Books By Robert Clifton Robinson
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The Ruse of Atheist New Testament Scholars
Is a New Testament scholar an authority regarding the true facts and reliability of the narratives concerning Jesus? If you are like many people, you would say “yes.” What if this scholar is an atheist and doesn’t believe that God exists, or the texts written in the New Testament are true, would you still look to this scholar as an authority?
For a majority of Christians, the answer would be “no.” For a majority of atheists, the answer is “yes.”
Today the New Testament is under assault by an enemy disguised as a scholar. Millions of unsuspecting people have been fooled by the deception of best-selling authors that assert the New Testament is not to be trusted.
The New Testament contains proving criteria for anyone who asserts they are an authority in these texts. First, they must be a believer in Christ and filled with the Holy Spirit. Second, they must believe that the Bible is the inspired Word of God and is the primary method of communication God has chosen to reveal Himself.
Jesus said that unless a person is “born again” by the Spirit of God, they will not have the capacity to understand the surviving texts of the New Testament. Paul elaborated on this principle by saying that what is written and preserved for us is “spiritually discerned.” This means that only those who believe God exists and are diligently seeking Him (Hebrews 11:6) have the capacity to understand the texts of the Bible and be a genuine scholar, through decades of diligent study in these texts.
According to Jesus, a scholar is not a person with a secular education or a PhD. There are many men and women who have achieved these distinctions but do not believe God exists.
Today, modern New Testament scholarship includes atheist scholars. The Christian church has permitted this because these persons have done their due diligence in obtaining an advanced degree. The problem is that a PhD does not convey the Holy Spirit to anyone. Jesus said that no scholar can understand the texts about Him without the Holy Spirit.
Jesus often condemned the leaders of Israel, who were the “Doctors of the Law” while committing grievous errors in their exposition and hermeneutics of the Hebrew scriptures.
When Nicodemus came to Jesus late one night, he was a PhD in the Hebrew scriptures but he didn’t recognize that Jesus was the Messiah who was promised by the Old Testament scriptures. An advanced education prevented what was most needed: the Spirit of God that imparts genuine knowledge.
A person without the Spirit of God is not capable of genuine scholarship concerning the New Testament. We see this demonstrated by the comments and conclusions of atheist scholars in their published works concerning the New Testament. There are numerous errors made by these men and women because they do not have the ability to comprehend what they are seeking to evaluate.
According to atheist scholars, and many secular scholars, it is not necessary to believe in God or that the New Testament is true. In fact, they see their non-belief as a valuable asset in being impartial as a scholar. This is not true, according to Jesus and the writers of the Bible. The Hebrew and Greek scriptures were never meant for evaluation by any non-believer. Any person can read the Bible and gain enough understanding to make a commitment to believe in the God it reveals; they cannot gain sufficient knowledge to make valid scholarly criticism concerning these texts.
This book provides the evidence that proves an atheist New Testament scholar is not qualified to evaluate or make valid conclusions regarding the New Testament. In these twelve chapters, the errors and incorrect conclusions of atheist scholars are revealed, which prove they are incapable of unbiased criticism because of their unbelief.
The Book of Revelation: A Verse by Verse Commentary
The Book of Revelation is the most important book for this precise time in history. The events that are described within its pages were written for us today. Every strange coded word and phrase is meant for this generation. The application of everything that is written in Revelation was penned for people who are alive today.
Unless a person has spent the past 30 years teaching the entire Bible, they are not qualified to write a commentary on the Book of Revelation. For this reason, a majority of the books today that claim to be a valid commentary were written by people who are not really qualified to write commentary for Revelation.
The reason is simple: In order to really understand Revelation and have the ability to write a valid and accurate commentary, a person must have studied the entire Bible before the Book of Revelation. The texts of Revelation assume that the reader has read, and has a good working knowledge of the whole Bible, before they read and study Revelation.
I waited to write my commentary of Revelation for 45 years. I have taught this important book more than 17 times in the previous 38 years in the United States, Europe, and Asia. I have published audio commentary on Revelation, beginning about 20 years ago. I did not think that I was ready or qualified to write the book you find here today, until I was confident that I knew and understood the rest of the Bible sufficiently in order to publish a reliable commentary for Revelation.
When the proper commentary is written for Revelation, the author must include hundreds of other texts from all over the Bible, in order to confirm and validate all the statements and conclusions that are included in his commentary. A majority of people who attempt to write a book about Revelation don’t have this ability, and they write commentary based upon their personal understanding and opinions.
When you read this commentary, you will quickly discover just how much of the whole Bible is included in the Book of Revelation. This is by design; and it was the purpose of Jesus, who is dictating the text of Revelation to John, to make sure that the reader receives a complete Bible study for the entire Bible when they read the texts of Revelation.
The second surprising fact of Revelation is just how much personal application there is in this book. You will find that there are more subjects and important questions answered by Revelation, than any other book in the Bible. Essentially every important doctrine and principle of the Bible can be found in a study of Revelation.
This is why this book is so large and detailed and contains so much information. It is my hope that you will be blessed by what I have written in this commentary, and you grow in your faith and relationship with Jesus as a result of this experience.
You Are My Witnesses: The Men Who Saw Jesus
The question of whether Jesus actually existed, is perhaps, the most important subject of all time. If Jesus healed the sick, walked on water, was crucified and rose from the dead, knowing whether these things are true is essential to proving His claim to be God and Messiah. Critics say that the men who wrote the Gospels about Jesus made up the whole story. The text of the New Testament states that men saw and heard the things they are writing and they are certain these things are true.
This book is a serious inquiry into the facts that can be known regarding Jesus. Today we have 24,593 surviving manuscript copies of the New Testament. The earliest nearly complete copies are dated from 175-225 A.D. If we have manuscript copes from 175 A.D., it is certain that the original autographs were written early in the first century. Critics say no, they were written late in the first century by non-eyewitnesses. When we examine the words of Jesus, it is clear that He commanded 12 men to write a record of all they had seen and heard, and immediately send this testimony out to the whole world.
These men had seen the most extraordinary events in the history of the world, is it possible that after they saw Jesus alive and He ascended back to heaven with the command, “you will be my witnesses, telling people about me everywhere–in Jerusalem, throughout Judea, in Samaria, and to the ends of the earth,” that they did nothing for 30 or 40 years? There is evidence in the New Testament that the Gospels were already written just a few years after Jesus rose from the dead, and these Gospels were being taught in churches all over Asia Minor.
There are 134 citations in the New Testament where the writers state that they saw Jesus and witnessed His miracles, death and resurrection. In the 27 books of the New Testament, there are 396 places where Jesus’ death and resurrection are described. Did these men really see and hear these things or is it all just a fraud? In the secular historical record there are 121 citations where Jesus and His followers are mentioned by non-biblical sources, recorded since the first century.
This book is written to provide evidence to support the fact that everything written about Jesus in the New Testament is true and can be relied upon. This book contains evidence of an early writing of the Gospels by eyewitnesses, and proof that Jesus was known to the secular world because they wrote about Him in their preserved records.
This book is the result of three decades of Biblical scholarship in studying the actual text of the Bible by efficient exegesis and hermeneutics.
Yeshu: The Historical Jesus
Today, there is a great debate amongst many scholars as to whether the man referred to as “Jesus of Nazareth” was a real person from history.
Before He was known as “Jesus,” the leaders of Israel called Him “Yeshu.” (ישו in Hebrew and Aramaic). It is from this oldest reference to Jesus, which was recorded in the Talmud that we find some of the most compelling evidence for the historical reality of Jesus’ existence in Jerusalem, during the period set forth by the four gospels.
When we arrive at the New Testament and discover that both the Bible and Secular history corroborate that Jesus of Nazareth was sentenced to death under the authority of Pontius Pilate, we have great confidence that His identity is certain.
Today, the world’s leading scholars agree that the crucifixion of Jesus is an established fact of history that is indisputable. In truth, the events of the scourging and crucifixion are described as ranking so high in certainty that they are considered by experts as irrefutable and the very basis for a conclusion that Jesus of Nazareth lived, died, and rose from the dead, as the New Testament records.
