Why Are Prophecies So Cryptic?

Paul tells us that, “None of the rulers of this age understood this [secret and hidden wisdom of God], for if they had, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory“ (1 Cor 2:8). This is important to note because we often act as though Satan knew God’s plan all along, but the truth…

God’s Angel in Revelation

According to Revelation 1:1-2, God sent “his angel to his servant John, who bore witness to the word of God and to the testimony of Jesus Christ, even to all that he saw.” The confusion here, however, is that Jesus Himself is the first character we see appear to John. Or is this confusing? After…

Joshua

Just as a “Pedro” might today introduce his name to an English-speaking person as “Peter,” so would a Hebrew “Joshua” have introduced himself to a Greek-speaking person as, “Jesus” in the New Testament era. This transliteration reminds us to focus in on the meaning of Jesus’ name as the angel communicated it to Joseph in…

When Your Bible Quotes Itself Strangely

Like many in the early 2000’s, I got infected with the Jeremiah 29:11 bug. It was strange. It was as if all Christians had just discovered a Bible verse they had never heard of before, even though it was just sitting there staring us in the face the whole time. Pastors and congregants alike immediately…