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- Zechariah Chapters 1-8 And Malachi 2:17-4:6, Part 8
We discuss Mal. 3:6-4:6 here in Part 8. Malachi 4:5 is a key verse, "Behold, I am going to send you Elijah the prophet before the coming of the great and terrible day of the Lord [Yahweh]." The great and terrible day of Yahweh refers to His judgment of the world at the end of this age, but the emphasis here is on His end-time judgment of Israel/Judah. Through the spectacular ministry of the two prophets of Rev. 11:3-12, and the other things that God will do during the first half of Daniel's 70th week (especially the sounding of the seven trumpets of the book of Revelation), He will bring about the repentance of a very large number of the people of Israel, who will be ready to receive the Lord Jesus Christ when He comes in the middle of Daniel's 70th week.
- Zechariah Chapters 1-8 And Malachi 2:17-4:6, Part 7
We discuss Malachi 3:1-5 here in Part 7. Yahweh, in His mercy, sends His messenger(s) to Israel to call them to repent. Malachi was one such messenger. (His name means "My messenger.") John the Baptist was a very significant messenger. The most important messenger is yet to come at the end of this age (Elijah). For one thing, Elijah will warn Israel of the need to repent in the light of the super-imminent coming of the Lord Jesus Christ to judge Israel and the world. Jesus informed us that the prophecy regarding Elijah to come was fulfilled (in part) by John the Baptist.
- Zechariah Chapters 1-8 And Malachi 2:17-4:6, Part 6
We discuss Zechariah 8:18-23 and begin to discuss Malachi 2:17-4:6 here in Part 6. Malachi 3:1 is a verse of key importance. I'll quote the first half of the verse: "Behold I am going to send My messenger, and he will clear the way before Me, and the Lord, whom you seek, will suddenly come to His temple...." The messenger refers to John the Baptist who helped clear the way for the first coming of the Lord Jesus Christ and in an even more significant way to the messenger who will help clear the way for His second coming.
- Zechariah Chapters 1-8 And Malachi 2:17-4:6, Part 5
We discuss Zech. 7:1-8:17 here in Part 5. Zechariah chapter 8 is filled with the good news that God will ultimately return to Jerusalem and will dwell there. "Then Jerusalem will be called the City of Truth, and the mountain of the LORD [Yahweh] of hosts will be called the Holy Mountain." This will come to pass through new-covenant salvation in the Lord Jesus Christ (the Son of God), who appears in several of these prophecies and is the subject of much of the content of the prophecies of the book of Zechariah.
- Zechariah Chapters 1-8 And Malachi 2:17-4:6, Part 4
We discuss all of Zechariah chapter 6 here in Part 4. The first half of the chapter deals with the vision of the four chariots that God sends to judge the nations in His end-time judgment of the world. In the last half of the chapter, Zechariah was instructed to put an ornate crown of the head of Joshua the high priest, which prefigured the coming ministry of the Great High Priest, the Lord Jesus Christ, who (unlike the old covenant high priests) was also a king, the Great King (the King over all kings and rulers in the universe).
- Zechariah Chapters 1-8 And Malachi 2:17-4:6, Part 3
We discuss Zech. 3:6-5:11 here in Part 3. These interesting prophetic words - with an engraved stone that has seven eyes on it that will remove the iniquity of Israel in one day; a flying scroll and a container with a heavy lead cover that removes sin and sinners from the land of Israel; and the words, " 'Not by might nor by power [the might or power of man], but by My Spirit' says the LORD [Yahweh] of hosts"; etc. - look to God's saving, sanctifying, judging, building of God's Kingdom work through the Lord Jesus Christ (mostly at the end of this age).
