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



Unprepared Christians

Imagine the following 3 scenarios. A football quarterback going onto the field of battle with knowledge of only half of the offensive playbook. A baseball player steps to the plate and does not understand the 3rd base coach’s hand signals. A student is taking a final exam having studied only a portion of the material that he/she will be tested on. Can any of these individuals expect to be successful? The answer will be a resounding NO! Yet within Christianity there are true God-fearing, Bible believing individuals who are ill prepared for what soon must happen. The reason is simple: there is no understanding of prophecy. In fact many shy away from the prophetic message by claiming that it is too difficult to comprehend. This is a lie perpetrated by our crafty enemy, Satan.

Worship God! For the testimony of Jesus is the Spirit of prophecy. (Rev. 19:10b NSRV).

When we understand this verse, then everything that Jesus says should be understood from a prophetic context. If it is not, than the true meaning of what our Lord is trying to say will elude even the most devout follower. Properly interpreting prophecy becomes much easier when a person submits to the teaching of the Holy Spirit and properly employs the 5 rules of interpretation.

1.)                                                                              Over the next month, many churches will be focusing on the crucifixion of our Savior. The journey to Golgotha will be well documented. Despite reading the same Scriptures from the Gospel, each sermon will be very different. The tragedy is that many preachers will not look below the surface of the verses to mine the veins of gold that prophecy uncovers. Case in point: Jesus is carrying His cross and the women of Jerusalem are beating their breasts and wailing for Him. The King of Kings tell the daughters of Jerusalem to cry for themselves and their children because the time is coming where they will say: ” Blessed are the barren, and the wombs that never bore, and the breasts that never nursed. Then they will begin to say to the mountains, ‘Fall on us”; and to the hills, ‘Cover us.’ (Luke 23:29-30, NRSV).

History teaches us that in 70 AD, the Roman General Titus tore down the Jerusalem temple and there was a great exodus (diaspora)  of the Judean people from the Holy Land. It certainly would have been difficult for pregnant women and nursing mothers at that time. This event was a near fulfillment of Jesus’ prophecy. In order to understand the far prophetic meaning, we must turn to Matthew 24.

“So when you see the desolating sacrilege standing in the holy place, as was spoken by the prophet Daniel (let the reader understand), then those in Judea must flee to the mountains; the one on the housetop must not go down to take what is in the house; the one in the field must not turn back to get a coat. Woe to those who are pregnant and to those who are nursing infants in those days!” (Matthew 24;15-19, NRSV)

Daniel 9:27 defines the timeline of the Abomination that causes Desolation. The beast (anti-Christ) causes Hebrew sacrifice to cease at the mid-point of the final 7 years of this age(Daniel’s 70th Week). So 1260 days into the last period of this Age will be the worst time for women who are pregnant or have infant children. This is what Jesus is telling the women of Jerusalem, so that future generations would be prepared.

Then people will be crying out for the mountains to hide them. Hide them from what? Revelation 6:15-17 provides the answer. All people who reject YHWH (God’s personal name) and are unprepared will hide in the caves and shout to the mountains and rocks to fall on them and hide them from the face of the one seated on the throne and from the wrath of the Lamb. They recognize that the Judgment of the Father and the Son is upon them. This is after the opening of the 6th seal and it initiates the year long Day of the Lord. When prophecy is understood and properly interpreted the Christian who has a true love for Jesus and the heart of an overcomer will not only be prepared for the dark days ahead; they will also lead others to safety. This is the purpose of Jesus’ testimonies. The wise must stand up and be counted!-EJ.