The orders of Pontius Pilate to have Jesus scourged and crucified are documented by one of the greatest Roman historians ever to write on this period—Tacitus.
As early as the second century, Tacitus writes in his “Annals” of the Roman Empire, 116 A.D. (Annals 15,44) that under Caesar Nero, Pilate ordered the execution of Jesus of Nazareth by crucifixion.
“Nero fastened the guilt and inflicted the most exquisite tortures on a class hated for their abominations, called Christians by the populace. Christus, from whom the name had its origin, suffered the extreme penalty during the reign of Tiberius at the hands of one of our procurators, Pontius Pilatus.”
This record of Jesus’ execution by crucifixion under Pontius Pilate, written by Tacitus, is of immense value for the historicity of Jesus Christ. Being an independent source from both the Roman government and the Biblical text, Tacitus authenticates the narrative of the four gospels—that Jesus was scourged and crucified exactly as the Gospels describe.
Scholars today confirm that the crucifixion of Jesus is a matter of historical fact, equal to any other event of antiquity. Even those who are regarded as scholars who do not believe in the deity of Jesus Christ regard the scourging and crucifixion as actual events that can be proven from extra-biblical sources.7
The scriptures of the Jews confirm that a record of history was noted in their scrolls regarding the events described in the four gospel accounts of the disciples of Jesus.
The most ancient of Hebrew references to Jesus of Nazareth are found in the Tosefta and Talmud, supporting the historicity of His existence as a genuine person from history, who was crucified under Pontius Pilate.
Later publications of certain rabbis alleged that the name “Yeshu” was used by the Jews at the time of Jesus to avoid pronouncing His name. This allegation has been proven untrue by archeological discoveries confirming that this term was being utilized by other men during that same time period. The record of history bears witness that the name “Yeshu” was made use of by the leaders of Israel in order to distinguish Jesus of Nazareth from other men who also were known as “Joshua,” during that period of history.
There are a few obscure references to the name Yeshu as a derogatory reference by the leaders of Israel, for Jesus, in the form of an acronym for the formula (ימח שמו וזכרו(נו (Y’mach Sh’mo V’Zichro, “may his name and memory be obliterated.” If this is confirmed, it also lends authority to the fact that Jesus is a real person from history who the Jews of that time hated intensely—in confirmation of the prophecies of the Old Testament—which predicted their hatred for the Messiah upon His arrival in Jerusalem.
In Isaiah’s prophecy of the Messiah: The Messiah is described as a stumbling stone for the religious leaders of Israel.
He will be as a sanctuary, But a stone of stumbling and a rock of offense To both the houses of Israel, As a trap and a snare to the inhabitants of Jerusalem.
A further citation of the name Yeshu is from the acronym of “yishtabach shemo vezikhro” meaning “may his name and memory be praised.”
Whether the name Yeshu was used in terms of worship or derision, history records that the designation, Yeshu, was certainly attached to Jesus of Nazareth, by the leaders of Israel, during the time period in which the four gospels attribute His presence in Israel.
The name Yeshu is perhaps the oldest confirming evidence from secular history that Jesus of Nazareth was in fact present in Jerusalem during the period which the New Testament narrative claims that He was there.
Yeshu from the Talmud
A surprising source for Jesus’ crucifixion comes from the Babylonian Talmud-Sanhedrin 43a, Soncino edition. This text confirms from the records of the Jews, the gospel narrative of the events that led up to the crucifixion of Jesus Christ.14
“On the eve of the Passover Yeshu was hanged. For forty days before the execution took place, a herald went forth and cried, ‘He is going forth to be stoned because he has practised sorcery and enticed Israel to apostasy. Anyone who can say anything in his favour, let him come forward and plead on his behalf.’ But since nothing was brought forward in his favour he was hanged on the eve of the Passover!”
The evidence contained within this book, proves that Jesus of Nazareth is a genuine person from history, whose life, death, and resurrection is confirmed by multiple sources from secular and religious history.
These Things Were Written: An Expositional Treatise Of The Life, Death, And Resurrection Of Jesus
He was not the kind of man whom most people would consider a powerful leader or conqueror of nations. He worked with His hands and shaped wood from trees into useful objects for life. He used no force to compel anyone. He spoke humbly; and He treated the lost, the broken, and the poor with great compassion and love. He did not attend a prominent Rabbinical school to learn the ancient scriptures. He was no author or traveling evangelist. There were no accolades or parades when He came into the world, though He created all that exist by the words of His mouth.
Although this man fulfilled every promise of the prophets of old, His arrival at Jerusalem was met with shock and dismay. “Who is this Carpenter from Nazareth?” The Pharisees cried. “No prophet ever came out of Galilee.” He was rejected, despised, ridiculed, scourged, and crucified. While bearing unimaginable suffering Himself, the constant desire of His heart was to bring freedom to His tormentors. To the men who tortured Him: “Father, forgive them.” To the repentant thief on the cross, who had mocked Him moments before: “Today you will be with Me in paradise.” To the whole world, a promise: “It is finished.” The work of your redemption is complete; eternal life is yours; heaven is your eternal home.
His heart burst from within as the mounting pressure of bearing the sins of the world pushed His body beyond the stress than any man had ever bore. He commanded His spirit to depart His body. He breathed His last; His blood poured out; His work–finished. For three days He lay in the borrowed tomb of a friend; His body, experiencing no decay. On the first day of the week, a spectacular event equalled only by the first moments of the universe, when light exploded into the darkness of this world and He was alive once more.
This extensive Treatise examines every part of Jesus’ life, death, and resurrection, and presents conclusive evidence that God came to earth as Jesus, and proved that He exists. By the time any reasonable person completes this extensive examination of Jesus, it is certain that their view of who Jesus is will be drastically changed.
He Is Risen: Historical Evidence That Proves Jesus Rose From The Dead
Many critics of Jesus Christ claim that His physical resurrection from the dead is an elaborate hoax, created by the writers of the New Testament. When we examine the ancient texts of the Hebrew scriptures, we discover that the death and resurrection of the future Messiah was predicted ten times, thousands of years before Jesus arrived on earth.
When we examine this evidence from the Old Testament, we discover that a bodily resurrection of the future Savior was foretold by God as a sign to the world that His promise of a Redeemer had been fulfilled.
When the writers of the New Testament recorded this event, they were eyewitnesses of Jesus’ resurrection. It was not until after Jesus rose from the dead, that the disciples of Jesus realized that His resurrection was a fulfillment of 400 Messianic Prophecies written by the prophets of the Old Testament.
The secular records of antiquity also contain substantial evidence of 122 historical citations which validate the events described in the New Testament narratives. The writers of the New Testament state 134 times that they saw Jesus with their own eyes. There are 396 citations in the New Testament that describe the crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus.
It is possible to validate these claims made in the New Testament, and the secular, extra-biblical records of history, to prove that Jesus did rise from the dead.
“We proclaim to you the one who existed from the beginning, whom we have heard and seen. We saw him with our own eyes and touched him with our own hands. He is the Word of life.”
“For we were not making up clever stories when we told you about the powerful coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. We saw his majestic splendor with our own eyes.”
One Gospel: Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John, Combined Into One Incredible Story
When we read through the four gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John–separately, it is impossible to receive all of the information about the events that are being described. Each individual writer is recording the things that he remembered, while other writers record additional details that were not included in the other accounts. By reading each gospel separately, we miss important details that have taken place.
If we read the four Gospels together at once, we see these little details from each writer, all at one time; and this allows us to understand the story of Jesus in greater detail. An example of how important it is to read all four gospels together at once, is observed by the following example.
During the betrayal and arrest of Jesus, we see that Matthew and Mark tell us that someone who was with Jesus, took out a sword and cut off the ear of the high priest’s servant. Luke adds that it was his right ear, telling us that the one who did this, was likely left-handed. John adds the final detail, that the person who did this was Peter, and the servant’s name was “Malchus.”
We would not know the entire story that took place, unless we were able to read all four gospels at the same time.
Chapter 232: “The Betrayal and Arrest of Jesus”
Matthew 26:47-56 Mark 14:43-52 Luke 22:47-53 John 18:1-12
- Matthew 26:47-56
…51 And, behold, one of them who were with Jesus, stretched out his hand, and drew his sword, and struck a servant of the high priest’s, and took-off his ear.
