“Adam, Seth, Enosh, Kenan, Mahalel, Jared, Enoch, Methuselah, Lamech, Noah”; so begins the not usually read and thought to be boring account of names in the book of 1 Chronicles.
Are they just names?
Let us look at some of them:
Adam. You cannot read that name and not think about God and creation, and the entry of sin into the world. Adam also reminds us of the last … Read the rest
Strengthen your position and see what must be done, because next spring the king of Aram will attack you again (1 Kings 20:22 NIV).
This prophetic message is important because it was given immediately after a big victory in war. See that it is not a message of congratulation on that victory. Instead it is a message to be on guard. It is therefore worthy of our attention.
In Christian … Read the rest
Multitudes, multitudes in the valley of decision! For the day of the Lord is near in the valley of decision (Joel 3:14 NIV).
What a day this is going to be! The numbers cannot be counted. They all stand awaiting their judgment at the hand of a righteous God. This shall take place in the Valley of Jehoshaphat (v. 12). Then the Lord will roar from Zion and thunder from … Read the rest
With flattery he will corrupt those who have violated the covenant, but the people who know their God will firmly resist him (Daniel 11:32 NIV).
Evil has its own ways of getting things done. Here it talks about an evil person who corrupts people through flattery. Nice talk which is insincere was, and still is, a method that evil men have used. But note the point that those who got … Read the rest
His armed forces will rise up to desecrate the temple fortress and will abolish the daily sacrifice. Then they will set up the abomination that causes desolation (Daniel 11:31 NIV).
There is something past and something future in this verse. Therefore it is important.
The person referred to here is Antiochus Ephiphanes, who caused great trouble for Jews. This prophecy made by Daniel was fulfilled in later days. But Jesus … Read the rest
In the thirtieth year, in the fourth month on the fifth day, while I was among the exiles by the Kebar River, the heavens were opened and I saw visions of God (Ezekiel 1:1 NIV).
First of all, what is recorded in the Book of Ezekiel is no fantasy or fiction or imagination. It is a specific revelation that God gave of Himself to him. Therefore his record begins with … Read the rest
He said: “I am going to tell you what will happen later in the time of wrath, because the vision concerns the appointed time of the end” (Daniel 8:19 NIV).
Angel Gabriel is talking to Daniel here telling him the meaning of a vision he saw. It tells us three things.
First, God alone has perfect knowledge of what is going to happen. This knowledge is not at all available … Read the rest