Failure in the First Degree

John 1:6-18 "There came a man, sent from God, whose name was John. He came for a witness, that he might bear witness of the light, that all might believe through him. He was not the light, but came that he might bear witness of the light. There was the true light which, coming into … Continue reading Failure in the First Degree

Peculiar Proclamations of the Prophecy Pundits; Zechariah 13, Part 2, The Forefront

Zechariah 13 (emphatically highlighted and notated by me) “In that day [not a literal day as we have seen but a specific period of time which is certainly not parenthetical or in perpetuity] a fountain [again, not literally a fountain of water but symbolism of a great amount, easily accumulating] will be opened for the … Continue reading Peculiar Proclamations of the Prophecy Pundits; Zechariah 13, Part 2, The Forefront

Countering Current Cultural Clutter

Zechariah 12 The burden of the word of the LORD concerning Israel. Thus declares the LORD who stretches out the heavens, lays the foundation of the earth, and forms the spirit of man within him, “Behold, I am going to make Jerusalem a cup that causes reeling to all the peoples around; and when the … Continue reading Countering Current Cultural Clutter

Rain for the Remnant; Slaughter for the Shepherds and the Coming Cornerstone

Zechariah 10 Ask rain from the LORD at the time of the spring rain— The LORD who makes the storm clouds; And He will give them showers of rain, vegetation in the field to each man. For the teraphim speak iniquity, And the diviners see lying visions, And tell false dreams; They comfort in vain. … Continue reading Rain for the Remnant; Slaughter for the Shepherds and the Coming Cornerstone

It’s All About…Timing

Zechariah 9 The burden of the word of the LORD is against the land of Hadrach, with Damascus as its resting place (for the eyes of men, especially of all the tribes of Israel, are toward the LORD), And Hamath also, which borders on it; Tyre and Sidon, athough they are very wise. For Tyre … Continue reading It’s All About…Timing

Synthesis of Scripture

Zechariah 8 Then the word of the LORD of hosts came saying, “Thus says the LORD of hosts, ‘I am exceedingly jealous for Zion, yes, with great wrath I am jealous for her.’ Thus says the LORD, ‘I will return to Zion and will dwell in the midst of Jerusalem. Then Jerusalem will be called … Continue reading Synthesis of Scripture

False Fasting and Former Days

Zechariah 7 Then it came about in the fourth year of King Darius, that the word of the LORD came to Zechariah on the fourth day of the ninth month, which is Chislev. Now the town of Bethel had sent Sharezer and Regemmelech and their men to seek the favor of the LORD, speaking to … Continue reading False Fasting and Former Days

There’s Zest in Zechariah, Accompanied by a Curse

Zechariah 6 Now I lifted up my eyes again and looked, and behold, four chariots were coming forth from between the two mountains; and the mountains were bronze mountains. With the first chariot were red horses, with the second chariot black horses, with the third chariot white horses, and with the fourth chariot strong dappled … Continue reading There’s Zest in Zechariah, Accompanied by a Curse

Just a Little Juxtaposition Justifies Judah and Jerusalem

Zechariah 5 Then I lifted up my eyes again and looked, and behold, there was a flying scroll. And he said to me, “What do you see?” And I answered, “I see a flying scroll; its length is twenty cubits and its width ten cubits.” Then he said to me, “This is the curse that … Continue reading Just a Little Juxtaposition Justifies Judah and Jerusalem

Don’t Despise the Day of Diminutive Deeds

Zechariah 4 Then the angel who was speaking with me returned, and roused me as a man who is awakened from his sleep. And he said to me, “What do you see?” And I said, “I see, and behold, a lampstand all of gold with its bowl on the top of it, and its seven … Continue reading Don’t Despise the Day of Diminutive Deeds

Zooming in on the Zeal in Zechariah

"And many nations will join themselves to the LORD in that day and will become My people. Then I will dwell in your midst, and you will know that the LORD of hosts has sent Me to you. “And the LORD will possess Judah as His portion in the holy land, and will again choose … Continue reading Zooming in on the Zeal in Zechariah

A Hiatus from Haggai and a Zip Through Zechariah

Zechariah 1:1-11 In the eighth month of the second year of Darius, the word of the LORD came to Zechariah the prophet, the son of Berechiah, the son of Iddo saying, “The LORD was very angry with your fathers. Therefore say to them, ‘Thus says the LORD of hosts, “Return to Me,” declares the LORD … Continue reading A Hiatus from Haggai and a Zip Through Zechariah

Headlines, Hyperbole and Haggai; Part Three

Haggai 2:19 and then Zechariah 1:1-3 Is the seed still in the barn? Even including the vine, the fig tree, the pomegranate, and the olive tree, it has not borne fruit. Yet from this day on I will bless you. Can I play the role of a mega-church pastor for a while? That's rhetorical because … Continue reading Headlines, Hyperbole and Haggai; Part Three

