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He was not the kind of man that 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 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 exists by the words of His mouth.

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, forgiven 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.

When we read the New Testament narrative of Jesus, we are struck by the impossibility of this story. There are many aspects of the accounts that the writers are describing that were not expected by Israel, nor the world. The idea that God would visit the earth in the form of human being. The thought that the natural laws of the universe could be suspended by the voice of a man. How could anyone speak to a raging sea and calm it?The possibility that a person could shout at a tomb and the dead would return to life. It’s a good thing that Jesus said the name of Lazarus when He commanded Him to rise; otherwise the dead from the whole world would have risen.

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Follow the beginning of Jesus’ ministry through the prophetic words of Moses, David, and the Prophets. See each part of Jesus’ life as it relates to the entire Bible and the manner in which He determined to fulfill over 400 of the predictions that were made concerning the Messiah.

Understand each of the events that Jesus experienced and controlled with precision, so that He would meet every requirement that was required of the One who would be the Savior of the world.

Experience the six illegal trials of Jesus and learn how every part of this process, violated the existing laws of the Jews. Examine the manner in which Jesus controlled those who sought to control Him.

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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

Commentary:

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. (more…)


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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.

As you read through the New Testament, each relevant verse of scripture that has an Old Testament prediction, is also indicated by a link. When this link is clicked on, you are directed to the Old Testament Bible where this verse is located. As you read through the context of the verses where this prophecy is located, you will be astounded at how God placed a seemingly unrelated verse of scripture that speaks of the Messiah; in the midst of other scriptures that describe several other subjects.

Many of these Old Testament prophecies of the Messiah have earlier fulfillments that took place during the life of the prophet who wrote his prediction. As these earlier fulfillments took place, the people of that day watched the words of the prophet come to pass, giving them confidence that the later fulfillments of this same prophecy would also be fulfilled many years later.

The commentary for each of these prophecies is extensive and thorough. There are often dozens of links within each of these commentaries that bring you to several other places in the Old and New Testament Bible. This Bible also contains 1,400 citations that support each point that is made throughout the 2,400 pages of in-depth commentary and notes.

For the first time, we have the capacity to read through the Bible and see how many events that took place during Jesus’ life, death, and resurrection, were specific fulfillments of an Old Testament prophecy.

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.



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Only Perfect People smallThe title of “goodness,” as it is assigned to certain persons, is an incomplete and often incorrectly designated statement.

Many of us know a person who is good. Our mother, father, or other family member may be endeared to us by the love they have shown over many years. We often use the idea of good when we think about the many times during our life when we do the right thing and show generosity, forgiveness, love, or help another person in need.

People who display these kinds of behaviors often are frequently referred to as “good people.”

The origin and true definition of “good” may come as a surprise to many people. When we examine the etymology of the word “good,” we find that it first came into use because of the goodness of God. Psalm 100:5 describes the Messiah as one who will retain the characteristic of goodness as a mark of His work and ministry. We find out later that the only one who is truly good—all of the time—is God. If the Messiah is good, then He must also be God. (more…)


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Orion_Nebula_-_Hubble_2006_mosaic_18000The argument that there is no proof for the existence of God is irrational. In fact, there is no reasonable explanation for the universe or life itself, apart from God. The question that has been rightly asked is: “Why is there a universe at all?”

Since everything that exists has an explanation for its existence, there must also be a reason that the universe exists. Since all things that are temporal have a first cause and the universe came into being at some point, then the universe has a first cause. Since it is impossible for anything to cause itself, therefore, the universe is caused by a power that is transcendent of time and space. By the complexity, balance, and design of the universe, we perceive that all things in existence were caused by an infinite intelligence—an intelligence which is without limits and is perfect, knowing all things. Only a perfect and eternal being would have the capacity to create such a universe. I personally do not understand why it is so hard for people to accept that God exists and that He is the most logical explanation for the existence of the universe.

There are two types of things that exist.

Things that exist by necessity.
Things which are caused.

Mathematics exists by necessity. They are not caused to exist by anything else; they exist by their own by necessity.

The universe does not need to exist, it exists because it was caused. Nothing comes into existence apart from intelligence, therefore; God is the most logical cause of the universe, since it would require an infinite intelligence.

A Being which is eternal, such as God, does not require a cause.

The error of evolution is that it cannot explain how life began in the first place.[1] Life was also, not necessary, it was caused. Since Human intelligence requires an equal or greater intelligence to bring us into being, the logical explanation is also God.

Could we imagine that the microprocessors that enable today’s computers to function, came about by random mutations or chance arrangements of atoms? How much more difficult would it be to evolve a human mind, which is exponentially greater in complexity to any microprocessor or sophisticated computer code?

How did God make the universe?

