An essential and fascinating key to understanding God’s Word and its design is through the meaning of numbers used throughout scripture. The study is fascinating when we search for connections and patterns of numbers as they repeat themselves. As we search for the repetitious use of any given number, we find symbolic meanings are attached to each number. These consistent patterns, I believe, reveals the handiwork of an all-knowing God.
The arrangement of some numbers tends to be clear. Others are not and require and in-depth study of scripture. When number patterns are discovered, they do not exist by random change but by design. Each number you will find has a symbolism attached to it by our Creator.
These symbolic meanings of numbers in scripture are different from what is referred to as numerology. Numerology involves looking for an occult meaning in numbers, their combinations, and numerical totals. Numerology is a form of divination that God condemns in the 19th chapter of Deuteronomy. In scripture, the most common numbers investigated include 3, 7, 10, 12, and 40. All of these numbers are used frequently and often in conjunction with significant biblical events.
For truly, I say to you, until heaven and earth pass away, not an iota, not a dot, will pass from the Law until all is accomplished. (Matthew 5:18)
If we do not currently have a new heaven and a new earth, would we therefore still be under every stipulation of the Law, many of which focus on animal sacrifices for salvation? The answer to this question requires understanding what is meant by the “passing away” of “heaven and earth,” as well as the terms “New Heaven” and “New Earth.” Of course these terms could refer to a coming atmospheric or comic occurrence. However the Bible does not refer to such a situation. Instead, these terms, when left within the biblical context of prophetic symbolism, shows something quite different.
Isaiah 66:7-24is about the coming of Jesus and His New Covenant. Isaiah starts this chapter by condemning those who trust in physical things for their salvation. He ends this prophecy with a promise that the “new heaven” and “new earth” (verses 20-23) would be established with Jews and Gentiles, that these groups would be (...)
For many years, I believed that the scriptures taught that God had never completely fulfilled the land promise that He made to Abraham. This is what I was taught to believe and what, I in turn taught others. Now we all know that God will not go back on His promises. So, assuming this teaching is true, then at some point in the future, God will have to keep His promise that He made to Abraham. This “promised land” will have to be given to Abraham’s descendants. Did God fulfill His promise to Abraham? Or should we look to the future for this fulfillment? What do the scriptures reveal? Get your Bibles out! Let’s start in the book of Genesis.
Land Promise Given to Abram/Abraham
The first mention of a land promise is in the twelfth chapter of Genesis.
Genesis 12:5-7 (KJV) – And Abram took Sarai his wife, and Lot his brother’s son, and all their substance that they had gathered, and the souls that they had gotten in Haran; and they went forth to go into the land of (...)
Bible prophecy is about much more than just a prediction the Last Days, for found within its words is evidence of both the identity and the authenticity of the true Messiah of God. About this, Jesus said, “Search the Scriptures; for in them ye think ye have eternal life: and they are they which testify of me” (see John 5:39). He also said, “These are the words which I spake unto you, while I was yet with you, that all things must be fulfilled, which were written in the law of Moses, and in the prophets, and in the psalms, concerning me” (Luke 24:44). These words are proof that the early church used as their evidence of Jesus being their one true Messiah. Some examples are:
Philip said, “We have found him, of whom Moses in the law, and the prophets, did write, Jesus of Nazareth, the son of Joseph,” when telling Nathanael why he believed Jesus was the awaited Messiah (see John 1:45).
Paul “expounded and testified the kingdom of God, persuading them concerning Jesus, both out of the law of Moses, and out of the
All Bible teachers would agree that Daniel’s 70 Weeks is one of the most important prophecy messages in the Bible. However, the way in which they teach these weeks can vary considerably. For instance, those who teach the Dispensational view of prophecy believe all the prophesies pertaining to the first 69 Weeks were fulfilled during the First Century, but those concerning the 70th Week are not yet fulfilled and will not be until their alleged “antichrist” appears. To do this, they place a gap of time between Daniel’s 69th and 70th Weeks. They teach that the reason for this gap is because the Jews rejected Jesus and their unbelief caused Jesus to not fulfill all that was written of Him. As a result, God stopped His prophetic time clock until a period they call the “end time.” This makes their gap now more than 2,000 years wide and growing wider with each passing year. One of the chief problems with this view is that Daniel nowhere speaks of an interruption or a gap between any of his 70 Weeks. So, to place such a gap would be to add something to Daniel’s prophecy that is simply not found (...)
