MembersProphecies: Diverse Dimensions (Part 2)

Difficult prophetic themes are not popular in most sermons. But they are an unavoidable part and parcel of the Lord Yeshua’s teachings.  

By Gershon Nerel | | Topics: Prophecy
Messianic End Times from Jewish and Christian perspectives.
Photo: Noam Revkin Fenton/Flash90

For part one, see: Prophecies differently interpreted

Attitudes and interpretations regarding biblical prophecies differ between three major groups. First, those who believe only in the Tanakh, the ‘Old Testament’; second, those who additionally also believe in the New Testament, and third, those who reject the authority of both books.

Sometimes, however, those who belong to the first two groups may consent about the fulfillment of certain prophetic portions. Yet in many cases they still differ in their Scriptural exegesis. A major example refers to the prophetic war of Gog and Magog.


First War of Gog and Magog

Multifaceted rabbinical Jewry, alongside Gentile-Christians and Messianic Jewish Yeshua-believers, all agree that the eschatological war of Gog and Magog (Ezekiel 38), predicted by the prophet Ezekiel about 2,500 years ago, must soon take place. Essentially, when the prophet Ezekiel lived, also the prophet Zechariah wrote about an eschatological World War – when all the nations of...

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2 responses to “Prophecies: Diverse Dimensions (Part 2)”

  1. Robert's World says:

    Is it just me that finds this too “cut and dry.”?
    I think words like “possibly”, “perhaps”, ” in my estimation” would go a long ways on such a topic.

  2. Taylor Sealy says:

    Interesting article. But I do not see that Jesus taught he was not descended from David based upon the teaching question in Matthew 22:41-46. Using questions as a form of teaching was common in Jesus’ intractions. Messiah must be a descendant of David per Isaiah 11 and confirmed in the Matthew 1 geneology in the original Hebrew gospel, copies of which have been recently rediscovered by Nehemia Gordon, Miles Jones, and Michael Rood, where Joseph is given as Mary’s father (in addition to that being her husband’s name). I believe that Jesus’ rhetorical question was illustrating that in the Spirit he could be David’s Lord while at the same time being a physical descendant of David since human beings consist of the physical and the spiritual dimensions. That is also how Jesus could say “Before Abraham was, I am” and the Pharisees could not comprehend it, for they lacked spiritual understanding.

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