In the beginning there was nothing. The universe did not exist. There were no planets, no stars, not even empty space. Imagine all the matter that makes up the universe, tightly compressed into a particle that is nearly invisible. Scientists believe that it was from this tiny, densely compressed speck of material, that everything that we see today, originated.[2]

At zero linear time, this speck of material exploded and expanded at hundreds of millions of miles per hour. This was an incomprehensible sphere of energy that was dense and compact beyond imagination. The temperature of the initial flash of energy was trillions of degrees. It was a mass of pure plasma expanding at the Speed of Light.[3]

Everything that would exist in our present universe would come from this initial material; the planets, the stars, every living thing; even time and space itself—all things were created at that moment. (more…)


Jesus Sheep-14David’s description of the Shepherd in the 23rd Psalm who cares for and loves His sheep, is a fitting illustration of the Messiah’s love and care for His sheep, who He came to redeem.

Sheep are undoubtably the dumbest and most helpless of all animals. Unable to care for themselves, they will soon perish without the attentive care of a good shepherd. Sheep cannot find food or water for themselves; they must be led to green pastures and cool waters. Very often sheep will fall and turn upside down with their hooves pointing into the air. Unless the Shepherd comes to their rescue and turns them right side up, they will die. David referred to this frequent event as being “cast down.”

Psalms 37:24 Though he fall, he shall not be utterly cast down; For the LORD upholds him with His hand.

On four occasions, David asks of his own soul; why are you cast down?

Psalms 42:5 Why are you cast down, O my soul? And why are you disquieted within me? Hope in God, for I shall yet praise Him For the help of His countenance.

David had apparently seen the sheep many times in this precarious position with their feet pointed up into the air—hopeless, and helpless unless he came as their shepherd and turned them right side up. This reminded him of those times when his own heart was discourage—turned upside down, and God came as his Shepherd to give him hope and help. (more…)


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Jesus InterestingA Unique Life

There is one man who is so distinct amongst all other men who have lived upon the earth, that He is worthy of careful examination. Many people have great difficulty with the Christian church and organized religion–and so they should. The religions of men are frequently a catastrophe of errors and diversely opposite from who Jesus is and what He represents.

Jesus is not a religion, He is not a church. He claimed to be God, living within the flesh of a man, and the only Savior of the world. Either He is a liar, a man delusional, or He was telling the truth. It is our responsibility to examine the evidence for His life and determine if He is who He claimed to be.

Jesus never commanded men to join a particular church or religion, He said “Follow Me.”

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Isaiah 714The importance of the Virgin Birth of Jesus–cannot be overstated. If Jesus had not been conceived by the Holy Spirit and was instead–the result of a union between a human father and mother–He could not be the Savior of the world.

In the first prophecy of the Bible, the Messiah is described as One born by (The Seed of a Woman) without the aid of a human father.

Genesis 3:15a “And I will put enmity Between you and the woman, And between your seed and her Seed; He shall bruise your head, And you shall bruise His heel.”

Luke 1:35 “And the angel answered and said to her, “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Highest will overshadow you; therefore, also, that Holy One who is to be born will be called the Son of God. (more…)


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I Knew You

The Bible describes God as knowing all things from eternity.

“Known to God from eternity are all His works. Acts 15:18

Imagine that you have existed forever and there is nothing that you do not know. Would you create a race of beings that you knew ahead of time, would rebel against you and necessitate the death of your Son to save them?

Before God created the universe, He determined that Jesus would die for the sins of the world. Jesus is called; “The Lamb, slain from the foundation of the world.”

(Jesus) the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world. Revelation 13:8

This means that before God created us, He already knew that we would all be separated from Him by our sins. He sent His Son into the world to be the one method by which He could save us all.

Because the Lord knew what would happen in advance, He was aware of those who would believe His command to receive Jesus and be saved. Based upon this advanced knowledge, God “chose” these individuals and predestined them to eternal life. (more…)


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ISIS

In this article we will examine the true source of terrorism in the world today and who is really orchestrating the reign of death and chaos that has plagued our planet.

The Bible distinguishes the events of the last days from all other periods of human history. During this time, one group of people will bring the world to its knees by its reign of terror. Today, the greatest threat to peace in the world is the radical Islamic Terrorists of ISIS/ISIL.

The Bible reveals that the true leader of this mass horde of murderers is satan. If we compare the list of activities that the people of ISIS carry out all over the earth, their mission and manifesto are precisely the same as satan.

The devil has one mission on the earth: to seek out and destroy as many human lives as possible. Jesus said that those who murder and create terror on the earth are the son’s and daughters of the devil. The true family of God are those who pursue peace and seek to love people. We see this illustrated in the words of Jesus as He confronts the religious leaders of Israel. These men claimed that their religion ensured that they were the true followers of God. (more…)