Crossing the line

The U.N. Security Council has just voted Resolution 2334 into law, declaring Israel’s restoration to Jerusalem to be illegal by a vote of 14 to zero. The US represented by Samantha Power abstained on this vote. In 2011 the US vetoed a similar resolution. What does this vote mean politically, spiritually and biblically? Here are […]

Light shines in the darkness

God’s first words in the Bible are “Let there be light!” (Genesis 1:3). And there was light, and the light was good. The  sun, moon and stars – those heavenly bodies which shine and reflect light – burst forth in praise to their Creator: “Praise Him, sun and moon! Praise Him, all stars of light!” […]

The writing’s on the wall

The kingdom of Babylon had seen better days. Up to quite recently it had been feared and respected by all the nations of the world. Isaiah the son of Amoz declared, “Babylon, the beauty of kingdoms, the glory of the Chaldeans’ pride” (Isaiah 13:1, 19). Jeremiah the prophet waxed eloquent, “Babylon has been a golden cup in […]

Robbing Jacob

One of the pillars of morality for the human race is found in Leviticus 19:11-12: “You shall not steal, nor deal falsely, nor lie to one another. You shall not swear falsely by My name, so as to profane the name of your God; I am YHVH” (Leviticus 19:11-12). God connects robbery to dealing falsely and to lying […]

The Isaiah 19 highway – prophecies amidst the potholes

  Isaiah 19:23 spotlights a gripping prophetic vision about a future Middle Eastern highway of blessing. Though recent events might seem to be moving the region away from a fulfillment of this dream, Isaiah 19 announces that peace, worship and good fellowship will eventually break out along a superhighway linking Egypt, Israel and northern Iraq. […]