- Zechariah Chapters 1-8 And Malachi 2:17-4:6, Part 2
We discuss Zech. 2:1-3:5 here in Part 2. These verses deal to some extent with God (Yahweh) and God the Son (the Angel of Yahweh) blessing the repentant people of Judah/Israel in the days when they began to rebuild the temple, in the days of Haggai and Zechariah the prophets, but these verses deal for the most part with God's ultimate salvation of His repentant people through new-covenant salvation in the Lord Jesus Christ (the Angel of Yahweh), at the time of His end-time judgment of the world.
- Judgment: The Last Thing On Our Minds
By:-Rev Michael Bresciani
Researching the subject of judgment and asking others what their perceptions of the coming judgments are, it was surprising to see that even believers (with rare exceptions) do not have a clear picture of what it is and when it is supposed to take place.
- Zechariah Chapters 1-8 And Malachi 2:17-4:6, Part 1 (of 8 Parts)
We discuss Zechariah chapter 1, verse-by-verse, here in Part 1. The book of Zechariah is packed with important and interesting prophetic revelation (including many visions) that God gave to Zechariah the prophet. Many of these prophecies look to God's ultimate salvation of the repentant people of God through the Lord Jesus Christ, and He appears several times in these prophecies, including here in chapter 1, as the Angel of Yahweh, the preincarnate Christ, which makes these prophecies all the more important and interesting.
- 2 Peter, Part 5
We start with 2 Pet. 3:10 and finish this epistle here in Part 5. I'll quote two verses where the apostle strongly exhorts his readers (including us) to live in the light of the fact that this world and its works will be destroyed. We must live with our hearts fixed on God and His truth, His righteousness, and His Eternal Kingdom. "Since all these things are to be destroyed in this way, what sort of people ought you to be in holy conduct and godliness" and "Therefore, beloved, since you look for these things, be diligent to be found by Him in peace, spotless, and blameless" (2 Peter 3:11, 14).
- 2 Peter, Part 4
We discuss 2 Pet. 2:19-3:9 here in Part 4. In chapter 3 the apostle Peter dealt with the mockers who follow after their own lusts and deny the promise of Christ's coming to save His people and judge the world. We will discuss 3:5-7 in some detail where Peter dealt with God's judgment of the flood and His coming judgment with fire.
- 2 Peter, Part 3
We discuss 2 Peter 1:20-2:18 here in Part 3. Peter warned his readers throughout chapter 2 that we must reject the false teachers who "secretly introduce destructive heresies, even denying the Master who bought them, bringing swift destruction upon themselves" (2 Pet. 2:1) and destroying all who follow their teaching, teaching that leads to sinful living, for one thing.
- 2 Peter, Part 2
We discuss 2 Peter 1:4-19 here in Part 2. Verse 4 (with verses 1-3) is of key importance. God "has granted to us His precious and magnificent promises, so that by them [we] may become [may be] partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world by lust." The apostle Peter strongly emphasized the need for us to rightly understand and live in line with the Word of God, especially the gospel of new-covenant salvation (by grace through faith), very much including God's "precious and magnificent promises."
- 2 Peter, Part 1
Part 1 includes an Introduction for 2 Peter and a discussion of the first three verses of this epistle. The first four verses succinctly describe something of the awesome glory of the salvation to which we have been called, with the emphasis on the fact that God's "divine power has granted to us everything pertaining to life and godliness...having escaped the corruption that is in the world by lust" for our life in this world as born-again Christians.
- John 1:1-18 And Colossians 1:15-3:17, Part 8
We discuss Col. 3:6-11 here in Part 8. The apostle continues with the super-important theme that Christians are called and enabled to put off the old man (which includes putting off sin) once for all and completely and to put on the new man (which includes putting on the righteousness and holiness of God) once for all and completely, which is good news, very good news. What true Christian wants to continue in sin?
- John 1:1-18 And Colossians 1:15-3:17, Part 9
We discuss Col. 3:12-17 here in Part 9. The apostle Paul emphasizes the need for unity in love between all true Christians in this passage. I'll quote Col. 3:17, which is an important summarizing verse, "Whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks through Him to God the Father."
