There was a gap of about 400 years between the two Testaments, with the OT covering a vast time span, from creation till then. Taking the time from after the Flood, that alone has been variously calculated as 2,454 years to 2,518 years. This means that the OT deals with about two and a half thousand years of history after the Flood, whereas the NT only ...
If you read the whole Bible from Genesis to Revelation, you'll notice:
God's consistent character, who is compassionate and merciful to those who love and fear Him but who pours out His wrath to those who are rebellious, unthankful, unfaithful, and disobey His commandments. In the OT He revealed his character to Abraham, Moses, David, the prophets, etc; in ...
Logically, there are two possibilities: either Jesus himself said such things or they were added to the tradition at a later date. Neither view offers a clear-cut explanation, so a wide variety of ideas for the "secretive" passages have been offered by Christian commentators and Bible scholars over the years.
Jesus did not tell anyone to remain ...
Wrath is an important part of God's nature. I think a good way into answering this question is to ask the question, 'What did Jesus save us from?'
They tell how you turned to God from idols to serve the living and true God, and to wait for his Son from heaven, whom he raised from the dead – Jesus, who rescues us from the coming wrath. (1 Thessalonians 1:9-...
Paul explains there are two covenants. First we need to understand them.
21 Tell me, you who desire to be under the law, do you not hear the law? 22 For it is written that Abraham had two sons: the one by a bondwoman, the other by a freewoman. 23 But he who was of the bondwoman was born according to the flesh, and he of the freewoman ...
The notes in my Bible say:
[11:3] The question probably expresses a doubt of the Baptist that Jesus is the one who is to come (cf. Mal 3:1) because his mission has not been one of fiery judgment as John had expected (Mt 3:2).
So the timeline becomes:
Jesus enters the scene. --> John proclaims that he is the Messiah. --> John Baptizes. --> John is put ...
Abram to Abraham
God had promised Abram that he would have a son and that it would be through his wife Sarai. Abram's name means "Exalted Father", which may have proven to be an embarrassment as he aged without children. This fits with God's promise, but he didn't receive that name from God but from his father.
God gives him the name "...
The most commonsensical explanation of the Messianic Secret is simple self preservation - not necessarily self preservation in the literal sense, but in terms of the mission of Jesus. He couldn't do what he was trying to do if it became well known that he was the messiah.
In the time in which Jesus lived, Palestine was under Roman occupation. Jesus was ...
The term Messianic Jew refers to Christians who identify as Jewish, as compared to those who identify as Russian, English, Thai etc. Most of them are of Jewish descent, though there are some who are not but have chosen to identify themselves as Jewish.
Most Messianic Jews believe there is a very strong continuity between the Hebrew scriptures and ...
In Luke 24, Jesus says this to the two men walking to Emmaus:
25 He said to them, “How foolish you are, and how slow to believe all
that the prophets have spoken! 26 Did not the Messiah have to suffer
these things and then enter his glory?” 27 And beginning with Moses
and all the Prophets, he explained to them what was said in all the
The Septuagint is a Greek translation of the (Hebrew) Old Testament and was completed by 132 BC. As the Old Testament contains many references to an "anointed one" (transliterated to English as "Messiah"), the decision by the (Jewish) translators to translate this word to the Greek "Christos" would have been driven by the need to find the nearest equivalent ...
When Christians say "Jesus died for our sins", what do they mean?
This is a reference to 1 Corinthians 15:3:
For I handed on to you as of first importance what I in turn had
received: that Christ died for our sins in accordance with the
Different Christians understand "Christ died for our sins" in different ways; there have been many ...
In John 8:58, Jesus says to the Pharisees, "Before Abraham was, I am". He was pointedly using the same language that God himself used when speaking to Moses in Exodus 3:14, and the Pharisees understood clearly that Jesus was claiming to be God. That's why they tried to stone him for blasphemy.
“Thus says the Lord, the King of Israel,
And his Redeemer, the Lord of hosts:
‘I am the First and I am the Last;
Besides Me there is no God.
I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End, the First and the Last.”
Jesus = THE first and last (true)
Yahweh = THE first and last (true)
Jesus = Yahweh (true)
Why do Christians consider Jesus to be the king of the Jews?
