Who are the sons of Ishmael?

Ishmael had twelve sons: Nebajoth, Kedar, Abdeel, Mibsam, Mishma, Dumah, Massa, Hadar, Tema, Jetur, Naphish, and Kedemah. (Genesis 25:14-18)

According to McClintock and Strong’s Cyclopedia, Arab historians divide the Arab peoples into the descendants of Joktan (Genesis 10:25-29); and descendants of Ishmael. Some of the tribes founded by sons of Ishmael retained the names of their […]

Do Isaiah 43:1,7 teach that God specifically creates every person?

Isaiah 43:1, 7, “But now, thus says the LORD, who created you, O Jacob,  And He who formed you, O Israel: ‘Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by your name; You are Mine’… ‘Everyone who is called by My name, Whom I have created for My glory; I have formed […]

February 25th, 2017|Creation, Evolution, Israel, Middle East, Salvation and Ransom|

How do we justify God's violence and killings in the Old Testament?

First, we do not need to justify anything that God does, as God is just (Romans 3:26). Justice and judgment are the foundation of His throne (Psalm 89:14). He cannot deny Himself (2 Timothy 2:13), so therefore we know everything He does is righteous.

Perhaps this question means, “How do we understand God's decisions to command […]

February 4th, 2017|God, Faith, Israel, Middle East, Judgment, Sin and the Permission of Evil|

What is Abraham's bosom?

Abraham’s bosom represents the Abrahamic covenant.  The reference to Abraham’s bosom or chest is found in Luke 16:22 as part of the parable of the Rich Man and Lazarus. 

The parable starts with the Rich Man clothed in purple and linen living in luxury.  The Rich Man represents the nation of Israel.  Lazarus represents the gentiles […]

What is the meaning of Ezekiel 25:1-17?

These prophecies had a literal fulfillment against three nations to the east of Israel: Ammon, Moab, and Edom.  All three were close relatives of Israel.  Ammon and Moab were direct decedents of Abraham’s nephew Lot. (See Genesis 19:30-38). While Edom descended from Esau, the twin brother of Jacob (Israel), who sold his birthright to Jacob […]

Why did Jesus curse the fig tree

Jesus preached using many parables – stories which illustrate spiritual ideas or prophecies. When Jesus cursed the fig tree a few days before His crucifixion, He was acting out a message He had been proclaiming. Essentially, he was illustrating that because the nation of Israel had rejected Him, God was going to remove His special […]

Has the Ark of the Covenant been found?

Purpose of the Ark of the Covenant. 

Exodus 25:22 “And there I will meet with thee, and I will commune with thee from above the mercy seat, from between the two cherubims which are upon the ark of the testimony…” This is where Israel would come to sacrifice and enquire of the Lord (Judges 20:27).

Leviticus 16 […]

September 12th, 2016|Israel, Middle East, Miscellaneous Bible Questions|

What does Genesis 27:40 mean and how long will Esau's descendants be dominated by Jacob's family tree?

Genesis 27:40 (NASB): “And by your sword you shall live, and your brother you shall serve; but it shall come about when you become restless, that you shall break his yoke from your neck.”

Though Esau was not personally subject to his brother, Jacob,  as intimated in Isaac’s  blessing, his descendants, Edom, were tributary to the […]

Are Michael the Arch Angel and Jesus the same person?

There are five places where Michael is spoken of in the Bible.  

Daniel 10:13, “But the prince of the kingdom of Persia withstood me one and twenty days: but, lo, Michael, one of the chief princes, came to help me; and I remained there with the kings of Persia.” Here Michael is recognized as one […]

What does Mark 4:12 mean? Did God plan that some people would be deliberately closed to the truth so that they would not be forgiven?

Mark 4:9-12 (NASB): “… ‘He who has ears to hear, let him hear.’ And as soon as He was alone, His followers, along with the twelve, began asking Him about the parables… ‘To you has been given the mystery of the kingdom of God; but those who are outside get everything in parables, in order […]