- Mark 14:43-52
And one of them that stood by drew a sword, and struck a servant of the high priest, and cut off his ear.
- Luke 22:47-53
49 When the men who were around him saw what would follow, they said to Jesus, “Lord, shall we strike with the sword?” 50 And one of them struck the servant of the high priest, and cut off his right ear….
- John 18:10
Then Simon Peter, having a sword, drew it and stuck the high priest’s servant, and cut off his ear.
This book takes the four gospels and places them before you as a single story, so that you can see all that was written about the events that happened during Jesus’ life, death, and resurrection. Much of this commentary is designed to be of great encouragement to the reader, such as chapter 227:
“In our life, there will be many times when we will not really understand the plans of God at a particular moment. As we experience loss, hurt, abandonment, betrayal, sickness, financial stress, or terrible conflicts in our relationships, we will ask: “How is this your plan for me, Lord?”
Often we may question whether God really loves us when He allows so much pain and suffering to flood our life.
When these moments arrive, as they must for every person, we should think on Jesus and remind ourselves how much He suffered for us. We should look back to the cross; that moment when Jesus demonstrated, in real, practical terms; how far the love of God will go in meeting our needs. The fact that Jesus was willing to leave heaven, live as a man, allow evil men to put Him to death–all to make our redemption possible; should remind us that God does love us. On that final day of Jesus’ life, He gave all that He had; His very life, to demonstrate once and for all, that God really does love us.”
The commentary that is included in this book, is unlike those of other publications. The intent of this author is to enable the reader to know who Jesus is and how the things that He said and did, are personally applicable to our lives today.
For the person who is interested in commentary that is in-depth and filled with relevant facts, the 1,200 pages of this commentary in this 3,156 page book are extensive, thorough, and scholarly.
Finally, this book is also written for the person who is interested in the prophetic applications of Jesus appearance here on earth. This book shows how the entire Bible was written with the intent of revealing Jesus as the Messiah, in fulfillment of all that the Hebrew prophets wrote.
The Prophecies Of The Messiah: The Words Of The Prophets Are Fulfilled
Travel with me, down the road that leads from Jerusalem to Emmaus–a distance of some seven miles. It is Sunday, the third day since Jesus has been crucified. Mary arrives early in the Morning at Jesus tomb and returns to tell the disciples that His body is no longer where He was placed after His death. Mary, Peter, and John have reported to the other followers of Jesus that He has risen from the dead, just as He promised He would. Many of Jesus followers are uncertain at this point if He really is alive. Two of Jesus disciples, Cleopas and one other–who is not named, are in a state of despair as they walk along this road leading out of Jerusalem.
While on this journey, these two men are discussing the events that have led up to the crucifixion of Jesus and His subsequent death. Suddenly, unknown to these two disciples, Jesus comes along to join them as they walk. He asks why they are so sad. Not knowing at this point that they are speaking to the Lord, they convey to this stranger that they had hoped that Jesus was the Messiah. They state that their hopes are now dashed as they are not certain that He really was the promised one–since He was put to death on the cross. They were expecting a conquering Messiah, not a suffering and dying Servant.
Jesus takes these two men through the Hebrew scriptures, beginning with Moses–in the Law, and continuing through all the Prophets. He shows them each of the Prophecies of the Messiah and How they were fulfilled by His life, death, and resurrection.
“Then Jesus said to them, “O foolish ones, and slow of heart to believe in all that the prophets have spoken! Ought not the Christ to have suffered these things and to enter into His glory?” And beginning at Moses and all the Prophets, He expounded to them in all the Scriptures the things concerning Himself.” –Luke 24:25-27
What were the Old Testament scriptures that Jesus showed these disciples? They are the very same prophecies that are contained within this book.
It is impossible to fully understand the Bible or the purpose for which Jesus came into the world–apart from a good working knowledge of these prophecies that Jesus expounded upon as He walked along the road to Emmaus. The leaders of Israel, the Jews who lived in Jerusalem, and the followers of Jesus–all had a difficult time understanding everything that Jesus had said and done. It was only after these Hebrew prophecies were fully explained to those who had followed Him, that they understood the purpose for His arrival on the earth.
This book is a 4,042 page treatise that lists the 400 Old Testament prophecies of the Messiah that Jesus fulfilled in the New Testament. Each prophecy is fully explained and includes a section of application where the importance of these events are applied–in context with our lives today.
Everything that Jesus said and did, rests upon His ability to fulfill all of the words of Moses and the Prophets. God gave these extremely detailed and difficult prophecies to us–so that we might be able to validate the claims of any person who claimed to be the Messiah.
How is it possible to write in describing these explicit details unless the author had actually seen the events take place before they happened? These truly are incredible predictions when we consider the extreme difficulty and precision required to fulfill the many specific details contained within these hundreds of prophecies.
Jesus was not a helpless and condemned man, dying upon a cross with no control over anything that happened to Him. He not only told Moses and the Prophets what to write, thousands of years before these events took place, He controlled the specific details of each fulfillment to ensure the precise outcome. Jesus exhibits stunning control over all these circumstances–so that we might be able to understand and believe that His is the True Messiah.
Why Jesus Is God: Examining the Facts Of History
Today the Gospel of Jesus Christ is under assault by Liberal Theologians who are also atheists. They make assertions that Jesus never claimed to be God in the New Testament, but was made God by the writers of these narratives. These Theologians tell us that 85 percent of all that is written about Jesus, He never said or did. When we examine the claims of these prominent New Testament Scholars, we find that they have ignored the evidence of the New Testament which proves Jesus is God and the record of history that validates the Bible as accurate and reliable. The New Testament stands as one pillar of proof that is largely misunderstood and unknown by the world.
There are over 4,200 religions in the world today. What makes Jesus superior to all other ways to God? Are there clear differences that would cause us to choose Jesus over every other god and religion? When we investigate the qualities and precepts of these many religions, we see a stunning difference between them and the simple way of salvation that Jesus brought to the world. The evidence to prove that Jesus is God, superior to all other gods and religions of the world, is both empirical and substantial.
We also have a second pillar of evidence in the Cosmological record presented by the universe. Scientists and Cosmologists claim that the universe came into existence by a natural process. When we examine the evidence, we find that the universe began during a moment before the physical laws existed. Despite this, the process which would permit life on earth much later was clearly guided by a power of incredible intelligence and engineering prowess.
A third pillar of empirical evidence that is presented to us is the unparalleled record of Jesus’ life that has been preserved for over 2,000 years. What these men wrote about Jesus has survived time and decay as a precise record that matches our New Testament today, virtually unchanged. When we examine the person of Jesus Christ, it is then that we begin to see just why His life and message is singular amongst all the gods and religions of the world.
There is a visible characteristic of pride that is present amongst a majority of religious leaders. The presence of this attribute is one of the reasons that so many people are turned off by church or religion. The pretense of many men and women who espouse religious principles, from their great arrogance, is a tremendous obstacle for many people.
When we examine the words and manner of living for Jesus, we see something completely different. Although we learn much later that He believes Himself to be God, in every area of His life in which He presents Himself to us, we see a deep and abiding sense of humility. If there was anyone who had a right to pride, it would be God; and yet, we notice that when He comes to reveal Himself to us, it is with a profound meekness, as He submits Himself to death for our salvation.
This book is the result of 43 years of research, writing, and teaching and presents facts that most people have never heard or considered. This work was written for the purpose of giving you an intellectual, evidence-based reason to believe that Jesus is singular and transcendent above all others.
Messianic Prophecy Bible: The Complete Old And New Testament Scriptures, With 400 Messianic Prophecies And Commentary
What if you could open your Bible and find the Hebrew prophecies which describe the Messiah, and the stunning fulfillments of these scriptures, all in one place? After forty-one years of intense study, research, teaching, and writing, this Messianic Prophecy Bible is now available. With more than 4,200 pages, this new Bible provides the reader with a simple and concise ability to understand how Jesus fulfilled every prophecy of the promised Messiah.