The world is coming to an end! Why? Because the Bible says so! Or does it? Modern Bible prophecy teachers declare that we are living in the last days and that these are the end times! But does scripture predict an end of time?
What exactly does the Bible mean when it mentions “the last days”? It is important to define Biblical terms. Does scripture define the term “the last days” as the end of time or simply the end of an age? What does scripture reveal about this important subject? Let us start at the beginning – in the book of Genesis. In Genesis chapter 6 we read the account of God destroying the world with a flood. Then in Genesis 8:21 the Lord declares that he will never again destroy every living creature “as I have done.”
Genesis 8:21-22 (KJV) – And the LORD smelled a sweet savour; and the LORD said in his heart, I will not again curse the ground any more for man’s sake; for the imagination of man’s heart is evil from his youth; neither will I again smite any more every thing living,
What does the binding of Satan mean? Revelation chapter 20 verses one thru three mentions the binding of Satan. These passages are about Satan being bound at the beginning of “the one-thousand-year reign of Christ.” Here’s the scripture in Revelation chapter 20:
Revelation 20:1-3 (KJV) And I saw an angel come down from heaven, having the key of the bottomless pit and a great chain in his hand. And he laid hold on the dragon, that old serpent, which is the Devil, and Satan, and bound him a thousand years, And cast him into the bottomless pit, and shut him up, and set a seal upon him, that he should deceive the nations no more, till the thousand years should be fulfilled: and after that he must be loosed a little season.
Many Christians assume that neither the Kingdom of God in which Christ is king or “the binding of Satan” has taken place. But is this the testimony of scripture? Is this what the scriptures teach? Let’s explore this subject together to learn what the scriptures reveal!
I believe the first order of business is to define some terms. The Merriman-Webster Dictionary defines the word bind as (...)
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In Numbers 19:1-22 we find a command for the sacrifice of a red heifer and the usage of its ashes. These verses describe a sacrifice that is unlike any other and that is central to Old Testament purification. For almost two thousand years there has been no red heifer meeting the specifications necessary from which this ash can be made. But recently there are reports of the birth of such a calf in Israel. This has led many Christian preachers that teach the prophecy view of “Dispensationalism” to tell their audiences this calf is a fulfillment of Bible prophecy, whose arrival means the construction of the third Jewish Temple cannot be far behind.
Dispensationalists believe that most of the prophecies about Israel are to be read literally as written. This creates a prophecy view that has God’s plan for Israel being different than His plan for the Gentiles (non-Jews). Their claim about this calf is nothing new for them for they have made the same claims about other red calves in the past. Each time they did this they ignored the obstacles that blocked their predictions. The (...)
For the last 30 years, I have heard that an increase in technology, knowledge, and travel are sure signs of the “end times.” All one has to do is look at the tremendous advancements in computing power, and you’d have to conclude that knowledge and technology are rapidly increasing. The go-to scripture that is cited is found in Daniel 12:4:
Daniel 12:4 (KJV) But thou, O Daniel, shut up the words, and seal the book, even to the time of the end: many shall run to and fro, and knowledge shall be increased.
Seal the Book, Daniel!
Let’s look at this verse, pick it apart to see what the scriptures reveal. The two signs that are mentioned here are an increase in human knowledge and travel.
Like many, I taught that Daniel was referring to the rapid development of both travel and technology. Our great-grandfathers traveled by horse-drawn carriages but today we travel by commercial jet. According to some, man’s institutional knowledge is doubling every two and one-half years. The facts are there: who can deny the marvels of our century? I certainly can’t and won’t. So don’t these facts concur precisely with Daniel’s prophecy that (...)
This past August I decided to reward my two youngest children by taking them and their mother on a Caribbean cruise. It was their first cruise and trip out of this country. We packed our bags and away we went. Of course one of the best parts of cruising is the shore excursions. There were many shore excursions to choose from on our three country stops. One activity that I wanted to introduce my children to was snorkeling. So during our stop in Roatan, Honduras we decided to snorkel in the crystal clear waters of the Caribbean.
As Christians, we believe in modest dress. It is possible to dress modestly even when going for a swim or in our case snorkeling. I can guarantee that my wife and daughter weren’t wearing bikinis nor were my son and I in Speedos!
Upon arrival at the snorkeling location, we saw a group of young Honduran men waiting at the end of the pier. These young men would serve as guides for our snorkeling adventure. One of the guides, however, hurriedly made a beeline for us. His name was Omar, and unlike his counterparts, he was modestly dressed. Omar introduced himself and explained (...)