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

Hitting The Highlights of Zechariah; A Colorful Conclusion Immersed in Imagery

Zechariah 1:1, skipping many verses, -14:21 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 … Continue reading Hitting The Highlights of Zechariah; A Colorful Conclusion Immersed in Imagery

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

Perturbation from Prophecy Pundits; Zechariah 13, Part 1: The Backdrop

Zechariah 13 “In that day a fountain will be opened for the house of David and for the inhabitants of Jerusalem, for sin and for impurity. And it will come about in that day,” declares the LORD of hosts, “that I will cut off the names of the idols from the land, and they will … Continue reading Perturbation from Prophecy Pundits; Zechariah 13, Part 1: The Backdrop

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

Remembering the Rider on the Red Horse

Zechariah 1:12-23 Then the angel of the LORD answered and said, “O LORD of hosts, how long will You have no compassion for Jerusalem and the cities of Judah, with which You have been indignant these seventy years?” And the LORD answered the angel who was speaking with me with gracious words, comforting words. So … Continue reading Remembering the Rider on the Red Horse

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

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

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

Expository Exegesis of Examples Enlightens the Apocalyptic Address

Micah, chapter 4 And it will come about in the last days That the mountain of the house of the LORD Will be established as the chief of the mountains. It will be raised above the hills, And the peoples will stream to it. And many nations will come and say, “Come and let us … Continue reading Expository Exegesis of Examples Enlightens the Apocalyptic Address

The Sinking Ship

Acts 27:27-34 But when the fourteenth night had come, as we were being driven about in the Adriatic Sea, about midnight the sailors began to surmise that they were approaching some land. And they took soundings, and found it to be twenty fathoms; and a little farther on they took another sounding and found it … Continue reading The Sinking Ship

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 Prisoner in Perpetuity

Acts 26:24-32 And while Paul was saying this in his defense, Festus said in a loud voice, “Paul, you are out of your mind! Your great learning is driving you mad.” But Paul said, “I am not out of my mind, most excellent Festus, but I utter words of sober truth. For the king knows … Continue reading The Prisoner in Perpetuity

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