Beginning with the Old Testament scriptures, the reader can simply read through the text and view the relevant Messianic Prophecies that were written to describe the coming Savior of the World.
A Sample From The Old Testament Bible:
3:15 And I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your seed and her Seed; (a) He shall bruise your head, and (b) you shall bruise His heel. Genesis 3:15a Genesis 3:15b
When you click on the above link from Genesis 3:15a, you are directed to the first prophecy of the Bible, and its relevant commentary. When you click on the links in the New Testament, you are directed to the Old Testament Prophecy that predicted an event that Jesus would fulfill.
A Sample From The New Testament Bible:
1:1 God, who at several times and in various ways, spoke in time past unto the fathers by the prophets,
1:2 Has in these last days spoken to us by his Son, whom he has appointed heir of all things, by whom also he made the worlds;
(1-2) 1 Chronicles 17:13 (1-2) Psalms 90:2 (1-2) Isaiah 9:6b (1-2) Isaiah 9:6b
As you can see, this is an exciting new way to read through your Bible and understand how important each of the Hebrew Prophecies that God has given us, really are. Once you begin your own exploration of these Prophecies of the Messiah, and entirely new world of knowledge and understanding becomes a reality.
I have found that even after four decades of studying, writing and teaching these verses of scripture, my understanding of the Bible has increased dramatically, as a result of studying this Messianic Bible. Understanding these prophecies that Jesus fulfilled, has caused my mind to comprehend the great salvation that He has accomplished for us, in a manner that I never dreamed possible.
It is my hope that you will find a similar result in your own efforts. May the Lord richly bless you as you study His word.
How Intelligence Acted Upon The Universe: Observable Facts Of Science
Since everything which exists has an explanation for its existence, there must also be a reason for the universe. Because all things temporal have a cause and the universe came into being at some point, the universe must also have a cause. As it is impossible for anything to cause itself, and the universe began before time, space, and matter existed, the universe was caused by a power that is transcendent of all things.
By the complexity, laws, and fine-tuning of the universe, we perceive that it has a purpose, to sustain life. In order for a universe to exist by the precepts we scientifically observe, an intelligence and power of unlimited capacity was necessary.
There Are Two Types Of Things That Exist
- Things that exist by necessity.
- Things which are caused.
Mathematics exists by necessity. It is not caused to exist by anything else; it exists by its own by necessity. The universe does not need to exist. It exists because it was caused. Since the universe was caused, the power necessary to bring it into existence is necessarily greater than our present ability to understand that power.
Have you ever looked at a machine or a computer and imagined that it created itself?
Physicists and Cosmologists have described the universe as the most complex machine that has ever existed. Some scientists and mechanical engineers describe the universe as “indistinguishable from a quantum computer.
If a machine or Quantum computer could not create themselves then it is certain that a universe which exists as the most complex machine ever to exist, bearing qualities of a Quantum Computer, also could not come into existence by itself.
There are only two possible explanations for the universe: Either it caused itself or it was caused. If it was caused, then it could only exist by the act of an intelligent Being. If God exists, He must be the most advanced and intelligent Being in existence. Human life and the universe bear evidence of His power and intelligence. Try as they must, the atheist insists that there is a natural reason for the universe. The problem is that all of the evidence we do have, proves the universe exists by engineering, and design, products of intelligence, not fortuity.
The reason that science looks for natural explanations for things that are profoundly complicated is because the ability to understand forces unknown to scientists today prohibit the acceptance of a non-material explanations. A non-contingent, non-material, eternal and unlimited Spirit Being is beyond the capacity of mortal men to comprehend. This is, of course, unless He chooses to reveal Himself to us.
We know today that specific and incredible processes were in play during the initial moments of creation. The universe did not come into existence by totally naturalistic causes. There is a reason for the order that we observe in the cosmos. Order never comes from chaos. Something never comes from nothing. When we behold a magnificent machine we understand that conception, design, engineering, and building were necessary for this device to exist.
The universe contains an organization and symphony of physical constants that have made life possible. The precise requirements that are necessary and provide enough stability for advanced life forms to exist are stunning. If we modify any of the physical constants of the universe, even slightly, we end up with a completely different outcome from our present universe.
This book describes the scientific evidence which allows the reader to make a determination that our universe was caused and controlled to exact a specific outcome; to sustain human life on earth by intelligence, not by happenstance or any evolutionary process.
A Universe From God: The True Origin of the Cosmos
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According to a few noted theoretical physicists, the universe came from nothing, for no reason, with no purpose. Is there a rational basis from science to believe such as statement, and is this theory factually based? In simpler terms, do you believe that your family, your loved ones, and human life, have no reason or purpose?
This book details the evidence that is presented to us from the universe itself—which fully supports a valid conclusion that all that exists, does so for a reason. When we examine the framework for the universe and what was necessary to cause it to come into existence in the first place, the conclusions are both stunning and conclusive.
The evidence for God as the source of the universe is staggering. There are many noted scientists, cosmologists, physicists, and mathematical physicists who followed the evidence where it has led and concluded that an eternal and unlimited mind is the only rational explanation for the existence of the universe.
The Creator of the Universe designed His creation so that His invisible attributes (order, design, beauty, grace and love) can be clearly seen by the things that He has made. The Lord designed the Earth and the Heavens in such a way that any logically thinking human being would come to only one conclusion: “We have a beautiful, intricately designed, perfectly balanced and ordered Universe; we must have a Creator.”
Romans 1:19-20 …because what may be known of God is manifest in them, for God has shown it to them. For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even His eternal power and Godhead, so that they are without excuse.
First: God created each human being with an inner awareness that He exists.
Second: the evidence for God’s existence is known by the things that we can see all around us—creation (being understood by the things that are made).
God is a necessity: There no rational explanation for the existence of the universe outside the reality of a transcendent being, who possesses unlimited knowledge and power. Every thinking person on this planet understands that all things which have a beginning, have a cause. This would of course exclude God, since He is eternal and has no beginning.
A universe as vast and complex—yet clearly ordered, balanced, and calibrated to make life possible, must have a source that is infinite and eternal. Scientists know today that life on earth was made possible because of the precise manner in which the universe began. Had it not formed in a specific way, no life would have been possible on earth nearly 13 billion years later.
A finely tuned universe designed for life: The argument for a finely tuned universe is the most compelling evidence to prove the existence of God, because it demonstrates by science and mathematics that an intelligence is behind the universe. Leading atheist and author of “The God Delusion,” Professor Richard Dawkins admits that a finely tuned universe is a “wholly respectable reason for believing” the universe was created:
“There may be good reasons for believing in a god, and if there are any I would expect them to come from possibly modern physics, from cosmology, from the observation that (as some people claim), that laws and constants of the universe are too finely tuned to be an accident. That would not be a wholly disreputable reason for believing in some form of supernatural deity.”
The reality that the universe exhibits design characteristics which are only possible by intelligence, demands a rational answer. Science is able to tell us the mechanics of how the universe exists but it cannot tell us why it exists. To this end, only the One who made all things can fully satisfy our need to know and understand why we are here and what our purpose is.
The Parables, Prophecies and Prayers of Jesus: His Wisdom, Authority, and Power
The WISDOM that Jesus exhibited by His use of Parables, stunned those who came to listen to Him. By simple and common illustrations of life, Jesus was able to convey deep spiritual truths about God and our future home in Heaven.
When a human being thinks, he does so by the use of pictures, not words. Words communicate truth, but the mind conveys these truths to the heart by images of the objects that are perceived. When truths are communicated by common objects that are familiar to us, we see a picture of this object in our mind. It is then that we can ponder these representations and understand how they relate to the story that is being told.
Jesus defined the purpose of His parables as a way to reveal spiritual truth to those who have a sincere heart for God. Those who are callous, uncaring, and uninterested in the things of God, the parables serve to conceal these truths.
Jesus AUTHORITY as the Messiah, came from His ability to fulfill more than 400 Hebrew prophecies from the Old Testament. With stunning accuracy, Jesus controlled every situation of His life, death, and resurrection, so that He would complete every word of the Prophets and fulfill God’s word.
