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COPYRIGHT WARNING

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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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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.

See the love and compassion of Jesus as He interacted with people; emphasizing His presence on earth for the express purpose of allowing us to see what God is like.

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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.



COPYRIGHT WARNING

There are many people, who over the course of their life, meet an individual who has claimed to be a Christian—who has exhibited behavior that is contrary to their particular belief, and caused other people to discount God altogether.

An enduring fact of life is that one of the leading causes of atheism is Christianity. Not that Jesus is the point of stumbling, but rather those who claim to follow him. Many people attribute the behavior of a person to the character of the God they claim to believe in. Forgetting that the Christian Gospel clearly declares that Jesus came into the world to save “sinners,” not the righteous. It is the very worst of the world that Jesus is most appealing to. The Christian life in following Jesus is frequently imperfect and lacking the basic qualities of love, patience, humility, and forgiveness. Those who are trying to follow Jesus will never be perfect in this life, although they should endeavor, constantly, to be more like Jesus in all their behavior.

It should also be understood that many people who take the name of “Christian,” are frauds. For reasons of personal financial gain or to achieve a position of authority or power, many individuals will label themselves a follower of Christ, without this fact being true.

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COPYRIGHT WARNING

The Lord saw Israel as His vineyard. He planted her, tended her, nourished and protected her. When the time came for Him to enjoy the fruit of His vineyard, He found only wild grapes. It was the task of Israel to make the Messiah known to the world when He arrived. Instead they rejected Him and put Him to death. Therefore, God gave this task to the Gentiles—through the church, who was birthed as a result of the Messiah’s death and resurrection.

We know from Isaiah 5:1-7, God is speaking of the Messiah, as a result of Jesus teaching concerning the 11th Parable, called: The Parable of the workers in the vineyard. Jesus uses almost identical language in describing Israel as God’s vineyard in Matthew 21:33-43. (more…)


 COPYRIGHT WARNING

The Cross of Jesus is not what you might expect

As a result of my writing in presenting Jesus Christ as the Messiah and only Savior of the world, I have had the opportunity to converse with many who are atheists. On occasion, I have been informed that most atheists are “highly educated.” The inference is made that since a person has attained a high degree of education, they are better able to discern whether or not God actually exists. The assumption by those who claim that there is “no evidence for God,” is that if God did in fact exist, intelligent men could discover Him by their intellect.

This is an interesting perspective of the atheist. Although they claim to be the possessors of wisdom, they seem to have missed an important point: If God exists, then He would be the source of all wisdom and knowledge. His purposes and methods for revealing Himself, would not necessarily be the ways in which man would expect. He just might determined to present Himself veiled in a method that only the humble could discern. (more…)


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Atheist, Bob Seidensticker of “Patheos,” states: “The crucifixion story doesn’t strike me as that big a deal.” He then lists 10 reasons why he views this event is insignificant and lacking credibility.

The preeminent evidence that is absent from all of Bob’s observations regarding Jesus Crucifixion, are facts which would impeach this event. The death of Jesus Christ by Crucifixion is one of the most fully substantiated events in the history of the world. It is clear that Bob has no real knowledge of this event and is simply making comments that originate as opinions, rather than from credible research. (more…)


COPYRIGHT WARNING

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. The Bible designates Jesus as the Creator of all that exists (Colossians 1:17). Therefore, His teaching originates from the source of all knowledge and contains the wisdom of eternity. (more…)


COPYRIGHT WARNING

Psalms 78:2 “I will open my mouth in a parable; I will utter dark sayings of old…

New Testament Fulfillment:

Matthew 13:34-35 All these things Jesus spoke to the multitude in parables; and without a parable He did not speak to them, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophet, saying: “I will open My mouth in parables; I will utter things kept secret from the foundation of the world.

It is interesting that the Old Testament describes the actual teaching style of the Messiah. He will speak plainly to those who are earnestly seeking Him; but to those who do not have a sincere heart after God, He will teach by parables. This is the prophecy of Psalms 78:12.

The Messiah will teach by the use of Parables—Jesus taught by Parables; therefore, He is the Messiah.

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