Archive for the ‘Prophecy’ Category

By Chad Daugherty

Other than Jesus’s death and resurrection, the Jewish people and nation are the most important aspect of history. Jesus Himself said, “salvation is from the Jews” (John 4:22). God chose the Jewish people to bring redemption to the world through His son Jesus Christ, and yet the Jewish religious system is misunderstood by most people. What is the difference between the temple and the synagogue? What is the difference between the Pharisees, the Sadducees, and the scribes? Let us look at these questions.

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By Chad Daugherty

People are intrigued to know why people act the way they do, why cultures around the world are so different, and what causes these people to have such drastic differences. These types of questions have led to the scientific study of social interaction known as “Sociology”. Sociology is a blessing in gaining understanding of human behavior, but the process of socialization defined in Sociology can also be used by satan for evil. Let us take a look at how satan uses socialization to influence people and societies into deviant behavior.

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By Chad Daugherty

Is music important to God? It is a question that is debatable to some people. There are some people that feel there is no reason to sing songs to a deity that you cannot see. Even if you do, does He listen? In fact, there are some denominations that prohibit the use of musical instruments and only allow singing in cappella. Though some may debate this subject, I believe it is clear that music is important to God and the reason why is clearly demonstrated in the Bible.

Did you know there are at least 185 songs in the Bible? Battles, coronations, funerals, cities being sacked, and seas splitting up—you can find songs in the Bible for all kinds of occasions. Granted, 150 of these songs are in the book of Psalms, which actually is a songbook written by many Israelite leaders over the centuries. Six more of these songs come from the other two songbooks of the Bible: Song of Solomon and Lamentations. Also, you can find approximately 35 more songs, chants, dirges, and hymns scattered across the Old and New Testaments.

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God’s Hand in The Stages of Life

Posted: October 13, 2020 in Prophecy
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by Chad Daugherty

When we look at how God made creation, we can see that He is very orderly in everything He does. Each day of creation had its specific things that God had set for that day in order for the perfect creation to be completed by the last day. Scripture teaches us that God creates us in our mother’s womb (Psalm 139:13). When we consider the detail and order in how God brought about creation, it becomes even more prevalent when we consider how He creates mankind. God has a created order that begins at conception and carries on in our life’s until death. He never stops working in us.

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The Son of God on his throne with his angels Matthew 25:31

By Chad Daugherty

Matthew 7:22–23 (NIV)
22 Many will say to me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name and in your name drive out demons and, in your name, perform many miracles?’ 23 Then I will tell them plainly, ‘I never knew you. Away from me, you evildoers!’

It’s interesting that in this scripture Jesus is addressing people who claimed to have done good works for Him, but Jesus says that he never knew them. Many people think they are on their way to Heaven because they do good things (serving in food kitchens, helping neighbors, giving to the poor, etc). While these are all good things, they will not get you into Heaven. These people also claim to know Jesus, thus the good works, but they are still lost. Even the demons know Jesus is real, but they are not saved. (Mark 1:21-27) So then, what does it take to be saved? Salvation is a free gift from God. There is nothing you need do except receive it through Jesus Christ by placing your faith and trust in Him. There are five identifying characteristics of someone who has truly embraced Jesus into their hearts. They are:

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Jesus

By Chad Daugherty

Imagine yourself back in time, as a Jew, approximately 2,000 years ago. You have traveled a long distance to reach Jerusalem and now you have arrived. The city has exploded in size due to people who have come to celebrate the Passover Feast. The city is bustling as you make your way along the dusty streets. You look up and are filled with awe as you see the temple and all the priest preparing for Passover. As you look around and see all the lambs that will be used for the sacrifices, you clearly remember what Jesus taught about Himself before He was crucified. Sadness fills your heart as you look at all the people who haven’t embraced the reality that Jesus is the lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world. You realize it is a fact the Jewish people should be aware of. God pointed to the death, resurrection, and return of Christ through the Passover Feast, the Feast of Unleavened Bread, and the Feast of Trumpets. Jesus is clearly reflected in Jewish culture through the Holy feast celebrations and His teachings confirmed this truth.

