For those who claim that the Jesus of the New Testament and His resurrection are a myth, a new archeological discovery in Israel, provides new evidence that refutes this assertion. Continue reading “2,700 Year Old Excavation In Israel Reveals Christian Crosses”
The fundamental question that must be asked regarding whether or not God exists, is what kind of evidence there is to validate such an assertion?
I have spent more than forty years seeking, examining, and documenting the evidence for God. It is my professional opinion as a researcher, and critical author, that the evidence for the existence of a singular, transcendent, unlimited Being, is substantial, empirical, and conclusive. Those who present an argument that there is no evidence for God are simply misinformed or willfully ignorant. It is impossible to maintain this position due to the massive amount of evidence that resides within the reach of any interested person. Continue reading “Proving the Existence of God”
In the discussion of God’s existence, the evidence that proves this certainty is resident within a variety of sources. This brief article notes a short list of the hundreds that are available in order to make the most logical and empirical conclusions in the smallest space possible. Let us begin with a logical examination of the facts: Continue reading “The Ease Of Proving God Exists From Empirical Evidence”
After writing several books regarding the Messianic Prophecies which Jesus fulfilled in the New Testament scriptures, I am still amazed by those who assert that Jesus did not fulfill any of these predictions. One of the texts that is most profound in validating Jesus as the Messiah, is observed in the descriptions of the prophet Isaiah in chapters 52 and 53. This morning I was reading through these verses in The Living Bible and I was struck by their exact portrayal of the actual events that took place in Jesus’ life.
It is impossible to discount the fact that Isaiah wrote these texts more than 700 years before Jesus was born. In fact, all of the scholarly Rabbi’s in Israel attributed the text of Isaiah 53 to the Messiah up until the 12th century. It was at that time that a change occurred where these men began to assert that Isaiah was describing the nation of Israel, not the Messiah. This becomes tenuous when we consider that verse 8 describes the Servant dying for the sins of Israel. If we insert Israel into this verse we have Israel dying for the sins of Israel. This is further illustrated by the following verse (9) that would require Israel would be innocent of sin and therefor suffering unjustly.
Verse 8: “For the transgressions of My people He was stricken.”
Verse 9: “He had done no wrong and had never deceived anyone.But he was buried like a criminal …” Continue reading “The Death and Resurrection of the Messiah Predicted by the Old Testament”
This morning I received a short note from a dear friend who asked me if I would consider writing a book about prayer. This is a subject that is on the minds of many people who love the Lord. We want to know how to pray correctly and use the right words when we come to God. In Jesus, we see a complete illustration for how and what we should pray. More importantly, the reasons that we should pray can be understood as we examine Jesus and the moments when He prayed to the Father.
In Jesus we see that prayer is simply open communication with God. As we sit with friends or family members and talk to each other, so also is prayer. All that God requires of us in prayer is that we are completely honest and speak to Him from our heart. It is not the words that are most important in our prayers, but the heart that supports our words, that God cares most about. We might not be very good at speaking or communicating our thoughts or feelings. Perhaps we get tongue–tied when we try to talk to another person or before many people.
Although a person must be proficient in their speaking ability when addressing a crowd, no such requirement is made when we speak to God.
There is an organization called: S.E.T.I., “Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence,” a group, located in Berkley California, who are dedicated to probing the Universe for signs of intelligent life.
On the night of August 15, 1977, at the Ohio State University “Big Ear” Radio Telescope Observatory, Jerry Ehman was searching the skies for an alien signal. The observations he made on that night were recorded on a printout that has been preserved until today. Continue reading “Palm Sunday: The Arrival of the Messiah”
“But now I go my way to him that sent me, and none of you asks me, ‘Where are you going?’ 6 But because I have said these things to you, sorrow has filled your heart. 7 Nevertheless I tell you the truth. It is expedient for you that I go away; for if I do not go away, the Comforter will not come to you; but if I depart, I will send him to you. (7) Isaiah 44:3 8 And when he has come, he will convince the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment: 9 Of sin, because they do not believe in me; 10 Of righteousness, because I go to my Father, and you will see me no more; 11 Of judgment, because the prince of this world is judged. 12 “I have yet many things to say to you, but you cannot bear them now. 13 Nevertheless, when he, the Spirit of truth, has come, he will guide you into all truth; for he shall not speak by his own authority; but whatsoever he shall hear, this shall he speak: and he will show you things to come. (13) Isaiah 44:3 14 He shall glorify me, for he shall receive from me, and show it to you. 15 All things that the Father has are mine. This is why I said that he shall take from me, and show it to you.” (RCR)
In the previous chapter, Jesus has warned His followers that persecution would come after He is gone. The natural response of those who love Him, is sadness. Many of the Jews during this time were expecting the arrival of the Messiah during their lifetime. They did not understand that He would come twice, as the scriptures foretold. They assumed that when the Messiah came to Israel, He would immediately set up His kingdom on earth and subdue all of her enemies. Learning that Jesus was going to be arrested and crucified was a harsh blow to their hopes and dreams of freedom from Rome’s tyranny. Jesus assures His disciples that this was all a part of God’s plan for their nation as well as the whole world. Continue reading “The Ministry of the Holy Spirit”
The events that took place during the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ are empirically validated by history. Today, any person can know for certain that the New Testament narrative regarding Jesus, is true, accurate, and honest. This book is a reasoned and intelligent examination of these events through the lens of history.