- John 1:1-18 And Colossians 1:15-3:17, Part 6
We continue the discussion under Col. 2:14 and finish chapter 2 here in Part 6. The apostle Paul continues to emphasize the point that God has provided everything we could ever need for this age and eternal glory to come in Christ Jesus. But Christians are often tempted to modify the gospel and start looking to things like "the commandments and teachings of men [and demons (1 Tim. 4:1)]" (Col. 2:22).
- John 1:1-18 And Colossians 1:15-3:17, Part 7
We discuss Col. 3:1-6 here in Part 7. The apostle strongly exhorts his readers (including us) to live in the righteousness and holiness of God in these verses, as he so often does in his epistles. He says that we must have our hearts focused on the things above (on God, His kingdom, His truth, righteousness and holiness). And he warns that "the wrath of God will come upon the sons of disobedience." We will discuss the love of God and the wrath of God in some detail, always aiming for the balanced truth of what the Bible teaches.
- John 1:1-18 And Colossians 1:15-3:17, Part 5
We discuss Col. 2:2-14 here in Part 5. For one thing, the apostle Paul demonstrates that everything we will ever need forever has been provided for us in union with the Lord Jesus Christ through new-covenant salvation. Christians are making a serious mistake if they start looking anywhere else for anything, or try to modify the gospel (the gospel as it is presented in the New Testament), as if God's gospel is insufficient to meet their needs and needs to be improved.
- John 1:1-18 And Colossians 1:15-3:17, Part 4
We discuss Col. 1:22-2:2 here in Part 4. In the ideal that the apostle Paul frequently speaks of, all Christians are called and enabled to live in a state of being "holy and blameless and beyond reproach." In verse 23 he exhorts his readers with the need to "continue in the faith firmly established and steadfast, and not moved away from the hope of the gospel that [they] have heard...."
- John 1:1-18 And Colossians 1:15-3:17, Part 1 (of 9 Parts)
We discuss John 1:1-11 here in Part 1. John 1:1-18, which is the prologue of the super-important Gospel of John, are some of the most important verses in the New Testament. For one thing, these verses help us understand the Person of God the Son, who was with God the Father (and God the Spirit) in the beginning, before any creating (including physical matter) took place.
- John 1:1-18 And Colossians 1:15-3:17, Part 2
We discuss John 1:12-18 and Col. 1:15 here in Part 2. I agree with the widespread viewpoint that the meaning of the Greek adjective "monogenes" that is used in John 1:14 and 18 (and other verses) is "unique" or the equivalent, not "only-begotten." We will discuss this important point in some detail. We will also discuss whether the word "Son" or "God" was the correct (original) word written by the apostle John in 1:18.
- John 1:1-18 And Colossians 1:15-3:17, Part 3
We discuss Col. 1:15-22 here in Part 3. What does it mean that Christ is the "firstborn of [over] all creation"?; that God the Father reconciles all things to Himself through Christ Jesus and His atoning death?; and what did the apostle Paul teach about Christians being "holy and blameless and beyond reproach"?
- John Chapters 10-12, Part 9
We finish this verse-by-verse study of John chapters 10-12 here in Part 9, starting with John 12:40. I'll quote John 12:40: "HE HAS BLINDED THEIR EYES AND HARDENED THEIR HEART, SO THAT THEY WOULD NOT SEE WITH THEIR EYES AND PERCEIVE WITH THEIR HEART, AND BE CONVERTED AND I HEAL THEM." We will discuss these words in some detail, words that were "quoted" from Isaiah 6:10, aiming for the balanced truth of what the Bible teaches.
- John Chapters 10-12, Part 7
We discuss John 12:14-30 here in Part 7. Jesus fulfilled an important prophecy of Zechariah by riding into Jerusalem on a donkey. In verses 24-26 He strongly exhorted all believers with the need to follow Him in laying down His life in this world to always do what is required to be faithful to the Father, which is the equivalent of taking up your cross and following Jesus.