Jesus has also proven Himself as a true Prophet of God, like Moses, by speaking 14 incredible prophecies. Each one of these predictions are quite detailed and required precision in their fulfillment. All of the prophecies that Jesus spoke, came to pass precisely as He said.
If any person speaks a word of prophecy in seeking to predict a future event and that event does not come to pass exactly as it was described, that person is a false prophet. The test of a true prophecy from the one true God is whether all the words come to pass precisely as they were predicted. Even the smallest failure in any part of any prophetic utterance is an indication that the prophecy is false and that the person speaking the words is a false prophet. The people of God are to not listen to any such words or persons who make these predictions.
Because all of the words that Jesus spoke were fulfilled exactly as He said they would, He passes the test of a true prophet of God; and His words should be heeded.
Jesus POWER as the Savior of the world, originated from His voracious prayer life. Jesus was completely dependent upon the Father for every word that He spoke during His time here on earth. Not that Jesus couldn’t speak on His own, but that He would not. Jesus submitted Himself to the Father on our behalf, as a servant. When all of His disciples were fast asleep, Jesus spent the night on His knees before the Father.
By the example of Jesus prayer in John chapter 17, we understand how the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit could be One God. The answer to this conundrum is really very simple: These three, although they are different and distinct from each other, are One in unity. They are so closely linked together in their agreement in everything, that they are really just One. Their complete unity in all things while still being distinct persons is what makes them One God.
For thousands of years, men have pondered this mystery: “How can three be one?” The answer is as simple as the word “Unity.” It is this same unity that Jesus desires of His church that will make us one body, though we have many separate people in this one body.
By understanding the Parables, Prophecies, and Prayers of Jesus, we gain a tremendous amount of wisdom, authority, and power in our own life.
The Feast Of Trumpets And The Rapture
On the 10th day of the first month (April), the children of Israel crossed the Jordan river with Joshua and entered the land God had promised them when they departed Egypt. When we arrive at the New Testament, we see that it was also the 10th day of the first month when Jesus came to Jerusalem to announce to the world that He was the promised Messiah. Jesus waited until this day, when on many occasions before, the disciples had urged Him to go to Jerusalem and declare who He was. Jesus told the disciples, “My time has not yet come.” The Lord has ordained certain days in which He would fulfill His prophetic word.
We discover that the day Jesus came into Jerusalem as the Messiah was also the precise day the lamb for Passover was brought for inspection. If the lamb was found to have any defect, he could not be offered to cleanse the people of their sins. Jesus came to Jerusalem as the Messiah on this day. He presented Himself as The Lamb of God and allowed the world to inspect Him. Jesus was without sin, perfect in every regard. Being perfect, He was able to offer His life for the sins of the world just four days later, on Passover, when He was crucified as the Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world.
When Jesus came into the world the first time, He perfectly fulfilled the first four of these Feasts on the precise day they should be fulfilled and with the exact requirements that each of these feasts called for. Matthew said, on seventeen occasions, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophet, saying. It is clear that Matthew believed Jesus was fulfilling all of the Old Testament prophecies that were written for the Messiah, these include the seven feasts.
Jesus understood that He was purposely fulfilling these seven feasts. The question is: Why? What do these feasts of the Lord have to do with Jesus’ appearance on earth and His return at the end of the age?
Jesus fulfilled Passover, Unleavened Bread, First Fruits, and Pentecost perfectly. Why did He stop at Pentecost and not also fulfill Trumpets, Atonement, and Tabernacles?
To Love Jesus: A 365-Day Devotional
Everyone needs encouragement each day. Without the proper perspective when dealing with difficult people and demanding situations, we can easily lose patience and feel frustrated. Starting the day with a few peaceful moments, thinking about how much we are loved and cared for, can change everything.
Having peace in the midst of storms is only possible when we have sat with the Prince of Peace, listening to His calming words and wonderful encouragement.
What if Jesus could speak to you about the issues that concern your life, and show you a path through every difficulty and obstacle?
When Paul wrote to the Christians at Corinth, in 1 Corinthians Chapter 3, he said that he wanted to speak to them as mature believers, but he was unable because they were so heavily weighed down with the things of the world.
“Dear brothers and sisters, when I was with you I couldn’t talk to you as I would to spiritual people. I had to talk as though you belonged to this world or as though you were infants in Christ.” ~v1
Although the members of this church thought that they were well grounded in Christ, Paul said that they were still being controlled by their old sin nature, not by the Holy Spirit.
“For you are still controlled by your sin nature…you living like people of the world.” ~v3
Paul wanted to help these believers go on to greater spiritual growth in their life, but until they were ready to take steps towards maturity they would remain like the people of the world.
The way into maturity, as the followers of Jesus, is by learning a new life. The world lives by the desires of their flesh. The spiritual person is controlled by the Holy Spirit who lives in them. For the person who genuinely desires a greater love for Jesus, learning to live the way that Jesus lived His life is our priority.
This devotional is written to challenge you. Each day you will be confronted with issues that concern every part of your life: how you interact with difficult people; how to see things that take place from a spiritual perspective; how to see yourself in the light of Jesus’ love for you and plans for your life.
Starting gently in January with encouragement and ending with real changes by the end of the year, this devotional will take you day by day into spiritual maturity.
The Suffering Servant: The Messiah of Isaiah 53 and Psalms 22
There is a great King who came to earth, not to be served, but to serve and to give His life as a ransom for many. The Prophet Isaiah was uniquely chosen by God and given the great privilege of writing 131 detailed and specific prophecies of the Messiah. In describing the sacrifice for sin that He would make, Isaiah wrote not exclusively of his beloved nation of Israel, but also the ultimate servant, the One who came to lay down His life for all mankind.
At the end of the Jews third war in 63 B.C. against Mithridates IV, king of Pontus—the Roman government appointed Syria as a province of Rome. Pompey the Great came to Jerusalem and sacked the city and entered the Temple. In 1 B.C., Herod was installed as the king of Judea, followed by the establishment of Israel as a Roman province in 6 A.D.
By the time that Jesus stood before the people of Israel as their long-awaited King, the Jews had been under the tyranny of the Romans for close to 100 years. In spite of their long outcry to God for deliverance and the hope of a Messiah who would overthrow the Roman government—when their King arrives, they will not receive Him. The Jews wanted a conquering king, not a suffering and dying Servant. The Chief Priests and the Pharisees had not read and understood their own scriptures. Had these men studied the words of their prophets they would have known that the Messiah would come first to set the world free from sin and death. Later, at the end of the age, He would return a second time to reign over all the governments of men.
Jesus was not the Messiah the Jews wanted or expected, so they called for His crucifixion.
There have been several books written on the subject of the “Suffering Servant” of Isaiah. Unfortunately, very few accurately address the real issue of this important subject: “Who is this servant?” Chapter 42 of the Book of Isaiah gives us the clearest understanding of what this important text is stating:
- ￼Verses 1-17: the Servant who is the Messiah, the faithful one.
- Verses 18–20: the servant (small “s”) who is Israel, who is unfaithful to the Lord.
Isaiah 42:1-17 “Behold! My Servant whom I uphold, My Elect One in whom My soul delights! I have put My Spirit upon Him; He will bring forth justice to the Gentiles.
Isaiah 42:18-20 “Hear, you deaf; And look, you blind, that you may see. 19 Who is blind but My servant, Or deaf as My messenger whom I send?
By careful observation of the above text, we understand that Isaiah is describing two different servants: the faithful Messiah and the unfaithful nation of Israel.
The mixing together of these verses of scripture from Isaiah 42, as the Servant who is the Messiah and the servant who is Israel, has caused some who interpret these verses to conclude that the entire text is speaking of Israel and not the Messiah. This is of course an error.
The first 17 verses of Isaiah 42 are distinctly descriptive of a person who is identified much later in the New Testament as Jesus Christ.
Verses 18-20 describes My blind servant. This is a correct description for the spiritual condition of Israel during the time that Jesus appeared before the leadership of the Jews and confounded their ability to rightly identify Him as the Messiah.
This failure to recognize two servants in the text of Isaiah 42 has led to a further error in identifying the suffering Servant of Isaiah 53 as the nation of Israel. Many commentators on the text of Isaiah 42 and 53 believe that both are depicting the suffering which the nation of Israel has undergone for the past 2,000 years.
