A Study of Psalm 83
If you want to understand what is going to happen in the Middle East, all you have to do is turn to Psalm 83. This Psalm was written by Asaph, under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, to reveal an event which is now being fulfilled. Asaph was Levite and prophet who composed 11 Psalms (Psalms 72-83) in the time of David (I Chronicles 6:39). Asaph wrote about a day in which all the surrounding nations would conspire with one mind to eliminate Israel from being a nation.
Why there needs to be a Third Temple?
This was the question asked recently:
“What is your support for the rebuilding of the Jewish temple in the tribulation I don't think there is one going to rebuild that temple.?”
First point to understand here is that the Scripture clearly teaches, before the “Second Coming” when Jesus returns in “Glory and Power” there will be a Third Temple on the Temple Mount site.
Let’s look at the scriptural and prophetic evidence for a Third Temple. In Matthew 24, Jesus talks about both the 2nd and 3rd Temples, he makes a distinction between both. The Second Temple existed in the time Jesus
Introduction to Chapter 3
In Nehemiah Chapter 2 Nehemiah prays and fasts for 4 months before coming before King Artaxerxes of Persia. Finally on Nisan 444 B.C., (March/April), he comes before the king and queen allowing them to see his depressed and mourning demeanor. The king seeing his sadness asks him to explain. Nehemiah then describes the reason for his sadness, the condition of Jerusalem, a city without walls and without gates. The king then asks Nehemiah, what he wants.
Reason 8: The Historicity of the Old Testament (Tanakh)
The Bible both Old and New Testament were written over a period of time covering more than 1500-years. From 1450 B.C, to almost 100 AD, the words of the Bible were written within the context of the historical events of the day. If the Bible is to be considered accurate and true, the events recorded in the Bible should correspond with the recorded historical events outside of the Bible.
Reason 7: The Dead Sea Scrolls and the Silver Scrolls
In 1947, near the Dead Sea in an area known as Qumran ancient Hebrew manuscripts were discovered that had been hidden for thousands of years. Prior to the discovery of these manuscripts, the oldest existing complete copies of the Old Testament were only dated to 1008 A.D., causing many to question the reliability scripture. At the site of Qumran, the community known as the Essenes were actively involved in the copy and transmission of scripture, before their destruction by the Romans in the first and second century. The Essenes hid their treasured manuscripts in caves to prevent their destruction by the Romans. Hidden away they would be discovered two-thousand years later.
What happens after you die?
This is the most important question you could ever ask yourself. The problem is most people wait until it’s too late. Lets look at Steven Jobs, the founder of Apple, he had the world in the palm of his hands, he developed one of the most profitable companies in history, his success is what people dream about. Yet, he died at the age 56, in the prime of his life. He attempted to use his wealth to save his life, he was one of only 20 people on the earth to have his
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1. A Study Bible:
A Study Bible is the most important resource for any Bible student or seeker trying to understand the Bible. A Study Bible will allow you to explore and learn more as you read, because it cross references other verses, supplies information about the verses, such as the historical and background events. A Study Bible will also provide timelines, and indepth background about the specific books of the Bible, including who wrote it, when it was written, where it fits in the timeline along with other books. Knowing that Ezra, Nehemiah, Zechariah, Haggai, Esther, and Malachi were written during the "Second Temple" period, helps you understand the context of the text.
Another example, Jeremiah, Daniel and Ezekiel all lived in Jerusalem at the same time, before the Babylonian invasion in 605 B.C.,is significant. It helps knowing why Daniel refers to Jeremiah (Daniel 9:1-2) and Ezekiel references Daniel (Ezekiel 28:3), a Study Bible will help you understand these points. ESV Study Bible example
Introduction to Nehemiah Chapter Two
Chapter two of Nehemiah takes place about 4 months after the events of chapter one. In chapter one, Nehemiah gets word from his brother on the status of Jerusalem and conditions of the Jews living there. Nehemiah is struck to his core by the events in Judah and Jerusalem. Nehemiah takes authority and leadership in the spiritual realms by mourning, fasting and praying for 4 months.
The time finally arrives in chapter 2, where Nehemiah has an audience with the Artaxerxes I and his queen to serve them wine. His job was cupbearer to the king, he was not allowed to show any sort of mourning or sorrow in the king’s presence. As “cupbearer” Nehemiah could only to be happy and cheerful, and not let his personal life interfere with his function. However, Nehemiah chose to intentionally show sorrow, he did not view his job or position as the end-game of his life.
Introduction to Chapter One
The books of Ezra and Nehemiah, along with 1st and 2nd Chronicles were authored by Ezra, the priest and scribe. In the Jewish Bible, Ezra and Nehemiah are one book, while in the Catholic Bible they are known as First and Second Ezra (Esdras).
Ezra returned to Jerusalem in 458 B.C., with the authority of Artaxerxes king of Persia. He had with him almost 1500 men, including woman and children the number who returned with Ezra could have numbered close to 8000 from
Introduction to the Book of Nehemiah
The book of Nehemiah is chronologically one of the last books of the Old Testament. The book of Nehemiah connects the closing of the Old Testament period with the New Testament period of Messiah, Jesus Christ. Nehemiah was a man who had vision for God’s will, and he moved on the vision. Through Nehemiah’s vision, Israel was reestablished in the land of promise, following the Babylonian captivity.
Nehemiah was a cup-bearer to the Persian King Artaxerxes I (Longimanus) (465-424 B.C.). When word came from his brother about the deplorable state of Jews who had earlier returned to Jerusalem from Persia, he was moved to action. The walls of Jerusalem had been destroyed by the Babylonians in 586 B.C. and returning Jews under a constant threat. The very survival of Jerusalem, Jewish population and God’s promises was at stake. Nehemiah decided something had to be done with this information.
Nehemiah took the news and formulated an action strategy to change the events. Nehemiah formulated a vision of the situation and planned what needed to be done to change it. He was not just a man of dreams; he was a man of action and planning. He took God’s promises serious.