Follow the Formula


th                      Formulas help us to solve problems. If we use the wrong formula or place wrong pieces into the formula, the result will be an inaccurate answer. This same concept is used with understanding the scriptures. The proper formula will give us the correct foundation to draw logical and biblically supported answers. However, many Christians who proclaim the Bible as the Word of God do not follow the following formula consistently or completely.

1) The 5 basic rules for interpreting the Bible. (See section under Book Excerpts)

2) God does not lie and His Word is Truth. (John 14:6, 17:17-19, 18:37-38, Titus 1:2, Hebrews 6:18)

3) God does not change. (Malachi 3:6, Hebrews 13:8, James 1:17)

4) What is written in the Law and the Prophets must be literally fulfilled. (Mathew 5:17, 26:54-56, Luke 24:25-27)

5) Adding to the prophecies of God’s word will bring down biblical plagues. (Revelation 22:18)

6) Taking away from the words of prophecy will remove one’s share in the tree of life and the Holy City. (Revelation 22:19)

A prime example of drawing an inaccurate conclusion is the teaching that Jesus will NOT rule on earth for 1000 years. (Amillennialism). This teaching denies a literal fulfillment to Revelation 20. Isaiah 65:17-25 supports Revelation 20. We learn from God that there will be a time when Yahweh rejoices in Jerusalem and delights in His people. No infant will die after a few days but someone living to be a 100 will be considered a youth. People will live extended lives like the days of a tree. The ground will harvest a great bounty and the wolf and the lamb will feed together.  (Cf: Isaiah 11:6-9).  From the days of Isaiah, this world has not experienced such a time of peace or prosperity and since death still exists, this cannot refer to eternity.  For those who deny this literal fulfillment, they encounter a major problem if they believe  that the birth of a child king (Isaiah 7:14, 9:6-7)  and the suffering servant (Isaiah 53) were literally fulfilled in Jesus. These individuals deviate from the facts that: 1)  God does not change and 2) what He says WILL happen. Scripture cannot be manipulated to fit one’s own preconceived notions. If the formula is used inconsistently, Jesus will see these works as lukewarm and spew them from his mouth. (Revelation 3:15-16). EJ



What Abraham Knew (Part 2)


As we  profess our faith in Christ, we must know that it will be tested, most likely against something near and dear to our hearts. Abraham, the father of our faith, encountered such a dilemma.  When he was 99 years old God made a covenant with him (of circumcision).  God changed Abram’s name to Abraham (the father of many nations) and with this change came a promise. Abraham’s barren wife Sarai would bear a son through which Abraham’s descendants would come. (Genesis 17). Imagine what Abraham felt when his greatest hope (a son whom nations would arise from) was put to the test. Yahweh told Abraham to sacrifice Isaac as a burnt offering to the Lord. This servant obeyed, saddled up his donkey and embarked on a journey to the land of Moriah with his son. What happened next was to the glory of God. On the third day of the journey, Abraham looked up and saw the place afar off. (Genesis 22:4) The Hebrew word for afar off (KJ translation) is Me rachowq (raw khoke) and has 2 meanings.

1) from a distance

2) time (peer into the future)

While the mount was definitely a distance away from the beleaguered father, it is the 2nd meaning that is of great significance. God gave Abraham a vision of the future and of the Almighty’s plan of salvation. We know this by harmonizing all relevant scriptures.Genesis 22:7-8 shows that Isaac wondered where the lamb for the offering was. Abraham answers by saying that God would provide the lamb. Yet in verse 13 a ram was caught in the thicket and was sacrificed as a burnt offering. Was Abraham wrong about the lamb?

The next day John seeth Jesus coming unto him, and saith, ‘Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world.” (John 1:29 KJV)

” Your father Abraham rejoiced to see my day; and he saw it, and was glad.” (John 8:56 KJV).

“By faith Abraham, when he was tried, offered up Isaac: and he that had received the promises offered up his only begotten son, of whom it was said, that in Isaac shall thy seed be called: Accounting that God was able to raise him up, even from the dead; from whence also he received him in a figure.” (Hebrews 11:17-19 KJV).

When we put all the events of the sacrifice together, it paints a picture of Jesus’ journey (into Jerusalem on a donkey), crucifixion and resurrection. Abraham looked up on the 3rd day and he had Isaac carry the wood for the offering. Jesus carried his cross and rose on the 3rd day. The father of many nations was given the vision of the death and resurrection of his savior. That is why he was able to know God could raise Isaac. The revelation began with the blood and wine that Melchizedek offered and culminated in this journey to Mount Moriah. Abraham named the place Jehovah Jireh (the Lord provides/in the mount of the Lord it shall be seen.) Abraham’s patience and faith were rewarded with a look at the greatest sacrifice in the history of the world. -EJ

What Abraham Knew (Part One)


When we study events that transpired in the Old Testament, it is important to look to the New Testament in order to gain deeper insight. Abraham (the father of many nations) had faith in God and was considered righteous. He became a friend of God and was able to speak boldly to the Lord. Genesis 22 makes the connection of Abraham to Jesus through the events of God’s command for Abraham to sacrifice Isaac (his only son from his wife Sarah). Isaac carried the wood needed for the  sacrificial fire to Mount Moriah (future site of the Holy Temple Solomon built). This offering was not only an opportunity to test Abraham but to show him, what the ALMIGHTY was willing to do in order to attain salvation for all people. (cf: John 3:16). What we learn from Jesus’ conversation to the Pharisees in John chapter 8 shows the connection that Abraham had to the Savior.

” Your forefather Abraham was extremely happy at the hope and prospect of seeing My day and he did see it was delighted.” (John 8:56 Amplified Bible)

Abraham had hoped to see the salvation of God for some time. The events on Mount Moriah were the culmination of that blessed hope. The seeds were planted previously during a Divine appointment among two Righteous Kings. Abraham returned from a campaign to rescue his nephew Lot. Melchizedek, the king of Salem and high priest of YHWH , met him and brought bread and wine. God’s High Priest blessed Abraham and then blessed the Creator Himself. When Melchizedek acknowledged that God delivered the enemies into the hands of Abraham, the father of all nations responded by giving  him a tenth of everything.(cf: Genesis 14:17-20).

A covenant was formed that day and the bread and wine were the offerings. They represented God’s plan of Salvation and the perfect sacrifice offered by Melchizedek. Jesus fulfills this covenant with his proclamation at the Passover Meal. He states that the bread is His body broken and the wine is the blood of the new covenant poured out for the forgiveness of sin. (Matthew 26:26-30). Jesus thus followed in the perfect order of Melchizedek and the “God Appointed” meeting that the Lord set up for Abraham brought the hope and longing he had for the Savior.-EJ