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The Best Commentary On The Bible Is The Bible Itself
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The Reflections Newsletter

Monday, August 25, 2008

**In This Issue**

  1. How Should We Define Prophecy?
  2. What Does the Bible Say About...?
     

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How Should We Define Prophecy?

As I have said many times, the Bible consists of 66 books, penned by 40 people, over a period of nearly 2,000 years.  What I find interesting is that of the 40 writers, actually more than 40, most of them did not even know each other.  Yet as we scrutinize these 66 books, we realize that the Bible is an integrated message system, written for us, in which every detail has been designed, in a deliberate and skillful way.  This does not simply mean that there is a theme in the Old Testament that is fulfilled in the New Testament.  It has a far greater implication in that we discover that every detail, every number, every name, place name, even the structure hidden beneath the text supports a master plan, and a master design, that goes immeasurably beyond the knowledge of any of its contributors.  The Bible anticipates events, places, and historic episodes that the writers had no way of knowing thousands of years in advance.

This master plan is the fingerprint of the real Author, the Lord God Himself, and it demonstrates that the origin of these 66 books came from outside our time domain.  This is what we are dealing with when we talk about prophecy.  Prophecy is not just inquisitiveness.  It is a demonstration that God is real, that He cares, that He has chosen to reveal to us in advance what He is all about, giving us a view of His plan is for the world, and what His plan is for you and me personally.  As I eluded to above, the Bible is one integrated package.

This integrated package consists of two parts: the Old Testament, and the New Testament. The Old Testament is the New Testament concealed, and the New Testament is the Old Testament revealed.  The Old Testament closes with unfulfilled longings, unfulfilled prophecies and incomplete promises. The New Testament completes the Old Testament and as a result it brings it all together for us.

Jesus gave us a scriptural reference that is often overlooked. Jesus said,:

"Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfill. For verily I say to you, till hea.en and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled," Matthew 5: 17-18   KJVER

These verses refer to a "jot," the smallest Hebrew letter about the size of an apostrophe, and a "tittle," the little decorative hook or serif on some Hebrew letters.  So, what Jesus is saying to us is that not the smallest letter or even the smallest part of a letter shall pass away until all is fulfilled. The Messiah Himself emphasized that we are to take the Word of God very seriously.

According to
J. Barton Payne, Encyclopedia of Biblical Prophecy, the Scriptures include 8,362 verses containing 1,817 predictions concerning 737 different matters.  Of these, there are more than 300 prophecies dealing with the coming Messiah.  The odds of one person fulfilling just eight of those prophecies is equivalent to covering the state of Texas with silver dollars two feet deep, marking just one of the silver dollars, mixing them up in such a way that the marked coin could be anywhere, and then reaching back into them at random and drawing out that one marked silver dollar.  The combined probability of this happening is 1 in 1017, or one chance in 100,000,000,000,000,000.  Can you count that high?  I can't!   Even more astonishing is the fact that Jesus fulfilled, not just eight, but all of the hundreds of prophecies about the Messiah.  The odds of that happening are... well, you try to figure it out!

Throughout the entire Bible we find the fingerprints of a supernatural message system.  Numerous design features in the Biblical text defy coincidence and demonstrate that the Bible is an integrated message system.  Because God exists outside our space-time domain, He is able to see, in effect, the beginning, the present, and the end of our time domain simultaneously. Consequently, the Bible authenticates that its message is of extra-dimensional origin through predictive prophecy.

In essence, prophecy is God's way of showing us history... in advance



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What Does the Bible Say About...?

 

In this section of the Reflections Newsletter we answer questions that have been asked.  If you have a question that you would like ask, and do not mind having printed in the newsletter, (your name will not be mentioned), feel free to send your question in an email to me at biblequestions@reflecthisglory.org.  Of course, you may call me anytime by phone at 801.302-1111.

The question for this issue is, Moses was told to strike a rock to obtain water in the desert in Exodus 17:6.  But he was punished for doing the same thing a second time in Numbers 20:8-12.  Why did God deal so harshly with him for this insignificant error?

The mistake that Moses made in the second incident was not really as insignificant as it might seem on the surface, when we consider its symbolism.  In the first incident, as indicated, God told Moses, "smite the rock" in Exodus 17:6.  However, on the second occasion, God said, "speak you to the rock", in Numbers 20:8.  Moses, in a fit of temper, struck the rock two times with his rod.  In Numbers 20:10, Moses spoke harshly to the crowd, and took credit for God's doing, asking, "Must we fetch you water out of this rock?"  God, in His mercy, provided water for the people.  But Moses paid for his disobedience and anger by being denied the privilege of bring the people into the Promised Land.

However, there is a deeper significance to what Moses did.  In both cases, the rock was symbolic of Christ Jesus, as He is the source of the living water of our eternal life.  Speaking of Israel's travels through the desert, the Apostle Paul made this plain when he said:

"And did all drink the same spiritual drink; for they drank of that spiritual Rock that followed them, and that Rock was Christ,"  1 Corinthians 10:4  KJVER

Jesus Himself said to the woman at the well in Samaria:

"...Whosoever drinks of this water shall thirst again.  But whosoever drinks of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst, but the water that I shall give him shall be in him a well of water springing up into everlasting life,"  John 4:13-14  KJVER

We are also told that Christ Jesus only had to make this sacrifice of Himself once:

"But this man, after He had offered one sacrifice for sins forever, sat down on the right hand of God... For by one offering He has perfected forever them that are sanctified."  Hebrews 10:12 & 14  KJVER

Christ Jesus was physically struck once in the form of His Passion, and that one offering was all that was necessary to purchase for mankind, the gift of everlasting life.  From that point on, any who seek Him need only speak to Him, asking Him to come into their lives, and He will do so with great pleasure.  As we are told in Ephesians 2:8-9, it is all by His grace and mercy, and by our faith in Him that we are saved.  It is not by any work that we might do . 

Moses violated this symbolism in Numbers 20 by striking the rock, and so was banished from entering the Promised Land.

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**MEMORY VERSE OF THE MONTH**

And it shall come to pass, that whosoever shall call on the name of the Lord shall be saved.

Acts 2:21  KJV

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