Judges

Judges

The Book of Judges is not about the ‘good old days’ in Israel. On the contrary, it describes the decline of Israel through many cycles of oppression and (temporary) deliverance under the Judges (Judges 3:7-16:31). The God of Israel, however, is faithful to fulfil His...

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Joshua

Joshua

The Book of Joshua bears the name of its principal human character. In the Greek, the name Joshua is the equivalent of the name Jesus, meaning ‘the Lord saves/delivers’, so it is not just any name. We first hear of Joshua in Exodus 17:9-13 where he is a military...

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Deuteronomy

Deuteronomy

Based on the first words in this book, the Hebrew title of Deuteronomy is ‘ēlleh haddėbarîm which means ‘these are the words’. This title is appropriate because, under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, the fifth and last book of the Pentateuch contains the last...

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Numbers

Numbers

The fifth word in the Hebrew text of the fourth book of the Pentateuch is bemidbār, which means ‘in the wilderness’. The English title ‘Numbers’ comes from a translation of the Greek word ‘Arithmoi’, used in the Septuagint, which refers to the two censuses in this...

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Leviticus

Leviticus

As the third book of the Torah, Leviticus moves almost seamlessly from Exodus to the further revelation of God. God revealed the content of the Book of Leviticus during a 30-day period between the time the tabernacle was raised up (Exodus 40:17) and the census...

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Exodus

Exodus

By starting with the words ‘Now these are the names of the children of Israel who came to Egypt’, Exodus (1:1) neatly links with Genesis with its various ‘tôledôts’ (meaning: this is the descendants or generations of). Moreover, Genesis ends with the deaths of Jacob...

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Genesis

Genesis

The very first word in the Hebrew text is Berē’šît, meaning ‘in the beginning’ — and Hebrew titles of Bible books often base their name from the first or second word of the book. Genesis is indeed a book of beginnings, first telling how God created the heavens and the...

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Habakkuk

Habakkuk

The New Testament quotes Habakkuk 2:4 three times: The just shall live by faith (Romans 1:17b; Galatians 3:11; Hebrews 10:38). And without faith, the writer of Hebrews (11:6) makes clear, it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is,...

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The Basis of the Second Coming of Christ

The Basis of the Second Coming of Christ

Are there any pre-conditions that must be met before the Second Coming of Christ can occur? Why will anti-Jewishness increase as we near the end of this age? To understand the twofold basis of the Second Coming of the Lord Jesus Christ, one must start with some events...

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The Judgement of Satan and Fallen Angels

The Judgement of Satan and Fallen Angels

If Satan has been judged in the past and will still be judged in the future, when will his final judgement take place? When will the fallen angels be judged and who will judge them? With these questions we conclude our short series about judgements. . . . Satan Has...

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The Great White Throne Judgement

The Great White Throne Judgement

We read in Revelation 20 how the dead, great and small, stand before God as the books are opened. The dead will be judged according to their works, by the things which are written in the books (verse 12). What are the books that will be opened at the Great White...

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The Judgement of the Sheep and the Goats

The Judgement of the Sheep and the Goats

Before the Lord Jesus Christ will establish the Messianic kingdom on earth in terms of the Davidic covenant, He will first preside over a judgement. Why is a judgement necessary? When will this take place? Who will be judged? And what will be the basis of this...

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