Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Learn the Bible in 24 Hours – Hour 11 – Isaiah, Jeremiah, Lamentations, Ezekiel

First, let me clarify that the Term “The Major Prophets” refers to the size of the book, not its significance.  Isaiah is called “the Messianic Prophet”.  He is quoted more than any other prophet in the New Testament.  And there are lots of equidistant letter sequences hidden behind the text of Isaiah 53, including the names of 40 people who were present at the crucifixion.  Seeps rather apropos for the passage of Scripture dedicated to “the Suffering Servant”.  What’s even more curious is that the name of Judas (who, statistically should appear) is absent.

I’d never heard about the arguments concerning the two Isaiah’s prior to watching this video, but the way this fallacy is refuted by John the apostle is one of those fascinating things that I love about what’s included in this study.

Jeremiah is known as “the Weeping Prophet” largely because of the book of Lamentations, which he wrote as an addendum to the prophetic book that bears his name.  In studying this prophetic book, we are exposed to the blood curse on Jeconiah, and Dr. Missler offers a wonderful explanation of how this paradox is resolved in the virgin birth of Christ.  This is where we also come across a prediction (Jeremiah 50 and 51 and Isaiah 13 and 14) of the destruction of Babylon that has not yet taken place.  Jeremiah 50:9 also alludes to the use of smart weapons.  Check it out!

Ezekiel is a rather colorful figure.  He was a priest/prophet like Jeremiah who was captured and taken to Babylon.  There is some very strange imagery in the book of Ezekiel, but this leads to the linking of images from Ezekiel with Isaiah and Revelation.  There is a lot of teaching about the origin of Satan in these three books.  Ezekiel also brings us the Valley of Dry Bones, a description of the Millennial Temple and the invasion of Israel by Magog.  The Magogians have been identified as the Scythians.  For all of you “Highlander” movie fans, the Kurgan character was a Scythian from the steppes of Russia.

This week’s lesson was packed!  I’ll probably need to watch this one several times before I can really digest all of what Dr. Missler has presented.  In fact, that is probably true for each of the lessons.

Dr. Missler wrapped up this video teaching with a massive amount of information about how we got the Bible.  There are supplemental notes online for printing.  Sadly, I didn’t go looking for the supplemental notes until after viewing this teaching.  I will have to re-watch the video after reviewing that information packet.

Almost halfway done.  Next week is the last lesson of our Old Testament survey.  I am super-excited to listen to the homework for next time:  The Minor Prophets.

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