Between the Testaments – 400 Years

Between the testaments, Israel continued in her struggles for existence and restoration during the period between Malachi and the events of the N.T. Ezra and Nehemiah left a settled form of government in Palestine, ruled by a council of elders and priests who formed an ecclesiastical court, and who interpreted the law and enforced obedience. They were the GREAT SYNAGOGUE of 120 members which ruled for 150 years, until Simon the Just, about 292 Continue Reading

The Bible; Descriptive Life of Arabs

Genesis 16:12 And [Ismael] shall be as a wild ass among men; his hand will be against every man and every man’s hand against him; and he shall live to the east and on the borders of all his kinsmen. [The Amplified Bible]. “Nothing can be more descriptive of the wandering, lawless, freebooting life of the Arabs than this. From the beginning to the present they have kept their independence, and God preserves them as a lasting monument of His Continue Reading

The Bible; Babylon’s Downfall

Isaiah 13:22 And wolves and howling creatures will cry and answer in the deserted castles, and jackals in the pleasant palaces. And Babylon’s time is nearly come, and its days will not be prolonged. Isaiah 14:23, 25 I will also make it a possession of the hedgehog and porcupine, and marshes and pools of water, and I will sweep it with the broom of destruction, says the Lord of hosts. That I will bread the Assyrian in My land, and upon My Continue Reading

The Bible; Jonah and Nineveh

Jonah 1:1-2 Now the word of the Lord came to Jonah the son of Amittai, saying, Arise, go to Nineveh, that great city, and proclaim against it; for their wickedness has come up before Me. [Gen. 10:11-12]. [The Amplified Bible]. That Jonah was a historical character and not fictional, is evidenced beyond question by the reference to him in 2 Kings 14:25: “[Jeroboam] restored the border of Israel…according to the word of the Lord…which He spoke Continue Reading

Canaan: Servant of Servants

Genesis 9:24-25 When Noah awoke from his wine, and knew the thing which his youngest son had done to him. He exclaimed, Cursed be Canaan! He shall be the servant of servants to his brethren! [Deut. 27:16]. [The Amplified Bible]. The language of Noah here is an actual prophecy and not merely an expression of personal feeling. That Noah placed a curse on his youngest grandchild, Canaan, who would naturally, be his favorite, can only be Continue Reading

The Bible; Genesis Defends Itself

Genesis 10:19 And the territory of the Canaanites extended from Sidon, as one goes to Gerar, as far as Gaza, and as one goes to Sodom, Gomorrah, Admah, and Zeboim, as far as Lasha. [Amplified Bible]. Surely no greater proof is needed of the great antiquity of this portion of Genesis than the fact that it mentions as still standing these four cities of the plain, which were utterly destroyed in Abraham’s time [Gen. 19:27-29; Deut. Continue Reading

The Bible; Jerusalem Plowed as a Field

Micah 3:12 Therefore shall Zion on your account be plowed as a field, and Jerusalem shall become heaps of ruins, and the mountain of the house [of the Lord] as the high places of a forest. [Jer. 26: 17-19]. [The Amplified Bible] In his book ‘The Land and the Book’, Dr. William Thompson wrote “Mount Zion is now [Eighteenth Century] for the most part a rough field. From the Tomb of David I passed on through the fields of ripe grain. It is the Continue Reading

The Bible; Edom: Perpetual Desolations

Ezekiel 35:9-10 I will make you a perpetual desolation, and your cities shall not be inhabited. Then you will know, understand and realize that I am the Lord [the Sovereign Ruler, calling forth loyalty and obedient service]. Because you [Edom] said, Theses two nations [Israel and Judah] and these two countries shall be mine, although the Lord was there. [The Amplified Bible]. The Edomites gave what help they could to Nebuchadnezzar when he Continue Reading

The Bible; Common Origin of All Languages

Genesis 11:6 And the Lord said, Behold, they are one people, and have all one language; and this is only the beginning of what they will do; and now nothing they have imagined they can do will be impossible to them. Some noted philologists have declared that a common origin of all languages cannot be denied. One, Max Mueller in his ‘Science of Language’, said, “We have examined all possible forms which language can assume, and now we ask, Continue Reading

The Bible; The Horites

Genesis 36:20, 21 These are the sons of Sir the Horite, the inhabitants of the land….. ….these are the chiefs of the Horites, the sons of Seir in the land of Edom. Because of the similarity of this word [for “Horites”] to a Hebrew word for “cave”, the term Horite was formerly interpreted as “cave dweller.” But [later] archaeological discoveries have shown that the Horites are not be be explained as cave-dwellers, but are to be identified Continue Reading