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Foreshadowing Jesus

Posted: February 17, 2016 in Prophecy
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by Britt Gillette

Long before Jesus was born in Bethlehem, His arrival was announced in the Old Testament. In fact, Jesus Himself said, “You search the Scriptures because you think they give you eternal life. But the Scriptures point to me!” John 5:39 (NLT). He also said everything written about Himself in the law of Moses, the prophets, and the Psalms must be fulfilled (Luke 24:44).

When you study the books of the Old Testament – books written hundreds of years before Jesus – you’ll find this to be true. You’ll find detailed and specific prophecies concerning the arrival of a Messiah, and you’ll find all of them were fulfilled in the life of Jesus. These prophecies alone verify the identity of Jesus as the long-awaited Messiah.

But bible prophecy isn’t the only way you’ll find the name of Jesus glorified in the Old Testament. Its stories, rituals, and miracles also point to His life, death, and resurrection. In fact, if you read through the Old Testament, you’ll find Jesus everywhere. Don’t believe me? Then let’s take a look at just a few examples – Abraham’s near sacrifice of Isaac, the story of Jonah, the Passover lamb, and the spring feasts.

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prophet

By Chad Daugherty

The Bible was written over a span of 1500 years by 40 different human authors in 3 different languages (Hebrew, Aramaic, and Greek), on hundreds of subjects, and yet there is one consistent, noncontradictory theme that runs through it all: God’s redemption of humankind. Clearly, statistical probability is a powerful indicator of the trustworthiness of scripture. Nearly one–third of the Bible is directly or indirectly related to prophecy, which includes about 10,000 prophecies. Concerning prophecy God told us in 2 Peter 1:19-21:

19 We also have the prophetic message as something completely reliable, and you will do well to pay attention to it, as to a light shining in a dark place, until the day dawns and the morning star rises in your hearts. 20 Above all, you must understand that no prophecy of Scripture came about by the prophet’s own interpretation of things. 21 For prophecy never had its origin in the human will, but prophets, though human, spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit.

Considering the accuracy of prophecy, it is good to know more about the prophets God used to speak through during the time in which they ministered. God used many prophets throughout the Old Testament. One common method to distinguish between them is by dividing them into two categories. Major prophets and minor prophets (referring to the general length of the books than to the prophets themselves). According to this method Isaiah, Jeremiah (with Lamentations), Ezekiel, and Daniel are considered the major prophets. The minor prophets are Hosea, Joel, Obadiah, Jonah, Micah, Nahum, Habakkuk, Zephaniah, Haggai, Zechariah, and Malachi.

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Woman-Dragon

by Chad Daugherty

Many people find the book of Revelation hard to understand. This is true because the Apostle John used “Apocalyptic Writing” (which uses a lot of symbolism) when he penned the book of Revelation. In this study I am going to discuss chapter 12 (The Woman and The Dragon) of the book of Revelation. Hopefully I can provide some understanding to this piece of scripture.

At the time John wrote the book of Revelation all of the disciples had been martyred and the Roman Emperor Domitian had ordered that John be executed by throwing him into a cauldron of boiling oil, but God intervened. God protected him, and kept him alive. Since he couldn’t kill him, Domitian had John exiled to the island of Patmos. The church was under heavy persecution, so many theologians believe John wrote the book of Revelation in Apocalyptic writing in order to get his message past the Romans and to the seven churches.

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Jesus

by Chad Daugherty

Many people take the scripture inMatthew 24:36 & Mark 13:32concerning the return of our Lord Jesus Christ out of context that says“No one knows about that day or hour, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father.”They feel there is no way we can know so why worry about it? I have heard things such as “I am saved so I’m not going to spend my time thinking of that stuff…when it happens it will happen”! Although it is true that no one will know the exact day or hour that Jesus will return for his bride The Church, our Father in Heaven had every intention for us to know when it was upon us and about to take place! He wants us to know when it is near so we will work with urgency in reaching the lost! In fact he commanded us to watch for it and told us we would see it as it approaches:

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