This is the result of an incorrect exegesis and hermeneutical interpretation of the text. Simply reading through each verse, and allowing the context to speak to us without a premise or bias towards any particular interpretation, leaves the reader with a clear conclusion that the two servants are distinct from each other by marked contrasts in the language of the text.
Great Tribulation: Time Of The End
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After writing and teaching the Bible in the United States, Europe, and Asia for over 42 years, I have been stunned by the events that are taking place around the world in the past three years. Never in my life have I seen the convergence of so many prophecies of the Bible come together at one time. It became clear to me this year that there is something profoundly different about the world and particularly things that have been taking place in Israel and the United States.
All Bible prophecy is centered around the nation of Israel and the Jews. The entire purpose of Daniel in writing his incredible 9th chapter is to demonstrate to the world what God is going to do in the last days. At the same time, David was very careful along with Moses, to preserve for us in the Hebrew scriptures, information regarding the heavens and the signs that God built into the stars, constellations, and planets. More than just physical objects, God named the stars with certain designations that tell us a great deal about His plans for Israel and the final events that will take place when the time of the end has drawn near.
There are many speculations that have been made in recent months regarding the Blood Moons, and the recent convergence of two constellation and planets in our solar system. Let me say that the interpretation of these “signs” that have been posted on the internet are not accurate accounts according to the Bible. Close as they may be, key elements have been left out of these theories that have made their conclusions incomplete. This is a common problem when people do not have sufficient training in the Bible to really understand what they are seeing in the world and the heavens above us.
It is my hope that I might be able to lend a little help in this regard by providing the scriptural basis for events of the last days as God has intended them. When we understand the big picture of the last days, then the events that have taken place in the stars, planets, constellations and the moon, come into focus.
This book is the result of four decades of research, teaching, writing and publishing Biblical studies about the last days and the events that the Hebrew prophets wrote concerning these things.
The Rapture: Jesus Coming For His Church
What is seldom discussed concerning the Rapture, is the question of why this event must happen at all? We know that Jesus will come again because He has made this clear by His words, recorded in the New Testament: “I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself.”
If Jesus is returning to earth to establish His kingdom, why does He need to come before this event and take the members of His church out of earth? The answer is really very easy to understand. Jesus said that before He comes again physically to earth to rule as King, a time of Tribulation will come upon the whole world.
During this time, two-thirds of the people on earth will died by twenty-one judgments that originate from Jesus Himself. Revelation chapter 6 calls these judgments, “the wrath of the Lamb.” When Jesus came to earth the first time, He was “the Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world.” When He comes again the second time, Jesus will be the “Lion of the Tribe of Judah.” Jesus came the first time for salvation; the second time He is coming for judgment.
The Tribulation is the final judgment of God upon this Christ-rejecting world. The seven year Tribulation is not for the church, and it does not concern the church.
When we read the book of Revelation, Jesus dictates to John, seven letters to seven churches. Jesus promises the church at Philadelphia that they will not go through the Tribulation, the time that shall test the whole world. Philadelphia represents those who believe that Jesus is the Savior of the world, and that by trusting in Him, anyone can have salvation and eternal life.
The Great Tribulation, beginning at Revelation chapter 6, will literally be, “Hell on earth.” The opening of the seven seals will unleash unparalleled evil on earth, and events that are beyond imagination: A mountain burning with fire that is thrown into the sea; demon locusts that come out of hell, with power, like scorpions to torment men for five months. Their torment was like the torment of a scorpion when it strikes a man; seventy pound hailstones that strike people on the earth. Nearly five billion people will perish during these twenty-one judgments from Jesus, the Lamb.
It would be inconsistent for Jesus to save us from the wrath of God, only to place us directly into the wrath of God, during the Great Tribulation.
Revelation chapter 6 is the beginning of the Tribulation, indicated by the opening of the first seal. The church is already in heaven in Revelation chapters 4 and 5, wearing the crowns that Jesus has given us, singing the song of redemption: And they sang a new song, saying: “You are worthy to take the scroll, and to open its seals; for You were slain, and have redeemed us to God by Your blood out of every tribe and tongue and people and nation…”
Only those redeemed by the blood of Jesus can sing this song. The fact that we see an innumerable number of human beings in heaven singing this song of redemption to Jesus, means that His church—everyone who has believed in Him during their lives on earth—is already in heaven before the Tribulation begins in chapter 6.
This book is a thorough scriptural examination of the event known as the “Rapture,” concerning the words Paul’s wrote in 1 Thessalonians chapter 4: “For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of an archangel, and with the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first. Then we who are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And thus we shall always be with the Lord.”
Sodom and Gomorrah: The Gay Marriage and Same-Sex Controversy
What was the reason that God destroyed Sodom and Gomorrah? When we examine all of the scriptures of the Bible regarding these two cites, we see a picture that helps us understand why so many people lost their lives. Genesis 18 and 19 describes the sins of those who inhabited these cities as “very grave,” necessitating fire and brimstone from heaven. Jude wrote that the sin that is described in Genesis 18 was “sexual immorality,” and a people who had “gone after strange flesh.” Peter described the destruction of these cities as an example of the judgment that God will inflict upon those who live sexually immoral lives.
When we read the story of Nineveh, this city had also reached a similar place of evil that required the judgment of God. When Jonah walked through the city and informed the inhabitants that God would destroy their city in forty days, all of the people ceased from their sins and turned to God in repentance. No destruction came to Nineveh.
What we learn from these two examples is that God does not want to destroy the lives of human beings, He wants to save us from ourselves. It is not the will of God that evil should overtake our cities and destroy the beauty and serenity that is possible when people live together in peace.
As we examine who it was that determined that the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah should be destroyed, we find that it was the pre incarnate Jesus in one of his many appearance in the Old Testament, who issued the order.
Many of those in the LGBT community have made the claim that there is no place in the New Testament where Jesus openly condemned same-sex relationships. This view is maintained due to a lack of knowledge of the Biblical text. As we read the story of Sodom and Gomorrah, with the knowledge that this judgement came directly by the pre-incarnate Jesus, there is no doubt regarding His view on homosexual or lesbian relationships.
The issues of Same-sex relationships and gay marriage is not limited to the rights of one group of people who are being denied their civil liberties. This issue concerns the rights of the entire population of the earth to live in a world without depravity, disease, and perversion.
Who has the right to determine the rules for social behavior in the world? If we leave this decision to individuals we find that people tend to do what is right in their own eyes, regardless of how it affects other people. When governments make the decisions for how its citizens shall conduct themselves; in democratic societies, leaders tend to grant equal rights to all persons. In this matter, the question arises: are acts of perversion protected under the constitution of the United States and other countries with similar forms of government?
If a person determines to link their self with another person in a same-sex relationship and live in the manner that they choose; according to the current laws of the United States, they have every right. The question that we might ask is whether or not the laws of men, invalidate the laws of God. Although society has changed and people are more open and tolerant of same-sex relationships, has God changed His view of what is acceptable?
Brutal Cross, Glorious Resurrection: The Suffering and Triumph of Jesus
At Easter each year, many people remember an event of such profound magnitude that the course of all human life was altered. A man stepped out of obscurity and began to love people in a manner that no person had ever witnessed before. He opened the eyes of the blind, enabled the disabled to walk, healed the sick and even raised people from the dead. He was gentle and compassionate to the repentant, strong and insistent to the proud. To those who were searching, He provided answers. To the Lost, He imparted a new life.
Place yourself now in Nazareth. You are standing beside the road across the way from where Mary and Joseph live. A toddler is wobbling back and forth as he takes his first steps. He stumbles and falls to the ground. His mother runs to his side and picks him up, dusting off the dirt and comforting Him. Suddenly, you realize—this is the Son of God, the One who made all things that exist. He has not always been a human being. He has never previously existed as a tiny boy. He was, and always shall be: the King of the Universe, the Creator and Sustainer of all things.
Jesus walked the halls of heaven for eternity, now He must learn to walk. He has spoken the universe into existence, now He must learn to speak. He lived in glory and perfection, now He must endure every human difficulty.