Jesus is the heir of David:
And behold, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus. He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. And the Lord God will give to him the throne of his father David, and he will reign over the house of Jacob ...
In the Old Testament there are two general strains of prophecy commonly read by Christians as being about the Messiah who was to come:
Prophecies of a king in the line of David
Prophecies of God himself coming to his people
Judaism generally accepts the first class of prophecy as being about the prophesied Messiah, but not the second. And a strict reading ...
The first Messianic prophecy occurs in the first book of the Bible, Genesis 3:15., probably written in the 15th century BC. We can't readily distinguish the chronology between the 5 books of the Pentateuch (Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, Deuteronomy), but they were among the first books of the OT to be written. Job is actually normally considered the ...
People see this wrathful God in the OT and then think he does an about face in the NT. Unfortunately, what people fail to realize is that the wrath of God still exists. A perfect God by nature would be required to demand a propitiation for the sin committed by humanity.
You see, what changed was not God's wrath but rather the object of his wrath. Instead of ...
A cursory reading of the Bible -- the punishments in the Old Testament vs. Jesus' miracles and forgiveness of sins in the New Testament -- can lead one to the conclusion that God is full of wrath in the Old Testament yet has seemingly changed to become more loving in the New Testament. A more careful examination indicates that God is loving, merciful, and ...
Surprisingly some ancient rabbis did actually draw the connection of the Messiah to the creation of the world. Under this classical Messianic text, a connection was made:
There shall come forth a shoot from the stump of Jesse,
and a branch from his roots shall bear fruit.
And the Spirit of the Lord shall rest upon him,
the Spirit of wisdom and ...
The verses of Jeremiah 31:31–34 appear in seven paragraphs in the Catechism of the Catholic Church, of which six (quoted below) are directly relevant. In all of these, Christ the Messiah is the bringer of the New Covenant, which is to be written on the hearts of his people.
This is entirely Biblical. The writer of the Epistle to the Hebrews quotes the ...
The second century apologist Justin Martyr discussed the two comings in his Dialogue with the Jew Trypho. I'll give a chapter of it here and list a few chapter titles with a link to the entire text.
CHAPTER XXXII -- TRYPHO OBJECTING THAT CHRIST IS DESCRIBED AS GLORIOUS BY DANIEL, JUSTIN DISTINGUISHES TWO ADVENTS.
And when I had ceased, Trypho said, "...
I was born and raised an orthodox Israeli Jew, and was an orthodox Rabbi for many years before becoming Messianic in 2008. The main body of beliefs are the same for Christians and Messianic Jews. However, the way we interpret scripture, and practice our faith can be very different indeed. Shabbot shalom to you all.
In his book, Eternity in Their Hearts, Don Richardson details what he calls "A World Prepared for the Gospel", which is the title of the first section of the book.
People of the Lost Book
Chapter 2 is entitled "Peoples of the Lost Book", which details tribes that bemoan the fact that their ancestors had lost "the book" from God. Some of them looked ...
The Messianic Secret refers to a motif primarily in the Gospel of Mark in which Jesus is portrayed as commanding his followers to silence about his Messianic mission. The Messianic Secret belongs in Mark's Gospel, but elements of it have been copied into the later synoptic gospels (Matthew and Luke) but not into John, which takes a very contrary view of ...
One of the reasons is plainly given in scripture in the context to an occurrence of keeping the messianic secret
Mar 1:43-45 (NIV) Jesus sent him away at once with a strong warning:
“See that you don’t tell this to anyone. But go, show yourself to the
priest and offer the sacrifices that Moses commanded for your
cleansing, as a testimony to them.” ...
Clear passages from OT that God Almighty claims to be Jesus are:
I will send my messenger, who will prepare the way before ME. Then
SUDDENLY the Lord you are seeking will come to his temple; the
messenger of the covenant, whom you desire, will come," says the LORD
This alone makes it very clear- The Lord himself will come ...
It depends on your definition of the Messianic Age.
According to the Catholic Catechism and its interpretation of the Nicene Creed, Jesus is the Christ, the Messiah
(436) The word "Christ" comes from the Greek translation of the Hebrew Messiah, which means "anointed". It became the name proper to Jesus only because he accomplished perfectly the divine ...