Historically, is there a ten year gap between the 69th. and 70th. prophetic weeks of Daniel 9:24-27? Is a gap the reason why some believe 7 years of tribulation are separated from the earlier 69 years?

Daniel 9:24-27 takes us from rebuilding of Jerusalem’s walls through the coming of the Messiah. When did the rebuilding of Jerusalem begin? Nehemiah 2:1 records that the Persian King, Artaxerxes, gave Nehemiah permission to rebuild the walls of Jerusalem in the “year 20” of his reign. Establishing exactly when this happened has created confusion for […]

Why didn't the Samaritans and the Jews meet together?

The people, who became known as the Samaritans, came from the Assyrian empire. When the ten tribes of Israel were taken captive by Assyria, the Assyrians sent foreign people to populate the land. 

2 Kings 17:23-34,”So the people of Israel were taken from their homeland into exile in Assyria, and they are still there. The king […]

Why did the Israelites want to worship God where the Egyptians could not see them?

In Exodus chapter 3, God very clearly outlined how the deliverance from Egypt would take place. God commanded Moses to address Pharaoh with the following words: “and you with the elders of Israel will come to the king of Egypt and you will say to him, ‘The Lord, the God of the Hebrews, has […]

October 24th, 2017|Bible and Bible Characters, Israel, Middle East|

What scriptures point to 7 years of tribulation?

Summary: Some Christians believe that Daniel 9:27 refers to a future 7 years of tribulation.  This is a misinterpretation of prophetic scripture.  Instead, Daniel 9:27 refers to the end of meaningful sacrifices under the Jewish law and the desolation of Israel and Jerusalem after Messiah’s death.

Explanation: Consider the whole context of Daniel chapter 9. Daniel […]

Did Israel fast after a call for it by prophet Joel in chapter 2?

The book of Joel was written between 770 and 870 BC, about 50 years before the Assyrians captured the northern ten tribe kingdom of Israel. God directed Joel to prophesy of Israel’s coming captivity because the nation was practicing idol worship, sacrificing their babies to idols, and disregarding the Lord’s commands (Jeremiah 19:5). Joel called […]

October 5th, 2017|Future Prophecies, Israel, Middle East, Past and Present Prophesies|

Please explain the cloud and the fire of Exodus 40:38. Do Christians have a symbolic cloud of God?

The cloud and pillar of fire symbolized the same thing – the presence of the God in the Israeli camp. The Lord, through these two things, took care of them, defended them and guided them during the wilderness.
“And the LORD went before them by day in a pillar of a cloud, to lead them the […]

July 25th, 2017|Church and The Bride of Christ, Israel, Middle East|

Is there a significance to number 40?

Numbers can often carry a meaning in the Bible. The meaning is derived from a pattern of usage throughout the Scriptures.

The number forty appears 146 times in the Bible and it is usually associated with a period of testing and hardship. The number first occurs in Genesis 7:12 “And rain fell upon the earth forty […]

July 12th, 2017|Israel, Middle East, Judgment, Miscellaneous Bible Questions|

Who wrote the book of Kings, and what was its purpose?

Unlike some of the other books of the Bible, the books of 1st and 2nd Kings do not name its author. Accounts such as Kings and Chronicles cover many centuries of history and are typically thought to have been recorded during the lifetime of each of the kings.  Jewish tradition credits Jeremiah as the primary […]

What is the name of the Red Sea?

One of the most memorable miracles in the Bible was the deliverance of the nation of Israel when they crossed the Red Sea.  The Gulf of Aqaba is also called “The Red Sea.”  We read in 1 Kings 9:26 – “King Solomon also built a fleet of ships in Ezion-geber, which is near Eloth (Eilat), […]

June 29th, 2017|Israel, Middle East, Miscellaneous Bible Questions|

If the final judgment is the lake of fire then why was the rich man tormented in flames?

Jesus gave the parable of the “Rich Man and Lazarus” to warn the Jewish leaders that Israel (the Rich Man) was about to be cast out of God’s favor. Soon, Lazarus (the Gentiles – those considered poor because they had no relationship to God) were going to be favored by the Gospel call. They would […]