There has never been another like Jesus of Nazareth. His entrance into the world, His suffering and death, His resurrection from the grave, are the most important events of history.
Before the cross, before the resurrection, Jesus suffered unimaginable anguish and torture. It was not the physical brutality of crucifixion which vexed Jesus the most. There was a depth of suffering that no mere human has any knowledge of. As the eternal God who is perfect in every way, Jesus had never known sin personally. The stain of imperfection had never touched God, nor could it. Only when Jesus volunteered to become our sins, could this plague overtaken Him.
At the cross, the weight of the world’s evil was emptied into Jesus. Every vile and filthy deed of men. All the horrendous acts of violence and hatred. Every greedy and lustful action, murder, and theft. All sins—for all time, Jesus encompassed them all.
God wanted us to understand the emotions of those final hours that His Son experienced. He desired that we might comprehend the depth of emotional torture and abandonment that Jesus felt as He went to the cross for us. The depth of sorrow that Jesus encountered was magnified greatly as He is forsaken by the very men who had pledged their hearts and lives to Him. When the Lord needed His friends the most, they were not there to comfort Him. Immediately, after Jesus was arrested at the Garden of Gethsemane, all of the disciples abandoned Him in fear that they would also be arrested and crucified. Hidden away behind locked doors, the men who had walked with Jesus for more than three years, were nowhere to be found.
As Jesus observed us, His heart was moved with compassion. He saw us in the true state of our desperation, and He was compelled to act. He would come to earth and die for our sins, so that they would be no more, and our estrangement from God would come to an end. As Jesus walked amongst us, He watched our suffering because of sin. He longed to remove it and looked earnestly towards the day when He would hang on the cross and bear all of our shame. When that day arrived, it was both wonderful and wicked. Our sins would be removed, but at a cost to the Son of God—at the hands of evil men, that cannot be fully understood by any of us. Jesus was made sin for us. Could we fathom what this means? The perfect Son of God was covered with the filth of human sin, bathed in the stench of our wickedness; and He took it all.
For God made Jesus who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him. ~2 Corinthians 5:21
When The Lord Waits: His Plans And Purposes In All Things
As I write these words, my dear wife lies in a bed across from me, in the Intensive Care unit of a hospital. Two months ago, she began to experience headaches and a loss of vision. An M.R.I., revealed that she has a Craniopharyngioma, a tumor, about the size of a golf ball, inside the very center of her brain. The optic nerves of her eyes, as well as the Pituitary gland, have been compressed by the presence of this slow growing tumor, during her entire forty-eight years, until it has finally robbed her of all vitality of life.
Two months previous to my wife’s awareness that she would require two intensive brain surgeries, I suffered a heart attack on a remote island in the Philippines. We had been working together for the past five years, to bring relief to the poor of an forgotten people who live in object poverty. Just after midnight, on October 10, 2014, I awoke with a searing pain in the center of my back, left shoulder, arm, and chest. I didn’t know at the time that I was having a heart attack. I had been working so hard that I believed my pain was caused by a torn muscle in my back. I did not receive any treatment for my heart attack for another three weeks. I should have died during the early weeks after this event, but incredibly, I survived. A blood clot had formed in the lower part of my heart that doctors describe as a “Thrombosis.” Nearly one-third of my heart muscle had died during this attack. Shortly after arriving back in the United States for treatment in late November of 2014, we learned of my wife’s brain tumor.
Surgery was scheduled at the beginning of March, 2015, with promising results that allowed a return of about ninety percent of my wife’s vision. After six weeks, a repeat M.R.I., revealed that more than half of the calcified tumor remained on the right side, and just under, the optic chasm—where the right and left optic nerves intersect. A second surgery was scheduled within days, and a ten hour procedure to remove the remaining tumor was performed. Two days after the second surgery, my wife noticed that she had no vision in her right eye, which was near perfect prior to the second surgery. The left eye had severe temporal vision loss on the left side of the left eye.
The two neurosurgeon’s who performed the second procedure, are both world renowned physicians with a combined forty year history of successful operations. The second day that my wife lay in the intensive care unit of the hospital, both men were also near tears as they witnessed my wife’s loss of vision. I was particularly impressed with their compassion, though they must have certainly seen this very result on many occasions before.
In the first follow up visit with the primary neurosurgeon, he put his hand on my shoulder and told me: “You give hope to people, do you not Mr. Robinson? Isn’t this what you do, you give them hope? Give yourself some hope, give your wife time to heal. The cells of the optic nerve are the most sensitive in the body and they take a very long time to recover. We will wait and hope that your wife’s vision does return.”
As I have read through and taught the entire Bible over the course of the past forty years, I have observed the many occasions where the Lord often required those who believe in Him—to wait. It seems to be a part of the Lord’s nature, and His enduring manner of teaching us, that time is a very good remedy for faith. The longer we wait for something, the more our faith has a chance to grow. That is, if we properly channel our thoughts into the right area. If we focus our hopes upon the goodness of the Lord and remember the many times that He has rescued us in the past and provided so many wonderful blessings, we can survive those frequent moments when the Lord waits to deliver our requests.
The Star of Christmas: Finding the True Meaning of Christmas
The giving of gifts did not originate with man. Long before anyone conceived of the idea, God had determined that He would give to each person—a gift of such profound magnitude—the world would stand in awe of His love.
In Bethlehem, 2,000 years ago, a tiny baby was born who did not originate in the womb of Mary. He came out of eternity and made His entrance into the world through the veil of human flesh. God became a man so that all those who would receive Him could obtain eternal life. There is no payment for this gift that is necessary by any one of us. God would pay the full price and give His only Son—freely, lavishly—out of compassion and care.
Christmas is the profound exhibition of God’s love for all people—illustrated by the perfect life of His Son. Although Jesus was born as a man, He lived a life of perfect righteousness, fulfilling all of the requirements of God. He died, not for His own sins, but for the sins of the whole world. Regardless of our estate in life, whether poor or rich, good or bad, all those who receive Jesus become as righteous and perfect as He is—forever.
Though He lived only 33 years amongst us—His life, death and resurrection have forever changed the lives of countless numbers of people who have believed upon Him.
Christmas is more than the human expression of buying gifts, wrapping packages and giving our love. It is the celebration of this single life which has brought hope to all people. God has come and invited us to come and receive the gift of His love—for time without end. All we must do is receive His Son and He will receive us.
In the delight and enjoyment of the Christmas season, there is a great need today to understand the true purpose of the celebration. This book is a look at the origin and intent of God’s great gift in giving us His Only Son.
The Seven Churches Of Revelation
Jesus’ letters to the seven churches of Revelation are, perhaps, the most important focus of the entire book of Revelation. Many people want to read about the spectacular events that are described in Revelation, but often skim over what Jesus said to each of the seven churches at the beginning of this important book.
In John chapter 17 we see Jesus praying to the Father for us, His church. Jesus is praying for believers at that time, and for every person who loves and trusts in Him throughout the ages. Jesus has already asked the Father to keep us safe from evil in the world; He has asked the Father to set us apart to belong to Him; Jesus then turns to an issue that is most important to Him and the Father, unity.
Jesus wants those who love Him to also love each other. Christians belong to many different fellowships and denominations, but we all belong to the Lord and to each other. As one family of believers, we should be of the same mind, spirit, and purpose in all things. This unity is what makes the Father, Son, and Spirit—One God—their complete unity in all things.
When we examine the early disciples of Jesus we see that they were often selfish, in competition with each other, and displayed consistent disunity. These attributes of the world break the heart of Jesus because He died so that we would not be like the world; fractured, and fighting, but like Him; loving, kind, patient, forgiving, and seeking unity as one family.
The condition of Jesus’ church today is also in a state of disunity. We fight over insignificant matters that only serve to divide us and cause injury to the cause of Christ.
The basis of Christian unity is the person and work of Jesus. Our purpose is to make Him known to the world, and show everyone we meet that we really love each other because of what Jesus has done in our hearts and lives.
“By this all will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another.”
