew first: (Acts 13:46) – 46 Both Paul and Barnabas replied courageously, “It was necessary to speak the word of God to you first. Since you reject it and do not consider yourselves worthy of eternal life, we are turning to the Gentiles. NET (Romans 1:16) – 16 For I am not Read More …

Israel in Hebrews — [Priesthood of Christ]

  All Scripture quotations are from the 1901 American Standard Version unless otherwise noted.   Introduction As we’ve seen, the book of Hebrews reveals that the Kingship of Christ is both now and continues into the everlasting kingdom of the new heaven and new earth (Rev 21:1-2). We’ve also seen that this book doesn’t teach Read More …

Israel in Hebrews — [The Church is New Israel]

  Scripture quotations are from the 1901 American Standard Version unless otherwise noted.   Introduction As with Paul and Peter, the writer of Hebrews reveals that the nation of Israel has its fulfillment in Christ and His Church. The nation of Israel has its fulfillment as a spiritual nation, a spiritual Israel. In other words, Read More …

Israel in Hebrews — [Overview]

  All Scripture quotations are from the 1901 American Standard Version.   Introduction We continue our study of Israel and the Church from the perspective of the writer of the book of Hebrews. He’s a Jewish Christian addressing a Jewish Christian audience about Old and New Covenant issues. Before I began my study of Hebrews, Read More …

Israel and the Church — [Exodus 19:1-6]

  All Scripture quotations are from the 1901 American Standard Version unless otherwise noted.   Introduction Having already dealt with numerous New Testament passages regarding Israel and the Church, I think it’s good that we consider an Old Testament passage. All along I’ve been saying that we can’t understand the OT apart from the NT, Read More …

Israel and the Church — [Romans 9:1-8]

  All Scriptures are quoted from the 1901 American Standard Version unless otherwise noted.   Romans 9:1-8 1 I say the truth in Christ, I lie not, my conscience bearing witness with me in the Holy Spirit, 2 that I have great sorrow and unceasing pain in my heart. 3 For I could wish that Read More …

Kingdom of Christ Now — [Luke 1:30-33]

  All Scripture quotes are from the 1901 American Standard Version unless otherwise noted.   Introduction The first chapter of Luke’s gospel is one of the major keys in identifying Israel and the Kingdom of Christ in the New Covenant. When we compare what Luke says with other New Testament scriptures, the true nature of Read More …

Will There Be a Millennial Kingdom? The Writer of Hebrews Says No!

  Introduction Will there be a millennial kingdom on earth? That is, will there be a thousand year kingdom on earth that Jesus will set up upon His return, where He will reign over all the earth from the capital of Israel (Jerusalem)? Will Jesus really reign over a kingdom that has a physical temple Read More …

Earthly Kingdom or Heavenly Kingdom? [Philippians 3]

  All Scripture quotations are from the 1901 American Standard Version unless otherwise noted.   Introduction I think it’s safe to say that most Christians are taught that we all have an earthly kingdom to look forward to, where upon His return, Christ will reign over this present earth as its Ruler, sitting upon the Read More …