July/August 2016

The Messiah's Three Offices

Prophet, Priest, King


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Features

From the Editor Jul/Aug 2016

I grew up in a Catholic town. Most of my friends attended either one of the many Roman Catholic churches in the area or the First Congregational Church downtown. Had you asked me...

Recycling History

Israel’s wise King Solomon, with years of world-watching behind him, concluded, “That which has been is what will be, that which is done is what will be done, and there is nothing new under the sun” (Eccl. 1:9)...

The Greatest Prophet

Prophet, Priest, and King. That is how Jesus’ ministry roles are often portrayed. The Gospels emphasize His role as King of the Jews, though He has yet to occupy that position...

What Went Wrong

Contrary to what some people think, the concept of priesthood did not originate with Israel. In the patriarchal period, the male head of each household functioned as a...

Résumé of the King

Moses said, “You shall surely set a king over you whom the Lᴏʀᴅ your God chooses” (Dt. 17:15). Here is how God planned to administer His kingship authority over Israel...

The Divine Separation

"Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely.” So said Sir John Dalberg-Acton in the 19th century, and nothing happening in the world to date has contradicted him...

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Inside View Jul/Aug 2016

During the 15 years I have ministered with The Friends of Israel, I have been impressed with the longevity of our staff. We have very little turnover, and many of our colleagues work...

In Need of Therapy

The United Nations is obsessed with Israel. So obsessed that, if it were a person, it would need therapy. If it were a sports organization like FIFA (the soccer world’s governing body prosecuted for corruption last year), its representatives...

Eye on the Middle East Jul/Aug 2016

Israel has acquiesced to a plan to transfer sovereignty of two strategically important islands in the Red Sea from Egypt to Saudi Arabia as part of an informal, emerging alliance between...

Christian Persecution Jul/Aug 2016

An imprisoned Christian convert from Islam recently sneaked a message of encouragement to Iran’s Christians in the face of a government crackdown that has crippled the country’s...

The Sense of Plain Sense

Another way in which I was subjected to the attitude of Replacement Theology was through the teaching that all of the Old Testament had been nailed to the...

Our Great High Priest

In Old Testament times, only the Aaronic priests and, of course, Moses enjoyed direct access into the presence of God. Although Moses was blessed with privilege, position, and prominence...

Israel Leads The Way To Driverless Cars

In Arnold Schwarzenegger’s 1990 sci-fi classic Total Recall, the protagonist gets into a heated argument with a self-driving cab, driven by an artificial intelligence-challenged automaton...

Thankful for the Thessalonians

1 Thessalonians 1:2–4: When kindness is shown to someone, the usual response is to say thank you. No New Testament writer other than Paul expressed thankfulness to his fellow Christians...

Liberty, Love, and Life With Christ Conclusion

During its formative years, the church was entirely Jewish, as Jewish people by the thousands recognized Jesus as their long-promised Messiah. But by the end of the apostle Paul’s first missionary journey...

Faith, Facts, and Grocery Lists

Christianity rests on facts. And because the record of Christianity relies on the accounts of facts set forth in the Bible, that Book is continually at the heart of debates and arguments over the...

Israel in the News Jul/Aug 2016

An online petition has been launched calling on UNESCO to reverse its recent “insulting” resolutions that deny any Jewish connection to the Temple Mount or Western Wall...

Apples of Gold Jul/Aug 2016

Recently I was waiting for the bus to Jerusalem when two young men asked me for directions to a synagogue. I gladly told them the way...

Daily News from Israel

News Digest — 2/18/20

Hundreds gathered at Jerusalem’s Western Wall Sunday (16th) for mass prayer to keep coronavirus at bay.  According to local media the time of prayer was an initiative of...

Iranian Flag Burning Factory

Videos from Iran that are shown on the news or online often show Iranians burning American or Israeli flags...

News Digest — 2/14/20

The IAF launched airstrikes Thursday (13th) in the Damascus area, according to the Syrian news agency SANA.  Syrian air defenses downed several missiles coming across Israel’s...

News Digest — 2/13/20

The American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) on Wednesday (12th) condemned the UN Human Rights Council after it released a list of over 100 companies which...

When the Wolves Come Knocking at Your Door

In the wake of repeated terror attacks against Israel in the past week, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu promised Israel would respond...

News Digest — 2/12/20

Even before the Trump administration’s Middle East peace plan was revealed earlier this month, Palestinian Authority Leader Mahmoud Abbas was planning his trip to...

News Digest — 2/11/20

“An Egyptian security delegation visiting the Gaza Strip has relayed a message from Israel to Hamas, warning that if calm is not restored to the Israel-Gaza border, Israel will...

Springing to Life

Scientists from Israel, France, Switzerland, and the United Arab Emirates (UAE), planted date palm seeds determined to be approximately two-thousand years old...

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