Matthew 1:1-25

The reason Matthew begins with a study of the Genealogy is to establish the credentials of the promised King of Israel. Genealogy in Greek has the same root as Genesis or beginning. In Israel genealogy was essential to establish one’s credentials.  Ezra 2:62 speaks of the returning exiles who ‘searched for their family records but could … Read more

Daniel 12

V 1-3 The first four verses of chapter 12 complete what began in chapter 10. We need to remember that the chapter divisions are not divinely inspired and at times are not attuned to the flow of God’s revelation.  The revelation of chapter 11 continues through Daniel 12:1-4. This is clear from the phrase “at that … Read more

Daniel 11

The vision of Daniel 11 was prophecy in Daniel’s day, but much is now history. Fulfilled prophecy is one of the greatest proofs of the supernatural nature of Scripture. The accuracy of these prophecies is the reason critics attack the Book of Daniel, because they claim that nobody could write history in advance with so many specific … Read more

Daniel 10

10:1. Daniel received this vision in the third year of Cyrus, which was in 536 BC. Daniel this was the same time that the Lord rescued him from the lions’ den (6:1–28). This was right after Cyrus conquered Babylon and issued a proclamation of freedom allowing all Jews who wanted to return to Judea. 50,000 chose to return … Read more

Tisha B’Av

The 9th of Av which will be observed this year (2023) on July 27th is a day that calls Israel to fasting, prayer, and repentance. There are four such days that were cited by Zechariah 8:19: “The fasts of the fourth, fifth, seventh and tenth months will become joyful and glad occasions and happy festivals for Judah. Therefore, love truth and peace.”  The first … Read more

Daniel 9

Daniel 9:1-3 Daniel received this vision “in the first year of Darius,” which means the events of Belshazzar’s feast in chapter 5 occurred between the visions of chapters 8 and 9. These verses show that Daniel studied Scripture which led and guided him in prayer. He saw the prophecies of Jeremiah as Scripture, even though Jeremiah … Read more

Daniel 8

Before we begin Daniel 8 let’s give an overview of what we have covered. Chapter 1 provides an introduction. Chapters 2-7 describe the times of the Gentiles, written in Aramaic, the common language of the Babylonians, Assyrians, and Persians used in government and commerce. Daniel 7 is one of the most important portions of Scripture … Read more

Daniel 6

Daniel 5:34-6:4 Darius may not be a name, but a title for Cyrus, who with his army conquered Babylon. It is used in inscriptions for at least five Persian rulers. History mentions no specific man named Darius the Mede. In 6:28 it is possible to translate, “Darius even . . . Cyrus.”  Darius appointed 120 … Read more

Daniel 7

Daniel 7:1-3 – This chapter chronicles events that occurred 14 years before the events described in Daniel 5:1–3. Chapters 7–8 occur after chapter 4 and the events that led to Nebuchadnezzar’s humbling and restoration, but before chapter 5 when the grandson of Nebuchadnezzar, Belshazzar took the vessels that were sacred to the Temple in Jerusalem and … Read more

Bikkurim

In the process of revealing His plan of salvation for mankind, God established His annual Holy Days around the harvest seasons in Israel (Leviticus 23:9-16, Exodus 23:14-16).   Just as His people harvested their crops around these three Festival seasons, God’s Holy Days show us how He is harvesting people for eternal life in His Kingdom.  The Holy … Read more