Hyperbole, Headlines and Haggai; Part Two

Haggai 2:6+7 For thus says the LORD of hosts, ‘Once more in a little while, I am going to shake the heavens and the earth, the sea also and the dry land. And I will shake all the nations; and they will come with the wealth of all nations; and I will fill this house … Continue reading Hyperbole, Headlines and Haggai; Part Two

Hyperbole, Headlines and Haggai; Part One

Haggai 2:3-23 "'Who is left among you who saw this temple in its former glory? And how do you see it now? Does it not seem to you like nothing in comparison? But now take courage, Zerubbabel,’ declares the LORD, ‘take courage also, Joshua son of Jehozadak, the high priest, and all you people of … Continue reading Hyperbole, Headlines and Haggai; Part One

Fear Not The Facemask, Fear the Lord

Haggai 1:7-2:9 Thus says the LORD of hosts, “Consider your ways! Go up to the mountain, bring wood and rebuild the temple, that I may be pleased with it and be glorified,” says the LORD. “You look for much, but behold, it comes to little; when you bring it home, I blow it away. Why?” … Continue reading Fear Not The Facemask, Fear the Lord

Living on a Thin Line

Haggai Chapter One: In the second year of Darius the king, on the first day of the sixth month, the word of the LORD came by the prophet Haggai to Zerubbabel the son of Shealtiel, governor of Judah, and to Joshua the son of Jehozadak, the high priest saying, “Thus says the LORD of hosts, … Continue reading Living on a Thin Line

Imagery in The Apocalyptic Address

Micah, chapter 7 Woe is me! For I am Like the fruit pickers and the grape gatherers. There is not a cluster of grapes to eat, Or a first-ripe fig which I crave. The godly person has perished from the land, And there is no upright person among men. All of them lie in wait … Continue reading Imagery in The Apocalyptic Address

The Recapitulation in The Apocalyptic Address

Micah, chapter 6 Hear now what the LORD is saying, “Arise, plead your case before the mountains, And let the hills hear your voice. Listen, you mountains, to the indictment of the LORD, And you enduring foundations of the earth, Because the LORD has a case against His people; Even with Israel He will dispute. … Continue reading The Recapitulation in The Apocalyptic Address

Absolute Authority in the Apocalyptic Address

Micah, chapter 5 “Now muster yourselves in troops, daughter of troops; They have laid siege against us; With a rod they will smite the judge of Israel on the cheek. But as for you, Bethlehem Ephrathah, Too little to be among the clans of Judah, From you One will go forth for Me to be … Continue reading Absolute Authority in the Apocalyptic Address

The Aging Man and The Sea

Acts 27:1-26 And when it was decided that we should sail for Italy, they proceeded to deliver Paul and some other prisoners to a centurion of the Augustan cohort named Julius. And embarking in an Adramyttian ship, which was about to sail to the regions along the coast of Asia, we put out to sea, … Continue reading The Aging Man and The Sea

The Divine Defense

This is now Paul's Fifth Defense to the masses and Seventh Overall, if You are Keeping Score. Acts 26:1-23 And Agrippa said to Paul, “You are permitted to speak for yourself.” Then Paul stretched out his hand and proceeded to make his defense: “In regard to all the things of which I am accused by … Continue reading The Divine Defense

The Retelling of Much Ado About Nothing Doing: According to Festus

Acts 25:13-27 Now when several days had elapsed, King Agrippa and Bernice arrived at Caesarea, and paid their respects to Festus. And while they were spending many days there, Festus laid Paul’s case before the king, saying, “There is a certain man left a prisoner by Felix; and when I was at Jerusalem, the chief … Continue reading The Retelling of Much Ado About Nothing Doing: According to Festus

The Appeal to the Emperor​

Acts 24:24-25:12 But some days later, Felix arrived with Drusilla, his wife who was a Jewess, and sent for Paul, and heard him speak about faith in Christ Jesus. And as he was discussing righteousness, self-control and the judgment to come, Felix became frightened and said, “Go away for the present, and when I find … Continue reading The Appeal to the Emperor​

The Sarcastic Citizen of Citizens, Tried by Brethren, Rescued by Romans

Acts 23:1-11 And Paul, looking intently at the Council, said, “Brethren, I have lived my life with a perfectly good conscience before God up to this day.” And the high priest Ananias commanded those standing beside him to strike him on the mouth. Then Paul said to him, “God is going to strike you, you … Continue reading The Sarcastic Citizen of Citizens, Tried by Brethren, Rescued by Romans

The Symbolic Cessation of Significant Signs

Acts 20:1-12 And after the uproar had ceased, Paul sent for the disciples and when he had exhorted them and taken his leave of them, he departed to go to Macedonia. And when he had gone through those districts and had given them much exhortation, he came to Greece. And there he spent three months, … Continue reading The Symbolic Cessation of Significant Signs

The Departure and The Dwelling

Acts 18:1-11 After these things he left Athens and went to Corinth. And he found a certain Jew named Aquila, a native of Pontus, having recently come from Italy with his wife Priscilla, because Claudius had commanded all the Jews to leave Rome. He came to them, and because he was of the same trade, … Continue reading The Departure and The Dwelling