Our unity as one church, regardless of our denomination or affiliation, is what makes us a part of Jesus’ church. At the beginning Jesus said “I will build My church.”2 From Jesus authority as the head of His church, there is really only one body of believers. We are a part of Jesus’ church when we turn from our sins and trust in Him for our salvation. It is not a set of traditions, rules, or laws that saves us, it is our belief that Jesus’ death paid for our sins, and His resurrection justifies us before God.
The Old Testament Is The New Testament Concealed, The New Testament Is The Old Testament Revealed
The Apostle Paul said that everything written in the Old Testament was recorded for the purpose of providing us with evidence that the Messiah would come into the world exactly as God had promised:
“For whatever things were written before were written for our learning, that we through the patience and comfort of the Scriptures might have hope.” ~Romans 15:4
The Gospels describe the men who saw Jesus, as later realizing that He had been fulfilling all of the Old Testament Prophecies that were written for the Messiah. It was at that time they understood their New Testament testimony would be a part of the record from the Old Testament. Jesus confirmed this just after He was raised from the dead:
“Then Jesus said, “When I was with you before, I told you that everything written about me in the law of Moses and the prophets and in the Psalms (Old Testament) must be fulfilled.” Then he opened their minds to understand the Scriptures. And he said, “Yes, it was written long ago that the Messiah would suffer and die and rise from the dead on the third day.” ~Luke 24:44-46
Jesus states that all He had said and done, was exactly what the Prophets had written for the Messiah. Then Jesus said: “You are witnesses of these things.”
These men who saw the risen Jesus were commanded by Him, to write a testimony about what they had seen and send it to the whole world. When critics say there is no outside confirmation that Jesus lived, was crucified, and rose from the dead, they are mistaken.
The entire Old Testament was written to predict the very things that Jesus said and did in the New Testament. There are also 121 secular citations that describe Jesus in the historical record.
When we examine the text written about Jesus in the New Testament, we see that He was carefully organizing His life so that He would precisely fulfill all 400 of the Old Testament Messianic Prophecies. On one occasion the disciples of Jesus wanted Him to go up to Jerusalem and tell the elders and leaders of Israel that He was the Messiah. Jesus refused, telling these men, “My time has not yet come.” Jesus was waiting until the specific day that Daniel the Prophet had predicted in his prophecy of chapter 9, the exact day when the Messiah would come to Jerusalem.
When we read the narratives of the New Testament, we find that these men told us clearly that their intent was to write and preserve a record of eyewitness testimony so that everyone who reads the New Testament would know for certain that they had told the truth about Jesus.
Their intent was to show us that the entire Old Testament was written to reveal Jesus.
(Jesus told the Pharisees:) “You search the Scriptures, for in them you think you have eternal life; and these are they which testify of Me.” ~John 5:39
The Old Testament was written for us so that once Jesus arrived in the New Testament, we would be able to see with our own eyes that God had predicted everything that Jesus has said and done. We have the entire body of scriptures that dates from 3,500 years ago, to fully validate that the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ is true, accurate, and reliable.
The Old Testament Is The New Testament Concealed, The New Testament Is The Old Testament Revealed
Stand Still, Be Silent, And Do Nothing: The Power Within Jesus
When God sent Moses to deliver the Israelites from their slavery in Egypt, He directed them through the mountains of Sinai, to the shore of the Red Sea. Camped there beneath a 10,000-foot mountain range behind them, and the 5,000-foot deep Red Sea before them, God’s people were trapped as the armies of Egypt came to attack, cutting off their escape on the same road they had used to pass through the mountains. With no place to go, the people of Israel panicked and condemned Moses for placing them under certain death.
The Lord called Moses aside and told him, “stand still and you will see the salvation of the Lord.” ~Exodus 14:13
Stand still! Really, Lord! That’s it?
It was by not moving, and trusting in the Lord that a way of escape would be given to the Hebrew people, that they never expected. God instructed Moses once again to lift up his staff over his head and towards the Red Sea. The waters folded back upon themselves, and over 2 million frightened people passed through on dry land in safety.
The pursuing Egyptians, with their fast horses and chariots, all drowned in the returning waves of the sea as they pushed every man and horse to the depths of the turbulent waters to drown.
When Jesus was brought before Pontius Pilate, He was questioned about the charges the Jews had made against Him. Although Jesus is the Living God, and retained the power to destroy Pilate and every person who falsely accused and condemned Him, He remains silent.
Matthews records: “And while Jesus was being accused by the chief priests and elders, He answered nothing. Then Pilate said to Him, ‘Do You not hear how many things they testify against You?’ But Jesus answered him not one word, so that the governor marveled greatly.” ~Matthew 27:12-14
When questioned by the high priest, Jesus also said nothing: And the high priest stood up in the midst and asked Jesus, saying, “Do You answer nothing? What is it these men testify against You?” ~Mark 14:60
The prophet Isaiah predicted that the Messiah would remain silent before His accusers: “He was oppressed and He was afflicted, Yet He opened not His mouth.” ~Isaiah 53:7
When Jesus said nothing before Pilate and the high priest, He was demonstrating His true power over all the authority of every kingdom of man. Jesus allowed Pilate to question Him only so far, and then He “shut his mouth.”
This was predicted for Jesus by the prophet Isaiah, that by His silence and refusal to answer their accusations, these men would themselves be shut up: “So Messiah shall He startle many nations. Leaders shall shut their mouths at Him.” ~ Isaiah 52:15
There is a wonderful result that comes from saying nothing to a person who pretends to be your superior. At some point they have nothing left to say, and then it is apparent that they have really said nothing at all.
During the entire time that Jesus was arrested, falsely accused, and condemned to die by crucifixion, He did nothing to prevent these atrocities. Although Jesus was innocent, He committed Himself to the Father and endured the course that was determined for Him. As a result, Jesus is today exalted above every name, and He will reign forever over all things.
Standing still, being silent, and doing nothing is the way that Jesus overcame every adversary and won the greatest victory ever accomplished. If it worked for Jesus, it will certainly work for us.
This book describes the events of Jesus’ life, death, and resurrection, and the tools of the Spirit He used to defeat every enemy and win an eternal prize for those who trust in Him.
Shadows: The Good Things To Come
The Old Testament contains examples of important principles that are not fully revealed until we see them fulfilled in the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus. It is clear that the author of the Bible created these “shadows of the good things to come,” for the express purpose of demonstrating His power and knowledge.
By showing us a practical example of how He interacts with people in their everyday lives, He is also revealing truths that will find their fulfillment when Jesus arrives in the New Testament.
Genesis 22: The love of a father for his only son, and the belief that by the resurrection of this son, the promises of God can be obtained; the exact same events of John 3:16, a Father who loves the world and gives His only Son, who is raised from the dead.
Numbers 21: By simply looking up to the Bronze Serpent on a pole, God would save those who believed; a parallel with those who simply look to Jesus on the cross, believe in Him, and are saved.
Zechariah 6: Every color, article, and function of the Tabernacle becomes an advanced look at the life, and ministry of Jesus, the Messiah.
Exodus 12: The lamb that was killed on Passover is an illustration of Jesus, the Lamb of God who will die and take away the sins of the world.
Leviticus 23: The seven feasts of Israel become the roadmap for Jesus when He arrives on earth, as He fulfills, precisely, the first four feasts on the day, and in the exact way that each feast must be fulfilled.
These four are followed by nine additional shadows from the Old Testament, illustrating all the good things to come when Jesus arrives on earth.
It became clear to me about thirty years ago when I discovered these shadows of future events in the Old Testament, that God intentionally organized these Old Testament events to show us Jesus.
When Jesus arrives and begins to fulfill all of these shadows from the Old Testament, we see that He was carefully following a predetermined script so He would complete the prophetic intent of these illustrations. From this knowledge, we discover the incredible foresight and sovereignty of God.
Who else but the God of the Bible would be capable of such a feat of engineering? Entire civilizations were moved in order to accomplish the fulfillment of God’s word. Pagan kings were called shepherds and the anointed of God—used by Him to accomplish His will concerning His people and plans for the world. Empires were created and destroyed; nations were built up and torn down, the people of God who would not believe Him were disbursed all over the earth, just so He could fulfill His word with great precision.