Many people are unaware that there are hundreds of non-biblical documents which describe Jesus of Nazareth as present in Jerusalem during the same period of history that the New Testament Gospels describe Him. These records from the Roman Senate, Jewish Talmud, and various other Greek sources, fully validate the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ, in cooperation with the Gospel narratives.
Jesus claimed that all of the events that took place during His appearance on earth were predicted in the pages of the Old Testament. Beginning with Moses, through the Prophets, and the Psalms, incredible and impossible predictions were made concerning the Messiah.
When Jesus was resurrected on the third day, He stood in the midst of His disciples and they were deeply troubled. They found it impossible to believe that the man standing there before them was really the same Jesus that they had seen crucified. In response, Jesus said to them:
“Thus it is written, and thus it was necessary for the Christ to suffer and to rise from the dead the third day.”
Then Jesus said to them:
“These are the words which I spoke to you while I was still with you, that all things must be fulfilled which were written in the Law and the Prophets and the Psalms concerning Me”
And then Jesus “opened their understanding so that they could comprehend the Scriptures.”
What were these ancient scriptures that Jesus recounted to the disciples that proved that He had fulfilled all 400 of the Messianic Prophecies and was therefore the true Messiah?
They are the very same prophecies that are contained within this book. From the beginning of the Bible, through every page that predicted and described the Messiah, “Honest Men” recounts all the events that concern the coming of Jesus into the world.
“This book will take you through every part of Jesus’ life, death, and resurrection, in context with all the Old Testament scriptures. By the time that you finish this book, your knowledge and understanding for who Jesus really is and what He has accomplished for you, will be immensely magnified.” -M.L. Lladas
Forty-two years in the making, this is the singular publication that contains all of the important events of Jesus’ time here on earth and places you alongside Him as one of His disciples as He explains everything that He did.
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Jesus at the Temple during Passover
Now his parents went to Jerusalem every year at the Feast of Passover. 42 And when he was twelve years old, they went up to Jerusalem after the custom of the feast. 43 And when they had finished those days, as they returned, the child Jesus tarried behind in Jerusalem; and Joseph and his mother did not know it. 44 they, believed that he was in the other group traveling with them, and after a day’s journey; they sought him among their relatives and friends. 45 And when they did not find him, they turned back again to Jerusalem. 46 And it came to pass, that after three days they discovered him at the temple, sitting in the midst of the doctors of the law, both hearing them, and asking questions. 47 And all that heard him were astonished at his understanding and answers. 48 And when they saw him, they were amazed: and his mother said to him, “Son, why have you treated us this way? Behold, your father and I have sought you with sorrow.” 49 And he said to them, “How is it that you sought me? Didn’t you know that I must be about my Father’s business?” 50 And they did not understood what he had spoken to them. —Luke 2:41-50
Even at a very young age, Jesus is portrayed in the Gospels as a teacher. When Joseph and Mary set out to go to Jerusalem for the Feast of Passover, on the return journey back to Nazareth, they discover that Jesus was not in the returning group.
Jesus had gone into the temple at Jerusalem and began to ask questions, not for his own personal enlightenment, but to cause the elders of Israel to think about what they were teaching in their traditions, and how these traditions compared with what God intended in His law.
Jesus would often ask questions in a rhetorical manner to cause the listener to think. Jesus taught by asking questions that caused a person to consider the answer for themselves. In going through the process of giving an answer to someone, we must think about the subject and come to an understanding of the problem—ourselves. When we give an answer to someone after a question has been asked of us, we have considered the possible solutions and have come to a conclusion that we feel is best suited for the question that was asked. At twelve years of age, Jesus already possessed the wisdom of eternity, which He exhibited to all those who heard Him; He spoke the very words of God, himself. Continue reading “The Greatest Teacher”
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 4,400 pages, this new Bible provides the reader with a simple and concise ability to understand how Jesus fulfilled every prophecy that was written for the 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. Each prophecy from the Old Testament, which describes a particular aspect of the Messiah, is indicated by a link or multiple links. When you click on one of these links, you are directed to an extensive commentary that fully defines this prophecy and how a specific event of Jesus’ life and ministry, fulfilled the words of the Hebrew prophet. As an added benefit, the commentary that is written for each of these prophecies; has an important and personal application for your own life. Continue reading “Messianic Prophecy Bible: The Complete Old And New Testament Scriptures, With 400 Messianic Prophecies And Commentary”